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Vocabulary 7

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taciturn
abnormal disinclination to conversation; having permanent,habitual, and temperamental disinclination to talk
tacit
silent; unspoken, unsaid, not verbalized
reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved; reluctant or restrained
laconic
pithy, concise, economical in the use of words almost to the point of curtness
articulate
adj. - joining words together quite easily, being verbal, vocal, possibly even voluble
v. - to join (words), i.e., to express vocal sounds
inarticulate
having trouble joining words together coherently
garrulous
talking constantly, and usually aimlessly and meaninglessly, about trifles
banal
completely lacking in originality and imagination, with speech patterns full of cliches and stereotypes
verb
the important word in a sentence
verbal
referring to a verb, or to words in general; oral or spoken, rather than written; or able to put feelings or thoughts into words
verbatim
word-for-word
verbiage
an excess of words; or a style or manner of using words
verbose
smothering ideas with excess words, with such an overabundance of words that the listener either drops into a state or helpless confusion or falls asleep
revolve
roll again, or keep turning round
revolution
one such complete rolling; or, by logical extension, a radical change of any sort
revolutionary
brings a radical change
involve
etymologically "roll in"; envelop, surround; take in, include
evolve
etymologically "roll out" (of a book); unfold, open out, expand; progress; gradually develop
voluble
rapid, fluent, articulate
cogent
driving, forceful
vociferous
carrying a lot of voice, i.e., vehement, loud, noisy, clamorous, shouting
somniferous
carrying, bearing, or bring sleep
insomnia
abnormal inability to fall asleep when sleep is required or desired
insomniac
the unfortunate victim of insomnia
somnolent
sleepy, drowsy
somnambulism
walking in one's sleep
ambulatory
well enough to get out of bed and walk around
perambulate
to stroll around
perambulator
a baby carriage, a vehicle for walking an infant through the streets
amble
to walk aimlessly
ambulance
vehicle for conveying wounded from field
preamble
an introduction or introductory statement
soporific
putting the audience to sleep
loquacious
talkative; liking to talk
soliloquy
a speech to oneself
soliloquist
one who speaks a soliloquy, usually on stage
ventriloquist
one who can throw his voice
ventriloquism
etymologically, the art of "speaking from the belly"
ventral
front or anterior side; belly side (of an animal)
ventricle
a hollow organ or cavity, or, logically enough, belly, as one of the chambers of the heart, or one of the chambers of the brain
auricle
the projecting outer portion of the ear, or the ear-shaped appendage projecting from each atrium of the heart
vehicular
referring to a vehicle
circular
referring to a circle
clavicular
referring to a clavicle (collarbone)
vesicular
referring to a vesicle (membranous, fluid-filled pouch in organisms, as a cyst, vacuole, or cell)
testicular
referring to a testicle
avuncular
referring to an uncle
dorsal
reverse or back side
endorse
sign on the back side; express your approval or support
circumlocution
expressing an idea in a roundabout or indirect way
eloquent
forceful, fluent; showing artistic expression, strong emotional appeal, the skillful use of language to move and arouse a listener noun
colloquial
language more informal and less rigidly grammatical than what you might expect in writing or in public addresses; informal, and suitable to everyday conversation
magniloquent
trying to impress by using more words than a simple idea needs
grandiloquent
synonym of magniloquent
magnanimous
big-hearted, generous, forgiving
magnate
a person of great power or influence, a big wheel, as a business magnate
magnify
to make larger, or make seem larger; esteem greatly, extol
magnificent
making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.; extraordinarily fine, superb; noble, sublime
magnitude
size, extent, dimensions, amount; greatness of important or consequence; moral greatness
magnum
(as of champagne or wine) a large bottle, generally two fifths of a gallon
magnum opus
etymologically a "big work"; actually, the greatest work, or masterpiece, of an artist, writer or composer
opus
a literary work or composition; a musical composition, usually numbered in order of publication by the composer
operate
to manage or use; to cause to work
cooperate
to work or act together