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circumlocution
the use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language
cogent
logical and convincing; appealing to reason
discourse
formal speech or writing; to speak or write formally and at length
falter
to hesitate or stammer in speech; to move or function in an unsteady way
literate
able to read and write; knowledgeable; educated
prattle
to talk foolishly; to chatter; foolish or annoying talk
raconteur
a person who tells stories and relates incidents with skill and wit
sophistry
clever arguments that are misleading or incorrect
utterance
something that is said
verbose
using or containing too many words; excessively wordy
appraisal
evaluation or estimation of worth
base
low or inferior in position or quality
candid
frank; honest; expressing one's honest opinion; not posed or rehearsed
criterion
a standard of judgment
dexterity
skill and grace in physical movement; cleverness
legitimate
lawful; proper and acceptable; genuine
mediocre
moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary
meritorious
worthy; deserving of praise
truism
a statement of self-evident truth; a saying that, while true, has been overused
validate
to establish or confirm the truth or legality of something
idiosyncrasy
an unusual habit of one particular person
innocuous
harmless; not likely to offend anyone
obtrusive
unpleasantly noticeable; bold; thrusting out
orthodox
doing and believing what is commonly accepted or customary; following established faiths and beliefs
prevalent
widely or commonly existing or practiced
prosaic
dull; ordinary; lacking in imagination and spirit
quaint
charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way
rarity
something that is very infrequent or scarce
singular
being the only one of a kind; unique; being beyond what is ordinary or usual; remarkable
trite
overused and therefore lacking in interest
acme
the highest point of achievement
adept
very skillful
aptitude
natural ability; quickness in understanding or intelligence
astute
having shrewd judgment; observant, clever, and cunning
finesse
to achieve a goal or handle a situation with subtle skill; skillful handling of a situation
painstaking
marked by or requiring great care; demanding extended or extreme effort or diligence
precocious
showing unusually early development or maturity
prodigy
a person, often young, with exceptional talents or powers
resourceful
effective and imaginative in solving problems; practical
virtuoso
a very skilled musician or other type of artist; an expert or master artist
devious
meant to trick; not straightforward; shifty
duplicity
deliberate deception in behavior or speech
fictitious
false or fake; adopted or assumed in order to deceive; imaginary, unreal, or relating to fiction
guile
sly intelligence; craftiness with the intention to deceive
gullible
easily deceived or fooled
hypocritical
giving a false appearance; saying one thing, but doing another
masquerade
to disguise oneself; to put on a false or deceptive appearance; a scheme or charade
overt
open and observable; not hidden or secret
reputable
having a good reputation; well thought of; honorable or trustworthy
veracity
truthfulness or accuracy; conformity to fact or truth
broach
to bring up a subject for discussion
convene
to assemble formally; to come together officially
debut
to make a first public appearance; a first public appearance
embark
to board a plane or ship; to start a major effort or to start out on an adventure
generate
to create; to bring into being
incipient
beginning to exist or appear
initiative
a beginning or an introductory step; an opening move; the ability or wish to start something
innovation
something newly introduced or created
novice
beginner
overture
a piece of music intended to introduce a longer work; an act or offer showing readiness to form a relationship or to negotiate
mit, miss
send
mob, mot, mov
move
mor, mort
mortal, death
multi
many, much
nov
new
ortho
straight, correct
pater, patr
father
pedo
child
plu, plur, plus
more
pop
people
port
carry
prim, prime
first
punct
point, dot
salv, salu
safe, healthy
scope
see, watch
scrib, scrip
write
serv
save, serve
simil, simul
like, resembling
sol
alone
sphere
ball, sphere
ex, e, ec, ef
out
extra, extro
beyond, outside
il, ir, in, im
not
inter
between
intra
within
intro
into, inward
mal
badly, poorly
mis
incorrect, bad
mono
one
homo
man
bi
both, double
by
side, close, near
co, con, col, com
together, with
de
from, down
di
two, twice
dia
through, between
dis, dif
apart, away, reverse
dys
badly, ill
em, en
in, into
eu
good
vid, vis
see
viv, vita, vivi
alive, life
voc
call
vol
will
vor
eat greedily
zo
animal
a, an
not, without
anti, ant
against
be
on, away
bene, bon
well
spir
breath
string, strict
draw tight
stru, struct
build
tele
far
tox
poison
tract, tra
draw, pull
turbo
disturb
vac
empty
ver, very
true
vert, vers
turn
port
carry
prim, prime
first
punct
point, dot
salv, salu
safe, healthy
scope
see, watch
scrib, scrip
write
serv
save, serve
simil, simul
like, resembling
sol
alone
sphere
ball, sphere
mit, miss
send
mob, mot, mov
move
mor, mort
mortal, death
multi
many, much
nov
new
ortho
straight, correct
pater, patr
father
pedo
child
plu, plur, plus
more
pop
people
luc, lum, lus, lun
light
magn
great
man
hand
mand
command
mania
madness
mar, mari, mer
sea, pool
matr
mother
meter
measure
micro
small
migra
wander