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Known only to those w specialized knowledge; Dr. Jabs' knowledge of economics may seem esoteric, but he's really just regurgitating the WSJ.
controversy; argument; verbal attack; some polemic people would actually touch you w a ten foot pole.
slow; delaying; Some _____ people like to dilly dally.
believing that oneself is all that exists; the girls who get their lips filled have a ____ view of the world. And some people are cops. The models on Zoolander have many ridiculous ____ rants.
indescribable; I was ______ when I saw there was a 19 hour layover in Kuwait!!!
Measured (depth etc) Policy must be plumbed or it's just lip service.
Easily angered; the boy used to be easily aroused & _______.
sleep-inducing; it's saying a lot when an author acknowledges his book's potential _______ powers.
Set or turn (something) on its end or upside down. In Thomas Edison, McGirr finds a forebear of today's tech entrepreneurs, a brilliant but arrogant man who regarded sleep and nightfall as nuisances to be vanquished. "For Edison, there were never enough hours in the day," McGirr writes. "So he made more." The long-lasting incandescent light bulb, which Edison perfected in 1879, was as much a profound upending of the natural order as it was a huge technological advance — the first step on the path to our current age of screen addiction, overlong workdays and sleep deficits.
A thought or reflection put into literary form; it's nice to know an author's _______ are similar to my randomly sequenced thoughts.
A person who cultivated an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge; at worst, I'm an energy ______ enthusiast. At best, I yearn to chair the Senate energy committee one day!
Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind; I want to be ____________ at investing!
Characterized by or given to extreme optimism despite hardship or adversity. Michael wrote a birthday post about my ______ nature ☺️
Not explicit or direct in addressing a point. I hate those _____ videos that make you watch until the end to uncover which carb to avoid! 😡
openly expressive of emotions; Michael is the most _______ person I've ever dated and I love it! I missed it during our break too.
To deprive of vital or essential parts; Tone is almost everything. Joe stepped beyond Wilson's sentimentality and Yates's bitterness to _____ modern America's success ethic."
(Especially of humor) having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting; Sarcasm is the lowest form of humor especially when the community is _________. It's emotion-Inducing if one is already emotional.
sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way; the players were making _____ comments about the referees. Rocket is likewise ______, especially when speaking to the gold people.
simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing: instead of enlightened minds I found prejudice and _____ answers. Some talks can be ____, but Elder Holland doesn't just recite scriptures in a train. He emphasizes and digests them. You want to reach the point that your expertise is never mistaken for ______, grim knowledge of the subject.
Show or feel barely suppressed anger, hatred, or another powerful emotion: Joe showed ______ indignation when Amy burned her manuscript.
lacking significance through having been overused; unoriginal and trite. I often feel many church talks and lessons become ________, leading me to bust out Rough Stone Rolling.
disguising one's true motives, feelings or beliefs. Never one to mince his words, Antonio was the perfect ____________ operation fiction writer was trying to bust; even an outright fabrication was delivered with aplomb.
speak in an evasive way; This isn't a bad time for her. She's not that into her career; she's just ________________ing.
refined in taste or manners. Michael is so ___________ except when he eats my chicken.
harmless, inoffensive; insignificant
Meddlesome; my ______ tendencies dissipated once I learned it was rude to eavesdrop
the appearance of being true or real; all bad novels are bad for numerous reasons; all good novels are good for their verisimilitude of reality, placing the readers in a world that resembles the one they know.
Sweetly flowing or sounding; Franz Schubert's music is among the most ____ ever written.
showing great attention to detail or correct behavior; overly precise; Don Snyder was so _____ in the way he marked the names off in the baptistery.
Dull; some prose can be incredibly ______. The Sermon on the Mount, however, comprises beautiful prose!
noisy and difficult to control; it's the _______ homeless people you have to watch out for
(adj.) overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling; children are overly ____ until they learn earning one's respect is better than domineering.
We must try to ________ her sorrow.
(lessen, pacify, mitigate)
One who lacks culture or taste; guided by materialism; hater of culture; Because he spoke mostly of video games, we assumed he was a _____. We had no idea how well read he is!
causing harm or damage; the BP oil spill was ________ to the fishing industry in the southern state
Harshness of manner; Simon is known for his __________ toward aspiring artists.
I'm not known to be _____, but I have bought dresses on the spare of the moment after break-ups.
overly idealistic; impractical; for every thousand startups w ________ plans to become the next big name in e-Commerce, only a handful ever become profitable.
poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity; My mom used to compliment Obama for his ______ demeanor in the face of criticism.
lacking in flavor; dull; The movie director would hire beautiful actors to deflect attention away from the _____ scripts he would typically use.
a sense of something about to happen; on the night that Lincoln would be fatally shot, his wife had a ________ about going to Ford's Theater, but Lincoln persuaded her that everything would be fine.
Some who engage in scandals may have been betrayed, but such _______ shouldn't lead the victim to err in return.
having or showing profound knowledge; There have been few times in my life when I have listened to an _____ speaker. Almost all of them have been in NY and have left me feeling inspired.
a writer or journalist producing dull, unoriginal work. Entertainment industry is ignoring the notion that vampires aren't tasteful. There's a _____ somewhere writing the next one.
failing in what duty requires. After Bowe Bergdahl had a Messiah complex: throwing his gun down in a ___________ defiance of his duty as a soldier. He merely received a dishonorable discharge from the army
demanding perfection; strict
antonym: lenient; I used to resent my piano teacher because she was so ____, but now I'm a professional pianist.
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