He looked askance at the prisoner, considering him with suspicion, distrust, and disapproval.
(adv.) with suspicion, distrust; with disapproval
syn: distrustfully, suspiciously
Enthusiasm for intense shopping attenuated as the dollar weakened against the Euro, losing value and diluting its strength, making slim pickings for tourists.
(v.) to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value to make thin or slender
syn: thin out, dilute, water down ant: thicken, strengthen, bolster
The lung tumor was not malignant, and the doctor's benign bedside manner, gently treating with kindness and understanding, had the beneficial effect of making the patient feel forgiven and favorable to stop smoking.
(adj.) gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
The professor refused to be *obtuse*, but caused a sharp impression as he bluntly pointed out the slow, dull student who could not understand an obtuseobtuseessor refused to be *obtuse*, but caused a sharp impression as he bluntly pointed out the slow, dull student who could not understand an *obtuse* angle measures between 90 and 180 degrees.
(adj.) slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression; blunt, not coming to a point