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ambivalent
having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
amenable
open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion, tractable, malleable
agument
to make larger, increase
contradictory
mutually opposed or inconsistent
credibility
the quality of being trusted and believed in
dehumanize
Deprive of human qualities; to treat as if less than a person
dejected
Downcast or sad; depressed
dishearten
cause (someone) to lose determination or confidence.
duplicitous
deceptive in words or action
emulate
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
hyperbolic
With exaggeration, marked in its heavy overstatement
nostalgic
characteristic of a sometimes painful homesickness for the past, as embodied in one's childhood or hometown
obdurate
stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action
profilic
abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity
profane
showing contempt toward sacred things
reciprocal
given, felt, or done in return
repentant
feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
subdue
to conquer or bring under control
trifle
something of little importance or value
trivial
of little value or importance
Adomitory
Giving or conveying a warning or reprimand
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
ameliorate
to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
berate
to scold or rebuke severely and at length
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
candid
truthful and straightforward; frank
caricature
a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
colloquial
Characteristic of ordinary conversation rather than formal speech or writing
diatribe
a bitter verbal attack
disdain
to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully; a feeling of contempt
elegiac
having a mournful quality
facetious
humorous, not meant seriously
impartial
unbiased; neutral
mordant
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
pejorative
expressing contempt or disapproval
pervert
turn away from right or truth; give a wrong meaning to
ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
specious
superficially plausible, but actually wrong
valid
Well-founded on evidence and corresponds accurately to the real world.
wry
twisted, turned to one side; cleverly and often grimly humorous
brusque
abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling
caustic
able to burn or eat away by chemical action; biting, sarcastic
despairing
hopeless, despondent, discouraged
digression
straying from main point
dispel
To scatter about, break up
fervent
having or displaying a passionate intensity
flippant
lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference
jeer
to make fun of rudely or unkindly
lament
to express sorrow; to grieve
naive
lacking sophistication or experience
ominous
unfavorable, threatening, of bad omen
pithy
brief and full of meaning and substance; concise
reverent
deeply respectful
sardonic
grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
tenuous
thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
torpid
inactive, sluggish, dull
verbose
wordy, very talkative
vitriolic
bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting
clinical
extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical
condescending
possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
detached
emotionally removed; calm and objective; indifferent
Dogma
an unproven principle or belief held to be true
elucidate
to clarify, explain
emphatic
forceful and definite in expression or action
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
galvanize
to startle into sudden activity
haughty
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious
ignoble
dishonorable; shameful
intemperate
lacking moderation; severe or extreme
invective
an intensely vehement, highly emotional verbal attack
jovial
endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship
ostentatious
showy, pretentious
pernicious
having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
plaintive
expressing sorrow
prosaic
dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
repudiate
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
scorn
to treat or regard with contempt or disdain
staid
serious and dignified; quiet or subdued in character or conduct
contemptuous
showing contempt; scornful
credulous
believing on slight evidence, gullible
dogmatic
strongly opinionated in an unwarranted manner
drivel
silly nonsense
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
extrapolation
the act of estimation by projecting known information
incredulous
unwilling or unable to believe something
invalid
a person made weak or disabled by illness or injury, or (adj) incorrect
glib
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
lucid
easy to understand, clear; rational, sane
pedantic
Excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
piquant
pleasantly pungent; attractive
pragmatic
practical, as opposed to idealistic
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
refute
to prove incorrect
scoff
to make fun of
succinct
briefly and clearly expressed
turgid
swollen, bloated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language
venerate
to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect
vilify
to malign, to defame, to utter abusive statements against