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n. A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal.
n. A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term; an equivoque.
adj. Having two or more significations equally applicable; capable of double or multiple interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.
adj. clear; easily understood
transitive v. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
adj. Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; well instructed; learned. "The erudite professor impressed many of his students by his breadth of knowledge"
adj. Unclear, unintelligible, hard to get or explain the meaning of: "The precise meaning of his utterance was opaque; we couldn't determine what he wanted from us"
adj. Rashly or wastefully extravagant
adj. returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.
n. something puzzling, mysterious or inexplicable
adj. Intensely hot, emotional, or zealous; characterized by intense emotion
v. To calm; to bring peace to; to influence someone who was furious to the point that he or she becomes content or at least no longer irate.
n. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor; earnestness
intransitive v. To refrain from something by one's own choice: abstain from traditional political rhetoric. See Synonyms at refrain
adj. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold. See Synonyms at adventurous, brave.
adj. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless "a desiccate romance" "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery" (C.J. Rolo)
transitive v. To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
adj. Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind" ( J.R. Salamanca).
adj. Easily deceived or duped; naïve, easily cheated or fooled.
adj. Worthy of being lauded; praiseworthy; commendable; as, laudable motives; laudable actions; laudable ambition
n. A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
n. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
intransitive v. To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver.
v. To spoil by adding impurities.
adj. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.
adj. Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable. See Synonyms at arbitrary.
transitive v. To bring into existence; give rise to: "Every cloud engenders not a storm" (Shakespeare)
adj. all of the same or similar kind or nature
adj. Given to continual talking; talkative; garrulous; chatty
adj. Practical, concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just theory
adj. highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state
n. Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest
transitive v. To strengthen or support with other evidence; make more certain. See Synonyms at confirm
adj. Lasting for a markedly brief time
adj. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
transitive v. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen
n. correctness in behavior and morals
n. conformity to prevailing customs and usages.
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