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Vocabulary List 2

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volubility
(n) eloquence, openness, smooth (negative connotation -- indicates a superficiality to speech/not really getting at anything; fluff, glib)
rhetorical
(adj) stylistic, persuasive, bombastic/high-flown or pompous (neutral connotation -- can be seen as intelligent or pretentious)
valedictory
(adj) parting, farewell, celebratory, reflective (speech) (positive connotation)
meritorious
(adj) commendable, worthy (positive connotation)
scabbard
(n) sheath (neutral connotation)
adamant
(adj) unwavering, resolved, stubborn (positive connotation -- implies a deep commitment to values or beliefs)
loquacious
(adj) wordy, long-winded, talkative (negative connotation)
admonitory
(adj) cautionary, warning (negative connotation)
antedated
(adj) preceding, predating (neutral connotation)
eulogy
(n) tribute, homage (positive connotation)
castigation
(n) chastisement, punishment (negative connotation)
liable
(adj) responsible, accountable (negative connotation)
culpable
(adj) guilty, blameworthy (negative connotation)
vindicate
(v) to absolve, exonerate, clear from blame (positive connotation)
dissolution
(n) termination, conclusion, disintegration, decay (neutral connotation -- the process of ending)
fetid
(adj) stinking, pungent (negative connotation)
ascetic
(adj) austere, self-denying (positive connotation)
acrimonious
(adj) scathing, bitter (negative connotation)
shrewish
(adj) bad-tempered, nagging, aggressive, quarrelsome (negative connotation -- of a woman; sexist term)
briny
(adj) salty, tangy (negative connotation -- usually used in terms of whether water is potable)
importunate
(adj) persistent, annoying, insistent (negative connotation)
gratuitous
(adj) unjustified, unwarranted, unnecessary (negative connotation, but can also be used in terms of something complementary/extra)
reticent
(adj) reserved, withdrawn, shy, quiet (neutral connotation)
insouciant
(adj) nonchalant, unruffled (positive connotation)
enervating
(adj) exhausting, draining (negative connotation)
cloying
(adj) sickly sweet, excessive, over sentimental, sickening (negative connotation)
obtuse
(adj) dull, stupid, imperceptive (negative connotation)
garrulous
(adj) talkative, gossipy (least negative connotation of all the "talkative" words; someone described as this might be fun to talk to)
terse
(adj) curt, blunt, concise (negative connotation)
abstain
(v) to refrain, avoid, refuse (neutral connotation)
tenacious
(adj) persistent, unyielding (positive connotation)
impetuous
(adj) impulsive, reckless, impatient, rash (negative connotation)
mundane
(adj) dull, boring, monotonous (negative connotation)
pretentious
(adj) ostentatious, pompous, high-flown (negative connotation)
digress
(v) to deviate, drift, meander (negative connotation -- to go on a tangent/wander, especially in speech and writing)