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not in harmony, quarrelsome
She was a brilliant leader who could listen to the discordant voices of the Senate and somehow find a way to compromise.
to refuse to believe or cause others to disbelieve
He had to discredit the ridiculous idea that with a better diet, one could get by with only five hours of sleep ea h night.
maintaining or respecting privacy, especially about something of a delicate nature
They were so discreet about the affair that it was never discovered.
The investigation of a small discrepancy in an account revealed widespread fraud at that bank.
The course was given in three discrete sessions; you could attend just one or two and still follow the material
lacking in truth, often while giving the appearance of truthfulness
Their advertising was disingenuous, featuring photographs that made their dumpy hotel look like a paradise.
not personally engaged, without emotional interest
He could not participate on the jury; the
victim was his cousin, and so he could not be disinterested in the outcome of the trial
disorderly, out of sequence
She told the story in such a disjointed way that we asked her to repeat it so that we could understand.
to allow or cause to leave; to reject
She dismissed the proposal, saying that it would be too expensive to carry out.
to speak of slightingly; to lessen the reputation of
Do not disparage your elders; they worked hard to build this community.
The four musicians brought together their disparate talents and ideas to make a wild and beautiful collection of songs.
to put on a false appearance
The children tried to dissemble innocence, but thec rumbs on their fa e gave them away.
to scatter, spread around
Please disseminate the news; I want everyone to know about my candidacy.
disagreeing with an established belief or organization
Under the rule of the dictator, people kept their dissident ideas to themselves.
the act or process of falling apart
The dissolution of their marriage was unexpected; they had seemed so happy
the clashing of ideas or sounds
The music included much dissonance, and I left the concert hall with a headache.
to expand, swell
Ironically, their distended bellies are a sign of their great hunger.
to extract the essence of
The professor could distill complex ideas into a simple diagram or statement.
to strip, deprive, or free from
He divested himself of most of his wealth and went off to live in the woods
to make a secret known
She refused to divulge what her sister had told her that evening.
fanatic about a doctrine or theory
A doctrinaire libertarian, she refused to pay any taxes.
taken to expressing opinions as though they were facts
She was turned off by his dogmatic assertions that reading his book would completely trans- form her life.
It is hard to believe that the tulip bulbs lie dormant in the earth under the winter snow.
waste, something that is inferior
The art show was so full of dross that his beautiful pie e stood out.
one who is easily deceived or fooled
He was a dupe to believe all of her lies.
We soon were all carried away by her ebullient mood.
Her staid outfits contrasted with her eccentric ideas.
choosing from a variety of sources; composed of a variety of styles, methods, or ideas
His taste in music was eclectic, including everything from opera to free jazz.
Her effervescence was not appropriate for the solemn occasion
without strength or character
The young men longed for war so that they could prove they had not grown effete.
the ability to produce the desired effect
Her efficacy was astonishing; within three days she got the project back on track
He had the effrontery to demand a full refund, simply because he had not liked one of the performers.
a poem or song expressing sorrow at the loss of one who has died
After the poet read the elegy for her mother, not an eye was dry of tears.
to draw or bring out
Her pointed questions elicited thoughtful replies.
a sweetened mixture of alcohol and water having medicinal qualities
He made a fortune selling an elixir that he claimed could preserve youth
beautifully and fluently expressive
She wrote an eloquent letter to thank her aunt for the gift.
made thin and week
The at was emaciated when we found her, but now she is healthy though a bit plump.
to add ornamentation
He embellished the story with little exaggerations to make it more interesting.
having the power to soothe or make soft and supple
The midwife's emollient words encouraged the woman in labor.
based on observation or experience without resorting to theory
Your arguments are too theoretical; only empirical evidence will persuade me.
to try to equal or excel; to imitate
He had no desire to emulate his novelist father and instead became an accountant.
praise, an expression of praise
The encomium from all the critics in the world did not matter so mu h to her as the praise her tea her heaped on her little book.
characteristic of or prevalent in a group of people or region
The Joshua tree is endemic to the Mojave Desert; it grows nowhere else.
to reduce the strength of
The heat and humidity enervated her so mu h that she did not even try to accomplish anything on that day
to bring into existence
His unclear directions engendered confusion.
to improve in quality, desirability, or value
Her new hairstyle did mu h to enhance her appearance.
He lay in bed that night trying to sort out the meaning of her enigmatic good-bye.
a feeling of weariness
Despite the wealth of opportunities available to me, I could not shake the feeling of ennui at the very thought of starting another job
to pronounce clearly; to announce
I will enunciate my intentions only after my plans are settled.
having good judgment or understanding
Only the most discerning customers an tell the difference between this fabric and real silk.
Synonyms: discriminating, insightful, knowledgeable, perceptive
lasting a short time
Pleasure may be ephemeral, but so is pain.
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