noun excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery. admiration
adjective of or belonging to the period before the Flood. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.
noun the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness: The candor of the speech impressed the audience. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality: to consider an issue with candor.
verb (used with object), -based, -bas•ing. to degrade in some way to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor.
adjective resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.
verb (used without object), -at•ed, -at•ing. to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion: to expatiate upon a theme. to speak or write elaborately or in great length
verb (used with object) to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon )to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently(usually followed by in or into ): to foist political views in to a news story.
adjective beginning to exist or develop: the nascent republic. beginning to display signs of potential
adjective presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive: propitious gods.
adjective Having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance. disreputable but charming
verb Ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly
(a.) Going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding (n.) Transcendental function above and beyond
adjective eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
adjective of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: theirwan attempts to organize the alumni. lacking vitality
- verb Employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something: "you can wheedle your way onto a court". Coax or persuade someone to do something.
make less severe by natural occurrence to diminish in intensity, violence, amount.
general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses.
extremely irritable or easily angered, irascible
dash; impetuous ardor, energy, enthusiasm
a formal expression of high praise; eulogy
knowledge acquired by study, research. Showing knowledge or scholarship
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant
crafty schemes, plots, intrigues
to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief; YOU make it less severe
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous; showing off in a vulgar manner
causing insidious harm or ruin, ruinous, hurtful
extraordinary in size, amount, extent; remarkably great
with suspicions mistrust or disapproval with a side glance, sideways, obliquely
to encourage support in wrongdoing
lacking definite form , having no specific shape
(n.) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
offensively self-assertive, obtusely, obnoxious
roundabout, not direct
mournful over what has passed or been lost; often used to describe tone
(adj.) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
firmly established, long-standing; habitual
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
mental sharpness; keen insight; shrewdness especially to discern something
unnecessary and unwarranted, without cause, given freely; unearned; unwarranted
arousing to action or rebellion, deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
(adj.) showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; (n.) a jester's costume; a jester
capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
(v.) to predict, especially on the basis of present indications or signs
(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
stinging, bitter in temper or tone
Without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
to urge strongly, advise earnestly, urge on or encourage especially by shouts
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
lacking interest or significance, lacking in nutritive value
a model of excellence or perfection, epitome
having an agreeably pungent taste
a natural inclination or tendency
to put forward for consideration
reluctant to draw attention to yourself, cool and formal in manner
(adj.) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
a trace or evidence of something that once existed
resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential
to state as a fact; to confirm or support, to affirm; declare to be true
(v.) To end resistance, give up, surrender, throw in the towel
Feelings or anxiety or dismay typically at something unexpected
the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something
try to stir up public opinion, stir up, instigate
overused, cliched, overdone especially for a phrase
slow, sluggish, listless, weak, displaying or having disinclination for physical activity
associated with war and the armed forces, military
indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; omen
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
to review a series of facts; to sum up, summarize briefly
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
Adherence to the truth; truthfulness; accurate
a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
reader; connected to context and purpose; previous knowledge, attitude, bias (in accordance to the rhetorical triangle)
reluctant acknowledgement or yield
Words, events, or circumstances that help determine meaning
A challenge to a position; an opposing argument
Retelling an event or series of events
The speaker, voice, or character assumed by the author of a piece of writing
An argument against an idea, usually regarding philosophy, politics, or religion
A negative term for writing designed to sway opinion rather than present information
One's intention or objective in a speech or writing
To discredit an argument, particularly in a counterargument
The study of effective, persuasive language use; according to Aristotle, use of the "available means of persuasion"
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse