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believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity:
he was brutally cynical and hardened to every sob story under the sun.
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm:
a few people were left, dancing in a desultory fashion
a large, imposing building
synonym for demure
(especially with reference to a woman) making a pretence of shyness or modesty which is intended to be alluring: she treated him to a coy smile of invitation.
a person holding unconventional beliefs
strike with a firm blow: he smites the water with his sword.
be strongly attracted to someone or something: she was smitten with the boy.
take part in an activity in a casual or superficial way:
he dabbled in left-wing politics.
noun - a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
harass or beg (someone) persistently for or to do something:
she importuned a waiter for profiteroles.
speak insultingly of someone, especially to intentionally rankle them.
placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy.
she's very pernickety about her food
mentally prepare (oneself) to do or face something difficult:
his team were steeling themselves for disappointment
rude or vulgar.
a man of coarse speech.
indecent language and coarse jests.
not aware of or concerned about what is happening around one:
she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time.
formal politeness and courtesy in behaviour or speech:
I hope we can treat each other with civility and respect.
drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way:
they danced and caroused until the drink ran ou
having or indicating a readiness or over-readiness to be generous to or lenient with someone:
If you have misgivings about something, it means you're worried that it's not a good idea. Trying to fall asleep the night before a test, you might have misgivings about having studied so little.
concede vs capitulate vs cede vs relinquish
cede is give up position over something
capitulate is surrender
concede is accept defeat
voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up: he relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive.
without special knowledge or experience
language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
the holding or expression of opinions at variance with those commonly or officially held: there was no dissent from this view.
elegantly and stylishly fashionable:
she looked every inch the chic Frenchwoman.
change an opinion: [ no obj. ] : he wouldn't budge on his decision.
reprimand: a recklessness which cannot be too severely reprehended.
intensely painful: excruciating back pain.
very embarrassing, awkward, or tedious: he explained the procedure in excruciating detail.
skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully: his wily opponents.
talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.
characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion: he had a reckless and tempestuous streak.
quiet and rather reflective or depressed: I felt strangely subdued as I drove home.
1 (of a person) not aware of the full facts: an unwitting accomplice.
2 not done on purpose; unintentional: we are anxious to rectify the unwitting mistakes made in the past.
the quality of having a modest or low view of one's importance. he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better.
belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine: Huss was burned for heresy | [ count noun ] : the doctrine was denounced as a heresy by the pope.
• opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted: the heresy of being uncommitted to the right political dogma.
something bad is going to happen
excessively proud of oneself; vain: Fred's so conceited he'd never believe anyone would refuse him.
kept secret; hidden: a concealed weapon | he spoke with barely concealed anger.
done or shown openly; plainly apparent: an overt act of aggression | people with HIV progressing to overt AIDS.
in the style of an epigram; concise, clever, and amusing: an epigrammatic style.
(of an action) seeming sensible and judicious in the circumstances: [ with infinitive ] : I did not think it politic to express my reservations.
acting with or showing care and thought for the future: no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose.
intrusive and prying
excessively interested in a person's private affairs; too inquisitive: she felt there was no place where she could escape from the prying eyes. a certain kind of prying journalism.
causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited: that was an intrusive question | tourist attractions that are environmentally intrusive.
completely engrossing; compelling: the book is a riveting account of the legendary freedom fighter.
becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt: sclerotic management.
overly used expression
make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated.
sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.
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