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- (adj): silent, reserved
- Physically small and RETICENT in her speech, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.
- (adj): effective writing or speaking
- Lincoln's talent for RHETORIC was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.
- (v): to satisfy fully or overindulge
- His desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could SATIATE it.
- (adj): causing sleep or lethargy
- The movie proved to be so SOPORIFIC that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater.
- (adj): deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
- The student's SPECIOUS excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was proved otherwise when her teacher called her home.
- (n): a mark of shame or discredit
- In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter A on her clothes as a public STIGMA for her adultery.
- (adj): unemotional; lacking sensitivity
- The prisoner appeared STOLID and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.
- (adj): lofty or grand
- The music was so SUBLIME that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.
- (adj): done without using words
- Although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a TACIT agreement had been made about which course of action to take.
- (adj): silent, not talkative
- The clerk's TACITURN nature earned him the nickname "Silent Bob."
- (n): long harsh speech or verbal attack
- Observers were shocked at the manager's TIRADE over such a minor mistake.
- (adj): extreme mental and physical sluggishness
- After surgery, the patient experienced TORPOR until the anesthesia wore off.
- (v): to sway physically; to be indecisive
- The customer held up the line as he VACILLATED between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.
- (v): to respect deeply
- In a traditional Confucian society, the young VENERATE their elders, deferring to the elders's wisdom and experience.
- (adj): filled with truth and accuracy
- She had a reputation for VERACITY, so everyone trusted her description of events.
- (adj): wordy
- The professor's answer was so VERBOSE that his student forgot what the original question had been.
- (v): to annoy
- The old man who loved his peace and quiet was VEXED by his neighbor's loud music.
- (adj): acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
- The ballet was WHIMSICAL, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
- (adj): passion, excitement
- She brought her typical ZEAL to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.