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- Many animal are quiescent over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to converse energy.
- to reject the validity of
- The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was repudiated when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them.
- silent, reserved
- Physically small and verbally reticent, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those she was reporting upon.
Similar: cool, standoffish,taciturn,laconic
- effective writing or speaking
- Lincoln's talent for rhetoric was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.
- to satisfy fully or overindulge
- His desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could satiate it.
- causing sleep or lethargy
- The movie proved to be so soporific that soon loud snores were heard throughout the cinema.
Similar: Hypnotic, slumberous,narcotic,somnolent
- deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
- The student's specious excuses for being alte sounded legitimate, but was proved otherwise when his teacher called his home.
Similar: illusory, spurious,ostensible,plausible,sophistic
- 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.
- unemotional, lacking sensitivity
- The prisoner appeared stolid and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.
- lofty or grand
- The music was so sublime that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.
- done without using words
- Although not a word said, everyone in the room knew that a tacit agreement was made about what course of action to take.
- silent, not talkative
- The clerk's taciturn nature earned him the nickname Silent Bob.
- long, harsh speech or verbal attack
- Observers were shocked at the manager's tirade over such a minor mistake.
- extreme mental and physical sluggishness
- After surgery, the patient experienced torpor until the anesthesisa wore off.
- temporary, lasting a brief time
- The reporter lived a transitory life, staying in one place only long enough to cover the current story.
- to physically sway or to be indecisive
- The customer held up the line as he vacillated between ordering chocolate-chip or rocky-road ice-cream.
Venerateto respect deeply
- respect deeply
- In a traditional Confucian society the young venerate their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdom and experience.
- filled with truth and accuracy
- She had a reputation for veracity, so everyone trusted her description of events.
- The professor's answer was so verbose that his student forgot what the original question had been.
Similar: longwinded, loquacious,superflous,proflix
- to annoy
- The old man who loved his peace and quiet was vexed by his neighbor's loud music.
- thick and adhesive, like a slow flowing fluid
- Most viscous liquids, like oil, or honey, become even thicker as they are cooled down.
- easily aroused or changeable; like or explosive
- His volatile personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.
- to fluctuate between choices
- If you waver too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.
- lightly acting in a fanciful or caprcious manner; unpredictable
- The ballet was whimsical, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
- passion, excitement
- She brought her typical zeal to the project sparking enthusiasm in the other team meambers.