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- adj.cheerful; confident:
- "Her sanguine attitude put everyone at ease."
- (Sangfroid (noun) is a related French word meaning unflappibility. Literally, it means cold blood)
- v.to satisfy fully or to excess
- An example of to sate is to eat five cheeseburgers and six orders of cheese fries.
- The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger.
- adj.having a gloomy or morose temperament
- A shadowy haunted mansion is an example of someplace that would be described as saturnine.
- Your next door neighbor who snaps at you for everything and who is always disgruntled is an example of someone who would be described as saturnine.
- the men awaiting interrogation by the police shared asaturnine silence
- He is saturnine in temperament.
- n.a very knowledgable person; a genious
- Someone who is considered a scientific genius is an example of a savant.
- a savant in the field of medical ethics
- adj.diligent; persevering; persistent:
- "Her sedulous devotion to overcoming her background impressed many."
- (n: sedulity; sedulousness; adv. sedulously)
- adj.seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive:
- "Her argument, though specious, was readily accepted by many."
- adj.only covering the surface:
- "A superficial treatment of the topic was all they wanted."
- "Katie and carmella had a tacit agreement that they would not mention the dented fender to their parents."
- adj.habitually untalkative or silent (n: taciturnity)
- An example of taciturn is a person who sits quietly at the edge of the room and only responds in short sentences when spoken to.
- a taciturn man, he almost never initiates a conversation
- adj.exercising moderation and self-denial; calm or mild (n: temperance)
- An island that does not experience wild swings in temperature is an example of an island with a temperate climate.
- A person who makes sure he doesn't overeat or over-indulge is an example of someone who would be described as temperate in his habits.
- They had a temperate discussion.
- n.an angry speech:
- "His tirade had gone on long enough."
- adj.twisted; excessively complicated:
- "Despite public complaints, tax laws and forms have become increasingly tortuous."
- Note: Don't confuse this with torturous.
- adj.ability to be easily managed or controlled:
- "Her mother wished she were more tractable."
- (n: tractibility)
- n.depravity; baseness:
- "Mr. Castor was fired for moral turpitude."
- n.beginner; person lacking experience in a specific endeavor:
- "They easily took advantage of the tyro."
- adj.empty; without contents; without ideas or intelligence::
- "She flashed a vacuous smile."
- v.great respect or reverence:
- "The Chinese traditionally venerated their ancestors; ancestor worship is merely a popular misnomer for this tradition."
- (n: veneration, adj: venerable)
- "The instructor asked her verbose student make her paper more concise."
- (n: verbosity)
- v.to annoy; to bother; to perplex; to puzzle; to debate at length:
- "Franklin vexed his brother with his controversial writings."
- adj.slow moving; highly resistant to flow:
- "Heintz commercials imply that their catsup is more viscous than others'."
- (n: viscosity)
- adj.explosive; fickle (n: volatility).
- An example of volatile is a young man who often gets into fist fights.
- An example of volatile is the quality of the substance acetone.
- The stock market can be very volatile.
- adj.craving or devouring large quantities of food, drink, or other things. She is a voracious reader.
- An example of voracious is a person eating three servings more than anyone else at a dinner party.
- He has a voracious appetite.
- v.to hesitate or to tremble
- When you decide on one option and then start to rethink your decision and have a hard time choosing, this is an example of a situation where you waver between different options.
- adj.extremely pitiful or unfortunate (n: wretch)
- A person who looks extremely ill and sickly is an example of a person who would be described as looking wretched.
- A falling down house that is in grave disrepair is an example of a house that would be described as wretched.
- n.enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal (n: zealot; zealoutry. adj: zealous)
- An example of zeal is a passionate dedication for homeless rights.
- he was uncomfortable with their lavish parties and their collector's zeal for the most expensive, most ostentatious brand names