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- adj: complex or complicated
- a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
- verb: to undeceive; to set right
- let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
- adj: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
- She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.
- adj: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
- disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
- noun: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
- the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips
- adj: well-spoken, expressive, articulate
- noun form: eloquence
- His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
- verb: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
- the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
- noun: dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
- the kind of ennui that comes from having too much time on one's hands and too little will to find something productive to do
- verb: to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
- adj form: equivocal
- The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
- adj: very learned; scholarly
- noun form: erudition
- the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
- verb: exonerate; to clear of blame
- The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
- adj: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
- started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision
- adj: improvised; done without preparation
- caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneousspeech at the awards banquet
- noun: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
- They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
- verb: to loudly attack or denounce
- She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.
- adj.stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change:
- "She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her."
- (n: intransigence)
- adj.prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered
- An example of irascible is a man who becomes extremely mad at even the slightest of mistakes.
- an irascible old football coach
- adj.using few words; terse:
- "a laconic reply."