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- adj: quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
- her husband is by nature a reticent person, and she resigned herself to that fact long ago
- adj: concerned and attentive; eager
- I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
- adj: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
- he managed to rise above the sordid streets upon which he grew up
- adj: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
- sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
- verb: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
- squandered all her money gambling in casinos
- adj: not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
- the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest
- verb: to stun, baffle, or amaze
- stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days
- verb: to block; to thwart
- Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
- noun: the combination of parts to make a whole
- verb form: synthesize
- a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
- noun: a force that causes rotation
- torque wrench
- adj: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
- a tortuous path up the mountain
- adj: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
- die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss
- noun: truthfulness, honesty
- We questioned the veracity of his statements.
- adj: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
- the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
- adj: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
- it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
- verb: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
- The kite wavered in the wind.
- n.generosity and nobility. (adj: magnanimous)
- When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
- Because she was kind and generous, the magnanimous queen was loved by all.
- adj.malicious; evil; having or showing ill will:
- "Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it."
- n.one who hates people:
- "He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself."