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- adj: extremely talkative
- noun form: loquacity
- After drinking four beers, my normally quiet wife becomes quite loquacious.
- adj: characterized by brightness and the emission of light
- In the hands of the hero, the magic sword glowed in a luminous manner.
- adj: having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
- noun form: malevolence
- How malevolent of you to wish that I was dead!
- adj: capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
- Unfortunately, most teenagers are malleable and give in to peer pressure rather easily.
- noun: the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
- adj form: medacious
- You can always tell a con man by his mendacity and desire to trick you out of your money.
- adj: characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
- This accounting job requires a meticulous person.
- noun: one who hates all other humans
- adj form: misanthropic
- The old man was a misanthrope who surrounded his entire yard with barbed wire to keep his neighbors at bay.
- verb: to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
- The doctor gave me a prescription to mitigate the pain.
- adj: unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
- With his obdurate personality and intense dislike for people, Jonathan had all the makings of a professional killer.
- adj: exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
- The princess had obsequious servants who showered her with attention.
- verb: to obstruct or block
- The police officers have blocked off the road to occlude the bomb from the public.
- noun: disgrace; contempt; scorn
- The celebrity chef earned opprobrium when she made a racial slur in front of the media.
- noun: the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
- The school boasts the most progressive pedagogy and a 100% graduation rate.
- adj: overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
- Sometimes, Jason is so pedantic in writing the perfect paper that he forgets to properly manage his time.
- noun: poverty; destitution
- Many people in third world countries live in penury and misery.
- adj.concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional:
- "His pragmatic approach often offended idealists."
- (n: pragmatism)
- n.cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; a dangerous place from which one is likely to fall; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
- An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
- He stood on the edge of the precipice.
- v., n.to fall; to fall downward suddenly and dramatically; to bring about or hasten the occurrence of something:
- "Old World diseases precipitated a massive decline in the American Indian population."