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smooth of speech
The charlatan was able to wheedle money out of the naive audience with a glib talk on the medicine that would expunge pain
same or uniform
While they started out as individuals, they became a homogeneous group whom he could motivate as he willed.
capable of being shaped or formed
He ingratiated himself into their confidence, and the malleable crowd was shaped into a subjugated mass.
sleight of hand, deceptive adroitness
They were engrossed as an ill man was "cured" before their eyes; some of the more urbane said it was legerdemain.
They could not follow the trend of his ideas, but his verbal dexterity galvanized the gullible listeners.
motionless, dull, inactive
The iconoclast has the propensity for reproaching those who feel complacent with leading a stagnant existence.
To the consternation of the distraught parents they learned their son was accused if using the lethal weapon on that fatal occasion.
We wish for halcyon days when the warlike solutions will have become passe.
delay, put off
We all tend to procrastinate when faced with an unsavory task.
one side or view of a person or situation
Edna recalled with nostalgia many facets of her school days.
pass off slyly, pass as genuine
They are dubious of such an artist and accuse him of trying to foist as a work of art a rudimentary exercise.
to mark with disgrace
It was an asinine thing to do--to stigmatize his opponent as a bigot and thus exacerbate an already bitter campaign.
surrender, make terms
Despite tenacious resistance, they were ousted from the strongpoint and had to capitulate to the enemy.
It is common to hear people disparage those who paint in the modern genre; they speak about the audacity of the artist who submits a high white canvas with a black border as a serious work.
tease or torment by offering something good, but not deliver
It is reprehensible to tantalize a young child with a promise of a reward for being good when you have no intention of giving it.
to answer, reply
He refused to retort to the rash question about his propensity for imbibing.
silent or reserved
Most politicians are reticent when asked to divulge their ambitions.
understood, implied, not stated.
His egregious behavior brought a tacit reproach to his mother's eyes.
The reporter divulged the blatant chicanery involved in the awarding of the contract.
easy to manage
Even the most docile person may become fractious when he gets only a pittance for his hard labor.
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