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adj. yielding; conforming to requirements.
"Because Joel usually gave in and went along with whatever his friends desired, his mother worried that he might be too compliant."
adj. reconciling; soothing.
"She was still angry despite his conciliatory words."
v. overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse.
"Unlike Widow Douglass, who condoned Huck's minor offenses, Miss Watson did nothing but scold."
v. confuse; puzzle.
"No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long."
n. person competent to act as a judge of art. etc. ; a lover of an art.
"Bernard Berenson, the American art critic and connoisseur of Italian art, was hired by wealthy art lovers to select paintings for their collections."
n. claim; thesis.
"It is our contention that, if you follow our tactics, you will boost your score on the GRE."
"Disagreeing violently with the referres' ruling, the coach became so contentious that the referees threw him out of the game."
"Her contrite tears did not influence the judge when he imposed sentence.
n. riddle; difficult problem.
"During the long car ride, she invented conundrums to entertain the children."
v. approach; tend to meet; come together.
"African-American men from all over the United Stated converged on Washington to take part in the historic Million Man March."
adj. coiled around; involved; intricate.
"His argument was so convoluted that few of us could follow it intelligently."
"Lillian's craven refusal to join the protest was criticized by her comrades, who had expected her to be brave enough to stand up for her beliefs."
v. intimidate; frighten.
"'Boast all you like of your prowess. Mere words cannot daunt me.,' the hero answered the villain."
n. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners.
"Even the best-mannered studnets have trouble behaving with decorum on the last day of school."
n. courteous regard for another's wish.
"In deference to the minister's request, please do not take photographs during the wedding service."
v. portray; depict; sketch.
"Using only a few descriptive phrases, Austen delineates the character of Mr. Collins so well that we can predict his every move.
"All attempts to denigrate the chracter of our late president have failedl the people still love him and cherish his memory."
v. ridiculous; make fun of
"The critics derided his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously. Despite the critics' derision, however, audiences were moved by the play, cherring its unabashadly