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(v) to renounce under oath; to abandon forever; to abstain from
Galileo was forced to abjure the theory that the earth turns around the sun.
(adj) bent or twisted in shape or condition; dryly humorous
His remark about my chances of winning the contest was wry and sarcastic.
(adj) apelike; relating to apes
(adj) marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse an argument
syn: critical, censorious
The captious middle-school clique included all the mean girls from our class who have nothing nice to say about anyone, not even themselvesRead more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_would_you_use_captious_in_a_sentence#ixzz1JKaV45PC
(adj) stubbornly persevering
syn: tenacious, obstinate
The man tried,but with all his might he could not budge the dogged mule.
(adj) ancient, primitive
syn: primordial, original
(adj) loud, harsh, unpleasantly noisy
syn: grating, shrill, discordant
As the flames grew higher, we heard a strident call for help.
(adj)ill-tempered; sickly, ailing
syn:pale, feeble, peevish
Molly's bilious demeanor made her ill-suited for a job in customer service, and she was let go from the position after two weeks.
(adj)lying face downward in adoration or submission
.They reached the throne of their king, and prostrated themselves in awe and fear.
(adj) in direpair, run down
syn: decayed, fallen into partial ruin
(n)a closed committee within a political party; a private committee meeting
(adj)influential in an original way, providing
basis for further development
syn: original, generative
The invention of the cell phone was a seminal development in mass communications
(v) to turn aside, especially from the main point; to stray from the subject
syn: deviate, wander
(adj)limited in outlook, narrow, unsophisticated
syn: unpolished, unrefined
Jim's outlook was very childish and provincial.
(adj)having to do with needless repetition, redundancy
syn: verbose, wordy
(adj) like an uncle in behavior, especially kindness and warmth
(v)to declare to be true, to affirm
(adj)gaudy, cheap, showy
syn: flashy, chintzy
(v) to trim off excess, reduce
syn: peel, clip
(adj)fictional, relating to imaginative creation
syn: not genuine
(v) to send into exile, banish; assign
syn: consign, classify, refer
(adj) quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
syn: argumentative, fractious, litigious
(v) to explain or describe in detail
syn: elucidate, elaborate
(n) a compact or close-knit body of people, animals or things
syn: mass, legion