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word: recalcitrant


Definition: (adjective) Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
Synonyms: refractory
Usage: Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects. Discuss.

word: gauche


Definition: (adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms: unpolished, graceless
Usage: Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. Discuss.

word: inured


Definition: (adjective) Made tough by habitual exposure.
Synonyms: hardened
Usage: Doctors become inured to death. Discuss.

word: impede


Definition: (verb) Be a hindrance or obstacle to.
Synonyms: hinder
Usage: By questioning every proposal, she is impeding the progress of our project. Discuss.

word: Innocuous


Definition: (adjective) Having no adverse effect.
Synonyms: harmless
Usage: That mushroom may look innocuous, but it is in fact deadly. Discuss.

Word: spendthrift


Definition: (noun) One who spends money recklessly or wastefully.
Synonyms: scattergood, spend-all, spender
Usage: You talk as if a miser on Monday were always a spendthrift on Tuesday. Discuss.

word: languorous


Definition: (adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.
Synonyms: lackadaisical, languid, dreamy
Usage: The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea. Discuss.

word: asperity


Definition: (noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms: sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant. Discuss.

word: vacillate


Definition: (verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
Synonyms: hover, oscillate, vibrate
Usage: I vacillated about what to say for so long that the man on the phone asked if I was still there. Discuss.

word: intransigent


Definition: (adjective) Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
Synonyms: adamant, inexorable, adamantine
Usage: My father is an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency. Discuss.

word: cantankerous


Definition: (adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms: bloody-minded
Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord. Discuss.



Definition: (adjective) Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.
Synonyms: dreadful, terrible, awful, appalling, dismal, dire, ghastly, hideous, atrocious, godawful
Usage: We have been having abysmal weather lately, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance next week! Discuss.

word: abeyance — (noun) The condition of being temporarily set aside. (“I can thing of many, estecially in our political gladiator type political and economical arena”))


Synonyms: suspension
Usage: Every other feeling as it rushed upon him was thrown into abeyance by pity, deep respectful pity, for the man who sat before him. Discuss.