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Vocab lists 1-5

Ms. Purvis Vocab List 2016/2017

TermDefinition
Brevity Briefness or conciseness in speech or writing
Concise Using few in speaking or writing
Laconic using few words in speech
Pithy brief and full of meaning and substance
Quiescent quiet,still;inactive
Reticent not talking much;reserved
Succinct clearly and briefly stated
Taciturn Silent;sparing of words;closed mouth
Terse using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness
Diffuse Spread out, not concise; wordy
Digress to wander off from the subject or topic spoken about
Verbose using too many words; wordy; long winded
Voluble Talking a great deal with ease; glib
Circumlocution Speaking in circles; roundabout speech
Colloquial Pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
Loquacious Very talkative; liking to talk
Rhetorical Relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression
Bombastic Using language in a pompous, showy way; speaking to impress others
Eloquence Artful ease with speaking; speech that can influence people's feelings
Garrulous talkative
Grandiloquent Using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others
Prattle To speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly
Ramble To talk on and on pointlessly, without clear direction
Rant To Talk very loudly, even wildly; rave
Arrogant Overbearing; proud;haughty
Braggart One who boasts a great deal
Complacent Self-satisfied
Contemptuous Lacking respect; scornful
Disdainful Full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof
Egotistical Excessively self absorbed; very conceitied
Haughty Having great pride in oneself and dislike for others
Insolent Boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude
Narcissistic Having to do with extreme self-adoration and a feeling of superiority to everyone
Ostentatious Having to do with showing off; pretentious
Presumptuous Too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds
Pretentious Claiming or pretending increased importance; ostentatious; affectedly grand
Supercilious Looking down on others; proud and scornful
Swaager To walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner
Banal Dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed
Cliche An idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
Derivative Unoriginal; taken from something already existing
Hackneyed Made commonplace by overuse; trite
Insipid Lacking flavor or taste; unexciting
Lackluster Lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring
Mundane Commonplace, ordinary
Pedestrian Commonplace, ordinary, unoriginal, mundane
Platitude Quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original
Prosaic Dull, commonplace
Trite Unoriginal and stale due to overuse
Vapid Lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale
Allay To lesson fear;to calm; to relieve pain
Alleviate To lessen pain or tension
Ameliorate to make better; to lessen pain, difficulty, or tension
appease to make tranquil, especially by give into demands; pacify
assuage to alleviate; to lessen pain or conflict; pacify
conciliate to win a person over through special considerations or persuasive methods
mediate to act as a go-between in settling conflicts or disputes
mitigate to make or become less severe; to lesson pain or damage
mollify to pacify, soothe, or appease; to make less severe or violent
pacify to calm; to make peaceful; to restore to a tranquil state
placate to make calm; to soothe
quell to pacify; to subdue; to quiet down
Created by: EgM1247
 

 



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