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unembarrassed

  • adjective satellite not embarrassed
    unabashed.
    • a tinseled charm and unabashed sentimentality"- Jerome Stone
    • an unembarrassed greeting as if nothing untoward had happened

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directness

  • noun trueness of course toward a goal
    straightness.
    • rivaling a hawk in directness of aim
  • noun the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
    candor; candidness; forthrightness; candour; frankness.

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disarming

  • noun act of reducing or depriving of arms
    disarmament.
    • the disarmament of the aggressor nations must be complete
  • verb remove offensive capability from
    demilitarise; disarm; demilitarize.

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disconcerted

  • adjective satellite having self-possession upset; thrown into confusion
    discombobulated.
    • the hecklers pelted the discombobulated speaker with anything that came to hand
    • looked at each other dumbly, quite disconcerted"- G.B.Shaw
  • verb cause to feel embarrassment
    disconcert; flurry; confuse; put off.
    • The constant attention of the young man confused her

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unselfconscious

  • adjective satellite not self-conscious
    • she grew up with him in unselfconscious friendship

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startled

  • adjective satellite excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement
    • students startled by the teacher's quiet return
    • the sudden fluttering of the startled pigeons
    • her startled expression
  • verb to stimulate to action
    galvanise; startle; galvanize.
    • ..startled him awake
    • galvanized into action

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unhesitating

  • adjective satellite characterized by quickness and firmness
    resolute.
    • his reply was unhesitating

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versus

Against; as, John Doe versus Richard Roe; -- chiefly used in legal language, and abbreviated to v. or vs.

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unceremonious

  • adjective satellite without ceremony or formality
    unceremonial.
    • an unceremonious speech
  • adjective satellite without due formalities
    • unceremonious dismissal from office

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refreshing

  • adjective satellite imparting vitality and energy
    refreshful; tonic; brisk; bracing; fresh.
    • the bracing mountain air
  • verb refresh one's memory
    brush up; review; refresh.
    • I reviewed the material before the test

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unflinching

  • adjective satellite not shrinking from danger
    unintimidated; unblinking; unshrinking.

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inconceivable

  • adjective satellite totally unlikely
    impossible; unimaginable; out of the question.

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unapologetic

  • adjective unwilling to make or express an apology
    • an unapologetic believer

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catch

  • noun a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
    gimmick.
    • it sounds good but what's the catch?
  • noun the quantity that was caught
    haul.
    • the catch was only 10 fish

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unliterary

  • adjective satellite marked by lack of affectation or pedantry
    nonliterary.
    • her talk was very unliterary"- W.D.Howells

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characteristic

  • noun a prominent attribute or aspect of something
    feature.
    • the map showed roads and other features
    • generosity is one of his best characteristics
  • noun a distinguishing quality

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disconcerting

  • adjective satellite causing an emotional disturbance
    upsetting.
    • his disconcerting habit of greeting friends ferociously and strangers charmingly"- Herb Caen
    • an upsetting experience
  • verb cause to feel embarrassment
    disconcert; flurry; confuse; put off.
    • The constant attention of the young man confused her

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reminiscent

  • adjective satellite serving to bring to mind
    remindful; evocative; redolent; resonant.
    • cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note"- Wilder Hobson
    • a campaign redolent of machine politics

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soldierly

  • adjective satellite (of persons) befitting a warrior
    soldierlike; warriorlike; martial.
    • a military bearing

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appeal

  • noun earnest or urgent request
    entreaty; prayer.
    • an entreaty to stop the fighting
    • an appeal for help
    • an appeal to the public to keep calm
  • noun attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
    charm; appealingness.
    • his smile was part of his appeal to her

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childlike

  • adjective satellite befitting a young child
    childly.
    • childlike charm
  • adjective satellite exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
    simple; wide-eyed; dewy-eyed; round-eyed.
    • childlike trust
    • dewy-eyed innocence
    • listened in round-eyed wonder

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surprised

  • adjective taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment
    • surprised by her student's ingenuity
    • surprised that he remembered my name
    • a surprised expression
  • verb cause to be surprised
    surprise.
    • The news really surprised me

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uncompromising

  • adjective not making concessions
    inflexible; sturdy.
    • took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks
    • uncompromising honesty

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test

  • noun trying something to find out about it
    trial; trial run; tryout.
    • a sample for ten days free trial
    • a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain
  • noun any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
    mental testing; mental test; psychometric test.
    • the test was standardized on a large sample of students

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unmediated

  • adjective satellite having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
    direct.
    • in direct sunlight
    • in direct contact with the voters
    • direct exposure to the disease
    • a direct link
    • the direct cause of the accident
    • direct vote

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unusual

  • adjective not usual or common or ordinary
    • a scene of unusual beauty
    • a man of unusual ability
    • cruel and unusual punishment
    • an unusual meteorite
  • adjective being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
    strange.
    • a strange exaltation that was indefinable
    • a strange fantastical mind
    • what a strange sense of humor she has

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unadorned

  • adjective not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
    undecorated.

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dimension

  • noun the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
  • noun a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
    attribute; property.
    • self-confidence is not an endearing property

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unnerving

  • adjective satellite inspiring fear
    redoubtable; formidable.
    • the formidable prospect of major surgery
    • a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic"- G.H.Johnston
    • something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall
  • verb disturb the composure of
    faze; unsettle; enervate; unnerve.

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characterize

  • verb describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
    qualify; characterise.
    • You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
    • This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
  • verb be characteristic of
    characterise.
    • What characterizes a Venetian painting?

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unerring

  • adjective satellite not liable to error
    inerrant; inerrable.
    • the Church was...theoretically inerrant and omnicompetent"-G.G.Coulton
    • lack an inerrant literary sense
    • an unerring marksman

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shocked

  • adjective satellite struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    dismayed; appalled; aghast.
  • verb surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
    take aback; shock; ball over; blow out of the water; floor.
    • I was floored when I heard that I was promoted

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unabashed

  • adjective satellite not embarrassed
    unembarrassed.
    • a tinseled charm and unabashed sentimentality"- Jerome Stone
    • an unembarrassed greeting as if nothing untoward had happened

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level

  • noun a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    grade; degree.
    • a moderate grade of intelligence
    • a high level of care is required
    • it is all a matter of degree
  • noun a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
    grade; tier.
    • lumber of the highest grade

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unswerving

  • adjective satellite going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside
    undeviating.
    • some people see evolution as an undeviating upward march from simple organisms to the very complex
    • a straight and narrow tree-lined road unswerving across the lowlands
  • adjective satellite firm and dependable especially in loyalty
    staunch; steadfast.
    • a steadfast ally
    • a staunch defender of free speech
    • unswerving devotion
    • unswerving allegiance

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seem

  • verb give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    look; appear.
    • She seems to be sleeping
    • This appears to be a very difficult problem
    • This project looks fishy
    • They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time
  • verb seem to be true, probable, or apparent
    appear.
    • It seems that he is very gifted
    • It appears that the weather in California is very bad

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uncharacteristic

  • adjective distinctive and not typical
    • a book uncharacteristic of its author

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coupled

  • adjective satellite joined together especially in a pair or pairs
    conjugated; conjugate.
  • verb bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    pair; couple; mate; twin; match.
    • This fact is coupled to the other one
    • Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
    • The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project

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unsentimental

  • adjective satellite facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination
    tough-minded.

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rare

  • adjective satellite not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
    • a rare word
    • rare books
  • adjective satellite recurring only at long intervals
    • a rare appearance
    • total eclipses are rare events

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brutal

  • adjective satellite (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    savage; barbarous; vicious; cruel; fell; roughshod.
    • a barbarous crime
    • brutal beatings
    • cruel tortures
    • Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
    • a savage slap
    • vicious kicks
  • adjective satellite harsh
    unrelenting.
    • the brutal summer sun
    • a brutal winter

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contrast

  • noun the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
    direct contrast.
    • in contrast to", "by contrast
  • noun the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

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unstudied

  • adjective not by design or artifice; unforced and impromptu
    uncontrived.
    • an air of unstudied spontaneous utterance is apt to be painstakingly achieved
    • simple unstudied charm
  • adjective satellite lacking knowledge gained by study often in a particular field
    • is unstudied in Latin as he is in may other matters

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toward

In the direction of; to.
He set his face toward the wilderness. Num. xxiv. 1.
The waves make towards'' the pebbled shore. Shak.

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undeviating

  • adjective satellite going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside
    unswerving.
    • some people see evolution as an undeviating upward march from simple organisms to the very complex
    • a straight and narrow tree-lined road unswerving across the lowlands
  • adjective satellite used of values and principles; not subject to change; steady
    • undeviating loyalty

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lacking

  • adjective satellite inadequate in amount or degree
    deficient; wanting.
    • a deficient education
    • deficient in common sense
    • lacking in stamina
    • tested and found wanting
  • verb be without
    lack; miss.
    • This soup lacks salt
    • There is something missing in my jewelry box!

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businesslike

  • adjective satellite exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business
  • adjective satellite not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
    earnest.

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refer

  • verb make reference to
    name; bring up; advert; mention; cite.
    • His name was mentioned in connection with the invention
  • verb be relevant to
    touch on; relate; pertain; have-to doe with; bear on; touch; come to; concern.
    • There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    • My remark pertained to your earlier comments

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brusque

  • adjective satellite marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    curt; short; brusk.
    • try to cultivate a less brusque manner
    • a curt reply
    • the salesgirl was very short with him

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rarely

  • adverb not often
    seldom.
    • we rarely met

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unblushing

  • adjective satellite feeling no shame
    shameless.
    • a shameless imposter
    • an unblushing apologist for fascism

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worthy

  • noun an important, honorable person (word is often used humorously)
    • he told his story to some conservative worthies
    • local worthies rarely challenged the chief constable
  • adjective having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
    • a worthy fellow
    • a worthy cause

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unvarnished

  • adjective satellite not having a coating of stain or varnish
    unstained.
  • adjective satellite free from any effort to soften to disguise
    plain.
    • the plain and unvarnished truth
    • the unvarnished candor of old people and children

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eliot

  • noun British poet (born in the United States) who won the Nobel prize for literature; his plays are outstanding examples of modern verse drama (1888-1965)
    T. S. Eliot; Thomas Stearns Eliot.
  • noun British writer of novels characterized by realistic analysis of provincial Victorian society (1819-1880)
    George Eliot; Mary Ann Evans.

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hitherto

  • adverb used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
    til now; so far; up to now; heretofore; thus far; until now; as yet; yet.
    • So far he hasn't called
    • the sun isn't up yet

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throw

  • noun the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
    • the catcher made a good throw to second base
  • noun a single chance or instance
    • he couldn't afford $50 a throw

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uncluttered

  • adjective satellite having nothing extraneous
    unlittered.
    • an uncluttered room
    • the unlittered shoulders of the road
  • verb rid of obstructions
    unclutter; clear.
    • Clear your desk

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come

  • noun the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
    semen; ejaculate; seminal fluid; seed; cum.
  • verb move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody
    come up.
    • He came singing down the road
    • Come with me to the Casbah
    • come down here!
    • come out of the closet!
    • come into the room

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blunt

  • verb make less intense
    • blunted emotions
  • verb make numb or insensitive
    benumb; dull; numb.
    • The shock numbed her senses

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colloquial

  • adjective satellite characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
    conversational.
    • wrote her letters in a colloquial style
    • the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English

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characterize

  • verb describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
    qualify; characterise.
    • You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
    • This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
  • verb be characteristic of
    characterise.
    • What characterizes a Venetian painting?

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unblinking

  • adjective satellite showing no visible emotion
    • stood unblinking and accepted a sentence of a year
  • adjective satellite not shrinking from danger
    unintimidated; unshrinking; unflinching.

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take

  • noun the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    return; yield; takings; issue; proceeds; payoff.
    • the average return was about 5%
  • noun the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption

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unwavering

  • adjective satellite marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    firm; unbendable; steadfast; stiff; steady; unfaltering; unshakable.
    • firm convictions
    • a firm mouth
    • steadfast resolve
    • a man of unbendable perseverence
    • unwavering loyalty
  • adjective satellite not showing abrupt variations
    level.
    • spoke in a level voice
    • she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss

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make

  • noun a recognizable kind
    brand.
    • there's a new brand of hero in the movies now
    • what make of car is that?
  • noun the act of mixing cards haphazardly
    shuffle; shuffling.

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sledgehammer

  • noun a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
    sledge; maul.
  • verb beat with a sledgehammer
    sledge.

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made

  • adjective satellite produced by a manufacturing process; rope and nails"
    • bought some made goods at the local store
  • verb engage in
    do; make.
    • make love, not war
    • make an effort
    • do research
    • do nothing
    • make revolution

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unfaltering

  • adjective satellite marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    firm; unbendable; steadfast; stiff; steady; unshakable; unwavering.
    • firm convictions
    • a firm mouth
    • steadfast resolve
    • a man of unbendable perseverence
    • unwavering loyalty

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typical

  • adjective exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
    • a typical American girl
    • a typical suburban community
    • the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year
    • a painting typical of the Impressionist school
    • a typical romantic poem
    • a typical case of arteritis
  • adjective satellite of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
    distinctive.
    • Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis Wilkie
    • that is typical of you!

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unashamed

  • adjective used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame

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reflect

  • verb manifest or bring back
    • This action reflects his true beliefs
  • verb reflect deeply on a subject
    ponder; ruminate; mull; muse; think over; contemplate; meditate; chew over; mull over; excogitate; speculate.
    • I mulled over the events of the afternoon
    • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
    • The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

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articulatory

  • adjective of or relating to articulation
    articulative.
    • articulatory features
    • articulatory phonetics

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attract

  • verb direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    pull; pull in; draw in; draw.
    • Her good looks attract the stares of many men
    • The ad pulled in many potential customers
    • This pianist pulls huge crowds
    • The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
  • verb be attractive to
    appeal.
    • The idea of a vacation appeals to me
    • The beautiful garden attracted many people

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uninhibited

  • adjective not inhibited or restrained
    • uninhibited exuberance

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straight

  • noun a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
    straight person; heterosexual person; heterosexual.
  • noun a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)

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startling

  • adjective satellite so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm
    • Sydney's startling new Opera House
    • startling news
    • startling earthquake shocks
  • verb to stimulate to action
    galvanise; startle; galvanize.
    • ..startled him awake
    • galvanized into action

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level

  • noun a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    grade; degree.
    • a moderate grade of intelligence
    • a high level of care is required
    • it is all a matter of degree
  • noun a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
    grade; tier.
    • lumber of the highest grade

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unsparing

  • adjective satellite very generous
    overgenerous; unstinting; unstinted; lavish; munificent; too-generous.
    • distributed gifts with a lavish hand
    • the critics were lavish in their praise
    • a munificent gift
    • his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent
    • prodigal praise
    • unsparing generosity
    • his unstinted devotion
    • called for unstinting aid to Britain
  • adjective satellite not forbearing; ruthless
    • an unsparing critic

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associate

  • noun a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
    • he had to consult his associate before continuing
  • noun a friend who is frequently in the company of another
    familiar; comrade; fellow; companion.
    • drinking companions
    • comrades in arms

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earthy

  • adjective satellite conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    crude; gross; vulgar.
    • coarse language
    • a crude joke
    • crude behavior
    • an earthy sense of humor
    • a revoltingly gross expletive
    • a vulgar gesture
    • full of language so vulgar it should have been edited
  • adjective satellite not far removed from or suggestive of nature
    • the earthy taste of warm milk fresh from the cow
    • earthy smells of new-mown grass

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comparable

  • adjective able to be compared or worthy of comparison
  • adjective satellite conforming in every respect
    corresponding; like.
    • boxes with corresponding dimensions
    • the like period of the preceding year

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laconic

  • adjective satellite brief and to the point; effectively cut short; `yes'"
    terse; curt; crisp.
    • a crisp retort
    • a response so curt as to be almost rude
    • the laconic reply
    • short and terse and easy to understand

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deny

  • verb declare untrue; contradict
    • He denied the allegations
    • She denied that she had taken money
  • verb refuse to accept or believe
    • He denied his fatal illness

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forthright

  • adjective satellite characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    frank; straight-from-the-shoulder; outspoken; point-blank; candid; plainspoken; blunt; free-spoken.
    • blunt talking and straight shooting
    • a blunt New England farmer
    • I gave them my candid opinion
    • forthright criticism
    • a forthright approach to the problem
    • tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank
    • it is possible to be outspoken without being rude
    • plainspoken and to the point
    • a point-blank accusation
  • adverb directly and without evasion; not roundabout
    squarely; forthrightly.
    • to face a problem squarely
    • the responsibility lies squarely with them
    • spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point

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struck

  • adjective satellite (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
    stricken; smitten.
    • conscience-smitten
    • awe-struck
  • verb deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
    strike.
    • The teacher struck the child
    • the opponent refused to strike
    • The boxer struck the attacker dead

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incisive

  • adjective satellite having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    acute; penetrating; penetrative; piercing; discriminating; keen; sharp; knifelike.
    • an acute observer of politics and politicians
    • incisive comments
    • icy knifelike reasoning
    • as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
    • penetrating insight
    • frequent penetrative observations
  • adjective satellite suitable for cutting or piercing
    • incisive teeth

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between

  • adverb in the interval
    betwixt.
    • dancing all the dances with little rest between
  • adverb in between
    'tween.
    • two houses with a tree between

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terse

  • adjective satellite brief and to the point; effectively cut short; `yes'"
    laconic; curt; crisp.
    • a crisp retort
    • a response so curt as to be almost rude
    • the laconic reply
    • short and terse and easy to understand

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ingenuous

  • adjective characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    artless.
    • an ingenuous admission of responsibility
  • adjective satellite lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    innocent.
    • a child's innocent stare
    • his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it

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here

  • noun the present location; this place
    • where do we go from here?
  • noun queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno
    Hera.

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homely

  • adjective satellite lacking in physical beauty or proportion
    plain.
    • a homely child
    • several of the buildings were downright homely
    • a plain girl with a freckled face
  • adjective satellite having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable
    homey; homelike; homy.
    • the homely everyday atmosphere
    • a homey little inn

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through

  • adjective satellite having finished or arrived at completion
    done; through with.
    • certain to make history before he's done
    • it's a done deed
    • after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up
    • almost through with his studies
  • adjective satellite (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes
    • a through street
    • a through bus
    • through traffic

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manly

  • adjective possessing qualities befitting a man
    manlike; manful.
  • adjective satellite characteristic of a man
    manful; male; manlike; virile.
    • a deep male voice
    • manly sports

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without

On or at the outside of; out of; not within; as, without doors.
Without the gate Some drive the cars, and some the coursers rein. Dryden.

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artless

  • adjective characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    ingenuous.
    • an ingenuous admission of responsibility
  • adjective simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
    • an artless manner
    • artless elegance

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upon

On; -- used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. "Upon an hill of flowers." Chaucer.
Our host upon his stirrups stood anon. Chaucer.
Thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar. Ex. xxix. 21.
The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. Judg. xvi. 9.
As I did stand my watch upon the hill. Shak.
He made a great difference between people that did rebel upon wantonness, and them that did rebel upon want. Bacon.
This advantage we lost upon the invention of firearms. Addison.
Upon the whole, it will be necessary to avoid that perpetual repetition of the same epithets which we find in Homer. Pope.
He had abandoned the frontiers, retiring upon Glasgow. Sir. W. Scott.
Philip swore upon the Evangelists to abstain from aggression in my absence. Landor.
Upon conveys a more distinct notion that on carries with it of something that literally or metaphorically bears or supports. It is less employed than it used to be, on having for the most part taken its place. Some expressions formed with it belong only to old style; as, upon pity they were taken away; that is, in consequence of pity: upon the rate of thirty thousand; that is, amounting to the rate: to die upon the hand; that is, by means of the hand: he had a garment upon; that is, upon himself: the time is coming fast upon; that is, upon the present time. By the omission of its object, upon acquires an adverbial sense, as in the last two examples.

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forceful

  • adjective characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)
    • a forceful speaker
    • a forceful personality
    • forceful measures
    • a forceful plan for peace
  • adjective satellite forceful and definite in expression or action
    emphatic.
    • the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty

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characterize

  • verb describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
    qualify; characterise.
    • You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
    • This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
  • verb be characteristic of
    characterise.
    • What characterizes a Venetian painting?

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seem

  • verb give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    look; appear.
    • She seems to be sleeping
    • This appears to be a very difficult problem
    • This project looks fishy
    • They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time
  • verb seem to be true, probable, or apparent
    appear.
    • It seems that he is very gifted
    • It appears that the weather in California is very bad

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uncomplicated

  • adjective satellite lacking complexity
    unsophisticated.
    • small and uncomplicated cars for those really interested in motoring
    • an unsophisticated machine
  • adjective satellite easy and not involved or complicated
    elementary; simple; unproblematic.
    • an elementary problem in statistics
    • elementary, my dear Watson
    • a simple game
    • found an uncomplicated solution to the problem

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itself

The neuter reciprocal pronoun of It; as, the thing is good in itself; it stands by itself.
Borrowing of foreigners, in itself, makes not the kingdom rich or poor. Locke.

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unflattering

  • adjective showing or representing unfavorably
    uncomplimentary.
    • an unflattering portrait
    • an uncomplimentary dress

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means

  • noun how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    agency; way.
    • a means of control
    • an example is the best agency of instruction
    • the true way to success
  • noun an instrumentality for accomplishing some end

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naive

  • adjective marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
    naif.
    • a teenager's naive ignorance of life
    • the naive assumption that things can only get better
    • this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances
  • adjective satellite of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
    primitive.
    • primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking

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marked

  • adjective satellite strongly marked; easily noticeable
    pronounced.
    • walked with a marked limp
    • a pronounced flavor of cinnamon
  • verb attach a tag or label to
    mark; tag; label.
    • label these bottles

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admirable

  • adjective satellite deserving of the highest esteem or admiration
    • an estimable young professor
    • trains ran with admirable precision
    • his taste was impeccable, his health admirable
  • adjective satellite inspiring admiration or approval
    • among her many admirable qualities are generosity and graciousness

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give

  • noun the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
    spring; springiness.
  • verb cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
    • She gave him a black eye
    • The draft gave me a cold

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shocking

  • adjective satellite glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
    lurid.
    • lurid details of the accident
  • verb surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
    take aback; shock; ball over; blow out of the water; floor.
    • I was floored when I heard that I was promoted

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required

  • adjective satellite necessary for relief or supply
    needed; needful; requisite.
    • provided them with all things needful
  • verb require as useful, just, or proper
    call for; require; necessitate; involve; need; take; demand; ask; postulate.
    • It takes nerve to do what she did
    • success usually requires hard work
    • This job asks a lot of patience and skill
    • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
    • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
    • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent

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unpretentious

  • adjective lacking pretension or affectation
    • an unpretentious country church
    • her quiet unpretentious demeanor
  • adjective not ostentatious
    unostentatious; unpretending.
    • his unostentatious office
    • unostentatious elegance

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combined

  • adjective made or joined or united into one
  • verb have or possess in combination
    combine; unite.
    • she unites charm with a good business sense

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pithy

  • adjective satellite concise and full of meaning
    sententious.
    • welcomed her pithy comments
    • the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen

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concern

  • noun something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    • the safety of the ship is the captain's concern
  • noun an anxious feeling
    fear; care.
    • care had aged him
    • they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction

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boyish

  • adjective satellite befitting or characteristic of a young boy
    boylike; schoolboyish.
    • a boyish grin
    • schoolboyish pranks

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unknown

  • noun an unknown and unexplored region
    terra incognita; unknown region.
    • they came like angels out the unknown
  • noun anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
    alien; stranger.

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curt

  • adjective satellite marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    brusque; short; brusk.
    • try to cultivate a less brusque manner
    • a curt reply
    • the salesgirl was very short with him
  • adjective satellite brief and to the point; effectively cut short; `yes'"
    laconic; terse; crisp.
    • a crisp retort
    • a response so curt as to be almost rude
    • the laconic reply
    • short and terse and easy to understand

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Collocation words for "directness" are words related to "directness" by occurring either before (prefix words) or after "directness" (suffix words) in common language usage across multiple media. The words assembled above can be filtered by parts of speech (i.e) nouns, verbs, describing adjectives and adverbs, or by their positive or negative vibes, frequency in usage, whether they are prefix words or suffix words for "directness" or by the count of syllables each word has.