Vocab #6.docx - abortive(adj bruit(v contumelious(adj...

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abortive (adj.) only partially or imperfectly developed syn. miscarried, fruitless, premature ant. successful, realized, consummated bruit (v.) to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors syn. noise abroad, broadcast, blazon ant. cover up, conceal, hush up contumelious (adj.) insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating syn.vituperative, scurrilous, excoriating ant. laudatory, commendatory, deferential dictum (n.) a short saying; an authoritative statement syn. maxim, precept, aphorism, axiom ensconce (v.) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place syn. nestle, lodge, entrench ant. unseat, displace, oust iconclastic (adj.) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions syn. image-breaking, irreverent, herectical ant. orthodox, conservative, reverent in medias res (adv) in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things internecine (adj.) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed syn. murderous, savage, ruinous

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