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