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brief and blunt curt   I’m sorry to be curt, but let’s get right to the point. You should use the adjective curt to describe a way of speaking that’s brief and blunt.   Curt often just means “terse.” In fact it comes from the Latin word curtus, which means “cut short, abridged.” But sometimes it has the added sense…

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beaucoup adjective  beau·coup  \ ˈbō-(ˌ)kü \   Definition slang : great in quantity or amount : many, much  spent beaucoup dollars Examples of beaucoup in a Sentence we were able to make beaucoup bucks working overtime at the power plant Did You Know? In French, as you may know, beaucoup is an adverb meaning “a lot” or “much” (as in merci beaucoup, meaning “thanks a lot.”) Beaucoup isn’t used on its own as an adjective…

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Understood without question… tacit   Something tacit is implied or understood without question. Holding hands might be a tacit acknowledgment that a boy and girl are dating.   The adjective tacit refers to information that is understood without needing to acknowledge it. For example, since we know that the sky is blue, that kind of assumption is tacit. Lawyers talk about “tacit agreements,”…

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“Emotionally purging” cathartic   A movie, play, or song that makes you cry is called cathartic. Most good writers try to create work that causes you to experience a strong rush of emotion.   If you’ve been feeling like you need a good cry, you should watch a cathartic movie like Bambi — or any film that’s sure…

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“Overly flattering”   unctuous   You might know the idea of the adjective unctuous by other words like “oily,” “smarmy,” or overly “flattering.” When a person is unctuous, you can’t trust their kindness, because they usually want something in return.   Interestingly, unctuous is derived from the Latin unctus which means “anointed with oil,” which is where the “oily” connotation comes from. Unctuous and…

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A good sense of understanding and trust rapport   Rapport is a good sense of understanding and trust. If you have good rapport with your neighbors, they won’t mind if you kick your ball onto their property every now and then.   If you have rapport with someone, you two communicate with trust and sympathy. The word is…

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  When you have an interest in something… keen   If you have a keen interest in something, you are really, really into it. Keen is an adjective that describes something that is intense, sharp, or focused.   The adjective keen comes from the Old English word cene that translates to “bold and brave” and while the spelling is now really different, the…