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Requited verb: requite past tense: requited; past participle: requited make appropriate return for (a favor, service, or wrongdoing). “they are quick to requite a kindness” synonyms: avenge, exact revenge for, revenge, pay someone back for; take reprisals for, get even for “Drake had requited the wrongs inflicted on them” return a favor to (someone). “to win enough to requite my friends” synonyms: return, reciprocate, repay “requiting their hospitality” respond to (love or affection); return. “she did not requite his love” synonyms: reciprocate, return “she did not requite his love”
early 16th century: from re- ‘back’ + obsolete quite, variant of the verb quit

 

Lavish adjective: lavish sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious. “a lavish banquet” synonyms: sumptuous, luxurious, costly, expensive, opulent, grand, splendid, rich, fancy, posh; informal fancy-schmancy “lavish parties” antonyms: meager (of a person) very generous or extravagant. “he was lavish with his hospitality” synonyms: generous, liberal, bountiful, openhanded, unstinting, unsparing, free, munificent, extravagant, prodigal “lavish hospitality” antonyms: frugal spent or given in profusion. “lavish praise” synonyms: abundant, copious, plentiful, liberal, prolific, generous; literary plenteous “lavish amounts of champagne” antonyms: scant verb: lavish; 3rd person present: lavishes; past tense: lavished; past participle: lavished; gerund or present participle: lavishing bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon. “the media couldn’t lavish enough praise on the film” synonyms: give freely to, spend generously on, bestow on, heap on, shower with “she lavished money on her children” cover something thickly or liberally with. “she lavished our son with kisses”
late Middle English (as a noun denoting profusion): from Old French lavasse ‘deluge of rain,’ from laver ‘to wash,’ from Latin lavare .

 

Aloof adjective: aloof not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant. “they were courteous but faintly aloof” synonyms: distant, detached, unfriendly, antisocial, unsociable, avoidant, remote, unapproachable, formal, stiff, withdrawn, reserved, unforthcoming, uncommunicative, unsympathetic; informal standoffish “part of their strategy is to remain aloof during the first stages of negotiation” antonyms: familiar, friendly conspicuously uninvolved and uninterested, typically through distaste. “he stayed aloof from the bickering”
mid 16th century: from a-2 (expressing direction) + luff. The term was originally an adverb in nautical use, meaning ‘away and to windward!,’ i.e., with the ship’s head kept close to the wind away from a lee shore, etc., toward which it might otherwise drift. From this arose the sense ‘at a distance’ literally or figuratively.

 

Extricate verb: extricate; 3rd person present: extricates; past tense: extricated; past participle: extricated; gerund or present participle: extricating free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty. “he was trying to extricate himself from official duties” synonyms: extract, free, release, disentangle, get out, remove, withdraw, disengage; informal get someone/oneself off the hook “there’s always someone who can extricate these wealthy little brats from their run-ins with the law”
early 17th century (in the sense ‘unravel, untangle’): from Latin extricat- ‘unraveled,’ from the verb extricare, from ex- ‘out’ + tricae ‘perplexities.’

 

Deprecate verb: deprecate; 3rd person present: deprecates; past tense: deprecated; past participle: deprecated; gerund or present participle: deprecating express disapproval of. “he sniffed in a deprecating way” synonyms: deplore, abhor, disapprove of, frown on, take a dim view of, take exception to, detest, despise; criticize, censure “the school deprecates this behavior” antonyms: praise, overrate another term for depreciate (sense 2). “he deprecates the value of children’s television”
early 17th century (in the sense ‘pray against’): from Latin deprecat- ‘prayed against (as being evil),’ from the verb deprecari, from de- (expressing reversal) + precari ‘pray.’

 

Destitution noun: destitution; plural noun: destitutions poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself. “the family faced eviction and destitution”

 

Foreboding noun: foreboding; plural noun: forebodings fearful apprehension; a feeling that something bad will happen. “with a sense of foreboding she read the note” synonyms: apprehension, anxiety, trepidation, disquiet, unease, uneasiness, misgiving, suspicion, worry, fear, fearfulness, dread, alarm; informal the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the jitters, the creeps “a feeling of foreboding” premonition, presentiment, bad feeling, sneaking suspicion, funny feeling, intuition; archaic presage “their forebodings proved justified” antonyms: calm adjective: foreboding implying or seeming to imply that something bad is going to happen. “when the doctor spoke, his voice was dark and foreboding”

 

Ostentatious adjective: ostentatious characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice. “books that people buy and display ostentatiously but never actually finish” synonyms: showy, pretentious, conspicuous, flamboyant, gaudy, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, overelaborate; informal flash, flashy, splashy, fancy-pants, over the top, glitzy, ritzy, superfly “an ostentatious display of wealth” antonyms: restrained

 

Inconsolable adjective: inconsolable (of a person or their grief) not able to be comforted or alleviated. “his widow, Jane, was inconsolable” synonyms: heartbroken, broken-hearted, grief-stricken, beside oneself with grief, devastated, wretched, sick at heart, desolate, despairing, distraught, comfortless; miserable, unhappy, sad; literary heartsick “those left homeless by the fire were inconsolable”
late 16th century: from French, or from Latin inconsolabilis, from in- ‘not’ + consolabilis ‘able to be consoled,’ from the verb consolari (see console1).

 

Incidental adjective: incidental accompanying but not a major part of something. “for the fieldworker who deals with real problems, paperwork is incidental” synonyms: less important, secondary, subsidiary; minor, peripheral, background, nonessential, inessential, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, tangential, extrinsic, extraneous, superfluous; de minimis “incidental details” antonyms: essential, crucial occurring by chance in connection with something else. “the incidental catch of dolphins in the pursuit of tuna” synonyms: chance, accidental, by chance, by accident, random; fortuitous, serendipitous, adventitious, coincidental, unlooked-for, unexpected, fluky “an incidental discovery” antonyms: deliberate liable to happen as a consequence of (an activity). “the ordinary risks incidental to a fireman’s job” synonyms: connected with, related to, associated with, accompanying, attending, attendant on, concomitant to/with “the risks incidental to the job” antonyms: unrelated noun: incidental; plural noun: incidentals an incidental detail, expense, event, etc. “an allowance to cover meals, taxis, and other incidentals”
early 17th century: originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’ (from the verb incidere ).

 

Milieu noun: milieu; plural noun: milieux; plural noun: milieus
a person’s social environment. “He grew up in a military milieu”
synonyms: environment, sphere, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere; location, conditions, surroundings, environs; informal stomping grounds, stamping grounds, turf
“the political milieu in New England”
mid 19th century: French, from mi ‘mid’ + lieu ‘place.’