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brevity

(n) briefness or conciseness in speech or writing

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concise

(adj) using few words in speaking or writing

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laconic

(adj) using few words in speech

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pithy

(adj) brief and full of meaning and substance; concise

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quiescent

(adj) quiet; still; inactive

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reticent

(adj) not talking much; reserved

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succinct

(adj) clearly and briefly stated; concise

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taciturn

(adj) silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed

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terse

(adj) using only words that are needed to make the point; very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness

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bombastic

(adj) high-sounding but little meaning; inflated

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circumlocution

(n) speaking in circles; roundabout speech; “beating around the bush”

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colloquial

(adj) pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational; informal

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diffuse

(adj) spread out, not concise; wordy

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digress

(v) to wander off from the subject or topic spoken about

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eloquence

(n) artful ease with speaking; speech that can impact people’s feelings

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garrulous

(adj) talkative; loquacious

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grandiloquent

(adj) using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others

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loquacious

(adj) very talkative; liking to talk; synonym of garrulous

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prattle

(v) to speech on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly

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ramble

(v) to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually followed by on)

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rant

(v) to talk very loudly, even wildly

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rhetorical

(adj) relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; negative connotation = insincere in expression

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verbose

(adj) using too many words; wordy; long-winded

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voluble

(adj) talking a great deal with ease

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arrogant

(adj) overbearing, proud, haughty

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braggart

(n) one who boasts a great deal

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complacent

(adj) self-satisfied, smug

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cotemptuous

(adj) lacking respect; scornful

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disdainful

(adj) full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof

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egotistical

(adj) excessively absorbed; very conceited

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elitist

(adj) snobbish, condescending

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haughty

(adj) having great pride in oneself

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insolent

(adj) boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude

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narcissist

(n) having to do with extreme self-adoration; a person who feels superior to everyone

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ostentatious

(adj) having to do with showing off; pretentious

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presumptuous

(adj) too forward or bold; overstepping the proper bounds

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pretentious

(adj) claiming or pretending increased importance; ostentatious; affectedly grand

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supercilious

(adj) looking down on others; proud and scornful

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swagger

(v) to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner

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