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sparse - not thick; thinly scattered; scanty
temporize - gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
balk - stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
dissonance - discord
reproach - blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
restive - impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
substantiate - support (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify
sear - burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) to wither
verity - quality of being true; lasting truth or principle; Ex. the verity of his testimony; Ex. one of the eternal verities
dapper - neat and trim (in appearance); (of small men) neat in appearance and quick in movements; neat; spry