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Countermand means to revoke something (such as an order) issued by someone else.
For example, “Keith felt he had a moral obligation to countermand the CEO’s directive to inflate the company’s worth during the next stockholders meeting.”
Tenacious means clinging; adhering closely; persistent.
For example, “Once Keith decided on a course of action, he could be very tenacious in seeing it through to the end.”
Incipient means beginning to happen or develop; in an initial stage.
For example, “Keith felt he had to immediately quash the interns’ incipient revolt against working without pay on weekends.”
Asperity means harsh behavior or speech; rough manner or temper.
For example, “Keith’s asperity during meetings with the CFO was just one reason why he was not promoted.”
Protean means able to do many different things; versatile.
For example, “Keith was a remarkably protean manager, which is why he was promoted so often.”
Largesse means generosity.
For example, “Keith benefited from the largesse of his grandparents when he received a sizable inheritance.”
Sequester means to set apart; segregate.
For example, “Keith sequestered the sales team in a conference room until they created a new campaign for the coming quarter.”
Minion means a subordinate or servile dependent or follower.
For example, “Keith considered the new group of interns his minions and ordered them about mercilessly.”
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh
Eclectic means composed of elements drawn from various sources; having a wide-ranging and diverse sense of taste and style.
For example, “Keith had an eclectic palate and enjoyed dining at a variety of ethnic restaurants.”