Aplomb (N): - great coolness and composure under strain
Synonyms: assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid
Detail: Aplomb is the ultimate test for cool: grace under pressure. Use aplomb to show great restraint under even the most trying circumstances.
Usage: In retail, it's always a good idea to handle the angry customers with aplomb.
Tarnish (V): - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
Synonyms: defile, maculate, stain, sully
Usage: The IOC strongly condemns such methods which clearly aim at tarnishing the reputation of clean athletes
Demonstrate (V): - provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
Definitions and Meaning of demonstrate:
establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
- The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
- The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication
- This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness
give an exhibition of to an interested audience
- We will demo the new software in Washington
march in protest; take part in a demonstration
Protracted (Adj): - relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
Synonyms: drawn-out, extended, lengthy, prolonged (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)
Usage: protracted negotiations
Solemnity (N): - a trait of dignified seriousness
Synonyms: sedateness, solemness, staidness, gravity
Usage: With due solemnity I whispered my name in her ear.
Colossal (Adj): - so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
Synonyms: prodigious, stupendous, big, large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)
Usage: colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple
Elicit: Evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one's own actions or questions.
Insurmountable (Adj):- not capable of being surmounted or overcome; impossible to surmount
Synonyms: unsurmountable; unconquerable (not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with)
insuperable, unconquerable (incapable of being surmounted or excelled)