mealymouthed
adjective Date: circa 1572 not plain and straightforward ; devious <
a mealymouthed politician
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mealymouthed —  Garrulous; will not concisely state their concern …   American business jargon

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  • mealy — adjective (mealier; est) Date: 1591 1. containing meal ; farinaceous 2. soft, dry, and friable 3. a. covered with meal or with fine granules b. flecked with another color c. spotty, uneven d …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • bedim — verb To make dim; to obscure or darken. Read in thy New Testament and elsewhere, if, with floods of mealymouthed inanity, with miserable froth vortices of Cant now several centuries old, thy New Testament is not all bedimmed for thee …   Wiktionary

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