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 for palaver
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palaver \Pa*la"ver\, n. [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L.
     parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See
     Parable.]
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     1. Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk
        intended to deceive; flattery.
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     2. In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a
        public conference and deliberation; a debate.
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              This epoch of parliaments and eloquent palavers.
                                                    --Carlyle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palaver \Pa*la"ver\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Palavered; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Palavering.]
     To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver; to talk idly or
     deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole; as, to palaver
     artfully.
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           Palavering the little language for her benefit. --C.
                                                    Bront['e]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  palaver
      n 1: flattery intended to persuade [syn: blandishment,
           cajolery, palaver]
      2: loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric" [syn:
         palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk,
         rhetoric]
      v 1: speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
           [syn: chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-
           tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab,
           gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble]
      2: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering;
         "He palavered her into going along" [syn: wheedle,
         cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk,
         inveigle]
      3: have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of
         different backgrounds

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  248 Moby Thesaurus words for "palaver":
     absurdity, accents, adulate, adulation, advise with, affair,
     amphigory, audience, babble, babblement, balderdash, bargain,
     bargaining, bargaining session, bavardage, beslobber, beslubber,
     bibble-babble, blab, blabber, blah-blah, blandish, blandishment,
     blarney, blather, blether, blethers, bombast, bother, bull session,
     bunkum, business, cackle, cajole, cajolement, cajolery, call in,
     cant, caquet, caqueterie, chat, chatter, chinfest, chitter-chatter,
     clack, claptrap, clatter, collogue, colloquium, colloquy, comment,
     compare notes, compliment, conceit, concern, conclave, confab,
     confabulate, confabulation, confer, confer with, conference,
     confrontation, congress, consult, consult with, consultation,
     convention, conversation, converse, council, council fire,
     council of war, counsel, deliberate, dialogue, dictionary,
     discourse, discuss, discuss with, discussion, dither, double-talk,
     drivel, drool, duologue, elocution, exchange observations,
     exchange of views, exchange views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter,
     eyewash, fair words, fawn upon, fawning, fiddle-faddle,
     fiddledeedee, flatter, flattery, flummery, folderol, fudge,
     fustian, gab, gabble, galimatias, gammon, gas, get together,
     get-together, gibber, gibberish, gibble-gabble, go on,
     gobbledygook, gossip, grease, guff, gush, have conversations,
     haver, high-level talk, hocus-pocus, hold conference,
     honeyed phrases, honeyed words, hot air, huddle, humbug, idle talk,
     incense, interchange of views, interview, jabber, jargon, jaw,
     jawing, language, lexicon, lookout, make fair weather, meet,
     meeting, mere talk, mumbo jumbo, narrishkeit, natter, negotiate,
     negotiations, news conference, niaiserie, nonsense, nonsense talk,
     nuisance, occasions, oil, oil the tongue, oral communication,
     pack of nonsense, palavering, parley, parole, patter, performance,
     pour forth, pourparler, powwow, praise, prate, prating, prattle,
     prattling, press conference, pretty lies, prittle-prattle,
     procedure, put heads together, question-and-answer session,
     ramble on, rant, rap session, rapping, rattle, rattle on,
     reason with, red tape, reel off, refer to, rigamarole, rigmarole,
     rodomontade, round table, rubbish, run on, seance, seminar,
     session, shoot the breeze, sit down together, sit down with,
     sitting, skimble-skamble, slobber over, small talk, soap,
     soft soap, song and dance, speaking, speech, spout, spout off,
     stuff and nonsense, stultiloquence, summit, summit conference,
     summitry, sweet nothings, sweet talk, sweet words, sycophancy,
     take counsel, take up with, talk, talk away, talk nonsense,
     talk on, talk over, talkee-talkee, talkfest, talking,
     tittle-tattle, to-do, trash, trialogue, trumpery, twaddle, twattle,
     twiddle-twaddle, vaporing, vocabulary, waffle, waffling, wheedle,
     wheedling, words, yak, yakkety-yak, yakking
  
  

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