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amoral
Definition
without moral sense
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anemia
Definition
lack of blood
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argot
Definition
slang, used as a special language, of such groups as baseball players, musicians, criminals, etc. (n)
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arraignment
Definition
indictment
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avocation
Definition
hobby;calling, minor occupation
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avouch
Definition
to declare solemnly the truth of something (v)
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babel
Definition
a confused mixture of sounds or voices
a scene of noise and confusion (n)
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beatitude
Definition
state of blessedness
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bedaub
Definition
smear over
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bedizen
Definition
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner (tr. v)
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belabor
Definition
to insist repeatedly or harp on
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bereft
Definition
deprived (adj)
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bestrew
Definition
to strew or cover (a surface)
to strew or scatter about
to lie scattered over (tr.v)
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bewail
Definition
to express deep sorrow for; lament (tr. v)
to express grief (intr. v)
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bivouac
Definition
a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire
the place for such an encampment
(n)
to rest or assemble in such an area; encamp (intr.v)
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blackguard
Definition
a low, contemptible person; scoundrel (n)
to revile in scurrilous language (tr. v)
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blanch
Definition
to pale; take the color out of
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blandish
Definition
to coax with flattery
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blasé
Definition
indifferent to or bored with life; unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures (adj)
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blowzy
Definition
having a coarse, ruddy complexion;
disheveled in appearance; unkempt
(adj)
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bon mot
Definition
a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism (n)
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bona fide
Definition
made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud
authentic; true (adj)
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breviloquent
Definition
marked by brevity of speech
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brobdingnagian
Definition
of extraordinary size; gigantic; enormous (adj)
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brocade
Definition
fabric woven with an elaborate design, esp. one having a raised overall pattern (n)
to weave with a raised design or figure (tr. v)
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brook
Definition
to bear; suffer; tolerate (tr.v)
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buckram
Definition
a stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings, etc.
stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality (n)
to strengthen with buckram (tr.v)
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bucolic
Definition
of or pertaining to shepherds; pastoral. of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life
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busticate
Definition
to break into pieces (v)
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butch
Definition
notably masculine in appearance or manner (adj)
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byzantine
Definition
extremely complicated or devious
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bêtise
Definition
lack of understanding, perception, or the like; stupidity
a stupid or foolish act or remark
something inconsequential or without merit; absurdity; trifle
(n)
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cad
Definition
an ill-bred man, esp. one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women
(n)
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caddish
Definition
of or like a cad; dishonorable; ungentlemanly
(adj)
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cantankerous
Definition
bloody-minded, having a difficult/contrary disposition
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caravansary
Definition
(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans
any large inn or hotel (n)
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carouse
Definition
to engage in a drunken revel
to drink deeply and frequently
(intr. v)
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casuistry
Definition
specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality; the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct (n)
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catacomb
Definition
subterranean cemetery; underground passageway (noun)
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cataract
Definition
waterfall
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catholic
Definition
universal; broad and comprehensive
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censorious
Definition
severely critical
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certitude
Definition
state of sureness
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chaff
Definition
husks and stems left over when grain has been threshed; worthless, leftover by-products (noun)
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citadel
Definition
a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege
any strongly fortified place; stronghold (n)
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cloister
Definition
to confine, to seclude
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coalesce
Definition
combine; fuse (verb)
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coeval
Definition
of the same age or era
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cogent
Definition
powerfully persuasive; convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling; to the point; relevant; pertinent (adj)
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cognomen
Definition
surname, distinguishing nickname
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collateral
Definition
subordinate, connected
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collusion
Definition
conspiring in a secret agreement, esp. for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy (n)a fraudulent scheme (noun)a secret agreement, esp. for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy (n)
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commingle
Definition
to mix or mingle together; combine (v)
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commiserate
Definition
to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity (tr.v)
to sympathize (usually fol. by "with") (intr.v)
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compeer
Definition
an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague
close friend; comrade (n)
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comport
Definition
to bear or conduct (oneself); behave (tr.v)
to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually fol. by "with") (intr.v)
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condole
Definition
express sympathetic sorrow (verb)
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confabulate
Definition
to converse informally; chat (intr. v)
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confrere
Definition
colleague; comrade (n)
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confute
Definition
to overwhelm by argument; refute (v)
confutation (n)
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consequence
Definition
self-importance; pomposity (noun)
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consternation
Definition
a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay (n)
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continence
Definition
self-control, self-restraint
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contravene
Definition
conflict with
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conundrum
Definition
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
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convalescence
Definition
gradual recovery after an illness
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convolution
Definition
coiled state
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corrugate
Definition
to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges
to wrinkle, as the skin or face (tr. v)
to become corrugated; undergo corrugation (intr. v)
corrugated; wrinkled; furrowed (adj)
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crass
Definition
crude, unrefined
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curator
Definition
person who has the care of something
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curmudgeon
Definition
cranky person
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dastardly
Definition
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking (adj)
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debenture
Definition
bond
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debonair
Definition
suave, sophisticated, elegant
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decant
Definition
pour off
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declamation
Definition
speech
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deflect
Definition
bend away, turn aside
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defrock
Definition
strip a priest or minister of church authority (verb)
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degenerate
Definition
become worse; deteriorate (verb)
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delineate
Definition
portray; depict; sketch (verb)
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dell
Definition
a small, usually wooded valley; vale (n)
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denote
Definition
to be a mark or sign of; indicate
to be a name or designation for; mean
to represent by a symbol; stand as a symbol for (tr.v)
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depredation
Definition
the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage (n)
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derogate
Definition
to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually fol. by "from")
to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually fol. by "from") (intr.v)
to disparage or belittle (tr.v)
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descant
Definition
a variation upon anything; comment on a subject (n)
to sing
to comment or discourse at great length (intr.v)
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devoid
Definition
lacking; empty (adj)
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diathermy
Definition
sending heat through body tissues
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dictum
Definition
authoritative statement; popular saying
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diffuse
Definition
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas) (adj)
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dilatory
Definition
tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy
intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision (adj)
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disavowal
Definition
denial; disclaiming (noun)
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disburse
Definition
to pay out
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discomfited
Definition
defeated, disappointingly unsuccessful
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discursive
Definition
digressing; rambling (adj)
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disgorge
Definition
to vomit, discharge violently
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disparity
Definition
difference; condition of inequality (noun)
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dispirit
Definition
to dishearten, to make dejected
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disquisition
Definition
a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation (n)
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disrepute
Definition
disgrace, dishonor
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dissolute
Definition
morally lax
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distend
Definition
to swell out or expand from internal pressure, as when overly full
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dither
Definition
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
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diurnal
Definition
pertaining to daytime; daily
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doctrinaire
Definition
a person who tries to apply some doctrine/theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical theorist (n)
dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical; merely theoretical; impractical; of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire (adj)
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doleful
Definition
sorrowful; mournful; melancholy (adj)
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dross
Definition
waste matter; worthless impurities (noun)
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dryad
Definition
a deity or nymph of the woods (n)
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ductile
Definition
malleable; flexible; pliable (adj)
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dulcet
Definition
pleasant-sounding, soothing to the ear
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dupe
Definition
a person who's easily deceived/fooled; gull; a person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person (n)
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duress
Definition
force; restraint (n)
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dyspeptic
Definition
pertaining to, subject to, or suffering from dyspepsia
gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable (adj)
a person subject to or suffering from dyspepsia (n)
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educe
Definition
to draw forth (v)
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effrontery
Definition
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity; an act or instance of this (n)
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effulgent
Definition
shining forth brilliantly; radiant (adj)
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emollient
Definition
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
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enclave
Definition
a country, or esp., an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country; any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one (n)
to isolate or enclose (esp. territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of (v w/ object)
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encumber
Definition
burden (v)
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engender
Definition
cause; produce (v)
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engrossing
Definition
fully occupying the mind or attention; absorbing
(adj)
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enjoin
Definition
to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis
to direct or order to do something
(tr. v)
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entomology
Definition
the study of insects
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epistolary
Definition
contained in or carried on by letters
of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters (adj)
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ergatocracy
Definition
rule of the workers
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eschew
Definition
avoid (v)
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estimation
Definition
judgment or opinion
esteem; respect
approximate calculation; estimate (n)
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estival
Definition
pertaining or appropriate to summer (adj)
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ether
Definition
the upper regions of space; the clear sky; the heavens
the medium supposed by the ancients to fill the upper regions of space (n)
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eulogize
Definition
praise
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eupeptic
Definition
having good digestion
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eventuality
Definition
possible occurrence (n)
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evocative
Definition
tending to call up (emotions, memories) (adj)
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exculpate
Definition
clear from blame (v)
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execrable
Definition
utterly detestable, abhorrent
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expansive
Definition
outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size (adj)
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expiate
Definition
to atone for; make amends or reparation for (tr. v)
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exponent
Definition
one who champions or advocates
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expound
Definition
to elaborate; to expand or increase
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extirpate
Definition
to destroy
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fatuity
Definition
complacent stupidity; foolishness
something foolish; bêtise (n)
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felicitous
Definition
admirably suited; apt
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fiat
Definition
a command
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fie
Definition
Used to express distaste, disgust, or outrage
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filial
Definition
pertaining to a son or daughter
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finicky
Definition
fussy, difficult to please
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flagging
Definition
drooping
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florid
Definition
overly decorated; blooming; ruddy
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foist
Definition
to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually fol. by "on" or "upon")
to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually fol. by "in" or "into") (tr.v)
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ford
Definition
to cross a body of water at a shallow place (v)
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foregone
Definition
bygone: well in the past; former
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forlorn
Definition
desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance
lonely and sad; forsaken
expressive of hopelessness; despairing
bereft; destitute (adj)
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forsooth
Definition
in truth; indeed (adv)
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frabjous
Definition
wonderful, elegant, superb, or delicious (adj)
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fractious
Definition
unruly, tending to break rules
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frowzy
Definition
slovenly; unkempt; dirty
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fustian
Definition
pretentious speech or writing; pompous language (n)
pompous, bombastic, and ranting (adj)
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gaffe
Definition
a clumsy social error; a faux pas
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garish
Definition
gaudy; bright; glaring
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gaunt
Definition
thin and bony
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gibber
Definition
to speak foolishly (v)
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gibe
Definition
to make heckling, taunting remarks
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gird
Definition
to encircle or bind with a belt or band
to surround; enclose; hem in
to prepare (oneself) for action
to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength (tr. v)
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goaded
Definition
driven: compelled forcibly by an outside agency
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gobbledygook
Definition
the sounds a turkey makes, jargon of government publications and paperwork (n)
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grasp the nettle
Definition
to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task (idiom)
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grovel
Definition
to humble oneself or act in an abject manner, as in great fear or utter servility
to lie or crawl with face downward and the body prostrate, esp. in abject humility, fear, etc.
to take pleasure in mean or base things (intr.v)
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halcyon
Definition
calm; peaceful
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hamadryad
Definition
a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree (n)
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hapless
Definition
unfortunate
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heliograph
Definition
instrument that uses the sun's rays to send signals
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heliotrope
Definition
flower that faces the sun
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hermetic
Definition
sealed by fusion so as to be airtight (adj)
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hew
Definition
to cut with an ax
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histrionic
Definition
of or pertaining to actors or acting
deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech or overly emotional (adj)
an actor (n)
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hoary
Definition
gray or white with age
ancient or venerable
tedious from familiarity; stale (adj)
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hobbledehoy
Definition
an awkward, gawky young fellow (n)
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hobnob
Definition
to associate on very friendly terms (usually fol. by with) (intr. v)
a friendly, informal chat (n)
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husbandry
Definition
the application of scientific principles to agriculture, esp. to animal breeding
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hutch
Definition
pen or coop for animals; shack, shanty
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hyperbolic
Definition
exaggerated
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iconoclastic
Definition
attacking cherished beliefs, traditions, customs (ad)
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ideological
Definition
based on ideas, esp. ideals characteristic of a particular culture
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idyllic
Definition
excellent and delightful in all respects;suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple and serene
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ignoble
Definition
shameful; dishonorable (adj)
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ignominious
Definition
disgraceful
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imbibe
Definition
drink in (v)
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imbroglio
Definition
a complicated situation
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imbue
Definition
permeate completely; dye thoroughly; fill (v)
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imminent
Definition
near at hand;about to happen ;impending (adj)
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immobilize
Definition
make unable to move (v)
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impassable
Definition
not able to be traveled or crossed (adj)
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impasse
Definition
predicament offering no escape; deadlock; dead end (n)
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impending
Definition
about to happen
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impertinent
Definition
insolent; rude (adj)
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impetuous
Definition
acting suddenly and forcefully with emotion and little thought; violent; hasty; rash (adj)
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implacable
Definition
incapable of being pacified or appeased (adj)
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implicate
Definition
incriminate; show to be involved (v)
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imprecate
Definition
to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person (tr. v)
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impugn
Definition
to doubt; to challenge
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in tandem
Definition
in single file
in association or partnership (idiom)
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inanition
Definition
exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation
lack of vigor; lethargy
(n)
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incandescent
Definition
emitting light as a result of being heated; characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance
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inchoate
Definition
imperfectly formed or formulated
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incite
Definition
arouse to action; goad; motivate; induce to exist (v)
Term
incongruity
Definition
lack of harmony; absurdity (n)
incongruous (adj)
Term
inconsequential
Definition
insignificant; unimportant (adj)
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incontinent
Definition
unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces
unable to contain or retain (usually fol. by "of")
lacking in moderation or self-control, esp. of sexual desire
unceasing or unrestrained (adj)
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incorporeal
Definition
lacking a material body; insubstantial (adj)
Term
incrustation
Definition
hard coating or crust (n)
Term
inculcate
Definition
to teach
Term
indemnify
Definition
to compensate for damage or loss sustained, an expense incurred, etc.
to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability)
(tr.v)
Term
indissoluble
Definition
not dissoluble; incapable of being dissolved, decomposed, undone, or destroyed
firm or stable
perpetually binding or obligatory
(adj)
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indomitable
Definition
unconquerable; unyielding (adj)
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indubitable
Definition
unable to be doubted; unquestionable (adj)
Term
ineffable
Definition
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible
not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable (adj)
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inert
Definition
unable to move, tending to inactivity
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inexorable
Definition
unyielding; unalterable
not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties (adj)
Term
infraction
Definition
violation (of a rule or regulation); breach (n)
Term
injunction
Definition
an act or instance of enjoining
a command; order; admonition (n)
Term
inlet
Definition
small bay; narrow passage between islands; entrance (n)
Term
inordinate
Definition
unrestrained; excessive (adj)
Term
insidious
Definition
evil or treacherous in a sly, underhanded manner
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insolvent
Definition
bankrupt; lacking money to pay (adj)
insolvency (n)
Term
insular
Definition
of or pertaining to an island or islands
dwelling or situated on an island
forming an island; isolated; narrow or provincial
detached; standing alone; isolated
narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial (adj)
an inhabitant of an island; islander (n)
Term
intemperate
Definition
given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages
immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion
not temperate; unrestrained; unbridled
extreme in temperature, as climate (adj)
Term
interjection
Definition
a statement thrown in
Term
intransigence
Definition
refusal of any compromise; stubbornness (n)
intransigent (adj)
Term
inure
Definition
to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually fol. by "to") (tr.v)
to come into use; take or have effect
to become beneficial or advantageous (intr.v)
Term
invective
Definition
vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach; a railing accusation; vituperation; an insulting or abusive word or expression (n)
vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive (adj)
Term
inveterate
Definition
deep-rooted; habitual
Term
invidious
Definition
envious; obnoxious
Term
inviolable
Definition
secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable (adj)
Term
invocation
Definition
calling in prayer
Term
irascible
Definition
irritable; easily angered (adj)
Term
irate
Definition
extremely angry, wrathful, enraged
Term
irksome
Definition
annoying; tedious (adj)
Term
irradiate
Definition
shine upon
Term
irresolute
Definition
uncertain how to act or proceed
Term
itinerant
Definition
wandering; traveling (adj, n)
Term
jabber
Definition
chatter rapidly or unintelligibly (v)
Term
jaunty
Definition
easy and sprightly in manner or bearing
smartly trim, as clothing (adj)
Term
jingoism
Definition
belligerent support of one's country
Term
jocose
Definition
giving to joking (adj)
Term
jocular
Definition
said or done in jest (adj)
jocularity (n)
Term
judicious
Definition
sound in judgment; wise (adj)
Term
knavery
Definition
rascality; trickery (n)
Term
laborious
Definition
demanding much work or care; tedious (adj)
Term
lachrymose
Definition
full of tears; tearful (adj)
Term
lackadaisical
Definition
idle, lazy; apathetic, indifferent; showing lack of interest or spirit
Term
laconic
Definition
brief and to-the-point (adj)
Term
laggard
Definition
slow; sluggish (adj)
lag (n,v)
Term
lampoon
Definition
sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
(n)
to mock or ridicule in a lampoon (tr. v)
Term
larder
Definition
place where food is stored
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largess
Definition
generosity; gift
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lascivious
Definition
inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
arousing sexual desire
indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness (adj)
Term
lassitude
Definition
lethargy, sluggishness
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latent
Definition
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized;(pathology) not presently active
Term
laudanum
Definition
narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
Term
lechery
Definition
unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire
a lecherous act (n)
Term
lee
Definition
protective shelter
the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind (n)
Term
legerdemain
Definition
trickery
Term
lewd
Definition
inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious
obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious (adj)
Term
licentious
Definition
lacking moral discipline; especially sexually unrestrained
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limpid
Definition
clear, transparent
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lionize
Definition
to treat as a celebrity
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lissome
Definition
easily flexed, limber, agile
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listless
Definition
having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent (adj)
Term
lithe
Definition
moving and bending with ease; graceful
Term
lucifugous
Definition
Avoiding light (adj)
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lucubration
Definition
laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night
the result of such activity, as a learned speech or dissertation
(often plural) any literary effort, esp. of a pretentious or solemn nature (n)
Term
luxuriant
Definition
abundant; rich and splendid; fertile (adj)
Term
maelstrom
Definition
whirlpool (n)
Term
malapropism
Definition
humorous misuse of a word
Term
malice
Definition
hatred; spite (n)
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malign
Definition
speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame (v)
Term
malinger
Definition
to pretend illness, esp. in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc. (intr.v)
Term
mannered
Definition
artificial or stilted in character
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maritime
Definition
connected with seafaring
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marshal
Definition
put in order (v)
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martial
Definition
inclined or disposed to war; warlike; of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces; characteristic of or befitting a warrior (adj)
Term
martinet
Definition
strict disciplinarian (n)
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maudlin
Definition
overly sentimental
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maverick
Definition
rebel;one who is independent and resists adherence to a group; nonconformist (n)
Term
mawkish
Definition
mushy and gushy; sentimental; maudlin (adj)
Term
maxim
Definition
proverb; a truth pithily stated (n)
Term
mealymouthed
Definition
indirect in speech; hypocritical; evasive (adj)
Term
mellifluous
Definition
sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious (adj)
Term
menagerie
Definition
a collection of wild or unusual animals, esp. for exhibition
a place where they are kept or exhibited
an unusual and varied group of people (n)
Term
mendicant
Definition
beggar
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mercantile
Definition
concerning trade (adj)
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mercenary
Definition
interested in money or gain (adj)
Term
mercurial
Definition
capricious; quick, shrewd, and unpredictable; changing; fickle (adj)
Term
meretricious
Definition
gaudy, falsely attractive; alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry
based on pretense, deception, or insincerity
pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute (adj)
Term
meridian
Definition
a point or period of highest development, greatest prosperity, or the like (n)
of or pertaining to a meridian
of or pertaining to midday or noon
of or indicating a period of greatest prosperity, splendor, success, etc. (adj)
Term
mien
Definition
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc. (n)
Term
ministration
Definition
act of giving care; attending to someone's needs; relief; assistance in time of difficulty (n)
Term
mischance
Definition
unfortunate accident
Term
missive
Definition
a written message; letter (n)
sent or about to be sent, esp. of a letter from an official source (adj)
Term
mitigate
Definition
appease; moderate (v)
Term
mollify
Definition
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; soothe; pacify; appease to mitigate or reduce; soften (tr.v)
Term
moribund
Definition
stagnant, being on the point of death
Term
morose
Definition
ill-humored; sullen; melancholy (adj)
Term
mortify
Definition
humiliate; punish the flesh (v)
Term
mortuary
Definition
funeral parlor
Term
mote
Definition
small particle, speck
Term
motility
Definition
ability to move
Term
muddle
Definition
confuse; mix up (v, n)
Term
multifarious
Definition
diverse; various; having many parts
Term
mussitate
Definition
to silently move the lips in simulation of audible speech (v)
Term
mutability
Definition
ability to change in form; fickleness (n)
Term
nadir
Definition
lowest point (n)
Term
navigable
Definition
wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered (adj)
Term
neophyte
Definition
recent convert; beginner (n)
Term
nihilism
Definition
belief that existence and all traditional values are meaningless
Term
nitid
Definition
bright; lustrous
Term
noisome
Definition
stinking, putrid
Term
nonentity
Definition
person or thing of no importance; nonexistence (n)
Term
nub
Definition
the point, gist, or heart of something
a knob or protuberance
a lump or small piece
(n)
Term
obfuscate
Definition
confuse; muddle; make unclear (v)
Term
obloquy
Definition
infamy; disgrace
Term
obstreperous
Definition
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
Term
obtrude
Definition
push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; butt in; stick out or extrude (v)
obtrusive (adj)
Term
occlude
Definition
close; block out
Term
odious
Definition
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable
highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting (adj)
Term
officious
Definition
meddlesome; excessively pushing in offering one's services (adj)
Term
opine
Definition
to express an opinion
Term
opprobrious
Definition
disgraceful, contemptuous
Term
osculate
Definition
to come into close contact or union; to kiss (v)
Term
ossify
Definition
to turn to bone; to become rigid
Term
out of countenance
Definition
visibly disconcerted; abashed (idiom)
Term
overbearing
Definition
bossy; arrogant; decisively important (adj)
Term
ovoid
Definition
like an egg
Term
pachyderm
Definition
thick-skinned quadruped
Term
palaver
Definition
idle talk
Term
pall
Definition
covering that darkens or obscures; coffin (n)
to lose strength or interest (v)
Term
parapet
Definition
a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony; fortification consisting of a low wall
Term
paroxysm
Definition
any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion; (pathology) a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically (n)
Term
partition
Definition
divide into parts (v,n)
Term
pasquinade
Definition
a satire or lampoon, esp. one posted in a public place (n, tr. v)
Term
pastiche
Definition
piece of literature or music imitating other works
Term
perchance
Definition
perhaps; maybe; possibly (adv)
Term
peregrination
Definition
wandering (through fields)
Term
perforce
Definition
of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance (adv)
Term
peripatetic
Definition
moving from place to place
Term
periphrastic
Definition
stated in a roundabout way
Term
periscope
Definition
device for seeing around corners
Term
perspicacious
Definition
full of mental perception; shrewd; clear-sighted
Term
pestiferous
Definition
carrying disease
Term
phalanx
Definition
any of the bones of the fingers or toes; any closely ranked crowd of people; a body of troops in close array; massed group of soldiers, people, or things
Term
phatic
Definition
denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information (adj)
Term
philanderer
Definition
pursuer of casual love affairs
Term
philately
Definition
the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment
the study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history (n)
Term
philippic
Definition
any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation (n)
Term
pith
Definition
the important or essential part; essence; core; heart
significant weight; substance; solidity (n)
Term
plashy
Definition
marshy; wet
splashing (adj)
Term
pluck
Definition
courage (n)
Term
ply
Definition
to use diligently; to engage; to join together (v)
Term
portent
Definition
an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous
threatening or disquieting significance
prodigy or marvel (n)
Term
portentous
Definition
of the nature of a portent; momentous
ominously significant or indicative
marvelous; amazing; prodigious (adj)
Term
potable
Definition
drinkable
Term
prefigured
Definition
imagine/consider beforehand, bode/indicate by signs
Term
prepossessing
Definition
creating a favorable impression
Term
pretension
Definition
a false or unsupportable quality; the advancing of a claim; A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality
Term
prevaricate
Definition
to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie (intr. v)
Term
prig
Definition
a person who displays or demands of others pointlessly precise conformity, fussiness about trivialities, or exaggerated propriety, esp. in a self-righteous or irritating manner (n)
Term
prima donna
Definition
a first or principal female singer of an opera company;
a temperamental person; a person who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience
(n)
Term
primordial
Definition
existing at the dawn of time
Term
privation
Definition
hardship; want; lack of usual necessities or comforts (n)
Term
profane
Definition
violate; desecrate; treat unworthily (v, adj)
Term
proffer
Definition
to put before a person for acceptance; offer (tr.v)
the act of proffering
an offer or proposal (n)
Term
profusion
Definition
overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess (n)
Term
progenitor
Definition
ancestor (n)
Term
prolixity
Definition
boring verbosity
Term
promontory
Definition
high point of land jutting out into a body of water; headland (n)
Term
promulgate
Definition
proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication (v)
Term
propagate
Definition
transmit from one generation to the next, travel, spread, circulate
Term
propinquity
Definition
nearness in place; proximity
nearness of relation; kinship
affinity of nature; similarity
nearness in time (n)
Term
propitiate
Definition
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate (tr.v)
Term
propitious
Definition
Favorable; benevolent (e.g. propitious weather); Favorably disposed towards someone; advantageous; Characteristic of a good omen: auspicious
Term
propulsive
Definition
driving forward
Term
prosaic
Definition
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual (adj)
Term
prospectus
Definition
formal proposal
Term
protract
Definition
prolong (v)
Term
protrude
Definition
stick out (v)
protrusion (n)
Term
protuberance
Definition
protrusion; bulge (n)
Term
provident
Definition
displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies (adj)
Term
providential
Definition
heaven-sent: peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
Term
puckish
Definition
mischievous; impish (adj)
Term
puerile
Definition
childish; immature (adj)
Term
pugnacious
Definition
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative (adj)
Term
pulverize
Definition
crush or grind into dust (v)
Term
purloin
Definition
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer (tr.v)
to commit theft; steal (intr.v)
Term
purport
Definition
to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely
to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply (tr.v)
the meaning, import, or sense
purpose; intention; object (n)
Term
put the kibosh on
Definition
to put an end to; squelch; check (idiom)
Term
putative
Definition
supposed (calculated);purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
Term
quack
Definition
charlatan; impostor (n)
quackery (n)
Term
quantum
Definition
quality or amount
a particular amount
a share or portion
a large quantity; bulk (n)
sudden and significant (adj)
Term
quiddity
Definition
the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing
a subtlety or quibbling point; triviality
(n)
Term
quip
Definition
taunt (n,v)
Term
quixotic
Definition
idealistic but impractical (adj)
Term
rabid
Definition
like a fanatic; furious (adj)
Term
raconteur
Definition
witty, skillful storyteller
Term
rally
Definition
call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate (v)
Term
ramify
Definition
to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike parts; extend into subdivisions
(v)
Term
rancid
Definition
having the odor of stale fat (adj)
Term
rapt
Definition
deeply absorbed
Term
rarefy
Definition
to make thinner, purer, or more refined
Term
raze
Definition
destroy completely ;to level to the ground; demolish(v)
Term
reactionary
Definition
recoiling from progress; politically ultraconservative (adj)
Term
recondite
Definition
relating to obscure learning; known to only a few
Term
rectify
Definition
set right; correct (v)
Term
recumbent
Definition
reclining; lying down completely or in part (adj)
Term
recuperate
Definition
recover (v)
Term
refraction
Definition
bending of a ray of light (n)
Term
regicide
Definition
murder of a ruler
Term
rejoinder
Definition
retort; comeback; reply (n)
Term
remonstrance
Definition
protest; objection (n)
Term
remuneration
Definition
pay or reward for work, trouble, etc.
Term
renascent
Definition
reborn, coming into being again
Term
renege
Definition
deny, go back on one's word;revoke, fail to fulfill a promise/obligation
Term
repatriate
Definition
return to one's own country (v)
Term
reprove
Definition
to criticize or correct, esp. gently
to disapprove of strongly; censure (tr.v)
to speak in reproof; administer a reproof (intr.v)
Term
repugnant
Definition
distasteful, objectionable, or offensive
making opposition; averse
opposed or contrary, as in nature or character
(adj)
Term
resplendent
Definition
splendid, brilliant;glorious: having great beauty and splendor
Term
restive
Definition
restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control (adj)
Term
resumption
Definition
taking up again; recommencement (n)
resume (v)
Term
resurge
Definition
rise again; flow to and fro (v)
resurgence (n)
Term
retentive
Definition
holding; having a good memory
Term
reticule
Definition
a small purse or bag, originally of network but later of silk, rayon, etc.
(n)
Term
revelry
Definition
boisterous merrymaking (n)
Term
revulsion
Definition
sudden violent change of feeling; reaction (n)
Term
ribald
Definition
vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous (adj)
a ribald person (n)
Term
rift
Definition
opening made by splitting; open space; break in friendly relations (n)
Term
rigmorole
Definition
an elaborate or complicated procedure;
confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk (n)
Term
rile
Definition
vex; irritate (v)
Term
risibility
Definition
inclination to laughter
Term
rivulet
Definition
small stream (n)
Term
rostrum
Definition
stage for public speaking
Term
roué
Definition
a dissolute and licentious man; rake (n)
Term
ruddy
Definition
reddish; healthy-looking (adj)
Term
rue
Definition
to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.
to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly (v)
Term
sacrilegious
Definition
impious, violating something holy
Term
sallow
Definition
of a sickly, yellowish color (adj)
to make sallow (tr. v)
Term
salvo
Definition
a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
a round of fire given as a salute
a round of cheers or applause (n)
Term
sanctity
Definition
holiness, saintliness, or godliness
sacred or hallowed character
a sacred thing (n)
Term
satori
Definition
In Zen Buddhism, the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment (n)
Term
savant
Definition
learned scholar (n)
Term
scripture
Definition
any writing or book, esp. when of a sacred or religious nature (n)
Term
sedition
Definition
resistance to authority; insubordination; rebellion (n)
Term
seer
Definition
a person who sees; observer
a person who prophesies future events; prophet
a person endowed with profound moral and spiritual insight or knowledge; a wise person or sage who possesses intuitive powers
a person who is reputed to have special powers of divination, as a crystal gazer or palmist (n)
Term
senectitude
Definition
the last stage of life; old age (n)
Term
senescent
Definition
aging, growing old
Term
sententious
Definition
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims
given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous
given to or using pithy sayings or maxims
of the nature of a maxim; pithy (adj)
Term
sentient
Definition
aware, conscious, able to perceive
Term
seraphic
Definition
angelic, pure, sublime
Term
shirk
Definition
to avoid a task due to laziness or fear
Term
shrive
Definition
to impose penance on (a sinner)
to grant absolution to (a penitent)
to hear the confession of (a person)
(tr.v)
Term
shyster
Definition
lawyer using questionable methods (n)
Term
simper
Definition
to smile in a silly, self-conscious way (intr.v)
to say with a simper (tr.v)
a silly, self-conscious smile (n)
Term
sinecure
Definition
position without responsibility; a paid position that requires little or no work
Term
singe
Definition
to burn slightly; scorch
Term
sinuous
Definition
winding; bending in and out; not morally honest (adj)
Term
skulk
Definition
to move in a stealthy or cautious manner; sneak
Term
slag
Definition
residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter (n)
Term
slapdash
Definition
haphazard; careless; sloppy (adj)
Term
slothful
Definition
lazy (ad)
Term
smelt
Definition
melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition (v)
Term
smolder
Definition
burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment (v)
Term
sobriety
Definition
moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness (n)
Term
sojourn
Definition
a temporary stay (n)
to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily (intr. v)
Term
solace
Definition
comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort
something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief (n)
to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.)
to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.) (tr.v)
Term
somnambulist
Definition
sleepwalker
Term
somnolent
Definition
half asleep (adj)
Term
sophistry
Definition
plausible but misleading or fallacious argument
Term
sophomoric
Definition
immature and overconfident
Term
soporific
Definition
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness (adj,n)
Term
souk
Definition
the mark, esp. the traditional bazaar, esp. in the Arab countries (n)
Term
soupcon
Definition
A slight trace, as of a particular taste or flavor (n)
Term
specious
Definition
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally) (adj)
Term
specter
Definition
a visible incorporeal spirit, esp. one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition
some object or source of terror or dread
(n)
Term
spelunk
Definition
to explore caves, esp. as a hobby (intr.v)
Term
sportive
Definition
playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry
done in sport, rather than in earnest
pertaining to or to the nature of a sport or sports (adj)
Term
sprightly
Definition
animated, vivacious, or gay; lively (adj, adv)
Term
sprog
Definition
a child; baby
a recruit (n)
Term
spry
Definition
active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk (adj)
Term
spurn
Definition
to reject with distain; scorn
to treat with contempt; despise
to kick or trample with the foot
(tr. v)
to show distain or contempt; scorn something (intr. v)
disdainful rejection
contemptuous treatment
a kick
(n)
Term
staid
Definition
sober; sedate;unemotional; serious (adj)
Term
stenography
Definition
shorthand (writing narrowly)
Term
stodgy
Definition
stuffy; boringly conservative (adj)
Term
stolid
Definition
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive (adj)
Term
straits
Definition
a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water; an isthmus;
a position of difficulty, distress, or need
(n)
Term
subaudition
Definition
an act or instance of understanding or mentally supplying something not expressed (n)
Term
subordination
Definition
disobedience; rebelliousness (n)
Term
subterfuge
Definition
a deceptive stratagem or device
Term
subversive
Definition
tending to overthrow or destroy (adj)
Term
subvert
Definition
to undermine or corrupt
Term
supercilious
Definition
haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression; arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending (adj)
Term
suppliant
Definition
pleader (person full of requests)
Term
suppurate
Definition
to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate (intr.v)
Term
surcease
Definition
to cease from some action; desist
to come to an end (intr.v)
cessation; end (n)
Term
swill
Definition
drink greedily (v)
Term
taciturn
Definition
habitually silent; talking little (adj)
Term
take amiss
Definition
to be offended at or resentful of (something not meant to cause offense or resentment); misunderstand (idiom)
Term
tarry
Definition
delay; dawdle (v)
Term
tempestuous
Definition
stormy; quarreling, reconciling, and quarreling again (adj)
Term
tiff
Definition
minor quarrel; fit of annoyance (adj)
Term
tinct
Definition
to tinge or tint, as with color (tr.v)
tinged; colored; flavored (adj)
tint; tinge; coloring (n)
Term
tine
Definition
a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork (n)
Term
tittle
Definition
a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.
a very small part or quantity; a particle, jot, or whit (n)
Term
topical
Definition
pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest
pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like
of a place; local (adj)
Term
torsion
Definition
act of twisting
Term
traduce
Definition
slander; malign; badmouth: speak unfavorably about (v)
Term
transmute
Definition
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform (v)
Term
trumpery
Definition
something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff
nonsense; twaddle (n)
of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy (adj)
Term
tumid
Definition
swollen; inflated (adj)
Term
turgid
Definition
swollen; distended; tumid
inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic (adj)
Term
tutelary
Definition
having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing
of or pertaining to a guardian or guardianship (adj)
a person who has tutelary powers, as a saint, deity, or guardian (n)
Term
ubiquitous
Definition
existing or being everywhere, esp. at the same time; omnipresent (adj)
Term
umbrage
Definition
offense; annoyance; displeasure
the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like
leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees
shade or shadows, as cast by trees
a shadowy appearance or semblance of something (n)
Term
undergird
Definition
strengthen underneath
Term
vacuous
Definition
empty; lacking in ideas; stupid (adj)
Term
valance
Definition
short drapery hanging over the window frame (n)
Term
vale
Definition
a valley
the world, or mortal or earthly life (n)
Term
valetudinarian
Definition
an invalid;
a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments (n)
in poor health; sickly; invalid
excessively concerned about one's poor health or ailments
of, pertaining to, or characterized by invalidism (adj)
Term
vanguard
Definition
advance guard of a military force; forefront of a movement (n)
Term
vapid
Definition
dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless (adj)
Term
vaticination
Definition
an act or prophesying
a prophesy (n)
Term
vaunted
Definition
boasted of (adj)
Term
veracity
Definition
truthfulness (n)
Term
verdure
Definition
greenness, esp. of fresh, flourishing vegetation
green vegetation, esp. grass or herbage
freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor (n)
Term
verily
Definition
in truth; really; indeed (adv)
Term
verisimilitude
Definition
appearance of truth; likelihood (n)
Term
verity
Definition
the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality
something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement (n)
Term
vernal
Definition
related to spring
Term
viaduct
Definition
arched roadway
Term
vicissitude
Definition
change of fortune (n);a change or variation occurring in the course of something
interchange or alternation, as of states or things
(plural) successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs
regular change or succession of one state or thing to another
change; mutation; mutability (n)
Term
vim
Definition
energy, enthusiasm
Term
vinous
Definition
of, resembling, or containing wine
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of wine
produced by, indicative of, or given to indulgence in wine
wine red; wine-colored (adj)
Term
vituperation
Definition
verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation (n)
Term
volition
Definition
free choice, free will; act of choosing
Term
votive
Definition
offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire (adj)
Term
waylay
Definition
to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay
to await and accost unexpectedly (tr.v)
Term
wayward
Definition
ungovernable; unpredictable; contrary (adj)
Term
weal
Definition
well-being, prosperity, or happiness (n)
Term
where the shoe pinches
Definition
the true cause of the trouble or worry (idiom)
Term
wherewithal
Definition
the necessary means (especially financial means)
Term
winnow
Definition
sift; separate good parts from bad (v)
Term
yore
Definition
former period of time (n)
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