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1

engulf

\in-ˈgəlf\

D. to swallow up or overwhelm

E. The valley was engulfed in a thick fog. / the mounting seas threatened to engulf the island

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enhance

D. to make greater

3

enigma

D. a puzzle

4

enjoin

\in-ˈjȯin\

D. to order; to prohibit

E. He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie. / The judge enjoined them from selling the property.

5

ennui

\ˌä-nō-ˈē\

D. boredom

E. the kind of ennui that comes from having too much time on one's hands and too little will to find something productive to do

6

enormity

D. great wickedness; immensity

E. We were shocked at the enormity of the crime. / the inconceivable enormity of the universe

7

ensconce

\in-ˈskän(t)s\

D. to shelter; to settle

E. The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass. / ensconced in a new job

8

ensue

\in-ˈsü\

D. to follow right after

E. He had become separated from his parents in the ensuing panic. / They lost track of each other in the ensuing years.

9

enthrall

D. to captivate

E. for years these master magicians have been enthralling audiences with their astounding illusions

10

entity

\ˈen-tə-tē\

D. a being or thing

E. These countries can no longer be viewed as a single entity.

11

entourage

\ˌän-tə-ˈräsh\

D. a group of associates or attendants

E. the President and his entourage

12

entreaty

\ēn-ˈtrē-tē\

D. a serious request

E. our entreaties to give us another few minutes to answer the test questions fell on deaf ears

13

entrepreneur

\ˌäⁿn-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər\

D. a man of business

14

envenom

\in-ˈve-nəm\

D. to make poisonous; to embitter

E. thoughtless, self-indulgent antics that only managed to envenom his teammates

15

environs

D. surroundings; vicinity

E. a decaying, impoverished city environed by affluent suburbs

16

ephemeral

\i-ˈfem-rəl\

D. short-lived

E. the autumnal blaze of colors is always to be treasured, all the more so because it is so ephemeral

17

epicure

\ˈe-pi-ˌkyu̇r\

D. a connoisseur of food and drink

E. Thomas Jefferson was one of America's first great epicures.

18

epigram

\ˈe-pə-ˌgram\

D. a short, pointed saying or poem

E. Benjamin Franklin's famous epigram, “Remember that time is money”.

19

epistle

\i-ˈpi-səl\

D. a long, formal letter

E. St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.

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epithet

\ˈe-pə-ˌthet\

D. a descriptive phrase; an uncomplimentary name

E. His charitable works have earned him the epithet “Mr. Philanthropy.” / a group of angry people hurling epithets at one another

21

epitome

\i-ˈpi-tə-mē\

D. an abstract; the part that represents the whole; a perfect example

E. He is the epitome of a modern young man.

22

epoch

\ˈe-pək\

D. a period of time

E. The development of the steam engine marked an important epoch in the history of industry.

23

equable

\ˈe-kwə-bəl\

D. uniform; tranquil

E. an area with an equable climate would be our first choice for a place in which to settle

24

equanimity

D. even temper

E. nothing could disturb his equanimity

25

equestrian

\i-ˈkwes-trē-ən\

D. pertaining to horses

E. equestrian Olympic events

26

equilibrium

\ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm\

D. a state of balance between different forces and factors

E. trying to recover his equilibrium / we must find an equilibrium between commercial development and conservation of our natural treasures

27

equity

D. fairness

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equivocal

\i-ˈkwi-və-kəl\

D. ambiguous; doubtful

E. He responded to reporters' questions with equivocal answers.

29

equivocate

\i-ˈkwi-və-ˌkāt\

D. to deceive; to lie

E. The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.

30

erode

D. to eat away (erosive)

E. inflation eroding buying power / glaciers erode U-shaped valleys

31

errant

D. wandering; straying outside the proper path or bounds; behaving wrongly

E. what he considers to be no more than errant conduct toward women would be regarded as sexual harassment by most people

32

erudite

D. scholarly

33

escarpment

\i-ˈskärp-mənt\

D. a steep slope

E. the castle sits atop an escarpment that for hundreds of years made it virtually invulnerable to attack

34

eschew

\e-ˈshü\

D. to avoid

E. a psychologist who eschews the traditional methods of psychotherapy

35

esculent

\ˈes-kyə-lənt\

D. edible

E. harvesting wild mushrooms is no business for amateurs, since some of the esculent ones closely resemble poisonous varieties

36

esoteric

D. for a limited' intimated group

37

espouse

D. to marry; to advocate (a cause)

E. The new theory has been espoused by many leading physicists.

38

esprit de crops

\is-ˌprē-də-ˈkȯr\

D. group spirits

E. The troops showed great esprit de corps.

39

estimable

D. worthy of respect

40

estival

D. pertaining to the summer

41

estranged

\i-ˈstrānj\

D. separated

E. she estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head

42

ethereal

\i-ˈthir-ē-əl\

D. celestial; spiritual

E. The windows give the church an ethereal glow.

43

ethnis

D. pertaining to races or cultures

44

eugenic

D. pertaining to the bearing of genetically healthy offspring

45

eulogy

D. high praise

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euphemism

\ˈyü-fə-ˌmi-zəm\

D. an inoffensive expression substituted for an unpleasant one

E. ‘User fees’ is just a politician's euphemism for taxes.