small plane surface (of a gem); a side
The stonecutter decided to improve the rough diamond by providing it with several facets.
Your facetious remarks are not appropriate at this serious moment.
Because he was a facile speaker, he never refused a request to address an organization.
Many museums sell facsimilies of the works of art on display.
party; clique; dissension
The quarrels and bickering of the two small factions within the club disturbed the majority of the members.
inclined to form factions; causing dissension.
Your statement is factious and will upset the harmony that now exists.
Hollywood actresses often create factitious tears by using glycerine.
handyman; person who does all kinds of work
Although we had hired him as a messenger, we soon began to use him as a general factotum around the office.
Your reasoning must be fallacious because it leads to a ridiculous answer.
liable to err
I know I am fallible, but I feel confident that I am right this time.
plowed but sowed; uncultivated
Farmers have learned that it is advisable to permit land to le fallow every few years.
When told to dive off the high board, she did not falter, but proceeded at once.
You are resenting fancied insults. No one has ever said such things about you.
breeder or dealer of animals
The dog fancier exhibited her prize collie at the annual Kennel Club show.
This is a fanciful scheme because it does not consider the facts.
call by bugles or trumpets; showy display
The exposition was opened with fanfare of trumpets and the firing of cannon.
broad comedy; mockery
Nothing went right; the entire interview degenerated into a farce.
difficult to please; squeamish
The waitresses disliked serving him dinner because of his very fastidious taste.
belief that events are determined by forces beyond one's control
With fatalism, he accepted the hardships that beset him.
I find his motives impossible to fathom.
He is far too intelligent to utter such fatuous remarks.
courting favor by cringing and flattering
She was constantly surrounded by a group of fawning admirers who had hoped to win some favor.
No crisis could faze the resourceful hotel manager.
In his febrile condition, he was subject to nightmares and hallucinations.
trick; shift; sham blow
The boxer was fooled by his opponent's feint and dropped his guard.
apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
He was famous for his felicitous remarks and was called upon to serve as master-of-ceremonies at many banquet.
happines; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.)
She wrote a note to the newlyweds wishing them great felicity in their wedded life.
The newspapers told of the tragic spread of the fell disease
With the breakup of the Soviet Union, much of Eastern Europe was in a state of ferment.
drive or hunt out of hiding
She was ferreted out their secret.
Her fervid enthusiasm inspired all of us to undertake the dangerous mission.
Their kiss was full of the fervor of first love.
When her finger began to fester, the doctor lanced it and removed the splinter that had caused the pus to form.
rankle, produce irritation or resentment
Joe's insult festered in Anne's mind for days, and made her too angry to speak to him.
honor at a festival
The returning hero was feted at a community supper and dance.
The neglected wound became fetid.
The prisoner was fettered to the wall.
Our ambitious venture ended in a fiasco and we were forced to flee.
I cannot accept government by fiat; I feel that I must be consulted.
He discovered his supposedly faithful girlfriend was fickle
small ornamental statuette
In the Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade was hired to trace the missing figurine of a black bird.
The boys filched apples from the fruit stand.
pertaining to a son or daughter
Many children forget their filial obligations and disregard the wishes of their parents.
block legislation by making long speeches
Even though we disapproved of Senator Foghorn's political goals, we were impressed by his ability to filibuster endlessly to keep an issue from coming to a vote.
delicate, lacelike metalwork
The pendant with gold filigree that she wore round her neck trembled with each breath she took.
The finesse and adroitness of the surgeon impressed the observers in the operating room.
too particular; fussy
The old lady was finicky about her food and ate very little.
The police triedto keep track of all the local firebrands when the President came to town.
The mountain climbers secured footholds in tiny fissures in the rock.
After several fitful attempts, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.
His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles.
droop; grow feeble
When the opposing hockey team scored its third goal only minutes into the first period, the home team's spirits flagged.
We cannot condone such flagrant violations of the rules.
thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about
In medieval times, warriors flailed their foe with a metal ball attached to a handle.
She has an uncanny flair for discovering new artists before the public has become aware of their existence.
Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.
She is not the one of those actresses who flaunt their physical charms; she can act.
strip off skin; plunder
The criminal was condemned to be flayed alive.
Her cheeks flecked with tears, were testimony to the hours of weeping.
While it is necessary to provide these fledgling poets with an opportunity to present their work, it is not essential that we admire everything they write.
wool coat of a sheep
They shear sheep of their fleece, which they then comb into separate strands of wool.
The tricksters fleeced him of his inheritance.
light stroke as with a whip
The horse needed no encouragement; only one flick of the whip was all the jockey had to apply to get the animal to run at top speed.
He did not flinch in the face of danger but fought back bravely.
Your flippancy at this serious moment is offensive.
fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
Like a bee flitting from flower to flower, Rose flitted from one boyfriend to the next.
mass of floating ice
The ship made slow progress as it battered its way through the ice floes.
His complexion was even more florid than usual because of his anger.
Beachcombers eke out a living by salvaging the flotsam and jetsam of the sea.
The headstrong youth flouted all authority; he refused to be curbed.
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune
When Douglass defeated Tyson for the heavyweight championship, some sportscasters dismissed his victory as a fluke.
The teacher's sudden question flustered him and he stammered his reply.
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar)
All that remained of the ancient building were the fluted columns.
flowing; series of changes
While conditions are in such a state of flux, I do not wish to commit myself too deeply in this affair.
coarse food for cattle, horses etc.
One of Nancy's chores ar the ranch was to put fresh supplies of fodder in the horses' stalls.
weakness; slight fault
We can overlook the foibles of our friends; no one is perfect.
In "Star Wars," dark, evil Darth Vader is a perfect foil for fair-haired, naive Luke Skywalker.
In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes.
insert improperly; palm off
I will not permit you to foist such ridiculous ideas upon the membership of this group.
stir up; instigate
This report will foment disssension in the club.
Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people before undertaking this venture.
vain about dress and appearance
He tried to imitate the foppish manner of the young men of the court.
The company staged a midnight foray against the enemy outpost.
We must use forbearance in dealing with him because he is still weak from his illness.
place where a river can be crossed on foot
Rather than risk using the shaky rope bridge, David walked a half-mile downstream until he came to the neartest ford.
Reverence for one's forebears (sometimes referred to as ancestor worship) plays an important part in many Oriental cultures.
premonition of evil
Caeser ridiculed his wife's foreboding about the Ides of March.
suitable to debate or courts of law
In her best forensic manner, the lawyer addressed the jury.
prevent by taking action in advance
By setting up a prenuptial agreement, the prospective bride and groom hoped to forestall any potential arguments about money in the event of a divorce.
desert; abandon; renounce
No one expected Foster to forsake his wife and children and run off with another woman.
The captured knight could escape death only if he agreed to forswear Christianity and embrace Islam as the one true faith.
strong point or special talent
I am not eager to play this rather seious role, for my forte is comedy.
straightforward; direct; frank
I prefer Jill's forthright approach to Jack's tendency to beat around the bush.
He was awarded the medal for his fortitude in the battle.
accidental; by chance
There is no connection between these two events; their timing is entirely fortuitous.
According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were fostered by a she-wolf that raised the abandoned infants as her own.
fail completely; sink
After hitting the submerged iceberg, the Titanic started taking in water rapidly and soon foundered.
person who establishes (an organization, business)
Among those drowned when the Titanic sank was the founder of the Abraham & Straus chain.
The military police stopped the fracas in the bar and arrested the belligerents.
The fractious horse unseated its rider.
right granted by authority
The city issued a franchise to the company to operate surface transit lines on the streets for ninety-nine years.
At the time of the collision, many people became frantic with fear.
Since this enterprise is fraught with danger, I will ask for volunteers who are willing to assume the risks.
The three musketeers were in the thick of fray.
His frenetic activities convinced us that he had no organized plan of operation.
As soon as they smelled smoke, the frenzied animals milled about in their cages.
painting in plaste (usually fresh)
The cathedral is visited by many tourists who wish to admire the frescoes by Glotto.
clash in opinion; rubbing against
At this time when harmony is essential, we cannot afford to have any friction in our group.
ornamental band on a wall
The frieze of the church was adorned with sculpture.
Alaska is in the frigid zone.
He could not apply himself to any task and frittered away his time in idle conversation.
lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant
Though Nancy enjoyed Bill's frivolous, lighthearted companionship, she sometimes wondered whether he could ever be serious.
The frolicsome puppy tried to lick the face of its master.
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
After the storm the beach was littered with the fronds of palm trees.
This peach tree should fructify in three years.
In these economically difficult days businesses must practice frugality or risk bankruptcy.
support on which a lever rests
If we use this stone as a fulcrum and the crowbar as a lever, we may be able to move this boulder.
The people against whom she fulminated were innocent of any wrongdoing.
His fulsome praise of the dictator annoyed his listeners.
I fail to understand why there is such a funereal atmosphere; we have lost a battle, not a war.
frenzy; great excitement
The story of her embezzlement of the funds created a furor on the stock exchange.
The boy gave a furtive look at his classmate's test paper.
simultaneous firing or outburs (of missiles, questions, etc.)
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture concludes with a thunderous fusilade of cannon fire.
feeble, ineffective; unthinking, irresponsible
Einstein was noted for his extraordinary inspirations; on the other hand, he was noted for being feckless in his daily chores.