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facet

small plane surface (of a gem); a side

The stonecutter decided to improve the rough diamond by providing it with several facets.

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facetious

humorous; jocular

Your facetious remarks are not appropriate at this serious moment.

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facile

easy; expert

Because he was a facile speaker, he never refused a request to address an organization.

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facsimilie

copy

Many museums sell facsimilies of the works of art on display.

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faction

party; clique; dissension

The quarrels and bickering of the two small factions within the club disturbed the majority of the members.

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factious

inclined to form factions; causing dissension.

Your statement is factious and will upset the harmony that now exists.

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factitous

artificial; sham

Hollywood actresses often create factitious tears by using glycerine.

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factotum

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.

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fallacious

misleading

Your reasoning must be fallacious because it leads to a ridiculous answer.

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fallible

liable to err

I know I am fallible, but I feel confident that I am right this time.

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fallow

plowed but sowed; uncultivated

Farmers have learned that it is advisable to permit land to le fallow every few years.

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falter

hesitate

When told to dive off the high board, she did not falter, but proceeded at once.

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fancied

imagined; unreal

You are resenting fancied insults. No one has ever said such things about you.

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fancier

breeder or dealer of animals

The dog fancier exhibited her prize collie at the annual Kennel Club show.

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fanciful

whimsical; visionary

This is a fanciful scheme because it does not consider the facts.

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fanfare

call by bugles or trumpets; showy display

The exposition was opened with fanfare of trumpets and the firing of cannon.

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farce

broad comedy; mockery

Nothing went right; the entire interview degenerated into a farce.

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fastidious

difficult to please; squeamish

The waitresses disliked serving him dinner because of his very fastidious taste.

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fatalism

belief that events are determined by forces beyond one's control

With fatalism, he accepted the hardships that beset him.

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fathom

comprehend; investigate

I find his motives impossible to fathom.

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fatuous

foolish; inane

He is far too intelligent to utter such fatuous remarks.

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fawning

courting favor by cringing and flattering

She was constantly surrounded by a group of fawning admirers who had hoped to win some favor.

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faze

disconcert; dismay

No crisis could faze the resourceful hotel manager.

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febrile

feverish

In his febrile condition, he was subject to nightmares and hallucinations.

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feint

trick; shift; sham blow

The boxer was fooled by his opponent's feint and dropped his guard.

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felicitous

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.

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felicity

happines; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.)

She wrote a note to the newlyweds wishing them great felicity in their wedded life.

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fell

cruel; deadly

The newspapers told of the tragic spread of the fell disease

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ferment

agitation; commotion

With the breakup of the Soviet Union, much of Eastern Europe was in a state of ferment.

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ferret

drive or hunt out of hiding

She was ferreted out their secret.

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fervid

ardent

Her fervid enthusiasm inspired all of us to undertake the dangerous mission.

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fervor

glowing ardor

Their kiss was full of the fervor of first love.

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fester

generate pus

When her finger began to fester, the doctor lanced it and removed the splinter that had caused the pus to form.

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fester"

rankle, produce irritation or resentment

Joe's insult festered in Anne's mind for days, and made her too angry to speak to him.

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fete

honor at a festival

The returning hero was feted at a community supper and dance.

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fetid

malodorous

The neglected wound became fetid.

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fetter

shackle

The prisoner was fettered to the wall.

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fiasco

total failure

Our ambitious venture ended in a fiasco and we were forced to flee.

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fiat

command

I cannot accept government by fiat; I feel that I must be consulted.

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fickle

changeable; faithless

He discovered his supposedly faithful girlfriend was fickle

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figurine

small ornamental statuette

In the Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade was hired to trace the missing figurine of a black bird.

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filch

steal

The boys filched apples from the fruit stand.

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filial

pertaining to a son or daughter

Many children forget their filial obligations and disregard the wishes of their parents.

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filibuster

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.

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filigree

delicate, lacelike metalwork

The pendant with gold filigree that she wore round her neck trembled with each breath she took.

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finesse

delicate skill

The finesse and adroitness of the surgeon impressed the observers in the operating room.

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finicky

too particular; fussy

The old lady was finicky about her food and ate very little.

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firebrand

hothead; troublemaker

The police triedto keep track of all the local firebrands when the President came to town.

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fissure

crevice

The mountain climbers secured footholds in tiny fissures in the rock.

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fitful

spasmodic; intermittent

After several fitful attempts, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.

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flaccid

flabby

His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles.

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flag

droop; grow feeble

When the opposing hockey team scored its third goal only minutes into the first period, the home team's spirits flagged.

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flagrant

conspicuously wicked

We cannot condone such flagrant violations of the rules.

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flail

thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about

In medieval times, warriors flailed their foe with a metal ball attached to a handle.

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flair

talent

She has an uncanny flair for discovering new artists before the public has become aware of their existence.

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flamboyant

ornate

Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.

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flaunt

display ostentatiously

She is not the one of those actresses who flaunt their physical charms; she can act.

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flay

strip off skin; plunder

The criminal was condemned to be flayed alive.

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fleck

spot

Her cheeks flecked with tears, were testimony to the hours of weeping.

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fledgling

inexperienced

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.

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fleece

wool coat of a sheep

They shear sheep of their fleece, which they then comb into separate strands of wool.

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fleece"

rob; plunder

The tricksters fleeced him of his inheritance.

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flick

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.

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flinch

hesitate; shrink

He did not flinch in the face of danger but fought back bravely.

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flippancy

trifling gaiety

Your flippancy at this serious moment is offensive.

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flit

fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by

Like a bee flitting from flower to flower, Rose flitted from one boyfriend to the next.

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floe

mass of floating ice

The ship made slow progress as it battered its way through the ice floes.

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florid

flowery; ruddy

His complexion was even more florid than usual because of his anger.

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flotsam

drifting wreckage

Beachcombers eke out a living by salvaging the flotsam and jetsam of the sea.

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flout

reject; mock

The headstrong youth flouted all authority; he refused to be curbed.

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fluke

unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune

When Douglass defeated Tyson for the heavyweight championship, some sportscasters dismissed his victory as a fluke.

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fluster

confuse

The teacher's sudden question flustered him and he stammered his reply.

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fluted

having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar)

All that remained of the ancient building were the fluted columns.

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flux

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.

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fodder

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.

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foible

weakness; slight fault

We can overlook the foibles of our friends; no one is perfect.

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foil

contrast

In "Star Wars," dark, evil Darth Vader is a perfect foil for fair-haired, naive Luke Skywalker.

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foil"

defeat; frustrate

In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes.

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foist

insert improperly; palm off

I will not permit you to foist such ridiculous ideas upon the membership of this group.

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foment

stir up; instigate

This report will foment disssension in the club.

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foolhardy

rash

Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people before undertaking this venture.

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foppish

vain about dress and appearance

He tried to imitate the foppish manner of the young men of the court.

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foray

raid

The company staged a midnight foray against the enemy outpost.

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forberance

patience

We must use forbearance in dealing with him because he is still weak from his illness.

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ford

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.

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forebears

ancestors

Reverence for one's forebears (sometimes referred to as ancestor worship) plays an important part in many Oriental cultures.

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foreboding

premonition of evil

Caeser ridiculed his wife's foreboding about the Ides of March.

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forensic

suitable to debate or courts of law

In her best forensic manner, the lawyer addressed the jury.

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forestall

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.

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forsake

desert; abandon; renounce

No one expected Foster to forsake his wife and children and run off with another woman.

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forswear

renounce; abandon

The captured knight could escape death only if he agreed to forswear Christianity and embrace Islam as the one true faith.

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forte

strong point or special talent

I am not eager to play this rather seious role, for my forte is comedy.

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forthright

straightforward; direct; frank

I prefer Jill's forthright approach to Jack's tendency to beat around the bush.

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fortitude

bravery; courage

He was awarded the medal for his fortitude in the battle.

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fortuitous

accidental; by chance

There is no connection between these two events; their timing is entirely fortuitous.

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foster 

rear; encourage

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were fostered by a she-wolf that raised the abandoned infants as her own.

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founder

fail completely; sink

After hitting the submerged iceberg, the Titanic started taking in water rapidly and soon foundered.

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founder"

person who establishes (an organization, business)

Among those drowned when the Titanic sank was the founder of the Abraham & Straus chain.

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fracas

brawl; melee

The military police stopped the fracas in the bar and arrested the belligerents.

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fractious

unruly

The fractious horse unseated its rider.

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franchise

right granted by authority

The city issued a franchise to the company to operate surface transit lines on the streets for ninety-nine years.

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frantic

wild

At the time of the collision, many people became frantic with fear.

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fraught

filled

Since this enterprise is fraught with danger, I will ask for volunteers who are willing to assume the risks.

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fray

brawl

The three musketeers were in the thick of fray.

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frenetic

frenzied; frantic

His frenetic activities convinced us that he had no organized plan of operation.

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frenzied

madly excited

As soon as they smelled smoke, the frenzied animals milled about in their cages.

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fresco

painting in plaste (usually fresh)

The cathedral is visited by many tourists who wish to admire the frescoes by Glotto.

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fricition

clash in opinion; rubbing against

At this time when harmony is essential, we cannot afford to have any friction in our group.

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frieze

ornamental band on a wall

The frieze of the church was adorned with sculpture.

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frigid

intensely cold

Alaska is in the frigid zone.

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fritter

waste

He could not apply himself to any task and frittered away his time in idle conversation.

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frivolous

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.

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frolicsome

prankish; gay

The frolicsome puppy tried to lick the face of its master.

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frond

fern leaf; palm or banana leaf

After the storm the beach was littered with the fronds of palm trees.

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fructify

bear fruit

This peach tree should fructify in three years.

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frugality

thrift; economy

In these economically difficult days businesses must practice frugality or risk bankruptcy.

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fulcrum

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.

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fulminate

thunder; explode

The people against whom she fulminated were innocent of any wrongdoing.

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fulsome

disgustingly excessive

His fulsome praise of the dictator annoyed his listeners.

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funereal

sad; solemn

I fail to understand why there is such a funereal atmosphere; we have lost a battle, not a war.

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furor

frenzy; great excitement

The story of her embezzlement of the funds created a furor on the stock exchange.

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furtive

stealthy; sneaky

The boy gave a furtive look at his classmate's test paper.

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fusilade

simultaneous firing or outburs (of missiles, questions, etc.)

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture concludes with a thunderous fusilade of cannon fire.

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feckless

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.

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