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elixir

lĭkʹ sǝr)

(noun) a supposed remedy for all ailments

The elixir that Mrs. Higgins used for colds was a secret that had been handed down in her family from generation to generation.

syn: medicine; panacea

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elucidate

(i lōōʹ sĭ dāt)

(verb) to make clear

To elucidate and bolster his argument, he drew a large chart on the board.

syn: explain, clarify

ant: obscure

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emanate

(ĕmʹ ǝ nāt)

(verb) to come forth; to send forth

She tried to control her anger, but harsh words began to emanate from her lips.

syn: rise, emerge

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emendation

(ēʹ men dāʹ shǝn)

(noun) a correction

The last edition of the book contains many emendations.

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empathy

(ĕmʹ pǝ thē)

(noun) an understanding of another's feelings

As Laurie's face became redder by the minute, I felt a certain empathy for her.

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empirical

(ĕm pîrʹ ĭ kǝl)

(adj.) based on practical experience rather than theory

He was the first to present empirical data to support the argument that smoking is harmful.

syn: observable

ant: theoretical

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endemic

(ĕn dĕmʹ ĭk)

(adj.) confined to a particular country or area

Once it had been endemic to Africa, but now it is becoming a world-wide epidemic.

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enervate

(ĕnʹ ǝr vāt)

(verb) to weaken

Because the hot, humid weather enervated the boys, they were content to sit in the shade.

syn: devitalize, exhaust

ant: energize, strengthen

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ennui

(än wēʹ)

(noun) boredom; a weariness resulting from a lack of interest

Because the speaker sensed a feeling of ennui settling over the audience, he told a joke.

ant: excitement, interest

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ephemeral

fĕmʹ ǝr ǝl)

(adj.) lasting only a brief time; short-lived

The celebrity who doesn't realize that fame is ephemeral is in for a rude awakening when people no longer know or care who the person is.

syn: transient, fleeting

ant: permanent

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epitome

pĭtʹ ǝ mē)

(noun) a typical example; a condensed account

As he saw to the comfort of his guests, he was the epitome of Southern hospitality.

syn: representative; summary

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ergo

(ürʹ gō)

(conj.) therefore

I am broke; ergo, I can't pay the rent this week.

syn: consequently; hence

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erotic

rŏtʹ ĭk)

(adj.) pertaining to sexual love

The statues in the museum were thought to be too erotic to allow young children to view them.

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eschew

(ĕs chōōʹ)

(verb) to keep away from; to avoid; to shun

Embrace virtue and eschew sin was the theme of the minister's sermon.

ant: to embrace, welcome

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facetious

(fǝ sēʹ shǝs)

(adj.) comical; jocular; flippant

Her facetious comments were beginning to get tiresome.

syn: joking, witty, jocose

ant: solemn, serious