(ĭ 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
(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
(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
(ēʹ men dāʹ shǝn)
(noun) a correction
The last edition of the book contains many emendations.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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
(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
(ĭ 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
(ĭ 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
I am broke; ergo, I can't pay the rent this week.
syn: consequently; hence
(ĭ 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.
(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
(fǝ sēʹ shǝs)
(adj.) comical; jocular; flippant
Her facetious comments were beginning to get tiresome.
syn: joking, witty, jocose
ant: solemn, serious