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abase

lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect

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abate

subside or moderate

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abdicate

renounce; give up (position, right, or responsibility)

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aberrant

abnormal or deviant

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abet

assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage

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abeyance

suspended action

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abject

(of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology

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abjure

renounce upon oath

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abrogate

abolish

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abscond

depart secretly and hide

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abstain

refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote

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abstemious

sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

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abyss

enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit

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accede

agree

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accolade

award of merit; strong praise and approval

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accretion

growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete

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acerbity

bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. acerbic: bitter; acrid (in taste, manner, or tone)

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acidulous

slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic

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acme

peak; pinnacle; highest point

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acquiesce

assent; agree passively; comply without protest

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adamant

hard; inflexible

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adduce

to bring forward in argument or as evidence;

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adept

expert at; very skilled

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admonish

warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reprove

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adroit

skillful (in using mind or hand)

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adulterate

make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances

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adventitious

accidental; casual; happening by chance

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advocate

speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for

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aerie(aery,eyrie,eyry)

nest of a large bird of prey

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aesthetic

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics

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affected

artificial; pretended

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affinity

feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages

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aggrandize

make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement

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alacrity

cheerful promptness without reluctance

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aleatory

of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance;

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allegation

an assertion made with little or no proof.

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alleviate

relieve (pain)

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allocate

assign; set apart for a particular purpose

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allude

refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect reference

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altruistic

unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism

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amalgamate

(of societies or groups) combine; unite in one body

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ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation

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ambivalence

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions

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ameliorate

improve

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amortize

to liquidate or extinguish (a mortgage, debt, or other obligation), especially by periodic payments to the creditor or to a sinking fund.

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amulet

charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil, bad luck

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anachronism

an error involving time in a story; something or someone misplaced in time; ADJ. anachronistic

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analgesia

condition of being unable to feel pain

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analogous

comparable; similar

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animosity

active enmity

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anomalous

abnormal; irregular

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anomaly

irregularity

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antagonism

hostility; active opposition; V. antagonize: cause to become an enemy; N. antagonist: person who is opposed to another; opponent; adversary; principal character in oppostion to the protagonist

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antipathy

aversion; dislike or opposition

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apathy

lack of caring; indifference; lack of concern or interest in important matters; Ex. He was sunk in apathy after his failure; ADJ. apathetic

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apocryphal

(of a story) widely believed but untrue

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apodictic

incontestable because of having been demonstrated or proved to be demonstrable.

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apostate

one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs; N. apostasy

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approbation

approval

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arbitrary

unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical; Ex. arbitrary ruler

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arbitrate

act as judge (at the request of both sides)

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archaic

antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.

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ardor

heat; passion; zeal; ADJ. ardent

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arduous

hard; strenuous; Ex. arduous work

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arrogate

assume or appropriate to oneself without right:

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articulate

effective; distinct; expressing ideas clearly; having clear sounds; having joints; Ex. articulate speech; V: express thoughts and feeling clearly; pronounce clearly; unite by joints

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assail

assault

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assiduous

diligent

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assimilate

absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge) completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)

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assuage

mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)

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astute

wise; shrewd; keen; seeing quickly something that is to one's advantage

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attenuate

make thin; weaken

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attest

testify; bear witness

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audacious

daring; bold; N. audacity

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augury

omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)

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auspicious

favoring success; giving signs of future success; Cf. auspices

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austere

forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity

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autonomous

self-governing; N. autonomy

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avarice

greediness for wealth

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aver

state confidently; declare as true

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avuncular

of or like an uncle

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axiom

self-evident truth requiring no proof

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badinage

teasing conversation; banter; joking talk

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banal

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clich\'ed

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beguile

deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract; Ex. beguiling smile

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belfry

a bell tower, either attached to a church or other building or standing apart.

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benign

kindly; favorable; not malignant (disease); Ex. benign tumor

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bevy

large group; Ex. a bevy of starlets

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bifurcated

divided into two branches; forked

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bilk

swindle; cheat

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blandishment

flattery

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blatant

extremely (offensively) obvious; loudly offensive; Ex. blatant lie; N. blatancy

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blight

plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy

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blithe(blithesome)

gay; joyous

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bolster

support; reinforce

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bombastic

pompous; using inflated language

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bonhomie

frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality.

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boon

blessing; benefit; something very helpful

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boor

rude, insensitive person

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brevity

conciseness; shortness of duration

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bucolic

rustic; pastoral

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burgeon

grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon

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burnish

make shiny by rubbing; polish

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cabal

small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests

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cachinnate

to laugh loudly or immoderately.

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cacophonous

discordant; inharmonious; N. cacophony: unpleasant mixture of loud sounds

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callow

youthful; immature; inexperienced

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calumny

malicious misrepresentation; slander

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canard

unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report

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candor

frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid

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cantankerous

ill-humored; irritable

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captiuos

apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please.

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capitulate

surrender; give up all resistance

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capricious

unpredictable; fickle

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carnal

fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body

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cartographer

map-maker

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castigation

punishment; severe criticism or disapproval

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cataclysm

deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change

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catalyst

agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis

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categorical

without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute

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catholic

(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes

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caustic

burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action; sarcastically biting; (of remarks) intended to hurt; bitter; harmful; OP. harmless

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cavil

quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily

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censure

blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severe criticism; strong disapproval

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chaotic

in utter disorder

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charlatan

quack; pretender to knowledge (esp. in medicine)

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chauvinist

blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin

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chicanery

trickery; deception

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chimerical

fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; N. chimera: unreal fancy; fire-breathing female creature

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chrysalis

the hard-shelled pupa of a moth or butterfly; an obtect pupa.

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circuitous

roundabout

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circumscribe

limit; confine; draw a line around

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circumspect

prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought

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clairvoyant

having foresight; fortuneteller; N. clairvoyance

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clandestine

secret

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cloying

distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess

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coalesce

combine; fuse; N. coalescence

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coffer

a box or chest, especially one for valuables.

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cogent

convincing

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colloquial

pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N. colloquialism: colloquial expression

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collusion

conspiring in a fraudulent scheme to cheat or deceive others; V. collude

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comity

courtesy; civility; Ex. comity of nations

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commensurate

equal in extent; of the same size

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commiserate

feel or express pity or sympathy for

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commodious

spacious and comfortable

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complacency

self-satisfaction; smugness; ADJ. complacent

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complicity

participation; involvement (in a questionable act or a crime)

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compunction

remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt

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concur

agree; coincide; happen at the same time

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condone

overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse

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congenial

pleasant; friendly; in agreement with one's tastes and nature; Ex. congenial weather

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conjecture

surmise; guess; V.

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connoisseur

person competent to act as a judge of art, etc. (whose judgments are respected); a lover of an art

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construe

explain; interpret; Ex. construe her silence as meaning that she agreed; CF. misconstrue

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contentious

quarrelsome; controversial; likely to cause arguments

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contretemps

an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance

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contrite

penitent; repentant; N. contrition

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contumacious

stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)

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conversant

familiar with; having knowledge of

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convivial

pleasantly merry; festive; joyous; gay; characterized by joviality; jovial

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convoluted

coiled around; twisted; involved; complicated; intricate; complex; N. convolution: twist; one of the convex folds of the surface of the brain

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corroborate

confirm; support; strengthen

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cosset

to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.

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coterie

group that meets socially; select circle; close group of people with shared interests

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craven

cowardly

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credence

belief

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credulous

willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence

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creed

system of religious or ethical belief

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crepitate

to make a crackling sound; crackle.

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crescendo

increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent

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crotchety

(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion

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cull

pick out from others (to kill the weakest members); reject; select; collect (information); N.

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cupidity

greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid

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curmudgeon

churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person

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cursory

casual; hastily done with little attention to detail

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cynosure

object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention; CF. Ursa Minor

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dearth

an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack:

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debutante

young woman making formal entrance into society

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declivity

downward slope

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decorous

proper (in behavior, conduct, or appearance)

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decorum

propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners; appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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deface

mar; disfigure

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defenestrate

to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.

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deference

courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery

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defray

provide for the payment of; undertake the payment of; pay

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defunct

dead; no longer in use or existence

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deipnosophist

a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

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delegate

to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.

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deleterious

harmful

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demagogue

person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people; CF. demagoguery

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demonstrable

capable of being demonstrated or proved.

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demur

object (because of doubts, scruples); raise an objection (showing qualms); hesitate; Ex. demur at the idea of working on Sunday

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denouement

the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.

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deride

ridicule; treat with contempt; make fun of; OP. respect

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desiccate

dry up

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desultory

aimless; haphazard; digressing at random

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diaphanous

sheer; transparent

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diatribe

bitter scolding or denunciation; invective; abuse

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dictum

authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge in court); saying; maxim; CF. obiter dictum: incidental, nonbinding remark (something said in passing)

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didactic

(of speech or writing) intended to teach a moral lesson; teaching; instructional; N. didacticism

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diffidence

shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident

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digression

wandering away from the subject; V. digress

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dilate

expand; dilate on/upon: speak or write at length on (a subject)

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dilatory

delaying; tending to delay

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dilemma

situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable options; problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives

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dilettante

aimless follower of an art or a field of knowledge (not taking it seriously); amateur; dabbler; CF. delight

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dirge

funeral song; slow mournful piece of music (sung over a dead person)

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disabuse

correct a false impression; undeceive; free from a wrong belief

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discernible

distinguishable; perceivable; Ex. discernible improvement

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discerning

mentally quick and observant; having insight; perceptive; able to make good judgments; V. discern: perceive

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discursive

(of a person or writing) digressing; rambling (without any clear plan)

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dishable

To disparage.

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disingenuous

not naive; not candid; sophisticated; worldly wise; OP. ingenuous

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disparage

belittle

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disparate

basically different; impossible to compare; unrelated

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disquisition

formal systematic inquiry; explanation of the results of a formal inquiry; long formal speech or written report

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dissemble

disguise; hide the real nature of; pretend

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dissident

dissenting (with an opinion, a group, or a government); rebellious; N.

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dissonance

discord

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distaff

noting, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for a female.

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distend

expand; swell out

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dither

to act irresolutely; vacillate.

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diurnal

daily; occurring during the daytime

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divagate

to wander; stray.

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divine

perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future; foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divination

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docile

obedient; easily managed; submissive

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doctrinaire

unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding; marked by inflexible attachment to a doctrine without regard to its practical difficulties

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dogma

an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.

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dogmatic

opinionated; holding stubbornly to one's opinion; arbitrary; doctrinal

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droll

queer and amusing

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dupe

someone easily fooled or deceived; V: deceive

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duplicity

double-dealing; hypocrisy; being dishonest and deceitful; ADJ. duplicitous

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dyspeptic

suffering from indigestion; N. dyspepsia: indigestion; difficulty in digesting food

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ebullient

showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm; boiling; N. ebullience; N. ebullition: state of boiling

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eclectic

selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources; selecting individual elements from a variety of sources; N. eclecticism

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edify

instruct; correct morally

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efface

rub out; remove the surface of

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efficacy

power to produce desired effect; ADJ. efficacious: effectual

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effigy

dummy; likeness of a person made of wood, paper, or stone; Ex. burn an effigy of the President

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effrontery

rudeness without any sense of shame; shameless boldness; presumptousness; nerve; cheek

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effusive

pouring out; overflowing.

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egregious

notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking

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elegy

poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal, elegiac

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eloquence

expressiveness; persuasive speech; ADJ. eloquent: movingly expressive; expressing ideas well so that the hearers can be influeneced

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embellish

adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details)

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emend

correct (usually a text); N. emendation: correction of errors; improvement

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emolument

salary; payment for an office; compensation

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emulate

imitate; rival; try to equal or excel (through imitation)

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encomium

a formal expression of high praise; eulogy:

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endemic

prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country; peculiar to a particular region or people; CF. pandemic

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enervate

weaken; take away energy from

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engender

cause; produce; give rise to

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enigma

puzzle; mystery; ADJ. enigmatic: obscure; puzzling

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enumerate

list; mention one by one

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ephemeral

short-lived; fleeting

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epicene

flaccid; feeble; weak:

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epicure

connoisseur of food and drink; gourmet; ADJ. epicurean; CF. Epicurus

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epigraph

an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like.

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equanimity

calmness of temperament; composure

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equivocate

use equivocal language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth; N. equivocation

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erratic

odd; irregular in movement or behavior; unpredictable

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ersatz

serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial:

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erudite

(of a person or book) learned; full of learning; scholarly; N. erudition

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eschew

avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks

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esoteric

hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica

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estimable

serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial:

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ethereal

like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ethereal beauty; CF. ether: upper air

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ethos

underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos

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eulogy

expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death; V. eulogize

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euphemism

mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; ADJ. euphemistic

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euphony

sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious

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exacerbate

worsen; aggravate; embitter

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excess

a going beyond what is regarded as customary or proper:

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excoriate

scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin off

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exculpate

clear from blame or guilt

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execrate

curse; express abhorrence for; detest

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exemplary

serving as a model; outstanding; Ex. exemplary punishment/behavior; N. exemplar: typical example; model

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exigency

urgent situation; ADJ. exigent

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exonerate

acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt

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expatiate

talk at length; speak or write in detail

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expedite

hasten; make go faster

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expiate

make amends for (a sin)

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explicit

totally clear; definite; outspoken

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exponent

a person or thing that is a representative, advocate, type, or symbol of something:

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expunge

cancel; remove a word or name (from a book or list); erase

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expurgate

clean; remove offensive parts of a book

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extant

(of something written or painted) still in existence

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extemporaneous

not planned; impromptu; extempore

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extirpate

root up; uproot; destroy completely

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facile

easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an

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factitious

artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears

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faineant

indolent.

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fallacious

false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument

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fallow

(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated

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fanaticism

excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic

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farrago

a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley:

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fastidious

difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky

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fatuous

smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness

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fawning

courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness

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fecundity

fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young

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fervent

ardent; zealous; hot

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fervid

ardent; zealous; hot

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fetid(foetid)

malodorous; foul

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flag

droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF. unflagging

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flagitious

a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley:

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flippant

lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy

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florid

ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose

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foible

small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeble

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foment

stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)

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ford

place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.

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forestall

prevent by taking action in advance

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fortuitous

accidental; by chance; N. fortuity

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fractious

unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse

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frangible

easily broken; breakable:

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frenetic(phrenetic)

frenzied; frantic

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frugality

thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little; inexpensive

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fugacious

fleeting; transitory:

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fuliginous

sooty; smoky:

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fulminate

thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation

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furtive

stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance

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gambol

romp; skip about; leap about playfully; frolic; N.

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garner

gather; store up; amass

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garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. garrulity

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genesis

beginning; origin

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genteel

well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement; Ex. genteel poverty

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germane

pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand; appropriate

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gestate

evolve as in prenatal growth; N. gestation: period of development from conception until birth

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glabrous

having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.

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glib

fluent (with insincerity or superficiality); facile; slick

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glower

scowl; glare; look or stare angrily

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goad

urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continued annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continually

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gradation

series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression

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grandiloquent

(of a person or speech) using high sounding or important-sounding language; pompous; bombastic

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gratuitous

given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for; done without good reason; Ex. gratuitous comment

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gregarious

sociable; (of an animal) tending to form a group

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grievous

causing grief or great sorrow:

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grovel

crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate; behave in a servile manner

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guile

deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning; Ex. persuade her by guile

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gullible

easily deceived

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haggard

wasted away; gaunt; Ex. haggard faces of the rescued miners

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hapless

unfortunate; luckless

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hebdomadal

taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly:

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hebetude


the state of being dull; lethargy.

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hegemony

dominance especially of one nation over others

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helotry

serfdom; slavery.

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hermetic

concerning alchemy or magic; obscure and mysterious; occult

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heterodox

(of beliefs) against accepted opinion; unorthodox; unconventional

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heterogeneous

dissimilar; mixed; not homogeneous; consisting of dissimilar elements or plants

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hieratic

of or pertaining to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.

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hispid

rough with stiff hairs, bristles, or minute spines.

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hoary

white with age

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homogeneous

of the same kind; uniform in composition throughout

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hortatory

encouraging; exhortive; marked by exhortation; CF. exhort

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husband

use sparingly; conserve; save; Ex. husband one's energy; CF. house holder

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hyperbole

exaggeration; overstatement; ADJ. hyperbolic: of hyperbole; of a hyperbola

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iatrogenic

(of a medical disorder) caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician.

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iconoclastic

attacking cherished traditions; N. iconoclast: one who attacks traditional ideas; one who destroys sacred images

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idiosyncrasy

individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity; attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic

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ignoble

unworthy; not noble; dishonorable; Ex. ignoble deed

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imbroglio

complicated situation (as in a play); painful or complex misunderstanding (as in a play); entanglement; confused mass (as of papers); V. embroil

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imbue

saturate(soak thoroughly); fill; Ex. imbue someone with feelings

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impalpable

imperceptible(not easily understood); intangible; OP. palpable: tangible; easily perceptible

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impasse

predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situation allowing for no further progress

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impeccable

faultless

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impecunious

without money

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imperturbable

unshakably calm; placid

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impervious

impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed; incapable of being affected (in one's opinions); Ex. impervious to water/criticism

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impetuous

violent; hasty; rash; impulsive; without careful thought; Ex. impetuous decision

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impious

irreverent

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implacable

incapable of being pacified; impossible to appease; Ex. implacable enemy

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importune

beg persistently; make repeated requests (in an annoying way)

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imprecation

curse; swearword

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impromptu

without previous preparation; off the cuff(end of a sleeve); on the spur of the moment

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impugn

dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); attack as false or questionable; challenge; gainsay; CF. fight

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impute

attribute; ascribe; charge; N. imputation

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incarnadine

blood-red; crimson.

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incessant

uninterrupted; unceasing

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inchoate

(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass

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inclement

stormy; unkind; unmerciful; CF. clement

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incongruity

lack of harmony; absurdity; ADJ. incongruous: lacking in harmony; inappropriate

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incorrigible

uncorrectable

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incriminate

accuse of or implicate in a crime; serve as evidence against; cause to seem or make guilty of a crime; Ex. incriminating evidence

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inculcate

teach (ideas or principles); instill

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indefeasible

not defeasible; not to be annulled or made void; not forfeitable

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indigent

poor; destitute

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indolent

lazy

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ineffable

unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy

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inexorable

relentless; unyielding; implacable; not capable of being changed by entreaty or efforts; Ex. inexorable price rises

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infinitesimal

very small

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ingenious

marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuity

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ingrate

ungrateful person (not expressing thanks)

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ingratiate

become popular with; bring (oneself) in favor of another; Ex. ingratiate himself with the boss

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inimical

(of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental; CF. enemy

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inimitable

matchless; not able to be imitated

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iniquitous

wicked; immoral; unrighteous; N. iniquity; Ex. den of iniquity

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innocuous

harmless

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inquest

a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.

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insatiable

not easily satisfied; unquenchable; Ex. insatiable appetite

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inscrutable

difficult to understand; impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious

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insipid

lacking in flavor; lacking interest; dull; Ex. insipid food/character

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insouciant

without concern or care; unconcerned; indifferent

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insurrection

rebellion; uprising

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inter

bury; N. interment

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interpolate

insert between

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interregnum

period between two successive reigns or governments

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intractable

unruly; difficult to manage; Ex. intractable problem/child

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intransigence

refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent: uncompromising

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intrepid

fearless

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inundate

flood; overflow; submerge; cover completely; Ex. inundated with work

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inured

accustomed; hardened; Ex. inured to the Alaskan cold; V. inure: make used to something undesirable; harden; CF. unfeeling

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invective

abuse

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investiture

the act or process of investing.

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invidious

designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex. invidious comparison

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inviolable

secure from corruption, attack, or violation(or profanation); unassailable; Ex. inviolable oath/rights; N. inviolability

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irascible

irritable; easily angered

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itinerant

wandering; traveling from place to place (to perform work); Ex. itinerant preacher

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jaded

tired or uninterested by surfeit; fatigued; surfeited; worn out; wearied; Ex. jaded appetite

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jargon

language used by special group; technical terminology; gibberish; nonsensical or incoherent talk

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jejune

juvenile; immature; childish

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jettison

throw overboard (from a ship or plane)

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jingoist

extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist; N. jingoism: extreme nationalism

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jocular

said or done in jest or playfully; marked by joking

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jovial

good-natured; merry; cheerful

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judicious

sound on judgment; wise

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juncture

crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joining

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juxtapose

place side by side; CF. next

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keen

finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily

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kindle

start a fire; ignite; inspire; arouse

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kinetic

producing motion; of motion

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knoll

little round hill; hillock

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kudos

honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement

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laceration

torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound

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lachrymose

producing tears; tearful

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laconic

brief and to the point; using few words; terse

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laity

laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy

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lament

grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation

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lampoon

ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution

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languid

lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless

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lapidary

of or pertaining to the cutting or engraving of precious stones.

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larceny

theft; Ex. petit larceny

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largess

generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)

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lassitude

languor; weariness; listlessness

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latent

present but not yet noticeable or active; dormant; hidden; N. latency; CF. potential

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laud

praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise

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lavish

liberal; wasteful; generous or wasteful in giving or using; abundant; profuse; great; Ex. decorated lavishly; V. give in abundance

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leery

(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious

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legacy

gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor

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legerdemain

sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of hand

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lethargic

drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity

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levity

lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner

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liberal

favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

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libertine

debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\'e; CF. free

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licentious

amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained

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limpid

crystal clear

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lionize

treat (a person) as a celebrity

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lissome

agile, nimble, or active.

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listless

lacking in spirit or energy; languid

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livid

lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry

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longanimity

patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance.

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loquacious

talkative; N. loquacity

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lucid

easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. lucidity

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lucrative

profitable; producing wealth

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lucubration

laborious work, study, thought, etc., especially at night.

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lugubrious

mournful; sorrowful

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lumber

move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber

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luminous

shining (esp. in the dark); issuing light; Ex. luminous paint/road signs

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machinations

evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate

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maelstrom

violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream

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magnanimity

generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous

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magnate

person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate

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malediction

curse

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malingerer

one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work

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malleable

(of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable

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manumit

emancipate; free from slavery or bondage

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mar

to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil:

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martinet

strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet

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maudlin

effusively sentimental

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mellifluous

(of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune

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mendacious

lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity

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mendicant

beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar

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mercenary

motivated solely by money or gain; N.

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mercurial

capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood

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meretricious

flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute

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metaphor

implied comparison; CF. simile

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meticulous

excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking; scrupulous

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militate

work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier

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minatory

menacing; threatening

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mirth

merriment; laughter

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misanthrope

one who hates mankind; misanthropist

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miscreant

wretch; wrongdoer; villain; Ex. kindness to the miscreant; CF. believe

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missive

letter; written statement; CF. sent

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mitigate

appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity

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mnemonic

pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid

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mollify

soothe an angry person

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molt(moult)

periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by a new growth)

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monastic

related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns

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monotony

sameness leading to boredom; monotonousness; ADJ. monotonous; CF. monotone

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morass

a tract of low, soft, wet ground.

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mordant

biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit