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quack

charlatan; impostor

Do not be misled by the exorbitant claims of this quack; he cannot cure you.

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quadruped 

four-footed animal

Most mammals are quadrupeds.

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quaff

drink with relish

As we quaffed our ale, we listened to the gay songs of the students in the tavern.

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quagmire

soft, wet, boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself

Up to her knees in mud, Myra wondered how on earth she was going to extricate herself from this quagmire.

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quail

cower; lose heart

He was afraid that he would quail in the face of danger.

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quaint

odd; old-fashioned; picturesque

Her quaint clothes and old-fashioned language marked her as an eccentric.

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qualified

limited; restricted

Unable to give the candidate full support, the mayor gave him only a qualified endorsement.

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qualms

misgivings

His qualms of conscience had become so great that he decided to abandon his plans.

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quandary

dilemma

When the two colleges to which he had applied accepted him, he was in a quandary as to which one he should attend.

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quarry

*

victim; object of a hunt

The police closed in on their quarry.

**

dig into

They quarried blocks of marble out of the hillside.

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quash

subdue; crush; squash

The authorities acted quickly to quash the student rebellion, sending in tanks to cow the demonstrators.

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quay

dock; landing place

Because of the captain's carelessness, the ship crashed into the quay.

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queasy

easily nauseated; squeamish

As the ship left the harbor, he became queasy and thought that he was going to suffer from seasickness.

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quell

put down; quiet

The police used fire hoses and teat gas to quell the rioters.

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querulous

fretful; whining

His classmates were repelled by his querulous and complaining statements.

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queue

line

They stood patiently in the queue outside the movie theatre.

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quibble

equivocate; play on words

Do not quibble; I want a straightforward and definite answer.

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quiescent

at rest; dormant

After this geyser erupts, it will remain quiescent for twenty-four hours.

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quietude

tranquillity

He was impressed by the air of quietude and peace that pervaded the valley.

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quintessence

purest and highest embodiment

Noel Coward displayed the quintessence of wit.

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quip

taunt

You are unpopular because you are too free with your quips and sarcastic comments.

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quirk

startling twise; caprice

By a quirk of fate, he found himself working for the man whom he had discharged years before.

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quisling

traitor who aids invaders

In his conquest of Europe, Hitler was aided by the quislings who betrayed their own people and served in the puppet governments established by the Nazis.

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quiver

case for arrows


Robin Hood reached back and plucked one last arrow from his quiver.

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quixotic

idealistic but impractical

His head is in the clouds; he is constantly presenting these quixotic schemes.

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quizzical

bantering; comical; humorously serious

Will Rogers' quizzical remarks endeared him to his audiences.

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quorum

number of members necessary to conduct a meeting

The senator asked for a roll call to determine whether a quorum was present.

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