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Ebullient

Adj. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm.

Amy's ebullient nature could not be repressed; she was always bubbling over with excitement.

Ebullience, N.

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Eclectic

Adj. composed of elements drawn from disparate sources.

His style of interior decoration was eclectic; bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods, strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor.

Eclecticism, N.

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Edify

V. instruct; correct morally.

Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused rather than enlightened.

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Efface

V. rub out.

The coin had been handled so many times that its date had been effaced.

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Effervescence

N. inner excitement or exuberance; bubbling from fementation or carbonation.

Nothing depressed Sue for long; her natural effervescence soon reasserted itself.

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Egotistical

Adj. excessively self-centered; self-important; conceited.

Typical egotistical remark: "But enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk about what's really important: Me!"

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Elated

Adj. overjoyed; in high spirits.

Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her fifth Olympic gold medal.

Elation, N.

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Elegy

N. poem or song expressing lamentation.

On the death of Edward King, MIlton composed the elegy "Lycidas".

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Elicit

V. draw out by discussion.

The detectives tried to elicit where he had hidden his foot.

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Eloquence

N. expressiveness; persuasive speech.

The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.

Eloquent, Adj.

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Elucidate

V. explain; enlighten.

He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.

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Elusive

Adj. evasive; baffling; hard to grasp.

Trying to pin down exactly when the contractors would be finished remodeling the house, Nancy was frustrated by their elusive replies.

Elude, V.

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Emaciated

Adj. thin and wasted.

Many severe illnesses leave their victims so emaciated that they must gain back their lost weight before they can fully recover.

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Embellish

V. adorn; ornament.

The costume designer embellished the leading lady's ball gown with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.

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Emend

V. correct; correct by a critic.

The critic emended the book by selecting the passages which he thought most appropriate to text.

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Emulate

V. imitate; rival.

In a brief essay, describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.

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Endorse

V. approve; support.

Everyone waited to see which one of the rival candidates for the city council the mayor would endorse.

Endorsement, N.

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Enhance

V. increase; improve.

You can enhance your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice by learning to write well; an excellent essay can enhance any application.

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Enigma

N. puzzle; mystery.

"What do women want?" asked Dr. Sigmund Freud. Their behavior was an enigma to him.

Enigmatic, Adj.

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Enmity

N. ill wiill; hatred.

At Camp David, President Carter labored to bring an end to the enmity that prevented the peaceful coexistence of Egypt and Israel.

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Ephemeral

Adj. short-lived; fleeting.

The mayfly is an ephemeral creature; it's adult-life lasts little more than a day.

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Equanimity

N. calmness of temperament; composure.

Even the inevitable strains of caring for an ailing mother did not disturb Bea's equanimity.

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Equitable

Adj. fair; impartial.

I am seeking an equitable solution to this dispute, one that will be fair and acceptable to both sides.

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Equivocal

Adj. ambiguous; intentionally misleading.

Rejecting the candidate's equivocal comments on tax reform, the reporters pressed him to state clearly where he stood on the issue.

Equivocate, V.

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Erroneous

Adj. mistaken; wrong.

I thought my answer was correct, but it was erroneous.

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Erudite

Adj. learned; scholarly.

Unlike much scholarly writing, Huizinga's prose was entertaining as well as erudite, lively as well as learned.

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Esoteric

Adj. hard to understand; known only to the chosen few.

The New Yorker short stories often include esoteric allusions to obscure people and events.

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Eulogy

N. expressoin of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death.

Instead of delivering a spoken eulogy at Genny's memorial srevice, Jeff sang a song he had written in her honor.

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Euphemism

N. mild-expression in place of an unpleasant one.

The expression "he passed away" is an euphemism for "he died."

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Evanescent

Adj. fleeting; vanishing.

Brandon's satisfaction in his new job was evanescent, for he immediately began to notice its many drawbacks.

Evascence, N.

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Exacerbate

V. worsen; enbitter.

The latest bombing exacerbated England's already existing bitterness against the IRA, causing the prime minister to break off the peace talks abruptly.

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Exalt

V. raise in rank or dignity; praise.

The actor Alec Guinness was exalted to the rank of knighthood by the queen.

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Excerpt

N. selected passage (written or musical).

The cinematic equivalent of an excerpt from a novel is a clip from a film.

Also, V.

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Execute

V. put into effect; carry out.

The choreographer wanted to see how well she could execute a pirouette.

Execution, N.

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Exemplary

Adj. serving as a model; outstanding.

At commencement, the dean praised Ellen for her exemplary behavior as class president.

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Exemplify

V. serve as an example of; embody.

For a generation of balletgoers, Rudolf Nureyev exemplified the ideal of masculine grace.

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Exhaustive

Adj. thorough; comprehensive.

We have made an exhaustive study of all published SAT tests and are happy to share our research with you.

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Exhilarating

Adj. invigorating and refreshing; cheering.

Though some of the hikers found tramping through the snow tiring, Jeffrey found the walk on the cold, crisp day exhilarating.

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Exonerate

V. acquilt; exculpate.

The defense team feverishly sought fresh evidence that might exonerate their client.

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Expedient

Adj. suitable; practical; politic.

A pragmatic politician, he was guided by what was expedient rather than by what was ethical.

Expediency, N.

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Expedite

V. hasten.

Because we are on a tight schedule, we hope you will be able to expedite the delivery of our order.

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Explicit

Adj. totally clear; definite; outspoken.

Don't just hint around that you're dissatisfied; be explicit about what's bugging you.

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Exploit

V. make use of, something unjustly.

Cesar Chavez fought attempts to exploit migrant farmworkers in California.

Exploitation, Adj.,

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Extol

V. praise; glorify.

The president extolled the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Spage Age.

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Extraneous

Adj. not essential; superfluous.

No wonder Ted can't think straight! His mind is so cluttered up with extraneous trivia, he can't concentrate on the essentials.

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Extricate

V. free; disentangle.

Icebreakers were needed to extricate the trapped whales from the icy floes that closed in them.

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Exuberance

N. overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness.

I was bowled over by the exuberance of Amy's welcome.