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Facilitate

V. help bring out; make less difficult.

Rest and proper nourishment should facilitate the patient's recovery.

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Fallacious

Adj. false; misleading.

Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not always yield erroneous results; even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct.

Fallacy, N.

3

Fallow

Adj. flowed but not sowed; uncultivated.

Farmers have learned that it is advisable to permit land to lie fallow every few years.

4

Falter

V. hesitate.

When told to dive off the high board, she did not falter, but proceeded at once.

5

Fanaticism

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

When Islamic fundamentalists demanded the death of Salman Rushdie because his novel questioned their faith, world opinion condemned them for their fanaticism.

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Fastidious

Adj. difficult to please; squeamish.

Bobby was such a fastidious eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.

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Fathom

V. comprehend; investigate.

I find his motives impossible to fathom; in fact, I'm totally clueless about what goes on in his mind.

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Feasible

Adj. practical.

Is it feasible to build a new stadium for the Yankees on New York's West Side?

9

Fell

V. cut or knock down; bring down (with a missile).

Crying "Timber!" Paul Bunyan felled the mighty redwood tree.

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Fervor

N. growing ardor; intensity of feeling.

At the protest rally, the students cheered the strikers and booed the dean with equal fervor.

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Fitful

Adj. spasmodic; intermittent.

After several fitful attempts, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.

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Flagrant

Adj. conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous.

The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a flagrant violation of the state laws against nepotism (favoritism based on kinship).

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Florid

Adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery.

If you go to Florida and get a sunburn, your complexion will look florid.

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Foolhardy

Adj. rash.

Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people about undertaking this venture.

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Frivolous

Adj. lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently care-free; relatively unimportant.

Though Nancy enjoyed Bill's frivolous, lighthearted companionship, she sometimes wondered whether he could ever be serious.

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Frugality

N. thrift, economy.

In economically hard times, anyone who doesn't learn to practice frugality risks bankruptcy.

Frugal, Adj.

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Furtive

Adj. stealthy; sneaky.

Noticing the furtive glance the customer gave the diamond bracelet on the counter, the jeweler wondered whether he had a potential shoplifter in his hands.