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1

Epicure

One devoted to sensual pleasure, particularly in food and drink; gourmand; sybarite

2

Episodic

Loosely connected, not flowing logically, occurring at intervals

Malaria is an episodic illness; symptoms can disappear for years at a time, only to recur later

3

Epithet

Disparaging word or phrase

The racial epithets he flung in drunken anger came back to haunt him the next morning when everyone refused to talk to him

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Epitome

Embodiment; quintessence

A long afternoon by the pool with a good book and a frosty beverage is the epitome of relaxation

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Equanimity

Composure, self-possession

Theo's ability to maintain his equanimity was sorely tested by the end of two hours at the zoo; his composure was most threatened when his nephew reached into the cage to pull the monkey's tail

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Equable

Level; not able to be easily disturbed

Emilia's equable temper allows her to deal with everyone calmly and graciously; it's too bad she's not in customer service

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Equivocate

To use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

The equivocal language of the contract was designed to deceive gullible buyers

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Errant

Traveling, itinerant, peripatetic

A knight-errant was a guy in armor who wandered around looking for adventures to prove his general bravery

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Erratic

Without consistency

Though Lorne's boss always came up with wonderful ideas, Lorne sometimes found it difficult to follow her erratic trains of thought

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Erudite

Very learned; scholarly

All six volumes of Gibbon's erudite "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" have long been required in Professor Smith's course on the history o classical scholarship

*erudition is profound learning or extensive knowledge, learned primarily through books

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Ephemeral

Brief; fleeting, short-lived

My ephemeral first romance lasted precisely as long as summer camp did