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Effervescence

State of high spirits or liveliness; the process of bubbling as gas escapes

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Effete

Depleted of vitality; over refined; decadent

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Efficacy

Efficiency; effectiveness

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Effrontery

Shameless boldness; presumptuousness

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Egoism

The tendency to see things in relations to oneself; self-centeredness

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Egotistical

Excessively self-centered; conceited

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Elegy

Poem or song expressing lamentation

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Elicit

To provoke; draw out

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Elixir

A substance believed to have the power to cure ills

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Elysian

Blissful; delightful

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Emaciated

Thin and wasted

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Embellish

To adorn; decorate; enhance; make more attractive by adding details

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Emollient

Soothing; mollifying

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Empirical

Derived from observation or experiment

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Emulate

To imitate; copy

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Encomium

A formal expression of praise

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Endemic

Inherent; belonging to an area

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Enervate

To weaken

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Engender

To cause; produce

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Enhance

To increase; improve

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Entomology

The scientific study of insects

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Enunciate

To pronounce clearly

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Ephemeral

Short- lived; fleeting

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Epistemology

Branch of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge

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Equable

Steady; unvarying; serene

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Equanimity

Composure; calmness

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Equivocate

To intentionally use vague language

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Errant

Mistake ; straying from the proper course

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Erudite

Learned; scholarly

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Esoteric

Hard to understand; known only to a few

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Essay

To make an attempt; subject to a test

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Estimable

Admirable; possible to estimate

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Ethnocentric

Based on the attitude that one's group is superior

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Etiology

Causes or origins

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Etymology

Origin and history of a word

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Eugenics

Study of factors that influence the hereditary qualities of the human race and ways to improve these qualities

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Eulogy

High praise; especially of a person who recently died

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Euphemism

Use of agreeable or inoffensive language in a place of unpleasant or offensive language

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Euphoria

A feeling of extreme happiness

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Euthanasia

Mercy killing

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Evince

To show plainly; be an indication of

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Evocative

Tending to call to mind or produce a reaction

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Exacerbate

To aggravate; make worse

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Exact

To force the payment of; demand and obtain by authority

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Exculpate

To clear of blame; vindicate

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Execrable

Detestable; abhorrent

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Exhort

To urge by strong appeals

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Exigency

Crisis; urgent requirements

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Existential

Having to do with existence; based on experience; having to do with the philosophy of existentialism

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Exorcise

To expel spirits; free from bad influences

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Expatiate

To speak or write at length

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Expatriate

To send into exile

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Expiate

To atone for

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Explicate

To explain; interpret; clarify

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Expository

Explanatory

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Extant

In existence; not lost

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Extemporaneous

Unrehearsed

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Extirpate

To root up; to destroy

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Extraneous

Not essential

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Extrapolation

The act of estimation by projecting known information

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Extrinsic

Not inherent or essential