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Founder (v/n)

fall completely; sink / originator

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Fracas (n)

brawl, melee
The military police stopped the fracas in the bar and arrested the belligerents

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Frantic (adj)

wild
At the time of collision, many people became frantic with fear

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Frenetic (adj)

frenzied; frantic
The novels of the generation reflect a frenetic, restless pursuit of new sensation and experience

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Frigid (adj)

intensely cold

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Frivolous (adj)

lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree
Though Nancy enjoyed Bill's frivolous, light-hearted companionship, she sometimes wondered if he could ever be serious

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Frolicsome (adj)

playful; full of liveliness
The frolicsome puppy tried to lick the face of its master

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Fulminate (v)

denounce thunderously; explode
Known for his "fire and brimstone" sermons, the preacher fulminated against sinners and backsliders, consigning them to the flames of hell

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Fulsome (adj)

disgustingly excessive
Disgusted by her fans fulsome admiration, the movie star retreated from the public, crying, "I want to be alone!"

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Functionary (n)

official
As his case was transferred from one functionary to another, he began to despair of ever reaching a settlement

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Funereal (adj)

sad; solemn

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Furor (n)

frenzy; great excitement

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Furtive (adj)

stealthy; sneaky
Noticing the furtive glance the customer gave the diamond bracelet on the counter

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Gadfly (n)

animal-biting fly; an irritating person

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Gaffe (n)

social blunder

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Gainsay (v)

deny
She was too honest to gainsay the truth of the report

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Galvanize (v)

stimulate by shock; stir up; revitalise
News that the prince was almost at their door galvanised the ugly stepsisters into a frenzy of combing and primping

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Gambit (n)

opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed

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Gamut (n)

entire range
In a classic put-down of actress Katharine Hepburn, the critic Dorothy Parker wrote that the actress ran the gamut of emotions from A to B

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Garbled (adj)

mixed up; jumbled; distorted

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Garish (adj)

overbright in color; gaudy
She wore a rhinestone necklace with a garish red and gold dress trimmed with sequins

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Garrulous (adj)

loquacious; wordy; talkative
My Uncle Henry out-talked every other people I know. He is the most garrulous person in this county
(garrulity n)

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Gauche (adj)

clumsy; coarse and uncouth

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Gawk (v)

stare foolishly

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Gazette (n)

official periodical publication
He read the gazettes regularly for the announcement of his promotion

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Geniality (n)

cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy

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Genteel (adj)

well-bred; elegant
We are looking for a man with a genteel appearance who can inspire confidence by his cultivated manner

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Germanic (adj)

pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
The lawyer objected that the testimony being offered was not germane to the case at hand

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Germinal (adj)

pertaining to a germ; creative
Such an idea is germinal; I am certain that it will influence thinkers and philosophers of many generations

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Germinate (v)

cause to sprout
After the seeds germinated and developed their permanent leaves, the plants may be removed and transplanted to the garden

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Gesticulation (n)

motion; gesture
Operatic performers are trained to make exaggerated gesticulations because of the large auditoriums in which they peform

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Ghastly (adj)

horrible