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warrant

sanction, authorization
justification
to declare or maintain with certainty
to guarantee security or immunity to; secure
to give warrant or sanction to; authorize

e.g. The writing was poor, but it hardly warrants that kind of insulting criticism.
promising enough to warrant further consideration

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wastrel

vagabond, waif
one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently; profligate

e.g. The black sheep of the family, he ended up being a wastrel and a drunkard.

3

watershed

a crucial dividing point, line, or factor; turning point

e.g. A watershed moment in her life came when she inherited a reasonable sum of money and was able to start her own coffee shop.

4

wax

to increase in size, numbers, strength, prosperity, or intensity
to grow or become

e.g. Discord waxed at an alarming rate.
He waxed angry at the insinuation.

5

wean

to detach from a source of dependence
to accustom to something from an early age (used in the passive especially with on)

e.g. being weaned off the medication
wean him off his excessive drinking
students who are weaned on the Internet for research

6

weasel

to use weasel words; equivocate
to escape from or evade a situation or obligation (oft. used with out)

e.g. The polite guest chose to weasel rather than admit that he didn't like the meal.

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welter

a state of wild disorder; turmoil
a chaotic mass or jumble

e.g. a bewildering welter of data

8

wheedle

to influence or entice by soft words or flattery
to gain or get by wheedling

e.g. He wheedled quite a bit of money from her.
wheedle one's way into favor

9

whet

to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (as a stone)
to make keen or more acute; excite, stimulate

e.g. whet a knife
whet the appetite / whet booksellers' interests

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whim

a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind; fancy

e.g. quit his job on a whim

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whimsical

full of, actuated by, or exhibiting whims
resulting from or characterized by whim or caprice; especially, lightly fanciful

e.g. a whimsical sense of humor
hard to make plans with such a whimsical friend
whimsical decorations

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whimsy

whim, caprice
a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art

e.g. The designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy.
a bit of decorative whimsy

13

whittle

to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knife
to reduce, remove, or destroy gradually; pare

e.g. whittle a walking stick from a maple tree branch
whittle down the company's overhead / whittle away one's inheritance

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willful

obstinately and often perversely self-willed
done deliberately; intentional

e.g. a stubborn and willful child
willful disregard for other people's feelings

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willowy

pliant
gracefully tall and slender

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wily

full of clever tricks; crafty

e.g. a wily negotiator

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wince

to shrink back involuntarily (as from pain); flinch

e.g. winched at the movie's graphic depiction of combat injuries

18

windbag

an exhaustively talkative person

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windy

verbose, bombastic
lacking substance; empty

e.g. a windy politician
windy promises

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winnow

to get rid of (something undesirable or unwanted); remove
separate, sift; select
narrow, reduce

e.g. winnow out certain inaccuracies
an old hand at winnowing what is true and significant
The least qualified applicants were winnowed out of the initial pool.

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winsome

generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence
cheerful, lighthearted

e.g. a winsome smile

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wistful

full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy; also, inspiring such yearning
musingly sad; pensive

e.g. a wistful memoir

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witticism

a clever witty and often biting or ironic remark

e.g. a drama critic who is best remembered for his biting witticisms

24

wizen

to become dry, shrunken, and wrinkled often as a result of aging or failing vitality

e.g. a face wizened by age

25

wobble

to move or proceed unsteadily and clumsily
tremble, quaver
waver, vacillate

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woe

a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief
ruinous trouble; calamity, affliction

e.g. a tale of misery and woe
economic woes

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wrangle

to dispute angrily or peevishly; bicker

e.g. wrangling over money

28

wrangler

a bickering disputant
a ranch hand who takes care of the saddle horses; broadly, cowboy

29

wretched

deeply afflicted, dejected or distressed
extremely or deplorably bad or distressing
very poor in quality or ability; inferior

e.g. slums filled with poor, wretched children
in wretched health/poverty
wretched clothes/workmanship

30

writ

something written; writing
a formal written document
the power and authority of the issuer of such a written order

e.g. The judge issued a writ of execution.
outside the United States where our writ does not run

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wrought

worked into shape by artistry or effort
elaborately embellished; ornamented
processed for use; manufactured
deeply stirred; excited (oft. used with up)

e.g. carefully wrought essays
gets easily wrought up over nothing

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wry

having a bend or twisted shape or condition; also, turned abnormally to one side
cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous

e.g. a wry smile
noted for their wry humor

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xenophobe

one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

34

xerophyte

a plant adapted for life and growth with a limited water supply

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yarn

a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth
a narrative of adventures; especially, a tall tale

e.g. The sheep's wool will be spun into yarn.
a roaring good yarn about ghosts and goblins
a storyteller who spins yarns that will keep any audience riveted

36

yearn

to long persistently, wistfully, or sadly
to feel tenderness or compassion

e.g. yearn to make a difference

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yeast

something that causes ferment or activity

e.g. Taxation without representation proved to be the yeast of rebellion.

38

yielding

productive
lacking rigidity or stiffness; flexible
disposed to submit or comply

e.g. a high-yielding chemical process
a soft and yielding material
a docile and yielding temperament

39

yoke

a bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of two work animals
servitude, bondage
also
to put to work

e.g. a people able at last to throw off the yoke and embrace freedom
yoked several ideas together to come up with a new theory

40

yokel

a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town

e.g. a lame comedy about the misadventures of yokels in the big city

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zealotry

excess of zeal; fanatical devotion

e.g. Cyclists do pursue a zealotry of their own.

42

zenith

the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body
culminating point; acme

e.g. at the zenith of her career as a dancer

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zephyr

a breeze from the west; a gentle breeze

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zest

a piece of the peel of a citrus fruit used as flavoring
an enjoyable exciting quality; piquancy
keen enjoyment; relish, gusto

e.g. His humor added zest to the performance.
a zest for living