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Maternal Diet During Pregnancy Can Impact Offspring For Generations, Study Shows 

Science Daily - Dec 28 6:08 AM
Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, Calif., scientists are the first to show that maternal diet during pregnancy can impact obesity, diabetes and cancer issues in offspring for generations. It's no secret that a mother's diet could affect her children, but this study suggests it can affect grandchildren and possibly further generations. You may not only be what you may eat, but what ...
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Doubles Risk Of Pregnancy Complications 
Science Daily - Dec 26 3:07 AM
Inflammatory bowel disease roughly doubles the chances of pregnancy complications, reveals research published ahead of print in Gut. Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD for short, is an umbrella term for the inflammatory disorders of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

P&G, Inverness form joint venture 
Boston Globe - Dec 28 1:25 AM
Procter & Gamble Co. yesterday said it is paying $325 million to create a joint venture with Waltham firm Inverness Medical Innovations Inc. to sell home pregnancy and fertility diagnostic kits.

Uganda: Maize Flour Not Good for Children, I Insist 
AllAfrica.com - Dec 27 1:02 PM
We now know that micronutrients deficiency and protein malnutrition are common causes of brain malnutrition (hidden hunger), leading to several severe consequences to brain development in children.

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  2. a fortiori: for an even stronger reason
  3. a la carte: priced separately (adj/n)
  4. a posteriori: deriving knowledge from experience
  5. a priori: reasoning based Pregnacy Development on general principles (n/adj/adv)
  6. aback: by surprise
  7. abaft: toward or at the back part of the ship
  8. abalone: an Pregancy Development Pregnany Development edible jellyfish with holes
  9. abandon: the trait of lacking restraint or control; freedom from inhibition or worry
  10. abase: to lower or degrade
  11. abash: to destroy the self-confidence
  12. abate: to Regnancy Development Prgnancy Development make or become less
  13. abatis: line of defense
  14. abdicate: to give up a position of power
  15. abduct: to kidnap or seize
  16. abecedarian: a novice, elementary
  17. abed: in Pregnanc Development or confined to bed
  18. aberrant: deviating from what is normal or desirable
  19. aberration: a Pegnancy Development differing from what is normal or usual
  20. abet: to assist somebody to Oregnancy Development do something, especially something illegal
  21. abeyance: temporary inactivity or non-operation
  22. abhorrent: causing or Pergnancy Development deserving strong dislike
  23. abide by: to show respect, to obey
  24. abide: to tolerate; to put up with
  25. abject: being in low spirit or hope
  26. abjure: to Pregnacny Development reject or give up
  27. ablation: the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
  28. able- bodied: having a strong healthy body
  29. ableism: discrimination in favor of those who are not physically or mentally challenged
  30. ablution: cleansing
  31. abnegate: to give up or renounce something
  32. abode: the place where one stays or lives
  33. abolish: to put an end to something, for example, a law
  34. abolitionist: opponent of slavery; someone who supports the ban of something
  35. abominate: to hate violently
  36. aboriginal: existing from the earliest known times
  37. abortion: the termination of pregnancy; a failure of a plan
  38. abortive: unsuccessful
  39. abound: to be plentiful
  40. about-face: a reversal in attitude or principle or point of view; to act of pivoting 180 degrees (n/v)
  41. aboveboard: in an honest, open way
  42. abovementioned: referred to above
  43. abracadabra: a magic word spoken to supposedly ensure success; gibberish
  44. abrade: to wear away
  45. abrasive: rough, coarse, harsh
  46. abreast: side by side; up to a certain level of knowledge
  47. abridge: to shorten by leaving important parts
  48. abrogate: to revoke formally
  49. abscess: infected and inflamed tissue
  50. abscission: cutting off
  51. abscond: to escape especially to avoid arrest
  52. absentminded: not paying attention to what is going on
  53. absolution: forgiveness, pardon
  54. absolve: to set free from duty or blame
  55. abstain: to keep oneself from doing something
  56. abstemious: marked by temperance in indulgence
  57. abstention: nonparticipation
  58. abstract: a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; summary (n/v)
  59. abstracted: preoccupied and inattentive
  60. abstruse: hard to understand; obscure
  61. absurd: ridiculous
  62. abulia: lack of motivation
  63. abut: to touch or be adjacent to something along one side
  64. abuzz: full of activity or talk
  65. abysmal: being terrible, awful or extremely bad
  66. abyss: something that is immeasurably deep or infinite
  67. academic: hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
  68. acarpous: producing no fruit
  69. accede: to give consent or agreement to something
  70. accentuate: to stress, single out as important; to emphasize
  71. accession: the assumption of an important position, usually a position of power
  72. acclimate: to get to used to different things; to familiarize
  73. acclivity: an upward slope on a hill
  74. accolade: applause
  75. accommodate: to provide a place for living
  76. accomplice: partner in crime
  77. accord: an agreement or treaty
  78. accordion: an air-driven musical instrument
  79. accost: to approach or confront
  80. accountable: responsible; capable of being explained
  81. accoutrement: clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
  82. accredit: to give somebody the authority to perform a function
  83. accrete: to grow larger
  84. accrue: to increase in amount or value
  85. acculturate: to take on other culture
  86. accursed: doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune
  87. acerbic: sour or bitter in taste
  88. acerbity: bitterness
  89. acetic: vinegary
  90. achromatic: colorless
  91. acme: zenith
  92. acolyte: a follower or assistant
  93. acoustic: relating to, involving, or typical of sound, hearing, or the study of sound
  94. acquiesce: to agree or go along well
  95. acreage: land measured in acres
  96. acrid: strong and sharp, harsh or corrosive in tone
  97. acrimonious: full of or displaying anger and resentment
  98. acrimony: bitterness and resentment
  99. acrophobia: fear of heights
  100. actionable: giving cause for a legal action
  101. activist: a campaigner; forward looking or advanced
  102. actuary: an insurance statistician
  103. actuate: to induce or start, to activate
  104. acumen: shrewdness shown by keen insight
  105. ad hoc: improvised, done for a particular purpose without considering wider issues; for one specific case
  106. ad infinitum: endlessly
  107. ad nauseam: to an extreme or annoying extent
  108. adage: a traditional saying
  109. adamant: utterly unyielding
  110. addendum: something that is or has been added
  111. addle: to befuddle
  112. addlepated: with a mind that is muddled and confused
  113. adduce: to offer as evidence
  114. adept: skilled
  115. adherence: obedience and loyalty
  116. adieu: a farewell
  117. adipose: containing fat, fat
  118. adjacent: neighboring
  119. adjudge: to make declaration about, to declare
  120. adjudicate: to decide legally, to judge
  121. adjunct: something inessential added
  122. adjuration: an earnest appeal or request
  123. adjure: to order solemnly
  124. adjutant: an assistant officer
  125. ad-lib: unprepared, to improvise (v/n)
  126. admiral: naval commander; a highly colored butterfly
  127. admissible: allowable, allowed to be done
  128. admonish: to warn or urge; to advise
  129. admonition: a mild but earnest rebuke, an advice or caution
  130. ado: a rapid bustling commotion, a fuss
  131. adobe: earthen brick
  132. adonis: an extremely handsome young man
  133. adoration: great love and esteem, worship
  134. adorn: make more attractive by adding ornament, color, etc.; to decorate
  135. adrenaline: a hormone secreted in the adrenal gland that raises blood pressure, produces a rapid heartbeat
  136. adrift: floating without direction; without a purpose
  137. adroitly: skillfully
  138. adulate: to flatter in an obsequious manner
  139. adulterate: to contaminate or make impure
  140. adultery: extramarital sex
  141. adumbrate: to outline or sketch in an obscure way
  142. advent: the arrival of something important
  143. adventitious: accidental
  144. adventurous: daring to participate in something risky
  145. adversary: someone who offers opposition
  146. adversity: hardship and suffering
  147. advert: to refer to something; advertisement
  148. advisable: worth doing
  149. advisory: giving advice (adj/n); optional
  150. advocacy: active verbal support for a cause or position
  151. advocate: to support (v/n)
  152. adze: an edge tool used to cut and shape wood
  153. aegis: protection or support
  154. aerial: being or related to mid-air; above air
  155. aerie: a nook built in a high inaccessible place
  156. aeronautic: relating to aircraft or their flight
  157. aesthetic: the branch of philosophy dealing with the study of aesthetic values such as the beautiful and the sublime
  158. afar: at, to, or from a great distance
  159. affable: diffusing warmth and friendliness
  160. affected: intended to impress others
  161. affection: love and friendliness
  162. affidavit: sworn written statement
  163. affiliate: to associate or link together
  164. affinity: the force attracting atoms to each other
  165. affix: to attach; to stick
  166. afflatus: creative inspiration, usually thought of as divine
  167. afflict: to cause pain or suffering to
  168. affray: a fight or brawl
  169. affront: an open insult or giving of offense to somebody (n/v)
  170. aficionado: an enthusiast on something
  171. afield: away
  172. afire: on fire
  173. aforementioned: previously mentioned
  174. aforesaid: named earlier
  175. afoul: into conflict, entangled
  176. afresh: again but in a new or different way
  177. aft: toward or at the rear of a ship, submarine, or aircraft
  178. agape: with the mouth wide open in surprise or wonder
  179. agent provocateur: a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts for arrest
  180. agglomerate: to pile or heap together (v/n)
  181. agglutinate: to adhere (v/adj)
  182. aggrandize: to exaggerate or enlarge
  183. aggravate: to annoy one; to make something worse
  184. aggregate: to collect together (v/n)
  185. aggregation: a total or collection of different things added together, or the process of adding them together
  186. aggress: to attack first
  187. aggrieve: to give pain to one
  188. aghast: stuck with horror
  189. agile: nimble
  190. agiotage: currency exchanging; stock and foreign currency speculation
  191. agitate: nervous and troubled
  192. agitator: somebody who attempts to arouse feeling or interest for or against something, especially a political cause
  193. agnate: related on the father's side
  194. agnostic: one denying the existence of something
  195. agog: very interested
  196. agonistic: striving to overcome in argument
  197. agoraphobia: fear of open or public places
  198. agrarian: relating to rural and farming
  199. ahoy: a greeting to attract
  200. aide-de-camp: military assistant
  201. aide-mémoire: a memory aid
  202. ailment: any type of illness, sickness
  203. air: somebody’s distinctive quality
  204. airborne: in the air; above ground
  205. airhead: an intelligent person
  206. airs: affected manners intended to impress others
  207. airy: ventilated; carefree; graceful
  208. ajar: slightly open
  209. aka: also known as
  210. akimbo: with hands on hips
  211. akin: similar or closely related to something
  212. al dente: cooked just long enough to be firm rather than soft
  213. alabaster: a white gypsum (mineral)
  214. alacrity: promptness or eager and speedy readiness
  215. alarmist: someone spreading unnecessary fear
  216. alas: unfortunately
  217. albeit: even though
  218. albescent: becoming white or whitefish
  219. albino: a person or animal lacking normal pigmentation
  220. alchemy: unscientific form of chemistry; enchanting power
  221. alcove: a small room opening off a larger room
  222. aleatory: depending on chance or contingency
  223. alfresco: outside, outdoors
  224. algorithm: an establish procedure for solving a problem or equation
  225. alias: also known as
  226. alibi: an excuse, the claim to have been somewhere else
  227. alienate: to cause to become unfriendly or hostile
  228. alight: to come down or settle; full of energy
  229. aliment: to support (v/n); something that sustains
  230. alimentary: relating to food nutrition, or digestion
  231. alimony: financial support to ex-spouse; maintenance
  232. all in: very tired
  233. all out: with maximum effort
  234. all-around: versatile, all-inclusive
  235. allay: to calm an emotion or worry
  236. allege: to report or maintain
  237. allegiance: loyalty
  238. allegory: the setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness
  239. alleviate: to provide physical relief, as from pain; to make easier
  240. alley: a narrow passage
  241. allocated: owed or to be paid
  242. allot: to assign; to give in portion
  243. alloy: combination (n/v)
  244. allure: the power to entice or attract through personal charm (n/v)
  245. allusive: characterized by indirect references
  246. alluvion: flood
  247. alms: charity
  248. almshouse: a poorhouse or shelter for the poor and needy
  249. aloof: physically distant or apart from somebody or something, detached
  250. alpha: first or most important
  251. alpinist: a mountain climber, especially one who climbs in the Alps or mountains of similar height
  252. also-ran: losing runner; somebody unimportant
  253. altar: a raised structure, typically a flat-topped rock or a table of wood or stone, or raised area where religious ceremonies are performed
  254. altercate: to engage in a heated argument or confrontation
  255. altruism: unselfishness
  256. alumnus: a male graduate of a particular institution
  257. amalgamate: to combine
  258. amanuensis: a scribe; writer's assistant
  259. amaranthine: eternal, undying
  260. amass: to bring together
  261. amateur: practicing for the love of it, but not as a profession.
  262. amatory: designated to excite love
  263. ambidextrous: with the ability to use both hands equally well, skillful in many ways
  264. ambiguous: being vague, unclear and confusing
  265. ambit: the extent of limit of something
  266. ambition: the goal or aim; dream or desire
  267. ambivalent: unsure
  268. amble: slow walk (n/v)
  269. amblyopia: dimness of light, without an apparent cause
  270. ambrosial: extremely pleasing to the taste; sweet and fragrant
  271. ambulatory: used to describe a patient who is able to walk and does not have to be kept in bed
  272. ameliorate: to improve
  273. amen: said or sung at the end of a prayer or hymn to affirm its content (so be it)
  274. amenable: agreeable, willing to cooperate
  275. amend: to make changes to something
  276. amenity: pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
  277. amicable: friendly
  278. amiss: wrong and improper
  279. amity: friendship
  280. amnesty: official pardon
  281. amorous: inclined toward or displaying love
  282. amorphous: without a shape
  283. amortize: to reduce debt by payment
  284. amount to: to add up to
  285. amour: a love affair, especially one that is clandestine
  286. amourpropre: self-esteem
  287. ampersand: the symbol “&,” meaning “and”
  288. amphibious: operating or living on land and in water
  289. amphitheater: an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
  290. ample: plenty; being more than enough
  291. amplify: to increase in size, volume or significance; to add details
  292. amputate: to cut off a limb or other appendage of the body, especially in a surgical operation
  293. amuck: in a murderous frenzy, out of control
  294. amulet: a charm or talisman
  295. anachronism: something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
  296. anaerobic: living or active in the absence of free oxygen
  297. anagram: a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase (n/v)
  298. analgesic: pain-relieving (adj/n)
  299. analogous: similar in some respects, allowing an analogy to be drawn
  300. anathema: an object of loathing, curse
  301. anchor: to fasten, secure
  302. anchorage: a place that seems to give stability or security
  303. ancillary: providing support; auxiliary
  304. androgynous: having both conventional masculine and feminine traits
  305. anecdote: a story or tale that is usually funny
  306. anemic: pale and weak
  307. anesthetic: pertaining to or producing loss of sensation
  308. anew: again but in a new or different way
  309. angora: a silky wool
  310. angst: dread
  311. anguish: suffering or pain
  312. angular: thin, sharp
  313. aniline: colorless, poisonous liquid
  314. animadvert: to comment critically or unfavorably
  315. animalcule: microbe resembling animal
  316. animus: hostility
  317. annal: an entry in historical record
  318. anneal: to make something stronger through heating
  319. annex: an addition that extends a main building; to take illegally, as of territory
  320. annotate: to add an explanatory notes to
  321. annul: to make something invalid
  322. annular: shaped like a ring
  323. anodyne: a medication such as aspirin or codeine that relieves pain
  324. anoint: to rub oil or ointment on a part of somebody’s body
  325. anomalous: abnormal or strange
  326. anon: soon; at an unspecified future time
  327. anorexic: having a loss of appetite
  328. antagonism: hatred
  329. ante meridian: before noon
  330. ante: an amount betted or gambled
  331. antechamber: a waiting room leading to a larger room
  332. antedate: to occur earlier than
  333. antediluvian: ancient, obsolete
  334. antemundane: pertaining to time before the world's creation
  335. anterior: the forward, front
  336. anteroom: an antechamber
  337. anthesis: blooming of flower
  338. anthology: a collection of writing works
  339. anthracite: a hard coal
  340. anthropogenic: relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings
  341. antic: an adventure
  342. anticlimax: a gradual decrease in importance
  343. antidote: a medicine to counter-act a poison or disease, one bringing relief
  344. antilogy: inconsistency or contradiction in ideas
  345. antipathy: a feeling of dislike
  346. antiphon: a composition sung in response
  347. antipodal: direct opposite
  348. antipode: direct opposite
  349. antiquary: a collector, scholar, or seller of antiques or antiquities
  350. antiquate: to make out of date
  351. antiquity: ancient times
  352. antiseptic: a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues; dull
  353. antispasmodic: a drug to control spasms
  354. antistrophe: the second form in a poem that alternates
  355. antithesis: direct opposite
  356. anvil: a sturdy piece of iron onto which heated metal is placed to be beaten into the required shape
  357. apace: quickly, abreast
  358. apathetic: indifferent, uninterested, lazy
  359. apathy: a lack of concern of interest
  360. apersion: false rumor, damaging report
  361. aperture: a narrow opining
  362. apex: the highest point of something
  363. aphasia: inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion
  364. aphorism: a succinct statement expressing an opinion or a general truth; a saying
  365. aphrodisiac: arousing sexual desire
  366. apiary: a bee house
  367. apiece: for each
  368. aplomb: confidence, calmness
  369. apocalypse: a total disaster, a destruction
  370. apocalyptic: ominous, doomed
  371. apocryphal: probably not true, but widely believed to be true; fictional
  372. apologia: a written defense in some belief
  373. apoplectic: pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy, furious
  374. apoplexy: a sudden loss of consciousness
  375. apostate: one who abandons his faith
  376. apothecary: a pharmacist
  377. apothegm: a short, witty, instructive saying
  378. apotheosis: one having no equal, excellence
  379. appall: to horrify
  380. apparatus: an equipment designed to serve a specific function; a device
  381. apparition: an appearance of a supposed ghost or something ghostly
  382. appeal: an earnest request, attraction (n/v)
  383. appease: to cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
  384. appellation: the name or title by which something or somebody is known
  385. apperception: the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
  386. appertain: to belong as a proper function or part
  387. appetite: hunger or desire (for food)
  388. apportion: to divide something among many
  389. apposite: relevant
  390. apposition: act of placing side by side
  391. appraisal: the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth, evaluation
  392. appraise: to estimate the monetary value of
  393. appreciable: large enough to be noticed
  394. apprehend: to put under arrest; to perceive importance
  395. apprise: to inform or notice
  396. approbation: praise; official approval
  397. appropriate: to take possessions of
  398. appurtenance: an adjunct; an accessory
  399. apropos: appropriate, well-timed
  400. apt: very appropriate to something, likely
  401. aptitude: inherent ability; power
  402. aqueous: similar to or containing or dissolved in water
  403. aquiline: curved down like an eagle's beak
  404. arabesque: a complex, ornate design
  405. arable: suitable for cultivation
  406. arbiter: judge, supreme authority
  407. arbitrary: random and illogical
  408. arbitrate: to settle dispute between others, to judge
  409. arboreal: relating to trees
  410. arcade: a covered passageway
  411. arcane: secret, obscure, only known to few
  412. archaic: belonging or relating to a much earlier period, old
  413. archetype: original model
  414. archipelago: a group of many islands in a large body of water
  415. archive: a depository of records (n/v)
  416. ardent: having intense enthusiastic
  417. ardor: fierce intensity of feelings
  418. arduous: requiring hard work or continuous strenuous effort
  419. argonaut: adventurers
  420. argot: a characteristic language of a particular group
  421. aria: an elaborate song
  422. aridisol: a soil of arid regions that is alkaline or saline and contains only small amounts of organic material
  423. armament: a guard or protection; a shield
  424. armor: protective covering made of metal and used in combat
  425. armory: an arsenal
  426. aromatic: having a strong distinctive fragrance
  427. arraign: to charge with an offense
  428. arrant: extremely bad
  429. array: a collection (n/v)
  430. arrear: unpaid debt
  431. arrogate: to claim something without right
  432. arroyo: a fry gulch, a small stream
  433. arsenal: a stockpile of weapons and military equipment
  434. arson: malicious burning to destroy property
  435. artesian well: a well supplying water via natural pressure
  436. artful: skillful and clever
  437. arthritis: a medical condition affecting a joint or joints, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness
  438. articulate: well spoken (adj/v)
  439. artifice: a clever trick
  440. artless: naïve, simple
  441. ascend: to rise or climb
  442. ascendancy: controlling influence
  443. ascent: an upward slope or grade
  444. ascertain: to uncover and verify
  445. ascetic: self-denying, abstinent
  446. ascribe: to attribute, to give as the cause of
  447. aseptic: preventing infection
  448. ashen: pallid and pale (light)
  449. asinine: ridiculous
  450. askance: with disapproval; with a skeptical sideway glace
  451. askew: turned or twisted toward one side
  452. asperity: harshness or severity
  453. aspersion: a defamatory remark
  454. asphyxiate: to suffocate
  455. aspirant: somebody who seeks or hopes to attain something
  456. aspirate: to remove with suction (v/n)
  457. assay: the examination or analysis (n/v)
  458. assemble: to bring together, to collect; to put together; to build
  459. assent: to agree to something or express agreement
  460. assert: to affirm
  461. assertion: a strong statement that something is true
  462. assess: to judge, to appraise
  463. asset: any type of benefits, advantages or positive features
  464. assiduous: diligent and constant
  465. assimilate: to take in or absorb
  466. assonance: similarity of sound, rhyme
  467. assort: to keep company with; hang out with; to arrange or order by classes or categories
  468. assorted: mixed; of many different kinds purposefully arranged
  469. assuage: to provide physical relief, as from pain
  470. assure: to make certain of; to make a promise; to ensure
  471. asterisk: star-like sign or symbol (n/v)
  472. astral: pertaining to stars
  473. astray: off the right path, into error
  474. astride: on top of and with a leg on each side of something
  475. astringent: harsh, severe, stern
  476. astute: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; shrewd
  477. asunder: into separate parts, pieces, or places
  478. asylum: a shelter from danger or hardship; protection
  479. atavistic: exhibiting the characteristics of one’s forebears
  480. atelier: a studio or workshop where an artist works
  481. atheist: one who does not believe in gods
  482. athirst: wanting water
  483. atoll: a coral island surrounding a lagoon
  484. atomic: extremely small
  485. atomizer: a device that converts a liquid into a fine spray
  486. atone: to make amends for a wrong
  487. atop: on or at the top of something
  488. atrabilious: tending to feel very sad
  489. atrocious: shockingly brutal or cruel; very bad
  490. atrophy: wasting away in size or strength, lessening
  491. attaché: a diplomat with a particular role
  492. attain: to gain with effort, to reach
  493. attentive: giving attention to something; considerate
  494. attenuate: to weaken
  495. attest: to show that something exists or is true or valid
  496. attire: to put clothes on
  497. attorney general: the chief law-officer of a government
  498. attribute: quality or property; to ascribe a feature
  499. attrition: deterioration, reduction
  500. attune: to adjust something to something else
  501. au fait: up to date with something
  502. aubade: a song, poem, or piece of instrumental music celebrating or greeting the dawn
  503. auburn: (of hair) colored a moderate brown; reddish-brown
  504. audacity: fearless daring
  505. augment: to enlarge or increase
  506. augur: to predict
  507. augury: prediction of events
  508. august: full of solemn splendor and dignity
  509. aura: a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
  510. aural: of or pertaining to the ear
  511. auricular: spoken
  512. auspice: a favorable omen; support
  513. auspicious: favorable
  514. austere: stern, strict
  515. austerity: severity and seriousness; shortage
  516. authentic: conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief; not counterfeit or copied
  517. authoritarian: extremely strict
  518. autodidact: self-taught person
  519. automaton: a robot, an independent/ complex machine
  520. autopsy: the examination of a dead body
  521. auxiliary: secondary, supplementary (adj/n)
  522. avail: to make use of something useful or helpful while you have the opportunity; benefit
  523. avant-garde: artistically new (adj/n)
  524. avarice: greed or desire
  525. avatar: incarnation
  526. avenge: to get even; to get revenge
  527. aver: to declare to be true
  528. averse: reluctant
  529. aversion: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred of somebody or something
  530. avert: to turn away
  531. avian: relating to birds
  532. aviary: large enclosure housing birds
  533. avid: marked by active interest and enthusiasm
  534. avoirdupois: the amount that somebody weighs
  535. avouch: to attest, to guarantee
  536. avow: to state or affirm that something is a fact
  537. avuncular: resembling an uncle, especially one who is friendly, helpful, or good-humored
  538. awe: a feeling mixed of fear and wonder
  539. awestruck: full of awe
  540. awry: not in the proper position but turned or twisted to one side; amiss
  541. axiom: a generally accepted truth
  542. aye: an expression of assent
  543. azalea: a flowering shrub
  544. azure: sky blue
  545. babble: to utter meaningless sounds
  546. bacchanalia: riotous drunken revels
  547. bachelor: a man who is not married, or one who has never been married
  548. backfire: to bring in a result opposite to planned
  549. bacterium: a microbe
  550. bad egg: a bad person
  551. badger: to pester
  552. badinage: frivolous banter (playful teasing)
  553. baffle: to confuse
  554. bagatelle: a think of little importance
  555. bailiwick: an area of activity or knowledge in which somebody has particular responsibility
  556. bait: to lure or attract; to cause extreme pain by taunting
  557. baize: a napped woolen fabric for table covers
  558. bale: a large bundle bound for storage or transport (n/v)
  559. baleful: wicked or threatening; deadly
  560. balk: to stop suddenly and refuse to go on, especially when faced with an obstacle
  561. ballad: a song that tells a story
  562. ballast: counter-balance
  563. ballistic: of projectiles
  564. balm: a fragrant oily substance obtained as a resin from various plants, a nice smell
  565. balsam: a medical preparation, oily, for healing
  566. banal: boringly ordinary and lacking in originality
  567. banausic: uncreative, with no art, creativity, or imagination
  568. bandit: an armed robber who steals from travelers and other people
  569. bandog: aggressive breed of dog
  570. bandy: to exchange words casually
  571. bane: something causing death, destruction, ruin
  572. banter: teasing (n/v)
  573. baptize: to administer baptism to (a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth)
  574. barb: a sharp point that stick out and backwards
  575. barcarole: a song traditionally sung by Venetian gondoliers
  576. bard: poet
  577. barge: to intrude rudely; to transport (v/n)
  578. baritone: a man’s singing voice
  579. baroque: in highly exaggerated in style
  580. barrage: a heavy and prolonged attack
  581. barrel: a cylindrical container that holds liquids; a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
  582. barren: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; infertile
  583. barrier: something that obstructs or separates, often by emphasizing differences; a fence
  584. barring: apart from, expect for
  585. barrister: a lawyer
  586. bashful: shy
  587. basin: a container used to hold water
  588. bask: to take pleasure from something
  589. bastard: something that is abnormal, inferior, or of questionable or mixed origin, not genuine
  590. baste: to moisten during cooking; to sew; to beat one severely
  591. bastion: somebody or something regarded as providing strong defense or support
  592. bathos: insincere and excessively sentimental pathos
  593. baton: a slender stick used by the conductor in orchestra
  594. batten: a strip of wood for fastening (n/v)
  595. batter: a thick liquid mixture of 2 or more materials beaten together, used in cookery
  596. bauble: a trinket
  597. bawdy: obscene; humorously vulgar; coarse and rude
  598. bawl: to shout or cry (v/n)
  599. bay: to bark, especially in deep, prolonged way
  600. bazaar: a shop where a variety of goods are sold
  601. beachhead: a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
  602. bead: a small ball with a hole through the middle; a drop
  603. beak: horny projecting mouth of a bird
  604. beam: to smile warmly
  605. bearish: moving or behaving roughly or clumsily
  606. beast: a living organism characterized by voluntary movement; a monster
  607. beat around the bush: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  608. beatific: blissful happy
  609. beatify: to sanctify
  610. beatitude: state of bliss
  611. beau: a male admirer
  612. becalm: to make quiet
  613. beck: a nod, wave, or similar gesture to attract attention
  614. beckon: to signal to somebody to approach with a movement of the hand or head; to signal
  615. becoming: proper or appropriate
  616. bedaub: to smear with something that spoils
  617. bedchamber: a room used primarily for sleeping purposes
  618. bedeck: to decorate
  619. bedizen: to dress or decorate showily
  620. bedlam: mayhem
  621. bedraggle: to make wet and dirty, as from rain
  622. befall: to happen
  623. befit: to be suitable or appropriate for somebody or something
  624. befog: to confuse
  625. beforehand: in advance (adv)
  626. beget: to be the cause of something, to cause
  627. begrudge: to envy someone else’s possession
  628. beguile: to attract, to cause to be enamored
  629. behemoth: huge creature
  630. behest: an order or request
  631. behold: see with attention
  632. beholden: under an obligation, indebted
  633. belabor: to insist repeatedly on something unnecessary
  634. belated: late or delayed
  635. beleaguer: to bother and disturb
  636. belfry: a bell tower or a space for bells
  637. belie: to misrepresent
  638. belittle: to regard or portray as less important
  639. belle: a beautiful woman
  640. bellicose: warlike
  641. belligerent: characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight; aggressive
  642. bellow: to shout or roar (v/n)
  643. bellwether: a leader
  644. bemoan: to regret strongly
  645. bemuse: to confuse
  646. benchmark: standard
  647. benediction: an expression of approval or good wishes
  648. benefactor: someone giving aid or money
  649. benefice: a church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service
  650. beneficent: producing benefit
  651. beneficiary: somebody benefiting from something
  652. benevolence: kindness (ant. malevolence)
  653. benighted: unenlightened
  654. benign: having a kind and gentle disposition or appearance
  655. benignant: gracious
  656. benison: a blessing or benediction
  657. bent: determined
  658. bequeath: to hand down or leave properties for the next generation
  659. bequest: something disposed of in a will
  660. berate: to scold somebody vigorously and lengthily
  661. bereave: to deprive through death
  662. bereft: deprived, lacking
  663. bergschrund: a crevasse formed at the head of a glacier
  664. berserk: extremely aggressive or angry
  665. berth: a bed on ship or train; a job in an organization; a dock for ship (n/v for all)
  666. beseech: to implore or beg
  667. beset: to harass, to attack from all sides
  668. besmear: to smear something with mud, dirt or sticky substance
  669. besmirch: to bring shame or disgrace
  670. bespeak: to signify for something
  671. bestial: beastly
  672. bestow: to present something to somebody
  673. bestrew: to scatter things over something
  674. bestride: to stand across something or be on both sides of
  675. bête noire: a detested person, anathema
  676. bethink: to remind one self
  677. betide: to happen
  678. betimes: in good time, early
  679. betroth: to promise one in marriage
  680. bevel: two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
  681. bevy: a group or people or animals
  682. bewail: to lament something
  683. bewilder: to confuse
  684. bias: prejudice; unfairness; something favor for one side
  685. biblical: contained in the Bible
  686. bibliophile: one who loves books
  687. bibulous: tending to drink too much alcohol
  688. bicker: to argue
  689. bide: to stay, remain, or wait
  690. bier: a stand where a corpse is place on
  691. bifurcate: to divide in two
  692. bigamist: one who has two spouses at the same time.
  693. bight: a wide curving bend in a shoreline, forming a bay; a loop or slack curve in a rope
  694. bigot: narrow-minded, prejudiced person
  695. bile: anger
  696. bilge: the rounded portion of a ship's hull
  697. bilious: unsettled in the stomach, as if about to vomit; bad-tempered and irritable
  698. bilk: to defraud, cheat or elude
  699. billet-doux: love letter
  700. billingsgate: rude or offensive language
  701. billow: to surge or rise
  702. biodegradable: naturally decaying
  703. biopsy: removal of living tissue for examination
  704. biped: an animals with two feet
  705. birthright: a privilege or possession into which one is born
  706. bite the dust: to die, especially in or as a result of a fight
  707. bittersweet: both bitter and sweet at the same time; causing happiness and sadness at the same time
  708. bivouac: temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers (n/v)
  709. blab: to speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  710. blackmail: extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information (n/v)
  711. blanch: turn pale, as if in fear; to cook
  712. bland: tasteless; boring
  713. blandish: to coax with flattery
  714. blasé: bored or unimpressed; not easily excited
  715. blasphemy: speech which offends religious sentiments
  716. blatant: obvious; noisy
  717. blazon: to make widely known
  718. bleach: the whiteness that results from removing the color from something (n/v)
  719. bleak: hopeless or forlorn; lonely and isolated
  720. blemish: a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (n/v)
  721. blench: to turn pale, as if in fear; to draw back
  722. blighted: destroyed
  723. blindside: to attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
  724. bliss: total happiness
  725. blithe: carefree, joyous
  726. bloat: to swell and expand
  727. blond: pale; light-colored
  728. bloodcurdling: extremely alarming terrifying
  729. blot: to make a spot or mark onto (v/n)
  730. blotch: an irregularly shaped spot or mark
  731. blouse: a woman’s loose-fitting shirt
  732. bloviate: to orate verbosely and pompously
  733. blowhard: somebody who boasts but is considered ineffectual
  734. blue-collar: of manual workers
  735. blunder: a serious or embarrassing mistake, usually the result of carelessness or ignorance
  736. blunt: dull; not sharp
  737. blush: to feel embarrassed; to redden
  738. bluster: to speak loudly, boisterously, or arrogantly, or to say something in this way
  739. boatswain: a subordinate officer of a vessel
  740. bodice: the part of a dress above the waist
  741. boggle: to astonish or confuse somebody, or to become astonished or confused
  742. bole: the trunk of a tree
  743. bolero: a Spanish dance
  744. boll: a round pod or seed-capsule
  745. bolster: to strengthen something through support or encouragement
  746. bolt: to fasten (v/n); a discharge of lightning; to run off
  747. bombast: language that is full of long or pretentious words, used to impress others
  748. bombastic: using high-sounding but meaningless language
  749. bombinate: to make a humming or buzzing noise
  750. bon mot: a clever remark
  751. bon ton: good taste, style, or manners
  752. bona fide: undertaken in good faith; not counterfeit or copied
  753. bonhomie: easy good-humored friendliness
  754. boomerang: to return to the initial position from where it came; a curved piece of wood that boomerangs
  755. boon: blessing, something to be thankful about
  756. boorish: rude
  757. bootless: having little or no success
  758. bop: a dance (n/v); to hit somebody, especially on the head
  759. borborygmus: stomach rumbling due to hunger
  760. bore: to make hole in something
  761. bork: to deny Senate confirmation of a nominee, especially for a U.S. Supreme Court or federal judgeship
  762. borough: a district of a city
  763. bosom: the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; to hug
  764. botanize: to study plants
  765. botch: to do something very badly out of clumsiness or lack of care
  766. bottleneck: a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel (n/v)
  767. bouquet: a bunch of cut flowers that have been specially chosen or arranged
  768. bourgeois: middle class, conventional person (n/adj)
  769. bout: a period when one team is on the offensive; a boxing match; matches or contests
  770. bovine: relating to cows
  771. bowdlerize: to remove parts of a work of literature that are considered indecent
  772. bowler: the player who bowls the ball in cricket; player in bowling
  773. bowyer: somebody who makes or sells bows for archery
  774. bra: an undergarment designed to support and shape a woman’s breasts
  775. brabble: to argue over petty things
  776. brace: to prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  777. brae: hillside
  778. braid: a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair; to make by braiding or interlacing
  779. brail: a small net used to draw fish into a boat (n/v)
  780. bramble: a type of flower in the rose family
  781. brand: to class somebody or something as bad, illegal, or undesirable, often arbitrarily
  782. branded: marked or labeled by a distinctive word or symbol indicating exclusive rights
  783. brandish: to wave something about
  784. brash: impolite, rude
  785. brassiere: bra
  786. bravado: a swaggering show of courage
  787. bravo: well done
  788. bravura: dazzling artistic flair
  789. brawn: very strong muscles, especially on the arms and legs
  790. bray: a loud and harsh sound
  791. braze: to make something out of brass or decorate something with brass
  792. brazen: harsh, extremely bold
  793. brazier: a metal container for hot coals; brass worker
  794. breach: to break a law or promise (v/n)
  795. breadth: an ability to understand a broad range of topics, wideness
  796. breech: back of gun barrel; buttocks
  797. breed: a special lineage; to have young
  798. brethren: members of the same family, group, class, or community
  799. brevity: shortness
  800. brew: to prepare; to develop; drink
  801. bric-a-brac: small, ornamental objects that are of interest or sentimental value but of little monetary value
  802. bridgehead: an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
  803. brig: a two-masted sailing ship
  804. brigade: a group or an unit
  805. brigand: a bandit
  806. brigantine: a two-masted sailing ship
  807. brim: to be completely full; the edge
  808. brimstone: sulfur
  809. brine: water saturated with salt
  810. brio: energy or vigor
  811. bristle: a short stiff hair on an animal or plant or a mass of short stiff hairs growing
  812. Britannia: symbol of Britain
  813. Briticism: something typically British
  814. brittle: fragile, harsh
  815. broach: to mention or suggest for the first time
  816. broad: wide, large, big; wide-ranging (ant. restricted)
  817. Brobdingnagian: enormous
  818. brocade: a heavy fabric of silk, cotton, or wool woven with a raised design, often using metallic threads
  819. brogan: a heavy ankle-high work boot
  820. brogue: a regional accent
  821. brokerage: the business of making sales and purchases for a commission
  822. bromide: a saying that lacks originality or significance
  823. bromine: a dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor
  824. brooch: a piece of jewelry that is fastened to a garment
  825. brotherhood: people engaged in a particular occupation
  826. brow: the peak of a hill
  827. browbeat: to bully or intimidate somebody sternly
  828. brummagem: cheap and showy, meretricious
  829. brunt: the main force or effect of something, for example, a blow or an attack
  830. brusque: marked by rudeness or peremptory shortness
  831. brutish: cruel, ruthless, or insensitive
  832. buccaneer: someone who robs at sea; a pirate, an adventure
  833. buckboard: an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; has a seat attached
  834. buckled: collapsed usually after pressure
  835. buckler: armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
  836. bucolic: of or pertaining to countryside
  837. bud: a partially opened flower; to develop
  838. buffoon: clown
  839. buffoonery: silly behavior
  840. bugle: a brass instrument like the trumpet without valves
  841. bulbous: rounded
  842. bulk: the property of something that is great in magnitude (n/v)
  843. bullock: a young domestic bull
  844. bulrush: a waterside plant
  845. bulwark: anything that gives security or protection
  846. bum: useless (adj/n); to bed
  847. bumble: to speak in a hesitant or muddled way
  848. bumper: a glass filled to the brim; large
  849. bumpkin: not very intelligent or interested in culture
  850. bumptious: full of self-conceit
  851. bungle: to cause something to fail through carelessness or incompetence
  852. bunkum: insincere or empty talk that’s merely for effect
  853. burden: an onerous or difficult concern; to weight down with a load
  854. burgeon: to sprout or flourish
  855. burgher: a citizen
  856. burlap: coarse cloth woven from jute, hemp, or a similar rough thread
  857. burlesque: to make a parody of (v/n)
  858. burly: muscular and heavily built
  859. burnish: to polish
  860. burnout: exhaustion (n/v)
  861. bursar: a treasurer
  862. busker: a person who entertains people for money in public places, as by singing or dancing
  863. buss: to kiss (v/n)
  864. bustle: to move or cause to move energetically or busily (v/n)
  865. busybody: somebody who tends to meddle with other people’s business
  866. butte: a hill
  867. buttonhole: to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of
  868. buttress: to reinforce or support
  869. by-law: a rule made by a local authority to regulate its own affairs
  870. byzantine: extremely complex or intricate
  871. cabal: a group of conspirators or plotters, particularly one formed for political purposes
  872. caboose: the end part of a train
  873. cache: to save up as for future use (v/n)
  874. cacophonous: having an unpleasant sound
  875. cadaverous: resembling a corpse
  876. cadence: rhythmical flow or movement
  877. cadenza: a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
  878. cadge: to scrounge or beg something from somebody
  879. cadre: a core group of political activists or revolutionaries
  880. caesura: pause or break in line of verse
  881. caitiff: cowardly
  882. cajole: to coax
  883. calamitous: having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  884. calamity: a disaster or mishap
  885. calculated: deliberately planned or thought in advance
  886. calf: a young cow
  887. caliber: quality or character
  888. calibrate: to mark with a standard scale
  889. calico: a coarse cotton
  890. caliper: an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (n/v)
  891. calisthenics: a light exercise designed to promote general fitness
  892. callipygian: having well-shaped buttocks
  893. callous: unsympathetic; cruel
  894. callow: immature, lacking sophistication
  895. calumny: slander
  896. calvary: any experience that causes intense suffering
  897. calve: to give birth
  898. camaraderie: friendship
  899. cameo: engraving or carving in low relief on a stone
  900. camouflage: to disguise or hide
  901. canard: a deliberately false report or rumor
  902. canary: of a bright but delicate yellow
  903. candid: characterized by directness in manner or speech; in an open way
  904. candor: frankness or openness
  905. canine: relating to dogs
  906. canister: a small can
  907. canny: shrewd enough not to be easily deceived
  908. canon: a general rule, principle, or standard
  909. canorous: richly melodious
  910. cant: boring talk filled with clichés and platitudes
  911. cantankerous: easily angered and difficult to get along with
  912. cantata: vocal musical work
  913. canteen: a place where food is served; a small container used by campers
  914. canto: part of poem
  915. cantonment: military training camp
  916. cap-a-pie: at all points from head to foot
  917. capitulation: the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions)
  918. caprice: impulsive tendency
  919. capricious: tending to make sudden and unpredictable changes
  920. capsize: to overturn
  921. capsule: a container, a pill, a summary (n/v)
  922. captious: overly critical
  923. carabiner: an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
  924. carapace: self-protection that shelters one as a shell
  925. carbine: a rifle
  926. cardinal: main, most important
  927. cardiovascular: relating to both the heart and the blood vessels
  928. caress: to touch or stroke somebody or something affectionately (v/n)
  929. caret: mark to show missing test (^)
  930. caricature: a pictorial representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect, travesty (n/v)
  931. carnage: widespread and indiscriminate slaughter or massacre, especially of human beings
  932. carnal: relating to or consisting of the body, sensual
  933. carotid: a large artery on either side of the neck that supplies blood to the head
  934. carouse: to drink and become noisy, especially in a group
  935. carp: to complain
  936. carrion: dead and rotting flesh
  937. carton: a box of cardboard paper
  938. cascade: to fall like a waterfall
  939. casket: a coffin; a small and often ornate box for holding jewels or other valuables
  940. cast off: to get rid of something (v/adj)
  941. cast: to put or send forth; a group of actors
  942. caste: the division of society, group
  943. castigate: to criticize
  944. castoff: something that or somebody who has been rejected or abandoned because no longer considered useful or attractive
  945. castrate: to take away the strength, power, force, or vigor of somebody or something
  946. casus belli: cause of war
  947. cataclysm: a disaster; a devastating flood
  948. cataleptic: actual or apparent unconsciousness
  949. catapult: to hurl as if with a sling
  950. cataract: an eye disease; a waterfall
  951. catastrophe: disaster
  952. catastrophic: extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin
  953. categorical: absolute, certain, and unconditional, with no room for doubt, question, or contradiction
  954. catharsis: an experience or feeling of spiritual release
  955. cathartic: a purging medicine; emotionally purging
  956. cathode: negatively charged electrode
  957. catholic: free from provincial prejudices; broad
  958. cat-o-nine-tails: a whip (instrument) with nine knotted cords
  959. caucus: a private meeting
  960. causal: indicating or expressing a cause
  961. caustic: corroding (adj/n); sarcastic
  962. cauterize: to burn with heated iron
  963. cavalier: given to haughty disregard of others; a gallant or courtly gentleman
  964. cavalry: soldiers on horseback
  965. caveat: a warning against certain acts
  966. cavern: any large dark enclosed space
  967. cavil: to make objections about something on small and unimportant points
  968. cavort: to behave in a physically lively and uninhibited way
  969. cede: to pass title to
  970. celerity: quickness in movement or in doing something
  971. celibacy: act of abstaining from sex
  972. cement: to confirm or unite
  973. censor: to examine or edit (v/n)
  974. censorious: inclined or eager to criticize people or things
  975. censure: strong disapproval or harsh criticism
  976. centurion: a captain of army
  977. cereal: pertaining to edible grain
  978. cerebral: of the front brain, intellectual
  979. cerebrate: to think the mind to think or reason
  980. cerebration: the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully)
  981. ceremonious: very formal
  982. certitude: assurance, freedom from doubt
  983. cessation: stop
  984. cession: the surrender or ceding of something
  985. chafe: to wear away or irritate
  986. chaff: to tease one lightheartedly
  987. chagrin: a feeling of vexation or humiliation due to disappointment about something
  988. chameleon: changeable person (n/adj)
  989. chancery: a court with jurisdiction in equity
  990. channel: to direct, guide, or convey something
  991. chap: to become or make skin sore and cracked by exposure to wind or cold; gentleman
  992. chaperone: one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
  993. charade: an absurdly false or pointless act or situation
  994. charisma: the ability to inspire enthusiasm, interest or affection in others
  995. charitable: generous to people in need
  996. charlatan: one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
  997. charming: pleasing or delighting; delightful; captivating
  998. charred: having been burned so as to affect color or taste
  999. charter: a contract (n/v), to rent
  1000. chary: cautiously reluctant to do something
  1001. chasm: a deep hole in the earth
  1002. chastise: to punish for misbehavior
  1003. chastity: celibacy, pureness
  1004. chateau: an impressive country house (or castle) in France
  1005. chattel: movable property
  1006. chatterbox: somebody who talks a lot, especially about unimportant things
  1007. check: to hold back
  1008. cheek: soft part of face; bad manner
  1009. chemise: a type of long loose dress, sometimes loosely belted at the waist or hip
  1010. cherish: to feel or show great love or care for somebody
  1011. cherubic: having a sweet nature befitting an angel
  1012. chic: stylish and elegant
  1013. chicanery: cheating or deception
  1014. chichi: trying too hard or too obviously to be modish
  1015. chide: to reproach or scold somebody gently
  1016. chiffon: a sheer fabric
  1017. chimerical: fanciful
  1018. chink: a narrow opening
  1019. chisel: an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge (n/v)
  1020. chitter: to make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
  1021. choler: anger, wrath
  1022. cholera: an intestinal disease that can cause vomiting and diarrhea
  1023. choreography: act of composing ballets and dance
  1024. chortle: to laugh quietly or with restraint (v/n)
  1025. chouse: to defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
  1026. christen: to administer baptism to
  1027. chronic: something that’s none-ending
  1028. chronicle: to record in chronological order (v/n)
  1029. chthonic: of the underworld
  1030. chubby: pleasantly or charmingly plump, especially in the way that healthy babies and toddlers often are
  1031. chum: a close friend
  1032. chunky: containing lumps or small pieces
  1033. churning: moving with or producing or produced by vigorous agitation shaking violently
  1034. chute: sloping channel through which things can descend; a parachute
  1035. cinch: something that can be done or achieved with very little effort
  1036. cipher: a written code; zero
  1037. circuitous: lengthy because very indirect
  1038. circumambient: surrounding
  1039. circumlocution: indirect expression, saying
  1040. circumnavigate: to sail around something
  1041. circumspect: cautious
  1042. circumstance: a condition that affects what happens or how somebody reacts in a particular situation
  1043. circumvent: to go around restriction
  1044. citadel: a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
  1045. claimant: somebody who is claiming or receiving something
  1046. clairvoyant: perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses; foreseeing the future
  1047. clamber: to climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling (v/n)
  1048. clammy: cold and damp
  1049. clamor: a loud harsh or strident noise ; a loud, confused voice
  1050. clamorous: demanding attention loudly and insistently
  1051. clan: group or tribe with shared aim
  1052. clandestine: conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; secret
  1053. clang: to make loud ringing noise
  1054. clangor: a clang, or a repeated loud clanging
  1055. clannish: very loyal to one’s group and hostile to others
  1056. clarion: a medieval trumpet
  1057. clasp: to grasp; a fastener
  1058. claustrophobia: an irrational fear of being in a confined or enclosed space
  1059. claustrophobic: unpleasantly or uncomfortably confined
  1060. cleansing: cleaning
  1061. clearance: permission to do something; removing unwanted objects; extent of an opening
  1062. clearheaded: able to think clearly
  1063. cleft: a small indentation in a surface
  1064. clench: to hold in a tight grasp
  1065. cliché: a phrase or word that has lost its original effectiveness or power from overuse
  1066. client: dependent; one who is under the protection of another
  1067. clientele: the clients or customers of a professional organization or business, considered as a group
  1068. clincher: the factor that decides the outcome of something, for example, an argument or a contest
  1069. clinical: scientifically detached; unemotional
  1070. clinquant: glittering with gold or silver
  1071. cloak: anything that covers or conceals (n/v)
  1072. clog: to block a tube or opening gradually with dirt or dust (v/n); a heavy shoe traditionally made of wood
  1073. closefisted: stingy, reluctant to spend money
  1074. close-hauled: with the sails set for sailing toward the direction from which the wind is blowing
  1075. clothier: somebody who sells clothes or cloth at retail
  1076. cloying: overly sweet, excessive
  1077. club: to unite or gather together
  1078. clump: to come together as in a cluster or flock; (v/n)
  1079. coagulate: to form one big mass
  1080. coalesce: to merge or cause things to merge into a single body or group
  1081. coalition: combination in a body or mass
  1082. coarse: being rough, vulgar and bad-mannered
  1083. coax: to influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  1084. cobweb: the web spun by a spider to catch its prey
  1085. cock: to tilt or slant to one side
  1086. cocky: overly self-confident or self-assertive
  1087. codeine: a white crystalline drug used as a painkiller and to relieve coughing
  1088. codicil: an additional part of a will
  1089. coerce: to force one to do something
  1090. coeval: having the same age, duration, or date of origin
  1091. coffin: box for corpse
  1092. cogent: forceful and convincing to the intellect and reason
  1093. cogitative: thinking deeply about or seriously considering something
  1094. cognate: similar
  1095. cognizant: fully aware or having knowledge of something
  1096. cognoscenti: connoisseurs or experts
  1097. cohesive: sticking, holding, or working together to form a united whole
  1098. cohort: a company of companions or supporters; a legion or an army
  1099. coif: a close-fitting linen cap worn by women (n/v)
  1100. coil: a loop (n/v)
  1101. coin: to invent or devise a word or phrase (v/n)
  1102. col: a low point of mountain ridge, often forming a pass between two peaks
  1103. collateral: security; serving to support or corroborate
  1104. colleague: an associate you work with; coworker
  1105. collective: done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
  1106. collegian: a college student
  1107. collier: a coal miner
  1108. colligate: to make a logical or causal connection
  1109. colloquialism: an informal word or phrase that is more common in conversation than in formal speech or writing
  1110. colloquy: a formal conversation or discussion
  1111. collude: to work secretly with somebody
  1112. collusion: conspiracy
  1113. colossal: unusually or impressively large
  1114. colossus: something enormous
  1115. columbarium: place for storing funeral urns containing the ashes of the dead
  1116. comely: attractive
  1117. comestible: something edible, usually a cooked food (n/adj)
  1118. comity: a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
  1119. commence: to start, begin
  1120. commend: to praise somebody or something in a formal way
  1121. commendable: worthy of high praise
  1122. commensurate: of the same size or extent
  1123. commentary: a series of notes explaining or interpreting a written text
  1124. commerce: trade (n)
  1125. commercialize: exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality
  1126. commingle: to blend or mix two or more things, or become mixed or blended
  1127. commissariat: an army department responsible for organizing food and supplies
  1128. commission: a special group delegated to consider some matter (n/v)
  1129. committal: the official act of consigning a person to confinement; commitment
  1130. commodity: product or goods
  1131. commotion: turmoil and disturbance; disorder
  1132. communal: for or by a group rather than individuals
  1133. commune: to communicate intimately with
  1134. communion: sharing thoughts and feelings; unity
  1135. commute: to travel; to put something less severe in replace
  1136. comparable: similar
  1137. compassion: kindness and sympathy; care
  1138. compatible: able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
  1139. compatriot: somebody from the same country as another
  1140. compelling: overpowering, irresistible in effect
  1141. compensate: to make up for; to pay back
  1142. competent: properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; capable
  1143. complacent: satisfied
  1144. complaisant: exhibiting a desire or willingness to please
  1145. complement: to make complete or perfect
  1146. complexion: the character of something or the way it appears
  1147. compliant: ready to conform or agree to do something
  1148. complication: a difficult or confused state
  1149. complicity: involvement with another in doing something illegal or wrong
  1150. complimentary: conveying or resembling a compliment; costless
  1151. comply: to obey or conform to something
  1152. component: a part or section of the whole
  1153. comport: to behave in a certain way; to agree upon
  1154. compos mentis: of sound mind, sane
  1155. composure: calm and steady control over the emotions
  1156. comprehensive: complete, covering many things or a wide area
  1157. comprise: to include
  1158. compromise: to settle an agreement
  1159. compulsive: caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
  1160. compulsory: something required or essential (ant. optional)
  1161. compunction: feelings of shame and regret about doing something wrong
  1162. computation: the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical methods
  1163. comrade: a companion
  1164. con: to deceit (v/n); to examine
  1165. concatenation: the linking of things together
  1166. concede: to grant; to admit or acknowledge something, often grudgingly or with reluctance
  1167. conceited: characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  1168. conceive: to imagine or visualize something fictional; to created an idea
  1169. conception: an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  1170. concession: the act of conceding or yielding, allowance
  1171. conciliate: to attempt to make compatible, to appease
  1172. conciliatory: peace-making
  1173. concise: using as few words as possible to give the necessary information
  1174. conclusive: forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question
  1175. concoct: to make up or invent; to prepare or produce
  1176. concomitant: happening or existing along with or at the same time as something else
  1177. concord: agreement
  1178. concupiscence: powerful feelings of physical desire
  1179. concur: to have the same opinion or reach agreement on a specified point
  1180. concurrent: occurring or operating at the same time
  1181. concussion: any violent blow; injury to the brain caused by a blow
  1182. condense: to abridge
  1183. condescend: behave in a patronizing manner; proud
  1184. condign: well deserved and completely appropriate
  1185. condition: to train somebody, to give treatment
  1186. condone: to regard something that is considered immoral or wrong in a tolerant way, to forgive
  1187. conducive: favorable, tending to encourage or bring about a good or intended result
  1188. conduit: a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
  1189. confab: a chat or casual discussion (n/v)
  1190. confabulate: to discuss or have a chat about something
  1191. confectionery: a food rich in sugar; candy shop
  1192. confer: to discuss something with somebody, to give honor or title to somebody
  1193. confess: to admit, make a clean breast of
  1194. confessor: a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
  1195. confidant: someone to whom private matters are confided
  1196. confide: to reveal in private; tell confidentially
  1197. configure: to set up or arrange parts
  1198. confine: boundary, bound
  1199. conflagration: a large destructive fire
  1200. confluence: flowing together of streams
  1201. conform: to adapt oneself to different conditions; to be in harmonious
  1202. conformation: something’s structure
  1203. conformity: behaving or thinking in a socially acceptable or expected way
  1204. confound: to puzzle or confuse somebody; to cause a confused situation to become even more confused
  1205. confrere: a colleague, comrade, or intimate associate
  1206. congenial: pleasant and suitable to somebody’s character or taste or to a situation
  1207. congenital: existing at birth
  1208. congeries: a collection or assortment of things
  1209. congest: to block so movement is slow
  1210. congregate: to gather into a crowd
  1211. congregation: people attending worship
  1212. congruous: appropriate to or suitable for a particular thing or situation
  1213. conical: relating to or resembling a cone
  1214. conifer: cone-bearing tree
  1215. conjecture: an inference; something not supported by facts
  1216. conjoin: to unite or link things
  1217. conjugal: relating to marriage or to husbands and wives
  1218. conjure: to call forth, with or as if by magic; to do magic tricks
  1219. conk: to hit somebody, especially on the head(v/n)
  1220. connive: to be in collusion
  1221. connoisseur: an expert in a particular field
  1222. connotation: an idea that is implied or suggested
  1223. connote: to imply or suggest something in addition to the main or literal meaning
  1224. connubial: dealing with or relating to marriage
  1225. consanguineous: descended from the same family or ancestors
  1226. conscientious: very careful (ant. careless)
  1227. conscript: to force into military service
  1228. consecrate: to declare a place holy
  1229. consensus: agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
  1230. consent: to give permission or approval for something to happen
  1231. consequential: having important issues or results
  1232. conservatism: a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
  1233. conservatory: a music institution; greenhouse
  1234. considerate: thoughtful of other people’s wants
  1235. consign: to deliver or transfer; to get rid of
  1236. consolation: comfort
  1237. console: to bring to spirits up; to cheer up
  1238. consolidate: to merge into one; to strengthen
  1239. consort: a partner or companion
  1240. conspicuous: obvious to the eye or mind
  1241. conspire: to act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose
  1242. constable: a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
  1243. consternation: fear resulting from the awareness of danger; dismay
  1244. constituency: the inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body
  1245. constitutional: a short walk, taken regularly for health reasons
  1246. constraint: compulsion, repression of feelings
  1247. constriction: a restriction or limitation
  1248. construe: to interpret
  1249. consuetude: established usage
  1250. consul: a diplomat
  1251. consulate: consul’s office
  1252. consultant: an expert who gives advice
  1253. consultation: a meeting to decide or discuss
  1254. consummate: to bring into conclusion; supreme or perfect
  1255. contagion: infection
  1256. contagious: easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
  1257. contaminated: impure
  1258. contemplate: to consider or plan; to look at
  1259. contemplative: persistently or morbidly thoughtful
  1260. contemporaneous: happening at the same time
  1261. contemporary: person belonging to the same period; modern, current and up to date (ant. old)
  1262. contempt: a feeling of dislike and disrespect
  1263. contemptuous: showing contempt, disdainful
  1264. contention: an opinion or claim stated in the course of an argument
  1265. contentious: controversial, arguable
  1266. contiguous: adjoining
  1267. continence: self control and restraint
  1268. contingent: depending on something that may or may be available
  1269. continual: frequent (continuous=nonstop)
  1270. continuance: continuation
  1271. contort: to twist out of natural shape
  1272. contraband: illegal imports; smuggled goods
  1273. contrail: an artificial cloud created by an aircraft
  1274. contraption: a device that is very useful for a particular job
  1275. contravene: to violate; to contradict something
  1276. contretemps: mishap, an unfortunate occurrence
  1277. contrite: apologetic
  1278. contrivance: a cleverly made device or machine, especially one that is unusual
  1279. contrive: to accomplish something by being clever and creative
  1280. contrived: not spontaneous, artificial
  1281. controversial: marked by or capable of arousing controversy (argument)
  1282. contumacy: flagrant disobedience or rebelliousness
  1283. contumely: insulting, scornful, or contemptuous language or treatment
  1284. contuse: to bruise a body part
  1285. contusion: bruise
  1286. conundrum: something puzzling, confusing, or mysterious
  1287. conurbation: a large urban area created when neighboring towns spread into and merge with each other
  1288. convalesce: to recover after sickness
  1289. convenience: the state of being suitable or opportune
  1290. convent: a religious residence especially for nuns
  1291. convention: usual or customary practices
  1292. converge: to meet and join together
  1293. convergence: coming together
  1294. conversant: knowing about something, or familiar with it, from experience or study
  1295. converse: to talk; the polar opposite (n/adj)
  1296. convex: with a surface that curves outward
  1297. convey: to make known; pass on, of information; to express, pass on, carry
  1298. conveyance: movement; transportation
  1299. conviction: a belief or opinion that is held firmly
  1300. convivial: sociable or friendly; welcoming
  1301. convocation: a large formal assembly
  1302. convoluted: very complicated
  1303. convolve: curl, wind, or twist together
  1304. convoy: a group of vehicles or ships traveling together, often with an escort for protection
  1305. convulse: to shake
  1306. convulsive: sudden, jerky, or uncontrollable
  1307. cope: to struggle against something
  1308. copious: large in number or quantity
  1309. copse: a dense growth of bushes
  1310. copulate: to mate
  1311. coquette: a woman who flirts
  1312. cordial: warm- friendly and affectionate
  1313. cordon: a piece of ribbon worn for decoration; a barrier
  1314. corduroy: a heavy cotton fabric with a ribbed nap running lengthwise
  1315. corkscrew: to move in a spiral or zigzag course (v/adj)
  1316. cormorant: large marine bird; somebody greedy
  1317. cornice: to decorate or finish a wall or building
  1318. cornucopia: abundance
  1319. corollary: the consequence or result of an act
  1320. corona: a ring of light visible around a luminous body, especially the Moon
  1321. coronation: the ceremony of installing a new monarch
  1322. coronet: small crown
  1323. corporation: a company recognized by law as a single body with its own powers and liabilities
  1324. corporeal: concerning the physical body
  1325. corps: a body of people associated together
  1326. corpse: a dead body, carcass
  1327. corpulent: fat, fleshy
  1328. corpuscle: a very small particle of anything
  1329. correlate: to have a mutual or complementary relationship
  1330. corrigible: capable of being corrected or set right
  1331. corroborate: to confirm
  1332. corrode: to cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
  1333. corrosive: capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  1334. corrugate: to become folded into parallel ridges and troughs
  1335. corrupt: to change the mind to a worse condition
  1336. corsage: a flower on dress
  1337. corset: a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
  1338. coruscate: to give off flashes of bright light
  1339. coruscation: a sudden brilliant display of wit
  1340. cosmetic: beautifying (n/adj)
  1341. cosmic: universal; outer space; vast and huge
  1342. cosmonaut: a Russian astronaut
  1343. cosmopolitan: worldly, having wide interests
  1344. cosmos: the whole university thought of as an ordered and integrated whole
  1345. cosset: to pamper
  1346. costive: constipated, or causing constipation
  1347. cot: a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
  1348. coterie: a small exclusive group of people who share the same interests
  1349. cottage: a small house with a single story
  1350. couch: to express something using a particular style or choice of words
  1351. counsel: an advice; to give advice or to support
  1352. countenance: face or expression; to tolerate, accept, or give approval to something
  1353. counter: to say in defense
  1354. counterfeit: fake, false
  1355. counterpart: the corresponding person; the matching part
  1356. countervail: to offset, to exert counteracting effect
  1357. counting-house: business accounting department
  1358. courageous: brave and daring
  1359. courser: a dog trained for coursing; hunter with courser; a swift horse
  1360. court: to seek the affections or to attract
  1361. courteous: polite
  1362. courtesy: good manners
  1363. covenant: a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action (n/v)
  1364. covert: secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
  1365. covet: a strong desire to possess something that belongs to somebody else
  1366. covey: a group or flock
  1367. cow: to intimidate or frighten somebody into submission
  1368. cower: to crouch and tremble in fear
  1369. coxcomb: a conceited man with an excessive interest in clothes and fashion
  1370. coxswain: one who steers a rowboat
  1371. coy: affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  1372. cozen: to deceive, cheat, or defraud somebody
  1373. cradle: a crib; to hold or support (v/n)
  1374. crag: steep rough part of mountain
  1375. craggy: rocky and rough
  1376. crampon: an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
  1377. crane: to stretch (the neck) so as to see better; lifts and moves heavy objects
  1378. cranium: the skull of a vertebrate, especially the part that covers the brain
  1379. crank: a device consisting of an arm or handle, to start, move, or operate something by turning a crank
  1380. cranky: grouchy, disagreeable and easily irritated
  1381. crapulous: regularly overindulging in good food and, especially, alcoholic drink
  1382. crass: coarse and insensitive
  1383. crate: to pack boxes for protection; the boxes used for protection
  1384. crater: a hollow depression
  1385. craven: cowardly
  1386. creak: to make a high-pitched, screeching noise (v/n)
  1387. creamery: an establishment where dairy products are prepared or sold
  1388. credence: acceptance, believability
  1389. credential: an official document
  1390. credibility: the ability to inspire belief or trust
  1391. credible: believable
  1392. creditable: praiseworthy
  1393. credo: statement of principles or beliefs
  1394. credulity: the tendency to believe something too readily
  1395. creed: a formal summary of the principles of the Christian faith
  1396. creep: to move slowly, stealthily or furtively
  1397. crepuscular: like twilight; dim
  1398. crestfallen: disappointed or humiliated, especially after being enthusiastic or confident
  1399. cretin: a stupid, vulgar or insensitive person
  1400. crevasse: a deep fissure
  1401. crevice: a long narrow depression in a surface
  1402. crimson: of deep rich red color
  1403. cringe: to shrink in fear
  1404. crisis: an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; a crucial stage or turning point
  1405. criterion: singular of criteria
  1406. critic: a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis; a reviewer
  1407. critique: to evaluate and criticize; to review critically
  1408. crockery: pottery dishes
  1409. crocuse: a small perennial plant that grows from a corm and has white, purple, or yellow flowers in early spring
  1410. crow: to boast in triumph
  1411. crucible: container for melting something; a severe trial or ordeal
  1412. crude: not refined, lacking grace
  1413. crunch: the sound of something crunching; to press or grind with a crunching noise; a crisis
  1414. crush: temporary love of an adolescent
  1415. crustacean: hard-shelled creature
  1416. crusty: brusque and surly and forbidding
  1417. crux: the main feature; a vital part; the bottom line
  1418. cryptic: deliberately mysterious and seeming to have a hidden meaning
  1419. cryptogram: coded message
  1420. cubicle: a work area that is partly separated from the rest of a room in an office or library
  1421. cudgel: a heavy stick used as a weapon
  1422. cue: a signal or indication
  1423. culinary: relating to food or cooking
  1424. cull: to pick or select
  1425. culminate: to reach the top; to come to an end
  1426. culpable: guilty, deserving blame or punishment for a wrong
  1427. culprit: someone who perpetrates wrongdoing, offender
  1428. cult: a sect or group (religious)
  1429. culvert: underground duct
  1430. cum: together with
  1431. cumbersome: difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
  1432. cunctation: delay, hesitation or procrastination in the performance of something
  1433. cunning: shrewdness in deception
  1434. cupidity: greed; stinginess and selfishness
  1435. curator: the administrative head of a museum, gallery, or other collection
  1436. curio: an object that is valued and often collected for its interest or rarity
  1437. curmudgeon: a crusty old person full of stubborn ideas
  1438. cursory: hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  1439. curt: marked by rude or peremptory shortness; brief and to the point; effectively cut short
  1440. curtail: to cut short or limit
  1441. curtsy: to bend the knees, with one foot behind the other, as a gesture of respect
  1442. curvature: the quality of being curved
  1443. cuticle: an edge of hard skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
  1444. cutthroat: ruthless in competition
  1445. cycloid: resembling a circle
  1446. cygnet: a young or baby swan
  1447. cynical: believing the worst of human nature and motives
  1448. cynosure: center of attention; guide
  1449. dab: to tap or touch gently (v/n)
  1450. dabble: to have a casual or superficial interest in something
  1451. dabbler: somebody whose involvement with something is superficial rather than serious
  1452. dacha: a Russian country house
  1453. daedal: complex or intricate
  1454. daffodil: of a brilliant yellow color; a European plant that has yellow trumpet-shaped flowers
  1455. dagger: a short pointed knife; something that torments or wounds somebody; a reference mark; look daggers at one= to look one in hostile way
  1456. dainty: delicate and pretty, overly nice (adj/n)
  1457. dally: to behave carelessly or indifferently; to waste time
  1458. damask: a reversible fabric, usually of cotton, linen, or silk, with a pattern woven into it
  1459. damp: moist (n/adj/v)
  1460. damper: a depressing restraint; wet
  1461. dandy: a fashionable man too concerned with clothes
  1462. dap: to fish by bobbing the bait lightly on the surface of the water
  1463. dapper: neat, smart in dress appearance
  1464. dapple: to mark with patches of color (v/n)
  1465. daredevil: somebody who does risky things, unmindful of danger
  1466. daresay: to guess or suppose
  1467. dark horse: somebody about whom very little is known or who tends to be reticent
  1468. darkling: in darkness; without clarity
  1469. dastard: somebody who is cowardly, mean, and treacherous
  1470. datum: singular of data
  1471. daub: to cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
  1472. daunt: to frighten someone
  1473. dawdle: to walk or move slowly and reluctantly or idly
  1474. dawn: to become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
  1475. daze: to overcome as with astonishment or disbelief; to stun (v/n)
  1476. dazzle: brightness (n/v); to amaze
  1477. de facto: in fact, whether with a legal right or not
  1478. deadbeat: somebody who does not pay money that is owed; somebody who is lazy and disreputable
  1479. dearth: lack
  1480. debacle: something that becomes a disaster, defeat, or humiliating failure
  1481. debauch: to corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; a wild gathering
  1482. debilitate: to sap strength of somebody or something
  1483. debonair: having gentle or courteous bearing or manner, elegant
  1484. debris: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  1485. debunk: to expose while ridiculing, especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
  1486. decadent: in a process of decline or decay, immoral
  1487. decamp: to leave a place abruptly or secretly
  1488. deceit: dishonesty
  1489. deceive: to mislead; to trick
  1490. decency: behavior or an attitude that conforms to the commonly accepted standards
  1491. deciduous: shredding leaves in fall
  1492. decimate: to destroy large proportion of something
  1493. decipher: decode
  1494. decisive: settling something, crucial
  1495. declaim: to make a formal forceful speech about something, or say something in a formal and dramatic way
  1496. declension: process of changing ends of words to express different gender
  1497. declivity: a downward slope or bend
  1498. decorous: suitable for the conditions or circumstances
  1499. decorum: dignity or correctness that is socially expected
  1500. decouple: to disconnect or separate
  1501. decoy: to lure to a trap
  1502. decree: an order with the power of legislation issued by a ruler or other person or group with authority
  1503. decrepit: in old and poor condition
  1504. decry: to express strong disapproval of; to criticize
  1505. deduce: to come to a conclusion, often without all the necessary or relevant information
  1506. deed: a notable achievement; a signed legal document
  1507. defalcate: to misuse funds; embezzle
  1508. defamatory: harmful to somebody’s good name, character, or reputation
  1509. defame: to harm one’s reputation
  1510. defect: a state or not being perfect; having flaw; to desert
  1511. defenestrate: to throw something or somebody out of a window
  1512. defer: to put something off until a later time
  1513. deference: respect, submission to wishes of others
  1514. defiance: open and bold resistance to authority
  1515. deficient: inadequate in amount or degree; lacking
  1516. defile: to corrupt or ruin something; a narrow passage
  1517. deform: to become, or make something become, distorted, damaged, or disfigured
  1518. defraud: to deceive or take advantage of
  1519. defray: to provide money to pay for part or all of the cost of something
  1520. defunct: no longer operative, valid, or functional
  1521. defuse: to make less dangerous
  1522. defy: to challenge
  1523. degenerate: to become worse
  1524. deification: the condition of having been made a god or goddess
  1525. deify: to make somebody into a god
  1526. deign: to do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
  1527. deist: belief in God on reason not revelation
  1528. deity: a god or goddess
  1529. dejected: in a low spirit
  1530. delectable: delightful or delicious treats
  1531. delegate: to assign a task to someone
  1532. deleterious: with a harmful or damaging effect on somebody or something
  1533. deliberate: to think about carefully
  1534. delineate: to describe or explain
  1535. deliquesce: to melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
  1536. delirious: irrational as a temporary result of a physical condition, extremely excited or emotional
  1537. deluge: sudden heavy downpour
  1538. delusion: a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
  1539. delusive: leading to a belief in something untrue or unreal
  1540. delve: to make a detailed search; to examine a subject in detail
  1541. demagogue: a political leader who gains power by appealing to people’s emotions
  1542. demarcate: to decide on and fix land boundaries
  1543. demean: to reduce somebody to a much lower status in a humiliating way
  1544. demeanor: outward behavior
  1545. demented: entirely irrational, wild
  1546. demerit: a mark for failure or bad conduct
  1547. demigod: a person with great powers and abilities
  1548. demise: death (n/v)
  1549. demobilize: to let go from military service
  1550. demographic: the stat data of the human population, with age, income, etc.
  1551. demography: the branch of sociology that studies the characteristics of human populations
  1552. demolition: destruction and annihilation
  1553. demon: a cruel wicked and inhuman person
  1554. demulcent: soothing substance
  1555. demure: looking or behaving in a modest manner with reserve or seriousness
  1556. demurrage: the detention of cargo carrier
  1557. den: a comfort room for reading
  1558. denigrate: to disparage
  1559. denizen: somebody who lives in a particular country or area
  1560. denotation: the most specific or literal meaning of a word
  1561. denote: to have something as a specified meaning
  1562. denouement: final revelation, outcome
  1563. dense: slow to learn; complex and intricate
  1564. dent: a depression scratched or carved into a surface; (v/n)
  1565. dentifrice: a paste or similar compound for cleaning teeth
  1566. denude: to strip, to lay bare
  1567. deplore: to find extremely unacceptable, to regret
  1568. deponent: a testifier; passive and active
  1569. depopulate: to remove the inhabitants from
  1570. deport: to expel or banish
  1571. deportment: style of moving, manner
  1572. deposition: testimony written
  1573. depository: a place where something is kept for safekeeping or storage
  1574. deprave: to have a morally bad influence on somebody
  1575. depravity: moral perversion, impairment of virtue and moral principles
  1576. deprecate: to denounce
  1577. depredate: to plunder
  1578. deprive: to take away; to remove (ant. provide)
  1579. derange: to make disorderly; to unbalance
  1580. derelict: deserted
  1581. deride: to ridicule or show contempt for somebody or something
  1582. derisible: deserving contempt or ridicule
  1583. derision: mocking scorn
  1584. derisive: abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule
  1585. derivative: copied from somewhere and not original
  1586. dermatology: the branch of medicine that deals with the skin and diseases affecting the skin
  1587. derogatory: disparaging
  1588. derrick: an apparatus for hoisting and swinging great weights
  1589. descry: to catch sight of something
  1590. desecrate: to show disrespect; to violate something holy
  1591. desiccate: to remove the moisture from something or become free of moisture
  1592. desideratum: something desired
  1593. desist: to cease or stop doing something
  1594. desolate: bare, uninhabited, and deserted
  1595. desolation: lonely grief; the state of being decayed or destroyed; unhappiness
  1596. despair: to lose all the hope; the state of hopelessness despair in the face of obstacles
  1597. desperado: a bold violent criminal
  1598. despicable: worthy of contempt
  1599. despise: to regard with loathing and contempt
  1600. despoil: to plunder
  1601. despondent: lacking hope
  1602. despotic: ruled by or characteristic of a despot (dictator)
  1603. destitution: extreme poverty
  1604. desuetude: the condition of not being in use
  1605. desultory: happening in a random, disorganized, or unmethodical way
  1606. detach: to separate or remove; to isolate (ant. attach)
  1607. detain: to cause to be slowed down or delayed; to hold back
  1608. deter: to discourage or refrain someone in an action
  1609. deteriorate: to get worse; to weaken and decline (ant. improve)
  1610. determinate: limited
  1611. deterrent: something that deters
  1612. detest: to dislike somebody or something very much
  1613. detriment: a loss or disadvantage
  1614. detritus: debris or discarded material
  1615. detrude: to force something down, out, or away
  1616. deus ex machina: any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty
  1617. deviant: abnormal or nonstandard
  1618. deviation: a change or difference from what’s ordinary
  1619. devilry: wicked and cruel behavior
  1620. deviltry: cruel or evil behavior or actions
  1621. devious: characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
  1622. devise: to plan
  1623. devitalize: to deprive something of its strength or vigor
  1624. devoid: completely lacking
  1625. devour: to eat quickly; to take in eagerly
  1626. devout: pious, sincere
  1627. dexterous: physically skillful
  1628. diabolic: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil, evil
  1629. diacritic: a mark above or below a printed letter that indicates a change in the way it is to be pronounced or stressed
  1630. diagnose: to determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
  1631. dialectic: the tension that exists between two conflicting or interacting forces, elements, or ideas
  1632. diaphanous: delicate or gauzy, so as to be transparent
  1633. diatribe: bitter criticism
  1634. dictum: an authoritative declaration; a pronouncement
  1635. didactic: containing a political or moral message, teaching
  1636. differentia: a distinguishing trait between subclass
  1637. diffident: shy and timid
  1638. diffuse: to spread through
  1639. digerati: computer experts
  1640. dignitary: a person holding high, dignified position; an important or influential person
  1641. digraph: a pair of letters that represents a single speech sound
  1642. digress: to move off the central topic
  1643. dilapidate: to cause something to decay
  1644. dilate: to become wider
  1645. dilatory: tending to waste time or move slowly, intended to decay
  1646. dilemma: quandary; a problem
  1647. dilettante: somebody who is interested in an art or a specialized field of knowledge but who has only a superficial understanding of it
  1648. diligent: hard-working; working with care
  1649. dillydally: to waste time by being too slow, doing nothing, or being unable to decide what to do
  1650. dilute: to get thinner; to reduce
  1651. diminution: the change toward something smaller or lower; lessening
  1652. diminutive: very small or much smaller than is usual
  1653. dimwit: somebody who is unintelligent or slow to understand
  1654. diphthong: the sound produced by combining two vowels in to a single syllable
  1655. diplomat: a person who deals tactfully with others
  1656. dire: causing fear or dread or terror
  1657. directrix: line used for creating geometrical figure
  1658. dirge: funeral hymn
  1659. disavowal: refutation
  1660. disband: to cause to break up or function
  1661. disburden: to gain relief by taking burden off
  1662. disburse: to pay out money, especially from a fund
  1663. discern: to see something that is not very clear or obvious
  1664. discernible: able to be seen, recognized, or understood
  1665. discharge: to release or free
  1666. disciple: someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another, follower
  1667. disciplinary: relating to the enforcing of rules and the punishing of people who break them
  1668. disclose: to reveal; to make known
  1669. discomfit: to make somebody feel confused, uneasy, or embarrassed
  1670. disconcert: to distress and disturb
  1671. disconsolate: miserable or disappointed and unable to be cheered up
  1672. discontented: dissatisfied
  1673. discord: disagreement or strife between people, things, or situations
  1674. discordant: not in harmony
  1675. discount: to bar from attention or consideration
  1676. discountenance: to look upon with disfavor (v/n)
  1677. discourse: a serious and lengthy speech or piece of writing; serious conversation
  1678. discredit: to harm the reputation of, dishonor
  1679. discreet: careful to avoid offending people
  1680. discrepancy: a distinct difference between two things
  1681. discrepant: opposite
  1682. discrete: completely separate and unconnected
  1683. discretion: the good judgment and sensitivity needed to avoid embarrassing or upsetting others
  1684. discretionary: giving somebody the freedom to make a decision according to individual circumstances
  1685. discursive: lengthy with digressions
  1686. disdain: disrespect; contempt; scorn
  1687. disencumber: to relieve somebody or something of a burden or problem
  1688. disengage: to become detached
  1689. diseur: a man who recites dramatic monologues
  1690. disfigure: to mar the appearance of somebody or something
  1691. disgorge: to pour out liquid, gas, or other contents in a gushing stream
  1692. disgrace: to bring shame on; to degrade (ant. honor)
  1693. disgruntled: displeased, annoyed
  1694. dishabille: a state where somebody is partially undressed or dressed very casually
  1695. dishearten: to take away the enthusiasm of; to discourage
  1696. dishevel: to disarrange or rumple (~led= disordered)
  1697. disillusion: freeing from false belief or illusions
  1698. disincline: to make unwilling
  1699. disinfectant: a chemical that destroys or inhibits the growth of microorganisms that cause disease
  1700. disingenuous: giving a false impression of sincerity or simplicity
  1701. disinherit: to change a will so as to deprive somebody of an inheritance
  1702. disintegrate: to lose wholeness
  1703. disintegration: breaking into pieces
  1704. disinterested: without prejudice; unbiased
  1705. disjunctive: serving to divide, or having the effect of dividing
  1706. dislocate: to put out of place (ant. restore)
  1707. dislodge: to remove; to dislocate
  1708. dismantle: to take apart
  1709. dismay: loss of confidence; the feeling of
  1710. dismissive: indicating rejection, especially showing contempt or indifference
  1711. disorient: to cause somebody to feel lost or confused, especially with regard to direction or position
  1712. disown: to refuse or no longer acknowledge a connection with somebody or something
  1713. disparage: to belittle (ant. praise)
  1714. disparate: very different
  1715. disparity: lack of equality between things or people
  1716. dispassionate: not influenced by emotion or personal feelings
  1717. dispel: to force to go away
  1718. dispensary: clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
  1719. dispensation: an exemption from some rule or obligation
  1720. dispense: to give out
  1721. disperse: to scatter; to cause to separate and go in different directions
  1722. disposition: personality, settlement
  1723. dispossess: to take away possession or occupancy of something, especially property
  1724. disquiet: a lack of peace resulting from anxiety
  1725. disreputable: lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
  1726. dissemble: to put on a false appearance in order to conceal facts, feelings, or intentions
  1727. disseminate: to spread
  1728. dissension: disagreement or difference of opinion, especially when leading to open conflict
  1729. dissent: to disagree; difference of opinion
  1730. dissertation: long essay
  1731. disservice: an action that causes harm or difficulty
  1732. dissever: to separate
  1733. dissident: a dissenter; a rebel
  1734. dissimulate: to hide something by pretense
  1735. dissipate: to scatter and disappear
  1736. dissolute: lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
  1737. dissolution: breakdown into parts
  1738. dissolution: breakdown of something into parts
  1739. dissonance: the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
  1740. dissuade: to persuade somebody not to do something or not to believe, think, or feel something
  1741. distal: situated farthest from point of attachment or origin, as of a limb or bone
  1742. distemper: a viral disease that affects various animals, especially dogs and cats
  1743. distend: to swell or stretch
  1744. distention: the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
  1745. distinctive: having characteristics that distinguish one thing from others
  1746. distrain: to legally take something in place of a debt payment
  1747. distraught: extremely upset
  1748. distress: suffering and trouble; to upset
  1749. dither: to be agitated and indecisive
  1750. dithyrambic: passionately emotional or wildly enthusiastic
  1751. diurnal: in the daytime; happening every day
  1752. divagate: to wander off the subject under discussion
  1753. divan: a sofa without a back, and sometimes without arms
  1754. divert: to turn away, to switch; to distract
  1755. divest: to take away something; to separate from
  1756. divination: a prophecy or prediction
  1757. divine: heavenly and great; to discover
  1758. divisive: causing disagreement
  1759. divulge: to reveal information, especially information that was previously secret
  1760. doable: can be done; achievable
  1761. docile: easily handled or managed
  1762. docket: a list of pending cases in a court (n/v)
  1763. doctrinaire: dogmatic
  1764. doctrine: a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group
  1765. document: to provide with written evidence
  1766. documentary: a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
  1767. dodder: to walk unsteadily
  1768. dodgy: of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk; marked by skill in deception
  1769. dogged: stubborn and determined
  1770. doggerel: trivial, awkward, often comically bad verse
  1771. dogma: doctrine
  1772. dogmatic: prone to expressing strongly held beliefs and opinions
  1773. dogmatize: to make positive assertions without supporting them by argument or evidence
  1774. doleful: very sad and mournful
  1775. dolor: intense sadness
  1776. dolt: an unintelligent person
  1777. domain: territory over which rule or control is exercised
  1778. domestic: of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; of or relating to the home
  1779. domicile: the house, apartment, or other place where somebody lives
  1780. domineer: to rule tyrannically
  1781. doodad: a thing whose name you cannot remember or do not know.
  1782. dopey: lacking activities; stupid
  1783. doppelganger: a ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart
  1784. dormant: not active but capable of becoming active, latent
  1785. dormer: a window for a room within the roof space that is built
  1786. dote: to show extreme fondness
  1787. doublet: one of a pair of like things
  1788. douceur: something given as a tip or a bribe
  1789. doughty: brave and determined
  1790. dour: gloomy and sullen
  1791. dovetail: to fit neatly together or combine smoothly and efficiently
  1792. dowry: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
  1793. drab: uninteresting to look at because of a lack of color or brightness
  1794. drachma: a modern and ancient Greek coin
  1795. drag your feet: to dillydally
  1796. draggle: to make wet and muddy. as if being dragged in mud
  1797. dragnet: a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths; police hunt for criminal
  1798. dragoon: cavalryman
  1799. drained: emptied
  1800. dramatist: playwright
  1801. dramatize: adapt something for stage; exaggerate
  1802. drape: to cover
  1803. drastic: having a powerful effect or far-reaching consequences
  1804. dreary: lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise; dull
  1805. drippy: wet with light rain; leaking in drops; soft or weak
  1806. droll: amusing in a wry or odd way
  1807. drone: to talk on and on in a dull way
  1808. drool: to show excessive appreciation of something or somebody really liked or wanted
  1809. droop: a shape that sags (n/v)
  1810. dross: waste matter
  1811. drowsy: almost asleep or very lightly asleep
  1812. drub: to beat or thrash; to hammer or pound
  1813. drudge: to work hard (v/n)
  1814. dual: consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs
  1815. dubious: uncertain about an outcome or conclusion
  1816. ductile: malleable enough to be worked
  1817. dudgeon: a fit of anger and irritation
  1818. duffel: a large cylindrical bag of heavy cloth; for carrying personal belongings
  1819. dulcet: extremely pleasant in a gentle way
  1820. dun: to press or harass somebody persistently for the settlement of a debt (v/n); gloomy
  1821. dunce: an unintelligent person
  1822. dung: the solid excrement of animals; to cover with dung
  1823. dupe: to fool; the victim of deceit
  1824. duplex: having two parts
  1825. duplicity: unfaithfulness and betrayal
  1826. durance: the period of duration of something
  1827. dust: to remove small particles of dirt and lint from something, usually by wiping with a cloth; to sprinkle something with a powdery substance
  1828. duteous: obedient or submitting to duty
  1829. dutiable: subject to import tax
  1830. dutiful: obedient
  1831. dwelling: a place to live
  1832. dwindle: to shrink or decrease
  1833. dysfunctional: failing to function properly
  1834. dyslexia: impaired ability to learn to read
  1835. dyspeptic: having acid indigestion; bad-tempered
  1836. dystopia: an imaginary place where everything is depressing
  1837. earnest: intensely serious and sincere
  1838. earthenware: pottery made of fairly coarse-textured baked clay
  1839. earthly: of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven; possible
  1840. ease: to get better; something that requires little difficulty; to improve
  1841. ebb: to flow back or recede (v/n)
  1842. ebullient: full of cheerful excitement or enthusiasm
  1843. eccentric: unconventional
  1844. ecclesiastic: a member of the clergy
  1845. ecclesiastical: of a church
  1846. echt: not fake or counterfeit
  1847. eclectic: selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  1848. eclipse: to exceed in importance, to darken
  1849. ecstasy: joy, happiness and bliss
  1850. edacious: voracious, or devoted to gluttony
  1851. edema: an abnormal buildup of serous fluid between tissue cells
  1852. edict: proclamation
  1853. edifice: a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  1854. edify: to improve the morals or knowledge of somebody
  1855. educe: to elicit, draw out
  1856. efface: to remove or obliterate something by rubbing; to behave humbly
  1857. effeminacy: similar to or imitating a woman or girl; the trait of being effeminate; softness
  1858. effervesce: to give off gas in small bubbles, often producing foam and a hissing sound
  1859. effervescent: lively and excited; bubbly
  1860. effete: depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness
  1861. efficacious: effective
  1862. efficacy: effectiveness
  1863. efflorescence: being flowery; loss of water from crystal
  1864. effluvia: waste; odorous fumes given off by waste
  1865. effluvium: an unpleasant smell or harmful fumes
  1866. effrontery: impudence
  1867. effulgence: brightness or a brilliant light radiating from something
  1868. effusion: unrestrained outpouring
  1869. effusive: giving or involving an extravagant of feelings in writing or speech; demonstrative
  1870. egalitarian: believing in equality
  1871. egghead: an intellectual
  1872. egotism: selfishness; lack of consideration for others
  1873. egregious: bad, blatant, or ridiculous to an extraordinary degree
  1874. egress: the act of coming or going out from or of leaving a place
  1875. eidetic: recalled or reproduced with startling accuracy, clarity, and vividness
  1876. eke out: to make something last with sparing use
  1877. elaborate: to work with many details; very complicated and rich with details
  1878. élan: vigor and enthusiasm, often combined with self-confidence
  1879. elation: a feeling of joy and pride
  1880. electrode: a conductor used to make electrical contact with some part of a circuit
  1881. electrolysis: chemical change, especially decomposition, produced in an electrolyte by an electric current
  1882. electrotype: a metallic copy of any surface
  1883. eleemosynary: of or for charity
  1884. elegance: a combination of graceful stylishness, distinction, and good taste in appearance, behavior
  1885. elegy: poem or song expressing grief
  1886. elephantine: moving in a slow and heavy or awkward way; enormous
  1887. elevate: to raise something up; to promote
  1888. elf: small mischievous person
  1889. elicit: to bring something latent or potential out
  1890. elite: a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status (n/adj)
  1891. ellipsis: omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
  1892. elliptical: characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
  1893. elocution: the art of speaking clearly and well, with correct enunciation
  1894. elongate: to make something longer, or become longer
  1895. eloquent: skilled or fluent in expression
  1896. elucidate: to explain or clarify something
  1897. elusive: difficult to find or catch
  1898. Elysium: any ideally delightful or blissful place or condition
  1899. emaciated: extremely thin; starving
  1900. emanate: to flow forth or proceed, as from some source
  1901. emancipation: freeing someone from the control of another
  1902. embargo: ban on commerce or trade
  1903. embark: to proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
  1904. embattled: under attack or subject to controversy
  1905. embed: to fix firmly
  1906. embellish: to beautify something
  1907. embezzle: to misuse entrusted money or property
  1908. emblazon: to deck in glaring colors; to set off conspicuously; to display pompously; to decorate
  1909. emblem: a figure that identifies something
  1910. embody: to exemplify in visible form
  1911. embolden: to give courage; to make bold
  1912. embolism: occlusion of a blood vessel
  1913. emboss: to stamp or decorate
  1914. embrasure: an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
  1915. embroider: to decorate with needlework; to add details
  1916. embroil: to entangle into strife
  1917. emcee: master of ceremonies
  1918. emerald: a green colored gemstone
  1919. emeritus: retired from active service but retained to an honorary position
  1920. emigrate: to leave to another country (emigrate from, immigrant to)
  1921. eminent: standing above the others in rank; famous/ important
  1922. emissary: a representative
  1923. emollient: softening or soothing, especially to the skin
  1924. emolument: any payment for work
  1925. emote: to display exaggerated emotions
  1926. empathetic: having complete understanding of another’s feelings
  1927. emphasis: the special importance of something
  1928. emphatic: spoken with emphasis
  1929. empirical: based on observation and experiment
  1930. emporium: a large retail store
  1931. emulate: to strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  1932. en masse: in a group, all together
  1933. enact: to make proposed legislation into law
  1934. enamor: to inspire with ardent love
  1935. encamp: to live in or as if in a tent
  1936. enchant: to charm one; to cast a spell
  1937. enclose: to surround or encircle, to include
  1938. encomium: a formal expression of praise
  1939. encore: an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand (n/v)
  1940. encroach: to advance beyond the usual limit
  1941. encrust: to cover something with a hard thick coating
  1942. encumber: to hamper or impede somebody or something
  1943. encyclical: intended for wide distribution
  1944. endear: to make something affectionately loved
  1945. endeavor: to try to do something; effort
  1946. endemic: native, characteristic of an area
  1947. endive: leafy plant used in salads
  1948. endorse: to approve formally
  1949. endow: to give qualities or abilities to; to award
  1950. endue: to endow somebody or something with an ability or quality
  1951. enervate: to weaken
  1952. enfeeble: to debilitate
  1953. enfranchise: to grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
  1954. engender: to create or arise
  1955. engender: to produce or create
  1956. engraft: to set or implant deeply and firmly
  1957. engross: to take up somebody’s whole attention
  1958. engulf: to flow over or cover completely
  1959. enjoin: to command somebody to do something or behave in a certain way
  1960. enlighten: to give clarifying information to somebody
  1961. enlist: to enroll somebody in a branch of the armed forces, or join the armed forces
  1962. enliven: to invigorate
  1963. enmity: intense hatred
  1964. ennoble: to dignify
  1965. ennui: boredom
  1966. enormity: extreme evil or moral offensiveness
  1967. enraged: extremely angry
  1968. enrapture: to fill somebody with delight
  1969. enrichment: act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding; a gift
  1970. ensconce: establish firmly in a position
  1971. enshrine: to keep sacred
  1972. enshroud: to cover as if with a shroud
  1973. ensnare: to lure somebody into a bad situation from which it is difficult to escape
  1974. ensue: to result or develop
  1975. entail: to have as consequence
  1976. entangle: to put into difficult situation
  1977. entente: friendly understanding between countries
  1978. enterprise: an undertaking requiring courage and energy; willingness to do dangerous actions
  1979. enterprising: full of energy and ideas
  1980. enthrall: to hold spellbound, to charm
  1981. enthrone: to crown one on throne
  1982. enthuse: to have, or make somebody feel, great excitement or interest
  1983. entice: to attract
  1984. entitle: to qualify
  1985. entity: an object
  1986. entomology: study of insects
  1987. entourage: a group of special employees who go with a high-ranking
  1988. entrails: internal organs of the human
  1989. entrance: to fascinate
  1990. entreaty: earnest or urgent request; a serious and passionate request
  1991. entrée: the principal dish of a meal; the right to enter
  1992. entrench: to defend or protect something by surrounding it with trenches
  1993. entropy: a measure of the disorder that exists in a system
  1994. entwine: to twist things together, or to twist something round something else
  1995. enumerate: to name a number of things on a list one by one
  1996. enunciate: to speak clearly
  1997. eon: a long period of time
  1998. ephemera: something short-lived or of no lasting significance
  1999. ephemeral: enduring a very short time
  2000. epic: long narrative poem, account of heroic exploits
  2001. epicure: somebody who has developed a refined taste for food
  2002. epicurean: devoted to pleasure
  2003. epicycle: a circle that rolls upon the external or internal circumference of another circle
  2004. epicycloid: curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls around the outside of the circumference of another circle
  2005. epidermis: outer layer of skin
  2006. epigone: an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
  2007. epigram: a concise, witty, and often paradoxical remark or saying
  2008. epiphany: a divine manifestation
  2009. episodic: loosely connected, divided into incidents, occurring at intervals
  2010. epitaph: an inscription on a tombstone or monument commemorating the person buried there
  2011. epithet: insult, nickname
  2012. epitome: a perfect example
  2013. epitomize: to be a highly representative example of something
  2014. epizootic: epidemic among animals of a single kind within a particular region
  2015. epoch: a point of time marking a new era
  2016. epochal: highly significant or momentous
  2017. epode: a species of lyric poems
  2018. eponym: person for whom something is named
  2019. equable: calm and not easily disturbed
  2020. equanimity: calm temperament
  2021. equine: of horses
  2022. equipoise: a balanced state; to counterbalance
  2023. equitable: characterized by justice or fairness and impartiality toward those involved
  2024. equivocal: ambiguous
  2025. eradicate: to remove
  2026. erasure: the complete removal or destruction of something
  2027. erect: to construct, build, or erect; upright in position or posture
  2028. eremite: hermit
  2029. ergo: therefore or consequently
  2030. erotic: arousing sexual feelings
  2031. errand: business to be transacted by a messenger
  2032. errant: behaving in an unacceptable manner
  2033. erratic: having no fixed course; irregular, unpredictable
  2034. erroneous: incorrect, based on an incorrect assumption, or containing something that is incorrect
  2035. ersatz: imitating or presented as a substitute for something of superior quality
  2036. erstwhile: former, previous
  2037. erudite: having or showing profound knowledge
  2038. escalate: to increase in extent or intensity; to worsen
  2039. escargot: snail used as food
  2040. escarpment: a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge
  2041. eschew: to avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
  2042. esculent: edible, fit to be eaten
  2043. esoteric: beyond most people’s understanding knowledge
  2044. esoteric: hard to understand, known to only a few
  2045. espouse: to advocate; to marry
  2046. esprit de corps: pride in belonging to something
  2047. espy: to catch sight of or detect something
  2048. esquire: a title of dignity, or courtesy
  2049. essential: necessary; very important
  2050. estate: a landed property, usually of considerable size; the whole is one’s possessions
  2051. esteem: the condition of being honored; to regard highly; think much of
  2052. estimable: deserving respect or admiration
  2053. estrange: to alienate
  2054. estuary: the wide mouth of a river
  2055. et cetera: and so on (etc.)
  2056. etch: to create a design or drawing on the surface of something
  2057. eternal: continuing forever or indefinitely
  2058. ether: the air
  2059. ethereal: very highly refined, airy
  2060. etiolate: to cause to appear pale
  2061. eugenic: relating to selective breeding, permitting reproduction of only those individuals with genetic characteristics judged desirable
  2062. eulogy: a spoken or written laudation of a person's life or character
  2063. euphonious: having a pleasant sound
  2064. euphoria: a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
  2065. euthanasia: the act of killing someone painlessly especially one suffering from an incurable illness
  2066. evanescent: fleeting, brief
  2067. evangelical: marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause
  2068. evasion: an escape; a nonpayment; avoidance
  2069. evert: to turn an organ or other body part outward or inside out
  2070. evict: to expel or eject without recourse to legal process; to force to leave
  2071. evince: to indicate something by action or implication
  2072. eviscerate: to remove the vital parts of something
  2073. evoke: to bring to mind a memory or feeling, especially from the past
  2074. ewe: a female sheep
  2075. exacerbate: to make worse
  2076. exacting: requiring concentration and strict attention to detail
  2077. exalt: to raise somebody or something in rank, position, or esteem
  2078. exaltation: feeling of great joy
  2079. exasperate: to make furious or worse; to infuriate
  2080. excavate: to remove earth or soil by digging or scooping out
  2081. excerpt: a passage selected from a larger work
  2082. excess: a state of being more than enough; more than needed or required
  2083. excessively: very; extremely
  2084. excoriate: to denounce
  2085. excrescence: something that bulges out, outgrowth
  2086. excruciate: to cause extreme pains of
  2087. exculpate: to acquit
  2088. excursion: a journey taken for pleasure
  2089. excursus: a lengthy digression from the main topic
  2090. execrable: extremely bad or of very low quality
  2091. execrate: to feel loathing for somebody or something
  2092. execute: to carry out and run
  2093. exegesis: Biblical exposition or interpretation
  2094. exemplary: serving as a model, outstanding
  2095. exempt: excused (adj/v); excepted
  2096. exertion: effort; activity; use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  2097. exhalation: a scent, a vapor, or fumes given off by something; a scent, a vapor, or fumes given off by something
  2098. exhaustive: complete, through
  2099. exhibitionistic: compulsively attracting attention to yourself
  2100. exhilarating: exciting; filled with emotion
  2101. exhort: to urge to do something
  2102. exhume: to dig up, to reintroduce something
  2103. exigent: needing immediate action
  2104. exiguous: limited, scanty or meager
  2105. exile: the sending people away from his country (n/v)
  2106. exodus: a mass departure from a place or country
  2107. exonerate: to declare officially one is not guilty
  2108. exorbitant: very expensive, excessive
  2109. exorcise: to get rid of oppressive feeling
  2110. exotic: foreign
  2111. expanse: a large area of land
  2112. expatiate: to speak or write about something at length
  2113. expatriate: to settle in another country (v/n)
  2114. expectorate: to cough up and spit forth, clearing passages
  2115. expedience: taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
  2116. expedient: suitable to achieve a particular end, practical
  2117. expedite: to ensure that something takes place or is dealt with more quickly than usual, to speed up
  2118. expeditious: characterized by or acting with speed and efficiency
  2119. expendable: not worth preserving
  2120. expenditure: an amount of money spent, as a whole or on a particular thing
  2121. expiate: to atone for wrongdoing
  2122. expletive: an exclamation, especially a swearword; a word that carries no meaning but has a grammatical function in a sentence
  2123. explicate: to explain something, especially a literary text, in a detailed and formal way
  2124. explicit: open and precise
  2125. exploit: to use or manipulate to one's advantage
  2126. exponent: somebody who supports a cause and speaks in favor of it
  2127. exposition: a systematic interpretation or explanation
  2128. expostulate: to express disagreement
  2129. expound: to describe and explain something in detail
  2130. expropriate: to confiscate
  2131. expunge: to remove
  2132. expurgate: to edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  2133. exquisite: intense or sharp; of extreme beauty
  2134. extant: still in existence
  2135. extemporaneously: without preparing
  2136. extempore: with little or no preparation
  2137. extent: the area in which something extends
  2138. extenuate: to diminish the gravity or importance of
  2139. extermination: total annihilation
  2140. extirpate: to completely get rid of, kill off, or destroy something or somebody considered undesirable
  2141. extol: to praise
  2142. extort: to obtain something by force or coercion
  2143. extradite: to return somebody accused of a crime by a different legal authority to that authority for trial or punishment
  2144. extrajudicial: outside the jurisdiction of a court
  2145. extraordinary: beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  2146. extrapolate: to infer something unknown from facts
  2147. extravagant: going beyond what is reasonable
  2148. extravaganza: any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
  2149. extricate: to remove, especially from a difficult position
  2150. extrinsic: that is not an essential part of something
  2151. extrovert: outgoing person
  2152. extrude: to force or squeeze something out
  2153. exuberant: having high spirits; abundant
  2154. exude: to release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities; to radiate
  2155. exult: to be extremely happy or joyful about something
  2156. fable: a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  2157. fabricate: to construct, to invent something that is not true
  2158. facade: the face or front of a building
  2159. facet: any one of the several parts or possible aspects of something
  2160. facetious: amusing in tone; teasing
  2161. facilitate: to simplify a process
  2162. facsimile: an exact copy of something
  2163. faction: a group that is a minority within a larger group and has specific interests or beliefs that are not always in harmony with the larger group
  2164. factious: liable to cause, taking part in, or typical of conflict within a group
  2165. factotum: somebody who does many jobs
  2166. fad: a temporary fashion by a group
  2167. fairy: small supernatural creature
  2168. fait accompli: something that is already done or decided and seems unalterable
  2169. fallacious: untrue
  2170. fallacy: something that is believed to be truth but is erroneous
  2171. fallible: open for error
  2172. fallow: land broken up and left to become mellow or rest; undeveloped but potentially useful
  2173. falsify: to alter fraudulently
  2174. falter: to be unsure or weak; to hesitate (v/n)
  2175. fanatic: a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
  2176. fancier: somebody especially interested in or enthusiastic about something
  2177. fanciful: not based on fact; dubious; imaginary
  2178. fanciless: without ideas or imagination
  2179. fancy: to imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; to have particular liking or desire for
  2180. fanfare: a noisy display to draw attention; a showy outward display
  2181. fantasize: to portray in the mind; to dream
  2182. farcical: ridiculous, nonsensical
  2183. fare: to proceed or get along
  2184. farewell: a departure; final good-bye
  2185. farrago: a confused mixture of things
  2186. fastidious: giving and careful attention to detail; hard to please
  2187. fatalism: the belief that people are powerless against fate, or the attitude of resignation and passivity that sometimes results from this belief
  2188. fatality: a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
  2189. fathom: to understand
  2190. fatidic: seeming to foretell the future
  2191. faun: one of a class of deities of the woods and herds represented as half human, with goats feet
  2192. faux: fake
  2193. faux-pas: social blunder
  2194. faveolate: with a honeycomb or pitted pattern
  2195. fawn: a young deer; yellowish brown; to try to please
  2196. faze: to disturb the composure of
  2197. fealty: faithfulness; allegiance, fidelity
  2198. fearsome: causing fear or dread or terror
  2199. feasibility: the degree to which something can be carried out or achieved
  2200. feasible: possible, plausible
  2201. feat: a notable achievement
  2202. febrile: relating to, involving, or typical of fever
  2203. feckless: careless; not fit to assume responsibility
  2204. fecundity: the ability to produce many different and original ideas, richness
  2205. federate: to be formally associated, as by treaty
  2206. fedora: a soft felt hat with a brim and a crease along the length of its crown
  2207. feeble: being weak and frail
  2208. feign: to pretend; to fake
  2209. feint: any sham, pretense, or deceptive movement
  2210. feisty: spirited and lively
  2211. felicitous: appropriate, pleasant, fortunate
  2212. felicity: profound happiness
  2213. fell: to make to fall
  2214. felony: a serious crime
  2215. feminize: to give a (more) feminine, effeminate, or womanly quality or appearance to
  2216. feral: gone wild, undomesticated
  2217. fernery: the place where ferns grow
  2218. ferocious: being violent and fierce
  2219. ferret: persistent searcher (n/v)
  2220. fervent: ardent in feelings
  2221. fervid: showing passionate enthusiasm
  2222. fervor: great intensity, passion
  2223. festoon: to adorn with flowers
  2224. fetid: stinking like something rotten
  2225. fetish: something in which special attention is given
  2226. fetter: a means of confinement or restraint (n/v)
  2227. feud: long violent dispute (n/v)
  2228. feverish: affected by or having the symptoms of a fever
  2229. fez: a man's felt cap in the shape of a flat-topped cone
  2230. fiancée: the woman to whom a man is engaged to be married
  2231. fiasco: a completely failure
  2232. fiat: an order issued by legal authority
  2233. fickle: characterized by erratic changeableness or instability
  2234. fictive: relating to fiction
  2235. fiddle: to commit fraud and steal from one's employer
  2236. fidelity: loyalty
  2237. fidget: to move uneasily
  2238. fiducial: based on or relating to faith or trust
  2239. fiend: an evil person
  2240. fierce: being violent and intense
  2241. fiery: glowing hot
  2242. filch: to steal something furtively, usually a small item or amount of little value
  2243. filibuster: political delaying tactic
  2244. fillet: a piece of boneless meat
  2245. filthy: being extremely dirty
  2246. fin de siecle: relating to or characteristic of the end of a century
  2247. finery: elaborate adornment, especially fine clothing and accessories
  2248. finesse: subtly skillful handling of a situation
  2249. finicky: exacting especially about details
  2250. firmament: the sky
  2251. fiscal: relating to financial matters in general
  2252. fishmonger: fish seller
  2253. fissure: a long narrow depression in a surface
  2254. fitful: in bursts; starting and stopping irregularly
  2255. fit-out: to equip with required items
  2256. fixture: an object with a fixed position and function
  2257. flab: excess or unwanted fat on somebody’s body
  2258. flabbergast: to amaze or astonish somebody completely
  2259. flaccid: soft, limp, or lacking firmness
  2260. flag: to droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
  2261. flagging: weak from exhaustion; diminishing
  2262. flagrant: very obvious and contrary to standards of conduct or morality
  2263. flail: to swing
  2264. flair: a natural ability or aptitude; distinctive and stylish elegance
  2265. flamboyant: showy and dashing in a self-satisfied way
  2266. flank: the border, side; to be located at the side; to pass the border
  2267. flannel: a soft light woolen fabric; sweet talk
  2268. flare: to burst out suddenly in anger
  2269. flashy: tastelessly showy; marked by conspicuous display
  2270. flask: containers used in labs
  2271. flattered: over-praised; pleased
  2272. flattery: sweet talk
  2273. flatulence: accumulation of gas in the stomach
  2274. flatulent: having or showing excessive self-importance
  2275. flaunt: to show off or display
  2276. flay: to whip or beat severely; to criticize harshly
  2277. flea: a small leaping bloodsucking insect
  2278. fledging: a young bird
  2279. fledgling: young bird
  2280. fleece: to take too much money from somebody by cheating or overcharging; wool (n/v)
  2281. fleeting: passing swiftly
  2282. flesh: the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
  2283. flexion: the bending of something or its bent state
  2284. flibbertigibbet: a silly, irresponsible, or scatterbrained person
  2285. flighty: unreliable, capricious, and constantly changing opinions
  2286. flimsy: poorly made; easily broken or damaged
  2287. flinch: to make an involuntary movement in response to pain or something frightening or shocking
  2288. fling: to throw with force
  2289. flippant: showing a lack of seriousness that is thought inappropriate
  2290. flirt: to talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  2291. floe: a sheet of floating ice smaller than an ice field
  2292. flog: to beat a person or animal very hard
  2293. flop: a total failure (n/v)
  2294. florid: elaborately or excessively ornamented
  2295. flotilla: a fleet of boats
  2296. flotsam: the floating wreckage of a ship
  2297. flounce: to move with exaggerated angry swaggering motions showing displeasure or indignation
  2298. flounder: to make uncontrolled movements, to be in serious difficulty
  2299. flout: to show contempt by openly ignoring law or convention
  2300. fluctuation: variation; instability
  2301. flue: a shaft, tube, or pipe used as an outlet to carry smoke, gas, or heat from a chimney or furnace
  2302. fluffy: soft and light
  2303. fluidity: the property of flowing easily; smoothness
  2304. flummox: to leave somebody confused or perplexed and unable to react
  2305. flurry: a rapid bustling commotion
  2306. fluster: to confuse; to cause to be nervous or upset (v/n)
  2307. flux: instability
  2308. foal: a young horse (n/v)
  2309. fodder: coarse food for animals (n/v); expendable things
  2310. foible: minor weakness or bad habit
  2311. foist: to force somebody to accept something undesirable
  2312. foliage: the leaves of a plant or tree
  2313. folio: a sheet of a paper folded once, or of a size adapted to folding once
  2314. folklore: the traditional, beliefs, ad customs of the common people
  2315. folly: a lack of understanding or sense, foolishness
  2316. foment: to try to stir up public opinion, to agitate
  2317. fondle: to stroke, handle, or touch something or somebody gently, in a loving or affectionate way
  2318. foolhardy: showing boldness or courage but not wisdom or good sense
  2319. footage: the amount of film that has been shot
  2320. foothold: an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
  2321. footless: lacking a firm foundation or basis or skill
  2322. foozle: to bungle something
  2323. fop: a man who is so obsessed by fashion and vain about his own appearance
  2324. forage: food for animals; search (n/v); raid by soldiers (n/v)
  2325. foray: a sudden short attack (n/v)
  2326. forbearance: patience, tolerance
  2327. ford: to cross in shallow water (v/n)
  2328. forebear: a person from whom you are descended, ancestor
  2329. forebode: to portend or predict
  2330. foreboding: a feeling of evil to come
  2331. foreclose: to shut out
  2332. forecourt: an open area at the front of a building
  2333. forefather: a male ancestor
  2334. forego: to precede
  2335. foreground: the part that appears the nearest
  2336. forejudge: to judge before hearing evidence
  2337. foreordain: to predetermine
  2338. forepeak: the front part of ship
  2339. forerun: to serve as an indication of or anticipate something that is to happen
  2340. forerunner: predecessor, somebody or something showing future
  2341. foresail: the main square sail
  2342. foresee: to know or see about beforehand
  2343. foreshore: the part of the seashore between the high-water mark and the low-water mark
  2344. forestall: to keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; to prevent
  2345. forethought: thought for the future, consideration
  2346. forfend: to prevent something happening
  2347. forge: a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering (n/v)
  2348. forgo: to abstain from
  2349. formidable: exciting fear; offering serious difficulties
  2350. forswear: to reject strongly
  2351. forthcoming: approaching, helpful, available
  2352. forthright: with directness, immediately, outspoken
  2353. fortify: to strengthen
  2354. fortitude: strength and endurance
  2355. fortuitous: accidental
  2356. fosse: a wide ditch, trench
  2357. foster: to advance; to care for; to bring up
  2358. founder: to become filled with water and sink, or to make something sink
  2359. fowl: chicken
  2360. fracas: a noisy quarrel or fight
  2361. fractious: irritable and likely to complain or misbehave
  2362. fracture: to crack or break, a rupture
  2363. fragrance: a distinctive odor that is pleasant
  2364. frail: weak
  2365. frankincense: aromatic resin
  2366. frap: to tie something down or together, with ropes
  2367. fraternity: society of common people
  2368. fraternize: to associate; to mix together
  2369. fraud: the crime of obtaining money via deception
  2370. fraudulent: not honest, true, or fair, and intended to deceive people
  2371. fraught: marked by distress
  2372. fray: fight, to unravel
  2373. frazzle: to exhaust physically or emotionally (v/n)
  2374. freckle: a small brownish spot on the skin; to become freckled
  2375. freelance: a self-employed person working, or available to work, for a number of employers, rather than being committed to one,
  2376. freeload: to impose upon one's generosity without sharing the cost
  2377. freethinker: one who rejects authority or inspiration in religion
  2378. frenetic: characterized by feverish activity, confusion, and hurry
  2379. frenulum: a small stiff bristle on the hind wing of moths that keeps the forewings and hind wings together during flight
  2380. frenzy: fury and anger; turmoil
  2381. frequent: to be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
  2382. fret: agitation resulting from active worry
  2383. fretful: easily worried
  2384. frigid: cold
  2385. frill: a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim; unnecessary addition
  2386. fringe: the outside boundary or surface of something
  2387. frippery: something of little value or importance
  2388. frisson: a brief moment of intense excitement
  2389. frivolous: not serious in content or attitude or behavior
  2390. frizz: to form into tight curls
  2391. frolicsome: playful
  2392. frond: a large leaf divided into many thin sections that is found on many flowerless plants
  2393. froth: a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid (n/v)
  2394. froward: difficult to deal with
  2395. frowzy: dirty
  2396. frugal: avoiding waste; thrifty
  2397. fruit: the product or consequence of something done
  2398. fruition: completion, a state or point in which something has come to maturity or had a desired outcome
  2399. fugacious: fleeting, brief
  2400. fulgent: shining intensely
  2401. fulminate: to speak scathingly, to explode
  2402. fulsome: excessively flattering
  2403. fumble: to search awkwardly
  2404. fume: to be mad, angry, or furious; a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas (n/v)
  2405. fumigate: to subject to the action of smoke or fumes, especially for disinfection
  2406. funambulist: one who walks while balancing on a suspended rope
  2407. fungible: freely exchangeable for or replaceable
  2408. furbish: to polish
  2409. furlong: a measure of distance, one-eighth of a mile
  2410. furlough: to leave from duty (v/n)
  2411. furnish: to supply
  2412. furrier: fur dealer
  2413. furrow: a narrow groove
  2414. further: to promote the growth of
  2415. furtive: done in a way that is intended to escape notice
  2416. fusillade: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms (n/v)
  2417. fustian: bombastic; cotton fabric
  2418. fustigate: to beat somebody with a club
  2419. futile: producing no result or effect; useless
  2420. futurism: the belief that the meaning of life should be sought in the future
  2421. fuzzy: not clearly thought out or set out
  2422. gadget: a device that is very useful for a particular job
  2423. gaffe: a clumsy social mistake or breach of etiquette
  2424. gag: a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; to prevent from speaking out
  2425. gaily: merrily and unthinkingly
  2426. gainsay: to deny something
  2427. gait: a person's manner or way of walking
  2428. gala: a special festive occasion that typically includes food and entertainment
  2429. gale: a very strong wind
  2430. gall: impudent boldness, anger (n/v)
  2431. gallant: courteous and thoughtful, especially toward women; chivalrous
  2432. galleon: a large sailing ship
  2433. gallows: place where criminals are executed
  2434. galore: in abundance
  2435. galvanism: current electricity produced by chemical reaction
  2436. galvanize: to stimulate somebody or something into great activity through shock
  2437. gambado: leather foot protector
  2438. gambol: to leap or skip about playfully (v/n)
  2439. gamely: in a plucky manner
  2440. gamut: the entire range of something
  2441. gangling: tall and thin, with a loose awkward gait
  2442. gangrenous: suffering, infected or diseased
  2443. gantry: a structure over railroad tracks holding things; place where criminals are executed
  2444. gaping: wide open and deep
  2445. garb: to provide with clothes or put clothes on
  2446. garble: to make false by mutilation or addition; garbled- lacking orderly continuity
  2447. gargantuan: huge
  2448. garish: tastelessly showy
  2449. garnish: to decorate (v/n); to take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
  2450. garniture: ornament, something that decorates or embellishes something
  2451. garrote: to execute by strangling
  2452. garrulous: talkative
  2453. garrulous: talking a great deal, especially on trivial ones
  2454. gastronome: a connoisseur of good food
  2455. gastronomy: the art of preparing and serving appetizing food
  2456. gauche: lacking social polish; uncouth
  2457. gaudy: tastelessly showy
  2458. gaunt: extremely thin
  2459. gauzy: so thin as to transmit light
  2460. gawky: awkward and clumsy, often because of being tall and not well coordinated
  2461. gecko: a harmless lizard
  2462. gelatinous: semi-solid
  2463. gelid: exceedingly cold
  2464. gendarme: a police officer in France
  2465. genealogy: successive generations of kin
  2466. generality: the quality or state of being general
  2467. generalize: to draw general inferences
  2468. generic: applying generally, not specifically
  2469. generous: free in giving other people things
  2470. genesis: origin, creation
  2471. genial: diffusing warmth and friendliness, friendly
  2472. genitive: serving to express or indicate possession
  2473. genteel: having or displaying refinement and good manners
  2474. gentile: someone who is not Jewish
  2475. genuflect: to kneel, as in worship
  2476. genuine: not fake or counterfeit, real, sincere
  2477. germane: relevant
  2478. germinate: to begin to develop
  2479. gestation: pregnancy, development
  2480. gesticulate: to gesture
  2481. gesture: motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling (n/v)
  2482. get ahold of: to obtain; to regain emotional control after shocks
  2483. gewgaw: a showy but inexpensive object, especially an ornament
  2484. ghee: clarified butter, especially as used in Indian cooking
  2485. gibberish: meaningless language
  2486. gibbous: to describe the moon or a planet before and after it is full, when it has more than half its disk illuminated; bulging outward, or swollen
  2487. gibe: to taunt (v/n)
  2488. giddy: lacking seriousness
  2489. gimcrack: showy or superficially appealing, but badly made and worthless
  2490. gimmick: a dishonest trick
  2491. gingerly: carefully
  2492. gist: essence
  2493. glabrous: smooth and lacking hairs or bristles
  2494. gladden: to make joyous
  2495. glade: an area in a wood or forest without trees or bushes
  2496. glazier: someone whose job is to install glass, especially in windows and doors
  2497. gleam: to shine brightly and continuously (v/n)
  2498. glib: speaking in a smooth, easy manner
  2499. glimmer: to emit a faint or intermittent light, to present to small extent
  2500. glint: to glitter and shine
  2501. glissade: a gliding ballet step in which one foot slides forward, backward, or to one side
  2502. gloaming: twilight, the period of fading light after sunset but before dark
  2503. gloat: to be smugly happy (v/n)
  2504. globoid: ball-shaped
  2505. gloom: darkness
  2506. glossy: having a smooth, gleaming surface
  2507. glower: an angry stare (n/v)
  2508. glut: oversupply (n/v)
  2509. glutinous: having a sticky consistency
  2510. glutton: one who habitually eats with greed
  2511. gnash: to grind your teeth
  2512. gnaw: to bite or chew on with the teeth; to worry
  2513. gnomic: resembling or containing proverbs or other short pithy sayings that express basic truths
  2514. goad: to push or driven; to annoy
  2515. gob: a lump of a soft or wet substance; informal term for the mouth; a navy man
  2516. gobble: to eat something quickly and greedily
  2517. godforsaken: depressing, deserted, or empty
  2518. goodwill: friendly disposition toward somebody or something
  2519. Gordian: extremely intricate
  2520. gore: to wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
  2521. gorge: a narrow pass; to overeat or eat immodestly
  2522. gospel: something told or accepted as absolutely true
  2523. gossamer: a soft sheer gauzy fabric, something delicate, light or flimsy (n/adj)
  2524. gossip: a report or a rumor about something else
  2525. gouge: an impression in a surface (n/v)
  2526. gourd: a hard-skinned fruit
  2527. gourmand: somebody who loves food and often eats excessively or greedily
  2528. gourmet: somebody who has an expert knowledge and an enjoyment of good food and drink
  2529. governess: a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
  2530. gown: evening dress; a loose robe
  2531. gracious: showing kindness and courtesy
  2532. gradation: a step, degree, rank or relative position in an order of series
  2533. graffiti: inscriptions and other decorations scratched or drawn on walls or other public surfaces
  2534. grandee: somebody with power to persuade
  2535. grandeur: the quality of being great and very impressive
  2536. grandiloquent: pompous, lofty manner
  2537. grandiose: impressive and magnificent
  2538. grant: to allow; any monetary aid
  2539. grantee: somebody to whom something is transferred in a legal transaction
  2540. grantor: the maker of a deed
  2541. granule: a small grain or particle
  2542. graphologist: a handwriting expert
  2543. grapple: to wrestle; to struggle to grab
  2544. grate: a frame of iron bars to hold a fire; a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something (n/v)
  2545. grateful: feeling or showing gratitude; thankful and gratifying
  2546. gratuitous: unnecessary, free, not requiring benefit or compensation in return
  2547. gratuity: that which is given without demand or claim
  2548. gravamen: the most serious part of an accusation or charge; grievance
  2549. grave: serious, somber
  2550. gravel: small pieces of rocks and pebbles larger than sand
  2551. gravid: in an advanced stage of pregnancy
  2552. gravitas: seriousness of behavior
  2553. greed: desire/ avarice
  2554. gregarious: tending to form a group with others of the same kind
  2555. grenadier: a soldier armed with grenades
  2556. grievous: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
  2557. grim: cruel; stern; harsh; frightful
  2558. grimace: contorted twisting of the face that expresses disgust or pain
  2559. grinch: someone who spoils the fun of another’s
  2560. grind: to press with a crunching noise; a drudge
  2561. grindstone: an abrasive wheel that sharpens or polishes something
  2562. grippe: influenza
  2563. grisly: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; ghastly
  2564. grit: small pieces of sand or stone
  2565. gritty: courageous, resolute, or persistent; containing sand
  2566. grizzle: to be in a huff; be silent or sullen; to complain whiningly
  2567. grog: a mixture of alcohol, especially rum, and water, now often served hot with sugar and lemon juice
  2568. groggy: feeling weak or dizzy, especially because of illness
  2569. grok: to understand something completely by intuition
  2570. groom: to prepare (someone) for a future role or function; to give a neat appearance to
  2571. grotesquely: in a strange way
  2572. grotto: a cave, especially one with interesting natural features, cavern
  2573. grotty: distastefully dirty, shabby, or in poor condition
  2574. grouch: to complain or grumble (v/n)
  2575. groundless: without a basis in reason or fact
  2576. growling: uttering or emit low dull rumbling sounds; a gruff or angry utterance
  2577. grudge: a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; to resent
  2578. gruel: a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
  2579. gruesome: causing horror or fright
  2580. grumble: a loud low dull continuous noise (n/v)
  2581. grunt: to issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise (v/n)
  2582. guffaw: to laugh noisily
  2583. guile: shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  2584. guinea: old unit of British currency
  2585. guise: a false outward appearance, style of appearance
  2586. gulch: ravine, valley
  2587. gullet: the passage between the pharynx and the stomach, throat
  2588. gullible: tending to trust people, hence easily tricked
  2589. gully: a channel or small valley, especially one carved out by persistent heavy rainfall
  2590. gumption: the courage to take what action is needed
  2591. gurgle: to flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise; to make noise like gurgling water
  2592. gush: to flow out, or to send a liquid out, rapidly and in large quantities
  2593. gustatory: having to do with the sense of taste
  2594. gusto: hearty enjoyment
  2595. guy: to support or anchor something using ropes, cables, or chains
  2596. guzzle: to drink something greedily, or consume something rapidly and in large quantities
  2597. gynecocracy: political dominance by women
  2598. gynecology: the branch of medicine that deals with women’s health
  2599. gyrate: to move with a circular or spiral motion, especially around a fixed central point
  2600. gyroscope: rotating mechanism that offers resistance to turns in any direction
  2601. haberdasher: dealer in men’s clothing
  2602. habituate: to make psychologically or physically used
  2603. habitué: somebody who visits a place regularly
  2604. hack: to cut or chop something by striking it with short repeated blows (v/n)
  2605. hackney: a vehicle; -neyed= overfamiliar
  2606. hackwork: commissioned work, done usually by formula and within standards
  2607. hag: an ugly evil-looking old woman
  2608. haggard: appearing worn and exhausted, gaunt
  2609. haggle: to argue about price
  2610. hagiography: biography of saint
  2611. hail: to welcome or greet somebody upon meeting (v/n)
  2612. halcyon: calm and peaceful
  2613. hale: free from infirmity or illness, sound
  2614. halfhearted: with little enthusiasm
  2615. halitosis: bad breath
  2616. hallmark: a mark showing that something is of high quality
  2617. hallow: to render holy by means of religious rites; to make sacred
  2618. hallucinate: to imagine seeing, hearing, or otherwise sensing people, things, or events that are not present or actually occurring at the time
  2619. halt: to stop; to bring to an end
  2620. hamlet: a community of people smaller than a village
  2621. hamper: a basket; to hinder/ to get in the way
  2622. handicap: to injure permanently; something that hinders or is a disadvantage to somebody or something
  2623. handicapped: physically or mentally challenged
  2624. handy: useful or easy to use
  2625. hanger: the storage area for a plane
  2626. hanger-on: parasite, one who depends on another for support without reciprocating
  2627. hank: a coil of rope or wool or yarn
  2628. haphazard: marked by great carelessness; having no plan
  2629. hapless: unlucky or unfortunate
  2630. happenstance: a chance occurrence or event
  2631. happy-go-lucky: taking things easily, carefree
  2632. harangue: noisy attacking speech
  2633. harbinger: indicators, omen
  2634. hardhearted: lacking in feeling or compassion, pitiless and cold
  2635. hardihood: boldness and daring
  2636. hardy: sufficiently robust to withstand fatigue, hardship, or adverse physical conditions
  2637. harlot: a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
  2638. harpoon: a spear used for hunting whales and large fish
  2639. harridan: a scolding (even vicious) old woman
  2640. harrow: a cultivator that pulverizes or smoothes the soil (n/v)
  2641. harrowing: extremely painful, disturbing
  2642. harrumph: to clear the throat, or make a noise that resembles the sound of clearing the throat
  2643. harry: to annoy continually or chronically
  2644. hash: to chop up; confusion (n/v)
  2645. hassle: an angry disturbance (n/v)
  2646. hasten: to hurry
  2647. hasty: fast
  2648. haughty: behaving in a superior, condescending, or arrogant way; proud
  2649. haunch: the hip and buttock and upper thigh in human beings
  2650. hauteur: a haughty manner, feeling, or quality
  2651. haven: a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
  2652. havoc: widespread damage, destruction, or devastation
  2653. hawthorn: any of various usually thorny trees or shrubs
  2654. haywire: functioning erratically, or not functioning at all
  2655. hazy: foggy
  2656. headstrong: self-willed and determined not to follow orders or advice
  2657. heal: to cure; to return to a healthy condition
  2658. heap: a collection of objects laid on top of each other (n/v)
  2659. hearth: a place where a fire can be built
  2660. heartless: cold-blooded; cruel
  2661. heartrending: causing or marked by grief or anguish
  2662. hearty: sincere and expressed in a cheerful, enthusiastic way
  2663. heathen: a person who does not acknowledge your God (n/adj)
  2664. heave: to raise or lift with effort
  2665. heavenly: of or belonging to heaven or god; of or relating to the sky
  2666. heckle: to interrupt somebody with shouting
  2667. hectic: marked by intense agitation or emotion; chaotic
  2668. hector: to bully
  2669. hedge: to avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
  2670. hedonist: a person pursuing often excess pleasure
  2671. heed: to pay attention to (v/n)
  2672. hegemony: authority or control
  2673. heifer: a young cow
  2674. heinous: shockingly brutal or cruel
  2675. heir: legal inheritor of something
  2676. helm: a position of leadership or control within an organization
  2677. hem: the edge or the border (n/v)
  2678. hemorrhage: the loss of blood from a ruptured blood vessel, either internally or externally
  2679. hence: from now on (adv); therefore
  2680. henchman: a loyal and trusted follower or subordinate
  2681. henpeck: to scold or find fault with constantly
  2682. herald: a sign of what will happen (n/v)
  2683. heraldry: of study of coats of arms and the symbols and conventions connected with them
  2684. herbarium: a collection of dried plants scientifically arranged for study
  2685. heretical: against established views
  2686. heretofore: hitherto
  2687. hermetic: protected from outside influence
  2688. hermit: a loner; one who lives by himself
  2689. hernia: the protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it, a rupture
  2690. heterodox: unorthodox, unconventional
  2691. hew: to make or shape as with an axe (v/adj)
  2692. heyday: time of greatest success
  2693. hiatus: a break in something where there should be continuity; a gap
  2694. hibiscus: a type of plant
  2695. hidebound: narrow-minded and conservative
  2696. hideous: grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; dreadful
  2697. high-flier: a person of great ability and ambition
  2698. highhanded: overbearing, bossy
  2699. hillock: a small hill
  2700. hilt: the handle of a sword, knife, or dagger
  2701. hinder: to hold back
  2702. hinge: a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other (n/v)
  2703. hipshot: with one hip lower than the other
  2704. hirsute: covered with hair
  2705. hiss: to make a sound like a loud continuous “s”
  2706. histrionic: characteristic of acting or a stage performance; overdramatic
  2707. hitch: to connect two things so that one can move the other; an obstacle
  2708. hitchhike: to get a ride from a passing vehicle, usually by standing at the side of the road and holding out the hand with the thumb raised
  2709. hitherto: up until now or then, previously
  2710. hoard: to save up as for future use (v/n)
  2711. hoarfrost: ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
  2712. hoary: old and stale from overuse; white
  2713. hoax: deception (n/v)
  2714. hobble: to put restrictions on somebody or something to slow or prevent progress; to walk haltingly and unsteadily, taking short steps
  2715. hobbledehoy: an awkward, gawky young fellow
  2716. hobnob: to socialize in a familiar manner with somebody
  2717. Hobson's choice: a choice between what is offered and nothing at all
  2718. hodgepodge: jumble- a mixture of several unrelated things
  2719. hogwash: worthless stuff or nonsense
  2720. hoist: to raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help (v/n)
  2721. holistic: relating to a whole
  2722. holster: a belt with loops or slots for carrying small hand tools; a sheath for a handgun
  2723. homage: a show of reverence and respect toward somebody
  2724. homespun: simple and unpretentious
  2725. homey: feeling as comfortable and familiar as somebody’s own home
  2726. homonym: a word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another
  2727. hone: a stone used to sharpen things (n/v)
  2728. honeycomb: a collection of hexagonal cells constructed of wax by bees
  2729. honeymoon: a period of time spent alone together by a newly-married couple, usually immediately following the wedding or reception
  2730. honk: to make a loud noise (v/n)
  2731. honorarium: fee for a profession person for service
  2732. hoodwink: to deceive or trick someone
  2733. hoof: the foot of an ungulate mammal; to walk
  2734. hooky: truancy
  2735. hooligan: a young person who is violent or prone to committing crimes
  2736. hoot: to cry or make loud sounds (v/n)
  2737. horde: a large, moving crowd
  2738. horology: the study or science of measuring time; clock-making
  2739. horripilation: the standing on end of somebody’s hair, for example, because of fear or cold
  2740. hors de combat: so badly injured as to be unable to continue
  2741. hortatory: marked by strong urging
  2742. hosanna: a cry of praise to God
  2743. hosiery: socks and stockings
  2744. hospitality: kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
  2745. hostel: an inexpensive inn or place of lodging
  2746. hostile: of or relating to enemy-like; harsh
  2747. howdy: used as a greeting
  2748. hub: a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve
  2749. hubris: excessive pride or arrogance
  2750. huckster: aggressive salesperson (n/v)
  2751. huddle: to crowd or draw together; ~led= crouched
  2752. huffy: quick to take offense; roused to anger
  2753. hugger-mugger: a state of confusion; secret
  2754. hulking: of great size (adj/v)
  2755. hullabaloo: noisy excitement or fuss
  2756. humane: marked by kindness or consideration
  2757. humanize: to make gentle or refined
  2758. humbug: something nonsense or deception (n/v)
  2759. humdrum: dull because of being too familiar and lacking variety
  2760. hump: to carry something heavy with difficulty; something that bulges out or is protuberant
  2761. hunch: a strong feeling or guess
  2762. hung-over: suffering from the aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol or using drugs
  2763. hunker: to sit on one's heels
  2764. husband: to use cautiously and frugally
  2765. husbandry: farming
  2766. hussar: a cavalry soldier
  2767. hustler: a small-time operator who engages in illegal activities
  2768. hybrid: a cross or mix
  2769. hydra: many-headed monster, persistent trouble
  2770. hydrous: containing water
  2771. hygiene: the science dealing with preservation of health and cleanliness
  2772. hypnotic: of sleep; attracting and fascinating
  2773. hypnotize: to fascinate
  2774. hypochondriac: somebody with imaginary illness (n/adj)
  2775. hypocrisy: insincerity
  2776. hypodermic: needle for injection
  2777. hypothermic: dangerously low body temperature caused by prolonged exposure to cold
  2778. hypothetical: based on hypothesis
  2779. hypoxic: an inadequacy in the oxygen reaching the body’s tissues
  2780. hysterical: marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
  2781. ibuprofen: a drug used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  2782. ichthyology: study of fish
  2783. iconoclast: somebody challenging tradition, destroyer of religious images
  2784. ideal: perfect; standard
  2785. idee fixe: a fixed idea or obsession
  2786. ideology: a system of social beliefs
  2787. idiosyncrasy: a peculiarity
  2788. idyllic: serenely beautiful, untroubled, and happy
  2789. iffy: subject to accident or chance or change, uncertain
  2790. ignoble: dishonorable. shameful
  2791. ignominious: shameful
  2792. ignoramus: an ignorant person
  2793. ilk: kind or sort or variety
  2794. illuminate: to give light; to make clear; to provide with understandings
  2795. illusory: deceptive, imaginary
  2796. imbecile: a person of subnormal intelligence
  2797. imbecility: a stupid mistake, an insult term on someone’s level of intellect
  2798. imbibe: to absorb something, to drink alcohol
  2799. imbroglio: complicated situation
  2800. imbrue: to saturate something, to stain something
  2801. imbue: to make something or someone rich with a particular quality
  2802. immaculate: completely neat and clean
  2803. immaterial: of no importance; makes no difference; unimportant
  2804. immerse: completely cover something in liquid
  2805. immersion: involvement in something that completely occupies all the time, energy, or concentration available
  2806. imminent: being about to happen
  2807. immoderate: exceeding normal or appropriate bounds
  2808. immortalize: to cause to last or to be known or remembered throughout a great or indefinite length of time
  2809. immure: to imprison somebody
  2810. imp: mischievous child; a small demon
  2811. impair: to make worse or less effective
  2812. impale: to pierce with a sharp stake or point
  2813. impart: to make known
  2814. impartial: not biased
  2815. impassive: not showing emotion
  2816. impeccable: faultless
  2817. impecunious: not having enough money to pay for necessities
  2818. impediment: an impairment, obstacle
  2819. impel: to force to do something
  2820. impend: to be about to happen; to be imminent
  2821. impenitent: having or showing no regret or sorrow for sin or misbehavior
  2822. imperative: very important or essential; necessity
  2823. imperil: endanger
  2824. imperious: arrogant, haughty
  2825. impertinence: impudence
  2826. impertinent: showing a bold or rude lack of respect, especially to a superior
  2827. imperturbable: unable to be disturbed
  2828. impetuous: characterized by undue haste; marked by violent force
  2829. impetus: something that provides energy or motivation to accomplish something
  2830. impish: naughtily or annoyingly playful, mischievous
  2831. implacable: not easily calmed or pacified, inexorable
  2832. implement: to put into practice or action
  2833. implicate: to associate
  2834. implication: an inference or a suggestion
  2835. implicit: implied
  2836. implore: to beg
  2837. imply: to suggest
  2838. impolitic: unwise
  2839. importunate: continually asking for something, especially in a forceful, insistent, or troublesome manner
  2840. importune: to pester and annoy presently
  2841. impose: to be in the way; to disturb
  2842. imposing: impressive
  2843. impostor: somebody who pretends to be somebody else in order to deceive or cheat
  2844. impotent: powerless
  2845. impound: to seize
  2846. impoverish: to make poor and weaken
  2847. imprecation: the calling of a curse, a slanderous accusation
  2848. impregnable: impossible to break into
  2849. impregnate: to infuse or fill completely; to fill, as with a certain quality
  2850. impresario: director of a theater
  2851. improbable: not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred
  2852. impromptu: unplanned or unprepared
  2853. impropriety: an indecent or improper act; rudeness
  2854. improvisation: a creation spoken or written or composed without preparing
  2855. improvise: to substitute, to do unprepared
  2856. impudent: marked by casual disrespect
  2857. impugn: to call into question, to attack verbally
  2858. impulse: a force that starts a motion; a desire
  2859. impulsive: inclined to act on sudden urges
  2860. impunity: freedom from punishment
  2861. impute: to attribute qualities to
  2862. in absentia: while not present
  2863. inadvertent: done unintentionally or without thinking
  2864. inadvisable: not recommended, unwise
  2865. inamorata: lover or beloved woman
  2866. inane: stupid, pointless, absurd
  2867. inanimate: not alive, not active, energetic, or lively
  2868. inapt: not suitable, unskilled
  2869. inarticulate: expressing oneself poorly
  2870. inbred: innate
  2871. incandescent: glowing with heat
  2872. incapacitate: to disqualify somebody or make somebody legally ineligible
  2873. incapacity: lack of ability, force, or effectiveness
  2874. incarcerate: to imprison
  2875. incarnadine: red, especially blood red
  2876. incarnate: having a bodily form, especially a human form
  2877. incendiary: containing highly flammable substances that will cause a fire on impact
  2878. incense: to anger
  2879. incentive: a positive motivational influence
  2880. inception: the beginning of something
  2881. incessant: occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted
  2882. incest: sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry
  2883. inchmeal: little by little (adv)
  2884. inchoate: just beginning to develop, imperfectly formed
  2885. incidental: not essential, minor
  2886. incinerate: to burn thoroughly to destroy
  2887. incipient: beginning to appear or develop
  2888. incision: a depression scratched or carved into a surface; a cut
  2889. incisive: very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation, keen
  2890. incisor: a tooth for cutting or gnawing; located in the front of the mouth in both jaws
  2891. incite: to stir up
  2892. inclement: unpleasant and stormy (ant. pleasant)
  2893. inclined: likely to
  2894. incognito: with the identity disguised or hidden, for example, under an assumed name
  2895. incoherent: not clearly expressed or well thought out, and consequently difficult to understand
  2896. incompetent: someone who is not competent to take effective action; useless or hopeless
  2897. inconsolable: unable to be comforted
  2898. incontrovertible: certain, undeniable, and not open to question
  2899. incorporate: to include or contain; have as a component
  2900. incorrigible: impossible to change
  2901. incredulity: disbelief
  2902. incredulous: not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
  2903. inculcate: to fix something firmly in somebody’s mind through frequent and forceful repetition
  2904. incumbent: currently in office; presently serving
  2905. incur: to come into or acquire
  2906. incursion: a raid
  2907. indebted: owing money to somebody; owing a favor
  2908. indecent: offending public moral standards or improper
  2909. indefatigable: never showing any sign of getting tired or of relaxing an effort
  2910. indefensible: permitting no excuse, unable to be protected
  2911. indefinitely: for unspecified length of time, vaguely
  2912. indelible: cannot be removed, washed away or erased
  2913. indeterminate: not known exactly, vague, unspecified
  2914. indict: to charge or accuse someone
  2915. indifferent: uninterested, unconcerned
  2916. indigenous: native
  2917. indigent: poor and needy; impoverished
  2918. indignant: angry at unfairness
  2919. indignation: anger caused by something unjust
  2920. indignity: a humiliating loss of dignity or self-esteem
  2921. indistinct: vague
  2922. indoctrinate: to teach doctrines to; to instruct
  2923. indolence: laziness and apathy
  2924. indolent: disinclined to work or exertion, lazy
  2925. indubitable: unable to be doubted, unquestionable
  2926. induce: to cause to do; to persuade
  2927. induct: to formally bring in
  2928. indulge: to spoil; to treat with pamper
  2929. indulgent: lenient
  2930. indurate: to become fixed or established
  2931. industrious: hard-working
  2932. inebriate: to make intoxicated
  2933. ineffable: indescribable
  2934. ineffectual: not competent, decisive, or authoritative enough to achieve desired aims
  2935. inept: unable to handle job, totally inappropriate
  2936. inequity: lack of fairness or justice
  2937. inert: inactive
  2938. inevitable: being sure to happen; certain
  2939. inexcusable: unforgivable
  2940. inexhaustible: showing no sign of tiring, everlasting
  2941. inexorable: unstoppable, adamant and pitiless
  2942. inexpedient: not suitable or advisable
  2943. inexplicable: difficult or impossible to explain or account for
  2944. inextensible: impossible to stretch to a greater length
  2945. infatuation: foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
  2946. infectious: easily spread; communicable
  2947. infernal: very annoying, relating to hell or the underworld
  2948. infest: to be present in such numbers as to be a source of annoyance, trouble, or danger
  2949. infidel: heathen
  2950. infiltrate: to gradually enter or sneak into
  2951. infinitesimal: exceedingly small
  2952. infirmary: place for the care of sick people
  2953. infirmity: a weakness or failing in somebody’s character
  2954. infirmity: lack of strength and vitality
  2955. inflammation: swelling, redness, heat, and pain produced in an area of the body as a reaction to injury or infection
  2956. inflammatory: provocative
  2957. inflated: excessively high; pretentious
  2958. inflict: to impose; to cause to be put up with
  2959. influx: the process of flowing in, arrival
  2960. infraction: violation of a rule or regulation
  2961. infrastructure: the basic structure or features of a system or organization, communication
  2962. infringe: to violate a law
  2963. infuse: to fill
  2964. infusion: administering of a liquid through a drip feed, the liquid fed in that way
  2965. ingenious: skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends
  2966. ingénue: an innocent, inexperienced, unworldly young woman
  2967. ingenuity: the power of creative imagination
  2968. ingenuous: showing innocence and a lack of worldly experience; appearing honest and direct
  2969. ingest: to absorb something into the body
  2970. ingot: a metal casting that is shaped for easy working or for recasting, typically in an oblong
  2971. ingrain: to impress a feeling, belief, or experience firmly and indelibly in somebody’s mind
  2972. ingrate: person who shows no gratitude
  2973. ingratiate: to gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  2974. inherent: present at birth but not necessarily hereditary, natural
  2975. inhospitable: not welcoming or friendly
  2976. inhume: to bury a dead body
  2977. inimical: not favorable, hostile
  2978. inimitable: impossible to imitate
  2979. iniquitous: wicked, sinful, evil
  2980. iniquity: great or extreme immorality
  2981. initial: relating to or being beginning; placed at the beginnings
  2982. initiate: to set going; to begin; to instruct
  2983. initiative: having the readiness to take the first steps
  2984. injudicious: lacking in judgment or discretion
  2985. injunction: a court order
  2986. inkling: a vague idea or suspicion about a fact, event, or person
  2987. innate: being talented through inherited qualities; natural
  2988. innocuous: inoffensive; harmless; safe
  2989. innuendo: insinuation, hint of something improper
  2990. innumerable: too many to be counted
  2991. inoculate: to protect somebody against disease
  2992. inordinate: excessive; to be unreasonable from going beyond
  2993. inquest: formal investigation
  2994. inquire: to ask
  2995. inquisition: a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
  2996. inquisitive: showing curiosity
  2997. inroad: an encroachment or intrusion
  2998. insanity: madness; mental illness
  2999. insatiable: impossible to satisfy
  3000. inscribe: to write
  3001. inscription: writing, dedication
  3002. inscrutable: of an obscure nature
  3003. insensate: without feeling, cold and heartless
  3004. insertion: a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted
  3005. insidious: beguiling but harmful
  3006. insight: at or within a reasonable distance for seeing
  3007. insightful: exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception
  3008. insignia: a badge of authority or membership of a group; an identifying mark
  3009. insinuate: to imply; to creep in
  3010. insinuation: a sly suggestion
  3011. insipid: dull and bland; boring and flavorless
  3012. insolent: boldly disrespectful
  3013. insomnia: the inability to sleep
  3014. insouciant: cheerfully unconcerned or unworried about something
  3015. inspiration: a product of your creative thinking and work; idea
  3016. instigate: to incite or stir up
  3017. instigator: someone who deliberately foments trouble
  3018. instill: to impress ideas, principles, or teachings gradually on somebody’s mind
  3019. instinctive: natural
  3020. instructive: conveying knowledge
  3021. instrumental: making something happen
  3022. insubordination: refusing to obey orders or submit to authority
  3023. insular: limited in outlook, removed form others
  3024. insulate: to place or set apart, to isolate
  3025. insulation: a material that reduces or prevents the transmission of heat or sound or electricity
  3026. insuperable: unable to be overcome
  3027. insure: to be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  3028. insurgent: rebel (n/adj)
  3029. insurrection: rebellion, uprising
  3030. intact: undamaged in any way, whole, together
  3031. integrity: the conduction of being free from defect or damage
  3032. integument: protective layer
  3033. intelligible: understandable
  3034. intemperance: excessive indulgence
  3035. intension: meaning of expression; intensity
  3036. intently: with strained or eager or great attention
  3037. inter: to bury someone
  3038. intercede: to act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
  3039. intercession: interceding
  3040. interdict: a prohibitive order
  3041. interlock: to fit or fasten two or more things together closely and firmly, to link
  3042. interlocutor: someone who takes part in a discussion or conversation
  3043. interloper: someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
  3044. interlude: a relatively short period of time between two longer periods
  3045. interminable: endless
  3046. intermit: to discontinue doing something temporarily
  3047. intermittent: happening or coming from time to time, irregular
  3048. intern: to force to stay in an area; a medical school graduate getting experience in a hospital
  3049. internecine: mutually destructive
  3050. interpolate: to insert something usually unnecessary, into existing elements
  3051. interpose: to interrupt by saying something
  3052. interregnum: a temporary halting of the usual operation of government or control
  3053. interstice: a small space between two things
  3054. intervale: a low tract of land between hills, especially along a river
  3055. intervene: to take some action or get involved in something in order to change what is happening
  3056. intervening: standing between or separating two objects or areas; occurring or falling between events or points in time
  3057. interweave: to connect closely
  3058. intestate: having made no legally valid will before death or not disposed of by a legal will
  3059. intimate: having close relations; personal and private
  3060. intimation: a subtle hint or sign of something
  3061. intimidate: to make timid or fearful
  3062. intone: to utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  3063. intoxicate: to make drunk
  3064. intractable: not easily managed or manipulated
  3065. intramural: carried on within the bounds of an institution or community
  3066. intransigence: firm or unreasonable refusal even to consider changing a decision or attitude
  3067. intransigent: refusing to compromise
  3068. intrepid: brave; fearless; bold
  3069. intricate: complicated; full of details
  3070. intrigue: to arouse the curiosity
  3071. intrinsic: essential, inherent, build-in, natural
  3072. intrinsically: with respect to its inherent nature
  3073. intromit: to allow to enter; grant entry to
  3074. introspect: to observe and analyze one's own thoughts and feelings
  3075. introvert: to fold inwards or inside
  3076. intrude: to break in interrupt
  3077. intubate: to insert a tube through the vocal cords and into the windpipe in order to provide somebody’s lungs with oxygen
  3078. intuitive: known directly and instinctively, without being discovered or consciously perceived
  3079. inundate: to overwhelm with a huge quantity; to flood
  3080. inure: to cause to accept or become hardened to
  3081. invariably: almost always
  3082. invective: abusive language
  3083. inveigh: to speak out angrily in criticism or protest at something
  3084. inveigle: to persuade somebody into doing something
  3085. inventory: a list of items with description and quantity
  3086. invert: to reverse arrangement
  3087. inveterate: firmly established, especially with respect to a habit or attitude
  3088. invidious: tending to provoke envy, resentment, or ill will
  3089. invigorate: to strengthen and stimulate
  3090. invincible: unbeatable or too difficult to overcome
  3091. inviolable: unbreakable, secure from attack
  3092. invoke: to ask or appeal for something
  3093. involution: complication
  3094. involve: to make complex or intricate or complicated
  3095. invulnerable: unable to be hurt
  3096. iota: a very small amount of something
  3097. irascible: easily provoked to anger or outbursts of temper
  3098. irate: feeling great anger
  3099. ire: anger
  3100. irenic: favoring, operating toward peace
  3101. iridescent: having rainbow colors, lustrous
  3102. irk: to irritate or vex (ant. please)
  3103. ironhanded: with strict, harsh, or despotic control
  3104. irony: the use of words that mean the opposite of what one really intends
  3105. irradiate: to light something up
  3106. irrational: illogical
  3107. irredeemable: hopeless
  3108. irrefragable: indisputable
  3109. irrefrangible: incapable of being broken
  3110. irresistible: not able to be resisted or successfully opposed
  3111. irresolute: incapable of deciding, indecisive
  3112. irreverence: disrespect
  3113. irreverent: disrespectful in a gentle or humorous way
  3114. irruption: a sudden invasion
  3115. islet: a small island
  3116. isochronous: with the same frequency or periodicity, measured or occurring at the same time
  3117. itinerant: traveling from place to place to work (adj/n)
  3118. itinerary: a proposed route of travel
  3119. itinerate: to go from place to place
  3120. izzard: the letter “z”
  3121. jaded: bored through overexpose to something
  3122. jargon: language that is used by a particular group, profession, or culture
  3123. jaundice: illness causing yellow skin
  3124. jaunt: a trip or break
  3125. jaunty: happy, carefree, and confident, casual
  3126. jeer: to shout or laugh at somebody or something as an expression of disgust, scorn, or other displeasure
  3127. jejune: uninteresting and intellectually undemanding; insipid
  3128. jeremiad: a long recitation of mournful complaints
  3129. jest: joke (n/v)
  3130. jettison: to throw something from a ship, aircraft, or vehicle
  3131. jibe: to be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; to shift
  3132. jiffy: the shortest of moments
  3133. jig: a lively folk dance (n/v)
  3134. jiggle: a slight irregular shaking motion (n/v)
  3135. jingle: metallic tinkle (n/v)
  3136. jingoism: belligerent nationalism
  3137. jittery: feeling nervous or agitated
  3138. jocose: with playing joking disposition
  3139. jocular: intended to be funny, intended to be funny
  3140. jocund: cheerful and full of good humor
  3141. joey: a baby kangaroo
  3142. joinery: the visible finished woodwork in a building
  3143. jolt: to shake or jerk suddenly and violently, or to make somebody or something shake or jerk suddenly and violently
  3144. jostle: to push or shove
  3145. jounce: to bounce up and down and rock from side to side while moving
  3146. joust: medieval tournament (n/v), to engage in contest
  3147. jovial: cheerful
  3148. jubilant: joyful
  3149. judgmental: critical
  3150. judicature: an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
  3151. judicious: showing wisdom, good sense, or discretion
  3152. juggernaut: a crushing force
  3153. juggle: to deal with simultaneously, to try to fit into a schedule, to manipulate to deceive
  3154. jugular: relating to the neck or throat
  3155. juju: object with supposed magical powers
  3156. jumar: a clip or clamp used in rock climbing or ice climbing
  3157. jumble: to mix things together indiscriminately so that they are no longer neat or ordered
  3158. jumble: to put things out of order
  3159. junket: a trip taken at somebody else’s expense
  3160. junta: a small governing body, especially after a revolutionary seizure of power
  3161. jurisprudence: the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
  3162. justice: the quality of being just or fair
  3163. justify: show to be reasonable or right by providing justification or proof
  3164. juvenescent: becoming young, growing youthful
  3165. juvenilia: works as writings produced in writer’s youth
  3166. juxtaposition: positioning close together
  3167. kaleidoscope: an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
  3168. keel: to walk as if unable to control one's movements
  3169. keen: sharp and intense
  3170. keepsake: a small item or gift kept because it evokes memories of somebody or something
  3171. keister: the buttocks
  3172. kernel: the edible content of a nut or fruit stone, the grain of a cereal that contains a seed, the central or most important part
  3173. kestrel: a small falcon
  3174. kettle: a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
  3175. kiln: a specialized oven or furnace used for industrial processes such as firing clay for pottery
  3176. kindle: to start a fire
  3177. kinesthesia: the perception or sensing from movement of the body
  3178. kinfolk: relatives (plural noun)
  3179. kink: twist in the body (n/v)
  3180. kismet: fate or destiny
  3181. kith: friend
  3182. kitsch: artistic vulgarity
  3183. kleptomaniac: somebody with an obsessive desire to steal
  3184. knack: an easy, clever way of doing something or handling a problem
  3185. knacker: somebody who makes a living by buying unwanted buildings, demolishing them, and selling their materials for scrap
  3186. knackered: totally exhausted, broken-down, or about to collapse
  3187. knavery: cunning behavior
  3188. knead: to mix and work into a homogeneous mass, to massage (v/n)
  3189. knickknack: small decorative ornament or object
  3190. knight errant: a man preoccupied with ideas of adventure and romance
  3191. knighthood: chivalry and honor
  3192. knit: to bring people or things together, or come together, in a close association
  3193. knotty: complex, hard to solve
  3194. kvetch: to complain incessantly
  3195. labial: of or relating to the lips of the mouth
  3196. laborious: requiring a great deal of effort
  3197. laborious: toilsome; working very hard
  3198. labyrinth: a maze
  3199. labyrinthine: complex and complicated
  3200. lacerate: to cut or tear irregularly (v/adj)
  3201. lachrymose: tearful
  3202. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness; lazy
  3203. lackey: somebody excessive willing to obey another’s orders
  3204. lackluster: lacking luster or shine; dull
  3205. laconic: brief and to the point; effectively cut short
  3206. lactation: the production of milk
  3207. lacteal: relating to milk or its production
  3208. lactic: relating to or derived from milk
  3209. lacuna: a gap of place where something is missing
  3210. lad: a boy or man
  3211. laden: loaded
  3212. ladle: a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; used to transfer liquids (n/v)
  3213. lag: to fall behind; (v/n)
  3214. laggard: somebody who or something that falls behind and does not keep up with others
  3215. lagniappe: an unexpected bonus
  3216. lagoon: a partly enclosed area of sea water
  3217. lambent: softly gleaming or glowing
  3218. lament: to express grief verbally; (v/n)
  3219. lampoon: to ridicule with satire
  3220. land of Nod: place of sleep and dreams
  3221. languid: unenergetic; lazy
  3222. languish: to be neglected or deprived
  3223. languor: tiredness
  3224. lank: long and thin and often limp
  3225. lanky: tall and thin and having long slender limbs
  3226. lapse: a mistake resulting from inattention; a gradual fall; (n/v)
  3227. larceny: the act of taking something from someone unlawfully/ theft
  3228. lard: soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog; (n/v)
  3229. large-hearted: showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
  3230. largess: generous giving to other who may seem inferior
  3231. lascivious: lewd, lustful
  3232. lash: to beat severely with a whip or rod; (v/n)
  3233. lass: a girl or young woman
  3234. lassitude: a state of weariness accompanied by listlessness or apathy
  3235. last-ditch: done or taken when all other options have been exhausted
  3236. latent: potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  3237. lateral: on the side (adj/n)
  3238. lath: a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
  3239. lathe: machine tool for shaping metal or wood
  3240. latter: near the end; the second of two or the second mentioned of two
  3241. lattice: crisscross framework
  3242. laud: to praise, glorify, or honor
  3243. laudation: high praise
  3244. laudatory: expressing praise
  3245. laundress: woman doing washing
  3246. laureate: award winner, deserving honor
  3247. laurel: a group of various aromatic trees
  3248. lavatory: a room equipped with toilet facilities; a bathroom
  3249. lave: to wash something
  3250. lavish: characterized by extravagance and profusion
  3251. lax: lacking in rigor or strictness; not firm
  3252. laxative: a mild cathartic; stimulating evacuation of feces (bowels in the stomach)
  3253. lea: grassland
  3254. lead astray: to teach immoral behavior to
  3255. leaven: to make food rise by mixing yeast in, to enliven (n/v)
  3256. lecherous: expressing or displaying lewdness in a way regarded as distasteful
  3257. leer: to look at slyly
  3258. leery: suspicious or cautious
  3259. legerdemain: sleight of hand, deftness
  3260. legging: protective covering for lower leg
  3261. legislation: laws, making of laws
  3262. legitimate: being in compliance with the law; reasonable
  3263. leitmotif: main recurring theme
  3264. lenient: not strict; compassionate
  3265. leonine: like a lion
  3266. lesion: any visible abnormal structural change in a bodily part. a cut
  3267. lesser: of less size or importance; smaller in size or amount or value
  3268. lest: for fear that
  3269. lethal: capable of or causing death
  3270. leviathan: something extremely large, monster
  3271. levity: flippancy, lightheartedness
  3272. levy: to impose and collect by force
  3273. lewd: showing an inordinate interest in sex or sexual excitement
  3274. lexical: of or relating to words or dictionaries
  3275. lexicon: dictionary
  3276. libation: liquid poured out as a religious offering, drink
  3277. libel: defamation (n/v)
  3278. liberate: to release and set free
  3279. libertine: a free thinker, usually used disparagingly, one without moral restraint
  3280. libidinous: expressing or having strong sexual desires
  3281. licentious: immoral, unrestrained by society
  3282. licit: lawful
  3283. liege: sovereign (n/adj)
  3284. lien: legal claim on somebody’s property
  3285. lieu: place or stead; in lieu- instead of something else already mentioned or that is usual in the current situation
  3286. ligature: something that is used for binding things or tying things up
  3287. lighthearted: happy and relaxed with no worries
  3288. ligneous: of or like wood
  3289. liken: to compare
  3290. Lilliputian: small person or thing (n/adj)
  3291. lilt: to articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
  3292. limb: the body part
  3293. limn: to draw or paint a picture of somebody or something, especially in outline
  3294. limp: to walk lamely; shamble
  3295. limpid: clear
  3296. lineage: the descendants of one individual
  3297. linen: a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish; a fabric woven
  3298. linger: to remain
  3299. lingo: language, vernacular
  3300. lingua: the tongue
  3301. linguist: one who is acquainted with several languages
  3302. liniment: a liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises
  3303. lintel: horizontal beam or support used as a finishing piece over a door or window
  3304. lionize: to glorify
  3305. liquefaction: the process of liquefying something or the state or having been liquefied
  3306. liqueur: strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
  3307. liquidate: to pay a debt; to kill
  3308. liquor: any alcoholic or intoxicating liquid
  3309. lisle: a fabric woven with lisle thread (a strong tightly twisted cotton thread)
  3310. lissome: gracefully flexible
  3311. list: to lean to one side
  3312. listless: lacking energy, interest, or the willingness to make an effort
  3313. lithe: supple, easily bent
  3314. lithography: a method of printing from a metal or stone surface
  3315. litigate: to engage in legal proceedings; litigant= (n) and someone in litigation
  3316. litigious: quarrelsome
  3317. litotes: understatement for rhetorical effect
  3318. litter: waster and trash (n/v); offspring (n/v)
  3319. littoral: of or relating to a coastal or shore region (adj/n)
  3320. liturgy: a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
  3321. livid: ash-colored looking from illness or emotion
  3322. loam: a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
  3323. loath: unwilling; reluctant to do something new
  3324. loathe: to find repugnant
  3325. lobbyist: a person acting for a special interest who tries to influence decisions
  3326. lobotomy: destruction or removal of the prefrontal lobes of the cortex of the brain
  3327. locative: indicating place, or the place where an action occurs
  3328. loch: lake
  3329. lode: deposit of ore
  3330. lodgment: accumulation or blockage; lodging
  3331. lofty: of imposing height; especially standing out above others; having or displaying great dignity or nobility
  3332. logistics: handling an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed
  3333. logjam: deadlock, river blockage
  3334. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness
  3335. loll: to lounge in a relaxed way
  3336. longevity: long duration of life, career span
  3337. long-winded: tediously wordy in speech or writing
  3338. lookout: a person employed to watch for something to happen; to be vigilant
  3339. loom: to become visible; to be about to happen
  3340. lope: to run in a relaxed and easy way, taking long strides
  3341. loquacious: full of trivial conversation; talkative
  3342. lot: a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; a group
  3343. lotus: a genius of plant family
  3344. lough: a lake
  3345. lounge: to lie or sit lazily; public room for relaxing
  3346. louse: an offensive term that deliberately insults somebody’s behavior and attitude toward others; a small wingless parasitic insect
  3347. lout: an awkward stupid person
  3348. lucent: transparent
  3349. lucid: transparently clear; easily understandable
  3350. lucrative: profitable; worthwhile; beneficial
  3351. lucre: money
  3352. lucubration: long hard study, especially at night
  3353. ludicrous: ridiculous
  3354. lugubrious: lachrymose
  3355. lukewarm: feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm; warm
  3356. lumber: to walk with heavy clumsiness
  3357. luminary: a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
  3358. luminous: softly bright or glowing
  3359. lump: a large piece of something without definite shape
  3360. lunatic: a crazy person
  3361. lunge: to make a thrusting forward movement; to attack
  3362. lupine: any of various annual or perennial plants that have tall spikes of flowers and seeds; wolf like
  3363. lurch: to roll or pitch suddenly to one side
  3364. lurid: shocking
  3365. lurk: to go out of view
  3366. luscious: with a rich, sweet, and juicy taste; desirable
  3367. lush: growing vigorous, with rich taste
  3368. lustrous: shining
  3369. lute: an old stringed instrument like a guitar
  3370. luxuriant: marked by complexity and richness of detail
  3371. luxuriate: to enjoy by taking the luxury and comfort that something offers
  3372. lyre: a plucked string instrument
  3373. macabre: gruesome
  3374. macadam: broken stone used in paved surface
  3375. macerate: to soften
  3376. machete: a large heavy broad-bladed knife used as a weapon or as a tool for cutting
  3377. machination: an artful or skillful plot or scheme
  3378. machismo: an exaggerated sense or display of masculinity
  3379. macrocosm: a complex structure considered as a single entity that contains numerous similar smaller-scale structures
  3380. madrigal: an unaccompanied part-song for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form (n/v)
  3381. maelstrom: an exceptionally large or violent whirlpool
  3382. magisterial: offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
  3383. magistrate: a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
  3384. magnanimous: generous
  3385. magnate: the person of power or influence
  3386. magnitude: the property of relative size or extent
  3387. maharaja: a great Hindu prince
  3388. maiden: an unmarried girl; first, initiative
  3389. maize: corn, a strong yellow color
  3390. majestic: having or displaying great dignity or nobility
  3391. maladroit: clumsy
  3392. malady: a physical or psychological disorder or disease
  3393. malaise: physical discomfort early in an illness
  3394. malaria: an infectious disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes
  3395. malcontent: a person who is discontented or disgusted
  3396. malediction: the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
  3397. malefactor: someone who has committed a crime
  3398. malevolent: wanting to cause harm
  3399. malfunction: to fail to function in the correct or normal way, or stop working altogether
  3400. malice: the quality of threatening evil; hatred
  3401. malign: to speak unfavorably about, evil or harmful
  3402. malignant: likely to cause death; evil in result
  3403. malinger: to feign illness
  3404. malleable: capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  3405. mallet: a hammer
  3406. malodorous: smelling unpleasant
  3407. maltreat: to treat badly
  3408. malversation: misconduct in public office
  3409. manacle: a handcuff (n/v)
  3410. mandate: a document giving an official instruction or command (n/v)
  3411. mandible: the lower jaw of a person or animal, usually containing a single bone
  3412. mane: long coarse hair growing from the crest of the animal's neck
  3413. mangle: to tear and crush
  3414. mangy: scruffy, dirty and shabby
  3415. mania: obsession and desire
  3416. maniacal: wildly insane
  3417. manicure: professional care for the hands and fingernails (n/v)
  3418. manifest: clear to see or understand (adj/v)
  3419. manifestation: an act of showing or demonstrating something
  3420. manifesto: a public declaration of intentions
  3421. manifold: various
  3422. mannerism: a distinctive behavioral trait, an idiosyncrasy; exaggerated or affected style or habit
  3423. man-of-war: a warship; a jellyfish
  3424. manor: a landed estate
  3425. manqué: having wanted unsuccessfully to be or do something, want-to-be
  3426. manse: a large and imposing house
  3427. mansuetude: gentleness
  3428. mantel: shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
  3429. mantic: prophetic
  3430. mantle: to cover (v/n)
  3431. mantra: a sacred word, chant, or sound that is repeated during meditation
  3432. manumission: emancipation
  3433. manumit: to free somebody from slavery
  3434. manure: animal excrement, often mixed with straw, used as fertilizer for soil
  3435. mar: to spoil or detract from something
  3436. maraud: raid for plunder
  3437. mare: female equine animal
  3438. marginalize: to relegate to a lower or outer edge, as of specific groups of people
  3439. marimba: a percussion instrument with wooden bars, like a xylophone
  3440. marksman: somebody who is able or trained to shoot accurately, especially with a firearm
  3441. maroon: to put somebody ashore on a lonely island or coast and leave the person there with no means of escape
  3442. marshal: to place in proper rank
  3443. martial: of or relating to military; warlike
  3444. martinet: a strict military disciplinarian
  3445. martyr: somebody who chooses to die rather than deny religious or political beliefs
  3446. marvel: something that inspires awe, amazement, or admiration (n/v)
  3447. masonry: built of stone or brick
  3448. masquerade: a party of guests wearing costumes and masks (m/v)
  3449. mast: a vertical spar for supporting sails; a vertical pole
  3450. masterpiece: a success; a work of art
  3451. masticate: to chew food
  3452. materialism: a desire for wealth and material possessions; the theory that physical matter is the only reality
  3453. materialist: somebody concerned about possessions
  3454. materialize: to become real or become fact, to appear
  3455. matinee: a theatrical performance held during the daytime
  3456. matriculate: to enroll
  3457. matrimony: the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life
  3458. matrix: a substance in which something is embedded or enclosed; situation in which something develops
  3459. matron: a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified; a head nurse
  3460. maturity: state of being mature; full development; experience
  3461. matutinal: of the morning
  3462. maudlin: overly sentimental
  3463. maul: to injure badly by beating; to criticize
  3464. mausoleum: tomb, a large gloomy oppressive room or building
  3465. maven: somebody who is an expert or knowledgeable enthusiast in a particular field
  3466. maverick: someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action (n/adj)
  3467. maw: informal term for the mouth
  3468. mawkish: over-sentimental; bland or unappetizing in taste or smell
  3469. maxim: a saying that widely accepted; a machine gun
  3470. mayhem: absolute chaos or severe disruption
  3471. mead: an alcoholic drink; meadow
  3472. meadow: grassy field
  3473. meager: deficient in amount or quality or extent; not enough
  3474. mealy-mouthed: hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly
  3475. meander: to follow an indirect route or course, to wander slowly and aimlessly (v/n)
  3476. medallion: a large medal
  3477. meddlesome: intrusive in a offensive manner, interfering
  3478. mediate: to arbitrate
  3479. mediocre: average, adequate but not very good
  3480. mediocrity: a quality that is acceptable but not very good
  3481. medley: a mixture or assortment of various things
  3482. meek: showing mildness or quietness of nature
  3483. megalomania: the enjoyment of having power over other people and the craving for more of it
  3484. melancholic: characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
  3485. melancholy: sad and depressed (adj/n)
  3486. mélange: a collection of things of different kinds
  3487. meld: to cause various things to combine or blend and become one thing or substance, or be combined or blended in this way
  3488. melee: a noisy riotous fight
  3489. meliorate: to become better, or make something better
  3490. mellifluous: smooth
  3491. mellow: soft in color or tone
  3492. melodious: pleasing to hear
  3493. melodramatic: having the excitement and emotional appeal, histrionic
  3494. memoir: an account of the author's personal experiences
  3495. memorandum: a written proposal or reminder
  3496. menace: something that is a possible source of danger, threat (n/v); nuisance
  3497. menagerie: wild animal exhibit
  3498. mend: to heal or recover
  3499. mendacious: untruthful
  3500. mendicant: livings on alms, beggar
  3501. menial: used of unskilled work; unskilled
  3502. mentor: a wise and trusted guide and advisor (n/v)
  3503. mercantile: relating to merchants or trading
  3504. mercenary: motivated solely by a desire for money; professional soldiers (n/adj)
  3505. merchet: in feudal times, a sum of money paid by a tenant to his lord so that his daughter could marry
  3506. merciful: compassionate and kind; fortunate
  3507. mercurial: liable to sudden unpredictable change
  3508. mere: being nothing more than specified
  3509. meretricious: attracting attention in a vulgar manner
  3510. merit: any admirable quality or attribute (n/v)
  3511. meritable: deserving reward or praise
  3512. meritorious: deserving reward or praise; commendable
  3513. merriment: cheerfulness
  3514. mesmerize: to absorb somebody’s attention, to hypnotize
  3515. messieurs: gentlemen
  3516. metallic: sharp and hard
  3517. metallurgy: the science and technology of metals
  3518. metamorphosis: the passing from one shape to another
  3519. metaphysics: the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of the nature of being and beings, existence, time and space, and causality
  3520. mete: a line that indicates a boundary
  3521. metempsychosis: reincarnation
  3522. methodical: systematic or painstaking
  3523. meticulous: careful
  3524. métier: somebody’s occupation or trade
  3525. metonymy: a figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes
  3526. mettle: courage, spirit, or strength of character of character
  3527. miasma: pollution or infectious particles in the air
  3528. microcosm: a miniature copy of something, especially when it represents or stand for a larger whole
  3529. midget: a person who is abnormally small; very small
  3530. midwife: somebody trained to help deliver babies and offer support and advice to pregnant women; someone helping to create something
  3531. mien: somebody’s general appearance
  3532. milieu: the surrounding or environment that someone lives in and is influenced by
  3533. mill: to move about in a confused manner; to crush to powder
  3534. millet: a grass cultivated for forage and cereal
  3535. mimeograph: to duplicate in a copying machine
  3536. minatory: menacing or threatening
  3537. mind-boggling: mentally overwhelming, unbelievable
  3538. mingle: to mix gently
  3539. miniature: being on a very small scale
  3540. minion: an assistant servant
  3541. ministry: government department or building
  3542. minuscule: extremely small or completely insignificant
  3543. minute: very small or insignificant
  3544. minutiae: a small or minor detail
  3545. misanthrope: one who hates people in general
  3546. misanthropic: somebody who hates humankind in general, or dislikes and distrusts other people and tends to avoid their company
  3547. miscible: mixable
  3548. miscreant: somebody who does wrong, infidel
  3549. misdeed: wicked act
  3550. miser: a stingy hoarder of money and possessions; collector
  3551. misery: a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune; suffering; unhappiness
  3552. misgiving: uneasy feeling
  3553. mishap: an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
  3554. mislay: to lose something temporarily, especially forgetting where it was put
  3555. misnomer: unsuitable name
  3556. misogamy: hatred of marriage
  3557. misogyny: hatred of women
  3558. missal: a book that contains all the prayers and hymns used for the celebration of masses
  3559. missive: a letter or written communication
  3560. misty: lacking clearness
  3561. miter: the junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle
  3562. mitigate: to alleviate
  3563. mnemonic: memory aid, such as a phrase or other technique (n/adj)
  3564. moan: to indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; groan
  3565. moat: a ditch around a castle or fort, dug to give protection from invaders (n/v)
  3566. mobocracy: political control exercised by a mob, a place where a mob has politic control
  3567. moccasin: a soft leather shoe
  3568. mock: to treat with an emotion involving anger; fake (adj.)
  3569. moderator: the presiding officer of a meeting
  3570. modesty: diffidence (ant. arrogance)
  3571. modicum: a small amount
  3572. modish: fashionable, stylish
  3573. modulate: to change sound or wave characteristics
  3574. moiety: one of two parts
  3575. moil: hard work (n/v)
  3576. mold: to form new shapes (v/n)
  3577. molehill: a mound of earth like a hill
  3578. molest: to harass
  3579. mollify: to calm or soothe somebody who is angry or upset
  3580. molt: to lose feathers, fur, or skin
  3581. momentous: of very great significance monetary, relating to money
  3582. monetary: relating to money
  3583. mongrel: animal of mixed breed, strange mixture (n/adj)
  3584. monition: warning of danger
  3585. monitor: to keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance; to examine
  3586. monitory: communicating a warning
  3587. monocracy: rule by one person
  3588. monogram: a design of one or more letters, usually the initials of a name, used to decorate or identify an object
  3589. monograph: a scholarly article, paper or book on a single topic
  3590. monolithic: large unchanging
  3591. monologue: long speech
  3592. monopolize: to have complete control of an industry or service and prevent other companies or people from participating
  3593. monopoly: control of market supply
  3594. monsieur: a French title of respect, equivalent to Mr.
  3595. monstrosity: an object, animal, or person that is very unpleasant or frightening to look at
  3596. monstrous: abnormally large; shockingly brutal or cruel
  3597. moor: to fix a boat, ship, or aircraft to one place with cables, chains, or an anchor, or to be secured in this way
  3598. moot: open to argument, arguable (n/adj)
  3599. moraine: accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier
  3600. morale: the conditions of the mind or feelings of an individual
  3601. moralize: to interpret the moral meaning of; to speak as if delivering a sermon
  3602. morass: area of soggy ground
  3603. moratorium: a formally agreed period during which a specific activity is halted or postponed
  3604. morbid: showing a strong interest in unpleasant or gloomy subjects
  3605. mordacious: deliberately bitter or critical, and intended to hurt somebody’s feelings
  3606. mordant: sharply sarcastic or bitingly critical
  3607. moribund: on the point of dying
  3608. morose: being miserable, sad and gloomy
  3609. morphology: the science of organic forms
  3610. morro: a hill or headland with a rounded outline
  3611. morsel: a small piece of something, especially of food
  3612. mortar: a cannon, to fire a cannon
  3613. mortify: to degrade or abase
  3614. mosaic: art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
  3615. mosey: to walk unhurriedly
  3616. moss: tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants
  3617. mot juste: exactly the right word or words to express something
  3618. motley: composed of heterogeneous or inharmonious elements
  3619. mottle: to mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
  3620. motto: a favorite saying of a sect or political group
  3621. moue: a look of discontent with the lips pressed together and forward
  3622. mountebank: somebody who deceives other people
  3623. muddle: a confused multitude of things (n/v)
  3624. muffle: to conceal or hide; to quiet or deaden
  3625. mug: the human face; to rob with the threat of violence
  3626. mulatto: an offspring of a Black and a White parent
  3627. muleteer: mule driver
  3628. muliebrity: the condition of being a woman
  3629. mulish: stubborn and unwilling to cooperate or listen to suggestions
  3630. mull: to think over
  3631. multifarious: of great variety, diverse
  3632. multitude: a large number or mass
  3633. mumble: to talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  3634. munch: to chew noisily; a big bite
  3635. mundane: ordinary
  3636. munificent: very generous
  3637. mural: of or relating to walls, a painting that is applied to a wall surface
  3638. murky: dark and gloomy
  3639. musculature: the muscular system of an organism
  3640. muse: to think about something in a deep and serious or dreamy and abstracted way
  3641. mushy: soggy and soft
  3642. musing: a calm lengthy intent consideration
  3643. muster: to gather or bring together (v/n)
  3644. mutable: capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature
  3645. mutate: to undergo or make something undergo change
  3646. mutilate: to cut off or destroy a necessary part; to make imperfect
  3647. mutiny: to refuse to obey authority
  3648. mutter: to murmur or talk softly
  3649. mutual: given and received in equal parts
  3650. myopia: shortness of sight
  3651. myriad: a large indefinite number; countless
  3652. mysticism: obscure or irrational thought, a religion based on communion with an ultimate reality
  3653. mystify: to puzzle somebody
  3654. mystique: an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
  3655. mythical: imaginary, like myth
  3656. nab: to steal or seize
  3657. nabob: somebody who is very rich or powerful
  3658. nadir: the lowest point
  3659. nag: to irritate and annoy; to disturb
  3660. naive: being simple; showing lack of experiment
  3661. naïveté: simplicity
  3662. namesake: a person with the same name as someone else
  3663. naphtha: a light, colorless, volatile, inflammable oil used as a solvent
  3664. narcissism: self-admiration
  3665. narcolepsy: condition with controllable sleeping
  3666. narrow-minded: capable of being shocked easily; lacking tolerance
  3667. nasal: of or in or relating to the nose
  3668. nascent: just beginning to develop
  3669. natal: of birth
  3670. naturalistic: representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
  3671. naught: a quantity of no importance; complete failure
  3672. naughty: badly behaved; disobedient
  3673. nausea: the state that precedes vomiting, sickness
  3674. nauseate: to sicken, to feel disgust
  3675. nauseous: loathsome, causing sickness in stomach
  3676. nautical: relating to navigation
  3677. navel: the depression on the abdomen where the umbilical cord of the fetus was attached
  3678. naysayer: somebody who votes no or who speaks against something
  3679. nebulous: not clear, distinct, or definite
  3680. necrology: a list of people who have died in a certain place or time
  3681. necromancer: one who practices the art of foretelling the future by means of communicating with the dead
  3682. necropolis: a cemetery, especially a large, elaborate , or ancient one
  3683. necrosis: the death of cells in a tissue or organ caused by disease or injury.
  3684. nectar: any especially sweet and delicious drink
  3685. nefarious: extremely wicked
  3686. negate: to deny the truth of something, or prove something to be false
  3687. negligee: a loose dressing gown for women
  3688. negligent: habitually careless or irresponsible
  3689. negligible: too small or unimportant to be worth considering
  3690. nemesis: something causing misery or death
  3691. neologism: a recently coined word or phrase, or a recently extended meaning of an existing word or phrase
  3692. neology: the coining or using of new words or new meaning of words
  3693. neonate: a newborn child
  3694. neophyte: beginner
  3695. neoteric: having a contemporary origin
  3696. nerve: courage, self-assurance or boldness
  3697. nescient: ignorant
  3698. nestle: to settle into comfortable position
  3699. nestling: a young bird that is not able to leave the nest yet
  3700. net: remaining after all deductions, to yield as a net profit
  3701. nettle: to irritate or annoy somebody; plant with stinging leaves
  3702. neuter: to remove the testicles or ovaries of an animal; with undeveloped, nonfunctioning, or no sexual organs
  3703. newfangled: new
  3704. newsreel: a short film about recent news events, formerly often shown before a feature film
  3705. niche: a place, job or a thing a person is best fitted in
  3706. nick: a small cut or groove (n/v)
  3707. niggard: somebody who is stingy or miserly
  3708. nigh: near in place or time, almost
  3709. nightmarish: a frightening or upsetting dream
  3710. nihilism: total rejection of social mores, belief in destruction of authority or that nothing is worthwhile
  3711. nil: a quantity of no importance, zero
  3712. nimbly: in a nimble or agile manner; with quickness and lightness and ease; agilely
  3713. ninny: an offensive term that insults one’s intelligence, common sense
  3714. nipple: the small projection of a mammary gland
  3715. nit: the egg of a parasitic insect, especially a louse
  3716. noble: possessing high ideals or excellent moral character
  3717. nocturnal: occurring at night, as opposed to during the day
  3718. nod off: to change from a waking to a sleeping state
  3719. nog: a block of wood inserted into masonry or brickwork so that something can be nailed to it
  3720. noisome: causing or able to cause nausea
  3721. nominal: in name only; small or minor; supposed
  3722. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity
  3723. nonchalance: a state of mind indicating lack of interest
  3724. nondescript: unremarkable, with no interesting or remarkable characteristics
  3725. nonentity: an insignificant person
  3726. nonpareil: eminent beyond or above comparison; model of excellence or perfection of a kind
  3727. nook: a sheltered and secluded place
  3728. norm: a standard pattern of behavior, the usual situation or circumstances
  3729. nosegay: a small bouquet of flowers
  3730. nostalgia: longing for something past
  3731. nostrum: quack and ineffective remedy
  3732. nosy: too curious about other people’s business
  3733. notion: an idea
  3734. notorious: infamous
  3735. notwithstanding: regardless of, in defiance of
  3736. novel: new
  3737. novice: beginner
  3738. noxious: harmful, poisonous
  3739. nuance: a very slight difference in meaning, feeling, tone, or color
  3740. nude: naked
  3741. nudge: to push against gently
  3742. nugatory: of no value
  3743. nuisance: annoyance
  3744. nullify: invalidate; to make useless
  3745. numbly: in a numb manner; without feeling
  3746. numismatics: coin collecting
  3747. nuptial: of or relating to a wedding
  3748. nurture: to take care for
  3749. nuthouse: a place full of noisy, boisterous, chaotic activity
  3750. nuzzle: to move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
  3751. nylon: a synthetic fabric
  3752. oaken: made of oak wood
  3753. oakum: hemp-fiber obtained by untwisting and picking out loosely the yarns of old hemp rope
  3754. obdurate: stubborn
  3755. obeisance: respectful gesture
  3756. obelisk: a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote, dagger; a stone pillar
  3757. obfuscate: deliberately make something difficult to understand
  3758. obituary: an announcement, especially in a newspaper, of somebody’s death, often with a short biography
  3759. objective: undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
  3760. objurgate: to scold somebody angrily
  3761. obligate: to force or compel somebody to do something
  3762. obligatory: required
  3763. oblige: to make it necessary for somebody to do something
  3764. oblique: slanting at an angle; indirect
  3765. obliterate: to totally destroy; to remove
  3766. oblivion: a state of being utterly forgotten
  3767. oblivious: lacking conscious awareness of
  3768. oblong: having a shape that is considerably longer than it is wide, especially a rectangular or roughly elliptical shape
  3769. obloquy: censure and disgrace
  3770. obnubilate: to make less visible or clear
  3771. obscene: offensive to the mind
  3772. obscure: to make less visible or unclear
  3773. obsequies: funeral rites
  3774. obsequious: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery; flattering
  3775. observatory: a building equipped for scientific observations
  3776. obsession: mania, fascination
  3777. obsolescent: becoming obsolete or disappearing from use or existence by being replaced by something new
  3778. obsolete: no longer in use
  3779. obstetrics: medical care during pregnancy and childbirth
  3780. obstinate: to persist stubbornly
  3781. obstreperous: noisy and aggressively boisterous, unruly
  3782. obstruct: to stop up by an obstacle; to block
  3783. obtuse: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
  3784. obvert: to show the other side of
  3785. obviate: to prevent
  3786. occlude: to block passage through; to absorb a liquid or gas
  3787. occult: supposedly supernatural, not understandable, secret
  3788. octet: a group or set of eight
  3789. ocular: of or relating to the eye or eyesight
  3790. oddball: a person who behaves strangely
  3791. odious: causing hatred or strong dislike
  3792. odium: intense dislike, repugnance
  3793. odoriferous: having or disusing a strong odor, especially a fragrant one
  3794. offhand: with little or no preparation or forethought; casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
  3795. officiate: to perform a ceremony or duty; to act as an officer
  3796. officious: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  3797. offset: something that makes up for something (n/v)
  3798. offshoot: a branch of a main stem of a plant
  3799. ogle: to look in a way with unusual attention
  3800. ogre: an ugly fairy tale; a dreaded person or thing
  3801. ointment: a greasy medicine for use on the skin
  3802. omega: the end, or the last thing in a series, the letter “z”
  3803. omelet: a dish of eaten eggs or an egg mixture cooked until just set
  3804. omen: a happening believed to be a sign or warning of a future event
  3805. ominous: being a sign of trouble to come
  3806. omission: a mistake resulting from neglect
  3807. omnibus: bus
  3808. omnipotent: having power or authority without limit
  3809. omnipresent: ubiquitous
  3810. omniscient: knowing or seeming to know everything
  3811. oncology: the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of tumors
  3812. oneiric: relating to, experienced in, or similar to a dream
  3813. onerous: difficult; burdensome
  3814. onrush: a forceful forward rush or flow
  3815. onset: the beginning or early stages
  3816. onslaught: a violent attack
  3817. onus: a duty or responsibility, the blame for something
  3818. openhanded: generous
  3819. operetta: comic opera with dancing
  3820. opisthenar: the back of the hand
  3821. opportune: suitable or at a time that is suitable for a particular purpose
  3822. oppress: to keep down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  3823. oppressive: imposing a harsh or cruel form of domination
  3824. opprobrium: scorn, contempt, or severe criticism
  3825. opt: to choose
  3826. opulence: wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
  3827. orate: to deliver an elaborate or formal public speech
  3828. orator: a great public speaker
  3829. oratorio: a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
  3830. orchid: a flowering plant
  3831. ordain: to make a religious appointment; to order
  3832. ordeal: a difficult experience
  3833. ordinal: showing the relative position in a sequence
  3834. ordinary: the expected or commonplace condition or situation; normal
  3835. ordination: a consecration to the ministry
  3836. ordnance: military weapons systems
  3837. ordure: excrement
  3838. orgy: any act of immoderate indulgence, debauched party
  3839. orient: to determine one's position with reference to another point; the Eastern Hemisphere
  3840. orifice: an opening, especially ones in the body
  3841. ornament: something used to beautify (n/v); to adorn
  3842. ornate: excessively decorate
  3843. ornery: uncooperative and irritable
  3844. orotund: loud, clear, and strong, as in tone or voice timbre
  3845. orthodox: adhering to what is commonly accepted
  3846. orthogonal: relating to or composed of right angles
  3847. orthography: a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
  3848. orthopedics: the branch of medicine
  3849. oscillate: to be undecided about something
  3850. osculate: to kiss, to make contact or come together
  3851. ossify: to harden into bone
  3852. ossuary: a container, for the bones of the dead
  3853. ostensible: appearing as such but not necessarily so
  3854. ostentatious: marked by a vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress people
  3855. osteopathy: treatment of skeletal problems
  3856. otiose: lazy, indolent, in no use
  3857. ottoman: a low upholstered stool used for resting the feet or as a seat
  3858. ought: to be under moral obligation to be or do
  3859. oust: to force someone out
  3860. out-and-out: thorough, complete
  3861. outcrop: the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land (n/v)
  3862. outdo: to exceed or surpass
  3863. outgoing: going out or away or of the past; at ease in talking to others
  3864. outlandish: conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
  3865. outlast: to live longer than
  3866. outlaw: a notorious criminal, especially one on the run
  3867. outmoded: make unfashionable, outdated, or obsolete (v/adj)
  3868. outpost: a small group of troops stationed at a distance from the main body
  3869. outré: outlandish
  3870. outrigger: a stabilizer for a canoe
  3871. outright: without reservation or exception; absolute
  3872. outskirt: a part of the city far removed from the center
  3873. outstrip: to go beyond
  3874. overbearing: bossy, arrogant and tending to order people around
  3875. overlord: one who holds supremacy over another
  3876. overseer: supervisor
  3877. overt: open
  3878. overtone: supplementary meaning, nuance
  3879. overwrought: extremely upset, emotional, or agitated
  3880. ovine: relating to or like a sheep
  3881. pablum: worthless or oversimplified ideas
  3882. pact: mutual agreement
  3883. paean: a song of praise
  3884. pagan: a person who does not acknowledge the God (n/adj)
  3885. pageant: an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
  3886. paillasse: a thin straw-filled mattress
  3887. painstaking: characterized by extreme care and great effort
  3888. palatable: edible, acceptable
  3889. palate: the upper surface of the mouth, sense of taste and flavor
  3890. palatial: grand or luxurious
  3891. palaver: to meet and discuss something
  3892. pale: light and pallid
  3893. paleontology: study of ancient life
  3894. palette: a board or tray on which an artist arranges and mixes paints
  3895. palimpsest: a manuscript written over a partly erased older manuscript in such a way that the old words can be read beneath the new
  3896. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward
  3897. palinode: a formal retraction of a statement
  3898. pall: a covering that makes a place dark and gloomy (n/v)
  3899. palliate: to reduce the intensity or severity of something
  3900. pallid: abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
  3901. pallor: an unhealthy-looking paleness of complexion
  3902. palm off: to give in a deceitful way
  3903. palpable: capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; tangible
  3904. palsy: inability to move
  3905. paltry: insignificant or unimportant
  3906. pamphleteer: to write pamphlets (v/n)
  3907. panacea: hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; cure-all
  3908. panache: a sense or display of spirited style and self-confidence
  3909. pandemonium: a fiendish or riotous uproar
  3910. pandiculation: yawning and stretching
  3911. panegyric: speech expressing high praise
  3912. pang: a short sharp pain
  3913. Panglossian: excessively and inappropriately optimistic
  3914. pangram: a sentence or other short text using every letter of the alphabet
  3915. panoply: an impressive and magnificent display or array of something
  3916. panoramic: an unobstructed view extending in all directions, especially of a landscape
  3917. pant: to breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
  3918. pantheism: worship that admits or tolerates all gods
  3919. pantograph: a mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale
  3920. pantomime: a performance using gestures and body movements without words (n/v)
  3921. papyrus: the writing paper of the ancient Egyptians and later civilizations
  3922. parable: a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  3923. paradigm: a typical example of something
  3924. paradox: self contradiction
  3925. paragon: example of excellence
  3926. paralysis: loss of voluntary movement as a result of damage to nerve or muscle function, inactivity
  3927. paramount: having superior power and influence
  3928. paramour: one who is unlawfully or immorally a lover
  3929. paranoia: mental disorder of false suspicions
  3930. paranoid: suspicious about something
  3931. paraphernalia: assorted objects or items of equipment, often things that seem amusing, strange, or irritating
  3932. paraphrase: to rephrase and simplify
  3933. parasite: a person who flatters in exchange for free items
  3934. parcel: a plot of land; to dive and give in parts
  3935. parched: very hot and dry
  3936. pare: to cut, shave, or remove the outside from anything
  3937. pari passu: at an equal pace or rate
  3938. pariah: somebody who is despised and avoided by other people
  3939. parish: a local church community; rural community
  3940. parlance: the style of speech or writing used by people in a particular context or profession
  3941. parley: to talk or negotiate, especially with an enemy (v/n)
  3942. parlor: a living room for entertaining guests
  3943. parlous: dangerous
  3944. parochial: narrow-minded
  3945. parody: a composition mimicked from another
  3946. paronymous: a word that is derived from the same root as another word
  3947. paroxysm: a sudden and uncontrollable expression of emotion
  3948. parry: to ward off
  3949. parse: to describe the grammatical role of a word in a sentence
  3950. parsimonious: excessively unwilling to spend; prudent
  3951. parsonage: church house
  3952. part: to go one's own away; move apart; to divide
  3953. partible: able to be divided
  3954. partisan: biased support, showing unreasoning support
  3955. partition: that which separates anything into distinct parts
  3956. parvenu: a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  3957. pas: a step in dancing
  3958. passible: sensitive to feeling emotions, especially when this causes pain
  3959. passive: lacking in energy or will
  3960. pastel: having a pale soft color
  3961. pastoral: rural
  3962. patch: something that covers or mends; a small area
  3963. pate: the head, especially the top of the head
  3964. patella: a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
  3965. patent: obvious; exclusive rights
  3966. paternal: fatherly
  3967. paternity: fatherhood
  3968. pathetic: being dismal, sad and weak
  3969. pathological: pertaining to disease
  3970. pathos: the quality in something that makes people feel pity or sadness
  3971. patina: a fine coating layer
  3972. patois: a characteristic language of a particular group
  3973. patriarch: a man who is the head of a family or group
  3974. patrician: of senatorial or noble rank
  3975. patrimony: an inheritance from an ancestor, especially one’s father
  3976. patronize: to support; do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
  3977. patronymic: formed after one’s father’s name
  3978. patsy: easy victim
  3979. patter: to make a quick light tapping sound on something (v/n)
  3980. patulous: spreading
  3981. paucity: scarcity
  3982. paunch: a protruding abdomen
  3983. pauper: a person who is very poor
  3984. pave: to cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
  3985. pawn: to stake or pledge your honor, life, or word on something; hostage
  3986. pearl: a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of an oyster; much valued as a jewel
  3987. peasant: a farmer
  3988. peccadillo: a trifling offense
  3989. peccant: guilty
  3990. peck: a large quantity; to strike lightly
  3991. pectoral: relating to or located in or on the chest
  3992. peculate: to embezzle
  3993. peculiarity: characteristics of only one group
  3994. pecuniary: relating to or involving money
  3995. pedagogue: an education or school-teacher
  3996. pedagogy: the principles and methods of instruction
  3997. pedantic: too concerned with what are thought to be correct rules and details, e.g. in language
  3998. peddle: to sell goods, especially while traveling from place to place
  3999. pedestal: a base or support as for a column, statue, or vase
  4000. pedestrian: somebody who is traveling on foot; dull, ordinary, unimaginative, or uninspired
  4001. pediatrician: children’s doctor
  4002. pedomorphism: the retention of juvenile characteristics by an adult
  4003. peen: the wedge-like end of a hammer
  4004. peeper: somebody who looks secretly at somebody or something
  4005. Peeping Tom: a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others
  4006. peer: to look closely; someone of equal standing with another
  4007. peerage: noblemen and noblewomen considered as a class or group
  4008. peeve: to make somebody feel annoyed, irritated, or resentful
  4009. peevish: irritable
  4010. pejorative: expressing criticism or disapproval
  4011. pelagic: found in open sea
  4012. pellucid: transparent, clear in meaning
  4013. pelt: to bombard; the animal’s skin
  4014. penal: of punishment
  4015. penance: self-punishment for committing sin
  4016. penchant: a strong liking, taste, or tendency for something
  4017. pendant: anything that hangs from something else, either for ornament or for use
  4018. pendulous: hanging loosely or swinging freely; undecided
  4019. penitence: regret or sorrow for having committed sins or misdeeds
  4020. pennant: a small narrow triangular flag displayed on boats and ships for identification and signaling
  4021. pennon: a long narrow flag, usually triangular, tapering, or divided at the end
  4022. penny-pinching: extreme care in spending money, reluctance to spend money unnecessarily (n/adj)
  4023. pension: retirement pay (n/v); a small hotel
  4024. pensive: persistently or morbidly thoughtful
  4025. pentad: any group or series of five
  4026. penultimate: second to last in a series or sequence
  4027. penumbra: partial shade
  4028. penurious: not having enough money to pay for necessities; stingy
  4029. penury: extreme poverty
  4030. peon: a low-paid unskilled worker
  4031. perambulate: to walk about
  4032. perambulating: walking
  4033. perceive: to become aware of through the senses
  4034. percept: the representation of what is perceived
  4035. perceptible: large enough, great enough, or distinct enough to be noticed
  4036. perch: support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (n/v)
  4037. percolate: to pass slowly or through a filter; to seep into
  4038. percussion: the sharp striking of one body against another
  4039. perdurable: extremely durable or imperishable
  4040. peregrinate: to travel around a place or from place to place
  4041. peremptory: expecting to be obeyed and unwilling to tolerate disobedience
  4042. perfectionism: a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
  4043. perfervid: extremely passionate or enthusiastic
  4044. perfidious: tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character
  4045. perfidy: treachery or deceit
  4046. perforate: to puncture or make a hole
  4047. perforce: by necessity, unavoidably
  4048. perfunctory: unthinking, hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  4049. perigee: the point in the orbit of a satellite, moon, or planet at which it comes nearest to the object it is orbiting
  4050. perilous: dangerous
  4051. peripatetic: traveling especially on foot
  4052. peripheral: at the edge, not significant
  4053. periphery: the area around the outside edge of a place
  4054. periscope: an instrument containing lenses used by people in submarines to get a good view
  4055. perish: to die out
  4056. perjure: to commit perjury
  4057. perjury: the telling of a lie after having taken an oath to tell the truth, usually in a court of law
  4058. perk: additional benefit
  4059. perky: lively, cheerful, and energetic
  4060. permissive: granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; allowing liberty
  4061. pernicious: exceedingly harmful, insidious
  4062. perpetrator: someone who perpetrates wrongdoing, offender
  4063. perpetual: continuous, long-lasting (ant. temporal)
  4064. perpetuate: to make something last or be remembered
  4065. perquisite: a customary tip; a privilege
  4066. persecute: to cause to suffer
  4067. perseverance: persistent determination
  4068. persevere: to persist steadily in an action or belief
  4069. persiflage: light teasing chat
  4070. persistent: never-ceasing
  4071. personify: to be an embodiment or perfect example of something
  4072. personnel: the force of people collectively employed in some service
  4073. perspicacious: having insight
  4074. perspicuous: clear and comprehensible
  4075. perspire: to secrete sweat
  4076. pertinacious: persistent or unyielding, resolute
  4077. pertinent: having logical precise relevance
  4078. perusal: reading carefully with intent to remember
  4079. pervade: to spread or diffuse through
  4080. pervasive: spread throughout
  4081. perverse: purposely being unreasonable, unreasonably stubborn, wicked
  4082. pervious: able to be permeated
  4083. pesky: troublesome or irritating
  4084. pessimism: the feeling that things will turn out badly
  4085. pessimistic: expecting the worst; negative
  4086. pest: somebody or something that is a nuisance
  4087. pestilential: causing disease; deadly
  4088. peter: to diminish slowly and come to an end, to dwindle
  4089. petite: very small
  4090. petrify: to frighten; to harden into stone
  4091. pettifogger: somebody who argues or fusses over trivia and details
  4092. petty: inferior in rank or status
  4093. petulant: ill-tempered; easily irritated or annoyed
  4094. pew: long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation; church bench
  4095. phantasmal: a supposed being such as a ghost or a disembodied spirit that can be seen but does not have physical substance
  4096. pharmacopoeia: a book containing the formulas and methods of preparation of medicines for the use of druggists
  4097. phenomenon: a fact or occurrence that can be observed
  4098. philander: to have casual affairs with women
  4099. philanthropist: a generous person
  4100. philately: stamp collecting
  4101. philharmonic: composing or characteristic of an orchestral group; fond of music
  4102. philippic: a tirade
  4103. philistine: smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values (adj/n)
  4104. philogyny: a positive and admiring attitude toward women in general
  4105. philology: the humanistic study of language and literature
  4106. philomath: a devotee of learning and scholarship
  4107. phlegmatic: showing little emotion
  4108. phonetic: having to do with speech sounds
  4109. phonic: of or relating to speech sounds
  4110. phosphorescent: glowing or emitting light
  4111. photometry: the art of measuring the intensity of light
  4112. physiognomy: the external appearance merely, the human face
  4113. physiology: the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
  4114. physique: the physical structure or organization of a person
  4115. picayune: of very little importance
  4116. piccolo: small flute
  4117. pictorial: pertaining to or consisting of pictures
  4118. picturesque: suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture
  4119. piebald: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
  4120. piecemeal: little by little (adv)
  4121. pied: multicolored
  4122. pier: a dock; vertical support of a bridge
  4123. pierce: to stab; to puncture or make a hole
  4124. piety: righteousness by virtue of being pious
  4125. pigment: a coloring substance, color
  4126. pilfer: to steal small things
  4127. pilgrimage: a journey to a holy place, undertaken for religious reasons
  4128. pillage: to plunder a place (v/n)
  4129. pillar: a vertical column used for support or decoration (n/v)
  4130. pillory: to scorn or ridicule somebody or something openly, or expose somebody or something to scorn or ridicule
  4131. pincer: a hand tool for holding and grabbing
  4132. pinch: to squeeze tightly between the fingers (v/n)
  4133. pinchbeck: an inferior imitation
  4134. pine: to long for; to have a desire for something or someone who is not present
  4135. pinion: to restrain
  4136. pinnacle: the summit or zenith
  4137. pinto: used to describe a horse that has a coat marked with irregular patches of white and another color
  4138. pious: deeply religious
  4139. pipette: a measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube used to measure or transfer precise volumes of a liquid
  4140. pippin: any of several varieties of cultivated eating or cooking apples
  4141. pique: bad mood (n/v)
  4142. piscine: relating to, characteristic of, or resembling fish
  4143. piteous: deserving pity or bringing out feelings of pity
  4144. pitfall: potential danger
  4145. pith: center or core of something
  4146. pithy: concise and full of meaning, brief
  4147. pitiable: evoking contempt
  4148. pitiful: arousing pity or contempt
  4149. pitiless: without mercy
  4150. pittance: a very small amount of something, especially a very small sum of money
  4151. pity: feeling of sympathy (n/v)
  4152. pixie: fairy or elf
  4153. placard: a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement (n/v)
  4154. placate: to calm
  4155. placid: peaceful and calm
  4156. plagiarism: taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas
  4157. plaid: a long rectangular piece of tartan material worn draped over the shoulder; a tartan or checked pattern
  4158. plaintiff: an applicant or petitioner
  4159. plaintive: expressing sadness or sounding sad
  4160. plait: easily bent
  4161. plangent: making a loud and resonant sound; expressing or suggesting sadness
  4162. planisphere: representation of sphere or night sky
  4163. plash: light splash (n/v)
  4164. plasticity: the condition of being soft and capable of being molded
  4165. platform: a raised level area of flooring for speakers, performers, or participants in a ceremony; policy
  4166. plating: a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface; to coat with a layer of metal
  4167. platitude: banal statement
  4168. plaudit: an applause; a positive feedback
  4169. plausible: reasonable
  4170. pleasantry: an agreeable or amusing remark
  4171. plebeian: common citizens or members (n/adj)
  4172. plenary: full and complete and not limited in any respect
  4173. plenipotentiary: having full power (adj/n)
  4174. pleonasm: the use of superfluous words
  4175. plethora: an excess
  4176. pleurisy: a swollen state in the membrane, often with fever
  4177. pliable: flexible, not rigid
  4178. pliant: supple, easily influenced
  4179. plight: unfortunate condition; to make a pledge (v/n)
  4180. ploy: an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
  4181. pluck: to take something away swiftly, often by means of skill or strength
  4182. plucky: brave
  4183. plumb: weight attached to a line, in true vertical position (n/v)’ exactly
  4184. plummet: to drop sharply
  4185. plump: fat
  4186. plunder: to take illegally; of intellectual property
  4187. plunge: to drop steeply
  4188. pluperfect: even better than perfect
  4189. plutocracy: the rule of a society by its wealthiest people
  4190. ply: to provide what is desired or needed; to travel a route regularly; one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope
  4191. poesy: poetry
  4192. poetaster: bad poet
  4193. pogrom: organized persecution of an ethnic group
  4194. poignant: causing a sharp sense of sadness, pity, or regret
  4195. poise: a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
  4196. polarize: to cause a division of opinion
  4197. polemic: passionate argument (n/adj)
  4198. polish: to make shiny or smooth
  4199. poltroon: an abject coward (n/adj)
  4200. polygamist: the custom of having more than one spouse at the same time
  4201. polyglot: competent in many languages (adj/n)
  4202. polyhedron: a solid geometric figure that has many faces.
  4203. polymath: a person of great and diversified learning
  4204. polymer: a natural or synthetic compound that consists of large molecules made of many chemically bonded smaller identical molecules
  4205. polytechnic: a technical school offering instruction in many industrial arts and applied sciences
  4206. pommel: the upper front part of a saddle; the knob at the hilt of a sword
  4207. pomp: a display of great splendor and magnificence; self-importance
  4208. pompous: self-important, showy (ant. modest)
  4209. ponder: to think about
  4210. ponderous: heavy and massive
  4211. pontificate: to speak in a pompous or dogmatic way
  4212. populace: the inhabitants, general public
  4213. populist: an advocate of democratic principles
  4214. pore: any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid
  4215. porous: able to absorb fluids
  4216. porpoise: a type of mammal animal
  4217. porridge: soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal in water or milk until thick
  4218. portend: to foreshadow or indicate something
  4219. portent: a sign of something about to happen
  4220. portion: a section
  4221. portly: slightly overweight but dignified
  4222. posit: to put something forward for consideration
  4223. posse: sheriff’s helpers; assembled group
  4224. postdate: to put a date on that is later than the actual date; to occur later than
  4225. posterior: anterior, later
  4226. postlude: a final or concluding phase, chapter, or development
  4227. postmortem: occurring after death; discussion of an event after it has occurred
  4228. postulate: to assume or suggest that something is true or exists, especially as the basis of an argument
  4229. posy: a blooming flower, or a bunch of blooming flowers
  4230. potable: suitable for drinking
  4231. potent: having the power to influence or convince, strong
  4232. potentate: one who has the power and position to rule over others
  4233. pother: an excited state of agitation (n/v)
  4234. potion: a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
  4235. potpourri: a miscellaneous mixture of things
  4236. potted: drunk or intoxicated by a drug
  4237. poultry: domestic fowl
  4238. pounce: to jump or swoop suddenly toward or onto somebody or something, especially onto prey
  4239. pout: to show disappointment, anger, or resentment, usually in silence
  4240. powwow: a meeting or gathering to discuss something
  4241. practicable: capable of being done
  4242. practical: concerned with actual use or practice; sensible
  4243. pragmatic: concerned with practical matters, realistic
  4244. pragmatist: a straightforward practical way of thinking about things or dealing with problems
  4245. prairie: a treeless grassy plain
  4246. prance: to move around in a lively and carefree, but often silly or annoying, way
  4247. prandial: relating to meals
  4248. prate: to talk in a silly way and at length about nothing important (v/n)
  4249. prattle: to talk in a silly, idle, or childish way (v/n)
  4250. prattling: babbling
  4251. preach: to give sermon
  4252. precarious: unsafe, perilous
  4253. precede: to be earlier in time; go back further
  4254. precedent: an action or decision that can be subsequently used as an example for a similar decision or to justify a similar action
  4255. precept: principle
  4256. precession: the act of going forward
  4257. precipice: a very steep cliff
  4258. precipitant: done with very great haste and without due deliberation
  4259. precipitate: to make something happen suddenly and quickly
  4260. precipitous: steep
  4261. precise: sharply exact or accurate or delimited
  4262. precision: being precise
  4263. preclude: to prevent
  4264. precocious: mentally advanced for age
  4265. precursor: a forerunner
  4266. predatory: greedily eager to steal from or destroy others for gain
  4267. predecessor: a person who goes before another
  4268. predicament: a difficult situation
  4269. predicate: to affirm or base on something
  4270. predictability: the quality of being predictable; certainty
  4271. predilection: a particular liking or preference for something
  4272. predominate: main
  4273. preeminent: highly distinguished or outstanding
  4274. preempt: to act to prevent something, to make bids that blocks others
  4275. prefatory: acting as preface
  4276. preferential: giving advantage or priority to a particular person or group
  4277. preferment: promotion, appointment to a higher position or rank
  4278. pregnant: rich in significance or implication
  4279. prehensile: adapted for grasping
  4280. prejudice: bias
  4281. prelacy: the office or position of a prelate
  4282. prelate: high-ranking member of clergy
  4283. premed: a student in a premedical program
  4284. premeditate: to plan beforehand
  4285. premise: a statement given as the evidence for a conclusion
  4286. premonition: a forewarning; suspicion
  4287. preoccupy: to obsess the mind with something
  4288. preordain: to decide in advance that something will happen
  4289. preponderant: having superior power and influence
  4290. prepossess: to occupy somebody’s mind
  4291. preposterous: completely devoid of wisdom or good sense
  4292. prepubescent: at or characteristic of the stage of life just before puberty (adj/n)
  4293. prerogative: exclusive privilege
  4294. presage: portent or omen (n/v)
  4295. prescience: advance knowledge of things
  4296. prescript: a rule or regulation that has been laid down
  4297. presentiment: feeling that something will happen
  4298. preside: to be the chairperson or hold a similar position of authority
  4299. prestidigitation: sleight of hand used in performing magic tricks
  4300. prestige: importance in the eyes of people
  4301. presumably: by reasonable assumption; most likely
  4302. presume: to accept that something is virtually certain to be correct even though there is no proof of it
  4303. presumption: something believed without actual evidence
  4304. presumptive: probable
  4305. presumptuous: rude or arrogant
  4306. presupposition: to believe that a particular thing is true before there is any proof of it
  4307. pretense: the act of giving a false appearance
  4308. pretension: a dubious assertion to something; affected behavior
  4309. pretentious: self-important and ostentatious
  4310. preternatural: exceeding what is normal in nature
  4311. pretext: made-up excuse
  4312. prevalent: encountered generally especially at the present time
  4313. prevaricate: to be deliberately ambiguous
  4314. prick: to puncture the surface of something
  4315. prickle: to feel a sharp, stinging pain or to cause something such (v/n)
  4316. priggish: exaggeratedly proper, especially in an arrogant manner
  4317. prim: exaggeratedly proper; to dress primly
  4318. prima facie: at first glance; as it seems at first sight
  4319. primal: first, original; of first importance
  4320. prime: of the highest quality, of the greatest importance or the highest rank
  4321. primer: basic reading textbook
  4322. primeval: ancient or prehistoric (ant. modern)
  4323. primordial: existing at or from the very beginning
  4324. primp: to dress or groom with elaborate care
  4325. princely: rich and superior in quality, generous
  4326. principal: main or primary
  4327. principality: a territory ruled by a prince or princess
  4328. prioritize: to order things according to their importance or urgency
  4329. priority: main concern
  4330. priory: a religious community or home such as a monastery or convent
  4331. pristine: beautiful, unspoiled, immaculate
  4332. privateer: a privately owned warship
  4333. privy: hidden from general view or use; informed about something secret; bathroom
  4334. probate: proof or validity or will (n/v)
  4335. probation: a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
  4336. probe: to search
  4337. probity: absolute moral correctness
  4338. problematic: doubtful, unsettled, questionable
  4339. proclamation: a public or formal announcement
  4340. proclivity: a natural tendency to behave in a particular way
  4341. procrastinate: to postpone doing something, especially as a regular practice
  4342. procreate: to have offspring
  4343. proctor: someone who supervises students at an exam (n/v)
  4344. procure: to acquire or obtain something
  4345. prod: to poke or push; to urge
  4346. prodigal: recklessly wasteful (adj/n)
  4347. prodigious: great in amount, size, or extent, marvelous
  4348. prodigy: a child genius
  4349. profane: characterized by profanity or cursing; to violate
  4350. profess: to declare something openly
  4351. proffer: a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; an offer
  4352. profligate: extremely extravagant or wasteful
  4353. profound: of the greatest intensity; complete; deep
  4354. profuse: plentiful
  4355. profusion: the property of being extremely abundant
  4356. progenitor: direct ancestor of someone or something
  4357. progeny: offspring of an organism
  4358. prognosticate: to predict or forecast
  4359. projectile: a weapon that is thrown or projected, a missile; impelling forward
  4360. proletarian: relating to the working class
  4361. proletariat: the working class of workers in the society
  4362. proliferation: growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
  4363. prolific: abounding
  4364. prolix: wordy
  4365. prologue: introductory statement
  4366. prolong: to make longer than usual or expected
  4367. prom: an end-of-year dance party
  4368. promenade: public place for leisure walk (n/v)
  4369. Promethean: boldly creative
  4370. prominent: having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; famous
  4371. promiscuous: sexually indiscriminate, confusedly mixed, casual and unplanned
  4372. promissory: relating to or having the character of a promise
  4373. promontory: a point of land that juts out into the sea
  4374. prompt: on time
  4375. promulgate: to declare something officially, to make something known
  4376. prone: flat; laying face down; inclined to be affected by something
  4377. pronounced: noticeable or obvious
  4378. pronto: in a prompt or rapid way
  4379. prop: to support or hold in place for support
  4380. propagation: the spreading of something (a belief or practice) into new regions
  4381. propensity: tendency
  4382. prophesy: to predict
  4383. prophetic: foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention, visionary
  4384. propinquity: nearness in space, time, or relationship
  4385. propitious: favorable and likely to lead to success
  4386. proponent: somebody who advocates something
  4387. proposition: a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false; a suggestion
  4388. propound: to put forward a suggestion or theory for others to consider
  4389. proprietary: relating to owners or ownership
  4390. proprietor: a person who owns something
  4391. proprietress: a woman proprietor
  4392. propriety: moral correctness
  4393. propulsion: the process by which an object such as an automobile, ship, aircraft, or missile is moved forward
  4394. prosaic: not fanciful or imaginative; commonplace
  4395. proscenium: the part of a theater stage that is in front of the curtain
  4396. proscribe: to prohibit or condemn something
  4397. proselyte: a new convert to a religious faith or political doctrine
  4398. proselytize: to try to convert somebody
  4399. prosody: study of poetic structure
  4400. prospect: the possibility of future success; survey or examination
  4401. prospectus: catalog, an official document giving details about something
  4402. prosperity: the condition of enjoying great wealth, success, or good fortune
  4403. prostrate: throw down flat, as on the ground
  4404. protagonist: the main character
  4405. protean: able to change form
  4406. protégé: a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron
  4407. protocol: etiquette of state occasions, record or draft of agreement
  4408. protomartyr: the first martyr for a particular cause
  4409. protoplasm: contents of living cell
  4410. prototype: a standard or typical example
  4411. protract: to prolong or extend; to expand
  4412. protuberance: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form
  4413. protuberant: curving outward
  4414. protuberate: to swell out from surroundings
  4415. provenance: origin
  4416. proverb: a short well-known saying that expresses an obvious truth and often offers advice
  4417. providence: God’s guidance, fate
  4418. provident: preparing for the future
  4419. providential: so lucky that it seems determined by providence
  4420. provincial: unsophisticated
  4421. provision: stock of food and other supplies stored for future; a stipulated condition
  4422. provisional: under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
  4423. proviso: a clause introducing a condition in a contract. stipulation
  4424. provocative: deliberately aimed at exciting or annoying people
  4425. prow: the forward part of a ship
  4426. prowess: ability or skill
  4427. prowl: to roam around an area stealthily in search of prey, food, or opportunity
  4428. proximity: closeness in space or time, nearness
  4429. proxy: substitute
  4430. prude: a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
  4431. prudence: carefulness
  4432. prudish: exaggeratedly proper
  4433. prurient: characterized by lust
  4434. pry: to look inquisitively or inquire nosily into somebody’s private affairs
  4435. psalm: a sacred song or poem of praise
  4436. psaltery: an ancient musical instrument
  4437. pseudo: fake, artificial
  4438. psych: to become scared or over stressed; to mentally prepare
  4439. psyche: that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; to become scared or stressed
  4440. psychiatry: the branch of medicine that related to mental disease
  4441. psychic: relating to the human mind; claiming or believed to have extraordinary perception
  4442. psycho: a person afflicted with psychosis (a mental disease)
  4443. psychopathic: suffering from an undiagnosed mental disorder
  4444. psychotherapy: the treatment of mental disorders by psychological methods
  4445. pucker: to gather into wrinkles (v/n)
  4446. puckish: naughtily or annoyingly playful
  4447. pudding: a sweet cooked dessert with a smooth creamy texture, typically consisting of flour, milk, eggs, and flavoring
  4448. pudgy: short and overweight
  4449. puerile: childish, silly, immature
  4450. puff: to breathe out usually heavily; a strong blow
  4451. puffy: swollen, especially because of tiredness, injury, crying, or poor health
  4452. pugilism: the practice, sport, or profession of boxing
  4453. pugnacious: inclined to fight or be aggressive
  4454. puissance: power
  4455. puke: to vomit, or vomit something up
  4456. pulchritudinous: beautiful
  4457. pulmonary: concerning, affecting, or associated with the lungs
  4458. pulpit: a raised platform or stand in a church
  4459. pulverize: to make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust; to destroy completely
  4460. punctilious: careful and socially correct
  4461. punctual: on time
  4462. pundit: someone with knowledge and wisdom; one who expresses opinions
  4463. pungent: with a strong smell or powerfully sharp or bitter taste
  4464. punitive: relating to, done as, or imposed as a punishment
  4465. punter: someone who bets
  4466. purblind: having greatly reduced vision
  4467. purchase: a firm grip or hold on something
  4468. purgative: a purging medicine; strongly laxative
  4469. purgatory: place of suffering, miserable situation
  4470. purge: to make clean; to get rid of dirty things
  4471. purl: to stitch in knitting with thread (n/v); to flow gently (v/n)
  4472. purlieu: outlying district
  4473. purloin: to steal something
  4474. purport: to claim, seem, or profess to be something specified
  4475. purse: to draw the lips together so that they wrinkle and form a circle, usually when deep in thought or to express disapproval
  4476. pursue: to follow after in order; to chase
  4477. purveyor: a person or company supplying goods, especially foods
  4478. pushover: easy target, somebody who is easily persuaded, deceived, or defeated
  4479. pusillanimous: showing a lack of courage or determination
  4480. put out: irritated
  4481. putative: generally accepted
  4482. putrescent: decaying or rotting
  4483. putsch: a sudden planned attempt to overthrow a government using military force
  4484. pyre: pile of burning material, especially a pile of woods on which a dead body is ceremonially cremated
  4485. pyromania: the uncontrollable urge to set fire to things
  4486. pyrotechnic: relating to, used in, or involving fireworks, brilliant
  4487. python: a non-venomous constricting snake
  4488. qua: as, in the capacity or function of
  4489. quackery: the dishonesty of a charlatan
  4490. quaff: to drink quickly or heartily
  4491. quaggy: soft and watery
  4492. quagmire: a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  4493. quail: to tremble or shrink with fear or apprehension
  4494. quaint: with a charming old-fashioned quality
  4495. qualified: limited, restricted
  4496. quandary: predicament; sticky situation
  4497. quantify: to express as a number or measure or quantity
  4498. quarantine: enforced isolation of patients suffering from a disease in order to prevent the spread (n/v)
  4499. quarry: an animal or prey hunted as game or prey
  4500. quartermaster: an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
  4501. quarto: an eight-page newspaper
  4502. quash: to put a stop to something, to declare null and void
  4503. quay: a dock or a harbor
  4504. queasy: feeling with doubt
  4505. quell: suppress or crush completely
  4506. quench: to put out; to end by satisfy
  4507. querulous: habitually complaining
  4508. query: an instance of questioning; a doubt (n/v)
  4509. quest: a search for something, especially a long or difficult one
  4510. quibble: to talk about unimportant things
  4511. quicksand: a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down
  4512. quick-tempered: quickly aroused to anger; easily made anger
  4513. quiddity: the real nature or essential character of something
  4514. quidnunc: somebody who is nosy or gossipy
  4515. quiescence: quiet and inactive restfulness; a state of quiet inaction
  4516. quiescent: quiet
  4517. quietus: euphemisms for death, ending
  4518. quill: a pen made from a bird's feather
  4519. quinine: a type of drug used to treat something, feather
  4520. quintessence: the most essential part of everything
  4521. quintet: musical composition arranged for five voices or instruments
  4522. quip: a witty saying (n/v)
  4523. quirk: a strange and unexpected turn of events
  4524. quisling: a traitor
  4525. quite: fairly
  4526. quixotic: not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic, idealistic
  4527. quizzically: puzzled
  4528. quondam: former
  4529. quorum: a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
  4530. quotidian: of the most ordinary everyday kind, daily
  4531. rabble: a noisy and unruly crowd of people
  4532. rabid: very enthusiastic or fanatical
  4533. raconteur: somebody who tells stories or anecdotes in an interesting or entertaining way
  4534. racy: full of zest or vigor, mildly indecent
  4535. radiant: bright; filled with light
  4536. radical: basic or far beyond the norm
  4537. radix: the base number; that from or on which something is developed
  4538. raffish: displaying a charming, free-spirited disregard; showy
  4539. rag: to tease; a piece of cloth
  4540. rage: sudden and extreme anger, or an outburst of strong anger
  4541. ragout: a rich slow-cooked stew of meat and vegetables
  4542. rail: to complain or scold bitterly
  4543. raillery: good-humored teasing
  4544. raiment: clothing
  4545. raison d'être: the reason for being
  4546. rakish: dashingly stylish, jaunty
  4547. ramble: to talk or write aimlessly; to go for a walk for pleasure
  4548. rambling: not to the point, spread out
  4549. rambunctious: noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
  4550. ramify: to divide into branches or similar parts
  4551. ramose: having many branches or divided into many branches
  4552. rampant: unrestrained and violent, out of control
  4553. rampart: to fortify or protect something (v/n)
  4554. ramshackle: likely to fall to pieces
  4555. rancor: bitter, deeply held, and long-lasting ill will or resentment
  4556. rancorous: unforgiving, vengeful
  4557. rangy: tall and lean with long legs
  4558. rank: in bad taste; coarse
  4559. rankle: to cause bitter feelings
  4560. ransom: a sum of money demanded or paid for the release of somebody who is being held prisoner
  4561. rant: to speak in loud exaggerated manner (v/n)
  4562. rapacious: greedy
  4563. rapine: the use of force to seize somebody else’s property, plunder
  4564. rappel: to descend a steep slope or vertical face using a rope that is secured at the top and passed through a series of coils or a harness
  4565. rapport: friendly relationship
  4566. rapt: completely engrossed, blissfully happy
  4567. raptorial: seizing and devouring prey
  4568. rapture: ecstasy
  4569. rara avis: somebody or something that is rarely encountered
  4570. rascal: one who behaves mischievously
  4571. rash: thoughtless and impetuous
  4572. raspish: rough
  4573. rate: to deserve something
  4574. ratiocination: thinking or putting forward an argument about something in a strictly logical way
  4575. ration: a fixed portion that is allotted
  4576. rationale: the reasoning or principle that underlies or explains a particular course of action
  4577. rationalism: the belief that thought and action should be governed by reason
  4578. rattle: to make short sharp knocking sounds, to disconcert somebody
  4579. raucous: harsh sounding
  4580. raucous: unpleasantly loud
  4581. ravage: to ruin or violently destroy
  4582. rave: to talk wildly; a dance party (n/v); enthusiastic
  4583. raven: large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail; to eat greedily
  4584. ravenous: extremely hungry, voracious and predatory
  4585. ravine: a deep narrow valley, especially one formed by running water
  4586. ravishing: extremely delightful or beautiful
  4587. raze: to destroy or level a building or settlement completely
  4588. reactionary: extremely conservative
  4589. realism: the principle and practice of depicting people and scenes as they are believed really to exist
  4590. realm: a domain in which something is dominant; a field of knowledge
  4591. ream: a large quantity of written matter; to remove by making a hole
  4592. reap: to gather, as of natural products
  4593. rear: the back part; to bring up
  4594. rear: the farthest point; to care for (children)
  4595. reassure: to cause to feel sure; give reassurance to; to give or restore confidence in
  4596. rebarbative: serving or tending to irritate or repel
  4597. rebuff: to reject or snub something
  4598. rebuke: to criticize or reprimand somebody, usually sharply
  4599. rebut: to overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  4600. rebuttal: refutation
  4601. recalcitrant: stubborn
  4602. recant: to deny believing in something or withdraw something previously said
  4603. recapitulate: to recap
  4604. receptive: willing to accept; quick to learn
  4605. recess: an arm off of a larger body of water; alcove
  4606. recidivism: relapsing into crime
  4607. reciprocal: mutual
  4608. reciprocate: to give or feel something mutually or in return
  4609. recitation: saying aloud in the public something memorized
  4610. reckless: marked by unthinking boldness; characterized by careless
  4611. recline: to lean back into a supported sloping or horizontal position, usually in order to rest or relax
  4612. recluse: somebody who lives alone and deliberately keeps away from other people
  4613. recognizance: a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law
  4614. recoil: to move back suddenly and violently, for example, after impact
  4615. recollection: something recalled to the mind; the ability to recall past occurrences
  4616. reconcile: to make compatible with
  4617. reconciliation: establish of harmony after conflict
  4618. recondite: obscure
  4619. reconnaissance: an observation on territories such as enemies’
  4620. reconnoiter: to explore an area in order to gather information, especially about the strength and positioning of enemy forces
  4621. reconvene: to meet again; to reassemble
  4622. recount: to tell the story or details of something
  4623. recoup: to regain something lost or an equivalent
  4624. recourse: a turning to another for assistance, alternative
  4625. recreant: disloyal to a cause or duty, cowardly (adj/n)
  4626. recrimination: accusing somebody in return
  4627. recrudesce: to break out or become active again after a dormant period
  4628. recruit: register formally as a participant or member (v/n)
  4629. rectify: to correct something right
  4630. rectitude: strong moral integrity in character or actions
  4631. recumbent: lying back or lying down
  4632. recuperate: to regain health
  4633. recur: to occur again
  4634. recurrent: happening or appearing again, especially repeatedly
  4635. recusant: somebody disobeying authority (n/adj)
  4636. redemption: improving of something, redeemed state
  4637. redivivus: revived, reborn, or brought back to life
  4638. redline: to refuse loans, insurance, or other financial services to individuals or businesses
  4639. redolent: with a strong pleasant aroma
  4640. redouble: to increase
  4641. redoubt: a castle, fortress, or other stronghold
  4642. redoubtable: formidable, with personal qualities worthy of respect or fear
  4643. redound: to have a particular consequence, usually something good or positive
  4644. redress: compensation or reparation for a loss or wrong a party has experienced
  4645. reduction: a decrease or discount
  4646. reel: to walk as if unable to control one's movements
  4647. reenact: to rebuild or renovate
  4648. refine: to produce a purer form of something by removing the impurities from it, or to become pure through such a process
  4649. refinery: an industrial site where substances are processed and purified
  4650. refractory: stubborn, rebellious, and uncontrollable
  4651. refrain: to avoid or hold yourself back from doing something
  4652. refuge: a safe place; a shelter from danger or hardship
  4653. refute: to overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  4654. regal: majestic and royal
  4655. regale: to entertain someone
  4656. regalia: the ceremonial and symbolic objects and clothing used and worn by royalty or other holders of high office on formal occasions
  4657. regent: somebody who rules on behalf of a monarch
  4658. regime: a system or style of government
  4659. regimen: program to improve health
  4660. regiment: a military unit with a large number of people
  4661. regnant: reigning, exercising power or authority
  4662. regression: weakening
  4663. regulate: to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; to control
  4664. regurgitate: to flow out or be ejected, especially from the mouth
  4665. rehabilitate: to restore or reform
  4666. rehash: to present or use over, with no or few changes (v/n)
  4667. reign: the period of time during which somebody, especially a king or queen, rules a nation
  4668. rein: strap for controlling horse; any means of guiding, controlling, or restraining somebody or something
  4669. reinstate: to restore to a former state, station, or authority
  4670. reiterate: to repeat
  4671. relapse: to fall back into a former mood, state, or way of life
  4672. relegate: to assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; to demote
  4673. relent: to become less strict or intense
  4674. relic: a historic object, remnant
  4675. relinquish: to release
  4676. reliquary: container for relics
  4677. relish: enjoyment (n/v)
  4678. remarkable: extraordinary
  4679. remedy: a medicine or anything that relieves pain
  4680. reminisce: to recall the past
  4681. remiss: careless or negligent about doing something that is expected
  4682. remission: reduction and decrease
  4683. remit: to send as payment; to reduce the intensity
  4684. remnant: something that remains or is left over
  4685. remonstrate: to argue in protest or opposition; to present and urge reasons in opposition
  4686. remote: situated a long way away
  4687. remunerate: to pay for work done
  4688. renal: relating to kidneys
  4689. render: to cause to become; to provide or furnish with; to give or supply
  4690. rendezvous: a meeting planned at a certain time and place
  4691. rendition: a performance of a musical composition; an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
  4692. renegade: somebody who abandons previously held beliefs or loyalties
  4693. renounce: to give up or quit
  4694. renovate: to put in good condition again
  4695. renown: fame
  4696. renunciation: denial or rejection
  4697. reparation: compensation for something wrong, amend
  4698. repartee: witty talk or remark
  4699. repast: meal (n/v)
  4700. repellent: serving or tending to repel; causing disgust
  4701. repent: to be sorry and change ways
  4702. repentance: a feeling of regret or contrition for having done something wrong
  4703. repercussion: result of action
  4704. repertoire: the entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation
  4705. repertory: a storehouse where a stock of things is kept
  4706. repine: to express discontent
  4707. replenish: to refill
  4708. replete: full
  4709. repository: a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
  4710. reprehensive: deserving blame
  4711. reprieve: to relieve or let off
  4712. reprimand: to rebuke somebody for a wrongdoing
  4713. reprisal: an act in return for harm done by another
  4714. reproachful: expressing blame; accusing
  4715. reprobate: to reject as invalid, to express strong disapproval; immoral (adj/n)
  4716. reprove: to speak to somebody in a way that shows disapproval of something he or she has done
  4717. repudiate: to reject and disapprove
  4718. repugnant: offensive and completely unacceptable
  4719. repulse: to force or drive back (v/n)
  4720. repulsive: making somebody feel disgust or very strong dislike
  4721. reputation: the views that are generally held about somebody or something
  4722. repute: estimation or character according to what people in general think
  4723. requiem: a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
  4724. requisite: necessary for relief or supply
  4725. requisition: to formally request something
  4726. requite: to revenge or retaliate
  4727. rescind: to cancel something
  4728. resemble: to be alike or similar to
  4729. resent: to dislike; to begrudge
  4730. reservation: an advance booking, for example, of a seat, table, hotel room, or a ticket on a plane, train, or bus
  4731. reserve: to keep something back for future use or for some specific purpose
  4732. residue: matter that remains after something has been removed
  4733. resigned: accepting something without protest, submissive
  4734. resilience: the ability to recover quickly from setbacks
  4735. resolute: firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  4736. resolve: to come to or cause somebody to come to a firm decision about something
  4737. resonate: to resound or echo, or cause something to resound or echo
  4738. resound: to echo loudly; to fill with sound
  4739. respectively: in the order given, in that order
  4740. respite: a temporary delay; a brief period of rest and recovery between periods of exertion or after something disagreeable
  4741. resplendent: shining and splendid
  4742. restitution: the return of something to its rightful owner
  4743. restive: being in a tense state, impatient especially under restriction or delay
  4744. restraint: the act of controlling by restraining someone or something, limit
  4745. resumption: recommencement
  4746. resurgent: rising or becoming stronger again
  4747. resurrect: to save or bring back to life
  4748. resuscitate: to revive somebody
  4749. retail: sale in small amounts (n/v/adj)
  4750. retain: to keep possession of something
  4751. retaliate: to get revenge
  4752. retch: to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  4753. reticent: silent and quiet
  4754. retinue: a body of people who travel with and attend an important person
  4755. retiring: shy and reserved
  4756. retort: to answer in a sharp, quick manner (n/v)
  4757. retract: to take back; to withdraw
  4758. retrench: to cut down or reduce in extent or quality
  4759. retribution: punishment, revenge
  4760. retroactive: effective to a past date
  4761. retrograde: to cause to deteriorate or move backwards
  4762. retrospect: contemplation of things past (n/v)
  4763. reveal: to disclose
  4764. revel: to celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; to engage in uproarious festivities
  4765. reveler: somebody enjoying a noisy party or celebration
  4766. reverend: worthy of adoration or reverence; a member of spiritual leader of the Church
  4767. revile: to insult
  4768. revision: the changing of a decision, estimate, statistic, or set of figures in order to correct it or make it more realistic
  4769. revive: to come, or bring somebody, back to life, consciousness, or full strength
  4770. revocable: able to be invalidated or canceled
  4771. revoke: to formally cancel something
  4772. rhapsodize: to express enthusiasm
  4773. rhapsody: an epic poem adapted for recitation
  4774. rhetoric: using language effectively to please or persuade
  4775. rhetorical: a question asked for effect that neither expects nor requires an answer
  4776. rheumy: moist, damp, wet (especially of air)
  4777. ribald: humorous but rude and vulgar, often involving jokes about sex; (adj/n)
  4778. rickety: weak and shaky
  4779. ricochet: a reflection or rebound, echo (n/v)
  4780. rictus: a fixed open-mouthed grin or grimace, especially an expression of horror
  4781. riddance: removal
  4782. riddle: to make holes in something; to spread out
  4783. rife: widespread and plentiful
  4784. rifle: to search through vigorously, to rob or plunder somebody or something
  4785. rig: to fix or manipulate; a gear; a vehicle
  4786. righteous: morally justified; respectable
  4787. rigmarole: nonsense, a set of confused and meaningless statements
  4788. rigorous: full of strictness
  4789. rile: to irritate somebody enough that it provokes anger
  4790. rind: the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)
  4791. riparian: along riverbank
  4792. ripple: a small wave on the surface of a liquid (n/v)
  4793. risible: causing or capable of causing laughter
  4794. rite: an established ceremony prescribed by a religion, ritual
  4795. ritual: any customary observance or practice (n/adj.)
  4796. rivet: to direct one's attention on something; to fasten; a pin
  4797. rivulet: a stream
  4798. roadkill: animal killed by vehicle
  4799. roam: to wander aimlessly (v/n)
  4800. robe: a long loose outer garment worn on ceremonial occasions
  4801. robust: strong and healthy
  4802. rococo: ornate
  4803. rogue: somebody who is unscrupulous or dishonest
  4804. roil: to make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
  4805. rollick: to play in a lively way
  4806. romp: to run around or play in a boisterous way
  4807. rookery: a breeding ground for gregarious birds
  4808. roost: to sit, as on a branch (v/n)
  4809. rosy: optimistic, especially to an unreasonable degree
  4810. rot: to decompose or decay
  4811. rote: memorization by repetition
  4812. rotund: spherical in shape
  4813. rotunda: a round building, usually covered with a dome
  4814. roundabout: indirect
  4815. rouse: to stir up into action
  4816. rove: to wander or travel aimlessly
  4817. rowdy: disorderly
  4818. rubbish: worthless material that is to be disposed of; to attack
  4819. rubicund: rosy
  4820. rucksack: a large bag, usually with two straps and often with a supporting frame
  4821. ruddy: reddish
  4822. rudiment: the elementary stages of any subject
  4823. rudimentary: basic
  4824. rue: to feel remorse or sorry for
  4825. rueful: causing sorrow and regret
  4826. ruffian: a cruel and brutal fellow
  4827. ruffle: to destroy the evenness of
  4828. rum: an alcoholic liquor made from sugar cane or molasses
  4829. rumble: to make deep sound
  4830. ruminate: to chew over again; to reflect deeply on a subject
  4831. rumple: to disturb the smoothness of; to become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
  4832. run of the mill: not special in any way, ordinary
  4833. rupture: a state of being broken
  4834. ruse: a clever trick or plot used to deceive others
  4835. rustic: relating to, characteristic of, or appropriate to the country or country living
  4836. rustle: to make a dry crackling sound; to move or work quickly and energetically
  4837. rut: a furrow; (n/v)
  4838. ruthless: without mercy or pity; cruel
  4839. rutilant: shining or glowing with a red light
  4840. rye: hardy annual cereal grass
  4841. sabbatical: a time off; vacation
  4842. sabotage: deliberate destruction of or damage (n/v)
  4843. saccharine: sweet
  4844. sacrilege: blasphemy
  4845. sacrosanct: sacred, holy
  4846. sadistic: being cruel for fun
  4847. safecracker: a thief who breaks open safes to steal valuable contents
  4848. sagacious: keen and wise in judgment, acute
  4849. sage: a wise person, especially an elder
  4850. salacious: characterized by lust
  4851. salad days: the best time of youth, with innocence, and inexperience
  4852. salient: having a quality that thrusts itself into attention, most important
  4853. sallow: unnaturally pale and yellowish (adj/v)
  4854. sally: a sudden rush or spring forward (n/v)
  4855. salmagundi: a mixed salad of various ingredients
  4856. saloon: a commercial establishment serving alcoholic drinks to the general public; bar
  4857. salubrious: healthful
  4858. salutary: useful, healthful
  4859. salutatorian: the graduating student with the second highest academic rank
  4860. salvage: to save and recover; to reclaim
  4861. salve: an ointment for soothing or healing wounds or sores
  4862. salvo: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  4863. sancocho: stew of meat and fruit
  4864. sanctify: to render holy by means of religious rites
  4865. sanctimonious: making an exaggerated show of holiness or moral superiority
  4866. sanctuary: a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept; refuge
  4867. sane: mentally healthy; free from mental disorder
  4868. sang-froid: self-possession or calmness, especially in a dangerous or stressful situation
  4869. sanguinary: involving death or bloodshed, bloodthirsty
  4870. sanguine: cheerfully optimistic
  4871. sanitize: to clean something thoroughly by disinfecting or sterilizing it
  4872. sap: to weaken; body fluid
  4873. sapid: full of flavor
  4874. sapience: wisdom
  4875. sapling: a young tree
  4876. saponaceous: having the qualities of soap
  4877. sappy: foolish
  4878. sardonic: disdainfully or ironically mocking
  4879. sartorial: pertaining to clothes
  4880. sash: a band of material around the waist; a framework that holds the panes of a window
  4881. sashay: to walk in a way that is intended to attract attention, especially by swaying the hips or swinging the elbows
  4882. Satan: the chief spirit of evil
  4883. sated: full, satisfied
  4884. satiate: to fill to satisfaction
  4885. satin: a smooth fabric of silk or rayon; has a glossy face and a dull back
  4886. satire: the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule
  4887. saturnalia: a wild celebration or orgy
  4888. satyr: a lascivious person
  4889. saucy: showing a lack of respect
  4890. saunter: to stroll
  4891. savage: to attack somebody or something violently, viciously, and without restraint (v/adj)
  4892. savor: to enjoy something with unhurried appreciation (v/n)
  4893. savory: having an appetizing taste or smell
  4894. savvy: to comprehend something; shrewdness (n/adj)
  4895. scabbard: a sheath, hanging from a belt, for a sword, dagger, or bayonet
  4896. scaffold: death by hanging or beheading as a form of punishment; a temporary framework of poles and planks that is used to support workers
  4897. scald: to burn or injure with hot liquid or steam
  4898. scalp: the skin that covers the top of the head (n/ to remove n); to sell illegally
  4899. scalpel: a surgical knife with a short, very sharp blade
  4900. scaly: rough to the touch
  4901. scamp: a mischievous person, especially a child who misbehaves in harmless or humorous ways
  4902. scamper: to run quickly or playfully
  4903. scandalous: shocking, defamatory
  4904. scant: inadequate
  4905. scanty: not much and less than is needed
  4906. scapegrace: mischievous person
  4907. scarf: a piece of cloth, worn around the neck or on the head for warmth or decoration
  4908. scathing: harsh
  4909. schadenfreude: one delighting in another person's misfortune
  4910. scheme: a secret and cunning plan, especially one designed to cause damage or harm
  4911. schism: a split or division
  4912. schlock: junk, something that has no value and is shoddily made
  4913. scholar: a learner
  4914. scintilla: a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
  4915. scintillate: to throw off sparks, to flash
  4916. scion: descendant or heir
  4917. scoff: to show great disrespect with mocking behavior
  4918. scorch: to make very hot and dry
  4919. scorn: contempt/ disrespect (ant. admiration)
  4920. scoundrel: a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
  4921. scour: to rub and clean; to search or hunt
  4922. scowling: sullen or unfriendly in appearance; scowl=to frown
  4923. scramble: to move hurriedly; to mix up; to climb
  4924. scrawl: to write quickly and sloppily
  4925. screech: a loud high-pitched grating sound (n/v)
  4926. screed: a long and often tedious piece of writing or speech
  4927. scrim: a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater
  4928. scrip: a certificate whose value is recognized by the payer and payee
  4929. scrounge: to collect or look around for (food)
  4930. scrub: to clean with hard rubbing; to cancel
  4931. scruffy: shabby and untidy
  4932. scrumptious: very pleasing, especially to the taste
  4933. scrunch: to make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface
  4934. scruple: uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  4935. scrupulous: characterized by extreme care and great effort
  4936. scrutinize: to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
  4937. scrutiny: close examination
  4938. scullery: a small room next to the kitchen, where kitchen utensils are cleaned and kept and other household jobs are done
  4939. scum: a filmy layer of extraneous matter or impurities that rises to or is formed on the surface of a liquid
  4940. scurrilous: containing abusive language or defamatory allegations
  4941. scurry: to move about or proceed hurriedly, to scuttle
  4942. scurry: to move at a hurried pace, usually with small fast steps
  4943. scuttle: to run or move quickly; to spoil or wreck
  4944. scuttlebutt: rumors about somebody’s activities; drinking fountain on ship
  4945. scythe: to cut or reap something with a cutting utensil
  4946. seam: a thin layer of a rock or mineral such as a coal deposit occurring between different strata of bedrock
  4947. séance: a meeting of spiritualists
  4948. sear: to burn the surface of
  4949. sebaceous: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  4950. secant: cutting, especially into two parts (adj/n)
  4951. secede: to withdraw formally and completely
  4952. second: to express agreement and support for something that somebody has just said
  4953. secondhand: not directly known, previously used
  4954. secrete: to place out of sight; keep secret; to release
  4955. secretion: the process of producing a substance from the cells and fluids within a gland or organ and discharging it
  4956. sectarian: of a religious faction (adj/n)
  4957. secular: not controlled by a religious body or concerned with religious or spiritual matters
  4958. sedate: dignified, not hurried (adj/v)
  4959. sedation: a state of calm, restfulness, or drowsiness
  4960. sedative: a drug or other agent that induces sedation
  4961. sedentary: involving or requiring much sitting, inactive
  4962. sedition: words intended to incite rebellion against government, treason
  4963. seduce: to persuade to the wrong
  4964. sedulous: painstaking
  4965. seedling: a young developing plant that is grown from a seed
  4966. seedy: shabby, dirty-looking, and often disreputable
  4967. seemly: in keeping with accepted standards and appropriate to the circumstances
  4968. seep: to pass or escape through an opening very slowly and in small quantities
  4969. seer: prophet
  4970. seethe: to be in an agitated emotional state
  4971. segue: to proceed without interruption
  4972. seizure: an attack
  4973. self-aggrandizement: the ambitious or ruthless pursuit of increased personal importance, wealth, reputation, or power
  4974. self-effacing: modest and reserved to avoid drawing attention to oneself in company
  4975. self-possessed: in full control of your faculties; self-control
  4976. self-sufficient: able to provide for your own needs without help from others
  4977. semblance: outward appearance, often erroneous and misleading
  4978. seminary: a private place of education for the young
  4979. sempiternal: lasting forever
  4980. senescent: growing older by the minute
  4981. senile: forgetful, confused, or otherwise mentally less acute in later life
  4982. sensory: relating to sensation and sense organs
  4983. sensual: relating to the body and the senses, relating to physical or, especially, sexual pleasure
  4984. sensuous: appealing to or gratifying the senses
  4985. sententious: tending to use, or full of, maxims and aphorisms; concise and full of meaning
  4986. sentient: capable of feeling and perception, conscious
  4987. sentimental: affected acutely by emotional matters, often to the point of mawkishness
  4988. sentinel: a person employed to watch for something to happen
  4989. sentry: a person on duty as guards
  4990. sepulcher: a chamber that is used as a grave
  4991. sequester: to put somebody into isolation
  4992. sequestrate: to keep away from others
  4993. serenade: to sing and play for somebody (v/n)
  4994. serendipity: luck or good fortune, a natural gift for making useful discoveries by accident
  4995. serene: peaceful; clear
  4996. sergeant –major: a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the army
  4997. sergeant-at-arms: an officer who maintains order and executes commands
  4998. seriatim: one after another, or in a series
  4999. serpent: limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
  5000. serrate: with notches or projections like the teeth of a saw; to give something an edge that is notched like the teeth of a saw
  5001. servile: too obedient
  5002. sesquipedalian: one who uses big words (n/adj)
  5003. sever: to keep apart; to cut off or separate
  5004. severity: something hard to endure, harshness
  5005. shackle: metal bracelet for holding prisoners
  5006. shakedown: an act of extorting money from somebody using threats; to extract
  5007. shallop: a light boat with oars, sails, or both, used in shallow waters
  5008. sham: something false or empty that is purported to be genuine
  5009. shamble: to walk in awkward, unsteady way
  5010. shambles: a place or scene of disorder or destruction
  5011. shank: the long narrowest part of something such as a key or pipe, especially when it connects two functional parts
  5012. shard: a broken piece of a brittle artifact
  5013. shawl: a fabric square worn by women over the shoulders or head and shoulders or used to wrap a baby in
  5014. shear: to trim or cut
  5015. sheath: a case for the blade of a knife, sword, or other cutting implement
  5016. sheepish: showing embarrassment as a result of having done something awkward or wrong
  5017. sheer: complete, pure and unadulterated; vertical
  5018. shift: a loose-fitting dress that hangs down from the shoulders
  5019. shiftless: unwilling to make the effort to be successful or do something properly
  5020. shim: a thin wedge of material (wood or metal or stone) for driving into crevices
  5021. shimmer: to shine softly with a wavering or flickering light, or cause something to shine in this way
  5022. shipwright: a carpenter who helps build and launch wooden vessels
  5023. shirk: to avoid something or responsibility
  5024. shoal: a large group of fish; shallow water
  5025. shod: wearing footgear
  5026. shoddy: poorly or carelessly made or done
  5027. shoehorn: to squeeze something; a device to help heel into shoe
  5028. showboat: somebody who behaves flamboyantly in order to attract attention (n/v)
  5029. shrewd: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; clever
  5030. shriek: sharp piercing cry (n/v)
  5031. shrill: with a high-pitched penetrating quality; making a high-pitched penetrating sound
  5032. shrine: a sacred place of worship associated with a holy person or event
  5033. shrivel: to shrink or weaken
  5034. shrub: a woody plant smaller than a tree
  5035. shrubbery: a group of shrubs
  5036. shudder: an involuntary vibration (n/v)
  5037. shun: to avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of; to expel
  5038. shutter: door or window cover; to close something using shutters
  5039. shuttle: to travel back and forth between two points
  5040. sibilant: producing a hissing sound
  5041. sideburn: beard grown down the side of a man's face in front of the ears
  5042. sidekick: a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
  5043. sidelong: inclining or tending to one side
  5044. sidereal: relating to stars
  5045. sidestep: to evade something
  5046. sidle: to move sideways in a sly way
  5047. sieve: an utensil with many tiny openings; a tool for separation
  5048. sift: to move as if through a sieve; to check and sort carefully (sieve)
  5049. simulacrum: a representation or image of something
  5050. sin: an action that breaks a religious law
  5051. sine qua non: a prerequisite
  5052. sinecure: paid job requiring little work
  5053. sinewy: muscular and strong
  5054. singe: to slightly burn
  5055. singular: unique, remarkable
  5056. sinuous: with graceful winding or curving movements
  5057. sinus: an opening or cavity
  5058. sip: a small drink (n/v)
  5059. sire: to make children
  5060. sirocco: hot oppressive wind
  5061. sizable: fairly large
  5062. sketchy: lacking in substance, clarity, or detail, vague
  5063. skewer: a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted (n/v)
  5064. skiff: a small flat-bottom boat
  5065. skimpy: hardly adequate, stingy
  5066. skinflint: a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
  5067. skirting: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing; avoidance
  5068. skitter: to skip along quickly and lightly
  5069. skittish: unpredictably excitable, playful
  5070. skulk: to move about in a furtive way
  5071. slab: a thick flat broad piece of something, especially when cut or trimmed
  5072. slake: to satisfy; to fill; to quench
  5073. slander: to insult or show disrespect (v/n)
  5074. slang: words, expressions, and usages that are casual, vivid, racy, or playful replacements for standard ones
  5075. slant: to be at an angle, or set something at an angle (v/n), a point of view or way of looking at something
  5076. slate: to schedule or designate something
  5077. slattern: an untidy and slovenly woman
  5078. sleazy: dirty, disreputable, or sordid in character or appearance
  5079. sledgehammer: a large heavy hammer swung with both hands.
  5080. sleek: smooth and shiny
  5081. sleight of hand: skill or dexterity with the hands in performing magic tricks
  5082. slender: small or slight in width in proportion to height or length; limited
  5083. slick: a slippery smoothness (n/v)
  5084. slink: to walk stealthily
  5085. slither: to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
  5086. sliver: a thin layer (n/v)
  5087. slogan: a favorite saying of a sect or political group
  5088. slop: a liquid that has spilled or overflowed (n/v)
  5089. sloth: laziness
  5090. slouch: an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions; to walk slovenly
  5091. sloven: a coarse obnoxious person
  5092. slovenly: negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
  5093. slowly or very little
  5094. slugabed: somebody who likes to stay in bed later than other people
  5095. sluggish: inactive and
  5096. slumber: to be asleep or in a state of inactivity or rest
  5097. sly: marked by skill in deception
  5098. small beer: something of little or no importance
  5099. smaragdine: any green gemstone, for example, an emerald
  5100. smatter: to work with in a non-serious manner; to speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
  5101. smattering: a small number or amount
  5102. smear: to spread over, or spread something liquid or greasy over something
  5103. smite: to inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon; to affect suddenly with deep feeling
  5104. smolder: to burn slowly and without a flame
  5105. smooch: to kiss and caress somebody (v/n)
  5106. smother: to cover thickly; to become suffocated
  5107. smudge: a container in which material is burned to produce smoke; to smear or blur something by rubbing it
  5108. snarl: to utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone (v/n)
  5109. snazzy: attractively new, bright, or fashionable
  5110. snide: sarcastic
  5111. snivel: to weep with sniffling
  5112. snob: somebody who looks down on others and feels superior
  5113. snort: to laugh loudly
  5114. snub: to treat somebody rudely; to bring something to a stop
  5115. sobriety: abstinence from or moderation in the use of alcohol or drugs
  5116. sobriquet: a familiar name for a person
  5117. sodden: thoroughly wet (adj/v)
  5118. soigné: neat and smart in dress and appearance
  5119. soiree: a party of people assembled in the evening
  5120. solace: comfort in time of trouble
  5121. solder: an alloy with a low melting point used to join electrical components together (n/v)
  5122. solecism: breach of good manners
  5123. solemn: earnest, demonstrating sincerity and gravity
  5124. solicit: to ask for
  5125. solicitous: expressing an attitude of concern and consideration
  5126. soliloquy: speech you make to yourself
  5127. solipsism: belief in self as only reality
  5128. solitude: loneness and isolation
  5129. solvent: having enough money to cover expenses and debts
  5130. somnambulate: to sleepwalk
  5131. somniferous: making somebody, or designed to make somebody, feel sleepy
  5132. somniloquism: uttering speech while asleep
  5133. somnolent: drowsy, sleepy
  5134. sonic: relating to, using, or producing sound or sound waves
  5135. sonorous: producing or possessing sound
  5136. soothing: making more comfortable
  5137. soothsayer: somebody who attempts to predict the future
  5138. sop: to give a conciliatory gift or bribe to; to dip into liquid
  5139. sophism: apparently clever but flawed argument
  5140. sophistical: clever-sounding but flawed
  5141. sophistry: flawed method of argumentation
  5142. sophomoric: immature
  5143. soporific: causing sleep or drowsiness
  5144. sorcery: the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
  5145. sordid: morally degraded, squalid
  5146. sortie: a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  5147. sotto voce: in a soft voice, so as not to be overheard
  5148. sough: to make a soft rustling, sighing, or murmuring sound, like the wind in trees (v/n)
  5149. soundly: free from damage
  5150. soupcon: tiny amount, bit
  5151. sovereign: monarch, independent, outstanding
  5152. sow: to plant seeds for growing
  5153. sparing: careful in spending or using
  5154. sparrow: a small dull-colored songbird
  5155. Spartan: marked by stern discipline, frugality, simplicity, or courage\
  5156. spasm: a sudden burst of energy
  5157. spasmodic: occurring at uneven intervals
  5158. spate: outpouring
  5159. spay: to surgically remove an animal’s ovaries and adjacent parts of the uterus
  5160. spearhead: a leader (n/v); the head of a spearhead
  5161. specialize: to specify or make specific mention of something
  5162. specie: money in the form of coins
  5163. species: a kind, sort, or variety of something
  5164. specimen: an example regarded as typical of its class
  5165. specious: plausible but false
  5166. speck: a very small mark or stain
  5167. speckle: a small spot or mark, often a small irregular patch of contrasting color (n/v)
  5168. spectacle: a phenomenon that seen, especially one that is unusual
  5169. specter: a ghostly presence or apparition
  5170. spectral: like or being a phantom; ghostly
  5171. speculation: a conclusion, theory, or opinion based on incomplete information or evidence
  5172. spellbound: with attention and interest held completely, as if under the influence of a spell
  5173. spendthrift: someone who spends money prodigally; a waster
  5174. spew: to vomit something that has been eaten
  5175. spick and span: completely neat and clean
  5176. spindrift: spray that blows from the surface of the sea
  5177. spinster: a woman who has never married
  5178. spiral: a flat curve or series of curves that constantly increase or decrease in size
  5179. spirit: a strong alcoholic beverage
  5180. spiteful: showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite; hateful
  5181. spontaneously: instantly
  5182. spooky: scared; frightened
  5183. spoonerism: an accidental transposition of initial consonant sounds or parts of words
  5184. sporadically: occurring occasionally at intervals that have no apparent pattern
  5185. spore: a small usually single-celled reproductive body
  5186. sport: to wear or display in a proud manner
  5187. sporting: fair; risking
  5188. spotty: inconsistent in quality
  5189. sprawl: to spread out
  5190. sprightly: full of life and vigor
  5191. springy: bouncing back into shape
  5192. sprinkle: to scatter small drops of a liquid or particles of a fine or powdery substance
  5193. sprout: to begin to grow
  5194. sprout: to grow or cause something or somebody to grow; a new growth on a plant
  5195. spruce: appearing neat and tidy (adj/v)
  5196. spur: to incite or stimulate
  5197. spurious: being different from what it claims to be
  5198. spurn: to reject somebody or something with disdain
  5199. sputter: to say in an agitated manner
  5200. squalid: dirty and shabby because of neglect and lack of money
  5201. squalor: shabbiness, filth, degradation
  5202. squander: to waste; to spend thoughtlessly; to throw away
  5203. squarely: in a direct or forceful way
  5204. squat: a small worthless amount; to crouch
  5205. squatter: one who settles on land without permission or right
  5206. squawk: to utter a loud harsh cry
  5207. squire: to escort or go out with a man or a woman (v/n); rural landowner
  5208. staggering: with the effect of shocking or astounding people
  5209. stagnant: not flowing or moving
  5210. stagy: exaggerated or artificial in manner, as if in a play
  5211. staid: characterized by dignity and propriety
  5212. stake: to risk or gamble; investment
  5213. stale: not so strong or energetic
  5214. stalk: to follow stealthily
  5215. stall: a small area selling or dispensing food; to stop or delay
  5216. stallion: un-castrated adult male horse
  5217. stalwart: strong and sturdy
  5218. stammer: to speak with involuntary stops and much repeating
  5219. stampede: to rush or sprint (usually a mad or wild dash) (v/n)
  5220. stanch: to stop; firm
  5221. stanchion: a vertical pole, bar, or beam used to support something (n/v)
  5222. starchy: rigidly formal
  5223. statecraft: the art of governing or managing the affairs of a country well
  5224. stately: dignified or grand
  5225. state-of-the-art: the most advanced level of knowledge and technology currently achieved in any field at any given time
  5226. statuesque: like a statue, especially in having classical beauty, elegance, or proportions
  5227. stature: the standing height of somebody or something; somebody’s standing or level of achievement
  5228. statute: an enacted law
  5229. staunch: firm; loyal
  5230. stead: the position or role customarily occupied or served by another
  5231. steadfast: firm and unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or resolve
  5232. stealthy: marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
  5233. stellar: involving stars
  5234. stench: a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
  5235. stencil: a cut-out model or guide; a pattern
  5236. stentorian: loud, powerful or declamatory in tone
  5237. sterile: barren and bare
  5238. sterilize: to kill all living microorganisms in order to make something incapable of causing infection; to neuter
  5239. sterling: highest in quality
  5240. sternly: with sternness; in a severe manner
  5241. stew: to be deeply troubled or agitated
  5242. stickler: to dispute stubbornly about trivial matters
  5243. stifle: to impair somebody’s breathing or find it hard to breathe
  5244. stigmatize: to label somebody or something as socially undesirable
  5245. stiletto: a small dagger with a narrow tapering blade
  5246. stilt: a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
  5247. stimulate: to make active; to fire up
  5248. stimulus: incentive
  5249. stipend: allowance
  5250. stipulate: to specify something such as a condition when making an agreement or an offer
  5251. stir: emotional agitation and excitement
  5252. stock: to have on hand, to keep; repeated too often; over-familiar through overuse
  5253. stocky: having a broad strong-looking physique, and usually short in stature
  5254. stoic: someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions (n/adj)
  5255. stolid: unemotional
  5256. stomp: to tread heavily
  5257. stonemason: worker with stone
  5258. stony: showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  5259. stoop: to bend the top half of the body forward and downward
  5260. stormy petrel: one who brings discord or appears at the onset of trouble; a rebel
  5261. stout: strong and substantial; an euphemisms for 'fat'
  5262. stow: to put or hide away
  5263. straddle: to sit or stand so that one leg is on one side and the other leg is on the other side of something or somebody
  5264. straightforward: not hard to understand; truthful to the point
  5265. strain: deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces, difficulty
  5266. strait: strict and severe (adj/n)
  5267. strait-laced: excessively strict of morals, prudish
  5268. strangle: to choke to death
  5269. strapping: tall and powerfully built
  5270. stratagem: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
  5271. stratify: to form, arrange, or deposit in layers
  5272. stratum: any of several parallel layers or levels of something
  5273. stray: to wander; a lost or wandering person
  5274. streak: a distinctive characteristic
  5275. strenuous: requiring great effort, energy, stamina, or strength
  5276. strewn: being distributed here and there without order; scattered strapping; big and strong
  5277. stricture: a severe criticism or strongly critical remark; limit or restriction
  5278. strident: loud, harsh sound; strongly expressed
  5279. strife: bitter and sometimes violent conflict, struggle, or rivalry
  5280. stringent: strictly controlled or enforced
  5281. stripling: a boy in his early teenage years, who has not yet grown to his full size
  5282. stroll: a leisurely walk; to walk
  5283. stronghold: a place that is fortified or that can be easily be defended
  5284. strung: very tired, tense, and overwrought
  5285. strut: a proud stiff pompous gait (n/v)
  5286. stub: a short part of something that is left after the main part has been removed or used
  5287. stubble: material consisting of seed coverings that have been separated from the seeds
  5288. studious: giving to diligent study; showing careful attention
  5289. stuffy: lacking fresh air
  5290. stultify: to diminish somebody’s interest and liveliness
  5291. stunt: something dangerous that is done as a challenge or to entertain people (n/v)
  5292. stupefy: to amaze and stun
  5293. stupendous: impressively large, excellent, or great in extent or degree
  5294. stupor: dazed state, unconsciousness
  5295. sty: an enclosure in which hogs are kept
  5296. stymie: to hinder the progress of, a problem
  5297. suasion: persuasion
  5298. suave: smooth
  5299. subdue: to put down by force or intimidation
  5300. subjacent: lying under or just below something
  5301. subjection: domination; forced submission to control by others
  5302. subjective: based on somebody’s opinions or feelings rather than on facts or evidence
  5303. subjugate: to dominate, to put under control
  5304. sublimate: to purify, refine or change something undesirable
  5305. sublime: so awe-inspiringly beautiful as to seem almost heavenly
  5306. subliminal: below the threshold of conscious perception; subconscious
  5307. sublingual: under the tongue
  5308. sublunary: situated between the earth and the moon; worldly or mundane
  5309. submerge: to go under water; to sink; to fill or cover completely, usually with water
  5310. submersible: designed for use under water
  5311. submissive: ready to submit to others, obedient
  5312. subsequent: following in time, order, place
  5313. subservient: to eager to obey others; secondary in importance
  5314. subside: to sink into a lower level
  5315. subsidiary : having secondary importance or occupying a subordinate position
  5316. subsidize: to supply capital to or for
  5317. subsist: to manage to live
  5318. substantial: large in amount; firmly constructed
  5319. substantiate: to establish by evidence
  5320. substantive: with practical importance
  5321. subtend: to extend to the direct opposite
  5322. subterfuge: sneaky strategy; tricks
  5323. subterranean: being or operating under the surface of the earth, existing or carried on in secret
  5324. subtle: be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind; working or spreading in a hidden way
  5325. subtrahend: number to be subtracted
  5326. subversive: rebellious; not following
  5327. subvert: to cause the downfall of; to destroy completely
  5328. succinct: showing or expressed with brevity and clarity, with no wasted words; brief
  5329. succor: to help for somebody or something
  5330. succulent: juicy and tasty, interesting
  5331. suckle: to take milk from a mother’s breast, teat, or udder, or to allow a young child or animal to feed on milk from the breast, teat, or udder
  5332. sufferance: tolerance of something prohibited; endurance of difficulty or pain
  5333. suffice: to be enough
  5334. suffuse: to fill with a glow
  5335. sui generis: unique, or in a class of its own
  5336. suitor: a man who is trying to persuade a woman to marry him
  5337. sulky: angrily silent
  5338. sullen: showing bad temper or hostility by a refusal to talk
  5339. sully: to spoil or make dirty
  5340. summarily: done instantly, without delay
  5341. summon: to call in an official matter, such as to attend court
  5342. sumptuous: splendid or luxurious
  5343. sunder: to break something apart
  5344. superannuated: retired; too worn; out-of-date
  5345. supercilious: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
  5346. supererogatory: performed to an extent beyond what is required or expected
  5347. superficial: not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; insincere
  5348. superfluous: extra, unnecessary
  5349. superintend: to be in charge of something
  5350. superlative: excellent, of the highest quality or degree
  5351. supernumerary: exceeding the usual number
  5352. supersede: to replace something less efficient, to succeed something or somebody
  5353. superstitious: showing ignorance or the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance
  5354. supine: lying face upward; lethargic
  5355. supplant: to oust someone
  5356. supplicant: humble petitioner
  5357. supplicate: to humbly address requests
  5358. supposition: conjecture, hypothesis that is taken for granted
  5359. suppress: to put down by force or authority; to hold back
  5360. supremacy: the highest rank, power or authority
  5361. surcease: an end or cessation
  5362. surcharge: to overcharge (v/n)
  5363. surety: certainty; something clearly established and guaranteed
  5364. surfeit: excess
  5365. surly: bad-tempered, unfriendly, rude, and somewhat threatening
  5366. surmise: to guess (v/n)
  5367. surmount: to deal with a difficulty successfully
  5368. surname: last name
  5369. surpass: to be great, better; to exceed
  5370. surreal: dreamlike
  5371. surreptitiously: secretly
  5372. surrogate: substitute
  5373. surveillance: close observation of a person or group
  5374. susceptible: easily influenced or affected by something
  5375. sustain: to withstand or maintain; to experiment a setback
  5376. susurrus: the indistinct sound of people whispering
  5377. suture: to stitch and sew
  5378. svelte: pleasantly, fashionably slim
  5379. swaddle: to wrap
  5380. swagger: bold, arrogant stride
  5381. swan: to assert; to wander about idly
  5382. swarthy: with dark complexion
  5383. swathe: to wrap in swaddling clothes
  5384. sweeping: on a large scale
  5385. swelter: to be uncomfortably hot
  5386. swerve: to veer and change direction
  5387. swindle: to obtain something from somebody, especially money, by deception or fraud
  5388. swine: a pig or hog; an offensive term on one's behavior
  5389. swollen: past participle of swell
  5390. swoon: to pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain (v/n)
  5391. sybarite: somebody devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual desires
  5392. sycophantic: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  5393. syllabus: outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise
  5394. sylph: a woman or girl who is slight and graceful
  5395. sylvan: relating to, typical of, or found in a forest (adj/n)
  5396. symphonic: harmonious in sound, color, or composition
  5397. synchronized: things corresponding; matching
  5398. syndicate: an association of individuals united for the prosecution of some enterprise
  5399. syneresis: the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong; liquid separation in gel
  5400. synod: an ecclesiastical council
  5401. synthesize: to combine different elements into new whole
  5402. systematic: carried out in a methodical and organized manner
  5403. table: to postpone discussion of something
  5404. tableau: picture, an arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life
  5405. tabloid: a small-format popular newspaper with a simple style
  5406. taboo: forbidden to be used, mentioned, or approached because of social or cultural rather than legal prohibitions
  5407. tabularize: to tabulate
  5408. tabulate: to put into a table
  5409. tacit: understood or implied without being stated openly
  5410. taciturn: inclined to silence
  5411. tack: a sharp nail; the direction of sailing; to fasten
  5412. tact: consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence (ant. clumsiness)
  5413. tactic: a planned action for some purpose
  5414. tactile: of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch; tangible
  5415. taint: the state of being contaminated
  5416. take for granted: to consider as true or real; to underestimate
  5417. talisman: a lucky charm
  5418. tallow: a hard fatty substance extracted from the fat of sheep and cattle and used to make candles and soap (n/v)
  5419. tame: to correct by punishment or discipline; very restrained or quiet
  5420. tang: the taste experience when a savory condiment is taken into the mouth, flavor
  5421. tangent: going off the main topic
  5422. tangential: almost irrelevant
  5423. tangible: able to be touched or perceived through the sense of touch
  5424. tannery: workplace where skins and hides are tanned
  5425. tantalize: to tease or torment one by letting them see but not have something
  5426. tantamount: the same as, equal
  5427. tapering: gradually narrowed toward a point
  5428. tapestry: a heavy textile with a woven design; used for curtains and upholstery
  5429. tarmac: a paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar (n/v)
  5430. tarnish: to become dull
  5431. tartan: a cloth having a crisscross design
  5432. tattle: to tell a secret
  5433. tattletale: a person who tattles
  5434. taut: tough, tight and tense
  5435. taw: to turn skins into white leather; large marble
  5436. tawdry: cheap, of little value
  5437. tawny: of brownish orange color
  5438. taxidermy: the art or skill of preparing, stuffing, and presenting dead animal skins so that they appear lifelike
  5439. tchotchke: a trinket or piece of bric-a-brac
  5440. teal: greenish-blue color
  5441. tearful: filled with or marked by tears; showing sorrow
  5442. teat: the small projection of a mammary gland
  5443. technicality: a detail that is considered insignificant
  5444. tedious: boring
  5445. teem: to be full to overflowing
  5446. teensy: very small
  5447. teeter: to wobble
  5448. telepathy: apparent communication from one mind to another without using sensory perceptions
  5449. telescope: to crush together or collapse; to make smaller
  5450. telling a yarn: phrase meaning telling a story
  5451. telltale: someone who gossips indiscreetly (n/adj)
  5452. temerity: reckless confidence that might be offensive
  5453. temper: a sudden outburst of anger; to moderate and alleviate
  5454. temperament: a prevailing or dominant quality of mind that characterizes somebody
  5455. temperamental: subject to sharply varying moods
  5456. temperance: the trait of avoiding excesses
  5457. temperate: not extreme in behavior, moderate, calm
  5458. tempest: a severe storm with very high winds and often rain, hail, or snow
  5459. temporal: not eternal, of or relating to or limited by time
  5460. temporize: to draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
  5461. tempt: to make someone think of doing wrong; to risk the dangers
  5462. tenable: with reasonable arguments to support it
  5463. tenacious: persistent, unyielding, with adhesiveness
  5464. tendentious: trying to influence opinion
  5465. tender: to present something formal or official, in the form of a document
  5466. tendril: a slim, wispy, curling, or winding piece of something, especially hair
  5467. tenebrous: dark, murky, or obscured by shadows
  5468. tenement: a rundown apartment house barely meeting minimal standards (poorly made)
  5469. tenet: a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof; a religious belief
  5470. tenor: the direction in which something is steadily moving
  5471. tentage: tents in general or as a group
  5472. tentative: unsettled in mind or opinion, hesitant, cautious
  5473. tenuous: weak
  5474. tenure: the occupation of an official position, or the length of time a position is occupied
  5475. tepid: moderately warm; unenthusiastic
  5476. tercentenary: 300th anniversary (n/adj)
  5477. tergiversate: to change sides of opinions
  5478. termagant: violently abusive and quarrelsome
  5479. terminology: the expressions and words, or a set of expressions and words, used by people involved in a specialized activity or field of work
  5480. terminus: the very last stop or end
  5481. terse: brief and to the point; effectively cut short; curt
  5482. testament: proof or evidence; will
  5483. testator: a person who makes a will
  5484. testily: in a petulant, irritably manner
  5485. tether: restraint consisting of a rope; tie with a tether
  5486. thatch: a plant material such as straw or rushes used as roofing on a house.(n/v)
  5487. thaumaturgy: the performance of miracles or magic
  5488. theatrical: a performance of play; of or relating to the theater
  5489. theodolite: an optical instrument consisting of a rotating telescopic sight, used by a surveyor to measure horizontal and vertical angles
  5490. theorist: someone who theorizes (especially in science or art); philosopher
  5491. therapeutic: used in treating disease
  5492. thereabout: near that time, date, or place; approximately
  5493. thicket: a dense growth of bushes
  5494. thingamabob: something whose name is either forgotten or not known
  5495. thingamajig: something whose name is either forgotten or not known
  5496. thingy: something whose name is either forgotten or not known
  5497. thorough: painstakingly careful and accurate
  5498. thoroughbred: having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal (adj/n)
  5499. thoroughfare: a public road from one place to another
  5500. thrall: the state of being under the control of another person
  5501. threadbare: shabby and poor, overused so no longer convincing
  5502. threnody: a song, poem, or speech of lament for the dead
  5503. thrice: three times over
  5504. thrifty: careful and diligent in the use of resources; economical
  5505. thrive: to grow vigorously and healthily; to grow stronger
  5506. throb: a deep pulsating type of pain; to tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
  5507. throe: a spasm of pain
  5508. throng: a great number of people crowded together
  5509. thrust: the force used in pushing (n/v)
  5510. thug: somebody, especially a criminal, who is brutal and violent
  5511. thwack: a hard blow with a flat object (n/v)
  5512. thwart: to frustrate something
  5513. tidbit: a small, usually bite-sized, piece of delicious food
  5514. tidings: news
  5515. tier: layer; row
  5516. tightfisted: stingy, disinclined to spend money
  5517. till: to work land in order to make it ready for cultivation
  5518. tilth: cultivation
  5519. timbre: the distinctive property of a complex sound
  5520. timely: happening or done at the right time or an appropriate time
  5521. timorous: timid, showing fear or hesitancy
  5522. tincture: an indication that something has been present (n/v)
  5523. tinge: to add a slight amount of color to something (v/n)
  5524. tingle: an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; an itching
  5525. tinker: to do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  5526. tinkle: a series of light metallic ringing sounds
  5527. tinny: of very poor quality; sharp or harsh
  5528. tinsel: glittering material
  5529. tipple: to drink moderately but regularly
  5530. tipsy: very drunk
  5531. tirade: a speech of violent denunciation
  5532. titan: a powerful person
  5533. titillate: to excite or stimulate somebody pleasurably, usually in a mildly sexual way
  5534. titivate: to spruce up
  5535. titter: to laugh in a nervous manner
  5536. tittle-tattle: light informal conversation for social occasions (n/v)
  5537. tittup: to move in a lively prancing way
  5538. titular: being such in name only, supposed
  5539. tizzy: an excited state of agitation
  5540. toady: a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage (n/v)
  5541. tocsin: alarm, warning
  5542. togs: clothes of any kind
  5543. tomboy: a girl who dresses or behaves in a way regarded as boyish, especially a girl who enjoys rough boisterous play
  5544. tome: a book, especially a large heavy book on a serious subject
  5545. tongue-in-cheek: not seriously, in a bantering fashion (adv/adj)
  5546. tonnage: a tax imposed on ships that enter the US torment; unbearable physical pain
  5547. tonsorial: pertaining to hair or haircutting
  5548. toothsome: delicious; attractive
  5549. torpidity: torpor
  5550. torpor: inactivity resulting from torpidity and lack of vigor or energy
  5551. torrent: a violent flow; a violently fast stream of water
  5552. torrid: full of passion, scorching hot
  5553. torso: the upper part of the human body, not including the head and arms
  5554. tort: civil wrongdoing
  5555. tortuous: with many turns or bends, intricate, devious
  5556. totter: to walk unsteadily, to be unstable
  5557. touchstone: a standard by which something is judged
  5558. tow: to drag or pull; a rope used for pulling
  5559. tractable: being very easy to control or persuade
  5560. traduce: to say very critical or disparaging things about somebody
  5561. trajectory: the curved path of something passed or thrown
  5562. trammel: something that limits a person’s freedom (n/v)
  5563. tramp: vagrant; to step in heavily
  5564. trance: a dream
  5565. tranquil: characterized by absence of emotional agitation, free from disturbance
  5566. tranquility: clam
  5567. transact: to conduct business
  5568. transcend: to go beyond limit
  5569. transcribe: to write out an exact copy of something
  5570. transfix: to fascinate
  5571. transformation: a qualitative change
  5572. transfuse: to transfer something by pouring
  5573. transgression: any act that violates the law; overstepping a limit
  5574. transient: passing with time, transitory
  5575. transitive: needing or usually taking a direct object
  5576. transitory: not permanent or lasting, but existing only for a short time
  5577. translucent: almost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely
  5578. transmogrify: to change form grotesquely
  5579. transmute: to change from one form, nature, substance, or state into another
  5580. transpire: to come to light; become known; to happen
  5581. transplant: to move somebody or something to another place
  5582. transposition: reversal of order
  5583. traumatize: to cause somebody to experience severe emotional shock
  5584. travail: hard or agonizing labor (n/v)
  5585. traverse: to travel or move across, over, or through an area or a place
  5586. travesty: a distorted or debased version of something, grotesque imitation (n/v)
  5587. treacherous: betraying trust or confidence
  5588. treason: an act of deliberate betrayal
  5589. treatise: a formal exposition
  5590. trek: hike walk (n/v)
  5591. tremor: involuntary vibration
  5592. tremulous: trembling
  5593. trenchant: direct, incisive, and deliberately hurtful
  5594. trendy: relating to or exemplifying the latest fashion
  5595. trepidation: fear
  5596. trestle: supporting framework
  5597. triage: the process of prioritizing sick or injured people for treatment according to the seriousness of the condition or injury
  5598. tribulation: great difficulty, affliction, or distress
  5599. tribute: compliment. evidence attesting good; tax
  5600. trifle: a small amount
  5601. trinity: a group of three
  5602. trinket: small item of little value; something trivial
  5603. trite: overused and consequently lacking in interest or originality
  5604. trivial: unimportant
  5605. trivialize: to reduce the important or value of something
  5606. troubadour: poet or singer
  5607. truckle: to behave in a weak or servile way
  5608. truculent: aggressively defiant
  5609. trudge: to walk wearily or laboriously
  5610. trundle: to roll along
  5611. truss: to secure with or as if with ropes; to bind
  5612. tryst: an arrangement to meet, especially one made privately or secretly
  5613. tubular: having hollow tubes (as for the passage of fluids)
  5614. tuft: bunch or clump of things of things
  5615. tumble: to fall suddenly and awkwardly, especially rolling over and over, or cause something to fall in this way
  5616. tumor: an abnormal uncontrolled growth or mass of body cells, which may be malignant or benign and has no physiological function
  5617. tunic: a loose wide-necked garment that extends to the hip or knee turquoise; a blue gem
  5618. turbid: confused and muddled, muddy
  5619. turbulent: marked by disturbances, changes, and unrest
  5620. turgid: pompous, boring, and overcomplicated
  5621. turpitude: extreme immorality or wickedness
  5622. turret: a small rounded tower that projects from a wall or corner of a large building such as a castle
  5623. tutelage: teaching
  5624. tutelary: acting in the role of a protector or guardian
  5625. twang: the sharp resonating noise (n/v)
  5626. tweak: twist or squeeze
  5627. twinge: a sudden brief stab of pain
  5628. twitch: a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition (n/v)
  5629. two-time: to carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
  5630. typical: having all or most of the characteristics shared by others of a type and therefore suitable as an example of the type
  5631. typography: the activity or business of preparing texts for printing
  5632. tyro: a novice, beginner
  5633. ubiquitous: being present everywhere at once
  5634. ukase: an edict
  5635. ulterior: existing in addition to or being other than what is apparent or assumed
  5636. ultimate: final; most extreme; vital; supreme
  5637. ultimatum: a final peremptory demand
  5638. ululate: to howl or wail, in grief or in jubilation
  5639. umbrage: offence; giver of shade
  5640. unabashed: not ashamed or embarrassed
  5641. unabated: still as forceful or intense as before
  5642. unalloyed: in a pure state
  5643. unanimous: in complete agreement
  5644. unassuming: acting in a way that does not assume superiority, modest
  5645. unbecoming: not right or proper
  5646. unbelief: a rejection of belief
  5647. unbidden: not invited; unasked
  5648. unbosom: to relieve oneself of troubling information
  5649. unbridled: freely and openly expressed, unrestrained
  5650. uncalled-for: beyond what is necessary or expected, especially in being unjustifiably unkind or impolite
  5651. uncanny: eerie
  5652. uncoil: to release something, or be released, from a coiled or wound position; to undo
  5653. uncommitted: not dedicated, casual
  5654. unconditional: with not conditions or limitations
  5655. unconscionable: shocking and morally unacceptable
  5656. unconstrained: at liberty
  5657. uncorroborated: unsupported by evidence
  5658. uncouth: ill-mannered
  5659. uncritical: accepting without analyzing
  5660. unction: anointing with oil; earnestness
  5661. unctuous: excessively ingratiating; oil, fatty, greasy
  5662. undaunted: not shocked
  5663. undeniably: unquestionably
  5664. undercurrent: a feeling, opinion, force, or tendency that is felt to be present in somebody, but that is not openly shown
  5665. underhanded: marked by deception, secret, sly, deceitful
  5666. underlying: positioned beneath something else, fundamental
  5667. undermine: to weaken
  5668. understudy: a substitute actor (n/v)
  5669. undertake: to make a pledge to do something
  5670. underwrite: to issue insurance, to lend support to
  5671. undeviating: remaining loyal or constant
  5672. undiluted: pure
  5673. undue: excessive or very inappropriate
  5674. undulate: to move sinuously like waves (v/adj)
  5675. unduly: excessively
  5676. unequivocal: allowing for no doubt; unambiguous
  5677. unflagging: remaining strong and unchanging
  5678. unforgiving: intolerant
  5679. ungainly: lacking grace in movement or posture
  5680. unguent: a healing or soothing ointment
  5681. ungulate: having hoofs
  5682. uniformity: a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying; consistency
  5683. unique: radically distinctive and without equal; sole
  5684. unmediated: without the interposition of other agencies or conditions
  5685. unnerving: to cause to lose courage
  5686. unprecedented: having no earlier parallel or equivalent
  5687. unpretentious: natural and modest
  5688. unravel: to disentangle, to make understandable
  5689. unrequited: not returned in kind; unanswered
  5690. unruly: difficult to control, manage, discipline, or govern
  5691. unsentimental: facing difficulties with determination
  5692. unsettle: to disrupt or upset somebody
  5693. unsettling: disturbing the composure of; worrying
  5694. untapped: unused
  5695. untoward: causing misfortunate, inappropriate
  5696. unwarranted: unnecessary
  5697. unwary: easily fooled or surprised
  5698. unwieldy: heavy and awkward
  5699. unyielding: not giving in to persuasion, pressure, or force
  5700. unyoke: to untie something, to disconnect connected things
  5701. upbeat: full of optimism or cheerfulness; an increase in happiness, prosperity, or favorable activity
  5702. upbraid: to scold someone
  5703. upbringing: the way somebody has been brought up, or trained and educated early in life
  5704. upcast: a throwing upward; an air passage
  5705. upheaval: disturbance
  5706. upheave: to raise or lift up
  5707. uphold: to maintain or support
  5708. upholstery: covering on a piece of a furniture
  5709. upkeep: maintenance
  5710. uplift: to raise or lift somebody or something (v/n)
  5711. uproarious: uncontrollably noisy; marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
  5712. uproot: to pull up or displace
  5713. upshot: the end result or outcome of something
  5714. upstart: one with newly acquired status, but is thought not to deserve it (n/v)
  5715. upturn: an upward movement or trend as in business activity, improvement
  5716. urbanity: sophistication, courtesy
  5717. urchin: mischievous child
  5718. urinate: to discharge urine from the body
  5719. urn: an ornamental vase that usually has a foot or a pedestal
  5720. ursine: relating to pr typical of bears
  5721. usher: to escort or guide (v/n)
  5722. usurp: to seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
  5723. usury: lending of money at an exorbitant rate or interest
  5724. utilitarian: stressing and believing in usefulness
  5725. utilitarianism: the ethical doctrine that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the criterion of the virtue of action
  5726. utopian: a perfect society
  5727. utter: to say; complete
  5728. uxorious: excessively devoted or submissive to your wife
  5729. vaccinate: to immunize somebody
  5730. vacillate: to waver and hesitate
  5731. vacuous: having no content or idea; stupid
  5732. vagary: unpredictable change
  5733. vagrant: homeless wanderer (n/adj)
  5734. vain: ineffective and useless
  5735. vainglorious: excessively proud or boastful
  5736. vainglory: excessive pride
  5737. vale: valley that often has a stream running through it; farewell
  5738. valedictorian: the student who delivers the valedictory address at graduation
  5739. valedictory: a statement or speech of farewell
  5740. valetudinarian: somebody who has persistent ill health
  5741. valiant: having or showing valor or braveness
  5742. validity: having a solid foundation or justification
  5743. valor: the qualities of a hero or heroine; courage, heroism
  5744. valve: a device that controls the movement of liquids or gases through piping or other passages by opening or closing ports and channels
  5745. vanguard: the leading position
  5746. vanity: feelings of excessive pride; the quality of being valueless or futile
  5747. vanquish: to defeat or conquer in battle
  5748. vantage: a position that provides an advantage
  5749. vapid: lacking taste or flavor or tang, insipid
  5750. variegate: to change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors
  5751. varnish: paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating (n/v)
  5752. varsity: a team representing a college or university
  5753. vase: an open container, usually tall and rounded, used for displaying cut flowers or as an ornament
  5754. vassal: slave, dependent landowner in feudal society
  5755. vaudeville: a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
  5756. vault: to leap or spring over something; an arched structure
  5757. veer: to change direction, especially suddenly
  5758. vegetal: typical of vegetables
  5759. vegetate: to live or behave in a dull, inactive, or undemanding way
  5760. vehement: marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently
  5761. veil: a garment that covers the head and face; (m/v)
  5762. velvet: smooth and mellow
  5763. venal: corrupt, willing to do things for money
  5764. vendible: fit to be sold (adj/n)
  5765. veneer: appearance, coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood (n/v)
  5766. venerable: worthy of respect
  5767. venerate: to regard somebody with profound respect
  5768. venereal: passed on through sex (infection or disease)
  5769. vengeful: seek revenge or to cause injury
  5770. venial: minor sin, forgivable
  5771. venison: deer meat
  5772. venomous: extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  5773. veracity: truthfulness
  5774. verbatim: using identical words (adj/adv)
  5775. verbiage: excess of words
  5776. verbose: talkative
  5777. verdant: lush green
  5778. verdure: vivid green of plants
  5779. verisimilitude: the appearance of being true or real
  5780. veritable: not counterfeit or copied
  5781. verity: the quality of being true or real
  5782. vermillion: bright red; scarlet
  5783. vermin: destructive animals or insects
  5784. vernacular: language or a particular group
  5785. versatile: with many uses, changeable
  5786. vertiginous: causing dizziness, especially because of being very high or exposed
  5787. vertigo: a reeling sensation, feeling about to fall
  5788. verve: lively vigorous spirit
  5789. vest: to provide with power and authority; sleeveless garment
  5790. vestige: a trace or sign of something that is no longer present
  5791. vet: to examine
  5792. vex: to annoy
  5793. vexillology: study of flags
  5794. via: by way of
  5795. viable: able to be done or worth doing
  5796. vial: a small glass bottle
  5797. viand: a choice or delicious dish
  5798. vibrant: vibrating
  5799. vicarious: suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; indirect; open
  5800. vice versa: the other way around
  5801. vice: an immoral or wicked habit or characteristic
  5802. viceroy: governor representing a sovereign in a colony
  5803. vicinity: neighborhood; surrounding area
  5804. vicious: cruel and spiteful
  5805. vicissitude: variability, unexpected changes
  5806. victual: food prepared for humans to eat
  5807. vie: to compete for something
  5808. vigil: a devotional watch; a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
  5809. vigilant: carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger; watchful
  5810. vignette: a brief scene from a movie or play or writing
  5811. vile: morally disgusting, miserable or unpleasant
  5812. vilify: to make malicious and abusive statements about somebody
  5813. villain: evil character, contemptible person
  5814. vim: exuberant vitality and energy
  5815. vindicate: to clear somebody or something of blame, to justify something
  5816. vindictive: looking for revenge or done through a desire for revenge
  5817. vinery: greenhouse for grapes
  5818. vintage: no longer fashionable or modern; the year in which the grapes used in making a particular wine were harvested
  5819. virago: a woman who is strong and brave
  5820. virgin: a person who has never had sex; being used or worked for the first time
  5821. virile: masculine, characterized by energy and vigor
  5822. virtu: love for fine arts or objects
  5823. virtual: being almost but not perfect
  5824. virtuoso: a skilled expert
  5825. virtuous: having or showing moral goodness or righteousness
  5826. virulent: strong and bitter
  5827. visage: the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  5828. visceral: intuitive, of the guts
  5829. viscid: gluey
  5830. viscous: having the properties of glue
  5831. vise: a holding device attached to a workbench
  5832. visionary: a person with unusual powers of foresight
  5833. visor: transparent front of helmet used as a screen
  5834. vista: a scenic or panoramic view
  5835. vital: necessary and important
  5836. vitiate: to ruin
  5837. vitriol: bitter hatred
  5838. vitriolic: expressing bitter hatred
  5839. vituperate: to attack somebody in harshly abusive or critical language
  5840. vituperative: insulting
  5841. vivacious: vigorous and active; lively
  5842. vivisection: the dissection of living animal
  5843. vocable: word as merely sounds or letters
  5844. vocalize: to use the voice to express something
  5845. vocation: somebody’s job
  5846. vocative: indicating somebody or something directly addressed
  5847. vociferate: to shout something out loudly
  5848. vociferous: loud, noisy, vehement
  5849. vogue: the current type of fashion or style
  5850. void: an empty space, especially a large empty space, invalid
  5851. voile: thin, sheer fabric
  5852. volant: able to fly
  5853. volatile: evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; tending to vary often or widely
  5854. volition: the ability to make conscious choices or decisions
  5855. voluble: talking or spoken easily and at length
  5856. voluminous: having great size, capacity, or fullness
  5857. voluptuous: giving or suggesting ample, unrestrained pleasure to the senses
  5858. vomit: to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  5859. voracious: craving food in great quantities, very eager
  5860. vortex: a whirling mass of water; something like whirlpool
  5861. votary: one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service
  5862. votive: symbolizing wish
  5863. voucher: a card, token, or other document that can be exchanged for goods and services in place of money
  5864. voyeur: somebody who is sexually excited by looking at other people’s naked bodies or the sexual acts in which they participate
  5865. vulgar: rude and bad-mannered; of ordinary people’s language, tasteless
  5866. vulpine: typical of a fox
  5867. wade: to walk through relatively shallow water
  5868. waft: to move gently; to float
  5869. wag: a witty amusing person who makes jokes; to move from side to side
  5870. wager: the act of gambling; to stake
  5871. waif: an abandoned animal; straying animal
  5872. wail: to make mournful cry
  5873. waive: to lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime; to release
  5874. wallow: to move heavily and clumsily
  5875. walrus: a large Arctic sea mammal related to seals and sea lions
  5876. wampum: decorative beads used as money
  5877. wan: to become pale and sickly (v/adj)
  5878. wanderlust: a strong desire to travel
  5879. wane: to show a decreasing illuminated surface
  5880. wangle: to get something using indirect and sometimes deceitful methods
  5881. wanton: immoral; reckless; undisciplined
  5882. ward off: to prevent the occurrence of; to avert or turn away from
  5883. ward: an administrative or electoral division of an area such as a city, town, or county; to guard or protect
  5884. warehouse: a large store, especially one where goods are sold wholesale (n/v)
  5885. warp: to become or make something twisted out of shape
  5886. wary: marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; cautious
  5887. washbasin: a bowl or basin for washing the face and hands or small articles
  5888. wassail: festive salutation, to drink in celebration
  5889. wastrel: somebody regarded as wasteful, spendthrift, or lazy
  5890. waver: to become unsteady; to show doubt
  5891. wayfarer: a traveler, especially somebody who makes a journey on foot
  5892. wayworn: worn out or weary from traveling
  5893. weak-kneed: lacking will power or resolution
  5894. weal: a general state of well-being, prosperity, and happiness
  5895. wean: to give food other than mother’s milk
  5896. weary: tired
  5897. wee: very small
  5898. welfare: a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  5899. wellbeing: happiness
  5900. well-bred: of good upbringing, with good manners
  5901. well-to-do: having a good income or enough money to live comfortably
  5902. welt: to beat severely with a whip or rod
  5903. wheedle: to influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  5904. wheeze: to breathe with difficulty
  5905. whelp: young animal, especially the young of carnivorous mammals
  5906. whereabout: in, at, or near what location, the approximate place where somebody or something is
  5907. whereupon: at which point, or as a result
  5908. wherewith: with which (exp. tools wherewith the deed was done)
  5909. wherewithal: the necessary means (wealth)
  5910. whet: to sharpen; to hone; to stimulate
  5911. whim: passing impulse
  5912. whimsical: full of silly, fanciful ideas
  5913. whit: a small amount
  5914. whittle: to cut thin piece of wood with a knife
  5915. wholehearted: hearty, sincere; characterized by enthusiasm, passion, or commitment
  5916. wholesale: relating to the buying and selling of goods in quantity at discounted prices, done on a large scale
  5917. wholesome: beneficial to physical health, morally beneficial
  5918. whopping: very big or great
  5919. wicked: morally bad in principle or practice; evil
  5920. widget: a device that is very useful for a particular job
  5921. wield: to use or exercise
  5922. wiggle: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  5923. wile: the use of tricks to deceive someone
  5924. will: determination; a statement of how properties are distributed
  5925. willful: deliberate, stubborn
  5926. willpower: the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior; determination
  5927. wilt: to lose strength; limp
  5928. wily: crafty, cunning
  5929. wimble: a tool used for boring holes
  5930. windfall: a sudden happening that brings good fortune
  5931. windpipe: tube bringing air to lungs
  5932. winsome: charming, especially because of a naive, innocent quality
  5933. wintry: bleak, cheerless or unfriendly
  5934. wiry: thin and stiff
  5935. wisecrack: witty remark; to make a comment, usually ironic
  5936. wishy-washy: incapable of making firm decisions
  5937. wisp: a thin and light piece
  5938. wistful: full of longing or unfulfilled desire, pensive, regretful
  5939. wistful: yearning for something
  5940. wit: an amusing person who makes jokes; humor
  5941. witchcraft: the art or exercise of magical powers
  5942. wither: to shrivel or become weak
  5943. witless: lacking intelligence or common sense
  5944. witling: somebody who aspires to be witty
  5945. witticism: a message who has the power to evoke laughter
  5946. witting: done deliberately or intentionally
  5947. witty: combining clever conception and facetious expression
  5948. wizen: to wither or dry up, or make something wither or dry up
  5949. woebegone: feeling or looking distressed or sorrowful
  5950. woeful: sad; mournful
  5951. woo: to seek the affection or love of a woman in order to marry her
  5952. woozy: weak and unsteady or dizzy
  5953. worldly: experienced in and knowledgeable about human society and its ways
  5954. wrangle: to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively; an instance of intense argument
  5955. wrath: fierce anger
  5956. wreak: to cause something violent and destructive
  5957. wreath: flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes; to encircle with or as if with a wreath
  5958. wrest: to obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
  5959. wretched: miserable; shameful, vile
  5960. wriggle: to wiggle
  5961. wrinkle: to rumple and crease (v/n)
  5962. writ: a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
  5963. writhe: to twist and squirm
  5964. wrought: shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a pliable mass
  5965. wry: humorously sarcastic or mocking
  5966. wunderkind: somebody who is extremely successful at a young age
  5967. xanthopsia: visual defect in which objects appear to have a yellowish hue
  5968. xanthosis: an abnormal yellow discoloration of the skin
  5969. xanthous: similar to the color of an egg yolk, yellowish
  5970. xenial: pertaining to hospitality or relations with friendly visitors
  5971. xenophobia: an irrational fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
  5972. xeric: being deficient in moisture
  5973. xeroma: abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes
  5974. xerophytic: adapted to a xeric environment
  5975. xerostomia: an abnormal lack of saliva in the mouth, caused by disease, poisoning, or some drugs
  5976. xerotes: the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid
  5977. yak: noisy talk (n/v)
  5978. yap: to talk continuously about trivial things, often in a loud or high-pitched voice
  5979. yardarm: an end of the yard used to support a sail
  5980. yare: easy to handle and responsive, ready and quick
  5981. yataghan: a Turkish sword with no handle guard and a single-edged blade that curves inward then outward
  5982. yearling: a young child an animal in its second year
  5983. yegg: a burglar, especially a safecracker
  5984. yelp: to bark or cry sharply
  5985. yettie: young Internet entrepreneur
  5986. yob: a young hooligan
  5987. yoke: to join together; an oppression
  5988. yore: the time that has elapsed
  5989. yowl: to cry out mournfully or as an expression of pain
  5990. zany: crazy but funny
  5991. zapper: an electrical device that can injure or kill by means of electric currents
  5992. zarf: a metal frame for holding a cup
  5993. zealot: someone passionately devoted to a cause
  5994. zealous: actively and unreservedly enthusiastic
  5995. zeitgeist: the intellectual ideas or moral tendencies prevalent in a period and place
  5996. zenith: the highest point, summit
  5997. zephyr: a gentle breeze
  5998. zest: excitement; keenness
  5999. zilch: zero, nothing
  6000. zoonosis: an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
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