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abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abdicate
to give up position, right, power
abet
help/encourage smb (in doing wrong)
abeyance
held in suspended action
abhor
to hate to detest
abide
be faithful; to endure
abject
miderable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abraded
rubbed off; worn away by friction
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstruse
difficult to understand
abut
to touch, be in contact with
acarpous
effete; no longer fertile; worn out
accede
to express approval, agree to
accolade
praise approval
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree/comply
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adamant
kind of stone; inflexible
admonish
to caution or reprimand
admonitory
containing warning
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affable
friendly, easy to approach
afface
to erase or make illegible
affected
pretentious; phony
affinity
close connection; relationship
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agog
eager/excited
ail
trouble; be ill
alcove
recess/partially enclosed place
allegiance
duty; support; loyalty
aloof
reserved; indifferent
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambivalent
having both of two contrary meanings
ambrosial
extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n: ambrosia)
ambulatory
itinerant; walking around
ameliorate
improve
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
analgesia
a lessening of pain
analogous
comparable
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antediluvian
third from last
anterior
preceding; previous; prior
anthropomorphic
attribuuting human qualities to non humans, having human qualities
antipathy
dislike; aversion
antithetical
direct opposing
apace
done quickly
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planets orbit that it is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy saying
aplomb
poise, confidence
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
appease
soothe; pacify
apprehensive
grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future
apprise
inform
appropriate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use
apropos
appropriate to the situation apt
apt
well-suited quick-witted
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arable
suitable for cultivation
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
arduous
hard; strenuous
argot
jargon slang
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrant
in the highest degree; being notoriously without moderation
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest
ascertain
get to know
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
aseptic
surgically clean
ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or judgement
askance
scornfully
asocial
unable or unwilling to interact socially
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
assail
with attack violently
assay
to analyze or estimate
assent
to express agreement
assiduous
diligent; hard-working; sedulous
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
clever; quick at seeing to get an advantage
asunder
into different parts
attune
bring into harmony
augury
prophesy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring
auspicious
having favorable prospects
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
autonomous
self-governing
auxiliary
helping; supporting
avarice
greed
aver
state confidently
aversion
strong dislike
avid
eager; greedy
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, self evident truth
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
baleful
harmful ominous causing evil
balk
to shirk, refuse, prevent
balm
soothing, healing influence
baneful
causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive
barefaced
unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river
barren
not good enough; unable to have young ones; without value
bask
in enjoy warmth and light
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
beatify
to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
bedizen
to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
beat hard
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggrssive
belligerent
(person nation) waging war
bemuse
confuse, stupefy
benefactor
person who has given help
beneficient
kindly; doing good
benevolence
wish or activity in doing good
benighted
unenlightened
benison
blessing
bequest
arrangement to give something at death
berate
scold sharply
bereft
rob or dispossess of something (material)
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevy
group
bewilder
puzzle confuse
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bigot
stubborn, narrow-minded person
bilge
bulge; the protuberance of a cask
bilious
easile irritated, related to bile
billet
board and lodging for troops
blandish
to coax (manipulate) with flattery
blandness
polite manner; comforting; uninteresting
blatant
noisy and rough
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without thought
bogus
sham; counterfeit; not genuine
boisterous
loud noisy rough lacking restraint
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
boorish
rude; insensitive
brash
hasty; rash; impetuous; impudent; tactless; precipitate
brazen
made of brass
brigand
bandit; outlaw
broach
bring up announce begin to talk about
bromide
dull or commonplace person or idea
brook
to tolerate endure
buffet
to strike or hit
bulwark
defense wall
buoyant
able to float light-hearted
buttress
support; prop up
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cadge
to get something by taking advantage of someone
cajole
to flatter; coax; persuade
calamitous
disastrous; catastrophic
calipers
metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument
callow
immature; lacking sophistication
calumny
false and mallicious acusation; misrepresentation; slader
canard
a lie
candid
frank straight-forward
canny
smart, founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint
cant
insincere talk; jargon
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canvass
to solicit votes, opinions, or the like; to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate
capacious
large, roomy, extensive
caprice
impulse (adj: capricious)
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault, "to carp at minor errors"
catholic
universal, broad appeal
caucus
smaller group within an organization, a meeting of such a group
causality
cause and effect relationship
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
celerity
quick moving or acting
censure
to criticize or find fault with
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrasment, humiliation
champ
chew noisily
charlatan
quack; fake
chary
watchful; cautious; shy
chastise
punish; to censure severely
chattel
piece of personal property
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimirical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
choleric
easily angered; short-tempered
churl
bad-tempered person; rude (churlish)
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
clamor
shout complain with a lot of noise
cleave
to split or separate; to stick, cling
clement
mild
clinch
come to grips/settle conclusively
cling
to resist separation
cloture
closing device (in parliament); to end a debate by voting
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
clot; congeal; thicken
coax
get smb to do something by kindness
coda
conclusion to a musical or literary piece
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
coerce
compel to force to make obedient
coeval
of the same period; coexisting
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cogitate
think deeply mediate
cognate
related; similar
cognizant
being fully aware of
cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
cohort
a group or band of people
colander
bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water
collateral
accompanying; auxiliary; secured by collateral
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commemorate
keep the memory of
commensurate
equal in extent
commodious
roomy, spacious
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisant
agreeable; friendly; tending to comply; obliging; willingness to please
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
compunction
feeling of regret for one's action
concatenate
linked together
conceit
over-high opinion of too much pride
conciliatory
overcoming distruct or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something
concord
agreement or harmony
concur
agree in opinion; happen together
conduce
to bring about
conflagration
big, destructive fire
confound
confuse; puzzle
congeal
become stiff and solid; coagulate
congenial
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character; two similar people
congenital
existing since birth
conjoin
to join together
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connotation
suggestion in addition to
consanguineous
of the same origin, related by blood
consequential
pompous; self important; following as an effect, result, or outcome
consign
to commit, entrust
console
give comfort or sympathy to
conspicuous
easily seen; remarkable
consternation
surprise and fear; dismay
constrain
to force, compel, or oblige
construe
to explain or interpret
consume
to destroy or expend by use; use up
consummate
complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb
consummate (adj)
accomplished, complete, perfect
consummate (v)
to complete, fulfill
contemn
to scorn or despise
contend
to battle, clash, compete
contention
thesis; claim
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
contiguous
touching; neighboring; near
continence
self control; self restraint
contrite
Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent
contumacious
rebellious; stubbornly disobedient
contusion
bruise
conundrum
riddle; difficult problem
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
conviction
convincing firm belief
convivial
sociable, fond of eating, drinking and people
convoke
to call together, summon
convoluted
coiled around; intricate; involved
coquette
woman who flirts
cordial
warm and sincere
cordon
line (of police acting as a guard)
cornucopia
abundant supply
corporal
of the body: "corporal punishment." a non-commissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private.
corporeal
of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible
corpulence
obesity; fatness
correlate
have a mutual relation
corroborate
to strengthen or support: "the witness corroborted his story." (n: corroboration)
corrugate
to mold in shape with parellel grooves and ridges
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care; to treat as a pet
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
countenance (n)
facial expression, look of approval or support
countenance (v)
to favor or support
counterfeit
forgery; fake
countermand
to annul; cancel; make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract; to exert foece against
coven
group of witches
covert
disguised
covet
strongly desire something possessed by another
cower
crouch shrink back
coy
shy/modest (esp of a girl)
crass
very great (es. stupidity)
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie
craven
cowardly
crease
line made by crushing
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
credulity
too great a readiness to believe things
credulous
ready to believe things
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
cranky person
cursory
quick hurried
curtail
make shorter then was planned
cygnet
young swan
dainty
pretty; delicate(food); difficult to please
daunt
frighten; intimidate
dawdler
person who is slow waste of time
dearth
lack, scarcity: "the prosecutor complained about the dearth of concrete evidence against the suspect."
debacle
a breakup; collapse or failure; overthrow; sudden disaster
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue
debutante
young woman making a debut in society
decadence
decline or decay; unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence
decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
deciduous
losing leaves in fall; short-lived; temporary
declivity
downward slope
decree
order given by authority
decry
disapprove of
default
failure to act
deleterious
harmful; destructive; detrimental
delineate
sketch; portray; depict
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser who appeals to emotion, prejudice
demise
death
demur
to hesitate; raise objections
denigrate
slur, blacken someones reputation
denouement
an outcome or solution the unraveling of a plot
denunciation
public condemnation
depose
to remove from a high position, such as a throne
deposition
dethronement; depositing
deprave
make morally bad; corrupt
deprecation
belittlement. (v. deprecate)
depreciate
to lose value gradually
depredation
the act of preying upon or plundering: "the depredations of the invaders demoralized the population."
dereliction
deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
derision
ridicule; mockery; deride
derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
derogate
to take away; detract
derogatory
insulting; tending to damage
descry
to discover or reveal
desiccant
substance used to absorb moisture
desuetude
cessation of use disuse
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
deter
discourage; hinder
determinate
having defined limits, conclusive
deterrant
something that discourages; hindrance
detraction
slandering; verbal attack; aspersion
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
deviance
being different in moral standards (from normal)
dexterity
skill (esp. in handling)
diaphanous
allowing light through; delicate
dichotomy
split; separate into two branches, often conflicting
dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diffract
to cause to separate into different parts, especially light
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression
wandering away from the subject
diluvial
relating to a flood
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
discern
see with an effort but clearly
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclaim
to deny, disavow
discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarassment
discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
disconcert
upset the self-possession of
disconsolate
unable to be consoled
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
discountenance
refuse to approve of
discourse
speech; lecture
discreet
careful; prudent
discrete
separate; unconnected
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disdain
look on with contempt
disencumber
free from encumbrance
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disheveled
untidy
disingenuous
not naive; sophisticated
disinter
dig up from the earth
disinterested
unprejudiced
dislodge
move force from the place occupied
dismal
sad gloomy miserable
dismiss
reject; eliminate from consideration
disparaging
belittling (n: disparagement. v. disparage)
dispassionate
calm; objective; unbiased
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
disproof
proof to the contrary
dissemble
to pretend, disguise motives
disseminate
spread; distribute; scatter
dissent
have a different opinion refuse to assent
dissimulate
to disguise or put on false appearance
dissipate
to scatter; to pursue pleasure to excess
dissonance
discord; opposite of harmony
distaff
the female branch of the family
distend
to swell inflate or bloat
distill
purify; refine; concentrate
distraught
distracted violently upset in mind
dither
to move or act confusedly without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
diverge
vary; go in different directions from the same point
divest
strip; deprive
divestiture
taking off; getting rid of; giving up
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
divulge
make known something secret
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
dogged
stubborn or determined: "her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off."
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
doldrums
a period of depondency
doleful
sad, mournful
dolor
sadness
dolt
stupid fellow
dotage
senile condition
dotard
senile old person
dote
show much fondness center one's attention
doughty
courageous
drawl
slow way of speaking
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
drone
male bee; person who isn't self-employed
dubious
feeling doubt; uncertain
dudgeon
angry indignation
dulcet
pleasant sounding; soothing to the ear
duplicity
deliberate deception
duress
threats to compel somebody
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irratable
earthenware
dishes made of baked clay
earthy
crude
ebullience
exuberance outburst of feeling
ebullient
exhillerated, full of enthusiasm
ecumenical
representing the whole christian world
edacious
voracious devouring
eddy
circular or spiral movement (e.g.. of wind)
edict
law, command, offical public order
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
effete
infertile; worn out; weak
efficacy
the power to produce desired results
effluent
the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such as a stream from a river (n: effluence)
effluvia
outpouring of gas or vapors
effrontery
imprudent boldness, audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egregious
conspicuously bad
egress
way out; exit
elicit
draw out by discussion
emaciate
make thin and weak
embellish
make beautiful; ornament
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
emote
stir up excite
empirical
based on experience
encapsulate
enclose in capsule
encomium
warm praise
encumbrance
burden; things that get in the way of
endearing
making dear or liked
endemic
belonging to a particular area
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
endorse
write one's name on the back of
enduring
lasting
engrave
impress deeply
engrossing
taken up all the time or attention writing in large or formal
engulf
swallow up
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
enmity
hatred; being an enemy
ennui
boredom, lack of interest
ensconce
to settle comfortable into a place
enshroud
to cover; enclose
ensign
flag; badge
entangle
put into difficulties
enthral
please greatly; enslave (fig)
entice
tempt or persuade
entreat
ask earnestly
enunciate
pronounce (words); express a theory
enzyme
catalyst
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epicurean
devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
quotation at the beginning of a book
epistle
letter
epithet
adjective
epitome
brief summary representative example a typical model
epotome
representative of an entire group, summary
equable
steady; regular
equanimity
calmness; composure
equilibrium
state of being balanced
equipoise
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
ersatz
fake
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
espouse
marry; give one's support to
esurient
hungry; greedy
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
evasive
tending to evade
evince
to show clearly, display
excoriate
to denounce
excoriation
severe criticism
exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
exigency
urgent situation
exoneration
set somebody clear free (e.g.. from blame)
exorbitant
exceeding customary or normal limits, esp. in quantity or price: "the cab fare was exorbitant."
exorcise
expel evil spirits
expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
expedient
likely to be useful; for a purpose
expiate
to attone for; make ammends for
expiation
ending; expiring
exploit
brilliant achievement; use selfishly; a notable or heroic act
exponent
one who champions or advocates
expostulate
argue earnestly to dissuade correct or protest
expurgate
to censor
exscind
to cut out cut away
extant
in existence, still existing: the only extant representative of that species."
extemporaneous
unrehearsed, spur of the moment
extempore
without previous thought or preparation
extenuate
to loosen the seriousness, strength or effect of
extinct
no longer active
extinguish
end the existence of; wipe or put out
extirpate
to destroy exterminate cut out exscind
extol
to praise
extort
obtain by threats and violence
extrapolate
to estimate; to project
extricable
that can be freed
extrinsic
not inherent or essential
extrovert
cheerful person
exuberance
state of growing vigorously; being full of life
facetious
witty in an inappropriate way
facile
easily done
facilitate
make easy; help bring about
fagged
too tired; exhausted
fallacious
false; misleading
falter
waver; move in an uncertain manner
farcical
absurd; ludicris
fathom
a measure of length (six feet) used in nautical settings. to penetrate to the depths of something in order to understand it: "i couldn't fathom her reasoning on that issue."
fatuous
stupid; foolishly self satisfied
fealty
intense loyalty
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
fecund
fertile; fruitful; productive
feign
to give false appearance or impression: "he feigned illness to avoid going to school." (adj: feigned)
feint
pretend
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well spoken
felicity
feeling great happiness
felon
person guilty of murder
ferment
substance become excited
ferocity
savage cruelty
ferret
discover by searching; search
fervid, fervent
highly emotional; hot: "the partisans displayed a fervent patriotism." (n: fervor)
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
fetter
to shackle put in chains
fey
otherworldly; doomed
fictive
fictional; imaginary
figurehead
carved image on the prow of a ship
filch
to steal
filial
appropriate for a child
finical, finicky
too fussy about food clothing etc.
fission
process of splitting into 2 parts
fixate
stare at
fixity
being fixed or stable
flaccid
limp; flabby; weak
flag
droop; grow feeble
flak
criticism; anti-aircraft guns
flamboyant
brightly colored; florid
flaunting
show off complacently
flax
pale yellow (hair); a plant (oil)
fledged
able to fly; trained; experienced
fledgling
inexperienced
fleet
number of ships; quick-moving
flinch
draw; move back; wince
flop
fail; move or fall clumsily
floundering
struggling: "we tried to save the floundering business."
flout
reject; mock
fluke
lucky stroke
flurried
to become agitated or confused
fluster
make nervous or confused
fodder
raw material, feed for animals
foible
minor weakness or character flaw
foil
prevent from carrying out; contrast
foliate
to grow, sprout leaves
foppish
like a man who pays too much attention to his clothes
forage
food for horses and cattle
forbear
refrain from be patient ancestor
forbearance
patience, restraint, leniency
ford
shallow place in a river (to cross)
forensic
relating to legal proceedings
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
forfeit
suffer the loss of something
forfend
to prevent
forge
workshop for the shaping of metal to shape; metal lead
forgery
counterfeit
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
fortnight
a period of 14 days; two weeks
foster
nurture; care for
founder
to fall helplessly; sink
fracas
noisy dispute
fractious
unruly, rebellious
frantic, frenetic
wildly excited with joy, pain, anxiety
fret
worry; irritation; wear away
fringe
edge; ornamental border; part of hair over the forehead
frond
a large leaf
froward
intractable; not willing to yield or comply; stubborn
fulminate
to explode with anger
fulmination
bitter protest
fulsome
excessive, overdone
funereal
mournfu; appropriate to a funeral
furtive
sevret; stealthy
futile
useless; ineffectual
gainsay
to deny
gall (n)
bitterness, careless nerve
gall (v)
to exasperate and irritate
gallant
fashionable young man
gambol
to dance or skip playfully
game
courageous
garble
make unfair selection from facts
garner
to gather and store
gauche
crude; socially awkward; tactless behavior
germane
relevant pertinent to
germinate
to begin to grow
gibe
to make heckling taunting remarks
glean
gather facts in small quantities
glib
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
glimmer
weak, unsteady light
gloat
look at with selfish delight
glut
supply too much; fill to excess
gnaw
waste away; bite steadily
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
goad
urge on
gorge
eat greedily; narrow opening with a stream
gossamer
something light, delicate or tenuous
gouge
overcharge
gourmand
a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
grandiloquent
pompous; using inflated language; bombastic
gratuitous
free, voluntary
grave
serious; requiring consideration
graze
touch or scrape lightly in passing
grevious
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
grovel
crawl; humble oneself
guileless
without deceit
gush
burst out suddenly; talk ardently
gust
outburst of feeling; sudden rain, wind, fire etc.
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hack
cut roughly; hired horse
hackneyed
worn out by over use
halcyon
calm and peaceful
hallow
to make holy; treat as sacred
hapless
unfortunate, having bad luck
harangue
a pompous speech
harbinger
something or somebody that foretells the coming of
harrow
to distress create stress or torment
haughty
arrogant; conceited
headlong
headfirst; impulsive; hasty. impulsively; hastily; without forethought: "they rushed headlong into marriage."
hector
a bully; a braggart
heed
attention; give notice to
hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
heinous
odious (of crime)
hemicycle
semicircular form or structure
heresy
belief contrary to what is generally accepted
heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
tightly sealed
heterodox
unorthodox, not widely accepted
hew
to cut with an ax
hidebound
excessively rigid, dry and stiff
highbrow
(person) with superior tastes
hirsute
hairy; shaggy
hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age
hoax
mischievous trick played on somebody for a joke
hoi
polloi the masses; the rabble
hollow
not soled; with hole
homiletics
act of preaching
homonym
word identical in pronounciation but different in meaning
hone
stone used for sharpening tools
hoodwink
trick; mislead
hubris
arrogant pride
husband
to farm; manage carefully and thriftily; to gather
husk
worthless outside part of anything
hutch
pen or coup for animals; shack, shanty
hyperbole
exaggeration; overstatement
hypocrisy
falsely making oneself appear to be good
idiosyncracy
peculiarity of temperament; excentricity; personal mannerism
idolatry
idol worship; excessive admiration
idyll
a carefree episode or experience
ignoble
dishonorable
ignominous
disgraceful and dishonorable
ilk
type or kind
illicit
unlawful forbidden
illimitable
limitless
illusory
unreal; deceptive
imbroglio
complicated and embarrassing situation
imbue
to infuse; dye; wet
immure
imprison
immutable
unchangeable
impair
injure; hurt
impassive
showing no emotion
impecunious
poor
impede
block; hinder
impediment
something that hinders (e.g. stammer)
impending
imminent; about to happen; expected
imperative
essential
imperious
arrogantly self absorbed; domineering; overbearing
imperviousness
haughty arrogant commanding
impiety
lack of reverence or dutifulness
implicate
show that somebody has a share; insinuate
impolitic
unwise
importune
to ask repeatedly, beg
imprecation
curse
impromptu
spontanous; without rehearsal
impudent
rash; indiscreet
impugn
to call into question; to doubt; to oppose or attack as false
impute
to attribute to a cause or source ascribe
inadvertent
not paying proper attention
inadvertently
unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
inane
silly; senseless
inasmuch
since; because
inatory
menacing
incarnadine
blood-red in color
incarnate
having bodily form
incendiary
combustible; flammable
incense
make angry
incessant
often repeated; continual
incipient
beginning to exist, in an initial stage
incise
engrave; make a cut in
incisive
perceptive, penetrating
inclined
directing the mind in a certain direction
incongruity
absurdity; not in harmony
incorporate
introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected or cured
incredulous
skeptical unwilling to believe
inculcate
to teach; impress in the mind
inculpate
to blame
incumbents
official duties
incursion
a raid; a sudden attack
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible; tirelessness
indefensible
inexcusable
indelible
permanent; unerasable; strong: "the queen made an indelible impression on her subjects."
indenture
bound to another by contract
indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
indigence
poverty
indigenous
native
indigent
very poor
indistinct
not easily heard, seen; not clearly marked
indolent
habitually lazy
indomitable
fearless
indulge
gratify give way to satisfy allow oneself
ineffable
undescribable; inexpressible in words; unspeakable
ineluctable
certain; inevitable
inept
unskillful said or done at the wrong time
internecine
deadly to both sides; marked by slaughter
inert
unable to move; tending to inactivity
inestimable
too great to be estimated
inexorable
inflexable
infalliable
incapable of making a mistake
infer
to deduce: "new genetic evidence led some zoologists to infer that the red wolf is actually a hybrid of the coyote and the gray wolf."
inferno
hell
infuse
put pour fill
ingenious
original, clever, inventive (not same as ingenuous)
inglorious
shameful
ingratiate
to bring into good graces
ingress
entrance
inherent
firmly established; by nature or habit
inhibit
to hold back; prohibit; forbid, or restrain (n: inhibition, adj: inhibited)
inimitable
defying imitation unmatchable
iniquity
sin; evil act
injunction
command; order
innuendo
indirect and sly criticism
inscrutable
impossible to understand; not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insentient
unfeeling
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
insolent
insulting and arrogant
insouciant
unconcerned; carefree
insular
of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive: "newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community."
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
insuperable
unconquerable
insurrection
rising of people to open resistance to
intemperate
not moderate
inter
bury
interdict
forbid
interim
as an installment
interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
interloper
trespasser; meddling in other's affairs
interpolate
to insert, change by adding new words or material
interregnum
the time between two successive reigns or regimes
intersperse
place here and there
interstice
a space between things
intimation
clue
intractable
not easily managed
intramural
within an institution
intrepid
fearless
intrinsic
inherent, internal
introspection
examining one's own thoughts and feelings
inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
verbal abuse
inveigh
protest strongly
investiture
ceremony conferring authority
inveterate
confirmed
invidious
likely to provoke ill will
invincible
too strong to be defeated
involute
complex
ire, irate
anger
irksome
tiresome
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
irrevocable
final and unalterable
itinerant
wandering from place to place (v. itinerate)
jabber
talk excitedly utter rapidly
jagged
notched, rough
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
jingoism
belligerent support of one's country
jocular
jovial, playful, humorous
judicious
sound in judgment wise
juggernaut
huge; destructive force
jurisprudence
philosophy of law
kernel
innermost, essential part; seed grain, often in a shell
kismet
fate
knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
knit
draw together; unite firmly
laceration
cut or wound
lachrymose
tearful
lackluster
(of eyes) dull
lambaste
disapprove angrily
languid
lacking energy
languor
listlessness; weakness or weariness of body or mind
lapidary
relating to precious stones
larder
place where food is stored
largess
generosity; gift
laudable
praiseworthy; commendable (v. laud)
legerdemain
trickery (magician like); a show of skill or deceitful cleverness
levee
stone or earthen embankment built to prevent flooding
leviathan
giant whale, therefore, something very large
levity
humour, frivolty, gaiety
lexicon
dictionary or list of words
libel
statement that damages reputation
liberality
free giving; generosity
libertine
one without moral restraint
libidinous
lustful
licentious
immoral
lien
legal claim until a debt on it is repaid
limn
paint portray
limpid
clear and simple
liniment
external pain relief liquid
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed
lithe
graceful
loll
rest to sit or stand in a lazy way hang (dog's tongue)
lope
move along with long strides
low
moo
lucubrate
write in scholarly fashion
luculent
easily understood lucid clear
lugubrious
sorrowful
lull
become quiet or less active
lumber
move in a clumsy, noisy way
luminary
star light-giving body
luminous
shining; giving off light
lurk
be out of view ready to attack
luscious
good tasting
lustrous
being bright polished
macabre
gruesome, producing horror
macerate
make or become soft by soaking in water
machination
plot or scheme
macrobiotics
art of prolongin life through organic, non meat, diet
maelstrom
whirlpool; turmoil; agitated state
magnanimity
generosity
mainstay
chief support
maladroit
clumsy
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
malediction
curse
malefactor
evil doer; culprit
malevolence
wishing to do evil or harm to others
malign
injurious speak ill of somebody; tell lies
manacle
chains for the hands or feet
managerie
various animals exhibited together
mandacious
dishonest
manifold
diverse; varied; compromised of many parts
manumission
release from slavery
martial
warlike
martinet
disciplinarian
matriculation
be admitted enter a university as a student; enrollment (v. to enroll)
matrilineal
tracing and ancestry through the mother not the father
maudlin
overly sentimental
maul
hurt by rough handling
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalith
huge stone in prehistoric structure
megalomania
mental state with delusions of wealth and power
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
mendacious
dishonest
mendicant
beggar
mercurial
quick, shrewd, unpredictable
meretorious
deserving praise/reward
meretricious
gaudy; of or relating to a prostitute
mettlesome
courageous; high-spirited
middling
fairly good but not very good
militate
work against
minatory
menacing; threatening
mince
pronounce or speak affectedly; euphemize
mirth
frivolity
miser
person who loves wealth and spends little
misnomer
incorrect name or word for something
misogynist
one who hates women
missive
note or letter
mite
avery small amount, portion, or particle
mnemonic
relating to memory, assisting memory
molt
to shed
morbid
diseased; unhealthy (e.g.. about ideas)
mordant
caustic; sarcastic
mores
customs or manners
moribund
dying; decaying
morose
ill-humoured; sullen; melancholy
mote
speck; particle
motley
many colored; composed of diverse parts
muffler
cloth worn round the neck; silencer
multifarious
diverse
munificient
generous
myriad
very great number
nadir
lowest point
nascent
starting to develop
nebulous
vague. cloudy
necromancy
black magic
nefarious
vicious; evil
neologism
new word or expression
neonate
newborn child
neophyte
novice, beginner
nettle
to irritate
nexus
a connection, tie or link
nibble
show some inclination to accept (an offer)
niggling
trifle (to spend too much effort on minor details); petty
nihilism
belief that existience and all traditional values are meaningless
noisome
stinking
nonchalant
not having interest
nonplused
greatly surprised
nostrum
a quack remedy; an untested cure
novitiate
period of being a beginner
noxious
harmful; unwholesome
nugatory
trifling; worthless
numismatics
coin collecting
obeisance
show of respect
obfuscate