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enmity
ill will; hatred; hostility
ennui
boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy
enormity
hugeness (in a bad sense); excessive wickedness; Ex. enormity of the crime; ADJ. enormous
enrapture
please intensely; fill with rapture and delight
ensconce
settle comfortably; place comfortably (in a secure place)
ensue
follow (as a result)
entail
make necessary; require; necessitate; involve; limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs; Ex. entail A on/upon B
enterprise
willingness to take new ventures; initiative; business organization; plan (that is difficult or daring); Ex. their latest enterprise to sail round the world in a small boat
enterprising
full of initiative; showing enterprise
enthrall
capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound
entice
lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt
entity
real being
entomology
study of insects
entourage
group of attendants; retinue; CF. surround
entrance
put under a spell(condition caused by magical power); carry away(fill with strong feeling) with emotion; put into a trance; fill with delight
entreat
plead; ask earnestly
entree(entr'ee)
entrance; a way in; right to enter; main dish of a meal; Ex. entree into the exclusive circle
entrepreneur
businessperson (who assumes the risk of a business venture); contractor; ADJ. entrepreneurial
enumerate
list; mention one by one
enunciate
announce; proclaim; utter or speak, especially distinctly; pronounce clearly; articulate; Ex. This theory was first enunciated by him.
environ
enclose; surround; N. environs: surrounding area (as of a city)
eon(aeon)
long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
epaulet(epaulette)
ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
epic
long heroic poem, novel, or similar work of art (celebrating the feats of a hero); ADJ: (of stories or events) resembling an epic; grand
epicure
connoisseur of food and drink; gourmet; ADJ. epicurean; CF. Epicurus
Epicurean
believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.
epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
epilogue
short speech at conclusion of dramatic work
episodic
(of a story or play) loosely connected; made up of separate and loosely connected parts; N. episode: incident in the course of an experience
epistemologist
philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
epitaph
inscription in memory of a dead person (as on a tombstone)
epithet
word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing; descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous)
epitome
perfect example or embodiment; brief summary; Ex. epitome of good manners; V. epitomize: make an epitome of; be an epitome of; embody
epoch
period of time
equable
tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform
equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
equestrian
rider on horseback; ADJ.
equilibrium
balance of opposing forces; balance of the mind; equanimity
equine
resembling a horse; Ex. equine face
equinox
period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn; Ex. vernal/autumnal equinox; ADJ. equinoctial
equipoise
balance; balancing force; equilibrium
equitable
fair; impartial; OP. inequitable
equity
fairness; justice; OP. inequity
equivocal
(of words or statements) ambiguous; intentionally misleading; (of behavior) questionable; OP. unequivocal
equivocate
use equivocal language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth; N. equivocation
erode
eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.
erotic
pertaining to passionate love or sexual love
errant
wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moral standards; Ex. knight-errant
erratic
odd; irregular in movement or behavior; unpredictable
erroneous
mistaken; wrong; incorrect
erudite
(of a person or book) learned; full of learning; scholarly; N. erudition
escapade
prank; flighty conduct; reckless adventure that disobeys rules
eschew
avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
espionage
spying
espouse
adopt; support (an idea or aim); marry; N. espousal
esteem
respect; value; judge; N.
estimable
(of a person) worthy of esteem; admirable; deserving esteem; possible to estimate
estranged
separated; alienated; V. estrange: alienate (people in a family); N. estrangement
ethereal
like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ethereal beauty; CF. ether: upper air
ethnic
relating to races
ethnology
study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
etymology
study of word parts; study of the origins of words
eugenic
pertaining to the improvement of race; N. eugenics: study of hereditary improvement of the human race
eulogistic
praising; full of eulogy
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death; V. eulogize
euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; ADJ. euphemistic
euphony
sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious
euphoria
feeling of exaggerated or unfounded(ungrounded; baseless) well-being; feeling of great happiness or well-being (when unreasonable); ADJ. euphoriaric
euthanasia
mercy killing
evanescent
fleeting; vanishing; soon disappearing; V. evanesce
evasive
not frank; trying to hide the truth; eluding; evading; V. evade: avoid (a duty or responsibility) or escape from by deceit
evenhanded
impartial; fair
eventual
happening at last as a result; Ex. eventual victory
evince
show clearly
evocative
tending to call up (emotions, memories)
evoke
call forth (memory or feeling); Ex. That old film evoked memories of my childhood; N. evocation
ewe
female sheep
exacerbate
worsen; aggravate; embitter
exact
demand and obtain by force; Ex. exact a promise from him; N. exaction
exacting
extremely demanding; Ex. exacting standard of safety
exalt
raise in rank or dignity; praise highly; inspire; Ex. exalt the imagination; ADJ. exalted; N. exaltation
exasperate
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
except
exclude; N. exception: objection; exclusion; ADJ. exceptional: unusual; of unusually high quality
exceptionable
objectionable; likely to cause dislike; offensive; CF. unexceptionable: entirely acceptable
excerpt
selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.
exchequer
treasury; Ex. Chancellor of the exchequer
excise
cut away; cut out; N: government tax on good produced and used inside a country; N. excision
exclaim
cry out suddenly; N. exclamation; ADJ. exclamatory
excoriate
scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin off
exculpate
clear from blame or guilt
execrable
very bad; detestable
execrate
curse; express abhorrence for; detest
execute
put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. execution
executioner
person administering capital punishment
executive
person having administrative authority; one branch of government executing laws; ADJ: relating to executing
executor
person designated to execute the terms of a will;
exegesis
explanation, especially of biblical(of the bible) passages
exemplary
serving as a model; outstanding; Ex. exemplary punishment/behavior; N. exemplar: typical example; model
exemplify
show by example; furnish an example; serve as an example of; Ex. His pictures exemplify that sort of painting.
exempt
not subject to a duty or obligation; free from a duty; V.
exertion
effort; expenditure of much physical work; V. exert oneself: make a great effort
exhale
breathe out; OP. inhale
exhilarating
invigorating and refreshing; cheering; V. exhilarate: make cheerful and excited; Ex. exhilarated by the ride in the sports car
exhort
urge (by strong argument or advice); Ex. The general exhorted his men to fight bravely; N. exhortation
exhume
dig out of the ground; remove from a grave
exigency
urgent situation; ADJ. exigent
exiguous
small in amount; minute
existential
pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialism
exodus
departure (of a large number of people)
exonerate
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
exorbitant
(of costs or demands) excessive; exceeding reasonable bounds
exorcise
drive out evil spirits
exotic
not native; from another part of the world; strange; intriguingly unusual; Ex. exotic flower/dress
expansive
(of a person) outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
expatiate
talk at length; speak or write in detail
expatriate
exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish; leave one's country
expedient
suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
expedite
hasten; make go faster
expeditious
done with speed; quick; N. expedition
expenditure
payment or expense; expending; something expended; output; Ex. receipt for the expenditure; Ex. expenditure of all the energy
expertise
specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skill
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
expletive
meaningless word; interjection; profane oath; swear-word
explicate
explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
explicit
totally clear; definite; outspoken
exploit
make use of, sometimes unjustly; N. exploitation
exploit
brave and successful act; deed or action, particularly a brave deed; CF. crossing the Atlantic ocean
expos'e
public revelation of something discreditable
expository
explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition
expostulation
protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade; V. expostulate
exposure
risk, particularly of being exposed to disease or to the elements; unmasking; act of laying something open; Ex. exposure of governmental corruption
expound
explain
expropriate
take possession of (often for public use and without payment)
expunge
cancel; remove a word or name (from a book or list); erase
expurgate
clean; remove offensive parts of a book
exquisite
delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful; Ex. exquisite piece of jewelry
extant
(of something written or painted) still in existence
extemporaneous
not planned; impromptu; extempore
extenuate
weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
extirpate
root up; uproot; destroy completely
extol
praise very highly; glorify
extort
wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
extradition
surrender of prisoner by one state to another; Ex. extradition treaty; V. extradite
extraneous
not essential; irrelevant; superfluous; external; coming from the outside; Ex. extraneous details/noise/to the subject
extrapolation
projection; conjecture; V. extrapolate: infer (unknown information) from known information
extricate
free from an entanglement or difficulty; disentangle
extrinsic
external; not essential or inherent; extraneous; OP. intrinsic
extrovert
person interested mostly in external objects and actions
extrude
force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die
exuberance
overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness; ADJ. exuberant: high-spirited and lively; growing abundantly and strongly
exude
flow out slowly; discharge (gradually); give forth; N. exudation
exult
rejoice
fabricate
build; lie; make up (a story) in order to deceive; Ex. fabricate the whole story; CF. fabric: underlying structure; Ex. fabric of society
facade(fa\c{c}ade)
front or face (of building); superficial or false appearance
facet
small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side
facetious
joking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous
facilitate
help bring about; make less difficult
facsimile
copy
faction
party; clique (within a large group); dissension
factious
inclined to form factions; causing dissension
factitious
artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
factotum
handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
faculty
mental or bodily powers; teaching staff
fake
not genuine; N: one that is not genuine; impostor; sham; V: counterfeit; Ex. fake the results of the experiment/the signature
fallacious
false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument
fallible
liable to err
fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
falsify
make (something written) false by changing
falter
hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily through weakness; N.
fanaticism
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic
fancied
imagined; unreal
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as for raising specific plant or animal
fanciful
whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme
fancy
imagination (of a whimsical or fantastic nature); capricious liking; V: imagine; be fond of; ADJ. decorative; elaborate
fanfare
call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display
farce
broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical
far-fetched
too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story
fashion
give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky
fatalism
belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death
fathom
comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
fathomless
too deep to be measured or understood; unfathomable
fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
fauna
animals of a period or region; CF. flora
favoritism
display of partiality toward a favored person
fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness
faze
disconcert; dismay; embarrass
feasible
practical; able to be carried out; practicable
feature
distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominent
febrile
feverish
fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young
feebleminded
deficient in intelligence; very stupid
feign
pretend
feint
trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.
felicitous
(of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
felicity
happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.); quality of being felicitous
feline
of a member of the cat family; N.
fell
cruel; (of a disease) deadly
fell
cut or knock down (a tree or a person); bring down (with a missile)
felon
person convicted of a grave crime; CF. felony: serious crime
feral
(of an animal) not domestic; wild
ferment
agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a political kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble)
fermentation
chemical reaction that splits complex organic compounds; unrest; agitation
ferocious
fierce; violent; N. ferocity
ferret
drive or hunt out of hiding; hunt with ferrets; drive out (as from a hiding place); expel; uncover or discover by searching; Ex. ferret out the secret; N. small fierce animal which catches rats and rabbits by going into their holes
fertile
producing many young, fruits, or seeds; (of land) producing good crops; V. fertilize
fervent
ardent; zealous; hot
fervid
ardent; zealous; hot
fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling; quality of being fervent or fervid; zeal; intense heat
fester
rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generate pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.
festive
joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival
fete
honor at a festival; celebrate or honor with a feast; N. (outdoor) festival or feast; CF. feast
fetid
malodorous; foul
fetish
object believed to have spiritual powers; object of excessive attention or reverence; CF. fetishism
fetter
shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
feud
bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V. CF. Romeo and Juliet; CF. feudal, feudalism
fiasco
total failure; CF. bottle
fiat
command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be done
fickle
changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless
fictitious
imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex. fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictional
fidelity
loyalty; accuracy
fiend
evil spirit; devil
figment
invention; something invented; imaginary thing; Ex. figment of your imagination
figurative
not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech
figurine
small ornamental statuette(very small statue)
filch
steal (things of small value)
filial
pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect
filibuster
block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
filing
particle removed by a file
filth
dirty matter; ADJ. filthy
finale
conclusion; concluding part
finery
beautiful clothes for a special occasion
finesse
delicate skill; V: handle with finesse
finicky
too particular; fussy; difficult to please; too concerned with unimportant details or quality; Ex. finicky about her food
finish
surface texture; completeness of execution
finished
properly made and complete; Ex. finished product/performance
finite
limited
firebrand
piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
fissure
crevice; crack
fit
sudden outburst of an illness or feeling; convulsion caused by epilepsy
fitful
spasmodic; intermittent; irregular
flaccid
flabby; lacking firmness; weak; Ex. flaccid muscles
flag
droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF. unflagging
flagrant
conspicuously wicked, bad, or offensive; blatant; outrageous
flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
flair
talent