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duress
n. forcible restraint, expecially unlawfully

the hostages were held under duress
dutiful
adj. respectful; obedient

he gave her aunt a dutiful peck on her cheek
dyspeptic
adj. suffering from indigestion

eating all that food made him feel dyspeptic

dyspepsia
earthy
adj. unrefined; coarse


earthy remarks embarass the women in the audience
ebb
v. recede; lessen

she watched the tide ebb
eccentric
adj. irregular; odd; whimsical; bizarre

eccentricity - oddity; idiosyncrasy
ecclesiastic
adj. pertaining to the church


the minister donned his ecclesiastic garb
eclipse
v. darken; extinguish; surpass

the new stock market high eclipsed the previous record
economy
n. efficiency or conciseness in using something


economy of his verse
eddy
n. swirling current of water, air, etc...

the water was still, except for an occasional eddy
edict
n. decree (esp one issued by a sovereign)

The empereror issued an edict decreeing that....
edify
v. instruct; correct morally


edify his audience
eerie
adj. weird
efface
v. rub out


the coin has been effaced
effectual
adj. able to produce a desired effect; valid

some antibiotics are no longer effectual
effeminate
adj. having womanly traits
effervescence
n. inner excitement or exuberance; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation


effervescent personality
effete
adj. lacking vigor; worn out; sterile

is the democratic party still an effete, powerless faction?
effigy
n. dummy
effluvium
n. noxious smell

the effluvium in the air is hazardous to life
effrontery
n. impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness


after he was fired ,he still had the effrontery to ask for a letter of rec.
effusion
n. pouring forth
egregious
adj. notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking

egregious liar
Ed's housekeeping was egregious
ejaculation
n. exclamation


ejaculation of surprise
elegy
n. poem or song expressing lamentation
elixir
n. cure-all; something invigorating


it acted on her like an elixir
ellpsis
n. omission of words from a text
elliptical
adj. oval; ambiguous, either purposely or because key words have been left out

an elliptical remark baffles
eloquence
n. expressiveness; persuasive speech

martin luther king's eloquence
elucidate
v. explain; enlighten


elucidate the disputed points
elysian
adj. relating to paradise; blissful

elysian journey
emancipate
v. set free


emancipate the slaves
embargo
n. ban on commerce or other activity


as a result of the embargo, trade was at a standstill
embroider
v. decorate with needleswork; ornament w/ fancy or fictitious details

Jo embroidered her story with tales of runaway horses
embroil
v. throw into confusion; involve in strife; entangle


embroiled in the heated discussion
embryonic
adj. undeveloped; rudimentary
emend
v. correct, usually a text


emend the manuscript's text
emendation
n. correction of errors; improvement

please initial all the emendations you make
emetic
n. substance causing vomiting
eminent
adj. high; lofty


after her appointment to this eminent position, she rarely had time for her friends
emissary
n. agent; messenger

the president's special emissary
emollient
n. soothing or softening remedy

emollients soften the skin
emolument
n. salary; compensation

this position offers emolument
empirical
adj. based on experience

emperical data
enamored
adj. in love

he became enamored of his own beauty
encipher
v. encode; convert a msg into code


encipher the msg before you send it
enclave
n. territory enclosed w/n an alien land

the vatican is an independent enclave in italy
encomiastic
adj. praising; eulogistic


encomiastic statements abt Nepoleon
encomium
n. high praise; eulogy

uneasy w/ the encomiums expressed by his supporters
encroachment
n. gradual intrusion


encroachment of the factories on the neighborhood