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fallacy
n. mistaken idea based on flawed; invalid
fallow
adj. plowed but now sowed; uncultivated

Farmers like to let land lie fallow every few years
fancied
adj. imagined; unreal


its fancied resemblance to...
fancier
n. breeder or dealer of animals


dog fancier
fanfare
n. call by bugles or trumpets; showy display

fanfare of trumpets at the exposition
fastidious
adj. difficult to please; squeamish

a fastidious eater
fatalism
n. belief that events are determined by forces beyond one's control

With fatalism, he accepted the hardships that beset him.
fatuous
adj. brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug

Fatheads are by definition fatuous
fauna
n. animals of a period or region


fauna of the period
fawning
adj. trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing

courtiers fan upon princes
groupies fawn upon rockstars
faze
v. disconcert; dismay


nothing can faze me!
feckless
adj. feeble (weak) and ineffective; careless and irresponsible

feckless leader
fecundity
n. fertility; fruitfulness

rabbits - known for their fecundity ( ne ge ne ge)
feint
n. trick; shift; sham blow


The boxer was fooled by his opponent's feint and dropped his guard
felicitous
adj. apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

famous for his felicitous remarks
felicity
n. happiness; apprpriateness of a remark, choice, etc)


wish the newlyweds great felicity
fell
adj. cruel; deadly

fell disease


v. cut or knock down; bring down (w/ a missile)

Paul Bunyan felled the mighty redwood tree
felon
n. person convicted of a grave crime
feral
adj. not domestic; wild


dogs may revert to their feral state
ferment
n. agitation; commotion

the country was in a state of ferment
ferret
v. drive or hunt out of hiding


She ferreted out their secret
fervent
adj. ardent (great warmth/passion) ; hot


fervent praise
fervid
adj. ardent

fervid entusiasm
fester
v. rankle; cause persistent irritation or resentment


Joe's insult festered in her mind for days
fete
v. honor at a festival

the returning hero was feted at the festival
fetid
adj. malodorous; foul-smelling


does it smell fetid to u?
fetter
v. shackle (to restrain or confine w/ shackles)


the prisoner was fettered to the wall
fiat
n. command; authorization


put into effect by presidential fiat
figurine
n. small ornamental statuette
filch
v. steal


the boys filched apples from the fruit stand
filial
adj. pertaining to a son or daughter


filial obligations
filibuster
v. block legislation by making long speeches

the Senator has a great ability to filibuster endlessly to keep an issue from coming to a vote
filigree
n. delicate, lacelike metalwork


pendant with god filigree
filing
n. particle removed by a file
finesse
n. delicate skill

surgeon's finesse and adroitness
firebrand
n. hothead; troublemaker
fitful
adj. spasmodic; intermittent

after several fitful attempts...
flag
v. droop; grow feeble (weak)


the team's spirit flagged
flagrant
adj. conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous


flagrant violation of satelaws
flail
v. thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about


flail my arms
flailed the horses with the reigns
flair
n. talent

uncanny (extraordinary) flair
flay
v. strip off skin; plunder; whip; attack w/ harsh criticism

stinging comments flayed her spirit
fledgling
adj. inexperienced
fleece
n. wool coat of a sheep

shear sheep of their fleece

v. rob; plunder

they fleeced him of his inheritance