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hibernal
adj. wintry


bears - hibernal sleep
hilarity
v. boisterous mirth (laughter)


hilarity is improper during mourning
hinterlands
n. back country (less dev'ed)
hireling
n. one who serves for hire ( usu used contemptuously)


I don't want to deal w/ hirelings; i must meet with the CEO
hirsute
adj. hairy

hirsute individual
histrionic
adj. theatrical


histrionic ability
hoary
adj. white w/ age


the man was hoary and wrinkled
holocaust
n. destruction by fire
holster
n. pistol case
homage
n. honor; tribute


pay homage to a great man
homespun
adj. domestic; made at home


homespun cloth
homily
n. sermon; serious warning


His speeches were always homilies, advising his listeners to repent and reform
hoodwink
v. deceive; delude


hoodwinked by a salesman
horde
n. crowd

hordes of shoppers
hortatory
adj. encouraging; exhortive (to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.)


hortatory statements
horticultural
adj. pertaining to cultivation of gardens


read books pertaining to horticultural matters
hovel
n. shack; small, wretched house
hubbub
n. confused uproar


the marketplace was a scene of hubbub and excitement
hubris
n. arrogance; excessive self-conceit


Filled with hubris, Frank refused to heed his friends' warnings
hue
n. color; aspect


The aviary contained birds of every possible hue.
hue and cry
n. outcry


when her purse was snatched, she raised such a hue and cry that the thief was captured
humdrum
adj. dull , monotonous


After years of adventure, she could not settle down to a humdrum existence
humility
n. humbleness of spirit

He spoke w/ a humility and lack of pride that impressed his listeners
hummock
n. small hill
humus
n. substance formed by decaying vegetable matter


he spread humus over his lawn to improve his garden
husband
v. use sparingly; conserve; save


hikers must husband their energy
husbandry
n. frugality; thrift; agriculture


he accumulated his small fortune by diligence and husbandry
hydrophobia
n. fear of water; rabies
hypercritical
adj. excessively exacting (demanding)


you are hypercritical in your demands for perfection
hypochondriac
n. person unduly worried about his health; worrier w/o cause about illness


the doctor prescribed chocolate pills for the hypochondriac
hypocritical
adj. pretending to be virtuous; deceiving


I resent Gary's hypocritical protestations of friendship
ichthyology
n. study of fish
icon
n. religious image; idol
iconoclastic
adj. attacking cherished traditions
ideology
n. system of ideas characteristic of a group or culture


communist ideology
idiosyncrasy
n. individual trait, usually odd in nature; eccentricity

One of his little idiosyncrasies was his liking for ketchup on cottage cheese
idyllic
adj. charmingly carefree; simple


Far from the city, she led an idyllic existence in her rural retreat
igneous
adj. produced by fire; volcanic

igneous rocks are found around the volcano
ignoble
adj. unworthy; not noble


the knight never performed an ignoble deed
ignominy
n. deep disgrace; shame or dishonor


how can he endure the ignominy of his defeat?
illicit
adj. illegal
illuminate
v. brighten; clear up or make understandable; enlighten


illuminate a knotty problem
illusive
adj. deceiving


don't be fooled by the illusive effect
illusory
adj. deceptive; not real
imbecility
n. weakness of mind

imbecility of the readers of these trashy magazines
imbibe
v. drink in

the dry soil imbibed the rain quickly
imbroglio
n. complicated situation; painful or complex misunderstanding; entanglement; confused mass (as of papers)
imbue
v. saturate, fill


visiting notre dame imbued him with feelings of awe and reverence