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natation
n. swimming
natty
adj. neatly or smartly dressed


Jameel is a natty dresser
nauseate
v. cause to become sick;fill w/ disgust

the foul smells began to nauseate her
nautical
adj. pertaining to ships or navigation
navigable
adj. wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered


so much sand was built up at the bottom of the canal that the waterway was barely navigable
nebulous
adj. vague; hazy; cloudy


they only a had a nebulous proposal
necromancy
n. black magic; dealings w/ the dead
nefarious
adj. very wicked
nemesis
n. someone seeking revenge

something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.: The performance test proved to be my nemesis.
neologism
n. new or newly coined word or phrase

neologisms such as "microcomputer"
neophyte
n. recent convert; beginner
nepotism
n. favoritism (to a relative)

mom says there's no nepotism w/n the family
nether
adj. lower


Hell is located in the nether regions
nettle
v. annoy; vex


Do not let her nettle you w/ her sarcastic remarks
nexus
n. connection


I fail to see the nexus that binds these two widely separated events
nib
n. beak; pen point

The nibs of fountain pens often become clotted and corroded
nicety
n. precision; minute distinction


I cannot distinguish between such niceties of reasoning

adj. nice

nice distinction
niggardly
adj. meanly stingy; parsimonious

niggardly pittance
niggle
v. spend too much time on minor points; carp ( to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.)


Let's not niggle over details
nihilist
n. one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist

Hitler was a nihilist
nip
v. stop something's growth or development; snip off; bite; make numb w/ cold

she nipped their plan
the dog nipped the postman
the extreme cold nipped his fingers
noisome
adj. foul-smelling; unwholesome

noisome atmosphere
nomadic
adj. wandering

nomadic tribes
nonchalance
n. indifference; lack of concern; composure
nondescript
adj. undistinctive; ordinary


nondescript fellow
nonentity
n. person of no importance; nonexistence


the youngest was a nonentity
nonplus
v. bring to a halt by confusion; perplex


his uncharacteristic rudeness nonplussed Jill
nostrum
n. questionable medicine


No quack selling nostrums is going to cheat me
notable
adj. conspicuous; important; distinguished


notable for his calm
notable chef
noxious
adj. harmful

noxious gases
nuance
n. shade of difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction


subtle nuances
nubile
adj. marriageable


her nubile daughters
nugatory
adj. futile; worthless



This agreement is nugatory
numismatist
n. person who collects coins
nuptial
adj. related to marriage
nurture
v. nourish; educate; foster


nurture preK children so that they will do well when they enter public school
oaf
n. stupid, awkward person


you clumsy oaf!
obdurate
adj. stubborn
obeisance
n. bow
obelisk
n. tall column tapering and ending in a pyramid
obfuscate
v. confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex


he was trying to obfuscate the issue
objective
adj. not influenced by emotions; fair


he was trying to remain objective
oblique
adj. indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line)


he took an oblique glance
oblivion
n. obscurity; forgetfulness


his works had fallen into oblivion
obloquy
n. slander; disgrace; infamy


I resent the obloquy that you are casting upon my reputation
obscure
adj. dark; vague; unclear

v. darken; make unclear
obsequious
adj. slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic (servile flatterer)
obsequy
n. funeral ceremony


They paid their last respects at his obsequy
obsidian
n. black volcanic rock