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quash
v. subdue; crush; squash


the govt tried to quash the student rebellion
quay
n. dock; landing place

the ship crashed into the quay
quell
v. extinguish; put down; quiet


the teacher could quell any unrest among her students w/ one intimidating glance
querulous
adj. fretful; whining

those toddlers are always querulous
quibble
n. minor objection or complaint
quiescent
adj. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
quietude
n. tranquility
quintessence
n. purest and highest embodiment

he displayed teh quintessence of wit
quip
n. taunt

you are unpopular bc u are too free w/ your quips and sarcastic comments
quirk
n. startling twist; caprice


By a quirk of fate...
quisling
n. traitor who aids invaders
quixotic
adj. idealistic but impractical


quixotic, unworkable schemes to save the world
quizzical
adj. teasing; bantering; mocking; curious


he raised a quizzical eyebrow
quotidian
adj. daily; commonplace; customary

quotidian routine
rabid
adj. like a fanatic; furious


He was a rabid follower of the Dodgers
raconteur
n. story-teller
ragamuffin
n. person wearing tattered clothes

the ragamuffin was begging for food
rail
v. scold; rant


you may rail at him all you want; you will never change him
raiment
n. clothing


Cinderella had no fitting raiment to wear to the Ball
rakish
adj. stylish; sporty


he wore his hat at a rakish and jaunty angle
ramification
n. branching out; subdivision


We must examine all the ramifications of this problem
ramify
v. divide into branches or subdivisions


When the plant begins to ramify, you should nip off most the new branches
rampant
adj. growing in perfusion; unrestrained

rampant weeds
rampart
n. defensive mound of earth


From the ramparts we watched as the fighting continued.
ramshackle
adj. rickety; falling apart

the boys propped up the ramshackle clubhouse w/ a couple of boards
rancid
adj. having the odor of stale fat


rancid odor
rancor
n. bitterness; hatrid


she still had rancor against her ex
rankle
v. irritate; fester


The memory of having been jilted rankled him for years

jilted-decieve or drop (a lover) suddenly or callously (emotionally hardened/unfeeling)
rant
v. rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech


after i ruined the car, my dad ranted at me like a madman
rapacious
adj. excessively grasping (greedy; avaricious) ; plundering

the rapacious birds preyed on the small animals
rapport
n. emotional cloeness; harmony


the group has good rapport w/ one another
rapt
adj. absorbed; enchanted


the rapt listeners sat motionless, hanging on his every word
rarefied
adj. made less dense (of a gas)


the mt climbers had difficulty breathing in the rarefied atmosphere
ratify
v. approve formally; confirm; verify


Congress ratified the constitutional amendment
ratiocination
n. reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises


his gift for ratiocination made him a superb detective
ravage
v. plunder; despoil


the marauding army ravaged the countryside
rave
n. overwhelmingly favorable review
ravel
v. fall apart into tangles; unrable or untwist; entangle


A single thread pulled loose and the entire scarf started to ravel
ravenous
adj. extremely hungry
ravine
n. narrow valley w/ steep sides

Steeper than a gully, less precipitous than a canyon, a ravine is, like them, the product of years of erosion
raze
v. destroy completely


raze a building
reactionary
adj. opposing progress; poticially ultraconservative

Reactionary forces in the church fought to reinstate the mass in Latin
realm
n. kingdom; field or sphere
reaper
n. one who harvests grain
rebuff
v. snub (treat w/ disdain; reject w/ a sharp rebuke); beat back (force back)

She rebuffed his invitation
rebuke
v. scold harshly; criticize severely


No matter how sharply she rebuked Huck, he just stood there and took it
rebus
n. puzzle in which pictures stand for words

A coven of witches beside a tree is a possible rebus for hte town Coventry
recalcitrant
adj. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
recant
v. disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error


He recanted his sworn testimony
recapitulate
v. summarize


Recap!
recast
v. reconstruct (a sentence, a story)


Let me recast this sentence in terms your feeble (weak)brain can grasp: you are a fool
recidivism
n. habitual return to crime


THe US has a high rate of recidivism; tons of people werve 2nd or 3rd terms
reconcile
v. correct inconsistencies; become friendly after a quarrel


reconcile our checkbook with the bank statement
recondite
adj. abstruse; profound; secret


he read many recondite books
reconnaissance
n. survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering (prelim inspection, esp to gather military info)

If you encounter any enmy soldiers during your reconnaissance, capture them for questioning.
recount
v. narrate or tell ; count all over again


recount his latest adventure
recourse
n. resorting to help when in trouble


the boy's only recourse was to appeal to his father for aid
recrimination
n. countercharges


Loud and angry recriminations were her answer to his accusations
rectitude
n. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgement


The Eagle Scout was a model of rectitude
recumbent
adj. reclining; lying down completely or in part

first class allows you to take a recumbent position