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rescind
v. cancel


rescind the unpopular policy
resentment
n. indignation; bitterness; displeasure


He tried to hide his resentment of Barry's success
reserve
n. self-control; formal but distant manner


Some girls are attracted by Mark's reserve
resignation
n. patient submissiveness; statement that one is quitting a job

He accepted Scrooge's bullying w/ timid resignation
resolution
n. determination



Nothing could shake his resolution to succeed
resolve
n. determination; firmness of purpose


How dare you question my resolve to take up sky-diving!

v. decide; settle; solve


Holmes resolved to travel to Bohemia to resolve the dispute
resonant
adj. echoing; resounding; deep and full in sound


resonant voice
respite
n. interval of relief; time for rest; delay in punishment


his vacation was a delightful respite from the pressures of his job
resplendent
adj. dazzling; glorious; brilliant


resplendent new clothes
restitution
n. reparation; indemnification (compensate for damage/loss)

He offered toi make restitution for the window broken by his son
restive
adj. restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control


children grow restive while waiting in line for Santa Clause
resumption
n. taking up again; recommencemet (begin again)

v. resume

resumption of classes
resurge
v. rise again; flow to and fro
n. resurgence
adj. resurgent


spirit of nationalism resurged
retain
v. keep; employ


Fighting to retain his seat in congress, he retained a new manager to head his reelection compaign
retentive
adj. holding; having a good memory

he has a retentive mind
reticent
adj. reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
retinue
n. following; attendants


The queen's retinue followed her around
retiring
adj. modest; shy


retiring personality
retort
n. quick, sharp reply


she was always ready w/ a retort
retract
v. withdraw; take back


retract my offer
retrench
v. cut down; economize

in order to send their kids to college, they would have to retrench
retribution
n. vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses


the deity will exact (to force payment or yielding of)retribution from sinners
retroactive
adj. taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax)
revelry
n. boisterous merrymaking

New year's eve is a night of revelry
reverent
adj. respectful; worshipful
reverie
n. daydream; musing


She was awakened from her reverie by the teacher's Q
revile
v. attack w/ abusive language; vilify


most contemporaries reviled Captain Kidd as a notorious, bloodyhanded pirate
revoke
v. cancel; retract



revoke your license
revulsion
n. sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction


when they saw her evil intent, they underwent a revulsion
rhapsodize
v. to speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner


She enjoyed her Hawaiian vacation and rhapsodized about it for weeks
rhetoric
n. art of effective communication; insincere or grandiloquent language


All writers must be skilled in rhetoric
ribald
adj. wanton; profane


the ribald song offended many of the prudish listeners
riddle
v. pierce w/ holes; permeate or spread throughout


with the machine gun, she riddled the car

the newspaper was riddled w/ typos
rider
n. ammendment or clause added to a legislative bill


add an antipollution rider to the bill
rife
adj. abundant; current


rumors of scandal are rife at the moment
rift
n. opening ; break


rift in the clouds
rigid
adj. stiff and unyielding; strict; hard and unbending


rigid rule
rile
v. vex; irritate; muddy


he is an easy man to rile
riveting
adj. absorbing; engrossing



this novel is a riveting tale - i had to finish it in a single evening
rivulet
n. small stream
rococo
adj. ornate; highly decorated


the rococo style of architecture and furniture
roil
v. to make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; to disturb


Be careful when you pour not to roil the wine
roseate
adj. rosy; optimistic


you will have to alter your roseate views in light of the distressing news
rostrum
n. platform for speech-making; pulpit
rote
n. repetition


He recited the passage by rote and gave no indication he understood whta he was saying
rotunda
n. circular building or hall covered w/ a dome
rotundity
n. roundness; sonorousness of speech
rousing
adj. lively; stirring


let's have a rousing welcome for...

rousing rendition of..
rout
v. stampede; drive out


the reinforcements were able to rout the enemy
rubric
n. title or heading (in red paint); directions for religious ceremony; protocol


rubrics for the ordination service
ruddy
adj. reddish; healthy-looking


Santa's ruddy cheeks
rue
v. regret; lament; mourn


She rued the night she met him
ruffian
n. bully; scoundrel


the ruffians threw stones at the police
ruminate
v. chew over and over (mentally or like cows, physically); mull over; ponder



He ruminated about the events till 4 in the mornin
runic
adj. mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet



runic alphabet
ruse
n. trick; stratagem

you can't fool them w/ such an obvious ruse
rustic
adj. pertaining to country people; uncouth


he looked out of place in his rustic attire
rusticate
v. banish to the country; dwell in the country

how an pepole rusticate in the suburbs?
saccharine
adj. cloyingly sweet


saccharine smile
sacriligious
adj. desecrating; profane


His stealing of the alter cloth was a very sacrilegious act
sacrosanct
adj. most sacred; inviolable


invade the sacrosanct privacy of hte president's office