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ABEYANCE
n. suspended action
ABLUTION
n. washing
ABNEGATION
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice
ABORIGINAL
adj., n. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
ABORTIVE
adj. unseccessful; fruitless
ABSOLUTE
adj. complete; totally unlimited; certain
ABUT
v. border upon; adjoin
ACCEDE
v. agree
ACCLIVITY
n. sharp upslope of a hill
ACCOMMODATE
V. oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt
ACCOST
v. approach and speak first to a person
ACCOUTRE
v. equip
ACCRETION
n. growth, increase
ACIDULOUS
adj. slightly sour; sharp; caustic
ACQUIESCE
v. assent; agree passively
ACQUITTAL
n. deliverance from a charge
ACRIMONIOUS
adj. bitter in words or manner
ACTUARIAL
adj. calculating, pertaining to insurance statistics
ACTUATE
v. motivate
ACUITY
n. sharpness
ADAGE
n. wise saying, proverb
ADDENDUM
n. addition; appendix to book
ADDLE
v. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
ADHERENT
n. supporter; follower
ADJUNCT
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
ADJURATION
n. solemn urging
ADJUTANT
n. staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
ADMONISH
v. warn; reprove
ADVENT
n. arrival
ADVENTITIOUS
adj. accidental; casual
ADVERSE
adj. unfavorable; hostile
ADVERSITY
n. poverty; misfortune
ADVERT
v. refer (to)
AEGIS
n. shield, defense
AERIE
n. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk)
AFFECTED
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
AFFIDAVIT
n. written statement made under oath
AFFILIATION
n. joining; associating with
AFFINITY
n. kinship
AFFIX
v. attach or add on; fasten
AFFLICTION
n. state of distres; cause of suffering
AFFLUENCE
n. abundance; wealth
AFFRONT
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
AGAPE
adj. openmouthed
AGHAST
adj. horrified; dumbfounded
AGITATE
v. stir up; disturb
AGOG
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
ALCOVE
n. nook; recess
ALIENATE
v. make hostile; seperate
ALIMENTARY
adj. supplying nourishment
ALLEGE
v. state without proof
ALLEGIANCE
n. loyalty
ALLURE
v. entice; attract
ALLUVIAL
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
ALOFT
adv. upward
ALTERCATION
n. noisy quarrel; heated dispute
AMBIVALENCE
n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
AMBLE
n. moving at an easy pace
AMEND
v. correct; change, generally for the better
AMICABLE
adj. politely friendly; not quarrelsome
AMISS
adj. wrong; faulty
AMITY
n. friendship
AMNESTY
n. pardon
AMPLE
adj. abundant
AMPUTATE
v. cut off part of body; prune
AMOK (AMUCK)
adv. in a state of rage
ANATHEMA
n. solemn curse; someone or stg regarded as curse
ANCILLARY
adj. serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
ANECTODE
n. short account of an amusing or interesting event
ANGUISH
n. acute pain; extreme suffering
ANGULAR
adj. sharp-cornered; stiff in manner
ANIMADVERSION
n. critical remark
ANIMUS
n. hostile feeling or intent
ANNALS
n. records, history
ANNEAL
v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
ANNEX
v. attach, take possession of
ANNOTATE
v. comment; make explanatory notes
ANODYNE
n. drug that relieves pain; opiate
ANOINT
v. consecrate
ANTEDILUVIAN
adj. antiquated; extremely ancient
ANTHOLOGY
n. book of literary selections by various authors
ANTHROPOID
adj. manlike
ANTHROPOMORPHIC
adj. having human form or characteristics
ANTICLIMAX
n. letdown in thought or emotion
ANVIL
n. iron block used in hammering out metals
APE
v. imitate or mimic
APERTURE
n. opening; hole
APHASIA
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
APHORISM
n. pithy maxim or saying
APIARY
n. place where bees are kept
APLOMB
n. poise; assurance
APOCRYPHAL
adj. untrue; made up
APOLOGIST
n. one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
APOTHECARY
n. druggist
APOTHEGM
n. pithy, compact saying
APPALL
v. dismay; shock
APPARITION
n. ghost, phantom
APPELLATION
n. name; title
APPLICATION
n. diligent attention
APPOSITE
adj. appropriate; fitting
APPREHEND
v. arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive
APPREHENSIVE
adj. fearful; dicerning
APPRISE
v. inform
APPROPRIATE
v. acquire; take possesion of for one's own use
APROPOS
prep. with reference to; regarding
APTITUDE
n. fitness; talent
AQUILINE
adj. curved, hooked
ARABLE
adj. fit for growing crops
ARCADE
n. a covered passageway, usually lined with shops
ARCHETYPE
n. prototype; primitive pattern
ARDUOUS
adj. hard; strenuous
ARRAIGN
v. charge in court; indict
ARRAY
v. marshal; draw up in order
v. clothe; adorn
ARREARS
n. benign in debt
ARROYO
n. gully
ARSENAL
n. storage place for military equipment
ASCENDANCY
n. controlling influence
ASCETIC
adj. practicing self-denial; austere
ASCRIBE
v. refer; attribute; assign
ASHEN
adj. ash colored; deadli pale
ASININE
adj. stupid
ASKANCE
adv. with a sideways or indirect look
ASKEW
adv. crookedly, slanted; at an angle
ASPERITY
n. sharpness (of temper)
ASPERSION
n. slanderous remark
ASSAY
v. analyze; evaluate
ASSIMILATE
v. absorb; cause to become homogenous
ASTUTE
adj. wise; shrewd; keen
ASUNDER
adv. into parts; apart
ATAVISM
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents
ATONE
v. make amends for; pay for
ATROCITY
n. brutal deed
ATTEST
v. testify; bear witness
ATTRIBUTE
n. essential quality
ATTRITION
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees
AUGURY
n. omen; prophecy
AUREOLE
n. sun's corona; halo
AUTOCRATIC
adj. having absolute, unhecked power; dictatorial
AVALANCHE
n. great mass of falling snow and ice
AVER
v. state confidently
AVERSE
adj. reluctant; disinclined
AVERT
v. prevent; turn away
AVOCATION
n. secondary or minor occupation
AVOW
v. declare openly
AVUNCULAR
adj. like an uncle
AWL
n. pointed tool used for piercing
BACCHANALIAN
adj. drunken
BAFFLE
v. frustrate; perplex
BAIT
v. harass; tease
BALK
v. stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue
BALLAST
n. heavy substance used to add stability or weight
BANDY
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
BANE
n. cause of ruin; curse
BANTERING
adj. good-naturedly ridiculing
BARB
n. sharp projection from fishhook or other object' openly cutting remark
BARD
n. poet
BARRISTER
n. counselor-at-law
BASTION
n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
BATE
v. let down; restrain
BAUBLE
n. trinket; trifle
BEDRAGGLE
v. wet thoroughly
BEELINE
n. direct, quick route
BEFUDDLE
v. confuse thoroughy
BEGRUDGE
v. resent
BEHEMOTH
n. huge creature; stg of monstrous size or power
BEHOLDEN
adj. obligated; indebted
BEHOOVE
v. be suited to; be incumbent upon
BELABOR
v. explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
BELATED
adj. delayed
BELLIGERENT
adj. quarrelsome
BEMOAN
v. lament; express disapproval
BEMUSED
adj. confused; lost in thoght; preoccupied
BENT
adj. n. determined; natural talent or inclination
BEQUEATH
v. leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
BEREAVEMENT
n. state of being deprived of stg valuable or beloved
BEREFT
adj. deprived of; lacking
BESEECH
v. beg; plead with
BESET
v. harass or trouble; hem in
BESMIRCH
v. soil, defile
BESTOW
v. confer
BETOKEN
v. signify; indicate
BETROTH
v. become engaged to marry
BEVY
n. large group
BICAMERAL
adj. two-chambered, as a legislative body
BICKER
v. quarrel
BIGOTRY
n. stubborn intolerance
BILIOUS
adj. suffering from indigestion; irritable
BILK
v. swindle; cheat
BILLOWING
adj. swelling out in waves; surging
BIVOUAC
n. temporary encampment
BLANCH
v. bleach; whiten
BLAND
adj. soothing or mild; agreeable
BLARE
n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
BLASE
adj. bored with pleasure or dissipation
BLATANT
adj. extremely obvious; loudly offensive
BLEAK
adj. cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
BLIGHTED
adj. suffering from a disease; destroyed
BLOWHARD
n. talkative boaster
BLUDGEON
n. club; heavy-headed weapon
BLUFF
adj. rough but good-natured
n. pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff
BLUNDER
n. error
BLUSTER
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
BOLT
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
BOURGEOIS
adj. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
BOVINE
adj. cowlike; placid and dull
BOWDLERIZE
v. expurgate
BRACKISH
adj. somewhat saline
BRAGGADOCIO
n. boastling
BRANDISH
v. wave around; flourish
BRAVADO
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance
BRAZEN
adj. insolent
BROCADE
n. rich, figured fabric
BROOCH
n. ornamental clasp
BROWBEAT
v. bully; intimidate
BRUNT
n. main impact or shock
BRUSQUE
adj. blunt; abrupt
BUCCANEER
n. pirate
BUFFET
v. slap; batter; knock about
BUFFOONERY
n. clowning
BUGABOO
n. bugbear; object of baseless terror
BULWARK
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
BUNGLE
v. mismanage; blunder
BURLESQUE
v. give an imitation that ridicules
BUXOM
adj. full-bosomed; plump; jolly
CADENCE
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
CAJOLE
v. coax; wheedle
CALAMITY
n. disaster; misery
CALDRON
n. large kettle
CALIBER
n. ability; quality
CAMEO
n. shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearence in a minor role in a film
CANARD
n. unfounded rumor; exaggerated report
CANKER
n. any ulcerous sore; any evil
CANNY
adj. shrewd; thrifty
CANON
n. collectionor authoritative list of books; rule or std set by ecclesiastical authority
CANT
n. insincere expressionsof piety; jargon of thieves
CANTANKEROUS
adj. ill-humored; irritable
CANTATA
n. story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
CANTER
n. slow gallop
CANTO
n. division of a long poem
CANVASS
v. determine or seek opinions, votes etc.
CAPILLARY
adj. having a very fine bore
CAPITULATE
v. surrender
CAPTIOUS
adj. faultfinding
CARAFE
n. galss water bottle; decanter
CARAPACE
n. shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc)
CARCINOGENIC
adj. causing cancer
CAREEN
v. lurch; sway
CARILLON
n. set of bells capable of being played
CARNAGE
n. destruction of life
CARNAL
adj. fleshly
CAROUSAL
n. drunken revel
CARPING
n. petty criticism; fault-finding
CARRION
n. rotting flesh of a dead body
CASTE
n. one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society, social stratification; prestige
CASUALTY
n. serious or fatal accident
CATACLYSM
n. deluge; upheaval
CATARACT
n. great waterfall; eye abnormality
CATCALL
n. shout of disapproval; boo
CATECHISM
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
CATHARSIS
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
CATHARTIC
n. purgative
CAUCUS
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
CAULK
v. to make watertight (by plugging seams)
CAUTERIZE
v. burn with hot iron or caustic
CAVALCADE
n. procession; parade
CAVALIER
adj. causal and offhand; arrogant
CAVIL
v. make frivolous objections
CEDE
v. yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
CELIBATE
adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried
CENSORIOUS
adj. critical
CENTRIGADE
adj. denoting a widely used temperature scale
CENTRIPETAL
adj. tending toward the center
CENTURION
n. roman army officer
CEREBRAL
adj. pertaining to the brain or intellect
CEREBRATION
n. thought
CEREMONIOUS
adj. marked by formality
CERTITUDE
n. certainty
CESSION
n. yielding to another; ceding
CHAFE
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
CHAFF
n. worthless products of an endeavor
CHAFFING
adj. bantering; joking
CHAGRIN
n. vexation (caused bu humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
CHAMELEON
n. lizard that changes color in different situations
CHARY
adj. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
CHASE
v. ornament a metal surface by indenting
CHASTE
adj. pure; virginal; modest
CHECK
v. stop motion; curb or restrain
CHECKERED
adj. markede by changes in fortune
CHIMERICAL
adj. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
CHISEL
n. wedgelike tool for cutting
v. swindler or cheat; cut with a chisel
CHOLERIC
adj. hot tempered
CHORTLE
v. chuckle with delight
CILIATED
adj. having minute hairs
CIPHER
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing
CIRCLET
n. small ring; band
CIRCUMVENT
v. outwit; baffle
CITADEL
n. fortress
CLAIRVOYANT
adj. n. having foresight; fortuneteller
CLAMBER
v. climb by crawling
CLAMOR
n. noise
CLANDESTINE
adj. secret
CLANGOR
n. loud, resounding noise
CLAPPER
n. striker (tongue) of a bell
CLARION
adj. shrill, trumpetlike sound
CLAVICLE
n. collarbone
CLEAVE
v. split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
CLEFT
n. split
CLEMENCY
n. disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather
CLIMACTIC
adj. relating to the highest point
CLIME
n. region; climate
CLIQUE
n. small, exclusive group
CLOISTER
n. monastery or convent
CLOUT
n. great influence (especially political or social)
CLOYING
adj. distateful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental
CODICIL
n. supplement to the body of a will
COEVAL
adj. living at the same time as; contemporary
COG
n. tooth projecting from a wheel
COGITATE
v. think over
COGNATE
adj. related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
COHABIT
v. live together
COHESION
n. tendency to keep together
COHORTS
n. armed band
COIN
v. make coins; invent or fabricate
COLANDER
n. utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
COLLAGE
n. work of art put together from fragments
COLLATE
v. examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
COLLATION
n. a light metal
COLLOQUY
n. informal discussion
COLLUSION
n. conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
COMATOSE
adj. in a coma; extremely sleepy
COMBUSTIBLE
adj. easily burned
COMESTIBLE
n. something fit to be eaten
COMEUPPANCE
n. rebuke; deserts
COMMANDEER
v. to draft for military purposes; to take for public use
COMMEMORATIVE
adj. remembering; honoring
COMMISERATE
v. feel or express pity or sympathy for
COMMUNAL
adj. held in common; a group of people
COMPACT
n. agreement; contract
adj. tightly packed; firm
COMPELLING
adj. overpowering; irresistible in effect
COMPENDIUM
v. brief, comprehensive summary
COMPILATION
n. listing of statistical information in tabular or book form
COMPLACENCY
n. self-satisfaction; smugness
COMPLAISANT
adj. trying to please; obliging
COMPLICITY
n. participation; involvement
COMPORT
v. bear one's self; behave
COMPROMISE
v. adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
COMPUNCTION
n. remorse
CONCAVE
v. link as in a chain
CONCEDE
adj. hollow
CONCEIT
n. vanity or self-love; whimsical idea; extravagant metaphor
CONCENTRIC
adj. mutually agrred on; done together
CONCEPTION
n. beginning; forming of an idea
CONCERTED
adj. mutually agreed on; done together
CONCESSION
n. an act of yielding
CONCLAVE
n. private meeting
CONCLUSIVE
adj. decisive; ending all debate
CONCOCT
v. prepare by combining; make up in concert
CONCOMITANT
n. that which accompanies
CONDESCEND
v. bestow courtesies with a superior air
CONDIGN
adj. adequate; deservedly severe
CONDOLE
v. express sympathetic sorrow
CONDUCIVE
adj. helpful; contributive
CONDUIT
n. aqueduct; passageway
CONFIDANT
n. trusted friend
CONFINE
v. shut in; restrict
CONFISCATE
v. seize; commandeer
CONFLAGRATION
n. great fir
CONFLUENCE
n. flowing together; crowd
CONFOUND
v. confuse; puzzle
CONGEAL
v. freeze; coagulate
CONGENITAL
adj. existing at birth
CONGRUENCE
n. correspondence of parts; harmonious relationship
CONGRUENT
adj. in agreement; corresponding
CONIFER
n. pine tree; cone-bearing tree
CONJECTURE
n. surmise; guess
CONJUGAL
adj. pertaining to marriage
CONNIVANCE
n. pretense of igonarance of stg wrong; assistance; permission to offend
CONNOTATION
n. suggested or implied meaning of an expression
CONNUBIAL
adj. pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
CONSANGUINITY
n. kinship
CONSCRIPT
n. draftee; person forced into military service
CONSECRATE
v. dedicate; sanctify
CONSEQUENTIAL
adj. pompous; self-important
CONSERVATORY
n. school of the fine arts (especially muisc or drama)
CONSIGN
v. deliver officially; entrust; set apart
CONSORT
v. associate with
CONSTITUENT
n. supporter
CONSTRAINT
n. compulsin; repression of feelings
CONSTRUE
v. explain; interpret
CONSUMMATE
adj. complete
CONTAGION
n. infection
CONTEND
v. struggle; compete; assert earnestly
CONTENTION
n. claim; thesis
CONTEST
v. dispute
CONTINENCE
n. self-restraint; sexual chastity
CONTINGENT
adj. dependent on; conditional
n. group that makes up part of a gathering
CONTORTIONS
n. twistings; distortions
CONTRABAND
n. illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods
CONTRAVENE
v. contradict; oppose; infringe on or transgress
CONTRIVED
adj. forced; artificial; not spontaneous
CONTROVERT
adj. forced; artificial; not spontaneous
CONTUSION
n. bruise
CONVENTION
n. social or moral custom; established practice
CONVERSANT
adj. familiar with
CONVERSE
n. opposite
CONVEYANCE
n. vehicle; transfer
CONVICTION
n. judgement that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief
CONVOLUTED
adj. coiled around; involved; intricate
COQUETTE
n. flirt
CORDIAL
adj. graciois; heartfelt
CORDON
n. extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress
CORNICE
n. projecting molding on building (usually above columns)
COROLLARY
n. consequence; accompaniment
CORPULENT
adj. very fat
COTERIE
n. group that meets socially; select circle
COUNTENANCE
v. approve; tolerate
n. face
COUNTERMAND
v. cancel; revoke
COUP
n. highly successful action or sudden attack
COVETOUS
adj. avaricious; eagerly desirous of
COW
v. terrorize; intimidate
COZEN
v. cheat; hoodwink; swindle
CRABBED
adj. sour; peevish
CRASS
adj. very unrefined; grossly insensible
CREDO
n. creed
CREED
n. system of religious or ethical belief
CRESTFALLEN
adj. dejected; dispirited
CRINGE
v. shrink back, as if in fear
CRONE
n. hag
CROTCHETY
adj. eccentric; whimsical
CRYPT
n. secret recess or vault usually used for burial
CULL
v. pick out; reject
CULMINATION
n. attainment of highest point
CULPABLE
adj. deserving blame
CULVERT
n. artificial channel for water
CUPIDITY
n. greed
CURATOR
n. superintendent; manager
CURMUDGEON
n. churlish; miserly individual
CURSIVE
adj. flowing, running
CYNOSURE
n. object of general attention
DAIS
n. raised platform for guests of honor
DALLY
v. trifle with; procrastinate
DANK
adj. damp
DAPPLED
adj. spotted
DAUB
v. intimidate; frighten
DAWDLE
v. loiter; waste time
DEADPAN
adj. wooden; impassive
DEBUNK
v. expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule
DEBUTANTE
n. young woman making formal entrance into society
DECAPITATE
v. behead
DECIDUOUS
adj. falling off, as of leaves
DECIMATE
v. kill, usually one out of ten
DECLIVITY
n. downward slope
DECOY
n. lure or bait
DECREPITUDE
n. state of collapse caused by illness or old age
DECRY
v. express strong disapproval of; disparage
DEDUCIBLE
adj. derived by reasoning
DEFAULT
n. failure to act
DEFEATIST
adj. resigned to defeat; accepting defeat as a natural outcome
DEFECTION
n. desertion
DEFER
v. delay till later; exempt temporarily
v. give in respectfully; submit
DEFIANCE
n. refusal to yield; resistance
DEFILE
v. pollute; profane
DEFINITIVE
adj. most reliable or complete
DEFLECT
v. turn aside
DEFOLIATE
v. destroy leaves
DEFRAY
v. provide for the payment of
DEFROCK
v. to strip a priest or minister of church authority
DEFUNCT
adj. dead; no longer in use or existence
DEGENERATE
v. become worse; deteriorate
DEIFY
v. turn into a god; idiolize
DEIGN
v. condescend; stoop
DELTA
n. flat plain of mud or sand b/w branches of a river
DELUDE
v. deceive
DELUSIVE
adj. deceptive; raising vain hopes
DELVE
v. dig; investigate
DEMAGOGUE
n.person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader
DEMEAN
v. degrade; humiliate
DEMEANOR
n. behavior; bearing
DEMENTED
adj. insane
DEMISE
n. death
DEMONIAC
adj. fiendish
DEMURE
adj. grave; serious; coy
DENIZEN
n. inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
DENOTATION
n. meaning; distinguishing by name
DENOUEMENT
n. outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work
DENOUNCE
v. condemn; criticize
DEPLETE
v. reduce; exhaust
DEPLORE
v. regret
DEPLOY
v. spread out (troops) in an extended though shallow battle
DEPOSE
v. dethrone; remove from office
DEPOSITION
n. testimony under oath
DEPRAVITY
n. extreme corruption; wickedness
DEPRECATE
v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
DEPREDATION
n. plundering
DERANGED
adj. insane
DERELICT
adj. abandoned; negligent
DEROGATORY
adj. expressing a low opinion
DESCRY
v. catch sight of
DESOLATE
adj. unpopulated; joyless
v. rob of joy; lay waste to; forsakr
DESPERADO
n. reckless outlaw
DESPOIL
v. plunder
DESPONDENT
adj. depressed; gloomy
DESPOT
n. tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler
DESTITUTE
adj. extremely poor
DETERMINATION
n. resolve; measurement or calculation; decision
DETERRENT
n. stg that discourages; hindrance
DETONATION
n. explosion
DETRACTION
n. slandering; aspersion
DEVIOUS
adj. roundabout; erratic; not straight forward
DEVISE
v. think up; invent; plan
DEVOID
adj. lacking
DEVOLVE
v. deputize; pass to others
DEVOTEE
n. enthusiastic follower
DEVOUT
adj. pious
DIADEM
n. crown
DIALECTICAL
adj. relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal
DICHOTOMY
n. split; branching into two parts (esp. contradictory parts)
DICTUM
n. authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim
DIDACTIC
adj. teaching; instructional
DIFFUSE
adj. wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
DIGRESSION
n. wandering away from the subject
DILAPIDATED
adj. ruined because of neglect
DIMINUTION
n. lessening; reduction in size
DINGHY
n. small boat
DINGY
adj. dull; not fresh; cheerless
DINT
n. means; effort
DIORAMA
n. life-size, three dimensional scene from nature or history
DIRE
adj. disastrous
DISAFFECTED
adj. disloyal
DISARRAY
n. a disorderly or untidy state
DISAVOWAL
n. denial; disclaiming
DISCERNING
adj. mentally quick and observant; having insight
DISCLAIM
v. disown; renounce claim to
DISCOMFIT
v. put to rout; defeat; disconcert
DISCONCERT
v. confuse; upset; embarrass
DISCONSOLATE
adj. sad
DISCORD
n. conflict; lack of harmony
DISCOUNT
v. disregard
DISCOURSE
n. formal discussion; conversation
DISCRETE
adj. seperate; unconnected
DISCRETION
n. prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances
DISCURSIVE
adj. digressing; rambling
DISEMBARK
v. go ashore; unload cargo from a ship
DISENFRANCHISE
v. deprive of a civil right
DISFIGURE
v. mar the appearence of; spoil
DISGRUNTLE
v. make discontented
DISHEVELED
adj. untidy
DISINCLINATION
n. unwillingness
DISMEMBER
v. cut into small parts
DISPEL
v. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
DISPORT
v. amuse
DISPUTATIOUS
adj. argumentative; fond of arguing
DISQUIETUDE
n. uneasiness; anxiety
DISQUISITION
n. a formal systematic inquiry; an explanation of the results of a formal inquiry
DISSECTION
n. analysis; cutting apart in order to examine
DISSENT
v. disagree
DISSERTATION
n. formal essay
DISSIDENT
adj. dissenting; rebellious
DISSIMULATE
v. pretend; conceal by feigning
DISSOLUTION
n. disintegration; loosenes in morals
DISTILL
v. purify; refine; concentrate
DISTINCTION
n. honor; contrast; disincrimination
DISTRAIT
adj. absentminded
DISTRAUGHT
adj. upset; distracted by anxiety
DIVERSION
n. act of turning aside; pastime
DIVEST
v. strip; deprive
DIVINE
v. perceive intuitively; foresee the future
DIVULGE
v. reveal
DOCKET
n. program as for trial; book where such entries are made
DOCTRINAIRE
adj. unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
DODDERING
adj. shaky; infirm from old age
DOGGED
adj. determined; stubborn
DOLDRUMS
n. blues; listlessness; slack period
DOLT
n. stupid person
DOMICILE
n. home
DOMINEER
v. rule over tyrannically
DORMER
n. window projecting from roof
DORSAL
adj. relating to the back of an animal
DOSSIER
n. file of documents on a subject
DOTAGE
n. senility
DOTE
v. be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
DOUR
adj. sullen; stubborn
DOUSE
v. plunge into water; drench; extinguish
DOWNCAST
adj. disheartened; sad
DRAB
adj. dull; lacking color; cheerless
DREGS
n. sediment; worthless residue
DRIVEL
n. nonsense; foolishness
DUMBFOUND
v. astonish
DUPE
n. someone easily fooled
DURESS
n. forcible restraint, esp. unlawfully
DUTIFUL
adj. respectful; obedient
DYSPEPTIC
adj. suffering from indigestion
EBB
v. recede; lessen
ECLIPSE
v. darken; extinguish; surpass
ECOLOGIST
n. person concerned with interrelationship b/w living organisms and their environment
EDICT
n. decree (esp. one issued by sovereign); official command
EDIFY
v. instruct; correct morally
EERIE
adj. weird
EFFETE
adj. worn out; exhausted; barren