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Disseminate
to disperse; to scatter far and wide
Dissipate
dissolve; dispel; to scatter; to disperse; to disappear; to squander or waste
Dissolution
a dissolving; the termination (business); death; adjournment of a meeting
Dissonant
cacophonous; harsh; jarring; discordant
Distort
to twist out of the true meaning or proportion
Dither
excitement; great agitation
Diversity
difference; variety
Docile
easily taught, led, or managed; tractable; obedient
Dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated; dictatorial; doctrinal; asserted without proof;
Dormant
inactive
Dossier
a collection of documents concerning a particular person or matter
Dote
to be excessively or foolishly fond of
Dour
gloomy; sullen; sorrowful; doleful
Drought
prolonged shortage or lack of something; a period of dryness
Dulcet
melodious; harmonious (opp. Cacophonous)
Dupe
to deceive; to trick; inveigle
Ebullience
enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings; exuberance
Ebullient
bubbling, boiling; overflowing with enthusiasm
Eccentric
odd; unusual; quirky
Efficacy
the power to produce the desired effect; effectiveness
Effrontery
audacity; boldness transcending the bounds of modesty; temerity
Effulgent
diffusing a flood of light; shining
Elate
to raise the spirits of; to make proud
Elegy
poem of lament, esp. for the dead
Elicit
extract; bring out; draw forth
Elucidate
to make clear; clarify
Elusive
hard to explain, grasp or retain; evasive; escaping (opp. evident or lucid)
Embellish
to enhance with elaborate additions; to decorate; to adorn; to beautify
Embezzlement
the act of stealing something entrusted to your care
Embody
to incorporate; to represent; to take on the physical representation of
Emergent
arising unexpectedly
Eminent
famous
Emolument
remuneration; salary; gain; profit
Empirical
relying or based on experiment and observation rather than theory
Emulsify
to form into a fluid (by suspending an oily substance in another liquid)
Encapsulate
to enclose as if in a capsule; to condense
Encomium
high praise
Enigma
a mystery (enigmatic, puzzling) [Enigmatic (adj)]
Enigmatic
mysterious; puzzling
Enmity
hostility; antagonism; opposition; resistance
Ennui
dissatisfaction resulting from inactivity; boredom
Ensconce
to settle securely or snugly; to cover or shelter
Enterprising
full of energy and initiative; willing to take on new project
Entitlement
an honoring or dignifying title; a qualification of a person to do something
Entrench
to secure; to surround or fortify with trenches
Enumerate
count; to name one by one
Epilogue
a conclusion or postscript
Equanimity
composure; quality of remaining calm and undisturbed; evenness of mind
Equivocal
having two or more meanings; purposefully vague, misleading
Equivocate
to use equivocal language, esp. with the intent to deceive
Equivocation
something with a double meaning; ambiguity
Erroneous
inaccurate; incorrect; faulty; mistaken
Esoteric
taught only to a select number; confidential
Espouse
to give in marriage; betroth; to support or commit to
Estrange
to alienate the affections of; to keep away
Euphony
pleasant sound (opp. Cacophony)
Evacuee
a person who withdraws from a place in an organized manner
Evade
to avoid
Exacerbate
irritate; annoy; aggravate; agitate; to make more violent, bitter, or severe
Exasperation
irritation; annoyance
Excel
to be superior to; to surpass in accomplishment or achievement
Excruciating
causing great pain or anguish; agonizing; intense or extreme
Exculpate
free; to clear from alleged fault or guilt; acquit
Execrable
deserving to be cursed; detestable
Exegesis
explanation, critical analysis or interpretation of a word or passage
Expatiate
expand; broaden; speak/write at length on a subject
Expenditure
expense; disbursement; receipt
Explication
full explanation
Explicit
fully revealed or expressed without ambiguity or vagueness
Expunge
to blot out; obliterate; delete; erase; cancel
Expurgate
erase; remove anything objectionable
Extemporaneous
made, done, or spoken without any preparation; unpremeditated; impromptu
Extol
to praise highly
Extraneous
foreign; not essential; irrelevant
Façade
a pretense; a front (an appearance concealing something)
Facetious
flippant; witty; jocose
Fallacious
false; untrue [Fallacy (n)]
Fallow
uncultivated
Fatuous
inane; foolish; silly
Fecund
productive; fertile; prolific
Feeble
lacking strength; weak; inadequate; inferior
Ferment
to excite; to agitate
Fervent
ardent; earnest
Fester
to ulcerate; to grow embittered; to decay
Fetid
malodorous; noisome; having an offensive or rancid smell
Fetter
to confine; to enchain; to restrain motion of
Fickle
changeable; capricious; mercurial
Fidelity
faithfulness
Fissure
rift; a crack; an opening made by splitting
Fitful
spasmodic; intermittent
Flabbergasted
surprised; astonished
Flagrant
glaring; notorious; scandalous; outrageous; flaringly bad
Fleeting
not lasting; transient
Flippant
frivolous; disrespectful; saucy; impertinent
Florid
highly decorated; ornate
Flux
flow
Foremost
first in place, time or importance
Forfeit
to lose or give up
Formidable
causing fear or dread; hard to handle or overcome; awe-inspiring in size
Forthright
straightforward and aboveboard frank, candid, direct, open
Fortify
to increase the defenses or effectiveness of; to impart strength
Fortuitous
lucky; accidental; happening by chance
Foster
to promote the growth of; to bring up; giving or receiving parental care
Franchise
freedom from some restriction
Fraught
loaded; filled
Frenetic
frantic; frenzied
Fulsome
extravagant; excessive
Futile
describing something that could not succeed; useless; vain; hopeless;
Futility
ineffectiveness; uselessness
Gambol
to skip about in play; frisk
Gamut
entire range of or extent of anything
Genial
pleasantly warm, mild, and healthful
Germane
relevant; pertinent
Germinate
to sprout; to start growing
Gibe
sneer; snarl; to deride; to scoff at
Gravity
seriousness; critical character [Grave (adj)]
Guffaw
a loud, coarse burst of laughter
Guile
cunning; deceitfulness; duplicity
Harbinger
herald; omen; precursor; augury
Hemp
a plant of the hemp family; the fiber used to make rope
Herald
announce; proclaim
Heresy
an opinion violently opposed to established beliefs
Hiatus
a pause; an interruption in time or continuity; a break; a gap or opening
Hierarchical
the quality or state of being arranged in order of rank, grade, or class
Hierarchy
group of persons/things arranged in order of rank, grade, or class
Holistic
having the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Homogeneous
composed of uniform structure or composition throughout
Hub
origin; center of activity; focal point
Humdrum
lacking variety; dull; monotonous
Humility
humble; modest opinion of one's own importance; meekness
Hyperbole
exaggeration
Ideologue
an impractical idealist
Ideology
concepts about human life or culture
Illicit
not permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful
Illuminate
to give light to; illuminate; explain
Imbue
infuse; ingrain; permeate; suffuse; inculcate; pervade
Immune
safe from harm; protected
Immutable
not capable of or susceptible to change; unchangeable
Impair
to make worse; weaken; damage
Impassive
not feeling pain; not feeling or showing emotion; serene; placid
Impede
hinder; retard or obstruct movement or progress; prevent
Impertinence
not showing proper respect or manners; insolence; impudence
Impertinent
insolent; impudent; rude
Impervious
not capable of being penetrated; impenetrable; impermeable; not affected by
Impetus
force; incentive
Impiety
not pious; irreverence toward God
Implacable
inexorable; that which cannot be pacified or appeased
Implement
to fulfill; accomplish; provide the means for the carrying out of
Impropriety
being improper; improper behavior; improper use of a word or phrase
Improvisation
something that is improvised or spontaneous; extemporization; impromptu
Improvise
to compose on the spur of the moment; extemporize
Impugn
to oppose or challenge as false; to attack with words
Inadvertent
heedless; not attentive or observant; unintentional
Inadvertently
unintentionally
Inane
foolish; stupid; ridiculous
Incandescent
bright; glowing with intense heat; red-hot
Incinerate
to burn up; to burn to ashes
Incipient
in the first stages of existence; beginning
Incongruity
lack of harmony or agreement; lack of appropriateness
Indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued; untiring
Indigenous
native born; grown or produced naturally in a region; endemic
Indigent
destitute; in poverty; needy; poor
Indiscernible
imperceptible; unnoticeable
Indulgent
to pamper someone or oneself; satisfy desires [Indulge (v)]
Ineffable
inexpressible; unutterable
Inevitable
unavoidable; bound to happen; certain to happen; that cannot be avoided
Infelicity
unhappiness
Inference
deduction; logical conclusion derived by reasoning
Infuse
to pour into or on; to put into; impart; inspire; imbue; to instill
Inherent
innate; basic; inborn; natural quality
Inhibit
to hold back an action or feeling; to repress
Iniquity
wickedness; gross injustice; vice
Innovation
a change in the way of doing things; introducing new methods
Insinuate
to hint or suggest (something) indirectly; to imply
Insipid
tasteless; flat or dull; wanting in spirit or life; lacking flavor or interest; boring
Intact
untouched; undamaged; unimpaired; remaining complete
Intangible
insubstantial; abstract; not perceptible to touch
Integral
making part of a whole or to make a whole; essential
Integrity
soundness of moral character; honesty; being whole or entire.
Intemperate
lack of moderation or restraint; unrestrained; unbridled
Intercede
mediate
Intermittent
stopping and starting at intervals; periodic
Interrogation
questioning
Intimation
a hint; indirect suggestion
Intractable
hard to manage; unruly or stubborn; recalcitrant; hard to treat or cure
Intransigent
refusing to abandon an extreme position; uncompromising
Intrepid`
fearless; brave
Intrigue
a secret plot or scheme; machination
Inundate
to overflow; to flood
Invalidate
to make invalid; to deprive of legal force
Inveigle
entice; ensnare; dupe
Inversion
reversal
Inveterate
habitual; confirmed in a habit
Invidious
likely to engender hatred; provoke envy; give offense; hateful
Invigorate
to give life and energy to
Invigorated
to give vigor to; to enliven; fill with energy
Irascibility
irritability; being easily angered
Ire
anger; wrath
Ironic
satiric; unexpected; sarcastic
Irrelevant
not pertinent, applicable, or relevant
Irrevocable
unalterable; cannot be revoked or undone
Itinerant
traveling from place to place; wandering
Jaunt
a short trip for pleasure; excursion
Jingoist
a person who boasts of his patriotism
Jocose
humorous; playful; jovial; jolly
Jubilant
rejoicing; elated
Judicious
having or exercising sound judgment; wise
Jurisdiction
the administering of justice; authority or power in general; sphere of authority
Kiln
an oven for processing a substance by firing or burning
Laborious
arduous; requiring labor; toilsome; tiresome; not easy
Laity
the people, as distinguished from the clergy
Lament
(n) a crying out in grief; dirge; elegy (v) deplore; to regret
Lamentation
outward expression of grief, esp. a weeping or wailing
Lampoon
a harsh satire usually directed against an individual; satire
Larceny
theft
Lassitude
lethargy; a feeling of being tired or weak; weariness
Laud
to praise
Laudable
worthy of praise; commendable
Lauded
praised
Lethargy
sluggishness; abnormal drowsiness; apathy
Levity
lack of seriousness; lightness of temperament or disposition; frivolity
Lewd
indecent; lustful; licentious
Liability
anything for which a person is responsible; a responsibility
Liberate
to set free
Livid
grayish-blue; lead-colored; pallid
Loathe
disdain; detest; hate; abominate; abhor; despise
Loiter
to linger or dawdle; procrastinate
Loquacious
garrulous; voluble; talkative
Ludicrous
causing laughter because absurd or ridiculous
Lunar
of the moon
Malevolent
wishing evil or harm to others; malicious
Malign
slander; speak evil of; deprecate; defame
Malignant
evil; very harmful; malicious
Malleable
capable of being changed, trained or molded, adapted; pliable; adaptable
Marauder
pirate; a rover in search of plunder
Marred
deformed; injured
Meander
to ramble; wander
Mediation
friendly or diplomatic intervention for settling differences
Mediocrity
quality of being average; average or moderate ability, value or attainment
Meek
patient; mild
Melancholy
depression of spirits; dejection
Mendacity
untruthfulness; a lie or falsehood
Mentor
a trusted counselor or guide; a tutor; a coach
Mercurial
unpredictable; quick, quick-witted; volatile, fickle; changeable; protean