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250 Cards in this Set

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earnest adj
Ardent in spirit and speech
earthenware n
Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun
eatable adj
ebullient adj
Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling
eccentric adj
eccentricity n
eclipse n
The obstruction of a heavenly body by its entering into the shadow of another body
economize v
To spend sparingly
ecstasy n
Rapturous excitement or exaltation
ecstatic adj
edible adj
Suitable to be eaten
edict n
That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action
edify v
To build up, or strengthen, especially in morals or religion
editorial n
An article in a periodical written by the editor and published as an official argument
educe v
To draw out
efface v
To obliterate
effect n
A consequence
effective adj
Fit for a destined purpose
effectual adj
effeminacy n
effeminate adj
Having womanish traits or qualities
effervesce v
To bubble up
effervescent adj
Giving off bubbles of gas
effete adj
Exhausted, as having performed its functions
efficacious adj
efficacy n
The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it
efficiency n
The state of possessing adequate skill or knowledge for the performance of a duty
efficient adj
Having and exercising the power to produce effects or results
efflorescence n
The state of being flowery, or a flowery appearance
efflorescent adj
Opening in flower
effluvium n
A noxious or ill-smelling exhalation from decaying or putrefying matter
effrontery n
Unblushing impudence
effulgence n
effuse v
To pour forth
effusion n
an outpouring
egoism n
The theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self
egoist n
One who advocates or practices egoism
egotism n
egotist n
One given to self-mention or who is constantly telling of his own views and experiences
egregious adj
egress n
Any place of exit
eject v
To expel
elapse v
To quietly terminate: said of time
elasticity n
That property of matter by which a body tends to return to a former shape after being changed
electrolysis n
The process of decomposing a chemical compound by the passage of an electric current
electrotype n
A metallic copy of any surface, as a coin
elegy n
A lyric poem lamenting the dead
element n
A component or essential part
elicit v
To educe or extract gradually or without violence
eligible adj
Qualified for selection
eliminate v
To separate and cast aside
Elizabethan adj
Relating to Elizabeth, queen of England, or to her era
elocution n
The art of correct intonation, inflection, and gesture in public speaking or reading
eloquent adj
Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech
elucidate v
To bring out more clearly the facts concerning
elude v
To evade the search or pursuit of by dexterity or artifice
elusion n
emaciate v
To waste away in flesh
emanate v
To flow forth or proceed, as from some source
emancipate v
To release from bondage
embargo n
Authoritative stoppage of foreign commerce or of any special trade
embark v
To make a beginning in some occupation or scheme
embarrass v
To render flustered or agitated
embellish v
To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features
embezzle v
To misappropriate secretly
emblazon v
To set forth publicly or in glowing terms
emblem n
A symbol
embody v
To express, formulate, or exemplify in a concrete, compact or visible form
embolden v
To give courage to
embolism n
An obstruction or plugging up of an artery or other blood-vessel
embroil v
To involve in dissension or strife
emerge v
To come into view or into existence
emergence n
A coming into view
emergent adj
Coming into view
emeritus adj
Retired from active service but retained to an honorary position
emigrant n
One who moves from one place to settle in another
emigrate v
To go from one country, state, or region for the purpose of settling or residing in another
eminence n
An elevated position with respect to rank, place, character, condition, etc
eminent adj
High in station, merit, or esteem
emit v
To send or give out
emphasis n
Any special impressiveness added to an utterance or act, or stress laid upon some word
emphasize v
To articulate or enunciate with special impressiveness upon a word, or a group of words
emphatic adj
Spoken with any special impressiveness laid upon an act, word, or set of words
employee n
One who works for wages or a salary
employer n
One who uses or engages the services of other persons for pay
emporium n
A bazaar or shop
empower v
To delegate authority to
emulate v
To imitate with intent to equal or surpass
enact v
To make into law, as by legislative act
enamor v
To inspire with ardent love
encamp v
To pitch tents for a resting-place
encomium n
A formal or discriminating expression of praise
encompass v
To encircle
encore n
The call for a repetition, as of some part of a play or performance
encourage v
To inspire with courage, hope, or strength of mind
encroach v
To invade partially or insidiously and appropriate the possessions of another
encumber v
To impede with obstacles
encyclical adj
Intended for general circulation
encyclopedia n
A work containing information on subjects, or exhaustive of one subject
endanger v
To expose to peril
endear v
To cause to be loved
endemic adj
Peculiar to some specified country or people
endue v
To endow with some quality, gift, or grace, usually spiritual
endurable adj
endurance n
The ability to suffer pain, distress, hardship, or stress of any kind without succumbing
energetic adj
Working vigorously
enervate v
To render ineffective or inoperative
enfeeble v
To debilitate
enfranchise v
To endow with a privilege, especially with the right to vote
engender v
To produce
engrave v
To cut or carve in or upon some surface
engross v
To occupy completely
enhance v
To intensify
enigma n
A riddle
enjoin v
To command
enkindle v
To set on fire
enlighten v
To cause to see clearly
enlist v
To enter voluntarily the military service by formal enrollment
enmity n
ennoble v
To dignify
enormity n
enormous adj
enrage v
To infuriate
enrapture v
To delight extravagantly or intensely
enshrine v
To keep sacred
ensnare v
To entrap
entail v
To involve; necessitate
entangle v
To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications
enthrall v
To bring or hold under any overmastering influence
enthrone v
To invest with sovereign power
enthuse v
To yield to or display intense and rapturous feeling
enthusiastic adj
Full of zeal and fervor
entirety n
A complete thing
entomology n
The branch of zoology that treats of insects
entrails n
Pl The internal parts of an animal
entreaty n
An earnest request
entree n
The act of entering
entrench v
To fortify or protect, as with a trench or ditch and wall
entwine v
To interweave
enumerate v
To name one by one
epic n
A poem celebrating in formal verse the mythical achievements of great personages, heroes, etc
epicure n
One who cultivates a delicate taste for eating and drinking
Epicurean adj
Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite
epicycle n
A circle that rolls upon the external or internal circumference of another circle
epicycloid n
A curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle which rolls upon another circle
epidemic n
Wide-spread occurrence of a disease in a certain region
epidermis n
The outer skin
epigram n
A pithy phrasing of a shrewd observation
epilogue n
The close of a narrative or dramatic poem
epiphany n
Any appearance or bodily manifestation of a deity
episode n
An incident or story in a literary work, separable from yet growing out of it
epitaph n
An inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead
epithet n
Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in "Father Aeneas"
epitome n
A simplified representation
epizootic adj
Prevailing among animals
epoch n
A interval of time, memorable for extraordinary events
epode n
A species of lyric poems
equalize v
To render uniform
equanimity n
Evenness of mind or temper
equestrian adj
Pertaining to horses or horsemanship
equilibrium n
A state of balance
equitable adj
Characterized by fairness
equity n
Fairness or impartiality
equivalent adj
Equal in value, force, meaning, or the like
equivocal adj
equivocate v
To use words of double meaning
eradicate v
To destroy thoroughly
errant adj
Roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds
erratic adj
erroneous adj
erudite adj
erudition n
Extensive knowledge of literature, history, language, etc
eschew v
To keep clear of
espy v
To keep close watch
esquire n
A title of dignity, office, or courtesy
essence n
That which makes a thing to be what it is
esthetic adj
Pertaining to beauty, taste, or the fine arts
estimable adj
Worthy of respect
estrange v
To alienate
estuary n
A wide lower part of a tidal river
et cetera Latin
And so forth
eugenic adj
Relating to the development and improvement of race
eulogize v
To speak or write a laudation of a person's life or character
eulogy n
A spoken or written laudation of a person's life or character
euphemism n
A figure of speech by which a phrase less offensive is substituted
euphonious adj
Characterized by agreeableness of sound
euphony n
Agreeableness of sound
eureka Greek
I have found it
evade v
To avoid by artifice
evanesce v
To vanish gradually
evanescent adj
evangelical adj
Seeking the conversion of sinners
evangelist n
A preacher who goes from place to place holding services
evasion n
eventual adj
evert v
To turn inside out
evict v
To dispossess pursuant to judicial decree
evidential adj
evince v
To make manifest or evident
evoke v
To call or summon forth
evolution n
Development or growth
evolve v
To unfold or expand
exacerbate v
To make more sharp, severe, or virulent
exaggerate v
To overstate
exasperate v
To excite great anger in
excavate v
To remove by digging or scooping out
exceed v
To go beyond, as in measure, quality, value, action, power, skill, etc
excel v
To be superior or distinguished
excellence n
Possession of eminently or unusually good qualities
excellency n
A title of honor bestowed upon various high officials
excellent adj
Possessing distinguished merit
excerpt n
An extract or selection from written or printed matter
excess n
That which passes the ordinary, proper, or required limit, measure, or experience
excitable adj
Nervously high-strung
excitation n
Intensified emotion or action
exclamation n
An abrupt or emphatic expression of thought or of feeling
exclude v
To shut out purposely or forcibly
exclusion n
excrescence n
Any unnatural addition, outgrowth, or development
excretion n
The getting rid of waste matter
excruciate v
To inflict severe pain or agony upon
excursion n
A journey
excusable adj
execrable adj
execration n
An accursed thing
executor n
A person nominated by the will of another to execute the will
exegesis n
Biblical exposition or interpretation
exemplar n
A model, pattern, or original to be copied or imitated
exemplary adj
Fitted to serve as a model or example worthy of imitation
exemplify v
To show by example
exempt adj
Free, clear, or released, as from some liability, or restriction affecting others
exert v
To make an effort
exhale v
To breathe forth
exhaust v
To empty by draining off the contents
exhaustible adj
Causing or tending to cause exhaustion
exhaustion n
Deprivation of strength or energy
exhaustive adj
Thorough and complete in execution
exhilarate v
To fill with high or cheerful spirits
exhume v
To dig out of the earth (what has been buried)
exigency n
A critical period or condition
exigent adj
existence n
Possession or continuance of being
exit n
A way or passage out
exodus n
A going forth or departure from a place or country, especially of many people
exonerate v
To relieve or vindicate from accusation, imputation, or blame
exorbitance n
Extravagance or enormity
exorbitant adj
Going beyond usual and proper limits
exorcise v
To cast or drive out by religious or magical means
exotic adj
expand v
To increase in range or scope