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Exodus
A departure, usually of large numbers of people.
Exotic
Foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual.
Expedient
a. Advantageous to one's interest or purpose

b. An emergency course of action; a means to an end
Exploit
a. To use to the greatest possible advantage, often selfishly.

b. A brilliant or heroic deed.
Expound
To explain in detail
Fabricate
a. To assemble or construct from separate parts.

b. To make up with the intention of deceiving
Facetious
Not menat seriously; playful or humorous
Facsimile
a. An exact copy.

b. Reproduced exactly
Fallacy
a. Faulty reasoning; an error in logic

b. A false or mistaken notion
Fathom
a. A unit of length roughly equal to six feet and used primarily in the measurement of marine depths

b. To get to the bottom of, to understand
Fatuous
Unconsciously foolish, stupid, or absurd
Feasible
Possible; both doable and workable
Feign
To pretend or give a false appearance of
Felicitous
Agreeably suited to the purpose or occasion; aptly or gracefully expressed.
Fetish
a. An object believed among primitive peoples to have magical powers.

b. An object or unreasonably excessive attention or reverence.
Fiasco
A complete failure
Fickle
LIkely to change for no apparent reason; inconstant.
Filch
To steal slyly, especially small things.
Finesse
a. skill delicacy, or subtlety in doing something or handling a situation.

b. To accomplish by subtle or skillful maneuvering
Flagrant
Extremely and deliberately conspicuous, glaring
Flaunt
To show off in a conspicuous or offensive way.
Flout
To treat openly with scorn or contempt
Fluctuate
To change continually from one position to another.
Foible
A minor, often amusing, fault or weakness in character.
Forestall
To secure an advantage or prevent a loss by previous action
Formidable
a. Arousing fear or admiration because of the unusual size or superiority of the thing involved.

b. Difficult to do because of the size of the job involved.
Fortuitous
Occurring by chance or accident.
Frugal
a. Thrifty or economical in the use of money

b. Involving little expense; meager
Fulsome
Excessive and, for that reason, offensive to good taste and obviously insincere.
Futile
Incapable of producing the desired result; unsuccessful or ineffective.
Garble
To distort in such a way as to make unintelligible.
Glout
To regard with excessive or malicious satisfaction.
Goad
a. A long pointed stick used for driving animals; anything that spurs a person on.

b. To drive or urge on.
Graphic
a. Relating to a drawn or pictorial representation; visual.

b. Giving a clear and effective picture; vivid.
Gratuitous
a. Freely given; done without recompense

b. Uncalled-for; unjustified
Gregarious
a. Tending to form or move in a heard or other group; social

b. Enjoying the company of others; sociable
Grimace
a. A twisted facial expression indicating pain, disgust, or disapproval

b. To contort the features of the face in order to indicate pain, disgust, or disapproval.
Grope
To feel around for.
Grueling
Extremely demanding and exhausting
Gruesome
Causing great shock, horror, and repugnance
Gullible
Easily cheated or deceived
Haggard
Worn and exhausted from anxiety, disease, huger, or fatigue
Harangue
a. A long, emotional public address designed to arouse strong feelings or spur the audience on to action

b. To deliver a harangue
Harbinger
a. A forerunner

b. To herald the approach of
Haughty
Scornfully superior and aloof.
Heinous
Grossly wicked or vile
Ignominy
Dishonor or disgrace usually resulting from some sort of shameful conduct.
Illicit
Unlawful, illegal
Immaculate
Entirely free of stain, blemish, fault, or error; spotless
Immunity
Exemption from something, especially a disease.
Immutable
Not subject to change or modification
Impasse
A deadlock or dead end
Impediment
A hindrance or obstruction
Impervious
Incapable of being penetrated or affected.
Implacable
Incapable of being pacified or appeased; inflexible.
Implicit
a. Understood, implied.

b. Absolute, unquestioning
Impugn
To call into question; to cast doubt on
Incarcerate
To put in jail or otherwise confine
Incense
To make violently angry.
Inception
The beginning of something
Indigent
Impoverished; needy
Ingenious
Showing remarkable originality, imagination, inventiveness, or skill; clever
Inherent
Existing as a natural or essential part of.
Innovation
Something new; a change
Instigate
To stir up or urge on
Insuperable
Incapable of being overcome
Intervene
To come between; to involve oneself in
Intrepid
Fearless and bold.
Inveigh
To protest bitterly or vehemently
Irony
Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens.
Jeopardize
To endanger
Jettison
To throw overboard; to discard
Judicious
Having or exhibitng sound judgment
Justify
To show to be just, right, valid, or free of blame
Lackadaisical
Sorely lackign in spirit, energy, or purpose
Legacy
Something left to a person in a will; something handed down from the past
Liability
a. A debt or obligation, especially of a financial nature.

b. A hindrance or handicap
Libel
a. A public statement or picture that damages a person by falsely impugning his or her character, motives, or actions, or by unjustly exposing the person to public censure or ridicule.

b. To slander publicly
Litigation
Legal action; a lawsuit
Lucid
Clear and intelligible to the understanding; mentally competent
Lucrative
Profitable
Lurk
To sneak; to lie hidden or in wait.
Lush
a. Luxuriant, plentiful; luxurious, opulent

b. Overelaborate or overripe
Malapropism
An unconscious and usually ludicrous misuse of a word.
Malice
A desire to cause harm or suffering; deep-seated ill will.
Mammoth
a. An extinct form of elephant; a giant or colussus

b. Gigantic
Mandatory
Requried, obligatory
Medium
The means by which some goal is achieved or the person through hwom it is realized
Mercenary
a. A hirelin, especially a hired professional soldier

b. Motivated solely by a desire for material gain
Moot
a. Debatable and therefore unresolved

b. To bring up for discussion
Morass
A swamp or bog; a confused or degradign situation that is difficult to get out of.
Motley
a. A kind of multicolored cloth; a garment made from this cloth, especially the costume worn by a court jester or clown.

b. Multicolored; diverse or varied
Mundane
Worldly (as opposed to spiritual); humdrum or everyday
Myriad
Countless, innumerable
Narcissistic
Dominated by an excessive love or admiration of oneself.
Nebulous
Hazy, vague, or indistinct
Negligible
Too small to be significant
Nepotism
Unwarrented favoritism shown to relatives or friends by someone in high office
Nomadic
Wandering, roving
Nominal
a. Existing in name only

b. Insignificantly small
Nostalgia
A longign to retrun to a sentimentalized past; homesickness
Novice
a. A person who has just entered a religious order on a probationary basis

b. A beginning of any kind
Nuance
A slight or subtle variation in meaning, expression, tone, feeling, color, or the like.
Obscene
Offensive to accepted standards of decency; repulsive
Obsequious
Excessively submissive to another person's wishes or ideas, often for purely self-interested reasons
Obsession
An irrational preoccupation with an idea or feeling that usually results in severe anxiety
Obsolete
No longer in use; outmoded
Officious
Excessively forward in offering unwanted or unnecessary help or advice; meddlesome
Ominous
Foreshadowing evil; menacing or threatening
Opportune
Suitable, appropriate, or timely
Ostensible
Apparent or professed
Ostracize
To banish or exclude from a group; to shun
Pandemonium
General disorder, confusion, noise, and commotion
Paradox
a. A seemingly self-contradictory statement that, on closer examination, proves worthy of belief

b. Someone or something that is full of contradictions and inconcsistencies
Paraphrase
a. To restate in other words or another form, often in order to clarify meaning or avoid difficulties.

b. A restatement in other words or another form
Parochial
a. Located in, or supported by, a parish

b. Restricted in scope or range; narrow or limited
Parody
a. A comic imitation of the style, form, or content of a serious piece of work

b. A performance that is so bad as to constitute a mockery of the thing it is intended to represent

c. To imitate in a mocking or unworthy way
Pensive
Immersed in deep, often melancholy, thought