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elusive
hard to catch; evasive; out of reach
Throughout the swashbuckling novel by Orezy, the Scarlet Pimpernel made it his business to be elusive.
eminent
standing out; rising above other things or places
They were amazed that such an eminent scholar could have made such an obvious error.
enervate
to weaken physically, mentally or morally; to deprive of (or "take out") nerve, force or strength
The guerrillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would enervate the regular army.
expunge
to remove completely; to take out, blot out, rub out
Because he committed a juvenile offense, his record was expunged when he turned 21.
extol
to praise highly; to laud, commend; (to "raise out")
The salesman extolled the virtues of the used car he was trying to convince the customer to buy.
effrontery
impudence; shameless boldness, transgressing the bounds of modesty and decorum
She had the effrontery to make fun of me in my own house.
exemplary
outstanding; an example to others; worthy of imitation
His exemplary behavior set a fine example for the rest of the class.
erudition
learning; scholarship; knowledge gained by study or reading
The annual meeting of professors brought together the most erudite, respected individuals in the field.
exorbitant
going beyond what is reasonable, proper or just; excessive
The dealership was charging an exorbitant price for the Honda, so I bought the Ford.
expurgate
to remove anything considered obscene or otherwise objectionable from a book, etc.
The teacher expurgated several words and phrases from the text before handing it out to his students.
banal
ordinary, common; lacking interest, style, or novelty
He used banal phrases like "have a nice day" or "another day, another dollar."
trite
made commonplace by repetition; lacking interest, style or novelty; stale, worn out
The movie bored us because its trite plot made the ending obvious.
hackneyed
commonplace; lacking interest, style, or novelty; overused
We always mock my father for his hackneyed expressions and dated hairstyle.
pedestrain
commonplace; lacking interest, style or novelty; dull; without imagination
Although the restaurant had high prices, critics considered its food little more than pedestrain.
lucid
filled with light; shining; bright; resplendent; sane, mentally sound
When spoken to, she was quite lucid, but her eyes were sleepy and her manner, inattentive
pellucid
transparent; admitting the passage of light; easy to understand
We couldn't determine whether or not the pellucid liquid in the bottle was water.
elucidate
to make clear; to explain; to remove obscurity from and render intelligible (to "bring out the light")
Eric was so unaware of his own insensitivity that it was often necessary for his friends to elucidate the reasons for their annoyance and hurt
luminous
giving off light; glowing; flooded with light
Mariah's sister Alyie had luminous presence, charming everyone with her warmth and vitality