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fiat
n.command

I cannot accept goverment by fiat
fickle
adj.changeable,faithless

He is a fickle young man who dumped her girlfriend as soon as he sees a prettier one
fictitious
adj.imaginary

many of the so called fact in this book are indeed fictitious
figment
n.invention;imaginary thing

it is a figment of your imagination
figurative
adj,not literal, but metaphorical;using a figure of speech

Here the word is used in a figurative sense
filch
v.steal

the boy filched apples from the fruit stand
filial
adj,pertaining to a son or daughter

many children forget their filial obligation
filigree
n.delicate,lacelike metalwork

the pendant with gold filigree that she wore round her neck
filing
n.particle removed by a file
finicky
adj.too particular;fussy;fastidious

The little girl was finicky about her food
firebrand
n.hothead,troublemaker

the police tried to keep track of all the local firebrands when the presidente came to town
fissure
n.crevice

the mountain climbers secured footholds in tiny fissures in the rock
fitful
n.spasmodic;intermittent

fitful shower of rain
flaccid
adj,flabby

His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles
flag
v.droop;grow feeble

The whole team's spirits flagged
flagrant
adj,conspicuously wicked;blatant;outrageous

this is a flagrant violation of human right
flail
v.thresh grain by hand;strike or slap; toss about

flail our horses with the rein;flailed my arms to get attention
flair
n.talent

she has an uncanny flair for discovering new artists
flamboyant
adj.ornate

modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on building and emphasizes simplicity of line
flaunt
v.display ostentatiously

she came into school flaunting her new red dress
flay
v.strip off sink;plunder

mind flay!
fleck
v.spot

her cheeks, flecked with tears, were testimony to the hours of weeping
fledgling
adj.inexperience,

fledgling sodier; fledgling entreprise
fleece (n)
n.wool coat of a sheep

they sheer sheep of their fleece
fleece (v)
v.rob,plunder

The tricksters fleeced him of his inheritance
fell (adj)
adj.cruel;deadly

fell disease
fell (v)
v.cut or knock down;bring down(with a missile)

The timberman felled the mighty redwood; The terriost felled the airplane
flick
n.light stroke as with a whip

He flicked the horse with his whip
flinch
v.hesitate,shrink

She did not flinch in the face of danger
flippant
adj,lacking proper seriousness

She becomes less flippant as she grows older
flit
v.fly;dart lightly;pass swiftly by

like a bee flitting from flower to flower; Rose flitted from one boyfriend to the next
floe
n.mass of floating ice

the ship made slow progress as it battered its way through the ice floes
flora
n.plant of a region or era

the flora of the desert
florid
adj.ruddy,flowery

Her complexion looks florid; florid eloquence
flotsam
n.drifting wreckage

beachcomber eke out a living by salvaging the flotsam and jetsam of the area
flounder
v.straggle and thrash about(掙扎);proceed clumsily or falter.

Jack floundered about trying to regain his footing;He floundered through his speech
flourish
v.grow well;prosper;make sweeping gestures

The orange trees flourished in the sun;He flourished his fists at her
flout
v.reject;mock

The headstrong youth flouted all authority
fluctuate
v.waver, shift

The water pressure fluctuates wildly
fluke
n.unlikely occurance;stroke of fortune.

When Douglas defeated Tyson for the championship, some soports casters dismissed his victory as a fluke
fluster
v.confuse

The teacher's sudden question flustered him and he flounder on his reply
fluted
adj.having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar)

All that remained of the ancient building were the fluted column.
flux
n.flowing;series of changes.

while conditions are in such a state of fluc, i do not wish to commit myself too deeply in this affair
fodder
n.coarse food for cattle, horses,etc

we need to feed fresh supply of fodder to horses
foible
n.weakness;slight fault

we can overlook the foible of our friends; no one is perfect
foil (n)
n.contrast

In star wars, dark Darth vader is a perfect foil for fair-haired, naive Luke Skywalker
foil (v)
v.defeat;frustrate

In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes
foist
v.insert improperly; palm off

helped foist him into the spotlight;
will jewelers foist such stones onto an unwary public
foliage
n.masses of leaves

admiring the colorful fall foliage
fidelity
n.
figurine
n.
filibuster
v.
finale
n.
finesse
n.
finite
adj
fluency
n.smoothness of speech