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denizen
1: inhabitant <denizens of the forest>2: a person admitted to residence in a foreign country ; especially : an alien admitted to rights of citizenship3: one that frequents a place <nightclub denizens>
incisive
(appreciatively) cutting; sharp; Ex. incisive remarks; V. incise: make a cut into
s enlist
(cause to) join the armed forces; obtain (help, sympathy, or support)
condescend
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
n variegated
(esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
n pert
(esp. of a girl or young woman) impertinent; forward; trim; jaunty; Ex. pert young miss/hat
s flighty
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
n wry
(esp. of an expression of the face) twisted; with a humorous twist (expressing displeasure)
n spry
(esp. of older people) vigorously active; nimble
censor
(in ancient Rome) overseer of morals (also taking the census); person who eliminates inappropriate matter; V.
n proselytize
(induce someone to) convert to a religion or belief; N. proselyte: new convert to a doctrine or religion
s flutter
(of a bird with large wings) wave (the wings) lightly, rapidly, and irregularly; vibrate rapidly or erratically; fly by waving quickly; flitter; N.
n warble
(of a bird) sing; babble; N.
s capsize
(of a boat) turn over
n navigable
(of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered
n ramshackle
(of a building or vehicle) poorly constructed; rickety; falling apart
abject
(of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology
n virulent
(of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
n d\\'ecollet\\'e
(of a dress) having a low-cut neckline; CF. d\\'ecolletage: low neckline (on a dress)
n transpire
(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores
n venial
(of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
s throb
(of a heart or machine) beat rapidly or violently; N. Ex. hearthrob: heartbeat; sweetheart
n turbid
(of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick
viscous
(of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency
n malleable
(of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable
n tumid
(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
erudite
(of a person or book) learned; full of learning; scholarly; N. erudition
grandiloquent
(of a person or speech) using high sounding or important-sounding language; pompous; bombastic
n discursive
(of a person or writing) digressing; rambling (without any clear plan)
venturesome
(of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky
s rotund
(of a person) fat and round
s rational
(of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical
n expansive
(of a person) outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
n swelter
(of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
n veracious
(of a person) truthful
s inhibited
(of a person) unable to express what one really feels
s resound
(of a place) be filled with sound; (of a sound) sound loudly; sound back; echo; Ex. hall resounded with laughter
desolate
(of a place) deserted; unpopulated; (of a person) lonely; forlorn; joyless
s run-down
(of a place) dilapidated; in a bad condition; (of a person) weak or exhausted
s lush
(of a plant or grass) growing very well
n wither
(of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decay
n untenable
(of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained
n swarthy
(of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?
n slough
(of a snake) shed or cast off (dead outer skin); N: outer layer that is shed
resonant
(of a sound) echoing; resounding(sounding loudly); deep and full in sound; producing resonance; Ex. resonant voice; N. resonance
s rasp
(of a sound) grate on (eg. nerves); make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; rub with something rough; Ex. The cat's tongue rasped my hand.
s haunt
(of a spirit) visit (a place); come to mind continually; visit (a place) regularly; frequent; Ex. haunted house; Ex. haunted by his last words; N: place much frequented
n episodic
(of a story or play) loosely connected; made up of separate and loosely connected parts; N. episode: incident in the course of an experience
n apocryphal
(of a story) widely believed but untrue
s ooze
(of a thick liquid) pass or flow slowly; N: mud or thick liquid as at the bottom of a river
n demure
(of a woman or child) grave; quiet and serious; coy; pretending to be demure
n pejorative
(of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
n felicitous
(of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
s rare
(of air) thin in density; rarefied; Ex. rare air of the mountains
s graze
(of an animal) feed on growing grass; cause (an animal) to feed on grass; scrape (esp. the skin) or touch lightly in passing; brush; Ex. We can't graze the cattle till summer; N: surface wound
n feral
(of an animal) not domestic; wild
n traumatic
(of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused by violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damage
n seemly
(of behavior) proper; appropriate
n heterodox
(of beliefs) against accepted opinion; unorthodox; unconventional
s rickety
(of buildings) likely to break or fall apart; of rickets; CF. rickets; CF. vitamin D
s dull
(of colors or surfaces) not bright; cloudy; overcast; boring; (of edge or sound) not sharp; not rapid; sluggish; slow in thinking and understanding; stupid; V.
exorbitant
(of costs or demands) excessive; exceeding reasonable bounds
n inchoate
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
n arid
(of land) dry; barren; unproductive
n fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
s rolling
(of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously by stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governments
s vivid
(of light or color) bright and distinct; evoking lifelike mental images; Ex. vivid red hair/description
n catholic
(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes
s gush
(of liquid) pour out in large quantities from a hole; make an excessive display of feeling (without true feeling); Ex. Blood gushed from the wound.
n sinewy
(of meat) tough; strong and firm; muscular; N. sinew: tendon; strong cord connecting a muscle to a bone
n debonair
(of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming to please; CF. of good disposition
s legato
(of music) played smoothly
n hardy
(of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather
n dutiful(duteous)
(of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
n plenary
(of power) complete; full; fully attended by all qualified members; Ex. plenary power
stringent
(of rules) binding; rigid; marked by scarcity of money; Ex. stringent economic conditions
n amalgamate
(of societies or groups) combine; unite in one body
n crotchety
(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion
n ungainly
(of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
perspicacious
(of someone) having insight; penetrating; astute
n leery
(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious
n inimical
(of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental; CF. enemy
n glaring
(of something bad) highly conspicuous; harshly bright; shining intensely and blindingly
n unmitigated
(of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate; without qualification; absolute; Ex. unmitigated disaster
n rife
(of something bad) widespread; abundant; current
extant
(of something written or painted) still in existence
perspicuous
(of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. perspicuous comments
n didactic
(of speech or writing) intended to teach a moral lesson; teaching; instructional; N. didacticism
s impassioned
(of speech) filled with passion; fervent
acute
(of the senses) sharp; quickly perceptive; keen; penetrating; brief and severe; Ex. acute sense of smell/analysis/pain
n sallow
(of the skin) yellowish and unhealthy-looking; sickly in color; Ex. sallow complexion due to jaundice
ebb
(of the tide) recede; lessen; diminish; N. OP. flow: rise of tide
n stentorian
(of the voice) extremely loud; CF. Stentor: a loud herald in the Iliad
n dingy
(of things and place) dirty and dull; Ex. dingy street/curtain
n raucous
(of voice) harsh and unpleasant; (of people) disorderly and boisterous; Ex. raucous shouts
s overwhelm
(of water) cover completely; defeat completely by much greater force; Ex. overwhelmed by grief
stagnant
(of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; not developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial output
n torrid
(of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs
sultry
(of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous
n muggy
(of weather) warm and damp