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n serendipity
gift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendip
benefactor
gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose
legacy
gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
colossus
gigantic statue; person or thing of great size or importance
mammoth
gigantic; enormous
titanic
gigantic; N. titan
s embody
give a bodily form to; incorporate; include
s vouch
give a personal guarantee; Ex. I can vouch for his integrity; N. voucher
s tinge
give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy
n burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly
n predispose
give an inclination toward (in advance); make susceptible to; Ex. predispose people to certain cancer; N. predisposition
foreshadow
give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend; prefigure
defer
give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
s suckle
give or take milk at the breast or udder
harbor
give protection (by giving food and shelter); provide a refuge for; hide; keep in mind (thoughts or feelings); Ex. harbor a grudge/criminal; N: place of shelter; refuge
s fashion
give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay
s resign
give up (a position, right, or claim); submit (oneself) passively
relinquish
give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my arm
waive
give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim
forgo(forego)
give up; do without
render
give; deliver; provide; represent in verbal or artistic form; depict; perform; make; translate; Ex. render the song beautifully
s spare
give; use; refrain from harming; save from experiencing; exempt; Ex. spare me 5 minutes; Ex. Take this money and spare my life; Ex. The emperor was spared the onus; ADJ: kept in reserve; free for other use; unoccupied; Ex. spare time
gratuitous
given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for; done without good reason; Ex. gratuitous comment
n querulous
given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
s studious
given to diligent study
n morbid
given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease
n jocose
given to(having a tendency of) joking
n odoriferous
giving off an odor
n beatific
giving or showing bliss; blissful
sensuous
giving pleasure to the senses; pertaining to the physical senses; operating through the senses; sensuous feeling of soft velvet on the skin
n carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
n slag
glassy residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
s blue
gloomy; depressed
melancholy
gloomy; morose; blue; N. ADJ. melancholic; CF. melancholia
n fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling; quality of being fervent or fervid; zeal; intense heat
n retrograde
go backwards; recede; degenerate; deteriorate; ADJ.
s kneel
go down on one's knee(s)
traverse
go through or across
n chalice
goblet; consecrated cup
adverse
going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile
s transcendental
going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
n presumptuous
going beyond what is right; excessively forward; arrogant; taking liberties
transition
going from one state of action to another
n bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
prosperity
good fortune and financial success; physical well-being
s poise
good judgment with composure; balance; V: place in a carefully balanced position
n camaraderie
good-fellowship; CF. comrade
n jovial
good-natured; merry; cheerful
virtue
goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
oligarchy
government by a privileged few
gerontocracy
government ruled by old people
theocracy
government run by religious leaders
monarchy
government under a single ruler
encroachment
gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
herbivorous
grain-eating; CF. herbivore
n sumptuous
grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast
s bombast
grandiloquent, pompous speech
s impart
grant a share of; make known; Ex. news to impart
n vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
n browse
graze; feed on growing grass; skim or glance at casually
profusion
great amount; plenty; overabundance; excess; lavish expenditure; Ex. profusion of choices; ADJ. profuse: plentiful; copious; giving or given abundantly; extravagant
conflagration
great fire
adversity
great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event
n clout
great influence (especially political or social); hard blow with fist
s rapture
great joy and delight; ecstasy; ADJ. rapturous
avalanche
great mass of falling snow and ice
s consternation
great shock; dismay
woe
great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes
n cataract
great waterfall; eye abnormality (causing a gradual loss of eyesight)
magnitude
greatness (in size or extent); extent
cupidity
greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid
avarice
greediness for wealth
n avid
greedy; extremely eager for; Ex. avid learner; N. avidity
n verdigris
green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
n patina
green crust on old bronze works or copper; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
n verdant
green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
lament
grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation
n gruesome
grisly; horrible
n primp
groom oneself with care; adorn oneself
lechery
gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man
n killjoy
grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
s herd
group of animals; crowd; one who looks after a herd; Ex. shepherd/goatherd; Ex. herd instinct; Ex. herdsman; V: come together in a herd; look after a herd; Ex. herd cattle
s avantgarde
group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
s entourage
group of attendants; retinue; CF. surround
n archipelago
group of closely located islands
s primate
group of mammals including humans
n cohorts
group of people who share some common quality; armed band; a group of between 300 and 600 soldiers under one commander (in the ancient Rome)
s choir
group of people who sing together (esp. during religious services); place for choir
n junta
group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)
n trilogy
group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but each complete in itself)
s camp
group sharing a common cause or opinion
n coterie
group that meets socially; select circle; close group of people with shared interests
proliferate
grow rapidly (in numbers); spread; multiply; N. proliferation
n burgeon
grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
flourish
grow well; prosper; make sweeping gestures; wave; brandish; Ex. The trees flourished in the sun. N: showy movement or gesture; embellishment or ornamentation (esp. in handwriting)
cumulative
growing by addition; accumulative
n rampant
growing or spreading uncontrollably; growing in profusion; unrestrained; Ex. rampant lawlessness/weed
accretion
growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete
n macabre
gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death
warranty
guarantee; assurance by seller