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n mellifluous
(of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune
n equivocal
(of words or statements) ambiguous; intentionally misleading; (of behavior) questionable; OP. unequivocal
(of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid; V. remunerate: reward; pay (someone) for work or trouble
n cursive
(of writing) flowing; running; having the successive letters joined
(particular form of) political organization; form of government of nation or state; Ex. student polity
n shambles
(place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.
s upright
(sitting or standing) straight up; honest; moral
n wont
(the stated person's) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted: customary
n bloated
(unpleasantly) swollen or puffed as with water or air
s sonnet
14-line poetic verse form with a fixed rhyme pattern
a covered passageway usually lined with shops
n scad
a great quantity; Ex. scads of clothes
n collation
a light meal; collating
a manually skilled worker
s regent
a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or still a child; ADJ. Ex. the Prince regent
n apiary
a place where bees are kept
a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played
abandon; give up (by formal announcement); disown; repudiate; Ex. renounce one's claim to the property/one's religion; N. renunciation
n ventral
n plasticity
ability to be molded; ADJ. plastic: capable of being shaped or molded; Ex. plastic material such as clay
ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change; fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant
ability to foresee future happenings; prudence in providing for the future
n prescience
ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur; ADJ. prescient
n empathy
ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.; identification with and understanding of another's feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathy
n motility
ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously
n caliber
ability; quality; diameter of the inside of a round cylinder; Ex. work of very high caliber
able to be dissolved in a liquid; able to be worked out or solved
able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand; Ex. tangible proof
able to float; cheerful and optimistic; N. buoyancy; Ex. buoyancy of wood/water/American market
able to live both on land and in water; N.
able to pay all debts; N. solvency
able to produce a desired effect; valid
able to see differences; discerning; prejudiced; N. discrimination
s elastic
able to spring back into shape; quick to recover (as from disappointment); able to adapt to change; Ex. elastic plans; N: elastic material
n protean
able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
able to walk
abnormal or deviant
s dys-
abnormal; impaired
abnormal; irregular
absence of contradictions; uniformity; degree of thickness or firmness; Ex. consistency of thick cream; CF. viscous
absence of governing body; state of disorder
n distrait
absentminded; distracted
absolutely necessary; that must be done; critically important; expressing command; Ex. It is imperative that; N: something that must be done
absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge) completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)
n refrain
abstain from; resist; forbear; N: chorus
n celibate
abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried; N. celibacy
n pr\\'ecis
abstract; concise summing up of main points; concise summary of a text
abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret
absurd; completely unreasonable; ridiculous
n plenitude
abundance; plenty; great amount; completeness; fullness; CF. plenary, plenty
abundance; wealth
n luxuriant
abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; rich and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriate
strongly attacking words; use of such words; abusive rhetoric
n scurrilous
abusive; obscene; indecent; Ex. scurrilous remark
n vituperative
abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
abyss; very deep crack
n spoonerism
accidental transposition of sounds in successive words; Ex. ``Let me sew you to your sheet'' for ``Let me show you to your seat''; CF. William Spooner
n fortuitous
accidental; by chance; N. fortuity
accidental; casual; happening by chance
accuse of or implicate in a crime; serve as evidence against; cause to seem or make guilty of a crime; Ex. incriminating evidence
n wean
accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettes
n habituate
accustom or familiarize; addict
n inured
accustomed; hardened; Ex. inured to the Alaskan cold; V. inure: make used to something undesirable; harden; CF. unfeeling
n wangle
achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
acquire; take possession of for one's own use without permission; set aside for a particular purpose; allocate; CF. misappropriate
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
act as judge (at the request of both sides)
act of assuming a human body and human nature; one who personifies something; personification; Ex. previous incarnation/reincarnation
act of dissecting living animals
act of extreme violence or viciousness; resentful anger; V: commit an outrage on; produce anger in; ADJ. outrageous: offensive
act of finding oneself in society; orienting
act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
s lookout
act of keeping watch; high place commanding a wide view; person who keeps watch
s ambush
act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
s provision
act of providing; something provided; preparatory measure; provisions: necessary supplies (esp. food); stipulation; condition in an agreement; Ex. According to the provisions of the agreement
s recital
act of reciting publicly; detailed account; performance of music or dance (by a solo performer)
act of turning aside; pastime; V. divert: turn aside from a course; distract; amuse
act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
s usage
act or manner of using; accepted practice; way in which words are actually used
act or state of separation; disunity; CF. disjunctive: expressing a choice between two ideas; CF. conjunction; CF. conjunctive
s clown
act stupidly; play the fool; N.
acting without dialogue; V.
action of moving secretly or unseen; slyness; sneakiness; secretiveness; ADJ. stealthy
active enmity
active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous
acute pain; extreme suffering
s proverb
adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ. proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially
n leaven
add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast, that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivens
n elaboration
addition of details; intricacy
n addendum
addition; appendix to book; something that is added (as at the end of a speech or book)
additional object; useful but not essential thing
adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
n viscid
adhesive; gluey
adjacent to; touching upon
adjoining; neighboring; close by
n compromise
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of; put into danger, disrepute, or a dishonorable position; Ex. compromise one's principle; N.
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
s ward
administrative division of a city; division in a hospital or prison; incompetent person placed under the protection of a guardian; V: guard; ward off: avert
s ventilate
admit fresh air into to replace stale air