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earthy
unrefined; coarse
ebb
recede; lessen
ebullient
* showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
ecclesiastic
pertaining to the church
eclectic
* selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
eclipse
darken; extinguish; surpass
eddy
swirling current of water, air, etc.
edict
decree (especially issued by a sovereign); official command
edify
instruct; correct morally
efface
rub out
effervescence
inner excitement or exuberance; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation
effete
lacking vigor; worn out; sterile
efficacy
* power to produce desired effect
effigy
dummy
effluvium
noxious smell
effrontery
* impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness
effusion
pouring forth
effusive
pouring forth; gushing
egoism
excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others
egregious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
egress
exit
ejaculation
exclamation
elegy
* poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit
* draw out by discussion
elixir
cure-all; something invigorating
ellipsis
ommission of words from a text
elliptical
oval; ambiguous, either purposely or because key words have been left out
elucidate
explain; enlighten
elysian
relating to paradise; blissful
embargo
ban on commerce or other activity
embark
commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey
embellish
* adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
emboss
produce a design in raised relief
embrace
hug; adopt or espouse; accept readily; encircle; include
embroider
decorate with needlework; ornament with fancy or fictitious details
embroil
throw into confusion; involve in strife; entangle
embryonic
undeveloped; rudimentary
emend
correct, usually a text
emendation
correction of errors; improvement
emetic
substance causing vomiting
emissary
agent; messenger
emollient
soothing or softening remedy
emolument
salary; compensation
empirical
* based on experience
emulate
* imitate; rival
enclave
territory enclosed within an alien land
encomiastic
praising; eulogistic
encomium
high praise; eulogy
encroachment
gradual intrusion
encumber
burden
endemic
* prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
endue
provide with some quality; endow
enervate
* weaken
engage
attract; hire; pledge oneself; confront
engender
* cause; produce
enhance
* increase; improve
enjoin
command; order; forbid
enmity
ill-will; hatred
enniu
boredom
enormity
hugeness (in a bad sense)
enrapture
please intensely
ensconce
settle comfortably
enterprising
full of initiative
enthrall
capture; enslave
entity
real being
entomology
study of insects
entrance
put under a spell; carry away with emotion
entreat
plead; ask earnestly
entree
entrance; a way in
enumerate
list; mention one by one
environ
enclose; surround
eon
long period of time; an age
epaulet
ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)
ephemeral
* short-lived; fleeting
epicure
connoisseur of food and drink
epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
epilogue
short speech at conclusion of a dramatic work
episodic
loosely connected
epistemologist
philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge
epitaph
inscription in memory of a dead person
epithet
word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing
epoch
period of time
equable
tranquil; steady; uniform
equanimity
* calmness of temperament; composure
equine
resembling a horse
equinox
period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn
equipose
balance; balancing force; equilibrium
equivocal
ambiguous; intentionally misleading
equivocate
* lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
errant
wandering
erudite
* learned; scholarly
escapade
prank; flighty conduct
eschew
avoid
esoteric
* hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
espouse
adopt; support
essay
make an attempt at; test
estimable
worthy of esteem; admirable
ethereal
light; heavenly; unusually refined
ethnology
study of humankind
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.
etymology
study of word parts
eulogistic
praising
eulogy
* expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemism
* mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
euphony
sweet sound
evanescent
fleeting; vanishing
evince
show clearly
evenhanded
impartial; fair
ewe
female sheep
exacerbate
* worsen; embitter
exact
require or demand, often forcibly; take
exacting
extremely demanding
exasperate
vex
exceptionable
objectionable
excoriate
scold with biting harshness; strip the skin off
exculpate
* clear from blame
execrable
very bad
execrate
curse; express abhorrence for
exegesis
explanation, especially of biblical passages
exhilarating
invigorating and refreshing; cheering
exhort
urge
exhume
dig out of the ground; remove from the grave
exigency
* urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention
exiguous
small; minute
existential
pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialism
exodus
departure
exorbitant
excessive
expansive
outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
expatiate
talk at length
expedient
suitable; practical; politic
expedite
hasten
expenditure
payment or expense; ouput
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
expletive
interjection; profane oath
explicate
explain; interpret; clarify
exploit
deed or action, particularly a brave deed
expostulation
protest; remonstrance (objection)
exposure
risk, particularly of being exposed to disease or to the elements; unmasking; act of laying something open
expropriate
take possession of
expunge
cancel; remove
expurgate
clean; remove offensive parts of a book
extant
still in existence
extemporaneous
not planned; impromptu
extenuate
weaken; mitigate (appease, moderate)
extirpate
root up
extort
wring from; get money by threats, etc.
extradition
surrender of prisoner by one state to another
extrapolation
* projection; conjecture
extricate
free; disentangle
extrude
force or push out
exuberance
overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness
exult
rejoice