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fabricate
build; lie; make up (a story) in order to deceive; Ex. fabricate the whole story; CF. fabric: underlying structure; Ex. fabric of society
facade(fa\c{c}ade)
front or face (of building); superficial or false appearance
facet
small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side
facetious
joking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous
facile
easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facil
facilitate
help bring about; make less difficult
facsimile
copy
faction
party; clique (within a large group); dissension
factious
inclined to form factions; causing dissension
factitious
artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
factotum
handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
faculty
mental or bodily powers; teaching staff
fake
not genuine; N: one that is not genuine; impostor; sham; V: counterfeit; Ex. fake the results of the experiment/the signature
fallacious
false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument
fallible
liable to err
fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
falsify
make (something written) false by changing
falter
hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily through weakness; N.
fanaticism
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic
fancied
imagined; unreal
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as for raising specific plant or animal
fanciful
whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme
fancy
imagination (of a whimsical or fantastic nature); capricious liking; V: imagine; be fond of; ADJ. decorative; elaborate
fanfare
call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display
farce
broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical
far-fetched
too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story
fashion
give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky
fatalism
belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death
fathom
comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
fathomless
too deep to be measured or understood; unfathomable
fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
fauna
animals of a period or region; CF. flora
favoritism
display of partiality toward a favored person
fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness
faze
disconcert; dismay; embarrass
feasible
practical; able to be carried out; practicable
feature
distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominent
febrile
feverish
fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young
feebleminded
deficient in intelligence; very stupid
feign
pretend
feint
trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.
felicitous
(of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
felicity
happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.); quality of being felicitous
feline
of a member of the cat family; N.
fell
cut or knock down (a tree or a person); bring down (with a missile)
felon
person convicted of a grave crime; CF. felony: serious crime
feral
(of an animal) not domestic; wild
ferment
agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a political kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble)
fermentation
chemical reaction that splits complex organic compounds; unrest; agitation
ferocious
fierce; violent; N. ferocity
ferret
drive or hunt out of hiding; hunt with ferrets; drive out (as from a hiding place); expel; uncover or discover by searching; Ex. ferret out the secret; N. small fierce animal which catches rats and rabbits by going into their holes
fertile
producing many young, fruits, or seeds; (of land) producing good crops; V. fertilize
fervent
ardent; zealous; hot
fervid
ardent; zealous; hot
fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling; quality of being fervent or fervid; zeal; intense heat
fester
rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generate pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.
festive
joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival
fete(f\^ete)
honor at a festival; celebrate or honor with a feast; N. (outdoor) festival or feast; CF. feast
fetid(foetid)
malodorous; foul
fetish(fetich)
object believed to have spiritual powers; object of excessive attention or reverence; CF. fetishism
fetter
shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
feud
bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V. CF. Romeo and Juliet; CF. feudal, feudalism
fiasco
total failure; CF. bottle
fiat
command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be done
fickle
changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless
fictitious
imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex. fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictional
fidelity
loyalty; accuracy
fiend
evil spirit; devil
figment
invention; something invented; imaginary thing; Ex. figment of your imagination
figurative
not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech
figure
written symbols; number; amount represented in numbers; outline or silhouette of a thing or human body; person (well-known); impression; diagram; pattern; group in a dance; Ex. figure of speech; V. calculate with numbers; adorn with figures; app
figurine
small ornamental statuette(very small statue)
filch
steal (things of small value)
filial
pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect
filibuster
block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
filing
particle removed by a file
filth
dirty matter; ADJ. filthy
finale
conclusion; concluding part
finery
beautiful clothes for a special occasion
finesse
delicate skill; V: handle with finesse
finicky
too particular; fussy; difficult to please; too concerned with unimportant details or quality; Ex. finicky about her food
finish
surface texture; completeness of execution
finished
properly made and complete; Ex. finished product/performance
finite
limited
firebrand
piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
fissure
crevice; crack
fit
sudden outburst of an illness or feeling; convulsion caused by epilepsy
fitful
spasmodic; intermittent; irregular
flaccid
flabby; lacking firmness; weak; Ex. flaccid muscles
flag
droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF. unflagging
flagrant
conspicuously wicked, bad, or offensive; blatant; outrageous
flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
flair
talent
flamboyant
ornate; highly elaborate; richly colored; ostentatious; showy; CF. flame
flashy
showy; gaudy; giving a momentary brilliance
flaunt
display ostentatiously; Ex. ``Honey, if you've got it, flaunt it !''
flay
strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly
fleck
spot; mark with flecks; N: small mark or spot
fledgling(fledgeling)
inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and is learning to fly; inexperienced person
fleece
wool coat of a sheep; V: shear the fleece from; rob by a trick; swindle; plunder
fleet
fast; rapid; N. ADJ. fleeting: passing quickly; ephemeral
flick
light stroke as with a whip; V: move with a light quick blow; strike with a light quick blow (as from a whip); Ex. flick the switch
flicker
burn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement or light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement
flighty
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
flinch
hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
flip
send (something) spinning, often into the air, by striking with a light quick blow; turn over; Ex. flip over
flippant
lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy
flirt
behave in a way that attracts (sexual) attention; deal triflingly with; N: one (or woman) given to flirting; ADJ. flirtatious
flit
fly; fly or move lightly or quickly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by; Ex. a bee flitting from flower to flower
floe
flat mass of floating ice
flora
plants of a region or era
florescence
condition or period of flowering
florid
ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose
flotsam
drifting wreckage
flounder
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
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)
flout
reject; mock; show contempt for; scorn; Ex. flout the rules
flowery
full of flowers; full of ornate expressions
fluctuate
waver; shift; rise and fall as if in waves; change or vary irregularly
fluency
smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent
fluke
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky
flush
redden; blush; flow suddenly and abundantly; wash out by a rapid brief flow of water; N: reddish tinge; blush; brief rush; rush of strong feeling; Ex. flush of pride; ADJ: having surfaces in the same plane; even; blushing
fluster
confuse; make nervous and confused; N.
fluted
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
flutter
(of a bird with large wings) wave (the wings) lightly, rapidly, and irregularly; vibrate rapidly or erratically; fly by waving quickly; flitter; N.
flux
flowing; series of changes; fluctuation; Ex. in a state of flux
fodder
coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; feed for livestock; CF. food
foible
small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeble
foil
defeat; frustrate; prevent from being successful; thwart; CF. fail
foist
insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
foliage
masses of leaves; CF. defoliate
foment
stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)
foolhardy
rash; reckless; foolishly daring
foppish
vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
foray
raid; sudden raid or military advance; V.
forbearance
patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous and forgiving way); be patient; Ex. forbear to send him to prison
ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
forebears(forbears)
ancestors
foreboding
premonition of evil; feeling of coming evil; V. forebode: be a warning of (something unpleasant)
forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law; of or used in legal proceedings and the tracking of criminals; Ex. forensic science/medicine
forerunner
predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach of another
foreshadow
give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend; prefigure
foresight
ability to foresee future happenings; prudence in providing for the future
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
forfeit
something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach of contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture
forge
counterfeit; reproduce fraudulently; form by heating in a forge and hammering into shape; move with a sudden increase of speed or power; Ex. forged ahead in the last two years; N: furnace where metals are heated
forgo(forego)
give up; do without
forlorn
sad and lonely; wretched; desolate
formality
ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality
formidable
menacing; arousing fear; threatening; difficult to defeat; Ex. formidable foe/question
forsake
desert; abandon; renounce
forswear
renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up; CF. abjure
forte
strong point or special talent in a person's character
forthcoming
happening in the near future; ready; willing to help; Ex. No answer was forthcoming.
forthright
straightforward; direct; frank
fortitude
bravery; courage; strength of mind
fortuitous
accidental; by chance; N. fortuity
forum
public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for open discussion; court of law
forward
presumptuous or bold
foster
rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
foul
very bad or disagreeable; very dirty; Ex. foul smell/flavor/temper/language/air/deed/weather/means; N. act against the rules; V. make or become foul; commit a foul
founder
person who establishes (an organization or business)
fracas
brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee
fractious
unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse
frail
weak; N. frailty
franchise
right or privilege granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory
frantic
wild; distraught as from fear or worry; Ex. frantic with fear
fraudulent
cheating; deceitful; Ex. fraudulent means; N. fraud: deception; swindle
fraught
filled (with something unpleasant); full; Ex. fraught with danger and difficulties; CF. freight
fray
brawl; fight; V: wear away or unravel by rubbing; have loose threads developing; cause to become worn out (a person's temper or nerves); CF. rub
freebooter
pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich
frenetic(phrenetic)
frenzied; frantic
frenzied
madly excited; N. frenzy: violent wild excitement
fresco
painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
fret
be annoyed or vexed; Ex. fret over your poor grades; N: irritation of mind; ADJ. fretful
friction
clash or conflict in opinion; rubbing against
frieze
ornamental horizontal band on a wall
frigid
intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone
fringe
decorative edge of hanging threads; edge
frisk
move about playfully; froric; ADJ. frisky: playful
fritter
waste (time or money on unimportant things)
frivolous
lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
frock
long loose garment (worn by monks)
frolic
play and jump about happily; frisk; Ex. frolicking young lambs
frolicsome
prankish; gay; playful; merry; frisky
frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
fructify
bear fruit; produce fruit
frugality
thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little; inexpensive
fruitful
producing results; profitable; prolific; producing in abundance
fruition
bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization; Ex. come to/be brought to fruition
frustrate
thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
fuddle
make stupid or confused as with alcholic drink; N. in a fuddle: confused
fugitive
fleeting or transitory; lasting only a short time; roving(wandering); running away or fleeing as from the law; N: one who flees; Ex. fugitives at large
fulcrum
support on which a lever rests or pivots
fulminate
thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation
fulsome
disgustingly excessive; offensively flattering; Ex. fulsome praise/expressions of admire
fumble
move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something); mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N.
functional
made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
functionary
official (who performs a particular function)
fundamental
basic; primary; essential
funereal
sad; solemn; suitable for a funeral
furor
frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury
furrow
long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
furtive
stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance
fusillade
simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)
fusion
union; coalition; V. fuse
fuss:
trouble or worry over trifles; make nervous; pay too much attention to; N: needless concern or worry (about a trivial thing); anxious nervous condition; display of attention; Ex. make a fuss over the baby
fussy
fastidious; finicky; easily upset
futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual