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importune
v
to urge with annoying persistence
to trouble
latent
adj
potential
present but not visible or apparent
lassitude
n
exhaustion, weakness
maudlin
adj
sentimental, weepy
ligneous
adj
woodlike
lugubrious
adj
exaggeratedly mournful
magnate
n
a rich, powerful businessperson
oblique
adj
indirect, at an angle
otiose
adj
lazy
futile, of no use
patina
n
surface discoloration caused by age and oxidation
piquant
adj
pleasantly pungent or tart
plaintive
adj
expressing sadness or sorrow
putative
adj
reputed
supposed, commonly accepted
peripatetic
adj
wandering
propinquity
n
nearness, proximity
pulchritude
n
physical beauty
redolent
adj
fragrant, aromatic
suggestive or reminiscent
reprove
v
to criticize mildly
surreptitious
adj
sneaky, secret
sidereal
adj
astral, relating to the stars
sinecure
n
a position requiring little or no work yet usually still providing an income
supine
adj
lying face upward, offering no resistance
unctuous
adj
oily
characterized by earnest insincerity
venal
adj
corrupt, capable of being bribed
vagary
n
whim, unpredictable action
voluble
adj
fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language
wizened
adj
shriveled, withered, shrunken
deprecate
v
to express disapproval of
discomfit
v
to confuse or disconcert
to thwart the plans of
to defeat in battle
doggerel
n
comic verse
equanimity
n
composure, calm
espouse
v
to support, to advocate
forbear
v
to refrain form, to abstain
fulsome
adj
repulsive, offensively insincere
hirsute
adj
hairy, shaggy
husband
v
to conserve, to use sparingly or economically
abnegate
v
to deny oneself
to reject, to renounce
adduce
v
to cite
to bring forth as an example or as proof
affectation
n
unnatural or artificial behavior, usually intended to impress
ancillary
adj
subordinate
providing assistance
apposite
adj
pertinent, suitable
arrant
adj
bad, utter
augur
v
to predict or foretell
beleaguer
v
to surround
to beseige, to harass
baleful
adj
sinister, ominous
bilious
adj
cranky, ill-tempered
convivial
adj
festive, fond of partying
cull
v
to collect
to select
choleric
adj
hot-tempered
collusion
n
conspiracy, secret cooperation
consonant
adj
harmonious, in agreement
calumny
n
slander, a maliciously false statement
carapace
n
a protective shell
contretemps
n
a mishap, an embarrassing occurance
meet
adj
fitting, proper
ingenuous
adj
open, candid
naive
cogent
adj
convincing, well-reasoned
corroborate
v
to confirm, to verify
gainsay
v
to deny
abrogate
v
to abolish or invalidate
phlegmatic
adj
calm, unemotional
sluggish
apogee
n
highest point, culmination
(syn: apex; ant: perigee, nadir)
extol
v
to praise
bombastic
adj
pompous in speech and manner
(syn: fustian, declamatory, grandiloquent, magniloquent, orotund)
cavil
v
to find fault without good reason
querulous
adj
prone to complaining, peevish
abject
adj
miserable, pitiful
saturnine
adj
gloomy, sullen
precipitous
adj
hasty, quick, uncautious
noisome
adj
stinking, putrid
abstemious
adj
moderate in appetite
abstaining from certain pleasures
spendthrift
n
one who spends money wastefully
eschew
v
to shun or avoid
dilettante
n
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic--a dabbler
ebullience
n
lively expression of thoughts
jejune
adj
childish
uninteresting
pine
v
to yearn
to lose vigor (ant: flag)
ignominy
ignominious
n/adj
disgrace or dishonor/
despicable, disgraceful
recalcitrant
adj
defiant, difficult to manage
minatory
adj
menacing, threatening
obstreperous
adj
troublesome, boisterous
rancorous
adj
characterized by long-lasting resentment
(n- rancor)
invidious
adj
offensive, likely to provoke ill will
accede
v
to express approval, to agree to
execrate
v
to denounce, to curse
inexorable
adj
inflexible, unyielding
dulcet
adj
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
plangent
adj
pounding, thundering, resounding
occlude
v
to block
parry
v
to deflect, to ward off
vitiate
v
to corrupt, to spoil
to make ineffective
insipid
adj
bland, lacking excitement
meretricious
adj
cheap, gaudy, tawdry
palliate
v
to make less severe
to gloss over
callow
adj
immature
lacking sophistication
profligate
adj
wasteful, recklessly extravagant
(n- profligacy)
contumely
n
insult, scorn
fortuitous
adj
happening by accident or chance
adumbrate
v
to foreshadow vaguely, to suggest
to overshadow
expiate
v
to atone, to make amends for
desultory
adj
disconnected, random
(syn: erratic, haphazard, aimless, etc)
brook
v
to tolerate
to endure
inveterate
adj
deep-rooted, habitual
facetious
adj
playful, humorous
circumspect
adj
prudent, considering all outcomes
wag
n
wit, joker
desuetude
n
disuse
disabuse
v
to undeceive, to set right
arcane
adj
secret, obscure
exegesis
n
critical examination
explication
tendentious
adj
biased, showing marked tendencies
pedantic
adj
making an excessive display of knowledge
evince
v
to show clearly, to display
turpitude
n
depravity
a base act
limn
v
to outline
to describe
to draw or paint
assay
n/v
an examination or analysis/
to attempt
to analyze, to estimate
refulgent
adj
radiant, shiny
encomium
n
glowing praise, tribute
approbation
n
an expression of approval or praise
panegyric
n
formal praise
propitiate
v
to conciliate, to appease
salubrious
adj
promoting health and well-being
acumen
n
accurate judgment, keen insight
trenchant
adj
perceptive, keen, penetrating
captious
adj
disposed to point out trivial faults
calculated to entrap in argument
glib
adj
informal, nonchalant
superficial
stygian
adj
gloomy, dark
imbroglio
n
a difficult or embarrassing situation
sedulous
adj
attentive, diligent
(n: sedulity)
contumacious
adj
insubordinate
rebellious
opprobrium
n
a public disgrace
anathema
n
a solemn or religious curse
an accursed person or thing
sententious
adj
moralistic, tending to moralize excessively
prurient
adj
lustful
foment
v
to arouse, to incite, to instigate
mendacity
n
dishonesty
inimical
adj
hostile, dangerous
fractious
adj
quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly
lubricious
adj
lewd, wanton, slippery
vituperate
v
to abuse, to berate, to use harsh condemnatory language
fulminate
v
to denounce, to attack loudly
anodyne
adj/n
soothing/
something that comforts or soothes pain
prize
v
to pry
to take by force
ineluctable
adj
certain, inevitable
prolix
adj
long-winded, verbose
remonstrate
v
to protest, to object
repudiate
v
to reject the validity of
demur
v
to question, to oppose
dissemble
v
to present a false appearance
abjure
v
to renounce, to recant
to avoid
excoriate
v
to denounce
belie
v
to misrepresent
to expose as false
inveigle
v
to obtain by deception or flattery
torpid
adj
lethargic, dormant
diaphanous
adj
transparent, gauzy
spurious
adj
false, counterfeit, lacking validity
aver
v
to verify
to assert in pleading a cause
asseverate
v
to allege or assert
impugn
v
to attack verbally
to call into question
recondite
adj
concealed
obscure, difficult to understand
turbid
adj
muddled, unclear
halcyon
adj
calm, peaceful
blithe
adj
joyful
salutary
adj
wholesome, causing improvement
redoubtable
adj
worthy of honor
extemporaneous
adj
improvised, done without preparation
fell
adj/v
inhumanely cruel/
to cause to fall by striking
propitious
adj
favorable
pluck
n
courage, spunk, fortitude
apocryphal
adj
not genuine, fictional
cursory
adj
superficial, hastily done
specious
adj
seemingly plausible but false
impecunious
adj
lacking funds
amenable
adj
open to different possibilities
indolent
adj
idle, lazy
temerity
n
recklessness, boldness
apotheosis
n
deification, an exalted example
consummate
v/adj
to complete or fulfill/
perfect, complete, accomplished
rarefy
v
to make thinner or sparser
solicitous
adj
eager, concerned, attentive
impassive
adj
revealing no emotion
itinerant
adj
moving from place to place
judicious
adj
exercising sound judgment
levity
n
lightness, frivolity
lachrymose
adj
tearful, causing tears
motility
n
spontaneous movement
nominal
adj
insignificant, in name only
nugatory
adj
trifling, inconsequential
panacea
n
a cureall
plumb
v
to measure the depth of something
presage
v
to foreshadow or predict
provincial
adj
narrow, limited in outlook to one's own small corner of the world
quay
n
wharf, pier
rampart
n
a fortification or bulwark of defense
renaissance
n
a rebirth or revival
respite
n
a period of rest or relief
ribald
n
characterized by vulgar, lewd humor
succor
n/v
assistance or relief/
to give assistance in a time of need
sundry
adj
various, separate
unalloyed
adj
undiluted, pure
vestige
n
a last trace
diurnal
adj
occurring every day
occurring in the day time
enormity
n
extreme evil
exposition
n
a setting forth of meaning or intent, discourse intended to explain
exhort
v
to urge
egress
n
an exit
ingress
n
an entrance
facile
adj
fluent, skillful
easy
founder
v
to fail, to collapse, to sink
genial
adj
cheerful, pleasant, friendly & helpful
gratis
adj
free of charge
gratuitous
adj
unjustified, unprovoked, given freely
harbinger
n
a forerunner, a signal of
accolate
n
an expression of praise
acerbic
adj
sharp, biting
having a sour or bitter taste
aggrandize
v
to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
abash
v
to embarrass
abstruse
adj
hard to understand or grasp
antecedent
n
something that went before, a preceding event
aphorism
n
a proverb, a brief and witty saying
verdant
adj
leafy, covered with green plants
inexperienced
apostasy
n
abandonment or rejection of faith or loyalty
arbiter
n
a judge, one who decides
attrition
n
a gradual weakening or loss
augment
v
to make bigger, to increase
auspicious
adj
favorable, promising
avow
v
to claim, to admit, to declare
belabor
v
to go over repeatedly to an absurd extent
bereave
v
to deprive or leave desolate
coda
n
a passage concluding a musical composition
commensurate
adj
equal, proportionate
consecrate
v
to declare sacred
coeval
adj
coexisting, of the same period
prodigal
adj
wasteful, lavish
sycophant
n
servile, self-seeking flatterer
credulous
adj
too trusting, gullible
inured
adj
accustomed to accepting something undesireable
list
v
to tilt to one side
largess
n
generosity
estimable
adj
admirable
sanguine
adj
cheerful, confident, optimistic
nonplus
v
to baffle or bewilder
(adj: nonplussed)
diffident
adj
shy, lacking confidence
truculent
adj
fierce, cruel, ready to fight
iconoclast
n
one who opposes established customs and institutions
salacious
adj
lustful, lascivious
disparage
v
to belittle, to speak disrespectfully about
perorate
v
to speak in flowery, rhetorical language
(n: peroration)
solvent
adj
able to dissolve another substance
able to meet financial obligations
attenuate
v
to weaken, to reduce in force or degree
pellucid
adj
transparent, easy to understand
astringent
adj/n
harsh, severe, having a tightening effect on tissue/
something with a tightening effect on tissue
impetuous
adj
quick to act, impulsive
untenable
adj
indefensible, not viable, uninhabitable
celerity
n
speed, alacrity
ostentatious
adj
showy, pretentious
inchoate
adj
disorganized, not fully formed
emollient
adj/n
soothing/
an agent that softens the skin
usury
n
lending money at a high interest rate
epicure
n
one devoted to sensual pleasures
one with discriminating tastes (especially for food and wine)
prosaic
adj
dull, lacking spirit or imagination
stentorian
adj
loud and powerful
fatuous
adj
stupid, foolish
implacable
adj
unable to be calmed down
harangue
v/n
to deliver a tirade/
a long, pompous speech
incipient
adj
beginning to become apparent
allege
v
to assert before proving, to bring forward as a reason or excuse
parsimony
stinginess
portent
n
an omen or prophetic indication
laconic
adj
using few words
contiguous
adj
adjacent, sharing a border
paucity
adj
scarcity, lack
prodigious
adj
extraordinary, abundant
predilection
n
a preference, a disposition in favor of something
proclivity
n
a natural predisposition or inclination
gambit
n
a ploy, a remark used to start a conversation
privation
n
a lack of usual necessities or comforts
presumptuous
adj
taking liberties, overstepping one's bounds
fetter
v
to bind, to chain, to confine
catholic
adj
generalized, universal
copious
adj
plentiful
profuse in words
reprobate
n
a morally unprincipled person
reproach
v
to express disappointment or displeasure with
polemical
adj
controversial, argumentative
precipitate
adj/v
acting hastily, impulsive/
to cuase to happen before anticipated or required
insouciant
adj
unconcerned, carefree
nice
adj
exacting, precise
penurious
adj
excessively thrifty, ungenerous
impunity
n
immunity from punishment or penalty
descry
v
to discern
countenance
v
to support, to favor
chary
adj
wary, cautious
innocuous
adj
harmless
endemic
adj
characteristic of a particular locality or region
pusillanimous
adj
cowardly
paradox
n
a contradiction or dilemma
idolatrous
adj
given to intense devotion
tout
v
to publically praise or promote
incandescent
adj
shining brightly
pedestrian
adj
commonplace, unremarkable
abscond
v
to leave secretly
debacle
n
rout, fiasco, complete failure
denouement
n
outcome, the unravelling of a plot
torque
n
a force that causes rotation
magnanimity
n
generously noble in mind and heart, forgiving
austere
n
severe
mendicant
n
a beggar
remunerate
v
to pay or reward for work, trouble, etc.
coterie
n
a small group of people with a similar purpose
hoary
adj
old
whitish or gray from age
tyro
n
a novice or amateur
grandiloquence
n
pompous speech
reticent
adj
reserved in speech
incorrigible
adj
incapable of being corrected
probity
n
integrity, uprightness, proper behavior
abate
v
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
aberrant
adj
deviating from the norm
acrimony
n
harsh or biting words or disposition
adulation
n
praise, intense adoration
aesthete
n
someone unusually sensitive to beauty
alacrity
n
eager and enthusiastic willingness
apostle
n
one who initiates moral reform
an ardent supporter
arduous
adj
strenuous, taxing
askance
adj
scornful
indirect
asperity
n
severity, rigor, harshness, irritability
aspersion
n
a false charge meant to hurt someone's reputation
assuage
v
to make less severe
asunder
adv
into different parts
augury
n
omen
august
adj
venerable, majestic
axiomatic
adj
possessing self-evident truth
bellicose
adj
belligerent, warlike
blandishment
n
something that tends to coax or flatter
bluster
v
to boast
to threaten loudly
bromidic
adj
dull, commonplace
bucolic
adj
rustic, pastoral
cant
v
to lean or set at an angle
capacious
adj
large, roomy
capitulate
v
to surrender
castigate
v
to punish or criticize harshly
catechism
n
oral instruction
formal questions with rote responses
cephalic
adj
relating to the skull
cloy
v
to fill to excess
cogitate
v
to think deeply
compendious
adj
brief, summarizing
concatenate
adj
linked together
concomitant
adj
accompanying something
confer
v
to give to or bestow upon someone
confluence
n
a meeting place (usually of two streams)
continence
adj
self-restraint, self-control
contrite
adj
regretful, seeking forgiveness
cordon
n
a line of troops securing an area
an ornamental ribbon
cozen
v
to coax with trickery
to cheat
cur
n
a coward
delude
v
to mislead
to disappoint
demure
adj
modest
dereliction
n
neglect, intentional abandonment
recession of water
determinate
adj
conclusive, having defined limits
dilatory
adj
tending to delay, slow
disaffected
adj
discontented, unfriendly
disloyal
disingenuous
adj
giving a false impression of innocence
dissident
adj
disagreeing with an established belief or system
dissimulate
v
to disguise
divestiture
n
the act of dispossessing
dotage
n
senility, mental decline
duress
n
imprisonment
intimidation, threat of force
ebb
v
to recede, to fade away
efficacious
adj
effective, productive
effrontery
n
boldness, presumptuousness
effusive
adj
expressing emotion without restraint
eminent
adj
celebrated, distinguished
emolument
n
compensation, payment for work
empirical
adj
based on observation or experiment
emulate
v
to copy
to try to equal or excel
ephemeral
adj
lasting a short time
erudite
adj
scholarly, well-learned
espy
v
to catch sight of
essay
v
to try, to experiment
exact
v
to demand, to require
exculpate
v
to clear of blame
exonerate
v
to clear of blame
exscind
v
to cut off or out, to excise
extant
adj
currently existing
extenuate
v
to make less severe
extirpate
v
to destroy, to exterminate
fastidious
adj
difficult to please, meticulous
febrile
adj
feverish
fixity
adj
being stable or fixed
florid
adj
excessively decorated, gaudy
foist
v
to pass off as genuine
fustian
n
pretentious writing or speech
gelid
adj
cold
genuflect
v
to bend at the knee
to be servilely obedient
gossamer
n
something delicate or tenuous
gust
n
an inclination
a sudden rush of wind
a sudden outburst
hedge
v
to encircle, to hinder
to protect oneself from losing or failing by a counterbalancing aciton
to evade a risk of commitment
hedonism
n
devotion to or pursuing pleasure, especially pleasures of the senses
imminence
n
something that is about to happen
immure
v
to imprison
imperturbable
adj
not capable of being disturbed
impudence
n
arrogance, rudeness
incisive
adj
perceptive
penetrating
incommunicado
adj
lacking a means of communication
indemnity
n
security against loss or damage
exemption from penalty or liability
ineffable
adj
indescribable
unspeakable, taboo
infelicitous
adj
unfortunate
inappropriate
inflammable
adj
easily ignited
iniquitous
adj
sinful, evil
intransigent
adj
refusing to compromise
irreproachable
adj
beyond criticism, impeccable
invective
n
verbal abuse
jeremiad
n
a prolonged complaint
languid
adj
lacking energy
indifferent
logy
adj
lethargic, lacking energy
loquacious
adj
talkative
lout
n/v
an awkward, brutish person/
to scorn or to submit
lucent
adj
clear, glowing with light
lurid
adj
shocking, sensational
glowing
malefactor
n
culprit, evil-doer
malinger
v
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
manumission
n
release from slavery
mettlesome
adj
courageous
enduring
militate
v
to have influence
to work against
mitigate
v
to make less severe
to moderate
obeisance
n
a physical display of submission or respect
obloquy
n
abusive language
ill repute
obsequious
adj
overly submissive, brown-nosing
occult
adj
concealed, beyond comprehension
officious
adj
overly helpful, meddlesome
onerous
adj
troubling, burdensome
ornery
adj
having an irritable disposition
orotund
adj
pompous
ostensible
adj
apparent
patent
adj
obvious, unconcealed
patrician
adj
aristocratic
pejorative
n
disparaging, having bad connotations
penury
n
extreme poverty
percipient
adj
discerning, able to perceive
peremptory
adj
dictatorial
imperative
perfidy
n
treachery
perfunctory
adj
cursory
done without care or interest
peruse
v
to examine
pied
adj
multi-colored
pith
n
essential part
placid
adj
calm, tolerant
poltroon
n
a coward
posture
v
to assume an artificial attitude
potentate
n
a monarch or ruler with great power
preclude
v
to rule out
prevaricate
v
to mislead
profundity
n
great depth
propagate
v
to breed
propriety
n
correct behavior
proscribe
v
to forbid
punctilious
adj
observing rules of behavior or ceremony
purblind
adj
blind
lacking insight
purport
v
to profess, to claim
quiescence
n
stillness
redact
v
to edit
to put in writing
refractory
adj
stubborn
immune
resistent to treatment or cure
regale
v
to entertain
remit
v
to send as payment
repose
n
relaxation, leisure
rescind
v
to invalidate, to repeal
restitution
n
act of compensating for a loss or damage
ruth
n
compassion, remorse
sap
v/n
to weaken/
a fool
scabrous
adj
blemished
dealing with indecent things
scapula
n
shoulder blade
scurvy
adj
despicable
sequestered
adj
secluded, set apart
somnolent
adj
drowsy
inducing sleep
stanch
v
to stop the flow of something
stand
n
a group of trees
stricture
n
something that restrains
negative criticism
strident
adj
loud, harsh
sumptuary
adj
regulating expensive spending
supererogatory
adj
nonessential
supplicant
n
one who asks humbly and earnestly
table
v
to remove from consideration
tender
v
to offer
unguent
n
an ointment used to heal
vapid
adj
tasteless, dull
verve
n
energy, vitality
ablution
n
the act of cleansin
abut
v
to touch or border
acme
n
summit, highest point
aerie
n
a stronghold or nest built on a high place
amortize
v
to diminish through installments of payments
antediluvian
adj
prehistoric, old
before the biblical flood
anthropomorphic
adj
attributing human qualities to nonhumans
aplomb
n
poise, confidence
apothegm
n
a short instructive saying
assiduous
adj
diligent, persisten
bacchanalian
adj
drunk, festive
balk
v/n
to stop/
a hindrance
beatific
adj
saintly
showing exalted joy or blessedness
behemoth
n
something enormous in size or power
a huge animal
benison
n
a blessing
bifurcate
v
to divide into two parts
bonhomie
n
geniality
atmosphere of good cheer
carom
v/n
to strike and rebound/
a collision followed by a rebound
cavalcade
n
a procession
charlatan
n
a fake, a quack
chattel
n
an article of personal property
a slave
chimerical
adj
fanciful, improbable
churlish
adj
boorish or vulgar
surly
intractable
cistern
n
something used to hold water
coffer
n/v
box for holding money
financial resources/
to put in a money box
cognomen
n
family name
nickname
comeliness
n
attractiveness
suitability
commodious
adj
spacious
compunctious
adj
feeling guilty
having qualms
conflagration
n
a large destructive fire
congenial
adj
sympathetic
agreeable
friendly and sociable
consanguineous
adj
of the same origin
related by blood
corpulence
n
obesity
cosset
v/n
to pamper/
a pet (especially a lamb)
declivity
n
a downward slope or hill
demagogue
n
leader of the populace who appeals to emotions or prejudices to gain power
denigrate
v
to blacken the reputation of
dictum
n
authoritative declaration
didactic
adj
intended to instruct
excessively moralizing
diluvial
adj
relating to a flood
diminutive
adj
small
distaff
n
women
work and concerns considered important to women
dither
v/n
to be nervously irresolute
to be agitated/
a state of indecisive agitation
doctrinaire
adj
rigidly devoted to certain theories
dolor
n
sorrow
doughty
adj
courageous
droll
adj
amusing in an odd or whimsical manner
dyspeptic
adj
suffering from indigestion
irritable
effluvia
n
an invisible emanation of gases or vapors
an aura
effulgent
adj
shining brilliantly
effete
adj
exhausted
infertile, effeminate
marked by self-indulgence or decadence
emend
v
to edit a text
emanate
v
to come forth or send forth
to give out or exhale
ennui
n
boredom, lack of interest
ersatz
n
a fake
exorcise
v
to expel evil spirits
expatiate
v
to wander
to discuss at great length
expunge
v
to erase or eliminate
expurgate
v
to censor
extrapolate
v
to estimate
fetid
adj
putrid, foul-smelling
fey
adj
having a magical quality
clairvoyant
crazy as if under a spell
fated to die soon
filch
v
to steal
filial
adj
relating to a son or daughter
having the relationship of child to parent
flaccid
adj
limp
lacking energy or vigor
foliate
adj/v
related to leaves/
to cut metal into thin leaves
to adorn with metal foil
to separate into thin layers
to produce foliage
forswear
v
to reonounce or deny
to commit perjury
fracas
n
a noisy dispute
frenetic
adj
excited or active
foible
n
a minor weakness of character
the weaker (top) section of a sword
furtive
adj
secret, stealthy
fathom
n/v
six feet (marine term)/
to comprehend
to determine the depth of
gambol
v
to leap about, to frolic
gauche
adj
tactless
gibe
v
to heckle or taunt
gnostic
adj
relating to knowledge (intellectual or spiritual)
gustatory
adj
relating to the sense of taste
ilk
adj
type or kind
each
illusory
adj
deceptive
imbue
v
to infuse or dye
to moisten
imperious
adj
arrogant, domineering, overbearing
impolitic
adj
unwise
incarnate
adj
having bodily form
incendiary
adj/n
causing fire
inflammatory/
an arsonist
an agitator
inculcate
v
to instill
to indoctrinate
inculpate
v
to blame
to charge with a crime
indigent
adj
impoverished
indubitable
adj
unquestionable
ingratiate
v
to bring into another's good graces purposefully
innuendo
n
subtle criticism
suggestion
insidious
adj
treacherous
alluring
spreading harmfully in a stealthy manner
insuperable
adj
insurmountable
interdict
v
to forbid
interlocutor
n
a member of a dialogue
interloper
n
trespasser
one who meddles in others' affairs
internecine
adj
inter-group conflict
mutually destructive
characterized by carnage
interpolate
v
to insert
interstice
n
a space between things
intimation
n
a clue or hint
a suggestion
intrinsic
adj
inherent
intrepid
adj
fearless
fathom
n/v
six feet (marine term)/
to comprehend
to determine the depth of
gambol
v
to leap about, to frolic
gauche
adj
tactless
gibe
v
to heckle or taunt
gnostic
adj
relating to knowledge (intellectual or spiritual)
gustatory
adj
relating to the sense of taste
ilk
adj
type or kind
each
illusory
adj
deceptive
imbue
v
to infuse or dye
to moisten
imperious
adj
arrogant, domineering, overbearing
impolitic
adj
unwise
incarnate
adj
having bodily form
incendiary
adj/n
causing fire
inflammatory/
an arsonist
an agitator
inculcate
v
to instill
to indoctrinate
inculpate
v
to blame
to charge with a crime
indigent
adj
impoverished
indubitable
adj
unquestionable
ingratiate
v
to bring into another's good graces purposefully
innuendo
n
subtle criticism
a suggestion
insidious
adj
treacherous
alluring
spreading harmfully in a stealthy manner
insuperable
adj
insurmountable
interdict
v
to forbid
interlocuter
n
member of a dialogue
interloper
n
trespasser
one who meddles in others' affairs
internecine
adj
(conflict) within a group
mutually destructive
characterized by carnage
interpolate
v
to insert
interstice
n
a space between thigns
intimation
n
a clue or hint
a suggestion
intrepid
adj
fearless
intrinsic
adj
inherent
invidious
adj
provoking ill will
discriminatory
envious
jibe
v
to heckle or deride
to be compatible with
to shift from one side of a ship to the other
jocular
adj
joking, humorous
insoluble
adj
incapable of being dissolved
impossible to solve or explain
juggernaut
n
overwhelming force seeming to destroy everything in its path
something that elicits blind and destructive devotion
jurisprudence
n
the philosophy of law
knell
v/n
to toll solemnly
to summon or signal by tolling/
sound of a bell
a signal of disaster
lambaste
v
to beat
to berate
legerdemain
n
deceitful cleverness
sleight of hand
lexicon
n
dictionary
vocabulary
libidinous
adj
lustful
licentious
adj
immoral, having no regard for accepted rules or standards
limpid
adj
clear, easily intelligible
calm, serene
liniment
n
liquid medicine to soothe pain
lionize
v
to treat as a celebrity
to assign great social importance to
lissome
adj
supple, limber
macabre
adj
gruesome
machination
n
sinister scheme
the act of plotting
malapropism
n
misuse of a word
manifold
adj
diverse, varied
comprised of many parts operating at the same time
martinet
n
a strict disciplinarian
one who follows rules rigidly
mawkish
adj
excessively sentimental
sickening in taste
mnemonic
adj
relating to memory
intended to assist memory
molt
v
to shed an outer covering
mordacious
adj
biting, sarcastic
mote
n
small particle, a speck
munificent
adj
generous
necromancy
n
black magic
practice of communicating with spirits to predict the future
nefarious
adj
infamous for wickedness
neophyte
n
a novice or beginner
a recent convert
nihilism
n
belief that existence is meaningless
extreme skepticism
noxious
adj
harmful, injurious to health
corrupting
obfuscate
n
to confuse or obscure
to render indistinct
ouster
n
the act of expulsion or ejection
one that forces out another
paean
n
a song of praise
panoply
n
an impressive array
ceremonial attire
protective covering or armor
parley
n
a discussion between enemies
parochial
adj
provincial
pastiche
n
a piece of literature or music that satirizes other works
a hodge podge
peccadillo
n
a minor sin
a minor fault
peculation
n
theft or embezzlement
penultimate
adj
next to last
penumbra
n
partial shadow
a periphery region
area in which something exists to an uncertain degree
perambulate
v
to walk
periphrastic
adj
roundabout, unnecessarily wordy
pernicious
adj
deadly
perspicacious
adj
shrewd
pertinacious
adj
persistent
stubborn
phalanx
n
massed group of soldiers or people
a bone of a finger or toe
philistine
adj
boorish
lakcing appreciation for art and culture
plait
v
to braid
plaudit
n
applause, expression of approval
pneumatic
adj
relating to air
worked by compressed air
polyglot
n
one who speaks many languages
a book containing the same text in several different languages
a confusion or mixture of langauges
posit
v
to put forward, to suggest
precept
n
principle, law
prescient
adj
having foresight
progenitor
n
direct ancestor
precursor
founder
prognosticate
v
to predict
to foreshadow
prolix
adj
tedious, wordy
promulgate
v
to make known publicly
proselytize
v
to induce someone to convert to a particular belief or doctrine
provident
adj
frugal
providing for future needs
puerile
adj
immature
pundit
n
an authority or critic
quotidian
adj
occurring daily
commonplace
raconteur
n
a skilled storyteller
raillery
n
lighthearted jesting, banter
rapprochement
n
reestablishing a cordial relationship
a state of cordial relations
raze
v
to demolish
to scrape or shave off
recidivism
n
the tendency to repreat previous behavior
a relapse
recreant
adj
disloyal
cowardly
redress
v
to set right
to make amends for
to adjust
rejoinder
n
a quick reply to a question or remark
renitent
adj
inflexible, recalcitrant
repast
n/v
a meal/
to eat
requite
v
to return or repay
to avenge
restive
adj
impatient
difficult to control
refusing to move
retinue
n
attendants accompanying an important person
riposte
n/v
a retort/
to retort
to make a return thrust
rococo
adj
ornate, elaborate
rotund
adj
round
plump
full and rich in sound
ruminate
v
to reflect upon
sacrosanct
adj
sacred, inviolable
scintilla
n
a very small amount
scintillate
v
to sparkle or flash
scurrilous
adj
foul-mouthed
expressed in vulgar abusive language
sedition
n
rebellion
conduct or language inciting rebellion against a state
senescent
adj
aging, growing old
sentient
adj
conscious, experiencing feeling
sepulchral
adj
relating to a burial vault
indicative of death
suggestive of a grave or burial
rue
v
to regret
to feel sorrow or remorse
seraphic
adj
angelic
simper
v
to smile in a silly, self-conscious way
sinuous
adj
winding
characterized by supple movement
slake
v
to quench
to lessen the force of
to refresh
slovenly
adj
untidy
marked by negligence
sojourn
n/v
a temporary stay/
to reside temporarily
solecism
n
grammatical mistake
violation of etiquette
solipsism
n
belif that the self is the only reality
somnambulist
n
a sleepwalker
sonorous
adj
producing a full, rich sound
impressive in style or speech
sophist
n
one who excels at arguing deviously
a thinker or scholar
sportive
adj
playful
relating to sports
squalid
adj
dirty from poverty or lack of care
morally repulsive
staid
adj
sober, self-restrained
fixed, permanent
striate
adj
striped, grooved
stringent
adj
severe
constricted (especially by financial strain)
subterfuge
n
a trick or tactic used to avoid something
sully
v
to soil or stain
to taint
supercilious
adj
haughy
surly
adj
bad-tempered, sullen
ominous
sybarite
n
one devoted to pleasure and luxury
syncopation
n
the omition fo a sound or letter in a word
a modification of a musical rhythm by strssing the weak beat
tableau
n
a vivid description
a striking scene or pose
talisman
n
something with a magical effect
a trinket thought to protect against evil
tantamount
adj
equivalent in value or effect
tenable
adj
defensible (in argument or during an attack)
threnody
n
a poem or song of mourning
trammel
v
to impede or hamper
trite
adj
lacking power to evoke interest through overuse
turgid
adj
swollen, bloated
excessively ornate
umbrage
n
offense, resentment
shadow or shade
a hint
untoward
adj
unfavorable
troublesome, unruly
improper
urbane
adj
polite, refined
virile
adj
manly or masculine,
sexually potent
vitriolic
adj
caustic, bitter
vociferous
adj
offensively loud
given to vehement outcry
wraith
n
a ghost or apparition
something shadowy and insubstantial
xenophobia
n
fear or hatred of foreign people or things
zenith
n
summit, highest point
nadir
n
lowest point