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FACTIOUS
INCLINED TO FORM FACTIONS; CAUSING DISSENSION "Many nobles sought good government, rather than being factious, and were only forced into war by the king's incompetence"
FACTITIOUS
ARTIFICIAL; SHAM
FAIN
GLADLY, IN A WILLING MANNER “Men and birds are fain of climbing high.”
FECKLESS
futile, irresponsible, inefficient
FELL
CRUEL, DEADLY
FEY
OTHERWORLDLY, DOOMED, APPROACHING DEATH, UNDER A SPELL CRAZY, CLAIRVOYANT
FINICAL
TOO FUSSY ABOUT FOOD, CLOTHING, ETC.
FLAGRANT
CONSPICUOUSLY WICKED
FLIP
SARCASTIC, IMPERTINENT “flip remarks”
FLOUT
TO DEMONSTRATE CONTEMPT FOR “the rebel flouted all the rules”
FLURRIED
TO BECOME AGITATED AND CONFUSED
FOMENT
TO NURSE TO LIFE OR ACTIVITY; TO ENCOURAGE..(INSTIGATE) “Cynical politicians may even foment conflicts among groups to advance their own power.”
FORBEARANCE
PATIENCE, WILLINGNESS TO WAIT
FORENSICS
THE STUDY OR ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
forfend
to prevent
fortnight
2 weeks
forswear
renounce, disallow, repudiate
FROWARD
INTRACTABLE, NOT WILLING TO YIELD OR COMPLY, STUBBORN “the forward mule wouldn’t budge”
FROWZY
SLOVENLY; UNKEMPT; DIRTY
FULMINATE
ATTACK LOUDLY OR DENOUNCE
FULSOME
OFFENDING OR DISGUSTING BY EXCESS, OR GROSSNESS; CLOYING.
FUSTIAN
POMPOUS; BOMBASTIC
GAINSAY
TO DENY, OR DISPUTE
GALL
BITTERNESS, CARELESS NERVE (V.- TO IRRITATE)
GALLANT
A FASHIONABLE YOUNG MAN
GALVANIZE
TO STIMULATE OR EXCITE AS IF BY SHOCK
GAME
COURAGEOUS
GAMBOL
SKIP, PLAY, FROLIC
GARBLE
MAKE UNFAIR SELECTION FROM FACTS "Moore's movie garbled the facts through editing"
GARNER
TO GATHER AND STORE
GOSSAMER
DELICATE, TENUOUS, INSINCERE
GRADATION
PROCESS OCCURRING IN REGULAR DEGREES OR STAGES, VARIATION IN COLOR
HECTOR
A BULLY
HIBERNAL
WINTERY
HIDEBOUND
EXCESSIVELY RIGID, DRY, STIFF
HOARY
VERY OLD, WHITE FROM AGE
HOI POLLOI
THE MASSES; THE RABBLE
HOMONYM
WORDS IDENTICAL IN PRONUNCIATION BUT DIFFERENT IN MEANING
HOMILY
A SERMON, A MORALLY UPLIFTING LECTURE, A PLATITUDE
HOMILETICS
ACT OF PREACHING
IGNOMINIOUS
SHAMEFUL, DISHONORABLE, UNDIGNIFIED, DISGRACEFUL
IGNORAMUS
AN IGNORANT PERSON
ILLIMITABLE
LIMITLESS
IMMATERIAL
EXTRANEOUS, INCONSEQUENTIAL, NONESSENTIAL
IMMURE
TO IMPRISION
IMPASSIVE
SHOWING NO EMOTION
IMPERVIOUSNESS
ARROGANCE, COMMANDING PRESENCE, OVERBEARINGNESS
IMPERTINENT
NOT TO THE POINT, IRRELEVANT, INAPPLICABLE; TRIFLING;
FRIVOLOUS; NOT GOOD MANNERS.. “impertinent of a child to lecture a
grownup.” "mentioned several impertinent facts before coming to the point"
IMPETUOUS
HASTILY OR RASHLY ENERGETIC, IMPULSIVE AND VEHEMENT
IMPOSING
DIGNIFIED, GRAND
IMPRECATION
AN INVOCATION OF EVIL, A CURSE
IMPUGN
TO ATTACK VERBALLY
IMPUGNED
CHALLENGED, TO BE DOUBTED
IMPUTE
TO ATTRIBUTE TO A CAUSE
INCARNADINE
BLOOD-RED IN COLOR
INCLEMENT
PHYSICALLY SEVER OR ROUGH, SHOWING NO MERCY
INCIPIENT
BEGINNING
INCORPOREAL
IMMATERIAL, WITHOUT A BODY
INCREDULOUS
SKEPTICAL, UNWILLING TO BELIEVE
INDENTURE
BOUND TO ANOTHER BY CONTRACT
INDICT
TO ACCUSE FORMALLY
INFLAMMABLE
EASILY LIT
INGLORIOUS
LACKING FAME OR HONOR, SHAMEFUL
INNERVATE
ENERGIZE (ANT:ENERVATE)
INSENSIBLE
UNAWARE
INSCRUTABLE
INCAPABLE OF BEING UNDERSTOOD, MYSTERIOUS
INSOLUBLE
TO ABLE TO BE SOLVED OR EXPLAINED
INSOUCIANT
UNCONCERNED, CAREFREE, NONCHALANT
INTEMPERATE
NOT MODERATE
INTER
TO BURY
INTERDICT
PROHIBIT, FORBID, BAN
INTERLOCUTER
SOMEONE TAKING PART IN A DIALOGUE
INTERNECINE
DEADLY TO BOTH SIDES
FACETIOUS
HUMEROUS
INDISCRETION
INABILITY TO DECIDE RESPONSIBLY
FERMENT
A STATE OF DISORDER, UNREST
INTERREGNUM
INTERVAL BETWEEN REIGNS
INTERSPERSE
TO DISTIBUTE AMONG, MIX WITH
INTERSTICE
A SPACE BETWEEN THINGS
INTRANSIGENT
REFUSING COMPROMISE OR MODERATE AN EXTREME POSITION;
intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"
INDOLENCE
LAZINESS
INELUCTABLE
CERTAIN, INEVITABLE
INEXORABLE
RELENTLESS, UNYIELDING, IMPLACABLE
INIMITABLE
DEFYING IMITATION, UNMATCHABLE
INORDINATE
UNRESTRAINED; EXCESSIVE
INSCRUTABLE
INCAPABLE OF BEING DISCOVERED OR UNDERSTOOD
INSENSATE
WITHOUT FEELING
INSENSATE
WITHOUT FEELING
INVEIGH
TO COMPLAIN OR CRITICIZE STRONGLY.. “Reuther never hesitated to inveigh against "poverty, hunger, and disease."
INVOLUTE
COMPLEX
INVESTITURE
CEREMONY CONFERRING AUTHORITY (ANT: DIVESTITURE)
JANGLING
HARSHLY UNPLEASANT IN SOUND, CLASHING
JIBE
AGREE, TO BE IN HARMONY WITH, GIBE
to poke fun at
JUNKET
TRIP ESPECIALLY ONE TAKEN FOR PLEASURE BY AN OFFICIAL AT PUBLIC
EXPENSE
JUNTA
CABAL; GROUP OF MILITARY OFFICERS RULING AFTER SEIZING POWER
(BY FORCE)
KEN
RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE
KNELL
TOLLINH OF A BELL TO SIGNIFY DISASTER OR A FUNERAL
LABILE
UNSTABLE
LAGNIAPPE
TRIFLING PRESENT GIVEN TO A CUSTOMER, AN UNEXPECTED BENEFIT (ALSO CALLED A "BOOT")
LAPIDARY
WORKER IN PRECIOUS STONES
LARDER
PLACE WHERE FOOD IS STORED
LASCIVIOUS
LEWD, LUSTFUL
LEGERDEMAIN
TRICKERY
LIEN
RIGHT TO POSESS AND SELL THE PROPERTY OF A DEBTOR
LESION
UNHEALTHY CHANGE IN STRUCTURE; INJURY
LIBEL
STATEMENT THAT DAMAGES REPUTAION
A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation.
written statement of a plaintiff's complaints
A SATIRE
LIBERTINE
AN IMMORAL PERSON
LIBRETTO
TEXT OF AN OPERA
LILLIPUTIAN
OF VERY SMALL SIZE; DIMINUTIVE; DWARFED..
LIMPID
CLEAR AND SIMPLE, SERENE, TRANSPARENT, UNTROUBLED
LINIMENT
MEDICINAL LIQUID USED TO EASE PAIN
LISSOME
EASILY FLEXED, LIMBER, AGILE
LIST
LEAN TO ONE SIDE
LODE
METAL BEARING VEIN
LOUT
CLUMSY PERSON
LOW
TO MAKE A SOUND LIKE A COW
LUBRICIOUS
LEWD, WANTON, GREASY, SLIPPERY
LUCUBRATE
WRITE IN A SCHOLARLY FASHION
LURID
HARSHLY SHOCKING, GLOWING
MACULATED
HAVING SPOTS OR BLOTCHES, BLEMISHES.. (ANT = IMMACULATE)
MACROBIOTICS
ART OF PROLONGING LIFE BY DIET OF ORGANIC, NON-MEAT SUBSTANCES
MAINSTAY
CHEIF SUPPORT
MANNERED
ARTIFICIAL OR STILTED
MANUMISSION
RELEASE FROM SLAVERY
MALINGER
TO FEIGN ILLNESS SO AS TO AVOID WORK
MATRILINEAL
TRACING ANCESTRY THROUGH MOTHER’S LINE RATHER THAN FATHER’S
MAUNDER
TO TALK OR MOVE AIMLESSLY, MUTTER
MEGALOMANIA
MENTAL STATE WITH DELUSIONS OF WEALTH AND POWER
METTLE
COURAGEOUSNESS, ENDURANCE
METTLESOME
COURAGEOUS, HIGH-SPIRITED
MIDDLING
FAIRLY GOOD BUT NOT VERY GOOD
MILITATE
TO HAVE WEIGHT OR INFLUENCE ON, TO WORK AGAINST, TO ARGUE (AGAINST)
“the presidents advisors warned him that the volatility of the situation militated against any
rash action”
MONASTIC
EXTREMELY PLAIN OR SECLUDED, AS IN A MONASTERY
NATTY
NEAT
NEOLOGISM
NEW WORD OR EXPRESSION EX. “EMO”
NETHER
LOCATED UNDER OR BELOW
NETTLE
TO IRRITAE, STING, VEX
NEXUS
A CONNECTION, TIE, LINK
CORE OR CENTER
A CONNECTED SERIES
NIBBLE
SHOW SOME INCLINATION TO ACCEPT (AN OFFER)
NICE
1) SCRUPULOUS/HARD TO PLEASE OVERDELICATE OR FASTIDUOUS, FUSSY
2)PRECISE, SENSITIVE TO SUBTLENESS a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
3) WANTON
NICETY
DELICATE FEATURE, MINUTE DISTINCTION
NIGGLING
TRIFLING, PETTY
NIHILISM
BELIEF THAT TRADITIONAL VALUES ARE MEANINGLESS
NOISOME
STINKING, PUTRID
NONDESCRIPT
DULL, LACKING INTERESTING OR DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES
NONPLUSSED
AT A TOTAL LOSS OF WHAT TO SAY OR DO
NON SEQUITUR
A CONCLUSION NOT FOLLOWING FROM APPARENT EVIDENCE
NOSEGAY
A BUNCH OF FLOWERS
NOSTRUM
PLACEBO, A QUACK REMEDY
NOVITIATE
A PERIOD OF BEING A BEGINNER OR NOVICE
NUMISMATICS
COIN COLLECTING
OBLOQUY
ABUSIVELY DETRACTIVE LANGUAGE, SHARP CRITICISM, ILL REPUTE
OBSEQUY
FUNERAL CEREMONY
OBSTREPEROUS
NOISY, LOUDLY STUBBORN
OBTUSE
BLUNT/STUPID, INSENSITIVE
OCCULT
HIDDEN, CONCEALED, BEYOND COMPREHENSION
ONTOLOGY
THEORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF EXISTANCE
OPPROBRIOUS
DISGRACEFUL, CONTEMPTUOUS
OROTUND
POMPOUS
OVERWEENING
PRESUMPTUOUSLY ARROGANT, OVERBEARING, IMMODERATE, BEING A JERK
PAEAN
SONG OF HIGH PRAISE
PALATIAL
MAGNIFICENT
PALAVER
IDLE TALK
PALISADE
FENCE MADE UP OF STICKS, ON A CLIFF
PANACHE
FLAMBOYANCE, VERVE
PANEGYRIC
EULOGY, PRAISE
PANOPLY
IMPRESSIVE ARRAY
PARE
TO TRIM
PARITY
EQUALITY
PATENT
OBVIOUS, UNCONCEALED
PARTISAN
BIASED
PECULATION
THEFT OF MONEY OR GOODS
PEDAGOGUE
TEACHER
PEDAGOGY
THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING
PEDANTIC
OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY OF LEARNING, EXCESSIVE ATTENTION TO DETAIL, UNIMAGINATIVE
PEDESTRIAN
COMMONPLACE, TRITE, UNREMARKABLE
PEDIMENT
TRIANGULAR GABLE ON A ROOF OR FACADE
PENUMBRA
PARTIAL SHADOW
PERCIPIENT
DISCERNING, ANBLE TO PERCIEVE
PERIHELION
POINT OF ORBIT CLOSEST TO THE SUN (ANT: APHELION)
PERIPHRASTIC
CONTAINING TOO MANY WORDS
PERTINACIOUS
PERSISTANT, STUBBORN
PERVADE
TO PERMEATE THROUGHOUT
PEDIMENT
TRIANGULAR GABLE ON A ROOF OR FACADE
PENUMBRA
PARTIAL SHADOW
PERCIPIENT
DISCERNING, ABLE TO PERCIEVE
PERIHELION
POINT OF ORBIT FARTHEST FROM THE SUN (ANT:APHELION)
PERIPHRASTIC
CONTAINING TOO MANY WORDS
PERTINACIOUS
PERSISTANT, STUBBORN
PERVADE
TO PERMEATE THROUGHOUT
PETTISH
FRETFUL
PEREMPTORY
DISALLOWING DELAY, COMMANDING, EXPRESSING URGENCY; DECISIVEAND IMPERIOUS..
“Putting an end to all debate or action: a peremptory decree.
Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative: The officer issued peremptory commands. Having the nature of or expressing a command; urgent: The teacher spoke in peremptory tone. Offensively self-assured; dictatorial: a swaggering, peremptory manner. “
PHILISTINE
A SMUG IGNORANT PERSON; ONE WHO LACKS KNOWLEDGE
PHILOLOGY
THE STUDY OF WORDS
PHARISICAL
HYPOCRITICALLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND CONDEMNATORY, SANCTIMONIOUS
PITTANCE
MEAGER AMOUNT OR WAGE
PICARESQUE
INVOLVING CLEVER ROGUES OR ADVENTURERS (not picturesque!)
PLANGENT
POUNDING, THUNDERING, RESOUNDING, WAILING SOUND
PLEBIAN
CRUDE, LOWER-CLASS, VULGAR
PLOD
CONTINUE TO DO SOMETHING WITHOUT RESTING
PLUCK
COURAGE
PONDEROUS
HEAVY, BULKY, DULL
PONTIFICATE
TO SPEAK IN A PRETENTIOUS MANNER
PORE
TO STUDY CLOSELY
POSTERITY
FUTURE GENERATIONS, ALL OF ONE'S DESCENDENTS
PRECEPT
RULES OF CONDUCT
PRECIS
SHORT SUMMARY OF FACTS
PREDICATE
TO FOUND OR BASE ON
PRESCIENT
HAVING FORESIGHT
PRESENTIMENT
PREMONITION, SENSE OF FOREBODING
PRESTIDIGITATION
SLEIGHT OF HAND
PRIVATION
LACK OF USUAL NECESSETIES OR COMFORTS
PROFLIGATE
CORRUPT
PROPITIATE
TO WIN THE FAVOR OF; TO CAUSE TO BECOME FAVORABLY INCLINED; TO APPEASE “propitiate the gods with a sacrifice”
PROPITIATORY
CONCILIATORY, APPEASING, MITIGATING
PROPITIOUS
AUSPICIOUS, PRESENTING FAVORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES “the clearing of the sky was a propitious omen that the storm had passed”
PROPOUND
TO OFFER FOR CONSIDERATION; TO EXHIBIT (PROOPUND AN ARGUMENT)
PROSAIC
DULL
PROXY
THE POWER TO ACT FOR ANOTHER
PROVISIONAL
OF THE PRESENT TIME ONLY
PRUNE
SILLY PERSON
PRURIENT
LEWD
PUGILISM
BOXING
PURBLIND
BEING UNABLE TO SEE
PUSILLANIMOUS
COWARDLY, CRAVEN
PRURIENT
LEWD
PURBLIND
BEING UNABLE TO SEE
PUSILLANIMOUS
COWARDLY, CRAVEN
QUAIL
LOSE COURAGE
QUALIFY
TO LIMIT “he qualified the harshness of his criticisms by smiling as he said them”
QUIXOTIC
GENEROUS, UNSELFISH
QUIZZICAL
BANTERING, COMICAL, HUMOROUSLY SERIOUS
PROGENITOR
A direct ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.
PONDEROUS
Having great weight.
Unwieldy from weight or bulk.
Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull: a ponderous speech.
NEPOTISM
Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
I got a job there as a result of my grandfather being on the board of directors -- a lesson in loyalty here, or, should I say, just plain old nepotism