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Anomaly
deviation from what's normal; ABERRANCE, ABBERATION, ABNORMALITY, DEVIANCE, IRREGULARITY, PRETERNATURALNESS
Equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead; AMBIGUOUS, EVASIVE, WAFFLING
Equivocal
undecided, trying to deceive
Lucid
clear and easily understopd; Lucidity (clarity); Lucent (glowing with light)
Precipitate
to trthow violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation; ABRUPT, HASY, HEADLONG, HURRIED, ILL-CONSIDERED, IMPETUOUS, HURRIED, IMPULSIVE, PROMPT, RASH, RECKLESS, SUDDEN
Precipitous
very steep
Precipice
steep cliff
Assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe; ALLAY, COMFORT, ALLEVIATE, APPEASE, EASE, CONCILIATE, LIGHTEN, MITIGATE, MOLLIFY, PACIFY, PALLIATE, PLACATE, PROPITIATE, RELIEVE, SOOTHE, SWEETEN
Erudite
Learned, scholarly, bookish, extensive knwoledge or learning; SCHOLASTIC, LEARNED, WISE
Opaque
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light; OPACITY (being obscure or indecipherable); OBSCURE
Prodigal
Lavish, wasteful, exessive or reckless spending; EXTRAVAGANT, LAVISH, PROFILGATE, SPENDTHRIFT
Enigma
a puaalze, a mystery; CONUNDRUM, PERPLEXITY
Fervid
intensely emotional; feverish; FERVENT (enthusiastic); FERVOR (passion); BRUNING, IMPASSIONED, PASSIONATE, VEHEMENT, ZEALOUS
Placate
to soothe or pacify; PLACID (tolerant, calm); IMPLACABLE (unable to be made peaceful)
Zeal
passion, excitement; ZEALOUT (fanatic); ARDENCY, FERVOR, FIRE, PASSION
Abstain
choose not to do something; FORBEAR, REFRAIN, WITHOLD
Audacious
fearless and daring; ADVENTURESOME, AGGRESSIVE, ASSERTIVE, BOLD, BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, DARING, DAUNTLESS, DOUGHTY, FEARLESS, GALLANT, GAME, HEROIC, INTREPID, METTLESOME, PLUCKY, STOUT, STOUTHEARTED
DESICCATE
to dry out thoroughly; DESICCANT (something that removes water from another substance); DRY, PARCH, DEHYDRATE
Gullible
GULL (person who's easily tricked); CREDULOUS, EXPLOITABLE, NAIVE
Laudable
to give praise, to glorify; ACCLAIM, COMPLIMENT, APPLAUD, COMMEND, EXALT, EXTOL, HAIL, PRAISE
Pedant
someone who shows off learning; excessive display of learning; PEDANTIC
Vacillate
to sway physically; to be indecisive; DITHER, FALTER, FLUCTUATE, OSCILLATE, WAVER
Adulterate
to make impure; DOCTOR, UNADULTERATED (pure), ADULTERY - illicit relationship or affair
Capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often; CAPRICE (whim, sudden fancy); ARIBTRARY, CHANCE, CHANGEABLE, ERRATIC, FICKLE, INCONSTANT, MERCURIAL, RANDOM, WHIMSICAL, WILLFUL
Engender
to produce, cause, or bring about; BEGET, PROLIFERATE, GENERATE, REPRODUCE, PROCREATE, SPAWN
Homogenous
of a similar kind; HOMOGENIZED (thoroughly mixed together); CONSISTENT, UNVARYING, STANDARDIZED, UNIFORM
Loquacious
talkative; EFFUSIVE, GARRULOUS, VERBOSE
Pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic; REALISTIC, RATIONAL
Volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive; CAPRICIOUS, ERRATIC, INCONSISTENT, INCONSTANT, FICKLE, MERCURIAL, TERMPERAMENTAL
Apathy
lack of interest or emotion; COOLNESS, DISINTEREST, DISREGARD
CORROBORATE
provide supporting evidence; AUTHENTICATE, BACK, BEAR OUT, BUTTRESS, CONFIRM, SUBSTANTIATE, VALIDATE, VERIFY
Ephemeral
lasting a short time; EVANESCENT, FLEETIONG, MOMENTARY, TRANSIENT
Laconic
using few words; CONCISE, CURT, PITHY, TERSE, TACITURN
Mitigate
to soften, to lessen; ALLAY, ALLEVIATE, ASSUAGE, EASE, LIGHTEN, MODERATE, MOLLIFY, PALLIATE, TEMPER
Propriety
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs; APPROPRIATE, DECENCY, DECORUM, MODESTY, SEEMLINESS
Advocate
BACK, CHAMPION, SUPPORT
Cacophony
harsh, jarring noise; DISCORD, CHAOS, DISHARMONY, NOISE, CLAMOR, DIN
Enervate
to reduce in strength; UNNERVE (to deprive of strength or courage); DEBILIITATE, ENFEEBLE, SAP, WEAKEN
Ingenous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity; ARTLESS, GUILELESS, INNOCENT, NAIVE, SIMPLE, UNAFFECTED; INGENUE (naive girl or young woman); DISINGENOUS (giving a false impression of innocence)
Misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
Paradox
a contradiction or dilemma; INCONGRUITY, AMBIGUITY
VENERATE
to respect deeply; VERNABLE (old, worthy of respect); ADORE, HONOR, IDOLIZE, REVERE
Antipathy
extreme dislike; ANIMOSITY, ANIMUS, ANTAGONISM, AVERSION, ENMITY, HOSTILITY, REPELLENCEf
Deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock; DERISION (mockery and taunts)
Eulogy
speech in praise of someone; COMMEND, EXTOL, LAUD
Lethargic
indifferent or slow, sluggish manner; APATHETIC, LANGUID, LACKADAISICAL, LISTLESS, TORPID
Obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion; INFLEXIBLE, INTRANSIGENT, RECALCITRANT, TENACIOUS, UNYIELDING
Philanthropic
charity, desire or effort to promote goodness; HUMANITARIANISM, ALTRUISM
Waver
to fluctuate between choices; DITHER, FALTER, FLUCTUATE, OSCILLATE, VACILLATE
Bolster
to support; to prop up; BRACE, BUTTRESS, PROP, SUPPORT, SUSTAIN, UNDERPIN, UPHOLD
Dissonance
harsh and dsagreeable combination, often of sounds; CLASH, CONTENTION, DISCORD, DISSENSION, DISSENT, DISSIDENCE, FRICTION, STRIFE, VARIANCE
Garrulous
tending to talk a lot; EFFUSIVE, LOQUACIOUS
Malleable
capable of being shaped; ADAPTABLE, DUCTILE, PLASTIC, PLIABLE, PLIANT
Ostention
excessive showiness; OSTENSIBLE (apparent); CONSPICUOUSNESS, FLASHINESS, PRETENTIOUSNESS, SHOWINESS
Prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth; EQUIVOCATE, LIE, PERJURE
Abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity; EBB, MODERATE, SUBSIDE, LAPSE, RELENT, WANE, LET UP, SLACKEN
Abscond
to leave secretly; FLEE, DECAMP, ESCAPE
Abyss
extremely deep hole; CHASM, VOID, ABYSMAL (extremely bad)
Aesthetic
conerning the appreciation of beauty; ARTISTIC, TASTEFUL
Aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation; AMPLIFY, APOTHEOSIZE, AUGMENT, DIGNIFY, ELEVATE, ENGLARGE, ENNOBLE, EXALT, GLORIFY, MAGNIFY, SWELL, UPLIFT, WAX
Alleviate
to make more bearable; ALLAY, EASE, ASSUAGE, LESSEN, MITIATE, PALLIATE, COMFORT, LIGHTEN, RELIEVE
Amalgamate
to combine; to mix together; mix of two metals; ADMIX, BLEND, COMBINE, COMMINGLE, COMMIX, COMPUND, FUSE, INTERMINGLE, INTERMIX, MERGE, MINGLE, MIX
ameliorate
to make better; to improve; AMEND, BETTER, IMPROVE, PACIFY, UPGRADE
Anachronism
something out of place in time; ARCHAISM, INCONGRUITY
Analagous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to; ALIKE, COMPARABLE, CORRESPONDING, EQUIVALENT, HOMOGENOUS, PARALLEL, SIMILAR
Antagonize
annoy or provoke anger; CLASH, CONFLICT, INCITE, IRRITATE, OPPOSE, PESTER, PROVOKE, VEX
Arbitrate
judge a dispute between two opposing parties; Arbitration (process where conflict is resolved); ADJUDGE, ADJUDICATE, DECIDE, DETERMINE, JUDGE, MODERATE, REFEREE, RULE
Archaic
old fashioned; ARCHAISM (outdated word/phrase); ANCIENT, ANTEDILUVIAN, ANTIQUE, BYGONE, DATED, DOWDY, FUSTY, OBSOLETE, OLD-FASHIONED, OUTDATED, OUTMODED, PASSE, PREHISTORIC, STALE, SUPERANNUATED, SUPERSEDED, VINTAGE
ardor
intesne and passionate feeling; DEVOTION, ENTHUSIASM, FERVENCY, FERVIDITY, FERVIDENESS, FERVOR, FIRE, PASSIO, ZEAL, ZEALOUSNESS
articulate
speak clearly and expressively; ELOQUENT, EXPRESSIVE, FLUENT, LUCID, SILVER-TONGUED, SMOOTH-SPOKEN
Attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken; DEBILITATE, DEVIATALIZE, DILUATE, ENERVATE, ENFEEBLE, RAREFY, SAP, THIN, UNDERMINE, UNDO, UNNERVE, WATER, WEAKEn
Austere
severe or stern in appearnace; undecorated; AUSTERITY(severity, especially povery); BLEAK, DOUR, GRIM, HARD, HARSH, SEVERE
Banal
predictable, cliched, boring; BLAND, BROMIDIC, CLISCHED, COMMONPLACE, FATUOUS, HACKNEYED, INNOCUOUS, INSIPID, JEJUNE, MUSTY, PLATITUDINOUS, PROSAIC, QUOTIDIAN, SHOPWORN, STALE, STEREOTYPIC, THREADBARE, TIMEWORN, TIRED, TRITE, VAPID, WORN-OUT
bombastic
pompus in speech and manner; BLOATED, DECLAMATORY, FUSTIAN, GRANDILOQUENT, GRANDIOSE, HIGH-FLOWN, MAGNILOQUENT, OROTUND, PRETENTIOUS, REHTORICAL, SELF-IMPORTANT
candid
impartial and honest in speech; DIRECT, FORTHRIGHT, FRANK, HONEST, OPEN, SINCERE, STRAIGHTFORWARD, UNDISGUISEd
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly; ADMONISH, CHASTISE, CHIDE, REBUKE, REPRIMAND, REPROACH
Caustic
biting in wit; ACERBIC, BITING, MORDANT, TRENCHANT
Chaos
great disorder or confusion; CLUTTER, DISARRANGEMENT, DISARRAY, DISORDER, DISORGANIZATION, JUMBLE, MESS, MUDDLE, SCRAMBLE, SNARL, TOPSY-TURVINESS, TURMOIL
Chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs; PARTISAN
Chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile; ARTIFICE, CONNIVING, CRAFTINESS, DECEPTION, DEVIOUSNESS, MISREPRESENTATION, PETTIFOGGERY, SHADINESS, SNEAKINESS, SOPHISTRY, SUBTERFUGE, UNDERHANDEDNESS
Cogent
convincing and well-reasoned; COGITATE(think deeply); CONVINGIN, PERSUASIVE, SOLID, SOUND, TELLING, VALID
Condone
overlook, pardon, or disregard; EXCULPATE, EXCUSE, PARDON, REMIT
convoluted
intricate and complicated; BYZANTINE, COMPLEX, ELABORATE, INTRICATE, KNOTTY, LABRYINTHINE, PERPLEXING, TANGLED
credulous
too trusting; gullible; NAIVE, SUSCEPTIBLE, TRUSTING
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
Decorum
appropriateness of beahvior or conduct; propriety; DECOROUS(conforming to acceptable standards); CORRECTNESS, DECENCY, ETIQUETTE, MANNERS, MORES, PROPRIETY, SEEMLINESS
Deference
respect, courtesy, DEFER(to delay, show someone deference), DEFERENT(courteous and respectful); HONOR, HOMAGE, OBEISANCE, RESPECT, REVERENCE, VENERATION
Derisive
in a mocking manner; GIBE, JEER, MOCK, RIDICULE, SCOFF, SNEER, TAUNT
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected; AIMLESS, DISCONNECTED, ERRATIC, HAPHAZARD, INDICSCRIMINATE, OBJECTLESS, PUPOSELESS, RANDOM, STRAY, UNCONSIDERED, UNPLANNED
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech; FULM INATION, HARANGUE, INVECTIVE, JEREMIAD, MALEDICTION, OBLOQUY, TIRADE
Diffident
lacking self-confidence; BACKWARD, BASHFUL, OCY, DEMURE, MODEST, RETIRING, SELF-EFFACING, SHY, TIMID
Dilate
make larger; expand; AMPLIFY, DEVELOP, ELABORATE, ENLARGE, EXPLAND, EXPATIATE
Dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic; AMATEUR, DABBLER, SUPERFICIAL, TYRO
Dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech; ELEGY, LAMENT
Disabuse
to set right; to free from eerror; CORRECT, UNDECEIVE
Discern
to perceieve, recongnize; DISCERNMENT(taste and cultivation); CATCH, DESCRY, DETECT, DIFFERENTIATE, DISCRIMINATE, DISTINGUISH, ESPY, GLIMPSE, KNOW, SEPARATE, SPOT, SPY, TELL
Disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike; DIFFERENT, DISSIMILAR, DIVERGENT, DIVERSE, VARIANT, VARIOUS
Dissemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character; ACT, AFFECT, ASSUME, CAMOUFLAGE, CLOAK, COUNTERFEIT, COVER UP, DISGUISE, DISSIMULATE, FAKE, FEIGN, MASK, MASQUERADE, POSE, PRETEND, PUT ON, SHAM, SIMULATE
Dogma
firmly held opinion, often a religious belief; CREED, DOCTRINE, TEACHING, TENET
Dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions; AUTHORITARIAN, BOSSY, DISTATORIAL, DOCTRINAIRE, DOMINEERING, IMPERIOUS, MAGISTERIAL, MASTERFUL, OVERBEARING, PEREMPTORY
Dupe
to decieve; person who's easily deceived; BEGUILE, BETRAY, BLUFF, COZEN, DECEIVE, DELUDE, FOOL, HOODWINK, HUMBUG, MISLEAD, TAKE IN, TRICK
Eclectic
made up of a variety of sources; SLECTIVE, CATHOLIC, BROAD
Efficacy
effectivness; DYNAMISM, EFFECTIVENESS, EFFICIENCY, FORCE, POWER, PRODUCTIVENESS, PROFICIENCY, STRENGTH, VIGOR
Elegy
sorrowful poem or speech; ELGIAC(like an elegy; mournful); DIRGE, LAMENT
Emulate
to copy; to try to equal or excel; APE, IMITATE, SIMULATE
Enumerate
to count, list, or itemize; CATALOG, INDEX, TABULATE
Erratic
wandering and unpredictable; CAPRICIOUS, INCONSTANT, IRRESOLUTE, WHIMSICAL
Esoteric
known or understood by only a few; ABSTRUSE, ARCANE, OBSCURE
Estimable
admirable; COMMENDABLE, CREDITABLE, HONORABLE, LAUDABLE, MERITORIOUS, PRAISEWORTHY, RESPECTABLE, VENERABLE, WORTHY
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one (i.e. "The funeral director preferred to use the EUPHEMISM "sleeping" instead of the word "dead"); CIRCUMLOCUTION, WHITEWASH
Exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent; ABSOLVE, ACQUIT, CLEAR, EXONERATE, VINDICATE
Exigent
urgent, requiring immediate action; CRITICAL, IMPERATIVE, NEEDED, URGENT
Exonerate
to clear of blame; ABSOLVE, ACQUITE, CLEAR, EXCULPATE, VINDICATE
Explicit
clearly stated or shown; CANDID, FRANK, STRAIGHTFORWARD, UNEQUIVOCAL
Fanatical
excessively enthusiastic, extreme, unquestioned devotion; EXTREMIST, FIERY, FRENZIED, ZEALOUS
Fawn
to grovel; BOOTLICK, GROVEL, TOADY, PANDER
Florid
excessively decorated or embellished; BAROQUE, ELABORATE, FLAMBOYANT, ORNATE, OSTENTATIOUS, ROCOCO
Foment
to arouse or incite; AGITATE, IMPASSION, INFLAME, INSTIGATE, KINDLE
Frugality
thrifty or cheap; ECONOMICAL, PARSIMONY, PRUDENCE, SPARING
Gregarious
outgoing, sociable; AFFABLE, CONGENIAL, COMMUNICATIVE, SOCIABLE
Guile
deceit or trickery; ARTIFICE, CHICANERY, CONNIVERY, DUPLICITY, Guileless (innocent, without trickery)
Iconoclast
one who opposed established beliefs, customs, and institutions; MAVERICK, NONCOMFORMIST, REBEL, REVOLUTIONARY
Imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed; COMPSED, DISPASSIONATE, IMPASSIVE, SERENE, STOICAL
Impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected; RESISTANT, IMPREGNABLE
Impetuous
quick to act without thinking; IMPETUS(impulse), IMPULSIVE, PRECIPITATE, RASH, RECKLESS, SPONTANEOUS
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful; INEXORABLE, INSTRANSIGENT, IRRECONCILABLE, RELENTLESS, REMOSELESS, UNFORGIVING, UNRELENTING
Inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized; AMORPHOUS, INCOHERENT, INCOMPLETE, UNORGANIZED
Inimical
hostile, unfriendly; ADVERSE, ANTAGONISTIC, DISSIDENT, RECALCITRANT
Innocuous
harmless; BENIGN, HARMLESS, INOFFENSIVE
Insipid
lacking interest or flavor; BANAL, BLAND, DULL, STALE, VAPID
Intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled; IMPLACABLE, INEXORABLE, IRRECONCILABLE, OBDURATE, OBSTINATE, REMORSELESS, RIGID, UNBENDING, UNRELENTING, UNYIELDING
Inundate
to overwhelm; cover with water; DELUGE, DROWN, ENGULF, FLOOD, SUBMERGE
Irascible
easily made angry; CNATANKEROUS, IRRITABLE, ORNERY, TESTY, IRATE(angry)
Lament
express sorrow; to grive; BEWAIL, DEPLORE, GRIEVE, MOURN
Laud
give praise; to glorify; ACCLAIM, APPLAUD, COMMEND, COMPLIMENT, EXALT, EXTOL, HAIL, PRAISE
Lavish
to give unsparingly; extremely genours or extravagant; BESTOW, CONFER, EXUBERANT, EXTRAVAGANT, OPULENT, PROFUSE, PRODIGAL, LUXURIANT, SUPERABUNDANT
Luminous
bright, brilliant, glowing; INCANDESCENT, LUCENT, LUSTROUS, RADIANT, RESPLENDENT; ILLUMINATe(shine light on), LUMINARY(an inspiring person)
Malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill; SHIRK, SLACK, LINGER(to be slow in leaving)
Meticulous
extremely careful about details; CONSCIENTIOUS, PRECISE, SCRUPULOUS
Misanthrope
person who dislikes others
Mollify
to calm or make less severe; APPEASE, ASSUAGE, CONCILIATE, PACIFY
Monotony
lack of variation; DRONE, TEDIUM, MONOTONE(sound made at same tone or pitch)
Naive
lacking sophistication or experience; ARTLESS, CREDULOUS, GUILELESS, INGENUOUS, SIMPLE, UNAFFECTED
Obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please; COMPLIANT, DEFERENTIAL, SERVILE, SUBSERVIENT; OBEISANCE(physical show of respect or submission, such as bow)
Obstinate
stubborn, unyielding; INTRANSIGENT, MULISH, PERSISTENT, PERTINACIOUS, STUBBORN, TENACIOUS
Obviate
to prevent; make unecessary; FORESTALL, PRECLUDE, PROHIBIT
Occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of; BARRICADE, BLOCK, CLOSE, OBSTRUCT
Onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome; ARDUOUS, BACKBREAKING, BURDENSOME, CUMBERSOME, DIFFICULT, EXACTING, FORMIDABLE, HARD, LABORIOUS, OPPRESSIVE, RIGOROUS, TAXING, TRYING
Opprobrium
public disgrace; DISCREDIT, DISGRACE, DISHONOR, DISREPUTE, IGNOMINY, INFAMY, OBLOQUY, SHAME
Paragon
model of excellence or perfection; APOTHEOSIS, IDEAL, QUITNESSENCE, STANDARD
Perfidious
willing to betray one's trust; DISLOYAL, FAITHLESS, TREACHEROUS, TRAITOROUS; PERFIDY(deceit, treachery)
Perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent; APATHETIC, AUTOMATIC, MECHANICAL
Permeate
to penetrate; IMBUE, INFUSE, SUFFUSE
Plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent; ADAPTABLE, DUCTILE, MALLEABLE, PLIANT
Plethora
excess; GLUT, OVERABUNDANCE, SUPERFLUITY, SURFEIT
Pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted; INNOCENT, UNDAMAGED
Proliferate
to increase in number quickly; BREED, MULTIPLY, PROCREATE, PROPAGATE, REPRODUCE, SPAWN
Propitiate
to conciliate; to appease; APPEASE, CONCILIATE, MOLLIFY, PACIFY, PLACATE; PROPITIOUS(advantageous, favorable)
Prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint; ASTUTENESS, CIRCUMSPECTION, DISCRETION, FRUGALITY, JUDICIOUSNESS, PROVIDENCE, THRIFT
Pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses; ACRID, CAUSTIC, PIQUANT, POIGNANT, STINGING
Quiescent
Motionless; LATENT, DORMANT; QUIESCENCE(state of rest or inacitivity)
Rarefy
to make things thinner or sparser; ATTENUATE, THIN; RAREFACTION(process of making something less dense)
Repudiate
to reject the validity of; DENY, DISAVOW, DISCLAIM, DISOWN, RENOUNCE
Reticient
silent, reserved; COOL, INTROVERTED, LACONIC, STANDOFFISH, TACITURN, UNDEMONSTRATIVE
Rhetoric
effective writing or speaking; ELOQUENCE, ORATORY
Satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge; CLOY, GLUT, GORGE, SURFEIT; SATE(to fully satisfy or overindulge); INSATIABLE(incapable of being satisfied)
Soporific
causing sleep or lethargy; HYPNOTIC, NARCOTIC, SLUMBEROUS, SOMNOLENT; SOPOR(deep sleep)
Specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious; ILLUSORY, OSTENSIBLE, PLAUSIABLE, SPURIOUS, SOPHISTICAL,
Stigma
mark of shame or discredit; BLEMISH, BLOT, OPPROBRIUM, STAIN, TAINT
Stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity; APATHETIC, IMPASSIVE, INDIFFERENT, PHLEGMATIC, STOICAL, UNCONCERNED
Sublime
lofty or grand; AUGUST, EXALTER, GLORIOUS, GRAND, MAGNIFICENT, MAJESTIC, NOBLE, REGAL, RESPLENDENT, SUPERB; Sublimate(to elevate or convert into something of higher worth; subliminal-existing outsdie cons. awarness)
Tacit
done without using words; IMPLICIT, IMPLIED, UNDECLARED< UNSAID, UNUTTERED; Taciturn - silent, not talkative
Taciturn
silent, not talkative; LACONIC, RETICENT
Tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack; DIATRIBE, FULMINATION, HARANGUE, OBLOQUY, REVILEMENT, VILIFICATION
Torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness; APATHY, LANGUOR; TORPID(sluggish, lacking movement)
Transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time; EPHEMERAL, EVANESCENT, FLEETING, IMPERMANENT, MOMENTARY; TRANSIT(to pass through; to change or make a transition); TRANSIENT(passing quickly in and out of existence, one who stays a short time)
Veracity
filled with truth and accuracy; CANDOR, EXACTITUDE, FIDELITY, PROBITY; VERITY(truth); VERACIOUS(truthful, accurate)
Verbose
wordy; LONG-WINDED, LOQUACIOUS, PROLIX, SUPERFLUOUS; VERBIAGE(using lots of words that are usually superflous)
Vex
to annoy; ANNOY, BOTHER, CHAFE, EXASPERATE, IRK, NETTLE, PEEVE, PROVOKE; VEXATION(feeling of irritation)
Whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable; CAPRICIOUS, ERRATIC, FRIVOLOUS, FLIPPANT
Abase
to humble; disgrace
Abash
to embarass
Abatement
decrease; reduction
Abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
Aberration
something different from te usual or normal
Abet
to aid, act as accomplice
Abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
Abhor
to loathe, detest
Abiding
enduring, continuing
Abject
miserable, painful
Abjure
to reject, abandon formally
Ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abominate
to hate
Abortive
interrupted while incomplete
Abridge
to condense, shorten
Abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
Abrupt
sudden, unexpected
Absolve
to forgive, free from blame
Abstemious
moderate in appetite
Abstruse
difficult to comprehend
Abut
to touch, to be in contact with
Accede
to express approval; agree to
Accessible
attainable, available; approachable
Accessory
attachment, ornament, accomplice, partner
Accolade
praise, distinction
Accord
to reconcile, come to an agreement
Accost
to approach and speak to someone
Accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
Accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
Acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
Acidulous
sour in taste or manner
Acme
highest point, summit
Acquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
Acquittal
release from blame
Acrid
harsh, bitter
Acrimony
bitterness, animosity
Acumen
sharpness of insight
Adage
old saying or proverb
Adjunct
something added, attached or joined
Admonish
to caution or reprimand
Adroit
skillful, accomplished, hihly competent
Adulation
high praise
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Adventitious
accidental
Aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
Affable
friendly, easy to approach
Affected
(adj) pretentious, phony
Affront
personal offense, insult
Aggregate
collective mass or sum; total
Aggrieve
to afflict, distress
Agnostic
one doubting that people can know God
Agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
Alacriy
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
Alchemy
medieval chemical philsophy based on a quest to change metal into gold
Alias
assumed name
Allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
Allegory
symbolic representation
Alliteration
repetition of the beginning sounds of words
Allocation
allowance, portion, share
Allure
to entice by charm; attract
Allusion
indirect reference
Aloof
detached, indifferent
Ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally well
Ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotion
Ambulatory
itinerant; related to walking around
Amenable
agreeable; cooperative
Amend
to improve or correct flaws in
Amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
amiable
friendly, pleasant, likeable
Amicable
friendly, agreeable
Amity
friendship
Amorous
strongly attracted to love; showing love
Amorphous
having no definite form
Amortize
to diminish by installment payments
Ample
abundant, plentiful
Amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
Anachronistic
outdated
Analgesia
a lessening of pain
Anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked
Ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping
Annul
to cancel, nullify, void, or make legally invalid
Anodyne
something that clams or soothes pain
Antagonist
foe, opponent, adversary
Antecedent
(adj) coming before in place or time
Antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
Antepenultimate
third from last
Anterior
preceding, previous, before, prior
Anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans
Antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
Apace
done quickly
Apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
Aperture
an opening or hole
Aphasia
inability to speak or use words
Aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
Aphorism
old saying or short pithy statement
Aplomb
poise, confidence
Apocryphal
not genuine; fictional
Apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
Apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
Apothegm
a short, instructive saying
Apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
Appease
to satisfy, placate, clam, pacifiy
Append
to attach
Apprehension
act of comprehending; fear, forboding
Apprise
to give notice of; inform
Approbation
praise; official approval
Appropriate
(v) to take possession of
Arable
suitable for cultivation
Arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
Arbitrator
mediator, navigator
Arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
Arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
Arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
Achipelago
large group of islands
Ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
Arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
Artisan
craftsperson; expert
Artless
open and honest
Ascendancy
state of rising, ascending; power or control
Ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
Ascetic
(adj) self-denying, abstinent, auustere
Ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale
Asinine
lacking intelligence or sound judgement
Askance
scornfully
Askew
crooked, tilted
Asperity
harshness, roughness
Aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
Assail
to attack, assault
Assay
to analyze or estimate
Assent
to express agreement
Assert
to affirm, attest
Assiduous
diligent, persistent,m hardworking
Assignation
appointment for lover's meeting; assignment
Assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
Assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
Astral
exalted, elevated in position; relating to the stars
Astringent
harsh, severe, stern
Astute
having good judgement
Asunder
into different parts
Atrophy
to waste away, wither from disuse
Attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
Attest
to testify, stand as proof of, bear witness
Audacious
bold, daring, fearless
Autocrat
dictator
Auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
Avarice
greed
Aver
to declare to be true, affirm
Averse
being disinclined toward something
Avert
to turn (something) away; prevent
Aviary
large enclosure housing birds
Avow
to state openly or declare
Awry
crooked, askew, amiss
Axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth
Bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
Baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
Balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
Balm
soothing, healing influence
Bane
something causing ruin, death, or destruction
Banter
playful conversation
Base
being of low value or positiono
Bastion
fortification, stronghold
Bay
(v) to bar, especially in a deep, prolonged way
Beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
Becalm
to make calm or still; keep motionless by lack of wind
Becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
Beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
Behemoth
huge creature
Belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
Beleaguer
to harass plague
Belfry
bell tower, room in which a bell is hung
Belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
Bellicose
warlike, aggressive
Belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
Bellow
to roar, shout
Bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
Benchmark
standard of measure
Beneficent
kindly, charitable, doing good deeds; producing good effects
Benighted
unenlightened
Benign
kindly, gentle or harmless
Benison
blessing
Bent
a natural inclinication toward something
Bequeath
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
Berate
to scold harshly
Beseeach
to beg, plead, implore
Besmear
to smear
Bespatter
to spatter
bestow
to give as a gift
Betoken
to indicate, signify, give evidence of
Bevy
group
Bibliophile
book lover
Bifurcate
divide into two parts
Bilious
bad-natured
Bilk
to cheat, defraud
Billet
board and lodging for troops
Biped
two-footed animal
Bisect
to cut into two (usually) equal parts
Blanch
to pale; take the color out of
Blandish
to coax with flattery
Blasphemous
cursing, profane, irreverent
Blight
(v) to afflict, destroy
Blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
Bludgeon
to hit wiht a short heavy club
Bluster
to boast or make threats loudly
Boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
Bonanza
extremely large amount; something profitable
Bonhomie
good natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
Boon
blessing, something to be thankful for
Boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
Bourgeois
middle-class
Brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass
Brevity
the quality of being brief in time
Brigand
bandit, outlaw
Broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
Bromide
dull, commonplace person or idea
Brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
Buffet
(v) to strike, hit
Bulwark
defense wall; anything servinng as defense
Burgeon
to sprout or flourish
Burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
Bursar
treasurer
Buttress
(v) to reinforce or support
Byway
back road
Cabal
secret group seeking to overturn something
Cadence
rhythmic flow of poetry; marching beat
Cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
Calmitous
disastrous, catastrophic
Callow
immature, lacking sophistication
Calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
Candor
honesty of expression
Canny
smart; founded on common sens
Canonize
to declare a person a saint; raise o the highest honors
Canvass
to examine thoroughly; conduct a poll
Capacious
large, roomy; extensive
Capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
Careen
to lean to one side
Carom
to strike and rebound
Carp
(v) to find fault, complain constantly
Cast
(n)copy, replica; (v) to fling, to throw
Cataclysmic
disastrous
Categorical
absolute, without exception
Catharsis
purification, cleansing
Catholic
universal; braod, expansive
Caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
Caulk
to make watertight
Cavalcade
a procession
Cavalier
carefree, happy; with lordly disdain
Cavil
to raise trivial objections
Cavort
to frolic, frisk
Cede
to surrender possession of something
Celerity
quick moving or acting
Censorious
severely critical
Centripetal
directed or moving toward the center
Centripetal
directed or moving toward the center
Certitude
assurance, certainty
Cessation
temporary or complete hal
Chagrin
shame, embarassment, humiliation
Champ
(v) chew noisily
Champion
(v) to d
Charlatan
quack, fake
Chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
Chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
Chattel
piece of personal property
Cheeky
lacking prudence or discretion
Chide
to scold, express disapproval
Chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary; impossible
Choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
Chortle
to chuckle
Chromatic
relating to color
Churlish
rude
Circuitous
roundabout
Circumnavigate
to saill completely around
Circumscribe
to encircle; set limits on, confine
Circumspectr
cautious, wary
Circumvent
to go around; avoid
Cistern
tank for rainwater
Citadel
fortress or stronghold
Civility
courtesy; politeness
Clamor
noisy outcry
Cladestine
secretive, concealed for a darker purpose
Cleave
to split or sperate; to stick, cling, adhere
Clemency
merciful leniency
Clement
mild
Cloister
(v) to confine, seclude
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
to clot or change from a liquid to a solid
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
Coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
Cognate
related, similar, akin
Cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
Collate
to arrange in an order
Collateral
accompanying
Colloquial
characterisitc of informal speech
Colloquy
dialogue or conversation, conference
Collusion
collaboration, complicity, consipracy
Comeliness
physical grace and beatury
Commensurate
proportional
Commodious
roomy, spacious
Compatriot
fellow countryman
Compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
Complacent
self-satisfied, smug, affable
Complaisant
agreeable, friendly
Complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
Compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
Compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
Concatenate
linked together
Concede
to yield, admit
Concerto
musical composition for orchestra and soloist
Conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
Concomitant
accompanying something
Concord
agreement
Conduit
tube, pipe, or similar passage
Confection
something sweet to eat
Conflaguration
big, destructive fire
Confluence
meeting place; meeting of two streams
Confound
to baffle, perplex
Congeal
to become thick or solid, as liquid freezing
Congenial
similar in tastes and habits
Congenital
existing since birth
Congruity
correspondence, harmony, agreement
Conjecture
speculation, prediction
Conjoin
to join together
Conjugal
pertaining to marriage
Conjure
to evoke evil spirit or cast spell
Connive
to conspire, scheme
Consanguineous
of the same origin; related by blood
Consign
to commit, entrust
Consonant
(adj) consistent with, in agreement with
Constituent
component, part; citizin, voter
Construe
to explain or interpret
Consummate
(adj) accomplished, complete, perfect; (v) to complete, fulfill
Contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
Continence
self-constrol, self-restraint
Contravene
to contradict, deny, act contrary to
Contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
Contumacious
rebellious
Contusion
bruse
Convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
Convene
to meet, come together, assemble
Convivial
sociable; fond of eating, drinking and people
Convoke
to call together, summon
Copious
abundant, plentiful
Coquette
woman who flirts
Corporeal
having to with the body; tangible, material
Corpulence
obsity, fatness, bulkiness
Corrode
to weaken or destory
Corrugate
to mold in a shape with parallel grooves and ridges
Cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
Cosmopolitan
sophisticated, free from local prejudices
Cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
Coterie
Group of people with a comman intrest or purpose
Countenance
(n) facial expression; look of approval or support; to favor or support
Counterman
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
Countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
Coven
group of witches
Covet
to strongly desire something possessed by another
Cower
to cringe in fear
Crass
crude, unrefined
Credence
acceptance of soemthing as true or real
Creed
statement of belief
Cryptic
puzzling
Culmination
climax, final stage
Culpable
guilty, resonsbile for wrong
Cupidity
greed
Curator
caretaker and overseer of an exhibition, esp, in a museum
Curmudgeon
cranky person
Cursory
hastily done, superficial
Curt
abrupt, blunt
Curtail
to shorten
Cygnet
young swan
Cynic
person who distrusts the motives of others
Dally
to act playfully or waste time
Daunt
to discourage, itimidate
Dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficient
Debase
degrade or lower in quality
Debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty; indulge
Debutante
young woman making debut in high society
Decadence
decline or decay, deteriotation
Decamp
to leave suddenly
Decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
Deciduous
losing leaves in the fall; short-lived, temporary
Declivity
downward slope
Decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
Decry
to belittle, openly condemn
Defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
Defer
to submit or yield
Defile
to make unclean or dishonor
Deft
skillful, dexterous
Defunct
no longer existing, dead, extinct
Deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
Delineation
depiction, representation
Delta
tidal deposit at teh mouth of a river
Deluge
flood; to submerge, overwhelm
Demagogue
leader or rabble-rouser who usually ties appeals to emotion or prejudice
Demarcation
borderline; act of defining or marking a boundary or distinction
Demur
express doubts or objections
Denigrate
slur or blacken someone's reputation
Denounce
to accuse, blame
Denude
to make bare, uncover, undress
Denunciation
public condemnation
Deplore
to express or feel disapproval of; regret strongly
Depose
to remove from oa high position, as from a throne
Depravity
sinfulness, moral corruption
Deprecate
to belittle, disparage
Depreciate
to lose value gradually
Derivative
copied or adapted; not original
Derive
to originate; take from a certain source
Derogate
to belittle, disparage
Descry
to discover or reveal
Desecrate
to abuse something sacred
Desist
to stop doing something
Despondent
feeling discouraged and dejected
Despot
tyrannical ruler
Destitute
very poor, poverty-stricken
Detached
seperate, unconnected
Deter
to discourage; prevent from happening
Devoid
totally lacking
Dexterous
skilled physically or mentally
Diabolical
fiendish; wicked
Diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate
Dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
Didactic
excessively instructive
Diffract
to causet to seperate into parts, esp. light
Digress
to turn aside; stray from main point
Diluval
relating to a flood
Diminutive
small
Disaffected
discontented and disloyal
Disclaim
to deny, disavow
Discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarrassment
Discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
Disconsolate
unable to be consoled; extremely sad
Discrete
distinct, seperate
Discursive
wandering from topic to topic
Disdainful
contemptuous, scornful
Disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
Disingenuous
sly and crafty
Disparage
to belittle, speak disrespectfully about
Disarity
contrast, dissimilarity
Dispel
to drive out or scatter
Dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
Disquieted
feeling of anxiety, being idustrbed, lacking peace
Disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
Dissension
difference of opinion
Dissmulate
to disguise or put on a false appearance
Distaff
the female branch of a family
Distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
Disther
(v) to move or act confusedly or without clear
Diurnal
daily
Divisive
creating disunity or conflict
Dogged
persistent, stubborn
Doldrums
a period of depsondency
Doleful
sad, mournful
Dolor
sadness
Dolt
idiot, dimwits, foolish person
Dotage
senile condition, mental decline
Dotard
senile old person
Doting
excessively fond, loving to excess
Doughty
courageous
Dour
sullen and gloomy; stern and severe
Drivel
stupid talk; slobber
Droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
Dross
waste produced dudring metal smelting; garbage
Dudgeon
angry indignation
Dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
Duplicity
deception, dishonesty, double-dealing
Duress
threat of force or intimidation; imprisonment
Dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
Earthy
crude
Ebb
(v) to fade away, recede
Ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high
Eddy
air or wind current
Edict
law, comman, official public order
Edifice
building
Edify
to instruct morally or spiritually
Efface
to erase or make illegal
Effervescent
bubbly, lively
Effigy
stuffed doll; liikeness of a person
Effluvia
outpouring of gases or vapors
Effrontery
impudent boldness; audacity
Effulgent
brilliantly shining
Effusive
expressing emotion wihtout restraint
Egregious
conspicuously bad
Egress
exit
Elegy
mournful poem, usually about the dead
Elucidate
to explain, clarify
Embellish
to ornament, make attractive with decoration or details; add details to a statement
Embroil
to involve in; cause to fall into disorder
Emend
to correct a text
Eminent
celebrated, distinguished; outstanding, towering
Emollient
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
Emotive
appealing to or expressing emotion
Enchant
to charm or attract
Enicpher
to translate a message into a code
Encomium
warm praise
encumber
to hinder, burden, restrict motion
Endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
Endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
Enervate
to weaken, sap strength from
Engender
to produce, cause, bring about
Enigmatic
puzzling, inexplicable
Enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
Enmity
hostility, antagonism, ill-will
Ennui
bordedom, lack of interest and energy
Ensconce
to settle comfortably into a place
Enshroud
to cover, ecnlose with a dark cover
Entreat
to plead, beg
Entrenched
established colidly
Enumerate
to count, list, itemize
Ephemeral
momentary, trasient, fleeting
Epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
Epigram
short, witty saying or poem
Epigraph
quaotation at the beginning of a literay work
Epilogue
concluding sectino of a literary work
Epithet
an abusive word or phrase
Epitome
representative of an entire group; summary
Epochal
very significant or influential; defnining an epoch or time period
Equanimity
calmness, composure
Equestrian
one who rides horseback
Equine
relating to horses
Equivocal
ambiguous, open to two interpretation
Errant
straying, mistaken, roving
Ersatz
fake
Eschew
to abstain from, avoid
Espouse
to support or advocate, to marry
Esurient
hungry, greedy
Ethereal
not earthly, spiritual, delicate
Ethos
beleifs or character of a group
Etymology
origin and history of word; study or words
Euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
Eurythmics
art of harmonious bodily movement
Evanescent
momentary, transitory, short-lived
Evince
to show clearly, display, signify
Excoriate
to denounce
Execrable
utteraly detestable
Exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
Expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
Expatriate
(n) one who lives outside one's native land; (v) to drive someone from his/her native land
Expedient
(adj) convenient, efficient, practical
Expiate
to attone for, make amends for
Explode
to debunk, disprove; blow up, burst
Exponent
one who champions or advocates
Expound
to elaborate; to expand or increase
Expunge
to erase or eliminate completely
Expurgate
to censor
Extemporaneous
unrehearsed, on the spur of the moment
Extenuate
to lessen the seriousness, strength, or effect of
Extol
to praise
Extrapolate
to estimate
Extricate
free from, distangle, free
Exude
to give off, ooze
Facile
very easy
Facility
aptitude, ease in doing something
Fascimile
an exact copy
Fallacious
wrong, unsound, illogical
Fallible
capable of failing
Fallow
uncultivated, unused
Farcical
absurd, ludicrous
Fastidious
careful with details
Fathom
(v) measure the depth of, gauge, to understand
Fatuous
stupid; foolishly self-satisfied
Fealty
intense loyalty
Feckless
ineffectivce, careless, iresponsible
Fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
Felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well-spoken
Felicity
feeling great happiness
Fell
(v) to chop, cut down; cruel
Fetid
foul smelling, putrid
Fetter
to bind, chain, confine
Fey
otherworldly; doomed
Fickle
unreliable
Fidelity
loyalty
Filch
to steal
Filial
approapriate for a child
Filibuster
use of obstructive tactics in a legislative assembly to prevent adoption of a measure
Fission
processing of splitting into two parts
Fitful
intermittent, irregular
Fixicity
being fixed or stable
Flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
Flag
to loose energy and strength
Flair
a natural inclination toward something
Fledgling
young bird just learning to fly; beginner, novice
Flippant
disrespectful, casual
Flounder
to falter, waver; to muddle, struggle
Flout
to treat contemptuously, scorn
Flurried
to become agitated and confused
Foible
minor weakness or character flaw
Foil
(v) to defeat, frustrate
Foist
to pass off as genuine
Forbearance
patience, restraint, leniency
Ford
(v) to cross a body of water at a shallow place
Forensics
study of argumentation and edebate
Forestall
to prevent, delay; anticipate
Forfend
to prevent
Forgo
to go without, to refrain from
Forlorn
dreary, deserted; unhappy; hopeless, despairing, pitiful in appearance
Forsake
to abandon, withdraw from
Forswear
to repudiate, rounance, disclaim, reject
Forte
(n) strong point, something a person does well
Fortnight
two weeks
Fortuitous
something happening by luck, fortunante
Founder
(v) to fall helplessly; sink
Fracas
noisy dispute
Fractious
unruly, rebellious
Fratricide
the killing of a brother or sister
Fraught
full of, accompanied by
Frenetic
wildly fanatic, frenzied, hectic
Frivolous
petty, trivial; flippant, silly
Frond
leaf
Fulminate
to explode with anger
Fulsome
excessive, overdone, sickneningly abundant
Funereal
mournful, appropriate for a funeral
Furor
rage, fury
Furtive
secret, stealthy
Gainsay
to deny
Gall
(n) bitterness; careless nerve; (v) to exasperate and irritate
Gallant
a very fashionable young man
Gambol
to dance or skip around playfully
Game
(adj) courageous
Garner
to gather and store
Gauche
crude, socially awkward
Gaucherie
a tactless or awkward act
Genteel
stylish, elegant in manner or appearance
Germinate
to begin to grow (as in a seed or idea)
Gestation
growth process from conception to birth
Gibe
(v) to make heckling, taunting remarks
Girth
distance around something
Glib
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand, casual
Glower
to glare, stare angrily and intensely
Gnostic
having to do with knowledge
Goad
to prod or urge
Gossamer
something liglht, delicate, or tenous
Gouge
scoop out; extort
Grandiloquence
popmpous talk, fancy but meaningless language
Gratis
free, costing nothing
Gratuitous
free, voluntary; unneccesary and unjustified
Gratuity
something given up voluntarily (tip)
Gustatory
relating to a sense of taste
Hackneyed
worn out by over-use
Hallow
to make holy; treat as sacred
Hamlet
small village
Hapless
unfortuante, bad luck
Harangue
pompous speech
Harbinger
precursor, sign of something to come
Harrowing
extremeley distressing, terrifying
Haughty
arrogant and condescending
Headlong
recklessly
Hector
a bully, braggart
Hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
Heinous
shocking, wicked, terrible
Hemicycle
semicurcular form or structure
Hermetic
tightly sealed
Heterodox
unorthodox, not widely accepted
Hew
to cut with an ax
Hidebound
excessively rigid; dry and stiff
Hinterland
wildnerness
Hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age
Homonym
word identical in pronunciation but different in meaning
Hone
to sharpen
Hyperbole
purposeful exaggeration for effect
Idealism
pursuit of noble goals
Idiosyncrasy
peculiarity of temperament, eccentricity
Ignoble
dishonorable, not noble in character
Ignominious
an ignorant person
Ilk
type or kind
Illustrious
famous, renowned
Imbue
to infuse; dye, wet, moisten
Immaterial
extraneous, inconsequential, nonessential; not consisting of matter
Immunological
relating to the immune system
Immure
to imprison
Impasse
blocked path, dilemma with no solution
Impassive
showing no emotion
Impecunious
poor, having no money
Imperious
arrogantly self-assured, domineering, over-bearing
Impertinent
rude
Impious
not devout in religion
Implicate
to involve in a crime, incriminate
Impolitic
unwise
Importune
to ask repeatedly, beg
Imposing
dignified, grand
Impotent
powerless, ineffective, lacking strength
Impound
to seize and confine
Imprecation
curse
Impregnable
totally safe from attack, able to resist defeat
Impromptu
spontaneous, without rehearsal
Improvident
without planning or foresight, negligent
Imprudent
unwise
Impugn
to call into question, attack verbally
Inane
foolish, silly, lacking significance
Incandescent
shining brightly
Incarnadine
blood-red in color
Incendiary
combustible, flammable, burning easily
Incense
(v)to infuriate, enrage
Incessant
continuous, never ceasing
Incipient
beginning to exit or appear; in an initial stage
Incisive
percpetive, penetrating
Incontrovertible
unquestionable, beyond dispute
Incorrigible
incapable of being corrected
Incredulous
skeptical, doubtful
Inculcate
to teach, impress in the mind
Inculpate
to blame, charge with a crime
Incumbent
(adj) holding a specified office, often political; required, obligatory
Incursion
sudden invasion
Indefatigable
never tired
Indefensible
inexcusable, unforgivable
Indelible
permanent, not erasable
Indenture
bound to another by contract
Indict
to accuse formally, charge with a crime
Indigent
very poor
Indignant
angry, incensed, offended
Indolent
habitually lazy, idle
Indomitable
fearless, unconquerable
Indubitable
unquestionable
Induce
to persuade; bring about
Inept
clumsy, akward
Inert
unable to move, tending to inactivity
Inexorable
inflexible, unyielding
Inextricable
incapable of being disentangled
Infamy
reputation for bad deeds
Infernal
hellish, diabolical
Infinitesimal
extremely tiny
Infirmity
disease, ailment
Infringe
to encroach, trespsass, to transgress, violate
Ingenious
original, clever, inventive
Ingrate
ungrateful person
Ingratiate
to bring oneself purposefuly into another's good graces
Ingress
entrance
Iniquity
sin, evil act
Injunction
command, order
inkling
hint; vauge idea
Innovate
invent, modernize, revolutionize
Innuendo
indirect and subtle criticism, insinuation
Inquest
investigation; court or legal proceeding
Inscrutable
impossible to understand fully
Insentient
unfeeling, unconscious
Insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
Insolent
insulting and arrogant
Insolvent
bankrupt, can't pay one's debt
Insular
detached, isolated
Insuperable
insurmountable, unconquerable
Insurgent
(adj) rebellious, insubordinate
Insurrection
rebellion
Intemperate
not moderate
Inter
to bury
interdict
to forbid, prohibit
Interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
Interloper
trespasser; meddler in others' affairs
Internecine
deadly to both sides
Interpolate
to insert; change by adding new words or material
Interpose
to insert; to intervene
Interregnum
interval between reigns
Intersperse
to distribute among, mix with
Interstice