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Word
Definition
Field 1
a, an
NOT, WITHOUT (amoral, anarchy, anomalous, anonymous, aseptic, asexual, atheism, atrophy, averse)
14
ab
FROM, AWAY, APART (absent, abduct, abdicate, abject, abnormal, abrupt, abuse)
10
abandon
total lack of inhibition
16
abase
to humble, disgrace
embarrass
abash
to embarrass
embarrass
abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
weaken
abdicate
to give up a position, right or power
1
aberrant
deviating from the norm
abnormal
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
retreat
abhor
to loathe, detest
hate
abjure
to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
retreat
able, ible
CAPABLE OF, WORTHY OF (changeable, durable, laudable, inevitable, infallible, irreducibile)
13
abnegate
to deny, renounce
ascetic
abrogate
to abolish or annul by authority; put down
retreat
abrupt
sudden, unexpected
act quickly
abscission
act of cutting off or removing
6
abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal away and hide
17
ac, acr
SHARP, SOUR (acerbic, acetate, acid, acrid, acumen, acute)
6
acclaim
praise
praise
accolade
an expression of praise
praise
accretion
growth, increase by successive addition, building up
18
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character
biting
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
biting
acou
HEARING (acoustic)
17
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
biting
acumen
quick; keen; or accurate knowledge or insight
smart/learned
ad, a
TO (adapt, adequate, adumbrate, advocate, accede, adduce, affiliate, allocate, annunciation)
5
admonish
to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
criticism
adroit
adept, dexterous
29
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
praise
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
weaken
adumbrate
to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest or outline sketchily
predict
adventitious
accidental
luck
aesthetic
dealing with; appreciative of; or responsive to art or the beautiful
23
aggrandize
to increase in intensity or power or prestige
praise
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
20
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals esp. base metals into gold
8
alloy
to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
4
am, im
love (amigo, amicable, enamored, inimical, paramour)
32
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
30
ambi, amphi
BOTH, ON BOTH SIDES, AROUND (ambidextrous, ambient, ambiguous, ambition, ambivalent, amphibian, amphititheater)
18
ambl, ambul
WALK (amble, ambulance, ambulatory, perambulator, preamble)
2
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
satisfy
amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
11
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of its historical or chronological context
time
anathema
a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
hate
ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping
assist
anim
MIND, SPIRIT, BREATH (animadversion, animal, animate, animosity, equanimity, magnanimity)
19
anodyne
something that soothes or calms pain
satisfy
anomaly
deviation from the normal order or form or rule; abnormality
abnormal
ant, ante
BEFORE (antecedent, antechamber, antediluvian, anterior, anticipate, antiquity, ancient)
time
anti, ant
AGAINST, OPPOSITE (anticlimax, antidote, antipathy, antagonism, antipodes, antithesis)
29
antipathy
aversion, dislike
hate
antithetical
diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
hostile
apace
done quickly
act quickly
apocryphal
of dubious authenticity or origin, spurious
falsehood
apogee
farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
1
apollonian
harmonious, ordered, rational, calm (< Apollo god of sun, light & music; present sense from Nietzsche)
truth
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
14
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
wisdom
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
10
apposite
appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
13
appraise
to evaluate the value of something
investigate
apprise
to give notice to, inform
6
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
praise
appropriate
to take for one's own use, confiscate
5
aqua, aque
WATER (aquamarine, aquarium, aquatic, aquatint, aqueduct, subaqueous)
7
arabesque
complex, ornate design
18
arcana
deep secrets (pl); sg form is arcanum
inscrutable
arcane
mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates
inscrutable
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier & perhaps more primitive time
time
ard
BURN (ardent, ardor, arson)
28
ardor
passionate, fervent, enthusiastic
partial
arduous
strenuous or taxing or requiring significant effort
29
arrant
impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter
7
arrest
to suspend, engage
28
artless
completely without guile; natural without artificiality
27
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial esp. as an act of religious devotion
ascetic
askance
scornfully
unstraight
asperity
severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
biting
aspersion
an act of defamation or maligning
criticism
assiduous
diligent, hard-working
8
assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
harsh-sounding
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
satisfy
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
harmful
attenuate
to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen
weaken
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
bold
audacity
the quality of being daring and fearless (or audacious)
bold
augury
omen, portent, the reading of omens
predict
august
majestic, venerable
24
auspice
protection or support, patronage; OR sign, portent
predict
auspicious
favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous
luck
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
ascetic
auto, aut
SELF (autobiography, autocracy, autograph, automaton, autonomous, autopsy, autism)
27
avarice
greed esp. for wealth
greed
aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
1
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
unstraight
axiom
a universally recognized principle
wisdom
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
wisdom
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive, frenzied, orgiastic (< Bacchus god of wine, drama & ecstasy; present sense from Nietzsche)
carousal
baleful
sinister, pernicious, ominous
harmful
banal
trite and overly common
boring
bane
cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration
harmful
barefaced
audacious, impudent, shameless (of persons, actions, etc.)
23
beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly
17
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap showy manner; festoon, caparison
5
bel, bell
BEAUTIFUL (belle, embellish)
23
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
nag
belie
to give a false impression of, to misrepresent
falsehood
belittle
to represent as unimportant, make light of
criticism
bell, belli
WAR - Bellona the goddess of war was Mars' wife (antebellum, bellicose, belligerent, rebellion)
hostile
bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
hostile
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
inscrutable
ben
WELL, GOOD (benediction, benefactor, benevolent, benign)
20
benison
blessing
goodness
bent
leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency
partial
bi, bin
TWO (bicameral, bicycle, bifocals, bifurcate, bilateral, binoculars, binomial, biped)
8
bilious
bad-natured
moody
blandish
to coax with flattery, toady or fawn
21
blandishment
flattery intended to cajole or coax
29
blithe
carefree, merry
7
boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint
28
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
assist
bombast
self-evident or pompous writing or speech
wordy
bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent
wordy
bon, boun
GOOD, GENEROUS (bonus, bountiful, bounty, debonair)
4
boor
rude or insensitive person; lout; yokel
20
brandish
to shake or wave menacingly
8
brew, brid
SHORT, SMALL (abbreviate, abridge, brevet, breviary, breviloquent, brevity, brief)
30
broach
to bring up, announce, begin to talk about
4
bromide
a dull, commonplace person or idea
boring
brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
assist
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
26
burgeon
to grow rapidly; to flourish
young
burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
12
burs
PURSE, MONEY (bursar, bursary, disburse, reimburse)
26
byzantine
labyrinthine, complex
22
cacophony
harsh or jarring or discordant sound; dissonance
sound
cadge
to sponge, beg or mooch
25
cajole
to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk
16
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
young
caluminante
to slander, make a false accusation
criticism
calumny
slander, aspersion
criticism
canard
a lie
falsehood
candor
honesty of expression
truth
canny
smart; founded on common sense
smart/learned
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws; often religious in nature
1
canonical
following or in agreement with orthodox requirements
14
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
changing quickly
cardinal
of basic importance or consequence; primary
13
careen
to lean to one's side
unstraight
caret
an insertion mark (^) used by editors and proofreaders
6
carn
FLESH (carnage, carnal, carnival, carnivorous, charnel, incarnate)
11
carom
to strike and rebound
unstraight
carpace
turtle's shell
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
criticism
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
criticism
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
5
caus, caut
BURN (caustic, cauterize, cautery, encaustic, holocaust)
12
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
biting
cavil
to raise trivial objections
nag
ced, cess
YIELD, GO (abscess, accede, access, cession, concede, exceed, excess, intercede, precede, proceed, recede, secede)
22
celer
SPEED (accelerate, celerity, decelerate)
24
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
criticism
cent
HUNDRED,-TH (cent, centennial, centigrade, century, centipede)
25
chary
wary; cautious
19
chasten
to chastise or correct; subdue
criticism
chauvinist
one blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member
partial
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
falsehood
chimera
an illusion; originally an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
falsehood
chortle
to chuckle
funny
chrom
COLOR (chromatic, chrome, chromosome, monochromatic)
16
chron
TIME (anachronism, chronic, chronicle, chronometer, synchronize)
9
churlish
boorish, vulgar, loutish; difficult and intractable
hostile
cicerone
a tourist guide who explains sites to tourist (< Cicero whose oratory was long-winded & elegant)
2
circuitous
roundabout
unstraight
circum
AROUND (circumference, circumlocution, circumspect, circumstance)
3
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
wordy
circumvent
to go around, avoid
unstraight
clemency
mild leniency
kind
cloying
indulging to excess
big
co, com, con
WITH, TOGETHER (coeducation, coincide, communicate, compare, concernt, concubine, conflict)
1
coalesce
to come together; to fuse or unite
23
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary piece, something that concludes or completes
15
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
lucid
cogn, conn
KNOW (cognition, cognizance, incognito, recognize, reconnaissance, reconnoiter)
19
color
to change as if by dying, influence, distort or gloss over
8
commensurate
matching, corresponding or proportionate in degree, size, amount or other property
4
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
terse
complacent
self-satisfied
30
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
26
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
embarrass
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
smart/learned
consanguine
related by blood
family
consequential
pompous, self-important; usually means logical following; important
12
contemn
to scorn or despise; to express contempt
criticism
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
hostile
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
25
contra, contro, counter
AGAINST (contradict, contrary, controversy, counterattact, encounter)
14
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
embarrass
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
9
convoluted
complex or complicated
3
cord, card
HEART (accord, cardiac, concord, cardiology, cordial, discord, record)
10
corp, cors
BODY (corporate, corps, corpse, corpulent, corpus, corpuscle, corset, incorporation)
13
corrigible
capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
1
corroborate
to confirm, verify
assist
cosm
ORDER, UNIVERSE, WORLD (cosmetic, cosmic, cosmology, cosmopolitan, microcosm)
6
countenance
to approve of or tolerate; brook
assist
cozen
to deceive, beguile, hoodwink
falsehood
craven
contemptibly fainthearted, pusillanimous, lacking any courage
timid
cred
TRUST, BELIEVE (accredit, credentials, credible, credit, credo, credulity, creed, incredible)
truth
credulous
tending to believe too readily; gullible
innocent/inexperienced
crim
crime, fault, accusation (criminology, decriminalize, incriminate, recrimination)
33
crypt
HIDE (crypt, cryptic, cryptography, apocryphal)
5
culp
FAULT, BLAME (culpable, culprit, inculpate, exculpate)
18
culpable
deserving blame
17
cumb, cub
LIE DOWN (concubine, cubicle, incubate, incubus, incumbent, recumbent, succubus, succumb)
2
curmudgeon
cranky person
hostile
curt
abrupt, blunt
terse
cygnet
young swan
1
cyn, can
DOG (canine, cynic)
19
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
5
daguerreotype
precursor to photograph
damp
to diminish the intensity or check something, such as a sound or feeling
18
daunt
to intimidate or dismay
2
daunting
dismaying, disheartening
21
dauntless
fearless, undaunted, intrepid
bold
de
DOWN, OUT, AWAY FROM, APART (dehydrate, deject, depress, deport, descend, describe, devalue)
21
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
poor
debacle
rout, fiasco, complete failure
7
decamp
to leave suddenly
retreat
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
28
decry
to belittle, openly condemn
criticism
dele
ERASE (delete, indelibile)
29
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
harmful
delphic
unclear, ambiguous or confusing (< oracle of Delphi whose epigrams were characterized this way)
inscrutable
demur
to question or oppose
retreat
denigrate
to blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage
criticism
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
15
deprecate
to disparage or belittle
criticism
depredate
to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
8
deride
to mock, ridicule, make fun of
criticism
derision
scorn; ridicule; contemptuous treatment
criticism
derisive
expressing ridicule or scorn
criticism
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
30
descry
to discover or reveal
investigate
desiccate
to dry out; dehydrate; to make dry or dull
26
desuetude
disuse
11
desultory
random; thoughtless; marked by a lack of a plan or purpose
wander
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
criticism
dext
RIGHT HAND/SIDE (ambidextrous, dexterity, exterous)
7
di
DAY (dial, diary, dismal, diurnal, meridian, quotidian)
28
di, dis
AWAY, APART (disagreeable, discard, discern, disdain, dismay, dismiss, diverge)
15
dia
THROUGH, ACROSS (diadem, diagnosis, diagonal, diagram, dialect, dialogue, diameter, diatribe, diaphanous)
27
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
24
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
criticism
dic, dict, dit
SPEAK (abdicate, benediction, condition, dictate, diction, dictu, ditto, indict, predict, verdict)
23
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
16
die
a tool used for shaping
9
diffident
reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence
timid
digress
to stray from the point; to go off on a tangent
unstraight
dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
hesitate
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
beginner
din
loud, sustained noise
harsh-sounding
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
truth
discomfit
to defeat, put down; to embarrass or make uncomfortable; to thwart the plans of
prevent
discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
agitation
disconsolate
unable to be consoled, extremely sad
sad
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
harsh-sounding
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
18
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
wander
disinterested
indifferent; free from self-interest
2
disparage
to slight or belittle
criticism
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
21
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
falsehood
dissipate
to scatter, pursue pleasure to excess
carousal
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
carousal
distaff
female branch of the family
family
distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
big
distrait
distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
28
dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
hesitate
diurnal
daily
time
divulge
to disclose something secret
27
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
partial
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
23
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
dictatorial
dol
GRIEVE (condolence, doleful, dolor, indolent)
20
doleful
sad, mournful
sad
dolor
sadness
sad
dorm
SLEEP (dormant, dormitory)
8
dors
BACK (dorsal, endorse)
4
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
funny
dross
slag, waste or foreign matter, impurity, surface scum
20
duc, duct
LEAD (adduce, conduce, conduit, deduce, duct, duke, educate, induction, produce, reduce, seduce, viaduct)
30
dudgeon
angry indignation
moody
dulc
SWEET (dulcet, dulcified, dulcimer)
26
dulcet
melodious, harmonious, mellifluous
pleasant-sounding
dur
HARD, LASTING (dour, durable, duration, durress, during, endure, obdurate, perdurable)
11
dynamo
generator, forceful, energetic person
4
e, ec
OUT (eliminate, emanate, eradicate, erase, evade, evict, evince, eccentric)
12
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
30
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
abnormal
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
abnormal
edifying
enlightening, informative
12
effervescent
bubbly, lively
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
22
effusive
gushing; excessively demonstrative
24
ego
SELF (ego, egocentric, egoism, egotist)
24
egress
exit
25
elegy
a mournful poem esp. one lamenting the dead
death
eloquent
well-spoken; expressive; articulate
lucid
emollient
soothing esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
satisfy
empirical
based on observation or experiment
1
encomium
glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
praise
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality or region or people
10
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
family
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
weaken
engender
to cause, produce, give rise to
young
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; perplexing
inscrutable
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit as by judicial order
prevent
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
5
enormity
excessive wickedness; evilness
18
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
time
epicure
one devoted to sensul pleasure, particularly in food and drink; gourmand, sybarite
19
episodic
loosely connected, not flowing logically, occuring at intervals
21
epitaph
grave inscription (>'taphos' = Greek noun for tomb)
death
epithet
disparaging word or phrase
criticism
epitome
embodiment; quintessence
copy
equ
EQUAL (adequate, equable, equation, equator, equilibirum, equivocate, equinox)
25
equanimity
composure, self-possession
28
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
falsehood
err
WANDER (aberration, err, errant, erratic, erroneous, error)
wander
errant
traveling, itinerant, peripatetic
wander
ersatz
fake
falsehood
erudite
very learned; scholarly
smart/learned
eschew
to shun or avoid
20
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small & specific group
abnormal
espouse
to support or advocate; to marry
assist
essay
to test or try; attempt, experiment
investigate
estimable
worthy, formidable
30
esurient
hungry, greedy
poor
eu
WELL, GOOD (eugenics, eulogoy, euphemism, euphony, euphoria, euthanasia)
9
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
praise
evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
11
evince
to show clearly; to indicate
lucid
ex
OUT (excavate, except, excerpt, excise, excite, exclusive, execute, exhale, exile, exit)
22
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
weaken
exact
to demand, call for; require, take
24
excoriate
to censure scathingly, to upbraid
criticism
exculpate
to exonerate; to clear of blame
forgive
exemplar
typical or standard specimen; paradigm, model
copy
exhort
to incite, to make urgent appeals
3
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
act quickly
exonerate
to remove blame
forgive
expatiate
to discuss or write about at length; to range freely
wander
expiate
to atone or make amends for
forgive
expurgate
to remove obscenity, purify, censor
6
extant
existing, not destroyed or lost
17
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
5
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut off, pull out by the roots
18
facetious
playful; humorous
funny
facsimile
an exact copy
copy
factitious
made artifically
copy
fal
LIBABLE TO ERR OR DECEIVE (default, fallacy, infallible, fallacy, false, fail, faux pas)
falsehood
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
falsehood
fallow
untilled, inactive, dormant
21
fatu
FOOLISH (fatuity, fatuous, infatuate)
1
fatuous
silly, inanely foolish connoting an accompanying smugness
29
fatuous
stupid, foolishly self-satisfied
boring
fawn
to flatter or praise excessively
praise
fealty
intense loyalty
truth
febrile
feverish
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
23
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well-chosen, apropos; delightful
27
fell
a barren or stony hill; an animal's hide
23
fell
cruel, savage, lethal
harmful
fer
BOIL (effervescent, fervent, fervid, fervor)
14
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
partial
fetid
stinking, having a heavy bad smell
offensive
fetter
to shackle, put in chains, restrain
prevent
fey
otherworldly, doomed
predict
fid, fi
FAITH (affiance, affidavit, confidant, fealty, fidelity, fiducial, fiduciary)
10
filibuster
intentional obstruction esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
30
filigree
an ornamental work, especially of delicate lacelike patterns; resembing such a pattern
26
filigree
to adorn with delicate lacelike patterns
11
flag
to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline
weaken
flagr, fulg, fulm
BURN, SHINE (conflagration, effulgent, flagrant, fulgent, fulminante, refulgent)
13
flect, flex
BEND, TURN (circumflex, deflect, flex, flexible, inflection, reflect)
6
flip
sarcastic, impertinent
funny
flippant
sarcastic, impertinent
funny
florid
flushed with color, ruddy, ornate
25
flout
to demonstrate contempt for a rule or convention
16
foible
minor character weakness or flaw
embarrass
foment
to stir up, incite, rouse
9
forage
to wander in search of food
wander
forbearance
patience, willingness to wait
3
ford
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
1
forestall
to act in a way to hinder, exclude or prevent an action; to circumvent or thwart
prevent
forfend
to prevent
prevent
forlorn
dreary, deserted; unhappy; hopeless, despairing; pitiful in appearance
sad
forswear
to renounce, disallow, repudiate
10
fortuitous
happening by fortunate accident or chance
luck
fracas
noisy fight or quarrel, brawl
6
fractious
quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, cranky
17
fratricide
killing of a brother or sister
family
froward
intractable, not willing to yield or comply, stubbornly disobedient
stubborn
fug
FLEE (centrifuge, fugitive, fugue, refuge, refugee, subterfuge)
17
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
criticism
fulsome
excessive, overdone, sickeningly abundant
insincere
fum
SMOKE (fume, fumigate, perfume)
5
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
2
gainsay
to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
criticism
gambol
to skip about playfully, frolic
21
garner
to gather and save, store up, acquire
29
garrulous
pointlessly talkative; talking too much
wordy
gauche
crude, awkward, tasteless
28
gaucherie
a tactless or awkward act
embarrass
gen
BIRTH, CLASS, KIN (gender, gene, general, generation, genetics, genial, gentile, gentle, genius)
18
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
27
gibe
to heckle, taunt
funny
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
23
gno, gni
KNOW (agnostic, diagnoiss, gnomic, ignore, prognosis)
2
gossamer
delicate, insubstantial or tenuous; insincere
insincere
gram, graph
WRITE, DRAW (anagram, diagram, epigram, epigraph, grammar, gramophone, graphite, photograph, program)
21
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
wordy
grav
heavy, weighty, serious (gravity, grave, gravid, gravitas, gravitate)
heavy
gravid
pregnant or enlarged with something
heavy
gravitas
great or very dignified seriousness, solemn authority of person
heavy
gravity
weighty importance, seriousness or dignity (of situation, problems or persons)
heavy
greg
FLOCK (aggregate, congregate, egregious, gregarious, segregate)
29
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
8
grouse
to complain or grumble
4
guile
trickery, duplicity, cunning
falsehood
guillible
easily deceived
innocent/inexperienced
guy
a rope or cord attached to something as a brace or guide
26
gyrate
to move in a circular fashion
unstraight
hackneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
boring
halcyon
calm and peaceful
12
hallow
to set apart as holy
22
hap
BY CHANCE (haphazard, hapless, happen, happily, mayhap, mishap)
7
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
criticism
harbinger
precursor, sign of something to come
predict
harrow
to distress, create or torment
25
headlong
recklessly
act quickly
hector
to bully, intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure
hostile
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits esp. to the pleasures of the senses
16
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
dictatorial
hemi
HALF (hemiptera, hemisphere, hemistich)
28
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
3
hermetic
airtight, impervious to outside influence
1
hetero
OTHER (heterodox, heterodyne, heterogeneous, hetersexual)
27
heterodox
unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
abnormal
hirsute
hairy, shaggy
10
hol
WHOLE (catholic, holocaust, hologram, holograph, holistic)
23
homily
a sermon or morally instructive lecture, a platitude
13
homo
SAME (homogeneous, homogenous, homologue, homoptera, homosexual, homotype)
15
hosp, host
host, guest (hostage, hospice, hostel, inhospitable)
30
hubris
arrogant presumption or pride
6
hum
EARTH (exhume, humble, humility, posthumous)
20
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement often used as a figure of speech
17
icon
IMAGE, IDOL (icon, iconic, iconoclast, iconography, iconology)
8
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
abnormal
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
18
idyll
a carefree, light-hearted pastoral or romantic episode or experience; a literary or musical piece describing such
2
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable, ignoble, undignified, disgraceful
19
im, in
NOT (immature, immutable, imperfect, indigestible, inhospitable, innocuous, intolerant)
4
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
embarrass
imminent
about to happen; impending
predict
immure
to imprison
limited
immutable
not capable of change
7
impassive
revealing no emotion
28
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
poor
imperious
commanding, masterful, arrogant, domineering, haughty
dictatorial
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm or impassivity and steadiness
15
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
act quickly
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
stubborn
importune
to ask incessantly, beg, nag
nag
impugn
to attack or assail verbally, censure, execrate, deny
criticism
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
26
impute
to attribute to a cause or source, ascribe, assign as a characteristic
11
in, im, i
IN, ON (illuminate, incantation, induct, infer, imbibe, immigrate, impact, irrigate)
30
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
young
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
young
incorrigible
irreformable, uncontrollable, recalcitrant
24
indefatigable
not easily exhaustible, tireless, dogged
25
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
16
indigent
very poor
poor
indolent
lazy, listless, torpid
lazy
indomitable
cannot be overcome or subdued by labor, difficulties or opposition; approbatively persistent
indubitable
unquestionable
truth
ineluctable
certain, inevitable
3
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
lazy
inexorable
inflexible, unyielding
stubborn
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
14
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
innocent/inexperienced
ingress
entrance
13
inherent
ingrained within one's nature, intrinsic, firmly established, essential
6
inimical
damaging; harmful; malevolent
harmful
inimitable
one of a kind, peerless
5
iniquity
wickedness, gross injustice
carousal
innervate
to supply with nerves, energize
2
innocuous
harmless; causing no damage
19
inscrutable
incapable of being discovered or understood, mysterious
inscrutable
insensible
unconscious, unresponsive, unaware, unaffected, numb
29
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
harmful
insipid
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
boring
insouciant
unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
28
insular
parochial, narrow-minded, like an island
27
inter
BETWEEN, AMONG (intercept, interchange, interfere, interject, interpret, interval)
26
interdict
to prohibit, ban, halt
23
intimate
to imply, suggest or insinuate
15
intra
INSIDE, WITHIN (intramural, intrastate, intravenous)
11
intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
stubborn
intransigent
refusing to compromise
stubborn
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
bold
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
30
inveigh
to attack verbally, denounce or deprecate
criticism
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery (as Jacob did of Esau's inheiritance)
11
inveterate
deep-rooted, ingrained, habitual
old age
invidious
likely to provoke ill-will, offensive
offensive
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
hostile
it, iter
WAY, JOURNEY (ambition, circuit, initial, itinerant, reiterate, transit)
12
itinerate
to travel from place to place
wander
jejune
vapid, uninteresting; childish, immature; lacking nutrition
25
jibe
to agree, to be in accord
16
joc
JOKE (jocuse, jocularity, jocund, joke)
22
jocose
given to joking; humorous
funny
jocularity
fun characterized by humor
funny
jocund
high-spirited rather than specifically humorous
1
jour
DAY (adjourn, journey, journal)
24
jud
JUDGE (adjudicate, judiciary, judicious, prejudice)
25
junct, jug
JOIN (adjunct, conjugal, conjunction, injunction, junction, junta, subjugate, subjunctive)
16
jur
LAW (abjure, adjure, conjure, injure, juridical, jurisprudence, jurist, jury, perjury)
9
juv
YOUNG (juvenile, juvenilia, rejuvenate)
3
kinetic
having to do with motion; lively; active
14
kismet
fate
luck
knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
death
labile
readily open to change, unstable
10
labyrinth
maze
unstraight
lachrymose
causing tears, tearful, showing sorrow
13
laconic
using few words; terse
terse
lambaste
to disapprove angrily
criticism
largess
generosity, gift
kind
lassitude
listlessness, languor, weariness
lazy
laud
PRAISE (applaud, cum laude, laud, laudable, laudatory, plaundits)
1
laud
to praise highly
praise
lav, lau, lu
WASH (ablution, laundry, lava, lavatory, lave)
14
lax, lak, leas, les
LOOSE (lax, laxative, laxity, lease, leash, lesse, lessor, relax, release)
10
leg, lec, lex
READ, SPEAK (dialect, lecturn, lecture, legend, legible, lesson, lexicographer, lexicon)
13
legerdemain
trickery, product of a magician's skill
lev
LIGHT (alleviation, elevate, leaven, lever, levitate, levity, levy, relieve)
6
levity
frivolity, humor, gaiety
funny
liber
FREE (delivery, illiberal, liberal, liberate, libertine, livery)
17
libertine
someone unrestrained by morality or convention or leading a dissolute life
carousal
libidinous
lustful (having to do with libido)
carousal
licentious
immoral; unrestrained by society
carousal
lig, li
TIE, BIND (ally, league, liaison, liable, lien, ligament, ligature, oblige, religion, rely)
5
limn
to draw, outline in detail
2
limpid
transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled
lucid
ling, lang
TONGUE (bilingual, language, linguistics)
18
list
to tilt or lean to one side
21
lith
STONE (acrolith, lithography, lithoid, lithology, lithotomy, megalith, monolith)
2
log
SPEECH, THOUGHT (biology, dialogue, ecology, geology, logic, monologue, zoology)
19
logy
dull, heavy in motion as if ballasted by logs
loqu
SPEECH, THOUGHT (circumlocution, colloquial, elocution, eloquent, grandioloquent, interlocutor, louction, loquacious, obloquy, soliloquy)
21
loquacious
extremely talkative
wordy
lucid
clear; easily understood
lucid
ludicrous
laughable, ridiculous
funny
lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful
sad
lumber
to move heavily and clumsily or with a rumbling sound
1
luminous
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
27
macro
GREAT, LONG (macrobiotics, macrocephalous, macrocosm)
29
mag, max, maj, mas
GREAT (magistrate, magnify, majesty, major, master, maxim, maximum)
7
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart esp. in forgiving
kind
mainstay
chief support
assist
mal
BAD (maladroit, malady, malediction, malefactor, malevolence, malice, malinger)
28
maladroit
clumsy, bungling
15
malevolent
having or showing often vicious ill will or spite or hatred
hostile
malingner
to feign illness so as to avoid work
8
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
4
man, manu
HAND (amanensis, emancipation, manacle, manage, maneuver, manipulate, manual, manuscript)
27
mand, mend
COMMAND, ORDER (command, demand, mandate, recommend, reprimand)
23
manumission
release from slavery
free
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
30
martinet
strict disciplinarian, one who rigidly follows rules
nag
maunder
to talk or move aimlessly, mutter
26
maverick
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
11
mealymouthed
reticent, not outspoken afraid to use plain terms; usually ingratiating, unctuous, hypocritical
25
meander
to wander aimlessly without direction
unstraight
medi
MIDDLE (immediate, intermediate, mean, media, median, mediate, mediocre, medieval, medium)
15
mega
LARGE, GREAT (megalithic, megalomania, megalopolis, megaphone, megaton)
20
mellifluous
sweetly flowing, usually used to describe words or sounds
pleasant-sounding
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
falsehood
mendicant
a beggar or supplicant
24
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
changing quickly
meretricious
tawdry, pretentious, attractive but false, showy, having to do with prostitution
16
meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
9
mettlesome
courageous, high-spirited
bold
micro
VERY SMALL (microbe, microcosm, micron, microphone, microscope)
8
militate
to have weight or bearing on, to argue against
1
milk
to exploit, squeeze every last ounce of
14
minatory
menacing, threatening
harmful
mince
to pronounce or speak affectedly or too carefully, euphemize, tiptoe
13
mis
BAD, WRONG, HATE (misadventure, misanthrope, misapply, miscarry, mischange, mischief, misconstrue, misfit)
4
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans
hostile
misogynist
one who hates women
hostile
mitigate
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
satisfy
moll
SOFT (emolient, mild, molify, mollusk)
30
mollify
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
satisfy
mor, mort
DEATH (amortize, immortal, morbid, morbiund, mortality, mortgage, mortification, mortuary)
26
mordacious
caustic, biting
biting
mordant
caustic, biting
biting
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
sad
mot, mov, mom, mob
MOVE (automobile, demote, immovable, momentous, momentum, motion, mutiny)
11
mult
MANY (multiplex, multiply, multitudinous)
12
multifarious
varied, motley, greatly diversified
19
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
boring
munificent
generous
assist
mut
CHANGE (commute, immutable, mutation, mutual, permutation, transmute)
22
nadir
low point, perigree
29
nasc, nat, gna
BIRTH (cognate, innate, nascent, natal, native, natural, pregnant, Renaissance)
24
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
young
natty
trimly neat and tidy, dapper
28
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
27
nemesis
a formidable, often victorious opponent
luck
neo
NEW (neolithic, neologism, neophyte, neoplasm)
25
neologism
a new word or expression or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
23
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; novice
beginner
nestor
a senior figure in one's field (<Nestor in Illiad the wise elder statesman)
2
nexus
a connection, tie or link; center or focus
20
nice
exacting, extremely or even excessively precise, done with delicacy or skill
8
nihil
NOTHING, NONE (annihilate, nihilism)
16
noct, nox
NIGHT (equinox, noctambulent, nocturnal, nocturne)
9
noisome
offensive, especially to one's sense of smell, fetid
offensive
nom, nym, nec
NAME (anonymous, antonym, misnomer, nomenclature, nominal, noun, pseudonym, renowned, synonym)
1
non
NOT (nonconformist, nonentity, nonpareil, nonpartisan)
14
nonplussed
baffled, in a quandry, at a loss for what to say, do or think
30
nostrum
cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
26
nov
NEW (innovate, novel, novelty, novice, novitiate, renovate)
10
novitiate
period of being a beginner or novice
beginner
nox, noc
HARM (innocent, innocuous, internecine, noxious, nuisance, obnoxious, pernicious)
3
noxious
harmful; injurious
harmful
null
NOTHING (annul, null, nullify, nullity)
13
ob
AGAINST (obdurate, obliterate, oblong, obloquy, object, obstacle, obstreperous, obstruct)
6
obdurate
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
stubborn
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
inscrutable
objurgate
to scold
criticism
oblique
indirect, evasive; misleading, devious
falsehood
obloquy
abusive language; ill repute
criticism
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
24
obsequy
funeral ceremony
death
obstinate
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
stubborn
obstreperous
noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
16
obtain
to be established, accepted or customary, prevail
9
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
inscrutable
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
weaken
occlude
to obstruct or block
prevent
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
offensive
odium
hatred, contempt
hate
officious
meddlesome, pushy in offering one's services where they are unwanted
nag
olympian
lofty, superior and detached (< pantheon watching humans far below fm Mt. Olympus)
omni
ALL (omnibus, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, omnivorous)
17
oner
BURDEN (exonerate, onerous, onus)
5
onerous
troubling; burdensome
nag
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
inscrutable
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
criticism
optimum
the most favorable degree
luck
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady uninterrupted rhythm
hesitate
oss, oste
BONE (osseous, ossicle, ossiferous, ossify, ossuary, osstectomy, osteopathy)