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duress
n. forcible restraint, esp unlawfully; compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint
dyspeptic
adj. suffering from indigestion
ebullient
adj. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eclipse (v)
v. surpass
efface
v. rub out; obliterate; wipe out; do away with; expunge; make oneself inconspicuous
effectual
adj. able to prioduce a desired effect; valid
effete
adj. lacking vigor; worn out; sterile
effigy
n. dummy
effluvium
n. noxious smell
effrontery
n. impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve etc.
effusion
n. pouring forth; unrestrained expression, as of feelings
elicit
v. draw out by discussion
ellipsis
n. omission of words (...)
elliptical
adj. ambiguous (by ellipsis)
elysian
adj. pertaining to paradise; blissful
encumber
v. burden
endemic
adj. prevailing among a specific group or in a specific region
endue
v. provide with some quality; endow
enervate
v. weaken; destroy the vigor of
engender
v. cause; produce; give rise to
enjoin
v. prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis; direct or order to do something
ennui
n. boredom; utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest
environ (v)
v. enclose; surround
epaulet
n. ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform...)
epigram
n. witty saying, usu. short
episodic
adj. loosely connected
epistemologist
n. philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge
equable
adj. /ˈɛkwəbəl, ˈikwə-/ tranquil; steady; uniform
equanimity
n. calmness of temperament; composure
equipoise
n. balance; balancing force; equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium
equivocate
v. lie mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
equivocal
adj. ambiguous; intentionally misleading
errant
adj. wandering
eschew
v. avoid; abstain or keep away from
espouse
v. make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause
essay (v)
v. make an attempt at; try
ethos
n. underlying character of a culture
evince
v. show clearly
exact (v)
v. call for, demand, or require; force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of
exalt
v. raise in rank or dignity; praise
exceptionable
adj. objectionable
excoriate
v. scold harshly; remove the skin from
exculpate
v. clear from blame
execrable
adj. very bad
execrate
v. curse; express abhorrence for; detest utterly; abhor; abominate
exegesis
n. /ˌɛksɪˈdʒisɪs/ critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, esp. of the bible
exigency
n. urgent situation; pressing needs
exiguous
adj. small; minute; scanty; meager
expatiate
v. talk at length; enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion
expiate
v. /ˈɛkspiˌeɪt/ make amends or reparations for; atone for
expropriate
v. take possession of
expunge
v. cancel; remove
expurgate
v. clean; remove offensive parts of a book
extenuate
v. lessen or attempt to lessen the magnitude or seriousness of, especially by providing partial excuses; underestimate, underrate, or make light of; make thinner
extirpate
v. root out; destroy completely
extricate
v. free; disentangle
extrinsic
adj. not essential or inherent; not a basic part or quality; extraneous
exult
v. rejoice; show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant
factious
adj. given to faction; dissentious; pertaining to or proceeding from faction
factotum
n. handyman
obsequious
adj. servilely compliant or deferential
fallow
adj. plowed but not sown
fancier
n. breeder or dealer of animals
fancy (n)
n. notion; whim; inclination
fatuous
adj. brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug
fawning
adj. trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
feint
n. a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; trick; shift; sham blow
ferment (n)
n. /n. ˈfɜrmɛnt; v. fərˈmɛnt/ agitation; commotion
fete
v. honor at a festival
fetid
adj. malodorous; foul-smelling
fetter
v. shackle; bind to
fiat
n. authoritative decree, sanction, or order; arbitrary decree or pronouncement, esp. by an autocrat
flag
v. droop; grow feeble
filigree
n. delicate, lacelike metalwork; anything very delicate or fanciful
flair (n)
n. talent; aptitude; knack
flay
v. strip off the skin or outer covering of; criticize or scold with scathing severity
fleece (v)
v. rob; plunder
flit
v. fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
floe
n. mass of floating ice
florid
adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery
flotsam
n. drifting wreckage of a ship
flourish (v)
v. grow well; make sweeping gestures
flout
v. reject; mock; show contempt for
fluted
adj. having vertical parallel grooves
fodder
n. coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; people considered as readily available and of little value; raw material
foible
n. weakness; minor fault; slight defect
foil (n)
n. person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast
foil (v.)
v. defeat; frustrate;
foist
v. insert improperly; force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably
foment
v. /foʊˈmɛnt/ stir up; instigate
fop
n. dandy
foray
n. quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder; quick, sudden attack
v. to make a raid; pillage (as for profit or adventure)
forebearance
n. patience
forestall
v. prevent by taking advance action
forswear
v. renounce; abandon
fortuitous
adj. accidental; by chance; lucky; fortunate
founder
v. fail completely; sink (ship, boat, etc.)
fracas
n. /ˈfreɪkəs; Brit. ˈfrækɑ/ brawl, melee
fractious
adj. unruly; readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome
fraught
adj. filled or charged with; emotionally distressed
fray
n. brawl
fritter
v. waste
froward
adj. /ˈfroʊwərd, ˈfroʊərd/ stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient
/ˈfroʊwərd, ˈfroʊərd/
fructify
v. bear fruit; make fruitful or productive; fertilize
fugitive (adj)
adj. fleeting or transitory; roving
fulminate
v. denounce thunderously; explode or detonate with a loud noise
fulsome
adj. /ˈfʊlsəm, ˈfʌl-/ offensive to good taste, esp. as being excessive; disgusting; sickening; repulsive
functionary
n. official
funereal
adj. sad; solemn
furtive
adj. stealthy; sneaky
fusillade
n. simultaneous firing or outburst; general discharge or outpouring of anything
gadfly
n. biting fly; irritating person
gaffe
n. social blunder; faux pas
effront (v)
v. \Ef*front"\, give assurances to
affront
n. /əˈfrʌnt/ offensive word or act; display of disrespect
v. to offend with disrespect or insolence