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earthenware
dishes made of baked clay
Indians used earthenware for their cooking.
ebullience
exuberance, outburst of feeling
After the hole in one, his ebullience could be heard for miles.
ecumenical
general, universal
It is ecumenical knowledge that the world is round.
edacious
voracious, devouring
The edacious voracious circled above the dying rabbit.
eddy
circular or spiral movement
During their rafting trip they became caught in an eddy.
edible
fit to be eaten, not poisonous
That type of plant is edible if we run out of food.
effete
infertile, worn out
The bush administration is an effete political force.
efficacy
effectiveness
Taking nyquil is a remedy of great efficacy.
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles, a harmful odor or vapor
The power plant produced an effluvia into the nearby stream.
effrontery
boldness, arrogance
She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
egress
an exit
She searched for an egress out of the building.
elaborate
worked out with much care and detail
They had an elabortate plan to cheat on the GRE.
elegy
a lament, a melancholy composition
The elegy at the funeral brought me to tears.
elicit
draw out or bring out, evoke
The prosecutor wanted to elicit the truth out of the witness.
eloquence
fluent speaking, skillful use of language
The speech by Patrick Henry was full of inspiring eloquence.
emaciate
make thin and weak, especially from starvation
His body began to emaciate since he began eating fewer meals.
embellish
to beautify or enhance
She embellished to her parents about the appearance of her boyfriend.
embezzle
to appropriate fraudently to one's own use
The cashier embezzled thousands of dollars from the company he worked for.
emote
to show or pretend emotion
The naturalist loved to emote over the beauties of nature.
empirical
relying on experiment
The empirical evidence supported the researcher's thesis.
encapsulate
to summarize or condense
She was able to encapsulate the chapter of material into one paragraph.
encomium
a formal expression of high praise
An encomium by the President greeted the returning hero.
encumbrance
burden, things that get in the way
The hole in the road was a major encumbrance to the race car driver.
endearing
evoking affection, make dear or beloved
She had an endearing smile that made you want to marry her.
endemic
native, or natural to a specific place or people
I do not want to live in a country where high employment is endemic.
endorse
to approve, support or sustain
I chose to endorse the republican candidate.
enduring
lasting, sustaining
I am enduring the great losses in the stock market.
enervate
to weaken, or deprive of force/strenth
Factions are the single thing which will enervate a company.
engender
cause, produce, give rise to
Hatred engenders violence in most situations.
engrave
impress deeply
The horrific image is engraved on my mind.
engrossing
fully occupying the mind or attention
I'm reading the most engrossing book which i just cannot put down.
engulf
swallow up
The treacherous seas engulfed the small ship.
enigma
something that is puzzling
That type of problem is so puzzling that i would call it an enigma.
enmity
feeling of hostility, animosity
I feel nothing but enmity for the person who robbed my apartment.
ensign
a sign, token or emblem
The dove is an ensign of peace.
entangle
to involve in difficulties
He sued the woman who hit his car, thus entangling her in a disastrous legal battle.
enthral
please greatly
He was entrhalled with the actresses performance.
entice
tempt or persuade
She enticed him with a most revealing dress.
entreat
ask earnestly, implore, beg
She plans to entreat the judge for mercy.
enunciate
pronounce
Can you please enunciate when you speak.
enzyme
catalyst
There are many enzymes in the mouth that speed up digestion.
epicurean
devoted to pleasure, sensuous enjoyment(i.e. food and comfort)
In his old age he became an epicurean as opposed to his meager early life.
epistle
letter
He wrote an epistle to his girlfriend in Italy.
epithet
a word to describe something, adjective
"Man's best friend" is an epithet for dog.
epitome
brief summary, typical model
He is the epitome of a gentleman.
equable
steady, regular
The lack of climate changes makes this place very equable.
equanimity
calmness of temperament
George Steinbrenner is a good example of someone who lacks equanimity in his work.
equilibrium
state of being balanced
He found an equilibrium with his time divided between school and partying.
equipoise
equal distribution of weight
Each question of the test was an equipoise of points.
equivocal
allowing the possibility for many meanings, deliberately ambiguous
He gave an equivocal response to the complex question.
eradicate
get rid of, pull by the roots
The doctor's goal was to eradicate smallpox from the world.
erratic
irregular in behavior or opinion
His erratic behavior made him very unpredictable to be around.
erudite
learned, scholarly
He was an erudite professor which could be seen from his credentials.
eschew
avoid
He stayed safe by trying to eschew danger under all circumstances.
esoteric
understood or belonging to a select few
The poem is full of esoteric allusions that only the authors friends could understand.
espouse
to adopt or embrace as a cause
He espoused the idea of drinking coffee every morning.
eulogy
formal praise
The eulogy at the funeral was a tribute to a great man.
euphoria
state of pleasant excitement
The great day at the beach put her in a state of euphoria.
euthanasia
easy and painless death
It is the goal of doctors to allow everyone to leave the world in euthanasia.
evasive
elusive, tending to evade
They took evasive action in response to the incoming gun fire.
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
He evinced his distaste by grimacing.
evoke
call up, bring out
The war movie evoked deep emotions from my grandpa.
excoriation
severe criticism
The newspapers published a excoriation of the new restaurant.
exculpate
to clear from a charge, vindicate, acquit
The convict was exculpated of his crime.
exhaustive
complete, thorough
The exhaustive essay explained the theory in detail.
exigency
situation that demands prompt action
He promised to help in any exigency.
exoneration
set somebody free from blame
He decided to exonerate his roomate after Julie admitted to breaking the glass.
exorbitant
highly excessive, exceeding the bounds of custom or reason
The stores in LA charge an exorbitant price.
expatiate
to roam, wander freely
Most homeless people expatiate from city to city.
expedient
likely to be useful, for a purpose
Most websites are expedient, but some have no purpose at all.
expiation
the act of making amends or reparations
After WWII Germany was forced to expiate with the countries of the world.
exploit
brilliant achievement, use selfishly
The admire the exploits of the current administration.
expostulate
argue earnestly, correct or protest
HIs father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.
expurgate
to remove obscenity, purify, censor
Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms' fairy tales.
exscind
to cut out, cut away
The surgeon tried to exscind the man's appendix before the infection became deadly.
extant
still in existence
There are only three extant copies of the document.
extempore
without previous thought or preparation
The teacher preferred to speak extempore at his lectures.
extenuate
reduce the strength, lessen the seriousness
He tried to extenuate a crime which he had comitted under the influence.
extinct
no longer active
Dinosaurs have been extinct for thousands of years.
extinguish
end the existenc of, put out
The fire fighters arrived to extinguish the fire.
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate
Steve's job is to extirpate pests from various residences.
extol
praise highly
Every time i saw her she would extol the beauties of Italy.
extort
obtain by threats, violence
He was able to extort the key to the safe with gun in hand.
extralegal
beyond the authority of the law
There were only extralegal recourses for their grievances.
extricable
capable of being released from entanglement or difficulty
Once you are convicted of murder there are few options that can make you extricable.
extrovert
outgoing, gregarious person
The extrovert was always seen out in clubs where he would meet numerous people every night.
exuberance
being full of life, growing vigorously
His exuberance always made him pleasant to be around.