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Abjure
Renounce upon oath
Accoutre
Equip
Acerbity
Bitterness of speech and temper
Acrimonious
Bitter in words or manner
Adage
Wise saying; Proverb
Adherent (n.)
Supporter; Follower
Adjuration
Solemn urging
Adjutant
Staff officer assisting the commander; Assistant
Adventitious
Casual; Accidental
Advert
Refer to
Aegis
Shield; Defence
Agape
Openmouthed
Aggrandize
Increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
Agnostic
One who is skekptical about the existence of a God or any ultimate reality
Agog
Highly excited; intensely curious
Agrarian
Pertaining to land or its cultivation
Alimentary
Supplying nutrition
Allegory
A story where characters are used as symbols; Fable
Alloy (v.)
Mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
Alluvial
Pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
Aloft
Upward
Altruistic
Unselfishly generous; concerned for others
Amenable
Readily managed; Answerable or accountable legally
Amity
Friendship
Amnesty
Pardon
Amock/Amuck
In a state of rage
Analgesic
Causing insensitivity to pain
Anathema
Solemn curse; Somone or something regarded as a curse
Ancillary
Serving as an aid or accessory; Auxiliary
Animadaversion
Critical remark
Animus
Hostile feeling or intent
Anneal
Reduce brittleness and increase toughness by heating and cooling
Annex
Attach; Take possession of
Annuity
Yearly allowance
Anodyne
Drug that relieves pain; Opiate
Anoint
Consecrate
Antediluvian
Antiquated; extremely ancient
Antrhopoid
Manlike
Antrhopomorphic
Having human form or characteristics
Aphasia
Loss of speech due to injury or illness
Aphorism
Pithy maxim; saying (philosophical or scientific)
Aplomb
Poise; Assurance
Apocalyptic
Prophetic
Apocryphal
Untrue; made up
Apogee
Highest point
Apologist
One who writes in defence of a cause or an institution
Apostate
One who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
Apothegm
Pithy, compact saying
Apotheosis
Elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
Appellation
Title; name
Application
Diligent attention
Apposite
Appropriate; fitting
Appurtenances
Subordinate possessions
Apropos
With reference to; regarding
Arable
Fit for growing crops
Arboretum
Place where different varieties of shrubs and tress are studied and exhibited
Argot
Slang
Array
Clothe; adorn
Arrears
Being in debt
Arroyo
Gully
Artifice
Deception; trickery
Asinine
Stupid
Asperity
Sharpness (of temper)
Aspersion
Slanderous remark
Aspirant
seeker after position or status
Assumption
Something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of
Astringent
Harsh or severe; binding; causing contraction
Asunder
Into parts; apart
Atavism
Resemblance to remote ancestors rather than parents; revertion to an earlier type; throwback
Attrition
Gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
Augury
Omen; prophecy
August
Impressive; Majestic
Aureole
Sun's corona; halo
Aurhoritarian
Subordination of an individual to the state; Completely dominating another's will
Avarice
Greediness of wealth
Avocation
Secondary occupation
Avow
Declare openly
Avuncular
Like an uncle
Awl
Pointed tool used for piercing
Axiom
Self-evident truth requiring no proof
Bacchanalian
Drunken
Badinage
Teasing conversation
Baleful
Deadly; a malign influence; ominous
Bandy
Discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
Barefaced
Shameless boldness; unconcealed
Baroque
Highly ornate
Bastion
Stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
Bate
To let down; restrain
Beatific
Giving bliss; blissful
Beatitude
Blessedness; in a state of bliss
Bedizen
Dress with vulgar finery
Beguile
Mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
Behemoth
Huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
Beholden
Obligated; indebted
Behoove
Be suited to; incumbent upon
Belabour
Explain or go over a point excessively or to a ridiculous extent; assail verbally
Beleaguer
Beseige or attack; harass
Bellicose
Warlike
Bemoan
Lament; express disapproval of
Benison
Blessing
Bent
Determined; show talent or inclination
Beset
Harass or trouble; hem in
Betoken
Signify; indicate
Bevy
Large group
Bicameral
Two-chambered
Bigotry
Stubborn intolerance
Bilious
Suffering from indigestion; irritable
Bilk
Swindle; cheat
Bivouac
Temporary encampment
Blithe
Gay; joyous
Blowhard
Talkative boaster
Bluster
Blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
Bohemian
Unconventional
Bouillon
Clear beef soup
Bourgeois
Middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
Bowdlerize
Expurgate
Brackish
Somwhat saline
Braggadocio
Boasting
Braggart
Boaster
Brindled
Tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
Brocade
Rich, figured fabric
Browbeat
Bully; intimidate
Brunt
Main impact; shock
Bucolic
Rustic; pastoral
Buffet (v.)
Slap; Batter; Knock about
Bulwark
Earthwork or other defence; person who defends
Burlesque
Imitation that ridicules
Cabal
A small group of people secretly united to promote their own interests
Callow
Youthful; Immature; Inexperienced
Calorific
Heat producing
Calumny
Malicious misrepresentation; slander
Cameo
Shell or jewel carved in relief; a star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
Canard
Unfounded rumour; exaggerated report
Candor
Frankness; open honesty
Canker
Any ulcerous sore; any evil
Canon
A collection or authoritative list of books; rule or standard set by ecclesiastical authorities
Cant
Insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
Capacious
Spacious
Capitulate
Surrender
Captious
Faultfinding
Careen
Lurch; sway from side to side
Carousal
Drunken revelery
Carping
Petty criticisms; faultfinding
Categorical
Without exception; unqualified; absolute
Catharsis
Purging or cleansing any passage in the body
Cathartic
Purgatory
Cavalier
Casual or offhand; arrogant
Cavil
Make frivolous objections
Celerity
Rapidity; speed
Censorious
Critical
Censure
Criticize; blame
Cerebration
Thought
Certitude
Certainity
Cession
Yielding to; cede
Chaffing
Laughing; joking
Charlatan
Pretender to knowledge; Quack
Chary
Cautious; Sparing or restrained about giving
Chase
Ornament a metal surface by indentation
Chauvinist
Blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
Chimerical
Fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
Choleric
Hot-tempered
Churlish
Boorish; rude
Cipher
Code; non-entity; worthless person or thing
Circumlocution
Indirect or roundabout expression
Circumscribe
Limit; confine
Clarion
Shrill trumpetlike sound
Clavicle
Collarbone
Cloister
Monsatery or convent
Cloying
Distasteful; excessively sweet or sentimental
Coeval
Living at the same time as; contemporary
Cogitate
Think over
Cognate
Linguistically related; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
Cognizance
Knowledge
Cohere
Stick together
Coin
Make coins; invent or fabricate
Collation
Light meal
Colloquy
Informal discussion
Collusion
Conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
Comestible
Something fit to be eaten
Comity
Courtesy; Civility
Compact (n.)
Agreement; contract
Complicity
Involvement; participation
Compunction
Remorse
Condign
Adequate; deservedly severe
Confluence
Flowing together; crowd
Conjecture
Surmise; guess
Connivance
Pretence to ignorance of something wrong; assist; permission to offend
Consequential
Pompous; self-important
Constituent
Supporter
Construe
Interpret; explain
Contend
Struggle; compete; assert earnestly
Continence
Self-restraint; sexual chastity
Contingent
Group that makes up part of a gathering
Contraband
Illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods
Contravene
Oppose; contradict; infringe on or transgress
Controvert
Oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
Contumacious
Disobedient; resisting authority
Contusion
Bruise
Conversant
Familiar with
Conveyance
Vehicle; transfer
Convivial
Festive; gay; characterised by joviality
Convoke
Call together
Coquette
Flirt
Cornucopia
Horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance
Corollary
Consequence; Accompaniment
Corporeal
Bodily; material
Corpulent
Very fat
Countenance
Approve; tolerate
Countermand
Cancel; revoke
Covenant
Agreement
Covetous
Avaricious; eagerly desirous of
Cow
Terrorize; intimidate
Cozen
Cheat; swindle; hoodwink
Crabbed
Sour; peevish
Crass
Unrefined; grossly insensible
Credulity
Belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
Crotchety
Eccentric; whimsical
Cupidity
Greed
Curmudgeon
Churlish; miserly individual
Cursive
Flowing; running
Dapper
Neat and trim
Dappled
Spotted
Daub
Smear
Deadlock
Standstill; stalemate
Deadpan
Wooden; impassive
Dearth
Scarcity
Debase
Lower in esteem; degrade; reduce the quality or value
Debauch
Corrupt; seduce from virtue
Debonair
Friendly; aiming to please
Debunk
Expose as false, exaggerated etc; ridicule
Decimate
Kill, usually one in ten
Declivity
Downward slope
Decry
show strong disapproval of; disparage
Defection
Desertion
Deplore
Reject
Defray
Provide the payment for
Deft
Neat; skillful
Deify
Turn into a god; idolize
Deign
Condescend; stoop
Deluge
Flood; rush
Delusive
Deceptive; raising vain hopes
Demagogue
Person who appeals to people's prejudices; false leader
Demotic
Pertaining to the people
Demur
Object (due to scruples or doubts); hesitate
Denizen
Inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
Denouement
Outcome; Final development of the plot of a play or literary work
Depose
Dethrone; remove from office
Deprecate
Express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
Depredation
Plundering
Derelict
Abandoned; negligent
Descry
Catch sight of
Desolate (v.)
To rob of joy; to lay waste; forsake
Desperado
Reckless outlaw
Despoil
Plunder
Despot
Tyrant; harsh; authoritarian ruler
Detraction
Slandering; aspersion
Devious
Roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
Devolve
Deputise; pass on to others
Dexterous
Skillful
Diabolical
Devilish
Dialectical
Mutual or reciprocal; relating to the art of debate
Dictum
Authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim
Didactic
Teaching; instructional
Dilatory
Delaying
Dilettante
Aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
Dint
Means; effort
Disaffected
Disloyal
Disburse
Pay out
Discombobulated
Confused; discomposed
Discomfit
Disconcert; defeat; put to rout
Disconsolate
Sad
Discriminating
Able to see differences; prejudiced
Discursive
Digressing; rambling
Disgorge
Surrender something; eject; vomit
Disjunction
Act or state of separation; Disunity
Disport
Amuse
Disquietude
Anxiety; Uneasiness
Dissident
Dissenting; rebellious
Dissimulate
Pretend; conceal by feiging
Distrait
Absentminded
Diurnal
Daily
Doff
Take off
Doggerel
Poor verse
Doldrums
Blue; listlessness; slack period
Doctrinaire
Unable to compromise on points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
Domicile
Home
Draconian
Extremely severe
Droll
Queer and amusing
Dulcet
Sweet sounding
Duplicity
Double-dealing; hypocrisy
Earthy
Unrefined; coarse
Edify
Instruct; correct morally
Efface
Rub out
Effusion
Pouring forth
Egregious
Notorious; Conspicuously bad or shocking
Elliptical
Oval; Ambiguous, either on purpose or because key words have been left out
Elysian
Relating to paradise; blissful
Emissary
Agent; messenger
Emollient
Soothing or sofetening remedy
Emolument
Salary; compensation
Encomiastic
Praising; Eulogistic
Encomium
High praise; eulogy
Endue
Provide with a quality; endowed
Engage
Attract; hire; to pledge oneself; confront
Enjoin
Command; order; forbid
Ensconce
Settle comfortably
Enumerate
List; mention one by one
Environ
Surround; enclose
Epicure
Connoisseur of food and drink
Epigram
Witty thought or saying, usually short
Episodic
Loosely connected
Epitaph
Inscription in the memory of a dead person
Epithets
Words or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing
Epoch
A period of time
Equable
Tranquil; steady; uniform
Equipoise
Balance; balancing force; equilibrium
Equitable
Fair; impartial
Equity
Fairness; justice
Errant
Wandering
Escapade
Prank; flighty conduct
Eschew
Avoid
Equivocal
Ambiguous; intentionally misleading
Espouse
Adopt; support
Ethos
Underlying character of a culture or group
Eugenic
Pertaining to the improvement of race
Eulogistic
Praising
Euphony
Sweet sound
Evanescent
Fleeting; vanishing
Evince
Show
Exacting
Extremely demanding
Exceptionable
Objectionable
Exchequer
Treasury
Excoriate
Scold with biting harshness; strip the skin off
Execrable
Very bad
Execrate
Curse; express abhorrence for
Exegesis
Explanation, especially of biblical passages
Exhort
Urge
Exiguous
Small; minute
Expansive
Outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
Expatiate
Talk at length
Expatriate
Exile; someone who has withdrawn from their native land
Expedient
Suitable; practical; politic
Expedite
Hasten
Expiate
Make amends for
Expository
Explanatory; serving to explain
Expostulation
Protest; remonstrance
Expropriate
Take possession of
Expunge
Cancel; remove
Extant
Still in existence
Extemporaneous
Not planned; impromptu
Extenuate
Weaken; mitigate
Extirpate
Root up
Factitious
Artificial; Sham
Extol
Praise; glorify
Extraneous
Not essential; superfluous
Extrude
Force or push out
Exude
Discharge; give forth
Factious
Inclined to form factions; causing dissention
Fallible
Liable to err
Farce
Broad comedy; mockery
Fatalism
Belief that events are determinded by forces out of one's control
Felicity
Happiness; appropriateness
Fell
Deadly; cruel
Ferment
Agitation; commotion
Ferret
Drive or hunt out of hiding
Fervid
Ardent
Fete
Honor at a festival
Fetter
Shackle
Fiat
Command
Filial
Relating to a son or daughter
Firebrand
Hot-headed; troublemaker
Flagrant
Conspicuously wicked; outrageous; blatant
Flail
Slap or Strike; toss about
Fitful
Spasmodic; Intermittent
Fleece
Rob; plunder
Flippant
Lacking proper seriousness
Florid
Ruddy; reddish; flowery
Flux
Flowing; series of changes
Foible
Weakness; slight fault
Foil (n)
Contrast
Foist
Insert inappropriately; palm off
Foray
Raid
Forensic
Suitable to debate or the courts of law
Forswear
Renounce
Founder
Fail rapidly; sink
Fractious
Unruly
Franchise
Right granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory
Fritter
Waste away
Fructify
Bear fruit
Fruition
Bearing fruit; fulfillment; realisation
Fugitive
Roving; fleeting or transitory
Fulminate
Thunder, explode
Fulsome
Distastefully excessive
Funereal
Sad; solemn
Gaffe
Social blunder
Gall
Bitterness; nerve; annoy; chafe
Galvanize
Stimulate by shock; stir up; revitalize
Gambol
Romp; skip about; leap playfully
Garner
Gather; store up
Gauche
Clumsy; coarse; uncouth
Germane
Pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
Germinal
Pertaining to a germ; creative
Gestate
Evolve, as in prenatal growth
Gibe
Mock
Glib
Fluent; Facile; Slick
Gourmand
Epicure; someone who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
Gourmet
Connoisseur of food and drink
Grandiose
Pretentious, high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated
Gratis
Free
Gratuitous
Given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for
Grotto
Small cavern
Grouse
Fuss; complain
Grovel
Creep or crawl on the ground; remain prostrate
Gull
Trick; hoodwink
Gustatory
Affecting the sense of taste
Gusto
Enjoyment; enthusiasm
Haggard
Wasted away; gaunt
Halcyon
Calm; peaceful
Hale
Healthy
Hap
Luck; chance
Hapless
Unfortunate
Harbinger
Forerunner
Harry
Harass; annoy; torment; raid
Heckler
Person who harasses verbally
Hedonist
One who believes pleasure is the sole aim in life
Hegemony
Dominance, especially of one nation over others
Heterodox
Unorthodox, unconventional
Heyday
Time of greatest success; prime
Hiatus
Gap; pause
Hibernal
Wintry
Hilarity
Boisterous mirth
Hinterlands
Back country
Hirsute
Hairy
Histronic
Theatrical
Hoary
White with age
Homily
Sermon; serious warning
Hovel
Shack; wretched, small house
Hubris
Arrogance; Excessive self-conceit
Hue
Colour; aspect
Husband
Use sparingly; save; conserve
Husbandry
Thrift; Agriculture
Hydrophobia
Fear of water; rabies
Hypercritical
Excessively exacting
Hypochondriac
A person unduly concerned about his health
Hypocritical
Preteding to be virtuous; Deceiving
Idiom
A phrase whose meaning as a whole differs from the meanings of its individual words; distinctive style
Idyllic
Charmingly carefree; simple
Ignoble
Unworthy; not noble
Ignominy
Deep disgrace; shame or dishonour
Illimitable
Infinite
Imbecility
Weakness of the mind
Imbibe
Drink in
Imbroglio
Complex situation; paniful or complex misunderstanding; entanglement; confused mass
Imbue
Saturate; fill
Immolate
Offer as a sacrifice
Immure
Imprison; keep in confinement
Impassable
Not able to be travelled or crossed
Impasse
Predicament from which there is no escape
Impecunious
Without money
Imperious
Domineering; haughty
Impetuous
Violent; hasty; rash
Impolitic
Not wise
Imponderable
Weightless
Import
Significance
Importunate
Urging; demanding
Importune
Beg persistently
Imposture
Assuming a false identity; facade
Imprecation
Curse
Improvident
Thriftless
Imprudent
Lacking caution; injudicious
Impudence
Impertinence; insolence
Impugn
Dispute or contradict; challenge; gainsay
Inalienable
Not to be taken away; nontransferable
Impuissance
Feebleness; powerlessness
Impunity
Free from punishment or harm
Impute
Attribute; ascribe
Incandescent
Strikingly bright; shining with intense heat
Incendiary
Arsonist
Incipient
Beginning; in the early stages
Inclement
Stormy; unkind
Incommodius
Not spacious; inconvenient
Incontrovertible
Indisputable; not open to question
Incorporeal
Lacking a material body; insubstantial
Incorrigible
Uncorrectable
Incubus
Burden; mental care; nightmare
Inculcate
Teach
Incumbent
Obligatory; currently holding office
Incursion
Temporary invasion
Indefatigable
Tireless
Indelible
Not able to be erased
Indemnify
Secure against loss; compensate for loss
Indenture
Bind as a servant or apprentice to a master
Indices
Signs; indications
Indite
Write; compose
Indomitable
Unconquerable; unyeilding
Indubitable
Undoubtable; unquestionable
Inductive
Pertaining to induction or proceeding from the specific to the general
Industrious
Diligent; hard working
Ineffable
Unutterable; cannot be expressed
Ineluctable
Irresistable; not to be escaped
Inerrancy
Infallibility
Inexorable
Relentless; unyielding; implacable
Infernal
Pertaining to hell; devilish
Infirmity
Weakness
Ingrate
Ungrateful person
Ingratiate
Become popular with
Inimical
Unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
Iniquitous
Wicked; immoral; unrighteous
Insensate
Without feeling
Insidious
Treacherous; stealthy; sly
Insolvent
Lacking money; bankrupt
Insouciant
Indifferent; uncaring
Insuperable
Insurmountable; unbeatable
Insurgent
Rebel
Insurrection
Rebellion; uprising
Inter
Bury
Interdict
Prohibit; forbid
Internecine
Mutually destructive
Interpolate
Insert in between
Intrepid
Fearless
Inveigh
Denounce; utter censure or invective
Inveigle
Lead astray; wheedle
Inveterate
Deep rooted; habitual
Invidious
Designed to create ill will or envy
Irreproachable
Blameless; immaculate
Itinerant
Wandering; travelling
Jaded
Fatigued; surfeited
Jaundiced
Prejudiced; yellowed
Jaunty
Lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree
Jibe
Agree; be in harmony
Jingoist
Extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist
Jocular
Said or done in jest
Jocund
Merry
Juggernaut
Irresistable crushing force
Junta
A group of people involved in political intrigue
Ken
Range of knowledge
Knave
Untrustworthy; rogue; scoundrel
Lachrymose
Producing tears
Laggard
Slow; sluggish
Laity
Layperson; person not involved in the clergy
Lambaste
Beat; thrash verbally or physcially
Lampoon
Ridicule
Languid
Weary; sluggish
Languish
Lose animation or strength
Languor
Lassitude; depression
Lank
Tall and thin
Larceny
Theft
Juncture
Crisis; joining point
Lascivious
Lustfull
Largess
Generous gift
Latitude
Freedom from narrow limitations
Leaven
Cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven
Lechery
Gross lewdness; lustfulness
Leery
Cautious; suspicious
Leonine
Like a lion
Levy
Impose; collect
Lexicon
Dictionary
Libel
Defamatory statement; act of writing something that smears someone's reputation
Libertine
Debauched person; roue
Libidinous
Lustful
Licentious
Amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
Limn
Draw; outline; describe
Limpid
Clear
Lineaments
Features, especially of the face
Lionize
Treat as a celebrity
List
Tilt; lean over
Lofty
Very high
Lout
A clumsy person
Lucre
Money
Lugubrious
Mournful
Lumen
A unit of light energy, one candle's worth
Lurid
Graphic; wild; sensational; gruesome
Macerate
Soften by soaking in liquid; waste away
Machiavellian
Double dealing; crafty
Maculated
Spotted; stained
Magisterial
Authoritative; imperious
Magnate
Person of prominence or influence
Magniloquent
Pompous; boastful
Maladroit
Clumsy; bumbling
Malediction
Curse
Malefactor
Evildoer; criminal
Malefeasance
Wrongdoing
Manifold
Numerous; varied
Mannered
Affected; not natural
Manumit
Emancipate; free from bondage
Marshal
Put into order
Masochist
One who takes pleasure in his own pain
Matriculate
Enroll
Maudlin
Effusively sentimental
Mawkish
Mushy-gushy; sentimental; maudlin
Mayhem
Injury to the body
Mealymouthed
Evasive; Hypocritical; indirect in speech
Medium (n)
Compromise
Mellifluous
Melodious; sweet sounding
Mendicant
Beggar
Mercurial
Capricious; changing; fickle
Meretricious
Flashy; tawdry
Meteoric
Swift; momentarily brilliant
Miasma
Swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere emnating from decaying matter; pervasive corruptive influence
Militant
Combative; bellicose
Militate
Work against
Minatory
Menacing; threatening
Mincing
Affectedly dainty
Minutiae
Petty details
Misapprehension
Misunderstanding; error
Misnomer
Wrong name; incorrect title
Milieu
Environment; means of expression
Misogamy
Hatred of marriage
Misogyrist
Hater of women
Mite
Very small object or creature; small coin
Mnemonic
Pertaining to memory
Mode
Prevailing style; manner; the way of doing something
Modicum
Limited quantity
Modish
Fashionable; Stylish
Mollycoddle
Indulge excessively; spoil
Monolithic
Solidly uniform; unyielding
Monotheism
Belief in one God
Moratorium
A legal delay in payment
Mordant
Biting; sarcastic; stinging
Mores
Conventions; moral standards; customs
Moribund
Dying
Mote
Small speck
Motif
Theme; pattern
Mountebank
Charlatan; quack
Mulct
Defraud a person of something
Multifarious
Greatly diversified; varied
Munificient
Very generous
Mutinous
Rebellious; uruly
Myopic
Short-sighted; lacking foresight
Nadir
Lowest point
Natation
Swimming
Natty
Smartly dressed
Nebulous
Vague; cloudy; hazy
Nefarious
Very wicked
Nemesis
Someone seeking revenge
Neologism
New or newly coined word or phrase
Nettle
Annoy or vex
Nexus
Connection
Nicety
Precision; minute distinction
Niggardly
Meanly stingy; parsimonious
Niggle
Carp; spend too much time on minor points
Nihilist
A person who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist
Nip
Stop something's growth or development; bite; snip; make numb with cold
Noisome
Foulsmelling; Unwholesome
Nondescript
Undistinctive; ordinary
Nonplus
Bring to a halt by confusion; perplex
Nostrum
Questionable medicine
Nubile
Marriageable
Nugatory
Futile; useless
Obeisance
Bow
Obfuscate
Muddle; confuse; cause confusion; make needlessly complex
Obelisk
A tall column tapering off and ending in a pyramid
Obstreperous
Boisterous; noisy
Obloquy
Slander; disgrace; infamy
Obsequy
Funeral ceremony
Obtrude
Push forward; Intrude; butt in; stand out or extrude
Occident
The West
Occult
Mysterious; secret; supernatural
Odium
Detestation; Hatefulness; Disrespect
Odoriferous
Giving off an odour
Oligarchy
Government made of a priveledged few
Omniscient
All knowing
Opus
Work
Oracular
Prophetic; mysterious or ambiguous; uttered as if with divine authority
Ordinance
Decree
Orgy
Wild drunken revelry; unrestrained indulgence
Orthography
Correct spelling
Osseous
Made of bone; boney
Ostensible
Apparent; professed; pretended
Outmoded
Out of fashion; not stylish
Outstrip
Outdo; surpass
Overt
Open to view
Overweening
Pretenious; arrogant
Ovoid
Egg shaped
Pachyderm
Thick skinned animal
Paean
Song of joy or praise
Palatial
Magnificant
Pallid
Pale; wane
Pan
Criticize harshly
Panacea
Cure all; remedy for all diseases
Panache
Flair; flamboyance
Pandemic
Widespread; affecting majority of people
Pandemonium
Wild tumult
Pander
Cater to people's low desires
Panegyric
Formal praise
Panoramic
Denoting an unobstructed and comprehensive view
Pariah
Social outcast
Parity
Equality; close resemblance
Parlance
Language; idiom
Parley
Conference
Parochial
Narrow-minded outlook; provincial; relating to parishes
Paroxysm
Fit or attack of pain, laughter or rage
Parsimony
Frugality; excessive stinginess
Passe
Old-fashioned; past its prime
Pastiche
Imitation of anothers style in musical composition or literary work
Pastoral
Rural
Patent
Obvious; open to public
Pathos
Tender sorrow, pity; quality of art or literature that produces these feelings
Patois
Local or provincial dialect
Patrician
Noble; aristrocratic
Peccadilo
Slight offense
Pecuniary
Pertaining to money
Pedagogue
Teacher
Pedant
Scholar who emphasises book learning and technicalities
Pedestrian
Ordinary; unimaginative
Pejorative
Negative in connotation; having a belittling effect
Pellucid
Transparent; limpid; easy to understand
Penumbra
Partial shadow
Perdition
Damnation; complete ruin
Peregrination
Journey
Peremptory
Demanding and leaving no choice
Peripatetic
Walking; moving about
Perjury
False testimony under oath
Pernicious
Very destructive
Peroration
Conclusion to an oration
Perquisite
Any gain above stipulated salary
Personable
Attractive
Perspicacious
Having insight; penetrating; astute
Perspicuity
Clearness of expression; Not ambiguous
Perspicuous
Plainly expressed
Pert
Impertinent; forward
Pertinacious
Stubborn; persistant
Perverse
Stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and unacceptable
Pestilential
Causing plague; baleful
Petrify
Turn to stone
Petulant
Touchy; peevish
Parisaical
Pertaining to the Pharsees who paid scrupulous attention to traditions; hypocritical; self-righteous
Philanderer
Faithless lover; flirt
Philantrhopist
Lover of mankind; doer of good
Phillistine
Narrow-minded individual; uncultured and exclusively materialistic
Physiognomy
Face
Piecemeal
Part by part; gradually
Pied
Multicoloured; variegated
Pillory
Punish by placing in a wooden frame; subject to criticism and ridicule
Pinion
Restrain
Piquant
Pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating
Pith
Core or marrow; Essence; substance
Pithy
Concise; meaningful; meaty; substantial
Plaintive
Mournful
Platonic
Purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire
Plaudit
Round of applause; enthusiastic approval
Plebeian
Common; pertaining to the common people
Plenary
Full; complete
Plenitude
Completeness; abundance
Pluck
Courage
Plumb
Vertical
Plutocracy
Society ruled by the rich
Polemic
Controversy; an arguement in support of a point of view
Polemical
Aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
Politic
Expedient; well devised; prudent
Polyglot
Speaker of many languages
Pontifical
Pertaining to the pope of bishop; pretenious or pompous
Poseur
Someone who pretends to be sophisticated or elegant to impress others
Posterity
Descendants; forthcoming generation
Postulate
Self-evident truth
Posture
Assume an affected pose; act artificially
Potable
Drinkable
Poturri
Heterogeneous mixtures; medley
Prate
Speak foolishly; boast idyly
Precept
Practical rule guiding conduct
Preclude
Make impossible; eliminate
Precocious
Advanced in development
Predilection
Partiality; preference
Prefatory
Introductory
Preponderance
Superiority of power; quantity etc
Prerogative
Unquestionable right; privelege
Presage
Foretell
Presentiment
Feeling that something is about to happen; premonition; anticipatory fear
Prevail
Induce; triumph over
Privation
Hardship; want
Privy
Hidden; secret; not public
Proclivity
Inclination; natural tendency
Prodigious
Marvelous; enormous
Profligate
Wasteful; wildly immoral; dissipated
Prolixity
Verbose; tedious wordiness
Promulgate
Proclaim a doctrine or a law; make known by official publication
Propinquity
Nearness; kinship
Propitious
Favourable; fortunate; advantageous
Propound
Put forth for analysis
Quorum
The number of people needed to conduct a meeting
Prosaic
Dull; unimaginative; matter of fact; factual
Proselytize
Induce someone to convert to a religion or faith
Protean
Versatile; able to take on many forms
Protract
Prolong
Provenance
Origin or source of something
Provident
Thrifty; displaying foresight; preparing for emergencies
Prude
Excessively modest or proper person
Prurient
Having or causing lustful feelings or desires
Puerile
Childish
Pugnacity
Combativeness; disposition to fight
Puissant
Powerful; strong; potent
Pulchritude
Beauty; comliness
Punctilious
Stressing niceties of manner and conduct
Purgatory
Place of spiritual expiation
Pusillanimous
Cowardly; fainthearted
Quaff
Drink with relish
Querulous
Fretting; whining
Quip
Taunt
Quisling
Traitor who aids invaders
Quixotic
Idealistic but impractical
Quizzical
Teasing; bantering; mocking; curious
Quotidian
Commonplace; daily; customary
Rabid
Like a fanatic; furious
Rail
Scold; rant
Raiment
Clothing
Rakish
Stylish; sporty
Rancor
Bitterness; hatred
Rapacious
Excessively grasping; plundering
Ratiocination
Reasoning; drawing conclusions based on premises
Ravel
Fall apart in tangles; untangle or untwist; entangle
Raze
Destroy completely
Reactionary
Opposing progress; politically ultraconservative
Recidivism
Habitual return to crime
Reconnaisance
Survey of the enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering
Rectitude
Uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgement
Recumbent
Reclining; lying down completely or partially
Redolent
Fragrant; odorous; suggestive of an odour
Reprisal
Retaliation
Redoubtable
Formidable; causing fear
Redress
Remedy; compensation
Redundant
Superfluous; repetitive; excessively wordy
Refectory
Food hall
Refrain (n)
Chorus
Refulgent
Brightly shining; gleaming
Regale
Entertain
Regeneration
Spiritual rebirth
Rejoinder
Retort; comeback; reply
Renegade
Desserter; traitor
Renege
Deny; go back on
Rent
Rip; split
Repine
Fretting; complaining
Reprieve
Temporary stay
Reprise
Musical repetition; repeat performance; reccurent event
Repugnance
Loathing
Requiem
Mass for the dead; dirge
Requisite
Necessary requirement
Requite
Repay; revenge
Residue
Remnant; balance
Restitution
Reparation; indemnification
Restive
Restless impatience; obstinately resisting control
Retiring
Modest; shy
Retrograde
Go backwards; degenerate
Rhapsodize
Speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
Ribald
Wanton; profane
Rife
Abundant; current
Rigor
Severity
Rile
vex or irritate; muddy
Rococo
Ornate; highly decorated
Roil
Make liquid muddy by stirring the sediment; to disturb
Roseate
Rosy; optimistic
Rote
Repetition
Rotundity
Roundedness; sonorusness of speech
Rout
Stampede; drive out
Rubric
Title or heading; directions for conducting religious ceremonies; protocol
Rue
Regret; lament; mourn
Ruminate
Chew over and over; mull over; ponder
Runic
Mysterious; set in an ancient language
Rustic
Pertaining to country people; uncouth
Rusticate
Dwell in the country; banish to the country
Saccharine
Cloying sweet
Sacroscant
Most sacred; inviolable
Sadistic
Inclined to cruelty
Sagacious
Perceptive; having insight; shrewd
Salacious
Lascivious; lustful
Salient
Prominent
Sallow
Yellowish; sickly in colour
Salutary
Tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome
Sanctimonious
Displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
Sanguinary
Bloody
Sanguine
Cheerful; hopeful
Sap
Diminish; undermine
Sardonic
Sarcastic; cynical; disdainful
Saturine
Gloomy
Savant
Scholar
Scad
A great quantity
Schism
Division; split
Scintilla
Shred; a least bit of
Scotch
Stamp out; thwart; hinder
Scourge
Severe punishment; lash; whip
Scurrilous
Obscene; indecent
Scurvy
Despicable; contemptible
Scuttle
Sink
Secular
Worldy; not related to church matters; temporal
Sendentary
Requiring sitting
Sedition
Insubordination; resistance to authority
Sedulous
Diligent
Seminal
Germinal; influencing future developments; relating to seed or semen
Seamy
Sordid; unwholesome
Secession
Withdrawl
Sententious
Terse; concise; aphoritic
Sentient
Capable of sensation; aware; sensitive
Sepulcher
Tomb
Sere
Dry; parched
Servile
Slavish; cringing
Servitude
Slavery; compulsory labour
Shrew
Scolding woman
Shyster
Lawyer using questionable methods
Sibylline
Prophetic; oracular
Sidereal
Relating to the stars
Simian
Monkeylike
Sinecure
Well paid position with little responsibility
Singular
Odd; extraordinary; unique
Skinflint
Stingy person; miser
Slapdash
Haphazard; sloppy; careless
Sleazy
Flimsy; unsubstantial
Sleeper
Something that was originally of little value or importance but over time has become very valuable
Sleight
Dexterity
Slew
A large number, quantity
Slipshod
Untidy or slovenly; shabby
Smattering
Slight knowledge
Sojourn
Temporary stay
Solecism
Construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
Solvent
Able to pay all debts
Somnambulist
Sleepwalker
Somnolent
Half-asleep
Sonorous
Resonant
Sophist
Teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employing fallacious reasoning
Sophistry
Seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning
Spate
Sudden flood
Sphix-like
Enigmatic; mysterious
Spruce
Neat and trim
Spry
Vigorously active; nimble
Stalwart
Strong; brawny; steadfast
Stentorian
Extremely loud
Stilted
Bombastic; stiffly pompous
Stock
Typical; standard; kept regularly on shelf
Stratagem
Clever trick; deceptive scheme
Strew
Spread randomly; scatter; sprinkle
Stricture
Critical remark; severe and adverse criticism
Strident
Loud and harsh; insisting
Studied
Unspontaneous; deliberate; thoughtful
Stultify
Cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder
Stupefy
Make numb; stun; amaze
Stygian
Gloomy; hellish; deathly
Subaltern
Subordinate
Sublimate
Refine; purify
Sublime
Exalted; noble and uplifting; utter
Subliminal
Below the threshold
Suborn
Persuade to act unlawfully
Subservient
Act like a slave; servile; obsequious
Subsidiary
Subordinate; secondary
Subsidy
Direct financial aid from the government
Subsistence
Existence; means of support; livelihood
Substantive
Core; essential; pertaining to the substance
Subsume
Include; encompass
Subterfuge
Pretense; evasion
Subtlety
Preceptiveness; delicacy; ingenuity
Subversive
Tending to overthrow; destructive
Succor
Aid; assist; comfort