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disinter
dig up (something that has been burried. esp. a corpse)
dissemble
conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
disseminate
spread or disperse (something, esp. information)
dissipation
useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
dissolution
the closing down or dismissal of an assembly, partnership, or official body
distend
[trans.] cause (something) to swell by stretching it from inside
[intrans.] swell out because of pressure from inside
divestiture
the action of process of selling off subsidiary business interests or investments
doggerel
comic verse composed in irregular rhythm
duress
threats, violence, constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment
dynamo
a machine for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy; a generation
-an extremely energetic person
ebullience
cheerful and full of energy
edacious
of, relating to, or given to eating
eddy
a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool
effete
affected, overrefined, and ineffectual
-no longer capable of effective action
effrontery
insolent or impertinent behavior
egress
the action of going out of or leaving a place
encomium
a formal expression of praise
encumbrance
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
endemic
1.(of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
2.(of a plant or animal) native or restricted to a certain country or area
enervate
cause (someone) to feel drained or energy or vitality; weaken
epicure
a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment
epithet
an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
equipoise
equality of distribution
equivocal
open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous
erasure
deletion by an act of expunging or erasingg
evince
give expression to
excoriate
1. express strong disapproval of
2. tear or wear off the skin or made sore by abraded
excoriation
1. severe censure
2. an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
exulpate
pronounce not guilty or criminal charges
exigency
an urgent need or demand
expatiate
speak or write at length or in detail
expiation
atone for (guilt or sin)
expostulate
express strong disapproval or disagreement
expurgate
remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account)
exsert
cause to protrude; push out
extant
still in existence; surviving
extenuate
make (guilt or an offense) seem less serious or more forgivable
extirpate
root out and destroy completely
extort
obtain (something) by force, threats, or other unfair means
facile
1. (esp. of a theory or argument) appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial
2. (of success, esp. in sports) easily achieved; effortless
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish
feckless
generally incompetent and ineffectual
fecund
-capable of producing offspring or vegetation
-intellectually productive
felicitous
well chosen or suited to the circumstances
fervid
extremely hot; characterized by intense emotion
finical
exacting especially about details
fission
a nuclear reaction in which a massive nucleus splits into smaller nuclei with the simultaneous release of energgy
fledged
(of a young bird) having wing feathers that are large enough for flight; able to fly
(or a person or thing) having just taken on the role specified
flout
treat with contemptuous disregard
laugh at with contempt and derision
foible
a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character

the weaker part of a sword blade, from the middle to the point
foment
bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
try to stir up public opinion
foppish
affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
forbear
politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain
forbearance
patient self-control; restraint and tolerance
forswear
agree to give up or do without (something)
frenetic
excessively agitated; transported with rage or other violent emotion
froward
habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
fulminate
express vehement protest
fulsome
unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
gainsay
take exception to
gambol
gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
play boisterously
garrulity
the quality of being wordy and talkative
gaucherie
a socially awkward or tactless act
the quality of being rustic or gauche
glut
the quality fo being so overabundant that prices fall
overeat or eat immodestly
supply with an excess of
gossamer
a fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, which is seen esp. in autumn
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others
tending to form a group with others of the same kind
guile
the use of tricks to deceive someone
the quality of being crafty
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
hallow
render holy by means of religious rites
hapless
(esp. of a person) unfortunate
harbinger
an indication of the approach of something or someone
harrow
a cultivator that pulverizes or smoothes the soil
hirsute
hairy
idyll
an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealizes or unsustainable one
ignoble
not honorable in character or purpose
of humble origin or social status
ignominious
deserving or causing public disgrace or shame
illicit
forbidden by law, rules, or custom
imbroglio
an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation
impassive
not feeling or showing emotion
impecunious
having little or no money
imperturbable
unable to be upset or excited; calm
impervious
not allowing fluid to pass through
impiety
lack of piety or reverence, esp. for a god
implode
collapse or cause to collapse violently inward
importune
ask (someone) pressingly and persistently for or to do something
imprecation
a spoken curse
impute
represent (something, esp. something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute
inchoate
just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary
inculcate
instill (an attitude, idea or habit) by persistent instruction
indefatigability
tireless determination
indelible
cannot be removed, washed away or erased
indigence
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
indolence
inactivity resulting from a dislike or work
indomitable
impossible to subdue or defeat
ineffable
too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
ineluctable
unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable
ingenuous
(of a person or action) innocent and unsuspecting
inimical
tending to obstruct or harm
inimitable
defying imitation
inscrutable
impossible to understand or interpret
insouciant
marked by blithe unconcern
interdict
an authoritative prohibition
prohibit or forbid
intransigent
unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something
inured
made tough by habitual exposure
invective
insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
inveigh
speak or write about (something) with great hostility
involute
involved; intricate
irascible
easily made angry