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abase
verb: to humble; disgrace

syn: demean, humiliate
abate
verb: to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

syn: ebb; lapse; let up; moderate; relent; slacken; subside; wane
abdicate
verb: to give up a position, right, or power

syn: cede; relinquish; resign; quit; yield
aberrant
adjective: deviating from what is normal or expected

syn: abnormal; anomalous; deviant; divergent; errant; irregular
abeyance
noun: temporary suppression or suspension

syn: deferral; delay; dormancy; postponement; remission
abjure
verb: to reject; abandon formally

the spy abjured his allegiance to the U.S.

syn: forswear; recall; recant; retract; take back
abscond
verb: to leave secretly

syn: decamp; escape; flee
abstain
verb: to choose not to do something

syn: forbear; refrain; withhold
abstemious
adjective: moderate in appetite

syn: abstinent; continent; self-restraining; sober; temperate
abyss
noun: an extremely deep hole

syn: chasm; void
accretion
noun: a growth in size; an increase in amount

syn: accumulation; buildup
acidulous
adjective: sour in taste or manner

the acidulous taste of the spoiled milk

syn: acerbic; acetose; biting; piquant; pungent; tart
acme
noun: highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

syn: apex; peak; summit
adulterate
verb: to make impure

syn: debase; doctor; load
advocate
verb: to speak in favor of

syn: back; champion; support
aerie
noun: a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded dwelling

high among the trees, the eagle's aerie was filled w/ eggs

syn: perch; stronghold
aesthetic
adjective: concerning the appreciation of beauty

syn: artistic; tasteful
affected
adjective: phony; artificial

syn: insincere; pretentious; put-on
aggrandize
verb: to increase in power, influence and reputation

syn: amplify; augment; elevate
alacrity
noun: promptness; cheerful readiness

syn: eagerness, swiftness
alleviate
verb: to ease, to make more bearable

syn: lessen; lighten; mitigate; relieve
amalgamation
noun: a merger, a uniting of elements

the amalgamation of mr and game formed browntown

syn: compound; fusing
ambiguous
adjective: doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways

syn: obscure; unclear; vague
ameliorate
verb: to make better; improve

syn: pacify; upgrade; make more tolerable
amortize
verb: to diminish by installment payments

i must amortize my student loans after graduating pt school.
amulet
noun: ornament worn as a charm againts evil spirits

syn: fetish; talisman
anachronism
noun: something out of place in time

syn: archaism; incongruity
juncture
noun: point of time, especially where two things are joined

syn: confluence; convergence; crisis; crossroads; moment
keen
adjective: having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp, perceptive

syn: acute; canny; quick
kindle
verb: to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire

syn: arouse; awaken; light; spark
kinetic
adjective: relating to motion; characterized by movement

the kinetic sculpture moved back and forth

syn: active; dynamic; mobile
knell
noun: sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure

people heard the knell from the church belfry, they knew that superman died

syn: chime; peal; toll
kudos
noun: fame; glory; honor

the actress accepted kudos from the press

syn: acclaim; accolade; encomium; homage; praise
lachrymose
adjective: tearful

Jenilee and I no longer get lachrymose when saying goodbye.

syn: teary; weepy
laconic
adjective: using few words

ray is laconic; he doesnt talk much

syn: concise; curt; pithy; taciturn; terse
lament
verb: to express sorrow, to grieve

lament the death of simon

syn: bewail; deplore; grieve; mourn
lampoon
verb: to ridicule with satire

syn: tease
languid
adjective: lacking energy, slow; indifferent; not giving a fuck

syn: faineant; lackadaisical; listless; sluggish; weak
lapidary
adjective: relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them

since my dad works at sterling, he must be familiar with lapidary work.
larceny
noun: theft of property

stealing a wallet is petty larceny

syn: burglary; robbery; stealing
largess
noun: generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior

Clara cu w/ her sweet hybrid camry lives off her rich parents' largess

syn: benevolence; boon; compliment; favor; present
lassitude
noun: a state of diminished energy

syn: debilitation; enervation; fatigue; languor; listlessness; tiredness; weariness
latent
adjective: potential that is not readily apparent

syn: concealed; dormant; inert; potential; quiescent
laud
verb: to give praise, to glorify

syn: acclaim; applaud; commend; compliment; exalt; extol; hail; praise
lavish
adjective: extremely generous or extravagant

syn: extravagant; exuberant; luxuriant; opulent; prodigal; profuse; superabundant
leery
adjective: suspicious

syn: distrustful; guarded; wary
legerdemain
noun: trickery

syn: chicanery; conjuring
lethargic
adjective: acting in an indifferent, i dont give a fuck, or slow, sluggish manner

the asshole clerk was so lethargic that even when business was slow, he always had a long line in front of him

syn: apathetic; lackadaisical; languid; listless; torpid
levity
noun: an inappropriate lack of seriousness, overly casual

the joke added levity to the serious meeting

syn: amusement; humor
liberal
adjective: tolerant, broad-minded; generous, lavish

syn: bounteous; latitudinarian; munificent; permissive; progressive
libertine
noun: a free thinker, often used in a bad way; one without moral restraint

the libertine took pleasure in gambling away his family's money

syn: hedonist
licentious
adjective: immoral; unrestrained by society

syn: lewd; wanton
limpid
adjective: clear, transparent

syn: lucid; pellucid; serene
lionize
verb: to treat as a celebrity

sacha said that arkansas football players were lionized by the town, b/c they were the only good sports team in the state.

syn: feast; honor; ply; regale
lissome
adjective: easily flexed, limber, agile

the lissome yoga instructor

the lissome gymnastics hottie

the lissome gator cheerleader

syn: graceful; lithe; supple
listless
adjective: lacking energy and enthusiasm

syn: faineant; indolent; languid; lethargic; sluggish
livid
adjective: discolored from a bruise; pale; reddened with anger

syn: ashen; black-and-blue; furious; pallid
loquacious
adjective: talkative

syn: effusive; garrulous; verbose
lucid
adjective: clear and easily understood

syn: clear; coherent; explicit; intelligible; limpid
lugubrious
adjective: sorrowful, mournful; dismal

lugubrious funeral services

syn: funereal; gloomy; melancholy; somber; woeful
lumber
verb: to move slowly and awkwardly

the bear lumbered toward the trashcan smelling of food

syn: galumph; hulk; lurch; stumble
luminous
adjective: bright, brilliant, glowing

syn: incandescent; lucent; lustrous; radiant; resplendent
machination
noun: plot or scheme

syn: cabal; conspiracy; design; intrigue
maelstrom
noun: whirpool; turmoil; agitated state of mind

the maelstrom of war

syn: Charybdis; eddy; turbulence
magnate
noun: powerful or influencial person

the sports magnate bought two football teams

syn: dignitary; luminary; nabob; potentate; tycoon
malediction
noun: a curse; a wish of evil upon another

fall in love with the Beast to end the witch's malediction

syn: anathema; imprecation
malinger
verb: to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

people try to avoid the draft by malingering - pretending to be sick or retarded so the army doesnt take you

syn: shirk; slack
malleable
adjective: capable of being shaped

syn: adaptable; ductile; plastic; pliable; pliant
mannered
adjective: artificial or stilted in character

Lola norma's mannered behavior in public makes me think she's a phony.

syn: affected; unnatural
mar
verb: to damage, deface; spoil

streetlights mar the beauty of the woods around hudson, ohio

syn: blemish; disfigure; impair; injure; scar
martinet
noun: strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules

syn: dictator; stickler; tyrant
maudlin
adjective: overly sentimental

the death scene was supposed to be sad, but instead was maudlin, so it made people cringe


syn: bathetic; mawkish; saccharine; weepy
mendacious
adjective: dishonest

When jenilee told raymond that she won the lottery, raymond knew she was being mendacious

syn: deceitful; false; lying; untruthful
mendicant
noun: beggar

syn: panhandler; pauper
mercurial
adjective: quick, shrewd, and upredictable

her mercurial personality made it difficult to guess how she would react to the bad news.

syn: clever; crafty; volatile; whimsical
meretricious
adjective: gaudy; falsely attractive

the casino's meretricious decor

syn: flashy; insincere; loud; specious; tawdry
metaphor
noun: figure of speech comparing two different things

syn: allegory; analogy; simile; symbol
meticulous
adjective: extremely careful, fastidious, painstaking

syn: finicky; fussy; picky; precise; punctilious; scrupulous
militate
verb: to operate againts, work againts

syn: influence; affect; change
mirth
noun: frivolity, gaiety, laughter

jokes contributed to the mirth at the dinner party

syn: glee; hilarity; jollity; merriment
misanthrope
noun: a person who dislikes others

ray is a misanthrope and the grinch

syn: curmudgeon
missive
noun: a written note or letter

when we first started going out, jenilee wrote me a missive for a christmas give

syn: message
mitigate
verb: to soften, to lessen

the judge mitigated the sentence b/c the black dude was beating up a guy from the kkk

syn: allay, alleviate, assuage, mollify, palliate, temper
mollify
verb: to calm or make less severe

syn: appease, assuage, conciliate, pacify
molt
verb: to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically

the snake's molted skin

syn: cast; defoliate; desquamate
monastic
adjective: extremely plain or secluded as in a monastery

The monk lived in a monastic house.

syn: austere, contemplative, disciplined, regimented, self-abnegating
monotony
noun: no variation, tediously the same

syn: drone, tedium
mores
noun: fixed customs or manners, moral attitudes

The mores in Catholicism state that premarital sex is bad.

syn: conventions, practices
multifarious
adjective: diverse

FSA is multifarious; It has many different cultures.

syn: assorted, indiscriminate, heterogeneous, legion, motley, multifold, multiform, multiplex, multivarious, populous, varied, variegated
myopic
adjective: lacking forsight (not looking ahead), having a narrow view or long range perspective

The myopic freshman thought that he could have fun his freshman year, and worry about grades and volunteering later.

syn: short-sighted, unthinking
nadir
noun: lowest point

Britney getting fat and marrying K-Fed was the nadir of her career.

syn: bottom, depth, pit
naive
adjective: lacking sophistication or experience

Jenilee was naive during the first day of her audiological assistant job.

syn: artless, guileless, credulous, ingenuous, simple, unaffected, unsophisticated
nascent
adjective: starting to develop, coming into existence

When Cat got pregnant, Maddy was in the nascent stage.

syn: embryonic, emerging, inchoate, incipient
neologism
noun: new word or expression

I created a neologism for Raymond's pee pee which is Mr. Beluga.

syn: slang
neophyte
noun: novice, beginner

The first year I played flag football, I was a neophyte.

syn: apprentice, greenhorn, tyro
nettle
verb: to irritate

When Jenilee swings her hands back and forth while holding hands, she nettles me.

syn: annoy, vex
noisome
adjective: stinking, putrid

Raymond's fart give off a noisome odor.

syn: disgusting, foul, malodorous
nominal
adjective: existing in name only, negligible

Raymond is a nominal member of Golden Key.

syn: minimal, titular
nuance
noun: a subtle expression of meaning or quality

syn: gradations, subtlety, tone
numismatics
noun: coin collecting
obdurate
adjective: stubborn, resistant to persuasion

Raymond is obdurate about one thing, no talking while watching Lost.

syn: inflexible, intransigent, recalcitrant, tenacious, unyielding
oblique
adjective: indirect, evasive, misleading, devious

syn: glancing, slanted, tangential
obsequious
adjective: overly submissive and eager to please

syn: compliant; deferential; servile; subservient
obstinate
adjective: stubborn, unyielding

syn: intransigent; mulish; persistent; pertinacious; stubborn; tenacious
obviate
verb: to prevent; to make unnecessary

syn: forestall; preclude; prohibit
occlude
verb: to stop up, prevent the passage of

syn: barricade; block; close; obstruct
officious
adjective: too helpful, meddlesome

syn: eager; intrusive; unwanted
onerous
adjective: troublesome and oppresive; burdensome; really hard

syn: arduous; backbreaking; burdensome; cumbersome; difficult; exacting; formidable, hard; laborious; oppresive; rigorous; taxing; trying
opaque
adjective: impossible to see through, preventing the passage of light

syn: obscure
opine
verb: to express an opinion

raymond opined that he deserved to be on wolfpack more than matt and his butt buddies

syn: point out; voice
opprobrium
noun: public disgrace

after the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter opprobrium.

syn: discredit; disgrace; dishonor; disrepute; ignominy; infamy; obloquy; shame
orotund
adjective: pompous

Jarrod's orotund babble about he's an "all-star" at every football position makes me sick.

syn: aureate; bombastic; declamatory; euphuistic; flowery; grandiloquent; magniloquent; oratorical; overblown; sonorous
ossify
verb: to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
ostensible
adjective: apparent

the ostensible reason for ray observing longer at university hospital was to do more observation hours, but he secretly wanted to spend more time with Kellie.

syn: represented; supposed; surface
ostentation
noun: excessive showiness

the ostentation of the french kings showed in their huge and lavish and luxurious chateus

syn: conspicuousness; flashiness; pretentiousness; showiness
overwrought
adjective: agitated, overdone

the lawyer's overwrought voice on the phone made her clients worry about the outcome of their case

syn: elaborate; excited; nervous; ornate
palatial
adjective: relating to a palace; magnificent

syn: grand; stately
palliate
verb: to make less serious; ease

the crime was so vicious that the defense lawyer could not palliate it for the jury

syn: alleviate; assuage; extenuate; mitigate
pallid
adjective: lacking color or liveliness

syn: ashen; blanched; ghostly; pale; wan
panache
noun: flamboyance or dash in style and action; verve

Sarah has such panache when planning parties, even when they're last-minute affairs.

syn: flair
panegyric
noun: elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise

the director's panegyric for the donor who kept his charity going was heart warming.

syn: compliment; homage
panoply
noun: impressive array

Ryan Balmes' application to PT school indicates a panoply of skills and accomplishments.

syn: array; display; range
paradox
noun: a contradiction or dilemma

it is a paradox that those in most need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.

syn: ambiguity; incongruity
paragon
noun: model of excellence or perfection

syn: apotheosis; ideal; quintessence; standard
pare
verb: to trim off excess; reduce

the cook pared hundreds of potatoes for the banquet.

syn: clip; peel
pariah
noun: an outcast

he was banished and lived the life of a pariah

pariah sang "hey-ya"

syn: castaway; derelict; leper; offscouring; untouchable
parley
noun: discussion, usually between enemies

syn: debate; dialogue; negotiations; talks
parry
verb: to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer

kari parried every question the army officers fired at her, much to their frustration

syn: avoid; evade; repel
pastiche
noun: piece of literature or music imitating other works

weird al sings a lot of pastiches

syn: medley; spoof
pathogenic
adjective: causing disease

syn: infecting; noxious
peccadillo
noun: minor sin or offense

Raymond tends to harp on his RJ's peccadillos and never lets him live them down.

syn: failing; fault; lapse; misstep
pedant
noun: someone who shows off learning

syn: doctrinaire; nit-picker; pedagogue; scholar; schoolmaster; sophist
pejorative
adjective: having bad connotations; disparaging

the teacher scolded mark for his unduly pejorative comments about his classmate's presentation.

syn: belittling; dismissive; insulting
penury
noun: an oppressive lack of resources (as money); severe poverty

syn: destitution; impoverishment
peregrinate
verb: to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot

we enjoyed peregrinating the city of paris last summer.

syn: journey; traverse; trek
perfidious
adjective: willing to betray one's trust

syn: disloyal; faithless; traitorous; treacherous
perfunctory
adjective: done in a routine way; indifferent

the machine-like teller gave the customer a perfunctory smile

we say goodnight in a perfunctory manner

syn: apathetic; automatic; mechanical
peripatetic
adjective: wandering from place to place, especially on foot

Raymond's peripatetic meanderings took him all over london.

syn: itinerant; nomadic; wayfaring
permeate
verb: to penetrate

the new cleaning fluid is able to permeate stains

syn: imbue; infuse; pervade; suffuse
perspicacious
adjective: shrewd, astute; keen-witted

the inspector used his perspicacious mind to solve mysteries.

syn: insightful; intelligent; sagacious
pervade
verb: to be present throughout; to permeate

garlic pervade almost every dish tito sonny makes

syn: imbue; infuse; penetrate; permeate; suffuse
phalanx
noun: a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things

a phalanx of guards stood outside the prime minister's home

syn: legion; mass
philanthropy
noun: charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

syn: altruism; humanitarianism
philistine
noun: a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

The philistine cared more about how much money the rare violin was worth, instead of appreciating how artistically beautiful it was.

syn: boor; bourgeois; capitalist; clown; lout; materialist; vulgarian
phlegmatic
adjective: calm and unemotional in temperament

the phlegmatic demolition expert remained calm as he dismantled the bomb
pithy
adjective: profound, substantial; concise, succinct, to the point

Ray's pithy comments during the interview must have been impressive because she got the job.

syn: brief; compact; laconic; terse
placate
verb: to soothe or pacify

syn: appease; conciliate; mollify
plastic
adjective: able to be molded, altered, or bent

the material was very plastic and could be formed into products of vastly different shape

syn: adaptable; ductile; malleable; pliant
plebian
adjective: crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners

the graduate settled in for a weekend of plebian socializing and television watching

syn: conventional; unrefined
plethora
noun: excess

syn: glut; overabundance; superfluity; surfeit
plucky
adjective: courageous; spunky

the plucky young raymond told jenilee that he liked her that one night on the bench outside 1425.

syn: bold; brave; gutsy
polemic
noun: controversy, argument; verbal attack

the candidate's polemic againts his opponent was vicious and small-minded rather than convicing and well-reasoned

syn: denunciation; refutation
politic
adjective: shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic

she explained he problem to the judge in a respectful and politic manner.

syn: tactful
polyglot
noun: a speaker of many laguages

Raymond was impressed by auntie conchita and the hot red head mom, both polyglots.
posit
verb: to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation

we need to posit that x and y are real numbers

syn: suggest
potentate
noun: a monarch or ruler with great power

Alex was much kinder before he assumed the role of potentate.

syn: dominator; leader
pragmatic
adjective: practical, as opposed to idealistic

pragmatic gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked againts them.

syn: rational; realistic
prattle
noun: meaningless, foolish talk

her husband's mindless prattle drove heidi insane; sometimes she wished he would just shut up.

syn: babble; blather; chatter; drivel; gibberish
precipitate
verb: to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

Bob and edna's whirlwind courtship precipitated their hasty nuptials.

syn: hurl; rush
precis
noun: short summary of facts

Farah wrote a precis of her thisis on the epic poem

syn: summation
prescient
adjective: having foresight

Filiman's decision to sell the condo seemed to be a prescient on, as its value soon dropped by half.

syn: augural; divinatory; mantic; oracular; premonitory
prevaricate
verb: to lie or deviate from the truth

syn: equivocate; lie; perjure
pristine
adjective: fresh and clean, uncorrupted

since looting was prevented, the archeological site was still pristine when the researchers arrived.

since the shirt is so expensive, ray wanted to get a gator polo in pristine condition.

syn: innocent; undamaged
probity
noun: complete honesty and integrity

syn: integrity; morality; rectitude; uprightness; virtue
proclivity
noun: a natural inclination or predispostion

her childhood love of acting indicated a proclivity for the theater later in life.

syn: bias; leaning; partiality; penchant; prediliction; predisposition; prejudice; propensity
prodigal
adjective: lavish; wasteful

the prodigal son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on luxurious stuff.

syn: extravagant; lavish; profligate; spendthrift; wasteful
profligate
adjective: corrupt, degenerate

it was the Roman's decadent, profligate behavior that led to the decline of the Roman empire

syn: dissolute; extravagant; improvident; prodigal; wasteful
proliferate
verb: to increase in number quickly

syn: breed; multiply; procreate; propagate; reproduce; spawn
propitiate
verb: to conciliate, to appease

the vikings propitiated their angry gods with many sacrifices

syn: appease: conciliate; mollify; pacify; placate
propriety
noun: the quality of behaving in a proper manner, obeying rules and customs

the aristocracy maintained a high level of propriety, adhering to event he most minor social rules

syn: appropriateness; decency; decorum; modesty
prudence
noun: wisdom, caution, or restraint

the college student exhibited prudence by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her resume.

syn: astuteness; circumspection; discretion; frugality; judiciousness; providence; thrift
puerile
adjective: childish, immature, silly

The boss in the show The Office has funny puerile antics; he acts like a five year old!

syn: infantile; jejune; juvenile
pugilism
noun: boxing

syn: fighting; sparring
pulchritude
noun: beauty

I gazed in admiration of Kellie, stunned by her incredible pulchritude.

syn: comeliness; gorgeousness; handsomeness; loveliness; prettiness
pungent
adjective: sharp and irritating to the senses

syn: acrid; caustic; piquant; poignant; stinging
pusillanimous
adjective: cowardly, without courage

syn: cowardly; timid
querulous
adjective: inclined to complain, irritable

Jenilee is especially querulous when she's either on her period or hungry.

syn: peevish; puling; sniveling; whiny
quiescent
adjective: motionless

many animals are quiescent over the winter months

syn: dormant; latent
quixotic
adjective: overly idealistic; impractical

quixotic plans to build a roller coaster in the back yard

syn: capricious; impulsive; romantic; unrealistic
quotidian
adjective: occuring daily; commonplace

the sight of people performing on the street is so quotidian in many tourist areas in london and france

syn: everyday; normal; usual
raconteur
noun: witty, skillful storyteller

the raconteur entertained us with his stories

syn: anecdotalist; monologist
rarefy
verb: to make thinner or sparser

the atmosphere rarefies as altitude increases

syn: attenuate; thin
redress
noun: relief from wrong or injury

seeking redress for the injuries she had received in the accident, Doreen sued the driver of the truck that hit her.

syn: amends; indemnity; quittance; reparation; restitution
rejoinder
noun: response

patrick tried desperately to think of a clever rejoinder to Mary's joke, but he couldn't

syn: retort; riposte
repast
noun: meal or mealtime

ravi prepared a delicious repast of chicken tikka and naan.

syn: banquet; feast
replete
adjective: abundantly supplied, complete

super walmart is replete with consumer products of every kind

syn: abounding; full
repose
noun: relaxation; leisure

after a hard work week, Ray finds his repose on weekends watching Florida football and sleeping.

syn: calmness; tranquility
repudiate
verb: to reject the validity of

the old woman's claim that she was russian royalty was repudiated when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them.

syn: deny; disavow; disclaim; disown; renounce
requite
verb: to return or repay

Thanks UF for offering to lend me 3,000 dollars, but I know i'll never be able to requite your generosity.

syn: compensate; reciprocate
restive
adjective: impatient; uneasy; restless

the passengers waiting in line behind us at the airport in Brussels became restive after waiting in line for a long time, b/c the system couldn't check in 5 people.

syn: agitated; anxious; fretful
reticent
adjective: silent, reserved

syn: cool; introverted; laconic; standoffish; taciturn; undemonstrative
rhetoric
noun: effective writing or speaking

lincoln's talent for rhetoric was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.

syn: eloquence; oratory
ribald
adjective: humorous in a vulgar way

That retarded kids fart was ribald.

the jester's ribald brand of humor delighted the uncouth king.

syn: coarse; gross; indelicate; lewd; obscene
rococo
adjective: very highly ornamented

the ornate furniture reminded tilly of the rococo style

syn: intricate; ornate
rustic
adjective: rural

the rustic cabin was an ideal setting for a vacation in the country

syn: bucolic; pastoral
sacrosanct
adjective: extremely sacred; beyond criticism

many people considered mother teresa to be sacrosanct and would not tolerate any criticism of her.

syn: holy; inviolable; off-limits
sagacious
adjective: shrewd, wise

owls have a reputation for being sagacious, b/c their eyes look like glasses

syn: astute, judicious; perspacacious; sage; wise
salient
adjective: prominent, of notable significance

auntie conchita's most salient characteristic is her being officious

syn: marked; noticeable; outstanding
salubrious
adjective: healthful

rita hoped that the fresh mountain air would have a salubrious effect on her health

syn: bracing; curative; medicinal; therapeutic; tonic
sanguine
adjective: ruddy; cheerfully optimistic

a sanguine person thinks the glass is half full

syn: confident; hopeful, positive; rosy; robicund
sardonic
adjective: cynical; scornfully mocking

Isabella was offended by the sardonic way in which her date made fun of her ideas and opions.

syn: acerbic; caustic; sarcastic; satirical
satiate
verb: to satisfy fully or overindulge

syn: cloy; glut; gorge; surfeit
scintilla
noun: trace amount

the poison is so powerful that no more than a scintilla of it is needed to kill a horse.

syn: atom; iota; mote; spark; speck
sedition
noun: behavior that promotes rebellion or civil disorder againts the state

syn: conspiracy; insurrection
sentient
adjective: aware; conscious, able to perceive

The dumb girl who wanted to be hypnotized was still sentient when turk cut her open. dumbass

syn: feeling; intelligent; thinking
seraphic
adjective: angelic, sweet

selena's seraphic appearance belied her nasty, bitter personality

syn: cherubic; heavenly
sinecure
noun: a well-payig job or office that requires little or no work
slake
verb: to calm down or moderate

in order to slake his want of a new gator polo, ray went ahead and bought one.

syn: moderate; quench; satisfy
sobriquet
noun: nickname

Raymond's sobriquet among his lax friends in high school was "smiley".

syn: alias; pseudonym
solecism
noun: grammatical mistake; blunder in speech

we tried to correct Earl's solecism every time he said the word "ain't"

syn: blooper; faux pas; vulgarism
soporific
adjective: causing sleep or lethargy

syn: hypnotic; narcotic; slumberous; somnolent
spartan
adjective: highly self-disciplined; frugal, austere

the athlete prefered to live in a spartan room so he could shut out all distractions

syn: restrained; simple
specious
adjective: deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious; looks good, but is actually false

the student's specious excuse for being late sounded legitimate, but was proved otherwise when his teacher called his home.

syn: illusory; ostensible; plausible; sophistic; spurious
sportive
adjective: frolicsome, playful

syn: frisky; merry
stasis
noun: a state of balance or equilibrium; stagnation

The rusty, ivy-covered World War II tank had obviously been in stasis for years.

syn: inertia, standstill
stentorian
adjective: extremely loud

syn: clamorous, noisy
stigma
noun: a mark of shame or discredit

syn: blemish, blot; opprobrium; stain; taint
stolid
adjective: unemotional, lacking sensitivity

The prisoner appeared stolid and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.

syn: apathetic, impassive, indifferent; phlegmatic; stoical; unconcerned
stratagem
noun: trick designed to deceive an enemy

syn: artifice, feint, maneuver, ruse, while
sublime
adjective: lofty or grand

The music was so sublime that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.

syn: august, exhaulted, glorious, grand, magnificent, majestic, noble, resplendent, superb
sully
verb: to tarnish, taint

With the help of a public relations firm, he was able to restore his sullied reputation.

syn: besmirch, defile
supplant
verb: to replace another by force; to take the place of

a new leader to supplant the tyrannical former one

syn: displace; supersede
surfeit
noun: excessive amount

b/c of the surfeit of pigs, pork prices are really cheap

syn: glut; plethora; repletion; superfluity; surplus
surly
adjective: rude and bad-tempered

when asked to clean the windshield, the surly gas station attendant tossed a dirty rag at the customer and walked away.

syn: gruff; grumpy; testy
sybarite
noun: a person devoted to pleasure and luxury

the french kings, w/ their huge castles, were sybarites.

syn: hedonist; pleasuremonger; sensualist
sycophant
noun: a self-serving flatterer, yes-man

she called everyone other than dr. cox a sycophant

syn: bootlicker; fawner; lickspittle; toady
symbiosis
noun: cooperation, mutual helpfulness

the rhino and the tick-eating bird live in symbiosis

syn: association; interdependence
syncopation
noun: temporary irregularity in musical rhythm

the jazz enthusiast uses syncopation in his music
tacit
adjective: done without using words

syn: implicit; implied; undeclared; unsaid; unuttered
taciturn
adjective: silent, not talkative

the clerk's taciturn nature earned him the nickname Silent Bob.

syn: laconic; reticent
tangential
adjective: digressing, diverting

your argument is tangential to the matter at hand, so lets get back to the point

syn: digressive; extraneous; inconsequential; irrelevant; peripheral
tawdry
adjective: gaudy, cheap, showy

syn: flashy; loud; meretricious
terrestrial
adjective: earthly; down-to-earth, commonplace

syn: earthbound; mundane; sublunary; tellurian; terrene
tirade
noun: long, harsh speech or verbal attack

syn: diatribe; fulmination; harangue; obloquy; revilement; vilification
toady
noun: one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors

the chief of medicine was surrounded by toadies

syn: parasite; sycophant
tome
noun: a book, usually large and academic

syn: codex; volume
torpor
noun: extreme mental and physical sluggishness

syn: apathy; languor
transitory
adjective: temporary, lasting a brief time

the reporter lived in transitory lodgings, staying in one place only long enough to cover the current story

syn: ephemeral; evanescent; fleeting; impermanent; momentary
trenchant
adjective: acute, sharp, incisive; forceful, effective

Tracy's trenchant observations in class made him the professor's favorite student.

syn: biting; caustic; cutting; keen
turgid
adjective: swollen as from a fluid, bloated

syn: distended
tyro
noun: beginner, novice

syn: apprentice; fledgling; greenhorn; neophyte; tenderfoot
umbrage
noun: offense, resentment

the businessman took umbrage at the security guard's accusation that he had shoplifted a packet of gum.

syn: asperity; dudgeon; ire; pique; rancor
unconscionable
adjective: unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust

after she promised me the project, the fact that she gave it to someone else is unconscionable

syn: dishonorable; indefensible
unequivocal
adjective: absolute, certain

the jury's verdict was unequivocal: the crime boss would be locked up for life

syn: categorical; clear; explicit; express; unambiguous
upbraid
verb: to scold sharply

the teacher upbraided the student for painting "dont taze me bro" on the police memorial

syn: berate; chide; rebuke; reproach; tax
usury
noun: the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

syn: loan-sharking
vacillate
verb: to physically sway, to be indecisive

he vacillated between vanilla and chocolate

syn: dither; falter; fluctuate; oscillate; waver
variegated
adjective: varied; marked with different colors

the variegated foliage of the jungle

syn: diversified
venerable
adjective: respected because of age

syn: distinguished; elderly; respectable
venerate
verb: to respect deeply

syn: adore; honor; idolize; revere
veracity
noun: filled with truth and accuracy

she had a reputation for veracity, so everyone trusted her description of events

syn: candor; exactitude; fidelity; probity
verbose
adjective: wordy

syn: longwinded; loquacious; prolix; superfluous
verdant
adjective: green with vegetation; inexperienced

he wandered deep into the verdant woods in search of mushrooms and other edible flora

syn: grassy; leafy; wooded
vernal
adjective: related to spring; fresh


Shea basked in the balmy vernal breezes, happy that winter is over

syn: springlike; youthful
vestige
noun: trace, remnant

vestiges of the former tenant (jenilee) remained in arbor park, since i saw tape on the wall

syn: relic; remains; sign
vex
verb: to annoy, irritate; puzzle, confuse

syn: annoy; bother; chafe; exasperate; irk; nettle; peeve; provoke
vicissitude
noun: a change or variation; ups and downs

investors must be prepared for vicissitudes in the stock market

syn: inconstancy; mutability
vim
noun: vitality and energy

the vim with which she worked so early in the day explained why she was so productive

Lo the PT had much vim.

syn: force; power
viscous
adjective: thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid

syn: gelatinous; glutinous; thick
vituperate
verb: to abuse verbally; berate

syn: castigate; reproach; scold
volatile
adjective: easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive

his volatile personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.

syn: capricious; erratic; fickle; inconsisten; inconstant; mercurial; temperamental
voluble
adjective: talkative, speaking easily, glib

the voluble man and his reserved wife proved the old saying that opposites attract.

syn: loquacious; verbose
wan
adjective: sickly pale

that vampire is wan.

the sick child had a wan face.

some emo kids are wan and nasty.

some of my neighbor's friends are wan and nasty.

syn: ashen; sickly
wanton
adjective: undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless

people outraged by the wanton display of disrespect

syn: capricious; lewd; licentious
waver
verb: to fluctuate between choices

syn: dither; falter; fluctuate; oscillate; vacillate
whimsical
adjective: lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

syn: capricious; erratic; flippant; frivolous
wily
adjective: clever, deceptive

syn: crafty; cunning; tricky
winsome
adjective: charming, happily engaging

kellie gave me a winsome smile

syn: attractive; delightful
wizened
adjective: shriveled, withered, wrinkled

the wizened old man

syn: atrophied; desiccated; gnarled; wasted
wraith
noun: a ghost or specter

gideon thought he saw a wraith late one night as he sat vigil outside his great uncle's bedroom door.

syn: apparition; bogeyman; phantasm; shade; spirit
xenophobia
noun: a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers

syn: bigotry; chauvinism; prejudice
yoke
verb: to join together

the farmer yoked his oxen together

syn: bind; harness; pair
zeal
adjective: passion, excitement

syn: ardency; fervor; fire; passion
zealot
noun: someone passionately devoted to a cause

syn: enthusiast; fanatic; militant; radical
zenith
noun: the point of culmination; peak

syn: acme; pinnacle
zephyr
noun: a gentle breeze; something airy or unsubstantial

The zephyr from the ocean made the intense heat on the beach bearable for the sunbathers.

"I feel a zephyr."

syn: breath; draft
analgesia
noun: a lessening of pain without loss of conxciousness
analogous
adjective: similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

not going to college is analogous to throwing your life away

syn: alike; comparable; parallel; similar
anodyne
noun: something that calms or soothes pain

the anodyne massage helped remove the knots

syn: opiate
anomaly
noun: deviation from what is normal

albino animals may display to great an anomaly in their coloring

syn: aberration; abnormality; deviation; irregularity
antagonize
verb: to annoy or provoke to anger

syn: clash; conflict; incite; irritate; oppose; pester; provoke; vex
antipathy
noun: extreme dislike

the antipathy between florida and auburn fans

syn: animosity; animus; antagonism; aversion; enmity
apathy
noun: lack of interest or emotion

syn: disinterest; disregard; indifference; insensibility
apocryphal
adjective: of questionable authority or authenticity

apocryphal tales of my mom cheating

syn: disputed; doubtful; ficticious; fraudulent
apostate
noun: one who renounces a religious faith

ricky was an apostate, getting his proof from the movie "Dogma"

the king who divorced his wife declared himself an apostate

syn: defector; deserter; traitor
approbation
noun: approval and praise

syn: acclaim; adulation; applause; commendation; compliments
arbitrary
adjective: determined by chance or impulse

syn: changeable; erratic; indiscriminate; random; wayward
arbitrate
verb: to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

a judge was forced to arbitrate their divorce proceedings

syn: adjudge; adjudicate; determine; intermediate; intervene; judge; moderate; referee; rule
archaic
adjective: ancient, old-fashioned

syn: obsolete; outdated; vintage
ardor
noun: intense and passionate feeling

Tim's ardor for florida football

syn: devotion; enthusiasm; fervency; fervidity; fervidness; fervor; fire; passion; zeal; zealousness
arrogate
verb: to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

her boss arrogated the credit for her brilliant work on the project, that asshole

syn: appropriate; presume; take
articulate
adjective: able to speak clearly and expressively

she is extremely articulate when it comes to expressing her pro-labor views

syn: eloquent; expressive; fluent; lucid; silver-tongued; smooth-spoken
assail
verb: to attack, assault

the foreign army will try to assail our bases

syn: beset; strike; storm
assuage
verb: to make something unpleasant less severe

ray used food to assuage his sense of loneliness

syn: allay; alleviate; appease; ease; lighten; mitigate; mollify; pacify
attenuate
verb: to reduce in force or degree; to weaken

syn: debilitate; devitalize; dilute; enerate; enfeeble; rarefy; sap; thin; undermine; undo; unnerve; water; weaken
audacious
adjective: fearless and daring

syn: adventuresome; assertive; bold; brave; couragous; daring
augury
noun: prophecy; prediction of events

the rainbow was an augury of good things to come

syn: auspices; harbinger; omen; portent; presage
august
adjective: dignified; grandiose

the august view of the grand canyon

syn: admirable; awesome; grand; majestic
austere
adjective: severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

syn: bleak; dour; grim; hard; harsh; severe
axiom
noun: premis; postulate; self-evident truth

she based her life on the axioms her lola had passed on to her

syn: adage; apothegm; aphorism; maxim; rule
banal
adj: predictable; cliched; boring

banal phrases like "have a nice day"

syn: bland; cliched; commonplace; tired; trite; vapid; worn-out
belfry
noun: bell tower; room in which a bell is hung

syn: spire; steeple
bevy
noun: group

bevy of nsync fans

syn: band; bunch; gang; pack; troop
bifurcate
verb: divide into two parts

syn: bisect
bilk
verb: to cheat, defraud

the french salesperson bilked the tourist out of 20 euros
blight
verb: to afflict: to destroy

the frost was able to blight the potato crops entirely

syn: damage; plague
blithe
adjective: joyful; cheerful, or without appropriate thought

the blithe students spent their days at the beach

syn: carefree; lighthearted; merry
bolster
verb: to support; to prop up

syn: brace; buttress; crutch; prop, stay; support; sustain; underpinning; uphold
bombastic
adj: pompous in speech and manner

syn: bloated; declamatory; fustian; grandiloquent; grandiose; high-flown; magniloquent; orotund; pretentious; rhetorical; self-important
bonhomie
noun: good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boor
noun: crude person, one lacking manners or taste

that utter boor ruined my recital with his constant laughing.

syn: clod; lout; oaf; vulgarian; yahoo
burgeon
verb: to grow and flourish

syn: bloom; burgeon; flourish; prosper; thrive
burnish
verb: to polish

syn: buff; luster; polish; scour
cabal
noun: a secret group seeking to overturn something

the boys formed a cabal to keep girls out of their tree house.

syn: camp; circle; clan; clique; coterie; in-group; mafia; mob; ring
cacophony
noun: harsh, jarring noise

syn: chaos; clamor; din; discord; disharmony; noice
calumny
noun: a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

the bad politician used calumny to bring down his opponent

syn: defamation; libel; slander
canard
noun: a lie

the tabloid's story about a goat giving birth to a human child was clearly a canard.

syn: falsehood; falsity; fib; misrepresentation; prevarication; tale; untruth
candid
adjective: impartial and honest in speech

syn: direct; forthright; frank; honest; open; sincere; straight; straightforward; undisguised
capricious
adjective: changing one's mind quickly and often

syn: arbitrary; chance; changeable; erratic; fickle; inconstant; mercurial; random; whimsical; willful
castigate
verb: to punish or criticize harshly

syn: admonish; chastise; chide; rebuke; reprimand; reproach; reprove; scold; tax; upbraid`
catalyst
noun: something that brings about a change in something else

syn: accelerator; impetus; stimulant
catholic
adjective: universal; broad and comprehensive

hot tea with honey is a catholic remedy for a sore throat

syn: extensive; general
caustic
adjective: biting in wit

syn: acerbic; biting; mordant; trenchant
chaos
noun: great disorder or confused situation

syn: disarrangement; disarray; muddle; scramble; snarl; topsy-turviness
chauvinist
noun: someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

syn: biased; colored; one-sided; partial; partisan; prejudicial
chicanery
noun: deception by means of craft or guile

syn: artifice; conniving; craftiness; deception; deviousness; misrepresentation
circumspect
adjective: cautious; aware of potential consequences

raymond is circumspect in his language and behavior whenever around jenilee's parents

syn: alert; cautious; heedful; mindful; prudent; solicitous; vigilant; wary
cloying
adjective: sickly sweet; excessive

their cloying affection toward one another is fucking annoying

syn: excessive; fulsome
coalesce
verb: to grow together to form a single whole

syn: amalgamate; blend; coalesce; condense; consolidate; fuse; unite
coffer
noun: strongbox; large chest for money

syn: chest; exchequer; treasury; war chest
cogent
adjective: convincing and well-reasoned

swayed by the cogent argument of the defense

syn: convincing; persuasive; solid; sound; telling; valid
collusion
noun: collaboration, complicity, complicity

the police chief and the mafia had a collusion in running the numbers racket

syn: connivance; intrigue; machination
condone
verb: to overlook, to pardon, to disregard

syn: exculpate; excuse; pardon; remit
connoisseur
noun: a person with expert knowledge or discriminating taste

syn: authority; epicure; gastronome
contrite
adjective: deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong

syn: apologetic; regretful; remorseful
contumacious
adjective: rebellious

the contumacious teenager ran away

syn: factious; insubordinate; insurgent; mutinous; rebellious; seditious
convoluted
adjective: intricate and complicated

syn: byzantine; complex; elaborate; intricate; knotty; labyrinthine; perplexing; tangled
corroborate
verb: to support with evidence

syn: authenticate; back; buttress; confirm; substantiate; validate; verify
cosset
verb: to pamper; to treat with great care

syN; cater to; cuddle; dandle; fondle; love; pamper; pet; spoil
coterie
noun: an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

a coterie of fellow stamp enthusiasts

syn: clique; set
craven
adjective: lacking courage

syn: faint-hearted; spineless; timid
credulous
adjective: too trusting; gullible

syn: naive; susceptible; trusting
crescendo
noun: steadily increasing in volume or force

syn: acme; capstone; climax; crest; culmen; culmination; meridian; peak
cupidity
noun: greed; strong desire

the thief stared at the shining jewels with cupidity in his eyes

syn: avarice; covetousness; rapacity
curmudgeon
noun: cranky person, usually old
declivity
noun: downward slope

the declivity of a hill

syn: decline; descent; grade; slant; tilt
decorous
adjective: proper, tasteful, socially correct

syn: appropriate; courteous; polite
decorum
noun: appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

syn: correctness; decency; etiquette; manners; MORES; propriety; SEEMLINESS
deface
verb: to mar the appearance of, to vandalize

syn: disfigure; impair; spoil
deference
noun: respect; courtesy

the law clerk treated the supreme court justice with the utmost deference

syn: courtesy; homage; honor; obeisance; respect; reverence; veneration
deleterious
adjective: subtly or unexpectedly harmful

deleterious to our reputation

syn: adverse; inimical; injurious; hurtful
demagogue
n: a leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice

syn: agitator; inciter; instigator
demur
verb: to express doubts or objections

galileo was forced to demur when all others around him claimed the planets revolved around the earth

syn: dissent; expostulate; kick; protest; remonstrate
deride
verb: to speak of or treat w/ contempt, to mock

the gay child was often derided by his peers.

syn: gibe; jeer; mock; ridicule
dessicate
verb: to dry out thoroughly

syn: dehydrate; dry; parch
desultory
adjective: jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

after changing majors 7 times, she had a desultory academic major

syn: erratic; haphazard; indiscriminate; random
diaphnous
adjective: allowing light to show through; delicate

syn; gauzy; sheer; tenuous; translucent; transparent
diatribe
noun: an abusive, condemnatory speech

she bellowed a diatribe at the fucker who cut her off

syn: fulmination; harangue; invective
dictum
noun: authoritative statement

clean you mother fuckers, was the dictum our boss made us live by

syn: adage; apothegm; aphorism; decree; edict
diffident
adjective: lacking self-confidence

syn: backward; bashful; coy; demure; modest; retiring; self-effacing; shy; timid
dilate
verb; to make larger, to expand

syn: amplify; develop; elaborate; enlarge; expand; expatiate
dilatory
adj: intended to delay, procrastinating

he used dilatory measures to delay the passage of the bill

syn: sluggish; putting off
dilettante
noun: someone w/ an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

the dilettante had new jobs and hobbies every week

syn: amateur; dabbler; rookie
dirge
noun: a funeral hymn or mournful speech

syn: elegy; lament
disabuse
verb: to set right, to free from error

syn: correct; dismiss; undeceive
disparate
adjective: fundamentally different; entirely unlike

the twin's personalities are disparate

syn: different; dissimilar; variant
dissemble
verb: to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character

syn: camouflage; cloak; feign
dissonance
noun: a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds

syn: dissension; dissent; dissidence; friction; strife; variance
distaff
noun: the female branch of the family

the duty of cooking belongs to the distaff's side
dither
verb: to act confusedly or without clear purpose

she dithered around her apt, uncertain how to tackle the family crisis

syn: falter; hesistate; vacillate; waffle; waver
diurnal
adj: existing during the day

diurnal creatures tend to become inactive during the night

syn: daylight; daytime
divine
v: to foretell or know by inspiration

the fortune teller divined from claire's hands that her baby is bad luck and sent her to crash on the island

syn: auger; foresee; intuit; predict; presage
doctrinaire
adj: rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic

syn: dictatorial; inflexible
dogma
noun: a firmly held opinion, especially a religious belief

syn: creed; doctrines; teaching; tenet
dogmatic
adj: dictatorial in one's opinions

syn: authoritarian; bossy; doctrinaire; domineering; imperious
droll
adj: amusing in a wry, subtle way

the play wasnt hilarious, but it was droll

syn: comic; entertaining; funny; risible; witty
dupe
verb: to deceive

syn: beguile; betray; bluff; cozen; delude; fool; hoodwink; humbug; mislead; take in trick
dyspeptic
adj: suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable

the dyspeptic young man cast a gloom over the party the minute he walked in.

syn: acerb; melancholy; morose; solemn; sour
ebullient
adj: exhilarate, full of enthusiasm and high spirits

syn: ardent; avid; bubbly; zestful
eclectic
adj: selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

syn: broad; catholic; selective
edify
v: to instruct morally and spiritually

the guru was paid to edify the actress in the ways of buddism

syn: educate; enlighten; guide; teach
efficacy
noun: effectivness, vigor
effrontery
noun: impudent boldness; audacity

syn: brashness; gall; nerve; presumption; temerity
elegy
noun: a sorrowful poem or speech

syn: dirge; lament
eloquent
adj: persuasive and moving, especially in speech

syn: articulate; expressive; fluent; meaningful; significant; smooth-spoken
embellish
verb: to add ornamental or fictitious details

syn: adorn; bedeck; elaborate; embroider; enhance; exaggerate
emulate
v: to copy, to try to equal or excel

syn: ape; imitate; simulate
encomium
noun: warm praise

syn: citation; eulogy; panegyric; salutation; tribute
endemic
adj: belonging to a particular area; inherent

syn: indigenous; local; native
enervate
verb: to reduce in strength

syn: debilitate; enfeeble; sap; weaken
engender
verb: to produce, cause, or bring about

syn: beget; generate; procreate; proliferate; reproduce; spawn
enigma
noun: a puzzle, mystery

syn: conundrum; perplexity
enumerate
verb: to count, list, itemize

asked the waiter to enumerate the different varieties of ice cream that the restaurant carried
ephemeral
adj: evanescent; fleeting; transient
epicure
noun: person w/ refined taste in food and wine

syn: bon vivant; connoisseur; gastronome; gastronomer; gastronomist; gourmand; gourmet
equivocate
verb: to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

syn: hedge; waffle
erratic
adj: capricious; inconstant; irresolute; whimsical
ersatz
adj: fake, artificial

ersatz lacoste shirts from new york china town

syn: false; imitation
eschew
verb: to shun, to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful)

the filmmaker eschewed artificial light for her actors

syn: avoid; elude; escape; evade
esoteric
adj: known or understood only by a few

syn: abstruse; arcane; obscure
estimable
adj: admirable

it is estimable that mother teresa spent her life helping people

syn: commendable; honorable; creditable; laudable; meritorious; praiseworthy; venerable
ethos
noun: beliefs or character of a group

syn: culture; ethic; philosophy
eulogy
noun: speech in praise of someone

syn: encomium; elegy; panegyric
exculpate
verb: absolve; acquit; clear; exonerate; vindicate
exigent
adj: urgent; requiring immediate action

it was exigent to stop the source of bleeding

syn: critical; imperative; needed; urgent
explicit
adj: clearly stated or shown; unambiguous; unequivocal
exponent
noun: one who champions or advocates

she was an enthusiastic exponent of computer technology

syn: representative; supporter
expurgate
verb: to censor

government propagandists expurgated all negative references to the dictator from the film

syn: cut; sanitize
fallow
adj: dormant; unused

the field should lie fallow

syn: idle; inactive; unseeded
fanatical
adj: acting excessively enthusiastic; filled w/ extreme, unquestioned devotion

the stormtroopers were fanatical in their devotion to the Emperor

syn: extremist; fiery; frenzied; zealous
fatuous
adj: stupid; foolishly self-satisfied

ted's fatuous comments

syn: absurd; ludicrous; preposterous; ridiculous; silly
fawn
verb: to grovel; kiss ass

syn: bootlick; grovel; pander; toady
fecund
adj: fertile, fruitful, productive

the fecund couple had 20 kids.

syn: flourishing; prolific
fervid
adj: intensely emotional, feverish

the fans of the opera singer were particularly fervid

syn: burning; impassioned; passionate; vehement; zealous
fetid
adj: foul-smelling, putrid

the fetid stench from the outhouse

syn: funky; malodorous; noisome; rank; stinky
flag
verb: to decline in vigor, strength, or interest

his strenght flagged

syn: dwindle; ebb; slacken; subside; wane
florid
adj: excessively decorated or embellished

the palace had been decorated in an excessively florid style; every surface had been carved and gilded

syn: Baroque; elaborate; flamboyant; ornate; ostentatious; Rococo
foment
verb: to arouse or incite

the rebels tried to foment revolution

syn: agitate; impassion; inflame; instigate; kindle
ford
verb: to cross a body of water by wading

the mayan kids were unable to ford the swollen river.

syn: traverse; wade
forestall
verb: to prevent, delay; anticipate

syn: avert; deter; hinder; obviate; preclude
fortuitous
adj: happening by chance, fortunate

it was fortuitous that i met and worked w/ michele, b/c she hooked me up w/ a job at big shands.

syn: chance; fortunate; haphazard; lucky; propitious; prosperous
fractious
adj: unruly, rebellious


the general had a hard time maintaining discipline among his fractious troops.

syn: contentious; cranky; peevish; quarrelsome
frenetic
adj: frantic, frenzied

ray's frenetic schedule left him little time to socialize

syn: corybantic; delirious; feverish; mad; rabid; wild
frugality
noun: tendency to be thrifty or cheap

syn: cheapness; economy; PARSIMONY
furtive
adj: secret, stealthy

Ray was furtive when he checked out nicole sheppard's boobs.

syn: clandestine; covert; shifty; surreptitous; underhand
gambol
verb: to dance or skip around playfully

syn: caper; cavort; frisk; frolic; rollick; romp
garner
verb: to gather and store

he garnered financial backing

syn: amass; acquire; glean; harvest; reap
garrulous
adj: tending to talk a lot

garrulous sharky

syn: effusive; loquacious

sharkey is so garrulous, so effusive, so talkative
gestation
noun: growth process from conception to birth

syn: development; gravidity; pregnancy
glib
adj: fluent in an insincere manner; offhand, casual

he was a glib speaker,so the bad politician managed to continue gaining supporters.

syn: easy; superficial
glower
verb: to glare; to stare angrily and intensely

Niels glowered at his daughter for moving the 8 ball.

syn: frown; lower; scowl
gradation
noun: process occuring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color

target copy offers so many gradations of blue that its hard to choose among the resume paper

syn: nuance; shade; step; subtlety
gregarious
adj: outgoing, sociable

greg podraza is gregarious

syn: affable; communicative; congenial; sociable
grievous
adj: causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing

she sobbed loudly at the grievous event

syn: dire; dolorous; grave; mournful
grovel
verb: to humble oneself in a demeaning way

thor groveled to his ex-girlfriend, hoping she would take him back

syn: bootlick; cringe; fawn; kowtow; toady
guile
noun: deceit, trickery

the coyote resorted to guile in an effort to trap that stupid road runner

syn: artifice; chicanery; connivery; duplicity
hapless
adj: unfortunate, having bad luck

give that poor, hapless soul some food

syn: ill-fated; ill-starred; jinxed; luckless; unlucky
hegemony
noun: the domination of one state or group over its allies

USA claims hegemony over all its allies.

syn: authority; power
hermetic
adj: tightly sealed

the hermetic seal of the jar proved impossible to break

syn: airtight; impervious; watertight
heterogenous
adj: composed of unlike parts, different, diverse; assorted; miscellaneous; mixed; MOTLEY; varied
hoary
adj: very old; whitish or gray from age

the old man's hoary beard

syn: ancient; antediluvian; antique; venerable; vintage
husband
verb: to manage economically; to use sparingly; to conserve
hyperbole
noun: purposeful exaggeration for effect

syn: embellishment; inflation; magnification
iconoclast
noun: one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

his lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an iconoclast

syn: maverick; nonconformist; rebel; revolutionary
idiosyncracy
noun: peculiarity of temperament, eccentricity

his numerous idiosyncrasies included a fondness for matching his socks with his shirt

syn: humor; oddity; quirk
ignoble
adj: having low moral standards, not noble in character; mean.

ignoble means not noble.

the ignoble act of pick-pocketing

syn: lowly; vulgar
imbue
verb: to infuse; dye, wet, moisten

she tried to imbue her children with good values

syn: charge; freight; impregnate; permeate; pervade
impasse
noun: blocked path; dilemma w/ no solution

the rock slide produced an impasse, so no one could proceed further on the road.

the wall of dead persians produced an impasse

syn: cul-de-sac; deadlock; stalemate
impecunious
adj: poor, having no money

the impecunious street beggar in the philippines

syn: destitute; impoverished; indigent; needy; penniless
imperturbable
adj: not capable of being disturbed

syn: composed; dispassionate; impassive; serene; stoical
impervious
adj: impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

syn: impregnable; resistant

impregnable means not able to make pregnant, not able to penetrate
impetuous
adj: quick to act without thinking

it is not good for an investment banker to be impetuous, b/c he should think before making decisions

syn: impulsive; precipitate; rash; reckless; spontaneous
impious
adj: not devout in religion

impious means not pious

syn: immoral; irreverent; profane
implacable
adj: unable to be calmed down or made peaceful

After Jenilee left him for Raymond, Mike was implacable for weeks.

syn: inexorable; intransigent; irreconcilable; relentless; remorseless; unforgiving; unrelenting
imprecation
noun: a curse

spouting violent imprecations, hank searched for the person who had vandalized his truck

syn: damnation
impugn
verb: to call into question; to attack verbally

how dare you impugn my motives?

syn: challenge; dispute
incarnadine
adj: blood-red in color

tony's cheeks turned incarnadine with frustration

syn: reddened; ruby; ruddy
inchoate
adj: not fully formed, disorganized

also appear in an inchoate form in his earliest writing

syn: amorphous; incoherent; incomplete; unorganized
inculcate
verb: to teach, impress in the mind

parents inculcate their children with their beliefs and ideas

syn: implant; indoctrinate; instill; preach
indolent
adj: habitually lazy, idle

her indolent ways got her fired from many jobs

syn: lethargic; slothful; sluggish
inexorable
adj: inflexible, unyielding

the inexorable force of the twister swept away their house.

syn: adamant; obdurate; relentless
ingenuous
adj: showing innocence or childlike simplicity

syn: artless; guileless; innocent; naive; simple; unaffected
ingrate
noun: ungrateful person

when jenilee didn't thank me for dinner, i thought she was an ingrate

syn: cad; churl
ingratiate
verb: to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage

ray tried to ingratiate himself w/ shankar so that he might write him a letter of recommendation.

syn: curry favor; flatter
inimical
adj: hostile, unfriendly

even though a cease-fire had been in place for months, the two sides were still inimical to each other.

syn: adverse; antagonistic; dissident; recalcitrant
iniquity
noun: sin, evil act

i promise to close every den of iniquity in this town! said batman

syn: enormity; immorality; injustice; vice; wickedness
inquest
noun: an investigation, an inquiry

the police chief ordered an inquest to determine what went wrong.

syn: probe; quest; research
insipid
adj: lacking interest or flavor

syn: banal; bland; dull; stale; vapid
insurrection
noun: rebellion

syn: mutiny; revolt; revolution; uprising
inter
verb: to bury

matt's body was interred at his funeral

syn: entomb; inhume; sepulchre; tomb
interregnum
noun: interval between reigns
intractable
adj: not easily managed or manipulated

intractable for hours, the wild horse eventually let ryan pacheco to mount

syn: stubborn; unruly
intransigent
adj: uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled

the professor was intransigent on the deadline

syn: implacable; inexorable; irreconcilable; obdurate; obstinate; remorseless; rigid; unbending; unrelenting; unyielding
intrepid
adj: fearless, resolutely couragous

syn: brave
inundate
verb: to overwhelm; to cover with water

syn: deluge; drown; engulf; flood; submerge
inure
verb: to harden; accustom, become used to

Hassad became inured to the sirens that went off every night in Bagdad.

syn: condition; familiarize; habituate
invective
noun: abusive language

a stream of invectives poured from Mrs. Pratt's mouth

syn: denunciation; revilement; vituperation
investiture
noun: ceremony conferring authority

at napoleons investiture, he grabbed the crown from the pope's hands and placed it on his head himself.

syn: inaugural; inauguration; induction; initiation; installation
invidious
adj: envious, obnoxious, offensive; likely to promote ill-will

it is invidious for parents to play favorites with their children.

syn: discriminatory; insulting; jaundiced; resentful
irascible
adj: cantankerous; irritable; ornery; testy
itinerant
adj: wandering from place to place; unsettled

the itinerant cat came back to raymond's house often, and samo got pissed

syn: nomadic; vagrant
jargon
noun: argot; cant; dialect; idiom; slang
jettison
verb: to discard, to get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering

syn: dump; eject
jingoism
noun: belligerent support of one's country

syn: chauvinism; nationalism
jocular
adj: playful, humorous

the jocular old man

syn: amusing; comical
judicious
adj: sensible, showing good judgement

syn: circumspect; prudent; sagacious; sapient