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DAUNT
to discourage, intimidate
DEARTH
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
DEBASE
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
DEBILITATE
to weaken enfeeble
DEBUNK
to discredit, disprove
DECIDUOUS
falling off or shed seasonally, short-lived, temporary
DECORUM
proper behavior, etiquette
DECRY
to belittle, openly condemn
DEFACE
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
DEFAMATORY
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
DEFERENTIAL
respectful and polite in a submissive way
DEFLATION
decrease, depreciation
DEFUNCT
no longer existing, extinct
DELECTABLE
appetizing, delicious
DELEGATE(V.)
to give powers to another
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DAUNT
to discourage, intimidate
DEARTH
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
DEBASE
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
DEBILITATE
to weaken enfeeble
DEBUNK
to discredit, disprove
DECIDUOUS
falling off or shed seasonally, short-lived, temporary
DECORUM
proper behavior, etiquette
DECRY
to belittle, openly condemn
DEFACE
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
DEFAMATORY
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
DEFERENTIAL
respectful and polite in a submissive way
DEFLATION
decrease, depreciation
DEFUNCT
no longer existing, extinct
DELECTABLE
appetizing, delicious
DELEGATE(V.)
to give powers to another
DELETERIOUS
harmful, destructive, detrimental
DELUGE
flood
DEMAGOGUE
leader, rabble-rouser, usually using appeals to emotion or prejudice
DEMEAN
to degrade, humiliate, humble
DEMOGRAPHICS
data relating to study of human population
DEMOTE
to reduce to a lower grade or rand
DEMUR
to express doubts or objections
DENIGRATE
to slur someone's reputation
DEPLETE
to use up, exhaust
DEPLORE
to express or feel disapproval of, regret strongly
DEPLOY
to spread out strategically over an area
DEPRAVITY
sinfulness, moral corruption
DEPRECATE
to belittle, disparage
DEPRECIATE
to lose value gradually
DERIDE
to mock, ridicule, make fun of
DERIVATIVE
copied or adapted, not original\
DESICCATE
to dry completely, dehydrate
DESIST
to stop doing something
DESPONDENT
feeling discouraged and dejected
DESPOT
tyrannical ruler\
DESULTORY
at random, rambling, unmethodical
DETER
to discourage, prevent from happening
DEVIATE
to stray, wander
DEXTEROUS
skilled physically or mentally
DIALECT
regional style of speaking
DIAPHANOUS
allowing light to show through, delicate
DIATRIBE
bitter verbal attack
DICTUM
authoritative statement, popular saying\
DIDACTIC
excessively instructive
DIFFIDENCE
shyness, lack of confidence
DIFFUSE
widely spread out
DIGRESS
to turn aside, to stray from the main point
DILAPIDATED
in disrepair, run down neglected
DILATE
to enlarge, swell, extend
DILATORY
slow, tending to delay
DIPLOMACY
discretion, tact
DIGRESS
funeral hymn
DISARRAY
clutter, disorder
DISBURSE
to pay out
DISCERN
to perceive something obscure
DISCONCERTING
bewildering, perplexing, slightly disturbing
DISCORDANT
harsh-sounding, badly out of tune
DISCREDIT
to dishonor or disgrace
DISCREPANCY
difference between
DISDAIN
to regard with scorn and contempt
DISGORGE
to vomit, discharge violently
DISHEVELED
untidy, disarranged, unkempt
DISPARAGE
to belittle, speak disrespectfully about
DISPARATE
dissimilar, different in kind
DISPASSIONATE
free from emotion, impartial, unbiased
DISPEL
to drive out or scatter
DISPENSE
to distribute, administer
DISPERSE
to break up, scatter
DISPIRIT
to dishearten, make dejected
DISREPUTE
disgrace, dishonor
DISSEMBLE
to pretend, disguise one's motives
DISSEMINATE
to spread far and wide
DISSIPATE
to scatter, to pursue pleasure to excess
DISSUADE
to persuade someone to alter original intentions\
DISTRAUGHT
very worried and distressed
DITHER
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose\
DIURNAL
daily
DIVINE
to foretell or know by inspiration
DIVISIVE
creating disunity or conflict
DOCILE
tame, willing to be taught
DOCTRINAIRE
rigidly devoted to theories
DOGMATIC
rigidly fixed in opinion, opinionated
DOLEFUL
sad, mournful
DORMANT
at rest, inactive, in suspended animation
DOTING
excessively fond, loving to excess
DOUR
sullen and gloomy, stern and severe
DRIVEL
stupid talk, slobber
DROLL
amusing in a wry, subtle way
DULCET
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
DUPE
to deceive, trick, a fool or pawn
DUPLICITY
deception, dishonesty, double-dealing
DYSPEPTIC
suffering from indigestion, gloomy and irritable
EBB
to fade away, recede
EBULLIENT
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
ECLECTIC
selecting from various sources
ECSTATIC
joyful
EDICT
law, command, official public order
EDIFICE
building
EDIFY
to instruct morally and spiritually
EFFACE
to erase or make illegible
EFFERVESCENT
bubbly, lively
EFFIGY
stuffed doll, likeness of a person
EFFRONTERY
impudent boldness, audacity
EFFULGENT
brilliantly shining
EFFUSIVE
expressing emotion without restraint
EGOCENTRIC
acting as if things are centered around oneself
EGREGIOUS
conspicuously bad
ELATION
exhilaration, joy
ELEGY
mournful poem
ELICIT
to draw out, provoke
ELOQUENCE
fluent and effective speech
EMACIATED
skinny, scrawny, gaunt, especially from hunger
EMANCIPATE
to set free, liberate
EMBELLISH
to ornament, make attractive with decoration or details, add details to a statement
EMBEZZLE
to steal money in violation of a trust
EMINENT
celebrated, distinguished, outstanding , towering
EMOLLIENT
having soothing qualities, especially for skin
EMPATHY
identification with another's feelings
EMULATE
to copy, imitate
ENDEMIC
belonging to a particular are, inherent
ENERVATE
to weaken, sap strength from
ENGENDER
to produce, cause, bring about
ENIGMATIC
puzzling, inexplicable\
ENJOIN
to urge, order, command, forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
ENMITY
hostility, antagonism, ill-will
ENNUI
boredom, lack of interest and energy
ENORMITY
state of being gigantic or terrible
ENSCONCE
to settle comfortable into a place
ENTHRALL
to captivate, enchant, enslave
ENTREAT
to plead, beg
ENUNCIATE
to pronounce clearly
EPHEMERAL
momentary, transient, fleeting
EPICURE
person with refined taste in food and wine
EPIGRAM
short, witty saying or poem
EPILOGUE
concluding section of a literary work
EPITOME
representative of an entire group, summary
EQUANIMITY
calmness, composure
EQUINE
relating to horse
EQUIVOCAL
ambiguous, open to more than one interpretation\
EQUIVOCATE
to use vague or ambiguous language intentionally
ERADICATE
to erase or wipe out
ERRANT
straying, mistaken roving
ERUDITE
learned, scholarly
ESCHEW
to abstain from avoid
ESOTERIC
understood by only a learned few
ESPOUSE
to support or advocate to marry
ESTRANGE
to alienate, keep at a distance
ETHEREAL
not earthly, spiritual, delicate
EULOGY
high praise, often I a public speech
EUPHEMISM
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
EUPHONY
pleasant, harmonious sound
EUPHORIA
feeling of well-being or happiness
EVADE
to avoid, dodge
EVANESCENT
momentary,. Transitory, short-lived
EVICT
to put out or force out
EXACERBATE
to aggravate, intensify the bad qualities of
EXASPERATION
irritation
EXCERPT
selection from a book or play
EXCRUCIATING
agonizing, intensely painful
EXCULPATE
to clear of blame or fault, vindicate
EXECRABLE
utterly detestable, abhorrent
EXHILARATION
state of being energetic or filled with happiness
EXHORT
to urge or incite by strong appeals
EXONERATE
to clear of blame, absolve
EXORBITANT
extravagant, greater than reasonable
EXPEDIENT(ADJ.)
convenient, efficient, practical\
EXPIATE
to atone for, make amends for
EXPLICIT
clearly defined, specific, forthright in express
EXPONENT
one who champions or advocates
EXPOUND
to elaborate, to expand or increase
EXPUNGE
to erase, eliminate completely
EXPURGATE
to censor
EXTEMPORANEOUS
unrehearsed, on the spur of the moment
EXTENUATE
to lessen the seriousness, strength, or effect of
EXTOL
to praise
EXTRICATE
to free from, disentangle
EXTRINSIC
not inherent or essential, coming from without
EXUBERANT
lively, happy, and full of good spirits
EXUDE
to give off, ooze
EXULT
to rejoice
FABRICATE
to make or devise, construct
FAÇADE
face, front, mask, superficial appearance
FACILE
very easy
FALLACIOUS
wrong, unsound, illogical
FALLOW
uncultivated, unused
FANATICISM
extreme devotion to a cause
FARCICAL
absurd, ludicrous
FASTIDIOUS
careful with details
FATHOM (v.)
to measure the depth of, gauge
FATUOUS
stupid, foolishly self-satisfied
FAWN (v.)
to flatter excessively, seek the favor of
FAZE
to bother, upset, or disconcert
FECKLESS
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
FEIGN
to pretend, give a false impression, to invent falsely
FELICITOUS
suitable, appropriate, well-spoken
FELL
to chop, cut down
FERVID
passionate, intense, zealous
FETID
foul-smelling, putrid
FIASCO
disaster, utter failure
FIDELITY
loyalty
FINICKY
fussy, difficult to please
FLACCID
limp, flabby, weak
FLAGRANT
outrageous, shameless
FLAMBOYANT
flashy, garish, exciting, dazzling
FLAUNT
to showoff
FLORA
plants
FLORID
gaudy, extremely ornate, ruddy, flushed
FLOUNDER
to falter, waver, to muddle, struggle
FLOUT
to treat contemptuously, scorn
FLUCTUATE
to alternate, waver
FOIBLE
minor weakness or character flaw
FOIL
to defeat, frustrate
FOMENT
to arouse or incite
FORD
to cross a body of water at a shallow place
FOREBODING
dark sense of evil to come
FORESTALL
to prevent, delay, anticipate
FORETHOUGHT
anticipation, foresight
FORGO
to go without, refrain from,
FORLORN
dreary, deserted, unhappy, hopeless, despairing
FORSWEAR
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
FORTE
strong point, something a person does well
FORTUITOUS
happening by luck, fortunate
FOSTER
to nourish, cultivate, promote
FOUNDER
to fall helplessly, sink, fail
FRACAS
noisy dispute
FRACTIOUS
unruly, rebellious
FRAUDULENT
deceitful, dishonest, unethical
FRAUGHT
full of, accompanied by
FRENETIC
wildly frantic, frenzied, hectic
FULSOME
sickeningly excessive, repulsive
FUNERAL
mournful, appropriate to a funeral
FURTIVE
secret, stealthy
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GARGANTUAN
giant, tremendous
GARNER
to gather and store
GARRULOUS
very talkative
GAUNT
thin and bony
GENRE
type, class, category
GERMINATE
to begin to grow (as with a seed or idea)
GESTATION
growth process from conception to birth
GIBE
to make heckling, taunting remarks
GIRTH
distance around something
GLIB
fluent in an insincere manner, offhand, casual
GLUTTONY
eating and drinking to excess
GOAD
to prod or urge
GRANDILOQUENCE
pompous talk, fancy but meaningless language
GRANDIOSE
magnificent and imposing, exaggerated and pretentious
GRATIS
free, costing nothing
GRATUITOUS
free, voluntary, unnecessary and unjustified
GREGARIOUS
outgoing, sociable
GRIEVOUS
causing grief or sorrow, serious and distressing
GRIMACE
facial expression showing pain or disgust
GROVEL
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
GUILE
trickery, deception
GULLIBLE
easily deceived
GUSTATORY
relating to sense of taste
HABITAT
dwelling place
HACKNEYED
worn out by overuse
HAPLESS
unfortunate, having bad luck
HARBINGER
precursor, sign of something to come
HARDY
robust, vigorous
HAUGHTY
arrogant and condescending
HEDONISM
pursuit of pleasure as a goal
HEGEMONY
leadership, domination, usually by a country
HEINOUS
shocking, wicked, terrible
HEMORRHAGE
heavy bleeding, to bleed heavily
HETEROGENEOUS
composed of unlike parts, different, diverse
HEW
to cut with an ax
HIATUS
break, interruption, vacation
HOMAGE
public honor and respect
HOMOGENEOUS
composed of identical parts
HONE
to sharpen
HUSBAND (V.)
to farm, manage carefully and thriftily
HUTCH
pen or coop for animals, shack, shanty
HYGIENIC
clean, sanitary
HYPERBOLE
purposeful exaggeration for effect
HYPOCHONDRIA
unfunded belief that one is often ill
HYPOCRITE
person claiming beliefs or virtues he or she doesn't really possess
HYPOTHESIS
assumption subject to proof
ICONOCLAST
one who attacks traditional beliefs\
IDEALISM
pursuit of noble goals
IDIOSYNCRASY
peculiarity of temperament, eccentricity
IGNOMINIOUS
disgraceful and dishonorable
ILLICIT
illegal, improper
ILLUSORY
unreal, deceptive
ILLUSTRIOUS
famous, renowned
IMMACULATE
spotless, free from error
IMMERSE
to bate, dip, to engross, preoccupy
IMMUNE
exempt, protected from harm or disease, unresponsive to
IMMUTABLE
unchangeable, invariable
IMPAIR
to damage, injure
IMPASSE
blocked path, dilemma with no solution
IMPASSIVE
showing no emotion
IMPEACH
to charge with misdeeds in public office, accuse
IMPECCABLE
flawless, without fault
IMPECUNIOUS
poor, having no money
IMPEDIMENT
barrier, obstacle, speech disorder
IMPERIOUS
arrogantly self-assured, domineering, overbearing
IMPERTINENT
rude
IMPERVIOUS
impossible to penetrate, incapable of being affected
IMPETUOUS
quick to act without think
IMPLACABLE
inflexible, incapable of being pleased
IMPLICATE
to involve in a crime, incriminate
IMPLICIT
implied, not directly expressed
IMPORTUNE
to ask repeatedly, beg
IMPOTENT
powerless, ineffective, lacking strength
IMPOVERISH
to make poor or bankrupt
IMPRECATION
curse
IMPREGNABLE
totally safe from attack, able to resist defeat
IMPUDENT
arrogant, audacious
IMPUGN
to call into question, attack verbally
INANE
foolish, silly, lacking significance
INAUGURATE
to begin or start officially, to induct into office
INCANDESCENT
shining brightly
INCARCERATE
to put in jail, to confine
INCENDIARY
combustible, flammable, burning easily
INCENSE (V.)
to infur8iate, enrage
INCEPTION
beginning
INCESSANT
continuous, never ceasing
INCHOATE
imperfectly formed or formulated
INCIPIENT
beginning to exist or appear, in an initial stage
INCISIVE
perceptive, penetrating
INCOGNITO
in disguise, concealing one's identity
INCONTROVERTIBLE
unquestionable, beyond dispute
INCORRIGIBLE
incapable of being corrected
INCREDULOUS
skeptical, doubtful
INCULCATE
to teach, impress in the mind
INDEFATIGABLE
never tired
INDELIBLE
permanent, not erasable
INDIGENOUS
native occurring naturally in an area
INDIGENT
very poor
INDIGNANT
angry, incensed, offended
INDOLENT
habitually lazy, idle
INDOMITABLE
fearless, unconquerable
INDUBITABLE
unquestionable, beyond dispute
INDUCE
to persuade, bring about
INEPT
clumsy, awkward
INERT
unable to move, tending to inactivity
INEVITABLE
certain, unavoidable
INEXORABLE
inflexible, unyielding
INFAMY
reputation for bad deeds
INFER
to conclude, deduce
INFINITESIMAL
extremely tiny
INFIRMITY
disease, ailment
INGENIOUS
original, clever, inventive
INGENUOUS
straightforward, open, naïve and unsophisticated
INGRATE
ungrateful person
INGRATIATE
to bring oneself purposely into another's good graces
INHIBIT
to hold back, prevent, restrain
INIMICAL
hostile, unfriendly
INJUNCTION
command, order
INNATE
natural, inborn
INNOCUOUS
harmless, inoffensive
INNOVATE
to invent, modernize, revolutionize
INNUENDO
indirect and subtle criticism, insinuation
INSATIABLE
never satisfied
INSCRUTABLE
impossible to understand fully
INSIDIOUS
sly, treacherous, devious
INSINUATE
to suggest, say indirectly, imply
INSIPID
bland, lacking flavor, lacking excitement
INSOLENT
insulting and arrogant
INSTIGATE
to incite, urge, agitate
INSULAR
isolated, detached
INSURGENT (ADJ.)
rebellious, insubordinate
INSURRECTION
rebellion
INTEGRAL
central, indispensable
INTEGRITY
decency, honesty, wholeness
INTEMPERATE
not moderate
INTER
to bury
INTERLOPER
trespasser, meddler in other's affairs
INTERMITTENT
starting and stopping
INTERROGATE
to question formally
INTIMATION
clue, suggestion
INTRACTABLE
not easily managed
INTRANSIGENT
uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
INTREPID
fearless,
INTRINSIC
inherent, internal
INTROSPECTIVE
contemplating one's own thoughts and feelings
INTROVERT
someone given to self-analysis
INUNDATE
to cover with water, overwhelm
INURE
to harden, accustom, become used to
INVECTIVE
verbal abuse
INVETERATE
confirmed, long-standing, deeply rooted
INVIDIOUS
envious, obnoxious
INVINCIBLE
invulnerable, unbeatable
IOTA
very tiny amount
IRASCIBLE
easily angered
IRIDESCENT
showing many colors
ITINERANT
wandering from place to place, unsettled
ITINERARY
route of a traveler's journey
JADED
tired by excess or overuse, slightly cynical
JARGON
nonsensical talk, specialized language
JETTISON
to cast off, throw cargo overboard
JINGOISM
belligerent support of one's country
JOCULAR
jovial, playful, humorous
JUNCTURE
point where two things are joined
KERNEL
innermost, essential part, seed grain, often in a shell
KINETIC
relating to motion, characterized by movement
KNELL
sound of a funeral bell
KUDOS
fame, glory, honor
LABYRINTH
maze
LACHRYMOSE
tearful
LACKADAISICAL
idle, lazy, apathetic, indifferent
LACONIC
using few words
LAGGARD
dawdler, loafer, lazy person
LAMENT (V.)
to deplore, grieve
LAMPOON
to attack with satire, mock harshly
LANGUID
lacking energy, indifferent, slow
LARDER
place where food is stored
LARGESS
generosity, gift
LASSITUDE
lethargy, sluggishness
LATENT
present but hidden, potential
LAUDABLE
deserving of praise
LAXITY
carelessness
LEGERDEMAIN
trickery, deception
LEGIBLE
readable
LENIENT
easygoing, permissive
LETHARGY
indifferent inactivity
LEVITATE
to rise in the air or cause to rise
LEVITY
humor, frivolity, gaiety
LEXICON
dictionary, list of words
LIBERAL
tolerant, broad-minded, generous, lavish
LIBERTINE
one without moral restraint
LICENTIOUS
immoral, unrestrained by society
LIMPID
clear, transparent
LIONIZE
to treat as a celebrity
LISSOME
easily flexed, limber, agile
LISTLESS
lacking energy and enthusiasm
LITERATE
able to read and write, well-read and educated
LITHE
moving and bending with easy, graceful
LIVID
discolored from a bruise, reddened with anger
LOITER
to stand around idly
LOQUACIOUS
talkative
LUCID
clear and easily understood
LUDICROUS
laughable, ridiculous
LUGUBRIOUS
sorrowful, mournful, dismal
LUMBER (V.)
to move slowly and awkwardly
LUMINOUS
bright, brilliant, glowing
LURID
harshly shocking, sensational, glowing
LUXURIANCE
elegance, lavishness
LYRICAL
suitable for poetry and song, expressing feeling
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MAELSTROM
whirlpool, turmoil, agitated state of mind
MAGNANIMOUS
generous, noble in spirit
MAGNATE
powerful or influential person
MALADY
illness
MALAPROPISM
humorous misuse of a word
MALCONTENT
discontented person, one who holds a grudge
MALEFACTOR
evil-doer, culprit
MALEVOLENT
ill-willed, causing evil or harm to others
MALICE
animosity, spite, hatred
MALINGER
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
MANDATORY
necessary, required
MANNERED
artificial or stilted in character\
MAR
to damage, deface, spoil
MARITIME
relating to the sea or sailing
MARTIAL
warlike, pertaining to the military
MARTINET
strict disciplinarian, one who rigidly follows rules
MARTYR
person dying for his or her beliefs
MAUDLIN
overly sentimental
MAWKISH
sickeningly sentimental
MEDIEVAL
relating to the Middle Ages (about A.D. 500-1500)
MELANCHOLY
sadness, depression
MENAGERIE
various animals kept together for exhibition
MENDACIOUS
dishonest
MENDICANT
beggar
MENTOR
experienced teacher and wise adviser
MERCURIAL
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
MERETRICIOUS
gaudy, falsely attractive
MERITORIOUS
deserving reward or praise
METAMORPHOSIS
change, transformation
METAPHOR
figure of speech comparing two different things
METICULOUS
extremely careful, fastidious painstaking
METTLE
courageousness, endurance
MILITATE
to operate against, work against
MISANTHROPE
person who hates human beings
MISCONSTRUE
to misunderstand, fail to discover
MISERLINESS
extreme stinginess
MISNOMER
an incorrect name or designation
MISSIVE
note or letter
MITIGATE
to soften, or make milder
MNEMONIC
relating to memory, designed to assist memory
MOLLIFY
to calm or make less severe
MOLT (V.)
to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically
MONASTIC
extremely plan or secluded (as in a monastery)
MONOLOGUE
dramatic speech performed by on actor
MONTAGE
composite picture
MOOT
debatable, purely academic, deprived of practical significance
MORBID
gruesome, relating to disease, abnormally gloomy
MORIBUND
dying , decaying
MOROSE
gloomy, sullen, or surly
MORSEL
small bit of food
MOTE
small particle, speck
MOTLEY
many colored, composed of diverse parts
MOTTLE
to mark with spots
MUNDANE
worldly, commonplace
MUNIFICENT
generous
MUTABILITY
changeability
MYRIAD
immense number, multitude
NADIR
lowest point
NASCENT
starting to develop, coming into existence
NEBULOUS
vague, cloudy
NEOPHYTE
novice, beginner\
NETTLE (V.)
to irritate
NICHE
recess in a wall, best position for something\
NIHILISM
belief that existence and all traditional values are meaningless
NOCTURNAL
pertaining to night, active at night
NOISOME
stinking, putrid
NOMADIC
moving from place to place
NOMINAL
existing in name only, negligible
NOTORIETY
unfavorable fame
NOVICE
apprentice, beginner
NOVITIATE
state of being a beginner for novice
NOXIOUS
harmful, unwholesome
NUANCE
shade of meaning
NULLIFY
to make legally invalid, to counteract the effect of
OBDURATE
stubborn
OBFUSCATE
to confuse, obscure
OBLIQUE
indirect, evasive, misleading, devious
OBLIVIOUS
unaware, inattentive
OBSEQUIOUS
overly submissive, brownnosing
OBSOLETE
no longer in use\
OBSTINATE
stubborn
OBSTREPEROUS
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
OBVIATE
to make unnecessary, to anticipate and prevent
OCCLUDE
to shut, block
ODIOUS
hateful, contemptible
OFFICIOUS
to0 helpful, meddlesome
OMINOUS
menacing, threatening, indicating misfortune
OMNISCIENT
having infinite knowledge, all-seeing
ONEROUS
burdensome
OPAQUE
impervious to light, difficult to understand
OPINE
to express an opinion
OPPORTUNE
appropriate, fitting
OPPROBRIOUS
disgraceful, contemptuous
OPULENCE
wealth
ORATION
lecture, formal speech
OSCILLATE
to move back and forth
OSSIFY
to turn to bone, to become rigid
OSTENTATIOUS
showy
OSTRACISM
exclusion, temporary banishment
OUSTER
exclusion, ejection
OVERWROUGHT
agitated, overdone
PACIFY
to restore calm, bring peace
PALATIAL
like a palace, magnificent
PALAVER
idle talk
PALL (N.)
covering that darkens or obscures, coffin
PALL (V.)
to lose strength or interest\
PALLIATE
to make less serious, ease
PALLID
lacking color or liveliness
PALPABLE
obvious, real, tangible
PALTRY
pitifully small or worthless
PANACEA
cure-all
PANACHE
flamboyance, verve
PANDEMIC
spread over a whole area or country
PANEGYRIC
elaborate praise, formal hymn of praise
PANORAMA
road view, comprehensive picture
PARADIGM
idea example, model
PARADOX
contradiction, incongruity, dilemma, puzzle
PARAGON
model of excellence or perfection
PARAMOUNT
supreme, dominant, primary
PARAPHRASE
to reward, usually in simpler terms
PARASITE
person or animal that lives at another's expense
PARCH
to dry or shrivel
PARIAH
outcast
PARITY
equality
PAROCHIAL
of limited scope or outlook, provincial
PARODY
humorous imitation
PARRY
to ward off or deflect
PARSIMONY
stinginess
PARTISAN
strong supporter, biased in favor of
PASTICHE
piece of literature or music imitating other works
PATHOS
pity, compassion\
PATRICIAN
aristocrat
PATRONIZE
to condescend to, disparage, to buy from
PAUCITY
scarcity, lack
PAUPER
very poor person
PEDAGOGUE
teacher
PEDANT
boring academic, nit-picker
PEDESTRIAN (ADJ.)
commonplace
PEER (N.)
contemporary, equal, match
PEERLESS
unequaled
PENCHANT
inclination
PENSIVE
thoughtful
PENURY
extreme poverty
PERENNIAL
present throughout the years, persistent
PERFIDIOUS
faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
PERFUNCTORY
done in a routine, way, indifferent
PERIPATETIC
moving from place to place
PERJURY
to tell a lie under oath
PERMEABLE
penetrable
PERNICIOUS
very harmful
PERPETUAL
endless, lasting
PERTINENT
applicable, appropriate
PERUSAL
close examination
PESTILENCE
epidemic, plague
PETULANCE
rudeness, peevishness
PHALANX
massed group of soldiers, people, or things
PHILANDERER
pursuer of casual love affairs
PHILANTHROPY
love of humanity, generosity to worthy causes
PHILISTINE
narrow-minded person, someone lacking appreciation for art or culture
PHLEGMATIC
calm in temperament, sluggish
PHOBIA
exaggerated, illogical fear
PIETY
devoutness
PILFER
to steal
PINNACLE
peak, highest point of development
PIQUE (N.)
fleeting feeling of hurt pride
PITHY
profound, substantial, concise, succinct, to the point
PLACATE
to soothe or pacify
PLACID
calm in temperament, sluggish
PLAGIARIST
one who steal words or ideas
PLAINTIFF
injured person I a lawsuit
PLATITUDE
stale overused expression
PLENITUDE
abundance, plenty
PLETHORA
excess, overabundance
PLIANT
pliable, yielding
PLUCKY
courageous, spunky
PLUMMET
to fall, plunge
PLY (V.)
to use diligently, to engage, to join together
POIGNANT
emotionally moving
POLEMIC
controversy, argument, verbal attack.
POLYGLOT
speaker of many languages
PONTIFICATE
to speak in a pretentious manner
PORE (V.)
to study closely or meditatively
POROUS
full of holes, permeable to liquids
PORTENT
omen
POSTERITY
future generations, all of a person's descendants
POTABLE
drinkable
PRAGMATIC
practical, moved by facts rather that abstract ideals
PRATTLE (N.)
meaningless, foolish talk
PRECARIOUS
uncertain
PRECIPICE
edge, steep overhang
PRECIPITOUS
hasty, quickly, with too little caution\
PRECLUDE
to rule out
PRECOCIOUS
unusually advanced at an early age
PRECURSOR
forerunner, predecessor
PREDILECTION
preference, liking
PREFACE (N.)
introduction to a book, introductory remarks to a speech
PREMEDITATE
to consider, plan beforehand
PREPOSSESSING
attractive, engaging, appealing
PREPOSTEROUS
absurd, illogical
PRESAGE
to foretell, indicate in advance
PRESCIENT
having foresight
PRESUMPTUOUS
rude, improperly bold
PRETEXT
excuse, pretended reason
PREVALENT
widespread
PREVARICATE
to lie, evade the truth
PRISTINE
untouched, uncorrupted
PRIVATION
lack of usual necessities or comforts
PROBITY
honesty, high-mindedness
PROCLIVITY
tendency, inclination\
PROCRASTINATOR
one who continually and unjustifiable postpones
PRODIGAL (ADJ.)
wasteful, extravagant, lavish\
PRODIGIOUS
vast, enormous, extraordinary\
PROFICIENT
expert, skilled in a certain subject
PROFUSE
lavish, extravagant
PROGENITOR
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
PROGENY
offspring, children
PROGNOSIS
prediction of disease outcome, any prediction
PROLIFIC
productive
PROLOGUE
introductory section of a literary work or play
PROMONTORY
piece of land or rock higher than its surroundings
PROMULGATE
to make known publicly
PROPENSITY
inclination, tendency
PROPITIOUS
favorable, advantageous
PROPONENT
advocate, defender, supporter
PROSAIC
relating to prose, dull, commonplace
PROSCRIBE
to condemn, to forbid, outlaw
PROSTRATE
lying face downward, lying flat on ground
PROTAGONIST
main character in a play or story, hero
PROTEAN
readily assuming different forms or characters
PROTOCOL
ceremony and manners observed by diplomats
PROVINCIAL
rustic, unsophisticated, limited in scope
PROWESS
bravery, skill
PROXIMITY
nearness
PRUDENT
careful, cautious
PRY
to intrude into, force open
PSEUDONYM
pen name, fictitious or borrowed name
PUERILE
childish, immature, silly
PUGNACIOUS
quarrelsome, eager and ready to fight
PULCHRITUDE
beauty
PUNCTILIOUS
careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony
PUNGENT
strong or sharp in smell or taste
PUNITIVE
having to do with punishment
PURGE
to cleanse or free from impurities
QUAGMIRE
marsh, difficult situation\
QUANDARY
dilemma, difficulty
QUARANTINE
isolation period-originally of 40 days-to prevent spread of disease
QUELL
to crush or subdue
QUERULOUS
inclined to complain, irritable
QUIBBLE
to argue about insignificant and irrelevant details
QUIESCENCE
inactivity, stillness
QUINTESSENCE
most typical example, concentrated essence
QUIXOTIC
overly idealistic, impractical
QUOTIDIAN
occurring daily, commonplace
RACONTEUR
witty, skillful storyteller
RAIL (V.)
to scold with bitter or abusive language
RAMBLE
to roam, wander, to babble, digress
RAMIFICATION
an implication, outgrowth, or consequence
RANCOR
bitter hatred
RANT
to harangue, rave, forcefully scold
RAPPORT
relationship of trust and respect
RAPT
deeply absorbed
RAREFY
to make thinner, purer, or more refined
RASH (ADJ.)
careless, hasty, reckless
RAUCOUS
harsh sounding, boisterous
RAVAGE
to destroy, devastate
RAVENOUS
extremely hungry
RAZE
to tear down, demolish
REACTIONARY
marked by extreme conservatism, especially in politics
REBUFF (N.)
blunt rejection
REBUKE
to reprimand, scold
REBUT
to refute by evidence or argument
RECALCITRANT
resisting authority or control
RECANT
to retract a statement, opinion, etcetera
RECLUSIVE
shut off from the world
RECONDITE
relating to obscure learning, known to only a few
RECOUNT
to describe facts or events
REDRESS
relief form wrong or injury
REDUNDANCY
unnecessary repetition
REFRACT
to deflect sound or light
REFUGE
escape, shelter
REGIMEN
government rule, systematic plan
REJOINDER
response
RELINQUISH\
to renounce or surrender something
RELISH (V.)
to enjoy greatly
REMUNERATION
pay or reward for work, trouble, etcetera
RENASCENT
reborn, coming into being again
RENEGADE
traitor, person abandoning a cause
RENEGE
to go back on one's word
RENOWN
fame, widespread acclaim
REPAST
meal or mealtime
REPEAL
to revoke or formally withdraw (often a law)
REPENTANT
apologetic, guilty, remorseful
REPLETE
abundantly supplied
REPOSE
relaxation, leisure
REPREHENSIBLE
blameworthy, disreputable
REPROACH
to find fault with, blame
REPROBATE
morally unprincipled person
REPROVE
to criticize or correct
REQUITE
to return or repay
RESCIND
to repeal, cancel
RESIDUE
reminder, leftover, remnant
RESILIENT
able to recover quickly after illness or bad luck, able to bounce back to shape
RESOLUTE
determined, with a clear purpose
RESPITE
interval of relief
RESPLENDENT
splendid, brilliant
RESTIVE
impatient, uneasy, restless
RETICENT
not speaking freely, reserved
RETORT (N.)
cutting response
RETROSPECTIVE
review of the past
REVELRY
boisterous festivity
REVERE
to worship, regard with awe
REVERT
to backslide, regress
REVILE
to criticize with harsh language, verbally abuse
RHETORIC
persuasive use of language
RIBALD
humorous in a vulgar way
RIDDLE (V.)
to make many holds in, permeate
RIFE
widespread, prevalent, abundant
RISQUE
bordering on being inappropriate or indecent
ROBUST
strong and healthy, hardy
ROSTRUM
stage for public speaking
ROTUND
round in shape, fat
RUE
to regret
RUMINATE
to contemplate, reflect upon
RUSTIC
rural