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ebb
to fade away, recede
ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
eclectic
selecting from various sources
ecstatic
joyful
eddy
air or wind current
edict
law, command, official public order
edifice
building
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
editorialize
to express an opinion on an issue
efface
to errase or make illegible
effervescent
bubbly, lively
efficacious
effective, efficient
effigy
stuffed doll; likeness of a person
effluvia
outpouring of gases or vapors
effrontery
impudent boldness; audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egocentric
acting as if things were centered around oneself
egregious
conspicuously bad
egress
exit
elation
exhilaration, joy
elegy
mournful poem, usually about the dead
elicit
to draw out, provoke
eloquence
fluent and effective speech
elucidate
to explain, clarify
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
embroil
to involve in; cause to fall into disorder
emend
to correct a text
eminent
celebrated, distinguished; outstanding, towering
emollient
having soothing qualities, especially for skin
emotive
appealing to or expressing emotion
empathy
identification with another's feelings
emulate
to copy, imitate
encipher
to translate a message into code
encore
additional performance, often demanded by audience
encumber
to hinder, burden, restrict motion
endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
endurance
ability to withstand hardships
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 comfortably into a place
enshroud
to cover, enclose with a dark cover
entail
to involve as a necessary result, necessitate
enthrall
to captivate, enchant, enslave
entity
something with its own existence or form
entomologist
scientist who studies insects
entreat
to plead, beg
enumerate
to count, list, itemize
enunciate
to pronounce clearly
enunciate
to pronounce clearly
ephemeral
momentary, transient, fleeting
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
quotation at the beginning of a literary work
epilogue
concluding section of a literary work
epitome
representative of an entire group; summary
epochal
very significant or influential; defining an epoch or time period
equanimity
calmness, composure
equestrian
one who rides on horseback
equine
relating to horses
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
ethos
beliefs or character of a group
etymology
origin and history of a word; study of words
eulogy
high praise, often in a public speech
euphemism
use of an inoffensive words or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
euphoria
feeling of well-being or happiness
eurythmics
art of harmonious bodily movement
euthanasia
mercy killing; intentional, easy, and painless death
evade
to avoid, dodge
evanescent
momentary, transitory, short-lived
evict
to put out or force out
evince
to show clearly, display, signify
evoke
to inspire memories; to produce a reaction
exacerbate
to aggravate, intensify the bad qualities of
exasperation
irritation
excerpt
selection from a book or play
excommunicate
to bar from membership in the church
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
exhume
to remove from a grave; uncover a secret
exigent
urgant, excessively demanding
exonerate
to clear of blame, absolve
exorbitant
extravagant, greater than reasonable
exorcise
to expel evil spirits
exotic
foreign; romantic, excitingly strange
expansive
sweeping, comprehensive; tending to expand
expatriate (n)
one who lives outside one's native land
expatriate (v)
to drive someone from his/her native land
expedient
convenient, efficient, practical
expiate
to atone for, make amends for
expire
to come to an end; die; breathe out
explicable
capable of being explained
explicit
clearly defined, specific; forthright in expression
explode
to debunk, disprove; blow up, burst
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
extinction
end of a living thing or species
extol
to praise
extort
to obtain something by threats
extraneous
irrelevant, unrelated, unnecessary
extremity
outermost or farthest point
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