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LACERATE
To cause deep emotional pain to; distress
LAMBASTE
To scold sharply; berate
LANDSLIDE
A great victory
LANK
Long and lean
LASH
To secure or bind, as with a rope, cord, or chain
LATENT
Present or potential but not evident or active.
In a dormant or hidden stage, as an infection.
LATITUDE
Freedom from normal restraints, limitations, or regulations
LAZE
To be lazy; loaf
LEERY
Suspicious or distrustful; wary
LEVELHEADED
exercising or showing good judgment
LEVITY
Lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate; frivolity
LEVY
to impose or collect (as a tax or fine) with authority
To draft into military service
LIBERAL
given or giving freely
LIBERALISTIC
Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry
broad-minded
LIBERTINE
Adj. Morally unrestrained; dissolute
LIMP
adj. Lacking strength or firmness; weak or spiritless
v. To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg
LIONIZE
To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity
LISSOME
Having the ability to move with ease; limber
LITHE
Readily bent; supple
LOATH
Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined
LOLL
hang loosely or laxly
be lazy or idle
LUCUBRATION
Laborious study or meditation
LURCH
move slowly and unsteadily
walk as if unable to control one's movements
LUSH
Abundant; plentiful.
Extremely productive; thriving
MACERATE
To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid
MALAISE
A general sense of depression or unease
MANGLE
To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing.
To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance: mangle a speech
MANGY
filthy, having many worn spots; shabby
MANUMIT
To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate
MAR
To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage.
To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
MARSHAL
To enlist and organize
MARSHY
(of soil) soft and watery
MARTINET
One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules
MAUDLIN
Effusively or tearfully sentimental
MAWKISH
Excessively and objectionably sentimental
MEANDER
To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
MEASLY
contemptibly small in amount
MEET
Fitting; proper
MENDACIOUS
Lying; untruthful
False; untrue
METEORIC
Similar to a meteor in speed, brilliance, or brevity
MIFF
A petty quarrel or argument
To cause to become offended or annoyed
MINATORY
Of a menacing or threatening nature
MINT
An abundant amount, especially of money
MINUTE
Exceptionally small; tiny.
Beneath notice; insignificant.
MINUTIA
A small or trivial detail
MIRE
To cause to sink or become stuck in or as if in mire.
To hinder, entrap, or entangle as if in mire.
MOCKERY
Scornfully contemptuous ridicule; derision
MOGUL
A very rich or powerful person
MONGREL
Of mixed origin or character
MORBID
Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased
MORDANT
Bitingly sarcastic
MORIBUND
Approaching death; about to die
MOTTLE
To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors
MUNIFICENCE
Very liberal in giving; generous
MUTINOUS
Unruly; disaffected
Turbulent and uncontrollable
NATTY
Neat, trim, and smart; dapper
NEFARIOUS
Infamous by way of being extremely wicked
NEOLOGISM
a new word, usage, or expression
NERVY
Arrogantly impudent; brazen.
Showing or requiring courage and fortitude; bold
NESTLE
To settle snugly and comfortably
To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle
NETHER
Located beneath or below; lower or under
NEXUS
a connection or link
NICE
done with delicacy and skill
Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle
NIGGARD
A stingy, grasping person
stingy
NOMADIC
A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer
NONCHALANCE
Casual lack of concern
the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
NONDESCRIPT
lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
NUGATORY
Of little or no importance; trifling
OBEISANT
An attitude of deference or homage
OBFUSCATE
To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
OBLIQUE
Indirect or evasive
Devious, misleading, or dishonest
OBSCURITY
The quality or condition of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand
OBSTREPEROUS
Noisily and stubbornly defiant(resisting)
OCCULT
Hidden from view; concealed
ODIUM
Strong dislike, contempt, or aversion
OFFBEAT
strikingly unconventional
OFFISH
Inclined to be distant and reserved; aloof; unfriendly
ONSET
A beginning; a start
an assault
OPPROBRIOUS
Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive
ORNERY
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous
OSTENSIBLE
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive
OSTRACIZE
To exclude from a group
OUTSET
The initial stage of something; the beginning
OVERHAUL
To examine or go over carefully for needed repairs
PAEAN
A song of joyful praise or exultation.
A fervent expression of joy or praise
PALL
become less interesting or attractive
To become insipid, boring, or wearisome
PALLID
Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull
PALTER
To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate
PALTRY
not worth considering
PANDEMIC
Widespread; general
PANEGYRIC
Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
PANORAMIC
as from an altitude or distance; "a bird's-eye survey"
PAROCHIAL
narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
PASTICHE
a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work
PATHOLOGICAL
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
PATINA
The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use
PEDESTRIAN
Undistinguished; ordinary
PEEVISH
easily irritated or annoyed
Querulous or discontented
PENCHANT
A definite liking; a strong inclination
PERDITION
Loss of the soul; eternal damnation
Utter ruin
PEREMPTORY
Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative
PERFERVID
Extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous
PERFIDIOUS
tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character
PERIGEE
The point nearest the earth's center in the orbit of the moon or a satellite
PERIL
Imminent danger
PERIPATETIC
Walking about or from place to place; traveling on foot
PERISH
To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner
PERJURE
To make (oneself) guilty of perjury by deliberately testifying falsely under oath
PERSEVERANCE
Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness
PERSPICACIOUS
acutely insightful and wise
PERSPICUITY
The quality of being perspicuous; clearness and lucidity
PERTAIN
To have reference; relate
PERTINACIOUS
Stubbornly or perversely persistent
PERTINENCE
Having logical precise relevance to the matter at hand
PERUSE
To read or examine, typically with great care
PERVADE
To be present throughout; permeate
PHILISTINE
One who lacks knowledge in a specific area
a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
PILLORY
To expose to ridicule and abuse
PINE
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire
PINION
To restrain or immobilize (a person) by binding the arms.
To bind (a person's arms).
PIQUANT
engagingly stimulating or provocative
attracting or delighting
PIQUE
To provoke; arouse
a sudden outburst of anger
PITFALL
An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard
PITH
The essential or central part; the heart or essence
PITHY
Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
PLACID
Undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm or quiet
PLANGENT
loud and resounding
PLATITUDE
A trite or banal remark or statement
Lack of originality; triteness
PLAUDIT
Enthusiastic expression of praise or approval
PLEONASM
The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy
A superfluous word or phrase
PLIGHT
A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one
PLUCK
To remove abruptly or forcibly
Resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulties; spirit
PLUMB
To examine closely or deeply; probe
PONDERABLE
Considerable enough to be weighed or assessed; appreciable
PONDEROUS
Having great weight
Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull
PONTIFICATE
To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way
PORTENTOUS
exciting wonder and awe
Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weigh
POSIT
To assume the existence of; postulate
take as a given
POTENTATE
One who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch
POUT
To exhibit displeasure or disappointment; sulk.
To protrude the lips in an expression of displeasure or sulkiness
PRECARIOUS
Subject to chance or unknown conditions
not secure
PRECIPITOUS
Resembling a precipice(extremely steep mass of rock); extremely steep
PRECLUDE
To make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent
keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing
PRECURSOR
One that precedes another; a forerunner or predecessor
PREDESTINE
To fix upon, decide, or decree in advance
determine beforehand
PREDILECTION
A partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference
a strong liking
PREEMINENT
Superior to or notable above all others; outstan
PREEN
To dress or groom (oneself) with elaborate care; primp
PREFATORY
Of, relating to, or constituting a preface; introductory
PREHENSILE
Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object
PREPONDERANT
Having superior weight, force, importance, or influence
PREPOSTEROUS
Contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd
PRESUMPTUOUS
Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
PREVAIL
to be frequent or predominant
continue to exist
PRICKLY
very irritable
Causing trouble or vexation
PRIM
Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous
PRIVATION
Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life
PROCRASTINATION
To postpone or delay needlessly
PROCURE
To get by special effort; obtain or acquire
PRODIGIOUS
Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
Extraordinary; marvelous
PROFFER
To offer for acceptance; tender
PROFLIGATE
Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant
PROFUNDITY
Great depth.
Depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning
PROLIXITY
Tediously prolonged; wordy
PROMINENT
Immediately noticeable; conspicuous.
Widely known; eminent.
PROMULGATE
To make known by public declaration; announce officially
PROPAGATE
To have offspring; multiply.
To extend to a broader area or larger number; spread.
PROPHYLACTIC
Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective
PROPITIATE
To conciliate (an offended power); appease
PROSCRIBE
To prohibit; forbid
To banish or outlaw
PROTEAN
taking on different forms
Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings
PROTRUDE
To push or thrust outward.
To jut out; project
PROTUBERANCE
Something, such as a bulge, knob, or swelling, that protrudes
PROVIDENTIAL
Happening as if through divine intervention; opportune
PROVINCIAL
Limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered
PROWESS
Superior strength, courage, or daring, especially in battle
PUCKISH
naughtily or annoyingly playful
PUERILE
Belonging to childhood; juvenile.
Immature; childish
PUGNACIOUS
Combative in nature; belligerent
PULCHRITUDE
Great physical beauty and appeal
PUNY
Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak
PURLIEU
A place that one frequents
An outlying or neighboring area
PUTATIVE
Generally regarded as such; supposed
accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
QUACK
An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
A charlatan
QUAIL
To shrink back in fear; cower
QUANDARY
A state of uncertainty or perplexity
QUASH
To put down or suppress forcibly and completely
AGGRIEVE
break the heart of; cause to feel sorrow
To distress; afflict
AGHAST
Struck by shock, terror, or amazement
ALLUDE
To make an indirect reference
AMBIVALENT
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
AMBULATORY
Capable of walking; not bedridden
ANATHEMA
A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication
ANCHOR
fix firmly and stably
A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope.
A source of security or stability.
ANCILLARY
Of secondary importance
ANOMALOUS
Deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
APOPLECTIC
Extremely angry; furious
APOSTASY
Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause
APPALL
fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
APPRISE
To give notice to; inform
APROPOS
Being at once opportune and to the point
ARCHNESS
Mischievous(Playful in a naughty or teasing way); roguish
inappropriate playfulness
ASPERITY
Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate
ASPERSION
a disparaging remark
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
ASSAIL
attack someone physically or emotionally
attack in speech or writing
AVER
To affirm positively; declare
AVERSION
A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance
AVULSION
The forcible tearing away of a body part by trauma or surgery
BADGER
To harass or pester persistently
BADINAGE
Light, playful banter (To speak to in a playful or teasing way)
BAIT
To attack or torment, especially with persistent insults, criticism, or ridicule.
To tease.
BALE
Evil
BALKY
Difficult to operate or start
stopping short and refusing to go on
BASK
To take great pleasure or satisfaction
get enjoyment from; take pleasure in
BAWDY
Humorously coarse
Vulgar (Crudely indecent); lewd
BEGRUDGE
To envy the possession or enjoyment of
wish ill or allow unwillingly
BELEAGUER
annoy persistently
To harass; beset
BELLICOSE
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious
BELLIGERENT
Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.
BENISON
A blessing; a benediction
BILK
To evade payment of
BLANDISHMENT
flattery intended to persuade
BLASPHEMY
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
BLATANT
without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
BLAZON
To proclaim widely
BLIGHT
Something that impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity
To have a deleterious effect on; ruin
BLIMP
A pompous, reactionary, ultranationalistic person
BLITHE
carefree and happy and lighthearted
BLUNT
Having a dull edge or end; not sharp
To dull the edge of
BOON
A timely blessing or benefit
a desirable state
BRACING
To invigorate; stimulate
Invigorating or refreshing; strengthening
BRASSY
unrestrained by convention or propriety (Conformity to prevailing customs and usages)
BRAZEN
Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity
To face or undergo with bold self-assurance
BRIDLED
To control or restrain with or as if with a bridle
BRISTLE
To react in an angry or offended manner
BROACH
To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate.
To announce
BROMIDE
A commonplace remark or notion; a platitude
BROOK
To put up with; tolerate
BRUIT
To spread news of; repeat
BUCK
To resist stubbornly and obstinately; balk
BULGE
To curve outward.
To swell up.
To stick out; protrude.
To be filled or overfilled
BUNGLE
A clumsy or inept performance; a botch
CACHET
an indication of approved or superior status
seal on letter
CADGE
To beg or get by begging
CALLOW
Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature
CALUMNIOUS
Containing or implying calumny; slanderous or defamatory
CAPRICE
A sudden, unpredictable action, change, or series of actions or changes
CAPTIOUS
tending to find and call attention to faults
Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults
CAVORT
To bound or prance about in a sprightly manner; caper(A playful leap or hop)
CEASE
To put an end to; discontinue
CEDE
give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
CELEBRITY
the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
CERTITUDE
The state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence.
Sureness of occurrence or result; inevitability
CESSATION
A bringing or coming to an end; a ceasing
A stopping
CHARY
Very cautious; wary
CHASTE
Not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal.
Abstaining from all sexual intercourse; celibate.
CHERUBIC
having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub
CHIDE
To scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand
CHOLERIC
Easily angered; bad-tempered.
Showing or expressing anger
CHAMPION
To fight for, defend, or support as a champion
An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person
CELERITY
Swiftness of action or motion; speed
CIRCUMVENT
To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap
CLAMOROUS
conspicuously and offensively loud
Making or marked by loud outcry or sustained din
CLARION
Loud and clear
CLEMENCY
A merciful, kind, or lenient act.
Mildness, especially of weather
CLINCH
settle conclusively
To be held together securely
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
CLOUT
Power; muscle
CODA
A conclusion or closing part of a statement
COMELINESS
Pleasing and wholesome in appearance; attractive
the quality of being good looking and attractive
COMMENCEMENT
A beginning; a start
COMMENSURATE
Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate
COMMODIOUS
Spacious; roomy
COMMOTION
A condition of turbulent motion
a disorderly outburst or tumult
COMPLACENCY
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
COMPLAISANCE
The inclination to comply willingly with the wishes of others; amiability.
COMPUNCTION
A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
CONCATENATE
To connect or link in a series or chain
CONCEDE
To yield or grant
To acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true, just, or proper; admit
CONCERTED
Planned or accomplished together; combined
CONCESSION
An acknowledgment or admission
(KABUL, TESLIM)
CONCILIATORY
To overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease
CONCORD
Harmony or agreement of interests or feelings; accord.
CONCUR
To be of the same opinion; agree
To act together; cooperate
CONDIGN
Deserved; adequate
CONFLATE
To bring together; meld or fuse
To combine into one whole
CONFOUND
To cause to become confused or perplexed
To fail to distinguish; mix up
CONGEAL
To solidify by or as if by freezing
CONGRUENT
Corresponding; congruous
corresponding in character or kind
CONJECTURE
A statement, opinion, or conclusion based on guesswork
CONSCIENTIOUS
Thorough and assiduous
characterized by extreme care and great effort
CONSOLE
To allay the sorrow or grief of
CONSONANCE
Agreement; harmony; accord
CONSPICUOUS
Easy to notice; obvious
CONSTANCY
The condition or quality of being constant; changelessness
CONSTERNATION
A state of paralyzing dismay
(saskinlik, dehset, korku)
CONTENTED
Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied
CONTENTIOUS
Given to contention; quarrelsome
having or showing a ready disposition to fight
CONTINENCE
Self-restraint; moderation
Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity
CONTRAVENE
To act or be counter to; violate
To oppose in argument; gainsay
CONTROVERT
prove to be false or incorrect
To raise arguments against; voice opposition to
CONVENE
To cause to come together formally; convoke
To come together usually for an official or public purpose; assemble formally
CONVERSANCE
The state of being conversant; familiarity
CORNUCOPIA
the property of being extremely abundant
CORRUGATED
To shape into folds or parallel and alternating ridges and grooves
COSSET
treat with excessive indulgence; pamper
COUNTENANCE
A look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support.
Support or approval
COURT
To attempt to gain; seek
To attempt to gain the favor of by attention or flattery
COWED
To frighten with threats or a show of force
Intimidate
COY
Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest.
Annoyingly unwilling to make a commitment
Reserved
COZEN
To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive
cheat or trick
CRASS
So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
CREDENCE
Acceptance as true or valid; belief.
Claim to acceptance; trustworthiness.
Recommendation; credentials
CRESTFALLEN
Dispirited and depressed; dejected
CRUX
the most important point
The basic, central, or critical point or feature
CULTIVATE
To nurture; foster.
To form and refine, as by education
CUPIDITY
Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice
extreme greed for material wealth
CURB
Something that checks or restrains
control as if with a curb; rein in
CURMUDGEON
An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions
DAFT
Mad; crazy.
Foolish; stupid
DEBACLE
A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout
DEBILITATE
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate
make weak
DEBONAIR
Suave; urbane.
Affable; genial.
Carefree and gay; jaunty
DEBUNK
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of
DECREPIT
Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use
DEFERRABLE
To put off; postpone
To procrastinate
DEFT
Quick and skillful; adroit
DEFUSE
To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile
(yatistirma)
DEIFY
To make a god of; raise to the condition of a god
Exalt
To worship or revere as a god
DELUGE
A heavy downpour
DEMOTIC
Of or relating to the common people; popular
DEMUR
To voice opposition; object
DEPLETION
The use or consumption of a resource, especially a natural resource, faster than it is replenished
use up or empty out
DEPLOY
to distribute systematically or strategically
DEPRECATE
To express disapproval of; deplore.
To belittle; depreciate
DEPRIVATION
a state of extreme poverty
The absence, loss, or withholding of something needed
DERACINATE
To pull out by the roots; uproot.
To displace from one's native or accustomed environment
DERELICT
Deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned.
Run-down; dilapidated.
Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss
DERISION
Contemptuous or jeering laughter; ridicule
the act of deriding or treating with contempt
DESECRATE
To violate the sacredness of; profane
DESPONDENT
without or almost without hope
Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected
DESTITUTE
poor enough to need help from others
Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished
DETAIN
To keep in custody or temporary confinement
to restrain from proceeding
DETER
try to prevent; show opposition to
turn away from by persuasion
DETRITUS
Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock
Accumulated material; debris
DILAPIDATED
Having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, as through neglect; broken-down and shabby
DIOCESAN
adj : belonging to or governing a diocese n : a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese
DIRE
fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
Desperate