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herpetologist
one who studies reptiles
hoary
white with age
holster
pistol case
horatory
encouraging; exhortive
hue and cry
outcry
humdrum
dull; monotonous
hummock
a small hill
humus
substance formed by decaying vegetable matter
husbandry
frugality; thrift; agriculture
ichthyology
the study of fish
igneous
produced by fire; volcanic
hibernal
wintry
immure
imprison; shut up in confinement
imperious
domineering; haughty
impertinent
insolent; rude
impetuous
violent; hasty; rash
implacable
incapable of being pacified
imponderable
weightless
imposture
assuming a false identity; masquerade
improvident
thriftless
impugn
dispute or contradict; challenge; gainsay
impunity
freedom from punishment or harm
incendiary (n)
arsonist
immolate
to offer as a sacrifice
incipient
beginning; in an early stage
inclement
stormy; unkind
increment
increase
incrustation
hard coating or crust
incubus
burden; mental care; nightmare
indemnify
make secure against loss; compensate for loss
indite
write; compose
indolent
lazy
ineffable
unutterable; cannot be expressed
inductive
pertaining to induction; proceeding from the specific to the general
ineluctable
irresistible; not to be escaped
infidel
unbeliever
ingrate
ungrateful person
ingratiate
become popular with
insensate
without feeling
insolvent
bankrupt; lacking money to pay
insuperable
insurmountable; unbeatable
internecine
mutually destructive
interregnum
period between two reigns
inveterate
deep-rooted; habitual
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy
iridescent
exhibiting rainbowlike colors
isthmus
narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
jaundiced
prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful); yellowed
jaunt
trip; short journey
jaunty
lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree
jibe
agree; be in harmony with
jingoist
extremely agressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist
jocose
given to joking
jocund
merry
junket
trip, especially one taken for pleasure by an official at public offense
junta
group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal
ken
range of knowledge
kernel
central or vital part; whole seed
killjoy
grouch; spoilsport
kismet
fate
knell
tlling of a bell, especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.
knit
contract into wrinkles; grow together
knoll
little, round hill
lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions
larder
pantry; place where food is kept
lateral
coming from the sides
latitude
freedom from narrow limitations
leaven
cause to grow lighter; enliven
leery
suspicious; cautious
legacy
a gift made by a will
legerdemain
sleight of hand
levy
impose (a fine); collect (a payment)
libretto
text of an opera
ligneous
like wood
limpid
clear
lineaments
features, especially of the face
liquidate
settle accounts; clear up
litany
supplicatory prayer
litigation
lawsuit
lilotes
understatement for emphasis
lode
metal-bearing vein
loll
lounge about
lope
gallop slowly
lout
clumsy person
lucre
money
lumen
a unity of light energy (one candle's worth)
lumiary
celebrity; dignitary
macerate
soften by soaking in liquid; waste away
maculated
spotted; stained
magnamity
generosity
lumen
a unity of light energy (one candle's worth)
magniloquent
boastful; pompus
malfeasance
wrongdoing
maritime
bordering on the sea; nautical
mayhem
injury to body
mealymouthed
indirect in speech; hypocritical; evasive
metallurgical
pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores
miasma
swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence
militate
work against
mincing
affectedly dainty
mysogamy
hatred of marriage (mysogynist: hater of women)
missive
letter
mogul
powerful person
mollycoddle
pamer; indulge excessively
mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging
moribund
dying
motley
multicolored; mixed
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
mulct
defraud a person of something
natty
neatly or smartly dressed
neologism
newly coined phrase
nib
beak; pen point
nicety
precision; minute distinction
niggle
spend too much time on minor points; carp
nubile
marriageable
nugatory
futile; worthless
numismatist
person who collects coins
obstetrician
physician specializing in delivery of babies
opalescent
iridescent; lustrous
ornithologist
scientific student of birds
opiate
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain
ovoid
egg-shaped
pachyderm
thick-skinned animal
palimpsest
parchment used for the second time after original writing has been erased
pall
grow tiresome
pallet
small, poor bed
pan
criticize harshly
panache
flair; flamboyance
pandemic
widespread; affecting the majority of people.
pandemonium
wild tumult
panoramic
denoting an unobstructed and comprehensive view
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage
parquet
floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic-like pattern
pastiche
immitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing
patina
green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
parity
equality; close resemblance
pendant
hanging down from something
penumbra
partial shadow (in an eclipse)
perennial
something long-lasting
perigree
point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth.
peroration
conclusion of an oration.
pertinacious
stubborn; persistant
pharisaical
pertaining to the Pharisees, wo paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-rightious; hypocritical
perspicuity
clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
philatelist
stamp-collector
physiognomy
face
piebald
of different colors; mottled; spotted
pied
variegated; multicolored
pillory
punish by placing in a wooden frame; subject to criticism and ridicule
pinion
restrain
pique
irritation; resentment
provoke or arouse
plaintive
mournful
plait
braid; intertwine
plaudit
enthusiastic approval; round of applause
plenary
complete, full
pluck
courage
plumb
examine critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding)
plumb (adj)
vertical
plutocracy
society ruled by the wealthy
pontifical
pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious
prate
speak foolishly; boast idly
precipitate (adj)
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
precis
concise summing up of the main points
prelate
church dignitary
prevaricate
lie
primogeniture
seniority by birth
privation
hardship; want
prodigious
marvelous; enormous
profligate
dissipated; wasteful; wildly imoral
prolixity
tedious wordiness; verbosity
promontory
headland
prophylactic
used to prevent disease
propitious
favorable; fortunate; advantageous
proscenium
part of stage in front of curtain
prosody
the art of versification
provenance
origin or source of something
provender
dry food; fodder
provident
displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies
proviso
stipulation
proxy
authorized agent
pugilist
boxer
pulchritude
beauty; comeliness
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
punctilious
stressing niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points.
punitive
punishing
purchase
firm grasp or footing
pylon
marking post to guide aviators; steel tower supporting cables or telephone lines
quisling
traitor who aids invaders
quorum
number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
rakish
stylish; sporty
ramshackle
rickety; falling apart
rarified
made less dense (a gas)
ratiocination
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises
ravel
fall apart into tangles; unravel or untwist; entangle
reactionary
opposing progress; politically ultraconservative
rebus
a puzzle in which pictures stand for words
recrimination
countercharges
regatta
boat or yacht race
regeneration
spiritual rebirth
remonstrance
protest; objection
remunerative
compensating; rewarding
repartee
clever reply
reprobation
severe disapproval (reprobate: person hardened in sin)
repartee
clever reply
reprove
censure; rebuke
restive
restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control
retrench
cut down; economize
ribald
wanton; profane
riddle
pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout
rider
amendment or clause added to a legistlative bill
rife
abundant; current
rile
vex; irritate; muddy
roil
to mae liquids murky by stirring up sediment; to disturb
roseate
rosy; optimistic
rostrum
platform for speech-making; pulpit
rue
regret; lament; morn
runic
mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet
rusticate
banish to the country; dwell in the country
sanguinary
bloody
sanguine
cheerful; hopeful
saturnine
gloomy
scad
a great quantity
scintilla
shred; least bit
scott
stamp out; thwart; hinder
scurrilous
obscene; indecent
scurvy
despicable; contemptible
scuttle
sink (a ship)
seamy
sordid; unwholesome
secrete
hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
sedulous
diligent
septic
putrid; producing putrefaction
shyster
lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
prophetic; oracular
simper
smirk; smile affectedly
sinewy
tough, strong, firm
skinflint
stingy person; miser
skulduggery
dishonest behavior
slag
residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
sleeper
something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
sleight
dexterity (also deceitful skill)
slipshod
untidy or slovenly; shabby
sluice
artificial chanel for directing or controlling the flow of water
smelt
melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition
solder
repair or make whole by using a metal alloy
solecism
construction that is flagrantly incorrect gramatically
solvent
able to pay all debts
spangle
small metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation
spate
sudden flood
sphinx-like
enigmatic, mysterious
spoonerism
accidental transposition of sounds in successive words.