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facetious
humorous
- Our proposal about shipping our town's garbage to the moon was facetious.
facile
fluent, easy
- The CEO of the company was a facile speaker.
faction
a group
- At the convention, the Republican faction spent much time arguing with the Democrat faction.
farcical
absurd
- The serious play turned farcical when the leading man tore his pants.
fastidious
meticulous
- Maria is a fastidious housekeeper.
fatalist
someone who believes that future events are already determined and that humans are powerless to change them.
- The old man was a fatalist about his illness.
fatuous
foolish
- His actions in the matter were fatuous.
fecund
fertile; productive
- The fecund rabbit gave birth to hundreds of little rabbits.
felicity
happiness
- Shakespeare wrote with great felicity.
fervor
great warmth or earnestness
- The baseball fans watched the game with fervor.
fetter
to restrain
- The girl was fettered by her lack of knowledge in the subject.
finesse
skillful maneuvering; craftiness
- The boxer moved with such finesse.
flagrant
glaringly bad
- The boy's paper was flagrant, earning him an F on the paper.
flout
to disregard something out of disrespect
- Chris flouted the traffic laws by driving through every red light.
foible
a minor character flaw
- Patti's foibles included a tendancy to prefer dogs to people.
foment
to stir up; to instigate
- Tiska fomented trouble wherever she went.
forbear
to refrain from
- George forbore to punch me, even after the rude things I said about him.
fortuitous
accidental
- The program's positive outcome was entirely fortuitous.
founder
to fail
- The candidate's campaign foundered when his past misdeeds came to light.
frenetic
frantic
- I was frenetic when I couldn't find my final paper.
furtive
secretive
- The burglers were furtive about their misdeeds when talking around others.
garrulous
talkative; chatty
- Gabrielle is garrulous.
gauche
unskillful; awkward
- The car salesman was gauche in his attempts to sell cars.
genre
a type or category, especially of art or writing
- The novel is one literary genre.
genteel
refined; polite
- The ladies at the ball were genteel.
gesticulate
to make gestures, especially in speaking
- She gesticulated to get our attention from across the room.
glut
surplus
- The international oil glut was hard on everyone.
grandiloquent
pompous
- The president's speech was grandiloquent.
grandiose
absurdly exaggerated
- Donald Trump's grandiose plans included building a theme park.
gratuitous
given freely; unjustified
- The movie review included many gratuitous comments about the director's personal life.
gravity
seriousness
- The anchorman's giggling was inappropriate given the gravity of the situation.
gregarious
sociable
- Dirk was too gregarious after he got out of solitary confinement.
guile
cunning
- Jose was guile in his attempts to win the contest.
hackneyed
overused
- Michael's book was full of hackneyed phrases.
hapless
unlucky
- His hapless search for the other shoe was disappointing.
harbinger
forerunner
- Warm weather is the harbinger of Spring.
hedonism
the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life
- Yoshi's life of hedonism came to an end when his lottery winnings ran out.
hegemony
leadership
- The two countries vied for hegemony.
hermetic
impervious to external influence
- The president led a hermetic life while living in the White House.
heyday
golden age
- In his heydey, Vernon was a world-class athlete.
hiatus
break or interruption
- Spencer looked forward to his work hiatus.
histrionic
overly dramatic
- The histrionic girl made a scene when she saw a spider in the locker room.
homily
a sermon
- The football coach began each practice with a lengthy homily.
husbandry
thrifty management of resources
- He practiced husbandry with the family's use of electricity.
hyperbole
an exaggeration used as a figure of speech
- "I'm so hungry I could eat a house." - example
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity
- Eating green beans drenched in maple syrup was one of his idiosyncrasies.
idyllic
charming in a rustic way
- They built their house in an idyllic spot.
ignominy
deep disgrace
- After the scandal, Paris faced ignominy.
illicit
illegal
- The girl participated in many illicit activities.
imminent
just about to happen
- The pink glow showed us the sunrise was imminent.
immutable
unchangeable
- The old professor was immutable in his ways.
imperial
like an emperor
- George's imperial manner was inappropriate for his position.
impervious
not allowing anything to pass through
- The raincoat was impervious to the flood of water.
impetuous
impulsive
- His decision to take the job offer across the country was impetuous.
impotent
powerless; unable to perform
- He made a few impotent efforts to fix the machine.
impugn
to attack, especially the truth or integrity of something.
inane
silly; senseless
- Their plan to put a jacuzzi in the living room was inane.
inaugurate
to begin officially
- The mayor inaugurated the new no-smoking policy.
incandescent
brilliant; giving off heat or light
- Jan's ideas were so incandescent everyone was on board.
incense
to make very angry
- Jeremy was incensed when I told him what I done to his car.
incipient
beginning; emerging
- Support for the plan was incipient.
incisive
cutting right to the heart of the matter
- A few incisive comments made the young man's career.
incorrigible
incapable of being formed
- The convict was an incorrigible criminal.
indigent
poor
- The indigent family had little to eat.
indignant
angry; insulted
- Ted became indignant when the police officer accused him of jay walking.
indolent
lazy
- You indolent slob!
indulgent
lenient
The teacher was a little too lenient.
ineffable
incapable of being expressed or described
- The vision was ineffable.
inept
clumsy
- The inept girl was always knocking things over.
inert
inactive; sluggish
- Carol was very inert.
inexorable
relentless
- He was inexorable in his pursuit for happiness.
infinitesimal
infinintely small
- The infinitesimal bug creeped into the girl's bag unnoticed.
ingenuous
frank; simple
- The car was to be ingenuous, nothing to brag about.
injunction
command or order
- Wendy's neighbors got a court injunction against her.
innocuous
harmless
- The man's remarks were innocuous.
inordinate
excessive; unreasonable
- The writing assignment was inordinate.
insidious
treacherous; sneaky
- The spy was insidious.
insinuate
to hint; to creep in
- He insinuated as to what the problem might be.
insipid
dull; bland
- His jokes were so insipid that no one laughed.
insolent
arrogant
- Kevin has an insolent heir to him.
insular
like an island; isolated
- He lived an insular existence.
insurgent
a rebel; someone who revolts against a government
- The insurgents charged the White House.
intractable
uncontrollable
- The intractable child was a torment to his parents.
intransigent
stubborn; uncompromising
- The jury was unanimous except for one intransigent member.
inundate
to flood
- The tiny island was inundated by a tidal wave.
invective
insulting or abusive speech
- The critic's searing review was invective.
inveterate
habitual
- Eric was an inveterate liar.
irascible
easily provoked; irritable
- The old woman was very irascible.
itinerant
moving from place to place
- The life of a traveling salesman was an itinerant one.