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daub
smear (as with paint)
dearth
scarcity
debacle
sudden downfall; complete disaster
debauch
corrupt; seduce from virtue
debonair
friendly; aiming to please
debunk
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule
decry
express strong disapproval of; disparage
deface
mar; disfigure
default
failure to act
defer
v. delay till later; exempt temporarily
v. give in respectfully; submit
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
defray
pay the costs of
defuse
remove the fuse of a bomb; reduce or eliminate a threat
degenerate
become worse; deteriorate
deign
condescend (lower oneself; act haughtily); stoop
demur
object (because of doubts, scruples); hesitate
demure
grave; serious; coy
denigrate
blacken
denizen
inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
denotation
meaning; distinguishing by name
denounce
condemn; criticize
deplore
regret; disapprove
deposition
testimony under oath
depravity
extreme corruption; wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
depredation
plundering
descant
discuss fully
descry
catch sight of
desolate
adj. unpopulated
v. rob of joy; lay waste to; forsake (abandon)
despondent
depressed; gloomy
determination
resolve; measurement or calculation; decision
detraction
slandering; aspersion
detrimental
harmful; damaging
dialectical
relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal
diaphanous
sheer; transparent
diffidence
shyness
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
dilapidated
ruined because of neglect
dilatory
delaying
dilettante
aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
dinghy
small ship's boat
dingy
dull; not fresh; cheerless
diorama
life-size three-dimensional scene from nature or history
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
disaffected
disloyal
disavowal
denial; disclaiming
discomfit
put to rout; defeat; disconcert
discrete
separate; unconnected
discursive
digressing; rambling
disembark
go ashore; unload cargo from a ship
disgorge
surrender something; eject; vomit
dislodge
remove (forcibly)
dispatch
speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed
dispel
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
dissemble
disguise; pretend
dissident
dissenting; rebellious
dissipate
squander; waste; scatter
dissolution
breaking of a union; decay; termination
divest
strip; deprive
divine
perceive intuitively; foresee the future
divulge
reveal
doctrinaire
unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
doff
take off
doggerel
poor verse
dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
doldrums
blues; listlessness; slack period
don
put on
dormer
window projecting from roof
dossier
file of documents on a subject
dowdy
slovenly; untidy
draconian
extremely severe
dregs
sediment; worthless residue
drivel
nonsense; foolishness
droll
queer and amusing
dulcet
sweet sounding
duress
forcible restraint, especially unlawfully
dutiful
respectful; obedient
ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
eclipse
darken; extinguish; surpass
eddy
swirling current of water, air, etc.
effusive
pouring froth; gushing
egregious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit
draw out by discussion
ellipsis
omission of words from a text
elliptical
oval; ambiguous, either purposely or because key words have been left out
embargo
ban on commerce or other activity
empathy
ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.
empirical
based on experience
enclave
territory enclosed within an alien land
enervate
weaken
engage
attract; hire; pledge oneself; confront
ennui
boredom
ensconce
settle comfortably
enterprising
full of initiative
entitlement
right to claim something; right to benefits
eon
long period of time; an age
episodic
loosely connected; divided into incidents
epitome
perfect example or embodiment
equable
tranquil; steady; uniform
equine
resembling a horse
equitable
fair; impartial
equity
fairness; justice
erratic
odd; unpredictable
eschew
avoid
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.
euphoria
feeling of great happiness and well-being (sometimes exaggerated)
evince
show clearly
exacting
extremely demanding
exceptionable
objectionable
excoriate
scold with biting harshness; strip the skin off
execrable
very bad
exegesis
explanation; interpretation, especially of a biblical text
exhort
urge
exigency
urgent situation
exodus
departure
exorbitant
excessive
expansive
outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
expedient
suitable; practical; politic
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
expletive
interjection; profane oath
explicit
totally clear; definite; outspoken
exploit
deed or action, particularly a brave deed
expository
explanatory; serving to explain
expropriate
take possession of
expunge
cancel; remove
extant
still in existence
extradition
surrender of prisoner by one state to another
extraneous
not essential; superfluous
extrapolation
projection; conjecture
exult
rejoice
fabricate
build; lie
facile
easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial
faction
party; clique; dissension
fallacious
false; misleading
fatuous
foolish; inane
faze
disconcert; dismay
feasible
practical
feint
trick; shift; sham blow
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
fell
cruel; deadly
feral
not domestic; wild
ferment
agitation; commotion
figment
invention; imaginary thing
figurine
small ornamental statuette
filament
fine thread or fiber; threadlike structure within a light bulb
filch
steal
filibuster
to block legislation by making long speeches
finicky
too particular; fussy
fitful
spasmodic; intermittent
flabbergasted
astounded; astonished; overcome with surprise
flag
droop; grow feeble
flair
talent
flamboyant
ornate
fleece
n. wool coat of a sheep
v. rob; plunder
flinch
hesitate; shrink
flit
fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
floe
mass of floating ice
flounder
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter
flout
reject; mock
fluke
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune
foible
weakness; slight fault
foil
n. contrast
v. defeat; frustrate
ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
formidable
menacing; threatening
forswear
renounce; abandon
fortitude
bravery; courage
fortuitous
accidental; by chance
founder
fail completely; sink
fracas
brawl, melee
fraternize
associate in a friendly way
fraught
filled
frolicsome
prankish; gay
frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
fugitive
fleeting or transitory; roving
furlough
leave of absence; vacation granted a soldier or civil servant
furor
frenzy; great excitement
gaffe
social blunder
galaxy
large, isolated system of stars, such as the Milky Way; any collection of brilliant personalities
gale
windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughter, tears)
gall
n. bitterness; nerve
v. annoy; chafe
galvanize
stimulate by shock; stir up; revitalize
gambit
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed
gamely
bravely; with spirit
gargantuan
huge; enormous
garish
over-bright in color; gaudy
garnish
decorate
gauche
clumsy; coarse and uncouth
gavel
hammerlike tool; mallet
genesis
beginning; origin
geniality
cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy
genteel
well-bred; elegant
gentility
those of gentle birth; refinement
gentry
people of standing; class of people just below nobility
germane
pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
germinal
pertaining to a germ; creative
germinate
cause to sprout; sprout
gibe
mock
gloss over
explain away
glut
overstock; fill to excess
gorge
n. small, steep-walled canyon
v. stuff oneself
graft
piece of transplanted tissue; portion of plant inserted in another plant
grandiose
pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive
grill
question severely
grouse
complain; fuss
grueling
exhausting
guise
appearance; costume
halting
hesitant; faltering
harangue
noisy speech
harbinger
forerunner
harrowing
agonizing; distressing; traumatic
heckler
person who harasses others
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
herbivorous
grain-eating
hermetic
sealed by fusion so as to be airtight
heterodox
unorthodox; unconventional
heyday
time of greatest success; prime
hiatus
gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause
histrionic
theatrical
hoary
white with age
hoax
trick; practical joke
holster
pistol case
horde
crowd
horticultural
pertaining to cultivation of gardens
host
great number; person entertaining guests; animal or plant from which a parasite gets its nourishment
hovel
shack; small wretched house
humdrum
dull; monotonous
hurtle
crash; rush
husband
use sparingly; conserve; save
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
idiom
expression whose meaning as a whole differs from the meanings of its individual words; distinctive style
impair
injure; hurt
impart
reveal or tell; grant
imperious
domineering; haughty
impertinent
insolent; rude
impervious
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
impetuous
violent; hasty; rash
impinge
infringe; touch; collide with
implacable
incapable of being pacified
implore
beg
importunate
urging; demanding
importune
beg insistently
impregnable
invulnerable
improvident
thriftless
impugn
dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); challenge; gainsay
incense
enrage; infuriate
inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary