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inclement
stormy; unkind
incontinent
lacking self-restraint; licentious
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
incredulous
withholding belief; skeptical
incubate
hatch; scheme
inculcate
teach; instill
incumbent
obligatory; currently holding an office
incur
bring upon oneself
incursion
temporary invasion
indelible
not able to be erased
indenture
bind as servant or apprentice to master
indicative
suggestive; implying
indices
signs; indications
indigent
poor; destitute
indignity
offensive or insulting treatment
indiscretion
lack of tactfulness or sound judgment
indiscriminate
choosing at random; confused
indissoluble
permanent
induce
persuade; bring about
ineffable
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
inexorable
relentless; unyielding; implacable
infer
deduce; conclude
infraction
violation (of a rule or regulation); breach
infusion
act of introducing or instilling a quality; liquid solution
ingratiate
become popular with
inimical
unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
iniquitous
wicked; immoral; unrighteous
innocuous
harmless
inordinate
unrestrained; excessive
inscrutable
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insolvent
bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts
interloper
intruder; unwanted meddler
intimate
hint; suggest
inveterate
deep-rooted; habitual
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy
invocation
prayer for help; calling upon as a reference or support
iota
very small quantity
irksome
annoying; tedious
irrevocable
unalterable; irreversible
jabber
chatter rapidly or unintelligibly
jaded
fatigued; surfeited
jaunt
trip; short journey
jaunty
lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree
jingoist
extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist
jostle
shove; bump
jurisprudence
science of law
kernel
central or vital part; whole seed (as of corn)
kindred
related; belonging to the same family
kleptomaniac
person who has a compulsive desire to steal
knave
untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel
knoll
little round hill
kudos
honor; glory; praise
laconic
brief and to the point
laggard
slow; sluggish
lampoon
ridicule
lap
take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently
larder
pantry; place where food is kept
latitude
freedom from narrow limitations
lax
careless
leaven
cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven
lechery
lustfulness; impurity in thought and deed
leery
suspicious; cautious
legacy
gift made by a will
legerdemain
sleight of hand
liability
drawback; debts
libel
defamatory statement; act or writing something that smears a person's character
lilliputian
extremely small
limber
flexible
limerick
humorous short verse
liniment
ointment; lotion; salve
lionize
treat as a celebrity
list
tilt; lean over
listless
lacking in spirit or energy
litany
supplicatory prayer
loath
reluctant; disinclined
loll
lounge about
loom
appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged or distorted form)
lope
gallop slowly
low
moo
ludicrous
laughable; trifling
lugubrious
mournful
lull
n. moment of calm
v. soothe; cause one to relax one's guard; subside
lumber
move heavily or clumsily
luminary
celebrity; dignitary
lummox
big, clumsy, often stupid person
lurid
wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome
luscious
pleasing to taste or smell
machinations
evil schemes or plots
madrigal
pastoral song
malaise
uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health
malfeasance
wrongdoing
maniacal
raging mad; insane
manifest
evident; visible; obvious
marked
noticeable or pronounced; targeted for vengeance
marquee
canopy above an entrance, under which one can take shelter; rooflike shelter above a theater entrance
martinet
strict disciplinarian
maudlin
effusively sentimental
maul
handle roughly
meek
quite and obedient; spiritless
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious
mercurial
capricious; changing; fickle
metaphysical
pertaining to speculative philosophy
mettle
courage; spirit
milieu
environment; means of expression
mincing
affectedly dainty
minutiae
petty details
misapprehension
error; misunderstanding
mite
very small object or creature; small coin
modicum
limited quantity
molt
shed or cast off hair or feathers
monolithic
solidly uniform; unyielding
moratorium
legal delay of payment
morbid
given to unwholesome thought; moody; characteristic of disease
motley
multi-colored; mixed
multifarious
varied; greatly diversified
muster
gather; assemble
musty
stale; spoiled by age
natty
neatly or smartly dressed
negligible
so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easisly disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
nettle
annoy; vex
nicety
precision; minute distinction
nip
stop something's growth or development; snip off; bite; make numb with cold
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary
nonplus
bring to halt by confusion; perplex
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
nuance
shade of difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
numismatist
person who collects coins
obdurate
stubborn
obfuscate
confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex
oblivion
obscurity; forgetfulness
obstreperous
boisterous; noisy
obtuse
blunt; stupid
obviate
make unnecessary; get rid of
ogle
look at amorously; make eyes at
olfactory
concerning the sense of smell
onerous
burdensome
onset
beginning; attack
oracular
prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous
ordain
decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine
ordination
ceremony making someone a minister
ostensible
apparent; professed; pretended
outlandish
bizarre; peculiar; unconventional
overbearing
bossy and arrogant; decisively important
overt
open to view
overwrought
extremely agitated; hysterical
paean
song of praise or joy
pall
grow tiresome
palliate
lessen the violence of (a disease); alleviate; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
paltry
insignificant; petty; trifling
pan
criticize harshly
panache
flair; flamboyance
pandemic
widespread; affecting the majority of people
pandemonium
wild tumult
pander
cater to the low desires of others
panegyric
formal praise
paraphernalia
equipment; odds and ends
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage
partial
incomplete; having a liking for something
pastiche
imitation of another's style in musical composition or writing
patent
open for the public to read; obvious
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
patina
green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
patrician
noble; aristocratic
patronize
support; act superior toward; be a customer of
pedagogy
teaching; art of education
pedestrian
ordinary; unimaginative
penchant
strong inclination; liking
peremptory
demanding and leaving no choice
perennial
something that is continuing or recurrent
perfunctory
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
pernicious
very destructive (deadly)
perpetrate
commit an offense
perquisite
any gain above stipulated salary
persona
public personality or facade
perspicacious
having insight; penetrating; astute
pert
impertinent; forward
pertinacious
stubborn; persistent
perverse
stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and perverted
philanderer
faithless lover; flirt
philistine
narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
philology
study of language
phlegmatic
calm; not easily disturbed
phylum
major class of plants; primary branch of animal kingdom; division
picaresque
pertaining to rogues in literature
pied
variegated; multicolored
pine
languish, decline; long for, yearn
pique
n. irritation; resentment
v. provoke or arouse; annoy
pivotal
crucial; key; vital
placebo
harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
plaintive
mournful
plasticity
ability to be molded
platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement
plaudit
enthusiastically worded approval; round of applause
plumb
checking perpendicularity; vertical
plutocracy
society ruled by the wealthy
poignancy
quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion
ponderous
weighty; unwieldy
pontifical
pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious
pore
study industriously; ponder; scrutinize
poseur
person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impress others
postulate
essential premise; underlying assumption
potentate
monarch; sovereign
prate
speak foolishly; boast idly
preamble
introductory statement
precept
practical rule guiding conduct
precinct
district or division of a city
precipice
cliff; dangerous position
precipitate
adj. rash; premature; hasty; sudden
v. throw headlong; hasten
precipitous
steep; overhasty
precis
concise summing up of main points
preclude
make impossible; eliminate
precocious
advanced in development
predispose
give an inclination toward; make susceptible to
preeminent
outstanding; superior
preempt
head off; forestall (hinder; prevent) by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant (replace; usurp)
preen
make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction
prehensile
capable of grasping or holding
prelate
church dignitary
premise
assumption; postulate
preposterous
absurd; ridiculous
prerogative
privilege; unquestionable right
prescience
ability to foretell the future
presumptuous
overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
prevail
induce; triumph over
prim
very precise and formal; exceedingly proper
primordial
existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentary
pristine
characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
privation
hardship; want
problematic
doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing
prodigious
marvelous; enormous
profligate
dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
progeny
children; offspring
prolixity
tedious wordiness; verbosity
prompt
cause; provoke; provide a cue for an actor
promulgate
proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
propinquity
nearness; kinship
propitiate
appease
propound
put forth for analysis
proscribe
ostracize; banish; outlaw
proselytize
convert to a religion or belief
protean
versatile; able to take on many shapes
protocol
diplomatic etiquette
provident
displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies
provisional
tentative; temporary
prowess
extraordinary ability; military bravery
prude
excessively modest person
prurient
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires