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pugnacity
combativeness; disposition to fight
pulverize
crush or grind into dust
punctilious
laying stress on niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive to fine points (perhaps too much so)
purchase
firm grasp or footing
purveyor
furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer
pusillanimous
cowardly; fainthearted
quaff
drink with relish
quagmire
soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
quail
cower; lose heart
quandary
dilemma
quarry
n. victim; object of a hunt
v. dig into
quay
dock; landing place
quell
extinguish; put down; quiet
querulous
fretful; whining
quibble
minor objection or complaint
quiescent
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment
quip
taunt
quirt
startling twist; caprice
quiver
v. tremble; shake
n. case for arrows
quixotic
idealistic but impractical
quizzical
teasing; bantering; mocking; curious
quorum
number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
raiment
clothing
rally
call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate
ramification
branching out; subdivision
ramify
divide into branches or subdivisions
ramshackle
rickety; falling apart
rankle
irritate; fester
rapacious
excessively greedy; predatory
rapt
absorbed; enchanted
rarefied
made less dense (of a gas)
ratiocination
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises
ravel
fall apart into tangles; unravel or untwist; entangle
raze
destroy completely
reactionary
recoiling from progress; politically ultra-conservative
rebuff
snub; beat back
rebuke
scold harshly; criticize severely
rebuttal
refutation; response with contrary evidence
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
recapitulate
summarize
recast
reconstruct (a sentence, story, etc.); fashion again (remake; alter)
recidivism
habitual return to crime
reciprocate
repay in kind
reconnaissance
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering (literally to recognize)
recourse
resorting to help when in trouble
recrimination
countercharges
redoubtable
formidable; causing fear
redress
remedy; compensation
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
refute
disprove
regale
entertain
regimen
prescribed diet and habits
rejoinder
retort; comeback; reply
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
relic
surviving remnant; memento
remiss
negligent
remission
temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellation of a debt; forgiveness or pardon
remonstrance
protest; objection
remunerative
compensating; rewarding
render
deliver; provide; represent
rendition
translation; artistic interpretation of a song, etc.
renege
deny; go back on
rent
rip; split
repast
meal; feast; banquet
reprehensible
deserving blame
reprieve
temporary stay
reprisal
retaliation
reprise
musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action
reprobate
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
repudiate
disown; disavow
requite
repay; revenge
rescind
cancel
resigned
accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive
restitution
reparation; indemnification
restive
restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control
retiring
modest; shy
retrench
cut down; economize
retrograde
go backwards; degenerate
reverie
daydream; musing
revulsion
sudden violent change of feeling; reaction
rhapsodize
to speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
ribald
wanton; profane
riddle
pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout
rider
amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
rigor
severity
rile
vex; irritate; muddy
roil
to make liquids murky by stirring up sediment
rostrum
platform for speech-making; pulpit
rote
repetition
rue
regret; lament; mourn
saboteur
one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property
salacious
lascivious; lustful
salvo
discharge of firearms; military salute
sanctimonious
displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
sanguine
cheerful; hopeful
sardonic
disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
saturnine
gloomy
savant
scholar
scabbard
case for a sword blade; sheath
scad
a great quantity
scale
climb up; ascend
scamp
rascal
schematic
relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols
schism
division; split
scruple
fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons
scuffle
struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry
scurrilous
obscene; indecent
scurry
move briskly
scurvy
despicable; contemptible
scuttle
v. scurry; run with short, rapid steps
v. sink
seamy
sordid; unwholesome
sear
char or burn; brand
sectarian
relating to a religious faction or subgroup; narrow-minded; limited
sedition
resistance to authority; insubordination
sedulous
diligent; hardworking
seedy
run-down; decrepit; disreputable
seemly
proper; appropriate
seismic
pertaining to earthquakes
sheer
very thin or transparent; very steep; absolute
shoddy
sham; not genuine; inferior
shroud
hide from view; wrap for burial
shyster
lawyer using questionable methods
simian
monkeylike
simper
smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
well-paid position with little responsibility
sinewy
tough; strong and firm
skiff
small, light sailboat or rowboat
skimp
provide scantily; live very economically
skirmish
minor fight
skulk
move furtively and secretly
slag
residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
slake
quench; sate
slapdash
haphazard; careless; sloppy
slight
insult to one's dignity; snub
slothful
lazy
slough
cast off
slur
v. speak indistinctly; mumble
n. insult to one's character or reputation; slander
smelt
melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition
smolder
burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment
snivel
run at the nose; snuffle; whine
sojourn
temporary stay
solder
repair or make whole by using a metal alloy
solecism
construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
solicitous
worried; concerned
somnolent
half asleep
sophistry
seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning
sovereign
efficacious; supreme or paramount; self-governing
spat
squabble; minor dispute
spate
sudden flood or strong outburst; a large number or amount
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
spendthrift
someone who wastes money
sphinx-like
enigmatic; mysterious
splice
fasten together; unite
spry
vigorously active; nimble
spurious
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
squalor
filth; degradation; dirty, neglected state
staid
sober; sedate
stanch
check flow of blood
steep
soak; saturate
stilted
bombastic; inflated
stint
n. supply; allotted amount; assigned portion of work
v. be thrifty; set limits
stipend
pay for services
stipulate
make express conditions; specify
stodgy
stuffy; boringly conservative
stoke
stir up a fire; feed plentifully
stricture
restriction; adverse criticism
strident
loud and harsh; insistent
strut
n. pompous walk; swagger
n. supporting bar
stultify
cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder
stymie
present an obstacle; stump
subjective
occurring or taking place within the subject; unreal
suborn
persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury)
subsidiary
subordinate; secondary
subsistence
existence; means of support; livelihood
substantive
essential; pertaining to the substance
subterfuge
pretense; evasion
subversive
tending to overthrow; destructive
suffragist
advocate of voting rights (for women)
sully
tarnish; soil
sultry
sweltering
sumptuous
lavish; rich
supersede
cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supplant
replace; usurp
surrogate
substitute
swarthy
dark; dusky
swathe
wrap around; bandage
swill
drink greedily
sybarite
lover of luxury
symbiosis
interdependent relationship (between groups, species), often mutually beneficial
talisman
charm to bring good luck and avert misfortune
tangential
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
tanner
person who turns animal hides into leather
tarry
delay; dawdle
tautological
needlessly repetitious
temporize
avoid committing oneself; gain time
tendentious
having an aim; biased; designed to further a cause
tenet
doctrine; dogma
tenuous
thin; rare; slim
tether
tie with a rope
thespian
pertaining to drama
throes
violent anguish
tightwad
excessively frugal person; miser
tiller
handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
titter
nervous laugh
tonic
invigorating; refreshing
torrent
rushing stream; flood
torrid
passionate; hot or scorching
totter
move unsteadily; sway, as if about to fall
tout
publicize; praise excessively
tract
region of land (often imprecisely described); pamphlet
traduce
expose to slander
trajectory
path taken by a projectile
transcribe
copy
translucent
partly transparent
transmute
change; convert to something different
transport
strong emotion
travail
painful labor
travesty
comical parody; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
tribute
tax levied by a ruler; mark of respect
trough
container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.)
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity
tryst
meeting
tundra
rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
turgid
swollen; distended
turpitude
depravity (morally corrupt)
tyro
beginner; novice
unaccountable
inexplicable; unreasonable or mysterious
unassuming
modest
unbridled
violent
underlying
fundamental; lying below
undulating
moving with a wavelike motion
unequivocal
plain; obvious; unmistakable
unfathomable
incomprehensible; impenetrable
unfrock
to strip a priest or minister of church authority
ungainly
awkward; clumsy; unwieldy
uniformity
sameness; monotony
unimpeachable
blameless and exemplary
unprepossessing
unattractive
unrequited
not reciprocated
unscathed
unharmed
unseemly
unbecoming; indecent; in poor taste
unwitting
unintentional; not knowing
veer
change in direction
vehement
forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor
venal
capable of being bribed; corrupt
vendetta
blood feud
veneer
thin layer; cover