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abase
abase v. To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.
abbess
abbess n. The lady superior of a nunnery.
abbey
abbey n. The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.
abbot
abbot n. The superior of a community of monks.
abdominal
abdominal n. Of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.
abduction
abduction n. A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.
abed
abed adv. In bed; on a bed.
abhorrence
abhorrence n. The act of detesting extremely.
abhorrent
abhorrent adj. Very repugnant; hateful.
abidance
abidance n. An abiding.
abject
abject adj. Sunk to a low condition.
able-bodied
able-bodied adj. Competent for physical service.
abnegate
abnegate v. To renounce (a right or privilege).
aboriginal
aboriginal adj. Primitive; unsophisticated.
aborigines
aborigines n. The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.
aboveboard
aboveboard adv. & adj. Without concealment, fraud, or trickery.
abrade
abrade v. To wear away the surface or some part of by friction.
abrasion
abrasion n. That which is rubbed off.
abridge
abridge v. To make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.
abridgment
abridgment n. A condensed form as of a book or play.
abscess
abscess n. A Collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission
abscission n. The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
absolution
absolution n. Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.
absolve
absolve v. To free from sin or its penalties.
absorption
absorption n. The act or process of absorbing.
abstain
abstain v. To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).
abstinence
abstinence n. Self denial.
abusive
abusive adj. Employing harsh words or ill treatment.
academician
academician n. A member of an academy of literature, art, or science.
academy
academy n. Any institution where the higher branches of learning are taught.
access
access n. A way of approach or entrance; passage.
accessible
accessible adj. Approachable.
accession
accession n. Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.
accessory
accessory n. A person or thing that aids the principal agent.
acclaim
acclaim v. To utter with a shout.
accommodate
accommodate v. To furnish something as a kindness or favor.
accompaniment
accompaniment n. A subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.
accompanist
accompanist n. One who or that which accompanies.
accomplice
accomplice n. An associate in wrong-doing.
accordion
accordion n. A portable free-reed musical instrument.
accost
accost v. To speak to.
accouter
accouter v. To dress.
accredit
accredit v. To give credit or authority to.
accursed
accursed adj. Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusatory
accusatory adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
accustom
accustom v. To make familiar by use.
acerbity
acerbity n. Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.
acetate
acetate n. A salt of acetic acid.
acetic
acetic adj. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.
Achillean
Achillean adj. Invulnerable.
achromatic
achromatic adj. Colorless,
acoustic
acoustic adj. Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.
acquaint
acquaint v. To make familiar or conversant.
acquiescence
acquiescence n. Passive consent.
acquire
acquire v. To get as one's own.
acquisition
acquisition n. Anything gained, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor.
acquit
acquit v. To free or clear, as from accusation.
acquittal
acquittal n. A discharge from accusation by judicial action.
acquittance
acquittance n. Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.
acreage
acreage n. Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.
acrimonious
acrimonious adj. Full of bitterness.
actionable
actionable adj. Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.
actuary
actuary n. An officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate
actuate v. To move or incite to action.
addendum
addendum n. Something added, or to be added.
addle
addle v. To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.
adduce
adduce v. To bring forward or name for consideration.
adhesion
adhesion n. The state of being attached or joined.
adieu
adieu inter. Good-by; farewell.
adjudge
adjudge v. To award or bestow by formal decision.
adjuration
adjuration n. A vehement appeal.
adjutant
adjutant adj. Auxiliary.
admissible
admissible adj. Having the right or privilege of entry.
admonish
admonish v. To warn of a fault.
ado
ado n. unnecessary activity or ceremony.
adoration
adoration n. Profound devotion.
adroit
adroit adj. Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.
adulterant
adulterant n. An adulterating substance.
adulterate
adulterate v. To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.
advent
advent n. The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.
advert
advert v. To refer incidentally.
advisory
advisory adj. Not mandatory.
advocacy
advocacy n. The act of pleading a cause.
advocate
advocate n. One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.
aerial
aerial adj. Of, pertaining to, or like the air.
aeronaut
aeronaut n. One who navigates the air, a balloonist.
aeronautics
aeronautics n. the art or practice of flying aircraft
aerostat
aerostat n. A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.
aerostatics
aerostatics n. The branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.
affectation
affectation n. A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.
affiliate
affiliate n. Some auxiliary person or thing.
affirmative
affirmative adj. Answering yes; to a question at issue.
affix
affix v. To fasten.
affluence
affluence n. A profuse or abundant supply of riches.
affront
affront n. An open insult or indignity.
afire
afire adv. & adj. On fire, literally or figuratively.
afoot
afoot adv. In progress.
aforesaid
aforesaid adj. Said in a preceding part or before.
afresh
afresh adv. Once more, after rest or interval.
agglomerate
agglomerate v. To pile or heap together.
aggravation
aggravation n. The fact of being made heavier or more heinous, as a crime , offense, misfortune, etc.
aggregate
aggregate n. The entire number, sum, mass, or quantity of something.
aggress
aggress v. To make the first attack.
aggression
aggression n. An unprovoked attack.
aggrieve
aggrieve v. To give grief or sorrow to.
agrarian
agrarian adj. Pertaining to land, especially agricultural land.
aide-de-camp
aide-de-camp n. An officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.
ailment
ailment n. Slight sickness.
airy
airy adj. Delicate, ethereal.
alabaster
alabaster n. A white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.
albeit
albeit conj. Even though.
alchemy
alchemy n. Chemistry of the middle ages, characterized by the pursuit of changing base metals to gold.
alder
alder n. Any shrub or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family.
alderman
alderman n. A member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship
aldermanship n. The dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.
alienate
alienate v. To cause to turn away.
alienation
alienation n. Estrangement.
aliment
aliment n. That which nourishes.
alkali
alkali n. Anything that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc.
allay
allay v. To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.
allege
allege v. To assert to be true, especially in a formal manner, as in court.
allegory
allegory n. The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
allot
allot v. To assign a definite thing or part to a certain person.
allotment
allotment n. Portion.
allude
allude v. To refer incidentally, or by suggestion.
allusion
allusion n. An indirect and incidental reference to something without definite mention of it.
alluvion
alluvion n. Flood.
altar
altar n. Any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.
alteration
alteration n. Change or modification.
altercate
altercate v. To contend angrily or zealously in words.
alto
alto n. The lowest or deepest female voice or part.
altruism
altruism n. Benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest.
altruist
altruist n. One who advocates or practices altruism.
amalgam
amalgam n. An alloy or union of mercury with another metal.
amatory
amatory adj. Designed to excite love.
ambitious
ambitious adj. Eagerly desirous and aspiring.
ambrosial
ambrosial adj. Divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious.
ambulance
ambulance n. A vehicle fitted for conveying the sick and wounded.
ambulate
ambulate v. To walk about
ambush
ambush n. The act or state of lying concealed for the purpose of surprising or attacking the enemy.
amenable
amenable adj. Willing and ready to submit.
Americanism
Americanism n. A peculiar sense in which an English word or phrase is used in the United States.
amicable
amicable adj. Done in a friendly spirit.
amity
amity n. Friendship.
amour
amour n. A love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature.
ampere
ampere n. The practical unit of electric-current strength.
ampersand
ampersand n. The character &; and.
amphitheater
amphitheater n. An edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.
amplitude
amplitude n. Largeness.
amputate
amputate v. To remove by cutting, as a limb or some portion of the body.
amusement
amusement n. Diversion.
anachronism
anachronism n. Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.
anagram
anagram n. The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.
anatomy
anatomy n. That branch of morphology which treats of the structure of organisms.
anecdote
anecdote n. A brief account of some interesting event or incident.
anemic
anemic adj. Affected with anemia.
anemometer
anemometer n. An instrument for measuring the force or velocity of wind.
anesthetic
anesthetic adj. Pertaining to or producing loss of sensation.
anew
anew adv. Once more.
angelic
angelic adj. Saintly.
Anglophobia
Anglophobia n. Hatred or dread of England or of what is English.
Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon n. The entire English race wherever found, as in Europe, the United States, or India.
anhydrous
anhydrous adj. Withered.
animadvert
animadvert v. To pass criticism or censure.
animalcule
animalcule n. An animal of microscopic smallness.
annalist
annalist n. Historian.
annex
annex v. To add or affix at the end.
annotate
annotate v. To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon.
annuity
annuity n. An annual allowance, payment, or income.
annunciation
annunciation n. Proclamation.
anode
anode n. The point where or path by which a voltaic current enters an electrolyte or the like.
anonymous
anonymous adj. Of unknown authorship.
antagonism
antagonism n. Mutual opposition or resistance of counteracting forces, principles, or persons.
ante
ante v. In the game of poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt.
antecede
antecede v. To precede.
antechamber
antechamber n. A waiting room for those who seek audience.
antedate
antedate v. To assign or affix a date to earlier than the actual one.
antemeridian
antemeridian adj. Before noon.
antemundane
antemundane adj. Pertaining to time before the world's creation.
antenatal
antenatal adj. Occurring or existing before birth.
anteroom
anteroom n. A room situated before and opening into another, usually larger.
anthracite
anthracite n. Hard coal.
anthropomorphous
anthropomorphous adj. Having or resembling human form.
antic
antic n. A grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action.
Antichrist
Antichrist n. Any opponent or enemy of Christ, whether a person or a power.
anticyclone
anticyclone n. An atmospheric condition of high central pressure, with currents flowing outward.
antilogy
antilogy n. Inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas.
antipathize
antipathize v. To show or feel a feeling of antagonism, aversion, or dislike.
antiphon
antiphon n. A response or alteration of responses, generally musical.
antiphony
antiphony n. An anthem or other composition sung responsively.
antipodes
antipodes n. A place or region on the opposite side of the earth.
antiquary
antiquary n. One who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc.
antiquate
antiquate v. To make old or out of date.
antiseptic
antiseptic n. Anything that destroys or restrains the growth of putrefactive micro-organisms.
antispasmodic
antispasmodic adj. Tending to prevent or relieve non-inflammatory spasmodic affections.
antistrophe
antistrophe n. The inversion of terms in successive classes, as in "the home of joy and the joy of home".
aphorism
aphorism n. Proverb.
apiary
apiary n. A place where bees are kept.
apostasy
apostasy n. A total departure from one's faith or religion.
apostle
apostle n. Any messenger commissioned by or as by divine authority.
apothecary
apothecary n. One who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions.
appellate
appellate adj. Capable of being appealed to.
appellation
appellation n. The name or title by which a particular person, class, or thing is called.
append
append v. To add or attach, as something accessory, subordinate, or supplementary.
appertain
appertain v. To belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation.
appraise
appraise v. To estimate the money value of.
apprehend
apprehend v. To make a prisoner of (a person) in the name of the law.
apprehensible
apprehensible adj. Capable of being conceived.
aqueduct
aqueduct n. A water-conduit, particularly one for supplying a community from a distance.
arbiter
arbiter n. One chosen or appointed, by mutual consent of parties in dispute, to decide matters.
arbitrary
arbitrary adj. Fixed or done capriciously.
arbitrate
arbitrate v. To act or give judgment as umpire.
arboretum
arboretum n. A botanical garden or place devoted to the cultivation of trees or shrubs.
arcade
arcade n. A vaulted passageway or street; a roofed passageway having shops, etc., opening from it.
archaeology
archaeology n. The branch of anthropology concerned with the systematic investigation of the relics of man.
archaism
archaism n. Obsolescence.
archangel
archangel n. An angel of high rank.
archbishop
archbishop n. The chief of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province in the Greek, Roman, and Anglican church.
archdeacon
archdeacon n. A high official administrator of the affairs of a diocese.
archetype
archetype n. A prototype.
aristocracy
aristocracy n. A hereditary nobility
aristocrat
aristocrat n. A hereditary noble or one nearly connected with nobility.
armada
armada n. A fleet of war-vessels.
armory
armory n. An arsenal.
arraign
arraign v. To call into court, as a person indicted for crime, and demand whether he pleads guilty or not.
arrange
arrange v. To put in definite or proper order.
arrear
arrear n. Something overdue and unpaid.
arrogate
arrogate v. To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons or grounds.
Artesian
Artesian well n. A very deep bored well. water rises due to underground pressure
Arthurian
Arthurian adj. Pertaining to King Arthur, the real or legendary hero of British poetic story.
artifice
artifice n. Trickery.
artless
artless adj. Ingenuous.
ascendant
ascendant adj. Dominant.
ascension
ascension n. The act of rising.
ascent
ascent n. A rising, soaring, or climbing.
ashen
ashen adj. Pale.
askance
askance adv. With a side or indirect glance or meaning.
aspirant
aspirant n. One who seeks earnestly, as for advancement, honors, place.
aspiration
aspiration n. An earnest wish for that which is above one's present reach.
assay
assay n. The chemical analysis or testing of an alloy ore.
assent
assent v. To express agreement with a statement or matter of opinion.
assess
assess v. To determine the amount of (a tax or other sum to be paid).
assessor
assessor n. An officer whose duty it is to assess taxes.
assets
assets n. pl. Property in general, regarded as applicable to the payment of debts.
assignee
assignee n. One who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests.
assimilate
assimilate v. To adapt.
assonance
assonance n. Resemblance or correspondence in sound.
assonant
assonant adj. Having resemblance of sound.
assonate
assonate v. To accord in sound, especially vowel sound.
atheism
atheism n. The denial of the existence of God.
athirst
athirst adj. Wanting water.
athwart
athwart adv. From side to side.
atomizer
atomizer n. An apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc.
atone
atone v. To make amends for.
attache
attache n. A subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy.
attest
attest v. To certify as accurate, genuine, or true.
attorney-general
attorney-general n. The chief law-officer of a government.
auburn
auburn adj. Reddish-brown, said usually of the hair.
augur
augur v. To predict.
Augustinian
Augustinian adj. Pertaining to St. Augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called after him.
aura
aura n. Pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons
aural
aural adj. Of or pertaining to the ear.
auricle
auricle n. One of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins.
auricular
auricular adj. Of or pertaining to the ear, its auricle, or the sense of hearing.
auriferous
auriferous adj. Containing gold.
aurora
aurora n. A luminous phenomenon in the upper regions of the atmosphere.
auspice
auspice n. favoring, protecting, or propitious influence or guidance.
autarchy
autarchy n. Unrestricted power.
authentic
authentic adj. Of undisputed origin.
authenticity
authenticity n. The state or quality of being genuine, or of the origin and authorship claimed.
automaton
automaton n. Any living being whose actions are or appear to be involuntary or mechanical.
autopsy
autopsy n. The examination of a dead body by dissection to ascertain the cause of death.
autumnal
autumnal adj. Of or pertaining to autumn.
aviary
aviary n. A spacious cage or enclosure in which live birds are kept.
avidity
avidity n. Greediness.
avocation
avocation n. Diversion.
awry
awry adv. & adj. Out of the proper form, direction, or position.
aye
aye adv. An expression of assent.
azalea
azalea n. A flowering shrub.
azure
azure n. The color of the sky.
Baconian
Baconian adj. Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy.
bacterium
bacterium n. A microbe.
badger
badger v. To pester.
baffle
baffle v. To foil or frustrate.
bailiff
bailiff n. An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.
baize
baize n. A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.
bale
bale n. A large package prepared for transportation or storage.
balsam
balsam n. A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.
barcarole
barcarole n. A boat-song of Venetian gondoliers.
baritone
baritone adj. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.
barograph
barograph n. An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure.
barometer
barometer n. An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface.
barring
barring prep. Apart from.
bass
bass adj. Low in tone or compass.
baste
baste v. To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking.
baton
baton n. An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege.
battalion
battalion n. A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment.
batten
batten n. A narrow strip of wood.
batter
batter n. A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery.
bauble
bauble n. A trinket.
bawl
bawl v. To proclaim by outcry.
beatitude
beatitude n. Any state of great happiness.
beau
beau n. An escort or lover.
beck
beck v. To give a signal to, by nod or gesture.
bedeck
bedeck v. To cover with ornament.
bedlam
bedlam n. Madhouse.
befog
befog v. To confuse.
beget
beget v. To produce by sexual generation.
begrudge
begrudge v. To envy one of the possession of.
belay
belay v. To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat.
belie
belie v. To misrepresent.
belittle
belittle v. To disparage.
belle
belle n. A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc.
benefice
benefice n. A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.
beneficiary
beneficiary n. One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property.
benignant
benignant adj. Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
benison
benison n. Blessing.
bereave
bereave v. To make desolate with loneliness and grief.
berth
berth n. A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc.
beseech
beseech v. To implore.
beset
beset v. To attack on all sides.
besmear
besmear v. To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance.
bestial
bestial adj. Animal.
bestrew
bestrew v. To sprinkle or cover with things strewn.
bestride
bestride v. To get or sit upon astride, as a horse.
bethink
bethink v. To remind oneself.
betide
betide v. To happen to or befall.
betimes
betimes adv. In good season or time.
betroth
betroth v. To engage to marry.
betrothal
betrothal n. Engagement to marry.
bevel
bevel n. Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees.
bibliomania
bibliomania n. The passion for collecting books.
bibliophile
bibliophile n. One who loves books.
bibulous
bibulous adj. Fond of drinking.
bide
bide v. To await.
biennial
biennial n. A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second.
bier
bier n. A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.
bigamist
bigamist n. One who has two spouses at the same time.
bigamy
bigamy n. The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.
bight
bight n. A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line.
biograph
biograph n. A bibliographical sketch or notice.
biped
biped n. An animal having two feet.
blase
blase adj. Sated with pleasure.
blaspheme
blaspheme v. To indulge in profane oaths.
blazon
blazon v. To make widely or generally known.
blithesome
blithesome adj. Cheerful.
bodily
bodily adj. Corporeal.
bole
bole n. The trunk or body of a tree.
bolero
bolero n. A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing.
boll
boll n. A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.
bombard
bombard v. To assail with any missile or with abusive speech.
bombardier
bombardier n. A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells.
bore
bore v. To weary by tediousness or dullness.
borough
borough n. An incorporated village or town.
bosom
bosom n. The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.
Bowdlerize
Bowdlerize v. To expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages.
bowler
bowler n. In cricket, the player who delivers the ball.
brae
brae n. Hillside.
braggart
braggart n. A vain boaster.
brandish
brandish v. To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear.
bray
bray n. A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn.
braze
braze v. To make of or ornament with brass.
brazier
brazier n. An open pan or basin for holding live coals.
breaker
breaker n. One who trains horses, dogs, etc.
breech
breech n. The buttocks.
brethren
brethren n. pl. Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like.
bric-a-brac
bric-a-brac n. Objects of curiosity or for decoration.
bridle
bridle n. The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins.
brigade
brigade n. A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments.
brigadier
brigadier n. General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general.
brigand
brigand n. One who lives by robbery and plunder.
brimstone
brimstone n. Sulfur.
brine
brine n. Water saturated with salt.
bristle
bristle n. One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: used in brush-making, etc.
Britannia
Britannia n. The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Briticism
Briticism n. A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British.
brogan
brogan n. A coarse, heavy shoe.
brogue
brogue n. Any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people.
brokerage
brokerage n. The business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker.
bronchitis
bronchitis n. Inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
bronchus
bronchus n. Either of the two subdivisions of the trachea conveying air into the lungs.
brooch
brooch n. An article of jewelry fastened by a hinged pin and hook on the underside.
brotherhood
brotherhood n. Spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity.
browbeat
browbeat v. To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stern, haughty, or rude address or manner.
brusque
brusque adj. Somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech.
buffoonery
buffoonery n. Low drollery, coarse jokes, etc.
bulbous
bulbous adj. Of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb.
bullock
bullock n. An ox.
bulrush
bulrush n. Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water.
bulwark
bulwark n. Anything that gives security or defense.
bumper
bumper n. A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially one to be drunk as a toast or health.
bungle
bungle v. To execute clumsily.
bureau
bureau n. A chest of drawers for clothing, etc.
bureaucracy
bureaucracy n. Government by departments of men transacting particular branches of public business.
burgess
burgess n. In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia.
burgher
burgher n. An inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corporate town.
bursar
bursar n. A treasurer.
bustle
bustle v. To hurry.
butt
butt v. To strike with or as with the head, or horns.
butte
butte n. A conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated.
buttress
buttress n. Any support or prop.
by-law
by-law n. A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like.
cabalism
cabalism n. Superstitious devotion to one's religion.
cadaverous
cadaverous adj. Resembling a corpse.
cadence
cadence n. Rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops.
cadenza
cadenza n. An embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument.
caitiff
caitiff adj. Cowardly.
cajolery
cajolery n. Delusive speech.
calculable
calculable adj. That may be estimated by reckoning.
calculus
calculus n. A concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness.
Calvary
Calvary n. The place where Christ was crucified.
Calvinism
Calvinism n. The system of doctrine taught by John Calvin.
Calvinize
Calvinize v. To teach or imbue with the doctrines of Calvinism.
came
came n. A leaden sash-bar or grooved strip for fastening panes in stained-glass windows.
cameo
cameo n. Any small engraved or carved work in relief.
Canaanite
Canaanite n. A member of one of the three tribes that dwelt in the land of Canaan, or western Palestine.
canary
canary adj. Of a bright but delicate yellow.
canon
canon n. Any rule or law.
cantata
cantata n. A choral composition.
canto
canto n. One of the divisions of an extended poem.
cantonment
cantonment n. The part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered.
capillary
capillary n. A minute vessel having walls composed of a single layer of cells.
caprice
caprice n. A whim.
captivate
captivate v. To fascinate, as by excellence. eloquence, or beauty.
carcass
carcass n. The dead body of an animal.
cardiac
cardiac adj. Pertaining to the heart.
cardinal
cardinal adj. Of prime or special importance.
caret
caret n. A sign (^) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc., should be inserted.
caricature
caricature n. a picture or description in which natural characteristics are exaggerated or distorted.
carnage
carnage n. Massacre.
carnal
carnal adj. Sensual.
carouse
carouse v. To drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner.
cartilage
cartilage n. An elastic animal tissue of firm consistence.
cartridge
cartridge n. A charge for a firearm, or for blasting.
caste
caste n. The division of society on artificial grounds.
cataclysm
cataclysm n. Any overwhelming flood of water.
cathode
cathode n. The negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery.
cat-o-nine-tails
cat-o-nine-tails n. An instrument consisting of nine pieces of cord, formerly used for flogging in the army and navy.
causal
causal adj. Indicating or expressing a cause.
cauterize
cauterize v. To burn or sear as with a heated iron.
cede
cede v. To pass title to.
censorious
censorious adj. Judging severely or harshly.
centenary
centenary adj. Pertaining to a hundred years or a period of a hundred years.
ceremonious
ceremonious adj. Observant of ritual.
cessation
cessation n. Discontinuance, as of action or motion.
cession
cession n. Surrender, as of possessions or rights.
chameleon
chameleon adj. Changeable in appearance.
chancery
chancery n. A court of equity, as distinguished from a common-law court.
charlatan
charlatan n. A quack.
chasten
chasten v. To purify by affliction.
chastise
chastise v. To subject to punitive measures.
chastity
chastity n. Sexual or moral purity.
chateau
chateau n. A castle or manor-house.
chattel
chattel n. Any article of personal property.
check
check v. To hold back.
chiffon
chiffon n. A very thin gauze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc.
chivalry
chivalry n. The knightly system of feudal times with its code, usages and practices.
cholera
cholera n. An acute epidemic disease.
choleric
choleric adj. Easily provoked to anger.
choral
choral adj. Pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir.
Christendom
Christendom n. That part of the world where Christianity is generally professed.
chromatic
chromatic adj. Belonging, relating to, or abounding in color.
chronometer
chronometer n. A portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision.
cipher
cipher v. To calculate arithmetically. (also a noun meaning zero or nothing)
circulate
circulate v. To disseminate.
citadel
citadel n. Any strong fortress.
cite
cite v. To refer to specifically.
claimant
claimant n. One who makes a claim or demand, as of right.
clairvoyance
clairvoyance n. Intuitive sagacity or perception.
clamorous
clamorous adj. Urgent in complaint or demand.
clan
clan n. A tribe.
clandestine
clandestine adj. Surreptitious.
clangor
clangor n. Clanking or a ringing, as of arms, chains, or bells; clamor.
clarion
clarion n. A small shrill trumpet or bugle.
clearance
clearance n. A certificate from the proper authorities that a vessel has complied with the law and may sail.
clemency
clemency n. Mercy.
close-hauled
close-hauled adj. Having the sails set for sailing as close to the wind as possible.
clothier
clothier n. One who makes or sells cloth or clothing.
coagulant
coagulant adj. Producing coagulation.
coagulate
coagulate v. To change into a clot or a jelly, as by heat, by chemical action, or by a ferment.
codicil
codicil n. A supplement adding to, revoking, or explaining in the body of a will.
coercion
coercion n. Forcible constraint or restraint, moral or physical.
coercive
coercive adj. Serving or tending to force.
cognate
cognate adj. Akin.
collier
collier n. One who works in a coal-mine.
colloquialism
colloquialism n. Form of speech used only or chiefly in conversation.
colloquy
colloquy n. Conversation.
colossus
colossus n. Any strikingly great person or object.
comely
comely adj. Handsome.
commentary
commentary n. A series of illustrative or explanatory notes on any important work.
commingle
commingle v. To blend.
commissariat
commissariat n. The department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs.
commission
commission v. To empower.
committal
committal n. The act, fact, or result of committing, or the state of being
commodity
commodity n. Something that is bought and sold.
commotion
commotion n. A disturbance or violent agitation.
commute
commute v. To put something, especially something less severe, in place of.
compensate
compensate v. To remunerate.
competence
competence n. Adequate qualification or capacity.
competent
competent adj. Qualified.
complaisant
complaisant adj. Agreeable.
compliant
compliant adj. Yielding.
complicity
complicity n. Participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer.
composure
composure n. Calmness.
compulsion
compulsion n. Coercion.
compulsory
compulsory adj. Forced.
compute
compute v. To ascertain by mathematical calculation.
conceive
conceive v. To form an idea, mental image or thought of.
concerto
concerto n. A musical composition.
concession
concession n. Anything granted or yielded, or admitted in response to a demand, petition, or claim.
conciliate
conciliate v. To obtain the friendship of.
conclusive
conclusive adj. Sufficient to convince or decide.
concurrence
concurrence n. Agreement.
concussion
concussion n. A violent shock to some organ by a fall or a sudden blow.
condensation
condensation n. The act or process of making dense or denser.
condescend
condescend v. To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors.
condolence
condolence n. Expression of sympathy with a person in pain, sorrow, or misfortune.
conduce
conduce v. To bring about.
conducive
conducive adj. Contributing to an end.
conductible
conductible adj. Capable of being conducted or transmitted.
conduit
conduit n. A means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid.
confectionery
confectionery n. The candy collectively that a confectioner makes or sells, as candy.
confer
confer v. To bestow.
conferee
conferee n. A person with whom another confers.
confessor
confessor n. A spiritual advisor.
confinement
confinement n. Restriction within limits or boundaries.
confiscate
confiscate v. To appropriate (private property) as forfeited to the public use or treasury.
confluent
confluent n. A stream that unites with another.
conformable
conformable adj. Harmonious.
conformance
conformance n. The act or state or conforming.
conformation
conformation n. General structure, form, or outline.
conformity
conformity n. Correspondence in form, manner, or use.
confront
confront v. To encounter, as difficulties or obstacles.
congest
congest v. To collect into a mass.
conjecture
conjecture n. A guess.
conjugal
conjugal adj. Pertaining to marriage, marital rights, or married persons.
conjugate
conjugate adj. Joined together in pairs.
conjugation
conjugation n. The state or condition of being joined together.
conjunction
conjunction n. The state of being joined together, or the things so joined.
connive
connive v. To be in collusion.
connote
connote v. To mean; signify.
connubial
connubial adj. Pertaining to marriage or matrimony.
consanguineous
consanguineous adj. Descended from the same parent or ancestor.
conscientious
conscientious adj. Governed by moral standard.
conscious
conscious adj. Aware that one lives, feels, and thinks.
conscript
conscript v. To force into military service.
consecrate
consecrate v. To set apart as sacred.
consecutive
consecutive adj. Following in uninterrupted succession.
consensus
consensus n. A collective unanimous opinion of a number of persons.
conservatism
conservatism n. Tendency to adhere to the existing order of things.
conservatory
conservatory n. An institution for instruction and training in music and declamation.
consign
consign v. To entrust.
consignee
consignee n. A person to whom goods or other property has been entrusted.
consignor
consignor n. One who entrusts.
consonance
consonance n. The state or quality of being in accord with.
consonant
consonant adj. Being in agreement or harmony with.
consort
consort n. A companion or associate.
conspirator
conspirator n. One who agrees with others to cooperate in accomplishing some unlawful purpose.
conspire
conspire v. To plot.
constable
constable n. An officer whose duty is to maintain the peace.
constellation
constellation n. An arbitrary assemblage or group of stars.
constituency
constituency n. The inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body.
constituent
constituent n. One who has the right to vote at an election.
consul
consul n. An officer appointed to reside in a foreign city, chiefly to represent his country.
consulate
consulate n. The place in which a consul transacts official business.
consumption
consumption n. Gradual destruction, as by burning, eating, etc., or by using up, wearing out, etc.
consumptive
consumptive adj. Designed for gradual destruction.
contagion
contagion n. The communication of disease from person to person.
contagious
contagious adj. Transmitting disease.
contemporaneous
contemporaneous adj. Living, occurring, or existing at the same time.
contemptible
contemptible adj. Worthy of scorn or disdain.
contemptuous
contemptuous adj. Disdainful.
contender
contender n. One who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry.
contiguity
contiguity n. Proximity.
continence
continence n. Self-restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion.
contingency
contingency n. Possibility of happening.
contingent
contingent adj. Not predictable.
continuance
continuance n. Permanence.
continuation
continuation n. Prolongation.
contraband
contraband n. Trade forbidden by law or treaty.
contraposition
contraposition n. A placing opposite.
contravene
contravene v. To prevent or obstruct the operation of.
contrivance
contrivance n. The act planning, devising, inventing, or adapting something to or for a special purpose.
contrive
contrive v. To manage or carry through by some device or scheme.
contumacy
contumacy n. Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority.
contuse
contuse v. To bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin.
contusion
contusion n. A bruise.
convalesce
convalesce v. To recover after a sickness.
convalescence
convalescence n. The state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease.
convalescent
convalescent adj. Recovering health after sickness.
convene
convene v. To summon or cause to assemble.
convenience
convenience n. Fitness, as of time or place.
converge
converge v. To cause to incline and approach nearer together.
convergent
convergent adj. Tending to one point.
conversant
conversant adj. Thoroughly informed.
convex
convex adj. Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle.
conveyance
conveyance n. That by which anything is transported.
convivial
convivial adj. Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking.
convolution
convolution n. A winding motion.
convolve
convolve v. To move with a circling or winding motion.
convoy
convoy n. A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation.
convulse
convulse v. To cause spasms in.
convulsion
convulsion n. A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body.
cornice
cornice n. An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling.
corollary
corollary n. A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration.
coronation
coronation n. The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch.
coronet
coronet n. Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign.
corporal
corporal adj. Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind.
corps
corps n. A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together.
corpuscle
corpuscle n. A minute particle of matter.
corrigible
corrigible adj. Capable of reformation.
corrosive
corrosive n. That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.
corruptible
corruptible adj. Open to bribery.
cosmic
cosmic adj. Pertaining to the universe.
cosmogony
cosmogony n. A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe.
cosmography
cosmography n. The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology.
cosmology
cosmology n. The general science of the universe.
cosmopolitan
cosmopolitan adj. Common to all the world.
cosmopolitanism
cosmopolitanism n. A cosmopolitan character.
cosmos
cosmos n. The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement.
counter-claim
counter-claim n. A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff.
counting-house
counting-house n. A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc.
countryman
countryman n. A rustic.
courser
courser n. A fleet and spirited horse.
covenant
covenant n. An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties.
covey
covey n. A flock of quails or partridges.
coxswain
coxswain n. One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under an officer.
crag
crag n. A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge.
cranium
cranium n. The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain.
craving
craving n. A vehement desire.
creamery
creamery n. A butter-making establishment.
credence
credence n. Belief.
crematory
crematory adj. A place for cremating dead bodies.
crevasse
crevasse n. A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier.
crevice
crevice n. A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces.
criterion
criterion n. A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion.
crockery
crockery n. Earthenware made from baked clay.
crucible
crucible n. A trying and purifying test or agency.
cryptogram
cryptogram n. Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning.
cudgel
cudgel n. A short thick stick used as a club.
culinary
culinary adj. Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen.
cull
cull v. To pick or sort out from the rest.
culpable
culpable adj. Guilty.
culvert
culvert n. Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal.
curable
curable adj. Capable of being remedied or corrected.
curator
curator n. A person having charge as of a library or museum.
curio
curio n. A piece of bric-a-brac.
curt
curt adj. Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression.
curtsy
curtsy n. A downward movement of the body by bending the knees.
cycloid
cycloid adj. Like a circle.
cygnet
cygnet n. A young swan.
cynical
cynical adj. Exhibiting moral skepticism.
cynicism
cynicism n. Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value.