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duress
forcible restraing, especially unlawfully
The hostages were held under duress until the prisoners' demands were met.
dutiful
1. respectful
2. obedient
When mother told Billy to kiss Great-Aunt Hattie, the boy obediently gave the old woman a dutiful peck on her cheek.
dwarf
cause to seem small
The giant redwoods and high cliffs dwarfed the elegant Ahwahnee Hotel, making it appear a modest lodge rather than an imposing hostelry.
dwindle
1. shrink
2. reduce
The food in the life boat gradually dwindled away to nothing; in the end, they ate the ship's cook.
dynamic
1. energetic
2. vigorously active
The dynamic aerobics instructor kept her students on the run; she was a little dynamo.
earthy
1. unrefined
2. coarse
His earthy remarks often embarrassed the women in his audience.
ebb
1. recede
2. lessen
Sitting on the bench, Mrs. Dalloway watached the tide ebb: the waters receded, drawing away from her as she sat there all alone.
ebullient
1. showing excitement
2. overflowing with enthusiasm
Amy's ebullient nature could not be repressed; she was always bubbling over with excitement.
eccentricity
strange attitude or habit
Some of his friends tried to acount for his rudeness to strangers as the eccentricity of genius.
ecclesiastic
pertaining to the church
The minister donned his ecclesiastic garb and walked to the pupit.
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
His style of interior decoration was eclectic: bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods, strinkingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor.
eclipse
1. darken
2. extinguish
3. surpass
The new stock market high eclipsed the previousu record set in 1995.
economy
efficiency or conciseness in using something
Reading the epigrams of Pope, I admire the economy of his verse: in few words he conveys worlds of meaning.
ecstasy
1. rapture
2. joy
3. any overpowering emotion
When Allison received her long-hoped-for letter of acceptance from Harvard, she was in ecstasy.
eddy
swirling current of water, air, etc
The water in the tide pool was still, except for the occasional eddy.
edict
1. decree, order
2. official command
The emperor issudd an edict decreeing that everyone should come see him model his magnificent new clothes.
edify
1. instruct
2. correct morally
Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused rather than enlightened.
eerie
weird
In that eerie setting, it was easy to believe in ghosts and other supernatural beings.
efface
rub out
The coin had been handled so many times that its date had been effaced.
effervescence
1. inner excitement, exuberence
2. bubbling from fermentation or carbonation
Nothing depressed Sue for long; her natural effervescence soon reasserted itself.
Soda that loses its effervescence goes flat.
effete
1. lacking vigor
2. worn out
3. sterile
Is the Democratic Party still a vital political force, or is it an effete, powerless faction, wedded to oumoded liberal policies?
efficacy
power to produce desired effect
The efficacy of this drug depends on the regularity of the dosage.
effigy
dummy
The mob showed its irritation by hanging the judge in effigy.
effrontery
shameless boldness
She had the effrontery to insult the guest.
effusive
1. pouring fourth
2. gushing
Her effusive manner of greeting her friends finally began to irritate them.
egotistical
1. excessively self-centered
2. self important
3. conceited
Typical egotistical remark: "But enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk about what's really important: Me!"
egregious
1. notorious
2. conspicuously bad or shocking
She was an egregious liar; we all knew better than to believe a word she said.
Ed's housekeeping was egregious: he left his dirty dishes piled up so long that they were stuck together with last week's food.