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appellation
name, title
apposite
appropriate, fitting
appurtenances
subordinate possessions
argot
slang
arrant
thorough, complete, unmitigated
arrogate
claim without reasonable grounds
arroyo
gully
asperity
sharpness of temper
assay
analyze, evaluate
asseverate
make a positive statement of solemn declaration
assiduous
diligent
astigmatism
eye defect which prevents proper focus
atelier
workshop, studio
athwart
across, in opposition
attenuate
make thin,weaken
augury
omen, prophecy
aureole
sun's corona, halo
auroral
pertaining to aurora borealis
auscultation
act of listening to the heart or lungs to discover abnormalities
austere
strict, stern
aver
state confidentally
averse
reluctant
avid
greedy, eager for
avow
declare openly
azure
sky blue
abase
lower, humiliate
abash
embarass
abdicate
renounce, give up
abettor
encourager
abeyance
suspended action
abjure
renounce upon oath
abnegation
repudiation, self sacrifice
abominate
loath
abrogate
abolish
abut
border upon, adjoin
accost
approach first and speak to a person ( accompany....)
accoutre
equip
accretion
growth (acceleartion....)
acquiescence
submission; compliance
actuate
motivate
addle
rotten, muddled, crazy
adduce
present as evidence
adipose
fatty
adjunct
adjunct n. : something attached to but holding an inferior position
adjuration
solemn urging
adroit
skillful
adumbaration
foreshadow, outlining
adventitious
adventitious adj. : accidental: casual
advert
refer to
aegis
shield, defense
afferent
carrying toward the center
afflatus
inspiration
affray
public brawl
agnostic
agnostic n. : one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god
alacrity
cheerful promptness
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allay
calm, pacify
allusion
indirect reference, allude
ameliorate
improve
amnesty
pardon
anachronism
anachronism n. : an error involving time in a story
anathema
solemn curse
andirons
metal supports in a fireplace for cooking utensils or logs
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
anneal
reduce brittleness
antediluvian
antiquated
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury
aphorism
pithy maxim
aprocryphal
not genuine, sham
apologue
moral fable
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
deification; glorification
apparition
ghost; phantom
bacchanalian
drunken
baleful
deadly; destructive
balk
foil
banal
hackneyed, commonplace, trite
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
barrier laid down by artillery fire
bassoon
reed instrument of the woodwind family
bate
let down, restrain
batten
batten v. : grow fat; thrive upon others
beatific
beatific adj. : giving bliss; blissful
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beguile
beguile v. : delude; cheat; amuse
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
suited to; incumbent upon
belabor
belabor v. : beat soundly; assail verbally
beleaguer
besiege
bellicose
warlike
benevolent
generous; charitable
benighted
from the darkness
benign
kindly, favorable, not malignant
benison
blessing
berate
scold strongly
besmirch
besmirch v. : soil; defile
bestial
beastlike
bete noire
bete noire n. : aversion; person or thing strongly disliked or avoided
bicameral
two-chambered, as a legislative body
billingsgate
vituperation; abusive language
bivouac
temporary encampment
blandishment
flattery
blasé
blasé adj. : bored with pleasure or dissipation
blazon
decorate with an heraldic coat of arms
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
blithe
blithe adj. : gay; joyous
bode
bode v. : foreshadow; portend
bolster
bolster v. : support; prop up
bootless
useless
bouillon
bouillon n. : clear beef soup
bourgeois
bourgeois n. : middle class
bowdlerize
bowdlerize v. : expurgate
brackish
somewhat saline
braggadocio
: boasting
brazen
insolent
brazier
brazier n. : open pan in which live coals are burned
breviary
breviary n. : book containing the daily prayers
brevity
brevity n. : conciseness
brindled
brindled adj. : tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
broach
broach v. : open up
bucolic
bucolic adj. : rustic; pastoral
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bulwark
bulwark n. : earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bumptious
bumptious adj. : self-assertive
bungle
bungle v. : spoil by clumsy behavior
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
burlesque v. : give an imitation that ridicules
buskin
thick-soled half boot worn by actors of Greek tragedy
cabal
cabal n. : small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
callous
hardened; unfeeling
callow
callow adj. : unfledged; youthful
calumniate
slander
calumny
slander
cameo
cameo n. : shell or jewel carved in relief
canard
canard n. : unfounded rumor; exaggerated report
cant
jargon of thieves; pious phraseology
cantata
cantata n. : story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
canter
canter n. : slow gallop
canto
canto n. : division of a long poem
capacious
capacious adj. : spacious ( capacity ... )
caparison
caparison v. : put showy ornamentation on a horse
caparison
showy harness or ornamentation for a horse
capitulate
surrender
capricious
capricious adj. : fickle; incalculable
captious
faultfinding
carillon
a set of bells capable of being played
carmine
rich red
carousal
carousal n. : drunken revel
carping
carping adj. : finding fault
carte blanche
unlimited authority or freedom
cartographer
maker of maps or charts maker of maps or charts
caryatid
sculptured column of a female figure
castigate
punish
casuistry
slipperiness; evasiveness
casuistry
casuistry n. : subtle or sophisticated reasoning resulting in minute distinctions
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval
cathartic
purgative
catholic
broadly sympathetic; liberal
cauterize
cauterize v. : burn with hot iron or caustic
cavil
make frivolous objections
cede
transfer; yield title to
celerity
speed; rapidity
censure
blame, criticize
centurion
Roman army officer
cerebration
thought
cession
yielding to another; ceding
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing
chaffing
bantering, joking
chagrin
vexation; disappointment
chalice
goblet; consecrated cup
champ
chew noisily
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chary
cautiously watchful
chastise
punish
chattel
personal property
chicanery
trickery
chimerical
fantastic; highly imaginative
chiromancy
art of telling fortunes by reading the hand; palmistry
churlish
boorish, rude
circumvent
outwit, baffle
clairvoyant
fortuneteller
clairvoyant
having foresight
clamber
climb by crawling
clarion
shrill trumpetlike sound
cleave
split asunder
cleft
split
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather
climactic
relating to the highest point
clique
small exclusive group
cloister
monastery or convent
coadjutor
assistant; colleague
cockade
decoration worn on hat
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
cogent
convincing
cogitate
think over
cognate
allied by blood; of the same or kindred nature
cognomen
family name
cohere
stick together
cohesion
force which keeps parts together
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
collation
a light meal
colloquy
informal discussion
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comity
courtesy, civility
commiserate
feel/express pity
compact
agreement,contract
compendium
brief comprehensive summary
complaisant
trying to please; obliging
complicity
participation, involvement
comport
bear one's self; behave
compunction
remorse
conclave
private meetin
concomitant
concomitant n. : that which accompanies
concordat
agreement, usually between the papal authority and the secular
condign
condign adj. : adequate; deservedly severe
condole
express sympathetic sorrow
condone
overlook; forgive
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
conglomeration
mass of material sticking together
conifer
pine tree; cone-bearing tree
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance
connubial
pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
consanguinity
kinship
contemn
regard with contempt
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity
contraband
illegal trade, smuggling
contravene
contradict, infringe on
contrite
penitant
contumacious
disobedient; resisting authority
contumely
scornful insolence; insult
convoke
call together ( invoke....)
convoluted
coiled around; involved; intricate
copious
plentiful
coquette
flirt
cormorant
greedy, rapacious bird
corporeal
bodily; material
corpulent
very fat
corroborate
confirm
corsair
pirate; pirate ship
cortege
procession
coruscate
glitter; scintillate
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle
countermand
cancel; revoke
covetous
avaricious; eagerly desirous of
cozen
cheat; hoodwink; swindle
crabbed
sour, peevish
craven
cowardly
crepuscular
pertaining to twilight
crescendo
increase in the volume of sound in a musical passage
crotchety
eccentric; whimsical
cruet
small glass bottle for vinegar, oil, etc.
crypt
secret recess or vault, usually used for burial
cull
pick out; reject
culvert
artificial channel for water
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individual
curry
dress; treat leather; seek favor
cynosure
cynosure n. : the object of general attention
dastard
coward
dauntless
bold
debauch
corrupt
decadence
delay !!!
deciduous
deciduous adj. : falling of as of leaves
decimate
decimate v. : kill, usually one out of ten
décolleté
having a low-necked dress
decrepitude
decrepitude n. : state of collapse caused by illness or old age
decry
disparage
defalcate
misuse money held in trust
defile
pollute
deign
condescend
delineation
portrayal
deliquescent
capable of absorbing moisture from the air and becoming liquid
demesne
domain; land over which a person has full sover
demotic
pertaining to the people
demur
delay, object
demure
grave; serious; coy
denigrate
blacken
denizen
inhabitant of
denouement
outcome; final development of the plot of a play
deprecate
deprecate v. : disapprove regretfully
depredation
plundering
deride
scoff at
derision
mockery, ridicule
descant
discuss fully
descry
catch sight of
desideratum
that which is desired
desuetude
disused condition
desultory
aimless, jumping around
devious
erratic, going astray
devolve
deputize; pass to others
diabolical
devilish
diadem
crown
dialectic
art of debate
diatribe
scolding
didactic
. : teaching; instructional
diffidence
shyness
dilatory
delaying
dilettante
aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
dint
means, effort
discomfit
put to rout; defeat; disconcert
discursive
digressing; rambling
dishabille
in a state of undress
disingenuous
not naive; sophisticated
disparate
basically different; unrelated
disport
amuse
dissemble
disguise
dissolute
loose in morals
dissonance
discord
distaff
female
distrait
absentminded
divers
several; differing
divest
strip, deprive
doff
take off
dolorous
sorrowful
dotage
senility
doughty
courageous
droll
queer and amusing
duenna
attendant of young female; chaperone
dulcet
sweet sounding
ecclesiastic
pertaining to the church
éclat
brilliance, glory
eclecticism
selection of elements from various sets of opinions or systems
edify
instruct, correct morally
effete
worn out; exhausted; barren
efflorescent
flowering
effluvium
noxious smell
effrontery
shameless boldness
effusion
pouring forth
egotism
conceit
egregious
gross, shocking
egress
exit
elegiacal
elegy
elicit
draw out by discussion
emaciated
thin and wasted
embellish
adorn
emend
correct,correct by a critic ( mend ....)
emendation
correction, improvement
emeritus
retired but retained in an honorary capacity
emetic
substance causing vomiting
emollient
soothing or softening remedy
emolument
salary, compensation
empyreal
celestial, fiery
encomiastic
praising; eulogistic
encomium
praise; eulogy
endue
provide with some quality; endow
engender
cause, produce
enjoin
command
ennui
boredom
ensconce
settle comfortably
ensue
follow
entity
real being
equity
fairness, justice
equable
tranquil, steady, uniform
equanimity
equanimity n. : calmness of temperament
equivocate
equivocate v. : lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
errant
wandering
erudite
scholarly, learned
eschew
avoid
escutcheon
shield-shaped surface on which coat of arms is placed
esoteric
known only to the chosen few
etymology
study of derivation, structure and development of words
eugenic
pertaining to the improvement of race
eulogistic
praising
evince
show clearly
eviscerate
disembowel; remove entrails
ewer
water pitcher
exaction
extortion
excoriate
flay, abrade ( abrasion....)
exculpate
free from blame ( culprit...)
execrable
very bad
exegesis
explanation, esp. of biblical passages
exigency
urgent situation, emergency
exiguous
minute, small
expatiate
talk at length
fain
gladly
fallacious
misleading
fallow
uncultivated, plowed not sowed
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals
fastidious
difficult to please
fatalism
belief that events are determined by forces beyond ones control
fatuous
inane, foolish
fealty
loyalty, faithfulness
febrile
feverish
fecundity
fertility, fruitfullness
feint
trick, sham
fell
cruel, deadly
ferment
agitation, commotion
fervid
ardent ( fervent)
fester
generate pus
fete
honor at festival
feint
trick, sham
fetid
malodorous
fell
cruel, deadly
fetter
shackle
ferment
agitation, commotion
fiat
command
fervid
ardent ( fervent)
filch
steal
fester
generate pus
fete
honor at festival
fetid
malodorous
fetter
shackle
fiat
command
feint
trick, sham
fell
cruel, deadly
filch
steal
ferment
agitation, commotion
fervid
ardent ( fervent)
fester
generate pus
fete
honor at festival
fetid
malodorous
fetter
shackle
fiat
command
filch
steal
filial
pertaining to son or daughter
fitful
spasmodic, intermittent
flaccid
flabby
flagellate
flog, whip
flagging
weak, drooping
flail
thresh grain by hand; strike or slap
flay
strip off skin,plunder
floe
mass of floating ice
flotilla
small fleet
flotsam
drifting wreckage
flout
reject, mock
foible
weakness
foist
insert improperly, palm off
foment
stir up, instigate
foolhardy
rash
foppish
vain about dress and appearance
foray
raid
forbearance
patience
foreboding
premonition of evil
fortuitous
accidental, by chance
fractious
unruly
fraught
filled ( fraught with anger...)
fray
brawl
freebooter
buccaneer
freshet
sudden flood
frieze
ornamental band on wall
frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
froward
disobedient,perverse, stubborn
frowzy
slovenly, unkempt, dirty
fulgent
beaming, radiant
fulminate
thunder, explode
fulsome
distinguishly excessive
fustian
: pompous; bombastic
gadfly
animal-biting fly, an irritating person
gaff
hook,barbed fishing spear
gainsay
deny
galleon
large sailing ship
gambol
skip,leap playfully
gamibit
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed
gamut
entire range
garish
gaudy
garner
gather
gasconade
bluster, boastfullness
gauche
clumsy, boorish
gauntlet
leather glove
geniality
cheerfulness,kindliness, sympathy
genuflect
bend the knee as in worship
germane
pertinent, bearing upon the case at hand ( important...)
gerrymander
change voting district lines in order to favor a political party
gibbet
gallows
gibe
mock
gig
two wheeled carriage
glean
gather leavings
gloaming
twilight
gossamer
sheer
gouge
tear out
hackles
hair on back and neck of a dog
harrow
break out ground after ploughing, torture ( harass....)
harry
raid
hauteur
haughtiness
hawser
large rope
hedonism
belief that pleasure is the sole aim in life
hegira
hijra
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted relig
heretic
person who maintains opinions contrary to the doctrines of the church (from heresy)
hew
cut to pieces with ax or sword
hindmost
furthest behind :)
hirsute
hairy
hoary
white with age
hogshead
large barrel
hortatory
encouraging
hostelry
inn
hoyden
boisterous girl
hummock
small hill
humus
substance formed by decaying vegetable matter
hustings
meetings particularly to choose candidates
hyperborean
situated in extreme north; arctic; cold ( from hyperbole...)
hypothecate
mortgage; pledge as security
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
ignoble
of lowly origin; unworthy
imbroglio
a complicated situation; perplexity; entanglement
imbrue
drench, stain, especially with blood
imbue
imbue v. : saturate; fill
immure
imprison; shut up in confinement
impale
pierce
impassse
predicament from which there is no escape
impecunious
without money
imperious
domineering
impertinent
insolent
impervious
not penetrable
impetuous
violent, harsh
impious
irreverant
impolitic
not wise
imponderable
weightless
import
significance
imprecate
curse; pray that evil will befell
imprimatur
permission to print or publish a book
improvident
thriftless
impugn
doubt, challenge, hearsay
impunity
freedom from punishment
imputation
charge; reproach
impute
attribute; ascribe
inane
silly, senseless
incarnadine
stain crimson or blood-color
incendiary
arsonist
inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
incorporeal
immaterial; without a material body
incubus
burden; mental care;nightmare
incursion
temporary invasion
indemnify
make secure against loss; compensate for loss
indenture
bind as servant or apprentice to master
indigent
poor
indignity
offensive or insulting treatment
indite
write; compose
indolence
laziness
inebriety
habitual intoxication
ineluctable
irresistable
inexorable
relentless; unyielding; implacable
infraction
violation
ingenue
an artless girl; an actress who plays such parts
ingrate
ungrateful person
ingratiate
become popular with
iniquitous
unjust, wicked
innocuous
harmless
innuendo
hint, insinuation
inordinate
unrestrained;excessive
insidious
treacherous; stealthy
insinuate
hint; reply
insolent
haughty
insouciant
indifferent; without concern or care
insular
like an island; narrow-minded
integument
integument n. : outer covering or skin
inter
bury
interdict
prohibit
interlocutory
conversational; intermediate
interment
burial
internecine
mutually destructive
interstices
chinks, crevices
intimate
hint
intractable
unruly, refractory
intransigence
state of stubborn unwillingness to compromise
intransigent
refusing any compromise
intrepid
fearless
inundate
flood
inured
accustomed;hardened
invective
abuse
inveigh
denounce
inveigle
lead astray; wheedle
inveterate
deep rooted; habitual
invidious
designed to create ill-will or envy
irascible
irritable; easily angered
iridescent
exhibiting rainbowlike colors
jejune
lacking interest; barren
jeremiad
lament; complain
jettison
throw overboard
jingoism
extremely aggressive and militant patriotism
judicious
wise; governed by judgement
junket
merry feast or picnic
ken
range of knowledge
knavery
rascality
knell
sound of a funeral bell
lachrymose
producing tears
lackadaisical
affectedly languid
lackey
footman; toady
laggard
slow;sluggish
lagniappe
trifling present given to a customer
laity
laymen; peopel nto connected to a clergy
lambent
flickering; softly radiant
languid
weary; sluggish
languish
lose animation; lose strength
languor
lassitude; depression
lapidary
worker in precious stones
latent
dormant; hidden
lave
wash
libertine
debauched person; roué
libretto
text of an opera
licentious
lewd; dissolute
limn
portray; describe vividly
limpid
clear
lissome
agile; lithe
litany
supplicatory prayer
litotes
understatement for emphasis
livid
lead colored; black and blue; enraged
lode
metal bearing vein
lope
gallop slowly
loquacious
talkative. quack...
lout
clumsy person
lucent
shining
lucre
money
ludicrous
laughable; trifling
lugubrious
mournful
lurid
wild, sensational ( from lure...)
macerate
waste away
madrigal
pastoral song
maelstrom
whirlpool
malevolent
wishing evil
malingerer
one who fakes illness to escape duty
mandate
order
manifesto
declaration
manipulate
operate with hands
manumit
emancipate
marauder
raider, intruder
martinet
disciplinarian
masticate
chew
matrix
mold or die
maudlin
sentimental
maunder
talk incoherently
mawkish
sickening
mayhem
injury to body
melee
fight
mellifluous
flowing smoothly
mendacious
lying
meretricious
flashy, tawdry
mesa
high, flat-topped hill
mete
measure
mews
group of stables
miasma
swamp gas;odor of decaying matter
mien
demeanor
milieu
environment; means of expression
minatory
threatening
mincing
affectedly dainty
miscegenation
intermarriage between races
misnomer
wrong name; incorrect designation
misogynist
hater of women
mite
small coin; small object
mitigate
appease
modicum
limited quantity
modish
fashionable
moiety
half; part
mollify
soothe; emollient...
molt
shed off feathers/hair
momentous
important
moot
debatable
morbid
gloomy
mordant
biting, sarcastic
mores
customs; manners; moral ways;
morganatic
describing a marriage between a member of a royal family and a commoner
moribund
at the point of death
morose
ill-humored
mortify
humiliate;punish the flesh ( from mortician...)
mote
small speck
motif
theme
motley
parti-colored; mixed
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
muggy
warm and damp
mugwump
defector from a party
mulct
defraud a person
munificent
generous
murrain
plague; cattle disease
natation
swimming
nave
main body of church
neap
lowest
necrology
list of the dead; obituary notice
nefarious
wicked
nemesis
revenging agent
neophyte
recent convert; beginner
nepotism
favoritism to relative
nettle
annoy; vex
nicety
precision; minute distinction
niggardly
stingy; parsimonious
noisome
foul smelling; unwholesome
non sequitor
a conclusion that does not follow from the facts stated ( sequence...)
nonchalance
lack of interest; indifference
nonplus
bring to a halt by confusion
nosegay
fragrant bouquet
obloquy
slander; disgrace
obnoxious
offensive
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
obsidian
black volcanic rock
obstreperous
boisterous; nosiy
occident
the west
odious
hateful
odium
repugnance; dislike
odoriferous
giving off an order
offal
waste; garbage
officious
meddlesome;excessively trying to please
oligarchy
government by a few
ominous
threatening
omniscient
all-knowing
onerous
burdensome
onslaught
vicious assault
opalescent
iridescent
opiate
sleep producer. opium...
opprobrious
disgraceful
opprobrium
infamy, vilification
orison
prayer
orthography
correct spelling
ostensible
apparent;professed;pretended
ostentatious
showy
overt
open to view
overweening
presumptious
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
paen
song of praise or glory
palaver
discussion; misleading speech; chatter
palimpsest
parchment used for second time after original writing has been erased
pallet
small, poor bed
palliate
ease pain; make less guilty or offensive ( from pale)
pander
cater to low desires of others
panegyric
formal praise
panoply
full set of armor
paragon
model of perfection
paramour
illicit lover
paregoric
medicine that eases pain
pariah
social outcast
parlance
language; idiom
parley
conference
paroxysm
fit of pain, laughter, rage
parry
ward off a blow
parsimonious
stingy
parturition
delivery
parvenu
upstart; newly rich person
passe
old fashioned; past prime
pastiche
imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing
pastoral
rural; rustic
patina
green crust on bronze
obloquy
slander; disgrace
obnoxious
offensive
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
obsidian
black volcanic rock
obstreperous
boisterous; nosiy
patois
local dialect
paucity
scarcity
peccadillo
minor offense
peculate
steal; embezzle
pecuniary
relating to money
pedagogue
dull and formal teacher
pedant
scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
pedantic
bookish
pediment
triangular part above greek buildings
pejorative
having a deteriorating or depreciating effect on the meaning of a word
pelf
stolen property
pell-mell
confusion
pellucid
transparent; limpid; easy to understand ( lucid)
pendent
suspended
pennate
having wings and feathers
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
penumbra
partial shadow in an eclipse
penurious
stingy
peregrination
journey
peremptory
demanding and leaving no choice
perennial
lasting
perfidious
basely false
perforce
of necessity
perigee
point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth
peripatetic
walking about; moving
peristyle
series of columns surrounding a building or yard
pernicious
very destructive
peroration
completion of an oration
perpetrate
commit an offense
perquisite
perk
persiflage
flippant conversation
perspicacious
having insight; astute;penetrating
pert
impertinent; forward
pertinacious
stubborn
pervious
penetrable
petrify
turn to stone
petulant
touchy
philander
make love lightly; flirt
philistine
narrow minded person
philology
study of language
picaresque
pertaining to rogues in literature
piebald
mottled; speckled
pied
multicolored
pillory
punish
pinion
restrain
pique
: irritation; resentment
piscatorial
pertaining to fishing
pithy
concise; meaty ( pith = core)
pittance
small allowance; wage
placid
peaceful,calm
plaintive
mournful
plangent
plaintive
platitude
trite remark
plebian
common; pertainign to common people
plebiscite
expression of the will of a people by direct election
plenary
complete; full
plenipotentiary
: fully empowered
plumb
plumb adj. : checking perpendicularity; vertical
poignant
keen; piercing; severe
polemic
controversy;argument in support of point of view
poltroon
coward
polyglot
speaking several languages
pommel
beaat
porphyry
igneous rock containing feldspar or quartz crystals
portend
fortell; presage ( portent...)
posterity
descendants; future generations
postprandial
after dinner
postulate
self-evident truth
potentate
monarch, sovereign
potential
expressing possibility; latent
poultice
poultice n. : soothing application applied to sore and inflamed portions of the body
prate
speak foolishly; boast idly
precept
rule
precipitate
headlong; rash
precocious
developed ahead of time
predator
plundering
predilection
preference; partiality
preeminent
outstanding
prefatory
introductory
prehensile
capable of holding or grasping ( hensile - hand...)
preponderance
superiority of power, quantity, etc
presage
foretell
prevaricate
lie
primogeniture
seniority by birth
primordial
existing at the beginning of time
privy
secret; hidden; not public
probity
uprightness; incorruptibility
proboscis
long snout; nose
prodigal
wasteful with money; extravagant
profane
violate; desecrate
profligate
dissipated; wasteful; licentious
profusion
lavish expenditure; overabundant condition
prognathous
having projecting laws
proletarian
member of the working class
prolific
abundantly fruitful
prolix
verbose; drawn out
promontory
headland
promulgate
make known by official proclamation or publication
prophylactic
used to prevent disease
propinquity
propinquity n. : nearness; kinship
propitiate
appease
propound
put forward for analysis
propulsive
driving forward ( propel)
prorogue
dismiss parliament; end officially
prosaic
commonplace; dull
proscenium
part of stage in front of curtain ( pro scene...)
proselytize
convert to a religion or belief
prosody
versification
protract
prolong
provenance
origin or source of something
provender
dry food; fodder
provisio
stipulation
prurient
based on lascivious thoughts
pseudonym
pen name
pterodactyl
extinct flying reptile
puerile
childish
pugnacious
combative; disposed to fight
puissant
powerful; strong; potent
pulchritude
beauty; comeliness
punctilious
laying stress on niceties of conduct or form; precise
punitive
punishing
purblind
obtuse; dim-sighted
purloin
steal
purport
intention; meaning
purveyor
caterer
putative
supposed; reputed
putrid
foul; roten
quack
charlatan
quaff
drink with relish
quagmire
bog; marsh
quail
cower; lose heart
qualms
misgivings
quay
dock; landing place
quell
put down; quiet
querulous
fretful; whining
qui vie
wide awake; expectant
quible
equivocate; play on words
quiescent
at rest; dormant; quiet...
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment
quip
taunt
quixotic
quixotic adj. : idealistic but impractical
rampant
rearing up on hind legs; unrestrained
rampart
defensive mound of earth
rancor
bitterness; hatred
rant
rave; speak bombastically
rapacious
excessively grasping; plundering
rapprochement
reconciliation
rarefied
made less dense of a gas
ratiocination
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises
raucous
harsh and srill
ravening
rapacious; seekign prey ( raven...)
raze
destroy completely
recalcitrant
stubborn
recant
withdraw previous statement
recapitulate
summarize
recherche
choice; sought after; rare
recidivism
return to crime ( residue...)
recondite
abstruse; profound; secret
reconnaissance
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering
recreat
coward; betrayer
recrimination
countercharges
recrudescence
reopening of a wound or sore
rectitude
uprightness
recumbent
reclining; lying down completely or in part
recusant
person who refuses to comply
redolant
fragrant; odorous
redoubtable
formidable; causing fear
refection
slight refreshment
refectory
dining hall
refractory
stubborn
refulgent
radiant
regale
entertain
regatta
boat or yatch race
relegate
banish
remiss
negligient
remonstrate
protest
rend
split; tear apart
rendezvous
meeting place
renegade
deserter
reparation
amends
repartee
clever reply
replete
filled to a capacity
reprieve
temporary stay
reprimand
reprove severely
reprisal
retaliation
reprobate
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
reprobation
severe disapproval
reprove
censure; rebuke
repudiate
disown; disavow
requiem
dirge
requate
repay
rescind
cancel
rescission
abrogation; annulment
respite
interval of relief; rest
restitution
reparation; indemnification
restive
unmanageable
reticence
reserve; inclination to be silent
reticulate
covered with a network; having the appearance of a mesh
retinue
following; attendants
retribution
punishment; compensation; vengeance
retroactive
of a law which dates back to a period before its enactment
retrograde
going backwards
revile
slander; villify
ribald
wanton; profane
rife
abundant; current
rime
white frost
risible
inclide to laugh; ludicrous
roan
brown mixed with gray or white
rococo
ornate
rood
crucifix