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fiasco
a complete or ridiculous failure
filch
to steal in small quantities
fluctuate
to rise and fall
foible
a weak point
forensic
oratorical; scientific technique
formidable
hard to overcome
fortuitous
happening by chance
fractious
easily made angry
frugal
without waste
frustrate
to bring to nothing
furtive
done by stealth to avoid being noticed
futile
not successful
gird
to put a belt or girdle around
gossamer
a film of thread or cobweb
gregarious
living in flocks or herds
hackneyed
trite
haggard
looking worn from fatigue
halcyon
calm
harbinger
one that goes ahead to announce another's coming
heinous
very wicked
laconic
using few words
lambent
moving lightly over surface
latent
present but not active
laudable
deserving praise
lenient
mild or gentle
lethargy
drowsy dullness
levity
lack of proper seriousness
longevity
long life
loquacious
talking too much
lucid
easy to follow and understand
lucrative
bringing in money
lugubrious
too sad
luminary
famous person
lurid
glaring in brightness
magnanimous
noble in mind
manacle
handcuffs
maudlin
sentimental in a weak, silly way
mendacity
habit of telling lies
mendicant
begging
mercenary
working only for money
inadvertent
not attentive
inane
without sense or ideas
inarticulate
not distinct
incarcerate
to imprison
incessant
never stopping
incipient
just beginning
inclement
rough or stormy
incognito
disguise or concealment
incongruous
out of keeping
incorrigible
firmly fixed
incredible
hard to believe
incubus
nightmare
indigent
poor or needy
indomitable
cannot be conquered
inert
having no power to act or move
inexorable
not influenced by prayers
inexplicable
cannot be explained
inference
the act of inferring
ingenious
skillful in making
ingratiate
bring oneself into favor
metamorphosis
change of form
meticulous
careful about details
misnomer
a name that wrongly describes
missile
self-propelled rocket
missive
a written message
mitigate
to make less severe
mollify
to soften or calm
moot
orf no practical importance;irrevelant
morbid
unhealthy
motley
made up of different things
mundane
of this world
munificent
extremely generous
murky
very dark or gloomy
nadir
the lowest point; the time of greatest misfortune
naive
simple in nature
nebulous
lacking form
nefarious
very wicked
niggardly
stingy
nocturnal
active at night
nomadic
given to wandering
inimical
injurious or harmful in effect;unfriendly
inordinate
much too great
inscrutable
difficult to understand
insidious
seeking ot entrap or ensnare
insipid
without particular flavor;uninteresting
interminable
never stopping
intrepid
very brave
intrinsic
essential
inundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
invalidate
cause to be worthless
inveigh
to give vent to angry disapproval; protest vehemently
inveigle
to win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk
inveterate
confirmed in habit
irascible
easily made angry
irony
a way of speaking or writing in which the meaning of the words is the opposite of their literal meaning
irrefutable
cannot be disproved
irrevocable
permanant;cannot be revoked
jaunty
easy and lively
jeopardize
to put in danger
lachrymose
given to shedding tears
heresy
a belief different from the accepted belief of a church
hibernate
to remain inactive
hilarious
very merry
histrionic
of or having to do with actors
hoax
a mischievous trick
hoodwink
to mislead by a trick
humid
slightly wet
hybrid
anything of mixed origin
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement used for effect
idiosyncrasy
a personal peculiarity of tste, behavior, or opinion
ignominy
loss of one's good name
immaculate
without a spot or staing
immutable
never changing
impale
to pierce through with anything pointed
impasse
a position from which there is no escape
impeccable
faultless
impediment
a hindrance
impervious
incapable of being affected or penetrated
implacable
impossible to placate or appearse
impunity
freedom from punishment
drastic
acting with force or violence
dynamic
of or having to do with energy or force in motion
effete
no longer able to produce
efficacious
producing the desired result
effigy
image or statue
effrontery
shameless boldness
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
elicit
to draw forth
elixir
a universal remedy
emaciated
unusually thin
emanate
to come or send forth
emolument
profit from a job
emulate
to try to equal or excel
enhance
to improve or add to
fallible
capable of making an error
fatuous
unconsciously foolish but self-satisfied
feasible
can be done easily
felicitous
well chosen for te occasion
festoon
a string or chain of flowers
fetish
any material object supposed to have magic power