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word formed from initial letters of a name
acronym
word element such as prefix or suffix
affix
invention of new words
coinage
used in or suitable to spoken languageor to writing that imitates speech
colloquial
use of a word sounding like the one intended but humorously wrong
malapropism
formation or use of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for
onomatopoeia
a word that reads the same forward and backwards
palindrome
word formed by merging the sounds or meanings of two different words
portmanteau word
figure of speech that compares two unlike things
simile
accidental distortion of words in a phrase by interchanging sounds
spoonerism
constant and earnest effort to accomplish task
diligence
difficult to satisfy or please
fastidious
ability to see what is likely to happen
foresight
having or exhibiting sound judgement
judicious
extremely careful and precise
meticulous
minor or trivial details
minutiae
exercising caution, good judgment or common sense
prudent
attentive to the finer points of ettiquette and conduct
punctilious
careful in choosing
selective
having a system, method, or plan
systematic
to deceive or trick
beguile
politness or courtesy
civility
appropriateness of behavior
decorum
way in which one behaves or conducts oneself
demeanor
foolishly bold or daring
foolhardy
performing or performed with careless ease
glib
not having a noble character
ignoble
accepted customs of a social group
mores
characteristic of people or things away from the capital
provincial
not in good taste
unseemly
lacking all self-respect
abject
act or forming an opinion from incomplete evidence
conjecture
depressed, disheartened
dejected
act of forcing something, generally a liquid, into something else
injection
pier or other structure projecting into a body of water
jetty
arousing dissaproval
objectionable
an object, such as a bullet or arrow, that is thrown or fired
projectile
to refuse to accept
reject
taking place within an individual's mind
subjective
path made by a moving body or particle
trajectory
anxious or fearful about the future
apprehensive
without exception or qualification; positive
categorical
serving to put an end to doubt or question
conclusive
doubtful
dubious
not capable of being avoided
indeterminate
incapable of being avoided or prevented
inevitable
dangerously lacking in security
precarious
sensation of doubt or misunderstanding
qualm
leaving no doubt or misunderstanding
unequivocal
to waver indecisively between one action and another
vacillate
to attack or assault
assail
defensive wall
bulwark
fortress in or near a city
citadel
strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or trouble
fortitude
place of rest or refuge
haven
too strong or great to be defeated
invincible
spirit, daring
mettle
recovering strength or spirits quickly
resilient
physically strong or sturdy
stalwart
endurance
stamina
to recognize as having met official standards; to attibute to
accredit
acceptance as true or valid
credence
something that entitles a person to confidence, credit or authority
credential
quality of deserving confidence
credibility
deserving commendation; praiseworthy
creditable
tending to believe too readily; easily deceived
credulous
any statement of belief that guides a person's actions
creed
to cast doubt on
discredit
too extraordinary to be possible
incredible
person who behaves badly or criminally
miscreant
speed and willingness in acting or responding
alacrity
control over one's emotions
composure
listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from inactivity or lack of interest
ennui
not easily disturbed or excited
imperturable
tending toward suddenness and boldness of action
impetuous
to provoke to action; rouse
incite
reluctant to exert oneself; lazy
indolent
having no power to move
inert
wild uproar or noise
pandemonium
quality of being untroubled
serenity
rudely bold; insolent
brazen
showing a desire or willingness to please
complaisant
easy to notice; obvious
conspicious
easily managed or taught; gentle
docile
exaggerated or high-flown in style or manner
flamboyant
courageous; fearless
intrepid
promoting peace
pacific
quiet and restrained in manner
reserved
having a shrill, harsh, or grating sound effect
strident
not embarrassed or ashamed
unabashed
to turn away or aside
avert
to give variety to
diversify
something that relaxes or entertains
diversion
accidental; unintentional
inadvertent
indisputable; unquestionable
incontrovertible
to turn inside out or upside down
invert
incapable of being reversed
irreversible
to return to a former condition, practice, or belief
revert
capable of doing many things competently
versatile
sensation of dizziness and feeling that oneself is whirling
vertigo
extemely or deliberately noticeable
flagrant
to show off in order to impress
flaunt
done quickly and with stealth; sly
furtive
present or capable of coming into existence but not evident
latent
represented or appearing a certain; but often not actually so
ostensible
standing out and attracting attention
salient
to remove or withdraw from public view
sequester
deception by means of strategy or device
subterfuge
done or acting in secret
surreptitious
not readily noticeable
unobtrusive
intended to teach or instuct
didactic
to instruct in order to bring about intellectual, moral, or spiritual movement
edify
to make clear or plain
elucidate
possessing deep and extensive learning
erudite
expressed clearly and precisely, without any possibility of misunderstanding
explicit
to pervade or permeate as if with a dye or stain
imbue
to instruct in the beliefs or principles of a party or sect
indoctrinate
to introduce gradually
instill
the art or profession of teaching
pedagogy
marked by a cocern of minute, often unimportant details
pedantic
occuring at the same time
concurrent
a messenger involved in diplomati transaction
courier
hasty
cursory
rambling; digressive
discursive
to bring something upon oneself
incur
an attack on or an invasion of enemy territory
incursion
someone or something that precedes something else
precursor
a turning to someone of something for aid or support
recourse
happening repeatedly
recurrent
help in a time of distress
succor
bitter and ill-natured in language or tone
acrimonious
to punish for misbehavior
chastise
detracting from the character or standing of someone
derogatory
to speak of as unimportant or inferior
disparage
to bother or torment repeatedly
harass
to criticize or refute by argumentation
impugn
a roundabout, often spiteful reference to something not named
innuendo
sharp, harsh, insulting words used to attack
invective
to scold or correct, usually gently
reprove
to utter slanderous and abusive statements against
vilify
sponsorship; protection
aegis
compensation given as satisfaction for insult, loss or injury
amends
tending to win over or soothe
conciliatory
tending to cause, promote, or help bring about
conducive
to free or release from an entanglement
extricate
to promote the development or growth of
foster
to press with repeated and insistent requests
importune
to help the opposing sides in a dispute come to an agreement
mediate
to make less severe or intense
mitigate
to set right; remedy
rectify