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duress
forcible restraint, especially unlawfully; coercion by threat; illegal coercion; Ex. a promise made under duress
dutiful(duteous)
(of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
dwindle
shrink; reduce gradually
dyslexia
word blindness; learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to read
ebb
(of the tide) recede; lessen; diminish; N. OP. flow: rise of tide
ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm; boiling; N. ebullience; N. ebullition: state of boiling
ecclesiastic
ecclesiastical; pertaining to the church; N: minister; priest; cleric; clergyman
eclectic
selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources; selecting individual elements from a variety of sources; N. eclecticism
edify
instruct; correct morally
edifice
building (of imposing size)
efface
rub out; remove the surface of
effete
having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
effluvium
noxious(harmful) smell
egregious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
egress
exit; opening for going out; act of going out; OP. ingress
ejaculation
exclamation; abrupt ejection (to discharge sperm); V. ejaculate
elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal, elegiac
elusive
evasive; not frank; baffling; hard to grasp, catch, or understand; V. elude: escape from; escape the understanding or grasp of; Ex. elude the hunter; Ex. His name eludes me.
elysian
relating to paradise; blissful
elysium
place or condition of bliss
emaciated
thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)
emancipate
set free; liberate
embellish
adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details)
embezzlement
taking for one's own use in violation of trust; stealing (of money placed in one's care)
embroil
throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF. imbroglio
emetic
substance causing vomiting; ADJ.
emissary
agent (sent on a mission to represent another); messenger
emulate
imitate; rival; try to equal or excel (through imitation)
enclave
territory enclosed within an alien land
encomiastic
praising; eulogistic; N. encomium: very high praise; eulogy
encumber
burden; N. encumbrance
endearment
fond word or act; expression of affection
endue
provide with some quality; endow
enjoin
command; order; forbid
ennui
boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy
ensconce
settle comfortably; place comfortably (in a secure place)
enthrall
capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound
entice
lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt
entrance
put under a spell(condition caused by magical power); carry away(fill with strong feeling) with emotion; put into a trance; fill with delight
epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
epistemologist
philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
epithet
word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing; descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous)
epoch
period of time
equestrian
rider on horseback; ADJ.
equine
resembling a horse; Ex. equine face
equivocal
(of words or statements) ambiguous; intentionally misleading; (of behavior) questionable; OP. unequivocal
errant
wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moral standards; Ex. knight-errant
escapade
prank; flighty conduct; reckless adventure that disobeys rules
eschew
avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
espouse
adopt; support (an idea or aim); marry; N. espousal
eugenic
pertaining to the improvement of race; N. eugenics: study of hereditary improvement of the human race