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evanescent
fleeting; vanishing; soon disappearing; V. evanesce
evince
show clearly
ewe
female sheep
exacerbate
worsen; aggravate; embitter
exalt
raise in rank or dignity; praise highly; inspire; Ex. exalt the imagination; ADJ. exalted; N. exaltation
exasperate
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
exceptionable
objectionable; likely to cause dislike; offensive; CF. unexceptionable: entirely acceptable
execrable
very bad; detestable
exegesis
explanation, especially of biblical(of the bible) passages
exhort
urge (by strong argument or advice); Ex. The general exhorted his men to fight bravely; N. exhortation
exiguous
small in amount; minute
exodus
departure (of a large number of people)
exonerate
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
expatiate
talk at length; speak or write in detail
expedient
suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
explicate
explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
expository
explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition
expostulation
protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade; V. expostulate
expropriate
take possession of (often for public use and without payment)
extant
(of something written or painted) still in existence
extirpate
root up; uproot; destroy completely
extol
praise very highly; glorify
extricate
free from an entanglement or difficulty; disentangle
facade(fa\c{c}ade)
front or face (of building); superficial or false appearance
facetious
joking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous
facile
easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an action; amenity; Ex. with great facility
facsimile
copy
factious
inclined to form factions; causing dissension
factitious
artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
factotum
handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
fallible
liable to err
fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
falter
hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily through weakness; N.
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as for raising specific plant or animal
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky
fathom
comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness
febrile
feverish
fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young
feint
trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.
feral
(of an animal) not domestic; wild
fetid(foetid)
malodorous; foul
fetter
shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
fiasco
total failure; CF. bottle
fiat
command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be done
fickle
changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless
filch
steal (things of small value)
filial
pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect
filibuster
block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
flair
talent
flay
strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly
fleck
spot; mark with flecks; N: small mark or spot
fleece
wool coat of a sheep; V: shear the fleece from; rob by a trick; swindle; plunder
floe
flat mass of floating ice.
flounder
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
flout
reject; mock; show contempt for; scorn; Example flout the rules
fluster
confuse; make nervous and confused; Noun.
fluted
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; Noun. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
foist
insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
foolhardy
rash; reckless; foolishly daring
foppish
vain about dress and appearance; Noun. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
forbearance
patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous and forgiving way); be patient; Example forbear to send him to prison
forebears(forbears)
ancestors
foreboding
premonition of evil; feeling of coming evil; V. forebode: be a warning of (something unpleasant)
forlorn
sad and lonely; wretched; desolate
fortitude
bravery; courage; strength of mind
fortuitous
accidental; by chance; Noun. fortuity
founder
fail completely; sink; CF. flounder
fracas
brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee
fractious
unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Example fractious horse
fray
brawl; fight; V: wear away or unravel by rubbing; have loose threads developing; cause to become worn out (a person's temper or nerves); CF. rub
fresco
painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
fret
be annoyed or vexed; Example fret over your poor grades; N: irritation of mind; ADJ. fretful
frieze
ornamental horizontal band on a wall
fritter
waste (time or money on unimportant things)
frivolous
lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
fulminate
thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation
fulsome
disgustingly excessive; offensively flattering; Example fulsome praise/expressions of admire
froward
stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient
funereal
sad; solemn; suitable for a funeral
furor
frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury
furtive
stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Example furtive glance
fusillade
simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)
gadfly
animal-biting fly; irritating person
gaffe
social blunder