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ephemeral
lasting a very short time
epigram
a brief and usually witty or satirical saying
epitome
a brief summary that captures the meaning of the whole;
the perfect example of something;
a paradigm
equanimity
composure; calm
equitable
fair
equivocal
ambiguous;
intentionally confusing;
capable of being interpreted in more than one way
erudite
scholarly;
deeply learned
esoteric
hard to understand;
understood by only a select few;
peculiar
espouse
to support;
to advocate
ethereal
as light and insubstantial as a gas or ether
euphemism
a pleasant or inoffensive expression used in place of an unpleasant or offensive one
evanescent
fleeting; vanishing; happening for only the briefest period
exacerbate
to make worse
exacting
extremely demanding; difficult; requiring great skill or care
exalt
to raise high;
to glorify
exasperate
to annoy thoroughly;
to make very angry;
to try the patience of
exemplify
to illustrate by example;
to serve as a good example
exhaustive
thorough;
rigorous;
complete;
painstaking
exhort
to urge strongly;
to give a serious warning to
exigency
an emergency;
an urgency
existential
having to do with existence;
having to do with the body of thought called existentialism, which basically holds that human beings are responsible for their own actions but is otherwise too complicated to summarize in a single sentence
exonerate
to free completely from blame; to exculpate
expatriate
to throw (someone) out of his or her native land;
to emigrate
expedient
providing an immediate advantage;
serving one's immediate self-interest;
practical
expedite
to speed up or ease the progress of
explicit
clearly and directly expressed
extraneous
unnecessary;
irrelevant;
extra
extrapolate
to project or deduce from something known;
to infer
extricate
to free from difficulty
extol
to praise highly; to laud