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disinclination
unwillingness
disingenuous
lacking genuine candor, insincere
disinter
dig up, unearth
disinterested
unprejudiced
disjointed
lacking coherence, separated at the joints
dismiss
eliminate from consideration, reject
disparage
belittle
disparate
basically different, unrelated
dispatch
speediness, prompt execution
dispel
scatter, drive away, cause to vanish
disport
amuse
disputatious
argumentative
disquietude
uneasiness, anxiety
disquisition
formal systematic inquiry or an explanation thereof
dissemble
disguise, pretend
disseminate
distribute, spead, scatter
dissimulate
pretend, conceal by feigning
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
dissonance
discord, opposite of harmony
distend
expand, swell out
distill
purify, refine, concentrate
distrait
inattentive, distracted, often by anxiety
diurnal
daily
divest
strip, deprive
docile
obediant, easily managed
docket
program as for trial, book for such entries
doctrinaire
unable to compromise about points of doctrine
document(v)
provide legal evidence
doddering
shaky, infirm from old age
doff
take off
dogged
determined, stubborn
doggerel
poor verse
doldrums
blues, listlessness, slack period
doleful
mournful, causing sadness
dolorous
sorrowful
domicile
home
domineer
rule over tyrannically
don
put on
dormer
window projecting from roof
dotage
senility
dote
be excessively fond of
dour
sullen, stubborn
dowdy
slovenly, untidy
drab
dull, lacking color, cheerless
draconian
extremely severe
dregs
sediment, worthless residue
droll
queer and amusing
drone(n)
idle person, male bee
drone(v)
talk dully, buzz or murmur like a be
dross
waste matter, worthless impurities
drudgery
menial work
dubious
questionable, filled with doubt
ductile
malleable, flexible, pliable
dulcet
sweet sounding
duress
forcible restraint
dutiful
respectful, obedient
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion
earthy
unrefined, coarse
ebullient
showing excitement, overflowing with enthusiasm
ecclesiastic
pertaining to the church
eclectic
selective, composed of elements from disparate sources
edify
instruct, correct morally
efface
rub out
effectual
able to produce a desired result, valid
effervescence
inner excitement or exuberance, bubbling from ferment or carbonation
effete
lacking vigor, worn out, sterile
efficacy
power to produce desired effect
effigy
dummy
effluvium
noxious smell
effrontery
impudence, shameless boldness, sheer nerve, presumptuousness
effusion
pouring forth, gushing
egregious
notorious, conspicuously bad or shocking
egress
exit
elegy
a poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit
draw out by discussion
elixir
cure-all, something invigorating
ellipsis
omission of words from a text
elliptical
oval, ambiguous
elysian
relating to paradise, blissful
emaciated
thin and wasted
embellish
adorn, ornament, enhance
emboss
to produce a design in raised relief
embroil
throw into confusion, involve in strife, entangle
embryonic
undeveloped, rudimentary
emend
correct, usually a text
emendation
correction of errors, improvement
emetic
substance causing vomiting
eminent
high, lofty
emollient
soothing or softening remedy
emolument
salary, compensation
empirical
based on experience
emulate
imitate, rival
enamored
in love
enclave
territory enclosed within an alien land
encomiastic
praising, eulogistic
encomium
high praise, eulogy
endearment
fond word or act
endemic
prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area
endue
provide with some quality, endow
enervate
weaken
engage
attract, hire, pledge oneself, confront
engaging
charming, attractive
engender
cause, produce
engross
occupy fully
enhance
increase, improve
enjoin
command, order, forbid
ennui
boredom
enormity
hugeness in a bad sense
enrapture
please intensely
ensconce
settle comfortably
entail
require, necessitate, involve
enterprising
full of initiative
entity
real being
entomoloy
the study of insects
entree
entrance, a way in
environ
enclose, surrond
epaulet
ornament worn on the shoulder
ephemeral
short-lived, fleeting
epicure
connoiseur of food and drink
epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
episodic
loosely connected
epithet
word or phrase used to describe a person or thing
equable
tranquil, steady, uniform
equanimity
calmness of temperament, composure
equine
resembling a horse
equipoise
balance, balancing force, equilibrium
equitable
fair, impartial
equivocal
ambiguous, intentionally misleading
equivocate
lie, mislead, attempt to conceal the truth
errant
wandering
erudite
learned, scholarly
escapade
prank, flightly conduct
eschew
avoid
eosteric
hard to understand, known only to the chosen few
espouse
adopt, support
essay(v)
make an attempt at, test
estimable
worthy of esteem, admirable
estranged
separated, alienated
ethereal
light, heavenly, unusually refined
ethnology
study of humankind
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc
eugenic
pertaining to the improvement of race
eulogistic
praising
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
euphony
sweet sound
euphoria
feeling of exaggerated (or unfounded) well-being
euthanasia
mercy killing
evanescent
fleeting, vanishing
evince
show clearly
evocative
tending to call up
exacerbate
worsen, embitter
exact(v)
require or demand, often forcibly, take
exacting
extremely demanding
exasperate
vex
exceptionable
objectionable
excise
cut away, cut out
excoriate
scold with biting harshness, strip the skin off
exculpate
clear from blame
execrable
very bad
execrate
curse, express abhorrence for
exegesis
explanation, esp. of biblical passages
exhort
urge
exigency
urgent situation, pressing needs or demands
exiguous
small, minute
exonerate
acquit, exculpate
expansive
outgoing and sociable, broad and extensive, able to increase in size
expatiate
talk at length
expatriate
exile
expedient
suitable, practical, politic
expedite
hasten
expiate
make amends for a sin
explicate
explain, interpret, clarify
exploit(n)
deed or action, particularly a brave deed
expository
explanatory, serving to explain
expostulation
protest, remonstrance
expropriate
take possession of
expunge
cancel, remove
expurgate
clean, remove offensive parts of a book
extant
still in existence
extemporaneous
not planned, impromptu
extirpate
root up
extort
wring from, get money by threats
extraneous
not essential, superfluous
extrapolation
projection, conjecture
extricate
free, disentangle
extrinsic
external, not essential, extraneous
extrude
force or push out
exuberance
overflowing abundance
exude
discharge, give forth
exult
rejoice
fabricate
build -- lie
facet
small plane surface of a gem, a side
facetious
joking, often inappropriately
facile
easily accomplished, ready or fluent, superficial
facilitate
help bring about, make less difficult
facsimile
copy
factious
inclined to form factions, causing dissension
factitious
artifical, sham
factotum
handyman, person who does all kinds of work
faculty
mental or bodily powers, teaching staff
fallacious
false, misleading
fallible
liable to err
fallow
plowed but not sowed, uncultivated
fancied
imagined, unreal
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals
fanfare
call by bugles or trumpets, showy display
fastidious
difficult to please, squeamish
fathom
comprehend, investigate
fatuous
brainless, inane, foolish yet smug
fawning
trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering or cringing
faze
disconcert, dismay
feasible
practical
febrile
feverish
feckless
feeble and ineffective, careless and irresponsible
fecundity
fertility, fruitfulness
felicitous
apt, suitably expressed, well-chosen
felicity
happiness, appropriateness of a remark, choice, etc
fell
cruel, deadly
ferment
agitation, commotion
fervent
ardent, hot
fervor
glowing ardor, intensity of feeling
fester
rankle, produce irritation or resentment
fete
honor at a festival
fetid
malodorous, foul-smelling
fetter
shackle
fiasco
total failure
fiat
command, authorization
fickle
changeable, faithless
figment
invention, imaginary thing
filigree
delicate, lacelike metalwork
filing
particle removed by a file
firebrand
hothead, troublemaker
fitful
spasmodic, intermittent
flaccid
flabby
flag
droop, grow feeble
flail
thresh grain by hand, strike or slap, toss about
flair
talent
flamboyant
ornate
flaunt
display ostentaciously
flay
strip off skin, attack with harsh criticism
fledgling
inexperienced
fleece(v)
rob, plunder
flippant
lacking proper seriousness
flit
fly, dart lightly, pass swiftly by
floe
mass of floating ice
florid
ruddy, reddish, flowery
flout
reject, mock, show contempt for
fluctuate
waver, shift
fluke
unlikely ocurrence, stroke of fortune
fluster
confuse
fluted
having parallel grooves
fodder
coarse food for cattle, horses, etc
foible
weakness, slight fault
foil
contrast
foist
insert improperly, palm off
foment
stir up, instigate
fop
dandy, man excessively preoccupied with his clothes
foray
raid
forbearance
paitence
forebears
ancestors
forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
forlorn
sad and lonely, wretched
formidable
inspiring fear or apprehension, difficult, awe-inspiring
forswear
renounce, abandon
forthright
straightforward, direct, frank
fortitude
bravery, courage
fortuitous
accidental, by chance
founder
fail completely, sink
fracas
brawl, melee
fractious
unruly, disobedient, irritable
frantic
wild
fraught
filled or charged with, causing emotional distress
fray
brawl
frenetic
frenzied, frantic
fret
be annoyed or vexed
friction
clash in opinion, rubbing against
frieze
ornamental band on a wall
fritter
waste
frivolous
lacking in seriousness, self-indulgently careless
frolicsome
prankish, gay
frond
fern leaf, palm or banana leaf
froward
stubbornly contrary, obstinately disobedient
fructify
bear fruit
frugality
thrift, economy
frustrate
thwart, defeat
fugitive
fleeting or transitory, roving
fulminate
denounce thunderously, explode
fulsome
disgustingly excessive
functionary
official
funereal
sad, solemn
furor
frenzy, great excitement
furtive
stealthy, sneaky
fusillade
simultaneously firing or outburst
futile
useless, hopeless, ineffectual
gadfly
animal-biting fly, an irritating person
gaffe
social blunder
gainsay
deny
gall
bitterness, nerve, annoy, chafe
galvanize
stimulate by shock, stir up, revitalize
gambol
romp, skip about, leap playfully
gamely
in a spirited manner, with courage
gamut
entire range
gape
open widely
garish
overbright in color, gaudy
garner
gather, store up
garnish
decorate
garrulous
loquacious, wordy, talkative
gastronomy
science of preparing and serving good food
gauche
clumsy, coarse and uncouth
gaudy
flashy, showy
gaunt
lean and angular, barren
gazette
official periodical publication
generic
characteristic of an entire class or species
geniality
cheerfulness, kindliness, sympathy
genteel
well-bred, elegant
gentility
those of gentle birth, refinement
gentry
people of standing, class just below nobility
genuflect
bend the knee as in worship
germane
pertinent, bearing on the case at hand
germinal
cause to sprout, sprout
gerontocracy
government ruled by old people
gestate
evolve, as in prenatal growth
gesticulation
motion, gesture
gibe
mock
girth
distance around something, circumference
glacial
like a glacier, extremely cold
glaring
highly conspicuous, harshly bright
glean
gather leavings
glib
fluent, facile, slick
gloss over
explain away
glower
scowl
glut
overstock, fill to excess
glutinous
sticky, viscous
goad
urge on
gossamer
sheer, like cobwebs