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Atavistic

Adj. Relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral

The atavistic ceremony was last performed in 13 b.c.

Fathom

N. V. A measure of length used in nautical settings; to penetrate to the depths of something in order to understand it

The the anchor was resting on the sea floor, tens of fathoms away.

Fawn

V. To seek favor or attention; to act subserviently

The assistant fawned over the queen.

Florid

Adj. Flushed with a rosy color; very ornate and flowery

The woman's florid dress matched her sanguine attitude.

Garrulous

Adj. Verbose; talkative; rambling

The garrulous student was often chastised by his teachers for talking too much.

Gossamer

N. Adj. Fine cobweb on foliage; fine gauzy fabric; very fine

The gossamer of thread that kept him from falling to his death was very thin.

Inconoclast

N. One who attacks traditional ideas, institutions or one who destroys sacred images

The woman that failed at restoring the painting of Jesus is an iconoclast.

Impecunious

Adj. Penniless; poor

The impecunious teenager applied for a job in order to get some spending money.

Imperious

Adj. Commanding

The imperious commander gave commands.

Improvidence

N. An absense of forethought ; failure to provide for future needs or events

The surgeon's improvidence proved fatal when he didn't have enough thread to sew up his patient.

Inchoate

Adj. In an initial or early stage; incomplete; disorganized

The teacher watched as the inchoate projects were completed.

Incorrigible

Adj. Not capable of being corrected

The students accent was so bad it was considered incorrigible.

Indelible

Adj. Permanent; inerasable; strong

Betty didn't realize that tattoos are indelible

Ineffable

Adj. Indescribable; inexpressible in words; unspeakable

The ineffable acts of torture Bill was put through remained a secret in his head as he would no longer let anyone get within 3 feet of him.

Ingenuous

Adj. Unsophisticated; artless; straightforward; candid

The ingenuous dog began to pee on tom's petunias I front of the Oak Harbor Best Garden board

Innocuous

Adj. Harmless; having no adverse affect; not likely to provoke strong emotion

Nicki's innocuous jokes made everyone laugh.

Insipid

Adj. Lacking zest or excitement; dull

Brian's personality was so insipid it was even rubbing off on his dog who was usually full of life.

Insular

Adj. Of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive

The insular club only gave memberships to people who owned islands

Intransigent

adj. Stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change

The intransigent couples in the hallway are the reason I'm always late to class.

Irascible

Adj. Prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered

The irascible dog was trained to be angry and vicious.