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- (adj): admirable
- ex: Most people consider it ESTIMABLE that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
- (n): use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one.
- ex: The funeral director preferred to use the EUPHEMISM sleeping instead of the word dead.
- (v): to make worse
- ex: It is unwise to take aspirin to try to relieve heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only EXACERBATE the problem.
- (v): to clear from blame; prove innocent
- ex: The adversarial legal system is intended to convict those who are guilty and to EXCULPATE those who are innocent.
- (adj) urgent; requirign immediate action
- ex: The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was EXIGENT to stop the source of the bleeding.
- (v): to clear of blame
- ex: The fugitive was EXONERATED when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.
- (adj): clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
- ex: The owners of the house left a list of EXPLICIT instructions detailing their house-sitter's duties, including a schedule for watering the house plants.
- (v): to grovel
- ex: The understudy FAWNED over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis.
- (adj): intensely emotional; feverish
- ex: The fans of Maria Callas were unusually FERVID, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
- (adj): excessively decorated or embellished
- The palace had been decorated in a FLORID style; every surface had been carved and gilded.
- (v): to arouse or incite
- The protesters tried to FOMENT feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.
- (adj): tending to talk a lot
- The GARRULOUS parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking.
- (adj): outgoing, talkative, sociable
- She was so GREGARIOUS that when she found herself alone, she felt quite sad.
- (v): deceit or trickery
- Since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to GUILE in an effort to trap his enemy.
- (n): one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
- His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an ICONOCLAST.
- (adj): not capable of being disturbed
- The counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed IMPERTURBABLE, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.
- (adj): impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
- A good raincoat will be IMPERVIOUS to moisture.
- (adj): quick to act without thinking
- It is not good for an investment broker to be IMPETUOUS, since much thought should be given to all the possible options.
- (adj): unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
- His rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained IMPLACABLE for weeks.
- (adj): not fully formed; disorganized
- The ideas expressed in Nietzsche's mature work also appear in an INCHOATE form in his earliest writing.