ADJ. false; misleading. Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not always yield erroneous results: even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct. fallacy, N.
ADJ. liable to err. I know I am fallible, but I feel confident that I am right this time.
ADJ. plowed but not sowed; uncultivated. Farmers have learned that it is advisable to permit land to lie fallow every few years.
V. hesitate. When told to dive off the high board, she did not falter, but proceeded at once.
N. excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause. When Islamic fundamentalists demanded the death of Salman Rushdie because his novel questioned their faith, world opinion condemned them for their fanaticism.
N. notion; whim; inclination. Martin took a fancy to paint his toenails purple. Assuming he would outgrow such fanciful behavior, his parents ignored his fancy feet. alsoADJ.
N. call by bugles or trumpets. The exposition was opened with a fanfare of trumpets and the firing of cannon.
N. broad comedy; mockery. Nothing went right; the entire interview degenerated into a farce. farcical,ADJ.
ADJ. difficult to please; squeamish. Bobby was such a fastidious eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.
N. belief that events are determined by forces beyond one's control. With fatalism, he accepted the hardships that beset him. fatalistic,ADJ.
V. comprehend; investigate. I find his motives impossible to fathom; in fact, I'm totally clueless about what goes on in his mind.
ADJ. foolish; inane. He is far too intelligent to utter such fatuous remarks.
N. animals of a period or region. The scientist could visualize the fauna of the period by examining the skeletal remains and the fossils.
ADJ. courting favor by cringing and flattering. She was constantly surrounded by a group of fawning admirers who hoped to win some favor. fawn,V.
V. disconcert; dismay. No crisis could faze the resourceful hotel manager.
ADJ. practical. Is it feasible to build a new stadium for the Yankees on New York's West Side? Without additional funding, the project is clearly unrealistic.
N. fertility; fruitfulness. The fecundity of his mind is illustrated by the many vivid images in his poems.
V. pretend. Lady Macbeth feigned illness although she was actually healthy.
N. trick; shift; sham blow. The boxer was fooled by his opponent's feint and dropped his guard. alsoV.
ADJ. apt; suitably expressed; well chosen. He was famous for his felicitous remarks and was called upon to serve as master-of-ceremonies at many a banquet. felicity, N.
N. happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.). She wrote a note to the newlyweds wishing them great felicity in their wedded life.
ADJ. cruel; deadly. The newspapers told of the tragic spread of the fell disease.
V. cut or knock down; bring down (with a missile). Crying "Timber!" Paul Bunyan felled the mighty redwood tree. Robin Hood loosed his arrow and felled the king's deer.
N. person convicted of a grave crime. A convicted felon loses the right to vote.
ADJ. not domestic; wild. Abandoned by their owners, dogs may revert to their feral state, roaming the woods in packs.
N. agitation; commotion. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, much of Eastern Europe was in a state of ferment.
V. drive or hunt out of hiding. She ferreted out their secret.
ADJ. ardent; hot. She felt that the fervent praise was excessive and somewhat undeserved.
ADJ. ardent. Her fervid enthusiasm inspired all of us to undertake the dangerous mission.
N. glowing ardor; intensity of feeling. At the protest rally, the students cheered the strikers and booed the dean with equal fervor.
V. rankle; produce irritation or resentment. Joe's insult festered in Anne's mind for days, and made her too angry to speak to him.
ADJ. joyous; celebratory. Their wedding in the park was a festive occasion.
ADJ. malodorous. The neglected wound became fetid.
V. shackle. The prisoner was fettered to the wall.
N. total failure. Our ambitious venture ended in a fiasco and we were forced to flee.
ADJ. changeable; faithless. As soon as Romeo saw Juliet, he forgot all about his old girlfriend Rosaline. Was Romeo fickle?
ADJ. imaginary. Although this book purports to be a biography of George Washington, many of the incidents are fictitious.
N. loyalty. A dog's fidelity to its owner is one of the reasons why that animal is a favorite household pet.
N. invention; imaginary thing. That incident never took place; it is a figment of your imagination.
ADJ. not literal, but metaphorical; using a figure of speech. "To lose one's marbles" is a figurative expression; if you're told that Jack has lost his marbles, no one expects you to rush out to buy him a replacement set.
N. small ornamental statuette. In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade was hired to trace the missing figurine of a black bird.
N. fine thread or fiber; threadlike structure within a light bulb. A ray of sunlight illuminated the filaments of the spider web, turning the web into a net of gold.
V. steal. The boys filched apples from the fruit stand.
ADJ. pertaining to a son or daughter. Many children forget their filial obligations and disregard the wishes of their parents.
V. to block legislation by making long speeches. Even though we disapproved of Senator Foghorn's political goals, we were impressed by his ability to filibuster endlessly to keep an issue from coming to a vote.
N. conclusion. It is not until we reach the finale of this play that we can understand the author's message.
N. delicate skill. The finesse and adroitness with which the surgeon wielded her scalpel impressed all the observers in the operating room.
ADJ. too particular; fussy. The little girl was finicky about her food, leaving over anything that wasn't to her taste.
N. hothead: troublemaker. The police tried to keep track of all the local firebrands when the President came to town.
N. crevice. The mountain climbers secured footholds in tiny fissures in the rock.
ADJ. spasmodic; intermittent. After several fitful attempts, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.
ADJ. astounded; astonished; overcome with surprise. In the film Flubber, the hero invents a remarkable substance whose amazing properties leave his coworkers flabbergasted. flabbergast,V.
ADJ. flabby. His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles.
V. droop; grow feeble. When the opposing hockey team scored its third goal only minutes into the first quarter, the home team's spirits flagged. flagging,ADJ.
ADJ. conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous. The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a flagrant violation of the state laws against nepotism (favoritism based on kinship).
N. talent. She has an uncanny flair for discovering new artists before the public has become aware of their existence.
ADJ. ornate. Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.
V. display ostentatiously. Mae West saw nothing wrong with showing off her considerable physical charms, saying, "Honey, if you've got it, flaunt it!"
V. spot. Her cheeks, flecked with tears, were testimony to the hours of weeping.
ADJ. inexperienced. While it is necessary to provide these fledgling poets with an opportunity to present their work, it is not essential that we admire everything they write. also N.
N. wool coat of a sheep. They shear sheep of their fleece, which they then comb into separate strands of wool.
V. rob; plunder. The tricksters fleeced him of his inheritance.
N. light stroke as with a whip. The horse needed no encouragement; one flick of the whip was all the jockey had to apply to get the animal to run at top speed.
V. hesitate, shrink. He did not flinch in the face of danger but fought back bravely.