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Barrons GRE Q-W
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  1. quack
    charlatan; impostor
  2. quadruped
    four-footed animal; ADJ. CF. biped
  3. quaff
    drink with zest; drink with relish(zest; hearty enjoyment); CF. sip
  4. quagmire
    bog; marsh; soft, wet, boggy land; predicament; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
  5. bog
    soft wet land; V: hinder or be hindered; Ex. bogged down in the mud
  6. quail
    cower; shrink back in fear; lose heart
  7. quaint
    odd in an old-fashioned way; odd; old-fashioned; picturesque
  8. qualified
    limited; restricted; V. qualify: limit the meaning of; modify
  9. qualms
    uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.
  10. quandary
    dilemma; state of uncertainty; Ex. She is in a quandary about whether to go.
  11. quarantine
    isolation of a person, place, or ship to prevent spread of infection; V: isolate in quarantine
  12. quarry
    person or animal of pursuit; victim; object of a hunt; prey
  13. quarry
    dig into (to get stone); N: mine;
  14. bank
    heap; piled-up mass; embankment; lateral tilting (as of an aircraft in turning); V: pile up; protect with a bank; tilt in turning
  15. quash
    crush; suppress; squash; subdue; annul; Ex. quash a rebellion/the decision of the low court
  16. squash
    crush; quash; suppress
  17. quay
    dock; wharf; pier; landing place (for boats)
  18. queasy
    experiencing nausea; nauseated; easily nauseated; squeamish; Ex. feel a little queasy
  19. quell
    suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
  20. quench
    assuage or satisfy (thrust); slake; douse or extinguish; put out; suppress
  21. squelch
    produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush; squash; CF.
  22. querulous
    given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
  23. whine
    complain (in a sad voice); make a high sad sound (as in pain or supplication)
  24. query
    inquiry; question; V.
  25. queue
    line (of waiting people or vehicles)
  26. quibble
    minor objection or complaint; V: raise minor objections; carp; cavil
  27. quiescent
    dormant; temporarily inactive; at rest; N. quiescence
  28. quietude
    tranquillity; calmness
  29. quintessence
    purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence
  30. quip
    taunt; clever sarcastic remark; V.
  31. taunt
    deride or provoke; challenge in derision; N.
  32. quirk
    sudden sharp turn or twist; startling twist; caprice; idiosyncrasy; peculiarity of behavior; Ex. by a quirk of fate
  33. quisling
    traitor who aids invaders; CF. Vidkun Quisling
  34. quiver
    case for arrows
  35. quiver
    tremble; shake; N.
  36. leash
    restraining rope fastened to the collar of an animal (to control it); Ex. a dog on a leash
  37. quixotic
    idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
  38. quizzical
    curious; suggesting puzzlement (without saying); questioning; teasing; mocking; bantering; Ex. quizzical glance
  39. quorum
    minimal number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
  40. quotidian
    daily; commonplace; customary; Ex. quotidian routine
  41. rabid
    of or suffering rabies; like a fanatic; extremely zealous; furious; CF. rabies: hydrophobia
  42. raconteur
    story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill
  43. ragamuffin
    dirty child in torn clothes; person wearing tattered clothes
  44. tatter
    torn piece of cloth; ADJ. tattered: (of clothes) old and torn; (of a person) dressed in old torn clothes
  45. rail
    complain bitterly; scold; rant; Ex. the weaker railing against injustices
  46. raiment
    clothing; garments; Ex. I have no raiment fit to wear.
  47. rakish
    jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute; Ex. He wore his hat at a rakish and jaunty angle.
  48. rake
    angle of a slope; V: slant from the perpendicular
  49. rake
    immoral or dissolute person
  50. rally
    come or bring together; call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate (after illness or difficulty); N: act of rallying; mass gathering
  51. ramble
    wander aimlessly (physically or mentally); digress
  52. ramification
    branching out; subdivision; one branch of a system; one of the results following from an action or decision; Ex. ramifications of a business/the decision
  53. ramify
    branch out; divide into branches or subdivisions
  54. ramp
    slope; inclined plane or roadway (connecting two levels)
  55. rampant
    growing or spreading uncontrollably; growing in profusion; unrestrained; Ex. rampant lawlessness/weed
  56. rampart
    defensive mound of earth
  57. ramshackle
    (of a building or vehicle) poorly constructed; rickety; falling apart
  58. rickety
    (of buildings) likely to break or fall apart; of rickets; CF. rickets; CF. vitamin D
  59. ransack
    search thoroughly; pillage (going through a place); Ex. Enemy soldiers ransacked the town.
  60. rancid
    having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank
  61. rank
    offensive in odor or flavor
  62. rancor
    long-lasting hatred; bitterness; Ex. negotiation without rancor; ADJ. rancorous
  63. random
    without definite purpose, plan, or aim; haphazard; Ex. random shots; Ex. chosen at random
  64. lot
    object used in making a determination at random; fate; piece of land
  65. draw
    choosing of a lot or card
  66. lottery
    contest in which winners are selected in a drawing of lots
  67. raffle
    lottery; V: award as a prize in a raffle; Ex. raffle off a new car
  68. rankle
    irritate; fester; annoy
  69. rant
    speak violently or excitedly; rave; talk excitedly showing anger; scold; make a grandiloquent speech; Ex. The priest ranted about the devil.
  70. rapacious
    voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds
  71. rapport
    close relationship; emotional closeness; harmony
  72. rapt
    engrossed; absorbed; enchanted; Ex. rapt listener
  73. rarefied
    made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction
  74. rare
    (of air) thin in density; rarefied; Ex. rare air of the mountains
  75. raspy
    making a harsh noise; grating; harsh
  76. rasp
    (of a sound) grate on (eg. nerves); make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; rub with something rough; Ex. The cat's tongue rasped my hand.
  77. ratify
    approve formally; confirm; verify
  78. ratiocination
    reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically
  79. rationale
    fundamental reason or principle (on which a system or principle is based); fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action
  80. rationalize
    make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
  81. rational
    (of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical
  82. ration
    fixed portion; V: distribute as rations
  83. raucous
    (of voice) harsh and unpleasant; (of people) disorderly and boisterous; Ex. raucous shouts
  84. ravage
    devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by storms
  85. maraud
    move in search of plunder; Ex. marauding army
  86. rave
    overwhelmingly favorable review; V: talk wildly as if mad; Ex. raving lunatic
  87. ravel
    fall apart into tangles; entangle; unravel or untwist
  88. ravenous
    extremely hungry; voracious
  89. ravine
    narrow valley with steep sides; gorge; CF. gully, canyon
  90. raze
    destroy completely; Ex. raze the city to the ground
  91. reactionary
    strongly opposed to social or political change; opposing progress; politically ultraconservative; N. OP. radical
  92. reinstate
    restore to a previous condition or position
  93. realm
    kingdom; field or sphere; Ex. not within the realms of possibility
  94. reaper
    one who harvests grain; Ex. the Grim Reaper; V. reap: cut and gather (crop); harvest a crop
  95. rebate
    return of part of a payment; discount; V.
  96. rebuff
    reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She rebuffed his invitation; N.
  97. snub
    ignore or behave coldly toward; Ex. I made a suggestion but she snubbed me; N.
  98. rebuke
    scold harshly; criticize severely
  99. rebus
    representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
  100. rebuttal
    refutation; response with contrary evidence; V. rebut: refute; disprove
  101. recalcitrant
    disobedient or resisting authority even after being punished; obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly; Ex. recalcitrant child
  102. recant
    disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement
  103. recapitulate
  104. recast
    reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again
  105. fashion
    give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay
  106. receptive
    quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the proposal
  107. recession
    withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity
  108. recess
    pause; temporary cessation; alcove; secret inner place; Ex. parliament in recess; V. CF. recessive
  109. recidivism
    habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist
  110. recipient
  111. reciprocal
    mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement
  112. reciprocate
    do or give something in return; repay in kind; give or take mutually; interchange; move backwards and forwards; Ex. reciprocate his invitation by inviting him; N. reciprocity: reciprocal relationship; mutual interchange of advantages between two groups; Ex. reciprocity in trading rights
  113. recluse
    hermit; loner; ADJ. reclusive
  114. reconcile
    make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas in opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile one's political principles with one's religious beliefs
  115. recondite
    abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret
  116. reconnaissance
    survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
  117. recount
    narrate or tell (a story); count over again
  118. recourse
    resorting to help when in trouble; Ex. without recourse to
  119. resort
    turn to for help; Ex. resort to violence; N.
  120. makeshift
    temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need); Ex. makeshift shelter
  121. recreant
    disloyal; cowardly; N: disloyal and cowardly person
  122. recrimination
    countercharges; V. recriminate
  123. rectify
    set right; correct; CF. rect-: right
  124. rectitude
    moral correctness; moral uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
  125. recumbent
    reclining; lying down completely or in part
  126. recline
    lie down
  127. recuperate
    recover; return to health; regain; Ex. recuperate losses
  128. recurrent
    occurring again and again
  129. redolent
    odorous; fragrant; suggestive (of an odor); Ex. redolent of onions/mystery
  130. redoubtable
    formidable; causing fear
  131. redress
    remedy; compensation; Ex. seek redress for the damage to your car; V: put right; remedy or rectify (a wrong); make amends for
  132. redundant
    superfluous; more than is necessary; verbose; excessively wordy; repetitious
  133. reek
    emit (an unpleasant odor or smoke); give off an unpleasant odor; give out smoke; Ex. reeking chimney; N: unpleasant odor; stench
  134. stench
    strong foul odor; reek; stink
  135. stink
    stench; V: emit a strong foul odor
  136. refectory
    dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
  137. refraction
    bending of a ray of light
  138. refractory
    unmanageable; disobedient and stubborn; Ex. refractory horse
  139. refrain
    abstain from; resist; forbear; N: chorus
  140. chorus
    phrase repeated throughout a song or poem
  141. refulgent
    effulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming; Ex. refulgent moon
  142. gleam
    brief flash of light; glow; V.
  143. refurbish
    renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
  144. refute
    disprove; prove to be false; N. refutation
  145. regal
    royal; of a monarch; Ex. regal manner
  146. regale
  147. regatta
    boat or yacht race
  148. regeneration
    spiritual rebirth; Ex. regeneration of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give or obtain new life; reform spiritually
  149. penology
    study of prison management and criminal rehabilitation
  150. regicide
    murder of a king or queen
  151. regime
    method of system or government
  152. regimen
    prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. daily regimen of a dancer
  153. regiment
    military unit; V: subject to strict order; Ex. regimented society
  154. rehabilitate
    restore to proper condition (health or useful life); restore the former rank of
  155. reimburse
    repay; pay back
  156. reiterate
  157. rejoinder
    reply; retort; comeback; V. rejoin: say in reply
  158. comeback
    retort; quick clever reply; return to former status
  159. rejuvenate
    make young again
  160. relegate
    put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the children's room; Ex. relegated to the second division
  161. relent
    become less severe; give in(surrender); ADJ. relentless: unyielding; continuously severe
  162. relevant
    having importance; pertinent; referring to the case in hand; N. relevance, relevancy
  163. relic
    surviving remnant (from an extinct culture); memento; keepsake; relics: corpse; Ex. ancient relics; Ex. relics of his travel; Ex. His relics are buried at X.
  164. relinquish
    give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my arm
  165. relish
    enjoy; savor; N: enjoyment; zest
  166. remediable
  167. reminiscence
    recollection; V. reminisce: recollect the past
  168. reminiscent
    suggestive of something (in the past); of reminiscence
  169. remiss
    negligent; careless about a duty
  170. remission
    temporary moderation (of disease symptoms); remitting of a debt or punishment; cancelation of a debt; pardon; Ex. The disease went into remission; Ex. Christians pray for the remission of sins.
  171. remit
    transmit (money) in payment; free someone from a debt or punishment
  172. remittance
    remitting of money; amount of money remitted
  173. remnant
  174. remonstrate
    protest; objection; V. remonstrate: say in protest
  175. remorse
    deep regret for wrongdoing; guilt; self-reproach
  176. remunerative
    (of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid; V. remunerate: reward; pay (someone) for work or trouble
  177. rend
    split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow
  178. render
    give; deliver; provide; represent in verbal or artistic form; depict; perform; make; translate; Ex. render the song beautifully
  179. rendezvous
    meeting place; meeting at a set time or place; V.
  180. rendition
    rendering; translation; artistic interpretation of a song, etc
  181. renegade
    deserter; traitor; ADJ.
  182. renege
    break a promise; deny; go back on; Ex. renege on the contract/paying off the debt
  183. renounce
    abandon; give up (by formal announcement); disown; repudiate; Ex. renounce one's claim to the property/one's religion; N. renunciation
  184. renovate
    restore to good condition; renew
  185. renown
    fame; ADJ. renowned
  186. herald
    messenger; sign of something to come; V: announce; proclaim; Ex. unheralded researcher
  187. rent
    tear made by rending; rip; split
  188. reparable
    capable of being repaired
  189. reparation
    compensation (for loss or wrong); amends; Ex. make reparation for the damage; CF. repair
  190. repartee
    quick clever reply
  191. repast
    meal; feast; banquet
  192. repeal
    revoke; annul
  193. repel
    drive away; disgust; Ex. repel the attack/moisture; Ex. repelled by the dirty room; CF. repulsion
  194. repellent
    driving away; disgusting; offensive; repulsive; unattractive; N.
  195. repercussion
    rebound; reaction; reverberation; Ex. serious repercussion
  196. repertoire
    list of works of music, drama, etc., a performer is prepared to present; CF. repertory
  197. repine
    fret; complain; be annoyed; Ex. repine over the undone work
  198. replenish
    fill up again
  199. replete
    fully filled; filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied; Ex. report replete with errors
  200. memoir
    memoirs; autobiography; biography
  201. brim
    uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim
  202. replica
  203. replicate
    reproduce; duplicate
  204. repository
  205. repose
    resting; state of being at rest; calmness; V: lie at rest; relax; put or place; Ex. repose our hopes in a single man
  206. reprehensible
    deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blame
  207. repress
    hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex. repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion
  208. reprieve
    postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
  209. reprimand
    reprove severely; rebuke; N.
  210. reprisal
  211. reprise
    musical repetition; repeating of a piece of music; repeat performance; recurrent action; Ex. reprise in the finale; Ex. constant reprises
  212. reproach
    blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
  213. reprobate
    morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency; CF. disapproved by God ?
  214. reprobation
    severe disapproval; CF. approbation
  215. reprove
    censure; rebuke; N. reproof
  216. repudiate
    disown; disavow; deny
  217. repugnance
    disgust; strong dislike; loathing; ADJ. repugnant: arousing disgust; repulsive
  218. repulsion
    distaste; disgust; act of driving back; ADJ. repulsive: causing disgust; tending to drive away; V. repel (not `repulse')
  219. repulse
    reject with rudeness or coldness (an offer or friendship); drive back (an enemy attack); CF. repulse $\neq$ cause repulsion
  220. reputable
    respectable; having a good reputation
  221. reputed
    supposed; Ex. reputed father of the child; V. repute: consider; N. repute: reputation; esteem
  222. requiem
    mass for the dead; dirge
  223. mass
    Christian religious ceremony; CF. Mass: ceremony of the Eucharist
  224. requisite
    necessary requirement; something required; ADJ: required; necessary
  225. requisition
    formal demand or request; Ex. requisition for more computing equipment; V.
  226. requite
    make return for; repay; reciprocate; revenge; N. requittal
  227. rescind
    repeal; annul; cancel (a law, decision, or agreement)
  228. resentment
    indignation; bitterness; displeasure; V. resent: feel anger about
  229. reserve
    self-control; self-restraint; formal but distant manner; reticence; Ex. without reserve: freely and openly; ADJ. reserved: shy and uncommunicative
  230. residue
    remainder; balance
  231. residual
    remaining; left over; of a residue; N: residue
  232. resignation
    patiently submissiveness; statement that one is quitting a job; ADJ. resigned: acquiescent
  233. resign
    give up (a position, right, or claim); submit (oneself) passively
  234. resilient
    elastic; having the power of springing back; able to recover quickly (as from misfortune)
  235. elastic
    able to spring back into shape; quick to recover (as from disappointment); able to adapt to change; Ex. elastic plans; N: elastic material
  236. resolution
    determination; resoluteness; ADJ. resolute: firm or determined in purpose
  237. resolve
    determination; resolution; firmness of purpose
  238. resolve
    decide; settle; solve; separate; make a determined decision; N. resolution
  239. resonant
    (of a sound) echoing; resounding(sounding loudly); deep and full in sound; producing resonance; Ex. resonant voice; N. resonance
  240. resound
    (of a place) be filled with sound; (of a sound) sound loudly; sound back; echo; Ex. hall resounded with laughter
  241. respiration
    breathing; exhalation; ADJ. respiratory
  242. respite
    time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
  243. resplendent
    brilliant; splendid in appearance; dazzling; glorious
  244. responsiveness
    state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc.; ADJ. responsive: readily reacting; Ex. responsive to treatment
  245. restitution
    returning something (lost or stolen) to the rightful owner; reparation; indemnification; compensation for loss, damage, or injury
  246. restive
    impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
  247. restraint
    moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction
  248. resumption
    taking up again; recommencement; V. resume: begin or take up again; take or occupy again; Ex. Kindly resume your seats.
  249. resurge
    rise again; flow to and fro; N. resurgence; ADJ. resurgent: (of ideas or beliefs) experiencing revival; surging again
  250. resurrect
  251. resuscitate
    revive; bring back to life or consciousness; Ex. resuscitate the drowned child
  252. retain
    keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N. retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisor
  253. retaliate
    repay in kind (usually for bad treatment); V. retaliate
  254. retentive
    holding; able to retain things (esp. facts in the mind); having a good memory
  255. reticent
    inclined to silence; uncommunicative; reserved; Ex. He was reticent about the reasons; N. reticence
  256. retinue
    following; attendants
  257. retiring
    shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personality
  258. retort
    quick sharp reply; V.
  259. retract
    withdraw; take back; draw back; Ex. retract a statement/an offer/claws; N. retraction; CF. retractile
  260. retrench
    cut down; cut down expenses; economize
  261. retribution
    deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses; compensation; vengeance; CF. pay back
  262. retrieve
    recover; put right; find and bring in; regain; Ex. retrieve the situation
  263. retroactive
    taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax); (of a law) having effect on the past as well as the future
  264. enact
    make (a bill) into law
  265. retrograde
    go backwards; recede; degenerate; deteriorate; ADJ.
  266. retrospective
    looking back on the past; N. retrospection; V. retrospect
  267. revelry
    boisterous merrymaking; V. revel: engage boisterous festivities; enjoy greatly; N: boisterous festivity or celebration
  268. reverberate
    echo repeatedly; resound; Ex. The thunder reverberated across the valley.
  269. reverent
    respectful; worshipful; V. revere: regard with reverence; N. reverence: profound respect
  270. reverend
    deserving reverence; N: priest
  271. reverie
    daydream; abstracted musing
  272. revert
    relapse; backslide; turn back to; return to the former owner; N. reversion
  273. relapse
    return to a former state (esp. after improvement); N.
  274. backslide
    revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
  275. revile
    attack with abusive language; vilify(slander)
  276. revoke
    cancel; retract; CF. irrevocable
  277. revulsion
    sudden strong feeling of disgust; sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction; Ex. revulsion from the scenes of torture
  278. rhapsodize
    speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner; Ex. rhapsodize over the beauty of the scenery
  279. rhapsody
    excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling; musical composition of irregular form (as if made up as one plays it)
  280. rhetoric
    art of effective communication; art of using language effectively and persuasively; style of speaking or writing; grandiloquent language; Ex. political rhetoric; ADJ. rhetorical; CF. rhetorical question: question to which no answer is expected as ``Who knows it ?''
  281. ribald
    marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribald language or joke
  282. riddle
    pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout; Ex. The gunman riddled the car with bullets; Ex. The whole report is riddled with errors; N. large sieve (separating earth from stone)
  283. rider
    amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
  284. rife
    (of something bad) widespread; abundant; current
  285. rift
    narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation
  286. rig
    fix or manipulate; manipulate dishonestly for personal gain; Ex. rig the election
  287. rig
    arrangement of masts and sails; V: equip (a ship) with rigging; ADJ. rigging: ropes that hold up a ship's sails
  288. rigid
    hard and unbending; stiff and unyielding; fixed in behavior or views; strict; rigorous; Ex. rigid rule
  289. rigor
    severity; Ex. rigors of the Russian winter
  290. rile
    irritate; vex; muddy
  291. riveting
    holding one's attention; absorbing; engrossing
  292. rivet
    metal pin used for fastening metal plates together; V: fasten with a rivet; engross
  293. rivulet
    small stream; CF. rill < rivulet < river
  294. robust
    strong; vigorous
  295. rococo
    ornate; highly decorated; N. CF. 18th century
  296. roil
    make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; disturb
  297. roseate
    rosy; optimistic; Ex. roseate views
  298. roster
    list (of names)
  299. rostrum
    raised platform for speech-making; pulpit
  300. pulpit
    raised platform used in preaching (in a church)
  301. rote
    repetition; memorization through repetition without understanding; Ex. learn poetry by rote
  302. rotunda
    circular building or hall covered with a dome
  303. rotundity
    roundness; sonorousness of speech
  304. rotund
    (of a person) fat and round
  305. rousing
    lively; inducing excitement; stirring; V. rouse: waken; arouse from sleep or depression; excite; stir up
  306. rout
    put to rout; stampede; drive out; N: complete defeat and disorderly retreat
  307. stampede
    sudden frenzied rush (of panic-stricken animals or people); V: participate in or cause stampede; Ex. stampede before the price rises
  308. rubble
    fragments (esp. from a destroyed building)
  309. mason
    one who builds or works with stone or brick; N. masonry: work of a mason; stonework or brickwork
  310. rubric
    title or heading (in red print); directions for religious ceremony; protocol
  311. ruddy
    reddish; (of the face) reddish and healthy-looking
  312. rudimentary
    elementary; not developed; crude; N. rudiment: fundamental element or principle; Ex. rudiments of the language
  313. rue
    regret; lament; mourn; Ex. He will rue the day; N. ADJ. rueful
  314. ruffian
    violent scoundrel; bully
  315. ruminate
    chew over and over (mentally or, like cows, physically); mull over(ponder)
  316. ruminant
    animal that ruminates; ADJ.
  317. rummage
    ransack; thoroughly search
  318. runic
    mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet; N. rune: one of the letters of an alphabet used by ancient Germanic peoples (cut on stone or wood); magic charm
  319. ruse
    trick to deceive; stratagem
  320. rustic
    pertaining to country people; unsophisticated; simple; crude; uncouth; (of furniture) rough with the bark left on; N. rural person; rustic person
  321. rusticate
    banish to the country; dwell in the country
  322. ruthless
    pitiless; merciless; cruel
  323. saboteur
    one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property; N. sabotage: destruction of property (usually carried out secretly)
  324. saccharine
    cloying sweet; characteristic of sugar or saccharin
  325. sacrilegious
    desecrating; profane; N. sacrilege: desecration, misuse, or theft of something sacred
  326. sacrosanct
    invioably sacred; most sacred; inviolable
  327. sadistic
    inclined to cruelty; N. sadism: delight in cruelty
  328. saga
    Scandinavian myth; any legend; long heroic narrative
  329. sagacious
    wise; perceptive; shrewd; having insight; N. sagacity
  330. sage
    person celebrated for wisdom; wise person; ADJ: wise
  331. salacious
    lascivious; lustful; Ex. salacious monk
  332. salient
    prominent; projecting beyond a line; conspicuous; Ex. salient features
  333. saline
  334. sallow
    (of the skin) yellowish and unhealthy-looking; sickly in color; Ex. sallow complexion due to jaundice
  335. salubrious
    healthful; conducive to health or well-being; socially desirable; Ex. salubrious area; CF. health
  336. salutary
    tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; Ex. The punishment had a salutary effect on the boy; CF. health
  337. salvage
    rescue (goods or property) from loss; N: saving; property saved
  338. sanctimonious
    displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness; N. sanctimony: hypocritical piety
  339. sanction
    approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforce compliance
  340. sanctuary
    place of refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place; Ex. The outlaw was granted sanctuary in the church.
  341. sanguinary
    bloody; with much bloodshed
  342. sanguine
    optimistic; cheerful; hopeful; of the color of blood; red
  343. sap
    diminish; weaken; undermine the foundations of (a fortification); Ex. The element kryptonite sapped his strength.
  344. sarcasm
    cutting ironic remark; scornful remarks; stinging rebuke; ADJ. sarcastic
  345. sardonic
    scornfully mocking; disdainful; sarcastic; cynical; Ex. sardonic smile
  346. sartorial
    pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailor
  347. sate
    satisfy to the full; satisfy to excess; cloy
  348. doze
    sleep lightly; nap
  349. satellite
    small body revolving around a larger one
  350. satiate
    satisfy fully (physical needs such as hunger); sate; N. satiety: condition of being satiated
  351. satire
    form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly
  352. satirical
    using satire; mocking
  353. saturate
    soak thoroughly; imbue; impregnate; charge; fill to capacity
  354. saturnine
    morose; gloomy; Ex. Do not be misled by his saturnine countenance.
  355. satyr
    half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysus (resembling a goat), portrayed as wanton(unrestrained) and cunning; lecher; CF. faun; CF. goat: lecherous man
  356. saunter
    stroll(go for a leisurely walk) slowly; N.
  357. savant
    scholar; learned person; CF. savoir: know
  358. savor
    enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality; N: taste or smell; distinctive quality
  359. savory
    pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation
  360. scabbard
    case for a sword blade; sheath
  361. scad
    a great quantity; Ex. scads of clothes
  362. scaffold
    temporary platform for workers (to work at heights above the ground); bracing framework; platform for execution
  363. scale
    climb up; ascend; remove or come off in scales; N: flake of epidermis; ascending or descending series of musical tones
  364. scanty
    meager; insufficient
  365. scapegoat
    someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF. escape+goat
  366. scavenge
    hunt through discarded materials for usable items or food; search, especially for food; N. scavenger: one who scavenges; animal that feeds on refuse and carrion
  367. refuse
    anything discarded or rejected as worthless; trash
  368. scenario
    plot outline; screenplay(script for a movie); opera libretto; outline of possible future events
  369. schematic
    of a schema or scheme; relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols; N. schema: diagrammatic representation; outline
  370. scheme
    systematic plan; plot; clever dishonest plan; orderly arrangement of elements; Ex. health insurance scheme; Ex. a scheme to escape taxes; Ex. a color scheme; Ex. a story with no scheme; V: contrive a scheme
  371. schism
    division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
  372. scintilla
    trace; minute amount; shred; least bit; Ex. There is not a scintilla of truth; CF. spark
  373. scintillate
    sparkle; flash; be animated; be full of life; Ex. scintillating conversation
  374. scoff
    laugh (at); mock; ridicule; Ex. scoff at their threats
  375. scotch
    stamp out(put an end to); thwart; hinder; Ex. scotch the rumor; CF. cut; CF. È°µ¿À» ÁÙÀÌ´Â ÀǹÌ
  376. score
    number of points; written form of a musical composition; reason; group of 20; notch or incision; Ex. full/vocal score; Ex. Don't worry on that score; V: mark with lines or notches; Ex. score the paper to make it easy to fold
  377. stamp
    step on heavily (so as to crush or extinguish); put an end to; imprint or impress with a mark, design, or seal; shape with a die; characterize; Ex. machine stamping out car bodies; Ex. newspaper stamping him as a liar; N. stamping; implement used to stamp; impression stamped; mark; Ex. Her remarks bear the stamp of truth.
  378. scourge
    lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severe punishment; V: whip; afflict
  379. scruple
    hesitate for ethical reasons; fret about; Ex. She did not scruple to read his diary; N: uneasy feeling arising from conscience; conscience
  380. scrupulous
    conscientious; extremely thorough; Ex. scrupulous worker
  381. scrutinize
    examine closely and critically; N. scrutiny
  382. scuffle
    struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry; N. CF. scuffling twins ?
  383. shuffle
    mix together; jumble; move (something) from one place to another; slide (the feet) along the ground while walking; Ex. shuffle papers from one pile to another; N.
  384. scurrilous
    abusive; obscene; indecent; Ex. scurrilous remark
  385. scurry
    move hastily; hurry; move briskly
  386. scurvy
    contemptible; despicable; N: disease caused by deficiency of Vitamin C
  387. scuttle
    sink (a ship) by cutting holes in the hull; scrap; discard; N: small hatch in a ship's deck or hull
  388. hull
    husk; dry outer covering of a seed; frame or body of a ship
  389. seamy
    sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life
  390. base
    contemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality; Ex. base motives/conduct; Ex. base metal such as iron
  391. sear
    burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) to wither
  392. char
    make or become black by burning; reduce or be reduced to carbon or charcoal(black substance made by burning wood) by incomplete combustion
  393. scorch
    sear; N.
  394. brand
    trademark; mark burned on the hide of an animal; mark burned into the flesh of criminals; mark of disgrace; V: mark with a brand; give a lasting bad name; stigmatize; Ex. The press branded him a liar.
  395. hide
    skin of an animal
  396. seasoned
  397. season
    enhance the flavor of by adding a spice, etc.; inure; harden; N. seasoning: something used in seasoning
  398. seasonal
    of a particular season; Ex. seasonal rise in employment
  399. seasonable
    occurring at the proper time or season; opportune; Ex. seasonable intervention in the dispute
  400. secession
    withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership
  401. seclusion
    isolation; solitude; V. seclude: set apart from others; isolate
  402. secrete
    conceal; hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism; CF. secretive
  403. sect
    separate religious body; faction; group of people with common beliefs within a larger group
  404. sectarian
    of a sect; narrow-minded; parochial; N: member of a sect; narrow-minded person
  405. denomination
    religious group; unit in a system; name or designation; CF. denominator: common trait or characteristic
  406. secular
    worldly; not pertaining to church matters or religion; temporal
  407. sedate
    composed (with no excitement); grave; V: administer a sedative to; CF. sedative
  408. sedentary
    requiring sitting; done while sitting; not moving from one place to another; settled; Ex. sedentary job/population
  409. sedition
    conduct or language inciting rebellion; rebellion; resistance to authority; insubordination; ADJ. seditious
  410. sedulous
    diligent; assiduous; paying attention; N. sedulity
  411. seedy
    run-down; decrepit; disreputable; having many seeds; Ex. seedy downtown hotel
  412. run-down
    (of a place) dilapidated; in a bad condition; (of a person) weak or exhausted
  413. seemly
    (of behavior) proper; appropriate
  414. seep
    pass slowly through small openings; ooze; trickle; N. seepage
  415. seethe
    be violently disturbed; boil; (of a liquid) move about wildly as if boiling; Ex. The nation was seething with discontent.
  416. seine
    seine net; net for catching fish
  417. seismic
    pertaining to earthquakes
  418. semblance
    outward appearance; guise; Ex. We called in the troops to bring a/some semblance of order to the city.
  419. seminal
    related to seed or semen; germinal; creative; providing a basis for further development; influencing future developments; Ex. seminal research in a new field
  420. seminary
    school for training future ministers; secondary school, especially for young women
  421. senility
    old age; feeblemindedness of old age; ADJ. senile: resulting from old age; showing the weakness of body or mind from old age; Ex. senile dementia
  422. feebleminded
    deficient in intelligence; very stupid
  423. sensitization
    process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to an external agent or substance; V. sensitize: make or become sensitive
  424. sensual
    devoted to the pleasures of the sense; carnal; voluptuous; Ex. sensual woman/curves/lips
  425. voluptuous
    sensual; of or giving sensual pleasure; indulging in sensual pleasures; Ex. voluptuous lines; Ex. voluptuous life of the Romans; N. voluptuary: voluptuous person
  426. sensuous
    giving pleasure to the senses; pertaining to the physical senses; operating through the senses; sensuous feeling of soft velvet on the skin
  427. sententious
    pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic
  428. sentient
    capable of sensation and conscious; aware; sensitive; Ex. sentient creature; N. sentience
  429. sentinel
    sentry; lookout
  430. lookout
    act of keeping watch; high place commanding a wide view; person who keeps watch
  431. septic
    of or causing sepsis; putrid; producing putrefaction; N. sepsis: poisoning of part of the body (producing pus)
  432. sepulcher
    tomb; V: place in a sepulcher; ADJ. sepulchral
  433. sequester
    isolate; segregate; seclude; retire from public life
  434. sere
    sear; parched; dry
  435. serendipity
    gift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendip
  436. serenity
    calmness; placidity; ADJ. serene
  437. serpentine
    winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake
  438. serrated
    having a sawtoothed edge; Ex. serrated leaf
  439. servile
    slavish; cringing; N. servility
  440. servitude
    slavery; compulsory labor imposed as a punishment
  441. sever
    separate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship); N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position
  442. severity
    harshness; intensity; sternness; austerity; ADJ. severe: harsh; strict; extremely violent or intense
  443. sextant
    navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
  444. shackle
    chain; fetter; confine with shackles; N.
  445. sham
    pretend; feign; ADJ: not genuine; fake; Ex. sham jewelry; N: something that is not what it appears; impostor; pretense; Ex. The agreement was a sham.
  446. shambles
    (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.
  447. shard
    fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup)
  448. shaving
    very thin piece, usually of wood (cut from a surface with a sharp blade)
  449. plane
    carpenter's tool for smoothing and leveling wood; V. CF. flat
  450. sheaf
    bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together
  451. sheathe
    place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
  452. sherbet
    flavored dessert ice
  453. shimmer
    shine with a flickering light; glimmer intermittently; Ex. The moonlight shimmered on the water; N.
  454. shirk
    avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
  455. shoddy
    made of inferior material; sham; not genuine; inferior; dishonest; Ex. shoddy goods/trick
  456. shrew
    scolding woman; very small mouselike animal
  457. shrewd
    clever; astute
  458. shun
    keep away from; avoid deliberately; Ex. She has been shunned by her neighbors.
  459. shunt
    move (a railway train) from one track to another; turn aside; divert; sidetrack; Ex. shunt traffic around an accident; N.
  460. sidetrack
    switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
  461. shyster
    lawyer using questionable methods; unscrupulous practioner
  462. sibling
    brother or sister
  463. sibylline
    prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)
  464. sidereal
    relating to stars; Ex. sidereal day
  465. silt
    sediment deposited by running water (at the entrance to a harbor or by a bend in a river)
  466. simian
    monkeylike; N: ape or monkey
  467. simile
    comparison of one thing with another, using the word like or as
  468. simper
    smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedly
  469. simplistic
  470. simulate
    feign; imitate
  471. sinecure
    well-paid position with little responsibility; CF. sine cure: without care; CF. San Serif
  472. sinewy
    (of meat) tough; strong and firm; muscular; N. sinew: tendon; strong cord connecting a muscle to a bone
  473. singular
    being only one; individual; unique; extraordinary; odd; Ex. singular beauty/behavior
  474. sinister
    evil; ominous
  475. sinuous
    twisting; winding; bending in and out; not morally honest
  476. skeptic
    sceptic; doubter; person who suspends judgment until he has examined the evidence supporting a point of view; ADJ. skeptical; N. skepticism; scepticism
  477. skiff
    small light sailboat or rowboat
  478. skimp
    provide or use scantily; live very economically; Ex. skimp on necessities; ADJ. skimpy: inadequate in amount; scanty; stingy; niggardly
  479. skinflint
    miser; stingy person
  480. skirmish
    minor fight; minor battle in war; V.
  481. skittish
    inconstant; capricious; frivolous; not serious; Ex. charming but skittish young woman; CF. skit
  482. frisk
    move about playfully; froric; ADJ. frisky: playful
  483. skulduggery(skullduggery)
    dishonest behavior or action; Ex. skulduggery in the election
  484. skulk
    move furtively and secretly; Ex. He skulked through the less fashionable sections of the city.
  485. slacken
    slow up; loosen; make or become slack
  486. slack
    moving slowly; sluggish; inactive; (of a rope) loose; negligent; lax; Ex. slack season; Ex. slack in one's work; N. V.
  487. slag
    glassy residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
  488. slake
    satisfy (thirst); quench; sate
  489. slander
    defamation; utterance of false and malicious statements; V. ADJ. slanderous
  490. slapdash
    hasty and careless; haphazard; sloppy(carelessly done)
  491. sleazy
    shabby and dirty; flimsy; insubstantial; Ex. sleazy back-street hotel/fabric
  492. sleeper
    one that achieves unexpected success; something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
  493. sleight
    dexterity; CF. sleight of hand: legerdemain; quickness of the hands in doing tricks
  494. slew
    large quantity or number; Ex. slew of errands left
  495. slight
    insult to one's dignity; snub; V: treat as if of small importance; insult; snub; ADJ. small in size; of small importance
  496. slipshod
    slovenly; careless; sloppy; untidy; shabby; Ex. slipshod work
  497. slither
    slip or slide
  498. sloth
    slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy; indolent
  499. slough
    (of a snake) shed or cast off (dead outer skin); N: outer layer that is shed
  500. slovenly
    untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
  501. sledge
    large sled drawn by work animals
  502. sleigh
    large vehicle drawn by a horse over snow or ice
  503. sluggard
    lazy person
  504. sluggish
    lazy; slow; inactive; lethargic; CF. slug: nail with no shell
  505. sluice
    artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water (with a gate to regulate the flow)
  506. slur
    slander; insult to one's character or reputation; V.
  507. slur
    pronounce indistinctly; speak indistinctly; mumble
  508. smattering
    slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German
  509. smelt
    melt (ore) for separating and removing the metal; melt or blend ores changing their chemical composition
  510. smirk
    conceited smile; offensively self-satisfied smile (often at someone else's misfortune); V.
  511. smolder
    smoulder; burn slowly without flame; be liable to break out at any moment; exist in a suppressed state; Ex. smoldering anger
  512. snicker
    half-stifled(suppressed) laugh; V.
  513. snivel
    complain or whine tearfully; run at the nose; snuffle; Ex. Don't come back sniveling to me.
  514. snuffle
    sniffle; sniff repeatedly (in order to keep liquid from running out of the nose)
  515. sobriety
    moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
  516. sober
    serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober
  517. sodden
    thoroughly soaked; dull or stupid as if from drink
  518. sojourn
    temporary stay; V: stay for a time
  519. solace
    comfort in sorrow or trouble; consolation; V: comfort or console in time of sorrow or trouble
  520. solder
    repair or make whole by using a metal alloy; N: metal alloy (usually tin and lead) used in the molten state to join metallic parts
  521. solecism
    nonstandard grammatical construction; construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically; violation of social etiquette
  522. solemnity
    seriousness; gravity
  523. solicit
    entreat; request earnestly; seek to obtain; Ex. solicit votes; CF. solicitor: one who solicits; chief law officer
  524. solicitous
    anxious; worried; concerned; eager; Ex. solicitous to do something; N. solicitude
  525. soliloquy
    talking to oneself (esp. in a play); CF. monologue: soliloquy; long speech by one person (often monopolizing a conversation)
  526. solitude
    state of being alone; seclusion; ADJ. solitary: existing or living alone (esp. by choice); remote or secluded; single; sole; Ex. solitary life/inn; Ex. no solitary piece of proof
  527. solstice
    point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equator
  528. soluble
    able to be dissolved in a liquid; able to be worked out or solved
  529. solvent
    able to pay all depths; N. solvency
  530. solvent
    substance that dissolves another; ADJ: capable of dissolving another substance
  531. somatic
    pertaining to the body; bodily; physical
  532. somber
    dark; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; CF. shadow
  533. somnambulist
    sleepwalker; V. somnambulate; N. somnambulism
  534. somnolent
    half asleep; drowsy; N. somnolence
  535. sonorous
    resonant; producing a full deep sound; producing sound
  536. sonic
    of sound or its speed in air; CF. subsonic, supersonic
  537. sonnet
    14-line poetic verse form with a fixed rhyme pattern
  538. sophist
    teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning; N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument
  539. sophisticated
    worldly wise and urbane; refined; complex; N. sophistication; V. sophisticate
  540. sophistry
    seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning; sophism
  541. sophomoric
    immature; half-baked; like a sophomore
  542. soporific
    sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
  543. sordid
    filthy; foul; base; vile; Ex. sordid bed/story
  544. spangle
    small shiny metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation
  545. sparse
    not thick; thinly scattered; scanty
  546. spartan
    without attention to comfort; lacking luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined; Ex. spartan living condition/life
  547. spasmodic
    fitful; periodic; of or like a spasm; N. spasm: sudden involuntary muscular contraction; sudden burst of energy or emotion
  548. spat
    squabble; minor dispute; minor quarrel
  549. spate
    sudden flood or rush; Ex. spate of accidents
  550. spatial
    relating to space
  551. spatula
    broad-bladed instrument used for spreading or mixing
  552. spawn
    lay eggs (in large numbers); produce offspring (in large numbers); N: eggs of aquatic animals
  553. specious
    seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
  554. spectral
    ghostly; N. specter: spectre; ghost; phantom
  555. spectrum
    colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism; broad and continuous range; Ex. whole spectrum of modern thoughts
  556. spendthrift
    someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealth
  557. sphinx-like
    enigmatic; mysterious
  558. splice
    join together end to end to make one continuous length; fasten together; unite; Ex. splice two strips of tape; N.
  559. spontaneity
    lack of premeditation; naturalness; freedom from constraint; ADJ. spontaneous: self-generated; unpremeditated; happening without being planned
  560. spoonerism
    accidental transposition of sounds in successive words; Ex. ``Let me sew you to your sheet'' for ``Let me show you to your seat''; CF. William Spooner
  561. transpose
    reverse the order or position of
  562. sporadic
    occurring irregularly; intermittent
  563. sportive
    playful; frolicsome; merry; CF. sport: play or frolic; CF. sportsmanlike
  564. spruce
    neat and trim in appearance; smart; Ex. Be spruce for your job interview; V.
  565. spry
    (esp. of older people) vigorously active; nimble
  566. nimble
    quick in movement; agile; quick in understanding; Ex. nimble climber/mind
  567. spurious
    false; counterfeit; forged; illogical; Ex. spurious arguments
  568. spurn
    reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She spurned all offers of help.
  569. squabble
    minor quarrel; bickering; V: engage in a minor quarrel; Ex. squabbling children
  570. squalor
    condition of being squalid; filth; degradation; dirty neglected state; ADJ. squalid: dirty; sordid; morally repulsive; Ex. squalid story
  571. squander
    waste; spend foolishly
  572. squat
    short and thick; stocky; Ex. ugly squat tower; V. N.
  573. staccato
    played in an abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound; Ex. staccato applause
  574. legato
    (of music) played smoothly
  575. stagnant
    (of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; not developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial output
  576. staid
    serious and sedate; sober; Ex. staid during the funeral ceremony
  577. stalemate
    deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked
  578. stalwart
    physically strong; brawny; steadfast; strong in mind or determination; Ex. stalwart supporter; N: stalwart follower
  579. stamina
    power of endurance; strength; staying power
  580. stanch
    stop or check flow of blood; Ex. stanch the gushing wound
  581. stanza
    division of a poem (composed of two or more lines)
  582. static
    having no motion; unchanging; lacking development; N. stasis: stable state
  583. statute
    law enacted by the legislature
  584. statutory
    created by statute or legislative action; regulated by statute; Ex. statutory age limit
  585. steadfast
    steadily loyal; unswerving; steady
  586. stealth
    action of moving secretly or unseen; slyness; sneakiness; secretiveness; ADJ. stealthy
  587. steep
    soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ: precipitous
  588. stellar
    pertaining to the stars; of a star performer; outstanding; Ex. stellar attraction of the entire performance
  589. stem
    stop or check (the flow of); Ex. stem the bleeding from the slashed artery; N: main axis of a plant; stalk
  590. stem_from
    arise from; originate from
  591. stentorian
    (of the voice) extremely loud; CF. Stentor: a loud herald in the Iliad
  592. stereotype
    one regarded as embodying a set image or type; fixed and unvarying representation; standardized mental picture often reflecting prejudice; Ex. stereotype of the happy slave; V: make a stereotype of; represent by a stereotype; Ex. It is wrong to stereotype people; Ex. stereotyped answer
  593. stickler
    perfectionist; person who insists things be exactly right
  594. stifle
    suppress; extinguish; inhibit; smother or suffocate
  595. smother
    kill from lack of air; suppress; cover thickly; Ex. smothered in little stickers
  596. suffocate
    die or kill from lack of air; suppress
  597. stigma
    token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma; characterize as disgraceful
  598. stilted
    bombastic; stiffly pompous; Ex. stilted rhetoric; CF. stiff: formal
  599. stint
    set limits in amount or number; be thrifty; ADJ. stinting, unstinting; CF. stint:savings
  600. stint
    supply; allotted amount of work; assigned portion of work; limitation; Ex. two-year stint in the army; Ex. without stint
  601. stipend
    pay for services
  602. stipple
    paint or draw with dots or short strokes
  603. stipulate
    state as a necessary condition (of an agreement); make express conditions; specify; Ex. He stipulated payment in advance
  604. stock
    standard; kept regularly in stock or supply; typical; routine; common; Ex. stock sizes of paper; Ex. stock excuse/character; N: goods for sale in a shop; OP. unique
  605. stockade
    wooden enclosure or pen; fixed line of posts used as defensive barrier
  606. pen
    fenced enclosure for animals; confining space; Ex. sheep pen; V: confine in a pen; enclose
  607. stodgy
    dull; stuffy; boringly conservative; Ex. stodgy book
  608. stoic
    stoical; impassive; unmoved by joy or grief; N. CF. stoicism
  609. stoke
    stir up a fire or furnace; feed plentifully
  610. stolid
    dull; impassive; showing little emotion when strong feelings are expected
  611. stratagem
    deceptive scheme; clever trick
  612. stratified
    divided into classes; arranged into strata; V. stratify
  613. stratum
    layer of earth's surface; layer of society; PL. strata
  614. strew
    spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rose petals
  615. striated
    marked with parallel bands; striped; grooved; Ex. striated rocks; V. striate; N. stria: thin groove or line
  616. stricture
    severe and adverse criticism; critical comments; limit or restriction
  617. strident
    loud and harsh; insistent; N. stridency
  618. stringent
    (of rules) binding; rigid; marked by scarcity of money; Ex. stringent economic conditions
  619. strut
    pompous walk; V: walk in a self-important manner
  620. strut
    supporting bar; CF. airplane wingÀ̳ª building µîÀ» support
  621. studied
    carefully contrived; calculated; unspontaneous; deliberate; thoughtful; Ex. studied remark
  622. stultify
    make stupid in mind; cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; suppress; frustrate or hinder; Ex. stultifying effect of uninteresting work; Ex. stultify free expression
  623. stupefy
    stun; make numb (as with a drug); amaze
  624. stupor
    state of being stupefied; state of apathy; daze; lack of awareness
  625. stun
    make unconscious or numb as by a blow; amaze; astound
  626. daze
    stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb; N.
  627. stygian
    unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chief river in the subterranean land of the dead
  628. stymie
    thwart; present an obstacle; stump
  629. stump
    base of a tree trunk left after the rest has been cut down; V: walk in a heavy manner; baffle; puzzle
  630. suavity
    urbanity; polish; ADJ. suave: smooth and courteous
  631. subaltern
  632. subdue
    less intense; quieter; Ex. subdued lighting; Ex. subdue: conquer; make less intense; quiet; Ex. subdue one's anger
  633. subjective
    influenced by personal feelings; occurring or taking place within the mind; unreal; Ex. subjective sensation of the ghostly presence
  634. subjugate
    conquer; bring under control
  635. sublimate
    refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state
  636. sublime
    causing deep feelings of wonder, joy, respect, etc.; exalted; noble and uplifting; utter
  637. subliminal
    below the threshold of conscious perception; Ex. subliminal advertisement
  638. submissive
    willing to obey orders; yielding; timid
  639. subordinate
    occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive; N. V: put in a lower rank or class
  640. suborn
    persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury); N. subornation
  641. subpoena
    writ(written command issued by a court) summoning a witness to appear in court; V: summon with a subpoena
  642. subsequent
    following in time or order; later
  643. subservient
    behaving like a slave; servile; obsequious; subordinate; N. subservience
  644. subside
    sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as a sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abate
  645. subsidiary
    serving to assist; subordinate; secondary; of a subsidy; N.
  646. subsidy
    direct financial aid by government, etc.; V. subsidize: assist with a subsidy
  647. subsistence
    existence; means of subsisting; means of support; livelihood; V. subsist: exist; maintain life (at a meager level)
  648. substantial
    of substance; material; solid; essential or fundamental; ample; considerable; well-to-do; wealthy
  649. substantiate
    support (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify
  650. substantive
    substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
  651. subsume
    include (as a member of a group); encompass
  652. subterfuge
    stratagem(deceptive scheme); pretense; evasion; Ex. resort to a harmless subterfuge
  653. subtlety
    perceptiveness; ingenuity; delicacy; ADJ. subtle: delicate; so slight as to be difficult to detect; able to make fine distinctions; clever; Ex. subtle mind/differences in meaning
  654. subversive
    tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?
  655. succor
    assist (someone in difficulty); aid; comfort; N.
  656. succulent
    juicy; full of juice or sap; full of richness; N: succulent plant such as a cactus
  657. succumb
    yield (to something overwhelming); give in; die; Ex. succumb to the illness
  658. suffragist
    advocate of the extension of voting rights (for women); CF. suffrage
  659. suffuse
    spread through or over (with a color or liquid); charge; Ex. A blush suffused her cheeks.
  660. sully
    defile; soil; tarnish; Ex. sully one's hands in menial labor
  661. tarnish
    make or become dull or discolored; N.
  662. sultry
    (of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous
  663. summation
    act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
  664. sumptuous
    grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast
  665. sunder
    separate; part; CF. asunder
  666. sundry
    miscellaneous; various; several; N. sundries: small miscellaneous items
  667. superannuated
    retired or disqualified because of age; outmoded; obsolete
  668. supercilious
    haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
  669. supererogatory
    superfluous; more than needed or demanded
  670. superficial
    of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex. superficial analysis/knowledge
  671. superfluous
    excessive; overabundant; unnecessary; N. superfluity
  672. superimpose
    place over something else
  673. supernumerary
    person or thing excess of what is necessary; extra; ADJ: additional to the usual or necessary number
  674. supersede
    replace; cause to be set aside; make obsolete; N. supersession
  675. supine
    lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
  676. supplant
    take the place of unfairly; usurp; replace
  677. supple
    flexible; limber; pliant
  678. suppliant
    entreating; beseeching; N.
  679. supplicate
    petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
  680. supplicant
    one who supplicates; ADJ.
  681. supposition
    assumption; hypothesis; surmise; V. suppose
  682. supposititious
    assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
  683. suppress
    put an end to forcibly; subdue; stifle; overwhelm; inhibit the expression of; check; prevent from being published or made public; Ex. suppress a smile; Ex. suppress the magazine/truth
  684. surfeit
    satiate; feed or supply to excess; stuff; indulge to excess in anything; N: surfeiting; excessive amount; Ex. surfeit of food
  685. surly
    bad-tempered; rude; cross
  686. cross
    bad-tempered; showing ill-humor; angry
  687. surmise
    guess; N.
  688. surmount
  689. surpass
  690. surreptitious
    done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
  691. surrogate
    substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
  692. surveillance
    close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
  693. susceptible
    impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility
  694. sustain
    suffer (harm or loss); experience; support; prop; maintain; keep in existence; nourish (to maintain life); Ex. sustain the family/the trapped miners
  695. sustenance
    sustaining; means of livelihood, support, food, nourishment; something that maintains life; food
  696. suture
    stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision; material used in sewing; V: sew together a wound
  697. swarthy
    (of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?
  698. swathe
    swath; wrap around; bandage; Ex. one's head swathed in bandages
  699. swelter
    (of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
  700. swerve
    deviate; turn aside sharply from a straight course; Ex. swerve from the principle; Ex. The car swerved to the right.
  701. swill
    drink greedily
  702. swindler
  703. sybarite
    lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
  704. sycophant
    servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man; ADJ. sycophantic
  705. syllogism
    logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
  706. sylvan
    pertaining to the woods or the country
  707. symbiosis
    interdependent relationship (between groups, species) often mutually beneficial; ADJ. symbiotic; CF. together + life
  708. symmetry
    arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ. symmetrical
  709. lopsided
    heavier or larger on one side than the other; Ex. lopsided way of walking
  710. synchronous
    similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time; V. synchronize
  711. synoptic
    providing a general overview; summary; N. synopsis
  712. synthesis
    combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize
  713. synthetic
    not natural; artificial; resulting from synthesis; Ex. synthetic fiber; N.
  714. tacit
    understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacit agreement
  715. taciturn
    habitually silent; talking little
  716. tactile
    pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
  717. tact
    skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
  718. taint
    contaminate; cause to lose purity; modify with a trace of something bad; Ex. tainted reputation; N: stain; touch of decay or bad influence; CF. touch
  719. talisman
    charm; object believed to give supernatural powers to or protect its bearer
  720. talon
    claw of bird
  721. tangential
    only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
  722. tangible
    able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand; Ex. tangible proof
  723. tanner
    person who turns animal hides into leather
  724. tan
    convert (hide) into leather; make brown by exposure to the sun
  725. tantalize
    tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
  726. tantamount
    equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount
  727. tantrum
    fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
  728. taper
    very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
  729. tarantula
    venomous spider
  730. tarry
    linger; delay in starting or going; dawdle
  731. taut
    tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
  732. tautological
    needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
  733. tawdry
    cheap and gaudy; Ex. tawdry jewelry
  734. taxonomist
    specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science of classification
  735. tedium
    boredom; weariness; ADJ. tedious
  736. teetotalism
    practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks; N. teetotaler;; ADJ. teetotal; CF. T + total
  737. temerity
    boldness; nerve; rashness; Ex. temerity to ask for a pay increase after only three day's work
  738. temper
    moderate; make less severe; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel) as by alternate heating and cooling
  739. temperament
    characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess; ADJ. temperamental: of temperament; having frequent changes of temper; Ex. temperamental dislike of sports; Ex. temperamental actress
  740. temperate
    moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society
  741. tempestuous
    stormy; violent; impassioned; N. tempest: violent storm
  742. tempo
    speed of music
  743. temporal
    of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
  744. temporize
    gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
  745. tenacious
    holding fast (as to a belief); persistent
  746. tenacity
    firmness; persistence
  747. tendentious
    promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed to further a cause; Ex. tendentious rather than truth-seeking; CF. tend: move in a certain direction
  748. tender
    offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
  749. tenet
    doctrine; dogma
  750. tensile
    capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber
  751. tension
    stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people
  752. tentative
    not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain; hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/reply
  753. tenuous
    thin; slim; rare
  754. tenure
    holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held
  755. tepid
    lukewarm; slightly warm; ¹ÌÁö±ÙÇÃ'; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter
  756. termination
    end; V. terminate
  757. terminology
    terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclature
  758. terminus
    last stop of railroad; end
  759. terminal
    part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; ending in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancer
  760. terrestrial
    on or relating to the earth
  761. terse
    concise; abrupt; pithy
  762. tertiary
    third in order or rank
  763. tessellated
    mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern
  764. testator
    maker of a will; CF. testatrix
  765. testy
    irritable; impatient and bad-tempered; short-tempered; N. testiness
  766. tether
    tie (an animal) with a rope or tether; N: rope or chain to which an animal is tied; limit of one's endurance; Ex. the end of one's tether
  767. thematic
    of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
  768. theocracy
    government run by religious leaders
  769. theoretical
    based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical
  770. therapeutic
    curative; N. therapy
  771. thermal
    pertaining to heat; producing heat; warm; Ex. thermal bath; N: rising current of warm air
  772. thespian
    pertaining to drama; N: actor or actress
  773. drama
    prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation
  774. thrall
    slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall
  775. threadbare
    worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
  776. thrifty
    careful about money; economical; N. thrift
  777. thrive
    prosper; flourish
  778. throes
    violent anguish
  779. throng
    crowd (of people or things); V.
  780. throttle
    strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?
  781. strangle
    kill by choking or suffocating; suppress
  782. thwart
    block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
  783. tightwad
    miser; excessively frugal person
  784. tiller
    handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
  785. timbre
    quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)
  786. timidity
    lack of self-confidence or courage
  787. timorous
    fearful; timid; demonstrating fear
  788. tipple
    drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink
  789. tirade
    long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
  790. tardy
    slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival
  791. titanic
    gigantic; N. titan
  792. tithe
    tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithe
  793. titillate
    tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it
  794. tickle
    touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter; please
  795. title
    name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank or office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estate
  796. titter
    nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V.
  797. titular
    of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
  798. toady
    servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant; V: be a toady to; fawn
  799. toga
    Roman outer robe
  800. tome
    large volume; book
  801. handsome
    large in quantity; generous; Ex. handsome reward
  802. tonsure
    shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders; V.
  803. topography
    physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: place
  804. torpedo
    underwater explosive apparatus; V.
  805. torpor
    lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
  806. torque
    twisting force; force producing rotation
  807. torrent
    rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.
  808. torrid
    (of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs
  809. torso
    trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunk
  810. trunk
    main wooden stem of a tree; human body excluding the head and limbs; torso; prehensile nose of an elephant
  811. tortuous
    winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road
  812. totter
    shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
  813. touchstone
    stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
  814. touchy
    oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling; Ex. touchy situation
  815. tout
    promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise
  816. toxic
    poisonous; N. toxicity
  817. tract
    propaganda pamphlet (esp. by a religious or political group); expanse of land; region of indefinite size; system of related organs; Ex. digestive tract
  818. tractable
    docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
  819. traduce
    expose to slander
  820. trajectory
    path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet
  821. elevation
    elevated position; altitude; height; flat upright side of a building; angle made by pointing a gun; Ex. The elevation of her style is much admired; Ex. front elevation of the house
  822. tranquillity
    calmness; peace
  823. transcendent
    exceeding ordinary limits; superior; surpassing; V. transcend: go beyond; exceed; surpass; N. transcendancy
  824. transcendental
    going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
  825. transcribe
    copy; write a copy of; N. transcription
  826. transgression
    violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrong
  827. transient
    staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transient
  828. transition
    going from one state of action to another
  829. transitory
    transient; impermanent; fleeting; N. transitoriness
  830. translucent
    partly transparent
  831. transmute
    transform; change; convert to something different
  832. transparent
    permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie
  833. transpire
    (of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores
  834. transport
    strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strong emotion; enrapture
  835. trappings
    outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
  836. traumatic
    (of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused by violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damage
  837. travail
    strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
  838. traverse
    go through or across
  839. travesty
    copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon
  840. treatise
    article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
  841. trek
    travel; journey; V: make a long difficult journey
  842. tremor
    trembling; slight quiver (as of the earth or from nervous agitation)
  843. tremulous
    trembling; wavering
  844. trenchant
    cutting; incisive; keen
  845. furrow
    long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
  846. trepidation
    fear; nervous apprehension
  847. tribulation
    suffering; ordeal; distress; trial
  848. tribunal
    court of justice
  849. tribune
    official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people
  850. tribute
    tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to
  851. trident
    three-pronged spear
  852. prong
    pointed projecting part
  853. trifling
    trivial; unimportant
  854. trifle
    something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt
  855. trigger
    set off; start
  856. trilogy
    group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but each complete in itself)
  857. trinket
    knickknack; bauble; cheap jewelry
  858. trite
    hackneyed; commonplace
  859. trivia
    trifles; unimportant matters
  860. troth
    pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth
  861. trough
    long narrow container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.); long narrow depression as between waves
  862. truculence
    aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
  863. truism
    self-evident truth
  864. truncate
    cut the top off; shorten
  865. tryst
    meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meet
  866. tumid
    (of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
  867. overblown
    inflated; exaggerated
  868. tumult
    commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy and disorderly
  869. tundra
    rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
  870. rolling
    (of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously by stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governments
  871. turbid
    (of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick
  872. turbulence
    state of violent agitation; ADJ. turbulent: violently agitated or disturbed
  873. tureen
    deep dish for serving soup
  874. turgid
    swollen; distended (as from liquid)
  875. turmoil
    extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil
  876. turncoat
  877. turpitude
    depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitude
  878. tutelage
    guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instruction
  879. tutelary
    protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities
  880. tycoon
    wealthy and powerful businessperson; wealthy leader; magnate; Ex. business tycoon
  881. typhoon
    tropical hurricane or cyclone
  882. tyranny
    oppression; cruel government; ADJ. tyrannical: of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic; V. tyrannize: treat tyrannically; oppress
  883. tyro
    beginner; novice
  884. ubiquitous
    being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity
  885. wade
    walk through a substance, such as water, that impedes movement
  886. ulterior
    intentionally hidden; beyond what is evident; situated beyond; unstated and often questionable; Ex. ulterior motive
  887. ultimate
    final; not susceptible to further analysis; fundamental; Ex. The sun is the ultimate source of energy.
  888. eventual
    happening at last as a result; Ex. eventual victory
  889. ultimatum
    last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.
  890. umbrage
    resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult; Ex. take umbrage at his rudeness
  891. unaccountable
    unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable or mysterious
  892. unanimity
    complete agreement; ADJ. unanimous
  893. unassailable
    not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question
  894. unassuaged
    unsatisfied; not soothed
  895. unassuming
    modest; Ex. the champion's unassuming manner
  896. unbridled
    violent; uncontrolled; Ex. unbridled rage/greed
  897. bridle
    harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger
  898. uncanny
    strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knack
  899. knack
    special talent; art
  900. unconscionable
    unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason; Ex. unconscionable demand
  901. uncouth
    boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish
  902. unction
    the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
  903. unctuous
    oily; bland; insincerely suave
  904. underlying
    lying below; fundamental
  905. undermine
    weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
  906. underscore
    underline; emphasize
  907. undulating
    moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave
  908. unearth
    dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching; Ex. He unearthed some secrets about her; OP. conceal
  909. unearthly
    not earthly; supernatural; weird; ghostly
  910. weird
    eerie; strange; unnatural
  911. unequivocal
    plain; clear; obvious
  912. unerringly
    infallibly; ADJ. unerring: making no mistakes
  913. unexceptionable
    entirely acceptable; not offering any basis for criticism
  914. unfaltering
    steadfast; firm; not changing
  915. unfeigned
    genuine; real
  916. unfetter
    liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter
  917. hostage
    person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy so that the other side will do what the enemy demands
  918. unfledged
    immature; not having the feathers necessary to fly; CF. fledgling
  919. unfrock
    defrock; strip a priest or minister of church authority
  920. disbar
    make (a lawyer) leave the bar or the legal profession
  921. debar
    bar; forbid; exclude; Ex. debarred from jury services
  922. bar
    railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the bar; V: shut in or out with bars; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister
  923. bastard
    illegitimate child
  924. ungainly
    (of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
  925. unguent
  926. uniformity
    sameness; monotony; ADJ. uniform: the same all over
  927. unilateral
    one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateral declaration
  928. unimpeachable
    that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary
  929. uninhibited
    unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings
  930. unintimating
  931. unique
    without an equal; single in kind
  932. unison
    unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. The choir sang in unison.
  933. choir
    group of people who sing together (esp. during religious services); place for choir
  934. universal
    characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest
  935. unkempt
    disheveled; uncared for in appearance; not combed; CF. comb
  936. unmitigated
    (of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate; without qualification; absolute; Ex. unmitigated disaster
  937. unobtrusive
    inconspicuous; not blatant
  938. unprecedented
    having no previous example; novel; unparalleled
  939. unprepossessing
  940. prepossessing
    attractive; CF. preoccupying ?
  941. unravel
    disentangle; solve
  942. unrequited
    not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited love
  943. unruly
    disobedient; lawless; difficult to control
  944. unsavory
    distasteful; disagreeable; morally offensive; Ex. unsavory activity/reputation
  945. unscathed
    unharmed; Ex. escape the accident unscathed
  946. unseemly
    unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with unseemly haste
  947. unsightly
    ugly; unpleasant to look at
  948. unsullied
    untarnished; CF. sully
  949. untenable
    (of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained
  950. untoward
    unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter
  951. unwarranted
    unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless; undeserved
  952. unwieldy
    awkward (to carry or move); cumbersome; unmanageable
  953. unwitting
    not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know
  954. unwonted
    unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwonted punctuality.
  955. upbraid
    reprimand; severely scold
  956. braid
    plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together; N: braided segment (as of hair)
  957. uproarious
    marked by commotion or uproar; very noisy (esp. with laughter); hilarious; causing loud laughter; extremely funny
  958. uproar
    noisy confusion
  959. upshot
    outcome; final result
  960. urbane
    suave; refined in manner; elegant
  961. urchin
    mischievous child (usually a boy); CF. urchin: hedgehog; CF. porcupine: pig with spikes ?; CF. sea urchin
  962. ursine
    bearlike; pertaining to a bear
  963. usurp
    seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
  964. usury
    lending money at illegal high rates of interest
  965. utopia
    ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian
  966. Shangri-la
    imaginary remote paradise on earth; CF. Lost Horizon
  967. uxorious
    excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife; CF. uxor: wife
  968. vacillate
    waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
  969. vacuous
    empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity
  970. vagabond
    wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp
  971. tramp
    walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
  972. trample
    step heavily with the feet; crush under the feet
  973. tread
    walk; trample; N: grooved face of a tire; horizontal part of a step
  974. vagary
    capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
  975. vagrant
    wandering from place to place; roving; stray; moving in a random fashion; Ex. vagrant thoughts; N. vagrancy
  976. vagrant
    homeless wanderer
  977. vainglorious
    boastful; excessively conceited; N. vainglory: great vanity
  978. valedictory
    pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
  979. valediction
    saying farewell; expression of leave-taking
  980. leave-taking
    farewell or departure
  981. valid
    logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
  982. sound
    in good condition; showing good judgment or good sense; thorough; complete; Ex. sound mind/investment/training
  983. validate
    make valid; confirm; ratify
  984. valor
    bravery; ADJ. valiant: possessing valor; brave
  985. vampire
    ghostly being that sucks the blood of the living
  986. vanguard
    forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard
  987. avantgarde
    group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
  988. vantage
    position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
  989. vapid
    lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
  990. vaporize
    turn into vapor (steam, gas, fog, etc.)
  991. variegated
    (esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
  992. variegate
    change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
  993. vassal
    in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord; subordinate or dependent
  994. vaunted
    boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
  995. veer
    change in direction; swerve
  996. vegetate
    live in a monotonous way (without interests or activity); CF. vegetation: plants of an area; CF. vegetarian; CF. vegan
  997. vehement
    forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
  998. velocity
  999. venal
    capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
  1000. vendetta
    blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
  1001. vendor
  1002. veneer
    thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
  1003. venerable
    deserving high respect; commanding respect; CF. command: deserve and get
  1004. venerate
    revere; treat with great respect
  1005. venial
    (of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
  1006. venison
    meat of a deer; CF. cow: beef; CF. pig: pork, ham, bacon; CF. calf: veal; CF. sheep: mutton; CF. lamb: lamb
  1007. venom
    poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
  1008. vent
    small opening; outlet (as of fumes or a gas); Ex. He gave vent to his anger by kicking the chair.
  1009. vent
    release or discharge through a vent; express (esp. unfairly); utter; Ex. He vented his wrath on his family.
  1010. ventilate
    admit fresh air into to replace stale air
  1011. ventral
  1012. ventriloquist
    someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from another person or thing (without moving lips or jaws); N. ventriloquism, ventriloquy
  1013. venture
    risk; expose to risk; dare; undertake a risk; N.
  1014. brave
    face courageously; Ex. brave the storm
  1015. venturesome
    (of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky
  1016. venue
    location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
  1017. veracious
    (of a person) truthful
  1018. veracity
    truthfulness; adherence to the truth
  1019. verbalize
    put into words; ADJ. verbal: of words; spoken rather than written; oral; of a verb
  1020. verbatim
    word for word; in the same words; repeating the actual words exactly
  1021. verbiage
    pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness
  1022. verbose
    wordy; N. verbosity
  1023. verdant
    green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
  1024. lush
    (of a plant or grass) growing very well
  1025. verdigris
    green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
  1026. verge
    border; edge, rim, or margin; Ex. on the verge of: very near to; V: border on
  1027. verisimilar
    having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
  1028. verisimilitude
    appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
  1029. veritable
    being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
  1030. verity
    quality of being true; lasting truth or principle; Ex. the verity of his testimony; Ex. one of the eternal verities
  1031. vernacular
    living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
  1032. vernal
    pertaining to spring
  1033. versatile
    having many talents; capable of working in many fields; having many uses or functions; N. versatility
  1034. vertex
    summit; highest point; PL. vertices
  1035. vertigo
    severe dizziness; giddiness
  1036. verve
    enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor
  1037. vestige
    trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion
  1038. veto
    vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto
  1039. vex
    annoy; distress
  1040. viable
    capable of maintaining life; feasible; practical or workable; Ex. viable scheme
  1041. viand
    food; CF. live
  1042. vicarious
    experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
  1043. vicar
    parish priest; representative
  1044. vicissitude
    change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
  1045. victuals
    food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
  1046. vie
    contend; compete
  1047. vigilant
    watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance
  1048. vigil
    keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
  1049. vigilante
    one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
  1050. vigor
    active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous
  1051. vignette
    small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
  1052. vilify
    slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
  1053. vindicate
    clear from blame; free from blame or accusation (with supporting proof); exonerate; substantiate; justify or support; avenge; Ex. vindicate one's client; Ex. vindicate one's claim; CF. vindicator
  1054. vindictive
    disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious; Ex. vindictive streak
  1055. vintner
    wine merchant; winemaker; seller of wine
  1056. viper
    poisonous snake
  1057. virile
    manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
  1058. virtual
    in essence; existing in essence though not in actual form; for practical purposes; Ex. virtual ruler/space
  1059. virtue
    goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
  1060. virtuoso
    highly skilled artist (esp. in music); Ex. piano virtuoso
  1061. virulent
    (of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
  1062. virus
    disease communicator
  1063. visage
    face; appearance
  1064. visceral
    felt in one's inner organs; N. viscera: internal body organs; CF. eviscerate
  1065. viscid
    adhesive; gluey
  1066. viscous
    (of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency
  1067. vise
    vice; tool for holding work in place; clamping device
  1068. visionary
    produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical; showing foresight; N: one having foresight; one given to speculative impractical ideas
  1069. vision
    eyesight; foresight; mental image produced by the imagination; experience of seeing the supernatural
  1070. vital
    full of life; animated; vibrant and lively; critical; of great importance; necessary to stay alive; of life; living; breathing; N. vitality; V. vitalize
  1071. vibrant
    full of vigor or energy; vibrating
  1072. vitiate
    spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
  1073. vitreous
    of glass; pertaining to or resembling glass; V. vitrify: change into glass; CF. petrify
  1074. vitriolic
    causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
  1075. vituperative
    abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
  1076. vivacious
    lively or animated; sprightly
  1077. sprightly
  1078. vivisection
    act of dissecting living animals
  1079. vixen
    female fox; ill-tempered woman; CF. shrew
  1080. vociferous
    clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
  1081. vogue
    popular fashion; Ex. Jeans became the vogue.
  1082. volatile
    changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street
  1083. volition
    act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
  1084. voluble
    fluent; talkative; glib; N. volubility
  1085. volley
    simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
  1086. voluminous
    having great volume (as of a garment or container); bulky; large
  1087. bulk
    size or volume (esp. when very large); main part; Ex. The bulk of the work has already been done; ADJ. bulky: having great size
  1088. voodoo
    religion practiced chiefly in Haiti
  1089. voracious
    ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
  1090. vortex
    whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
  1091. vouchsafe
    grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
  1092. vouch
    give a personal guarantee; Ex. I can vouch for his integrity; N. voucher
  1093. voyeur
    Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
  1094. vulnerable
    susceptible to wounds or attack; N. vulnerability
  1095. vulpine
    like a fox; crafty
  1096. craft
    skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
  1097. vulture
    carrion-eating birds
  1098. vying
    contending; CF. vie
  1099. waffle
    speak equivocally about an issue; N.
  1100. waft
    move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
  1101. waggish
    humorous; mischievous; tricky
  1102. wag
    shake repeatedly from side to side; Ex. The dog wagged its tail; N: humorous person; wit
  1103. waif
    homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays
  1104. waive
    give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim
  1105. wake
    trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war
  1106. wallow
    roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex. wallow in the mud/luxury
  1107. wan
    having a pale or sickly color; pallid
  1108. wanderlust
    strong longing to travel
  1109. wane
    decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and wanes every month; N.
  1110. wangle
    achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
  1111. wiggle
    wriggle; move from side to side with irregular twisting motions
  1112. fake
    not genuine; N: one that is not genuine; impostor; sham; V: counterfeit; Ex. fake the results of the experiment/the signature
  1113. wanton
    unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
  1114. warble
    (of a bird) sing; babble; N.
  1115. warp
    twist out of shape; N.
  1116. warranted
    justified; authorized
  1117. warrant
    justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
  1118. warranty
    guarantee; assurance by seller
  1119. warren
    tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live
  1120. wary
    very cautious; watchful
  1121. wastrel
    waster; profligate
  1122. wax
    increase gradually (as the moon); grow
  1123. waylay
    ambush; lie in wait for and attack
  1124. ambush
    act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
  1125. wean
    accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettes
  1126. weather
    pass safely through (a storm or difficult period); endure the effects of weather or other forces
  1127. welt
    raised mark from a beating or whipping
  1128. welter
    confusion; turmoil; confused mass; bewildering jumble; Ex. welter of data
  1129. welter
    wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
  1130. wheedle
    deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promise out of her
  1131. whelp
    young animal (esp. of the dog or cat family