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  1. ABATE
    To reduce in amount, degree, or severity

    As the hurricane's force ABATED, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
  2. ABSCOND
    To leave securely

    The patron ABSCONDED from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
  3. ABSTAIN
    To choose not to do something

    She ABSTAINED from choosing a mouthwatering dessert from the tray.
  4. ABYSS
    An extremely deep hole

    The submarine dove into the ABYSS to chart the previously unseen depths.
  5. ADULTERATE
    To make impure

    The chef made his ketchup last longer by ADULTERATING it with water.
  6. ADVOCATE
    To speak in favor of

    The vegetarian ADVOCATED a diet containing no meat.
  7. AESTHETIC
    Concerning the appreciation of beauty

    Followers of the AESTHETIC Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
  8. AGGRANDIZE
    To increase in power, influence, and reputation

    The supervisor sought to AGGRANDIZE herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own.
  9. ALLEVIATE
    To make more bearable

    Taking aspirin helps to ALLEVIATE a headache.
  10. AMALGAMATE
    To combine; to mix together

    Giant Industries AMALGAMATED with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
  11. AMBIGUOUS
    Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways

    The directions she gave were so AMBIGUOUS that we disagreed on which way to turn.
  12. AMELIORATE
    To make better, to improve.

    The doctor was able to AMELIORATE the patient's suffering using painkillers.
  13. ANACHRONISM
    Something out of place in time

    The aged hippie used ANACHRONISTIC phrases like "groovy" and "far out" that has not been popular for years.
  14. ANALOGOUS
    Similar normalize in some way; equivalent to

    In the Newtonian construct for explaining the existence of God, the universe is ANALOGOUS to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker".
  15. ANOMALITY
    Deviation from what is normal

    Albino animals may display too great an ANOMALY in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
  16. ANTAGONIZE
    To annoy or provoke to anger

    The child discovered that he could ANTAGONIZE the cat by pulling its tail.
  17. ANTIPATHY
    Extreme dislike

    The ANTIPATHY between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
  18. APATHY
    Lack of interest or emotion

    The APATHY of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
  19. ARBITRATE
    To judge a dispute between two opposing parties

    Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings.
  20. ARCHAIC
    Ancient, old-fashioned

    Her ARCHAIC Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
  21. ARDOR
    Intense and passionate feeling

    Bishop's ARDOR for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
  22. ARTICULATE
    Able to speak clearly and expressively

    She is such an ARTICULATE defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.
  23. ASSUAGE
    To make something unpleasant less severe

    Serena used aspirin to ASSUAGE her pounding headache.
  24. ATTENUATE
    To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

    The Bill of Rights ATTENUATED the traditional power of governments to change laws at will.
  25. AUDACIOUS
    Fearless and daring

    Her AUDACIOUS nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving.
  26. AUSTERE
    Severe or stern in appearance, undecorated

    The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem AUSTERE to the civilian eye.
  27. BANAL
    Predictable, cliched, boring

    He used BANAL phrases like "have a nice day" or "another day, another dollar".
  28. BOLSTER
    To support; to prop up

    The presence of giant footprints BOLSTERED the argument that Sasquatch was in the area.
  29. BOMBASTIC
    Pompous in speech and manner

    The ranting of the radio talk-show host was mostly BOMBASTIC; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
  30. CACOPHONY
    Harsh, jarring noise

    The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable CACOPHONY as they tried to tune their instruments.
  31. CANDID
    Impartial and honest in speech

    The observations of a child can be charming since they are CANDID and unpretentious.
  32. CAPRICIOUS
    Changing one's mind quickly and often

    Queen Elizabeth I was quite CAPRICIOUS; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.
  33. CASTIGATE
    To punish or criticize harshly

    Many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore CASTIGATE perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States.
  34. CATALYST
    Something that brings about a change in something else

    The imposition of harsh taxes was the CATALYSt that finally brought on the revolution.
  35. CAUSTIC
    Biting in wit

    Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for CAUSTIC wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.
  36. CHAOS
    Great disorder or confusion

    In many religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from CHAOS.
  37. CHAUVINIST
    Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs.

    The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and terror must be obeyed is common among male CHAUVINISTS.
  38. CHICANERY
    Deception by means of craft or guile

    Dishonest used car sales people often use CHICANERY to sell their beat-up old cars.
  39. COGENT
    Convincing and well reasoned

    Swayed by the COGENT argument of the defense, the jury has no choice but to acquit the defendant.
  40. CONDONE
    To overlook, pardon, or disregard

    Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as CONDONING an aid of lawlessness.
  41. CONVOLUTED
    Intricate and complicated

    Although many people bought "A Brief History of Time", few could follow it's CONVOLUTED ideas and theories.
  42. CORROBORATE
    To provide supporting evidence

    Fingerprints CORROBORATED the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
  43. CREDULOUS
    Too trusting, gullible

    Although some four-year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most CREDULOUS nine-year-olds also believe in him.
  44. CRESCENDO
    Steadily increasing volume or force

    The CRESCENDO of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
  45. DECORUM
    Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

    The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the DECORUM appropriate for a visit to the palace.
  46. DEFERENCE
    Respect, courtesy

    The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost DEFERENCE.
  47. DERIDE
    To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

    The awkward child was often DERIDED by his "cooler" peers.
  48. DESICCATE
    To dry out thoroughly

    After a few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely DESICCATED.
  49. DESULTORY
    Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

    Diane has a DESULTORY academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
  50. DIATRIBE
    An abuse, condemnatory speech

    The trucker bellowed a DIATRIBE at the driver who had cut him off.
  51. DIFFIDENT
    Lacking self-confidence

    Steve's DIFFIDENT manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
  52. DILATE
    To make larger; to expand

    When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes DILATE to let more light in.
  53. DILATORY
    Intended to delay

    The congressman used DILATORY measures to delay the passage of the bill.
  54. DILETTANTE
    Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

    Jerry's friends were such DILETTANTES that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
  55. DIRGE
    A funeral hymn or mournful speech

    Melville wrote the poem "A DIRGE for James McPherson" for the funeral of the Union general who was killed in 1864.
  56. DISABUSE
    To set right; to free from error

    Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the nation that the sun revolved around the earth.
  57. DISCERN
    To perceive; to recognize

    It is easy to DISCERN the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping.
  58. DISPARATE
    Fundamentally different; entirely unlike

    Although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are DISPARATE.
  59. DISSEMBLE
    To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character

    The villain could DISSEMBLE to the police no longer--he admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.
  60. DISSONANCE
    A harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds

    Cognitive DISSONANCE is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.
  61. DOGMA
    A firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

    Linus's central DOGMA was that children who believed in the Great Pumpkin would be rewarded.
  62. DOGMATIC
    Dictatorial in one's opinion

    The dictator was DOGMATIC--he, and only he, was right.
  63. DUPE
    To deceive; a person who is easily deceived

    Bugs Bunny was able to DUPE Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.
  64. ECLECTIC
    Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

    Budapest's architecture is an ECLECTIC mix of Eastern and Western styles.
  65. EFFICACY
    Effectiveness

    The EFFICACY of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced; the drug completely eliminated almost all bacterial infections for which it was administered.
  66. ELEGY
    A sorrowful poem or speech

    Although Thomas Gray's "ELEGY Written in a Country Churchyard" is about death and loss, it urges it's readers to endure this life and to trust in spirituality.
  67. ELOQUENT
    Persuasive and moving, especially in speech

    The Gettysburg Address is moving not only because of its lofty sentiments but also because of its ELOQUENT words.
  68. EMULATE
    To copy; to try to equal or excel

    The graduate student sought to EMULATE his professor in every way, copying not only how she taught but also how she conducted herself outside of class.
  69. ENERVATE
    To reduce in strength

    The guerrillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would ENERVATE the regular army.
  70. ENGENDER
    To produce, cause, or bring about

    His fear and hatred of clowns was ENGENDERED when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown.
  71. ENIGMA
    A puzzle; a mystery

    Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an ENIGMA.
  72. ENUMERATE
    To count, list, or itemize

    Moses returned from the mountain with tablets on which the commandments were ENUMERATED.
  73. EPHEMERAL
    Lasting a short time

    The lives of mayflies seem EPHEMERAL to us, since the flies' average lifespan is a matter of hours.
  74. EQUIVOCATE
    To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

    When faced with criticism of her policies, the politician EQUIVOCATED and left all parties thinking she agreed with them.
  75. ERRATIC
    Wandering and unpredictable

    The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of ERRATIC turns that surprised the audience.
  76. ERUDITE
    Learned, scholarly, bookish

    The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most ERUDITE, well-published individuals in the field.
  77. ESOTERIC
    Known or understood by only a few

    Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ESOTERIC world of particle physics.
  78. ESTIMABLE
    Admirable

    Most people consider it ESTIMABLE that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
  79. EULOGY
    Speech in praise of someone

    His best friend gave the EULOGY, outlining his many achievements and talents.
  80. EUPHEMISM
    Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

    The funeral director preferred to use the EUPHEMISM "sleeping" instead of the word "dead".
  81. EXACERBATE
    To make worse

    It is unwise to take aspirin to try to relive heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only EXACERBATE the problem.
  82. EXCULPATE
    To clear from blame; prove innocent

    The adversarial legal system is intended to convict those who are guilty and to EXCULPATE those who are innocent.
  83. EXIGENT
    Urgent; requiring immediate action

    The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was EXIGENT to stop the source of the bleeding.
  84. EXONERATE
    To clear of blame

    The fugitive was EXONERATED when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.
  85. EXPLICIT
    Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

    The owners of the house left a list of EXPLICIT instructions detailing their house-sitter's duties, including a schedule for watering the house plants.
  86. FANATICAL
    Acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion

    The stormtroopers were FANATICAL in their devotion to the emperor, readily sacrificing their lives for him.
  87. FAWN
    To grovel

    The understudy FAWNED over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis.
  88. FERVID
    Intensely emotional; feverish

    The fans of Maria Callas were unusually FERVID, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
  89. FLORID
    Excessively decorated or embellished

    The palace had been decorated in a FLORID style; every surface has been carved and gilded
  90. FOMENT
    To arouse or incite

    The protesters tried to FOMENT feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.
  91. FRUGALITY
    A tendency to be thrifty or cheap

    Scrooge McDuck's FRUGALITY was so great that he accumulated enough wealth to fill a giant storehouse with money.
  92. GARRULOUS
    Tending to talk a lot

    The GARRULOUS parakeet distracted it's owner with its continuous talking.
  93. GREGARIOUS
    Outgoing, sociable

    She was so GREGARIOUS that when she found herself alone, she felt quite sad.
  94. GUILE
    Deceit or trickery

    Since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to GUILE in an effort to trap his enemy.
  95. GULLIBLE
    Easily deceived

    The con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool GULLIBLE bank customers into giving him their account information.
  96. HOMOGENOUS
    Of a similar kind

    The class was fairly HOMOGENOUS, since almost all of the students were senior journalism majors,
  97. ICONOCLAST
    One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

    His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an ICONOCLAST.
  98. IMPERTURBABLE
    Not capable of being disturbed

    The counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed IMPERTURBABLE, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.
  99. IMPERVIOUS
    Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

    A good raincoat will be IMPERVIOUS to moisture.
  100. IMPETUOUS
    Quick to act without thinking

    It is not good for an investment broker to be IMPETUOUS, since much thought should be given to all the possible options.
  101. IMPLACABLE
    Unable to be calmed down or make peaceful

    His rage at the betrayal was so fewer rear he remained IMPLACABLE for weeks.
  102. INCHOATE
    Not fully formed; disorganized

    The ideas expressed in Nietzsche's mature work also appear in an INCHOATE form in his earliest writing.
  103. INGENUOUS
    Showing innocence or childlike simplicity

    She was so INGENUOUS that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city.
  104. INIMICAL
    Hostile; unfriendly

    Even though the children had grown up together, they were INIMICAL to each other at school.
  105. INNOCUOUS
    Harmless

    Some snakes are poisonous, but most species are INNOCUOUS and pose no danger to humans.
  106. INSIPID
    Lacking interest or flavor

    The critic claimed that the painting was INSIPID, containing no interesting qualities at all.
  107. INTRANSIGENT
    Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

    The professor was INTRANSIGENT on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time.
  108. INUNDATE
    To overwhelm; to cover with water

    The tidal wave INUNDATED Atlantis, which was lost beneath the water.
  109. IRASCIBLE
    Easily made angry

    Attila the Hun's IRASCIBLE and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives.
  110. LACONIC
    Using few words

    She was a LACONIC poet who built her respiration on using words as sparingly as possible.
  111. LAMENT
    To express sorrow; to grieve

    The children continued to LAMENT the death of the goldfish weeks after it's demise.
  112. LAUD
    To give praise; to glorify

    Parades and fireworks were stages to LAUD the success of the rebels.
  113. LAVISH
    To give unsparingly (verb); extremely generous or extravagant (adjective)

    She LAVISHED the puppy with so many treats that it soon became overweight and spoiled.
  114. LETHARGIC
    Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner

    The clerk was so LETHARGIC that, even when the store was slow, he always had a long line in front of him.
  115. LOQUACIOUS
    Talkative

    She was naturally LOQUACIOUS, which was a problem in situations in which listening was more important thank talking.
  116. LUCID
    Clear and easily understood

    The explanations were written in a simple and LUCID manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned.
  117. LUMINOUS
    Bright, brilliant, glowing

    The park was bathed in LUMINOUS sunshine, which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors.
  118. MALINGER
    To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

    A common way to avoid the draft was by MALINGERING--pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the Army.
  119. MALLEABLE
    Capable of being shapes

    Gold is the most MALLEABLE of precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.
  120. METAPHOR
    A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol

    The METAPHOR "a sea of troubles" suggests a lot of troubles by comparing their number to the vastness of the sea.
  121. METICULOUS
    Extremely careful about details

    To find all the clues at the crime scene, the investigators METICULOUSLY examined evert inch of the area.
  122. MISANTHROPE
    A person who dislikes others

    The character Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" is such a MISANTHROPE that even the sight of children singing makes him angry.
  123. MITIGATE
    To soften; to lessen

    A judge mat MITIGATE a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.
  124. MOLLIFY
    To calm one make less severe

    Their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would MOLLIFY them.
  125. MONOTONY
    Lack of variation

    The MONOTONY of the sound of the dripping faucet almost drove the research assistant crazy.
  126. NAIVE
    Lacking sophistication or experience

    Having never traveled before, the elementary school students were more NAIVE than their high school counterparts on the field trip.
  127. OBDURATE
    Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion

    The president was completely OBDURATE on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.
  128. OBSEQUIOUS
    Overly submissive and eager to please

    The OBSEQUIOUS new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue.
  129. OBSTINATE
    Stubborn, unyielding

    The OBSTINATE child could not be made to eat any food that he disliked.
  130. OBVIATE
    To prevent; to make unnecessary

    The river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which OBVIATED the need for a bridge.
  131. OCCLUDE
    To stop up; to prevent the passage of

    A shadow is thrown across the earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is OCCLUDED by the moon.
  132. ONEROUS
    Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome

    The assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved ONEROUS to the team in charge of it.
  133. OPAQUE
    Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light

    The heavy buildup of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them OPAQUE.
  134. OPPROBRIUM
    Public disgrace

    After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter OPPROBRIUM.
  135. OSTENTATION
    Excessive showiness

    The OSTENTATION of the Sun King's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace at Versailles.
  136. PARADOX
    A contradiction or dilemma

    It is a PARADOX that those most in need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.
  137. PARAGON
    Model of excellence or perfection

    She is the PARAGON of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking, and just.
  138. PEDANT
    Someone who shows off learning

    The graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject son gained her a reputation as a PEDANT.
  139. PERFIDIOUS
    Willing to betray one's trust

    The actress's PERFIDIOUS companion revealed all her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.
  140. PERFUNCTORY
    Done in a routine way; indifferent

    The machinelike bank teller processed the transaction and face the waiting customer a PERFUNCTORY smile.
  141. PERMEATE
    To penetrate

    The miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to PERMEATE stains and dissolve them in minutes!
  142. PHILANTHROPY
    Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

    New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art owes much of its collection to the PHILANTHROPY of private collectors who willed their estates to the museum.
  143. PLACATE
    To soothe or pacify

    The burglar tried to PLACATE the snarling dog by saying "Nice doggy," and offering it a treat.
  144. PLASTIC
    Able or be molded, altered, or bent

    The new material was very PLASTIC and could be formed into products of vastly different shapes,
  145. PLETHORA
    Excess

    Assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a PLETHORA of excuses.
  146. PRAGMATIC
    Practical as opposed to idealistic

    While daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, PRAGMATIC gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.
  147. PRECIPITATE
    To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

    Upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other only two months, friends and family members expected such a PRECIPITATE marriage to end in divorce.
  148. PREVARICATE
    To lie or deviate from the truth

    Rather than admit that he has overslept again, the employee PREVARICATED and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time.
  149. PRISTINE
    Fresh and clean; uncorrupted

    Since concerted measures had been taken to prevent looting, the archeological site was still PRISTINE when the researchers arrived.
  150. PRODIGAL
    Lavish, wasteful

    The PRODIGAL son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure.
  151. PROLIFERATE
    To increase in number quickly

    Although she only kept two guinea pigs initially, they PROLIFERATED to such an extent that she soon had dozens.
  152. PROPITIATE
    To conciliate; to appease

    The management PROPITIATED the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members.
  153. PROPRIETY
    Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

    The aristocracy maintained a high level of PROPRIETY, adhering to even the most minor social rules.
  154. PRUDENCE
    Wisdom, caution, or restraint

    The college student exhibited PRUDENCE by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatest strengthened her résumé.
  155. PUNGENT
    Sharp and irritating to the senses

    The smoke from the burning tires was extremely PUNGENT.
  156. QUIESCENT
    Motionless

    Many animals are QUIESCENT over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.
  157. RAREFY
    To make thinner or sparser

    Since the atmosphere RAREFIES as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too thin to breathe.
  158. REPUDIATE
    To reject the validity of

    The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was REPUDIATED when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them.
  159. RETICENT
    Silent, reserved

    Physically small and RETICENT in her speech, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.
  160. RHETORIC
    Effective writing or speaking

    Lincoln's talent for RHETORIC was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.
  161. SATIATE
    To satisfy fully or overindulge

    His desire doe power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could SATIATE it.
  162. SOPORIFIC
    Causing sleep or lethargy

    The movie proved to be so SOPORIFIC that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater.
  163. SPECIOUS
    Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

    The student's SPECIOUS excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was proved otherwise when her teacher called her home.
  164. STIGMA
    A mark of shame or discredit

    In "The Scarlet Letter", Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter A on her clothes as a public STIGMA for her adultery.
  165. STOLID
    Unemotional; lacking sensitivity

    The prisoner appeared STOLID and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.
  166. SUBLIME
    Lofty or grand

    The music was so SUBLIME that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.
  167. TACIT
    Done without using words

    Although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a TACIT agreement has been made about which course of action to take.
  168. TACITURN
    Silent, not talkative

    The clerk's TACITURN nature earned him the nickname "Silent Bob".
  169. TIRADE
    Long, harsh speech or verbal attack

    Observers were shocked at the manager's TIRADE over such a minor mistake.
  170. TORPOR
    Extreme mental and physical sluggishness

    After surgery, the patient experienced TORPOR until the anesthesia wore off.
  171. TRANSITORY
    Temporary, lasting a brief time

    The reporter lived a TRANSITORY life, staying in one place only long enough to cover the current story.
  172. VACILLATE
    To swag physically; to be indecisive

    The customer held up the line as he VACILLATED between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.
  173. VENERATE
    To respect deeply

    In a traditional Confucian society's the young VENERATE their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdom and experience.
  174. VERACITY
    Filled with truth and accuracy

    She had a reputation for VERACITY, so everyone trusted her description of events.
  175. VERBOSE
    Wordy

    The professor's answer was so VERBOSE that his student forgot what the original question had been.
  176. VEX
    To annoy, irritate, puzzle or confuse

    The old man who loved his peace and quiet was VEXED by his neighbor’s loud music.
  177. VOLATILE
    Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive

    His VOLATILE personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.
  178. WAVER
    To fluctuate between choices

    If you WAVER too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.
  179. WHIMSICAL
    Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

    The ballet was WHIMSICAL, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
  180. ZEAL
    Passion, excitement

    She brought her typical ZEAL to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.

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