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  1. Abase (v)
    To humiliate or deprive of self worth.
  2. Abduct (v)
    To take a person away secretly and illegally; often by use of force; to kidnap
  3. Abominate (v)
    To loathe or hate; to view with extreme hostility
  4. Absolution
    The condition of having been forgiven or freed of guilt
  5. Abstain (v)
    To refrain from; to refuse to partake in; to go without voluntarily
  6. Acclimated
    Having adapted or become accustomed to
  7. Accost
    To greet or approach, usually in a confrontational way
  8. Acronym
    A word formed by combining the first letters of several other words.
  9. Acuity
    Keen as in the mind or the senses; deft.
  10. Adhere
    To hold fast to, usually with a senses of honor or allegiance
  11. Adjunct
    An unessential addition; an appendage or complement
  12. Adverse
    Unfavorable; acting in opposition to
  13. Affable
    Gentle; approachable; friendly
  14. Affect
    To influence; to stir the emotions of; to produce an effect in something
  15. Aide
    An assistant
  16. Alibi
    A story or circumstance that proves one is innocent of a crime or misdeed; a credible excuse or explanation of innocence.
  17. Allegiance
    Loyalty, particularly to a government.
  18. Alluring
    Tempting; possessing the power to entice.
  19. Aloof
    Indifferent or uninterested; unsociable
  20. Ambiguous
    Unclear in meaning; open to more than one interpretation
  21. Ambivalent
    Uncertain or undecided
  22. Amend
    To modify or update
  23. Apex
    The highest point
  24. Aphasia
    The inability, brought on by brain damage to understand words and/or ideas
  25. Appease
    To placate; to soothe or satisfy
  26. Appraise
    to estimate an item’s value.
  27. Apprise
    To notify; to cause to be aware of.
  28. Ascertain
    To find out something by experimenting or by making inquiries
  29. Archaic
    Relating to or resembling something from the past; antiquated
  30. Assent
    To agree that an opinion, view or proposal is correct; to concur, corroborate, or acquiesce.
  31. Astute
    Skilled; quick to learn or grasp; shrewd; sharp-witted
  32. Asunder
    Into pieces or parts; separated
  33. Attenuate
    To spread thin; to cause a decrease in amount, value, power, severity
  34. Augur
    To foretell future events, as though by super natural knowledge or power.
  35. Au revoir
    Goodbye; until we meet again
  36. Autonomous
    Being in charge of one’s own life; independent of other influences; self-governing
  37. Averse
    Holding a disinclination.
  38. Aversion
    Extreme dislike; loathing
  39. Avid
    Earnest; eager, passionate and committed
  40. Bacchanalian
    Drunken and carousing
  41. Baleful
    Signaling evil to come, ominous
  42. Balk
    To hesitate and refuse to go forward; to prevent from accomplishing an aim.
  43. Ballistics
    The study of projectiles and impacts.
  44. Banal
    Trite; unoriginal
  45. Bedlam
    A state of agitation, furor, or confusion
  46. Benchmark
    A standard by which to measure; the exemplary performance or criterion.
  47. Besiege
    to submit a person or body to insistent demands from all sides; to crowd around; to harass
  48. Betrothed
    Engaged to be married or the person to whom one is engaged.
  49. Biennial
    Happening every second year
  50. Biased
    Predisposed to a particular view or direction; prejudiced.
  51. Biopsy
    An instance of taking samples of tissue, cells, or fluids from a living body and analyzing these samples.
  52. Bisque
    A thick and creamy soup made from meat, fish or shellfish.
  53. Bizarre
    Strange, incomprehensible; deviating from what is expected or in the rational order of things.
  54. Blacklist
    To place on a list of disapproved or rejected persons and organizations.
  55. Bogus
    Fake; counterfeit
  56. Bovine
    Of or resembling a cow or ox; dull.
  57. Bravura
    An amazing or daring display of style, technique.
  58. Brazen
    Bold or shameless in display; unconcerned with the reactions of others.
  59. Breadth
    The side-to-side extent of something; width; expanse.
  60. Broach
    To bring up or put forth as a topic for discussion.
  61. Brouhaha
    An event that involves or invokes excitement, turmoil or conflict
  62. Bucolic
    Rural or rustic in nature; pastoral.
  63. Burnout
    A condition of fatigue, low morale or frustration resulting from excessive stress or overwork.
  64. Cachet
    A mark of distinction or originality.
  65. Cacophony
    A sound that is harsh and unpleasant to the ears.
  66. Cadence
    The rhythm or flow of a series of words or sounds; often, the harmonious rhythm or flow of the spoken word.
  67. Callous
    Unfeeling; insensitive; hardened
  68. Cajole
    To coax; to persuade by using flattery.
  69. Callus
    A hardened patch of skin
  70. Calumny
    A slanderous statement made with the intent of hurting another’s reputation; a malicious rumor.
  71. Canapé
    An appetizer made by spreading meat, fish, or cheese on a small piece of toasted bread.
  72. Cantankerous
    Ill-tempered; grumpy.
  73. Capital
    A city designated as a seat of government.
  74. Capitol
    The building in which a legislature meets.
  75. Carafe
    A wide-mouthed bottle for holding liquid
  76. Castigate
    To criticize or rebuke severely
  77. Careen
    To lurch while moving; to swerve
  78. Catharsis
    To purify and rejuvenate the body and spirit by purging them of whatever is causing problems.
  79. Catheter
    A slim, flexible tube inserted in a bodily channel to maintain an opening to another internal opening.
  80. Cavort
    To caper about; to prance.
  81. Censor
    One who reviews for offensive or objectionable material.
  82. Cerebral
    Appealing to or involving the human mind; characteristic of intellectual pursuits.
  83. Chafe
    To rub or irritate.
  84. Chaff
    Worthless stuff; material to be cast away.
  85. Chalet
    A small country house
  86. Chasm
    A deep gorge in the earth’s surface.
  87. Chateau
    A large country house; a French manor or castle.
  88. Chide
    To scold or lecture; to reprove
  89. Chintzy
    Considered cheap, tacky or of low quality.
  90. Circa
    An estimated historical time period.
  91. Circumflex
    An accent mark placed over a letter to indicate a certain pronunciation.
  92. Cite
    To quote or refer to.
  93. Circumlocution
    An instance of using more words than necessary to express a thought; skirting an issue.
  94. Climatic
    Pertaining to climate
  95. Cloistered
    Secluded; isolated; removed or hidden
  96. Coagulate
    To change from a liquid to a solid-like mass.
  97. Cogitate
    To think about or ponder seriously
  98. Cognizant
    Aware of well informed.
  99. Coiffure
    A hairdo; the style of one’s hair.
  100. Collate
    To arrange in proper, logical order.
  101. Collateral
    Something pledged as security or insurance
  102. Combustible
    Susceptible to catching fire; able to be burned.
  103. Comity
    Courtesy; mutual civility.
  104. Commodious
    Spacious, roomy.
  105. Compile
    To gather or put together in one place or form.
  106. Complacent
    Satisfied with oneself; smug; content.
  107. Complement
    To accompany in a pleasing or harmonious style.
  108. Compliant
    Submissive; yielding.
  109. Complicity
    To be involved in or be associated with, or to participate in or have previous knowledge of, an instance of wrongdoing.
  110. Compliment
    To praise or flatter.
  111. Complimentary
    Expressing praise or admiration; also, extended without charge.
  112. Concave
    Curving inward, as the inside of a sphere.
  113. Concede
    To admit or acknowledge the truth or validity of.
  114. Conclave
    A secret meeting; also the room in which this meeting is held.
  115. Concoct
    To combine in the process of preparation.
  116. Concur
    To agree; to share the same opinion.
  117. Confiscate
    To deprive of one’s property especially as part of an official or governmental body.
  118. Conform
    To go along with what is popular
  119. Conspicuous
    Strikingly noticeable; obvious
  120. Connote
    To imply, suggest, or hint at another meaning in addition to a primary one.
  121. Construe
    To interpret or guess the meaning of
  122. Contiguous
    Joining physically; touching
  123. Contravention
    An instance of contradiction or opposition.
  124. Contrite
    Inclined to express penitence or apology.
  125. Controvert
    To oppose with logical reasoning.
  126. Convex
    Curving outward, as the outside of a sphere.
  127. Corpulent
    Obese; fat; bulky
  128. Correlate
    To relate logically or systematically
  129. Council
    An assembly gathered together for deliberation or consultation.
  130. Counsel
    A discussion or ideas or opinions. Also, an attorney.
  131. Countervail
    To use equal force against; to compensate
  132. Coup de grace
    A decisive act or event that brings a situation to a close; the finishing blow.
  133. Crestfallen
    In low spirits; extremely depressed.
  134. Criterion
    standards; qualities or pre-conditions that must be met. Plural: criteria
  135. Cryptic
    Secret; coded; concealed from open understanding.
  136. Croissant
    A crescent-shaped roll or pastry.
  137. Culinary
    Relating to cooking or the preparation of food.
  138. Cull
    To assemble or collect bit by bit.
  139. Cursory
    Performed with haste and without care
  140. Curtail
    To abridge or truncate; to lessen, usually by taking or cutting away from.
  141. Daub
    To smear with a sticky substance.
  142. Dauntless
    Unable to be intimidated or put down; brave; fearless.
  143. Deadlock
    An impasse resulting from two opposing and resistant forces.
  144. Decanter
    A fancy glass bottle sued for serving wine, brandy, etc.
  145. Decree
    An official order or announcement.
  146. Deem
    To judge, to regard or assess.
  147. De facto
    In fact; actual
  148. Defile
    To pollute; to corrupt or make unclean.
  149. Defunct
    No longer in existence; obsolete; not living.
  150. Deluge
    A great flood or heavy rain; an overwhelming inundation of anything.
  151. Demur
    To take exception; to object, particularly as a result of deeply held principles.
  152. Denigrate
    To defame or speak ill of; literally, to blacken (a reputation)
  153. Denizen
    An inhabitant or resident
  154. Depose
    To oust or remove from office or a position of power and authority; also to take testimony from someone under oath.
  155. Deride
    To ridicule with cruelty; to laugh at and make fun of.
  156. Derogatory
    Tending to lessen or impair someone or something; disparaging and negative.
  157. Detrimental
    Damaging or harmful in effect
  158. Devoid
    Lacking utterly; without
  159. Dexterity
    Adroitness, the quality of being skilled in using one’s hands and body.
  160. Digress
    To wander off the point of a discourse or conversation.
  161. Diminish
    To cause to be smaller, to decrease.
  162. Disburse
    To pay out; to expend.
  163. Discerning
    Insightful; sound in evaluation or judgment
  164. Disconsolate
    Beyond consolation; unable to be comforted; deep in grief or sorrow.
  165. Discordant
    Conflicting; lacking in harmony
  166. Discreet
    Displaying or possessing tact and restraint in behavior and speech
  167. Discretion
    The ability to or right to make decisions independently; also the ability to be tactful and act with decorum.
  168. Discursive
    Rambling; not to the point.
  169. Dishevel
    To put (hair or clothing) into disarray.
  170. Dispel
    To disperse; to drive away
  171. Divulge
    To make known; to reveal or disclose, particularly something that had been secret
  172. Doldrums
    A spell of low feeling; an instance of sadness or stagnation.
  173. Domain
    An area over which one rules; a field within which one has power.
  174. Dour
    Grim, stern, or sullen
  175. Douse
    To cover with a liquid thoroughly; to drench or soak
  176. Dregs
    The sediment contents of the bottom of a nearly empty container of wine, coffee, or the like; also something or someone perceived as worthless or as the last and least appealing in a series of choices.
  177. Dupe
    To fool, trick or deceive. A person so deceived.
  178. Duplicity
    Trickery; two-facedness; purposeful deceptiveness.
  179. Duress
    Compulsion resulting from the threat of force; coercion. Also physical restraint or imprisonment.
  180. Edifice
    A building, particularly one that is large and imposing.
  181. Efface
    To rub away
  182. Effect
    A thing taking place as the result of a cause.
  183. Effervescent
    Bubbly, sparkling; lively
  184. Egress
  185. Elegy
    A poem of mourning; a poem reflecting on and praising the deceased.
  186. Emaciated
    Dangerously thin.
  187. Emasculate
    To castrate; also to deprive of strength or essential elements.
  188. Embezzle
    To appropriate funds for oneself that were placed in one’s care for another party.
  189. Emigrant
    One who leaves a country or region for the purpose of settling in another.
  190. Encore
    Sustained applause, cheers and the like.
  191. Engender
    to cause to exist
  192. Endeavor
    To strive for or attempt; to try to reach.
  193. Ensemble
    A group of individuals performing together as for example, a cast of actors or musicians.
  194. Ensue
    To come afterward; to follow; to happen as a result.
  195. Entice
    To tempt in a pleasing fashion; to attract or lure.
  196. Entourage
    A group of associates; people who commonly surround, protect and attend to someone of importance.
  197. Ephemeral
    Lasting only a short while
  198. Epic
    Of major proportions; extraordinary.
  199. Epigraph
    An inscription written on a stone, monument or building
  200. Epithet
    A word, description or expression (often disparaging) meant to characterize a person.
  201. Epitome
    The highest or supreme example.
  202. Equitable
    Free from bias; just to all involved.
  203. Erstwhile
    Former; pertaining to a long-past time.
  204. Eschew
    To shun; to stay away from, especially as a result of moral or ethical concerns.
  205. Et al
    And others
  206. Ethereal
    Airy; light; more heavenly than earthly
  207. Ethnocentricity
    The belief that cultures different from one’s own are inherently inferior.
  208. Euphemism
    A word or expression used as a substitute for one that may be considered offensive or distasteful.
  209. Euphonious
    Pleasing to the ear.
  210. Excelsior
    Wood shavings used as a packing agent.
  211. Excerpt
    To quote or reproduce a portion of a book, play, poem, etc.
  212. Exert
    To expend effort
  213. Exhilarated
    To make lively; to excite or energize
  214. Exhort
    To urge or entreat; to plead with
  215. Exonerate
    To clear or free from blame or guilt; to restore one’s reputation.
  216. Expunge
    To obliterate, remove or mark for deletion
  217. Extant
    Existing or in existence.
  218. Extol
    To praise highly
  219. Extraneous
    Coming from the outside; not innate; foreign
  220. Extricate
    To remove from an entanglement
  221. Extrinsic
    Not part of the true nature of something.
  222. Exult
    To celebrate or rejoice heartily
  223. Façade
    The ornamental front of a building; a false or misleading appearance meant to deceive.
  224. Facetious
    Meant to evoke laughter or enjoyment; not intended seriously.
  225. Facsimile
    An exact copy, imitation , or reproduction.
  226. Fallacy
    A misconception; an erroneous perception; a deceit
  227. Fauna
    The animal population of a particular region or time period.
  228. Faux
    Fake or counterfeit in nature.
  229. Faze
    To bother; to disturb or annoy.
  230. Feign
    To fake or counterfeit; to pretend
  231. Felicitous
    Appropriate to the moment or occasion; also, giving great pleasure.
  232. Felonious
    Criminal; villainous; reminiscent of or relating to a felony crime.
  233. Ferret
    To drive or force out; to discover by forcing out.
  234. Fetters
    Literally, shackles or handcuffs; a restraint. Also, a verb: to restrain or restrict.
  235. Filial
    That which is due from or befitting a son or daughter; pertaining to a son or daughter.
  236. Filibuster
    a legislative tactic by which a member prevents or delays the passage of a law.
  237. Finagle
    To wangle; to use clever, often underhanded methods to achieve one’s desires.
  238. Finesse
    Using subtle charm and style to resolve a problem; smooth, skillful maneuvering.
  239. Fjord
    A thin strip of sea flowing between cliffs or hills.
  240. Flaccid
    Lacking firmness, stiffness, vigor.
  241. Flagellate
    To whip
  242. Flimsy
    Lightweight; cheap; un-sturdy; or poor quality.
  243. Flippant
    Disrespectful or harsh in tone; shallow or frivolous.
  244. Flotsam
    The debris from a shipwreck that floats on water or is washed ashore.
  245. Flounder
    To struggle clumsily. Also, a fish.
  246. Fluency
    Ready and unhindered expression.
  247. Foliage
    A group of leaves, branches, and flowers.
  248. Foolhardy
    Rash; hasty; unthinking.
  249. Forage
    To search or hunt for food and provisions.
  250. Forebear
    An ancestor; forefather
  251. Foreclosure
    The act of repossessing a mortgaged property due to a default on payments, resulting in the mortgagee losing all rights to the property.
  252. Forsake
    To abandon
  253. Founder
    To sink, to fail in an undertaking.
  254. Foyer
    Hall; vestibule; entryway; a lobby
  255. Fracas
    A commotion; a noisy disagreement
  256. Fraught
    Loaded or filled with; accompanied by; involving.
  257. Fulsome
    Excessive and overdone, especially in way inconsistent with good taste. Also, insincerely earnest in expression.
  258. Frenzy
    A state of wild excitement; extreme emotional or mental agitation.
  259. Furlough
    A leave of absence, especially for a member of the armed forces; the act of granting this leave.
  260. Galore
    In abundance; plentiful
  261. Furor
    Widespread excitement or anger
  262. Galvanize
    To stimulate into action; to motivate
  263. Gambit
    Any maneuver or plan calculated to gain advantage.
  264. Gamesome
    Merry, frolicsome.
  265. Gaunt
    Extremely thin, haggard, as by deprivation or worry.
  266. Genre
    A particular style that characterizes a type of music, art, literature, film etc.
  267. Germane
    Pertinent; relevant; related to the matter at hand.
  268. Gerontology
    The field of medicine concerned with illnesses, diseases, and problems specific to old age.
  269. Gibber
    To speak nervously and incomprehensibly; to speak in a fast, jumbled, inarticulate manner.
  270. Gist
    The main point; the essential meaning, the core of heart of a message
  271. Glib
    Articulate, yet superficial.
  272. Gnash
    To grind or strike together.
  273. Grapple
    To struggle with; to attempt to pin down or throw to the ground.
  274. Gratuity
    A tip; extra money given for service beyond the amount required by the bill.
  275. Grievous
    Grave; severe; causing or likely to cause grief.
  276. Grisly
  277. Guffaw
    An instance of full, unrestrained laughter
  278. Guild
    A group of people dedicated to common interests or goals; an association of like-minded individuals.
  279. Guise
    Semblance; outer appearance; manner of dress
  280. Gullible
    Easily cheated, tricked, or deceived.
  281. Guru
    An inspiring spiritual or intellectual leader; a revered teacher.
  282. Gyrate
    To spin; to wind or coil
  283. Haggle
    To bargain with; to dicker or negotiate on price and terms
  284. Harangue
    Lecture; berate; also an instance of such berating
  285. Harbinger
    Someone or something that announces the approach of another
  286. Harried
    Frazzled or troubled
  287. Haughty
    Snobbishly proud
  288. Harrowing
    Extremely distressing
  289. Hedonist
    One whose life is devoted solely or primarily to the pursuit of pleasure and gratification.
  290. Heed
    To pay attention to; to take into consideration
  291. Heirloom
    A possession of commercial or sentimental value handed down from generation to generation
  292. Hemophilia
    A blood defect in which the blood fails to clot normally, often leading to uncontrolled hemorrhaging.
  293. Hereditary
    Passed through the genes from parents to their children.
  294. Heresy
    An instance of espousing religious beliefs contrary to a church doctrine.
  295. Highbrow
    Intelligent and cultured; also, one who is pretentious or snobby about intelligence and culture.
  296. Hinterlands
    An area far away from the coastline; also an area far removed from the city
  297. Hirsute
  298. Hologram
    A three-dimensional image created electronically and without a lense,
  299. Homeopathy
    A means of treating a disease by administering small doses of medicine that, in large doses, would bring about effects similar to the disease being treated.
  300. Homily
    A religious talk or speech.
  301. Homogeneous
    The same throughout; made up of like parts; not heterogeneous
  302. Hookah
    A large multi-stemmed smoking apparatus that cools smoke by passing it through water.
  303. Horde
    A large crowd; a swarm of people
  304. Hovel
    A modest, humble home or hut; a rude or dirty dwelling-place.
  305. Hubbub
    A commotion; an outburst.
  306. Hybrid
    The result of a mixture or combination of two dissimilar things.
  307. Hypocrite
    A person pretending to be something he or she is not.
  308. Hypodermic
    Related to parts under the skin.
  309. Hypothesis
    An educated guess; a proposition’ an untested theory put forth to explain something.
  310. Ibid
    Abbreviation for ibidem, in the place mentioned before.
  311. Iconoclast
    A person who supports the destruction of holy images, or someone who challenges the status quo.
  312. Idle
    Lacking in substance; not put to use; inactive.
  313. Idiosyncrasy
    A behavioral quirk or eccentricity.
  314. Idolatry
    The worship of a physical object as though it were a god or idol.
  315. Idyllic
    Pleasing; peaceful; ideal
  316. i.e.
    id est, meaning: that is.
  317. Imbecility
    Foolishness; simplemindedness
  318. Imminent
    Likely to happen at any time; impending
  319. Impale
    To pierce with a sharp object; to pin or hold down
  320. Impecunious
    Lacking in money; having little or nothing in the way of funds.
  321. Imperiled
  322. Importune
    To request repeatedly so as to be a bother.
  323. Impresario
    • A person who organizes or sponsors entertainment or cultural events (such as
    • concerts and plays).
  324. Impromptu
    Spontaneous; not planned or rehearsed; conceived on the spur of the moment.
  325. Inadvertent
    Unintentional; not on purpose, accidentally.
  326. Inalienable
    Incapable of being taken away
  327. Inanimate
    Reminiscent of an object that is not alive or animated; lacking in movement
  328. Inauspicious
    Accompanied by or predictive of ill luck; not favorable in portent
  329. Incandescent
    Very bright and hot; brilliant as light or fire.
  330. Incapacitate
    To disable; to deprive of strength, ability or skill.
  331. Incendiary
    Flammable. Also, speech or action that is meant to inflame or arouse.
  332. Incipient
    Early in development; at a beginning stage.
  333. Incongruous
    Not consistent; incompatible.
  334. Incredulous
    Skeptical; refusing or reluctant to believe
  335. Indigent
    Lacking the essentials of life; impoverished
  336. Indict
    To charge formally with a crime or offense
  337. Inert
    Inactive; unmoving, extremely slow in moving or reacting
  338. Indoctrinate
    To teach; to impart with the knowledge or views of particular group, philosophy, or theory.
  339. Ingénue
    An unworldly, innocent, uncultured young girl.
  340. Ingot
    A piece of cast metal, usually in the form of a bar.
  341. Innuendo
    A sublte intimation; and indirect insinuation
  342. Inordinate
    Excessive; too much
  343. Insidious
    Designed to entrap; happening or spreading harmfully but subtly, stealthily and seductively.
  344. Insouciant
    Calm and carefree; indifferent
  345. Insurrection
    A rebellion against a government or ruling power
  346. Intangible
    Incapable of being touched, felt, or calculated.
  347. Intercede
    To offer aid or action on another’s behalf
  348. Interlope
    To intrude; to interfere, meddle or infringe.
  349. Intersperse
    To scatter here and there.
  350. Intractable
    Unwilling to be led; stubborn
  351. Inveigle
    To tempt or persuade by using deception, artful talk, or flattery
  352. Invidious
    Likely to damage a reputation
  353. Jargon
    The specialized language or vocabulary of a particular profession, trade or hobby.
  354. Jaded
    Worn out; dulled or satiated due to overindulgence
  355. Jeopardize
    To put in danger of being harmed or adversely affected
  356. Jitney
    A small car of bus charging a low fare.
  357. Jovial
    Possessing a joyous, happy nature; good-hearted
  358. Juggernaut
    An object or force so powerful that if flattens or destroys anything in its path.
  359. Juncture
    A point in time, especially an important one.
  360. Junket
    A recreational trip, outing, or excursion; often a pleasure trip taken by public officials.
  361. Kin
    One’s relatives
  362. Kiosk
    A small vending booth
  363. Kow-tow
    To show respect, deference, or servility
  364. Lacerated
    Cut, torn, ripped, or mangled
  365. Lackadaisical
    Lacking spirit or energy; languid
  366. Lackluster
    Dull; not shiny or brilliant
  367. Laity
    Members of the lay community
  368. Lassitude
    A condition of listlessness, exhaustion, or weakness; a feeling of indifference
  369. Latent
    Existing and having the power to become visible or manifest
  370. Laudable
    Worthy or deserving praise
  371. Leery
    Wary; cautious; suspicious
  372. Lessor
    A person or group granting a lease
  373. Lexicography
    The compiling, writing, and editing of dictionaries
  374. Libel
    A written, printed, or pictorial statement or assertion that is unjustly negative, defaming, or hurtful to one’s character and reputation.
  375. Libertine
    One who lives lie unconcerned and unrestrained by popular convention or morality; a promiscuous person.
  376. Licentious
    Having little or no moral restraint, especially with regard to sex.
  377. Lieu
    Place; stead
  378. Lineage
    Ancestry; line of descent
  379. Lionize
    To praise excessively; to idolize.
  380. Lithe
    Graceful; supple
  381. Loath
    Unwilling; reluctant
  382. Loathe
    To hate or detest
  383. Lowbrow
    Uncultured, unsophisticated
  384. Lummox
    A dim-witted and awkward person; an oaf
  385. Machiavellian
    Cunning and deceitful in the pursuit of power
  386. Malaise
    A vague feeling of illness, uneasiness or sadness
  387. Malapropism
    The ridiculous misuse of similar-sounding words.
  388. Malfeasance
    Breaking the law or engaging in wrongdoing
  389. Malign
    To defame; to besmirch
  390. Malleable
    Shapeable; capable of being molded, changed or, influenced.
  391. Mar
    To spoil, damage or, tarnish
  392. Matrix
    A place, situation, or object that acts as the point of origin or development for something else; a mold.
  393. Maudlin
    Gushingly or tearfully sentimental.
  394. Maunder
    To speak or act in an aimless incoherent fashion.
  395. Medley
    A group of varying elements’ a mixture; in music, a series of songs or melodies connected as one.
  396. Memento
    A souvenir
  397. Menagerie
    Any exotic grouping of people or animals.
  398. Mendicant
    A beggar
  399. Mercurial
    Quickly changing; unpredictable
  400. Meritocracy
    A system in which those perceived as talented or intelligent are granted positions of preeminence.
  401. Meritorious
    Worthy of praise; laudable
  402. Meretricious
    Attracting attention by vulgar, trashy means; false or insincere
  403. Midriff
    On the human body, the middle area of the torso; the diaphragm
  404. Mete
    To distribute in proportion; to measure out
  405. Mien
    Demeanor; appearance, overall impression
  406. Mince
    To chop into small pieces; to use evasive or indirect language, also to walk, taking short steps.
  407. Mire
    Any corrupt or unpleasing environment
  408. Misanthrope
    • One who hates mankind or people; a person who expects only the worst in his dealings
    • with others.
  409. Misconstrue
    to get the wrong idea; to misunderstand or misinterpret.
  410. Misnomer
    An incorrect or inappropriate name.
  411. Monarchy
    Government by a single ruler claiming a hereditary right to sovereignty.
  412. Moniker
    Name; nickname
  413. Morass
    A difficult or bewildering situation; a quagmire.
  414. Mordant
    Bitingly sarcastic; cynical
  415. Nadir
    The lowest point
  416. Nebulous
    Cloudy; vague
  417. Nefarious
    Openly evil; wicked
  418. Negate
    To deny
  419. Neologism
    A newly coined term or word.
  420. Nepotism
    The practice of favoring relatives
  421. Niggling
    Petty; annoying
  422. Nihilism
    The belief that life is meaningless
  423. Nimbus
    A halo-like source of light above the head of a saint or spiritual figure.
  424. Noisome
    Ill-smelling and offensive; also harmful.
  425. Nolo contendere
    In law, a plea that admits no guilt, but subjects the defendant to penalty
  426. Nonpartisan
    Not a member of a party or association; unbiased.
  427. Notoriety
    Fame; wide publicity for sensational reasons, also having an unfavorable reputation.
  428. Obsolete
    No longer useful or in use; unnecessary
  429. Obstreperous
    Uncontrollably aggressive; defiant, boisterous.
  430. Ochlophobia
    An illogical fear or dread of crowds.
  431. Oenophile
    A wine connoisseur
  432. Off-color
    Questionable in taste or propriety; distasteful.
  433. Off-the-record
    Not intended for publication
  434. Ogle
    To watch intently; to gaze at lasciviously.
  435. Olfactory
    Relating to the sense of smell
  436. Oligarchy
    Government by an elite few.
  437. Omnibus
    Something that covers many areas or subjects; also a bus
  438. Oncology
    The study of tumors
  439. Opiate
    An addictive narcotic, especially one with numbing or sleep-inducing qualities.
  440. Ornery
    Stubborn or unyielding; inclined toward obstinate behavior.
  441. Ornithology
    The study of birds
  442. Orotund
    Possessing a full, big sound; sonorous; overbearing or pretentious.
  443. Oxymoron
    A phrase in which contradictory or incongruous terms are used together.
  444. Palisade
    A line of steep cliffs along a river; a defensive barrier
  445. Palindrome
    A word or sentence that reads the same forward and backward.
  446. Paltry
    Trivial; insignificant; worthless.
  447. Panacea
    A cure-all; something with the ability to cure any illness or remedy any disorder.
  448. Panache
    A distinctive flair or style.
  449. Parable
    A brief allegory or story meant to highlight an essential truth.
  450. Paramount
    Supreme; superior; excellent.
  451. Paraphernalia
    One’s possessions; accessory items relating to a particular profession, hobby, or activity.
  452. Paraphrase
    To restate in different words.
  453. Pariah
    An outcast; one who is shunned, avoided, or despised.
  454. Parody
    A satirically humorous imitation or mocking interpretation of a well known work, person, or institution.
  455. Partake
    To participate and share in.
  456. Pate
    A spread or paste made of liver.
  457. Partisan
    Showing a marked inclination or bias.
  458. Patriarchy
    A group ruled by a patriarch
  459. Patsy
    Someone who is set up to take the blame of a crime or wrongdoing; one who is framed.
  460. Pedant
    A person who displays learning inappropriately or excessively; also someone who focuses to narrowly on rules and minor details.
  461. Peerless
    Without peer;
  462. Penchant
    A liking or inclination
  463. Penury
    Extreme poverty.
  464. Pernicious
    Harmful or destructive in nature.
  465. Perquisite
    An incidental privilege, other than payment that accompanies a position of responsibility
  466. Pestle
    A tool used to grind substances into a powder in a mortar
  467. Petrified
    Scared to the point of losing the ability to move; turned to stone
  468. Phantasmagoria
    A dreamlike, constantly changing series of visions.
  469. Phlegmatic
    Having a calm, unexcitable temperament.
  470. Pilfer
    To take without authorization or permission; to steal
  471. Pithy
    Something very brief but meaningful and concise.
  472. Pious
    Devout; dedicated to God and the practice of one’s faith or religion.
  473. Pittance
    A very small amount.
  474. Placard
    A notice or sign set out on stiff paper or board.
  475. Plaintive
    Expressing sorrow or sadness; mournful
  476. Plebeian
    Everyday, common; reminiscent of or pertaining to persons not part of an elite.
  477. Plod
    To trudge along slowly, as if weighed down.
  478. Pliable
    Able to be changed in shape, form, or inclination; capable of being directed or influenced.
  479. Plucky
    Brave, courageous.
  480. Poise
    Stability of outlook or emotional state, especially when facing trying circumstances.
  481. Polygamy
    The societal practice of having more than one spouse.
  482. Polygraph
    A machine used in lie detection.
  483. Pompous
    Pretentious; overblown; self-important.
  484. Porcine
    Reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig.
  485. Postern
    A back or rear door or gate.
  486. Prattle
    Meaningless babble; idle chatter.
  487. Precipitous
    Very steep, as a precipice; rushing away headlong
  488. Precept
    A rule, order, or principle that sets up a standard guide for conduct.
  489. Precocious
    Pertaining to or reminiscent of one who acts in a manner generally expected of an older person.
  490. Premise
    The idea or statement that stands as the base of a theory or argument.
  491. Preen
    To perfect one’s appearance
  492. Preeminent
    Superior to others
  493. Prenatal
    Occurring before childbirth.
  494. Preposterous
    So outlandish as to be unbelievable; incredible
  495. Prevalent
    Occurring often; common.
  496. Principal
    First in importance; also the head of an elementary school; also the main performer in a dramatic production.
  497. Principle
    A common truth or law; a standard of behavior.
  498. Prodigal
    Extravagant or wasteful; imprudent
  499. Prodigious
    Impressive in size, impact or stature; amazing
  500. Proffer
    To offer, to tender or volunteer
  501. Prosthesis
    An artificially constructed member meant to replace a damaged or missing part of the human body.
  502. Protean
    Versatile; changing form easily.
  503. Pundit
    An educated or authoritative person whose opinion is generally respected.
  504. Proxy
    One given authority to act on behalf of another.
  505. Pungent
    Powerful or sharp typically with regard to odors or taste.
  506. Puny
    Very little; being small in stature or strength.
  507. Purge
    To free of all that is perceived as bad; to purify or cleanse.
  508. Purvey
    To supply
  509. Pusillanimous
    Cowardly; profoundly lacking in noble qualities of courage and mettle.
  510. Pyromaniac
    One who compulsively sets fires.
  511. Quaff
    To drink heavily
  512. Quandary
    A dilemma; a difficult or uncertain situation.
  513. Quaver
    To tremble, shake, or quiver.
  514. Quell
    To subdue; to crush or extinguish; to overcome
  515. Quid pro quo
    A thing given in return for something else; something for something
  516. Quirk
    An idiosyncrasy; an odd behavioral or personality characteristic.
  517. Quizzical
  518. Rabble
    A mob; a rowdy crowd or disorderly group.
  519. Rambunctious
    Difficult to manage or control; extremely boisterous.
  520. Rampage
    An instance reminiscent of frenzied violence; a destructive period of self-indulgent behavior.
  521. Rampant
    Widespread; unrestrained
  522. Rancor
    Intense ill-will; bitter resentment
  523. Rapport
    A trusting and peaceful mutual relationship
  524. Raucous
    Rowdy; boisterous; disorderly and wild. Also, harsh or grating to the ear.
  525. Recidivism
    Repeated relapse into a past condition or behavior.
  526. Redoubtable
    Inspiring wonder or awe; worthy of respect.
  527. Redundant
    Unnecessarily repetitious.
  528. Refulgent
  529. Regale
    To entertain; to delight to provide pleasure
  530. Regurgitate
    To vomit; to cast back again.
  531. Reiterate
    To re-state or say again; to repeat.
  532. Relish
    To enjoy heartily; also a sweet pickle
  533. Relegate
    To assign or place in a position, often one of low prestige or power; to set out of sight; banish.
  534. Remand
    To send back
  535. Reminisce
    To recall the past; to remember
  536. Remiss
    Negligent; unreliable or careless in one’s duties
  537. Remonstrate
    To protest, object or offer disapproval; to offer objection
  538. Remuneration
    Something provided in exchange for goods or services ; payment
  539. Rendezvous
    A meeting; especially, a secret meeting between lovers
  540. Renowned
    Famous or well-known
  541. Repercussion
    An echo; reverberation; also, the result of an action, often negative
  542. Repose
    An instance of resting after exercise or strain; also tranquil rest reminiscent of eternal or heavenly ease.
  543. Resilient
    Having the ability to survive; likely to rebound, particularly from hardship
  544. Respite
    A reprieve; an instance of temporary relief.
  545. Retort
    To reply in a shar, sometimes retaliatory fashion; (noun) a biting reply
  546. Retraction
    A formal renunciation of statements considered or determined to be false or injurious to reputation.
  547. Revelry
    Uninhibited celebration
  548. Rife
    Widespread; commonly occurring
  549. Riposte
    A retaliatory remark or retort.
  550. Rote
    Routine or mechanical in fashion; repetitive.
  551. Sacrilegious
    Profane; blasphemous toward something considered holy or sacred.
  552. Sagacious
    Perceptive; showing sound judgment
  553. Salient
    Striking; obvious
  554. Sallow
    Colorless; sickly looking
  555. Salubrious
    Healthful; promoting or contributing to good health
  556. Sanctimonious
    Hypocritical; two-faced, especially with regard to matters of morals or religion.
  557. Sanguinary
    Marked by bloodshed
  558. Satire
    A humorous work employing sarcasm or irony in order to ridicule, expose, or make light of a person, institution or place.
  559. Scanty
    Insufficient; noticeably lacking.
  560. Schism
    A division; a break or rupture of relations
  561. Schizophrenia
    A mental condition that often causes sufferers to hallucinate, to be disoriented, and often to withdraw from society
  562. Scintilla
    The smallest imaginable portion. i.e. a scintilla of evidence.
  563. Scion
    A person directly descended from a given line.
  564. Scurrilous
    Offensive to civilized discourse; verbally abusive
  565. Secede
    To withdraw officially and formally from an organization or union; to renounce one’s membership.
  566. Seclude
    To hide or keep apart; to keep in isolation.
  567. Secular
    Not religious in form or content
  568. Sedulous
    Done or crafted with skill, diligence, and care.
  569. Semantic
    Related to or having to do with the diverse levels of meaning accompanying words and symbols.
  570. Serf
    A member of the lower feudal class bound to the land in medieval Europe; a slave.
  571. Servile
    Overly eager to serve; slavish.
  572. Severance
    A division; a breaking away, as of a relationship
  573. Sheer
    Absolute; utter. Also: transparent.
  574. Shun
    To keep away from or avoid.
  575. Shunt
    To change the direction of; to divert.
  576. Sinuous
    Curvy, winding; having many turns.
  577. Slander
    An untrue and malicious statement intended to damage the reputation of another.
  578. Sluggish
    Lacking vitality or alertness
  579. Snafu
    An egregious but common mistake .
  580. Sociopath
    A person who, because of mental illness, lacks restraint or moral responsibility toward fellow members of society.
  581. Somber
    Depressing; joyless.
  582. Somnolent
    Tired, sleepy.
  583. Sonorous
    Deep or rich in sound; also, overblown or conceited in language.
  584. Soporific
    Anything likely to induce sleep.
  585. Spate
    A sudden outpouring; a flood or deluge
  586. Specious
    Something that appears to be good or right, but upon closer examination is not.
  587. Spectral
    Reminiscent of ghosts or spirits’ gruesome and other worldly.
  588. Spiel
    A long, extravagant argument or speech designed to persuade.
  589. Spur
    To reject with disdain.
  590. Squalor
    The state or quality of being filthy.
  591. Staid
    Serious and dignified
  592. Stalemate
    Any situation in which progress, movement, or negotiation has become impossible.
  593. Stanch
    To stop a liquid’s flow.
  594. Stationary
    Unmoved; fixed in place.
  595. Stationery
    Writing paper.
  596. Staunch
    Firm in resolution or belief
  597. Status quo
    The existing state of affairs or condition.
  598. Stigmatize
    To mark as wicked or infamous.
  599. Stilted
    Stiff and forma; rigid and un-spontaneous in nature.
  600. Stipend
    A periodic payment, such as a scholarship or other allowance
  601. Stolid
    Unemotional; impassive.
  602. Stopgap
    A temporary expedient.
  603. Stringent
    Imposing strict standards; rigid
  604. Stupefy
    To make number with amazement; to stun into helplessness
  605. Stymie
    Thwart; to prevent from achieving a goal
  606. Subliminal
    Operating below the level of conscious perception.
  607. Subsistence
    The means required to support one’s existence.
  608. Substantiate
    To provide proof or evidence; to give validity to
  609. Subterfuge
    A misleading ruse or cunning evasion; a strategic avoidance employing deceit.
  610. Succinct
    Brief; pithy; concise.
  611. Suffrage
    The right to vote.
  612. Sultry
    Very hot and mist; characterized by heat. Also, likely to arouse passion or romance.
  613. Surly
    Sullen; gruff; morose.
  614. Surmise
    To guess; to come to a conclusion
  615. Sustenance
    Means of supporting life
  616. Swelter
    To suffer from extreme heat
  617. Sybarite
    A person enamored of luxury and pleasure
  618. Sycophant
    One who tries to gain favor by flattering excessively.
  619. Sylph
    A slim, graceful girl or woman.
  620. Symposium
    A meeting; a gathering of experts before an audience where members can ask questions.
  621. Taboo
    Anything deemed absolutely unacceptable or immoral by a social order. Also, forbidden or off limits.
  622. Tacit
    Implied; understood without being openly explained or expressed.
  623. Talisman
    A lucky charm; an engraved object believed to possess occult powers.
  624. Tangential
    Divergent or digressive; only slightly connected to.
  625. Taut
    Tight; firm.
  626. Tawdry
    Cheap and tasteless. Also ostentatious and gaudy.
  627. Telegenic
    Likely to make a good appearance on television.
  628. Tempera
    A paint medium popularized during the Renaissance, generally composed of egg, oil, water, and pigment.
  629. Temperance
    Self-restraint; moderation; specifically the act of abstaining from consuming alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
  630. Tempestuous
    Stormy, violent
  631. Temporal
    Pertaining to or limited by time; characteristic of worldly endeavors.
  632. Tepid
    Lukewarm in temperature; also unenthusiastic
  633. Terse
    Pithy; brief; concise
  634. Threshold
    An entranceway; also, the beginning or initiation of anything.
  635. Throng
    A large crowd
  636. Tiered
    Constructed or arranged in layers or levels.
  637. Torpid
    Sluggish; inactive; reminiscent of hibernation
  638. Torque
    Twisting or rotation in a body.
  639. Tortuous
    Winding; full of twists and turns
  640. Totalitarian
    A system of government in which political power is highly centralized in which authorities tolerate no dissent; a government system that controls or dictates many aspects of life.
  641. Totter
    To walk or move with unsteady steps; to sway at ground level.
  642. Tousle
    To muss up or dishevel
  643. Transcend
    To rise above common levels.
  644. Traduce
    To slander or defame; to speak falsely of or with malice toward a person.
  645. Transgress
    To violate a principle or moral law.
  646. Transient
    Existing only temporarily; brief; fleeting
  647. Triage
    The procedure of prioritizing victims to determine which will receive medical care first.
  648. Trigamy
    Being married to 3 husbands or 3 wives simultaneously.
  649. Troubadour
    A traveling medieval poet and singer; also any wandering singer.
  650. Tripartite
    Consisting of three elements; involving three participants.
  651. Truculent
    Inclined toward conflict; eager to fight.
  652. Trumpery
    Worthless stuff, a thing or things without value; nonsense
  653. Truckle
    To yield lamely or obsequiously.
  654. Truncate
    To shorten by cutting
  655. Turncoat
    One who reverses sides in a conflict or changes principles easily
  656. Tumescent
    Swollen or beginning to swell.
  657. Tyranny
    The abusive and unrestrained exercise of power.
  658. Ubiquity
    The quality of being everywhere
  659. Ulterior
    Being beyond what is obvious or put forth; lying beyond a recognized boundary.
  660. Unassuming
    Modest; humble
  661. Unbecoming
    Unseemly; likely to detract from one’s reputation or character.
  662. Unblinking
    Not displayinig emotion or response. Also: unwavering in devotion.
  663. Uncalled-for
    Improper or unjustified; also, superfluous
  664. Uncanny
    Strange; mysterious or otherwordly.
  665. Unceremonious
    Rude or abrupt; tactlessly hasty; inappropriate
  666. Unconscionable
    Lacking in principles or conscience; beyond any reasonable boundary.
  667. Uncouth
    Crude, without manners, unrefined.
  668. Unctuous
    Oily; falsely and exaggeratedly earnest; unpleasantly smooth.
  669. Underdog
    A person or entity expected to fail or to fare poorly.
  670. Underhanded
    Devious or deceitful in nature; not open, but crafty.
  671. Undermine
    To defeat or destroy, as by sabotage.
  672. Underwrite
    To support a by subsidy. Also to support in full as though undertaking oneself.
  673. Unequivocal
    Unmatched; without serious competition
  674. Unfaltering
    Unwavering; steadfast
  675. Ungainly
  676. Ungrammatical
    In violation of grammatical rules.
  677. Unimpeachable
    Exemplary; beyond reproach or suspicion.
  678. Unkempt
    Disheveled or messy; lacking care in aspect or look.
  679. Unmitigated
    Complete and without exception.
  680. Unremitting
    Persistent; relentless.
  681. Unsavory
    Likely to give social or moral offense. Also: unpleasant or distasteful.
  682. Unseemly
    Inappropriate; unbecoming
  683. Untenable
    Impossible; unsupportable.
  684. Unwarranted
    Groundless; lacking factual basis
  685. Unwieldy
    Hard to handle or manage.
  686. Unwitting
    Unaware; unintentional
  687. Upheaval
    A sudden, violent change.
  688. Uprear
    To lift or raise up.
  689. Upshot
    A result or outcome
  690. Upside
    The positive aspect of a situation
  691. Urbane
    Suave; sophisticated; debonair
  692. Usurious
    Charging excessive interest on money loaned.
  693. Uxoricide
    The crime of murdering one’s wife.
  694. Uxorious
    Submissive or doting towards one’s wife
  695. Vacuity
    Empty; without content
  696. Valedictory
    Saying farewell; of or pertaining to departing.
  697. Vanquish
    To defeat as in combat.
  698. Vapid
    Insipid; flat, dull or lifeless.
  699. Vegan
    A person who eats only vegetables, fruits, and grains and no animal products whatsoever.
  700. Venal
    Susceptible to bribes; corruptible or escessively devoted to selfish interests.
  701. Vendetta
    A bitter feud or grudge.
  702. Veneer
    A thin surface layer; a coating; a superficial surface or deceptive appearance.
  703. Venial
    Forgivable; excusable.
  704. Veracious
    Honest; truthful.
  705. Vermillion
    Scarlett red; bright red.
  706. Verve
    A spirited and enthusiastic manner; particularly when embodied in an artistic performance; an air of vitality
  707. Vex
    To irritate or bother
  708. Viable
    Capable of being performed or occurring.
  709. Vicissitude
    A fateful obstacle or turn of events.
  710. Vilify
    To defame; to slander
  711. Virtually
    Existing in effect, although not in actual fact or form.
  712. Virtuoso
    A supremely skilled artist
  713. Viscosity
    The thickness of a liquid.
  714. Vociferous
    Crying out loudly; noisy, especially in anger
  715. Volition
    The mental faculty associated with free will and unhindered, uncoerced choice.
  716. Voluble
    Talkative; gregarious
  717. Wan
    Without color; pallid; pale.
  718. Wanderlust
    A strong, innate desire to travel
  719. Wane
    To decrease in size, power, or intensity; to diminish; to decline.
  720. Wangle
    To get one’s own way by using manipulation or clever means.
  721. Wary
    On guard; watchful of danger; leery; suspicious.
  722. Waver
    To move back and forth on an issue before making a final decision; to sway; to quiver or flutter.
  723. Whelp
    The offspring of a female dog or of certain other animals.
  724. Whet
    To stimulate; also to sharpen a knife or a similar object by honing on a stone.
  725. Whimsical
    Fanciful; given to acting on sudden notions or ideas.
  726. Wile
    A clever trick meant to attain a goal.
  727. Winsome
    Pleasant; charming.
  728. Withered
    Shriveled; wrinkled and dried up.
  729. Witticism
    A witty saying or remark.
  730. Wont
    A habit or custom
  731. Wrest
    To take away, to pull away forcefully.
  732. Xenophobe
    One who fears anything foreign or different; one who regards people, places, or customs that differ from one’s own as inherently dangerous.
  733. Yammer
    To complain loudly; to whine.
  734. Yearling
    An animal that has entered its second year; also a horse that is one year old.
  735. Yore
    Former days; an era long past.
  736. Zest
    Gusto; vigor; spice; enjoyment.
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