If something is slowly and secretly causing harm, it's insidious — like the rumors no one seems to listen to until suddenly someone's reputation is ruined.
pernicious, subtle, harmful
The hem is the very bottom, folded edge of a piece of clothing.
prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
a deflection from my goal is unthinkable
Decipher means translate from code, or more generally, figure out.
(informal) small and of little importance
If you are making a fuss, settle down! A fuss is a state of excitement, and it's usually a out something not worth worrying or "fussing" about.
Havoc is a noun that means devastation or total mayhem. Havoc often wreaked by hurricanes, angry mobs, plundering Vikings, and wild parties that get out of control.
Phallic means resembling or related to a penis: people often talk about phallic shapes, like the Washington Monument.
to dig for something until you find it.
practice (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance.
subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision.
bring into a disordered or confusing state.
a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
A daze is a type of confusion, when you have a lack of clarity.
To be venerable is to be admired and respected because of your status or age. You will become venerable by achieving great things or just by living long enough
catch sight of.
Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds.
A state of disuse or inactivity
Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.
To put to confusion; to make feel someone uncomfortable or upset.
disturb the composure of; unsettle
without consolation or comfort; unhappy.
refuse to approve of (something).
To look upon with disfavor.
To injure the reputation of.
careful and circumspect in one's speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage
disordered clothing or hair
Disordered; disorderly; untidy.
To hide by pretending something different.
A breaking up of a union of persons.
To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret
Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.
Given to eating.
infer (something) from data; to draw out.
Exhausted, as having performed its functions
The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.
insolent or impertinent behavior.
impudence, impertinence, cheek
A lyric poem lamenting the dead
grow weak and thin or waste away physically
conspicuously inscribe or display (a design) on something
An encomium is a fancy word for a formal speech or piece of writing that warmly praises someone or something.
A burden or serious concern
Peculiar to some specified country or people.
To engrave is to carve into something, especially stone
To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.
to spur, urge, prod, encourage
Henry exhorted his colleagues to join him in protesting against the university’s hiring policies
When you describe something as exigent, you are saying it requires attention: it can't be ignored; urgent, critical
The patient has an exigent need for medication, or else he will lose his sight
erase or remove completely
Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to expunge all incriminating evidence from his tax files
suggest that someone is guilty
he refused to answer questions in order not to incriminate himself
To expurgate is to censor. Usually, people talk about expurgating bad words from something written or on TV.
feel extreme happiness or elation
When she found out she won the literature prize, Mary exulted by dancing and singing through the school’s halls
easy, requiring little effort
This game is so facile that even a four-year old can master it.
That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it
enthusiastic or passionate about something
ardent about being successful scientist
having a foul odor
I can tell from the fetid smell in your refrigerator that your milk has spoiled.
to chain, restrain
The dog was fettered to the parking meter
Guard dogs are known for the great fidelity they show toward their masters.
Using figurative language, Jane likened the storm to an angry bull
Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, Iam always flabbergasted when I learn the identity of the murderer
to thwart, frustrate, defeat, prevent from succeeding
Inspector Wilkens foiled the thieves by locking them in the bank along with their stolen money
to graze, rummage for food
When we got lost on our hiking trip, we foraged for berries and nuts in order to survive
to prevent, thwart, delay
To forestall the effects of aging, exercise and take care of your health all your life
lonely, abandoned, hopeless
When John broke up with his girlfriend, she felt sad and forlorn...
To forsake another person is to leave them entirely, usually in a moment of need.
to give up, renounce
My New Year’s resolution is to forsake smoking
Fraught means filled with something — often something bad. Your Thanksgiving was fraught with awkward moments when your family saw your blue hair, and it only got worse when you told them you'd quit law school to join the circus.
calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements.
the rhythm of the boat lulled her to sleep
frenzied, hectic, frantic
Kind of how you'd run around the kitchen madly trying to cook a last-minute dinner for 30 of your closest friends.
Although he’s been known to behave like a real jerk, I would say that my brother is an overall genial guy
overindulgence in food or drink
Ada’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin
My poor, hapless family never seems to pick a sunny week to goon vacation
greatly distressing, vexing
The car crash was a harrowing experience,but I have a feeling that the increase in my insurance premiums will be even more upsetting.
a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion, view, feeling, attitude
I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge
Hegemony is political or cultural dominance or authority over others. The hegemony of the popular kids over the other students means that they determine what is and is not cool
domination over others
extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone; worship of idols.
Xena’s idolatrous fawning over the band—following them on tour, starting their fan club, filming their documentary—is really beginning to get on my nerves.
forbidden, not permitted
A pamphlet is a little booklet with a soft (usually paper) cover that briefly addresses a particular subject of interest.
If your grades were as impeccable as your sister’s,then you too would receive a car for a graduation present
showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
impertinent, impudent, cheeky
He hated the insolent tone of her voice
1. (n.) an instrument, utensil, tool
Do you have a knife or some other sort of implement that I could use to pry the lid off of this jar?
2. (v.) to put into effect, to institute
unable to be captured or broken into.
Though the invaders used battering rams, catapults, the fortress proved impregnable and resisted all attacks.)
strike repeatedly with hard blows; pound heavily and insistently
casually rude, insolent, impertinent
The impudent young man lookedthe princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn’t asked him
incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech
Though he spoke for over an hour, the lecturer was completely inarticulate and the students had no idea what he was talking about
existing in the flesh, embodied
If you encounter someone who pulls off butterflies’ wings for fun, you might describe that person as “evil incarnate.”
An incendiary device is a bomb. Anincendiary statement is, "You're ugly, fat, and stupid." Both are likely to produce an explosion of one kind or another.
an enlargement; the process of increasing
The workmen made the wall longer, increment by increment
anger sparked by something unjust or unfair situation
If recess gets canceled for everyone because two students get into a fight, the rest of the student body will respond with indignation
notoriety, extreme ill repute
The infamy of his crime will not lessen as the decades pass
an injection of one substance into another; the permeation of one substance by another
The infusion of Eastern religion into Western philosophy created interesting new schools of thought
Her ingenious use of walnuts instead of the peanuts called for by the recipe was lauded by the other garden club members who found her cake delicious.
having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.
ingenious, enterprising, inventive, creative
wickedness or sin; absence of moral or spiritual values
“Your iniquity,” said the priest to the practical jokester,“will be forgiven.”
an order of official warning
After his house was toilet-papered for the fifth time, the mayor issued an injunction against anyone younger than 21 buying toilet paper.
During the debate, the politician made several innuendos about the sexual activities of his opponent
I’ve feared needles ever since I was inoculated against 37 diseases at age one; but I have also never been sick