cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations.
a sculpture or model of a person
making meaningless noises
blabber, chatter, clack, gabble
Raucous means unpleasantly loud, or behaving in a noisy and disorderly way. It can be hard to give an oral report in the front of a classroom when the kids in the back are being raucous.
surrender; give up
To waive is to give up one's right to do something. If you waive your right to help name your family's new puppy, you can't complain if he ends up being called "Mr. Tinkerbell Sweetheart Lovey-Face."
To begrudge someone for something is to wish them ill for it or to envy them. Try not to begrudge his getting the promotion over you — he's been at the company longer.
solidify or coagulate, especially by cooling.
When liquid starts to thicken and become solid, it coagulates. When you get a cut, the blood flowing from the wound will coagulate: it will start to clot and form a solid scab so you will stop bleeding.
expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
(of speech or writing) effusive or exaggeratedly enthusiastic
hostile; unfriendly; cold; icy
If you're a straight-A student and still you worry about failing all of your classes, you're being irrational. Your fears are not based on fact and not likely to come true.
If you devote long hours to the arts of attention and analysis, you might develop the perspicacity required to become a really good detective.
deceit used in order to achieve one's goal.
trickery, deviousness, deceit
Egalitarianism is the belief that all people are created equal. Remember the Reverend Martin Luther King? He was a fervent believer in egalitarianism.
Use fervent to describe a person or thing that shows very strong feelings or enthusiasm. If you have a fervent desire to become an actress, you'll stop at nothing to realize your dream.
provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction.
beyond criticism; faultless
his private life was irreproachable
Something pertinent is relevant and on-point. If you give your best friend pertinent advice, that means the advice is appropriate for the situation.
a refutation or contradiction
denial, countering, invalidation
Describe yourself as wary if you don't quite trust someone or something and want to proceed with caution. Be wary of risky things like wild mushrooms and Internet deals!
argue or elaborate (a subject) in excessive detail.
explain in unnecessary detail
critics thought they belabored the obvious
person with refined taste and good judgment
1. to annoy; aggravate; vex
When you grate something you rip it to shreds, like a pound of solid cheese that you shred for a recipe.
cannot be cancelled; unchangeable
disclaim; retract statement
rebellious; revolutionary; insurgent, seditious
in opposition to a civil authority or government
to increase; to grow
The verb wax is most often found in the company of its opposite, "wane." To wax is to grow larger or increase, whereas wane means to grow smaller or decrease.
trouble or annoy (someone) with frequent or persistent requests or interruptions
she constantly pestered him with telephone calls
If you want to leave a place, you need a means of egress, or a way to exit, such as a door or window.
When something is pervasive, it's everywhere. Common things are pervasive— like greed and cheap perfume.
Something that is succinct is short and clear. If you're going to be interviewed on television about your new book and only have a five minute slot, you'll need to come up with a succinct version of your story.
concise, short (and sweet), brief, compact, terse
When you waylay someone, you stop them from doing what they were going to do, either by using violence or some other tactic.
accost; stop; approach; hinder
To accost is to approach someone aggressively or confront them in an inappropriate way.
tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.
meals to tempt the most jaded appetites
2. If you scare someone so much they can't move, you petrify them. Petrify is to make something like a stone or to literally turn to stone.
A receptacle is a container that's used for holding or storing things. If you are having a party on a rainy day, you can put a receptacle outside your door for your guests' umbrellas.
container; vessel; holder
someone who campaigns for voting rights, especially to women.
a newly coined word or expression
When you're peevish, you're easily irritated and grumpy. Everything seems to get under your skin.
It doesn't sound as cute as "puppy," but whelp means the same thing: a baby dog or wolf.
demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.
a group of bellicose patriots
Consummate means complete or finished.
easy to control; submissive
1. monotonous noise (n)
2. to speak with no emotion (v)
A throng is a crowd of people or animals. On the crowded platform, the throng of passengers attempted to push their way into the already overcrowded subway car.
promote; take up; support
not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
lax security arrangements at the airport
To obviate means to eliminate the need for something or to prevent something from happening. If you want to obviate the possibility of a roach infestation, clean your kitchen regularly.
a person who acts in an affected manner in order to impress others.
While the adjective torpid sounds a lot like the noun torpedo, it actually describes something slow or even inactive, like the torpedo that's just sitting around before it's launched.
A bulwark is a wall built for protection or defense.
fortification; barricade; wall
no longer existing or functioning
the study of word origins
extremely unpleasant; repulsive
If you obsess about your health and imagine you have the symptoms of a disease (or diseases), you may well be a hypochondriac and should seek therapy.
occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator
he was awarded a posthumous Military Cross
If you spin yourself around until you are dizzy, you will likely totter if you try to step forward. Totter is a verb that means "move unsteadily, as though you are about to fall down."
Someone with alacrity shows cheerful willingness and eager behavior, like a kid whose mother has told him he can buy anything in a candy store.
Use the verb burgeon to describe something that is growing, expanding, and flourishing. If you have a green thumb(natural skill for gardening), in the spring your flower gardens will burgeon in a cacophony of color.
If something is deleterious, it does harm or makes things worse. Smoking has obvious deleterious effects on your health, not to mention your social life.
a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive
"downsizing” as a euphemism for cuts
professing feelings or virtues one does not have
When you ogle someone, you look at them with love or desire in mind. And if you're a cartoon character, you might also be drooling.
To be lecherous is to be full of strong sexual desire and to act on it, usually in an unpleasant way.
suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.
Physicists postulate the existence of parallel universes, which is a little mind-blowing.
That seductive gleam on that Porsche behind the dealer's window? It's called a burnish, a gloss only achieved by loads of polishing.
the quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words.
If something is potable that means it's safe to drink. In developed countries, tap water is usually potable. Puddle water is not.
Rotund describes anything that's plump or round, like a teapot or your chubby Aunt Agnes.
You can buttress an argument with solid facts or your financial portfolio with safe investments. You may find that giving compliments to everyone you meet buttresses your popularity. To buttress is to sustain or reinforce.
a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first
Someone who is a libertarian advocates the importance of the individual over government control — libertarians believe strongly in freedom.
giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious
there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead
A dark, stormy sky on the day of a wedding can be seen as inauspicious, and so can an awkward job interview. The opposite of inauspicious is auspicious, which means lucky or promising.
When you ruminate, it means you are thinking very deeply about something.
a line giving the name of the writer of a story or article
humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, shameful
a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
To describe a person or a solution that takes a realistic approach, consider the adjective pragmatic. The four-year-old who wants a unicorn for her birthday isn't being very pragmatic.
condemn; speak out against
It’s understandable if you get exasperated,or really frustrated, if you’re standing in the supermarket's express lane and everyone in front of you has way more than the 10-item maximum.
Ignominy is a noun meaning great public shame, disgrace, or embarrassment, or a situation or event that causes this.
Have you ever seen people who can bend so easily, they can touch their heels to the back of their heads? That person is, in a word,lithe.
practical person; one who is concerned with usefulness
When you coax someone, you try to convince him gently, with pleasant words and maybe a little flattery. You’ll have to be patient, as you can’t rush someone you’re trying to coax.
very bad (something which we should object to)
as long as the language is not exceptionable, people can discuss any topic they want in the chat room
To illuminate is to light up — with physical light or with an idea. A spotlight might illuminate an actor on stage, and a good Chemistry teacher might illuminate students with a lesson on the atomic structure of hydrogen.
If you're livid, you're furious, in a black cloud of anger. The Latin root this word comes from means "bluish-gray" or "slate-colored," and you can also use livid to describe the color, such as a livid bruise or a livid sea.
(of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome
he found his duties increasingly onerous
regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
very holy; inviolable
The verb traverse means to travel across an extended area; to move across
My dream was to traverse the country by car, but not any more