If you know someone who's outgoing, sociable, and fond of the company of others, you might want to call her gregarious.
affected by bitterness, resentment, or envy
unnaturally yellow in complexion.
annoy, bother, irritate, or bedevil.
I was nettled by Alene's tone of superiority
A superlative is the highest attainable level or degree of something. As an adjective superlative means highest in quality.
To whet is to sharpen. You could whet a knife's blade with a whetting stone, or you could whet your appetite by having some Doritos.
If someone is belligerent, they're eager to fight. It's a good idea to avoid hardcore hockey fans after their team loses — they tend to be belligerent.
abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food.
she was so emaciated she could hardly stand
While this looks like a certain racial slur, it's really just a way of saying meager, stingy or ungenerous. If you get a niggardly share of cake, it means someone gave you a very small piece.
If you donate money to a charity or volunteer to help people in need, you can call your good deeds philanthropy.
charity; love of mankind
excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules and formalities, especially in public business.
this law will just create more red tape
single women bemoaning the absence of men
If you emancipate someone, you set them free from something. At the end of the Civil War, slaves were emancipated and became free men and women.
sudden loud laughter
A philistine is a person who doesn’t think a lot and isn't interested in learning. Your uncle Marvin, who's only interested in eating, sleeping, and watching game shows, could be considered a philistine.
smelling of; giving off odors
Choose the adjective benevolent for someone who does good deeds or shows goodwill. If your teacher collects homework with a benevolent smile, she's hoping that you've done a good job.
sorrow and repentance
In the truest sense, contrition is feeling sorry for committing a religious sin and being scared about the consequences. But anyone can feel general contrition for something they've done wrong.
When a person embezzles, it usually means that he is stealing money from his employer. If he is caught embezzling, it probably also means that he will soon be unemployed.
If your car sports a bumper sticker that reads, "my country, right or wrong," you might be accused of being jingoistic, or of taking your love for your country way too far
extremely patriotic; nationalistic
put right something that was wrong, fix a problem and make amends.
stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority.
involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation
she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew
If you are guileless, you are not a liar; frank; straightforward; honest
in a joking manner
rob (a place) using violence, especially in wartime; plunder
When something is so unnecessary that it could easily be done away with, like a fifth wheel on a car or a fifth person on a double date, call it superfluous.
flimsy; frail; delicate
compassion; gentleness; fondness
Contusion is really just a fancy word for a bad bruise
come out; appear
Use the noun jollity to describe having fun and being in an extremely good mood, like the jollity you feel when you win the big prize from the lottery
The noun nonentity refers to a person of no significance or importance. If you are a member of a sports team, but spend all your time sitting on the bench watching the rest of the team play, you will probably feel like a nonentity.
melancholy; pensive; expressing a longing for something
The tricky word conundrum is used to describe a riddle or puzzle, sometimes including a play on words or pun.
leave something in one's will to be given after one's death
The verb refute is to prove that something is wrong. When the kids you're babysitting swear they brushed their teeth, you can refute their claim by presenting the dry toothbrushes.
If you know someone who's totally addicted to luxurious things and all of life's pleasures, call them a sybarite. Unless she's inviting you over for champagne brunches and showering you with gifts — in which case you should keep your mouth shut.
To endue with life.
Conventional is an adjective for things that are normal, ordinary, and following the accepted way.
usual; customary; common
To endorse is to give support to someone or something. "I endorse this!" means "I think this is a good thing, and so should you."
Notoriety is fame you get from doing something bad or being part of a misfortune or scandal.
High school graduation is a pivotal moment in most people's lives — an important point that signifies a shift in direction.
of central importance
entertain or amuse (someone) with talk.
Zeal is dedication or enthusiasm for something. If you have zeal, you're willing, energized, and motivated
jurisprudence, the study and philosophy of law. You want to study jurisprudence? Get ready for law school, where you’ll find even longer, more troubling words.
Relegate means assign to a lower position. If the quarterback of the football team stops making decent throws he might be relegated to the position of benchwarmer, while another kid is given the chance to play.
Bestial sounds like beast, and that is precisely what it means, beast-like. When a human acts like an animal, their behavior is called bestial.
To proscribe something is to forbid or prohibit it, as a school principal might proscribe the use of cell phones in class.
If something eases your disappointment or grief, consider it a solace. If you're sad, you might find solace in music or in talking to your friends.
based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
his mealtimes were entirely arbitrary
(of a person or their behavior) tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.
to ask for; seek
Something variegated has many different colors, as in the trees of autumn or the feathers of a peacock(паун)
obscure; known only to a few people
show off; display in a showy manner
famous for something bad
When something becomes mellow, it gets softer or more relaxed. People are often said to mellow with age, meaning their aggressiveness, their sarcasm, and their short temper have given way to a more easygoing, genial manner.
1. lying face down
2. be overcome with extreme weakness
violence; fervor; forcefulness
secret; covert; stealthy
collection of live animals that people visit, study, or keep as pets.
If you patronize a business, you support it and shop there regularly. But if someone patronizes you, it's not so pleasant — they talk to you as if you were inferior or not very intelligent.
A protagonist is the central character in a story: the protagonist of Huckleberry Finn is — guess who? — Huckleberry Finn.
extremely strong, powerful, or intense emotion or force
An archetype is a perfect example of something.
openly disregard (a rule, law or convention).
these same companies still flout basic ethical practices
defy, disobey, reject
naïve, unsophisticated person
A mendacious person is one who tells lies habitually and intentionally.
Someone with venal motives is corrupt and maybe a little evil. Nobody wants to be thought of as venal.
You pay a bribe to get someone to do something they wouldn't do otherwise. It's usually dishonest and often criminal.
If you haven't got anything nice to say, then it's time to disparage someone. It means to belittle,criticize or degrade a person or idea.
To be flustered is to lose your cool. When you're flustered, you're embarrassed, agitated, or just confused.
worked-up; not calm
an ungrateful person
minor weakness; trivial offence
You know how some furniture looks like solid oak or maple until it gets chipped and reveals itself to be nothing more than some cheap particle-board covered with a thin layer of fancy wood? That thin layer is called a veneer.
To be inimical is to be harmful, antagonistic, or opposed to — like smoking two packs a day is to healthy lungs.
Mercurial describes someone whose mood or behavior is changeable and unpredictable, or someone who is clever, lively, and quick.
person who insists on strict adherence to rules or narrow learning
spare; bare; meager
of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime.
common; mundane; banal
superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
a specious argument
Some crimes are unforgivable. Others are venial — venial crimes and sins are excusable. They're not a big deal.
spread or disperse (something, especially information) widely.