A person may looks woebegone as a result of a calamity.
reject or void, especially by legal procedure.
cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract
his conviction was quashed on appeal
To brandish something is to wave it about aggressively, as one might brandish a sword or tennis racket
flourish, wave, shake, wield
To confide in someone is to tell them something privately. We confide in people we trust.
small amount of something; a bite
enthusiastic and lengthy applause
a steep or rugged cliff or rock face
a small cave
The zebra was beset by leopards
set free, emancipate
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
work hard, labor
an inimitable style
the term during which some position is held
incumbency, term of office
not genuine; fraudulent.
I thought your accent was a bit phony
bogus, false, fake, fraudulent, spurious
make (information) known; communicate.
announce, proclaim, herald, promulgate, broadcast
make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack
avenge, revenge, reprisal, retribution, vengeance
appease, conciliate, make up
the pagans thought it was important to propitiate the gods with sacrifices
the action of spending funds; expenses
emitting light as a result of being heated
displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious.
A glut is too much of something
surplus, excess, surfeit, superfluity
to help someone understand; uplift
a crime that undermines the offender's government
treachery, disloyalty, betrayal
Sedition is the illegal act of inciting people to resist or rebel against the government in power. It's what the southern states did at the start of the Civil War.
1. an event with a powerful and unpleasant effect; a blow.
the third whammy was the degradation of the financial system
voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up, renounce
he relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive
lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing, dishonesty
search for and collect (anything usable) from discarded waste
If you're looking for a replacement part for a vintage car, you might scavenge at the dump for a suitable part.
destructive to both sides in a conflict
seize and carry off (someone) by force.
her child was ravished from her breast
seize, snatch, carry off/away, steal, abduct
perceive or recognize (something)
I can discern no difference between the two policies
take away a part from; cut down on; make a reduction in; diminish
His bad manners detract from his good character
To flounce is to move in an exaggerated, emphatic way, especially if your movement expresses anger or impatience.
expressing sorrow; mournful
breathing with difficulty and making whistling sound
the air was full of ash, and they coughed and wheezed
1. delicately small and pretty
2. something good to eat; a delicacy.
an angular or rounded shape made by folding
bend, crimp, fold
To growl is to make a low, guttural, aggressive sound, like “grrrrrrrrrrr.” If you’ve ever gotten too close to an angry dog, you’ve probably heard a growl
To muffle is to quiet a sound, usually by wrapping it with something. If you try to speak with a scarf over your mouth, your voice will be muffled.
burn with a hot liquid or steam
a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one
Something kind of hard like taking a test can be an ordeal, but often an ordeal is a serious and long-lasting event, like an illness or tragedy
feel about uncertainly or blindly
She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom
scrape or brush the surface of (a shoe or other object) against something
scrape, scratch, rub, abrade
A grunt is a short, deep sound.
intensely painful, agonizing, acute, intense
excruciating back pain
to complain about something clearly but quietly, in a low mutter.
To pounce is to attack suddenly by leaping onto your prey. A tiger will slowly sneak up on its prey and then suddenly pounce, using speed as much as strength to make the kill.
unpleasantly sticky or messy substance.
humorous in a playful, mischievous, or facetious manner.
a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
the basis of a theory
into parts or pieces, apart
curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
express strong disapproval of, deplore
a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter
use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something
get down on feet and begging for something
When you mangle something, you completely destroy it, by ripping, cutting, crushing, or otherwise mauling it into pieces.
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies, free will
To flunk is to do poorly on a test or in a class. One way to avoid flunking is to start studying several nights before a test.
a person's orders or command.
instruction, requirement, demand, insistence
To fidget is to make little movements with your hands and feet. Even if you're nervous during your job interview, try not to fidget.
wriggle, squirm, twitch, jiggle, shuffle
walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions.
extremely bad; appalling.
awful, terrible, frightful, atrocious
a fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague
Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
jump or dive quickly and energetically.
Joy plunged into the sea
The advent of something means that it's finally here.
Something that is done because of an unreasonable behavior, without any sense
1. to indulge yourself
2. be showy or ostentatious
to become wrinkled or creased.
a varied mixture of people or things; a miscellany.
an interesting medley of flavors
press down tightly
A breach is a violation of a law, duty, or promise. If you'd contracted to mow your neighbor's lawn and don't do it, he can sue you for breach of contract. Or he can mow the lawn himself.
speak in a slow, lazy way with prolonged vowel sounds.
To bewilder is to amaze, baffle, dumbfound, flummox, perplex, or stupefy. When you bewilder people, you confuse them
smelling of; giving off odors
sorrow and repentance
stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority.
making meaningless noises
blabber, chatter, clack, gabble
cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations
the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
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 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.
lacking in shape
A frolic is a light-hearted, fun, often silly activity. To frolic is to cavort, romp, or run around — to have fun.
swagger; show off
Intransigence is a stubborn refusal to change your views.
1. something that is hunted for food; pray
2. mine for stone
having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.
(of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age
emaciated; bony and angular
very lively; cheerful; jovial; happy
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
nomadic; moving from place to place
hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed.
flimsy, not solid, shaky.
to get angry
payment for work done
As its sound might suggest, plaudit is indeed related to "applaud" and "applause." In fact it's really just a fancy way of saying "praise" or "acclamation."
Destitution is an unfortunate state in which a person lacks something important — like money, food, companionship, or even hope
it precedes something or serves as an example
drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.
stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose
a sudden panicked rush of a number of horses, cattle, or other animals.
A squabble is a fight but not necessarily a serious one. When we squabble, we have a little argument, probably about something not too important.
a short excursion or journey for pleasure.
trip, pleasure trip
clear (someone) of blame or suspicion
hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict
To flail means to wave around wildly.
When you use the word emanate, you're usually talking about lights, sounds or unseen forces coming out of a specific source. If you hear creepy sounds emanating from an old house, that might mean it's haunted.
shell, hull, pod, case
To lurch is to suddenly move — usually forward. If you are on a ship that lurches a lot during a storm, you may find your body lurching in one direction and your stomach going in the opposite one.
If you need to be untangled, set free or otherwise released from something or someone, you need to be extricated.
praise formally or officially
he was commended by the judge for his courageous actions
To recuperate is to get something back that you have lost — could be good health, or money lost in a bad investment. When you recuperate, you heal and recover.
extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic
an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child
He has temper tantrums if he can't get his own way.
Scrubby tufts of grass.
the action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint
The payment was made under compulsion.
A compulsory examination
claim to be, profess to be, pretend to be
Use purport when you want to convince people about something that might not be true, like when you purport that the dog ate your homework.
Revelry is a wild, fun time. If you enjoy the revelry of a New Year's Eve party, you might pay for partying hard the next day.
go or move back or further away from a previous position
the flood waters had receded
protest against official policy; dissent, disagreement
To wean yourself from something is to gradually eliminate that thing from your life; disengage
aggressively greedy or grasping.
greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, covetous
litter, mess up, disarrange
limitation of supply or effort; skimp
A habit that is intrinsic to parsimonious type of people
Jubilation is a happy word. Where there is jubilation, there are laughter, smiles, laughs, joy, and gladness.
of the nature of or indicative of disease
The treatment of morbid obesity
Expiate means to make amends or atone for a wrong you or someone else has committed.
When you conceal something, you are keeping it from being discovered
suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at
Abjure means to swear off, and it applies to something you once believed.
using secretive method
A herd is a bunch of animals, or — people who act like a bunch of animals. It's also a verb — when people herd animals, they try to keep them moving in the same direction
to twist in pain; suffer acutely
He writhed in pain as the dentist pulled his molar free.
wise, judicious, sagacious, sage, shrewd
1. censure or criticize severely.
2. tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
A preamble is a brief introduction to a speech, like the Preamble to the Constitution that starts out "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union...do ordain and establish this Constitution."
to express disapproval; criticize
revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)
The government eventually rescinded the directive.
feeling about future event
He had a premonition of imminent disaster.
the state of being barred from one's native country, typically for political or punitive reasons; banish
to charge, especially with a crime
phrase or idea that have been overused
To lurk is to creep around, hide out, and wait to attack.
to gain the favor of another by effort.
He quickly ingratiated himself with his new boss.
sharing a boundary; adjacent
Illinois and Indiana have contiguous borders.
become progressively worse
deviate, go off on a tangent, get off the subject
A contingency is an event you can't be sure will happen or not.