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superficial
adj. Knowing and understanding only the ordinary and the obvious.
superfluity
n. That part of anything that is in excess of what is needed.
superfluous
adj. Being more than is needed.
superheat
v. To heat to excess.
superintend
v. To have the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement.
superintendence
n. Direction and management.
superintendent
n. One who has the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement.
superlative
n. That which is of the highest possible excellence or eminence.
supernatural
adj. Caused miraculously or by the immediate exercise of divine power.
supernumerary
adj. Superfluous.
supersede
v. To displace.
supine
adj. Lying on the back.
supplant
v. To take the place of.
supple
adj. Easily bent.
supplementary
adj. Being an addition to.
supplicant
n. One who asks humbly and earnestly.
supplicate
v. To beg.
supposition
n. Conjecture.
suppress
v. To prevent from being disclosed or punished.
suppressible
adj. Capable of being suppressed.
suppression
n. A forcible putting or keeping down.
supramundane
adj. Supernatural.
surcharge
n. An additional amount charged.
surety
n. Security for payment or performance.
surfeit
v. To feed to fullness or to satiety.
surmise
v. To conjecture.
surmount
v. To overcome by force of will.
surreptitious
adj. Clandestine.
surrogate
n. One who or that which is substituted for or appointed to act in place of another.
surround
v. To encircle.
surveyor
n. A land-measurer.
susceptibility
n. A specific capability of feeling or emotion.
susceptible
adj. Easily under a specified power or influence.
suspense
n. Uncertainty.
suspension
n. A hanging from a support.
suspicious
adj. Inclined to doubt or mistrust.
sustenance
n. Food.
swarthy
adj. Having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion.
Sybarite
n. A luxurious person.
sycophant
n. A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.
syllabic
adj. Consisting of that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.
syllabication
n. Division of words into that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.
syllable
n. That which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.
syllabus
n. Outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise.
sylph
n. A slender, graceful young woman or girl.
symmetrical
adj. Well-balanced.
symmetry
n. Relative proportion and harmony.
sympathetic
adj. Having a fellow-feeling for or like feelings with another or others.
sympathize
v. To share the sentiments or mental states of another.
symphonic
adj. Characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.
symphonious
adj. Marked by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.
symphony
n. A harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.
synchronism
n. Simultaneousness.
syndicate
n. An association of individuals united for the prosecution of some enterprise.
syneresis
n. The coalescence of two vowels or syllables, as e'er for ever.
synod
n. An ecclesiastical council.
synonym
n. A word having the same or almost the same meaning as some other.
synopsis
n. A syllabus or summary.
systematic
adj. Methodical.
tableau
n. An arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life.
tacit
adj. Understood.
taciturn
adj. Disinclined to conversation.
tack
n. A small sharp-pointed nail.
tact
n. Fine or ready mental discernment shown in saying or doing the proper thing.
tactician
n. One who directs affairs with skill and shrewdness.
tactics
n. Any maneuvering or adroit management for effecting an object.
tangency
n. The state of touching.
tangent
adj. Touching.
tangible
adj. Perceptible by touch.
tannery
n. A place where leather is tanned.
tantalize
v. To tease.
tantamount
adj. Having equal or equivalent value, effect, or import.
tapestry
n. A fabric to which a pattern is applied with a needle, designed for ornamental hangings.
tarnish
v. To lessen or destroy the luster of in any way.
taut
adj. Stretched tight.
taxation
n. A levy, by government, of a fixed contribution.
taxidermy
n. The art or process of preserving dead animals or parts of them.
technic
adj. Technical.
technicality
n. Something peculiar to a particular art, trade, or the like.
technique
n. Manner of performance.
technography
n. The scientific description or study of human arts and industries in their historic development.
technology
n. The knowledge relating to industries and manufactures.
teem
v. To be full to overflowing.
telepathy
n. Thought-transference.
telephony
n. The art or process of communicating by telephone.
telescope
v. To drive together so that one slides into the another like the sections of a spy- glass.
telltale
adj. That gives warning or information.
temerity
n. Recklessness.
temporal
adj. Pertaining to or concerned with the affairs of the present life.
temporary
adj. Lasting for a short time only.
temporize
v. To pursue a policy of delay.
tempt
v. To offer to (somebody) an inducement to do wrong.
tempter
n. An allurer or enticer to evil.
tenacious
adj. Unyielding.
tenant
n. An occupant.
tendency
n. Direction or inclination, as toward some objector end.
tenet
n. Any opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine that a person believes or maintains as true.
tenor
n. A settled course or manner of progress.
tense
adj. Strained to stiffness.
tentative
adj. Done as an experiment.
tenure
n. The term during which a thing is held.
tercentenary
adj. Pertaining to a period of 300 years.
termagant
adj. Violently abusive and quarrelsome.
terminal
adj. Pertaining to or creative of a boundary, limit.
terminate
v. To put an end or stop to.
termination
n. The act of ending or concluding.
terminus
n. The final point or goal.
terrify
v. To fill with extreme fear.
territorial
adj. Pertaining to the domain over which a sovereign state exercises jurisdiction.
terse
adj. Pithy.
testament
n. A will.
testator
n. The maker of a will.
testimonial
n. A formal token of regard, often presented in public.
thearchy
n. Government by a supreme deity.
theism
n. Belief in God.
theocracy
n. A government administered by ecclesiastics.
theocrasy
n. The mixed worship of polytheism.
theologian
n. A professor of divinity.
theological
adj. Based on or growing out of divine revelation.
theology
n. The branch of theological science that treats of God.
theoretical
adj. Directed toward knowledge for its own sake without respect to applications.
theorist
n. One given to speculating.
theorize
v. To speculate.
thereabout
adv. Near that number, quantity, degree, place, or time, approximately.
therefor
adv. For that or this.
thermal
adj. Of or pertaining to heat.
thermoelectric
adj. Denoting electricity produced by heat.
thermoelectricity
n. Electricity generated by differences of temperature,
thesis
n. An essay or treatise on a particular subject.
thoroughbred
adj. Bred from the best or purest blood or stock.
thoroughfare
n. A public street or road.
thrall
n. One controlled by an appetite or a passion.
tilth
n. Cultivation.
timbre
n. The quality of a tone, as distinguished from intensity and pitch.
timorous
adj. Lacking courage.
tincture
n. A solution, usually alcoholic, of some principle used in medicine.
tinge
n. A faint trace of color.
tipsy
adj. Befuddled with drinks.
tirade
n. Harangue.
tireless
adj. Untiring.
tiresome
adj. Wearisome.
Titanic
adj. Of vast size or strength.
toilsome
adj. Laborious.
tolerable
adj. Moderately good.
tolerance
n. Forbearance in judging of the acts or opinions of others.
tolerant
adj. Indulgent.
tolerate
v. To passively permit or put up with.
toleration
n. A spirit of charitable leniency.
topography
n. The art of representing on a map the physical features of any locality or region with accuracy.
torpor
n. Apathy.
torrid
adj. Excessively hot.
tortious
adj. Wrongful.
tortuous
adj. Abounding in irregular bends or turns.
torturous
adj. Marked by extreme suffering.
tractable
adj. Easily led or controlled.
trait
n. A distinguishing feature or quality.
trajectory
n. The path described by a projectile moving under given forces.
trammel
n. An impediment.
tranquil
adj. Calm.
tranquilize
v. To soothe.
tranquility
n. Calmness.
transalpine
adj. Situated on the other side of the Alps.
transact
v. To do business.
transatlantic
adj. Situated beyond or on the other side of the Atlantic.
transcend
v. To surpass.
transcendent
adj. Surpassing.
transcontinental
adj. Extending or passing across a continent.
transcribe
v. To write over again (something already written)
transcript
n. A copy made directly from an original.
transfer
v. To convey, remove, or cause to pass from one person or place to another.
transferable
adj. Capable of being conveyed from one person or place to another.
transferee
n. The person to whom a transfer is made.
transference
n. The act of conveying from one person or place to another.
transferrer
n. One who or that which conveys from one person or place to another.
transfigure
v. To give an exalted meaning or glorified appearance to.
transfuse
v. To pour or cause to pass, as a fluid, from one vessel to another.
transfusible
adj. Capable of being poured from one vessel to another.
transfusion
n. The act of pouring from one vessel to another.
transgress
v. To break a law.
transience
n. Something that is of short duration.
transient
n. One who or that which is only of temporary existence.
transition
n. Passage from one place, condition, or action to another.
transitory
adj. Existing for a short time only.
translate
v. To give the sense or equivalent of in another language or dialect.
translator
n. An interpreter.
translucence
n. The property or state of allowing the passage of light.
translucent
adj. Allowing the passage of light.
transmissible
adj. That may e sent through or across.
transmission
n. The act of sending through or across.
transmit
v. To send trough or across.
transmute
v. To change in nature, substance, or form.
transparent
adj. Easy to see through or understand.
transpire
v. To come to pass.
transplant
v. To remove and plant in another place.
transposition
n. The act of reversing the order or changing the place of.
transverse
adj. Lying or being across or in a crosswise direction.
travail
n. Hard or agonizing labor.
travesty
n. A grotesque imitation.
treacherous
adj. Perfidious.
treachery
n. Violation of allegiance, confidence, or plighted faith.
treasonable
adj. Of the nature of betrayal, treachery, or breech of allegiance.
treatise
n. An elaborate literary composition presenting a subject in all its parts.
treble
adj. Multiplied by three.
trebly
adv. Triply.
tremendous
adj. Awe-inspiring.
tremor
n. An involuntary trembling or shivering.
tremulous
adj. Characterized by quivering or unsteadiness.
trenchant
adj. Cutting deeply and quickly.
trepidation
n. Nervous uncertainty of feeling.
trestle
n. An open braced framework for supporting the horizontal stringers of a railway- bridge.
triad
n. A group of three persons of things.
tribune
n. Any champion of the rights and liberties of the people: often used as the name for a newspaper.
trickery
n. Artifice.
tricolor
adj. Of three colors.
tricycle
n. A three-wheeled vehicle.
trident
n. The three-pronged fork that was the emblem of Neptune.
triennial
adj. Taking place every third year.
trimness
n. Neatness.
trinity
n. A threefold personality existing in the one divine being or substance.
trio
n. Three things grouped or associated together.
triple
adj. Threefold.
triplicate
adj. Composed of or pertaining to three related things or parts.
triplicity
n. The state of being triple or threefold.
tripod
n. A three-legged stand, usually hinged near the top, for supporting some instrument.
trisect
v. To divide into three parts, especially into three equal parts.
trite
adj. Made commonplace by frequent repetition.
triumvir
n. One of three men united coordinately in public office or authority.
trivial
adj. Of little importance or value.
troublesome
adj. Burdensome.
truculence
n. Ferocity.
truculent
adj. Having the character or the spirit of a savage.
truism
n. A statement so plainly true as hardly to require statement or proof.
truthful
adj. Veracious.
turgid
adj. Swollen.
turpitude
n. Depravity.
tutelage
n. The act of training or the state of being under instruction.
tutelar
adj. Protective.
tutorship
n. The office of a guardian.
twinge
n. A darting momentary local pain.
typical
adj. Characteristic.
typify
v. To serve as a characteristic example of.
typographical
adj. Pertaining to typography or printing.
typography
n. The arrangement of composed type, or the appearance of printed matter.
tyrannical
adj. Despotic.
tyranny
n. Absolute power arbitrarily or unjustly administrated.
tyro
n. One slightly skilled in or acquainted with any trade or profession.
ubiquitous
adj. Being present everywhere.
ulterior
adj. Not so pertinent as something else to the matter spoken of.
ultimate
adj. Beyond which there is nothing else.
ultimatum
n. A final statement or proposal, as concerning terms or conditions.
ultramundane
adj. Pertaining to supernatural things or to another life.
ultramontane
adj. Beyond the mountains, especially beyond the Alps (that is, on their Italian side).
umbrage
n. A sense of injury.
unaccountable
adj. Inexplicable.
unaffected
adj. Sincere.
unanimous
adj. Sharing the same views or sentiments.
unanimity
n. The state or quality of being of one mind.
unavoidable
adj. Inevitable.
unbearable
adj. Unendurable.
unbecoming
adj. Unsuited to the wearer, place, or surroundings.
unbelief
n. Doubt.
unbiased
adj. Impartial, as judgment.
unbridled
adj. Being without restraint.
uncommon
adj. Rare.
unconscionable
adj. Ridiculously or unjustly excessive.
unconscious
adj. Not cognizant of objects, actions, etc.
unction
n. The art of anointing as with oil.
unctuous
adj. Oily.
undeceive
v. To free from deception, as by apprising of the real state of affairs.
undercharge
v. To make an inadequate charge for.
underexposed
adj. Insufficiently exposed for proper or full development, as negatives in photography.
undergarment
n. A garment to be worn under the ordinary outer garments.
underman
v. To equip with less than the full complement of men.
undersell
v. To sell at a lower price than.
undersized
adj. Of less than the customary size.
underhanded
adj. Clandestinely carried on.
underlie
v. To be the ground or support of.
underling
n. A subordinate.
undermine
v. To subvert in an underhand way.
underrate
v. To undervalue.
understate
v. To fail to put strongly enough, as a case.
undervalue
v. To underestimate.
underworld
n. Hades.
underwrite
v. To issue or be party to the issue of a policy of insurance.
undue
adj. More than sufficient.
undulate
v. To move like a wave or in waves.
undulous
adj. Resembling waves.
unfavorable
adj. Adverse.
ungainly
adj. Clumsy.
unguent
n. Any ointment or lubricant for local application.
unicellular
adj. Consisting of a single cell.
univalence
n. Monovalency.
unify
v. To cause to be one.
unique
adj. Being the only one of its kind.
unison
n. A condition of perfect agreement and accord.
unisonant
adj. Being in a condition of perfect agreement and accord.
Unitarian
adj. Pertaining to a religious body that rejects the doctrine of the Trinity.
unlawful
adj. Illegal.
unlimited
adj. Unconstrained.
unnatural
adj. Artificial.
unnecessary
adj. Not essential under the circumstances.
unsettle
v. To put into confusion.
unsophisticated
adj. Showing inexperience.
unspeakable
adj. Abominable.
untimely
adj. Unseasonable.
untoward
adj. Causing annoyance or hindrance.
unutterable
adj. Inexpressible.
unwieldy
adj. Moved or managed with difficulty, as from great size or awkward shape.
unwise
adj. Foolish.
unyoke
v. To separate.
up-keep
n. Maintenance.
upbraid
v. To reproach as deserving blame.
upcast
n. A throwing upward.
upheaval
n. Overthrow or violent disturbance of established order or condition.
upheave
v. To raise or lift with effort.
uppermost
adj. First in order of precedence.
uproarious
adj. Noisy.
uproot
v. To eradicate.
upturn
v. To throw into confusion.
urban
adj. Of, or pertaining to, or like a city.
urbanity
n. Refined or elegant courtesy.
urchin
n. A roguish, mischievous boy.
urgency
n. The pressure of necessity.
usage
n. Treatment.
usurious
adj. Taking unlawful or exorbitant interest on money loaned.
usurp
v. To take possession of by force.
usury
n. The demanding for the use of money as a loan, a rate of interest beyond what is allowed by law.
utilitarianism
n. The ethical doctrine that actions are right because they are useful or of beneficial tendency.
utility
n. Fitness for some desirable practical purpose.
utmost
n. The greatest possible extent.
vacate
v. To leave.
vaccinate
v. To inoculate with vaccine virus or virus of cowpox.
vacillate
v. To waver.
vacuous
adj. Empty.
vacuum
n. A space entirely devoid of matter.
vagabond
n. A wanderer.
vagrant
n. An idle wanderer.
vainglory
n. Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.
vale
n. Level or low land between hills.
valediction
n. A bidding farewell.
valedictorian
n. Student who delivers an address at graduating exercises of an educational institution.
valedictory
n. A parting address.
valid
adj. Founded on truth.
valorous
adj. Courageous.
vapid
adj. Having lost sparkling quality and flavor.
vaporizer
n. An atomizer.
variable
adj. Having a tendency to change.
variance
n. Change.
variant
n. A thing that differs from another in form only, being the same in essence or substance.
variation
n. Modification.
variegate
v. To mark with different shades or colors.
vassal
n. A slave or bondman.
vaudeville
n. A variety show.
vegetal
adj. Of or pertaining to plants.
vegetarian
n. One who believes in the theory that man's food should be exclusively vegetable.
vegetate
v. To live in a monotonous, passive way without exercise of the mental faculties.
vegetation
n. Plant-life in the aggregate.
vegetative
adj. Pertaining to the process of plant-life.
vehement
adj. Very eager or urgent.
velocity
n. Rapid motion.
velvety
adj. Marked by lightness and softness.
venal
adj. Mercenary, corrupt.
vendible
adj. Marketable.
vendition
n. The act of selling.
vendor
n. A seller.
veneer
n. Outside show or elegance.
venerable
adj. Meriting or commanding high esteem.
venerate
v. To cherish reverentially.
venereal
adj. Pertaining to or proceeding from sexual intercourse.
venial
adj. That may be pardoned or forgiven, a forgivable sin.
venison
n. The flesh of deer.
venom
n. The poisonous fluid that certain animals secrete.
venous
adj. Of, pertaining to, or contained or carried in a vein or veins.
veracious
adj. Habitually disposed to speak the truth.
veracity
n. Truthfulness.
verbatim
adv. Word for word.
verbiage
n. Use of many words without necessity.
verbose
adj. Wordy.
verdant
adj. Green with vegetation.
verification
n. The act of proving to be true, exact, or accurate.
verify
v. To prove to be true, exact, or accurate.
verily
adv. In truth.
verity
n. Truth.
vermin
n. A noxious or troublesome animal.
vernacular
n. The language of one's country.
vernal
adj. Belonging to or suggestive of the spring.
versatile
adj. Having an aptitude for applying oneself to new and varied tasks or to various subjects.
version
n. A description or report of something as modified by one's character or opinion.
vertex
n. Apex.
vertical
adj. Lying or directed perpendicularly to the horizon.
vertigo
n. Dizziness.
vestige
n. A visible trace, mark, or impression, of something absent, lost, or gone.
vestment
n. Clothing or covering.
veto
n. The constitutional right in a chief executive of refusing to approve an enactment.
vicarious
adj. Suffered or done in place of or for the sake of another.
viceroy
n. A ruler acting with royal authority in place of the sovereign in a colony or province.
vicissitude
n. A change, especially a complete change, of condition or circumstances, as of fortune.
vie
v. To contend.
vigilance
n. Alert and intent mental watchfulness in guarding against danger.
vigilant
adj. Being on the alert to discover and ward off danger or insure safety.
vignette
n. A picture having a background or that is shaded off gradually.
vincible
adj. Conquerable.
vindicate
v. To prove true, right, or real.
vindicatory
adj. Punitive.
vindicative
adj. Revengeful.
vinery
n. A greenhouse for grapes.
viol
n. A stringed instrument of the violin class.
viola
n. A musical instrument somewhat larger than a violin.
violator
n. One who transgresses.
violation
n. Infringement.
violoncello
n. A stringed instrument held between the player's knees.
virago
n. A bold, impudent, turbulent woman.
virile
adj. Masculine.
virtu
n. Rare, curious, or beautiful quality.
virtual
adj. Being in essence or effect, but not in form or appearance.
virtuoso
n. A master in the technique of some particular fine art.
virulence
n. Extreme poisonousness.
virulent
adj. Exceedingly noxious or deleterious.
visage
n. The face, countenance, or look of a person.
viscount
n. In England, a title of nobility, ranking fourth in the order of British peerage.
vista
n. A view or prospect.
visual
adj. Perceptible by sight.
visualize
v. To give pictorial vividness to a mental representation.
vitality
n. The state or quality of being necessary to existence or continuance.
vitalize
v. To endow with life or energy.
vitiate
v. To contaminate.
vituperable
adj. Deserving of censure.
vivacity
n. Liveliness.
vivify
v. To endue with life.
vivisection
n. The dissection of a living animal.
vocable
n. a word, especially one regarded in relation merely to its qualities of sound.
vocative
adj. Of or pertaining to the act of calling.
vociferance
n. The quality of making a clamor.
vociferate
v. To utter with a loud and vehement voice.
vociferous
adj. Making a loud outcry.
vogue
n. The prevalent way or fashion.
volant
adj. Flying or able to fly.
volatile
adj. Changeable.
volition
n. An act or exercise of will.
volitive
adj. Exercising the will.
voluble
adj. Having great fluency in speaking.
voluptuous
adj. having fullness of beautiful form, as a woman, with or without sensuous or sensual quality.
voracious
adj. Eating with greediness or in very large quantities.
vortex
n. A mass of rotating or whirling fluid, especially when sucked spirally toward the center.
votary
adj. Consecrated by a vow or promise.
votive
adj. Dedicated by a vow.
vulgarity
n. Lack of refinement in conduct or speech.
vulnerable
adj. Capable of receiving injuries.
waif
n. A homeless, neglected wanderer.
waistcoat
n. A vest.
waive
v. To relinquish, especially temporarily, as a right or claim.
wampum
n. Beads strung on threads, formerly used among the American Indians as currency.
wxane
v. To diminish in size and brilliancy.
wantonness
n. Recklessness.
warlike
adj. Belligerent.
wavelet
n. A ripple.
weak-kneed
adj. Without resolute purpose or energy.
weal
n. Well-being.
wean
v. To transfer (the young) from dependence on mother's milk to another form of nourishment.
wearisome
adj. Fatiguing.
wee
adj. Very small.
well-bred
adj. Of good ancestry.
well-doer
n. A performer of moral and social duties.
well-to-do
adj. In prosperous circumstances.
whereabouts
n. The place in or near which a person or thing is.
whereupon
adv. After which.
wherever
adv. In or at whatever place.
wherewith
n. The necessary means or resources.
whet
v. To make more keen or eager.
whimsical
adj. Capricious.
whine
v. To utter with complaining tone.
wholly
adv. Completely.
wield
v. To use, control, or manage, as a weapon, or instrument, especially with full command.
wile
n. An act or a means of cunning deception.
winsome
adj. Attractive.
wintry
adj. Lacking warmth of manner.
wiry
adj. Thin, but tough and sinewy.
witchcraft
n. Sorcery.
witless
adj. Foolish, indiscreet, or silly.
witling
n. A person who has little understanding.
witticism
n. A witty, brilliant, or original saying or sentiment.
wittingly
adv. With knowledge and by design.
wizen
v. To become or cause to become withered or dry.
wizen-faced
adj. Having a shriveled face.
working-man
n. One who earns his bread by manual labor.
workmanlike
adj. Like or befitting a skilled workman.
workmanship
n. The art or skill of a workman.
wrangle
v. To maintain by noisy argument or dispute.
wreak
v. To inflict, as a revenge or punishment.
wrest
v. To pull or force away by or as by violent twisting or wringing.
wretchedness
n. Extreme misery or unhappiness.
writhe
v. To twist the body, face, or limbs or as in pain or distress.
writing
n. The act or art of tracing or inscribing on a surface letters or ideographs.
wry
adj. Deviating from that which is proper or right.
yearling
n. A young animal past its first year and not yet two years old.
zealot
n. One who espouses a cause or pursues an object in an immoderately partisan manner.
zeitgeist
n. The intellectual and moral tendencies that characterize any age or epoch.
zenith
n. The culminating-point of prosperity, influence, or greatness.
zephyr
n. Any soft, gentle wind.
zodiac
n. An imaginary belt encircling the heavens within which are the larger planets.