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conversant
adj. Thoroughly informed.
conversion
n. Change from one state or position to another, or from one form to another.
convertible
adj. Interchangeable.
convex
adj. Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle.
conveyance
n. That by which anything is transported.
convivial
adj. Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking.
convolution
n. A winding motion.
convolve
v. To move with a circling or winding motion.
convoy
n. A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation.
convulse
v. To cause spasms in.
convulsion
n. A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body.
copious
adj. Plenteous.
coquette
n. A flirt.
cornice
n. An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling.
cornucopia
n. The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity.
corollary
n. A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration.
coronation
n. The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch.
coronet
n. Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign.
corporal
adj. Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind.
corporate
adj. Belonging to a corporation.
corporeal
adj. Of a material nature; physical.
corps
n. A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together.
corpse
n. A dead body.
corpulent
adj. Obese.
corpuscle
n. A minute particle of matter.
correlate
v. To put in some relation of connection or correspondence.
correlative
adj. Mutually involving or implying one another.
corrigible
adj. Capable of reformation.
corroborate
v. To strengthen, as proof or conviction.
corroboration
n. Confirmation.
corrode
v. To ruin or destroy little by little.
corrosion
n. Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.
corrosive
n. That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.
corruptible
adj. Open to bribery.
corruption
n. Loss of purity or integrity.
cosmetic
adj. Pertaining to the art of beautifying, especially the complexion.
cosmic
adj. Pertaining to the universe.
cosmogony
n. A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe.
cosmography
n. The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology.
cosmology
n. The general science of the universe.
cosmopolitan
adj. Common to all the world.
cosmopolitanism
n. A cosmopolitan character.
cosmos
n. The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement.
counter-claim
n. A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff.
counteract
v. To act in opposition to.
counterbalance
v. To oppose with an equal force.
countercharge
v. To accuse in return.
counterfeit
adj. Made to resemble something else.
counterpart
n. Something taken with another for the completion of either.
countervail
v. To offset.
counting-house
n. A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc.
countryman
n. A rustic.
courageous
adj. Brave.
course
n. Line of motion or direction.
courser
n. A fleet and spirited horse.
courtesy
n. Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually.
covenant
n. An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties.
covert
adj. Concealed, especially for an evil purpose.
covey
n. A flock of quails or partridges.
cower
v. To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame.
coxswain
n. One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under an officer.
crag
n. A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge.
cranium
n. The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain.
crass
adj. Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine.
craving
n. A vehement desire.
creak
n. A sharp, harsh, squeaking sound.
creamery
n. A butter-making establishment.
creamy
adj. Resembling or containing cream.
credence
n. Belief.
credible
adj. Believable.
credulous
adj. Easily deceived.
creed
n. A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief.
crematory
adj. A place for cremating dead bodies.
crevasse
n. A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier.
crevice
n. A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces.
criterion
n. A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion.
critique
n. A criticism or critical review.
crockery
n. Earthenware made from baked clay.
crucible
n. A trying and purifying test or agency.
crusade
n. Any concerted movement, vigorously prosecuted, in behalf of an idea or principle.
crustacean
adj. Pertaining to a division of arthropods, containing lobsters, crabs, crawfish, etc.
crustaceous
adj. Having a crust-like shell.
cryptogram
n. Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning.
crystallize
v. To bring together or give fixed shape to.
cudgel
n. A short thick stick used as a club.
culinary
adj. Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen.
cull
v. To pick or sort out from the rest.
culpable
adj. Guilty.
culprit
n. A guilty person.
culvert
n. Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal.
cupidity
n. Avarice.
curable
adj. Capable of being remedied or corrected.
curator
n. A person having charge as of a library or museum.
curio
n. A piece of bric-a-brac.
cursive
adj. Writing in which the letters are joined together.
cursory
adj. Rapid and superficial.
curt
adj. Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression.
curtail
v. To cut off or cut short.
curtsy
n. A downward movement of the body by bending the knees.
cycloid
adj. Like a circle.
cygnet
n. A young swan.
cynical
adj. Exhibiting moral skepticism.
cynicism
n. Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value.
cynosure
n. That to which general interest or attention is directed.
daring
adj. Brave.
darkling
adv. Blindly.
Darwinism
n. The doctrine that natural selection has been the prime cause of evolution of higher forms.
dastard
n. A base coward.
datum
n. A premise, starting-point, or given fact.
dauntless
adj. Fearless.
day-man
n. A day-laborer.
dead-heat
n. A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner.
dearth
n. Scarcity, as of something customary, essential ,or desirable.
death's-head
n. A human skull as a symbol of death.
debase
v. To lower in character or virtue.
debatable
adj. Subject to contention or dispute.
debonair
adj. Having gentle or courteous bearing or manner.
debut
n. A first appearance in society or on the stage.
decagon
n. A figure with ten sides and ten angles.
decagram
n. A weight of 10 grams.
decaliter
n. A liquid and dry measure of 10 liters.
decalogue
n. The ten commandments.
Decameron
n. A volume consisting of ten parts or books.
decameter
n. A length of ten meters.
decamp
v. To leave suddenly or unexpectedly.
decapitate
v. To behead.
decapod
adj. Ten-footed or ten-armed.
decasyllable
n. A line of ten syllables.
deceit
n. Falsehood.
deceitful
adj. Fraudulent.
deceive
v. To mislead by or as by falsehood.
decency
n. Moral fitness.
decent
adj. Characterized by propriety of conduct, speech, manners, or dress.
deciduous
adj. Falling off at maturity as petals after flowering, fruit when ripe, etc.
decimal
adj. Founded on the number 10.
decimate
v. To destroy a measurable or large proportion of.
decipher
v. To find out the true words or meaning of, as something hardly legible.
decisive
adv. Conclusive.
declamation
n. A speech recited or intended for recitation from memory in public.
declamatory
adj. A full and formal style of utterance.
declarative
adj. Containing a formal, positive, or explicit statement or affirmation.
declension
n. The change of endings in nouns and
decorate
v. To embellish.
decorous
adj. Suitable for the occasion or circumstances.
decoy
n. Anything that allures, or is intended to allures into danger or temptation.
decrepit
adj. Enfeebled, as by old age or some chronic infirmity.
dedication
n. The voluntary consecration or relinquishment of something to an end or cause.
deduce
v. To derive or draw as a conclusion by reasoning from given premises or principles.
deface
v. To mar or disfigure the face or external surface of.
defalcate
v. To cut off or take away, as a part of something.
defamation
n. Malicious and groundless injury done to the reputation or good name of another.
defame
v. To slander.
default
n. The neglect or omission of a legal requirement.
defendant
n. A person against whom a suit is brought.
defensible
adj. Capable of being maintained or justified.
defensive
adj. Carried on in resistance to aggression.
defer
v. To delay or put off to some other time.
deference
n. Respectful submission or yielding, as to another's opinion, wishes, or judgment.
defiant
adj. Characterized by bold or insolent opposition.
deficiency
n. Lack or insufficiency.
deficient
adj. Not having an adequate or proper supply or amount.
definite
adj. Having an exact signification or positive meaning.
deflect
v. To cause to turn aside or downward.
deforest
v. To clear of forests.
deform
v. To disfigure.
deformity
n. A disfigurement.
defraud
v. To deprive of something dishonestly.
defray
v. To make payment for.
degeneracy
n. A becoming worse.
degenerate
v. To become worse or inferior.
degradation
n. Diminution, as of strength or magnitude.
degrade
v. To take away honors or position from.
dehydrate
v. To deprive of water.
deify
v. To regard or worship as a god.
deign
v. To deem worthy of notice or account.
deist
n. One who believes in God, but denies supernatural revelation.
deity
n. A god, goddess, or divine person.
deject
v. To dishearten.
dejection
n. Melancholy.
delectable
adj. Delightful to the taste or to the senses.
delectation
n. Delight.
deleterious
adj. Hurtful, morally or physically.
delicacy
n. That which is agreeable to a fine taste.
delineate
v. To represent by sketch or diagram.
deliquesce
v. To dissolve gradually and become liquid by absorption of moisture from the air.
delirious
adj. Raving.
delude
v. To mislead the mind or judgment of.
deluge
v. To overwhelm with a flood of water.
delusion
n. Mistaken conviction, especially when more or less enduring.
demagnetize
v. To deprive (a magnet) of magnetism.
demagogue
n. An unprincipled politician.
demeanor
n. Deportment.
demented
adj. Insane.
demerit
n. A mark for failure or bad conduct.
demise
n. Death.
demobilize
v. To disband, as troops.
demolish
v. To annihilate.
demonstrable
adj. Capable of positive proof.
demonstrate
v. To prove indubitably.
demonstrative
adj. Inclined to strong exhibition or expression of feeling or thoughts.
demonstrator
n. One who proves in a convincing and conclusive manner.
demulcent
n. Any application soothing to an irritable surface
demurrage
n. the detention of a vessel beyond the specified time of sailing.
dendroid
adj. Like a tree.
dendrology
n. The natural history of trees.
denizen
n. Inhabitant.
denominate
v. To give a name or epithet to.
denomination
n. A body of Christians united by a common faith and form of worship and discipline.
denominator
n. Part of a fraction which expresses the number of equal parts into which the unit is divided.
denote
v. To designate by word or mark.
denouement
n. That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up.
denounce
v. To point out or publicly accuse as deserving of punishment, censure, or odium.
dentifrice
n. Any preparation used for cleaning the teeth.
denude
v. To strip the covering from.
denunciation
n. The act of declaring an action or person worthy of reprobation or punishment.
deplete
v. To reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste.
deplorable
adj. Contemptible.
deplore
v. To regard with grief or sorrow.
deponent
adj. Laying down.
depopulate
v. To remove the inhabitants from.
deport
v. To take or send away forcibly, as to a penal colony.
deportment
n. Demeanor.
deposition
n. Testimony legally taken on interrogatories and reduced to writing, for use as evidence in court.
depositor
n. One who makes a deposit, or has an amount deposited.
depository
n. A place where anything is kept in safety.
deprave
v. To render bad, especially morally bad.
deprecate
v. To express disapproval or regret for, with hope for the opposite.
depreciate
v. To lessen the worth of.
depreciation
n. A lowering in value or an underrating in worth.
depress
v. To press down.
depression
n. A falling of the spirits.
depth
n. Deepness.
derelict
adj. Neglectful of obligation.
deride
v. To ridicule.
derisible
adj. Open to ridicule.
derision
n. Ridicule.
derivation
n. That process by which a word is traced from its original root or primitive form and meaning.
derivative
adj. Coming or acquired from some origin.
derive
v. To deduce, as from a premise.
dermatology
n. The branch of medical science which relates to the skin and its diseases.
derrick
n. An apparatus for hoisting and swinging great weights.
descendant
n. One who is descended lineally from another, as a child, grandchild, etc.
descendent
adj. Proceeding downward.
descent
n. The act of moving or going downward.
descry
v. To discern.
desert
v. To abandon without regard to the welfare of the abandoned
desiccant
n. Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds.
designate
v. To select or appoint, as by authority.
desist
v. To cease from action.
desistance
n. Cessation.
despair
n. Utter hopelessness and despondency.
desperado
n. One without regard for law or life.
desperate
adj. Resorted to in a last extremity, or as if prompted by utter despair.
despicable
adj. Contemptible.
despite
prep. In spite of.
despond
v. To lose spirit, courage, or hope.
despondent
adj. Disheartened.
despot
n. An absolute and irresponsible monarch.
despotism
n. Any severe and strict rule in which the judgment of the governed has little or no part.
destitute
adj. Poverty-stricken.
desultory
adj. Not connected with what precedes.
deter
v. To frighten away.
deteriorate
v. To grow worse.
determinate
adj. Definitely limited or fixed.
determination
n. The act of deciding.
deterrent
adj. Hindering from action through fear.
detest
v. To dislike or hate with intensity.
detract
v. To take away in such manner as to lessen value or estimation.
detriment
n. Something that causes damage, depreciation, or loss.
detrude
v. To push down forcibly.
deviate
v. To take a different course.
devilry
n. Malicious mischief.
deviltry
n. Wanton and malicious mischief.
devious
adj. Out of the common or regular track.
devise
v. To invent.
devout
adj. Religious.
dexterity
n. Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.
diabolic
adj. Characteristic of the devil.
diacritical
adj. Marking a difference.
diagnose
v. To distinguish, as a disease, by its characteristic phenomena.
diagnosis
n. Determination of the distinctive nature of a disease.
dialect
n. Forms of speech collectively that are peculiar to the people of a particular district.
dialectician
n. A logician.
dialogue
n. A formal conversation in which two or more take part.
diaphanous
adj. Transparent.
diatomic
adj. Containing only two atoms.
diatribe
n. A bitter or malicious criticism.
dictum
n. A positive utterance.
didactic
adj. Pertaining to teaching.
difference
n. Dissimilarity in any respect.
differentia
n. Any essential characteristic of a species by reason of which it differs from other species.
differential
adj. Distinctive.
differentiate
v. To acquire a distinct and separate character.
diffidence
n. Self-distrust.
diffident
adj. Affected or possessed with self-distrust.
diffusible
adj. Spreading rapidly through the system and acting quickly.
diffusion
n. Dispersion.
dignitary
n. One who holds high rank.
digraph
n. A union of two characters representing a single sound.
digress
v. To turn aside from the main subject and for a time dwell on some incidental matter.
dilapidated
pa. Fallen into decay or partial ruin.
dilate
v. To enlarge in all directions.
dilatory
adj. Tending to cause delay.
dilemma
n. A situation in which a choice between opposing modes of conduct is necessary.
dilettante
n. A superficial amateur.
diligence
n. Careful and persevering effort to accomplish what is undertaken.
dilute
v. To make more fluid or less concentrated by admixture with something. diminution
dimly
adv. Obscurely.
diphthong
n. The sound produced by combining two vowels in to a single syllable or running together the sounds.
diplomacy
n. Tact, shrewdness, or skill in conducting any kind of negotiations or in social matters.
diplomat
n. A representative of one sovereign state at the capital or court of another. diplomatic
diplomatist
n. One remarkable for tact and shrewd management.
disagree
v. To be opposite in opinion.
disallow
v. To withhold permission or sanction.
disappear
v. To cease to exist, either actually or for the time being.
disappoint
v. To fail to fulfill the expectation, hope, wish, or desire of.
disapprove
v. To regard with blame.
disarm
v. To deprive of weapons.
disarrange
v. To throw out of order.
disavow
v. To disclaim responsibility for.
disavowal
n. Denial.
disbeliever
n. One who refuses to believe.
disburden
v. To disencumber.
disburse
v. To pay out or expend, as money from a fund.
discard
v. To reject.
discernible
adj. Perceivable.
disciple
n. One who believes the teaching of another, or who adopts and follows some doctrine.
disciplinary
adj. Having the nature of systematic training or subjection to authority.
discipline
v. To train to obedience.
disclaim
v. To disavow any claim to, connection with, or responsibility to.
discolor
v. To stain.
discomfit
v. To put to confusion.
discomfort
n. The state of being positively uncomfortable.
disconnect
v. To undo or dissolve the connection or association of.
disconsolate
adj. Grief-stricken.
discontinuance
n. Interruption or intermission.
discord
n. Absence of harmoniousness.
discountenance
v. To look upon with disfavor.
discover
v. To get first sight or knowledge of, as something previously unknown or unperceived.
discredit
v. To injure the reputation of.
discreet
adj. Judicious.
discrepant
adj. Opposite.
discriminate
v. To draw a distinction.
discursive
adj. Passing from one subject to another.
discussion
n. Debate.
disenfranchise
v. To deprive of any right privilege or power
disengage
v. To become detached.
disfavor
n. Disregard.
disfigure
v. To impair or injure the beauty, symmetry, or appearance of.
dishabille
n. Undress or negligent attire.
dishonest
adj. Untrustworthy.
disillusion
v. To disenchant.
disinfect
v. To remove or destroy the poison of infectious or contagious diseases.
disinfectant
n. A substance used to destroy the germs of infectious diseases.
disinherit
v. To deprive of an inheritance.
disinterested
adj. Impartial.
disjunctive
adj. Helping or serving to disconnect or separate.
dislocate
v. To put out of proper place or order.
dismissal
n. Displacement by authority from an office or an employment.
dismount
v. To throw down, push off, or otherwise remove from a horse or the like.
disobedience
n. Neglect or refusal to comply with an authoritative injunction.
disobedient
adj. Neglecting or refusing to obey.
disown
v. To refuse to acknowledge as one's own or as connected with oneself.
disparage
v. To regard or speak of slightingly.
disparity
n. Inequality.
dispel
v. To drive away by or as by scattering in different directions.
dispensation
n. That which is bestowed on or appointed to one from a higher power.
displace
v. To put out of the proper or accustomed place.
dispossess
v. To deprive of actual occupancy, especially of real estate.
disputation
n. Verbal controversy.
disqualify
v. To debar.
disquiet
v. To deprive of peace or tranquility.
disregard
v. To take no notice of.
disreputable
adj. Dishonorable or disgraceful.
disrepute
n. A bad name or character.
disrobe
v. To unclothe.
disrupt
v. To burst or break asunder.
dissatisfy
v. To displease.
dissect
v. To cut apart or to pieces.
dissection
n. The act or operation of cutting in pieces, specifically of a plant or an animal.
dissemble
v. To hide by pretending something different.
disseminate
v. To sow or scatter abroad, as seed is sown.
dissension
n. Angry or violent difference of opinion.
dissent
n. Disagreement.
dissentient
n. One who disagrees.
dissentious
adj. Contentious.
dissertation
n. Thesis.
disservice
n. An ill turn.
dissever
v. To divide.
dissimilar
adj. Different.
dissipate
v. To disperse or disappear.
dissipation
n. The state of being dispersed or scattered.
dissolute
adj. Lewd.
dissolution
n. A breaking up of a union of persons.
dissolve
v. To liquefy or soften, as by heat or moisture.
dissonance
n. Discord.
dissonant
adj. Harsh or disagreeable in sound.
dissuade
v. To change the purpose or alter the plans of by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.
dissuasion
n. The act of changing the purpose of or altering the plans of through persuasion, or pleading.
disyllable
n. A word of two syllables.
distemper
n. A disease or malady.
distend
v. To stretch out or expand in every direction.
distensible
adj. Capable of being stretched out or expanded in every direction.
distention
n. Expansion.
distill
v. To extract or produce by vaporization and condensation.
distillation
n. Separation of the more volatile parts of a substance from those less volatile.
distiller
n. One occupied in the business of distilling alcoholic liquors.
distinction
n. A note or designation of honor, officially recognizing superiority or success in studies.
distort
v. To twist into an unnatural or irregular form.
distrain
v. To subject a person to distress.
distrainor
n. One who subjects a person to distress.
distraught
adj. Bewildered.
distrust
n. Lack of confidence in the power, wisdom, or good intent of any person.
disunion
n. Separation of relations or interests.
diurnal
adj. Daily.
divagation
n. Digression.
divergent
adj. Tending in different directions.
diverse
adj. Capable of various forms.
diversion
n. Pastime.
diversity
n. Dissimilitude.
divert
v. To turn from the accustomed course or a line of action already established.
divertible
adj. Able to be turned from the accustomed course or a line of action already established.
divest
v. To strip, specifically of clothes, ornaments, or accouterments or disinvestment.
divination
n. The pretended forecast of future events or discovery of what is lost or hidden.
divinity
n. The quality or character of being godlike.
divisible
adj. Capable of being separated into parts.
divisor
n. That by which a number or quantity is divided.
divulge
v. To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret.
divulgence
n. A divulging.
docile
adj. Easy to manage.
docket
n. The registry of judgments of a court.
doe
n. The female of the deer.
dogma
n. A statement of religious faith or duty formulated by a body claiming authority.
dogmatic
adj. Making statements without argument or evidence.
dogmatize
v. To make positive assertions without supporting them by argument or evidence.
doleful
adj. Melancholy.
dolesome
adj. Melancholy.
dolor
n. Lamentation.
dolorous
adj. Expressing or causing sorrow or pain.
domain
n. A sphere or field of action or interest.
domesticity
n. Life in or fondness for one's home and family.
domicile
n. The place where one lives.
dominance
n. Ascendancy.
dominant
adj. Conspicuously prominent.
dominate
v. To influence controllingly.
domination
n. Control by the exercise of power or constituted authority.
domineer
v. To rule with insolence or unnecessary annoyance.
donate
v. To bestow as a gift, especially for a worthy cause.
donator
n. One who makes a donation or present.
donee
n. A person to whom a donation is made. donor
dormant
adj. Being in a state of or resembling sleep. doublet
doubly
adv. In twofold degree or extent.
dowry
n. The property which a wife brings to her husband in marriage.
drachma
n. A modern and an ancient Greek coin.
dragnet
n. A net to be drawn along the bottom of the water.
dragoon
n. In the British army, a cavalryman.
drainage
n. The means of draining collectively, as a system of conduits, trenches, pipes, etc.
dramatist
n. One who writes plays.
dramatize
v. To relate or represent in a dramatic or theatrical manner.
drastic
adj. Acting vigorously.
drought
n. Dry weather, especially when so long continued as to cause vegetation to wither.
drowsy
adj. Heavy with sleepiness.
drudgery
n. Hard and constant work in any menial or dull occupation.
dubious
adj. Doubtful.
duckling
n. A young duck.
ductile
adj. Capable of being drawn out, as into wire or a thread.
duet
n. A composition for two voices or instruments.
dun
v. To make a demand or repeated demands on for payment.
duplex
adj. Having two parts.
duplicity
n. Double-dealing.
durance
n. Confinement.
duration
n. The period of time during which anything lasts.
duteous
adj. Showing submission to natural superiors.
dutiable
adj. Subject to a duty, especially a customs duty.
dutiful
adj. Obedient.
dwindle
v. To diminish or become less.
dyne
n. The force which, applied to a mass of one gram for 1 second, would give it a velocity of 1 cm/s.
earnest
adj. Ardent in spirit and speech.
earthenware
n. Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.
eatable
adj. Edible.
ebullient
adj. Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.
eccentric
adj. Peculiar.
eccentricity
n. Idiosyncrasy.
eclipse
n. The obstruction of a heavenly body by its entering into the shadow of another body.
economize
v. To spend sparingly.
ecstasy
n. Rapturous excitement or exaltation.
ecstatic
adj. Enraptured.
edible
adj. Suitable to be eaten.
edict
n. That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action.
edify
v. To build up, or strengthen, especially in morals or religion.
editorial
n. An article in a periodical written by the editor and published as an official argument.
educe
v. To draw out.
efface
v. To obliterate.
effect
n. A consequence.
effective
adj. Fit for a destined purpose.
effectual
adj. Efficient.
effeminacy
n. Womanishness.
effeminate
adj. Having womanish traits or qualities.
effervesce
v. To bubble up.
effervescent
adj. Giving off bubbles of gas.