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effete
adj. Exhausted, as having performed its functions.
efficacious
adj. Effective.
efficacy
n. The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.
efficiency
n. The state of possessing adequate skill or knowledge for the performance of a duty.
efficient
adj. Having and exercising the power to produce effects or results.
efflorescence
n. The state of being flowery, or a flowery appearance.
efflorescent
adj. Opening in flower.
effluvium
n. A noxious or ill-smelling exhalation from decaying or putrefying matter.
effrontery
n. Unblushing impudence.
effulgence
n. Splendor.
effuse
v. To pour forth.
effusion
n. an outpouring.
egoism
n. The theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self.
egoist
n. One who advocates or practices egoism.
egotism
n. Self-conceit.
egotist
n. One given to self-mention or who is constantly telling of his own views and experiences.
egregious
adj. Extreme.
egress
n. Any place of exit.
eject
v. To expel.
elapse
v. To quietly terminate: said of time.
elasticity
n. That property of matter by which a body tends to return to a former shape after being changed.
electrolysis
n. The process of decomposing a chemical compound by the passage of an electric current.
electrotype
n. A metallic copy of any surface, as a coin.
elegy
n. A lyric poem lamenting the dead.
element
n. A component or essential part.
elicit
v. To educe or extract gradually or without violence.
eligible
adj. Qualified for selection.
eliminate
v. To separate and cast aside.
Elizabethan
adj. Relating to Elizabeth, queen of England, or to her era.
elocution
n. The art of correct intonation, inflection, and gesture in public speaking or reading.
eloquent
adj. Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech.
elucidate
v. To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.
elude
v. To evade the search or pursuit of by dexterity or artifice.
elusion
n. Evasion.
emaciate
v. To waste away in flesh.
emanate
v. To flow forth or proceed, as from some source.
emancipate
v. To release from bondage.
embargo
n. Authoritative stoppage of foreign commerce or of any special trade.
embark
v. To make a beginning in some occupation or scheme.
embarrass
v. To render flustered or agitated.
embellish
v. To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features.
embezzle
v. To misappropriate secretly.
emblazon
v. To set forth publicly or in glowing terms.
emblem
n. A symbol.
embody
v. To express, formulate, or exemplify in a concrete, compact or visible form.
embolden
v. To give courage to.
embolism
n. An obstruction or plugging up of an artery or other blood-vessel.
embroil
v. To involve in dissension or strife.
emerge
v. To come into view or into existence.
emergence
n. A coming into view.
emergent
adj. Coming into view.
emeritus
adj. Retired from active service but retained to an honorary position.
emigrant
n. One who moves from one place to settle in another.
emigrate
v. To go from one country, state, or region for the purpose of settling or residing in another.
eminence
n. An elevated position with respect to rank, place, character, condition, etc.
eminent
adj. High in station, merit, or esteem.
emit
v. To send or give out.
emphasis
n. Any special impressiveness added to an utterance or act, or stress laid upon some word.
emphasize
v. To articulate or enunciate with special impressiveness upon a word, or a group of words.
emphatic
adj. Spoken with any special impressiveness laid upon an act, word, or set of words.
employee
n. One who works for wages or a salary.
employer
n. One who uses or engages the services of other persons for pay.
emporium
n. A bazaar or shop.
empower
v. To delegate authority to.
emulate
v. To imitate with intent to equal or surpass.
enact
v. To make into law, as by legislative act.
enamor
v. To inspire with ardent love.
encamp
v. To pitch tents for a resting-place.
encomium
n. A formal or discriminating expression of praise.
encompass
v. To encircle.
encore
n. The call for a repetition, as of some part of a play or performance.
encourage
v. To inspire with courage, hope, or strength of mind.
encroach
v. To invade partially or insidiously and appropriate the possessions of another.
encumber
v. To impede with obstacles.
encyclical
adj. Intended for general circulation.
encyclopedia
n. A work containing information on subjects, or exhaustive of one subject.
endanger
v. To expose to peril.
endear
v. To cause to be loved.
endemic
adj. Peculiar to some specified country or people.
endue
v. To endow with some quality, gift, or grace, usually spiritual.
endurable
adj. Tolerable.
endurance
n. The ability to suffer pain, distress, hardship, or stress of any kind without succumbing.
energetic
adj. Working vigorously.
enervate
v. To render ineffective or inoperative.
enfeeble
v. To debilitate.
enfranchise
v. To endow with a privilege, especially with the right to vote.
engender
v. To produce.
engrave
v. To cut or carve in or upon some surface.
engross
v. To occupy completely.
enhance
v. To intensify.
enigma
n. A riddle.
enjoin
v. To command.
enkindle
v. To set on fire.
enlighten
v. To cause to see clearly.
enlist
v. To enter voluntarily the military service by formal enrollment.
enmity
n. Hatred.
ennoble
v. To dignify.
enormity
n. Immensity.
enormous
adj. Gigantic.
enrage
v. To infuriate.
enrapture
v. To delight extravagantly or intensely.
enshrine
v. To keep sacred.
ensnare
v. To entrap.
entail
v. To involve; necessitate.
entangle
v. To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.
enthrall
v. To bring or hold under any overmastering influence.
enthrone
v. To invest with sovereign power.
enthuse
v. To yield to or display intense and rapturous feeling.
enthusiastic
adj. Full of zeal and fervor.
entirety
n. A complete thing.
entomology
n. The branch of zoology that treats of insects.
entrails
n. pl. The internal parts of an animal.
entreaty
n. An earnest request.
entree
n. The act of entering.
entrench
v. To fortify or protect, as with a trench or ditch and wall.
entwine
v. To interweave.
enumerate
v. To name one by one.
epic
n. A poem celebrating in formal verse the mythical achievements of great personages, heroes, etc.
epicure
n. One who cultivates a delicate taste for eating and drinking.
Epicurean
adj. Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite.
epicycle
n. A circle that rolls upon the external or internal circumference of another circle.
epicycloid
n. A curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle which rolls upon another circle.
epidemic
n. Wide-spread occurrence of a disease in a certain region.
epidermis
n. The outer skin.
epigram
n. A pithy phrasing of a shrewd observation.
epilogue
n. The close of a narrative or dramatic poem.
epiphany
n. Any appearance or bodily manifestation of a deity.
episode
n. An incident or story in a literary work, separable from yet growing out of it.
epitaph
n. An inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead.
epithet
n. Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in “Father Aeneas.”
epitome
n. A simplified representation.
epizootic
adj. Prevailing among animals.
epoch
n. A interval of time, memorable for extraordinary events.
epode
n. A species of lyric poems.
equalize
v. To render uniform.
equanimity
n. Evenness of mind or temper.
equestrian
adj. Pertaining to horses or horsemanship.
equilibrium
n. A state of balance.
equitable
adj. Characterized by fairness.
equity
n. Fairness or impartiality.
equivalent
adj. Equal in value, force, meaning, or the like.
equivocal
adj. Ambiguous.
equivocate
v. To use words of double meaning.
eradicate
v. To destroy thoroughly.
errant
adj. Roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds. erratic
erroneous
adj. Incorrect.
erudite
adj. Very-learned.
erudition
n. Extensive knowledge of literature, history, language, etc.
eschew
v. To keep clear of.
espy
v. To keep close watch.
esquire
n. A title of dignity, office, or courtesy.
essence
n. That which makes a thing to be what it is.
esthetic
adj. Pertaining to beauty, taste, or the fine arts.
estimable
adj. Worthy of respect.
estrange
v. To alienate.
estuary
n. A wide lower part of a tidal river.
et cetera
Latin. And so forth.
eugenic
adj. Relating to the development and improvement of race.
eulogize
v. To speak or write a laudation of a person's life or character.
eulogy
n. A spoken or written laudation of a person's life or character.
euphemism
n. A figure of speech by which a phrase less offensive is substituted.
euphonious
adj. Characterized by agreeableness of sound.
euphony
n. Agreeableness of sound.
eureka
Greek. I have found it.
evade
v. To avoid by artifice.
evanesce
v. To vanish gradually.
evanescent
adj. Fleeting.
evangelical
adj. Seeking the conversion of sinners.
evangelist
n. A preacher who goes from place to place holding services.
evasion
n. Escape.
eventual
adj. Ultimate.
evert
v. To turn inside out.
evict
v. To dispossess pursuant to judicial decree.
evidential
adj. Indicative.
evince
v. To make manifest or evident.
evoke
v. To call or summon forth.
evolution
n. Development or growth.
evolve
v. To unfold or expand.
exacerbate
v. To make more sharp, severe, or virulent.
exaggerate
v. To overstate.
exasperate
v. To excite great anger in.
excavate
v. To remove by digging or scooping out.
exceed
v. To go beyond, as in measure, quality, value, action, power, skill, etc.
excel
v. To be superior or distinguished.
excellence
n. Possession of eminently or unusually good qualities.
excellency
n. A title of honor bestowed upon various high officials.
excellent
adj. Possessing distinguished merit.
excerpt
n. An extract or selection from written or printed matter.
excess
n. That which passes the ordinary, proper, or required limit, measure, or experience.
excitable
adj. Nervously high-strung.
excitation
n. Intensified emotion or action.
exclamation
n. An abrupt or emphatic expression of thought or of feeling.
exclude
v. To shut out purposely or forcibly.
exclusion
n. Non-admission.
excrescence
n. Any unnatural addition, outgrowth, or development.
excretion
n. The getting rid of waste matter.
excruciate
v. To inflict severe pain or agony upon.
excursion
n. A journey.
excusable
adj. Justifiable.
execrable
adj. Abominable.
execration
n. An accursed thing.
executor
n. A person nominated by the will of another to execute the will.
exegesis
n. Biblical exposition or interpretation.
exemplar
n. A model, pattern, or original to be copied or imitated.
exemplary
adj. Fitted to serve as a model or example worthy of imitation.
exemplify
v. To show by example.
exempt
adj. Free, clear, or released, as from some liability, or restriction affecting others.
exert
v. To make an effort.
exhale
v. To breathe forth.
exhaust
v. To empty by draining off the contents.
exhaustible
adj. Causing or tending to cause exhaustion.
exhaustion
n. Deprivation of strength or energy.
exhaustive
adj. Thorough and complete in execution.
exhilarate
v. To fill with high or cheerful spirits.
exhume
v. To dig out of the earth (what has been buried).
exigency
n. A critical period or condition.
exigent
adj. Urgent.
existence
n. Possession or continuance of being.
exit
n. A way or passage out.
exodus
n. A going forth or departure from a place or country, especially of many people.
exonerate
v. To relieve or vindicate from accusation, imputation, or blame.
exorbitance
n. Extravagance or enormity.
exorbitant
adj. Going beyond usual and proper limits.
exorcise
v. To cast or drive out by religious or magical means.
exotic
adj. Foreign.
expand
v. To increase in range or scope.
expanse
n. A continuous area or stretch.
expansion
n. Increase of amount, size, scope, or the like.
expatriate
v. To drive from one's own country.
expect
v. To look forward to as certain or probable.
expectancy
n. The act or state of looking forward to as certain or probable.
expectorate
v. To cough up and spit forth.
expediency
n. Fitness to meet the requirements of a particular case.
expedient
adj. Contributing to personal advantage.
expedite
v. To hasten the movement or progress of.
expeditious
adj. Speedy.
expend
v. To spend.
expense
n. The laying out or expending or money or other resources, as time or strength.
expiate
v. To make satisfaction or amends for.
explicate
v. To clear from involvement.
explicit
adj. Definite.
explode
v. To cause to burst in pieces by force from within.
explosion
n. A sudden and violent outbreak.
explosive
adj. Pertaining to a sudden and violent outbreak.
exposition
n. Formal presentation.
expository
adj. Pertaining to a formal presentation.
expostulate
v. To discuss.
exposure
n. An open situation or position in relation to the sun, elements, or points of the compass.
expressive
adj. Full of meaning.
expulsion
n. Forcible ejection.
extant
adj. Still existing and known.
extemporaneous
adj. Done or made without much or any preparation.
extempore
adv. Without studied or special preparation.
extensible
adj. Capable of being thrust out.
extension
n. A reaching or stretching out, as in space, time or scope.
extensive
adj. Extended widely in space, time, or scope.
extensor
n. A muscle that causes extension.
extenuate
v. To diminish the gravity or importance of.
exterior
n. That which is outside.
external
n. Anything relating or belonging to the outside.
extinct
adj. Being no longer in existence.
extinguish
v. To render extinct.
extol
v. To praise in the highest terms.
extort
v. To obtain by violence, threats, compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.
extortion
n. The practice of obtaining by violence or compulsion.
extradite
v. To surrender the custody of.
extradition
n. The surrender by a government of a person accused of crime to the justice of another government.
extrajudicial
adj. Happening out of court.
extraneous
adj. Having no essential relation to a subject.
extraordinary
adj. Unusual.
extravagance
n. Undue expenditure of money.
extravagant
adj. Needlessly free or lavish in expenditure.
extremist
n. One who supports extreme measures or holds extreme views.
extremity
n. The utmost point, side, or border, or that farthest removed from a mean position.
extricate
v. Disentangle.
extrude
v. To drive out or away.
exuberance
n. Rich supply.
exuberant
adj. Marked by great plentifulness.
fabricate
v. To invent fancifully or falsely.
fabulous
adj. Incredible.
facet
n. One of the small triangular plane surfaces of a diamond or other gem.
facetious
adj. Amusing.
facial
adj. Pertaining to the face.
facile
adj. Not difficult to do.
facilitate
v. To make more easy.
facility
n. Ease.
facsimile
n. An exact copy or reproduction.
faction
n. A number of persons combined for a common purpose.
factious
adj. Turbulent.
fallacious
adj. Illogical.
fallacy
n. Any unsound or delusive mode of reasoning, or anything based on such reasoning.
fallible
adj. Capable of erring.
fallow
n. Land broken up and left to become mellow or to rest.
famish
v. To suffer extremity of hunger or thirst.
fanatic
n. A religious zealot.
fancier
n. One having a taste for or interest in special objects.
fanciless
adj. Unimaginative.
fastidious
adj. Hard to please.
fathom
n. A measure of length, 6 feet.
fatuous
adj. Idiotic
faulty
adj. Imperfect.
faun
n. One of a class of deities of the woods and herds represented as half human, with goats feet.
fawn
n. A young deer.
fealty
n. Loyalty.
feasible
adj. That may be done, performed, or effected; practicable.
federate
v. To league together.
feint
n. Any sham, pretense, or deceptive movement.
felicitate
v. To wish joy or happiness to, especially in view of a coming event.
felicity
n. A state of well-founded happiness.
felon
n. A criminal or depraved person.
felonious
adj. Showing criminal or evil purpose.
felony
n. One of the highest class of offenses, and punishable with death or imprisonment.
feminine
adj. Characteristic of woman or womankind.
fernery
n. A place in which ferns are grown.
ferocious
adj. Of a wild, fierce, and savage nature.
ferocity
n. Savageness.
fervent
adj. Ardent in feeling.
fervid
adj. Intense.
fervor
n. Ardor or intensity of feeling.
festal
adj. Joyous.
festive
adj. Merry.
fete
n. A festival or feast.
fetus
n. The young in the womb or in the egg.
feudal
adj. Pertaining to the relation of lord and vassal.
feudalism
n. The feudal system.
fez
n. A brimless felt cap in the shape of a truncated cone, usually red with a black tassel.
fiasco
n. A complete or humiliating failure.
fickle
adj. Unduly changeable in feeling, judgment, or purpose.
fictitious
adj. Created or formed by the imagination.
fidelity
n. Loyalty.
fiducial
adj. Indicative of faith or trust.
fief
n. A landed estate held under feudal tenure.
filibuster
n. One who attempts to obstruct legislation.
finale
n. Concluding performance.
finality
n. The state or quality of being final or complete.
finally
adv. At last.
financial
adj. Monetary.
financier
n. One skilled in or occupied with financial affairs or operations.
finery
n. That which is used to decorate the person or dress.
finesse
n. Subtle contrivance used to gain a point.
finite
adj. Limited.
fiscal
adj. Pertaining to the treasury or public finances of a government.
fishmonger
n. One who sells fish.
fissure
n. A crack or crack-like depression.
fitful
adj. Spasmodic.
fixture
n. One who or that which is expected to remain permanently in its position.
flag-officer
n. The captain of a flag-ship.
flagrant
adj. Openly scandalous.
flamboyant
adj. Characterized by extravagance and in general by want of good taste.
flatulence
n. Accumulation of gas in the stomach and bowels.
flection
n. The act of bending.
fledgling
n. A young bird.
flexible
adj. Pliable.
flimsy
adj. Thin and weak.
flippant
adj. Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.
floe
n. A collection of tabular masses of floating polar ice.
flora
n. The aggregate of plants growing without cultivation in a district.
floral
adj. Pertaining to flowers.
florid
adj. Flushed with red.
florist
n. A dealer in flowers.
fluctuate
v. To pass backward and forward irregularly from one state or degree to another.
fluctuation
n. Frequent irregular change back and forth from one state or degree to another.
flue
n. A smoke-duct in a chimney.
fluent
adj. Having a ready or easy flow of words or ideas.
fluential
adj. Pertaining to streams.
flux
n. A state of constant movement, change, or renewal.
foggy
adj. Obscure.
foible
n. A personal weakness or failing.
foist
v. To palm off.
foliage
n. Any growth of leaves.
folio
n. A sheet of paper folded once, or of a size adapted to folding once.
folklore
n. The traditions, beliefs, and customs of the common people.
fondle
v. To handle tenderly and lovingly.
foolery
n. Folly.
foot-note
n. A note of explanation or comment at the foot of a page or column.
foppish
adj. Characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners.
forbearance
n. Patient endurance or toleration of offenses.
forby
adv. Besides.
forcible
adj. Violent.
forecourt
n. A court opening directly from the street.
forejudge
v. To judge of before hearing evidence.
forepeak
n. The extreme forward part of a ship's hold, under the lowest deck.
foreshore
n. That part of a shore uncovered at low tide.
forebode
v. To be an omen or warning sign of, especially of evil.
forecast
v. To predict.
forecastle
n. That part of the upper deck of a ship forward of the after fore-shrouds.
foreclose
v. To bar by judicial proceedings the equitable right of a mortgagor to redeem property.
forefather
n. An ancestor.
forego
v. To deny oneself the pleasure or profit of.
foreground
n. That part of a landscape or picture situated or represented as nearest the spectator.
forehead
n. The upper part of the face, between the eyes and the hair.
foreign
adj. Belonging to, situated in, or derived from another country.
foreigner
n. A citizen of a foreign country.
foreknowledge
n. Prescience.
foreman
n. The head man.
foreordain
v. To predetermine.
foreordination
n. Predestination.
forerun
v. To go before as introducing or ushering in.
foresail
n. A square sail.
foresee
v. To discern beforehand.
foresight
n. Provision against harm or need.
foretell
v. To predict.
forethought
n. Premeditation.
forfeit
v. To lose possession of through failure to fulfill some obligation.
forfend
v. To ward off.
forgery
n. Counterfeiting.
forgo
v. To deny oneself.
formation
n. Relative disposition of parts.
formidable
adj. Difficult to accomplish.
formula
n. Fixed rule or set form.
forswear
v. To renounce upon oath.
forte
n. A strong point.
forth
adv. Into notice or view.
forthright
adv. With directness.
fortify
v. To provide with defensive works.
fortitude
n. Patient courage.
foursome
adj. Consisting of four.
fracture
n. A break.
fragile
adj. Easily broken.
frailty
n. Liability to be broken or destroyed.
fragile
adj. Capable of being broken.
frankincense
n. A gum or resin which on burning yields aromatic fumes.
frantic
adj. Frenzied.
fraternal
adj. Brotherly.
fraudulence
n. Deceitfulness.
fraudulent
adj. Counterfeit.
fray
v. To fret at the edge so as to loosen or break the threads.
freemason
n. A member of an ancient secret fraternity originally confined to skilled artisans.
freethinker
n. One who rejects authority or inspiration in religion.
free trade
n. Commerce unrestricted by tariff or customs.
frequency
n. The comparative number of any kind of occurrences within a given time or space.
fresco
n. The art of painting on a surface of plaster, particularly on walls and ceilings.
freshness
n. The state, quality, or degree of being fresh.
fretful
adj. Disposed to peevishness.
frightful
adj. Apt to induce terror or alarm.
frigid
adj. Lacking warmth.
frigidarium
n. A room kept at a low temperature for preserving fruits, meat, etc.
frivolity
n. A trifling act, thought, saying, or practice.
frivolous
adj. Trivial.
frizz
v. To give a crinkled, fluffy appearance to.
frizzle
v. To cause to crinkle or curl, as the hair.
frolicsome
adj. Prankish.
frontier
n. The part of a nation's territory that abuts upon another country.
frowzy
adj. Slovenly in appearance.
frugal
adj. Economical.
fruition
n. Fulfillment.
fugacious
adj. Fleeting.
fulcrum
n. The support on or against which a lever rests, or the point about which it turns.
fulminate
v. To cause to explode.
fulsome
adj. Offensive from excess of praise or commendation.
fumigate
v. To subject to the action of smoke or fumes, especially for disinfection.
functionary
n. An official.
fundamental
adj. Basal.
fungible
adj. That may be measured, counted, or weighed.
fungous
adj. Spongy.
fungus
n. A plant destitute of chlorophyll, as a mushroom.
furbish
v. To restore brightness or beauty to.
furlong
n. A measure, one-eighth of a mile.
furlough
n. A temporary absence of a soldier or sailor by permission of the commanding officer.
furrier
n. A dealer in or maker of fur goods.
further
adj. More distant or advanced.
furtherance
n. Advancement.
furtive
adj. Stealthy or sly, like the actions of a thief.
fuse
v. To unite or blend as by melting together.
fusible
adj. Capable of being melted by heat.
futile
adj. Of no avail or effect.
futurist
n. A person of expectant temperament.
gauge
n. An instrument for measuring.
gaiety
n. Festivity.
gaily
adv. Merrily.
gait
n. Carriage of the body in going.
gallant
adj. Possessing a brave or chivalrous spirit.
galore
adj. Abundant.
galvanic
adj. Pertaining or relating to electricity produced by chemical action.
galvanism
n. Current electricity, especially that arising from chemical action.
galvanize
v. To imbue with life or animation.
gamble
v. To risk money or other possession on an event, chance, or contingency.
gambol
n. Playful leaping or frisking.
gamester
n. A gambler.
gamut
n. The whole range or sequence.
garnish
v. In cookery, to surround with additions for embellishment.
garrison
n. The military force stationed in a fort, town, or other place for its defense.
garrote
v. To execute by strangling.
garrulous
adj. Given to constant trivial talking.
gaseous
adj. Light and unsubstantial.
gastric
adj. Of, pertaining to, or near the stomach.
gastritis
n. Inflammation of the stomach.
gastronomy
n. The art of preparing and serving appetizing food.
gendarme
n. In continental Europe, particularly in France, a uniformed and armed police officer.
genealogy
n. A list, in the order of succession, of ancestors and their descendants.
genealogist
n. A tracer of pedigrees.
generality
n. The principal portion.
generalize
v. To draw general inferences.
generally
adv. Ordinarily.
generate
v. To produce or cause to be.
generic
adj. Noting a genus or kind; opposed to specific.
generosity
n. A disposition to give liberally or to bestow favors heartily.
genesis
n. Creation.
geniality
n. Warmth and kindliness of disposition.
genital
adj. Of or pertaining to the animal reproductive organs.