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interim
n. Time between acts or periods.
interlocutor
n. One who takes part in a conversation or oral discussion.
interlude
n. An action or event considered as coming between others of greater length.
intermediate
adj. Being in a middle place or degree or between extremes.
interminable
adj. Having no limit or end.
intermission
n. A recess.
intermit
v. To cause to cease temporarily.
intermittent
adj. A temporary discontinuance.
interpolation
n. Verbal interference.
interpose
v. To come between other things or persons.
interposition
n. A coming between.
interpreter
n. A person who makes intelligible the speech of a foreigner by oral translation.
interrogate
v. To examine formally by questioning.
interrogative
adj. Having the nature or form of a question.
interrogatory
n. A question or inquiry.
interrupt
v. To stop while in progress.
intersect
v. To cut through or into so as to divide.
intervale
n. A low tract of land between hills, especially along a river.
intervene
v. To interfere for some end.
intestacy
n. The condition resulting from one's dying not having made a valid will.
intestate
adj. Not having made a valid will.
intestine
n. That part of the digestive tube below or behind the stomach, extending to the anus.
intimacy
n. Close or confidential friendship.
intimidate
v. To cause to become frightened.
intolerable
adj. Insufferable.
intolerance
n. Inability or unwillingness to bear or endure.
intolerant
adj. Bigoted.
intoxicant
n. Anything that unduly exhilarates or excites.
intoxicate
v. To make drunk.
intracellular
adj. Occurring or situated within a cell.
intramural
adj. Situated within the walls of a city.
intrepid
adj. Fearless and bold.
intricacy
n. Perplexity.
intricate
adj. Difficult to follow or understand.
intrigue
n. A plot or scheme, usually complicated and intended to accomplish something by secret ways.
intrinsic
adj. Inherent.
introductory
adj. Preliminary.
introgression
n. Entrance.
intromit
v. To insert.
introspect
v. To look into.
introspection
n. The act of observing and analyzing one's own thoughts and feelings.
introversion
n. The act of turning or directing inward, physically or mentally.
introvert
v. To turn within.
intrude
v. To come in without leave or license.
intrusion
n. The act of entering without warrant or invitation; encroachment.
intuition
n. Instinctive knowledge or feeling.
inundate
v. To fill with an overflowing abundance.
inundation
n. Flood.
inure
v. To harden or toughen by use, exercise, or exposure.
invalid
adj. Having no force, weight, or cogency.
invalid
n. One who is disabled by illness or injury.
invalidate
v. To render of no force or effect.
invaluable
adj. Exceedingly precious.
invariable
adj. Unchangeable.
invasion
n. Encroachment, as by an act of intrusion or trespass.
invective
n. An utterance intended to cast censure, or reproach.
inveigh
v. To utter vehement censure or invective.
inventive
adj. Quick at contrivance.
inverse
adj. Contrary in tendency or direction.
inversion
n. Change of order so that the first shall become last and the last first.
invert
v. To turn inside out, upside down, or in opposite direction.
investigator
n. One who investigates.
investor
n. One who invests money.
inveterate
adj. Habitual.
invidious
adj. Showing or feeling envy.
invigorate
v. To animate.
invincible
adj. Not to be conquered, subdued, or overcome.
inviolable
adj. Incapable of being injured or disturbed.
invoke
v. To call on for assistance or protection.
involuntary
adj. Unwilling.
involution
n. Complication.
involve
v. To draw into entanglement, literally or figuratively.
invulnerable
adj. That can not be wounded or hurt.
inwardly
adv. With no outward manifestation.
iota
n. A small or insignificant mark or part.
irascible
adj. Prone to anger.
irate
adj. Moved to anger.
ire
n. Wrath.
iridescence
n. A many-colored appearance.
iridescent
adj. Exhibiting changing rainbow-colors due to the interference of the light.
irk
v. To afflict with pain, vexation, or fatigue.
irksome
adj. Wearisome.
irony
n. Censure or ridicule under cover of praise or compliment.
irradiance
n. Luster.
irradiate
v. To render clear and intelligible.
irrational
adj. Not possessed of reasoning powers or understanding.
irreducible
adj. That can not be lessened.
irrefragable
adj. That can not be refuted or disproved.
irrefrangible
adj. That can not be broken or violated.
irrelevant
adj. Inapplicable.
irreligious
adj. Indifferent or opposed to religion.
irreparable
adj. That can not be rectified or made amends for.
irrepressible
adj. That can not be restrained or kept down.
irresistible
adj. That can not be successfully withstood or opposed.
irresponsible
adj. Careless of or unable to meet responsibilities.
irreverence
n. The quality showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things.
irreverent
adj. Showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things.
irreverential
adj. Showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things.
irreversible
adj. Irrevocable.
irrigant
adj. Serving to water lands by artificial means.
irrigate
v. To water, as land, by ditches or other artificial means.
irritable
adj. Showing impatience or ill temper on little provocation.
irritancy
n. The quality of producing vexation.
irritant
n. A mechanical, chemical, or pathological agent of inflammation, pain, or tension.
irritate
v. To excite ill temper or impatience in.
irruption
n. Sudden invasion.
isle
n. An island.
islet
n. A little island.
isobar
n. A line joining points at which the barometric pressure is the same at a specified moment.
isochronous
adj. Relating to or denoting equal intervals of time.
isolate
v. To separate from others of its kind.
isothermal
adj. Having or marking equality of temperature.
itinerant
adj. Wandering.
itinerary
n. A detailed account or diary of a journey.
itinerate
v. To wander from place to place.
jargon
n. Confused, unintelligible speech or highly technical speech.
jaundice
n. A morbid condition, due to obstructed excretion of bile or characterized by yellowing of the skin.
jeopardize
v. To imperil.
Jingo
n. One of a party in Great Britain in favor of spirited and demonstrative foreign policy. jocose
jocular
adj. Inclined to joke.
joggle
n. A sudden irregular shake or a push causing such a shake.
journalize
v. To keep a diary.
jovial
adj. Merry.
jubilation
n. Exultation.
judgment
n. The faculty by the exercise of which a deliberate conclusion is reached.
judicature
n. Distribution and administration of justice by trial and judgment.
judicial
adj. Pertaining to the administration of justice.
judiciary
n. That department of government which administers the law relating to civil and criminal justice.
judicious
adj. Prudent.
juggle
v. To play tricks of sleight of hand.
jugglery
n. The art or practice of sleight of hand.
jugular
adj. Pertaining to the throat.
juicy
adj. Succulent.
junction
n. The condition of being joined.
juncture
n. An articulation, joint, or seam.
junta
n. A council or assembly that deliberates in secret upon the affairs of government.
juridical
adj. Assumed by law to exist.
jurisdiction
n. Lawful power or right to exercise official authority.
jurisprudence
n. The science of rights in accordance with positive law.
juror
n. One who serves on a jury or is sworn in for jury duty in a court of justice.
joust
v. To engage in a tilt with lances on horseback.
justification
n. Vindication.
juvenile
adj. Characteristic of youth.
juxtapose
v. To place close together.
keepsake
n. Anything kept or given to be kept for the sake of the giver.
kerchief
n. A square of linen, silk, or other material, used as a covering for the head or neck.
kernel
n. A grain or seed.
kiln
n. An oven or furnace for baking, burning, or drying industrial products.
kiloliter
n. One thousand liters.
kilometer
n. A length of 1,000 meters.
kilowatt
n. One thousand watts.
kimono
n. A loose robe, fastening with a sash, the principal outer garment in Japan.
kind-hearted
adj. Having a kind and sympathetic nature.
kingling
n. A petty king.
kingship
n. Royal state.
kinsfolk
n. pl. Relatives.
knavery
n. Deceitfulness in dealing.
knead
v. To mix and work into a homogeneous mass, especially with the hands.
knickknack
n. A small article, more for ornament that use.
knight errant
n. One of the wandering knights who in the middle ages went forth in search of adventure.
knighthood
n. Chivalry.
laborious
adj. Toilsome.
labyrinth
n. A maze.
lacerate
v. To tear rudely or raggedly.
lackadaisical
adj. Listless.
lactation
n. The secretion of milk.
lacteal
adj. Milky.
lactic
adj. Pertaining to milk.
laddie
n. A lad.
ladle
n. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, intended for dipping up and pouring liquids.
laggard
adj. Falling behind.
landholder
n. Landowner.
landlord
n. A man who owns and lets a tenement or tenements.
landmark
n. A familiar object in the landscape serving as a guide to an area otherwise easily lost track of.
landscape
n. A rural view, especially one of picturesque effect, as seen from a distance or an elevation.
languid
adj. Relaxed.
languor
n. Lassitude of body or depression.
lapse
n. A slight deviation from what is right, proper, or just.
lascivious
adj. Lustful.
lassie
n. A little lass.
latent
adj. Dormant.
latency
n. The state of being dormant.
later
adv. At a subsequent time.
lateral
adj. Directed toward the side.
latish
adj. Rather late.
lattice
n. Openwork of metal or wood, formed by crossing or interlacing strips or bars.
laud
v. To praise in words or song.
laudable
adj. Praiseworthy.
laudation
n. High praise.
laudatory
adj. Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.
laundress
n. Washerwoman.
laureate
adj. Crowned with laurel, as a mark of distinction.
lave
v. To wash or bathe.
lawgiver
n. A legislator.
lawmaker
n. A legislator.
lax
adj. Not stringent or energetic.
laxative
adj. Having power to open or loosen the bowels.
lea
n. A field.
leaflet
n. A little leaf or a booklet.
leaven
v. To make light by fermentation, as dough.
leeward
n. That side or direction toward which the wind blows.
left-handed
adj. Using the left hand or arm more dexterously than the right.
legacy
n. A bequest.
legalize
v. To give the authority of law to.
legging
n. A covering for the leg.
legible
adj. That may be read with ease.
legionary
n. A member of an ancient Roman legion or of the modern French Legion of Honor.
legislate
v. To make or enact a law or laws.
legislative
adj. That makes or enacts laws.
legislator
n. A lawgiver.
legitimacy
n. Accordance with law.
legitimate
adj. Having the sanction of law or established custom.
leisure
n. Spare time.
leniency
n. Forbearance.
lenient
adj. Not harsh.
leonine
adj. Like a lion.
lethargy
n. Prolonged sluggishness of body or mind.
levee
n. An embankment beside a river or stream or an arm of the sea, to prevent overflow.
lever
n. That which exerts, or through which one may exert great power.
leviathan
n. Any large animal, as a whale.
levity
n. Frivolity.
levy
v. To impose and collect by force or threat of force.
lewd
adj. Characterized by lust or lasciviousness.
lexicographer
n. One who makes dictionaries.
lexicography
n. The making of dictionaries.
lexicon
n. A dictionary.
liable
adj. Justly or legally responsible.
libel
n. Defamation.
liberalism
n. Opposition to conservatism.
liberate
v. To set free or release from bondage.
licentious
adj. Wanton.
licit
adj. Lawful.
liege
adj. Sovereign.
lien
n. A legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge.
lieu
n. Stead.
lifelike
adj. Realistic.
lifelong
adj. Lasting or continuous through life.
lifetime
n. The time that life continues.
ligament
n. That which binds objects together.
ligature
n. Anything that constricts, or serves for binding or tying.
light-hearted
adj. Free from care.
ligneous
adj. Having the texture of appearance of wood.
likelihood
n. A probability.
likely
adj. Plausible.
liking
n. Fondness.
limitation
n. A restriction.
linear
adj. Of the nature of a line.
liner
n. A vessel belonging to a steamship-line.
lingo
n. Language.
lingua
n. The tongue.
lingual
adj. Pertaining to the use of the tongue in utterance.
linguist
n. One who is acquainted with several languages.
linguistics
n. The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words.
liniment
n. A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc.
liquefacient
adj. Possessing a liquefying nature or power.
liquefy
v. To convert into a liquid or into liquid form.
liqueur
n. An alcoholic cordial sweetened and flavored with aromatic substances.
liquidate
v. To deliver the amount or value of.
liquor
n. Any alcoholic or intoxicating liquid.
listless
adj. Inattentive.
literacy
n. The state or condition of knowing how to read and write.
literal
adj. Following the exact words.
literature
n. The written or printed productions of the human mind collectively.
lithe
adj. Supple.
lithesome
adj. Nimble.
lithograph
n. A print made by printing from stone.
lithotype
n. In engraving, an etched stone surface for printing.
litigant
n. A party to a lawsuit.
litigate
v. To cause to become the subject-matter of a suit at law.
litigious
adj. Quarrelsome.
littoral
adj. Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore.
liturgy
n. A ritual.
livelihood
n. Means of subsistence.
livid
adj. Black-and-blue, as contused flesh.
loam
n. A non-coherent mixture of sand and clay.
loath
adj. Averse.
loathe
v. To abominate.
locative
adj. Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs.
loch
n. A lake.
locomotion
n. The act or power of moving from one place to another.
lode
n. A somewhat continuous unstratified metal- bearing vein.
lodgment
n. The act of furnishing with temporary quarters.
logic
n. The science of correct thinking.
logical
adj. Capable of or characterized by clear reasoning.
logician
n. An expert reasoner.
loiterer
n. One who consumes time idly.
loneliness
n. Solitude.
longevity
n. Unusually prolonged life.
loot
v. To plunder.
loquacious
adj. Talkative.
lordling
n. A little lord.
lough
n. A lake or loch.
louse
n. A small insect parasitic on and sucking the blood of mammals.
lovable
adj. Amiable.
low-spirited
adj. Despondent.
lowly
adv. Rudely.
lucid
adj. Mentally sound.
lucrative
adj. Highly profitable.
ludicrous
adj. Laughable.
luminary
n. One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.
luminescent
adj. Showing increase of light.
luminescence
n. Showing increase.
luminosity
n. The quality of giving or radiating light.
luminous
adj. Giving or radiating light.
lunacy
n. Mental unsoundness.
lunar
adj. Pertaining to the moon.
lunatic
n. An insane person.
lune
n. The moon.
lurid
adj. Ghastly and sensational.
luscious
adj. Rich, sweet, and delicious.
lustrous
adj. Shining.
luxuriance
n. Excessive or superfluous growth or quantity.
luxuriant
adj. Abundant or superabundant in growth.
luxuriate
v. To live sumptuously.
lying
n. Untruthfulness.
lyre
n. One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class.
lyric
adj. Fitted for expression in song.
macadamize
v. To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone.
machinery
n. The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively.
machinist
n. One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools.
macrocosm
n. The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related.
madden
v. To inflame with passion.
Madonna
n. A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus.
magician
n. A sorcerer.
magisterial
adj. Having an air of authority.
magistracy
n. The office or dignity of a magistrate.
magnanimous
adj. Generous in treating or judging others.
magnate
n. A person of rank or importance.
magnet
n. A body possessing that peculiar form of polarity found in nature in the lodestone.
magnetize
v. To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily.
magnificence
n. The exhibition of greatness of action, character, intellect, wealth, or power.
magnificent
adj. Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action.
magnitude
n. Importance.
maharaja
n. A great Hindu prince.
maidenhood
n. Virginity.
maintain
v. To hold or preserve in any particular state or condition.
maintenance
n. That which supports or sustains.
maize
n. Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn.
makeup
n. The arrangements or combination of the parts of which anything is composed.
malady
n. Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one.
malaria
n. A fever characterized by alternating chills, fever, and sweating.
malcontent
n. One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.
malediction
n. The calling down of a curse or curses.
malefactor
n. One who injures another.
maleficent
adj. Mischievous.
malevolence
n. Ill will.
malevolent
adj. Wishing evil to others.
malign
v. To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely.
malignant
adj. Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief.
malleable
adj. Pliant.
mallet
n. A wooden hammer.
maltreat
v. To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively.
man-trap
n. A place or structure dangerous to human life.
mandate
n. A command.
mandatory
adj. Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory.
mane
n. The long hair growing upon and about the neck of certain animals, as the horse and the lion.
man-eater
n. An animal that devours human beings.
maneuver
v. To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy.
mania
n. Insanity.
maniac
n. a person raving with madness.
manifesto
n. A public declaration, making announcement, explanation or defense of intentions, or motives.
manlike
adj. Like a man.
manliness
n. The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc.
mannerism
n. Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or conduct.
manor
n. The landed estate of a lord or nobleman.
mantel
n. The facing, sometimes richly ornamented, about a fireplace, including the usual shelf above it.
mantle
n. A cloak.
manufacturer
n. A person engaged in manufacturing as a business.
manumission
n. Emancipation.
manumit
v. To set free from bondage.
marine
adj. Of or pertaining to the sea or matters connected with the sea.
maritime
adj. Situated on or near the sea.
maroon
v. To put ashore and abandon (a person) on a desolate coast or island.
martial
adj. Pertaining to war or military operations.
Martian
adj. Pertaining to Mars, either the Roman god of war or the planet.
martyrdom
n. Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle.
marvel
v. To be astonished and perplexed because of (something).
masonry
n. The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc., with regularly arranged stones.
masquerade
n. A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised.
massacre
n. The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.
massive
adj. Of considerable bulk and weight.
masterpiece
n. A superior production.
mastery
n. The attainment of superior skill.
material
n. That of which anything is composed or may be constructed.
materialize
v. To take perceptible or substantial form.
maternal
adj. Pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood.
matinee
n. An entertainment (especially theatrical) held in the daytime.
matricide
n. The killing, especially the murdering, of one's mother.
matrimony
n. The union of a man and a woman in marriage.
matrix
n. That which contains and gives shape or form to anything.
matter of fact
n. Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality.
maudlin
adj. Foolishly and tearfully affectionate.
mausoleum
n. A tomb of more than ordinary size or architectural pretensions.
mawkish
adj. Sickening or insipid.
maxim
n. A principle accepted as true and acted on as a rule or guide.
maze
n. A labyrinth.
mead
n. A meadow.
meager
adj. scanty.
mealy-mouthed
adj. Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly.
meander
v. To wind and turn while proceeding in a course.
mechanics
n. The branch of physics that treats the phenomena caused by the action of forces.
medallion
n. A large medal.
meddlesome
adj. Interfering.
medial
adj. Of or pertaining to the middle.
mediate
v. To effect by negotiating as an agent between parties.
medicine
n. A substance possessing or reputed to possess curative or remedial properties.
medieval
adj. Belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages.
mediocre
adj. Ordinary.
meditation
n. The turning or revolving of a subject in the mind.
medley
n. A composition of different songs or parts of songs arranged to run as a continuous whole.
meliorate
v. To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition.
mellifluous
adj. Sweetly or smoothly flowing.
melodious
adj. Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds.
melodrama
n. A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents.
memento
n. A souvenir.
memorable
adj. Noteworthy.
menace
n. A threat.
menagerie
n. A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition.
mendacious
adj. Untrue.
mendicant
n. A beggar.
mentality
n. Intellectuality.
mentor
n. A wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend.
mercantile
adj. Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial.
mercenary
adj. Greedy
merciful
adj. Disposed to pity and forgive.
merciless
adj. Cruel.
meretricious
adj. Alluring by false or gaudy show.
mesmerize
v. To hypnotize.
messieurs
n. pl. Gentlemen.
metal
n. An element that forms a base by combining with oxygen, is usually hard, heavy, and lustrous.
metallurgy
n. The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting.
metamorphosis
n. A passing from one form or shape into another.
metaphor
n. A figure of speech in which one object is likened to another, by speaking as if the other.
metaphysical
adj. Philosophical.
metaphysician
n. One skilled in metaphysics.
metaphysics
n. The principles of philosophy as applied to explain the methods of any particular science.
mete
v. To apportion.
metempsychosis
n. Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast.
meticulous
adj. Over-cautious.
metonymy
n. A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes.
metric
adj. Relating to measurement.
metronome
n. An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music.
metropolis
n. A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state.
metropolitan
adj. Pertaining to a chief city.
mettle
n. Courage.
mettlesome
adj. Having courage or spirit.
microcosm
n. The world or universe on a small scale.
micrometer
n. An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions.
microphone
n. An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds.
microscope
n. An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects.
microscopic
adj. Adapted to or characterized by minute observation.
microscopy
n. The art of examing objects with the microscope.
midsummer
n. The middle of the summer.
midwife
n. A woman who makes a business of assisting at childbirth.
mien
n. The external appearance or manner of a person.
migrant
adj. Wandering.
migrate
v. To remove or pass from one country, region, or habitat to another.
migratory
adj. Wandering.
mileage
n. A distance in miles.
militant
adj. Of a warlike or combative disposition or tendency.
militarism
n. A policy of maintaining great standing armies.
militate
v. To have weight or influence (in determining a question).
militia
n. Those citizens, collectively, who are enrolled and drilled in temporary military organizations.
Milky Way
n. The galaxy.
millet
n. A grass cultivated for forage and cereal.
mimic
v. To imitate the speech or actions of.
miniature
adj. Much smaller than reality or that the normal size.
minimize
v. To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
minion
n. A servile favorite.
ministration
n. Any religious ceremonial.
ministry
n. A service.
minority
n. The smaller in number of two portions into which a number or a group is divided.
minute
adj. Exceedingly small in extent or quantity.
minutia
n. A small or unimportant particular or detail.
mirage
n. An optical effect looking like a sheet of water in the desert.
misadventure
n. An unlucky accident.
misanthropic
adj. Hating mankind.
misanthropy
n. Hatred of mankind.
misapprehend
v. To misunderstand.
misbehave
v. To behave ill.
misbehavior
n. Ill or improper behavior.
mischievous
adj. Fond of tricks.
miscount
v. To make a mistake in counting.
miscreant
n. A villain.
misdeed
n. A wrong or improper act.
misdemeanor
n. Evil conduct, small crime.
miser
n. A person given to saving and hoarding unduly.
mishap
n. Misfortune.
misinterpret
v. To misunderstand.
mislay
v. To misplace.
mismanage
v. To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully.
misnomer
n. A name wrongly or mistakenly applied.
misogamy
n. Hatred of marriage.
misogyny
n. Hatred of women.
misplace
v. To put into a wrong place.
misrepresent
v. To give a wrong impression.
misrule
v. To misgovern.
missal
n. The book containing the service for the celebration of mass.
missile
n. Any object, especially a weapon, thrown or intended to be thrown.
missive
n. A message in writing.