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- Effortlessly graceful, supple and resilient (and often thin).
- Menacing, portending evil; having a harmful or malignant influence.
- Custodian, especially one in charge of a museum or zoo.
- A cavity, hollow, or recess in a wall; position ideally suited for an organism or person.
- Harshness, roughness of temper
- Bothersome, irritating
- Disposed to arouse, or take part in, violent opposition to lawful authority.
- To cast off, to refuse to have anything to do with.
- Endure, bear; dwell, remain.
- Hasten away, move along rapidly
- The lowest or closest point; the point of a satellite's orbit that is nearest to the earth.
- To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way.
- To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner
- Irritable; apt to scold. [easily annoyed]
- A person guilty or capable of crime.
- Favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view.
- Plump, chubby [having a full rounded shape]
- To find fault; to criticize words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly.
- To prepare; to get something ready to function.
- Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak.
- Not combed, dishevelled [untidy, neglected]
- Performed rapidly without attention to details; hasty.
- Threatening or menacing
- Having a propensity to be lustful or lecherous.
- To become or to cause to become very thin, as when starving.
- Solemn; inspiring respect and reverence; dignified.
- A portent; sign of the future.
- Genuine, without deception, without hypocrisy.
- To eradicate; root out; destroy; exterminate
- advocate (Verb):
To plead the cause of another, to urge.
In contrast to the more strident opponents of the measure, some senators advocate a more conciliatory approach.
- Merry; cheerful; gay; airy; lively; sportive.
- The definition of catatonic (adj) is In a stupor; experiencing either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs.. Here is an example of it in use:
The professor was frustrated with her 8 a.m. course; every morning she looked out on a classroom full of catatonic students who seemed to be hearing nothing she said.
- To cause to change into a semisolid state.
- To take up as a supporter.
- cozen (verb)
To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully..
- To consume; to wear away; to gradually wear away; to impair; rust.
- To move or wave, as a weapon; to flourish
- Paint or draw (e.g. a sign); describe; delineate
- To hold back.
- Tremble [shake: trembling movement]
- A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them
- Previous warning, notice, or information; forewarning.
- Friendly; courteous; gracious; mild.
- Viable (adj.)
capable of living
- Without cunning or duplicity; simple and honest.
- Seated; not given to travelling or moving; stationary.
- Firmly fixed or established; unwavering
- Soaking wet; heavy with moisture
- Tenacity (noun).
The quality of being persistent, singular in purpose
- In a plucky manner; spiritedly
- Apprehensive (adj.)
Cautious and fearful, anxious towards the future.
Insipid; flat; dull; unanimated
Not wanting to sound vapid, Dierdre tried not to say "Like" and "You know" during her job interview.
- Uncontrolled; lacking restraint
- balmy (adj.)
Soothing; refreshing; mild..
Temperatures on the beach were record-high, but the balmy breeze coming off the ocean took the edge off the heat.
- Using or containing more words than are necessary.
- Preposterous (adj.)
Outrageous, unbelievable; contrary to nature or reason..
The queen found the commoner's suggestion that she give him her crown nothing short of preposterous.
- Aggression or hostility.
- Strong hatred.
- Manacle (noun.)
A shackle or restraint usually attached to wrists or ankles.
- Approval; sanction; commendation
- Eulogy, speech or writing in praise of someone..
- Preponderance (noun.)
A great amount (of something. Could refer to weight, quantity, power, influence, etc.).
- Something difficult or intricate
- Greedy in eating, eager to devour and swallow.
- Decrepit (adj.)
Broken down with age.
Fearing that it might fall in a storm, the farmers hired men to tear down the decrepit old barn.
- Search out and bring to light; to drive out from a hiding place.
- To pick up or gather anything by degrees
- Pleasing or agreeable to the sight
- laconic (adj.)
quiet, using few words, terse
- Imbibe (verb)
To drink in, absorb
- Vindicate (verb)
to support or maintain as true or correct; to release from fault
- special license or privilege granted to an individual or a group.
- Paucity (noun)
A lack of something
The town's single women bemoaned the paucity of eligible men.
comfort; alleviation of grief or sadness.
- Person currently occupying a political office.
- Mercenary (noun)
A soldier for hire who fights purely for money (not from patriotism or coercion)
- Silly, without meaning, foolish.
- Morose (adj.)
Sullen, annoyed, unhappy
- To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does; to laugh in a broken manner
- Rend (verb)
To tear one's clothes.
- Allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic.
- Pulmonary (adj.)
having to do with the lungs.
A streaming together, or continual incoming; a place where two rivers join.
To be in accord, to agree, to fit together conceptually
The president's description of the terms of employment did not jibe with the new employee's understanding of the salary and benefits she would be receiving.
to diminish; to become less; to shrink
To make a loud, sudden noise; to send forth decrees with force or authority..
To raise an insignificant point; to trifle in argument or discourse.
The other students felt their class time was being wasted when Mary would quibble with every point the professor made.
- Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable
favorable to health
Imply in a subtle or devious way; introduce gradually or indirectly and artfully..
- Upset, frustrate, make uncomfortable
to contradict; to assail; to call into question
- To plate or coat with metal by means of electricity; to stimulate, rouse, stir.
To diminish; to cause to lose luster; to dull
a small battle
Feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation..
Indignant about the press coverage concerning her personal life, the pop star vowed she would never speak to reporters again.
to flatter; coax; deceive with flattery; entrap
to put in a case; to inclose or cover with
To cause to move; to throw off; to lift; to raise
Graceful; refined; of high birth..
- To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right.
To put into an ecstasy; to ravish with delight or wonder; to enrapture
- Satisfying the demands of polite society; proper, correct, seemly.
- To enlarge or elaborate upon something; to go on in great detail.
To bend the knee in prayer..
- Atonement, the making of amends.
A man of learning; one versed in literature or science..
- Quiet; disposed to be silent; reserved.
- Silly; lightheaded; dizzy.
- To deceive by false appearance.
- To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over
- Discourage by reason of difficulty, intimidate, overwhelm, instill fear or lessen courage
to save; to be parsiminous [ stingy, very sparing] or niggardly
- The way or fashion of people at any particular time.
- A beggar.
intolerant devotion to a group or cause, usually associated with a devaluation of those outside the group.
The judge declared that the elite society's bigotry would no longer be tolerated, and that it would be forced by law to accept the minorities it had historically excluded.
- To fall steeply.
- To lie in wait; to keep out of sight
Done in secret
The lovers arranged a clandestine meeting at the outskirts of town where they were sure not to be seen by anyone they knew.
- To stare stupidly at something.
to assist in the vice of another
A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand.
When Janice spilled paint on the carpet after repeated warnings to be careful, she received a sharp rebuke from her mother.
Worthy of envy; desirable; likely to produce ill will..
- To elude; to foil; to perplex
- Cautiously; timidly; fastidiously [1. choosing only what is good. 2. easily disgusted]; daintily.
Designed to efficiently achieve a particular end; concerned only with what is advantageous, often in self-interest..
- Large in quantity or amount; plentiful; abundant; fruitful.
- Mocking, laughing; dismissive
- Hostile; disposed to war; offensive.
Carefully organized, diligent, painstaking
- To have an opinion; to judge; to think.
- Given to continual talking.
Money or resources offered in exchange for a loan
Acting indirectly; having lesser importance.
- Causing anger, hostility or passion.
- Mobile, itinerant.
- A lizard that changes color to match its surroundings.
an article of dress, clothing in general
- A system of naming, especially one used in a technical discussion.
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise
- That which is written; writing; scripture
- To change or modify in any way for the better.
- To treat so as to ease symptoms..
- Indisposition; minor disorder of the body
- A bank or wharf jutting into water from which boats may be loaded and unloaded..
- To provoke; to incite.
To cut off; to pare away..
- The act of anointing or rubbing with an oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes or as a symbol of consecration.
an actor, or dramitist
- An overwhelming force or movement that overcomes all resistance.
A joke or jest; a good-humored exchange
- A pointing out; manifestation; proof; demonstration.
a whim [sudden fancy [1. inclination 2. unfounded idea]], wandering of the thoughts
To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in a rough fashion
After he scuffled in the bar with two other patrons, the actor was arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct.
- Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy
oxford dictionary: delaying, not prompt
fragrant; spreading sweet scent
- thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation.
upset and confuse
marriable; sexually mature
Bold and sassy; marked by disregard for others..
- A complicated and ritualistic procedure; meaningless, confused locution
a social blunder [noun: bad mistake; verb: 1. move clumsily and uncertainly 2. make a bad mistake] or faux pas.
Take back, admit an error.
To nurse to life or activity; to encourage
- Lack of vigor or vitality
stinking; especially from decay
- To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or erroneous.
- Farther away, not central; hidden, going beyond what is said openly.
- Travelling, unsettled, wandering about the country.
- Ugly; frightful
friendly and peaceful.
Despite their divorce, the couple remained on amicable terms, meeting for dinner and a movie once a month.
- Burning; corrosive; destructive
- Lazy, given to inactivity.
Adaptable, open to change.
Shawn was more emotionally labile than the other children who seemed always to be content and happy. Shawn's moods would often change depending on the situation, and it was difficult to predict if he would be happy or sad.
- Casual, giving the impression that one is unconcerned or indifferent.
asking earnestly and submissively; entreating [entrain: request earnestly or emotionally]
Harsh or raspy; emanating from the throat..
Deep-seated or firmly established
He was an inveterate liar, always trying to con people.
- Burdened; weighed down.
Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root..
- adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling
To assume, or claim as one's own; to take over without due cause..
- Act in opposition, counteract (often against a harmful force); compensate, offset, counterbalance
- To swindle; defraud [cheat by fraud]; steal from through deceit
- tire, lose vigor; to mark as significant.
anticipate and render unnecessary
- Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy.
base; filthy; obscene
Alice thought her friend's ribald jokes distasteful, and so was nervous about introducing him to her mother.
a woman hater
- Hesitant and timid; unassertive.
- Almost dead.
Thin and flexible; moving with grace..
Wasteful, extravagant, dissipative, without concern for planning or moderation..
To extend in one direction; to lengthen out
An overspreading of darkness or gloom
The recent death of their old coach cast a pall over the team's celebration of their victory in the championship game.
- One who challenges and criticizes established beliefs.
compulsion by threat
- Sleeping, in an inactive state, but with the potential to awaken.
- Confused; mixed up; unintelligible
- Rightness of principle or practice
belief, faith, fidelity, truth
- careful concern for other's feelings, the quality of being polite, diplomatic, and thoughtful
neglect or abandonment; failure to perform a duty
- Abundant and given freely. Extravagently generous.
Cautious, wary, hesitant. Slow to accept or allow
to expand; to distend; to enlarge or extgend in all directions; to swell.
a loud or pompous speech addressed to a large public assembly
- Anything with a spiraled or coiled [coil: wind into rings or spirals] appearance.
An opening or channel through which anything flows..
to rub out; to erase
- intense volley [1. simultaneous discharge of missiles etc. 2. outburst of questions or other words. 3. return of the ball in tennis/ before it touches the ground.] of many things at once (as in, perhaps, artillery shelling [tufek sacmasinin firlamasi gibi; artillery askeri boluk gibi]).
An omen, a harbinger, a sign of something that is yet to happen.
When the water mysteriously drained out of her aquarium one afternoon, the young woman took it as a portent warning her not to go on the fishing expedition she had been planning.
To give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order
- Coming to fulfilment; enjoyment
To elicit affection or gain favor through deliberate effort; the person who does this is often (but not always) insincere.
Knowing that he had offended her parents, he tried to ingratiate himself by mowing their lawn and pruning their hedges.
- A system of stars; an assemby of brilliant or famous people.
Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only
- Comical in a foolish or slapstick way.
Especially strange; odd in appearance; fantastic..
- A funeral pile on which the dead are burned; any pile to be burnt.
a boxer; a fighter
- Supply, generally in a business context
- Spend lavishly; let slip away
to walk in a leisurely or relaxed fashion.
- Bold and sassy; marked by disregard for others.
fluent and smooth in speech; garrulous
state of uncertainty or perplexity
- A statement of high, glowing, enthusiastic praise.
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