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n exceptionable
objectionable; likely to cause dislike; offensive; CF. unexceptionable: entirely acceptable
n epitaph
inscription in memory of a dead person (as on a tombstone)
n equestrian
rider on horseback; ADJ.
s ooze
(of a thick liquid) pass or flow slowly; N: mud or thick liquid as at the bottom of a river
praising; eulogistic; N. encomium: very high praise; eulogy
n entrance
put under a spell(condition caused by magical power); carry away(fill with strong feeling) with emotion; put into a trance; fill with delight
s elaborate
work out carefully; add more detail or information; ADJ.
commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey
efficiency or conciseness in using something; thrifty management of resources
thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)
praising; full of eulogy
raise in rank or dignity; praise highly; inspire; Ex. exalt the imagination; ADJ. exalted; N. exaltation
n expunge
cancel; remove a word or name (from a book or list); erase
n ethnic
relating to races
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
clean; remove offensive parts of a book
s effective
effectual; producing a strong response; striking; in operation; in effect; Ex. effective speech/photograph
increase; make greater (as in value, reputation, or usefulness); improve
s dummy
imitation of a real object used as a substitute; effigy
plead; ask earnestly
hug; clasp with the arms; adopt or espouse; accept readily; encircle; include; Ex. embrace the cause/socialism; Ex. all-embracing; CF. brace; CF. bracelet
hugeness (in a bad sense); excessive wickedness; Ex. enormity of the crime; ADJ. enormous
s trance
hypnotic state; ecstatic state; detachment from one's physical surrounding (as in contemplation or daydreaming); CF. transition
n earthy
unrefined; coarse; of earth; Ex. earthy remarks; OP. ethereal
s rapture
great joy and delight; ecstasy; ADJ. rapturous
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm; boiling; N. ebullience; N. ebullition: state of boiling
n expletive
meaningless word; interjection; profane oath; swear-word
egotistic; excessively self-centered(egocentric); self-important; conceited
able to produce a desired effect; valid
s expeditious
done with speed; quick; N. expedition
n extrude
force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die
(of the tide) recede; lessen; diminish; N. OP. flow: rise of tide
s edifice
building (of imposing size)
study of insects
prank; flighty conduct; reckless adventure that disobeys rules
(of something written or painted) still in existence
s sovereignty
complete independence and self-government (of a country); supremacy of authority; power to govern
n exuberance
overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness; ADJ. exuberant: high-spirited and lively; growing abundantly and strongly
issue forth; come out
n expansive
(of a person) outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
n exegesis
explanation, especially of biblical(of the bible) passages
mercy killing
cause; produce; give rise to
s chapel
small church (in a prison, college, or hospital)
clear from blame or guilt
n elysian
relating to paradise; blissful
n ethereal
like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ethereal beauty; CF. ether: upper air
n extenuate
weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
explain; make clear; clarify; enlighten; CF. lucid
elliptic; oval; of an ellipse; containing an ellipsis; ambiguous either purposely or because key words have been left out
n evasive
not frank; trying to hide the truth; eluding; evading; V. evade: avoid (a duty or responsibility) or escape from by deceit
s embitter
make bitter; fill with painful or bitter feelings; make sad and angry; Ex. He was embittered by many disappointments.
omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
n erratic
odd; irregular in movement or behavior; unpredictable
n ewe
female sheep
oddity; idiosyncrasy
s puzzle
baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.
s earthly
of this earth; terrestrial; worldly; not divine; possible; Ex. no earthly reason
puzzle; mystery; ADJ. enigmatic: obscure; puzzling
n excoriate
scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin off
small in amount; minute
n ejaculation
exclamation; abrupt ejection (to discharge sperm); V. ejaculate
surround; include; Ex. His activities encompass publishing and computers.
external; not essential or inherent; extraneous; OP. intrinsic
dummy; likeness of a person made of wood, paper, or stone; Ex. burn an effigy of the President
n elaboration
addition of details; intricacy
s engaged
employed; busy; betrothed; involved in conflict
risk, particularly of being exposed to disease or to the elements; unmasking; act of laying something open; Ex. exposure of governmental corruption
ecclesiastical; pertaining to the church; N: minister; priest; cleric; clergyman
n effervescence
inner excitement or exuberance; showing high spirits; emitting bubbles forming inside; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation; ADJ. effervescent; V. effervesce
n expostulation
protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade; V. expostulate
s executioner
person administering capital punishment
having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
n euphoria
feeling of exaggerated or unfounded(ungrounded; baseless) well-being; feeling of great happiness or well-being (when unreasonable); ADJ. euphoriaric
s swear
vow; promise; use profane oaths; use offensive words
s effulgent
shining brightly; brilliant
n expropriate
take possession of (often for public use and without payment)
ill will; hatred; hostility
fair; impartial; OP. inequitable
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
perfect example or embodiment; brief summary; Ex. epitome of good manners; V. epitomize: make an epitome of; be an epitome of; embody
fleeting; vanishing; soon disappearing; V. evanesce
period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn; Ex. vernal/autumnal equinox; ADJ. equinoctial
n eon(aeon)
long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
n errant
wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moral standards; Ex. knight-errant
s sovereign
ruler in a monarchy; ADJ: (of a country) independent and self-governing; having supreme power; supreme; excellent
make amends for (a sin)
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; ADJ. euphemistic
command; order; forbid
encode; convert a message into code; put into cipher
connoisseur of food and drink; gourmet; ADJ. epicurean; CF. Epicurus
undeveloped; rudimentary; N. embryo: organism in the early stage of development
worsen; aggravate; embitter
real being
n ethnology
study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
n exhort
urge (by strong argument or advice); Ex. The general exhorted his men to fight bravely; N. exhortation
totally clear; definite; outspoken
n egress
exit; opening for going out; act of going out; OP. ingress
s fringe
decorative edge of hanging threads; edge
follow (as a result)
selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources; selecting individual elements from a variety of sources; N. eclecticism
wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
respect; value; judge; N.
s prank
mischievous trick
s executive
person having administrative authority; one branch of government executing laws; ADJ: relating to executing
free from an entanglement or difficulty; disentangle
call forth (memory or feeling); Ex. That old film evoked memories of my childhood; N. evocation
period of time
s Elysium
place or condition of bliss
weird; causing fear because strange
fairness; justice; OP. inequity
n extradition
surrender of prisoner by one state to another; Ex. extradition treaty; V. extradite
not planned; impromptu; extempore
n equivocate
use equivocal language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth; N. equivocation
s embody
give a bodily form to; incorporate; include
n espouse
adopt; support (an idea or aim); marry; N. espousal
correct (usually a text); N. emendation: correction of errors; improvement
put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. execution
n epistemologist
philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
territory enclosed within an alien land
evasive; not frank; baffling; hard to grasp, catch, or understand; V. elude: escape from; escape the understanding or grasp of; Ex. elude the hunter; Ex. His name eludes me.
n excerpt
selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.
s exact
demand and obtain by force; Ex. exact a promise from him; N. exaction
s airy
of air; high in the air; lofty; immaterial; unreal
excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoistical
s emblazon
ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonment
departure (of a large number of people)
s fleet
fast; rapid; N. ADJ. fleeting: passing quickly; ephemeral
s judiciary
judicial branch of government
salary; payment for an office; compensation
not subject to a duty or obligation; free from a duty; V.
pertaining to passionate love or sexual love
n entree(entr\'ee)
entrance; a way in; right to enter; main dish of a meal; Ex. entree into the exclusive circle
n enamored
in love; Ex. enamored of his own beauty; V. enamor: inspire with love
darken; extinguish; outshine; surpass; cause an eclipse
n eddy
swirling current of water, air, etc.; V.
n exchequer
treasury; Ex. Chancellor of the exchequer
n emetic
substance causing vomiting; ADJ.
invigorating and refreshing; cheering; V. exhilarate: make cheerful and excited; Ex. exhilarated by the ride in the sports car
s ego
one's opinion of oneself; self-esteem
s egotism
tendency to speak or write of oneself excessively; conceit; self-importance
n epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
n effluvium
noxious(harmful) smell
n enterprising
full of initiative; showing enterprise
decorate with needlework; ornament (a story) with fancy or fictitious details; embellish
adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details)
s mingle
mix together in close association
n extol
praise very highly; glorify
s intrigue
make secret plans; plot; arouse the curiosity of; N: secret scheme; plot; secret love affair
not native; from another part of the world; strange; intriguingly unusual; Ex. exotic flower/dress
n execrable
very bad; detestable
n eschew
avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks
suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
balance of opposing forces; balance of the mind; equanimity
taking for one's own use in violation of trust; stealing (of money placed in one's care)
s effectuate
effect; produce; achieve; Ex. effectuate a reconciliation
show clearly
exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish; leave one's country
s chancellor
legal official of high rank; CF. chancellery(chancellory): position of a chancellor
curse; express abhorrence for; detest
s endear
make beloved; Ex. endear her to everyone; ADJ. dear: loved; cherished; high-priced
enclose; place in something; fix firmly in a surrounding mass
(of costs or demands) excessive; exceeding reasonable bounds
s interjection
exclamation; Ex. ``Ouch''
tending to call up (emotions, memories)
s emasculate
weaken; castrate
s enterprise
willingness to take new ventures; initiative; business organization; plan (that is difficult or daring); Ex. their latest enterprise to sail round the world in a small boat
n existential
pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialism
n extraneous
not essential; irrelevant; superfluous; external; coming from the outside; Ex. extraneous details/noise/to the subject
s chaplain
clergyman attached to a chapel
s mischief
behavior (of children) causing trouble with no serious harm; damage; harm; Ex. mischief to the crops; ADJ. mischievous: causing mischief; playfully troublesome
n emboss
produce a design in raised relief; decorate with a raised design
businessperson (who assumes the risk of a business venture); contractor; ADJ. entrepreneurial
provide with some quality; endow
n emulate
imitate; rival; try to equal or excel (through imitation)
prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country; peculiar to a particular region or people; CF. pandemic
lasting; surviving; V. endure: bear (pain or suffering) for a long time; remain alive (in spite of difficulties); last; survive
urgent situation; ADJ. exigent
pertaining to the improvement of race; N. eugenics: study of hereditary improvement of the human race
root up; uproot; destroy completely
n eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death; V. eulogize
brave and successful act; deed or action, particularly a brave deed; CF. crossing the Atlantic ocean
enclose; surround; N. environs: surrounding area (as of a city)
n ensconce
settle comfortably; place comfortably (in a secure place)
payment or expense; expending; something expended; output; Ex. receipt for the expenditure; Ex. expenditure of all the energy
draw out fact or information (by discussion or from someone)
s ecliptic
path of the sun and the planets
short speech at conclusion of dramatic work
s hypnosis
induced sleeping state; ADJ. hypnotic; V. hypnotize
tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform
s Epicurean
believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.
calmness of temperament; composure
s castrate
remove the sex organs (of a male animal or person)
n expatiate
talk at length; speak or write in detail
separated; alienated; V. estrange: alienate (people in a family); N. estrangement
s ecosystem
ecological community together with its environment
charming; attractive
approve; support; write one's signature on the back of; N. endorsement; CF. dorsal
cut away; cut out; N: government tax on good produced and used inside a country; N. excision
n epaulet(epaulette)
ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)
n enunciate
announce; proclaim; utter or speak, especially distinctly; pronounce clearly; articulate; Ex. This theory was first enunciated by him.
weaken; take away energy from
n eminent
rising above others; high; lofty; distinguished; Ex. eminent position
n exude
flow out slowly; discharge (gradually); give forth; N. exudation
capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound
s flighty
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
short-lived; fleeting
n equine
resembling a horse; Ex. equine face
n elixir
cure-all; panacea; something invigorating
n engage
attract; employ; hire; pledge oneself; confront; fight; enter into confliction; interlock; lock together; participate; N. engagement: agreement to marry; arrangement to meet someone or to do something; battle
s executor
person designated to execute the terms of a will; ¿¹¼ú ÀÛÇ°ÀÇ Á¦ÀÛÀÚ
long heroic poem, novel, or similar work of art (celebrating the feats of a hero); ADJ: (of stories or events) resembling an epic; grand
n empathy
ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.; identification with and understanding of another's feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathy
explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition
eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.
person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
n episodic
(of a story or play) loosely connected; made up of separate and loosely connected parts; N. episode: incident in the course of an experience
s swear-word
word considered offensive; Ex. ``bloody''
s glow
shine brightly without a flame (as of eyes or metals); show redness and heat (in the face) after hard work or because of strong feelings; N: light produced by a heated body; brilliance of a color
n epithet
word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing; descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous)
mistaken; wrong; incorrect
throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF. imbroglio
s treasure
keep as precious; cherish
n enrapture
please intensely; fill with rapture and delight
gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
make necessary; require; necessitate; involve; limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs; Ex. entail A on/upon B
sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious
s urgent
compelling immediate action; pressing; persistent; importunate; Ex. urgent in his demands
specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skill
rapture; very strong feeling of joy and happiness; any overpowering emotion; ADJ. ecstatic: causing or experiencing ecstasy
power to produce desired effect; ADJ. efficacious: effectual
rub out; remove the surface of
explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicable
admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote); CF. franchise
n extrapolation
projection; conjecture; V. extrapolate: infer (unknown information) from known information
s oath
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
set free; liberate
s wring
twist (to extract liquid); extract by twisting; wrench painfully (necks or hands)
list; mention one by one
study of word parts; study of the origins of words
n ennui
boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy
occupy fully; absorb
rudeness without any sense of shame; shameless boldness; presumptousness; nerve; cheek
n evenhanded
impartial; fair
ban on commerce or other activity
expressiveness; persuasive speech; ADJ. eloquent: movingly expressive; expressing ideas well so that the hearers can be influeneced
hasten; make go faster
n endearment
fond word or act; expression of affection
n equivocal
(of words or statements) ambiguous; intentionally misleading; (of behavior) questionable; OP. unequivocal
s legislature
legislating branch of government; CF. legislate: make laws
n exasperate
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
pouring forth; unrestrained outpouring of feeling; V. effuse: pour out; ADJ. effusive: pouring forth; gushing
lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt
dig out of the ground; remove from a grave
s ram
male sheep; V. strike or drive against with a heavy impact
extremely demanding; Ex. exacting standard of safety
n ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
n esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
drive out evil spirits
s gush
(of liquid) pour out in large quantities from a hole; make an excessive display of feeling (without true feeling); Ex. Blood gushed from the wound.
s encircle
cry out suddenly; N. exclamation; ADJ. exclamatory
s exhale
breathe out; OP. inhale
based on experience
n edify
instruct; correct morally
s padre
chaplain (in the armed forces)
s except
exclude; N. exception: objection; exclusion; ADJ. exceptional: unusual; of unusually high quality
person interested mostly in external objects and actions
invigorate; give energy to; make forceful and active
having womanly traits
burden; N. encumbrance
agent (sent on a mission to represent another); messenger
(of a person or book) learned; full of learning; scholarly; N. erudition
make use of, sometimes unjustly; N. exploitation
soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.
s outgoing
sociable; eager to mix socially with others
filled with excited joy and pride; overjoyed; in high spirits; joyful and proud; Ex. elated crowd; V. elate; N. elation
serving as a model; outstanding; Ex. exemplary punishment/behavior; N. exemplar: typical example; model
n equipoise
balance; balancing force; equilibrium
n elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal, elegiac
decree (especially one issued by a sovereign); official command
effort; expenditure of much physical work; V. exert oneself: make a great effort
irregular; odd; unconventional; whimsical; bizarre; not concentric
s compassion
sympathy for the suffering of others; ADJ. compassionate
s urge
drive or force forward (by causing impulses); drive to take action; impel; entreat earnestly; Ex. urge horses; N: impulse that prompts action
show by example; furnish an example; serve as an example of; Ex. His pictures exemplify that sort of painting.

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