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n fodder
coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; feed for livestock; CF. food
grow well; prosper; make sweeping gestures; wave; brandish; Ex. The trees flourished in the sun. N: showy movement or gesture; embellishment or ornamentation (esp. in handwriting)
n flux
flowing; series of changes; fluctuation; Ex. in a state of flux
n fanciful
whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme
n foment
stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)
s bust
piece of sculpture showing a person's head, shoulders, and upper chest; V: break up; arrest; Ex. crimebuster
n fray
brawl; fight; V: wear away or unravel by rubbing; have loose threads developing; cause to become worn out (a person's temper or nerves); CF. rub
fleeting or transitory; lasting only a short time; roving(wandering); running away or fleeing as from the law; N: one who flees; Ex. fugitives at large
not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech
n ferment
agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a political kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble)
n fleck
spot; mark with flecks; N: small mark or spot
n fetter
shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
s prefigure
be a sign of; foreshadow
n fusillade
simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)
premonition of evil; feeling of coming evil; V. forebode: be a warning of (something unpleasant)
n filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
n founder
fail completely; sink; CF. flounder
cheating; deceitful; Ex. fraudulent means; N. fraud: deception; swindle
crevice; crack
n flick
light stroke as with a whip; V: move with a light quick blow; strike with a light quick blow (as from a whip); Ex. flick the switch
n fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
n flaccid
flabby; lacking firmness; weak; Ex. flaccid muscles
smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent
s pass_off
present falsely; represent falsely to be
give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend; prefigure
weak; N. frailty
lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
n feral
(of an animal) not domestic; wild
s fermentation
chemical reaction that splits complex organic compounds; unrest; agitation
bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization; Ex. come to/be brought to fruition
n fortuitous
accidental; by chance; N. fortuity
n forebears(forbears)
sad and lonely; wretched; desolate
n flair
s forerunner
predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach of another
n fritter
waste (time or money on unimportant things)
s fetish(fetich)
object believed to have spiritual powers; object of excessive attention or reverence; CF. fetishism
n funereal
sad; solemn; suitable for a funeral
n foray
raid; sudden raid or military advance; V.
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ. fanatic
s groove
long narrow channel made in a surface to guide the movement of something; Ex. groove of the record
n fulsome
disgustingly excessive; offensively flattering; Ex. fulsome praise/expressions of admire
n feint
trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.
s flowery
full of flowers; full of ornate expressions
n flay
strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly
s fit
sudden outburst of an illness or feeling; convulsion caused by epilepsy
bravery; courage; strength of mind
n flaunt
display ostentatiously; Ex. ``Honey, if you've got it, flaunt it !''
s limp
walk lamely; ADJ: lacking firmness; weak
comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit of measurement for the depth of water
s stumble
trip and almost fall; proceed unsteadily; act falteringly; N.
n fraught
filled (with something unpleasant); full; Ex. fraught with danger and difficulties; CF. freight
n fervid
ardent; zealous; hot
s freebooter
pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich
s shift
change position or place; exchange (one thing) for another; change in direction or position; Ex. shift the stolen goods; N. group of workers which takes turns with other groups; working period of such a group
n finesse
delicate skill; V: handle with finesse
n foil
contrast; one that by contrast enhances the distinctive characteristics of another
n fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky
n febrile
s toss
throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
n ferret
drive or hunt out of hiding; hunt with ferrets; drive out (as from a hiding place); expel; uncover or discover by searching; Ex. ferret out the secret; N. small fierce animal which catches rats and rabbits by going into their holes
n facetious
joking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous
s sneak
move, give, or take in a quiet, stealthy way; N: one who sneaks; ADJ. sneaky
n fictitious
imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex. fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictional
s forum
public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for open discussion; court of law
plants of a region or era
n frolicsome
prankish; gay; playful; merry; frisky
n felicity
happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.); quality of being felicitous
n figurine
small ornamental statuette(very small statue)
n fell
cruel; (of a disease) deadly
n fell
cut or knock down (a tree or a person); bring down (with a missile)
animals of a period or region; CF. flora
thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little; inexpensive
s pilfer
steal things of small value; filch; snitch
n faze
disconcert; dismay; embarrass
s fussy
fastidious; finicky; easily upset
n facade(fa\c{c}ade)
front or face (of building); superficial or false appearance
n fester
rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generate pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.
n fledgling(fledgeling)
inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and is learning to fly; inexperienced person
s fruitful
producing results; profitable; prolific; producing in abundance
s frolic
play and jump about happily; frisk; Ex. frolicking young lambs
n fractious
unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse
n frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
right or privilege granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory
n frenzied
madly excited; N. frenzy: violent wild excitement
s flush
redden; blush; flow suddenly and abundantly; wash out by a rapid brief flow of water; N: reddish tinge; blush; brief rush; rush of strong feeling; Ex. flush of pride; ADJ: having surfaces in the same plane; even; blushing
imagined; unreal
s stammer
speak with involuntarily pauses or repetitions
n foible
small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeble
n flamboyant
ornate; highly elaborate; richly colored; ostentatious; showy; CF. flame
n ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
s carefree
free from worries; having no problems
s dissension
disagreement of opinions causing strife within a group
help bring about; make less difficult
s palm
conceal in the palm of the hand; palm off: pass off; Ex. palm off some bad oranges onto the lady/the painting as a real Renoir
n fluster
confuse; make nervous and confused; N.
basic; primary; essential
n forthright
straightforward; direct; frank
s hothead
person who does things too quickly without thinking; ADJ. hotheaded
n flippant
lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy
s squeamish
easily shocked or sickened by unpleasant things; fastidious; Ex. A nurse should not be squeamish.
s fathomless
too deep to be measured or understood; unfathomable
s fancy
imagination (of a whimsical or fantastic nature); capricious liking; V: imagine; be fond of; ADJ. decorative; elaborate
n filial
pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect
n forbearance
patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous and forgiving way); be patient; Ex. forbear to send him to prison
s fuss:
trouble or worry over trifles; make nervous; pay too much attention to; N: needless concern or worry (about a trivial thing); anxious nervous condition; display of attention; Ex. make a fuss over the baby
prevent by taking action in advance
false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument
n filing
particle removed by a file
n flit
fly; fly or move lightly or quickly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by; Ex. a bee flitting from flower to flower
conspicuously wicked, bad, or offensive; blatant; outrageous
n forswear
renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up; CF. abjure
s menace
threat; V: threaten
n falter
hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily through weakness; N.
n fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling; quality of being fervent or fervid; zeal; intense heat
s forthcoming
happening in the near future; ready; willing to help; Ex. No answer was forthcoming.
s feline
of a member of the cat family; N.
n furor
frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury
s blush
become red in the face (from embarrassment or shame); become red or rosy; N.
s fertile
producing many young, fruits, or seeds; (of land) producing good crops; V. fertilize
s functional
made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
s falsify
make (something written) false by changing
n foliage
masses of leaves; CF. defoliate
strong point or special talent in a person's character
s paste
smooth viscous mixture as of flour(powder made by crushing grain) and water (used as an adhesive); V: cause to adhere by applying paste
s sow
plant or scatter seed
n farce
broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical
n foolhardy
rash; reckless; foolishly daring
s figure
written symbols; number; amount represented in numbers; outline or silhouette of a thing or human body; person (well-known); impression; diagram; pattern; group in a dance; Ex. figure of speech; V. calculate with numbers; adorn with figures; appear; consider; Ex. My name did not figure in the list.
n fanfare
call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display
s trickster
person who cheats people
s droop
bend or hang downward; become weakened; Ex. His shoulders drooped with tiredness; N.
s tinge
give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy
n fulcrum
support on which a lever rests or pivots
s flip
send (something) spinning, often into the air, by striking with a light quick blow; turn over; Ex. flip over
s litter
waste material thrown away (as bits of paper scattered untidily); V: cover untidily with scattered litter
n factitious
artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
n florid
ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. rose
s flutter
(of a bird with large wings) wave (the wings) lightly, rapidly, and irregularly; vibrate rapidly or erratically; fly by waving quickly; flitter; N.
loyalty; accuracy
practical; able to be carried out; practicable
thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
n fitful
spasmodic; intermittent; irregular
n filibuster
block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
n fete(f\^ete)
honor at a festival; celebrate or honor with a feast; N. (outdoor) festival or feast; CF. feast
ability to foresee future happenings; prudence in providing for the future
n firebrand
piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
s lace
cord used to draw and tie together two opposite edges (as of a shoe); delicate fabric made of fine threads; V: draw together by tying a lace
n fresco
painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
give up; do without
intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone
changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless
n figment
invention; something invented; imaginary thing; Ex. figment of your imagination
n flotsam
drifting wreckage
n fervent
ardent; zealous; hot
joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival
n fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
person convicted of a grave crime; CF. felony: serious crime
small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side
n furtive
stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtive glance
n fleece
wool coat of a sheep; V: shear the fleece from; rob by a trick; swindle; plunder
n flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
s nuptial
of marriage or the wedding ceremony; N; nuptials; wedding ceremony
s forge
counterfeit; reproduce fraudulently; form by heating in a forge and hammering into shape; move with a sudden increase of speed or power; Ex. forged ahead in the last two years; N: furnace where metals are heated
move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something); mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N.
n fiasco
total failure; CF. bottle
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
n fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young
n functionary
official (who performs a particular function)
s plaster
paste that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls; V.
n fiat
command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be done
n floe
flat mass of floating ice
s shear
remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from; cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors
waver; shift; rise and fall as if in waves; change or vary irregularly
n factotum
handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
s sly
clever in deceiving; secretive; not telling one's intentions
s court
attempt to gain; seek; woo; risk; behave so as to invite; attempt to gain the favor of by attention; Ex. court disaster
n frantic
wild; distraught as from fear or worry; Ex. frantic with fear
s curb
chain or strap used with a bit to restrain a horse; something that checks; V: check; restrain
n faction
party; clique (within a large group); dissension
n fulminate
thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation
s florescence
condition or period of flowering
s thrash
beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net.
build; lie; make up (a story) in order to deceive; Ex. fabricate the whole story; CF. fabric: underlying structure; Ex. fabric of society
n fatalism
belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death
n finicky
too particular; fussy; difficult to please; too concerned with unimportant details or quality; Ex. finicky about her food
n facile
easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an action; amenity; Ex. with great facility
person who establishes (an organization or business)
n flinch
hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
n fret
be annoyed or vexed; Ex. fret over your poor grades; N: irritation of mind; ADJ. fretful
s flicker
burn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement or light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement
n flag
droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF. unflagging
n frieze
ornamental horizontal band on a wall
s self-indulgence
excessive indulgence of one's own desire
s foul
very bad or disagreeable; very dirty; Ex. foul smell/flavor/temper/language/air/deed/weather/means; N. act against the rules; V. make or become foul; commit a foul
s jetsam
things thrown from a ship (to lighten the ship)
n fluted
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
liable to err
n forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law; of or used in legal proceedings and the tracking of criminals; Ex. forensic science/medicine
n fancier
breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as for raising specific plant or animal
n fructify
bear fruit; produce fruit
n frenetic(phrenetic)
frenzied; frantic
s pastry
paste of flour and water (eaten when baked)
union; coalition; V. fuse
n foppish
vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
n foil
defeat; frustrate; prevent from being successful; thwart; CF. fail
clash or conflict in opinion; rubbing against
act of extreme violence or viciousness; resentful anger; V: commit an outrage on; produce anger in; ADJ. outrageous: offensive
s tint
slight degree of color; V: give a tint to
n flout
reject; mock; show contempt for; scorn; Ex. flout the rules
s forfeit
something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach of contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture
n fluke
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky
n foist
insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass off as genuine or worthy; CF. fist
conclusion; concluding part
n fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as a dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousness
n filch
steal (things of small value)
n factious
inclined to form factions; causing dissension
n felicitous
(of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
mental or bodily powers; teaching staff
n forsake
desert; abandon; renounce
menacing; arousing fear; threatening; difficult to defeat; Ex. formidable foe/question
s thresh
beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from the straw
n flounder
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
s underhand(underhanded)
done slyly and secretly (being dishonest)
ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality
n foster
rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
n fetid(foetid)
malodorous; foul
s impassioned
(of speech) filled with passion; fervent
n fracas
brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee

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