n. act of practice of exhorting; act of inciting to laudable deeds; incitement to that which is good; language intended to incite and encourage
E.g. Our teacher gives us exhortation to study hard.
n. someone who has withdrawn from his native land
E.g. Henry James was an American expatriate who settled in England.
v. make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
E.g. He tried to expiate his crimes by a full confession to the authorities.
v. explain;make clear the meaning of; unfold meaning or sense of
E.g. Harry Levin used to explicate James Joyce's often bewildering novels with such clarity that even Finnegan's Wake seemed comprehensible to his students.
n. one that expounds or interprets; one that speaks for, represents, or advocates
E.g. The vice president was an enthusiastic exponent of computer technology.
v. explain or describe in detail
E.g. The teachers expound on the theory of relativity for hours.
v. take possession of; transfer another's property to oneself
E.g. He questioned the government's right to expropriate his land to create a wildlife preserve.
v. cancel; remove; erase or strike out
E.g. If you behave, I will expunge this notation from your record.
v. clean; remove offensive parts of book
E.g. The editors decided to expurgate certain passages in the book before it could be used in the classroom.
a. still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
E.g. Although the book is out of print, some copies are still extant. Unfortunately, all of them are in libraries or private collections; none are for sale.
v. weaken; lessen or attempt to lessen seriousness of, especially by providing partial excuses
E.g. It is easier for us to extenuate our own shortcomings than those of others.
v. root out; eradicate, literally or figuratively; destroy wholly
E.g. The policemen extirpate the criminals after many years of investigation.
v. praise highly; glorify; celebrate
E.g. In his speech, the president will extol the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Space Age.
a. not essential; coming from outside
E.g. No wonder Ted can't think straight! His mind is so cluttered up with extraneous trivia, he can't concentrate on the essentials.
n. end; utmost point; outermost or farthest point or portion
E.g. At the extremity is the County Courthouse; on the right is the tall spire of the Presbyterian, and on the left the tower of the Episcopal Church.
a. external; not essential; extraneous
E.g. The judge would not admit the testimony, ruling that it was extrinsic to the matter at hand.
n. person interested mostly in external objects and actions
E.g. A good salesman is usually an extrovert, who likes to mingle with people.
v. discharge; release liquid in drops or small quantities
E.g. We get maple syrup from the sap that can exude from the trees in early spring.
v. rejoice; feel extreme happiness
E.g. We exult when our team won the victory.
a. inclined to exult; characterized by, or expressing, exultation; rejoicing triumphantly
E.g. Certainly, they were many and glowing; to let my heart be heaved by the exultant movement, which, while it swelled it in trouble, expanded it with life.
a. done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
E.g. Words came easily to Jonathan: he was a facile speaker and prided himself on being ready to make a speech at a moment's notice.
n. exact copy or reproduction, as of a document; fax
E.g. He found the museum was selling a facsimile of the works of art on display.
n. imaginary land or abode of fairies
E.g. For most little girls fairy tales are the stuff that dreams are made of, and their little lives are bounded by the fairyland.
a. false; tending to mislead; deceptive
E.g. Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not always yield erroneous results: even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct.
v. starve, kill, or destroy with hunger; exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger
E.g. The long drought would famish many people in this area.
a. extensive; significant; having a wide range, influence, or effect
E.g. Mr. Chirac called for far-reaching reform of the UN itself including the Security Council.
a. foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
E.g. He is far too intelligent to utter such fatuous remarks.
a. feverish; intense emotion or activity
E.g. Awaiting the mysterious announcement, there was a febrile excitement in the crowd.
a. not real or genuine; pretended; counterfeit; insincere; false
E.g. I knew fortune-tellers did not express themselves as this seeming old woman had expressed herself; besides I had noted her feigned voice, her anxiety to conceal her features.
n. trick; any distracting or deceptive maneuver
E.g. The boxer was fooled by his opponent's feint and dropped his guard.
a. apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
E.g. He was famous for his felicitous remarks and was called upon to serve as master-of-ceremonies at many a banquet.
n. conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast; state of being in high activity or commotion
E.g. It provided services within research and manufacture of fermentation based pharmaceutical products.
n. savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty
E.g. The lion attacked its victim with great ferocity.
a. unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
E.g. These dogs are housed in fetid, dark sheds and barns or left outside in cages exposed to the cold, the heat, the rain and the snow.
v. move uneasily one way and the other; behave or move nervously or restlessly
E.g. The children always fidget in their seats.
a. restless; uneasy; nervous and unable to relax
E.g. First I know I'll run into the bank or a towhead or something; I got to set still and float, and yet it's mighty fidgety business to have to hold your hands still at such a time.
n. small ornamental statuette; small molded or sculptured figure
E.g. In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade was hired to trace the missing figurine of a black bird.
n. fine thread or fiber; thin wire; threadlike structure within light bulb
E.g. A ray of sunlight illuminated every filament of the spider web, turning the web into a net of gold.
v. steal, especially in a small, sly way; take from another on a petty scale, as by violation of trust
E.g. The boys filch apples from the fruit stand.
a. having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
E.g. Many children forget their filial obligations and disregard the wishes of their parents.