a. respectful; worshipful; impressed with veneration or deep respect
E.g. Though I bow my head in church and recite the prayers, sometimes I don't feel properly reverent.
n. daydream; state of abstracted musing; absent-minded dreaming while awake
E.g. He was awakened from his reverie by the teacher's question.
v. attack with abusive language; vilify
E.g. Though most of his contemporaries revile Captain Kidd as a notorious, bloody-handed pirate, some of his fellow merchant-captains believe him innocent of his alleged crimes.
a. capable of being revoked; as, a revocable edict or grant; a revocable covenant.
E.g. The reason it was done this way was because, as noted before, here and here, the Bush Administration thought that Social Security benefits were a revocable promise.
v. speak or write in exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
E.g. She greatly enjoyed her Hawaiian vacation and wanted to rhapsodize about it for weeks.
a. coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive
E.g. He sang a ribald song that offended many of the more prudish listeners.
n. stiffness; physical property of being stiff and resisting bending
E.g. With such a supple, sensitive and compassionate mind, rigidity is something you need never worry about.
n. external covering or coat, as of flesh, fruit, trees; skin; hide; bark; peel; shell
E.g. Please help me to cut off the rind of lemon.
n. metallic pin with a head, used for uniting two plates or pieces of material together
E.g. Can I fasten these metal plates with rivet?
n. small brook or stream; streamlet
E.g. As the rains continued, the small trickle of water running down the hillside grew into a rivulet that threatened to wash away a portion of the slope.
a. having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray; said of a horse
E.g. "There is the possibility of one mind unconsciously suggesting to another mind," Mrs. Grantly was saying; but through Lute's mind was trooping her father on his great roan war-horse.
v. make liquids murky by stirring up sediment
E.g. Be careful when you pour not to roil the wine; if you stir up the sediment you'll destroy the flavor.
n. memorizing process using routine or repetition; sound of surf breaking on the shore
E.g. He recited the passage by rote and gave no indication he understood what he was saying.
v. put to disorderly flight or retreat; drive out; cause to flee; defeat overwhelmingly
E.g. The reinforcements were able to rout the enemy.
n. act of wandering about, over, around, or through
E.g. If Porkey�s rove is so smart and is in touch with the people, why doesn't he take his own advice and run for office?
n. bully; lawless and cruel; cruel and brutal person or gangster
E.g. The ruffian threw stones at the police.
v. chew over and over mentally, or like cows physically; mull over; ponder
E.g. Unable to digest quickly the baffling events of the day, Reuben had to ruminate about them till four in the morning.
a. regarded as sacred and inviolable
E.g. The brash insurance salesman invaded the sacrosanct privacy of the office of the president of the company.
a. perceptive; shrewd; having insight
E.g. My father was a sagacious judge of character: he could spot a phony a mile away.
n. quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness
E.g. She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
a. lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
E.g. Chaucer's monk is not pious but salacious. a teller of lewd tales and ribald jests.
a. healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome
E.g. Many people with hay fever move to more salubrious sections of the country during the months of August and September.
a. tending to improve; beneficial; favorable to health
E.g. The punishment had a salutary effect on the boy, as he became a model student.
n. act of saluting, or paying respect or reverence, by the customary words or actions; act of greeting, or expressing good will or courtesy
E.g. We usually begin a letter with a salutation.
n. release or discharge of bombs or firearms; forceful verbal or written assault
E.g. His warning soon turned out to be well justified, as the attacking ship unleashed its initial salvo from a distance much greater than a Springer captain would have dared to fire.
a. cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
E.g. Let us not be too sanguine about the outcome; something could go wrong.
n. young tree
E.g. She cut down the sapling with one chop.
a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
E.g. The sardonic humor of nightclub comedians who satirize or ridicule patrons in the audience strikes some people as amusing and others as rude.
a. relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing
E.g. He was as famous for the sartorial splendor of his attire as he was for his acting.
v. satisfy appetite fully; satisfy to excess
E.g. Its hunger might sate, the lion dozed.
v. satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
E.g. Having stuffed themselves until they satiate, the guests are so full they are ready for a nap.
n. state of being satiated or glutted; fullness of gratification, either of the appetite or of any sensual desire
E.g. When she left me, I felt comparatively strong and revived: ere long satiety of repose and desire for action stirred me.
a. mocking; exposing human folly to ridicule
E.g. The humor of cartoonist Gary Trudeau often is satirical; through the comments of the Doonesbury characters, Trudeau ridicules political corruption and folly.
a. gloomy; marked by tendency to be bitter or sardonic
E.g. Do not be misled by his saturnine countenance; he is not as gloomy as he looks.
v. stroll slowly; walk at a leisurely pace
E.g. As we saunter through the park, we stop frequently to admire the spring flowers.
n. scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning
E.g. Our faculty includes a world famous savant.
n. case for sword blade; sheath
E.g. The drill master told the recruit to wipe the blood from his sword before slipping it back into the scabbard.
n. a large number or quantity
E.g. Refusing Dave's offer to lend him a shirt, Phil replied, "No, thanks, I've got scads of clothes.".
n. temporary platform for workers; bracing framework; platform for execution
E.g. Before painting the house, the workers put up a scaffold to allow them to work on the second story.
v. run with speed; run or move in a quick, hurried manner; hasten away
E.g. Giggling, the children scamper back into the house.