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euphemism: mild expression to replace offensive, unpleasant, or embarrassing one

euphony: pleasant sounds

evacuate: make empty; empty out; remove contents of

exacerbate: increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate

exasperated: frustrated; annoyed

exceptionable: open or liable to objection or debate; liable to cause disapproval

exculpate: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

execrable: very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful

exegesis: explanation; interpretation, especially of biblical or religious text

exemplary: serving as model; outstanding; typical

exemplify: serve as an example of; embody

exhaustive: treating all parts or aspects without omission; comprehensive

exonerates: acquits; absolves; removes blame

exorcism: act of exorcising; driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration

expatriate: someone who has withdrawn from his native land

expedient: suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest

expedite: process fast and efficiently; execute quickly and efficiently

exposition: exhibition; part of a play that provides the background information; opening section of a fugue

extol: praise highly; glorify; celebrate

extradite: deport from one country back to the home country

extraneous: not essential; coming from outside

extrapolate: extend; predict on the basis of known data

extrinsic: external; not essential; extraneous

fallacious: false; tending to mislead; deceptive

falter: be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence

fanatical: crazy; frenetic

fanaticism: excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause

fastidious: difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details

fatuous: foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way

feasible: capable of being accomplished or brought about

fecund: fertile

felicitous: apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

fervor: intensity of feeling; warmth of feeling; intense, heated emotion

fickle: not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind

finesse: refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling

fitful: intermittently stopping and starting; irregular; variable; unstable

flagrant: obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice

flamboyant: elaborately or excessively ornamented

flaunt: display proudly or shamelessly; show oneself off

flippant: lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative

hamper: put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of

hangar: shelter especially for housing or repairing aircraft

harangue: noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression

harbingers: indicators; bringers of warnings

hasten: accelerate; quicken

haughtiness: pride; arrogance; highness or loftiness

headstrong: stubbornly and often recklessly willful; unyielding

hedonism: self indulgence; pleasure-seeking

hedonist: one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life

heed: pay attention to; listen to and consider

heresy: opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion

hiatus: gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause

hidebound: rigid in opinions

hieroglyphics: 1. picture writing; 2. writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic

hinder: put at a disadvantage; tie up; hamper; prevent the progress

histrionic: characteristic of acting or stage performance

hoary: gray or white with or as if with age; covered with grayish hair

hone: sharpen; perfect or make more intense or effective

hyperbole: figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement

hypochondriac: patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments; one who is morbidly anxious about his health, and generally depressed

hypocritical: pretending to be virtuous; deceiving

iconoclast: person who opposes orthodoxy

idiosyncrasy: behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

ignominious: shameful

ignominy: deep disgrace; shame or dishonor

illuminate: provide or brighten with light; clear up or make understandable; enlighten

illusory: deceptive or tending of deceive; not real

immoderate: excessive; extreme

immutable: unable to be changed without exception; not mutable

impartial: not biased; fair; showing lack of favoritism

impecunious: without money; poor; penniless

impious: irreverent; lacking due respect or dutifulness

impoverished: poor; reduced to poverty; deprived of natural richness or strength

impromptu: without previous preparation

inadvertent: not intentional; not on purpose; careless; negligent; inattentive

incantation: singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; verbal charm or spell

incarceration: putting in prison

incessant: uninterrupted; unceasing; continuing without interruption

incipient: beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage

inclination: preference; tendency; inclined surface; slope

incoherent: lacking cohesion, connection, or harmony; unable to think in clear manner

incongruous: not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility

inconsequential: insignificant; lacking importance; not following from premises or evidence; illogical

inconspicuous: not easily seen; subtle; not noticeable

indelible: impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent

indifferent: having no particular interest or concern; being neither good nor bad

indigenous: native; originating where it is found

indolence: laziness

inductee: novice; beginner

indulgent: yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant

inebriation: drunkenness; intoxication

ineffable: unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech

inept: lacking of judgment, sense, or reason; unsuited; inappropriate; foolish

inertia: property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction

inevitable: unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented

inexorable: not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable

inexpedient: not advisable

infallible: incapable of failure or error

infamous: notoriously bad; having exceedingly bad reputation

infer: deduce; conclude from evidence or premises; lead to as a consequence or conclusion

kindle: build or fuel a fire; cause to glow; light up; inspire

knotty: tied in knots; covered with knots or knobs; difficult to understand or solve

labyrinth: maze; complex structure of interconnecting passages

labyrinthine: complicated; highly convoluted

laceration: torn, ragged wound; rough or jagged breach made by rending

lachrymose: weeping or inclined to weep; tearful; showing sorrow

lackluster: dull; lacking luster or shine

laconic: brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words

lamentation: expression of regret or sorrow

lampoon: ridicule; subject to abusive ridicule expressed in work of art

lance: weapon, consisting of long handle and steel blade or head; spear carried by horsemen, often decorated with small flag

languid: lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness

languish: lose animation; be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor

larceny: unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property; theft

largess: generous gift; money or gifts bestowed

laud: give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor

lavish: liberal; wasteful; excessive spending

lax: loose and not easily controlled; lacking in rigor or strictness

legend: explanatory list of symbols on a map; unverified story handed down from earlier times

legion: a body of foot soldiers; military force; military bands; a great number

lethargic: drowsy; dull; indifferent or apathetic

levity: lack of seriousness; lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate

libertarian: one who advocates individual rights and free will

liniment: medicinal liquid that is rubbed into skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain

lithe: flexible; moving and bending with ease

livid: lead-colored; black and blue; discolored, as from a bruise; extremely angry

lobbyist: person who tries to persuade someone to support a particular cause

lofty: high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism

longevity: long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation

loquacious: talkative; given to continual talking; chattering

lucid: easily understood; clear; intelligible

ludicrous: laughable; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense

lukewarm: 1. unenthusiastic; 2. neither hot nor cold

lummox: big or clumsy, often stupid person

luscious: pleasing or sweet to taste or smell

lynch: execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob

machinations: plots and plans

maelstrom: whirlpool; powerful circular current of water

magnanimous: generous; high-minded; chivalrous

magnate: powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry

maladroit: showing lack of skill; clumsy or awkward

malady: disease, disorder, or ailment; unwholesome condition

malediction: curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration

malefactor: criminal; one who does evil or injury to another

malinger: deliberately avoid work; shirk

malingerer: one who feigns illness to escape duty

malleable: capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable

mallet: hammer; a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head; a light drumstick with a rounded head

manipulatable: influencable; controllable

marred: damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear

marshal: put in order; arrange or place something in line

marsupial: any mammal of which the female typically has a pouch in which it rears its young, such as kangaroo or koala

martinet: strict disciplinarian; one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules

masochist: one who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment

matriarchy: society governed by women

maverick: one that refuses to abide or be independent; an unbranded range animal

meager: deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; inadequate; feeble

meander: follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction

mellow: soft; melodious; ripe

menagerie: collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept

noxious: harmful to living things; injurious to health

nuance: subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning

nullify: make invalid; make null; invalidate; counteract force or effectiveness of

nuzzle: cuddle; snuggle

obdurate: hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion

obfuscate: confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex

objective: not influenced by emotions; having actual existence or reality

oblique: having slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined

obliterate: destroy completely; do away with completely so as to leave no trace

oblivious: inattentive or unmindful; lacking all memory; forgetful

obscure: darken; make dim or indistinct; conceal in obscurity

obscured: hidden; covered; buried

obsequious: slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

obsession: compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion

obsolete: no longer useful; outmoded; antiquated

obstreperous: noisily aggressive; making great noise or outcry

obtuse: lacking in insight or discernment; stupid

obviate: bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of

odious: hateful; arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure

officious: marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others

ogle: look at amorously; cast glances as in fondness or to attract notice

olfactory: relating to, or contributing to sense of smell

ominous: threatening; foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

omnipotent: all-powerful; having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force

omniscient: having total knowledge; knowing everything

onerous: burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing

onus: burden or obligation; difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity

opaque: impenetrable by light; not transparent; not reflecting light; having no luster

opulent: wealthy; rich; magnificent

ordain: decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine

ornate: excessively or elaborately decorated; flashy, showy, or florid in style or manner

orthodox: traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion

ossify: change or form into bone; become set in a rigidly conventional pattern; change from soft tissue to hard bony tissue

ostentatious: showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

oust: expel; eject from a position or place; force out

overt: open to view; not secret or hidden

overwrought: extremely disturbed from emotion

palatable: acceptable; sufficiently agreeable in flavor to be eaten

palisade: fence made of posts

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