judicious (think judge)
wise, sensible, or well-advised
juxtapose (POS put or place)
to place things side-by-side for comparison
languor (noun form of languish)
physically or spiritually weak; lack of energy
laudatory (think laud as in applaud)
licentious (LICEN permitted or unrestrained)
lawless; immoral; sexually unrestrained; having no regard for accepted rules or conduct
limpid (related to lamp)
clear or transparent; or, calm and untroubled (the definitions seem different, but imagine how calm or still waters can be crystal clear)
readily bent; marked by easy grace (e.g., a gymnast or dancer)
malaise (MAL bad)
a general sense of unease or weakness; depression
malleable (think mallet + -ABLE)
easily controlled or influenced; adaptable; easily shaped
obvious; apparent; plain to see
manifold (think MANY + FOLDS)
having many features or forms
manumit (MIT send)
to set free from bondage
tearfully emotional; easily moved to tears
excessively sentimental, such that it appears sickening to others
lying; untruthful; false
mercurial (having the qualities of the Roman God Mercury)
quick and changeable in temperament; volatile; fickle
mete (METER measure)
to distribute or apportion by measure
modicum (think moderate)
a small amount
mores (think morals)
the customs or habits of a group of people
gloomy; sour in attitude
munificent (MUNI gift + FIC/FY make)
very generous; characterized by generosity
myopic ( OPIA sight)
short-sighted; lack of foresight or long-term planning (in ophthmaology: nearsightedness)
nebulous (think nebula)
neonate (NEO new + NAT birth)
a newborn baby
to stimulate, promote, encourage
fugacious (FUG flee + -OUS full of)
fleeting; lasting but a short time
fulsome (think full)
abundant; excessive (note: A word to avoid, since it is often used in a negative sense as in something that is overdone or sickeningly excessive)
the entire range or scale of something (for example, musical notes)
gourmand (think gourmet)
one who likes eating and drinking
guileless (guile + LESS without)
sincere; honest; naïve; innocently earnest
to make boring or stale through severe overuse (e.g., a word, phrase, or song)
hedonist (think Eden + -IST one who)
one whose primary pursuit is pleasure (and thereby the avoidance of pain)
one who holds opinions contrary to the recognized standards or tenets of any philosophy.
histrionics (think hysteria)
excessively dramatic or emotional (such as in theatrical acting)
illicit (IL not + LICIT/LICEN permitted)
not legally permitted; disapproved of for moral reasons
impecunious (IM not)
having no money; excessively poor; penniless
impetuous (IM in + PED child; as in like a child)
characterized by sudden or rash action; hasty; impulsive and passionate
impolitic (IM not; think the opposite of what a good politican would do)
not wise; not judicious
incessant (IN not + CEASE)
just begun; not yet completed; beginning state; rudimentary
inextricable (IN not + EX out + -ABLE)
hopelessly confused or tangled
inimical (think enemy; this is a spelling variation)
iniquity (IN not + IQUI/EQUI equal)
gross injustice or wickedness; unequalness
innate (IN in + NAT birth)
inborn, native, inherent
boldly rude or disrespectful; arrogant
intrinsic (IN in; think interior)
belonging to a thing by its very nature; coming from within (NOT from without)
inundate (IN in + UND waves)
to flood; to overwhelm (such as with work or school)
to protest strongly; to give angry disapproval
to support, or to marry
espy (E/EX out + SPY/SPEC look)
catch sight of, glimpse
a title of dignity, office, or courtesy.
heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined
evert (E/EX out + VERT turn)
to turn inside out
execrable (EX out + SACR sacred)
utterly detestable; abominable; very bad
exorcise (EX out + CISE cut)
to cast or drive out by religious or magical means.
expectorate (EX out + PECT breast)
to cough up and spit forth.
explicate (think explain + -ATE cause)
to make plain or clear
extenuate (EX out + tenuare Latin for "thin")
to lessen the seriousness of; to lessen the appearance of guilt, crime, faults, etc.
extricate (EX out)
to release from entanglement or difficulty
extrude (EX out; think the opposite of intrude)
to thrust out, force out, or press out
easily done; very agreeable; moving, acting, or working with ease
factious (think factions + -OUS full of)
fealty (spelling variant of FID faith)
productive in mind; creative intellectually; fertile
feral (e.g., feral hogs)
savage, wild, untamed
to restrain, chain, tie
soft and weak; unfirm; lacking force; limp
to scorn, ignore, show contempt for
fluctuate (FLUCT/FLECT bend + -ATE cause)
to change continually; to shift back and forth
foible (related to feeble)
a slight flaw or personal defect; weakness
to impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by trickery or deception; to insert fraudelently
fortitude (FORT power or strength + TUDE state of)
fortuitous (think fortune)
lucky, occurring by chance
dissipate (DIS apart or away)
to disperse or disappear; to separate and drift into nothingness
divergent (DI/DIS away + VERT turn)
different, deviating, contrary
divulge (DI/DIS apart + VULGARE to publish)
to make known (something private or secrete)
dreary; mournful; filled with sadness
domicile (DOM rule)
a residence, a home; a place over which one has control or ownership
a ghostly double of a living person
to drench or saturate
hard and constant work in any menial or dull occupation.
educe (E/EX out + DUCT lead)
to draw out.
to rub or wipe out; to erase
pertaining to or characteristic of women (often referring to a male with female-like characteristics)
giving off bubbles of gas
exhausted; no longer productive; depleted of forth or effectiveness
efficacious (related to efficient; EF/EX out + FIC make)
an effective means to bring about a desired result
effrontery (EF/EX out + FRONT; think: one who annoyingly stands in front of you)
shameless or brazen boldness; impudence
elicit (E/EX out)
to draw forth or bring out
emeritus (think merit)
retired from active service but retained to an honorary position.
empathy (EM/IM in + PATH feeling)
able to feel or understand the feelings of others
ennoble (EN in + NOBLE)
enthuse (think enthusiastic)
to cause or become extremely excited
something that exists as a discrete unit
the study of insects
epizootic (EPI on + ZO animal)
prevailing among animals.
pertaining to horses or horsemanship.
to keep clear of.
a lack, scarcity
no longer used or existing
delude (DE down + LUD/LUC light)
to deceive; to mislead
to overwhelm with a flood of water.
denude (DE down + NUDE)
to strip the covering from
deplore (DE down + PLOR wail or cry)
to feel or express strong disapproval of
deponent (DE down + PON put or place)
derelict (DE down)
run-down; abandoned; a homeless person; negflectful of duty
to discover by careful observation; to catch sight of considered difficult to see
desolate (DE down + SOL alone)
destitute (DE down)
desultory (DE down + SUL/SAL jump)
having no set plan; random or haphazard; leaping or jump to and fro
bitter, malicious criticism; a lengthy, extremely critical speech against something or someone
dilapidated (note lapse is buried in this term)
in a state of disrepair
careful; showing concern
diminution (think dim: to grow smaller)
reduction (note similarity to diminish and diminuitive)
diminutive (DE/DI down + MINI small)
extremely small or tiny in size
wise, cautious and not saying anything which might cause trouble
discrepant (DIS apart or away)
not compatible with other facts; displaying a lack of consistancy
discrete (DIS apart or away)
separate, distinct, individual
to criticize, degrade, belittle
a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
to frolic; to leap; to prance; to have boisterous fun
to criticize, to scold
choreographed (CHOREO dance + GRAPH write)
arranged, as in dance
clairvoyant (CLAIR clear + VOY see)
one who is able to see things that others cannot (e.g., spirits, the future, etc.)
kept or done in secret
an abnormal fear of closed or crowded spaces
coalesce (CO together)
to combine different things into one
any supplement or addition; generally used to refer to additions made to legal documents, such as a will
cogent (COGN know)
intelligent, sensible; reasonable
collusion (CO together + LUC light)
a conspiracy; a secret agreement among people of the same mindset
commodious (COM with + MOD measure/space + OUS full of)
complicit (COM together or with + PLI bend)
being an accomplice in a wrongful act
conciliatory (CON together)
conduit (CON together or with + DUCT lead)
a pipe, passage, channel
confluence (CON together + FLU flow)
a convergence; a coming together
congeal (CON together + gel)
to go from a soft fluid state to a solid one; to coagulate
convalescence (CON with + VAL worth)
the gradual return to health after an illness
copious (COPY + OUS full of)
corpuscle (CORP body)
a minute particle of matter.
corrigible (correct + ABLE; antonym: incorrigible)
capable of being corrected or reformed
cull (e.g., to cull the brightest minds)
to pick out or select from the rest
cupidity (think Cupid, whose arrows raised immediate desire)
excessive desire; excessive greed or wanting
curio (related to curiosity)
any unusual or interesting object; often things put on shelves to attract attention
bored with life; indifferent to; jaded
to speak evil of; to slander; abuse
blazon (related to emblazon; think "to blaze" a trail)
to make widely or generally known.
the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist
energetic or high-spirited, especially in a rude way; tactlessly bold
showy defiance; a swaggering display of courage; a false show of bravery
excessively bold; brash
to mention for the first time; to bring up in conversation
somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech.
a blow, as with the hand or fist
anything that gives security or defense.
to come forth; to blossom
cadence (CAD fall)
rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops.
to impose on or dupe by flattering speech.
to correct or adjust (the scale or instrument--such as of a machine)
harsh, cold, unfeeling
an attempt to defame another's reputation
camaraderie (think comrades)
cheerful unity among a group
impulsive, unpredictable, subject to whim
captivate (think capture + ATE cause)
to hold the interest of, to gain the attention of
carnal (CARN flesh)
to engage in boisterous, drunken merry-making
cavity (CAV to make hollow)
one who settles controversy between two sides
ascendant (AS/AD to + CEND climb)
a person who lives a simple life denying himself most earthly pleasures
to ease; to pacify; to make one feel better
from side to side
audacious (AUDI listen/hear + -OUS full of)
excessively bold (think "not afraid to be heard")
auspice (au + SPIC/SPEC look)
protection, support, or sponsorship; looking out for
aver (A/AD to + VER true/truth)
to allege as fact
averse (A/AN not/without + VERSE/VERT turning)
avocation (A/AB away + VOC call)
a hobby; something done for pleasure (apart from one's regular occupation)
a poet, often a singer as well
an assault, or an array of similar things intended for use together
to smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
bedeck (think Deck the Halls)
to cover with ornament.
a scene of wild uproar or confusion
belie (think it be a lie)
benign (BENE good)
berate (think to be irate)
to scold severely
without; devoid of
bestrew (think to be strewn)
to sprinkle or cover with things
betide (Be + TIDEN happen)
to happen to; to take place
bide (as in "bide my time")
to cheat; to swindle
to coax through flattery; to cajole
aghast (think ghastly)
struck by amazement or terror
an abnormal fear of open or public places
of similar nature or qualities.
alleviate (AL/AD to + LEVI light)
to relieve; to lighten the burden or pain of
a union, a merger
amatory (AMAT love)
designed to excite love.
amiable (AM/AMAT love + -ABLE)
amour (AM/AMAT love)
a love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature.
anathema (AN without or not + THEME idea)
anything forbidden, as by social usage.
animalcule (ANIMAL + CULE/CLE small)
an animal of microscopic smallness.
antechamber (ANTE before)
a waiting room
antemundane (ANTE before + MUND world)
pertaining to time before the world's creation.
antilogy (ANTI against + LOG word or reason)
inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas.
antiphony (ANTI opposite or against + PHON sound)
an anthem or other composition sung responsively.
antiquary (ANTE before)
one who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc.
antistrophe (ANTI against)
the inversion of terms in successive classes, as in "the home of joy and the joy of home".
apex (APO up or away)
the highest point, as of a mountain.
a short saying
apostasy (APO up or away + STA stop or stand)
a total departure from one's faith or religion.
apostate (APO up or away + STATE as in an idea)
a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc
apparitional (think appear)
appellate (appeal + ATE cause)
capable of being appealed to.
appertain (AP/AD to + pertain)
to belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation.
abase (A/AN without + BASE)
to lower, demean, degrade
abate (AB away + -ATE cause)
to lessen, to reduce in severity
abduct (AB away + DUCT lead)
a state of suspension or temporary inaction
abide (A/AD to + BIDE)
to put up with, tolerate
abnegate (AB away + NEGATE)
to renounce (a right or privilege).
a collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission (AB away + SCISS cut)
the act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abstemious (AB away)
characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.
in great numbers
to touch at a boundary line.
accede (AC/AD to + CEDE go)
to emphasize, to highlight
to confront boldly; to solicit for sexual services
acme (ACRO high)
the highest point, or summit.
actuate (ACT do + -ATE cause)
to move or incite to action.
acute (ACR sharp)
to make or become confused (verb); mentally confused (adjective)
adduce (AD to + DUCT lead)
to bring forward or name for consideration.
adjuration (AD to + JUR swear)
a vehement appeal.
ado (A/AN not + DO)
unnecessary activity or ceremony.
having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.
adverse (AD to + VERT/VERSE turn)
opposing or opposed.
to increase or make greater
aggregate (AG/AD to + GREG group)
to gather, amass