harsh and rough in manner
containing a charge of wrongdoing against a person or other party
sour or bitter
a devoted follower or attendant
dexterous or deft; skillful under pressing conditions
to praise or admire excessively; fawn on
an indefinitely long period of time; an age
to praise or admire excessively; fawn on
behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality
the means by which an effect or result is produced
to upset, disturb
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
having coexisting or opposing attitudes
a short account especially of an interesting or humorous incident
disposition; feeling of ill will
deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule
really old, prehistoric
opposition to the withdrawal of state support from an established organization or church
being in diametrical opposition
lack of interest or concern, impassiveness
a strong urge or instinctive physical desire
of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period.
characterized by the use of clear, expressive language
to satisfy or appease; relieve
the reoccurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence
giving care or attention; watchful
attended by favorable circumstances
characterized by or favoring obedience to authority
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts
fatal injury or ruin
to be deceived by skillful deceit
inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
to lament, expressing grief or disappointment about something
producing or promoting a favorable result; advantageous
supported by two political parties
carefree and lighthearted
pompous speech or writing
a benefit bestowed
to remove offensive portions from a book
lively and cheerful and relaxed
terseness, brief in duration
abrupt or curt in manner
a blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
of or relating to arbitrary and rigid devotion to the routine of administrative procedure.
His coworkers were getting tired of his constant bureaucratic behavior.
to grow and flourish
I added another piece of music to my ever burgeoning stack of sheet music.
frankness or sincerity of expression.
His candor makes him a good friend but a harsh critic.
to surrender under specified conditions.
He immediately capitulated when I threw in the abundant amount of money.
My dad's caustic words caused my sister to cry her eyes out.
feeling of mental unease caused by failure, disappointment, or disconcerting event.
Much to his chagrin, the audience hated his play.
a description of qualities or peculiarities
The characterization the author put in the protagonist made all the girls fall head over heels for him.
He was so characterless that his date ran out on him halfway through.
having personal magnetism or charm
He is full of charisma when he dances.
Her constant chicanery caused her several detentions.
lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence.
The chronic illness made her bed-ridden.
of, relating to, or dependent on incidence.
"It was a very circumstantial improvement that you made" said the teacher.
to surround or enclose; to go around or bypass
The police signaled the oncoming traffic to circumvent the area.
one versed in the study of ancient greek and latin.
The classicist traveled all over Europe trying to uncover more information on the Greeks and Romans.
to clot or thicken
The white blood cells were slowly coagulating the patient's wounds.
to honor the memory of with a ceremony
The family held a funeral to commemorate the loss of their soldier.
to be pledged or obligated in doing something
He committed myself to stay away from social networks until he finished his homework.
a person without noble rank or title.
The commoners in the Old World were often very poor.
The library is a commonplace.
something, such as a set of data, which is composed from several sources or materials.
My friend made a compilation of her favorite songs.
exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
She was complaisant when asked to do the chores.
involvement as an accomplice in a crime
His complicity in the crime earned him a year in jail.
an acknowledgement or admission
The bank was forced to make concession to avoid bankruptcy.
to express strong disapproval of
She was condemned guilty of theft.
inference or judgment; guesswork
Her conjectures were proven right when the evidence was found.
one that authorizes another to act as a representative
All of the constituents from each state voted whether or not to pass the bill.
a dispute, especially a public one, between two sides with opposing views
The controversy between the two friends grew worse and worse.
a dilemma or difficult problem
The student was stuck in a conundrum. She couldn't decide whether to stay home and continue studying or to take a break and go to the party.
plentiful or abundant; wordy
There was a copious amount of food at the potluck.
The stranger was very cordial when I was introduced to him.
a binding agreement; a compact.
The pilgrims all signed the covenant stating they wouldn't cause any trouble.
We are not to covet the things, or material possessions, of our neighbor.
to be removed or rejected from a group
She prepared the pasta and culled the shrimp.
an ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions
He was known to be cordial in public but was notable in the family for being a curmudgeon.
The airport security did a cursory inspection for each person.
scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others.
His cynical actions were finally put to a stop when the police arrived.
The thought of having to move to a new home was no longer daunting to him after having moved several times already.
He was decried in front of millions on national tv.
marked by bold resistance
His defiant words against racism spread across the country.
precisely defined or explicit; authoritative and complete.
done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional
On maps, different colors are used to delineate the territories of countries and states
overdue in payment or duty
to deceive the mind or judegment of
There are many commercials which are deluding.
to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible
feeling or expressing dejection
timidity or shyness
a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge
I thought he was an expert when it came to art. Unfortunately he turned out to just be a dilettante when we went to the art gallery.
smaller; less in amount
The portions of food at the restaurant were slowly diminishing to save money.
extremely small in size;tiny
You will find thought that these huge looking pools on their racks in the garden centers look quite diminutive once installed in the ground.
using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others
Your answers are always very diplomatic.
As the coffin was being transported from the carriage to the burial ground, a dirge began to play.
to perceive or comprehend
The purpose of the study is to discern patterns of criminal behavior.
keenness of insight and judgment
His lack of discernment led to his unwise choice of partners for a major project.
damage in reputation; to cause to be doubted or distrusted
He was discredited in the eyes of historians because his book contained many inaccurate facts about history.
to see the subtle nuances between things
The scholar spoke out against discrimination.
to treat with contempt
The customer glared at the cashier with a look of disdain.
not straight-forward; crafty
He claims disingenuously to have supported the plan from the beginning.
showing indifference or disregard
He was dismissive when asked to pick a side.
There is not much of a height disparity among the members.
ones who disagree
Many political dissidents were arrested.
to deter from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation
My friend was dissuaded from buying the product after hearing a customer's complaint about it.
something that distracts the mind; something that relaxes or entertains
The unfavorable weather diverted us from going outside that day.
creating disagreements or discord
There are many divisive issues these days such as abortion.
to repair; to falsify in such a way as to make favorable to oneself; to adulterate
I went to the doctor's office for a yearly checkup.
gently and sweetly, especially music
The song is to be played dolce.
The little girl at a glance appeared to be sweet and kind, but once you get to know her, she is a dour and rude child.
faded and dull in appearance
Her clothes were drab and wrinkly.
deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech
The media is often full of duplicity.
unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy
The teacher showered the student with effusive praise.
affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, an civil rights for all people.
Some people say that there is still a difference between how much a woman gets paid and how much a man gets paid. Others say it is egalitarian.
express at greater length or in greater detail
The employee elaborated on his proposal about ways to increase the company's profit.
group or class of persons or members of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.
The high-class restaurants were full of rich elites.
the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
Many of the commoners were against the elitist belief.
tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory; difficult to define or describe
His dream was elusive.
to take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.
The politician embezzled the people's tax money to buy his family luxury items.
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
Her friend empathized with her.
relying on or derived from observation or experiment
The scientist collected empirical data.
to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation
The designer emulated her favorite designer's logo with her own twist.
to fill with delight
She enraptured herself with a good book.
showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects
As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories.
to count off or name one by one; list
Let me enumerate the things I need to buy.
lasting for a markedly brief time
The meeting was ephemeral.
a feeling of great happiness
He was quite euphoric when we found out he got an A on his test.
to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; to aggravate
Don't exacerbate the problem by talking back to your parents.
to make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly
He let out an exasperated sigh after waiting two hours to get his license.
freed from blame; freed from a responsibility or task
He was exonerated after he'd been proven innocent.
The sly child quickly conjured out a fabrication to get him and his friends out of trouble.
excessive, irrational zeal
I grew weary of the man's fanaticism and mystic pride.
showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative
The characters in the fairy tale all had fanciful names.
spectacular public display
The loud fanfare warned everyone that the queen was about to make her entrance.
a usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room
His fart smelled so bad that everyone around him tried to subtly cover his/her nose.
the prevailing style or custom; manner or mode
The latest fashion trends can be seen on the runway.
to seek favor attention by flattery and obsequious behavior
The girls fawned over the idols as they walked past them.
lacking purpose or vitality; careless and irresponsible
"The fecklessness runs through the family," I thought after spending an entire day at their house. I had witnessed each person making careless mistakes throughout day.
the quality or power of producing abundantly; fertility
Zebrafish are highly fecund.
He feigned illness to get out of class.
language that uses figures of speech; metaphorical
The students were to analyze the different types of figurative language.
having bounds; limited
Everyone has a finite lifespan.
to exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly
She walked around flaunting her new outfit.
marked by disrespectful levity or casualness
The teacher was offended by his flippant remarks.
to reduce the length of; curtail or abridge
The meeting was foreshortened since the host had a tight schedule and didn't plan well.
happening by accident or chance; lucky or fortunate
When they were walking to school in the rain, it was fortuitous that they came across a store that sold umbrellas on sale.
After hours of experimenting, his results were fruitless.
concerning the topography of a specific region
Geographical boundaries include mountains and lakes.
to please or satisfy
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
He is very gregarious around his friends
not deceitful or crafty
to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of.
Our plans were hampered due to the rain.
widespread destruction; disorder or chaos
The earthquake wreaked havoc on the city.
paid attention to; listen to and considered
Take heed in my warning.
a messenger; to proclaim or announce
The herald announced to the crowd that the queen was coming.
stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible
theatrical arts or performances; exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect
a mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble
a center of activity or interest; a focal point
overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one doesnt not hold or possess
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions; one who destroys scared religious images
great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgrace
covered completely; absorbed or engaged
the quality or condition of being immovable or motionless
having no flaws; perfect
hard to detect
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate
an impelling force; an impulse; something that incites
impossible to appease or pacify
difficult to believe
implied or understood but not directly expressed
spoken, performed, or done with little or no preparation
to attack as false or questionable
uncertain, questionable, not decisive
native or intrinsic
the act or process of exhibiting poor insight and judgment
to imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view.
sluggish in motion; inactive
an ungrateful person
to bring oneself into the good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort
marked by or given to the act of introducing something new
existing or occurring between; one that acts as mediator or agent between persons
stopping and starting at intervals
refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising
of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
coming without invitation or welcome
to win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk
prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
characterized by joking
marked by hearty and good cheer; jolly
to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
freedom from normal restraints, limitations, or regulations
to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity
living to an old age
very talkative; garrulous
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
size; greatness in significance or influence
easily changed and controlled by other forces
one that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter
to resolve or settle (differences) by working with all the conflicting parties
suggesting softness or sweetness; relaxed and unhurried
a reminder of the past; a keepsake
quick and changeable in temperament
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison
extremely careful and precise
the act or practice of copying or imitating closely
a small or trivial detail
one who hates or mistrusts humankind
to moderate (a quality or condition) in force or intensity; alleviate; to lesson
having a moderate estimation of one's own talents; moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme
of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence
approaching death; about to die
dark, dim or gloomy; heavy and thick with smoke, mist, or fog; cloudy or obscure
constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable
seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent
to be characterized by a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past
devious, misleading, or dishonest
"Please answer this question directly, rather than obliquely," the teacher said.
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning; kissing up
One minute he is noisy and arrogant, the next he is obsequious and sly.
the state or quality of being stubborn
noisily and stubbornly defiant
The drunk was obstreperous when being arrested.
given the impression that something bad will happen
adhering to what is traditional
to be excluded from a group; to be an outcast
stated in exaggerated terms
excessively nervous or excited; agitated
dash; verve; flamboyant confidence
a group of persons most highly regarded for contributions to a field or an endeavor
a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson
to be seemingly contradictory but nonetheless true
a person of refined upbringing, manners, and tastes
a definite liking; a strong inclination
journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot
putting an end to all debate or action
the outermost part or region within a precise boundary
steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties
a person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification
having logical, precise relevance to the matter at hand
disturbed greatly; uneasy or anxious
She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.
one who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development; leader in the field
The airline gave out free drinks in an effort to placate angry travelers.
a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant; saying something without actually meaning it
A common platitude is the greeting "How are you?"
occupying or characterized by opposite extremes
a supporter of the rights and power of the people
serving as an omen or a warning of something
The black clouds and sudden thunder portend the upcoming storm.
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
Children often come up with pragmatic solutions to their problems like "kiss it and make it go away, Mommy" or "I will pick up my room for a quarter!"
extremely steep; (of a change for the worse) Sudden and dramatic
to make impossible, as by action taken in advance; to exclude or prevent
knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight
going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward; arrogant
remaining in a pure state
denounced or condemned
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct; precise
acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt
to find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality
boisterous and disorderly
extending unchecked; unrestrained; widespread
to spring or bounce back after hitting or colliding with something; to recover
marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
a person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude
tending to recall or suggest something in the past
a rebirth or revival
a theatrical company or presentation that presents several works regularly; a store or stock of things available
to reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust
firm or determined; unwavering
splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant
slowing, delaying or impeding
the state or quality of being inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself
to reply, especially to answer in a caustic or witty manner
He was a ruffian from birth, it seem, picking fights with everyone in school.
having no compassion or pity; merciless
the quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom
effecting or designed to effect an improvement; remedial; healthy; beneficial
a scared place, such as a church, temple, or mosque; place of refuge or asylum
literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit
The Simpsons is a satire of the typical American family.
to search through for salvageable material
The survivors scavenged the island for food.
adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; narrow-minded
He had a very sectarian view of life & religion.
of or relating to having conduct or language inciting rebellion against authority
of, relating to, or having the power to originate; highly influential in an original way.
unsparing or harsh, as in treatment of others; strict
to avoid or neglect
marked by or given to doubt; questioning
to treat as of small importance; disparaging; belittling
deliberate discourtesies; snubs; rude
untidy, as in dress or appearance
to make a contemptuous facial expression, sound , or statement
anxious or concerned; full of desire, eager
a state of drowsiness; sleepiness
having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound
inducing or tending to induce sleep
to refrain from treating harshly; treat mercifully or leniently
the essence of something; an inclination or a tendency of a specified kind
self-generated; not predictable
lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false
ones who steadfastly support an organization or a cause
a basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn
characterized or branded as disgraceful or ignominious
requiring great effort, energy, or exertion
loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant
proceeding from or taking place within a person's mind such as to be unaffected by the external world.
subordinate in capacity or function; servility
the act of sinking or lowering to a normal level; the act of becoming less agitated or active.
to support with proof or evidence; verify
substantial or considerable; independent in existence or function; not subordinate
not immediately obvious; abstruse
to submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire
a sum or an aggregate; addition
of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious
lying on the back or having the face upward
the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
place of worship; a niche for a statue or relic
perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible; to the sense of touch
behavior exercising moderation and self-restraint especially with respect to eating or drinking
marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
having little substance; flimsy
easily handled or controlled
to travel or pass across, over, or through
one that initiates or popularizes a trend or style
lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition
reduced to the quality of something of little significance or value or something commonplace
a collection of valuable items discovered or found; a treasure-trove
to be cut off at the end
disorderly commotion or disturbance
The tumult outside my house was a combination of the lawn mower, the kids outside, and my neighbor's dog barking.
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
not interested; indifferent
not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary
not strengthened or supported with other evidence
one that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics; one that is at a disadvantage
a disclosure or statement that is incomplete
marked by no peculiar quality, ordinary
admittance of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous
always able to supply more; inexhaustible
breaking with convention or tradition; not orthodox
lacking pretension or affectation; modest
having or exhibiting uncompromising determination; unyielding
distasteful or disagreeable
oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
not knowing; unaware
to take over or occupy without right