give oneself up to a habit; to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively <addicted to gambling>; to cause addiction to a substance in (a person or animal); (n: addiction)
He is addicted to alcohol and drugs.
a person who is a slave to a habit; one who is addicted especially to a substance
Doctors and policemen disagree on how to control drug distribution and handle addicts.
having or showing careful and continual attention; marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application <an assiduous book collector> <tended her garden with assiduous attention>; (synonyms: meticulous); (n: assiduity)
He is assiduous at his studies; he works hard and steadily, and pays continual attention to his teacher.
plan secretly with others to do something unlawful or wrong; plot; to act in harmony toward a common end <circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts>; (n: conspiracy)
The two men conspired to steal the jewels and then sell them to a jeweler in another country.
hard to catch or find; evasive; hard to understand; tending to elude; tending to evade grasp or pursuit <elusive prey>; hard to comprehend or define; hard to isolate or identify; (n: elusion)
He is such an elusive person; you never know where he is when you want him.
too bright and gay to be in good taste; cheap and showy; ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness; (n: gaudiness)
A cheap gaudy steamboat arrive at the wharf from St. Louis.
set on fire; cause to start to burn; kindle; (n: ignition)
He ignited the match by scratching it on the desk.
talk with another person to settle disagreement; arrange by discussion; (n: negotiation)
The trade union is negotiating with the employers to get a better contract.
the act of inhaling and exhaling; breathing; a single complete act of breathing; (adj: respiratory)
Respiration is difficult at great heights and some mountaineers wear oxygen masks to overcome such difficulty.
a vegetable substance used to flavor foods; something that gives zest or relish; (n: spicery)
The speaker made a few funny jokes to add spice to his speech.
in complete accord or agreement; mutually agreed; with no opposition; being of one mind; formed with or indicating unanimity : having the agreement and consent of all; (n: unanimity)
The proposal was accepted with unanimous approval by the committee.
cause to come together into a group or mass; to collect or gather into a mass or whole; (n: aggregation)
The power of the allies aggregated together was great, though individually some were quite weak.
amount as a whole to; add up to; to amount in the aggregate to; (n: aggregation)
His various wages for the year aggregated twenty two thousand dollars.
not new or interesting; very common; trite; lacking originality, freshness, or novelty; hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original; (synonyms: trivial); (n: banality)
Their conversation was banal, full of uninteresting remarks such as "nice weather" and "slow traffic today".
having the power to cure; tending to cure; remedial; relating to or used in the cure of diseases; (synonyms: heal)
Taking a rest in the mountains is very curative for breathing difficulties.
urge with force; cause to be carried out; compel; to give force to; to urge with energy; to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure <enforce obedience>; (n: enforcement)
The robbers enforced obedience to their demand by threat of violence.
a person who pretended to be very good or religious; a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings; (adj: hypocritical)
No one in the village likes the man because he is a shameless hypocrite.
to stop, seize, or interrupt in progress or course or before arrival; to receive (a communication or signal directed elsewhere) usually secretly; (n: interception)
It is illegal to intercept a letter or parcel before it is delivered.
treat badly; cause to suffer constantly; do harm to; oppress; harass; to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief; (n: persecution)
Some early religious leaders were persecuted by their enemies.
the act of making fun of a person to hurt his feelings; harsh or bitter irony; a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain; (adj: sarcastic)
"Don't hurry!" said her father in sarcasm as she slowly dressed.
more than is needed or desired; excessive; surplus; unnecessary; (n: superfluity)
We have enough food for the picnic; any more food would be superfluous.
show or prove the truth and justice; exculpate; to free from allegation or blame; to provide justification or defense for; (n: vindication)
The report of the committee of inquiry completely vindicates him and declares his action to have been right and proper.
make lively; arouse to action; inspire; to give spirit and support to; to make or design in such a way as to create apparently spontaneous lifelike movement <animate a cartoon>; (n: animation)
A smile animated her face as she went to the gate to meet her husband.
having life; alive; possessing or characterized by life; full of life; of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life; referring to a living thing <an animate noun>
Many scientists now believe that there are some worlds in outer space having animate beings.
the qualities of an ideal knight; the rules or beliefs of knight; (adj: chivalrous)
Chivalry includes bravery, loyalty, honor, courtesy, respect for women, protection of the weak, and generosity.
the act or process of finding out disease; a careful study of the facts; the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms; investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem <diagnosis of engine trouble>; (adj: diagnostic)
A doctor can not treat an illness until he has made a diagnosis.
show or illustrate by example; (n: exemplification)
The teacher exemplified the use of the word for the students.
be likely to happen soon; be about to happen; to be about to occur; (adj: impending)
When a war impends, wise men try to prevent it in advance.
to change the sound of your voice; regulate or adjust; alter the voice in pitch, tone, or volume; (n: modulation)
The speaker had a really noble voice, which he could modulate with great skill.
the act of telling what will happen in the future; foretelling future events; the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically : the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose; a prediction of something to come; (v: prophesy)
The teacher's prophecy that the boy would become a great national leader was later fulfilled.
of the senses; derived from the senses; perceived by the senses; (n: sensuousness)
After hard work, we could feel the sensuous delight of a hot bath.
the ability to say or do the right things; skill in handling difficult situations; a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense; (adj: tactful)
A minister of foreign affairs who lacks tact is a dangerous man.
having or showing a desire for revenge; revengeful; unforgiving; spiteful; intended to cause anguish or hurt; (adv: vindictively)
The vindictive little girl tore up her sister's papers.
add to a large thing; attach as a supplement or appendix; (n: appendix)
If you handing your report late, append a note explaining the reason for the delay.
of or for a community; owned jointly by all; public; participated in, shared, or used in common by members of a group or community; (v: communalize)
The Plains Indians has a plentiful and regular supply of meat and skins by communal buffalo hunting.
a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments; (adj: ecological)
After learning ecology I could see the relation of living things to their environment and to each other.
hold back; keep from doing; refrain; to hold oneself back from especially with an effort; to control oneself when provoked : be patient; (n: forbearance)
He deserved to be punished for several times, but I forborne from doing so.
lack of interest or attention; unconcern; absence of compulsion to or toward one thing or another; (adj: indifferent)
It was a matter of indifference to him whether his hands were clean or dirty.
of average quality; neither bad nor good; ordinary; of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance; (n: mediocrity)
He was a mediocre student; his academic records were not excellent, but not bad, either.
tell in detail; say over again; to recite aloud in a formal manner; (n: rehearsal)
He rehearsed the story of all his sufferings in prison.
learn and practice for later performance; to perform or practice as if in a (rehearsal) private performance or practice session preparatory to a public appearance
We rehearsed our parts for the school play.
extraordinary; unusually; queer; odd; departing from general usage or expectation; (antonyms: plural); (n: singularity)
It is unwise to make yourself so singular in your clothes.
continuing only for a short time; passing quickly or soon; not lasting; transitory; momentary; passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn; (n: transiency, transience)
My mood is only transient; it will go away pretty soon.