A deviation from what is normal.
-Albino animals may display too great an anomaly in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead.
-When faced with criticism of her policies, the politician equivocated and left all parties thinking she agreed with them.
Clear and easily understood.
-The explanations were written in a simple and lucid manner so that the students were immediately able to apply what they learned.
To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation.
-Upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other for only two months, friends and family members expected such a precipitate marriage to end in divorce.
To make something unpleasant less severe.
-Serena used aspirin to assuage her pounding headache.
Learned, scholarly, bookish.
-The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathers of the most erudite, well-published individuals in the field.
Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light.
-The heavy buildup of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them opaque.
-The prodigal son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure.
A puzzel, a mystery.
-Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an enigma.
Intensely emotional; feverish.
- The fans of Maria Callas were unusually fervid, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
To soothe or pacify
-The burglar tried to placate the snarling dog by saying "Nice doggy," and offering it a treat.
-She brought her typical zeal to the project, speaking enthusiasm in other team members.
To choose not to do something.
Fearless and daring
To dry out throughly
To give praise; to glorify
Someone who shows off learning.
To sway physically, to be indecisive.
To make impure.
Changing ones mind quickly and often.
Lack of interest or emotion.
To produce, to cause, or to bring about.
To provide supporting evidence.
Lasting a short time.
Of a similar kind
Using a few words
To soften, to lessen.
Practical as opposed to idealistic.
Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs.
Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive.