to give up formally (a high office, authority, throne, etc.)
"The king plans to abdicate his throne."
lower part of the trunk of the human body; in, on or for the abdomen
"The abdominal bandage seemed too tight."
a colorless, poisonous, highly flammable gaseous hydrocarbon
"This most brilliant of the illuminating gases is acetylene."
discharge of duty; being set free by the court
"From lack of evidence submitted, the judge decreed an acquittal."
the time of life between puberty and maturity; youth
"During adolescence, one is often uncertain."
sensitive to art and beauty
"In order to help develop their children's aesthetic tastes, many family trips to art galleries were planned."
a jumbled heap, mass, etc.
"The agglomeration of articles for the rummage sale was staggering."
most abundant metal element in the Earth's crust
"Don't put aluminum foil in the microwave."
anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history
"A black and white television is an anachronism today."
no name known or acknowledged; name withheld
"The poem read was written by an anonymous poet."
no longer used or useful; obsolete
"The old cabin contained some antiquated relics of the olden days."
"The apocryphal memories of the countess cannot be admitted as evidence."
the first advocate of a view point or reform
"The student body president was an apostle for year-round school."
a strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to be a ghost
"After hearing the spooky story, the children thought they saw an apparition."
to take for one's own, often without right
"I wish my roommate would not appropriate my clothes."
large pipe made for bringing water from a distant source
"The aqueduct provided the farmers with the much needed water for crops."
the perfect example of a type or group
"Mickey Mouse is the archetype for cartoon characters."
religious doctrine where self-denial is practiced to reach a higher spiritual state
"Trappist monks practice asceticism."
a wasting away of body tissue, organ, or the failure of an organ or part to grow or develop, as because of insufficient nutrition
"Without proper nutrition, the muscles will atrophy."
an address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement
"The graduating seniors and their families will attend the baccalaureate."
a heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows
"Suddenly the speaker was under a barrage of questions."
a large group of soldiers arrayed for battle; any large group joined in some activity
"He had command of a battalion during World War II."
of or in two languages; capable of using two languages with equal skill
"He was offered the position because he was bilingual in English and Spanish."
marked by extreme contrasts and incongruities of color, design, or style
"Her purple and orange hair was bizarre."
a broad often landscaped thoroughfare
"Sometimes using the boulevard is faster than taking the freeway."
green vegetable high in vitamins
"The consumption of broccoli has increased in recent years."
the tendency of a body to float in a fluid
"Filling the raft with more air will increase its buoyancy."
beautiful handwriting; penmanship
"Calligraphy is an art - a talent to be thankful for."
loyalty and warm, friendly feeling among comrades
"Within the Girl Scout troop, there was great camaraderie."
disguise or concealment of this kind
"The tanks' camouflage prevented enemy planes from seeing them."
statement of the main parts of a subject; conditional surrender
"Their leader decided that capitulation was best."
a device in which air is mixed with gasoline spray to make an explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine
"The carburetor in the truck had to be replaced."
any great upheaval that causes sudden and violent changes
"The weakened government could not withstand another cataclysm."
radiating or departing from the center
"The road was banked to counteract the centrifugal force."
a soft leather made from the hide of a chamois, deer or sheep
"The gloves were made of chamois leather."
lighting fixture hanging from a ceiling, with branches for candles or bulbs
"The chandelier swayed, and we hurried out from under it."
completely confused or disordered condition
"The era of the Hundred Years' War was very chaotic."
the noble qualities a medieval knight was supposed to have; courage, honor and readiness to help the weak, and to protect women
"We loved his chivalry, seemingly borrowed from the knights of old."
one of the DNA containing bodies in a cell nucleus
"This particular gene is found at the end of chromosome 23."
a line that goes around or encloses a circle
"When drawing a snowman, the head usually has a smaller circumference than the body."
of coercion or tending to coerce
"During the American Revolution, the colonists fought against the coercive government of Great Britain."
to mingle together; intermix, blend
"The separate tribes began to commingle through marriage."
feeling or showing compassion
"The compassionate nurse listened to the patient's tale."
expression of sympathy with another in grief
"A note of condolence is appropriate at time of death."
an inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
"After hearing the facts, she knew that her conjecture was wrong."
a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, especially in the fine arts or in matters of taste
"His discerning taste buds made him a connoisseur of good wine."
full of contempt; scornful; disdainful
"The speaker was very contemptuous of the hecklers."
a communication by exchange of letters
"Please file this correspondence alphabetically."
to imitate or copy, especially with intent to deceive
"There is a way to check if a bill is counterfeit."
the act or art of criticizing; criticism
"The director did not like the critique of his movie."
a crescent roll
"A hot, buttery croissant was enjoyed by each one attending the festive brunch."
a crucifying or being crucified
"The punishment of crucifixion was practiced in ancient times."
an overwhelming defeat or rout
"His resignation from power caused the greatest debacle in the history of his country."
a shop where sandwich items meats and cheeses are sold
"Let's stop at the delicatessen to pick up things for our picnic."
lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity; to sadden or lower
"The medicine was given as a depressant."
large apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects; tall tapering framework over an oil well
"The workmen used a derrick to take the piano up to the 7th floor."
to point or mark out; specify; appoint
"I will designate one of my friends to chair this committee."
the separation of crystalloids from colloids as the elimination of impurities from the blood during kidney failure
"One of our child movie stars has to be hospitalized for dialysis."
division into two (contrasting) halves, pairs of sets
"Reconciling the dichotomy between public and private interests is a difficult job."
broken down; shabby and neglected
"We bought a dilapidated house and tried to repair it."
predicament; a situation in which one must choose between alternatives
"His dilemma was in having to decide on which color paint to use."
to change the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition
"I will need a mask to disguise myself for the Halloween Party."
to scatter seed; to sow widely; spread abroad
"When the dandelion becomes that feathery little puffball, the breezes cause it to disseminate."
a formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject
"The student completed her dissertation for the degree of doctor."
overflowing with enthusiasm, high spirits
"After winning the game, the fans were ebullient."
any of the levels of responsibility or importance in an organization
"She worked in the echelon where major decisions were made."
an inflammatory, itching disease of the skin
"A victim of eczema, she could not wear makeup on her face."
to bring about; cause to happen; effect
"The team members are trying to effectuate change in spring training rules."
advocating, or characterized by the belief that all men should have equal political, social and economic rights
"The country's government was egalitarian."
the omission of a word or words necessary for complete grammatical construction but understood in the context
"Add ellipsis where I have indicated on the rough draft of the legal pleading."
to cause to feel self-conscious, ill at ease
"He did not want to embarrass himself in front of his friends."
to try to equal or surpass; to rival successfully
"The baby birds strutted back and forth trying to emulate the actions of their parents."
to put in concise form; condense
"We tried to encapsulate the week's news in five minutes."
the study of insects
"My career in entomology began with a fascination about butterflies."
a short statement of the main points of a book, report, incident; abstract; summary; representative or typical of a class
"He was the epitome of jockeys everywhere - slim, wiry and brisk."
two or more meanings; purposely vague; misleading; ambiguous
"Her answer was equivocal, but we couldn't get a definite opinion."
beyond the understanding or knowledge or most people
"Few people attended the esoteric lecture on holography."
The origin and development of a word, affix, phrase, etc.
"The origin and development of words is a branch of linguistics called etymology."
speech or writing in praise of a person, event or thing; commendation
"We listened with full hearts to the eulogy on President Kennedy."
a feeling of vigor, well-being, or high spirits
"The team had the euphoria that comes from winning."
to exasperate; annoy; irritate; embitter
"He intended to exacerbate the already tense situation by making an exorbitant demand."
to relieve of a burden; unload; free from guilt; absolve
"This alibi would prove his innocence and exonerate him of the crime."
to deprive of ownership; dispossess
"The state will expropriate acreage for the new airport."
joking, or trying to be jocular, esp. at an inappropriate time
"His mother could not tolerate his facetious remarks."
not easy to please; very critical or discriminating
"With fastidious attention to detail, the musician practiced the piece again."
capable of being done or carried out; possible; practicable
"Chartering a bus seems the most feasible method of transportation."
well-chosen; appropriate; apt; yielding great pleasure
"He was a felicitous choice for the new position."
imaginary happening; not real; false; pretended; assumed for disguise
"Some novelists use a fictitious name under which they write."
to obstruct the passage of a bill by making long speeches, introducing irrelevant issues, etc.
"The senator carried out his filibuster, ignoring remarks from the floor."
to cheat; to get something by trickery
"Students find many ways to finagle their way out of homework."
the sky, viewed poetically as a solid arch or vault
"The sun and the moon are both seen in the firmament at that time."
long, narrow, deep cleft or crack; dividing or breaking into parts
"The ice, breaking up, opened a wide fissure between the floes."
to make speechless with amazement; astonish
"Seeing a dog climb a tree may flabbergast you."
grow vigorously; thrive; prosper
"These plants will flourish if you give them proper water and fertilizer."
to move back and forth, up and down; to be continually changing
"Bank interest rates fluctuate from time to time."
deceitful; based on trickery; intentional deception
"The investigation proved the papers to be fraudulent."
a dish of meat cut into pieces and stewed in a gravy
"Chicken fricassee tastes good on a cold evening."
to jump and skip about in play; frolic
"To gambol about the dance floor is to have a good time."
lacking social grace; tactless
"My companion's gauche remarks to the staff were very embarrassing."
a geographical dictionary
"The gazetteer portion of this dictionary contains more than seven thousand place names."
branch of medicine dealing with the elderly
"As the population ages, geriatrics will become more lucrative."
a connoisseur of fine food and drink
"A good gourmet restaurant covets a recommendation from a food critic."
circumstance thought to be unjust; resentment or complaint
"Many thought she had reason for her grievance."
to deliver a long, scolding speech
"I hope the coach doesn't harangue us for the lousy game we played."
worrying or annoying with repeated attacks
"Sexual harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated."
friendly, sincere, cordial way; with zest, enthusiasm
"He laughed heartily, thoroughly enjoying the play."
leadership or dominance, especially that of one state or nation over others
"The Chinese say the Soviets are establishing military hegemony over the free world."
an inflammation of the liver
"Exposure to the hepatitis virus prevents a person from donating blood."
friendly, kind and solicitous toward guests; favoring comfort of new arrivals; receptive or open to new ideas
"Southern people are said to be most hospitable even to strangers."
human; human characteristics or nature; mankind; people
"Humanity everywhere does not always have the same kindness or sympathy."
science of health and its maintenance; sanitary practices; cleanness
"We are taught hygiene for the preservation of health and prevention of disease."
a person who has hypochondria
"The hypochondriac made his tenth visit to the hospital in ten days."
a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel
"The senator showed his hypocrisy by saying he was for the bill and then voting against it."
the doctrines, opinions, or way of thinking of an individual class, etc.
"Democracy is the American ideology."
personal peculiarity or mannerism
"It was her idiosyncrasy to wear earmuffs in warm weather."
resistance to disease; projection against disease
"Having a childhood disease does not always develop an immunity to it."
having no money
"I am sorry to announce that the school board is in an impecunious situation as a result of Proposition 13."
not showing proper respect or manners
"The impertinent child must be taught some manners."
that cannot be disconcerted, disturbed, or excited; impassive
"The imperturbable cat sat in the midst of the moving."
any article or device used or needed for a given activity; fulfill
"The hammer and the saw are needed by the carpenter to implement his job."
that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed
"They held out little hope for the prisoner because he was incorrigible."
lacking prudence; unwise; careless
"She was indiscreet in going shopping during school hours."
not easily discouraged
"Even after three unsuccessful attempts, the new skier was indomitable."
motive; incentive; persuasion
"As an inducement for entering into the contract, she would receive a percentage of sales."
a tendency to remain in a fixed condition without change
"The nation was declining due to inertia."
lacking sound judgment; foolish
"He was infatuated by the John Wayne movie and decided to become a cowboy."
feebleness; weakness; frailty or ailment; defect We realized his infirmity kept him a captive of a wheelchair."
"The inimical participants at the rally prevented the audience from having fun."
lacking restraint or moderation
"The press and public took an inordinate interest in everything he did."
constantly wanting more; that cannot be satisfied or appeased
"After two banana splits, we knew he had an insatiable appetite."
stopping and starting again at intervals; periodic
"Heavy traffic forced us into intermittent driving."
in, or directly into, a vein or veins
"The doctor prescribed intravenous feeding for the patient."
not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied
"If the condors disappear, that will be an irreparable loss."
a neck; a narrow passage; narrow strip of land, having water at each side and connecting two larger bodies of land
"The Isthmus of Panama connects Central America and South America."
a slender metal-tipped shaft thrown for distance
"The next javelin thrower holds the Olympic record for this event."
having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful
"The judicious driver stopped at the crosswalk."
understanding or skill gained by experience or learning
"Two weeks of tennis lessons increased my knowledge of the game."
worthy of honor; distinguished; pre-eminent, especially among poets
"Rudyard Kipling was a poet laureate of England."
a cancerous disease of the tissues and often the blood
"The leukemia patient needed a bone marrow transplant."
an officer empowered to act for a higher official
"The lieutenant brought the message to the meeting."
a strong violent whirlpool; a great turmoil
"Their dog's illness caused the family a maelstrom of emotions."
wrongful conduct, especially by a public official
"The mayor's malfeasance resulted in a recall election."
any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective
"The large ship's maneuver brought it closer to port."
a party at which people wear masks and costumes
"What are you wearing to the masquerade ball?"
change of form, shape, structure, or substance
"The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of nature's miracles."
the action, art or instance of imitating
"With your gift of mimicry, you should be in show business."
something much smaller than the usual size
"That is an impressive collection of miniature cars."
consisting of many things of different sorts
"Most people have a drawer for all their miscellaneous things."
conduct that is often playful but causes harm or annoyance
"My mischievous puppy chewed the corner off my favorite book."
an East Indian soup of meat, etc., flavored with curry
"Mother had a very special recipe for mulligatawny."
a set of beliefs and attitudes developing around an object
"The true mystique of jogging cannot be appreciated by non-runners."
affected with or tending to cause stomach distress
"I felt nauseous after eating too much ice cream."
fact or event making something possible; happening; occurrence
"A chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship."
happening; event; something that takes place
"The second occurrence of the conference will not be until next year."
a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons
"Political office was restricted to those who knew a member of the oligarchy."
formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved
"He used onomatopoeia to create sounds in his poetry."
not letting light pass through; not transparent or translucent
"The window shade was opaque, emitting no light at all."
a physician specializing in diseases of the eye
"The ophthalmologist had to dilate the patient's eyes."
any of various thick-skinned, hoofed mammals
"The pachyderm house at the zoo is home for the elephants."
personal belongings; articles used in a particular activity
"Bring along your fishing paraphernalia when we go camping next week."
partial sterilization of a fluid by exposure to heat
"The dairy will pasteurize the milk before bottling."
the father and ruler of a family
"The family patriarch always sits at the head of the table."
capable of being noticed
"The difference between the two brands of hot dogs is hardly perceptible."
lasting or active throughout the whole year
"To cut down on yardwork I planted mostly perennial plants."
the state or quality of being perpetual
"Perpetuity is implied in the fundamental law of all national governments."
a medicinal material or product
"The pharmaceutical company introduced its newest drug."
thick, stringy mucus discharged from the throat, as during a cold
"The mixture of honey and lemon helped to rid his throat of phlegm."
a rapid whirling or turning on the toe or ball of the foot
"The ballerina performed the pirouette perfectly."
to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one's own
"The teacher told the class not to plagiarize any work."
seemingly true; seemingly honest, trustworthy, etc.
"The story he gave us sounded plausible."
for attendance by all members
"The plenary session of the association was called to order by the president."
a disease of the lungs characterized by inflammation and congestion
"Seniors, particularly, are advised to have flu shots to guard against pneumonia developing as a secondary infection."
Mexican and Central American plant with yellow flowers surrounded by tapering red leaves resembling petals
"The name of the poinsettia plant is often mispronounced."
happening after ones death
"The athlete's posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame was very emotional."
to exhibit (a play, movie, etc.) for the first time
"The audience was filled with anticipation while waiting for the premiere performance to commence."
an exclusive right or privilege exercised by virtue of rank, office, etc.
"It is the prerogative of the senior class to sit in this section."
foresight or foreknowledge
"Facing the downpour, she was thankful for her prevision to bring an umbrella."
children, descendants, or offspring collectively
"The old man's progeny gathered at his home to celebrate."
an extinct flying reptile
"The rendition of the pterodactyl was my favorite part of the dinosaur exhibit."
an algebraic term involving the square and no higher power of an unknown quantity
"Solve this quadratic equation for the value of x."
extravagantly chivalrous or romantically idealistic
"Patrolling the streets with knights in white armor is the quixotic method of solving crime."
light, good-natured ridicule or satire
"Sir Winston Churchill's raillery often provoked laughter."
relationship, esp. a close one; agreement; harmony
"She and her sister enjoyed a friendly rapport."
written acknowledgement; to mark paid
"The receipt showed the invoice had been paid in full."
done or felt equally by both sides
"They had a reciprocal feeling of admiration for each other."
the act of restoring friendly relations
"The treaty provided for a reconciliation between the two countries."
an exploratory survey or examination
"The corporal led a special squad on a reconnaissance mission."
the quality or state of being redolent, fragrant, aromatic
"I liked the redolence of the pine boughs."
to think, talk or write about remembered events or experiences
"We sat at the table to reminisce about our childhood experiences."
a planned meeting; a place for a planned meeting
"We will rendezvous at the Park and Ride, then go on together to the party."
to send back or return to the country of birth, citizenship, or allegiance
"We hope they will repatriate our prisoners of war."
the stock of special skills, devices, techniques of a particular person or particular field of endeavor
"The ball player's repertoire was amazing."
a box, chest, closet, or room in which things may be placed for safe keeping
"The jewels were missing from the repository."
a place where water is stored in quantity
"During the drought the reservoir was dangerously low."
recovering strength, spirits, good humor, etc., quickly; buoyant
"The American people are very resilient; they bounce back no matter what happens."
to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
"The paramedic's attempts to resuscitate the crash victim were unsuccessful."
having application to or effect on things prior to its enactment
"The retroactive pay increase was appreciated by all of the workers."
a dreamy, fanciful, or visionary notion or daydream
"Her reverie was broken by his loud arrival."
the art of speaking correctly
"I have to prepare a ten minute speech for my rhetoric class tomorrow."
a glancing rebound
"If you hit the ball here, it will ricochet off the table and land in the pocket."
a foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure
"Registration for school is full of rigmarole."
ornament made of ribbons gathered in the shape of a rose
"He wore a rosette in the buttonhole of his lapel."
A small flat-bottomed bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap
"Before backpacks became popular, schoolchildren usually carried their books in a satchel."
variety of onion; long stem and almost bulbless root
"We prefer the scallion rather than the large white or yellow onion."
a split or division in an organized group or society
"The selection of a new minister caused a schism in the church."
in football, the play that follows the snap of the ball
"The tailback carried the ball twenty yards from the line of scrimmage."
very pleasing, attractive esp. to the taste; delicious
"Not a crumb of the scrumptious cake was left."
to withdraw from an organization
"South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union."
to make a smooth transition, as from one topic to another
"The speaker was noted for an ability to segue between opening jokes and the serious topic at hand."
a scientist who studies earthquakes
"The seismologist confirmed that the earthquake was centered twenty miles offshore."
a continued attempt to gain possession of something
"During the Civil War, the siege of Vicksburg lasted 186 days."
detective, or to act like a detective
"It took a real sleuth to determine the origin of that word."
done or made seriously and thoughtfully
"The veterans hold a solemn ceremony on Memorial Day."
showing care, attention, or concern
"The parents were solicitous about the child's health."
either of two points on the sun's ecliptic at which it is farthest north or south of the equator
"In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice comes just before Christmas."
of, like, or characteristic of a sophomore or sophomores, often regarded as self-assured, opinionated, though immature
"The sophomoric antics of our government were exposed."
having an involuntary contraction, temporarily or intermittently
"She had a spasmodic tic in her right eyelid."
the use of the spectroscope to study optics
"The study of optics is aided by spectroscopy."
sculpture, a collection of statues
"The statuary lining the rose garden beckoned the visitors."
an expedient used to evade, escape or conceal
"The students pretended to be sick as a subterfuge to taking the test."
to share or understand another's feelings; express pity
"They could sympathize with their neighbors who had been robbed."
the putting together of parts or elements so as to form a whole
"A good composition is the synthesis of many skills."
a device for indicating speed of rotation
"Some sports cars have a tachometer located next to the speedometer."
habitually unwilling to talk; reserved in speech
"The taciturn farmer watched as we fixed our car."
a dictionary of synonyms
"This word processing program features an excellent thesaurus, making it easy for the user to find appropriate synonyms."
providing insecure footing or support
"It was a very treacherous climb along the rock cliffs."
not being in accordance with what is right or just
"Such unconscionable behavior will result in expulsion from school."
having patches, stripes or marks of different colors
"This variegated ivy would look nice on the trellis."
light theater featuring variety acts
"Bob Hope started his career as a vaudeville actor."
a subjective sensation of dizziness in which an individual feels that he, or his surrounding, is whirling about sickeningly
"With too much stress, she suffered from vertigo."
someone whose voice can seemingly be made to come from another source
"The conversation between the ventriloquist and the wooden dummy delighted the audience."
fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange
"Xenophobia limits people from learning about others."
a musical percussion instrument
"The xylophone is an instrument in the percussion family."