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PSIA 2014

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abbreviation
a shortened form of a word or phrase
abdicate
a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
abnegate
deny or renounce
abundance
present in great quantity
abysmal
so deep as to be unmeasurable
accentuate
put stress on
acclimate
to adjust, get used to a certain climate
accomplice
A person who takes part in a crime
accuracy
the quality of nearness to the truth or the true value
acknowledge
accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
acronym
a word formed from the initial letters of a multi-word name
addendum
textual matter that is added onto a publication
adjournment
suspension
adjudicate
bring to an end
administration
someone who manages a government agency or department
adolescent
the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
adrenaline
a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress
advanced
far along in time
aerodynamics
the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of gases and their effects on bodies in the flow
affable
a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
affirmative
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
agglutinate
the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining
agitated
physically disturbed or set in motion
albacore
large pelagic tuna the source of most canned tuna
alcoholism
Habitual intoxication
allergen
A substance causing exaggerated effect(s) in the body
alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
altostratus
Clouds at mid-level that form a light sheet that lets the sun or moon show as a bright spot.
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
ameliorate
get better
amphitheater
an oval large stadium with tiers of seats
andante
a moderately slow walking pace
annihilate
wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
annoying
something or someone that causes trouble
anorexia
a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite
anthology
a collection of selected literary passages
antihistamine
a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds
apprehensive
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
approximate
not exact, but close enough to be reasonably correct
arboretum
a park where trees and shrubs are displayed and studied
arithmetician
someone who specializes in math
assessment
place a value on
atrocious
exceptionally bad or displeasing
attendance
give heed (to)
auctioneer
a person who sells things at a public sale to people offering the highest prices
authorize
to approve or permit; to give power
autocratic
a cruel and oppressive dictator
automatically
in a mechanical manner
background
information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
bacteriologist
a scientist who studies bacteria
balustrade
a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
bandolier
shoulder belt for carrying ammunition
bandoleer
A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers
barnacle
marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages
barometer
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
baseline
an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared
bashfulness
feeling embarrassed due to modesty, shyness
bazaar
a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
bizarre
grossly unconventional or unusual
beautician
a person who helps others with their appearance
bedraggled
in deplorable condition
begrudge
wish ill or allow unwillingly
beguiling
filled with wonder and delight, misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
behavior
the action or reaction of something
beleaguer
surround so as to force to give up
belie
represent falsely, be in contradiction with
belligerent
hostile or warlike attitude or nature
beneficent
doing or producing good
Bermuda grass
grass having wiry stems and sheathed panicles
bestride
to get or sit upon astride, to mount
biannual
twice a year
bicuspid
a tooth having two points
bilateral
having two sides or parts
biodegradable
capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria
biopsy
examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease
bisque
a thick cream soup made from shellfish
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
blizzard
a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences
boisterous
violently agitated and turbulent
bounteous
given or giving freely
boutique
a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry
boysenberry
large raspberry-flavored fruit
braille
a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals- 2 spelling option
Braille
a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals
breaststroke
swim with the face down and extend the arms forward and outward while kicking with the leg
briefly
for a short time
brilliance
a quality that outshines the usual
briquette
a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel - 1st spelling
briquet
a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel
bronchitis
inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes, inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes
brother-in-law
the brother of your husband or wife
Buddhism
the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire
bungalow
a small house with a single story
bureaucracy
A large, complex organization composed of appointed officials
butterfingered
not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands, easily drops things
calamity
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune, disaster
calculus
the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions
camouflage
coloration that allows an organism to blend in with its surroundings
capacious
large in capacity
cardigan
knitted jacket that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper
carotene
yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants
Celsius
Metric unit for measuring temperature; On this scale water freezes at 0 and boils at 100.
census
a period count of the population
ceremonial
any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way
charade
player acts out a phrase for others to guess
chinchilla
small rodent with soft pearly gray fur
chloroform
a volatile liquid haloform that can be used as an anesthetic
anesthetic
a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
Christianity
a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
chronological
arrangement of events in time
circulation
the spread or transmission of something
circumstance
the set of facts that surround a situation or event
clavichord
an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
coagulate
the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
cogitate
to consider carefully and deeply
commodity
A raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.
collateral
accompaniment to something else, a security pledged for the repayment of a loan
colonization
establish settlements
commencement
set in motion, cause to start, take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
commendation
worthy of high praise
commodious
Roomy, spacious
compliance
acting according to certain accepted standards, the act of submitting or yielding,
concealment
prevent from being seen or discovered
conceited
characteristic of false pride
conclusion
the act of making up your mind about something, the act of making up your mind about something
confectioner
someone who makes candies and other sweets
confiscate
take possession of, surrendered as a penalty
consensus
agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
conspiratorial
planning acting together secretly; in a plotting manner
consumption
the process of taking food into the body through the mouth
contaminant
something that causes impurity; something that defiles or pollutes
contentious
involving or likely to cause controversy
controversy
argument or dispute
convenience
easy to reach, things that make you comfortable and at ease
convey
to make known, to transport something
coordination
bring order or ensure that work goes harmoniously
corduroy
a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs
courageous
a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear
credentials
a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
crinoline
a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
crustacean
any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
cubbyhole
a small secluded room
cylindrical
having the form of a tubular shape
dandelion
any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
dangerously
perilously, precariously, treacherously
Darwinism
A theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection
deaconess
Woman chosen by church leadership to care for the poor and the infirmed
debatable
capable of being disproved, arguable
decadent
marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
deception
causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true
deciduous
(of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
declarative
a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
defeatism
view or belief that efforts are useless and failure is inevitable
deferential
in an extremely respectful or dutiful manner
deficiency
lack of an adequate quantity or number
delectable
delicious, delightful
deleterious
Harmful, injurious
deliverance
rescue from danger
dementia
abnormal condition marked by multiple cognitive defects that include memory impairment.
demographic
a statistic characterizing human populations (e.g.,broken down by age or sex or income)
demoralize
confuse or put into disorder, corrupt or destroy basis of integrity
denim
a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
dependency
a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
depreciate
a decrease in price or value
derivative
develop or evolve, especially from a latent or potential state OR come from
dermatology
the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases
derogatory
expressive of low opinion, Insulting or intended to insult
despise
look down on with disdain, treated with contempt
destination
place to which someone or something is going or being sent
destructible
extinguishable
deterrence
something that interferes with or delays action or progress
devastate
overwhelm or overpower
diadem
an ornamental jewelled headdress signifying sovereignty
digress
lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
diplomacy
subtly skillful handling of a situation
disadvantage
marked by deprivation, the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
disavow
refuse to acknowledge
disposable
designed to be thrown away after use
dissipate
move away from each other, breaking up and scattering by dispersion
distinguish
mark as different, set apart from other such things
divergence
tending to move apart in different directions
docile
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
docudrama
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
doleful
filled with or evoking sadness
dubious
fraught with uncertainty or doubt
duchess
the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right
dulcet
extremely pleasant in a gentle way
dutible
subject to import tax
easel
an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
ecclesiastical
having to do with the church
economics
the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
effervesce
marked by high spirits or excitement
egoist
a self-centered person with little regard for others
electrification
the activity of thrilling or markedly exciting some person or group
elephantine
of great mass
elevated
the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
elongated
having notably more length than width
emancipation
free from slavery or servitude
emblazon
decorate with colors or heraldic arms
emblem
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
embodiment
a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
emergence
appearance, rise, coming into view.
empathy
understanding and entering into another's feelings
emphasis
special and significant stress by means of position or repetition, intensity or forcefulness of expression
emphysema
A serious disease that destroys lung tissue and causes breathing difficulties.
emporium
a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise
emulsify
The process of breaking fats into smaller droplets.
encipher
convert ordinary language into code
encumbrance
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
endowment
natural qualities or talents
engagement
arrangement to do something or go somewhere at a fixed time, agreement to get married
enormously
immensely
enthusiastic
having or showing great excitement and interest
enviable
highly desirable
epitomize
a standard or typical example
equilateral
A triangle with three congruent sides
equivocal
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
eradicate
the complete destruction of every trace of something
especially
to a great extent; very much
etymology
the study of the sources and development of words
euphoria
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation or happiness
eventually
within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time
evolutionist
one who believes that all living things developed from simpler life forms and that things gradually develops through natural selection
exaggeration
statement that represents something as better or worse than it really is
excavation
the act of digging
exceedingly
to a great extent, extremely
excruciating
extremely painful
exemplify
be characteristic of
exhaustion
serious weakening and loss of energy
exhilarate
fill with sublime emotion, making lively and cheerful or joyful
experience
event, occurrence, encounter, practical contact with and observation of facts or events
explicable
capable of being explained, capable of being explained, capable of being understood, reasonable
extraterrestrial
originating or located or occurring outside Earth or its atmosphere
extremity
an external body part that projects from the body (legs, arms)
fabricate
to build or construct, invent, concoct
fabulous
barely credible, Amazing; fantastic
facetious
playful humor, not serious
facial
with respect to the face
factitious
not produced by natural forces, artificial
factorial
the product of all the integers up to and including a given integer
fallible
likely to fail or be inaccurate
falsetto
artificially high
fantasia
a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
faultfinder
someone who is critical of the motives of others
federation
characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities
felicity
state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy, happiness, bliss
fermentation
a state of agitation or turbulent change or development, a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances
fervent
characterized by intense emotion
fibula
the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
figurative
not literal use of the meanings of words or text
finality
occurring at or forming an end or termination
finesse
subtly skillful handling of a situation
flamboyant
richly and brilliantly colorful
flautist
one who plays the flute
flippancy
inappropriate levity, disrespectful
fluorescent
emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source
fluoridate
add fluoride to a water supply
folksinger
person who sings folk songs
forbearance
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence, a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
foreclosure
the legal proceedings initiated by a creditor to repossess the collateral for loan that is in default
forensic
Referring to legal proceedings or formal debate or rhetoric.
foreseeable
realize beforehand, being such as may reasonable be anticipated
forgery
criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
formidable
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
fortuitous
occurring by good luck
forum
a place of assembly, a public facility to meet for open discussion
franchise
a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
frankincense
an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees
fraternize
be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother, especially with an enemy
fraudulent
something intended to deceive
friar
a male member of a religious order that originally relied soley on alms
frivolous
not serious in content or attitude or behavior
frontispiece
an ornamental facade
frowsy
unkempt, dirty and untidy - 1st spelling
frowzy
unkempt, dirty and untidy
frustration
disappointingly unsuccessful
fugitive
one who flees or runs away or evades the law
functional
what something is used for
fundamental
serving as an essential component, the interpretation of every word in the sacred texts as literal truth
fuselage
the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
fusillade
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms, barrage
gabardine
a firm durable fabric with a twill weave
gamma
the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet, the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet, Electromagnetic waves with the shortest wavelengths and highest frequencies
gardenia
a large, fragrant flower
gargoyle
an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
garrison
the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place
gavotte
an old formal French dance in quadruple time
gazpacho
a soup made with chopped tomatoes and onions and cucumbers and peppers and herbs
generosity
liberality, lavishness, magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness, free-handedness, unselfishness
geneticist
a person who studies hereditary, origins, genes
gentility
elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
geocentric
having the earth as the center
geode
a hollow rock or nodule with the cavity usually lined with crystals
germane
relevant to a subject under consideration, having close kinship and appropriateness
gerrymander
manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class
geyser
a spring that discharges hot water and steam
gherkin
any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
gimmick
a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business
gingham
A clothing fabric in a plaid weave.
gladsome
jolly, lighthearted
glandular
Composed of cells that are specialized to produce and secrete substances into ducts or into body fluids
glucose
a monosaccharide sugar that has several forms
gluttonous
given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
gondolier
a boat operater
gosling
young goose
gossamer
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
gouge
make a groove in
governess
a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
gracelessly
the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
gradation
pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone into another
graduation
the successful completion of a program of study
grammatical
of or relating to the whole system and structure of a language
gratis
without payment, cost nothing, free
gravelly
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
gremlin
(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
grievance
a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action
gristmill
a structure where grain is ground into flour
grotesque
art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
grueling
characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion-1st spelling
gruelling
characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion
guarantee
a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
guidance
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
guillotine
instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles
gullible
easily tricked because of being too trusting
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
gymnasium
athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
gyrfalcon
large and rare arctic falcon having white and dark color phases
gyroscope
rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
habitual
Chronic, according to usual practice, established by long use, routine
hairbreadth
a very small space or distance
hallucinate
see, hear, feel or touch imagined things
handkerchief
a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory
harassment
the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
harbinger
an indication of the approach of something or someone, foreshadow, presage
hardihood
the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger, boldness, bravery, daring
hassock
A thick cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling
hazardous
a source of danger
heartrending
causing or marked by grief or anguish
heinous
shockingly brutal or cruel
helmsman
the person who steers a ship
hemorrhage
lose blood from one's body, flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels
henpeck
to worry or harass by ill temper and petty annoyances.
herbivore
any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants
hereditary
inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent
heritable
passed or able to be passed from parent to offspring
hertz
the unit of frequency
hesitating
faltering, irresolute
hiatus
a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure, break or gap (from work)
hierarchy
the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
hindrance
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Hinduism
a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme beingof many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a
hobbyhorse
a topic to which one constantly reverts, favorite passtime
hobnob
rub elbows with, to associate on very friendly terms
holocaust
an act of great destruction and loss of life
Holocaust
the Nazi program of exterminating Jews under Hitler
hologram
a three-dimensional photograph of a whole object
homeostasis
A tendency to maintain a balanced or constant internal state; the regulation of any aspect of body chemistry, such as blood glucose, around a particular level
homogenate
mixture of some soluble, some insoluble materials
homologous
the quality of being similar or corresponding in position or value or structure or function
honeycomb
penetrate thoroughly and into every part, Wax structure of six-sided cells made by bees for storage.
hors d'oeuvre
a food served as an appetizer, either before a meal or with drinks
hospice
a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)
hostelry
a inn providing overnight lodging for travelers
hostility
used of attempts to buy or take control of a business
hotchpotch
a motley assortment of things, a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
humanoid
an automaton that resembles a human being
hodgepodge
a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
humdrum
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
humidity
wetness in the atmosphere
hybrid
an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock
hydraulic
moved or operated or effected by liquid (water or oil), study of the mechanics of fluids
hypnotic
a drug that induces sleep, having your attention fixated as though by a spell
hypochondriac
a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments, A person who complains about illnesses that appear to be imaginary.
hysteria
excessive or uncontrollable fear, neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions
ice hockey
a game played on a rink by two opposing teams of 6 skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal
idiosyncrasy
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
igneous
like or suggestive of fire, A type of rock that forms from the cooling of molten rock at or below the surface
illustration
a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand
immediacy
the quickness of action or occurrence
immensity
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
imminent
close in time, about to happen
impalpable
incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch, intangible
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
impeccable
without fault or error, flawlessly
imperative
some duty that is essential and urgent, urgently demanding attention
impertinent
improperly forward or bold, impudent
implement
the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
inaccessible
capable of being reached only with great difficulty or not at all
inauguration
the ceremonial induction into a position
incalculable
too great to be counted; unpredictable, uncertain
incapacitate
to disable, deprive of strenght
inclination
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
incommunicado
without being able to get in touch with others
incorruptible
free of corruption or immorality, characterized by integrity or probity
incredulous
doubt about the truth of something, disbelieving
independence
free from external control and constraint
indescribable
ineffable, inexpressible, not able to be put into words
indigestion
a feeling of discomfort in the upper abdomen, dyspepsia
indolent
wanting to avoid activity or exertion, lazy
inducement
An action aimed at persuading, incentive
inertia
(physics) the tendency of a body to maintain is state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
inexcusable
without excuse or justification, unpardonable
infelicitous
not appropriate in application, marked by or producing unhappiness, unlucky
infirmary
a health facility where patients receive treatment, hospital, dispensary
inflexible
not making concessions, incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances
influential
having much weight or power on one or others; producing results, potent
inquisitor
a questioner who is excessively harsh
insignia
a badge worn to show official position
instigate
serve as the inciting cause of, provoke or stir up
instructor
a person whose occupation is teaching, One who teaches or imparts knowledge
insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
intermediate
a substance formed during a chemical process before the desired product is obtained
interrogatory
formal systematic questioning, Written questions that must be answered in writing.
intricacy
marked by elaborately complex detail, complexity
invertebrate
lacking a backbone or spinal column, An animal without a backbone
electrophoresis
the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field
ineffable
defying expression or description
investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
irredeemable
hopeless, unable to be brought back, (of paper money) not convertible into coin at the pleasure of the holder
irrelevant
having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
irremovable
impossible to take away or dismiss
irresistible
overpoweringly attractive
irreverent
showing lack of due respect or veneration
jackal
Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog
jaundice
a sharp and bitter manner, yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood
jennet
female donkey, small horse
jeopardize
put at risk, pose a threat to
jeweler
one who makes personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets - 1st spelling
jeweller
personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets
jimsonweed
intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits-1st spelling
Jimsonweed
intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
jobber
a middleman between the producer and the commercial consumer
jocose
with humor, cheerful, merry
johnnycake
cornbread usually cooked pancake-style on a griddle (chiefly New England)
jostle
come into rough contact with while moving
journalism
newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity, daily record of news and events of a personal nature, a diary
jubilant
a feeling of extreme joy, full of high-spirited delight
judiciary
the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
jugular
veins in the neck that return blood from the head, a vital part that is vulnerable to attack
junction
the place where two or more things come together
junk mail
spam, third-class mail consisting of advertising
junta
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
jurisdiction
official power to make legal decisions and judgments
juxtapose
place side by side
Kabuki
A popular type of Japanese drama combined with music and dance, it is the type of theatre in Japan(Played buy all male actors)
kaiser
German emperor
kaolin
a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar) and used to make procelain and china
kapok
massive tropical tree with deep ridges on its massive trunk and bearing large pods of seeds covered with silky floss
karat
the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy - 1st spelling
carat
the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy
karate
a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat
kayak
travel in a small canoe
kibosh
stop from happening or developing, put an end to
kilogram
one thousand grams
kingpin
the most important person in a group or undertaking
kitchenette
a small room or area where food is prepared and cooked
kiwifruit
small, fuzzy, brownish-colored fruit with bright green flesh
kleptomaniac
person who has a compulsive desire to steal, pathological thief
knockwurst
short thick highly seasoned sausage
kola nut
the seed of the cola tree, which contains caffeine and is chewed or made into a drink
kowtow
a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
lackluster
dull; monotonous; bland
laggard
someone who takes more time than necessary, wasting time
lament
a cry of sorrow and grief, regret strongly
landholder
person who owns real estate property
languish
become feeble, lose health or vigor
laryngitis
of or relating to the hollow muscular organ forming an air passage to the lungs and holding the vocal cords in humans and other mammals
laughable
so ludicrous as to be amusing
lavatory
a room equipped with toilet facilities
lean-to
a temporary shelter, supported against something or standing on its own
leatherneck
a member of the United States Marine Corps
leaven
a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
legalization
act of making lawful
legation
diplomatic minister
legendary
remarkable enough to be famous; very well known
legionnaire
a member of an army or vast host, multitude, or number of people
legume
the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants
leisurely
freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
lengthen
drawn out or made longer spatially
leniency
clemency, lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
leprechaun
a mischievous elf in Irish folklore
lethargic
deficient in alertness or activity, without energy
leukemia
malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues
liaison
a channel for communication between groups, secretive relationship
liberalism
showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
lieutenant
a deputy or substitute acting for a superior
ligature
the act of tying or binding things together
limousine
is a large, luxurious car, especially one driven by a chauffeur.
linguistic
with respect to language, of or relating to the scientific study of language
linseed
the seed of flax used as a source of oil
lintel
horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
literary
concerning the writing, study, or content of written works
lithograph
a print made by the process of printing from a flat surface treated so as to repel the ink except where it is required for printing
loathing
hate coupled with disgust, repugnant
locust
migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
logarithm
the exponent required to produce a given number, multiples of 10
logician
a specialist in the scientific study of reasoning
longitudinal
over an extended time, across time
longshoreman
a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port
loudspeaker
apparatus that converts electrical impulses into sound, typically as part of a public address system or stereo equipment
louse
wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting, A person regarded as mean or contemptible
lubricant
a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery
lugubrious
excessively mournful, sorrowful, dismal
luminary
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others, famous person
luxuriant
rich and superior in quality, sumptuous living
mackerel
flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish
maestro
an artist of consummate skill, master musician
magenta
deep purplish red
magistrate
a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice
magnestism
physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects
malachite
a green mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects
maladroit
Clumsy, unskillful
malevolent
wishing evil to others, having or exerting a malignant influence
malicious
wishing or appearing to wish evil to others, wanting others to suffer
malinger
evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated, feigned illness
malnourished
not having enough food to develop or function formally
manicure
professional care for the hands and fingernails
manifestation
an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something
manufacturer
person or company that makes goods for sale
marionette
a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
marshmallow
spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar
massacre
kill a large number of people indiscriminately
mastiff
an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
matriarchy
a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
meager
deficient in amount or quality or extent, barely adequate-1st spelling
meager
deficient in amount or quality or amount
meddlesome
aggressiveness as evidenced by intruding, interfering
megahertz
one million periods per second
memento
a reminder of past events
memorandum
a written proposal or reminder
mendacious
given to lying, intentionally untrue
mercantile
belief in the benefits of profitable trading; commercialism
mercifully
fortunately, kindly and with pity
Mesozoic
from 230 million to 63 million years ago, "Age of Reptiles"
metaphor
expressing one thing to denote another
meticulous
showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise
microorganism
a microbe, a living being (such as a bacterium) that is too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
microscopic
infinitely or immeasurably small
minestrone
soup made with a variety of vegetables
miscellaneous
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
misfortune
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
misinterpret
To understand incorrectly, misconstrue
modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
molecule
(physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
momentarily
briefly, for an instant
monotone
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
monumental
a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
mosquito
two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
multimillionare
a person who at least has 2 million dollars
municipality
people living in a town or city having local self-government
musicality
melodious, harmonious
narcissus
A beautiful youth in classical mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool, bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters
nationality
love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
nauseating
cause aversion in, sickening; causing a desire to vomit
nautical
pertaining to ships or navigation
navigating
act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
nebulous
lacking definition or definite content
incongruity
lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
porcelain
white vitrified translucent ceramic; china
neckerchief
cravat worn around the neck
negate
nullify; make ineffective
negligible
so small as to be meaningless, marked by insufficient care or attention
negotiable
open to discussion or modification
neoclassic
characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style
neologism
the act of inventing a word or phrase, a newly invented word or phrase
nerveless
confident, inert, lacking vigor or feeling
neurology
the branch of medical science that deals with the nervous system and its disorders
neutralization
exclude it from a possible war or action intended to keep a country apolitical
newfangled
of a new (often outrageous) kind or fashion
newsreel
a short film and commentary about current events
niacin
a B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract
nicotine
an alkaloid poison that occurs in tobacco
nimbostratus
Clouds that are low-level, uniform layer, usually very dark, that bring strong precipitation
nocturne
of or relating to or occurring in the night
noisome
having an extremely offensive smell, stinking, noxious odor
nomadic
(of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently
nomenclature
a system of words used in a particular discipline
nomogram
diagram representing the relations between three or more variable quantities by means of a number of scales, so arranged that the value of one variable can be found by a simple geometric construction
noncombatant
civilian or person who is not engaged in fighting during a war
nonconformist
person who does not comply with rules, standards, or law - 1st spelling
Nonconformist
person who does not comply with rules, standards, or law
nonessential
not of prime or central importance, superfluous
nonetheless
despite anything to the contrary, nevertheless
no-nonsense
serious, no silliness, sensible
nonprescription
drugs available to consumers without a doctor's order
nonviolence
use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about political or social change
normalcy
state of being usual, typical, or expected
Norwegian
a native or inhabitant of or the language of Norway
nostalgia
longing for something past
notary public
person legally empowered to witness and certify the validity of documents and to take affidavits and depositions
noticeable
easily seen, clear or apparent
notification
action of informing someone
notorious
having an exceedingly bad reputation, infamous
noxious
injurious to physical or mental health, in a detrimental manner
nucleus
a part of the cell containing DNA and RNA and responsible for growth and reproduction, positively charged dense center of an atom
numeration
the act of counting or reading numbers
obdurate
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
obeyed
complied, followed the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of someone.
obliging
provide a service or favor for someone
oblique
indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way, slanting
obscene
suggestive of or tending to moral looseness, offensive or indecent
observatory
a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings or containing telescopes
obsolete
no longer in use
obstreperous
boisterously and noisily aggressive, in manner that attracts attention
obstruction
getting in someone's way
obtuse
slow to learn or understand, a triangle that contains an obtuse interior angle
occupant
a person who lives at a specific residence, place, or location; tenant; denizen
ocher
of a moderate orange-yellow color - 1st spelling
ochre
of a moderate orange-yellow color
odious
detestable, offensive
odometer
instrument to measure distance covered
odyssey
a long wandering and eventful journey
officeholder
someone who is appointed or elected to a position of trust, incumbent
ogre
(folklore) a giant who likes to eat human beings
olfactory
of or relating to the sense of smell
olympiad
An interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned dates - 1st spelling
Olympiad
An interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned dates
omega
the last (24th) letter of the Greek alphabet, a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
omniscient
infinitely wise, all-knowing
omnivorous
a person who eats all kinds of foods
operetta
A theatrical piece of light and sentimental character in simple and popular style,containing spoken dialogue, music, and dancing.
opportunity
at a convenient or suitable time
oppression
the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority
optimist
expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
optometrist
a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses
oratorical
relating to the art of public speaking
orifice
An opening or vent
origami
the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)
orphanage
a public institution for the care of children who have no parents
orthodontics
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
orthopedic
the branch of medical science concerned with disorders or deformities of the spine and joints
oscillation
having periodic vibrations
ostensible
represented or appearing as such
ouster
dismissal, ejection or expulsion from a position
outcast
excluded from a society
ovation
of a leaf shape or round like an egg
overactive
too energetic
overrated
have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved
oversubscribe
sold in excess of available supply
overwrought
Overly nervous, agitated, or excited; too ornate, elaborate, or fussy; overdone
oxidation
combine or become combined chemically with oxygen
Paleocene
from 63 million to 58 million years ago
palpable
capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind
paradoxical
seemingly absurd or self-contradictory
parallelogram
a quadrilateral whose opposite sides are both equal in length and having the same distance continuously between them
paralyzed
immobilize
paraphernalia
Appurtenance, equipment
parenthesis
either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
parochial
narrowly restricted in outlook or scope, limitation of view or interest
particular
Specific, separate and distinct, single, fastidious
pathological
the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
penniless
impecunious, indigent, destitute
percolator
a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below
percussionist
a person who plays a musical instrument by striking it, such as drums, cymbals, bells, or xylophones
permeable
Able to be passed or soaked through, diffuse through
permissible
Allowable
perpendicular
Intersecting at or forming right angles
perpetrate
Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation (like a crime)
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
pertinent
relevant, related to the matter at hand, to the point
pessimism
belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
pharmaceutical
relating to medicinal drugs, or their preparation, use, or sale
phenomenal
exceedingly or unbelievably great, exceptional
philosophical
relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence
pigmentation
coloration caused by deposit, or lack, of colored material in the tissues
plagiarist
a person who presents someone else's work as his or her own
pneumonia
An inflammation of lung tissue, wherr the alveoli in the affected areas fill with fluid
pollution
presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects
portentous
Ominous, foreboding
possibility
Potential
posthumous
After death
potassium
chemical element of atomic number 19, a soft silvery-white reactive metal of the alkali metal group
pragmatism
(philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
praiseworthy
Laudable, commendable
precarious
Dangerous; risky; lacking in security or stability
preceding
Previous, coming before
precipitate
done without careful consideration, cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
precocious
Exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
predecessor
Former occupant of a post, one who came before
predestine
foreordain or determine beforehand
preempt
To take possession of something before anyone else can do so, Prevent; take the place of, supplant; take before someone else can
premonition
forewarning or foreboding of a future event
privilege
A special favor, right, or advantage given to a person or group.
proclamation
public or official announcement, esp. one dealing with a matter of great importance
progressive
happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step; person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas
propaganda
Ideas spread to influence public opinion for or against a cause.
protocol
official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions
provincial
concerning the regions outside the capital city of a country, esp. when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded
provocative
Causing disturbance or excitement
psychology
Scientific study of behavior and mental processes
publisher
person or company that prepares and issues books, journals, music, or other works for sale
purposeful
having or showing determination or resolve
quadrangle
a four-sided enclosure, usually surrounded by buildings
quadrille
Square dance
quadruple
consisting of four parts or elements
qualifier
A word that intensifies or specifies an adjective or adverb.
quarterdeck
part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions
quartzite
extremely compact, hard, granular rock consisting essentially of a hard white or colorless mineral consisting of silicon dioxide
quatrain
4 line stanza
quenchable
able to satisfy (one's thirst) by drinking
quick-tempered
irascible, easily angered
quintuple
one of five babies born at one birth
quisling
traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country
quotable
memorable words that can be repeated and valued by others
quotient
a result obtained by dividing one quantity by another.
radiance
light or heat as emitted or reflected by something
radicalism
The political orientation of those who favor revolutionary change in government and society
radioactivity
emitting or relating to the emission of ionizing radiation or particles.
rambunctious
Behaving in a wild and unruly manner
rampart
a defensive structure or embankment
rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering, subsisting on prey
rationalize
To make an excuse for, justify
reassurance
a restoring of confidence
recapitulate
to summarize, to repeat concisely, sum up
reciprocate
To mutually take or give; to respond in kind
reckoning
judgment; settlement of accounts
reclamation
The act of making something useful again
recommend
Provide reasons in favor, prescribe, nominate
recreation
something done for fun, a hobby or game
rectory
an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or priest
redemption
regain possession OR action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil
refinement
fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, etc.
regimen
a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet)
regression
A return to a prior stage after a person has progressed through the various stages of development
regurgitate
Throw up or vomit
reimburse
to pay back; to give payment for, compensate
rejuvenate
to make young again; to make like new
reluctance
Unwillingness, reticence, disinclination
reminisce
to recall one's past thoughts, feelings, or experiences
remittance
money sent in payment
repercussion
an effect or consequence of some action or event, result; an echo or reverberation
reprimand
(v.) to scold; find fault with;
(n.) a rebuke
reprisal
act of retaliation
reputation
An idea held by the public about something or someone
requirement
thing that is needed or wanted
resemblance
point of likeness, similarity to something, similitude
resignation
reluctant acceptance of a bad situation or fate
resourceful
able to deal promptly and effectively with all sorts of problems; clever in finding ways and means of getting along
restrictive
harsh, confining
resuscitate
to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
retribution
punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserve
retrospective
Looking backward over a period of time
revelry
Boisterous festivity, noisy merrymaking
reversible
Able to be worn with either side out
rhetoric
art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, esp. the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques
rhinoceros
massive powerful herbivorous odd-toed ungulate of southeast Asia and Africa having very thick skin and one or two horns on the snout
righteous
morally right or justifiable; virtuous
robust
Strong and healthy, full of vigor
romanticize
idealize, to make something seem or believe something to be more glamorous or ideal than it really is
roughhewn
denoting wood or stone that has been cut with a tool such as an ax, so that its surface is not smooth
rudimentary
Basic, elementary
Russian
of or relating to Soviet Union: a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia
salutatorian
the graduating student with the second highest academic rank
schizophrenia
A group of severe disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions
scrappiness
state of being a fighter or quarreler
secede
To leave or withdraw, break away
seismology
The study of earthquakes
semiconscious
half conscious; partially conscious
sensitivity
Ability to recognize and appreciate the personal characteristics of others, Ability of the test to correctly ID those with disease
serendipity
accidental good fortune
serenity
a disposition free from stress or emotion, calmness, peaceful
sesquicentennial
150th anniversary
significance
quality of being worthy of attention; importance; meaning to be found in words or events
simultaneous
Happening or existing at the same time
singularity
A point in which matter is infinitely dense, as in the center of a black hole or the universe at the very beginning.
smorgasbord
buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.
solitaire
a card game played by one person
sophistication
cultured; knowledgeable, refinement, cultivated tastes, cosmopolitan qualities
souvenir
memento, a usually small and relatively inexpensive article given, kept, or purchased as a reminder of a place visited, an occasion, etc.
spectacular
Impressive to look at, remarkable, amazing, fantastic
spontaneous
arising naturally; not planned or engineered in advance
stalemate
A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
stenographer
one who takes shorthand
stimulus
thing or event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue
stipulate
Specify
strenuous
Arduous, needing much effort
subdivision
Splitting a single property into smaller parcels
subdue
to bring under control, conquer or overcome
subliminal
Below the level of consciousness
substantial
large, important; major, significant; prosperous; not imaginary, material
successive
consecutive, following in order
sufficient
Enough, adequate
suffocate
struggle for breath, stifle
suffrage
Right to vote
superabundant
more than enough, copious
superimpose
To lay or place something over something else
supernova
A gigantic explosion in which a massive star collapses and throws its outer layers into space
superstitious
Trusting in magic or chance
susceptible
open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
suspension
A mixture in which particles can be seen and easily separated by settling or filtration
sustenance
nourishment
symmetrical
Balanced, equal or same
symposium
a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
synthesizer
An instrument that generates sound by the creation and manipulation of artificial waveforms.
tableau
group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet, not talkative
tactical
relating to, or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end
tangible
Capable of being touched or felt
taskmaster
one who assign work to others; one who uses his or her power to make people work very hard
tastefully
attractive and of good quality, and showing that you can choose nice things
technicality
point of law, a small detail of a set of rules
tectonics
The study of forces within the Earth that form its surface features = mountain ranges, ocean floors
temerity
Boldness, foolishness, rashness
temperate
Exercising moderation and restraint
temptation
desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise
tenacious
Holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent
tenderloin
the most tender part of the cow
theocracy
A government controlled by religious leaders
therapeutic
Curative, having healing power
thermometer
An instrument used to measure temperature
thesaurus
reference for finding synonyms for words in a document.
thesis
statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved
thwack
sharp blow, strike or beat with something flat
timidness
diffidence, scared, fearful
timorous
Fearful, timid
tolerance
acceptable or allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity, a progressive decrease in a person's responsiveness to a drug
tonsillitis
inflammation of the small masses of lymphoid tissue in the throat
torpedoes
noun: missile launched from a submarine or other war ships
reticence
restraint in speech, reluctance to speak, reserved
alveoli
tiny sacs of lung tissue specialized for the movement of gases between air and blood
tortoiseshell
orange and black in spotted or blotched pattern
tragedian
an actor who specializes in tragic roles
trajectory
the path made by a moving body or particle, especially the flight path of a missile.
trampoline
gymnastic apparatus consisting of a strong canvas sheet attached with springs to a metal frame
transcend
to rise above or beyond, exceed
transfusion
Process of transferring blood from one body to another.
transition
A word or phrase that links one idea to the next and carries the reader from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, a change from one state or condition to another
translucency
varying degrees of light passing through and being absorbed by an object
travesty
false, absurd, or distorted representation of something
treatise
written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject
trepidation
Fear, nervous apprehension
tribunal
court of justice
trivet
A three-legged stand for holding a vessel or dish
trousers
pants
trowel
a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade usually used for spreading cement
truancy
absent without permission (school)
trusteeship
a dependent country; administered by another country under the supervision of the United Nations
tubercular
having an infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules in the tissues, esp. the lungs
turbojet
simplest gas turbine engine
turnstile
a gate consisting of a post that acts as a pivot for rotating arms usually used to control the flow of people
turret
a small tower
tycoon
A wealthy and powerful businessperson
tyrannical
exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
ukulele
a small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin
ultimate
last, final; most important or extreme; eventual; basic, fundamental
unappealing
unattractive, unpleasant
unavoidable
Inevitable, ineluctable, inexorable, not preventable
uncertainty
doubt, the state of being unsure
uncharitable
Unkind in what is said or thought, lacking generosity in thought or action
uncivilized
barbaric, rude, acting without courtesy or manner
unconscionable
unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust, morally wrong
underhandedly
slyly and secretly, stealthily, surreptitious
unemployment
without a job
unessential
extraneous, not vital or important, unnecessary
unforgettable
impossible to forget, memorable, indelible
unintelligible
cannot be understood, incomprehensible, incoherent
unintentional
Done not on purpose or by plan, but by accident; inadvertent, unwitting
unrelenting
never giving up; non-stop; inexorable
unsheathe
to remove from a case (as a sword from its holder)
unsweetened
without added sugar
untutored
untrained or inexperienced, uneducated
upheaval
violent or sudden change or disruption to something
upperclassman
one in the junior or senior division of a school
upsurge
a rapid or sudden increase or rise
usage
the customary way language or its elements are used
valedictorian
highest ranking student in the class
validate
substantiate, legalize, confirm
valorous
brave, courageous
vandalism
deliberate and pointless destruction of public or private property
variability
changeable condition, amount, or level
vehemence
Intensity or forcefulness of expression
vengeance
Punishment in return for an injury or a wrong; unusual force or violence
venturesome
adventurous, risky, daring
verbalize
to express in/put into words
verbiage
wordiness, language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content
versatility
ability to do many things, having a wide variety of skills
vexation
discomfort or distress, irritation or annoyance
viability
capable of normal growth and development
vicarious
rxperiencing through another
Victorian
a person who lived during the reign of Queen Victoria
vigilante
people who take the law into their own hands
vignette
a short scene or story
vinyl
synthetic resin or plastic consisting of polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer, used esp. for wallpapers and other covering materials and for phonograph records
virologist
one who studies viruses
visibility
state of being able to see or be seen
visualization
ental image that is similar to a perception
vitamin
rssential nutrients that do not yield energy, but that are required for growth and proper functioning of the body.
vivacious
lively, sprightly, full of energy
volatile
easily arousable or highly changeable; lively or explosive
waft
moved gently by wind or waves; something conveyed through the air; a gentle breeze
waistline
The point or line at which the skirt and bodice of a dress join.
warden
the chief official in charge of a prison
wearisome
tedious, fatiguing, irksome
welfare
aid or governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
wherewithal
money or other means needed for a particular purpose
whippersnapper
someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
wickerwork
furniture or other items made of pliable twigs, typically of willow, usually plaited or woven
williwaw
a sudden violent gust of wind; a squall
windowsill
ledge or sill forming the bottom part of an opening in the wall or roof of a building
wiseacre
an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments
witticism
s clever remark or saying
wolverine
heavily built short-legged carnivorous mammal with a shaggy dark coat and a bushy tail, native to the tundra and forests of arctic and subarctic regions
worrisome
causing distress, worry or anxiety
worthwhile
worth one's time and effort
wreathe
arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring and used for decoration or for laying on a grave
wristband
a band of cloth or leather or metal links worn at the joint connecting the hand with the forearm
xenophobia
a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
xeric
characterized by or adapted to a dry habitat
xylophone
a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators
yachtsman
a person who owns or sails a boat used for pleasure, as for racing or cruising.
yesteryear
last year or the recent past, esp. as nostalgically recalled
yodel
a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
Yorkshire terrier
very small breed having a long glossy coat of bluish-gray and tan
Yuletide
the Christmas season
zephyr
a gentle breeze
zirconium
chemical element of atomic number 40, a hard silver-gray metal of the transition series
zoning
dividing an area into sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
zoology
study of animals
inevitable
bound to happen; unavoidable
ineluctable
certain, impossible to avoid or evade, inescapable
inexorable
relentless; cannot be persuaded, stopped, or moved by entreaty or plea
incoherent
not able to be understood; nonsensical
surreptitious
Hidden or secret; done without notice
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic
homogeneous
of a similar kind