incapable of being pacified; impossible to appease; Ex. implacable enemy
marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuity
sociable; eager to mix socially with others
childish; immature; CF. puer: boy
flexible; easily influenced
without feeling; lacking sense; foolish
move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. ~ of perfume/scandal
picture writing; ADJ.
intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone
restrain; handcuff; N.
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
acting without dialogue; V.express or represent (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime : the clown candidates ~ed different emotions.
wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
woman who rules a family or larger social group
lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt
postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
something that discourages or deters
revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce
suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
given to diligent study
bony growth on the head of a deer
tangible; (of something bad) easily perceptible; obvious; Ex. palpable blunder
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory, crematorium
small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
surround and swallow up
comment; make explanatory notes
represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. -ication
gather; assemble (troops); Ex. ~ up one
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.
uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics
division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
clothing or equipment for a special purpose; Ex. cowboy outfit
fond of books and reading
style of cooking; Ex. French cuisine
dying; at the point of death; CF. death
reprimand; severely scold
humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty; V.
good-natured; merry; cheerful
burden; N. encumbrance
light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth; Ex. giddy climb/height
unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi
do drudgery; N: person who drudges
man who is courting a woman
too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story
frighten; N. intimidation
ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian
strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures
infringe; encroach; influence; touch; collide with; Ex. The effects are impinging on every aspect of our lives.
apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature
one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemeal
prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. daily regimen of a dancer
of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the children's room; Ex. relegated to the second division
giving or showing bliss; blissful
charge in court; indict
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger
expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant
apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
layer of earth's surface; layer of society; PL. strata
stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed way
hanging down from something; pending; N: ornament (hanging from a necklace etc.)
fashionable; conforming to the current fashion
outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around
lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry
(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious
(of a person) truthful
keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlance
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense
strong foul odor; reek; stink
disable; N. incapacity: lack of capacity
walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
official (who performs a particular function)
voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds
dethrone; remove from office; give a deposition; testify
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
direct vote by all the people
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin
blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy
person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
reveal; N. disclosure
tired after long work; V.
gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
harmful; CF. obnoxious
baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.
censure; rebuke; N. reproof
study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong in determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter
direct vote by the entire electorate (on an important issue)
indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)
large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people or animals; V: move in a crowd or mass
one guilty of a crime
vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of peopleen
time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill
large sled drawn by work animals
of a particular season; Ex. seasonal rise in employment
move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.
careful no to cause offence; OP. tactless
having no previous example; novel; unparalleled
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium
having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer
waste (time or money on unimportant things)
wave around (a weapon); flourish
combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
cause to sprout; sprout
token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ.
twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress
gentle breeze; west wind
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
penitent; repentant; N. contrition
keep as precious; cherish
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
noble; aristocratic; N: person of high rank; aristocrat; CF. member of the governing classes in ancient Rome; CF. plebian
lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depression
give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend; prefigure
pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand; appropriate
deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blame
long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive; N. V: put in a lower rank or class
antiquated; extremely ancient
formal; ceremonious; grand in style or size; majestic
adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ. proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially
location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex. graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinction
approach; tend to meet; come together
state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness; ADJ. inconsistent: displaying a lack of consistency; erratic; contradictory; incompatible
remembering; honoring the memory of; Ex. commemorative stamp
introduce something into a larger whole; include; embody; give material form to; ADJ.
sharpen (a tool); N: whetstone for sharpening a tool
convenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesies
reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work
unable for the moment to speak (because of strong feeling); Ex. speechless with anger
attractive; CF. preoccupying ?
being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
quality of being provident; divine care; god's care; Providence: god; Ex. It seemed like providence that the doctor happened to be there; ADJ. providential: of divine providence; fortunate
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
1 [ trans. ] disparage (someone or something) : it is typical of Pirandello to ~ the powers of reason.; 2 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) detract from : this does not ~ from his duty to act honestly and faithfully.; 3 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behavior) : one country has ~ed from the Rome Convention. [from Latin derogat- 'abrogated,' from the verb derogare, from de- 'aside, away' + rogare 'ask.']
perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future; foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divination
severe dizziness; giddiness
predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach of another
renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation
fear of heights
suggestive of something (in the past); of reminiscence
plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy
doctor who treats mental diseases
producing motion; of motion
confirm; support; strengthen
(particular form of) political organization; form of government of nation or state; Ex. student polity
disregard; regard (a story or news) as unimportant; deduct from a cost
life after death
becoming putrid; putrefying
organization for a special purpose; V: establish
honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement
bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V. CF. Romeo and Ju
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