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Letter A Words

Abase

Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

Abate

Make less active or intense

Abate

Make less active or intense

Aberrant

Markedly different from an accepted norm

Abhor

Find repugnant

Abjure

Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

Abscission

Shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant

Acme

The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

Adamant

Impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

Adorable

Lovable especially in a childlike or naive way

Aegis

Kindly endorsement and guidance

Agape

With the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

Agnostic

Someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something

Anonymous

Having no known name, identity or known source

Antipathy

A feeling of intense dislike

Asinine

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Assuage

Cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Avarice

Reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Avow

To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true


Letter B Words

Babble

Utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way

Bacchanal

Used of riotously drunken merrymaking

Ballyhoo

Blatant or sensational promotion

Beckon

Signal with the hands or nod

Bedlam

Pejorative term for an insane asylum

Befitting

Appropriate to

Belabor

To work at or to absurd length

Besmirch

Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Bete Noire

A detested person

Bizarre

Conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Bluster

Noisy confusion and turbulence

Bungle

An embarrassing mistake


Letter C Words

Callous

Emotionally hardened

Canard

A deliberately misleading fabrication

Candor

Ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty

Cantankerous

Stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

Caprice

A sudden desire

Captious

Tending to find and call attention to faults

Cerebral

Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

Charisma

A personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

Charlatan

A flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes

Chimerical

Being or relating to or like a chimera

Comely

According with custom or propriety

Conjugal

Of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband

Connoisseur

An expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts

Copious

Large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)

Craven

Lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

Cull

The person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality

Cursory

Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

Cynic

A member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control

Cynicism

A cynical feeling of distrust


Letter D Words

Dabble

Dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

Daunt

Cause to lose courage ause to lose courage

Deadpan

Deliberately impassive in manner

Deceptive

Causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true

Decipher

Convert code into ordinary language

Derogatory

Expressive of low opinion

Devout

Deeply religious

Diatribe

Thunderous verbal attack

Dilapidated

In deplorable condition

Dilatory

Slow or wasting time

Dilemma

State of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

Dilettante

Showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish

Diligence

Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation

Dilly-Dally

Postpone doing what one should be doing

Doggedness

Persistent determination

Dwindle

Become smaller or lose substance


Letter E Words

Enamor

Attract; cause to be enamored

Ennui

The feeling of being bored by something tedious

Enthrall

Hold spellbound

Exacerbate

Make worse

Expeditious

Marked by speed and efficiency

Expurgate

Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate


Letter F Words

Facile

Arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

Facsimile

An exact copy or reproduction

Falter

Be unsure or weak

Felicitous

Exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

Fickle

Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

Flabbergasted

As if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

Flashback

(literature) a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story

Fluke

A stroke of luck

Flux

The rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface

Foresight

Providence by virtue of planning prudently for the future

Forestall

Keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Forlorn

Marked by or showing hopelessness

Formality

A requirement of etiquette or custom

Forsake

Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Forte

An asset of special worth or utility

Fortitude

Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

Foster

United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)

Fractious

Stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Frail

Physically weak

Frantic

Excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion

Fraudulent

Intended to deceive

Frivolity

The trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible

Fructify

Become productive or fruitful

Frugal

Avoiding waste

Fulminate

Criticize severely

Furtive

Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

Futile

Producing no result or effect


Letter G Words

Gadfly

A persistently annoying person

Garbled

Lacking orderly continuity

Garish

Tastelessly showy

Garrulous

Full of trivial conversation

Genuflect

Bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image

Germane

Relevant and appropriate

Glib

Marked by lack of intellectual depth

Gruesome

Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Guile

Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Guileless

Free of deceit

Gusto

Vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment


Letter H Words

Hail

Praise vociferously

Halting

Disabled in the feet or legs

Haphazard

Dependent upon or characterized by chance

Hapless

Deserving or inciting pity

Hara-kiri

Ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society

Harbor

A sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

Hoofer

A professional dancer

Hush Money

A bribe paid to someone to insure that something is kept secret

Hyperbole

Extravagant exaggeration


Letter I Words

Ignominy

A state of dishonor

Impetuous

Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

Indifferent

Marked by a lack of interest

Indigenous

Originating where it is found

Indigent

Poor enough to need help from others

Indignation

Anger aroused by some perceived offense or injustice

Indolent

Disinclined to work or exertion

Indomitable

Impossible to subdue

Indurate

Emotionally hardened

Ingenuity

The power of creative imagination

Interloper

Someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission

Intertwined

Spin,wind, or twist together

Invigorate

Heighten or intensify

Invincible

Incapable of being overcome or subdued


Letter K Words

Kismet

(Islam) the will of Allah


Letter L Words

Lackadaisical

Lacking spirit or liveliness

Lassitude

A state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)

Lethal

Of an instrument of certain death

Levity

Feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness

Ludicrous

Broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce


Letter M Words

Macabre

Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Macarize

Happy or Blessed

Malady

Any unwholesome or desperate condition

Malapropism

The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

Masticate

Grind and knead

Mercenary

A person hired to fight for another country than their own

Milieu

The environmental condition

Mire

A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

Modicum

A small, moderate or token amount

Mogul

A member of the Muslim dynasty that ruled India until 1857

Moribund

Not growing or changing; without force or vitality

Mushy

Having the consistency of mush


Letter N Words

Nefarious

Extremely wicked

Nostalgia

Longing for something past


Letter O Words

Omnipresent

Being present everywhere at once

Ossify

Become bony


Letter P Words

Pachyderm

Any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus

Palatable

Acceptable to the taste or mind

Palpable

Capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled, touched or felt

Paragon

An ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

Pariah

A person who is rejected (from society or home)

Parody

A composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody’s style, usually in a humorous way

Parsimony

Extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

Peccadillo

A petty misdeed

Pedantic

Over-concerned with technical accuracy of minor details or obeying rules the letter

Penury

A state of extreme poverty or destitution

Perseverance

Persistent determination

Peruse

Examine or consider with attention and in detail

Pithy

Concise and full of meaning

Poignant

Arousing affect

Populace

People in general considered as a whole

Potion

A medicinal, magical or poisonous beverage

Potpourri

A collection containing a variety of sorts of things

Presumptuous

Excessively forward

Prodigy

An unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration

Protege

A person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protégé’s career


Letter Q Words

Quarry

A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence


Letter R Words

Raiment

Especially fine or decorative clothing

Rampant

Unrestrained and violent

Rancorous

Showing deep-seated resentment

Rapacity

Extreme gluttony

Ravage

(usually plural) a destructive action

Ravenous

Extremely hungry

Reminiscence

A mental impression retained and recalled from the past

Respite

A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

Resplendent

Having great beauty and splendor

Rustic

Characteristic of rural life


Letter S Words

Sabbatical

Of or relating to the Sabbath

Sacrosanct

Must be kept sacred

Salacious

Characterized by lust

Salubrious

Promoting health; healthful

Snide

Expressive of contempt

Sombre

Lacking brightness or color; dull

Sorbet

An ice containing no milk but having a mushy consistency; usually made from fruit juice

Spry

Moving quickly and lightly

Staunch

Firm and dependable especially in loyalty

Stupefied

As if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

Subdue

Put down by force or intimidation

Subjoin

Add to the end

Subjugate

Put down by force or intimidation

Subordinate

An assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Subpoena

(law) a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court

Subrogate

Substitute one creditor for another, as in the case where an insurance company sues the person who caused an accident for the insured

Subservient

Compliant and obedient to authority

Substract

To subtract; to withdraw

Subterfuge

Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

Succor

Assistance in time of difficulty

Suggestive

Tending to suggest or imply

Superficial

Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

Surfeit

Supply or feed to surfeit

Surreptitious

Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed


Letter T Words

Teetotalism

Abstaining from alcohol

Thug

An aggressive and violent young criminal

Tirade

A speech of violent denunciation

Torpor

A state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility

Trite

Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Turpitude

A corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

Tyro

Someone new to a field or activity


Letter U Words

Unabated

Continuing at full strength or intensity

Unscrupulous

Without scruples or principles

Uppity

Presumptuously arrogant

Utopia

A book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island


Letter V Words

Vagary

An unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person’s behavior, etc.)

Valor

The qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

Veer

Turn sharply; change direction abruptly

Vengeance

The act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

Verity

Conformity to reality or actuality

Versatility

Having a wide variety of skills

Vicissitude

A variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something

Virile

Characterized by energy and vigor


What is this section all about?

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