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  1. abase

    cause to feel shame
  2. abate

    become less in amount or intensity
  3. abdicate

    give up power, duties, or obligations
  4. aberration

    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  5. abet

    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
  6. abeyance

    temporary cessation or suspension
  7. abhor

    find repugnant
  8. abhorrent

    offensive to the mind
  9. abjure

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
  10. abomination

    hate coupled with disgust
  11. aboriginal

    having existed from the beginning
  12. abound

    exist in large quantities
  13. abrade

    rub hard or scrub
  14. abridge

    lessen, diminish, or curtail
  15. abrogate

    revoke formally
  16. abscond

    run away, often taking something or somebody along
  17. absolve

    grant remission of a sin to
  18. abstemious

    marked by temperance in indulgence
  19. abstinent

    self-restraining
  20. abstruse

    difficult to understand
  21. abysmal

    exceptionally bad or displeasing
  22. accede

    yield to another's wish or opinion
  23. accentuate

    stress or single out as important
  24. accolade

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  25. accrue

    grow by addition
  26. acculturation

    the adoption of the behavior patterns of one's surroundings
  27. acerbic

    sour or bitter in taste
  28. acquiesce

    agree or express agreement
  29. acquisitive

    eager to attain and possess material possessions
  30. acquit

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  31. acrimonious

    marked by strong resentment or cynicism
  32. acronym

    a word formed from the initial letters of several words
  33. acumen

    shrewdness shown by keen insight
  34. acute

    ending in a sharp point
  35. adage

    a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
  36. adduce

    advance evidence for
  37. adherent

    someone who believes and helps to spread a doctrine
  38. adjunct

    something added to another thing but not essential to it
  39. admonish

    scold or reprimand; take to task
  40. adulation

    exaggerated flattery or praise
  41. adulterate

    make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  42. adumbrate

    describe roughly or give the main points or summary of
  43. adventitious

    associated by chance and not an integral part
  44. advocate

    a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
  45. aesthetic

    characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  46. affable

    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  47. affectation

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  48. affidavit

    written declaration made under oath
  49. affinity

    a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
  50. affliction

    a cause of great suffering and distress
  51. affront

    a deliberately offensive act
  52. aftermath

    the consequences of an event, especially a catastrophic one
  53. aggrandize

    embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of
  54. aggrieve

    cause to feel distress
  55. aghast

    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
  56. alacrity

    liveliness and eagerness
  57. alchemy

    a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
  58. alienate

    arouse hostility or indifference in
  59. allege

    report or maintain
  60. allegiance

    the act of binding yourself to a course of action
  61. alleviate

    provide physical relief, as from pain
  62. allocate

    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose
  63. allot

    give out
  64. alloy

    a mixture containing two or more metallic elements
  65. allusion

    passing reference or indirect mention
  66. altruism

    the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  67. amalgamate

    bring or combine together or with something else
  68. amass

    collect or gather
  69. ambiguous

    having more than one possible meaning
  70. ambivalent

    uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
  71. ameliorate

    make better
  72. amenable

    disposed or willing to comply
  73. amiable

    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  74. amnesty

    a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
  75. moral

    concerned with principles of right and wrong
  76. amorphous

    having no definite form or distinct shape
  77. anachronism

    locating something at a time when it couldn't have existed
  78. anagram

    a phrase rearranged from the letters of another phrase
  79. analogy

    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  80. anarchy

    a state of lawlessness and disorder
  81. anathema

    a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
  82. ancillary

    furnishing added support
  83. anecdote

    short account of an incident
  84. anhydrous

    without water; especially without water of crystallization
  85. animosity

    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
  86. anomaly

    deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule
  87. antecedent

    a preceding occurrence or cause or event
  88. antedate

    be earlier in time than
  89. anterior

    of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a body
  90. antipathy

    a feeling of intense dislike
  91. antiquity

    the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
  92. antithesis

    exact opposite
  93. apathy

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  94. aperture

    a natural opening in something
  95. aphorism

    a short pithy instructive saying
  96. apocryphal

    being of questionable authenticity
  97. apostasy

    rejection of religious beliefs, political party, or cause
  98. apotheosis

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind
  99. appalling

    causing shock, dismay, or horror
  100. appendage

    a part that is joined to something larger
  101. apportion

    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
  102. apposite

    being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
  103. appraise

    consider in a comprehensive way
  104. apprise

    inform somebody of something
  105. approbation

    official acceptance or agreement
  106. appurtenance

    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
  107. apropos

    of a suitable, fitting, or pertinent nature
  108. aptitude

    inherent ability
  109. arbitrary

    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
  110. arcane

    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  111. archetype

    something that serves as a model
  112. archives

    collection of records especially about an institution
  113. arduous

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
  114. arid

    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
  115. aristocratic

    belonging to or characteristic of the nobility
  116. armistice

    a state of peace agreed to between opponents
  117. arraign

    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
  118. arsenal

    all the weapons and equipment that a country has
  119. articulate

    express or state clearly
  120. artifact

    a man-made object
  121. artifice

    the use of deception or trickery
  122. ascendancy

    the state when one person or group has power over another
  123. ascertain

    learn or discover with confidence
  124. ascetic

    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  125. ascribe

    attribute or credit to
  126. askance

    with suspicion or disapproval
  127. aspersion

    a disparaging remark
  128. assail

    attack someone physically or emotionally
  129. assert

    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  130. assiduous

    marked by care and persistent effort
  131. assimilate

    make alike
  132. assuage

    provide physical relief, as from pain
  133. astringent

    tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
  134. astute

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
  135. atomistic

    divided into separate and often disparate elements
  136. atrophy

    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
  137. attenuation

    a weakening in force or intensity
  138. attest

    provide evidence for
  139. attribute

    a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  140. attrition

    the act of rubbing together
  141. audacious

    disposed to venture or take risks
  142. augment

    enlarge or increase
  143. auspices

    kindly endorsement and guidance
  144. auspicious

    indicating favorable circumstances and good luck
  145. austere

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  146. autonomy

    political independence
  147. auxiliary

    furnishing added support
  148. avarice

    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth
  149. aversion

    a feeling of intense dislike
  150. avid

    marked by active interest and enthusiasm
  151. axiom

    a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof
  152. banal

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  153. bane

    something causing misery or death
  154. barrage

    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area
  155. belated

    after the expected or usual time
  156. benevolent

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
  157. benign

    kind in disposition or manner
  158. bequeath

    leave or give, especially by will after one's death
  159. bestow

    give as a gift
  160. bilateral

    having two sides or parts
  161. bipolar

    pertaining to or occurring in northern and southern extremes
  162. bland

    lacking taste or flavor or tang
  163. blandishment

    flattery intended to persuade
  164. blasphemy

    profane language
  165. blatant

    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
  166. blueprint

    something intended as a guide for making something else
  167. brandish

    move or swing back and forth
  168. brazen

    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  169. brevity

    the attribute of being short or fleeting
  170. brink

    the edge of a steep place
  171. bureaucracy

    a government administered primarily by nonelective officials
  172. burnish

    polish and make shiny
  173. cajole

    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  174. callous

    emotionally hardened
  175. calumny

    a false accusation of an offense
  176. canard

    a deliberately misleading fabrication
  177. candid

    openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
  178. candor

    the quality of being honest and straightforward
  179. capacious

    large in the amount that can be contained
  180. capitulate

    surrender under agreed conditions
  181. capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  182. captivate

    attract; cause to be enamored
  183. carcinogenic

    causing or tending to cause cancer
  184. cardinal

    a vivid red color
  185. careen

    pitching dangerously to one side
  186. cartel

    a consortium formed to limit commercial competition
  187. cartography

    the making of maps and charts
  188. cascade

    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
  189. castigate

    inflict severe punishment on
  190. catalyst

    substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction
  191. caulk

    a waterproof filler and sealant used in building and repair
  192. caustic

    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  193. celibacy

    abstaining from sexual relations
  194. censure

    harsh criticism or disapproval
  195. charlatan

    a flamboyant deceiver
  196. chaste

    abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
  197. chasten

    censure severely
  198. chastise

    censure severely
  199. chimera

    a grotesque product of the imagination
  200. chronic

    long-lasting or characterized by long suffering
  201. circumscribe

    draw a geometric figure around another figure
  202. circumspect

    careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk
  203. circumvent

    surround so as to force to give up
  204. clandestine

    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  205. clemency

    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders
  206. coagulate

    change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
  207. coalesce

    fuse or cause to come together
  208. coda

    the closing section of a musical composition
  209. codicil

    a supplement to a will
  210. coercion

    using force to cause something to occur
  211. cogent

    powerfully persuasive
  212. cogitate

    consider carefully and deeply
  213. cognizant

    having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization
  214. cohesive

    combining well to form a unified whole
  215. cohort

    a band of warriors
  216. commensurate

    corresponding in size or degree or extent
  217. commiserate

    feel or express sympathy or compassion
  218. commodious

    large and roomy
  219. commodity

    any good that can be bought and sold
  220. compendium

    a publication containing a variety of works
  221. complement

    something added to embellish or make perfect
  222. complicity

    guilt as a confederate in a crime or offense
  223. comply

    act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
  224. comprise

    be made of
  225. compunction

    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
  226. concave

    curving inward
  227. concede

    give over
  228. concentric

    having a common center
  229. conceptual

    being or characterized by ideas or their formation
  230. concerted

    involving the joint activity of two or more
  231. conciliatory

    making or willing to make concessions
  232. concise

    expressing much in few words
  233. concoct

    make something by mixing
  234. concomitant

    following or accompanying as a consequence
  235. concur

    happen simultaneously
  236. concurrent

    occurring or operating at the same time
  237. condescend

    behave in a patronizing manner
  238. condone

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
  239. confederate

    united in a league
  240. confer

    present
  241. configuration

    an arrangement of parts or elements
  242. confluence

    a place where things merge or flow together
  243. confound

    be confusing or perplexing to
  244. congeal

    solidify, thicken, or come together
  245. congruent

    corresponding in character or kind
  246. conjecture

    believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  247. conjoin

    make contact or come together
  248. connotation

    an idea that is implied or suggested
  249. consternation

    sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion
  250. construe

    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  251. contentious

    showing an inclination to disagree
  252. contiguous

    having a common boundary or edge
  253. contingent

    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
  254. contrite

    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
  255. contumacious

    willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient
  256. contumely

    rude language intended to offend or hurt
  257. conundrum

    a difficult problem
  258. conventional

    following accepted customs and proprieties
  259. converge

    be adjacent or come together
  260. conversant

    well informed about or knowing thoroughly
  261. convex

    curving or bulging outward
  262. convoluted

    highly complex or intricate
  263. copious

    large in number or quantity
  264. corollary

    an inference following from the proof of another proposition
  265. corporeal

    having material or physical form or substance
  266. correlation

    a reciprocal connection between two or more things
  267. corroborate

    give evidence for
  268. corrosive

    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  269. corrugated

    shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
  270. countenance

    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  271. covert

    secret or hidden
  272. credulous

    showing a lack of judgment or experience
  273. criterion

    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
  274. critique

    appraise or judge in an analytical way
  275. cryptic

    having a secret or hidden meaning
  276. cull

    remove something that has been rejected
  277. culminate

    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
  278. culpable

    deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
  279. cupidity

    extreme greed for material wealth
  280. cursory

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  281. daunt

    cause to lose courage
  282. dearth

    an insufficient quantity or number
  283. debacle

    a sudden and complete disaster
  284. debase

    make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  285. debilitate

    make weak
  286. debunk

    expose while ridiculing
  287. decimate

    kill in large numbers
  288. decorum

    propriety in manners and conduct
  289. deduce

    reason from the general to the particular
  290. deem

    judge or regard in a particular way
  291. deference

    courteous regard for people's feelings
  292. defunct

    no longer in force or use; inactive
  293. degenerate

    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable
  294. delectable

    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  295. deleterious

    harmful to living things
  296. delineate

    represented accurately or precisely
  297. delusion

    a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
  298. delve

    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  299. demeanor

    the way a person behaves toward other people
  300. demise

    the time when something ends
  301. demographic

    a statistic characterizing human populations
  302. demur

    politely refuse or take exception to
  303. demystify

    make something easier to understand
  304. denotation

    the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
  305. denouement

    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
  306. deplete

    use up, as resources or materials
  307. deploy

    place troops or weapons in battle formation
  308. depravity

    moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
  309. deprecate

    express strong disapproval of; deplore
  310. derelict

    a person without a home, job, or property
  311. derision

    the act of treating with contempt
  312. derivative

    a compound obtained from another compound
  313. derogatory

    expressive of low opinion
  314. desecrate

    violate the sacred character of a place or language
  315. desiccate

    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
  316. desist

    stop performing some action
  317. despondent

    without or almost without hope
  318. despotic

    having the characteristics of a tyrannical ruler
  319. destitute

    poor enough to need help from others
  320. desultory

    marked by lack of definite plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
  321. deter

    turn away from by persuasion
  322. detrimental

    causing harm or injury
  323. diaphanous

    so thin as to transmit light
  324. diatribe

    thunderous verbal attack
  325. dichotomy

    a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
  326. didactic

    instructive, especially excessively
  327. diffidence

    lack of self-assurance
  328. diffuse

    spread out; not concentrated in one place
  329. dilate

    become wider
  330. dilatory

    wasting time
  331. dilemma

    state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options
  332. diminution

    change toward something smaller or lower
  333. disabuse

    free somebody from an erroneous belief
  334. disambiguate

    make clear by removing uncertainty
  335. disarray

    untidiness, especially of clothing and appearance
  336. discernment

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands
  337. disclaimer

    a voluntary repudiation of legal claim to something
  338. disconcerting

    causing an emotional disturbance
  339. discordant

    not in agreement or harmony
  340. discrepancy

    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  341. discrete

    constituting a separate entity or part
  342. discriminate

    marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions
  343. disdain

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  344. disgruntle

    put into a bad mood or into bad humour
  345. disinclination

    a certain degree of unwillingness
  346. disinformation

    misinformation that is deliberately disseminated in order to influence or confuse rivals (foreign enemies or business competitors etc.)
  347. disingenuous

    not straightforward or candid
  348. disinterested

    unaffected by concern for one's own welfare
  349. dismal

    causing dejection
  350. dismay

    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  351. disparage

    express a negative opinion of
  352. disparate

    fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
  353. disparity

    inequality or difference in some respect
  354. dispassionate

    unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
  355. disperse

    move away from each other
  356. dispirit

    lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
  357. disproportionate

    out of proper balance
  358. disquiet

    a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
  359. dissemble

    behave unnaturally or affectedly
  360. disseminate

    cause to become widely known
  361. dissent

    a difference of opinion
  362. disservice

    an act intended to help that turns out badly
  363. dissident

    a person who objects to some established policy
  364. dissipate

    cause to separate and go in different directions
  365. dissolution

    separation into component parts
  366. dissonance

    disagreeable sounds
  367. dissuade

    turn away from by persuasion
  368. distend

    cause to expand as if by internal pressure
  369. divergence

    moving away in different direction from a common point
  370. divest

    take away possessions from someone
  371. divulge

    make known to the public information previously kept secret
  372. dogmatic

    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
  373. dormant

    inactive but capable of becoming active
  374. dross

    worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
  375. dubious

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  376. ductility

    capacity to be drawn into threads or hammered into sheets
  377. duplicity

    the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith
  378. duress

    compulsory force or threat
  379. ebb

    the outward flow of the tide
  380. ebullience

    eager enjoyment or approval
  381. eccentric

    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
  382. echelon

    level of authority in a hierarchy
  383. eclectic

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  384. edification

    uplifting enlightenment
  385. edifice

    a structure that has a roof and walls
  386. effectual

    producing or capable of producing an intended result
  387. effervescent

    giving off bubbles
  388. efficacious

    giving the power to produce an intended result
  389. efficacy

    capacity or power to produce a desired result
  390. effluvium

    a foul-smelling outflow or vapor
  391. effrontery

    audacious behavior that you have no right to
  392. effulgent

    radiating or as if radiating light
  393. effusion

    an unrestrained expression of emotion
  394. egalitarian

    favoring social equality
  395. egregious

    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  396. elaborate

    marked by complexity and richness of detail
  397. elation

    a feeling of joy and pride
  398. elicit

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  399. elocution

    an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice
  400. eloquence

    powerful and effective language
  401. elucidate

    make clear and comprehensible
  402. elusive

    skillful at evading capture
  403. emaciate

    grow weak and thin or waste away physically
  404. emanate

    give out, as breath or an odor
  405. emancipate

    free from slavery or servitude
  406. embellish

    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
  407. embody

    represent in physical form
  408. embroil

    force into some kind of situation or course of action
  409. embryonic

    of an organism prior to birth or hatching
  410. eminence

    high status importance owing to marked superiority
  411. emollient

    a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin
  412. empathy

    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  413. empirical

    derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
  414. emulate

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  415. encroach

    advance beyond the usual limit
  416. endemic

    native to or confined to a certain region
  417. enervate

    weaken physically, mentally, or morally
  418. enfranchise

    grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude
  419. engender

    call forth
  420. enigma

    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  421. enmity

    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  422. ennui

    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  423. ensue

    take place or happen afterward or as a result
  424. entail

    have as a logical consequence
  425. entity

    that which is perceived to have its own distinct existence
  426. entreat

    ask for or request earnestly
  427. enumerate

    specify individually
  428. enunciate

    express or state clearly
  429. envision

    imagine, conceive of, or see in one's mind
  430. ephemeral

    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  431. epilogue

    a short speech by an actor at the end of a play
  432. epistemology

    the philosophical theory of knowledge
  433. epitome

    a standard or typical example
  434. equanimity

    steadiness of mind under stress
  435. equipoise

    equality of distribution
  436. equivocate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  437. erratic

    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  438. erudite

    having or showing profound knowledge
  439. eschew

    avoid and stay away from deliberately
  440. esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
  441. estrange

    remove from customary environment or associations
  442. ethereal

    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality
  443. eulogy

    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
  444. euphemism

    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one
  445. euphoria

    a feeling of great elation
  446. evanescent

    short-lived; tending to vanish or disappear
  447. evince

    give expression to
  448. eviscerate

    remove the entrails of
  449. evoke

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  450. exacerbate

    make worse
  451. excise

    remove by cutting
  452. excoriate

    express strong disapproval of
  453. exculpate

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  454. exemplary

    worthy of imitation
  455. exemplify

    be characteristic of
  456. exhume

    dig up for reburial or for medical investigation
  457. exigent

    demanding immediate attention
  458. exonerate

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  459. exorbitant

    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  460. expedient

    appropriate to a purpose
  461. expiate

    make amends for
  462. explicate

    elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
  463. explicit

    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
  464. exposition

    a collection of things for public display
  465. expostulate

    reason with for the purpose of dissuasion
  466. expunge

    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
  467. extant

    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
  468. extenuate

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or degree of
  469. extirpate

    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  470. extol

    praise, glorify, or honor
  471. extort

    obtain by coercion or intimidation
  472. extraneous

    not belonging to that in which it is contained
  473. extrapolate

    draw from specific cases for more general cases
  474. extricate

    release from entanglement or difficulty
  475. extrinsic

    not forming an essential part of a thing
  476. facade

    the front of a building
  477. facet

    a distinct feature or element in a problem
  478. facetious

    cleverly amusing in tone
  479. fallacy

    a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
  480. fanatic

    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
  481. fastidious

    giving careful attention to detail
  482. fatuous

    devoid of intelligence
  483. fecund

    capable of producing offspring or vegetation
  484. felicitous

    exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
  485. fervent

    characterized by intense emotion
  486. fester

    ripen and generate pus
  487. fiat

    a legally binding command or decision
  488. flagrant

    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  489. fledgling

    young bird that has just become capable of flying
  490. florid

    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  491. flourish

    grow vigorously
  492. flout

    treat with contemptuous disregard
  493. flux

    a state of constant change
  494. foment

    try to stir up
  495. foray

    a sudden short attack
  496. forebode

    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  497. forensic

    used in the investigation of facts or evidence in court
  498. forestall

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  499. fortuitous

    lucky; occurring by happy chance
  500. frenetic

    fast and energetic in an uncontrolled or wild way
  501. frivolous

    not serious in content, attitude, or behavior
  502. frugal

    avoiding waste
  503. fruition

    the condition of producing seed-bearing structures
  504. fulminate

    cause to explode violently and with loud noise
  505. fulsome

    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  506. furtive

    secret and sly
  507. futile

    producing no result or effect
  508. gainsay

    take exception to
  509. gambit

    a chess move in which the player sacrifices minor pieces
  510. gamut

    a complete extent or range
  511. garble

    distort or make false by mutilation or addition
  512. garrulous

    full of trivial conversation
  513. genre

    a kind of literary or artistic work
  514. germane

    relevant and appropriate
  515. germinate

    sprout; produce buds or branches
  516. gratis

    costing nothing
  517. gratuitous

    unnecessary and unwarranted
  518. grave

    a place for the burial of a corpse
  519. gregarious

    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
  520. grovel

    show submission or fear
  521. guile

    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
  522. guise

    an artful or simulated semblance
  523. gullible

    naive and easily deceived or tricked
  524. hackneyed

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  525. haphazard

    dependent upon or characterized by chance
  526. hapless

    unfortunate and deserving pity
  527. harbinger

    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  528. haughty

    having or showing arrogant superiority
  529. hedonistic

    devoted to pleasure
  530. hegemony

    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  531. heinous

    extremely wicked or deeply criminal
  532. heresy

    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
  533. hermetic

    completely sealed or airtight
  534. heterodox

    characterized by departure from accepted standards
  535. heterogeneous

    consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature
  536. hiatus

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  537. hindrance

    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  538. homage

    respectful deference
  539. homogeneous

    all of the same or similar kind or nature
  540. hubris

    overbearing pride or presumption
  541. hyperbole

    extravagant exaggeration
  542. hypocritical

    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
  543. hypothetical

    a conjectural possibility or circumstance
  544. iconoclast

    someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions
  545. ideology

    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
  546. idiom

    expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
  547. idiosyncrasy

    a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual
  548. ignominious

    deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
  549. imbroglio

    an intricate and confusing interpersonal situation
  550. imbue

    spread or diffuse through
  551. imminent

    close in time; about to occur
  552. immolate

    kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire
  553. immutable

    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  554. impeccable

    without fault or error
  555. impecunious

    not having enough money to pay for necessities
  556. impediment

    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
  557. impervious

    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
  558. impetuous

    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
  559. implacable

    incapable of being appeased or pacified
  560. implicate

    bring into intimate and incriminating connection
  561. implicit

    suggested though not directly expressed
  562. implore

    beg or request earnestly and urgently
  563. importunate

    making persistent or urgent requests
  564. imprecation

    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
  565. impromptu

    with little or no preparation or forethought
  566. impugn

    attack as false or wrong
  567. impunity

    exemption from punishment or loss
  568. inadvertent

    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
  569. inalienable

    incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
  570. inane

    devoid of intelligence
  571. inaugurate

    commence officially
  572. incandescent

    emitting light as a result of being heated
  573. incarcerate

    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
  574. incarnation

    act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  575. incendiary

    capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously
  576. incensed

    angered at something unjust or wrong
  577. inception

    an event that is a beginning
  578. incessant

    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
  579. incidental

    minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature
  580. incipient

    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  581. incisive

    demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  582. incite

    provoke or stir up
  583. incoherent

    without logical or meaningful connection
  584. incongruous

    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
  585. incontrovertible

    impossible to deny or disprove
  586. incorrigible

    impervious to correction by punishment
  587. increment

    the amount by which something increases
  588. inculcate

    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
  589. incursion

    the act of entering some territory or domain
  590. indefatigable

    showing sustained enthusiasm with unflagging vitality
  591. indelible

    not able to be removed or erased
  592. indict

    accuse formally of a crime
  593. indigenous

    originating where it is found
  594. indolent

    disinclined to work or exertion
  595. indomitable

    impossible to subdue
  596. induce

    cause to act in a specified manner
  597. ineffable

    defying expression or description
  598. ineluctable

    impossible to avoid or evade
  599. inert

    unable to move or resist motion
  600. inexorable

    impossible to prevent, resist, or stop
  601. infamous

    known widely and usually unfavorably
  602. infer

    conclude by reasoning
  603. infest

    occupy in large numbers or live on a host
  604. infiltrate

    pass through an enemy line in a military conflict
  605. infrastructure

    the basic features of a system or organization
  606. infringe

    advance beyond the usual limit
  607. ingenuous

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  608. ingratiate

    gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  609. inherent

    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  610. innate

    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
  611. innocuous

    not injurious to physical or mental health
  612. innuendo

    an indirect and usually malicious implication
  613. insatiable

    impossible to fulfill, appease, or gratify
  614. inscrutable

    difficult or impossible to understand
  615. insidious

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  616. insipid

    lacking interest or significance or impact
  617. insolvent

    unable to meet or discharge financial obligations
  618. insouciant

    marked by unconcern
  619. instigate

    provoke or stir up
  620. insular

    relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
  621. insurgent

    in opposition to a civil authority or government
  622. integral

    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  623. intelligible

    capable of being apprehended or understood
  624. intemperate

    excessive in behavior
  625. interim

    the time between one event, process, or period and another
  626. interloper

    someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another
  627. interlude

    an intervening period or episode
  628. intermittent

    stopping and starting at irregular intervals
  629. intersperse

    introduce into one's writing or speech (certain expressions)
  630. interstice

    small opening between things
  631. intervene

    be placed or located between other things
  632. intractable

    difficult to manage or mold
  633. intransigent

    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
  634. intrepid

    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  635. intrinsic

    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  636. introspective

    given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences
  637. inundate

    fill or cover completely, usually with water
  638. inured

    made tough by habitual exposure
  639. invective

    abusive language used to express blame or censure
  640. inveigh

    complain bitterly
  641. inveterate

    habitual
  642. invidious

    containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
  643. invincible

    incapable of being overcome or subdued
  644. irascible

    quickly aroused to anger
  645. iridescent

    varying in color when seen in different lights
  646. ironic

    displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
  647. irresolute

    uncertain how to act or proceed
  648. irreverence

    a mental attitude showing lack of due respect
  649. juxtapose

    place side by side
  650. kindle

    catch fire
  651. kinetic

    relating to the motion of material bodies and their forces
  652. labyrinth

    complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost
  653. laconic

    brief and to the point
  654. lascivious

    driven by lust
  655. lassitude

    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
  656. latent

    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  657. latitude

    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  658. laudatory

    full of or giving praise
  659. lavish

    very generous
  660. legacy

    a gift of personal property by will
  661. legitimate

    in accordance with accepted standards or principles
  662. lethargic

    deficient in alertness or activity
  663. levity

    a manner lacking seriousness
  664. liaison

    a means of communication between groups
  665. libel

    a false and malicious publication
  666. licentious

    lacking moral discipline
  667. lionize

    assign great social importance to
  668. litany

    any long and tedious address or recital
  669. litigate

    engage in legal proceedings
  670. livid

    furiously angry
  671. loath

    strongly opposed
  672. loquacious

    full of trivial conversation
  673. lucid

    transparently clear; easily understandable
  674. ludicrous

    inviting ridicule
  675. lugubrious

    excessively mournful
  676. luminous

    softly bright or radiant
  677. luster

    the property of something that shines with reflected light
  678. magnanimous

    noble and generous in spirit
  679. malapropism

    misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
  680. malevolent

    wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  681. malice

    the desire to see others suffer
  682. malignant

    dangerous to health
  683. malleable

    capable of being shaped or bent
  684. marginal

    at or constituting a border or edge
  685. meager

    deficient in amount or quality or extent
  686. meander

    move or cause to move in a winding or curving course
  687. mediocrity

    ordinariness as a consequence of being average
  688. melee

    a noisy riotous fight
  689. mellifluous

    pleasing to the ear
  690. menagerie

    a collection of live animals for study or display
  691. mendicant

    a pauper who lives by begging
  692. mentor

    a wise and trusted guide and advisor
  693. meretricious

    tastelessly showy
  694. metamorphosis

    striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
  695. metaphor

    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  696. metaphysical

    pertaining to the philosophical study of being and knowing
  697. meticulous

    marked by precise accordance with details
  698. minion

    a servile or fawning dependent
  699. misanthropy

    hatred of mankind
  700. miserly

    characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
  701. misinformation

    information that is incorrect
  702. misogyny

    hatred of women
  703. mitigate

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  704. mnemonic

    of or relating to the practice of aiding the memory
  705. monolithic

    imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  706. moratorium

    suspension of an ongoing activity
  707. mordant

    harshly ironic or sinister
  708. morose

    showing a brooding ill humor
  709. motility

    ability to move spontaneously and independently
  710. multifarious

    having many aspects
  711. multiplicity

    the property of having more than one part or entity
  712. mundane

    found in the ordinary course of events
  713. munificence

    liberality in bestowing gifts
  714. nadir

    the lowest point of anything
  715. narcissist

    someone who is excessively self-centered
  716. nebulous

    lacking definite form or limits
  717. nefarious

    extremely wicked
  718. nemesis

    a personal foe or rival that cannot be easily defeated
  719. neophyte

    any new participant in some activity
  720. nexus

    the means of connection between things linked in series
  721. noisome

    causing or able to cause nausea
  722. notorious

    known widely and usually unfavorably
  723. noxious

    injurious to physical or mental health
  724. nullify

    declare invalid
  725. obdurate

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  726. obfuscate

    make obscure or unclear
  727. oblique

    slanting or inclined in direction or course or position
  728. obliterate

    remove completely from recognition or memory
  729. obscure

    not clearly understood or expressed
  730. obsequious

    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  731. obstinate

    marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  732. obstreperous

    noisily and stubbornly defiant
  733. obtrusive

    sticking out; protruding
  734. obtuse

    of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees
  735. obviate

    do away with
  736. occlude

    block passage through
  737. officious

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  738. ominous

    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  739. omniscient

    knowing, seeing, or understanding everything
  740. onerous

    burdensome or difficult to endure
  741. ontology

    the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
  742. opaque

    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
  743. opprobrium

    a state of extreme dishonor
  744. opulent

    rich and superior in quality
  745. orthodox

    adhering to what is commonly accepted
  746. oscillate

    move or swing from side to side regularly
  747. osmosis

    diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane
  748. ossify

    become bony
  749. ostensibly

    from appearances alone
  750. ostentatious

    intended to attract notice and impress others
  751. overwrought

    deeply agitated especially from emotion
  752. oxymoron

    conjoined contradictory terms
  753. pacify

    ease the anger, agitation, or strong emotion of
  754. paean

    a hymn of praise
  755. palatable

    acceptable to the taste or mind
  756. palliate

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  757. palpable

    capable of being perceived
  758. pandemic

    existing everywhere
  759. panegyric

    formally expressing praise
  760. paradigm

    a standard or typical example
  761. paradox

    a statement that contradicts itself
  762. paragon

    a perfect embodiment of a concept
  763. parameter

    a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied
  764. paranoia

    a mental disorder characterized by delusions of persecution
  765. pariah

    a person who is rejected from society or home
  766. parody

    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  767. parsimony

    extreme stinginess
  768. partisan

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  769. pathology

    the branch of medical science that studies diseases
  770. pathos

    a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow
  771. paucity

    an insufficient quantity or number
  772. pedagogy

    the profession of a teacher
  773. pedantic

    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  774. pedestrian

    a person who travels by foot
  775. pejorative

    expressing disapproval
  776. pellucid

    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  777. penchant

    a strong liking or preference
  778. penury

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  779. perfidious

    tending to betray
  780. perfunctory

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  781. peripheral

    on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
  782. permeate

    spread or diffuse through
  783. pernicious

    exceedingly harmful
  784. perpetrator

    someone who commits wrongdoing
  785. perpetuate

    cause to continue or prevail
  786. perplex

    be a mystery or bewildering to
  787. perquisite

    an incidental benefit for certain types of employment
  788. persevere

    be persistent, refuse to stop
  789. perspicacious

    mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
  790. pertinent

    being of striking appropriateness
  791. perturbation

    the act of causing disorder
  792. peruse

    examine or consider with attention and in detail
  793. pervade

    spread or diffuse through
  794. pervasive

    spreading or spread throughout
  795. petulant

    easily irritated or annoyed
  796. philanthropist

    someone who makes charitable donations
  797. phlegmatic

    showing little emotion
  798. piety

    righteousness by virtue of being religiously devout
  799. pillory

    a wooden instrument of punishment on a post
  800. piquant

    having an agreeably pungent taste
  801. pique

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  802. placate

    cause to be more favorably inclined
  803. placebo

    an innocuous or inert medication
  804. platitude

    a trite or obvious remark
  805. plausible

    apparently reasonable, valid, or truthful
  806. plethora

    extreme excess
  807. pliable

    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  808. pluralism

    a social organization in which diversity is tolerated
  809. polarize

    cause to concentrate about two conflicting positions
  810. polemic

    a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma
  811. ponderous

    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
  812. porous

    full of holes
  813. posthumous

    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
  814. postulate

    maintain or assert
  815. pragmatic

    concerned with practical matters
  816. precarious

    not secure; beset with difficulties
  817. precede

    be earlier in time
  818. precedent

    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
  819. precept

    a rule of personal conduct
  820. precipitous

    extremely steep
  821. preclude

    make impossible, especially beforehand
  822. precocious

    characterized by exceptionally early development
  823. precursor

    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  824. predecessor

    one who goes before you in time
  825. predilection

    a predisposition in favor of something
  826. predominant

    having superior power and influence
  827. preemptive

    designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
  828. preponderance

    exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
  829. prescience

    the power to foresee the future
  830. presumptuous

    going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous
  831. presuppose

    take for granted or as a given
  832. pretense

    the act of giving a false appearance
  833. prevail

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  834. prevaricate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  835. proactive

    causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond
  836. probity

    complete and confirmed integrity
  837. proclivity

    a natural inclination
  838. Procrustean

    enforcing conformity by violent or ruthless means
  839. procure

    get by special effort
  840. prodigal

    recklessly wasteful
  841. prodigious

    great in size, force, extent, or degree
  842. profligate

    unrestrained by convention or morality
  843. profuse

    produced or growing in extreme abundance
  844. proliferate

    grow rapidly
  845. prolific

    intellectually productive
  846. prolix

    tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at length
  847. promulgate

    state or announce
  848. propagate

    multiply through reproduction
  849. propensity

    a natural inclination
  850. propinquity

    the property of being close together
  851. propitiate

    make peace with
  852. propitious

    presenting favorable circumstances
  853. propound

    put forward, as of an idea
  854. prosaic

    lacking wit or imagination
  855. proscribe

    command against
  856. protean

    taking on different forms
  857. protocol

    forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by officials
  858. protrude

    extend out or project in space
  859. provincial

    associated with an administrative district of a nation
  860. prowess

    a superior skill learned by study and practice
  861. proximity

    the property of being close together
  862. prudent

    marked by sound judgment
  863. pundit

    an expert who publicly gives opinions via mass media
  864. pungent

    strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
  865. punitive

    inflicting punishment
  866. purport

    have the often misleading appearance of being or intending
  867. putative

    purported
  868. qualm

    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  869. quandary

    state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options
  870. quasi

    having some resemblance
  871. quell

    suppress or crush completely
  872. querulous

    habitually complaining
  873. quiescent

    being quiet or still or inactive
  874. quintessential

    representing the perfect example of a class or quality
  875. quixotic

    not sensible about practical matters
  876. ramification

    a consequence, especially one that causes complications
  877. rampant

    occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
  878. rapacious

    living by preying on other animals
  879. rapport

    a relationship of mutual understanding between people
  880. rational

    consistent with or based on or using reason
  881. rationale

    an explanation of the fundamental reasons
  882. raucous

    unpleasantly loud and harsh
  883. rebuff

    a deliberate discourteous act
  884. rebut

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  885. recalcitrant

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
  886. recant

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
  887. recidivist

    someone who lapses into undesirable patterns of behavior
  888. recluse

    one who lives in solitude
  889. recondite

    difficult to understand
  890. rectify

    make right or correct
  891. redress

    make reparations or amends for
  892. redundant

    more than is needed, desired, or required
  893. refractory

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
  894. refute

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  895. relegate

    assign to a lower position
  896. remuneration

    paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses
  897. rend

    tear or be torn violently
  898. renounce

    turn away from; give up
  899. replete

    filled to satisfaction with food or drink
  900. replicate

    reproduce or make an exact copy of
  901. reprehensible

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
  902. reprobate

    a person without moral scruples
  903. repudiate

    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  904. repugnant

    offensive to the mind
  905. rescind

    cancel officially
  906. residual

    relating to or indicating a remainder
  907. resilient

    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
  908. resolute

    firm in purpose or belief
  909. respite

    a pause from doing something
  910. resplendent

    having great beauty
  911. reticent

    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  912. retract

    formally reject or disavow
  913. retrospect

    contemplation of things past
  914. revamp

    patch up or renovate; repair or restore
  915. revulsion

    intense aversion
  916. rife

    excessively abundant
  917. rotund

    spherical in shape
  918. rubric

    category name
  919. rudimentary

    being in the earliest stages of development
  920. sacrilege

    blasphemous behavior
  921. sagacious

    acutely insightful and wise
  922. salient

    conspicuous, prominent, or important
  923. salutary

    tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  924. sanction

    official permission or approval
  925. sanguine

    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  926. satire

    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  927. saturnine

    bitter or scornful
  928. savory

    pleasing to the sense of taste
  929. scant

    less than the correct or legal or full amount
  930. schism

    division of a group into opposing factions
  931. scrupulous

    characterized by extreme care and great effort
  932. scrutiny

    the act of examining something closely, as for mistakes
  933. seamless

    not having a joint between two pieces
  934. sedentary

    requiring sitting or little activity
  935. sedulous

    marked by care and persistent effort
  936. seminal

    influential and providing a basis for later development
  937. sententious

    concise and full of meaning
  938. sequester

    keep away from others
  939. serene

    not agitated
  940. serpentine

    resembling a snake in form
  941. servile

    submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
  942. shard

    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
  943. simile

    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  944. sinuous

    curved or curving in and out
  945. sloth

    a disinclination to work or exert yourself
  946. slough

    a hollow filled with mud
  947. solemn

    dignified and somber in manner or character
  948. solicit

    request urgently or persistently
  949. somber

    grave or even gloomy in character
  950. soporific

    inducing sleep
  951. spacious

    having ample room
  952. spate

    a sudden forceful flow
  953. specious

    plausible but false
  954. spectrum

    a broad range of related objects, values, or qualities
  955. splenetic

    of or relating to the spleen
  956. spontaneous

    said or done without having been planned in advance
  957. sporadic

    recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances
  958. spurious

    plausible but false
  959. squalid

    foul and run-down and repulsive
  960. stagnant

    not growing or changing; without force or vitality
  961. staid

    characterized by dignity and propriety
  962. static

    not in physical motion
  963. stigma

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy
  964. stipulate

    make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  965. stoic

    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
  966. stratagem

    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
  967. stratify

    form, arrange, or deposit in layers
  968. stupor

    marginal consciousness
  969. subjugate

    make subservient; force to submit or subdue
  970. subliminal

    below the threshold of conscious perception
  971. subside

    wear off or die down
  972. subsidize

    support, as through grants or other funds
  973. substantiate

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  974. substantive

    having a firm basis in reality and therefore important
  975. subterfuge

    something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity
  976. subtle

    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  977. succinct

    briefly giving the gist of something
  978. suffice

    be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  979. suffuse

    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
  980. sullen

    showing a brooding ill humor
  981. sumptuous

    rich and superior in quality
  982. sunder

    break apart or in two, using violence
  983. superficial

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
  984. superfluous

    more than is needed, desired, or required
  985. superlative

    highest in quality
  986. supersede

    take the place or move into the position of
  987. suppress

    put down by force or authority
  988. surfeit

    indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
  989. surmise

    infer from incomplete evidence
  990. surreptitious

    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
  991. susceptible

    yielding readily to or capable of
  992. sycophant

    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage
  993. synchronize

    happen at the same time
  994. synopsis

    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument
  995. syntax

    the study of the rules for forming admissible sentences
  996. synthesis

    the combination of ideas into a complex whole
  997. systemic

    affecting an entire structure, network, or complex of parts
  998. tacit

    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
  999. taciturn

    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  1000. tangential

    of superficial relevance if any
  1001. tangible

    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
  1002. taut

    pulled or drawn tight
  1003. tawdry

    tastelessly showy
  1004. tedium

    the feeling of being bored by something
  1005. teem

    be full of or abuzz with
  1006. temerity

    fearless daring
  1007. tenacious

    stubbornly unyielding
  1008. tendentious

    having a strong bias, especially a controversial one
  1009. tenuous

    lacking substance or significance
  1010. tepid

    moderately warm
  1011. terse

    brief and to the point
  1012. timorous

    shy and fearful by nature
  1013. tirade

    a speech of violent denunciation
  1014. torpid

    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  1015. tortuous

    marked by repeated turns and bends
  1016. tractable

    easily managed
  1017. transcend

    go beyond the scope or limits of
  1018. transient

    lasting a very short time
  1019. transitory

    lasting a very short time
  1020. translucent

    allowing light to pass through diffusely
  1021. transparent

    able to be seen through with clarity
  1022. transpire

    come about, happen, or occur
  1023. trenchant

    having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought
  1024. trepidation

    a feeling of alarm or dread
  1025. truculence

    stubborn and defiant aggressiveness
  1026. turbid

    clouded as with sediment
  1027. turbulence

    instability in the atmosphere
  1028. turgid

    ostentatiously lofty in style
  1029. turpitude

    a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
  1030. ubiquitous

    being present everywhere at once
  1031. ulterior

    lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed
  1032. unilateral

    involving only one part or side
  1033. uninterested

    not having or showing a sense of concern or curiosity
  1034. unkempt

    not properly maintained or cared for
  1035. unobtrusive

    not undesirably noticeable
  1036. untoward

    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
  1037. upbraid

    express criticism towards
  1038. utopian

    pertaining to or resembling an ideally perfect state
  1039. vacillate

    be undecided about something
  1040. vacuity

    the absence of matter
  1041. vacuous

    devoid of matter
  1042. vapid

    lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
  1043. vehement

    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
  1044. veneer

    coating consisting of a thin layer of wood
  1045. venerate

    regard with feelings of respect and reverence
  1046. verdant

    characterized by abundance of vegetation and green foliage
  1047. verity

    conformity to reality or actuality
  1048. viable

    capable of life or normal growth and development
  1049. vicarious

    experienced at secondhand
  1050. vilify

    spread negative information about
  1051. virtuoso

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  1052. virulent

    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  1053. vituperation

    abusive or venomous language to express blame or censure
  1054. vociferous

    conspicuously and offensively loud
  1055. volatile

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence
  1056. voluble

    marked by a ready flow of speech
  1057. voracious

    devouring or craving food in great quantities
  1058. warrant

    formal and explicit approval
  1059. zeal

    a feeling of strong eagerness
Created on April 11, 2010