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1. abandon [verb]
During the snow storm, many people made the decision to abandon their cars on the highway.
2. abase [verb]
My stepmother is an evil woman who likes to abase little children because she had a miserable childhood herself.
My jealous sister tried to abase me by making fun of my reading glasses.
3. abate [verb]
I hope this medicine will abate the pain in my leg.
4. abdicate [verb]
The young prince became king after his older brother decided to abdicate the throne.
5. aberrant [adjective]
John’s aberrant behavior is going to get him in a lot of trouble one of these days.
When the astronomer looked into the telescope, he was shocked by the sight of a star moving in an aberrant path.
6. abet [verb]
The photo editing software is sure to abet my odds of winning the photo competition.
He abetted the thief in robbing the bank.
7. abeyance [noun]
Immediately following the terrorist attack, pilots had to observe a period of abeyance where they could not depart from the airport.
Hostilities between the two groups have been in abeyance since last June.
8. abhor [verb]
We abhor violence against others and respect everyone, regardless of a person's race, color and creed.
They abhor all forms of racial discrimination.
9. abhorrent [adjective]
As I looked around the filthy apartment, I had to wonder who could live in such abhorrent conditions.
He spoke of the abhorrent crimes that had been committed under the regime.
10. abject [adjective]
After his wife died, he was an abject man.
11. abjure [verb]
After the tyrant took over the country, the citizens had to abjure their political beliefs.
They were compelled to abjure their faith.
12. abound [verb]
At the beginning of the school year, computer deals abound on the Internet.
The forests abound with deer, birds and squirrels.
13. abreast [adjective]
To stay relevant in the field of computer programming, Kurt must stay abreast of the latest programming languages.
The boat came abreast of us and signalled us to stop.
14. abridge [verb]
His agent told him that he needed to abridge some of the content of his novel so that it would be under 400 pages.
15. abrogate [verb]
You cannot abrogate anyone's right to free speech.
16. abscission [noun]
Abscission of leaves occurs during autumn, before winter sets in.
17. abscond [verb]
Do you think he has plans to abscond with the stolen money?
18. abstemious [adjective]
Gerald was abstemious at dinner and only ate a little of the food on his plate.
19. abstruse [adjective]
Some of the classic novels are too abstruse for beginning readers to understand.
20. absurd [adjective]
Spending the week in jail for stealing a loaf of bread is an absurd punishment for such a minor crime.
It seems quite absurd to expect anyone to drive for 3 hours just for a 20 minute meeting.
21. abusive [adjective]
It is sad to think that many animals suffer at the hands of an abusive owner every day, being physically beaten or deprived of nutrition on a regular basis.
Children with an abusive parent have a higher chance of growing up to be as equally violent and cruel to their own children.
22. abysmal [adjective]
The movie’s plot was so abysmal the critic left the theater after five minutes.
He was fired because of his abysmal job performance.
23. accede [verb]
At your insistence and to avoid a prolonged argument, I will accede to your contract terms.
24. accolade [noun]
When the police officer was offered the plaque, he refused to accept an accolade for doing his job.
During the monthly meeting, the company president will present an accolade to the employee of the month.
25. accord [verb]
His behaviour does not accord with his principles.
The entire table was in accord that mozzarella sticks would be the appetizer.
26. accretion [noun]
The accretion of traffic accidents and drunk driving was attributed to the opening of the new downtown mall.
27. accrue [verb]
Even though a traditional savings count will accrue a small amount of interest every year, other types of investments are better hedges against inflation.
Interest will accrue on the account at a rate of 7%.
28. acculturate [verb]
Any immigrants have forgotten their native cultures because of acculturation in their new countries.
29. acerbic [adjective]
After John heard his teacher’s acerbic comments, he was not motivated to complete his project.
30. acidulous [adjective]
The acidulous drink burned my tongue.
31. acquit [verb]
Even though the judge believed the defendant was guilty, he could say nothing when the jury acquitted the man of all charges.
32. acrimony [noun]
Her acrimony for her neighbors manifests itself with shouting and stomping.
This book review was written with acrimony.
33. actuarial [adjective]
The company's actuarial report is available on demand.
34. acumen [noun]
John’s business acumen, along with his computer skills, made him an asset to the software company.
35. adamant [adjective]
Robert, a first year physics student, is adamant in his decision to peruse a career in engineering.
36. adjunct [noun]
My math teacher was adjunct faculty and did not work for the school full time.
37. admonish [verb]
Cops can admonish anyone who goes over the speed limit.
38. adolescence [noun]
When children reach the period of adolescence, they crave freedom to make their own choices.
39. adore [verb]
My mother loves to adore me in public even though I find it embarrassing, praising me in front of everyone as if I were still a child.
Because the older gentleman saved her from a terrible fate, the young girl chose to adore him with all of her heart, believing him to be a hero.
40. adroit [adjective]
The child was an adroit pianist at an early age.
She is a remarkably adroit and determined politician.
41. adulation [noun]
Although Jason was a famous celebrity, he was very uncomfortable with the adulation from his fans.
42. adulterate [verb]
If you want to adulterate your alcoholic drink, you should add some water to it.
The restaurant was fined for trying to adulterate the beef with cheap meats.
43. adumbrate [verb]
With assistance from the victim, the sketch artist will adumbrate a picture of the robbery suspect.
The project's objectives were adumbrated in the report.
44. adversarial [adjective]
In our country, there is an adversarial relationship between government and business.
Relations in the industry between labor and management remained adversarial and often inflexible.
45. aerie [noun]
While hiking in the hills, we spotted a hawk leave it’s aerie on the cliff.
46. affable [adjective]
Instead of being such a jerk, you should try being more affable!
People enjoy eating at that restaurant because the waitresses are always so affable.
47. affected [adjective]
The gesture appeared both affected and stagy.
48. affiliate [verb]
After being fired, the doctor was no longer affiliated with the hospital.
All youth groups will have to affiliate to the National Youth Agency.
49. affinity [noun]
Although Adam is very different than me, I have an affinity for him which I cannot describe.
50. affirm [verb]
Tonight, the police will affirm the suspect’s identity on national television.
I cann't affirm that no one will lose their job.
51. affluent [adjective]
Only affluent families could afford the top-dollar price tags attached to the homes in that neighborhood.
52. aggrandize [verb]
I attempted to aggrandize the CEO’s high status in the company to sweet talk him into signing off on the deal.
She often aggrandizes herself and disparages her colleagues.
53. aggravate [verb]
I left the party early so the noise would not aggravate my headache.
Stress and lack of sleep can aggravate the situation.
54. aggregate [verb]
Schools often use test scores to aggregate students into classes based on intelligence.
55. aggrieve [verb]
If the boy insults my mother and continues to tease and taunt me, he would prove he knows how to aggrieve me.
The villagers felt deeply aggrieved by the closing of the railway station.
56. aghast [adjective]
The teacher was aghast at the large number of students who failed the easy test.
She was aghast at the extent of the damage to her car.
57. akimbo [adjective]
Mom looked at the mess in my room, arms akimbo, and began yelling at the top of her lungs.
The police ordered Jason to keep his arms akimbo and his feet spread apart while they performed a body search.
58. alacrity [noun]
Having studied really hard last night, the student took the exam with alacrity.
He accepted her offer with alacrity.
59. albatross [noun]
The issue has become a political albatross for the government.
60. albeit [conjunction]
I am a huge fan of Madonna’s music, albeit I do not own any of her albums.
61. alienate [verb]
Teachers will alienate their students if they talk down to them.
The restaurant owner hesitates to change his menu because he does not want to alienate his regular customers.
62. allay [verb]
A good teacher will work hard to allay the concerns of a new student.
63. allegation [noun]
The professor made an allegation of cheating against his student.
64. allege [verb]
In the lawsuit, the parents allege the school system failed to protect their daughter from bullies.
65. allegory [noun]
Santa Claus is an allegory that illustrates how one person can change the world by giving.
66. alleviate [verb]
To alleviate hunger in our town, each employee of our company donated five cans of food.
67. alloy [verb]
By alloying tin with copper to make bronze, we obtain a metal which is much tougher than copper alone.
68. allure [verb]
Because I love the allure of the ocean waters, I enjoy spending time at the beach.
Enticed by the possibility of making a lot of money, the investor saw the start-up as an alluring business opportunity.
69. aloof [adjective]
The aloof princess stood in a corner alone.
In mythology, the Gods are generally aloof from mankind.
70. amalgamate [verb]
The two companies will amalgamate in a mutually beneficial merger next week.
71. ambivalent [adjective]
When it comes to the election, I am ambivalent about the candidates.
He has an ambivalent attitude towards her.
72. ambrosia [noun]
I watched him as he poured the red ambrosia into the lovely clear glass.
After their diet of the last few days, anything would taste like ambrosia.
73. ameliorate [verb]
Scratching your eye will not ameliorate the itching.
74. amenable [adjective]
My husband never complains about anything and is amenable to all my vacation suggestions.
75. amend [verb]
Chris said that he would amend the bill before the year’s end due to the public outcry.
76. amiable [adjective]
Because she was nice to all her fellow students, my cousin Sally was voted the most amiable female at her school.
77. amicable [adjective]
If you were a bit more amicable, people would not be afraid to approach you.
78. amity [noun]
Because of the amity in our subdivision, everyone looks out for each other.
The purpose of the treaty is to help the two countries develop amity so they can live in cooperation instead of in war.
79. amoral [adjective]
He grew up to be an amoral man because his parents never told him the difference between right and wrong.
80. amortize [verb]
The businessman was able to amortize his building loan by paying monthly payments on the first and the 15th.
81. ample [adjective]
Please feel free to invite friends because there will be ample food and drinks at the party.
82. amulet [noun]
Dressed in the traditional religious garb, the young woman threw the amulet around her neck in order to be cautious of the hexes.
One of the skeletons has an amulet of coal about its neck.
83. anachronism [noun]
These days the habit of introducing yourself to a new neighbor with a welcome gift has become an anachronism.
84. analgesic [adjective]
Some women prefer to avoid analgesic medication during childbirth.
85. anathema [noun]
After the world learned of his heinous crimes, the dictator was considered an anathema.
The epidemic which killed dozens of small children was an anathema to the residents of the town.
86. anecdotal [adjective]
The anecdotal nature of the interview will never be considered proof enough in a court of law.
Their research was based largely on anecdotal evidence.
87. anechoic [adjective]
Noise is measured in anechoic room.
88. anemic [adjective]
Although the woman was anemic, she made one final push in order to deliver her baby.
89. anesthetize [verb]
The doctor will anesthetize the patient using Propofol so that he feels no pain during surgery.
90. anew [adverb]
After divorcing her husband last year, she married anew to a man she only knew for about three months.
91. angel [noun]
They now have a leading role investing alongside other venture fund managers, business angels, banks, and other finance providers.
92. annihilate [verb]
During the war, our soldiers will annihilate the enemy and secure our land.
93. annotate [verb]
The student is free to annotate the textbook with notes, as well as to highlight any text that they choose.
94. annul [verb]
After the actress tied the knot with a stranger in Mexico, she was persuaded by her manager to annul the marriage.
The results of the homecoming election were so controversial that the principal decided to annul the count and have a new vote.
95. anodyne [noun]
The doctor promised to give me a strong anodyne to relieve the throbbing in my neck.
96. anomaly [noun]
In order to find the anomaly, scientists had to repeat the experiment over a hundred times.
97. antagonism [noun]
After deciding to become a cheerleader, the teenage boy had to deal with the antagonism of his peers.
98. antecedent [adjective]
Those were the events antecedent to the revolution.
99. antediluvian [adjective]
My daughter often tells me I wear antediluvian clothes that are way out of style.
To most teenagers, phones connected to wall outlets are antediluvian in nature.
100. antidote [noun]
Because he was bit by a snake, they had to give him the antidote so he would survive.
101. antimicrobial [adjective]
For example, the true magnitude of the antimicrobial drug resistance crisis is unknown because of the absence of systematic monitoring.
102. antipathy [noun]
The source of my antipathy is my ex-husband’s new wife!
Despite his personal antipathy to me, he was still able to be polite.
103. antiquity [noun]
While many females got married in their teens in antiquity, today women tend to marry in their later years.
104. antithetical [adjective]
The bill has not passed parliament because the conservative party is antithetical to the liberal party’s proposal.
105. anything but
The problem is anything but easy.
106. apathetic [adjective]
The employee’s apathetic attitude was apparent in the rude way he greeted customers.
107. apex [noun]
At the apex of our country sits the president of our nation.
Janice was at the apex of her music career when she sold over a million copies of her second album.
108. aphorism [noun]
While Ted’s aphorism was short and funny, it was enough to make us briefly forget our father was having life-saving surgery.
Bill began his speech with a humorous aphorism from one of his favorite authors.
109. apocryphal [adjective]
Scientists claim that the apocryphal story about creation is not true.
110. apogee [noun]
The hikers reached the apogee of the mountain at sunset and were glad to start descent the following day.
111. apostate [adjective]
When John challenged his church’s views, the leaders began to see him as an apostate.
We must punish this apostate priest.
112. apostle [noun]
He might have been, like Gandhi, an apostle of passive resistance.
113. apothegm [noun]
Don’t cry over spilled milk is an apothegm which has become worn from overuse, but which will forever remain true and relevant.
One of my mother's favorite apothegms was that “you can’t buy happiness.”
114. appease [verb]
When I reported the cashier’s poor customer service, the manager tried to appease me with the offer of a free pizza.
115. appellation [noun]
Because there is no appellation on the product, consumers are confused about the brand's name.
116. apportion [verb]
At the center, we apportion afternoon snacks so that all children get at least one juice and one snack.
117. apposite [adjective]
My daughter and I usually disagree about which clothing items are apposite for school.
During the debate, the candidate implied his opponent’s employment plan was not apposite for the country.
118. apprehensive [adjective]
With recent job cuts, Kate is apprehensive about losing her job.
119. apprentice [noun]
Before he became a professional, he worked as an apprentice in the industry.
My son is an apprentice in a furniture maker's workshop.
120. apprise [verb]
The scouts went back to apprise their commanding officer of the enemy’s location.
He came to apprise us that the work had been successfully completed.
121. approbation [noun]
I need to write a powerful resume to gain approbation from an employer.
122. appropriate [verb]
There can be problems in appropriating funds for legal expenses.
123. apropos [adjective]
Justine’s apropos comment fit in perfectly with our discussion.
124. aptitude [noun]
The aptitude test will identify your strongest areas in math.
125. aquiline [adjective]
He had a thin aquiline nose and deep-set brown eyes.
126. arabesque [noun]
Arabesque gates with curving iron doors guarded the entrance into the garden.
The arabesque stone monument was crafted with graceful, intricate designs.
127. arbiter [noun]
An arbiter will help the divorcing couple come to terms on a settlement.
128. arboreal [adjective]
It is easy for the deer to hide in the fallen leaves of its arboreal habitat.
129. arcane [adjective]
Because it is no longer taught in schools, people are concerned that cursive writing will become arcane.
130. archaic [adjective]
Because my archaic computer is no longer useful to me, I am giving it away for free.
131. archipelago [noun]
After island-hopping in the Aegean Sea, the tourists slept for a couple days due to previous excessive boating and walking to the different islands on the archipelago.
Many cruises sail to an archipelago in order to allow tourists to visit many island nations in just a short period of time.
132. ardent [adjective]
When the rock star checks his mail, he almost always finds one or two bizarre gifts from some of his ardent fans.
He's an ardent supporter of the local football team.
133. arduous [adjective]
Last semester was a piece of cake, but taking seven classes along with an internship this semester is going to be arduous!
Playing the piano may seem arduous at first, but it gets easier with practice.
134. argot [noun]
The old woman could not understand the argot her granddaughter used to communicate with her friends.
135. argumentative [adjective]
An argumentative student will often disagree with the teacher just for the sake of doing so rather than having a good reason.
136. arid [adjective]
The crops will not grow in the arid ground because the soil is too dry.
137. aristocratic [adjective]
The man’s aristocratic background caused him to crave fine dining and lavish parties.
138. arrest [verb]
It is sometimes possible to arrest or reverse the disease.
139. arrogance [noun]
The sheer arrogance of Hitler to think that he could dominate the world was shattered when he assassinated himself in his bunker.
Fred is so full of arrogance to think that anyone cares about what he has to say simply because he attended Harvard.
140. arrogate [verb]
The gang is trying to arrogate the public park and turn it into their private meeting space.
141. articulate [verb]
A polished speaker, Jenna was able to articulate her points during any discussion.
142. artifice [noun]
The company’s artifice centers on lowering their prices to the point that no other company can compete.
Because the bank robber knew he needed an artifice to distract the security guard, he decided to blow up a car in the parking lot.
143. artisan [noun]
The artisan cheesemakers specialized in making cheeses on their small dairy farm.
144. artless [adjective]
With her artless look, the girl next door looked beautiful even though she had no make-up on and didn’t style her hair.
Her countenance and a few artless words fully conveyed all her gratitude and delight.
145. as to
We had different views as to how a political interviewer should go about his job.
146. ascent [noun]
My legs were tired after I took the ascent to the cabin on the ridge.
147. ascertain [verb]
Detective Jimmy was able to quickly ascertain the suspect was not being honest with him.
In order to ascertain which applicant was most qualified for the position, the hiring manager spent a long time reviewing the resumes.
148. ascetic [adjective]
Jacob chose to live an ascetic life because of his strict religious beliefs.
149. ascribe [verb]
While you can sometimes ascribe these symptoms to allergies, I’m pretty sure you have a full-fledged cold.
150. aseptic [adjective]
After undergoing extensive surgery, Karen’s bloodstream became aseptic which would label her as healthy.
Aseptic boxes of fruit juices or plastic containers of prepared beverages can be frozen to serve double duty in the cooler.
151. askance [adverb]
The wealthy man looked askance as the gang members approached him.
Employers tend to look askance at people who change jobs often.
152. asperity [noun]
The police officer’s dislike of me was obvious from the asperity with which he demanded my driver’s license.
She pointed out, with some asperity, that it had all been my fault.
153. aspersion [noun]
Jack’s political rival cast an aspersion against him right before the election.
154. assail [verb]
If anyone ever talks negatively about Alex’s father, his response is to assail the person with insults.
The opposition's newspapers assail the government each day.
155. assassinate [verb]
The murder only spent a few hours planning the killing, but was able to assassinate the politician right outside his home.
The president travels with lots of security so that no one is able to assassinate him from the crowd.
156. assemblage [noun]
An assemblage of rust-colored antiques lined the tables of the thrift store.
157. assent [verb]
Once the directors have given their assent to the proposal, we can begin.
He gave his assent to the proposed legislation.
158. assiduous [adjective]
That was very assiduous of you to finish those financial reports weeks ahead of schedule.
159. assimilate [verb]
Jane had to assimilate a great deal of information on the first day of her new job.
160. assuage [verb]
In an effort to assuage angry customers, the store issued everyone a full refund.
161. astigmatic [adjective]
The astigmatic cavities bounded by crossed cylindrical mirrors with a piece of medium is studied by using matrix optics method.
We adapted visual information to astigmatic persons with due account of the degree of astigmatism.
162. astringent [adjective]
The sauce was way too astringent for my taste, as I dislike bitter flavors.
He uploaded some astringent comments on the paper for the international conference.
163. asylum [noun]
Clara’s lifelong dream is to start a program that grants asylum to persecuted citizens from other countries.
164. atavism [noun]
Ruby’s red hairs were viewed as atavism since her great-grandmother had the red hue.
165. atrocious [adjective]
After receiving atrocious reviews, the play closed the day after opening.
The traders forced the slaves to live in an atrocious environment.
166. atrophy [verb]
It was hard to watch my mother atrophy as she experienced the weakening disease of Alzheimer’s.
According to researchers, the lack of exercise causes muscles to atrophy and become feeble.
167. attenuate [verb]
Doctors claim taking the flu vaccine will attenuate the effects of the illness.
168. attest [verb]
Driving while texting is not safe as any police officer can attest.
169. attune [verb]
The radio transmitter wasn’t picking up what we needed, so I had to attune it to the right frequency.
170. audacious [adjective]
Cooper was an audacious soldier who never ran from a battle.
The most successful people are those who are audacious and not afraid to take risks.
171. augment [verb]
Because I want to augment my income, I am thinking about getting a second job.
172. augury [noun]
These sales figures are a good augury for another profitable year.
173. august [adjective]
Everyone wanted the chance to dine with the august president.
The august chef has been invited to cook dinner for the queen.
174. auspicious [adjective]
His brilliant acceptance speech was an auspicious start to his political career.
175. austere [adjective]
Even though she appeared austere, my teacher was a very kind woman.
176. autism [noun]
Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls.
177. autonomy [noun]
Teenagers should have the autonomy to make their own decisions in preparation for their lives as adults.
Branch managers have full autonomy in their own areas.
178. auxiliary [adjective]
When my grandmother retired, she joined the hospital auxiliary team that visited lonely patients.
179. avant-garde [adjective]
The elderly poet was confused by the youth’s avant-garde style of writing.
180. avarice [noun]
Mr. Krab’s avarice for money caused him to work his employees to the bone for little pay.
Avarice makes rich people want to become even richer.
181. aver [verb]
Even though the country is in an economic crisis, its leader will aver the nation is doing well during his monthly address.
182. averse [adjective]
My teenager daughter is averse to chores and usually has to be forced to complete her cleaning duties.
183. avian [adjective]
The avian part of the animal kingdom includes every type of bird from the flightless penguin to the majestic eagle.
184. avocation [noun]
Recently, Sherman discovered that woodworking is the type of avocation he enjoys in his spare time.
185. avuncular [adjective]
My father’s best friend Joe treats me in an avuncular manner and even calls me his niece.
186. axiom [noun]
Although you keep using that axiom as the basis for your paper, the concept itself is not true.
187. bacchanalian [adjective]
By the time the bacchanalian party ended, everyone was vomiting up their alcohol.
The island is known for its bacchanalian parties that last well into the night.
188. bald [adjective]
The bald statistics tell us nothing about the underlying trends.
The announcement came in a bald statement from the official news agency.
189. baleful [adjective]
With a baleful stare, the gang member pointed his gun at the unarmed police officer.
The witness was frightened when the defendant gave her a baleful glance filled with hatred.
190. balkanize [verb]
The events in Sudan and Egypt are linked to one another and are part of the project to balkanize the Arab World and the Middle East.
191. balloon [verb]
The company's debt has ballooned in the last five years.
192. banal [adjective]
Because the movie’s plot was banal, we knew exactly how the film would end.
193. bane [noun]
Distraction is the bane of productivity when I’m trying to get anything done.
Those noisy neighbours are the bane of my life.
194. baneful [adjective]
If not cooked properly, the fish can be baneful to humans.
195. banter [verb]
The play’s foolish character banter kept the audience laughing for two and a half hours.
Don't banter her out of her temper during these challenging times.
196. barbarous [adjective]
The killer’s barbarous acts disgusted the jury and landed him a lengthy prison sentence.
The king committed many barbarous acts during his reign.
197. bard [noun]
The bard was fair, but she must teach them some court dances.
198. bask [verb]
After a performance, the singer remains onstage for five minutes to bask in the audience’s adoration.
Crocodiles bask on the small sandy beaches.
199. bawdy [adjective]
With such bawdy language, it is not surprising that the novel is not being carried in religious bookstores.
200. bay [verb]
The police dogs are baying to be released, as the newly arrived officers are gathered in for the briefing.
201. beatify [verb]
The church was quick to beatify Mary for her role as the mother of Jesus.
202. bedazzle [verb]
The stunning model seemed to bedazzle everyone she met with her megawatt smile and charming personality.
Greg felt compelled to bedazzle his boss, so he always tried hard to impress him during meetings.
203. bedizen [verb]
Since the mother didn’t have any taste in fashion, she would frequently bedizen her young daughter in red and blue plaid pants with a yellow polka dot shirt.
In the 1970s, many hippies would bedizen themselves in bell bottoms that had large colorful flowers on them.
204. bedlam [noun]
Bedlam appeared to reign in the overcrowded school cafeteria.
When the team won the championship the fans ran onto the court, and bedlam ensued.
205. beguile [verb]
The car salesman tried to beguile the customer with an offer of free gas for a year.
206. behemoth [noun]
The monster truck rally showcased a behemoth whose tires were twice as tall as I am.
I was scared of the behemoth roller coaster that was the tallest and fastest in the world.
207. beholden [adjective]
Stan refused to accept a college loan because he didn’t want to feel beholden to anyone.
208. beleaguer [verb]
On Halloween, I know the little trick-or-treaters are going to beleaguer me all night long.
If we do not spray our house with insect repellant, mosquitos will beleaguer us all summer.
209. belie [verb]
Jason tried to belie the fact he was a lousy worker by showing up early at the office.
210. belletristic [adjective]
It's also that knowledge that an educated, sort of belletristic reader of The Saturday Review of Literature would be very familiar with.
A piece of prose writing that is belletristic in style is characterized by a casual, yet polished and pointed, essayistic elegance.
211. bellicose [adjective]
Don't cop that bellicose attitude with your mother!
He expressed alarm about the government's increasingly bellicose statements.
212. belligerent [adjective]
My brother was always belligerent and ready to fight.
213. bemuse [verb]
During the festival, I was a little bemused by all the noise at the park.
214. beneficent [adjective]
My beneficent neighbor gives out meals to the poor every Sunday.
215. beneficiary [noun]
As the billionaire’s only beneficiary, Cheryl will receive the entire estate.
My husband has listed me as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy.
216. benign [adjective]
When the doctor said my tumor was benign, I was so happy.
They are normally a more benign audience.
217. bent [noun]
Molly was bent over, drinking from the water fountain.
He passionately talked about the philosophical bent of his mind.
218. bereave [verb]
Because Ted was severely depressed, he chose to bereave himself of companionship so no one would comment upon his misery.
219. berserk [adjective]
Jimmy went totally berserk when Sandra told him that she was breaking off their engagement.
220. beseech [verb]
As soon as I reach the driving age, I will beseech my parents to buy me a car.
221. besiege [verb]
The journalists will besiege the police chief with questions about the prisoner’s escape.
222. besmirch [verb]
The woman’s adultery accusation is sure to besmirch the married politician’s reputation.
He never forgave the reporter for besmirching his family's name.
223. besotted [verb]
The besotted mother treated her child like a princess, despite the fact that she risked spoiling her.
224. bestow [verb]
During the ceremony, the prime minister will bestow medals of honor to the brave soldiers who rescued their comrades.
225. bevy [noun]
In hopes of receiving a bevy of presents, Hank invited a lot of people to his birthday party.
My essay grade was low because I had a bevy of mistakes in my paper.
226. bifurcate [verb]
If citizens are worried about a government having too much power, a bifurcate government would allow one branch to check the other branch.
The stream bifurcates into two narrow winding channels.
227. bigot [noun]
The bigot was a lonely old man who thought everyone was inferior to him.
228. bilk [verb]
Because he has always been so anti-government, he constantly accuses the President and Congress of trying to bilk tax-payers out of their hard-earned cash.
They are charged with bilking investors out of millions of dollars.
229. biosphere [noun]
Earth’s biosphere is made up of all living things, from the oceans to plants to the very atmosphere.
230. bizarre [adjective]
Everyone stared at the student who wore the bizarre outfit to school.
231. blandish [verb]
Because he wanted to go to the game so badly, Joe tried to blandish his mother by complimenting her hair.
It is impossible to blandish my boss since she isn’t persuaded by flattery or compliments.
232. blasé [adjective]
The actor was so frequently in front of the camera that he simply looked upon his paparazzi followers with a blasé attitude.
Since a new smartphone comes out practically every month, He is blasé to the latest technological invention.
233. blatant [adjective]
The judge became very angry when he heard the defendant’s blatant lie.
234. blemish [noun]
Oliver was worried that the small blemish on the tip of his nose would stand out in the wedding photographs.
235. blight [verb]
The scandal blighted the careers of several leading politicians.
236. blithe [adjective]
The rebellious teenager was blithe about her failing grades.
Because my answers came across as blithe during the interview, I did not receive a job offer.
237. blunt [adjective]
My aunt is quite blunt so it was no surprise when she gave her opinions on the unsightly décor.
I’ve lost friends due to being a very blunt person and speaking my mind.
238. boast [verb]
I didn’t want to boast, but I did exceptionally well on my college entrance exam.
239. bode [verb]
The harsh reviews do not bode kindly on the playwright’s latest stage production.
These recently published figures bode well for the company's future.
240. bog [verb]
Scientists put on their wading boots so that they could march up the incline to test the plant life in the bog.
Your car will bog down in the mud due to the heavy rains.
241. bogus [adjective]
The jewelry store owner was arrested for selling bogus diamonds as genuine gems.
242. boisterous [adjective]
Your boisterous actions at church cannot be tolerated.
243. bolster [verb]
Free tickets were given away to bolster attendance at the game.
244. bombastic [adjective]
Because he is a bit too bombastic for me, I will not be voting for that politician again.
245. bonhomie [noun]
The life-long friends experienced a sense of bonhomie whenever they got together.
There was a casual bonhomie between the actors at rehearsals.
246. boon [noun]
The donation from the billionaire was a nice boon for the homeless charity.
247. boondoggle [verb]
They were all boondoggled by her big talk.
248. boor [noun]
Jack was such a boor he would not even hold a door for his mother.
249. boorish [adjective]
The comedian’s jokes were so vulgar and boorish that the only ones left in the audience were those who were too drunk to be offended.
250. botch [verb]
You will botch the recipe if you leave the chicken in the marinade for too long.
251. bourgeois [noun]
In America, the traditional bourgeois family consists of two parents, two children, and a family pet.
252. bovine [adjective]
When my daughter does not want to do something, she always completes the task in a bovine manner.
Although Charles was active and talkative at work, at home he was usually bovine and sat around with a dull look on his face.
253. braggart [noun]
My rich uncle is a braggart who constantly boasts about his possessions.
254. brandish [verb]
When the crazed man decided to brandish a gun in the airport, he was immediately shot by a security guard.
255. brazen [adjective]
In a brazen assault, the gang fired their weapons at the policeman.
There were instances of brazen cheating in the exams.
256. breach [noun]
Sarah was allowed to keep her job because the committee decided her efforts to save the patient were not a breach of any nursing laws or codes.
257. brilliance [noun]
The genius’s brilliance allowed him to come up with some life-changing surgical techniques.
258. broach [verb]
Candace was afraid to broach the subject of divorce to her abusive husband.
I thought I would better broach the matter with my boss.
259. brood [verb]
Don't brood too much and just let it be, and you will finally have what you should.
260. brook [verb]
Oscar and I prefer to fish at the quiet brook because it is less crowded than the beach.
She won't brook any criticism of her work.
261. brunt [noun]
As the task manager, my husband will bear the brunt of the client’s anger when the project is not finished on time.
262. brusque [adjective]
What did I do to make you so brusque with me?
His secretary was rather brusque with me.
263. brutality [noun]
The ASPCA joined forces with the local police to stop the brutality imposed on innocent dogs run by an abusive and neglectful owner of a puppy mill.
The minority group accused the police of brutality.
264. bucolic [adjective]
The postcard image was beautiful and featured a bucolic white house in a dark green pasture.
265. buoyant [adjective]
With a great deal of confidence, the buoyant model strolled down the runway.
266. burgeon [verb]
As car prices go down, car dealers are expecting sales to burgeon.
267. burnish [verb]
Richard is forever attempting to burnish his reputation so that he can advance his position within our company.
268. buttress [noun]
The professor told him that he needed to do some more research to find data to be a buttress for his theory.
269. by far
That was by far the worst speech he had ever made.
270. bystander [noun]
A bystander witnessed the wreck, and called the police to assist.
271. byzantine [adjective]
Because the plot was revealed in a byzantine manner, it was difficult to understand.
272. cabal [noun]
Hundreds of workers formed a cabal to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the firm’s healthcare plan.
273. cachinnate [verb]
At one of the funniest parts of the film, the audience began to cachinnate with such force that guests in the other theaters could hear them.
274. cacophony [noun]
Sometimes, it seems as though the dogs in our neighborhood bark together to create a cacophony that wakes me up every morning.
Because the band had not practiced enough, their arrangement came across as a cacophony instead of entertaining music.
275. cadge [verb]
By flirting with the bartender, the pretty girl was able to cadge free drinks.
The homeless man was constantly trying to cadge cigarettes from pedestrians.
276. cajole [verb]
Why did I ever let my friends cajole me into eating sushi?
He really knows how to cajole people into doing what he wants.
277. callous [adjective]
There is so much crime in this country that many people have become callous about it and tend to look the other way.
278. callow [adjective]
Since the callow baker was new to cake decorating, she did not know how to properly frost the multi-layer cake.
279. calumniate [verb]
In an attempt to prevent the mayor’s reelection, someone has been using the Internet to calumniate the city leader’s family.
280. canard [noun]
The newspaper was sued for publishing a canard about a popular celebrity.
281. candor [noun]
Because the realtor was an honest woman, she replied with candor about the damage to the house.
282. canny [adjective]
The canny man would not buy the used car until it passed his mechanic’s inspection.
283. canon [noun]
He had to read a canon of accepted literary texts.
284. canonize [verb]
In religion, people tend to canonize the words of their most significant religious figure, holding them as holy and indisputable.
285. cant [noun]
The older woman did not understand the modern cant spoken by her grandchildren.
286. cantankerous [adjective]
The leading character in the movie was a cantankerous old man who hated the world.
287. caprice [noun]
Because John did not think before acting, he could spend the next ten years in prison for a silly caprice.
The professor was not the type of man to engage in anything as reckless as a caprice.
288. capricious [adjective]
Because of his capricious nature, Jeremy found it hard to keep a steady job.
289. captious [adjective]
My captious father is never satisfied with anything I do.
290. cardinal [adjective]
The therapist addressed the cardinal rule of marriage which is to always compromise on issues and once that is accomplished everything else will fall into place.
The cardinal belief with the nonprofit organization to help others in a time of crisis seemed to be overlooked which resulted in people feeling animosity towards the charity.
291. carnal [adjective]
Minors are not invited to the art exhibit because the paintings display carnal nudity.
292. carping [adjective]
My carping mother-in-law is constantly criticizing my housekeeping skills.
293. cartography [noun]
Since Greg was an expert in cartography, he quickly located the inaccuracy in the map.
294. caste [noun]
In the tribe, there is a caste system based on skin color with the darker-skinned people comprising the lower class.
295. castigate [verb]
My mother was a cruel woman who never missed an opportunity to castigate my father.
296. cataclysm [noun]
A severe attack upon the Internet could cause a cataclysm in the financial world.
297. catalyst [noun]
Jake’s termination from his job was the catalyst for his uncontrollable anger.
The chemical substance acts as a catalyst in the process of fermentation.
298. catastrophe [noun]
My teenager needs to realize losing her lipstick is not a catastrophe.
The attempt to expand the business was a catastrophe for the firm.
299. categorical [adjective]
My father’s categorical denial let me know there was no need to ask again.
300. catholic [adjective]
As the busy young woman chose from the catholic events displayed, she could pick from sports to crafts to dancing and everything in between.
He was a man of catholic tastes, a lover of grand opera, history and the fine arts.
301. caucus [noun]
When the legislative caucus meets, they will discuss a new proposal on gun control.
302. causal [adjective]
Is there a causal relationship between violence on television and violent behaviour?
303. causality [noun]
Once the missionaries realized the causality of the child deaths in this third world country was malnutrition, they pleaded with their church to supply money for food.
304. caustic [adjective]
The comic’s caustic jokes offended quite a few people.
305. cauterize [verb]
To stop the patient from bleeding, the doctor had to use a hot iron to cauterize the wound.
306. cavalier [adjective]
Bryan will regret his cavalier attitude about studying when he fails to graduate on time.
307. cede [verb]
When Matt became terminally ill, he had no choice but to cede control of his company to his daughter.
308. celerity [noun]
The slave will be punished if his celerity is not fast enough for his master.
309. celestial [adjective]
Since I am an atheist, I do not believe in a celestial afterlife.
310. censorship [noun]
Censorship has allowed the government to prevent the media from airing criticisms of its leadership.
311. censure [verb]
If Bart receives another censure from his boss, he will more than likely lose his job.
312. census [noun]
According to last year’s census over five hundred thousand people live in our city.
313. centrifugal [adjective]
Kim had no idea she was doing an experiment about centrifugal force when she sucked her milk through a straw.
314. centripetal [adjective]
The centripetal star is slowly accelerating towards the middle of its solar system.
315. cerebral [adjective]
Because of Adam’s intellectual sense of humor, he is the only one who ever laughs at his cerebral jokes.
316. chagrin [noun]
To her chagrin, Jill placed second in the beauty pageant.
317. champion [noun]
He championed the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
318. chary [adjective]
Because Vera was chary about going in the old house, I agreed to go in with her.
319. chasten [verb]
As a parent, I don’t feel spanking is a good way to chasten your kids.
320. chauvinist [noun]
Some people consider my sister to be a chauvinist when it comes to feminism, as she gets both angry and irritated when someone opposes her point of view.
321. chicanery [noun]
You can smell the chicanery from a dishonest politician.
322. chide [verb]
I don’t want the boss to chide me for being late again, so I’m setting the alarm for a half hour earlier.
323. chimera [noun]
Ron’s mental disorder caused him to believe there was a dangerous chimera out to get him.
324. chivalric [adjective]
Urban literature was influenced by church literature and chivalric literature on the representation of female's love.
325. churlish [adjective]
Although Ms. X is a beautiful and talented actress, she has a reputation for being churlish and difficult to get along with.
326. circuitous [adjective]
Because the spy did not want to give away the location of his headquarters, he always took a long and circuitous route to his office.
327. circumscribe [verb]
When my husband drinks too much, I hide his car keys to circumscribe his capacity to drive.
328. circumspect [adjective]
In this day and age, you need to be circumspect about giving out too much personal information on the internet.
329. clairvoyant [adjective]
The psychic’s clairvoyant abilities allowed her to see into the future.
330. clamber [verb]
Fortunately, the baby fell back onto the soft carpet after trying to clamber up the steps.
331. clamor [noun]
As soon as the people learn about the little boy’s murder, they are going to clamor for justice.
332. clangorous [adjective]
Pure tones transform themselves into distorted, clangorous metallic noises.
333. clearheaded [adjective]
The sheer quantity of detail would bemuse even the most clearheaded author.
334. cleave [verb]
You can use the axe to cleave the tree.
335. clique [noun]
The cool kids’ clique always sits in the last row of the auditorium.
336. cloister [verb]
Even though the young prince was supposed to cloister himself in the castle during the war, he escaped his guards and joined the battle.
337. cloying [adjective]
Jill is no longer impressed by cloying lines of devotion after having her heart broken countless times.
338. clutter [noun]
Clutter filled the elderly couple’s home as they refused to get rid of anything they had every bought.
339. coagulate [verb]
The killer did not realize the blood would coagulate on the floor and form a huge blob.
340. coalesce [verb]
Olivia stared into the distance and concentrated, hoping that all her random thoughts would somehow coalesce into one brilliant idea.
341. coda [noun]
The final section of the song was sealed with a coda that sounded like an entirely different melody.
342. codify [verb]
The interns will codify the financial receipts in chronological order.
343. coerce [verb]
The bully tried to coerce the small kids into giving him their lunch money.
344. coffer [noun]
After placing all his loot into the coffer, the pirate locked the chest.
345. cogent [adjective]
Because the child was so young, I worked hard to give her cogent answers to her questions.
346. cognizant [adjective]
Because I have been on a tight budget for two years, I am very cognizant of the importance of using coupons to get the best deals.
347. cohesive [adjective]
After six weeks of training together, our group bonded and became quite cohesive.
348. cohort [noun]
The Millennial generation is the largest cohort in US history.
349. collude [verb]
Breaking antitrust laws, company executives began to collude with one another to make sure their illegal doings were under wraps.
350. coltish [adjective]
He was a tall, coltish, bespectacled young man, curiously lovable.
351. comestible [adjective]
An Italian based comestible, pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods.
352. commensurate [adjective]
You will get a salary increase commensurate with your additional responsibilities and work
353. commiserate [verb]
Until you have walked in his shoes, you cannot commiserate with him.
354. communism [noun]
One of the benefits of communism is free healthcare for everyone.
355. compatriot [noun]
It put Juan at ease to be sitting next to a fellow compatriot on the plane trip from Spain to the United States.
356. compendium [noun]
The book is nothing more than a compendium of the author’s rants against the government.
357. complacent [adjective]
I am rightfully not complacent with low quality service.
358. complaisant [adjective]
Marsha’s complaisant character made her the perfect servant.
359. complement [noun]
The painting is the complement that will bring everything together in my redesigned living room.
360. compliant [adjective]
The teacher was shocked when her normally rebellious class became compliant.
361. complicit [adjective]
Your complicity in the crime is probably going to earn you five years in prison.
362. comprehension [noun]
Comprehension of the passage required the student to read the text several times.
363. compromise [verb]
In a monetary compromise, the debtor agreed to pay the bill in full if the lender gave him a payment plan.
364. compunction [noun]
Even though the stock broker admitted his crime, he displayed very little compunction while standing in front of the judge.
365. con artist [noun]
The con artist bamboozled her out of $600.
366. concave [adjective]
While a convex lens turns outward, a concave lens bends inwardly.
367. concede [verb]
Since he was trailing behind, the politician decided to concede the election to his opponent.
368. conceit [noun]
There was so much conceit in his voice I couldn’t help but wonder if he swooned over his own image in the mirror every morning.
369. conceive [verb]
Our team leader is counting on us to conceive a fix for the server error before our client deadline.
370. concert [verb]
If Russia was to be prevented from using the Treaty of Unkiar Skelessi for her own purposes, it was essential that the powers should concert measures to deal with the situation.
371. concession [noun]
Since the developer could not give the landowner his desired concession, he was not able to buy the land for the new subdivision.
372. conciliate [verb]
Before mediating between the two parties, the judge attempted to conciliate the plaintiff to prevent unnecessary litigation.
373. concoct [verb]
My mother is a talented chef who can concoct a gourmet meal out of sandwich meats.
374. concomitant [adjective]
Because the contractor and decorator agreed to concomitant work schedules in the final stages of construction, the house was ready to show well ahead of time.
375. condescending [adjective]
You make me feel worthless with your condescending attitude.
376. condone [verb]
I cannot condone the use of violence under any circumstances.
377. confer [verb]
It can confer certain powers and responsibilities upon regional and local authorities, and it can also remove those powers.
378. confluence [noun]
The confluence of warm and cold temperatures is going to create a powerful storm.
379. conformist [noun]
As someone who refuses to be a conformist, I go out of my way to take the path less frequently chosen.
380. confound [verb]
If the nurse does not read the labels, she will confound the medications and possibly harm patients.
381. congeal [verb]
They refrigerated the liquid gelatin so it would congeal before they ate it.
382. congenial [adjective]
Mark is a congenial host who always makes everyone feel welcome.
383. conglomerate [adjective]
The billionaire’s conglomerate includes restaurants, convenience stores, and a chain of hotels.
384. congruent [adjective]
Eating five chocolate bars is not congruent with your plan for losing weight.
385. conjectural [adjective]
The prosecutor knew the jury would have doubts about his conjectural theory of the crime.
386. conjugal [adjective]
The conjugal retreat was focused on married couples who needed to refresh their relationships.
387. conjugate [verb]
In the English language, we conjugate many different words for convenience, such as ‘won’t’ for ‘will not.’
388. connoisseur [noun]
Because the psychologist talks to many individuals, she considers herself to be a connoisseur of people and their relationships.
389. connote [verb]
To an atheist, the image of a cross does not connote anything other than a perpendicular design.
390. consanguine [adjective]
The consanguine family is extinct.
391. conscience [noun]
The serial killer’s lack of a conscience made it very easy for him to kill people.
392. conscious [adjective]
I became conscious of the crisis when the photographs of the terrorist attack were displayed on the news.
393. conscript [verb]
They proposed to conscript both capital and labour.
394. consecrate [verb]
This battlefield is consecrated to the memory of soldiers who died here.
395. consolidate [verb]
To save money on airline fees, my husband and I will consolidate our clothes so they fit in one suitcase.
396. conspicuous [adjective]
It would be inappropriate for you to wear such a short conspicuous dress to your father’s funeral.
397. conspire [verb]
Some poor people believe politicians conspire to keep them in dire financial straits.
398. constituency [noun]
Most of the constituency in California voted for the democratic candidate.
399. contemplate [verb]
When the accountant was asked to contemplate the current budget, he discovered many ways the company could save money.
400. contempt [noun]
Because Abby came from a wealthy family, it was not surprising she looked at homeless people with contempt.
401. contend [verb]
During the trial, the defense attorney will contend his client is innocent because he was out of state when the murder was committed.
402. contiguous [adjective]
Susan chose her condominium because she loved the fact its layout included a large playroom for her growing family.
403. continence [noun]
My continence gave me the strength to avoid the dessert table.
404. contraband [noun]
The inmate’s wife was arrested for trying to bring contraband into the jail.
405. contravene [verb]
Because your actions contravene school policy, you're being suspended for ten days.
406. contrite [adjective]
The local news was noticeably contrite and apologized to viewers for the countless on-air technical difficulties.
407. contrive [verb]
Jim made the contrived confession after the police threatened him.
408. contumacious [adjective]
Because the contumacious student refused to obey the principal’s instructions, he was suspended from school.
409. conundrum [noun]
Trying to solve this conundrum is really making my head hurt.
410. convene [verb]
As soon as the last closing argument is made, the jury will convene to ponder the verdict.
411. convention [noun]
They believe it is essential to defy convention.
412. converge [verb]
With the location and time of the would-be protest shared with everyone beforehand, the many protestors involved will converge on the town hall at exactly eight AM.
413. conversant [adjective]
The man is conversant in several different languages including French and English.
414. convex [adjective]
The convex curve of the scythe allows for the tool to wrap around the wheat like a closed hand.
415. convince [verb]
Even though his drinking was a problem, no one could convince the alcoholic to get help.
416. convivial [adjective]
If you cannot be convivial, then you should not invite people over for dinner.
417. convoke [verb]
The chairman decided to convoke a meeting to discuss the company’s budget issue.
418. convolute [adjective]
My head began to hurt as I listened to the professor’s convoluted speech.
419. convulse [verb]
During the seizure, the man’s muscles tightened, and his body began to convulse back and forth.
420. copious [adjective]
To avoid having a hangover, do not drink a copious amount of alcohol.
421. coquette [noun]
When the young man saw the coquette playfully teasing other men at the party, he was heartbroken.
422. cornerstone [noun]
Keith’s belief in Christ is the cornerstone of all his successful relationships.
423. cornucopia [noun]
According to the cruise director, passengers can choose from a cornucopia of activities during the voyage.
424. corollary [adjective]
Once the divorce was finalized, Jo had to deal with the corollary of depression and self-doubt that followed.
425. corrigible [adjective]
The judge believed there was hope for the corrigible criminal.
426. corroborate [verb]
I prayed my friend would corroborate the lie I told my parents!
427. cosmology [noun]
Modern cosmology believes the Universe to have come into existence about fifteen billion years ago.
428. cosset [verb]
From buying expensive toys to boxing vegetable-free lunches, the mother would cosset to her child's every whim.
429. coterie [noun]
Our coterie of girls always sits at the best table in the school cafeteria.
430. countenance [verb]
Even though Janet is a very young woman, her rough countenance makes her appear much older.
431. counterpoint [verb]
The musician has studied counterpoint for so long that combining a second melody with the main one comes second nature.
432. counterproductive [adjective]
The measures are counterproductive and have only increased crime in our community.
433. coup [noun]
When the coup failed, the dictator killed all the rebels who tried to remove him from power.
434. covert [adjective]
The spy went to great lengths to make sure his enemies would not discover his covert plans.
435. covetous [adjective]
The covetous woman couldn’t stop staring at my designer handbag.
436. cow [verb]
Politicians are too cowed by the media even to introduce the bill.
437. coward [noun]
Because Tim was a coward, he was afraid to ask Maggie on a date.
438. cower [verb]
When he was afraid, the little puppy would crouch down and cower in fear.
439. cozen [verb]
The smooth-talking salesman was able to cozen money out of the unsuspecting woman who agreed to buy the junk vehicle.
440. crafty [adjective]
The crafty wolf was able to trick Little Red Riding Hood into thinking he was Grandmother.
441. crank [noun]
Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.
442. craven [adjective]
My husband James proves he is not craven every time he runs into a burning building to save a stranger.
443. credence [noun]
Because the experiment had been performed over a hundred times, a great deal of credence was given to the results.
444. credo [noun]
According to the nonprofit organization’s credo, every homeless person should have a roof over his head.
445. credulous [adjective]
Because my brother is a credulous consumer, he is a salesperson’s dream.
446. crestfallen [adjective]
After losing comrades in battle, several crestfallen soldiers cried in their tents.
447. cripple [verb]
He had been warned that another bad fall could cripple him for life.
448. cruel [adjective]
Cruel winter weather plagued the struggling city for months.
449. crumble [verb]
When his mother died, the man felt as if his world would crumble under his feet.
450. culminate [verb]
At the end of the night, the concert will culminate in a huge fireworks display.
451. culpable [adjective]
The judge found the man culpable of the crime and sentenced him to life in prison.
452. culprit [noun]
After much research, scientists identified the culprit of the disease as a genetic disorder.
453. cunning [adjective]
Even though Shannon thought she had a cunning strategy to get Bill to propose, it turned out to be wasted planning when he told her that he was already married.
454. cupidity [noun]
John’s cupidity led him to try and rob the bank.
455. cure-all [noun]
Investment is not a cure-all for every economic problem.
456. curmudgeon [noun]
My neighbor is a curmudgeon who keeps the soccer balls that accidentally come into his yard.
457. cursive [adjective]
Cursive writing is no longer taught in some school since the use of computer has replaced traditional writing.
458. cursory [adjective]
急ぎの、大雑把な After doing a cursory head count, Claire realized that two of the campers were not in their tents.
459. curt [adjective]
The service agent was fired after he was overheard treating customers in a curt manner.
460. curtail [verb]
The checks and balances system of our government serves to curtail any of the three administrative branches from having too much power.
461. cutback [verb]
The students were so happy when their teacher decided to give a cutback on the number of homework assignments they had to compete.
462. cynicism [noun]
Because of his cynicism, the accountant had a hard time believing he would be hired for the position.
463. cytoplasm [noun]
A cytoplasm is a thick solution inside a cell and is made up of water, salts, and proteins.
464. dairy [noun]
Since Tina was lactose intolerant she had to pass on the ice cream, butter and cheese because she can’t eat dairy products.
465. dally [verb]
They fired the guard because he would dally about, wasting his time.
466. daunt [verb]
As I looked up the mountain, I knew it would be a daunting feat to reach the peak.
467. dearth [noun]
Because there was a dearth of evidence, the district attorney had to drop the charges.
468. debacle [noun]
When the movie was released, it was called a debacle by the critics.
469. debase [verb]
The politician tried to debase his rival’s good reputation by spreading false rumors about him.
470. debauchery [noun]
How can you go to church every Sunday and still engage in debauchery?
471. debunk [verb]
My attempts to debunk my young daughter’s belief in Santa Claus only ended with her crying for days.
472. decadent [adjective]
Once the decadent politician was finally caught in the scandalous affair he was having, he was dismissed from office.
473. decamp [verb]
She has decamped with all our money.
474. decipher [verb]
There was no way I could decipher my doctor’s handwriting.
475. declaim [verb]
The love-struck newlywed would declaim his love for his bride on the peak of the highest mountain top.
476. declivity [noun]
Grandma has a hard time walking from her house to the lake due to her street’s slight declivity.
477. décor [noun]
The quiet decor of her home made her feel comfortable and at ease.
478. decorous [adjective]
The director of the finishing school is a decorous woman known for her perfect social skills.
479. decry [verb]
The liberal news media is constantly trying to decry the efforts of the country’s conservative president.
480. deduce [verb]
By counting backwards, the clerk was able to deduce the correct change to give back to the customer.
481. deem [verb]
The principal will probably deem the boy’s behavior as upsetting and worthy of a suspension.
482. defame [verb]
Hoping to defame his political rival of her squeaky-clean image, the state senator released a secret tape showing the woman dancing in a strip club.
483. default [noun]
The bank will repossess your car if you default on your loan payments.
484. defeasible [adjective]
Fourthly, it seems to be a fact that pragmatic constraints are generally defeasible, or not invariable.
485. defendant [noun]
The plaintiff sued the defendant for damages.
486. defer [verb]
Because of my mother’s death, we will defer our vacation for a while.
487. deferential [adjective]
People were always deferential to the military veteran and showed him respect every time he was in uniform.
488. defile [verb]
Because Jared is a hamburger purist, he believes that adding any condiments is only going to defile the flavor of the beef.
489. deft [adjective]
The deft musician was able to play the harmonica and the piano at the same time.
490. defunct [adjective]
Though the car was defunct, he knew that with the right parts and some hard work he could restore it.
491. degrade [verb]
Bullies will often degrade their victims by making fun of them and getting others to do the same.
492. deify [verb]
The people seemed to deify their leader, worshiping him as if he was the Earth’s creator.
493. deject [verb]
The players were dejected after losing the big game.
494. deleterious [adjective]
Because I know alcohol is deleterious, I rarely drink more than one glass of wine.
495. delimit [verb]
After the conflict broke out in Yugoslavia, world leaders came together to delimit boundaries and break the region into individual countries.
496. delineate [verb]
Before I began to plant my seeds, I will delineate the rows of my garden to make sure every vegetable grows in a precise line.
497. delinquent [adjective]
With so many bills delinquent, Kevin had to look for a second job to help him earn enough to catch up.
498. delusion [noun]
It was heartbreaking to witness my ailing grandmother’s delusion that her deceased husband was alive.
499. delve [verb]
We had many books to delve into during our research for school.
500. demagogic [adjective]
Demagogic governments sometimes paint foreigners as scapegoats, leading to nationalization or laws restricting foreign investment.
501. demarcate [verb]
She was convinced that the school’s administration should demarcate social studies grades from science grades.
502. demeaning [adjective]
The manager dismissed Brenda’s ideas in a demeaning tone that made her feel like the stupidest person in the room.
503. demeanor [noun]
When Helen is working as a hostage negotiator, she always has such a calm demeanor.
504. dementia [noun]
Diagnosed as dementia, Maureen now had a name for the forgetfulness that made her life so difficult.
505. demise [noun]
My mother’s demise occurred unexpectedly in a traffic accident.
506. demographics [noun]
The demographics of the country have changed dramatically in recent years.
507. demonize [verb]
In divorce court, the bitter wife tried to demonize her ex and pain him in a bad light to the judge.
508. demotic [adjective]
Demotic scripts were different from traditional Egyptian communication in that they were scribed with business and not traditional wording.
509. demur [verb]
Because the DA decided to demur the low bond, it was set at a higher fee.
510. denigrate [verb]
On the talk show, the mean host usually tries to denigrate her guests by reminding them of their misdeeds.
511. denizen [noun]
My husband is a denizen of the sand who practically lives at the beach.
512. denouement [noun]
The film ended with a denouement that left the audience speechless.
513. denounce [verb]
The dictator made a speech to denounce the actions of his enemies.
514. deplete [verb]
When we continually cut down forests, we are choosing to deplete one of our greatest resources.
515. deplorable [adjective]
John’s deplorable behavior is going to get him arrested one day.
516. deportation [noun]
Due to the father’s criminal behavior, his whole family faced deportation to Brazil.
517. depose [verb]
A coalition of countries is trying to depose the island dictator.
518. deposition [noun]
The accused has made a deposition.
519. deprecate [verb]
Unfortunately my mother-in-law’s urge to deprecate me is stronger than her urge to inspire me.
520. depreciate [verb]
The new car starts to depreciate in value as soon as it is driven off the lot.
521. deride [verb]
If the police do not intervene, the fans of the winning team will deride the losing players as they leave the arena.
522. derivative [adjective]
The new antibiotic is listed as a derivative of penicillin because it was produced from a penicillin base.
523. descent [noun]
The plane’s descent was so fast that my ears popped.
524. descry [verb]
After conducting experiments for several years, the scientist was able to descry the cause of the disease.
525. desecrate [verb]
Do not desecrate the temple by speaking loudly during your visit.
526. desiccate [verb]
The professional soccer player became desiccated after being in a car accident that left him in a coma.
527. desolate [adjective]
Since the anchor stores closed, the shopping center has become a desolate wasteland.
528. desuetude [noun]
Although the law is still on the books, its enforcement is in desuetude and no longer a matter of police concern.
529. desultory [adjective]
Because he was not happy with his pay increase, James made only a desultory effort to complete his duties at work.
530. deterrent [noun]
When I saw the security guard in the store, I knew he was there as a theft deterrent.
531. detest [verb]
If you really detest your ex-husband, you will stay away from him.
532. detract [verb]
Sharon’s dirty clothes do not detract from her gorgeous appearance.
533. detraction [noun]
Weak men are crushed by detraction, but the brave hold on and succeed.
534. detrimental [adjective]
My grandmother still does not own a microwave because she believes the radiation could be detrimental to her health.
535. devalue [verb]
Last year Mexico was forced to devalue the peso.
536. devoid [adjective]
If I spend my last few dollars, my wallet will be devoid of cash.
537. devolve [verb]
A law was passed to devolve some powers of the central government to regional councils.
538. dialectical [adjective]
Hegel detected this dialectical progression in the progress of human consciousness and intellectual - emotional growth.
539. diaphanous [adjective]
Mary found it quite easy to see through the diaphanous drapes.
540. diatribe [noun]
Because Sheila was unhappy with the administration, she launched a lengthy diatribe against the board during lunch.
541. dichotomy [noun]
His dichotomy of heaven and hell became an excellent essay on the contrast between paradise and eternal suffering.
542. dictum [noun]
As Sarah waited in the unemployment line, she recognized the truth of the dictum, “last hired; first fired”.
543. didactic [adjective]
While the professor’s lectures were designed to be didactic, they only served to confuse the students.
544. differentiate [verb]
The cashier told me a sticker would differentiate the regular cheeseburger from the cheeseburger without pickles.
545. diffident [adjective]
Because she felt unattractive, Mary was diffident and kept to herself at parties.
546. diffuse [verb]
They used the essential oils to diffuse fragrance throughout the entire room.
547. digression [noun]
The elderly professor would sometimes make a digression and talk about his wife’s flowerbeds instead of physics.
548. dilate [verb]
The doctor will repair the narrowed vessels by inserting a tube to dilate them.
549. dilatory [adjective]
My daughter used dilatory tactics to stay up past her bedtime.
550. dilettante [noun]
When it comes to learning how to play the guitar, my daughter is a dilettante who will practice one day but not the next day.
551. din [noun]
The din from my neighbor’s party will probably keep me up all night.
552. diplomat [noun]
Because he isn’t very diplomatic, the politician often finds himself involved in verbal disputes.
553. dire [adjective]
Because this is a dire emergency, we need medical assistance right away!
554. dirge [noun]
When Kim sang a dirge for her deceased father, she brought everyone to tears.
555. disabuse [verb]
It is my job as a teacher to disabuse students of the notion they can be successful without an education.
556. disaffection [noun]
There is much disaffection among the ranks of the party.
557. discerning [adjective]
The discerning customer will recognize this as a high quality product.
558. disciplinary [adjective]
Disciplinary action was taken by the principal after the student refused to listen to the teacher.
559. discomfit [verb]
The manager’s mean look served to discomfit me during the interview.
560. discordant [adjective]
Without proper guidance, the band produces discordant music that no one wants to hear.
561. discredit [noun]
The way Leonard responded to the customer was a discredit to the company’s service policy.
562. discreet [adjective]
Hoping to avoid detection, the shoplifter tried to be discreet while walking through the store.
563. discrepancy [noun]
A discrepancy in the financial reports is the reason for the audit.
564. discrete [adjective]
Brown and white rice are two discrete varieties.
565. discretion [noun]
Because my daughter spends money recklessly, I have to give out her allowance at my discretion.
566. discretionary [adjective]
Banks have a tendency to loan money through strict methods, but individuals can make a discretionary loan to others without regard to their backgrounds.
567. discrimination [noun]
Carol is an attorney who works to help fight gender discrimination in the workplace.
568. discursive [adjective]
When the writer was drunk, he often talked for hours in a discursive manner.
569. disdain [verb]
During the exam, my teacher looked at me with disdain when I attempted to glance at my neighbor's test.
570. disinclination [noun]
After learning about my daughter’s disinclination in college, I suggested she join the navy.
571. disingenuous [adjective]
The detective was a disingenuous man who often played dumb to trick others into confessing.
572. disinterested [adjective]
The teacher saw me nodding off and chastised me for being disinterested in class.
573. disjointed [adjective]
The person we rescued from the avalanche was dazed and confused, only able to give a disjointed account of what had happened to her, making it difficult to understand.
574. dismay [noun]
To the children’s dismay, there was not enough snow in the yard to build a snowman.
575. dismiss [verb]
Soon the last bell will dismiss the pupils for summer break.
576. disparage [verb]
You disparage my brother by saying he is worthless?
577. disparate [adjective]
Because there was so much disparate information on the topic, the research process took longer than expected.
578. disparity [noun]
The disparity between the giant’s height and the dwarf’s height is obvious.
579. disperse [verb]
As soon as the last bell rings, students disperse out of the building and head to their buses.
580. dispose [verb]
His criminal record does not dispose me to trust him.
581. dispossess [verb]
Once the real estate investor neglected to pay his property taxes, the government took action to dispossess his land.
582. disquiet [verb]
The novel is a tense thriller that will disquiet the reader.
583. dissemble [verb]
偽る、隠す Her plan was to dissemble her intentions from her husband so she could successfully plan him a surprise party.
584. disseminate [verb]
With encyclopedias in every classroom, we will disseminate a wealth of information to all students.
585. dissent [adjective]
More than likely, my father will dissent with the idea I am old enough to set my own curfew.
586. disservice [noun]
She has done a great disservice to her cause by suggesting that violence is justifiable.
587. dissident [adjective]
Charlie’s family members were devout Catholics, while he was considered dissident for not identifying with the religion.
588. dissipate [verb]
According to meteorologists, the storm will dissipate after a few hours and make way for the sunshine.
589. dissolute [adjective]
My cousin is a dissolute woman who likes to irritate her religious parents by performing immoral deeds.
590. dissolution [noun]
The president announced the dissolution of the National Assembly.
591. dissonance [noun]
不調和、不一致 His cruel abuse showed a dissonance with his loving words.
592. dissuade [verb]
Jealous people will always try to dissuade you from trying to be successful.
593. distaff [adjective]
He is my uncle on the distaff side.
594. distaste [noun]
I have a mild distaste for anything bitter, but I would certainly eat those foods if I were hungry enough.
595. distend [verb]
The hernia caused his stomach to distend from organ misplacement.
596. distill [verb]
The writers were asked to distill the most important points of their articles and put them into one sentence.
597. distrait [adjective]
The distrait boy is always losing his books.
598. dither [verb]
Terry tends to dither when someone asks him where to have lunch, as he is never able to decide on a restaurant.
599. diurnal [adjective]
Because bats are not active during the day, they are not diurnal creatures.
600. diverge [verb]
The interstate began to diverge into two exit ramps.
601. divest [verb]
Under the new deal, the company agreed to divest itself of half its revenues, so they could distribute it among their creditors.
602. divinity [noun]
Although many doubted him, the man held fast in his claims of divinity and never faltered even when put under pressure.
603. divisive [adjective]
The divisive proposal split the committee into two opposing sides.
604. divulge [verb]
Doctors must be careful to not divulge confidential information about their patients.
605. doctrinaire [adjective]
With a doctrinaire attitude, the politician pressured his constituents to follow his policies blindly.
606. document [verb]
Can you document these claims?
607. doff [verb]
Before he could doff his hat at the busy woman, she hurried by without paying him any attention.
608. dogged [adjective]
Even though John was miles behind the other runners, his dogged determination would not let him quit the race.
609. doggerel [noun]
My professor called my poetry collection doggerel and gave me a failing grade on the project.
610. dogmatic [adjective]
The preacher was a dogmatic individual who was quick to argue with anyone who challenged his opinion.
611. dormant [adjective]
Since the volcano is dormant right now, you do not have to be concerned about it erupting.
612. doting [adjective]
The doting mother waited on her children hand and foot, even into adulthood.
613. dovetail [verb]
We've tried to dovetail our plans with theirs.
614. downplay [verb]
The lying suspect tried to downplay his involvement in the robbery, but the detectives believe him to be the ring leader of the crime mob.
615. doyen [noun]
The doyen of the group joined the Boy Scouts of America before any of the other members.
616. draconian [adjective]
Giving someone a life sentence for stealing a loaf of bread is a draconian consequence.
617. droll [adjective]
I love this anthology because all the stories are droll and entertaining, rather than making me think too hard.
618. droplet [noun]
The study of droplet burning under microgravity is essential for the understanding of mechanism of combustion processes.
619. dross [noun]
My cheap husband bought me a dross ring that turned my finger green.
620. dubious [adjective]
When questioned about the night of the murder, the suspect's memory was dubious.
621. dulcet [adjective]
It does not take long for the baby to be comforted by his mother’s dulcet singing.
622. dull [adjective]
Dull pencils could not be used and had to be replaced with sharp ones.
623. dupe [verb]
My brother is a schemer who is always trying to dupe people out of their money.
624. duplicity [noun]
Most politicians use duplicity to deceive voters just long enough to get their votes.
625. dwarf [verb]
Without a step stool, it was difficult for the dwarf to get anything done around the cabin.
626. dwindle [verb]
Because Amelia and Danny made a promise to each other that they would never let their romance dwindle, they plan a date night every week.
627. dynamism [noun]
The progressive group’s dynamism was an example for other liberal factions.
628. dynamo [noun]
As a political dynamo, the senator used his upbeat nature to outshine his opponent.
629. dyspeptic [adjective]
The dyspeptic man could not determine if he was happy or sad.
630. dystopia [noun]
The novel was set in an unfair society called a dystopia.
631. earnest [adjective]
When the man made an earnest offer to pay for the groceries I could not afford, he overwhelmed me with his kindness.
632. earthy [adjective]
The stairs are decorated in golds and earthy browns.
633. ebullient [adjective]
The ebullient song was so uplifting that I danced in my chair.
634. eccentric [adjective]
The eccentric old man never ate anything other than cat food.
635. echelon [noun]
The prominent college ranks among the top echelon of schools in the nation.
636. eclectic [adjective]
The restaurant’s menu was eclectic and included foods from a number of ethnic groups and cultures.
637. eclipse [verb]
At lunchtime, we witnessed a solar eclipse that made the sky look dark.
638. edify [verb]
As good Christians, we must seek to edify our neighbors about God and Jesus Christ.
639. editorial [noun]
The opinion expressed in the election editorial was that of the publisher himself, but not the rest of his staff.
640. effervescent [adjective]
The soda pop was so effervescent, that its bubbles tickled my nose.
641. effete [adjective]
The effete man was scared of his own shadow and hid in the closet during thunderstorms.
642. efficacious [adjective]
Because my medicine is efficacious, I expect to feel better soon.
643. efficacy [noun]
Fortunately, the medicine had the efficacy to reduce the amount of pain John was feeling.
644. effigy [noun]
As soon as the citizens learned their brutal leader was dead, they burned an effigy of his image.
645. effrontery [noun]
I was shocked by the mugger’s effrontery to kiss me after grabbing my bag.
646. effusive [adjective]
Sally was effusive in her praise of the judges who awarded her the trophy.
647. egotistical [adjective]
My brother is very egotistical and thinks he is the best baseball player.
648. egregious [adjective]
Even though Jack was told to behave in church, he was still egregious by talking loudly during the sermon.
649. egress [noun]
I had a panic attack in the haunted house when I could not find an egress leading to the outside.
650. elegy [noun]
Since I am not an animal lover, I could only sigh as Ann sang an elegy for her dead cat.
651. elicit [verb]
The comedian hoped his jokes would elicit a great deal of laughter from the audience.
652. elixir [noun]
The salesman was selling an elixir that he said would protect us all from the plague.
653. eloquent [adjective]
When you listen to the eloquent politician speak, you always understand his message.
654. elucidate [verb]
To make life easy for my math students, I go out of my way to elucidate the complex problems before each test.
655. elysian [adjective]
The elysian clouds looked as if they would be heavenly to touch.
656. emaciated [adjective]
Because some sick animals refuse to eat, many of them become emaciated.
657. embed [verb]
The victorious army was quick to embed its flag in the hill they had fought so hard to conquer.
658. embellish [verb]
Because Marco has always had a tendency to embellish the truth, no one believed he had been mugged.
659. embrace [verb]
I have come to appreciate warm people who embrace me just because they're happy to see me.
660. embroil [verb]
I avoided my two best friends because I did not want to get embroiled in their dispute.
661. eminence [noun]
Taylor Swift’s eminence as a creative singer and style icon make her one of the most well known celebrities in the world.
662. emollient [adjective]
The lotion was a great emollient for her dry skin.
663. empathy [noun]
Because her parents immigrated to the United States to give her a better life, Maria has empathy for illegal aliens.
664. empirical [adjective]
Our data is based on empirical evidence collected in numerous studies.
665. emulate [verb]
The boy would emulate his father's morning routine, from reading the newspaper to sipping coffee.
666. enamor [verb]
My daughter hopes her makeover will enamor feelings from her secret crush.
667. encomium [noun]
Mrs. Poundstone was surprised and delighted on the last day of school when the students in her most difficult class presented her with an encomium they had written, praising her work as a teacher.
668. endearing [adjective]
At the beginning of their relationship, the enamored teens would write endearing love notes to each other every day.
669. endemic [adjective]
The poisonous snake must have come from another country because it is not endemic to our nation.
670. endorse [verb]
If the president chooses to endorse the politician, he will lose many supporters who oppose the legislator.
671. enervate [verb]
The wrestler's plan was to deliver a crushing blow which would enervate his opponent.
672. engender [verb]
The restaurant hoped the act of giving out free ice cream would engender customer loyalty.
673. enigmatic [adjective]
When I was growing up, I viewed my father as an enigmatic man who rarely spent time with me.
674. enormity [noun]
The young man will probably stop laughing when he learns the enormity of the criminal charges against him.
675. enrage [verb]
Plans to build a new baseball park may enrage the nearby homeowners with traffic and noise concerns.
676. enrapture [verb]
Because I was marrying the man I loved, I was enraptured as I walked down the aisle.
677. enshrine [verb]
The concept of individual liberty is enshrined in the constitution.
678. enthrall [verb]
I was completely enthralled by the handsome actor.
679. entitlement [noun]
Since Lily already had the puppy before her relationship with Fred, she knew she had entitlement to the puppy after they broke up.
680. entomology [noun]
Since I’m not a fan of insects, I’m not looking forward to taking the entomology class.
681. entreat [verb]
I entreat you to donate some time tomorrow for our neighborhood clean-up program.
682. enumerate [verb]
Before the judge began to enumerate the charges against Harry, he asked to speak privately with the prosecutor.
683. enunciate [verb]
The speech coach reminded the students to enunciate their words so people could comprehend what they were saying.
684. ephemeral [adjective]
Ephemeral art painted on the sidewalks will wash away when it rains.
685. epicure [noun]
Even though Marie claims to be an epicure, she is not one because she will eat anything served to her.
686. epileptic [adjective]
He was epileptic and refused to take medication for his condition.
687. epistemology [noun]
Epistemology is that part of philosophy which studies the nature of human intellect.
688. epithet [noun]
The epithet “Curly” is used to describe the big football player with the curly hair.
689. epitome [noun]
Because our mayor is the epitome of a good citizen, he has been in office for over ten years.
690. equable [adjective]
Because she is so equable, my even-tempered mother rarely gets upset.
691. equanimity [noun]
His equanimity allowed him to keep a clear head and escape the burning building.
692. equilateral triangle
Its outline roughly forms an equilateral triangle.
693. equitable [adjective]
Both sides agreed to try to find an equitable compromise that would please everyone.
694. equivocal [adjective]
Since the defendant’s alibi is equivocal, the jury will disregard it almost instantly.
695. equivocate [verb]
When things are not going Margie’s way, she will often twist the truth and equivocate to put things in her favor.
696. errant [adjective]
The errant student was given a warning for not going directly to class.
697. erratic [adjective]
When the police officer saw the man driving in an erratic manner, he pulled him over to question him.
698. erroneous [adjective]
After he had spent every waking moment of the past few days researching the subject, he was understandably frustrated when he discovered that several of his sources contained erroneous information.
699. ersatz [adjective]
Do you believe the ersatz beach created by the city will appeal to those who love the natural features of the seashore?
700. erstwhile [adjective]
Before she began using a pseudonym, the author was erstwhile known by another name.
701. erudite [adjective]
The room was full of erudite scholars who made the discussion on astronomy fun and interesting.
702. escapade [noun]
When my husband spoke of a wild escapade, I had no idea he was talking about jumping out of an airplane.
703. eschew [verb]
Since my husband believes chores are a woman’s work, he tries to eschew them around the house.
704. esoteric [adjective]
The medical research was so esoteric that only a few physicians could actually understand the results.
705. essay [verb]
Donald essayed a smile.
706. estimable [adjective]
Our estimable professor is constantly being recognized for his cancer research.
707. estrange [verb]
Norma’s depression often causes her to estrange herself from her coworkers by eating lunch alone in her cubicle.
708. ethnocentrism [noun]
Because my father’s marital beliefs are rooted in his ethnocentrism, he does not believe I should marry outside of my race.
709. ethos [noun]
Doctors are supposed to practice under ethos in which they put their patients’ health before financial compensation.
710. etiology [noun]
The etiology of this disorder may include alcoholism, malnutrition, or submassive hepatic necrosis.
711. etymology [noun]
After a bit of research, I found the etymology associated with my name and discovered my name’s meaning.
712. eugenics [noun]
When I hear a story of parental neglect, I often feel inclined to agree with the principle of eugenics.
713. eulogy [noun]
Ginger sobbed as she listened to the praising words of her father’s eulogy during his funeral.
714. euphemism [noun]
When I was a kid, my mother described sexual intercourse using a euphemism so I would not be shocked by her words.
715. euphony [noun]
The love-struck boy thought the sound of his girlfriend’s name was the sweetest euphony he had ever heard.
716. euphoria [noun]
Once the euphoria of winning the lottery has worn off, you will be faced with the prospect of taxes and needy relatives.
717. euthanasia [noun]
The doctor refused to perform euthanasia even though he knew it would permanently remove his patient’s suffering.
718. evanescent [adjective]
We would have all missed the evanescent moment if not for the photographer’s speed and skill.
719. evasion [noun]
Now that it is mid-term time, the procrastinating student will pay for his love of partying and evasion of studying.
720. evince [verb]
Although they evince an appearance of stability, I’ve heard that their marriage is beginning to crumble.
721. evocative [adjective]
Seeing an evocative picture of my mother brought back fond memories of our last days together.
722. exacerbate [verb]
Cora chose to exacerbate the argument by throwing a lamp at Mark’s head.
723. exact [verb]
When the two runners crossed the line, the judge needed an exact time for each runner since it was unknown who won.
724. exacting [adjective]
It was exacting work and required all his patience.
725. excise [verb]
It will take several hours for the surgeon to excise the massive tumor.
726. excoriate [verb]
In his speech, the president will excoriate the dictator’s actions and state his plans for military intervention.
727. excruciating [verb]
After watching the excruciating film, I thought about asking for a refund of my money.
728. exculpate [verb]
Diane’s teenage son is constantly getting into some kind of mischief, but he knows how to charm his mother and exculpate himself.
729. execrable [adjective]
Because the conditions in that restaurant were so execrable, several diners became ill and the Health Department was called in to shut it down.
730. exegesis [noun]
The student’s exegesis of the novel was one of the best summaries the professor had ever read.
731. exemplar [noun]
The school valedictorian is an exemplar of the perfect student.
732. exemplary [adjective]
When my father retired from his company after fifty years of employment, he received a gold watch for his exemplary service.
733. exempt [verb]
Because I made a perfect score on my last exam, I am exempt from the study guide that all of the other students are required to complete.
734. exhaustive [adjective]
Despite an exhaustive search of the apartment, I could not find my car keys.
735. exhilarate [verb]
Achieving my weight loss goal is sure to exhilarate me.
736. exhort [verb]
A good leader will exhort people to achieve their own forms of greatness rather than try to force them on a certain path.
737. exigency [noun]
Although my son hates taking his medicine, it is an exigency that must be consumed for his physical wellbeing.
738. existential [adjective]
After twenty years in the same job, he fell into an existential crisis, wondering why anything mattered.
739. exonerate [verb]
The job of the defense attorney is to exonerate his clients and keep them out of jail.
740. exorbitant [adjective]
The luxury hotel charges an exorbitant rate of $25 for a single cheeseburger.
741. exorcise [verb]
Many people turn to religion to exorcise themselves from sin.
742. expatiate [verb]
During his book signing, Clark will expatiate on his military adventures.
743. expatriate [verb]
My uncle is an expatriate who left the country of his birth to live in France.
744. expedient [adjective]
Given the fact the police will be looking for us soon, it is expedient we leave this apartment quickly!
745. expiate [verb]
Jack had no idea how he was going to expiate the fact he forgot his wedding anniversary.
746. explicate [verb]
It took the chemist a long time to explicate the chemical process to the group of financial investors.
747. exponent [noun]
Once homeless Janice is now a successful businesswoman and exponent for ending homelessness.
748. expository [adjective]
The play begins with an expository monologue explaining where the story takes place.
749. expound [verb]
During his graduation speech, Thad will expound his hopes and prayers for his graduating class.
750. expurgate [verb]
The rapper was told that if he did not expurgate the offensive lyrics from his new song, it would never be played on the radio.
751. extant [adjective]
The extant writings of the ancient philosopher are still quite popular with philosophy students.
752. extemporaneous [adjective]
Instead of giving his prepared speech, the minister delivered an extemporaneous statement about the recent terrorist attacks.
753. extirpate [verb]
Hopefully the pesticides will extirpate the insects from my garden.
754. extraneous [adjective]
The extraneous noise from the street was keeping us awake all night, so we moved to a different apartment.
755. extrapolate [verb]
The scientist tried to extrapolate the future results by looking at data from previous testing dates.
756. extrinsic [adjective]
We did not expect there to be any issues with our wedding date, however the weather turned into an extrinsic factor that forced us to change the date.
757. exuberant [adjective]
Even though Johnny was not a very good basketball player, he had such an exuberant attitude that he came across as one of the stars of the team.
758. exude [verb]
As he tried to sneak past the bear, he could not help but exude fear.
759. fabulous [adjective]
The amount of money we made during the fundraiser was absolutely fabulous, covering the cost of not only our current project, but the repaving of the school parking lot as well.
760. facetious [adjective]
Do you always have to be so facetious?
761. facile [adjective]
While the adults found the video game complicated, the teenagers thought it was facile and easily played.
762. facilitate [verb]
The translator will facilitate the conversation between the immigrant and the attorney.
763. faction [noun]
A rebel faction has split away from the main group.
764. factotum [noun]
At the fast food restaurant, Kevin won the employee of the month award because as a factotum he would do every task assigned to him by his supervisor without fail.
765. factual [adjective]
That two plus two equals four is a completely factual statement, and no one can ever claim it to be false.
766. fallacious [adjective]
His argument is based on fallacious reasoning.
767. fallacy [noun]
Having money makes you happy is a fallacy because happiness has nothing to do with wealth.
768. fallow [adjective]
At the end of summer, the once crowded beaches become fallow as the young people return to school.
769. fanatical [adjective]
Richard is fanatical about his beliefs, preaching to anyone that will listen.
770. fandom [noun]
All of the fandom in soccer would be watching the World Cup since it is the biggest tournament for that sport.
771. farce [noun]
Many argue that the government today is a mere farce of what it started out as.
772. fastidious [adjective]
My mother was a fastidious woman who always had a complaint on her lips.
773. fatuous [adjective]
Buying a car without negotiating down the price is a fatuous move.
774. fauna [noun]
The forest’s fauna are safeguarded by local wildlife life protection laws.
775. fawn [verb]
It was interesting to watch the greedy woman fawn over the wealthy old man.
776. fealty [noun]
When the president took his oath, he swore fealty to the nation.
777. feckless [adjective]
Larry was such a feckless manager that the company was forced to declare bankruptcy.
778. fecund [adjective]
The computer programmer was a fecund person who could quickly identify and solve problems.
779. feeble [adjective]
The injured man was so feeble he could not get off the floor.
780. felicitous [adjective]
The felicitous music made me happy.
781. fend [verb]
My father expects me to fend for myself as soon as I turn eighteen and am ready to leave his house.
782. feral [adjective]
The feral dog would not approach humans.
783. fervent [adjective]
The hot topic spurred a fervent debate between the two political parties.
784. fervid [adjective]
The candidate made a fervid speech that held the audience’s attention.
785. fervor [noun]
Although I love college football, I do not have the same fervor for the games as those fans that paint their faces with their team colors.
786. fetid [adjective]
As soon as the detectives opened the door and smelled the fetid odor, they knew there was a dead body in the house.
787. fetter [verb]
This does not mean that we wish to fetter the trade union movement.
788. feudal [adjective]
The notion of a patriarchal society because women are unfit to lead is considered outright feudal and old-fashioned.
789. fiat [noun]
The dictator rules his country by fiat and expects everyone to obey his orders.
790. fidelity [noun]
After his arrest for fraud, the fidelity of all the reports he had turned in came into question.
791. fiducial [adjective]
The mile markers on the highway are used as fiducial points, allowing travelers to pinpoint precisely where they are on the map.
792. figurative [adjective]
If you use figurative language, you are not speaking literally but rather in a manner meant to produce a reaction.
793. filibuster [noun]
The senator will filibuster to prevent a vote on the bill.
794. fissure [noun]
The homeowners were dismayed to discover a fissure in the foundation of their home.
795. fixate [verb]
The book reviewer was fixated on the flaws of the novel and neglected to mention the story’s positive attributes.
796. flabbergast [verb]
As a single mother on a tight budget, I am flabbergasted by the huge cost of video games.
797. flag [verb]
If you begin to flag, there is an excellent café to revive you.
798. flagrant [adjective]
After the basketball player committed a flagrant foul, he was kicked out of the game.
799. flamboyant [adjective]
The flamboyant singer loves to wear shimmering suits while performing.
800. flaunt [verb]
Eric loves to flaunt his flashy clothes because he thinks that he is super cool.
801. fledgling [noun]
The fledgling writer could use the benefit of a good editor.
802. fleet [adjective]
The police fleet raced down the highway after a stolen vehicle.
803. flimsy [adjective]
Don’t give me the flimsy excuse that you were too deep asleep to hear the phone ringing.
804. flora [noun]
Flora in the eastern region includes over 7000 types of plants.
805. florid [adjective]
The police officer was florid after being held up by a six-year old boy with a water pistol.
806. flout [verb]
People find themselves in trouble because they think they’re clever enough to flout the law without getting caught.
807. fluke [noun]
Since I didn’t study or attend class on a regular basis, it was simply a fluke that I passed the exam.
808. flummox [verb]
The defense attorney’s questions were designed to flummox the prosecuting witness.
809. flux [noun]
Because the electricity is in flux, the hotel can’t guarantee the air conditioning will work throughout the night.
810. foible [noun]
Although many people consider Bob’s impatience as a foible, I view it as a passion to get things done.
811. foment [verb]
The publicity-hungry politician often made harsh statements about immigrants in order to foment unrest among the public.
812. for all
For all her experience, she was still prone to nerves.
813. forage [verb]
As the night grew colder, the soldiers started to forage for firewood.
814. forbear [verb]
Since Catie did not have a date for the prom, she chose to forbear attending the event.
815. forbearance [noun]
The police officer showed forbearance when he let the young thief off with a warning.
816. ford [noun]
Sharpe had stopped at the ford to let the horses drink.
817. forebear [noun]
One of his forebears could have won the support of Wilfrid.
818. forebode [verb]
The oracle forebode the coming of the warrior that would be strong enough to save the entire city.
819. foresight [noun]
Barbara’s foresight led her to buy the stock before it tripled in value.
820. forestall [verb]
To forestall the bank from foreclosing on his home, Jack sold all of his personal belongings to catch up on his mortgage payments.
821. forgery [noun]
Many young kids try to employ forgery to sign their parent’s signature on something they don’t want them to see.
822. forgo [verb]
I will forgo drinking because I am the designated driver.
823. formidable [adjective]
Growing tomato crops during a severe drought proved to be formidable for one farmer.
824. forswear [verb]
After Gail was beaten up by her boyfriend, she decided to forswear her loyalty and call the police.
825. forte [noun]
Although dancing was Ann’s forte, she never considered having a career in entertainment.
826. fortress [noun]
The tall fortress was surrounded by a swampy moat and drawbridge that led to the fort.
827. fortuitous [adjective]
Mark proved to be fortuitous by selecting all six winning lotto numbers.
828. founder [verb]
Their marriage began to founder soon after the honeymoon.
829. fracas [noun]
The husband and wife were fined by the judge for starting a fracas in court.
830. fractious [adjective]
The inexperienced teacher found the fractious students difficult to control.
831. frank [adjective]
A frank conversation was needed between the father and his unruly son.
832. fraught [adjective]
The treasure hunt was fraught with puzzles that had to be solved in order to find the fortune.
833. frenetic [adjective]
After keeping up a frenetic pace trying to keep up with classes, work, and family, Marcy felt like she was on the brink of a nervous breakdown.
834. frieze [noun]
Containing the most famous frieze of all time, the Parthenon in Athens has a band of sculpture across the top.
835. froward [adjective]
The froward child refused to listen to her parents and was disobedient most of the time.
836. frugal [adjective]
I wanted front row seats, but my frugal husband wanted to save a bundle by purchasing back row seats.
837. fulfillment [noun]
Many people experience a sense of fulfillment when they finally achieve their life’s dream, or even when they take a step towards it.
838. fulminate [verb]
The disgruntled customer continued to fulminate over a price difference.
839. fulsome [adjective]
In an attempt to earn a promotion, Sarah offended her boss with her fulsome compliments.
840. furious [adjective]
The prospective cadet was furious with himself for oversleeping and disqualifying himself from the academy.
841. furnish [verb]
The advertisement stated that the owners would furnish the apartment with tables, chairs, beds and a couch.
842. furtive [adjective]
Crissy walked outside in a furtive manner so that her parents would not see her.
843. fusion [noun]
The actor worked so hard to become the character that it seemed the fusion of their personalities might be permanent.
844. futile [adjective]
When the captain realized his efforts to steer his ship were futile, he commanded his officers to release the lifeboats.
845. gaffe [noun]
Because of the quarterback’s gaffe, our team lost the big game.
846. gainsay [verb]
Since Jack told the truth on the witness stand, no one was able to gainsay his statement.
847. gambol [verb]
Because of the rain, students are unable to gambol on the playground during recess.
848. garland [noun]
She twined the flowers into a garland.
849. garment [noun]
The saleswoman are very knowledgeable while helping me find the right garment to wear at my cousin’s wedding.
850. garner [verb]
The teacher allowed us to put up posters to garner interest in our club fundraiser.
851. garrulous [adjective]
Desperate for peace and quiet, Amanda told the garrulous man sitting next to her to "Shut up!"
852. gauche [adjective]
His gauche table manners make me cringe, especially when he tries to talk with his mouth full.
853. gaudy [adjective]
When Crystal returned from the nail salon, she showed me her gaudy nails that were painted bright orange.
854. genial [adjective]
Santa Claus is such a genial man that children love to approach him.
855. genuine [adjective]
When the bride took her engagement ring to be reset she was shocked to discover that her diamond was not genuine but cubic zirconia.
856. germane [adjective]
Since we were running out of time, our professor asked us to limit our questions to those germane to today’s lecture.
857. gestation [noun]
The baby was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation.
858. gist [noun]
The first paragraph of the report should provide readers with the gist of the paper.
859. give teeth
The severe penalty really gives teeth to the law.
860. glacial [adjective]
She gave me a glacial smile/stare.
861. glib [adjective]
How could he have been so glib about such a traumatic event?
862. glower [verb]
The police officers turned to glower at the suspect who had killed one of their own.
863. goad [verb]
During lunch in the cafeteria today, my rival tried to goad me into a fight so I would get suspended from school.
864. gossamer [adjective]
Jan’s white gossamer scarf was practically transparent.
865. gouge [noun]
The refrigerator legs, left a gouge in the vinyl flooring when I moved it out to clean behind it.
866. graft [verb]
Scientists will be able to graft new genes into human eggs and embryos.
867. grandiloquent [adjective]
Even though Rick did not understand the grandiloquent words, he still used them to impress his wealthy friends.
868. grandiose [adjective]
The idea of throwing a party on top of the swimming pool seemed quite grandiose to everyone in the room.
869. grandstand [verb]
The NASCAR enthusiasts peered from the shaded grandstand and watched the cars speed around the track.
870. gratify [verb]
Hopefully the chocolate bar will gratify my desire for something sweet.
871. grating [adjective]
The sound of his grating voice complaining all day was driving me crazy.
872. gratuitous [adjective]
Even though I had been looking forward to seeing the movie, I walked out of the theater after thirty minutes because of so much gratuitous foul language.
873. gregarious [adjective]
When you walk in a room, you radiate gregarious energy, surely to brighten all gloomy souls.
874. grievance [noun]
Janet’s grievance against her neighbor has turned into a civil lawsuit.
875. grievous [adjective]
Hearing that you have cancer is always grievous news.
876. grizzle [verb]
His grizzled beard was no longer black like it was in his youth.
877. groan [noun]
The boy began to whimper groan about going to school, making his parents suspect that something was not right.
878. grouse [verb]
If we grouse in the pub, who listens?
879. grovel [verb]
The dog was willing to grovel for the biscuit.
880. guile [noun]
Although Britney pretends to be sweet and innocent, she has used her guile to become one of the most popular celebrities in the world.
881. guise [noun]
Under the guise of a police officer, the crook walked into the bank and easily robbed the tellers.
882. gullible [adjective]
The gullible woman gave all her money to a fake charity.
883. guru [noun]
You should listen to financial guru Steven Smith because he is worth half a billion dollars.
884. gustatory [adjective]
The party included an array of gustatory desserts paired with wine.
885. hackneyed [adjective]
Too often used by young girls, the word “like” has become hackneyed.
886. halcyon [adjective]
I was very content during the halcyon days of my childhood.
887. hale [adjective]
Although he just turned eighty-five years old, Jimmy is still hale and healthy.
888. hallmark [noun]
Dolly Parton’s bleach blonde hair is a hallmark.
889. hallowed [adjective]
We stood near the hallowed ground where the soldiers had fallen, not daring to step too close.
890. hamstring [verb]
This might hamstring the government and its operation was sometimes confusing to foreign observers.
891. hand-wringing [noun]
That led many political commentators to indulge in hand-wringing about how apathetic Californians were about representative government.
892. hanker [verb]
After years of an unhappy marriage, the man begin to hanker to have an affair.
893. hapless [adjective]
When Jason lost his wife and job on the same day, he knew he was a hapless soul.
894. happenstance [noun]
The coffeeshop conversation was happenstance, a coincidental meeting that lead to a whirlwind romance.
895. harangue [verb]
Even though the members of the church were falling asleep, the minister continued his harangue on the evils of society.
896. harbinger [noun]
Everyone knows the groundhog is the harbinger of a change in seasons.
897. hard-line [adjective]
The religious extremist would not change his hard-line views no matter who tried to convince him.
898. hardy [adjective]
Trees in the woodland are hardy, withstanding cold winters and severe weather in the spring.
899. harrowing [adjective]
When Hank thought the plane was going to crash, he had a heart attack because the incident was so harrowing.
900. hasten [verb]
Marilyn made an attempt to hasten the death of her elderly husband by putting arsenic in his food.
901. hatred [noun]
The night owl’s hatred of mornings caused her to hit snooze button several times.
902. havoc [noun]
The volcano inflicted havoc upon the tiny village.
903. heavyweight [noun]
American political heavyweights and reclusive Hollywood stars will come together in New York next month to help two Irish men launch a new glossy magazine for dog lovers.
904. hectic [adjective]
Since I have a lot to do this week, my schedule is going to be very hectic.
905. hector [verb]
She doesn't hector us about giving up things.
906. hedonist [noun]
My neighbor is a hedonist who likes to party all night.
907. heed [verb]
My sister is always in need of cash because she is unwilling to heed my financial advice.
908. hegemony [noun]
The president of the company has hegemony over his employees.
909. heliocentric [adjective]
According to heliocentric theory, the sun is the center of everything in the universe.
910. helmsman [noun]
The old helmsman brought us about and we avoided a dangerous dash against the rocks.
911. hemorrhage [verb]
Some women undergo a hemorrhage of unstoppable bleeding after giving birth.
912. herald [verb]
Because he was always up-to-date on the latest information, we referred to our friend as a herald.
913. herbivore [noun]
As an herbivore, the giraffe has teeth that are broad and capable of chewing tough plants.
914. heretical [adjective]
This is not as heretical a suggestion as it might seem at first sight.
915. heretofore [adverb]
The investment has produced amazing profits that were heretofore unimaginable.
916. hermetic [adjective]
As a freelance writer who rarely leaves her house, Kate lives a hermetic lifestyle.
917. heterodox [adjective]
The church will excommunicate anyone who preaches heterodox beliefs.
918. heuristic [adjective]
The purpose of the heuristic class is to teach people through personal trials.
919. hew [verb]
When my father got angry with my mother, he would go in the backyard and hew wood with his axe.
920. hibernate [verb]
Snoozing deep inside the cave, the bear continued to hibernate all winter long.
921. hidebound [adjective]
The hidebound politician refused to change his position on the abortion bill.
922. hieroglyphics [noun]
The writings of the ancient Egyptians was almost entirely hieroglyphic, based on pictures and drawings.
923. high-handed [adjective]
The high-handed king ruled with an iron fist, never allowing his citizens to have any freedom.
924. hilarious [adjective]
We laughed nonstop while watching the hilarious sitcom.
925. hinder [verb]
Tight, restrictive clothing will work to hinder your athletic performance.
926. hinterland [noun]
As the sun set, animals moved away from the coast and into the distant hinterland.
927. hirsute [adjective]
The hirsute teenager was warned that he would be expelled from school if he did not take a haircut and pay attention to his grooming.
928. histrionic [adjective]
When John does not take his psychiatric medicine, he might have a histrionic outburst about the smallest of things.
929. hoard [verb]
Rob loves to hoard money because he is a penny-pincher.
930. hoary [adjective]
The hoary house was built in the eighteenth century and is now part of a museum.
931. hobble [verb]
After falling and hurting her ankle badly, the volleyball player had to hobble over to a bench.
932. hodgepodge [noun]
After many people dug through the different appetizers, the large platter was just a hodgepodge of different foods scattered all over the place.
933. homage [noun]
As a sign of homage for the late president, government flags will be flown half-mast today.
934. homeostasis [noun]
Homeostasis keeps the body’s temperature regulated at an average temperature of 98.6 degrees.
935. homily [noun]
People around the world watched as the pope delivered a homily on the subject of kindness.
936. homogenous [adjective]
As races have mixed, the world’s population has become more and more homogenous.
937. honorary [adjective]
After his untimely death, the student was given an honorary degree.
938. hoodwink [verb]
In an attempt to hoodwink the woman into opening the front door, the rapist pretended to be a police officer.
939. hortatory [adjective]
Since the president’s speech about the economy wasn’t very hortatory, people had little reason to be hopeful about their finances.
940. hotly [adverb]
The bank hotly denies any wrongdoing.
941. hubris [noun]
The leader of the cult had so much hubris he believed the government would never be able to capture him.
942. humble [adjective]
After twenty years as a humble worker, he finally got the opportunity to lead.
943. humdrum [adjective]
An exciting vacation would give me time away from my humdrum job.
944. humility [noun]
During her speech, Jennifer showed her humility by acknowledging her film crew as the team who deserved the trophy.
945. husband [verb]
She husbanded their financial resources through difficult times.
946. hyperbole [noun]
During the hurricane, it seemed as though the hyperbole, “raining cats and dogs“, was almost accurate.
947. hypocrisy [noun]
Students protested that the rule about cell phones was just a bunch of hypocrisy because teachers were always using their cell phones.
948. hypocrite [noun]
He is a hypocrite and never exerts himself to help anyone.
949. hypotenuse [noun]
Using the Pythagorean Theorem, the mathematician was able to find the triangle’s hypotenuse as well as its shorter sides.
950. hysteria [noun]
The hostages were in a state of hysteria when they were rescued by the police.
951. iconoclast [noun]
Because Jared was an iconoclast and dared to question the company’s mission, he was fired from his job.
952. ideological [adjective]
Some have minimized the importance of ideological factors.
953. idiosyncratic [adjective]
The strange bird let out a high-pitched sound that is idiosyncratic to its species.
954. idolatry [noun]
It is sad how many people exhibit idolatry towards celebrities.
955. idyll [noun]
This rural idyll is, however, the privilege of the minority.
956. igneous [adjective]
After the volcano erupted and lava covered the ground, many igneous rocks were created.
957. ignoble [adjective]
Because Frank has a habit of not showing up on time, he has an ignoble reputation as someone who is not very responsible.
958. ignominious [adjective]
When the boxer got knocked out in the first round, everyone knew it was the beginning of an ignominious defeat for him.
959. ignorant [adjective]
My little sister was ignorant of the rules of the playground and pushed and shoved all of the other children.
960. illiberal [adjective]
Expressing illiberal views may bring some politicians into temporary prominence.
961. illicit [adjective]
I dumped my boyfriend because of his illicit drug habit.
962. imbroglio [noun]
Will the treaty end this imbroglio that has kept the two countries at war for over sixty years?
963. imbue [verb]
After the terrorist bombings, the government placed several of the country’s flags at the site of the ruins to imbue patriotism.
964. immanent [adjective]
God is immanent in the world.
965. immaterial [adjective]
The judge told the jury to disregard the testimony because it was immaterial to the trial.
966. immature [adjective]
A human is immature for many years, having to go through nearly two decades of development before becoming an adult.
967. imminent [adjective]
When the Secret Service arrived, everyone knew the president’s arrival was imminent.
968. immolate [verb]
Ancient tribes used to immolate widows, sacrificing and burning their bodies to make sure they enter paradise with their dead husbands.
969. immunodeficiency [noun]
The earliest known specimen of the human immunodeficiency virus was found long after the death of its victim.
970. immutable [adjective]
Although I tried to get the bank president to change his mind about giving me the loan, I finally realized his decision was immutable.
971. impair [verb]
Certain drugs will impair your depth perception, making it unsafe to drive.
972. impasse [noun]
Yesterday, the two parties did not make any progress on the contract terms because they had reached an impasse.
973. impassive [adjective]
Even though it was very exciting, Jon delivered the news in an impassive voice in the hope that everyone would stay calm.
974. impeccable [adjective]
Your impeccable work ethic and great attention to detail are reasons enough for hiring you.
975. impecunious [adjective]
Since Janice grew up in an impecunious household, she knew a great deal about surviving on very little.
976. impede [verb]
If you do not eat while you are sick, the lack of nutrients will impede your recovery.
977. impediment [noun]
My broken wrist is the impediment preventing me from finishing my new novel.
978. imperative [adjective]
If you’re serious about getting healthy, it’s imperative that you follow a healthy lifestyle, make the right food choices, and exercise regularly.
979. imperious [adjective]
The principal is an imperious woman who expects to be obeyed.
980. impermeable [adjective]
The impermeable rain coat kept water from ruining the woman’s cashmere sweater.
981. impertinent [adjective]
Although she thought she was just being funny, her teacher didn’t agree and sent her to the principal’s office for being impertinent.
982. imperturbable [adjective]
The imperturbable actress carried on with her performance even when her costar forgot his lines.
983. impervious [adjective]
Let us hope these thin walls are impervious to the freezing cold tonight!
984. impetuous [adjective] 激
His impetuous behavior landed him in prison.
985. impetus [noun]
Because the new president was once a military commander, he has a great deal of experience being an impetus for change.
986. impinge [verb]
Hopefully the bad weather will move in a different direction and not impinge upon our plans for an outdoor reception.
987. impious [adjective]
His lack of protocol in the church caused him to gain a reputation for being impious.
988. implacable [adjective]
The little boy was implacable when his parents left him alone with the babysitter.
989. implausible [adjective]
The drug manufacturer was fined for making implausible claims about its weight loss products.
990. implicit [adjective]
Although you never stated I could use your car, your permission was implicit when you handed me your car keys.
991. implode [verb]
It seemed that the angry team would implode, exploding into a million different pieces that would leave us without an NFL squad.
992. importunate [adjective]
My mother left her husband because he was an importunate man who treated her like an unpaid servant.
993. impotent [adjective]
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I felt impotent because I could not help him with his pain.
994. impoverish [verb]
The impoverished girl knew she did not have enough money to attend college.
995. imprecation [noun]
The witch muttered an imprecation at the man who mistreated her.
996. impregnable [adjective]
Despite our squad's best efforts, we could not win the game against the impregnable team.
997. impromptu [adjective]
I’m not sure how many people will be able to attend the impromptu party.
998. impugn [verb]
The mayor leaked news of the arrest to the media to impugn his opponent’s character.
999. impunity [noun]
In exchange for her testimony, the accomplice received impunity from prosecution.
1000. impute [verb]
It was wrong of me to impute you for the failure of the dinner party when I was the one who did not properly plan the event.
1001. in lieu of
The family of the deceased is asking for donations to a cancer fund be made in lieu of flowers or other gifts.
1002. in no way
These measures in no way replace the need for regular safety checks.
1003. inadvertent [adjective]
Because the principal neglected to turn off the microphone on the PA system, there was an inadvertent transmission of some very inappropriate language throughout the school.
1004. incarcerate [verb]
The police are going to incarcerate the teen who keeps committing acts of violence.
1005. incarnadine [adjective]
I needed to find incarnadine tights so that it would appear the same color as my skin.
1006. incarnate [verb]
The cardiotachometer can incarnate the function of one's heart , reflect the burthen in the training and resume after training.
1007. incendiary [adjective]
Because Dad had come home in one of his incendiary moods, we kids hid in our rooms to avoid causing him to blow up.
1008. incense [verb]
The offensive article about racism is sure to incense many minority groups.
1009. inchoate [adjective]
Because our company just recently opened its doors, we are inchoate and are not offering all of our services yet.
1010. incipient [adjective]
Because the incipient plan has no backup measure, there is no chance it will succeed.
1011. incite [verb]
The racist man tried to incite hatred in his children by telling them falsehoods about minority groups.
1012. incompetent [adjective]
The robber was so incompetent he locked himself in the bank vault.
1013. incomprehensible [adjective]
After hearing to the incomprehensible rap, listeners were left wondering what the musician meant.
1014. inconceivable [adjective]
It is inconceivable that the young boy walked twenty miles without shoes in freezing weather.
1015. incongruous [adjective]
How incongruous of a fat doctor telling me to lose weight!
1016. inconsequential [adjective]
When you walk with your head down and eyes lowered, you come across as being inconsequential.
1017. incorporate [verb]
In order to provide a complete report, Henry and his staff incorporate the graphs and charts into the written text.
1018. inculcate [verb]
In order to inculcate a love of reading, the teacher encourages her students to read different types of literature.
1019. inculpate [verb]
Evidence was used to inculpate the suspects and lead to their eventual conviction.
1020. incursion [noun]
When the troops made an incursion across the border, they ruined any chance for peace between the two countries.
1021. indebtedness [noun]
The company has reduced its indebtedness to just $15 million.
1022. indecipherable [adjective]
Signing his indecipherable signature, the doctor’s name was barely legible.
1023. indefatigable [adjective]
The director of the homeless shelter is an indefatigable woman who works almost eighteen hours every day.
1024. indemnify [verb]
Since Kurt was driving drunk, the insurance company will not indemnify him from the property damage he caused.
1025. indeterminate [adjective]
Since most people have not responded to the party invitation, we are expecting an indeterminate number of guests.
1026. indictment [noun]
There are some people who truly believe that the recent natural disasters are an indictment against Man’s lack of respect for the planet.
1027. indifference [noun]
Because Martha showed a total lack of interest in music, her mother used this indifference as a reason to sell the family’s piano.
1028. indigence [noun]
High medical costs are a significant cause of indigence for many of the elderly who are living in poverty.
1029. indoctrinate [verb]
The cult leader will indoctrinate his followers with his beliefs.
1030. indolent [adjective]
Jackson lost his job because he was an indolent employee who did nothing but sleep at his desk all day.
1031. ineffectual [verb]
Once I realized the medicine was ineffectual, I stopped taking it.
1032. ineluctable [adjective]
Lee has the irritating habit of arguing his opinions as ineluctable facts.
1033. inept [adjective]
He was criticized for his inept handling of the problem.
1034. ineptitude [noun]
Because of Bill’s ineptitude, he lost his job.
1035. inert [adjective]
Since my wounded dog is inert, I have to lift him up and put him in the car.
1036. inestimable [adjective]
It’s impossible to define the inestimable role police officers play in keeping society safe.
1037. inexorable [adjective]
The inexorable logic does not, however, establish that the result is morally or socially desirable.
1038. infallible [adjective]
While you may think you are infallible, you make mistakes just like everyone else!
1039. infelicitous [adjective]
Given the host’s spouse had recently died, my comment about wanting to die was infelicitous.
1040. infest [verb]
These parasites infest the gills of freshwater fish.
1041. infinitesimal [adjective]
In the grand scheme of things, so many of our problems are actually quite infinitesimal, and you shouldn’t waste the energy worrying about them.
1042. infirmity [noun]
He felt sorry for his uncle, feeling the alcoholism was a serious infirmity.
1043. inflict [verb]
Our troops will inflict hefty casualties on their foes
1044. infraction [noun]
One more infraction and Jason will be suspended from school.
1045. infringe [verb]
Having that much work to do at home will only infringe upon my time with my family.
1046. infuse [verb]
Disney hires these people for their ability not just to draw but also to infuse their characters with personality.
1047. ingenious [adjective]
Our captain’s ingenious plan would allow us to sneak around the enemy and capture the objective without a fight.
1048. ingenuity [noun]
When Jack fixed the jeep, his friends were impressed with his mechanical ingenuity.
1049. ingenuous [adjective]
Jessica’s ingenuous nature made her an easy target for the con man.
1050. ingrate [noun]
When you do not appreciate your gifts, you are being an ingrate.
1051. ingratiate [verb]
Since the new teacher failed to ingratiate herself with the students, she found it hard to maintain an orderly classroom.
1052. inherent [adjective]
Most mothers have an inherent need to protect their children.
1053. inimical [adjective]
Although I attempt to avoid the school bully, he always goes out of his way to be inimical to me.
1054. iniquity [noun]
When I went to my brother’s college dorm, I saw drunken boys exhibiting iniquity towards girls.
1055. injustice [noun]
The American Revolution started because of a perceived injustice in the taxes levied by England.
1056. innocuous [adjective]
Because the virus was innocuous, the hospital staff had no need to worry about the leak.
1057. innuendo [noun]
Although the dialogue in the book is not sexually explicit, the writer makes great use of innuendo to convey his message.
1058. inoffensive [adjective]
He seemed like a quiet, inoffensive sort of a guy.
1059. inopportune [adjective]
Since the economy is depressed, it is an inopportune period for the Fed to raise interest rates.
1060. inordinate [adjective]
Every year I spend an inordinate amount of time selecting Christmas presents for my large family.
1061. inquest [noun]
The judge ordered an inquest after several family members requested their loved one’s death be investigated further.
1062. inquisition [noun]
As soon as I get home from my first date, I will have to face my nosey mother’s inquisition.
1063. inscrutable [adjective]
When Larry wrote the letter, he was so tired the writing was nearly inscrutable.
1064. insensible [adjective]
She remained insensible of the dangers that lay ahead.
1065. insensitive [adjective]
I do not mean to be insensitive, but my lack of understanding for other people’s troubles sometimes comes across as that.
1066. insidious [adjective]
The insidious playboy planned to con the heiress out of her fortune.
1067. insinuate [verb]
During the debate, the senator tried to insinuate his opponent was not qualified for office.
1068. insipid [adjective]
When you present, please do not be an insipid speaker who makes everyone fall asleep!
1069. insofar [adverb]
Unfortunately, the school system can only educate you insofar as you study its teachings, as it cannot directly imprint info on your brain.
1070. insolent [adjective]
When the insolent young man yelled my name, I ignored him and walked towards my car.
1071. insouciant [adjective]
The insouciant mother did not blink an eye when her son complained of a tummy ache.
1072. instigate [verb]
Justine hoped to instigate Will and Gail's separation by spreading false rumors about Will’s late nights at work.
1073. insulate [verb]
You can insulate a house against heat loss by having the windows double-glazed.
1074. insuperable [adjective]
No matter how hard the kitten tried, it could not face the insuperable challenge of climbing back down the tree.
1075. insurmountable [adjective]
Even though the task of cleaning out the garage seemed insurmountable, Sue had the place spotless and ready for her new car by Monday.
1076. insurrection [noun]
During the insurrection, several convicts held a prison doctor hostage.
1077. intangible [adjective]
While emotions can be expressed, they are intangible because they cannot be physically touched.
1078. integrity [noun]
Because the politician was considered a man of integrity, most of the people voted for him in the last election.
1079. inter [verb]
We decided to inter my son’s dead bird near the apple tree.
1080. interdict [verb]
Because I failed most of my classes last term, my parents will probably interdict me from working this semester.
1081. interlocutor [noun]
After Lynn listened to her friends’ conversation for a while, she became an interlocutor and expressed her opinion.
1082. interlude [noun]
We exited the theater during the short interlude to purchase something to eat.
1083. internecine [adjective]
When the internecine war was over, both nations were left in ruins.
1084. interplay [noun]
Players on a sports team often realize the interplay of competition and cooperation due to the need for both at different times of the game.
1085. interpolate [verb]
Since the author would often interpolate the stories of others by adding his own text, the critics did not view him as a real writer.
1086. interregnum [noun]
During the interregnum, the people worried that the incoming ruler would treat them differently than the previous king.
1087. intervention [noun]
Our nation’s intervention in another country’s war could pull us into the crisis.
1088. intestine [adjective]
Stomach and intestine problems are the most common issues that people currently face.
1089. intimate [adjective]
Because I am a private person, I do not like to share intimate details about my home life.
1090. intracellular [adjective]
Intracellular toxins affect the organelles and other substances inside of a cell.
1091. intractable [adjective]
Bringing up the sunken cruise ship is going to be an intractable task.
1092. intransigent [adjective]
Even though the divorce proceedings should be over, they are still dragging on because of the intransigent parties involved.
1093. intrepid [adjective]
To be an astronaut, you must be an intrepid person who craves adventure and is not afraid of heights.
1094. introspective [adjective]
The introspective artist was always questioning his own painting skills.
1095. inundate [verb]
My boss is the type of person who likes to inundate others with projects.
1096. inure [verb]
Raising three dramatic daughters will inure you to temper tantrums.
1097. invective [noun]
The newspaper’s invective of the novel really made the author angry.
1098. inveigh [verb]
Because one politician chose to inveigh on the subject of immigration for an hour, the debate went on all afternoon.
1099. inveigle [verb]
Speechless I stood by as June was able to inveigle her way into the private club by flirting with the security guard.
1100. investiture [noun]
The investiture of the new president will take place this evening.
1101. inveterate [adjective]
Because Janet was an inveterate traveler, it seemed as though she lived at the airport.
1102. invidious [adjective]
The dictator’s invidious acts caused the people to rise up against him.
1103. invincible [adjective]
The teenager jumped off the building because he thought he was invincible and unable to get hurt.
1104. iota [noun]
If there is even one iota of doubt, the jury should not find the defendant guilty.
1105. irascible [adjective]
It does not take much to aggravate my irascible neighbor who is annoyed by any little noise.
1106. irksome [adjective]
To avoid the irksome security lines at the airport, Rick has applied for a screening pass that will allow him to reach his gate more quickly.
1107. ironclad [adjective]
During the American Civil War, two ironclad ships fought each other without causing much damage due to the strong metal shield of the ships’ outer material.
1108. irradiate [verb]
His little face was irradiated by happiness.
1109. irreconcilable [adjective]
Feeling that their issues were irreconcilable, the couple decided to file for divorce.
1110. irrefutable [adjective]
The police arrested their suspect only after obtaining irrefutable proof he was the robber.
1111. irresolute [adjective]
As the troubled young girl faced her school principal, she was irresolute and did not know what to expect as a consequence for her behavior.
1112. irrevocable [adjective]
Even though you are unhappy with your inheritance, the will is irrevocable and cannot be changed.
1113. isosceles [adjective]
The base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal.
1114. itinerant [adjective]
The documentary follows the life of an itinerant homeless man who never sleeps in a location more than once.
1115. itinerary [noun]
The documentary follows the life of an itinerant homeless man who never sleeps in a location more than once.
1116. itinerant [adjective]
The alert follows a flood of complaints about itinerant traders who charge extortionate prices for bitumen coverings for drives.
1117. jaundiced [noun]
Because she always received terrible customer service, my grandmother was jaundiced against the company.
1118. jejune [adjective]
The billionaire couple refused to eat the jejune dish of chicken wings and tater tots.
1119. jeopardize [verb]
Do not jeopardize your good grade by failing to turn in your assignment.
1120. jettison [verb]
In order to conserve fuel, the pilot was forced to jettison some of his passengers’ suitcases.
1121. jibe [verb]
The findings of the court did not jibe with the testimony of the witness, angering the judge.
1122. jingoism [noun]
The man’s jingoism led him to attempt to destroy a federal building as a show of loyalty for his own nation.
1123. jocose [adjective]
Robert is well known for his jocose disposition, always makes everyone around him laugh.
1124. jocular [adjective]
The jocular man is known for his funny punchlines.
1125. joust [verb]
The oil company jousts with Esso for lead position in UK sales.
1126. jovial [adjective]
Stories describe Santa Claus as a jovial man who gives toys to children.
1127. juggernaut [noun]
With the reveal of its best-selling innovation, the software company has become a juggernaut in the tech industry.
1128. junta [noun]
Armed with the newest weapons, the junta faced little to no resistance as it drove out the government.
1129. jurisprudence [noun]
Even in high school, Evan read a great deal on jurisprudence because he knew he wanted to become a lawyer.
1130. juror [noun]
The attorney for the defense challenged the juror.
1131. jut [verb]
The edge of the cliff seemed to jut out over the ocean and disappear into a blanket of clouds.
1132. juxtapose [verb]
The interior designer likes to juxtapose light furniture against dark floors to create a dramatic contrast.
1133. keep at bay
Ballista Towers provide the defenders with enough firepower to keep at bay.
1134. ken [noun]
After further reading the novel, the ken of the antagonist’s motive to harm the protagonist became clear.
1135. kindle [verb]
The mother hoped the prison inmate's speech would kindle her son to change his rebellious ways.
1136. kindred [noun]
My best friend is my kindred spirit who usually identifies with all the crazy things I say.
1137. kinetic [adjective]
Kinetic learners are students who learn better when they are allowed to be active.
1138. knell [noun]
Everyone took the company president’s resignation as the company’s knell of bankruptcy.
1139. kudos [noun]
Although the movie director received kudos from the critics, the public hated the film.
1140. labile [adjective]
Emotionally labile patients are not given stimulants since they tend to can cause moods to shift dramatically.
1141. laborious [adjective]
When you just start exercising it may seem laborious, but over time it gets easier.
1142. lace [verb]
His voice was laced with derision.
1143. lachrymose [adjective]
After her husband died, my aunt became a lachrymose woman who couldn’t stop crying.
1144. lackadaisical [adjective]
After the surgery, I was lackadaisical for several days.
1145. lackey [noun]
The wealthy gent’s lackey toted his luggage all over the resort.
1146. lackluster [adjective]
Since she noticed that the response she was getting on the dating website was rather lackluster, Beth decided to spice up her profile and post a better photo.
1147. laconic [adjective]
During the laconic phone call, the divorcing spouses only said what was absolutely necessary.
1148. lambaste [verb]
Even with its success, harsh party leaders continued to lambaste the plan for healthcare reform.
1149. landlord [noun]
Beating on her delinquent tenant’s door, the landlord threatened to file a lawsuit if rent wasn’t paid.
1150. languid [adjective]
I always get my rest when I take a languid cruise vacation.
1151. larceny [noun]
After finding his computer was not where he left it, he accused his sister of larceny.
1152. largess [noun]
Because of the millionaire’s largesse, twenty underprivileged graduates now have college scholarships.
1153. lascivious [adjective]
After running naked through the field, he was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior.
1154. lassitude [noun]
After the long race, Jack experienced a feeling of lassitude.
1155. latent [adjective]
The detective asked the lab technician to search the room for latent fingerprints.
1156. laud [verb]
The company decided to laud Jack’s outstanding contributions to the firm.
1157. laudable [adjective]
While Jason did not win the contest, his efforts were laudable enough to be mentioned by the judges.
1158. laudatory [adjective]
The laudatory announcement praised the team’s efforts during the championship game.
1159. laurel [noun]
She has rightly won laurels for this brilliantly perceptive first novel.
1160. lavish [adjective]
Every room in the five-star hotel was filled with lavish furnishings.
1161. lax [adjective]
The lax entry requirements let just about anyone in.
1162. laxity [noun]
The prevalent laxity toward marriage causes the divorce rate to rise.
1163. leery [adjective]
The dog was leery of the man with the large stick.
1164. legerdemain [noun]
The psychic uses legerdemain to convince people she is talking to their dead loved ones.
1165. legitimacy [noun]
Terry doubted the legitimacy of his husband’s excuses since he lied to her in the past.
1166. lethargic [adjective]
During the hottest days of summer I feel so lethargic that all I want to do is drink iced tea and paint.
1167. levee [noun]
A levee was created out of dirt and sandbags to keep creeping water from the Mississippi from flooding the fields.
1168. levity [noun]
After battles, some soldiers try and add levity to their days by telling jokes around the campfire.
1169. levy [verb]
The Presidential candidate promised to levy a tax on foreign production in an effort to stimulate American manufacturing.
1170. liberal [adjective]
Although my grandfather has some liberal ideas, he still does not believe in the notion of female soldiers.
1171. liberate [verb]
Because the dogs were experiencing maltreatment, the compassionate man decided to liberate his neighbor’s animals.
1172. libertine [noun]
Because Warren is a drunken libertine, he often comes into work with a hangover.
1173. licentious [adjective]
Though great artists have been licentious, licence does not necessarily result in great art.
1174. light-hearted [adjective]
Laura went to go see a light-hearted film to put her in a better mood.
1175. Lilliputian [adjective]
The Lilliputian trees looked like tiny bushes next to the tall redwoods.
1176. limelight [noun]
The celebrity never liked the limelight, so he kept his personal business to himself and out of the tabloids.
1177. limn [verb]
The painter is known to limn pictures of his lovers on oil canvases.
1178. limpid [adjective]
Because the sky was not limpid, we could not see the stars.
1179. lineage [noun]
Our family was ecstatic to learn about our royal lineage and how we descend from kings and queens of antiquity.
1180. lionize [verb]
I hate when people lionize dead celebrities that were vilified during their lifetimes.
1181. lissome [adjective]
The lissome figure skater moved effortlessly on the ice.
1182. listless [adjective]
The illness made me so listless I rarely got out of bed.
1183. litany [noun]
When I listened to my mother’s litany of criticisms about the nursing home staff, I was shocked by some of her accusations.
1184. literati [noun]
He was underrated as a writer by the literati.
1185. lithe [adjective]
While Corinne has the lithe, agile body that would be perfect for gymnastics, she is too tall to manage some of the events.
1186. litigate [verb]
After not reaching an agreement, the two parties decided to go to court to litigate the settlement.
1187. litter [verb]
The sitting room was littered with books.
1188. littoral [adjective]
With water pollution on the rise, new training on clean-up measures were introduced to littoral areas in hopes that improvements would be made.
1189. livid [adjective]
Boris was livid with fury when he learned his wife’s killer was being released from prison.
1190. loath [adjective]
He is loath to get out of bed on cold mornings.
1191. lobby [verb]
The hotel lobby was packed with people waiting in the entrance until they could check into their rooms.
1192. lofty [adjective]
The football players have set a lofty goal in their bid to win all their home games this year.
1193. long-winded [adjective]
The student’s long-winded response was much more lengthy than the client required.
1194. loquacious [adjective]
After drinking four beers, my normally quiet wife becomes quite loquacious.
1195. lord [noun]
The lord was in charge of ruling everyone in his district and used his power to his advantage.
1196. lounge [verb]
After complete exhaustion, Henry decided to lounge on the sofa for a few hours.
1197. lubricious [adjective]
The other sun-bathers admired the woman’s gleaming and lubricious skin.
1198. lucid [adjective]
Because the medicine made Lisa drowsy, she was not very lucid.
1199. lucrative [adjective]
The wealthy businessman was constantly on the lookout for lucrative ventures that would help him become even wealthier.
1200. lucre [noun]
Hiding the lucre in many different accounts, the mobsters kept a watchful eye on their funds.
1201. lugubrious [adjective]
In his first novel, the mysterious postman is the perfect example of a lugubrious character.
1202. lukewarm [adjective]
Disappointed by his lukewarm chicken wings, the diner requested hot ones from the kitchen.
1203. lullaby [noun]
The infant’s mother sang her Hush Little Baby every night, so it quickly became the child’s favorite lullaby.
1204. lumber [verb]
Environmentalists protested the lumberjacks’ actions because they were chopping down all the trees for their lumber.
1205. luminary [noun]
Because Dr. Swanson is a luminary in the medical profession, he recently had a surgical procedure named after him.
1206. luminous [adjective]
The movie editor used the computer program to give the actress the luminous appearance of an angel.
1207. lurid [adjective]
The film had an R-rating because of its lurid depiction of the couple’s sexual encounter.
1208. lurk [verb]
Hungry lions lurk in the tall grass and wait for unsuspecting gazelles to cross their path.
1209. lustrous [adjective]
The model brushed her lustrous hair, admiring each glossy strand in the mirror.
1210. macabre [adjective]
Since even the scariest of horror movies only made her laugh, Sofia supposed that she had a macabre sense of humor.
1211. Machiavellian [adjective]
My supervisor is very sneaky and has been known to exhibit Machiavellian behavior in order to move up in the company.
1212. machination [noun]
After being caught running a machination against his political rival, the ruthless candidate lost the election.
1213. maelstrom [noun]
Following the divorce, Judy was beset by such a maelstrom of emotions that she decided to talk to a counselor.
1214. magnanimous [adjective]
Despite the slurs made against him by his opponent, the boxer was magnanimous enough to praise his competitor.
1215. magnate [noun]
Due to his status as a political magnate, many people were eager to vote for him in the next election.
1216. magnum opus
The author had written many books but didn’t release his magnum opus, Charlotte’s Web, until 1952.
1217. maize [noun]
The villagers cultivate mostly maize and beans.
1218. maladjusted [adjective]
After being raised by apes, the young lord was maladjusted to the duties expected of him by society.
1219. maladroit [adjective]
The nervous boy was maladroit and stuttered over his words as he invited the girl to the dance.
1220. malady [noun]
Because she is a hypochondriac, my sister has one malady after another.
1221. malediction [noun]
The witch’s malediction made the young princess fall into a deep sleep.
1222. malevolent [adjective]
How malevolent of you to wish that I was dead!
1223. malicious [adjective]
Danielle was hurt by malicious comments made about her on Facebook.
1224. malign [adjective]
By spreading the cruel rumor, my sister hoped to malign her ex-boyfriend.
1225. malinger [verb]
When it is time to do work around the house, Henry will offer malinger and go to his room to rest.
1226. malleable [adjective]
When my uncle drinks a great deal, he is always quite malleable to suggestions.
1227. mammalian [adjective]
The disease can spread from one mammalian species to another.
1228. manacle [verb]
The manacle will keep the dog from leaving the front yard.
1229. manifest [adjective]
The love on Amy’s face was manifest and obvious to everyone.
1230. manipulate [verb]
The beautiful young woman found it easy to manipulate the wealthy older man.
1231. mannered [adjective]
Hickstone gave a very mannered performance in the lead role.
1232. manumit [verb]
It was possible for a person to be given a legacy on the understanding that he would manumit a slave.
1233. mar [verb]
You will mar the cake if you keep putting your fingers in the icing.
1234. marginal [adjective]
Because the difference in the paint colors is marginal, no one can tell Ann painted her kitchen using two dissimilar hues.
1235. marginalize [verb]
We've always been marginalized, exploited, and constantly threatened.
1236. martial [adjective]
Since my father brings his job as a colonel home, he runs our family in a martial way by assigning everyone a rank and duties.
1237. martinet [noun]
As a colonel in the army, John is a martinet who believes discipline is the only path to success.
1238. martyr [noun]
Joan became a martyr after she lost her life in the fight again religious persecution.
1239. mastery [noun]
Man’s mastery over nature in our world allows us to achieve many things, but even so we can never outmatch nature’s raw power.
1240. maudlin [adjective]
The girl’s performance was so maudlin that people started to boo her off the stage.
1241. maverick [noun]
The maverick politician promised to leave behind the ways of the old guard and bring change to the government.
1242. maxim [noun]
My grandmother had a wise maxim to help me get through all of my teenage crises.
1243. mayhem [noun]
During the busy holiday season, most of the stores seem to be in a constant state of mayhem.
1244. meager [adjective]
Because you only earn a meager salary, you should be very careful about your spending.
1245. meddlesome [adjective]
Meddlesome men spent their morning drinking coffee and discussing their neighbors business.
1246. mediator [noun]
A mediator was needed to help the divorcing couple come to an agreement.
1247. megalomania [noun]
The singer’s megalomania has turned her into an arrogant woman who is disliked by everyone who truly knows her.
1248. mélange [noun]
The buffet had a mélange of food from various cultures.
1249. mellifluous [adjective]
The actor has a mellifluous voice that could lull anyone into a deep sleep.
1250. melodramatic [adjective]
For the practical viewer, the soap opera was way too melodramatic.
1251. menace [verb]
My neighbor’s dog is a menace who seems to enjoy going potty on my porch.
1252. mendacious [adjective]
Chuck is mendacious about his vegetarianism because he eats chicken.
1253. mendicant [noun]
The mendicant hoped pedestrians would drop money in his bucket.
1254. mercenary [adjective]
Following his employer’s instructions, the mercenary killed the woman and her baby without a second thought.
1255. mercurial [adjective]
Because Mary is taking a new medication, her moods have become quite mercurial and change with the wind.
1256. meretricious [adjective]
Because of Christie’s meretricious style of dressing, she has often been mistaken for a prostitute and has received a number of indecent proposals.
1257. mesmerize [verb]
Because Jennifer was mesmerized by the author’s writing style, she purchased all of his books.
1258. messianic [adjective]
He announced the imminent arrival of a messianic leader.
1259. metamorphosis [noun]
During this particular metamorphosis, the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
1260. metaphor [noun]
The walking dictionary is a fitting metaphor used to describe the spelling bee champion.
1261. metaphysical [adjective]
In the book, the main character spoke to a metaphysical being he couldn’t see.
1262. metastasize [verb]
The idea of revolution began to metastasize and spread like wildfire from Moscow to the impoverished Russian countryside.
1263. meticulous [adjective]
Because Haley is a meticulous cleaner, every inch of her house is spotless.
1264. mettle [noun]
Of all the young men in the village, Caldor was the only one with enough mettle to face the dragon in its lair.
1265. mettlesome [adjective]
My brother is a mettlesome boy whose free-spirit always leads him to some type of adventure.
1266. microcosm [noun]
Most times the airport seems likes a microcosm of the globe with people arriving and leaving from all over the world.
1267. milieu [noun]
Because my father grew up in a military milieu, he knew he wanted to join the armed forces when he graduated from high school.
1268. militate [verb]
The rain will militate a change of venue for our picnic.
1269. mimetic [adjective]
The actors have to rely on their mimetic skills.
1270. minatory [adjective]
The hate group left a minatory threat in the form of a burning cross on the couple’s lawn.
1271. minuscule [adjective]
Many fast food workers are quitting their jobs because of minuscule salaries.
1272. minutiae [noun]
The students ignored their teacher as she told them minutiae about her boring life.
1273. miraculous [adjective]
Because the medicine man said the solution was a miraculous cure for the mystery illness, he sold every bottle he had.
1274. mire [noun]
Getting arrested was a mire of unfortunate circumstances the parolee had tried to avoid.
1275. mirth [noun]
It was obvious from Jacob’s mirth he found the movie to be quite funny.
1276. misanthrope [noun]
The old man was a misanthrope who surrounded his entire yard with barbed wire to keep his neighbors at bay.
1277. miscellany [noun]
The library contained a miscellany of various types of books including both nonfiction and fictional titles.
1278. miscreant [noun]
Sometimes when Jim acts like a miscreant, his wife kicks him out of the house.
1279. mishmash [noun]
The magazine is a jumbled mishmash of jokes, stories, and serious news.
1280. misnomer [noun]
Since Fred is very skinny, calling him Fat Fred is indeed a misnomer.
1281. misogyny [adjective]
The boy’s misogyny hailed from the abuse he suffered from his mother.
1282. missive [noun]
While sitting in class, Greg asked his classmate to pass a love missive to his dream girl.
1283. mistress [noun]
She was his mistress for three years.
1284. mitigate [verb]
The doctor gave me a prescription to mitigate the pain.
1285. mnemonic [noun]
Our math professor taught us a simple mnemonic for remembering how to complete the equation.
1286. mock [verb]
He went to church only to mock.
1287. modicum [noun]
When Jane wore the short dress to the funeral, she proved she did not have a modicum of decency.
1288. modish [adjective]
The contemporary art lover prefers modish pieces over traditional pieces from the past.
1289. mollify [verb]
I am hoping the hot tea and crackers will mollify my husband and help him relax.
1290. molt [verb]
With dead shreds of skin lying around the cage, it was apparent that the lizard did molt his skin.
1291. molten [adjective]
Gooey molten chocolate seeped out of the top of the mountain-shaped cake.
1292. monastic [adjective]
For the new monks who had recently joined the monastery, the monastic lifestyle was quite shocking.
1293. monger [noun]
I surely got beaten when I bought rice from a monger.
1294. moot [adjective]
Federal legislation will override the states’ concerns and make them moot.
1295. moralize [verb]
The humorous storyteller tried not to moralize and rarely told stories that had a deeper meaning.
1296. morbid [adjective]
The boy’s morbid fascination with death led him to collect dead animals.
1297. mordant [adjective]
The mordant mother often used harsh words that made her son cry.
1298. moribund [adjective]
Because the wounded man has lost a great deal of blood, he is moribund and probably will not make it through the night.
1299. morose [adjective]
After their team lost the basketball game, the disappointed fans looked morose.
1300. mortal [noun]
A man is deliberately designed to be mortal. He grows, he ages, and he dies.
1301. mortgage [noun]
The newly married couple checked the rates on the mortgage to determine how much they would have to pay for their dream home.
1302. mortify [verb]
If my mother picks me up from school in her pajamas, she will mortify me in front of my friends.
1303. motif [noun]
Death is the depressing motif that appears in each of the artist’s paintings.
1304. motley [adjective]
The motley group of job applicants included a retired teacher, a recently released convict, and a sixteen-year-old girl.
1305. multifarious [adjective]
Coming from a small town of only four hundred residents, Jonas was shocked by the millions of people who made up the multifarious population of the big city.
1306. mundane [adjective]
The restaurant should spice up their menu and replace the dull and mundane dishes.
1307. munificence [noun]
The wealthy actor always gives the members of his staff munificent appreciation gifts.
1308. munificent [adjective]
The wealthy actor always gives the members of his staff munificent appreciation gifts.
1309. munition [noun]
Hiding a large stash of munitions within the tank, the army proceeded up the hill.
1310. murderous [adjective]
I couldn't withstand the murderous heat.
1311. murky [adjective]
The frightened little boy refused to walk with his friends through the murky forest.
1312. muse [verb]
The model was the artist’s muse for his famous sculpture.
1313. mutation [noun]
A new vaccination had to be created for a mutation of the antigen.
1314. mutiny [noun]
Dissatisfied voters will mutiny against the current president by voting for whoever runs against him in the next election.
1315. myopic [adjective]
If you only question one race of people in your survey, your responses will be myopic.
1316. myriad [adjective]
Kelly and Clint discuss myriad topics on their talk show.
1317. mythical [adjective]
After reading about the mythical creature, the young child was not scared because many events in the story could not have happened.
1318. nadir [noun]
Even though we thought we had reached our nadir and would fail to meet the project deadline, we were still able to complete the work on time.
1319. nanny [noun]
They have a male nanny for their kids.
1320. nascent [adjective]
Online dating has gone from a nascent idea to an established concept that helps millions of people find love.
1321. natty [adjective]
The model wore a natty jumper down the runway, donned with a few bangles and a stylish bomber jacket.
1322. naysayer [noun]
With such positive feedback for the product, a dark cloud came over the company’s workers when the naysayer spoke his negative comments about the product.
1323. nebulous [adjective]
It was not difficult to realize her answer to the question was nebulous.
1324. necromancy [noun]
When Maggie’s husband died, she visited a psychic who claimed she could use necromancy to talk to deceased persons.
1325. nefarious [adjective]
How nefarious of you to fling dog crap on my car!
1326. negate [verb]
While we like the singer’s music, our high regard does not negate the fact she broke the law by leaving the scene of an accident.
1327. neologism [noun]
The neologism became so popular it was added to most dictionaries.
1328. neophyte [noun]
Because I have very little computer experience, I am a neophyte when it comes to working with most software programs.
1329. nettle [verb]
My brother will often nettle me by reading my diary.
1330. nexus [noun]
The school cafeteria is the nexus of student activity.
1331. noble [adjective]
According to legend only a truly noble man could pull the magic sword from the stone.
1332. nobleman [noun]
An eccentric nobleman has never learned how to read a clock.
1333. noisome [adjective]
The dog’s noisome odor is making me physically ill.
1334. nominal [adjective]
The court gave me a nominal award that did not cover the cost of my car repairs.
1335. nonchalant [adjective]
Surprisingly, the woman was nonchalant about her husband’s death.
1336. nonplus [verb]
When the politician was questioned about his position on a tough issue, he appeared nonplussed and took a long time to respond to the reporter.
1337. nontrivial [adjective]
A description of plasma instabilities in a systematic way is nontrivial.
1338. normative [adjective]
A normative grammar of a language describes how its authors think the language should be spoken or written.
1339. nostrum [noun]
Although my sister is not a doctor, she thinks she can cure any illness and is quick to suggest a nostrum to her friends.
1340. notoriety [noun]
The notoriety of violence in the downtown area keeps many tourists from visiting that part of the city.
1341. notwithstanding [adverb]
Notwithstanding his injured knee, the football player made two touchdowns.
1342. nourish [verb]
The kindergartners were told they needed to nourish their plant seeds with water and sunlight.
1343. novice [noun]
When it came to coding complicated functions, the inexperienced coder was a novice.
1344. noxious [adjective]
Besides being annoying, the mosquito is a noxious insect that can carry and transmit a number of potentially fatal diseases.
1345. nugatory [adjective]
Jim’s nugatory comments contributed nothing to the class discussion.
1346. nuisance [noun]
Until Jill planted a vegetable garden, she never knew a raccoon could be such a nuisance.
1347. obdurate [adjective]
With his obdurate personality and intense dislike for people, Jonathan had all the makings of a professional killer.
1348. obfuscate [verb]
The loan contract was filled with legal words meant to obfuscate trusting borrowers.
1349. oblique [adjective]
The slight wink was Larry’s oblique way of flirting with me.
1350. obliterate [verb]
The dictator’s army is going to obliterate the rebel’s small village in less than five minutes.
1351. obloquy [noun]
After being released from prison, Kurt lived in obloquy and rarely left his apartment.
1352. obscure [adjective]
The obscure writer was not known in the literary community.
1353. obscurity [noun]
The teen heartthrob came out of obscurity and became one of the most famous entertainers in the world.
1354. obsequious [adjective]
The princess had obsequious servants who showered her with attention.
1355. obsess [verb]
They become obsessed with trying to equip their vehicles with gadgets to deal with every possible contingency.
1356. obsolescence [noun]
Since the granite countertops were such an obsolescence in the neighborhood homes, the builder knew he would need to upgrade to higher quality materials like marble.
1357. obsolete [adjective]
Many people believe the Internet has made the postal service obsolete.
1358. obstinate [adjective]
Everyone described my grandfather as the most obstinate man alive!
1359. obstreperous [adjective]
Because my nephew is obstreperous, he often gets in trouble at school.
1360. obtuse [adjective]
Are you so obtuse that you will give away all your money to a fake charity?
1361. obviate [verb]
We replaced the old mechanisms because we wanted to obviate any nervousness about potential breakdown.
1362. occlude [verb]
The police officers have blocked off the road to occlude the bomb from the public.
1363. oddity [noun]
The lanky man and his petite wife are always looked at like an oddity in public.
Because Mark had an odious personality, he had very few friends.
1365. odyssey [noun]
My twenty-year odyssey in the army allowed me to visit eighteen countries.
1366. officious [adjective]
Because Cory is the boss’s son, he thinks he can stick his officious nose into everybody’s business without fear of consequences.
1367. olfactory [adjective]
The hound dog used his olfactory sense to locate the missing girl.
1368. oligarchy [noun]
In our small religious community, the major decisions of the town are made by the oligarchy, which is composed of six wise men.
1369. ominous [adjective]
Because of the ominous music, we knew something bad was about to happen in the movie.
1370. omission [noun]
The omission of my name from the Honor Roll List made me regret the fact I had played around all semester.
1371. omnipotent [adjective]
My teenager daughter likes to believe she is omnipotent in our household.
1372. omnipresent [adjective]
The soccer coach described his star player as being omnipresent, all over the field at once.
1373. onerous [adjective]
Taking care of the puppy is an onerous task.
1374. onomatopoeia [noun]
My class assignment involves writing a poem that contains onomatopoeia, a word that sounds exactly like its pronunciation.
1375. opaque [adjective]
Because my privacy is important to me, I have opaque blinds on all my windows.
1376. opine [verb]
Rather than disagree with my husband in public, I waited until we got home to opine my thoughts on the subject.
1377. opportunistic [adjective]
The opportunistic couple tried to take advantage of the elderly man, convincing him to sign over his home.
1378. oppress [verb]
Throughout history, racist groups have tried to oppress minorities by way of force and fear.
1379. opprobrium [noun]
Ben’s criminal opprobrium nearly cost him the election.
1380. opulent [adjective]
Because the movie star made over ten million dollars a film, she was able to maintain an opulent lifestyle.
1381. ornithology [noun]
He found his vocation in ornithology.
1382. orotund [adjective]
The millionaire’s orotund manner made him come across as arrogant.
1383. ossify [verb]
My father’s opinion has started to ossify so I know he won’t change his mind.
1384. ostensible [adjective]
Your ostensible prank has done a lot of damage, and now you must face the consequences of your actions.
1385. ostentatious [adjective]
I tried to tell Mary her fur coat was a bit too ostentatious to be worn at a funeral!
1386. ostracize [verb]
As a teacher, your job is not to ostracize your students but to show them support so they can become contributing members of society.
1387. outlaw [verb]
The Government has vowed to outlaw the sale by touts of tickets outside grounds on the day of matches.
1388. outlay [noun]
For a relatively small outlay, you can start a home hairdressing business.
1389. outmoded [adjective]
Propeller aircraft were swiftly outmoded by jet aircraft after the 70s, vastly increasing the value of air power.
1390. outright [adjective]
Kathy responded outright to the question that the teacher was asking even though the teacher asked the students to quietly write down their answers.
1391. outsmart [verb]
Pollard and the Dingles try to outsmart each other over the barn development.
1392. outstrip [verb]
Being trained for the Kentucky Derby, these horses outstrip any of the other horses running down the track.
1393. overarching [adjective]
The boss set some overarching goals for his employees that they must work on immediately plus a few minor goals to do in their spare time.
1394. overshadow [verb]
I knew that I needed to study for my exam, but my growing stomach and hunger pangs seemed to overshadow everything else.
1395. overt [adjective]
In some countries, racial prejudice is overt and not disguised in the least.
1396. overweening [adjective]
Ever since Jim won the contest, he has been overweening and acting as though he is the smartest kid on the planet.
1397. overwrought [adjective]
The bride was overwrought when the florist delivered the wrong flower order.
1398. paean [noun]
After losing the game, the team was disappointed not to sing their victory paean.
1399. pagan [adjective]
If Sarah were truly a pagan, she wouldn’t attend the services at the local church.
1400. painstaking [adjective]
Even though the rebuilding of the old farmhouse was going to be a painstaking job, I could not wait to begin work on my new home.
1401. palatable [adjective]
Although the food is not the tastiest I have ever eaten, it is palatable and will fill my tummy.
1402. palatial [adjective]
The palatial diamond ring was so heavy it made Gina’s finger hurt.
1403. paleontology [noun]
Students with an interest in fossils should consider paleontology as a college major.
1404. palliate [verb]
After surgery, Greg received large does of medications to palliate his suffering.
1405. pallid [adjective]
Although she is a redhead with very fair skin, Maureen has tried all sorts of ways to give her pallid complexion just a touch of color.
1406. pan [verb]
The movie was panned by the critics.
1407. panacea [noun]
Unfortunately there is no panacea that will make cancer instantly vanish from your body.
1408. panache [noun]
Because the band played with such panache, everyone in the audience had a great time.
1409. pander [verb]
The woman on the corner did not realize she was attempting to pander her sexual services to an undercover cop.
1410. panegyric [noun]
After the princess died a popular singer wrote a panegyric to honor her life.
1411. panoply [noun]
The designer’s exciting panoply of dresses won over the fashion critics.
1412. pantheon [noun]
As part of their course, the mythology students visited the pantheon in the ancient city.
1413. parable [noun]
The play is a parable that teaches the students a lesson about the importance of being kind.
1414. paradigm [noun]
Sister Mary Catherine is considered a paradigm of virtue by everyone in the church.
1415. paragon [noun]
As a paragon of purity, a nun would never dress inappropriately.
1416. paralyze [verb]
A broken vertebra in her neck threatened to sever her spinal cord and paralyze her from moving.
1417. paramount [adjective]
In today’s competitive job market, it is paramount that one obtains a college degree.
1418. pardon [verb]
The sign outside the newly-rebuilt restaurant asked customers to pardon the dust and mess since the restaurant is open.
1419. pare [verb]
In order to make my small apartment more comfortable, I had to pare down my possessions to only a few small pieces of furniture.
1420. parley [noun]
The end result of the parley between the two world leaders was a productive trade agreement.
1421. parlous [adjective]
Because of the storm, it was parlous for the children to leave school.
1422. parochial [adjective]
John’s view of life is parochial and does not include anything outside of his own happiness.
1423. parry [verb]
She put on her sunglasses to parry his probing eyes.
1424. parsimonious [adjective]
To save money, the parsimonious old man always bought used clothes.
1425. part and parcel
Keeping the accounts is part and parcel of my job.
1426. partiality [noun]
Ms. Frost showed her partiality towards her smart students by refusing to call on anyone in her class who didn’t have an A.
1427. partisan [adjective]
Because of your partisan views, you are unwilling to look at other options.
1428. pastiche [noun]
The mix of country, pop, and soul music made the album a fascinating pastiche of sounds.
1429. pastime [noun]
After Mr. Frank retired from his office job, his pastime included golfing, reading and traveling.
1430. pastoral [adjective]
When I looked at the artist’s pastoral paintings, I could clearly see the fields and trees in which he played as a child.
1431. pasture [noun]
Farmer Fred rarely needed to mow his pasture due to his cows always grazing the grass and keeping it short.
1432. pathetic [adjective]
Jason looked like a pathetic dog as he tried to set up his tent in the drenching rain.
1433. pathogen [noun]
The pathogen triggered an illness that made half the student body sick.
1434. pathology [noun]
He earned a master's degree in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin.
1435. patois [noun]
As the patois of the woman’s words were heard, many people couldn’t quite understand what she was saying.
1436. patriarch [noun]
In my house, my father is the patriarch of the family.
1437. patrician [noun]
Marcus was born into a patrician family of great wealth.
1438. patron [noun]
I have a regular patron who eats meatloaf at the same time every day.
1439. paucity [noun]
Because of the paucity of our oil supply, we need to seek out other fuel resources.
1440. peasant [noun]
The peasant signed his name with an “X” because he couldn’t write anything else.
1441. peccadillo [noun]
Because Josh had grown tired of Patty’s criticism of every little peccadillo, he asked her for a divorce.
1442. pecuniary [adjective]
Because of the young woman’s pecuniary needs, she is determined to marry a wealthy man.
1443. pedagogy [noun]
The school boasts the most progressive pedagogy and a 100% graduation rate.
1444. pedantic [adjective]
Sometimes, Jason is so pedantic in writing the perfect paper that he forgets to properly manage his time.
1445. pedantry [noun]
There was a hint of pedantry in his elegant style of speaking.
1446. peddle [verb]
In order to peddle his wares, the young man went door to door describing each product as best as he could.
1447. peer [noun]
Have a peer that sits close to you in class check your essay for mistakes before you turn it in.
1448. pejorative [adjective]
While the detective was supposed to be neutral, he described the suspect in a pejorative manner.
1449. pellucid [adjective]
The contract was pellucid and left no confusion about each party’s responsibilities.
1450. penchant [noun]
At an early age, my annoying brother seemed to have a penchant for getting into trouble.
1451. penitent [adjective]
The penitent husband spends days at his wife’s grave because he regrets not spending more time with her.
1452. penitential [adjective]
The word also had a penitential meaning.
1453. penumbra [noun]
A penumbra of snow covered the city during the blizzard.
1454. penury [noun]
My uncle wasted his fortune and died in penury.
1455. per se [adverb]
Even though their son is not the only student struggling in math class per se, the other students did not matter to his parents.
1456. peregrinate [verb]
A peregrination of the huge mall left us all with throbbing feet.
1457. peremptory [adjective]
Because Jack did not like following orders, he found it difficult to listen to his teacher’s peremptory instructions.
1458. perennial [adjective]
Every election seems to continue to deal with the same perennial issues that have been the focus of all the previous elections.
1459. perfidious [adjective]
When questioned about his ex-wife, Eric described her as a perfidious woman who could not be faithful to any man.
1460. perfidy [noun]
Because my husband’s perfidy hurt me terribly, I served him with divorce papers.
1461. perfunctory [adjective]
The beauty queen waved so often that her greeting was simply perfunctory.
1462. perigee [noun]
Because the moon is at its closest to the earth during perigee, the gravitational pull is stronger and tides increase.
1463. peril [noun]
To avoid peril, Helen should leave her house before the hurricane gets any closer to shore.
1464. peripatetic [adjective]
Rather than limit myself to one destination, I like to take a more peripatetic vacation where I move around from place to place.
1465. periphery [noun]
If the tennis ball touches or goes pass the periphery of the white line, a point will be given to the recipient of the serve.
1466. permeable [adjective]
The permeable material allowed a large amount of water to seep through.
1467. permeate [verb]
When the skunk’s spray began to permeate the car, my sister and I jumped out the vehicle and ran down the road.
1468. permissive [adjective]
Timmy's mother was too permissive, allowing him to do what he wanted when he wanted.
1469. pernicious [adjective]
The pernicious cycle of abuse within their family must be stopped.
1470. perpetrate [verb]
I can’t believe my best friend would perpetrate such an act of betrayal.
1471. perpetuity [noun]
The greedy investor wanted to receive a royalty off the product in perpetuity.
1472. perplex [verb]
According to the book reviewer, the author’s puzzling writing style will perplex many readers.
1473. perseverance [noun]
The disabled young man’s perseverance allowed him to complete the marathon.
1474. personable [adjective]
The personable flight attendant went out of her way to make me feel at ease on my first flight.
1475. personage [noun]
He doesn’t look familiar, but he must be a very important personage to have a prominent spot in the photo shoot.
1476. perspicacious [adjective]
Even though the judge was normally a perspicacious woman, she found it hard to not be affected by the guilty man’s plea.
1477. pertinent [adjective]
To ensure a prompt reply, please include all pertinent details in your email.
1478. perturb [verb]
The troublesome lad does everything he can to perturb the girl sitting in front of him.
1479. peruse [verb]
Peruse the manual to set up your television.
1480. pervade [verb]
The awful smell from the sewage plant seemed to pervade throughout our house.
1481. petty [adjective]
The officer did not arrest the teen for the petty crime.
1482. petulant [adjective]
He was a petulant child who was aggravated by the smallest things.
1483. phalanx [noun]
A phalanx of soldiers marched in lockstep, while belting out slogans of war.
1484. philistine [noun]
Only a philistine would destroy such a priceless portrait!
1485. phlegmatic [adjective]
The minister of my church is a phlegmatic man who never seems to get upset about anything.
1486. physiognomy [noun]
Looking at Jake’s physiognomy, it was impossible to ignore the stress lines that told the story of his hard life.
1487. piecemeal [adjective]
Building the pyramids took years because the required effort was extensive and required piecemeal progress.
1488. piety [noun]
The millionaire’s act of piety was a huge donation that allowed the church to build homes for five needy families.
1489. pillory [noun]
During the colonial period, thieves were often locked in a pillory in the town square where they would suffer public humiliation.
1490. pine [verb]
He ws actually worrying and pining in his heart, but he could not say anything.
1491. pious [adjective]
The students running around naked at Berkley Catholic University do not seem very pious.
1492. piquant [adjective]
We were thrilled when we arrived at the piquant bed and breakfast on our honeymoon night.
1493. pique [verb]
Hopefully the movie trailer will pique the interest of moviegoers and motivate them to buy tickets to see the film.
1494. pirate [verb]
Many people pirate games and music from the internet by downloading them illegally and free of charge.
1495. pith [noun]
That was the pith of his argument.
1496. pithy [adjective]
A popular speaker, Janet was known for her pithy sayings.
1497. pity [noun]
I feel pity for the homeless people who don’t have a warm place to sleep in the winter.
1498. pivotal [adjective]
The fighter planes gave pivotal assistance to the ground forces that were surrounded by the enemy.
1499. placate [verb]
I tried to placate the sad little boy by giving him a cookie.
1500. placid [adjective]
Even when the emergency room was packed with patients, the staff remained placid and calmly did their duties.
1501. plaintive [adjective]
During the funeral, I could only offer the widow my plaintive words.
1502. plasticity [noun]
Because of the brain’s plasticity, a child who grew up in China can adapt to the English language once he or she has migrated to the U.S.
1503. platitude [noun]
Because I have heard your platitude a hundred times, it means nothing to me now.
1504. plaudit [noun]
As my daughter accepted her award, she blushed upon hearing the principal’s gracious plaudit.
1505. plausible [adjective]
When Jason forgot to do his homework, he tried to come up with a plausible excuse his teacher would believe.
1506. plea [noun]
The wounded soldier made a plea to his comrades to get him back home, but there was no need to beg as they would never leave him behind.
1507. plebian [noun]
There is no way the plebeian could afford the country club’s expensive dues.
1508. plethora [noun]
I don't see why my mother wants more shoes when she already has a plethora of them.
1509. pliant [adjective]
When the slaves were not pliant, their owners would punish them.
1510. plod [verb]
After having painful cramps, I could only plod through the race.
1511. plucky [adjective]
The plucky preschooler stood up to the bully who was taking his friend’s lunch.
1512. plumb [verb]
The treasure hunter is going to plumb the ocean bottom for the pirate’s long-lost gold chest.
1513. plummet [verb]
When the housing bubble burst, many people saw their property values plummet.
1514. plunder [verb]
During the protest riots, angry citizens began to plunder goods from closed stores.
1515. plutocracy [noun]
Because it is not operated by the wealthiest people, our political system is not a plutocracy.
1516. poignant [adjective]
Because the poignant movie reminded me of my painful childhood, it made me cry.
1517. polarity [noun]
The marked polarity of Jason and Kevin’s political positions makes it impossible for them to come to terms on any single issue.
1518. polemic [noun]
The political candidate posted a polemic on his blog that mocked his rival’s lack of community service.
1519. politic [adjective]
When the fight began, he thought it politic to leave.
1520. polyglot [noun]
Because my sister is a polyglot, she was hired as a language translator for the United Nations.
1521. populace [noun]
The populace became angry when the government failed to lower taxes.
1522. populism [noun]
Promoting populism meant that the candidate played on the naïve notions of the poor working class.
1523. porous [adjective]
Because the castle had porous security, the assassin found it quite simple to sneak inside and murder the king.
1524. poseur [noun]
Security was shocked that a poseur was able to sneak into the VIP room and party with the band.
1525. posit [verb]
Since no other venue is available, I will posit my condominium as a place for the company holiday party.
1526. posthumous [adjective]
The author received several impressive awards for her body of work; unfortunately, they were all posthumous.
1527. postulate [verb]
Even if we postulate that she had a motive for the murder, that still doesn't mean she did it.
1528. pounce [verb]
When a wildebeest is unaware of its surroundings, a lion will pounce to catch it off guard.
1529. practitioner [noun]
She was a medical practitioner before she entered politics.
1530. pragmatic [adjective]
The scientist had a pragmatic approach to dealing with the water crisis.
1531. prate [verb]
Even when the intoxicated woman was placed in the police car, she continued to prate until one of the officers yelled for her to be silent.
1532. prattle [verb]
At every party, there is always one lady who has to prattle on about her cute kids.
1533. preamble [noun]
The preamble of the international health organization summarizes the group’s purpose.
1534. precarious [adjective]
Running around with a knife is very precarious.
1535. precept [noun]
The school’s honesty precept dictates we only turn in our own work.
1536. precipitate [verb]
The rising level of unemployment is going to precipitate a huge crowd at the welfare office.
1537. precis [noun]
Precis, however, does not specify particular receivers or adjust the information content to them.
1538. precocious [adjective]
My precocious little girl thinks she knows everything there is to know about life.
1539. precursor [noun]
My itching is the precursor of the severe allergic reaction I will soon experience.
1540. predicament [noun]
Because I do not want to end up in a financial predicament, I pay my bills regularly.
1541. predilection [noun]
Gregory goes out to watch birds daily so I assume he has a predilection for the hobby.
1542. predisposition [noun]
Because my mother suffered from depression, I have a genetic predisposition to the condition.
1543. preferential [adjective]
Subsidiary company get preferential treatment when it come to subcontract work.
1544. prehensile [adjective]
The monkey’s prehensile tail allowed him to spy on his enemies while dangling from a tree.
1545. premeditated [verb]
Since Mary planned her husband’s death in advance, she was charged with premeditated murder.
1546. premonition [noun]
Before the accident, Sang mentioned he had a premonition something bad was going to happen on the road trip.
1547. preordain [verb]
Some people believe that fate has been preordained whether they will be happy or not.
1548. preposterous [adjective]
His idea of selling dead bugs for big money is totally preposterous!
1549. presage [verb]
If the unpopular president is reelected, his win will presage a countrywide protest.
1550. prescience [noun]
Because Janet was amazed by the psychic’s prescience, she visited her on a regular basis.
1551. prescient [adjective]
The psychic's predictions were uncannily prescient and ended up proving true a few weeks later.
1552. presumptuous [adjective]
It was rather presumptuous of her to assume I would get her a birthday present.
1553. pretension [noun]
To be the president of a country, Marcel is extremely down-to-earth and completely devoid of pretension.
1554. pretentious [adjective]
The swindler was a pretentious man who claimed to be descended from royalty.
1555. preternatural [adjective]
Seeing a penguin in the desert seemed very preternatural to the amazed onlookers.
1556. prevalence [noun]
The prevalence of diabetes and obesity in adults continues to rise as junk food portion sizes get bigger and bigger.
1557. prevaricate [verb]
ごまかす In order to get his bill passed, the politician went out of his way to prevaricate about the release of the environmental study.
1558. priggish [adjective]
After working for a priggish boss who was never satisfied with my work, I decided to work somewhere else who was not so demanding.
1559. prim [adjective]
My prim coworker refused to dance, but the rest of my coworkers weren’t afraid to jump right in.
1560. primacy [noun]
The primacy of our mealtimes is that everyone eats together as a family.
1561. primal [adjective]
The dog’s primal instincts allow it to hunt out prey easily.
1562. primordial [adjective]
Man’s first language was primordial and consisted of only a few words.
1563. pristine [adjective]
Because there were few tourists on the island, the beaches were still pristine and beautiful.
1564. probation [noun]
The prisoner was put on probation .
1565. probity [noun]
The criminal knew he could not buy the judge who was known for his probity.
1566. proclivity [noun]
As a young child, the award-winning singer had a proclivity for music.
1567. procure [verb]
In order to make sandwiches to feed the homeless, we will need to procure donations from local businesses.
1568. prodigal [adjective]
If you want to save money for college, you should stop your prodigal spending sprees.
1569. prodigious [adjective]
Since Stan’s car accident, he has been taking prodigious amounts of pain pills.
1570. prodigy [noun]
The high school boy was considered a prodigy when he won the national chess championship.
1571. profligate [adjective]
After the millionaire saw evidence of his new wife's profligate spending, he quickly filed for a divorce.
1572. profound [adjective]
The speaker’s profound words made me think about my future.
1573. profundity [noun]
Even though Chuck thought he was making some deep statements, he was too drunk to express any profundity.
1574. profuse [adjective]
Jonathan has gained so much weight that even his doctor is concerned about his profuse growth.
1575. progeny [noun]
Because the billionaire bachelor did not have a progeny, his entire estate went to charity when he died.
1576. prognostic [adjective]
Performing a prognostic biopsy will tell us the stage at which the cancer is currently.
1577. prohibitive [adjective]
The college was prohibitive of alcohol on the campus.
1578. proliferate [verb]
With the popularity of the Zumba craze, health clubs that feature this exercise class have begun to proliferate in most cities.
1579. prolific [adjective]
Because the huge storm is expected to produce a prolific amount of snow, government offices and schools are being closed.
1580. prolix [adjective]
The prolix professor had a habit of using complex words that most people could not comprehend.
1581. prominent [adjective]
If you are a prominent member of society, you will surely get an invitation to the mayor’s fundraising gala.
1582. prompt [verb]
It was not enough to prompt a significant market rally.
1583. promulgate [verb]
The purpose of the documentary is to promulgate the importance of raising funds for additional cancer research.
1584. propagate [verb]
The political candidate hopes to propagate his vision to potential voters.
1585. propensity [noun]
My mother has a propensity to drink when she gets anxious.
1586. prophecy [noun]
As the Persians suffered one loss after another, Daniel’s prophecy from years before was proven to be true.
1587. propitiate [verb]
Only an idiot believes he can propitiate his way into heaven by giving the church all of his money.
1588. propitious [adjective]
The beautiful Hawaiian weather made it propitious for sun bathing yesterday.
1589. proponent [noun]
Because April loves animals, she is a fierce proponent of the animal rights movement.
1590. propriety [noun]
The way tourists dress offends local standards of propriety.
1591. prosaic [adjective]
Because the biggest thing in my hometown is the grocery store, the city really is a prosaic little place.
1592. proscribe [verb]
In our country, there are laws which proscribe discrimination based on race and gender.
1593. protean [adjective]
Because the woman’s affections are protean, she has ten ex-husbands.
1594. protract [verb]
The committee voted to protract the discussions of an amendment to their mission statement.
1595. provident [adjective]
My financier told me that I needed to be more provident when it came to my spending.
1596. providential [adjective]
It was providential that I moved out of the way before being struck by the oncoming vehicle.
1597. provincial [adjective]
Because I grew up in an orphanage run by nuns, I have a very provincial outlook on life and tend to prefer the simple things.
1598. provocative [adjective]
When the editor read the provocative article which urged people to destroy government buildings, he insisted the writer redo the entire piece.
1599. prowess [noun]
Christina used her hunting prowess to survive in the woods for a week.
1600. proxy [noun]
When my husband and I are out of the country, my sister is the proxy who signs legal documents for our children.
1601. prudent [adjective]
It is not prudent to go swimming during a hurricane.
1602. prudish [adjective]
My grandmother’s narrowminded and prudish viewpoints do not line up with today’s world views.
1603. prurient [adjective]
The prurient teenager would not stop looking at the adult magazines in the store.
1604. puckish [adjective]
A practical joker, the puckish boy was always trying to pull a prank on his unsuspecting parents.
1605. puerile [adjective]
Since my son is thirty-three years of age, I do not find his puerile behavior amusing.
1606. pugilism [noun]
The inexperienced boxer had a lot to learn about the sport of pugilism.
1607. pugnacious [adjective]
The pugnacious little boy constantly talks back to his mother.
1608. puissance [noun]
By overstepping his boundaries, William took his puissance as the company president and changed the century-old by-laws to fit his preferences.
1609. pulchritude [noun]
Because we all know that beauty is only skin deep, you should always look beneath the pulchritude on the outside to see what’s going on in a person’s heart and soul.
1610. punctilious [adjective]
Because my aunt is quite punctilious when it comes to table settings, every utensil must be turned properly.
1611. pundit [noun]
During the trial, the prosecutor will call upon a pundit of forensics to link the evidence to the suspect.
1612. pungent [adjective]
When the pungent smell of rotten eggs filled the house, I held my nose.
1613. puny [adjective]
Our cat delivered kittens, but no one wanted to adopt the puny runt of the litter.
1614. purblind [adjective]
Even with scientific proof, purblind politicians have refused to accept that global warming exists.
1615. puritanical [adjective]
My parents are extremely puritanical and will not allow me to date.
1616. purport [verb]
The drug manufacturer knows it is against the law to purport claims about its product’s effectiveness.
1617. pusillanimous [adjective]
The pusillanimous soldier cried because he was scared of the gunfire.
1618. putative [adjective]
Even though there has not been a DNA test, everyone accepts Jason as the girl’s putative father.
1619. quagmire [noun]
Many young people do not realize the quagmire to which occasional drug use can lead.
1620. quail [verb]
She quailed at his heartless words.
1621. quaint [adjective]
As I walked through the quaint shop, I felt as though I was transported back in time.
1622. qualm [noun]
Under the influence of drugs, Matt had no qualm whatsoever about spending all of his money at the casino.
1623. quandary [noun]
Mark is in a quandary about whether or not he should keep the money he found in the park.
1624. quantum [noun]
Measuring the quantum amount of the object essentially destroyed it.
1625. quasar [noun]
When the astronomer looked through his telescope, he was able to see a brightly lit object known as a quasar.
1626. quash [verb]
Refusing to give in to the toddler’s demands, the exasperated mother was hell-bent on coming up with a plan to quash the tantrums.
1627. querulous [adjective]
If there was an award for being querulous, my aunt would win because she is always complaining about something.
1628. query [noun]
State officials have launched a query into allegations of judicial misconduct by Judge Petros.
1629. quibble [verb]
Whenever the two historians meet, they quibble over historical facts before drinking a pitcher of beer.
1630. quiescent [adjective]
For once, our hyperactive Great Dane is quiescent and resting on the rug.
1631. quintessential [adjective]
The critics love the director’s latest film and consider it to be the quintessential horror movie.
1632. quip [noun]
The president responded to the journalist’s question with a clever quip.
1633. quixotic [adjective]
Although Jack’s plan for killing the giant was quixotic, it was the village’s only hope.
1634. quorum [noun]
When Congress met to discuss the issue at hand, they realized that they would postpone the session until a quorum was met.
1635. quotidian [adjective]
As the days of celebration wore on, the formerly spectacular events began to seem more quotidian, and the king found himself yawning at the chariot races.
1636. racket [noun]
Upstairs in the playroom, the loud children are making quite a racket.
1637. raconteur [noun]
The kindergarten teacher was an excellent raconteur who had no problem keeping her young charges engaged with her stories.
1638. radical [adjective]
The conservative church leaders were not interested in hearing any radical religious ideas.
1639. raffish [adjective]
The raffish woman drew everyone’s attention when she crashed the wedding.
1640. rail [verb]
He railed at human fickleness.
1641. raiment [noun]
The shelter provides housing, food, and raiment for people in need.
1642. rally [verb]
Soldiers in the regime would rally around one another after every completed mission.
1643. ramification [noun]
The trade embargo will be a damaging ramification to the financially distressed nation.
1644. rampage [verb]
Shoppers went on a rampage through the mall, knocking over racks and pushing each other down.
1645. rampant [adjective]
Diseases associated with contaminated water are rampant in the country of Haiti.
1646. rancorous [adjective]
Mr. Knightly is a rancorous old man who is always unhappy and seemingly angry at everyone, even if they are strangers.
1647. rankle [verb]
The fact the plane is leaving two hours late is certainly going to rankle the passengers.
1648. rant [verb]
The woman’s irate Facebook rant was not representative of her character and was eventually taken down.
1649. rapt [adjective]
Whenever my favorite actor comes onscreen, I am rapt by his performance.
1650. rarefy [verb]
The humidifier will rarefy the room by putting moisture in the air.
1651. rash [adjective]
The boy acted in a rash manner and didn’t consider the consequences of driving under the influence.
1652. rationale [noun]
During the debate, the politician must explain his rationale for his position on the argument.
1653. raucous [adjective]
Although Mitchell never had a dollar to buy a drink, he was always the most raucous person at the bar.
1654. reactant [noun]
Hydrogen is a reactant which when combined with oxygen can make water.
1655. reactionary [adjective]
My grandmother is described as reactionary because she refuses to use modern technologies like microwaves and mobile phones.
1656. rebut [verb]
The defense attorney tried hard to rebut the prosecutor’s accusation about the defendant.
1657. recalcitrant [adjective]
Despite being offered treats by his parents, the little boy was still recalcitrant about doing his homework.
1658. recant [verb]
After being convicted of perjury, the witness had to recant her remarks against the defendant.
1659. recapitulate [verb]
At the start of each class, the professor will recapitulate yesterday’s lecture.
1660. reciprocal [adjective]
Unfortunately, I have to tell my best friend his romantic feelings towards me are not reciprocal.
1661. recluse [adjective]
Despite her reputation as a recluse, Samantha held regular gatherings in her home to entertain close friends.
1662. recoil [verb]
Seeing the snake made me recoil in fear.
1663. recondite [adjective]
Since I do not have a law degree, I find it hard to understand the recondite terms of the contract.
1664. recriminate [verb]
When he was called into civil court by his landlord, the defendant decided to recriminate him a counter-claim for the return of his deposit.
1665. recrudesce [verb]
I thought my shingles outbreak subsided, but I experienced a recrudescence of the virus.
1666. redact [verb]
The editor had to redact what was private in the court documents before releasing it to the media.
1667. redemption [noun]
Through writing his biography, the criminal hopes to earn redemption for his crimes by changing the lives of troubled young people.
1668. redolent [adjective]
The candy shop was redolent with the rich smell of chocolate.
1669. redouble [verb]
The president also called on nations to redouble their efforts to negotiate an international trade agreement.
1670. redoubtable [adjective]
The young singer was anxious about facing off against the redoubtable singer who had been performing for twenty years.
1671. redound [verb]
When I was on the brink of diabetes, my doctor suggested I eat a more well-rounded diet that would redound to my health.
1672. redress [verb]
Kate demanded redress from the builder when her deck collapsed.
1673. reflex [noun]
Every time I brush, my gag reflex kicks in and I spontaneously heave.
1674. refractory [adjective]
Because the prisoner acts in a refractory manner, he is accompanied by four guards whenever he leaves his cell.
1675. refulgent [adjective]
When the beauty queen accepted her crown, she had a refulgent smile on her face.
1676. refute [verb]
The evidence provided by the prosecutor will refute the defendant’s claim of innocence.
1677. regale [verb]
The chef hoped his meal would regale the food critic.
1678. regress [verb]
After being an A-student for several months, Hank is starting to regress into the practice of not studying.
1679. reign [verb]
A few years ago, the queen celebrated her fifty-year reign as the monarch of her country.
1680. rejoinder [noun]
The boy was chastised when he responded to the teacher with a sarcastic rejoinder.
1681. rejuvenate [verb]
The football players consume sports drinks to rejuvenate themselves during the game.
1682. relegate [verb]
After the lead actors had been repeatedly late for rehearsal, the director decided to relegate them to the chorus and replace them with their understudies.
1683. relentless [adjective]
The relentless marshal pursued the escaped prisoner for ten years.
1684. relish [verb]
After a long day at work, there is nothing I relish more than a long hot bath.
1685. remedial [adjective]
Remedial steps will be taken to improve the damaged highway.
1686. reminisce [verb]
When I eat sugar cookies, I reminisce about the childhood hours I spent making the treats with my grandmother.
1687. remiss [adjective]
If I let you go without food, I would be remiss in my responsibilities as a parent.
1688. remnant [noun]
The abandoned plant was a remnant of the town’s once thriving economy.
1689. remonstrate [verb]
Whenever I refuse my young daughter anything, she likes to remonstrate by stomping her feet on the floor.
1690. remorse [noun]
The psychopath appeared content and showed no remorse during the murder trial.
1691. rend [verb]
The hungry dog is going to rend the steak into pieces.
1692. renege [verb]
Although my father made a promise to extend my curfew, he later decided to renege upon his word and ordered me home by eleven.
1693. reparation [noun]
Rather than fining the graffiti artist, the judge ordered him to make reparation by painting the entire building.
1694. repartee [noun]
The repartee between the two actors made the movie really funny.
1695. repast [noun]
Hoping to enjoy a romantic repast with her husband, Jill prepared his favorite dishes and lit candles.
1696. repel [verb]
Hopefully the air freshener will repel the odor of the deceased rodent.
1697. repentant [adjective]
The little boy was quite repentant for hitting his sister and apologized many times.
1698. repine [verb]
While in prison the man did nothing but repine for his freedom.
1699. repose [noun]
When you begin to meditate, you need to sit in repose and try to empty your mind of all thoughts.
1700. reprehensible [adjective]
How reprehensible of you to put sugar in my gas tank!
1701. reprise [noun]
Everyone was pleased to learn the actor would reprise his role as the captivating pirate.
1702. reproach [verb]
The politician’s sordid actions have brought reproach to the entire government.
1703. reprobate [verb]
He ventured to reprobate that common system.
1704. repudiate [verb]
Because I want to avoid the conflict between my two sisters, I repudiate their argument.
1705. repulse [verb]
Because of his rude behavior that would repulse many people, he was without close friends.
1706. requite [verb]
She requited his love with coldness.
1707. rescind [verb]
I cannot believe Janice’s boyfriend tried to rescind his marriage proposal!
1708. reside [verb]
The homeless man will reside in a local shelter until he can afford his own apartment.
1709. resign [verb]
Because the politician had been quite effective in office, he surprised everyone when he resigned from his position.
1710. resilient [adjective]
The community was highly spirited and resilient despite a hurricane disaster.
1711. resolute [adjective]
After such a heart-breaking loss, every member of the team was more resolute than ever to win the next game against their arch-rivals.
1712. resonant [adjective]
The resonant sound in the amphitheater travels to every seat in the house.
1713. resounding [adjective]
A resounding cheer could be heard all the way across the stadium.
1714. respiration [noun]
During respiration, humans inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
1715. restitution [noun]
Instead of jail time, the shoplifter has been ordered to pay a huge sum of money as restitution for the stolen items.
1716. restraint [noun]
Even though she was upset, the irritated mother showed emotional restraint and refused to yell at her children.
1717. resurgent [adjective]
The publisher believed that vampire novels would be a resurgent trend this year.
1718. retch [verb]
The pregnant woman was struck by a bout of morning sickness and began to retch.
1719. reticent [adjective]
While Barbara likes to discuss her personal life with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
1720. retort [verb]
Because Amy was brought up to always be respectful, she restrained the urge to make a sarcastic retort to the young man’s question about her zodiac sign.
1721. retrospective [adjective]
A retrospective study of hospital admissions in the past decade suggests that women are more likely to be admitted than men during holiday periods.
1722. revamp [verb]
The city decided to revamp their town monument, since it was looking a little old and beaten after forty years of only basic care.
1723. reverberate [verb]
The drunk driver had no idea his foolish decision would reverberate and destroy the lives of five families.
1724. revere [verb]
Many people from India are Hindu, and so they do not eat beef because they revere the cow as a sacred object.
1725. reverent [adjective]
During the funeral, humble and reverent silence filled the air of the sanctuary.
1726. revert [verb]
The state court refused to revert the local court’s decision.
1727. revivify [verb]
The interior decorator came up with some modern ideas to revivify the drab walls in her home.
1728. rhapsody [noun]
Because the singer was so passionate about his music, he sung the rhapsody with unrestrained enthusiasm.
1729. rhetoric [noun]
If someone does not stop the political rhetoric in that country, a civil war is likely to break out soon.
1730. ribald [adjective]
The comic’s sexual jokes were too ribald for my religious mother.
1731. ridden [adjective]
I have ridden in all sorts of aircraft, from airliners to helicopters and even blimps, yet I have never taken a ride on a hang glider.
1732. rife [adjective]
During the last economic crisis, the unemployment office was so rife with people that additional chairs were brought into the building.
1733. rift [noun]
A difference in perspectives caused a rift that forced the two friends to end their business partnership.
1734. right triangle
The hypotenuse is the longest side of a right triangle.
1735. rigor [noun]
The stern professor does not accept excuses and is known for exhibiting rigor in his classroom.
1736. riot [noun]
Police used tear gas to put the riot down.
1737. riposte [verb]
Eric’s witty riposte shut down the bully who wasn’t expecting such a clever retort.
1738. risible [adjective]
After suffering through a busy tax season, Bob and his fellow accountants went out for some risible entertainment at the local comedy club.
1739. risqué [adjective]
Barry’s risqué jokes were indecent and considered out of place at the wedding.
1740. rococo [adjective]
18th century rococo style was different from traditional English architecture in that it focused on both ornateness and symmetry.
1741. roundly [adverb]
The home team were roundly defeated.
1742. rout [verb]
After the dictator’s rout, the people finally had control of their country.
1743. rubric [noun]
Sarah really needed a good grade in English in order to pass the course so she looked at the rubric before writing her next essay.
1744. rue [noun]
My husband will rue the day he ever cheated on me!
1745. ruminate [verb]
Although I knew I cared deeply for Henry, I still had to ruminate on his marriage proposal for a while.
1746. rupture [verb]
The missile launch is sure to rupture the relationship between the two countries.
1747. ruse [noun]
The security guard knew the girls were going to try and use a distractive ruse in order to shoplift.
1748. rustic [adjective]
The rustic cabin was filled with hand carved furniture.
1749. ruthless [adjective]
The ruthless gang leader killed the new recruit for showing up late for a meeting.
1750. sabotage [verb]
He felt his girlfriend would sabotage his efforts to succeed, leading him to break off the relationship.
1751. saccharine [adjective]
The foolish man at the bar thought he could pick me up with a saccharine line.
1752. sacrosanct [adjective]
Woodland Hills Cemetery is sacrosanct and cannot be moved to another plot of land because of the large number of deceased soldiers who are buried there.
1753. sagacious [adjective]
Wise and full of insight, the sagacious leader would live on to better the world.
1754. sage [adjective]
The sage of the Indian tribe was able to heal the badly wounded man.
1755. salacious [adjective]
The salacious content of some popular novels has led parents to demand that they be removed from school libraries.
1756. salient [adjective]
When I look at the house for sale, salient defects such as the broken windows stare back at me.
1757. salubrious [adjective]
Vegetables are salubrious foods which provide essential nutrients.
1758. salutary [adjective]
The board hopes the merger of the two companies will have salutary effects that will leave all the shareholders happy.
1759. sanction [noun]
Because of the school’s behavioral problems, the principal is unlikely to sanction a school dance this year.
1760. sanctity [noun]
According to many religions, it is a sin to terminate the sanctity of the marriage vows.
1761. sangfroid [noun]
Even as the building fell around him, the fireman maintained his sangfroid and rescued the little girl.
1762. sanguine [adjective]
Although the economy is looking better, we should still not be too sanguine about the future.
1763. sardonic [adjective]
Jim’s sardonic laugh made his parents angry enough to stop paying his cellphone bill.
1764. sartorial [adjective]
Those with a developed sartorial sense can tell a cheap suit from an expensive one.
1765. satiate [verb]
Hopefully this feast I am preparing will satiate your hunger.
1766. satiric [adjective]
His cartoon has a satiric humor.
1767. saturnine [adjective]
The dog’s eyes became saturnine whenever he was left at home alone.
1768. savant [noun]
Although Jason is mildly retarded, he is also a chess savant who is considered to be one of the best players in the world.
1769. savor [verb]
Since it’s my last cookie, I will eat it slowly and savor the taste.
1770. scam [noun]
After asking for a large sum of money, I knew the job was a scam because the people did not represent the company.
1771. scanty [adjective]
Since the airline lost two of my bags, I have scanty clothing for my vacation.
1772. scathing [adjective]
When the food critic found a hair in his meal, he wrote a scathing review of the restaurant.
1773. schematic [adjective]
While producing the schematic drawing of the Graystone Building, the architect began to assign tasks to start the project.
1774. schism [noun]
The schism between my two best friends put me in the awkward position of having to choose one over the other.
1775. scintilla [noun]
Because it has strong flavor, the recipe called for a scintilla of sesame oil.
1776. scintillate [verb]
Concerts are held here on summer evenings, with the room scintillating to the light of two thousand reflected candles.
1777. scintillating [adjective]
The host’s scintillating conversations with celebrities have earned her numerous awards.
1778. scorn [verb]
Though he did not mean to scorn the girl, his rejection came off as extremely offensive.
1779. scriptural [adjective]
A return to scriptural authority is the only answer.
1780. scrutinize [verb]
Because of recent terror attacks, the airline screeners closely scrutinize all bags that are going on board airplanes.
1781. scrutiny [noun]
If you want to fly on an airplane, you should be prepared to deal with scrutiny from the airline personnel.
1782. scuffle [verb]
In order to downplay the actual fight, the siblings told their parents the reasons for the bloody noses and torn clothing was due to a small scuffle they had a few minutes ago.
1783. scurvy [adjective]
Many sailors died of scurvy due to lack of access to nutritional food.
1784. secrete [verb]
An octopus can secrete ink to ward off prey.
1785. sedition [noun]
The rebels were arrested for sedition when they protested outside of the dictator’s palace.
1786. seduction [noun]
The seduction of the now entranced audience was complete when the lead singer began her soulful crooning.
1787. sedulous [adjective]
Even though you completely destroy the ant bed time after time, those sedulous ants will continue to go right back to work rebuilding it.
1788. seethe [verb]
My mother will seethe for weeks if anyone touches her collectible dolls.
1789. seismic [adjective]
Seismic tests were conducted to determine the force of the earthquake.
1790. self-abasement [noun]
After tough training, I got rid of my self-abasement and became confident.
1791. self-evident [adjective]
The teacher’s instructions were self-evident, so no students asked any questions about the assignment.
1792. selfless [adjective]
A selfless individual often donates a fair sum of their money to charity even though they could use that money for themselves.
1793. semantic [adjective]
When you made a profanity-filled rant about me, the semantics were pretty clear.
1794. semblance [noun]
The city has now returned to some semblance of normality after last night's celebrations.
1795. semiotic [adjective]
The semiotics of his body language revealed he was lying.
1796. senescence [noun]
My grandfather said the best part of senescence is watching his grandchildren play.
1797. sensational [adjective]
After working on the woman’s hair for over eight hours, her sensational hairstyle was admired and jealous by many women who saw it.
1798. sensual [adjective]
The little black dress drew a sensual glance from her secret admirer.
1799. sensuous [adjective]
When I walked through the food court, the sensuous scents caused my stomach to growl.
1800. sentence [verb]
Ten army officers were sentenced to life imprisonment.
1801. sentient [adjective]
Humans are not the only sentient beings, elephants are very emotional and perceptive mammals as well.
1802. sentry [noun]
Standing at the gate, the Iraqi sentry guarded the entrance to the embassy.
1803. seraphic [adjective]
When the children put on their angel costumes, they looked seraphic.
1804. serendipity [noun]
The lottery is something one wins by serendipity not by design.
1805. serenity [noun]
For the outdoorsman, there is no way to experience serenity better than enjoying nature.
1806. servile [adjective]
Some individuals are so servile that other people take advantage of their submissiveness.
1807. shady [adjective]
Every member of the secret round table meeting was either a shady mobster or a crooked politician.
1808. shard [noun]
As the mirror crashed to the ground, shard after shard of glass scattered throughout the room.
1809. sheath [noun]
Carrying the sharp blade in its sheath helped protect the woodsman from accidental cuts.
1810. shirk [verb]
A lazy manager often attempts to shirk his responsibilities by passing his tasks on to his workers.
1811. shore [verb]
Two survivors swam to shore after the small plane crashed in the bay.
1812. shrewd [adjective]
It takes a shrewd analyst to really make a killing in the stock market.
1813. sidereal [adjective]
The scientist’s calculations were based on sidereal time, which was related to the earth’s rotation around fixed planets.
1814. sidestep [verb]
Jumping out of the road quickly, the pedestrian was able to sidestep being hit by the speeding vehicle.
1815. simian [adjective]
The actor mimicked simian movements for his role in Planet of the Apes.
1816. simile [noun]
The simile, tough as nails, best applies to a person who is not easily frightened and has a strong, determined mindset.
1817. simpatico [adjective]
Finding a simpatico partner in life has become easier for many single people since there are so many dating sites to find people with similarities.
1818. simulacrum [noun]
Constructing a model-size simulacrum, the contractor hoped to give potential buyers a better understanding of what the condominiums will look like.
1819. sincere [adjective]
The judge agreed to lighten Howie’s sentence, if he made a sincere effort to improve his behavior.
1820. sinecure [noun]
Even thought we all thought of the job as a sinecure, Jane took her position very seriously and always worked late into the evening.
1821. singular [adjective]
Although it isn’t widely known, the book is regarded as a singular and powerful piece of 19th century writing.
1822. sinister [adjective]
The policeman quickly took note of the sinister man’s appearance.
1823. sinuous [adjective]
According to the treasure map, the cave is located at the end of the sinuous path that winds up the mountain.
1824. skeletal [adjective]
He suffered serious skeletal injuries in the accident.
1825. skeptic [noun]
Being a skeptic, the woman highly doubted that the psychic would really be able to tell her future.
1826. skittish [adjective]
The skittish horse stood on his hind legs when the rabbit rushed by him.
1827. skulk [verb]
When the criminal surveyed the jewelry store, he tried to skulk around the neighborhood without being noticed.
1828. slack [adjective]
I took my new dress to the seamstress because it needed slack added to the waist.
1829. slake [verb]
This electrolyte water should help slake the runners’ thirst during the marathon.
1830. slanderous [adjective]
He makes slanderous statement about the prime minister on television.
1831. sloth [noun]
Sloth is the key of poverty.
1832. slouch [verb]
Too tired of sitting up straight, the exhausted student began to slouch down in his chair.
1833. smite [verb]
Bringing his sword down swiftly, the knight tried to smite the enemy before he could get away.
1834. snub [verb]
The waitress insisted that her lack of attentiveness to the table wasn’t a snub, but an accidental oversight.
1835. sober [adjective]
After the scary accident, I was puzzled by the driver’s sober demeanor.
1836. sobriety [noun]
Sobriety tests showed that the driver was inebriated and not able to operate a vehicle.
1837. sobriquet [noun]
Kitty is the sobriquet Catherine’s friends use when addressing her.
1838. sodden [adjective]
My shoes were sodden after I walked a mile in the rain.
1839. soggy [adjective]
The toddler spilled juice on her bread and refused to eat it because it was soggy.
1840. solace [noun]
After Maureen’s husband died, she sought solace in the church.
1841. solecism [noun]
According to the fashion critic, the actress committed a major solecism when she wore white after Labor Day.
1842. solemnity [noun]
In due solemnity, the minister pronounced us husband and wife.
1843. solicitous [adjective]
I am going to keep a solicitous eye out for criminals in this hard-hit neighborhood.
1844. solidarity [noun]
Since John is an African American, he joined the Black Student Union in college to show solidarity for his race.
1845. soliloquy [noun]
Speaking her internal thoughts as she moved about, the Broadway star gave a stellar soliloquy through her moving speech.
1846. solitary [adjective]
Because people left the village before the volcano erupted, the lava destroyed only a solitary community.
1847. solvent [adjective]
When the man realized he was not solvent and was unable to provide for his wife and kids, he killed himself.
1848. somatic [adjective]
It is difficult to link generic somatic symptoms, like an irregular heartbeat, to specific illness.
1849. somber [adjective]
When I saw the doctor’s somber expression, I knew my diagnosis was not a good one.
1850. sophistry [noun]
Although the cult leader knew he was being dishonest with his group members, he hoped they would believe his sophistry.
1851. soporific [adjective]
The professor’s boring speech was soporific and had everyone in the audience yawning.
1852. sordid [adjective]
If people learn of the politician’s sordid past, they will not vote for him.
1853. sovereign [noun]
While a few people believe Mexico is a part of the United States, it is actually a sovereign country with its own government.
1854. sparse [adjective]
With only a sparse supply of weapons, the villagers were worried they would not survive the attack.
1855. spartan [adjective]
The décor in my apartment is spartan because I don’t have a lot of money for furnishings.
1856. specious [adjective]
The intruder tried to give the authorities a specious excuse regarding his presence in the building.
1857. specter [noun]
The specter of my deceased mother haunts our family home.
1858. spectroscope [noun]
The spectroscope was used to analyze the light of the planetary nebulas.
1859. spectrum [noun]
The survey provided the company with a wide spectrum of feedback on its products.
1860. speculative [adjective]
With the weatherman predicting a very icy weekend, many people are making speculative food purchases and filling up their pantries.
1861. spendthrift [noun]
Because the lottery winner was a spendthrift, he spent his winnings in less than a year.
1862. sphere [noun]
Although she was not in his sphere of command, she still respected him as a leader.
1863. sporadic [adjective]
Since my father left my mother and me twenty years ago, he has made sporadic appearances in my life.
1864. spur [verb]
The chance to win a scholarship should spur my daughter into studying for the college admissions test.
1865. spurious [adjective]
After receiving a low appraisal on my diamond ring, I realized the suspicious-looking jeweler had sold me a spurious jewel.
1866. squalid [adjective]
The homeless man had no choice but to sleep in squalid conditions.
1867. squalor [noun]
The selfish queen laughed when she learned the majority of her people lived in squalor with very little food.
1868. squarely [adverb]
We must meet the challenge squarely .
1869. squelch [verb]
When Justin runs wildly around the house, it takes every ounce of my strength to squelch my urge to slap him.
1870. staccato [adjective]
The song needs to be played in a staccato manner and not as a continuous melody.
1871. stalemate [verb]
A stalemate was reached when neither of the chess players could make a legitimate move.
1872. stanch [verb]
Having already used all of his medical supplies treating other soldiers, the medic had no choice but to try and stanch the bleeding of his next victim with his bare hands.
1873. stanchion [noun]
Technically the leg of a table is a stanchion since it provides support for it.
1874. staple [noun]
Vegetables are a staple part of a healthy diet if you want to stay in shape.
1875. stark [adjective]
The house’s living room was stark and held only one couch.
1876. stasis [noun]
Diana’s coma has caused her to be in stasis.
1877. staunch [adjective]
Although Joseph considers himself to be a staunch Republican, he has not voted for a Republican candidate in over six years.
1878. steadfast [adjective]
My mother really loved my father and remained steadfast to her marriage vows even after my father died.
1879. stentorian [adjective]
The stentorian music was so loud it made my head hurt.
1880. stern [adjective]
Although our camp counselor is soft and fun loving, he can get mean and stern if provoked.
1881. steward [noun]
The steward will be along each month to collect the rent from the property owner’s tenants.
1882. stigmatize [verb]
Single mothers often feel that they are stigmatized by society.
1883. stint [verb]
After a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer, I returned home and became a teacher.
1884. stipulate [verb]
The owners may stipulate a huge deposit as a condition of the purchase agreement.
1885. stir [verb]
When Sarah heard Martha gossiping, she decided to stir up some drama by telling Martha’s friends about her gossiping nature.
1886. stolid [adjective]
He was a stolid man who did not even show his emotions at his mother’s funeral.
1887. stopgap [noun]
Hostels are usually provided as a stopgap until the families can be housed in permanent accommodation.
1888. stout [adjective]
The mover’s sturdy and stout frame made him suitable for lifting heavy furniture.
1889. stratagem [noun]
His chess stratagem was so good that he never lost a match.
1890. stratification [noun]
Taking millions of years, the stratification of the rock was not an instant process.
1891. stratum [noun]
Earth Scientists study stratum comprised of different types of rock.
1892. striate [verb]
The canyon walls were striated with colour.
1893. stricture [noun]
The military was called in to help enforce the curfew stricture ordered by the governor.
1894. strident [adjective]
The old man’s voice was so strident that I gritted my teeth every time he spoke to me.
1895. stringent [adjective]
I was so happy to move out of my parents’ house and escape their stringent rules.
1896. strong suit
I'm afraid geography is not my strong suit.
1897. strut [noun]
The rooster would strut in the yard when trying to impress the hens.
1898. studious [adjective]
The studious girl dreams of being the valedictorian of her class.
1899. stultify [verb]
A tranquilizer gun will effectively stultify even the most violent animals.
1900. stumble [verb]
She tripped on a toy and began to stumble down the stairs.
1901. stupefy [verb]
Seeing the naked woman was enough to stupefy the bus driver and cause him to drive off the road.
1902. stygian [adjective]
The stygian cave led to an underground river which frightened the explorers.
1903. stymie [verb]
My rival did everything she could to stymie my efforts to become homecoming queen.
1904. sublime [adjective]
After the sublime meal, we asked to see the chef so that we could give him our compliments.
1905. subliminal [adjective]
In the old days, commercials contained subliminal suggestions that encouraged consumers to purchase certain products.
1906. subpoena [noun]
As soon as I received the subpoena, I knew I had to testify during the trial.
1907. subservient [adjective]
The press was accused of being subservient to the government.
1908. subside [verb]
Since John’s grief has subsided, he can return to work.
1909. subsist [verb]
The prisoners of war were forced to subsist upon bread and water.
1910. substantial [adjective]
Since the restaurant catered to truckers, farmers and hearty men, they were known for serving a substantial meal that included at least a pound of meat on the plate.
1911. substantiate [verb]
To get a good grade on the research project, you must substantiate your report with provable facts.
1912. substantive [adjective]
As a busy employee, Phil is tired of attending monthly meetings that are not substantive to his work.
1913. subsume [verb]
Many Native Americans were able to survive the takeover of the Europeans by being willing to subsume into white culture.
1914. subterfuge [noun]
Pinocchio’s lies and subterfuge caused his nose to grow longer and longer.
1915. subtlety [noun]
The subtlety of the light perfume made it just delicate enough for everyday wear.
1916. subversive [adjective]
The group published a subversive magazine that contained nothing but negative articles about the current government.
1917. subvert [verb]
In the movie, the rebels sought to subvert the tribunal’s power and replace the body with a democratic government.
1918. succinct [adjective]
Everyone was happy when the politician made a succinct speech that did not take all evening
1919. succor [noun]
As soon as the news was broadcast, people from the small community were gathering in homes and churches to organize plans for bringing succor to the widows and children of the firefighters.
1920. suffrage [noun]
By allowing employees to leave work early during the elections, the company president is encouraging each employee to use his right of suffrage.
1921. sullen [adjective]
The sullen criminal refused to follow the police officer’s instructions.
1922. sully [verb]
The accusation of child abuse is sure to sully the teacher’s reputation and cause him his job.
1923. sumptuous [adjective]
My eyes grew large when I saw the sumptuous wedding feast.
1924. sundry [adjective]
Scientists, business people, and sundry others gathered on Monday for the official opening.
1925. supercilious [adjective]
Lynda is so supercilious that she refuses to friend anyone outside her race.
1926. superfluous [adjective]
Because I have already answered your question several times, answering it again would be superfluous.
1927. supersede [verb]
In time, the features of the smartphone may supersede those of the personal computer.
1928. supine [adjective]
My brother-in-law is a lazy fellow who will sleep with his head up in a supine position all day long.
1929. supplant [verb]
If my stepmother thinks she can supplant my real mother, then she has a rude awakening in her future!
1930. suppliant [adjective]
After watching Tucker fail miserably because he had made bold demands, I decided to take a more suppliant tactic in asking for a raise.
1931. supplicate [verb]
The homeless man was not too prideful to supplicate for change to buy food.
1932. supposition [noun]
The prosecutor knew it would take more than supposition to convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt.
1933. supreme [adjective]
The dictator wanted supreme control and power over his country and the entire world.
1934. surfeit [noun]
We had such a surfeit of food during the holidays that we gave a large portion of it to the family across the street.
1935. surly [adjective]
The surly man was yelling at the waitress because he didn’t get the right order from the restaurant.
1936. surmise [verb]
Because Helen is so dark, we can only surmise she spends a great deal of time in a tanning bed.
1937. surreptitious [adjective]
After hitting the lottery, the private family hoped to keep their surreptitious winnings to themselves.
1938. surrogate [noun]
Because the couple was unable to conceive, they decided to have a surrogate carry their child.
1939. susceptible [adjective]
Since the dog lives outside, he is highly susceptible to parasites that strive in the outdoors.
1940. sweep [verb]
I have to sweep the front porch because it is so dusty.
1941. sybarite [noun]
The sybarite looked forward to their day at the spa.
1942. sycophant [noun]
Because she always kisses up to the teacher, Janice is considered the sycophant in first period.
1943. syllogism [noun]
One example of incorrect syllogism is the notion that all animals have four legs because dogs are animals and all dogs have four legs.
1944. sylvan [adjective]
We enjoy visiting the park because it is filled with trees and is the most sylvan area in our crowded city.
1945. symbiosis [noun]
The trade that peacefully occurs between the two warring tribes is viewed as an example of symbiosis.
1946. symptomatic [adjective]
Staring at the dark circles underneath her green eyes, the woman wondered if they were caused by stress or symptomatic of something more serious.
1947. synergetic [adjective]
The results showed that the synergetic effects could be improved at appropriate combined ratio.
1948. synoptic [adjective]
A methodology of objective air analysis based on synoptic climatological approaches is proposed in this paper.
1949. syntax [noun]
Because I do not like the way my sentences read, I am going to ask my teacher to tutor me on syntax.
1950. synthesize [verb]
The spider can synthesize several different silk proteins.
1951. tacit [adjective]
Although no words were spoken, our nods represented our tacit agreement to a cease fire.
1952. taciturn [adjective]
My shy brother is taciturn and rarely speaks in public.
1953. tacky [adjective]
The shop sold tacky souvenirs and ornaments.
1954. tactic [noun]
In order to achieve the win, the coach showed his team the best tactic to perform.
1955. talisman [noun]
Throughout my grandmother’s ninety-five years of life, she rarely went a day without her favorite talisman around her neck.
1956. tangential [adjective]
I hardly ever learn anything in my history class because my teacher always rambles off on a tangential topic that has nothing to do with history.
1957. tangle [verb]
Environmentalists argue against the manufacturing of plastic due to the fact that marine life often tangle with the plastic trash in the ocean.
1958. tantamount [adjective]
Mooching off your mother at age 35 is tantamount to being a lazy bum.
1959. tardy [adjective]
Students who do not arrive to class on time are tardy, and they often receive some sort of penalty for it.
1960. tarry [verb]
He decided to tarry during his trip to Georgia because he really didn’t want to go, but he was only able to stall for a short while.
1961. tautology [noun]
The politician’s advertisement was simply tautology he restated several times within a thirty second period.
1962. tawdry [adjective]
Everyone is always expecting a politician to have a tawdry affair.
1963. taxonomy [noun]
In biology, the term taxonomy refers to the classification of organisms into groups based on their attributes.
1964. teeming [adjective]
The homeless dog’s fur was teeming with fleas.
1965. temper [verb]
The heat is tempered by sea breezes on the coast.
1966. temperate [adjective]
Living in a temperate climate, I sometimes had to wear my jacket in the early fall since it was cool outside.
1967. tenacious [adjective]
Even though Jackson was smaller than his other teammates, his tenacious attitude allowed him to accomplish as much as they did.
1968. tendentious [adjective]
The president was tendentious on his plan for the company and would not listen to other options.
1969. tenet [noun]
According to the church’s tenet, ministers are forbidden to marry so they can give their entire souls to God.
1970. tenuous [adjective]
Because the evidence against her is tenuous, the accused murderer will be released from jail on bail.
1971. tenure [noun]
With a tenure exceeding forty years, Judge Marshall has held his office longer than any other judge in our county.
1972. tepid [adjective]
The play’s premiere received tepid reviews from the disappointed critics.
1973. terrestrial [adjective]
Earth’s terrestrial biomes include areas such as deserts, taigas, and tropical rainforests.
1974. terse [adjective]
When Jessie is angry, she only gives terse responses.
1975. tether [verb]
Before the cowboy settles down for the evening, he will tether the horses around a tree.
1976. theocracy [noun]
In theocracy, the rulers of a country make laws based on religious ideas.
1977. thespian [noun]
The woman’s thespian dreams ended the day she was booed from the stage while giving a horrible monologue.
1978. threreof [adverb]
Money, or a lack thereof, can influence people to do some really bad things.
1979. thwart [verb]
Someone built this wall with broken bottles set in the top to thwart the intrusion of outsiders.
1980. timbre [noun]
When the music executive heard the timbre of the young singer’s voice, he knew the boy was a future star.
1981. timorous [adjective]
The timorous kitten would not come out from under the bed.
1982. tirade [noun]
Because Carrie is normally a laidback person, she shocked everyone with her tirade.
1983. tit-for-tat [noun]
When the boy stole the money, it was tit-for-tat that he return every penny back to its owner so that would make everything even.
1984. titillate [verb]
In order to titillate consumer interest, the company is offering free shipping on all purchases.
1985. toady [noun]
In order to get a promotion, Amy has been acting like the manager’s toady by agreeing with everything he says.
1986. token [noun]
At a casino, the coins you win in slot machines serve as a token that you can exchange for prizes or money.
1987. tome [noun]
At the exhibit of the Templeton Historical Museum, it displayed a scene of a small room including a bed, chest and tome on the small desk.
1988. tony [adjective]
He lives in a tony neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
1989. topple [verb]
After several whacks with the axe, the lumberjack started to make the tree topple over with a loud thud.
1990. torment [verb]
Every day when he got on the bus, the bully began to torment the quiet child.
1991. torpid [adjective]
When June is torpid, she will snuggle under her bed covers and watch television until she falls asleep.
1992. torpor [noun]
After overeating on Christmas, I fell into a satisfied torpor.
1993. torso [noun]
Since the man’s t-shirt and shorts covered his torso, he decided to get a tattoo so no one could see it through his clothes.
1994. tortuous [adjective]
When the tortuous snake moved across the Sahara Desert, his body made an S-shape in the sand.
1995. torturous [adjective]
It was a torturous decision, but he left Apple.
1996. touchtone [noun]
I used the essay that I received a perfect score on as a touchstone for the other essays I had to write later, so I could get a high score on them as well.
1997. tout [verb]
Listening to the basketball player tout his skill becomes boring after a while.
1998. tract [noun]
Each tract of land is being sold at the price of 1,000 dollars per acre.
1999. tractable [adjective]
The dog was more tractable when he wore the vibrating collar.
2000. tranquil [adjective]
Since we were the only ones on the beach, we enjoyed a tranquil day.
2001. transcendent [adjective]
In order to completely identify with the plot of the science fiction movie, you must be able to consider the idea of transcendent experiences that allow people to enter the minds of others.
2002. transgress [verb]
People who transgress the boundaries of social etiquette will be politely turned away at the door.
2003. transient [adjective]
The snow is transient and will melt as soon as the sun appears.
2004. transitory [adjective]
Unfortunately, the homeless people can only stay in the transitory shelter for a short period of time.
2005. translucent [adjective]
Because Jenna is a proper young lady, she wore a sheath under her translucent wedding dress.
2006. transmute [verb]
After years of therapy, the woman was able to transmute her negative thoughts into positive ones.
2007. travail [verb]
The prisoners are expected to travail in the fields even in bad weather.
2008. travesty [noun]
It would be a travesty of justice to put an innocent man in jail.
2009. treacherous [adjective]
Drivers are asked to stay home and avoid the treacherous icy roads.
2010. treatise [noun]
The doctor’s treatise was very formal and systematic, drawing much praise.
2011. tremulous [adjective]
Her voice was weak and tremulous, but the audience clapped politely when she finished the aria.
2012. trenchant [adjective]
Marvin’s trenchant wit made him a popular speaker at conservative fundraisers.
2013. trepidation [noun]
Shaking with trepidation, the young man faced his fear of heights by skydiving.
2014. triage [verb]
The purpose of the automated phone system is to triage calls so they can be routed to the proper customer service agent.
2015. trifling [adjective]
My time is too valuable to spend on trifling matters that have little worth.
2016. trite [adjective]
I did not finish the novel because the story’s plot was trite and uninspiring.
2017. truculent [adjective]
When my uncle drinks too much, he becomes very truculent and will fight anyone.
2018. truism [noun]
During the annual meeting, the company president was fond of repeating the truism about hard work paying huge dividends.
2019. trumpet [verb]
The press trumpeted another defeat for the government.
2020. truncate [verb]
Although the director loved all of his film footage, he had to truncate the movie so its runtime would be less than forty-five minutes.
2021. tryst [noun]
Everyone knows my boss and his secretary usually have an intimate tryst during lunch.
2022. tuck [verb]
When he is afraid, the dog will tuck his tail underneath him and hide under the table.
2023. tumid [adjective]
My eyelid has been tumid since yesterday.
2024. tumultuous [adjective]
The soldiers returned home to a tumultuous welcome from their friends and family.
2025. turbid [adjective]
During the lab experiment, we made a turbid solution that contained suspended particles.
2026. turgid [adjective]
The middle school student could not understand any of the facts listed in the turgid collegiate essay.
2027. turpitude [noun]
In less than an hour, the judge decided to execute the killer for his moral turpitude.
2028. tutelary [adjective]
Although her grandmother died before her birth, she always felt her tutelary presence was guiding her wherever she went.
2029. tycoon [noun]
The tycoon built his fortune building railroads across the United States.
2030. typify [verb]
The smart student seemed to typify the overly bright and gifted group of children.
2031. tyro [noun]
Julie is a good violinist, but at 13, she is a tyro and still has a lot to learn.
2032. ubiquitous [adjective]
Sugar is ubiquitous in the diet.
2033. umbrage [noun]
Don't take umbrage to my biblical views!
2034. unabashed [adjective]
Even though the mission was dangerous, the bold and unabashed troop had no fear.
2035. unassuming [adjective]
When I walked into the unassuming restaurant, I was shocked to learn they had a world famous chef on staff.
2036. unbeknownst [adjective]
Unbeknownst to Natasha, Kurt saw his mistress three times a week.
2037. unbridle [verb]
The unbridled stallion was allowed to gallop wherever he pleased.
2038. uncanny [adjective]
When the psychic looked at the abandoned house, she had an uncanny sense that something bad had happened to the owner.
2039. unconscionable [adjective]
Allowing blind people the right to drive is not only foolish, but it is unconscionable.
2040. uncouth [adjective]
While George comes from a very wealthy family, he often behaves in an uncouth manner and acts as though he has no social skills at all.
2041. underappreciated [adjective]
He is a permanent, but underappreciated member of this elite group of musicians.
2042. undergird [verb]
Tess looked to her best friend to undergird her decisions and offer moral support during hard times.
2043. undermine [verb]
When engineers came to examine the cracks in the structure of the building, they discovered that years of flooding had worked to undermine the foundation.
2044. underpinning [noun]
The construction team added underpinning at the bottom of the trailer to shelter the mobile home’s pipes from cold weather.
2045. underscore [verb]
When the teacher reviewed the essay with her student, she went out of her way to underscore the paper’s best features.
2046. undo [verb]
I tried to undo my typing mistake, but couldn’t get it to reverse.
2047. undue [adjective]
Because of undue stress, the doctor decided to take a break from working at the hospital.
2048. undulate [verb]
The dancers’ movements were arranged so that they seemed to undulate like dolphins with the music.
2049. unfathomable [adjective]
After five hours, we still could not figure out the unfathomable riddle.
2050. unfeigned [adjective]
Because the woman truly loved her husband, her sorrow was unfeigned during the funeral.
2051. unfettered [adjective]
Once the bird was unfettered and out of the cage, it flew up into the sky.
2052. unflappable [adjective]
When a deadly tornado raced across town, many residents panicked but Miles remained unflappable and calmly lead his neighbors to shelter.
2053. unilateral [adjective]
Since the legislators were slow to act on the issue, the president used his executive powers to make a unilateral solution.
2054. unintelligible [adjective]
The babbling baby let out an unintelligible wail as she toddled down the hallway.
2055. unitary [adjective]
Those unitary officers are the one allowed to stop drivers in this area.
2056. unjust [adjective]
He believed the sentence was unjust and planned to appeal.
2057. unkempt [adjective]
An unkempt appearance was the least of the homeless man’s worries.
2058. unleash [verb]
After I went to unleash the dog who had been chained to his cage for years, the dog attacked the first person it saw and ran away.
2059. unobtrusive [adjective]
The reclusive man wanted to be buried in an unobtrusive area of the cemetery so people would not walk around his grave.
2060. unprecedented [adjective]
Before the storm, there was an unprecedented demand for food supplies that left many stores empty.
2061. unpretentious [adjective]
The girl next door portrayed herself in an unpretentious way so that she was beautiful without striving for attention.
2062. unprincipled [adjective]
The unprincipled banker failed to handle the transactions ethically.
2063. unscrupulous [adjective]
The unscrupulous teacher offered to raise her student’s grade if he gave her one hundred dollars.
2064. unseemly [adjective]
William acted in an unseemly manner when he wore his pajamas to his mother’s funeral.
2065. unsound [adjective]
That bridge looks unsound to me.
2066. unsparing [adjective]
She is unsparing in her criticism.
2067. untapped [adjective]
We believe there is untapped potential.
2068. untenable [adjective]
The losing debate team had an untenable argument.
2069. untoward [adjective]
As soon as my daughter realized her peers were acting untoward at the party, she left because she did not want to get in trouble.
2070. untrammeled [adjective]
The captured lion longed for the days when he lived untrammeled in the wide-open grasslands.
2071. unverifiable [adjective]
Unverifiable server side certificates will be rejected by clients during the SSL handshake.
2072. unwieldy [adjective]
The young boy found it difficult to hold the unwieldy ball because of its huge size.
2073. unwind [verb]
After a long day at work, the waitress needed to put her feet up and unwind.
2074. upbraid [verb]
Without a doubt, my parents are going to upbraid me for not passing any of my classes this semester.
2075. upbringing [noun]
The thief didn’t have the best upbringing and many of his bad habits date back to his childhood.
2076. upend [verb]
The frantic woman upended her purse dumping all of the contents out in search of her keys.
2077. upfront [adjective]
It’s best to be upfront and honest with people about your true intentions.
2078. uptick [noun]
An uptick in demand for popsicles on the hot summer day allowed the ice cream stand to sell a little more than usual.
2079. urbane [adjective]
Henry is an urbane traveller who has visited over eighty countries.
2080. urbanity [noun]
The suave man’s urbanity made him a shoe-in with the young ladies as well as their mothers.
2081. usurp [verb]
Since Lisa could not attend the dance, Marie had plans to usurp the title of homecoming queen.
2082. usury [noun]
When borrowing money, check the interest rate for usury because you do not want to pay an extreme rate of interest.
2083. vacillate [verb]
If you ask Paula to choose a restaurant for lunch, she will vacillate between restaurants forever.
2084. vacuous [adjective]
Since the election is over, let us hope for a break from all the vacuous speeches.
2085. vagary [noun]
When the temperature dropped to freezing conditions on a summer day, it was a vagary of the weather.
2086. vainglorious [adjective]
The vainglorious trainer spent more time flexing his own muscles than he did helping build his client’s.
2087. valedictory [adjective]
Before the president leaves the White House forever, he makes a valedictory that is broadcasted on all major television networks.
2088. valiant [adjective]
The valiant police officer was willing to take on the entire gang to save the little girl.
2089. vanguard [noun]
As soon as the residents of the village saw the vanguard of the king’s forces heading their way, they ran and hid.
2090. vantage [noun]
From my vantage point on the roof I could make out the advancing troops.
2091. vapid [adjective]
To me, baseball is a vapid sport that quickly puts me to sleep.
2092. variegated [adjective]
Calico cats have variegated patches of fur.
2093. vaunt [verb]
It was upsetting to watch the amateur vaunt his supposed experience.
2094. venal [adjective]
Local customs officers are notoriously venal.
2095. vendetta [noun]
The candidate’s vendetta against his challenger led him to question the man’s character.
2096. venerable [adjective]
The Pope is a venerable leader who is recognized for his commitment to helping others.
2097. venerate [verb]
The Bible says we should venerate our parents and our elders.
2098. veracious [adjective]
“Honest” Abraham Lincoln was known as a veracious president who stood for truth.
2099. veracity [noun]
Since the witness is a known enemy of the defendant, his testimony certainly needs to be evaluated for its veracity.
2100. verbose [adjective]
The verbose man took thirty minutes to give me a simple answer.
2101. verdant [adjective]
After three years of drought conditions, the farmers welcomed the spring rains and hoped they would continue long enough to restore their crops to verdant abundance.
2102. verdict [noun]
In accordance with the verdict of all five panelists, Sally was crowned the spelling bee champion.
2103. verge [verb]
She stood on the verge of the lake at the line where the water met the sand.
2104. verisimilitude [noun]
When the man’s wife lied on the stand, she destroyed any chance the jury would believe she was capable of giving them even an ounce of verisimilitude.
2105. vernal [adjective]
The elderly woman had not been vernal for some time, but whenever her favorite song came on she felt as young and lively as when she was a teenager.
2106. versatile [adjective]
The SUV is a versatile vehicle that blends in easily on the city streets and can also handle the wilderness of the mountain trails.
2107. vertigo [noun]
Because Kate suffers from vertigo, it is difficult for her to walk in a straight line.
2108. vestige [noun]
The shameless killer did not show a vestige of emotion when the judge sentenced him to death.
2109. vex [verb]
I get irritated when people go out of their way to vex me with their small problems.
2110. viable [adjective]
If the project is not viable, there is no reason for us to consider it.
2111. vicissitude [noun]
The parental vicissitude I currently have is trying to pay child support for six children.
2112. vigilant [adjective]
Although this highway is a beautiful drive, you have to stay vigilant for deer and other animals in the road.
2113. vim [noun]
The lively singer’s vim came off as a little too enthusiastic.
2114. vindicate [verb]
Although the new evidence seems to vindicate the defendant of the breaking and entering charges, there is still the matter of the assault.
2115. vindictive [adjective]
Although Harry claims he is not a vindictive person, he seemed pretty happy when he heard his abusive boss was getting fired.
2116. virtuoso [noun]
We sat in amazement as the young prodigy delivered a piano performance that revealed his unstoppable future as a virtuoso.
2117. virulent [adjective]
Local law authorities investigated Mitchell after he was suspected of stealing a virulent disease that could kill millions of people.
2118. visage [noun]
When Roddy became angry, his visage completely changed from a charming smile to an irritated frown.
2119. viscid [adjective]
Creating a viscid cake with caramel, the chef enjoyed making the ooey-gooey treat.
2120. viscous [adjective]
It seemed to take forever for the viscous cough medicine to come out of the bottle.
2121. visionary [adjective]
Jim was a visionary leader who had the foresight to lead our company in a profitable direction for many years.
2122. vitiate [verb]
When peers and bullies apply pressure, it can vitiate the moral character of young people and lead them down the wrong path.
2123. vitreous [adjective]
This reminds us that there may have been a range of levels of technical interaction between those involved in vitreous technologies.
2124. vitriol [noun]
During the town-meeting, angry citizens met the mayor spewing vitriol.
2125. vituperate [verb]
We are sure that the nail technicians vituperate us in their own language when they are irritated.
2126. vivacious [adjective]
When the vivacious child came through the school’s door on her first day of kindergarten, she spoke with every student and volunteered to do every activity.
2127. vivisection [noun]
When the photos of the vivisection were posted online, many people were upset at the brutal nature of killing the animals until they found it was done for scientific reasons.
2128. vociferous [adjective]
The protestors were vociferous as they screamed outside of the government building.
2129. vogue [noun]
When the most popular girl in school wore her hair differently, a new vogue took place the next day when everyone was wear that same hairstyle.
2130. volatile [adjective]
Because Mary and Frank have a volatile relationship, they often argue.
2131. voluble [adjective]
After my grandfather drinks a few beers, he becomes voluble and will not stop talking.
2132. voracious [adjective]
The football player was a voracious eater who easily consumed two chickens during one meal.
2133. vulgar [adjective]
The first time a student uses vulgar language in class he is given an afterschool detention.
2134. waft [verb]
My children hurried to the kitchen when the scent of freshly baked cookies started to waft upstairs.
2135. wallop [verb]
Boxers wallop each other with jabs and punches.
2136. wallow [verb]
Becky is a strong woman and not the type of person to wallow in gloom.
2137. wan [adjective]
Although the toddler was quite ill, he still managed to give his mother a wan smile.
2138. wane [verb]
When the investigators ran out of leads, the intensity of the murder investigation started to wane.
2139. wanton [adjective]
He loved the way she could be wanton and sensual one minute, then bashful and demure the next.
2140. ward [verb]
Indeed, the bulk of the reign of Aurelius was spent in efforts to ward off the attacks of the barbarians.
2141. warring [adjective]
The two countries have been warring constantly for many years.
2142. wary [adjective]
One of the most important lessons that parents must teach young children is to always be wary of strangers.
2143. waver [verb]
I am certain of my selection so my decision will not waver.
2144. wax [verb]
As she got to know the young man’s wonderful personality, the young girl’s love for him began to wax to the point that she could see marrying him.
2145. wedge [verb]
If you wedge the rock in between the door and the frame, it will stay open until you come back.
2146. weed [verb]
We must weed out the yellow flowers among the onions as soon as possible.
2147. welter [verb]
The classroom was in a welter when the teacher did not show up for class.
2148. wend [verb]
Miles of trails wend their way through the trees and meadows.
2149. whet [verb]
The mobile phone company uses celebrity endorsements to make consumers whet their phones.
2150. whimsical [adjective]
The author turned out to be just as whimsical as the magical characters in her children’s book.
2151. whitewash [verb]
They tried hard to whitewash themselves.
2152. wield [verb]
Do you wish you could wield a sword like a valiant knight?
2153. winnow [verb]
You should winnow out the inaccuracies of this paper this afternoon.
2154. winsome [adjective]
Greg’s winsome smile is incredibly boyish.
2155. wistful [adjective]
At the end of the dramatic movie, the wistful audience sat in silence as they all pondered the tragedy they had just witnessed.
2156. witticism [noun]
Wanting to impress her new friends, the girl showcased her witticism in order to make them laugh.
2157. witty [adjective]
Robert’s attempt at a witty comeback fell flat, without evoking any kind of laughter.
2158. wizened [adjective]
While the flowers arrived looking fresh and beautiful, they have grown wizened over the past few days.
2159. woo [verb]
During the courtship, the lovestruck gentleman worked really hard to woo the young lady.
2160. wreak [verb]
If the internet goes down, it will wreak havoc with our ability to communicate and continue doing any kind of business.
2161. wry [adjective]
Bill's wry sense of humor made it difficult to be taken seriously at the office.
2162. xenophobia [noun]
Shane’s xenophobia prevents him from going to social events where there are people he does not know.
2163. yoke [verb]
Pioneers put their oxen’s heads through the rings of the yoke with the attached straps stretched up to the wagon.
2164. zealous [adjective]
Because my husband is a zealous supporter of the high school football team, he donates money to their organization every year.
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