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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 behavior?
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.
When the mayor noticed the spike in crime in his city, research showed the causality was due to his lenient prison sentences and large gang population.
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.
A laser was used to cauterize the patient’s artery.
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.
Because Ann believed her new job kept her away from home too much, she decided to cede the position to her assistant.
308. celerity [noun]
People choose to travel by air because of the celerity of airplanes.
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]
The juice is extracted by centrifugal force.
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.
She makes cerebral films that deal with important social issues.
316. chagrin [noun]
To her chagrin, Jill placed second in the beauty pageant.
After finishing third in the race, I swallowed my chagrin and congratulated the winner.
317. champion [noun]
He championed the struggle for the liberation and human rights.
318. chary [adjective]
Because Vera was chary about going in the old house, I agreed to go in with her.
While Tim has plans to leave college, he is chary about telling his parents of his decision.
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.
The investigation revealed political chicanery and corruption.
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.
When my son woke up screaming, it took him a while to realize the chimera chasing him was not real.
324. chivalric [adjective]
Urban literature was influenced by church literature and chivalric literature on the representation of female's love.
The chivalric code guiding the conduct of knights was embodied in a wide range of literary sources.
325. churlish [adjective]
Although Lucy 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.
They took a circuitous route to avoid reporters.
327. circumscribe [verb]
When my husband drinks too much, I hide his car keys to circumscribe his capacity to drive.
A tall electric fence was constructed outside the prison to circumscribe prison escapes.
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]
There was a clamor of voices outside the office.
332. clangorous [adjective]
Pure tones transform themselves into distorted, clangorous metallic noises.
The song is full of clangorous percussion.
333. clearheaded [adjective]
The sheer quantity of detail would bemuse even the most clearheaded author.
He says that his work keeps him alert and clearheaded.
334. cleave [verb]
That stubborn man always cleave to his idea.
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 blood coagulates to stop wounds bleeding.
340. coalesce [verb]
Olivia stared into the distance and concentrated, hoping that all her random thoughts would somehow coalesce into one brilliant idea.
The view of party leader coalesce to form a coherent policy.
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 latest draft of the agreement codifies the panel's decision.
343. coerce [verb]
The bully tried to coerce the small kids into giving him their lunch money.
As the students argued, the teacher tried to coerce them into silence with the threat of a detention.
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.
Insurance companies should not be allowed to collude to raise rates on customers.
350. coltish [adjective]
He was a tall, coltish, bespectacled young man, curiously lovable.
351. comestible [adjective]
Unfortunately some poisonous mushrooms look like comestible mushrooms.
352. commensurate [adjective]
You will get a salary increase commensurate with your additional responsibilities and work.
353. commiserate [verb]
I commiserate with my friend after he got fired due to his frequent slips in the business.
354. communism [noun]
One of the benefits of communism is free healthcare for everyone.
355. compatriot [noun]
One of the most beautiful things about the Olympics was carrying the flag with her fellow compatriot during the opening ceremony.
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]
During the flight, I was lucky enough to have an attendant who was friendly and complaisant and made sure all my needs were met.
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]
Several officers were complicit in the cover-up.
362. comprehension [noun]
Comprehension of the passage required the student to read the text several times.
His behavior was completely beyond comprehension.
363. compromise [verb]
In a monetary compromise, the debtor agreed to pay the bill in full if the lender gave him a payment plan.
His political career ended when he compromised himself by accepting bribes.
364. compunction [noun]
Even though the stock broker admitted his crime, he displayed very little compunction while standing in front of the judge.
She kept us waiting without the slightest compunction.
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.
The firm should concede a significant salary increase to its employees.
368. conceit [noun]
Someone that is full of conceit tends to look down on others and think of themselves as superior to everyone.
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.
Because of the concerted effort of the allied forces, the war quickly came to an end.
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.
The clever writer is able to concoct such entertaining stories.
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]
Her tone of voice was always so condescending.
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.
The US Constitution confers certain powers on the president.
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.
As a religious conformist, Jason does whatever his minister tells him to do.
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.
She wanted to wash the frying pan before the bacon fat had a chance to congeal.
382. congenial [adjective]
Mark is a congenial host who always makes everyone feel welcome.
383. conglomerate [adjective]
A newspaper controlled by a conglomerate multinational business is inhibited in discussing large areas of business.
384. congruent [adjective]
Eating five chocolate bars is not congruent with your plan for losing weight.
The suspect was released when the lab results proved his DNA sample was not congruent to the specimen found at the crime scene.
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.
At work, we connote the employee of the month award with being the best worker on the team.
390. consanguine [adjective]
The consanguine family is extinct.
Consanguine marriage is marriage between individuals who are closely related.
391. conscience [noun]
Because I treat others as fairly as I can, I have a clear conscience about my business dealings.
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 labor.
394. consecrate [verb]
This battlefield is consecrated to the memory of soldiers who died here.
395. consolidate [verb]
The two banks will consolidate in July next year.
396. conspicuous [adjective]
The notice must be displayed in a conspicuous place.
397. conspire [verb]
The students have decided to conspire to steal the test answers.
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]
Sarah is a wonderful person who has never shown contempt for anyone.
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]
Although many individuals own several pieces of property in our town, few of them own contiguous lots that are located right next to each other.
403. continence [noun]
My continence gave me the strength to avoid the dessert table.
404. contraband [noun]
At the airport, carryon bags are inspected to ensure passengers are not attempting to transport contraband.
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]
I've decided to contrive a meeting between the two of them.
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 that 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 protesters 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.
Protesters tried to convince the congressman to vote against the bill through loud protests and moving letters.
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]
The cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy is the dessert’s image as a healthy treat.
423. cornucopia [noun]
According to the cruise director, passengers can choose from a cornucopia of activities during the voyage.
424. corollary [adjective]
Although psychology recognizes the corollary uncertainties in computer-dependent methods, it tends to underestimate them.
425. corrigible [adjective]
The judge believed that there was hope for the corrigible criminal.
426. corroborate [verb]
We now have new evidence to corroborate the defendant's story.
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.
She had been cosseted by her parents all during her childhood.
429. coterie [noun]
Our coterie of girls always sits at the best table in the school cafeteria.
430. countenance [verb]
The school will not countenance bad behavior.
431. counterpoint [verb]
If you counterpoint some of her early writing with her later work, you can see just how much she improved.
432. counterproductive [adjective]
The measures are counterproductive and have only increased crime in our community.
433. coup [noun]
Their story about the princess was a real coup.
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.
The mean girls at school thought they would make me cower in shame when they posted the altered pictures of me online.
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]
I've had a crafty idea for getting round the regulations.
441. crank [noun]
He 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]
The luxury hotel has earned its reputation by sticking to its credo of exceeding expectations.
445. credulous [adjective]
Mary is so credulous that she may readily accept any excuse you make.
446. crestfallen [adjective]
When my husband learned his rival had gotten the promotion he wanted, he was crestfallen.
447. cripple [verb]
Economic sanctions have crippled the country’s economy.
448. cruel [adjective]
Cruel and punishing dictators governed the country for many years.
449. crumble [verb]
Ancient ruins that are exposed to weathering eventually erode and crumble.
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]
Police finally managed to catch the culprit.
453. cunning [adjective]
Despite the complex security systems in modern vehicles, cunning thieves still manage to get away with thousands of cars and trucks every year.
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]
Even a cursory glance at the figures will tell you that sales are down this year.
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]
Ways to cutback corporate waste in offices are being discussed by those that want to decrease spending.
462. cynicism [noun]
Because of his cynicism, the accountant had a hard time believing he would be hired for the position.
He's often been accused of cynicism in his attitude towards politics.
463. cytoplasm [noun]
A cytoplasm is a thick solution inside a cell and is made up of water, salts, and proteins.
464. dairy [noun]
Some smoothies are dairy because they have cream in them, but some are made strictly with ice and not milk.
465. dally [verb]
They fired the guard because he would dally about, wasting his time.
You won’t succeed if you dally away your time.
466. daunt [verb]
As I looked up the mountain, I knew it would be a daunting feat to reach the peak.
The difficulty did not daunt him at all, while most of us hesitated to progress in these challenging times.
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]
Because he was looking forward to four years of debauchery, Jamie could not wait to go to college.
471. debunk [verb]
My attempts to debunk my young daughter’s belief in Santa Claus only ended with her crying for days.
The scientist hoped to debunk the genetic theory by completing his own research.
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.
Even the country’s top linguist found it difficult to decipher the ancient text.
475. declaim [verb]
She declaimed against the evils of capitalism.
476. declivity [noun]
She 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]
We can deduce a conclusion from the premise.
481. deem [verb]
The principal will probably deem the boy’s behavior as upsetting and worthy of a suspension.
482. defame [verb]
The newspaper denies any intention to defame the senator's reputation.
483. default [noun]
The bank will repossess your car if you default on your loan payments.
484. defeasible [adjective]
The contract was rendered defeasible by this careless wording.
485. defendant [noun]
The plaintiff sued the defendant for damages.
486. defer [verb]
Customers often defer payment for as long as possible.
487. deferential [adjective]
People were always deferential to the military veteran and showed him respect every time he was in uniform.
488. defile [verb]
Although recent history has shown some improvement, humans continue to defile the planet with their extravagance and waste of natural resources.
489. deft [adjective]
The deft musician was able to play the harmonica and the piano at the same time.
490. defunct [adjective]
The long-playing record was made defunct by the arrival of the CD.
491. degrade [verb]
Bullies will often degrade their victims by making fun of them and getting others to do the same.
During the presidential debate, the candidates degrade each other with insults and name-calling.
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 believe 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.
Though she is popular, my classmate is under the delusion that everyone likes her.
499. delve [verb]
Because she was planning a trip, the woman began to delve into a search for plane tickets.
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.
The fence was put in place to demarcate one piece of property from the next.
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]
Jack’s disruptive demeanor got him kicked out of school for a week.
504. dementia [noun]
She is suffering from senile dementia.
505. demise [noun]
The demise of the company was sudden and unexpected.
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.
He raised his hand to demur but wasn’t allowed to protest.
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.
We must denounce injustice and oppression.
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.
Many of the refugees are forced to live under deplorable conditions.
516. deportation [noun]
Due to the father’s criminal behavior, his whole family faced deportation to their country.
517. depose [verb]
A coalition of countries is trying to depose the island dictator.
518. deposition [noun]
The accused has made a deposition.
After the deposition of the president, the vice-president was asked to lead the country.
519. deprecate [verb]
He is a good coach because he does not deprecate the players even when they make mistakes.
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 those of the losing team as they leave the arena.
522. derivative [adjective]
His painting is very derivative.
523. descent [noun]
The plane began its final descent into the airport.
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 bricks were totally desiccated by the sun.
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.
The dusty typewriter has been in desuetude for over four decades.
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.
The animal activists detest people who purchase fur coats.
532. detract [verb]
Sharon’s dirty clothes do not detract from her gorgeous appearance.
The publicity could detract from our election campaign.
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.
We need rainfall or the lake will be devoid of water.
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”.
Because Jason didn't follow the safety dictum, he was suspended from the football team.
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 lake house instead of physics.
548. dilate [verb]
The doctor will repair the narrowed blood vessels by inserting a tube to dilate them.
549. dilatory [adjective]
The government has been dilatory in dealing with the problem of unemployment.
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]
He's a U.S. diplomat assigned to the embassy in London.
553. dire [adjective]
Because this is a dire emergency, we need medical assistance right away!
Despite dire threats of violence from extremist groups, the protest passed off peacefully.
554. dirge [noun]
My teenage daughter was bored by the music at the opera and referred to it as one long funeral dirge.
555. disabuse [verb]
It is my job as a teacher to disabuse students of the notion they can be successful without an education.
Because my cousin is an environmental activist, she tries to disabuse people of the idea that wasting water does not matter.
556. disaffection [noun]
There is much disaffection among the ranks of the party.
There are signs of growing disaffection among voters.
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.
The news about the prison escape will discomfit many people who were planning on attending the parade.
560. discordant [adjective]
Without proper guidance, the band produces discordant music that no one wants to hear.
The two experiments gave us discordant results.
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.
He is very discreet in giving his opinions at meetings.
563. discrepancy [noun]
A discrepancy in the financial reports is the reason for the audit.
The police were confused by the discrepancy between the testimonies of the two witnesses who saw the same event.
564. discrete [adjective]
Though they are both citrus, lemons and limes are two discrete fruits.
565. discretion [noun]
Because my daughter spends money recklessly, I have to give out her allowance at my discretion.
Parents should have the discretion to determine which television programs their children may watch.
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.
The company used to give discretionary bonus payments.
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]
The older musicians disdain the new, rock-influenced music.
570. disinclination [noun]
After learning about my daughter’s disinclination in college, I suggested she join the navy.
He felt a disinclination to take music lessons.
571. disingenuous [adjective]
Although the politician promised to be open and honest during the election, he later became disingenuous and hid important facts from the voters.
572. disinterested [adjective]
The teacher saw me nodding off and chastised me for being disinterested in class.
A lawyer should provide disinterested advice.
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.
The script was disjointed and hard to follow.
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.
Because of a decline in sales, the company owner has no choice but to dismiss a few workers.
576. disparage [verb]
I cannot believe that you belittle and disparage people who have little in common with you.
577. disparate [adjective]
Scientists are trying to pull together disparate ideas in astronomy.
578. disparity [noun]
There is great disparity between the amount of work that I do and what I get paid for it.
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]
While it may be easier to dissemble your true feelings from others, it is always best to be honest with those you love.
584. disseminate [verb]
After the presidential election, it would not take long for the media to disseminate the results to living rooms across the United States.
585. dissent [verb]
More than likely, my father will dissent with the idea I am old enough to set my own curfew.
The farmers are sure to dissent on the proposed land tax increase.
586. disservice [noun]
She has done a great disservice to her cause by suggesting that violence is justifiable.
587. dissident [adjective]
He was a dissident candidate of the Liberal Party.
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.
When I was young, I was rather dissolute and only hung out with people who got into troubles for behaving improperly.
590. dissolution [noun]
The president announced the dissolution of the National Assembly.
591. dissonance [noun]
His cruel abuse showed a dissonance with his loving words.
If Congress can explain the dissonance between their promises and their actual results, the public would be happy to hear the explanation.
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 balloon was distended because of filling of hydrogen.
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.
When she goes to work tired, Hannah is both distrait and easily distracted.
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.
The politician began to dither and stutter when asked his stance on the issue.
599. diurnal [adjective]
In the desert, there are few diurnal animals because of the high daytime temperatures.
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.
The divinity of Hercules is evident in the ancient myths told about him throughout time.
603. divisive [adjective]
The divisive proposal split the committee into two opposing sides.
604. divulge [verb]
Doctors must be careful not to divulge confidential information about their patients.
605. doctrinaire [adjective]
With a doctrinaire attitude, the politician pressured his constituents to follow his policies blindly.
His doctrinaire attitude turned off others as he attempted to force his personal beliefs.
606. document [verb]
The study documents various aspects of Indian life in this period.
607. doff [verb]
He doffed his hat as they went by.
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.
We saw photographs of the doting father with the baby on his knee.
613. dovetail [verb]
We've tried to dovetail our plans with theirs.
614. downplay [verb]
Some politicians continue to downplay the seriousness of the virus, even though scientists are clear that it might lead to a nationwide pandemic.
615. doyen [noun]
The doyen of the group joined the Boy Scouts of America before any of the other current members did.
616. draconian [adjective]
The book is based on the true story of a seventeenth century draconian ruler who brutally killed anyone who disagreed with him.
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 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes.
619. dross [noun]
The documentary was dross and taught me nothing new about our current president.
620. dubious [adjective]
When questioned about the night of the murder, the suspect's memory was dubious.
The firm was accused of dubious accounting practices.
621. dulcet [adjective]
It does not take long for the baby to be comforted by his mother’s dulcet singing.
622. dull [adjective]
We could just see a dull glow given off by the fire's last embers.
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]
The new skyscraper will dwarf all those near it.
626. dwindle [verb]
As the number of workers began to dwindle because of the cutbacks, the workload of each person became intolerable.
627. dynamism [noun]
The freshness and dynamism of her approach was welcomed by all her students.
628. dynamo [noun]
As a political dynamo, the senator used his upbeat nature to outshine his opponent.
The marketing dynamo was able to push the company’s new product to the toughest critics.
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.
The girl's earnest effort counterbalanced her slowness at learning.
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.
The old lady has some eccentric habits.
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]
The economy has eclipsed all other issues during this election campaign.
638. edify [verb]
As good Christians, we must seek to edify our neighbors about God and Jesus Christ.
Travel is an edifying experience, especially for young people.
639. editorial [noun]
The newspaper editorial defamed the politician who often used duplicity.
640. effervescent [adjective]
The soda pop was so effervescent that its bubbles tickled my nose.
The teacher called her personality effervescent because she was extremely bubbly.
641. effete [adjective]
The effete man was scared of his own shadow and hid in the closet during thunderstorms.
During the middle ages, Greek civilization declined and became effete.
642. efficacious [adjective]
Because my medicine is very efficacious, I expect to feel better soon.
643. efficacy [noun]
Fortunately, the new medicine verified the efficacy to reduce the amount of pain.
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 that she had the effrontery to ask me for more money.
646. effusive [adjective]
She was effusive in her praise of the judges who awarded her the trophy.
647. egotistical [adjective]
He doesn’t have many friends due to his egotistical personality keeping them away.
648. egregious [adjective]
Even though he was told to be quiet 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 she 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.
The defense lawyer made an eloquent plea for his client's acquittal.
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.
The aim of the report is to elucidate the main points of the new regulations.
655. elysian [adjective]
We spent three elysian weeks at Barbados away from work for summer vacation.
656. emaciated [adjective]
Because some sick animals refuse to eat, many of them become emaciated.
657. embed [verb]
The long pole was embedded in cement.
658. embellish [verb]
Because Marco has always had a tendency to embellish the truth, no one believed he had been mugged.
659. embrace [verb]
The two children began to embrace and hug each other before saying goodbye.
660. embroil [verb]
I avoided my two best friends for a little while 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]
Almond oil is renowned for its soothing, emollient properties.
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]
The dancer will use her skillful moves to enamor the judging panel.
667. encomium [noun]
He pronounced a splendid encomium on her in the forum.
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.
The alcohol appeared to enervate your ability to focus at work.
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.
We cannot imagine the enormity of the torture our captured soldiers have endured.
675. enrage [verb]
Plans to build a new baseball park may enrage the nearby homeowners with traffic and noise concerns.
676. enrapture [verb]
I was so enraptured when I walked down the aisle with my father while the other waits at the altar.
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]
The paid holiday entitlement is 25 days under the new policy.
680. entomology [noun]
Since I’m not into insects, I’m not looking forward to taking the entomology class in this semester.
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 him, 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]
My uncle is an epicure who will travel across the country to find a tasty dish.
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.
Genetic epistemology is the science of how knowledge is acquired.
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
An equilateral triangle is a triangle in which all three sides are equal.
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.
The courts continue to equivocate as to whether the traditional approach should be maintained.
696. errant [adjective]
The errant student was given a warning for not going directly to class.
She went to Paris to bring back her errant son.
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.
If you have used erroneous statistics in your report, you will have to start over from the beginning.
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?
The art expert quickly recognized the ersatz painting as a fake.
700. erstwhile [adjective]
Before she began using a pseudonym, the author was erstwhile known by another name.
His erstwhile friends turned against him.
701. erudite [adjective]
The room was full of erudite scholars who made the discussion on astronomy fun and interesting.
702. escapade [noun]
The boys’ escapade might end with their arrest.
703. eschew [verb]
Since my husband believes chores are a woman’s work, he tries to eschew them around the house.
True vegetarians eschew food items that come from living animals.
704. esoteric [adjective]
The medical research was so esoteric that only a few physicians could actually understand the results.
705. essay [verb]
The procedure was first essayed in 1923.
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.
If the singer changes his style of music, the alteration may estrange him from his fan base.
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.
Although the football team consisted of mostly inexperienced players, its strong teamwork ethos allowed it to win the championship.
710. etiology [noun]
The etiology of this disorder may include alcoholism, malnutrition, or submassive hepatic necrosis.
An example of etiology is knowing that some of the causes of high blood pressure are smoking, lack of exercise, stress and a diet high in salt and fat.
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.
I wasn’t a proponent of eugenics until I became a teacher.
713. eulogy [noun]
The minister delivered a long eulogy during the ceremony.
714. euphemism [noun]
The article made so much use of euphemism that often its meaning was unclear.
715. euphony [noun]
The euphony of the reader’s voice tempted me to fall asleep.
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.
The news sparked a wave of euphoria across the country.
717. euthanasia [noun]
The doctor refused to perform euthanasia even though he knew it would permanently remove his patient’s suffering.
718. evanescent [adjective]
When the temperature rises, the snow becomes evanescent as it turns into water.
719. evasion [noun]
Accusations of tax evasion have tarnished his clean image.
720. evince [verb]
Although they evince an appearance of stability, I’ve heard that their marriage is beginning to crumble.
Experiments evince that this algorithm is an accurate feature detection method.
721. evocative [adjective]
Seeing an evocative picture of my mother brought back fond memories of our last days together.
Her new book is wonderfully evocative of idyllic life.
722. exacerbate [verb]
Cora chose to exacerbate the argument by throwing a lamp at Mark’s head.
This action will exacerbate the tense relations between the two communities.
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.
The arrested blackmailers exacted a total of $100,000 from their victims.
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 [adjective]
After watching the excruciating film, I thought about asking for a refund of my money.
The tablets brought temporary respite from the excruciating pain.
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.
He was exculpated by the testimony of several witnesses.
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]
Small businesses have been exempted from the tax increase.
734. exhaustive [adjective]
Despite an exhaustive search of the apartment, I could not find my car keys.
An exhaustive investigation of the facts proves the contrary.
735. exhilarate [verb]
Achieving my weight loss goal is sure to exhilarate me.
According to the author, the purpose of the novel is to exhilarate readers and leave them with happy thoughts.
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.
In her monthly speech, the school counselor will exhort the students to plan for their futures so they will be prepared for life.
737. exigency [noun]
Although my son hates taking his medicine, it is an exigency that must be consumed for his physical well-being.
Economic exigency will oblige the government to act after containment of the virus.
738. existential [adjective]
Philosophy is more concerned with the existential questions than solving practical problems.
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 tiny cheeseburger.
741. exorcise [verb]
Many people turned to religion to exorcise themselves from sin.
742. expatiate [verb]
During his book signing, Clark will expatiate on his military adventures.
The chairman expatiated for two hours on his plans for the company.
743. expatriate [verb]
The new leaders expatriated the ruling family.
744. expedient [adjective]
My mother is skilled at getting rid of nosey neighbors in an expedient manner.
745. expiate [verb]
Jack had no idea how he was going to expiate the fact he forgot his wedding anniversary.
He had a chance to confess and expiate his guilt.
746. explicate [verb]
It took the chemist a long time to explicate the chemical process to the group of financial investors.
747. exponent [noun]
Gandhi was an exponent of non-violent protest.
748. expository [adjective]
The play begins with an expository monologue explaining where the story takes place.
749. expound [verb]
He continued to expound his views on economics and politics in his speech.
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.
The producer agreed to expurgate some of the R-rated scenes so that the movie could be shown on network television.
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 financial crisis.
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]
Our professor said that he would not allow questions or comments that are extrinsic to the subject matter under discussion.
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.
Some trees exude a sap from their bark to repel insect parasites.
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?
She kept interrupting our discussion with facetious remarks.
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.
We need a factotum to take care of the workshop.
765. factual [adjective]
That two plus two equals four is a completely factual statement.
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.
He detected the fallacy of her argument.
768. fallow [adjective]
At the end of summer, the once crowded beaches become fallow as young people return to school.
769. fanatical [adjective]
Richard is fanatical about his beliefs, preaching to anyone that will listen.
When Zack was a teenager, he was a fanatical baseball fan.
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]
No one had prepared anything so the meeting was a bit of a farce.
772. fastidious [adjective]
My mother was a fastidious woman who always had a complaint on her lips.
Although the fastidious painter had all of his brushes, he refused to paint because his special canvasses were unavailable.
773. fatuous [adjective]
Buying a car without negotiating down the price is a fatuous decision.
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]
In order to turn the deserts into fecund and productive land, engineers built an 800-mile canal.
779. feeble [adjective]
The injured man was so feeble he could not get off the floor.
His feeble attempt to win the race did not earn him a trophy.
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.
The minister had to fend off some awkward questions.
782. feral [adjective]
The feral dog would not approach humans.
783. fervent [adjective]
The 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]
The air of the room was fetid with stale tobacco smoke.
787. fetter [verb]
This does not mean that we wish to fetter the trade union movement.
788. feudal [adjective]
During the feudal period, the lords and barons ruled the countryside with an iron fist.
789. fiat [noun]
The dictator rules his country by fiat and expects everyone to obey his orders.
790. fidelity [noun]
They swore an oath of fidelity to their king.
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 at concerts.
800. flaunt [verb]
Richard loves to flaunt his flashy clothes because he believes they are super cool.
801. fledgling [noun]
The fledgling writer could use the benefit of a good editor.
802. fleet [adjective]
She was slight and fleet of foot.
803. flimsy [adjective]
Don’t give me the flimsy excuse that you were too deep asleep to hear the phone ringing.
Their flimsy tent offered little protection against the severe storm.
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.
After being embarrassed by a marriage proposal at the basketball game, my sister had a florid face.
806. flout [verb]
He conducted business in his pajamas to flout convention.
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 that the air conditioning will work throughout the night.
810. foible [noun]
Although many people consider his 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.
They were forced to forage for clothing and fuel in the past.
814. forbear [verb]
He could not forbear from expressing his disagreement.
815. forbearance [noun]
The police officer showed forbearance when he let the young thief off with a warning.
816. ford [noun]
He has stopped at the ford to let the horses drink.
817. forebear [noun]
While researching my family tree, I noticed a forebear of mine was born in Iceland at the turn of the century.
818. forebode [verb]
Meteorologists forebode the bad weather, but their prediction was a lot milder than the actual storm.
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.
We must act right now to forestall disaster.
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.
The art of forgery focuses on creating fakes of everything from money to paintings, making them look as real as possible.
822. forgo [verb]
I will forgo drinking at his birthday party because I am the designated driver.
823. formidable [adjective]
Growing tomato crops during a severe drought proved to be formidable for one farmer.
The formidable hurricane lasted for 30 hours and destroyed a lot of buildings on the island.
824. forswear [verb]
Hopefully the new treaty will forswear nations from obtaining nuclear weapons.
825. forte [noun]
Although dancing was her forte, she never considered having a career in entertainment.
826. fortress [noun]
The tall fortress was surrounded by a swampy moat and drawbridge to keep enemies out.
827. fortuitous [adjective]
His success depended on a fortuitous combination of circumstances and encounters.
828. founder [verb]
Their marriage began to founder soon after the honeymoon.
In recent years, her career has been foundering.
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.
Even though the contract looks good at first glance, it is actually fraught with contradictions.
833. frenetic [adjective]
The sales floor was even more frenetic than usual because of the big clearance sale yesterday.
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, she 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]
She 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.
The movie displayed a perfect fusion of image and sound.
844. futile [adjective]
When the captain realized his efforts to steer his ship were futile, he commanded his officers to release the lifeboats.
The president described these activities as futile.
845. gaffe [noun]
Because of the quarterback’s gaffe, our team lost the big game.
846. gainsay [verb]
Since he 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]
Though my window is closed, I can still hear my garrulous neighbors loudly gossip in the night.
852. gauche [adjective]
His gauche table manners make me cringe, especially when he tries to talk with his mouth full.
853. gaudy [adjective]
When she returned from the nail salon, she showed me her gaudy nails that were painted bright orange.
854. genial [adjective]
The genial hosts made sure everyone enjoyed the party.
855. genuine [adjective]
Throughout history, many con artists have tried to pass off fake items as genuine holy relics.
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 when we passed each other on the stairs.
861. glib [adjective]
The glib comments he made about the brewing conflict tells me that he is not very well-informed about the subject.
862. glower [verb]
After the boxers shook hands, they began to glower at each other.
863. goad [verb]
As a teacher, she was constantly looking for positive ways to goad her students into learning more.
864. gossamer [adjective]
Her white gossamer scarf was practically transparent.
865. gouge [noun]
The refrigerator's legs left gouges 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.
Skin was removed from her leg and grafted on her face.
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 senator doesn't hesitate to grandstand if it makes her point.
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]
She is such a gregarious and outgoing person.
874. grievance [noun]
His grievance against her neighbor has turned into a civil lawsuit.
875. grievous [adjective]
A verbal insult can sometimes cause a more grievous injury than any physical assault.
876. grizzle [verb]
His grizzled beard was no longer black like it was in his youth.
877. groan [noun]
The rescuers could hear the groans of someone trapped in the rubble.
878. grouse [verb]
If we grouse in the pub, who listens?
She's always grousing about how she's been treated by the manager.
879. grovel [verb]
The dog was willing to grovel for the biscuit.
880. guile [noun]
Although she 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 her money to a fake charity.
883. guru [noun]
Because the voice teacher is viewed as a musical guru, she has a two year waiting list for her classes.
884. gustatory [adjective]
Masticatory and gustatory stimuli appear to stimulate salivation through different mechanisms.
885. hackneyed [adjective]
Politicians tend to repeat the same hackneyed expressions over and over again.
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]
Simplicity is a hallmark of this design.
889. hallowed [adjective]
Every word that the respected sage uttered was considered at once to be hallowed, sacred and holy.
890. hamstring [verb]
The company was hamstrung by traditional but inefficient ways of conducting business.
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.
The homesick woman began to hanker for a trip to see her parents.
893. hapless [adjective]
The hapless passengers were stranded at the airport for three days.
894. happenstance [noun]
I found this delightful hotel by happenstance.
895. harangue [verb]
He harangued the class for half an hour about not paying attention.
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]
She told us a harrowing tale of misfortunes.
900. hasten [verb]
When the store manager saw the long lines at the registers, he called for more cashiers to hasten customer checkouts.
901. hatred [noun]
The night owl’s hatred of mornings caused her to hit snooze button several times.
He looked at me with hatred.
902. havoc [noun]
The volcano inflicted havoc upon the tiny village.
903. heavyweight [noun]
Her extraordinary intelligence and speaking ability made her a political heavyweight.
904. hectic [adjective]
Since I have a lot to do this week, my schedule is going to be very hectic.
905. hector [verb]
I am sure that we should seek to persuade, not just hector and lecture.
906. hedonist [noun]
Although people call him a hedonist, he is really the type of person who cares about pleasing others.
907. heed [verb]
The shopping complex has been criticized for failing to heed warnings about lack of safety routines.
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.
The helmsman warned them that they were approaching another shore.
911. hemorrhage [verb]
The car accident caused him to hemorrhage internally.
912. herald [verb]
The trade agreement heralded a new era of economic development.
913. herbivore [noun]
As an herbivore, the giraffe has teeth that are broad and capable of chewing tough plants.
914. heretical [adjective]
Such a heretical view would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago.
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.
A hermetic seal is used on this glass bottle.
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]
Since my mother cannot hew wood for her fireplace, I visit her once a week to fill her woodbin.
920. hibernate [verb]
The bear continued to hibernate all winter long snoozing deep inside the cave.
921. hidebound [adjective]
The hidebound politician refused to change his position on the 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.
Even though her brothers think it’s hilarious, she doesn’t like watching the funny home video show.
925. hinder [verb]
Tight, restrictive clothing will work to hinder your athletic performance.
If you do not rest enough, you will actually hinder your workout progress.
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]
The widow’s histrionic screaming made the detectives suspicious.
929. hoard [verb]
He loves to hoard earnings 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.
When I opened the junk drawer in the kitchen, there was a hodgepodge of tools, utensils, medicines and food in there.
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.
For the past ten years, our priest has read the same homily on Easter Sunday.
936. homogenous [adjective]
As races have mixed, the world’s population has become more and more homogenous.
The population of the village has remained remarkably homogenous.
937. honorary [adjective]
After his untimely death, the student was given an honorary degree.
She received an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in recognition of her work for the poverty.
938. hoodwink [verb]
After the hurricane, many dishonest individuals tried to hoodwink generous people into donating to fake charities.
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 wrongdoings.
941. hubris [noun]
Hubris brought him down in the end.
942. humble [adjective]
After twenty years as a humble worker, he finally got the opportunity to lead the division.
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 a ban on cell phones inschool 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]
The successful entrepreneur is an iconoclast who is not afraid to introduce something new to the market.
952. ideological [adjective]
Some have minimized the importance of ideological factors.
Due to the criminal’s ideological perspective that he is always right, the criminal would hurt people if they disagreed with him.
953. idiosyncratic [adjective]
The strange bird let out a high-pitched sound that is idiosyncratic to its species.
954. idolatry [noun]
Whenever the dictator ventured out in public, he insisted upon idolatry from his people.
955. idyll [noun]
This rural idyll is, however, the privilege of the minority.
Every year thousands of people flee the big cities in search of the rural idyll.
956. igneous [adjective]
After the volcano erupted and lava covered the ground, many igneous rocks were created.
957. ignoble [adjective]
During his speech, the district attorney promised to rid the city of ignoble police officers guilty of abusing their power.
958. ignominious [adjective]
The basketball player’s downfall was caused by his ignominious steroid use.
959. ignorant [adjective]
Rich Americans are often ignorant to the reality of the lives of those living in poverty in the U.S.
960. illiberal [adjective]
His views are markedly illiberal.
961. illicit [adjective]
I dumped my boyfriend because of his illicit drug habit.
962. imbroglio [noun]
In the senior dormitory, the resident assistant is currently dealing with an imbroglio between two students who both claim the other is stealing her shoes.
963. imbue [verb]
He managed to imbue his employees with team spirit.
964. immanent [adjective]
God is immanent in the world.
Hope seems immanent in human nature.
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]
Millions of people were immolated in World War I.
969. immunodeficiency [noun]
The earliest known specimen of the human immunodeficiency virus was found long after the death of its victim.
The association of this infection with immunodeficiency and its pathogenicity for patients need to be investigated further.
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.
There are no laws that are immutable because we can vote for change in our country.
971. impair [verb]
Emotions can sometimes impair your ability to reason properly.
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 promoting you.
975. impecunious [adjective]
I first knew him as an impecunious student living in a tiny apartment.
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]
In an imperious tone, the police officer ordered the driver to step out of the car.
980. impermeable [adjective]
The impermeable rain coat kept water from ruining the woman’s cashmere sweater.
Impermeable glass was used in the picture frame to keep moisture from the photo.
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.
Because the young man would only give an impertinent answer to his questions, the attorney decided not to take him on as a client.
982. imperturbable [adjective]
The imperturbable actress carried on with her performance even when her costar forgot his lines.
983. impervious [adjective]
Rubber boots are impervious to water.
984. impetuous [adjective]
After she joined the army, Sarah was less impetuous.
We made an impetuous decision to go swimming in the lake in December.
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.
The government faces implacable opposition on the issue of chemical waste.
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]
The vacuum inside the tube caused it to implode when the external air pressure was increased.
When contracts for the new bridge were being negotiated, the American steel industry imploded.
992. importunate [adjective]
As soon as you become rich, you can expect to come into contact with many importunate people who will do nothing but demand things of you.
993. impotent [adjective]
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I felt impotent because I could not help him with his pain.
They were virtually impotent against the power of the large companies.
994. impoverish [verb]
The new law is likely to further impoverish single parents.
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 the political scandal to the media to impugn his opponent’s character.
999. impunity [noun]
Despite the heinous nature of the crimes they committed, the old men received impunity from the court because of their ages.
1000. impute [verb]
When my daughter received a failing grade in her math class, she attempted to impute her instructor’s teaching skills.
1001. in lieu of
You can take a lump sum in lieu of any unused vacation entitlement.
1002. in no way
She added that she had in no way intended to offend anybody.
1003. inadvertent [adjective]
All authors need to be wary of inadvertent copying of other people's ideas.
1004. incarcerate [verb]
The police are going to incarcerate the man 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 shirt.
1006. incarnate [verb]
The cardiotachometer can incarnate the function of one's heart, reflect the burthen in the training and resume after training.
The dark portrait seemed to incarnate all the evil the artist saw in the world.
1007. incendiary [adjective]
Although the investigation indicated the arsonist must have used some kind of incendiary device to start the fire, the police could find no traces of it.
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.
Since the power went out in the building, the electrical service has been inchoate, leaving many floors without lights.
1010. incipient [adjective]
Because the incipient plan has no backup measure, there is no chance it will succeed.
The best way to stop the disease from spreading is by identifying it while it is incipient.
1011. incite [verb]
The ads were trying to incite public opinion against the government.
1012. incompetent [adjective]
The robber was so incompetent that he locked himself in the bank vault.
1013. incomprehensible [adjective]
After hearing to the incomprehensible rap, listeners were left wondering what the musician meant.
The ideas she espoused were incomprehensible to me.
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!
The statement you gave yesterday is incongruous to a witness's statement.
1016. inconsequential [adjective]
Your objections are inconsequential and may be disregarded.
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]
The goal is to inculcate in students a tolerance for people of other religions and races.
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.
The incursion of whiteflies into the area could damage crops.
1021. indebtedness [noun]
The company has reduced its indebtedness to $15 million.
1022. indecipherable [adjective]
The indecipherable letters on the scroll were written in a language that has been extinct for a thousand years.
1023. indefatigable [adjective]
The director of the hurricane evacuation shelter is an indefatigable woman who works almost eighteen hours every day.
1024. indemnify [verb]
Since he was driving drunk, the insurance company will not indemnify him from the property damage he caused.
1025. indeterminate [adjective]
An indeterminate number of workers have already been exposed to the danger.
1026. indictment [noun]
Based on the new evidence presented by the defense, the judge dismissed the indictment and released the accused.
1027. indifference [noun]
Some native speakers of a language show indifference to grammatical points.
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 often slept at his desk.
1031. ineffectual [verb]
Once I realized the medicine was ineffectual, I stopped taking it.
1032. ineluctable [adjective]
The accident was the ineluctable consequence of carelessness.
1033. inept [adjective]
He was criticized for his inept handling of the problem.
1034. ineptitude [noun]
Because of his 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 public is enraged by the inexorable rise in gas prices.
1038. infallible [adjective]
While you may think you are infallible, you make mistakes just like everyone else!
The arrogant professor believed he was infallible on the subject of geology.
1039. infelicitous [adjective]
It is a little infelicitous that many children can not go to the swimming pools because of the sudden storm.
1040. infest [verb]
The barn was infested with rats.
1041. infinitesimal [adjective]
All living organisms produce electrical impulses on an infinitesimal scale.
1042. infirmity [noun]
He felt sorry for his uncle, feeling the alcoholism was a serious infirmity.
The doctor warned her that her physical infirmity would get worse if she did not mind her diet.
1043. inflict [verb]
Our troops will inflict hefty casualties on their foes.
1044. infraction [noun]
He was criticized for his infraction of the discipline.
1045. infringe [verb]
He occasionally infringes the law by parking near a junction.
1046. infuse [verb]
A union would infuse unnecessary conflict into the company's employee relations.
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.
After the singer refused to accept the award, she was called an ingrate by many of her peers.
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]
The dark color of the table is an inherent trait of the wood from which it was made.
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]
The writer reflects on human injustice and iniquity.
1055. injustice [noun]
The American Revolution started because of a perceived injustice in the taxes levied by England.
1056. innocuous [adjective]
His comments seemed perfectly innocuous.
Some mushrooms look innocuous but are in fact poisonous.
1057. innuendo [noun]
The top advertisers frequently use a form of innuendo to sell their products.
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.
The phone’s inopportune ringing interrupted our conversation.
1060. inordinate [adjective]
I spend an inordinate amount of time selecting Christmas presents for my large family every year.
1061. inquest [noun]
The judge ordered an inquest after several family members requested the murder be investigated further.
1062. inquisition [noun]
The police subjected him to an inquisition that lasted two hours.
1063. inscrutable [adjective]
Because my boss normally had an inscrutable look on his face, I rarely knew what he was thinking.
1064. insensible [adjective]
She remained insensible of the dangers that lay ahead.
1065. insensitive [adjective]
Her husband tends to be insensitive, never caring much about her emotional needs.
1066. insidious [adjective]
After the police conducted their investigation, they realized the suspect had created an insidious scheme by which he tricked elderly people out of their medications.
1067. insinuate [verb]
During the debate, the senator tried to insinuate his opponent was not qualified for office.
1068. insipid [adjective]
The soup lacks the right seasoning and tastes insipid.
1069. insofar [adverb]
The warning signs on the road prevent accidents only insofar as people pay attention to them.
1070. insolent [adjective]
When the insolent young man yelled my name, I ignored him and walked towards my car.
1071. insouciant [adjective]
Because he is insouciant and not concerned about his retirement, he does not worry about saving money.
1072. instigate [verb]
Justine hoped to instigate Will and Gail's separation by spreading false rumors about Will’s late nights at work.
Hopefully, the red band campaign will instigate a greater awareness of cancer prevention.
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.
The difficulties that confront us seem insuperable.
1075. insurmountable [adjective]
Even though the task of cleaning out the garage seemed insurmountable, she 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.
The actor is a poor interlocutor who usually responds to media queries with one word responses.
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.
Our personalities result from the complex interplay between our genes and our environment.
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.
Today, many singers interpolate their own words and music into classic songs in order to create new tunes.
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.
We are facing an intractable problem.
1092. intransigent [adjective]
Even though the divorce proceedings should be over, they are still dragging on because of the intransigent parties involved.
If the politicians do not change their intransigent attitudes, they will not pass any bills during this session.
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.
If the dam breaks it will inundate large parts of the town.
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.
Rick tried to inveigle his parents into giving him the money for buying a new car.
1100. investiture [noun]
The investiture of the new president will take place this evening.
1101. inveterate [adjective]
Inveterate smokers are going to have a hard time handling all of the new smoking laws that limit the places in which they can smoke.
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.
The team proved it was not invincible when it lost the last game of the season.
1104. iota [noun]
If there is even one iota of doubt, the jury should not find the defendant guilty.
1105. irascible [adjective]
She's becoming more and more irascible as she grows older.
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]
Deciding to go on vacation together seemed like a good idea, but they quickly realized that their ideas about budget limitations were irreconcilable.
1110. irrefutable [adjective]
The police arrested their suspect only after obtaining irrefutable proof he was the robber.
Genetic testing supports the scientist's theory that the link between the two species is irrefutable.
1111. irresolute [adjective]
That is probably a consequence of irresolute policy and too much bureaucracy.
1112. irrevocable [adjective]
Even though you are unhappy with your inheritance, the will is irrevocable and cannot be changed.
Once the president signs the treaty, it will be binding and irrevocable.
1113. isosceles [adjective]
The base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal.
1114. itinerant [adjective]
Jim loves the itinerant lifestyle of a musician because of the opportunities he has to travel from city to city.
1115. itinerary [noun]
Your itinerary includes a visit to Stonehenge.
1116. jaundice [noun]
Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
1117. jejune [adjective]
Although Evan behaved in a jejune manner at the dinner party, he actually teaches international customs at a school for diplomats.
1118. jeopardize [verb]
Do not jeopardize your good grade by failing to turn in your assignment.
1119. jettison [verb]
The captain was forced to jettison the cargo and make an emergency landing.
1120. jibe [verb]
The findings of the court did not jibe with the testimony of the witness.
1121. jingoism [noun]
The man’s jingoism led him to attempt to destroy a federal building as a show of loyalty for his own nation.
Patriotism can turn into jingoism and intolerance very quickly.
1122. jocose [adjective]
Robert is well known for his jocose disposition and always makes everyone around him laugh.
1123. jocular [adjective]
The jocular man is known for his funny punchlines.
1124. joust [verb]
The two teams are jousting for position at the top of the league.
1125. jovial [adjective]
Stories describe Santa Claus as a jovial man who gives toys to children.
1126. juggernaut [noun]
With the reveal of its best-selling innovation, the software company has become a juggernaut in the tech industry.
1127. junta [noun]
A military junta took control of the country.
1128. jurisprudence [noun]
Even in high school, Evan read a great deal on jurisprudence because he knew he wanted to become a lawyer.
1129. juror [noun]
The attorney for the defense challenged the juror.
1130. jut [verb]
The edge of the cliff seemed to jut out over the ocean and disappear into a blanket of clouds.
1131. juxtapose [verb]
The interior designer likes to juxtapose light furniture against dark floors to create a dramatic contrast.
1132. keep at bay
Ballista Towers provide the defenders with enough firepower to keep at bay.
1133. ken [noun]
Financial matters are beyond my ken.
1134. kindle [verb]
The mother hoped the prison inmate's speech would kindle her son to change his rebellious ways.
This wood is too wet to kindle.
1135. kindred [noun]
Most of his kindred still live in Ireland.
1136. kinetic [adjective]
A simple definition of kinetic energy is power in movement or motion.
1137. knell [noun]
Everyone took the company president’s resignation as the company’s knell of bankruptcy.
1138. kudos [noun]
Although the movie director received kudos from the critics, the public hated the film.
1139. labile [adjective]
Emotionally labile patients should not be given stimulants since they tend to cause moods to shift dramatically.
1140. laborious [adjective]
It may seem laborious when you just start exercising, but it gets easier over time.
1141. lace [verb]
She laced her coffee with brandy.
1142. lachrymose [adjective]
After her husband died, my aunt became a lachrymose woman who couldn’t stop crying.
I do not enjoy watching sad movies with my lachrymose wife because she is way too sensitive.
1143. lackadaisical [adjective]
After the surgery, I was lackadaisical for several days.
1144. lackey [noun]
The wealthy gent’s lackey toted his luggage all over the resort.
1145. 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.
The U.S. number-one tennis player gave a disappointingly lackluster performance.
1146. laconic [adjective]
During the laconic phone call, the divorcing spouses only said what was absolutely necessary.
To save valuable time, give me a laconic explanation of what happened.
1147. lambaste [verb]
Even with its success, harsh party leaders continued to lambaste the plan for healthcare reform.
1148. landlord [noun]
Beating on her delinquent tenant’s door, the landlord threatened to file a lawsuit if rent wasn’t paid.
The landlord gave notice of the termination of tenancy.
1149. languid [adjective]
He sat on the porch enjoying the delicious, languid warmth of a summer afternoon.
1150. larceny [noun]
After finding his computer was not where he left it, he accused his sister of larceny.
He was arrested on a charge of larceny.
1151. largess [noun]
Because of the millionaire’s largess, twenty underprivileged graduates now have college scholarships.
1152. lascivious [adjective]
After running naked through the field, he was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior.
1153. lassitude [noun]
After the long race, Jack experienced a feeling of lassitude.
1154. latent [adjective]
The detective asked the lab technician to search the room for latent fingerprints.
1155. laud [verb]
The company decided to laud his outstanding contributions to the firm.
1156. laudable [adjective]
While Jason did not win the contest, his efforts were laudable enough to be mentioned by the judges.
1157. laudatory [adjective]
The laudatory announcement praised the team’s efforts during the championship game.
1158. laurel [noun]
She has rightly won laurels for this brilliantly perceptive first novel.
1159. lavish [adjective]
Every room in the five-star hotel was filled with lavish furnishings.
1160. lax [adjective]
The lax entry requirements let just about anyone in.
The lax security at the event allowed people to just slip in and out unnoticed.
1161. laxity [noun]
The prevalent laxity toward marriage causes the divorce rate to rise.
1162. leery [adjective]
The dog was leery of the man with the large stick.
1163. legerdemain [noun]
The psychic uses legerdemain to convince people that she is talking to their future.
1164. legitimacy [noun]
Terry doubted the legitimacy of his husband’s excuses since he lied to her in the past.
The lawyers expressed serious doubts about the legitimacy of military action.
1165. lethargic [adjective]
During the hottest days of summer, I felt so lethargic that all I wanted to do was drinking iced tea.
1166. levee [noun]
A levee was created out of dirt and sandbags to keep creeping river from flooding the fields.
1167. levity [noun]
Karen’s parents were serious people who did not appreciate her acts of levity during church service.
1168. levy [verb]
The Presidential candidate promised to levy a tax on foreign production in an effort to stimulate American manufacturing.
1169. liberal [adjective]
Although my grandfather has some liberal ideas, he still does not believe in the notion of female soldiers.
1170. liberate [verb]
Because the dogs were experiencing maltreatment, the compassionate man decided to liberate his neighbor’s animals.
1171. libertine [noun]
Because Warren is a drunken libertine, he often comes into work with a hangover.
1172. licentious [adjective]
It is assumed that pagan festivals once involved many licentious activities, including a number of sexual games.
1173. light-hearted [adjective]
It was a fairly light-hearted discussion.
1174. Lilliputian [adjective]
The Lilliputian trees looked like tiny bushes next to the tall redwoods.
1175. limelight [noun]
The celebrity never liked the limelight, so he kept his personal business to himself and out of the tabloids.
She's been in the limelight recently, following the release of her controversial new film.
1176. limn [verb]
The painter is known to limn pictures of his lovers on oil canvases.
1177. limpid [adjective]
Because the sky was not limpid, we could not see the stars.
1178. lineage [noun]
Our family was ecstatic to learn about our royal lineage and how we descend from kings and queens of antiquity.
She's very proud of her ancient royal lineage.
1179. lionize [verb]
The press began to lionize the celebrity enthusiastically.
1180. lissome [adjective]
The lissome figure skater moved effortlessly on the ice.
1181. listless [adjective]
The illness made me so listless that I rarely got out of bed.
1182. 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.
1183. literati [noun]
He was underrated as a writer by the literati.
1184. 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.
1185. litigate [verb]
After not reaching an agreement, the two parties decided to go to court to litigate the settlement.
1186. litter [verb]
The sitting room was littered with books.
1187. 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.
The littoral zone covers the region between high and low tide.
1188. livid [adjective]
The taxpayers are livid about the proposed tax hike.
1189. loath [adjective]
He is loath to get out of bed on cold mornings.
1190. lobby [verb]
Small businesses have lobbied hard for changes in the tax laws.
1191. lofty [adjective]
Although she has a lofty position as the vice-president of a billion dollar company, she still drives an economy car.
1192. long-winded [adjective]
The student’s long-winded response was much more lengthy than the teacher required.
1193. loquacious [adjective]
After drinking four beers, my normally quiet wife becomes quite loquacious.
1194. lord [noun]
The lord was in charge of ruling everyone in his district and used his power to his advantage.
1195. lounge [verb]
After complete exhaustion, Henry decided to lounge on the sofa for a few hours.
She often lounges on a beach after work.
1196. lubricious [adjective]
The other sun-bathers admired the woman’s gleaming and lubricious skin.
1197. lucid [adjective]
Because the medicine made Lisa drowsy, she was not very lucid.
She gave a clear and lucid account of her plans for the company's future.
1198. lucrative [adjective]
The wealthy businessman was constantly on the lookout for lucrative ventures that would help him become even wealthier.
1199. lucre [noun]
Hiding the lucre in many different accounts, the mobsters kept a watchful eye on their funds.
He was blinded by the lust of lucre.
1200. lugubrious [adjective]
In his first novel, the mysterious postman is the perfect example of a lugubrious character.
1201. lukewarm [adjective]
Disappointed by his lukewarm chicken wings, the diner requested hot ones from the kitchen.
Both actors gave fairly lukewarm performances.
1202. lullaby [noun]
The infant’s mother sang her Hush Little Baby every night, so it quickly became the child’s favorite lullaby.
1203. lumber [verb]
In the distance, we could see a herd of elephants lumbering across the plain.
1204. luminary [noun]
Because Dr. Swanson is a luminary in the medical profession, he recently had a surgical procedure named after him.
1205. luminous [adjective]
The movie editor used the computer program to give the actress the luminous appearance of an angel.
1206. lurid [adjective]
Because the testimony in the courtroom was lurid, the judge asked the defendant’s small children to remain outside in the hallway.
1207. lurk [verb]
Hungry lions lurk in the tall grass and wait for unsuspecting gazelles to cross their path.
1208. lustrous [adjective]
Her lustrous eyes shined brightly under the glow of the full moon.
1209. macabre [adjective]
Police have made a macabre discovery.
1210. Machiavellian [adjective]
My supervisor is very sneaky and has been known to exhibit Machiavellian behavior in order to move up in the company.
1211. machination [noun]
Fortunately, law enforcement stepped in before the crazed man could put his machination into action.
1212. maelstrom [noun]
The country is gradually being sucked into the maelstrom of civil war.
1213. magnanimous [adjective]
The team's manager was magnanimous in victory, and praised the losing team.
1214. magnate [noun]
Due to his status as a political magnate, many people were eager to vote for him in the next election.
1215. magnum opus
The author had written many books but didn’t release his magnum opus, Charlotte’s Web, until 1952.
1216. maize [noun]
The villagers cultivate mostly maize and beans.
1217. maladjusted [adjective]
The maladjusted teenager suffers from depression and has a hard time socializing with his classmates.
1218. maladroit [adjective]
The nervous boy was maladroit and stuttered over his words as he invited the girl to the dance.
1219. malady [noun]
After the surgery, my physical malady should not bother me anymore.
1220. malediction [noun]
The witch’s malediction made the young princess fall into a deep sleep.
1221. malevolent [adjective]
I could feel his malevolent gaze as I walked away.
1222. malicious [adjective]
She was hurt by malicious comments made about her on Facebook.
1223. malign [adjective]
Foreign domination had a malign influence on local politics.
1224. malinger [verb]
The lazy student tried to malinger when it was time to work on his essay.
1225. malleable [adjective]
When my uncle drinks a great deal, he is always quite malleable to suggestions.
The most successful commercials are the ones which take advantage of the human mind’s ability to be malleable.
1226. mammalian [adjective]
The disease can spread from one mammalian species to another.
1227. manacle [verb]
His arm was manacled to a ring on the wall.
1228. manifest [adjective]
The love on Amy’s face was manifest and obvious to everyone.
His manifest joy in music is evident as soon as he starts to speak.
1229. manipulate [verb]
Some businesses manipulate their company profile by deleting negative reviews.
1230. mannered [adjective]
Hickstone gave a very mannered performance in the lead role.
He continued to write, but his mannered prose was not well received.
1231. manumit [verb]
It was possible for a person to be given a legacy on the understanding that he would manumit a slave.
The terrible history of slavery includes stories of owners who might manumit a slave as a reward for serving in their stead in the Revolutionary War.
1232. mar [verb]
You will mar the cake if you keep putting your fingers in the icing.
Water will mar the finish of polished wood.
1233. marginal [adjective]
Because the difference in the paint colors is marginal, no one can tell Ann painted her kitchen using two dissimilar hues.
1234. marginalize [verb]
We've always been marginalized, exploited, and constantly threatened by the ruthless leader.
1235. martial [adjective]
Even in his later years, my grandfather retained the martial posture that carried him through thirty-five years in the navy.
1236. martinet [noun]
As a colonel in the army, John is a martinet who believes discipline is the only path to success.
1237. martyr [noun]
Joan became a martyr after she lost her life in the fight again religious persecution.
1238. 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.
My mother has earned her mastery in nursing through several years of school that required a lot of study and effort on her part.
1239. maudlin [adjective]
The girl’s performance was so maudlin that people started to boo her off the stage.
I could not enjoy the movie because it was so maudlin that it came across as incredibly foolish.
1240. maverick [noun]
She has established a reputation as a maverick.
1241. maxim [noun]
My grandmother had a wise maxim to help me get through all of my teenage crises.
1242. mayhem [noun]
During the busy holiday season, most of the stores seem to be in a constant state of mayhem.
Their arrival caused mayhem as crowds of refugees rushed towards them.
1243. meager [adjective]
Because you only earn a meager salary, you should be very careful about your spending.
The prisoners existed on a meager diet.
1244. meddlesome [adjective]
Meddlesome men spent their morning drinking coffee and discussing their neighbors business.
1245. mediator [noun]
A mediator was needed to help the divorcing couple come to an agreement.
1246. megalomania [noun]
The singer’s megalomania has turned her into an arrogant woman who is disliked by everyone who truly knows her.
1247. mélange [noun]
The buffet had a mélange of food from various cultures.
1248. mellifluous [adjective]
The actor has a mellifluous voice that could lull anyone into a deep sleep.
1249. melodramatic [adjective]
For the practical viewer, the soap opera was way too melodramatic.
1250. menace [verb]
The hurricane menaced the eastern coast for a week.
1251. mendacious [adjective]
Chuck is mendacious about his vegetarianism because he eats chicken.
Some of these statements are misleading and some are downright mendacious.
1252. mendicant [noun]
The mendicant hoped pedestrians would drop money in his bucket.
1253. mercenary [adjective]
He had some mercenary scheme to marry a wealthy widow.
1254. mercurial [adjective]
Because Mary is taking a new medication, her moods have become quite mercurial.
1255. meretricious [adjective]
He claims that a lot of journalism is meretricious and superficial.
1256. mesmerize [verb]
Because Jennifer was mesmerized by the author’s writing style, she purchased all of his books.
1257. messianic [adjective]
He announced the imminent arrival of a messianic leader.
1258. metamorphosis [noun]
During this particular metamorphosis, the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
1259. metaphor [noun]
The walking dictionary is a fitting metaphor used to describe the spelling bee champion.
1260. metaphysical [adjective]
A lot of scientists don't like discussing metaphysical matters.
1261. metastasize [verb]
The idea of revolution began to metastasize and spread from Moscow to the impoverished Russian countryside.
1262. meticulous [adjective]
Because Haley is a meticulous cleaner, every inch of her house is spotless.
This accounting job requires a meticulous person.
1263. mettle [noun]
Maxwell joined several boards of directors in order to prove his mettle as a community leader.
1264. mettlesome [adjective]
The actor was considered a mettlesome dramatic performer.
1265. microcosm [noun]
The airport sometimes seems likes a microcosm of the globe with people arriving and leaving from all over the world.
1266. 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.
1267. militate [verb]
In business, the demand will usually militate the product’s price.
1268. mimetic [adjective]
Art is a mimetic representation of reality.
1269. minatory [adjective]
The hate group left a minatory threat in the form of a burning cross on the couple’s lawn.
My boss’s minatory emails always seemed to be a mix of threatening and intimidating.
1270. minuscule [adjective]
Many fast food workers are quitting their jobs because of minuscule salaries.
1271. minutiae [noun]
The students ignored their teacher as she told them minutiae about her boring life.
1272. miraculous [adjective]
Her miraculous recovery surprised the hospital staff.
1273. mire [noun]
We must not be drawn into the mire of civil war.
1274. mirth [noun]
Her impersonations of our teachers were a source of considerable mirth.
1275. misanthrope [noun]
The old man was a misanthrope who surrounded his entire yard with barbed wire to keep his neighbors at bay.
1276. miscellany [noun]
The library contained a miscellany of various types of books including both nonfiction and fictional titles.
1277. miscreant [noun]
The miscreant will not be able to get out of jail without the assistance of a good attorney.
1278. mishmash [noun]
The magazine is a jumbled mishmash of jokes, stories, and serious news.
1279. misnomer [noun]
Dry cleaning is a misnomer, since the clothes are cleaned in a fluid.
1280. misogyny [adjective]
She left the Church because of its misogynist teachings on women and their position in society.
1281. missive [noun]
The school secretary has placed a missive regarding new evacuation procedures in all staff mailboxes.
1282. mistress [noun]
I'll inform the mistress of your arrival.
1283. mitigate [verb]
The doctor gave me a prescription to mitigate the pain.
1284. mnemonic [noun]
Our math professor taught us a simple mnemonic for remembering how to complete the equation.
1285. mock [verb]
She made fun of him by mocking his limp.
1286. modicum [noun]
There's not even a modicum of truth in her statement.
1287. modish [adjective]
The contemporary art lover prefers modish pieces over traditional pieces from the past.
1288. mollify [verb]
I am hoping the hot tea and crackers will mollify my husband and help him relax.
1289. molt [verb]
With dead shreds of skin lying around the cage, it was apparent that the lizard did molt his skin.
1290. molten [adjective]
Molten lava erupted from the top of the volcano.
1291. monastic [adjective]
For the new monks who had recently joined the monastery, the monastic lifestyle was quite shocking.
1292. monger [noun]
The greedy monger raised the price of bread and milk during the blizzard.
1293. moot [adjective]
Federal legislation will override the states’ concerns and make them moot.
1294. moralize [verb]
The humorous storyteller tried not to moralize and rarely told stories that had a deeper meaning.
1295. morbid [adjective]
The morbid pictures of the victim should never have been put on the front page of the newspaper.
1296. mordant [adjective]
The mordant mother often used harsh words that made her son cry.
1297. moribund [adjective]
The figures show a moribund remortgage market.
1298. morose [adjective]
After their team lost the basketball game, the disappointed fans looked morose.
1299. mortal [noun]
All human beings are mortal.
1300. 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.
1301. mortify [verb]
If my mother picks me up from school in her pajamas, she will mortify me in front of my friends.
1302. motif [noun]
The motif of betrayal is crucial in all these stories.
1303. motley [adjective]
The motley protestors outside city hall included people of all races and socioeconomic classes.
1304. 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.
1305. mundane [adjective]
The restaurant should replace the dull and mundane dishes to spice up their menu.
1306. munificence [noun]
I thanked them for their munificence.
1307. munificent [adjective]
The wealthy actor always gives the members of his staff munificent appreciation gifts.
1308. munition [noun]
Although they were out of munitions and firepower, the relentless troop refused to retreat.
1309. murderous [adjective]
I couldn't withstand the murderous heat.
1310. murky [adjective]
The frightened little boy refused to walk with his friends through the murky forest.
1311. muse [verb]
I began to muse about the possibility of starting my own business.
1312. mutation [noun]
A new vaccination had to be created for a mutation of the antigen.
1313. mutiny [noun]
Because the mutiny failed, the tyrant is still in power.
1314. myopic [adjective]
If you only question one race of people in your survey, your responses will be myopic.
Their myopic refusal to act now will undoubtedly cause problems in the future.
1315. myriad [adjective]
Kelly and Clint discuss myriad topics on their talk show.
1316. mythical [adjective]
The mythical creature had the head of a man and the body of a horse in the story.
1317. 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.
The defeat was the nadir of her career.
1318. nanny [noun]
They have a male nanny for their kids.
1319. nascent [adjective]
Everyone in this nascent business is still struggling with basic issues.
1320. natty [adjective]
He's always been a natty dresser.
1321. naysayer [noun]
He ignored the naysayers and persevered.
1322. nebulous [adjective]
Scientists are not certain why nebulous gas balls rotate around the planet.
1323. necromancy [noun]
It seems that some people still believe in necromancy.
1324. nefarious [adjective]
The company's CEO seems to have been involved in some nefarious practices.
1325. negate [verb]
The increase in our profits has been negated by the rising costs of running the business.
1326. neologism [noun]
The neologism became so popular that it was added to most dictionaries.
1327. neophyte [noun]
Because I have very little computer experience, I am a neophyte when it comes to working with most software programs.
1328. nettle [verb]
My brother will often nettle me by reading my diary.
1329. nexus [noun]
The school cafeteria is the nexus of student activity.
1330. noble [adjective]
According to legend, only a truly noble man could pull the magic sword from the stone.
His followers believe they are fighting for a noble cause.
1331. nobleman [noun]
The wealthy nobleman has never worked a day in his life.
1332. noisome [adjective]
The dog’s noisome odor is making me physically ill.
1333. nominal [adjective]
The court gave me a nominal award that did not cover the cost of my car repairs.
1334. nonchalant [adjective]
The rich man was very nonchalant about wrecking his car.
1335. nonplus [verb]
The aggressive questioning at the job interview nonplussed the applicant.
1336. nontrivial [adjective]
In contrast to previous theoretical work, our model economy includes a nontrivial role for external finance in the financial development process.
1337. normative [adjective]
His basic attitude toward language is highly normative.
1338. nostrum [noun]
Although my sister is not a doctor, she is always quick to suggest a nostrum to her friends.
1339. notoriety [noun]
The notoriety of violence in the downtown area keeps many tourists from visiting that part of the city.
1340. notwithstanding [adverb]
Notwithstanding his injured knee, the football player made two touchdowns.
1341. nourish [verb]
The kindergartners were told they needed to nourish their plant seeds with water and sunlight.
1342. novice [noun]
I’m just a novice at making videos.
1343. noxious [adjective]
Besides being annoying, the mosquito is a noxious insect that can carry and transmit a number of potentially fatal diseases.
1344. nugatory [adjective]
Jim’s nugatory comments contributed nothing to the class discussion.
1345. nuisance [noun]
Until Jill planted a vegetable garden, she never knew a raccoon could be such a nuisance.
1346. obdurate [adjective]
The president remains obdurate on immigration.
1347. obfuscate [verb]
The loan contract was filled with legal words meant to obfuscate trusting borrowers.
She was criticized for using arguments that obfuscated the main issue.
1348. oblique [adjective]
To avoid worrying his wife, the man made an oblique statement about the seriousness of his medical condition.
1349. obliterate [verb]
The dictator’s army is going to obliterate the rebel’s small village in less than five minutes.
1350. obloquy [noun]
His controversial essays have brought him much obloquy.
1351. obscure [adjective]
The obscure writer was not known in the literary community.
1352. obscurity [noun]
The teen heartthrob came out of obscurity and became one of the most famous entertainers in the world.
1353. obsequious [adjective]
The princess had obsequious servants who showered her with attention.
She is almost embarrassingly obsequious to anyone in authority.
1354. obsess [verb]
She used to obsess about her weight.
1355. obsolescence [noun]
Older versions had passed into obsolescence and a new version was already on the market.
1356. obsolete [adjective]
Many people believe the Internet has made the postal service obsolete.
1357. obstinate [adjective]
Everyone described my grandfather as the most obstinate man alive.
1358. obstreperous [adjective]
Because my nephew is obstreperous, he often gets in trouble at school.
1359. obtuse [adjective]
The obtuse young man had a hard time understanding the simple instructions.
1360. obviate [verb]
We replaced the old mechanisms because we wanted to obviate any nervousness about potential breakdown.
1361. occlude [verb]
It is quite dangerous when blood clots occlude the flow of oxygen in the human body.
1362. oddity [noun]
I was puzzled by the oddity of her behaviour.
1363. odious [adjective]
Because Mark had an odious personality, he had very few friends.
You must clean the kitchen regularly to avoid having an odious smell in your home.
1364. odyssey [noun]
My twenty-year odyssey in the army allowed me to visit eighteen countries.
1365. officious [adjective]
He's an officious little man and widely disliked in the company.
1366. olfactory [adjective]
The hound dog used his olfactory sense to locate the missing girl.
1367. 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.
1368. ominous [adjective]
Because of the ominous music, we knew something bad was about to happen in the movie.
1369. omission [noun]
The omission of my name from the Honor Roll List made me regret the fact I had played around all semester.
1370. omnipotent [adjective]
My teenager daughter likes to believe that she is omnipotent in our household.
1371. omnipresent [adjective]
The soccer coach described his star player as being omnipresent, all over the field at once.
1372. onerous [adjective]
Taking care of the puppy is an onerous task.
1373. onomatopoeia [noun]
My class assignment involves writing a poem that contains onomatopoeia, a word that sounds exactly like its pronunciation.
1374. opaque [adjective]
Because my privacy is important to me, I have opaque blinds on all my windows.
1375. opine [verb]
Rather than disagree with my husband in public, I waited until we got home to opine my thoughts on the subject.
1376. opportunistic [adjective]
The opportunistic couple tried to take advantage of the elderly man, convincing him to sign over his home.
1377. oppress [verb]
Throughout history, racist groups have tried to oppress minorities by way of force and fear.
1378. opprobrium [noun]
International opprobrium has been heaped on the country following its attack on its neighbours.
1379. opulent [adjective]
The couple spent over eighty thousand dollars on opulent kitchen appliances.
1380. ornithology [noun]
It is essential that we continue to maintain our knowledge of ornithology, and that sort of activity is necessary at times.
1381. orotund [adjective]
Because the politician made an orotund speech about his wealthy upbringing, he lost favor with the middle class voters.
1382. ossify [verb]
The bones are delicate and feebly ossified.
1383. ostensible [adjective]
Their ostensible goal was to clean up government corruption, but their real aim was to unseat the government.
1384. ostentatious [adjective]
Even though Larry has a gigantic art collection, he does not present it in an ostentatious manner to everyone who enters his home.
1385. ostracize [verb]
The board directors ostracized him after he criticized the company in public.
1386. outlaw [verb]
The new law will outlaw smoking in public places.
1387. outlay [noun]
For a relatively small outlay, you can start a home hairdressing business.
1388. outmoded [adjective]
Propeller aircraft were swiftly outmoded by jet aircraft after the 70s.
1389. outright [adjective]
We wanted an outright record of what everyone said.
1390. outsmart [verb]
In the story, the cunning fox outsmarts the hunters.
1391. outstrip [verb]
Even though the marathon runner was a senior citizen, he could outstrip the young 20-year old due to his experience in running.
1392. overarching [adjective]
The boss set some overarching goals for his employees that they must work on immediately in addition to a few minor goals to do in their spare time.
1393. overshadow [verb]
My happiness was overshadowed by the bad news.
1394. overt [adjective]
In some countries, racial prejudice is overt and not disguised in the least.
1395. overweening [adjective]
Ever since Jim won the contest, he has been overweening and acting as though he is the smartest kid on earth.
1396. overwrought [adjective]
When she was not awarded a scholarship, the student became overwrought.
1397. paean [noun]
After losing the game, the team was disappointed not to sing their victory paean.
1398. pagan [adjective]
The missionary wanted to share his religion with every pagan he encountered.
1399. painstaking [adjective]
He was described by his colleagues as a painstaking journalist.
1400. palatable [adjective]
While the wine will never win any awards, it is palatable for a dinner of meatloaf and potatoes.
1401. palatial [adjective]
The rich family lived in a palatial apartment.
1402. paleontology [noun]
Students with an interest in fossils should consider paleontology as a college major.
1403. palliate [verb]
After surgery, Greg received large does of medications to palliate his suffering.
1404. pallid [adjective]
Next to his tanned face, hers seemed pallid and unhealthy.
1405. pan [verb]
The movie was panned by the critics.
1406. panacea [noun]
Unfortunately there is no panacea that will make cancer instantly vanish from your body.
Technology is not a panacea for all our problems.
1407. panache [noun]
Because the band played with such panache, everyone in the audience had a great time.
1408. pander [verb]
Part of the hotel concierge’s job is to pander the guests in the presidential suite.
1409. panegyric [noun]
After the princess died a popular singer wrote a panegyric to honor her life.
1410. panoply [noun]
The designer’s exciting panoply of dresses won over the fashion critics.
1411. pantheon [noun]
As part of their course, the mythology students visited the pantheon in the ancient city.
1412. parable [noun]
The play is a parable that teaches the students a lesson about the importance of being kind.
1413. paradigm [noun]
She is considered a paradigm of virtue by everyone in the church.
1414. paragon [noun]
As a paragon of purity, a nun would never dress inappropriately.
1415. paralyze [verb]
A broken vertebra in her neck threatened to sever her spinal cord and paralyze her from moving.
Commuter traffic paralyzes the city’s roads every morning.
1416. paramount [adjective]
Everybody agrees that education is the paramount issue.
1417. pardon [verb]
Large numbers of political prisoners have been pardoned and released by the new president.
1418. 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.
1419. parley [noun]
The end result of the parley between the two world leaders was a productive trade agreement.
1420. parlous [adjective]
Because of the storm, it was parlous for the children to leave school.
1421. parochial [adjective]
His view of life is parochial and does not include anything outside of his own happiness.
1422. parry [verb]
She put on her sunglasses to parry his probing eyes.
1423. parsimonious [adjective]
The parsimonious old man always bought used clothes to save money.
1424. part and parcel
Keeping the accounts is part and parcel of my job.
1425. partiality [noun]
The judges have been heavily criticized for their partiality in the whole affair.
1426. partisan [adjective]
Because of your partisan views, you are unwilling to look at other options.
1427. pastiche [noun]
The mix of country, pop, and soul music made the album a fascinating pastiche of sounds.
1428. pastime [noun]
After Mr. Frank retired from his office job, his pastime included golfing, reading and traveling.
1429. 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.
1430. pasture [noun]
The farmer rarely needed to mow his pasture due to his cows always grazing the grass and keeping it short.
1431. pathetic [adjective]
I think it’s pathetic that only half of the eligible voters tend to vote.
1432. pathogen [noun]
Scientists are working to create a drug that will kill the infectious pathogen.
1433. pathology [noun]
He earned a master's degree in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin.
1434. patois [noun]
Even though the two men were from the same country, the patois of one of the men made it difficult for them to communicate with each other.
1435. patriarch [noun]
In my house, my father is the patriarch of the family.
1436. patrician [noun]
She is descended from a long line of patricians.
1437. patron [noun]
I have a regular patron who eats meatloaf at the same time every Monday.
1438. paucity [noun]
Because of the paucity of our oil supply, we need to seek out other fuel resources.
1439. peasant [noun]
In church, the starving peasants used to pray for food and mercy.
1440. peccadillo [noun]
Unless you’re perfect, you should never complain about a peccadillo of someone else.
1441. pecuniary [adjective]
The politician says his budget proposal will help eliminate the pecuniary inequality between the poor and the rich by increasing the taxes paid by those in the higher income bracket.
1442. pedagogy [noun]
If pedagogy doesn’t keep pace with technology, today’s students will be woefully unprepared for the real world.
1443. pedantic [adjective]
He is sometimes so pedantic in writing the perfect paper that he forgets to properly manage his time.
1444. pedantry [noun]
There was a hint of pedantry in his elegant style of speaking.
1445. peddle [verb]
In order to peddle his wares, the young man went door to door describing each product as best as he could.
1446. peer [noun]
Getting help from a peer is easier than asking a teacher.
1447. pejorative [adjective]
While the detective was supposed to be neutral, he described the suspect in a pejorative manner.
1448. pellucid [adjective]
The contract was pellucid and left no confusion about each party’s responsibilities.
1449. penchant [noun]
At an early age, my annoying brother seemed to have a penchant for getting into trouble.
1450. penitent [adjective]
The penitent sinner asked for forgiveness during his confessional.
1451. penitential [adjective]
The word also had a penitential meaning.
1452. penumbra [noun]
In a lunar eclipse, the outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where Earth blocks a portion of the sun's rays.
1453. penury [noun]
Because my family grew up in penury, I know the true value of a dollar.
1454. per se [adverb]
Research shows that it is not divorce per se that harms children, but the continuing conflict between parents.
1455. peregrinate [verb]
People who peregrinate are constantly on the move, traveling from one location to another.
1456. peremptory [adjective]
Because Jack did not like following orders, he found it difficult to listen to his teacher’s peremptory instructions.
1457. perennial [adjective]
I thought that perennial plants were supposed to grow from year to year, but I’ve had to plant new seedlings of this flower every spring.
1458. perfidious [adjective]
She described the new criminal bill as a perfidious attack on democracy.
1459. perfidy [noun]
Because my husband’s perfidy hurt me terribly, I served him with divorce papers.
For his opponents, it was proof of his evil genius and perfidy.
1460. perfunctory [adjective]
The beauty queen waved so often that her greeting was simply perfunctory.
1461. perigee [noun]
Because the moon is at its closest to the earth during perigee, the gravitational pull is stronger and tides increase.
1462. peril [noun]
To avoid peril, Helen should leave her house before the hurricane gets any closer to shore.
1463. 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.
1464. 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.
1465. permeable [adjective]
The permeable material allowed a large amount of water to seep through.
1466. permeate [verb]
Dissatisfaction with the government seems to have permeated every section of society.
1467. permissive [adjective]
It's a very permissive school where the children are allowed to do whatever they want.
1468. pernicious [adjective]
The pernicious cycle of abuse within their family must be stopped.
1469. perpetrate [verb]
I can’t believe my best friend would perpetrate such an act of betrayal.
1470. perpetuity [noun]
Wildlife areas have to be maintained in perpetuity.
1471. perplex [verb]
According to the book reviewer, the author’s puzzling writing style will perplex many readers.
1472. perseverance [noun]
Although it took effort and perseverance, the student was able to make it through medical school for six years.
1473. personable [adjective]
The personable flight attendant went out of her way to make me feel at ease on my first flight.
1474. personage [noun]
Forms of address and titles for important personages can be found in reference books.
1475. 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.
1476. pertinent [adjective]
To ensure a prompt reply, please include all pertinent details in your email.
1477. perturb [verb]
The troublesome lad does everything he can to perturb the girl sitting in front of him.
Loud music tends to perturb my elderly grandparents.
1478. peruse [verb]
Peruse the manual to set up your television.
He opened a newspaper and began to peruse the personal ads.
1479. pervade [verb]
The awful smell from the sewage plant seemed to pervade throughout our house.
1480. petty [adjective]
The officer did not arrest the teen for the petty crime.
1481. petulant [adjective]
He was a petulant child who was aggravated by the smallest things.
1482. phalanx [noun]
Bodyguards formed a solid phalanx around the singer so that photographers couldn't get close.
1483. philistine [noun]
He is a philistine who unknowingly sold a vase valued at over a hundred thousand dollars for twenty bucks.
1484. phlegmatic [adjective]
The minister of my church is a phlegmatic man who never seems to get upset about anything.
1485. physiognomy [noun]
Looking at Jake’s physiognomy, it was impossible to ignore the stress lines that told the story of his hard life.
The skeptical scientist did not believe the art of physiognomy was an accurate way to judge a person’s character.
1486. piecemeal [adjective]
Building the pyramids took years because of the extensive efforts and piecemeal progress.
1487. piety [noun]
The millionaire’s act of piety was a huge donation that allowed the church to build homes for five needy families.
1488. pillory [noun]
During the middle ages, thieves were often locked in a pillory in the town square where they would suffer public humiliation.
1489. pine [verb]
Although he could not say anything, he ws actually worrying and pining in his heart.
1490. pious [adjective]
In his biography, the actor claimed to be a pious man who lived his life according to his religious beliefs.
1491. piquant [adjective]
It was a superb script and a piquant production.
1492. pique [verb]
The mysterious stain on the church wall is sure to pique the curiosity of a number of religious fanatics.
1493. pirate [verb]
Many people pirate games and music from the internet by downloading them illegally and free of charge.
1494. pith [noun]
That was the pith of his argument.
1495. pithy [adjective]
The title of your book should be pithy and unforgettable.
1496. pity [noun]
The judge showed no pity to the teenagers who had repeatedly vandalized the school.
1497. pivotal [adjective]
She played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
1498. placate [verb]
I tried to placate the sad little boy by giving him a cookie.
1499. placid [adjective]
Even when the emergency room was packed with patients, the staff remained placid and calmly did their duties.
1500. plaintive [adjective]
The plaintive hymn in church brought tears to my eyes.
1501. plasticity [noun]
The neurosurgeon explained that blain plasticity refers to the brain's ability to change and grow over time.
1502. platitude [noun]
The politician ended his speech with a platitude about every man’s right to vote.
1503. plaudit [noun]
The quality of his photography earned him plaudits from the experts.
1504. plausible [adjective]
When Jason forgot to do his homework, he tried to come up with a plausible excuse his teacher would believe.
1505. plea [noun]
He made a plea for help.
1506. plebeian [noun]
The millionaire called the hotel a plebeian accommodation because it did not offer room service.
1507. plethora [noun]
The plethora of regulations is both contradictory and confusing.
1508. pliant [adjective]
These toys are made of pliant rubber, so they won't break.
1509. plod [verb]
We plodded through the mud.
1510. plucky [adjective]
The plucky preschooler stood up to the bully who was taking his friend’s lunch.
1511. plumb [verb]
Researchers plumb oceans for biological insights.
1512. plummet [verb]
When the housing bubble burst, many people saw their property values plummet.
1513. plunder [verb]
During the protest riots, angry citizens began to plunder goods from closed stores.
1514. plutocracy [noun]
Ancient Greece was once a plutocracy, but its wealthiest residents no longer regulate the country.
1515. poignant [adjective]
Because the poignant movie reminded me of my painful childhood, it made me cry.
1516. polarity [noun]
The film is based on the polarity of the two main characters.
1517. polemic [noun]
The political candidate posted a polemic on his blog that mocked his rival’s lack of community service.
1518. politic [adjective]
When the fight began, he thought it politic to leave.
1519. polyglot [noun]
Because my sister is a polyglot, she was hired as a language translator for the United Nations.
1520. populace [noun]
The populace became angry when the government failed to lower taxes.
1521. populism [noun]
The basis of populism is the belief that giving power to the people will protect individuals from exploitation.
1522. porous [adjective]
Porous polymer membranes have a thin layer of semi-permeable material that is used for solute separation as transmembrane pressure is applied across the membrane.
1523. poseur [noun]
Security was shocked that a poseur was able to sneak into the VIP room.
1524. posit [verb]
Since no other venue is available, I will posit my condominium as a place for the company holiday party.
1525. posthumous [adjective]
He received a posthumous award for bravery.
1526. postulate [verb]
It was the Greek astronomer who postulated that the earth was at the center of the universe.
1527. pounce [verb]
The cat sat in the tree ready to pounce on the ducks below.
1528. practitioner [noun]
She was a medical practitioner before she entered politics.
1529. pragmatic [adjective]
The scientist had a pragmatic approach to dealing with the water crisis.
1530. 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.
1531. prattle [verb]
At every party, there is always one lady who has to prattle on about her cute kids.
1532. preamble [noun]
At the start, the article’s preamble informs readers about the topics the author will discuss during his interview.
1533. precarious [adjective]
Many borrowers now find themselves caught in a precarious financial position.
1534. precept [noun]
Lawyers are supposed to follow a strict precept of ethics.
1535. precipitate [verb]
Fear of losing her job precipitated her into action.
1536. precis [noun]
The newspaper printed a subjective precis of the damning report.
1537. precocious [adjective]
I was a precocious child who at the age of four was already discussing the daily news with my parents.
1538. precursor [noun]
My itching is the precursor of the severe allergic reaction I will soon experience.
Biological research has often been a precursor to medical breakthroughs.
1539. predicament [noun]
Because I do not want to end up in a financial predicament, I pay my bills regularly.
1540. predilection [noun]
Although she loves all types of music, she has a predilection for country tunes.
1541. predisposition [noun]
She has an annoying predisposition to find fault.
1542. preferential [adjective]
Bank employees usually get preferential rates of interest.
1543. prehensile [adjective]
A large opossum used its prehensile tail to gather and carry nesting materials.
1544. premeditate [verb]
The assault was premeditated and particularly brutal.
1545. premonition [noun]
Before the accident, he had a premonition something bad was going to happen.
1546. preordain [verb]
Some people believe that fate has been preordained whether they will be happy or not.
1547. preposterous [adjective]
The new laws are preposterous and will not solve the real crime issue.
1548. presage [verb]
Higher fuel prices will presage an increase in airfares.
1549. prescience [noun]
Because Janet was amazed by the psychic’s prescience, she visited him on a regular basis.
1550. prescient [adjective]
The psychic's predictions were uncannily prescient and ended up proving true a few weeks later.
1551. presumptuous [adjective]
It would be presumptuous of me to comment on the matter.
1552. pretension [noun]
The Chronicle has pretensions to being a serious newspaper.
1553. pretentious [adjective]
Even though Jake was a millionaire, he avoided hanging out with pretentious people who liked to flaunt their wealth.
1554. preternatural [adjective]
Anger gave me preternatural strength, and I managed to force the door open.
1555. prevalence [noun]
The prevalence of diabetes and obesity in adults continues to rise as junk food portion sizes get bigger and bigger.
1556. prevaricate [verb]
Even after she had been sworn in for her testimony, the witness continued to prevaricate about her relationship with the defendant.
1557. priggish [adjective]
After working for a priggish boss who was never satisfied with my work, I decided to quit the job and work somewhere else.
1558. prim [adjective]
The prudish princess has a reputation for being overly prim and proper.
1559. primacy [noun]
The primacy of our mealtimes is that everyone eats together as a family.
1560. primal [adjective]
The dog’s primal instincts allow it to hunt out prey easily.
1561. primordial [adjective]
The planet Jupiter contains large amounts of the primordial gas and dust out of which the solar system was formed.
1562. pristine [adjective]
Because there were few tourists on the island, the beaches were still pristine and beautiful.
1563. probation [noun]
The prisoner was put on probation.
1564. probity [noun]
Banks only hire people with reputations of probity.
1565. proclivity [noun]
It is the proclivity of the gas companies to raise prices when demand is high.
1566. procure [verb]
It remained very difficult to procure food, fuel and other daily necessities.
1567. prodigal [adjective]
If you want to save money for college, you should stop your prodigal spending sprees.
The prodigal landlord spends the money as fast as he receives it.
1568. prodigious [adjective]
She wrote a truly prodigious number of novels.
1569. prodigy [noun]
The high school boy was considered a prodigy when he won the national chess championship.
1570. profligate [adjective]
She is well-known for her profligate spending habits.
1571. profound [adjective]
The speaker’s profound words made me think about my future.
1572. profundity [noun]
He lacked profundity and analytical precision.
1573. profuse [adjective]
Last year, my garden was so profuse with vegetation that I had to give away food.
1574. progeny [noun]
His numerous progeny are scattered all over the country.
1575. prognostic [adjective]
The arterial-alveolar oxygen tension ratio is a useful prognostic indicator.
1576. prohibitive [adjective]
The college was prohibitive of alcohol on the campus.
Hotel prices in the major cities are high but not prohibitive.
1577. proliferate [verb]
As cell phones become more and more multi-functional, their use continues to proliferate and you see them and hear them just about everywhere you go.
1578. prolific [adjective]
Because the huge storm is expected to produce a prolific amount of snow, government offices and schools are being closed.
1579. prolix [adjective]
The prolix professor had a habit of using complex words that most people could not comprehend.
1580. prominent [adjective]
If you are a prominent member of society, you will surely get an invitation to the mayor’s fundraising gala.
1581. prompt [verb]
Recent worries over the president's health have prompted speculation over his political future.
1582. promulgate [verb]
The purpose of the documentary is to promulgate the importance of raising funds for additional cancer research.
The new law was finally promulgated in the autumn of last year.
1583. propagate [verb]
The political candidate hopes to propagate his vision to potential voters.
Most house plants can be propagated from stem cuttings.
1584. propensity [noun]
My mother has a propensity to drink when she gets anxious.
1585. prophecy [noun]
The minister suggested that the dire prophecies of certain leading environmentalists were somewhat exaggerated.
1586. propitiate [verb]
In those days people might sacrifice a goat or sheep to propitiate an angry god.
1587. propitious [adjective]
When the butterfly landed on her shoulder, Alicia took it as a propitious sign she would have a fantastic day.
1588. proponent [noun]
Because Monica loves animals, she is a fierce proponent of the animal rights movement.
1589. propriety [noun]
She was always careful to behave with propriety.
1590. prosaic [adjective]
Even though the film director described the movie as exciting, the film was actually prosaic and put most of the audience to sleep.
1591. proscribe [verb]
In our country, there are laws which proscribe discrimination based on race and gender.
1592. protean [adjective]
George is a protean actor who is capable of playing numerous characters.
1593. protract [verb]
They tried to protract the discussion.
1594. provident [adjective]
My financier told me that I needed to be more provident when it came to my spending.
The provident couple attended a seminar on how to budget their income.
1595. providential [adjective]
Winning the lottery was a providential step towards paying off my mounting debt.
1596. provincial [adjective]
The majority of young professionals in the capital have moved there from provincial towns.
1597. provocative [adjective]
The minister's provocative remarks were widely reported in the press.
1598. prowess [noun]
Christina used her hunting prowess to survive in the woods for a week.
1599. proxy [noun]
When my husband and I are out of the country, my sister is the proxy who signs legal documents for our children.
1600. prudent [adjective]
It is not prudent to go swimming during a hurricane.
1601. prudish [adjective]
My grandmother’s narrowminded and prudish viewpoints do not line up with today’s world views.
1602. prurient [adjective]
The prurient teenager would not stop looking at the adult magazines in the store.
He denied that the article had been in any way prurient.
1603. puckish [adjective]
He has a puckish sense of humour.
1604. puerile [adjective]
Since my son is thirty-three years of age, I do not find his puerile behavior amusing.
1605. pugilism [noun]
The inexperienced boxer had a lot to learn about the sport of pugilism.
1606. pugnacious [adjective]
The pugnacious little boy constantly talks back to his mother.
1607. puissance [noun]
His harsh puissance over the country led to his dictatorial leadership and strict control of its citizens.
1608. 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.
1609. punctilious [adjective]
Because my aunt is quite punctilious when it comes to table settings, every utensil must be turned properly.
1610. pundit [noun]
During the trial, the prosecutor will call on a pundit of forensics to link the evidence to the suspect.
1611. pungent [adjective]
When the pungent smell of rotten eggs filled the house, I held my nose.
1612. puny [adjective]
I reported a bully for calling shorter kids puny.
1613. purblind [adjective]
Although the other experts agreed, the purblind critic refused to acknowledge that the painting was a fake.
1614. puritanical [adjective]
His coach believes in rules and regulations and has puritanical standards for behavior.
1615. purport [verb]
The man used a fake badge to purport he was a law enforcement officer.
1616. pusillanimous [adjective]
He's too pusillanimous to stand up to his opponents.
1617. putative [adjective]
Even though there has not been a DNA test, everyone accepts him as the girl’s putative father.
1618. quagmire [noun]
Many young people do not realize the quagmire to which occasional drug use can lead.
1619. quail [verb]
She quailed at his heartless words.
1620. quaint [adjective]
In Spain, we visited a cobblestone plaza with quaint little cafés around its perimeter.
1621. qualm [noun]
She had no qualms about lying to the police.
1622. quandary [noun]
Because you are in a quandary and doubting your ability to make a decision, I suggest you talk to one of your friends about your problem.
1623. quantum [noun]
Quantum mechanics was used to explain properties of several energy forms.
1624. quasar [noun]
When the astronomer looked through his telescope, he was able to see a brightly lit object known as a quasar.
1625. quash [verb]
The revolt was swiftly quashed by government troops.
1626. querulous [adjective]
He became increasingly dissatisfied and querulous in his old age.
1627. query [noun]
The substitute teacher couldn’t respond to the student’s query because she was unfamiliar with the subject material.
1628. quibble [verb]
He's always quibbling, so it is difficult to get a straight answer out of him.
1629. quiescent [adjective]
The political situation was now relatively quiescent.
1630. quintessential [adjective]
Before the arrival of modern means of communication, carrier pigeons were the quintessential means of message delivery.
1631. quip [noun]
The president responded to the journalist’s question with a clever quip.
1632. quixotic [adjective]
This is a vast, exciting and some say quixotic project.
1633. quorum [noun]
The quorum for meetings of the committee is two.
1634. quotidian [adjective]
Television has become part of our quotidian existence.
1635. racket [noun]
They were making such a racket outside that I couldn't get to sleep.
1636. raconteur [noun]
A screenwriter is a raconteur who simply puts his stories on paper.
1637. radical [adjective]
The conservative church leaders were not interested in hearing any radical religious ideas.
We need to make some radical changes to our operating procedures.
1638. raffish [adjective]
While many people found the singer’s raffish behavior interesting, others viewed it as completely unacceptable.
1639. rail [verb]
He railed at the injustices of the system.
1640. raiment [noun]
The hurricane shelter provides housing, food, and raiment for people in need.
1641. rally [verb]
Supporters of the candidate began to rally around her at the latest election event.
1642. ramification [noun]
The trade embargo will be a damaging ramification to the financially distressed nation.
1643. rampage [verb]
The demonstrators rampaged through the town, smashing windows and setting fire to cars.
1644. rampant [adjective]
Diseases associated with contaminated water are rampant in the country.
1645. rancorous [adjective]
Mr. Heckles is a rancorous old man who is always unhappy and seemingly angry at everyone.
1646. rankle [verb]
The fact the train is leaving two hours late is certainly going to rankle the passengers.
1647. rant [verb]
He's always ranting about the government.
1648. rapt [adjective]
Whenever my favorite actor comes onscreen, I am rapt by his performance.
1649. rarefy [verb]
The humidifier will rarefy the room by putting moisture in the air.
1650. rash [adjective]
He made a rash decision and purchased a used vehicle without having it inspected.
1651. rationale [noun]
During the debate, the politician must explain his rationale for his position on the argument.
1652. raucous [adjective]
Raucous laughter came from the next room.
1653. reactant [noun]
Hydrogen is a reactant which when combined with oxygen can make water.
1654. reactionary [adjective]
The new president believes some of the government’s reactionary policies should be changed.
1655. rebut [verb]
The defense attorney tried hard to rebut the prosecutor’s accusation about the defendant.
1656. recalcitrant [adjective]
The recalcitrant teenager gets into trouble every day.
1657. recant [verb]
The judge ordered the magazine to recant the false statements about the actress.
1658. recapitulate [verb]
At the start of each class, the professor will recapitulate yesterday’s lecture.
1659. reciprocal [adjective]
We have agreed to exchange information about our two companies, but strictly on a reciprocal basis.
1660. recluse [adjective]
He was a recluse and quite child.
1661. recoil [verb]
I recoiled from the smell and the filth.
1662. recondite [adjective]
Because genetic engineering is so complicated, few people choose to work in this recondite area of research.
1663. 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.
1664. recrudesce [verb]
The epidemic recrudesced after a period of quiescence.
1665. redact [verb]
The editor had to redact what was private in the court documents before releasing it to the media.
1666. redemption [noun]
For redemptions of $50,000 or more, you must include a signature guarantee for each owner.
1667. redolent [adjective]
The mountain air was redolent with the scent of pine needles.
1668. redouble [verb]
The president called on nations to redouble their efforts to negotiate an international trade agreement.
We must redouble our efforts to provide help quickly.
1669. redoubtable [adjective]
He is going to face the most redoubtable opponent of his boxing career tonight.
1670. redound [verb]
A good relationship with one's colleagues redounds to everyone's benefit.
1671. redress [verb]
The association had called for a substantial rise to redress a 30% decline in salaries.
1672. reflex [noun]
The doctor tapped the patient’s knee with a hammer to see if he could get trigger a reflex..
1673. refractory [adjective]
Because the prisoner acts in a refractory manner, he is accompanied by four guards whenever he leaves his cell.
1674. refulgent [adjective]
The sunlight appeared refulgent on the church’s window.
1675. refute [verb]
The evidence provided by the prosecutor will refute the defendant’s claim of innocence.
1676. regale [verb]
The chef hoped his meal would regale the guests.
1677. regress [verb]
When he stopped playing sports, he regressed to old habits and became more distant.
1678. reign [verb]
Queen Victoria reigned over Britain from 1837 to 1901.
1679. rejoinder [noun]
The boy was chastised when he responded to the teacher with a sarcastic rejoinder.
1680. rejuvenate [verb]
He has decided to rejuvenate the team by bringing in a lot of new, young players.
1681. 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.
1682. relentless [adjective]
The relentless marshal pursued the escaped prisoner for ten years.
1683. relish [verb]
I enjoyed our vacation, but didn’t relish the twenty-hour trip back home.
1684. remedial [adjective]
To improve his literacy skills, the college student is taking a remedial reading class.
According to the doctor, a remedial surgery on my knee will improve my mobility.
1685. reminisce [verb]
When I eat sugar cookies, I reminisce about the childhood hours I spent making the treats with my grandmother.
1686. remiss [adjective]
If I let you go without food, I would be remiss in my responsibilities as a parent.
1687. remnant [noun]
The abandoned plant was a remnant of the town’s once thriving economy.
1688. remonstrate [verb]
I went to the boss to remonstrate against the new rules.
1689. remorse [noun]
The psychopath appeared content and showed no remorse during the murder trial.
1690. rend [verb]
They rent the cloth to shreds..
1691. 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.
1692. reparation [noun]
The company had to make reparation to the zoo animals who suffered ill health as a result of chemical pollution.
1693. repartee [noun]
The repartee between the two actors made the movie really funny.
1694. repast [noun]
Hoping to enjoy a romantic repast with her husband, she prepared his favorite dishes and lit candles.
1695. repel [verb]
Because the dinner is being served outside, we’ll use special candles to repel insects from the table.
1696. repentant [adjective]
The little boy was quite repentant for hitting his sister and apologized many times.
1697. repine [verb]
While in prison the man did nothing but repine for his freedom.
1698. repose [noun]
When you begin to meditate, you need to sit in repose and try to empty your mind of all thoughts.
1699. reprehensible [adjective]
Although it was not a crime, his conduct was thoroughly reprehensible.
1700. reprise [noun]
The actor is planning a reprise of his role in the play.
1701. reproach [verb]
The politician’s sordid actions have brought reproach to the entire government.
1702. reprobate [verb]
He ventured to reprobate that common system.
1703. repudiate [verb]
Because I want to avoid the conflict between my two sisters, I repudiate their argument.
1704. repulse [verb]
Because of his rude behavior that would repulse many people, he was without close friends.
1705. requite [verb]
She requited his love with coldness.
1706. rescind [verb]
I cannot believe Janice’s boyfriend tried to rescind his marriage proposal!
1707. reside [verb]
The homeless man will reside in a local shelter until he can afford his own apartment.
1708. resign [verb]
Because the politician had been quite effective in office, he surprised everyone when he resigned from his position.
1709. resilient [adjective]
The community was highly spirited and resilient despite a hurricane disaster.
1710. 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.
1711. resonant [adjective]
The resonant sound in the amphitheater travels to every seat in the house.
1712. resounding [adjective]
A resounding cheer could be heard all the way across the stadium.
1713. respiration [noun]
During respiration, humans inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
1714. restitution [noun]
Instead of jail time, the shoplifter has been ordered to pay a huge sum of money as restitution for the stolen items.
1715. restraint [noun]
Even though she was upset, the irritated mother showed emotional restraint and refused to yell at her children.
1716. resurgent [adjective]
The publisher believed that vampire novels would be a resurgent trend this year.
1717. retch [verb]
The pregnant woman was struck by a bout of morning sickness and began to retch.
1718. reticent [adjective]
While Barbara likes to discuss her personal life with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
1719. 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.
1720. 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.
1721. 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.
1722. reverberate [verb]
The drunk driver had no idea his foolish decision would reverberate and destroy the lives of five families.
1723. revere [verb]
Many people from India are Hindu, and so they do not eat beef because they revere the cow as a sacred object.
1724. reverent [adjective]
During the funeral, humble and reverent silence filled the air of the sanctuary.
1725. revert [verb]
The state court refused to revert the local court’s decision.
1726. revivify [verb]
The interior decorator came up with some modern ideas to revivify the drab walls in her home.
1727. rhapsody [noun]
Because the singer was so passionate about his music, he sung the rhapsody with unrestrained enthusiasm.
1728. rhetoric [noun]
If someone does not stop the political rhetoric in that country, a civil war is likely to break out soon.
1729. ribald [adjective]
The comic’s sexual jokes were too ribald for my religious mother.
1730. 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.
1731. rife [adjective]
During the last economic crisis, the unemployment office was so rife with people that additional chairs were brought into the building.
1732. rift [noun]
A difference in perspectives caused a rift that forced the two friends to end their business partnership.
1733. right triangle
The hypotenuse is the longest side of a right triangle.
1734. rigor [noun]
The stern professor does not accept excuses and is known for exhibiting rigor in his classroom.
1735. riot [noun]
Police used tear gas to put the riot down.
1736. riposte [verb]
Eric’s witty riposte shut down the bully who wasn’t expecting such a clever retort.
1737. 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.
1738. risqué [adjective]
Barry’s risqué jokes were indecent and considered out of place at the wedding.
1739. rococo [adjective]
18th century rococo style was different from traditional English architecture in that it focused on both ornateness and symmetry.
1740. roundly [adverb]
The home team were roundly defeated.
1741. rout [verb]
After the dictator’s rout, the people finally had control of their country.
1742. 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.
1743. rue [noun]
My husband will rue the day he ever cheated on me!
1744. ruminate [verb]
Although I knew I cared deeply for Henry, I still had to ruminate on his marriage proposal for a while.
1745. rupture [verb]
The missile launch is sure to rupture the relationship between the two countries.
1746. ruse [noun]
The security guard knew the girls were going to try and use a distractive ruse in order to shoplift.
1747. rustic [adjective]
The rustic cabin was filled with hand carved furniture.
1748. ruthless [adjective]
The ruthless gang leader killed the new recruit for showing up late for a meeting.
1749. sabotage [verb]
He felt his girlfriend would sabotage his efforts to succeed, leading him to break off the relationship.
1750. saccharine [adjective]
The foolish man at the bar thought he could pick me up with a saccharine line.
1751. 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.
1752. sagacious [adjective]
Wise and full of insight, the sagacious leader would live on to better the world.
1753. sage [adjective]
The sage of the Indian tribe was able to heal the badly wounded man.
1754. salacious [adjective]
The salacious content of some popular novels has led parents to demand that they be removed from school libraries.
1755. salient [adjective]
When I look at the house for sale, salient defects such as the broken windows stare back at me.
1756. salubrious [adjective]
Vegetables are salubrious foods which provide essential nutrients.
1757. salutary [adjective]
The board hopes the merger of the two companies will have salutary effects that will leave all the shareholders happy.
1758. sanction [noun]
Because of the school’s behavioral problems, the principal is unlikely to sanction a school dance this year.
1759. sanctity [noun]
According to many religions, it is a sin to terminate the sanctity of the marriage vows.
1760. sangfroid [noun]
Even as the building fell around him, the fireman maintained his sangfroid and rescued the little girl.
1761. sanguine [adjective]
Although the economy is looking better, we should still not be too sanguine about the future.
1762. sardonic [adjective]
Jim’s sardonic laugh made his parents angry enough to stop paying his cellphone bill.
1763. sartorial [adjective]
Those with a developed sartorial sense can tell a cheap suit from an expensive one.
1764. satiate [verb]
Hopefully this feast I am preparing will satiate your hunger.
1765. satiric [adjective]
His cartoon has a satiric humor.
1766. saturnine [adjective]
The dog’s eyes became saturnine whenever he was left at home alone.
1767. 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.
1768. savor [verb]
Since it’s my last cookie, I will eat it slowly and savor the taste.
1769. 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.
1770. scanty [adjective]
Since the airline lost two of my bags, I have scanty clothing for my vacation.
1771. scathing [adjective]
When the food critic found a hair in his meal, he wrote a scathing review of the restaurant.
1772. schematic [adjective]
While producing the schematic drawing of the Graystone Building, the architect began to assign tasks to start the project.
1773. schism [noun]
The schism between my two best friends put me in the awkward position of having to choose one over the other.
1774. scintilla [noun]
Because it has strong flavor, the recipe called for a scintilla of sesame oil.
1775. scintillate [verb]
Concerts are held here on summer evenings, with the room scintillating to the light of two thousand reflected candles.
1776. scintillating [adjective]
The host’s scintillating conversations with celebrities have earned her numerous awards.
1777. scorn [verb]
Though he did not mean to scorn the girl, his rejection came off as extremely offensive.
1778. scriptural [adjective]
A return to scriptural authority is the only answer.
1779. scrutinize [verb]
Because of recent terror attacks, the airline screeners closely scrutinize all bags that are going on board airplanes.
1780. scrutiny [noun]
If you want to fly on an airplane, you should be prepared to deal with scrutiny from the airline personnel.
1781. 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.
1782. scurvy [adjective]
Many sailors died of scurvy due to lack of access to nutritional food.
1783. secrete [verb]
An octopus can secrete ink to ward off prey.
1784. sedition [noun]
The rebels were arrested for sedition when they protested outside of the dictator’s palace.
1785. seduction [noun]
The seduction of the now entranced audience was complete when the lead singer began her soulful crooning.
1786. 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.
1787. seethe [verb]
My mother will seethe for weeks if anyone touches her collectible dolls.
1788. seismic [adjective]
Seismic tests were conducted to determine the force of the earthquake.
1789. self-abasement [noun]
After tough training, I got rid of my self-abasement and became confident.
1790. self-evident [adjective]
The teacher’s instructions were self-evident, so no students asked any questions about the assignment.
1791. selfless [adjective]
A selfless individual often donates a fair sum of their money to charity even though they could use that money for themselves.
1792. semantic [adjective]
When you made a profanity-filled rant about me, the semantics were pretty clear.
1793. semblance [noun]
The city has now returned to some semblance of normality after last night's celebrations.
1794. semiotic [adjective]
The semiotics of his body language revealed he was lying.
1795. senescence [noun]
My grandfather said the best part of senescence is watching his grandchildren play.
1796. 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.
1797. sensual [adjective]
The little black dress drew a sensual glance from her secret admirer.
1798. sensuous [adjective]
When I walked through the food court, the sensuous scents caused my stomach to growl.
1799. sentence [verb]
Ten army officers were sentenced to life imprisonment.
1800. sentient [adjective]
Humans are not the only sentient beings, elephants are very emotional and perceptive mammals as well.
1801. sentry [noun]
Standing at the gate, the Iraqi sentry guarded the entrance to the embassy.
1802. seraphic [adjective]
When the children put on their angel costumes, they looked seraphic.
1803. serendipity [noun]
The lottery is something one wins by serendipity not by design.
1804. serenity [noun]
For the outdoorsman, there is no way to experience serenity better than enjoying nature.
1805. servile [adjective]
Some individuals are so servile that other people take advantage of their submissiveness.
1806. shady [adjective]
Every member of the secret round table meeting was either a shady mobster or a crooked politician.
1807. shard [noun]
As the mirror crashed to the ground, shard after shard of glass scattered throughout the room.
1808. sheath [noun]
Carrying the sharp blade in its sheath helped protect the woodsman from accidental cuts.
1809. shirk [verb]
A lazy manager often attempts to shirk his responsibilities by passing his tasks on to his workers.
1810. shore [verb]
Two survivors swam to shore after the small plane crashed in the bay.
1811. shrewd [adjective]
It takes a shrewd analyst to really make a killing in the stock market.
1812. sidereal [adjective]
The scientist’s calculations were based on sidereal time, which was related to the earth’s rotation around fixed planets.
1813. sidestep [verb]
Jumping out of the road quickly, the pedestrian was able to sidestep being hit by the speeding vehicle.
1814. simian [adjective]
The actor mimicked simian movements for his role in Planet of the Apes.
1815. simile [noun]
The simile, tough as nails, best applies to a person who is not easily frightened and has a strong, determined mindset.
1816. 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.
1817. simulacrum [noun]
Constructing a model-size simulacrum, the contractor hoped to give potential buyers a better understanding of what the condominiums will look like.
1818. sincere [adjective]
The judge agreed to lighten Howie’s sentence, if he made a sincere effort to improve his behavior.
1819. 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.
1820. singular [adjective]
Although it isn’t widely known, the book is regarded as a singular and powerful piece of 19th century writing.
1821. sinister [adjective]
The policeman quickly took note of the sinister man’s appearance.
1822. sinuous [adjective]
According to the treasure map, the cave is located at the end of the sinuous path that winds up the mountain.
1823. skeletal [adjective]
He suffered serious skeletal injuries in the accident.
1824. skeptic [noun]
Being a skeptic, the woman highly doubted that the psychic would really be able to tell her future.
1825. skittish [adjective]
The skittish horse stood on his hind legs when the rabbit rushed by him.
1826. skulk [verb]
When the criminal surveyed the jewelry store, he tried to skulk around the neighborhood without being noticed.
1827. slack [adjective]
I took my new dress to the seamstress because it needed slack added to the waist.
1828. slake [verb]
This electrolyte water should help slake the runners’ thirst during the marathon.
1829. slanderous [adjective]
He makes slanderous statement about the prime minister on television.
1830. sloth [noun]
Sloth is the key of poverty.
1831. slouch [verb]
Too tired of sitting up straight, the exhausted student began to slouch down in his chair.
1832. smite [verb]
Bringing his sword down swiftly, the knight tried to smite the enemy before he could get away.
1833. snub [verb]
The waitress insisted that her lack of attentiveness to the table wasn’t a snub, but an accidental oversight.
1834. sober [adjective]
After the scary accident, I was puzzled by the driver’s sober demeanor.
1835. sobriety [noun]
Sobriety tests showed that the driver was inebriated and not able to operate a vehicle.
1836. sobriquet [noun]
Kitty is the sobriquet Catherine’s friends use when addressing her.
1837. sodden [adjective]
My shoes were sodden after I walked a mile in the rain.
1838. soggy [adjective]
The toddler spilled juice on her bread and refused to eat it because it was soggy.
1839. solace [noun]
After Maureen’s husband died, she sought solace in the church.
1840. solecism [noun]
According to the fashion critic, the actress committed a major solecism when she wore white after Labor Day.
1841. solemnity [noun]
In due solemnity, the minister pronounced us husband and wife.
1842. solicitous [adjective]
I am going to keep a solicitous eye out for criminals in this hard-hit neighborhood.
1843. solidarity [noun]
Since John is an African American, he joined the Black Student Union in college to show solidarity for his race.
1844. soliloquy [noun]
Speaking her internal thoughts as she moved about, the Broadway star gave a stellar soliloquy through her moving speech.
1845. solitary [adjective]
Because people left the village before the volcano erupted, the lava destroyed only a solitary community.
1846. solvent [adjective]
When the man realized he was not solvent and was unable to provide for his wife and kids, he killed himself.
1847. somatic [adjective]
It is difficult to link generic somatic symptoms, like an irregular heartbeat, to specific illness.
1848. somber [adjective]
When I saw the doctor’s somber expression, I knew my diagnosis was not a good one.
1849. sophistry [noun]
Although the cult leader knew he was being dishonest with his group members, he hoped they would believe his sophistry.
1850. soporific [adjective]
The professor’s boring speech was soporific and had everyone in the audience yawning.
1851. sordid [adjective]
If people learn of the politician’s sordid past, they will not vote for him.
1852. 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.
1853. sparse [adjective]
With only a sparse supply of weapons, the villagers were worried they would not survive the attack.
1854. spartan [adjective]
The décor in my apartment is spartan because I don’t have a lot of money for furnishings.
1855. specious [adjective]
The intruder tried to give the authorities a specious excuse regarding his presence in the building.
1856. specter [noun]
The specter of my deceased mother haunts our family home.
1857. spectroscope [noun]
The spectroscope was used to analyze the light of the planetary nebulas.
1858. spectrum [noun]
The survey provided the company with a wide spectrum of feedback on its products.
1859. speculative [adjective]
With the weatherman predicting a very icy weekend, many people are making speculative food purchases and filling up their pantries.
1860. spendthrift [noun]
Because the lottery winner was a spendthrift, he spent his winnings in less than a year.
1861. sphere [noun]
Although she was not in his sphere of command, she still respected him as a leader.
1862. sporadic [adjective]
Since my father left my mother and me twenty years ago, he has made sporadic appearances in my life.
1863. spur [verb]
The chance to win a scholarship should spur my daughter into studying for the college admissions test.
1864. spurious [adjective]
After receiving a low appraisal on my diamond ring, I realized the suspicious-looking jeweler had sold me a spurious jewel.
1865. squalid [adjective]
The homeless man had no choice but to sleep in squalid conditions.
1866. squalor [noun]
The selfish queen laughed when she learned the majority of her people lived in squalor with very little food.
1867. squarely [adverb]
We must meet the challenge squarely .
1868. squelch [verb]
When Justin runs wildly around the house, it takes every ounce of my strength to squelch my urge to slap him.
1869. staccato [adjective]
The song needs to be played in a staccato manner and not as a continuous melody.
1870. stalemate [verb]
A stalemate was reached when neither of the chess players could make a legitimate move.
1871. 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.
1872. stanchion [noun]
Technically the leg of a table is a stanchion since it provides support for it.
1873. staple [noun]
Vegetables are a staple part of a healthy diet if you want to stay in shape.
1874. stark [adjective]
The house’s living room was stark and held only one couch.
1875. stasis [noun]
Diana’s coma has caused her to be in stasis.
1876. staunch [adjective]
Although Joseph considers himself to be a staunch Republican, he has not voted for a Republican candidate in over six years.
1877. steadfast [adjective]
My mother really loved my father and remained steadfast to her marriage vows even after my father died.
1878. stentorian [adjective]
The stentorian music was so loud it made my head hurt.
1879. stern [adjective]
Although our camp counselor is soft and fun loving, he can get mean and stern if provoked.
1880. steward [noun]
The steward will be along each month to collect the rent from the property owner’s tenants.
1881. stigmatize [verb]
Single mothers often feel that they are stigmatized by society.
1882. stint [verb]
After a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer, I returned home and became a teacher.
1883. stipulate [verb]
The owners may stipulate a huge deposit as a condition of the purchase agreement.
1884. stir [verb]
When Sarah heard Martha gossiping, she decided to stir up some drama by telling Martha’s friends about her gossiping nature.
1885. stolid [adjective]
He was a stolid man who did not even show his emotions at his mother’s funeral.
1886. stopgap [noun]
Hostels are usually provided as a stopgap until the families can be housed in permanent accommodation.
1887. stout [adjective]
The mover’s sturdy and stout frame made him suitable for lifting heavy furniture.
1888. stratagem [noun]
His chess stratagem was so good that he never lost a match.
1889. stratification [noun]
Taking millions of years, the stratification of the rock was not an instant process.
1890. stratum [noun]
Earth Scientists study stratum comprised of different types of rock.
1891. striate [verb]
The canyon walls were striated with colour.
1892. stricture [noun]
The military was called in to help enforce the curfew stricture ordered by the governor.
1893. strident [adjective]
The old man’s voice was so strident that I gritted my teeth every time he spoke to me.
1894. stringent [adjective]
I was so happy to move out of my parents’ house and escape their stringent rules.
1895. strong suit
I'm afraid geography is not my strong suit.
1896. strut [noun]
The rooster would strut in the yard when trying to impress the hens.
1897. studious [adjective]
The studious girl dreams of being the valedictorian of her class.
1898. stultify [verb]
A tranquilizer gun will effectively stultify even the most violent animals.
1899. stumble [verb]
She tripped on a toy and began to stumble down the stairs.
1900. stupefy [verb]
Seeing the naked woman was enough to stupefy the bus driver and cause him to drive off the road.
1901. stygian [adjective]
The stygian cave led to an underground river which frightened the explorers.
1902. stymie [verb]
My rival did everything she could to stymie my efforts to become homecoming queen.
1903. sublime [adjective]
After the sublime meal, we asked to see the chef so that we could give him our compliments.
1904. subliminal [adjective]
In the old days, commercials contained subliminal suggestions that encouraged consumers to purchase certain products.
1905. subpoena [noun]
As soon as I received the subpoena, I knew I had to testify during the trial.
1906. subservient [adjective]
The press was accused of being subservient to the government.
1907. subside [verb]
Since John’s grief has subsided, he can return to work.
1908. subsist [verb]
The prisoners of war were forced to subsist upon bread and water.
1909. 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.
1910. substantiate [verb]
To get a good grade on the research project, you must substantiate your report with provable facts.
1911. substantive [adjective]
As a busy employee, Phil is tired of attending monthly meetings that are not substantive to his work.
1912. subsume [verb]
Many Native Americans were able to survive the takeover of the Europeans by being willing to subsume into white culture.
1913. subterfuge [noun]
Pinocchio’s lies and subterfuge caused his nose to grow longer and longer.
1914. subtlety [noun]
The subtlety of the light perfume made it just delicate enough for everyday wear.
1915. subversive [adjective]
The group published a subversive magazine that contained nothing but negative articles about the current government.
1916. subvert [verb]
In the movie, the rebels sought to subvert the tribunal’s power and replace the body with a democratic government.
1917. succinct [adjective]
Everyone was happy when the politician made a succinct speech that did not take all evening
1918. 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.
1919. 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.
1920. sullen [adjective]
The sullen criminal refused to follow the police officer’s instructions.
1921. sully [verb]
The accusation of child abuse is sure to sully the teacher’s reputation and cause him his job.
1922. sumptuous [adjective]
My eyes grew large when I saw the sumptuous wedding feast.
1923. sundry [adjective]
Scientists, business people, and sundry others gathered on Monday for the official opening.
1924. supercilious [adjective]
Lynda is so supercilious that she refuses to friend anyone outside her race.
1925. superfluous [adjective]
Because I have already answered your question several times, answering it again would be superfluous.
1926. supersede [verb]
In time, the features of the smartphone may supersede those of the personal computer.
1927. supine [adjective]
My brother-in-law is a lazy fellow who will sleep with his head up in a supine position all day long.
1928. supplant [verb]
If my stepmother thinks she can supplant my real mother, then she has a rude awakening in her future!
1929. 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.
1930. supplicate [verb]
The homeless man was not too prideful to supplicate for change to buy food.
1931. supposition [noun]
The prosecutor knew it would take more than supposition to convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt.
1932. supreme [adjective]
The dictator wanted supreme control and power over his country and the entire world.
1933. 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.
1934. surly [adjective]
The surly man was yelling at the waitress because he didn’t get the right order from the restaurant.
1935. surmise [verb]
Because Helen is so dark, we can only surmise she spends a great deal of time in a tanning bed.
1936. surreptitious [adjective]
After hitting the lottery, the private family hoped to keep their surreptitious winnings to themselves.
1937. surrogate [noun]
Because the couple was unable to conceive, they decided to have a surrogate carry their child.
1938. susceptible [adjective]
Since the dog lives outside, he is highly susceptible to parasites that strive in the outdoors.
1939. sweep [verb]
I have to sweep the front porch because it is so dusty.
1940. sybarite [noun]
The sybarite looked forward to their day at the spa.
1941. sycophant [noun]
Because she always kisses up to the teacher, Janice is considered the sycophant in first period.
1942. 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.
1943. sylvan [adjective]
We enjoy visiting the park because it is filled with trees and is the most sylvan area in our crowded city.
1944. symbiosis [noun]
The trade that peacefully occurs between the two warring tribes is viewed as an example of symbiosis.
1945. 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.
1946. synergetic [adjective]
The results showed that the synergetic effects could be improved at appropriate combined ratio.
1947. synoptic [adjective]
A methodology of objective air analysis based on synoptic climatological approaches is proposed in this paper.
1948. syntax [noun]
Because I do not like the way my sentences read, I am going to ask my teacher to tutor me on syntax.
1949. synthesize [verb]
The spider can synthesize several different silk proteins.
1950. tacit [adjective]
Although no words were spoken, our nods represented our tacit agreement to a cease fire.
1951. taciturn [adjective]
My shy brother is taciturn and rarely speaks in public.
1952. tacky [adjective]
The shop sold tacky souvenirs and ornaments.
1953. tactic [noun]
In order to achieve the win, the coach showed his team the best tactic to perform.
1954. talisman [noun]
Throughout my grandmother’s ninety-five years of life, she rarely went a day without her favorite talisman around her neck.
1955. 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.
1956. 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.
1957. tantamount [adjective]
Mooching off your mother at age 35 is tantamount to being a lazy bum.
1958. tardy [adjective]
Students who do not arrive to class on time are tardy, and they often receive some sort of penalty for it.
1959. 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.
1960. tautology [noun]
The politician’s advertisement was simply tautology he restated several times within a thirty second period.
1961. tawdry [adjective]
Everyone is always expecting a politician to have a tawdry affair.
1962. taxonomy [noun]
In biology, the term taxonomy refers to the classification of organisms into groups based on their attributes.
1963. teeming [adjective]
The homeless dog’s fur was teeming with fleas.
1964. temper [verb]
The heat is tempered by sea breezes on the coast.
1965. temperate [adjective]
Living in a temperate climate, I sometimes had to wear my jacket in the early fall since it was cool outside.
1966. tenacious [adjective]
Even though Jackson was smaller than his other teammates, his tenacious attitude allowed him to accomplish as much as they did.
1967. tendentious [adjective]
The president was tendentious on his plan for the company and would not listen to other options.
1968. tenet [noun]
According to the church’s tenet, ministers are forbidden to marry so they can give their entire souls to God.
1969. tenuous [adjective]
Because the evidence against her is tenuous, the accused murderer will be released from jail on bail.
1970. tenure [noun]
With a tenure exceeding forty years, Judge Marshall has held his office longer than any other judge in our county.
1971. tepid [adjective]
The play’s premiere received tepid reviews from the disappointed critics.
1972. terrestrial [adjective]
Earth’s terrestrial biomes include areas such as deserts, taigas, and tropical rainforests.
1973. terse [adjective]
When Jessie is angry, she only gives terse responses.
1974. tether [verb]
Before the cowboy settles down for the evening, he will tether the horses around a tree.
1975. theocracy [noun]
In theocracy, the rulers of a country make laws based on religious ideas.
1976. thespian [noun]
The woman’s thespian dreams ended the day she was booed from the stage while giving a horrible monologue.
1977. threreof [adverb]
Money, or a lack thereof, can influence people to do some really bad things.
1978. thwart [verb]
Someone built this wall with broken bottles set in the top to thwart the intrusion of outsiders.
1979. timbre [noun]
When the music executive heard the timbre of the young singer’s voice, he knew the boy was a future star.
1980. timorous [adjective]
The timorous kitten would not come out from under the bed.
1981. tirade [noun]
Because Carrie is normally a laidback person, she shocked everyone with her tirade.
1982. 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.
1983. titillate [verb]
In order to titillate consumer interest, the company is offering free shipping on all purchases.
1984. toady [noun]
In order to get a promotion, Amy has been acting like the manager’s toady by agreeing with everything he says.
1985. token [noun]
At a casino, the coins you win in slot machines serve as a token that you can exchange for prizes or money.
1986. 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.
1987. tony [adjective]
He lives in a tony neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
1988. topple [verb]
After several whacks with the axe, the lumberjack started to make the tree topple over with a loud thud.
1989. torment [verb]
Every day when he got on the bus, the bully began to torment the quiet child.
1990. torpid [adjective]
When June is torpid, she will snuggle under her bed covers and watch television until she falls asleep.
1991. torpor [noun]
After overeating on Christmas, I fell into a satisfied torpor.
1992. 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.
1993. tortuous [adjective]
When the tortuous snake moved across the Sahara Desert, his body made an S-shape in the sand.
1994. torturous [adjective]
It was a torturous decision, but he left Apple.
1995. 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.
1996. tout [verb]
Listening to the basketball player tout his skill becomes boring after a while.
1997. tract [noun]
Each tract of land is being sold at the price of 1,000 dollars per acre.
1998. tractable [adjective]
The dog was more tractable when he wore the vibrating collar.
1999. tranquil [adjective]
Since we were the only ones on the beach, we enjoyed a tranquil day.
2000. 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.
2001. transgress [verb]
People who transgress the boundaries of social etiquette will be politely turned away at the door.
2002. transient [adjective]
The snow is transient and will melt as soon as the sun appears.
2003. transitory [adjective]
Unfortunately, the homeless people can only stay in the transitory shelter for a short period of time.
2004. translucent [adjective]
Because Jenna is a proper young lady, she wore a sheath under her translucent wedding dress.
2005. transmute [verb]
After years of therapy, the woman was able to transmute her negative thoughts into positive ones.
2006. travail [verb]
The prisoners are expected to travail in the fields even in bad weather.
2007. travesty [noun]
It would be a travesty of justice to put an innocent man in jail.
2008. treacherous [adjective]
Drivers are asked to stay home and avoid the treacherous icy roads.
2009. treatise [noun]
The doctor’s treatise was very formal and systematic, drawing much praise.
2010. tremulous [adjective]
Her voice was weak and tremulous, but the audience clapped politely when she finished the aria.
2011. trenchant [adjective]
Marvin’s trenchant wit made him a popular speaker at conservative fundraisers.
2012. trepidation [noun]
Shaking with trepidation, the young man faced his fear of heights by skydiving.
2013. triage [verb]
The purpose of the automated phone system is to triage calls so they can be routed to the proper customer service agent.
2014. trifling [adjective]
My time is too valuable to spend on trifling matters that have little worth.
2015. trite [adjective]
I did not finish the novel because the story’s plot was trite and uninspiring.
2016. truculent [adjective]
When my uncle drinks too much, he becomes very truculent and will fight anyone.
2017. truism [noun]
During the annual meeting, the company president was fond of repeating the truism about hard work paying huge dividends.
2018. trumpet [verb]
The press trumpeted another defeat for the government.
2019. 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.
2020. tryst [noun]
Everyone knows my boss and his secretary usually have an intimate tryst during lunch.
2021. tuck [verb]
When he is afraid, the dog will tuck his tail underneath him and hide under the table.
2022. tumid [adjective]
My eyelid has been tumid since yesterday.
2023. tumultuous [adjective]
The soldiers returned home to a tumultuous welcome from their friends and family.
2024. turbid [adjective]
During the lab experiment, we made a turbid solution that contained suspended particles.
2025. turgid [adjective]
The middle school student could not understand any of the facts listed in the turgid collegiate essay.
2026. turpitude [noun]
In less than an hour, the judge decided to execute the killer for his moral turpitude.
2027. tutelary [adjective]
Although her grandmother died before her birth, she always felt her tutelary presence was guiding her wherever she went.
2028. tycoon [noun]
The tycoon built his fortune building railroads across the United States.
2029. typify [verb]
The smart student seemed to typify the overly bright and gifted group of children.
2030. tyro [noun]
Julie is a good violinist, but at 13, she is a tyro and still has a lot to learn.
2031. ubiquitous [adjective]
Sugar is ubiquitous in the diet.
2032. umbrage [noun]
Don't take umbrage to my biblical views!
2033. unabashed [adjective]
Even though the mission was dangerous, the bold and unabashed troop had no fear.
2034. unassuming [adjective]
When I walked into the unassuming restaurant, I was shocked to learn they had a world famous chef on staff.
2035. unbeknownst [adjective]
Unbeknownst to Natasha, Kurt saw his mistress three times a week.
2036. unbridle [verb]
The unbridled stallion was allowed to gallop wherever he pleased.
2037. uncanny [adjective]
When the psychic looked at the abandoned house, she had an uncanny sense that something bad had happened to the owner.
2038. unconscionable [adjective]
Allowing blind people the right to drive is not only foolish, but it is unconscionable.
2039. 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.
2040. underappreciated [adjective]
He is a permanent, but underappreciated member of this elite group of musicians.
2041. undergird [verb]
Tess looked to her best friend to undergird her decisions and offer moral support during hard times.
2042. 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.
2043. underpinning [noun]
The construction team added underpinning at the bottom of the trailer to shelter the mobile home’s pipes from cold weather.
2044. underscore [verb]
When the teacher reviewed the essay with her student, she went out of her way to underscore the paper’s best features.
2045. undo [verb]
I tried to undo my typing mistake, but couldn’t get it to reverse.
2046. undue [adjective]
Because of undue stress, the doctor decided to take a break from working at the hospital.
2047. undulate [verb]
The dancers’ movements were arranged so that they seemed to undulate like dolphins with the music.
2048. unfathomable [adjective]
After five hours, we still could not figure out the unfathomable riddle.
2049. unfeigned [adjective]
Because the woman truly loved her husband, her sorrow was unfeigned during the funeral.
2050. unfettered [adjective]
Once the bird was unfettered and out of the cage, it flew up into the sky.
2051. unflappable [adjective]
When a deadly tornado raced across town, many residents panicked but Miles remained unflappable and calmly lead his neighbors to shelter.
2052. unilateral [adjective]
Since the legislators were slow to act on the issue, the president used his executive powers to make a unilateral solution.
2053. unintelligible [adjective]
The babbling baby let out an unintelligible wail as she toddled down the hallway.
2054. unitary [adjective]
Those unitary officers are the one allowed to stop drivers in this area.
2055. unjust [adjective]
He believed the sentence was unjust and planned to appeal.
2056. unkempt [adjective]
An unkempt appearance was the least of the homeless man’s worries.
2057. 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.
2058. unobtrusive [adjective]
The reclusive man wanted to be buried in an unobtrusive area of the cemetery so people would not walk around his grave.
2059. unprecedented [adjective]
Before the storm, there was an unprecedented demand for food supplies that left many stores empty.
2060. unpretentious [adjective]
The girl next door portrayed herself in an unpretentious way so that she was beautiful without striving for attention.
2061. unprincipled [adjective]
The unprincipled banker failed to handle the transactions ethically.
2062. unscrupulous [adjective]
The unscrupulous teacher offered to raise her student’s grade if he gave her one hundred dollars.
2063. unseemly [adjective]
William acted in an unseemly manner when he wore his pajamas to his mother’s funeral.
2064. unsound [adjective]
That bridge looks unsound to me.
2065. unsparing [adjective]
She is unsparing in her criticism.
2066. untapped [adjective]
We believe there is untapped potential.
2067. untenable [adjective]
The losing debate team had an untenable argument.
2068. 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.
2069. untrammeled [adjective]
The captured lion longed for the days when he lived untrammeled in the wide-open grasslands.
2070. unverifiable [adjective]
Unverifiable server side certificates will be rejected by clients during the SSL handshake.
2071. unwieldy [adjective]
The young boy found it difficult to hold the unwieldy ball because of its huge size.
2072. unwind [verb]
After a long day at work, the waitress needed to put her feet up and unwind.
2073. upbraid [verb]
Without a doubt, my parents are going to upbraid me for not passing any of my classes this semester.
2074. upbringing [noun]
The thief didn’t have the best upbringing and many of his bad habits date back to his childhood.
2075. upend [verb]
The frantic woman upended her purse dumping all of the contents out in search of her keys.
2076. upfront [adjective]
It’s best to be upfront and honest with people about your true intentions.
2077. 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.
2078. urbane [adjective]
Henry is an urbane traveller who has visited over eighty countries.
2079. urbanity [noun]
The suave man’s urbanity made him a shoe-in with the young ladies as well as their mothers.
2080. usurp [verb]
Since Lisa could not attend the dance, Marie had plans to usurp the title of homecoming queen.
2081. usury [noun]
When borrowing money, check the interest rate for usury because you do not want to pay an extreme rate of interest.
2082. vacillate [verb]
If you ask Paula to choose a restaurant for lunch, she will vacillate between restaurants forever.
2083. vacuous [adjective]
Since the election is over, let us hope for a break from all the vacuous speeches.
2084. vagary [noun]
When the temperature dropped to freezing conditions on a summer day, it was a vagary of the weather.
2085. vainglorious [adjective]
The vainglorious trainer spent more time flexing his own muscles than he did helping build his client’s.
2086. valedictory [adjective]
Before the president leaves the White House forever, he makes a valedictory that is broadcasted on all major television networks.
2087. valiant [adjective]
The valiant police officer was willing to take on the entire gang to save the little girl.
2088. 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.
2089. vantage [noun]
From my vantage point on the roof I could make out the advancing troops.
2090. vapid [adjective]
To me, baseball is a vapid sport that quickly puts me to sleep.
2091. variegated [adjective]
Calico cats have variegated patches of fur.
2092. vaunt [verb]
It was upsetting to watch the amateur vaunt his supposed experience.
2093. venal [adjective]
Local customs officers are notoriously venal.
2094. vendetta [noun]
The candidate’s vendetta against his challenger led him to question the man’s character.
2095. venerable [adjective]
The Pope is a venerable leader who is recognized for his commitment to helping others.
2096. venerate [verb]
The Bible says we should venerate our parents and our elders.
2097. veracious [adjective]
“Honest” Abraham Lincoln was known as a veracious president who stood for truth.
2098. veracity [noun]
Since the witness is a known enemy of the defendant, his testimony certainly needs to be evaluated for its veracity.
2099. verbose [adjective]
The verbose man took thirty minutes to give me a simple answer.
2100. 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.
2101. verdict [noun]
In accordance with the verdict of all five panelists, Sally was crowned the spelling bee champion.
2102. verge [verb]
She stood on the verge of the lake at the line where the water met the sand.
2103. 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.
2104. 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.
2105. 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.
2106. vertigo [noun]
Because Kate suffers from vertigo, it is difficult for her to walk in a straight line.
2107. vestige [noun]
The shameless killer did not show a vestige of emotion when the judge sentenced him to death.
2108. vex [verb]
I get irritated when people go out of their way to vex me with their small problems.
2109. viable [adjective]
If the project is not viable, there is no reason for us to consider it.
2110. vicissitude [noun]
The parental vicissitude I currently have is trying to pay child support for six children.
2111. vigilant [adjective]
Although this highway is a beautiful drive, you have to stay vigilant for deer and other animals in the road.
2112. vim [noun]
The lively singer’s vim came off as a little too enthusiastic.
2113. 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.
2114. vindictive [adjective]
Although Harry claims he is not a vindictive person, he seemed pretty happy when he heard his abusive boss was getting fired.
2115. virtuoso [noun]
We sat in amazement as the young prodigy delivered a piano performance that revealed his unstoppable future as a virtuoso.
2116. virulent [adjective]
Local law authorities investigated Mitchell after he was suspected of stealing a virulent disease that could kill millions of people.
2117. visage [noun]
When Roddy became angry, his visage completely changed from a charming smile to an irritated frown.
2118. viscid [adjective]
Creating a viscid cake with caramel, the chef enjoyed making the ooey-gooey treat.
2119. viscous [adjective]
It seemed to take forever for the viscous cough medicine to come out of the bottle.
2120. visionary [adjective]
Jim was a visionary leader who had the foresight to lead our company in a profitable direction for many years.
2121. vitiate [verb]
When peers and bullies apply pressure, it can vitiate the moral character of young people and lead them down the wrong path.
2122. vitreous [adjective]
This reminds us that there may have been a range of levels of technical interaction between those involved in vitreous technologies.
2123. vitriol [noun]
During the town-meeting, angry citizens met the mayor spewing vitriol.
2124. vituperate [verb]
We are sure that the nail technicians vituperate us in their own language when they are irritated.
2125. 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.
2126. 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.
2127. vociferous [adjective]
The protestors were vociferous as they screamed outside of the government building.
2128. 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.
2129. volatile [adjective]
Because Mary and Frank have a volatile relationship, they often argue.
2130. voluble [adjective]
After my grandfather drinks a few beers, he becomes voluble and will not stop talking.
2131. voracious [adjective]
The football player was a voracious eater who easily consumed two chickens during one meal.
2132. vulgar [adjective]
The first time a student uses vulgar language in class he is given an afterschool detention.
2133. waft [verb]
My children hurried to the kitchen when the scent of freshly baked cookies started to waft upstairs.
2134. wallop [verb]
Boxers wallop each other with jabs and punches.
2135. wallow [verb]
Becky is a strong woman and not the type of person to wallow in gloom.
2136. wan [adjective]
Although the toddler was quite ill, he still managed to give his mother a wan smile.
2137. wane [verb]
When the investigators ran out of leads, the intensity of the murder investigation started to wane.
2138. wanton [adjective]
He loved the way she could be wanton and sensual one minute, then bashful and demure the next.
2139. ward [verb]
Indeed, the bulk of the reign of Aurelius was spent in efforts to ward off the attacks of the barbarians.
2140. warring [adjective]
The two countries have been warring constantly for many years.
2141. wary [adjective]
One of the most important lessons that parents must teach young children is to always be wary of strangers.
2142. waver [verb]
I am certain of my selection so my decision will not waver.
2143. 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.
2144. wedge [verb]
If you wedge the rock in between the door and the frame, it will stay open until you come back.
2145. weed [verb]
We must weed out the yellow flowers among the onions as soon as possible.
2146. welter [verb]
The classroom was in a welter when the teacher did not show up for class.
2147. wend [verb]
Miles of trails wend their way through the trees and meadows.
2148. whet [verb]
The mobile phone company uses celebrity endorsements to make consumers whet their phones.
2149. whimsical [adjective]
The author turned out to be just as whimsical as the magical characters in her children’s book.
2150. whitewash [verb]
They tried hard to whitewash themselves.
2151. wield [verb]
Do you wish you could wield a sword like a valiant knight?
2152. winnow [verb]
You should winnow out the inaccuracies of this paper this afternoon.
2153. winsome [adjective]
Greg’s winsome smile is incredibly boyish.
2154. 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.
2155. witticism [noun]
Wanting to impress her new friends, the girl showcased her witticism in order to make them laugh.
2156. witty [adjective]
Robert’s attempt at a witty comeback fell flat, without evoking any kind of laughter.
2157. wizened [adjective]
While the flowers arrived looking fresh and beautiful, they have grown wizened over the past few days.
2158. woo [verb]
During the courtship, the lovestruck gentleman worked really hard to woo the young lady.
2159. wreak [verb]
If the internet goes down, it will wreak havoc with our ability to communicate and continue doing any kind of business.
2160. wry [adjective]
Bill's wry sense of humor made it difficult to be taken seriously at the office.
2161. xenophobia [noun]
Shane’s xenophobia prevents him from going to social events where there are people he does not know.
2162. yoke [verb]
Pioneers put their oxen’s heads through the rings of the yoke with the attached straps stretched up to the wagon.
2163. 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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