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facet: Read
n. Syn. side
small, smooth, flat surface, as on a bone or tooth; side; a smooth surface

facile: Read
a. Syn. easy
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent

facilitate: Read
v. Syn. promote; expedite
help bring about; make less difficult

facility: Read
n. Syn. equipment; device
service, space, and equipment provided for a particular purpose

fade: Read
v. Syn. disappear; die out
disappear; die out; lose color; lose freshness

faint: Read
a. Syn. dim; feeble; weak
lacking strength or vigor ; weak

fake: Read
n. Syn. imitation; counterfeit; false
imitation; counterfeit; having a false or misleading appearance

falter: Read
v. Syn. hesitate
be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence

famine: Read
n. Syn. starvation
shortage of food; starvation

fancy: Read
n. Syn. notion; imagine; whim
capricious notion; something many people believe that is false

fare: Read
n.
food and drink; diet; transportation charge; a paying passenger

fasten: Read
v. Syn. attach; affix
attach; affix

fatal: Read
a.
causing death

fatigue: Read
n. Syn. weariness; exhaustion
physical or mental weariness; exhaustion

feasible: Read
a. Syn. practical; possible; suitable
capable of being accomplished or brought about

feat: Read
n. Syn. achievement; accomplishment
achievement; accomplishment

fee: Read
v.
give a tip beyond the agreed-on compensation

feeble: Read
a. Syn. weak; frail
lacking vigor, force, or effectiveness; faint; frail

feign: Read
v. Syn. pretend; disguise; conceal
make false appearance of; disguise; conceal; invent or imagine

felicity: Read
n. Syn. happiness
great happiness; pleasing and appropriate manner or style

ferocious: Read
a.
fierce; savage; wild; indicating cruelty

fertile: Read
a. Syn. rich; fruitful
rich; fruitful; inventive; creative; intellectually productive

fervent: Read
a.
extremely hot; sincerely or intensely felt

fickle: Read
a. Syn. changeable; faithless
not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind

fidelity: Read
n. Syn. loyalty
faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances

finance: Read
n. Syn. fund
management of money and credit and banking and investments; subsidizing; fund

finite: Read
a.
having a limit; limited in quantity, degree, or capacity; bounded

fitting: Read
n.
small accessory to a larger system; small detachable part for a machine or apparatus; act of trying on clothes

flagrant: Read
a.
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice

flaw: Read
n.
crack or breach; gap or fissure; defect; fault; sudden burst of noise and disorder

flee: Read
v.
run away, as from danger or evil; avoid in alarmed or cowardly manner

flexible: Read
a. Syn. pliant; elastic; docile
pliant; elastic; capable of being bent or flexed; pliable

flimsy: Read
a.
weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity

flip: Read
v.
go mad, go crazy; turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse; toss with a sharp movement

florid: Read
a. Syn. ruddy; reddish
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented

fluctuate: Read
v. Syn. waver; shift
rise and fall in or as if in waves; shift; vary irregularly

foggy: Read
a.
obscured by fog; indistinct or hazy in outline

fold: Read
v.
make something double; bend or lay so that one part covers the other

forego: Read
v. Syn. precede
precede; go ahead of; go forward; go on

foremost: Read
a. Syn. leading; main; primary
leading; main; primary; first in time or place

forestall: Read
v. Syn. prevent
prevent by taking action in advance

forlorn: Read
a. Syn. wretched
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind

formative: Read
a. Syn. developing
developing; forming; capable of forming or molding

foul: Read
n. Syn. disgusting; filthy
act that violates of the rules of a sport

fragile: Read
a. Syn. delicate; brittle; weak
easy to destroy, delicate, not strong

fragment: Read
n. Syn. piece; fraction
small part broken off or detached; fraction

fragrant: Read
a. Syn. aromatic; odorous
pleasant-smelling; odorous

frail: Read
a. Syn. weak
physically weak; easily broken

framework: Read
n. Syn. structure; skeleton
fundamental structure, as for a written work; skeleton

fraud: Read
n.
getting money by lying or cheating; something intended to deceive

fraudulent: Read
a. Syn. cheating; deceitful
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud

frenetic: Read
a. Syn. crazy; wild
excessively agitated; transported with rage or other violent emotion

frustrate: Read
v. Syn. thwart; defeat
make null; bring to nothing; prevent from taking effect or attaining fulfillment

fugitive: Read
a.
lasting only a short time; fleeting; elusive

fundamental: Read
a. Syn. primary; essential
relating to foundation or base; elementary; primary; essential

fuse: Read
v. Syn. combine; blend
combine; blend; become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat

fusion: Read
n. Syn. union; coalition
union; act of melting together by heat

futile: Read
a. Syn. useless; vain; ineffectual
useless; having no useful result; vain

gainsay: Read
v. Syn. deny
speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true

gale: Read
n. Syn. windstorm
very strong wind; gust of wind; emotional outburst as laughter or tears

gap: Read
n. Syn. opening; crevice
opening through mountains; pass; conspicuous difference or imbalance

garrulous: Read
a. Syn. wordy; talkative
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details

gaudy: Read
a. Syn. flashy
very showy or ornamented, especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner

genial: Read
a. Syn. friendly; cordial
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner

gentle: Read
a.
well-born; of a good family or respectable birth; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender

genuine: Read
a. Syn. authentic; real; true
authentic; real; true

germane: Read
a. Syn. pertinent; relevant
related to the topic being discussed or considered; appropriate or fitting; relevant

germinate: Read
v. Syn. sprout
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence

ghastly: Read
a. Syn. horrible
horrible; inspiring shock; extremely unpleasant or bad

glisten: Read
v.
sparkle or shine, especially shine with a mild, subdued, and fitful luster; emit a soft, scintillating light; gleam

glitter: Read
n.
bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy

glorify: Read
v. Syn. beautify
cause to seem more splendid; beautify

glossy: Read
a.
smooth and shining; reflecting luster from smooth or polished surface; plausible

goad: Read
v.
urge with a long pointed stick; give heart or courage to

gorgeous: Read
a. Syn. beautiful; magnificent
dazzlingly beautiful; magnificent

grab: Read
v. Syn. grasp; snatch; capture
take or grasp suddenly; snatch; capture

grace: Read
n. Syn. elegance
elegance and beauty of movement or expression; short prayer of thanks before a meal

graphic: Read
a. Syn. vivid; explicit
represented by graph; described in vivid detail; clearly outlined

grasp: Read
v. Syn. seize; grip; hold
grip; take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the hand

gratuitous: Read
a.
given freely; unwarranted; granted without recompense; unearned

grave: Read
n.
place for the burial; death or extinction

gravity: Read
n. Syn. seriousness
seriousness; solemn and dignified feeling; natural force between two massive bodies

graze: Read
v. Syn. feed
scrape gently; feed on growing grasses and herbage

gregarious: Read
a. Syn. sociable
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others

grim: Read
a.
unrelenting; rigid; dismal and gloomy; cold and forbidding

grip: Read
n. Syn. clutch; grasp
hold fast or firmly; seize as in a wrestling match

gross: Read
a.
of huge size; excessively large; coarse; rough; not fine or delicate

grueling: Read
a. Syn. exhausting
by effort to the point of exhaustion, especially physical effort

grumble: Read
v.
utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

guile: Read
n. Syn. deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning
skillful deceit; disposition to deceive or cheat; disguise cunningly

gullible: Read
a.
easily deceived or cheated; easily tricked because of being too trusting

gusto: Read
n. Syn. enjoyment; enthusiasm; zest
nice or keen appreciation or enjoyment; enthusiasm

haggle: Read
v. Syn. bargain
argue about prices; bargain, as over the price of something

hamper: Read
v. Syn. obstruct
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of

handy: Read
a. Syn. convenient; close
convenient; close

haphazard: Read
a. Syn. random
not thorough, constant or consistent; by chance

harangue: Read
n.
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression

harass: Read
v. Syn. hound; badger; pester; plague
irritate or torment persistently; wear out; exhaust

harmony: Read
n. Syn. compatibility
compatibility in opinion and action; an agreeable sound property

harness: Read
n. Syn. utilize
stable gear consisting of an arrangement to an animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart

harsh: Read
a. Syn. rough; coarse; acid
rough; coarse; severe; unpleasantly stern

hasty: Read
a. Syn. fast; impetuous
easily angered; irritable; made too quickly to be accurate or wise

haul: Read
v. Syn. transport; drag
draw slowly or heavily; pull or drag forcibly; shift direction

havoc: Read
n.
wide and general destruction; devastation; waste

hazardous: Read
a. Syn. dangerous
dangerous; reckless; daring; inclined to run risks

hector: Read
v.
behave like a bully; swagger; intimidate or dominate in a blustering way

hedonist: Read
n.
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life

heed: Read
v. Syn. consider
pay attention to; listen to and consider

heighten: Read
v. Syn. enhance; hoist; boost
enhance; hoist; raise or increase the quantity or degree of; intensify

herald: Read
n. Syn. announce; proclaim
proclaim; announces important news; messenger

heretic: Read
n.
one who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion

heterogeneous: Read
a. Syn. dissimilar; mixed
consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; completely different

hilarious: Read
a. Syn. mirthful; merry
by or causing great merriment or happiness; gay or merry

hinder: Read
v. Syn. stunt; inhibit; hamper; impede
put at a disadvantage; tie up; hamper; prevent the progress

hoax: Read
n. Syn. trick
act intended to deceive or trick; practical joke

hoist: Read
v.
raise; lift; elevate; raise to one's mouth in order to drink

holocaust: Read
n.
great destruction resulting in the extensive loss of life, especially by fire; massive slaughter

homogeneous: Read
a. Syn. uniform; similar
of the same or similar nature or kind

hospitable: Read
a. Syn. generous; receptive
disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity; receptive

hospitality: Read
n.
act or practice of one who is hospitable; reception and entertainment of strangers or guests without reward

hostage: Read
n.
prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms

hostile: Read
a. Syn. unfriendly; antagonistic
unfriendly; showing the disposition of an enemy

hub: Read
n. Syn. core
core port; nucleus; heart; center

hue: Read
n. Syn. color; aspect
color; appearance; particular gradation of color

humiliate: Read
v. Syn. embarrass; shame
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

hurl: Read
v. Syn. throw; cast; toss
throw with great force; cast; toss

hyperbole: Read
n. Syn. exaggeration; overstatement
figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement

hypocrite: Read
n. Syn. cheat
one who puts on a false appearance of virtue; one who pretends to hold beliefs

ideal: Read
a.
existing in idea or thought; conception; intellectual; mental; imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless

idiosyncrasy: Read
n.
behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

idle: Read
a.
useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; given rest and ease; avoiding work or employment; lazy

illiterate: Read
a.
uncultured; uneducated; not able to read or write

illusion: Read
n. Syn. misconception
misleading vision; being deceived by a false perception or belief

illustrate: Read
v. Syn. represent; demonstrate; depict
represent; demonstrate; depict; clarify, as by use of examples or comparisons

imaginary: Read
a. Syn. unreal; fanciful; visionary
having existence only in the imagination; fanciful; visionary

imbibe: Read
v. Syn. drink; absorb
drink in; absorb or take in as if by drinking

immense: Read
a. Syn. enormous; colossal; boundless
enormous; boundless; so great as to be beyond measurement

imminent: Read
a. Syn. impending
near at hand; close in time; about to occur

immortal: Read
a.
not mortal; exempt from liability to die; undying; imperishable; lasting forever

immune: Read
a. Syn. exempt; resistant
resistant to; free or exempt from; not subject to

immutable: Read
a. Syn. unchangeable
unable to be changed without exception; not mutable

impair: Read
v. Syn. injure; hurt
injure or hurt; become worse; affect negatively

impartial: Read
a. Syn. fair
not biased; fair; showing lack of favoritism

impecunious: Read
a. Syn. poor
without money; poor; penniless

impediment: Read
n. Syn. hindrance; obstacle
any structure that makes progress difficult; stumbling-block

impel: Read
v. Syn. propel
drive or force onward; drive forward; urge to action through moral pressure

impending: Read
a. Syn. imminent; approaching
close in time; about to occur; approaching

imperceptible: Read
a. Syn. unnoticeable; undetectable
impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses

implement: Read
v. Syn. execute; perform
put into effect; supply with tools

impose: Read
v. Syn. demand; force; inflict
demand; force; compel to behave in a certain way

impromptu: Read
a. Syn. extemporaneous
without previous preparation

improvise: Read
v. Syn. extemporize
compose, perform, or do something with little or no preparation

impute: Read
v.
lay responsibility or blame for, often unjustly

incandescent: Read
a.
strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting light as result of being heated

incense: Read
v. Syn. enrage; infuriate
enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry

incentive: Read
n. Syn. spur; motive
something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward

incessant: Read
a. Syn. continual
uninterrupted; unceasing; continuing without interruption

incipient: Read
a. Syn. beginning
beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage

incise: Read
v. Syn. cut; carve
cut; carve

incognito: Read
a.
with one's identity disguised or concealed; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title

incompatible: Read
a. Syn. inharmonious; incongruous
inharmonious; impossible to coexist; not easy to combine harmoniously

incongruous: Read
a. Syn. incompatible; discordant
not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility

increment: Read
n. Syn. increase
process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent

incriminate: Read
v. Syn. accuse
accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty

incumbent: Read
a. Syn. obligatory
imposed as an obligation or duty; currently holding an office

indict: Read
v. Syn. charge
charge; accuse formally of a crime

indifferent: Read
a. Syn. apathetic; average
having no particular interest or concern; being neither good nor bad

indigenous: Read
a. Syn. native; original
native; originating where it is found

indigent: Read
a. Syn. poor; destitute
poor; experiencing want or need; impoverished

indignant: Read
a.
affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath by unworthy or unjust treatment

indiscriminate: Read
a.
choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions

indispensable: Read
a. Syn. essential; requisite
essential; requisite; impossible to be omitted or remitted

induce: Read
v. Syn. persuade
persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction

inept: Read
a. Syn. inappropriate; incompetent
lacking of judgment, sense, or reason; unsuited; inappropriate; foolish

inevitable: Read
a. Syn. unavoidable
unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented

infamous: Read
a. Syn. notorious; heinous
notoriously bad; having exceedingly bad reputation

infinite: Read
a.
unlimited or boundless, in time or space; without limit in power, capacity, knowledge, or excellence

infinitesimal: Read
a.
very small; immeasurably or incalculably minute

infringe: Read
v.
act contrary to, as a law, right, or obligation; annul or hinder

infuriate: Read
v. Syn. enrage; anger
enrage; make furious or mad with anger

ingenious: Read
a. Syn. clever; resourceful
clever; having inventive or cunning mind

ingenuous: Read
a. Syn. young; unsophisticated
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated

ingredient: Read
n. Syn. component; element
element in a mixture or compound

inhabit: Read
v.
live in; occupy; reside in

inherent: Read
a. Syn. intrinsic; natural
firmly established by nature or habit

inhibit: Read
v. Syn. restrain; prevent
restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back

inimical: Read
a. Syn. unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental

initial: Read
a. Syn. preliminary
early; preliminary; occurring at the beginning

injurious: Read
a. Syn. harmful
harmful; tending to injure or impair; abusive; insulting

innate: Read
a. Syn. inborn; inherent
possessed at birth; inborn

innocuous: Read
a. Syn. harmless
having no adverse effect; harmless

innovative: Read
a. Syn. novel
marked by or given to innovations; introducing a change

inopportune: Read
a. Syn. untimely
untimely; poorly chosen; inconvenient; unseasonable; unsuitable

inordinate: Read
a. Syn. unrestrained; excessive
exceeding reasonable limits; excessive; not regulated; disorderly

inroad: Read
n.
entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment

insinuate: Read
v. Syn. hint; imply; suggest
hint; suggest; introduce by subtle and artful means

insipid: Read
a. Syn. dull
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull

insolent: Read
a.
strange; unusual; haughty or brutal in behavior or language; grossly rude or disrespectful

insolvent: Read
a. Syn. bankrupt
bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts

inspire: Read
v. Syn. encourage; inspirit
encourage; inspirit; fire the imagination of

instantaneous: Read
a. Syn. instant; immediate
instant; immediate; occurring with no delay

instigate: Read
v. Syn. urge; incite; provoke
goad or urge forward; provoke; incite

insult: Read
v. Syn. offend; affront
offend; affront; treat, mention, or speak to rudely

insurrection: Read
n. Syn. rebellion; uprising
rebellion; uprising; rising against civil or political authority

intact: Read
a. Syn. unaltered; integrated; whole
undamaged in any way; integrated; whole

integral: Read
a. Syn. complete; entire
essential or necessary for completeness; entire

intelligible: Read
a. Syn. understandable; comprehensible
understandable; clear to the mind

intense: Read
a. Syn. extreme; acute
extreme; acute; in an extreme degree

interim: Read
n. Syn. temporary
time between one event, process; interval of time

interminable: Read
a. Syn. endless; tedious; continual
being or seeming to be without an end; endless; tedious; continual

intervene: Read
v.
get involved; come, appear, or lie between two things

intimate: Read
v. Syn. hint; suggest
give to understand; imply as a possibility; make known subtly and indirectly

intimidate: Read
v. Syn. frighten
frighten; make timid; fill with fear

intractable: Read
a. Syn. unruly; stubborn; unyielding
difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; unyielding

intrepid: Read
a. Syn. fearless; brave
fearless; indicating or springing from courage

intricate: Read
a. Syn. complex; elaborate; tangled
complex; elaborate; having many complexly arranged elements

intrigue: Read
v. Syn. fascinate; captivate
captivate; cause to be interested or curious; plot for: scheme for

intrude: Read
v. Syn. trespass
trespass; enter as an uninvited person

invaluable: Read
a.
valuable under estimation; inestimable; priceless

inventory: Read
n.
check list; a collection of resources

inveterate: Read
a. Syn. habitual
deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual

invincible: Read
a. Syn. unconquerable
incapable of being overcome or defeated; unconquerable

inviting: Read
a. Syn. attractive; tempting
attractive; tempting

involuntary: Read
a.
acting or done without or against one's will

irate: Read
a. Syn. angry
feeling or showing extreme anger; enraged

irreversible: Read
a.
impossible to reverse or be reversed

irrevocable: Read
a. Syn. unalterable; irreversible
unalterable; irreversible; impossible to retract or revoke

irritable: Read
a. Syn. grouchy; touchy
easily annoyed; abnormally sensitive to a stimulus

itinerant: Read
a. Syn. wandering; traveling
wandering; traveling place to place, especially to perform work or duty

jagged: Read
a.
unevenly cut; having the texture of something so cut; having a rough quality

jeopardy: Read
n.
exposure to death, loss, or injury; hazard; risk of loss or injury

jolly: Read
v.
be joyous, merry, and mirthful; excite mirth and gayety; keep amused or diverted

jolt: Read
n. Syn. bounce; shake
sudden jerking, as from a heavy blow; sudden, strong feeling of surprise or disappointment

jovial: Read
a. Syn. merry
good-natured; marked by good cheer; cheerful and good-humored

judicious: Read
a. Syn. wise; prudent
exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent

juncture: Read
n. Syn. crisis
point in time, especially a critical point; joining point

juvenile: Read
n. Syn. youth; young
youth; adolescent; not fully grown or developed

keen: Read
a. Syn. acute; incisive
acute; incisive; sharp ; express grief verbally

knack: Read
n. Syn. art
clever, expedient way of doing something; specific talent, especially one difficult to explain or teach

lag: Read
v. Syn. delay; drag
delay; drag; the act of slowing down or falling behind

laggard: Read
a. Syn. slow; sluggish
slow; sluggish; wasting time

landscape: Read
n. Syn. scenery
scenery; expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view

landslide: Read
n.
slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff; overwhelming electoral victory

languid: Read
a. Syn. weak; sluggish
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness

lapse: Read
n.
gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; unobserved or imperceptible progress; slip or error; failing in duty

lassitude: Read
n. Syn. languor; weariness
state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness

latent: Read
a. Syn. dormant; hidden
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden

laud: Read
v. Syn. praise
give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor

lavish: Read
a. Syn. liberal; profuse
liberal; wasteful; excessive spending

lax: Read
a. Syn. loose
loose and not easily controlled; lacking in rigor or strictness

leaflet: Read
n.
small leaf; leaf like organ or part

legendary: Read
a. Syn. mythical; fabled
mythical; fabled; extremely well known; famous or renowned

legitimate: Read
a.
accordant with law; lawful; based on logical reasoning; reasonable

lenient: Read
a.
relaxing; emollient; softening

lethal: Read
a. Syn. deadly; fatal
deadly; causing or capable of causing death

lethargic: Read
a. Syn. drowsy; dull
drowsy; dull; indifferent or apathetic

levity: Read
n. Syn. lightness
lack of seriousness; lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate

lewd: Read
a. Syn. lustful
lustful; indecent; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

liable: Read
v. Syn. responsible; answerable
bound or obliged in law or equity

liaison: Read
n.
close relationship, connection, or link; secret love affair

licentious: Read
a. Syn. amoral; unrestrained
amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint

linger: Read
v. Syn. dawdle
be slow in leaving; continue or persist; stay

link: Read
v.
be or become joined or united; connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

loathsome: Read
a. Syn. repulsive; disgusting; abhorrent
highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

locate: Read
v. Syn. find; monitor; settle
find; monitor; settle; determine or specify the position or limits o

locomotion: Read
n. Syn. movement; motion
self-propelled movement; power or ability to move

lofty: Read
a.
high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism

loom: Read
v. Syn. appear; emerge
appear or take shape, usually in enlarged or distorted form

lucid: Read
a. Syn. clear; intelligible
easily understood; clear; intelligible

lucrative: Read
a. Syn. profitable
profitable; producing good profit

lugubrious: Read
a. Syn. mournful
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to exaggerated degree

lull: Read
n.
moment of calm; a period of calm weather; temporary quiet and rest

lullaby: Read
n.
song to quiet babes or lull them to sleep

lumber: Read
v.
move heavily or clumsily; cut down timber of

luminous: Read
a. Syn. shining
shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

lunatic: Read
a.
insane; mad; wildly or giddily foolish

lure: Read
v. Syn. attract; entice
bait; charm; attract

lurid: Read
a. Syn. sensational; ghastly
causing shock or horror; gruesome

lurk: Read
v.
stealthily lie in waiting; exist unperceived

luster: Read
n. Syn. shine; gloss
shine, polish or sparkle; soft reflected light

lustrous: Read
a. Syn. shining
giving out or shedding light, as sun or fire; reflecting light; having brilliant surface

luxurious: Read
a. Syn. sumptuous; lavish
rich and superior in quality; lavish

magnificent: Read
a. Syn. gorgeous; lavish
grand or noble in thought or deed; outstanding of its kind

magnify: Read
v. Syn. intensify; increase; enlarge
intensify; increase; make greater in size; enlarge

magnitude: Read
n. Syn. greatness; extent
extent; greatness of rank, size, or position

makeup: Read
n. Syn. composition; structure
composition; structure; the way in which someone or something is composed

malady: Read
n. Syn. illness
disease, disorder, or ailment; unwholesome condition

malediction: Read
n. Syn. curse
curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration

malice: Read
n.
enmity of heart; malevolence; ill will; spirit delighting in harm or misfortune to another

malign: Read
v. Syn. defame
speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame

malignant: Read
a. Syn. injurious
injurious; tending to cause death; disposed to do evil

mandatory: Read
a. Syn. obligatory
obligatory; required or commanded by authority

manifest: Read
a. Syn. evident; visible; obvious; apparent
clearly apparent to understanding; obvious

mar: Read
v.
spoil or damage; impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of

maritime: Read
a. Syn. nautical
relating to, or adjacent to the sea; nautical

marked: Read
a. Syn. noticeable
noticeable or pronounced; having one or more distinguishing marks

massacre: Read
n.
killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty

masterpiece: Read
n.
chief excellence or great talent; outstanding work of art or craft

mature: Read
v.
develop and reach maturity; grow old or older

maxim: Read
n. Syn. proverb
proverb; formulation of fundamental principle or general truth

meager: Read
a. Syn. scanty; inadequate; feeble
deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; inadequate; feeble

meddle: Read
v.
mix; mingle; interfere or busy one's self improperly with another's affairs, specifically, to handle or disturb another's property without permission

mediate: Read
v. Syn. negotiate
resolve or settle differences by working with all conflicting parties

meek: Read
a. Syn. spiritless; gentle
quiet and obedient; showing patience and humility

memorable: Read
a. Syn. unforgettable
unforgettable; worthy to be remembered; very important or remarkable

menace: Read
n. Syn. danger
danger; a threat or the act of threatening; something that is a source of danger; threaten; intimidate

mend: Read
v. Syn. repair; improve
make repairs or restoration to; fix; improve

mercurial: Read
a. Syn. capricious
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament

merge: Read
v. Syn. combine; unite
combine; unite

mesmerize: Read
v. Syn. hypnotize
hypnotize; attract strongly, as if with magnet; bring into a state of mesmeric sleep

meteor: Read
n.
any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere

meticulous: Read
a. Syn. scrupulous; cautious
excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details

mingle: Read
v.
be all mixed up or jumbled together;

minuscule: Read
a. Syn. tiny; small
very small; tiny; lowercase letter

minute: Read
a. Syn. tiny
extremely small; short note

mirth: Read
n. Syn. merriment; pleasure; joy
gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter

misappropriate: Read
v.
appropriate wrongly; use for wrong purpose; embezzle

misdemeanor: Read
n. Syn. fault
minor crime; ill behavior; evil conduct; misdeed

misrepresent: Read
v.
give false or incorrect impression, often deliberately; serve unsatisfactorily as representative

mock: Read
v. Syn. ridicule; mimic; disappoint
treat with ridicule or contempt; mimic; frustrate hopes of

moderate: Read
a. Syn. temperate; gentle; mild
temperate; gentle; mild; make less fast or intense ; preside over

molest: Read
v.
trouble; disturb; render uneasy; interfere with; vex

monitor: Read
v. Syn. observe; watch; locate
observe; watch; keep an eye on

monotonous: Read
a. Syn. boring; dull
boring; dull; tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

monumental: Read
a. Syn. massive
massive; taking a great amount of time and effort to complete; in manner of a monument

morale: Read
n. Syn. confidence; spirit; mood
confidence; mood or spirit of a group that makes the members wants the group to succeed

morbid: Read
a. Syn. moody; pathological; diseased
caused by disease; pathological or diseased; unhealthy or unwholesome

mortify: Read
v. Syn. humiliate
cause to experience shame or humiliation; embarrass

mournful: Read
a. Syn. sorrowful; sad; gloomy
feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sad; gloomy

mundane: Read
a. Syn. worldly; earthly; secular
belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary

murky: Read
a. Syn. vague
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague

mute: Read
a.
refraining from producing speech or vocal sound; unable to speak; expressed without speech; unspoken

mysterious: Read
a.
beyond ordinary understanding

mythical: Read
a. Syn. legendary; fictitious
legendary; fictitious; existing in myth

nausea: Read
n.
feeling of sickness in stomach by an urge to vomit; strong aversion; disgust

neglect: Read
v. Syn. disregard; ignore
disregard; ignore; pay little or no attention to

negligible: Read
a. Syn. insignificant; tiny
so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easily disregarded

nibble: Read
v.
bite by little at a time; seize gently with the mouth; eat slowly or in small bits

nimble: Read
a.
light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift

nocturnal: Read
a. Syn. nightly
of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night

notable: Read
a. Syn. conspicuous; distinguished
worthy of note or notice; remarkable; important

notify: Read
v. Syn. declare; publish
make known; give notice to; inform by notice

notion: Read
n. Syn. idea; conception
general or universal conception; belief or opinion

notorious: Read
a. Syn. disreputable; infamous
disreputable; known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous

novel: Read
a. Syn. original; innovative
previously unknown; strikingly new, unusual, or different; young

novice: Read
n. Syn. beginner
beginner; person new to a field or activity

noxious: Read
a. Syn. harmful
harmful to living things; injurious to health

obese: Read
a. Syn. fat
extremely fat; grossly overweight

obituary: Read
n.
death notice; list of dead

objective: Read
a. Syn. fair
not influenced by emotions; having actual existence or reality

oblique: Read
a. Syn. inclined
having slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined

oblivious: Read
a. Syn. forgetful
inattentive or unmindful; lacking all memory; forgetful

oblong: Read
a.
having greater length than breadth, especially when rectangular

obscene: Read
n.
offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; repulsive; disgusting

obscure: Read
v. Syn. darken; hide; block
darken; make dim or indistinct; conceal in obscurity

obsequious: Read
a.
slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

obsolete: Read
a. Syn. outmoded; antiquated
no longer useful; outmoded; antiquated

obstinate: Read
a. Syn. stubborn
stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat

obtrude: Read
v.
push oneself or one's ideas forward or intrude; stick out or extrude

obvious: Read
a. Syn. evident; apparent
exposed; easily discovered; plain

odd: Read
a. Syn. bizarre; strange; unusual
not easily explained; beyond from the usual or expected; not divisible by two

odor: Read
n. Syn. scent; smell
scent; property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell

offhand: Read
ad.
without planning or thinking ahead; right away; immediately

offspring: Read
n. Syn. descendant
descendant

omen: Read
n.
any indication or action regarded as a foreshowing; phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil

ominous: Read
a. Syn. threatening
threatening; foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

ooze: Read
v. Syn. flow
be any thick messy substance; pass gradually; progress slowly but steadily

opportune: Read
a. Syn. timely
timely; just in time; suited or right for a particular purpose

orbit: Read
n. Syn. path; circle
path; circle; move in an orbit; encircle

ordeal: Read
n. Syn. trial
severe trial; form of trial to determine guilt or innocence; difficult or painful experience

ornamental: Read
a. Syn. decorative; embellishing
decorative; any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value

ostracize: Read
v. Syn. ban
exclude from community or group; banish by popular vote

outgoing: Read
a. Syn. sociable; extroverted
sociable; going out or away; departing

outlet: Read
n. Syn. channel
an opening that permits escape or release; activity that releases creative energy or emotion

outlook: Read
n. Syn. viewpoint; standpoint
prospect; view; belief about the future ; act of looking out

outrage: Read
n. Syn. atrocity; barbarity
act of extreme violence or viciousness; offense

outskirt: Read
n. Syn. fringe
part or region remote from a central district, as of a city or town; fringe; outer border

outstanding: Read
a.
distinguished from others in excellence

overall: Read
a. Syn. general; comprehensive
general; comprehensive; from one end to the other; including everything

overcast: Read
a.
covered or obscured, as with clouds or mist; gloomy; melancholy

overcome: Read
v. Syn. defeat
defeat another in competition or conflict; conquer; prevail over

overdue: Read
a. Syn. late; delayed
past due; not paid at the scheduled time; late; delayed

overlook: Read
v. Syn. ignore; disregard
ignore; disregard; fail to notice ; watch over

override: Read
v.
ride over or across; ride upon; trample down.

overrun: Read
v.
run or extend beyond normal or desired limit; overflow

oversee: Read
v.
supervise; manage; watch over and direct; examine or inspect

oversight: Read
n. Syn. omission; inattention
unintentional omission or mistake; watchful care or management; supervision

overt: Read
a.
open to view; not secret or hidden

overtake: Read
v.
come up with in a course, pursuit, progress, or motion; catch up with; come upon from behind; capture; overcome

overwhelm: Read
v.
defeat; cover completely or make imperceptible; overcome by superior force ; charge someone with too many tasks

pace: Read
n. Syn. step
single movement from one foot to the other in walking; slow gait; step

pacifist: Read
n. Syn. antimilitarist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist

pacify: Read
v. Syn. soothe; subdue
ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence

pact: Read
n. Syn. agreement; treaty
written agreement between two states or sovereigns; treaty

painstaking: Read
a.
extremely careful and diligent work or effort; taking of pains

pale: Read
a.
not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; not bright or brilliant

paltry: Read
a. Syn. insignificant; petty; trivial
insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless

panacea: Read
n.
remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all

panic: Read
n. Syn. alarm; fear
sudden mass fear and anxiety

particle: Read
n. Syn. speck; grain
a tiny piece of anything

path: Read
n. Syn. orbit; roadway
way; footway; course or track; route; passage

patronage: Read
n. Syn. sponsorship; support
sponsorship; support; state of being a sponsor

peculiar: Read
a. Syn. special; characteristic
special; characteristic; unusual; odd; bizarre

pedantic: Read
a. Syn. bookish
marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points

penetrate: Read
v. Syn. pierce; permeate
pierce; go through; permeate

perceive: Read
v. Syn. sense; detect
become aware of through the senses; detect

perceptible: Read
a.
capable of being perceived; cognizable; discernible; perceivable

perch: Read
n.
a place high up; an elevated place serving as a seat

perennial: Read
n.
lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time

perforate: Read
v. Syn. pierce
pierce, punch, or bore hole or holes in; penetrate

peril: Read
n. Syn. danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy
danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction

perilous: Read
a.
full of, attended with, or involving peril; dangerous; hazardous

periodic: Read
a. Syn. repeated; recurrent
repeated; recurring at intervals of time

permeate: Read
v. Syn. spread
spread or flow throughout; pervade

pernicious: Read
a. Syn. deadly
very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly

perpetual: Read
a. Syn. continual
everlasting; continuing without interruption

perplexing: Read
a. Syn. puzzling; baffling; complicated
puzzling; lacking clarity of meaning; complicated

persecute: Read
v.
pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; beset with cruelty or malignity; harass; annoy

pertain: Read
v.
belong; have connection with, or dependence on

pertinent: Read
a. Syn. relevant
having precise or logical relevance; pertaining or relating

pervade: Read
v.
pass or flow through, as an aperture; permeate; pass or spread through the whole extent of

petulant: Read
a. Syn. irritable
easily irritated or annoyed; unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered

pierce: Read
v. Syn. penetrate; perforate
penetrate; make a hole into

pillage: Read
v. Syn. plunder
rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder; take as spoils

placate: Read
v. Syn. pacify; conciliate
appease or pacify; bring peace to

placid: Read
a. Syn. peaceful; calm
peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet

plague: Read
n.
epidemic disease with a high death rate; annoyance

plausible: Read
a. Syn. believable; credible
likely but not certain to be or become true or real

plead: Read
v.
appeal or request earnestly; enter a plea; offer as an excuse

plethora: Read
n. Syn. excess; overabundance
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance

poise: Read
v.
be balanced or held in suspension; hover; carry or hold in equilibrium; balance

poky: Read
a.
confined; cramped.

ponder: Read
v.
weigh; weigh in the mind; view with deliberation; examine carefully; consider attentively

portion: Read
n. Syn. part; section; segment
section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole

portray: Read
v. Syn. depict; describe; draw
depict; describe; draw

posthumous: Read
a.
after death, as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death

postpone: Read
v. Syn. delay; defer
hold back to a later time; delay; defer

potent: Read
a. Syn. powerful
powerful; having power to influence or convince; having great control or authority

pounce: Read
v.
attacks suddenly; seize something swiftly and eagerly; leap into the air intending to seize someone or something

preach: Read
v. Syn. advocate; sermonize
advocate; speak, plead; argue in favor of

precarious: Read
a. Syn. uncertain; risky
uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability

precept: Read
n.
rule or principle prescribing particular action or conduct; authorized direction or order

precious: Read
a. Syn. valued; valuable
of high worth or cost

precipitation: Read
n.
unexpected acceleration or hastening; the quantity of water falling to earth

precise: Read
a. Syn. exact; accurate
exact; clearly expressed; accurate or correct

predicament: Read
n. Syn. dilemma; plight
tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma; troublesome

preface: Read
n.
something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay

prerogative: Read
n. Syn. privilege
privilege; unquestionable right; exclusive power to command

presage: Read
v. Syn. foretell
foretell or predict; indicate or warn of in advance

prescribe: Read
v. Syn. dictate; guide
dictate; guide; advise the use of; assert a right; claim

presumptuous: Read
a. Syn. overconfident
overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward

pretense: Read
n.
act of giving a false appearance; imaginative intellectual play

pretext: Read
n. Syn. excuse
excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason

prevail: Read
v. Syn. induce; ; triumph
induce; be greater in strength or influence; triumph; win out

prevalent: Read
a. Syn. widespread
widespread; widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted

prior: Read
a. Syn. former; antecedent; anterior; previous
preceding in the order of time; former; previous

probe: Read
v. Syn. detect; investigate; search
explore with tools; investigate; search

proclaim: Read
v. Syn. declare; announce
declare; announce

procure: Read
v.
bring into possession; cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; cause to come

prodigal: Read
a. Syn. wasteful
wasteful; reckless with money

prodigious: Read
a. Syn. marvelous; enormous
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous

profane: Read
v. Syn. violate; desecrate; abuse
violate; put to improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse

profound: Read
a. Syn. deep; complete
deep; not superficial; far-reaching

profuse: Read
a.
in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal

proliferate: Read
v.
grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce

prolific: Read
a. Syn. productive; fruitful
producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile

prolong: Read
v. Syn. lengthen
make longer; draw out; lengthen

prominent: Read
a. Syn. conspicuous; notable
conspicuous; immediately noticeable; sticking out; widely known

promiscuous: Read
a.
having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; irregular, casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

prompt: Read
v. Syn. cause; remind; ; inspire
move to act; incite; give rise to; assist with a reminder

pronounced: Read
a. Syn. clear; distinct
clear; distinct; strongly marked; easily noticeable; spoken; voiced

propriety: Read
n. Syn. fitness; appropriateness
fitness; correct conduct; quality of being proper; appropriateness

proscribe: Read
v. Syn. banish; outlaw
command against; banish; outlaw

prosper: Read
v.
flourish; thrive; gain in wealth; grow stronger

protagonist: Read
n.
principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion

provenance: Read
n.
place of origin; source; provenience

provisional: Read
a. Syn. tentative; temporary
temporary; provided for present need only

provoke: Read
v. Syn. irritate; cause; evoke
stir to anger; give rise to; stir to action or feeling

prudent: Read
a. Syn. cautious; careful
cautious; careful in regard to one's own interests

pseudonym: Read
n.
pen name; fictitious name used when someone performs a particular social role

pulverize: Read
v.
pound, crush, or grind to powder or dust

pungent: Read
a. Syn. stinging; caustic
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic

pursue: Read
v.
follow in; go in search of or hunt for

puzzling: Read
a. Syn. perplexing; confusing
lacking clarity of meaning; confusing