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abase:
 v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem
abbess:
 n. the lady superior of a nunnery.
abbey:
 n. the group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.
abbot:
 n. the superior of a community of monks.
abdicate:
 v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
abdomen:
 n. belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis
abdominal:
 n. of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.
abduction:
 n. criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force
abed:
 adv. in bed; on a bed.
aberration:
 n. deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.
abet:
 v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance:
 n. suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension
abhorrence:
 n. the act of detesting extremely.
abhorrent:
 adj. very repugnant; hateful.
abidance:
 n. an abiding.
abject:
 a. being of the most miserable kind; wretched; lacking pride; brought low in condition or status
abjure:
 v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
able-bodied:
 adj. competent for physical service.
ablution:
 n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite
abnegate:
 v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
abnormal:
 a. unusual; not typical; not normal
abominable:
 a. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
abominate:
 v. to hate violently.
abomination:
 n. a very detestable act or practice.
aboriginal:
 a. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
aborigines:
 n. the original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.
abrade:
 v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abrasion:
 n. scratch; friction
abridge:
 v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
abridgment:
 n. a condensed form as of a book or play.
abrogate:
 a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
abrupt:
 a. broken off; very steep; having sudden transitions from one subject to another
abscess:
 n. a collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission:
 n. the act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abscond:
 v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
absence:
 n. state of being absent; state of being away
absent-minded:
 adj. lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business.
absolution:
 n. act of absolving or the state of being absolved; formal remission of sin imparted by a priest
absolve:
 v. let off hook; relieve of requirement or obligation
absorb:
 v. assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; occupy full attention
absorption:
 n. process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; state of mental concentration
abstain:
 v. refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
abstemious:
 a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
abstinence:
 n. restraint from eating or drinking; refraining from indulging appetite or desire
abstruse:
 a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
absurd:
 a. preposterous; ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish
abundant:
 a. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
abusive:
 a. coarsely insulting; physically harmful; characterized by improper or wrongful use
abut:
 v. border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
abyss:
 n. enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit; any deep, immeasurable space; hell
academic:
 a. related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
academician:
 n. a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
academy:
 n. school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
accede:
 v. agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
accelerate:
 v. move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
accept:
 v. to take when offered.
access:
 n. approach; entry; entrance
accessible:
 a. easily approached or entered; obtainable; easy to talk to or get along with
accession:
 n. induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.
accessory:
 n. additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
acclaim:
 v. applaud; announce with great approval
accommodate:
 v. do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
accompaniment:
 n. act of accompanying someone or something
accompanist:
 n. one who or that which accompanies.
accompany:
 v. travel with; be associated with
accomplice:
 n. partner in crime; associate in wrongdoing
accomplish:
 v. succeed in doing; bring to pass; achieve; reach the end of; complete
accordion:
 n. a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; reeds that are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
accost:
 v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
account:
 n. narrative or record of events; reason given for a particular action or event
accouter:
 v. equip; provide with military equipment
accredit:
 v. authorize; commission; give credit for
accumulate:
 v. pile up; collect; mount up; increase
accuracy:
 n. quality of nearness to the truth or the true value
accurate:
 a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
accursed:
 adj. doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusation:
 n. indictment; charge of wrongdoing that is made against a person or other party
accusatory:
 adj. of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
accuse:
 v. blame; condemn
accustom:
 v. to make familiar by use.
acerbity:
 n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone
acetate:
 n. a salt of acetic acid.
acetic:
 a. having properties of vinegar; sour
ache:
 v. to be in pain or distress.
achillean:
 adj. invulnerable.
achromatic:
 adj. colorless,
acid:
 n. sour; water-soluble compounds having a sour taste; quality of being sarcastic, bitter, or scornful
acidify:
 v. to change into acid.
acknowledge:
 v. declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
acknowledgment:
 n. recognition.
acme:
 n. the highest point or level, as of achievement or development; maturity or perfection of animal
acoustic:
 adj. pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.
acquaint:
 v. inform about; cause to come to know personally; make familiar
acquiesce:
 v. assent; agree without protesting
acquiescence:
 n. passive consent.
acquit:
 v. to free or clear, as from accusation.
acquittal:
 n. state of being found or proved not guilty; judgment of not guilty
acquittance:
 n. release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.
acreage:
 n. quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.
acrid:
 a. unpleasantly sharp or bitter to taste or smell; bitterly pungent
acrimonious:
 a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acrimony:
 n. sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.
actionable:
 adj. affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.
actuality:
 n. any reality.
actuary:
 n. an officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate:
 v. put into motion or action; activate
acumen:
 n. mental keenness; quickness of perception
acute:
 a. quickly perceptive; keen; having a sharp point or tip; extremely sharp or severe
adamant:
 a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
addendum:
 n. something added or to be added, especially a supplement to a book
addle:
 v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused
adduce:
 v. to bring forward or name for consideration.
adhere:
 v. stick fast; stick to firmly; be compatible or in accordance with
adherence:
 n. attachment.
adherent:
 n. person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause
adhesion:
 n. the state of being attached or joined.
adieu:
 inter. good-by; farewell.
adjacency:
 n. the state of being adjacent.
adjacent:
 a. adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
adjudge:
 v. to award or bestow by formal decision.
adjunct:
 n. something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior
adjuration:
 n. a vehement appeal.
adjutant:
 adj. auxiliary.
administrator:
 n. one who manages a government agency or department
admissible:
 adj. having the right or privilege of entry.
admittance:
 n. entrance, or the right or permission to enter.
admonish:
 v. warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
admonition:
 n. gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
ado:
 n. doing; bother; troublesome business; fuss; bustle
adoration:
 n. act of playing honor to a divine being; worship paid to God; act of addressing as a god
adroit:
 a. skillful and adept under pressing conditions
adulterant:
 n. an adulterating substance.
adulterate:
 v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
adumbrate:
 v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
advent:
 n. coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
adverse:
 a. in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
adversity:
 n. state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
advert:
 v. to refer incidentally.
advertiser:
 n. one who advertises, especially in newspapers.
advisory:
 a. having power to advice; containing advice
advocacy:
 n. support; active pleading on behalf of something
advocate:
 v. speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
aerial:
 a. of the air or atmosphere; produced by or found in the air; performed in the air
aeronaut:
 n. one who navigates the air, a balloonist.
aeronautics:
 n. the art or practice of flying aircraft
aerostat:
 n. a balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.
aerostatics:
 n. the branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.
affable:
 a. easily approachable; warmly friendly
affect:
 v. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
affectation:
 n. a studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.
affiliate:
 v. associate; incorporate
affirmative:
 a. confirmative; ratifying; giving assent or approval; confirming
affix:
 v. fasten; append; add on; secure to something
affluence:
 n. abundance; a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth
affront:
 n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
afoot:
 adv. in progress.
aforesaid:
 adj. said in a preceding part or before.
afresh:
 adv. once more, after rest or interval.
afterthought:
 n. a thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.
agglomerate:
 v. to pile or heap together.
aggrandize:
 v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation
aggravate:
 v. worsen; make worse or more troublesome
aggravation:
 n. the fact of being made heavier or more heinous, as a crime , offense, misfortune, etc.
aggregate:
 v. gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
aggress:
 v. to make the first attack.
aggression:
 n. an unprovoked attack.
aggrieve:
 v. to give grief or sorrow to.
aghast:
 a. struck by shock, terror, or amazement
agile:
 a. moving quickly and lightly; mentally quick
agitate:
 v. cause to move with violence or sudden force; upset; disturb
agrarian:
 a. pertaining to land or its cultivation; relating to agricultural or rural matters
aide-de-camp:
 n. an officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.
ailment:
 n. sickness; illness; affliction
airy:
 adj. delicate, ethereal.
akin:
 a. of the same kin; related by blood
alabaster:
 n. a white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.
alacrity:
 n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
albeit:
 ad. even though; although; notwithstanding
albino:
 n. a person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris.
album:
 n. a list of names; a register for visitors; a blank book, in which to insert autographs sketches, memorial writing of friends, photographs
alchemy:
 n. medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming
alcohol:
 n. a volatile, inflammable, colorless liquid of a penetrating odor and burning taste.
alcoholism:
 n. a condition resulting from the inordinate or persistent use of alcoholic beverages.
alcove:
 n. nook; small, recessed section of a room
alder:
 n. north temperate shrubs or trees having toothed leaves and cone like fruit
alderman:
 n. a member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship:
 n. the dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.
alias:
 n. assumed name; another name; name that has been assumed temporarily
alien:
 a. dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed in nature; very different place, society, or person
alienable:
 adj. capable of being aliened or alienated, as lands.
alienate:
 v. cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
alienation:
 n. estrangement.
aliment:
 n. that which nourishes.
alkali:
 n. soda ash; caustic soda, caustic potash; one of a class of caustic bases, such as soda, potash, and ammonia
allay:
 v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
allege:
 v. state without proof; assert to be true
allegory:
 n. symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
alleviate:
 v. provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; remove in part
alley:
 n. narrow passage, especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes
alliance:
 n. state of being allied; act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties
allot:
 v. parcel out in parts or portions; distribute to each individual concerned; assign as a share or lot
allotment:
 n. portion.
allude:
 v. refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
allusion:
 n. indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
alluvion:
 n. flood.
ally:
 n. confederate; partner; collaborator
almanac:
 n. a series of tables giving the days of the week together with certain astronomical information.
aloof:
 a. apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
altar:
 n. raised structure on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity
alter:
 v. modify; cause to change; make different; convert
alteration:
 n. passage from one form or state to another; change
altercate:
 v. to contend angrily or zealously in words.
alternate:
 a. happening or following in turns; succeeding each other continuously; substitute
alternative:
 a. one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
altitude:
 n. elevation especially above sea level; height
alto:
 n. the lowest or deepest female voice or part.
altruism:
 n. benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest.
altruist:
 n. one who advocates or practices altruism.
amalgam:
 n. an alloy or union of mercury with another metal.
amalgamate:
 v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury
amateur:
 a. nonprofessional; lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art
amatory:
 adj. designed to excite love.
ambidextrous:
 a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambiguous:
 a. unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambitious:
 a. aspiring; having a strong desire for success or achievement
ambrosial:
 adj. divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious.
ambulance:
 n. field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital
ambulate:
 v. to walk about
ambush:
 n. disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station
ameliorate:
 v. make or become better; improve; grow better
amenable:
 a. responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
americanism:
 n. a peculiar sense in which an english word or phrase is used in the united states.
amicable:
 a. exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
amity:
 n. friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations
amorous:
 a. moved by sexual love; loving
amorphous:
 a. formless; lacking shape or definition
amour:
 n. a love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature.
ampere:
 n. the practical unit of electric-current strength.
amphibious:
 adj. living both on land and in water.
amphitheater:
 n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
amplitude:
 n. largeness.
amply:
 adv. sufficiently.
amputate:
 v. cut off part of body, especially by surgery; prune
amusement:
 n. diversion.
anachronism:
 n. anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.
anagram:
 n. the letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.
analogous:
 a. comparable; similar or alike
analogy:
 n. similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
analyst:
 n. one who analyzes or makes use of the analytical method.
analyze:
 v. diagnose; examine
anarchy:
 n. absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
anathema:
 n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
anatomy:
 n. detailed analysis; branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
anecdote:
 n. short account of amusing or interesting event; short narrative; secret story of history or biography
anemia:
 n. condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles; deficiency of red blood cells; lack of vitality
anemic:
 adj. affected with anemia.
anemometer:
 n. an instrument for measuring the force or velocity of wind.
anesthetic:
 n. substance that causes loss of sensation; producing temporary loss or impairment of feeling
anew:
 adv. once more.
angelic:
 adj. saintly.
anglophobia:
 n. hatred or dread of england or of what is english.
anglo-saxon:
 n. the entire english race wherever found, as in europe, the united states, or india.
angular:
 a. sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner
anhydrous:
 adj. withered.
animadversion:
 n. the utterance of criticism or censure.
animadvert:
 v. to pass criticism or censure.
animalcule:
 n. an animal of microscopic smallness.
animate:
 a. endowed with life; alive; living; animated
animosity:
 n. bitter hostility; active hatred; hostile feeling or act
annalist:
 n. historian.
annals:
 n. chronological record of the events of successive years
annex:
 v. append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
annihilate:
 v. destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
annotate:
 v. comment; make explanatory notes
annual:
 a. occurring or payable every year
annuity:
 n. annual payment of allowance or income; periodical payment, amounting to a fixed sum in each year
annunciation:
 n. proclamation.
anode:
 n. the point where or path by which a voltaic current enters an electrolyte or the like.
anonymous:
 a. having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
antagonism:
 n. active resistance; condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor
antarctic:
 a. opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it
ante:
 v. in the game of poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt.
antecede:
 v. precede; go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order
antecedent:
 n. one who or that which precedes or goes before, as in time, place, rank, order, or causality.
antechamber:
 n. a waiting room for those who seek audience.
antedate:
 v. be earlier in time; go back further
antediluvian:
 a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
antemeridian:
 adj. before noon.
antenatal:
 adj. occurring or existing before birth.
anterior:
 a. before in time; antecedent; placed before or in front
anteroom:
 n. a room situated before and opening into another, usually larger.
anthology:
 n. book of literary selections by various authors
anthracite:
 n. hard coal.
anthropology:
 n. social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings
anthropomorphous:
 adj. having or resembling human form.
antic:
 n. a grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action.
antichrist:
 n. any opponent or enemy of christ, whether a person or a power.
anticlimax:
 n. letdown in thought or emotion; decline viewed in disappointing contrast with previous rise
anticyclone:
 n. an atmospheric condition of high central pressure, with currents flowing outward.
antidote:
 n. medicine to counteract a poison or disease; agent that relieves or counteracts
antilogy:
 n. inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas.
antipathize:
 v. to show or feel a feeling of antagonism, aversion, or dislike.
antiphon:
 n. a response or alteration of responses, generally musical.
antiphony:
 n. an anthem or other composition sung responsively.
antipodes:
 n. a place or region on the opposite side of the earth.
antiquary:
 n. one who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc.
antiquate:
 v. make obsolete or old-fashioned
antique:
 n. any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
antiseptic:
 n. substance that prevents infection; substance that restricts the growth of disease-causing microorganisms
antislavery:
 adj. opposed to human slavery.
antispasmodic:
 adj. tending to prevent or relieve non-inflammatory spasmodic affections.
antistrophe:
 n. the inversion of terms in successive classes, as in "the home of joy and the joy of home".
antitoxin:
 n. a substance which neutralizes the poisonous products of micro-organisms.
antonym:
 n. word of opposite meaning; counter term
anxious:
 a. eager; keen; worried; uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter
apathy:
 n. lack of caring; indifference
aperture:
 n. opening; diameter of such an opening; hole
apex:
 n. highest point; vertex; summit; climax
aphorism:
 n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
apiary:
 n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey
apogee:
 n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
apology:
 n. acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense; explanation or excuse
apostate:
 n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apostle:
 n. any messenger commissioned by or as by divine authority.
apothecary:
 n. one who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions.
apotheosis:
 n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something
appall:
 v. depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak
apparent:
 a. capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
apparition:
 n. ghostly figure; sudden or unusual sight; appearance; state of being visible
appease:
 v. bring peace, quiet, or calm to; satisfy or relieve
appellate:
 adj. capable of being appealed to.
appellation:
 n. name; title; act of naming; act of appealing for aid, sympathy
append:
 v. attach; add as supplement or appendix
appertain:
 v. to belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation.
apposite:
 a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited
apposition:
 n. the act of placing side by side, together, or in contact.
appraise:
 v. estimate value of; evaluate, especially in official capacity
appreciable:
 a. considerable; perceptible
apprehend:
 v. take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
apprehensible:
 adj. capable of being conceived.
approbation:
 n. expression of warm approval; praise
appropriate:
 v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
aqueduct:
 n. a water-conduit, particularly one for supplying a community from a distance.
aqueous:
 adj. of, pertaining to, or containing water.
arbiter:
 n. person with power to decide a dispute; judge
arbitrary:
 a. randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
arbitrate:
 v. to act or give judgment as umpire.
arbor:
 n. a tree.
arboreal:
 a. tree-dwelling; treelike; living in trees
arborescent:
 adj. having the nature of a tree.
arboretum:
 n. place where different tree varieties are exhibited
arboriculture:
 n. the cultivation of trees or shrubs.
arcade:
 n. covered passageway, usually lined with shops; simple arched opening in a wall; vault or vaulted place
archaeology:
 n. study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
archaic:
 a. no longer current or applicable; antiquated
archaism:
 n. obsolescence.
archangel:
 n. an angel of high rank.
archbishop:
 n. the chief of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province in the greek, roman, and anglican church.
archdeacon:
 n. a high official administrator of the affairs of a diocese.
archetype:
 n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
archipelago:
 n. group of closely located islands
ardent:
 a. displaying or by strong enthusiasm or devotion; passionate
ardor:
 n. intensity of passion or affection.
arid:
 a. dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
aristocracy:
 n. hereditary nobility; privileged class
aristocrat:
 n. one of the aristocracy or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble
armada:
 n. a fleet of warships; a large group of moving things
armful:
 n. as much as can be held in the arm or arms.
armory:
 n. arsenal; a place where arms are manufactured
aroma:
 n. fragrance; scent; pleasant characteristic odor, as of a plant, spice, or food
arraign:
 v. officially charge someone in a court of law
arrange:
 v. put in proper order; dispose in the manner intended, or best suited for the purpose
arrangement:
 n. composition; order
arrant:
 adj. notoriously bad.
arrear:
 n. something overdue and unpaid.
arrival:
 n. a coming to stopping-place or destination.
arrogant:
 a. arising from feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others
arrogate:
 v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
artesian:
 well n. a very deep bored well. water rises due to underground pressure
artful:
 adj. characterized by craft or cunning.
arthurian:
 adj. pertaining to king arthur, the real or legendary hero of british poetic story.
artifice:
 n. subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
artless:
 a. free of artificiality; natural; open and honest
ascendant:
 adj. dominant.
ascension:
 n. the act of rising.
ascent:
 n. upward slope or grade; movement upward
ascetic:
 a. leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
ascribe:
 v. inscribe or dedicate; attribute to a specified cause, source, or origin; assign as a quality
asexual:
 adj. having no distinct sexual organs.
ashen:
 a. ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes
askance:
 a. with sideways or indirect look; Turned to side, especially of eyes
asperity:
 n. sharpness of temper; roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate
aspirant:
 n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position
aspire:
 v. seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end
assailant:
 n. one who attacks.
assassin:
 n. one who kills, or tries to kill, treacherously or secretly.
assassinate:
 v. to kill, as by surprise or secret assault, especially the killing of some eminent person.
assassination:
 n. act of assassinating; killing by treacherous violence; murder of public figure by surprise attack
assay:
 v. analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test
assent:
 v. express agreement to what is alleged or proposed; accept
assess:
 v. estimate value; judge worth of something
assessor:
 n. an officer whose duty it is to assess taxes.
assets:
 n. pl. property in general, regarded as applicable to the payment of debts.
assiduous:
 a. constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
assignee:
 n. one who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests.
assimilate:
 v. incorporate and absorb into mind; make similar; cause to resemble
assonance:
 n. resemblance or correspondence in sound.
assonant:
 adj. having resemblance of sound.
assonate:
 v. to accord in sound, especially vowel sound.
assuage:
 v. ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
astringent:
 a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
astute:
 a. wise or keen; shrewd; with sharp intelligence
atheism:
 n. the denial of the existence of god.
athirst:
 adj. wanting water.
athwart:
 adv. from side to side.
atomizer:
 n. an apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc.
atone:
 v. make amends, as for sin or fault; pay for; turn away from sin
atonement:
 n. amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.
atrocious:
 adj. outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel.
atrocity:
 n. brutal deed; atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness
attache:
 n. a subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy.
attest:
 v. testify; authenticate, affirm to be true
attorney-general:
 n. the chief law-officer of a government.
auburn:
 adj. reddish-brown, said usually of the hair.
audacious:
 a. fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold
audible:
 a. perceptible; heard or perceptible by the ear
audition:
 v. take part in a trial performance; evaluate in a trial performance
auditory:
 a. of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing
augment:
 v. make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
augur:
 v. to predict.
augustinian:
 adj. pertaining to st. augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called after him.
aura:
 n. pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons
aural:
 adj. of or pertaining to the ear.
auricle:
 n. one of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins.
auricular:
 adj. of or pertaining to the ear, its auricle, or the sense of hearing.
auriferous:
 adj. containing gold.
aurora:
 n. the first light of day; an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
auspice:
 n. favoring, protecting, or propitious influence or guidance.
austere:
 a. strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
autarchy:
 n. unrestricted power.
authentic:
 a. not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
authenticity:
 n. the state or quality of being genuine, or of the origin and authorship claimed.
autocracy:
 n. absolute government.
autocrat:
 n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power
automaton:
 n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous:
 a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
autonomy:
 n. independence; self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination
autopsy:
 n. examination of dead body; post-mortem
autumnal:
 adj. of or pertaining to autumn.
auxiliary:
 a. helper, additional or subsidiary
avalanche:
 n. great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice:
 n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
aver:
 v. declare to be true; affirm
averse:
 a. reluctant; disinclined; turned away or backward; unwilling
aversion:
 n. firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
avert:
 v. prevent; turn or cause to turn off or away
aviary:
 n. large cage, building, or enclosure in which birds are reared or kept
avidity:
 n. greediness.
avocation:
 n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
avow:
 v. declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly
awaken:
 v. to arouse, as emotion, interest, or the like.
aye:
 adv. an expression of assent.
azalea:
 n. a flowering shrub.
azure:
 a. sky blue; light purplish-blue
baconian:
 adj. of or pertaining to lord bacon or his system of philosophy.
bacterium:
 n. single celled organism with no nucleus
badger:
 v. pester; annoy persistently; persuade through constant efforts
baffle:
 v. frustrate as by confusing or perplexing; impede force or movement of
bailiff:
 n. an officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.
baize:
 n. a single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.
bale:
 n. a bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation
baleful:
 a. portending evil; harmful in intent or effect.
ballad:
 n. popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing
balsam:
 n. a medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.
banal:
 a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
barcarole:
 n. a boat-song of venetian gondoliers.
baritone:
 adj. having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.
barograph:
 n. an instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure.
barometer:
 n. instrument for determining the weight or pressure of the atmosphere
barring:
 prep. apart from.
bask:
 v. luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth
bass:
 adj. low in tone or compass.
baste:
 v. to cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking.
baton:
 n. staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
battalion:
 n. a body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment.
batten:
 n. a narrow strip of wood.
batter:
 v. beat with successive blows; beat repeatedly and with violence
bauble:
 n. small, showy ornament of little value; child's plaything or toy
bawl:
 v. cry out with a loud, full sound; cry with vehemence, as in calling or exultation; shout
beatify:
 v. to make supremely happy.
beatitude:
 n. blessedness; state of extreme happiness
beau:
 n. an escort or lover.
becalm:
 v. keep from motion, or stop progress of; make calm or still
beck:
 v. to give a signal to, by nod or gesture.
bedaub:
 v. to smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
bedeck:
 v. to cover with ornament.
bedlam:
 n. madhouse.
befog:
 v. to confuse.
befriend:
 v. to be a friend to, especially when in need.
beget:
 v. produce; give rise to
begrudge:
 v. resent; give or expend with reluctance; be envious of
belate:
 v. to delay past the proper hour.
belay:
 v. to make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat.
belie:
 v. contradict; give a false impression
believe:
 v. to accept as true on the testimony or authority of others.
belittle:
 v. disparage or depreciate; put down
belle:
 n. a woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc.
bellicose:
 a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
belligerent:
 a. inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
bemoan:
 v. regret strongly; express disapproval of
benediction:
 n. blessing; invocation of divine blessing; expression of good wishes
benefactor:
 n. gift giver; person who gives people or institutions with financial help
benefice:
 n. a church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.
beneficent:
 adj. characterized by charity and kindness.
beneficial:
 a. helpful; tending to promote physical well-being
beneficiary:
 n. person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
benefit:
 n. advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
benevolence:
 n. any act of kindness or well-doing.
benevolent:
 a. generous in providing aid to others; charitable
benign:
 a. kindly; favorable; not malignant
benignant:
 adj. benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
benignity:
 n. kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner.
benison:
 n. blessing.
bequeath:
 v. leave to someone by a will; hand down
bereave:
 v. to make desolate with loneliness and grief.
berth:
 n. space for ship to dock or anchor; allotted place; place to sleep or stay; appointment or job
beseech:
 v. beg; plead with; ask for or request earnestly
beset:
 v. attack from all sides; trouble persistently; hem in
besmear:
 v. to smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance.
bestial:
 a. beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
bestrew:
 v. to sprinkle or cover with things strewn.
bestride:
 v. to get or sit upon astride, as a horse.
bethink:
 v. to remind oneself.
betide:
 v. to happen to or befall.
betimes:
 adv. in good season or time.
betroth:
 v. become engaged to marry; promise to marry
betrothal:
 n. engagement to marry.
bevel:
 n. any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees.
bewilder:
 v. lead into perplexity or confusion; perplex with mazes
bibliography:
 n. list of works of a specific author or publisher; list of writings relating to a given subject
bibliomania:
 n. the passion for collecting books.
bibliophile:
 n. one who loves books.
bibulous:
 adj. fond of drinking.
bide:
 v. to await.
biennial:
 a. every two years; lasting or living for two years
bier:
 n. a horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.
bigamist:
 n. one who has two spouses at the same time.
bigamy:
 n. the crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.
bight:
 n. a slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line.
bilateral:
 a. two-sided; mutual
bilingual:
 n. using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency
biograph:
 n. a bibliographical sketch or notice.
biology:
 n. the science of life or living organisms.
biped:
 n. an animal having two feet.
birthright:
 n. a privilege or possession into which one is born.
bitterness:
 n. sharp and bitter manner
blase:
 adj. sated with pleasure.
blaspheme:
 v. to indulge in profane oaths.
blatant:
 a. flagrant; conspicuously obvious; loudly offensive
blaze:
 n. brilliant burst of fire; destructive fire; flame
blazon:
 v. to make widely or generally known.
bleak:
 a. cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
blemish:
 v. mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
blithe:
 a. gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
blithesome:
 adj. cheerful.
blockade:
 n. shutting up of a place by troops or ships; obstruction to passage
boatswain:
 n. a subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc.
bodily:
 adj. corporeal.
boisterous:
 a. rough and stormy; loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline
bole:
 n. the trunk or body of a tree.
bolero:
 n. a spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing.
boll:
 n. a round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.
bolster:
 v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
bomb:
 n. a hollow projectile containing an explosive material.
bombard:
 v. to assail with any missile or with abusive speech.
bombardier:
 n. a person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells.
bombast:
 n. inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.
boorish:
 a. rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
bore:
 v. drill; make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill
borough:
 n. incorporated town that is not a city; association of men who gave pledges to the king for the good behavior of each other
bosom:
 n. the breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.
botanical:
 adj. connected with the study or cultivation of plants.
botanize:
 v. to study plant-life.
botany:
 n. science which treats of the structure of plants, the functions of their parts, their places of growth, their classification
bountiful:
 a. abundant; graciously generous; giving freely and generously
bowdlerize:
 v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly
bowler:
 n. in cricket, the player who delivers the ball.
boycott:
 v. refrain from buying or using
brae:
 n. hillside.
braggart:
 n. boaster; one given to loud, empty boasting; very talkative person
brandish:
 v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
bravado:
 n. defiant or swaggering behavior; pretense of courage; false show of bravery
bravo:
 interj. well done.
bray:
 n. a loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn.
braze:
 v. to make of or ornament with brass.
brazier:
 n. an open pan or basin for holding live coals.
breach:
 n. breaking of contract or duty
breaker:
 n. one who trains horses, dogs, etc.
breech:
 n. the buttocks.
brethren:
 n. pl. members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like.
brevity:
 n. quality or state of being brief in duration; concise expression
bric-a-brac:
 n. objects of curiosity or for decoration.
bridle:
 n. headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins
brigade:
 n. a body of troops consisting of two or more regiments.
brigadier:
 n. general officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general.
brigand:
 n. one who lives by robbery and plunder.
brimstone:
 n. sulfur.
brine:
 n. water saturated with salt.
bristle:
 n. one of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: used in brush-making, etc.
britannia:
 n. the united kingdom of great britain.
briticism:
 n. a word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of great britain or the british.
brittle:
 a. easily broken; having little elasticity
broach:
 v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
broadcast:
 n. message that is transmitted by radio or television; radio or television show
brogan:
 n. a coarse, heavy shoe.
brogue:
 n. any dialectic pronunciation of english, especially that of the irish people.
brokerage:
 n. the business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker.
bromine:
 n. a dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor.
bronchitis:
 n. inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
bronchus:
 n. either of the two subdivisions of the trachea conveying air into the lungs.
brooch:
 n. ornamental clasp; decorative pin worn by women
brotherhood:
 n. spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity.
browbeat:
 v. bully; intimidate; discourage or frighten with threats
brusque:
 a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
buffoon:
 n. one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
buffoonery:
 n. clowning; arts and practices of buffoon, as low jests, ridiculous pranks, vulgar tricks and postures
bulbous:
 adj. of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb.
bullock:
 n. an ox.
bulrush:
 n. any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water.
bulwark:
 n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bumper:
 n. something as bars at edges to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
bumptious:
 a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
bungle:
 v. mismanage; blunder; work or act in clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner
buoyancy:
 n. power or tendency to float on or in a liquid or gas.
buoyant:
 a. able to float; cheerful and optimistic
bureau:
 n. a chest of drawers for clothing, etc.
bureaucracy:
 n. over-regulated administrative system
burgess:
 n. in colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of maryland or virginia.
burgher:
 n. an inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corporate town.
burnish:
 v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
bursar:
 n. treasurer or keeper of funds; purser or treasurer of college or other community
bustle:
 v. move or cause to move energetically and busily; teem
butt:
 v. to strike with or as with the head, or horns.
butte:
 n. a conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated.
buttress:
 v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
by-law:
 n. a rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like.
cabal:
 n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cabinet:
 n. group of persons appointed by a head of state or a prime minister; hut; cottage; small house; small room; closet
cacophony:
 n. a disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones.
cadaverous:
 a. like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body
cadence:
 n. rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat
cadenza:
 n. an embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument.
caitiff:
 adj. cowardly.
cajole:
 v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
cajolery:
 n. delusive speech.
calculable:
 adj. that may be estimated by reckoning.
calculus:
 n. a concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness.
callosity:
 n. the state of being hard and insensible.
callow:
 a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
calorie:
 n. unit of heat; unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree
calumny:
 n. false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
calvary:
 n. the place where christ was crucified.
calvinism:
 n. the system of doctrine taught by john calvin.
calvinize:
 v. to teach or imbue with the doctrines of calvinism.
came:
 n. a leaden sash-bar or grooved strip for fastening panes in stained-glass windows.
cameo:
 n. piece of jewelry; a small scale used as a jewel for adornment; famous actor's special appearance in a minor role in film
campaign:
 n. battle ;a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
canaanite:
 n. a member of one of the three tribes that dwelt in the land of canaan, or western palestine.
canary:
 n. pale yellowish color; wine made in the Canary Islands; canary bird; quick and lively dance
candid:
 a. straightforward; frank; free from prejudice; impartial
candor:
 n. frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
canine:
 a. related to dogs; dog-like; affecting or derived from dogs
canon:
 n. law or rule; decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by authority; books of the Bible officially accepted; a group of literary works
cant:
 n. inclination or slope; slanted or oblique surface; jargon, especially of thieves; dialect
cantata:
 n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
canto:
 n. part or division of poem of some length
cantonment:
 n. the part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered.
capacious:
 a. capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy
capillary:
 n. long and slender with a very small internal diameter
capitulate:
 v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
caprice:
 n. sudden, unexpected fancy; impulsive change of mind
caption:
 n. title; chapter heading; text under illustration
captious:
 a. intended to confuse in an argument
captivate:
 v. charm; enthrall; seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to enemy
carcass:
 n. dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food
cardiac:
 a. of or relating to the heart
cardinal:
 a. chief; serving as an essential component
caret:
 n. a sign (^) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc., should be inserted.
caricature:
 n. representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
carnage:
 n. destruction of life; savage and excessive killing of many people
carnal:
 a. fleshly; of or relating to body or flesh; bodily
carnivorous:
 a. eating or feeding on flesh; predatory
carouse:
 v. to drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner.
carrion:
 n. dead and putrefying flesh.
cartilage:
 n. an elastic animal tissue of firm consistence.
cartridge:
 n. a charge for a firearm, or for blasting.
caste:
 n. any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies
castigate:
 v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
casual:
 a. informal; purposeless; occurring by chance
casualty:
 n. serious or fatal accident; someone injured or killed in an accident
cataclysm:
 n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; deluge or overflowing of water
cataract:
 n. large or high waterfall; eye abnormality
catastrophe:
 n. calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune
cathode:
 n. the negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery.
catholicism:
 n. the system, doctrine, and practice of the roman catholic church.
catholicity:
 n. universal prevalence or acceptance.
cat-o-nine-tails:
 n. an instrument consisting of nine pieces of cord, formerly used for flogging in the army and navy.
caucus:
 n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
causal:
 a. implying cause-and-effect relationship
caustic:
 a. capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
cauterize:
 v. to burn or sear as with a heated iron.
cede:
 v. yield or formally resign and surrender to another
censor:
 n. overseer of morals; official responsible for removal of objectionable or sensitive content
censorious:
 a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
census:
 n. official examination of the details of a country's population
centenary:
 a. relating to a 100-year period; occurring once every 100 years
centiliter:
 n. a hundredth of a liter.
centimeter:
 n. a length of one hundredth of a meter.
centurion:
 n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
cereal:
 n. grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as food.
ceremonial:
 n. ritual; ceremony or rite
ceremonious:
 a. marked by formality; strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony or ritual
cessation:
 n. bringing or coming to end; ceasing
cession:
 n. yielding to another; ceding or surrendering
chameleon:
 n. lizard that changes color in different situations
chancery:
 n. a court of equity, as distinguished from a common-law court.
chaos:
 n. disorder; condition or place of great disorder or confusion; disorderly mass
characteristic:
 n. feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait
characterize:
 v. distinguish; be characteristic of; be a distinctive trait or mark of
charlatan:
 n. quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
chasten:
 v. rid of excess; refine or purify; correct by punishment or reproof
chastise:
 v. punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
chastity:
 n. state of being chaste; purity of body; freedom from unlawful sexual intercourse
chateau:
 n. impressive country house or castle in France; large country house
chattel:
 n. any article of personal property.
check:
 v. stop motion; curb or restrain
chiffon:
 n. a very thin gauze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc.
chivalry:
 n. courtesy towards women
cholera:
 n. an acute epidemic disease.
choleric:
 a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
choral:
 adj. pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir.
christ:
 n. a title of jesus
christen:
 v. to name in baptism.
christendom:
 n. that part of the world where christianity is generally professed.
chromatic:
 adj. belonging, relating to, or abounding in color.
chronology:
 n. time sequence; arrangement of events in time
chronometer:
 n. a portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision.
cipher:
 n. secret code; an Arabic numeral or figure; a number
circulate:
 v. move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
circumference:
 n. boundary line of a circle, figure, area, or object
circumlocution:
 n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
circumnavigate:
 v. to sail quite around.
circumscribe:
 v. limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
circumspect:
 a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
citadel:
 n. fortress; fortified place which people could go for shelter during battle
cite:
 v. quote; adduce as an instance
claimant:
 n. one who makes a claim or demand, as of right.
clairvoyance:
 n. intuitive sagacity or perception.
clamorous:
 a. speaking and repeating loud words; full of clamor; calling or demanding loudly or urgently; vociferous; noisy; bawling; loud
clan:
 n. faction; tribe; division of a tribe tracing descent from a common ancestor; a large group of relatives
clandestine:
 a. secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
clangor:
 n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
clarify:
 v. make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
clarion:
 n. a small shrill trumpet or bugle.
classify:
 v. declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
clearance:
 n. act of clearing; space cleared; permission to proceed or trust
clemency:
 n. mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
clement:
 adj. compassionate.
close-hauled:
 adj. having the sails set for sailing as close to the wind as possible.
clothier:
 n. one who makes or sells cloth or clothing.
clumsy:
 a. awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
coagulant:
 adj. producing coagulation.
coagulate:
 v. cause transformation of liquid into or as if into soft, semisolid, or solid mass
coalescence:
 n. union of diverse things into one body or form or group; growing together of parts
coalition:
 n. partnership; league; state of being combined into one body
coddle:
 v. treat gently; cook in water just below boiling point
codicil:
 n. supplement or appendix, especially to a will
coerce:
 v. restrain by force, especially by law or authority; repress; curb
coercion:
 n. use of force to get someone to obey
coercive:
 adj. serving or tending to force.
cogent:
 a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
cognate:
 a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
cognizant:
 adj. taking notice.
cohere:
 v. stick or hold together in a mass that resists separation
cohesion:
 n. tendency to keep together
cohesive:
 a. cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated
coincide:
 v. occur at the same time as; correspond
coincidence:
 n. two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
coincident:
 a. concerning; simultaneous
collaborate:
 v. work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort
collapse:
 v. breakdown; failure
collapsible:
 adj. that may or can collapse.
colleague:
 n. fellow worker; associate; co-worker
collective:
 a. common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
collector:
 n. one who makes a collection, as of objects of art, books, or the like.
collegian:
 n. a college student.
collide:
 v. bump; hit; conflict
collier:
 n. one who works in a coal-mine.
collision:
 n. crash; conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
colloquial:
 a. of informal spoken language or conversation; conversational or chatty
colloquialism:
 n. colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
colloquy:
 n. conversation.
collusion:
 n. secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy
colossus:
 n. any strikingly great person or object.
comely:
 a. pleasing or attractive to the eye; handsome; graceful
comestible:
 adj. fit to be eaten.
comical:
 a. arousing or provoking laughter
commemorate:
 v. serve as a memorial to; honor the memory of with a ceremony
commentary:
 n. written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
commingle:
 v. to blend.
commissariat:
 n. the department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs.
commission:
 n. fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
commitment:
 n. pledge, undertaking; act of binding yourself to a course of action
committal:
 n. the act, fact, or result of committing, or the state of being
commodity:
 n. goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
commotion:
 n. disturbed or violent motion; agitation; public disturbance; riot; excitement
commute:
 v. obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; travel regularly from a place of residence to another place
comparable:
 a. similar or equivalent; being of equal regard; worthy to be ranked with
comparative:
 a. relative; based on, or involving comparison
comparison:
 n. examination of two or more objects with reference to their likeness or unlikeness.
compensate:
 v. make amends for; reimburse
competence:
 n. quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
competent:
 a. capable; adept
competitive:
 a. of or pertaining to competition; producing competition; showing a fighting disposition
competitor:
 n. one who seeks what another seeks, or claims what another claims; one who competes; rival
complacent:
 adj. pleased or satisfied with oneself.
complaisance:
 n. politeness.
complaisant:
 a. trying to please; showing cheerful willingness to do favors for others
complement:
 v. complete; consummate; make perfect
complex:
 a. complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
compliant:
 a. yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
complicate:
 v. to make complex, difficult, or hard to deal with.
complication:
 n. complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease
complicity:
 n. participation; involvement as partner or accomplice, especially in crime or other wrongdoing
compliment:
 n. praise; commendation; say something to someone that expresses praise
component:
 n. element; ingredient; abstract part of something
comport:
 v. to conduct or behave (oneself).
composure:
 n. mental calmness; calm or tranquil state of mind
comprehensible:
 a. understandable; readily comprehended or understood; intelligible
comprehension:
 n. grasp; ability to understand
comprehensive:
 a. thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
compress:
 v. close; squeeze or press together; contract
compressible:
 adj. capable of being pressed into smaller compass.
compression:
 n. applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
comprise:
 v. include; consist of; be composed of
compulsion:
 n. act of compelling, or the state of being compelled; act of driving or urging by force or by physical or moral constraint
compulsory:
 a. mandatory; obligatory; required by rule
compunction:
 n. feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
compute:
 v. reckon; make mathematical calculation
concede:
 v. admit; yield; give up physical control of another
conceit:
 n. overly high self-esteem; feelings of excessive pride
conceive:
 v. form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
concerto:
 n. composition for orchestra and a soloist
concession:
 n. act of yielding; point yielded; acknowledgment or admission
conciliate:
 v. to obtain the friendship of.
conciliatory:
 a. making or willing to yield, or to make concessions
conclusive:
 a. definitive; decisive; final
concord:
 n. agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things
concordance:
 n. harmony.
concur:
 v. to agree.
concurrence:
 n. agreement.
concurrent:
 a. simultaneous; coincident; occurring or operating at the same time
concussion:
 n. shaking or agitation; shock; injury to an organ, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow
condensation:
 n. compression
condense:
 v. change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops; compress or concentrate
condescend:
 v. stoop or descend; let one's self down; submit; waive the privilege of rank or dignity
condolence:
 n. expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief.
conduce:
 v. to bring about.
conducive:
 adj. contributing to an end.
conductible:
 adj. capable of being conducted or transmitted.
conduit:
 n. a means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid.
confectionery:
 n. the candy collectively that a confectioner makes or sells, as candy.
confederacy:
 n. alliance
confederate:
 n. ally; form a group or unite
confer:
 v. bestow; present; have a conference in order to talk something over
conferee:
 n. a person with whom another confers.
confessor:
 n. a spiritual advisor.
confidant:
 n. one to whom secrets are entrusted.
confide:
 v. disclose; reveal; tell in confidence
confidence:
 n. feeling secure or certain about something
confident:
 a. assured; having or marked by assurance
confinement:
 n. state of being confined; restraint within limits; any restraint of liberty by force
confiscate:
 v. seize as forfeited to the public treasury; appropriate to the public use
conflagration:
 a. large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
confluence:
 n. act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
confluent:
 n. a stream that unites with another.
conformable:
 adj. harmonious.
conformance:
 n. the act or state or conforming.
conformation:
 n. general structure, form, or outline.
conformity:
 n. similarity in form or character; agreement
confront:
 v. be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
congeal:
 v. to coagulate.
congenial:
 a. compatible
congest:
 v. to collect into a mass.
congregate:
 v. assemble; convene; gather
coniferous:
 adj. cone-bearing trees.
conjecture:
 v. believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
conjoin:
 v. to unite.
conjugal:
 a. belonging to marriage; suitable or appropriate to the marriage state or to married persons; matrimonial
conjugate:
 adj. joined together in pairs.
conjugation:
 n. the state or condition of being joined together.
conjunction:
 n. state of being conjoined, united, or associated; union; association; league
connive:
 v. to be in collusion.
connoisseur:
 n. specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
connote:
 v. to mean; signify.
connubial:
 adj. pertaining to marriage or matrimony.
conquer:
 v. gain or acquire by force; take possession of by violent means; gain dominion over
consanguineous:
 a. of the same lineage or origin; having common ancestor
conscience:
 n. motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles; source of moral or ethical judgment
conscientious:
 a. diligent; responsible; reliable
conscious:
 a. awake; alert
conscript:
 v. to force into military service.
consecrate:
 v. to set apart as sacred.
consecutive:
 a. following one after another without interruption; sequential
consensus:
 n. general agreement or accord; opinion reached by a group as a whole
conservatism:
 n. a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
conservative:
 a. favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change
conservatory:
 n. greenhouse; school of music or dramatic art
consign:
 v. give, transfer, or deliver in a formal manner, as if by signing over into the possession of another
consignee:
 n. a person to whom goods or other property has been entrusted.
consignor:
 n. one who entrusts.
consistency:
 n. harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
console:
 v. cheer from distress or depression; alleviate grief and raise spirits of; relieve; comfort
consolidate:
 v. make solid; unite or press together into a compact mass; harden or make dense and firm
consonance:
 n. the state or quality of being in accord with.
consonant:
 a. compatible; harmonious
consort:
 v. associate; join
conspicuous:
 a. noticeable; prominent; easy to notice; obvious
conspirator:
 n. one who engages in a conspiracy; plotter
conspire:
 v. make a secret agreement, to do some act, as to commit treason or a crime, or to do some unlawful deed; plot together
constable:
 n. an officer whose duty is to maintain the peace.
constellation:
 n. a number of stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
consternation:
 n. intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror
constituency:
 n. the inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body.
constituent:
 n. component or part; citizen, voter
constrict:
 v. restrict; shrink; make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing
consul:
 n. an officer appointed to reside in a foreign city, chiefly to represent his country.
consulate:
 n. the place in which a consul transacts official business.
consummate:
 a. carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect
consumption:
 n. eating or drinking of something
consumptive:
 adj. designed for gradual destruction.
contagion:
 n. the communication of disease from person to person.
contagious:
 a. infectious; of or relating to communicable diseases
contaminate:
 v. make impure or unclean by contact or mixture; pollute; defile
contemplate:
 v. look at attentively and thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
contemporaneous:
 adj. living, occurring, or existing at the same time.
contemporary:
 a. modern; belonging to the same period of time
contemptible:
 a. worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
contemptuous:
 a. scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect
contender:
 n. contestant you hope to defeat
contiguity:
 n. proximity.
contiguous:
 a. sharing an edge or boundary; touching; neighboring
continence:
 n. self control; self restraint; partial or complete abstention from sexual activity
contingency:
 n. condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty; possibility
contingent:
 a. possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
continuance:
 n. permanence.
continuation:
 n. prolongation; extension by which something is carried to a further point
continuity:
 n. property of a continuous and connected period of time
continuous:
 adj. connected, extended, or prolonged without separation or interruption of sequence.
contort:
 v. to twist into a misshapen form.
contraband:
 n. trade forbidden by law or treaty.
contradiction:
 n. assertion of contrary; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; opposition, whether by argument or conduct
contradictory:
 a. nature of, or being a contradiction; mutually exclusive; opposing
contraposition:
 n. a placing opposite.
contravene:
 v. to prevent or obstruct the operation of.
contribution:
 n. act of contributing; payment exacted for special purpose; impost or levy
contributor:
 n. one who gives or furnishes, in common with others, for a common purpose.
contrite:
 adj. broken in spirit because of a sense of sin.
contrivance:
 n. the act planning, devising, inventing, or adapting something to or for a special purpose.
contrive:
 v. form by an exercise of ingenuity; devise; invent; design
control:
 v. to exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over.
controller:
 n. one who or that which regulates or directs.
contumacious:
 adj. rebellious.
contumacy:
 n. contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority.
contuse:
 v. to bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin.
contusion:
 n. injury that doesn't break the skin
convalesce:
 v. recover gradually from an illness
convalescence:
 n. the state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease.
convalescent:
 adj. recovering health after sickness.
convene:
 v. cause to come together formally
convenience:
 n. state of being suitable
converge:
 v. approach; tend to meet; come together
convergent:
 adj. tending to one point.