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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.