dirge:a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; funeral hymn E.g.The stranger, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge.
disarray:throw into disorder; break the array of. E.g.Then the NASDAQ crash of 2000 left the US equity markets in disarray for more than a year.
disband:loose bands of; set free; disunite; scatter E.g.They decided to disband half army when the war came to an end.
discernible:distinguishable; perceptible; capable of being seen or noticed E.g.Many things happen in the earth and sky with no discernible cause.
discerning:exhibiting keen insight and good judgment; quick to understand E.g.He said the carrier is ready for the transition and views it as an opportunity to attract discerning subscribers.
disclose:unclose; open; remove a cover or envelope from; lay open or expose to view E.g.I have no intention to disclose their names for security reason.
discomfit:make uneasy or perplexed; cause to lose one's composure; disconcert E.g.Such a statement might discomfit the haters in the Democratic base, but it could go a long way to reassuring the voters that the candidates are thinking about the good of America above all.
disconcert:confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass E.g.The evidence produced by her adversary does disconcert the lawyer.
disconsolate:sad; cheerless; gloomy; hopeless or not expecting E.g.The death of his wife left him disconsolate.
discord:conflict; lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things E.g.Watching Tweedledum battle Tweedledee, Alice wondered what had caused this pointless discord.
discordant:not harmonious; conflicting; disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant E.g.Nothing is quite so discordant as the sound of a junior high school orchestra tuning up.
discount:give reduction in price on E.g.I never discount these books, they sell like hot cakes.
discourse:formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation E.g.The young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the philosophical discourse of Socrates and his followers.
discredit:defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve E.g.The campaign was highly negative in tone; each candidate tried to discredit the other.
discrepancy:lack of consistency; difference E.g.The police noticed an obvious discrepancy in his description of the crime and did not believe him.
discrete:separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts E.g.The universe is composed of discrete bodies.
discretion:knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; trait of judging wisely and objectively E.g.The servants showed great tact and discretion.
discriminate:make a clear distinction; distinguish; make sensible decisions; judge wisely E.g.It's not just a notion when 46 states can still discriminate against same-sex couples getting married.
discriminating:able to see differences; showing careful judgment or fine taste E.g.A superb interpreter of Picasso, she was sufficiently discriminating to judge the most complex works of modern art.
discursive:tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects E.g.As the lecturer wandered from topic to topic, we wondered what if any point there was to his discursive remarks.
disdain:view with scorn or contempt; feel with aversion E.g.In the film Funny Face, the bookish heroine used to disdain fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests.
disembark:go ashore from ship; unload cargo from ship; leave a vehicle or aircraft E.g.Before the passengers could disembark, they had to pick up their passports from the ship's purser.
disenfranchise:deprive of civil right; deprive someone of franchise, generally their right to vote E.g.The imposition of the poll tax effectively would disenfranchise poor Southern blacks, who lost their right to vote.
disengage:release from something that holds firmly E.g.It becomes so overwhelming that I just disengage from the situation, and think my own thoughts.
disfigure:change appearance of something or someone to the negative; deform E.g.The ugly frown liked to disfigure his normally pleasant face.
disgorge:bring up and expel from throat or stomach; vomit; discharge or pour forth contents E.g.Unwilling to disgorge the cash he had stolen from the pension fund, the embezzler tried to run away.
disgruntle:cause being in bad temper; disappoint; disconcert E.g.The numerous delays disgruntle the passengers.
dishearten:discourage; cause to lose courage or hope E.g.His failure to pass the bar exam would dishearten him.
disheveled:marked by disorder; untidy; having hair in loose disorder E.g.Your disheveled appearance will hurt your chances in this interview.
disinclination:unwillingness; lack of inclination; mild aversion E.g.Some mornings I feel a great disinclination to get out of bed.
disingenuous:giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating E.g.Now that we know the mayor and his wife are engaged in a bitter divorce fight, we find their earlier remarks regretting their lack of time together remarkably disingenuous.
disinter:dig up; unearth; dig up or remove from grave or tomb; bring to public notice E.g.They planned to disinter the body and hold an autopsy.
disinterested:not interested; indifferent; free of self-interest; impartial E.g.Given the judge's political ambitions and the lawyers' financial interest in the case, the only disinterested person in the courtroom may have been the court reporter.
disjointed:separated at joints; out of joint; lacking order or coherence E.g.His remarks were so disjointed that we could not follow his reasoning.
dislodge:remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied E.g.The prime minister also called for troops to dislodge Mr. president as the country's humanitarian crisis worsens.
dismantle:take apart; disassemble; tear down E.g.Some analysts speculate that Citigroup is facing pressure to dismantle from the federal government.
dismember:cut into small parts; withdraw or exclude from membership, as of a society or body E.g.Who did dismember the Austrian Empire? Several new countries were established.
dismiss:stop considering; end employment or service of; discharge; refuse to accept or recognize E.g.Believing in John's love for her, she can dismiss the notion that he might be unfaithful.
disparage:belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank E.g.A doting mother, Emma was more likely to praise her son's crude attempts at art than to disparage them.
disparate:fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar E.g.Unfortunately, Tony and Tina have disparate notions of marriage: Tony sees it as a carefree extended love affair, while Tina sees it as a solemn commitment to build a family and a home.
disparity:difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree E.g.Their disparity in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
dispassionate:calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice E.g.Known in the company for his cool judgment, Bill could impartially examine the causes of a problem, giving a dispassionate analysis of what had gone wrong, and go on to suggest how to correct the mess.
dispatch:act of sending off something; property of being prompt and efficient; message usually sent in haste E.g.He sent a dispatch to headquarters informing his commander of the great victory.
dispel:scatter; drive away; cause to vanish E.g.The bright sunlight eventually might dispel the morning mist.
dispense:distribute; prepare and give out; deal out in parts or portions E.g.I was told that occasionally there is no medication to dispense, sometimes because of a lack of money but other times because of no drugs available in our remote area.
disperse:move away from each other; cause to separate; cause to become widely known E.g.The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters.
dispirited:lacking in spirit; affected or marked by low spirits E.g.The coach used all the tricks at his command to buoy up the enthusiasm of his team, which had become dispirited at the loss of the star player.
disputatious:argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute E.g.Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case.
dissection:analysis; cutting apart in order to examine E.g.The dissection of frogs in the laboratory is particularly unpleasant to some students.
dissemble:disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of E.g.Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.
disseminate:distribute; spread; scatter like seeds E.g.By their use of the Internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
dissent:differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval E.g.They dissent from the Bishops Conferences, not the Universal Church, and their issue is not on “faith and morals,” but on social policy
dissertation:formal essay; paper written by candidate for doctoral degree at university E.g.In order to earn a graduate degree from many of our universities, a candidate is frequently required to prepare a dissertation on some scholarly subject.
dissident:disagreeing, especially with a majority; rebellious E.g.In the purge that followed the student demonstrations, the government hunted down the dissident students and their supporters.
dissimulate:pretend; hide feelings from other people E.g.She tried to dissimulate her grief by her exuberant attitude.
dissipate:spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse E.g.He is a fine artist, but I fear he may dissipate his gifts if he keeps wasting his time playing games.
dissolution:breaking of union; decomposition into fragments or parts; extinction of life; decay E.g.Which caused King Lear more suffering: the dissolution of his kingdom into warring factions, or of his aged, failing body?
dissonance:discord; disagreeable sounds; harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds E.g.Composer Charles Ives often used dissonance clashing or unresolved chords for special effects in his musical works.
dissuade:persuade not to do; discourage E.g.Since Tom could not dissuade Huck from running away from home, he decided to run away with him.
distant:far in space or time; cold in manner E.g.His distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start.
distend:swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure E.g.I can tell when he is under stress by the way the veins distend on his forehead.
distill:give off liquid; purify; refine; increase the concentration of E.g.And if you feel you must distill the history from the fiction, then you are welcome to do research of your own.
distinct:definite; separate; different E.g.The UN has always been at pains to say that its role in occupied Iraq is distinct from that of the US-led forces, and many ordinary Iraqis appreciated that the primary UN role was humanitarian.
distinction:excellence or eminence; note or mark of difference E.g.A slave, of course, in distinction from a free woman, is not permitted complaints.
distinctive:special; unique; marking or expressing distinction or difference E.g.It is the retailer of unique, distinctive furniture in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
distort:twist out of proper or natural relation of parts; misshape; misrepresent E.g.It is difficult to believe the newspaper accounts of the riots because of the way some reporters distort and exaggerate the actual events.
distraught:deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict; mad; insane E.g.Her father had recently died and her mother was still distraught from the loss.
diurnal:daily; relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period E.g.A farmer cannot neglect his diurnal tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be milked regularly.
diva:female operatic singer or star E.g.Although world famous as a diva, she did not indulge in fits of temperament.
diverge:vary; go in different directions from the same point E.g.The spokes of the wheel diverge from the hub.
diverse:differing in some characteristics; various E.g.The professor suggested diverse ways of approaching the assignment and recommended that we choose one of them.
diversion:act of turning aside; pastime; activity that relaxes or entertains E.g.Fargo-Moorhead area officials already have decided that a diversion is the best option but are debating the size and location of the channel.
divest:free of; rid; remove all of one's clothing E.g.Most secretive of men, let him at last divest himself of secrets, both his and ours.
divine:perceive intuitively; foresee future; have nature of or being a deity E.g.Nothing infuriated Tom more than Aunt Polly's ability to divine when he was telling the truth.
divulge:reveal; make known to public E.g.Will update regarding the details, but all I can divulge is that it involves a really good-looking guy.
docile:obedient; ready and willing to be taught; easily managed or handled E.g.As docile as he seems today, that old lion was once a ferocious, snarling beast.
doctrinaire:unable to compromise about points of doctrine; unyielding E.g.Weng had hoped that the student-led democracy movement might bring about change in China, but the repressive response of the doctrinaire hard liners crushed his dreams of democracy.
doctrine:principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction E.g.An essential element to the doctrine is the employer's "continued willingness to employ" the employee.
document:provide written evidence; record in detail E.g.She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm.
doff:take off; remove; tip or remove one's hat in salutation; put aside; discard E.g.A gentleman used to doff his hat to a lady.
doggerel:poor verse; of crude or irregular construction E.g.Although we find occasional snatches of genuine poetry in her work, most of her writing is mere doggerel.
doldrums:period of depression or unhappy listlessness; slack period; state of inactivity E.g.Once the excitement of meeting her deadline was over, she found herself in the doldrums.
dolt:stupid person; person who is not very bright E.g.I thought I was talking to a mature audience; instead, I find myself addressing a dolt or idiot.
dominant:major; important; outweighing E.g.If the projects are successful, they will help place Russia firmly on the map as one of the world's dominant energy suppliers.
dominate:monopolize; command; rule; prevail; be prevalent in E.g.People tend to have one side of their brain dominate their thought patterns.
domineer:rule or exercise power in cruel; rule over or control arbitrarily E.g.Students prefer teachers who guide, not ones who domineer.
don:put clothing on one's body E.g.When Clark Kent has to don his Superman outfit, he changes clothes in a convenient phone booth.
doom:judgment; judicial sentence; penal decree; condemnation E.g.People sent the criminal to his doom.
dormant:sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active E.g.Her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened.
dormer:window set vertically into small gable projecting from sloping roof; sleeping-room E.g.In remodeling the attic into a bedroom, we decided that we needed to put in a dormer to provide sufficient ventilation for the new room.
dorsal:near the back or upper surface E.g.The dorsal fin is the vertical fin on the back of a fish and certain marine mammals.
dossier:file of documents on a subject; a bundle of writings or documents relating to one matter or subject E.g.This dossier is a result of intensive work over eight weeks that has drawn on many sources.
dote:be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline E.g.Not only grandmothers bore you with stories about their brilliant grandchildren; grandfathers dote on the little rascals, too.
dour:stubbornly unyielding; marked by sternness or harshness E.g.The dour hotel concierge demanded payment for the room in advance.
douse:plunge into water; wet thoroughly; extinguish E.g.They douse each other with hoses and water balloons.
dowdy:lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby; old-fashioned E.g.She tried to change her dowdy image by buying a new fashionable wardrobe.
downcast:low in spirits; depressed; directed downward E.g.Cheerful and optimistic by nature, Beth was never downcast despite the difficulties she faced.
doze:slumber; sleep lightly; be in dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; be drowsy E.g.If I doze off and stop flipping the pages, the boy goes to sleep too.
drab:dull; lacking color; lacking in liveliness, charm, or surprise E.g.The Dutch woman's drab winter coat contrasted with the distinctive, colorful native costume she wore beneath it.
draconian:extremely harsh; very severe, oppressive or strict E.g.When the principal canceled the senior prom because some seniors had been late to school that week, we thought the draconian punishment was far too harsh for such a minor violation of the rules.
draft:rough outline; draw up an outline; sketch E.g.Now governments are re-writing the EU's governing treaty and the draft version is considered by the EU's leaders in Brussels.
drama:play; literary work intended for theater E.g.The Danes have now taken the top drama award at the Emmys for three out of the past four years.
drastic:radical; taking effect violently or rapidly E.g.They faced the drastic social change brought by the French Revolution.
draw:cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; pull along; haul; drag E.g.When a sharp hiss made her draw back in a hurry: a large pigeon had flown into her face, and was beating her violently with its wings.
dregs:sediment settled at bottom of liquid; waste or worthless matter E.g.David poured the wine carefully to avoid stirring up the dregs.
dribble:fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops E.g.Water will dribble from the leaky faucet as long as it is raining.
drip:process of falling in drops; liquid or moisture that falls in drops; sound made by liquid falling in drops E.g.He listened to the steady drip of the rain.
drivel:nonsense; silly, unmeaning talk; servant; slave E.g.Which is more sad, believing drivel or having faith in nonsense?
droll:queer; amusingly odd; comical E.g.He was a popular guest because his droll anecdotes were always entertaining.
drone:idle person; male bee; someone who takes more time than necessary E.g.Content to let his wife support him, the would-be writer was in reality nothing but a drone.
dross:waste or impure matter; worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter E.g.Many methods have been devised to separate the valuable metal from the dross.
drudgery:hard monotonous routine work E.g.Cinderella's fairy godmother rescued her from a life of drudgery.
dubious:questionable; filled with doubt E.g.Abroad, Obama is ready to deploy military might in dubious causes defined by the country's hawkish defense establishment.
ductile:easily influenced; flexible; pliable E.g.Copper is an extremely ductile material: you can stretch it into the thinnest of wires, bend it, even wind it into loops.
dulcet:sweet sounding; pleasing to ear; melodious E.g.The dulcet sounds of the birds at dawn were soon drowned out by the roar of traffic passing our motel.
dull:lacking responsiveness or alertness; intellectually weak or obtuse E.g.It seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.
dupe:easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image E.g.While the gullible Watson often was made a dupe by unscrupulous parties, Sherlock Holmes was far more difficult to fool.
duplicity:double-dealing; deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; acting in bad faith. E.g.When Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious at his duplicity.
duration:length of time something lasts E.g.Because she wanted the children to make a good impression on the dinner guests, Mother promised them a treat if they'd behave for the duration of the meal.
duress:forcible restraint, especially unlawfully E.g.The hostages were held under duress until the prisoners' demands were met.
dwindle:shrink; reduce in size; become less E.g.The food in the life boat gradually had to dwindle away to nothing; in the end, they ate the ship's cook.
dynamic:energetic; vigorously active E.g.The dynamic aerobics instructor kept her students on the run.
earthy:unrefined; crude or indecent; of this world; worldly E.g.His earthy remarks often embarrassed the women in his audience.
ebb:fall away or back; decline or recede; fall back from the flood stage E.g.Sitting on the beach, Mrs. Dalloway watched the tide ebb: the waters receded, drawing away from her as she sat there all alone.
ebullient:showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm E.g.Amy's ebullient nature could not be repressed; she' was always bubbling over with excitement.
eccentric:departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern E.g.People came up with some eccentric ideas for dealing with the emergency: someone even suggested tieing a knot in the comet's tail!.
eccentricity:oddity; departure from that which is stated, regular, or usual; deviation from center E.g.Some of his friends tried to account for his rudeness to strangers as the eccentricity of genius.
ecclesiastic:minister or priest; cleric; one holding an office in the Christian ministry E.g.This talented ecclesiastic is also responsible for restoration of the Church in Tlalpan, on the outskirts of the Federal District.
eclectic:composed of elements from a variety of sources E.g.His style of interior decoration was eclectic: bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods, strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor.
eclipse:darken; exceed in importance; outweigh E.g.The new stock market high would eclipse the previous record set in 1995.
ecologist:biologist who studies relation between organisms and their environment E.g.The ecologist was concerned that the new dam would upset the natural balance of the creatures living in Glen Canyon.
economy:efficient use of resources; reduction in cost; specific type of economic system E.g.The tribe's main economy is primitive agriculture and its wealth is sometimes counted in people as well as animals.
ecosystem:system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment E.g.University of South Florida's Ernst Peebles said the oil on the floor is undermining the ecosystem from the bottom up.
ecstasy:intense joy or delight; any overpowering emotion E.g.A researcher a year ago published startling research showing that the drug commonly known as ecstasy can cause Parkinson's-like brain damage.
eddy:swirling current of water, air; flow in circular current E.g.The water in the tide pool was still, except for an occasional eddy.
edict:decree ,especially issued by a sovereign; official command E.g.The emperor issued an edict decreeing that everyone should come see him model his magnificent new clothes.
edifice:building, especially one of imposing appearance or size; a structure that has a roof and walls E.g.To him this edifice is a beautiful structure, although it will never be finished.
edify:instruct or correct, especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement E.g.Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused rather than enlightened.
eerie:suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious E.g.In that eerie setting, it was easy to believe in ghosts and other supernatural beings.
efface:rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing E.g.He handled the coin so many times to efface its date.
effective:efficient; productive; producing a strong impression or response E.g.The Department of Homeland Security says it has effective control of less than 15 percent of our southern border with Mexico.
effectual:able to produce a desired effect; valid E.g.Because of the development of drug-resistant strains of bacteria; many once useful antibiotics are no longer effectual in curing bacterial infections.
effeminate:having some characteristic of a woman; womanlike; womanly; tender E.g.Men who are effeminate for what ever reason do not equate to being homosexual.
effervescence:inner excitement or exuberance; process of bubbling as gas escapes E.g.Nothing depressed Sue for long; her natural effervescence soon reasserted itself.
efficacy:power to produce desired effect E.g.The efficacy of this drug depends on the regularity of the dosage.
effigy:crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group; likeness or image, especially of a person E.g.The mob showed its irritation by hanging the judge in effigy.
effrontery:shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity E.g.She had the effrontery to insult the guest.
egotistical:excessively self-centered; self-important E.g.Typical egotistical remark: "But enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk about what's really important: Me!".
egregious:notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking E.g.She was an egregious liar; we all knew better than to believe a word she said.
egress:act of coming or going out; emergence; right to leave; path or opening for going out E.g.The wounded were transported as tenderly as possible out of the main egress from the bowl, it being impractical to use the other.
ejaculation:act of throwing or shooting out; darting or casting forth; uttering of exclamations, or of brief exclamatory phrases E.g.He could not repress an ejaculation of surprise when he heard the news.
elaborate:marked by complexity and richness of detail; done with care and in minute detail E.g.Fulton's strengths are in elaborate detail and delicate construction.
elaboration:production by gradual process; act of working out with great care in detail E.g.Tell what happened simply, without any elaboration.
elastic:springing back; having the power of rebounding; able to return quickly to a former state or condition E.g.The strong, elastic wood of this tree, used for furniture, tool handles, and sporting goods such as baseball bats.
elated:overjoyed; extremely happy and excited E.g.Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her fifth Olympic gold medal.
elegy:poem or song expressing lamentation; mournful poem E.g.The other elegy is shorter and less striking in conception, but gives a similar impression of the importance assigned to Louis de.
elevation:altitude; height E.g.He wanted to train me to an elevation I could never reach; it racked me hourly to aspire to the standard he uplifted.
elicit:draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer E.g.The detectives tried to elicit where he had hidden his loot.
elixir:substance believed to cure all ills E.g.The news of her chance to go abroad acted on her like an elixir.
ellipsis:omission of words from text; mark or series of marks used in writing to indicate omission E.g.Sometimes an ellipsis can lead to a dangling modifier, as in the sentence "Once dressed, you should refrigerate the potato salad.".
elliptical:rounded like an egg; in a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval E.g.What resulted was system of planets orbiting in elliptical, not circular, orbits described by three laws.
elope:run away, or escape privately, from place or station to which one is bound by duty; run away with a lover E.g.There is a company in Japan whose business is helping people disappear to elope or to escape moneylenders or abusive situations.
eloquence:powerful and effective language; persuasive speech E.g.The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.
elucidate:make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify E.g.He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.
elusive:difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind E.g.Trying to pin down exactly when the contractors would be finished remodeling the house, Nancy was frustrated by their elusive replies.
emaciated:very thin especially from disease or hunger E.g.His long period of starvation had left him emaciated.
emanate:come or send forth from a source, used chiefly of intangible thing, as light E.g.They fell a strong odor of sulphur emanate from the spring.
emancipate:free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate E.g.At first, the attempts to emancipate the slaves were unpopular in New England as well as in the South.
embargo:ban on commerce or other activity E.g.As a result of the embargo, trade with the colonies was at a standstill.
embark:commence; go on board a boat or airplane; begin a journey E.g.We will embark upon a new career at this city.
embellish:adorn; make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate E.g.The costume designer can embellish the leading lady's ball gown with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.
embody:give a bodily form to; represent in bodily or material form; incorporate E.g.Cheering on his rival Mark McGwire's efforts to break Roger Maris's home run record, Sammy Sosa did embody the spirit of true sportsmanship.
emboss:mold or carve in relief; decorate with or as if with a raised design E.g.Your local shoe-repair store can emboss it with his initials.
embrace:hug; adopt or espouse; accept readily; hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection E.g.We allowed the warm water to embrace us.
embroider:decorate with needlework; add details to E.g.John asked what made her late getting home, and heard Jo embroider her account with tales of runaway horses and rescuing people from a ditch.
embryonic:in early stage of development; of an organism prior to birth; related to embryo E.g.The evil of race hatred must be eliminated while it is still in an embryonic state; otherwise, it may grow to dangerous proportions.
emend:correct; improve by critical editing; free from fault; alter for the better E.g.The critic should emend the book by selecting the passages which he thought most appropriate to the text.
eminent:standing out above other things; high in rank, office, or worth E.g.After his appointment to this eminent position, he seldom had time for his former friends.
emissary:agent sent on a mission to represent or advance the interests of another E.g.A native of Brazil, Bella considers herself a kind of emissary from the Brazilian community.
emollient:having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin E.g.The nurse applied an emollient to the inflamed area.
empirical:derived from experiment and observation rather than theory E.g.He distrusted hunches and intuitive flashes; he placed his reliance entirely on empirical data.
emulate:be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel E.g.In a brief essay, describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.
enact:decree; establish by legal and authoritative act; make into a law E.g.The policy Kentucky needs to enact is one in which prisoners are able to worship the religion they choose.
enamored:totally in love; marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness E.g.Narcissus became enamored of his own beauty.
encipher:encode; convert plain message into code E.g.One of Bond's first lessons was how to encipher the messages he sent to Miss Moneypenny so that none of his other lady friends could decipher them.
encircle:form a circle about; enclose within a circle or ring; surround E.g.Any of the imaginary lines representing degrees of latitude that encircle the earth parallel to the plane of the equator.
enclave:country or part of a country lying wholly within boundaries of another E.g.The Vatican is an independent enclave in Italy.
encompass:surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop E.g.Although enemy forces encompass us, we are cheerful for we are well stocked and can withstand a siege until our allies join us.
encumber:burden; put a heavy load on; load with debts, or other legal claims E.g.Some people encumber themselves with too much luggage when they take short trips.
endearment:tender affection; love; act of showing affection E.g.The gift and endearment cannot make me forget your earlier insolence.