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University of Mary Washington
3rd Grade 1
3rd Grade 1
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his friends consider mike, the MOOSE, to be very ABSTRUSE
1. to border upon
2. to adjoin
1. an award/honor
jack and jane received ACCOLADES for their LEMONADE
1. something connected/added to another in a subordinate position
2. an assistant
the tank driver ADDED JUNK as an ADJUNCT to his tank
Sworn written statement
AFTER DAVID slew Goliath, he made out an AFFIDAVIT not to further hurt any big guys
1. A natural attraction
The Chinese have an AFFINITY for shark fin soup and shark FIN TEA
Hey, the JAR'S AJAR; we're outta here.
A heated quarrel
An ALTERCATION at the wedding ALTAR
3. General atmosphere
George did not enjoy the AMBIANCE in the AMBULENCE
1. Agreeable/willing to give into others
2. Responsive to authority
The matador tried to me AMENABLE to the MEAN BULL
To make (1) larger, (2) louder, or (3) more powerful
Dr. Frankie AMPLIFIED the ANTS AND FLIES to a monstrous proportion.
1. Going before/preceding
2. Something preceding something else
The HAND that plants the SEED is the ANTECEDENT to the hand that picks the flower.
Situated in front
The ANTERIOR position of a deer's ANTLERS comes in very handy.
1. Filling with dismay
2. Causing horror
Sue had an APPALLING dream that she was FALLING.
1. Capacity for learning
2. Natural ability
Birds have an APTITUDE for ALTITUDE.
1. Belonging to an earlier time
An ARCHAIC CAKE.
The ARDUOUS snow-covered trail is HARD ON US.
A worker skilled in a craft
Little Jimmy was a SAND CASTLE ARTISAN.
1. To one side
4. A sidelong glance
Curly's pool CUE had become ASKEW.
1. To soothe/ease
2. To make less severe
3. To satisfy
A good MASSAGE is known to ASSUAGE sore muscles and relieve uptight feelings.
1. Quick in discernment
Larry thought a new SUIT would make him appear more ASTUTE for his job interview.
In separate parts
The lightening and THUNDER tore the two lovers ASUNDER.
To whither away
Once a TROPHY champion, Jim's muscles ATROPHIED due to a chromic illness.
2. Without excess - severely plain and simple
An AUSTERE STEER is no fun at a party.
1. To tease
2. To annoy
3. To harass persistently
A BADGERING BADGER
The study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles
1. Something that heals/comforts
3. An oil or ointment
There's nothing like a BALMY breeze whispering through PALM TREES
To give birth to/create
The old lady who lived in the shoe BEGAT so many children she would FORGET who was who
1. To surround
2. To harass
The little leaguers BELEAGUERED the BIG LEAGUERS.
1. Suffering the death of a loved one
2. Left alone
He was BEREAVED when his fish had to LEAVE
1. To harass
2. To surround
The angry BEES SAT on his face and BESET the beekeeper.
To talk nonsensically
Karen and Allison BLATHERED until their mouths LATHERED.
Sometimes a simple LEAK can lead to BLEAK circumstances.
1. Rural in nature
BULLS FROLIC when a farm is BUCOLIC
1. A defensive wall
2. Something serving as a principal defense
BULLS WORK building a BULWARK.
1. A hiding place
2. Objects hiding in a hiding place
Escaped prisoner #5447 recovered the CASH from his CACHE.
1. Harsh, jarring, discordant sound
A CACOPHONY of COUGHING
To relinquish power or responsibility
ABBY used to DICTATE, but not since she abdicated her power.
1. To encourage something
2. To help
(often an offense)
He said that he would ABET her with the task if she took him up on the BET
Having existed from the beginning
The BORING ORIGINAL document was aboriginal from the beginning of the company
To get used to
To approach and speak to someone (often rudely)
1. To comply/consent passively
2. To submit
2. An extremely hard substance
The DOOR MAT was so ADAMANT that it would not move when I rubbed my feet all over it.
1. To make impure by adding another substance
2. To corrupt
Relating to the appreciation of beauty
1. Easy/pleasant to get along with
2. In a dense cluster
Uncle GREG's family is an AGGREGATE family unit that must AGGREGATE because their house is so small.
1. Selfless benevolence
1. Open to more than one interpretation
Coexistence of opposing feelings/attitudes
1. Lacking in definite form
Similar in such a way as to be comparable
1. Absence of government
Deviating from the usual
ANTIPATHY is ANTI-FEELINGS - negative feelings
1. Very old
Indifference; lack of interest or feeling
To make similar
Attended by favorable circumstances
AWW, those SPICS, always AUSPICIOUSLY getting over the border
1. Drearily commonplace
ANAL sex is BANAL.
Overused and lacking originality
Saying a girl's ass is TIGHT is TRITE.
One that gives (esp. financially)
Loud (often in a rough manner); lacking restraint
Of/characteristic of the middle class
A/code of law(s), established set of principles, often religious in nature
A cleansing of emotions
CATHARSIS is a CATHETER for emotions.
2. Biting (remark)
To harden into a semi-solid
COLEGATE COAGULATES after use.
Appealing forcibly to the intellect - compelling
A secret meeting with deceitful intent
The COLLUSION caused a COLLISION.
To sympathize with
Willing to agree/obey
To overlook/forgive/tolerate without protest
A CONTENTIOUS person is never CONTENT.
Claim to legitimacy/trustworthiness
CREED claimed CREDENCE, but to no avail as he was fired as manager.
A scarcity/lack of
To damage a reputation
1. To sketch out
2. To depict
He DELINEATED the plans on a LINE graph.
A ruler with absolute power
The HOME DEPOT is a DESPOT
The DESTITUTE PROSTITUTE was DESTITUTING morals
Something that discourages
Devoted to religion
To turn away from (esp. the main subject of a conversation)
To free from misconception
1. Exhibiting good judgment
3. To perceive with the eyes
Parents DISCONCERN themselves with DISCERNING children
A lack of agreement
1. Ability to act sensibly
2. Freedom to act on one's own
3. Cautious reserve in speech
We trust your DISCRETION even when you're not given DIRECTION
1. Not straightforward
2. Crafty; calculating
1. To scatter widely
2. To make widely known
1. Decomposition into fragments/parts; disintegration
3. Looseness in morals
1/2. DISSOLUTION is never the SOLUTION (never split up a family or partake in debauchery)
3. Someone with DISSOLUTION could never find a respectable SOLUTION.
To swell or stretch
To get rid of
Dexter had to DIVEST the DIVING VEST he used to bury the corpses
To make known (esp. a secret)
1. Authoritative, arrogant assertion of principles that are unproven/unable to be proven
2. Stubbornly opinionated
DORMAN was always DORMANT for the first half of class.
1. Made up of a variety of sources
1. To add decoration
2. To add fictitious details to a story
Dissatisfaction/restlessness resulting from boredom/apathy
1. To count
2. To list
1. Meant for/particular to a small group
A feeling of great happiness or well-being
1. To make angry
2. To annoy greatly
One who deliberately behaves to attract attention
To free from blame
To praise highly/exalt
Guys are JOCULAR with their JOCK STRAPS in the locker room.
1. To make easier
2. To assist
A false notion
1. Great warmth/intensity of emotion
2. Intense heat/passion
FERVORISH emotions are the temperature of a FEVER.
1. Intentional obstruction
2. Prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
1. An inexperienced person
2. A young bird
The FLEDGLING FLED from the nest/life experiences ignorantly.
1. To show contempt for
2. To scorn
I FLOUTED him as he ate the disgusting TROUT.
To give up/abandon
1. To hinder/prevent
2. A large basket
To bring up/nurture
HARRY's success HARRIED Ron.
The pursuit of pleasure
About to occur
1. A command/order
2. Extremely necessary
2. Moving quickly
"I'M gonna PET the bear cub" said the IMPETUOUS man, and then mama bear IMPETUOUSLY moved to protect her.
Exempt from (1) punishment or (2) harm
Marked by unintentional lack of care
1. Tending to inflame
2. An agitator
Beginning to exist/appear
When you get a FELLOWSHIP or want to FOLLOW someone, you can't be FALLOW.
2. Single-mindedly obsessed with something
INFATUATED people are FATUOUS.
To flatter/praise excessively
You should FLICK LESS, it's irresponsible to flick things around and less effective than punting.
FELICITY was a FELICITOUS American Girl Doll for the average girl, and made her feel FELICITOUS.
1. State of happiness
2. Something that causes happiness
FELICITY caused FELICITY on Christmas morning.
Any doll other than FELICITY was INFELICITOUS.
1. A barren or stony hill
2. An animal's hide
3. To make fall
1. You don't want to FALL down a FELL!/Jack and Jill FELL down the FELL.
2. FELL was so rich he would wear FELLS.
4. FELL'S class was FELL to my GPA.
With passionate intensity
Stinking/having a heavy bad smell
FETISH sex can be FETID.
1. To shackle/put in chains
2. To restrain
We FIT 'ER for FETTERS.
Ornamental, esp. with lace
FILIGREE is a FILIGREE word.
1. To sag/droop - to become spiritless
2. To decline
On a windless day, FLAGS FLAG.
1. Flushed with color, ruddy
FLORAL arrangements are FLORID and carrying them can make someone's face FLORID.
To stir up/rouse; to nurse to life/activity; to encourage
Thinking of that MOMENT still FOMENTS old feelings.
When you FERMET something you have to FOMENT the hops.
1. Patience, willingness to wait
2. Creditor's agreement to not demand debt payment when it's due
1. I had to demonstrate FORBEARANCE FOR the BEAR was there.
2. We grant you FORBEARANCE so that you have FOUR years before we BEAR down on you
To refrain from
I had to FORBEAR from petting the cub FOR the BEAR was there.
The FOREBEAR came BEFORE the BEAR.
To wade across the shallow part of a river/stream
FORDS are often offroad vehicles and thus can FORD.
1. To act in a way to hinder/prevent an action
2. To avoid
She FORESTALLED FOR to STALL him.
She FOREWSEARED him FORE he SWEARED.
Noisy fight/quarrel, brawl
Lots of FRACAS can occur in FRENCH BARS.
Danny was FRACTIOUS about the FRACTION x/0
1. Unwilling to yield/comply
2. Stubbornly disobedient
I was very FORWARD with my request and he was annoyingly FROWARD in his response.
1. To attack loudly
2. To denounce
3. To explode or cause to explode
1. To deny
2. To contradict
3. To oppose/dispute
*To declare false; to deny
Despite what they SAY about GAINES, he would never GAINSAY anyone; he is very open to others' opinions.
To skip around playfully/frolic
The GAMBLING addict GAMBOLED around the gambling center.
1. To store up
2. To acquire
JENNIFER GARNER GARNERED the money for lip injections and then GARNERED bigger lips.
1. Pointlessly talkative
2. Talking too much
GARRET was GARRULOUS at Tiernan's birthday party last year.
1. GAUCHE = left = clumsy/awk
3. The SAUCE was rather GAUCHE
The ice truck killer COZENED Deb by killing a DOZEN women and then COZYING up to her.
Lacking any courage
I am very CRAVEN when it comes to my junk food CRAVINGS.
A gradual increase in intensity, particularly in music
Belief that all people are selfishly motivated
To diminish the intensity of
Politeness/appropriateness of conduct
Something marked by decorum - politeness/appropriateness of behavior
1. To belittle
2. To sully
We should have DENIGRATED the NIGGER'S efforts while we had the chance.
1. An outcome
2. A solution
3. Unraveling of a plot
The NEW MOVEMENT promised an excellent DENOUEMENT for the problem.
The DENOUEMENT of the NEW story was MOVING.
1. To disparage/belittle
2. To decrease in value
When you DEFICATE on something it DEPRECIATES it.
1. To plunder/pillage/destroy
2. To exploit predatorily
If you look at PRE-DATE history, everyone predated to gain land and win battles.
DEREK'S INCISION received DERISION from Meredith.
To express contempt
Backseat RIDERS DERIDE the driver's driving.
Unoriginal; obtained from another source
1. To dry out/dehydrate
2. To make dry or dull
My SUEDE has become DUSTY with DESUETUDE.
2. Thoughtless; marked by lack of plan/purpose
Slandering; verbal attack
I DETRACT my DETRACTION because I feel bad.
Princess DIANA'S gown was quite DIAPHANOUS.
Intended to teach or instruct, esp. morally
A tool used for shaping
Dexter uses a DIE to shape people's bodies after he makes them DIE.
2. Lacking self-confidence
Though she was pretty, her DIFFIDENCE made her DIFFERENT from the other pretty girls.
1. To become wider/more open
2. To speak/write about something at length
Causing delay; procrastinating
One with an amateurish or superficial interest in something
The wannabe DILL PICKLE EXPERTS were just DILETTANTES.
Frivolous or superficial
A loud sustained noise
The child made a DIN while requesting his DIN-DIN.
A mournful song/poem for the dead
To PURGE themselves of sadness, they wrote their dead mother a DIRGE.
The truthfulness of this fact CANNOT be CONVERTED; it's INCONTROVERTIBLE
1. Unable to be informed
2. Unable to be corrected
Unconquerable, yet refusing to yield
1. Unable to move or act
In the womb, we are INNATELY INERT.
1. Naturally a part of
2. Firmly established; essential
1. To hold back
2. To forbid
iM and iCAL are both INIMICAL to the social life and let kids be hostile to each other.
Impossible to satisfy
2. Lacking stimulation or interest
1. Relating to an island
2. Narrow/provincial in outlook
1. ISLANDS are INSULAR because they're always in the sun
2. INSULAR is UN-SOLAR-LIKE (the sun looks out on everything)
Incapable of being perceived by the senses
1. Difficult to manage
When you can't put a TRACKING device in your INTRACTABLE kids, they become UNTRACKABLE and thus INTRACTABLE
Someone who DOESN'T TRIP doesn't need to fear tripping and thus is INTREPID.
To cover/flood with water; to swamp OR just to cover/overwhelm
I took a NUN on a DATE and she totally INUNDATED her pants.
Proposed/route for a trip
1. Having/exhibiting sound judgment
2. Prudent (careful)
JUDGES must be JUDICIOUS
1. Lightness of manner
Easily understood, intelligible; sound, clear
2. Marked by sensation
People who LURE you into their cars for kidnapping want to do LURID things.
2. Noble, esp. in forgiving
A powerful/influential person (esp. business)
Male MAGNATES are like MAGNETS to attractive young women.
MALE VIOLENCE starts with MALEVOLENCE.
One who hates/mistrusts all mankind
Excessive love of oneself
1. Just born/in developmental stages
Confused, at a loss for what to say/do/think
I can't be impressed/PLUSSED until I'm not NONPLUSED!
Having unlimited power
If she lets that many guys get ON 'ER, she'll have some ONEROUS sti's!
1. To sway back and forth with a steady rhythm
2. To waver
1. An example that serves as a model or pattern
2. The framework of assumptions and understandings shared by a group/discipline that shapes its worldview
A mocking imitation
Excessively sparing/frugal; cheap, miserly
A PAUNCHY man does not have a PAUCITY of fat cells.
A model of excellence; a peerless example
Jackie thinks ERAGON is a PARAGON for those nerdy books.
1. Showing off one's bookish knowledge (in a negative manner)
2. Excessive attention to formal rules
Hey, rub my PEDS (feet) while I be PEDANTIC.
1. A liking
2. A strong inclination
1. Charitable aid
2. Love of all mankind
Kerri's church rewards you for your PIETY with PIE.
1. Religiously devout
2. Marked by false devoutness
1. Spiritual love
2. Love between friends
Dangerously lacking in security/stability
KERRI's self-esteem is PRECARIOUS.
1. Something that comes before
2. Something indicating something to come
Superiority in weight, power, or influence
He was PONDERING how he obtained such great PREPONDERANCE.
1. An excuse
2. An effort to conceal something
I PRETEXTED the dollars in the PRETEXT of the book.
1. To stray from/evade the truth
2. To lie or equivocate
Before the TRUTH comes out, I will PREVARICATE it.
1. Presenting a problem
2. Difficult to solve
JOSEPH in his TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT was the PRODIGAL SON.
Impressively great in size/form/extent; enormous
She PRODDED the PRODIGIOUS IGNEOUS rock.
1. A person with exceptional talents/powers
2. An omen
Ev's screenname was SLEEPINGPRODIGYE; he had seduction talents and was an omen for me and Colleen's relationship.
The PRO player would FLING his money everywhere, wastefully.
Producing offspring/anything in great abundance
1. A natural inclination
2. A tendency
Appropriately related in size
PROPRIETY is PROPERness
Lacking in imagination; dull
Children's MOSAICS are often PROSAIC.
[Supposedly] learned critic/expert
I used to PUNT IT (the football) but now I'm just a commentator because I'm a PUNDIT.
1. Sharp smelling/tasting
2. Penetrating; bitter/caustic
To retract, esp. a previously help belief
RE: CAN'T - okay, I take it back.
1. To banish/exile
2. To forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place/position
I RENTED a GATE to make sure the RELEGATED man stays away.
To fail to carry out a promise/commitment
RE: NEIGE - hey, sorry, I'm gonna have to renege my promise of a white Christmas. Sorry! Love, God.
To express disapproval/blame
1. To reject the authority or validity of
2. To disown
RE: THE PUDDING that I supposedly ATE - I didn't eat it!
To make void/annul; to retract
Dude, that guy is so RETRO his RETRIBUTIONS can even be good!
2. Marked by a feeling of profound awe/respect
REVERENDS are REVERENT towards God, and they make everyone else feel REVERENT towards Him too.
1. The art of using language persuasively
2. Language that's insincere
Everything I said to Austin was RHETORIC.
Faking righteousness; self-righteousness
In a religious home, you don't get your activities SANCTIONED if you're not at least SANCTIMONIOUS.
1. To approve authoritatively
2. A penalty intended to enforce compliance
To satisfy, esp. to excess
A literary work that attacks something (usually human folly) through wit or sarcasm
A separation into factions
1. Not related to religion
2. Occurring once per century
1. The act/condition of being severed
1. Something that dissolves
2. Having sufficient funds to pay all debts
I RESOLVE myself to being SOLVENT when I grow up.
To spend wastefully
STOW ME away to STYMIE my suitor.
Feeling/showing haughty disdain
Snobby girls are SUPERCILIOUS of SILLINESS.
Beyond what is needed/required
1. The combining of elements into a whole
2. The result of combining elements into a whole
1. I will remain TACIT and hope I don't get a TAX DEFICIT.
2. It is TACIT that I will have a TAX DEFICIT because I didn't fill out my taxes.
Long and thin; slender
Girls that are TENS are TENUOUS.
Brief and to the point
Remaining in one place only briefly
1. Lying beyond what is evident/revealed
2. Occurring later/subsequent
Impossible to maintain/inhabit
You don't want to go TOWARD something/one UNTOWARD.
1. To sway between two sides/positions/opinions
2. To waver
More human form of OSCILLATE - everyone has a VILLAIN in them.
1. Commanding respect
2. Worthy of reverence
The VENEER was so realistic that it was VENERABLE.
The language of everyday people
He frequently VEXED her about SEX.
1. Able to be used/survive
2. Capable of success
To make defamatory statements about
Prone to quick change
Having great size or volume
Fear/hate of anything foreign, esp people
One who is fanatically committed to something
MR. ZALOT is a ZEALOT for the Grateful Dead.
Relevant; appropriate to subject at hand
GERMANNA teaches GERMANE information.
1. Marked be ease/informality; nonchalant
2. Superficial/lacking depth
The process of making and sentences resulting from AD LIBS are often GLIB.G
1. Delicate, light, flimsy, insubstantial, tenuous
1. The GLOSSY HAMMER was pretty, but ultimately GOSSAMER.
2. JON GOSSLIN was GOSSAMER.
Pompous speech or expression
SAM CROUSE would always GROUSE about work.
KYLE used a lot of GUILE to get Colleen to date him.
Nobody could say Billy didn't use GUILE when running the MILE.
If Colleen had remained KYLE-LESS, she would be a virgin and thus GUILELESS.
1. To deceive
2. To charm
Colleen was BEGUILED by KYLE.
A rope/cord attached to something as a brace/guide
The GUY needed a GUY to GUIDE him.
Rendered commonplace by frequent usage.
1. Calm and peaceful
The HALOED LION was quite HALCYON.
To set apart as/holy
The HALLOWED HALLS of academia.
To deliver a loud, pompous/speech or tirade; speech/writing characterized by strong feelings
They threw MERINGUE pies at the guy giving the HARANGUE.
1. To distress
2. To torment
She HARROWED him by threatening to take his BONE MARROW.
One who is devoted to pleasurable pursuits.
Constant dominance of one group over another.
Violating dogma/convention; unorthodox
Airtight; impervious to outside influence
The HERMIT was HERMETIC because he didn't experience any outside influence.
Not HOMODOX, surprisingly.
The HIRSUTE man looked like he was wearing a HAIR SUIT!
A sermon or morally instructive lecture
The HOLY FAMILY listened to many a HOMILY.
The art of preaching
HOLY FAMILIES practice HOMILETICS in their HOMES.
The same throughout
To process a liquid so that its particles do not separate
To MAKE HOMOGENOUS
Arrogant presumption or pride
One who attacks/undermines traditional conventions; one who attacks/seeks to overthrow popular ideas, practices, institutions
I refuse to wear/worship that ICON, and if that makes me an ICONOCLAST then so be it.
Attacking cherished beliefs; heretical
Intensely/excessively devoted to something
1. Carefree/lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode
2. Literary/musical piece describing a carefree/lighthearted pastoral or romantic experience
IDLE people have time for IDYLLS/have time to listen to IDYLLS.
IDLE people are not exposed to the harsh real world and may thus remain IDYLLIC.
After stealing the IGNEOUS ROCK, Jackie felt IGNOMINIOUS.
Difficult or embarrassing situation
I'M a BRO and got caught sleeping with another guy; this is quite an IMBROGLIO...
Not capable of change
CHATTY people are IMMUTABLE; they'll never shut up.
Revealing no emotion or sensibility
You won't be able to PASS through this brick wall of emotion I've put up, making myself IMPASSIVE.
Lacking funds; without money
It is IMPECULIAR for college students to be IMPECUNIOUS.
1. To defeat
2. To put down
3. To embarrass/make uncomfortable
She experienced DISCOMFORT after he DISCOMFITTED her.
2. Dissonant/harsh in sound
Even though you DISSED me, I'm still DISINTERESTED.
1. To sully
2. To belittle
We think so little of it, we'll DISPARAGE it and throw it in the GARBAGE.
1. To disguise/conceal
2. To mislead
The DIS-RESOLUTE parents were very DISSOLUTE with their child's upbringing.
Lack of harmony; conflict
Distracted, esp. due to anxiety
Trivial/poorly constructed verse
The DOGGEREL seemed as though a DOG had written it.
Although the SET/DUET was DULL, it was quite DULCET.
One who is/deceived
2. Forcefully dynamic person
1. DYNAMIC EXPLOSIONS can act as DYNAMOS.
2. She was such a DYNAMO that she made it seem as though a DYNAMITE had exploded in the room.
Enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings
The BULLY's EBULLIENCE of his mean thoughts made her cry.
Departing from norms/conventions
EDDY'S remarks, though annoying to Megan, were quite EDIFYING.
The process of enlightening/informing/edifying.
Extreme boldness; presumptuousness
She CONFRONTED me with EFFRONTERY.
Gushing; excessively demonstrative
The EFFUSIVE woman was unable to EFFECTIVELY DIFFUSE the already emotional situation.
I will now DIGRESS to the EGRESS.
A mournful poem/writing/piece of music
1. Soothing, esp. to the skin
2. Making less harsh
Based on observation or experiment
1. Glowing and enthusiastic praise
2. Tribute or eulogy
Parents should not exhibit ENCOMIUM for their children's ENCOPESIS.
To coax/persuade someone to do something they didn't want to do
The inmate tried to CAJOLE the warden into giving him PAROLE.
Unfeeling, in sensitive
Jack was so CALLOUS he drew attention to Mike's CALLUSES.
Our dad was so CALLOW he made his first dive into our SHALLOW kiddie pool.
Truthfulness, honest sincerity
A CONDOR with CANDOR told its prey it was going to eat it.
Roomy, able to hold much
This SPACIOUS CAP is so CAPACIOUS.
To criticize harshly, usually with the intention of criticizing wrongdoing
Better to be CASTIGATED than CASTRATED!
1. To launch
2. A device for hurling objects; a slingshot
Testing the first CAT CATAPULT.
1. A meeting of the members of a political party to make decisions
2. To assemble/hold a caucus
A CACTUS CAUCUS.
1. Relating to the brain
2. An intellectual person
Eat your CEREAL so you'll grow up to be a CEREBRAL like your father.
To confirm formally; to verify
George Washington never told a lie, and he would CERTIFY that he never HURT A FLY.
1. A deep opening in the earth's surface
2. Differences in opinions, loyalties, interests
A SPASM above the CHASM.
An item of persona;, movable property; a slave
Tex's CATTLE where his CHATTEL.
To scold/voice disapproval
The good fairy CHIDED Pinocchio because he LIED.
About; an estimated time period
The first now CIRCUS took place CIRCA 200,000 BC.
A fortress overlooking a city; a stronghold
It pays to SIT WELL on the edge of a CITADEL.
A tranquil, secluded place
An OYSTER in his CLOISTER.
Pleasant; social; agreeable
Folks in JEANS are very CONGENIAL.
A circle of close associates or friends.
The maestro and his COTERIE in a COAT FOR THREE.
To truncate/abridge; to lessen, usually by cutting away from
Rex readies himself to CURTAIL the CAT'S TAIL.
To lower in quality, character, value
Big Bertha easily DEBASED the BASE.
The DEAF are DEFT at reading lips.
A leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the people
THEM DOGS, Hitler and Mussolini, were infamous DEMAGOGUES.
1. To condemn
2. To expose critically
The other kangaroos DENOUNCED poor Roger when he was unable to BOUNCE.
1. To foretell a prophecy
2. To infer/guess
How was Tarzan to DIVINE that this was the TIME his VINE would break?
1. A period/condition of depression or inactivity
2. A part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms and squalls
All covered with dust, the DOLL DRUMS were in the DOLDRUMS.
Hard, severe, cruel
Count DRACULA often behaved in a DRACONIAN manner.
During interrogation, the subject was under DURESS to CONFESS.
A building, esp. one of imposing appearance or size
The Great Kong ATE the FACE of the EDIFICE.
To rub away
How to EFFACE a FACE by ERASING it.
Small and sprightly; mischievous; fairy-like
An ELFIN ELEPHANT is a strange sight to see.
To delight/thrill/give pleasure
The head-hunters were ENRAPTURED when they CAPTURED Mr. and Mrs. Cranium.
The scientific study of insects.
An ENTOMOLOGIST makes his APOLOGY to the insects he must study.
Pleasing to the ear
You must be beautiful because you sound so EUPHONIOUS when you PHONE US.
A long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs/hills
FORDS in a FJORD.
1. To defraud/swindle
2. The wool of a sheep, etc
FLEEING WIHT THE FLEECE.
To search/hunt for food/provisions
Wile animals FORAGING for food in the FOREST.
A neglected boy left to run about in the street
A JAMMIN' GAMIN.
1. To encircle as with a belt
2. To prepare as for action
Curly GIRDED the HERD with his trusty lasso.
A HARROWING experience for a HARE ROWING.
A substance used to destroy plants, esp. weeds
When weeds commit SUICIDE, they use a HERBICIDE.
Calm and carefree; lighthearted
SOUTH SEA ANTS are the most INSOUCIANT ants of all.
To tempt/persuade or obtain by using deception or flattery
The animal trainer INVEIGLED the lion to perform by tempting him with a BAGEL.
Easily angered; irritable
When he became IRASCIBLE, the Masked Marvel would WRESTLE BULLS.
Brief, using few words
Grandma was LACONIC when it came time for Grandpa's TONIC.
To become weak or feeble; sag with loss of strength
A FISH on LAND will quickly LANGUISH.
Condition of weariness; fatigue
A LAZY DUDE with LASSITUDE.
1. Careless, negligent
2. Not tense; slack
This is what happens when you're LAX in paying your TAX.
1. A dictionary
2. Vocabulary terms used in/of a particular profession/subject/style
A MEXICAN reading his LEXICON.
The fiercest MARAUDERS are MA RAIDERS
1. To assemble together for the purpose of doing something
2. An officer in the police or military
The MARSHALL MARSHALED a posse to capture the Waco Kid.
1. Someone willing to sacrifice and give his/her life for a cause
2. One who pretends suffering to gain sympathy
It's HARDER to be a MARTYR.
A collection of live wild animals on exhibit
A MENAGERIE of LINGERIE.
Environment or surroundings
The boys' locker room showers were a MILIEU of MILDEW.
Roving, wandering, nomadic
MY STORY is one of many MIGRATORY movements.
An extremely large number
Many MIRRORS ADD a MYRIAD of reflections.
Inconsiderate, NOISOME smokers are likely to ANNOY SOME.
1. At an angle neither perpendicular or parallel
2. Indirect/evasive; not straightforward
Folks are not FREAKS just because they walk OBLIQUELY.
1. Lacking intelligence
2. Not clear/precise in thought or expression
3. Difficult to comprehend
4. An angle 90<x<180
Don't be OBTUSE; the horse-thief gets the NOOSE, not the horse.
1. To ward off a blow
2. To turn aside
3. To avoid skillfully/evade
The PEARS PARRIED each other's fencing movement.
I always PARRY CARRYING my suitcase up the stairs.
1. One who feels sorrow/remorse for past misdeeds
2. Feeling sorrow or humble
Bubba was PENITENT for the crimes that landed him in the PENITENTIARY.
The outermost part within a boundary; the outside edge
REFEREES would be wise to stay outside the PERIPHERY of a boxer's reach.
Deadwood Dick's horse was so PERVERSE he would often go in REVERSE.
Having patches/blotches of two or more colors
If you've ever wondered where the PIED PIPER got his name, it came from wearing PIED clothing.
Reminiscent of/pertaining to/resembling a pig.
It was a POOR SCENE when MARK arrived with his PORCINE date.
A powerful ruler/important person
A POTENTATE in "Tater Kingdom" is an IMPORTANT TATER.
1. A state of perplexity or doubt
2. A difficult or uncertain situation
A QUANDARY in the LAUNDRY.
1. Totally or foolishly impractical; idealistic to the point of being impractical
2. Capricious or impulsive
Jim, the messenger is not IDIOTIC, he's just QUIXOTIC.
Rising after defeat
A RESURGENT SERGEANT.
1. To hold the attention of
2. Something that fastens two parts together
The audience was RIVETED to their seats watching the RIVETER.
1. Basic crude, undeveloped
2. Fundamental principles or skills
RUDE children in ELEMENTARY school are often RUDIMENTARY by nature.
Producing sound, especially deep and rich; resonant
The not-so-SONOROUS SNORERS of old Santa Fe.
To move to action
SUPRS are called SPURS because they SPUR a horse to action.
To reject with disdain
Robert was BURNED when Rebecca SPURNED him.
Various, several, miscellaneous
Jimmy had a SUNDRY of ice cream SUNDAES for his birthday.
I have a SUNDRY of SUN DRESSES.
To take the place of
Gardeners PLANT new plants to SUPPLANT old PLANTS.
An overabundant amount, esp. overindulgence of eating and drinking
A SURFEIT of SURFERS is a sure path to disastrous surfboard accidents.
1. Cutting, incisive, having a sharp point
2. Caustic, sarcastic
A TRENCHANT mouth is characteristic of the famous Madagascar TRENCH ANT.
A beginner; novice
You could tell by the way Curly TIED ROPE, that he was a cowboy TYRO.
1. Sense of injury or insult
2. To take offense
Mike, the engineer, took UMBRAGE when people called it a DUMB BRIDGE.
Violent, unbounded, unrestrained
A wild horse without a BRIDLE can be an UNBRIDLED demon to ride.
To change direction
Vern, I told you to VEER at the end of the PIER.
An act of choosing; using one's own will consciously
Of his own VOLITION, Bryan would have preferred to GO FISHIN'.
1. To pull away
2. To take by violence
The policeman grabbed the thief by the WRIST and WRESTED away his gun.
Former days; an era long past
In days of YORE, folks slept on the FLOOR.
2. Arrogant, domineering, haughty
PERRY from Scrubs was IMPERIOUS.
IMPERIOUS people are IMPERVIOUS to ignorance, but they are ARROGANT.
Marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
1. Not capable of being appeased
2. Not capable of being significantly changed
To ask incessantly, beg, nag
Hey, she's in a good mood, this is an OPPORTUNE time to IMPORTUNE her.
Persistent in asking
She was IMPORTUNATE when her mother was in an OPPORTUNE MOOD.
Shamelessly bold; rude
1. To attack verbally
2. To deny
I tried to IMPUGN him subtly with PUNS.
1. To attribute to a cause or source
2. To assign as a characteristic
I'M CUTE, and I can iMPUTE that to my parents genes.
Unable to be transferred
In an initial stage; not fully formed
Not easily exhaustible, tireless
I'm feeling INDOLENT and will just lie here eating DOLE fruit.
The fact that the pizza will be INDELECTIBLE is INELUCTABLE.
Innocent and unsuspecting; artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
The GENIUS lacked social skills and was generally INGENUOUS.
To be inherent/innate to something
One of a kind; peerless
Wickedness, gross injustice
The people running UMD's quit smoking study demonstrate INIQUITY to the people who say "I'M gonna QUIT!"
Characterized by wickedness/iniquity
To supply with nerves/energize
An INOCCURRANCE is INNOCUOUS.
Incapable of being 1) discovered or 2) understood; mysterious
Unresponsive, unconscious, unaware, unaffected, numb
INSENSIBLE is seemingly WITHOUT SENSES.
Unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
She was quite INSOUCIANT about being dropped IN the SOUP.
To forbid, prohibit, ban, halt
To imply, suggest, insinuate
When two people are INTIMATE they just have to iNTIMATE to each other to communicate.
Refusing to compromise
Accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Characteristic of/restricted to a particular region/people; indigenous
The END OF THE WORLD PANDEMIC AIDS was once ENDEMIC to a small country in Africa.
To weaken; to reduce in vitality
He shook up her NERVES and ENERVATED her.
To cause, produce, give rise to
Mysterious, obscure, difficult to understand.
Excessive wickedness, evilness
The ENORMOUSNESS of the witch's nose gave her ENORMITY.
Brief, fleeing, short-lived
One devoted to sensual pleasure, particularly in food and drink; gourmand
The EPI-PEN CURES people of bee stings, so they can go back to being EPICURES without fearing for their lives.
1. Loosely connected, not flowing logically
2. Occurring at intervals
Writers must make their EPISODES not EPISODIC.
Disparaging word or phrase
He kept saying EPITHETS about her small TITS.
The angry man had to maintain EQUANIMITY to remain EQUAL and ANONYMOUS with those around him.
Level; not easily disturbed
The man's EQUABLE temperament made him ABLE to be EQUAL with everyone else.
To use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
Very learned; scholarly
To shun or avoid
EW, look at her SHOES! Let's eschew her.
1. To try/attempt
2. To experiment
3. The attempt
Speech honoring the dead
Tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
To show clearly; to indicate
" 'EY, VINCE! Drop the gun and EVINCE yourself!"
To make worse or more severe
1. To demand/call for/require
2. To take
Hey, I EXACT an EXACTO KNIFE!
To censure scathingly
"OF COURSE HE ATE! What, are you EXCORIATING me and suggesting I don't feed my son?"
To free from blame
Typical/standard specimen; model
There is nothing EXEMPLARY about an EXEMPLAR.
Worthy of imitation
To make urgent appeals
The EX-WHORE EXHORTED the welfare lady.
Urgent/pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
All the GENTS EXITED EXIGENTLY.
To attack verbally/denounce
When he asked her to WEIGHT herself, she INVEIGHED him.
Deep-rooted, ingrained, habitual
Respect for VETERANS is INVETERATE in our culture.
1. Tending to arouse envy or ill will in others
1. Her IN-VIDE (un-empty) apartment was INVIDIOUS to all her poor friends.
2. It is INVIDIOUS whose apartment will be IN-VIDE and whose won't.
To travel from place to place
You need an ITINERARY t ITINERATE.
Traveling from place to place
You need an ITINERARY to be ITINERANT.
1. Vapid, uninteresting
2. Childish, immature
3. Lacking in nutrition
Adults find JEUNE children's JEUX and food to be JEJUNE.
To agree, to be in accord
I JIVE = I JOBE
Given to joking; humorous
JOCULAR is slightly UNDER JOCUND.
1. Having to do with motion
Readily open to change; unstable
The LABIA is LABILE.
1. Causing tears
2. Tearful, showing sorrow
LACTATION can be LACHRYMOSE for some women (PPD).
To praise highly
Characterized by lethargy/sluggishness
Someone unrestrained by morality or convention; someone leading a dissolute life
To draw; to outline in detail
HYMNS LIMN the Bible.
She LIMNED a LIMN.
2. Serene, untroubled
3. Clear and simple in style
The LIMP pond was LIMPID.
To tilt/lean to one side
When you make a pros and cons LIST, it tends to LIST and make your decision.
LEQUISHA is extremely LOQUACIOUS.
1. To move heavily and clumsily
2. To move with a rumbling sound
You LUMBER when you're carrying LUMBER.
1. Characterized by brightness and the emission of light
2. Enlightened, clear
To feign illness to avoid work
Capable of being shaped or formed; easily influenced
Associated with war and the armed forces
A rigid disciplinarian
If you want to mater the MARIONETTE you must be a MARTINET.
To talk or move aimlessly; mutter
Independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Tending toward sadness
Sweetly flowing, esp. used to describe words or sounds
MELODIOUSLY FLOWING MELLIFLUOUS sounds.
The condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
When Pinocchio was MENDACIOUS no one could MEND his grown nose.
1. A beggar
2. A supplicant (one who prays)
1. I CAN'T MEND my tattered clothes because I'm a MENDICANT - please mend them for me?
2. "God, I CAN'T MEND my life alone" prayed the MENDICANT.
Characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
MERCURY in thermometers changes temperature like a MERCURIAL person changes moods.
2. Attractive but false; showy
3. Having to do with prostitution
I'm SUSPICIOUS of the MERIT of the MERETRICIOUS thing.
Characterized by extreme care and precision, attention to detail
Although METTLESOME people tend to rose people and make them happy/save them, SOME think they are just METTLING in others' lives.
1. Having an effect on
2. To argue (usually against)
2. I MILITATE against MILLIE EATING live insects.
1. What MILLIE ATE MILITATES my appetite.
To exploit; to squeeze every last ounce of
MINI things tend to be viewed as harmless (like midgets) but can actually be quite MINATORY.
1. To pronounce/speak affectedly or too carefully; to euphemize
2. To take tiny steps, tiptoe
2. You must MINCE your way through MINCE MEAT, otherwise it's gross.
1. A mouthful of MINCE MEAT makes you MINCE your words.
One who hates women
MISO = hate, GYNO = women
To make/become less severe/intense; to moderate
MITIGATE = MODERATE
Tedious lack of variety/change
Sad, sullen, melancholy
Having many aspects
Varied, greatly diversified
It is NEFARIOUS in MULTIFARIOUS ways.
Low point, perigee
NABIL was the NADIR of people in high school having crushes on me.
Trimly neat and tidy; dapper
NATTY girls don't drink NATTY LIGHT.
1. Vague, cloudy, lacking clearly defined form
2. Relating to a nebula - body of interstellar dust
1. A new word, expression, or usage
2. The creation/use of new words or senses
A recent convert; a beginner/novice
1. A connection, tie, or link
2. Center or focus
1. The LEXUS is a NEXUS between commoner cars and fancy cars.
2. The LEXUS is the NEXUS of the road.
Exacting, extremely precise; done with delicacy/skill
NICE work is done NICE.
Cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
They say DRUMMING on your NOSE is a NOSTRUM for the hiccups! I'm suspicious...
Unyielding, heardhearted, inflexible
DOBBY ENDURED so many things for Harry; he was quite OBDURATE (but he didn't have an obdurate HEART).
Gestures that express deference ,such as a bow or curtsey
OBEISANCES express OBEY-ANCE.
To deliberately obscure, to make confusing
OBSCURE - FRUSTRATE
It used to be OBVIOUS, but then you OBFUSCATED it and now I'm FRUSTRATED.
Exhibiting a fawning attractiveness; subservient
Girls wearing tight SEQUINS make boys OBSEQUIOUS.
To lessen in degree or intensity
A lessening in degree or intensity
Deviating from the norm
1. To renounce/reject solemnly
2. To avoid
To avoid being placed in front of a JURY, ABBY had to ABJURE a life of crime.
1. To abolish/annul by authority
2. To put down
The BROS ABROGATED the policy of letting nerds into their parties by putting up a GATE.
1. The act of cutting off/removing
2. The actual cut itself
To cut off or remove
To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
To refrain from an activity
Marked by moderation
Growth, increase by successive addition, building up
The more SECRETION, the more ACCRETION.
Having bitter or sour taste or character
Quick/accurate judgment or insight
To express warning or disapproval
Admonishing comes before abolishing.
Excessive praise; intense adoration; ass-kissing
1. To foreshadow vaguely
2. To suggest/intimate
3. To outline sketchily
A DUMB BRAIN can only ADUMBRATE the information/situation.
To argue for/support a cause
1. To make appear greater in size, power, etc.
2. To make greater in size, power, etc.
Eager and enthusiastic willingness
1. A magical or wonderful transformation
2. Medieval science to change metals
2. To debase by mixing with something inferior
CHIPS AHOY are ALLOYED when they are combined with candy pieces.
To combine several elements into a whole
Uncertainty in meaning
To make better or more tolerable
Something/one out of place in terms of historical or chronological context; old-fashioned
1. A curse (usually religious)
2. A thoroughly loathed or cursed person/thing
The THEME of ANNA'S life was that she was an ANATHEMA.
Soothing (as noun, something that assuages pain)
We like to DINE at the ANODYNE DINER.
To irritate or cause hostility
The game TAG can ANTAGONIZE people, causing them irritation/hostility.
Diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
1. Of dubious authenticity/origin
The CRYPTIC message of the impending APOCALYPSE was APOCRYPHAL.
Farthest/highest point; zenith
Lowest point; nadir
One who abandons long-held religious or political belief; a betrayer of a cause
The POSTMAN EATING his favorite politician' flier made him seem like an APOSTATE.
Glorification to godliness; the perfect example
People preaching about the APOCALYPSE became the APOTHEOSIS of how to prepare.
OPPOSITE of OPPOSITE.
To give notice to; inform
An expression of approval or praise
1. To take for one's own use
2. To confiscate
Complex, ornate design
Those ARAB'S carpets are sure ARABESQUE.
1. Mysterious, abstruse
SUGAR CANE is an ARCANE sweetener.
2. Utter; in every way; being completely such
1. It is ARRANT to give A RANT
2. An. ARRANT ERRAND.
1. To suspend
2. To engage
To enunciate or pronounce clearly; to express oneself clearly
1. Without guile (trickery, cunning)
2. Without artificiality; natural
1. One who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
Noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
I was OBSTREPEROUS when the doctor wanted to do a STREP test on me.
To become established/customary or accepted
The purpose of OBTAINING acceptance on your proposed law is to have it become OBTAINED.
To anticipate and make unnecessary
OCCLUSION OCCLUDES INCLUSION.
1. Hidden/concealed or to hide/conceal
2. Beyond comprehension
An OCCULT CULT
Hateful; arousing strong feelings of dislike
An ODIOUS ODOR.
1. Meddlesome, pushy in offering one's services where they are unwanted
2. Informal or unofficial
OFFICIALs are often OFFICIOUS.
Sometimes OFFERINGS are OFFICIOUS.
1. Impermeable by light
2. Dense in mind
Disgrace, contempt, scorn
"O my, I can't even PROBE you you've gotten so fat!"
1. Changed into bone
2. Made rigidly conventional and unreceptive to change
OS = BONE
Seeming, appearing as such, professed
The OS is OSTENSIBLY TENSE.
Characterized by/given to pretentiousness
AUSTIN is OSTENTATIOUS about his art.
Presumptuously arrogant, overbearing
The OVERWEENING man thought that he could WEE anywhere.
A song or expression of praise and thanksgiving
To make something appear less serious; to gloss over
Making something metaphorically PALE can PALLIATE it.
Sugar-coating something makes it look PALER and PALLIATES it.
Widespread; occurring over a large area or affecting an unusually large percentage of the population
A formal expression of praise
"MAN, I wanna GYRATE on you."
1. A contradiction; a seemingly self-contradictory statement that seems true nonetheless
2. A literally false statement that only has meaning if interpreted figuratively
An outcast, a rejected and despised person
1. One-sided, committed to a party
2. Biased or prejudiced
A slight offense, a minor sin
A PICCOLO is a small flute, and a PECCADILLO is a small offense.
The art of profession of training, teaching, or instructing
To discuss or write about at length; to range freely
Look at all of this PAGE SPACE; I can EXPATIATE!
To atone or make amends for
The EX-PIRATE wanted to EXPIATE all his plundering.
To remove obscenity, purify, censor
The GATE EXPERT had to EXPURGATE all the graffiti from the GATE.
Existing; not destroyed or lost
Improvised; done without preparation
To destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
If all men just MASTURBATED then the human population would be EXTIRPATED.
1. Severity, rigor, roughness, harshness
If you ASPIRE to reach a goal, you must pursue it with ASPERITY.
An act of defamation
She dispersed RUMORS as an act of ASPERSION against her opponent.
Taking ASPIRIN is a form of ASPERSION against the lining of your stimach/your reputation as a tough guy.
ASS I DID - Mike had to be ASSIDUOUS in order to tap that ASS.
1. Having a tightening effect on living tissue
2. Harsh, severe
The STRINGED GENT'S STRINGS were quite ASTRINGENT, as were the people that put them there.
To weaken or make thinner; lessen
AT TEN YOU ATE, you shouldn't be hungry anymore! In fact, you should try to ATTENUATE your WEIGHT.
Daring and fearless; recklessly boldAu
1. An omen
2. The reading of omens
In the old days, AUGURY was PURGURY.
Protection or support
Wives cook dinners AU SPICE to impress their husband's bosses and gain AUSPICE in the dangerous job market.
1. To state as a fact
2. To confirm or support
BALES are often dangerous and BALEFUL.
1. Cause of injury, source of harm
2. Source of constant frustration
1. To bless
2. To make happy
3. To regard as saintly
Doug BEATIFIED The BEATS and they BEATIFIED him.
A state of bliss
BLISSFUL ATTITUDE is BEATITUDE.
Having a blissful appearance
Eating BEATS gives one a BEATIFIC FANTASTIC appearance.
To adorn, esp. in a cheap, showy manner
Amy's BEDIZEN meds cause her to BEDIZEN herself.
To give a false impression of; to misrepresent
The truth LIES BENEATH the exterior.
Gustan became BELLICOSE when he got CLOSE to BELLE.
Leaning, inclination, tendency
To coax with flattery
Even though he was BLAND-ISH, he was able to BLANDISH his way into a date with a hottie.
The druggie BLITHE PINTO is a very BLITHE individual.
To provide support or reinforcement
Self-important writing or speech
A rude or insestitive person
The BOOR was like a BOAR in a china shop in sensitive emotional situations.
To bring up, announce, begin to talk about
I BROOK BROOKE.
To grow rapidly or flourish
Once you're a SURGEON, the desire to cut people open BURGEONS.
To polish, rub to a shine
Once something has been BURNED-ISH, it must be BURNISHED.
The BYZANTINE CHAPEL is quite BYZANTINE.
To sponge, beg, or mooch
The dog in the CAGE often CADGED those who walked by.
To slander, make false accusations
When he CALUMNIATED her he CALLOUSLY ILLUMINATED false bad qualities she had.
She partook in CALUMNY against the chimney sweeper who got stuck in the CHIMNEY.
Inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
Sudden changes of mind or actions
1. Of basic importance or consequence
An insertion mark (^) used by editors and proofreaders
Something relating to the body or flesh
Severe criticism or punishment
1. A substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
2. A person or thing that causes change
The relationship between cause and effect
To criticize severely
She CENSURED him for not CENSORING himself.
A condition of confusion or unpredictability
1. To chastise or correct
2. To subdue
One blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member
Stylish and fashionable; sophistication in dress
The CINEMA is a CHIMERA.
It is CHIMERICAL that the things that happen in the CINEMA will happen in real life.
Tending toward anger
CHLOA AND ERIC had a bad relationship because they were both so CHOLERIC.
1. Boorish, vulgar
CHURLISH people need to go to CHURCH.
To come together; to fuse or unite
COAL COALESCES with heat to form energy.
Concluding section to a musical or literary piece; something that concludes or completes
To change as if by dyeing, influence; to distort
Matching, corresponding, or proportionate in some property
"Do you want to COMMENT?" "SURE, my opinion COMMENSURATES with yours!"
Commonplace, trite, unremarkable
Penny-pinching, excessively thrifty, ungenerous
The PENNY-CURIOUS man wanted to gather a lot of PENNIES, making him PENURIOUS.
Extreme poverty, lack of resources
Commonplace, trite, unremarkable
Admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
The EMPTY man made himself feel better by acting PEREMPTORY towards others.
Recurrent through the year of many years, happening repeatedly
Intentional breach of faith, treachery
The man that shot FIDY CENT 9 times was committing PERFIDY.
Cursory; done without care or interest
PERI (around) the world to where they eat PATE.
Extremely harmful, potentially causing death
Pleasing in appearance, attractive
Acutely perceptive, having ken discernment
To examine with great care
To permeate throughout
Like a rock, hard, stony
God, that PET YOU LENT me is so PETULANT.
A crass person guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values
The PHILIPPINES is home to many dirty PHILISTINE people.
Involving clever rogues or adventures
"PICK a CAR and steal it!" said the PICARESQUE boy.
1. To punish
2. To hold up to public scorn
To PILLORY the fashionista, they made her wear a PILLED sweater.
1. To yearn intensely
2. To lose vigor
1. Agreeably pungent, spicy, stimulating
2. Charming or attractive
PIQUE your taste buds/appetite
Resentment, feeling of irritation due to hurt pride
He keeps PICKING at my pride and it makes me feel PIQUE.
To use or reproduce illegally
1. The essential or central part
2. Vigor or mettle
PITS are the PITHS of fruit.
PITH is the PIT of any hero.
Precise and brief
Removing cherry pits is PITHY with a PIT remover.
To appease, to calm by making concessions
Mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
The PLAINTIFF was PLAINTIVE about his wrongdoings.
Pounding, thundering, resounding
We had to PLAN our sleeping around the PLANGENT GENT.
Moldable, pliable, not rigid
1. A superficial or trite remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
2. Lack of originality
An overabundance, a surplus
1. To measure the depth
2. To examine critically
You must PLUMB PLUMBING pipes and PLUMB gold.
To plunge or drop straight down
Distressing, pertinent, touching/emotional
POLE DANCING is POLEMICAL.
To chatter, babble
To babble meaninglessly
Rule establishing standards of conduct
The PRECEPTS all began with "PRE" and "ACCEPT".
Acting with excessive haste or impulse
Something that precedes and indicates/announces another
Disposition in favor of something; preference
PREDILECTION for DILL PICKLES.
To replace or appropriate
You should always PREEMPTIVELY PREEMPT batteries.
To dress up or groom with elaborate care
Knowing of events prior to their occurring
Pure, uncorrupted, clean
To pry, press, or force with a lever
Adherence to the highest principles
PROBABILITY THEORY is a PROBITY field of mathematics.
A natural predisposition or inclination
Given or coming forth abundantly, extravagant
To grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
The PRO LIFTER ATE a lot of protein so he could PROLIFERATE his muscles.
She became PRO-him LICKING her when he was being PROLIX, just to shut him up.
1. Nearness in time or place
The PROPS IN the room had PROPINQUITY to where they belonged, on stage.
PROP me near to her because I feel PROPINQUITY towards her/so I can feel PROPINQUITY to her.
To appease or pacify
I PROactively gave the gods a PIT to EAT to make them make my plants grow.
He tried to PROactively end the PITY party by getting PROPITIOUS circumstances.
To outlaw or prohibit
They had the PRO-SCRIBE write out their PROSCRIBING laws.
Frugal; looking to the future
In order to PROVIDE for the future, he has to be PROVIDENT now.
"PUER" is a PUERILE way to spell PURE.
Contentious, quarrelsome, belligerent
The girl was pUGNACIOUS because she resembled a PUG.
Precise, paying close attention to trivialities, esp. in regard to etiquette
The PUNK kid had shockingly PUNCTILIOUS manners.
I am PUSILLANIMOUS about getting PUS on me.
To rot, decay and give off a foul odor
PUTREFIED things make you want to PUKE.
Willingness to comply with the wishes of others
To cause to be confused; to frustrate
An informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
To scorn or despite
I CONDEMNED the person I CONTEMN.
Sharing a border; touching; adjacent
Regretful, seeking forgiveness
He CAN'T WRITE because he's so CONTRITE.
Generally agreed upon practice or attitude
Complex or complicated
Capable of being set right; correctable, reparable
The man could be CORRIGIBLE if he was ENCOURAGED.
1. To approve of or tolerate
2. Face, composure
1. The COUNT COUNTENANCED that joke video of him.
2. The COUNT expressed COUNTENANCE at the video of him.
To drink deeply
To shrink back in fear; to lose courage
QUAIL man never QUAILED, but QUAILS do.
"A QUALIFIED yes"
Questions, inquiries, reservations
Prone to complaining/grumbling; quarrelsome
QUIESCENCE gives a QUIET SENSE.
To complain about bitterly
He RAILED about how she wouldn't let him RAIL her/having to work on the RAIL road.
To be divided; to branch out
RAMMING into something can cause it to be RAMIFIED.
Characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
After RUNNING the COURSE for nothing, he felt RANCOROUS.
Bitter, long-lasting resentment
After RUNNING the COURSE for nothing, he felt RANCOR.
Voracious, greedy, plundering, subsisting on prey
RAPISTS are RAPACIOUS.
To make/become thin, less dense; to refine
RAREFY = to make fat cells RARE
1. A riddle
2. A representation of words by pictures/symbols
The BUS driver REBUS.
Obstinately defiant; difficult to manage
When you don't get enough CALCIUM, your bones get RECALCITRANT.
To summarize, repeat concisely
He had to RECAPITULATE the fact that he was going to DECAPITATE her.
1. Hidden, concealed
2. Difficult to understand; obscure
When you CONDUIRE (drive) you don't want to be RECONDITE - put your headlights on!
To engage in reconnaissance, make a preliminary inspection of
People like to eat CUCUMBERS in the shade when they are RECUMBENT.
Fragrant, suggestive, evocative
RED DOLE fruits are REDOLENT.
Awe-inspiring, worthy of honor; arousing fear or awe; forbidable
Double over again; REDOUBTABLE things make you RE-DOUBLE over.
Radiant, shiny, brilliant
The FULL GENT ate so much he got REFULGENT.
To disprove; to successfully argue against
1. To delight or entertain
2. To feast
GAIL REGALES people on her tumblr.
To protest, object
We had to REMONSTRATE against the MONSTER of a politician.
Torn, split apart, pierced as by a sound
In RENT everyone was RENT by having to pay RENT.
Present tense of rent
1. To feel/express dejection or discontent
2. To long for
After dejection/discontent, she PINED for acceptance/contentedness.
Adamant, steadfast, determined
Hilarious, provoking laughter
RISIBLE jokes make your stomach RISE while you laugh.
Authoritative rule, heading, title, category
Regretful, feeling remorse
People are always afraid that they'll choose the wrong RUE (road) and feel RUE.
Having sound judgement; perceptive; wise
SAGACIOUS people are usually so old that their boobs SAG.
Appealing to/causing sexual desire
The SALACIOUS women doing the SALSA made me drool SALIVA.
Prominent, highly relevant
Promoting health or well-being
Wholesome; causing improvement
They SALUTED the SALUTARY man that fixed their town.
1. Cheerful, confident, optimistic
2. A blood-red color
Dexter is SANGUINE around SANG (blood).
To enervate/weaken the vitality of
Extracting SAP SAPS trees.
The planet SATURN, so far from the sun, is SATURNINE.
It is/I am SATURNINE when I have to get up on SATURDAY at NINE.
You can never be SEDULOUS if you are SEDENTARY.
A large net hung out and dragged in to catch fish
Use a SEINE to catch fish in La SEINE river!
SERE is a SERE word.
Like a seed; a source
El Pais SEMINAL is a SEMINAL for information/opinions.
A broken piece of pottery/glass; any small piece/part
To smirk, say something silly, coy smile
Position requiring little/no work, usually providing an income
Doctors pray for SIGNS that CURE their patients so that their job can be a SINECURE.
Exceptional, unusual, odd
The road to SIN is very SINUOUS.
To satisfy, quench, lessen the intensity of
Drinking a LAKE will SLAKE your thirst.
1. Soaked or drenched
2. Unimaginative, dull
To weld, fuse, or join, as with a soldering gun
Concerned and attentive, eager
When SOLICITING someone for money, you must be SOLICITOUS to their concerns.
Fallacious reasoning; plausible but faulty logic
Exhibiting immaturity, lack of judgment, pretentious
Causing drowsiness, tending to produce sleep
After having a SOAP-O-RIFIC bath, she felt SOPORIFIC and ready for bed.
Thin; arranged at widely spaced intervals
Seeming true but actually false; misleadingly attractive
SPECIOUS things SEEM PRECIOUS but they're not.
One who spends money wastefully
SPENDTHRIFTS rarely spend their money in THRIFT stores.
He was SPLENETIC when he learned he had to have his SPLEEN removed.
Occurring only occasionally/in scattered instances
Lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
Dirty as from neglect
Ew, put the LID back on that old SQUID, it's so SQUALID!
To stop the flow of a fluid
You must STANCH the vag juice in order to prevent the STENCH.
Not moving/active; at rest
To saturate/completely soak
You become STEEPED with sweat as you go up a STEEP hill.
Extremely loud and powerful
STUNT men are generally quite STENTORIAN.
STUNT MEN use STENTORIAN bikes.
1. To restrain
2. To be sparing/frugal
Leg SPLINTS can STINT you.
Indifferent to/unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
When you STORE something with a LID its contents become STOLID.
Striped or grooved
A structural support used to brace a framework
When a hottie STRUTS by, he needs a STRUT to support him.
Court order requiring appearance/testimony
Assistance, relief in time of distress
When he was stressed, she would provide SUCCOR and SUCK ON his penis.
1. Inactive, lying on one's back
3. Mentally or morally slack
"SUP?" said the SUPINE dude.
Asking humbly; beseeching
The SUPPLANT man asked humbly for his SUPPLIES.
One who prays/begs for something; a beggar
To feed/supply in excess
He was SURFEITED until he SUR-FEIT (over-fit) his clothes.
One who tries to flatter/please for personal gain; parasite
To remove from consideration, esp. a parliamentary motion
Not talkative; silent
Something believed to have magic power or bestow good luck
The TAILSMAN was so good at catching his targets he seemed to be a TALISMAN.
To plug; to drive in or down by a series of blows
You must TAMP up holes in your roof so your rug doesn't get DAMP when it rains.
A repetition, a redundancy, a circular argument
Cheap, gaudy, tacky, indecent
PROF. TRALAWNEY was very TAWDRY.
The quality of adherence/persistence to something valued
TENACIOUS D had a TENACITY for writing music.
Biased, showing marked tendencies
To offer formally
Chicken TENDERS should never be TENDERED at a formal event.
"TIMOROUS Me" is about a guy who lets a girl pass him by because he's too TIMOROUS to talk to her.
A long and extremely critical speech
Sycophant, flatterer, yes-man
Girls who shop at TORRID are TORPID.
TORPEDOS can't be TORPID.
A force that causes rotation
A TORRID affair.
Winding/twisting; excessively complicated
Ordinary people don't get TORTURED - the road to getting TORTURED is TORTUOUS.
To publicly praise/promote
TOUT = to TOOT his horn
Obedient; easily led
Even though TRACTABLE people are TRACKABLE, you don't have to track them.
Mockery, caricature, parody
You don't want your TUMMY to be TUMID.
1. Muddy, having sediment stirred up, clouded
2. In a state of turmoil
The minds/reasoning of terrorists who wear TURBINS are TURBID.
1. Swollen, boated
2. Pompous, excessively ornate
The TURGID TURKEY did a JIG.
Randomly TORPEDOing ships is indicative of moral TURPITUDE.
To move in a wave-like fashion; to fluctuate
Genuine; not false or hypocritical
Charging a ridiculous or illegal rate of interest
Are U SURE you want to do this? We charge USURY.
When scam artists find a dupe, they USE him and charge USURY.
A VARIEGATED GATE of VARIED colors.
Vince VAUGHN likes to VAUNT.
Capable of being brought or bribed; mercenary
I am not VENAL about letting him move it from VAGINAL to ANAL.
The use of position for personal gain
Some women use VAGINAL to ANAL as VENALITY with men.
Appearing true or real
Authentic, real, genuine
Extremely harmful; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
To reduce the value of; spoil; make ineffective
When you ATE IT you VITIATED it and reduced its VALUE/VITALITY.
To use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely
He VITUPERATED the BITCH so badly that she couldn't RECUPERATE.
A light breeze; a puff
You must WAFT the chemical WAFTS in the science class.
To writhe, toss about, be in turmoil
When someone has WELTS they are very uncomfortable and WELTER while they sleep.
WENDLA WENDED to the boy's to have sex
To sharpen or stimulate
1. Imaginative, unpredictable
The policy of racial segregation and oppression in the Republic of South Africa
Swift, overwhelming attach employing speed and surprise
Coup d'etat (1)
A sudden, violent overthrow of the government
Ghostlike twin of a living person; an alter ego
Entre nous (1)
Shape or form
Hakuna matata (1)
Je ne sais quoi (1)
An attractive, indefinable quality
Holy war; struggle
Suicide attacks, esp. those carried out by Japanese bombers toward the end of WW2.
A title of respect for a holy or wise man
A decent human being
One who is appointed to investigate complaints against public officials
Jargon, specialized language
Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others
Hello or goodbye
Appetizers; small servings of food
Hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, esp. during stress; also called epinephrine
Main artery of teh body, which supplies oxygen-rich blood to the heart
Projection of a nerve cell that sends electric stimulation to other nerve cells
A group of microscopic, one-celled microorganisms
Unit of energy-producing potential that is contained in food
Fine-branching blood vessels that form a network between arteries and veins
Relating to the bones in the wrist
Firm, whitish, flexible tissue that often connects bones
The largest part of the brain, responsible for higher mental functions like thought, memory, and emotions
Present from birth
Outer layer of a tissue or organ
A projection of a nerve cell that receives electric stimulation from other nerve cells
Farther from the body/point of attachment
On the upper side
Electrocardiogram - display/record of a person's heartbeat produced by electriocardiography.
Any hormones that are released in the brain and have pain-reducing qualities
Substance that regulates the growth of a bodily function
Hormone naturally secreted by the pancreas that regulates the metabolism of carbs and fat
A fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hooves, claws, horns, etc
1. An abnormal increase of ketones in the body
2. A stage of metabolism in which the liver switches into fasting mode
On one side; farthest from the median plane/core (opposite of medial)
Tough connecting tissue that holds bones/organs in place
NEar the median plane/center
A dark brown/black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals
The process by which new material is assimilated and fuel is provided for vital activities in the bdoy
Magnetic resonance imaging - medical imaging used to produce images of internal organs
The major endocrine gland, which controls growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands
Situated near the back
a"space" between an axon of one nerve cell and a dendrite of another nerve cell, through which electric stimulation is passed
Tough connecting tissue that holds muscles to bones
Large gland in the neck that secretes hormones affecting the rate of metabolism
On the underside of an animal, plant, or organ (opposite dorsal)
Microscopic parasite that reproduces by invading and controlling host cells
Relating to the internal organs in the main body cavity, esp. the stomach
Situation characterized by absurdity or impossible to get out of bc of conflicting conditions
Dramatic irony (AKA 2)
1. Situational irony
2. Tragic irony
Done without regard for future consequences
Trivial or small
Characterized by deceit, cunning, and bad faith; cunningly deceitful
Relating to the curse of Oedipus (or Freud's complex)
Relating to/similar to the works of ORwell, particularly with respect to a vision of a totalitarian future.
The attribution of human qualities to something that is not human
A character, particularly a man, who creates a person to fit his liking
The tendency to derive pleasure from others' pain
Relating to lesbianism
A moneylender who charges exorbitant rates of interest
Siren song (1)
An enchanting appeal, esp. if it is deceptive and will lead to a bad result
A person who controls/manipulates another for malicious intent
Uncle Tom (1)
A pejorative name for a member of a low-status group who is very subservient
Verbal irony (1)
The use of words to express something other than their literal intent
The idea that nothing can be definitely known about a given area, particularly about the existence of God
The idea that God does not exist
The theory that animal behavior is due entirely to responses by stimuli
Birth order theory (1)
The theory that kids born in a certain order in the same household experience diff environments and thus develop different personality tendencies
Categorical imperative (1)
The idea that if one is acting in a consistent manner, one must act in a way that he would want everyone to act as well
Collective memory (1)
A hypothetical unconscious memory shared by all of humanity
The idea that God created the universe and then left mankind to operate by his own free will
The idea that every event, physical and mental, has a specific cause
The idea that everyone should act to maximize his/her own welfare
A materialistic belief that pleasure should be maximized and pain minimized
Game theory (1)
The analysis of conflicts to find optimal strategies
Gestalt theory (1)
The idea that phenomena should be treated holistically rather than individually
The study of interpretation
The idea that holds that reality is, at least in part, dependent on the mind
1. Literally 'nothingism': the belief that all knowledge is impossible
2. Complete rejection of all traditional values
Ockham's razor (1)
The idea that one should adopt the simplest hypothesis
The theory that observations of the skull were sufficient to determine the individual's personality and mental capacity
A theory that involves approaching the natural world in a scientific fashion and classifying it accordingly
A theory that assesses theories and concepts based on their effects on experiences and practices
The idea that anything exists or is defined relative to anything else
Social darwinism (1)
The idea that the theory of natural selection can also be applied to human society
The idea that nothing exists beyond oneself and one's immediate experiences
A way of thinking that divides philosophy into three branches of logic, physics, and ethics
The idea that God is the creator and supreme authority of the universe
A state of temporary inaction; suspension
ABBEY'S DANCE had a brief ABEYANCE
To be faithful/endure
Protection; sponsorship; shield of Athena
Misspelling AGE provides the elderly with AEGIS against AGISM.
Feeling of animosity or ill-will
A mark of authenticity
To give up all resistance/surrender; come to terms
Serving as a reimbursement, substitute, counterbalance
Intended to placate/pacify or generate good-will
1. Courteous respect
2. Yielding to the wishes of another
Distinct; having distinct parts
A crude dummy; a likeness or image, esp. of a person
After her EULOGY, we created an EFFIGY of her.
If you don't follow POLITICS you are IMPOLITIC.
Poor or needy
The INDIGO GENT was so cold because he was INDIGENT.
She's so IN-F-ABLE it's INEFFABLE.
Relating to a struggle within a nation/group; mutually destructive
Denunciatory/abusive language; a verbal attack
An INVECTIVE is an INEFFECTIVE DIRECTIVE.
A DIRECTIVE is INEFFECTIVE when you use INVECTIVES.
Lacking in resolution; indecisive
A villain or evil-doer; a heretic
1. Relating to phlegm
When you have lots of PHLEGM, you're PHLEGMATIC because you're too busy blowing your nose to worry about emotions.
Something that protrudes, such as a knob or bulge
Her TUBBY TUMMY was a PROTUBERANCE.
One who tells stories with skill and wit
1. Obstinately resistant to authority or control
2. Resistant to heat
2. Parts of a FACTORY must be REFRACTORY.
1. Working in a FACTORY all day can make you REFRACTORY.
Morally unprincipled/a morally unprincipled person
People on PROBATION are REPROBATES.
Extreme enthusiasm, esp. in speech or writing; ecstasy
Accompanied by/eager for bloodshed; bloody
Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness
TAMERA had TEMERITY.
Bitterly scathing or caustic
Virtually the same as; equivalent in seriousness
Fertile; producing/capable of producing an abundance of something
Grayish-white; having grayish-white hair; aged
Containing/consisting of iron
Second to last
A dishonest or unscrupulous (showing/having no morals)
To gradually spread through/over
A person appointed to administer a country because the monarch is absent/incapacitated
An aristocrat or nobleman
To exist/occur at a date earlier than something
In a state of despair/ruin as a result of age or neglect
The indistinct sound of people whispering
Saying the word SUSURRATION sounds like a SUSURRATION.
The experience of seeing patterns/connections in random or meaningless data
To give consent
To praise enthusiastically (usually in public)
To clear from a charge/accusation
to muddle or confuse
PADDLING the water ADDLES it.
To assert without proof
Enthusiasm or passion
To discover with certainty
A single ruler having unlimited power; a despot
1. Unpleasantly loud and noisy
2. Completely conspicuous
1. Hasty, unthinking
2. Lacking in tact or sensitivity
2. Making run of her RASH
2. Open and sincere
CANDID camera doesn't care what you do, it's CANDID.
Ill-tempered or quarrelsome
To examine/discuss carefully or thoroughly ; to scrutinize
You have to CANVASS what people CANVAS for politicians.
To treat indulgently; to baby
Used in ordinary conversation; not formal or literary
An unduly high opinion of one's self or abilities
Harmony or agreement
To bring to completion; complete or perfect in all respects
Warm, friendly, sincere
To obtain by scheming
To overwhelm, esp. with water; a flood
You don't want your LUGGAGE to get caught in a DELUGE!
To hinder or prevent
DIETER DETERS Gail from leaving Florida.
To withhold permission or sanction
1. To speak in a monotonous tone
2. A male bee that performs no work
To make clear by explanation
To express emotion in a theatrical or excessive manner
1. To sum up
2. To encase in a capsule
1. A bold or daring feat
2. To use, esp. deceitfully
to obtain from another by coercion or intimidation
Someone of nominal leadership but no real authority
Refined or delicate performance
Hard to please
The process of splitting into parts
1. To make stable
2. To fix one's attention/obsess on
To fill beyond capacity; to oversupply or excess
1. A deep, narrow passage with steep, rocky sides
2. To eat in a gluttonous manner
1. To charge an excessively high price
2. To dig/scoop out
1. To feed on leisurely and continuously
2. To touch lightly
Highly cultured or intellectual
A small, miserable dwelling
They dug their HOVEL with a SHOVEL.
Not noble, base
Well-known and distinguished
Lacking sense or substance; empty or stupid
1. To cause to become extremely angry
2. An aromatic substance that is burned
To provoke and urge on
1. Resting or leaning
3. Someone holding a specified office
To fill/cause to be filled with something
1. One disabled by illness or injury
2. Not valid
A very small amount
To express grief; to regret deeply
To speak evil of; evil
A device for confining the hands
After the man was in a DEBACLE they put him in a MANACLE.
One who lives meagerly to save money; a greedy person
Relating to disease; psychologically unhealthy
The roof of the mouth
Resembling a palace; spacious and splendid
To turn to wood/stone; to cause to be stiff or stone-like
Of vital importance; crucial
To move/walk in a heavy, laborious manner
A sign of something to come; an omen