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University of Mary Washington
3rd Grade 1
hard to understand
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