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  • elicit

    to bring forth, draw out, evoke~~ Pearson's melancholy tale was designed to elicit sympathy from all who heard it.

  • eloquent

    expressive, articulate, moving~~ As the young woman spoke, her words were so eloquent many listeners became teary-eyed.

  • elucidate

    to clarify, explain~~ Professor Jazz decided to elucidate further when he noted the blank expressions on his students' faces.

  • elude

    to evade, escape~~ To elude capture, the clever criminals waded into the river and floated with the logs.

  • emaciated

    very thin, enfeebled looking~~ The gaunt guitar player is the perfect example of an emaciated man.

  • embellish

    to decorate, adorn; b. (v.) to add details to, enhance~~ a.) The last chore on Christmas Eve is to embellish the spruce pines with ribbons and bows.

  • emend

    to correct or revise a written text~~ Many times, editors will emend the words of a script to make it have a broader appeal.

  • eminent

    distinguished, prominent, famous; b. (adj.) conspicuous a.) The eminent scientist made an earth-shattering announcement at the conference.~~ b.) The malformations of Jeff's face stood out eminently when the sunlight struck at an angle.

  • emollient

    soothing~~ "This emollient will make your skin as smooth as a baby's bottom," the manager said.

  • emote

    to express emotion~~ Seeing the inspiring scene for the tenth time, everyone began to emote as they'd done the first time.

  • empirical

    based on observation or experience ; b. (adj.) capable of being proved or disproved by experiment~~ a.) The scientist gathered empirical data to prove that his predictions weren't baseless.

  • emulate

    to imitate~~ Teens constantly emulate their idols, singing and dancing as much like them as their modest abilities will allow.

  • enamor

    to fill with love, to fascinate (usually used with “of” or “with”)~~ The husband-hunting women sought to enamor the eligible bachelors with their smiles and seductive movement.

  • encore

    a repeat performance at the audiences' insistence.~~ “Encore! Encore!” the crazed fans screamed, over and over again.

  • encumber

    to weigh down, burden~~ Trying not to encumber my parents further, I chose not to tell them about my lost job.

  • enervate

    to weaken, exhaust~~ The marathoners, languishing in the heat, were completely enervated after the tenth mile.

  • enfranchise

    to grant the vote to~~ The Fifth Amendment enfranchised those who would rather not admit their guilt in a court of law.

  • engender

    to bring about, create, generate~~ Trying to engender strife among the groups of voters, the devilish candidate sabotaged one group and blamed it on the other.

  • enigmatic

    mystifying, cryptic~~ The inscriptions of the monolith were so enigmatic, our best linguists couldn't decipher them.

  • enmity

    ill will, hatred, hostility~~ The opposing parties felt such enmity for one another, they could not bear so much the mentioning of the other's name.

  • ennui

    boredom, weariness~~ I felt such ennui that I colored my bedroom brown and threw all of my flowers out of the window.

  • entail

    to include as a necessary step~~ Genuine success entails many elements, the least of which is not solid conviction.

  • ephemeral

    short-lived, fleeting~~ Physical beauty is ephemeral at best; it lasts only as long as your youth.

  • epistolary

    relating to or contained in letters~~ One of the chief epistolary writings of Paul is the book of Romans.

  • epitome

    a perfect example, embodiment~~ The running back for Miami was the epitome of athleticism, being fast, agile, and strong.

  • equanimity

    composure~~ Glenn maintained his equanimity, even in the face of terrible accusations against him.

  • equivocal

    ambiguous, uncertain, undecided~~ Politicians usually give equivocal answers to difficult questions.

  • erudite

    learned~~ My physics teacher is such an erudite scholar that she has calculated, in her head, the distance from each planet relative to the Earth.

  • eschew

    to shun, avoid~~ Good men must learn to cherish the right things and eschew the wrong.

  • esoteric

    understood by only a select few~~ Even the most gifted students can't fully fathom the esoteric nature of existence itself

  • espouse

    to take up as a cause, support~~ Constantly, we should all espouse the virtues of honesty and integrity to our children.

  • ethereal

    heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined~~ The maiden's elegant attire and other-worldly expression struck everyone as somewhat ethereal.

  • etymology

    the history of words, their origin and development~~ From my study of the etymology of terms, I now know that the word “Herculean” derives from the Greek myth of Hercules, the son of Zeus.

  • euphoric

    elated, uplifted~~ Young lovers tend to become euphoric about the object of their desire, not seeing any flaws in them that may be obvious to others.

  • evanescent

    fleeting, momentary~~ All life on this Earth is most evanescent, appearing like a vapor then vanishing away.

  • evince

    to show, reveal~~ The lecturer’s endless address evinced his life-long passion for his subject.

  • exacerbate

    to make more violent, intense~~ Mrs. Johnston exacerbated her problem by lying about what she'd done.

  • exalt

    to glorify, praise~~ Our youth should be taught to exalt important things in life: the elderly, civil conduct, and moral laws.

  • exasperate

    to irritate, irk~~ Thomas's constant jabbering started to exasperate all of his classmates, provoking some of them to actually threaten his physical safety.

  • excavate

    to dig out of the ground and remove~~ The treasures of Solomon's mines were never excavated; for, they could never be located.

  • exculpate

    to free from guilt or blame, exonerate~~ In today's legal environment, one must have a good lawyer if one is to be exculpated from the least charge.

  • excursion

    a trip or outing~~ Our class is going on a brief excursion to the John Prince Park, as a reward for the test scores that were much better than expected.

  • execrable

    loathsome, detestable~~ The criminal's act was utterly execrable, offending even the other hardened inmates.

  • exhort

    to urge, prod, spur~~ Parents usually exhort their children to perform their very best in everything, especially academics.

  • exigent

    urgent, critical~~ The situation became instantly exigent when the injured player started to spit blood.

  • exonerate

    to free from guilt or blame, exculpate~~ As the false witness finally broke down and started to tell the truth, Jake knew he would ultimately be exonerated.

  • exorbitant

    excessive~~ It's never good to criticize anyone exorbitantly, even if they did something for which they should be ashamed.

  • expedient

    advisable, advantageous, serving one’s self-interest~~ Though I can exempt myself from the chores that the other workers have to do, it wouldn't be expedient; for, they need to feel that I am one of them.

  • expiate

    to make amends for, atone~~ In an attempt to expiate my crime, I offered to wash Mrs. Jones's car every week for a year.

  • expunge

    to obliterate, eradicate~~ Theodore is attempting to have his teenage record expunged on the grounds that he was only a minor when his misdeeds were done.

  • expurgate

    to remove offensive or incorrect parts, usually of a book~~ The editors were required to expurgate the misinformation from the text and print and apology along with the true account.

  • extant

    existing, not destroyed or lost~~ The memoirs of Julie Mayes were proven to be extant, when an old forgotten chest was opened and examined.

  • extol

    to praise, revere~~ Coach Val began to extol the virtues of his players, calling them the finest group of young men he'd ever had the pleasure of coaching.

  • extraneous

    irrelevant, extra, not necessary~~ "Remove all extraneous paraphernalia from your desk tops, please," Mr. Goss instructed.

  • extricate

    to disentangle~~ After the evidence was carefully examined, it became clear that the accused would be extricated and set free.

  • exult

    to rejoice~~ George exulted for hours when he finally landed that six-figure position.

  • fabricate

    to make up, invent~~ I don't know why Elvin felt the need to fabricate some wild story; the truth would have served just as well.

  • façade

    the wall of a building; b. (n.) a deceptive appearance or attitude~~ a.) Because the sun strikes the east façade of the building, we get to see it rise every morning.

  • facile

    easy, requiring little effort; b. (adj.) superficial, achieved with minimal thought or care, insincere~~ a.) Come on, Johnny, cleaning your room is a facile chore at best.

  • fallacious

    incorrect, misleading~~ Captain Ken took the witness's statement as a fallacious bunch of lies designed to get his friend off the hook.

  • fastidious

    meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards~~ Because the boss is so fastidious, he never gives a satisfactory evaluation of anyone.

  • fathom

    to understand, comprehend; b. (n). six feet deep~~ a.) It's truly difficult to fully fathom the quantity of water that's on our beautiful Earth. b.) Along the west shoreline, the Lake Omari drops to three fathoms.

  • fatuous

    silly, foolish~~ Carl considers himself a serious writer; however, he pens some of the most infantile, fatuous tales I've ever heard.

  • fecund

    fruitful, fertile~~ The exotic prince insisted that all of his would-be brides be both beautiful and fecund.

  • felicitous

    well suited, apt; b. (adj.) delightful, pleasing~~ a.) His dark blue suit was very felicitous, complementing the attire of his lovely wife perfectly.

  • feral

    wild, savage~~ The feral hogs in the South Eastern United States are creating major ecological problems.

  • fervent

    ardent, passionate~~ Martha's love for Quinton was fervent like the summer sun; there was no cooling it.

  • fetid

    having a foul odor~~ The fetid stench of week-old meat saturated the butcher, and exposed him to all.

  • fetter

    to chain, restrain~~ Everyone should ensure that their yard dogs are either fenced or fettered to a tree.

  • fickle

    shifting in character, inconstant~~ Young boy are so fickle, young girls should always be prepared for heartbreak.

  • fidelity

    loyalty, devotion~~ The soldier's fidelity to his band was rewarded with a Medal of Distinction.

  • figurative

    symbolic~~ Using figurative language, Alice compared the storm to an angry man wielding burning daggers.

  • flabbergasted

    astounded~~ When Jethro proposed to Elaine, everyone was completely flabbergasted, saying they thought it would never happen.

  • flaccid

    limp, not firm or strong~~ Over cooking noodles makes them flaccid and mushy like mashed potatoes.

  • flagrant

    offensive, egregious~~ The referee hit the player with a flagrant foul for going to the head with his elbow.

  • florid

    flowery, ornate~~ The mansion was replete with thick columns and florid gardens galore.

  • flout

    to disregard or disobey openly~~ Flouting the speed limit, the celebrating teens sped up to 100 mph.

  • foil

    to thwart, frustrate, defeat~~ Inspector Goodfellow foiled the thief’s attempt to rob his fifth bank in as many months.

  • forage

    to graze, rummage for food~~ Foraging for food, the cows wandered into the neighboring fields.

  • forbearance

    patience, restraint, toleration~~ The officer showed great forbearance in listening to the rants of the outraged driver.

  • forestall

    to prevent, thwart, delay~~ The governor forestalled the execution in deference to a family member's request.

  • forlorn

    lonely, abandoned, hopeless~~ Jennifer seemed so forlorn, when Aliza, her best friend, moved to Alabama.

  • forsake

    to give up, renounce~~ I have decided to forsake all of my vices, especially the tobacco and alcohol.

  • fortitude

    strength, guts~~ The fireman demonstrated great fortitude, entering the blazing inferno boldly.

  • fortuitous

    happening by chance, often lucky or fortunate~~ Finding my lost coin was truly a fortuitous event, rivaling finding that lotto ticket.

  • foster

    to stimulate, promote, encourage~~ Good manners will always foster positive interactions, even between those who disagree.

  • fractious

    troublesome or irritable~~ The fractious behavior of the fans caused the next game to be cancelled and moved to another venue.

  • fraught

    (usually used with “with”) filled or accompanied with~~ The Forest of Highlands is fraught with dangers -- some seen, others unseen.

  • frenetic

    frenzied, hectic, frantic~~ Trying to maintain such a frenetic pace all day is what causes Jim to simply collapse at night.

  • frivolous

    of little importance, trifling~~ Being preoccupied with frivolous things is a great way to use up your mental energy.

  • frugal

    thrifty, economical~~ Though I'm not quite as frugal as I should be, I'm certainly not a spendthrift.

  • furtive

    secretive, sly~~ Janine saw the furtive smile her boyfriend gave to the waitress; thus, she spent the balance of her evening with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa.

  • garish

    gaudy, in bad taste~~ Bob must be color blind; because, that's the only thing that could possibly explain the garish decorations in his living room.

  • garrulous

    talkative, wordy~~ The garrulous gals chatted and gabbed all through the movie, to the great irritation of those who also paid to see and hear it.

  • genial

    friendly, affable~~ Genial conduct is one of the sure signals of dignified intelligence.

  • gluttony

    overindulgence in food or drink~~ Because of Michael's gluttony, he ended up overeating again, then throwing up all he'd eaten.

  • goad

    to urge, spur, incite to action~~ Calvin's friend, Roger, constantly tries to goad him into skipping school with him.

  • gourmand

    someone fond of eating and drinking~~ With my diet of chips, cookies, and fries, you'd never confuse me with a real gourmand.

  • grandiose

    on a magnificent or exaggerated scale~~ The computer company is planning a grandiose celebration replete with lasers and every manner of dazzling device.