Vocabulary Video Contest - List 1 500 words

Vocabulary.com and the New York Times Learning Network have teamed up to launch a Vocabulary Video contest. Just create a short (15 seconds or less) video that defines or teaches any of the words in the Times' Word of the Day collection, post it online, and submit a link to your video in the Learning Network's comments section. Click on these links to learn more about the eligible words: List 1, List 2 and List 3.
  1. evenhanded
    without partiality
  2. witticism
    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  3. pitfall
    an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty
  4. peroration
    (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
  5. sobriety
    the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
  6. cohort
    a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
  7. nomenclature
    a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
  8. libel
    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
  9. uproarious
    uncontrollably noisy
  10. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  11. retinue
    the group following and attending to some important person
  12. aristocracy
    a privileged class holding hereditary titles
  13. impiety
    unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
  14. officious
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  15. wanderlust
    very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
  16. serpentine
    resembling a serpent in form
  17. concentric
    having a common center
  18. immolate
    offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
  19. spasmodic
    occurring in spells and often abruptly
  20. odorous
    having odor or a characteristic odor
  21. serendipity
    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
  22. fallacious
    containing or based on a fallacy
  23. entomology
    the branch of zoology that studies insects
  24. embroider
    decorate with needlework
  25. doff
  26. hoary
    showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
  27. artifice
    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
  28. fray
    wear away by rubbing
  29. rotunda
    a building having a circular plan and a dome
  30. hilarity
    great merriment
  31. abrasive
    causing abrasion
  32. encipher
    convert ordinary language into code
  33. hireling
    a person who works only for money
  34. vintner
    someone who sells wine
  35. embryonic
    of an organism prior to birth or hatching
  36. tenacity
    persistent determination
  37. extradition
    the surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)
  38. fresco
    a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
  39. expenditure
    the act of spending money for goods or services
  40. finale
    the closing section of a musical composition
  41. gastronomy
    the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
  42. stickler
    someone who insists on something
  43. dour
    showing a brooding ill humor
  44. mishap
    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
  45. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
  46. ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
  47. wont
    an established custom
  48. pusillanimous
    lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
  49. fracas
    noisy quarrel
  50. fancier
    a person having a strong liking for something
  51. degradation
    changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
  52. machination
    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
  53. rehabilitate
    help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
  54. edify
    make understand
  55. sloth
    a disinclination to work or exert yourself
  56. synthesis
    the combination of ideas into a complex whole
  57. befuddle
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  58. agglomeration
    the act of collecting in a mass; the act of agglomerating
  59. multilingual
    using or knowing more than one language
  60. viscid
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  61. deposition
    the act of putting something somewhere
  62. altruistic
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  63. philatelist
    a collector and student of postage stamps
  64. unkempt
    not properly maintained or cared for
  65. bard
    a lyric poet
  66. toga
    a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome
  67. compress
    squeeze or press together
  68. tortuous
    marked by repeated turns and bends
  69. verity
    conformity to reality or actuality
  70. arsenal
    all the weapons and equipment that a country has
  71. cognate
    related by blood
  72. encomiastic
    formally expressing praise
  73. puerile
    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
  74. dulcet
    pleasing to the ear
  75. drone
    an unchanging intonation
  76. assurance
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
  77. allegiance
    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
  78. tout
    advertize in strongly positive terms
  79. maritime
    relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen
  80. armada
    a large fleet
  81. preamble
    a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
  82. manumit
    free from slavery or servitude
  83. palate
    the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
  84. arboretum
    a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
  85. fictitious
    formed or conceived by the imagination
  86. progeny
    the immediate descendants of a person
  87. ceremonious
    characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
  88. insolence
    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
  89. unfaltering
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
  90. monotony
    constancy of tone or pitch or inflection
  91. unassuming
    not arrogant or presuming
  92. asteroid
    any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
  93. conceit
    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
  94. ecologist
    a biologist who studies the relation between organisms and their environment
  95. nicety
    conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
  96. turncoat
    a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
  97. subpoena
    a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
  98. monotheism
    belief in a single God
  99. chivalrous
    being attentive to women like an ideal knight
  100. paranoia
    a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur
  101. lascivious
    driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
  102. estranged
    caused to be unloved
  103. glutinous
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  104. inclusive
    including much or everything; and especially including stated limits
  105. niggle
    worry unnecessarily or excessively
  106. elegy
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  107. solemnity
    a trait of dignified seriousness
  108. notoriety
    the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
  109. guffaw
    a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
  110. adjutant
    an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
  111. surly
    inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
  112. cabal
    a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
  113. elusive
    skillful at eluding capture
  114. ruse
    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
  115. invocation
    the act of appealing for help
  116. barefaced
    with no effort to conceal
  117. discursive
    (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
  118. masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
  119. compliance
    the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another
  120. sidereal
    of or relating to the stars or constellations
  121. inimitable
    defying imitation; matchless
  122. knead
    make uniform
  123. snivel
    cry or whine with snuffling
  124. pivotal
    being of crucial importance
  125. repugnance
    intense aversion
  126. linguistic
    consisting of or related to language
  127. wily
    marked by skill in deception
  128. gape
    look with amazement; look stupidly
  129. requite
    make repayment for or return something
  130. stoke
    stir up or tend; of a fire
  131. feint
    any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
  132. ambiguous
    having more than one possible meaning
  133. insomnia
    an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
  134. gambol
    play boisterously
  135. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  136. utopia
    ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
  137. cathartic
    emotionally purging
  138. malefactor
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  139. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
  140. hallucination
    illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder
  141. cauterize
    burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
  142. languor
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
  143. factitious
    not produced by natural forces
  144. mimicry
    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
  145. pithy
    concise and full of meaning
  146. liaison
    a channel for communication between groups
  147. optician
    a worker who makes glasses for remedying defects of vision
  148. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
  149. jaunt
    a journey taken for pleasure
  150. guileless
    free of deceit
  151. coercion
    using force to cause something to occur
  152. seclusion
    the act of secluding yourself from others
  153. imperceptible
    impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
  154. oblivion
    the state of being disregarded or forgotten
  155. unimpeachable
    beyond doubt or reproach
  156. quail
    small gallinaceous game birds
  157. frond
    compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
  158. excise
    remove by cutting
  159. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
  160. litany
    any long and tedious address or recital
  161. monastic
    of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
  162. lank
    long and thin and often limp
  163. pulmonary
    relating to or affecting the lungs
  164. caste
    (Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity
  165. dynamic
    characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality
  166. surrogate
    someone who takes the place of another person
  167. ethos
    (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era
  168. acquittal
    a judgment of not guilty
  169. mendicant
    a pauper who lives by begging
  170. exhilarating
    making lively and joyful
  171. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  172. exceptionable
    liable to objection or debate; used of something one might take exception to
  173. agility
    the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
  174. amicable
    characterized by friendship and good will
  175. quietude
    a state of peace and quiet
  176. outspoken
    given to expressing yourself freely or insistently
  177. sedition
    an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
  178. reimburse
    pay back for some expense incurred
  179. saturnine
    bitter or scornful
  180. chafe
    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  181. laborious
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  182. slake
    satisfy (thirst)
  183. spatial
    pertaining to or involving or having the nature of space
  184. minatory
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  185. affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
  186. venom
    toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions)
  187. anonymity
    the state of being anonymous
  188. eulogistic
    formally expressing praise
  189. satellite
    any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
  190. rakish
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  191. revulsion
    intense aversion
  192. brunt
    main force of a blow etc
  193. ramble
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
  194. incite
    provoke or stir up
  195. offhand
    with little or no preparation or forethought
  196. effigy
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
  197. catechism
    an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
  198. theocracy
    a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
  199. accessory
    a supplementary component that improves capability
  200. mendacious
    given to lying
  201. scuffle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
  202. subdue
    put down by force or intimidation
  203. equinox
    either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of equal length
  204. ashen
    anemic looking from illness or emotion
  205. generate
    bring into existence
  206. sarcasm
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  207. victuals
    a source of materials to nourish the body
  208. filibuster
    (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
  209. sensual
    marked by the appetites and passions of the body
  210. veer
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  211. aberrant
    markedly different from an accepted norm
  212. parry
    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
  213. provender
    food for domestic livestock
  214. knell
    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
  215. turpitude
    a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
  216. oaf
    an awkward stupid person
  217. relic
    an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
  218. slew
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  219. earthy
    of or consisting of or resembling earth
  220. quaff
    to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
  221. patois
    a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
  222. smelt
    extract (metals) by heating
  223. decomposition
    the organic phenomenon of rotting
  224. censor
    a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
  225. laceration
    the act of lacerating
  226. sundry
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
  227. mealy-mouthed
    hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
  228. allay
    lessen the intensity of or calm
  229. transient
    lasting a very short time
  230. extort
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
  231. parasite
    an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
  232. browse
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
  233. ellipsis
    omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
  234. urchin
    poor and often mischievous city child
  235. gusto
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
  236. palimpsest
    a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible
  237. psyche
    that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
  238. kernel
    a single whole grain of a cereal
  239. anoint
    administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
  240. bristle
    a stiff hair
  241. antagonism
    an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
  242. lien
    the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged
  243. nonchalance
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
  244. petulant
    easily irritated or annoyed
  245. statutory
    relating to or created by statutes
  246. resignation
    the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
  247. caulk
    a waterproof filler and sealant that is used in building and repair to make watertight
  248. reactionary
    extremely conservative
  249. refrain
    resist doing something
  250. aerie
    the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle)
  251. cryptic
    having a secret or hidden meaning
  252. potpourri
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  253. potable
    suitable for drinking
  254. reconnaissance
    the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy)
  255. censorious
    harshly critical or expressing censure
  256. delve
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  257. turgid
    ostentatiously lofty in style
  258. artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  259. blighted
    affected by blight; anything that mars or prevents growth or prosperity
  260. naivete
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
  261. engaging
    attracting or delighting
  262. traumatic
    psychologically painful;"few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child";
  263. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
  264. carafe
    a bottle with a stopper; for serving wine or water
  265. vainglorious
    feeling self-importance
  266. elixir
    a substance believed to cure all ills
  267. timidity
    fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
  268. transcribe
    write out from speech, notes, etc.
  269. coalition
    the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
  270. manifestation
    a clear appearance
  271. deadpan
    deliberately impassive in manner
  272. wizened
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
  273. actuarial
    of or relating to the work of an actuary
  274. encroachment
    any entry into an area not previously occupied
  275. anvil
    a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
  276. nettle
    any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
  277. ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  278. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
  279. dauntless
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  280. discordant
    not in agreement or harmony
  281. discretion
    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
  282. errant
    straying from the right course or from accepted standards
  283. saturate
    infuse or fill completely
  284. mortician
    one whose business is the management of funerals
  285. cognizance
    having knowledge of
  286. pessimism
    a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
  287. kindred
    group of people related by blood or marriage
  288. primogeniture
    right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
  289. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  290. expropriate
    deprive of possessions
  291. hermetic
    completely sealed; completely airtight
  292. bigotry
    the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot
  293. symbiosis
    the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other
  294. simplistic
    characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity
  295. unearth
    recover through digging
  296. sedate
    characterized by dignity and propriety
  297. squat
    sit on one's heels
  298. ornithologist
    a zoologist who studies birds
  299. supposition
    the cognitive process of supposing
  300. bacchanalian
    used of riotously drunken merrymaking
  301. perfidious
    tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
  302. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  303. bifurcated
    divided into or made up of two parts
  304. friction
    the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
  305. gerrymander
    divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
  306. tendentious
    having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one
  307. shard
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
  308. ventral
    toward or on or near the belly (front of a primate or lower surface of a lower animal)
  309. protean
    taking on different forms
  310. glutton
    a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
  311. monarchy
    an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
  312. cog
    tooth on the rim of gear wheel
  313. fissure
    a long narrow depression in a surface
  314. plagiarize
    take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
  315. marshal
    (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank
  316. sap
    a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
  317. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
  318. legerdemain
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  319. perforate
    make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
  320. muggy
    hot or warm and humid
  321. stolid
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
  322. forgo
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  323. alloy
    a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
  324. quiescent
    being quiet or still or inactive
  325. rationalize
    think rationally; employ logic or reason
  326. connotation
    an idea that is implied or suggested
  327. diatribe
    thunderous verbal attack
  328. febrile
    of or relating to or characterized by fever
  329. gaunt
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  330. cleft
    a long narrow opening
  331. deify
    exalt to the position of a God
  332. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
  333. limber
    (used of artifacts) easily bent
  334. malingerer
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
  335. lancet
    a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
  336. peregrination
    traveling or wandering around
  337. appurtenance
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  338. suborn
    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
  339. opportunist
    a person who places expediency above principle
  340. verbatim
    using exactly the same words
  341. profligate
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  342. modish
    in the current fashion or style
  343. gaudy
    tastelessly showy
  344. champion
    someone who has won first place in a competition
  345. philology
    the humanistic study of language and literature
  346. dossier
    a collection of papers containing detailed information about a particular person or subject (usually a person's record)
  347. anecdote
    short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
  348. larder
    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
  349. skulduggery
    verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
  350. runic
    relating to or consisting of runes
  351. parallelism
    similarity by virtue of corresponding
  352. obsequious
    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  353. demolition
    the act of demolishing
  354. strut
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
  355. bureaucracy
    a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
  356. parley
    a negotiation between enemies
  357. epithet
    descriptive word or phrase
  358. timbre
    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
  359. felon
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  360. impale
    pierce with a sharp stake or point
  361. ogle
    look at with amorous intentions
  362. omnipresent
    being present everywhere at once
  363. compile
    get or gather together
  364. ideology
    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
  365. lexicographer
    a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language
  366. reverent
    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
  367. perceptive
    of or relating to perception
  368. firebrand
    a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
  369. withstand
    resist or confront with resistance
  370. molecule
    (physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
  371. prognosis
    a prediction of the course of a disease
  372. laud
    praise, glorify, or honor
  373. moodiness
    a sullen gloomy feeling
  374. filigree
    delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
  375. don
    teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
  376. forestall
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  377. headstrong
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
  378. addendum
    textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end
  379. omnipotent
    having unlimited power
  380. frugality
    prudence in avoiding waste
  381. multiplicity
    the property of being multiple
  382. misapprehension
    an understanding of something that is not correct
  383. somnambulist
    someone who walks about in their sleep
  384. distill
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
  385. deference
    courteous regard for people's feelings
  386. outstrip
    go far ahead of
  387. agape
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
  388. enterprising
    marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects
  389. impious
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
  390. termination
    the act of ending something
  391. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
  392. eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
  393. retract
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
  394. pauper
    a person who is very poor
  395. pell-mell
    in a wild or reckless manner
  396. aggrandize
    add details to
  397. saboteur
    someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
  398. polity
    the form of government of a social organization
  399. whet
    sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
  400. acrophobia
    a morbid fear of great heights
  401. quay
    wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
  402. restraint
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  403. intransigence
    the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
  404. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
  405. gainsay
    take exception to
  406. isthmus
    a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
  407. scenario
    an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)
  408. diversion
    a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  409. arroyo
    a stream or brook
  410. navigable
    able to be sailed on or through safely
  411. tedium
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  412. misogynist
    a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular
  413. unconscionable
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  414. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
  415. nirvana
    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
  416. sallow
    unhealthy looking
  417. skulk
    avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill
  418. horticultural
    of or relating to the cultivation of plants
  419. egress
    the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
  420. mutinous
    consisting of or characterized by or inciting to mutiny
  421. plait
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  422. kleptomaniac
    someone with an irrational urge to steal in the absence of an economic motive
  423. girth
    the distance around a person's body
  424. bifurcate
    split or divide into two
  425. jargon
    specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  426. monolithic
    imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  427. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  428. laity
    in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
  429. innuendo
    an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
  430. squabble
    a quarrel about petty points
  431. uniformity
    the quality of lacking diversity or variation (even to the point of boredom)
  432. regal
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
  433. scuffle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
  434. chauvinist
    a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind
  435. subdue
    put down by force or intimidation
  436. unfettered
    not bound by shackles and chains
  437. cubicle
    small area set off by walls for special use
  438. partiality
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
  439. alchemy
    a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
  440. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
  441. inured
    made tough by habitual exposure
  442. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  443. embezzlement
    the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  444. precipitate
    bring about abruptly
  445. delete
    cut or eliminate
  446. surreptitious
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
  447. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
  448. glacial
    relating to or derived from a glacier
  449. hackles
    a feeling of anger and animosity
  450. seedy
    full of seeds
  451. deciduous
    (of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
  452. creed
    any system of principles or beliefs
  453. hazardous
    involving risk or danger
  454. teetotalism
    abstaining from alcohol
  455. asymmetric
    characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
  456. giddy
    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
  457. expansive
    able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
  458. spangle
    adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
  459. ignominy
    a state of dishonor
  460. seethe
    foam as if boiling
  461. demented
    affected with madness or insanity
  462. cherubic
    having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub
  463. husbandry
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
  464. caprice
    a sudden desire
  465. emollient
    toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
  466. chisel
    an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
  467. prevaricate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  468. prod
    to push against gently
  469. eccentricity
    strange and unconventional behavior
  470. analogy
    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
  471. wallow
    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
  472. evocative
    serving to bring to mind
  473. insightful
    exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception
  474. clarion
    loud and clear
  475. gall
    a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
  476. determination
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
  477. fritter
    small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
  478. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
  479. placebo
    an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug
  480. unravel
    become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
  481. waif
    a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
  482. exuberance
    joyful enthusiasm
  483. compliant
    disposed or willing to comply
  484. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  485. gory
    covered with blood
  486. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  487. unearthly
    suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
  488. scuttle
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
  489. meditation
    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
  490. quip
    a witty saying
  491. memorialize
    be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
  492. libertine
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  493. heyday
    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  494. blare
    make a loud noise
  495. connubial
    of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband
  496. thrifty
    mindful of the future in spending money
  497. degenerate
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  498. sinecure
    an office that involves minimal duties
  499. exemplary
    worthy of imitation
  500. cloying
    overly sweet