2014 Vocabulary Video Contest (A-L)

For the second year, 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 comments section here. Click on these links to learn more about the eligible words: A-L, M-Z.
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  1. aberrant
    markedly different from an accepted norm
  2. abominable
    unequivocally detestable
  3. abrasive
    causing irritation or erosion by friction
  4. abysmal
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
  5. accessory
    a supplementary component that improves capability
  6. acclimate
    get used to a certain environment
  7. accretion
    an increase by natural growth or addition
  8. acoustics
    the study of the physical properties of sound
  9. acquittal
    a judgment of not guilty
  10. acrophobia
    a morbid fear of great heights
  11. actuarial
    relating to statistics to calculate insurance premiums
  12. acuity
    sharpness of vision
  13. addendum
    textual matter that is appended to the end of a publication
  14. addiction
    being dependent on something habit-forming
  15. addled
    confused and vague; used especially of thinking
  16. adherent
    someone who believes and helps to spread a doctrine
  17. adjutant
    an officer who acts as an assistant to a more senior officer
  18. adulterate
    make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  19. aerie
    the lofty nest of a bird of prey, such as a hawk or eagle
  20. affidavit
    written declaration made under oath
  21. affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
  22. affluence
    abundant wealth
  23. agape
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
  24. agglomeration
    the act of collecting in a mass
  25. aggrandize
    embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of
  26. agility
    the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal
  27. agnostic
    a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable
  28. alchemy
    a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
  29. alimentary
    of or providing nourishment
  30. allay
    lessen the intensity of or calm
  31. allegiance
    the act of binding yourself to a course of action
  32. allegory
    a short moral story
  33. alloy
    a mixture containing two or more metallic elements
  34. altruistic
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  35. ambiguous
    having more than one possible meaning
  36. ambulatory
    able to walk about
  37. amicable
    characterized by friendship and good will
  38. amnesty
    a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
  39. amphitheater
    an oval large stadium with tiers of seats
  40. amulet
    a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
  41. analogy
    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  42. anecdote
    short account of an incident
  43. anesthetic
    a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
  44. annex
    attach to
  45. annotate
    add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
  46. annul
    cancel officially
  47. anoint
    administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially
  48. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule
  49. anonymity
    the state of being unknown
  50. antagonism
    an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
  51. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty
  52. antithesis
    exact opposite
  53. anvil
    a heavy block on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
  54. apogee
    the farthest point in an orbit around the Earth
  55. apolitical
    neutral with regards to government policy
  56. apologist
    a person who argues to defend some policy or institution
  57. apparition
    a ghostly appearing figure
  58. appurtenance
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
  59. aquiline
    curved down like an eagle's beak
  60. arboretum
    a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated
  61. argot
    a characteristic language of a particular group
  62. aria
    an elaborate song for solo voice
  63. aristocracy
    a privileged class holding hereditary titles
  64. armada
    a large fleet
  65. arrogance
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
  66. arroyo
    a stream or brook
  67. arsenal
    all the weapons and equipment that a country has
  68. artifact
    a man-made object
  69. artifice
    the use of deception or trickery
  70. artless
    simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
  71. ashen
    pale from illness or emotion
  72. aspirant
    an ambitious young person
  73. assay
    a test of a substance to determine its components
  74. assumption
    the act of taking something for granted
  75. assurance
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
  76. asteroid
    a small celestial body composed of rock and metal
  77. astral
    being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars
  78. asylum
    a shelter from danger or hardship
  79. asymmetric
    characterized by lack of balance in the arrangement of parts
  80. atavism
    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
  81. atone
    turn away from sin or do penitence
  82. attentive
    taking heed
  83. audit
    examine carefully for accuracy
  84. austere
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  85. authenticate
    establish the undisputed credibility of something
  86. authoritative
    of recognized power or excellence
  87. automaton
    a mechanism that can move independently of external control
  88. autonomous
    existing as an independent entity
  89. avenge
    take action in return for a perceived wrong
  90. aversion
    a feeling of intense dislike
  91. aviary
    a building where birds are kept
  92. avow
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  93. awry
    turned or twisted to one side
  94. babble
    utter meaningless sounds
  95. bacchanalian
    used of riotously drunken merrymaking
  96. bait
    something used to lure fish or other animals
  97. balk
    refuse to proceed or comply
  98. bandy
    discuss lightly
  99. bard
    a lyric poet
  100. barefaced
    with no effort to conceal
  101. barrage
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area
  102. bedraggled
    limp, untidy, and soiled
  103. befuddle
    be confusing or perplexing to
  104. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
  105. beholden
    under a moral obligation to someone
  106. behoove
    be appropriate or necessary
  107. bemoan
    regret strongly
  108. bemused
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
  109. berserk
    frenzied as if possessed by a demon
  110. besiege
    surround so as to force to give up
  111. bicker
    argue over petty things
  112. bifurcate
    split or divide into two
  113. bifurcated
    divided into or made up of two parts
  114. bigotry
    intolerance and prejudice
  115. blanch
    turn pale, as if in fear
  116. blare
    make a loud noise
  117. blighted
    affected by something that prevents growth or prosperity
  118. blowhard
    a very boastful and talkative person
  119. bludgeon
    a club used as a weapon
  120. bode
    indicate by signs
  121. bohemian
    a nonconformist who lives an unconventional life
  122. bountiful
    producing in abundance
  123. bovine
    any of various wild or domestic cattle
  124. braggadocio
    vain and empty boasting
  125. braggart
    a very boastful and talkative person
  126. brazen
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  127. brevity
    the attribute of being short or fleeting
  128. brindled
    having a gray or brown streak or a patchy coloring
  129. bristle
    a stiff hair
  130. brook
    a natural stream of water smaller than a river
  131. browse
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
  132. brunt
    the main part, especially of a force or shock
  133. buccaneer
    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea
  134. buffoonery
    acting like a clown
  135. bugaboo
    an imaginary monster used to frighten children
  136. bureaucracy
    a government administered primarily by nonelective officials
  137. cabal
    a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  138. cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  139. cadaverous
    of or relating to a corpse
  140. calorific
    of or relating to the energy in food
  141. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward
  142. cant
    a slope in the turn of a road or track
  143. canter
    a smooth three-beat gait
  144. capillary
    a minute blood vessel connecting arterioles with venules
  145. caprice
    a sudden desire
  146. caption
    brief description accompanying an illustration
  147. carafe
    a bottle with a stopper
  148. carapace
    hard outer covering or case of certain organisms
  149. carat
    a unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy
  150. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  151. carouse
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
  152. cartographer
    a person who makes maps
  153. cascade
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
  154. caste
    a hereditary social class among Hindus
  155. catcall
    a cry expressing disapproval
  156. catechism
    an elementary book summarizing the principles of a religion
  157. cathartic
    emotionally purging
  158. caulk
    a waterproof filler and sealant used in building and repair
  159. cauterize
    burn, sear, or freeze using a hot iron or electric current
  160. cede
    give over
  161. censor
    a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material
  162. censorious
    harshly critical or expressing censure
  163. centrifuge
    an apparatus that separates particles from a suspension
  164. centurion
    leader of soldiers in ancient Rome
  165. cerebration
    the process of using one's mind to consider something
  166. ceremonious
    characterized by pomp and stately display
  167. chafe
    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  168. champion
    someone who has won first place in a competition
  169. chaotic
    completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
  170. chauvinist
    a person with a prejudiced belief in his own superiority
  171. cherubic
    having a sweet nature befitting an angel
  172. chide
    scold or reprimand severely or angrily
  173. chimerical
    like a grotesque product of the imagination
  174. chisel
    an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
  175. chivalrous
    attentive and honorable like an ideal knight
  176. chortle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
  177. circlet
    a small ring-shaped object
  178. circumlocution
    an indirect way of expressing something
  179. circumscribe
    draw a geometric figure around another figure
  180. clairvoyant
    someone who can perceive things not present to the senses
  181. clamor
    utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
  182. clangor
    a loud resonant repeating noise
  183. clarion
    loud and clear
  184. cleft
    a long narrow opening
  185. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  186. clientele
    customers collectively
  187. climactic
    consisting of or causing a decisive moment
  188. clime
    the weather in some location averaged over a period of time
  189. cloister
    residence that is a place of religious seclusion
  190. cloying
    overly sweet
  191. coagulate
    change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
  192. coalition
    the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  193. codify
    organize into a system, such as a body of law
  194. coercion
    using force to cause something to occur
  195. cog
    tooth on the rim of gear wheel
  196. cogitate
    consider carefully and deeply
  197. cognate
    related by blood
  198. cognizance
    the state or act of having knowledge of
  199. cohabit
    share living quarters
  200. cohesion
    the state of sticking together
  201. cohort
    a band of warriors
  202. coincidence
    the property of two things happening at the same time
  203. collate
    assemble in proper sequence
  204. collateral
    accompanying; following as a consequence
  205. comatose
    in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness
  206. comely
    according with custom or propriety
  207. comestible
    suitable for use as food
  208. comeuppance
    a usually negative outcome or fate that is well deserved
  209. commandeer
    take arbitrarily or by force
  210. communal
    for or by a group rather than individuals
  211. compelling
    capable of arousing and holding the attention
  212. compilation
    the act of putting together
  213. compile
    get or gather together
  214. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
  215. complementary
    serving to fill out, enhance, or supply what is lacking
  216. compliance
    the act of submitting, usually surrendering power to another
  217. compliant
    disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes
  218. comprehensive
    including all or everything
  219. compress
    squeeze or push together
  220. conceit
    the trait of being unduly vain
  221. concentric
    having a common center
  222. concession
    the act of yielding
  223. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
  224. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
  225. conformity
    correspondence in form, type, or appearance
  226. congeal
    solidify, thicken, or come together
  227. conifer
    a type of tree or shrub bearing cones
  228. connivance
    agreement on a secret plot
  229. connotation
    an idea that is implied or suggested
  230. connubial
    relating to marriage or the relationship between spouses
  231. conscript
    enroll into service compulsorily
  232. consensus
    agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole
  233. consequential
    having important effects or results
  234. consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
  235. consistent
    the same throughout in structure or composition
  236. construe
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  237. contagion
    an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
  238. contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  239. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  240. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow
  241. controvert
    prove to be false or incorrect
  242. conveyance
    something that serves as a means of transportation
  243. corollary
    an inference following from the proof of another proposition
  244. corporeal
    having material or physical form or substance
  245. corpulent
    excessively large
  246. correlation
    a reciprocal connection between two or more things
  247. corrosive
    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  248. corrugated
    shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
  249. countermand
    cancel officially
  250. courier
    a person who carries a message
  251. covenant
    an agreement between a god and the people
  252. crabbed
    annoyed and irritable
  253. creed
    any system of principles or beliefs
  254. crestfallen
    brought low in spirit
  255. crotchety
    having a difficult and contrary disposition
  256. cryptic
    having a secret or hidden meaning
  257. cubicle
    small area set off by walls for special use
  258. culmination
    a concluding action
  259. cumulative
    increasing by successive addition
  260. curmudgeon
    an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas
  261. dally
    behave carelessly or indifferently
  262. dank
    unpleasantly cool and humid
  263. dappled
    having spots or patches of color
  264. dauntless
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  265. dawdle
    hang or fall in movement, progress, development, etc.
  266. deadpan
    deliberately impassive in manner
  267. decadence
    the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
  268. deciduous
    shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
  269. decomposition
    the organic phenomenon of rotting
  270. decrepitude
    a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
  271. deduce
    reason from the general to the particular
  272. deface
    mar or spoil the appearance of
  273. defame
    charge falsely or with malicious intent
  274. deference
    courteous regard for people's feelings
  275. defile
    make dirty or spotty
  276. deflect
    turn from a straight course or fixed direction
  277. defrock
    remove from one's position in the church
  278. degenerate
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable
  279. degradation
    a change to a lower state
  280. deify
    exalt to the position of a God
  281. delete
    cut or eliminate
  282. delirium
    a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion
  283. delusion
    a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
  284. delve
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  285. demented
    affected with madness or insanity
  286. demolition
    the act of destroying completely
  287. demotic
    of or for the common people
  288. demur
    politely refuse or take exception to
  289. denote
    have as a meaning
  290. depose
    force to leave an office
  291. deposition
    the act of putting something somewhere
  292. determination
    the act of finding out the properties of something
  293. deterrent
    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
  294. detonation
    the act of setting off an explosive
  295. detrimental
    causing harm or injury
  296. diadem
    an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
  297. diatribe
    thunderous verbal attack
  298. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  299. diffuse
    spread out; not concentrated in one place
  300. dilate
    become wider
  301. diligence
    conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task
  302. dilute
    lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
  303. diminution
    change toward something smaller or lower
  304. dinghy
    a small boat of shallow draft
  305. dirge
    a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person
  306. disaffected
    discontented as toward authority
  307. disapprobation
    an expression of strong disapproval
  308. disavow
    refuse to acknowledge
  309. disband
    cause to break up or cease to function
  310. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
  311. discordant
    not in agreement or harmony
  312. discretion
    power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies
  313. discursive
    tending to cover a wide range of subjects
  314. disgorge
    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  315. disjoint
    having no elements in common
  316. dislodge
    remove or force from a position previously occupied
  317. dismember
    separate the limbs from the body
  318. disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
  319. dispassionate
    unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
  320. disport
    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
  321. disquisition
    an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
  322. dissection
    the act of cutting so as to separate into pieces
  323. dissolution
    separation into component parts
  324. distill
    undergo condensation
  325. diverge
    move or draw apart
  326. diversion
    a turning aside
  327. doctrinaire
    a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
  328. doff
  329. dogged
    stubbornly unyielding
  330. dogmatic
    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
  331. domineer
    rule or exercise power over in a cruel and autocratic manner
  332. don
    teacher at a university or college
  333. dormer
    a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof
  334. dossier
    papers containing detailed information about a person
  335. dour
    showing a brooding ill humor
  336. dowdy
    lacking in stylishness or taste
  337. drivel
    saliva spilling from the mouth
  338. droll
    comical in an odd or whimsical manner
  339. drone
    make a monotonous low dull sound
  340. dross
    worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
  341. drudgery
    hard, monotonous, routine work
  342. dubious
    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  343. dulcet
    pleasing to the ear
  344. dupe
    fool or hoax
  345. duress
    compulsory force or threat
  346. dynamic
    characterized by action or forcefulness of personality
  347. earthy
    of or consisting of or resembling the soil
  348. eccentricity
    strange and unconventional behavior
  349. ecologist
    a biologist who studies organisms and their environment
  350. eddy
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind
  351. edify
    make understand
  352. effeminate
    lacking traits typically associated with men or masculinity
  353. effervescent
    giving off bubbles
  354. effigy
    a representation of a person
  355. effusion
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
  356. egress
    the act or means of going out
  357. elaborate
    marked by complexity and richness of detail
  358. elegy
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  359. elixir
    a substance believed to cure all ills
  360. ellipsis
    a mark indicating that words have been omitted
  361. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
  362. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
  363. embed
    fix or set securely or deeply
  364. embezzlement
    the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property
  365. embroider
    decorate with needlework
  366. embryonic
    of an organism prior to birth or hatching
  367. emollient
    a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin
  368. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  369. encipher
    convert ordinary language into code
  370. encomiastic
    formally expressing praise
  371. encroachment
    any entry into an area not previously occupied
  372. engaging
    attracting or delighting
  373. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  374. ennui
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  375. enterprising
    marked by initiative and readiness to undertake new projects
  376. entomology
    the branch of zoology that studies insects
  377. entree
    the principal dish of a meal
  378. eon
    the longest unit of geological time
  379. episodic
    divided into or composed of distinct scenes or events
  380. epithet
    descriptive word or phrase
  381. epitome
    a standard or typical example
  382. equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
  383. equinox
    when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator
  384. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  385. errant
    straying from the right course or from accepted standards
  386. erroneous
    containing or characterized by mistakes
  387. estrange
    remove from customary environment or associations
  388. estranged
    caused to be unloved
  389. ethnic
    distinctive of the ways of living of a group of people
  390. ethnology
    branch of anthropology dealing with divisions of humankind
  391. ethos
    the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era
  392. eulogistic
    formally expressing praise
  393. eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
  394. euphony
    any pleasing and harmonious sounds
  395. evenhanded
    without partiality
  396. evocative
    serving to bring to mind
  397. exceptionable
    likely to cause objection or disapproval
  398. excerpt
    a passage selected from a larger work
  399. excise
    remove by cutting
  400. exemplary
    worthy of imitation
  401. exert
    put to use
  402. exhilarating
    making lively and joyful
  403. exigency
    a pressing or urgent situation
  404. expansive
    able or tending to extend in one or more directions
  405. expenditure
    the act of spending money for goods or services
  406. expletive
    profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
  407. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
  408. expropriate
    deprive of possessions
  409. extort
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
  410. extradition
    surrender of an accused by one state or country to another
  411. extrapolate
    draw from specific cases for more general cases
  412. extrinsic
    not forming an essential part of a thing
  413. exuberance
    joyful enthusiasm
  414. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
  415. faction
    a dissenting clique
  416. factitious
    not produced by natural forces; artificial or fake
  417. fallacious
    containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  418. fallow
    left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season
  419. falter
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
  420. fanaticism
    excessive intolerance of opposing views
  421. fancier
    a person having a strong liking for something
  422. febrile
    of or relating to or characterized by fever
  423. feign
    make believe with the intent to deceive
  424. feint
    any distracting or deceptive maneuver
  425. felon
    someone who has been legally convicted of a crime
  426. fervid
    characterized by intense emotion
  427. festive
    offering fun and gaiety
  428. fetter
    a shackle for the ankles or feet
  429. fiat
    a legally binding command or decision
  430. fickle
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  431. fictitious
    formed or conceived by the imagination
  432. fidelity
    the quality of being faithful
  433. figurative
    not literal
  434. filch
    make off with belongings of others
  435. filibuster
    a tactic for delaying legislation by making long speeches
  436. filigree
    delicate and intricate ornamentation
  437. finale
    the closing section of a musical composition
  438. finite
    bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
  439. firebrand
    a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
  440. fissure
    a long narrow depression in a surface
  441. fleck
    a small contrasting part of something
  442. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
  443. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  444. florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  445. flounder
    move clumsily or struggle to move, as in mud or water
  446. fluency
    powerful and effective language
  447. fluke
    a stroke of luck
  448. foppish
    overly concerned with extreme elegance in dress and manner
  449. forensic
    used in the investigation of facts or evidence in court
  450. forestall
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  451. forgo
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  452. forswear
    formally reject or disavow
  453. fortitude
    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity
  454. fracas
    a noisy quarrel
  455. franchise
    a statutory right or privilege granted by a government
  456. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
  457. fray
    wear away by rubbing
  458. fresco
    a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
  459. friction
    the resistance when a body is moved in contact with another
  460. frieze
    an ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band
  461. fritter
    fried batter containing meat, vegetables, or fruit
  462. frond
    compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
  463. frugality
    prudence in avoiding waste
  464. functionary
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  465. fundamental
    serving as an essential component
  466. gainsay
    take exception to
  467. gall
    a digestive juice secreted by the liver
  468. galleon
    a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts
  469. gambol
    play or run boisterously
  470. gamely
    in a plucky or sporting manner
  471. gape
    look with amazement
  472. gastronomy
    the art and practice of preparing and eating good food
  473. gauche
    lacking social polish
  474. gaudy
    tastelessly showy
  475. gaunt
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  476. gawk
    look with amazement
  477. generality
    the quality of being widespread or having wide applicability
  478. generate
    bring into existence
  479. gentility
    elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
  480. gerontocracy
    a political system governed by old people
  481. gerrymander
    divide voting districts unfairly and to one's advantage
  482. gestate
    be pregnant with
  483. gesticulation
    a deliberate and vigorous motion of the hands or body
  484. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  485. giddy
    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
  486. girth
    the distance around something, especially a person's body
  487. glacial
    relating to or derived from a slowly moving mass of ice
  488. glare
    be sharply reflected
  489. glimmer
    a flash of light
  490. glower
    look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
  491. glutinous
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  492. glutton
    a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
  493. gory
    covered with blood
  494. gourmand
    a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
  495. grandeur
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid
  496. grate
    reduce to shreds by rubbing against a perforated surface
  497. grievance
    a complaint about a wrong that causes resentment
  498. grotto
    a small cave, usually with attractive features
  499. grovel
    show submission or fear
  500. grudging
    petty or reluctant in giving or spending
  501. gruel
    a thin porridge
  502. gruff
    blunt and unfriendly or stern
  503. guffaw
    a burst of loud and hearty laughter
  504. guileless
    innocent and free of deceit
  505. gusto
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
  506. hackles
    a feeling of anger and animosity
  507. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  508. hallucination
    illusory perception
  509. harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  510. haughtiness
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
  511. hazardous
    involving risk or danger
  512. headstrong
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
  513. heckler
    someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and objections
  514. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  515. herbivorous
    feeding only on plants
  516. hermetic
    completely sealed or airtight
  517. hermitage
    the abode of a recluse
  518. heterodox
    characterized by departure from accepted standards
  519. heyday
    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  520. hilarity
    great merriment
  521. hinterland
    a remote and undeveloped area
  522. hireling
    a person who works only for money
  523. hoary
    having gray or white hair as with age
  524. homespun
    made of cloth woven in one's household
  525. hoodwink
    conceal one's true motives from
  526. horticultural
    of or relating to the cultivation of plants
  527. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
  528. hue and cry
    loud and persistent clamor or protest from many people
  529. husbandry
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
  530. hypercritical
    inclined to judge too severely
  531. hypocritical
    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
  532. ideology
    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
  533. idiom
    expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
  534. idyllic
    charmingly simple and serene
  535. ignoble
    dishonorable in character or purpose
  536. ignominy
    a state of dishonor
  537. illimitable
    without restrictions in extent or size or quantity
  538. illusion
    an erroneous mental representation
  539. imbalance
    a lack of stability, evenness, or equilibrium
  540. imbroglio
    an intricate and confusing interpersonal situation
  541. immolate
    kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire
  542. immune
    of the condition in which an organism can resist disease
  543. immutable
    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  544. impale
    pierce with a sharp stake or point
  545. impassive
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
  546. impeach
    bring an accusation against
  547. imperceptible
    impossible or difficult to sense
  548. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
  549. impiety
    unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
  550. impious
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
  551. implausible
    highly imaginative but unlikely
  552. imply
    express or state indirectly
  553. impolitic
    lacking tact, shrewdness, or prudence
  554. imponderable
    difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision
  555. imprecation
    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
  556. imprudent
    not sensible, responsible, or wise
  557. inadvertently
    without knowledge or intention
  558. incantation
    a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
  559. incarnation
    act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  560. incisive
    demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  561. incite
    provoke or stir up
  562. inclusive
    encompassing much or everything
  563. incompatible
    not in harmonious or agreeable combination
  564. incorrigible
    impervious to correction by punishment
  565. incursion
    the act of entering some territory or domain
  566. indemnify
    secure against future loss, damage, or liability
  567. indeterminate
    not fixed or known in advance
  568. indisputable
    not open to question; obviously true
  569. indomitable
    impossible to subdue
  570. inductive
    influencing or causing to arise
  571. inert
    unable to move or resist motion
  572. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
  573. ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  574. inimitable
  575. innuendo
    an indirect and usually malicious implication
  576. inopportune
    not suitable for a purpose
  577. insightful
    exhibiting clear and deep perception
  578. insolence
    the trait of being rude and impertinent
  579. insomnia
    an inability to sleep
  580. insouciant
    marked by unconcern
  581. insularity
    lack of openness to new ideas; narrow-mindedness
  582. insurgent
    in opposition to a civil authority or government
  583. intangible
    incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch
  584. intelligentsia
    an educated elite
  585. interdict
    command against
  586. intransigence
    stubborn refusal to compromise or change
  587. inured
    made tough by habitual exposure
  588. invalidate
    make no longer acceptable for use
  589. invective
    abusive language used to express blame or censure
  590. invocation
    the act of appealing for help
  591. invulnerable
    immune to attack; impregnable
  592. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights
  593. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  594. irreconcilable
    impossible to bring into accord
  595. irrefutable
    impossible to deny or disprove
  596. irremediable
    impossible to correct or redress
  597. irreparable
    impossible to rectify or amend
  598. irretrievable
    impossible to recover or recoup or overcome
  599. irreverence
    a mental attitude showing lack of due respect
  600. isotope
    atom with same atomic number, different number of neutrons
  601. isthmus
    a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
  602. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  603. jaunt
    a journey taken for pleasure
  604. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
  605. jibe
    shift from one side of the ship to the other
  606. jingoist
    an extreme bellicose nationalist
  607. jollity
    feeling jovial and full of good humor
  608. jovial
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  609. judicious
    marked by the exercise of common sense in practical matters
  610. junta
    a group of officers who rule a country after seizing power
  611. kernel
    a single whole grain of a cereal
  612. killjoy
    someone who spoils the pleasure of others
  613. kindred
    group of people related by blood or marriage
  614. kleptomaniac
    someone with an irrational urge to steal
  615. knead
    use the hands to mix and work something into a uniform mass
  616. knell
    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death
  617. kudos
    an expression of approval and commendation
  618. labile
    liable to change
  619. laborious
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
  620. laceration
    the act of tearing irregularly
  621. lagoon
    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef
  622. laity
    members of a religious community who are not clergy
  623. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  624. lancet
    a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade
  625. languor
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
  626. lank
    long and thin and often limp
  627. larder
    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
  628. largess
    liberality in bestowing gifts
  629. lascivious
    driven by lust
  630. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  631. laud
    praise, glorify, or honor
  632. legerdemain
    an illusory feat
  633. levitate
    cause to rise in the air and float
  634. levy
    impose and collect
  635. lewd
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
  636. lexicographer
    a compiler or writer of a dictionary
  637. lexicon
    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words
  638. liaison
    a means of communication between groups
  639. libel
    a false and malicious publication
  640. libertine
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  641. licentious
    lacking moral discipline
  642. lien
    the right to take and hold the property of a debtor
  643. limber
    easily bent
  644. limpid
    clear and bright
  645. lineament
    the characteristic parts of a person's face
  646. linguistic
    consisting of or related to language
  647. litany
    a prayer led by clergy with responses from the congregation
  648. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
  649. litigation
    a legal proceeding in a court
  650. lope
    run easily
  651. lugubrious
    excessively mournful
  652. lunar
    of or relating to or associated with the moon
  653. luster
    the property of something that shines with reflected light
  654. lustrous
    reflecting light
  655. luxuriate
    enjoy to excess
Created on October 8, 2014 (updated October 8, 2014)

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