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Stunning causing, capable of causing, or liable to cause astonishment,bewilderment

, or a loss of consciousness or strength: a stunning blow.
of striking beauty or excellence: What a stunning dress you're
2. Slenderhaving a circumference that is small in proportion to the height
or length: a slender post.
thin or slight; light and graceful: slender youths.
small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meagre: a slender income.
having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.
thin or weak, as sound.
Example sentences
He has slender shoulders, slight arms, and narrow hips.
There is a slender chance that the prosecution will try to get him back.
deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice,etc.; irreg
ular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.
Geometry . not having the same center; not concentric: usedespecia
lly of two circles or spheres at least one ofwhich contains the center
s of both.
(of an axis, axle, etc.) not situated in the centre.
Machinery . having the axis or support away from the center: anecce
ntric wheel.
Astronomy . deviating from a circular form, as an elliptic orbit.
a person who has an unusual, peculiar, or odd personality,
set of beliefs, or behaviour pattern.
something that is unusual, peculiar, or odd.
Machinery . a device for converting circular motion intorectilinear motion,
consisting of a
disk fixed somewhat off-centerto a revolving shaft, and working freely in a
surrounding collar(eccentric strap) to which a rod (eccentric rod) is attac

Also, especially British, eccentric.

Example sentences
Perhaps most eccentric of all, a professor in our
math department taught his dog the essentials of calculus.
It would be easy to dismiss him as a lovable,eccentric old hippie.
Wingate was and remains fascinating, a brilliantand eccentric Brit.
They didn't seem particularly neurotic or even eccentric .
And she's just about the most left-wing eccentric person I know.
All are a little eccentric in their own way and allare probably very interesti
ng, high energy people.
It memorializes the meeting of two remarkableeccentric minds at a partic
ular moment inintellectual history.

4. wrinkles
a small furrow or crease in the skin, especially of the face,
from aging or frowning.a temporary slight ridge or furrow on a surface, du
e to contraction, folding, crushing, or the like.
verb (used with object), wrinkled, wrinkling.
to form wrinkles in; corrugate; crease: Don't wrinkle your dress.
verb (used without object), wrinkled, wrinkling.
to become wrinkled.

5. furrow
a narrow groove made in the ground, especially by a plow.
a narrow groovelike or trenchlike depression in any surface: thefurrows of
a wrinkled face.
verb (used with object
to make a furrow or furrows in.
to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.
verb (used without object)
to become furrowed.

6. temperamental
having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.

moody, irritable, or sensitive: a temperamental artist.

given to erratic behaviour; unpredictable.
of or pertaining to temperament; constitutional: temperamentaldifference

7. temper
a particular state of mind or feelings.
habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience,outbursts of
anger, or the
like; disposition: an even temper.
heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger,
resentment, etc.
calm disposition or state of mind: to be out of temper.
a substance added to something to modify its properties or qualities.
8. greedy
excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.;avariciou
s: the greedy owners of the company.
having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for ): greedy for praise.
9. miser
a person who lives in wretched circumstances in order to save
and hoard money.
a stingy, avaricious person.
Obsolete . a wretched or unhappy person.
Example sentences
As anyone surely knows, Scrooge is a nasty miser .
Before he began giving money away, people
complained that he was a miser .
I'm neither a spendthrift nor a miser .
Food does not satisfy the greedy man, nor money the miser .

10. Tolerant
inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; for bearing
:tolerant of errors.
favouring toleration: a tolerant church.
Medicine/Medical, Immunology .
able to endure or resist the action of a drug, poison, etc.
lacking or exhibiting low levels of immune response to a
normally immunogenic substance.
Examples: He took time to find out what he thought and he
had an open mind and a tolerant nature.

11. Vain
excessively proud of or concerned about one's own appearance,qualitie
s, achievements,
etc.; conceited: a vain dandy.
proceeding from or showing pride in or concern about one'sappearance, q
ualities, etc.; resulting from or displaying vanity:He made some vain rema
rks about his accomplishments.
ineffectual or unsuccessful; futile: vain hopes; a vain effort; a vainwar.
without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or
worthless: vain pageantry; vain display. Archaic. senseless or foolish.

12. apparent
readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible: The crackin the wall
was readily
capable of being easily perceived or understood; plain or clear;obvious: Th
e solution to the problem was apparent to all.
according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results,etc.; ostensi
ble rather than actual: He was the apparent winner of the election.
entitled to a right of inheritance by birth, indefeasible except byone's deat
h before that of the ancestor, to an inherited throne,title, or other estate.

13. assertive
confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive;dogmatic
: He is too assertive as a salesman.
having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.
14. pompous
characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or
importance: a pompous minor official
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.
characterized by pomp, stately splendour, or magnificence.
15. arrogant
making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights;over
bearingly assuming;
insolently proud: an arrogant public official.
Characterized by or proceeding from arrogance, or a sense of
superiority, self-importance, or entitlement: arrogant claims.
16. smug
contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or
correctness; complacent.
trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.

17. slur
to pass over lightly or without due mention or consideration(often foll
owed by over ):
The report slurred over her contribution to the enterprise
to pronounce (a syllable, word, etc.) indistinctly by combining,reducing, or
omitting sounds, as in hurried or careless utterance.
to cast aspersions on; calumniate; disparage; depreciate: Thecandidate w
as viciously slurred by his opponent.

to sing to a single syllable or play without a break (two ormore tones of di

fferent pitch).
to mark with a slur.
Chiefly British Dialect . to smirch, sully, or stain.
verb (used without object), slurred, slurring
to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.
a slurred utterance or sound.
a disparaging remark or a slight: quick to take offense at a slur.
a blot or stain, as upon reputation: a slur on his good name.
the combination of two or more tones of different pitch,sung to a single syl
lable or played
without a break.
a curved mark indicating this.
Printing. a spot that is blurred or unclear as a result of paper,
plate, or blanket slippage.

18. gibber
to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
to speak foolishly; chatter.
gibbering utterance.
Example sentences
Whoever summoned him, named him after agibbering literary horror.
When his parents pack him off to a psychiatrist,he puts on an act and be
comes a
gibbering maniac.

19. awful
extremely bad; unpleasant; ugly: awful paintings; an awful job.
inspiring fear; dreadful; terrible: an awful noise.
solemnly impressive; inspiring awe: the awful majesty of alpinepeaks.
full of awe; reverential.
extremely dangerous, risky, injurious, etc.: That was an awful fallshe had.
He took an awful chance by driving here so fast.
Example sentences
His eyes were awful , all lit up and burning.
20. endorsement
approval or sanction: The program for supporting the arts won the
the placing of one's signature, instructions, etc., on a document.
the signature, instructions, etc., placed on the reverse of acommercial doc
ument, for the purpose of assigning the interest therein to another.
a clause under which the stated coverage of an insurance policy
may be altered.

21. bang
a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started witha bang.
energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a bigbang out of s
eeing movies.
Example sentences
Melbourne starts the new year with a bang
With a loud bang he threw an empty box on thepile of rubbish in the hallw
Suddenly a bang rings out, and the imageshakes vigorously as the camer
So don't bang your head on the office door tryingto uncover what you did
Artillery pieces were hauled to the quayside toensure things went off with

22. Ricochet
the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding ordeflecting one
or more times from
the surface over which it ispassing or against which it hits a glancing blow
to move in this way, as a projectile.
Example sentences
Display director Andrew Howards promise of an "extremely loud"
fireworks finale came true, with explosions ricocheting off buildings in a
deafening spectacle that lasted 10 minutes.
Tiny droplets of water went ricocheting aroundthe oil-filled chamber.
Integration has less appeal when pain rather thanprosperity is ricocheting

Wars of words accompany sporadic gunfirericocheting over the border.

Spider silk is a good shock absorber becauseyou don't want your fly

23. Spectacle

anything presented to the sight or view, especially something ofa stri

king or impressive kind: The stars make a fine spectacletonight.
a public show or display, especially on a large scale: Thecoronation was a l
avish spectacle.
spectacles, eyeglasses, especially with pieces passing over oraround the e
ars for holding them in place.
Often, spectacles.
something resembling spectacles in shape or function.
any of various devices suggesting spectacles, as oneattached to a semaph
ore to display
lights or different colours by colored glass.
Obsolete . a spyglass.
Example sentence:
Display director Andrew Howards promise of an "extremely loud"
fireworks finale came true, with explosions ricocheting off buildings in a
deafening spectacle that lasted 10 minutes.
24. Deafen
to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machinesdeafened
deaden .
Obsolete . to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.
Example sentences:
Display director Andrew Howards promise of an "extremely loud"
fireworks finale came true, with explosions ricocheting off buildings in a
deafening spectacle that lasted 10 minutes.

25. Revellers
to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in ): to
revel in luxury.
to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
Often, revels. an occasion of merry making or noisy festivity
with dancing, masking, etc.
2. celebrate, carouse, roister, caper.
Example sentence:
Green and gold fireworks exploded at midnight and illuminated the
Melbourne skyline to the shouts of gleeful revellers.
26. roared
to utter a loud, deep cry or howl, as in excitement, distress, or
to laugh loudly or boisterously: to roar at a joke.
to make a loud sound or din, as thunder, cannon, waves, or wind.
to function or move with a loud, deep sound, as a vehicle: Theautomobile
roared away.
to make a loud noise in breathing, as a horse.
to utter or express in a roar: to roar denials.
to bring, put, make, etc., by roaring: to roar oneself hoarse.
a loud, deep cry or howl, as of an animal or a person: the roar ofa lion.
a loud, confused, constant noise or sound; din; clamor: the roarof the surf;
the roar of lively conversation from the crowded party.
a loud outburst: a roar of laughter; a roar of approval from the audience.

Example sentence:
Crimson fireworks roared like thunder followed by shots of shooting stars

27. leap
to spring through the air from one point or position to another;ju
mp: to leap over a ditch.
to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped atthe opport
to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to aconclusion; an idea
that immediately
leaped to mind.
to jump over: to leap a fence.
to pass over as if by a jump.
to cause to leap: to leap a horse.
Example sentences for leaped:
Opaque and complicated mortgage products offered seductively low initial
rates that soon leaped up.
He leaped into the muddy, icy water and tried to swim to land.
Sometimes his sympathy leaped past the obligations of farming.
Critics leaped on these losses as evidence that unmanned aerial vehicles
would never replace recon planes.
Sliding along, the above are what leaped into my thoughts on this
burning question.
28. culminate
to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development(usually foll
owed by in ).
to end or arrive at a final stage (usually followed by in ): The
argument culminated in a
fist fight.
to rise to or form an apex; terminate (usually followed by in ):The tower c
ulminates in a tall spire.
Astronomy . (of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach
the highest or the lowest
to bring to a close; complete; climax: A rock song culminates the
29. Assault
a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt oroffer to
do violence to another, with or without battery, as byholding a stone or clu
b in a threatening manner.

Military . the stage of close combat in an attack.

to make an assault upon; attack; assail.

30. Unprecedented

without previous instance; never before known or experienced;un

exampled or unparalleled: an unprecedented event.
Example sentence:
The planned shutdown of Melbourne's busiest road, the M1, for major
works is unprecedented in scale and Vic Roads has warned motorists to
expect delays of up to an hour, advising them to avoid the area if they
31. Perennial
lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty.
(of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream.
perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent.
a perennial plant: Daffodils and tulips are perennials.
something that is continuing or recurrent.
Example sentence:
He said short-trip refusal was a "perennial" problem in the city that risked
public safety.
32. Exacerbate
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, illfeeling, et
c.); aggravate.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
Example sentence:
The Victorian Taxi Association said the problem of short-fare refusal was
exacerbated by the fact some of those in the industry did not consider it
to be a serious profession.

33. Mint
a place where coins, paper currency, special medals, etc., are
produced under government authority.
a place where something is produced or manufactured

a vast amount, especially of money: He made a mint in oil wells.

Philately. (of a stamp) being in its original, unused condition.
unused or appearing to be newly made and never used: a book in
mint condition.
Example sentences
The results suggest that freshly minted medical
residents may need added supervision, or extralessons in dispensing me
ds safely.
The region's freshly minted republics chose todevelop their own ports.
Yet when money is minted from siliconsomething remarkable happens.
Lots of new phrases have been minted for the purpose.
34. Notorious
widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
Synonyms:infamous, egregious, outrageous, arrant, flagrant, disreputabl
publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaperthat is no
torious for its sensationalism.
Synonyms: notable,renowned, celebrated, prominent, conspicuous, fam
ous, widelyknown.
Example sentences
They are perhaps the world's most notorious wild lions.
That was a most notorious gambling hall eighty years ago.
He didn't lose a single game in his five matches
here and kept his notorious temper in check
It so happens that pilots are notoriously leery of simulators.

35. vow
a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriagevows; a v
ow of secrecy.
a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself toan act, se
rvice, or condition
a solemn or earnest declaration.
Example sentences
Making a public vow is a time-honored way to stick to one's commitments
36. Abandon
to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert: toabandon one's
farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.
to give up; discontinue; withdraw from: to abandon a researchproj
ect; to abandon hopes for a stage career.
to give up the control of: to abandon a city to an enemy army.

to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself)over to nat

ural impulses, usually without self-control: to abandononeself to grief.
Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.

Example Sentences:
But a 1962 discovery forced researchers toabandon the idea that the Viki
ngs had only onekind of ship.
The major labels seem to be willing to abandon digital rights management
Investors, fearful of inflation, abandon bonds.

the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage inspeculati
on on humanity's ultimate destiny.
a single instance or process of consideration.
a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation: These
speculations are impossible
to verify.
conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise: areport base
d on speculation rather than facts.
engagement in business transactions involving considerable riskbut offeri
ng the chance of
large gains, especially trading incommodities, stocks, etc., in the hope of p
rofit from changes
in the market price.
Example sentence:
If the author's speculation is irrelevant and wild,then provide your own t
heory that is not
irrelevant or wild.
Exactly how dinosaurs got it on has inspired nosmall amount of speculatio
There is speculation that he was one of those
people whose body couldn't break down

38. loom
to appear indistinctly; come into view in indistinct and enlarged
form: The mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
to rise before the vision with an appearance of great orportentou
s size: Suddenly a police officer loomed in front of him.
to assume form as an impending event: A battle looms at theconvention.
a looming appearance, as of something seen indistinctly at adistance or th
rough a fog: the loom of a moraine directly in their path.
Example sentences:
One obvious risk to a sturdy recovery is thelooming effect of tighter fiscal
Yet these advantages are outweighed by several looming hazards.

39. surge
a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: theonward surg
e of an angry mob.
a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: abillowing surg
e of smoke.
the rolling swell of the sea.
the swelling and rolling sea: The surge crashed against the rocky coast.
a swelling wave; billow.
Example sentences
The storm came ashore at the time of the hightide, which added to the sur
ge of water beingpushed ahead by the hurricane.
At the sound of the first shot, the dogs take offtoward the seals in a furiou
s surge of
not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain:an obscure sentence
in the contract.
not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations.
(of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaningclearly or
indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen,heard, etc.; fain
inconspicuous or unnoticeable: the obscure beginnings of a great
Example sentences
The missile's transparent nose cone had beenpainted over, obscuring the
camera that hadbeen installed to help guide it.
By this power she carries her readers behind theveil obscuring less gifted

41. surpass
to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than;exceed.
to go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to;excel: He surpa
ssed his brother in sports.

to be beyond the range or capacity of; transcend: misery thatsurpasses de

42. deplete
to decrease seriously or exhaust the abundance or supply of: The fireha
d depleted the game in the forest. Extravagant spending soon depleted
his funds.

43. whisk
to move with a rapid, sweeping stroke: She whisked everything offt
he table with her arm.
to sweep (dust, crumbs, etc., or a surface) with a whisk broom,
brush, or the like.
to draw, snatch, carry, etc., lightly and rapidly: He whisked themoney into
his pocket.
to whip (eggs, cream, etc.) to a froth with a whisk or beatinginstrument.
to sweep, pass, or go lightly and rapidly.
Example sentences
The building toppled over on him, but the stormquickly whisked it off into
the sky, leaving himdazed but alive.
The tool is vigorously whisked or swatted atinsects near the entrance of t
he hive or aroundthe body of the tool user.

44. coy
artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
shy; modest.
showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, toreveal one's
plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take astand: The mayor was co
y about his future political
Archaic. disdainful; aloof.
Obsolete . quiet; reserved.
Example sentences
He wanted a picture of me splayed across mybed wearing nothing but a c
oy expression.

45. Forfeit
a fine; penalty.
an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crimeor misde
ed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
an article deposited in a game because of a mistake andredeemable by a
fine or penalty.
forfeits, ( used with a singular verb ) a game in which sucharticles are take
n from the players
Example sentences
They're shadowy figures, so well defended thatthey nearly forfeit our sym
There were others, it is true, when she dreadedany explanation which wou
ld compel her to forfeit her displeasure.
46. spectator
a person who looks on or watches; onlooker; observer.
a person who is present at and views a spectacle, display, orthe like; mem
ber of an audience
Also called spectator shoe. a white shoe with a perforated wingtip and bac
k trim,
traditionally of dark brown, dark blue, or blackbut sometimes of a lighter c
Example sentences
It was news that made some spectators ready to switch bets.
The results should make any spectators whofigure they could last a while
in the ring with a prothink again.
The fourth wall of the television makes far toomany of us spectators rathe
r than

47. condemn
to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate
strong disapproval of; censure.
to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment: to condemn
a murderer to life imprisonment.
to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring: His acts
condemn him.
to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service: to condemn
an old building.
U.S. Law. to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the
right of eminent domain: The city condemned the property.
Example sentences
Being condemned to a lifetime of harshantipsychotic drugs seems a far cr
y from a runnynose and fever.
The gas industry has condemned the film as
environmental propaganda and wildly exaggerated.
But in fact, the opposite approach is taken,
where government action related to the economicis almost universally con
48. condolence
Often, condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is
suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.
Also, condolement.
49. hail
to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
to acclaim; approve enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the
conquerors. They hailed the recent advances in medicine.
to call out to in order to stop, attract attention, ask aid, etc.:to hail a cab.
to call out in order to greet, attract attention, etc.: The peopleon land haile
d as we passed in the night.
Example sentences:
The decision he made has long been hailed asthe type of behavior that f
undamentally separateshumans from other apes.
Then, the additional benefit of reducing theamounts of pesticides used to
produce such foodwere hailed .

It was hailed as the predicted transition between fish and land animals

50. disgusting
causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste.
Example sentences
But there are plenty of less disgusting -and more fun and educationalways to learn about science through food.
They have no kitchens and simply microwave disgusting , pre
packaged food.
These were disgusting birds with the heads of
maidens, with long claws and faces pale with hunger.
Many of the remedies used by the people of thecountry are ludicrously str
ange, but too disgusting to be mentioned.
51. fray
a fight, battle, or skirmish. Synonyms: altercation, combat,war, clash, en
counter, set-to.
a competition or contest, especially in sports. Synonyms:tournament, mat
ch, meet, tourney.
a noisy quarrel or brawl. Synonyms: fight, dispute, tiff, spat,squabble; riot,
fracas, tussle, rumpus.
Archaic. fright.
Archaic. to frighten.
Example sentences
At the height of the fray , however, the wires gotcrossed somewhere.
The researchers note that the white matterappears to fray more over tim
e in the forebrainthan in the brain's rear.
But, once the geneticists entered the fray , theseresults were forgotten or
But by the early nineties, the cognitive map began to fray .

52. veer
to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or changefrom
one course, position, inclination, etc., to another: Thespeaker kept veering
from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
to change direction clockwise (opposed to back ).
Nautical . to shift to a direction more nearly astern(opposed to haul ).
to alter the direction or course of; turn.
Nautical . to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a
different direction.
Example sentences
For journalists, veering toward the academicand taking an archival turn c
an result in loweradvances.
When the antenna signals that the robot isveering too close to a wall, for
example, thecontroller steers the robot away.
Veering off course, he spotted a red squirrelscurrying among the branche
Sometimes the pen lingered a little too long, andthe flourish became an e
xtra little flourishveering from the exercise.
53. mourn
to feel or express sorrow or grief.
to grieve or lament for the dead.
to show the conventional or usual signs of sorrow over aperson's death.
verb (used with object)
to feel or express sorrow or grief over (misfortune, loss, oranything regrett
ed); deplore.
to grieve or lament over (the dead).
to utter in a sorrowful manner.
Example sentences
While they support the stimulus, they mourn theloss of momentum on fre
e trade.
We mourn the loss of a great leader, a faultlesspartner, and a beloved frie
As a group, they mourn the disappearance ofthe countryside, as new hou
sing estates coverthe crowded south-east of the country.
But at night, the deceased's companions would gather to mourn .

54. obsession
the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistentidea, im
age, desire, etc.
the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., itself.
the state of being obsessed.
the act of obsessing.
Besides my obsession with sandwiches there issomething else going on h
ere, cognitivelyspeaking.
The current students' obsession with grading can
be solved with numerous instruments--feedback
can be numeric or commentary.
Our obsession with musical nostalgia is strangling pop.
Why the obsession with our kids' happiness
may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods.

55. nasty
physically filthy; disgustingly unclean: a nasty pigsty of a room.
offensive to taste or smell; nauseating.
offensive; objectionable: a nasty habit.
vicious, spiteful, or ugly: a nasty dog; a nasty rumour.
bad or hard to deal with, encounter, undergo, etc.; dangerous;serious: a n
asty cut; a nasty accident.
Example sentences
Southwestern has suffered from a revolvingleadership and nasty battles b
etween administrators, faculty members, and students.
There you have it: the ingredients of a nasty crash.
Movie mummies are known for two things:fabulous riches and a nasty cur
se that bringstreasure hunters to a bad end.
bringing or deserving disgrace; shameful; dishonourable; disreputable.

57. disgrace
the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame: thedisgrace o
f criminals.
a person, act, or thing that causes shame, reproach, or dishonoror is disho
nourable or shameful.
the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor,confidence, or tru
st: courtiers and ministers in disgrace.
verb (used with object), disgraced, disgracing.
to bring or reflect shame or reproach upon: to be disgraced by cowardice.
to dismiss with discredit; put out of grace or favor; rebuke orhumiliate:
to be disgraced at
Example sentences
There are a great many poor among them, butpoverty is not a disgrace to
any one.
Fox could not believe that they would disgrace themselves in such a way.
And if by chance one should blunder, it becomesa lifetime disgrace .
58. grace
elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We
watched her skate with
effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms:attractiveness, charm, gra
cefulness, comeliness, ease,lissomeness, fluidity. Antonyms: stiffness, ugli
ness,awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.
a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the
manly graces.
favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love,benignity; condes
a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was onlythrough the d
ean's grace that I wasn't expelled from school.Synonyms: forgiveness, cha
rity, mercifulness. Antonyms:animosity, enmity, disfavor.
mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace fromthe gover
nor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms:harshness.
Example sentences
He does this and more with equal parts grace ,humility and intellectual rig
Make it your opportunity to show grace under pressure.
His fall from grace began two years ago.

Her compassion infuses this story with insight and grace .

They run youth charity programs, and theirnames even grace a city high
Please show up and grace us with your elitism.

59. morality
conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
moral quality or character.
virtue in sexual matters; chastity.
a doctrine or system of morals.
moral instruction; a moral lesson, precept, discourse, orutterance.
Example sentences
Standards of ethics and morality demand some answers.
But we have obviously shifted from one kind offiscal morality to another.
Novels explore family connections, morality and the ballet world.
That fact makes morality just as fascinating asif it had a transcendent sou
60. chaos
a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of
organization or order.
any confused, disorderly mass: a chaos of meaningless phrases.
the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to havepreceded the exi
stence of the ordered universe.
( initial capital letter ) the personification of this in any of severalancient
Greek myths.
Obsolete . a chasm or abyss.
Example sentences
But new areas of technology always emergethrough chaos and confusion
over their
He stood aside, the grand manipulator conjuringorder out of disorder and
finding significance inapparent chaos .
Stay focused on the job at hand to see past confusion or chaos .
When heavy winds coincide with especially hightides, it becomes liquid ch
aos and disaster forthe unwitting seafarer.
Chaos and violence, though, quickly marred this
particular demonstration.
Perhaps it allowed him to feel a measure ofcontrol over the chaos around

61. marred
to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect,attractive
, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the
view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table
Example sentences
The game was marred by a lengthy protest in the first inning.
City officials launched a renewal programme, butfound their efforts marre
d by payday lenders.
But even that would probably be marred byjealousies and distrust.
Chaos and violence, though, quickly marred thisparticular demonstration.
62. simmering
to cook or cook in a liquid at or just below the boiling point.
to make a gentle murmuring sound, as liquids cooking just belowthe boilin
g point.
to be in a state of subdued or restrained activity, development,excitement
, anger, etc.: The town simmered with rumors.
to keep (liquid) in a state approaching boiling.
to cook in a liquid that is kept at or just below the boiling point.
Example sentences
Race relations are mainly good, but there are simmering resentments.
Even political violence, long an anti-reformist cancer, is simmering down.
63. quash
to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash are bell
to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision,etc.).
Example sentences
And that's one of the levers they are using to quash reform.
Security companies, cellular operators and
phone makers are moving to quash these threats
before they spiral out of control.
He quickly backed down, but that did not quash discontent.
The point is that a public university is supposed
to nurture free speech and free thought,
not quash them.
64. allege

to assert without proof.

to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact.
to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.
Example sentences
The court held that the complaint was defective
because it failed to allege the amount claimed to be in controversy.
The parents allege that the district failed toexamine the impact the netwo
rks could have ongrowing children's health.
The faculty members allege a number ofimproprieties during a 37-year pe
Be prepared for him to allege that you're crazy and unfit.

65. pilfer
to steal, especially in small quantities.
Example sentences
We can call her a pilfering magpie withoutfinding her less watchable.
But by the time he was eighteen he hadadvanced from pilfering eggs and
potatoes to
stealing horses.
The sensors can also be used to detect package tampering and pilfering .

66. repossess
to possess again; regain possession of, especially for nonpayment of money due.
to put again in possession of something: to repossess the
Bourbons of their throne.
67. possess

to have as belonging to one; have as property; own: to possess a

house and a car.
to have as a faculty, quality, or the like: to possess courage.
(of a spirit, especially an evil one) to occupy, dominate, or
control (a person) from within: He thought he was possessed by
(of a feeling, idea, etc.) to dominate or actuate in the manner of
such a spirit: He was possessed by envy.
(of a man) to succeed in having sexual intercourse with.
Example sentences
Even the most ordinary objects possess the
ability to evoke powerful images, memories and emotions.
But I suggest that humans do or can possess a
deeper level of experience than such anthropocentric despairs.
This is called a "long finish," and it's one of the
most seductive attributes a wine can possess .
Courage, strength, and hope possess my soul.
When that happens, you could end up paying
taxes on money you no longer possess .
Qualified candidate should possess outstanding
communication skills and ability to think creatively.

68. penchant
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something: a penchant for
outdoor sports.
Example sentences
Her penchant for low-tech solo travel hearkens to
an earlier era of exploration.
Human cooperation may have evolved out of apenchant for frequent warf
Even as a girl, Ursula had a penchant for tidiness.
You play: A know-it-all with a head for numbersand a penchant for gamblin
69. lure
anything that attracts, entices, or allures.
the power of attracting or enticing.
a decoy; live or especially artificial bait used in fishing ortrapping.

Falconry. a feathered decoy for attracting a hawk, swung at theend of a lo

ng line and sometimes baited with raw meat.
a flap or tassel dangling from the dorsal fin of pediculate fishes,as the angl
er, that attracts prey to the mouth region.
70. reckon
to count, compute, or calculate, as in number or amount.
to esteem or consider; regard as: to be reckoned an authority inthe field.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose
to count; make a computation or calculation.
to settle accounts, as with a person (often followed by up ).
to count, depend, or rely, as in expectation (often followed byon ).
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose.
Example sentences for reckon
This of itself shows that it is a mistake to reckon marcion among the gnost
For instance when you must reckon with another principle, that of reality.
to include in consideration or planning; anticipate: He hadn'treckoned with
so many
to deal with: I have to reckon with many problems every day.
71. The evil eye.
The evil eye will be said as disti in telugu.
72. Introvert
a shy person.
Psychology . a person characterized by concern primarily with hisor
her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert ).
Zoology . a part that is or can be introverted.
to turn inward: to introvert one's anger.
Psychology . to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly tothings within
the self.
Anatomy, Zoology . to turn (a hollow, cylindrical structure) in onitself; inva
Short and sturdy, he was by temperament anintrovert , his whole being de
dicated to bookishresearch.
The artist is an incipient introvert who is not farfrom being a neurotic.

The social power of the introvert is now well known.

Challenge your inner introvert to attend the social functions.
To make matters worse, the protagonist is alaconic introvert of selfavowed mediocrity.
But technology, long the domain of the geekyintrovert , stepped up to the
If you answered no, then perhaps you are more of an introvert .

73. extrovert
an outgoing, gregarious person.
Psychology . a person characterized by extroversion; a person
concerned primarily with the physical and social
environment (opposed to introvert ).
Also, extroverted. Psychology . marked by extroversion.
Psychology . to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) outward orto thing
s outside the self.
Also, extravert.
Example sentences
Her husband would become gregarious, outgoing,an honest-to-goodness e
xtrovert .
I'm definitely an exhausted introvert married to an extrovert .
She is loyal, loud and funny, an extrovert who loves life.
In the classroom, obviously, I appear to be a classic extrovert .
Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and hewill reach for his cell pho
If you are an extrovert by nature, then you'vealready experienced succes
s in face-to-facecommunication.

74. coterie
a group of people who associate closely.
an exclusive group; clique.
a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Example sentences
There is always a fun-loving coterie of practicaljokers in every club.
Speak to the significance of your ideas beyond your coterie .
His reliance on a coterie of compatriotsprovoked particular irritation.
One family lived in each house, often with acoterie of servants and ricksh
aw pullers.
But some new urbanists and a small coterie ofarchitects formed a buddin
g movement to thinksmaller.
The pooled brainpower of this coterie produced aformidable engine of war
There are a coterie of frameworks designedspecifically to address this pro
The decision shocked a devoted coterie ofinvestors who were convinced t
he remedy was asure thing.

75. Bestow-ed
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or
upon ): The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
to put to some use; apply: Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
to put; stow; deposit; store.
Example sentences
The amounts thus bestowed upon the servants
were of course added to the bills of the club
Some of the honors were bestowed this year
with a deep sense of irony and a keen
appreciation for current events.
The ex-communist region sets a high standard in such matters, so
the epithet is not to be bestowed lightly.
The political upheavals that precipitated the war also bestowed gifts.
The honor, which takes up to a year to complete,has only been bestowed
eight times prior
to this year's awards.
We counted only three red roses among them,and one was besto
wed in a laundry room.

76. tackle

equipment, apparatus, or gear, especially for fishing: fishing tackle.

a mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination
of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects
or materials; purchase.
any system of leverage using several pulleys.
Nautical . the gear and running rigging for handling a ship or
performing some task on a ship.
an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringingdown.
to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.: to tackle a difficult
to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
to harness (a horse).
Football. to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier).
Soccer, Field Hockey. to block or impede the movement orprogress of (an
opponent having the ball) with the result ofdepriving the opponent of the

77. strangle
to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipeand p
revent the intake of
air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle;suffocate.
to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of;suppress: C
ensorship strangles a
free press.
to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.
78. water hole
a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water.
a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert.
a pond; pool.
a cavity containing water in the dry bed of a river.
a hole in the frozen surface of a lake, pond, stream, etc.
Example sentences
In the far distance a herd of elephants proceededat a stately pace toward
the water hole .

Holed up in his vehicle, he photographed animalsas they came to drink in

a water hole
during the dry season.
The giraffe's stature can be a disadvantage aswell-it is difficult and da
ngerous for a giraffe to drink at a water hole .
The rest is good, including some beautiful shots
of wild animals at a water hole .
79. convict
to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legaltrial: to co
nvict a prisoner of a felony.
to impress with a sense of guilt.
a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
a person serving a prison sentence.

Example sentences
If convicted of the crime he would have been released after one.
Most of the current ad hosting services areowned and run by convicted c
The two-time convicted felon stole the name, foes say.

80. flock
a number of animals of one kind, especially sheep, goats, orbirds, that kee
p or feed together or are herded together.
a large number of people; crowd.
a large group of things: a flock of letters to answer.
the Christian church in relation to Christ.
a single congregation in relation to its pastor.
Archaic. a band or company of persons.
Example sentences

They flocked around the football hero.

Peasants began flocking to cities a thousand years ago.
The animal world has its share of celebratednavigators, from flocking gee
se to spawningsalmon.
People are now flocking to the nature preservehoping to see the rare deer
and take its picture.

Yet voters are not flocking to mainstream centre-left parties.

81. hover
to hang fluttering or suspended in the air: The helicopter hovered
over the building.
to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state; waver: to hover
between life and death.
the act or state of hovering.
Example sentences
Individual concrete pads create the illusion thatthey're hovering lightly a
bove the desert floor.
The first substances found to facilitateresistance-free electron flow did so
only attemperatures hovering around absolute zero.
Where there are fishery boats docking after aday's catch, there are usually
seabirds hovering in hopes of lifting scraps.
Hovering would have increased their radiation exposure.

82. flutter
to wave, flap, or toss about: Banners fluttered in the breeze.
to flap the wings rapidly; fly with flapping movements.
to move in quick, irregular motions; vibrate.
to beat rapidly, as the heart.
to be tremulous or agitated.
Example sentences
He hops and shakes, wings flapping or tucked in,chin whiskers flutte
ring .
Sparrows seem pleasant, but fluttering featherscan hide vicious claw-toclaw combat at feeders.
83. drizzle

to rain gently and steadily in fine drops; sprinkle: It drizzledthroughout the

to fall in fine drops.
to rain or let fall in fine drops; sprinkle: He drizzled honey over thefruit.
to pour in a fine stream: Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumbtoppin
a very light rain.
Example sentences
Within minutes the clouds lowered, lightning litthe ridges above us, and a
pounding rainreplaced drizzle .
Drizzle oil over diced bread and sprinkle with salt.
Drizzle the olive oil over the pumpkin seeds andthen sprinkle them with s
Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top andseason with salt and pep

84. scorn
open or unqualified contempt; disdain: His face and attitude
showed the scorn he felt.
an object of derision or contempt.
a derisive or contemptuous action or speech.

to treat or regard with contempt or disdain: They scorned the old

to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain: She scorned
my help.
Example sentences
When he freezes the video, the agents and thetelevision audience can rec
ognize the fleet inggrimace of anger and scorn .
The resulting contradictions of income andperceived wealth drew widespr
ead remark-and some scorn .
And if more people dared to be honest about theirbehavior, then little coul
d cause social
scorn .
Even those who bore the brunt of his scorn admired him for his style.
85. contempt
the feeling with which a person regards anything considered
mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
the state of being despised; dishonour; disgrace.
willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or
orders of a court (contempt of
court) or legislative body.
an act showing such disrespect.
Example sentences
When the whole muscle is in action it gives tothe countenance an expressi
on of contempt and disdain.
But it has spawned a monstrous, predatory statebureaucracy and also sho
ws a sweeping
contempt for the rule of law.
contempt , disdain , scorn imply strong feelings of disapproval andaversio
n toward what seems base, mean, or worthless. contempt isdisapproval ti
nged with disgust: to feel contempt for a weakling .disdain is a feeling tha
t a person or thing is beneath one's dignity andunworthy of one's notice, r
espect, or concern: a disdain for crookeddealing . scorn denotes open or u
ndisguised contempt oftencombined with derision: He showed only scorn f
or those who were not asambitious as himself.
86. flout
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to
flout the rules of propriety.
to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe

a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult;gibe.

87. crumple
to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass;bend out
of shape; rumple; wrinkle.
to cause to collapse or give way suddenly: That right hook to themidsectio
n crumpled him.
to contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
to give way suddenly; collapse: The bridge crumpled under theweight of t
he heavy trucks.
an irregular fold or wrinkle produced by crumpling.
Example sentences
Crumple two sheets of newspaper and placethem in the bottom of a box
or pan.
Still today, websites can crumple under heavy loads.
The extra weight was built in to take care of theair bags, crumple zones a
nd other safetyrequirements of modern cars.
Take a piece of paper and crumple it into assmall a ball as you can.

88. fierce
menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
Example sentences
Pandas will then become the fierce carnivoresthey should have always be
Also the software for the blind needs to beupdated something fierce .
Dozens of sculptures with fierce faces encirclethe structure and dozens m
ore are part of thestructure itself.
The hunters screamed at each other, the seasheaved and the boats drifte
d toward the fierce cliffs.
His fierce hunger caused him to tremble as if hewere in a fever, but fear s
till held him back,numbed him.

And then the fierce , buried anger surged up into his throat.
89. tremble
to shake involuntarily with quick, short movements, as from fear,
excitement, weakness,
or cold; quake; quiver.
to be troubled with fear or apprehension.
(of things) to be affected with vibratory motion.
to be tremulous, as light or sound: His voice trembled.
Example sentences
They shiver and tremble and act out to the awful
imperatives of mental illness.
Even he, however, might tremble at the thought
of what he is about to do.
Most fascinating is a feature that would make any journalist tremble .
90. reluctant
unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
struggling in opposition
Example sentences
Farmers may be reluctant to cut their sales, andconsumers may be unwilli
ng to pay higher milkprices.
Patient is reluctant or unwilling to providereference information and usuall
y has no regulardoctor or health insurance.
Any reluctant reader can be turned on with science books.
Even a century after the trial, the town wasreluctant to speak of it.
Slung on his back facing the sun was the solarpanel for charging the satell
ite phone-a reluctant concession to our times.
91. numb
deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move: fingers
numb with cold.
manifesting or resembling numbness: a numb sensation.
incapable of action or of feeling emotion; enervated; prostrate:numb wit
h grief.

lacking or deficient in emotion or feeling; indifferent: She was

numb to their pleas for mercy.
to make numb.
92. stroll
to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take awalk: to
stroll along the beach.
to wander or rove from place to place; roam: strollingtroubadours.
verb (used with object)
to saunter along or through: to stroll the countryside.
a leisurely walk; ramble; saunter: a short stroll before supper.
Example sentences
The colonel strolled off in one direction, returningan hour later with a sq
uirrel for the naturalists.
He strolled round to the tennis lawn and waswelcomed riotously by the pl
He strolled the waterfront with the beer thuddinginside his head, a lonely
feeling pulling at his heart.
But the party strolled to re-election nine months later.

93. fascinating
of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating: afas
cinating story; fascinating jewelry.
Example sentences

Such philosophizing about science is inherently

fascinating but in this case may be less interesting than the philosopher.
Interesting idea that would be fascinating to see in action.
She also talked at some length about her writingprocess, which was fascin
ating as well ashorrifying.
His closeups and animal portraits are both
abstractly beautiful and scientifically fascinating.
It's a great resource for beginners to this
94. horrify
to cause to feel horror; strike with horror: The accident horrified
us all.
to distress greatly; shock or dismay: She was horrified by the
price of the house.
Example sentences
She also talked at some length about her writing
process, which was fascinating as well as horrifying .
The thought that they're admitting students who
don't even meet that standard is
horrifying .
In my view, that is so horrifying that nothingmore be said about any of he
r opinions.
We all lurch and lose our balance-a trulyhorrifying experience when it hap
pens on a roof.
The more remote our ectoparasites havebecome, the more horrifying the
y seem to be.
It can also help you understand things people dothat at first encounter yo
u might considerincomprehensible or even horrifying .
German theaters were soon showing ahorrifying newsreel filmed in the vil
He obeys some basic commands but when he isput on a leash and walked
it's horrifying .
Receiving such a diagnosis is truly horrifying
95. sway
to move or swing to and fro, as something fixed at one end orresting
on a support.
to move or incline to one side or in a particular direction.
to incline in opinion, sympathy, tendency, etc.: She swayed
toward conservatism.
to fluctuate or vacillate, as in opinion: His ideas swayed this way and that.

to wield power; exercise rule.

Example sentences
Palm trees swaying gently in the mid-morning breeze.
Scientists believed that this chevron shape wouldresist the swaying that c
ould lower imagequality.
Gigantic turbines out of sight, swaying gently from side to side.
The chimpanzees' hair will stand on end and thenthey start this rhythmic
swaying from
side toside.
After a few minutes, she started to interpret the
music with arm movements and swaying .
to cause to move to and fro or to incline from side to side.
to cause to move to one side or in a particular direction.
Nautical . to hoist or raise (a yard, topmast, or the like) (usuallyfollowed by
up ).
to cause to fluctuate or vacillate.
to cause (the mind, emotions, etc., or a person) to incline orturn in a speci
fied way;
the act of swaying; swaying movement.
rule; dominion: He held all Asia in his sway.
dominating power or influence: Many voters were under his sway.
96. abrupt
sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.
curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply.
terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road.
having many sudden changes from one subject to another;
lacking in continuity or
smoothness: an abrupt writing style.
steep; precipitous: an abrupt descent.
Example sentences
Ten minutes later, the rain stops as abruptly as it began.
Then, abruptly , the spotlight dimmed.
And with the introduction of imminent tragedy,the plot abruptly crashes.
Sometimes slowly and imperceptibly, sometimesabruptly and spectacular
Press hard enough, and the light abruptly turns on.
Change would undoubtedly have come, but not so abruptly .
Only a minority of borrowers abruptly ceased tomake payments, as some
one choosing to default would.
The artists abruptly disbanded before police andfire officials arrived.
Poems start in mid-sentence and end just as abruptly .
Power outages often abruptly interrupt his voicechats with overseas frien

97. riot
a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd ofpers
ons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, agovernment
policy, etc., in the streets.
Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons
acting together in a
disrupting and tumultuous manner incarrying out their private purposes
violent or wild disorder or confusion.
a brilliant display: a riot of colour.
something or someone hilariously funny: You were a riot at theparty.
Example sentences
Her outraged widower spurred a protest thatescalated into a riot .
Three days earlier, riot police had broken up thefirst pockets of protest.
The riot police charge, and bystanders hide in their doorways.
And that needs to be looked into for a longtermsolution to this shortlived
riot .
Experts say anticipation and law-enforcementplanning can help control rio
t situations.

98. whoop
a loud cry or shout, as of excitement or joy.
the sound made by a person suffering from whooping cough.
verb (used without object)
to utter a loud cry or shout in expressing enthusiasm,excitement, etc.
to cry as an owl, crane, or certain other birds.
to make the characteristic sound accompanying the deep intakeof air follo
wing a series of coughs in whooping cough.
to utter with or as if with a whoop.
to whoop to or at.
to call, urge, pursue, or drive with whoops: to whoop dogs on.
(used as a cry to attract attention from afar, or to showexcitement, encour
agement, enthusiasm, etc.)
whoop up, Informal. to promote or praise; extol: a class reunionwhere they
whoop up the good old days.
99. augment
to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent;increa
se: His salary is augmented by a small inheritance.
to raise (the upper note of an interval or chord) by a half step.
to double the note values of (a theme): In the fugue'sdevelopment the sub
ject is augmented
Heraldry. to grant an augmentation to (a coat of arms).
to become larger.
Example sentences
Mentzel is hanging on, considering part-time jobsto augment his income.
Financial aid is used to augment (or completelycover) basic living expens
es as well as tuitionand fees.
Seems like you'd want the positive to augment the negative.
Fraser will focus on working with field personnelto augment the merchand
ising and sales
of book-related products.

100. chaos
a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack oforganization or
any confused, disorderly mass: a chaos of meaningless phrases.
the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to havepreceded the exi
stence of the ordered universe.
( initial capital letter ) the personification of this in any of severalancient
Greek myths.
Obsolete . a chasm or abyss.
Example sentences
But new areas of technology always emerge
through chaos and confusion over their mission.
He stood aside, the grand manipulator conjuringorder out of disorder and
finding significance in apparent chaos .
Stay focused on the job at hand to see past confusion or chaos .
When heavy winds coincide with especially hightides, it becomes liquid ch
aos and disaster forthe unwitting seafarer.
Chaos and violence, though, quickly marred this
particular demonstration.
They adore their fiesta and live it with their wholehearts despite the chaos
Perhaps it allowed him to feel a measure ofcontrol over the chaos around
It's fun to see a single word loose so much chaos on a comment thread.
It might create a panic too, but human chaos is their bread and butter.
From highly energetic and highly ordered to cold dark chaos .
101. embark
to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
to start an enterprise, business, etc.
to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.
Example sentences
But of course when he embarked on this around-theworld journey, he became quite the celebrity.
Accordingly they both embarked , after paying
their obeisance to his miserable highness.
He that is embarked with the devil must sail with him.
Some months were spent in preparation, and atlength they embar
ked .
The team embarked on a series of experimentsin rodents to explore this i
In the fall, when the data turned positive again,the yuan embarked once
more on a steadyappreciation.

The two companies have recently embarked onaggressive marketing cam

paigns, particularlytargeting the vital teenage market.
Yet it turns out that, for the journey to go on,those embarked on it must al
so believe in thedestination.
The former ruling party, it transpired, hadembarked on a pre-election spe
nding spree towoo voters.
Miller said the town has embarked on several new sustainable efforts.

102. barred
provided with one or more bars: a barred prison window.
striped; streaked: barred fabrics.
Ornithology . (of feathers) marked with transverse bands ofdistinctive colo
Example sentences
The fellow eventually confessed and was barred from receiving any federa
l grants for three years.
Under its terms, they are barred from dabbling indiamonds for two years.
For the past two nights, a barred owl has beencalling from the big-leaf ma
ple outside mybedroom window.
Reporters are barred from releasing reports that
might incite violence or tribal conflict.
Public employees would have been barred fromnegotiating over health ca
re and pensions and from striking.
Three opposition parties were barred from the
contest on technicalities.
Barred from studying the dinosaur that left thescat behind, there's no way
to tell.
But if elected, he will be barred from taking office.
Westmoreland made out a smaller structure builtof rough-hewn logs and fi
tted with barred windows.
The devices would be barred from hotel roomsand other private areas.
103. dwell
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, orwriting (ofte
n followed by on or upon ): to dwell on a particular
point in an argument.
(of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certaininterval d
uring operation.
Example sentences
Somehow the words "the hamster" and "dry"refuse to dwell in the same
part of my mind forvery long.
Many species dwell in these habitats.
He wants to go home, perhaps to lie quietly in ahypobaric chamber and d
well upon revengefantasies.

The manucodes and riflebirds species also dwell in Australia.

Ouzts refuses to dwell on the constant threat ofserious injury or even dea
To dwell on the shortcomings of studentssmacks of professorial pride mor
e than anythingelse.
Do not dwell on past mistakes.
He is less keen to dwell on the twists and turnsof his political past.
But he doesn't dwell on it much, instead flinging himself into life.

104. fidelity
strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity.
loyalty: fidelity to one's country.
conjugal faithfulness.
adherence to fact or detail.
accuracy; exactness: The speech was transcribed with great fidelity.
Example sentences
The trouble is that a crucial step-doing a brainscan to set up the computer
model-cannot bedone with fidelity .
Her biggest challenge will be restraint though,
and fidelity to that limited purpose she describes.
The breathtaking realism of the landscape owed
its fidelity to photography.
He always lovingly trusted in you with a fidelity that your manifold treach
eries were not
able to shake.
Private-label designers for major department
stores trumpet the fidelity of their imitations.
Much depends upon the sensitivity, acuity, and fidelity of the interviewer.
105. patron
a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest,
especially a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, orendorsement an artist,
writer, museum, cause, charity,institution, special event, or the like: a patr
on of the arts; patronsof the annual Democratic dance.
a person whose support or protection is solicited oracknowledged by the d
edication of a book or other work.
patron saint.
Roman History . the protector of a dependent or client, oftenthe former m
aster of a freedman still retaining certain rights overhim.
Example sentences
Not every library item can go online tomorrowwith patrons charged no fee
s for access.
So a restaurant either sells wine to its patrons orallows them to bring thei
r own, but not both.
Patrons are not allowed to carry beverages orfood into the auditorium.

Early laws fixed the price that tavern-keeperscould charge for a drink, so
they couldn't cater towealthy patrons .
Everywhere in the country librarians report thatthey have never had so m
any patrons .
Rulers, who were also patrons of the arts, invitedforeign craftsmen to cour
t and imported theirworks.
Patrons should enjoy their refreshments in the lobby area.
The better you dance, the more money you'llcollect from your patrons .
The three continued to smoke after midnight,without incident, and patrons
at nearby stoolsand tables did the same.
University librarians are turning to their patrons for ideas on how to impro
ve library services
106. Gutted
to take out the guts or entrails of; disembowel.
to destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the building.
to plunder (a house, city, etc.) of contents: Invaders gutted thevillage.
to remove the vital or essential parts from: The prisoner's letterswere gutt
ed by heavy
basic or essential: to discuss the gut issues.
based on instincts or emotions: a gut reaction; gut decisions.
Example sentences
With a physics department so gutted , theengineering programs' accredita
tion is the nextlikely candidates for elimination.
Well they have been totally gutted by the powerof the medical lobby.
Glad to hear the midnight resolutions are being gutted .
Some buildings remained standing while theirinnards were gutted .
Now it's been mothballed, gutted , and put up for sale.
The salmon, still gleaming but now headless andgutted , journeyed by boa
t to the same place.
At the time of writing, the shop was undergoingrenovations, having been c
ompletely gutted toredesign the space.
The lower floor offices of city hall and the policedepartment have been gut
ted by fire.
107. hamper
to hold back; hinder; impede: A steady rain hampered the progres
sof the work.
to interfere with; curtail: The dancers' movements were hampered
by their elaborate
To prevent the progress
Nautical . gear that, although necessary to the operations of avessel, is so
metimes in the way

1. obstruct, encumber, trammel, clog. See prevent.

108. hoarse
Having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and
excessive breathiness; husky: the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
having a raucous voice.
making a harsh, low sound.
Example sentences
Key symptoms include hives, hoarse voice, and wheezing.
The cashier was coughing and sniffling andtalking in a hoarse voice while
handling my fooditems.
While he likes to be alone, she is so gregariousand talkative her voice is c
onstantly hoarse .
Nunu screamed herself hoarse as the physiogently moved her stiff legs.
There's punk, any simple chord progressionplayed faster than mid-tempo
with aggressionand hoarse vocals.
First and above all, a good many of the crackcanines were too hoarse to b
ark, much lesscould they think of howling.
Still, the more he speaks, the less hoarse he seems.
He carried on gamely even when his voice grewraspy and hoarse midway
through the twenty-minute speech.
In a hoarse , faint voice he reviewed the case andconcluded that the jury's
verdict had beenjustified by the evidence.
109. convection
Physics. the transfer of heat by the circulation or movement of
the heated parts of a liquid or gas.
Meteorology . the vertical transport of atmospheric properties,especially u
pward (distinguished from advection ).
the act of conveying or transmitting.
Example sentences
They also include fully equipped kitchens
complete with cook tops, convection ovens,dishwashers and refrigerators
The suites also have full kitchens, withmicrowaves, convection ovens and
Rooms that feature kitchens come with granite
countertops and convection ovens.
Sunspots are visible because the bundled fieldlines impede the flow of co
nvection .

The flow makes its return trip to the equatorthrough the convection zone,
the outermostlayer of the sun's interior.
Natural convection occurs when a warm objectis placed in a still body of c
ool fluid or gas.

110. arson
criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to
another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
Example sentences
And then he decimated them, wiping out the
databases with the ease of an arsonist flicking a match.
Don't make it easy for an arsonist to start a fireor facilitate a fire'
s spread to adjacent buildings.
Further, a fire investigator testified that arsoncaused the fire and that the
arsonist used aflammable liquid accelerant.
It matters little whether the property set ablazebelongs to the arsonist or
In some cases, the arsonist is someone known to staff.
111. incinerate
to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
Example Sentence:
To an external observer, it is incinerated at the event horizon.
From the vantage point of an external observer,the falling object is inciner
ated at the eventhorizon.
Tell us exactly why a couple of hundred citiesbeing incinerated at once wil
l have no affectwhat so ever on temperature.
Any sample that couldn't be identified was incinerated .
You, and your planet, would be incinerated into oblivion.
In arson, the evidence that may point to anindividual is incinerated .
112. Fury
Unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like:
The gods unleashed their fury on the offending mortal.
Violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane; a fury ofcreati
ve energy.
Furies, Classical Mythology . minor female divinities: thedaughters of Gaea
who punished crimes at the instigation of thevictims: known to the Greeks
as the Erinyes or Eumenides and tothe Romans as the Furiae or Dirae. Ori
ginally there were anindefinite number, but were
later restricted to Alecto, Megaera,and Tisiphone.
a fierce and violent person, especially a woman: She became afury when s
he felt she was unjustly accused.
like fury, Informal. violently; intensely: It rained like fury.
Example sentences

The well-conditioned thin are made furious by thefatties-the abstemious b

eing singularly disposedto fury .
Within a minute of this shot, the storm unleashedits fury on the beach.
The fury of revenge can leave its possessor moretormented than satisfied
With storm season in full fury last summer,explore the historic mayhem w
rought byhurricanes.
Indifference is a much more effective means ofexacting revenge than fury
Learn what makes nature unleash her fury andwhat you can do to protect
No vulnerable ex-student should ever be exposedto the fury of powerful p
There was almost nothing between them and theunrestrained fury of this
cataclysmic hurricane.
The positions they take may be ideological, butthe intensity of their fury i
In one sense, that job looks less forbidding thanthe sound and fury sugge
113. Leash
a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or otheranimal; lead.
check; curb; restraint: to keep one's temper in leash; a tight leash
on one's subordinates.
Hunting. a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.
to secure, control, or restrain by or as if by a leash: to leash
water power for industrial use.
to bind together by or as if by a leash; connect; link; associate.
Example sentences
Sometimes they are made into pets and walked on a leash .
He spins and gets the leash in his mouth, andsinks to the ground to avoid
At last the leash has been cut and the dogs ofpolitical war have left their
Not only did that deter potential recruits, it alsomeant that the commissio
n's budget is now on amuch tighter leash .
Those whose game is borrow short to lend longhave to be kept on a short l
eash .
When dogs are trained, flags are posted alongthe boundary wire and the d
ogs are walkedtoward them on a leash .
Those whose game is borrow short to lend longhave to be kept on a short l
eash .

When dogs are trained, flags are posted alongthe boundary wire and the d
ogs are walkedtoward them on a leash .
But in the long run, the lingering long leash ofwasteful state programs mu
st be reigned in.
We put the leash on her and she plants thepaws and will not walk around
And, she can't ever be let off leash in an openarea or she'll bolt.
The pit bull's owner receives only summonses forhaving an unlicensed do
g and for not keeping it on a leash .

114. Unleash
To release from or as if from a leash; set loose to pursue or runat will.
To abandon control of: to unleash his fury.
Example sentences
Hogan steadied himself over the ball, slowly
began his backswing, unleashed his power and sent the ball flying.
But the full power of multi-touch technology mightbe unleashed in screens
far larger than those onphones.
The full promise of set-top boxes won't beunleashed merely by innovative
The violence and hatred unleashed were thedefining debacle of the decad
Cheap plastic has unleashed a flood of consumer goods.
When a cell's controls break down, chaos is unleashed .
Sooner or later, the human spirit must onceagain be unleashed to explore
the universe.
Within a minute of this shot, the stormunleashed its fury on the beach.
The tsunami unleashed one month ago receivedsaturation coverage in th
e mainstream media, of course.
115. affable
pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial;warml
y polite:
an affable and courteous gentleman.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable smile.
Example sentences
There is also an outstanding campus culture;folks tend to be affable ,
hard-working, and verysharp.
Dino's secret, then, is affable irreverencecombined with flawless timing a
nd an instinct forthe unexpected.
I've seen the affable nature of this forum and Ihold all of your responses i
n high esteem.
But don't be fooled by her affable nature andoccasional hangdog slouch.
The affable programmer is gatekeeper for theLinux operating system that
's shipped onhundreds of thousands of corporate servers.
116. essence
the basic, real, and invariable nature of a thing or its significant
individual feature or features: Freedom is the very essence of ourdemocra

a substance obtained from a plant, drug, or the like, bydistillation, infusion

, etc., and containing its characteristic properties in concentrated form.
an alcoholic solution of an essential oil; spirit.
a perfume; scent.
Philosophy . the inward nature, true substance, or
constitution of anything, as opposed to what is accidental,
phenomenal, illusory, etc.
117. Anglers - Fisherman
118. Hoon - Informal
Liquorland to go ahead despite hoon warnings

119. dissuade
to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something(often
followed by from ): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
Archaic. to advise or urge against: to dissuade an action.
Example sentences
Don't let the fact that they're free dissuade youfrom trying them.
And therefore they'll see persecution everywhere,there's really no use tryi
ng to dissuade themotherwise.
These eye-catching patterns serve to dissuade and confuse potential pred
It is possible also that it might dissuade themfrom attack or from planning
for future attack.
Graduate school attracts single-minded peoplewho, once set on a course,
are difficult todissuade .
120. detrimental
causing detriment; damaging; harmful.
A detrimental person or thing.
Example sentences
There is no evidence that eating microwaved
foods is detrimental to humans or animals.
Pirated software has a detrimental effect on the economy as well.

But that does not mean we go for the path ofleast resistance, which is de
trimental to the greatest good of the greatest number.
Studies have shown that diets rich in animalproteins can be detrimental to
our health.
The military can prohibit photographs it deems
detrimental to national security.
Anything that interferes with the availability offood, or the quality of the fo
od, is going to bedetrimental to the bees.

121. Impair
To make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value,
excellence, etc.;
Weaken or damage: to impair one's health; to impair negotiations.
Verb (used without object)
To grow or become worse; lessen.
Archaic. Impairment.
Example sentences
Food problems can also impair balance and function in this age group.
Alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine impair decision-making skills.
But this cannot impair respect for his broaderjudgment: historians will alw
ays be arguing.
Low levels can impair physical and mental development.
Interestingly, such a disruption does not impair memory for facts and even
ts that have alreadybeen consolidated.
There was no evidence that he had suffered anymedical or environmental
insults that wouldimpair his immunity.
122. proletariat
the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living
by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or
casual employment; the working class.
(in Marxist theory) the class of workers, especially industrial
wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must
sell their labour to survive.
the lowest or poorest class of people, possessing no property,especially in
ancient Rome.
Example sentences
Meanwhile, other members of the proletariat were encouraged to occupy t
he homes of the wealthy.
Or they can clamp down, clean up, and face thedouble short-term risk of a
stalled economy anda wrathful proletariat .
They could bribe the town proletariat with theirleavings, but the peasants
became their enemies.
But this led to a rise in prices that fostereddiscontent among the urban p
roletariat .
Technocracy was once a communist idea: withthe proletariat in power, ad
ministration could beleft to experts.
The real proletariat are suffering in both dispensations.

123. unjust
not just; lacking in justice or fairness: unjust criticism; an unjustruler.
Archaic. unfaithful or dishonest.
Example sentences
What's true is that all wars are unjust for somebody.
King believed that peaceful refusal to obey unjust law was the best way to
bring about socialchange.
No one, surely, would be so unjust as to belittlethis great performance by
reference to earlier andlonger flights over the land.
It is clear that the review was bad, but the keyquestion is whether or not it
was unjust .
Capitalism in its pure form was something thatcollapsed in the late ninete
enth century because it was extremely unjust .
124. Stab
Stabbed, stabbing.
To pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon:
She stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork.
to thrust, plunge, or jab (a knife, pointed weapon, or the like)into somethin
He stabbed the knife into the man's chest.
to penetrate sharply or painfully: Their misery stabbed his
to make a piercing, thrusting, or pointing motion at or in: Hestabbed me in
the chest with his finger. The speaker stabbed the air in anger.
to thrust with or as if with a knife or other pointed weapon: tostab at an at
to deliver a wound, as with a pointed weapon.
Example sentences
She recently found the monkey in the towncentre after someone had stab
bed it.
If a samurai was stabbed , he had to fall andcount to ten before rising fro
m the dead.
He had been stabbed and killed by an arrowmade from the wood of a mis
tletoe plant.
For example, he is stabbed three times duringthe course of his journey by
disgusting and horrible creatures.
The poor and humble, whom it affects to pity,may be stabbed to the hear
t by it.
There's blood, people die from explosions, gunfireand being stabbed .

125. Nab
nabbed, nabbing. Informal.
to arrest or capture.
to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
to snatch or steal.
Example sentences
But its new employees were of high quality, eventhough it might have nab
bed a few
better candidates by waiting.
The cameras were installed on a belt way and nabbed speeders.
There was plenty of interplanetary booty to be nabbed .
We nabbed the top of the chimney and cameback up with a chunk of sulfi
de in a box, she says.
If you get nabbed , you're potentially on the hook
for fines ranging into the thousands of dollars.
126. Embarrass
To cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably selfconscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her.
To make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
To put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede:
The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill.
To beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt: The decline
in sales embarrassed the
To become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.
Example sentences
There was a time when embarrassing talentswere a purely private matter.
Her way of confiding in me is embarrassing and almost painful.
It may also be a little embarrassing to win suchmainstream acceptance.
Unfortunately, his notoriety is for one of the mostembarrassing moments
in his life.
Furthermore, her book contains embarrassing factual errors.
Emma's mother insists on doing terrible, awful,embarrassing things.
The situation was, in truth, embarrassing .
The administration had indeed a mostembarrassing problem to solve.
He would not approach girls for fear of embarrassing himself.
They might also have overheard embarrassing conversations.

127. Anguish
excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain:
the anguish ofgrief.
to inflict with distress, suffering, or pain.
to suffer, feel, or exhibit anguish: to anguish over the loss of aloved one.
Example sentences
The film shows that freedom is fraught with anguish and pain.
Add to that pain the anguish of dozens of relatives and friends.
So great was the extremity of his pain and
anguish , that he did not only sigh but roar.
The singer/songwriter suffered similar anguish during the wrenching proce
ss of writing his autobiography.
And the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
Specifically, the Court said that no recovery
could be made under the wrongful death statute for mental anguish .
Such howls of anguish have had their effect onboth sides of the Atlantic.
Grading can involve so much mental anguish .
It relieved the pressure, easing pain and anguish-as a monarch is suppose
d to do.
Assessing patients' vulnerability to anguish may
be essential to accurately judging the
severity of their condition.
128. Elated
Very happy or proud; jubilant; in high spirits: an elated winner of a
Example sentences
Be not elated at any excellence that is not your own.
Exhausted and elated, I'm ready to head home tomorrow.
The arts are central to the lives of many Oklahomans
an endeavour that they're elated to share with visitors.
We strutted around the room, elated and basking in adulation.
The students were elated.
He seemed elated by the enthusiastic ovation he received.
The elated crowd soon grew angry.
When the lid comes off after a long period ofrepression, people may be gr
ateful and elated.
It was a big moment, and he should have been elated.
He was elated that at last he'd be getting some formal training.

129. Tender
soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
weak or delicate in constitution; not strong or hardy.
(of plants) unable to withstand freezing temperatures.
young or immature: children of tender age.
delicate or soft in quality: tender blue.
Example sentences
When a subject is put under ban by pre-arrangement, intimacy requests re
lating to it are not to be tendered .
Not withstanding this, the commissary ordered the oath to be tendered .
The banquet was tendered to the visitors by the
citizens' committee, and was a great
Traders said nearly all the outstanding shares had been tendered .
Notice is here by given that upon initial review, the
applications listed below are tendered
for filing.
His attorney admits that the record was
tendered late due to a mistake on his part.
His attorney admits that the record wastendered late due to a mistake on
her part.
After appellant filed the motion, he tendered the brief.
As he has tendered the points and cited causefor the late tender, the mot
ion is granted.
Our clerk is directed to file the tendered appellant's brief as of the date of
this opinion.
130. endeavour
to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort;strive:
We must constantly endeavour if we are to succeed.
to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
a strenuous effort; attempt.

Example sentences
They endeavour to find objections, both to our abstract reasoning's,
and to those which regard matter of fact and existence.
If he tries to climb out into the air as
inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns.
Science is the endeavour to increase the body of knowledge.

Notice, if you will, the complete lack of academic endeavour .

Scientists represent a pinnacle of human
intelligence and intellectual endeavour .
This is a fantastic and noble endeavour .
For him, education at every level is a joint
endeavour between the citizens of a state.
It signals a change in what has, until now, been akey element of scientific
endeavour .

131. Strut
to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect andchest thro
wn out, as if
expecting to impress observers.
the act of strutting.
a strutting walk or gait.
strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best inorder to impr
ess others; show off.
Example sentences
Later he let me kneel in his path, eye to camera,as he strutted into the s
Following the crumbs, the pigeons strutted to thehem of the bride's train.
Once poets spoke for the age and strutted thecultural stage as stars.
Chickens roosted in nearby trees or strutted,hundreds strong, across an a
butting pasture.
Usually sidelined in the seats, this timecelebrities strutted the catwalk we
aring reddresses by various designers.
It was obvious that he was out to write tickets,especially from the way he
strutted around thecourtroom.
The fitted white pantsuit in which celebrities have strutted along red carpe
ts recently is nowmarching down the wedding aisle.
He strutted up to the plate, grinned, and gave athumbs-up sign to the che
ering crowd.
Under certain conditions, corrugated metal pipe be strutted.
Celebrities strutted past a throng of flashbulbs and video cameras.

132. Goad

a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for drivingcattle, o

xen, etc.; prod.
anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
Example sentences
There are the limited ones, when a few partisansrise and then some scatte
red groups aregoaded up by peer pressure.
Goaded by rising floodwaters and an evacuationorder, residents are esca
No surprise that lawmakers, goaded by civil-liberties groups, began to get
As a result, participants are defined by, goaded by and obsessed
by their word counts.
Stateside designers and their nervous backers
are governed by function, guided by reality
and goaded by pragmatism.
The anonymous collector, goaded by the
extraordinary rarity of such a piece, doubled the high estimate.
Oil companies stepped up exploration and
development, goaded by higher prices they could charge.
133. Remorse
deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
Obsolete . pity; compassion.
Example sentences
Trying to keep everyone talking while trying tokeep him alive because of h
is total lack of
remorse or fear, is a full time job.
No doubt she felt relief at having been fired, whatshe seems not to have f
elt is remorse at havingbeen hired.
It has no empathy, refuses to acceptresponsibility for its actions and feels
noremorse .
Psychopaths lie without compunction, injurewithout remorse , and cheat w
ith little fear ofdetection.
My colleague has shown no remorse , and hasnot changed his vie
ws or his ways.
He's a sociopath, he doesn't have a heart and
there's no way he would ever feel remorse or
regret for his crimes.

Should the market soar, however, you'll probablyfeel considerable buyer's

remorse .

134. Profess
to lay claim to, often insincerely; pretend to: He professed
extreme regret.
to declare openly; announce or affirm; avow or acknowledge: topro
fess one's satisfaction.
to affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.).
to declare oneself skilled or expert in; claim to have knowledgeof; make (a
thing) one's profession or business.
to teach as a professor: She professes comparative literature.
Example sentences
It doesn't seem to matter what the faith, so longas our leaders profess so
me religion, anyreligion.
Firms profess to be unworried by recession,since whisky they make now c
annot be sold
for years anyway.
Even, a profess volcanologist could not answer exactly.
If he did not profess a faith of any kind it doesnot refute his findings.
Fox encouraged her to use an exotic accent and profess her interest in m
ysticism and the
The leaders, however, profess to be satisfied
with present conditions and claim that ultimate
victory will be theirs.
Tenure has proved to be an imperfect shield, not
withstanding what administrations profess to guarantee.

135. bracing
strengthening; invigorating: This mountain air is bracing.
of, pertaining to,
or serving as a brace.
a brace.
braces collectively: The bracing on this scaffold is weak.
material, as timber, used for braces.
Example sentences
It's cold in much of the country and a perfect time
for a brisk walk, a bracing run or a giddy tripdown a ski slope.

Enrollment chiefs huddled with presidents andtrustees, bracing for an era

of heightened
Amid the bright leaves and crisp air, the return toschool is bracing .
If the self is to survive, it must be aroused by anexperience more vital and
bracing than pleasureor enjoyment.
If you are outside, try bracing yourself against atree or the side of a build
Many people find themselves unable to take this bracing advice.
And the soaring rates are the banking industry'sway of bracing for that m
ore restrictive environment.
Though the subject is national exhaustion, theeffect is immensely bracing
As well as soaring fuel costs, airlines are bracing themselves for weakenin
g consumer demand.
Back then, markets were similarly bracing themselves for a gradual shift t
o a tighter monetary policy.

136. Stance
The position or bearing of the body while standing:
Legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to
something: They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their
foreign policy.
Sports. the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golfball or in ma
king a stroke.
Example sentences
One sign of the retrospective stance is a wave ofreprints, notably a cluste
r of anniversary editions.
Check the websites of your favourite stores and
brands to find out their stance .
His stance on climate change probably didn't help either.
Diplomats from other countries find this no-negotiation stance worrisome.
Journalists are fired all the time for taking the
wrong political stance .
There are all kinds of ramifications to that stance.
The categorical imperative, the formula of themoral law for humans, is a s
tance of self-judgment.
They have never been completely involved, havingalways taken a slightly
isolationist stance .
My colleagues are sometimes less comfortablewith my open stance .

137. Decimate
To destroy a great number or proportion of: The population was
decimated by a plague.
To select by lot and kill every tenth person of.
Obsolete . to take a tenth of or from.
Example sentences
It is also a preventible disease that has almost
decimated our army through want of proper
sanitary precautions.
Once clutched, items could be decimated by goldplated mirrors that focus sunlight.
The reason: oceanic fish populations have been decimated .
Labour is now decimated and destroyed,unemployment is not an aberrati
But shark populations are being decimated at afrightening pace,
killed in large part simply for their fins.
Hendricks heard the team was decimated and wanted to help.
The manatee population was decimated bycenturies of extensive hunting.
138. Conviction
A fixed or firm belief: No clever argument, no persuasive fact ortheo
ry could make a dent in his conviction in the rightness of hisposition.
The act of convicting; a declaration that a person is guilty of an
the state of being convicted.
the act of moving a person by argument or evidence to belief,
agreement, consent, or a
course of action; the act ofconvincing.
the state of being convinced.
Example sentences
The biggest reality of the world is a matter neither
of conjecture, belief, nor moral
conviction .
But for all its brutality, his sentence followed trialand conviction .
Four weeks of nearly continuous trackingprovided the basis of an indictme
nt andsubsequent conviction for drug trafficking.
Our elected officials may, for political reasons orfrom genuine conviction ,
choose to
regulate a technology.
Any or all of these are enough to cast doubt on the conviction .
Many cosmologists have reservations about
string theory and some really are arguing with
conviction that it isn't science.
People all too often believe something as truth
given the strength of the conviction of
Start with the third paragraph but write with conviction and strength.

139. Convict
To prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal
trial: to convict a prisoner of
a felony.
to impress with a sense of guilt.
a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
a person serving a prison sentence.
Example sentences
Convict in the court of public opinion and
convict in a court of law are two different things.
Nailing the truth about the elusive convict fish
proves tougher than expected.
Though that is debatable, it is a fact that an
executed convict will no longer commit crimes.
Defense attorneys could argue that a small
amount of residue on cash was not sufficient
evidence to convict their clients.
Yet creating new trials to convict them will be
legally difficult, given their past treatment.
She could have easily went to the authorities at
any time and wore a recording wire to
convict her drug dealer.
140. Reinstate
To put back or establish again, as in a former position or state: to
reinstate the ousted chairman.
Example sentences
The government closed borders, banned driving,reinforced censorship and
reinstated a
six-day work week.
And after being burned by an article in another
publication recently, they had reinstated a no-interviews policy.
Today, though hunting has been reinstated ,populations are thriv
Palm countered with an update of its own that reinstated the feature.
The case was initially dismissed and then reinstated by a federal
appeals court.
Four students who had been expelled from the
university in connection with the incident have been reinstated .
No one knows if any of the adjunct jobs will everbe reinstated .

141. Thrive
To prosper; be fortunate or successful.
To grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in theco
Example sentences
The climate is fantastic, and cross-border business is thriving .
Biologists have controlled the coyote population,and the wolves are thrivin
The skeleton was a thriving oasis in a vast, desert like expanse.
There are plenty of examples of paid content
thriving even when free alternatives are
They found oases of animals thriving in the
sunless depths around hydrothermal vents.
But deer are also thriving because of the ways
people have carved up the countryside,unwittingly creating prime deer ha
Experience the world of this thriving religious community.
Yet beneath the bandages, globalisation is thriving .
Now, however, the gray seals are thriving while
harbor seal populations are plummeting.
142. quiver
to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously;tremble.
the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
Example sentences
If the tremor affects the voice box, you may have
a shaking or quivering sound to your
Wood had the quivering intensity and speed of
a greyhound himself, and the same lean, long-limbed physique.
At the dock two fishermen leaped from their boat
and placed the quivering fish in a wooden litter.
Making it to this day of the week, our hearts are
finally quivering with enjoyment.
He held his breath and waited, and presently the
lovely tones died into quivering silence.
143. Induct
to install in an office, benefice, position, etc., especially with
formal ceremonies:
The committee inducted her as president.
to introduce, especially to something requiring special knowledge
or experience; initiate
(usually followed by to or into ): They
inducted him into the mystic rites of the order.
to take (a draftee) into military service; draft.

to bring in as a member: to induct a person into a new profession.

Example sentences
If you were drafted and inducted into the
services, leaving them made you guilty of the
crime of desertion.
Enter it, and you're inducted into a majestic yetunpredictable fantasy lan
He has been inducted into the respective halls
of fame for both radio and popular music.
He was earlier inducted as a member of the
bands cream and the yard birds.
144. mull
To study or ruminate; ponder.
To think about carefully; consider (often followed by over ): to
mull over an idea.
To make a mess or failure of.
Example sentences
On each card, write a short description of one of
the things you are mulling over doing next year.
When he is awake at two in the morning,mulling over the physics of whee
l diameter and
axle size, he is fifty-six.
After two votes against joining the euro, the
government is mulling a third referendum.
Now, other airlines are mulling mergers as away of cutting costs
to offset high fuel
Some legislators are mulling how to postponesome of the tests' conseque
nces for students.
Each time they have repaired the damage andstayed put, but this time th
ey are mulling thepossibility of selling.
What you should know if you're mulling a tattoo or body piercing.
Random, chance, illogical.
For example: 'The system for deciding which workers will lose their jobs
can sometimes seem fairly arbitrary as it does not seem that experience,
or length of time working at the company are taken into account.
Add on, attach.
For example: 'When students complete a University assignment it is
common for them to append additional information at the end of the
project. These are called the appendices and should be clearly numbered.

Although, though, even though.
For example: A university education gives graduates the opportunity to
enter a high paid job over the long term, albeit an expensive investment
during their years of study.
148. AID
To help.
Summary, synopsis, short version. For example: 'When researching
journals for information, it is useful to read just the abstract to quickly
find out if the topic is relevant to your assignment as it takes too long to
read the whole thing.'
Likeness, similarity, comparison.
For example: 'The finance lecturer used an analogy to help students
understand the concept of profitability to a company; he said it was
similar to the bodys need for food.'

151. Deprive
To remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or
possession of (a person or persons) For
example: to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
To remove from ecclesiastical office.
Don't deprive your team of a member for an overly long time.
Sluggish sales of new homes deprive the economy of strength.

Exploitation -

Use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly

discovered oil fields.
Selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his
The combined, often varied, use of public-relations and
advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.

Example sentences

If the answer is yes, then the solution is to

prevent further exploitation of this unfair advantage.
In public perception, horse racing sometimes
finds itself on a thin line between
Competition and exploitation.
They need freedom from exploitation andfreedom from poor education.

153. Contend
To struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of
the port.
To strive in rivalry; compete; vie: to contend for first prize.
To strive in debate; dispute earnestly: to contend against falsehood.
Example sentences
Each province has a different system and different things to contend with.
If nothing had happened, they contend, people
would not have remembered the strange behaviour.
Some people contend that beer may have been
the staple of mankind's diet even before bread was invented.
The popular definition of a blue moon isn't the only oneand it's one that's based on an editorial error, astronomers contend.
154. detrimental
Causing detriment; damaging; harmful.
a detrimental person or thing.
Example sentences
There is no evidence that eating micro waved
foods is detrimental to humans or animals.
Pirated software has a detrimental effect on the economy as well.
But that does not mean we go for the path ofleast resistance, which is de
trimental to thegreatest good of the greatest number.
Studies have shown that diets rich in animalproteins can be detrimental to
our health.
155. Impel
To drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
To drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
Example sentences
It would have been helpful for us to know more of
what was in their minds and what
Impelled them to do what they did.

Since her husband was impelled on these

extraordinary journeys, she showed little
emotion whenever he left.
Incidentally the bee, while impelled by aninstinct that makes it search for
sugar, sucks in there with its solid sustenance.
It happens, usually impelled by economic complaisance

156. Assimilate
To take in and incorporate as one's own; absorb: He assimilatedmany new
experiences on
His European trip.
To bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of agroup, natio
n, or the like;
Adapt or adjust: to assimilate the new immigrants.
Physiology. To convert (food) to substances suitable forincorporation into t
he body and its
To cause to resemble (usually followed by to or with).
To compare; liken (usually followed by to or with).

Example sentences
He found it impossible to quickly assimilate the information.
Because of this and other factors, it has takenthem longer to assimilate
adding to theirsense of alienation.
The ability to quickly assimilate, and
immediately apply, new information is also useful.
Cultures lacking depth are more easily able toassimilate newcomers.
Anthony can assimilate without discarding his heritage.
Over time, she says, immigrants assimilate and succeed.

157. Concede
To acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit: He finallyconceded th
at she was right.
To acknowledge (an opponent's victory, score, etc.) before it isofficially est
ablished: to concede an election before all the votes arecounted.

To grant as a right or privilege; yield: to concede a longer vacation

for all employees.
Example sentences
We concede that a mission statement may onlyrarely influence action on a
Concede that you have written for a specialized audience.
But he does concede that one of his critics is right.
Clifford will concede, in the abstract, to abusesin the for-profit industry.
All three of these studies concede that
graduation rates aren't the final word in college accountability.

158. Inevitable
Unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary:
an inevitable conclusion.
Sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable: The inevitable endof human l
ife is death.
That which is unavoidable.

Example sentences:
It seems that wherever human technology andwildlife meet, damage is ine
He was killed for seeking to make the inevitable palpable.
159. Forbid
For bade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding.
To command (a person) not to do something, have something,
etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to thehouse.
To prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid theuse of lips
tick; to forbid smoking.
To hinder or prevent; make impossible.
To exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.
Example sentences:
There is a universal, undeniably seductive effect
of something declared to be forbidden or
In this new climate, museums are examining subjects formerly forbidden.
By eight months, infants are capable ofconcealing forbidden activities and
distractingparental attention.
Telemarketers would be forbidden to call people who sign on to the list.

160. Invoke
To call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to
invoke God's mercy.
To call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
To declare to be binding or in effect: to invoke the law; to invoke aveto.
To appeal to, as for confirmation.
To petition or call on for help or aid.
Example sentences:
There are many wonderful images, but this one
invokes so many powerful feelings.
The first invokes an oil, secreted by the spider that serves as an antistick agent.
In fact though, almost any substancecontinuously used non stop invokes
resistance, including antibiotics.
Software invokes these routines via similar routines.
161. Incessant
Continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending: an incessant noise.
Example sentences:
It flashes incessantly, transforming a living roominto a night club.
He also took some time off from incessantly talking about it.
We soon gave up trying to swat away the insects
that buzzed incessantly around our sweaty faces.
They incessantly engage in wrestling matches or play fighting.
They chattered incessantly and chased theirreflections into windows.
162. Proliferation
1. The growth or production of cells by multiplication of parts.
2. A rapid and often excessive spread or increase: nuclearproliferation.
Example sentences:
With the proliferation of peer-reviewed journals,
it may be that erroneous or poorly conducted
research sometimes gets published.
163. Insist
1. To assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
To demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thingthrough.
Example sentences:
The opponents of earmarks insist that scientificpeer review is the soundes
t method fordistributing federal money for science.

But wireless providers insist things won't stay that way for long.
164. Possession

The state of being possessed.

Actual holding or occupancy, either with or without rightsof ownership.
A thing possessed: He packed all his possessions into one trunk.

Example sentences:
One might even say that all romance novels involve alien possession.
People have always had myths of demonic possession.
165. Fray
1. A fight, battle, or skirmish. Synonyms: altercation, combat,
war, clash, encounter, set-to.
2. A competition or contest, especially in sports.
3. A noisy quarrel or brawl.
Example sentences:
To have awareness of social injustice is a quitereasonable requirement for
someone preparing to wade into the fray.
Diving into the fray when things have alreadygotten ugly isn't always easy
166. Pounce

To swoop down suddenly and grasp, as a bird does in seizing itsprey.

To spring, dash, or come suddenly: Unexpectedly she pounced onthe right
To seize (prey) suddenly: The bird quickly pounced its prey.
The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
A sudden swoop, as on an object of prey.
Example sentences:
We all know the power of waiting quietly for theright moment to pounce u
pon an
But for the bravest inventors and entrepreneurs,conditions are ideal to po
unce on a businessopportunity.