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No.??? Zumbifyied Unknown Species Unknown Height Unknown Weight Unknown Ability Pure Poison Typing Unknown Base Stats Known Moves Voodoo Break Trivia Zumbifyied along with its evolution Scrufftyuest are revealed in the issue of June 17, 2015 by the creator of Matt's dreams. Zumbifyied's name comes from Zombie, Zombified, and Zuudoo (an old English Word for Voodoo. No.??? Scrufftyuest Unknown Species Unknown Height Unknown Weight Unknown Ability Poison & Ghost Typing Unknown Base Stats Known Moves Voodoo Break Trivia Scrufftyuest along with its pre-evolution Zumbifyied are revealed in the issue of June 17, 2015 by the creator of Matt's dreams. Scrufftyuest's name comes from Scruffty, Stuffing, Stuffed, and Poltergiest8th Generation Poke'mon Cloaglo Pure Grass Kyllemoth Pure Fire Clevclophin Pure Water Princarthle Pure Ghost Herafracs Bug & Fighting Goast Rock & Toast Zumbifyied Pure Poison Scrufftyuest Poison & Ghost Unknown Blob Poke'mon Unknown Giant Poke'mon. 63 terms

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Copacetic  Very satisfactory 
Divulge  To tell, reveal; to make public 
Tedious  Causing weariness; boring; tiresome; fatiguing 
Perceive  To obtain an awareness or understanding; observe 
Madras  Plaid, cotton cloth 
Asset  Something valued 
Unfathomable  Not understandable; incomprehensible; inexplicable; puzzling 
Stereotype  An oversimplified generalization about a person or group of people without regard for individual differences. 
Prejudice  Prejudging or making a decision about a person or group of people 
Discrimination  Denying justice and fair treatment to an individual or group of people 
Scapegoating  Blaming an individual or group for something based on that person or groups identity, when in reality, the person or group is not responsible 
Hue  Color; a shade or tint 
Unique  Being only one of its kind; without equal 
Pugnacious  Fond of fighting; violently agressive 
Prowess  Bravery, skill 
Eloquent  Vividly or movingly expressive 
Acquit  To declare officially that somebody is not guilty of a charge or accusation 
Tenacious  Holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent 
Nemesis  A formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent 
Civility  Courteous behavior; politeness 
Exacerbate  To aggravate; intensify the bad qualities of 
Dearth  Lack, scarce, insufficiency; absence, shortage, paucity 
Behemoth  Something enormous in size or power 
Altercation  A noisy or intense quarrel 
Elicit  To bring out or call forth 
Feign  To give a false appearance; pretend 
Snivel  To speak or act in a whining, sniffling, tearful or weakly emotional manner 
Chicanery  Deception by trickery; a trick 
Respectfully  With regard and esteem; politely 
Respectively  Each in the order given 
Stymie  To prevent from making progress; to frustrate or thwart efforts 
Ascertain  To discover or determine with certainty, especially through examination or experimentation. 
Apprehensive  Excited, but nervous about what might happen 
Interdependence  A mutual need between two people or things 
Admonition  A warning 
Chastisement  A reprimand or punishment 
Conspicuous  Obvious 
Eclectic  Choosing or taking what appears to be the best from various sources 
Utopia  A perfect society where everyone is happy 
Mediocre  Of moderate or low quality 
Vacillate  To be unable to decide between one opinion or course of action and another 
Anecdote  A short, entertaining story of some happening, usually personally 
Finesse  Delicate skill:tact or cleverness 
Peruse  To read thoroughly and carefully 
Serene  Calm 
Alliteration  A figure of speech which there is a repetition of the same constant sound 
Articulate  Adj. If you are articulate you are able to express yourself well. 
Verb. When you articulate your feelings or ideas, you express them clearly in words. 
Lollygag  To spend time foolishly or aimlessly; dawdle 
Metaphor  A figure of speech which takes a direct comparison between two unlike things 
Simile  A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using like or as 
Personification  A figure of speech in which an author gives life-like characteristics to non-human things 
Wane  To decrease in strength, intensity, etc. 
Perilous  Involving the risk of being injured, deystroyed or lost; dangerous 
Imperative  Necessary; urgent 
Ruse  An action designed to confuse or mislead; a trick 
Wry  Twisted, turned to ones side, clever and often grimly humorous 
Reciprocal  Shared; involving give and take between two persons or things; working in both directions 
Audacious  Bold, adventurous, recklessly daring 
Imagery  The use of words to recreate a sensory experience 
Succint  Expressed in few words; concise 
Facilitate  To make easier 
Garnish  The herbs, salad or food used to decorate a prepared meal 
Diana Grace Kulawiec  The most amazing, funniest, kindest, most beautiful girl to ever walk the face of earth. 


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appease  (v.) to make calm, soothe; to relieve, satisfy; to yield to 
belated  (adj) late, tardy 
calamitous  (adj.) causing great misfortune 
cite  (v.) to quote; to mention; to summon to appear in court; to commend, recommend 
conventional  (adj.) in line with accepted ideas or standards; trite 
decoy  (v.) to lure into a trap; (n.) a person or thing used to lure into a trap 
delve  (v) to dig; to search deeply and thoroughly into 
ensue  (v.) to follow in order, come immediately after and as a result 
gallantry  (n.) heroic courage; respect and courtesy; an act or statement marked by a high level of courtesy 
impart  (v.) to make known, tell; to give, pass something on 
judicious  (adj.) using or showing good judgment, wise, sensible 
mediate  (v.) to bring about an agreement between persons or groups, act as a go-between; (adj.) occupying a middle position; indirect, acting through an intermediary 
milieu  (n.) the setting, surroundings, environment 
outlandish  (adj.) strange, freakish, weird, foreign-looking; out-of-the-way, geographically remote; exceeding reasonable limits 
overbearing  (adj.) domineering, haughty, bullying; overpowering, predominant 
pert  (adj.) high-spirited; lively; bold, saucy; jaunty 
quirk  (n.) a peculiar way of acting; a sudden twist or turn 
regale  (v.) to feast, entertain agreeably 
shiftless  (adj.) lazy, lacking in ambition and energy; inefficient 
taint  (n.) a stain or spot; a mark of corruption or dishonor; (v.) to stain or contaminate 


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aroma  a smell or odor especially a pleasant one 
bland  lacking a strong flavor 
brittle  easily broken; not flexible 
cluster  a number of similar things grouped together 
combine  to join or bring together 
consume  to use up 
crave  to have a strong desire for 
cultivate  to prepare land for the growing of crops 


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accreditation  granting approval or belief in a school 
credential  a document that proves a person is believable 
credible  believable; reliable 
credit  to believe that someone will do something 
creditor  a person who believes that he will be paid back the money that he loaned 
credulous  tending to believe too easily; easily fooled; easily convinced 
creed  a set of religious beliefs or principles 
discredit  to refuse to believe; to reject as untrue 
incredible  not believable; improbable; unlikely 
incredulous  doubting; unwilling or unable to believe 


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preliminary  something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows 
naive  lacking sophistication 
perceive  to become aware of through the senses 
deceitful  marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another 
preferable  more desirable than another 
embarrassment  the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public 
unnecessary  

not needed

occasionally  now and then or here and there 
trespass  

entry to another's property without right or permission

dismissed  having lost your job 
resume  a summary of your academic and work history, a summary of your academic and work history 
business  the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects 
challenge  

a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

achieve  to gain with effort 
forbidden  excluded from use or mention 
lakeland  the best high school in suffolk,Va 
kings fork  the worst high school aka mental school 

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flaccid  limp 
ethereal  delicate 
venerable  honorable 
reverie  daydreaming 
agape  with the mouth open 
affluence  wealth 
blandly  soothingly 
diligent  marked by preserving 
arrogance  haughtiness 
nonchalance  indifference 
eloquence  persuasiveness 
assuage  put at ease 
mundane  earthly 
hypocritical  insincere 
lout  stupid fellow 
prousperous  wealthy 
canny  shrewd 
apprentice  one who is learning a trade under a skilled worker 
vulgarities  in poor taste 
promenade  a walk for pleasure 
rakish  smart 
bawling  weeping loudly 
chagrin  shame 
wry  ironically 
artisan  manually skilled worker 
humiliate  to lower pride 
tyranny  oppresive power 
inflammatory  exciting unrest 
apparition  ghost 
enigmatic  mysterious 
proximity  nearness 
prodigiously  huge 

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troupe  company, a group of people 
perversely  stubbornly, viciously 
elate  thrill, excitement, exhilarate 
reservoir  tank, basin, pool 
loll  to lounge, to droop, to lie around 
disarray  mess, disorder 
revolutionary  radical, rebellious 
populated  occupied, inhabited 
vanity  pride, conceit, self-importance 
revive  revitalize, perk up 
rutted  uneven, bumpy 
burly  heavily built, brawny 
falter  hesitate, stagger, waver 
recede  to move away, retreat 
indomitable  strong, unconquerable 
perilous  dangerous, unsafe 
cavernous  vast, spacious 
envelope  to wrap around 
homely  unattractive, ugly, plain 
vigorous  energetic, dynamic, forceful 

at high speeds

conceited  having an overly high opinion of oneself or one's appearance 
commute  to change a punishment to one less severe 

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Fluent  Able to write or speak easily and smoothly 
console  to comfort 
memorabilia  things worth remembering 
expectorate  to spit 
egotistical  conceited 
meager  small in amount 
maternal  motherly 
guffaw  a loud laugh 
amble  to walk slowly 
monotonous  boring because its all the same 
avaricious  greedy 
gumption  courage 

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Subconscious  The part of the mind's function of which you are not aware of. 
Subdue  To conquer or bring under control. 
Subjugate  To conquer or bring under control by force. 
Subsidize  To furnish money or to assist with the payment of money. 
Subterranean  Beneath the Earth's surface. 
Transcribe  To make a written copy. 
Transfer  To carry or send from one person or place to another. 
Transform  To change in form or apperance. 
Translucent  Permitting light to pass through but giving an unclear image. 
Transplant  To plant in another place. 


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ascertain  find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort 
chastise  to inflict physical punishment as a means of correction; to scold severely 
cull  remove something that has been rejected 
defer  submit or yield to another's wish or opinion 
desist  to stop doing something 
discredit  reject as false 
encroach  advance beyond the usual limit 
foreboding  a feeling of evil to come 
humane  kind, merciful 
irrational  not consistent with or using reason 
lurid  causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint 
prepetuate  make permant or long lasting 
restive  impatient, uneasy, or restless 
stamina  (n.) the strength needed to keep going or overcome physical or mental strain; staying power 
surveilance  close observation of a person or group considered suspicious; a continuous watch for the purpose of direction or control 

lethargic adj Slow or tyerd listless lacking in energy sedate calm and not hurried langguorous pleasantly weary torpor n lacking in meantal or phisical energy soliloquy a speach given by a person loquacious tending to talk a lot eloquent an expresive, clear, and prswasive way of speaking colloquial an every day language circumlocution the use of more words than nessesary to express somthing


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acceptance  the act of taking something that is offered 
Accommodate  make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose 
Achieve  to gain with effort 
Acknowledgement  a statement acknowledging something or someone 
Advantageous  giving an advantage 
Bazaar  a shop where a variety of goods are sold 
Beautiful  delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration 
Behavior  manner of acting or conducting yourself 
Bizarre  Extremely strange, unusual, atypical 
Business  the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money 
Caffeine  a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects 
Commitment  the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action 
Crucifixion  the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering 
Curiosity  a state in which you want to learn more about something 
Curriculum  an integrated course of academic studies 
Deficient  falling short of some prescribed norm 
Dilemma  a difficult or perplexing situation or problem 
Disappointment  an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone 
Disguise  the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance 
Dungeon  a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined 
Eager  having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy 
Enormous  extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree 
Entrance  something that provides access (entry or exit) 
Environment  the area in which something exists or lives 
Exaggerate  to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth 
Fascinate  cause to be interested or curious 
Feasible  Possible, able to be done 
Finesse  subtly skillful handling of a situation 
Fulfill  fill or meet a want or need 
Futile  producing no result or effect 
Genealogy  successive generations of kin 
Government  the act of governing 
Grotesque  distorted and unnatural in shape or size 
Guarantee  a pledge that something will happen or that something is true 
Guerrilla  a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment 
Handkerchief  a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory 
Hindrance  the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding 
Horrible  provoking horror 
Hygiene  the science concerned with the prevention of illness and maintenance of health 
Hymn  a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation) 
Immediately  without delay or hesitation 
Impugn  attack as false or wrong 
Individual  a human being 
Intelligible  capable of being apprehended or understood 
Interrupt  interfere in someone else's activity 
Seize  take hold of 
Siege  the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack 
Jaguar  a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard 
Jealous  suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival 
Jeopardize  put at risk 
Judgement  the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event 
Kaleidoscope  an optical toy in a tube 
Kayak  a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins 
Kindergarten  a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school 
Knowledge  what you know 
Laboratory  a workplace for the conduct of scientific research 
Lampoon  a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way 
Leisure  time available for ease and relaxation 
Lieutenant  an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent 
Likable  easy to like 
Literature  published writings in a particular style on a particular subject 
Luggage  a case used to carry belongings when traveling 
Machete  a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation 
Maintenance  activity involved in maintaining something in good working order 
Malign  speak unfavorably about 
Maneuver  a move made to gain a tactical end 
Millennium  a span of 1000 years 
Miscellaneous  consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity) 
Mortgage  put up as security or collateral 
Nauseous  revolting, disgusting 
Necessarily  in an essential manner 
Noticeable  capable or worthy of drawing attention 
Nuisance  a bothersome annoying person 
Nutritious  of or providing nourishment 
Occasion  an event that occurs at a critical time 
Occurrence  an event that happens 
Omniscience  all knowing 
Orchestrate  plan and direct (a complex undertaking) 
Oscillate  move or swing from side to side regularly 
Paraphernalia  equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc. 
Penitentiary  a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes 
Perimeter  the size of something as given by the distance around it 
Physicist  a scientist trained in physics 
Piedmont  An area of land formed or lying at the foot of a mountain or mountain range 
Quantity  how much there is of something that you can quantify 
Queue  a line of people or vehicles waiting for something 
Questionnaire  a form containing a set of questions 
Quotient  the number obtained by division 
Raccoon  an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America 
Rendezvous  a place where people meet 
Rhapsody  an epic poem adapted for recitation 
Reminisce  recall the past 
Repertoire  a collection of works that an artist or company can perform 
Rheumatism  any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues 
sapphire  a light shade of blue 
Sergeant  any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the army or air force or marines ranking above a corporal 
Separate  standing apart 
Silhouette  a drawing of the outline of an object 
Temperature  the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity) 
tendency  an inclination to do something 
Therapeutic  having the power ot cure or heal, relating to or involved in therapy 
Thorough  painstakingly careful and accurate 
Tomato  mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable 
Vacuum  an electrical home appliance that cleans by suction 
Vehement  marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions 
vERSATILE  having great diversity or variety 
Vignette  a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books) 
Vulnerable  susceptible to physical or emotional injury 
Weasel  small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck 
Weave  pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric 
Withdrawal  the act of withdrawing 
Wondrous  extraordinarily good 
Whimsical  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason 
Wholly  completely, fully, in every respect, thoroughly 


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abdominal Cavity  major organ of digestion 
Anatomy  structure of the body 
Aplasia  defective or absence of an organ tissue 
Caudal  toward the lower part of the body 
Dysplasia  abnormal develop or growth of tissue, cells, organs 
Epigastric region  located above the stomach 
Etiology  study of the causes of disease 
Hemophilia  Hereditery bleeding disorder in which blood clotting factor is missing 
Medial  direction toward, or nearer the middle line 
Mesentery  fused double layer of the peritoneum that attaches part of the intestine to the interior of abdominal wall 
Pandemic  outbreak of a disease over a large geographic area 
Physiology  study of the functions of the structures of the body 
Transverse plane  horizontal plane,divides the body into upper and lower 
Umbilicus  belly button or navel 
Anesthetic  medication used to induce anesthesia 
Causalgia  burning pain after an injury to a sensory nerve 
Dementia  cognitive defects,memory impairments 
Dura Mater  thick,tough outer layer surrounding the brain 
Electroencephalography  recording brain-wave activity 
Encephalitis  inflammation of the brain 
Hallucination  Perception that has no basis in external stimulation 
Hydrocephalus  abnormal increased amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain 
Myelitis  inflammation of the spinal cord 
Sciatic  inflammation of a nerve causing pain in the thigh/leg 
Syncope  fainting 




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Hydraulic  moved or operated or effected by liquid (water or oil) 
Hydrant  a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks 
Hydrate  supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance 
Annual  a reference book that is published regularly once every year 
Anniversary  the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it) 
Finish  the act of finishing 
Finite  bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent 
Final  an examination administered at the end of an academic term 
Confine  place limits on (extent or access) 
Dynamic  expressing action rather than a state of being 
Dynamite  an explosive containing nitrate sensitized with nitroglycerin absorbed on wood pulp 
Dynasty  a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family 
Candid  completely honest, straightforward 
Candle  stick of wax with a wick in the middle 
Incandescent  characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance 


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Asia  A continent east to Europe 
Europe  A continent next to Asia 
Africa  A continent South of Europe and Asia 
Encomienda  a large piece of land given to Spanish settlers by the king of Spain 
Society  an group of people forming a community 
Plantation  a large farm that has cash crops 
Navigation  the ability to travel a specific route 
Saga  stories to by the vikings 
Factor  the numbers multiplied in a multiplication sentence 
Conflict  a disagreement 
Covert  to change 
Conquest  a takeover or victory 
Conclude  to end 
Confrontation  discard or clash of opinions or ideas 

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adamant  unyielding 
adept  skilled 
adroit  skillful 
aesthetic  having to do with beauty 
agile  nimble 
ambidextrous  equally skilled with both hands 
amenable  tends to follow advice 
apt  suitable 
ardent  passionate 
arrogant  over proud 
articulate  able to express oneself clearly 
astute  shrewd 
authentic  genuine 
barren  unfruitful 
bizarre  strange 
bland  gentle,soothing 
blatant  over loud 
boisterous  rambuncticus 
brusque  rudely brief 
callous  unfeeling 
candid  honest 
casual  off hand 
chic  stylish 
chronic  continuing over a long period of time 
civic  government 
colossal  huge 
compatible  capable to get along with each other 
concise  brief but complete 
crafty  sly 
credible  believable 
cumbersome  bulky 
curt  rudely brief 
demure  modest,reserved 
derogatory  belittling 
desolate  lonely 
destitute  poor 
detergent  cleanser 
devious  indirect 
devoid  completely free of feeling 
devout  very religious 
diminutive  tiny 
dire  dreadful 
discreet  careful 
disinterested  impartial 
dismal  gloomy 
distraught  driven to distraction 
diverse  varied 
domestic  having to do with home 
dominant  ruling 
dormant  sleeping 
drastic  extreme change 
dreary  gloomy 
dubious  doubtful 
dynamic  energetic 
earnest  intensely serious 
eccentric  odd behaviors 
edible  fit to be eaten 
eerie  weird 
ebony  dark or black 


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abjure  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure 
acumen  Shrewdness shown by keen insight 
antebellum  Of a period before a war, especially the American Civil War 
belie  represent falsely 
bellicose  having or showing a ready disposition to fight 
chicanery  the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them) 
churlish  having a bad disposition 
circumnavigate  travel around, either by plane or ship 
filibuster  a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches 
feckless  generally incompetent and ineffectual 
gerrymander  divide unfairly and to one's advantage 
hubris  overbearing pride or presumption 
incognito  without revealing one's identity 
jejune  displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity 
kowtow  a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission 
sanguine  inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life 
tautology  useless repetition 
vortex  a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides) 
winnow  the act of separating grain from chaff 
xenophobe  person afraid of foreigners 


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Congenital  Present or existing from birth, as in an usual physical condition 
Glasnost  A Soviet policy permitting greater openness, discussion, and disclosure of ideas and information 
Ichthus  A simple symbol of Christianity that resembles a fish, consisting of two curves that bisect each other 
Inexorable  Unyielding. Something that is stubborn or unwavering is inexorable 
Jocular  Having a playful, joking disposition 
Laggard  Someone who or something that falls behind and does not keep up with others 
Macabre  using death as a subject, as in movies, books, or conversation; focused on the morbid and grisly. 
Nexus  a connection or link, also a group or series of connected people or things 
Nuance  A very slight difference in meaning, tone, color, or feeling. 
Onslaught  a powerful attack that overwhelms 
Old school  adhering to traditional or old fashioned 
Paranormal  Beyond the realm of things that can be explained by scientific knowledge 
Panacea  Supposed cure for all problems or diseases 
Keepsake  A small item or gift kept to evoke memories of somethings, an event, or someone 
Hallow  To make someone or something holy 
Glutton  someone who eats and drinks to excessor overindulges in a particular behavoir 
Whodunit  A novel, movie, or play focusing on a crime, usually a murder 
Xenophobe  Someone with an unreasonable fear or dislike of foreign people or things 
Underling  A servant or subordinate 
Spurn  To reject someones offers or advances with scorn and contempt 
Reasonate  To echo; make something else vibrate or produce a similar sound 
Randy  Having a strong desire for sex 
Protoype  The original model 
Ne'er- Do- Well  A lazy, irrisponsible person 
Wayward  Disobedient, willful; unpredictable, capricious 
laconic  using few words 
metaphor  comparing to unlike things without using like or as 
nebula  a thinly spread cloud of intersteller gas and dust emits its own light and appers as a bright patch in the night sky 
ozone  a poisonous unstoble form of oxygen that has three atoms per molecules rather than the usunusal two 
polygon  a flat, closed geometric figure bond by three or line segments 
protagonist  the main character 
quandry  a state of uncertainty or doubt or dilemma 
renaissane  a time of renewed interest in learning and the arts literature, arhitecture and learning 
tempo  time in music; rate of speed at which a piece of music moves 
tumult  a state of commotion and noise and confusion, disturbance 
vacillate  to be unable to decide bewteen one opinion or course of action, waver 
vertebrate  large animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium 
voracious  eating or eager to eat great amounts of food having a extremely bid appetit for an activity 
wretched  very unhappy or unfortunate, cuasing distress, hateful 
symbiosis  the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent 


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Abdicate  To step down from a position of power or responsibility. 
Abdomen  The part of the body that lies between the thorax and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas. 
Aberration  Something different from the usual. 
Abrasive  Wearing, grinding or rubbing away by friction; rough. 
Abruptly  Suddenly; without warning. 
Abstemious  Eating or drinking very little. 
Abstinence  Avoiding harmful behaviors. 
Abstruse  Difficult to comprehend. 
Abundance  A great amount. 
Academic  Having to do with school or education. 
Accelerate  To speed up. 
Accessible  Able to be reached or understood. 
Accomplice  A person who takes part in a crime. 
Accumulate  To heap up in a mass. 
Accurate  Correct, exact, precise. 
Acknowledge  Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of. 
Acquaintance  Someone you know, but who is not a close friend. 
Acre  A measure of land. 
Adequate  Enough. 
Adhere  To stick to something. 
Adjacent  Living nearby or sitting or standing close together. 
Adjourn  Close a meeting. 
Adjunct  Something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it. 
Adolescence  The time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood. 
Advantageous  Beneficial; helpful; useful. 
Adversary  An opponent; an enemy. 
Adverse  Not helpful; harmful. 
Advisory  Bulletin or report to advise of developments. 
Advocate  One that argues for, defends, maintains, or recommends a proposal. 
Affable  Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable. 
Affiliation  Connection with a group, club or other organization. 
Agenda  A list, plan, or outline of things to be done. 
Aggravate  To make worse, more serious, or more severe. 
Alibi  The claim of having been elsewhere when an offense was committed. 
Allege  To say something is true without proof. 
Alliance  Connection between families, states, parties, or individuals. 
Allocation  To set apart for a special purpose; designate. 
Allude  To hint at, to refer to indirectly. 
Aloof�  Distant physically or emotionally. 
Altogether�  Wholly, completely, thoroughly. 
Ambiguity  Unclear. 
Ambivalent�  Uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow. 
Amendment  A change, modification, or correction. 
Amicable  Friendly. 
Amnesia  The loss of memory. 
Anachronism  Something that is out of its proper time. 
Anaconda  A large snake of the boa family. 
Analogy  A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way. 
Ancestor  A relative who lived in the past. 
Anecdote  A usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or curious incident. 
Anniversary  The yearly return of the date of some memorable event. 
Anomaly  Something which does not fit in a pattern. 
Anonymous  Being unknown, unrecognized. 
Antediluvian  Extremely old. 
Anthology  A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays. 
Anxiety  A strong feeling of worry. 
Apathy  Absence or lack of interest or concern. 
Appease  To calm; to make satisfied. 
Appetite  A desire, rather than a need, to eat. 
Appropriate  Suitable or right for the purpose. 
Arbiter  One who decides; a judge 
Arrogance  Feeling of too much pride in oneself. 
Artificial  Made by humans. 
Ascend  To move, climb, or go upward. 
Asylum  A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person. 
Attrition  A gradual loss of workers from death, retirement, or resignation often without filling the vacancies. 
Audacious  Fearlessly, often recklessly, daring; bold. 
Augment  To make larger, increase. 
Austere  Stern and cold in appearance or manner. 
Authentic  Not false or imitation. 
Author  The writer of a book, article, or other text. 
A bachelor's degree awarded after completion of four years of college. 
Ballerina  A female ballet dancer. 
Bamboo  A plant with long woody stems and long leaves. 
Bamboozle  To conceal one's true motives from someone, mislead; hoodwink. 
Barometer  An instrument for determining the pressure of the atmosphere. 
Barracks  A building where sailors live. 
Beige�  A very light brown. 
Belligerent  Eager to fight; hostile or aggressive. 
Bereavement  The experience of losing a loved one by death. 
Bewilder  To confuse or puzzle. 
Bibliography  A list of the works of a specific author or publisher. 
Billionaire  A very rich person whose wealth is valued at more than a billion dollars. 
Blemish  Defect, flaw. 
Blizzard  A severe and prolonged snowstorm. 
Boisterous  Rough and stormy; violent. 
Bonanza  Something that yields an often unexpectedly large profit. 
Boomerang  A flat, curved, usually wooden missile configured so that when hurled it returns to the thrower. 
Boulevard  A wide tree-lined street. 
Boycott  Refusal to buy or sell certain products or services. 
Briefcase  A flat case with a handle used for carrying papers or books. 
Brilliant  Very bright. 
Buccaneer  A pirate. 
Buffalo  A large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains. 
Buoyant  Able to regain high spirits after depression; lighthearted. 
Bureaucrat  A career government employee. 
Bursar  A treasurer. 
Butterscotch  A hard candy made by boiling together brown sugar, corn syrup, and water. 
Buttress  Any support or prop. 


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Abate  Reduce in intensity 
Abjure  Renounce; swear to refrain from something 
Blandishment  Words used to coax or flatter 
Boor  Ill-mannered person 
Cardinal  1. High ranking church official; 2. Major, important 
Deliberate  1. Slow; 2. To think over; 3. On purpose 
Equivocation  Speaking ambiguously; equivocal 
Feckless  Feeble; helpless; lacking in initiative 
Imperturbability  Quality of being calm and not easily disturbed 
Meretricious  Falsely attractive; tawdry 
Augury  Prediction, looking for omens 
Boycott  Refuse to have dealings with 
Glib  Slick; superficial, especially in speech 
Incise  Cut into 
Moralistic  Concerned with morals 
Ostracism  Shunning; social isolation 
Penchant  Inclination; leaning; tendency; predilection 
Rarefy  Make less dense 
Repine  Fret; be discontented 
Stipulate  Specify 
Diaphanous  Transparent; thin and delicate 
Feint  Pretended attack; a move intended to deceive 
Inured  Hardened; habituated 
Mettlesome  Spirited 
Puissance  Power 
Recondite  Obscure 
Stygian  Very Dark 
Touting  Advertising; supporting 
Virtuosity  Skill; expertise 
Volubility  Excessive talkativeness 
Caret  Punctuation mark signifying omission 
Contiguous  Adjacent; touching; abutting 
Damp  (used of vibration) reduce in extent 
Ellipses  Omission of essential words 
Extirpation  Wiping out; complete destruction 
Foppish  Behaving or dressing like a dandy; excessively concerned with fashion 
Gaffe  Blunder; social mistake 
Hortatory  Encouraging; exhorting 
Opprobrious  Expressing great scorn 
Recumbent  Reclining; lying down 
Ambidextrous  Able to use both left and right hands equally well 
Culpability  Guilt 
Discernment  Judgment; perceptiveness 
Encomium  Praise 
Inveigle  Coak; cajole; wheedle; entice 
Minatory  Threatening 
Ossified  Turned to bone; become rigid 
Plumb  Measured depth of; exact 
Quintessential  Most typical; the perfect example of 
Runic  Mysterious; magical 
Accretion  Accumulation of matter; growth produced by adding from the outside 
Anachronistic  Occurring in the wrong time period 
Chronic  Long lasting 
Churlishness  Rudeness; ill-mannered behavior 
Demagogue  Mob leader (who appeals to base instincts) 
Effrontery  Daring; audacity (has a negative connotation) 
Idyll  Story or incident in peaceful or ideal setting 
Interregnum  Interval between reigns or governments 
Nugatory  Of minor significance; futile 
Sinecure  Job which pays salary but requiring little effort 
Anodized  Electroplated; coated with a thin layer of metal 
Aphoristic  Expressed tersely 
Canonical  Orthodox 
Commensurate  Equal in significance 
Dexterity  Skill, especially with hands 
Extant  Still in existence 
Impugned  Challenged; called into question 
Probity  Uprightness; honesty 
Raconteur  Person who relates a story 
Solicitous  Kindly; expressing care and concern 
Amalgamate  Join; consolidate 
Baleful  Evil 
Coerce  Force 
Inchoate  Undeveloped; nascent 
Iniquitous  Evil; unjust 
Libertine  Dissolute person; prodigal 
Millinery  Hats and hat-making 
Natty  Neat; dapper; smart 
Occluded  Obscured; blocked 
Sidereal  Of or related to stars 
Avaricious  Greedy for money 
Extirpate  Wipe out totally 
Halcyon  Peaceful and happy; calm 
List  1. To lean to one side; 2. To write in order 
Maudlin  Sad; sentimental; inclined to weep 
Refulgent  Glowing; radiant 
Subliminal  Below the threshold of consciousness 
Testiness  Irritability; irascibility 
Vituperate  Attack bitterly 
Whittle  1. Carve with knife; 2. Reduce step by step 
Colander  Bowl with holes used to drain vegetables or etc. 
Cumbersome  Bulky; difficult to carry 
Dispatch  1. Send; 2. Speed; celerity 
Epistemology  Theory of knowledge 
Froward  Stubborn; wayward; disobedient 
Supine  Lying flat on one's back 
Throwback  Exhibiting primitive, or ancestral, traits 
Untoward  Unexpected 
Verisimilar  True to life; giving the appearance of reality 


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abjure  to renounce upon oath 
abrogate  to abolish by authoritative action 
abstemious  marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol 
acumen  keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters 
antebellum  existing before a war 
auspicious  affording a favorable auspice 
belie  to give a false impression of 
bellicose  favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars 
bowdlerize  to expurgate (as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar 
chicanery  deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry 
chromosome  any of the rod-shaped or threadlike DNA-containing structures of cellular organisms that are located in the nucleus of eukaryotes, are usually ring-shaped in prokaryotes (as bacteria), and contain all or most of the genes of the organism 
churlish  of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl 
circumlocution  the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea 
circumnavigate  to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water 
deciduous  falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle 
deleterious  harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way 
diffident  hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence 
enervate  lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor 
enfranchise  to set free (as from slavery) 
epiphany  January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ 
equinox  either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic 
euro  the basic unit of currency among membrers of the European Monetary Union 
evanescent  tending to vanish like vapor 
expurgate  to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous 
facetious  joking or jesting often inappropriately 
fatuous  complacently or inanely foolish 
feckless  generally incompetent and ineffectual 
fiduciary  one that holds a fiduciary relation or acts in a fiduciary capacity 
filibuster  an irregular military adventurer 
gamete  a mature male or female germ cell usually possessing a haploid chromosome set and capable of initiating formation of a new diploid individual by fusion with a gamete of the opposite sex 
gauche  lacking social experience or grace 
gerrymander  the act or method of gerrymandering 
hegemony  preponderant influence or authority over others 
hemoglobin an iron-containing respiratory pigment of vertebrate red blood cells that consists of a globin composed of four subunits each of which is linked to a heme molecule, that functions in oxygen transport to the tissues after conversion to oxygenated form in the gills or lungs, and that assists in carbon dioxide transport back to the gills or lungs after surrender of its oxygen 
homogeneous  of the same or a similar kind or nature 
hubris  exaggerated pride or self-confidence 
hypotenuse  the side of a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle 
impeach  to bring an accusation against 
incognito  with one's identity concealed 
incontrovertible  not open to question 
inculcate  to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions 
infrastructure  the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization) 
interpolate  to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter 
irony  a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning -- called also Socratic irony 
jejune  lacking nutritive value 
kinetic  of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith 
kowtow  an act of kowtowing 
laissez faire  a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights 
lexicon  a book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language and their definitions 
loquacious  full of excessive talk 
lugubrious  exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful 
metamorphosis  change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means 
mitosis  a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus -- compare MEIOSIS 
moiety  one of two equal parts 
nanotechnology  the art of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale especially to build microscopic devices (as robots) 
nihilism  a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless 
nomenclature  the act or process or an instance of naming 
nonsectarian  not having a sectarian character 
notarize  to acknowledge or attest as a notary public 
obsequious  marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness 
oligarchy  government by the few 
omnipotent  having virtually unlimited authority or influence 
orthography  the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage 
oxidize  to combine with oxygen 
parabola  a plane curve generated by a point moving so that its distance from a fixed point is equal to its distance from a fixed line 
paradigm  an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype 
parameter  an arbitrary constant whose value characterizes a member of a system (as a family of curves) 
pecuniary  consisting of or measured in money 
photosynthesis  synthesis of chemical compounds with the aid of radiant energy and especially light 
plagiarize  to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own 
plasma  a green faintly translucent quartz 
polymer  a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed b

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accentuate  to bring out the best in 
alliteration  repetiton of the same sounds 
analogy  comparing 2 things that are not alike 
antibody  a protein in blood or tissues that protect you against certain germs 
aspire  to have a great ambition 
bamboozle  to trick 
bizarre  very strange or odd 
boisterous  noisy, violent 
boycott  to refuse to use or buy from 
camouflage  a method of concealing or hiding military troops 
chronology  order of events. sequence of events. 
commemorate  to honor memory of 
cower  to crouch back in fear 
decorum  proper behavior or conduct 
deduction  to subtract. 
deign  to be willing to do something that one considers beneath one's dignity 
despondent  depression 
dialogue  conversation 
divulge  to reveal private information; to spread something (like a secret) 
eclectic  random. all over the place (like having all different types of music on an ipod) 
ellipse  Oval shaped. 
embargo  To refuse trade with a country 
enthusiastic  showing great excitment or interest 
exponent  math matic symbol for multipling a number by itself as many times the little number says (example: 34 , 25, 67) 
exult  to rejoice. 
fallacy  not true. false. lie. 
flourish  to do well. to grow and develop 
formidable  difficult to defeat 
gargoyle  a statue some people use to "scare bad sprits away" 
guerrilla  military force that is not a part of a regular army and operates in small bands 
guru  very talented at one thing. 
heritage  tradition. something passed down. 
hieroglyphic  picture writing. 
hologram  3d image. 
hypocrisy  The act of claiming to have a belief that one does not really have, like a hypocrite 
immune  protected from getting a disease. 
impertinent  rude 
inference  making a guess. hypothesis. 
introspection  quiet. thinks deeply to themselves. 
jaunty  stylish. 
jovial  jolly 
kilometer  1000 meters 
labyrinth  maze 
laconic  short answers 
lichen  fungi 
light-year  The astronomical measurement of the distance light travels in a year 
maneuver  move around 
marsupial  mammal with a pouch 
metaphor  things compaired without like or as 
mosaic  small pieces put to together to make a picture 
mutation  change in gene or chromosome 
nebula  cloud of gas or dust in space 
nocturnal  sleep in day, play at night 
nuisance  annoying 
omnivore  organism that eats plants and animals 
outrageous  exceeding all bounds of what is right 
ozone  poisonous gas layer 
parasite  organism that gets it nourishment from another 
participle  A verb used as a noun: Working women 
phloem  plant tissue that conducts food 
plateau  an elevated piece of land 
polygon  a flat close shape with 3 or more sides 
protagonist  main character in play 
pulverize  to pound, crush, or grind 
quandary  condition of uncertainty or doubt; confusion 
quarantine  isolation for a amount of time for an animal or person 
quota  a specified amount of something 
rain forest  evergreen trees with regular rainfall 
random  no pattern 
recede  to draw back from 
renaissance  The time period from the 14th or 16th century where there was a revival of the arts 
renegade  outlaw 
repose  peace, relax, calmness 
sacrifice  the act of giving up something valued 
silhouette  outline of body 
solstice  twice-yearly point at which the Sun reaches its greatest distance north or south of the equator 
spectrum  a band of colors(rainbow), broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities. Also a band of colors 
stereotype  a generalized belief about a group of people 
strategy  plan 
suffrage  the right to vote 
symbiosis  mutual helpfulness, specifically the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent 
tariff  a tax or duty imposed by the government 
technique  method, way of doing something 
tempo  beat of music 
toxin  a poisonous substance 
tranquility  peaceful, quiet, rest 
tumult  noisy loud, opposite of tranquility 
tundra  an extremely cold, dry biome 
ultraviolet  harmful rays from sun, one kind of electromagnetic radiation produced by the Sun. 
unanimous  everybody agrees 
undulate  to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form 
vaccine  shot that protects you from not getting something, a substance that stimulates the body to produce chemicals that destroy viruses or bacteria 
vacillate  to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will 
vertebrate  an animal that has a backbone 
virtuoso  a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit 
voracious  having a huge appetite, greedy, ravenous; excessively eager 
wretched  characterized by physical misery 
xylem  the vascular tissue through which water and nutrients move in some plants 
yacht  boat, an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing 
zoology  the branch of biology that studies animals 

y polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

precipitous  very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall 
quasar  any of a class of celestial objects that resemble stars but whose large redshift and apparent brightness imply extreme distance and huge energy output 
quotidian  occurring every day 
recapitulate  to restate briefly 
reciprocal  inversely related 
reparation  a repairing or keeping in repair 
respiration  the placing of air or dissolved gases in intimate contact with the circulating medium of a multicellular organism (as by breathing) 
sanguine  consisting of or relating to blood 
soliloquy  the act of talking to oneself 
subjugate  to bring under control and governance as a subject 
suffragist  one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women 
supercilious  coolly and patronizingly haughty 
tautology  needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word 
taxonomy  the study of the general principles of scientific classification 
tectonic  of or relating to tectonics 
tempestuous  of, relating to, or resembling a tempest 
thermodynamics  physics that deals with the mechanical action or relations of heat 
totalitarian  of or relating to centralized control by an autocratic leader or hierarchy 
unctuous  smooth and greasy in texture or appearance 
usurp  to seize and hold (as office, place, or powers) in possession by force or without right 
vacuous  emptied of or lacking content 
vehement  marked by forceful energy 
vortex  something that resembles a whirlpool 
winnow  to remove (as chaff) by a current of air 
wrought  to bring to pass 
xenophobe  one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin 
yeoman  an attendant or officer in a royal or noble household 


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aesthetic  concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste 
aggrandize  add details to or widen scope 
bombast  pompous or pretentious talk or writing, impresive but meaningless 
chaff  foil in thin strips; waste products, debris or husks 
deign  do something that one considers to be below one's dignity 
egregious  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible 
elicit  to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person) 
empirical  derived from experiment and observation rather than theory 
endemic  natural to or characteristic of specifice people; native 
flaccid  lacking firmness or stiffness 
flaunt  the act of displaying; to parade 
foment  to instigate or foster 
germane  closley or significantly related 
hallow  render holy by means of religious rites 
hermetic  completely sealed or airtight 
hospice  a lodging for travelers or ill 
mendacious  intentionally untrue 
meretricious  tastelessly showy or flashy, vulgar attractions 
obviate  prevent the occurrence of 
orifice  an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity 
orthography  a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols 
paleontology  the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains 
panache  grand or flamobyant manner 
paroxysm  a sudden uncontrollable attack; outburst suddenly 
perdition  where sinners suffer eternal punishment 
querulous  habitually complaining;grouchy 
ratiocinate  reason methodologically and logically 
recoil  a movement back from an impact; backward jerk of a gun 
saturnine  bitter or scornful 
shibboleth  a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people; slogan or catchword 

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isotopes  are atoms that have different numbers of neutrons but the same number of protons 
radioactivity  atoms with unsable nuclei disintergrate through forces that hold the nucleum together arent strong enough 
radiometric decay  the measure of radioactive decay 
number of energy levels  determined by placement of elements on the periodic table 
maximum number of electrons that outer shell can hold  8 
octet rule  8 maximum electrons outer shell can hold 
compounds  two or more elements that chemically combine in specific proportions 
most elements exist as ___________.  compound 
chemical bond forms when  the outer energy level doesn't contain the maximum number of electrons 
ionic bonds form because  gains or loss of electrons 
ionic bonds form between  positive and negative ions 
ionic bond compounds  are rigid solids with high melting points and boiling points 
ionic bonds as conductors  poor when solid, but good when melted 
covalent bonds  forms when atoms share electrons 
covalent bond melting and boiling points  low 
covalent bonds as conductors  poor 
metallic bonds  forms when electrons are shared by metal ions 
metallic bonds are malleable  easily shaped 
metallic bonds are ductile  thin without breaking 
metallic bonds as conductors  excellent 
rock  solid, mass of mineral-like matter than naturally occurs 
3 rock groups  igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic 
intrusive igneous rock  forms as magma hardens beneath the surface 
granite  intrusive igneous rock 
type of rock you only see because erosion strips away the overlapping rock  intrusive igneous rock 
extrusive igneous rock  forms from hardened lava on the surface 
rhyolite  extrusive igneous rock 
two ways to identify igneous rock  1. texture
2. composition 
texture  course-grained slow cooling; large crystals
fine-grained-lots of small interconnected gains
porphyritic-combination of fine and course grained, crystals form at different rates 
composition  granite-light colored-silicates (quartz and feldspar) major rock of continental drift
basaltic-dark silicate minerals and plagioclase feldspar
andestic-composition between granitic and basaltic 
matter  anything that has volume and mass 
volume  the amount of space an object occupies 
mass  a physical quanity expressing the amount of matter in a body 
weight  amount of force on an object due to gravity 
3 states of matter  solid, liquid, and gas 
Elements  substances that can't be broken down into simper substances by physical or chemical means 
atoms  make up elements 


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Despotic  Behaving like a tyrant 
Pedantic  Too concerned with the correct rules details 
Irascible  Easily moved to anger 
Insipid  Dull, unoriginal 
Mollify  To soothe 
Querulous  Whiny or complaining 
Relegate  To pass responsibility for something onto someone else 
Sycophant  someone who sickeningly flatters a superior 
Compliant  Easy agreeing or conforming 
Tractable  very easy to control 
Supercilious  Contemptuous and arrogant 
Stolid  Solemn, emotionless 
Clemency  An act of mercy or leniency 
Exonerate  To officially declare someone not guilty 
Infraction  An instance of breaking the law 
Corroborate  To back up someones story, to show that something is true 
Heresy  An opinion that contradicts established theory 
Misanthrope  Someone who hates people 
Bombastic  Long-winded and Pretentious, with the intent of impressing people 
Injunction  A command from someone in a position of authority 
Patronize  to talk down to someone 
Parochial  Concerned only with local issues, without regard to the wider world 
Contemptuous  Feeling or expressing a strong dislike or disrespect 
Insolent  Showing a lack of respect. 


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Weather  

The condition of the Earth's atmosphere over a certain period of time.

Temperature  

A measurement of how hot or cold the air is.

Humidity  

A measurement of moisture or water in the air.

Precipitation  

Water that falls to the ground from the sky.

Wind  

Air that is moving across the surface of the Earth.

Cirrus clouds  

Thin, wispy, feathery clouds made of ice crystals that form at the highest point in the sky.

Stratus clouds  

Dark gray or white clouds lower in the sky that bring some form of precipitation.

Cumulus clouds  

Puffy clouds that usually indicate fair weather.

Cumulonimbus clouds  

These clouds usually indicate thunderstorms or other severe weather conditions.

Thunderstorm  

A storm that produces lightning and thunder and often heavy rains and strong winds.

Tornado  

A column of air attached to a thunderstorm that reaches down to the ground and violently moves across the Earth's surface.

Lightning  

The flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere.

Hail  

Precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents.

Flash flood  

A sudden violent flood that occurs within a few hours or even minutes of a storm.

Water Cycle  

The continuous movement of water between Earth's surface and the air, changing from liquid to gas to liquid.

Condensation  

The process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state.

Evaporation  

The process by which water changes from liquid form to an atmospheric gas.

Transpiration  

Evaporation of water from a plant's leaves.

Hurricane  

Giant whirling storms accompained by destructive winds of 74 to 200 mph torrential rains, and high waves and tides.

Water Vapor  

Water that occurs in the air as an invisible gas.

Meteorologist  

A specialist who studies processes in the earth's atmosphere that cause weather conditions.

Air Mass  

A huge body of air that has similar temperature, humidity, and air pressure at any given height.

Barometric Pressure  

The pressure due to the weight of the atmosphere also called air pressure or atmospheric pressure. It decreased with increasing altitude.

Front  

The atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses.

Weather Map  

Shows the weather in a specific area at a specific time.

Isobar  

Lines joining places on the map that have the same air pressure.

Isotherm  

Line drawn on a weather map that connects points having equal temperature.

Predict  

To say what will happen in the future, often using reason or experience.


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auxiliary  adj. additional, supplementary 
comprehensive  adj. covering completely, having broad scope 
disburse  verb. to distribute something or pay out 
gregarious  adj. seeking and enjoying the company of others 
imminent  adj. about to happen 
jeopardy  noun. the threat or possibility of danger 
languish  verb. to become weak or feeble; to lose strength 
lucid  adj. easily understood; clear 
surmise  verb. imagine to be the case or true or probable 
tangent  noun. going off the main subject 
throng  noun. a large number of people gathered together; a crowd 
warranted  verb. justified; authorized; 
Shocked, in disbelief, amazed. 
Comprehensive  Covering completely, having broad scope 
Disclose  provide information, reveal. 
Heed  Notice, pay attention to 
Impede  to get in the way, to hinder 
Jeopardy  threat or possibly of danger 
Keen  sharp, penetrating. 
Thrifty  Careful about managing money 
Vent  to express, usually with frustration 
Warranted  Justified, authorized 
Wilt  droop or sag 
Wince  Flinch, cringe 
Zephyr  gentle breeze, west wind. 


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Hangar  storage area (like a garage) for planes. 
Plagiarism  taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas. 
Renown  fame 
Cower  recoil in fear; shrink away from. 
Labyrinth  a maze 
Credible  believable 
Nuzzle  cuddle; snuggle 
Tardy  slow; late; overdue; delayed 
Blatant  obvious 
Hasten  hurry; accelerate; rush 
Plausible  can be believed; reasonable 
Reprieve  take a rest or a break 
Abstain  to go without or withdraw 


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Abhor  to hate 
Bigot  narrow-minded, prejudiced person 
Noxious  harmful; poisonous; lethal 
Abrasive  rough; coarse; harsh 
Engender  to cause, to produce, to create 
Abasement  humiliation; degradation 
Harangue  a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture 
Tangible  capable of being touched; real, concrete 
Abrogate  cancel; deny; repeal 
Blasphemy  speech which offends religious ideas 
Plethora  an abundance, excess 
Lackluster  dull; monotonous; bland 
Plummet  fall suddenly and steeply 

Counterfeit fake, false

Hamper  hinder, obstruct 
Covert  hidden, undercover 
Enhance  improve, make better or clearer 
Plaintiff  petitioner (in court of law) 
Reprehensible  shameful, very bad 
Laceration  a cut 
Enshroud  cover 
Enunciate  clear pronunciation, articulation 
Cringe  flinch, shy away 
Plumage  feathers of a bird 
Podium  raised platform 
Resonant  echoing 








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spear; spike; javelin.



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Lance  spear; spike; javelin. 
Obscure  difficult to understand; partially hidden. 
Respite  a break, intermission. 
Acrophobia  fear of heights. 
Poised  calm, collected, confident. 
Therapeutic  tending to cure or restore to health. 
Brawny  muscular, strong. 
Obsession  a strong concern, an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone 
Obsolete  no longer valid or useful. 
Decoy  lure; trap; trick. 
Advocate  support; to speak in favor of. 
Lax  careless; not strict or stressed. 
Hypochondriac  a person obsessed with health, having imaginary illnesses. 


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cynical  believing that people act only out of selfish motives 
adamant  stubborn, inflexible, unwilling to change one's mind. 
decathlon  an athletic contest consisting of ten different events 
hieroglyphics  a system of writing using symbols or pictures 
larceny  the act of taking something from someone unlawfully 
retain  hold within, remembering information to use later. 
hinder  obstruct, make difficult. 
erratic  not regular or consistent 
retraction  withdrawal, cancellation of a statement 
lavish  much more than enough, extravagant 
legend  a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events; or key or map 
affable  friendly; social; easygoing 
rigorous  thorough; complete 

Olfactory concerned with the sense of smell

Tranquil  peaceful, calm 
Evacuate  move out of an unsafe location into safety 
Idiosyncrasy  a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual 
Transcribe  copy; rewrite 
Alleviate  provide physical relief, as from pain, to make more bearable 
Deplete  use up; lessen 
Livid  very angry 
Cauldron  huge cooking pot 
Opaque  does not let light through 
Trinket  something of little value; knick-knack 
Longevity  long life 
Trivial  unimportant 








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Ambiguous

unclear in meaning, not sure, can be interpreted in different ways



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Ambiguous  unclear in meaning, not sure, can be interpreted in different ways 
Exemplary  outstandingly good; setting a fine example 
Impartial  unbiased; neutral; could go either way 
Precinct  district of a city, as in police or fire 
Lethargic  tired; without energy 
Robust  strong; tough, usually with dealing with the senses (smell,taste) 
Deliberate  to think over deeply 
Alibi  an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene 
Ogle  stare at; observe in an obvious manner 
Byline  the line that tells you who wrote an article 
Saccharin  falsely sweet, sweetner 
Illuminate  light up 
Trepidation  fear 


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cantankerous  bad-tempered; quarrelsome 
derogatory  insulting or intended to insult 
ornate  elaborately or highly decorated 
truant  absent without permission 
impoverished  poor, in a state of poverty; depleted 
lukewarm  moderately warm 
predicament  difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma 
deteriorate  to make or become worse 
devoured  ate greedily 
spacious  having lots of room, or space 
cartographer  a person who makes maps 
predecessor  someone or something that came before another 
incarcerated  to put in prison 


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Dexterity  skill in using the hands. 
Irrelevant  not to the point, not applicable or pertinent 
Presumptuous  assuming too much; arrogant, over confident, over stepping bounds. 
Annex  a building which is an addition to an existing building. 
Unprecedented  happening for the first time; novel; never seen before 
Digress  to go off the subject in a conversation. 
Unscathed  unharmed; not hurt; without a scratch 
Antagonize  to annoy or provoke to anger 
Procrastinate  to delay, put off until later 
Indigenous  native to a certain area (plants or animals) 
Dilemma  a difficult or perplexing situation or problem 
Parasite  an organism that feeds on another living creature, without killing it 
Diligent  hard-working 

disapproving thinking something or someone is wrong

intellectual  smart; a person who uses the mind creatively. 
seminary  school for educating priests 
deliberately  on purpose, intentionally 
mallet  a wooden hammer. 
hysterical  wildly excited or very funny. 
novice  beginner; or someone new to doing something 
parched  extremely dry or very thirsty 
serene  calm, peaceful 
feasible  Possible, able to be done 
profanity  swearing, cursing 
serrated  jagged; saw-like 

Marsupial pouched mammal (like a kangaroo)

Skeptical  inclined to doubt; slow to accept something as true 
Distinguish  To tell apart; to cause to stand out, mark as different 
Unpredictable  not able to be known in advance 
Appease  to calm; to make satisfied (often only temporarily) 
Finesse  Delicate skill 
Inevitable  an unavoidable event 
Apprehensive  uneasy or fearful about something that might happen 
Smorgasbord  a collection containing a variety of sorts of things, a Swedish buffet of cold dishes, a wide variety 
Discrepancy  a difference; a lack of agreement 
Meander  to wander about 
Skirmish  minor or small fight 




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Antique

any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity



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Antique  any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity 
Chronicler  person who records historical information 
Relentless  never stopping, continuous; unstoppable 
Flagrant  clearly wrong, clearly offensive or bad; conspicuously acting against what is right 
Meager  of poor quality or small amount 
Discriminate  treat differently on the basis of sex or race or ability. 
Clamor  Loud noise or shouting 
Flaunt  to show off 
Infamous  famous for something bad 
Patron  a regular customer 
Archaic  so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period, ancient 
Inference  a conclusion one can draw from the presented details 

Archives collections of old records; place of storage of old documents

Cliche  an overused saying or idea 
Flustered  Nervous and confused; worked up, not calm 
Articulate  speak, pronounce, or utter in a clear manner. 
Protocol  code of correct conduct; rules 
Sparse  thinly spread or distributed; not dense or crowded; meager 
Merge  join or combine; to become one 
Speckled  covered with small dots or spots 
Sporadic  happening occasionally; not regularly 
Divert  to change the direction of; turn aside 
Mysterious  very hard to explain or understand 
Vertigo  an illness of dizziness 


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Appreciation  showing that one recognizes the value of a person or thing, being thankful for what you have or what you have been given. 
Atrophy  to waste away from lack of use, get smaller and weaker. 
Reputation  what others think about the character and behavior of someone 
Quaint  charming and old-fashioned 
Qualifications  Requirements to be able to get a job, including education and work experience 
Opportunity  a time that is right for doing something 
Misrepresentation  Telling the facts in an inaccurate way, information given in a way that gives the wrong idea or misleads 
Compliant  willing to do what someone else wants; obedient; doing what you are told to do. 
Quarantine  isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease 
Vital  necessary or essential to life; very important to something. 
Garble  to mix up or confuse so as to make unclear 
Momentous  an event that is greatly important or significant to a person 

efficiency apartment an apartment without a separate kitchen

landlord  a person who owns an apartment or house 
lease  a written legal agreement between the landlord and the person renting a room, apartment, or house 
superintendent  a person who runs an apartment building for the landlord 
take-home pay  the amount of money earned on a job minus such things as taxes and health insurance 
utilities  expenses that include gas, electricity, and telephone 

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luxurious  rich and superior in quality, a lot of luxury 
elegant  refined and dignified in appearance or behavior or style 
trifle  not important, having very little value 
deckle  (paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets 
warped  twisted or bent out of shape 
cuisine  style of cooking 
spasms  an involuntary and abnormal muscular contraction 
hassock  thick cushion used as a seat 
nape  the back side of the neck 
amputation  a surgical removal of all or part of a limb 
avert  turn away or aside 
rational  consistent with or based on or using reason 
confidential  entrusted with private information and the confidence of another 
putrid  in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor 
vigil  (n.) a watch, especially at night; any period of watchful attention 
industrialist  someone who owns or controls an industry 
pyrotechnic  suggestive of fireworks 
meager  small in amount 
executor  person designated to execute the terms of a will when someone dies 
beneficiary  one who receives benefits or things when a person dies 


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protean  changeable 
nemesis  enemy 
saturine  gloomy 
tawdry  showy 
bellicious  aggressive 
bilious  bad tempered 
captious  critical 
complaisment  agreeable 
contrite  regretful 
hierarchy  ranking 

divisible able to be divided by a whole number with no remainder

prime number  A whole number greater than one that has only 1 and itself as factors 
composite number  A number that is not prime number 
simplest form  A fraction in which the only common factor of the numerator and denominator is 1 
greatest common divisor  the largest factor that two or more numbers or terms have in common 
common factor  A number that will divide each of two or more numbers with no remainer 
greatest common factor  the largest factor of two or more numbers or terms 
distributive property  numbers within parentheses that can be multiplied by the same factor 
least common multiple  the smallest number divisible by all numbers in a group 
prime fatorization  An expression showing a composite number as a product of its prime fators 
scientific notation  A number written as the product of a number between 1 and 10 and a power of 10 
federalism  A political system in which states give certain powers to a central authority and hold onto limited powers of self-government EX: Kentucky and other states give the power of national defense to the U.S. government, but the states still maintain governments that oversee public education 
free enterprise  An economic system based on private ownership, individual initiative, profit and competition 
free trade  A market model in which trade of goods and services flows unhindered by government restrictions 
genocide  Deliberate, systematic killing of a national, racial, political, or cultural group 
globalization  Increasing connectedness of economics and ways of life around the world 
growth  Increase in the value of goods and services produced by an economy 
homeland security  Federal department that administers matters relating to safety within the country's borders 
humanism  A system of thought that centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth 
humanitarian  Related to the well-being of humans EX: working to end poverty is a humanitarian effort 
imperialism  Countries taking political and economic control of other countries, especially non-industrialized nations and colonies 
industrial capitalism  Economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and operated according to industrial standards (assembly line, specialization of labor); this system created great wealth for the owners during the Progressive Movement 
interaction  Activity or communication between different people or groups, with each having an effect on the other 
interdependence  Depending upon one another EX: countries can be interdependent; technology and economics can be interdependent 
investment  Spending money on something in hope of a future profit or benefit 
isolationism  A policy of refusing to become generally involved in world affairs 
labor movement  The development of unions of working people to campaign in their own interest for better treatment 
labor union  Association of wage earners joined together for the purpose of maintaining or improving conditions of employment 
libel  A false and malicious published statement that damages somebody's reputation 
liberties  Freedoms 
limited government Government that is limited by a written Constitution adopted by the people as their basic law-- never changing in its meaning, except subject to change by the people only by amendments at any time and to any extent they may see fit. All governments in America are thus limited by written constitutions--by the United States Constitution as the "supreme Law of the Land" and, as to each State government, by that States' Constitution. 
majority rule  A majority in a community decides policy for the whole community; this is balanced by the protection of minority rights in the U.S. 
mandates  Requirements EX: anti-trust legislation and tariff policy are government economic mandates 
market economic system  The private-sector businesses and consumers decide what they will produce and purchase with little government intervention 
mechanized farming  Farming which uses machines to accomplish the work EX: using a tractor or threshing machine 
mental map  The mental image a person has of an area including knowledge of features and spatial relationships 


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altercation  an angry argument that may or may not include physical violence 
attain  to arrive at or reach; to gain by effort 
contrite  sorry about having done something wrong; regretful 
decrepit  broken down or worn out by age, illness, or use 
entreaty  a strong request; a plea 
grueling  physically or mentally demanding 
hanker  to have a strong desire or wish 
inadvertent  due to carelessness or a failure to pay attention; not intentional 
laud  to praise, especially to praise highly 
misgiving  a feeling of doubt or worry 
obscure  not clear or distinct; not famous or well-known; attracting little notice; to conceal from view; to hide 
placate  to ease someone's or something's anger; to calm 
rambunctious  very lively; wild; disorderly 
tremor  a slight shaking movement; trembling 
woebegone  looking sad or mournful 

capsize Verb

Overturn ; upset 
When Sam's canoe capsized, I swam over to help him turn it right side up. 
contend  Verb 
Compete ; vie ; take part in a contest ; fight ; struggle 
Every Spring some baseball writers try to predict which two teams will contend in the next World Series. 
contentious  Adjective 
quarrelsome ; belligerent 
decease  Noun 
Death ; demise 
Shortly after President Kennedy's decease , Vice President Johnson was sworn in as the new chief executive. 
din  Noun 
Loud Noise ; uproar ; clamor ; racket
I couldn't hear what you were saying because the plane passing overhead made such a din. 
distinguish  Verb 
tell apart ; differentiate ; recognize 
The twins are so alike that it is hard to distinguish one from the other. 
divulge  Verb 
make known ; reveal ; disclose 
Yesterday our teacher read us a composition with out divulging the name of the writer. 
drought  Noun
long period of dry weather ; lack of rain ; dryness
While some regions are suffering from drought , others are experiencing heavy rains and floods. 
famish  Verb 
Starve ; suffer from extreme hunger ; make extremely hungry 
The missing hikers were famished when we found them ; they had not eaten for more than twelve hours. 
illuminate  Verb 
light up ; lighten ; brighten 
The bright morning sun illuminated the room there was no need for the lights to be on. 
inaudible  Adjective 
incapable of being heard ; not audible 
The only part of your answer I could hear was the first word ; the rest was inaudible. 
incense  Verb 
make extremely angry ; enrage ; madden ; infuriate 
Some of the members were so incensed by the way Tamar opened the meeting that they walked right out. 
inundate  Verb 
flood; swamp ; deluge 
The rainstorm inundated a number of streets in low-lying areas. 
jeopardy  Noun 
danger ; peril 
If you arrive late for a job interview , your chances of being hired will be in serious jeopardy. 
jeopardize  Verb 
endanger ; imperil 
magnify  Verb 
Cause to be or look larger ; enlarge ; amplify ; exaggerate 
The bacteria shown in your textbook have been greatly magnified ; their actual size is considerably smaller. 
municipal  Adjective 
of a city or town 
Your mother works for the city ? How Interesting ! My father is also a municipal employee. 
puncture  Verb 
make a hole with a pointed object ; pierce ; perforate 
Our neighbor swept a nail off his curb , and later it punctured one of his tires. 
rummage  Verb 
Search thoroughly by turning over all the contents ; ransack 
Someone must have rummaged my desk ; everything in it is in disorder. 
simultaneously  Adverb 
At the same time ; concurrently ; together 
The twins began school simultaneously , but they did not graduate at the same time. 
subsequently  Adverb 
Later ; afterward ; next
When I first saw that dress it was 10 Euros ; subsequently it was reduced to 5 euros ; now it is 3 euros. 
survive  Verb 
live longer than ; outlive ; outlast 
traverse  Verb 
Pass across, over or through ; cross 
The Trans- Siberian Railroad , completed in 1905 , traverses the Asian continent. 
velocity  Noun 
speed ; swiftness ; celerity ; rapidity 
Do you know that light travels at a velocity of 186,000 miles a second ? 
aggressor  Noun 
Person or nation that initiates hostilities or makes an unprovoked attack ;assailant ; invader
In World War 2, Japan was the aggressor, its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor started the conflict in the Pacific. 
aggression  Noun 
Unprovoked attack ; assault ; invasion 
altitude  Noun 
Height ; elevation ; high position ; eminence 
Mount Washington which rises to an altitude of 6, 288 feet, is the highest peak in the White Mountains. 
calamity  Noun 
Great Misfortune ; catastrophe ; disaster 
The assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were national calamities. 
calamitous  Adjective 
Disastrous ; catastrophic 
congregate  Verb 
Come together into a crowd ; assemble ; gather 
Some homeowner near the school do not like students t congregate on their property. 
convene  Verb 
Meet in a group for a specific purpose 
The board of directors will convene next Tuesday to elect a new corporation president. 
convention  Noun 
treaty ; agreement 
cordiality  Noun 
friendliness ; warmth of regard ; amiability
Pam's parents greeted me with cordiality and made me feel like an old friend of the family. 
cordial  Adjective 
warm and friendly ; gracious ; hearty 
crony  Noun 
close companion ; intimate friend ; chum ; associate 
Some students socialize only with their cronies and rarely try to make new friends. 
deliberately Adverb 
In a carefully thought out manner ; purposely ; intentionally 
in an unhurried manner ; slowly 
We deliberately kept Glenda off the planning committee because we didn't want her to know that the party was to be in her honor. 
The chief measured out the ingredients deliberately, wanting the amounts to be precise. 
dispense  Verb 
deal out ; distribute ; do without ; get along without ; forgo 
Some charitable organizations dispense food to the needy. 
When our club has a guest speaker, we dispense with the reading of the minutes to save time. 
dubious  Adjective 
doubtful ; uncertain ; questionable 
There is no doubt about my feeling better , but it is dubious that I can be back at school by tommorow. 
extremity  Noun 
Very end ; utmost limit ; border 
Key West is at the southern extremity of Florida. 
forecast  Verb 
Predict ; foretell ; prophesy ; prognosticate 
The price of oranges have gone up again , as you forecasted. 
hibernate  Verb 
Spend the winter in a dormant or inactive state , as some animals do.
When animals hibernate, their heart rate drops sharply and their body temperature decreases. 
host  Noun 
Large Number ; multitude ; throng ; crowd ; flock 
The merchant had expected a host of customers but only a few appeared. 
person who receives or entertains a guest or guest's at home or elsewhere 
Dad treats his guests with the utmost cordiality ; he is an excellent host. 
intimidate  Verb 
Frighten ; influence by fear ; cow; owerawe ; coerce 
A few spectators were intimated by the lion's roar, but most were not frightened. 
preface  Noun 
Introduction ( to a book or speech ) ; foreword ; prologue preamble ; exordium
Begin by reading the preface, it will help you to get the most of the rest of the book. 
preface  Verb 
introduce or begin with a preface ; usher in ; precede
Usually I get right into my speech , but this time I prefaced it with an amusing anecdote. 
recoil  Verb 
draw back because of fear or disgust; shrink ; wince ; flinch 
Marie recoiled at the thought of singing in the amateur show, but she went through with it because she had promised to participate. 
reflection  Noun 
thought, especially careful thought ; cogitation ; deliberation 
When a question is complicated, don't give the first answer that comes to your mind. Take time for reflection. 
relinquish  Verb 
give up ; abandon ; let go ; release ; surrender ;cede
When an elderly man entered the crowded bus, one of the students relinquished her seat to him. 
tolerate  Verb 
endure ; bear ; put up with ; accept ; permit 
Very young children will cry when rebuked; they cannot tolerate criticism. 
tolerable  Adjective 
bearable ; endurable 
cache  Noun 
hiding place to store something. 
After confessing, the robber led detectives to a cache of stolen gems in the basement. 
commend  Verb 


praise ; mention favorably ; compliment 


The volunteers were commended for their heroic efforts to save lives. 
commendable  Adjective 


praiseworthy ; laudable 
cur  Noun 


worthless dog 


Lassie is a kind and intelligent animal. Please don't refer to her as a cur. 
despotic  Adjective 


characteristic of a despot ( a monarch having absolute power) ; domineering ; dictatorial ; tyrannical ; autocratic 


The American colonists revolted against the despotic rule of George III. 
despotism  Noun 
tyranny ; dictatorship 
dispute  Verb 
argue about ; debate ; declare not true ; call into question ; oppose ; challenge 
Charlie disputed my solution until I showed him definite proof that I was right. 
disputatious  Adjective 
argumentative ; contentious 
edifice  Noun
Building ; especially a large or impressive building
The huge edifice under construction near the Airport will be a hotel. 
era  Noun 
Historical period ; period of time ; age ; epoch 
The atomic era began with the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945. 
initiate  Verb 
Begin ; introduce ; originate ; inaugurate ; put through the ceremony of becoming a member ; admit ; induct 
The Pilgrims initiated the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving Day. 
Next Friday our club is going to initiate three new members. 
initiation  Noun 
Induction ; Installation 
Jolly Roger  Noun 
Pirates Flag ; black flag with white skull and crossbones 
The Jolly Roger flying from the mast of the approaching ship indicated that it was a pirate ship. 
multitude  Noun 
Very large number of people or things ; crowd ; throng ; horde ; swarm 
There was such a multitude outside the store waiting for the sale to begin that we decided to return later. 
multitudinous  Adjective 
Many ; numerous 
perceive  Verb 
become aware of through the senses ; see ; note ; observe ; behold ; understand 
When the lights went out, I couldn't see a thing , but gradually I was able to perceive the outlines of the large pieces of furniture. 
perception  Noun 
Idea ; conception 
portal  Noun 
( usually plural ) door ; entrance ; especially, a grand or impressive one ; gate 
The original doors at the main entrance have been replaced by bronze portals. 
reserved  Adjective 
Restrained in speech or action ; reticent ; uncommunicative ; tight- lipped ; taciturn ; unsociable ; aloof ; withdrawn 
Mark was reserved at first but became much more communicative when he got to know us better. 
restrain  Verb 
Hold Back ; check ; curb ; repress ; keep under control 
Mildred could not restrain her impulse to open the package immediately , even though it read , " DO NOT OPEN " . 
retract  Verb 
Draw back ; with draw ; take back ; unsay 
You can depend on Frank. Once he has given his promisde , he will not retract it. 
spine  Noun 
Chain of small bones down the middle of the back ; backbone 
The ribs are curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the upper part of the body. 
spineless  Adjective 
Having no backbone ; weak ; indecisive ; cowardly 
stroll  Noun 
Idle and leisurely walk ; ramble
It was a war spring afternoon, and many people were out for a stroll. 
timorous  Adjective 
Full of fear ; afraid ; timid 
I admit I was timorous when I began my speech, but as I went along. I felt less and less afraid. 
tuition  Noun 
payment for instruction 
When I go to college, i will probably work each summer to help pay the tuition. 
version  Noun 
Account or description from one point of view ; interpretation ; translation 
Now that we have Vera's description of the accident , let us listen to your version. 
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO was written in French, but you can read it in the English version as well. 
adjourn  Verb 
Definition-: 
Close a meeting ; suspend the business of a meeting ; disband ; recess 
Sentence-: 
When we visited Washington D.C., Congress was not in session;it had adjourned for the Thanksgiving weekend. 
astute  Adjective 
Definition-: 
Shrewd ; wise , perspicacious ; sagacious 
Crafty ; cunning ; sly ; willy 
Sentence-: 
An astute Greek tricked the Trojans into opening the gate of Troy. 
Marie was the only one to solve the riddle ; she is a very astute thinker. 
cencure  Noun
Definition-: 
Act of blaming ; expression of disapproval ; hostile criticism ; reprimand 
Sentence-:
All was about to reach for a third slice of cake but was stopped by a look of censure in Mother's eyes. 
demolish  Verb 
Definition-: 
Tear down ; destroy ; raze ; smash ; wreck 
Sentence-: 
It took several days for the wrecking crew to demolish the old building. 
demolition  Noun 
Definition-: 
Destruction 
discharge  Verb 
Definition-:
unload ; dismiss ; fire 
Sentence-:
After discharging its cargo, the ship wlll go into dry dock fir repairs. 
One employee was discharged. 
dissent  Verb 
Definition-: 
Differ in opinion ; disagree ; object 
Sentence-: 
There was nearly complete agreement on Al's proposal. Enid and Alice were the only ones who dissented. 
dissension  Noun 
Definition-: 
discord ; conflict ; strife 
equitable  Adjective 
Definition-: 
fair to all concerned ; just ; impartial ; objective ; unbiased
Sentence-: 
The only equitable way for the three to share the $600 profit is for each to receiver $200. 
inequitable  Noun 
Definition-: 
unfair ; unjust 
exonerate  Verb 
Definition-: 
Free from blame ; clear from accusation ; acquit ; absolve 
Sentence-: 
The other driver exonerated Isabel of any responsibility for the accident. 
extemporaneous  Adjective 
Definition-: 
composed or spoken without preparation ; offhand ; impromptu ; improvised 
Sentence-: 
It was obvious that the speaker's talk was memorized , though she tried to make it seem extemporaneous. 
extricate  Verb 
Definition-:
free from difficulties ; disentangle ; disencumber ; release 
Sentence-:
If you let your assignments pile up , you may get into a situation from which you will not be able to extricate yourself. 
forfeit  Verb 
Definition-:
lose or have to give up as a penalty for some error ; neglect , or fault ; sacrifice 
Sentence-: 
One customer gave a $150 deposit on an order of slipcovers. When they were delivered, she decided she didn't want them. Of-course she forfeited her deposit. 
illegible  Adjective 
Definition-: 
not able to read ; very hard to read ; not legible ; undecipherable
Sentence-: 
It is fortunate that Miguel uses a computer to do his reports because his handwriting is illegible. 
legible  Adjective 
Definition-: 
Easy to read ; readable 
inadvertently  Adverb 
Definition-: 
not done on purpose ; unintentionally ; thoughtlessly ; accidentally ; carelessly 
Sentence-: 
I finally found my glasses on the windowsill. I must have left them there inadvertently. 
inappropriate  Adjective 
Definition-: 
not fitting ; unsuitable ; unbecoming ; not appropriate ; improper 
Sentence
Since I was the one who nominated Bruce. It would be inappropriate for me to vote for another candidate. 
appropriate  Adjective 
Definition-: 
fitting ; proper 
lucrative  Adjective 
Definition-: 
moneymaking; profitable ; advantageous ; remunerative 
Sentence-: 
This year's school dance was not so lucrative ; we made only $500 instead of $10000289. 
permanent  Adjective 
Definition-: 
Lasting ; enduring ; intended to last ; stable 
Sentence-: 
Write top me at my temporary address, the Gateway Hotel. As soon as I find and apartment, I shall notify you of my permanent address. 
prohibit  Verb 
Definition-: 
Forbid ; ban ; enjoin ; interdict 
Sentence-: 
The library regulations prohibit the borrowing of reference books. 
prohibition  Noun 
Definition-: 
ban ; taboo ; interdiction 
punctual  Adjective 
Definition-: 
on time ; prompt ; timely 
Sentence-: 
Be punctual. If you are late, we shall have to depart without you. 
punctuality  Noun 
Definition-: 
Promptness 
rebuke  Verb 
Definition-:
express disapproval of ; criticize sharply ; censure severely ; reprimand ; reprove 
Sentence-:
Our coach rebuked the two players who were late for practice , but he praised the rest of the team for their punctuality. 
transient  Adjective 
Definition-:
not lasting ; passing soon ; fleeting ; short lived ; momentary ; ephemeral ; transitory
Sentence-: 
It rained all day upstate , but down here we had only a transient shower; it was over in minutes. 
transient  Noun 
Definition-: 
Guest staying for only a short time 
Sentence-: 
The hotel's customers are mainly transients ; only a few are permanent guests. 
civilian  Noun 
Definition-: 
Person who is not a member of the military , or police , or firefighting forces. 
Sentence-:
Eight of the passengers were soldiers and one was a marine; the rest were civilians. 
complicated  Adjective 
Definition-: 
Hard to understand ; elaborate; complex ; intricate 
Sentence-: 
If some of the requirements for graduation seem complicated, ask your guidance counselor to explain them to you. 
concur  Verb 
Definition-:
Agree ; coincide ; be of the same opinion 
Sentence-:
The rules of the game require you to accept the umpire's decision, even if you do not concur with it. 
confirm  Verb 
Definition-: 
State or prove the truth of ; substantiate ; verify
Sentence-: 
My physician thought I had broken my wrist, and an X-ray later confirmed his opinion. 
confirmation  Noun 
Definition-: 
Proof ; evidence ; verification 
digress  Verb 
Definition -: 
Turn aside ; get off the main topic ; deviate 
Sentence-:
At one point, the speaker digressed to tell of an incident in her childhood, but then she got right back to the topic. 
fragile  Adjective 
Definition-: 
easily broken; breakable; weak; frail
Sentence-:
The handle is fragile; it will easily break if you use too much pressure. 
galore  Adjective 
Definition-:
aplenty; in abundance; plentiful; abundant
Sentence-:
There were no cabs on the side streets, but on the main street there were cabs galore. 
genuine  Adjective
Definition-:
actually being what it is claimed or seems to be; true; real; authentic
Sentence-: 
The oil painting looked genuine, but it proved to be a copy of the original. 
hostile  Adjective 
Definition-: 
of or relating to an enemy or enemies; unfriendly; inimical
Sentence-: 
In the heart of battle, allies are sometimes mistaken for hostile forces. 
impatient  Adjective 
Definition-: 
not patient; not willing to bear delay; fretful; anxious
Sentence-: 
Five minutes can seem like five hours when you are impatient. 
inter  Verb 
Definition-: 
put into the earth; bury; entomb
Sentence-:
Many American heroes are interred in Arlington National Cemetery. 
interment  Noun 
Definition-: 
burial; entombment ; sepulture 
mitigate  Verb 
Definition-: 
make less severe; lessen; alleviate; soften; relieve
Sentence-:
With the help of Novocaine, your dentist can greatly mitigate the pain of drilling. 
Novice  Noun 
Definition-: 
one who is new to a field or activity; beginner; apprentice; neophyte; tyro
Sentence-: 
There are two slopes: one for experienced skiers, and one for novices. 
original  Noun 
Definition-: 
work created firsthand from which copies are made; prototype; archetype
Sentence-: 
This is a copy of Thanksgiving Turkey by Grandma Moses. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. 
original  Adjective 
Definition-:
; Belonging to the beginning ; first ; earliest ; initial ; primary
; inventive ; creative 
Sentence-:
Miles Standish was one of the original colonists of Massachusetts ; he came over on the " Mayflower." 
originality  Noun 
Definition-:
Freshness, Novelty , inventiveness 
rarity  Noun 
Definition-: 
something uncommon , infrequent , or rare
Sentence-: 
Rain in the Sahara Desert is a rarity. 
resume  Verb 
Definition-: 
begin again , re take ; reoccupy
Sentence-: 
School closes for the Christmas recess on December 24 and resumes on January 3. 
Please resume your seats. 
shrink  Verb 
Definition-:
Draw back ; recoil ; wince ; become smaller ; contract 
Sentence-:
Wendy shrank from the task of telling her parents about the car accident, but she finally got the courage and told them. 
sober Adjective
Definition-:
not drunk ; not intoxicated ; earnest ; serious ; free from excitement or exaggeration
Sentence
Someone who has been drinking should not drive, even if he or she feels sober. 
When he learned of his failure, George thought of quitting school. But after sober consideration , he realized that would be unwise. 
suffice  Verb 
Definition-: 
Be enough , adequate, or sufficient ; serve ; do
Sentence-:
I had thought that $60 would suffice for my school supplies. As it turned out, it was not enough. 
vacant  Adjective 
Definition-: 
Empty ; unoccupied; tenantless ;not being used
Sentence-:
I had to stand for the first half of the performance because I could not find a vacant seat. 
vacancy  Noun 
Definition-: 
unfilled position ; unoccupied apartment or room 

A Tempo Return to the Original Tempo

Accelerando  A symbol used in musical notation indicating to gradually quicken tempo. 
Adagio  A tempo having slow movement; restful at ease. 
Allegro  A direction to play lively and fast. 
Alto  A low female voice 
Andante  In a moderately slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than allegretto but faster than adagio 
A Tonal  Music that is written and performed without regard to any specific key. 
Baroque  Time in music history ranging from the middle of the 16th to the middle of the 17th centuries. Characterized by emotional, flowery music; written in strict form. 
Bass  A low male voice 
Bass Cleff  A symbol indicating that the fourth line from the bottom of a staff represents the pitch of F below middle C. Also called F clef. 
Beat  The unit of musical rhythm. 
Cadence  A sequence of chords that brings an end to a phrase, either in the middle or the end of a composition. 
Cadenza  Initially an improvised cadence by a soloist; later becoming an elaborate and written out passage in an aria or concerto, featuring the skills of an instrumentalist or vocalist. 
Canon  A musical form where the melody or tune is imitated by individual parts at regular intervals. The individual parts may enter at different measures and pitches. The tune may also be played at different speeds, backwards, or inverted. 
Cantabile  A style of singing which is characterized by the easy and flowing tone of the composition. 
Cantata  Music written for chorus and orchestra. Most often religious in nature. 
Carol  A song or hymn celebrating Christmas. 
Chamber music  Written for 2 to 10 solo parts featuring one instrument to a part. Each part bears the same importance. 
Chant  Singing in unison, texts in a free rhythm. Similar to the rhythm of speech. 
Choir  Group of singers in a chorus. 
Chorale  A hymn sung by the choir and congregation often in unison. 
Chord  3 or 4 notes played simultaneously in harmony. 
Chord progression  A string of chords played in succession. 
Chromatic scale  Includes all twelve notes of an octave. 
Classical  The period of music history which dates from the mid 1700's to mid 1800's. The music was spare and emotionally reserved, especially when compared to Romantic and Boroque music. 
Clavier  The keyboard of a stringed instrument. 
Clef  In sheet music, a symbol at the beginning of the staff defining the pitch of the notes found in that particular staff. 
Coda  Closing section of a movement. 
Concert master  The first violin in an orchestra. 
Concerto  A composition written for a solo instrument. The soloist plays the melody while the orchestra plays the accompaniment. 
Conductor  One who directs a group of performers. The conductor indicates the tempo, phrasing, dynamics, and style by gestures and facial expressions. 
Consonance  Groups of tones that are harmonious when sounded together as in a chord. 

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Weather  

The condition of the Earth's atmosphere over a certain period of time.

Temperature  

A measurement of how hot or cold the air is.

Humidity  

A measurement of moisture or water in the air.

Precipitation  

Water that falls to the ground from the sky.

Wind  

Air that is moving across the surface of the Earth.

Cirrus clouds  

Thin, wispy, feathery clouds made of ice crystals that form at the highest point in the sky.

Stratus clouds  

Dark gray or white clouds lower in the sky that bring some form of precipitation.

Cumulus clouds  

Puffy clouds that usually indicate fair weather.

Cumulonimbus clouds  

These clouds usually indicate thunderstorms or other severe weather conditions.

Thunderstorm  

A storm that produces lightning and thunder and often heavy rains and strong winds.

Tornado  

A column of air attached to a thunderstorm that reaches down to the ground and violently moves across the Earth's surface.

Lightning  

The flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere.

Hail  

Precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents.

Flash flood  

A sudden violent flood that occurs within a few hours or even minutes of a storm.

Water Cycle  

The continuous movement of water between Earth's surface and the air, changing from liquid to gas to liquid.

Condensation  

The process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state.

Evaporation  

The process by which water changes from liquid form to an atmospheric gas.

Transpiration  

Evaporation of water from a plant's leaves.

Hurricane  

Giant whirling storms accompained by destructive winds of 74 to 200 mph torrential rains, and high waves and tides.

Water Vapor  

Water that occurs in the air as an invisible gas.

Meteorologist  

A specialist who studies processes in the earth's atmosphere that cause weather conditions.

Air Mass  

A huge body of air that has similar temperature, humidity, and air pressure at any given height.

Barometric Pressure  

The pressure due to the weight of the atmosphere also called air pressure or atmospheric pressure. It decreased with increasing altitude.

Front  

The atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses.

Weather Map  

Shows the weather in a specific area at a specific time.

Isobar  

Lines joining places on the map that have the same air pressure.

Isotherm  

Line drawn on a weather map that connects points having equal temperature.

Predict  

To say what will happen in the future, often using reason or experience.


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Heresy  un unacceptable opinion or belief 
Spurious  counterfeit 
Anomaly  irregularity 
Dissent  protest or disagree 
Fervid  enthusiastic or intense 
Innocuous  innocent or harmless 
Surfeit  an excess 
Deleterious  harmfull or bad 
Prudent  cautious or wise 
Strident  harsh or shrill 
Attenuate  weaken or decrease 
Ostensible  pretended or outward 
Propagate  multiply or produce 
Ferment  agitation or turmoil 
Arbiter  a judge 
Efficacy  power to produce an effect 
Incumbent  morally required; one holding an office 
Idiom: Give the cold shoulder  snub or ignore someone 
Idiom: Without rhyme or reason  
emancipate  give equal rights to 
emancipate  to free from slavery; to release or liberate 
manacle  handcuff 
mandate  authorization to act
command, order, injunction 
manipulate  1. operate w/hands. maneuever 2. manage unethically to serve a fraudulent propose 
manual  1 adj relating to or done w/hands
2 N handbook 
manuscript  N. document written by hand or typewritten 
append  v. attach, add as a supplement 
appendix  N matter added to the end of a book or document 
impending  adj. threatening to occur soon 
pendant  N hanging ornament 
pending  adj. waiting to be settled, not yet decided 
suspend  v. to hang by attaching to something 
suspense  n. condition of being left hanging or in doubt, anxiety 
suspend  v to stop temporarily, to hold up or make inoperative 
pend (Latin root)  hang 
pens (Latin root)  hang 
man (Latin root)  hand 
manu (Latin root)  hand 


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myopic  unable to see distant objects clearly 
deteriorate  grow worse 
wizen  lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness 
cuspid  one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars 
lest  for fear that 
contemptible  deserving of contempt or scorn 
mirth  great merriment 
dictate  say out loud for the purpose of recording 
muster  compulsory military service, call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc. 
chide  censure severely or angrily 
assailant  someone who attacks 
compulsion  using force to cause something 
swashbuckle  to engage in daring and romantic adventures with ostentatious bravado or flamboyance 
maw  informal terms for the mouth 
loathe  to hate 
sentience  the readiness to perceive sensations 
trite  repeated too often 
indulge  yield (to), enjoy to excess 
precedent  an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time 
deter  
Science  Systematic Study 
Hippocrates  Father of Medicine 
Psychology  Science, deals with behavior and thinking 
consciousness  individual awareness, thoughts in present 
subconscious  existing w/o awareness, mind 
Psychoanalysis  diagnosing and treating mental problems, Freud 
theory  thought out idea 
id  total selfishness 
super ego  what you should and shouldn't do 
ego  what you think you are 
rationalization  looking to positive side, pretending you don't want something you really do, sour grapes 
regression  retreat to comfortable time 
identification  commonality 
projection  blaming weaknesses 
psychic determination  determined by other events 
displacement function  taking emotions on bad target 
free association  subject relates what comes in his mind, let mind wander 
para praxis  saying what you are thinking, but did not want to say, slips of tongue 
behavior  activities that can be observed 
thinking  reorganizing past experiences 
repression  forget, too painful, holding something down 
denial  believing it does not exist 
Freud  Jewish Psychologist know for Psychoanalysis 
Pavlov  Russian Psychologist 
sleep  state of rest 
insomnia  problems falling asleep 
sleep terrors  high arousal terror, nightmares 
sleep apnea  stop breathing at night 
sleep walking  unconscious movement 
narcolepsy  uncontrollable sleeping 
bruxism  teeth grinding 
enuresis  bed wetting 
myoclonus  body jerking 
EEG  measure of brain waves 
biological rhythms  cycles of sleep according to day and night 
circadian rhythms  sleep control 
melatonin  hormone, causes sleepiness 
hypnosis  boredom into answers 
post hypnotic suggestion  leave the patient with ideas 


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accentuate  to bring out the best in 
alliteration  repetiton of the same sounds 
analogy  comparing 2 things that are not alike 
antibody  a protein in blood or tissues that protect you against certain germs 
aspire  to have a great ambition 
bamboozle  to trick 
bizarre  very strange or odd 
boisterous  noisy, violent 
boycott  to refuse to use or buy from 
camouflage  a method of concealing or hiding military troops 
chronology  order of events. sequence of events. 
commemorate  to honor memory of 
cower  to crouch back in fear 
decorum  proper behavior or conduct 
deduction  to subtract. 
deign  to be willing to do something that one considers beneath one's dignity 
despondent  depression 
dialogue  conversation 
divulge  to reveal private information; to spread something (like a secret) 
eclectic  random. all over the place (like having all different types of music on an ipod) 
ellipse  Oval shaped. 
embargo  To refuse trade with a country 
enthusiastic  showing great excitment or interest 
exponent  math matic symbol for multipling a number by itself as many times the little number says (example: 34 , 25, 67) 
exult  to rejoice. 
fallacy  not true. false. lie. 
flourish  to do well. to grow and develop 
formidable  difficult to defeat 
gargoyle  a statue some people use to "scare bad sprits away" 
guerrilla  military force that is not a part of a regular army and operates in small bands 
guru  very talented at one thing. 
heritage  tradition. something passed down. 
hieroglyphic  picture writing. 
hologram  3d image. 
hypocrisy  The act of claiming to have a belief that one does not really have, like a hypocrite 
immune  protected from getting a disease. 
impertinent  rude 
inference  making a guess. hypothesis. 
introspection  quiet. thinks deeply to themselves. 
jaunty  stylish. 
jovial  jolly 
kilometer  1000 meters 
labyrinth  maze 
laconic  short answers 
lichen  fungi 
light-year  The astronomical measurement of the distance light travels in a year 
maneuver  move around 
marsupial  mammal with a pouch 
metaphor  things compaired without like or as 
mosaic  small pieces put to together to make a picture 
mutation  change in gene or chromosome 
nebula  cloud of gas or dust in space 
nocturnal  sleep in day, play at night 
nuisance  annoying 
omnivore  organism that eats plants and animals 
outrageous  exceeding all bounds of what is right 
ozone  poisonous gas layer 
parasite  organism that gets it nourishment from another 
participle  A verb used as a noun: Working women 
phloem  plant tissue that conducts food 
plateau  an elevated piece of land 
polygon  a flat close shape with 3 or more sides 
protagonist  main character in play 
pulverize  to pound, crush, or grind 
quandary  condition of uncertainty or doubt; confusion 
quarantine  isolation for a amount of time for an animal or person 
quota  a specified amount of something 
rain forest  evergreen trees with regular rainfall 
random  no pattern 
recede  to draw back from 
renaissance  The time period from the 14th or 16th century where there was a revival of the arts 
renegade  outlaw 
repose  peace, relax, calmness 
sacrifice  the act of giving up something valued 
silhouette  outline of body 
solstice  twice-yearly point at which the Sun reaches its greatest distance north or south of the equator 
spectrum  a band of colors(rainbow), broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities. Also a band of colors 
stereotype  a generalized belief about a group of people 
strategy  plan 
suffrage  the right to vote 
symbiosis  mutual helpfulness, specifically the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent 
tariff  a tax or duty imposed by the government 
technique  method, way of doing something 
tempo  beat of music 
toxin  a poisonous substance 
tranquility  peaceful, quiet, rest 
tumult  noisy loud, opposite of tranquility 
tundra  an extremely cold, dry biome 
ultraviolet  harmful rays from sun, one kind of electromagnetic radiation produced by the Sun. 
unanimous  everybody agrees 
undulate  to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form 
vaccine  shot that protects you from not getting something, a substance that stimulates the body to produce chemicals that destroy viruses or bacteria 
vacillate  to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will 
vertebrate  an animal that has a backbone 
virtuoso  a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit 
voracious  having a huge appetite, greedy, ravenous; excessively eager 
wretched  characterized by physical misery 
xylem  the vascular tissue through which water and nutrients move in some plants 
yacht  boat, an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing 
zoology  the branch of biology that studies animals 

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9 Edges  Number of edges in a triangular prism 
9 Faces  Number of faces in a octagonal pyramid 
10 Vertices  Number of vertices in a pentagonal prism 
Acute Angle  An angle whose measurement is 0<x<90 
Circle  A closed figure where points are equidistant from a center 
Complementary Angles  Two angles whose sum is 90 degrees 
Dodecahedron  A polyhedron with 12 pentagonal faces 
Dodecahedron  Platonic solid representing the universe,spirit 
F+V-E=2  Euler's rule for polyhedra 
Faces  Greek hedron means 
Hexagon  A six-sided polygon 
Hexahedron  A polyhedron with six square faces 
Hexahedron  Platonic solid representing earth 
Icoashedron  Platonic solid representing water 
Icosahedron  A polyhedron with 12 pentagonal faces 
Knee  Greek gon means 
Many  Greek poly means 
Nonagon  A nine sided polygon 
Octahedron  Platonic solid representing air 
Octahedron  A polyhedron with eight triangular faces 
Parellel Lines  Lines which never meet 
Pentagon  A five sided polygon 
Perpendicular lines  Lines which meet to form a right angle 
Platonic Solids  The five polyhedra where the faces are regular polygons 
Prism  A polyhedron with two parallel polygon faces and rectangular lateral faces 
Pyramid  A polyhedron with a polygon face and triangular lateral faces 
Rectangles  Quadrilaterals with four right angles 
Rhombus  Parallelograms with all sides equal 
Right Angle  An angle whose measurement is 90 degrees 
Square  Quadrilaterals with four right angles and four equal sides 
Supplementary Angles  Two angles whose sum equals 180 
Tetrahedron  Platonic solid representing fire 
Tetrahedron  A polyhedron with 4 equilateral triangle faces 
Transversal  A line which intersects two or more lines 
Trapezium  A quadrilateral with no parallel sides 
Trapezoid  A quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides 
Vertex  The point where two rays meet to form the angle 

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blanco  white 
gris  gray 
negro  black 
rojo  red 
anaranjado  orange 
amarillo  yellow 
verde  green 
azul  blue 
morado  purple 
rosado  pink 
marrón  brown 
dorado  gold 
plateado  silver 
bronceado  bronze 
tostado  tan 
claro  light 
oscuro  dark 
vivo  bright 
brillante  brilliant 
vibrante  vibrant 
azul claro  light blue 
azul oscuro  dark blue 
azul marino  navy blue 
azul vivo  bright blue 
azul brillante  brilliant blue 
azul vibrante  vibrant blue 
rojo claro  light red 
rojo oscuro  dark red 
rojo vivo  bright red 
rojo brillante  brilliant red 
rojo vibrante  vibrant red 
verde claro  light green 
verde oscuro  dark green 
verde vivo  bright green 
verde brillante  brilliant green 
verde vibrante  vibrant green 
rojizo  reddish 
amarillento  yellowish 
verdoso  greenish 
color de cereza  cherry colored 
cobrizo  copper 
morado lila  lavender 
color de límon  lemon 
aceitunado  olive 
color de rosa  rose colored 
color de orín  rust colored 
granate  scarlet 
amarillo rojizo  reddish yellow 
verde amarillento  yellowish green 
blanco amarillento  yellowish white 
azul verdoso  greenish blue 
azul rojizo  reddish blue 
anaranjado rojizo  reddish orange 
marrón rojizo  reddish brown 
morado rojizo  reddish purple 
azul amarillento  yellowish blue 
rojo amarillento  yellowish red 
rosado amarillento  yellowish pink 
marron amarillento  yellowish brown 
anaranjado amarillento  
absolute value  the value of a number when the sign is not considered the distance on the number line between the number 0 
acute angle  an angle with a measure of less than 90 
adjacent angles  angles that share a common side and a common vertex 
area  the space within a closed plane figure measued in square units 
binomial  an algebaic experssion with two terms 
circle  the set of all points in a plane that are equidistant from a center point 
circumference  the distance around a circle 
coefficient  the number in front of a term 
complementary angles  two angles with a sum of 90 
composite numbers  a number that can be divided evenly by more than itself and one 
cube 1  a six sided solid with all six faces being equal sized squares 
cube 2  the result when a number is multiplied by itself twice 
cube root  a number that when raised to the third power will yield a second given number 
denominator  the bottom term of a faction 
diameter  a line segment extending from one side of a circle to he opposite throught the center point 
difference  the result of subtraction 
domain  the set of all x value for a function 
equilateral triangle  a triangle with all three sides equal and all three angles being 60 
evaluate  to determine the value of an expression 
exponent  used to indicate the operation of repeated multipilication 
factor  an interger that divided into another intrger equally 
function  ordred pairs (x,y) with exacty one y-value 
hypotenuse  the side opposite the right angle of a right triangle 
improper fraction  a fractions where the numerator is larger than the denominator 
intergers  the set of numbers divisible by one without producing a remainder 
irrational number  any number that cannot be expressed as a fraction 
isosceles triangle  a triangle with two equal sides and equal opposite angle 
least common denominator  the smallest natual number that can be divided evenly by all denominators in the equation 
legs  in a right triangle the two sides that are not the hypotenuse 
mean  the sum of all items divided by the number of items 
median  in a set of numbers aranged in order the middle value or the mean of the two middle values 
mixed number .  a term that has both a whole number part and a fractional part 
mode  the most commony occurring valuein a set of value 
monomial  an algebracia expession with only one term 
natural numbers  the set of postive integer starting with 1 
numerator  the top term of a faction 
obtuse angle  an angle with a measure between 90 and 180 
origin  the intersection between the x and y axes of a coordinate graph 
parallel lines  lines that never intersect regardless of how far they are exteneded 
parallelogram  a four sided closed figure with opposite sides that are parallel and of equal length 
percentage  a fraction with a denominator of 100 
percentage  the total distance around the outside of a polygon 
perpendicular line  the line that intersect at a 90 angle 
polygon  a multi sided closed plane figure 
polynomial  an algebaic expession with two or more terms 
power  used to indicate repeated multiplication 
prime numbers  numbers that are evenly divisible only by themselves and one 
product  the result of multiplication 
proper fraction  a fraction where the denominator is larger than the number 
quadrants  the four sections of a coordinate graph 
quadrilateral  a four sided closed plan figure 
quotient  the result of divison 
radius  a line segment extending from the center of a circle to any point on the circle 
range 1  the difference between the largest and smallest numbers in a set 
range 2  the set of all y-value for a function 
rational number  any number that can be expressed as a fraction 
real number  the set of rational and irrational number 
rectangle  a four sided plane closed figue with opposite sides equal and 90 angle 
right triange  a triangle with a 90 angle 
root  a number that when raised to a certain power will yield a second given number 
scientific notation  a number written as the product of a real number between 1and 10 and a power of 10 
set  a group of number element objects etc 
square 1  the result when a number is multiplied by iself 
square 2  a four sides plane closed figure with all four sided equal and 90 angles 
square root  a number that when raised to the second power will yield a second given number 
sum  the result of addition 
supplementary angles  two angles with a sum of 180 
term  an expression either numerical or literal 
triangle  a three sided closed plane figure 
variable  a symbol that is used to stand for a number 
vertex  a point at which two rays or sides of a polygon meet to form an angles 
volume  the space inside a solid measured in cubic units 
whole number  the set of postive integers including zero 
x axis  the horizontal axis of a coordinate graph 
y axis  


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primate with a backbone,nurse their young,aposable thumbs, and stand nearly erect carnivore eat meat chordata means are vertebrae .5 amphibian and reptile. clod blooded invertebrate 2 warm blooded. birds and mammals class type of fish are jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fish aristotle first man to classify organisms. he grouped them by how they moved: walked, swam, or flew john ray classified plants and animals by their internal organs bionomial nomenclature system that linnaeus used that means two names domain has archaea,eucharea , and bacteria plantae multicellular, autotrophs like trees, roses, and grass anamalia multicellular, heterotrophs, like monkeys, kangaroo, fly, and sea coral protista unicellular, has nulcleus, like seaweed, slime molds, protozoans and amoeba fungi hetreootrophs, multicellular except yeast which is unicellular examples mold, mildew, yeast, mushrooms monera made of all bacteria,3 domains are archea, bacteria, and eucharea bacteria yougurt ,infections, blue cheese, strep throat archaea prefix means ancient, bacteria couldn't survive hot springs ro cold places dichotomous key a guide used to identify unknown organisms autotroph ability to make their own food heterotrophs inability to make their own food unicellular one celled organism multicellular many cells monotremes egg laying and most primitive like platypus marsupials pouched, born partially developed like a kangaroo, hedgehog, etc. placentals born fully developed smallest mammal, primitive teeth, small brain ,insect eating chiroptera flying mammals, bad sight,hind legs, good hearing, nocturnal like a bat. edentata toothless, small brain, has claws, poorly developed teeth like an armadillo, sloth and tree dwelling anteater. rodentia rodent like, has two incisors (buck teeth), jaw moves up and down, largest order. Ex. mice, squirrels, beavers, guinea pigs, gerbil, hamster. lagomorpha gnawing, four incisors, jaw moves side to side. Ex. rabbits, pikas, hares. cetacea/sirenia water dwelling, torpedo shaped bod, flippers, young swim at birth. Ex. dolphis, whales. proboscidea trunk nosed, largest land mammal. Ex. elephant. Carnivora flesh eating/meat eating, canine teeth, strong jaws, smart, good senses, land dwelling. Ex. cats, dogs, raccoons, hyenas. water dwelling ex. seals, outer, walrus. perissodactyla odd hoofed, one hoof on each foot. Ex. horse, zebra, rhino, taper. artiodactyla even hoofed, split in their hoof, tallest mammal. Ex. okapi, cow, sheep, girafe, camel. primates tree dwelling, opposable thumbs, five digits, smartest, stands on two legs only order. Ex. humans, monkeys, lemurs, apes, orangutan. linnaeus classified organisms by their similarities and differences 25 terms





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Density  is the matter amount packed in a given space 
Qualitative  descriptive observations like shape, texture, smell, color, and sounds 
Quantitative  countable, measurable, and numerical 
Thermometer  instrument to measure temperature 
Gram  basic unit to measure mass 
Volume  Amount of space that an object takes up 
Meniscus  Curved surface of water in a glass graduated cylinder. Read volume at the bottom of the meniscus 
Metric Ruler  an instrument to measure length 
Triple beam balance  an instrument to measure mass 
Meter  basic unit to measure length 
Length  is the distance from one point to another 
Degrees Celsius  basic unit to measure temperature 
Density  mass divided by volume 
Milli (m)  means .001 or one thousandth 
Centi (c)  means .01 or one hundredth 
Liter  basic unit to measure volume 
graduated cylinder  is a instrument to measure volume 
mass  is the matter that makes up an object 
1 kg  2.2 pounds 
1 Liter  1 quart 
100 degrees Celsius  212 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water 
37 degrees Celsius  98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, normal body temperature 
22 degrees Celsius  70 degrees Fahrenheit, normal room temperature 
0 degrees Celsius  32 degrees Fahrenheit, freezes water 
1 pound  454 grams 

Sexual Harassment Any unwanted remark behavior or touch that has sexual content

Hazing  Harassing new comers to a group in an abusive and humiliating way 
Vitamins  A class of nutrients that contain carbon and that are needed in small amounts to maintain health and allow you to grow 
Coping  Dealing with problems and troubles in an effective way 
Tar  A sticky black substance in tobacco smoke that coats the inside of the airways and that contains many carcinogens 
Nutrition  The science or study of good and the ways in which the body uses food 
Violence  Physical force that is used to harm people or damage property 
Codependent  a condition in which a family member or friend sacrifices his or her own needs to meet the needs of an addict 
Date rape  Sexual intercourse that is forced on a victim by someone the victim knows 
Minerals  A class of nutrients that are chemical elements that are needed for certain body processes such as enzyme activity and bone formation 
Collaborate  To work together with one or more people 
B.A.C.  The amount of alcohol in a person blood, expressed as a percentage 
Intoxication  The physical and mental changes produced by drinking alcohol 
Life skill  A tool for building a healthy life 
Consequences  A result of ones actions and decisions 
Vegetarian  Dietary pattern that includes few or no animal products 
Risk factor  Anything that increases the likely hood of injury, diseases, or other health problems 
Tolerance  The ability to overlook differences and to accept people for who they are 
Bullying  Scaring or controlling anther person by using threats or force 
Aggressive  Hostile and unfriendly in the way one handles oneself 
Carcinogens  any chemical or agent that causes cancer 
Binge drinking  The act of drinking 5 or more drinks in one sitting 
Resource  Something that you can use to help achieve a goal 
Health  Is the state of well-being in which all components of health are in balance 
Proteins  A class of energy-giving nutrients that are made-up of amino acids which are needed to build and repair body structures and regulate processes in the body 
Emphysema  A respiratory disease in which air cannot move in and our of alveoli because they break down and lose their elasticity 
Carbohydrates  a class of energy giving nutrients and include sugars, starches,and fibers 
Sedentary  a, not taking part in physical activity on a regular basis 
Wellness  The achievement of a person's best in all 6 components of health 
Abuse  Physical or emotional harm to someone 
Enabling  Helping an addict avoid the negative consequences 
Depression  Sadness and hopelessness that keeps a person from carrying out every day activities 
Main-stream smoke  Smoke that is inhaled through a cigarette and them exhaled by a cigarette smoker 
Media  All public forms of communications such as TV,radio,newspaper,the internet,and advertisements 
Side-stream smoke  Smoke that escapes from the tip of a cigarette,cigar,or pipe 
Peer Pressure  A feeling that you should do something because that is what your friends want 
Goal  Something that you work toward and hope to achieve 
Alcoholism  a disease that causes a person to lose control of his or her drinking behavior 
Self-Esteem  A measure of how one values, respects, and feels confident about oneself 
Alcohol  The drug in wine,beer,and liquor that causes intoxication 
Passive  Not offering opposition wen challenged or pressured 
Symptom  A change that a person notices in his or her body or mind and is caused by a disease or illness 
Assertive  Direct and respectful in the way one expresses oneself 
Advocate  To speak up or argue in favor of something 
Action Plan  A set of directions that will help you reach your goal 
Cirrhosis  A deadly disease that replaces healthy liver tissue with scar tissue 
Integrity  The characteristic of doing what one knows is right 
Fats  A class of energy giving nutrients , also the main form of energy storage in the body 
Neglect  The failure of a caretaker to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, or love 
Value  A strong belief or idea 
Consumer  A person who buys products or services 
Nicotine  The highly addictive drug that is found in all tobacco products 
menopause  the cessation of menstruation, occurring gradually around age 50 
erogenous zone  A part of the body that excites sexual feelings when touched or stimulated. 
vasocongestion  the accumulation of blood in tissues and organs 
myotonia  tonic muscle spasm or muscular rigidity 
orgasm  the discharge of accumulated sexual tension with characteristic genital and bodily manifestations and a subjective sensation of intense pleasure 
semen  the viscid, whitish fluid produced in the male reproductive organs, containing spermatozoa 
sexual dysfunction  a disturbance in sexual desire, performance, or satisfaction 
erectile dysfunction  the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse 
premature ejaculation  involuntary orgasm before or shortly after the penis enters the vagina or anus; ejaculation that takes place sooner than desired 
retarded ejaculation  the inability to ejaculate when one wishes to during intercourse 
orgasmic dysfunction  the inability to experience orgasm 
masturbation  self-stimulation for the purpose of sexual arousal and orgasm 
gender identity  a person's personal, internal sense of maleness or femaleness 
nocturnal emissions  orgasm and ejaculation (wet dream) during sleep 
androgyny  the state of being neither overtly male nor overtly female 
bisexual  a person sexually responsive to both sexes; ambisexual 
homophobia  unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality 
celibacy  continuous abstention from sexual activity 
autoeroticism  behavior aimed at sexual self-stimulation 
erotic fantasy  sexually arousing thoughts and daydreams 
foreplay  kissing, touching, and any form of oral or genital contact that stimulates people toward intercourse 
cunnilings  oral stimulation of the female genitals 
fellatio  oral stimulation of the penis 
sexual intercourse  sexual relations involving genital union; also called coitus, and also known as making love 
sexual coercion  the use of physical or psychological force or intimidation to make a person submit to sexual demands 
pornography  the explicit or obscene depiction of sexual activities in pictures, writings, or other materials 
cybersex  erotic interaction between people who are not in physical contact, conducted over a network such as the internet; also called virtual sex 
prostitution  the exchange of sexual services for money 
birth control  the practice of managing fertility and preventing unwanted pregnancies 
conception  the fusion of ovum and sperm, resulting in a fertilized egg, or zygote 
contraception  the prevention of conception through the use of a device, substance, or method 
contraceptive  any agent or method that can prevent conception 
sexually transmitted disease (STD)  any of several contagious diseases contracted through intimate sexual contact 
barrier method  a contraceptive that acts as a physical barrier, blocking the sperm from uniting with the egg 
hormonal method  a contraceptive that alters the biochemistry of a woman's body, preventing ovulation and making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg if ovulation does occur 
natural method  an approach to contraception that does not use drugs or devices; requires avoiding intercourse during the period of the woman's menstrual cycle when an egg is most likely to be present at the site of conception and the risk of pregnancy is greatest 
surgical method  sterilization of a male or female, to permanently prevent the transport of sperm or eggs to the site of conception 
contraceptive failure rate  the percentage of women using a particular contraceptive method who experience an unintended pregnancy in the first year of use 
continuation rate  the percentage of people who continue to use a particular contraceptive after a specified period of time 
oral contraceptive (OC)  hormone compounds (made of estrogen and progestins) in pill form that prevent conception by preventing ovulation; also called the birth control pill or "the pill" 
fertility  the ability to reproduce 
Pap test  a scraping of cells from the cervix for examination under a microscope to detect cancer 
emergency contraception  a birth control method used after unprotected sexual intercourse has occurred 
abortifacient  an agent or substance that induces abortion 
intrauterine device (IUD)  a device inserted into the uterus as a contraceptive 
male condom  a thin sheath that covers the penis during sexual intercourse; used for contraception and to prevent STD's 
ejaculation  an abrupt discharge of semen from the penis after sexual stimulation 
spermicide  a chemical agent that kills sperm 
diaphragm  a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible, dome-shaped cup that covers the cervix and prevents sperm from entering the uterus 
toxic shock syndrome (TSS)  a bacterial disease usually associated with tampon use; symptoms include fever, rash, nausea, headache, dizziness, confusion, fainting, sore throat, cough, and abdominal pain 


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advocacy  taking a stand 
abstinence  not doing high risk activity's 
anxiety  a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune 
anxiety disorder  a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is happening alot 
caring  feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others 
citizenship  the status of a citizen with rights and duties 
depression  a emotion that is a constant state of hopelessness 
emotions  a response of the whole organism, involving (1) physiological arousal, (2) expressive behaviors, and (3) conscious experience 
fairness  conformity with rules or standards not picking favorites 
hormones  Chemical messengers, mostly those manufactured by the endocrine glands, that are produced in one tissue and affect another. 
influence  a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc 
mood-disorder  a disorder in which a person undergoes changes in mood that seem inappropriate or extreme 
reinforce  make stronger 
respect  how you feel about a certain person 
responsibility  the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force 
role-model  someone whose success or behavior serves as an example for others 
self-concept  A sense of one's identity and personal worth 
self-esteem  one's feelings of high or low self-worth 
resilience  an occurrence of rebounding or springing back 
stress  (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense 
suicide  a person who kills himself intentionally 
trustworthiness  the trait of deserving trust and confidence 


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Alcohol Poisoning  dangerous toxic condition that occurs when a person drinks a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time 
Alcoholism  a physical and physiological dependence on the drug ethanol 
Binge Drinking  periodic excessive drinking 
Carbon Monoxide  colorless, odorless, poisonous gas in cigarette smoke 
Carcinogens  cancer causing substances 
Cirrhosis  a condition in which liver tissue is destroyed and then replaced with useless scar tissue 
Depressants  drugs that tend to slow down the central nervous system 
Designer Drug  synthetic substances meant to imitate the effects of narcotics and hallucinogens 
Ethanol  the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages 
Fatty Liver  a condition in which fats hold up the liver and cannot be broken 
Fermentation  the chemical action of yeast on sugars 
Gateway Drugs  drugs that often lead to other serious and dangerous drug use 
Hallucinogens  drugs that alter moods, thoughts, and sense perceptions 
Hashish  the dark brown resin collected from the tops of the cannabis plant 
Illicit Drug Use  the use or sale of any substances that are illegal or other wise not permitted 
Inhalants  substances with breathable fumes that are sniffed and inhaled to give a hallucinogenic or mind-altering high 
Intoxication  physical and mental impairment resulting from the use of alcohol and can range from an inability to walk to unconsciousness 
Leukoplakia  thickened, white, leathery-appearing spots on the inside of a smokeless tobacco user's mouth that can develop mouth cancer 
Look-Alike Drugs  drugs made so as to physically resemble illegal drugs 
Mainstream Smoke  the smoke that a smoker blows off 
Narcotics  drugs derived from the opium plant that have a sedative effect 
Nicotine  the addictive drug in cigarettes 
Nicotine Withdrawal  the process that occurs when nicotine is no longer used 
Passive Smoke  a cigarette inhaled by non-smokers as well as smoke that remains in a closed environment after the smoker 
Psychoactive Drugs  chemicals that affect the central nervous system and interfere with the normal functional of the brain 
Sidestream Smoke  the smoke that comes from burning tobacco 
Smokeless Tobacco  tobacco that is sniffed through the nose or chewed 
Stimulant  a drug that increases the action of the central nervous system, the heart, and other organs 
Stimulants  drugs that speed up the central nervous system 
Synthetic Drugs  chemical substances produced artificially in a laboratory 
Tar  a thick, sticky, dark fluid produced when tobacco burns 


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Buon Fresco  true fresco; an ancient wallpainting technique in which very finely ground pigments suspended in water are applied to a damp lime plastered surface. 
relief process  the printmaker cuts away all the parts of the printing surface not meant to carry the ink 
registered  when more than one color is used, individually inked blocks--- one for each color--- are carefully _________ (lined uP) to ensure that colors will be exactly placed in the final print. 
relief print  section of the diamond sutra 
intaglio  ____printing is the opposite of relief: areas below the surface hold the ink 
etching  the process of making an _________ begins with the preparation of a metal plate with a ground 
ground  a protective coating of acid-resistant material that covers the copper or zinc 
aquatint  is an etchig process used to obtain shaded areas in black-and-white or color prints 
lithography  is a surface or planographic printing process based on the mutual antipathy of oil and water. 
screenprinting  modern_____________ is a refinement of teh ancient and relatively simple technique of stencil printing. 
squeegee  rubber edged tool 
camera obscura  firerunner of the modern camera was the ______ ________, literally "dark room" 
julia cameron  pioneered the use of close-ups and carefully controlled lighting to enhance the images of her subjects 
Alfred Stieglitz  photography was almost always straight--- that is produced with no manipultaion of the negative. 
Cartier Bresson  good photography is a matter of capturing the decisive moment 
Rayographs  man ray made innovative photgraphs which he called_________, bu placing objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight. 
Photographic essay  Margaret bourke white introduced the concept of the _____________ _________ 
photo essay  is a collection of photographs on a single subject arranged to tell a story or convey a mood in a way not possible with a single photograph. 
close up  shows only the actors face 
longshot  the camera photographs from a distance to emphasize large groups of people or panoramic setting. 
montage  introduced by griffin in 1916 is the editing technique of combining a number of very breif shots representing distinct but related subject matter, in order to create new relationships, build strong emotions, or indicate the passage of time. 
graphic design.  the process of working with words and pictures to create solutions to problems of visual communication 
logo  an identifying mark or trademark, based primarily on letter forms 
symbol  an identifying mark based on pictorial sources. 
typography  the art and technique of composing printed materials from letter forms(typefaces or fonts) 
poster  a consice visual announcement that provides info through the integrated design of typographic and pictorial imagery. 
sony  was invented near the time of the release of the tr-610, in order to facilitate global sales 
freestanding or in-the-round  sculpture meant to be seen from all sides 
low relief/bas relief  a sculpture, the projection from the surrounding surface is slight 
relief  a sculpture that is not free-standing but projects from a background surface (money) 
high relief  a sculpture, more than half of the natural circumference of the modeled form projects from the surrounding surface, and figures are often substantially undercut ( corporate wars wall of influence) 
modeling  a manipulative and often additive process 
subtractive process  carving away unwanted material to forma sculpture 
modeling carving and casting  for most of the recorded history, the major sculpting techniques in the western world were what? 
constructions  early in the 20th century assembling methods became popular and the works are called what? 
assemblage  an artistic process in which three dimensional artistic compositions are made from putting together found objects. 
kinetic sculpture  sculpture that moves 
installation artist  transforms a space by bringing into it items of symbolic significance. 
firing  clay hardens into a permanent shape when exposed to heat which is called what? 
ceramist  a person that works with clay 
potter  one who specializes making dishes 
earthenware  typically fired at a relatively low temperature 
stoneware  fired at a higher temperature 
porcelain  made from the deposits of decomposed granite, it becomes white and translucent after firing at a typically high temperature 
throwing  shaping clay on a rapidly revolving wheel 
kiln  kind of oven where ceramic pieces are made and decorated 
peter voulkos  in the mid-1950s, __________ brought ceramic tradition together with modern art expression 
fiber art  includes such processes as weaving, stitching, basket making, surface design, wearable art, and handmade papermaking 
Gees Bend quilters  create their work with only a minimum of advanced planning and this leads their work to look spontaneos and exuberant. 
architecture  is a frequently overlooked and misunderstood art form bc it is generally considered a necessity rather than an expressive statement 
Function, form, and structure  Architects address and integrate 3 key issues: ________( how a building is used) ________(how it looks) ___________( how it stands up) 
Post-and-Beam construction  vertical posts or columns support horizontal beams and carry the weight of the entire structure to the ground. 
Colonnade  a row of columns spanned or connected by beams 
vault  a curving ceiling or roof surface, traditionally made of bricks or blocks of stone tightly fitted to form a unified shell. 
arcade  a series of such arches supported by columns 
dome  a hemispherical vault built up froma circular or polygonal base 
pendentives  carry the enormous weight from the circular base of the upper dome downward to a square formed by supporting walls 
buttresses  elaborate supports at right angles to the outer walls 
flying buttresses  the outward force of the arched vault is carried to large buttresses by stone half arches called? 
truss  is a triangular framework used to span, reinforce, or support 
international style  expressed the function of each building, its underlying structure, and a logical plan 
cantilever  when a beam or slab is extended as substantial ditance beyond a supporting collumn or wall, the overhanging portion is called what? 


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Cubism  A style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed by geometric forms, especially cubes. 
Aesthetic  Your personal interaction with a work of art. 
Analysis  You discover how the principles of art that are used to organize the art elements of line, color, value, shape, form, space, and texture. 
Hue  The name of a color in the color spectrum, such as red, blue, or yellow. 
Value  The art element that describes the darkness or lightness of a color. 
Intensity  The brightness or dullness of a hue. 
Primary colors  Red, yellow, and blue. One color and it is not mixed. 
Secondary colors  Green, orange and purple. 2 primaries mixed. 
Color schemes  Specific groups of colors. 
Monochromatic  Color+white (or black). 
Complementary  Colors opposite on color wheel. 
Split-complement  A color and the 2 colors on either side of its complement. 
Analogues  3-5 colors next to each other on color wheel. 
Cool colors  Blue, green, violet. 
Warm colors  Red, orange, yellow. 
Triad  3 colors on equidistant on color wheel. 
Composition  The intentional arrangement of objects to create a focal area and visual movement. 
Contrast  The act of distinguishing by comparing differences. 
Rhthym  Sense of movement in a composition created by the repetition of an element. 
Unity  The combination of all elements working together to achieve a sense of harmony in your design; grouping related items close together. 



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abstract  

based on real people, places and things but does not look like the real people, places and things. This style shows an object you can name but does not show it clearly.

acrylic paint  

a water based paint that has a (polymer) plastic binder and dries to a permanent covering.

analogous  

colors found side by side on the color wheel which are closely related

analyze  in visual art, examining the unique features of a work as they relate to the elements of art and the principles of design. 
architecture  the art of designing buildings 
art critique  the process and the results of critical thinking about art. The parts are: describe, analyze, interpret, and judge. 
artist  

a person who creates works of art.

asymmetrical  

not being the same on both sides.

atmospheric perspective  

the illusion of depth and distance created by using the weather in a landscape and dull, pale colors with hazy details in the background of a painting.

background  those things that seem the most distant, as if at the back of the picture. 
balance  the principle of design that refers to the visual equalization of the elements in a work of art so that one side of the artwork does not appear heavier than the other side. Balance may also be radial, symmetrical, or asymmetrical. 
canvas  

a tightly stretched cloth surface on which to paint.

ceramics  

objects made of fired clay or porcelain.

chiaroscuro  using a combination of light (chiaro) and dark, or shade 
collage  artwork made by pasting pieces of paper or other materials to a flat 
color  

the result of the reflection or absorption of light by a surface.

color scheme  sometimes known as color families or relationships , these are groups of colors used together in the same artwork. 
color wheel  

a tool for organizing color.

complementary  

colors found opposite on the color wheel and have the

composition  an arrangement of the elements of art and the principles of 
contrast  a principle of art, that places 2 opposites side by side 
cool colors  colors that make you feel cool - blue, green and violet 
create  to make or produce. 
cross-hatching  shading done by drawing closely set parallel lines that 
daguerreotype  an early form of photography that uses chemicals to produce the image. 
depth  the look of space or distance 
describe  this process in responding to art work refers to the subject matter of the artwork. 
Diego Rivera  Mexican Muralist who created artworks in Mexico and the U.S. focusing on political messages. 
easel  

a frame used to support an artist's canvas., an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)

elements of art  the basic components of visual communication. They 
Egyptian Art & Architecture  All art and architecture was created for a ceremonial purpose. Greatest Architectural achievement was the pyramids. Sculpture was created using specific rules. Faces are forward, the left foot is slightly ahead of the right. 
emphasis  focal point - the principle of design that is concerned with 
Evolution of Chinese Ceramics During the Ming dynasty the Zhougan province created porcelin pottery that influenced the design and quality of our ceramics today. The special firing technique used by the Chinese influences the way pottery is made. Pottery is made using heavy silt (powdered clay), and water whereas ceramics are made using a fine silt (as light as baby powder) and sifted water. 
fibers  a natural or synthetic filament, such as cotton or nylon, which can 
focal point  that area in a composition at which the emphasis is greatest 
folk artists  people who create art using styles that have been handed down through generations. Folk Artists are usually untrained. Artists that create using things from nature. 
foreground  Part of a picture which appears closest to the viewer and 
form  An element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses 
functional art  utilitarian art - functional objects such as dishes and 
George Catlin  created Native American portraits based on the Plains Indians. He thought that the Native American way of life was going to be extinct. 
Greek Architecture  the use of post and lintel construction and symmetrical balance. Included 6 main parts of a temple: cornice, pediment, frieze, capitol, shaft, and base. The three columns types were Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. 
Gothic Architecture  the use of stained glass windows, flying buttresses, thin walls, ribbed vaults, and very high buildings. Use of gargoyles as water spouts. 
Gothic Art  the use of elongated human figures, paintings were flat and used gold paint in the background. All paintings were of religious people. 
hatching  shading done by drawing tiny, closely set parallel lines. 
horizon  a level line where water or land seem to meet the sky. 
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Line  a path traced by a moving point. Lines can be symbolic 
Line  to record the borders of form and to convey direction and motion 
Outline  defines a 2 dimensional shape 
contour lines  lines we draw that serve as boundaries to 3 dimensional forms 
shape  two dimensional form that occupies an area with identifiable boundaries. 
mass  3 dimensional form that occupies a volume of space 
figure  the shape we detached and focus on 
ground  is the surrounding visual information the figure stands out from, the background 
positive shapes  shapes we perceive as figures 
negative shapes  shapes we perceive as ground 
model  to give three dimensional appearance 
values  shades of light and dark, variances in color 
chiaroscuro  light/dark 
hatching  areas of closely spaced parallel lines 
cross hatching  additional parrallel lines laid thru the first set of lines 
refracted  light breaking up into different colors 
hue  the name of the color according to the categories of the color wheel 
value  relative lightness or darkness 
tint  a color lighter than the hue's normal value 
shade  color darker than the hue's normal value 
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a tempo  Resume the normal Speed 
Accelerando ((accel.)  Becoming gradually faster 
adagio  Slow, leisurely 
Allargando  broadening out, often with an increase of tone 
Allegretto  Slightly slower than Allegro 
Allegro  Lively, Reasonably fast 
Andante  At a moderate pace 
Andantino  Either a little slower or a little faster than andante 
arco  (for string players) With the bow. Pizzicato (pizz) means plucking the string 
brillante  sparking, brilliant 
brio  vigour
cantabile 
cantabile  in a singing style 
capo  The beginning 
Col, Colla  With the 
Con  With 
Con moto  with movement 
con sordini  with the mutes (sordini-mutes-for string players) 
Corda  A string 
Crescendo (Cres.)  beginming gradually louder 
Da  From, or 
Da Capo (D.C)  from the beginning 
Dal Segno  From the sign (draw the sign) 
Decresendo  becm\omming gradually softer 
Diminuendo (Dim.)  becoming gradually softer 
Dolce  sweetly 
Expressivio (Express)  With expression, with feeling 
fine  the end (D.c. al . back to the beginning and finish at the word Fine 
forte (f)  loud 
fortissimo (ff)  very loud 
Forzando (fz or sfz)  with a strong accent 
Giocos  Cheerful, merry 
Grave  very slow 
Grazioso  gracefully 
Largo  Solw and stately, broad 
Largehetto  Less slow than Largo 
Legato  Smoothly 
Leggiero  Lightly 
Lento  Slowly 
Maestoso  Majestically 
M.D (It.) mana destra  Right hand 
M.S (It.) mano Sinistra  Left hand 
Marcato  Marked, accented 
Meno  Less 
Meno Mosso  Less movement 
mezzo forte (mf) Mezzo piano (mp)  moderately loud; moderately soft 
misterioso  mysteriously 
molto  much 
ossia  Or. the word indicates an alternative version 
ped.  Depress the sustaining pedal of the pianoforte 
perdendosi  Dying away 
pesante  heavily 
piacevole  pleasing 
pianissimo (pp) piano (P)  very soft; soft 
pizzicato (pizz)  pluckied (in string music) 
piu  more 
poco  a little 
poco a poco  little by little (gradually) 
prestissimo  as fast as possible 
presto  very quick 
rallentando (rall)  begoming gradually slower 
risoluto  boldly 
ritardando (ritard)  becoming gradually slower 
ritenuto (rit)  hold back (ie slower at once) 
ritmico  rhythmically 
scherzo  a joke 
skerzando  playfully 
segno  A sign (draw the sign sheridan) (see dal segno) 
sempre  always 
senza  without 
sforzando (sf or sfz)  with a sudden accent (compare them with forzando sheridan) 
simile  in a similar manner 
sordini  mutes. con sordini; with mutes, a direction for the string or brass players. senza sordine-without the mutes 
staccato (stacc.)  short, detached 
stingendo  gradually faster 
subito  suddenly 
tempo  the speed of the music 
tempo di gavotta  in the time (an style) of a gavotte 
tempo primo (tempo 1)  resume the original speed 
tenuto (ten.)  held 
tranquillo  quietly 
tre corde  (lit -3 strings) releae the left (soft) pedal of the piano 
troppo  too much 
Una corda  (lit. one string) depress the left (soft) pedal of the piano 
vivace  lively, quick 

relative purity of a color

texture  refers to surface quality 
pattern  any decorative , repetitive motif or design 
space  the dynamic visual element that interacts with the lines and shapes and colors and textures of a work of art to give them definition 
Unity  a sense of oneness, of things belonging together and making up a coherent whole. 
Variety  difference that provides interest 
Isometric Perspective  where distance forms are made smaller and placed higher on the picture plane and parallel lines stay parallel 
Atmospheric Perspective  this means that forms meant to be farther away in the distance are blurred, become indistinct and misty. 
Foreshortening  that proportions are either shortened or lengthened to create an unusual angle of vision to increase the illusion of depth. 
Linear Perspective  parallel lines that recede into the distance appear to get closer together or converge. 
Description  pure description of the object without value judgements, analysis, or interpretation 
Analysis  determining what the descriptive features suggest and deciding why the artist used such features to convey specific ideas 
Interpretation  establishing the broader context for this type of art by drawing on the analysis 
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Abdominal  Anterior budy trunk inferior to ribs 
Acromial  point of shoulder 
Antecubital  anterior surface of elbow 
Axillary  Armpit 
Brachial  Arm 
Buccal  Cheek area 
Carpal  Wrist 
Cervical  Neck region 
Coxal  Hip 
Crural  Leg 
Digital  Fingers, toes 
Femoral  Thigh 
Fibular  Lateral part of leg 
Inguinal  Groin 
Nasal  Nose area 
Oral  Mouth 
Orbital  Eye aa 
Patellar  Anterior knee 
Pelvic  Area overlying the pelvis anteriorly 
Pubic  Point of shoulder 
Sternal  Breastbone area 
Tarsal  Ankle region 
Thoracic  Chest 
Umbilical  Navel 
Calcaneal  Heel of foot 
Cephalic  Head 
Deltoid  Curve of shoulder formed by deltoid muscle 
Femoral  Thigh 
Gluteal  Buttock 
Lumbar  Area of back between ribs and hips 
Occipital  Posterior surface of head 
Olecranal  Posterior surface of elbow 
Popliteal  Posterior knee area 
Sacral  Area between hips 
Scapular  Shoulder blade region 
Sural  Posterior surface of lower leg; calf 
Vertebral  Area of spine 
Plantar  Sole of foot 


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Implications  Capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed. 
Homogeneous  Of the same or similar kind or nature. 
Ubiquitous  Existing or being everywhere at the same time. 
Apparatus  An instrument or appliance used designed for a specific operation. 
Emancipation  The act of setting free. 
Correspondingly  Having or participating in the same relationship. 
Antebellum  Existing before a war. 
Subsistence  An essential characteristic quality of something that exists. 
Implicit  Close connection. 
Domination  Supremacy over another. 
Ideology  A manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture. 
Surplus  An excess. 
concise  putting much meaning with few words; terse 
pithy  precise and brief in words 
succinct  concise 
terse  brief; to the point; concise 
laconic  saying much in few words (in speech) 
reticent  disposed to be silent (implies that you are shy) 
taciturn  disinclined to talk (implies that you are rude or are unsocial) 
innuendo  an indirect or subtle reference, esp. one made maliciously or indicating criticism 
insinuation  an indirect suggestion or hint, esp. of a derogatory nature (insinuate) 
implicit  understood although not directly stated 
tacit  unspoken; implicit; done without any words 
explicit  clearly stated 
garrulous  pointlessly talkative; talking too much 
loquacious  extremely talkative 
verbose  wordy 
voluble  smooth or fluent in speech; talkative 
diatribe  a harsh, abusive speech 
harangue  a pompous speech or tirade 
polemic  an argumentative speech to attack something 
tirade  long, violent speech of bitter denunciation 
acrimony  bitterness of temper or speech 
caustic  sarcastic; severely critical; or a burning corroding substance 
recrimination  the act of making accusation in return (recriminate) 
scathing  harshly critical, scornful; harmful 
strident  having or making a loud or harsh sound; vociferous 
vociferous  shouting crying out noisily 
decry  to condemn; to disparage 
deplore  to express or feel strong disapproval of, to censure; to lament 
deprecate  to express disapproval of; to protest against 
derision  scorn; ridicule (deride) 
disdain  contempt; scorn 
jeer  to speak or shout derisively 
sardonic  bitterly or scornfully derisive; mocking; sarcastic 
aspersion  a disparaging or malicious remark; slander 
defame  to speak maliciously; to injure or destroy the reputation of (usually with lies) 
disparage  to speak in a slighting way; to belittle 
pejorative  describing words that speak negatively of someone 
admonish  reprove; to warn 
berate  scold; rebuke 
castigate  to criticize severely; to punish in order to correct 
censure  criticize severely; to condemn 
chide  to scold; reprove 
rebuke  to scold or reprimand 
reprimand  to rebuke severely 
reproach  to find fault with; to scold, rebuke 
reprove  to express disapproval; to chide; rebuke 
upbraid  to scold; chide; reproach 
demur  to raise objections 
disgruntled  displeased and discontented; peevish 
peevish  irritable; querulous 
petulant  irritable; peevishly impatient 
querulous  prone to complain; quarrelsome 
accolade  an expression of praise or approval 
hymn  song of praise 
kudos  high praise; glory; approval 
advocate  to speak or write in favor of; to support or recommend publicly 
acclaim  to hail by shouting; applaud 
extol  to praise highly; to laud 
laud  to praise highly 
tout  to praise or recommend 
epitome  a typical example of characteristic or class; embodiment (epitomize) 
exemplary  commendable; worthy of imitation 
paragon  a model of excellence 
inimitable  incapable of bring duplicated or imitated; unique 
lampoon  to ridicule in a satirical work, usually against people or institutions 
parody  an artistic work (usually written) that is a humorous imitation of other work 
satire  literary work in which people's flaws are ridiculed (satirize) 
spoof  a mocking imitation, usually light and good-humored; a lampoon or parody 
facetious  not meant to be taken seriously or literally; amusing, humorous 
jocular  making jokes 
mirth  hilarity; merriment 
wry  drily humorous; sardonic 
articulate  expressing things clearly in speech 
elopqent  spoken in a vividly expressive fashion (eloquence) 
euphemism  an inoffensive expression substituted for one considered offensive or hurtful 
colloquial  informal in speech (colloquialism) 
jargon  specialized language of a group. esp. science stuff 
vernacular  everyday speech; slang 
bombast  a pompous speech 
bombastic  pompous and grandiloquent 
grandiloquent  using big words in order to sound impressive 
discursive  rambling; wandering from one topic to another 
digress  to depart from the topic; to ramble 
extemporaneous  spoken, performed, etc without planning or preparation, impromptu 
impromptu  made or done without previous preparation; spontaneous 
tangential  divergent or digressive from a subject under consideration 
ineffable  incapable of being expressed 
hyperbole  extravagant exaggeration in speech 
lexicon  a dictionary 
palpable  easily perceived by the senses or the mind; capable of being touched 

Absolutist Believing in the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in governement

authoritarian  Believing that people should obey authority rather than exercise freedom 
despotic  exercising absolute power; tyrannical 
imperious  dictatorial 
tyrannical  like a harsh, oppressive ruler; despotic 
circumscribe  to restrict; limit 
draconian  severe; harsh; cruel 
indulge  to yield to the wishes of (a child); to allow oneself to follow one's will; to pamper 
indulgent  benignly lenient or permissive 
permissive  habitually tolerant; lenient 
aloof  distant, unsympathetic or supercilious 
arrogant  overbearingly haughty or contemptuous 
condescend  to treat people as inferiors; to do something one regards as below one's dignity 
haughty  extremely proud; disdainful; overbearing 
hubris  excessive pride 
patronize  to behave in an offensively condescending manner 
pompous  exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important 
supercilious  contemptuously haughty; arrogantly disdainful 
conceited  having a high or exaggerated opinion of oneself 
vain  excessively proud of or concerned about oneself 
reserved  formal or self-restrained in manner; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others 
self-deprecating  belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest 
self-effacing  keeping oneself in the background; humble 
unpretentious  undeservedly modest; without ostentatious display; pain 
autonomy  independence, personal freedom 
potentate  a person who possesses great power 
distinguished  eminent; noted 
eminent  high in merit rank or reputation 
luminary  a person who has attained eminence in his field 
preeminence  the state of being the greatest in importance or achievement 
paramount  of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent 
renowned  celebrated; famous 
infamy  public disgrace; ill fame 
notorious  widely known in a bad sense 
complaisant  obliging; eager to please 
obliging  eager to please 
solicitous  concerned and attentive; obliging 
acquiesce  raise no objection; accept 
compliant  obeying, obliging or yielding 
defer  to yield respectfully in judgement or opinion 
docile  tractable; easily managed; compliant; submissive 
tractable  easily handled; manageable; docile 
adulate  to flatter or praise extravagantly 
fawn  to behave servilely; to show affection by crouching or cringing like a dog 
obsequious  servile; fawning 
sycophant  a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite; toady 
servile  behaving like a slave; fawning 
toady  an obsequious hanger-on; sycophant 
incorrigible  unable to be reformed 
intractable  not easily managed; obstinate 
obdurate  stubborn; inflexible 
obstinate  stubbornly adhering to an opinion or purpose; headstrong 
adamant  immovable in attitude or opinion 
conviction  a fixed or strong belief 
dogged  stubbornly preserving 
resolve  steadfast purpose; determination; resolution 
resolute  determined; firm in purpose 
dejected  depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited 
despondent  downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected 
disheartened  having one's courage and hopes depressed; discouraged 
vacillate  to waver indecisively between one course of action and another 
waver  to vacillate; show indecision 
insurgent  a rebel 
insurrection  a rebellion 
intransigent  uncompromising; unyielding 
obstreperous  unruly; noisily resisting control 
remonstrate  to argue in protest or objection 
recalcitrant  obstinately defiant of authority 
refractory  disobedient; unmanageable 
seditious  inciting people to rebellion 
subversive  seeking to overthrow especially a government 
appropriate  to take possession of without authority 
eradicate  destroy completely 
insidious  treacherous; operating secretly 
perfidy  treachery 

adorn to ornament

baroque  ornate or heavily ornamented 
embellish  to decorate (embellishment) 
florid  flowery or elaborately ornamented 
ornate  elaborately decorated 
garish  bright; showy; gaudy; overly decorated 
gaudy  tastelessly or extravagantly bright or showy 
ostentatious  describing a showy or pretentious display 
dilettante  one with superficial knowledge of a field 
patron  one who supports, especially the arts 
virtuoso  a tremendously skilled artist, especially a performer 
aesthetics  sense or set of principles having to do with the appreciation of beauty, especially in art 
anecdote  a short account of an event usually a personal, interesting or amusing nature (anecdotal) 
genre  a category of artistic endeavor 
vignette  a brief story or sketch 
cacophony  harsh or ugly discordance or sound; dissonance 
euphonious  pleasant in sound; agreeable to the ear 
mellifluous  sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding 
acuity  keen perception 
acumen  keenness of judgement; mental sharpness 
astute  shrewd; mentally keen 
discern  to perceive or recognize clearly 
discerning  having or showing good judgement or insight 
discriminate  to make or see a distinction or difference; to distinguish 
discriminating  able to discern; having good taste; perceptive 
perspicacious  keen of mind; discerning 
trenchant  sharply perceptive; forceful and clear; sharp, cutting 
sagacious  mentally penetrating; shrewd; showing wisdom (sage) 
cerebral  of the brain, intellectual 
cognitive  of or pertaining to the mental process of perception, judgement and reasoning (cognition) 
fathom  to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand 
inquisitive  eager to learn; inquiring; intellectually curious 
pensive  dreamily or wistfully thoughtful; deep thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness 
reflective  quiet thoughtful or contemplative 
rumination  contemplation; thoughtfulness 
irrational  inconsistent with reason or logic; illogical; absurd 
myopic  lacking imagination or intellectual insight; nearsightedness 
oblivious  unaware or forgetful 
obtuse  lacking intellectual sharpness; dull-witted(obtuseness) 
somnolent  tending to cause sleep; drowsy; sleepy 
soporific  causing drowsiness; inducing sleep 
folly  the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity; rashness 
foible  a slight peculiarity or minor weakness; idiosyncrasy 
incompatible  opposed in nature or quality; inconsistent 
indiscriminate  lacking in care, judgement, selectivity; not discriminating 
ludicrous  ridiculous; absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter 
adept  proficient; skilled 
adroit  skillful; quick-witted 
consummate  supremely skilled; complete or perfect; superb 
deft  very skillful 
efficacious  effective 
prodigy  a person especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability 
precocious  ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child 
proficient  skilled (proficiency) 
allusion  a passing reference; oblique or obscure mention 
citation  the quoting of a book or author in support of a fact 
didactic  intended to instruct 
edify  to instruct 
enlighten  to instruct or inform 
erudite  scholarly (erudition) 
esoteric  understood by a small select group 
axiom  a self-evident truth that requires no proof (axiomatic) 
credo  any formal or authorized statement of beliefs, principles or opinions 
dogma  a principle or tenet especially as laid down by a church 
tenet  belief; doctrine, dogma or principle held by a person or group 
dogmatic  stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs 
doctrinaire  seeking to apply a doctrine or theory in all circumstances without regard to practicality 
pedantic  insisting on strict adherence to rules and theory at the expense of wider meaning; doctrinaire 
rationalize  to justify (incorrect actions) with plausible reasons; to make rational/reasonable (rationalization) 
auspicious  promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable 
harbinger  a forerunner; something that indicates what is to come 
portent  an omen or sign (portend, portentous) 
premonition  a felling about the future 
prescient  having foreknowledge o foresight (prescience) 
connoisseur  a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field in the arts 
oracle  prophet; anyone speaking with wisdom; authority or inspiration (oracular) 
pundit  an expert who expresses his opinion 
clarify  to make clear; to explain 
clarity  clearness in thought or expression 
coherent  logically consistent 
cogent  convincing; persuasive 
elucidate  to make clear; explain 
intelligible  understandable; clear 
lucid  clear in thought or expression 
rational  agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible 
comprehensive  including all or nearly all elements or aspects; complete 
exhaustive  comprehensive in scope; thorough 
convoluted  intricate; complex (implies too complicated or bad) 
intricate  involved; complicated(implies a pleasing complexity) 
captivate  fascinate 
enthrall  to captivate; please greatly 
qualify  to modify or make less absolute; to moderate or make a statement less severe 
temper  to moderate or make less severe 


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affable  easy-going; friendly (affability) 
amiable  friendly;lovable (amiability) 
amicable  friendly; peaceful 
avuncular  resembling an uncle; friendly; helpful 
camaraderie  good will between friends 
congenial  agreeable; friendly 
cordial  friendly; sincere 
genial  kindly and sympathetic; cordial 
animosity  a feeling of strong dislike, ill will or enmity 
dissension  strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord 
hostile  unfriendly; of or relating to an enemy (hostility) 
enmity  mutual hatred or ill-will 
malice  extreme ill-will; spite (malicious) 
rancor  bitter resentment or ill will; malice (rancorous) 
surly  churlishly rude or bad tempered; unfriendly or hostile (surliness) 
gregarious  sociable 
recluse  hermit; one who lives alone and doesn't desire companionship (reclusive) 
seclusion  the state of removing oneself from contact with others; solitude (seclude) 
amenable  agreeable; open to suggestion 
benign  kind and gentle 
empathy  the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into anthers person's feelings 
benevolent  well-meaning; generous (benevolence) 
commiseration  an expression of sympathy or compassion of 
consensus  general agreement 
sanguine  cheerful; optimistic 
heinous  hatefully evil 
malevolent  malicious; spiteful (malevolence) 
nefarious  wicked; iniquitous 
pernicious  extremely evil; harmful 
affinity  a natural liking or inclination 
bent  an inclination of bias; a talent for something 
inclination  preference; liking 
penchant  strong leaning or inclination 
predilection  preference 
proclivity  natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition 
propensity  a natural inclination or tendency; a proclivity or penchant 
exhilarating  causing strong feelings of excitement and happiness (exhilaration) 
exultation  lively or triumphant joy; jubilant esp, because of triumph and success 
euphoria  a feeling of great elation and happiness (usually exaggeration) 
felicitous  producing or marked by happiness; well-chosen; apt 
jubilant  rejoicing; exultant (jubilation) 
convivial  festive; gay 
diverting  entertaining; amusing 
jovial  full of good humor; convivial 
revelry  uproarious merry making (revel) 
antipathy  strong dislike 
cynical  believing that only selfishness motivates human actions; bitterly pessimistic (cynicism) 
disinclination  unwillingness; aversion 
unpalatable  disagreeable or unacceptable; obnoxious; unpleasant to taste 
doleful  melancholy; mournful 
lament  an expression of grief; to express grief for; mourn (lamentation ) 
melancholy  sad; depressed 
morose  sullen; ill-tempered or gloomy 
sullenness  a state of gloomy ill humor; surliness (sullen) 
wistful  mournfully thoughtful or wishful 
abject  utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating or wretched 
forlorn  miserable; lonely and sad; forsaken 
capricious  impressive; unpredictable (caprice) 
eccentric  odd or capricious in behavior; whimsical (eccentricity) 
fickle  changeable; capricious; changing affections easily 
idiosyncrasy  behavior peculiar to a particular person; anything highly eccentric (idiosyncratic) 
mercurial  changing moods rapidly and unpredictably 
volatile  explosive temper; changeable; readily changing to vapor 
whimsical  capricious (whim) 
impassive  revealing no emotion 
forbearance  self-control; patience 
resignation  the state of bearing sorrow or difficulty without complaint 
stoic  indifferent to pleasure or pain; impassive 
stolid  not easily aroused; impassive 
aplomb  imperturbable self-assurance or poise; equanimity 
equanimity  the quality of being calm and even tempered; composure 
imperturbable  marked by extreme calm and impassivity; incapable of being upset or agitated 
cathartic  giving emotional release (esp. in drama or art); purgative (catharsis) 
cloying  excessively sweet 
demonstrative  openly expressing feelings 
maudlin  overly sentimental 
poignant  touching; moving 
partial  biased or prejudiced in favor of something 
partisan  excessively devoted to one party, etc ; one sided; a follower of a cause 
subjective  affected or distorted by personal feelings (subjectivity) 
ambivalent  simultaneously feeling opposite feelings; uncertain (ambivalence) 
disinterested  free from self-interest 
dispassionate  free from passion; impartial 
impartial  not in favor of one side or another; unbiased 
objective  unbiased (objectivity) 
apathy  the state of not caring; lack of feeling (apathetic) 
callous  insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic 
indifferent  not caring (indifference) 
nonchalant  casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved 
blithe  careless, casual; joyous 
cavalier  showing haughty disregard; offhand 
cursory  hasty, hurried; perfunctory 
flippant  lacking seriousness; disrespectful 
frivolous  lacking seriousness; trifling, silly 
perfunctory  done in a cursory or in a careless manner; mechanical 


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candid  sincere 
forthright  straightforward 
frank  sincere; straightforward (frankness) 
unaffected  unpretentious, natural or sincere 
unfeigned  genuine; sincere 
assert  to state strongly to be true; affirm; aver 
concur  to agree; to be in accord 
corroborate  to confirm; make certain (corroboration) 
incontrovertible  indisputable 
verify  to prove the correctness of; confirm 
repudiate  to reject the authority or validity of (repudiation) 
refute  to prove to be false or incorrect 
renunciation  the act of giving up, abandoning to repudiating something as a right, etc. 
affected  assumed artificially; unnatural; feigned 
contrived  obviously planned or forced; artificial 
disingenuous  not frank or candid; insincere 
duplicitous  deceitful; two-faced (duplicity) 
mendacious  lying; dishonest (mendacity) 
pretentious  pretending to be better than one actually is; ostentatious 
apocryphal  fictitious; made up; not genuine 
erroneous  incorrect; containing error 
belie  to show to be false; to give the lie to 
debunk  to expose the falseness of something 
disillusioned  freed or deprived of illusions, beliefs or ideals implying disappointment 
impugn  to challenge as false; cast doubt upon 
fabricate  to invent as a tale or a lie 
equivocate  to use ambiguous language to conceal the truth (equivocation) 
prevaricate  to lie (precarication) 
beguile  to delude by craft or guile; mislead 
cajole  persuade by flattery or deceit; coax; wheedle 
dissemble  to hide under a false appearance; pretend 
dupe  to deceive, trick 
feign  to pretend 
baffle  to confuse, bewilder or perplex 
bewilder  to confuse or puzzle completely; to perplex (bewilderment) 
nonplussed  completely perplexed (nonplus) 
obfuscate  obscure or confuse (obfuscation) 
perplex  to puzzle, confuse (perplexity) 
artifice  trickery; guile; craftiness 
charlatan  inposter; quack a person who tries to trick you 
chicanery  tricker; deceitfulness 
pretense  deception 
ruese  a crafty trick 
subterfuge  a stratagem employed to conceal something 
wily  cunning 
abstruse  hard to understand; obscure; profound 
arcane  mysterious; understand by a few 
cryptic  difficult to understand; mysterious 
inexplicable  incapable of being accounted for or explained 
inscrutable  not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable 
nebulous  vague; hazy; unclear 
recondite  little known; abstruse 
conundrum  a mystery; an enigma 
dilemma  a difficult or perplexing problem; a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives 
enigma  a riddle; a conundrum (enigmatic) 
quandary  a state of perplexity or uncertainty; a dilemma 
clandestine  secretive 
furtive  marked by stealth; secretive; surreptitious 
surreptitious  done by secretive means 
credible  believable 
credulous  tending o believe too easily; gullible 
deluded  misled or deceived (delude) 
dupe  one easily deceived 
feasible  able to be done or put into effect; possible (feasibility) 
plausible  seemingly reasonable or acceptable; credible 
dubious  doubtful; of unlikely authenticity 
implausible  not believable 
incredible  not to be believed 
incredulous  skeptical; unbelieving 
skeptical  having or showing doubt (skeptic, skepticism) 
abstemious  moderate and sparing in the use of food and drink 
ascetic  practicing self-denial 
austere  without decoration; extremely simple 
self-abnegation  self-denial 
ravenous  intensely hungry 
voracious  very hungry; insatiable 
palatable  acceptable or agreeable to the taste; acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings; satisfactory 

ardor zeal; passion (ardent)

ebullience  lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts 
(ebullient ) 
exuberance  full of good spirit (exuberant) 
fervor  great emotion of enthusiasm 
frenetic  frenzied; frantic; wild 
vehement  showing strong feelings; ardent 
zeal  fervor; extreme enthusiasm; passion (zealot, zealous) 
empower  to give power or authority to (empowered) 
revitalize  to give new life to; to give energy to 
salvage  to save or rescue something; to gain something good from failure 
verve  enthusiasm; vigor; vivaciousness 
vigor  active strength or energy 
vitality  physical or mental vigor, energy 
vivaciousness  full of spirit; lively 
vivid  strikingly bright or intense (color); strikingly realistic or true to life; full of life; lively 
indolent  lazy 
lackadaisical  unenthusiastic; listless 
languor  lack of energy; fatigue (languid) 
lassitude  lethargy; listlessness; weariness 
lethargic  listless; drowsy; lacking energy (lethargy) 
listless  lacking energy (listlessness) 
moribund  at the point of death; lacking vitality 
dormant  torpid; inactive; quiescent (dormancy) 
quiescence  motionlessness; a state of being at rest (quiescent) 
torpor  a sluggish state; a state of dormancy (torpid) 
assiduous  diligent 
diligent  hard-working 
sedulous  steadily industrious or preserving 
arduous  requiring great effort; difficult 
exacting  rigid of severe in requirements or demands; requiring close application of attention 
onerous  burdensome; causing trouble 
painstaking  taking pain or trouble; extremely careful 
strenuous  requiring great effort 
stringent  requiring strict attention to rules, detail, etc; strict; severe 
rigorous  severely exact or accurate; precise; severe or harsh 
fortuitous  occurring by chance or accident; lucky 
serendipity  good fortune; luck (serendipitous) 
burgeon  to expand; to flourish 
myriad  of an indefinitely great number; innumerable 
plethora  overabundance; excess 
prodigious  abundant in size 
profusion  abundance; abundant in quantity; lavish spending 
feat  a extraordinary achievemen 
foster  to promote the growth or development of 
prolific  productive 
disseminate  to scatter about; spread widely 
pervasive  dispersed throughout; existing everywhere 
prevalent  widespread; predominant; having superiority 
proliferate  to increase rapidly in number 
ubiquitous  existing everywhere at the same time; widespread 
bereft  deprived of; lacking 
dearth  shortage; a scarcity 
meager  lacking in amount or quality 
modicum  a small quantity 
paucity  smallness in number; scarcity 
egalitarian  asserting the belief in the equality of all people 
equilibrium  a state of balance due to the equal action of opposing forces; mental or emotional balance 
disequilibrium  imbalance or instability 
disparate  essentially different; dissimilar 
incongruous  out of keeping or place 
affluent  wealthy; abundant (affluence) 
extravagant  spend lavishly (extravagance) 
lavish  abundant; costing a great deal; prodigal (lavishness) 
lucrative  profitable 
opulent  displaying great wealth (opulence) 
prosperous  wealthy (prosperity) 
demeanor  behavior; facial expression; conduct 
flamboyant  strikingly bold or brilliant, showy; florid; ornate 
panache  a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair 
impoverished  poor 
penury  poverty; destitution 
avarice  insatiable desire for wealth; greed (avaricious) 
grasping  greedy 
miser  a person who accumulates money for its own sake; a stingy person (miserly) 
penurious  excessively thrifty; ungenerous; extremely poor 
altruistic  unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of the others (altruism) 
magnanimous  high-minded; generous 
munificent  very generous; lavish (munificence) 
philanthropist  one who desires to help man and gives to charity 
unstinting  not frugal or miserly; generous 
frugal  thrifty; economical 
thrifty  showing good management; provident 
provident  having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future 
fastidious  paying careful attention to detail; difficult to please 
meticulous  extremely careful and precise 
improvident  lacking care for the future; not frugal 
prodigal  recklessly wasteful; lavish (prodigality) 
profligate  excessively wasteful; recklessly exreavagant 
squander  to spend prodigally; to waste 
marred  disfigured, defaced or scarred; made less attractive (mar) 
squalor  wretched and filthy condition 
slovenly  careless and untidy 
immaculate  without blemish; spotlessly clean 
pristine  pure; uncorrupted; clean 


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callow  inexperienced; immature 
ingenuous  naive, innocent; open, frank (ingenue) 
parochial  narrow or local in scope 
provincial  unsophisticated, uncultured 
puerile  childish; immature 
blunder  a clumsy or foolish mistake (esp. an important one) 
gaffe  a blunder; an indiscreet comment or remark 
gauche  awkward socially; tactless 
maladroit  lacking skill; clumsy 
ungainly  awkward; clumsy 
curmudgeon  an irascible old person 
decrepit  worn out by long use, dilapidated; enfeeble by old age, infirm 
cosmopolitan  knowing many parts of the world; free from local prejudices 
elitist  advocating leadership by a select group; sense of belonging to an elite 
urbane  highly sophisticated 
ephemeral  lasting a very short time 
evanescent  vanishing; happening for only the briefest of periods (evanescence) 
fleeting  passing swiftly 
transient  not lasting long; staying temporarily (transience) 
transitory  temporary; short-lived 
malleable  capable of being shaped; pliable 
plastic  flexible; changeable 
pliable  easily bent; flexible; easily influenced 
protean  able to take many forms 
chronic  habitual; inveterate 
incessant  continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending 
interminable  endless 
inveterate  long-established; habitual 
longevity  long life; length life 
perpetual  everlasting; continuing forever 
belated  late; tardy 
dilatory  habitually late 
forestall  to delay, stop or guard against beforehand; to anticipate 
alacrity  eager and enthusiastic willingness; briskness 
dispatch  promptness 
expeditious  done with speed and efficiency; pomp; quick (expedite) 
imminent  about to happen 
inevitable  certain to happen; unavoidable 
inexorable  inevitable; relentless 
catalyst  something that causes a change or chemical reaction 
incipient  beginning to be; in the initial stages 
inchoate  just begun; undeveloped, not fully formed; incipient 
innovative  introducing something new 
pioneer  one who is first or among the earliest in any field; an innovator 
progenitor  an originator or founder of a future development; precursor; a direct ancestor 
precursor  a person or thing that precedes and shows something to come; harbinger 
inherent  inborn; built-in 
innate  inborn 
intrinsic  inherent 
antiquated  obsolete 
archaic  old-fashioned; from an earlier period 
obsolete  no longer in use; archaic 
outmoded  gone out of style; no longer fashionable 
nostalgia  sentimental yearning for the past; regretful memory of earlier time (nostalgic) 
reminiscence  the act of remembering something from the past (reminisce, reminiscent) 
banal  trite; overused 
cliché  a hackneyed expression 
hackneyed  worn out though overuse; trite 
platitude  a commonplace or trite remark (platitudinous) 
trite  stale; lacking freshness; banal 
insipid  dull; uninteresting 
pedestrian  dull; unimaginative; banal 
prosaic  unimaginative; dull 
vapid  without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious; insipid 
vacuous  empty; lacking in ideas or intelligence 
extraneous  not belonging; irrelevant 
redundant  exceeding what is needed; superfluous; repetitive 
superfluous  exceeding what is sufficient or necessary 
aberrant  abnormal; unusual (aberration) 
anomaly  something that deviates from the norm (anomalous) 
mundane  typical; commonplace; ordinary 
quotidian  daily; everyday; ordinary 
haphazard  accidental; random 
intermittent  stopping and starting at irregular intervals 
sporadic  occurring here and there in a scattered manner 
anachronistic  out of place in time or history 
chronicle  to record in events in time order or in a history (chronicle, chronicler) 
contemporary  existing, occurring or living at the same time (contemporary) 
posterity  future or succeeding generations 
retroactive  applying to the past 
synchronize  to make occur at the same time 

bellicose warlike; belligerent

belligerent  pugnacious (belligerence) 
pugnacious  combative; always ready to fight (pugilist) 
truculent  fierce and cruel; eager to fight (truculence) 
captious  ill-natured; quarrelsome 
choleric  hot-tempered; quick to anger 
contentious  quarrelsome; argumentative 
divisive  causing disagreement or dissension 
exasperated  irritated or provoked to a high degree (exasperate, exasperation) 
fractious  quarrelsome; unruly 
indignant  feeling strong displeasure at something considered unjust or offensive 
irascible  easily angered (ire-anger) 
ire  intense anger; wrath 
altercation  dispute; angry debate 
fracas  a big fight 
halcyon  peaceful or calm; happy and carefree; prosperous 
idyllic  pleasantly simple 
placid  serene; gentle 
serene  clear; placid; calm (serenity) 
sublime  supreme or outstanding; inspiring deep veneration or awe 
tranquil  peaceful, undisturbed (tranquility) 
appease  to ease or lessen; to pacify 
assuage  to soothe or calm by making concessions 
alleviate  to ease pain; to make better; to lessen severity 
ameliorate  to make better 
mitigate  to lessen in severity 
aggravate  to make worse 
compromise  to expose to disrepute; to weaken 
exacerbate  to make more sharp or bitter; aggravate 
implacable  incapable of being placated or significantly changed 
provocate  stimulating; irritating or vexing (provoke, provocation) 
vex  to irritate, annoy or provoke (vexing, vexatious) 
debacle  a big disaster 
dire  disastrous; fearful 
fiasco  ignominious failure 
deter  to discourage; to prevent or arrest (secondary definition of arrest) 
foil  to defeat 
quell  to suppress; subdue; crush 
stifle  to quell, crush or end by force; to suppress 
stymie  to obstruct; to thwart 
thwart  to frustrate; outwit; defeat 
abate  to make or become less in amount or intensity 
hamper  to hinder; impede; interfere with 
hinder  to obstruct; impede 
impede  to slow the progress of 
inhibit  to restrain; hold in cheek 
dauntless  fearless (undaunted) 
intrepid  courageous; fearless (intrepidity) 
audacity  reckless boldness; presumptuousness (audacious) 
effrontery  shamelessness; boldness; presumptuousness 
foolhardy  foolishly adventurous and bold 
impetuous  rashly energetic; impulsive 
precipitate  hasty; rash 
precipitous  hasty or precipitate; very steep 
rash  recklessly hasty in act or thought; foolhardy 
reckless  heedless of consequences; rash; foolhardy 
temerity  rashness; recklessness 
chary  wary; cautious 
circumspect  cautious; prudent 
deliberate  slow in deciding; cautious 
prudent  cautious; circumspect 
wary  on one's guard, cautious 
consternation  a feeling of anxiety 
daunt  to cause fear; to make afraid (daunted) 
diffidence  lack of confidence: timidity (diffident) 
foreboding  a strong feeling of a future misfortune 
timorous  timid; fearful 
trepidation  fear; apprehension 
lurid  gruesome; ghastly 
morbid  unwholesome; macabre; gruesome 
macabre  gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible 
preternatural  outside of nature; supernatural 
entrenched  fixed or established firmly 
impervious  impenetrable; not affected or influenced 
indomitable  unconquerable 
formidable  hard to overcome; inspiring fear or dread 
hale  healthy; robust 
hardy  robust; bold; capable of bearing hardship 
imposing  very impressive because of great size, appearance, dignity 
redoubtable  describing something to be feared; formidable; commanding respect 
robust  strong 
stalwart  having or marked by imposing physical strength; firm and resolute; stout 
steadfast  steady; unchanging 
staunch  firm or steadfast in principle; loyal; strong 
abet  to assist or encourage 
bolster  support; abet; uphold 
buttress  a support for a building (or to support) 
facilitate  to make easier; to assist the progress of 
debilitate  to make weak or feeble 
enervate  to weaken; to reduce in vitality 
tenuous  weak; unsubstantial 
sap  to undermine; weaken 
undermine  to weaken; to work against secretly or insidiously 
innocuous  harmless; causing no damage 
salubrious  promoting health or well-being 
salutary  healthful; beneficial 
baneful  destructive; pernicious; toxic 
deleterious  harmful 
noxious  harmful; offensive 
toxic  poisonous (toxin) 

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diatribe  bitter verbal attack 
soliloquy  speech to oneself 
repartee  quick clever reply 
quibble  (v.) to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; (n.) a petty objection 
trepidation  (n.) fear, fright, trembling 
disillusionment  to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant 
remedy  a cure 
therapeutic  curative 
expunge  to erase 
canonical  Orthodox 
incontrovertible  indisputable 
instigate  to provoke 
suave  (adj.) smoothly agreeable or polite; pleasing to the senses 
circuitous  (adj.) roundabout, not direct 
extrinsic  external; not essential or inherent; extraneous; OP. intrinsic 
ardent  characterized by strong enthusiasm 
avid  marked by active interest and enthusiasm 
castigate  to punish severely; to criticize severely 
vaunt  to brag or boast 
enervate  weaken 
filial  of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter 
tacit  unspoken 


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conventional  following established customs 
customary  conforming to the common practices 
orthodox  conventional 
traditional  pertaining to that which is handed down 
heretic  someone who goes against accepted dogma, especially religions 
heterodox  unorthodox 
iconoclast  someone who attacks cherished beliefts 
maverick  a rebel 
non-conformist  one who is independent and resists adherence to a group 
excommunicate  to cut off from membership in the church 
outcast  one who is rejected socially 
pariah  a despised outcast 
ostrasize  to reject socially 
shun  to avoid deliberately 
awe  wonder 
devout  pious 
piety  devoution to religion 
pious  extremely devout 
reverence  a feeling of profound respect 
venerate  to revere 
consecrate  to make sacred 
sacrosanct  sacred 
sanctity  holiness 
talisman  a religious charm 
asylum  a place of security 
haven  a place of refuge 
refuge  a place of safety 
sanctuary  a holy place 
pontificate  talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner 
sanctimonious  displaying a pretended devoutness 
quixotic  idealistic to a foolish extreme 
utopian  displaying the characteristics of an ideal state 
visionary  imagined 
culpable  deserving blame 
reprehensible  deserving rebuke 
acquit  to declare not guilty 
absolve  to clear of a crime 
exculpate  to free from guilt 
exonerate  to free completely from blame 
impeccable  blameless 
irreproachable  blameless 
vindicate  free from blame 
condone  to forgive 
sanction  to give official approval 
condolence  an expression of sympathy 
conciliatory  desiring to reconcile 
contrite  regretful 
expiate  to make amends, atone 
penitent  expressing remorse for one's misdeeds 
reconcile  to make friendly again after a quarrel 
repentant  feeling sorrow for wrongdoing 
allege  to assert without proof 
litigious  given to engaging in lawsuits 
manifesto  public declaration of policy 
promulgate  to make known to the public 
prosecute  to bring suit against in court 

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qualify  in an argument, to in crease or decrease the amount of certainty in or scope of a claim 
grounds  in an argument, the data, facts, and other evidence 
epistrophe  the emphasis of words by repeating them at the end of successive phrases, clauses, or verses 
warrant  in an argument, what links the grounds to claim, legitimizing the claim by showing the grounds to be relevant 
epanalepsis  the repetition of the initial word or words of a clause at the end 
litotes  intentional understatement for rhetorical effect 
anadiplosis  the repetition of the last word of a preceding clause (used at the end of a clause and again at the beginning of the next one) 
asyndeton  stylistic scheme in which conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses 
Connotation  implication or idea suggested by or associated with a word or phrase(implicit meaning) 
alliteration  the repetition of a phonetic sound at the beginning of several words in a phrase, clause, or sentence. 
circular reasoning  a logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in the premise 


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malign  to scar or ruin 
castigate  scold severely 
inculcate  to instill with values 
capitulate  to surrender 
exculpate  to free from blame; to prove guiltless 
exonerate  to free from blame; prove guiltless 
inundate  to overwhelm 
circumflex  curving around 
hypo  less than normal; deficient 
hypocrisy  pretending to be what one is not 
hyperbole  an obvious and intentional exaggeration 
hypercritical  to judge to severely 
hypersensitive  highly emotional 


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gratuitously  done without compensation or payment 
exude  to discharge slowly through pores 
spurious  false, not true 
pertinacity  holding resolutely to an opinion or purpose 
aesthete  a person having or affecting a sensitivity to beauty 
assiduously  done at a constant, steady pace 
inauspicious  promising failure 
supplication  the humble act of asking or begging for something 
baffles  loose material used to prevent the flow of sound or light in a particular direction 
artlessly  (adv) without pretentiousness, truthful, naive 
derision  scorn 
internecine  marked by slaughter, especially within a group, mutually destructive 
banality  the state of being commonplace 
guileless  (adj) without cunning or deception, innocent 
sublime  noble, glorious 
impetuous  marked by impulsiveness, lack of thought 
pertinence  relevance to the matter at hand 
carbuncles  a painful inflammation of the skin and underlying tissue 
complicity  involvement with others in illegal activity 
petulantly  in an sudden irritable manner 


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punctilious  (adj.)- precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions 
deft  (adj.)- characterized by facility and skill 
eschew  (v.)- to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds 
rend  (v.)- to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence; to lacerate mentally or emotionally 
impetuous  (adj.)- acting on the spur of the moment without considering consequences 
truculent  (adj.)- eager or quick to argue or fight 
languid  (adj.)- lacking vigor or energy 
pontificate  (v.) to talk in a pompous or dogmatic manner 
ire  (n.) intense and usually openly displayed anger 
fractiousness  (n.)- unruliness; opposition to an established authority 
corpulent  (adj.)- having a large bulky body: abase 
subterfuge  (n.)- deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade 
pedantic  (adj.)- narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned 
galvanize  (v.) to excite or arouse action 
supercilious  (adj.)- haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or facial expression 
countenance  (n.)- calm expression; facial expression indicating composure 
jovial  (adj.)- cheerful in mood or disposition 
complacency  (n.)- self-satisfied and unaware of possible dangers 
denouement  (n.) the final resolution of the plot of the story or a complex sequence or events 
equivocal  (adj.)- subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse 
innuendo  (n.)- an oblique allusion: hint, insinuation` 
sequester  (v.) to cause to withdraw or retire, as from society or public life 
simpatico  (adj.) congenial or like-minded 
sanctimonious  (adj)- pretending to be morally better than other people; hypocritically pious or devout 
incipient  (adj.)- beginning to exist or appear 
cajole  (v.) to urge, coax 
levity  (n.)- excessive or unseemly frivolity; lack of steadiness: changeableness 
edacious  (adj.)- having a huge appetite: ravenous; excessively eager: insatiable 
dither  (v.)- to be indecisive 
abase  (v.) to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem 
portentous  (adj.)- being a grave or serious matter 
leaden  (adj.)- lacking spirit or animation; sluggish 
convivial  (adj.)- pleasant because of friendliness 
bereft  (adj.)- deprived or robbed of the possession or use of something 


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Clairvoyant  perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses 
Qualm  uneasiness about the fitness of an action 
Abomination  an action that is vicious or vile 
Ravage  (usually plural) a destructive action 
Reparation  something done or paid in expiation of a wrong 
Blithe  carefree and happy and lighthearted 
Plunder  destroy and strip of its possession 
Ignominious  shameful 
Insolent  unrestrained by convention or propriety 
Edict  an order issued by someone in authority 
Guile  the quality of being crafty 
Impasse  a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible 
Suppliant  asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor 
Rampant  unrestrained and violent 
Swarthy  naturally having skin of a dark color 
Dirge  a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person 
Pernicious  exceedingly harmful 
Gall  the trait of being rude and impertinent 
Infiltrate  enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members 
Prowess  superior skill or ability 
Rapturous  filled with great joy; ecstatic 
Harangue  a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion 
Hallowed  greatly respected; holy; sacred 
Meritorious  deserving reward or praise 
Cortege  a funeral procession 
Concession  a contract granting the right to operate a subsidiary business 
Marauding  characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding 
Brazen  face with defiance or impudence 
Despondent  sad, without hope, discouraged 
Upbraid  to scold sharply 
Sanctimonious  (adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou 

Ambivalence Lack of clarity; wavering; being undecided

Cantankerous  Bad tempered; quarrelsome 
Impecunious  having no money 
Salubrious  promoting health 
Truant  someone who shirks duty 
Capacious  spacious 
Ameliorate  to make better 
Exonerates  acquits; absolves; removes blame 
Turpitude  a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice 
Sanguinary  marked by eagerness to resort to viole



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unsavory  disagreeable, offensive, morally bad 
venial  pardonable, forgivable 
repugnant  distasteful, repulsive 
perfidious  treacherous, false 
ignominious  humiliating, disgraceful 
austere  simple, unadorned, hard 
halcyon  peaceful, calm 
tenable  supportable, defendable 
nascent  beginning to exist or develop 
erudite  scholarly 
germane  appropriate, in close relationship to 
glib  smooth of speech 
legerdemain  sleight of hand, deceptive adroitness 
foist  pass off slyly, pass as genuine 
stigmatize  to mark with a disgrace 
chicanery  trickery, underhandedness 
vacillate  hesitate, fluctuate 
opprobrium  scorn, insult 
Machiavellian  governed by oppurtunity, not principled 
flay  strip off skin, scold harshly 
turpitude  vileness, evil wickedness 
vituperation  blame 

nce and bloodshed

Unalloyed  undiluted; total 
Analgesic  a medicine used to relieve pain 
Unctuous  Oily 
Prescient  perceiving the significance of events before they occur 
Cavalcade  procession of vehicles 
Celerity  speed 
Maladroit  clumsy 
Censorious  harshly critical or expressing censure 
Unfetter  set free 
Prevaricate  be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information 


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ambivalent  adj. undecided; wishy-washy 
apocryphal  adj. of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious 
circumlocution  n. an indirect expression 
compendium  n. a summary 
disparage  v. to belittle 
fortuitous  adj. accidental 
impetuous  adj. impulsive; extremely impatient 
inane  adj. silly; senseless 
insipid  adj. dull; bland; banal 
parsimonious  adj. stingy 
perfunctory  adj. unenthusiastic; careless 
prerogative  n. a privilege connected exclusively with a position 
promulgate  v. to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something 
sedition  n. treason; rebellion 
venal  adj. capable of being bribed 
vernacular  n. everday speech 
vicarious  adj. experience in second-hand 
virulent  adj. extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate 
vociferous  adj. loud; noise 




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ambivalent  adj. undecided; wishy-washy 
apocryphal  adj. of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious 
circumlocution  n. an indirect expression 
compendium  n. a summary 
disparage  v. to belittle 
fortuitous  adj. accidental 
impetuous  adj. impulsive; extremely impatient 
inane  adj. silly; senseless 
insipid  adj. dull; bland; banal 
parsimonious  adj. stingy 
perfunctory  adj. unenthusiastic; careless 
prerogative  n. a privilege connected exclusively with a position 
promulgate  v. to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something 
sedition  n. treason; rebellion 
venal  adj. capable of being bribed 
vernacular  n. everday speech 
vicarious  adj. experience in second-hand 
virulent  adj. extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate 
vociferous  adj. loud; noise 




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ambivalent  adj. undecided; wishy-washy 
apocryphal  adj. of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious 
circumlocution  n. an indirect expression 
compendium  n. a summary 
disparage  v. to belittle 
fortuitous  adj. accidental 
impetuous  adj. impulsive; extremely impatient 
inane  adj. silly; senseless 
insipid  adj. dull; bland; banal 
parsimonious  adj. stingy 
perfunctory  adj. unenthusiastic; careless 
prerogative  n. a privilege connected exclusively with a position 
promulgate  v. to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something 
sedition  n. treason; rebellion 
venal  adj. capable of being bribed 
vernacular  n. everday speech 
vicarious  adj. experience in second-hand 
virulent  adj. extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate 
vociferous  adj. loud; noise 

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ambivalent  adj. undecided; wishy-washy 
apocryphal  adj. of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious 
circumlocution  n. an indirect expression 
compendium  n. a summary 
disparage  v. to belittle 
fortuitous  adj. accidental 
impetuous  adj. impulsive; extremely impatient 
inane  adj. silly; senseless 
insipid  adj. dull; bland; banal 
parsimonious  adj. stingy 
perfunctory  adj. unenthusiastic; careless 
prerogative  n. a privilege connected exclusively with a position 
promulgate  v. to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something 
sedition  n. treason; rebellion 
venal  adj. capable of being 

martinet strict disciplinarian

Ensue  to result 
amble  walk leisurely 
fervor  enthusiasm 
maliciously  unsuitable 
demurely  modest coy 
torment  great pain 
comely  attractive 
ineptitude  foolishness 
snipe  to shoot from a hidden position 
intrepid  fearless bold 

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approbation  endorsement, sanction, recognition 
enthrall  intrigue, beguile, subdue, enrapture 
insinuate  intimate, ascribe, allude 
laconic  setentious, succint, pithy 
pompous  conceited, supercilious, imperious 
primp  spruce, titivate 
raucous  acute, dissonant, absonant 
remiss  culpable, indolent, negligent 
repress  compose, stifle, restrain 
somber  dismal, melancholy, sedate 
verge  extremity, terminus, selvage 


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fastidious  difficult to satisfy, stubborn 
abrogate  to abolish usually by authority 
abstemious  moderate in drinking and eating 
auspicious  marked by favorable circumstances, a fitting/advantageous time 
reproof  strong disapproval 
obstinate  not easily persuaded 
precipitance  hastiness, the rush 
deference  the respect for another's wishes 
approbation  praise 
expostuation  the act of expressing strong opposition 
churlish  vulgar 
propitious  kind, beneficial 
laconic  concise 
iniquitous  wicked 
asperity  roughness, uneven 
imprudent  not practical 
ingratiate  to gain acceptance with excessive effort 
veracity  devotion to truth/accuracy 


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Compassion  Pity, Sympathy 
Dogmatic  Put forward as dogmas 
Contempt  Disrespect, Scorn 
Contagious  Spreading by contact 
Gyne  Woman 
Gynoecologist  Specialist of woman disorder 
obstetrician  Specialist who help the woman during pregnancy 
Obstetrics  Specialituy dealing with childbirth 
Paediatrician  Children specialist 
Paidos  Child 
Paediatrics  Medical healing of child 
Pedagogy  The leading of children 
Carnations  Garden flowers with sweet smell flowers or flower 
Abduct  Kidnap, Illegally for forfully taken away. 
Abandonment  The act of giving up, person,thing, principle 
Abase  to lower in position, Rank 
Abash  Emabarass. to Shame 
Abate  To reduce, to lesse, to decrease 
Abdicate  to give up rights, throne power 
Abet  To give encouragement especially in case of wrnon doing 
Abeyance  Put aside for future use 
Abhor  Hate strong hatred, Dislike, Repungance 
Abominate  To dislike someone, loathe, abhor 
Abortive  unsuccessfull, resulting nothing 
Abject  To sunk t a lower level condition, disrepectfull, comptemptible, shamefull, thrown out of the soceity 
Abjure  Give up publicily opinion 
Ablution  Washing or cleasining the body part especially in religious ceremony 
Abnegate  to deny oneself, renounce 
Abominate  To dislike person strongly 
Aborigines  Nativeof place, Original 
Abortive  Unsuccessfull, with no result, failure 
Abracadabra  Magic Jargon 
Abrade  to wear of due to friction 
Abrasive  tending to wear our due to some rubing or friction 
abrogate  Repeat, Cancel 
Abscond  Run away and hide especially from law 
Absolve  Without dept, free from any obligations 
Abstemious  Moderate epecially in eating food drink 
Abstinence  The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite, as for food 
Diligence  Steady Effort 
Pedestrian  One who goes or travel on foot, walker 
Ridicule  Mockery, Making fun, Absurd 
Ridiculous  Absurd, Funning 
Impute  Attribute as to a person, To relate to a particular cause or source 
Perdure  to last permanently, endure 
Ruthlessly  Cruel, Pitiless 
Wrought  Beaten into shape 
Vulnerable  Capable of being hurt or wounded 
Paradox  Statement or proposition seemingly self contractictory or absurd but in reallity expressing a possible truth 
Chaos  Confussion or disorder 
Choastic  Confussed 
Sceptically  Unbelievingly, doubting state of mind 
Subordinate  To Place in lower order or rank, to make secondary or dependent 
Torbid  Order sombody not to do something, not allow 
Forbidding  Treathning, Unpleasant , disagreeable 
Larval  The newly hatched, earliest stage of any of various animals that undergo metamorphosis 
Otolith  A stone like create of stone in the ear of some vertebrates 
Concourse  Crowd gathering 
Steppe  Grassy Treeless Plain or Vast Grassland 
Legistate  Make Law 
Legislative  Legislation 
Legislator  Member of law 
Lgislature  Law making body 
Legitmate  Lawfull, genuine 
Savagery  The state of being wild, uncivilized 
Contemptible  Deserving contempt or disrepect or scorn 
Conciliation  The act of reconcile( samjhota karna ) 
Presumptuous  To be bold and overconfident 
Sacrilegious  One who violates the sacred things 
Sacrilege  Violation of sacred things 
Decisive  Showing or exhibiting decision, Having the power to decide, conclusive 
Shun  To keep separate, aloof, avoid 
Denigration  to attack the character or reputation of, belittle 
Sarcastically  Ironically 
Veers  Chage the diretion of .. 
Reluctantly  Unwillingly, dis intersted, not in support not desirefull 
Eradication  To put an end, to destroy something, to pull up the roots 
Celibacy  State of living unmarried 
Obligation  Something on which person bound to, which arises as a sence of duty, or result from customs 
Salacious  Lustfull 
Indigenious  Native to , belong to. 
Adroitly  Skillfully, cleverly, expectfully 
Proliferation  Growth by rapid multiplication of parts 
Stochastic  Involving chance or probability 
Satirical  Use of Irony, sarcasm, ridicule, denouncing voice 
Argumentative  Addicted to argument 
Unprecedented  Having No previous example,l Never happened before. 
Unscathed  Not Harmed or Injured, Unhurt 
Vulnerable  Susceptible to physical or emotional injury, Easily influenced or tempted, financially weak and likeyly to Fall 
Lingering  To persists, To remain feebly alive for some time before dying. To proceed slowly. 


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perfunctory  cursory, done without care or interest 
censure  criticize severely, officially rebuke 
demur  to question or oppose 
demure  reserved, modest 
accolade  expression of praise 
castigation  severe criticism, scorn 
torpid  lethargic, sluggish. torpid sloth, torpid mind 
impecunious  lacking funds, without money 
harangue  to deliver a pompous speech or tirade 
prodigious  abundant in size, force or strength 
incipient  coming into being- project in incipient stages 
inveigle  to obtain by deception or flattery 
intransigent  refusing to comprimise 
halcyon  calm. peace- a halcyon era followed the civil war 
bombastic  pompous, grandiloquent- bombastic speech 
iconoclast  destroys religious symbols, attacks common beliefs 
hegemony  dominance of one belief- hegemony of American pop culture 
hackneyed  overused, trite, lacking originality 
acumen  keen judgment- she won because of her political acumen 
inchoate  beggining stages- their relationship was in its inchoate stages 
opprobrium  disgrace, scorn- secretary became a term of opprobrium in political settings 
dissemble  to disguise or conceal- put on the appearance of, to simulate, he dissembled happiness 
aver  to declare- he averred it was the truth 
surfeit  overabundant supply, excess 
pithy  precise and brief 
tenuous  having little substance or strength 
platitude  saying that is meant to be deep but isn't- blonds have more fun is a platitude 
subpoena  court order requiring appearance for testimony 
specious  deceptive attraction or allure- specious argument 
rescind  to invalidate, repeal, retract 
inimical  damaging, harmful 
disparage  to slight or belittle 
pragmatic  practical rather than idealistic 
variegated  multi colored 
penchant  strong and continued inclination- penchant for sitting by the window 
tacit  implied- had her parents tacit approval 
proclivity  natural predisposition, proclivities for math 
vituperate  use harsh, condemning language, he vituperated from the pulpit 
profligate  exessively wasteful 
unfeigned  unfeigned admiration, genuine 
recondite  hidden, concealed, difficult to understand, biochem is a recondite subject 
tout  to publically praise or promote 
refulgent  radiant, shiny, brilliant- refulgent necklace 
trenchant  sharply keen, penetrating, even the most trenchant sword could not cut the bonds 
redolent  exuding fragrance 
presage  omen for future, i had a presage that the medical results would be negative 
recreant  cowardly, unfaithful, soldiers, campaign 
blight  something that impairs or destroys 
munificent  liberal in giving, generous 
apposite  highly pertinent or appropriate 
indigence  true poverty 
interdict  prohibit- church's inderdict on birth control 
precocity  early in development- a precocious puberty 
inveterate  habit, her inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious 
opulence  wealth 


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catastrophism  the idea that cataclysmic events have played a large part in the current landforms now present 
mantle  a thick layer of hot, but solid rock located beneath the crust 
asthenosphere  a layer of softer, weaker rock that can flow slowly...directly beneath the lithosphere 
mesosphere  stiffer rock that is the stronger lower part of the mantle 
rock  a solid combination of minerals or mineral materials 
inorganic  items not produced by living things 
crystal structure  the particular geometric shape of the atoms in a mineral 
color  the characteristic color of a mineral 
luster  is the way in which its surface reflects light 
cleavage  is the type of fracture in which the mineral breaks along well-defined planes 
igneous rock  rock that forms from magma or lava 
intrusive rock  igneous rock that forms underground from hardened magma 
sediment  small solid pieces of material that comes from rocks or living organisms..includes minerals dissolved in water 
sedimentary rock  a rock that forms over time as sediment is squeezed and cemented together 
clastic rocks  sedimentary rocks that form from the broken fragments of other rocks 
metamorphic rock  rock that is formed from other rock after it is changed by heat & pressure 
foliated rocks  metamorphic rocks with crystals arranged in parallel layers or bands 
chemical rocks  sedimentary rocks that form when minerals precipitate out of solution 
plate tectonics  the theory that pieces of the Earth's lithosphere move slowly on top of the asthenosphere 
Pangaea  the ancient single super continent that broke apart into pieces 
continental drift  Wegener's hypothesis that continents move slowly across Earth;s surface 
sea-floor spreading  the process by which new oceanic crust is created at mid-ocean ridges as older crust moves away 
divergent boundary  where tectonic plates move away from each other and magma rises from the mantle to fill the gap 
convergent boundary  where tectonic plates move toward each other and collide with one plate subducting under the other 
transform boundary  tectonic plates slide past each other in opposite directions 
stress  a force that squeezes rocks together, stretches or pulls them apart, or pushes them in different directions 
fold  a bend in layers of rock 
focus  the location beneath the Earth;s surface where an earthquake begins 
epicenter  the location on the Earth's suface directly above where the earthquake begins 
S waves  secondary, or transverse waves that vibrate side to side; and cannot travel through liquids 
surface waves  these waves develop when seismic waves reach the Earth's surface; produce greater damage than other waves 
seismograph  the device that detects and records seismic waves 
Richter Scale  scale used to measure severity of earthquakes 
volcano  a mountain that forms when magma reaches the surface 
magma chamber  where magma collects prior to an eruption 
vent  an opening in the ground where magma escapes to the surface 
caldera  a huge depression that forms after a volcanic eruption when the magma chamber & main vent collapse 
hot spot  a region where hot rock extends from deep within the mantle to the surface 
composite volcano  a volcano that forms from explosive eruptions that produce a combination of lava and ash 
batholith  the largest type of intrusive igneous rock mass 
sill  a structure where intrusive igneous rock runs parallel to existing rock layers 
dike  intrusive igneous rocks that cut across rock layers 
volcanic neck  the structure when magma hardens in a volcano's pipe 
obsidian  a type of volcanic rock that is dense and glassy because it cools too quickly for minerals to crystallize 
lava bombs  a volcanic rock that forms from a glob of magma that is blown explosively into the air 

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vernacular  n. everday speech 
vicarious  adj. experience in second-hand 
virulent  adj. extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate 
vociferous  adj. loud; noise 


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persiflage  light teasing 
attenuate  become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude 
salubrious  promoting health 
orotund  (of sounds) full and rich 
ingenuous  characterized by an inability to mask your feelings 
sedulous  marked by care and persistent effort 
desuetude  a state of inactivity or disuse 
recidivism  habitual relapse into crime 
factitious  not produced by natural forces; artificial 
maunder  speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly; to mutter 
picayune  (informal terms) small and of little importance 
fatuous  complacently or inanely foolish 
bagatelle  something of little value or significance; trifle 
prolixity  tedious wordiness; verbosity; ADJ. prolix: wordy; verbose; diffuse 
precis  a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory 
propinquity  nearness in place or time; kinship 
recondite  difficult to understand; obscure; beyond ordinary understanding 
fiat  a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge) 
aegis  kindly endorsement and guidance 
fillip  n: something that acts as stimulus, boost to an activity; flick of finger. 
exiguous  extremely scanty 
sinecure  an office that involves minimal duties 
encomium  a formal expression of praise 
tyro  someone new to a field or activity 
callow  lacking experience of life 
puissant  mighty; powerful; forceful 
dipsomania  an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess 
faineance  the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work 
fremd  foreign, unfamiliar, strange 


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altruistic  showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others 
assent  to express agreement; agreement 
benefactor  one who does good to others 
chivalrous  (adj.) marked by honor, courtesy, and courage; knightly 
clemency  mercy, humaneness; mildness, moderateness 
dearth  (n.) a lack, scarcity, inadequate supply; a famine 
diffident  shy, lacking self-confidence; modest, reserved 
discrepency  (n.) a difference; a lack of agreement 
embark  to go aboard; to make a start; to invest 
facile  (adj.) easily done or attained; superficial; ready, fluent; easily shown but not sincerely felt 
indomitable  unconquerable; unyielding 
infallible  free from error; absolutely dependable 
plod  (v.) to walk heavily or slowly; to work slowly 
pungent  (adj.) causing a sharp sensation; stinging, biting 
remiss  neglectful in performance of one's duty, careless 
repose  lean in a comfortable resting position 
temerity  rashness, boldness 
truculent  defiantly aggressive 
unfeigned  sincere, real, without pretense 
virulent  extremely poisonous; full of malice; spiteful 




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overbearing pride; a lack of regard for others



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arrogance  overbearing pride; a lack of regard for others 
docile  gentle, easy to manage; obedient 
frivolous  silly; unimportant 
kindles  to ignite; to arouse or excite; to set on fire 
seethes  to boil; to bubble and foam; to be excited or disturbed 
sinister  threatening trouble or bad luck; evil; disastrous 
smug  overly satisfied with one's own goodness or achievements; self-satisfied 
spurns  to turn down; to reject with scorn and contempt 
unscrupulous  dishonest; having no principles of right and wrong 
yearns  to long for or desire 


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abhor  hate 
abrasive  rough; coarse; harsh 
acrid  sharp; pungent 
acrophobia  fear of heights 
acuity  sharpness -mental or visual 
adamant  forceful; inflexible 
adroit  skillful 
adulation  strong admiration; worship 
adversity  adversity; hardship 
bigot  narrow-minded, prejudiced person 
bilk  cheat; defraud 
boorish  ill-mannered 
bourgeois  middle class; marked by concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity 
braggart  someone who boasts or brags 
brawny  muscular 
brevity  being brief 
bristle  to show irritation 
broach  start to discuss; approach 
counterfeit  fake; false 
covert  hidden; undercover 
cynical  believing that people only act out of selfish motives 
debility  weakness; incapacity 
debunking  exposing false claims or myths 
decathlon  an athletic competition with ten events 
decorum  dignified, correct behavior 
decoy  lures; trap; trick 
deference  respect 
enfranchise  give voting rights, to set free, liberate, as from slavery 
engender  cause 
epistle  a letter 
epistolary  contained in or carried on by letters 
epitomized  typified; characterized; personified 
equivocate  speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth 
err  make a mistake 
erratic  wandering; irregular 
esoteric  obscure and difficult to understand 
hamper  hinder; obstruct 
hangar  storage area (like garage) for a plane 
heresy  against orthodox opinion 
hiatus  interruption; pause 
hidebound  rigid in opinions 
hieroglyphics  picture writing; writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic 
hinder  obstruct 
histrionic  theatrical; exaggerated 
hoary  old 
kindle  to start (a fire); to inflame 
lance  spear; spike; javelin 
languid  drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion 
languish  to be or become feeble, weak, dispirited, suffer neglect 
larceny  theft; robbery; stealing 
largess  generosity 
laud  praise 
lavish  on a grand scale; wasteful 
noxious  harmful; poisonous; lethal 
obscure  difficult to understand; partially hidden 
obsequious  servile; submissive 
obsession  a dominating concern 
obstreperous  noisy and boisterous 
obtuse  mentally dull 
placid  calm; peaceful 
poignant  deeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions 
poised  calm; collected, self-possessed 
polemical  causing debate or argument 
ponderous  weighty; slow and heavy 
pontificate  speak pompously or dogmatically 
portend  foretell 
remuneration  payment for work done 
respite  a break; intermission 
resplendent  characterized by a glowing splendor; shining 
restorative  a tonic 
retention  preservation; withholding 
reticent  restrained, holding something back; uncommunicative 
retraction  withdrawal; cancellation of a statement 
talisman  lucky charm 
terse  concise; to the point 
therapeutic  medicinal; curative 
thwart  prevent; frustrate 
timorous  cowardly; fearful 
tirade  stream of verbal abuse 
titter  giggle quietly 


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affable  friendly 
alacrity  quickness; eagerness 
altruism  selflessness 
amiable  friendly; good-natured 
belligerent  hostile or aggressive 
benign  kind and gentle 
byzantine  complicated or devious 
cajole  to urge with teasing or flattery 
cantankerous  ill-tempered 
castigate  to scold 
censure (v.)  to issue official blame 
chicanery  trickery 
circumscribe  draw a circle around; restrict 
conciliatory  appeasing, soothing 
concord  agreement 
concur  to agree 
contentious  inclined to argue 
contiguous  sharing and edge or boundary 
credible  capable of being believed 
deleterious  having a harmful effect 
denounce  to condemn openly 
dogmatic  attached to insufficiently proven beliefs 
eminent  distinguished, prominent 
empathetic  understanding of another's feelings 
exacerbate  to increase the severity of; aggravate 
exonerate  to free from blame 
extol  to praise highly 
fastidious  attentive to detail; difficult to please 
flippant  disrespectfully humorous or casual 
incontrovertible  indisputable 
indict  to officially charge with wrongdoing 
insolent  insulting 
intransigence  refusal to compromise 
jocular  given to joking 
laudatory  full of praise 
litigious  prone to engage in lawsuits 
magnanimous  noble 
meticulous  careful and precise 
obsequious  attempting to please to a great degree 
orthodox  adhering to the traditional and established 
parity  equality 
partisan (adj.)  biased in support of a party, group, or cause 
philanthropic  humanitarian 
potentate  monarch 
reclusive  preferring isolation 
rectitude  being morally correct in judgement 
relinquish  give up or retire from 
remiss  slacking off; lax in performing duties 
renounce  to give up, especially by formal anouncement 
repudiate  to reject the validity of 
sanctimonious  thinking you are better than others 
sanguine  optimistic 
scrupulous  principled 
solicitous  concerned 
sophistry  a believable but false argument 
substantiate  to support with proof or evidence 
sycophant  flatterer 
veracity  truthfulness 
vindicate  to free from blame 
vituperative  marked by harshly abusive condemnation 


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a priori  theoretical 
abitrary  determined by chance 
Abstruse  hard to understand 
acumen  keen insight 
admonish  scold 
aegis  protection 
alacrity  cheerful willingness 
amorphous  formless 
antipathy  hostility 
apparation  ghost 
arbitrate  mediate 
arcane  mysterious 
assiduous  diligent 
asunder  apart 
atone  make up for 
axiom  self-evident truth 
belie  contradict 
beseech  beg eagerly 
bulwark  protector 
cabal  faction 
candid  open 
capricious  unpredictable, impulsive 
censure  criticism 
cogent  convincing, relevant 
compunction  remorse 
conciliatory  appeasing 
concomitant  accompanying 
consecrate  make sacred 
contrite  remorseful 
convivial  friendly 
corollary  natural consequence 
corpulence  fatness 
coy  artfully shy 
craven  cowardly 
credo  doctrine 
dalliance  wasting time 
decorous  proper 
deference  respect 
deleterious  harmful 
delineate  to outline 
delude  deceive 
deluge  flood 
demagogue  manipulative person 
demonstrative  showing emotion 
denotation  meaning 
derision  ridicule 
diffident  not confident 
dilatory  slow 
discernment  having good judgement 
disingenuous  insincere 
disparage  belittle 
disseminate  broadcast 
dissolute  immoral 
doctrinaire  strongly emotional 
dogmatic  arrogantly opinionated 
domineering  dominating 
dubious  questionable, doubtful 
duped  easily deceived 
edify  enlighten 
efficacy  effectiveness 
embellish  decorate 
endemic  native 
enervate  weaken 
enjoin  forbid 
enmity  hostility 
equanimity  calmness 
equitable  fair 
equivocal  deliberately ambiguous 
err  make a mistake 
eschew  reject 
excise  remove 
exemplar  perfect example 
exigency  demand 
exonerate  free from blame 
expatiate  go into detail 
expurgate  censor 
extant  existing 
extol  praise 
facetious  badly humorous 
facsimile  exact copy 
fastidious  meticulous 
felicity  happiness 
filial  of child 
flagrant  obvious 
gregarious  sociable 
hackneyed  overused 
hackneyed  overused 
hallmark  epitome 
harangue  scolding 
haven  refuge 
histrionics  dramatics 
hubris  excessive pride 
iconoclast  against culture 
ignominy  infamy 
immutable  unchanging 
impetuous  impulsive 
imprudent  unwise 
impugn  cast doubt upon 
inane  silly 
inapt  not fitting 
incite  encourage 
incongruous  inappropriate 
indeterminate  uncertain 
indictment  accusation 
indiscretion  carelessness 
ineffectual  futile 
ineluctable  inescapable 
ingenuity  inventiveness 
inscrutable  mysterious 
insidious  stealthy 
insouciance  lack of caring 
insular  isolated 
interleave  insert between 
inveigh  protest 
inveterate  ingrained 
invocation  calling upon deity 
irate  angry 
irreverent  disrespectful to accepted ideas 
jaded  worn out 
jocular  joking 
judicature  the administration of justice 
knell  end (death knell) 
lacksadaisical  lazy 
languid  lacking energy 
laud  praise 
levity  lightheartedness 
libel  slander 
licentious  immoral 
lithe  flexible 
litigious  argumentative 
lugubrious  gloomy 
magnanimous  noble, forgiving 
malevolence  hatred 
malfeasance  wrongdoing 
maudlin  foolishly sentimental 
mawkish  weakly emotional 
megalomania  obsession with extravagance 
miffled  annoyed 
milieu  context 
mimetic  nature of imitation 
miscreant  villian 
modicum  small amount 
monotonous  dull 
morbid  extremely bad 
munificence  great generosity 
myopic  shortsighted 
myriad  a lot of 
nebulous  vague 
negate  nullify 
obsequious  overly submissive 
obstinate  stubborn 
odium  disgust 
odoriferous  smelly 
officious  meddlesome 
onerous  challenging 
opacity  vagueness 
opprobrium  infamy 
opulent  rich 
ostensible  apparent 
palliate  alleviate 
palliative  soothing 
paramount  supreme 
pathos  appeal to emotion 
paucity  scarcity 
pecuniary  financial 
pedagogy  act of teaching 
penchant  liking, inclination 
penurious  extremely poor 
perfidious  deceitful 
perfidy  betrayal 
perorate  speak at length 
perpetuate  preserve 
personage  important person 
petulant  whiny 
phlegmatic  sluggish 
plaintive  sad 
plaudits  enthusiastic approval 
polemic  rant, criticism 
polemical  controversial 
portend  foreshadow 
precocious  unusually mature 
prescient  predictive 
presentiment  premonition 
presumptuous  overconfident 
primacy  supremacy 
promulgated  publicize 
propitiate  appease 
propriety  politeness 
prosaic  dull 
prosaic  dull 
prostrate  overpower 
provident  showing foresight 
prudent  having common sense 
punctilious  precise, picky 
purported  alleged 
querulous  full of complaints 
raze  demolish 
rebuke  criticize 
recant  retract 
recapitulate  summarize 
redolent  aromatic 
regressive  tending to return 
remission  forgiveness 
reparations  making amends 
reprehensible  blameworthy 
reprimand  scold 
reproach  to blame 
reprove  criticize 
repudiate  prove wrong 
resolute  determined 
respite  rest 
sated  satisfied 
scurrilous  slanderous 
sedition  troublemaking 
sedulous  hardworking 
solace  peace 
solicitous  anxious 
sombre  gloomy 
sophistry  a false argument 
squander  waste 
stalwart  sturdy 
stodgy  dull 
stricture  restriction 
subversive  troublemaking 
supersede  take place of 
supplant  overthrow 
surfeit  excess 
tactful  understanding 
take umbrage  take offense 
tenacity  persistance 
timorous  fearful 
tincture  mixture 
topical  relevant 
tractable  controllable 
tremulous  timid 
trite  unoriginal 
ubiquity  everywhere, prevalent 
unequivocal  clear, unambiguous 
unnerve  upset 
untenable  flimsy 
vacillate  to be undecisive 
vacuous  empty 
venality  corruption 
venerate  to respect 
veracity  truthfulness 
vernacular  everyday language 
vicarious  derived 
vicissitude  shift 
vindication  justification 
whimsical  unpredictable 
wiles  tricks, schemes 


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a priori  theoretical 
abitrary  determined by chance 
Abstruse  hard to understand 
acumen  keen insight 
admonish  scold 
aegis  protection 
alacrity  cheerful willingness 
amorphous  formless 
antipathy  hostility 
apparation  ghost 
arbitrate  mediate 
arcane  mysterious 
assiduous  diligent 
asunder  apart 
atone  make up for 
axiom  self-evident truth 
belie  contradict 
beseech  beg eagerly 
bulwark  protector 
cabal  faction 
candid  open 
capricious  unpredictable, impulsive 
censure  criticism 
cogent  convincing, relevant 
compunction  remorse 
conciliatory  appeasing 
concomitant  accompanying 
consecrate  make sacred 
contrite  remorseful 
convivial  friendly 
corollary  natural consequence 
corpulence  fatness 
coy  artfully shy 
craven  cowardly 
credo  doctrine 
dalliance  wasting time 
decorous  proper 
deference  respect 
deleterious  harmful 
delineate  to outline 
delude  deceive 
deluge  flood 
demagogue  manipulative person 
demonstrative  showing emotion 
denotation  meaning 
derision  ridicule 
diffident  not confident 
dilatory  slow 
discernment  having good judgement 
disingenuous  insincere 
disparage  belittle 
disseminate  broadcast 
dissolute  immoral 
doctrinaire  strongly emotional 
dogmatic  arrogantly opinionated 
domineering  dominating 
dubious  questionable, doubtful 
duped  easily deceived 
edify  enlighten 
efficacy  effectiveness 
embellish  decorate 
endemic  native 
enervate  weaken 
enjoin  forbid 
enmity  hostility 
equanimity  calmness 
equitable  fair 
equivocal  deliberately ambiguous 
err  make a mistake 
eschew  reject 
excise  remove 
exemplar  perfect example 
exigency  demand 
exonerate  free from blame 
expatiate  go into detail 
expurgate  censor 
extant  existing 
extol  praise 
facetious  badly humorous 
facsimile  exact copy 
fastidious  meticulous 
felicity  happiness 
filial  of child 
flagrant  obvious 
gregarious  sociable 
hackneyed  overused 
hackneyed  overused 
hallmark  epitome 
harangue  scolding 
haven  refuge 
histrionics  dramatics 
hubris  excessive pride 
iconoclast  against culture 
ignominy  infamy 
immutable  unchanging 
impetuous  impulsive 
imprudent  unwise 
impugn  cast doubt upon 
inane  silly 
inapt  not fitting 
incite  encourage 
incongruous  inappropriate 
indeterminate  uncertain 
indictment  accusation 
indiscretion  carelessness 
ineffectual  futile 
ineluctable  inescapable 
ingenuity  inventiveness 
inscrutable  mysterious 
insidious  stealthy 
insouciance  lack of caring 
insular  isolated 
interleave  insert between 
inveigh  protest 
inveterate  ingrained 
invocation  calling upon deity 
irate  angry 
irreverent  disrespectful to accepted ideas 
jaded  worn out 
jocular  joking 
judicature  the administration of justice 
knell  end (death knell) 
lacksadaisical  lazy 
languid  lacking energy 
laud  praise 
levity  lightheartedness 
libel  slander 
licentious  immoral 
lithe  flexible 
litigious  argumentative 
lugubrious  gloomy 
magnanimous  noble, forgiving 
malevolence  hatred 
malfeasance  wrongdoing 
maudlin  foolishly sentimental 
mawkish  weakly emotional 
megalomania  obsession with extravagance 
miffled  annoyed 
milieu  context 
mimetic  nature of imitation 
miscreant  villian 
modicum  small amount 
monotonous  dull 
morbid  extremely bad 
munificence  great generosity 
myopic  shortsighted 
myriad  a lot of 
nebulous  vague 
negate  nullify 
obsequious  overly submissive 
obstinate  stubborn 
odium  disgust 
odoriferous  smelly 
officious  meddlesome 
onerous  challenging 
opacity  vagueness 
opprobrium  infamy 
opulent  rich 
ostensible  apparent 
palliate  alleviate 
palliative  soothing 
paramount  supreme 
pathos  appeal to emotion 
paucity  scarcity 
pecuniary  financial 
pedagogy  act of teaching 
penchant  liking, inclination 
penurious  extremely poor 
perfidious  deceitful 
perfidy  betrayal 
perorate  speak at length 
perpetuate  preserve 
personage  important person 
petulant  whiny 
phlegmatic  sluggish 
plaintive  sad 
plaudits  enthusiastic approval 
polemic  rant, criticism 
polemical  controversial 
portend  foreshadow 
precocious  unusually mature 
prescient  predictive 
presentiment  premonition 
presumptuous  overconfident 
primacy  supremacy 
promulgated  publicize 
propitiate  appease 
propriety  politeness 
prosaic  dull 
prosaic  dull 
prostrate  overpower 
provident  showing foresight 
prudent  having common sense 
punctilious  precise, picky 
purported  alleged 
querulous  full of complaints 
raze  demolish 
rebuke  criticize 
recant  retract 
recapitulate  summarize 
redolent  aromatic 
regressive  tending to return 
remission  forgiveness 
reparations  making amends 
reprehensible  blameworthy 
reprimand  scold 
reproach  to blame 
reprove  criticize 
repudiate  prove wrong 
resolute  determined 
respite  rest 
sated  satisfied 
scurrilous  slanderous 
sedition  troublemaking 
sedulous  hardworking 
solace  peace 
solicitous  anxious 
sombre  gloomy 
sophistry  a false argument 
squander  waste 
stalwart  sturdy 
stodgy  dull 
stricture  restriction 
subversive  troublemaking 
supersede  take place of 
supplant  overthrow 
surfeit  excess 
tactful  understanding 
take umbrage  take offense 
tenacity  persistance 
timorous  fearful 
tincture  mixture 
topical  relevant 
tractable  controllable 
tremulous  timid 
trite  unoriginal 
ubiquity  everywhere, prevalent 
unequivocal  clear, unambiguous 
unnerve  upset 
untenable  flimsy 
vacillate  to be undecisive 
vacuous  empty 
venality  corruption 
venerate  to respect 
veracity  truthfulness 
vernacular  everyday language 
vicarious  derived 
vicissitude  shift 
vindication  justification 
whimsical  unpredictable 
wiles  tricks, schemes 


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abase  to lower, demean, degrade 
abate  to lessen, to reduce in severity 
abduct  to kidnap 
aberration  going away from the right, customary, or prescribed path 
abeyance  a state of suspension or temporary inaction 
abhor  to look upon something or someone with extreme disgust ("Get away! It's terrible!") 
abide  to put up with, tolerate 
abject  sunk to a low condition; miserable; wretched; feeling like one is a "throw away" 
abjure  to renounce, in the sense that you swear or pledge that you will no longer having anything to do with a certain belief, organization, person, etc. 
ablution  a washing or cleansing, especially of the body 
abnegate  to renounce (a right or privilege). 
abrasion  that which is rubbed off. 
abrogate  to ask that something be removed or taken away; to annul 
abscess  a collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body. 
abscission  the act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation. 
abscond  to depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest 
abstemious  characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food. 
abundant  in great numbers 
abut  to touch at a boundary line. 
abyss  bottomless gulf or chasm 
accede  to agree 
accentuate  to emphasize, to highlight 
accost  to confront boldly; to solicit for sexual services 
acerbic  with bitterness; giving sharp, or cutting, remarks 
achromatic  without color 
acme  the highest point, or summit. 
acrid  a sharp, foul odor or taste; violently bitter 
acrimonious  harmful, biting, or sharp in feeling, manner, or language 
acrophobia  fear of heights 
acropolis  the high part or ground in a city, usually used for defense in ancient times 
actuate  to move or incite to action. 
acumen  quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; sharpness of mind. 
acute  sharp, severe 
addle  to make or become confused (verb); mentally confused (adjective) 
adduce  to bring forward or name for consideration. 
adherent  literally, to stick to something; used to describe supporters for a cause, movement, or person 
adjudge  to award or bestow by formal decision. 
adjunct  to join or add to another thing (but it is not considered essential) 
adjuration  a vehement appeal. 
ado  unnecessary activity or ceremony. 
adoration  profound devotion. 
adroit  having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers. 
advent  the coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage. 
adverse  opposing or opposed. 
advocate  to speak for, one on behalf, of another person; to give one's voice, or support, for another 
aesthetics  concerning pleasing appearances; artistic beauty 
affable  easily approachable; warm and friendly 
affluence  an abundant supply of riches, words, or thoughts; a flowing of words or riches 
aggrandize  to increase or make greater 
aggregate  to gather, amass 
aghast  struck by amazement or terror 
agile  active; quick and well coordinated in action 
agnostic  one who believes knowledge is limited only to human experience because the ultimate cause or essence of things can only be known by God 
agoraphobia  an abnormal fear of open or public places 
agronomy  the science of soil management and production of field crops 
akin  of similar nature or qualities. 
alacrity  quickness in response; cheerful readiness 
albino  a person or organism lacking pigmentation, resulting in abnormally pale or white skin or lack of color 
algophobia  fear of pain 
alleviate  to relieve; to lighten the burden or pain of 
alter ego  a second or other self; one's other personality 
altimeter  an instrument to measure height 
altruist  one willing to sacrifice all for whatever is right or true 
amalgamation  a union, a merger 
amatory  designed to excite love. 
ambidextrous  able to use both hands or legs equally (it's like having two right hands) 
ambience  the surrounding atmosphere; that which is around you 
ambiguous  having two possible meanings (it could be both) 
ambivalence  uncaring, as in the sense that it doesn't matter--both ways would be fine 
amble  a leisurely walk (noun); to walk leisurely (verb) 
ameliorate  to improve or make things better 
amiable  friendly, affable 
amity  friendship; peaceful relations (e.g., between nations or people) 
amoral  one without moral standards; neither moral nor immoral (young children are amoral--they have not yet learned right from wrong) 
amorous  of or pertaining to love (usually used to describe one in pursuit of sexual love) 
amorphous  without defined shape 
amour  a love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature. 
amphibian  an animal that can live both on water and on land 
anachronism  something misplaced in time (e.g., wearing fashions from long ago) 
anaerobic  a lifeform that does not need air to live 
analgesic  a painkiller 
anarchy  opposed to any form of government or organized rule 
anathema  anything forbidden, as by social usage. 
androgynous  both masculine and feminine; an androgynous person could be mistaken for a male or female 
android  having similarity to man in some respect, either appearance or ability 
anemia  a lack of blood in the body; a low proportion of red cells in the blood 
Anglophile  One who admires England, its people, and its culture. 
anhydrous  withered 
animadversion  criticism; or the attempt to turn, or change, one's mind 
animalcule  an animal of microscopic smallness. 
annuity  a sum of money to be paid yearly 
anomaly  something that is not normal; not the same (as others) 
anonymous  without a name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name 
antebellum  before the war 
antecedent  anything logically going before something else 
antechamber  a waiting room 
antedate  to occur before something else 
antediluvian  literally, before the dilution, or before the flood 
antemundane  pertaining to time before the world's creation. 
anterior  located before (that is, in front of something) 
anteroom  a room before the main room; e.g., a waiting room 
anthropoid  having the appearance of a human being in form or behavior 
anthropomorphic  having the physical appearance of a human being 
antilogy  inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas. 
antipathy  a strong dislike 
antiphony  an anthem or other composition sung responsively. 
antiquary  one who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc. 
antistrophe  the inversion of terms in successive classes, as in "the home of joy and the joy of home". 
apathy  uncaring; lack of care or concern 
aperture  hole. 
apex  the highest point, as of a mountain. 
aphasia  partial or total loss of the ability to speak, due to injury or disease 
aphelion  The point on the orbit of a celestial body that is farthest from the sun. 
aphorism  a short saying 
apogee  the climax or highest point 
apolitical  having no care or interest in politics and government 
apostasy  a total departure from one's faith or religion. 
apostate  a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc 
apotheosis  raising up someone or something to god-like status 
apparitional  ghostly, spectral 
appellate  capable of being appealed to. 
appellation  name; title 
appendicitis  infection of the appendix 
appertain  to belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation. 
aptitude  suitability or fitness; natural ability 
aquaduct  trough or canal used to bring water to fields (e.g., irrigation canals) 
arbitrary  Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle: 
arbitration  The process by which the parties to a dispute submit their differences to the judgment of an impartial person or group appointed by mutual consent or statutory provision. 
arbitrator  one who settles controversy between two sides 
arboreal  of or pertaining to trees; tree-like 
arthritis  joint inflammation 
artifice  trickery or deception; an artful strategum; to present a false image 
artisan  a worker who practices a trade or handicraft 
ascendant  dominant. 
ascetic  a person who lives a simple life denying himself most earthly pleasures 
assiduous  persisting; not giving up (e.g., one who sits down and refuses to budge) 
assimilate  to make similar; to absorb into a system; to absorb into a culture 
assuage  to ease; to pacify; to make one feel better 
asteroid  having the appearance of a star; small rocky celestial bodies 
astringent  severe or harsh; sharp; (in medicine) an applicant that causes tissues to contract--or grow tighter together 
asymmetrical  not symmetrical; of different measures 
atheist  one who denies the existence of God 
athwart  from side to side 
atmolysis  a process for separating gases or vapors of different molecular weights by transmission through a porous substance 
atomizer  an apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc. 
atypical  not typical 
audacious  excessively bold (think "not afraid to be heard") 
audiophile  one who loves sound and appreciates the quality of sound 
auditory  of or related to hearing 
augment  to increase; to make larger in size or number 
auriferous  carrying or containing gold 
Aurora  a luminous phenomenon in the upper regions of the atmosphere (the color is often gold) 
auspice  protection, support, or sponsorship; looking out for 
austere  severely simple; unadorned; plain; also, extremely harsh or rigorous; stern 
australopithecus  literally, "Southern Ape"; discovered in Southern Africa, an extinct ape identified as a forerunner to modern human beings 
autocracy  a dictatorship.; rule by the self and the self only 
autogenous  self-generated; something created by oneself (for example, your body produces its own enyzymes, chemicals, etc.) 
autonomy  to rule oneself; that is, to do things by oneself in the manner one chooses--NOT to be ruled or governed by others 
avarice  passion for getting and keeping riches; excessive greed 
aver  to allege as fact 
averse  reluctant; unwilling 
avocation  a hobby; something done for pleasure (apart from one's regular occupation) 
baleful  harmful, threatening 
bard  a poet, often a singer as well 
barometer  An instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure, used especially in weather forecasting. 
bathymetry  The measurement of the depth of bodies of water. 
bathyscope  an instrument used to peer into the ocean's depths 
battery  an assault, or an array of similar things intended for use together 
bedaub  to smear over, as with something oily or sticky. 
bedeck  to cover with ornament. 
bedlam  a scene of wild uproar or confusion 
belie  to misrepresent 
bellicose  war-like 
belligerant  warring 
benediction  kind words; words intended to bring forth positive thoughts or feelings 
benefactor  helper; one who does good for others 
benevolence  wishing well for others; good intent 
benign  non-threatening; innocuous 
bequeath  to hand down (usually by last will & testament); to formally give to another 
berate  to scold severely 
bereft  without; devoid of 
beseech  to beg for; to ask for urgently 
bestrew  to sprinkle or cover with things 
betide  to happen to; to take place 
biannual  occuring two times a year 
bibliography  a written list of books used during a research project 
bibliophile  one who loves reading books 
bicentennial  200-year anniversary 
bide  to wait 
biennial  occuring every two years 
bilateral  two-sided 
bilingual  speaking two languages 
bilk  to cheat; to swindle 
biopsy  the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body 
biped  two-footed creature 
bisection  cut into two parts 
blandish  to coax through flattery; to cajole 
blase  bored with life; indifferent to; jaded 
blaspheme  to speak evil of; to slander; abuse 
blazon  to make widely or generally known. 
bodice  the part of a woman's dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist 
boisterous  loud; energetic 
bona fide  geniune, having good faith that something is real or authentic 
bourgeois  middle class 
brachiopod  a marine creature that has tentacles used to move food into its mouth 
brandish  to wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear. 
brash  energetic or high-spirited, especially in a rude way; tactlessly bold 
bravado  showy defiance; a swaggering display of courage; a false show of bravery 
brazen  excessively bold; brash 
broach  to mention for the first time; to bring up in conversation 
brusque  somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech. 
buffet  a blow, as with the hand or fist 
bulwark  anything that gives security or defense. 
burgeon  to come forth; to blossom 
cabal  a number of persons secretly united for some purpose (often used in regards to political overthrows) 
cacology  words of disdain 
cacophony  bad sounding 
cadence  rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops. 
cajole  to impose on or dupe by flattering speech. 
calibrate  to correct or adjust (the scale or instrument--such as of a machine) 
calligraphy  beautiful writing 
callous  harsh, cold, unfeeling 
callow  immature; inexperienced 
calumny  an attempt to defame another's reputation 
camaraderie  cheerful unity among a group 
capitulate  to surrender (note: Traditionally, the losing general puts his head down before the victor) 
capricious  impulsive, unpredictable, subject to whim 
captivate  to hold the interest of, to gain the attention of 
carcinoma  An invasive malignant tumor that tends to spread to other parts of the body 
cardiologist  heart specialist 
cardiovascular  relating to the heart and blood vessels 
carnage  butchery, as in bits and pieces of flesh are everywhere 
carnal  sensual. 
carouse  to engage in boisterous, drunken merry-making 
casus belli  cause for war 
catacomb  an underground cemetery or passeway, often full of twists and turns 
caustic  burning--such that it hurts 
cavity  a hole 
cavort  to frolic; to leap; to prance; to have boisterous fun 
celestial  astronomical, holy, heavenly 
cephalopod  any marine mollusk characterized by a large head with attached tentacles (e.g., squid, octopus) 
chastise  to criticize, to scold 
chiropteran  a mammal (e.g., a bat) that has forearms that have been wings attached 
chlorophyll  green coloring matter of plants and leaves 
choreographed  arranged, as in dance 
chronic  lasting (there all the time) 
circumlocution  to talk in circles--never getting to the answer or solution (usually by design) 
circumspect  cautious, such that one looks around carefully 
circumvent  to come around, or to find a way to get around some obstacle 
cirrostratus  A high-altitude, thin, hazy cloud, usually covering the sky and often producing a halo effect. 
clairvoyant  one who is able to see things that others cannot (e.g., spirits, the future, etc.) 
clandestine  kept or done in secret 
claustrophobia  an abnormal fear of closed or crowded spaces 
cloistered  protected; isolated 
coalesce  to combine different things into one 
codicil  any supplement or addition; generally used to refer to additions made to legal documents, such as a will 
cogent  intelligent, sensible; reasonable 
cognition  all mental processes related to thought and awareness 
cognizant  aware, or knowledgeable, about what is going on 
cognoscenti  those who know 
coherent  unified, such that all parts work together in unison for a common purpose 
collaborate  to work together 
collateral  side by side; things that go together with, or alongside, other events 
colloquy  a conversation 
collusion  a conspiracy; a secret agreement among people of the same mindset 
commensurate  of like or similar measure 
commiserate  at least two people feeling sad together, sharing misery 
commodious  spacious, roomy 
commune  a place where all things are shared by the residents 
complacency  self-satisfied; content with one's place or position such that they make no further effort to change or improve 
complicit  being an accomplice in a wrongful act 
comport  the way in which one carries himself, as in one's actions or behaviors 
conciliatory  agreeable, friendly 
concord  an agreement 
condescend  to look down at others; lowering yourself down to speak with those who you think are inferior to you 
condign  worthy 
conduit  a pipe, passage, channel 
confederacy  A union of persons, parties, or states; a league. 
confluence  where things flow together 
confluence  a convergence; a coming together 
confluence  a flowing together (of minds, rivers, ideas, etc.) 
congeal  to go from a soft fluid state to a solid one; to coagulate 
congenital  present at birth 
congregate  people coming together 
conjecture  guesses (e.g., one throws out ideas) 
connotation  the thoughts or ideas suggested by a word (not the definition of the word) 
consanguineous  descended from the same parent or ancestor. 
consanguinity  A close affinity or connection; relationship by blood or by a common ancestor 
consensus  agreement, where a clear majority thinks or feels the same way on an issue 
console  to help alleviate the grief, sense or loss, or pain of another 
consonance  harmony or agreement between components; all together and sounding beautiful 
conspire  to join a common agreement, often in secret 
contemporary  someone or something living at the same moment in time 
contradict  to give opposing words; to give an idea only later to give an opposing idea 
contravene  to prevent or obstruct the operation of 
contusion  bruise, injury 
convalescence  the gradual return to health after an illness 
conversion  having moved (or turned) from one belief or view to another 
convivial  jovial; festive; filled with life 
copious  abundant; plentiful 
coronation  the ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or champion 
corporeal  material; pertaining to a physical body 
corpsucle  a minute particle, atom, or molecule; a tiny piece of anything 
corpulent  full-bodied, or heavy set 
corpuscle  a minute particle of matter. 
corrigible  capable of being corrected or reformed 
cosmology  study of the universe 
cosmopolitan  common to cities all over the world; sophisticated and worldly; widely distributed 
credible  able to believe or have trust in 
credulous  believing what is seen or heard 
crescendo  a steady increase in force or tendency; the peak or climactic point 
cryptic  having hidden meaning 
cryptogram  a hidden or coded message 
cryptologist  a code-breaker; one who specializes in breaking hidden codes 
cryptozologist  one who studies the possibility of hidden or unknown animals (e.g., big foot, lake monsters, etc.) 
cull  to pick out or select from the rest 
culpable  Deserving of blame or censure as being wrong, evil, improper, or injurious 
cummunicable  capable of being shared 
cumulative  pertaining to a mass or heap created by gathering items together 
cupidity  excessive desire; excessive greed or wanting 
curator  one who has the care and superintendence of something 
curio  any unusual or interesting object; often things put on shelves to attract attention 
cursory  rapid; often used to describe an excessively quick-- or superficial--reading 
daft  insane, foolish 
daunting  intimidating 
dearth  a lack, scarcity 
debased  lowered in status, esteem, quality, or character 
decadent  downfallen; usually suggesting giving in to physical pleasures 
decapitate  to remove or cut off the head 
decimeter  a unit of length equal to one-tenth of a meter 
decriminalization  to remove legal restrictions (what was forbidden is now allowable); to reduce or abolish criminal penalties 
deduction  a chain of reasoning that leads down to a necessary conclusion 
deference  yielding to another's argument or wishes ("I'll put down my idea and go with yours.") 
deft  skilled, adept 
defunct  no longer used or existing 
degradation  a decline to a lower condition, quality, or level 
deify  to make one into a god 
deleterious  harmful; injurious 
delineate  to outline, or write down line by line 
delude  to deceive; to mislead 
deluge  to overwhelm with a flood of water. 
demigod  a mythological being with more power than a mortal but less than a god; a person so outstanding as to seem to approach the divine 
demobilize  to stop or release from action; generally used to refer to orders to stop military actions or preparations 
democracy  a country ruled by the people in general--as opposed to select groups 
demogogue  literally, a leader of the people, but generally used to refer to a corrupt politician who tells people want they want to hear instead of what they need to hear; that is, someone who panders to crowds and tells them whatever he needs to in order to win th 
demotion  to downgrade to a lower rank, class, or position 
dendrochronology  the study of the annual rings of trees in determining the dates and chronological order of past events 
dendroid  like a tree 
denigrate  to blacken (as in one's name, reputation, or ideas) 
denotation  the definition of a word; or, to write thoughts or ideas down 
denounce  to declare (usually in public) something as evil or blameworthy 
denude  to strip the covering from 
deplore  to feel or express strong disapproval of 
deponent  laying down. 
depose  to put down, or topple from power or a position of eminence 
depreciate  to lower in value 
derelict  run-down; abandoned; a homeless person; negflectful of duty 
deride  to mock or ridicule in a harsh manner 
dermatitis  skin inflammation 
dermoplasty  a skin graft; taking healthy skin and putting it in place of burned or damaged skin 
derogatory  expressing a low opinion towards someone or something; insulting 
descry  to discover by careful observation; to catch sight of considered difficult to see 
desolate  deserted, lifeless 
despondant  to lose spirit, courage, or hope. 
destitute  poverty-stricken 
desultory  having no set plan; random or haphazard; leaping or jump to and fro 
detoxification  to remove poison from a body 
detract  to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something 
devaluation  a lessening, especially of status or importance 
devolve  to degenerate (or grow worse or simpler) through a gradual change or evolution 
diameter  the measurement across an object, passing through the center 
diaphanous  semi-transparent, or partially see-through (one can partly see through it) 
diaspora  the scattering about; the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture) 
diatribe  bitter, malicious criticism; a lengthy, extremely critical speech against something or someone 
dichotomy  two-part division 
dichotomy  two-part division 
diction  word choice 
diffident  lacking faith in oneself; shy; afraid to express oneself due to a lack of confidence 
diffusion  the act of spreading freely; spreading out or thinning out 
dignitary  an important (or worthy) person 
digress  to step away from the subject or matter at hand 
dilapidated  in a state of disrepair 
dilemma  torn between two choices 
diligent  careful; showing concern 
diminution  reduction (note similarity to diminish and diminuitive) 
diminutive  extremely small or tiny in size 
dinosaur  large, powerful reptiles of the Mesozoic Era; today, the term is used to denote anything excessively old or outdated 
diplomacy  Tact and skill in dealing with people; The art or practice of conducting international relations, as in negotiating alliances, treaties, and agreements 
disavow  to deny responsibility for 
disconsolate  not able to be comforted 
discreet  wise, cautious and not saying anything which might cause trouble 
discrepant  not compatible with other facts; displaying a lack of consistancy 
discrete  separate, distinct, individual 
discursive  rambling; incoherent; thoughts and ideas run all over the place 
discursive  running or passing from one subject to another, such as a rambling discussion 
disingenuous  insincere; deceptive (an innocent is in a birthlike state--someone behaving in this manner stands apart from such a state of being) 
dismount  to get off of something 
disparage  to criticize, degrade, belittle 
disparity  a state of inequality; not all are the same 
disputatious  argumentative; from the word dispute, when people's minds are apart on how to handle a certain issue or matter 
dissent  to differ in opinion 
dissertation  a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree 
dissipate  to disperse or disappear; to separate and drift into nothingness 
dissociate  to separate; to break association with 
dissonant  inharmonious; sounds clash with each other 
divergent  different, deviating, contrary 
divert  to turn aside or away, such that it must go in another direction 
divested  to undress or strip, especially of clothing, authority, or equipment 
divulge  to make known (something private or secrete) 
dogmatic  making statements without argument or evidence; refusing to change one's position in spite of convincing evidence 
doleful  dreary; mournful; filled with sadness 
domicile  a residence, a home; a place over which one has control or ownership 
doppelganger  a ghostly double of a living person 
dormant  asleep 
dorsal  relating to the back or spinal part of the body 
douse  to drench or saturate 
drudgery  hard and constant work in any menial or dull occupation. 
dubious  with doubt, because there are other possibilities 
dysentery  An inflammatory disorder of the lower intestinal tract, usually caused by a bacterial, parasitic, or protozoan infection and resulting in pain, fever, and severe diarrhea, often accompanied by the passage of blood and mucus. 
dysphasia  impairment of speech and/or verbal communication, especially as the result of a brain injury 
dysphoria  dispirited; carrying bad feelings 
dystrophy  a condition produced by faulty or poor nutrition; a wasting away 
ebullient  extremely enthuisastic or excited; bubbling up like a boiling liquid 
eccentric  odd or abnormal; away from what is consider normal, which is considered "in the center" 
educe  to draw out. 
efface  to rub or wipe out; to erase 
effeminate  pertaining to or characteristic of women (often referring to a male with female-like characteristics) 
effervescent  giving off bubbles of gas 
effete  exhausted; no longer productive; depleted of forth or effectiveness 
efficacious  an effective means to bring about a desired result 
effrontery  shameless or brazen boldness; impudence 
effusion  outpouring (e.g., emotion or ideas) 
egocentric  self-centered; to think the world revolves around you 
egomaniac  self-obsessed 
egregious  obvious or blatent; something done out in front of a group is obvious to see 
egress  exit (where one steps out of a place) 
ejaculate  to eject from the human body; to speak suddenly 
elicit  to draw forth or bring out 
elocution  impressive style of writing or speaking; the study and practice of oral delivery in speech 
eloquent  beautiful or pleasing speech 
elucidate  to explain; to shed more light on your subject so that others can better understand 
emeritus  retired from active service but retained to an honorary position. 
emissary  messenger; one sent out to fulfill an assigned duty 
emission  something sent out; putting into circulation 
emollient  something that makes something rough softer 
empathy  able to feel or understand the feelings of others 
emulate  to imitate with intent to equal or surpass. 
encephalitis  inflammation of the brain 
encrypted  something put into a hidden code 
encumber  to impede with obstacles; to burden or weigh down 
endemic  something in the nature of a people 
endoskeleton  An internal supporting skeleton that is characteristic of vertebrates and certain invertebrates. 
enervate  to weaken; to deprive of nerve, strength, or courage 
enmity  hatred 
ennoble  to dignify 
enounce  to speak clearly and distinctly; to set forth in idea 
enrapture  to delight intensely; to seize the attention of others 
enthuse  to cause or become extremely excited 
entity  something that exists as a discrete unit 
entomology  the study of insects 
enumerate  to list 
epidermis  the outer layer of the skin 
epiglottis  A thin, triangular plate of cartilage at the base of the tongue that covers the glottis during swallowing to keep food from entering the trachea. 
epigram  a writing on a particular subject; most often used to refer to witty comments or sayings 
epiphany  a sudden relevelation or appearance (of an idea) that completely changes a person's life--in the sense that it goes over, or on top of, their entire being 
epizootic  prevailing among animals. 
equanimity  a situation in which all minds, or parties, involved, feel or think the same way 
equestrian  pertaining to horses or horsemanship. 
equiangular  having equal angles 
equilateral  having equal sides 
equilibrium  balanced; having equal weights 
equity  fairness to all involved 
equivalence  of equal worth or amount 
equivocate  to give equal voice or consideration to two sides; to try to play something both ways 
ergatocracy  government or rule by the workers or the working class 
erudite  having great knowledge, learned or scholarly 
erythroblast  a cell in the bone marrow that develops into a red blood cell 
erythrocyte  red blood cell 
eschew  to keep clear of. 
espouse  to support, or to marry 
espy  catch sight of, glimpse 
esquire  a title of dignity, office, or courtesy. 
ethereal  heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined 
ethnocentric  to view one's race or culture as more important, or central, than others 
ethnocentrism  belief in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs, often accompanied by feelings of dislike for other groups 
ethnography  The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures 
eulogy  words of praise 
euphemism  a pleasant-sounding name for something unpleasant 
euphony  pleasant sounding 
euphoria  joy; carrying good feelings 
evaluate  to determine the worth of; to assess value 
evert  to turn inside out 
evince  to show clearly; to prove beyond reasonable doubt 
evocative  affecting one in such a way as to bring strong memories, feelings, or images to mind 
evoke  that which has been called forth, or out of, another 
evolution  a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state 
exacerbate  to make more sharp, severe, or virulent. 
exalted  praised or highly honored 
excavate  to dig out 
excise  to cut out 
excoriate  literally, to rip out the heart; generally, using words to tear someone down 
exculpate  To clear of guilt or blame 
exculpate  free from blame 
execrable  utterly detestable; abominable; very bad 
exhume  to take out of the earth 
exigent  urgent; requiring immediate attention ("get out now!") 
exile  voluntary or forced absence from one's home or country 
exodus  a mass departure (e.g., Moses led the Jews out of Egypt) 
exorbitant  out of this world--or far from what all reason would suggest is right 
exorcise  to cast or drive out by religious or magical means. 
exoskeleton  A hard outer structure, such as the shell of an insect or crustacean, that provides protection or support for an organism. 
expatriate  to banish; to send one out of the homeland, for fatherland 
expectorate  to cough up and spit forth. 
expedient  convenient; speedy; quick ("easy to get out there") 
expedite  to complete rapidly, with urgence (think: Go out the door and do it now!) 
explicate  to make plain or clear 
exposition  a large-scale public show or exhibition; a detail statement or explanation 
expostulate  to demand urgently; to reason with someone against something that persons intends to do or has done 
extenuate  to lessen the seriousness of; to lessen the appearance of guilt, crime, faults, etc. 
extol  to praise in the highest terms (so loud its like a bell ringing) 
extraneous  something unneeded; excess materials 
extricate  to release from entanglement or difficulty 
extrude  to thrust out, force out, or press out 
exuberant  extremely joyful or enthuisiastic 
facetious  amusing; humorous; not meant to be taken seriously (often used to describe someone using ill-timed or unwanted humor) 
facile  easily done; very agreeable; moving, acting, or working with ease 
factious  divisive; mutinous 
fallacious  logically unsound; false; misleading; deceptive 
fallacy  a misleading or deceptive argument; of a false nature 
fallible  capable of erring or making mistakes 
fastidious  hard to please; excessively critical, particular, or demanding 
fatuous  silly and pointless (think how our bodies don't need extra of it) 
fealty  faithfulness; loyalty 
fecund  productive in mind; creative intellectually; fertile 
feral  savage, wild, untamed 
fetter  to restrain, chain, tie 
fidelity  faithfulness 
fiducial  based on faith or trust; regarded as a standard of reference (or something trustworthy) 
filigree  lacy design, consisting of many minute threats 
finite  something that will end 
flaccid  soft and weak; unfirm; lacking force; limp 
flout  to scorn, ignore, show contempt for 
fluctuate  to change continually; to shift back and forth 
foible  a slight flaw or personal defect; weakness 
foist  to impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by trickery or deception; to insert fraudelently 
foppish  characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners. 
fortify  to make stronger 
fortitude  strength 
fortuitous  lucky, occurring by chance 
foster  to stimulate, promote, encourage 
fractious  unruly; breaking up the peace or atmosphere 
fraternal  like a brother 
frivolous  unimportant; trivial 
frugal  cheap or economical; keeping costs as low as possible 
fugacious  fleeting; lasting but a short time 
fulminate  to explode; to detonate; to speak about something with explosive anger 
fulsome  abundant; excessive (note: A word to avoid, since it is often used in a negative sense as in something that is overdone or sickeningly excessive) 
fungible  something that is exchangeable or easily substituted for 
furtive  secretive, stealthy or sly, like the actions of a thief 
galvanize  to arouse to action; to excite or stimulate; or, to coat certain metals with a rust-proof element using electricity 
gamut  the entire range or scale of something (for example, musical notes) 
garrote  strangulation; the cord or wire used for strangling a victim 
garrulous  given to excessive talk that is often rambling or trivial 
gastroenteritis  Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. 
genesis  the birth or creation of something 
genteel  well-bred or refined in manners 
geocentric  a former theory that the earth was at the center of the universe 
geology  the study of the physical planet Earth 
germane  of related significance or importance 
glutinous  sticky (like glue) 
gnostic  of or pertaining to knowledge; wise; shrewd; knowing 
gossamer  a fine, filmy cobweb; a thin, thread-like substance or fabric; something extremely light, thin, or delicate 
gourmand  one who likes eating and drinking 
grandiloquent  speaking in or characterized by a pompous or lofty style of speaking 
gratify  to please 
gratuitous  voluntarily; being without reason or cause (done to please, not because it had to be done) 
gregarious  sociable; always perferring to be with a group of people 
guileless  sincere; honest; naïve; innocently earnest 
gynophobia  fear of women 
gyrate  To move in spiral or spirallike course 
hackney  to make boring or stale through severe overuse (e.g., a word, phrase, or song) 
halcyon  calm; peaceful; joyful; carefree (origins in Greek mythology, when a mythical bird of this name laid eggs during a period of calm weather around the winter solstice) 
hedonist  one whose primary pursuit is pleasure (and thereby the avoidance of pain) 
heedless  without thought or concern; unmindful 
heliocentric  Having the sun as the center 
heliocentric  a former theory that the sun was at the center of the universe 
heliotrope  Any of various plants that turn toward the sun 
hematologist  The science encompassing the medical study of the blood and blood-producing organs 
hematoma  A localized swelling filled with blood resulting from a break in a blood vessel. 
heretic  one who holds opinions contrary to the recognized standards or tenets of any philosophy. 
heterodox  not in agreement with accepted beliefs; an opinion far different than what is commonly accepted 
heterodox  Not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma 
heterogeneous  a grouping containing people of different backgrounds and origins 
hiatus  a break (usually a break by necessity; e.g. a television show while the main star is recovering from serious injury) 
hippodrome  horse track 
hirsute  having a hairy covering; shaggy 
histology  The anatomical study of the microscopic structure of animal and plant tissues 
histopathology  The study of the microscopic anatomical changes in diseased tissue 
histrionic  excessively dramatic or emotional (such as in theatrical acting) 
homogeneous  a grouping containing people of similar backgrounds and origins 
hydrometer  a device that measures the amount of water 
hydrophobia  a fear of water 
hyperbole  overstatement; exaggeration 
hyperkinetic  disordered behavior character by excessive physical movements and/or short attention spans 
hyperthermia  exceptionally high fever; when the body temperature grows too hot 
hypnotherapy  a form of treatment in which the mind is placed into a sleep-like trance 
hypodermic  under the skin 
hypoglycemia  An abnormally low level of glucose in the blood 
hypothermia  body temperature below normal due to extreme cold 
ichthyic  fish-like 
ichthyologist  fish scientist 
ideologue  one who strongly supports a particular idea of way of thinking 
idiosyncracy  an odd, unusual, or peculiar behavior 
idium  an odd or unusual saying, particular to a certain area 
igneous  Of, relating to, or characteristic of fire; rocks of this name were formed from cooling magma or lava 
ignominy  disgrave; dishonor; to be held in contempt by the public; one's name is not wellregarded 
illicit  not legally permitted; disapproved of for moral reasons 
illiterate  not able to read 
imbroglio  a complicated or difficult situation; a confused heap; a complicated misunderstanding between people, groups, or nations 
immaterial  not material; something that cannot be touched (e.g., courage, love) 
immortal  never dying 
immutable  not able to be changed 
impeccable  faultless; flawless (think perfect--not a peck or a chip) 
impecunious  having no money; excessively poor; penniless 
impediment  something that stands in your way, preventing forward movement 
impending  hanging in the air; something that will happen 
impervious  not able to be passed through 
impetuous  characterized by sudden or rash action; hasty; impulsive and passionate 
impolitic  not wise; not judicious 
imposition  something forced or unfarily put into place; an uncalled for burden put on others 
impropriety  incorrect or inappropriate behavior 
improvident  without foresight; not looking ahead or down the road while making decisions 
imprudent  unwise; not exercising good judgement; not careful in planning for the future 
impudence  offensive bold behavior; insolent disrespect. 
impugn  to challenge as false (as in another's motives, ideas, etc.) 
impunity  freedom from punishment. 
impute  thoughts or ideas drawn from observations 
inanimate  lifeless; without a mind 
inaudible  not able to be heard 
incantation  the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power 
incarnate  literally, "in the flesh" 
incessant  without interruption 
inchoate  just begun; not yet completed; beginning state; rudimentary 
incisive  sharp; easily cutting into something 
incognito  to disguise oneself so that they are not known by others 
incoherent  disjointed, such all all parts are not working together, creating confusion or awkwardness 
incorrigible  not having a heart; not capable of being won over 
incredulous  not believing what is seen or heard 
incriminate  to accuse of a crime; to involve in an accusation or crime 
incursion  entering into another's territory, usually for hostile purposes (e.g., a military raid) 
indigent  poor 
indignity  humiliating treatment; an act that offends against a person's self-respect 
indoctrinate  to teach or instruct 
induction  a type of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from a series of facts (reason leads one to a conclusion apparent in the facts) 
inexorable  inescapable; we are not able to get out of our life, our home, etc. 
inextricable  hopelessly confused or tangled 
infallible  incapable of erring or making mistakes; god-like in wisdom or decision-making 
inference  drawing a conclusion from facts or premises (one "carries" an idea away from a series of observations) 
infidel  an unbeliever; one who lacks faith 
infinite  something that will never end 
infraction  breaking (as in the rules) 
infrastructure  the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization) 
ingenius  highly original; creatively brilliant; in a state where the mind gives birth to original thoughts or ideas 
ingenuous  innocent or naïve; in a birth-like state 
ingrate  someone who does not appreciate what he has been given 
ingratiate  to make one pleasing to others; to win the favor of other people 
ingress  entrance (where one steps into a place) 
inherent  something built-in; that which is part of the nature or essence of what something is 
inimical  unfriendly; hostile 
iniquity  gross injustice or wickedness; unequalness 
innate  inborn, native, inherent 
innoculate  to protect someone against harm, such as against viruses or diseases 
innocuous  harmless 
inquisition  an official investigation; or, harsh, prolonged, or difficult questioning 
insatiable  adj. That desires or craves immoderately or unappeasably. 
inscribe  to write, engrave, or print characters upon 
insipid  tasteless; bland; without any interesting qualities; boring; dull 
insolent  boldly rude or disrespectful; arrogant 
insomnia  not able to sleep 
insurgency  uprising 
intangible  not touchable; something immaterial 
intercede  to go between, or to mediate; to enter in the midst of a conflict and help bring about a resolution 
interdict  to forbid; to prohibit; an official order or proclamation forbidding certain actions or behavior 
interlocutor  one who takes part in a conversation; a person who asks questions; an interrogator 
intermediary  one who finds an agreement between two groups 
interpose  to put between 
interr  to put in the ground 
interregnum  time between rulers 
interstellar  located, taking place, or traveling between stars 
intervene  to come between 
intoxicated  to put poisons into the body (such as drugs or alcohol) such that normal behavior is negatively affected 
intracranial  within the skull 
intractable  stubborn; resistant; not able to change another's mind 
intransigent  uncompromising; refusing to move from a taken position or attitude 
intrepid  fearless; courageous; bold 
intrinsic  belonging to a thing by its very nature; coming from within (NOT from without) 
introspective  to look inwards 
inundate  to flood; to overwhelm (such as with work or school) 
invective  words used to blame or harshly criticize 
inveigh  to protest strongly; to give angry disapproval 
inveterate  habitual; firm and long established 
invidious  causing envy; in a situation in which you look at someone else and wish to be in his or her shoes 
invoke  to call for help; to request (call for) certain privileges 
ire  intense anger or wrath. 
irrevocable  not able to call back again; what's done is done and can't be changed 
isochronous  relating to or denoting equal intervals of time. 
isosceles  having equal sides 
isothermal  occurring at a constant temperature over a wide area 
judicious  wise, sensible, or well-advised 
jurisdiction  power, authority, control; the area over which one has legal authority or power 
juxtapose  to place things side-by-side for comparison 
lachrymose  Weeping or inclined to weep; tearful. 
languor  physically or spiritually weak; lack of energy 
lascivious  lustful; arousing sexual desire 
laudatory  praiseworthy 
legible  able to be read 
leukocyte  white blood cell 
levity  lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness (e.g., jokes at a funeral) 
licentious  lawless; immoral; sexually unrestrained; having no regard for accepted rules or conduct 
ligament  a unifying or connecting tie or bond 
limpid  clear or transparent; or, calm and untroubled (the definitions seem different, but imagine how calm or still waters can be crystal clear) 
literati  notable or popular writers 
lithe  readily bent; marked by easy grace (e.g., a gymnast or dancer) 
lithograph  printing produced through the use of ink on a flat surface (e.g., stone or metal) 
locus  the center or starting place 
logician  a specialist in the scientific study of reasoning 
loquacious  talkative 
lucid  easily understand; shining; bright; crystal clear 
luminary  shining brightly; as in a person who outshines others 
macrocosm  a world or universe considered as a whole; a larger grouping that could be broken down into smaller ones 
magnanimous  great-minded 
magnate  a great or powerful person; one superior to others 
magniloquence  the ability to speak extremely well 
magnum opus  a person or people's great work or accomplishment 
maladapted  unsuited or poorly fit (as to a particular use, purpose, or situation) 
malady  an illness 
malaise  a general sense of unease or weakness; depression 
malaria  potentially deadly disease most often transmitted by tropical mosquitoes 
malediction  harsh words; words intended to harm 
maleficent  doing evil, harm, or mischief 
malevolence  wishing harm on others; evil intent 
malice  the desire to cause pain, injury or harm to another 
malleable  easily controlled or influenced; adaptable; easily shaped 
manacles  handcuffs (or anything used to restrain the hands) 
mandate  an authoritative command or instruction 
manicure  a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands 
manifest  obvious; apparent; plain to see 
manifold  having many features or forms 
manumit  to set free from bondage 
masticate  to chew 
maternal  motherly 
maudlin  tearfully emotional; easily moved to tears 
mawkish  excessively sentimental, such that it appears sickening to others 
medium [person]  a person through whom the spirits of the dead are alleged to be able to contact the living 
megalith  a large stone 
megalomania  obsessed with greatness; desiring to be greater, or superior, to others--and actually believing its true 
melancholy  sadness and/or depression (we associate the color black with extreme sadness or despair) 
melodramatic  characterized by exaggerated emotions 
mendacious  lying; untruthful; false 
mercurial  quick and changeable in temperament; volatile; fickle 
metamorphosis  changing shape 
mete  to distribute or apportion by measure 
microbe  a small life form 
microcosm  a small or little word, usually seen as representative of a larger group 
misanthropist  one who hates human beings 
misogynist  one who hates and wishes harm on women 
modicum  a small amount 
mollify  to soften 
monarchy  government or rule by one person 
monochrome  in one color 
monocle  a single eyeglass (used to be the fashion!) 
monoglot  speaking one language (our tongue shapes our sounds) 
monograph  a paper written on a single subject 
monolith  literally, a large stone block; also means uniform, in that all things look the same, as rocks do 
monologue  one person speaking 
monomania  obsessed with one thing 
monomania  obsessed with one thing 
monophagous  feeding on only one food (some creatures, such as Koala, only eat one thing) 
monotheism  belief that there is only one god 
monotonous  literally, speaking in one tone; lacking variety--always the same--therefore, dull and boring 
mores  the customs or habits of a group of people 
moribund  dying 
morose  gloomy; sour in attitude 
mundane  common, ordinary, typical ("worldly" things) 
mundane  dull or ordinary 
munificent  very generous; characterized by generosity 
mutable  changeable 
myopic  short-sighted; lack of foresight or long-term planning (in ophthmaology: nearsightedness) 
myriad  a vast number; something composed of many parts or pieces 
myriarch  (from Ancient Greece) a captain or commander of 10,000 men 
nanosecond  one billionth of a second 
narcolepsy  A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations. 
nebulous  vague; hazy 
necromancer  the practice of (supposedly) communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to learn the future 
necrophobia  an abnormal fear of death or corpses 
necropolis  a cemetery 
nefarious  extremely wicked or villainous 
neologism  a new word 
neonate  a newborn baby 
neophyte  a beginner; literally, a newly sprouted plant 
nettle  to irritate, annoy, or provoke 
nihilism  one who believes the life reduces to nothing and that all morals, values, and institutions have no significance or meaning 
nomenclature  the names or terms used in a particular field of study (e.g., geometry, art, pscyhology, etc.) 
nondescript  of no category; not definable 
nonentity  a person or thing of little or no account. 
nonpareil  one who or that which is of unequaled excellence. 
novel [as in an idea]  an original (or new) thought or idea 
novice  a beginner; someone new at something 
noxious  harmful 
obdurate  hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked; harsh 
obfuscate  to make confused; to muddle; to darken; to make obscure or hard to understand 
obligated  caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course 
oblique  spoken indirectly; not straightforward; morally wrong (not "straight"); anything not horizontal or vertical; slanting 
obloquy  words or language that cast blame or contempt on men or their actions 
obsequious  showing a servile readiness to follow the wishes or will of another. 
obstreperous  noisy; unruly; resisting control 
obtrusive  undesirably noticeable; thrusting out; something pushed on another person without their will or consent 
obviate  to anticipate and prevent or eliminate 
octagon  shape with eight sides and eight angles 
octogenarian  a person whose age is in their 80's 
oculist  A physician who treats diseases of the eyes; also, an optometrist 
odious  hateful; detestable; disgusting 
officious  intermeddling with what is not one's concern (one who behaves like an officer but has no such authority) 
olfactory  having to do with the sense of smell 
oligarchy  government or rule by a small group 
ominous  threatening; menacing; a portent of evil or trouble 
omnibus  containing or including many different items ("put it all on the bus and let's go!") 
omnifarious  of all kinds; carrying all sorts of things 
omnipotent  all-powerful (like a god) 
omniscient  all-knowing (like a god) 
omnivore  a create that eats all things, including plants and animals 
onerous  troublesome; burdensome; extremely difficult 
oophorectomy  Surgical removal of one or both ovaries 
opalescence  the reflection of a milky or pearly white 
opprobrium  disgrace arising from extremely shameful conduct 
opthmaloscope  an instrument used to examine the eye 
opulent  wealthy, rich, or affluent; exhibiting great wealth 
opus  a great work 
ornithology  bird science 
osculate  to kiss 
ossify  to form into bone 
ostentatious  showing off; wanting others to see 
osteopathy  a disease of the bone 
ostracize  to exclude, by general consent, from a group, society, friendship, organization, etc.; to banish 
overture  an opening or initiating move toward negotiations, a new relationship, an agreement, etc.; 
oviduct  A tube through which eggs or egg cells (oocytes) are carried to the uterus in mammals or to the outside of the body in other animals 
oviparous  Producing eggs that hatch outside the body 
pacify  to make calm; to bring peace 
palatial  magnificent (like a "palace") 
paleontology  the scientific study of life in prehistoric times 
pall  to become distasteful or unpleasant 
pallid  pale; faint or deficient in color; lacking in interest 
palpable  perceptible by feeling or touch. 
pandemic  something occurring in all people in all places (e.g., a disease or illness) 
pandemonium  chaos, as if devils are all about raising a ruckus 
pantheism  worship or belief in all gods; belief that god is in all things 
paradox  an opinion that seems to be true but is actually false, and vice versa 
paragon  a model of excellence (when compared, or placed beside, others) 
paramour  a lover (usually an illicit lover, as in an affair) 
pariah  an outcast; a person generally despised or avoided 
parity  a state of equality 
parlance  conversation 
parlay  to converse; to talk 
parlor  a formal room in a house used primarily for entertaining guests 
parsimonious  cheap; stingy with money (think someone who is afraid to part with money) 
paternal  fatherly 
pathogen  disease-causer 
pathological  diseased 
paucity  smallness of number; scarcity, extremely few 
pecuniary  of or pertaining to money 
pedagogue  a teacher, or one who leads children 
pedantic  instructional, like a teacher speaking to a student or child 
pedicure  care for the feet, toes, and nails 
peerless  of unequaled excellence or worth. 
pellucid  crystal clear, such that you can see right through it 
pellucid  clear in expression, meaning, or style; allowing much light to pass through 
penchant  a bias in favor of something; a strong liking for something 
pendant  something (usually a necklace or ornament) that hangs down 
pentagon  shape with five sides and five angles 
pentagram  a five-point, star-shaped figure 
penultimate  next to the last 
penurious  unwilling to spend money; cheap or stingy; poverty-stricken 
perambulate  to walk through a place 
peremptory  not allowing contradiction or refusal 
perennial  having a life cycle that lasts through the year (as opposed to part of the year) 
perfidious  treacherous (think: who is more dangerous to us? Perhaps the person who gains our faith and trust and then takes advantage of us) 
perfunctory  lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; approaching as only a routine duty 
perihelion  The point nearest the sun in the orbit of a planet or other celestial body 
perimeter  the measurement around a building or structure 
permeable  able to pass through 
permeate  to penetrate; to pass through every part of 
pernicious  causing harm or ruin; deadly; fatal 
perquisite  a tip; gratuity; something received beyond one's salary or wages, such as a bonus or perk 
perspicuous  brilliantly clear; you are able to look through it without difficulty; easy to understand 
pertinacious  stubborn; obstinate; refusing to change a purpose or course of action 
peruse  to read through with thoroughness or care 
pervasive  to go throughout; being in all places 
pestilent  destructive to life; deadly; or, annoying, troublesome, mischievous 
petroglyph  rock carving 
petulant  unreasonably ill-tempered or irritable 
philanthropy  love of mankind (generally associated with charitable acts) 
philologist  one who loves words 
philosopher  one who loves wisdom and knowledge; a seeker of the truth 
phonograph  literally, writing with sound; an instrument for reproducing sounds encoded in hard plastic 
phosphorescence  emission of light without burning or by very slow burning without appreciable heat 
phyllophagous  leaf-eating 
phylum  any of the basic divisions of the plant or animal kingdom 
physiognomy  the outward appearance of anything, such as the face 
picayune  of little value or importance; extremely small and insignificant 
picosecond  one trillionth of a second 
pique  to excite; to arouse emotion or provoke action; to affect with sharp irriation 
pithy  brief, forceful, yet meaningful in expression (i.e., to say a lot in a few words) 
placate  to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures 
placid  calm or peaceful; serenely quiet and undisburted 
platitude  flat, trite remark 
plaudit  an enthusiastic expression of approval 
plenary  full; complete; entire; absolute; unqualified 
pleomorphic  Biology The occurrence of two or more structural forms during a life cycle, especially of certain plants. 
plethora  an overabundance; having more than is needed 
pliable  easily bent; flexible; supple 
plutocracy  a country ruled by the wealthy class 
pneumorectomy  surgicial procedure removing all or part of a lung 
podiatrist  a medical doctor specializing in feet 
polychrome  in multiple colors 
polygamy  having more than one marriage 
polyglot  speaking multiple languages (our tongue shapes our sounds) 
Polynesia  an area in the South Pacific characterized by thousands of small islands 
polyphagous  feeding on multiple foods (most creatures eat more than one type of animal or plant) 
polyphonic  multi-melodic 
polytheism  belief that there are many gods 
ponderous  having great weight; heavy; huge; laborious (involving heavy work) 
ponderous  weighty, as in heavy thought or heavy in mass, substance, or importance 
portent  an indication or omen of something about to happen 
portly  rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent 
posthumous  after death 
potable  drinkable 
potentcy  strength or power 
prate  to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: 
prattle  to chatter; to talk in a simple or child-like manner 
preamble  an introductory statement 
precarious  dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; exposed to or involving danger 
preclude  metaphorically, to close a door before an opportunity or situation arises 
precursor  that which comes before 
predestination  the concept that one's future has been determined beforehand 
predisposition  susceptibility; tendency beforehand 
premonition  seeing or sensing danger beforehand 
prenatal  before birth 
preponderance  the bulk or majority; the place or situation with the most weight (as in evidence or data) 
preponderant  prevalent; superior in weight, force, or numbers 
prerequisite  required beforehand 
prerogative  an exclusive right or privilege (usually obtained by rank, office,or age; think I may ask before you!) 
presage  foresight; to make a prediction; an omen 
prescience  to know beforehand; foreknowledge 
prestidigitation  Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand 
prestidigitation  sleight of hand; legerdemain. 
presumptuous  going beyond what is right or proper; arrogant; unwarrantedly bold 
prevaricate  to intentionally stray from or evade the truth 
prim  stiffly proper; always doing things the correct way (think always having to be in first) 
primeval  of the first ages 
privy  secret; concealed; hidden; being party to something of private (not public) concern 
probated  proved; a legal term often used to indicated that a last will & testament has been proven as authentic 
prodigious  enormous; quite large 
profane  characterized by irreverence or contempt for God and/or sacred principles or things 
profligacy  reckless or wild extravagance 
profuse  abundant; in great amounts 
prognosis  medical prediction (based on your test results, you can expect....) 
proliferate  to spread forward in great numbers (e.g., diseases, ideas, fads) 
prolific  productive; always working and thereby producing 
prologue  the introduction to a literary work 
promotion  to advance in rank, class, or position 
promulgate  to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.). 
propensity  a natural inclination or tendency 
proponent  one who argues in favor of something 
propriety  correct or appropriate behavior 
proscribe  to publicly denounce or condemn (a thing or person) as dangerous or harmful; to banish or outlaw 
prospective  to look forward 
prostrate  to lay forward on the ground, often before a king or queen 
protean  readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable. 
proteranthous  (of certain plants) the flowers appear before the leaves 
protomorphic  an early or primitive shape or form 
prototype  the first model 
provocative  sexy; irresistibly drawing one's attention and inciting action (for good or bad; e.g., a beautiful girl or an annoying child) 
prudent  wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober. 
prudery  excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc 
pseudonym  a false or incorrect name 
psyche  mind 
psychology  the study of the human mind 
psychopath  one with a diseased mind; a person with a severe or dangerous mental illness 
psychosomatic  when the mind imagines that something is wrong with the body (but in truth nothing is physically wrong) 
pterosaur  winged lizard 
puerile  childishly foolish; of or pertaining to a child or to childhood. 
pugnacious  one who likes to fight; combative, either physically or verbally 
pugnacious  one who likes to fight; combative, either physically or verbally 
pulchritude  great physical beauty and appeal 
punctilious  precise in manner or form; exact; 
punctual  on time; always being there at the exact point expected 
puncture  a small hole, wound, or perforation (noun); to make a small hole via a sharp tip (verb) 
pungent  sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid. 
purport  to present or make a claim (often falsely) 
purveyor  a supplier or provider or goods or services 
pusillanimous  small-minded 
putative  involving thought 
putrid  in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten 
pyromania  obsession with fire 
quadruped  four-footed 
quadruped  four-footed creature 
quaint  having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque 
quandary  a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do; dilemma. 
querulous  given to complaining, grumbling, or quarreling 
quibble  an utterly trivial distinction or complaint; petty criticism 
quid pro quo  Latin phrase meaning "something for something" 
quintet  a group of five 
quintuplets  five children born at once to one mother 
Quixotic (from the novel Don Quixote)  to persist, remain constant 
radial  arranged like rays, such as spokes, bars, lines, etc. 
radiant  emitting rays of light; shining; bright: the radiant sun; radiant colors. 
raillery  good-humored ridicule; banter 
rancid  having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, esp. of fats or oils 
rancor  hatred; ill-will (related to rancid) 
rapacious  taking by force; predatory 
ratiocinate  to reason; carry on a process of reasoning 
raucous  rowdy; disorderly; harsh or grating 
raze  to level to the ground; demolish 
rebuff  a strong refusal or abrupt rejection 
recalcitrant  marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. 
recant  to take back what one said 
recapitulate  to summarize; to repeat the main ideas 
recidivist  someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior, such as criminal acts 
rectify  to correct 
rectitude  moral integrity ("living right"); the quality of being correct in judgment 
redact  to make ready for publication; edit or revise. 
redolent  having or emitting fragrance; aromatic; also, reminiscent, brining to mind again 
redoubtable  arousing fear or awe; formidable (not believing one can compete against) 
redress  to set right; remedy or rectify 
reel  to be thrown off balance; to feel dizzy 
refrain  to hold oneself back; (in music) to repeat a sequence of notes 
regale  to provide with great (kingly) enjoyment; to entertain 
reincarnate  to return as a different life form after death 
reiterate  to say or do again or repeatedly 
relegate  to assign (or demote) one to an inferior place, position, or condition 
relish  the pleasurable appreciation of anything 
remand  to send back (usually involving a prisoner or accused person) 
remiss  lax in attending to duty; negligent; regretful of lost opportunity 
render  to submit or present something, as for consideration, approval, or payment 
renounce  to take back, as in distancing oneself from words previously spoken; to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize something once followed or believed in 
renovate  to restore 
repartee  a quick, witty reply; skillful in responses 
repertory  the works a person or group performs regularly; a store or stock of things available; repertoire 
repine  to complain or fret; to be discontented 
repose  the act of resting; the state of being at rest 
repression  the state of putting or pressing something down by force 
repudiate  to reject with disapproval or condemnation 
repugnant  adj. Offensive to taste and feeling. 
repulse  to drive back (as in an attack) 
repute  the thoughts associated with a person when they are called to mind again 
requisition  a written request or order for something (e.g., supplies) 
requite  to make repayment or return for 
rescind  to make void; to repeal or annul; to take back 
resonant  a rich vibrating sound 
restitution  the act of compensating or making good for a loss, damage, or injury; to return something to its rightful owner 
resurgence  to rise again 
reticent  quiet; reserved; keeping to one's self 
retort  to answer back 
retract  to take back; to disavow 
retraction  to take back (as in words or statements) 
retribution  pay back; revenge 
retrograde  stepping backwards (e.g., looking to the past for fashion inspiration and styles) 
retrogress  stepping backwards; growing worse in performance 
retrospection  looking backwards 
revel  to take great pleasure in; to enjoy oneself fully 
revile  to consider or speak about with disgust 
revoke  to cancel; to call back what had previously been sent forth 
rhizomorphous  root-shaped 
rhododendron  literally, a rose tree; a genus of shrubs or small trees, often having handsome evergreen leaves, and remarkable for the beauty of their flowers 
ribald  indecent or obscene in speech or behavior 
rife  abundant 
rife  abundant; in widespread existence, practice, or use 
rubicund  red 
ruddy  having a healthy, reddish color 
rudimentary  being in an initial, early, or incomplete stage of development. 
rue  to regret extremely. 
ruffian  a tough, lawless person; a brute 
ruminate  to meditate on; to ponder; to think about over and over 
rupture  a breaking apart or tearing 
ruse  a crafty stratagem or plan 
rustic  of, relating to, or typical of country life 
saccharine  having a cloyingly sweet attitude, tone, or character 
sacrosanct  extremely sacred or holy 
sagacious  possessing wisdom. 
salacious  lustful; having strong sexual desires. 
salient  standing out prominently. 
salutation  a gesture of greeting or good will 
sanctimonious  affectedly holy 
sanction  to authorize (or make official) [as in something comes from the official--or god--in charge of things] 
sanguinary  bloody 
sanguinary  bloody 
saprophile  one who loves rotten or decaying matter 
sarcophagus  a funeral receptacle for a corpse, traditionally made of stone (it was thought that limestone helped decay human flesh) 
sardonic  scornfully mocking; sarcastic 
sate  to supply beyond capacity or desire 
satiate  to fully satisfy one's appetite or desire 
saturnine  gloomy and remote, as the planet Saturn is hazy (remember its ring) and distant 
schism  division; split 
scourge  a source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war. 
scrupulous  conscientious; desiring to do what is right and avoid what is wrong 
scurrilous  given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language; foul-mouthed 
secede  to go apart 
sedate  habitually calm and composed in manner; serene 
sedentary  sitting 
sedition  resisting lawful authority (e.g., sitting down and refusing to move) 
sedulous  persistant; diligent (once you sit down and begin you stay with it) 
segregate  to separate groups of people 
seminal  highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development 
sentient  conscious; having the power of perception through the senses 
septuagenerian  a person whose age is in their 70's 
sequestered  set apart or taken away (often by a judicial process) 
serendipity  the act of finding things not sought; good luck or fortune 
simulation  the imitation or recreation of an event or situation 
sine qua non  that which you cannot do without (what is essential) 
sine qua non  an essential element or condition; that which you cannot do without 
sinecure  an easy job, one that you do not have to put any effort, or care, into 
sinecure  a well-paying job that requires little or no work 
sinuous  curving in and out 
socialism  system of government that puts the interests of the community above that of the individual 
sociopath  a person who lacks moral responsibility, such that he cares not for other people or groups and hence becomes a threat or danger to them 
soliloquy  a speech to oneself; usually, a single actor on stage 
solitude  the state of being alone 
solvent  anything that dissolves or can dissolve 
somnambulist  a sleepwalker 
somniferous  sleep-inducing; bringing, or carrying, sleep 
somniloquy  talking in one's sleep 
somnolent  drowsy; sleepy. 
somnulent  boring, dull; causing one to fall asleep 
sonogram  an image produced by sound waves 
sonorous  full-sounding; richly voiced 
sordid  dirty; filthy; morally debased or ignoble 
sorority  a sisterhood 
specious  false or fake; note that there is the look or appearance or something, and then what it truly is on the inside. 
spectral  ghostly 
speculate  to consider or look at what may come to pass 
sporogenesis  the creation of spores (or seeds) 
sporophyte  plant seed 
spurious  false; not genuine, authentic, or true 
spurious  false but deceptively made out to be believable or possible 
squalid  having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance. 
stagnate  to stop developing, growing, flowing, etc. 
static  not moving, being at rest 
stellar  of or relating to stars; standing out like a star 
stolid  having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive 
strenuous  requiring great effort, energy, or exertion 
strife  heated, often violent dissension; bitter conflict 
stringent  imposing rigorous standards of performance; requiring strict attention to rules, procedures, etc. 
stultify  to make or cause to appear, foolish, or ridiculous 
stupefy  to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish. 
subliminal  existing in the mind but beneath the threshold of consciousness. 
subordinate  lower; under the orders of something superior 
subphylum  a subdivision of animal or plant types 
subterfuge  evasive dodge in order to escape 
subvert  to overthrow; to cause the downfall 
succinct  characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse 
succulent  full of juice or sap; juicy 
suffice  to be equal to a specified task; be capable 
sumptuous  of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish 
superannuate  to allow to retire on a pension because of age or infirmity 
supercilious  scornful arrogance (when we look down at others who we find inferior, we often raise our eyebrows) 
superfluous  that which is unnecessary; the overflow, so to speak 
supersede  to replace; metaphorically, to go over or above another on a ladder 
supplant  to take the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics. 
supple  an inclination, preference 
suppliant  a humble petitioner; to bow down and make a humble request of a superior 
supposition  something that is assumed; a hypothesis 
surfeit  excess, as in an abundance of food, etc.; having more than needed 
surmise  to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess 
surmount  to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.); to get on top of 
surplus  an overabundance; that beyond which is needed 
surreptitious  secret or unauthorized; acting in a stealthy or secretive manner 
surrogate  one who or that which is substituted for or appointed to act in place of another. 
swarthy  having a dark complexion or skin color 
sybarite  a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. 
sycophant  a self-seeking, servile flatterer; a fawning parasite; one who attaches himself to another for their own benefit 
symbiotic  the living together of two dissimilar lifeforms; a mutually beneficial relationship 
synchronize  to make two or more things coincide at the same moment of time 
synergy  different groups or companies working together for a common purpose 
synopsis  a summary (literally, looking over everything together) 
syntax  the arrangement of words into sentences 
synthesis  combining or merging different ideas or things 
tachometer  an instrument that measures the number of revolutions per minute (as in an engine, etc.) 
tachycardia  the beating of the heart (as in how fast) 
tacit  understood without being openly expressed; something implied but not directly said 
taciturn  disinclined to conversation; silent in expression; tending to be silent 
tactile  involving touch 
tangible  touchable; something material 
tantalize  to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed. 
tantamount  equivalent in value, effect, or import; "the same as" 
taxonomy  division into ordered groups or categories 
teem  to be so full as to be overflowing. 
telekinesis  alleged ability to move physical objects via the power of the mind 
telepathic  communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception. 
temerity  recklessness; foolhardy disregard of danger 
temporal  of or related to limited time (as opposed to eternity) 
temporize  to make time; to delay plans or events 
tenacious  unyielding; not stopping 
tenuous  thin or slender in form, as a thread 
terra firma  solid ground 
terrain  the landscape 
terrestrial  pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets. 
terse  brief 
tetrahedron  four-sided object 
theocracy  government or rule by religious leaders 
timorous  fearful; lacking courage. 
toponym  place name 
torpid  inactive or sluggish 
torpor  sluggish inactivity; apathy; dormancy (as of a hibernating animal) 
torrid  subject to parching or burning heat, esp. of the sun, as a geographical area 
tortuous  twisting 
tractable  docile; willing to please; you are able to pull them along to do whatever you want to do 
transcribe  to make a written copy; to transfer from one written form to another 
transfusion  passing from one thing to another 
transient  one who or that which is only of temporary existence; in constant movement 
transmigration  to go from one state of existence to another (e.g., the soul moving from this life to another) 
transmundane  existing or extending beyond the physical world 
transpose  to move from one place to another 
trenchant  forceful; effective; energetic; incisive or keen (as in language or a person) 
trepidation  fear; a state of terror or alarm 
trichosis  any abnormal condition or disease of the hair 
trichotomy  three-part division 
trite  lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: 
truculent  eager; quick to fight or argue 
turbid  confused; muddled; disturbed; clouded (as in stirred up sediment) 
turbulent  disturbed; disordered, chaotic 
turgid  swollen; inflated; overblow 
turpitude  depravity; vile or morally debased action 
tutelage  the act of training or the state of being under instruction. 
ubiquitous  being present everywhere at the same time; omnipresent 
ultimatum  the final demand or request 
umbrage  offense; annoyance; displeasure 
uncivilized  not civilized; behaving in a rude, unsophisticated manner 
undulate  to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement: 
undulous  of or pertaining to waves 
unequivocal  to make one's position, or side, clear in regards to an issue--NOT to play to both sides, to choose one and make one's position clear 
unfetter  unrestrained; unchained; untied 
unilateral  one-sided 
untenable  not fit to be occupied; or, not able to be defended 
upbraid  to find fault with; to blame; to censure 
urbane  sophisticated; well-cultured; one raised in a civilized manner (consider early life: cities versus the primitive countryside) 
urbanite  one who lives in a city 
usurp  to seize or take possession by force. 
usury  the lending or practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest. 
vacillate  to waver in mind or opinion; to sway unsteadily 
vacillate  to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute 
vacuous  empty 
valid  having worth or value 
variegate  varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different color 
venal  willing to sell one's influence, esp. in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary 
veneer  a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood. 
venerate  to view or honor with deep respect or admiration 
ventral  of or relating to the belly, underside, or front 
ventriloquist  one who practices the art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure 
veracious  truthful 
veracity  truthfulness 
verbatim  word for word (as in copying) 
verbose  characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy 
verisimilitude  similar to the truth or reality (but not the same as the truth) 
veritable  actual truth; the real thing 
vermicide  a worm-killer 
vicarious  taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute 
vicarious  done by one person substituting for another 
viceroy  a person appointed by a higher authority to govern a province or country 
vicissitude  a change, especially a complete change of condition or circumstances, such as fortune. 
vicissitude  variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another 
vigor  active strength or force 
vim  lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality. 
virile  of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a man; masculine; manly 
virility  manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity. 
virtuous  conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright 
virulent  actively poisonous; intensely noxious 
vitality  filled with life or energy 
vitriolic  cruel or mean 
vivacious  full of life; energic 
vivisection  a slice (or cut) of life 
vocation  a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling. 
vociferous  loudly voiced 
vogue  current fashion or manner of doing things; what is popular or in style 
volatile  changeable; flighty; transient; inconstant 
volition  will or choice 
voluble  characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative 
voluminous  filling much space 
voluptuous  sensuously pleasing or delightful; having fullness of beautiful form, as a woman, with or without sensuous or sensual quality. 
voracious  extremely hungry 
waif  a person or animal that has neither home nor friends; or, a stray item or article 
wane  to grow smaller 
wantonness  without regard for what is right, just, or humane 
warmonger  one who encourages others to go to war 
wax  to grow larger (verb definition) 
whet  to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity. 
winsome  sweetly or innocently charming; cheerful; light-hearted 
wry  bitterly ironic or amusing 
xenogenesis  the supposed production of offspring that are markedly different from either parent 
xenolith  a strange rock of unknown origin 
xenophobia  fear of strangers (or foreigners) 
xylophagous  a wood-eater 
xylophone  A percussion instrument consisting of a mounted row of wooden bars graduated in length to sound a chromatic scale, played with two small mallets. 
zealot  a person who shows extreme enthusiaum for a person, issue, or cause 
zeitgeist  the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time 
zephyr  any soft, gentle wind. 
zodiac  (traditionally) the twelve constellations the make up the heavens, each of which is assigned an animal representative 
zoophile  animal-lover 


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abidance  an abiding 
abject  sunk to a low condition 
abrogate  to abolish, repeal 
accede  to agree 
acquiesce  to comply; submit 
acumen  quickness of intellectual insight or discernment, keenness of discrimination 
admonish  to warn of a fault 
aeronaut  one who navigates the air, a balloonist 
ambrosial  divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious 
amenable  willing and ready to submit 
anathema  anything forbidden, as by social usage 
antagonism  mutual opposition or resistance of counteracting forces, principles, or persons. 
antipathize  to show or feel a feeling of antagonist, aversion, or dislike 
apprehensible  adj. Capable of being conceived. 
apropos  appropriate to the situation, apt 
ardent  burning with passion 
assiduous  diligent 
astute  keen in discernment 
attenuate  make thin, weaken, enervate 
audacious  fearless 
auspicious  favorable, successful, prosperous 
austere  severely simple, unadorned 
avarice  passion for getting and keeping riches 
averse  reluctant 
banal  commonplace 
belligerent  manifesting a warlike spirit 
bemoan  to lament 
bumptious  full of offensive and aggressive self- conceit 
caitiff  cowardly 
capricious  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason 
captious  hypercritical 
carnal  sensual 
caustic  corrosive; burning 
caustic  sarcastic and severe 
censure  expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke 
cessation  discontinuation, as of action or motion 
circumspect  showing watchfulness, caution, or careful consideration 
claimant  one who makes a claim or demand, as of right 
concord  harmony 
conjecture  a guess 
conscript  to force into military service 
consonant  being in agreement or harmony with 
conspicuous  clearly visible 
constable  an officer whose duty is to maintain the peace 
constituent  one who has the right to vote at an election 
contemptuous  disdainful 
contender  one who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry 
contentious  quarrelsome 
continence  self restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion 
contraband  trade forbidden by law or treaty 
copious  plenteous 
coronet  inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign 
countenance  to favor or approve of 
craven  cowardly 
curtail  to cut off or cut short 
dastard  a base coward 
daunt  to discourage or intimidate 
decorous  suitable for the occasion or circumstances 
demagogue  an unprincipled politician 
demobilize  to disband, as troops 
demur  to hesitate, raise objections 
denigrate  blacken, belittle, sully, defame 
deposition  testimony legally taken on interrogatories and reduced to writing, for use as evidence in court 
deride  to ridicule 
derive  to deduce as from a premise 
derlict  neglectful of obligation 
diatribe  a bitter or malicious criticism 
diffident  affected or possessed with self- distrust 
diminution  reduction 
disavow  to disclaim responsibility for 
disenfranchise  to deprive the right or power 
dispossess  to deprive of actual occupancy, especially of real estate 
disputation  verbal controversy 
domineer  to rule with insolence or unnecessary annoyance 
donee  a person to whom a donation is made 
duteous  showing submission to natural superiors 
ebullient  showing enthusiasm or exhilarating of feeling 
effete  exhausted, as having preformed its functions 
efficacy  the power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it 
egoism  the theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self 
elicit  to extract gradually or without violence 
embroil  to involve in dissension or strife 
enamor  to inspire with ardent love 
enervate  to render ineffective or inoperative 
enfeeble  to debilitate 
enigma  puzzle, riddle, or mystery 
entail  to involve, necessitate 
epigram  a pithy phrasing of a shrewd observation 
esthetic  pertaining to beauty, taste, or the fine arts 
euphonious  characterized by agreeableness of sound 
evanesce  v. To vanish gradually. 
excoriate  to flay, strip off the skin; to denounce sharply 
exigent  urgent 
exonerate  to relieve or vindicate from accusation, imputation, or blame 
extemporaneous  done or made without much or any preparation 
facetious  amusing 
facility  ease 
flux  a state of constant movement, change, or renewal 
foible  a personal weakness or failing 
fracas  uproar of brawl 
freckless  lacking purpose or vitality ineffective, careless 
frivolity  a trifling act, thought, saying, or practice 
germane  relevant 
gossamer  flimsy 
guileless  frank 
gumption  common sense 
harangue  a tirade- (A long, angry speech of criticism or accusation) 
heathenish  irreligious 
ignominious  Shameful; disgraceful 
imperious  arrogance, commanding presence, overbearing 
importune  to harass with persistent demands or entreaties 
impregnable  that can not be taken by assault 
impropriety  the state or quality of being unfit, unseemly, or inappropriate 
improvident  lacking foresight or thrift 
imprudent  heedless 
impunity  freedom from punishment 
incontrovertible  indisputable 
indelible  that can not be blotted out, effaced, destroyed, or removed 
indict  to find and declare chargeable with crime 
indigent  poor 
indolent  habitually inactive or idle 
indomitable  unconquerable 
indulgent  yielding to the desires of humor of oneself or those under one's care 
inert  inanimate 
ingenuous  candid, frank, or open in character of quality 
injunction  mandate 
inquisition  a court or tribunal for examination and punishment of heretics 
inroad  forcible encroachment or trespass 
insipid  tasteless 
insuppressible  incapable of being concealed 
intrepid  fearless and bold 
inundate  to fill with an overflowing abundance 
invalid  one with is disabled by illness of injury 
irradiate  to render clear and intelligible 
jocular  inclined to joke 
lackadaisical  listless 
languid  relaxed 
lascivious  lustful 
latency  the state of being dormant 
latent  dormant 
levity  humor, frivolity 
licentious  wanton- Adjective: (of a cruel or violent action) Deliberate and unprovoked.
Noun:A sexually immodest or promiscuous woman. 
licit  lawful 
lien  a legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge 
lubricious  lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery 
lucid  mentally sound 
lucrative  highly profitable 
ludicrous  laughable 
magnanimous  generous in treating or judging others 
mettle  courage 
miser  a person given to saving and hoarding unduly 
myraid  a vast indefinite number 
nondescript  indescribable 
obsequious  showing a servile readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another 
obstinacy  stubborn adherence to opinion, arising from conceit or the desire to have one's way 
odoriferous  having or diffusing an odor or scent, especially an agreeable one 
onus  a burden or responsibility 
opaque  impervious (not penetrable) to light 
opprobrious  shameful, expressing disgrace 
opulent  wealthy 
ostensible  seeming, appearing as such, professed 
ostentation  a display dictated by vanity and intended to invite applause or flatter 
overweening  presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate, being a jerk 
pariah  a member of a degraded class, a social outcast 
parsimonious  unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money 
peccable  capable of sinning 
pecuniary  any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages 
pecuniary  consisting of money 
pellucid  translucent 
perfunctory  half-hearted 
perquisite  any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages 
philistine  a smug arrogant person; one who lacks knowledge 
phlegmatic  not easily roused to feeling or action 
piquant  agreeably pungent, stimulating 
poignant  nostalgic, evoking emotion or sadness 
poseur  someone taking on airs to impress others; a phony 
posit  to present in an orderly manner 
precedent  an instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule 
precipitous  rash, foolhardy, dropping sharply, dangerous 
precocious  having the mental faculties prematurely developed 
predominant  superior in power, influence, effectiveness, number, or degree 
premise  a judgement as a conclusion 
preponderate  to exceed in influence or power 
preposterous  utterly ridiculous or absurd 
priggish  conceited 
prodigal  one wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property 
prodigious  immense 
profuse  produced or displayed in overabundance 
prosaic  unimaginative 
proscribe  to reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation 
prudence  caution 
pugnacious  quarrelsome 
quail  lose courage, turn frightened 
query  to make inquiry 
quotidian  daily, commonplace, pedestrian 
raffish  disreputable, tawdry 
raillery  good-humored satire 
rapt  enraptured 
reck  to have a care or thought for 
recreant  a cowardly or faithless person 
rectitude  the quality of being upright in principles and conduct 
redoubtable  formidable 
remiss  negligent 
remonstrance  reproof 
repartee  a ready, witty, or apt reply 
repine  to indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding 
reprobate  one abandoned to depravity and sin 
repudiate  to refuse to have anything to do with 
rescind  to make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority 
resplendent  very bright 
reticent  habitually keeping silently or being reserved in utterance 
retrograde  to cause to deterioration or to make backward 
rigmarole  nonsense 
risible  capable of exciting laughter 
sagacious  able to discern and distinguish with wise perception 
salient  standing out prominently 
sanctimony  self- righteous, hypercritical, with false piety 
sapience  deep wisdom or knowledge 
scrupulous  cautious in action for fear of doing wrong 
seditious  promotive of conduct directed against public order and the tranquility of the state 
sedulous  preserving in effort or endeavor 
sentinel  any gaurd or watch stationed for protection 
sequacious  ready to be led 
sheer  absolute 
shiftless  wanting in resource, energy, or executive ability 
solicitor  one who represents a client in court of justice; an attorney 
somniferous  tending to produce sleep 
sprightly  vivacious 
squalid  having a dirty, mean, poverty- stricken appearance 
stagnate  to become dull or inert 
staid  of a steady and sober character 
stint  to be thrifty, to set limits 
stringent  rigid 
subjugate  to conquer 
subvert  to bring to ruin 
sufferance  toleration 
sumptuous  rich and costly 
supercilious  exhibiting haughty and careless contempt 
superfluous  overflowing, too much 
supposition  conjecture 
surmount  to overcome by force of will 
tacit  understood 
tawdry  cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky 
tenacious  unyielding 
tentative  done as experiment 
tenuous  unsubstantial, flimsy, weak 
termagant  violently abusive and quarrelsome 
timorous  lacking courage 
tirade  harangue 
torpid  sleeping, sluggish, lethargic, dormant 
tortious  wrongful 
transact  to do business 
trite  made commonplace by frequent repetition 
underling  a subordinate 
unsury  the demanding for the use of money as a loan, a rate of interest beyond what is allowed by law 
vassal  a salve or bondman 
vegetate  to live a monotonous, passive way 
veracious  truthful 
vincible  conquerable 
wantonness  recklessness 


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abase  to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem 
abhor  regard with disgust and hatred 
abstruse  difficult to understand 
acquiesce  submit without protest 
acumen  quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight 
adroit  dexterous; deft 
aesthetic  pertaining to beauty 
aesthetic  having to do with the appreciation of beauty 
affable  easy-going; friendly 
alacrity  promptness in response; cheerful readiness; eagerness 
alleviate  to ease a pain or burden 
altruism  unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness 
amalgam  a combination of diverse elements; a mixture 
ambiguous  open to more than one interpretation 
ambivalent  simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain 
amiable  friendly; agreeable; good-natured 
anachronistic  the representation of something as existing or happening in the wrong time period 
antagonism  active hostility or opposition 
antediluvian  of or belonging to the time before the biblical 
apathetic  feeling or showing little emotion 
aptitude  a natural ability to do something 
arboreal  relating to or resembling a tree or trees 
arcane  known or understood by only a few 
archaic  characteristic of an earlier time; antiquated; old 
arduous  involving or requiring strenuous effort 
ascertain  to find out, as through investigation or experimentation 
ascribe  attribute something to 
assimilate  to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar 
astute  shrewd; clear 
augment  make (something) greater by adding to it; increase 
augment  to make greater; as in size, extent, or quantity; to supplement 
aural  of or related to the ear or the sense of hearing 
austere  severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance 
austere  without decoration; strict 
autocratic  a government where one person has all the power, absolute rule 
autonomy  independence; self-determination 
auxiliary  providing supplementary or additional help and support 
averse  strongly disinclined 
banal  drearily commonplace; predictable; trite 
befuddlged  confuse 
beguiled  deceived 
belabor  argue or elaborate 
beleaguered  harassed 
belie  to misrepresent or disguise 
bellicose  inclined to start 
belligerent  eager to fight; hostile or aggressive 
beneficial  producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful 
benign  kind and gentle 
besmirch  damage the reputation of (someone or something) in the opinion of others 
bolster  to hearten, support or prop up 
bombastic  given to pompous speech or writing 
brevity  the quality or state of being brief in duration 
burgeon  to grow and flourish 
cacophony  a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds 
cacophony  discordant, unpleasant noise 
cajole  to urge with repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery 
callous  emotionally hardened; unfeeling 
candid  completely honest, straightforward 
cantankerous  ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable 
capricious  impulsive and unpredictable 
castigate  reprimand, scold, chastise 
castigate  to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize 
cathartic  relaxing after an emotional outburst 
censure  to issue official blame 
censure (n)  the expression of formal disapproval 
chicanery  trickery 
circumscribe  to draw a circle around; to restrict 
circumspect  careful; prudent; discreet 
clandestine  done secretively, especially to deceive; surreptitious 
cogently  clear, logical, and convincing 
combustible  able to catch fire and burn easily 
complaisant  willing to please others 
complement (n.)  something that completes, goes with, or brings to perfection 
conciliatory  appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile 
concord  agreement (antonym: discord) 
concur  to agree 
condone  accept and allow 
condone  accept and allow 
conjecture  inference; guesswork 
conspicuous  easy to notice; obvious (antonym: inconspicuous) 
contentious  quarrelsome 
contentious  quarrelsome 
contiguous  sharing an edge or boundary; touching 
convoluted  intricate; complex 
copious  plentiful; having a large quantity 
cosmopolitan  worldly; widely sophisticated 
credible  capable of being believed; plausible 
criticize  indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way 
curative  able to heal or cure 
curmudgeonly  bad tempered, difficult 
daunting  seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation; intimidating 
dearth  scarce supply; lack 
debacle  disastrous or ludicrous defeat or failure; fiasco 
debilitate  impair the strength of; weaken 
debunk  to expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims 
decorous  proper, correct 
defunct  no longer existing or functioning 
deleterious  harmful 
deleterious  having a harmful effect 
delineate  describe or portray 
demure  modest and reserved 
denounce  to condemn openly 
deride  to mock contemptuously 
derivative (n.)  something that comes from another source 
derogatory  insulting or intended to insult 
despotic  tyrannical 
destitute  without the basic necessities of life 
didactic  intended for instruction 
didactic  instructive 
diffidence  timidity or shyness 
dilatory  habitually late 
diligent  marked by painstaking effort; hardworking 
dilute  make thinner or weaker by having had water or another solvent added 
diminutive  extremely or unusually small 
dirge  a funeral hymn or lament 
disaffected  having lost faith or loyalty; discontent 
discernible  distinguishable 
disconcerted  perturb, ruffle 
disdain  scorn 
disingenuous  not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does 
dismiss  order or allow to leave; send away 
disparage  to speak negatively; to belittle 
disseminate  to scatter widely, as in sowing seed 
dissension  disagreement that leads to discord 
distend  to swell out or expand from internal pressure, as when overly full 
distended  to swell out 
docile  submissive to instruction; willing to be taught 
dogmatic  stubbornly attached to insufficiently proven beliefs 
dubious  hesitating or doubting 
dubious  doubtful; of unlikely authenticity 
dupe  deceive; trick 
duplicitous  deliberately deceptive 
ebullience  intense enthusiasm 
eccentric  unconventional and slightly strange 
eclectic  made up of a variety of sources and styles 
eclectic  made up of a variety of sources or styles 
effrontery  brazen boldness; presumptuousness 
effusive  showing excessive emotion; overflowing 
emancipate  set free, esp. from legal, social, or political restrictions 
embellish  to ornament or decorate; to exaggerate 
eminent  distinguished; prominent 
empathy  identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives 
emulate  match or surpass 
enfranchisement  give the right to vote to 
engender  cause or give rise to 
enigma  a puzzle, mystery, or riddle 
ephemeral  lasing for only a brief time 
epitome  a representative or example of a type 
equitable  fair and impartial 
equivocal  open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous (antonym: unequivocal) 
eradicate  to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish 
erratic  markedly inconsistent 
erudite  learned, scholarly 
erudition  deep, extensive learning 
esoteric  intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest 
esoteric  intended for or understood by only a small group 
euphemism  a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term 
euphonious  pleasant in sound 
euphoria  state of intense excitement and happiness 
exacerbate  to increase the severity; violence, or bitterness of; aggravate 
exonerate  to free from blame 
exorbitant  exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness 
expedient  appropriate to a purpose; convenient; speedy 
explicit  stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt 
extant  still living 
extinguishable  cause (a fire or light) to cease to burn or shine 
extol  to praise highly 
extraneous  not forming an essential or proper part 
extraneous  irrelevant; inessential 
extrapolate  to infer or estimate bye extending or projecting known information 
exuberant  full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy 
fabricate  to make up in order to deceive 
fallacious  a mistaken belief 
fallacy  a false notion 
fastidious  carefully attentive to detail; difficult to please 
feasible  possible to do easily or conveniently 
felicitous  admirably suited; apt 
flag (v.)  to decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to droop 
flagrant  extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable 
flamboyant  tending to attract attention because of their exuberance 
flippant  disrespectfully humorous or casual 
gaffe  a clumsy social error; a faux pas 
garrulous  excessively talkative in a rambling manner 
germane  relevant to a subject under consideration 
grandiose  great in scope or intent; grand 
gratuitous  given freely; unearned; unnecessary 
gregarious  fond of company; sociable 
guileless  without artful deception 
hackneyed  worn out through overuse; trite 
harmonious  forming a pleasing or consistent whole 
hasty  done or acting with excessive speed or urgency; hurried 
honestly  in a truthful, fair, or honorable 
idiosyncrasy  characteristic peculiar to an individual or group 
ignominious  deserving or causing public disgrace or shame 
ignominy  great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct 
immutable  unchanging over time or unable to be changed 
imperious  domineering in a haughty way 
impertinent  rude 
impetuous  suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate 
impetus  an impelling force or stimulus 
impugn  to attack as false or questionable 
inalterable  unable to be changed 
incoherent  lacking cohesion or connection 
incongruous  lacking in harmony; imcompatible 
incontrovertible  indisputable; not open to question 
indict  to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime 
indigent  poor; needy 
indignation  anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment 
industrious  diligent and hard-working 
inept  having or showing no skill 
injurious  causing or likely to cause damage or harm 
innocuous  having no adverse effect; harmless 
inscrutable  impossible to understand or interpret 
inscrutable  difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable 
insinuate  to imply or communicate stealthily 
insipid  uninteresting; unchallenging; lacking taste or savor 
insolent  insulting in manner or speech 
insouciance  casual lack of concern; indifference 
insular  isolated; narrow or provincial 
interminable  endless 
intransigence  refusal to moderate a position or to compromise 
inundate  to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp 
invocation (n.)  a call (usually upon a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration 
jaded  worn out; wearied 
jocular  characterized by or given to joking 
juxtapose  a place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast 
laudatory  full of praise 
lavish (adj.)  extravagant 
listless  lacking energy or enthusiasm 
litigious  prone to engage in lawsuits 
loquacious  very talkative 
lucid  easily understood; clear 
lugubrious  mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree 
magnanimous  courageously or generously noble in mind and heart 
magnitude  the great size or extent of something 
mar  to damage, especially in a disfiguring way 
maudlin  embarrassingly sentimental 
maverick  one who is independent and resists adherence to a group 
menacing  threatening, ominous 
mendacious  lying; untruthful 
mercenary  motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain 
meritorious  deserving reward or praise 
meticulous  extremely careful and precise 
meticulously  marked by extreme or excessive care in details 
mitigate  make less severe, serious, or painful 
modicum  a small, moderate, or token amount 
moniker  a name 
multifarious  diverse; various 
multiplicity  state of being various or manifold; a great number 
nefarious  flagrantly wicked; vicious 
nonchalance  lack of care 
nonplussed  surprised, confused; dumbfounded 
novel (adj.)  fresh; original; new 
noxious  harmful, poisonous 
obscure  not clearly seen 
obsequious  fawning and servile 
obstinate  stubbornly attached to an opinion or a course of action 
onerous  troublesome or oppressive; burdensome 
opulent  displaying great wealth 
ornate  elaborately decorated 
ornery  bad-tempered and combative 
orthodox  adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion 
palliative  relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure 
palpable  able to be touched or felt 
pariah  outcast 
parity  equality, as in amount, status, or value (antonym: disparity) 
partisan (adj.)  devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause 
paucity  smallness in number; scarcity 
pedantic  excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules 
pejorative (adj)  disparaging, belittling, insulting 
penchant  a strong inclination or liking 
perfunctory  carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection 
pernicious  extremely or irrevocably harmful; deadly 
perspicacious  having a ready insight into and understanding of things 
perspicacious  shrewd; clear-sighted 
perspicuous  clearly expressed and easily understood 
philanthropic  humanitarian; benevolent; relation go monetary generosity 
placid  calm 
placid  calm or quiet; undisturbed 
portent  indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; omen 
potentate  one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch 
pragmatic  practical 
pragmatic  practical 
precocious  exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity 
prescience  knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foreknowledge; foresight 
prodigious  enormous 
prodigiously  remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree 
profundity  great depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning 
proliferate  to grow or increase rapidly 
prolific  plentiful 
prolific  very productive; producing great qualities 
prosaic  unimaginative; dull (antonym: poetic) 
prospectus  formal proposal 
quell  to put down forcibly; suppress 
quiescence  in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy 
quiescent  quiet, still, or at rest; inactive 
rambunctious  uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous 
rancorous  marked by bitter, deep-seated, ill-will 
raze  to level to the ground; demolish 
reciprocate  to mutually take or give; to respond in kind 
reclusive  seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation 
rectitude  moral uprightness; righteousness 
redolent  fragrant; aromatic; suggestive 
redouble  to make twice as great; to double 
redundant  needlessly repetitive 
refuting  prove to be wrong or false 
regressive  more backward 
relinquish  to retire from; give up or abandon 
remiss  lax in attending to duty; negligent 
renounce  to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement 
repudiate  to reject the validity or authority of 
repugnant  arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive 
restricted  limited in extent, number, scope, or action 
reticent  inclined to keep silent; reserved 
rhetoric  the art of using language effectively and persuasively 
rudimentary  basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development 
salubrious  healthful 
sanctimonious  feigning piety or righteousness 
sanguine  cheerfully optimistic 
sanguine  cheerfully confident; optimistic 
scintillating  brilliant 
scrupulous  principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting 
sedentary  a lot of sitting 
seditious  incitement of discontent 
solicitous  anxious or concerned 
solicitous  concerned 
sonorous  producing a deep or full sound 
soporific  inducing or tending to induce sleep 
specious  having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false 
sporadic  occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time 
squalid  extreme filth 
squander  to spend wastefully 
squelch  to crush as if by trampling; squash 
staid  unemotional; serious 
stoic  free from passion 
stratify  to layer or separate into layers 
strident  loud, harsh, grating, or shrill 
stymie  to thwart or stump 
substantiate  to support with proof or evidence; verify 
subterfuge  a deceptive stratagem or device 
supercilious  behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others 
supercilious  disdainful; haughty; arrogant 
superfluous  extra; unnecessary 
supplant  to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics 
supple  bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible 
surreptitious  secretive; sneaky 
sustenance  nourishment 
sycophant  insincere, obsequious flatter 
synergy  combined action or operation 
tangential  merely touching or slightly connected; only superficially relevant 
tediously  long and tiresome 
temperate  moderate; restrained (antonym: intemperate) 
temporal  of, relating to, or limited by time 
tenacity  persistence 
tenuous  having little substance or strength; shaky 
therapeutic  having or exhibiting healing powers 
transient  passing quickly in time or space 
tumult  violent and noisy commotion 
tumultuous  noisy and disorderly 
ubiquitous  being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent 
unctuous  smooth and greasy 
unilateral  independent, autonomous 
vacillate  to sway from one side to the other; oscillate 
vapid  lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull 
variegated  having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored 
vehement  showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense 
veracity  adherence to the truth; truthfulness 
verdant  green with vegetation 
verifiable  make sure something is accurate, or justified 
vex  to annoy or bother; to perplex 
vicarious  felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another 
vigilant  on the alert; watchful 
vignette  a short scene or story 
vindicate  to free from blame 
vindictive  revengeful 
vindictive  disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful 
vitality  capacity to live and develop 
vituperative  marked by harshly abusive condemnation 
voluminously  occupying or containing much space 
whimsical  characterized by whim; unpredictable 
winsome  innocently charming 


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abstruse  difficult to penetrate 
acerbity  sourness, with bitterness and astringency; a sharp and bitter manner 
ado  unnecessary activity or ceremony 
adumbrate  to describe roughly or briefly or to give the main points or summary of; to sketch out in a vague way 
adversary  someone who offers opposition; an enemy or opponent 
adverse  in an opposing direction; contrary to your interests or welfare 
affectation  unnatural or artificial behavior, usually intended to impress 
allegation  statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove; (law) a formal accusation against somebody 
aloofness  a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner 
amalgamation  the merging of two things to form one 
ambiguous  having more than one possible meaning 
ambivalent  characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow 
ameliorate  to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming 
anachronistic  chronologically misplaced; out-of-date 
animadvert  speak one's opinion without fear or hesitation; to pass criticism or censure 
annals  a chronological account of events in successive years 
anomalous  deviating from the general or common order or type; abnormal, irregular 
antiphon  a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response 
apothecary  a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs; a pharmacist 
arbitrary  Unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness 
arid  lacking sufficient water or rainfall; extremely dry 
artistry  a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation 
aspersion  an abusive attack on a person's character or good name 
assignee  (law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred); one who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests 
astringent  sour or bitter in taste 
auricle  one of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins 
avant-garde  new and modern ideas in art, music or literature that are surprising and shocking; cutting edge 
bard  a lyric poet 
baste  loose temporary stitches; to cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking 
beau  an escort, lover 
belie  represent falsely, be in contradiction with; to show something to be false or wrong 
belligerence  hostile or warlike attitude or nature 
benevolent  having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; generous in providing aid for others 
bereave  to make desolate with loneliness and grief 
bigoted  intolerant; narrow-minded, prejudiced 
bilk  cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money; hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of 
blatant  conspicuously and offensively loud; without any attempt at concealment 
bloodcurdling  extremely alarming, frightening 
bombastic  ostentatiously lofty in style 
brandish  move or swing back and forth; to wave or flourish in a menacing or vigorous fashion (like a sword) 
brazier  large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned 
bureaucratization  the process by which a group, organization, or social movement increasingly relies on technical-rational decision making in the pursuit of efficiency; to complicate through overregulation 
bygone  well in the past 
cajole  influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; to persuade with false promises and flattery 
callosity  the state of being hard and insensible 
candid  openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; honest, frank, sincere; realistic 
candid  openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness 
candor  the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech 
cantankerous  having a difficult and contrary disposition; stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate 
capricious  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; unpredictable, fickle 
capricious  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason 
centenary  pertaining to 100 years or a period of 100 years 
chaotic  completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing 
churlish  rude and boorish, lacking politeness or good manners 
circumstantial  fully detailed and specific about particulars 
clamorous  conspicuously and offensively loud, noisy 
cloying  overly sweet; excessive 
coercive  forceful, using violence to convince or sway, brutish 
compensatory  making up for; repaying 
complacency  self-satisfaction without awareness of danger or trouble 
concede  acknowledge defeat 
concessions  things given or granted as privileges 
conciliate  make compatible with; obtain the friendship of 
confidant  someone to whom private matters are confided 
conformation  acting according to certain accepted standards; general structure, form, or outline 
conjugal  of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband 
contrive  make or work out a plan for; put or send forth 
convalesce  to recover health after illness; to recuperate 
convoluted  highly involved or intricate; rolled or coiled together 
copious  large in number or quantity (especially of discourse) 
corrosive  eating away gradually, acidlike; bitterly sarcastic 
credence  the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true; belief or trust 
credo  any system of principles or beliefs; creed 
crude  conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; lacking refinement 
cryptic  having a puzzling terseness 
culvert  artificial channel for water; drain crossing under a road 
decimation  destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot) 
decorous  characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct; according with custom or propriety 
decorous  characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct 
deliverance  recovery or preservation from loss or danger 
delusion  a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea 
denunciations  public accusations 
derivative  unoriginal; obtained from another source 
descry  catch sight of, to discover or reveal 
detractor  one who disparages or belittles the worth of something; one who speaks ill of another 
devout  religious 
diaphanous  so thin as to transmit light; very sheer and light, transparent 
dictum  an authoritative declaration 
digraph  a union of two characters representing a single sound
ie. "sh" in the word "shoe" 
digression  a message that departs from the main subject 
dilettante  an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge 
discern  detect with the senses 
disfavor  put at a disadvantage; disregard 
disingenuous  not straightforward or candid; insincere, crafty 
dispassionate  unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice 
dispel  force to go away; to cause to separate and go in different directions 
disposition  a person's inherent qualities of mind and character; an inclination or tendency 
disrepute  the state of being held in low esteem; disgrace, dishonor, discredit 
dissertation  thesis; a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research, long essay 
divination  the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means 
dowager  a widow holding property received from her deceased husband; a dignified elderly woman 
duplicity  acting in bad faith; intentional deceit in speech or conduct; hypocrisy, double-dealing 
dynamic  expressing action rather than a state of being; active, energetic, forceful 
ecclesiastical  of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church) 
edify  to build up, or strengthen, especially in morals or religion 
effervescent  marked by high spirits or excitement; (of a liquid) giving off bubbles of gas 
egalitarian  a person who believes in the equality of all people 
egregious  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; extremely bad or objectionable 
elucidate  make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear and (more) comprehensible 
emend  make improvements or corrections to (usually a text) 
emphatic  forceful and definite in expression or action; sudden and strong 
encumber  to hold back; to weigh down or burden 
engender  to cause, produce, or create 
engross  to occupy completely, absorb 
entomology  the branch of zoology that studies insects 
epicycle  a circle that rolls around (inside or outside) another circle 
equivocal  open to two or more interpretations 
equivocate  be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information 
exacerbate  to make worse or more severe 
exculpate  pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; free from blame 
exorbitance  beyond reasonable; extravagance or enormity 
exposition  a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic; formal presentation 
extenuate  to lessen the seriousness or extent of an offense by making partial excuses 
extortion  the practice of obtaining by violence or compulsion 
facetious  cleverly amusing in tone; humorous 
fervor  the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up, feelings of great warmth and intensity 
fictional  formed or conceived by the imagination 
figment  a contrived or fantastic idea; something invented or imaginary 
figurative  expressing something in terms usually used for something else; metaphorical, symbolic 
flotsam  floating debris; homeless, impoverished people; the floating wreckage of a ship 
folly  foolish or senseless behavior 
foresight  the ability to see ahead 
frailty  liability to be broken or destroyed, weakness 
freewheeling  cheerfully irresponsible; free of restraints or rules 
frivolous  not serious in content or attitude or behavior 
generalize  to draw general inferences 
germane  relevant 
grist  grain that is ground into flour 
heretical  characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards; unorthodox 
homophone  two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear) 
iconoclast  someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions 
idiosyncratic  peculiar to the individual; highly individualized; unique 
impeccable  without fault or error, flawless 
impecunious  not having enough money to pay for necessities, poor 
impetuous  rash or impulsive; characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation 
implacable  unable to be calmed down or made peaceful 
impugned  challenged to be doubted; called into question 
impute  to attribute or give credit to 
incentive  a positive motivational influence 
inconclusive  leading to no final results or outcome; providing no clear answer or solution 
indigence  a state of extreme poverty or destitution 
indignant  filled with resentment or anger over something unjust, unworthy, or mean 
indisposition  a certain degree of unwillingness 
inept  revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; generally incompetent and ineffectual 
infighting  conflict within a group 
inkling  a slight suggestion or vague understanding, a hint 
insubordinate  disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority, rebellious 
intransigent  not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course; stubborn, uncompromising, irreconcilable 
intricate  complicated; difficult to understand 
introvert  (psychology) a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts; to turn within 
irascible  quickly aroused to anger 
irrefutable  impossible to deny or disprove 
jejune  displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity 
jettison  to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome 
jingoism  an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions 
jubilant  joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success 
judicious  marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters 
junta  a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power; a council or assembly that deliberates in secret upon the affairs of government 
laconic  brief and to the point; concise, using few words 
lax  lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; tolerant or lenient 
libertarian  someone who believes the doctrines of liberty and free will 
lingo  a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves) 
liquidate  get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off 
loquacious  talkative, wordy; fond of talking 
ludicrous  broadly or extravagantly humorous, laughable 
lummox  an awkward stupid person; a clumsy person 
lustrous  reflecting light; shining, brilliant 
luxuriate  thrive profusely or flourish extensively; enjoy to excess 
malefactor  an evildoer; a person who does bad things 
mercurial  characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood; quick, shrewd, changeable 
milieu  the environmental condition 
misconstrue  interpret in the wrong way; mistake the meaning of 
miser  a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably); one who lives in wretched circumstances to save and hoard money 
miser  a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably) 
mitigated  made less severe or intense 
mollify  make less rigid or softer; cause to be more favorably inclined, acceptable, temperate 
mollify  make less rigid or softer; cause to be more favorably inclined 
monograph  a detailed and documented treatise on a single subject 
morose  having a gloomy or sullen manner; not friendly or sociable 
municipality  an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government, a city or town 
nascent  coming into existence; emerging 
negligible  so small as to be meaningless; not worth considering 
nondescript  indescribable, lacking distinct or individual characteristics 
oblique  slanting or sloping (such as in lines); not straightforward or direct; indirect, evasive, misleading 
obsolete  out-of-date, no longer in use 
obtrusive  undesirably noticeable, sticking out, prominent 
octogenarian  someone whose age is in the eighties 
ossified  set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs 
ostentatious  intended to attract notice and impress others 
palpable  capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind 
parenthetical  an expression in parentheses; qualifying or explaining 
partisan  devoted to a cause or party 
pedant  a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit; someone who shows off learning 
pedestrian  lacking wit or imagination 
penurious  excessively unwilling to spend 
percolator  a filter 
perfidy  an act of deliberate betrayal 
perigee  nearest point to the earth in the orbit of a satellite 
pestilence  any epidemic disease with a high death rate 
philologist  an expert in linguistics 
phlegmatic  showing little emotion, unemotional; slow-moving, sluggish 
pittance  a tiny amount, an inadequate payment 
placate  cause to be more favorably inclined; to appease, soothe, or pacify 
plenteous  affording an abundant supply 
politicized  to give a political character to something 
portent  a sign of something about to happen 
prattle  to utter in simple or childish talk 
presage  to foretell 
preternatural  extraordinary 
privity  knowledge shared with another or others regarding a private matter 
promiscuous  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; loose, sexually uncontrolled 
promulgate  to explain or issue officially (ie. a law); to make known far and wide 
propagate  transmit or cause to broaden or spread; become distributed or widespread 
proponent  one who puts forward a proposal; one who supports a cause or belief 
provocation  something that incites or provokes; unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment 
prudence  knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; caution, wisdom 
pugnacious  ready and able to resort to force or violence; quarrelsome, fond of fighting 
punitive  inflicting punishment 
purveyor  someone who supplies provisions (especially food) 
quarrelsome  always ready to argue 
quintessence  the most typical example or representative of a type; the most essential part of anything 
quip  witty remark; make jokes 
raiment  especially fine or decorative clothing 
rampant  widespread 
rancorous  showing deep-seated resentment 
reciprocate  act, feel, or give mutually or in return 
recoil  to spring back; to start back as in dismay, loathing, or dread 
reconnaissance  a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination 
remedial  tending or intended to rectify or improve; covering subjects that were already learned 
repose  a disposition free from stress or emotion 
repository  a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping 
reprehensible  deserving blame or punishment 
reputable  well thought of; having a good reputation, respectable 
respite  a pause from doing something (such as work) 
revile  spread negative information about 
rhetoric  using language effectively to please or persuade 
rousing  capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement 
salutary  tending to promote physical well-being, beneficial 
scintillate  be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; emit or reflect light in a flickering manner 
seditious  in opposition to a civil authority or government; arousing to action or rebellion 
sentience  capacity for sensation or sense-perception 
skulk  lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner 
solicitor  one who represents a client in court of justice; an attorney 
spendthrift  one who spends money recklessly or wastefully 
squalid  foul and run-down and repulsive; marked by filthiness and degradation from neglect or poverty 
stimulus  something that causes a response 
Stoicism  the principles or the practice of the stoics-being very even tempered in success and failure; an indifference to pleasure or pain 
strife  lack of agreement or harmony; bitter conflict; fighting, struggle 
subside  become less intense, violent, or severe; lapse into silence or inactivity 
subsist  to live, exist; to support oneself 
substantiate  establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; solidy, firm, or strengthen 
subterfuge  deception used in order to escape, evade, or hide 
sumptuous  splendid and expensive-looking 
supercilious  having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy 
supercilious  having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy 
superintend  to have the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement. 
surrogate  a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others 
sustenance  a source of materials to nourish the body 
taciturn  habitually reserved and uncommunicative, inclined to talk very little 
tenable  based on sound reasoning or evidence 
tentative  under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon; unsettled in mind or opinion 
throes  violent pangs of suffering 
tout  advertize in strongly positive terms 
transitory  enduring a very short time 
transverse  extending or lying across or being in a crosswise direction 
truculent  defiantly aggressive; having the character or the spirit of a savage 
unbecoming  not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society 
unbelief  doubt, a rejection of belief 
uninitiated  not yet introduced to, inexperienced 
unprecedented  never done or known before; novel 
utilitarian  having a useful function 
vacuous  devoid of significance or point; empty 
variegated  having a variety of colors 
vestige  an indication that something has been present; a trace, remnant, evidence 
vicarious  suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another, experienced at secondhand 
visceral  instinctive; relating to internal organs 
vitiate  corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality, make imperfect 
voracious  excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities 
wary  marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; cautious, watchful, alert 
whim  an odd or fanciful or capricious idea 


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Definitions

abasement  humiliation; degradation 
abhor  hate 
abrasive  rough; coarse; harsh 
abrogate  cancel; deny; repeal 
absolution  forgiveness; pardon; release 
abstain  desist; go without; withdraw 
abstemious  self denying; refraining from indulging 
abstruse  difficult to understand; obscure 
accolade  tribute; honor; praise 
accord  to give or grant someone status/recognition, an agreement, harmony 
acquiescence  to agree to; give in to 
advent  beginning, onset 
adversary  one's opponent in a contest/conflict/dispute 
advocate  a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause 
alleviate  provide physical relief, as from pain 
ambivalent  having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas 
amenable  open or responsive to suggestion, easily persuaded or controlled 
amputee  someone who has had a limb removed by amputation 
anomaly  something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected 
antiquated  so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period 
apathy  the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally 
assiduous  showing great care and perseverance 
autonomous  acting independently or having the freedom to do so 
bigot  narrow minded, preduciced person 
bilk  cheat; defraud 
billowing  swelling; fluttering; waving 
blandishment  flattery intended to persuade someone gently 
blasphemy  speech which offends religious sentiments 
blatant  obvious 
blighted  damaged; destroyed; ruined 
blithe  free-spirited; carefree 
blunderbuss  1. ancient weapon (type of gun); 2. clumsy person 
bolster  support; prop up 
bombast  arrogant pompous language 
cajolery  flattery intended to persuade 
candid  truthful and straightforward, frank 
castigate  to criticize or punish severely 
chary  cautious, wary 
clairvoyant  foreseeing the future (adj), someone who claims to have the power of clairvoyance (adj) 
clandestine  kept secret or done secretly, secretive 
compromise  weaken (a reputation or principle) 
concur  agree, happen or occur at the same time (coincide) 
condiment  a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment 
consternation  feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected 
contemporary  living or occurring at the same time (noun or adj) 
controversial  giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement 
copious  affording an abundant supply 
counterfeit  fake; false 
covert  hidden; undercover 
cower  shrink away from 
credible  believable 
creditable  praiseworthy 
credulous  gullible; ready to believe anything 
crepuscular  active at dawn and dusk 
cringe  recoil; flinch; shy away 
cryptic  puzzling; enigmatic 
curtail  cut short 
debilitated  weak and feeble 
despondent  without or almost without hope 
dichotomy  division or contrast between two things that are opposed/different 
dignitary  an important or influential (and often overbearing) person 
disconsolate  without consolation or comfort, unhappy 
disparage  regard or represent as being of little worth, belittle 
disposed  inclined or willing 
disseminating  spreading, circulating, scattering, dispersing 
dissonance  lack of harmony (among musical notes), tension or clash 
dissuade  persuade someone not to take a particular course of action 
doctrinaire  (noun) seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations, dogmatic 
dogmatic  arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs 
dubious  doubtful 
ebullient  cheerful and full of energy 
eclectic  deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources 
eloquent  fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing 
enervate  cause someone to feel drained or energy, weaken 
enfranchise  give voting rights 
engender  cause 
enhance  improve; make better or clearer 
enigma  puzzle; mystery 
ensconce  establish firmly in a position 
enshroud  cover 
enunciation  clear pronunciation; accent; articulation 
envenom  to cause bitterness and bad feeling 
ephemeral  short-lived 
epicure  someone who appreciates good food and drink 
eschew  avoid, shun, stay sway from 
expedient  convenient and practical, a means to an end 
expeditious  done with speed and efficiency 
fabricate  make up something artificial or untrue 
fanciful  over-imaginative or unrealistic 
feasible  reasonable; capable of being carried out 
feasible  possible to do easily or conveniently 
fervid  intensely enthusiastic or passionate 
fickle  changing frequently (loyalty, interests, affection) 
fortuitous  occurring by happy chance 
hallowed  honored as holy, greatly revered or respected 
hamper  hinder; obstruct 
hangar  storage area for a plane 
harangue  noisy, attacking speech 
harbingers  indicators; bringers of warnings 
harbingers  indicators; bringers of warnings 
harry  persistently harass 
hasten  hurry; accelerate; rush 
haughtiness  arrogance; pride 
headstrong  stubborn; wilful 
hedonism  self indulgence; pleasure-seeking 
hedonist  a pleasure seeker 
heed  liten to 
heedless  showing a reckless lack or care or attention 
idyllic  excellent and delightful in all respects, extremely happy, peaceful 
illustrious  widely known and esteemed 
illustrious  widely known and esteemed 
impervious  unable for fluid to pass through, unable to be affected by 
impetuous  acting or done quickly without thought or care 
impromptu  done without being planned 
inclination  a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect 
incontrovertible  impossible to deny or disprove 
indubitable  too obvious to be doubted 
infallibility  inability to make a mistake 
insidiously  causing harm in a sneaky way; intended to trap, slyly 
insipid  lacking flavor, lacking vigor or interest 
instigate  bring about or initiate, provoke 
intransigent  unwilling or refusing to change one's views, refusing to compromise, irreconcilable 
invidious  likely to rouse or incur resentment or anger in others, offensive 
kindle  to start a fire 
knotty  complex; difficult to solve 
labyrinth  a maze 
labyrinthine  complicated; highlt convoluted 
laceration  a cut 
lachrymose  tearful; sad 
lackluster  dull; monotonous; bland 
laconic  using few words; brief; to the point 
lamentation  expression of regret or sorrow 
lampoon  ridicule; spoof 
laud  to praise 
leery  cautious or wary due to unrealistic superstitions, suspicious 
liberality  the quality of giving or spending freely, of being open to new ideas, generosity 
malleable  easily bent/flexible, easily influenced, pliable 
mercenary  primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics 
meticulous  showing great attention to detail, very careful and precise 
modicum  a small quantity of a particular thing 
mural  a painting that is applied to a wall surface 
nostalgia  a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, (homesick) 
notwithstanding  in spite of 
noxious  harmful; poisonous 
nuance  something subtle; a fine shade of meaning 
nullify  to counter; make unimportant 
nuzzle  cuddle snuggle 
obdurate  stubborn 
obfuscate  deliberately make something difficult to understand 
objective  unbiased; not subjective 
oblique  indirect; slanting 
obliterate  destroy; demolish; eradicate 
oblivious  totally unaware 
obsolete  no longer in use 
onus  used to refer to something that is one's duty or responsibility, burden 
paltry  small, meager, petty 
perspicacious  having a ready insight into and understanding of things 
perusal  reading carefully with intent to remember 
placid  calm; peacefull 
plagiarism  taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas 
plantiff  petitioner (in court of law) 
plaudit  statement giving strong praise 
plausible  can be believed; reasonable 
plethora  an excess 
pliable  flexible; not stubborn 
plumage  feathers of a bird 
plummet  fall suddenly and steeply 
podium  raised platform 
precipitate  cause something to happen unexpectedly or prematurely 
predilection  a preference for something, bias in favor of something 
predisposition  a liability or tendency to suffer from a particular condition, hold a particular attitude, or act in a particular way 
preempt  to take action in order to protect (an unpopular event) from happening, take or acquire something in advance, to replace; to supersede; to appropriate 
prejudicial  harmful to someone or something, detrimental 
pretension  assertion or a claim to something, an aspiration or claim to a certain status or quality, assumed attitude of superiority (arrogance) 
pristine  in its original condition, unspoiled 
proponent  a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project 
prudent  careful, showing good sense, wise 
punctiliousness  strict attention to minute details 
purport  appear or claim to be something (falsely) 
rebuke  express sharp criticism or disapproval because of their actions 
recapitulation  an act or instance of summarizing the main points of something 
redoubtable  formidable 
refute  prove to be false or incorrect 
remuneration  payment for work done 
renown  fame 
replete  full 
reprehensible  shameful; very bad 
reprieve  a respite; postponement of a sentence 
reprimand  to scold; find fault with; a rebuke 
repudiate  shun; eschew; reject 
rescind  retract; repeal 
resignation  acceptance of fate 
resolute  admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering 
resolution  determination 
resonant  echoing 
reticent  not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily, reserved 
sanguine  cheerfully optimistic 
scurrilous  making scandalous claims about someone to ruin their reputation 
sentimentalism  of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia 
serene  calm, peaceful, untroubled, tranquil 
slander  a false and malicious spoken statement 
sporadic  scattered, isolated, irregular 
spurious  not being what it purports to be, false or fake 
stymie  prevent or hinder the progress of 
substantial  of considerate importance, size, or worth 
substantiate  solidify, firm, or strengthen 
supercilious  behaving or looking as though one is superior to others 
superfluous  more than is needed, desired, or required, unnecessary 
symbiosis  mutually beneficial relationship between different people 
talisman  lucky charm 
tangent  going off the main subject 
tangible  can be touched 
tardy  slow; late 
tawdry  of little value; gaudy 
tedium  boredom 
temper  to moderate; soften 
tenacious  stubborn; resolute; holding form to a purpose 
tentative  not certain 
tenuous  flimsy; not solid 
therapeutic  having a good effect on the body or mind 
trifles  a thing of little value or importance, small amount 
unctuous  unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech 
underscore  underline, emphasize 
unprecedented  never done or known before 
vacillate  to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will 
venting  releasing 
vestige  a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists, remnant 
vilify  speak or write about in a very disparaging manner 
vindicate  clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof 


abase to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem

alleviate  to ease a pain or burden 
altruism  unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness 
amalgam  combo of diverse elements, mixture 
ambiguous  open to more than one interpretation 
ambivalent  feeling opposing feelings simultaneously 
belie  to misrepresent or disguise 
bombastic  given to pompous speech or writing 
capricious  impulsive and unpredictable 
cathartic  relaxing after an emotional outburst 
clandestine  done secretly esp to deceive; surreptitious 
complement (n)  something that completes, goes with, or brings to perfection 
curative  able to heal or cure 
debunk  to expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims 
defunct  no longer existing or functioning 
deride  to mock contemptuously 
derogatory  insulting or intended to insult 
disparage  to speak of negatively; to belittle 
dubious  doubtful, of unlikely authenticity 
duplicitous  deliberately deceptive 
ebullience  intense enthusiasm 
effrontery  brazen boldness 
embellish  to ornament or decorate; to exaggerate 
eminent  distinguished; prominent 
empathy  identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives 
epitome  a representative or example of a type 
equivocal  open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous 
eradicate  get rid of, abolish 
erratic  markedly inconsistent 
exorbitant  exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness 
extol  to praise highly 
exuberant  full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy 
fallacy  a false notion 
felicitous  admirably suited, apt 
flag (v)  to decline in vigor or strength, to tire 
flagrant  extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable 
gratuitous  given freely, unearned, without reward 
ignominy  great personal dishonor or humiliation 
impetuous  suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional 
impetus  an impelling force or stimulus 
impugn  to attack as false or questionable 
inundate  to overwhelm as if with a flood, to swamp 
jaded  worn out, wearied 
laudatory  full of praise 
lugubrious  mournful, dismal, gloomy, esp to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree 
magnanimous  courageously or generously noble in mind and heart 
mar  to damage, esp in a disfiguring way 
mendacious  lying untruthful 
multifarious  diverse, various 
multiplicity  state of being various or manifold, a great number 
opulent  displaying great wealth 
palliative  relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease without effecting a cure 
pejorative (adj)  disparaging, belittling, insulting 
penchant  strong inclination, tendency 
philanthropic  humanitarian, benevolent, relating to monetary generosity 
quell  to put down forcibly; suppress 
raze  to level to the ground 
reciprocate  to mutually take or give 
specious  having the ring of truth but actually false 
sporadic  occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order 
squelch  to crush as if by trampling; squash 
stymie  to thwart or stump 
subterfuge  a deceptive stratagem or device 
supplant  to usurp the place of, esp through intrigue or underhanded tactics 
surreptitious  secretive sneaky 
ubiquitous  being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent 
vacillate  to sway from side to side (oscillate) 
vex  to annoy bother or perplex 
vicarious  felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another ( ex: Stan, who was never athletic but loved sports, lived vicariously through his brother, a professional basketball player.) 
vignette  a short scene or story 
vindictive  disposed to seek revenge, spiteful 




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any drunken party or riotous celebration



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bacchanal  any drunken party or riotous celebration 
bagatelle  something unimportant or insignificant; trifle 
baleful  threatening; hurtful; malignant; ominous 
balk  to stop short to refuse to proceed 
ballast  heavy material used to balance ships; stabilizer 
ballistics  the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles 
ballyhoo  a lot of noise and activity, often with no real purpose; exaggerated advertising or publicity 
bamboozle  to deceive or elaborate trickery; hoodwink 
banal  ordinary; not original; trite 
bandy  to trade; to toss back and forth; to exchange 
bane  cause of harm; torment; ruin 
baritone  a male singer who has a voice level below tenor but higher than bass 
barometer  a devie that measures air pressure for weather predictions 
barrage  the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written) 
bastion  a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle 
bathos  insincere or overly sentimental quality of writing/speech intended to evoke pity 
bauble  a small, expensive trinket 
bedlam  noise and confusion 
beget  to give birth to; create 
begrudge  to envy the good fortune of someone else 
behest  an order or commend 
beleaguer  to besiege; beset; surround; harass 
belie  to contradict; give a false impression 
bemoan  to complain about 
bemuse  to cause to be confused; to muddle 
benevolent  kind; generous 
benighted  being in a stae of intellectual darkness; ignorant; unenlightened 
benign  harmless; mild; kind 
bequest  the act of giving; something left to someone in a will 
bereave  left alone; especially through the death of another 
bereft  deprived, robbed, or devoid, as of life, hope or happiness 
beset  to harass; to surround 
besmirch  to make dirty; soil 
bevy  a group of animals; an assemblage 
bias  a particular tendency or inclination; in a digonal manner 
bibelot  a small object of beauty 
bilge  where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom 
bilious  bad-tempered 
bilk  swindle, cheat, defraud 
bivouac  a temporary shelter or encampment, espcially for military purposes 
blacklist  to place a person on a list under suspicion, disfavor, censure 
blandishment  flattery; sweet talk 
blasphemy  insult to anything sacred; profanity 
blatant  offensively noisy; totally obtrusive 
blather  to talk nonsensically 
blight  anything that injures destroys or prevents growth 
blithe  cheerful; carefree 
bloc  a coalition of factions; parties with a common interest or purpose 
bludgeon  a thick club; coerce, bully 
bluster  to act in a loud, boastful, or theatening way 
bolster  to support, as in a group 
bombast  high sounding use of language without must real meaning 
bon mot  witticism or cleaver reply 
bon vivant  a person who enjoys life, especially food and drink 
bona fide  not counterfeit or phony; genuine real 
bonhomie  good-natured; friendly disposition 
boon  a timely benefit; a blessing 
bosky  covered with an abundance of trees or shrubs; wooded 
botch  to spoil something by doing it badly 
bouillabaisse  a stew made with several kinds of fish and shellfish; mixture of things 
bovine  adj; resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive 
bowdlerize  to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc. 
bracing  invigorating; energizing; stimulating; healthy and fresh 
brandish  to wave or shake something in a threatening, agitated, or exciting manner; to flaunt 
brash  hasty and reckless; impetuous; unthinking 
bravado  a flase, exaggerated, or boastful display of courage 
brawn  large, solid muscles; great muscular strength 
brazen  blod, shamless; impudent; also like brass 
brazier  a pan for holding burning coals 
breach  an act of breaking a law, promise, agreement or relantionship; a violation 
breadth  distance from side; width; freedom from restraint 
brigand  a bandit or robber, usually one of an outlaw band 
broach  to bring up a subject for discussion 
brogue  accent; regional dialect 
bromide  dull, over-familiar saying; cliche 
brook  to bear or tolerate; to put up with 
brouhaha  an uproar 
bucolic  rural or rustic in nature, a country-like 
bulwark  a defensive wall; something serving as a principal defense 
burgeon  to flourish; expand 
burnish  to polish to rub to a high gloss 
butte  isolated hill or mountain with steep sides on a large plain 


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acclaim  Praise, admiration, fame 
aegis  Sponsorship; protection. 
approbation  Approval; sanction; commendation. 
augur  To predict or foretell; to conjecture from signs or omens. 
balk  To stop oneself abruptly 
Beguile  To deceive or trick 
Besiege  To beset or surround with armed forces 
Cede  To yield or surrender;to give up; to resign 
Collusion  A secret agreement for fraudulent, illegal, or treacherous purposes. 
comprehensive  Dealing with all or most of the pertinent details. 
Denigrate  To defame; to tarnish the reputation of. 
Depreciate  To decrease in value 
diffident  Hesitant and timid; unassertive. 
enjoin  To give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order. 
fastidious  Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; fussy. 
garish  Overly showy; too bright; gaudy. 
harbinger  A portent; sign of the future. 
inimical  Hostile, opposed. Acting against, adverse and damaging. 
myriad  A large and indefinite number. 
nubile  Marriable; sexually mature. 
palatial  Like a castle, magnificent, stately. 
polyglot  One who speaks a number of languages. 
pretentious  Making (sometimes excessive or unjustified) claims; demanding, haughty, ambitious. 
rigmarole  A complicated and ritualistic procedure; meaningless, confused locution. 
sanction  Allow, approve, endorse. 
tenacity  The quality of being persistent, singular in purpose. 
trenchant  Keen, biting, severe (as in wit). 
tribulation  That which brings about distress, trouble, or vexation. 

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abjure  (v.) to reject, renounce 
abrogate  (v.) to abolish, usually by authority 
acerbic  (adj.) biting, bitter in tone or taste 
acrimony  (n.) bitterness, discord 
acumen  (n.) keen insight 
adumbrate  (v.) to sketch out in a vague way 
alacrity  (n.) eagerness, speed 
anathema  (n.) a cursed, detested person 
antipathy  (n.) a strong dislike, repugnance 
approbation  (n.) praise 
arrogate  (v.) to take without justification 
ascetic  (adj.) practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious 
aspersion  (n.) a curse, expression of ill-will 
assiduous  (adj.) hard-working, diligent 
blandish  (v.) to coax by using flattery 
boon  (n.) a gift or blessing 
brusque  (adj.) short, abrupt, dismissive 
buffet  1. (v.) to strike with force; 2. (n.) an arrangement of food set out on a table 
burnish  (v.) to polish, shine 
buttress  1. (v.) to support, hold up; 2. (n.) something that offers support 
cacophony  (n.) tremendous noise, disharmonious sound 
cajole  (v.) to urge, coax 
calumny  (n.) an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies 
capricious  (adj.) subject to whim, fickle 
clemency  (n.) mercy 
cogent  (adj.) intellectually convincing 
concomitant  (adj.) accompanying in a subordinate fashion 
conflagration  (n.) great fire 
contrite  (adj.) penitent, eager to be forgiven 
conundrum  (n.) puzzle, problem 
credulity  (n.) readiness to believe 
cupidity  (n.) greed, strong desire 
cursory  (adj.) brief to the point of being superficial 
decry  (v.) to criticize openly 
defile  (v.) to make unclean, impure 
deleterious  (adj.) harmful 
demure  (adj.) quiet, modest, reserved 
deprecate  (v.) to belittle, depreciate 
deride  (v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn 
desecrate  (v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place 
desiccated  (adj.) dried up, dehydrated 
diaphanous  (adj.) light, airy, transparent 
diffident  (adj.) shy, quiet, modest 
discursive  (adj.) rambling, lacking order 
dissemble  (v.) to conceal, fake 
dither  (v.) to be indecisive 
ebullient  (adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic 
effrontery  (n.) impudence, nerve, insolence 
effulgent  (adj.) radiant, splendorous 
egregious  (adj.) extremely bad 
enervate  (v.) to weaken, exhaust 
ephemeral  (adj.) short-lived, fleeting 
eschew  (v.) to shun, avoid 
evanescent  (adj.) fleeting, momentary 
evince  (v.) to show, reveal 
exculpate  (v.) to free from guilt or blame, exonerate 
execrable  (adj.) loathsome, detestable 
exigent  (adj.) urgent, critical 
expiate  (v.) to make amends for, atone 
expunge  (v.) to obliterate, eradicate 
extant  (adj.) existing, not destroyed or lost 
extol  (v.) to praise, revere 
fallacious  (adj.) incorrect, misleading 
fastidious  (adj.) meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards 
fatuous  (adj.) silly, foolish 
fecund  (adj.) fruitful, fertile 
feral  (adj.) wild, savage 
fetid  (adj.) having a foul odor 
florid  (adj.) flowery, ornate 
fractious  (adj.) troublesome or irritable 
garrulous  (adj.) talkative, wordy 
grandiloquence  (n.) lofty, pompous language 
gregarious  (adj.) drawn to the company of others, sociable 
hackneyed  (adj.) unoriginal, trite 
hapless  (adj.) unlucky 
harangue  1. (n.) a ranting speech; 2. (v.) to give such a speech 
hegemony  (n.) domination over others 
iconoclast  (n.) one who attacks common beliefs or institutions 
ignominious  (adj.) humiliating, disgracing 
impassive  (adj.) stoic, not susceptible to suffering 
imperious  (adj.) commanding, domineering 
impertinent  (adj.) rude, insolent 
impervious  (adj.) impenetrable, incapable of being affected 
impetuous  (adj.) rash; hastily done 
impinge  1. (v.) to impact, affect, make an impression; 2. (v.) to encroach, infringe 
implacable  (adj.) incapable of being appeased or mitigated 
impudent  (adj.) casually rude, insolent, impertinent 
inchoate  (adj.) unformed or formless, in a beginning stage 
incontrovertible  (adj.) indisputable 
indefatigable  (adj.) incapable of defeat, failure, decay 
ineffable  (adj.) unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words 
inexorable  (adj.) incapable of being persuaded or placated 
ingenuous  (adj.) not devious; innocent and candid 
inimical  (adj.) hostile 
iniquity  (n.) wickedness or sin 
insidious  (adj.) appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive 
intransigent  (adj.) refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion 
inure  (v.) to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation 
invective  (n.) an angry verbal attack 
inveterate  (adj.) stubbornly established by habit 
jubilant  (adj.) extremely joyful, happy 
juxtaposition  (n.) the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison 
laconic  (adj.) terse in speech or writing 
languid  (adj.) sluggish from fatigue or weakness 
largess  (n.) the generous giving of lavish gifts 
latent  (adj.) hidden, but capable of being exposed 
legerdemain  (n.) deception, sight-of-hand 
licentious  (adj.) displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints 
limpid  (adj.) clear, transparent 
maelstrom  n. a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects 
magnanimous  adj. noble, generous 
malediction  n. a curse 
malevolent  adj. wanting harm to befall others 
manifold  adj. diverse, varied 
maudlin  adj. weakly sentimental 
mawkish  adj. characterized by sick sentimentality 
mendacious  adj. having a lying, false character 
mercurial  adj. characterized by rapid change or temperamentality 
modicum  n. a small amount of something 
morass  n. a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses 
multifarious  adj. having great diversity or variety 
munificence  n. generosity in giving 
myriad  adj. consisting of a very great number 
nadir  n. the lowest point of something 
nascent  adj. in the process of being born or coming into existence 
nefarious  adj. heinously villainous 
neophyte  n. someone who is young or inexperienced 
obdurate  adj. unyielding to persuasion or moral influences 
obfuscate  v. to render incomprehensible 
oblique  adj. diverging from a straight line or course 
obsequious  adj. excessively compliant or submissive 
obstreperous  adj. noisy, unruly 
obtuse  adj. lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect 
odious  adj. instilling hatred or intense displeasure 
officious  adj. offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed 
opulent  adj. characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation 
ostensible  adj. appearing as such, seemingly 
palliate  v. to reduce the severity of 
pallid  adj. lacking color 
panacea  n. a remedy for all ills or difficulties 
paragon  n. a model of excellence or perfection 
pariah  n. an outcast 
parsimony  n. frugality, stinginess 
pathos  n. an emotion of sympathy 
paucity  adj. small in quantity 
pejorative  adj. derogatory, uncomplimentary 
pellucid  adj. easily intelligible, clear 
penurious  adj. miserly, stingy 
perfidious  adj. disloyal, unfaithful 
perfunctory  adj. showing little interest or enthusiasm 
pernicious  adj. extremely destructive or harmful 
perspicacity  adj. shrewdness, perceptiveness 
pertinacious  adj. stubbornly persistent 
petulance  n. rudeness, irritability 
pithy  adj. concisely meaningful 
platitude  n. an uninspired remark 
plethora  n. an abundance, excess 
polemic  n. an aggressive argument against a specific opinion 
portent  n. an omen 
precocious  adj. advanced, developing ahead of time 
prescient  adj. having a foreknowledge of events 
primeval  adj. original, ancient 
probity  n. virtue, integrity 
proclivity  n. a strong inclination toward something 
promulgate  v. to proclaim, make known 
propensity  n. an inclination, preference 
propitious  adj. favourable 
prosaic  adj. plain, lacking liveliness 
proscribe  v. to condemn, outlaw 
protean  adj. able to change shape; displaying great variety 
prurient  adj. eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex 
puerile  adj. juvenile, immature 
pugnacious  adj. quarrelsome, combative 
pulchritude  n. physical beauty 
punctilious  adj. eager to follow rules or conventions 
quagmire  n. a difficult situation 
querulous  adj. whiny, complaining 
quixotic  adj. idealistic, impractical 
rancor  n. deep, bitter resentment 
rebuke  v. to scold, criticize 
recalcitrant  adj. defiant, unapologetic 
rectitude  n. uprightness, extreme morality 
replete  adj. full, abundant 
reprobate  adj. evil, unprincipled 
reprove  v. to scold, rebuke 
repudiate  v. to reject, refuse to accept 
rescind  v. to take back, repeal 
restive  adj. resistant, stubborn, impatient 
ribald  adj. coarsely, crudely humorous 
rife  adj. abundant 
ruse  n. a trick 


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abduct  (v.) to kidnap, take by force 
(The evildoers abducted the fairy princess from her happy home.) 
abide  1. (v.) to put up with 2. (v.) to remain 
(1 - Though he did not agree with the decision, Chuck decided to abide by it.) 
(2 - Despite the beating they've taken from the weather throughout the millennia, the mountains abide.) 
abort  (v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort (After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to abort and go home.) 
absolution  (n.) freedom from blame, guilt, sin 
(Once all the facts were known, the jury gave Angela absolution by giving a verdict of not guilty.) 
accentuate  (v.) to stress, highlight 
(Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest accentuate the positive in life.) 
accommodating  (adj.) helpful, obliging, polite 
(Though the apartment was not big enough for three people, Arnold, Mark, and Zebulon were all friends and were accommodating to each other.) 
acerbic  (adj.) biting, bitter in tone or taste 
(Jill became extremely acerbic and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends.) 
acute  1. (adj.) sharp, severe 2. (adj.) having keen insight 
(1. Arnold could not walk because the pain in his foot was so acute.) 
(2. Because she was so acute, Libby instantly figured out how the magician pulled off his "magic.") 
admonish  (v.) to caution, criticize, reprove 
(Joe's mother admonished him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner.) 
adumbrate  (v.) to sketch out in a vague way 
(The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.) 
aesthetic  (adj.) artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty (We hired Susan as our interior decorator because she has such a fine aesthetic sense.) 
affront  (n.) an insult 
(Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an affront to his honor.) 
agile  (adj.) quick, nimble 
(The dogs were too slow to catch the agile rabbit.) 
alacrity  (n.) eagerness, speed 
(For some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother whenever he could, so when his mother asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.) 
alleviate  (v.) to relieve, make more bearable 
(This drug will alleviate the symptoms of the terrible disease, but only for a while.) 
amalgamate  (v.) to bring together, unite 
(Because of his great charisma, the presidential candidate was able to amalgamate all democrats and republicans under his banner.) 
amenable  (adj.) willing, compliant 
(Our father was amenable when we asked him to drive us to the farm so we could go apple picking.) 
amorous  (adj.) showing love, particularly sexual 
(Whenever Albert saw Mariah wear her slinky red dress, he began to feel quite amorous.) 
analogous  (adj.) similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn (Though they are unrelated genetically, the bone structure of whales and fish is quite analogous.) 
anesthesia  (n.) loss of sensation 
(When the nerves in his spine were damaged, Mr. Hollins suffered anesthesia in his legs.) 
annul  (v.) to make void or invalid 
(After seeing its unforeseen and catastrophic effects, Congress sought to annul the law.) 
antecedent  (n.) something that came before 
(The great tradition of Western culture had its antecedent in the culture of Ancient Greece.) 
antiquated  (adj.) old, out of date 
(That antiquated car has none of the features, like power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great.) 
apathetic  (adj.) lacking concern, emotion 
(Uninterested in politics, Bruno was apathetic about whether he lived under a capitalist or communist regime.) 
appraise  (v.) to assess the worth or value of 
(A realtor will come over tonight to appraise our house.) 
aquatic  (adj.) relating to water 
(The marine biologist studies starfish and other aquatic creatures.) 
arbitration  (n.) the process or act of resolving a dispute 
(The employee sought official arbitration when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor.) 
archetypal  (adj.) the most representative or typical example of something 
(Some believe George Washington, with his flowing white hair and commanding stature, was the archetypal politician.) 
artifact  (n.) a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place (The scientists spent all day searching the cave for artifacts from the ancient Mayan civilization.) 
ascribe  (v.) to assign, credit, attribute to 
(Some ascribe the invention of fireworks and dynamite to the Chinese.) 
assess  (v.) to evaluate 
(A crew arrived to assess the damage after the crash.) 
asylum  1. (n.) a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary 2. (n.) an institution in which the insane are kept 
(1. For Thoreau, the forest served as an asylum from the pressures of urban life.) 
(2. Once diagnosed by a certified psychiatrist, the man was put in an asylum.) 
attribute  1. (v.) to credit, assign 
(He attributes all of his success to his mother's undying encouragement.) 2. (n.) a facet or trait (Among the beetle's most peculiar attributes is its thorny protruding eyes.) 
augment  (v.) to add to, expand 
(The eager student seeks to augment his knowledge of French vocabulary by reading French literature.) 
avenge  (v.) to seek revenge 
(The victims will take justice into their own hands and strive to avenge themselves against the men who robbed them.) 
banal  (adj.) dull, commonplace 
(The client rejected our proposal because they found our presentation banal and unimpressive.) 
battery  1. (n.) a device that supplies power 2. (n.) assault, beating 
(1. Most cars run on a combination of power from a battery and gasoline.) 
(2. Her husband was accused of assault and battery after he attacked a man on the sidewalk.) 
benign  (adj.) favorable, not threatening, mild 
(We were all relieved to hear that the medical tests determined her tumor to be benign.) 
beseech  (v.) to beg, plead, implore 
(The servant beseeched the king for food to feed his starving family.) 
blemish  (n.) an imperfection, flaw 
(The dealer agreed to lower the price because of the many blemishes on the surface of the wooden furniture.) 
boon  (n.) a gift or blessing 
(The good weather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach.) 
buffet  1. (v.) to strike with force 2. (n.) an arrangement of food set out on a table 
(1. The strong winds buffeted the ships, threatening to capsize them.) 
(2. Rather than sitting around a table, the guests took food from our buffet and ate standing up.) 
cadence  (n.) a rhythm, progression of sound 
(The pianist used the foot pedal to emphasize the cadence of the sonata.) 
callous  (adj.) harsh, cold, unfeeling 
(The murderer's callous lack of remorse shocked the jury.) 
canny  (adj.) shrewd, careful 
(The canny runner hung at the back of the pack through much of the race to watch the other runners, and then sprinted past them at the end.) 
capricious  (adj.) subject to whim, fickle 
(The young girl's capricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.) 
catalog  1. (v.) to list, enter into a list 2. (n.) a list or collection (1. The judge cataloged the victim's injuries before calculating how much money he would award.) 
(2. We received a catalog from J. Crew that displayed all of their new items.) 
cavort  (v.) to leap about, behave boisterously 
(The adults ate their dinners on the patio, while the children cavorted around the pool.) 
chastise  (v.) to criticize severely 
(After being chastised by her peers for mimicking Britney Spears, Miranda dyed her hair black and affected a Gothic style.) 
chronicle  1. (n.) a written history 2. (v.) to write a history 
(1. The library featured the newly updated chronicle of World War II.) (2. Albert's diary chronicled the day-to-day growth of his obsession with Cynthia.) 
circumscribed  (adj.) marked off, bounded 
(The children were permitted to play tag only within a carefully circumscribed area of the lawn.) 
clamor  1. (n.) loud noise 2. (v.) to loudly insist 
(1. Each morning the birds outside my window make such a clamor that they wake me up.) 
(2. Neville's fans clamored for him to appear on stage, but he had passed out on the floor of his dressing room.) 
clergy  (n.) members of Christian holy orders 
(Though the villagers viewed the church rectory as quaint and charming, the clergy who lived there regarded it as a mildewy and dusty place that aggravated their allergies.) 
cobbler  (n.) a person who makes or repairs shoes 
(I had my neighborhood cobbler replace my worn-out leather soles with new ones.) 
coherent  (adj.) logically consistent, intelligible 
(Renee could not figure out what Monroe had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a coherent statement.) 
colossus  (n.) a gigantic statue or thing 
(For 56 years, the ancient city of Rhodes featured a colossus standing astride its harbor.) 
commodious  (adj.) roomy 
(Holden invited the three women to join him in the back seat of the taxicab, assuring them that the car was quite commodious.) 
complement  (v.) to complete, make perfect 
(Ann's scarf complements her blouse beautifully, making her seem fully dressed even though she isn't wearing a coat.) 
compound  1. (v.) to combine parts 2. (n.) a combination of different parts 3. (n.) a walled area containing a group of buildings 
(1. The problem was compounded by the crowds.) 
(2. Donna is a compound of intellect and physical beauty.) 
(3. Joe rushed into the compound when the fighting began.) 
concede  (v.) to accept as valid 
(Andrew had to concede that what his mother said about Diana made sense.) 
concomitant  (adj.) accompanying in a subordinate fashion 
(His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds.) 
conduit  (n.) a pipe or channel through which something passes 
(The water flowed through the conduit into the container.) 
confluence  (n.) a gathering together 
(A confluence of different factors made tonight the perfect night.) 
congenial  (adj.) pleasantly agreeable 
(His congenial manner made him popular wherever he went.) 
consecrate  (v.) to dedicate something to a holy purpose 
(Arvin consecrated his spare bedroom as a shrine to Christina.) 
consonant  (adj.) in harmony 
(The singers' consonant voices were beautiful.) 
consummate  (v.) to complete a deal; to complete a marriage ceremony through sexual intercourse 
(Erica and Donald consummated their agreement in the executive boardroom.) 
contravene  (v.) to contradict, oppose, violate 
(Edwidge contravened his landlady's rule against overnight guests.) 
convene  (v.) to call together 
(Jason convened his entire extended family for a discussion.) 
copious  (adj.) profuse, abundant 
(Copious amounts of Snapple were imbibed in the cafeteria.) 
corroborate  (v.) to support with evidence 
(Luke's seemingly outrageous claim was corroborated by witnesses.) 
coup  1. (n.) a brilliant, unexpected act 2. (n.) the overthrow of a government and assumption of authority 
(1. Alexander pulled off an amazing coup when he got a date with Cynthia by purposely getting hit by her car.) 
(2. In their coup attempt, the army officers stormed the Parliament and took all the 
crescendo  (n.) a steady increase in intensity or volume 
(The crescendo of the brass instruments gave the piece a patriotic feel.) 
cultivate  (v.) to nurture, improve, refine 
(At the library, she cultivated her interest in spy novels.) 
cursory  (adj.) brief to the point of being superficial 
(Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda.) 
dearth  (n.) a lack, scarcity 
(An eager reader, she was dismayed by the dearth of classic books at the library.) 
debunk  (v.) to expose the falseness of something 
(He debunked her claim to be the world's greatest chess player by defeating her in 18 consecutive matches.) 
defamatory  (adj.) harmful toward another's reputation 
(The defamatory gossip spreading about the actor made the public less willing to see the actor's new movie.) 
deft  (adj.) skillful, capable 
(Having worked in a bakery for many years, Marcus was a deft bread maker.) 
deliberate  (adj.) intentional, reflecting careful consideration (Though Mary was quite upset, her actions to resolve the dispute were deliberate.) 
demean  (v.) to lower the status or stature of something 
(She refused to demean her secretary by making him order her lunch.) 
deplore  (v.) to feel or express sorrow, disapproval 
(We all deplored the miserable working conditions in the factory.) 
deride  (v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn 
(The bullies derided the foreign student's accent.) 
desolate  (adj.) deserted, dreary, lifeless 
(She found the desolate landscape quite a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded city.) 
deter  (v.) to discourage, prevent from doing 
(Bob's description of scary snakes couldn't deter Marcia from traveling in the rainforests.) 
didactic  1. (adj.) intended to instruct 2. (adj.) overly moralistic (1. She wrote up a didactic document showing new employees how to handle the company's customers.) (2. His didactic style of teaching made it seem like he wanted to persuade his students not to understand history fully, but to understand it from only one point of view.) 
diligent  (adj.) showing care in doing one's work 
(The diligent researcher made sure to check her measurements multiple times.) 
disavow  (v.) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for 
(Not wanting others to criticize her, she disavowed any involvement in the company's hiring scandal.) 
discordant  (adj.) not agreeing, not in harmony with 
(The girls' sobs were a discordant sound amid the general laughter that filled the restaurant.) 
disdain  1. (v.) to scorn, hold in low esteem 2. (n.) scorn, low esteem 
(1. Insecure about their jobs, the older employees disdained the recently hired ones, who were young and capable.) 
(2. After learning of his immoral actions, Justine held Lawrence in disdain.) 
disparate  (adj.) sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements 
(Having widely varying interests, the students had disparate responses toward the novel.) 
disrepute  (n.) a state of being held in low regard 
(The officer fell into disrepute after it was learned that he had disobeyed the orders he had given to his own soldiers.) 
dissipate  1. (v.) to disappear, cause to disappear 2. (v.) to waste (1. The sun finally came out and dissipated the haze.) (2. She dissipated her fortune on a series of bad investments.) 
dither  (v.) to be indecisive 
(Not wanting to offend either friend, he dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.) 
docile  (adj.) easily taught or trained 
(She successfully taught the docile puppy several tricks.) 
duplicity  (n.) crafty dishonesty 
(His duplicity involved convincing his employees to let him lower their salaries and increase their stock options, and then to steal the money he saved and run the company into the ground.) 
eclectic  (adj.) consisting of a diverse variety of elements 
(That bar attracts an eclectic crowd: lawyers, artists, circus clowns, and investment bankers.) 
effervescent  (adj.) bubbly, lively 
(My friend is so effervescent that she makes everyone smile.) 
egregious  (adj.) extremely bad 
(The student who threw sloppy joes across the cafeteria was punished for his egregious behavior.) 
elicit  (v.) to bring forth, draw out, evoke 
(Although I asked several times where the exit was, I elicited no response from the stone-faced policeman.) 
emaciated  (adj.) very thin, enfeebled looking 
(My sister eats a lot of pastries and chocolate but still looks emaciated.) 
eminent  1. (adj.) distinguished, prominent, famous 
(Mr. Phillips is such an eminent scholar that every professor on campus has come to hear him lecture.) 2. (adj.) conspicuous 
(There is an eminent stain on that shirt.) 
empirical  1. (adj.) based on observation or experience 2. (adj.) capable of being proved or disproved by experiment (1. The scientist gathered empirical data on the growth rate of dandelions by studying the dandelions behind his house.) 
(2. That all cats hate getting wet is an empirical statement: I can test it by bathing my cat, Trinket.) 
encumber  (v.) to weigh down, burden 
(At the airport, my friend was encumbered by her luggage, so I offered to carry two of her bags.) 
enigmatic  (adj.) mystifying, cryptic 
(That man wearing the dark suit and dark glasses is so enigmatic that no one even knows his name.) 
enthrall  (v.) to charm, hold spellbound 
(The sailor's stories of fighting off sharks and finding ancient treasures enthralled his young son.) 
equanimity  (n.) composure 
(Even though he had just been fired, Mr. Simms showed great equanimity by neatly packing up his desk and wishing everyone in the office well.) 
eradicate  (v.) to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate 
(The bleach eradicated the germs festering in the collar of the dirty shirt.) 
esoteric  (adj.) understood by only a select few 
(Even the most advanced students cannot understand the physicist's esoteric theories.) 
euphoric  (adj.) elated, uplifted 
(I was euphoric when I found out that my sister had given birth to twins.) 
exalt  (v.) to glorify, praise 
(Michael Jordan is the figure in basketball we exalt the most.) 
excursion  (n.) a trip or outing 
(After taking an excursion to the Bronx Zoo, I dreamed about pandas and monkeys.) 
exonerate  (v.) to free from guilt or blame, exculpate 
(The true thief's confession exonerated the man who had been held in custody for the crime.) 
expunge  (v.) to obliterate, eradicate 
(Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to expunge all incriminating evidence from his tax files.) 
extraneous  (adj.) irrelevant, extra, not necessary 
(Personal political ambitions should always remain extraneous to legislative policy, but, unfortunately, they rarely are.) 
fallacy  (n.) a deceptive, misleading, or false notion or belief (That AIDS could be transmitted through the air was a widely believed fallacy in the 1908s.) 
fathom  (v.) to understand, comprehend 
(I cannot fathom why you like that crabby and mean-spirited neighbor of ours.) 
façade  1. (n.) the wall of a building 2. (n.) a deceptive appearance or attitude 
(1. Meet me in front of the museum's main façade.) (2. Despite my smiling façade, I am feeling melancholy.) 
feral  (adj.) wild, savage 
(That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it.) 
fickle  (adj.) shifting in character, inconstant 
(In Greek dramas, the fickle gods help Achilles one day, and then harm him the next.) 
flaccid  (adj.) limp, not firm or strong 
(If a plant is not watered enough, its leaves become droopy and flaccid.) 
foil  (v.) to thwart, frustrate, defeat 
(Inspector Wilkens foiled the thieves by locking them in the bank along with their stolen money.) 
forlorn  (adj.) lonely, abandoned, hopeless 
(Even though I had the flu, my family decided to go skiing for the weekend and leave me home alone, feeling feverish and forlorn.) 
forum  (n.) a medium for lecture or discussion 
(Some radio talk-shows provide a good forum for political debate.) 
frenetic  (adj.) frenzied, hectic, frantic 
(In the hours between night and morning, the frenetic pace of city life slows to a lull.) 
garish  (adj.) gaudy, in bad taste 
(Mrs. Watson has poor taste and covers every object in her house with a garish gold lamé.) 
goad  (v.) to urge, spur, incite to action 
(Jim may think he's not going to fight Billy, but Billy will goad Jim on with insults until he throws a punch.) 
gratuitous  (adj.) uncalled for, unwarranted 
(Every morning the guy at the donut shop gives me a gratuitous helping of ketchup packets.) 
hackneyed  (adj.) unoriginal, trite 
(A girl can only hear "I love you" so many times before it begins to sound hackneyed and meaningless.) 
haggard  (adj.) having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance; wild looking 
(The haggard old man stumbled out of the alley in his tattered coat and worn-out shoes.) 
hardy  (adj.) robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions 
(I too would have expected the plants to be dead by mid-November, but apparently they're very hardy.) 
hegemony  (n.) domination over others 
(Britain's hegemony over its colonies was threatened once nationalist sentiment began to spread around the world.) 
hierarchy  (n.) a system with ranked groups, usually according to social, economic, or professional class 
(Women found it very difficult to break into the upper ranks of the department's hierarchy.) 
ideology  (n.) the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group. 
(The communist ideology was used by many leaders to gain favor with the working masses.) 
idiosyncratic  (adj.) peculiar to one person; highly individualized 
(I know you had trouble with the last test, but because your mistakes were highly idiosyncratic, I'm going to deny your request that the class be given a new test.) 
immerse  (v.) to absorb, deeply involve, engross 
(After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nancy decided to immerse herself in her work in order to avoid crying.) 
impecunious  (adj.) poor 
("I fear he's too impecunious to take me out tonight," the bratty girl whined.) 
impervious  (adj.) impenetrable, incapable of being affected (Because of their thick layer of fur, many seals are almost impervious to the cold.) 
implement  1. (n.) an instrument, utensil, tool 2. (v.) to put into effect, to institute 
(1. Do you have a knife or some other sort of implement that I could use to pry the lid off of this jar?) 
(2. After the first town curfew failed to stop the graffiti problem, the mayor implemented a new policy to use security cameras to catch perpetrators in the act.) 
impudent  (adj.) casually rude, insolent, impertinent 
(The impudent young man looked the princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn't asked him.) 
incarnate  1. (adj.) existing in the flesh, embodied 2. (v.) to give human form to 
(1. In the church pageant, I play the role of greed incarnate.) 
(2. The alien evaded detection by incarnating himself in a human form.) 
incisive  (adj.) clear, sharp, direct 
(The discussion wasn't going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were.) 
increment  (n.) an enlargement; the process of increasing 
(The workmen made the wall longer, increment by increment.) 
indigent  (adj.) very poor, impoverished 
(I would rather donate money to help the indigent population than to the park sculpture fund.) 
induce  (v.) to bring about, stimulate 
(Who knew that our decision to boycott school lunch would induce a huge riot?) 
inextricable  (adj.) hopelessly tangled or entangled 
(Unless I look at the solution manual, I have no way of solving this inextricable problem.) 
ingenuous  (adj.) not devious; innocent and candid 
(He must have writers, but his speeches seem so ingenuous it's hard to believe he's not speaking from his own heart.) 
injunction  (n.) an order of official warning 
(After his house was toilet-papered for the fifth time, the mayor issued an injunction against anyone younger than 21 buying toilet paper.) 
innuendo  (n.) an insinuation 
(During the debate, the politician made several innuendos about the sexual activities of his opponent.) 
insidious  (adj.) appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive (Lisa's insidious chocolate cake tastes so good but makes you feel so sick later on!) 
instigate  (v.) to urge, goad 
(The demagogue instigated the crowd into a fury by telling them that they had been cheated by the federal government.) 
interject  (v.) to insert between other things 
(During our conversation, the cab driver occasionally interjected his opinion.) 
intractable  (adj.) difficult to manipulate, unmanageable 
(There was no end in sight to the intractable conflict between the warring countries.) 
intrinsic  (adj.) belonging to a thing by its very nature 
(Jeff thoughtfulness and compassion were intrinsic characteristics; he just always seemed to make the right decisions.) 
inure  (v.) to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation 
(Twenty years in the salt mines inured the man to the discomforts of dirt and grime.) 
irascible  (adj.) easily angered 
(At the smallest provocation, my irascible cat will begin scratching and clawing.) 
jubilant  (adj.) extremely joyful, happy 
(The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building.) 
kudos  (n.) praise for an achievement 
(After the performance, the reviewers gave the opera singer kudos for a job well done.) 
larceny  (n.) obtaining another's property by theft or trickery (When my car was not where I had left it, I realized that I was a victim of larceny.) 
lavish  1. (adj.) given without limits 2. (v.) to give without limits 
(1. Because they had worked very hard, the performers appreciated the critic's lavish praise.) 
(2. Because the performers had worked hard, they deserved the praise that the critic lavished on them.) 
liability  1. (n.) something for which one is legally responsible, usually involving a disadvantage or risk 2. (n.) a handicap, burden 
(1. The bungee-jumping tower was a great liability for the owners of the carnival.) 
(2. Because she often lost her concentration and didn't play defense, Marcy was a liability to the team.) 
linchpin  (n.) something that holds separate parts together 
(The linchpin in the prosecution's case was the hair from the defendant's head, which was found at the scene of the crime.) 
luminous  (adj.) brightly shining 
(The light of the luminous moon graced the shoulders of the beautiful maiden.) 
malediction  (n.) a curse 
(When I was arrested for speeding, I screamed maledictions against the policeman and the entire police department.) 
manifest  1. (adj.) easily understandable, obvious 2. (v.) to show plainly 
(1. When I wrote the wrong sum on the chalkboard, my mistake was so manifest that the entire class burst into laughter.) 
(2. His illness first manifested itself with particularly violent hiccups.) 
mawkish  (adj.) characterized by sick sentimentality 
(Although some nineteenth- century critics viewed Dickens's writing as mawkish, contemporary readers have found great emotional depth in his works.) 
mendacious  (adj.) having a lying, false character 
(The mendacious content of the tabloid magazines is at least entertaining.) 
meticulous  (adj.) extremely careful with details 
(The ornate needlework in the bride's gown was a product of meticulous handiwork.) 
modulate  (v.) to pass from one state to another, especially in music 
(The composer wrote a piece that modulated between minor and major keys.) 
morose  (adj.) gloomy or sullen 
(Jason's morose nature made him very unpleasant to talk to.) 
mutable  (adj.) able to change 
(Because fashion is so mutable, what is trendy today will look outdated in five years.) 
nebulous  (adj.) vaguely defined, cloudy 
(The transition between governments meant that who was actually in charge was a nebulous matter.) 
nocturnal  (adj.) relating to or occurring during the night 
(Jackie was a nocturnal person; she would study until dawn and sleep until the evening.) 
nonchalant  (adj.) having a lack of concern, indifference 
(Although deep down she was very angry, Marsha acted in a nonchalant manner when she found out that her best friend had used her clothing without asking.) 
noxious  (adj.) harmful, unwholesome 
(Environmentalists showed that the noxious weeds were destroying the insects' natural habitats.) 
obfuscate  (v.) to render incomprehensible 
(The detective did want to answer the newspaperman's questions, so he obfuscated the truth.) 
obsequious  (adj.) excessively compliant or submissive 
(Mark acted like Janet's servant, obeying her every request in an obsequious manner.) 
obtuse  (adj.) lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect (Political opponents warned that the prime minister's obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.) 
onerous  (adj.) burdensome 
(My parents lamented that the pleasures of living in a beautiful country estate no longer outweighed the onerous mortgage payments.) 
orthodox  (adj.) conventional, conforming to established protocol 
(The company's profits dwindled because the management pursued orthodox business policies that were incompatible with new industrial trends.) 
ostracism  (n.) exclusion from a group 
(Beth risked ostracism if her roommates discovered her flatulence.) 
palliate  (v.) to reduce the severity of 
(The doctor trusted that the new medication would palliate her patient's discomfort.) 
paradox  (n.) an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true 
(The diplomat refused to acknowledge the paradox that negotiating a peace treaty would demand more resources than waging war.) 
parody  (n.) a satirical imitation 
(A hush fell over the classroom when the teacher returned to find Deborah acting out a parody of his teaching style.) 
pathology  (n.) a deviation from the normal 
(Dr. Hastings had difficulty identifying the precise nature of Brian's pathology.) 
pellucid  (adj.) easily intelligible, clear 
(Wishing his book to be pellucid to the common man, Albert Camus avoided using complicated grammar when composing The Stranger.) 
penurious  (adj.) miserly, stingy 
(Stella complained that her husband's penurious ways made it impossible to live the lifestyle she felt she deserved.) 
pernicious  (adj.) extremely destructive or harmful 
(The new government feared that the Communist sympathizers would have a pernicious influence on the nation's stability.) 
pertinacious  (adj.) stubbornly persistent 
(Harry's parents were frustrated with his pertinacious insistence that a monster lived in his closet. Then they opened the closet door and were eaten.) 
philanthropic  (adj.) charitable, giving 
(Many people felt that the billionaire's decision to donate her fortune to house the homeless was the ultimate philanthropic act.) 
pithy  (adj.) concisely meaningful 
(My father's long-winded explanation was a stark contrast to his usually pithy statements.) 
platitude  (n.) an uninspired remark, cliché 
(After reading over her paper, Helene concluded that what she thought were profound insights were actually just platitudes.) 
plethora  (n.) an abundance, excess 
(The wedding banquet included a plethora of oysters piled almost three feet high.) 
portent  (n.) an omen 
(When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a portent that she would do badly on her spelling test.) 
precipice  (n.) the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place (The mountain climber hung from a precipice before finding a handhold and pulling himself up.) 
preponderance  (adj.) superiority in importance or quantity 
(Britain's preponderance of naval might secured the nation's role as a military power.) 
prescribe  (v.) to lay down a rule 
(The duke prescribed that from this point further all of the peasants living on his lands would have to pay higher taxes.) 
privation  (n.) lacking basic necessities 
(After decades of rule by an oppressive government that saw nothing wrong with stealing from its citizens, the recent drought only increased the people's privation.) 
profane  (adj.) lewd, indecent 
(Jacob's profane act of dumping frogs in the holy water in the chapel at his boarding school resulted in his dismissal.) 
propagate  (v.) to multiply, spread out 
(Rumors of Paul McCartney's demise propagated like wildfire throughout the world.) 
prosaic  (adj.) plain, lacking liveliness 
(Heather's prosaic recital of the poem bored the audience.) 
prudence  (n.) cautious, circumspect 
(After losing a fortune in a stock market crash, my father vowed to practice greater prudence in future investments.) 
pulchritude  (n.) physical beauty 
(Several of Shakespeare's sonnets explore the pulchritude of a lovely young man.) 
putrid  (adj.) rotten, foul 
(Those rotten eggs smell putrid.) 
quell  (v.) to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation 
(The skilled leader deftly quelled the rebellion.) 
rail  (v.) to scold, protest 
(The professor railed against the injustice of the college's tenure policy.) 
rash  (adj.) hasty, incautious 
(It's best to think things over calmly and thoroughly, rather than make rash decisions.) 
recalcitrant  (adj.) defiant, unapologetic 
(Even when scolded, the recalcitrant young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans.) 
reconcile  1. (v.) to return to harmony 2. (v.) to make consistent with existing ideas 
(1. The feuding neighbors finally reconciled when one brought the other a delicious tuna noodle casserole.) (2. Alou had to reconcile his skepticism about the existence of aliens with the fact that he was looking at a flying saucer.) 
refugee  (n.) a person who flees for refuge or safety, esp. to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc. 
(The refugees, driven from their homes by violence, made their way across the desert.) 
refurbish  (v.) to restore, clean up 
(The dingy old chair, after being refurbished, commanded the handsome price of $200.) 
relish  (v.) to enjoy 
(Pete always relished his bedtime snack.) 
renown  (n.) honor, acclaim 
(The young writer earned international renown by winning the Pulitzer Prize.) 
repose  (v.) to rest, lie down 
(The cat, after eating an entire can of tuna fish, reposed in the sun and took a long nap.) 
reprobate  (adj.) evil, unprincipled 
(The reprobate criminal sat sneering in the cell.) 
reputable  (adj.) of good reputation 
(After the most reputable critic in the industry gave the novel a glowing review, sales took off.) 
resilient  (adj.) able to recover from misfortune; able to withstand adversity 
(The resilient ballplayer quickly recovered from his wrist injury.) 
resplendent  (adj.) shiny, glowing 
(The partygoers were resplendent in diamonds and fancy dress.) 
revel  (v.) to enjoy intensely 
(Theodore reveled in his new status as Big Man on Campus.) 
ribald  (adj.) coarsely, crudely humorous 
(While some giggled at the ribald joke involving a parson's daughter, most sighed and rolled their eyes.) 
saccharine  (adj.) sickeningly sweet 
(Tom's saccharine manner, although intended to make him popular, actually repelled his classmates.) 
salutation  (n.) a greeting 
(Andrew regularly began letters with the bizarre salutation "Ahoy ahoy.") 
satiate  (v.) to satisfy excessively 
(Satiated after eating far too much turkey and stuffing, Liza lay on the couch watching football and suffering from stomach pains.) 
scurrilous  (adj.) vulgar, coarse 
(When Bruno heard the scurrilous accusation being made about him, he could not believe it because he always tried to be nice to everyone.) 
sensual  (adj.) involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex 
(With a coy smile, the guest on the blind-date show announced that he considered himself a very sensual person.) 
servile  (adj.) subservient 
(The servile porter crept around the hotel lobby, bowing and quaking before the guests.) 
solipsistic  (adj.) believing that oneself is all that exists 
(Colette's solipsistic attitude completely ignored the plight of the homeless people on the street.) 
sophomoric  (adj.) immature, uninformed 
(The mature senior rolled her eyes at the sophomoric gross-out humor of the underclassman.) 
squalid  (adj.) foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy. 
(With dirt and filth in every corner of the fraternity house, the boys' squalid dwelling drew the attention of the university president.) 
stagnate  (v.) to become or remain inactive, not develop, not flow 
(With no room for advancement, the waiter's career stagnated.) 
stolid  (adj.) expressing little sensibility, unemotional (Charles's stolid reaction to his wife's funeral differed from the passion he showed at the time of her death.) 
subjugate  (v.) to bring under control, subdue 
(The invading force captured and subjugated the natives of that place.) 
sultry  1. (adj.) oppressively hot; sweltering 2. rousing passion 
(1. The workers dripped with sweat on the sultry summer day.) 
(2. The girl's sultry glance made the boy blush.) 
superfluous  (adj.) exceeding what is necessary 
(Tracy had already won the campaign so her constant flattery of others was superfluous.) 
supersede  (v.) to replace in power, authority, effectiveness, acceptance, use, etc., as by another person or thing
(The general's desire to launch an attack was superseded by the President's desire to try diplomacy to resolve the issue,) 
surrogate  (n.) one acting in place of another 
(The surrogate carried the child to term for its biological parents.) 
taciturn  (adj.) not inclined to talk 
(Though Jane never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite taciturn.) 
temerity  (n.) audacity, recklessness 
(Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their own temerity.) 
terrestrial  (adj.) relating to the land 
(Elephants are terrestrial animals.) 
tome  (n.) a large book 
(In college, I used to carry around an anatomy book that was the heaviest tome in my bag.) 
tractable  (adj.) easily controlled (The horse was so tractable, Myra didn't even need a bridle.) 
transmute  (v.) to change or alter in form 
(Ancient alchemists believed that it was possible to transmute lead into gold.) 
trepidation  (n.) fear, apprehension 
(Feeling great trepidation, Anya refused to jump into the pool because she thought she saw a shark in it.) 
turgid  (adj.) swollen, excessively embellished in style or language 
(The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his turgid prose.) 
uncanny  (adj.) of supernatural character or origin 
(Luka had an uncanny ability to know exactly what other people were thinking. She also had an uncanny ability to shoot fireballs from her hands.) 
usurp  (v.) to seize by force, take possession of without right (The rogue army general tried to usurp control of the government, but he failed because most of the army backed the legally elected president.) 
vacuous  (adj.) lack of content or ideas, stupid 
(Beyonce realized that the lyrics she had just penned were completely vacuous and tried to add more substance.) 
vanquish  (v.) to conquer or subdue by superior force 
(The army vanquished the opposition with cunning, strength, and ingenuity.) 
vehemently  (adv.) marked by intense force or emotion 
(The candidate vehemently opposed cutting back on Social Security funding.) 
veracity  (n.) truthfulness, accuracy 
(With several agencies regulating the reports, it was difficult for Latifah to argue against its veracity.) 
vex  (v.) to confuse or annoy 
(My little brother vexes me by poking me in the ribs for hours on end.) 
vilify  (v.) to lower in importance, defame 
(After the Watergate scandal, almost any story written about President Nixon sought to vilify him and criticize his behavior.) 
viscous  (adj.) not free flowing, syrupy 
(The viscous syrup took three minutes to pour out of the bottle.) 
vocation  (n.) the work in which someone is employed, profession 
(After growing tired of the superficial world of high-fashion, Edwina decided to devote herself to a new vocation: social work.) 
wanton  (adj.) undisciplined, lewd, lustful 
(Vicky's wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.) 
wistful  (adj.) full of yearning; musingly sad 
(Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and sat around wistful all day long.) 
zealous  (adj.) fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something 
(If he were any more zealous about getting his promotion, he'd practically live at the office.) 



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abstemious  avoiding extremes, especially in eating and drinking 
abstruse  hard to understand 
adverse  opposing; unfavorable 
aesthetic  having to do with art or beauty 
aloof  distant; unfriendly 
ambivalent  undecided; having opposed feelings 
amorphous  without shape 
anachronism  something out of place in time 
anomaly  something unusual or out of place; not fitting the rule 
apathetic  lack of interest or feeling 
arable  capable of producing vegetation; fertile 
arcane  mysterious; secret 
ascetic  a person who refuses bodily pleasures 
ascetic  without luxuries 
belie  to contradict; to give a false impression 
belligerent  argumentative; aggressive 
berate  to scold; to criticize 
bombastic  loud and self involved; pompous 
bourgeois  middle-class; conformist and materialistic 
cajole  to urge through flattery 
capricious  changeable; fickle 
caricature  a funny, exaggerate picture of someone 
catharsis  sudden emotional relief 
censure  to criticize harshly 
charlatan  a person who pretends to be skilled 
coalesce  to come together 
coerce  to force someone to do something 
cogent  clear and convincing 
contrite  sorry 
credible  believable; trustworthy 
credulous  gullible; believing everything 
debunk  to expose an untruth 
decipher  to decode; to figure out 
decorous  having proper behavoir 
deride  to ridicule 
didactic  intended to teach; preachy 
discern  to recognize 
discern  to distinguish between things 
dissipate  to scatter 
dissipate  to use up foolishly 
dogmatic  extremely opinionated; preachy; arrogant 
duplicitous  hypothetical; deceitful 
eccentric  strange; unusual in an interesting way 
eclectic  from many sources; diverse 
efface  to erase; to destroy 
effrontery  open rudeness 
elusive  hard to catch; evasive 
ephemeral  lasting a brief time; fleeting; short-lived 
equanimity  calmness 
esoteric  understood by only a few people; mystical 
evanescent  to disappear gradually; to fade away; short-lived 
expiate  to make up for or pay the penalty 
fetter  a chain 
fetter  to prevent from moving 
fickle  often changing; not loyal 
foolhardy  foolishly bold; reckless 
fortuitous  accidental; lucky; happening by chance 
garish  excessively showy; very bright in color 
garrulous  overly talkative 
gratuitous  uncalled for; unnecessary 
gregarious  sociable; friendly 
hackneyed  cliched; overused; trite 
hedonist  one who loves physical pleasures 
iconoclast  one who attacks established beliefs; rebel 
idiosyncrasy  strange habit or preference 
immutable  unchangeable 
impetuous  impulsive; spontaneously passionate or violent 
inclined  angled; favoring a certain point of view 
indifferent  lack of interest or feeling; apathetic 
indigent  extremely poor 
innocuous  harmless 
intransigent  stubborn; refusing to compromise 
itenerant  traveler 
jaded  cynical; tired; bored 
lithe  bending easily; graceful; flexible 
lucid  clear; easily understood 
magnanimous  noble; generous 
maudlin  tearfully emotional; foolishly sentimental 
mawkish  excessively and often insincerely emotional 
mitigate  to make less painful; to become less severe 
obsequious  overly submissive; attempting to win favor through extreme flattery 
odious  disgusting; hateful 
opulence  wealth; abundance 
ostentatious  showy; extravagant; intended to attract attention 
palliate  to make less severe 
parched  very thirsty; very dry 
partisan  supporter of an idea or a cause 
pedantic  showing off your learning; especially trivial or minute details 
penitent  sorry 
placate  to make less angry; to appease 
pompous  acting self-important 
pragmatic  practical 
prolific  producing a lot of something; large quantities 
propensity  a special liking for something; tendency; preference 
prosaic  dull, boring, commonplace 
prudent  careful 
rebuke  to criticize 
reclaim  to bring land into a condition suitable for cultivation or productive use 
repudiate  to reject 
revere  to respect greatly 
scrupulous  strictly honest; moral 
sedentary  motionless; sitting a lot 
servile  acting like a servant; overly submissive 
soporific  causing sleep; boring 
steadfast  firm; steady 
stoic  not showing emotions in the face of pain or difficulty 
superfluous  extra; unnecessary 
taciturn  not talkative; silent 
tenuous  weak; poorly supported; thin 
torpid  slow; lacking energy 
transient  lasting only a short time; temporary 
ubiquitous  everywhere at the same time; omnipresent 
undermine  to weaken or destroy 
underscore  to emphasize; to stress 
unwitting  without knowing; accidental 
vacillate  to change back and forth; indecisive; to sway 
vacuous  empty, lacking intelligence 
vehement  showing a lot of feeling; intensely emotional 
vicarious  indirect; experienced second-hand 
zenith  the highest point 

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absolve  to free from guilt or blame, to pardon; to be freed from duty or obligation 
acquit  to declare not guilty of a crime 
adroit  skillful, clever; dextrous 
affront  insult, an act of disrespect 
aggregate  a sum, mass, or assemblage, of parts 
alloy  a mixture, especially of metals 
amorphous  shapeless, without a specific form 
ample  plentiful, large 
anachronism  involving an error in chronology, in which something from one period of time is put into a different one 
annul  to cancel an agreement of contract, especially in a marriage 
antipathy  dislike, or natural aversion 
antiseptic  either free of germs, or killing germs 
ascribe  to attribute; to assign or credit as the cause or author of something 
assent  agreement 
asset  a useful and desirable thing; the total wealth of a person 
auspicious  favorable, promising success 
axis  the line about which a rotating body turns; the central line of symmetry in a figure 
babble  to talk excessively without meaning 
barbarity  brutal, cruel actions 
bibliography  a list of books or written materials which have been referred to in a text 
blatant  obvious in a bad way, brazen, flagrant 
blight  something that deteriorates or ruins things, especially the disease that kills plants 
boisterous  rough and noisy, clamorous 
bombard  to attack by throwing things, especially bombs 
bombastic  pompous, using big words and gestures to show off in a speech 
breadth  width; freedom from narrowness 
bungle  to do something clumsily, to mess something up, to botch 
burgeon  to grow or develop quickly, to flourish 
bustle  energetic and noisy activity 
buttress  something which props or supports a structure, especially the wall of a church 
bygone  past, earlier, former 
cardiac  having to do with the heart 
carp  to find fault and complain without reason 
catalyst  a substance causing a chemical reaction without being affected itself; a person who causes such change in a social situation 
centrifugal  directed outward from the center; a device which spins materials and causes the heaviest to settle to the outside of the rotating container 
choreography  the art of composing dances; the moments of the dances composed 
chronic  continuing over a loud period of time; habitual 
chronicle  a chronological record of events, a history 
clemency  mercy, especially when showing forgiveness or kindness when judging or punishing someone 
clergy  the officials in the religion, such as priest, nuns, etc. 
climax  the high point of a sequence of events, especially of the action of a play, movie or piece of music 
coalesce  to unite, to flow or grow together and become one 
combustible  able to catch fire and explode, flammable 
combustion  the process of burning 
compress  to squeeze together, so as to take up less room; a soft pad held against the body to supply heat or cold to an injured area 
condolence  an expression of sympathy for someone who is suffering the loss of a loved one 
confide  to tell secrets to someone you trust 
configuration  the arrangement of the parts of something 
confound  to confuse, perplex, or bewilder; to miss or associate by mistake 
connotation  the extra, associative meaning of a word beyond its meaning in a dictionary 
consensus  the general opinion of a group 
console  to comfort or sooth someone who is feeling loss or sorrow 
contrive  to plan cleverly, invent; artificial, obviously planned, forced 
copious  plentiful, abundant, large in number 
corpulent  fat, chubby, large of body 
cosmic  pertaining to the cosmos, the universe; vast 
counterbalance  to oppose with an equal weight or influence 
crafty  cunning, tricky 
crass  gross, without refinement, crude 
crave  to long for, to desire strongly 
crescendo  a gradual increase in loudness or intensity 
cue  something done in a play which is a signal for the next action 
curriculum  the courses offered in a school, college, etc. 
debunk  to expose as false or fake 
decipher  to decode, to make sense of 
demoralize  to hurt someone's morale or to damage his spirit, courage, hope, etc. 
demote  to lower in rank or grade 
designate  to mark or point out, to label or signify 
detonate  to explode or cause to explode 
devoid  totally lacking, not having 
slander  to spread harmful lies that hurt someone's reputation 
slothful  lazy, indolent; one of the Seven Daily Sins 
Spartan  very disciplined, simple, austere, and frugal 
spectrum  the range of color in the rainbow, and beyond 
sporadic  occasional, intermittent, happening at irregular intervals or in scattered instances 
squalid  filthy, disgusting 
statute  a law 
steadfast  firm in purpose, unwavering 
stem  to stop, to dam the flow of liquid; the main stalk or a plant or flower 
stern  firm, strict, harsh, severe; the back of a boat or vehicle; opposite of a bow 
stupefy  to stun, to amaze; to put into a numbered state or a stupor 
sublimate  to change something low into something high; especially in psychology, to change sexual energy into something more refined 
sublime  awe-inspiring, lofty, wonderful 
subsequent  coming later, coming next 
suffrage  the right to vote 
sullen  angry but silent, gloomy 
tactic  a plan or procedure to accompany something 
tactless  lacking tact, politeness or diplomacy; being too blunt or straightforward about a delicate matter 
tenant  a person who rents or occupies a house, apartment, office, etc. 
terminology  terms or words which are special to a certain discipline or subject 
theology  the study of God or of divine things; a particular system of beliefs concerning God or the divine 
timorous  fearful 
treatise  a long, detailed and formal writing about the principles of a subject 
trepidation  fear or alarm 
untenable  indefensible, incapable of being defeated, especially of an argument or thesis 
uproar  the state of violent and noisy disturbance; turmoil; very funny 
venom  the poison or toxin produced by an animal; ill-will, bitter anger 
vent  an opening to allow air to flow into or out of a room; to release anger or emotion suddenly 
veto  to reject or cancel a proposed law done by a governor or a president 
wane  to decrease or decline in strength, intensity, importance, etc. 
warrant  to justify, to give a good reason for; a guarantee 


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abide  to put up with; tolerate 
accolade  praises given for an act or achievement 
advocate  one that argues for a cause, a supporter, a defender 
aesthetic  related to a belief in the supremacy of or devotion to that beautiful, especially in art 
agrarian  pertaining to the land, especially agricultural land 
arcane  known or understood by those with special knowledge 
artifice  deception, trickery, a crafty stratagem 
augment  to make something greater in size, quantity, or extent 
caustic  sarcastic and severe 
circumscribe  to confine within bounds 
coagulate  to change into a clot or a jelly, as by heat, chemical reaction, or fermentation 
commend  to praise 
contemptuous  disdainful; showing strong dislike or disrespect 
convoluted  intricate and complicated; twisted 
dearth  a lack of something essential or desirable 
defunct  no longer in use; broken 
deleterious  harmful, morally or physically 
demure  shy, hesitant and reserved 
deter  to discourage to restrain from acting or proceeding 
diligence  careful and preserving effort to accomplish what is undertaken 
disdain  contempt and scorn 
disparage  to regard or speak of slightly 
dubious  doubtful 
eccentric  unconventional and odd, especially in regard to personality and habits 
enervate  to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of 
epidemic  wide-spread occurrence of a disease in a certain region 
extenuation  the act of lessening the severity or importance of, especially by providing partial excuses 
extol  to praise in the highest terms 
extrinsic  not essential or inherent; arising from an outside influence 
exuberant  enthusiastic, full of joy; lavish 
foe  an enemy 
foppish  characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners 
foster  to bring up or promote new ideas 
frivolous  not serious, unimportant 
guileless  honest, without deception 
inauspicious  not favorable 
innocuous  harmless 
intrepid  resolutely courageous, fearful 
inveterate  habitual 
lambaste  to scold severely 
laudatory  pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise 


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abound  to exist in great quantity 
adherent  a follower of a leader, party or profession; a believer of a particular idea 
apathy  lack of interest or concern; indifference 
assimilate  to incorporate and absorb; to make similar 
austerity  severity in manner 
autonomous  self-governing 
bauble  a small, showy ornament or little value; trinket 
benevolent  characterized by or suggestive or doing good 
brook  to put up with; tolerate 
circumspect  showing watchfulness, caution, or careful consideration 
commodious  spacious; roomy 
contiguous  sharing an edge or boundary; touching 
defiant  characterized by bold or insolent opposition 
demeanor  the way in which a person behaves 
derive  to deduce, as from a premise 
despair  utter hopelessness and despondency 
disoriented  having lost the sense of direction or the relationship to one's surroundings 
disparate  distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar 
efficacious  effective 
emend  to edit or change, by deleting 
emulate  to imitate with intent to equal or surpass 
epitome  a simplified representation; a representative example 
explicit  fully and clearly expressed; easily apparent 
feckless  lacking purpose or vitality; weak and ineffective; careless and irresponsible 
histrionically  in an excessively dramatic or emotional manner 
homogeneous  made up of similar parts or elements 
imbue  to inspire or influence thoroughly; to pervade 
impeccable  having no flaws; perfect 
implausible  not believable; not likely 
implicate  to show or prove to be involved in or concerned 
importune  to harass with persistent demands or entreaties 
indulgent  giving in completely to the enjoyment of desires; lenient 
ineluctable  cannot be avoided 
inscrutable  impenetrably mysterious or profound 
inscrutably  in an incomprehensible or mysterious manner 
intemperate  unable to control or moderate one's desires, especially the drinking of alcohol 
itinerary  a proposed route of travel; a travel plan 
jocular  inclined to joke 
lewd  characterized by lust or lasciviousness 
malodorous  having a bad odor; foul 
manifest  clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious 
mar  to inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage 
meticulousness  strict attention to details 
paragon  a model of excellence 
paramount  of chief concern or importance 
peerless  of unequaled excellence or worth 
persuade  to win the mind of by argument, eloquence, evidence, or reflection 
perturbation  mental excitement or confusion 
pivotal  of central importance; crucial 
pliable  easily bent or shaped 
plurality  a majority 
preclude  to prevent 
preeminent  superior or notable above all others 
prophecy  any prediction or foretelling 
prude  one who is excessively moral 
redouble  to repeat or double 
refute  to deny the accuracy or truth of 
regale  a great feast 
rejuvenate  to restore youth 
remorse  a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds 
remunerate  to pay or pay for 
repugnance  extreme dislike 
resignation  giving up one's job; quitting; unresisting acceptance, submission 
restive  feeling or exhibiting impatience or nervous tension 
sanguine  cheerfully confident; optimistic 
savor  to taste or smell, especially with pleasure 
stark  bare or blunt 
stymie  to thwart; to stump 
subordinate  subject to the authority or control of another 
subsidy  money granted by a government to a person or group for something believed to be beneficial to the public 
superfluous  being more than is needed; excessive 
tangential  merely touching or slightly connected; only superficially relevant; divergent 
trajectory  the path described by a projectile moving under given forces 
trifling  of slight worth or importance 
unctuous  oily; exaggerated and false sincerity 
vex  to annoy; to confuse, puzzle; to bring distress or suffering to 
vogue  the prevalent way or fashion 


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ethereal  extremely delicate and refined, almost heavenly 
evanescent  vanishing, fading quickly, short-lived 
excerpt  passage or quotation taken from a book; an extract 
explicate  to explain in detail; capable of being explained 
expository  serving to expound or explain 
fable  a legend or myth, not based upon fact, sometimes using animals to convey a moral 
facile  quick and easy, but often superficial and lazy; something built for a specific purpose, i.e. a research facility 
falter  to hesitate, waver, or pause in uncertainty 
ferocious  fierce, savage and cruel 
flippant  lacking respect and seriousness, humorous in a disrespectful way 
florid  reddish, rosy, especially in complection or skin tone 
fluent  smooth, graceful, flowing; able to speak or understand a language smoothly and gracefully. 
fodder  food for livestock, such as horses and cows 
foreshadow  to prefigure, to show beforehand 
foresight  knowledge of or planning for the future 
forestall  to prevent or hinder in advance 
forthright  going straight to the point, direct 
fraternal  brotherly; having to do with men's organization, such as a college fraternity 
gender  sex or sexual role, such as male or female, or neuter 
graze  to feed on growing grass, as cattle do; to touch or scrape lightly 
grievance  a complaint or resentment; a wrong which caused such a complaint 
gross  flagrant, glaring, blatant, obvious in a bad way; extremely large; crude, unrefined; profits counted before deductions, taxes, etc 
haphazard  chance, lacking planning or order 
hereditary  passing from parent to child through the genes; inherited 
hibernate  to withdraw from the word and rest alone, especially of animals such as bears that lie dormant during the Winter 
hilarious  extremely funny, very merry 
ignite  to set on fire 
imposer  a fake, someone who pretends to be a person he is not, a counterfeit 
inaccessible  unreachable, impossible to get to 
inane  lacking sense, silly, empty of meaning 
inanimate  lifeless, spiritless 
incentive  something that motivates, or tends to incite to action or greater effort 
inception  beginning 
incite  to stimulate to action, urge on, stir up 
incredible  unbelievable 
indolent  lazy, inactive, idle, slothful 
inequity  unfairness, lack of equity 
ingrate  an ungrateful person; lack of gratefulness 
insatiable  incapable of being satisfied, not satiable, usually of hunger or appetite 
insolvent  broke, without money, unable to pay creditors, not solvent 
insular  isolated, as if living on an island; narrow-minded, provincial 
insurgent  revolutionary, armed fighter against a government 
intact  complete or whole; unbroken, unaltered 
intermittent  occasionally; unstopping for a while then starting again 
intrepid  fearless, brave, dauntless 
irrigate  to water farmland, usually by building canals, etc. 
laconic  using few words; terse, concise 
liable  legally responsible 
liability  a disadvantage; moneys owed 
longevity  long life, or length of life 
luminous  shining, glowing, bright 
magnanimous  generous, forgiving, and big-hearted; high-minded, noble 
malevolent  wishing evil upon or doing harm to others 
marrow  the fatty tissue in the center of the bones, where blood cells are formed; the inmost, choicest, or essential part; strength or vigor; vitality 
masquerade  a party or dance at which everyone wears a mask; a false outward show, pretending to be someone you aren't 
medley  a mixture, esp. of different songs put together to form a new combination 
menace  something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat 
merciful  full of kindness, mercy and compassion 
methodology  a system of methods or principles used in a science or discipline 
misanthrope  someone who hates mankind 
misconstrue  to misinterpret, to misunderstand the meaning of 
misnomer  the wrong name for something 
morbid  gruesome, horrible, esp. describing a mental state in which one thinks about gloomy things 
muffle  to wrap something to deaden sound or to keep out cold 
mute  silent, not speaking or making noise; to deaden or suppress the sound of something, esp. a trumpet 
mutiny  rebellion against the captain on a ship 
neurological  having to do with neurology, the study of the nervous system and brain 
nomad  a homeless wanderer, esp. a member of a people who have no fixed abode and move their tents and livestock across the land in search of pasture and food 
nonchalant  unconcerned, cool, carefree 
opaque  not allowing light to pass through; hard to understand 
optical  having to do with the eye or sight, or with optics; the sense of vision 
orient  to determine your position, and to become familiar with new surroundings 
orientation  one's position relative to the environment, or one's sense of that position; become oriented, esp. at a special meeting or program 
ornate  elaborately decorated, often over-decorated 
outlandish  freakishly odd or strange, perhaps because foreign 
painstaking  showing or expanding great carefulness 
parch  to dry out, esp. to be thirsty 
paucity  scarcity, smallness of number or quantity; lack 
penitent  feeling sorry for your sins or wrongdoings, and wishing to make up for them in atonement 
pertinent  relevant, relating directly to the matter at hand 
pertain  to relate to, to be connected to 
perturb  to disturb or upset someone greatly 
placid  pleasantly calm and peaceful 
plastic  mold-able, impressionable 
playwright  the writer of a play 
pluralism  social condition in which minorities participate in power, yet keep their cultural differences 
potent  powerful, producing strong effects 
predilection  a strong liking for something, a tendency to behave a certain way 
preeminent  outstanding, superior 
prologue  a short introduction, usually to a book 
prosaic  commonplace, dull, unimaginative 
proverb  a short popular saying that expresses a commonplace truth or thought 
prude  someone who is excessively proper, and is shocked by matters involving sex 
quandary  a dilemma; a state or situation in which it is difficult to decide what to do 
rancor  bitter resentment and anger, malice 
recuperate  to recover, to regain, heath or strength 
refrain  to keep yourself from saying or doing something 
refuge  shelter, protection; a safe place 
repeal  to revoke or cancel a law 
reprimand  to scold someone strongly, even officially 
reproach  an expression of blame or disapproval 
sanctuary  holy or sacred place; a safe place 
scandal  a disgraceful act which becomes known in public 
scandalmonger  a person who gossips about scandal 
sect  a group of people who share a religious faith; a group who breaks away from a larger religious group 
segregation  the act of separating people from each other 
sentinel  a person who stands watch, a watchman or sentry 
shrub  a small plant, often used to make up hedges 
sinister  evil, ominous, threatening harm 


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acrid  unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell 
acumen  quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight 
aesthetic  relating to an appreciation of beauty 
allusion  a passing or casual reference to something, either directly or implied 
ascetic  self-denying; austere 
assimilate  to incorporate and absorb; to make similar 
augment  to make something greater in size, quantity, or extent 
benign  good and kind of heart; harmless 
carp  nag, irritably and constantly complain 
chimerical  highly improbable, as if imaginary; unreal, fanciful 
colloquial  pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary 
complacent  pleased or satisfied with oneself 
confound  to cause to become confused or perplexed 
congenital  of or relating to a condition that is present at birth 
credible  believable 
decadence  deterioration of morality 
deify  to regard or worship as a god 
depict  to illustrate, represent in visual form 
diffidence  self-distrust; timidity; shyness 
disseminate  to scatter or spread 
dissent  disagreement 
emulate  to imitate with intent to equal or surpass 
entrepreneur  a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture 
epitome  a simplified representation; a representative example 
euphoria  a feeling of great happiness or well-being 
evocative  tending to bring a memory, mood, or emotion, for example, subtly or indirectly to mind 
exacerbate  to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness 
expedite  to hasten the movement or progress of 
exploit  to take full advantage of; to use selfishly or unethically 
flout  to mock or treat with disdain 
forgery  a fraudulent imitation; a counterfeit 
gallant  possessing a brave or chivalrous spirit 
gullibility  the quality of being easily deceived or duped 
implacable  unable to be soothed 
inevitable  unavoidable 
infamy  evil fame or reputation 
ingenuity  cleverness in contriving, combining, or originating 
ingenuous  candid, frank, or open in character or quality 
innate  possessed at birth; inborn 
innovative  characterized by or productive of new things or new ideas 
inoculate  to inject a substance with the purpose of producing of increasing immunity to a disease 
intricate  having many complexly arranged elements 
intrinsic  inherent 
introvert  a shy or reserved person; one who retreats mentally 
legacy  something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past 
loquacity  talkativeness 
ludicrous  laughable 
malignantly  in a destructive or harmful manner 
mediocre  ordinary 
meticulous  extremely careful or precise; excessively concerned with details 
mire  an area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog; a disadvantageous or difficult situation 
misconstrue  to mistake the meaning of; misinterpret 
nurture  to help grow or develop; to care for 
obstreperous  noisy and defiant; boisterous; hard to control 
pandemic  affecting a whole people or all classes, as a disease 
peevish  bad-tempered, cantankerous, cranky 
pernicious  tending to kill or hurt 
pivotal  of central importance; crucial 
plague  a highly infectious, unusually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence 
probity  virtue or integrity tested and confirmed 
profundity  great depth, especially of intellect, feeling, or meaning 
provincial  uncultured in thought or manner 
raving  exciting admiration 
refute  to deny the accuracy or truth of 
reputed  supposed of reported to be such 
revere  to regard with awe, veneration, and devotion 
reverential  inspiring awe, veneration, and devotion 
risible  capable of exciting laughter 
rudiment  a basic concept or skill in a complex subject or activity 
scorn  to show a lack of respect along with a feeling of strong dislike 
scrutiny  a close, careful examination or study 
sluggard  an idle, slothful person 
specious  having a ring of truth but actually false 
sporadic  occurring at irregular intervals 
steadfast  firmly loyal or constant 
stifle  to keep in or hold back; repress 
stigmatize  to identify as disgraceful 
stupefied  amazed; astonished 
stymie  to thwart; to stump 
sycophant  a servile flatter, especially of those in authority or influence 
unstinting  very generous; characterized by bounteous giving 
venerate  to cherish reverentially 
vernacular  the language of one's country 
virulent  exceedingly noxious or deleterious 
zest  spirited enjoyment; gusto 


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admonish  to criticize gently but earnestly; to caution 
adroit  skillful and adept, dexterous 
aggravate  to make heavier, worse, or burdensome 
allure  to attract with something desirable, entice 
ameliorate  to relieve, as from pain or hardship 
buttress  any support or prop 
camaraderie  association or friendship within any group or organization 
candor  honesty, sincerity of expression; openness 
cataclysm  violent upheaval that causes great destruction or brings about fundamental change 
chauvinism  biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause 
clemency  mercy 
coerce  force 
compel  to secure or bring about by force 
conciliate  to overcome distrust of or animosity towards; to regain or try to regain 
congenial  having kindred character or tastes; of pleasant disposition 
congregate  to bring together into a crowd 
consign  to entrust 
debunk  show to be false 
desecrate  to treat what is holy in a profane or disrespectful manner 
dishevel  to cause untidiness and disarray in 
dismantle  to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc. 
dispatch  speed in performance or movement 
divert  to turn from the accustomed course or a line or action already established 
embalm  to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams 
empirical  based on observation or experiment; based on experience, not theory 
enamor  to inspire with ardent love 
encapsulate  to summarize or condense 
ethereal  light, airy; heavenly 
evanescent  fleeting; likely to vanish 
expeditious  speedy 
expend  to spend 
expound  to give a detailed statement or explanation 
extol  to praise in the highest terms 
extricate  disentangle 
extrude  to push or thrust out, especially through a small opening 
fallacy  any unsound or delusive mode of reasoning, or anything based on such reasoning 
famish  to suffer extremely of hunger or thirst 
flabbergasted  overcome with astonishment 
flippant  having a light, pert, trifling disposition 
flout  to mock or treat with disdain 
foment  to instigate or foster 
formidable  difficult to accomplish; arousing fear, dread, or alarm; inspiring awe or wonder 
guileless  frank 
impalpable  imperceptible to the touch 
incise  to cut into 
inadvertent  accidental 
indifferent  having no particular interest or concern 
indigenous  native 
inimical  harmful; hostile (like an enemy) 
innate  possessed at birth; inborn 
instigate  to provoke 
inter  to bury 
inveterate  habitual 
invigorate  to animate 
irrevocable  unable to be cancelled or to be taken back 
lethargy  sluggishness or inactivity; a lack of energy or concern 
lurid  ghastly and sensational 
malevolent  wishing evil to others 
mar  to inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage 
momentous  of great or far-reaching importance or consequence 
paltry  very small and almost worthless; trifling; petty 
parochial  narrowly restricted in scope or outlook 
penurious  excessively sparing in the use of money 
perennial  continuing through the year or through many years 
placid  serene 
predicament  a difficult, trying situation or plight 
proliferate  to grow or multiply rapidly by producing new parts or offspring 
promulgate  to proclaim 
rambunctious  boisterous and disorderly 
redoubtable  formidable, causing fear; worthy of respect 
replete  completely filled; abundantly supplied 
reproach  blame; rebuke; one that causes rebuke or blame; disgrace; shame 
repudiate  to reject emphatically as untrue, unfounded, or unjust 
repulse  to drive back; repel 
ruinous  destructive; disastrous 
peripheral  related to, located in, or constituted an outer boundary; of minor 
resilience  the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune 
solace  comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity; consolidation 
sparse  occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals, few and scattered 
titillate  to stimulate by touching lightly; to tickle 
tome  a scholarly book, especially a large one 
unprecedented  having never happened before 
unruly  difficult or impossible to discipline, control or rule 

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aesthetic  related to a belief in the supremacy of or devotion to the beautiful, esp. in art 
anachronistic  being or happening out of chronological, proper, or historical order 
anarchist  a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom 
annihilate  to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence 
approbate  to authorize; to approve officially 
atrophy  wasting away from lack of usage, as in a part of the body or the mind 
beguiling  charming, often in a deceptive way 
behemoth  any creature or thing monstrous in size or power 
benevolent  characterized by doing good things, charitable 
bewitching  enchanting, charming, fascinating 
blockade  the closing off of a port or region to prevent commerce and trade 
brazen  boldly shameless or rude 
capricious  an impulsive change of mind or the tendency to do so; a sudden, unpredictable action 
cliche  an overused expression or idea 
coalescence  the act or process of coming together so as to form one body, combination, or product 
commemorate  to serve as a remembrance of 
commune  to be in deep and meaningful communication with 
concourse  a large open space where large crowds gather or pass through 
consummate  to bring to completion 
corollary  a preposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration 
correlate  to put in some relation of connection or correspondence 
crux  the basic, central, or critical point or feature 
denigrate  to attack the character or reputation of; to disparage, to belittle 
deride  to ridicule 
digression  a turning aside from the main subject matter to dwell on something incidental 
digressive  having only a minor connection to the subject at hand 
disarray  a state of disorder and untidiness; confusion 
dissipate  to disperse or disappear 
ebb  to decline or decay; fade away 
edifice  a building, esp. one of large size or imposing appearance 
elation  a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits 
embark  to make a beginning in some occupation or scheme 
embrace  to take or clasp in the arms, hug; to accept willingly or eagerly 
emulator  something that imitates with the intention to equal or surpass 
entitlement  a right granted by contract or law 
equitable  characterized by fairness; just 
exacerbating  making worse; increasing the severity, violence, or bitterness 
exalted  raise in rank or status; glorified, praised, or honored 
expedient  appropriate for a purpose, esp. one that gives personal advantage 
farce  a humorous performance that uses exaggeration and mockery 
fatuous  idiotic; foolish and silly 
fervent  passionate in feeling 
forego  to deny oneself the pleasure or profit of 
gargoyle  a statue with a grotesque appearance, often placed on the corners of a building, jutting from the roof 
grave  serious 
hiatus  break, gap, interim 
icon  an image or likeness 
impertinent  disrespectful or rude, often through a lack of manners 
implore  to make strong appeal; to beg urgently 
insensate  having no sensations, unconscious; not sensible; lacking the power of reason, foolish 
insipid  lacking flavor or zest; dull 
instigate  to urge to action, to provoke; to cause to happen 
intuitive  related to perceptive insight which is gained by impressions or instinct, not by rational deduction; having such insight 
languor  a state of relaxed inactivity; a dreamy, lazy mood 
lexicon  a dictionary; any group of terms used for a special purpose 
libelous  damaging to a person's reputation, esp. if published 
lionize  to honor; to treat as a celebrity 
loath  adverse, having a strong dislike for 
loitering  the consumption of time in a idle manner, often by standing around in a public place, doing nothing 
lucrative  highly profitable 
malignance  something that is very harmful and often resistant to treatment and resulting in death; evil, ill will 
mesmerized  having your attention fixated, as though under the influence of hypnotism 
obsequious  showing a servile readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another 
orator  one who delivers formal speech; an eloquent and skilled public speaker 
ostentatious  having boastful showiness; putting on a pretentious display meant to impress others 
outlandish  obviously different from the norm; bizarre 
pathos  the quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy 
pert  trim and stylish in appearance; spirited and vivacious, sometimes with an overly bold or rude yet playful manner 
plied  to use a tool or work a trade; to provide continuously 
plunder  to rob of goods by force; raid 
premonition  a feeling of foreboding about a future event 
prenatal  occurring or existing before birth; related to this period of time 
proliferate  to grow or multiply rapidly by producing new parts or offspring 
propagate  to spread abroad or from person to person 
propriety  accordance with recognized usage, custom, or principles 
ramification  a consequence that develops from something, and sometimes causes complications 
recant  to withdraw formally a statement or belief 
remorseful  feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for signs or offenses 
renege  to fail to fulfill a promise or obligation 
resent  to feel bitter or indignant about 
respire  to breathe 
scorn  to show a lack of respect along with a feeling of strong dislike 
sophomoric  exhibiting great immaturity or lack of judgement 
spurn  to reject disdainfully; scorn 
stoic  showing no emotion 
stratify  to form, arrange, or deposit in layers 
stump  to challenge or confuse someone, usually after having issued a challenge 
tenure  the term during which a thing is held 
tome  a scholarly book, esp. a large one 
vapid  having lost sparkling quality or flavor 
winsome  charming, often in a childlike way 
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Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Alligator bull cow hatchling congregation, pod (of young) 
Alpaca male female cria herd 
Antelope buck doe calf herd 
Ape male female baby shrewdness 
Armadillo male female pup - 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Baboon male female infant troop, congress 
Badger boar sow kit, cub cete 
Bat male female pup colony 
Bear boar sow cub sleuth, sloth 
Beaver - - pup, kitten colony 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Bee drone queen, worker larva hive, swarm (in flight), bike, drift, grist 

Western Meadowlark Bird cock hen hatchling, chick dissimulation (small birds only), fleet, flight, flock, parcel, pod, volery

Bison, Buffalo bull cow calf gang, herd, obstinacy 
Boar boar sow piglet, shoat, farrow singular, sounder 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Butterfly male female caterpillar, larva, pupa, chrysalis swarm, rabble (group of caterpillars is an army) 
Camel bull cow calf flock 
Cat tomcat queen kitten clutter, clowder, litter (young born to one female), kindle (kittens) 
Cattle bull cow calf, dogie (a motherless calf) drift, drove, herd, mob 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Cheetah male female cub coalition 
Chicken rooster hen chick, pullet (young hen), cockrell (young rooster) flock, brood (of hens), clutch (of chicks), peep (of chicks) 
Clam - - larva bed 

- Cockroach - - nymph intrusion

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

- Codfish - - codling, hake, sprag, sprat school

Coyote dog bitch pup, whelp pack, rout 
Crane - - chick herd, sedge, siege 
Crow cock hen chick murder, muster 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

white-tailed deer Deer buck, stag doe fawn herd, mob Technosaurus Dinosaur bull cow hatchling, juvenile herd (of plant-eaters), pack (of meat-eaters) beagle Dog dog bitch pup litter (pups from one mother), pack (wild), kennel dolphin Dolphin bull cow pup, calf herd, pod, school

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

dohkey Donkey jack, jackass jennet, jenny colt, foal drove, herd dove Dove cock hen squab, chick dole, flight, piteousness duck Duck drake duck duckling badelynge, brace, bunch, flock, paddling, raft, team eagle Eagle - - fledgling, eaglet aerie, convocation

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

eel Eel - - leptocephalus (larva), elver (juvenile) swarm 
Elephant bull cow calf herd, parade 

- Elk bull cow calf herd, gang

Emu   chick, hatchling mob 
Falcon tercel, terzel falcon chick cast 
Ferret hob jill kit business, fesynes 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Fish - - fry, fingerling draft, run, school, shoal 

- Finch cock hen chick charm

Flamingo - - chick colony, flamboyance, flurry, stand, regiment 
Fly - - maggot cloud, swarm 
Fox reynard, dog, dog fox, or tod vixen kit, cub, pup skulk, leash 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Frog - - tadpole, polliwog, froglet
army, knot 
Gerbil buck doe pup horde 
Giraffe bull doe calf herd, corps, tower, group 
Gnat male female larva cloud, horde 
Gnu bull cow calf herd 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Goat buck, billy doe, nanny kid, billy herd, tribe, trip 
Goose gander goose gosling flock, gaggle, skein (only while in flight), wedge (flying in a "V" formation) 
Gorilla male female infant band 
Grasshopper male female nymph swarm 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

- Grouse covey

Guinea pig boar sow pup group 
Gull cock hen chick colony 
Hamster buck doe pup horde 
Hare buck doe leveret down, husk, warren 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Hawk tiercel hen eyas aerie, cast, kettle 
Hedgehog boar sow piglet, pup array 
Heron cock hen chick sedge, siege 
Hippopotamus bull cow calf herd, bloat 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Hornet male female larva nest 
Hog boar sow shoat, farrow drove, herd, litter (a group of young born to one mother) 
Horse stallion, stud mare, dam foal, colt (male), filly (female) stable, harras, herd, team (working horses), string or field (race horses) 
Hound dog bitch pup cry, mute, pack 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Human man woman baby, infant, toddler clan (related), crowd, family (closely related), community, gang, mob, tribe, etc. 
Hummingbird cock hen chick charm 
Hyena male female cub clan, cackle 
Jay cock hen chick band, party 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Jellyfish - - ephyna smackm bloom, swarm 
Kangaroo buck, boomer, jack doe, flyer, jill, roo joey troop, herd, mob 
Koala male female joey n/a 

- Lark cock hen chick exaltation

Leopard leopard leopardess cub leap, prowl (some say it should be a spot of leopards) 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Lion lion lioness cub pride 
Llama - - cria herd 

- Locust - - - host, swarm

Louse (plural lice) male female nymph colony, infestation, lice 

- Magpie cock hen chick tiding, tribe, charm, gulp, flock, murder

Mallard drake duck duckling flush, sord 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

- Marten richness

Mole male female pup labor 
Monkey male female infant troop, cartload 
Moose bull cow calf herd 
Mosquito male female lnymph, wriggler, tumbler swarm 
Mouse buck doe pup, pinkie, kitten horde, mischief 

- Mule john molly foal barren, pack, span

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Nightingale cock hen chick watch 
Opossum jack jill joey - 
Ostrich cock hen chick flock 
Otter male female whelp, pup family, raft, romp 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Owl - - owlet, fledgling parliament 
Ox steer, bull cow stot, calf drove, herd, yoke 
Oyster - - spat bed 
Panda boar sow cub - 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Parrot cock hen chick company, flock 
Peafowl peacock peahen peachick muster, ostentation 
Penguin male female chick rookery 

- Pheasant cock hen chick brood (a family), nye (a large group)

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Pig boar sow piglet, shoat, farrow drove, herd, litter (of pups), sounder 
Pigeon cock hen squab, squeaker flock, kit 

platypus Platypus - - puggle -

Porpoise bull cow calf herd, pod, school 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Prairie dog boar sow pup coterie, town 
Pronghorn buck doe fawn herd 
Quail cock hen chick bevy, covey, drift 
Rabbit buck doe kitten, bunny, kit colony, drove, leash, nest, trace, warren 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Raccoon boar sow cub nursery, gaze 
Rat buck doe pup, pinkie, kitten horde, mischief 
Raven - - - congress, unkindness 
Reindeer bull cow calf herd 
Rhinoceros bull cow calf crash 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Sand Dollar male female larva, pluteus (free-swimming stage), juvenile (young urchin) - 
Seal bull cow pup herd, pod, rookery, harem 
Seastar male female larva, pluteus (free-swimming stage), juvenile (young urchin) - 
Sea Urchin male female larva, pluteus (free-swimming stage), juvenile (young urchin) - 
Serval male female kitten - 
Shark bull female pup school, shiver 
Sheep buck, ram ewe, dam lamb, lambkin, cosset drift, drove, flock,herd, mob, trip 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Skunk - - kit surfeit 
Snake male female Snakelet, neonate (a newly-born snake), hatchling (a newly-hatched snake) bed, nest, pit 

- snipe - - wisp - sparrow - - host

Spider male female spiderling - 
Squid male female hatchling, paralarva, larva shoal, squad 
Squirrel buck doe pup, kit, kitten dray 

- Swallow - - - flight

Swan cob pen cygnet, flapper bevy, game, herd, team, wedge (flying in a "V" formation) 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

- Termite male female larva swarm (while flying), colony

Tiger tiger tigress cub, whelp ambush, streak 
Toad male female tadpole knot 

- Trout fingerling hoover

Turkey tom or gobbler (adult male),

jake (juvenile male) hen poult rafter

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Turtle male female hatchling bale 

Nabarlek Wallaby jack jill joey mob Walrus Walrus bull cow cub, pup herd, pod

Wasp drone queen (reproducing female), worker (non-reproducing female) larva colony 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Weasel Weasel dog, buck, Jack, hob bitch, doe, Jill kit gang

Whale bull cow calf gam, grind, herd, pod, school  
Wolf dog bitch pup, whelp pack, rout 
Wombat jack jill joey mob 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals

Woodpecker male female chick descent 

- Wren cock jenny chick flock, herd

Yak bull cow calf herd 
Yellow Jacket drone queen (egg-laying female), worker (non-reproducing female) larva colony 
Zebra stallion mare colt, foal herd, crossing 

Animal

Male

Female

Baby

Group of Animals


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Match Animals and Their Babies Match 10 animals to their babies. The animals are: spider, spiderling, bear, cub, frog, tadpole, deer, fawn, owl, owlet, butterfly, caterpillar, kangaroo, joey, bird, chick, wolf, cub, elephant, calf. Or go to the answers. Match words

Match Farm Animals to their Babies Match 10 farm animals words to their babies. The farm animals and babies are: sheep, lamb, cat, kitten, dog, puppy, pig, piglet, cow, calf, goose, gosling, horse, foal, duck, duckling, goat, kid, chicken, chick. Or go to the answers. quiz

Baby Animals: A Scavenger Hunt Using the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary This is a dictionary "scavenger hunt," a simple activity for children who are starting to be familiar with the alphabet and the sounds the letters make. The students work at a computer (or in small groups of 2 to 3 students at a computer). The teacher asks the students the scavenget hunt questions. To answer the questions, the students must go to the appropriate page in the dictionary by clicking on the correct letter at the top of the Little Explorers Online Picture Dictionary page. They will then look at the pictures on the page to answer the question.


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of, relating to, or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure. "long curtains in voluptuous crimson velvet"


synonyms: hedonistic, sybaritic, epicurean, pleasure-loving, self-indulgent; decadent, intemperate, immoderate, dissolute, sensual, licentious "she was voluptuous by nature"


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synonyms: curvaceous, shapely, ample, buxom, full-figured; seductive, alluring, comely, sultry, sensuous, sexy, womanly; Junoesque, Rubenesque; informalbodacious, curvy, busty, stacked, built, slinky "a voluptuous model" No.1361 Amigmono Japanese Name: Amigmono Crazy Monkey Poke'mon Ht:2'11 Wt:17.5lbs Monkey & Ground Typing Ability:Monkey Power/Soundproof Base Stats HP:40 Attack:47 Denfense:35 Spec Attack:35 Spec.Denfense:45 Speed:25 Base Stat Total:227 Level Up Moves Pound - Tail Whip - Monkey Rage 4 Headbutt 7 Monkeybreath 11 Confide 14 Maracca Smack 18 Agility 21 Maraccarang 25 Flying Press 28 Crazy Dance 32 Earth Charge 35 Gaia Hammer 39 Monkey Rampage 42 Seimsic 10 46 Massive Destruction 50 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM06 Toxic TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM17 Protect TM20 Blessfulness TM21 Frustation TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM32 Double Team TM37 Sandstorm TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM48 Glory Fist TM49 Echoed Voice TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM59 Deliquent Tantrum TM62 Acrobatics TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Capitvate TM80 Rock Slide TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM89 U-Turn TM90 Subistuite TM94 Monkey Wave TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM101 Armaggedon TM105 Rock Tomb TM107 Seimsic 10 TM119 Massive Destruction TM121 Secret Power (ORAS Only) HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Fissure Mimic Bide Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Snore Denfense Curl Detect Theif Furiousen Punch Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Power Up Combination Bulk Up Taunt Rock Tomb Torment Triple Team Natural Gift Mangy Throw Gorilla Roar Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Quick Attack Head Smash Healthy Engery Natural Surprise Follow Me Nasty Plot Snore Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Endeavor Iron Tail Hyper Voice Uproar Bounce Foul Play Earth Power Focus Punch Block After You Helping Hand Snatch Heal Bell Trivia Amigmono's name came from Amigo (spanish word for friend in male) and Mono. (spanish word for monkey) Amigmono along with others is revealed in May 11, 2013 in the issue of Corocoro. Amigmono is the only Poke'mon with a base stat total of 227. No.1362 Enemigono Japanese Name: Enemigono Crazy Monkey Poke'mon Ht:4'7 Wt:51.8lbs Monkey & Ground Typing Ability:Monkey Power/Soundproof Base Stats HP:65 Attack:72 Denfense:55 Spec Attack:66 Spec Denfense:65 Speed:41 Base Stat Total:344 Level Up Moves Pound - Tail Whip - Monkey Rage 4 Headbutt 7 Monkey Breath 11 Confide 14 Dizzy Punch 17 Maracca Smack 19 Agility 22 Macaccarang 27 Flying Press 30 Crazy Dance 35 Earth Charge 38 Gaia Hammer 43 Monkey Rampage 46 Seimsic 10 51 Massive Destruction 56 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM06 Toxic TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM17 Protect TM19 Blessfulness TM21 Frustation TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM32 Double Team TM37 Sandstorm TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM48 Glory Fist TM49 Echoed Voice TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM59 Deliquent Tantrum TM62 Acrobatics TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Capitvate TM80 Rock Slide TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM89 U-Turn TM90 Subistuite TM94 Monkey Wave TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM101 Armaggedon TM105 Rock Tomb TM107 Seimsic 10 TM119 Massive Destruction TM121 Secret Power (ORAS Only) HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Fissure Mimic Bide Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Snore Denfense Curl Detect Theif Furiousen Punch Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Power Up Combination Bulk Up Taunt Rock Tomb Torment Triple Team Natural Gift Mangy Throw Gorilla Roar Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Quick Attack Head Smash Healthy Engery Natural Surprise Follow Me Nasty Plot Snore Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Endeavor Iron Tail Hyper Voice Uproar Bounce Foul Play Earth Power Focus Punch Block After You Helping Hand Snatch Heal Bell Trivia Enemigono's name comes from Enemy and Mono spanish word for monkey. Enemigono along with others are revealed in August 8 2013 at Corocoro. No.1363 Vilmacanono Japanese: Vilmacanono Hooligan Monkey Poke'mon Ht:7'10 Wt:650.9lbs Monkey & Ground Typing Ability:Monkey Power/Soundproof Base Stats HP:110 Attack:125 Denfense:67 Spec Attack:77 Spec Denfense:85 Speed:73 Base Stat Total:528 Level Up Moves Hammer Arm - Rototiller - Dragon Dance - Pound - Tail Whip - Monkey Rage 4 Headbutt 7 Monkeybreath 11 Confide 14 Dizzy Punch 17 Macarcca Smack 19 Agility 22 Maraccarang 27 Flying Press 30 Focus Punch 34 Crazy Dance 36 Earth Charge 39 Gaia Hammer 45 Monkey Rampage 48 Seimsic 10 54 Massive Destruction 57 Sleeper Hold 63 Outrage 70 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM03 Tigeroan Blaze TM04 Anceint Power TM06 Toxic TM07 Severed Decimation TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM13 Claw Sharpen TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM19 Blessfullness TM21 Frustation TM24 Rock Meteor TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM36 Sludge Bomb TM37 Sandstorm TM38 Fire Blast TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM43 Flame Charge TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM48 Glory Fist TM49 Echoed Voice TM50 Overheat TM52 Focus Blast TM54 Toast Body Splash TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM59 Deliquent Tantrum TM62 Acrobatics TM66 Payback TM67 Stronghold Attack TM68 Giga Impact TM71 Stone Edge TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Capitvate TM80 Rock Slide TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM89 U-Turn TM90 Substitute TM93 Wild Charge TM94 Monkey Wave TM97 Dark Pulse TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM101 Armaggedon TM104 Flamethrower TM105 Rock Tomb TM107 Seimsic 10 TM114 Multiple Personality TM115 Embezzle TM119 Massive Destruction TM120 1 Inch Punch TM121 Secret Power (ORAS Only) HM03 Surf HM04 Strength HM07 Rock Smash HM08 Lava Surf HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Pay Day Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Dragon Rage Fissure Mimic Bide Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Snore Dragon Breath Denfense Curl Detect Theif Fury Cutter Furiousen Punch Fire Breath Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Aurora Slash Power Up Combination Bulk Up Taunt Rock Tomb Torment False Swipe Avalanche Triple Team Natural Gift Rock Climb Mangy Throw Gorilla Roar Monster Crush Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Future Punch Quick Attack Dragon Dance Dragon Claw Night Slash Head Smash Fireball Healthy Engery Natural Surprise Fire Fang Thunder Fang Ice Fang Follow Me Nasty Plot Snore Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Super Fang Dual Chop Endeavor Uproar Iron Tail Bounce Iron Head Hyper Voice Dragon Pulse Foul Play Earth Power Outrage Superpower Focus Punch Block After You Helping Hand Snatch Heal Bell Stealth Rock Trivia Vilmacanono's name comes from Villian, Maracca, and Mono spanish word for Monkey. Vilmacanono along with others are revealed in September 11, 2013 in the issue of Corocoro.

We don't know whether its type combination will be unique or not. Drapion was the first Poison/Dark type revealed, but its typing was never unique because Stunky and Skuntank were introduced in the same generation. That's not the reason, since evolution families are included on this page; the real reason is that we don't know the full Gen VI dex, so there might be unrelated Pokemon that are also its type. In any case, the page is already locked to everyone except admins, so I don't see the point in bringing this up on the talk page. You're not missing anything; it is definitely a first for its typing. In '97, Dudley didn't do right. 21:24, 5 July 2013 (UTC) It's the first one revealed, but as far as I know, we've been waiting to put "unique type" trivia on the new Gen VI Pokemon because we don't know whether another Pokemon with the same type will be revealed. We have to wait till the entire dex is out. Because there could be a new mon that isn't related to Litleo but has the same typing. No. It is possible that there are more Pokémon with that type combination in Generation VI, a la Drapion and Stunky family in Generation IV. We can't assume until we know the rest of the generation's Pokémon. What if actually some more Pokémon are going to have this combination? The only known Dark/Ground Pokémon. But keep in mind that Black and White might introduce other Dark/Ground Pokémon. I think we should probably leave it out since if it turns out there are more we'd have wasted time.

No.1233 Apey Japanese: Jangurape Young Ape Poke'mon Ability:Guts/Iron Fist DW Ability:Cloud Nine Ht: 2'0 Wt: 75.2lbs Normal & Monkey Typing Base Stats HP:50 Attack:58 Denfense:50 Spec.Attack:20 Spec Denfense:40 Speed:20 Base Stat Total:238 Level Up Moves Pound - Double Slap - Monkey Rage - Bite 5 Karate Chop 8 Power Up Punch 11 Fury Swipes 13 Swift 16 Endure 19 Double Kick 22 Monkeybreath 25 Brick Break 27 Double Hit 30 Body Slam 32 Dynamic Punch 36 Fling 40 Ice Punch 42 Last Resort 45 Pound Chest 47 Aytotrophy 50 Hyper Beam 52 Monkey Rampage 56 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM06 Toxic TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM18 Rain Dance TM21 Frustation TM24 Rock Meteor TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM47 Judo Low Sweep TM49 Glory Fist TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM66 Payback TM67 Stronghold Attack TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Captivate TM80 Rock Slide TM86 Amyotrophy TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Subistuite TM94 Monkey Wave TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM105 Rock Tomb TM108 Grass Knot TM119 Massive Destruction TM120 1 Inch Punch TM121 Secret Power (ORAS Only) HM03 Surf HM04 Strength HM07 Rock Smash HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Fissure Mimic Bide Metronome Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Rollout Roar Denfense Curl Detect Thief Fury Cutter Furiousen Punch Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Power Up Combination Bulk Up Taunt Torment Confurrion Brine Avalanche Triple Team Natural Gift Rock Climb Mangy Throw Gorilla Roar Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Future Punch Aqua Punch Quick Attack Night Slash Head Smash Entertainment Healthy Engery Fire Fang Thunder Fang Ice Fang Follow Me Nasty Plot Snore Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Ice Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Super Fang Dual Chop Endeavor Uproar Bounce Zen Headbutt Seed Bomb Last Resort Hyper Voice Foul Play Earth Power Outrage Superpower Focus Punch Block Worry Seed After You Helping Hand Heal Bell Trivia Apey is the only Poke'mon with a base stat total of 238. No.1234 Kinkongrilla Japanese:Sasukatzaru King Kong Poke'mon Ht: 9'10 Wt: 810.6lbs Abilities:Guts/Huge Power DW Ability:Protean Dark & Monkey Typing Base Stats HP:110 Attack:160 Denfense:110 Spec.Attack:60 Spec;Denfense:75 Speed:40 Base Stat Total:555 Level Up Moves Focus Punch - Dark Pulse - Gorilla Roar - Revenge - Parting Shot - Ambush - Dark Glare - Pound - Double Slap - Monkey Rage - Bite 5 Karate Chop 8 Power Up Punch 11 Fury Swipes 13 Mongolian Chop 16 Endure 19 Jyagenkus Punch 22 Monkeybreath 25 Brick Break 27 Mega Punch 30 Body Slam 32 Dynamic Punch 36 Fling 40 Ice Punch 42 Crunch 45 Pound Chest 47 Aytotrophy 50 Hyper Beam 52 Monkey Rampage 56 Dark Pulse 60 Massive Destruction 65 Outrage 73 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM03 Tigeroan Blaze TM04 Anceint Power TM06 Toxic TM07 Severed Decimation TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM13 Claw Sharpen TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM18 Rain Dance TM21 Frustation TM24 Rock Meteor TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM37 Sandstorm TM39 Darkness Domain TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM43 Flame Charge TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM47 Judo Low Sweep TM48 Glory Fist TM52 Focus Blast TM54 Toasty Body Splash TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM59 Deliquent Tantrum TM65 Shadoe Claw TM66 Payback TM67 Stronghold Attack TM68 Giga Impact TM71 Stone Edge TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Captivate TM80 Rock Slide TM84 Poison Jab TM86 Amyotrophy TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Subistuite TM93 Wild Charge TM94 Monkey Wave TM97 Dark Pulse TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM101 Armaggedon TM105 Rock Tomb TM107 Seimsic 10 TM108 Grass Knot TM114 Multiple PErsonality TM115 Embezzle TM119 Massive Destruction TM120 1 Inch Punch TM121 Secret Power (ORAS Only) HM01 Cut HM03 Surf HM04 Strength HM05 Wall Remover HM07 Rock Smash HM08 Lava Surf HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Dragon Rage Fissure Mimic Bide Metronome Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Rollout Roar Denfense Curl Detect Thief Fury Cutter Furiousen Punch Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Power Up Combination Bulk Up Taunt Torment Confurrion Brine Avalanche Triple Team Natural Gift Rock Climb Mangy Throw Monster Crush Gorilla Roar Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Future Punch Aqua Punch Quick Attack Night Slash Head Smash Dragon Claw Entertainment Healthy Engery Fire Fang Thunder Fang Ice Fang Follow Me Nasty Plot Bind Snore Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Ice Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Super Fang Dual Chop Endeavor Iron Head Uproar Bounce Zen Headbutt Seed Bomb Last Resort Hyper Voice Foul Play Earth Power Outrage Superpower Gunk Shot Focus Punch Block Worry Seed After You Helping Hand Snatch Heal Bell Trivia No.1235 Sasqueti Japanese: Letizaru Yeti Poke'mon Ht: 9'10 Wt: 837.6lbs Abilities:Snow Warning/Huge Power DW Ability:Limber Ice & Monkey Typing Base stats HP:110 Attack:110 Denfense:60 Spec.Attack:160 Spec;Denfense:75 Speed:40 Base Stat Total:555 Artic Blast - Icy Wind - Freeze Dry - Revenge - Frost Breath - Ambush - Pound - Double Slap - Monkey Rage - Bite 5 Karate Chop 8 Power Up Punch 11 Fury Swipes 13 Powder Snow 16 Endure 19 Frost Kick 22 Monkeybreath 25 Brick Break 27 Mega Punch 30 Body Slam 32 Dynamic Punch 36 Fling 40 Ice Punch 42 Blizzard 45 Pound Chest 47 Aytotrophy 50 Hyper Beam 52 Monkey Rampage 56 Freeze Blitz 60 Artic Frost 65 Snow Storm 73 TM's & HM's Moves TM01 Jyagenkus Punch TM03 Tigeroan Blaze TM04 Anceint Power TM06 Toxic TM08 Attribute Gainer TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM13 Claw Sharpen TM14 Blizzard TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM18 Rain Dance TM21 Frustation TM24 Rock Meteor TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Insane Respite TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM37 Sandstorm TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM43 Flame Charge TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM47 Judo Low Sweep TM49 Glory Fist TM52 Focus Blast TM54 Toasty Body Splash TM56 Fling TM58 Endure TM59 Deliquent Tantrum TM65 Shadow Claw TM66 Payback TM67 Stronghold Attack TM68 Giga Impact TM71 Stone Edge TM77 Bulldoze Over TM78 Captivate TM79 Frost Breath TM80 Rock Slide TM86 Amyotrophy TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Subistuite TM93 Wild charge TM94 Monkey Wave TM98 Power Up Punch TM100 Confide TM101 Armaggedon TM102 Ice Beam TM105 Rock Tomb TM107 Seimsic 10 TM108 Grass Knot TM112 Fluffy Coat TM119 Massive Destruction TM120 1 Inch Punch HM01 Cut HM03 Surf HM04 Strength HM05 Wall Remover HM07 Rock Smash HM10 Dig Move Tutor Moves Mega Punch Razor Wind Whirlwind Mega Kick Body Slam Take Down Double Edge Bubblebeam Water Gun Submission Counter Seimsic Toss Fissure Mimic Bide Metronome Swift Skull Bash Dynamicpunch Headbutt Curse Rollout Roar Denfense Curl Detect Thief Fury Cutter Furiousen Punch Monkeybreath Bluckel Split Attack Power Up Aurora Slash Combination Bulk Up Taunt Torment Confurrion Brine Avalanche Triple Team Natural Gift Rock Climb Mangy Throw Gorilla Roar Monster Crush Monkey Rampage Dizzy Punch Future Punch Aqua Punch Quick Attack Night Slash Head Smash Entertainment Ice Breath Healthy Engery Fire Fang Thunder Fang Ice Fang Follow Me Nasty Plot Snore Water Pulse Covet Low Kick Thunder Punch Fire Punch Ice Punch Drain Punch Knock Off Super Fang Dual Chop Endeavor Uproar Bounce Iron Head Zen Headbutt Seed Bomb Last Resort Hyper Voice Foul Play Earth Power Outrage Superpower Focus Punch Block Worry Seed After You Helping Hand Heal Bell Icy Wind Trivia MTC Studios No Thanks No. Stop asking. NO! STOP. ASKING. How many time do I have to tell you? No! you cannot use ANY of my things for you game! NO! FOR FUCK SAKE! GO AWAY! YOU CANNOT USE AAAAANY OF THEM! TAKE A FUCKING HINT ALREADY! Darksilvania Just here to say Im not interested in giving you any of my fakemon, plz stop asking for them. ThatHappensToABook I see you've made a lot of comments asking to use people's fakemon in your game. I just wanted to suggest you could make your own~ I'm sure you've thought about it, and it would be a lot of work, but I think it would be the most original thing to do~ If you need any help, I could try to give you some inspiration, thought I'm not a very creative person. I also noticed that a lot of the people you asked reject you, so I think that if you do continue asking, you might want to look for some up for sale, and buy them instead of asking to use not-for-sale ones. People tend to be attached to their characters sometime. 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Beavis Size 5 Eyebrows 23 Hair 24 Blonde 190 Bottoms 2 Black 89 Tops 3 Blue 202 Socks 1 Shoes 42 Black Head 67 -19 -29 Cranium 83 93 0 0 Forehead 100 100 0 100 Eyebrows -100 -100 -100 -100 Eyes 0 0 10 -100 15 -56 100 Nose -22 100 -48 65 -92 100 -80 -65 Cheeks All 0's Mouth -32 -77 83 48 100 100 100 Jaw -41 -44 91 0 -32 -100 Ears -53 0 0 -34 Neck -34 -100 -100 Chest -12 -72 -100 -12 Traps All -100's Shoulders -100 -85 -86 Abdomen -26 -93 -49 Waist -51 -83 Arms -10 Biceps -69 -65 Forearms -81 -57 Hands -69 -67 -65 Legs -24 Thighs -62 -72 Calves -52 -48 Feet -70 -60 -79 Butthead Size 5 Eyes 3 Eyebrows 23 Teeth 5 Hair 24 Brown 66 Socks 1 Bottoms 2 Red 149 Shoes 42 Black 11 Tops 3 Black 63 Head 70 -14 -30 Cranium 32 44 27 53 Forehead All 0's Eyebrows 0 -100 0 0 Eyes -63 -53 -53 0 0 0 32 Nose -16 0 -39 56 0 100 -15 -70 Cheeks All 0's Mouth -26 0 0 49 100 -100 -100 Jaw -48 -11 0 -82 73 -100 Ears -100 0 0 -100 Neck -35 -100 -100 Chest -12 -72 -100 -12 Traps -100 -100 -100 Shoulders -100 -85 -86 Abdomen -26 -93 -49 Waist -51 -83 Arms -10 Biceps -69 -65 Forearms -81 -57 Hands -69 -67 -65 Legs -24 Thighs -62 -72 Calves -52 -48 Feet -70 -66 -79

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? Follow/FavBeavis and Butthead Go on a Killing Spree By: Bridges06Students ? by adgerc. Beavis and Butthead top the FBI most wanted list. Rated: Fiction M - English - Drama - Words: 867 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: Jul 21, 2006 - Status: Complete - id: 3058617

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Beavis and Butt-Head:

Beavis and Butt-Head Go on a Killing Spree

DISCLAIMER: The following is a work of fan fiction, incorporating characters or situations created by Mike Judge or belonging to MTV. This work is not presented for profit, nor may it be redistributed without consent of the author. I do not claim ownership or profit from these characters or situations, and use them under the fair-use rights provisions of copyright law.

Beavis and Butt-head have been friends for as long as they could remember. They've been partners in crime all of their lives. When they tried to "score" with the nuns in Las Vegas, they were together. Now today they're still Beavis and Butt-head with the same mentality.

They usually get into small trouble here and there, but now it's different. They're in some deep stuff that results in death! Or could it be that bad? I'll never tell. They have done their homework and now they're both master-mind serial killers on a rampage killing any and everything in their way, showing no mercy for no one. Their whereabouts are unknown as of right but soon the government will know.

"Why are we doing this Beavis?" Butt-head asked out of the blue.

"Because it's fun to do and what else can we do man, were 26 years old and have nothing to do, you big dummy," Beavis replied.

"Well that's that," Butt-head told Beavis.

After that the government agencies arrive at the latest crime scene of a murder of 4 people. The FBI and CSI of New York, Miami, Dallas, and Las Vegas were all working on this case in Lancaster, Texas.

"Do we have a description of the victims?" Agent Sparks asked calmly.

"No, but we're getting closer," Agent Jones replied.

What have they done to themselves? Beavis and Butt-head have turned into mass murderers. How did this happen? Who or what brought upon the sudden change? Where could they be? Their plot is simple: kill whom they hate and take hostage any witnesses. How did two very dumb kids learn to kill? Where did they learn all of this about guns? Could they have help from their close friend JT maybe?

"Did you hear that?" The SWAT team asked in unison.

"Sounded like someone shooting a gun." Lieutenant Marshall stated.

"Sorry about that guys, just a newcomer." Joey Pitts, the SWAT team captain, shouted.

If you're wondering, Beavis and Butt-head are in Arizona at their secret location under the Grand Canyon trying to figure out where to strike next.

"Yeah, let's go like kill some more people, Butt-head." Beavis insisted.

"Shut up Beavis, you are always ready to kill it takes time," Butt-head replied.

"Shut up Beavis, you are always ready to kill it takes time," Beavis said mockingly.

"Are you mocking me?" Butt-head asked.

"Well, if the shoe fits, you might as well wear it," Beavis replied.

"Shut up you doofuses." Some stranger out of nowhere said.

"Who the freak is you?" Beavis and Butt-head asked in unison in a violent manner.

"Don't worry about that, the feds are onto you guys you need to get out of here and go somewhere else. How about Maui, Hawaii? They shouldn't come and look for you there." He suggested.

"Forget Hawaii Butt-head, let's kill this snitch right now," Beavis said in a whisper.

"OK, on the count of three," Butt-head also said in a whisper.

"1, 2, 3, let's tie him up first then torture him," Beavis said.

So they tied him up and then that's when the real fun started to happen.

"You get the Uzi and I'll get my Tec-9," Butt-head told Beavis.

After that, all you saw was some man lying on the ground just leaking his internal organs out.

"Hey, at least he died trying," Beavis said humorously.

They had just shot at 50 Cent and were successful. They shot him two times in the heart, four times in the foot, five times in the head, and seven times to the torso. They was serious about their killing.

They needed to get away and do it quickly, so they went out to their safe house in Maui, by way of their private jet, BB.

When they got to their safe house in Maui, Beavis and Butt-head were caught. Their reign of terror was finally over after 8 years of murder. In those 8 years they killed more than 201 people and injured many more. They were #1 on America's Most Wanted list and now they were caught. The FBI had found $3 million in cash stashed in the house in Maui. In Arizona they found $2 million worth of cars. They found Lamborghini's, Bentley Phantom, and Mercedes.

"Now, that Beavis and Butt-head have been caught, a raise for all government agencies." President Bush gladly told everyone.

They were caught on January 1, 2006. Beavis and Butt-head were found guilty and sentenced to death by the electric chair on June 21, 2006.





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? Follow/Favbeavis and butthead babysit caillou By: tylercuddletail ? beavis and butthead are going to babysit caillou. but they get in trouble trying to do it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Parody/Humor - Words: 442 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Published: Aug 17, 2010 - Status: Complete - id: 6247684

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Beavis and butthead babysit caillou

(note: I do not own caillou or beavis and butthead. PBS and MTV owns them)

beavis and butthead are two stupid teenagers who are now babysitters. One day. One of there customers were the family of a four year old kid named caillou. Caillou is a bald brat who is stupid. So beavis and butthead were supposed to babysit this little idiot.

So caillou parents left there house so beavis and butthead could babysit them. "hey beavis" says butthead. "lets see how bald this kid is."so beavis got out a laser pin and aimed it at caillou head. Then beavis accidently aimed it at caillou eye. Caillou yelled "oh my god!i Can't see!".

Butthead confirmed "according to our calculations. Caillou is balder than a bald eagle."

then beavis said "what do we do with his head.". Then butthead said "we should kick it!".

Beavis yells "kick it kick it kick it!" then butthead kicks caillou. Caillou says "oww! That hurts!" but they still kick caillou's head.

An hour later. caillou said "i'm hungry!". Butthead said "what should we feed him?". Beavis said "heheheh! Lets feed him a can of beans.". Butthead said "bald kids don't eat beans! Dumb ass!". So beavis and butthead turned on the stove and cooked caillou food. But surprisingly. The leaver on the pan is In a dangerous area. So caillou grab hold of the leaver and got burned a little bit. "Oww!" yelled caillou.

So after caillou ate dinner. Which was beans by the way. Caillou was holding a fork. Then caillou found a electrical socket. Beavis said "do it do it do it!". Then caillou said "what?". Butthead replied "put the fork inside the thingy you dillweed!" so caillou put the fork inside the electrical socket and got shocked. Butthead said "cool!". Caillou was laying on the floor.

Butthead said "i think we need to give it CPR." beavis said."yay! PPR!" butthead said "do I have to kiss him?". Beavis said "uhhh! I dunno! I think so!". So butthead kisses caillou. Butthead goes "uhh! What now!". Beavis says "push his chest!". So butthead pushes caillou's chest. Caillou wasn't responding. "what now buttmunch" said butthead. Beavis yelled "slap him! Slap him!" so butthead slaps caillou really hard! Caillou responded. Caillou survived.

"Damn it beavis! Caillou is alive!" said butthead. Beavis said to caillou "wanna play ball in the street." caillou said "is that dangerous?" butthead said "no! you fartmuffin! Its safe!"So they let caillou play ball in the street. Suddenly. Caillou got hit by a car.

Butthead then said "cool!". The end.






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? Follow/FavBeavis And Butthead In Bills Suck By: Kaven08 ? After their cable gets shut off due to not paying the bills, the boys have to figure out how to get some money. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 572 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Published: Jan 25, 2010 - Status: Complete - id: 5695670

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Beavis and Butthead are sitting on their couch, watching TV. They are watching an exercise show with nothing but females. They both start laughing.

"Check it out." Butthead says. "You can like, almost see her boobs. Uh hu huh."

"Yeah, Yeah!" Beavis says, watching with extreme interest.

Suddenly, the TV shuts off. Beavis and Butthead fall silent.

"Eh, what?" Butthead says.

"Damn it Butthead, turn it back on! Now!" Beavis screams.

"Shut up, dumbass." Butthead says. "I didn't do it."

"Then who did it?" asks Beavis, clearly upset.

Suddenly, a knock at the door grabs their attention. Butthead gets up and moves over to the door, opening it. On the other side is a man in a suit.

"Hi, I'm Ed from the cable company. Our records show you haven't paid your bills in over 3 months, so we cut your service."

"Uh huh huh. How do we get it back?" Butthead asks.

"Well, you could start by giving me some money now." The represenative replies.

"One minute dude." Butthead says, and then closes the door. Butthead walks back to Beavis, and they both laugh.

"Hey Beavis. Uh huh huh. Where do we keep the money?" Butthead asks.

"Um..." Beavis replies, and reaches into his pocket, pulling out a dollar and a few pennis. "Here." He says, handing them to Butthead.

Butthead opens the door and hands the dollar bill and change to the represenative. "Uh, here you go." Butthead says.

The represenative sighs. "This isn't enough. Your bill is thirty-eight dollars." The represenative says.

"Eh. How about we like, pay you back next month. Uh huh huh."

"No, we need the money now. You are already 3 months behind."

"Eh, ok. We'll like, have the money tomorrow." Butthead says. The represenative nods and then walks away.

Butthead walks back to Beavis. Beavis looks to him.

"What happened Butthead?" Beavis asks.

"Eh, we gotta like, come up with some money before we get cable back."

"Damn it!" Beavis screams.

"Shut up, buttmunch." Butthead says, turning to Beavis. "I like, have an idea. Uh huh huh."

The next day at Burger World, Beavis and Butthead are finishing up their shifts. Their boss comes out.

"You boys actually did alright." Their boss tells them. "Go ahead and take off early." He orders them, before moving back into his office. Butthead moves up to the cash register, and Beavis follows.

"Let's not go home, Butthead. We don't have TV. Heh heh."

"Shut up, dillweed. Check this out."

Butthead opens the cash register and takes out the majority of the money inside. "Uh huh huh. Now let's go home."

A few hours later, the represenative walks up to Beavis and Butthead's house. He knocks, and both of the boys answer.

"Got the money?" The represenative asks.

"Uh huh huh. Yeah." Butthead says, and pulls out the large sum of cash they took from the register. The represenative's eyes widen.

"Whoa." he says, "That's a lot of money."

Butthead hands it over to the represenative. "Uh huh huh. Yeah. We worked like, real hard for it and stuff."

The represenative counts the money. "Alright, you boys are all caught up and just bought another year's worth of cable. It will be switched back on tonight." The represenative says, before heading back to his car.

Beavis and Butthead laugh.

"That was cool. Uh huh huh."






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? Follow/FavButtknocker By: pantyslime ? What vendetta against the word "buttknocker" could Beavis possibly have? B/BH Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance - Words: 1,466 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: Nov 16, 2012 - Status: Complete - id: 8707061

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There were plenty of reasons Butt-head liked to piss Beavis off, the most obvious being that it was fun. Usually, Beavis would take it as a joke and play along—they would call each other names, maybe smack each other a bit, then go right back to watching TV or ignoring their teacher. As an added bonus, it gave them something to do in that horribly boring house of theirs. Sure, they watched a lot of reruns and music videos over and over but Jesus Christ, even they had a sanity level. Moments like that—the overwhelming boredom experienced during "normal" teenage life—were the ones Butt-head decided to use to make his move for the simple reason that he liked getting into fights with his best friend. Especially physical fights.

Those were the best.

And of course, summer was always the most boring. Weekends especially. On the bright side, there wasn't any school and sure, they could always try and go to the mall or the convenience store to pick up chicks. Maybe even say hi to Todd and get lucky enough to get their asses kicked by him and his gang. But at the end of the day, they came home to big steaming pile of nothing.

That was when the comments started.

A Bon Jovi video plays. At this point, everyone knows Beavis likes 'em. Hell, Butt-head didn't even really care anymore. But he couldn't just let it go; it was way too fun getting Beavis worked up over it.

"No wonder you like Bon Jovi. You're just as much a wussie buttknocker as they are," Butt-head said smugly.

"Shut up Butt-head," Beavis warned, his voice taking on a tone of 'don't fuck with me today'. "And don't call me a—"

"Buttknocker?" Butt-head finished for him. "Why? What's a buttknocker like you gonna like, do about it?"

He could see Beavis' fists curl up by his side, still resting on the couch. He didn't say anything, instead opting to stare at a spot on the wall.

Butt-head snorted. "If I'd known it was like, Silence of the Buttknockers Day, I would've gone to school or someth—"

He never got a chance to finish his sentence because suddenly all of Beavis's weight had knocked them both over the side of the couch. The move knocked the floor lamp over, too, and both it and the teenagers hit the ground at the same time. The brunette hit his head on the way down, but he didn't mind. In fact, he actually somewhat enjoyed it—the way his and Beavis's body made a hard thud! sound on the carpet. Fighting had always excited him.

Beavis had landed somewhat on top of Butt-head, his knee pressing into the taller boy's stomach as he hovered over his best friend, only friend. The berserked blond wrapped his fingers around Butt-head's neck and began pounding it into the ground. However, both of them were used to the idea that Butt-head was pretty thick-skulled, so it's not like any real damage could ever come of it. Still, he persisted in his violent actions.

"How many times do I have to tell you," Beavis yelled, thrusting his companion to the ground, "not to call me a buttknocker?" He pressed his knee into Butt-head's stomach harder, but Butt-head didn't complain. Instead, he wrapped his arm around Beavis' torso and attempted to shake him off. As he continued to shake him, Beavis continued. "You can call me anything else, but you can't. Call. Me. A. Buttknocker!"

"Uh, yeah?" Butt-head replied, deciding now was as good a time as any to start fighting back. He thrusted his own knee up into Beavis' stomach and that was enough to knock the blond's leg onto the floor so that Beavis was now straddling him. "Why don'tcha like being called a buttknocker so much?" Though he meant for the question to be an insult, it was actually something that he'd thought about on more than one occasion. Why did that singular phrase bother Beavis so much? Butt-head shoved the aggravated boy up into the air and rolled over so that he landed with another hardthud! on the ground beside him. He grabbed Beavis's shoulder and punched him right in the gut, hoping to provoke a more violent response than simply being thrashed into the ground repeatedly. He wanted to get punched. And he wanted it to hurt.

Apparently, it seemed luck was on his side that day—Beavis punched him square in the chest, though it was hard to get good aim or any force to it since Butt-head was tilting the blond's head so far back. Beavis tugged back at Butt-head's shirt, hoping to pull him closer so it'd be easier to pop him one right in the mouth, but the momentum only helped Butt-head roll on top of Beavis. This time, it was the brunette that hovered over the blond, and due to the fact that he was slightly bigger than Beavis, he wasn't going to be able to get away. Butt-head pinned Beavis' arms to his sides and settled his knees on either side of his hips. Beavis's torso arched here and there to try and throw Butt-head off; his hands clenched and unclenched in a futile attempt to get them free; and his legs kicked wildly to try and hurt the brunette, but it was all very ineffective. Butt-head merely pressed Beavis' arms down a little harder, or he would squeeze his legs together to get the squirming under control—his control—, or he would move his own feet out to separate Beavis' legs so that it was harder for him to kick.

"Answer me, Beavis! Why does the word buttknocker piss you off so much?"

"Augh, Butt-head I'm gonna kill you if you don't let me go!"

"No way, ass wipe! You couldn't kill anything if you had a gun in one hand and like, a knife in the other. Except yourself, maybe, since you're such a buttknocker!"

"Dammit Butt-head!"

The music from the TV hadn't even registered to either of them before because they were too caught up in trying to overthrow the other that it didn't matter. But the volume had gradually risen to an extremely annoying volume and that didn't help the temperament of either teenager. Beavis was getting so angry that he mustered up the strength to raise himself a bit, and Butt-head made the mistake of letting go of one of his arms to push his shaking chest back down.

That was pretty stupid, considering that now Beavis was able to grab Butt-head by the collar and tug him closer to him. Beavis shoved Butt-head like he had done to him a minute ago, right up against the wall under the window. Their legs had become entangled and Butt-head's arm was stuck under Beavis' shoulder.

The two's cheeks were nearly touching as Butt-head pressed the issue. "Why can I call you anything else," Butt-head yelled, pressing his knee into Beavis's stomach for the second time, "but I can't call you buttknocker? I mean like, it's what you are, isn't it?"

"No!" Another thrash from Beavis to Butt-head's head against the wall.

Butt-head raised an eyebrow. "Uh, you sure about that? 'Cause that's not what your boner says."

"Augh, shut up Butt-head! That's just like, adreadedline!"

"Oh yeah? Huh, so you do have one!" Butt-head said, licking his lips and laughing. He grabbed the fabric of Beavis's shirt with his tight fists and pulled him closer.

"That's not what I meant, butthole!" Beavis's face was turning red now, but whether it was from his anger or the possible accuracy of Butt-head's statement would never be known.

Because that's when he smashed his face to Beavis's and kissed him right on the mouth.

Beavis' everything froze. His hands stopped pressing against Butt-head's neck; his feet stopped kicking; fuck, even his heart stopped for a second or two, too.

Butt-head shoved him away, but only a couple of inches from his face. "You like fighting with me, too, don't you Beavis."

The blond only stared at Butt-head. The color of the wall became hazy, and all he could do was blink hard, once. Maybe swallow whatever less-than-quality-sentences he had stuck in his throat.

And even though Beavis couldn't think of anything to say, Butt-head wouldn't have let him, anyways. He tugged Beavis hard by the collar and pressed their lips together again—but this time, Beavis only froze for a second before pressing back.

Even though the mood had taken a hard hit in the face from one extreme to the other, Butt-head wasn't ready to go all sissy gooey gushy wussie crap with this. He still liked being physical and rough, so he moved one hand from Beavis' collar to the small of his back and dug his fingers into the skin there to pull him closer. Beavis didn't seem to mind—after all, he had just inadvertently admitted that he liked to play, too. However, as rough as he was being, the point of Butt-head's change in the position of his hand was not so he could just grab a hold of Beavis and claw him to death.

The point was so he could get a much easier grind out of his companion, the fight exciting him in the same way. Beavis pulled back and the surprised noise that came from his mouth only made Butt-head harder. For just a second, he stopped and thought about all the things that happened that probably led Beavis to being okay with Butt-head's sudden decision. He'd gotten wood in the back of a bus while he and a bunch of dudes occupied the space there. He considered having sex with Muddy for money, maybe if they just closed their eyes. They changed in the same stalls. Beavis had wanted a party with just Butt-head, instead of having chicks there, too.

And as for Butt-head, well.

He just really liked Beavis.

The signs were all there. So Butt-head just had to ask, voice a little low from all the unexpected contact he'd gotten that day.

"You like dick, don't you Beavis."

"Damn, it took you a long time to ask." He shoved Butt-head up against the wall again and kissed him, scraping his lips occasionally against the metal on Butt-head's teeth.

Maybe now all Beavis' offers to show him his butt would actually pay off.





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? Follow/FavCall Center By: Citizenjess ? Beavis and Butthead are unceremoniously dispatched from their jobs at Burger World, and seek new, albeit still sucky employment. Any resemblance to actual and living call centers is purely coincidental. Really. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 3,409 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: Mar 14, 2007 - Status: Complete - id: 3439559

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Working two jobs, completing a Master's program, and daily classroom observation has basically drained me of any and all recreational time, but I somehow managed to crank this out in the midst of an evening spent with my brother. This is for him.

Summary: Beavis & Butthead are unceremoniously dispatched from their jobs at Burger World, and seek new, albeit still sucky employment. Any resemblance to actual and living call centers is purely coincidental. Really. Rated PG-13.


Call Center


It all started when Beavis & Butthead got fired from their jobs at Burger World. That they had kept their tenured positions for as long as they had was the surprising thing that Beavis had peed in the fry cooker, thinking the oil was, somehow, just a vat of hot urine, waiting to be added to, was actually a fairly anticlimactic end to their reign of terror over the world of fast food.

Normally, unemployment was not a prospect that really registered on their collective radar. Having unwittingly turned slacking off, eating nachos, and sitting on a battered couch watching music videos into some sort of art form, neither boy really cared much about earning a steady paycheck, except that having money in their pockets cut down on how often they had to sneak into movies and steal food out of the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge at Highland High School.

Still, their sort-of friend Stuart was working at the local Icee Freeze, and when he kicked them out when he was working the late shift because Butthead kept filching change out of the tip jar and Beavis clogged the toilet, they decided they needed new jobs. If nothing else, it was necessary to have some place to hang out. "Dude, work sucks," Butthead lamented as they trudged up the road after yet another inauspicious day at school. "Why do we have to do it again?"

"Heh, 'cause like, then we'll have like, money," Beavis replied. "And like, chicks like dudes who have money. So if we have money, we'll get chicks, heh. And then we'll score!"

"Heh, you said 'score'," Butthead said agreeably. "Where should we get jobs?"

"How about Burger World?" Beavis suggested.

"You bunghole! We can't work there anymore, because you like, took a whiz where you weren't supposed to do or something. Dumb ass." Butthead said angerly.

"Heh, I thought it was because like, heh heh, I scratched my butt with a spatula and then like, that one fat chick with the huge hooters ate that burger and threw up all over the parking lot," Beavis mused.

"Heh heh. Hooters."

"We should get something cool," Beavis continued. "I think we'd get even more chicks if like, we had cool jobs."

"Yeah, cool guys score," Butthead agreed. "Like, Stuart's a loser, and his job sucks. We're like, way cooler than Stuart."

It was at that point that Daria, one of their classmates happened by. "If you guys are really looking for a job, you should try TCI," she intoned flatly. "They take anybody."

"Diarrhea, cha-cha-cha!" they chorused.

Daria just sighed. "I was just trying to help. Though I'm not sure why I bothered."

"Heh, thanks, Diarrhea," Beavis said. She went on her way, shaking her head. "What do you think, Butthead?"

"Heh," said Butthead. "Diarrhea."


TCI, or Telecommunications Center, Inc. was a large, white building in one of the crappier parts of town (and there were a lot of them). Beavis and Butthead left school early the next afternoon, mostly because they'd gotten sent to the principal's office for taking the frogs they were supposed to be dissecting for Biology class and chucking bits of them at the other students, and the principal, a perpetually sweating man named Mr. McVicker "McDicker," Butthead had guffawed afterwards had simply pointed a shaky finger out the window until they went away.

The waiting room area of TCI held two battered-looking computers, and a handful of chairs, which were arranged to face a sliding glass window that was currently closed. A couple of other burn-outs whom Beavis and Butthead recognized from around town were there, though the computers weren't in use. As if on cue, a bored-looking HR person slid the window open and sized up the room's newest occupants. "You guys filled out the application yet?" he asked.

"Heh, application?" Beavis queried.

The HR guy sighed, and then pointed to the computers. "All incoming employees have to fill out an application it takes like fifteen minutes, tops. Then you can wait here, and you'll be interviewed, which is another fifteen minutes. I think we have our next training class tomorrow, so you guys got here on a good day."

He made to close the window again, but Beavis chimed in again. "Diarrhea said this place hires everyone!" he protested. "So why do we have to apply?"

The HR dude blinked. "We need a way to keep track of everybody we hire," he explained with somewhat forced politeness.

Butthead snorted. "You guys should just like, take roll or something, then. Dumb asses."

HR Guy smiled weakly. "Yeah, heh, we uh, we should. Anyway, um, why don't each of you take a computer and fill out your application. Roger, will you come with me, please?" he gestured to a tall, gangly teen against the far wall with a piercing in every conceivable orifice, who stood and trudged awkwardly over to the door of the HR office. It open and closed again methodically, and Beavis and Butthead watched through the window, fascinated, trying to peer in at Roger's interview. "They're just like, talking," Beavis said, disappointed.

"Yeah," Butthead agreed. "This show sucks." They turned their attention anew to the computers, set up against opposite walls, the screens already broadcasting a blank copy of the application form. Butthead squinted at the 'name' field in confusion. "Nah-meh," he mispronounced. "Dude, what the hell is nah-me?"

"Um, I think that's like, where you put your like, name and stuff, heh," Beavis offered. "Like, I would put, B-E-E-V-I-S, 'cause that's like, 'Beavis' or whatever, and you would put, um, N-A-D-S."

Butthead typed it in and then stared at the screen. "You bunghole! That says 'nads', not 'Butthead'." He held down the 'delete' key until the computer made an erroneous noise, and then held it down a few more seconds before the room's other occupants glared at him. "Dillweed."

After a rigorous application process, the two boys waited for an interview. The other people in the room went first, all of who exited the HR office with a packet of paper in hand and looking at least moderately pleased. "Man, I totally screwed up that last word," an acne-laden girl with oily blonde hair said to her companion, a dude Beavis and Butthead had seen around town whose name was Darren. They left together, and the HR guy stuck his head out the door.

"Okay, so which one of you is 'Beevis Poopshire', and which one is 'Dirk Bignads'?" Beavis and Butthead giggled. "Guys, you do realize you could get fired for not copying down correct information, don't you?" He handed them both back their applications. "Now, I'll let you fix these, because I like you fellas and I think you were just having a little joke, but you're not going to get another warning about this sort of thing, okay?" Both boys took their respective applications, scribbling out their cool new monikers with stubby bits of pencil they found lying on a table in the waiting room. "Should I like, also take out the part where I said I was like, this really famous pro-wrestler who fights dudes in Mexico and drinks lots of tequila and scores like every night?" Beavis asked.

HR Guy stifled yet another sigh. "Well, did you do any of those things?"

"Heh," Beavis said. "No."

HR Dude shook his head. "Okay, well, anyways. My name is Bill, and I will be interviewing you both. Who wants to go first?" Both boys were silent. "Don't be shy," Bill said encouragingly. "How about you, um, Butthead, is it? Boys, you said you were going to write your real names down this time."

"Huh, that is my name, turd burglar," Butthead snorted.

"Oh. Oh, um, okay, then. Well, Butthead," Bill blinked, "let's head into my office and talk about why you want to become a TCI employee, shall we?" He opened the door wider and waited for Butthead to follow him. "Butthead?"

"Huh, do I have to like, take my pants off or something?" Butthead asked. "'Cause like, I don't like doing that in front of other dudes."

"Oh, no, nothing like that," Bill assured him. "This is just an oral interview. We're not a doctor's office or anything." Butthead snickered "huh huh, 'oral' but followed Bill inside, and sat down in the chair he'd seen Roger and the rest occupy. Bill placed a list of about thirty words in front of him. "Butthead, do you know what we do here at TCI?" he asked, folding his hands on the desk in front of him.

"Huh," Butthead replied. "Work?"

"We provide research to companies who hire us to gather data on a variety of topics usually, political, socio-economic, and occasionally religious."

"Huh huh. What?" Butthead asked.

"We do phone surveys," Bill reiterated, more slowly this time. "Have you ever done phone surveys before, Butthead?"

"No," Butthead answered honestly. "But like, this one time, me and Beavis called this phone sex line to talk to some chick with big hooters. We totally scored."

"A-ha, well, yes. Um, this isn't really the same thing," Bill said quickly. "You just read whatever's on the screen and record people's answers. Do you have any experience with computers?"

"Huh huh, once me and Beavis had to watch for police and stuff while this Todd guy stole a computer. Todd's like, cool," Butthead said approvingly. Bill just sighed and made a note on his clipboard. Then he pushed the list of words towards Butthead and asked him to read them. "Heh heh, okay. Um, let's see. 'Ar-cans-ass'; 'e-piss-co' uh, huh huh, piss. 'Cat-eh', uh, huh huh, what if we don't know what any of these mean?"

Beavis' interview went about the same. Bill told him about being able to use an alias on the phone and he chuckled. "You can have your ass talk instead? Heh heh, wow, that's cool!"

Nonetheless, both boys were handed a packet of papers detailing the dress code, rules and other important information granted to "new members of the TCI family", and were instructed to show up the next day at 8 AM sharp. "Dude, that's like, a Saturday," Butthead said flatly. "That sucks."

Bill just smiled at them uneasily. "Uh, right. See you then!" He hurried back into his office and shut the door audibly behind him.


Training was held in a small room without any ventilation of windows. Beavis and Butthead crowded into it alongside roughly twenty other new TCI recruits, none of whom seemed particularly thrilled to be awake so early on a Saturday.

Eventually, Bill made his way into the room and to the center of the convocation of hard plastic chairs. "Welcome to training, everyone!" he proclaimed with an enviable amount of enthusiasm. A few of the new employees muttered; Beavis picked his nose. Butthead chuckled predatorily at some chick next to him wearing a low-cut shirt and dangly earrings. Neither paid much attention to Bill's prattling about QA, dress code, or calling in sick, though the girl next to Butthead grew pouty when Bill told her that her shirt was not acceptable on the call floor.

Finally, Bill paired the room's occupants off into groups of three and had them take turns logging into what appeared to be computers that were older than most of the new employees. A guy who looked about twenty, with multiple tattoos and a Metallica t-shirt that was two sizes too small for him joined Beavis and Butthead. He grunted a hello, and began squinting at a piece of paper with log-in directions typed on it. "What the hell," he muttered, and then turned to the two boys. "You guys know how to do this crap?"

"Huh, crap," Butthead laughed. Bill happened over at that moment. "You boys having trouble logging in?" he said helpfully. "Here Butthead, was it? Why don't you sit in front of the computer and show me how you would log-in. Come on, don't be shy."

Butthead chuckled and moved into position. "Okay," Bill continued, unwaveringly chipper. "Now what would you do first?"

"Huh, I don't know," Butthead snorted.

"Beavis, can you help him out? How about you, uh, Clifford, isn't it?" Bill looked back and forth between the two, a tinge of desperation in his voice. Clifford, however, just shrugged; Beavis pulled a booger out of his nose and wiped it on the underside of the table.


"I think most of you are doing really well," Bill said some four hours later, leading the rag-tag crew out onto the edges of the call floor for their official induction as TCI employees. Clifford had abandoned Beavis and Butthead to chat up the large-busted girl who kept placing her hand across her cleavage as if afraid her breasts were going to tumble out of her shirt. The boys stood at the back of the group, no more the wiser as to how to log-in than they'd been that morning. An emptied section of the call floor had been marked by post-its on each monitor, and Bill steered the group over to them, instruction everyone to sit down and wait for a supervisor to come around and watch them log-in for the first time. A sour-looking woman with glasses and a dull bush of hair stepped behind Beavis and Butthead. "All right, you know how to do this, yeah?"

Beavis chuckled. "Yeah, we know how to do it, heh heh." Butthead laughed appreciatively.

The woman crossed her arms over her chest. "Okay, then. Show me."

Both boys gaped at her. "You want us to do it here?" Butthead goggled. "With each other?"

Beavis chuckled. "That's like, nasty, lady."

The woman rolled her eyes, then seized Butthead's keyboard and began typing. "What's your interviewer ID?" she asked him. He stared at her dumbly and she sighed loudly. "Never mind hey, Bill!" she called down the row. The trainer shuffled over quickly. "Can you give me this young man's interviewer ID?" He did; she keyed it in, and talked herself through the prompts, for Butthead's benefit more than anything, though it was unlikely that he noticed. Eventually, a screen popped up indicating that the computer was logged in. She quickly repeated the action on Beavis' computer, and then moved down the line. "Get ready, you two," she said sternly, evil-eyeing them both. "Your first calls should come in soon."

As she predicted, the calls began trickling in about three minutes later. "Uh, hello," Butthead said, breathing heavily into the mouthpiece. "My name is uh, Butthead. You wanna like, do it?" The person on the other end hung up.

Bill passed by just then. "Did they hang up?" he asked. "Here, you just hit the number that corresponds to the result of the call. In this case it's a '6', and then it asks if you want to try another interview. Hit 'y'. Now you do the next one."

Another call came in about twenty seconds later. "Huh huh, six," Butthead chuckled. The call recipient slammed down the phone once more. "Six, y," he said to himself, pressing the buttons clumsily. He logged the next four calls in quick succession, not even attempting to answer any of them. "Heh heh, this is cool," he said. "What do you think, Beavis?"

Beavis was busily trying to join the ends of the plastic extension for the microphone on his headset up both nostrils. "Hey, check it out, Butthead," he announced. "I'm a bull!" He laughed, and both ends of the extension shot out of his nose, landing on the desk. Butthead chuckled at him for a few minutes, and then resumed prematurely logging his calls.

An hour or so passed. Reluctantly, it seemed, Bill happened by again. "Boys, I've looked at your stats. Butthead, you've hung up without saying anything some 27 times. And Beavis, you haven't even logged your first call yet! I know it's your first day, but most of your training class has gotten at least one completed survey. Do you need more help? Anything I can do?" Bill asked, wringing his hands. "Guys, come on, talk to me. Beavis? Butthead? Buehler?"

"Huh huh," Butthead said. "You can get us some nachos if you really want to help."

"Nachos?" Bill echoed blankly. Both boys snickered, and he sighed. "Look, guys, I hate to be like this, but you're going to be QA'd in the next hour or so. You really need to show me that you know what you're doing, or that you're at least trying to understand." He walked away. Beavis picked up the microphone extension and stuck it in his ear this time.


"Heh heh, uh, huh, my name is Beavis," Beavis said, after Butthead taught him how to press the '6' and 'y' buttons. "I'm calling on behalf of People Studies. Would you like to do a survey?"

"Hmm," a soft, feminine voice answered. "All right. It won't take long, will it?"

"Heh, it's uh, it's kind of long," Beavis replied, snickering. "But um, your o-pin uh, you okay, so like, just do it, okay?" He hit 'enter' and came up with another block of text. "Um, okay," he read, slowly. "How likely are you to vote in the next Presidential e- uh, e-lec, um erection. Huh huh, the President has an erection! Hey Butthead, look!"

"Excuse me?" the voice on the other line said.

"No no, not you," Beavis rasped, whipping off his headset and turning to his friend. "Butthead, c'mon, did you see? The President has an erection!"

"Heh heh, cool," Butthead said appraisingly. He continued with his own call. "Okay, uh, huh huh, next question, ma'am. Do you have: big hooters, really big hooters, really really big hooters, or are you a dude?" The caller hung up. "Huh huh, that was cool."

"Yeah!" Beavis enthused, no longer paying attention to his screen. The sound of someone clearing their throat startled them both.

"That really wasn't cool, you guys," Bill said, frowning at them grimly. "Not cool at all."


"This sucks," Butthead announced, kicking a rock with the toe of his sneaker. "We got fired, and we won't even get money for like two weeks."

"Yeah," Beavis agreed. "I had plans for that money. Think about all the nachos we can buy!"

"Nachos," Butthead chuckled. "Bill was a douche," he said a moment later. "He's like, a bigger douche than McDicker and Mr. Van Dreason put together."

"Yeah, he's a bunghole," Beavis agreed. "But like, he was gonna pay us and stuff."

"He'd better, 'cause that job sucked," Butthead said angrily. "Except for that part where I totally scored with that one chick. She had big hooters."

"Yeah. But like, how could you tell, Butthead?" Beavis asked, scratching his head, and then scratching his butt with the same hand and sniffing his fingers. "I mean, heh, couldn't she like, lie and crap about her hooter size? Like, what if she was a dude or something?"

"Whoa," Butthead said in awe. "A dude with big hooters."

They walked along for a few moments in silence. "Hey Butthead, do you think Burger World will rehire us if like, I promise not to take my weiner out anymore?"

"Huh huh, weiner." And off they went, in search of truth, justice, and a job that would inevitably suck as much as Bjork's music, which was a lot.





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? Follow/FavCall Center By: Citizenjess ? Beavis and Butthead are unceremoniously dispatched from their jobs at Burger World, and seek new, albeit still sucky employment. Any resemblance to actual and living call centers is purely coincidental. Really. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 3,409 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: Mar 14, 2007 - Status: Complete - id: 3439559

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Working two jobs, completing a Master's program, and daily classroom observation has basically drained me of any and all recreational time, but I somehow managed to crank this out in the midst of an evening spent with my brother. This is for him.

Summary: Beavis & Butthead are unceremoniously dispatched from their jobs at Burger World, and seek new, albeit still sucky employment. Any resemblance to actual and living call centers is purely coincidental. Really. Rated PG-13.


Call Center


It all started when Beavis & Butthead got fired from their jobs at Burger World. That they had kept their tenured positions for as long as they had was the surprising thing that Beavis had peed in the fry cooker, thinking the oil was, somehow, just a vat of hot urine, waiting to be added to, was actually a fairly anticlimactic end to their reign of terror over the world of fast food.

Normally, unemployment was not a prospect that really registered on their collective radar. Having unwittingly turned slacking off, eating nachos, and sitting on a battered couch watching music videos into some sort of art form, neither boy really cared much about earning a steady paycheck, except that having money in their pockets cut down on how often they had to sneak into movies and steal food out of the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge at Highland High School.

Still, their sort-of friend Stuart was working at the local Icee Freeze, and when he kicked them out when he was working the late shift because Butthead kept filching change out of the tip jar and Beavis clogged the toilet, they decided they needed new jobs. If nothing else, it was necessary to have some place to hang out. "Dude, work sucks," Butthead lamented as they trudged up the road after yet another inauspicious day at school. "Why do we have to do it again?"

"Heh, 'cause like, then we'll have like, money," Beavis replied. "And like, chicks like dudes who have money. So if we have money, we'll get chicks, heh. And then we'll score!"

"Heh, you said 'score'," Butthead said agreeably. "Where should we get jobs?"

"How about Burger World?" Beavis suggested.

"You bunghole! We can't work there anymore, because you like, took a whiz where you weren't supposed to do or something. Dumb ass." Butthead said angerly.

"Heh, I thought it was because like, heh heh, I scratched my butt with a spatula and then like, that one fat chick with the huge hooters ate that burger and threw up all over the parking lot," Beavis mused.

"Heh heh. Hooters."

"We should get something cool," Beavis continued. "I think we'd get even more chicks if like, we had cool jobs."

"Yeah, cool guys score," Butthead agreed. "Like, Stuart's a loser, and his job sucks. We're like, way cooler than Stuart."

It was at that point that Daria, one of their classmates happened by. "If you guys are really looking for a job, you should try TCI," she intoned flatly. "They take anybody."

"Diarrhea, cha-cha-cha!" they chorused.

Daria just sighed. "I was just trying to help. Though I'm not sure why I bothered."

"Heh, thanks, Diarrhea," Beavis said. She went on her way, shaking her head. "What do you think, Butthead?"

"Heh," said Butthead. "Diarrhea."


TCI, or Telecommunications Center, Inc. was a large, white building in one of the crappier parts of town (and there were a lot of them). Beavis and Butthead left school early the next afternoon, mostly because they'd gotten sent to the principal's office for taking the frogs they were supposed to be dissecting for Biology class and chucking bits of them at the other students, and the principal, a perpetually sweating man named Mr. McVicker "McDicker," Butthead had guffawed afterwards had simply pointed a shaky finger out the window until they went away.

The waiting room area of TCI held two battered-looking computers, and a handful of chairs, which were arranged to face a sliding glass window that was currently closed. A couple of other burn-outs whom Beavis and Butthead recognized from around town were there, though the computers weren't in use. As if on cue, a bored-looking HR person slid the window open and sized up the room's newest occupants. "You guys filled out the application yet?" he asked.

"Heh, application?" Beavis queried.

The HR guy sighed, and then pointed to the computers. "All incoming employees have to fill out an application it takes like fifteen minutes, tops. Then you can wait here, and you'll be interviewed, which is another fifteen minutes. I think we have our next training class tomorrow, so you guys got here on a good day."

He made to close the window again, but Beavis chimed in again. "Diarrhea said this place hires everyone!" he protested. "So why do we have to apply?"

The HR dude blinked. "We need a way to keep track of everybody we hire," he explained with somewhat forced politeness.

Butthead snorted. "You guys should just like, take roll or something, then. Dumb asses."

HR Guy smiled weakly. "Yeah, heh, we uh, we should. Anyway, um, why don't each of you take a computer and fill out your application. Roger, will you come with me, please?" he gestured to a tall, gangly teen against the far wall with a piercing in every conceivable orifice, who stood and trudged awkwardly over to the door of the HR office. It open and closed again methodically, and Beavis and Butthead watched through the window, fascinated, trying to peer in at Roger's interview. "They're just like, talking," Beavis said, disappointed.

"Yeah," Butthead agreed. "This show sucks." They turned their attention anew to the computers, set up against opposite walls, the screens already broadcasting a blank copy of the application form. Butthead squinted at the 'name' field in confusion. "Nah-meh," he mispronounced. "Dude, what the hell is nah-me?"

"Um, I think that's like, where you put your like, name and stuff, heh," Beavis offered. "Like, I would put, B-E-E-V-I-S, 'cause that's like, 'Beavis' or whatever, and you would put, um, N-A-D-S."

Butthead typed it in and then stared at the screen. "You bunghole! That says 'nads', not 'Butthead'." He held down the 'delete' key until the computer made an erroneous noise, and then held it down a few more seconds before the room's other occupants glared at him. "Dillweed."

After a rigorous application process, the two boys waited for an interview. The other people in the room went first, all of who exited the HR office with a packet of paper in hand and looking at least moderately pleased. "Man, I totally screwed up that last word," an acne-laden girl with oily blonde hair said to her companion, a dude Beavis and Butthead had seen around town whose name was Darren. They left together, and the HR guy stuck his head out the door.

"Okay, so which one of you is 'Beevis Poopshire', and which one is 'Dirk Bignads'?" Beavis and Butthead giggled. "Guys, you do realize you could get fired for not copying down correct information, don't you?" He handed them both back their applications. "Now, I'll let you fix these, because I like you fellas and I think you were just having a little joke, but you're not going to get another warning about this sort of thing, okay?" Both boys took their respective applications, scribbling out their cool new monikers with stubby bits of pencil they found lying on a table in the waiting room. "Should I like, also take out the part where I said I was like, this really famous pro-wrestler who fights dudes in Mexico and drinks lots of tequila and scores like every night?" Beavis asked.

HR Guy stifled yet another sigh. "Well, did you do any of those things?"

"Heh," Beavis said. "No."

HR Dude shook his head. "Okay, well, anyways. My name is Bill, and I will be interviewing you both. Who wants to go first?" Both boys were silent. "Don't be shy," Bill said encouragingly. "How about you, um, Butthead, is it? Boys, you said you were going to write your real names down this time."

"Huh, that is my name, turd burglar," Butthead snorted.

"Oh. Oh, um, okay, then. Well, Butthead," Bill blinked, "let's head into my office and talk about why you want to become a TCI employee, shall we?" He opened the door wider and waited for Butthead to follow him. "Butthead?"

"Huh, do I have to like, take my pants off or something?" Butthead asked. "'Cause like, I don't like doing that in front of other dudes."

"Oh, no, nothing like that," Bill assured him. "This is just an oral interview. We're not a doctor's office or anything." Butthead snickered "huh huh, 'oral' but followed Bill inside, and sat down in the chair he'd seen Roger and the rest occupy. Bill placed a list of about thirty words in front of him. "Butthead, do you know what we do here at TCI?" he asked, folding his hands on the desk in front of him.

"Huh," Butthead replied. "Work?"

"We provide research to companies who hire us to gather data on a variety of topics usually, political, socio-economic, and occasionally religious."

"Huh huh. What?" Butthead asked.

"We do phone surveys," Bill reiterated, more slowly this time. "Have you ever done phone surveys before, Butthead?"

"No," Butthead answered honestly. "But like, this one time, me and Beavis called this phone sex line to talk to some chick with big hooters. We totally scored."

"A-ha, well, yes. Um, this isn't really the same thing," Bill said quickly. "You just read whatever's on the screen and record people's answers. Do you have any experience with computers?"

"Huh huh, once me and Beavis had to watch for police and stuff while this Todd guy stole a computer. Todd's like, cool," Butthead said approvingly. Bill just sighed and made a note on his clipboard. Then he pushed the list of words towards Butthead and asked him to read them. "Heh heh, okay. Um, let's see. 'Ar-cans-ass'; 'e-piss-co' uh, huh huh, piss. 'Cat-eh', uh, huh huh, what if we don't know what any of these mean?"

Beavis' interview went about the same. Bill told him about being able to use an alias on the phone and he chuckled. "You can have your ass talk instead? Heh heh, wow, that's cool!"

Nonetheless, both boys were handed a packet of papers detailing the dress code, rules and other important information granted to "new members of the TCI family", and were instructed to show up the next day at 8 AM sharp. "Dude, that's like, a Saturday," Butthead said flatly. "That sucks."

Bill just smiled at them uneasily. "Uh, right. See you then!" He hurried back into his office and shut the door audibly behind him.


Training was held in a small room without any ventilation of windows. Beavis and Butthead crowded into it alongside roughly twenty other new TCI recruits, none of whom seemed particularly thrilled to be awake so early on a Saturday.

Eventually, Bill made his way into the room and to the center of the convocation of hard plastic chairs. "Welcome to training, everyone!" he proclaimed with an enviable amount of enthusiasm. A few of the new employees muttered; Beavis picked his nose. Butthead chuckled predatorily at some chick next to him wearing a low-cut shirt and dangly earrings. Neither paid much attention to Bill's prattling about QA, dress code, or calling in sick, though the girl next to Butthead grew pouty when Bill told her that her shirt was not acceptable on the call floor.

Finally, Bill paired the room's occupants off into groups of three and had them take turns logging into what appeared to be computers that were older than most of the new employees. A guy who looked about twenty, with multiple tattoos and a Metallica t-shirt that was two sizes too small for him joined Beavis and Butthead. He grunted a hello, and began squinting at a piece of paper with log-in directions typed on it. "What the hell," he muttered, and then turned to the two boys. "You guys know how to do this crap?"

"Huh, crap," Butthead laughed. Bill happened over at that moment. "You boys having trouble logging in?" he said helpfully. "Here Butthead, was it? Why don't you sit in front of the computer and show me how you would log-in. Come on, don't be shy."

Butthead chuckled and moved into position. "Okay," Bill continued, unwaveringly chipper. "Now what would you do first?"

"Huh, I don't know," Butthead snorted.

"Beavis, can you help him out? How about you, uh, Clifford, isn't it?" Bill looked back and forth between the two, a tinge of desperation in his voice. Clifford, however, just shrugged; Beavis pulled a booger out of his nose and wiped it on the underside of the table.


"I think most of you are doing really well," Bill said some four hours later, leading the rag-tag crew out onto the edges of the call floor for their official induction as TCI employees. Clifford had abandoned Beavis and Butthead to chat up the large-busted girl who kept placing her hand across her cleavage as if afraid her breasts were going to tumble out of her shirt. The boys stood at the back of the group, no more the wiser as to how to log-in than they'd been that morning. An emptied section of the call floor had been marked by post-its on each monitor, and Bill steered the group over to them, instruction everyone to sit down and wait for a supervisor to come around and watch them log-in for the first time. A sour-looking woman with glasses and a dull bush of hair stepped behind Beavis and Butthead. "All right, you know how to do this, yeah?"

Beavis chuckled. "Yeah, we know how to do it, heh heh." Butthead laughed appreciatively.

The woman crossed her arms over her chest. "Okay, then. Show me."

Both boys gaped at her. "You want us to do it here?" Butthead goggled. "With each other?"

Beavis chuckled. "That's like, nasty, lady."

The woman rolled her eyes, then seized Butthead's keyboard and began typing. "What's your interviewer ID?" she asked him. He stared at her dumbly and she sighed loudly. "Never mind hey, Bill!" she called down the row. The trainer shuffled over quickly. "Can you give me this young man's interviewer ID?" He did; she keyed it in, and talked herself through the prompts, for Butthead's benefit more than anything, though it was unlikely that he noticed. Eventually, a screen popped up indicating that the computer was logged in. She quickly repeated the action on Beavis' computer, and then moved down the line. "Get ready, you two," she said sternly, evil-eyeing them both. "Your first calls should come in soon."

As she predicted, the calls began trickling in about three minutes later. "Uh, hello," Butthead said, breathing heavily into the mouthpiece. "My name is uh, Butthead. You wanna like, do it?" The person on the other end hung up.

Bill passed by just then. "Did they hang up?" he asked. "Here, you just hit the number that corresponds to the result of the call. In this case it's a '6', and then it asks if you want to try another interview. Hit 'y'. Now you do the next one."

Another call came in about twenty seconds later. "Huh huh, six," Butthead chuckled. The call recipient slammed down the phone once more. "Six, y," he said to himself, pressing the buttons clumsily. He logged the next four calls in quick succession, not even attempting to answer any of them. "Heh heh, this is cool," he said. "What do you think, Beavis?"

Beavis was busily trying to join the ends of the plastic extension for the microphone on his headset up both nostrils. "Hey, check it out, Butthead," he announced. "I'm a bull!" He laughed, and both ends of the extension shot out of his nose, landing on the desk. Butthead chuckled at him for a few minutes, and then resumed prematurely logging his calls.

An hour or so passed. Reluctantly, it seemed, Bill happened by again. "Boys, I've looked at your stats. Butthead, you've hung up without saying anything some 27 times. And Beavis, you haven't even logged your first call yet! I know it's your first day, but most of your training class has gotten at least one completed survey. Do you need more help? Anything I can do?" Bill asked, wringing his hands. "Guys, come on, talk to me. Beavis? Butthead? Buehler?"

"Huh huh," Butthead said. "You can get us some nachos if you really want to help."

"Nachos?" Bill echoed blankly. Both boys snickered, and he sighed. "Look, guys, I hate to be like this, but you're going to be QA'd in the next hour or so. You really need to show me that you know what you're doing, or that you're at least trying to understand." He walked away. Beavis picked up the microphone extension and stuck it in his ear this time.


"Heh heh, uh, huh, my name is Beavis," Beavis said, after Butthead taught him how to press the '6' and 'y' buttons. "I'm calling on behalf of People Studies. Would you like to do a survey?"

"Hmm," a soft, feminine voice answered. "All right. It won't take long, will it?"

"Heh, it's uh, it's kind of long," Beavis replied, snickering. "But um, your o-pin uh, you okay, so like, just do it, okay?" He hit 'enter' and came up with another block of text. "Um, okay," he read, slowly. "How likely are you to vote in the next Presidential e- uh, e-lec, um erection. Huh huh, the President has an erection! Hey Butthead, look!"

"Excuse me?" the voice on the other line said.

"No no, not you," Beavis rasped, whipping off his headset and turning to his friend. "Butthead, c'mon, did you see? The President has an erection!"

"Heh heh, cool," Butthead said appraisingly. He continued with his own call. "Okay, uh, huh huh, next question, ma'am. Do you have: big hooters, really big hooters, really really big hooters, or are you a dude?" The caller hung up. "Huh huh, that was cool."

"Yeah!" Beavis enthused, no longer paying attention to his screen. The sound of someone clearing their throat startled them both.

"That really wasn't cool, you guys," Bill said, frowning at them grimly. "Not cool at all."


"This sucks," Butthead announced, kicking a rock with the toe of his sneaker. "We got fired, and we won't even get money for like two weeks."

"Yeah," Beavis agreed. "I had plans for that money. Think about all the nachos we can buy!"

"Nachos," Butthead chuckled. "Bill was a douche," he said a moment later. "He's like, a bigger douche than McDicker and Mr. Van Dreason put together."

"Yeah, he's a bunghole," Beavis agreed. "But like, he was gonna pay us and stuff."

"He'd better, 'cause that job sucked," Butthead said angrily. "Except for that part where I totally scored with that one chick. She had big hooters."

"Yeah. But like, how could you tell, Butthead?" Beavis asked, scratching his head, and then scratching his butt with the same hand and sniffing his fingers. "I mean, heh, couldn't she like, lie and crap about her hooter size? Like, what if she was a dude or something?"

"Whoa," Butthead said in awe. "A dude with big hooters."

They walked along for a few moments in silence. "Hey Butthead, do you think Burger World will rehire us if like, I promise not to take my weiner out anymore?"

"Huh huh, weiner." And off they went, in search of truth, justice, and a job that would inevitably suck as much as Bjork's music, which was a lot.





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? Follow/FavChickenpox By: Jemascola ? Beavis and Butt-head get the chickenpox but don’t even realize it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 3,862 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: Jan 13, 2008 - Status: Complete - id: 4009391

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Chickenpox

By Joey

Summary: Beavis and Butt-head get the chickenpox but don't even realize it.

Author Notes: I do not own Beavis and Butt-Head, its characters, or any copyrighted material.

Chapter 1: Acne

The golden yellow sun rose over the city of Highland one Monday morning. Everyone in town prepared to start another long week consisting of either work or school. The weekend had passed far too quickly for most people. And that included Beavis and Butt-head as well.

The previous Friday, Beavis and Butt-head were relieved to return home. Without thinking, the two boys pounced on the couch and turned the TV on and watched music videos, infomercials, and other TV shows all day long. To their delight, many lame music videos aired, and they enjoyed ridiculing them. They were the lamest videos they had ever seen in a long time, and they were happy to see something they could make fun of for a change. Beavis and Butt-head's lives revolved around making fun of things. Later in the evening, they went to the Maxi-Mart and bought some hot nachos. Butt-head farted really loudly while eating, and Beavis cackled so loudly that he choked on a nacho. It took three whole minutes before Butt-head even thought about doing anything. Finally, a chick that Beavis and Butt-head both deemed as "hot" came to Beavis's rescue and gave him the Heimlich maneuver. Beavis and Butt-head both made feeble attempts to "score" with the young woman, but she gave them both a hard slap on the face and walked indignantly away. Even though Beavis and Butt-head were upset that they didn't get to hang out with the woman, it was still an incredibly memorable experience for them because nothing like that had happened to them in months. Once they were both back home, they realized just what a great evening they had.

During the weekend, Beavis and Butt-head spent more time in front of the TV instead of doing anything else. They didn't feel like doing anything physically active, and they seemed a little more sluggish than usual. However, neither of them really seemed to think much of it. As long as they were well enough to continue making fun of lame music videos, they knew that all was well.

Monday finally came, and the time had come for Beavis and Butt-head to return to school. Butt-head was half asleep, but he could still hear the shrill sound of the alarm clock buzzing through his ears. Without thinking, Butt-head shoved the clock off the night stand, which stopped the alarm from annoying him. Butt-head fell asleep once more, but he didn't get much extra sleep. About ten minutes later, Butt-head started to open his eyes and woke up completely. His bed was so warm and cozy, and he didn't want to go to school. Butt-head decided to miss school and turned over on his side to fall asleep.

That's when he heard Beavis shriek in the bathroom at the top of his voice. "Aghhh! Butt-head, Butt-head, come here!" he shouted.

With an annoyed grunt, Butt-head forced himself out of bed and stepped into the bathroom feeling rather miffed. "What is it, dumbass?" Butt-head snapped. Beavis was standing in front of the bathroom mirror in his underwear looking at himself in shock. Dozens of bright red pock marks were scattered across Beavis's entire body. He kept scratching himself all over. Just then, Butt-head's eyes widened in shock. "Whoa! Beavis, you've got like, a million zits all over you. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head.

"You think I don't know that, butthole?" snapped Beavis. Beavis then stared at Butt-head. "Whoa! You've got a lotta zits, too!" he exclaimed.

"What are you talking about, dillweed, no I don't," said Butt-head.

"Yeah you do! Look in the mirror," Beavis said.

Butt-head looked in the mirror and gasped when he saw that he too had a lot of zits. "Whoa! Uh huh huh huh. Cool! They're everywhere. Uh huh huh huh."

"How the hell am I going to go to school with all these zits? And they're really itchy too. I can't stand it!" he cried.

"Dude, shut up," Butt-head said as he gave Beavis a firm slap across the cheek. "I think they make stuff that like, get rid of zits," Butt-head said.

Beavis's tone of voice lightened when he heard that. "Heh heh, really? Heh heh."

"Yeah, dude, let's just go to the Maxi-Mart and get some of that stuff for you," Butt-head said. He then realized that his own "acne" was itchy, so he started to wildly scratch his skin. "Uh, on second thought, we'd better both get this stuff. "I've got it really bad too."

Beavis then reached into his underwear and started scratching. "Hey, heh heh, I think I got acne on my schlong, too. Heh heh heh," Beavis said.

"Huh huh huh," Butt-head chuckled, obviously amused, "you've got acne on your dick. Uh huh huh huh."

"Yeah, yeah, heh heh heh," Beavis laughed. Both Beavis and Butt-head stood in the bathroom snickering their heads off for a whole minute before leaving for the Maxi-Mart.


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Chapter 2: Back to School

Beavis and Butt-head arrived at the Maxi-Mart fully dressed a few minutes later. They snickered while entering the store and continued to scratch their skin. The boys wandered up and down the aisles and tried to look for acne products, but the process went very slowly because they were both poor readers and could not read the labels of the products very well. Other shoppers that were near them gasped in shock when they saw that Beavis and Butt-head were out in the open with a very contagious disease. The shoppers immediately fled the store, and thanks to Beavis and Butt-head, every other customer had evacuated the premises in less than a minute.

The boys were bent down and tried to read the labels on some products. Beavis handed Butt-head a container of 10W-30 motor oil. "Hey Butt-head, heh heh, what's this say?" Beavis asked.

"Uh…huh huh, it says like, 'One-oh-double-you-dash-three-oh m...ow…tor oh-I-l.' Um…I think it's like that stuff that you can rub your face with, and it makes it all smooth and stuff."

"I guess this would do the trick, right? Heh heh," Beavis said hopefully.

"That'll do it, Beavis. Uh huh huh huh," Butt-head said.

"Heh heh, you said, 'do it.' Eh heh heh heh heh," Beavis snickered.

"Yeah. Huh huh huh. That was cool. Huh huh huh," Butt-head said.

Beavis and Butt-head then approached the counter ready to buy the container of oil. The clerk's eyes bulged when he saw all the bright red pock marks on Beavis and Butt-head. "Uh, we wanna buy this to help our horrible acne," said Butt-head.

"What the hell are you boys doing walking out in public like this?" demanded the clerk angrily.

"Well, we needed to come to the store to get rid of our acne, so I guess we really didn't have any choice," Butt-head said.

"Don't you guys get it?" the clerk asked, sounding exasperated.

"Um, heh heh, yeah, we've got bad acne, and we look really bad. And in order to make it go away, we need to buy some of this," Beavis said, holding up the 10W-30 oil.

"That's motor oil, you idiots!" snapped the clerk. "That's not going to get rid of your so-called acne!"

"It's not? Huh huh," Butt-head questioned.

"No! Now get out of my store before the juices from your blisters contaminate it!" the clerk demanded as he pointed towards the direction of the door.

"Uh…okay," Butt-head said. Beavis and Butt-head set down the 10W-30 and walked back outside. "That guy was a dork," Butt-head said.

"Yeah," Beavis said. The two boys continued snickering for a little bit. "So, heh heh, shouldn't we be like, in school or something? Heh heh," wondered Beavis.

"Yeah, I guess. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head.

The two walked all the way to Highland High School and walked up the steps and entered the building. They walked down the halls and entered Mr. Van Driessen's biology class. All the students gasped when they saw Beavis and Butt-head. Mr. Van Driessen was at the blackboard writing and had his back turned to the class, so he didn't notice Beavis and Butt-head. As the two walked past other students' desks, they heard people mumbling, "Thank goodness I've already had the chickenpox," and "Please get away from me!" Beavis and Butt-head sat down in the back of the class in their usual seats and started goofing off.

"Hey, Beavis. I heard that if you pop zits, you can make them go away," Butt-head said. "Uh huh huh huh."

"Really? Heh heh heh. That's cool! Pop my zits!" Beavis exclaimed.

Beavis and Butt-head snickered as Butt-head squeezed one of Beavis's pock marks. A large number of students in the class were no longer paying attention to Mr. Van Driessen and instead were watching with fear and fascination at Beavis and Butt-head's antics. Butt-head was causing Beavis a lot of pain by squeezing his pock mark, and Beavis couldn't stand it anymore. "Ow! That hurts, Butt-head!" squealed Beavis.

"Hold on, assmunch, I'm not done yet," Butt-head said, still applying a lot of pressure to the pock mark. Finally, he did manage to squeeze a lot of fluid out of the pock mark, but Beavis was in a lot of pain, and the pock mark was still noticeable.

"Agghhh!!!" cried Beavis. "Stop it, asswipe!" he demanded. By this point, everyone in the class was staring at Beavis and Butt-head, including Mr. Van Driessen. He looked horrified at the sight of both Beavis and Butt-head with so many pock marks.

"Oh my gosh! Now, Beavis and Butt-head, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you both to leave right now, m'kay?" Mr. Van Driessen said.

"Uh…okay," Butt-head said. "Uh huh huh huh." Beavis and Butt-head approached the door to leave the class.

"Now boys, do you understand why I'm asking you to leave?" Mr. Van Driessen asked. He briefly shut his eyes. "Don't you understand that you're contagious, and I'm assuming that there are some people in this classroom that have never had…" Mr. Van Driessen continued but then quit talking when he realized that Beavis and Butt-head had already left. He then turned his attention to the class and said, "We're going to have to get you all medical attention immediately," he said.


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? Follow/FavChickenpox By: Jemascola ? Beavis and Butt-head get the chickenpox but don’t even realize it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 3,862 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: Jan 13, 2008 - Status: Complete - id: 4009391

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Chapter 3: ¡Usted muchachos tiene la varicela!

Author Notes: If the Spanish in this chapter is incorrect, please let me know. I used an online translator, so it may not be correct. Thank you.

Beavis and Butt-head sulked as they walked down the halls of Highland High School. "That was stupid," Butt-head said as he scratched his skin. "We had to leave class just because we had acne," he snorted. "Uh huh huh huh."

"Yeah, heh heh," said Beavis. "Let's go see what that Spanish teacher's up to. Heh heh heh."

Beavis and Butt-head walked into Mr. Herrera's classroom and went to the back of the classroom. Nobody seemed to notice Beavis and Butt-head enter the classroom. Mr. Herrera was speaking in Spanish, and to Beavis and Butt-head, the sounds he made sounded like gibberish. Both of the boys started snickering, and they tried to imitate Mr. Herrera by speaking gibberish with a Spanish-sounding accent. It was then that the students turned their heads to the back of the room and gasped when they saw Beavis and Butt-head. Mr. Herrera stopped teaching as well and was shocked to see Beavis and Butt-head as well.

"¡Señor Beavis y Señor Butt-head! ¿Qué estás haciendo aquí?" Mr. Herrera shouted in shock.

"Uh…huh huh huh…" Butt-head said. "Could you like, stop talking gibberish and talk normal?" Butt-head asked in a rather irritated voice.

"¡No hable a mí de esa manera!" ordered Mr. Herrera.

"Uh, Butt-head, heh heh, I can't understand a word this guy's saying. Eh heh heh heh!" Beavis said, scratching his skin.

"¡Usted muchachos tiene la varicela!" yelled Mr. Herrera.

"Whoa, cool!" Butt-head said.

"Do it again, do it again!" shouted Beavis. The boys continued snickering, but they didn't snicker as quickly as they normally would, as they were too busy scratching themselves. "Aggh! Aggh! It itches so bad!" cried Beavis.

"Uh huh huh huh," chuckled Butt-head. "You look like a wuss, Beavis. Uh huh huh huh," Butt-head said as he continued scratching his own body frantically. "Man, this acne really sucks. Uh huh huh huh."

"¿Acné? ¡Eso es no acné, imbéciles! ¡Usted tiene varicela!" yelled Mr. Herrera.

"Come on, Beavis, let's get out of here. This guy's pissing me off. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head.

"Yeah, yeah. Heh heh heh," said Beavis. The two got up and continued scratching themselves. However, before they could go, Mr. Herrera grabbed them.

"Come on, boys, we need to take you to the nurse and send you home," he said.

"No way, dillweed!" Butt-head said and smacked Mr. Herrera. "We're not gay. We don't want to have sex with you. If you try to take us home with you, then we'll charge for sexual harassment."

"What? No, no, that is not my intention…" Mr. Herrera tried to explain.

"Come on, Beavis, let's get out of here. Uh huh huh huh," Butt-head said. Beavis and he then ran as fast as they could out of Mr. Herrera's classroom.

"Come back here!" called Mr. Herrera. He chased Beavis and Butt-head down several halls.

"Agh! Stay away from us, you child molester!" cried Beavis. "Heh heh."

"Quick, Beavis, let's hide in the bathroom. Uh huh huh," suggested Butt-head.

Mr. Herrera continued chasing Beavis and Butt-head down a few more hallways, but suddenly, he couldn't find them anymore. Like magic, they were both gone! There wasn't a trace left of them. Mr. Herrera scratched his head in confusion. He shrugged his shoulders and went to alert the nurse that Beavis and Butt-head had the chickenpox.

Meanwhile, Beavis and Butt-head were in the bathroom in one of the stalls snickering and scratching their skin very frantically.

"Well, it looks like we got rid of that gay Spanish teacher. Uh huh huh huh," snickered Butt-head.

"Yeah. Heh heh. Now what do we do? Heh heh," said Beavis.

"Uh…let's go see Buzzcut. Uh huh huh huh huh," said Butt-head.

"Um, heh heh, yeah, okay. Heh heh," said Beavis. The two snickered for another second or two. "Hey, heh heh, how come there aren't any urinals in this bathroom?" asked Beavis.

"I don't know. Huh huh," said Butt-head.

Just then, the door opened, and three girls came in. "Oh my gosh, girls in the boys' bathroom!" screamed Beavis. A big, toothy grin stretched across his face, and his entire body started to vibrate. "I'm getting a stiffy! We're gonna score! Eh heh heh heh!" he screeched loudly.

"Settle down, assmunch!" Butt-head said, smacking Beavis. "Don't you know what this means? We're in the girls' room, not the boys' room!"

"Uh…heh heh…oh yeah…heh heh," said Beavis.

The girls had been overhearing Beavis and Butt-head's conversation and were freaked out by the fact that there were boys in the girls' restroom. They all screamed at the top of their lungs and then banged on the locked stall door. "Get out of here right now, you freaks!" screamed one of the girls.

Beavis and Butt-head unlocked the door and opened it and snickered ever so much. The girls screamed once more when they saw that Beavis and Butt-head were scratching themselves and that they had a severe case of the chickenpox.

"Boi-oi-oi-oi-oing!" Beavis said when he saw the girls.

"Hey, baby. Huh huh. Come to Butt-head," Butt-head said in a sultry voice.

"Agghh!!!" screamed the girls, who ran out of the bathroom in a panic.

Beavis and Butt-head then wandered out of the stall. "You think chicks hate dudes with acne? Heh heh. Maybe that's what scared 'em off. Eh heh heh heh," said Beavis.

"Yeah, that's probably it. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head. "We gotta get rid of this damn acne. Uh huh huh huh."

"Hey, let's go see Buzzcut. Heh heh," said Beavis.

"Uh…okay. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head. Beavis and Butt-head then left the girls' restroom and walked down the halls of Highland High School to find Mr. Bradley Buzzcut's classroom.


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? Follow/FavChickenpox By: Jemascola ? Beavis and Butt-head get the chickenpox but don’t even realize it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 3,862 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: Jan 13, 2008 - Status: Complete - id: 4009391

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Chapter 4: Going Home

Beavis and Butt-head found the door to Mr. Buzzcut's room. As they entered the class, they noticed that Mr. Buzzcut was teaching algebra. He explained the procedures to solve an equation in a very loud voice and scolded students who solved a problem incorrectly.

Like Mr. Van Driessen, he had his back turned to the class, and he was writing on the board. He didn't notice that Beavis and Butt-head had come in. The two continued scratching their skin frantically, and they made noises of frustration as they did. Other students looked very paranoid at the sight of Beavis and Butt-head with chickenpox. They tried to scoot as far away from them as possible. Suddenly, one student blurted, "Mr. Buzzcut, sir, Beavis and Butt-head are here!"

"What!" roared Mr. Buzzcut. He turned around and saw the two troublemakers in the back of class snickering and scratching madly at their skin. "Beavis and Butt-head, what are you doing here? Don't you know that you are extremely contagious?"

"Uh…extremely what anus?" Butt-head asked as he scratched some pock marks on his left arm.

"You boys are sick! You must go home now, or you will contaminate any student in this room who has not had chickenpox!" roared Mr. Buzzcut.

"Chickenpox? No, asswipe, we don't have chickenpox – we have a really bad case of acne. Eh heh heh heh! We tried to cure it this morning, but that dumbass at the Maxi-Mart said it wouldn't help us. Eh heh heh heh!" Beavis said.

"You imbeciles!" shouted Mr. Buzzcut. "You do not have acne! You have a very severe case of the chickenpox! I order you both to go to the nurse and then to return home immediately!"

"Uh…okay. Uh huh huh huh," Butt-head said. "Come on, Beavis. Let's go to the nurse. Uh huh huh huh."

A few minutes later, Beavis and Butt-head were seated in the nurse's office. The nurse was taking their temperature and trying to contact Beavis and Butt-head's parents. Unfortunately, the nurse was unable to contact the boys' parents, so she assumed they could return home without any problems. The thermometers beeped, indicating that they had finished taking the boys' temperatures. The nurse took them out of Beavis and Butt-head's mouths and looked at the thermometers.

"Well boys, you both have a fever of 103 degrees. You'd better get home right away. Now, I recommend seeing your doctor as soon as possible, and in the meantime, try to get plenty of rest and take oatmeal baths to relieve the itching," the nurse said.

"Cool," Butt-head said.

Then, Beavis and Butt-head sang in unison, "Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh!"

"Hey, Beavis, huh huh, I just realized something. Uh huh huh," said Butt-head.

"Heh heh, what?" Beavis asked.

"If we have the chickenpox, then that means that we can't go to school. Let's have chickenpox every day so that we can't go to school anymore. Uh huh huh huh!" Butt-head said.

"Whoa, heh heh, cool!" Beavis said. Beavis and Butt-head continued snickering for another minute before the nurse had them go home.


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? Follow/FavChickenpox By: Jemascola ? Beavis and Butt-head get the chickenpox but don’t even realize it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 3,862 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: Jan 13, 2008 - Status: Complete - id: 4009391

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Chapter 5: Get Well Soon

About two weeks passed before Beavis and Butt-head were nearly back to normal. Their pock marks had crusted over, and a large number of them had finally fallen off. The boys felt a lot better than they did several weeks earlier, and they felt about ready to return to school…even though they didn't really want to. They decided to stay home for about another week before going back.

Finally, one week later, Beavis and Butt-head's pock marks were just about gone. They were rather disappointed about it because it meant they had to go back to school.

"Man, this sucks. Eh heh heh heh. Now we gotta go back to school. Heh heh," said Beavis.

"No, we don't have to go back to school, dillweed. I've got an idea. Uh huh huh huh," said Butt-head.

The boys snickered as Butt-head took a red marker and put large red dots all over their bodies. When he finished, the boys went to Highland High School and went to Mr. Buzzcut's classroom.

"Ah, Beavis and Butt-head. I see your chickenpox is gone now. I suggest you get in your seats and make up all the work you've missed!" Mr. Buzzcut said.

"Uh…what are you talking about? Uh huh huh. We're still sick," Butt-head said.

"Yeah, yeah, check out all these red bumps and blisters. Eh heh heh heh heh!" cackled Beavis.

"Shut up!" thundered Mr. Buzzcut. "I know that you are lying. That is not chickenpox! You just put a lot of red dots on yourselves with markers! Now sit down and get to work!" Mr. Buzzcut ordered. Beavis and Butt-head sat down in their seats, and Mr. Buzzcut gave them each a three-foot-high stack of papers. "Start working, now!" ordered Mr. Buzzcut.

"Man, chickenpox sucks," Butt-head said.

"Yeah, yeah. Eh heh heh heh," Beavis said. The two boys continued to snicker as they finished all the work that they missed during their absence.

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? Follow/FavFire! By: leroyjenkinsthe45th ? Beavis embarks on a quest to make fire on the 4th of July. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 1,007 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: Jul 13, 2013 - Status: Complete - id: 9488974

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Beavis picked up a set of matches and preceded to rub a bundle together.

"Fire! I shall make fire!" Beavis gritted his teeth as he waited for the matches to set off.

"Come on fire."

The matches started to lose texture as Butthead entered the room.

"Uhh, what are you doing?"

Beavis threw down the matches, he kneeled down and put his hands over his head. "Eheh, e, ehehu. I just wanted to make fire." Beavis turned his face upward, "Is that too much to ask for Butthead."

"You need a lighter Buttmunch."

Beavis stood back up. "Oh yeah, hehehe, lighter. I forgot about that."

Beavis walked down to the nearest convince store and went to the front desk.

The clerk looked at Beavis. "Can I help you sir?"

"Hehehehe, yes you can. I need a lighter." Beavis turned away from the clerk, "That way I can finally set stuff on FFFire!"

"Sir are you of the age of 18 or older?"

"Uhh, think fast Butthead." He mumbled to himself.

"Uh, yes, yes I am. Hehehehe."

The clerk rolled his eyes. "Can I have proof of your age, sir? Like a driver's license."

"I don't drive sir, hehehe, but I promise I am over 18. Hehehe."

"Right, sir I cannot let you buy a lighter. Come back when your 18."

"Ehehe, come back when your 18, ehehehe." Beavis walked out the convince store back to his house and told Butthead the story.

"Huhuhuh, your not 18."

"It's not funny Butthead, and you not 18 either."

Butthead stopped laughing, "Oh yeah.."

Kind of Beavis's point of view. (Huhuh, point.)

Fire. I just want to set something on fire.

Beavis walked into the living room.

Hehehe, I need some T.V., hehehe.

The first thing that came on T.V. was the 4th July special the local channel had every year.

"Folks do we have a show for you."

"Hehehehe, it's not fair." He eyed the T.V. as family started to light off there own fireworks. Children started to gather around to watch.

Beavis eyed a little boy. "Hehehe, that kids not even 18. No fair."

I'll just have to make my own fire.

Beavis picked up his satellite television and went outside.

"Hey sir!" He spotted a man crossing the road.

The man spotted Beavis and then turned to walk away.

"Sir!" Beavis said as he caught up to him. Beavis put a finger on his television to identify a firework but accidently pointed at a child. "Do you know how to make these?"

The man eyed him suspicously and then walked away.

"Huhuhuhuh, rejected."

Beavis turned around to face Butthead, who had mysteriously appeared.

"I was not hitting on him, hehehe."

"Huhuhuhuh."

"It's not funny Butthead."

Beavis clenched his fist and started to shake. "I said it's not funny!" He threw his T.V. at Butthead's face.

Butthead dodged and then chuckled, "You missed, huhuhuhuh, your aim is worse than your pick up lines, huhuhuhuh."

Beavis stared straight ahead.

"Hey, I'm talking."

Beavis continued to stare.

"Uh, I don't swing that way, huhuhuh, even if that means scoring."

Fire.

"Fire!" Beavis said out-loud. "I created fire!"

Butthead turned around to stare at the old television. It had hit the ground and was somehow engulfed in fire.

"Uhh... yeah. Huhuhu, good job Beavis."

"Fire, fire, fire!" He took off his shirt and tossed it in the fire.

Butthead turned around to face Beavis again. "What are you doing Buttmunch."

"Creating FFFIIRRREEE!"

Butthead looked at the fire, deciding he was not to be outdone. "Huhuhh, you need some gasoline."

"Good idea Butthead."

The walked down the sidewalk but continued to keep there eyes on the fire.

"Ouuch." Beavis said as he knocked over a can of paint.

"HUhuh, Beavis do you know what this is."

"Ehehe, fire!"

Butthead shook his head. " No buttmunch, your to excited to know what your doing." He glared at the can. "This is straight up gasoline. Huhuhuh, Brooklyn's finest."

Beavis stared at the can and started to think. "I didn't even know Brooklynn had paint."

"Huhuh, let's use it."

Butthead took the can of paint and went back to the fire.

Hhehehe, know we will make very big fire, heheehe.

Butthead poured what was left of the can into the fire. slowly killing it.


"Ahh!" Beavis but his hands over his head. "What are you doing Butthead your killing it!"

Butthead looked at the dwindling fire, "Oh yeah." He threw down the can of paint. By that time there was only a small flare left of the massive fire.

"Fire!" Beavis fell to his knees in front of it. "I have failed you."

"Huhuhuh, you failed."

Beavis eyes bulged and he clinched his fist again. "Eheheheh, this all your fault Butthead! I had.. fire... and... you, you ruined it!"

Beavis was interrupted by the sound of sirens. "I'm busy!"

The cop car pulled over and three policemen got out.

"Woah, huhuh."

One of the Policemen went over to handcuff them while another one spoke. "You two are under arrest for arson. We've gotten several calls about two idiots that set a T.V. on fire."

"Hhuhuh." Butthead looked at Beavis. "This is cool." Then he turned to look at one of the Policemen. "Uh, are we on Cops, huhuh."

The cop pushed Beavis and Butthead into the vehicle and paused before slamming the door. "I hope you two are happy."

Beavis was still fuming. "I had FFFIIIRE! And then, I didn't have it anymore!"

The cop looked at Beavis. " Dont worry, they may not be fire but there's plenty of excitement where your going."

Beavis was still in a disfunctional state of mind.

Butthead raised his hand. "Uh, huhuhuh. Will we score officer?"

"Hahaha. Oh don't worry kid you'll do plenty of scoring."

"Huhuhuh, Cool!"

The cop slammed the door on a crying Beavis and a overly-excited Butthead, and drove away.






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? Follow/FavBeavis And Butthead In Gamers By: Kaven08 ? Beavis and Butthead see an ad for a new video game with extreme amounts of violence and decide they have to buy it. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 571 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: Jan 25, 2010 - Status: Complete - id: 5695667

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Beavis and Butthead are sitting on their couch, watching TV. Butthead brings up the remote and changes the channel a few times, until it comes to a commercial advertising a new video game. Both Beavis and Butthead's eyes widen at what they see.

"Whoa" Butthead says. On the TV, there are videos of gameplay being shown, including murdering many people and wrecking cars. An advertiser's voice comes on. "In the new video game Super Mega Destroyer Death 7, you can kill as many people as you want, wreck cars, have sex with prostitutes, and best of all it's only $59.99! Sales tax will apply."

As the commercial fades out, Butthead turns to Beavis.

"Beavis, uh huh huh, we gotta get this game." Butthead says.

"Heh, yeah! Yeah! We can cause explosions! And make FIRE!" Beavis says, starting to shake his fists, getting excited.

Beavis and Butthead walk through the doors to their local shop, and walk up to the register. There, a bored long-haired male stands, seeming to be half-asleep.

"Uh, hey." Butthead says. "You guys got that new game? Uh huh huh."

The clerk looks up. "Uh, which one?"

"Y'know." Butthead continues. "That one on TV where you can kill everyone."

"And make FIRE!!!" Beavis adds.

"Oh, Super Mega Destroyer Death 7? Yeah, we got it. Let me-wait..."

"Eh, what?" Butthead asks.

"How old are you?"

"Why do you care, assmunch?" Beavis replies, obviously wanting to play the game.

"Because." The store clerk continues, "It's an M-Rated game, you have to be 17 or older to buy it."

"Damn it! No!" Beavis screams.

"Shut up, dumbass." Butthead whispers. "I have an idea."

Butthead looks back up to the clerk. "Eh, I left my ID in the truck. Uh huh uh."

The clerk glances up and sees one van in the parking lot. "There's no truck out there. Don't lie to me, boys."

"DAMN IT!" Beavis says, starting to shake again.

"Eh, settle down Beavis. I have another idea. Uh huh huh." Butthead says.

Beavis and Butthead once again enter the game shop, but this time with a hobo who is holding a bottle of alcohol in one hand and flies are buzzing around him. They walk up to the counter.

"Uh, here's our dad. Uh huh huh." Butthead says.

The clerk covers his nose. "Oh, christ! He stinks!"

"Eh, don't discriminate." Butthead says.

"Heh heh, yeah." Beavis adds.

"Uhhh, alrightty boysss, tell 'um what game ya want...." the hobo says, clearly drunk.

"He knows what game we want. Uh huh huh." Butthead says.

The clerk hesitates, and grabs the game from the shelf, handing it over to the hobo. Butthead pays the cashier, and they walk out of the shop. The hobo, however, doesn't reach the door, and falls to the ground, passed out. Beavis grabs the game and then they head back home.

Back at home, Beavis and Butthead are watching TV. Beavis is holding the new video game. Butthead turns to him.

"Uh huh huh, what are you waiting for, Beavis? Put it in. Let's play."

"Heh heh, oh yeah." beavis says, taking the disc out. Beavis looks around for a minute.

"Um, hey Butthead. We don't have a video game system."

Everything falls silent for a minute, then Butthead speaks.

"Eh, oh yeah. Uh huh huh."

Both of them laugh.





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? Follow/FavIdiots Are The Next Level By: AL19 ? A new student named Savannah moved from her noisy town, to Highland. Now that she's in Highland High School, Savannah has already noticed Beavis and Butthead as idiots. What to do with these morons? Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor - Words: 3,461 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: May 2, 2012 - Status: Complete - id: 8080639

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Here I am in Highland, Texas. My parents and I have moved here because our hometown was too crowded or something. But I was pretty glad to get out of there because tons of people there were weird.

I am Savannah, and I will be the new student in Highland High School. As my parents and I moved into our new house, it looked amazing. And since I liked school (Not love, just like), I couldn't really wait to go to my new school.

It was the day before I was going to school. I asked my mom, "Mom? Is my new schedule there?"

"Yes it is, Savannah. Here you go," Mom replied. She picked up my schedule for my classes, and handed it to me. I was definitely not going to lose this because I'd have to hold it, and put it in my binder. Because if I didn't do that now, then I'll forget to bring it.

As I was getting ready for bed, I told my mom and dad, "Good-night!" They replied 'Good-night' back and let me go to bed, so that I could get ready for the next day. I slipped in my black blanket in my cozy bed, and drifted off to sleep. I smiled slightly while dreaming about Highland High School. Boy, was I pretty excited.


The next morning was very lovely. The sun was up and bright, very few clouds were in the sky, birds were chirping, and the fresh air was, well, fresh! I opened my window, and breathed in deeply while giving out a smile.

I ran downstairs, and ate some breakfast just as mom said, "Good morning, dear."

"Morning, mom!" I replied, still smiling. She smiled at me back. Dad already went to work because he left before I even got up. The good news though was that he would be home at about 7:00.

After I finished eating, I washed the bowl that I used, dried it, and put it away right before I set my things together so that I could get ready for my first day at Highland High School. Mom told me, "Good luck, Savannah."

I replied with a cheer, "Thanks, mom!" I then ran out the door, and started walking to school. It wasn't that windy, so I didn't need to bring a jacket with me. Hell, it was pretty warm, even in the morning.

The school was a few blocks away. That's why I didn't ride the bus.

At my left, I could see two boys going out of their house as well. I stopped for a second, and took a quick look at them. They didn't have backpacks, strangely. But were they going to school anyways? Oh well, it wasn't any of my business so I didn't bother them. But what was even weirder was that the two of them didn't look like…a 'normal' person. One had his gums exposed (With braces on his teeth, and he had brown hair), and the other had his bottom lip sticking out more than his upper lip (He had blonde hair).

I ignored them and headed straight for school.


A few minutes before the first bell rang, I looked through my schedule, and obviously had to get to my first period class. I tucked my long, blonde hair behind my ear as I thought, This shouldn't be hard.

I looked at my first classroom number one last time before I realized that I was at the right classroom. I smiled slightly, and entered the classroom. There, I saw my teacher, who was named Mr. Van Driessen. He seemed to notice me, and asked, "Are you Savannah?"

I chuckled, and replied, "Yes, I am."

"Well, Savannah, I hope you'll enjoy this school. But just watch out for Beavis and Butthead."

I raised a brow up, and was a little confused. "Who's Beavis and Butthead? And what's with the weird names?"

Van Driessen answered, "They're the students who sit in the back of the classroom. They're what you can say…different."

I blinked, and didn't really get what he was talking about. But come to think of it, I believe those weird names belonged to those weird looking boys I saw while I was walking to school.

I nodded my head, and said to him, "Thank you for warning me, then."

"You're welcome, Savannah," He replied. He let me sit down in a seat, and I sat down. I was almost to the back, but not to the far back, like Beavis and Butthead. Jeez, what kind of names are those? Was it really their parents that named them?

Deciding not to think about them for now, the bell had rung. Two more students then came into the classroom, and what do you know? Those weird looking guys named Beavis and Butthead were in my first period class! I had a feeling that they really were different than the rest of the students here (Different as in weirdos).

The two boys sat in their seats in the far back, and I could've sworn I saw them taking a quick look at me.

Just as class started, Van Driessen started to talk about the environment, but first said, "Class. I'd like all of you to meet our new student: Savannah. She came here from a different town in Texas. Now say hello."

All the students said to me, "Hello, Savannah." I chuckled a bit, and was surprised that they all said it.

My new teacher began to talk while I heard a few voices from the class. I was used to students talking to each other quietly, but I only heard two voices. And those were from those weirdos.

One of them said, "Hey, Beavis. Uh huh huh. Check out that new chick."

The other replied, "Yeah, heh heh. She's hot."

I blinked, and gave myself a what-the-hell look. I thought, What's with those two? Why are they adding 'uh huh huh' or 'heh heh' at the end of their sentences? Are they even human? I'm not even hot! Are they checking me out?

One of the things I wasn't actually used to was being checked out. Because then, it'd feel very awkward.

I turned my head for a second, and saw the brown haired guy, which is Butthead, saying, "Look! Uh huh huh. The chick is checking us out!"

The blonde, which I found out his name is Beavis, replied to Butthead, "Wow! Heh heh. You think we'll get a chance to score?"

"Uh…uh huh huh. I don't know, Beavis. We'll just ask her at lunch."

I turned my head back, and thought, Van Driessen's right. They are different! And they don't even know me, so they can't score with me!

I already knew what 'scoring' meant. It meant that they wanted to have sex. I wasn't surprised at that, but who the hell would want to score with these two weird looking students that don't even have backpacks? Bah, maybe they wanted to get a rise out of me. But who knew what was in their minds?


At lunch, I paid a hot lunch because I didn't exactly have time to pack my own. No, I'm not lazy.

I heard the familiar voices that belonged to Beavis and Butthead. As they were approaching me, I rolled my eyes and thought, Here we go. Wonder what these guys want.

My head rested on my hand as the two were sitting next to me. Butthead asked, "Hey, baby. Uh huh huh. I'm Butthead."

"And I'm Beavis! Heh heh." Beavis added.

I ate my hot dog, and asked, "Why are you calling me 'baby' when I don't even know you weird looking creeps?"

Butthead paused, only saying, "Uh…" But as he started to eat his hot dog, he finally said, "We like hot chicks. Uh huh huh."

"I can tell already," I replied as if it weren't already obvious.

Beavis said, "We want to score! Heh heh." Right after his weird comment, Butthead slapped him in the face, making both of them look more idiotic.

Oh boy, how did I already know they were stupid?

Butthead told him, "Shut up, butt munch! Uh huh huh." He turned to me, and asked, "So what's your name, baby? Uh huh huh."

I rolled my eyes again, and answered, "First, don't call me 'baby'. Second, it's Savannah."

"Whoa. Uh huh huh. That name kicks ass."

Beavis clenched his fists, and lifted them up and down, agreeing to Butthead, "Yeah, yeah! Heh heh! It reminds me of something…but I can't remember what! I think it's…uh…a cow!"

Butthead slapped Beavis across the face once again, and told him, "No, you dumbass! That's not what the name 'Savannah' comes from!"

"Then where does it come from? Heh heh."

"Uh…uh huh huh. I think it's from a bear."

I decided to leave, and I was finished with my lunch anyways, so it didn't matter much. But most of the reason why was because these two idiots would not stop bugging me. I went to go get a drink of water, at the water fountain, and drank some water. The water was cold, and refreshing.

Then, a voice came. "Are you the new girl?" I looked up, and looked at the girl who was calling me. She had long, brown hair, and wore a T-shirt and a long skirt.

I answered, "Yeah."

She replied, "You've met Beavis and Butthead, haven't you?"

"Sadly, I have. I can already tell that they're stupid."

She chuckled, and walked closer to me. "They are. No matter how bad they want to score, they never will because they're too idiotic."

I laughed along, and said, "My name is Savannah."

"I'm Cristina," She replied. Cristina shook hands with me, giving me a smile. I smiled back at her, and I figured that we were going to become friends quickly. Well, better have her as a friend than Beavis and Butthead. Otherwise it'd be pretty chaotic, or so I thought.

Wow, I didn't expect to make a friend this quickly.

The girl named Christina asked, "You want me to show you around? Since you are new?"

I smiled at her, and answered, "That'd be nice. Thank you."

"Anytime." Cristina laughed once more and began to show me the classes and the rest of the school, including the gym. Gym was going to be my next class after lunch, but I was flexible so I was really prepared.


After lunch was over, I went to the girls' locker room, and started to change from my every day clothes, to my gym clothes. I was just glad that I didn't have to wear my every day clothes because back in my old town, my school had gyms where people stay in their regular clothes, and it wasn't fun.

I was wondering who my gym teacher was since I haven't really met him or her yet. But as the girls' and I were putting on our gym clothes, we heard laughs, and one voice said, "Shut up, Beavis. The girls' will hear you. Uh huh huh." I knew for a second that it was those freaks.

I shouted at them, "GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, YOU CREEPS!"

Beavis screamed in panic, "AHH! Let's get out of here!" I could hear them running away from the girls' room.

I shook my head as my new friend Cristina asked, "Freaks, huh?"

"Yep, and I've just met them," I answered.

We finished changing into our P.E. clothes, and ran out of the changing room. There, I saw our gym teacher. He was a guy, and his hair was…straight up, I guess. Everyone else, even the boys, was in a white shirt and shorts.

I noticed Beavis and Butthead standing next to the gym teacher, and Butthead said stupidly, "Uh, Mr. Buzzcut. I can't be here right now. I have to, uh, go visit my uncle. Uh huh huh."

I shook my head once again, and figured that the gym teacher's name was Mr. Buzzcut. Was that his nickname, or his real name? Well, either way, I didn't like it that much, but I'd have to get used to it.

He shouted at Butthead in an angry tone, "You don't even know if you have an uncle, Butthead! You idiots have to stay here, and do what we will all do in gym today!" He pointed at the ground while he kept shouting at them. I didn't care if he called them idiots because I knew that perfectly.

Cristina whispered to me, "Get used to his shouting, because he'll do that a lot." I looked at her, and noticed that she was right. I had to get used to it otherwise I'll have trouble in gym.

Mr. Buzzcut announced, "We'll be wrestling today! And the first who will wrestle will be Beavis vs. Cristina!" I wasn't surprised that Beavis' name was called, but it made me wonder if Cristina would knock Beavis down to the ground (Or blue mat, which was here). Well, one thing's for sure: Beavis is as stupid as Butthead.

As Cristina stood in front of Beavis, Buzzcut shouted, "NOW WRESTLE!" He blew the whistle, and Christina immediately picked up Beavis (Sort of), pushing him to the mat roughly.

"OW!" Beavis exclaimed loudly. "WHAT'RE YOU TRYING TO DO? KILL ME?"

Cristina rolled her eyes, but not before answering with sarcasm, "Yes, I'm trying to kill you."

Butthead gave out his usual laugh. "Uh huh huh. You got your ass kicked by a girl, Beavis."

"Urgh, shut up, butthole!" Beavis exclaimed back. He managed to stand back up, but his hand was on his hip because he was still hurt. But he doesn't have an injury.

As I chuckled along with Christina since she kicked Beavis' ass, Mr. Buzzcut shouted (As to causing the whole gym to echo), "Now we'll do something different! Savannah!" He pointed at me just as I blinked. He continued, "Kick Beavis and Butthead in the jimmies!"

Beavis and Butthead had shocked look on their faces. I was actually surprised rather than shocked. I pointed at myself, giving Buzzcut a face saying 'Me?'

He said, "Yes! Now kick them in the jimmies since they're a bunch of idiots!"

I thought for a second, but thought, Yes, they are a bunch of idiots. Buzzcut's right.

I made a smirk, and replied to the coach, "With pleasure."

My feet started to dash to the weird looking morons, and as soon as I got close to them, I lifted one of my legs up, kicking Beavis, and then Butthead in the crotches.

Both of them opened their eyes widely as they were holding onto their crotches, crying out for mercy.

"Th-That chick just kicked our asses, heh heh!" Beavis exclaimed in a girly tone. Everyone, including me, laughed as the two idiots were lying on the ground.

Man, that felt good!


The next day, as class was starting, my new friend Cristina came up to me as I sat in my desk, and complimented me, "That was amazing, Savannah! I can't believe you actually did it!"

I chuckled, and replied, "I wasn't that confident in myself, but it did feel good to beat the crap out of those two."

We continued to talk until the bell rang. Every student sat in their own seats, including Beavis and Butthead. I pretty much ignored them because I couldn't help but laugh as I remembered what had happened yesterday.

Van Driessen came into the classroom as the late bell rang while holding a few folders, filled with paper, obviously.

"Morning, class. Today, we will be talking about the environment." He was a bit slow at talking, but it was better than a speedy teacher. Meaning that he or she would talk so fast, that I could barely keep up with him or her.

For the past 5 minutes, he was talking about the way people recycled, and how people cleaned up beaches (You know, picking up bottles and such).

I wasn't really bored of listening to him, really. But I was pretty distracted by Beavis and Butthead talking to each other. Christina was a few seats in front of me, so she probably didn't hear them (How could some students not hear them?). I, on the other hand, heard every word they said.

Butthead told Beavis, "Dammit Beavis, that Savannah chick kicked our asses yesterday, uh huh huh."

Beavis replied to him, "Yeah, yeah. Heh heh. Should we kick her ass later?"

"No, dumbass. We should, like, reason with her or something. Uh huh huh."

Just as I was rolling my eyes at the two biggest idiots ever, I could hear them scoot out of their chairs, and walk away from their desks.

Oh great.

Beavis grabbed my arm, pulling me out of my desk. The three of us then began to leave the room. Van Driessen asked them, "Beavis? Butthead? Where're you going? And why're you taking Savannah?"

Butthead answered, "Uh, uh huh huh. We're, like, gonna do something. Bye for now, ladies." We all got out of the classroom, and to be honest, I wasn't really that worried about myself. In fact, I had no fear at all.

As we were a few feet from the class, Beavis let go of my arm and asked me, "So why'd you kick our asses yesterday? Heh heh."

I gave out a laugh, and told them, "I did what Buzzcut said. And besides, you two are a bunch of idiots."

Butthead said, "Uh huh huh. Buzzcut's a buttmunch."

"Yeah, he, like, yells at us every day and we don't even get to score at all! Heh heh."

I once again gave out a laugh, and asked them, "You wanna know what the name 'Savannah' comes from?"

They asked at the same time, "Uh, what?"

I placed both my hands on the sides of their heads, and bonked them together. I answered, "It's from a wild cat." They wobbled a little, and rubbed their heads as I left the two. I wasn't really going anywhere. I was just going to get a drink of water.

As I set my hands in my pockets, I thought, 'Buttmunch'…that is actually funny.

I've never heard of anyone say those kinds of names. And for a name that's 'new' to me, I would think it's funny. Unless it sounds very awkward and disturbing.

I looked up the ceiling, and gave out a smile. I knew that Beavis and Butthead would be total idiots, but I was pretty much going to like the town I now live in.


I don't think it was strange for me to write a Beavis and Butthead fanfic. XD

Anyways, I actually wasn't trying to make Savannah beautiful. It's just that Beavis and Butthead always say stuff like "She's hot" or "Hey baby". And for the truth, Beavis and Butthead were probably the hardest to write in character! I usually don't mind anime/cartoon characters being OOC, but I would much rather prefer these two funny idiots to be in character. LOL And who said this would be easy? ;P

A Savannah really is a cat breed. :P

Changing topic: I actually became a fan of this show in October of 2011. Reason for that was because I didn't really watch it when I was young (The show was first aired in late 1992! Over a year before I was even born! O.O) because I thought they looked weird. But as I watched the "newer" episodes plus the old ones, I realized that this show gave me the laughs. XD So yeah, I'm a fan now. LOL

To be honest, I usually have trouble writing my one-shots long, because I never have much to write (I hope you get what I mean, because I suck at explaining. ^^"), but I was surprised that I wrote 3100+ words of this.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this Beavis and Butthead one-shot! Please review if you'd like! And I did try my best at it. :)





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? Follow/FavBeavis and Butthead in Pokepets By: Michivous12 ? Beavis wants a pet. A Pokemon pet to be exact. So he sets out to find one, but ends up on an adventure he wont forget. Maybe. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Adventure - Charmander/Hitokage - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,000 - Reviews: 1 - Published: Mar 13, 2012 - id: 7920000

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Chapter 1: Pokemon exist...dont they?

The story starts with our favorite butt-knockers watching TV.(what a suprise) They were watching a show about a boy and his dog.

"Good girl, Lassie!" the boy said. While watching, Beavis got an idea.

"Hey Butt-Head, we should get a dog." Beavis said.

"Uh, dont you remember what happend last time we got a dog, Beavis?" Butt-Head said. Beavis thought for a moment. "Heh uh, oh yeah. That damn dog kept attacking me, heh heh." Beavis said.

"Uh, yeah. That was cool, huh huh." Butt-Head said.

"Hey, uh, like what happend to our dog?" Beavis asked.

"Uh, I think he ran away." Butt-Head said.

"Oh. Well, we should get another pet." Beavis said.

"Beavis you dumb-ass. Pets are expensive and you have to feed them and take care of them. Its expensive." Butt-Head said, getting a bit annoyed.

"Well, we could teach it how to feed itself." Beavis simply said.

"Beavis you butt-munch, you cant teach it that. They're not smart. Butt-Head said getting really annoyed.

Beavis didnt say anything for a few minutes until he got an idea, then he grabbed the remote and changed the channel.

"Damn it Beavis! Change it back!" Butt-Head demanded.

"NO! Look!" Beavis shouted.

Butt-Head looked at the tv and saw a boy wearing a hat, finger-less gloves, a black shirt, a blue jacket and blue pants talking to a furry, yellow mouse of some kind, with red circles on its cheeks, brown stripes, long ears with black tips and a thunderbolt shaped tail.

"C'mon Pikachu, lets win this!" the boy said with determination in his eyes. "Pika!" the yellow mouse said.

"What the hell is this crap? Butt-Head asked to no one in particular.

"Its called Pokemon," Beavis said. "Its about a kid named Ash, who travels with monsters called Pokemon. See the yellow thing? Its name is Pikachu. Pikachu is an electric mouse. He shoots electricity from the sacks on his cheeks." Beavis said.

"Sacks. Huh huh. Cheeks. Huh huh." Butt-Head chuckled.

"Heh heh." Beavis giggled.

After the show, Butt-Head started getting annoyed again.

"Damn it Beavis. Why the hell did you make me watch that crap?" Butt-Head asked.

"We need to get a Pokemon. Like a Charmander." Beavis said.

"Beavis you butt-knocker, those retarded things arent real." Butt-Head said. "They are made to keep dumbasses like you entertained while makes smart people like me kill ourselves or worse, become like you."

"Dont call me a butt-knocker you son of a BITCH!" Beavis yelled. "And Pokemon are real and are NOT retarded, I'll prove it." Beavis said.

"You and what other butt-knocker?" Butt-Head said. Beavis shot up from the couch. "THATS IT! IM GONNA KICK YOUR ASS! Beavis shouted from the top of his lungs and lunged at Butt-Head, knocking him of the couch. The fight lasted for an hour with both boys covered in bruises and scrapes. Butt-Head gets up to sit on the couch while Beavis goes to the door and opens it walking out. "I will find proof that Pokemon exist! YOU just watch!" Beavis then slams the door causing the wall to crack even more.

I will prove they exist. Butt-Head will see.


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? Follow/FavBeavis and Butthead in Pokepets By: Michivous12 ? Beavis wants a pet. A Pokemon pet to be exact. So he sets out to find one, but ends up on an adventure he wont forget. Maybe. Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Adventure - Charmander/Hitokage - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,000 - Reviews: 1 - Published: Mar 13, 2012 - id: 7920000

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Chapter 2: The Secret about Pokemon

Beavis looked around. Heh, like ok, it shouldn't be THAT hard to find living proof that Pokemon exist. But...where to look first is the question. hmm. Beavis thought to himself. A second later he figured where to look first. "Oh yeah! Tall grass!" Beavis said. From all the games, anime and research, he learned that most Pokemon live in tall grass. Some live in forests, caves or water, like the ocean and rivers. So he looked and looked until he found a meadow. His eyes widen and he ran to the meadow. Then he stopped to think.

So I walk around until I find a shadow of a Pokemon.

Beavis shrugs his shouders. Seems easy enough-but wait! How would I fight it? I dont have a Pokemon! Even more important...PokeBalls! I dont have those either. This sucks. Beavis stood in the same place for what seems like forever, thinking until he got an idea. I can go to that new Japanese store and buy some PokeBalls. They have to be about $2 each. Beavis searched his pockets for money but found nothing. Damn it! Beavis thought. How am I gonna get money? A few minutes passed until he figured how to get money. Thats it! I can go to Tom Anderson's house. He probably has some stupid thing for me to do like get pills or do something. Beavis turned back and went to Tom Anderson's. He eventually reached Tom's house and knocked on the door and a few seconds later, Tom opened it.

"Well hello there young man. What can I do for you?" Tom said in his texan drawl.

"Heh heh, uh, like I was wondering if you need anything from the store or something." Beavis said.

"Well actually I do need some things." Tom said handing Beavis a list. "I cant get them myself because I need to take care of the missus. Heres a $20. I'll be waiting."

"Heh like, you can count on me." Beavis said walking down the street.

That was easy. Now onto the cool Japanese store whose sign I cant read for crap.

Beavis kept walking until he heard his stomach growl. Im hungry. Beavis took out the $20 from his pocket. Well, I dont need too many PokeBalls so I guess I can use a few bucks to get some nachos. He went to the Maxi-Mart and bought some nachos, leaving only $18 left to buy PokeBalls. Beavis eventually reached the Japanese store with the windows plastered with Pikachu, Kirby, Mario, Link and other characters . Inside the store, it had many Japanese stuff ranging from Pokemon to Kirby to Super Mario to The Legend of Zelda. Other than games it had movies and tv shows in full Japanese language with English subtitles. In another section of the store it had toys and cards(mostly Pokemon, but you get the idea). Beavis looked around the store for PokeBalls but only found toy PokeBalls. Beavis gave up looking and talked to the Satoshi.

"Hey uh, hi Satoshi." Beavis said.

"Oh, hey Beavis-Chan. How you doing?" Satoshi said.

"Fine. But uh, I was like, wondering if you sell PokeBalls or even better Pokemon here. Beavis said. The man was confused. "Uh, yeah." Satoshi said.

"I mean REAL Pokemon and PokeBalls." Beavis said. Satoshi looked around and walked up to the window and closed the blinds.

"Okay Im not supposed to tell you this but...I DO sell real Pocket Monsters." Satoshi said.

Beavis' eyes widened. "Woah! heh, like cool!"

"Shh! Shut up!" Satoshi said. Listen, I do have em but you gotta be very quiet, okay?"

"Like, ok." Beavis said.

"Follow me." Satoshi said opening a secret passage. He led Beavis down the passage. It was quite a long passage but eventually they reached a room filled with many Pokemon.

"Woah!" Beavis said in amazement.

"Hai. Satoshi said.

Beavis was so excited he practicly jumping up and down. But something confused him.

"Hey uh, wait a minute. If Pokemon ARE real. Why are they here and not owned by people? Beavis asked.

"The reason is because people are VERY irresponsible. Satoshi said. We have tested to see if people can live with Pocket Monsters, but they use them for personal gain. They didnt treat them with respect so, many of the creatures ended up dying or started killing the humans in anger."

Beavis was horrified and pissed that people didnt care for them. To Beavis thats like not treating your familly or friends with love and respect or something.

"But heh, I thought people here didnt know of them until '96." Beavis said.

"The reason why is because centuries ago, when people discovered Pocket Monsters, they were forced to do work wearing metal collars and saddles as slaves. Most Pocket Monsters were treated so horribly that they lashed out in anger or were killed because they refused to work. Until one person made a differance. My ancestor, Yoshi Tajiri found two Pocket Monsters that could help him. Jirachi and Uxie. Uxie made everyone forget all about them and Jirachi made Yoshi's wish come true. And that was 'Free all Magical Creatures so they can live in peace. Satoshi said.

Beavis was in shock. He never thought that people were that messed up.

"Woah. Heh, like thats horrible. Come to think of it that sounds a little like that movie Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life." Beavis said.

"Thats kind of like that except not as horrible." Satoshi said.

Beavis stood, thinking.

"What if I teach everyone the importance of treating them with respect?" Beavis asked.

"That would be great but it cant be done, besides not EVERYONE like Pocket Monster.

"Thats true but everyone has to respect people's likes and dislikes even if they dont agree with them. Beavis said.

"Well, you seem determined to change everyone's mind. If I give you a Pocket Monster will promise to take care of it?

"Heh, uh really? Heh, that'll be cool! Just like Ash I promise to do whatever it takes." Beavis said.

"Well, okay which Pokemon do you w-"

"CHARMANDER!" Beavis shrieked. the man was stunned for a few seconds but snapped out of it.

"Charmander?"

"Heh, yeah." Beavis said happily. "Charmander are cool."

"Are you sure you want a-?"

"Yes, damn it! Dont you HAVE one?" Beavis asked in a loud voice.

"Yes." Satoshi said in a defeated voice. "Come here Charmander."

Heh heh, you said 'come'." Beavis giggled.

Soon a yellow lizard with blue eyes, a green bandana with a flame pattern on it and a blue flame-lit tail came.

"For the last time its 'Mystery'." the Charmander asked.

Beavis stood there in astonish. He's seen many Charmander before, some shinies, but never one with a BLUE-COLORED flame on its tail and one that can speak human speech.

"Mystery. I want you to meet your new trainer." Satoshi said pointing at Beavis.

"Awesome! A trainer that can take me on adventures or can simply hang out with?" the Charmander said.

"Yes."

"Sweet! This kicks ass! Oh and by the way my nickname that I prefer over Charmander is 'Mysterious Flame. Or Mystery for short." Mystery said.

"Heh like, ok. Beavis said.

"And what is the name of my brand-new trainer?" Mystery asked.

"Beavis."

"Good name but mine is better, heh heh heh." Mystery laughed.

"Yeah 'Mystery' is a jokester but she means well and is a valuable partner and friend." the man said.

"C'mon! Lets go Beavis!" Mystery said.

"Wait! Here Beavis," the man put a PokeBall in Beavis' hand. The PokeBall was purple on the upper half and plain white on the lower half. On the purple part it said 'Mystery' in light blue and it has a blue flame patern on the back of the PokeBall.

"Cool, huh." Mystery said. Thats my home bitch!"

"Mystery! Watch your languange!" Satoshi said pissed. "Im sorry Beavis."

"Heh, like thats ok me and Butt-Head curse or something too." Beavis said.

"Cool! Does that mean I can curse around you? Mystery asked.

"I guess so." Beavis said.

"Okay before this gets outta hand, Beavis you remember what you said you would do right?

"Yeah, heh, like dont worry about a thing, me and Mystery will be fine." Beavis assured.

"Okay off you go!"

"Heh, like lets go Mystery!"

"Right behind you!

"Heh heh, you said 'behind'.

"You're a behind."

As they ran and laughed, Beavis and Mystery are soon gonna head into the biggest adventure of their lives.


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? Follow/FavComing of Age By: Deep Metal ? What sort of life awaits Beavis and Butthead after graduation? Will they find the meaning of life? Will they be able to defeat a deadly enemy from the past who stands for all that does suck? Will they finally discover what it takes to be a man? Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 23 - Words: 79,952 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 5 - Updated: Jun 18, 2008 - Published: Mar 7, 2007 - Status: Complete - id: 3428518

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Coming of Age

Act XIII – The Swan Song of Burger World

"Hey Beavis," Butt-head looked out the window of Van Driessen's van. "See that dude over there?"

"Yeah, heh heh, he looks like a bum!"

"Hmm, it looks like a hitchhiker," Van Driessen acknowledged. "And he looks like he's lost."

"Wait a minute, that guy looks familiar," Stewart pointed out.

"He does?" asked Beavis.

"Actually he does," Butt-head took a closer look as the van got closer. "I think he's some fat dude we know."

"Really?" Beavis looked surprised.

"Whoa, it's that manager dude!" Butt-head exclaimed.

"He's your manager?" asked Van Driessen. "I'd better pull over for a second."

The van pulled over on the highway to make a stop for the man. Van Driessen was the first to step out, followed by Butt-head and the rest.

"Uh, is that you?" asked Butt-head bluntly.

The man turned to face them. He was a chubby individual with curly hair and a mustache on his face, followed closely by stubs on his chin from lack of shaving recently. He wore a Burger World uniform and from the likes of his present situation, it had not gone into a washer and dryer for quite a while. His hair was unkempt and messy and his overall appearance was that of a total wreck. Despite all this, he was still recognizable to his two employees.

"Whoa, it really is that manager dude!" Beavis cried.

"Uh, what're you, like, doing out here?" asked Butt-head.

Before the manager could answer, a large black car from behind them stopped. Buzzcut stepped out looking angrier and more irritated than before. As part of his mission, he trailed the gang from behind to keep them safe.

"What in the hell is going on here?" demanded Buzzcut. "How many more bathroom stops do you two idiots need to make?"

"Actually Bradley," Van Driessen informed. "This is for something different."

"Come to gloat at my misfortunes, I see," the Burger World manager groaned. "As if my life couldn't get any worse!"

"You look like a dirty bum!" Butt-head pointed out.

"Yeah, heh heh!" chuckled Beavis. "Take a shower, hippie!"

"That's not funny!" insisted the manager. "I've had to close down the business finally due to lack of customers and it's all your fault!"

"Excuse me, sir," Stewart asked. "But what happened?"

The Burger World manager saw Stewart and recognized him. He had been friends with Mr. Stevenson, who was a semi-regular customer at Burger World until it got progressively worse with Beavis and Butt-head screwing up orders to the nth degree.

"Oh, it's you Stewart," the manager seemed to calm down visibly. "Well, I guess I should say it all began the day I hired these two bumbling morons. Back then, the business was just starting and I had to accept whatever help I could get at the time. I made the mistake of choosing these two!"

"Lately, health inspections took one final look at the restaurant and declared that it was unsuitable for business," he continued. "I've been blacklisted from ever working for a Burger World again."

"Yeah, Burger World sucks!" Butt-head agreed. "Who'd wanna work at that place?"

"Apparently you," Daria pointed out.

"Shut up, Diarrhea!" Beavis told her. "We were just there for the drinks, heh heh heh!"

"Even my own family refuses to talk to me now," the manager broke down. "How am I supposed to carry on now that my life's ruined?"

"You could just get another job," Butt-head said tactlessly. "Uh, huh huh huh!"

"Why you little—" the former Burger World manager finally lost it and grabbed Butt-head by the neck.

"Yeah, heh heh!" Beavis egged him on. "Choke him! Choke him!"

Before Butt-head could run out of breath, Buzzcut grabbed on to the former manager and yanked him off, throwing him to the ground.

"As much as I'd like to see Butt-head get his ass kicked, I'm afraid I'll have to restrain you from doing so," explained Bradley Buzzcut who took out his Federal Agent badge. "You see, I'm under special orders to protect these two."

"Heh heh heh heh heh!"

"Huh huh huh huh huh!"

The manager looked at the duo with narrowed eyes.

"Besides… nobody kicks their asses but me," Buzzcut added quietly when he was sure nobody heard him.

"Are you alright?" Cassandra asked the manager. "Is there anything you need?"

"I need my life back," the Burger World manager muttered bitterly.

"If you want, we could drive you to the next town," Van Driessen offered. "We're going there to stop for food and gas."

"There's no way I'm getting in the car with those two!" the manager replied furiously.

"Actually," Buzzcut grabbed Beavis and Butt-head by their collars. "I have a good arrangement planned for you."


The new arrangement was made for the next forty five minutes before they could reach the upcoming town. Beavis and Butt-head sat in the back of Buzzcut's car while the former Burger World manager sat in the front.

"Are you two ready to apologize for ruining this man's life?" demanded Buzzcut.

"Uh, what?" asked Butt-head.

"Um, what're we gonna apologize for?" Beavis questioned.

The manager sighed. "Can't we just drop these little jerks off on the side of the road?"

"Huh huh huh!" Butt-head laughed. "He said jerk off!"

"Heh heh heh heh heh!"

"You know," the manager glanced back. "You only had to work for 15 hours a week. Why couldn't you make the most out of that time?"

"Um, I was too busy picking my nose?" Beavis offered.

"Yeah, then Beavis flicked his boogers onto the fryer!" Butt-head recalled.

"That's exactly why Burger World was declared unsanitary," the manager rolled his eyes and readjusted his glasses. "You two found every excuse you could to not work diligently!"

"Uh, it was Beavis's fault," Butt-head shifted the blame onto his companion. "He was always messing around with the meat."

"No way, Butt-head," protested Beavis. "You were the one who put that rat in Anderson's burger."

"You put a RAT in someone's BURGER?" the manager yelped.

"Uh, one time there was also a roach," Butt-head recalled.

"Are you sure we can't pull over?" the manager asked Buzzcut. "Then I can throttle these idiots with my bare hands?"

"I ain't stopping until we get to the next town," replied Buzzcut. "But by all means, continue telling Beavis and Butt-head what failures they are at life."


"How do you think Beavis and Butt-head are doing?" asked Stewart. "Think they've made up with their manager yet?"

"I have my doubts," Daria replied.

"Why is that?" asked Van Driessen.

"Well, for one thing," explained Daria. "Beavis and Butt-head were never model students. That kind of attitude carries on into the workplace."

"Why is it that every time, you have something negative to say about my friends?" demanded Stewart.

Daria sighed. "Can't you tell they're just taking advantage of you?"

"Well maybe sometimes they do it a little," Stewart finally admitted. "But does that mean you should keep up your negative attitude about them?"

"Stewart," Daria began. "I'm only being truthful about them."

"I swear, you have this attitude all the time," Stewart allowed a flicker of frustration to show. "You always have to say something cynical or condescending. Can't you loosen up for once? See the dark cloud's silver lining?"

"To paraphrase Popeye," Daria told Stewart plainly. "I am what I am."

It was then that Stewart realized he had gone too far with that accusation. He didn't even know everything there was to know about Daria and here he was, passing judgment on her. Deep down, he felt a bit ashamed.

"Well," Stewart finally said in an attempt to be reconciliatory. "Is there something about Beavis and Butt-head that you think is positive?"

"Actually yes," Daria told him truthfully. "I admire the fact that through thick and through thin, they stay true to themselves in the face of change. They stare Zeitgeist in the face and laugh. For that, they've earned the respect of yours truly."

"Zeitgeist?" asked Stewart.

"It means the spirit of the ages," Cassandra translated for Stewart. "No matter how much the times change or how life moves on, both Beavis and Butt-head have had their feet rooted deeply into the ground like ancient red oak trees in the face of the changing world around them."

Van Driessen, Stewart, and Daria all paused for a minute. Because Van Driessen was driving, he could not turn back. Stewart and Daria, however, stared at Cassandra in awe, clearly not expecting such insight from her. Cassandra noticed this too.

"Whatever the case," she went on. "I know that Beavis and Butt-head are not bad people deep down. Had they had the chance to grow up in a normal, loving family, their lives would surely be different today. And even now, despite their background, it's a miracle they haven't ended up like Todd. The seeds they've sown into this Earth weren't fresh seeds, but were never truly evil either. In time, I believe karma will serve Beavis and Butt-head the justice and the happiness they deserve."

"Umm…. you want to comment on that?" Daria looked at Stewart, a little shocked from what Cassandra had said.

"Er, not really," Stewart said. "How about you?"

"I'm good."


After the forty five minutes had passed, Buzzcut pulled his car up shortly behind Van Driessen's van. All this time, he had had enough of the constant laughter and snickering he heard from the duo. The former Burger World manager was also in the same boat as he ran out of the car and bolted for the nearby bar.

"Nothing to say for yourselves?" Buzzcut closed the door to his car.

"Uh, can we, like, get some food now?" asked Butt-head.

"Yeah, I'm hungry!" Beavis noticed Van Driessen, Stewart, Daria, and Cassandra entering into the local dinery.

"You two are gonna starve for as long as it takes until you realize the error of your ways!" Buzzcut glared at the two coldly.

"This sucks!" Butt-head declared.

"Yeah, I wanted to get some nachos…" Beavis looked down at his rumbling stomach.

"You two wait here!" Buzzcut ordered. "I'm going into the gas station to buy some spare parts."

After Buzzcut had left, Butt-head looked at Beavis with a cunning idea in mind.

"Hey Beavis," Butt-head gestured towards the bar the Burger World manager had gone into. "Let's go to that bar! I think we can, like, drink now or something."

"Okay, heh heh heh!"


"Whoa!" exclaimed Butt-head. "This place kicks ass!"

To both boys, the bar was an amazing sight. Around them were drunken alcoholics, strippers who hung across the poles, and suspicious-looking biker gangs. To the very corner was the Burger World manager, drinking himself silly with the money he had gathered from panhandling.

"Um, could we have a drink, sir?" Beavis sat down at the bar.

"Can I see some ID, please?" asked the bartender.

"Uhh, we left it back home," Butt-head told him.

"What?" the bartender was surprised. "Then no drinks!"

"Damn it!" Beavis ordered. "Give us the drinks, asswipe!"

"Hey AJ!" the bartender shouted to a particularly vicious looking man who sat at a nearby table with three gang members. "We've got ourselves some youngin's who refuse to show me some ID!"

"Well, whaddya know," AJ got up. He was a 6'2 man with a goatee that hung on his face like a tattoo across his chin. Spikes were adorned across the bands he wore and a leather jacket complimented his muscular body. AJ walked towards the two, followed up by his three gang members.

"Look what we have here," AJ grabbed Beavis by the collar. "Some little punk who refuses to pay the piper?"

"Actually, I like to play my piper, heh heh heh!" Beavis chuckled.

AJ was not amused. He threw Beavis onto the table with one quick fling. His followers turned their attention to Butt-head. They grabbed him and threw him to the ground mercilessly. AJ turned to Beavis and punched him viciously, knocking the blonde to the floor. AJ's gang then proceeded to beat Butt-head down, kicking him as he was on the ground.

"Uhhhhh!" groaned Butt-head.

"Aaahhh! Help!" Beavis cried.

"Huh huh! You're getting your ass kicked!" Butt-head chuckled briefly before getting punched across the face. "Uhhhhh!"

"You are too, butthole!" Beavis shouted back before being punched in the gut by an angry AJ.

"Aww, poor little boy gonna cry for his mommy?" AJ held Beavis up, taunting him.

Two of AJ's gang held Beavis tightly as the other one grabbed a beer bottle and poured beer on top of Butt-head's head. All the while, the drunken Burger World manager looked at Beavis and Butt-head with an indiscernible expression across his face, as if recalling all the moments he had in the past with Beavis and Butt-head.

A myriad of things were going through the mind of the former Burger World manager as he remembered all the times he had before with the duo. He remembered all the times Beavis and Butt-head had shown up late for work. He remembered all the money they had cost him because of their incompetence. He remembered all the times they nearly got Burger World shut down because of their unhygienic ways. He remembered all the times they had gotten themselves and even him injured because of their misinterpretation of the concept of worker's compensation. He remembered all the pain, misery, suffering, and agony they had inflicted upon him and his business.

But then he remembered something else. He remembered how the two had worked for him since their freshman year and how they had stuck with their part-times jobs for all of high school. He remembered the times they had given up on Holiday breaks to stay at the restaurant for overnight shifts. Most importantly, he remembered how Beavis and Butt-head had stayed and worked for him when nobody else would.

"Well, time to teach you boys the real lesson," AJ took out a pair of brass knuckles as he looked at thoroughly pummeled Beavis.

"Heh heh heh heh heh," Beavis chuckled. "That hurt…"

"Uh, I think I broke my hip bone," Butt-head moaned as the gang members placed him in a chokehold. "Huh huh huh…"

"AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!" a drunken rage soon rang out, with all the fury of a madman, who had been consumed by a seething anger that also had the desire to avenge the great injustice being committed.

As AJ turned around to see what it was, a chair smashed down on his head, knocking him head over heels to the floor. Standing over him was the former Burger World manager, with looks that could kill.

"Don't… you… lay… a hand… on… my…. Boys…." the Burger World manager spat angrily.

"Get him!" the gang members dropped Butt-head and attacked the Burger World manager.

Very quickly, the manager grabbed onto the two legs of the chair and smashed it down on one of the gang members, taking him out of the fight early on. He then picked up a stool and smashed it over the head of another. The final thug rushed the manager but got knocked out as soon as the manager smashed into his face, not bothering to pull his punches.

"Hey, you can't do that!" the bartender protested. "Those boys needed to be taught a lesson!"

"Shut up, you!" the Burger World manager spun around and grabbed his face, slamming the bartender nose-first into the wood.

AJ got up and picked up an unopened beer bottle. Without hesitation, he brought it down and smashed it onto the former Burger World manager's head, knocking him to the ground.

"You're screwed up, man!" AJ yelled, now bleeding from his forehead from the injury the manager had given him a few seconds ago. "Now I'm gonna show you who's boss!"

"Think again, hooligan!"

Buzzcut punched AJ across the jaw. Again and again, he laid into AJ with heavy blows until the bald man fell to the floor, unable to take the punishment being dished out to him by the former US Marine.

"Uh oh," Butt-head crawled back up. "It's Buzzcut!"

"I had a feeling I'd find you idiots in this seedy bar!" Buzzcut barked.


In a matter of minutes, the police had arrived. They took away AJ, his gang, and the bartender in handcuffs. Van Driessen and the others had come just in time to see what was going on.

"Uh, I'm gonna be feeling that for a while," Butt-head said, still bandaged up on his left arm.

"Yeah, heh heh, these guys probably kicked our asses harder than Todd's gang…" Beavis agreed.

"Guys," Van Driessen looked at the two sternly. "I hope this has taught you an important lesson."

"There's no need," the former Burger World manager said to Van Driessen. "Whatever happens, these boys need to find their own path in life. And no amount of scolding will change it. I see that now."

"What will you do from now on?" asked Van Driessen.

"Oh, my manager can explain," the former Burger World manager told him.

The man in the cowboy hat next to the manager decided to introduce himself. "Hi folks, my name's Jimmy Aderhold and I'm a promoter the Jonestown Wrestling Circuit. Your friend here really impressed me with his demonstration in that bar. I've offered him a gig as the Amazing Mucho in my wrestling federation!"

"Whoa!" Butt-head exclaimed. "You're gonna be a pro wrestler now?"

The ex-Burger World manager nodded, smiling.

"That kicks ass!" Beavis agreed.

"Yeah, maybe you're a pretty cool dude after all," Butt-head told his former manager.

"That means a lot, boys," their ex-manager shook their hands. "I want you to know what whatever happens, I wish you the best of luck in life for whatever you want to do. I know you'll make something of yourselves because I believe in you."

"Uh, thanks, huh huh."

"Yeah, heh heh, thanks."

"Now if you'll excuse me," the former Burger World manager said and walked off with Aderhold. "I have to go check out my new costume."

"Imagine that," Daria said. "Karma really did make a clean sweep of things."

"Uh, I thought Karma was a bitch," Butt-head remarked.

"Like I said," Cassandra explained. "The wheel of life is ever-turning. The universe eventually unravels on its own and shows us just what we're destined for."

"Wow," Stewart looked at the former Burger World manager changing into his new, over-sized spandex suit. "I guess things really do happen for a reason."

"Yeah, like me kicking Butt-head's ass on Broadway, heh heh heh!"

"Shut up, Beavis! That was a fluke and you know it!"

"Wanna bet, bunghole?"

"Gladly, fartknocker!"

Beavis tackled Butt-head and took them both to the ground. As the duo wrestled with each other despite the bruising they had received from the bar fight, the other members of the gang could only watch in awe.

"Think we should pull them apart?" Daria looked at Buzzcut, who appeared rather amused by the sight of the two fighting on the ground.

"Well, let me think about it," Buzzcut smiled before looking back at Daria.

"I'm gonna kick your ass, buttlick!" Beavis grabbed Butt-head in a chokehold.

"Nah!" Daria and Buzzcut echoed at the same time.

Author's Note: I'm sure some of you remember the Burger World manager. He could actually be considered a semi-regular to the show the same way Mr. Stevenson was. The only problem is that throughout the whole show's run, they never actually gave him a name. That presents problems when writing a story about him but I still decided to include him since he played an integral part in being their boss.


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Cartoons?Beavis and Butt-Head



? Follow/FavA swing of the bat By: Wouter Jaegers ? Butt-Head reflects back on what both was the coolest thing he ever did and what ended his friendship with Beavis Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Angst - Words: 3,690 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: Jun 13, 2009 - id: 5134430

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A Swing of the bat.

A Beavis and Butt-Head fanfiction story by Wouter Jaegers

There it stood, where it had been all of these years after it happened, that aluminium baseball bat that changed everything. Butt-Head's tired eyes glanced at it filled with hatred, that fucking baseball bat robbed him of companionship forever. Still he never felt like getting rid of it, it was afterall, a keepsake of the coolest thing he ever did.

Was what happened really that sudden or were there indications that something was about to take place? Butt-Head glanced at a picture of him and Beavis together. Beavis had the tendency to start babbling like a dumbass every once in a while. Butt-Head clearly recalled watching a music video of a Band named Korn when on such occurence happened, Beavis started babbling about what was wrong with the music and how it fitted in the mantle of alternative rock or whatever but then again he did say "sphyncter". Butt-Head quickly learned that a smack in Beavis' face would be enough to get him back to normal.

But that wasn't the case when the Baseball bat incident happened. Butt-head slowly laughed as he saw the thing in his mind again. They were playing frog baseball when all of a sudden the biggest butterfly Butt-Head ever recalled seeing landed on Beavis 'head. They stole this brand new metal bat from a sport store earlier and Butt-Head recalled thinking that squashing that big ass butterfly would be the perfect way to break that bat in, hitting Beavis in the process would be an added bonus.

As expected Beavis went out cold after recieving the blow that he never even saw coming. Butt-Head laughed out loud as he recalled seeing Beavis hitting the ground. Even after all those years the memory of having knocked Beavis down was enough to have him laughing for hours. That was without a doubt the coolest thing that ever happened, just how long he stood there laughing at that fartknocker, he couldn't recall but every time he tried to get over to Beavis to see if he was alright, just the sight of him lying there was enough to get him laughing again. Eventually Beavis came around again and if it weren't for the fact that he was still laughing Butt-Head could have noticed that Beavis was different. First of all, Beavis' "Heh-heh" way of laughing wasn't there, instead Beavis reached for his head and asked what happened. Butt-Head laughed at seeing Beavis confused at what was happening. "Come on dude, let's get out of here." Butt-Head laughed.

But Beavis, seeing the metal bat in Butt-Head's hands, apparently had put two and two together. Butt-Head recalled seeing Beavis' face going into a shock and that made him laugh even louder. "Did you hit me in the head with that?" Beavis shouted in a tone of voice Butt-Head never heard before and that was yet another reason to laugh, this just got cooler and cooler. "Yeah, huh-huh, it was cool." But what happened next was unexpected, Beavis suddenly leaped up and ran away screaming for police and an ambulance. Butt-Head remembered being baffled: normaly Beavis would start to fight and try kick him in the nads. In a way it was cool, Butt-Head would later call him a cowardice buttwipe for it. Shrugging it off, Butt-Head decided to go home.

But when arriving home, Beavis wasn't there, instead there was a cop car and the clerk of the sport store waiting for him to arrive. Butt-Head saw them, looked at the stolen metal baseball bat in his own hands and looked at the cops and the clerk looking at him and all of a sudden felt his inside going really cold. This would be a great time to panic, he couldn't recall ever running so hard but the cops and the shepperd dog they had with them caught up with him without any trouble. Once he was shoved in the back of the cop car, Butt-Head tried to piece together the chain of events that got him there. It must have been the theft of the bat and that Beavis must be in custody already. When being brought into the office Butt-Head tried to make out Beavis' voice in the mish-mash of voices inside the building but Beavis' tell tail voice wasn't among them.

"Uuhh, huh-huh, where's Beavis?" Butt-Head asked the cop who took his fingerprints and mug shots? The answer was confusing, something about a hospital, charges of first degree assault and theft. When he was placed in a cell Butt-Head once again asked around for Beavis, the others in the cells had no idea where this "dumbass fartknocker" as Butt-Head described him was. It was at that time that Butt-Head got a little worried. So he asked the cop who was guarding the place where the bunghole that he hit with the bat was? The cop turned to him and told him that Beavis was in the hospital being treated for his injuries.

The next day Butt-Head stood in a line up. "That's the one officer." Mr. Stevenson said while pointing straight to Butt-Head. "That's the boy who lives with Beavis and who whacked him in the back of the head with a metal bat." Butt-Head was taken to a seperate room and a cop asked him about it. This time Butt-Head wanted to know a little more about what happened to Beavis. Butt-Head was told that Beavis had suffered severe trauma to his head and had sustained possible brain damage, it was the adrenaline rush that abled him to run away to safety. Hearing that and seeing the thing happening again made Butt-Head chuckle "Yeah I kicked his ass." The cop then started to look really darkly at him and said "So you admit to doing it?" it only made Butt-Head laugh louder "Yeah, it was cool."

Afterwards Butt-Head was put in another line up and this time the store clerk identified him as the one who took the bat. When being pressed about it Butt-Head insisted that Beavis had been there as well but when shown the security camera footage Butt-Head was reminded that when he stole the bat, he had Beavis outside the store to stand guard. Butt-Head slowly began to understand that whatever was about to happen now, it was gonna suck. As the days went by in the cell, Butt-Head found out that being locked up sucked. he was constantly being beat up by guys bigger than him. Then there was this homosexual assmunch who tried to score with him. If there was food, the food sucked and worst of all, no TV. Butt-Head recalled wanting to go to Burgerworld or Taco bell to get something real to eat.

The court case was cool though: those lawyers and judges in their silly suits, plus he finally got to see Beavis again. Butt-Head just sat there in the courtroom laughing at words like "Penal" and at the wordplay of his defense attourney, it was all a big laugh really. But the biggest laugh of all was when Beavis was brought forwards to testify. Beavis was wearing formal attire, the judge had to remove Butt-Head from the hearing because of him laughing so hard at how Beavis looked. "Butt-Head, may I have a word with you." a familiar voice spoke up after Butt-Head was removed from the court room, it was Mr. Van Driessen. He told him that Beavis was found by Mr. Stevenson who took him to the hospital. And Beavis managed to tell Mr. Stevenson and the medics that Butt-Head had hit him with a bat. The medics allerted the police and Stevenson gave them the home adress of Beavis and Butt-Head. Van Driessen also told him that Beavis now lived at the Stevenson's house and how Beavis had improved really well.

In the end Butt-Head was convicted of first degree assault, apparently stating that "It was the coolest thing in the world" was the wrong thing to say because he could remember seeing his defense attourney cringe and stating that he "Should slap some sense into that butt-munch" also didn't help matters much, Beavis asked him straight why he thought so. "Hey isn't it like the rule to say the truth and nothing but the truth in a courtroom, uh-huh-huh." Yeah that courtcase was one big laugh after another. Beavis had become such a wuss and he now constantly spoke in that strange wussy way, all he needed was for Butt-Head to make him settle down again and a few slaps in the face would do nicely.

But then came the sentence: two years in a youth prison. Two years without TV, two years of having his ass kicked on a daily basis, two years of not having something decent to eat and two years of no opportunity to kick Beavis' ass fot ratting him out. And why didn't the guidence councillors get it when he told him that it was cool to whack Beavis in the head with the bat? It wasn't really that hard to understand was it? But most of all, it was two years of loneliness, nobody to talk to, nobody to do cool stuff together with; like frog baseball or blowing up mail boxes. Two years without Beavis.

It was just after his 18'th birthday that Butt-Head was released, it was strange to be back in highland again after his jail time, after getting his stuff back from the police Butt-Head went straight to the Burgerworld to have something good to eat and to see something familiar after all that time. He was served by a polite boy and the burger was really good, the place itself was clean as a whistle. Butt-Head saw kids playing in the newly built playground and the place ran like a well oiled machine. "This place sucks more than it ever did." Butt-head sighed, two years without him and Beavis making it cool had left deep scars. As Butt-Head walked through his neighborhood he saw more things had changed in two years. There was Mr. Anderson's house looking like new, Butt-Head remembered chuckling when he saw it, fat chance that it was gonna stay that way.

As he neared the front door of his house, something caught his eye: it was the metal baseball bat, apparently it was all but forgotten after the cops had taken him in. Butt-Head picked it up and he instantly saw it happening again, Beavis was whacked in the head and he went cold, Butt-head laughed at the memory while bringing it inside, a nice reminder of that ultra cool day "This place rules!" Butt-Head mumbled in awe when seeing what two years of not being maintained whatsoever did to the house he grew up in. Take the Hallway alone: the foul air was thick and musky, the windows were covered in cobwebs, there were wet stains all over the place and several stray cats quickly hid between the piles of stuff lying all over the place. This was a home coming of all home comings, Butt-Head carefully walked through every room checking if they matched the epitome of "Cool" of the hallway. The toilet was the best: the turd Beavis left two years ago was still there but in the meantime had turned into a wierd looking black fibre-looking rock hard disc. Butt-Head quickly lifted it from the bowl and placed it in the window, the coolest ornament ever. A visit to the kitchen supplied him with a microwaved Burrito that had been in the fridge for far too long, Butt-Head looked at the expiration date and shrugged, a Burrito only became better with age. Butt-Head then walked to the living room, saw that everything was still there, the couch was crusty and infested with mice, never the less, Butt-Head let himself drop into the couch with a happy sigh before reaching for the remote of the TV which was covered in a thick layer of dust and turned the TV on. He felt happy, finally back home, sitting on the couch watching TV after having been deprived of just that for far too long.

But after two days of being at home watching TV, the empty spot on the couch seemed to become emptier with the minute. Butt-Head realized that in order for him to find out where Beavis was, he had no choice to go to the suckiest place in the whole town: Highland High school. With a Grunt, Butt-Head lifted himself from the couch and marched off.

When arriving there, he saw several football players walking past wearing their wide padded jerseys, apparently it was pep-rally day. Just then one of those players caught his eye: he was big, muscular and talked with a cocky tone of voice but Butt-Head recognized him as the shy, demure and fat kid he used to be. "Uhh... huh-huh, Stewart, is that you?" the boy turned around and looked at the skinny, scraggy and unkept guy who addressed him. "Do we know each other?" he asked in a mocking way. "It's ME, Butt-Head, your ...uh.. Friend, remember?" Stewart and the other football players then turned around and moved in a circle around Butt-Head. Stewart then looked at him with an angry glare. "Yeah, I remember, I remember you and Beavis torturing me by throwing a cactus in my underpants, I remember you guys blowing up my parents' kitchen, I remember all the hardship I went through thanks to YOU." Butt-Head couldn't help but to laugh at the memories caused by what Stewart just brought up. "Oh yeah, huh-huh-huh, that was cool."

"What's going on here people?!" a voice hollered, it was Coach Buzzcut. "Nothing really coach, just a little pantsy that apparently has crawled up from under his rock again." Stewart spoke while he and the other football players moved aside. "Hey, you bung lick, don't make me kick your ass!" Butt-Head protested, but all the same feeling that his chances of actually doing so were VERY small, he was out numbered and out gunned. Coach Buzzcut gave him a look over and then a smiled crep on his face "Your hair is longer and you've grown somewhat but you're still the same weak maggot you always were Butt-Head, I see that even jail couldn't change you. Luckely your former companion is a whole different story." at hearing that Butt-Head's eyes went wide. "Uh, huh-huh, what are you like talking about?"

"He's talking about my older brother." Stewart spoke up. "After you smacked him with that baseball bat, Beavis needed a place to recover from his injuries. My Parents took him in and were pleasantly surprised at how much his demoenor had changed after you smacked him, he proved an excellent help around the house, well mannered, atlethic with outstanding grades in school, he has redeemed himself. My family has formally adopted him and thus he and I became brothers." At hearing that Butt-Head couldn't help but to laugh "Huh-huh-huh, that waiste of bumwipe became an even bigger wuss than I thought! Huh-huh-huh. Where is he anyway?"

"Well then Butt-Head, seeing as you have been out of it for two years, let me fill you in here." Coach Buzzcut hollored, while grabbing Butt-Head's arm and dragging him inside the school. "In addition what Stevenson has already told you, he and Beavis both joined the football team and trained really hard and honed their skills, Beavis even became team captain." Buzzcut laughed while shoving Butt-Heads face towards a framed picture of the football team from the prior season, sure enough, wearing the team captain jersey and looking way wider and muscular than Butt-Head could ever imagine him to be, was Beavis. "No way, huh-huh, that can't be Beavis." When the pep rally went underway a baffled Butt-Head sat down on the bleachers and watched the game but not really paying attentions, he saw Stewart tackling other guys, moving them away with ease. This no longer was the Stewart Stevenson he and Beavis used to bully. To keep his mind off of things he focussed on the cheerleaders but when he went "Uh-huh-huh. Hey Beavis do you think they..." he once again was reminded of that vacant spot next to him. With a sigh and an uneasy chuckle Butt-head decided to leave, go home, eat something and watch TV ...for all eternity.

It was then that faith smiled on him as a run down and rusty car stopped in front of him. "Hey man, are you new in town?" it was Todd. Butt-Head suddenly felt hopeful. "Uh-huh-huh, yeah, I just got released from prison." Todd eyed the 18 year old lanky, unkept, longhaired and scruffy kid: there was some potential here... With a smile he opened the door and threw him a pack of cigarettes. "Then why don't you come with me man, there's a party at Slay's." Butt-Head was feeling elated, Slay's place was the coolest place in town and Todd was inviting him over.

The following four years saw Butt-Head as a member of Todd's gang, being introduced to booze, violence and drugs. Butt-Head felt like a fish in water, this was like being fifteen again and pulling the stints he did with Beavis but in a much higher degree. Doing smack, shooting guns, breaking into peoples houses, THIS was the life. But there was one thing that he wasn't allowed to do: no sex, leave the chicks alone, the only condition here. Todd never did explain why, but Butt-Head didn't mind hanging out with all those cool people, doing such cool things and all those fights and wild parties were enough for him to NOT question Todd's rules. Butt-Head was arrested a few times but Todd was always there to get him out.

But it was on a certain morning that it all came crashing down, in the litteral sense. Butt-Head and Todd rear ended this fancy black SUV. "Why you little!" Todd fumed "Damage my car will you!" before jumping out, Butt-head right behind him. Time to teach that driver of the SUV a lesson. But then the door opened and this HUGE guy stepped out. "Take that rust speck off of my car right now and nothing will happen." the guy spoke. Butt-Head went cold inside, the pitch had changed but he knew that voice, in fact he knew it very well. "Uh-huh-huh, Beavis is that you?"

"I don't go by that name anymore, the name is Stevenson, Peter Stevenson. Who are you anyway?"

What happened next was a bit of a blur, Todd wanted to have a fight no matter what but was quickly knocked to the other side of the street. Butt-Head looked in Awe, Beavis just kicked Todd's ass, that simply was too cool. But then came the realisation that he could finally smack Beavis in the face and knocking some sense into him, finally an opportunity to get Beavis back. But while raising his arm up, Beavis quickly turned around and intercepted him. Butt-Head recieved a Knee to his solar plexus and toppled over. It was then that he saw that there were other people in the car, two kids and a woman, a good looking woman. Beavis then re-entered his car and drove off. Butt-Head couldn't believe what happened here: he finally found Beavis again and Beavis kicked Todd's ass and then he got his own ass kicked by Beavis who had a woman and kids in his car, probably his wife and children. He couldn't make up his mind about whether this was cool or not. "Hey man, are you okay?" Todd asked while helping him up. "Seems like you know this guy."

"Uh-huh-huh, yeah he... uh was like a warden in that jail I was in." Butt-Head replied, wondering why he covered up for Beavis. "We'd better avoid this buttknocker Todd, he's a mean son of a bitch."

That was now two years ago. Butt-Head later found out that Beavis had legally changed his name into Peter Stevenson, had joined the marines after graduation and had married the former head cheerleader. Butt-Head looked at the Baseball bat, and opened a beer, Todd already called him about a heist that was about to take place later tonight. Butt-Head rubbed his fat belly and sat down on the old worn out couch. Wondering who ended up with the cooler lifestyle?

- Butt-Head was a full fledged member of Todd's gang, he was alcoholic, did smack, there were a lot of cool parties, fights, Chicks (eventhough he still wasn't allowed to score with them).

- But Beavis was a former Football player, a marine, big and muscular enough to kick everybody's ass and he had a wife and two children which meant that he scored at least two times, maybe more.

Butt-head looked at the vacant spot and then looked at the Baseball bat, and in an instant the memory of seeing Beavis lying knocked out after recieving the blow made Butt-Head laugh again. It still was the coolest day of his life.

The end.





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? Follow/FavWeirdo Dudes Next to the MaxiMart By: Incy Little Spider ? Butt-Head wakes up to a very strange sight. But he can't remember how it all happened. He takes a trip down memory lane and discovers the very strange experiance he had which started rather simply while taking the garbage out. SLASH. Rated: Fiction T - English - Mystery/Drama - Words: 2,749 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Published: Jan 6, 2009 - Status: Complete - id: 4773764

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A/N Warning before you read this I must say it is on the creepy side and it has slash. Don't like it? Click the back button and read some fluff. Enjoying yourself? Review it! But be aware that before you want to go on a flaming rampage you have OFFICIALLY BEEN WARNED! Other then that this is my first Beavis & Butt-Head fic...hope you like it!


What…what the heck happened? Butt-Head's mind was in a much heavier haze then usual. He couldn't remember a single thing from the night before…except dazed flashes. That was a bit odd for him. Sure he was a total idiot but he did know when something wasn't quite right…and this…wasn't quite right.

He slowly realized that he was lying with his shorts around his ankles in the middle of the bathroom. His head was lying in a puddle of puke and Beavis…Beavis was next to him naked and shivering, curled up into a ball.

Something told him that was…that was bad. That was very, very bad. He yelled out in surprise which woke the blond up straight away.

"Um…uh…" Beavis giggled nervously while Butt-Head stared at him in shocked confusion.

"Shut the hell up!" Butt-Head shouted. The blond scuttled back like a puppy being scolded. He started apologizing madly, twitching and shaking. "Get out of here before I kick your ass!" Butt-Head commanded angrily. Beavis gladly obliged dashing out of the bathroom.

Butt-Head felt like shit. His head was throbbing and his stomach hurt. It was like a hangover except…they hadn't had beer or shit last night. He was sure of it.

So what happened? Did he screw Beavis? Ew…he's like a dude not a chick…didn't have any tits…why the hell would he screw Beavis? That's stupid. He didn't like guys, he liked chicks.

Butt-Head stood up and clutched his head moaning in pain. He pulled up his shorts and tried not to step in the puddle of puke which was already all over his shirt and face. He slowly locked the bathroom door and slid down onto the cold tile floor. He watched a cockroach crawl up the grimy bathtub and chuckled a little.

A voice told him that he should start trying to remember what happened last night. So he tried…the thick haze in his head was preventing him from remembering a single thing. Except…whimpers…and nails digging into his back…and frantic panting…that was sorta cool…

The…garbage had something to do with it? Yeah last night the overflowing can of garbage in the kitchen had started to piss him off. There were bugs everywhere and they were getting on the food. So…what did he do? He asked Beavis to take the garbage out.

Oh, now he remembered. The news was reporting on some fire on the TV. A lot of real footage which unfortunately had Beavis completely transfixed. The blond was staring in a half-trance and whispering excitedly, "fire, fire!"

"Beavis take the garbage out!" He demanded. His request fell on deaf ears as Beavis remained in his semi-trance. After 5 minutes of yelling, insulting and slapping nothing seemed to be working. This left Butt-Head with the obvious option to take the garbage out himself.

So he did. It took a rather long time because it was so heavy…but eventually he made it. Pretty dark out here. Cold as well. Better get back inside.

He had a very nasty surprise when he got back to the front door. It had locked itself or something. Can doors lock themselves? Probably…stupid doors. This sucked. He tried kicking it, yelling at it but nothing worked. He was getting cold out here.

"Beavis? Beavis! Open the door, fart-knocker!" Butt-Head yelled in frustration. No answer. He went and peered through the window. The blond was still completely transfixed with the fire on the TV. Stupid butt-munch.

What should he do? It was too cold to just sit there. After 5 minutes of wondering about what he should do he finally decided to go and buy some nachos. While he walked he thought of how he was going to kick Beavis's ass when he found out some way to get back inside. The guy was such a dumb-ass.

The Maxi-Mart was dark and quiet for some weird reason. Feeling a bit confused Butt-Head walked up to investigate. The door wouldn't open and there was a sign on it saying…what did it say? Um…c-c-clobed? No…err…clozded?

"The place is shut for the night, kid," said a voice.

Butt-Head turned around to look at the guy who had spoken. It was some dude kneeling nearly hidden in the shadows on the pavement. He looked like a bum…no too well dressed to be a bum…smelt like a bum.

The guy was skinny as a rake, covered in scars and held a cigarette loosely between his fingers. He smokes? That's pretty cool…although he looks like a dork…

"What the hell do you want?" Butt-Head said and then chuckled a little. The man stood up and swaggered up to him grinning in a strange sorta way. He wasn't drunk…and he didn't look like he was on drugs…but he was still weird. Butt-Head didn't like him that much.

"What's your name, boy?" He asked breathing cigarette smoke in the teen's face.

"Err…Butt-Head. Uh-huh-huh-huh," he replied taking a step back.

The dude looked around casually and smiled. He fiddled with his cigarette and looked at Butt-Head as if expecting a conversation out of him.

"Where's that little friend of yours who you always hang out with?' He asked placidly after awhile.

"Err, what? Uh-huh-huh-huh."

"You know, the twitchy blond one," he said still doing that weird smile.

"Um…Beavis saw a fire on the TV and he's, like, not moving or anything," Butt-Head said. The man nodded seriously and said, "pyromaniac eh?"

Butt-Head giggled for a minute or two. "Uh…no. You're a dork…"

The guy kept on talking and Butt-Head slowly zoned out like he usually did. His mind was firmly focused on how he was going to get some nachos now that the store was closed. So he asked the weird guy. The dude grinned and took a long drag from his cigarette.

"Nachos eh? You're a man of fine tastes. You'll get far in life I expect. Maybe be the president…or better. Get yourself a fine looking lady probably," the man said starting to cackle. Butt-Head laughed along with him although he had no idea what the man had just said.

"Well my boy, I've got something much better then nachos. You come along with me," the dude said, walking off while beckoning Butt-Head to follow.

Better then nachos? That was cool. Maybe he's got this hot chick or something that he can score with. Maybe he's got something like beer or cigarettes, something that'll make him cool like Todd.

The teen followed the strange guy feeling excited.

The dude led him to the alley next to the store. He ordered Butt-Head to sit down on a milk carton. Then he turned around and started rustling around in his pockets. While he looked for whatever cool stuff he promised, Butt-Head thought idly if the fire was still on the news and if he could get back inside when he got home.

The man soon sat down with this weird tourniquet thingy. He asked calmly how much money Butt-Head had. The teen replied by showing the 5 dollars he had in his pocket.

"Well I am starting to get a bit short of cash. That'll do just fine," the dude said reaching for it, while taking a wicked looking needle out from his pocket.

Something clicked in Butt-Head's mind and he clutched the money to his chest suspiciously. "Is that, like, drugs or something? Like, it can get you all trippy and stuff?"

The man roared with maniacal laughter. He sounded like a mad old witch or something weird like that.

"Why son, your much more savvy then I took you credit for. But no it's not drugs, although everyone assumes it is. It's much better then that. It's pure chaos as I like to think of it," he giggled.

Butt-Head eyed him, still wary. "Uh…chaos?" He asked.

"Yes my boy, pure, untamed chaos. I adore chaos, I worship chaos, don't you? Chaos is just so much fun to witness," he explained slowly prying the money out of Butt-Head's fingers. This chaos thing sounded cool. Maybe it could help him score or something.

The man tied the tourniquet tight around Butt-Head's skinny arm. He demanded the teen to close his eyes. Butt-Head obeyed.

After 5 minutes there was a sharp pain in his arm and…multi-coloured lights flashed in his mind's eyes and heat shot between his legs. He blinked several times and his head swarmed. All of his senses was going mad. He could smell coppery blood and the earth and air. He could hear birds and trees and children crying, people talking, whispers and people laughing.

"Whoa! This is really cool!" He exclaimed. He started to feel…weird. Like…primitive, animal-like…and then he couldn't remember hardly anything.

Voices and sights and smells…head spinning and the strange animal feeling rising in the back of his throat. He felt like he was going to puke blood and guts.

"…where are you…going now, son?" Came a strange distorted voice.

"H-h-home…uh-huh-huh-huh back…home…TV…huh food…Beavis watching fire…fire…kick his ass," he murmered. There was a mad giggle from beside him. "…nearly forgot…bout poor Beavis…kid's in for a rough night…ha!" The voice cackled.

Then he was on the street with red, orange, purple and green swirling before his eyes. He remembered…strange disjointed stuff.

"Get your hands off me you freak!"

"Yeah get away from her before I kick your scrawny little ass!"

Prey…running away? Go after her. Take her right there on the pavement…ravage her…No…go home…male protecting her is bigger then you. Fight will lead to injury….injury bad. Injury very bad. Injury hurt…

Home…that is home. Too cold out here…must enter for warmth…enter home or die…must eat…hungry. Eat or die…

So he tripped and tumbled back inside.

Where is friend? Where is blond boy my age? Not in front of talking box…why?

He heard strange noises coming from the bathroom. Moans and sighs. The normal, quieter voice in Butt-Head's mind whispered that Beavis was probably spanking his monkey and should be left alone. Leave him alone…go get something to eat…something to drink…go to sleep…leave him alone.

Some savage, sadistic and louder voice commanded him to go in. Go in and help a fellow out. Go in and have some fun…go in and do him hard and brutal on the cold bathroom floor.

Bigger man…didn't let you do the pretty girl…she was protected…blond boy not protected…blond boy weak…blond boy dumb…get him…uh-huh-huh-huh…get him…go on.

He walked to the bathroom door and pushed it open.

"…what the hell? I'm busy, ass-wipe!"

Blond boy…on the ground? Kneeling on ground…? No shorts on…that makes it easier…go get him…

His head was swirling and his stomach lurched. He collapsed to his knees and crawled over to the sink. He tried to stand up but his legs refused to work. Falling to the ground he started to throw up all over the floor.

"…heh-heh-heh what's wrong with you, Butt-Head? You're like puking everywhere…"

Butt-Head coughed weakly spraying the floor with blood, spit and vomit. The boy…the one who was his friend…he was looking at him with a look of confused amusement. He seemed to have forgotten to pull his shorts back up.

…so trusting…so innocent…so…child-like…uh-huh-huh-huh.

He tried to crawl over to him but slipped over in his vomit. The blond boy was giggling madly now.

Slowly summing up his entire strength he pushed the blond one to the cold floor. A small sound of surprise hit his ears…the blond one thought it was a game…a little fight for fun or something…

Halfway through he seemed to realize this…wasn't a fun fight. This was…something else. He somehow put together that…something was wrong with his friend. Something a bit off. Then he panicked. He kicked, screamed and punched.

"…get the hell off me Butt-Head! This isn't funny!"

Soon he gave in…soon he even began to enjoy himself…


Butt-Head saw the morning light crawl through the window. The pain in his head was disappearing slowly and the haze seemed to have gone down a bit.

But…he was feeling sick in a different way now. He heard about people going to jail about what he just did to Beavis. Anyway…he was, like, his best friend or something. You didn't do that to your best friend. You can slap him and call him a dumb-ass but…screwing him if he didn't want to…was like against the law or something. He was a guy as well which made it worse.

If he ever met the guy who gave him that Chaos stuff again…he'll kick his ass. No worse then that…he'll kill the weirdo creep. Chaos was like, bad. It like…made him want to screw everything like a mad, horny dog or something.

Butt-Head cautiously opened the door again. He saw Beavis sitting on the couch. Better go talk to him…err…what if he freaked out? What if he goes totally psycho and kicked him in the nads?

The taller teen went and sat down on the couch in his usual spot. Beavis had gotten a ratty old t-shirt and tattered shorts on because he had left his usual clothes in the bathroom while rushing out. He looked…kinda pathetic.

He started giggling nervously again his laugh getting increasingly more high-pitched then normal as he shifted to the far corner of the couch. He eyed Butt-Head like he was a rancid racoon with rabies.

"Um…err…" Butt-Head struggled to find something to say. His blond companion twitched anxiously still keeping as far away from Butt-Head as he could.

"Well, last night…I got like, locked out, and I went to get some nachos…and this weird guy…uh…he gave me this needle that made me really horny and stuff. I tried to jump this chick walking home but she had this guy who was big and muscly and stuff…"

He paused to look at Beavis sheepishly. The blond was starting to relax a bit.

"…and this like, horny voice in my head told me to go to the bathroom and screw your brains out…it was really weird. Sorta cool…but I don't wanna screw you again…ever."

Beavis looked at him and looked almost disappointed. "Never?"

Butt-head stared at him like he was crazy. "Um, yeah! Never…I thought you hated it? I mean…I wanna score with chicks with big tits and stuff. I'm not gay. Uh-huh-huh-huh."

Beavis looked away and a blush creeped onto his face.

"It was…pretty cool you know. I-I-I wouldn't mind…"

Butt-Head fought the urge to slap him and turned around.

"Let's see what's on TV. Maybe a cool music video or something," he said grabbing the remote. He told himself to forget about it. Just next time he got locked out in the middle of the night…don't go talking to weirdo guys next to the Maxi-Mart.






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? Follow/FavThe Berenstain Bears and the Naked Boogie! By: WileE2005 ? Remake of the classic "Slumber Party" story, but updated for the 21st century and more "bad!" Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Parody - Words: 1,499 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 6 - Published: Sep 27, 2011 - Status: Complete - id: 7418131

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS, AND, THE NAKED BOOGIE!

By WileE2005

Loosely adapted from "The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party" by Stan and Jan Berenstain; this is just a work of fan-fiction!

When a cub sheds her clothes

To dance nude in a school,

She may forget that

She's breaking a rule!

It all started as a typical Sunday afternoon in the big tree house down a sunny dirt road in Bear Country. But when the telephone rang, it all began.

Mama Bear checked the Caller I.D. and answered. It was Lizzy Bruin, Sister Bear's best friend. "Sister, it's for you!" Mama called out. "It's Lizzy!"

Whenever Lizzy called, she often had some big idea: a tea party for their dolls and stuffed animals, going up to the attic and playing "dress up" in grownups' clothes, or organizing a sorority and using Farmer Ben's old chicken coop as a clubhouse – with permission, of course.

"It's OK with me," Farmer Ben had said to the cubs, "but I think I should warn you…"

Within minutes, the cubs were running from the old chicken coop, nauseated by the smell that was left by the chickens' poop. "PEE-YOO!"

But this time, Lizzy was calling with her biggest idea yet. "Sister Bear, guess what?"

"What?" asked Sister.

Lizzy whispered into the phone, "I'm having a naked boogie at the school, Friday night at seven o'clock. You're invited, too!"

"Really?" said Sister. She couldn't believe it.

"Yes!"

"Mama," Sister lied to Mama, "can I sleep over at Lizzy Bruin's house Friday night?"

"I don't see why not," said Mama, "as long as you remember about privilege and responsibility, unlike that last time."

"Don't worry, Mama," said Sister. Then she told Lizzy on the phone, "It's all settled. I'll be there!" Then they hung up.

On Monday, during recess at school, Sister and Lizzy talked about it.

"It's not going to be like that slumber party we had two years ago," Lizzy said, a mischievous grin on her face. "But this time, we ARE inviting Too-Tall and his gang, complete with his boom box. Boys WILL be invited!"

"What kind of music are we going to listen to?" asked Sister.

"We're going to listen to the latest rap, of course!" said Lizzy. "Anna and Millie are bringing CDs – and Queenie's coming to, to show off her latest hip-hop dance steps!"

"Why are we having the naked boogie in the school anyways?" said Sister.

"That's not important," said Lizzy.

On Thursday evening, Papa had an announcement for the cubs.

"Your mama and I are going out Friday night for dinner and dancing. Mrs. Grizzle has bingo Friday, so she can't make it to watch Brother, so Grizzly Gramps will be watching over Brother. It's not a problem for Sister, because she'll be staying at Lizzy Bruin's house then, but if there's an emergency, she can call Grizzly Gramps, or the hotel Mama and I will be staying at," said Papa.

"Don't worry about a thing," said Sister, secretly crossing her fingers behind her back.

Friday evening arrived, and with it came Grizzly Gramps. Mama and Papa were in their best clothes, getting ready for their romantic night out. "Be good for Grizzly Gramps, Brother," said Papa, "oh and Sister, you remember what your mama said about privilege and responsibility!"

"Oh, I will, Papa!" Sister lied, as she started off for the boogie.

As the sky was clouding up with dark gray clouds, Sister waited until Mama and Papa had pulled out from the tree house, and Sister headed over to the Bear Country School. It was a long jog, but she arrived in time. The lights were all on inside the school. She entered through a back door that someone had wedged open…

By now, it was raining. Mama and Papa Bear were enjoying a lobster dinner at the finest restaurant in Bear Country. Mama Bear sighed and said, "I just hope Sister Bear will be all right."

"Of course she will," said Papa, looking up from his lobster. "Then once we're done with this dinner, we can go over to the hall to the dance!"

Mama sighed again.

But there was a big problem at the naked boogie: No grown-ups were in the school! And Lizzy Bruin did not get permission to use the school that night!

Lizzy had one of her guests hide after school let out that day, and once all the teachers, faculty and other students had left, the cub came out, turned the lights back on, and wedged open a door. The faculty thought the school was all locked up and empty.

And they certainly didn't think that a rip-roaring, earsplitting, rowdy and disgusting party for half the cubs in Sister's class, and roughly a third of the student population was going on at the school. Because that's what was happening – with Sister right in the thick of it. She had stripped off her clothes except for her bow, and all the other cubs were completely nude, dancing and running around the building as loud rap music was being played over the school's speaker system. There was poop all over the halls, toilet paper on the stairs, pee in the classrooms, and diarrhea on the auditorium stage. Some cubs were flying on fire extinguishers, others opened all the lockers, vandalized school property, messed around with the school's bell system, and they were having big pee fights with each other. The naked boogie was completely wild and out of control. You never saw such a commotion!

Some neighbors near the school have never heard such a commotion, either. They called the cops.

The chief sent Officer Marguerite to investigate, and at the same time he had notified Principal Honeycomb. Officer Marguerite arrived at the school at the same time Principal Honeycomb drove up in his convertible!

Well, things calmed down pretty quickly after that. The party was over, parents were phoned, Lizzy was expelled and arrested – and a very angry and disappointed Mama and Papa Bear came from their date to drive Sister home.

"We're very angry and disappointed," said Mama Bear as they drove home through the night. "After all the things I said about privilege and responsibility!"

All the other cubs that attended the naked boogie, including Sister, were suspended for three days, except for Too-Tall and his gang. They snuck out when they heard the cops arriving. Sister had never been suspended before. At home, Sister was grounded and sent to bed – doubly grounded, which meant she had to stay in her room for the weekend and in the house for a week.

"A pretty harsh punishment," commented Papa Bear a little while later, once he and Mama were in their pajamas.

"Not harsh at all," said Mama. "You saw the inside the school: poop stuck to everything in the halls, urine all over the place, opened lockers, vandalized school property – an absolute disgrace! And after all I said about privilege and responsibility!"

"Sister does have to share the blame," said Papa. "But she didn't do it all by herself. It was one of those situations where she just went with the flow. But you know, my dear, privilege and responsibility aren't just for cubs. They're for grown-ups, too."

"And if Sister was going to the school tonight, the principal should have called us- " said Mama.

"But that's just it," continued Papa. "When Lizzy invited Sister to the naked boogie, and Sister lied to us that it was just a regular sleepover, it was our responsibility to call the Bruins. If we had, we'd have found out that Lizzy didn't really plan for a sleepover at her house, and the whole thing would have been nipped in the bud."

"You know," added Mama, "I recall Mrs. Bruin talking to me at the school, saying that she thought Lizzy was going to spend the night here at our house. But you'd think Lizzy would be more neat and organized…"

"Wait a minute," said Papa, snapping his fingers. "I have an idea!"

The next morning, Mama canceled the grounding, and Papa Bear called the school board, the principal and the Bruins', and took Sister over to the school to help clean up. Lizzy, Anna, Millie, and Queenie had come to help too. It was disgusting and smelly, but they all pitched in. Lizzy's expulsion was also dropped and she was let back into the school, and all the suspended cubs that attended the nude boogie had their suspensions canceled. But Too-Tall and his gang got caught, and they were suspended from school for the following week.

"I know what!" said Lizzy, full of ideas as ever. "After we're done, we can have a clean-up party at my house! We can get down and boogie, and…"

"Let's not," said Sister. "And if you don't mind, Liz, I don't want to hear the word boogie again for a long time."

END!





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The BFG


Other books by Roald Dahl


BOY: TALES OF CHILDHOOD

BOY and GOING SOLO

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR

THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE AND MR WILLY WONKA

DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE

GOING SOLO

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

MATILDA

THE WITCHES


For younger readers

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE

ESIO TROT

FANTASTIC MR FOX

THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME

THE MAGIC FINGER

THE TWITS


Picture books

DIRTY BEASTS (with Quentin Blake)

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE (with Quentin Blake)

THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME (with Quentin Blake)

THE MINPINS (with Patrick Benson)

REVOLTING RHYMES (with Quentin Blake)


Plays

THE BFG: PLAYS FOR CHILDREN (Adapted by David Wood)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: A PLAY (Adapted by Richard George)

FANTASTIC MR FOX: A PLAY (Adapted by Sally Reid)

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: A PLAY (Adapted by Richard George)

THE TWITS: PLAYS FOR CHILDREN (Adapted by David Wood)

THE WITCHES: PLAYS FOR CHILDREN (Adapted by David Wood)


Teenage fiction

THE GREAT AUTOMATIC GRAMMATIZATOR AND OTHER STORIES

RHYME STEW

SKIN AND OTHER STORIES

THE VICAR OF NIBBLESWICKE

THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUCAR AND SIX MORE



The BFG



The BFG



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First published by Jonathan Cape Ltd 1982

First published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1982

Published in Puffin Books 1984

This edition published 2007

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Text copyright © Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1982

Illustrations copyright © Quentin Blake, 1982

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British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British library

ISBN: 978-0-14-193013-8


For Olivia

20 April 1955–17 November 1962


Contents

List of Characters

The Witching Hour

Who?

The Snatch

The Cave

The BFG

The Giants

The Marvellous Ears

Snozzcumbers

The Bloodbottler

Frobscottle and Whizzpoppers

Journey to Dream Country

Dream-Catching

A Trogglehumper for the Fleshlumpeater

Dreams

The Great Plan

Mixing the Dream

Journey to London

The Palace

The Queen

The Royal Breakfast

The Plan

Capture!

Feeding Time

The Author


The characters in this book are:

HUMANS:

THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND

MARY, the Queen’s maid

MR TIBBS, the Palace butler

THE HEAD OF THE ARMY

THE HEAD OF THE AIR FORCE

And, of course, SOPHIE, an orphan

GIANTS:

THE FLESHLUMPEATER

THE BONECRUNCHER

THE MANHUGGER

THE CHILDCHEWER

THE MEATDRIPPER

THE GIZZARDGULPER

THE MAIDMASHER

THE BLOODBOTTLER

THE BUTCHER BOY

And, of course, THE BFG


The Witching Hour

Sophie couldn’t sleep.

A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.

The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.

Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.

It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room on to her face.

The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.

The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.


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Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.

The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.


The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie’s pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.

You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.

She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tiptoed over to the window.


When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.

She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.

The longing to look out became so strong she couldn’t resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window.

In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.

Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance’s shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn’t look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.

Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.

Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.

It was something black…

Something tall and black…

Something very tall and very black and very thin.


Who?

It wasn’t a human. It couldn’t be. It was four times as tall as the tallest human. It was so tall its head was higher than the upstairs windows of the houses. Sophie opened her mouth to scream, but no sound came out. Her throat, like her whole body, was frozen with fright.

This was the witching hour all right.

The tall black figure was coming her way. It was keeping very close to the houses across the street, hiding in the shadowy places where there was no moonlight.

On and on it came, nearer and nearer. But it was moving in spurts. It would stop, then it would move on, then it would stop again.

But what on earth was it doing?

Ah-ha! Sophie could see now what it was up to. It was stopping in front of each house. It would stop and peer into the upstairs window of each house in the street. It actually had to bend down to peer into the upstairs windows. That’s how tall it was.

It would stop and peer in. Then it would slide on to the next house and stop again, and peer in, and so on all along the street.

It was much closer now and Sophie could see it more clearly.

Looking at it carefully, she decided it had to be some kind of PERSON. Obviously it was not a human. But it was definitely a PERSON.

A GIANT PERSON, perhaps.

Sophie stared hard across the misty moonlit street. The Giant (if that was what he was) was wearing a long BLACK CLOAK.

In one hand he was holding what looked like a VERY LONG, THIN TRUMPET.

In the other hand, he held a LARGE SUITCASE.

The Giant had stopped now right in front of Mr and Mrs Goochey’s house. The Goocheys had a greengrocer’s shop in the middle of the High Street, and the family lived above the shop. The two Goochey children slept in the upstairs front room, Sophie knew that.

The Giant was peering through the window into the room where Michael and Jane Goochey were sleeping. From across the street, Sophie watched and held her breath.


She saw the Giant step back a pace and put the suitcase down on the pavement. He bent over and opened the suitcase. He took something out of it. It looked like a glass jar, one of those square ones with a screw top. He unscrewed the top of the jar and poured what was in it into the end of the long trumpet thing.

Sophie watched, trembling.

She saw the Giant straighten up again and she saw him poke the trumpet in through the open upstairs window of the room where the Goochey children were sleeping. She saw the Giant take a deep breath and whoof, he blew through the trumpet.


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No noise came out, but it was obvious to Sophie that whatever had been in the jar had now been blown through the trumpet into the Goochey children’s bedroom.

What could it be?


As the Giant withdrew the trumpet from the window and bent down to pick up the suitcase he happened to turn his head and glance across the street.

In the moonlight, Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long pale wrinkly face with the most enormous ears. The nose was as sharp as a knife, and above the nose there were two bright flashing eyes, and the eyes were staring straight at Sophie. There was a fierce and devilish look about them.

Sophie gave a yelp and pulled back from the window. She flew across the dormitory and jumped into her bed and hid under the blanket.

And there she crouched, still as a mouse, and tingling all over.


The Snatch

Under the blanket, Sophie waited.

After a minute or so, she lifted a corner of the blanket and peeped out.

For the second time that night her blood froze to ice and she wanted to scream, but no sound came out. There at the window, with the curtains pushed aside, was the enormous long pale wrinkly face of the Giant Person, staring in. The flashing black eyes were fixed on Sophie’s bed.

The next moment, a huge hand with pale fingers came snaking in through the window. This was followed by an arm, an arm as thick as a tree-trunk, and the arm, the hand, the fingers were reaching out across the room towards Sophie’s bed.


The BFG


This time Sophie really did scream, but only for a second because very quickly the huge hand clamped down over her blanket and the scream was smothered by the bedclothes.

Sophie, crouching underneath the blanket, felt strong fingers grasping hold of her, and then she was lifted up from her bed, blanket and all, and whisked out of the window.


If you can think of anything more terrifying than that happening to you in the middle of the night, then let’s hear about it.

The awful thing was that Sophie knew exactly what was going on although she couldn’t see it happening. She knew that a Monster (or Giant) with an enormous long pale wrinkly face and dangerous eyes had plucked her from her bed in the middle of the witching hour and was now carrying her out through the window smothered in a blanket.

What actually happened next was this. When the Giant had got Sophie outside, he arranged the blanket so that he could grasp all the four corners of it at once in one of his huge hands, with Sophie imprisoned inside. In the other hand he seized the suitcase and the long trumpet thing and off he ran.


Sophie, by squirming around inside the blanket, managed to push the top of her head out through a little gap just below the Giant’s hand. She stared around her.

She saw the village houses rushing by on both sides. The Giant was sprinting down the High Street. He was running so fast his black cloak was streaming out behind him like the wings of a bird. Each stride he took was as long as a tennis court. Out of the village he ran, and soon they were racing across the moonlit fields. The hedges dividing the fields were no problem to the Giant. He simply strode over them. A wide river appeared in his path. He crossed it in one flying stride.


The BFG


Sophie crouched in the blanket, peering out. She was being bumped against the Giant’s leg like a sack of potatoes. Over the fields and hedges and rivers they went, and after a while a frightening thought came into Sophie’s head. The Giant is running fast, she told herself, because he is hungry and he wants to get home as quickly as possible, and then he’ll have me for breakfast.


The Cave

The Giant ran on and on. But now a curious change took place in his way of running. He seemed suddenly to go into a higher gear. Faster and faster he went and soon he was travelling at such a speed that the landscape became blurred. The wind stung Sophie’s cheeks. It made her eyes water. It whipped her head back and whistled in her ears. She could no longer feel the Giant’s feet touching the ground. She had a weird sensation they were flying. It was impossible to tell whether they were over land or sea. This Giant had some sort of magic in his legs. The wind rushing against Sophie’s face became so strong that she had to duck down again into the blanket to prevent her head from being blown away.


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Was it really possible that they were crossing oceans? It certainly felt that way to Sophie. She crouched in the blanket and listened to the howling of the wind. It went on for what seemed like hours.

Then all at once the wind stopped its howling. The pace began to slow down. Sophie could feel the Giant’s feet pounding once again over the earth. She poked her head up out of the blanket to have a look. They were in a country of thick forests and rushing rivers. The Giant had definitely slowed down and was now running more normally, although normal was a silly word to use to describe a galloping giant. He leaped over a dozen rivers. He went rattling through a great forest, then down into a valley and up over a range of hills as bare as concrete, and soon he was galloping over a desolate wasteland that was not quite of this earth. The ground was flat and pale yellow. Great lumps of blue rock were scattered around, and dead trees stood everywhere like skeletons. The moon had long since disappeared and now the dawn was breaking.

Sophie, still peering out from the blanket, saw suddenly ahead of her a great craggy mountain. The mountain was dark blue and all around it the sky was gushing and glistening with light. Bits of pale gold were flying among delicate frosty-white flakes of cloud, and over to one side the rim of the morning sun was coming up red as blood.

Right beneath the mountain, the Giant stopped. He was puffing mightily. His great chest was heaving in and out. He paused to catch his breath.


Directly in front of them, lying against the side of the mountain, Sophie could see a massive round stone. It was as big as a house. The Giant reached out and rolled the stone to one side as easily as if it had been a football, and now, where the stone had been, there appeared a vast black hole. The hole was so large the Giant didn’t even have to duck his head as he went in. He strode into the black hole still carrying Sophie in one hand, the trumpet and the suitcase in the other.

As soon as he was inside, he stopped and turned and rolled the great stone back into place so that the entrance to his secret cave was completely hidden from outside.

Now that the entrance had been sealed up, there was not a glint of light inside the cave. All was black.

Sophie felt herself being lowered to the ground. Then the Giant let go the blanket completely. His footsteps moved away. Sophie sat there in the dark, shivering with fear.


The BFG


He is getting ready to eat me, she told herself. He will probably eat me raw, just as I am.

Or perhaps he will boil me first.

Or he will have me fried. He will drop me like a rasher of bacon into some gigantic frying-pan sizzling with fat.

A blaze of light suddenly lit up the whole place. Sophie blinked and stared.

She saw an enormous cavern with a high rocky roof.

The walls on either side were lined with shelves, and on the shelves there stood row upon row of glass jars. There were jars everywhere. They were piled up in the corners. They filled every nook and cranny of the cave.

In the middle of the floor there was a table twelve feet high and a chair to match.


The Giant took off his black cloak and hung it against the wall. Sophie saw that under the cloak he was wearing a sort of collarless shirt and a dirty old leather waistcoat that didn’t seem to have any buttons. His trousers were faded green and were far too short in the legs. On his bare feet he was wearing a pair of ridiculous sandals that for some reason had holes cut along each side, with a large hole at the end where his toes stuck out. Sophie, crouching on the floor of the cave in her nightie, gazed back at him through thick steel-rimmed glasses. She was trembling like a leaf in the wind, and a finger of ice was running up and down the length of her spine.

‘Ha!’ shouted the Giant, walking forward and rubbing his hands together. ‘What has us got here?’ His booming voice rolled around the walls of the cave like a burst of thunder.


The BFG

The Giant picked up the trembling Sophie with one hand and carried her across the cave and put her on the table.

Now he really is going to eat me, Sophie thought.

The Giant sat down and stared hard at Sophie. He had truly enormous ears. Each one was as big as the wheel of a truck and he seemed to be able to move them inwards and outwards from his head as he wished.

‘I is hungry!’ the Giant boomed. He grinned, showing massive square teeth. The teeth were very white and very square and they sat in his mouth like huge slices of white bread.

‘P… please don’t eat me,’ Sophie stammered.

The Giant let out a bellow of laughter. ‘Just because I is a giant, you think I is a man-gobbling cannybull!’ he shouted. ‘You is about right! Giants is all cannybully and murderful! And they does gobble up human beans! We is in Giant Country now! Giants is everywhere around! Out there us has the famous Bonecrunching Giant! Bonecrunching Giant crunches up two wopsey whiffling human beans for supper every night! Noise is earbursting! Noise of crunching bones goes crackety-crack for miles around!’

‘Owch!’ Sophie said.

‘Bonecrunching Giant only gobbles human beans from Turkey’ the Giant said. ‘Every night Bonecruncher is galloping off to Turkey to gobble Turks.’

Sophie’s sense of patriotism was suddenly so bruised by this remark that she became quite angry ‘Why Turks?’ she blurted out. ‘What’s wrong with the English?’

‘Bonecrunching Giant says Turks is tasting oh ever so much juicier and more scrumdiddlyumptious! Bonecruncher says Turkish human beans has a glamourly flavour. He says Turks from Turkey is tasting of turkey.’

‘I suppose they would,’ Sophie said.

‘Of course they would!’ the Giant shouted. ‘Every human bean is diddly and different. Some is scrumdiddlyumptious and some is uckyslush. Greeks is all full of uckyslush. No giant is eating Greeks, ever.’

‘Why not?’ Sophie asked.

‘Greeks from Greece is all tasting greasy’ the Giant said.

‘I imagine that’s possible too,’ Sophie said. She was wondering with a bit of a tremble what all this talking about eating people was leading up to. Whatever happened, she simply must play along with this peculiar giant and smile at his jokes.

But were they jokes? Perhaps the great brute was just working up an appetite by talking about food.

‘As I am saying,’ the Giant went on, ‘all human beans is having different flavours. Human beans from Panama is tasting very strong of hats.’

‘Why hats?’ Sophie said.

‘You is not very clever,’ the Giant said, moving his great ears in and out. ‘I thought all human beans is full of brains, but your head is emptier than a bundongle.’


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‘Do you like vegetables?’ Sophie asked, hoping to steer the conversation towards a slightly less dangerous kind of food.

‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly. ‘We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.’

‘Oh, but the bean is a vegetable,’ Sophie said.

‘Not the human bean,’ the Giant said. ‘The human bean has two legs and a vegetable has no legs at all.’

Sophie didn’t argue any more. The last thing she wanted to do was to make the Giant cross.

‘The human bean,’ the Giant went on, ‘is coming in dillions of different flavours. For instance, human beans from Wales is tasting very whooshey of fish. There is something very fishy about Wales.’

‘You means whales,’ Sophie said. ‘Wales is something quite different.’

‘Wales is whales’, the Giant said. ‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words. I will now give you another example. Human beans from Jersey has a most disgustable woolly tickle on the tongue,’ the Giant said. ‘Human beans from Jersey is tasting of cardigans.’

‘You mean jerseys,’ Sophie said.

‘You are once again gobblefunking!’ the Giant shouted. ‘Don’t do it! This is a serious and snitching subject. May I continue?’

‘Please do,’ Sophie said.

‘Danes from Denmark is tasting ever so much of dogs,’ the Giant went on.


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‘Of course,’ Sophie said. ‘They taste of great danes.’

‘Wrong!’ cried the Giant, slapping his thigh. ‘Danes from Denmark is tasting doggy because they is tasting of labradors!’

‘Then what do the people of Labrador taste of?’ Sophie asked.

‘Danes,’ the Giant cried, triumphantly. ‘Great danes!’

‘Aren’t you getting a bit mixed up?’ Sophie said.

‘I is a very mixed-up Giant,’ the Giant said. ‘But I does do my best. And I is not nearly as mixed up as the other giants. I know one who gallops all the way to Wellington for his supper.’

‘Wellington?’ Sophie said. ‘Where is Wellington?’

‘Your head is full of squashed flies,’ the Giant said. ‘Wellington is in New Zealand. The human beans in Wellington has an especially scrumdiddlyumptious taste, so says the Welly-eating Giant.’

‘What do the people of Wellington taste of?’ Sophie asked.

‘Boots,’ the Giant said.

‘Of course,’ Sophie said. ‘I should have known.’

Sophie decided that this conversation had now gone on long enough. If she was going to be eaten, she’d rather get it over and done with right away than be kept hanging around any more. ‘What sort of human beings do you eat?’ she asked, trembling.

‘Me!’ shouted the Giant, his mighty voice making the glass jars rattle on their shelves. ‘Me gobbling up human beans! This I never! The others, yes! All the others is gobbling them up every night, but not me! I is a freaky Giant! I is a nice and jumbly Giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG. What is your name?’

‘My name is Sophie,’ Sophie said, hardly daring to believe the good news she had just heard.






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The Giants

‘But if you are so nice and friendly,’ Sophie said, ‘then why did you snatch me from my bed and run away with me?’

‘Because you SAW me,’ the Big Friendly Giant answered. ‘If anyone is ever SEEING a giant, he or she must be taken away hipswitch.’

‘Why?’ asked Sophie.

‘Well, first of all,’ said the BFG, ‘human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist.’

‘I do,’ Sophie said.

‘Ah, but that is only because you has SEEN me!’ cried the BFG. ‘I cannot possibly allow anyone, even little girls, to be SEEING me and staying at home. The first thing you would be doing, you would be scuddling around yodelling the news that you were actually SEEING a giant, and then a great giant-hunt, a mighty giant look-see, would be starting up all over the world, with the human beans all rummaging for the great giant you saw and getting wildly excited. People would be coming rushing and bushing after me with goodness knows what and they would be catching me and locking me into a cage to be stared at. They would be putting me into the zoo or the bunkumhouse with all those squiggling hippodumplings and crockadowndillies.’

Sophie knew that what the Giant said was true. If any person reported actually having seen a giant haunting the streets of a town at night, there would most certainly be a terrific hullabaloo across the world.


The BFG


‘I will bet you,’ the BFG went on, ‘that you would have been splashing the news all over the wonky world, wouldn’t you, if I hadn’t wiggled you away?’

‘I suppose I would,’ Sophie said.

‘And that would never do,’ said the BFG.

‘So what will happen to me now?’ Sophie asked.

‘If you do go back, you will be telling the world,’ said the BFG, ‘most likely on the telly-telly bunkum box and the radio squeaker. So you will just have to be staying here with me for the rest of your life.’

‘Oh no!’ cried Sophie.

‘Oh yes!’ said the BFG. ‘But I am warning you not ever to go whiffling about out of this cave without I is with you or you will be coming to an ucky-mucky end! I is showing you now who is going to eat you up if they is ever catching even one tiny little glimp of you.’


The Big Friendly Giant picked Sophie off the table and carried her to the cave entrance. He rolled the huge stone to one side and said, ‘Peep out over there, little girl, and tell me what you is seeing.’

Sophie, sitting on the BFG’s hand, peeped out of the cave.

The sun was up now and shining fiery-hot over the great yellow wasteland with its blue rocks and dead trees.

‘Is you seeing them?’ the BFG asked.

Sophie, squinting through the glare of the sun, saw several tremendous tall figures moving among the rocks about five hundred yards away. Three or four others were sitting quite motionless on the rocks themselves.

‘This is Giant Country,’ the BFG said. ‘Those is all giants, every one.’

It was a brain-boggling sight. The giants were all naked except for a sort of short skirt around their waists, and their skins were burnt brown by the sun. But it was the sheer size of each one of them that boggled Sophie’s brain most of all. They were simply colossal, far taller and wider than the Big Friendly Giant upon whose hand she was now sitting. And oh how ugly they were! Many of them had large bellies. All of them had long arms and big feet. They were too far away for their faces to be seen clearly, and perhaps that was a good thing.

‘What on earth are they doing?’ Sophie asked.

‘Nothing,’ said the BFG. ‘They is just moocheling and footcheling around and waiting for the night to come. Then they will all be galloping off to places where people is living to find their suppers.’

‘You mean to Turkey,’ Sophie said.

‘Bonecrunching Giant will be galloping to Turkey, of course,’ said the BFG. ‘But the others will be whiffling off to all sorts of flungaway places like Wellington for the booty flavour and Panama for the hatty taste. Every giant is having his own favourite hunting ground.’

‘Do they ever go to England?’ Sophie asked.

‘Often,’ said the BFG. ‘They say the English is tasting ever so wonderfully of crodscollop.’

‘I’m not sure I quite know what that means,’ Sophie said.

‘Meanings is not important,’ said the BFG. ‘I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.’

‘And are all those beastly giants over there really going off again tonight to eat people?’ Sophie asked.

‘All of them is guzzling human beans every night,’ the BFG answered. ‘All of them excepting me. That is why you will be coming to an ucky-mucky end if any of them should ever be getting his gogglers upon you. You would be swallowed up like a piece of frumpkin pie, all in one dollop!’

‘But eating people is horrible!’ Sophie cried. ‘It’s frightful! Why doesn’t someone stop them?’

‘And who please is going to be stopping them?’ asked the BFG.


The BFG


‘Couldn’t you?’ said Sophie.

‘Never in a pig’s whistle!’ cried the BFG. ‘All of those man-eating giants is enormous and very fierce! They is all at least two times my wideness and double my royal highness!’

‘Twice as high as you!’ cried Sophie.

‘Easily that,’ said the BFG. ‘You is seeing them in the distance but just wait till you get them close up. Those giants is all at least fifty feet tall with huge muscles and cockles alive alive-o. I is the titchy one. I is the runt. Twenty-four feet is puddlenuts in Giant Country.’

‘You mustn’t feel bad about it,’ Sophie said. ‘I think you are just great. Why even your toes must be as big as sausages.’

‘Bigger,’ said the BFG, looking pleased. ‘They is as big as bumplehammers.’

‘How many giants are there out there?’ Sophie asked.

‘Nine altogether,’ answered the BFG.

‘That means,’ said Sophie, ‘that somewhere in the world, every single night, nine wretched people get carried away and eaten alive.’

‘More,’ said the BFG. ‘It is all depending, you see, on how big the human beans is. Japanese beans is very small, so a giant will need to gobble up about six Japanese before he is feeling full up. Others like the Norway people and the Yankee-Doodles is ever so much bigger and usually two or three of those makes a good tuck-in.’

‘But do these disgusting giants go to every single country in the world?’ Sophie asked.

‘All countries excepting Greece is getting visited some time or another,’ the BFG answered. ‘The country which a giant visits is depending on how he is feeling. If it is very warm weather and a giant is feeling as hot as a sizzlepan, he will probably go galloping far up to the frisby north to get himself an Esquimo or two to cool him down. A nice fat Esquimo to a giant is like a lovely ice-cream lolly to you.’

‘I’ll take your word for it,’ Sophie said.

‘And then again, if it is a frosty night and the giant is fridging with cold, he will probably point his nose towards the swultering hotlands to guzzle a few Hottentots to warm him up.’

‘How perfectly horrible,’ Sophie said.

‘Nothing hots a cold giant up like a hot Hottentot,’ the BFG said.

‘And if you were to put me down on the ground and I was to walk out among them now,’ Sophie said, ‘would they really eat me up?’

‘Like a whiffswiddle!’ cried the BFG. ‘And what is more, you is so small they wouldn’t even have to chew you. The first one to be seeing you would pick you up in his fingers and down you’d go like a drop of drain-water!’

‘Let’s go back inside,’ Sophie said. ‘I hate even watching them.’


The Marvellous Ears

Back in the cave, the Big Friendly Giant sat Sophie down once again on the enormous table. ‘Is you quite snuggly there in your nightie?’ he asked. ‘You isn’t fridgy cold?’

‘I’m fine,’ Sophie said.

‘I cannot help thinking,’ said the BFG, ‘about your poor mother and father. By now they must be jipping and skumping all over the house shouting “Hello hello where is Sophie gone?”’

‘I don’t have a mother and father,’ Sophie said. ‘They both died when I was a baby.’

‘Oh, you poor little scrumpiet!’ cried the BFG. ‘Is you not missing them very badly?’

‘Not really,’ Sophie said, ‘because I never knew them.’

‘You is making me sad,’ the BFG said, rubbing his eyes.

‘Don’t be sad,’ Sophie said. ‘No one is going to be worrying too much about me. That place you took me from was the village orphanage. We are all orphans in there.’

‘You is a norphan?’

‘Yes.’

‘How many is there in there?’

‘Ten of us,’ Sophie said. ‘All little girls.’

‘Was you happy there?’ the BFG asked.

‘I hated it,’ Sophie said. ‘The woman who ran it was called Mrs Clonkers and if she caught you breaking any of the rules, like getting out of bed at night or not folding up your clothes, you got punished.’

‘How is you getting punished?’

‘She locked us in the dark cellar for a day and a night without anything to eat or drink.’

‘The rotten old rotrasper!’ cried the BFG.

‘It was horrid,’ Sophie said. ‘We used to dread it. There were rats down there. We could hear them creeping about.’

‘The filthy old fizzwiggler!’ shouted the BFG. ‘That is the horridest thing I is hearing for years! You is making me sadder than ever!’ All at once, a huge tear that would have filled a bucket rolled down one of the BFG’s cheeks and fell with a splash on the floor. It made quite a puddle.

Sophie watched with astonishment. What a strange and moody creature this is, she thought. One moment he is telling me my head is full of squashed flies and the next moment his heart is melting for me because Mrs Clonkers locks us in the cellar.

‘The thing that worries me,’ Sophie said, ‘is having to stay in this dreadful place for the rest of my life. The orphanage was pretty awful, but I wouldn’t have been there for ever, would I?’

‘All is my fault,’ the BFG said. ‘I is the one who kidsnatched you.’ Yet another enormous tear welled from his eye and splashed on to the floor.

‘Now I come to think of it, I won’t actually be here all that long,’ Sophie said.

‘I is afraid you will,’ the BFG said.

‘No, I won’t,’ Sophie said. ‘Those brutes out there are bound to catch me sooner or later and have me for tea.’

‘I is never letting that happen,’ the BFG said.

For a few moments the cave was silent. Then Sophie said, ‘May I ask you a question?’

The BFG wiped the tears from his eyes with the back of his hand and gave Sophie a long thoughtful stare. ‘Shoot away’ he said.

‘Would you please tell me what you were doing in our village last night? Why were you poking that long trumpet thing into the Goochey children’s bedroom and then blowing through it?’

‘Ah-ha!’ cried the BFG, sitting up suddenly in his chair. ‘Now we is getting nosier than a parker!’

‘And the suitcase you were carrying,’ Sophie said. ‘What on earth was that all about?’

The BFG stared suspiciously at the small girl sitting cross-legged on the table.

‘You is asking me to tell you whoppsy big secrets,’ he said. ‘Secrets that nobody is ever hearing before.’

‘I won’t tell a soul,’ Sophie said. ‘I swear it. How could I anyway? I am stuck here for the rest of my life.’

‘You could be telling the other giants.’

‘No, I couldn’t,’ Sophie said. ‘You told me they would eat me up the moment they saw me.’

‘And so they would,’ said the BFG. ‘You is a human bean and human beans is like strawbunkles and cream to those giants.’

‘If they are going to eat me the moment they see me, then I wouldn’t have time to tell them anything, would I?’ Sophie said.

‘You wouldn’t,’ said the BFG.

‘Then why did you say I might?’

‘Because I is brimful of buzzburgers,’ the BFG said. ‘If you listen to everything I am saying you will be getting earache.’

‘Please tell me what you were doing in our village,’ Sophie said. ‘I promise you can trust me.’

‘Would you teach me how to make an elefunt?’ the BFG asked.

‘What do you mean?’ Sophie said.

‘I would dearly love to have an elefunt to ride on,’ the BFG said dreamily. ‘I would so much love to have a jumbly big elefunt and go riding through green forests picking peachy fruits off the trees all day long. This is a sizzling-hot muckfrumping country we is living in. Nothing grows in it except snozzcumbers. I would love to go somewhere else and pick peachy fruits in the early morning from the back of an elefunt.’

Sophie was quite moved by this curious statement.

‘Perhaps one day we will get you an elephant,’ she said. ‘And peachy fruits as well. Now tell me what you were doing in our village.’

‘If you is really wanting to know what I am doing in your village,’ the BFG said, ‘I is blowing a dream into the bedroom of those children.’

‘Blowing a dream?’ Sophie said. ‘What do you mean?’

‘I is a dream-blowing giant,’ the BFG said. ‘When all the other giants is galloping off every what way and which to swollop human beans, I is scuddling away to other places to blow dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping children. Nice dreams. Lovely golden dreams. Dreams that is giving the dreamers a happy time.’

‘Now hang on a minute,’ Sophie said. ‘Where do you get these dreams?’

‘I collect them,’ the BFG said, waving an arm towards all the rows and rows of bottles on the shelves. ‘I has billions of them.’

‘You can’t collect a dream,’ Sophie said. ‘A dream isn’t something you can catch hold of.’

‘You is never going to understand about it,’ the BFG said. ‘That is why I is not wishing to tell you.’

‘Oh, please tell me!’ Sophie said. ‘I will understand! Go on! Tell me how you collect dreams! Tell me everything!’

The BFG settled himself comfortably in his chair and crossed his legs. ‘Dreams,’ he said, ‘is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.’

‘Can you see them?’ Sophie asked.

‘Never at first.’

‘Then how do you catch them if you can’t see them?’ Sophie asked.

Ah-ha,’ said the BFG. ‘Now we is getting on to the dark and dusky secrets.’

‘I won’t tell a soul.’

‘I is trusting you,’ the BFG said. He closed his eyes and sat quite still for a moment, while Sophie waited.

‘A dream,’ he said, ‘as it goes whiffling through the night air, is making a tiny little buzzing-humming noise. But this little buzzy-hum is so silvery soft, it is impossible for a human bean to be hearing it.’


The BFG


‘Can you hear it?’ Sophie asked.

The BFG pointed up at his enormous truck-wheel ears which he now began to move in and out. He performed this exercise proudly, with a little proud smile on his face. ‘Is you seeing these?’ he asked.

‘How could I miss them?’ Sophie said.

‘They maybe is looking a bit propsposterous to you,’ the BFG said, ‘but you must believe me when I say they is very extra-usual ears indeed. They is not to be coughed at.’

‘I’m quite sure they’re not,’ Sophie said.

‘They is allowing me to hear absolutely every single twiddly little thing.’

‘You mean you can hear things I can’t hear?’ Sophie said.

‘You is deaf as a dumpling compared with me!’ cried the BFG. ‘You is hearing only thumping loud noises with those little earwigs of yours. But I am hearing all the secret whisperings of the world!’

‘Such as what?’ Sophie asked.

‘In your country’ he said, ‘I is hearing the footsteps of a ladybird as she goes walking across a leaf.’

‘Honestly?’ Sophie said, beginning to be impressed.

‘What’s more, I is hearing those footsteps very loud,’ the BFG said. ‘When a ladybird is walking across a leaf, I is hearing her feet going clumpety-clumpety-clump like giants’ footsteps.’

‘Good gracious me!’ Sophie said. ‘What else can you hear?’

‘I is hearing the little ants chittering to each other as they scuddle around in the soil.’

‘You mean you can hear ants talking?’

‘Every single word,’ the BFG said. ‘Although I is not exactly understanding their langwitch.’

‘Go on,’ Sophie said.

‘Sometimes, on a very clear night,’ the BFG said, ‘and if I is swiggling my ears in the right direction,’ – and here he swivelled his great ears upwards so they were facing the ceiling – ‘if I is swiggling them like this and the night is very clear, I is sometimes hearing faraway music coming from the stars in the sky.’

A queer little shiver passed through Sophie’s body. She sat very quiet, waiting for more.

‘My ears is what told me you was watching me out of your window last night,’ the BFG said.

‘But I didn’t make a sound,’ Sophie said.

‘I was hearing your heart beating across the road,’ the BFG said. ‘Loud as a drum.’

‘Go on,’ Sophie said. ‘Please.’

‘I can hear plants and trees.’

‘Do they talk?’ Sophie asked.

‘They is not exactly talking,’ the BFG said. ‘But they is making noises. For instance, if I come along and I is picking a lovely flower, if I is twisting the stem of the flower till it breaks, then the plant is screaming. I can hear it screaming and screaming very clear.’

‘You don’t mean it!’ Sophie cried. ‘How awful!’

‘It is screaming just like you would be screaming if someone was twisting your arm right off.’

‘Is that really true?’ Sophie asked.

‘You think I is swizzfiggling you?’

‘It is rather hard to believe.’

‘Then I is stopping right here,’ said the BFG sharply. ‘I is not wishing to be called a fibster.’

‘Oh no! I’m not calling you anything!’ Sophie cried. ‘I believe you! I do really! Please go on!’

The BFG gave her a long hard stare. Sophie looked right back at him, her face open to his. ‘I believe you,’ she said softly.

She had offended him, she could see that.

‘I wouldn’t ever be fibbling to you,’ he said.

‘I know you wouldn’t,’ Sophie said. ‘But you must understand that it isn’t easy to believe such amazing things straight away.’

‘I understand that,’ the BFG said.

‘So do please forgive me and go on,’ she said.

He waited a while longer, and then he said, ‘It is the same with trees as it is with flowers. If I is chopping an axe into the trunk of a big tree, I is hearing a terrible sound coming from inside the heart of the tree.’

‘What sort of sound?’ Sophie asked.

‘A soft moaning sound,’ the BFG said. ‘It is like the sound an old man is making when he is dying slowly.’

He paused. The cave was very silent.

‘Trees is living and growing just like you and me,’ he said. ‘They is alive. So is plants.’

He was sitting very straight in his chair now, his hands clasped tightly together in front of him. His face was bright, his eyes round and bright as two stars.

‘Such wonderful and terrible sounds I is hearing!’ he said. ‘Some of them you would never wish to be hearing yourself! But some is like glorious music!’

He seemed almost to be transfigured by the excitement of his thoughts. His face was beautiful in its blaze of emotions.

‘Tell me some more about them,’ Sophie said quietly.

‘You just ought to be hearing the little micies talking!’ he said. ‘Little micies is always talking to each other and I is hearing them as loud as my own voice.’

‘What do they say?’ Sophie asked.

‘Only the micies know that,’ he said. ‘Spiders is also talking a great deal. You might not be thinking it but spiders is the most tremendous natterboxes. And when they is spinning their webs, they is singing all the time. They is singing sweeter than a nightingull.’

‘Who else do you hear?’ Sophie asked.

‘One of the biggest chatbags is the cattlepiddlers,’ the BFG said.

‘What do they say?’

‘They is argying all the time about who is going to be the prettiest butteryfly. That is all they is ever talking about.’

‘Is there a dream floating around in here now?’ Sophie asked.

The BFG moved his great ears this way and that, listening intently. He shook his head. ‘There is no dream in here,’ he said, ‘except in the bottles. I has a special place to go for catching dreams. They is not often coming to Giant Country.’

‘How do you catch them?’

‘The same way you is catching butteryflies,’ the BFG answered. ‘With a net.’ He stood up and crossed over to a corner of the cave where a pole was leaning against the wall. The pole was about thirty feet long and there was a net on the end of it. ‘Here is the dream-catcher,’ he said, grasping the pole in one hand. ‘Every morning I is going out and snitching new dreams to put in my bottles.’

Suddenly, he seemed to lose interest in the conversation. ‘I is getting hungry,’ he said. ‘It is time for eats.’


Snozzcumbers

‘But if you don’t eat people like all the others,’ Sophie said, ‘then what do you live on?’

‘That is a squelching tricky problem around here,’ the BFG answered. ‘In this sloshflunking Giant Country, happy eats like pineapples and pigwinkles is simply not growing. Nothing is growing except for one extremely icky-poo vegetable. It is called the snozzcumber.’

‘The snozzcumber!’ cried Sophie. ‘There’s no such thing.’

The BFG looked at Sophie and smiled, showing about twenty of his square white teeth. ‘Yesterday’ he said, ‘we was not believing in giants, was we? Today we is not believing in snozzcumbers. Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing. What about for instance the great squizzly scotch-hopper?’

‘I beg your pardon?’ Sophie said.

‘And the humplecrimp?’

‘What’s that?’ Sophie said.

‘And the wraprascal?’

‘The what?’ Sophie said.

‘And the crumpscoddle?’

‘Are they animals?’ Sophie asked.

‘They is common animals,’ said the BFG contemptuously. ‘I is not a very know-all giant myself, but it seems to me that you is an absolutely know-nothing human bean. Your brain is full of rotten-wool.’

‘You mean cotton-wool,’ Sophie said.

‘What I mean and what I say is two different things,’ the BFG announced rather grandly. ‘I will now show you a snozzcumber.’

The BFG flung open a massive cupboard and took out the weirdest-looking thing Sophie had ever seen. It was about half as long again as an ordinary man but was much thicker. It was as thick around its girth as a perambulator. It was black with white stripes along its length. And it was covered all over with coarse knobbles.


The BFG


‘Here is the repulsant snozzcumber!’ cried the BFG, waving it about. ‘I squoggle it! I mispise it! I dispunge it! But because I is refusing to gobble up human beans like the other giants, I must spend my life guzzling up icky-poo snozzcumbers instead. If I don’t, I will be nothing but skin and groans.’

‘You mean skin and bons,’ Sophie said.

‘I know it is bones,’ the BFG said. ‘But please understand that I cannot be helping it if I sometimes is saying things a little squiggly. I is trying my very best all the time.’ The Big Friendly Giant looked suddenly so forlorn that Sophie got quite upset.

‘I’m sorry’ she said. ‘I didn’t mean to be rude.’

‘There never was any schools to teach me talking in Giant Country,’ the BFG said sadly.

‘But couldn’t your mother have taught you?’ Sophie asked.

‘My mother!’ cried the BFG. ‘Giants don’t have mothers! Surely you is knowing that.’

‘I did not know that,’ Sophie said.

‘Whoever heard of a woman giant!’ shouted the BFG, waving the snozzcumber around his head like a lasso. ‘There never was a woman giant! And there never will be one. Giants is always men!’

Sophie felt herself getting a little muddled. ‘In that case,’ she said, ‘how were you born?’

‘Giants isn’t born,’ the BFG answered. ‘Giants appears and that’s all there is to it. They simply appears, the same way as the sun and the stars.’

‘And when did you appear?’ Sophie asked.

‘Now how on earth could I be knowing a thing like that?’ said the BFG. ‘It was so long ago I couldn’t count.’

‘You mean you don’t even know how old you are?’

‘No giant is knowing that,’ the BFG said. ‘All I is knowing about myself is that I is very old, very very old and crumply Perhaps as old as the earth.’

‘What happens when a giant dies?’ Sophie asked.

‘Giants is never dying,’ the BFG answered. ‘Sometimes and quite suddenly, a giant is disappearing and nobody is ever knowing where he goes to. But mostly us giants is simply going on and on like whiffsy time-twiddlers.’

The BFG was still holding the awesome snozzcumber in his right hand, and now he put one end into his mouth and bit off a huge hunk of it. He started crunching it up and the noise he made was like the crunching of lumps of ice.

‘It’s filthing!’ he spluttered, speaking with his mouth full and spraying large pieces of snozzcumber like bullets in Sophie’s direction. Sophie hopped around on the table-top, ducking out of the way.

‘It’s disgusterous!’ the BFG gurgled. ‘It’s sickable! It’s rotsome! It’s maggotwise! Try it yourself, this foulsome snozzcumber!’

‘No, thank you,’ Sophie said, backing away.

‘It’s all you’re going to be guzzling around here from now on so you might as well get used to it,’ said the BFG. ‘Go on, you snipsy little winkle, have a go!’

Sophie took a small nibble. ‘Uggggggggh!’ she spluttered. ‘Oh no! Oh gosh! Oh help!’ She spat it out quickly. ‘It tastes of frogskins!’ she gasped. ‘And rotten fish!’

‘Worse than that!’ cried the BFG, roaring with laughter. ‘To me it is tasting of clockcoaches and slime-wanglers!’


The BFG


‘Do we really have to eat it?’ Sophie said.

‘You do unless you is wanting to become so thin you will be disappearing into a thick ear.’

‘Into thin air,’ Sophie said. ‘A thick ear is something quite different.’

Once again that sad winsome look came into the BFG’s eyes. ‘Words,’ he said, ‘is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life. So you must simply try to be patient and stop squibbling. As I am telling you before, I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiff-squiddled around.’

‘That happens to everyone,’ Sophie said.

‘Not like it happens to me,’ the BFG said. ‘I is speaking the most terrible wigglish.’

‘I think you speak beautifully’ Sophie said.

‘You do?’ cried the BFG, suddenly brightening. ‘You really do?’

‘Simply beautifully’ Sophie repeated.

‘Well, that is the nicest present anybody is ever giving me in my whole life!’ cried the BFG. ‘Are you sure you is not twiddling my leg?’


The BFG


‘Of course not,’ Sophie said. ‘I just love the way you talk.’

‘How wondercrump!’ cried the BFG, still beaming. ‘How whoopsey-splunkers! How absolutely squiffling! I is all of a stutter.’

‘Listen,’ Sophie said. ‘We don’t have to eat snozzcumbers. In the fields around our village there are all sorts of lovely vegetables like cauliflowers and carrots. Why don’t you get some of those next time you go visiting?’

The BFG raised his great head proudly in the air. ‘I is a very honourable giant,’ he said. ‘I would rather be chewing up rotsome snozzcumbers than snitching things from other people.’

‘You stole me,’ Sophie said.

‘I did not steal you very much,’ said the BFG, smiling gently. ‘After all, you is only a tiny little girl.’


The Bloodbottler

Suddenly, a tremendous thumping noise came from outside the cave entrance and a voice like thunder shouted, ‘Runt! Is you there, Runt? I is hearing you jabbeling! Who is you jabbeling to, Runt?’

‘Look out!’ cried the BFG. ‘It’s the Bloodbottler!’ But before he had finished speaking, the stone was rolled aside and a fifty-foot giant, more than twice as tall and wide as the BFG, came striding into the cave. He was naked except for a dirty little piece of cloth around his bottom.

Sophie was on the table-top. The enormous partly eaten snozzcumber was lying near her. She ducked behind it.

The creature came clumping into the cave and stood towering over the BFG. ‘Who was you jabbeling to in here just now?’ he boomed.

‘I is jabbeling to myself,’ the BFG answered.

‘Pilfflefizz!’ shouted the Bloodbottler. ‘Bugswallop!’ he boomed. ‘You is talking to a human bean, that’s what I is thinking!’

‘No no!’ cried the BFG.

‘Yus yus!’ boomed the Bloodbottler. ‘I is guessing you has snitched away a human bean and brought it back to your bunghole as a pet! So now I is winkling it out and guzzling it as extra snacks before my supper!’

The poor BFG was very nervous. ‘There’s n-no one in here,’ he stammered. ‘W-why don’t you Heave me alone?’


The BFG


The Bloodbottler pointed a finger as large as a tree-trunk at the BFG. ‘Runty little scumscrewer!’ he shouted. ‘Piffling little swishfiggler! Squimpy little bottle-wart! Prunty little pogswizzler! I is now going to search the primroses!’ He grabbed the BFG by the arm. ‘And you is going to help me do it. Us together is going to winkle out this tasteful little human bean!’ he shouted.

The BFG had intended to whisk Sophie off the table as soon as he got the chance and hide her behind his back, but now there was no hope of doing this. Sophie peered around the chewed-off end of the enormous snozzcumber, watching the two giants as they moved away down the cave. The Bloodbottler was a gruesome sight. His skin was reddish-brown. There was black hair sprouting on his chest and arms and on his stomach. The hair on his head was long and dark and tangled. His foul face was round and squashy-looking. The eyes were tiny black holes. The nose was small and flat. But the mouth was huge. It spread right across the face almost ear to ear, and it had lips that were like two gigantic purple frankfurters lying one on top of the other. Craggy yellow teeth stuck out between the two purple frankfurter lips, and rivers of spit ran down over the chin.






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It was not in the least difficult to believe that this ghastly brute ate men, women and children every night.

The Bloodbottler, still holding the BFG by the arm, was examining the rows and rows of bottles. ‘You and your pibbling bottles!’ he shouted. ‘What is you putting in them?’

‘Nothing that would interest you,’ the BFG answered. ‘You is only interested in guzzling human beans.’

‘And you is dotty as a dogswoggler!’ cried the Bloodbottler.

Soon the Bloodbottler would be coming back, Sophie told herself, and he was bound to search the table-top. But she couldn’t possibly jump off the table. It was twelve feet high. She’d break a leg. The snozzcumber, although it was as thick as a perambulator, was not going to hide her if the Bloodbottler picked it up. She examined the chewed-off end. It had large seeds in the middle, each one as big as a melon. They were embedded in soft slimy stuff. Taking care to stay out of sight, Sophie reached forward and scooped away half a dozen of these seeds. This left a hole in the middle of the snozzcumber large enough for her to crouch in so long as she rolled herself up into a ball. She crawled into it. It was a wet and slimy hiding-place, but what did that matter if it was going to save her from being eaten.

The Bloodbottler and the BFG were coming back towards the table now. The BFG was nearly fainting with fear. Any moment, he was telling himself, Sophie would be discovered and eaten.

Suddenly, the Bloodbottler grabbed the half-eaten snozzcumber. The BFG stared at the bare table. Sophie, where is you? he thought desperately. You cannot possibly be jumpelling off that high table, so where is you hiding, Sophie?

‘So this is the filthing rotsome glubbage you is eating!’ boomed the Bloodbottler, holding up the partly eaten snozzcumber. ‘You must be cockles to be guzzling such rubbsquash!’

For a moment, the Bloodbottler seemed to have forgotten about his search for Sophie. The BFG decided to lead him further off the track. ‘That is the scrumdiddlyumptious snozzcumber,’ he said. ‘I is guzzling it gleefully every night and day. Is you never trying a snozzcumber, Bloodbottler?’

‘Human beans is juicier,’ the Bloodbottler said.

‘You is talking rommytot,’ the BFG said, growing braver by the second. He was thinking that if only he could get the Bloodbottler to take one bite of the repulsive vegetable, the sheer foulness of its flavour would send him bellowing out of the cave. ‘I is happy to let you sample it,’ the BFG went on. ‘But please, when you see how truly glumptious it is, do not be guzzling the whole thing. Leave me a little snitchet for my supper.’

The Bloodbottler stared suspiciously with small piggy eyes at the snozzcumber.

Sophie, crouching inside the chewed-off end, began to tremble all over.

‘You is not switchfiddling me, is you?’ said the Bloodbottler.

‘Never!’ cried the BFG passionately. ‘Take a bite and I am positive you will be shouting out oh how scrum-diddlyumptious this wonderveg is!’

The BFG could see the greedy Bloodbottler’s mouth beginning to water more than ever at the prospect of extra food. ‘Vegitibbles is very good for you,’ he went on. ‘It is not healthsome always to be eating meaty things.’

‘Just this once,’ the Bloodbottler said, ‘I is going to taste these rotsome eats of yours. But I is warning you that if it is filthsome, I is smashing it over your sludgy little head!’

He picked up the snozzcumber.

He began raising it on its long journey to his mouth, some fifty feet up in the air.

Sophie wanted to scream Don’t! But that would have been an even more certain death. Crouching among the slimy seeds, she felt herself being lifted up and up and up.

Suddenly, there was a crunch as the Bloodbottler bit a huge hunk off the end. Sophie saw his yellow teeth clamping together, a few inches from her head. Then there was utter darkness. She was in his mouth. She caught a whiff of his evil-smelling breath. It stank of bad meat. She waited for the teeth to go crunch once more. She prayed that she would be killed quickly.

‘Eeeeeowtch!’ roared the Bloodbottler. ‘Ughbwelch! Ieeeech!’ And then he spat.

All of the great lumps of snozzcumber that were in his mouth, as well as Sophie herself, went shooting out across the cave.

If Sophie had struck the stony wall of the cave, she would most certainly have been killed. Instead, she hit the soft folds of the BFG’s black cloak hanging against the wall. She dropped to the ground, half-stunned. She crawled under the hem of the cloak and there she crouched.

‘You little swinebuggler!’ roared the Bloodbottler. ‘You little pigswiller!’ He rushed at the BFG and smashed what was left of the snozzcumber over his head. Fragments of the filthy vegetable splashed all over the cave.


The BFG


‘You is not loving it?’ the BFG asked innocently, rubbing his head.

‘Loving it!’ yelled the Bloodbottler. ‘That is the most disgusterous taste that is ever clutching my teeth! You must be buggies to be swalloping slutch like that! Every night you could be galloping off happy as a hamburger and gobbling juicy human beans!’

‘Eating human beans is wrong and evil,’ the BFG said.

‘It is guzzly and glumptious!’ shouted the Bloodbottler. ‘And tonight I is galloping off to Chile to swobble a few human Chile beans. Is you wishing to know why I is choosing Chile?’

‘I is not wishing to know anything,’ the BFG said, very dignified.

‘I is choosing Chile,’ the Bloodbottler said, ‘because I is fed up with the taste of Esquimos. It is important I has plenty of cold eats in this scuddling hot weather, and the next coldest thing to an Esquimo is a Chile bean. Human beans from Chile is very chilly.’

‘Horrible,’ the BFG said. ‘You ought to be ashamed.’

‘Other giants is all saying they is wanting to gallop off to England tonight to guzzle school-chiddlers,’ the Bloodbottler said. ‘I is very fond indeed of English school-chiddlers. They has a nice inky-booky flavour. Perhaps I will change my mind and go to England with them.’

‘You is disgusting,’ the BFG said.

‘And you is an insult to the giant peoples!’ shouted the Bloodbottler. ‘You is not fit to be a giant! You is a squinky little squiddler! You is a pibbling little pitsqueak! You is a… cream puffnut!’

With that, the horrible Bloodbottling Giant strode out of the cave. The BFG ran to the cave entrance and quickly rolled the stone back into place.

‘Sophie,’ he whispered. ‘Sophie, where is you, Sophie?’

Sophie emerged from under the hem of the black cloak. ‘I’m here,’ she said.

The BFG picked her up and held her tenderly in the palm of his hand. ‘Oh, I is so happy to be finding you all in one lump!’ he said.

‘I was in his mouth,’ Sophie said.

‘You was what!’ cried the BFG.

Sophie told him what had happened.

‘And there I was telling him to eat the filthsome snozzcumber and you was all the time inside it!’ the BFG cried.

‘Not much fun,’ Sophie said.

‘Just look at you, you poor little chiddler!’ cried the BFG. ‘You is all covered in snozzcumber and giant spit.’ He set about cleaning her up as best he could. ‘I is hating those other giants more than ever now,’ he said. ‘You know what I should like?’

‘What?’ Sophie said.

‘I should like to find a way of disappearing them, every single one.’

‘I’d be glad to help you,’ Sophie said. ‘Let me see if I can’t think up a way of doing it.’


The BFG


Frobscottle and


Whizzpoppers

By now Sophie was beginning to feel not only extremely hungry, but very thirsty as well. Had she been at home she would have finished her breakfast long ago.

‘Are you sure there’s nothing else to eat around here except those disgusting smelly snozzcumbers?’ she asked.

‘Not even a fizzwinkel,’ answered the Big Friendly Giant.

‘In that case, may I please have a little water?’ she said.

‘Water?’ said the BFG, frowning mightily. ‘What is water?’

‘We drink it,’ Sophie said. ‘What do you drink?’

‘Frobscottle,’ announced the BFG. ‘All giants is drinking frobscottle.’

‘Is it as nasty as your snozzcumbers?’ Sophie asked.

‘Nasty!’ cried the BFG. ‘Never is it nasty! Frobscottle is sweet and jumbly!’ He got up from his chair and went to a second huge cupboard. He opened it and took out a glass bottle that must have been six feet tall. The liquid inside it was pale green, and the bottle was half full.

‘Here is frobscottle!’ he cried, holding the bottle up proud and high, as though it contained some rare wine. ‘Delumptious fizzy frobscottle!’ he shouted. He gave it a shake and the green stuff began to fizz like mad.

‘But look! It’s fizzing the wrong way!’ Sophie cried. And indeed it was. The bubbles, instead of travelling upwards and bursting on the surface, were shooting downwards and bursting at the bottom. A pale green frothy fizz was forming at the bottom of the bottle.


The BFG


‘What on earth is you meaning the wrong way?’ asked the BFG.

‘In our fizzy drinks,’ Sophie said, ‘the bubbles always go up and burst at the top.’

‘Upwards is the wrong way!’ cried the BFG. ‘You mustn’t ever be having the bubbles going upwards! That the most flushbunking rubbish I ever is hearing!’

‘Why do you say that?’ Sophie asked.

‘You is asking me why?’ cried the BFG, waving the enormous bottle around as though he were conducting an orchestra. ‘You is actually meaning to tell me you cannot see why it is a scrotty mistake to have the bubbles flying up instead of down?’

‘You said it was flushbunking. Now you say it’s scrotty. Which is it?’ Sophie asked politely.

‘Both!’ cried the BFG. ‘It is a flushbunking and a scrotty mistake to let the bubbles go upwards! If you can’t see why, you must be as quacky as a duckhound! By ringo, your head must be so full of frogsquinkers and buzz-wangles, I is frittered if I know how you can think at all!’

‘Why shouldn’t the bubbles go upward?’ Sophie asked.

‘I will explain,’ said the BFG. ‘But tell me first what name is you calling your frobscottle by?’

‘One is Coke,’ Sophie said. ‘Another is Pepsi. There are lots of them.’

‘And the bubbles is all going up?’

‘They all go up,’ Sophie said.

‘Catasterous!’ cried the BFG. ‘Upgoing bubbles is a catasterous disastrophe!’

‘Will you please tell me why?’ Sophie said.

‘If you will listen carefully I will try to explain,’ said the BFG. ‘But your brain is so full of bugwhiffles, I doubt you will ever understand.’

‘I’ll do my best,’ Sophie said patiently.

‘Very well, then. When you is drinking this cokey drink of yours,’ said the BFG, ‘it is going straight down into your tummy. Is that right? Or is it left?’

‘It’s right,’ Sophie said.

‘And the bubbles is going also into your tummy. Right or left?’

‘Right again,’ Sophie said.

‘And the bubbles is fizzing upwards?’

‘Of course,’ Sophie said.

‘Which means,’ said the BFG, ‘that they will all come swishwiffling up your throat and out of your mouth and make a foulsome belchy burp!’

‘That is often true,’ Sophie said. ‘But what’s wrong with a little burp now and again? It’s sort of fun.’

‘Burping is filthsome,’ the BFG said. ‘Us giants is never doing it.’

‘But with your drink,’ Sophie said, ‘what was it you called it?’

‘Frobscottle,’ said the BFG.

‘With frobscottle,’ Sophie said, ‘the bubbles in your tummy will be going downwards and that could have a far nastier result.’

‘Why nasty?’ asked the BFG, frowning.

‘Because,’ Sophie said, blushing a little, ‘if they go down instead of up, they’ll be coming out somewhere else with an even louder and ruder noise.’

‘A whizzpopper!’ cried the BFG, beaming at her. ‘Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping is forbidden among human beans?’

‘It is considered extremely rude,’ Sophie said.

‘But you is whizzpopping, is you not, now and again?’ asked the BFG.

‘Everyone is whizzpopping, if that’s what you call it,’ Sophie said. ‘Kings and Queens are whizzpopping. Presidents are whizzpopping. Glamorous film stars are whizzpopping. Little babies are whizzpopping. But where I come from, it is not polite to talk about it.’

‘Redunculous!’ said the BFG. ‘If everyone is making whizzpoppers, then why not talk about it? We is now having a swiggle of this delicious frobscottle and you will see the happy result.’ The BFG shook the bottle vigorously. The pale green stuff fizzed and bubbled. He removed the cork and took a tremendous gurgling swig.

‘It’s glummy!’ he cried. ‘I love it!’

For a few moments, the Big Friendly Giant stood quite still, and a look of absolute ecstasy began to spread over his long wrinkly face. Then suddenly the heavens opened and he let fly with a series of the loudest and rudest noises Sophie had ever heard in her life. They reverberated around the walls of the cave like thunder and the glass jars rattled on their shelves. But most astonishing of all, the force of the explosions actually lifted the enormous giant clear off his feet, like a rocket.

‘Whoopee!’ he cried, when he came down to earth again. ‘Now that is whizzpopping for you!’

Sophie burst out laughing. She couldn’t help it.

‘Have some yourself!’ cried the BFG, tipping the neck of the enormous bottle towards her.

‘Don’t you have a cup?’ Sophie said.

‘No cups. Only bottle.’

Sophie opened her mouth, and very gently the BFG tipped the bottle forward and poured some of the fabulous frobscottle down her throat.

And oh gosh, how delicious it was! It was sweet and refreshing. It tasted of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour. And the bubbles were wonderful. Sophie could actually feel them bouncing and bursting all around her tummy. It was an amazing sensation. It felt as though hundreds of tiny people were dancing a jig inside her and tickling her with their toes. It was lovely.


The BFG


‘It’s lovely!’ she cried.

‘Just wait,’ said the BFG, flapping his ears.

Sophie could feel the bubbles travelling lower and lower down her tummy, and then suddenly, inevitably… the explosion came. The trumpets sounded and she too made the walls of the cavern ring with the sound of music and thunder.

‘Bravo!’ shouted the BFG, waving the bottle. ‘You is very good for a beginner! Let’s have some more!’


Journey to Dream Country

After the mad frobscottle party was over, Sophie settled herself again on top of the enormous table.

‘You is feeling better now?’ asked the Big Friendly Giant.

‘Much better, thank you,’ Sophie said.

‘Whenever I is feeling a bit scrotty,’ the BFG said, ‘a few gollops of frobscottle is always making me hopscotchy again.’

‘I must say it’s quite an experience,’ Sophie said.

‘It’s a razztwizzler,’ the BFG said. ‘It’s gloriumptious.’ He turned away and strode across the cave and picked up his dream-catching net. ‘I is galloping off now,’ he said, ‘to catch some more whoppsy-whiffling dreams for my collection. I is doing this every day without missing. Is you wishing to come with me?’

‘Not me, thank you very much!’ Sophie said. ‘Not with those other giants lurking outside!’

‘I is snuggling you very cosy into the pocket of my waistcoat,’ the BFG said. ‘Then no one is seeing you.’

Before Sophie could protest, he had picked her up off the table and popped her into the waistcoat pocket. There was plenty of room in there. ‘Is you wishing for a little hole to peep out from?’ he asked her.

‘There’s one here already’ she said. She had found a small hole in the pocket, and when she put one eye close to it, she could see out very well indeed. She watched the BFG as he bent down and filled his suitcase with empty glass jars. He closed the lid, picked up the suitcase in one hand, took the pole with the net on the end in the other hand, and marched towards the entrance of the cave.

As soon as he was outside, the BFG set off across the great hot yellow wasteland where the blue rocks lay and the dead trees stood and where all the other giants were skulking about.

Sophie, squatting low on her heels in the pocket of the leather waistcoat, had one eye glued to the little hole. She saw the group of enormous giants about three hundred yards ahead.

‘Hold your breaths!’ the BFG whispered down to her. ‘Cross your figglers! Here we go! We is going right past all these other giants! Is you seeing that whopping great one, the one nearest to us?’

‘I see him,’ Sophie whispered back, quivering.

‘That is the horriblest of them all. And the biggest of them all. He is called the Fleshlumpeating Giant.’

‘I don’t want to hear about him,’ Sophie said.

‘He is fifty-four feet high,’ the BFG said softly as he jogged along. ‘And he is swolloping human beans like they is sugar-lumps, two or three at a time.’

‘You’re making me nervous,’ Sophie said.

‘I is nervous myself,’ the BFG whispered. ‘I always gets as jumpsy as a joghopper when the Fleshlumpeating Giant is around.’

‘Keep away from him,’ Sophie pleaded.

‘Not possible,’ the BFG answered. ‘He is galloping easily two times as quicksy as me.’

‘Shall we turn back?’ Sophie said.

‘Turning back is worse,’ the BFG said. ‘If they is seeing me running away, they is all giving chase and throwing rocks.’

‘They would never eat you though, would they?’ Sophie asked.

‘Giants is never guzzling other giants,’ the BFG said. ‘They is fighting and squarreling a lot with each other, but never guzzling. Human beans is more tasty to them.’

The giants had already spotted the BFG and all heads were turned, watching him as he jogged forward. He was aiming to pass well to the right of the group.

Through her little peep-hole, Sophie saw the Fleshlumpeating Giant moving over to intercept them. He didn’t hurry. He just loped over casually to a point where the BFG would have to pass. The others loped after him. Sophie counted nine of them altogether and she recognized the Bloodbottler in the middle of them. They were bored. They had nothing to do until nightfall. There was an air of menace about them as they loped slowly across the plain with long lolloping strides, heading for the BFG.

‘Here comes the runty one!’ boomed the Fleshlumpeater. ‘Ho-ho there, runty one! Where is you splatch-winkling away to in such a hefty hurry?’ He shot out an enormous arm and grabbed the BFG by the hair. The BFG didn’t struggle. He simply stopped and stood quite still and said, ‘Be so kind as to be letting go of my hair, Fleshlumpeater.’

The Fleshlumpeater released him and stepped back a pace. The other giants stood around, waiting for the fun to start.

‘Now then, you little grobsquiffler!’ boomed the Fleshlumpeater. ‘We is all of us wanting to know where you is galloping off to every day in the daytime. Nobody ought to be galloping off to anywhere until it is getting dark. The human beans could easily be spotting you and starting a giant hunt and we is not wanting that to happen, is we not?’

‘We is not!’ shouted the other giants. ‘Go back to your cave, runty one!’

‘I is not galloping to any human bean country,’ the BFG said. ‘I is going to other places.’

‘I is thinking,’ said the Fleshlumpeater, ‘that you is catching human beans and keeping them as pets!’

‘Right you is!’ cried the Bloodbottler. ‘Just now I is hearing him chittering away to one of them in his cave!’

‘You is welcome to go and search my cave from frack to bunt,’ the BFG answered. ‘You can go looking into every crook and nanny. There is no human beans or stringy beans or runner beans or jelly beans or any other beans in here.’

Sophie crouched still as a mouse inside the BFG’s pocket. She hardly dared breathe. She was terrified she might sneeze. The slightest sound or movement would give her away. Through the tiny peep-hole she watched the giants clustering around the poor BFG. How revolting they were! All of them had piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips. When the Fleshlumpeater was speaking, she got a glimpse of his tongue. It was jet black, like a slab of black steak. Every one of them was more than twice as tall as the BFG.

Suddenly, the Fleshlumpeater shot out two enormous hands and grabbed the BFG around the waist. He tossed him high in the air and shouted, ‘Catch him, Manhugger!’

The Manhugger caught him. The other giants spread out quickly in a large circle, each giant about twenty yards from his neighbour, preparing for the game they were going to play. Now the Manhugger threw the BFG high and far, shouting ‘Catch him, Bonecruncher!’

The Bonecruncher ran forward and caught the tumbling BFG and immediately swung him up again. ‘Catch him, Childchewer!’ he shouted.

And so it went on. The giants were playing ball with the BFG, vying with each other to see who could throw him the highest. Sophie dug her nails into the sides of the pocket, trying to prevent herself from tumbling out when she was upside down. She felt as though she were in a barrel going over the Niagara Falls. And all the time there was the fearful danger that one of the giants would fail to catch the BFG and he would go crashing to the ground.


The BFG


‘Catch him, Meatdripper!’…

‘Catch him, Gizzardgulper!’…

‘Catch him, Maidmasher!’…

‘Catch him, Bloodbottler!’…

‘Catch him!… Catch him!… Catch him!…’

In the end, they got bored with this game. They dumped the poor BFG on the ground. He was dazed and shattered. They gave him a few kicks and shouted, ‘Run, you little runt! Let us be seeing how fast you is galloping!’ The BFG ran. What else could he do? The giants picked up rocks and hurled them after him. He managed to dodge them. ‘Ruddy little runt!’ they shouted. ‘Troggy little twit! Shrivelly little shrimp! Mucky little midget! Squaggy little squib! Grobby little grub!’

At last the BFG got clear of them all and in another couple of minutes the pack of giants was out of sight over the horizon. Sophie popped her head up from the pocket. ‘I didn’t like that,’ she said.

‘Phew!’ said the BFG. ‘Phew and far between! They was in a nasty crotching mood today, was they not! I is sorry you was having such a whirlgig time.’

‘No worse than you,’ Sophie said. ‘Would they ever really hurt you?’

‘I isn’t ever trusting them,’ the BFG said.

‘How do they actually catch the humans they eat?’ Sophie asked.

‘They is usually just sticking an arm in through the bedroom window and snitching them from their beds,’ the BFG said.

‘Like you did to me.’

‘Ah, but I isn’t eating you,’ the BFG said.

‘How else do they catch them?’ Sophie asked.

‘Sometimes,’ the BFG said, ‘they is swimmeling in from the sea like fishies with only their heads showing above the water, and then out comes a big hairy hand and grabbles someone off the beach.’

‘Children as well?’

‘Often chiddlers,’ the BFG said. ‘Little chiddlers who is building sandcastles on the beach. That is who the swimmeling ones are after. Little chiddlers is not so tough to eat as old grandmamma, so says the Childchewing Giant.’

As they talked, the BFG was galloping fast over the land. Sophie was standing right up in his waistcoat pocket now and holding on to the edge with both hands. Her head and shoulders were in the open and the wind was blowing in her hair.

‘How else do they catch people?’ she asked.

‘All of them is having their own special ways of catching the human bean,’ the BFG said. ‘The Meatdripping Giant is preferring to pretend he is a big tree growing in the park. He is standing in the park in the dusky evening and he is holding great big branches over his head, and there he is waiting until some happy families is coming to have a picnic under the spreading tree. The Meatdripping Giant is watching them as they lay out their little picnic. But in the end it is the Meatdripper who is having the picnic.’

‘It’s too awful!’ Sophie cried.

‘The Gizzardgulping Giant is a city lover,’ the BFG went on. ‘The Gizzardgulper is lying high up between the roofs of houses in the big cities. He is lying there snuggy as a sniggler and watching the human beans walking on the street below, and when he sees one that looks like it has a whoppsy-good flavour, he grabs it. He is simply reaching down and snitching it off the street like a monkey taking a nut. He says it is nice to be able to pick and choose what you is having for your supper. He says it is like choosing from a menu.’

‘Don’t people see him doing it?’ Sophie asked.

‘Never is they seeing him. Do not forget it is dusky-dark at this time. Also, the Gizzardgulper has a very fast arm. His arm is going up and down quicker than squinkers.’

‘But if all these people are disappearing every night, surely there’s some sort of an outcry?’ Sophie said.

‘The world is a whopping big place,’ the BFG said. ‘It has a hundred different countries. The giants is clever. They is careful not to be skididdling off to the same country too often. They is always switchfiddling around.’

‘Even so… ‘ Sophie said.

‘Do not forget,’ the BFG said, ‘that human beans is disappearing everywhere all the time even without the giants is guzzling them up. Human beans is killing each other much quicker than the giants is doing it.’

‘But they don’t eat each other,’ Sophie said.

‘Giants isn’t eating each other either,’ the BFG said. ‘Nor is giants killing each other. Giants is not very lovely, but they is not killing each other. Nor is crockadowndillies killing other crockadowndillies. Nor is pussy-cats killing pussycats.’

‘They kill mice,’ Sophie said.

‘Ah, but they is not killing their own kind,’ the BFG said. ‘Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind.’

‘Don’t poisonous snakes kill each other?’ Sophie asked. She was searching desperately for another creature that behaved as badly as the human.

‘Even poisnowse snakes is never killing each other,’ the BFG said. ‘Nor is the most fearsome creatures like tigers and rhinostossterisses. None of them is ever killing their own kind. Has you ever thought about that?’

Sophie kept silent.

‘I is not understanding human beans at all,’ the BFG said. ‘You is a human bean and you is saying it is grizzling and horrigust for giants to be eating human beans. Right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘But human beans is squishing each other all the time,’ the BFG said. ‘They is shootling guns and going up in aerioplanes to drop their bombs on each other’s heads every week. Human beans is always killing other human beans.’

He was right. Of course he was right and Sophie knew it. She was beginning to wonder whether humans were actually any better than giants. ‘Even so,’ she said, defending her own race, ‘I think it’s rotten that those foul giants should go off every night to eat humans. Humans have never done them any harm.’

‘That is what the little piggy-wig is saying every day’ the BFG answered. ‘He is saying, “I has never done any harm to the human bean so why should he be eating me?” ’

‘Oh dear,’ Sophie said.

‘The human beans is making rules to suit themselves,’ the BFG went on. ‘But the rules they is making do not suit the little piggy-wiggies. Am I right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘Giants is also making rules. Their rules is not suiting the human beans. Everybody is making his own rules to suit himself.’

‘But you don’t like it that those beastly giants are eating humans every night, do you?’ Sophie asked.

‘I do not,’ the BFG answered firmly. ‘One right is not making two lefts. Is you quite cosy down there in my pocket?’

‘I’m fine,’ Sophie said.

Then suddenly, once again, the BFG went into that magical top gear of his. He began hurtling forward with phenomenal leaps. His speed was unbelievable. The landscape became blurred and again Sophie had to duck down out of the whistling gale to save her head from being blown off her shoulders. She crouched in the pocket and listened to the wind screaming past. It came knifing in through the tiny peep-hole in the pocket and whooshed around her like a hurricane.

But this time the BFG didn’t stay in top gear long. It seemed as though he had had some barrier to cross, a vast mountain perhaps or an ocean or a great desert, but having crossed it, he once again slowed down to his normal gallop and Sophie was able to pop her head up and look out once more at the view.

She noticed immediately that they were now in an altogether paler country. The sun had disappeared above a film of vapour. The air was becoming cooler every minute. The land was flat and treeless and there seemed to be no colour in it at all.

Every minute, the mist became thicker. The air became colder still and everything became paler and paler until soon there was nothing but grey and white all around them. They were in a country of swirling mists and ghostly vapours. There was some sort of grass underfoot but it was not green. It was ashy grey. There was no sign of a living creature and no sound at all except for the soft thud of the BFG’s footsteps as he hurtled on through the fog.

Suddenly he stopped. ‘We is here at last!’ he announced. He bent down and lifted Sophie from his pocket and put her on the ground. She was still in her nightie and her feet were bare. She shivered and stared around her at the swirling mists and ghostly vapours.






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‘Where are we?’ she asked.

‘We is in Dream Country,’ the BFG said. ‘This is where all dreams is beginning.’


Dream-Catching

The Big Friendly Giant put the suitcase on the ground. He bent down low so that his enormous face was close to Sophie’s. ‘From now on, we is keeping as still as winky little micies,’ he whispered.

Sophie nodded. The misty vapour swirled around her. It made her cheeks damp and left dewdrops in her hair.

The BFG opened the suitcase and took out several empty glass jars. He set them ready on the ground, with their screw tops removed. Then he stood up very straight. His head was now high up in the swirling mist and it kept disappearing, then appearing again. He was holding the long net in his right hand.

Sophie, staring upwards, saw through the mist that his colossal ears were beginning to swivel out from his head. They began waving gently to and fro.

Suddenly the BFG pounced. He leaped high in the air and swung the net through the mist with a great swishing sweep of his arm. ‘Got him!’ he cried. ‘Ajar! Ajar! Quick quick quick!’ Sophie picked up a jar and held it up to him. He grabbed hold of it. He lowered the net. Very carefully he tipped something absolutely invisible from the net into the jar. He dropped the net and swiftly clapped one hand over the jar. ‘The top!’ he whispered. ‘The jar top quick!’ Sophie picked up the screw top and handed it to him. He screwed it on tight and the jar was closed. The BFG was very excited. He held the jar close to one ear and listened intently.

‘It’s a winksquiffler!’ he whispered with a thrill in his voice. ‘It’s… it’s… it’s… it’s even better. It’s a phizzwizard! It’s a golden phizzwizard!’

Sophie stared at him.

‘Oh my, oh my!’ he said, holding the jar in front of him. ‘This will be giving some little tottler a very happy night when I is blowing it in!’

‘Is it really a good one?’ Sophie asked.

‘ A good one?’ he cried. ‘It’s a golden phizzwizard! It is not often I is getting one of these!’ He handed the jar to Sophie and said, ‘Please be still as a starfish now. I is thinking there may be a whole swarm of phizzwizards up here today. And do kindly stop breathing. You is terribly noisy down there.’

‘I haven’t moved a muscle,’ Sophie said.

‘Then don’t,’ the BFG answered sharply. Once again he stood up tall in the mist, holding his net at the ready. Then came the long silence, the waiting, the listening, and at last, with surprising suddenness came the leap and the swish of the net.

‘Another jar!’ he cried. ‘Quick quick quick!’

When the second dream was safely in the jar and the top was screwed down, the BFG held it to his ear.

‘Oh no!’ he cried. ‘Oh mince my maggots! Oh swipe my swoggles!’

‘What’s the matter?’ Sophie asked.

‘It’s a trogglehumper!’ he shouted. His voice was filled with fury and anguish. ‘Oh, save our solos!’ he cried. ‘Deliver us from weasels! The devil is dancing on my dibbler!’


The BFG


‘What are you talking about?’ Sophie said. The BFG was getting more distressed every moment.

‘Oh, bash my eyebones!’ he cried, waving the jar in the air. ‘I come all this way to get lovely golden dreams and what is I catching?’

‘What are you catching?’ Sophie said.

‘I is catching a frightsome trogglehumper!’ he cried. ‘This is a bad bad dream! It is worse than a bad dream! It is a nightmare!’

‘Oh dear,’ Sophie said. ‘What will you do with that?’

‘I is never never letting it go!’ the BFG cried. ‘If I do, then some poor little totder will be having the most curdbloodling time! This one is a real kicksy bog-thumper! I is exploding it as soon as I get home!’

‘Nightmares are horrible,’ Sophie said. ‘I had one once and I woke up sweating all over.’

‘With this one you would be waking up screaming all over!’ the BFG said. ‘This one would make your teeth stand on end! If this one got into you, your blood would be freezing to icicles and your skin would go creeping across the floor!’

‘Is it as bad as that?’

‘It’s worse!’ cried the BFG. ‘This is a real whoppsy grobswitcher!’

‘You said it was a trogglehumper,’ Sophie told him.

‘It is a trogglehumper!’ cried the exasperated BFG. ‘But it is also a bogthumper and a grobswitcher! It is all three riddled into one! Oh, I is so glad I is clutching it tight. Ah, you wicked beastie, you!’ he cried, holding up the jar and staring into it. ‘Never more is you going to be bunkdoodling the poor little human-beaney totders!’

Sophie, who was also staring into the glass jar, cried out, ‘I can see it! There’s something in there!’

‘Of course there is something in there,’ the BFG said. ‘You is looking at a frightsome trogglehumper.’

‘But you told me dreams were invisible.’

‘They is always invisible until they is captured,’ the BFG told her. ‘After that they is losing a little of their invisibility. We is seeing this one very clearly.’

Inside the jar Sophie could see the faint scarlet outline of something that looked like a mixture between a blob of gas and a bubble of jelly. It was moving violently, thrashing against the sides of the jar and forever changing shape.


The BFG


‘It’s wiggling all over the place!’ Sophie cried. ‘It’s fighting to get out! It’ll bash itself to bits!’

‘The nastier the dream, the angrier it is getting when it is in prison,’ the BFG said. ‘It is the same as with wild animals. If an animal is very fierce and you is putting it in a cage, it will make a tremendous rumpledumpus. If it is a nice animal like a cockatootloo or a foggle-frump, it will sit quietly. Dreams is exactly the same. This one is a nasty fierce bogrotting nightmare. Just look at him splashing himself against the glass!’

‘It’s quite frightening!’ Sophie cried.

‘I would be hating to get this one inside me on a darksome night,’ the BFG said.

‘So would I!’ Sophie said.

The BFG started putting the bottles back into the suitcase.

‘Is that all?’ Sophie asked. ‘Are we going?’

‘I is so upset by this trogglehumping bogthumping grobswitcher,’ the BFG said, ‘that I is not wishing to go on. Dream-catching is finished for today.’

Soon Sophie was back in the waistcoat pocket and the BFG was racing home as fast as he could go. When, at last, they emerged out of the mist and came again on to the hot yellow wasteland, all the other giants were sprawled out on the ground, fast asleep.


A Trogglehumper for


the Fleshlumpeater

‘They is always having fifty winks before they goes scumpering off to hunt human beans in the evening,’ the BFG said. He stopped for a few moments to let Sophie have a better look. ‘Giants is only sleeping every then and now,’ he said. ‘Not nearly as much as human beans. Human beans is crazy for sleeping. Is it ever occurring to you that a human bean who is fifty is spending about twenty years sleeping fast?’

‘I must admit that never occurred to me,’ Sophie said.

‘You should allow it to occur to you,’ the BFG said. ‘Imagine it please. This human bean who says he is fifty has been fast asleep for twenty years and is not even knowing where he is! Not even doing anything! Not even thinking!’

‘It’s a funny thought,’ Sophie said.

‘Exunckly,’ the BFG said. ‘So what I is trying to explain to you is that a human bean who says he is fifty is not fifty, he is only thirty.’

‘What about me?’ Sophie said. ‘I am eight.’

‘You is not eight at all,’ the BFG said. ‘Human bean babies and little chiddlers is spending half their time sleeping, so you is only four.’

‘I’m eight,’ Sophie said.

‘You may think you is eight,’ the BFG said, ‘but you has only spent four years of your life with your little eyes open. You is only four and please stop higgling me. Titchy little snapperwhippers like you should not be higgling around with an old sage and onions who is hundreds of years more than you.’

‘How much do giants sleep?’ Sophie asked.

‘They is never wasting much time snozzling,’ the BFG said. ‘Two or three hours is enough.’

‘When do you sleep?’ Sophie asked.

‘Even less,’ the BFG answered. ‘I is sleeping only once in a blue baboon.’

Sophie, peeping out from her pocket, examined the nine sleeping giants. They looked even more grotesque now than when they were awake. Sprawled out across the yellow plain, they covered an area about the size of a football field. Most of them were lying on their backs with their enormous mouths wide open, and they were snoring like foghorns. The noise was awful.

Suddenly the BFG gave a jump in the air. ‘By gumfrog!’ he cried. ‘I is just having the most whoppsy-whiffling idea!’

‘What?’ Sophie said.

‘Wait!’ he cried. ‘Hold your horsefeathers! Keep your skirt on! Just you wait to see what I is going to bring about!’ He galloped off fast to his cave with Sophie hanging on tight to the rim of the pocket. He rolled back the stone. He entered the cave. He was very excited. He was moving quickly. ‘You stay where you is in my pocket, huggybee,’ he said. ‘We is doing this lovely bit of buckswashling both together.’ He laid aside the dream-catching net but hung on to the suitcase. He ran across to the other side of the cave and grabbed the long trumpet thing, the one he had been carrying when Sophie had first seen him in the village. With the suitcase in one hand and the trumpet in the other, he dashed out of the cave.

What is he up to now? Sophie wondered.

‘Peep your head up good,’ the BFG said, ‘then you will get a fine winkle of what is going on.’

When the BFG came near to the sleeping giants, he slowed his pace. He began moving softly. He crept on his toes towards the ugly brutes. They were still snoring loudly. They looked repulsive, filthy, diabolical. The BFG tip-toed around them. He went past the Gizzardgulper, the Bloodbottler, the Meatdripper, the Childchewer. Then he stopped. He had reached the Fleshlumpeater. He pointed at him, then he looked down at Sophie and gave her a big wink.

He knelt on the ground and very quietly he opened the suitcase. He took out of it the glass jar containing the terrible nightmarish trogglehumper.

At that point, Sophie guessed what was going to happen next.

Owch, she thought. This could be rather dangerous. She crouched lower in the pocket so that only the top of her head and her eyes were showing. She wanted to be ready to duck out of sight very fast should anything go wrong.

They were about ten feet away from the Fleshlumpeater’s face. The snoring-snorting noise he was making was disgusting. Every now and again a big bubble of spit formed between his two open lips and men it would burst with a splash and cover his face with saliva.

Taking infinite care, the BFG unscrewed the top of the glass jar and tipped the squiggling squirming faintly scarlet trogglehumper into the wide end of his long trumpet. He put the other end of the trumpet to his lips. He aimed the instrument directly at the Fleshlumpeater’s face. He took a deep breath, puffed out his cheeks and then whoof! He blew!

Sophie saw a flash of pale red go darting towards the giant’s face. For a split second it hovered above the face. Then it was gone. It seemed to have been sucked up the giant’s nose, but it had all happened so quickly, Sophie couldn’t be sure.

‘We had better be skiddling away quick to where it is safe,’ the BFG whispered. He trotted off for about a hundred yards, then he stopped. He crouched low to the earth. ‘Now,’ he said, ‘we is waiting for the gun and flames to begin.’


The BFG


They didn’t have long to wait.

The air was suddenly pierced by the most fearful roar Sophie had ever heard, and she saw the Fleshlumpeater’s body, all fifty-four feet of it, rise up off the ground and fall back again with a thump. Then it began to wriggle and twist and bounce about in the most violent fashion. It was quite frightening to watch.

‘Eeeow!’ roared the Fleshlumpeater. ‘Ayeee! Oooow!’

‘He’s still asleep,’ the BFG whispered. ‘The terrible trogglehumping nightmare is beginning to hit him.’

‘Serves him right,’ Sophie said. She could feel no sympathy for this great brute who ate children as though they were sugar-lumps.


The BFG


‘Save us!’ screamed the Fleshlumpeater, thrashing about madly. ‘He is after me! He is getting me!’

The thrashing of limbs and the waving of arms became more violent by the second. It was an awesome thing to watch such a massive creature having such mighty convulsions.

‘It’s Jack!’ bellowed the Fleshlumpeater. ‘It’s the grueful gruncious Jack! Jack is after me! Jack is wack-crackling me! Jack is spikesticking me! Jack is splash-plunking me! It is the terrible frightswipingjack!’ The Fleshlumpeater was writhing about over the ground like some colossal tortured snake. ‘Oh, spare me, Jack!’ he yelled. ‘Don’t hurt me, Jack!’

‘Who is this Jack he’s on about?’ Sophie whispered.

‘Jack is the only human bean all giants is frightened of,’ the BFG told her. ‘They is all absolutely terrified of Jack. They is all hearing that Jack is a famous giant-killer.’

‘Save me!’ screamed the Fleshlumpeater. ‘Have mercy on this poor little giant! The beanstalk! He is coming at me with his terrible spikesticking beanstalk! Take it away! I is begging you, Jack, I is praying you not to touch me with your terrible spikesticking beanstalk!’

‘Us giants,’ the BFG whispered, ‘is not knowing very much about this dreaded human bean called Jack. We is knowing only that he is a famous giant-killer and that he is owning something called a beanstalk. We is knowing also that the beanstalk is a fearsome thing and Jack is using it to kill giants.’

Sophie couldn’t stop smiling.

‘What is you griggling at?’ the BFG asked her, slightly nettled.

‘I’ll tell youk later,’ Sophie said.


The BFG



The BFG


The awful nightmare had now gripped the great brute to such an extent that he was tying his whole body into knots. ‘Do not do it, Jack!’ he screeched. ‘I was not eating you, Jack! I is never eating human beans! I swear I has never gobbled a single human bean in all my wholesome life!’

‘Liar,’ said the BFG.

Just then, one of the Fleshlumpeater’s flailing fists caught the still-fast-asleep Meatdripping Giant smack in the mouth. At the same time, one of his furiously thrashing legs kicked the snoring Gizzardgulping Giant right in the guts. Both the injured giants woke up and leaped to their feet.

‘He is swiping me right in the mouth!’ yelled the Meatdripper.

‘He is bungswoggling me smack in the guts!’ shouted the Gizzardgulper.

The two of them rushed at the Fleshlumpeater and began pounding him with their fists and feet. The wretched Fleshlumpeater woke up with a bang. He awoke straight from one nightmare into another. He roared into battle, and in the bellowing thumping rough and tumble that followed, one sleeping giant after another either got stepped upon or kicked. Soon, all nine of them were on their feet having the most almighty free-for-all. They punched and kicked and scratched and bit and butted each other as hard as they could. Blood flowed. Noses went crunch. Teeth fell out like hailstones. The giants roared and screamed and cursed, and for many minutes the noise of battle rolled across the yellow plain.

The BFG smiled a big wide smile of absolute pleasure. ‘I is loving it when they is all having a good tough and rumble,’ he said.

‘They’ll kill each other,’ Sophie said.

‘Never,’ the BFG answered. ‘Those beasts is always bishing and walloping at one another. Soon it will be getting dusky and they will be galloping off to fill their tummies.’

‘They’re coarse and foul and filthy,’ Sophie said. ‘I hate them!’

As the BFG headed back to the cave, he said quietly, ‘We certainly was putting that nightmare to good use though, wasn’t we?’

‘Excellent use,’ Sophie said. ‘Well done you.’


Dreams

The Big Friendly Giant was seated at the great table in his cave and he was doing his homework.

Sophie sat cross-legged on the table-top near by, watching him at work.

The glass jar containing the one and only good dream they had caught that day stood between them.

The BFG, with great care and patience, was printing something on a piece of paper with an enormous pencil.

‘What are you writing?’ Sophie asked him.

‘Every dream is having its special label on the bottle,’ the BFG said. ‘How else could I be finding the one I am wanting in a hurry?’

‘But can you really and truly tell what sort of a dream it’s going to be simply by listening to it?’ Sophie asked.

‘I can,’ the BFG said, not looking up.

‘But how? Is it by the way it hums and buzzes?’

‘You is less or more right,’ the BFG said. ‘Every dream in the world is making a different sort of buzzy-hum music. And these grand swashboggling ears of mine is able to read that music.’

‘By music, do you mean tunes?’

‘I is not meaning tunes.’

‘Then what do you mean?’

‘Human beans is having their own music, right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said. ‘Lots of music.’


The BFG


‘And sometimes human beans is very overcome when they is hearing wonderous music. They is getting shivers down their spindels. Right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘So the music is saying something to them. It is sending a message. I do not think the human beans is knowing what that message is, but they is loving it just the same.’

‘That’s about right,’ Sophie said.

‘But because of these jumpsquiffling ears of mine,’ the BFG said, ‘I is not only able to hear the music that dreams is making but I is understanding it also.’

‘What do you mean understanding it?’ Sophie said.

‘I can read it,’ the BFG said. ‘It talks to me. It is like a langwitch.’

‘I find that just a little hard to believe,’ Sophie said.

‘I’ll bet you is also finding it hard to believe in quogwinkles,’ the BFG said, ‘and how they is visiting us from the stars.’

‘Of course I don’t believe that,’ Sophie said.

The BFG regarded her gravely with those huge eyes of his. ‘I hope you will forgive me,’ he said, ‘if I tell you that human beans is thinking they is very clever, but they is not. They is nearly all of them notmuchers and squeakpips.’

‘I beg your pardon,’ Sophie said.

‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles. Of course quogwinkles is existing. I is meeting them oftenly. I is even chittering to them.’ He turned away contemptuously from Sophie and resumed his writing. Sophie moved over to read what he had written so far. The letters were printed big and bold, but were not very well formed. Here is what it said:


THIS DREAM IS ABOUT HOW I IS SAVING MY TEECHER FROM DROWNING. I IS DIVING INTO THE RIVER FROM A HIGH BRIDGE AND I IS DRAGGING MY TEECHER TO THE BANK AND THEN I IS GIVING HIM THE KISS OF DEATH…


The BFG


‘The kiss of what?’ Sophie asked.

The BFG stopped writing and raised his head slowly. His eyes rested on Sophie’s face. ‘I is telling you once before,’ he said quietly, ‘that I is never having a chance to go to school. I is full of mistakes. They is not my fault. I do my best. You is a lovely little girl, but please remember that you is not exactly Miss Knoweverything yourself.’

‘I’m sorry’ Sophie said. ‘I really am. It is very rude of me to keep correcting you.’

The BFG gazed at her for a while longer, then he bent his head again to his slow laborious writing.

‘Tell me honestly,’ Sophie said. ‘If you blew this dream into my bedroom when I was asleep, would I really and truly start dreaming about how I saved my teacher from drowning by diving off the bridge?’

‘More,’ the BFG said. ‘A lot more. But I cannot be squibbling the whole gropefluncking dream on a titchy bit of paper. Of course there is more.’

The BFG laid down his pencil and placed one massive ear close to the jar. For about thirty seconds he listened intently. ‘Yes,’ he said, nodding his great head solemnly up and down. ‘This dream is continuing very nice. It has a very dory-hunky ending.’

‘How does it end?’ Sophie said. ‘Please tell me.’

‘You would be dreaming,’ the BFG said, ‘that the morning after you is saving the teacher from the river, you is arriving at school and you is seeing all the five hundred pupils sitting in the assembly hall, and all the teachers as well, and the head teacher is then standing up and saying, “I is wanting the whole school to give three cheers for Sophie because she is so brave and is saving the life of our fine arithmatic teacher, Mr Figgins, who was unfortunately pushed off the bridge into the river by our gym-teacher, Miss Amelia Upscotch. So three cheers for Sophie!” And the whole school is then cheering like mad and shouting bravo well done, and, for ever after that, even when you is getting your sums all gungswizzled and muggled up, Mr Figgins is always giving you ten out of ten and writing Good Work Sophie in your exercise book. Then you is waking up.’

‘I like that dream,’ Sophie said.

‘Of course you like it,’ the BFG said. ‘It is a phizzwizard.’ He licked the back of the label and stuck it on the jar. ‘I is usually writing a bit more than this on the labels,’ he said. ‘But you is watching me and making me jumpsy.’

‘I’ll go and sit somewhere else,’ Sophie said.

‘Don’t go,’ he said. ‘Look in the jar carefully and I think you will be seeing this dream.’

Sophie peered into the jar and there, sure enough, she saw the faint translucent outline of something about the size of a hen’s egg. There was just a touch of colour in it, a pale sea-green, soft and shimmering and very beautiful. There it lay, this small oblong sea-green jellyish thing, at the bottom of the jar, quite peaceful, but pulsing gendy, the whole of it moving in and out ever so slightly, as though it were breathing.

‘It’s moving!’ Sophie cried. ‘It’s alive!’

‘Of course it’s alive.’

‘What will you feed it on?’ Sophie asked.

‘It is not needing any food,’ the BFG told her.

‘That’s cruel,’ Sophie said. ‘Everything alive needs food of some sort. Even trees and plants.’

‘The north wind is alive,’ the BFG said. ‘It is moving. It touches you on the cheek and on the hands. But nobody is feeding it.’

Sophie was silent. This extraordinary giant was disturbing her ideas. He seemed to be leading her towards mysteries that were beyond her understanding.

‘A dream is not needing anything,’ the BFG went on. ‘If it is a good one, it is waiting peaceably for ever until it is released and allowed to do its job. If it is a bad one, it is always fighting to get out.’

The BFG stood up and walked over to one of the many shelves and placed the latest jar among the thousands of others.

‘Please can I see some of the other dreams?’ Sophie asked him.

The BFG hesitated. ‘Nobody is ever seeing them before,’ he said. ‘But perhaps after all I is letting you have a little peep.’ He picked her up off the table and stood her on the palm of one of his huge hands. He carried her towards the shelves. ‘Over here is some of the good dreams,’ he said. ‘The phizzwizards.’

‘Would you hold me closer so I can read the labels,’ Sophie said.

‘My labels is only telling bits of it,’ the BFG said. ‘The dreams is usually much longer. The labels is just to remind me.’

Sophie started to read the labels. The first one seemed long enough to her. It went right round the jar, and as she read it, she had to keep turning the jar. This is what it said:


TODAY I IS SITTING IN CLASS AND I DISCOVER THAT IF I IS STARING VERY HARD AT MY TEECHER IN A SPHESHAL WAY, I IS ABLE TO PUT HER TO SLEEP. SO I KEEP STARING AT HER AND IN THE END HER HEAD DROPS ON TO HER DESK AND SHE GOES FAST TO SLEEP AND SNORKLES LOUDLY. THEN IN MARCHES THE HEAD TEECHER AND HE SHOUTS ‘WAKE UP MISS PLUMRIDGE! HOW DARE YOU GO TO SLEEP IN CLASS! GO FETCH YOUR HAT AND COTE AND LEAVE THIS SCHOOL FOR EVER! YOU IS SACKED!’ BUT IN A JIFFY I IS PUTTING THE HEAD TEECHER TO SLEEP AS WELL, AND HE JUST CRUMPLES SLOWLY TO THE FLOOR LIKE A LUMP OF JELLY AND THERE HE LIES ALL IN A HEAP AND STARTS SNORKELLING EVEN LOWDER THAN MISS PLUMRIDGE. AND THEN I IS HEARING MY MUMMY’S VOICE SAYING WAKE UP YOUR BREKFUST IS REDDY.


The BFG


‘What a funny dream,’ Sophie said.

‘It’s a ringbeller,’ the BFG said. ‘It’s whoppsy.’

Inside the jar, just below the edge of the label, Sophie could see the putting-to-sleep dream lying peacefully on the bottom, pulsing gently, sea-green like the other one, but perhaps a trifle larger.

‘Do you have separate dreams for boys and for girls?’ Sophie asked.

‘Of course,’ the BFG said. ‘If I is giving a girl’s dream to a boy, even if it was a really whoppsy girl’s dream, the boy would be waking up and thinking what a rotbungling grinksludging old dream that was.’

‘Boys would,’ Sophie said.

‘These here is all girls’ dreams on this shelf,’ the BFG said.

‘Can I read a boy’s dream?’

‘You can,’ the BFG said, and he lifted her to a higher shelf. The label on the nearest boy’s-dream jar read as follows:


The BFG


I IS MAKING MYSELF A MARVELUS PAIR OF SUCTION BOOTS AND WHEN I PUT THEM ON I IS ABEL TO WALK STRATE UP THE KITSHUN WALL AND ACROSS THE CEILING., WELL, I IS WALKING UPSIDE DOWN ON THE CEILING WEN MY BIG SISTER COMES IN AND SHE IS STARTING TO YELL AT ME AS SHE ALWAYS DOES, YELLING WOT ON EARTH IS YOU DOING UP THERE WALKING ON THE CEILING AND I LOOKS DOWN AT HER AND I SMILES AND I SAYS I TOLD YOU YOU WAS DRIVING ME UP THE WALL AND NOW YOU HAS DONE IT.

‘I find that one rather silly,’ Sophie said.

‘Boys wouldn’t,’ the BFG said, grinning. ‘It’s another ringbeller. Perhaps you has seen enough now.’

‘Let me read another boy’s one,’ Sophie said.

The next label said:


THE TELLYFONE RINGS IN OUR HOUSE AND MY FATHER PICKS IT UP AND SAYS IN HIS VERY IMPORTANT TELLYFONE VOICE ‘SIMPKINS SPEAKING’. THEN HIS FACE GOES WHITE AND HIS VOICE GOES ALL FUNNY AND HE SAYS ‘WHAT! WHO?’ AND THEN HE SAYS ‘YES SIR I UNDERSTAND SIR BUT SURELY IT IS ME YOU IS WISHING TO SPEKE TO SIR NOT MY LITTLE SON?’ MY FATHER’S FACE IS GOING FROM WHITE TO DARK PURPEL AND HE IS GULPING LIKE HE HAS A LOBSTER STUCK IN HIS THROTE AND THEN AT LAST HE IS SAYING ‘YES SIR VERY WELL SIR I WILL GET HIM SIR’ AND HE TURNS TO ME AND HE SAYS IN A RATHER RESPECK-FUL VOICE ‘IS YOU KNOWING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?’ AND I SAYS ‘NO BUT I EXPECT HE IS HEARING ABOUT ME.’ THEN I IS HAVING A LONG TALK ON THE FONE AND SAYING THINGS LIKE ‘LET ME TAKE CARE OF IT, MR PRESIDENT. YOU’LL BUNGLE IT ALL UP IF YOU DO IT YOUR WAY’. AND MY FATHER’S EYES IS GOGGLING RIGHT OUT OF HIS HEAD AND THAT IS WHEN I IS HEARING MY FATHER’S REAL VOICE SAYING GET UP YOU LAZY SLOB OR YOU WILL BE LATE FOR SKOOL.


The BFG


‘Boys are crazy,’ Sophie said. ‘Let me read this next one.’ Sophie started reading the next label:


I IS HAVING A BATH AND I IS DISCOVERING THAT IF I PRESS QUITE HARD ON MY TUMMY BUTTON A FUNNY FEELING COMES OVER ME AND SUDDENLEY MY LEGS IS NOT THERE NOR IS MY ARMS. IN FACT I HAS BECOME ABSOLOOTLY INVISIBLE ALL OVER. I IS STILL THERE BUT NO ONE CAN SEE ME NOT EVEN MYSELF. SO MY MUMMY COMES IN AND SAYS ‘WHERE IS THAT CHILD! HE WAS IN THE BATH A MINIT AGO AND HE CAN’T POSSIBLY HAVE WASHED HIMSELF PROPERLY!’ SO I SAYS ‘HERE I IS’ AND SHE SAYS ‘WHERE?’ AND I SAYS ‘HERE’ AND SHE SAYS ‘WHERE?’ AND I SAYS ‘HERE!’ AND SHE YELLS ‘HENRY! COME UP QUICK!’ AND WHEN MY DADDY RUSHES IN I IS WASHING MYSELF AND MY DADDY SEES THE SOAP FLOATING AROUND IN THE AIR BUT OF CORSE HE IS NOT SEEING ME AND HE SHOUTS ‘WHERE ARE YOU BOY?’ AND I SAYS ‘HERE’ AND HE SAYS ‘WHERE?’ AND I SAYS ‘HERE’ AND HE SAYS ‘WHERE?’ AND I SAYS ‘HERE!’ AND HE SAYS ‘THE SOAP, BOY! THE SOAP! IT’S FLYING IN THE AIR!’ THEN I PRESS MY TUMMY BUTTOXN AGAIN AND NOW I IS VISIBLE. MY DADDY IS SQUIFFY WITH EXCITEMENT AND HE SAYS ‘YOU IS THE INVISIBLE BOY!’ AND I SAYS ‘NOW I IS GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN,’ SO WHEN I IS OUT OF THE BATH AND I HAVE DRIED MYSELF I PUT ON MY DRESSING-GOWN AND SLIPPERS AND I PRESS MY TUMMY BUTTON AGAIN TO BECOME INVISIBLE AND I GO DOWN INTO THE TOWN AND WALK IN THE STREETS. OF CORSE ONLY ME IS INVISIBLE BUT NOT THE THINGS I IS WEARING SO WHEN PEEPLE IS SEEING A DRESSING-GOWN AND SLIPPERS FLOATING ALONG THE STREET WITH NOBODY IN IT THERE IS A PANIC WITH EVERYBODY YELLING ‘A GHOST! A GHOST!’ AND PEEPLE IS SCREAMING LEFT AND RIGHT AND BIG STRONG POLICEMEN IS RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES AND BEST OF ALL I SEE MR GRUMMIT MY ALGEBRA TEECHER COMING OUT OF A PUB AND I FLOAT UP TO HIM AND SAY ‘BOO!’ AND HE LETS OUT A FRIGHTSOME HOWL AND DASHES BACK INTO THE PUB AND THEN I IS WAKING UP AND FEELING HAPPY AS A WHIFFSQUIDDLER.


The BFG


‘Pretty ridiculous,’ Sophie said. All the same, she couldn’t resist reaching down and pressing her own tummy button to see if it worked. Nothing happened.

‘Dreams is very mystical things,’ the BFG said. ‘Human beans is not understanding them at all. Not even their brainiest prossefors is understanding them. Has you seen enough?’

‘Just this last one,’ Sophie said. ‘This one here.’

She started reading:


I HAS RITTEN A BOOK AND IT IS SO EXCITING NOBODY CAN PUT IT DOWN. AS SOON AS YOU HAS RED THE FIRST LINE YOU IS SO HOOKED ON IT YOU CANNOT STOP UNTIL THE LAST PAGE. IN ALL THE CITIES PEEPLE IS WALKING IN THE STREETS BUMPING INTO EACH OTHER BECAUSE THEIR FACES IS BURIED IN MY BOOK AND DENTISTS IS READING IT AND TRYING TO FILL TEETHS AT THE SAME TIME BUT NOBODY MINDS BECAUSE THEY IS ALL READING IT TOO IN THE DENTIST’S CHAIR. DRIVERS IS READING IT WHILE DRIVING AND CARS IS CRASHING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. BRAIN SURGEONS IS READING IT WHILE THEY IS OPERATING ON BRAINS AND AIRLINE PILOTS IS READING IT AND GOING TO TIMBUCTOO INSTEAD OF LONDON. FOOTBALL PLAYERS IS READING IT ON THE FIELD BECAUSE THEY CAN’T PUT IT DOWN AND SO IS OLIMPICK RUNNERS WHILE THEY IS RUNNING. EVERYBODY HAS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT IN MY BOOK AND WHEN I WAKE UP I IS STILL TINGLING WITH EXCITEMENT AT BEING THE GREATEST RITER THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN UNTIL MY MUMMY COMES IN AND SAYS I WAS LOOKING AT YOUR ENGLISH EXERCISE BOOK LAST NITE AND REALLY YOUR SPELLING IS ATROSHUS SO IS YOUR PUNTULASHON.




The BFG


‘That’s enough for now,’ the BFG said. ‘There is diluons more but my arm is getting tired holding you up.’

‘What are all those over there?’ Sophie said. ‘Why have they got such tiny labels?’

‘That,’ the BFG said, ‘is because one day I is catching so many dreams I is not having the time or energy to write out long labels. But there is enough to remind me.’

‘Can I look?’ Sophie said.

The long-suffering BFG carried her across to the jars she was pointing to. Sophie read them rapidly, one after the other:

I IS CLIMBING MOUNT EVERAST WITH JUST MY PUSSY-CAT FOR CUMPANY.


The BFG


I IS INVENTING A CAR THAT RUNS ON TOOTHPASTE.


The BFG


I IS ABLE TO MAKE THE ELEKTRIK LITES GO ON AND OFF JUST BY WISHING IT.


The BFG


I IS ONLY AN EIGHT YEAR OLD LITTLE BOY BUT I IS GROWING A SPLENDID BUSHY BEARD AND ALL THE OTHER BOYS IS JALOUS.


The BFG


I IS ABEL TO JUMP OUT OF ANY HIGH WINDOW AND FLOTE DOWN SAFELY.


The BFG


I HAS A PET BEE THAT MAKES ROCK AND ROLL MUSIK WHEN IT FLIES.


The BFG


‘What amazes me,’ Sophie said, ‘is how you ever learned to write in the first place.’

‘Ah,’ said the BFG. ‘I has been wondering how long it is before you is asking me that.’

‘Considering you never went to school, I think it’s quite marvellous,’ Sophie said. ‘How did you learn?’

The BFG crossed the cave and opened a tiny secret door in the wall. He took out a book, very old and tattered. By human standards, it was an ordinary sized book, but it looked like a postage stamp in his huge hand.

‘One night,’ he said, ‘I is blowing a dream through a window and I sees this book lying on the little boy’s bedroom table. I wanted it so very badly, you understand. But I is refusing to steal it. I would never do that.’

‘So how did you get it?’ Sophie asked.

‘I borrowed it,’ the BFG said, smiling a little. ‘Just for a short time I borrowed it.’

‘How long have you had it?’ Sophie asked.


The BFG


‘Perhaps only about eighty years,’ the BFG said. ‘Soon I shall be putting it back.’

‘And that’s how you taught yourself to write?’ Sophie asked him.

‘I is reading it hundreds of times,’ the BFG said. ‘And I is still reading it and teaching new words to myself and how to write them. It is the most scrum-diddlyumptious story.’

Sophie took the book out of his hand. ‘Nicholas Nickleby,’ she read aloud.

‘By Dahl’s Chickens,’ the BFG said.

‘By who?’ Sophie said.

Just then, there came a tremendous noise of galloping feet from outside the cave. ‘What’s that?’ Sophie cried.

‘That is all the giants zippfizzing off to another country to guzzle human beans,’ the BFG said. He quickly popped Sophie into his waistcoat pocket, then hurried to the cave entrance and rolled back the stone.

Sophie, peeping out of her spy-hole, saw all nine of the fearsome giants coming past at full gallop.

‘Where is you off to tonight?’ shouted the BFG.

‘We is all of us flushbunking off to England tonight,’ answered the Fleshlumpeater as they went galloping past. ‘England is a luctuous land and we is fancying a few nice little English chiddlers.’

‘I,’ shouted the Maidmasher, ‘is knowing where there is a gigglehouse for girls and I is guzzling myself full as a frothblower!’

‘And I knows where there is a bogglebox for boys!’ shouted the Gizzardgulper. ‘All I has to do is reach in and grab myself a handful! English boys is tasting extra lickswishy!’

In a few seconds, the nine galloping giants were out of sight.

‘What did he mean?’ Sophie said, poking her head out of the pocket. ‘What is a gigglehouse for girls?’

‘He is meaning a girls’ school,’ the BFG said. ‘He will be eating them by the bundle.’

‘Oh no!’ cried Sophie.

‘And boys from a boys’ school,’ said the BFG.

‘It mustn’t happen!’ Sophie cried out. ‘We’ve got to stop them! We can’t just sit here and do nothing!’

‘There’s not a thing we can do,’ the BFG said. ‘We is helpless as horsefeathers.’ He sat down on a large craggy blue rock near the entrance to his cave. He took Sophie from his pocket and put her beside him on the rock. ‘It is now quite safe for you to be outside until they is coming back,’ he said.

The sun had dipped below the horizon and it was getting dark.


The Great Plan

‘We’ve absolutely got to stop them!’ Sophie cried. ‘Put me back in your pocket quick and we’ll chase after them and warn everyone in England they’re coming.’

‘Redunculus and um-possiple,’ the BFG said. ‘They is going two times as fast as me and they is finishing their guzzle before we is halfway.’

‘But we can’t just sit here doing nothing!’ Sophie cried. ‘How many girls and boys are they going to eat tonight?’

‘Many’ the BFG said. ‘The Fleshlumpeating Giant alone has a most squadding whoppsy appetite.’

‘Will he snatch them out of their beds while they’re sleeping?’

‘Like peas out of a poddle,’ the BFG said.

‘I can’t bear to think of it!’ Sophie cried.

‘Then don’t,’ the BFG said. ‘For years and years I is sitting here on this very rock every night after night when they is galloping away, and I is feeling so sad for all the human beans they is going to gobble up. But I has had to get used to it. There is nothing I can do. If I wasn’t a titchy little runty giant only twenty-four feet high then I would be stopping them. But that is absolutely out of the window.’

‘Do you always know where they’re going?’ Sophie asked.

‘Always,’ the BFG said. ‘Every night they is yelling at me as they go booding past. The other day they was yelling “We is off to Mrs Sippi and Miss Souri to guzzle them both!”’

‘Disgusting,’ Sophie said. ‘I hate them.’

She and the Big Friendly Giant sat quietly side by side on the blue rock in the gathering dusk. Sophie had never felt so helpless in her life. After a while, she stood up and cried out, ‘I can’t stand it! Just think of those poor girls and boys who are going to be eaten alive in a few hours’ time! We can’t just sit here and do nothing! We’ve got to go after those brutes!’

‘No,’ the BFG said.

‘We must!’ Sophie cried. ‘Why won’t you go?’

The BFG sighed and shook his head firmly. ‘I has told you five or six times,’ he said, ‘and the third will be the last. I is never showing myself to human beans.’

‘Why ever not?’

‘If I do, they will be putting me in the zoo with all the jiggyraffes and cattypiddlers.’

‘Nonsense,’ Sophie said.

‘And they will be sending you straight back to a norphanage,’ the BFG went on. ‘Grown-up human beans is not famous for their kindnesses. They is all squifflerotters and grinksludgers.’

‘That simply isn’t true!’ Sophie cried angrily. ‘Some of them are very kind indeed.’

‘Who?’ the BFG said. ‘Name one.’

‘The Queen of England,’ Sophie said. ‘You can’t call her a squifflerotter or a grinksludger.’

‘Well…’ the BFG said.

‘You can’t call her a squeakpip or a notmucher either,’ Sophie said, getting angrier and angrier.

‘The Fleshlumpeater is longing dearly to guzzle her up,’ the BFG said, smiling a little now.


The BFG


‘Who, the Queen?’ Sophie cried, aghast.

‘Yes,’ the BFG answered. ‘Fleshlumpeater says he is never eating a queen and he thinks perhaps she has an especially scrumdiddlyumptious flavour.’

‘How dare he!’ Sophie cried.

‘But Fleshlumpeater says there is too many soldiers around her Palace and he dursent try it.’

‘He’d better not!’ Sophie said.

‘He is also saying he would like very much to guzzle one of the soldiers in his pretty red suit but he is worried about those big black furry hats they is wearing. He thinks they might be sticking in his diroat.’

‘I hope he chokes,’ Sophie said.

‘Fleshlumpeater is a very careful giant,’ the BFG said.

Sophie was silent for a few moments. Then suddenly, in a voice filled with excitement, she cried out, ‘I’ve got it! By golly, I think I’ve got it!’

‘Got what?’ asked the BFG.

‘The answer!’ cried Sophie. ‘We’ll go to the Queen! It’s a terrific idea! If I went and told the Queen about those disgusting man-eating giants, I’m sure she’d do something about it!’

The BFG looked down at her sadly and shook his head. ‘She is never believing you,’ he said. ‘Never in a month of Mondays.’

‘I think she would.’

‘Never,’ the BFG said. ‘It is sounding such a wonky tall story, the Queen will be laughing and saying “What awful rubbsquash!” ’

‘She would not!’

‘Of course she would,’ the BFG said. ‘I has told you before that human beans is simply not believing in giants.’

‘Then it’s up to us to find a way of making her believe in them,’ Sophie said.

‘And how is you getting in to see the Queen anyway?’ the BFG asked.

‘Now hold on a sec,’ Sophie said. ‘Just you hold on a sec because I’ve got another idea.’

‘Your ideas is full of crodswoggle,’ the BFG said.

‘Not this one,’ Sophie said. ‘You say that if we tell the Queen, she would never believe us?’

‘I is certain she wouldn’t,’ the BFG said.

‘But we aren’t going to tell her!’ Sophie said excitedly. ‘We don’t have to tell her! We’ll make her dream it!’

‘That is an even more frothbungling suggestion,’ the BFG said. ‘Dreams is lots of fun but nobody is believing in dreams either. You is only believing in a dream while you is actually dreaming it. But as soon as you is waking up you is saying “Oh thank goodness it was only a dream”.’

‘Don’t you worry about that part of it,’ Sophie said. ‘I can fix that.’

‘Never can you fix it,’ the BFG said.

‘I can! I swear I can! But first of all, let me ask you a very important question. Here it is. Can you make a person dream absolutely anything in the world?’

‘Anything you like,’ the BFG said proudly.

‘If I said I wanted to dream that I was in a flying bathtub with silver wings, could you make me dream it?’

‘I could,’ the BFG said.

‘But how?’ Sophie said. ‘You obviously don’t have exactly that dream in your collection.’

‘I do not,’ the BFG said. ‘But I could soon be mixing it up.’

‘How could you mix it up?’

‘It is a little bit like mixing a cake,’ the BFG said. ‘If you is putting the right amounts of all the different things into it, you is making the cake come out any way you want, sugary, splongy curranty, Christmassy or grobswitchy. It is the same with dreams.’

‘Go on,’ Sophie said.

‘I has diluons of dreams on my shelfs, right or left?’

‘Right,’ Sophie said.

‘I has dreams about bathtubs, lots of them. I has dreams about silver wings. I has dreams about flying. So all I has to do is mix those dreams together in the proper way and I is very quickly making a dream where you is flying in a bathtub with silver wings.’

‘I see what you mean,’ Sophie said. ‘But I didn’t know you could mix one dream with another.’

‘Dreams like being mixed,’ the BFG answered. ‘They is getting very lonesome all by themselves in those glassy bottles.’

‘Right,’ Sophie said. ‘Now then, do you have dreams about the Queen of England?’

‘Lots of them,’ the BFG said.

‘And about giants?’

‘Of course,’ the BFG said.

‘And about giants eating people?’

‘Swiggles of them,’ the BFG said.

‘And about little girls like me?’

‘Those is commonest of all,’ the BFG said. ‘I has bottles and bottles of dreams about little girls.’

‘And you could mix them all up just as I want you to?’ Sophie asked, getting more and more excited.

‘Of course,’ the BFG said. ‘But how is this helping us! I think you is barking up the wrong dog.’

‘Now hold on,’ Sophie said. ‘Listen carefully. I want you to mix a dream which you will blow into the Queen of England’s bedroom when she is asleep. And this is how it will go.’

‘Now hang on a mintick,’ the BFG said. ‘How is I possibly going to get near enough to the Queen of England’s bedroom to blow in my dream? You is talking dumbsilly.’

‘I’ll tell you that later,’ Sophie said. ‘For the moment please listen carefully. Here is the dream I want you to mix. Are you paying attention?’

‘Very close,’ the BFG said.

‘I want the Queen to dream that nine disgusting giants, each one about fifty feet tall, are galloping to England in the night. She must dream their names as well. What are their names again?’

‘Fleshlumpeater,’ the BFG said. ‘Manhugger. Bonecruncher. Ghildchewer. Meatdripper, Gizzard-gulper. Maidmasher. Bloodbottler. And the Butcher Boy.’

‘Let her dream all those names,’ Sophie said. ‘And let her dream that they will be creeping into England in the depths of the witching hour and snatching little boys and girls from their beds. Let her dream that they will be reaching into the bedroom windows and pulling the little boys and girls out of their beds and then…’ Sophie paused. ‘Do they eat them on the spot or do they carry them away first?’ she asked.

‘They is usually just popping them straight into their mouths like popcorn,’ the BFG said.

‘Put that in the dream,’ Sophie said. ‘And then… then the dream must say that when their tummies are full, they will go galloping back to Giant Country where no one can find them.’

‘Is that all?’ the BFG said.

‘Certainly not,’ Sophie said. ‘You must then explain to the Queen in her dream that there is a Big Friendly Giant who can tell her where all those beasts are living, so that she can send her soldiers and her armies to capture them once and for all. And now let her dream one last and very important thing. Let her dream that there is a little girl called Sophie sitting on her window-sill who will tell her where the Big Friendly Giant is hiding.’

‘Where is he hiding?’ asked the BFG.

‘We’ll come to that later,’ Sophie said. ‘So the Queen dreams her dream, right?’

‘Right,’ the BFG said.

‘Then she wakes up and the first thing she thinks is oh what a horrid dream. I’m so glad it was only a dream. And then she looks up from her pillow and what does she see?’

‘What does she see?’ the BFG asked.

‘She sees a little girl called Sophie sitting on her window-sill, right there in real life before her very eyes.’

‘How is you going to be sitting on the Queen’s window-sill, may I beg?’ the BFG said.

‘You are going to put me there,’ Sophie said. ‘And that’s the lovely part about it. If someone dreams that there is a little girl sitting on her window-sill and men she wakes up and sees that the little girl really is sitting there, that is a dream come true, is it not?’

‘I is beginning to see where you is driving to,’ the BFG said. ‘If the Queen is knowing that part of her dream is true, then perhaps she is believing the rest of it is true as well.’

‘That’s about it,’ Sophie said. ‘But I shall have to convince her of that myself.’

‘You said you is wanting the dream to say there is a Big Friendly Giant who is also going to talk to the Queen?’

‘Absolutely’ Sophie said. ‘You must. You are the only one who can tell her where to find the other giants.’

‘How is I meeting the Queen?’ asked the BFG. ‘I is not wanting to be shooted at by her soldiers.’

‘The soldiers are only in the front of the Palace,’ Sophie said. ‘At the back there is a huge garden and there are no soldiers in there at all. There is a very high wall with spikes on it around the garden to stop people climbing in. But you could simply walk over that.’

‘How is you knowing all this about the Queen’s Palace?’ the BFG asked.

‘Last year I was in a different orphanage,’ Sophie said. ‘It was in London and we used to go for walks all around there.’

‘Is you helping me to find this Palace?’ the BFG asked. ‘I has never dared to go hide and sneaking around London in my life.’

‘I’ll show you the way’ Sophie said confidently.

‘I is frightened of London,’ the BFG said.

‘Don’t be,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s full of tiny dark streets and there are very few people about in the witching hour.’

The BFG picked Sophie up between one finger and a thumb and placed her gently on the palm of the other hand. ‘Is the Queen’s Palace very big?’ he asked.

‘Huge,’ Sophie said.


The BFG


‘Then how is we finding the right bedroom?’

‘That’s up to you,’ Sophie said. ‘You’re supposed to be an expert at that sort of thing.’

‘And you is absolutely sure the Queen will not put me in a zoo with all the cattypiddlers?’

‘Of course she won’t,’ Sophie said. ‘You’ll be a hero. And you’ll never have to eat snozzcumbers again.’

Sophie saw the BFG’s eyes widen. He licked his lips.

‘You mean it?’ he said. ‘You really mean it? No more disgustive snozzcumbers?’

‘You couldn’t get one if you wanted to,’ Sophie said. ‘Humans don’t grow them.’

That did it. The BFG got to his feet. ‘When is you wanting me to mix this special dream?’ he asked.

‘Now,’ Sophie said. ‘At once.’

‘When is we going to see the Queen?’ he said.

‘Tonight,’ Sophie said. ‘As soon as you’ve mixed the dream.’

‘Tonight?’ the BFG cried. ‘Why such a flushbunking flurry?’

‘If we can’t save tonight’s children, we can anyway save tomorrow’s,’ Sophie said. ‘What is more, I’m getting famished. I haven’t had a thing to eat for twenty-four hours.’

‘Then we had better get crackling,’ the BFG said, moving back towards the cave.

Sophie kissed him on the tip of his thumb. ‘I knew you’d do it!’ she said. ‘Come on! Let’s hurry!’


Mixing the Dream

It was dark now. The night had already begun. The BFG, with Sophie sitting on his hand, hurried into the cave and put on those brilliant blinding lights that seemed to come from nowhere. He placed Sophie on the table. ‘Stay there please,’ he said, ‘and no chittering. I is needing to listen only to silence when I is mixing up such a knotty plexicated dream as this.’

He hurried away from her. He got out an enormous empty glass jar that was the size of a washing machine. He clutched it to his chest and hurried towards the shelves on which stood the thousands and thousands of smaller jars containing the captured dreams.

‘Dreams about giants,’ he muttered to himself as he searched the labels. ‘The giants is guzzling human beans… no, not that one… nor that one… here’s one!… And here’s another!…’ He grabbed the jars and unscrewed the tops. He tipped the dreams into the enormous jar he was clutching and as each one went in, Sophie caught a glimpse of a small sea-green blob tumbling from one jar into the other.

The BFG hurried towards another shelf. ‘Now,’ he muttered, ‘I is wanting dreams about gigglehouses for girls… and about boggleboxes for boys.’ He was becoming very tense now. Sophie could almost see the excitement bubbling inside him as he scurried back and forth among his beloved jars. There must have been fifty thousand dreams altogether up there on the shelves, but he seemed to know almost exactly where every one of them was. ‘Dreams about a little girl,’ he muttered. ‘And dreams about me… about the BFG… come on, come on, hurry up, get on with it… now where in the wonky world is I keeping those?…’


The BFG


And so it went on. In about half an hour the BFG had found all the dreams he wanted and had tipped them into the one huge jar. He put the jar on the table. Sophie sat watching him but said nothing. Inside the big jar, lying on the bottom of it, she could clearly see about fifty of those oval sea-green jellyish shapes, all pulsing gently in and out, some lying on top of others, but each one still a quite separate individual dream.

‘Now we is mixing them,’ the BFG announced. He went to the cupboard where he kept his bottles of frobscottle, and from it he took out a gigantic egg-beater. It was one of those that has a handle which you turn, and down below there are a lot of overlapping blades that go whizzing round. He inserted the bottom end of this contraption into the big jar where the dreams were lying. ‘Watch,’ he said. He started turning the handle very fast.

Flashes of green and blue exploded inside the jar. The dreams were being whisked into a sea-green froth.

‘The poor things!’ Sophie cried.

‘They is not feeling it,’ the BFG said as he turned the handle. ‘Dreams is not like human beans or animals. They has no brains. They is made of zozimus.’


The BFG


After about a minute, the BFG stopped whisking. The whole bottle was now full to the brim with large bubbles. They were almost exactly like the bubbles we ourselves blow from soapy water, except that these had even brighter and more beautiful colours swimming on their surfaces.

‘Keep watching,’ the BFG said.

Quite slowly, the topmost bubble rose up through the neck of the jar and floated away. A second one followed. Then a third and a fourth. Soon the cave was filled with hundreds of beautifully coloured bubbles, all drifting gently through the air. It was truly a wonderful sight. As Sophie watched them, they all started floating towards the cave entrance, which was still open.

‘They’re going out,’ Sophie whispered.

‘Of course,’ the BFG said.

‘Where to?’

‘Those is all little tiny dream-bits that I isn’t using,’ the BFG said. ‘They is going back to the misty country to join up with proper dreams.’

‘It’s all a bit beyond me,’ Sophie said.

‘Dreams is full of mystery and magic,’ the BFG said. ‘Do not try to understand them. Look in the big bottle and you will now see the dream you is wanting for the Queen.’

Sophie turned and stared into the great jar. On the bottom of it, something was thrashing around wildly, bouncing up and down and flinging itself against the walls of the jar. ‘Good heavens!’ she cried. ‘Is that it?’

‘That’s it,’ the BFG said proudly.

‘But it’s… it’s horrible!’ Sophie cried. ‘It’s jumping about! It wants to get out!’

‘That’s because it’s a trogglehumper,’ the BFG said. ‘It’s a nightmare.’

‘Oh, but I don’t want you to give the Queen a nightmare!’ Sophie cried.

‘If she is dreaming about giants guzzling up little boys and girls, then what is you expecting it to be except a nightmare?’ the BFG said.

‘Oh, no!’ Sophie cried.

‘Oh, yes,’ the BFG said. ‘A dream where you is seeing little chiddlers being eaten is about the most frightsome trogglehumping dream you can get. It’s a kicksy bog-thumper. It’s a whoppsy grobswitcher. It is all of them riddled into one. It is as bad as that dream I blew into the Fleshlumpeater this afternoon. It is worse.’

Sophie stared down at the fearful nightmare dream that was still thrashing away in the huge glass jar. It was much larger than the others. It was about the size and shape of, shall we say, a turkey’s egg. It was jellyish. It had tinges of bright scarlet deep inside it. There was something terrible about the way it was throwing itself against the sides of the jar.


The BFG


‘I don’t want to give the Queen a nightmare,’ Sophie said.

‘I is thinking,’ the BFG said, ‘that your Queen will be happy to have a nightmare if having a nightmare is going to save a lot of human beans from being gobbled up by filthsome giants. Is I right or is I left?’

‘I suppose you’re right,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s got to be done.’

‘She will soon be getting over it,’ the BFG said.

‘Have you put all the other important things into it?’ Sophie asked.

‘When I is blowing that dream into the Queen’s bedroom,’ the BFG said, ‘she will be dreaming every single little thingalingaling you is asking me to make her dream.’

‘About me sitting on the window-sill?’

‘That part is very strong.’

‘And about a Big Friendly Giant?’

‘I is putting in a nice long gobbit about him,’ the BFG said. As he spoke, he picked up one of his smaller jars and very quickly tipped the struggling thrashing trogglehumper out of the large jar into the small one. Then he screwed the lid tightly on to the small jar.

‘That’s it,’ he announced. ‘We is now ready.’ He fetched his suitcase and put the small jar into it.

‘Why bother to take a great big suitcase when you’ve only got one jar?’ Sophie said. ‘You could put the jar in your pocket.’

The BFG looked down at her and smiled. ‘By goggles,’ he said, taking the jar out of the suitcase, ‘your head is not qui