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albeit: conj. - accepting the fact that: although, conceding that, even though, notwithstanding
athwart: prep. (see also adv.) 1. from one side to the other: across 2. in opposition to: against, contrary to
Basmalah: abbr. - (Islam) the abbreviation of the Arabic phrase "bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm" (meaning "In the name of Allāh, the Merciful, the Compassionate"), which is placed before each chapter (sūrah) in the Qur'an and spoken before many daily undertakings to seek Allāh's blessing
bis: intj. (see also adv.) - (Latin) used by members of an audience to call for an encore of a musical performance; literally, "twice"
BOHICA: acr. - (military slang) "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again"; used most often in the military, on web forums, and at work places, this acronym indicates that someone is "screwing/fucking you over" in a painful way many, many times
circa: prep. - (Latin) used before a date to indicate that it is approximate or estimated; often abbreviated simply 'c.': about, approximately, around, roughly
fie: intj. - [archaic] used to express disgust, disapproval, annoyance, or dismay -- instances of modern usage are usually sarcastic or mocking in tone
FUBAR: acr. - (military slang) "Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition." This acronym began as slang among soldiers during WWII. It is now used commonly by civilians, especially when referring to computer problems, in which case the acronym is often translated: "Fucked Up Beyond Any Repair"
hic jacet: phr. - (Latin) an inscription often found on gravestones, meaning "here is buried"; literally, "here lies"
in propria persona: prep. phr. - (Law) (Latin) often shortened to 'in pro per,' the phrase 'in propria persona' is used to describe a person who is representing himself or herself in a court proceeding without the aid of a lawyer, whether as a defendant or a plaintiff in a civil or criminal case. In some states, this is refered to as 'pro se'; literally, "in one's own proper person"
j'adoube: intj. - (Chess) (French) a phrase you must say before adjusting a misaligned piece on the board to ensure that this will not be counted as an official move; literally, "I adjust," "I dub," or "I touch on the shoulder"
on the lam: phr. - the state of being wanted and traveling to avoid capture; running away, usually from a legal authority such as the police: on the run
pro se: phr. - (Law) (Latin) the phrase 'pro se' is used to describe a person who is representing himself or herself in a court proceeding without the aid of a lawyer, whether as a defendant or a plaintiff in a civil or criminal case. In some states, this is referred to as 'in pro per' (short for 'in propria persona'); literally, "for oneself" or "on one's own behalf"
qua: prep. - in the role or character of; acting as (For example: "My physician qua friend suggested that a vacation would be good for both my mental and physical health.")
SNAFU: acr. (see also adj., n. & v.) - (military slang) "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up." This acronym was first used, and often used, by soldiers in World War II
SOP: acr. (see also n.) - "Standard Operating Procedure"
WASP: acr. - 1. a mocking or offensive term for a "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" who is viewed as belonging to the dominant and most powerful level of society (particularly in the Western world) 2. "Women's Air Force Service Pilots" were civilian female pilots during World War II who flew military planes on non-combat missions (such as ferrying planes between factories and military bases) to free male pilots for combat

ADVERBS

abaft: adv. - at, near or toward the stern (rear) of a ship or tail of an airplane: astern
ab ovo: adv. - (Latin) from the beginning; literally, "from the egg"
ad infinitum: adv. - (Latin) having no end; seemingly without limit; literally, "to infinity": endlessly, forever, indefinitely, infinitely, limitlessly
ad hoc: adv. (see also adj. ) - (Latin) describes an action done in response to a specific situation or problem, without considering wider or longer-term issues; literally, "for this" or "toward this"
ad nauseam: adv. - (Latin) to such an extreme or annoying extent that it produces feelings of sickness or nausea; to the point of disgusting or ridiculous excess; to a sickening degree; literally, "to nausea"
akimbo: adv. (see also adj.) - with hands on hips and elbows bent outward
alfresco: adv. (see also adj.) - taking place or located in the open air: outdoor, outdoors
anon: adv. - 1. at another time; at an unspecified future time: later 2. in a short time: shortly, soon 3. [archaic] at once: forthwith, immediately
apace: adv. - 1. at a sufficient rate to keep up with or be alongside somebody or something: abreast 2. at a good or fast pace: chop-chop, quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily
athwart: adv. (see also prep.) - 1. describes something that reaches or stretches across: aslant, crosswise, diagonally, obliquely, side to side, sideways, transversely 2. going against the expected or right course in order to thwart, obstruct, or oppose it: contradictorily, perversely 3. (Nautical) across a ship from side to side; at right angles to a ship's keel (The keel is the fin-like plate along the bottom center of large boats to keep them stable.)
berserk: adv. (see also adj.) - describes crazed or frenzied behavior suggestive of sudden mental imbalance; used in the phrases "go berserk" and "went berserk" [see also: berserker (n.)]
bis: adv. (see also intj.) - (Latin) literally, "twice"; 1. to be repeated: again, twice 2. (Music) to be played or sung again
cap-a-pie: adv. - (Middle French) at all points on a person's body; literally, "(from) head to foot"
catawampus: adv. (see also adj.) - (also spelled 'cattywampus') positioned diagonally: catercorner, oblique
categorically: adv. - without any doubt, personal reservations, or possibility of being changed; in an absolute, unqualified and unconditional manner; without exceptions or conditions: absolutely, completely, definitely, directly, exactly, expressly, flatly, positively, precisely, unambiguously
catercorner: adv. (see also adj.) in a diagonal or oblique position or line: catawampus, cattywampus
charily: adv. [see also chary (adj.)] - 1. discreetly cautious, as though hesitant and carefully watchful about dangers and risks: carefully, cautiously, circumspectly, vigilantly, warily, watchfully 2. slow to give away, use up, or share something freely: frugally, sparingly
deasil: adv. - 1. in the direction of the rotation of the sun or of the hands of an analog clock: clockwise, sunwise [antonym: widdershins] 2. turning toward the right or moving in the right-handed direction
de novo: adv. - (Latin) as if for the first time; restarting from the beginning; disregarding previous history; literally, "from new": anew, afresh, over again
dilatorily: adv. - describes doing something slowly or with delay, especially on purpose: tardily
en bloc: adv. - all together at the same time; in a lump; as a unit or as a group; as a whole: collectively, en masse
en masse: adv. - as a body, or in a group; all together; in a mass: collectively, en bloc
erstwhile: adv. (see also adj.) - in the past; of times past; belonging to some prior time: formerly, previously, priorly
ex cathedra: adv. (see also adj.) - (Latin) with the full authority of office or rank; from the seat of authority (used especially to describe an official statement made by the Pope from his official chair of authority. These "ex cathedra" statements by the Pope are considered infallible by Roman Catholics); literally, "from the (teacher's) chair" or "from the throne"
extempore: adv. (see also adj.) - with little or no preparation; on the spur of the moment: ad lib, extemporaneously, impromptu, improvised, offhand, unplanned, unpracticed, unscripted
fleetly: adv. - in a swift manner: chop-chop, hurriedly, full tilt, posthaste, quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily
full tilt: adv. - 1. at top speed; as fast as possible: chop-chop, hurriedly, fleetly, posthaste, quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily 2. with full force; with maximum energy or speed; at peak performance; performing at a person or thing's full potential: all out, full steam, open throttle

higgledy-piggledy: adv. - in a confused, disordered, or random manner: helter-skelter, pell-mell
hermetically: adv. - describes a way of sealing a container which makes it completely air-tight, typically used in the phrase "hermetically sealed" [see also: hermetic (adj.)]
hugger-mugger: adv. (see also adj., n., & v.) - 1. in a muddled or confused way 2. in secrecy: secretly, surreptitiously
incognito: adv. (see also adj.) - with one's identity disguised or hidden; having one's true identity concealed
incommunicado: adv. (see also adj.) - prevented by circumstances or by force from communicating with others; not able to communicate
inferoanterior: adv. - below and in front
in forma pauperis: adv. - (Latin) (Law) not required to pay the normal costs of a lawsuit or criminal defense because of being identified as a poor person; literally, "in the character, form, or manner of a poor person"
in medias res: adv. - (Latin) going straight into the middle of a sequence of events, often used as a literary device in which no introduction is given at the beginning of a story (in epic poetry and many novels, the author generally begins with some catastrophe which is explained as the tale unfolds); literally, "into the midst of things"
ipso facto: adv. - (Latin) as the direct or inevitable result of a particular fact or act; by the very nature of the deed (used to describe when something is so obvious that it needs no elaboration or further explanation); literally, "by the fact itself"
malapropos: adv. (see also adj.) - 1. in an inappropriate or inopportune manner: inappropriately, unsuitably 2. at an inconvenient time: unseasonably
obnixiously: adv. - in a serious, energized, persistent manner: earnestly, strenuously, vigorously
pari passu: adv. - (Latin) literally, "with equal step"; 1. at an equal pace or rate; step for step; side by side: abreast, apace, together 2. in a fair way, with no one person or group taking precedence over another; without preference or partiality: equably, equally, equivalently, fairly, proportionally, unbiased
parlous: adv. (see also adj.) - to a large extent; indicates the extreme or excessive nature of something: greatly, very
pell-mell: adv. - 1. in a jumbled or confused manner: helter-skelter, messily 2. in frantic, disorderly haste: headlong, harum-scarum, hurriedly, posthaste, precipitately, recklessly, wildly
perforce: adv. - by necessity; by force of circumstance: inevitably, necessarily, unavoidably
plumply: adv. - in a wholehearted manner and without hesitation or roundabout language: bluntly, directly, forthrightly
posthaste: adv. - as quickly as possible; with great speed or in a hurry: apace, immediately, precipitately, promptly, rapidly
precipitately: adv. - in a way that is too sudden and without consideration; at breakneck speed: hastily, headlong, rashly
seriatim: adv. - in a series; one after another; happening in sequence
sotto voce: adv. (see also adj.) - (Italian) in a soft, low voice or under the breath, so as not to be overheard; in an undertone (especially when used as a direction in music); literally, "under (the) voice": quietly
sub rosa: adv. (see also adj.) - (Latin) in secret; literally, "under the rose" (the rose was regarded as a symbol of secrecy): covertly, confidentially, privately
summarily: adv. - 1. immediately and without discussion or attention to formalities; without delay: promptly, straightaway 2. happening without being given notice ahead of time (as, 'he was summarily fired'): precipitately
well-nigh: adv. - 1. soon to happen: almost, imminent 2. slightly short of or not quite accomplished: all but, almost, nearly
widdershins: adv. - (also spelled 'withershins') 1. opposite the direction of the rotation of the sun or of the hands of an analog clock: counterclockwise [antonym: deasil] 2. turning toward the left or moving in the left-handed direction 3. in a wrong or contrary direction
withal: adv. - 1. along with the rest; in addition; together with this: as well, besides, moreover 2. despite anything to the contrary; in spite of everything: all the same, however, even so, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, yet

VERBS

abacinate: v. - to blind by holding a red-hot copper basin or metal rod near someone's eyes
abjure: v. - 1. to formally give up a previously held belief or claim (especially under oath), usually under pressure: disavow, recant, reject, renounce, repudiate 2. to deny oneself something; to abstain from: avoid, eschew, reject, shun
abominate: v. - to hate in the highest degree: abhor, detest, hate, loathe
abrade: v. - 1. to wear something down by friction or rubbing, especially to scrape away the surface layer of something: chafe, erode, excoriate, grind, scour, scrape, scrub, wear away 2. to wear down in spirit, especially by constant irritation: irritate, weary
abrogate: v. - 1. to annul or abolish by an authoritative act; to treat as nonexistent: cancel, invalidate, repeal, rescind, retract, revoke, void 2. to put an end to or set aside; to do away with
abscond: v. - to depart secretly; to steal away and hide oneself, especially to avoid arrest or prosecution
accede: v. - 1. to agree to something, such as a proposition or to terms proposed by another: acquiesce, assent, comply, concur, consent 2. to associate oneself with a treaty, an agreement, a convention, etc. 3. to attain an office or rank; to enter upon the duties of an office
accrete: v. - 1. to increase, make larger, add to, or grow something: accumulate, amass, collect, gather 2. to grow together or become attached (as when two internal organs or two plants do so): adhere, blend, fuse, merge, mix
acquiesce: v. - to accept something passively or without objection (usually used with 'in' or 'to'): consent
adduce: v. - to bring something forward as evidence or proof in an argument: allege, assert, cite, claim, point out, put forward, state
adjure: v. - 1. to command or enjoin solemnly as if under oath or penalty of a curse: bind, charge 2. to urge or advise earnestly: bid, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, press
adumbrate: v. - 1. to give the main points or a summary of something, especially while holding back or hiding certain details; to describe roughly or briefly: outline, sketch, summarize 2. to give a hint of things to come: foreshadow, indicate, insinuate, intimate, prefigure, suggest
aggrandize: v. - 1. to make great or greater: enlarge, increase 2. to make appear greater in power, rank, reputation, or wealth: praise highly 3. to enhance the power, wealth, position, or reputation of: exalt
aggress: v. - to commit the first act of hostility or offense; to make an attack
ameliorate: v. - to make or become better: help, improve
amerce: v. - to punish, especially by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court
amortize: v. - (Finance) 1. to gradually reduce a debt by making regular payments to cover the principal and interest 2. to gradually write off the cost of an asset in regular installments
anathematize: v. - to completely or passionately condemn or pronounce a curse on, especially publicly; to declare something evil: condemn, curse, execrate, malign [see also: anathema (n.)]
anneal: v. - 1. (Metallurgy) to heat and then (usually slowly) cool an alloy, metal, or glass in order to make it tougher and less brittle and to remove internal stresses. This is done to prevent the finished metal or glass from cracking or shattering due to physical pressure or temperature changes: strengthen, temper 2. (Cell Biology) (a) for DNA or RNA to spontaneously pair by hydrogen bonds with a complementary strand, forming a double-stranded polynucleotide of DNA-DNA, DNA-RNA, or RNA-RNA (b) to heat double-stranded nucleic acid (DNA, or a double strand of RNA) in order to break the hydrogen bonds which hold the strands together (and therefore forming single strands), then to cool it in order for them to recombine back into double strands: hybridize
appropinquate: v. - to come near to; to come close to; to approach
arrogate: v. - 1. to take or claim something for oneself without the right to do so: appropriate, commandeer, expropriate, lay claim, seize, usurp 2. to claim something on behalf of another in a way that is not fair or justified: ascribe
ascribe: v. - 1. to assert that something was caused by a particular thing or person; to attribute an effect to a particular cause 2. to assert that something was originally written or said by a particular person 3. to assert that some quality, characteristic or trait belongs to a person or group
asseverate: v. - to declare earnestly, seriously, or positively; to state absolutely and without qualifications: affirm, assert, assure, aver, avow, claim, confess, contend, insist, maintain, profess, pronounce, purport, say, state, swear, testify, vow
assuage: v. - 1. to lessen the intensity of something that pains or distresses: allay, alleviate, ease, lighten, mitigate, mollify, palliate, relieve, sooth 2. to quiet or calm someone: pacify 3. to put an end to a need or desire by satisfying it: appease, placate, quench, slake 4. to cause to be more favorably inclined; to gain the good will of: conciliate, lenify
attenuate: v. (see also adj.) - 1. to make slender, thin, fine, or small 2. to make or become weaker in strength, value, or power: weaken 3. to reduce in force, value, amount, or degree: lessen 4. to weaken the consistency of a chemical substance 5. to lessen the density of; to thin a substance: rarefy 6. (Biology) to make bacteria or viruses weaker (Attenuated bacteria or viruses are used in some vaccines.) 7. (Electronics) to reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal with little or no distortion
aver: v. - 1. to state confidently; to affirm positively, as in confidence of asserting the truth: assert, avow, claim, declare, swear 2. (Law) to formally state or allege that something is a fact
avulse: v. - 1. to separate, detach, or tear away by force 2. to tear away or pull off a body part, whether accidentally or surgically: amputate 3. to suddenly separate land from one property and join it to another due to flooding or to a river changing its course
ballast: v. (see also n.) - 1. to load a stabilizing weight onto something 2. to give stability to something; to keep steady: stabilize
bamboozle: v. - 1. to deceive or cheat by trickery: dupe 2. to confuse or puzzle
beatify: v. - 1. (Catholicism) to proclaim that a dead person lived a holy life and is one of the blessed who are experiencing heavenly bliss and are worthy of public religious veneration, especially in a particular region or religious congregation (this is the first step in achieving sainthood) 2. to make somebody extremely blissful or blessedly happy 3. to honor above all others: exalt
bedizen: v. - 1. to dress somebody in tastelessly showy or gaudy clothing, jewelry, etc.: adorn 2. to decorate something in a way that seems tastelessly showy, gaudy, or garishly excessive
bedung: v. - 1. to cover with dung or manure 2. to smear or soil with anything thick and dirty, literally or figuratively: besmear, besmirch, defile
beguile: v. [see also: beguiling (adj.) & guile (n.)] - 1. to trick, mislead or deceive somebody, especially using flattery: delude, dupe, hoodwink 2. to rob or cheat somebody of something: bilk, defraud, swindle 3. to win and maintain somebody's attention, interest, or devotion: bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, ensnare 4. to pass time in a fun or pleasant way: amuse, delight, entertain, while away 5. to distract somebody's attention, especially away from something difficult or sad: divert
behoove: v. - 1. to be right, proper, appropriate or necessary for somebody (to do): befit, compel, demand, force, impel, oblige, require 2. to be worthwhile or advantageous: aid, benefit, help
belie: v. - (Note: The following two definitions are antonyms of each other. This makes 'belie' its own antonym, a phenomenon known as a Janus word. ... I know, English is *horribly* fun, isn't it?) 1. to purposefully give a false impression, especially of oneself: airbrush, deceive, disguise, lie, mask, misrepresent 2. to reveal that something seemingly true is actually false: contradict, discredit, disprove, give the lie to, refute
bifurcate: v. (see also adj.) - to divide or separate into two parts or branches: fork
bilk: v. (see also n.) - 1. to cheat somebody out of what is due to them, especially money: defraud, rip off, swindle, trick 2. to hinder or prevent the efforts, plans, or desires of someone else; to block the free development of something: baffle, foil, frustrate, cross, spoil, thwart 3. to avoid paying a debt to someone else 4. to escape from someone or something: elude, evade 5. (Cribbage) to spoil your opponent's crib score
billet: v. (see also n.) - to lodge soldiers in a civilian house
bloviate: v. - to speak or write in a pompous or boastful manner, especially at length: bellow, bluster, clamor, declaim, decry, harangue, inveigh, lecture, prate, prattle, rail, rant, roister, storm, talk wildly, thunder, vociferate
bluster: v. (see also n.) - 1. to speak or act with noisy, swaggering threats and self-confidence 2. to drive or force by loud assertiveness and intimidation 3. to blow in stormy noisy gusts 4. to be windy and boisterous
bogart: v. - 1. to behave in a hostile, belligerent, or intimidating way: bully, intimidate 2. to use or consume without sharing; to take more than a fair share of something: monopolize
bombinate: v. - (identical to 'bombilate') to loudly hum or buzz continuously: drone, murmur, purr, reverberate, rumble, whir
bowdlerize: v. - 1. to clean up a book (or other written work) by omitting or changing parts considered offensive: censor, cut, decontaminate, expurgate, purge, purify, repress, sanitize, screen, sterilize 2. to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content
bruit: v. (see also n.) - to tell or spread news, especially rumors: disseminate, gossip, report
burgeon: v. - 1. to grow forth and expand rapidly: flourish 2. to put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery: bloom, sprout
burnish: v. - to make shiny, smooth or glossy by rubbing: buff, polish
buss: v. - to kiss, especially if done rudely or with a smack: osculate
cabal: v. (see also n.) - to engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy; to swear together: conspire, complot, conjure, machinate
cachinnate: v. (see also n.) - to laugh hard, loudly, or convulsively: guffaw
cadge: v. - to beg or get by begging; to ask for and get free; to be a parasite: bum, grub, mooch, panhandle, scrounge, sponge
calve: v. - 1. (Geology) for an iceberg or glacier to split or to break off a smaller mass of ice: detach, shed, splinter 2. to give birth to a calf
canker: v. (see also n.) - 1. to cause a person, animal, or plant to develop cankers (open sores in a person's mouth, on a cat's or dog's ears, under a horse's hooves, or on the woody parts of a plant) 2. to cause or spread corruption, decay, or evil; to destroy gradually or slowly
canvass: v. (see also n.) - 1. to examine thoroughly or inspect closely (especially, to examine votes officially for authenticity): scrutinize 2. to discuss in detail: debate 3. to go through places or among people asking for votes, opinions, orders, etc.: solicit 4. to get the opinions of people: poll
capitulate: v. - to give up on prearranged conditions; conditional surrender
caracole: v. (see also n.) - for a horse and rider to make a half turn right or left
career: v. - to go at top speed, especially in a headlong manner
carom: v. (see also n.) - to collide and rebound, especially in a shot of billiards or pool: glance, ricochet
castigate: v. - 1. to punish severely 2. to verbally criticize or condemn strongly: chastise, rebuke
caterwaul: v. (see also n.) - 1. to make a shrill or harsh cry, especially like a cat in heat 2. to have a noisy argument
cavil: v. (see also n.) - to raise trivial or frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason: bicker, carp, nitpick, pettifog, quibble
cerebrate: v. - to use the mind: muse, ponder, think
chagrin: v. (see also n.) to feel deeply unsettled or upset due to disappointment, humiliation, or annoyance: annoy, ashame, bother, disconcert, disquiet, embarrass, irk, irritate, mortify, peeve, perturb, shame, upset, vex
chastise: v. - 1. to punish, especially by beating 2. to scold or condemn sharply
chork: v. - [Scottish] 1. to make the squelching sound which occurs when someone is walking in shoes that are full of water 2. [rare] to grind the teeth in a noisy manner
chouse: v. - 1. to defeat someone through trickery or deceit: cheat, chicane, defraud, jockey, screw, shaft, trick 2. to drive or herd livestock roughly
cincture: v. (see also n.) - to encircle: encompass, gird
cloy: v. - to have or do something sweet, pleasant or rich so much that it causes a feeling of disgust, weariness, or annoyance
collude: v. - to cooperate with somebody in secret, especially in order to do something dishonest, illegal, or undesirable: conspire, plot
comport: v. - to conduct or behave oneself in a particular manner 2. to be fitting; to accord or agree (usually followed by 'with')
conflate: v. - to combine or mix together: amalgamate, blend, coalesce, fuse, meld, merge
confute: v. - to overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false
contemn: v. - to view or treat with disrespect, hate, or contempt: disdain, despise, detest, scorn
contravene: v. - 1. to act or be counter to: to violate 2. to oppose in argument: contradict
coquette: v. (see also n.) - 1. to act as a flirtatious, teasing woman 2. to deal with something playfully rather than seriously: dally, toy, trifle
cordon: v. (see also n.) - to seal off an area in order to control access to it, especially to surround an area (such as a crime scene or a place under quarantine) with a line of police officers, soldiers, or other guards, often using brightly colored barrier tape to mark the restricted area (such as the ribbons used around crime scenes {image} and around dangerous places {image}) -- especially used in the phrase "to cordon off" a location: blockade, block off, close off
corroborate: v. - to strengthen or make more certain with other evidence
coruscate: v. - 1. to give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light: sparkle 2. to exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style
cosset: v. - to treat as a pet; to treat with excessive indulgence: pamper
countermand: v. - to reverse (a command) by a contrary order, especially one from a higher authority than the first command: nullify, recall, rescind, revoke
countervail: v. - 1. to act against with equal force, power, or effect in order to stop or nullify something: annul, counteract, invalidate, negate, neutralize 2. to offset or counterbalance something: compensate
cozen: v. - 1. to deceive or mislead someone, usually by small or petty tricks: cheat, defraud, fool, hoodwink, lie, palter 2. to obtain something by dishonesty: beguile, bilk, rip off, swindle 3. to persuade someone of something in a dishonest way: cajole, delude, dupe, wheedle, win over
cretinize: v. - to make physically or mentally retarded
cull: v. (see also n.) - 1. to pick out from others: select 2. to gather: collect 3. to remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example)
debilitate: v. - to reduce the strength of: cripple, disable, enfeeble, impair, sap, undermine
declaim: v. - 1. to publicly speak against something in a loud, passionate way: harangue, inveigh, preach, protest, rant, sermonize 2. to make an impressive or effective formal speech or public statement; to make a speech that follows traditional rhetorical or oratory guidelines: address, dissertate, elocute, lecture, orate, perorate, prelect, proclaim 3. to repeatedly say words or a speech aloud for practice--such as, in preparation for a speech or play, to give one's speech a more natural or impressive flow, or to say foreign words with the correct inflection: recite
deem: v. - 1. to come to think or judge: consider 2. to have an opinion: believe
deep-six: v. - 1. (slang) to get rid of: discard, eliminate 2. (slang) to throw overboard
defenestrate: v. (see also n.) - to throw out of a window
defer: v. - 1. put off: delay 2. to postpone induction of a person into military service
defile: v. - 1. to march off in a line 2. to make unclean or impure
defray: v. - to pay some or all of an expense, often someone else's expenses: compensate, pay, settle
dehisce: v. - to burst or split open, as of flowers and seeds when releasing pollen or seeds
deign: v. - 1. to think something worthy or appropriate to one's dignity 2. to do something that one considers to be below one's dignity; to give or bestow reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one's superiority: condescend
demean: v. - to conduct or behave oneself, usually in a proper manner
denude: v. - 1. to remove covering from; to make bare: defoliate, strip, uncover, unsheathe, unveil 2. (Geology) to expose lower layers of rock through erosion or weathering: erode
deracinate: v. - 1. to pluck up something by the roots or as if by the roots: root out, uproot 2. to forcibly move a person or group from their home or homeland into a new or foreign environment; to force a migration: displace, evict
descant: v. (see also n.) - 1. to discuss or comment at length on a particular topic or theme: discourse 2. (Music) (a) to sing or play the highest part in a piece of music; or a higher pitched secondary tune that compliments the main melody
descry: v. - to see or discover something -- especially to perceive something distant or unclear after careful or long observation: detect, discern, espy, find, glimpse, identify, notice, spot
desiccate: v. (see also adj.) - 1. to remove water or moisture from, especially in order to preserve foods: dehydrate 2. to dry out thoroughly 3. to make dry, dull, or lifeless; to remove vitality from something
discomfit: v. - 1. to frustrate the plans or expectations of 2. to make uneasy: disconcert 3. [archaic] to defeat or overthrow
disconcert: v. - 1. to disturb someone's calmness or composure 2. to throw into disorder or confusion
dithering: v. - the blending of two or more colors to get another color to display on a computer screen. This is done for low-resolution monitors and some displays that show relatively few colors
divagate: v. - to wander or stray from a course or subject: digress, diverge
dollop: v. - (see also n.) to serve an item of food (such as mashed potatoes or cream) in a shapeless lump, as from the scoop of a spoon
draw & quarter: v. - to execute (a prisoner) any of these ways: (a) tying each limb to a horse and then driving the horses in different directions, pulling the person apart (b) drawing the person to the gallows by a horse, hanging them, then cutting them into four pieces and scatter the pieces (c) hanging the prisoner, disemboweling them while they are still alive (drawn), then beheading and dismembering them
drub: v. - 1. to beat severely 2. to defeat decisively
duff: v. (see also n.) - to play a bad shot in golf by hitting the ground behind the ball
edulcorate: v. - 1. to free from harshness or acidity of attitude: soften 2. to make sweeter in taste: dulcify, sweeten 3. (Chemistry) to free from acids, salts, or other soluble substances by washing: purify
egress: v. (see also n.) - to go or come out
emaciate: v. - to make or become thin or weak, especially as a result of starvation
emasculate: v. - 1. to surgically remove the testicles and/or penis; to deprive someone of their reproductive power: castrate, neuter 2. to deprive (a man) of his male role or identity; to make (a man) unmanly or feminine 3. to deprive somebody of their strength, effectiveness, power, or spirit (especially to take away someone's masculine spirit or power): enervate, undermine, unman, unnerve, weaken 4. (Botany) to remove the male reproductive organs (stamens) from a flower in order to prevent self-pollination
encrypt: v. - to add an electronic digital code to data being sent over a public network (such as the Internet) to prevent its unauthorized detection, use, copying, and so on
ensconce: v. - 1. to settle someone (often oneself) securely, snugly or comfortably, as though intending to stay a long while 2. to cover or shelter someone, especially in a secure hiding place: conceal, hide
eschew: v. - to avoid habitually, especially on moral or practical grounds: abjure, avoid, escape, shun
espouse: v. - 1. to marry 2. to take up and support as a cause; to become attached to
estivate: v. - 1. to spend the summer, as at a special place 2. to sleep during summer, as of certain animals
eulogize: v. - to praise highly: exalt, extol, glorify
evince: v. - to show in a clear manner; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light
excoriate: v. - 1. to express strong disapproval of; to severly criticize or denounce: censure 2. to remove skin from a person or animal: abrade
exculpate: v. - to clear from alleged fault or guilt: acquit
expatiate: v. - 1. to speak or write at length or in great detail about something 2. to add details to a statement, speech, or story in order to clear up something confusing or add something important that's missing: develop, elaborate, enlarge, expound 3. to move about freely: wander
expatriate: v. (see also n.) - 1. move away from one's native country and live abroad; to permanently leave one's country 2. to send somebody away from his or her own country as a punishment: banish, deport, exile, expel [antonym: repatriate] 3. to take away somebody's citizenship 4. to give up one's native citizenship voluntarily
expurgate: v. - to cleanse of anything thought offensive or morally harmful, especially to cut objectionable parts out of something before publication or presentation: bowdlerize, censor, sanitize
exsanguinate: v. - to drain, or be drained of, blood
extenuate: v. - 1. to lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations: gloss, mitigate, palliate, whitewash 2. to lessen or weaken the force of
extirpate: v. - 1. to pull up by the stem or root 2. to destroy completely 3. to remove by surgery
extradite: v. - 1. to give up or deliver (a fugitive, for example) to the legal jurisdiction of another government for trial or for serving a sentence: deliver, deport, surrender, transport
extricate: v. - to free or release from a difficulty or entanglement; to get free: disengage
fettle: v. (see also n.) - 1. to line the hearth (of a reverberatory furnace) with loose sand or ore in preparation for pouring molten metal 2. to repair the lining of a furnace 3. to remove molding, excess material, unwanted blemishes, seams or flash from nearly dry ceramic or metal casting pots prior to glazing and firing
filch: v. - to take something in a sneaky manner, especially something of little value: lift, mooch, pilfer, purloin, snitch, steal, swipe
fillip: v. - (see also n.) - 1. to strike with the nail of the finger, first placed against the ball of the thumb, and forced from that position with a sudden spring; to snap with the finger 2. to snap; to project quickly 3. to urge on; to provide a stimulus, by or as if by a snap of the finger
flout: v. - 1. to openly ignore, disobey, or defy a law or convention, especially to show contempt or disregard for it: reject, spurn [antonym: follow, obey] 2. [archaic] to make fun of or snub a law or convention: deride, mock, ridicule, scoff
foment: v. - to nurse to life or activity (often in a bad sense): encourage, incite, instigate
forage: v. (see also n.) - 1. to go from place to place looking for food and supplies: rummage, scrounge 2. to raid a place, especially for food or supplies: ravage 3. to engage in a search: beat, comb, finecomb, fine-tooth-comb, grub, rake, ransack, scour 4. to secure food or supplies by stripping the countryside 5. to give feed to horses, cattle, or other animals
forfend: v. - 1. to keep away something or someone evil or unpleasant; to ward off: avert 2. to protect or secure against something happening: defend, preserve, prevent 3. [archaic] to not allow: forbid, prohibit
fulminate: v. - 1. to give a passionate, thunderous verbal attack against someone or something: berate, castigate, censure, criticize, declaim, denounce, protest, rail 2. to explode or cause to explode loudly and violently: burst, detonate, rage
gainsay: v. - 1. to declare false: deny, contradict, contravene, disaffirm, negate, traverse 2. to oppose, especially by contradiction: controvert, dispute, impugn
gambol: v. - to leap or skip about playfully and excitedly: cavort, frolic, romp
garner: v. (see also n.) - 1. to gather something into storage or into a granary 2. to gather grain 3. to acquire by one's efforts or actions: earn 4. to assemble or get together; to gather to oneself: accumulate, acquire, amass, collect, gather, glean, harvest, pull together, reap
garrote: v. (see also n.) - (Spanish) 1. to execute by using an iron collar (a garrote) to strangle someone or break their neck 2. to strangle someone in order to rob them
gentrify: v. (see also n.) - to renovate and improve a run-down, poor or elderly neighborhood (especially through remodeling buildings or houses) so that it attracts more middle-class residents, controversial because it causes the displacement of poor and elderly people who can't afford higher rates of rent and taxes
gesticulate: v. - to make gestures or motions, especially while speaking or instead of speaking
glom: v. - 1. to take by theft: catch, cop, grab, hook, knock off, seize, snitch, steal, thieve, take 2. to seize upon or latch onto something 3. to look or stare at: glimpse, see, view, watch 4. to begin to understand or realize something
glower: v. (see also n.) - to look or stare angrily or sullenly: frown, glare, scowl
googlewhack: v. - to attempt to discover a pair of keywords that will return only one result from the Google search engine
gormandize: v. - to eat food greedily, ravenously or like a glutton: devour, gorge, overeat
graft: v. (see also n.) - 1. (Surgery) to transplant a piece of living tissue or an organ into a patient's body. The tissue or organ may be either from a donor or from another part of the patient's body 2. (Botany) to join a piece of tissue from a part of one plant to the stem or root system of another plant to produce vigor or resistance to disease in the new plant 3. to join two things that do not share a natural relationship with one another; to incorporate or attach two things together, especially inappropriately 4. to obtain money, property or power by corrupt or dishonest means (such as bribery) 5. (British) to work hard

grangerize: v. - to illustrate a book with photos, drawings, or prints taken from other books, magazines, or news articles, especially by cutting the pictures out of other printed sources to paste them into another book
groak: v. - to stare at someone who is eating in hopes of getting some food
grok: v. - to instantly gain a deep, thorough, or spiritual understanding of something, beyond what mere words can express, through a flash of intuition or empathy [Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land]
grubstake: v. - to provide (as a mining prospector or a newly launched enterprise) with necessary supplies or funds
harangue: v. (see also n.) - 1. to make a speech: declaim, orate 2. to criticize or question somebody at length, or try to persuade them to do something, in a forceful angry way: berate, rant, scold, sermonize
harrow: v. [see also n. & harrowing (adj.)] - 1. to break up and level land by pulling a heavy rack with spikes or disks (a harrow) over it 2. to greatly distress the mind or feelings of someone: afflict, disturb, harass, torment
hector: v. - to play the bully; to intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure: swagger
hobnob: v. - 1. to mix socially (as at a party), especially with famous or powerful people: mingle, rub elbows (with) 2. to be on friendly, social terms with someone, especially someone of a higher social class: associate (with), hang out (with), pal around (with), socialize (with)
hoise: v. - to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle: heave, hoist, lift
hugger-mugger: v. (see also adj., adv., & n.) - 1. to keep something secret: conceal, hide, hush up 2. to act in a secretive manner
imbricate: v. - 1. to place (tiles, shingles, etc.) in overlapping order 2. to overlap evenly, as fish scales do
imbue: v. - 1. to fill or saturate with a quality, such as dying something deeply with a new color: bathe, drench, infuse, permeate, pervade, soak, stain 2. to inspire or fill with an emotion or ideal: impress, influence, instill
immolate: v. - 1. to kill a person or animal as a sacrifice, especially as a ritual sacrifice by fire 2. to commit suicide as a protest, especially by burning
immure: v. - 1. to enclose within walls, or as if within walls: confine, imprison, incarcerate, lock up 2. to build into a wall or entomb within a wall
imprecate: v. - 1. to wish or pray that harm, misfortune, or suffering be brought upon someone: curse, damn, maledict 2. to call down evil upon someone or something: conjure, curse, invoke, summon
impugn: v. - to attack as false or questionable; to challenge in argument: assail, contradict, deny, gainsay, oppose
incarnadine: v. (see also n. & adj.) - to make something the color red: redden
inculcate: v. - to impress something upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition: indoctrinate, instill
indagate: v. - to search into: examine, investigate, research
indite: v. - to produce a written work, especially something literary: compose, pen, write
ingurgitate: v. - to swallow greedily or in large quantities: guzzle
inhere: v. - to be a natural, essential or intimate part of something, especially an inborn (or inherent, or innate) or permanent quality of something
insinuate: v. - 1. to indirectly, gradually or artfully hint at something, especially something insulting, unpleasant, or otherwise negative: allude, hint, imply, indicate, introduce, purport, suggest 2. to use subtle, indirect or gradual means to gain a special position or place of favor: inject, insert, wheedle, worm
inspissate: v. - to make thick or thicker
interdict: v. (see also n.) - 1. to prohibit or place under an ecclesiastical or legal sanction 2. to command against, especially authoritatively: ban, debar, disallow, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto 3. to cut or destroy (a line of communication) by firepower so as to halt an enemy's advance 4. to confront and halt the activities, advance, or entry of another person or group
interdigitate: v. - to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands
interlard: v. - to insert between; to mix or mingle; especially, to introduce something foreign or irrelevant into
interpolate: v. - 1. to insert or introduce between other elements or parts; to make insertions or additions: to add to, to foist in 2. to insert (material) into a text 3. to insert into a conversation: introduce 4. to change or falsify (a text) by introducing new or incorrect material
inure: v. - over a period of time, to cause to accept or become hardened to something undesirable, so that the person is no longer bothered or upset by it: accustom, habituate, harden, indurate
inveigh: v. - (usually followed by "against") to speak or write with passionate hostility against something, especially in protest; to vent angry disapproval of something: complain, challenge, criticize, decry, denounce, fight, lambaste, rail, rage, rant, vituperate
inveigle: v. - 1. to charm somebody into doing something that he or she would not otherwise have done, especially using flattery or artful talk (usually followed by "into"): coax, ensnare, entice, lure, persuade, seduce, tempt 2. to win or obtain something by tricky talk or false representations (usually followed by "from" or "away")
irrupt: v. - 1. to increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner: explode 2. for a natural population to undergo a sudden upsurge in numbers, especially when natural balances and checks are disturbed 3. to flare up or intensify suddenly; to break open or burst in: erupt 4. to rush in forcibly or violently 5. to enter uninvited: intrude
jawbone: v. - to use persuasive words (a moving jawbone) rather than force or decree in order to influence or pressure others, especially for someone in a position of power to urge voluntary compliance with official goals or guidelines without physically or legally forcing others to do so (for example, a country's president may speak eloquently or passionately on the importance of self-regulation within an industry, while reserving the threat of government regulation if they fail to do so)
jettison: v. (see also n.) - 1. to cast overboard or off 2. to discard something as unwanted or burdensome: abandon
jigsaw: v. (see also n.) - 1. to cut or form with a jigsaw 2. to arrange intricately: interlock
judder: v. - to shake or vibrate violently and rapidly, or to move while shaking
kibitz: v. (see also n. ) - (Yiddish) 1. to offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others, especially from the sidelines of a card game or other event 2. to chat or converse: chit chat, gab, gossip, talk
kvetch: v. (see also n.) - (Yiddish) to constantly grumble and complain: nag, whine
lambaste: v. - 1. to assault violently: beat, thrash, whip 2. to attack verbally: berate, censure, scold
ligature: v. (see also n.) - to tie up or bind something
limn: v. - 1. to depict by drawing or painting: depict, picture, portray, represent 2. to outline in clear sharp detail; to portray in words: delineate, describe
loam: v. (see also n.) - to fill, cover, or coat with loam (a mixture of sand, clay and other materials)
loathe: v. (distinct from the adjective 'loath') - to dislike greatly
lollygag: v. - to spend time idly, aimlessly, or foolishly: dawdle
lustrate: v. - to spiritually (and often bodily) purify someone or something by means of a religious ceremony or ritual, often performed before entering a holy place
malinger: v. - to pretend to be sick in order to avoid work, school, or other obligations
metastasize: v. - 1. (Medicine) to spread cancer from its original location into another part or parts of the body, especially through the blood, spinal fluid, or lymphatic vessels 2. to be changed or transformed, especially into a dangerous or destructive form
moil: v. - 1. to work hard, especially with painful effort; to toil, labor, or drudge 2. to churn or swirl about continuously; to be in an ongoing state of agitation or confusion
mooch: v. - 1. to obtain or try to obtain for free by begging: cadge, sponge 2. to steal: filch, lift, pilfer, purloin, snitch, steal, swipe 3. to wander about aimlessly 4. to skulk around: sneak
mulct: v. - 1. to fine somebody as a penalty 2. to cheat somebody out of something
nettle: v. (see also n.) - 1. to irritate or annoy somebody: bother, pique, provoke, vex 2. to sting somebody with a leaf from a nettle plant (which has fine hairs or spines that sting when touched)
nictitate: v. - to wink
nonplus: v. - to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do; to render speechless: baffle, flummox, perplex, unnerve
obfuscate: v. - 1. to render indistinct or dim: becloud, darken 2. to make an issue obscure or unclear, especially by making it unnecessarily complicated 3. to make somebody confused, usually intentionally: bewilder
objurgate: v. - to express strong disapproval of; to criticize severely: berate, castigate, censure, chastise, chide, condemn, decry, rebuke, reprove, scold
obnubilate: v. - to make unclear, indistinct, blurred or less visible: befog, becloud, blur, cloud, confuse, fog, haze over, mist, obfuscate, obscure
obumber: v. - to overshadow: eclipse, exceed, outdistance, overstep, pass, surmount, transcend
obviate: v. - 1. to do away with: eliminate, remove 2. to avoid an anticipated difficulty by doing something to prevent it from happening: avert, avoid, deflect, fend off, head off, intercept, prevent, stave off 3. to make something unnecessary
occlude: v. - 1. to block or stop up a passage (through land, through the body, etc.); to cut off or prevent the flow or passage of something, such as light or liquid: clog, close, obstruct, shut 2. to align the upper and lower teeth in the proper position for chewing or for being in normal contact when the mouth is closed 3. to absorb a liquid or gas on the surface of or within a solid 4. (Meteorology) to undercut a mass of warm air so that it is no longer in contact with the earth's surface
oscillate: v. (see also n.) - 1. to move from side to side, forward and backward, or up and down in a steady rhythm, as a swing or a pendulum does: sway, swing 2. to be unable to decide which is the better of two arguments, opinions, or plans of action: vacillate, waver 3. (Physics) to vary regularly between opposite extremes, usually within a defined period of time (for example, in alternating electrical currents, the flow of the electrical charge regularly alternates between moving forward and moving backward): fluctuate
ossify: v. - 1. to change or develop into bone; to become bony 2. to become set in a rigidly conventional pattern; to settle or fix rigidly in a practice, custom, attitude, etc
palpate: v. (see also adj. & n.) - to examine or explore an organ or area of the body by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers, especially used during a medical examination to detect tenderness, abnormal growths, changes in the size or firmness of underlying organs, and unusual tissue reactions to pressure
palter: v. - 1. to act or talk deceitfully: equivocate, fib, lie, prevaricate 2. to haggle or quibble, as in bargaining
parley: v. (see also n.) - to speak with another on some point of mutual concern; specifically, to have a discussion with an enemy
pasquinade: v. (see also n.) - to make fun of someone or something in public writing: lampoon, ridicule, satirize
patronize: v. - 1. for someone to act like he or she is more important or smarter than someone else; to behave in a snobbish or condescending way 2. to give someone or something money or other material support, especially in the arts: sponsor 3. to be a regular customer of a store or business; to do business or trade with
periclitate: v. - to expose to risk or danger: endanger, jeopardize
perpend: v. (see also n.) - to think about carefully; to weigh in the mind: consider, deliberate, ponder, reflect
pettifog: v. - 1. to do law business in a petty or tricky way 2. to argue over petty things: bicker, carp, cavil, nitpick, quibble, squabble 3. to argue trickily
philter: v. (see also n.) - to enchant or bewitch with or as if with a magic potion or charm
piffle: v. (see also n.) - to talk or behave in a silly, thoughtless, or ineffective way
pique: v. (see also n.) - 1. to cause to feel resentment, indignation, anger or wounded pride: fret, irritate, nettle, offend, sting 2. to excite to action by causing ambition, curiosity, resentment or jealousy: arouse, prick, provoke, stimulate 3. to pride or value (used reflexively)
poniard: v. (see also n.) - to stab with a poniard (a dagger with a slender blade)
postulate: v. - 1. to assume or claim as true, existent, or necessary 2. to assume as a postulate or axiom (as in logic)
preponderate: v. - 1. to exceed in weight: outweigh, overbalance 2. to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; to be weighed down 3. to be greater in influence, power, importance, quantity, etc.: predominate
prevaricate: v. - to depart from or evade the truth: equivocate, fib, lie, palter
propitiate: v. - to make peace with or win over someone who is upset or offended: appease, conciliate, make up, mollify, pacify, placate, reconcile
proscribe: v. - to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful: outlaw
proselytize: v. - to try to convince someone they should change their religious, political, or other beliefs to match your own (especially by persuading them to join your religion or political party): convert, evangelize, recruit [see also: proselyte (n.)]
pule: v. - to cry weakly or softly: wail, whimper, whine
pullulate: v. - 1. to put forth sprouts or buds: germinate, sprout 2. to breed quickly, freely or abundantly: multiply 3. to exist abundantly: swarm, teem
purfle: v. (see also n.) - 1. to ornament or with a decorative border, especially one consisting of beads, lace, metallic thread, or the like 2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature
purloin: v. - to commit theft: filch, lift, mooch, pilfer, snitch, steal, swipe
quaff: v. - to drink a beverage deeply: guzzle, imbibe
quash: v. - 1. to set aside, nullify, or make void, especially by judicial action 2. to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely: crush, subdue
queue: v. (see also n.) - 1. (British) to form a line while waiting for something 2. to add an item to a list of tasks to be performed or messages to be sent, especially when the items are set to be completed in the order they were added
rarefy: v. - 1. to make something more refined, subtle, or pure: clarify, distill, exalt, purify, refine, sublimate 2. to make less dense or solid: expand, spread, thin
redact: v. - 1. to edit, revise or adapt a piece of writing in preparation for publication (for example, governmental documents are often redacted before publication, ensuring that confidential or highly sensitive information has been blacked out in order to protect national security) 2. to draw up a statement or announcement in writing: compose, draft
redound: v. - 1. to have an effect or consequence, for good or ill 2. to become transferred or added: accrue, contribute 3. to be returned or deflected (usually followed by 'on' or 'upon'): recoil, reflect, rebound 4. to be excessive in quantity
relegate: v. - 1. to exile or banish (someone) to a specified place 2. to assign to an inferior position (usually followed by 'to'): demote
remand: v. - 1. to send something or someone back to a previous place or condition: consign, remit, return 2. (Law) to return someone to custody or jail until a later court date; to hold someone in prison until their trial 3. (Law) to send a legal case back to a lower court for a decision, often with instructions or advice about further proceedings: refer
remit: v. - 1. to send money or transmit a payment: dispatch, pay, reimburse, transfer 2. to cancel, put off, or refrain from enforcing a punishment, penalty, or sentence: defer, forgive, invalidate, nullify, pardon, postpone, revoke 3. to reduce the intensity or severity of something (such as pain or pace): abate, diminish, relax, slacken 4. (Law) to send an appealed case back to a lower court or to a different jurisdiction for further action
repatriate: v. (see also n.) - 1. to send somebody back to his or her country of birth (especially against their will) [antonym: expatriate] 2. to send money that has been earned or invested abroad back to its owner's country of origin 3. to send a cultural artifact or works of art back to their country of origin
repine: v. - 1. to feel or express dejection or discontent: complain 2. to long for something
respite: v. (see also n.) - 1. to put off something which was appointed: delay, postpone 2. to postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution: reprieve
rive: v. - to tear apart (as with a fork) or break into pieces (as by a blow): cleave, pull, rip, sever, split, sunder
rodomontade: v. (see also adj. & n.) - to boast or speak in a pretentious, self-important, or self-indulgent way: bluster, boast, brag, roister, talk big
roister: v. - 1. to take part in loud rowdy partying or celebrations, especially drunk ones: carouse, make merry, revel 2. to behave in a loud, bragging manner: bloviate, bluster, rodomontade, swagger
rowel: v. (see also n.) - to urge or goad a horse with the spinning, pointed disk at the end of a spur (called a 'rowel')
ruminate: v. - 1. to turn a matter over and over in the mind: meditate, muse, ponder, reflect 2. to chew cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed once already
scintillate: v. - 1. to emit sparks: spark 2. to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks: flicker, sparkle
scry: v. - to see or predict the future by means of a crystal ball
segue: v. (see also n.) - 1. to proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition 2. (Music) to make a transition directly from one musical theme or section to another
sepulcher: v. (see also n.) - (also spelled 'sepulture') to put a corpse into a grave or tomb: bury, entomb, inter
sequester: v. - 1. to keep somebody away from other people, especially to isolate a trial jury or a witness (in order to protect them from harm or outside influence): segregate, separate 2. to keep oneself away from others, especially in choosing solitude or retirement: seclude, withdraw 3. (Law) to take legal possession of somebody's property temporarily until a dispute is settled, a court order is obeyed, or a debt they owe is paid: hold, seize 4. (International Law) to demand, seize, hold or control the property of an enemy
shanghai: v. - 1. to force aboard a ship for service as a sailor 2. to trick or force into an undesirable position
shoal: v. (see also n. & adj.) - 1. to come together in large numbers: throng 2. to become or make shallow 3. to sail into a shallower part of water
sidle: v. - to move in a slow, timid manner--especially sideways--in order to avoid being noticed because you feel nervous or shy or are trying to be sneaky (often used in the phrase "to sidle up to him/her," meaning approaching someone in a purposefully casual way or coming from the side): edge, inch, saunter, slide
skirl: v. (see also n.) - to produce a shrill wailing, especially using the bagpipes
snafu: v. (see also acr., adj. & n.) - to throw into disorder or confusion: confuse, muddle
sough: v. (see also n.) - to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound, as a breeze
souse: v. (see also n.) - 1. to plunge in liquid: drench, immerse, saturate 2. to make drunk: inebriate 3. to pickle (as food)
spoor: v. (see also n.) - to follow the trail of an animal
stanch: v. - (also spelled 'staunch') 1. to stop or check the flow of a liquid, especially the flowing of blood from a wound 2. to stop, check, or allay something in its course
stanchion: v. (see also adj.) - 1. to build or provide with stanchions (vertical support columns) 2. to hold cattle in a framework of vertical beams, such as when at a food trough
stultify: v. - 1. to make ineffective, worthless, weak, or unmotivated -- especially due to being uncompromising or incessant: cripple, demotivate, impair, invalidate, negate, nullify, oppress, stagnate, undermine, wither 2. to dull or drain the senses, especially by being exhausting or boring in the extreme: inhibit, stupefy 3. to make or seem to make stupid or absurd; to make a fool of: humiliate 4. (Law) (archaic) to prove to be incompetent or of unsound mind (insane), and therefore not legally responsible for one's actions
sublimate: v. - 1. (Psychology) to direct an urge or impulse for one activity into a different activity, especially to direct sexual urges into more socially acceptable behavior: divert, modify, transform 2. to remove impurities from something or increase its concentration: distill, purge, purify 3. to make more subtle or refined: elevate, exalt, heighten, rarefy 4. (Physics & Chemistry) to change directly from a solid into a gas without first melting into a liquid
suborn: v. - 1. to unlawfully or secretly persuade someone to commit a crime, an evil deed, or wrongdoing, especially using a bribe 2. (Law) to induce someone, especially a witness, to give false testimony 3. (Law) to obtain false testimony from a witness
sufflaminate: v. - 1. to retard the motion of something (such as a carriage) by preventing one or more of its wheels from revolving, especially by the use of a chain 2. to stop or slow something: block, check, impede, obstruct
sully: v. - 1. to damage something previously perfect, pure or honorable, especially to ruin somebody's reputation: besmirch, defile, mar, spoil, tarnish 2. to make something dirty or unclean: soil, stain
sunder: v. - to break apart, especially by force or violence: crack, divide, separate, sever, split
supervene: v. - 1. to take place as an additional, unexpected, or unforeseeable development 2. to occur immediately after something else: ensue, follow 3. (Philosophy) between two sets of properties, for one set of properties to be dependant on the other. For example, mental states might depend upon (supervene) physical brain states
swagger: v. (see also n.) - 1. to walk in an arrogant or proud way 2. to talk boastfully about personal accomplishments: bluster, brag, bully, hector, intimidate, roister, swash
swedge: v. - to leave without paying
tamp: v. (see also n.) - 1. to tightly pack or press moist, loose material (such as sand, dirt or clay) into a blast hole above the explosive charge, done to confine or concentrate the force of an explosion 2. to firmly pack or push something down into something else, especially by tapping it repeatedly: compress, jam, pack, pat, poke, pound, press, ram, tap
temporize: v. - 1. to act to suit the time or occasion; to yield to current or dominant opinion: compromise 2. to draw out discussions or negotiations so as to gain time
tergiversate: v. (see also n.) - 1. to purposefully give vague answers to questions instead of straightforward actions or statements; to give an response that doesn't really answer the question: dodge, hedge, equivocate, evade 2. to change sides or abandon a cause: apostatize, betray, desert, reverse, turn coat
thimblerig: v. - to cheat or swindle by trickery
titivate: v. - to improve the appearance of somebody or something by neatening or adding decoration; to smarten up; to spruce up
toady: v. (see also n.) - to engage in self-seeking flattery of someone else, particularly to someone with more power than oneself; to act like a yes-man: bootlick, brownnose, fawn, grovel, truckle
traduce: v. - to talk about someone else in an insulting or dishonest way—especially in a way that causes them personal disgrace, humiliation, or harm to their reputation: badmouth, defame, denigrade, insult, malign, pillory, slander, smear, trash talk, vilify
trammel: v. (see also n.) - 1. to entangle, as in a net: enmesh 2. to hinder the activity, progress, or freedom of: hamper
transmogrify: v. - to change the appearance or form of something completely, especially in a grotesque or bizarre way: convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmute
travail: v. (see also n.) - 1. to work very hard; to toil 2. to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor
triturate: v. - to rub, crush, or grind into very fine particles or powder: pulverize
truckle: v. - 1. to try to gain favor by cringing, flattery, or subservient behavior: bootlick, grovel, kowtow, submit, suck up, toady 2. to give up out of weakness: cower, relent, yield
umber: v. (see also adj. & n.) - to darken as if with the dark yellowish-brown or dark reddish-brown soil known as umber
upbraid: v. - to scold or criticize harshly
urticate: v. - 1. to sting or whip with or as if with nettles: annoy, irritate 2. to produce a stinging or itching sensation
verbigerate: v. - to repeat a word or sentence over and over, in speaking or writing, without wishing to do so or despite efforts to stop. This subconcious obsession can be a symptom of a psychiatric disorder
vitiate: v. - 1. to make faulty, imperfect, or defective: impair 2. to corrupt morally: debase 3. to render ineffective: annul, countermand, neutralize, nullify
vouchsafe: v. - to promise, give, or allow something in a condescending manner, especially as a privilege or special favor: deign
wangle: v. - 1. to resort to trickery or devious methods 2. to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends 3. to make or get by devious means: finagle
waylay: v. - 1. to lie in wait for somebody, especially as part of an attack or ambush to kill or steal from them 2. to stop or intercept somebody unexpectedly, such as in order to talk with them: accost
welter: v. (see also n.) - 1. to toss and roll, as if sailing high seas: rise and fall, roil, surge 2. to soak in a liquid: immerse
whet: v. - 1. to rub with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening 2. to make sharp, keen, or eager: excite, stimulate, quicken
yclept: v. - by the name of: called