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Word Smart - "E"

ebullient (adj) boiling; bubbling with excitement; exuberant
eccentric (adj) not conventional; a little kooky; irregular
eclectic (adj) choosing the best from many sources; drawn from many sources
edify (v) to enlighten; to instruct, especially in moral or religious matters
efface (v) to erase; to rub away the features of
effusion (n) a pouring forth
egalitarian (adj) believing in the social and conomic equality of all people
egocentric (adj) selfish; believing that one is the center of everything
egregious (adj) extremely bad; flagrant
elicit (v) to bring out; to call forth
elliptical (adj) oval; missing a word or words; obscure
elusive (adj) hard to pin down; evasive
emigrate (v) to leave a country permanently; to expatriate
eminent (adj) well-known and respected; standing out from all others in quality or accomplishment; outstanding
empirical (adj) relying on experience or observation; not merely theoretical
emulate (v) to strive to equal or excel, usually through imitation
encroach (v) to make gradual or stealthy inroads into; to trespass
endemic (adj) native; restricted to a particular region or era; indigenous
enervate (v) to reduce the strength or energy of, especially to do so gradually
enfranchise (v) to grant the privileges of citizenships, especially the right to vote
engender (v) to bring into existence; to create; to cause
enigma (n) a mystery
enormity (n) extreme evil; a hideous offense; immensity
ephemeral (adj) lasting a very short time
epigram (n) a brief and usually witty or satirical saying
epitome (n) a brief summary that captures the meaning of the whole; the perfect example of something; a paradigm
equanimity (n) composure; calm
equitable (adj) fair
equivocal (adj) ambiguous; intentionally confusing; capable of being interpreted in more than one way
erudite (adj) scholarly; deeply learned
esoteric (adj) hard to understand; understood by only a select few; peculiar
espouse (v) to support; to advocate
ethereal (adj) heavenly; as light and insubstantial as a gas or ether
euphemism (n) a pleasant or inoffensive expression used in place of an unpleasant or offensive one
evanescent (adj) fleeting; vanishing; happening for only the briefest period
exacerbate (v) to make worse
exacting (adj) extremely demanding; difficult; requiring great skill or care
exalt (v) to raise high; to glorify
exasperate (v) to annoy thoroughly; to make very angry; to try the patience of
exemplify (v) to illustrate by example; to serve as a good example
exhaustive (adj) through; rigorous; complete; painstaking
exhort (v) to urge strongly; to give a serious warning to
exigency (n) an emergency; an urgency
existential (adj) having to do with existence; having to do with the body of thought called existentialism, which basically holds that human beings are responsible for their own actions but is otherwise too complicated to summarize in a single sentence
exonerate (v) to free completely from blame; to exculpate
expatriate (v) to throw (someone) out of his or her native land; to move away from one's native land; to emigrate
expedient (adj) providing an immediate advantage; serving one's immediate self-interest; practical
expedite (v) to speed up or ease the progress of
explicit (adj) clearly and directly expressed
extol (v) to praise highly; to laud
extraneous (adj) unnecessary; irrelevant; extra
extrapolate (v) to infer; to project or deduce from something known
extricate (v) to free from difficulty
extrovert (n) an open, outgoing person; a person whose attention is focused on others rather than on himself or herself
exult (v) to rejoice; to celebrate
Created by: lissakim25


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