Yet again, the WILY coyote managed to elude the ranchers who wanted to capture it.
Synonyms: crafty, cunning, tricky
Charming; happily engaging
Lenore gave the doorman a WINSOME smile, and he let her pass to the front of the line.
Synonyms: attractive, delightful
Shriveled, withered, wrinkled
The WIZENED old man was told that the plastic surgery necessary to make him look young again would cost more money than he could imagine.
Synonyms: atrophied; desiccated; gnarled; wasted
A ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death
Gideon thought he saw a WRAITH late one night as he sat vigil outside his great uncle's bedroom door.
Synonyms: apparition, bogeyman, phantasm, shade, spirit
A fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
Countries in which XENOPHOBIA is prevalent often have more restrictive immigration policies than countries that are more open to foreign influences.
Synonyms: bigotry, chauvinism, prejudice
To join together
As soon as the farmer had YOKED his oxen together, he began to plow the fields.
Synonyms: bind, harness, pair
Someone passionately devoted to a cause
The religious ZEALOT had no time for those who failed to share his strong beliefs.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, fanatic, militant, radical
She brought her typical ZEAL to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.
Synonyms: ardently, fervor, fire, passion
A gentle breeze; something airy or unsubstantial
The ZEPHYR from the ocean made the intense heat on the beach bearable for the sunbathers.
Synonyms: breath, draft
The point of culmination; peak
The diva considered her appearance at the Metropolitan Opera to be the ZENITH of her career.
Synonyms: acme, pinnacle
To fluctuate between choices
If you WAVER too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.
Synonyms: dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate vacillate
Lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
The ballet was WHIMSICAL, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
Synonyms: capricious, erratic, flippant, frivolous
The sick child had a WAN face, in contrast to her rosy-cheeked sister.
Synonyms: ashen, sickly
Undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless
The townspeople were outraged by the WANTON display of disrespect when they discovered the statue of the town founder covered in graffiti.
Synonyms: capricious, lewd, licentious
Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
His VOLATILE personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.
Synonyms: capricious, erratic, fickle, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental
Talkative; speaking easily; glib
The VOLUBLE man and his reserved wife proved the old saying that opposites attract.
Synonyms: loquacious, verbose
Thick and adhesive; like a slow-flowing fluid
Most VISCOUS liquids, like oil or honey, become even thicker as they are cooled down.
Synonyms: gelatinous, glutinous, thick
Vitality and energy
The VIM with which she worked so early in the day explained why she was so productive.
Synonyms: force, power
To abuse verbally; to berate
VITUPERATING someone is never a constructive way to effect change.
Synonyms: castigate, reproach, scold
A change or variation
Investors must be prepared for VICISSITUDES of the stock market.
Synonyms: inconstancy, mutability
To physically sway; to be indecisive
The customer held up the line as he VACILLATED between ordering chocolate-chip or rocky-road ice cream.
Synonyms: dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate, waver
Varied; marked with different colors
The VARIEGATED foliage of the jungle allows it to support thousands of different animal species.
Respected because of age
All of the villagers sought the VENERABLE old woman’s advice whenever they had a problem.
Synonyms: distinguished, elderly, respectable
To respect deeply
In a traditional Confucian society, the young VENERATE their elders, deferring to the elders’ wisdom and experience.
Synonyms: adore, honor, idolize, revere
Filled with truth and accuracy
She had a reputation for VERACITY, so everyone trusted her description of events.
Synonyms: candor, exactitude, fidelity, probity
The professor’s answer was so VERBOSE that his student forgot what the original question had been.
Synonyms: long-winded, loquacious, prolix, superfluous
Green with vegetation; inexperienced
He wandered deep into the VERDANT woods in search of mushrooms and other edible flora.
Synonyms: grassy, leafy, wooded
Related to spring; fresh
Bea basked in the balmy VERNAL breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.
Synonyms: spring like, youthful
A trace; remnant
VESTIGES of the former tenant still remained in the apartment, though he hadn’t lived there for years
Synonyms: relic, remains, sign
To annoy, irritate, puzzle or confuse
The old man who loved his peace and quiet was VEXED by his neighbor’s loud music.
Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, exasperate, irk, nettle, peeve, provoke
The practice of lending money at exorbitant rates
The moneylender was convicted of USURY when it was discovered that he charged 50 percent interest on all his loans.
To scold sharply
The teacher UPBRAIDED the student for scrawling graffiti all over the walls of the school.
Synonyms: Berate, chide, rebuke, reproach, tax
Unscrupulous, shockingly unfair or unjust
After she promised me the project, the fact that she gave it to someone else is UNCONSCIONABLE.
Synonyms: Dishonorable, indefensible
The businessman took UMBRAGE at the security guard's accusation that he had shoplifted a packet of gum.
Synonyms: Asperity, dudgeon, ire, pique, rancor
An obvious TYRO at salsa, Millicent received no invitations to dance.
Synonyms: Apprentice, fledging, greenhorn, neophyte, tenderfoot
Swollen as from a fluid; bloated
In the process of osmosis, water passes through the walls of TURGID cells, ensuring that they never contain too much water.
Acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective
Tyrone's TRENCHANT observations in class made him the professor's favorite student.
Synonyms: Biting, caustic, cutting, keen
Temporary; lasting a brief time
The reporter's homes were TRANSITORY; she stayed in one place long enough to cover the current story.
Synonyms: Ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, impermanent, momentary
The jury's verdict was UNEQUIVOCAL; the organized crime boss would be locked up for life.
Synonyms: Categorical, clear, explicit, express, unambiguous
Extreme mental and physical sluggishness
After surgery, the patient's TORPOR lasted several hours until the anesthesia wore off.
Synonyms: Apathy, languor