Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Ebon: black, made of ebony
Echelon: tier, level, rank in job, formation of soldiers
Echo: a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound
Echolalia: immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others
Eclipsareon: a device for illustrating and demonstrating eclipses
Eclipse: any obscuration of light, reduction or loss of splendor, status, or reputation
Effervesce: to bubble over, to boil with frothy bubbles, to excite
Effleurage: a light, stroking movement used in massage, a soft caress
Effluvium: foul discharge or emanation, emission
Efflux: something that flows out or forth, effluence, passing or an expiration, as of time
Effulgent: marked by as if by brightly shining light, coruscating, shimmering
Effusive: gushing out or expressive, moving, cascading
Eglantine: European rose, sweetbrier
Eiderdown: down of a duck used as stuffing for quilts or pillows
Eidolon: ghost, specter, revenant, reappearing, continuously visiting or persisting image
Élan: esprit, brio, gusto, ardor, vivacity
Elapse: to pass or go by, to happen
Elasticity: quality or state of being elastic, tendency to keep shape after stretching
Elation: quality or state of being elated, feeling or state of great joy or pride
Eleemosynary: of, relating to, or dependent on charity, contributed as an act of charity
Element: fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity elements
Eleven: eleventh integer in a series
Elicit: to bring or draw out (something latent), educe, summon, to provoke a reaction
Elision: omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation
Elixir: solution of alcohol and water, substance believed to maintain life indefinitely
Ellipsis: omission of a word or phrase necessary for a complete syntactical construction
Elliptical: of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse, with a word or words omitted
Eloign: to move away a distance, to move a distance with something concealed
Eloquence: well-stated speech, flowing language, articulated speech and proper execution
Elucidate: explain further, clarify, to elaborate upon
Elusive: difficult to find, catch, or achieve, avoiding
Elysian: blissful, delightful, pertaining to the Elysian Fields or Elysium
Elysium: section of the underworld, resting place of heroes and the virtuous
Emaciate: to make abnormally thin or weak, typically due to illness
Emanation: emission, something that is issued by a source
Embarcadero: a landing place, especially a landing place on an island waterway
Ember: small, glowing fleck of aflame wood or coal
Emerald: deep, dark green, dark green gemstone
Emissary: an agent sent on a mission to represent or advance the interests of another
Emission: discharge, emanation, chemical release
Emollient: substance that softens and soothes the skin, lotion
Empyreal: related to the empyrean, celestial
Emulate: to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation
Emulsify: to pour liquid into another non-soluble, creating visible density
Enamel: vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating or shell
Enceinte: pregnant, carrying a baby, gravid, line of fortification enclosing a town or castle
Encomium: formal, enthusiastic praise, abundant, exuberant expression of admiration
Enhalo: to affix with a halo, to cause to wear a halo, to encircle, surround
Ennui: listlessness, weariness, discontent
Ensconce: establish or settle in a safe, secure, or comfy place
Epergne: table centerpiece, object designated as a centerpiece
Ephebe: young man, swain, young suitor
Ephemeral: brief, transient, evanescent
Epicede: dirge, requiem, funeral song or ode
Epicurean: hedonistic, gastronomical, pertaining to good taste
Epigone: inferior imitator, disciple, second-rate replica, counterfeit
Epileptic: pertaining to epilepsy, flickering rapidly, seizing
Epiphany: revelation of thought, typically conceived after an eventful experience
Epistle: a formal letter, letter with a cachet
Epitaph: inscription on a tombstone
Epithelium: type of body tissue
Epitome: a perfect example of a particular quality or type
Epée: fencing sword or blade without a cutting edge
Equestrian: of, relating to, or featuring horseback riding
Equinox: when the sun reaches a height, night and day equalize, annual event
Equipoise: equal distribution of weight or balance, balanced
Eristic: characterized by disputatious, often subtle and specious reasoning
Escadrille: a small squadron, usually of six, a small team, typically of six airplanes
Escalade: the act of scaling a wall, usually with a ladder or rope
Escamotage: juggling, hand trickery, sleight of hand, legerdemain
Escarole: type of green chicory
Esclavage: a necklace having several rows of chains, beads, or jewels
Escritoire: writing desk, desk designed for studies
Esculent: edible, able or safe to be eaten
Esoterica: item or thing that is esoteric, obscure, rare, or valuable
Esper: a being of advanced mentality or with psychic abilities
Esprit: brio, wit, vivacity, joie de vivre
Essence: intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to typify or identify something
Esssse: pl. archaic plural of ashes
Estuary: inlet or arm of the sea, an open river that connects to the sea
Esurient: hungry, greedy, hedonistic in pursuit of things
Ethereal: heavenly, airy in substance, spectral, insubstantial and light
Etiolate: to stunt growth, deprive of strength , to whiten by blocking sunlight exposure
Etude: a piece of music designed for didactic purposes
Eunoia: normal mental health, beautiful thinking
Euphonious: nice-sounding, sounding pretty
Euphoria: feeling of great happiness or well-being, felicity
Evanescent: brief, transient, ephemeral
Evaporation: the act of liquid dissipating or drying due to humidity or exposure
Eviscerate: to disembowel, exenterate, to remove the viscera of something
Evocative: that which evokes, something that reminds, inspires, or impresses
Excelsior: fine, curled wood shavings
Existential: of, relating to, or dealing with existence, pertaining to existentialism
Expatiate: to speak or write at length or in considerable detail, expound, elaborate
Exuviate: to shed a shell, molt, unsheathe

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