sublimate - refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state

chaotic - in utter disorder

resilient - elastic; having the power of springing back; able to recover quickly (as from misfortune)

hydrophobia - fear of water; rabies

excerpt - selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.

lilliputian - extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels

doggerel - poor verse, comic verse composed in irregular rhythm.

cartographer - map-maker

bourgeois - middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions

benefit - advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits
 
ludicrous - laughable; ridiculous; trifling

profusion - great amount; plenty; overabundance; excess; lavish expenditure; Ex. profusion of choices; ADJ.

profuse: plentiful; copious; giving or given abundantly; extravagant

serpentine - winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake

clamor - loud continous noise; continuous demand or complaint made by a large number of people; V: make a clamor; express (a demand) continually and loudly; ADJ. clamorous

exiguous - small in amount; minute

pragmatist - practical person; N. pragmatism: pragmatic way of dealing with things

brood - sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young of certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one time

founder - fail completely; sink; CF. flounder

haughtiness - pride; arrogance; ADJ. haughty

ossify - change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas
 
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progeny - children; offspring; descendants
indefatigable - tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired
insensate - without feeling; lacking sense; foolish
quietude - tranquillity; calmness
tactile - pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
proscenium - part of stage in front of curtain; front arch of a stage
chaff - worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff
figment - invention; something invented; imaginary thing; Ex. figment of your imagination
degenerate - become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person
clairvoyant - having foresight; fortuneteller; N. clairvoyance
 
lexicographer - compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary

fulminate - thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation

uproar - noisy confusion

categorical - without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute

amiss - wrong; faulty; Ex. something amiss; ADV.

overweening - arrogant; presumptuous

contortions - twistings; distortions; V. contort: twist violently out of shape; CF. contortionist

rudimentary - elementary; not developed; crude; N. rudiment: fundamental element or principle; Ex. rudiments of the language

addle - make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)

nonchalance - indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
 
hypocritical - pretending to be virtuous; deceiving; N. hypocrisy: profession of beliefs one does not possess; CF. hypocrite

prestige - respect or admiration; impression produced by achievements or reputation; ADJ: causing admiration; ADJ. prestigious: having prestige

vortex - whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged

determinate - having a fixed order of procedure; precisely defined; invariable; fixed; conclusive; final

corrosive - eating away by chemicals or disease; (of language) fierce

incessant - uninterrupted; unceasing

sloth - slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy; indolent

figurative - not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech

impartial - not biased; fair; N. impartiality

prelude - introduction; introductory performance or event; forerunner
 
Use the list below carefully and remember that there is nothing wrong with using the word said in dialog.

accused

acknowledged

added

addressed

admitted

advised

affirmed

agreed

announced

answered

apologized

approved

argued

asked

asserted

assured

avowed

babbled

barked

bawled

beamed

began

begged

bellowed

bet

bleated

blurted

boasted

boomed

bragged

broke in

bubbled

bugged

burst out

called

cautioned

chatted

chattered

cheered

chided

chimed in

choked

chortled

chorused

chuckled

claimed

clucked

coaxed

commanded

commented

complained

conceded

concluded

confessed

confided

congratulated

continued

convinced

corrected

coughed

cried

croaked

crowed

dared

decided

declared

demanded

denied

described

disagreed

disclosed

divulged

doubted

drawled

echoed

ended

exclaimed

explained

finished

fretted

gasped

gibed

giggled

greeted

groaned

growled

grunted

grumbled

guessed

gulped

gurgled

hinted

hissed

hollered

hypothesized

imitated

implied

informed

inquired

insisted

interjected

interrupted

jeered

jested

joked

laughed

lied

lisped

maintained

marveled

mentioned

mimicked

moaned

mumbled

murmured

mused

muttered

nagged

nodded

noted

objected

observed

offered

ordered

panted

piped

pleaded

pled

pointed out

pondered

praised

prayed

proclaimed

promised

proposed

protested

purred

put in

puzzled

quavered

queried

questioned

quipped

quoted

ranted

reasoned

reassured

recalled

reckoned

related

remarked

remembered

reminded

repeated

replied

reported

requested

responded

retorted

revealed

roared

sang

sassed

screamed

scoffed

scolded

shot

shouted

shrieked

shrilled

sighed

smiled

smirked

snapped

snarled

sneered

sneezed

snickered

sniffed

sniffled

snorted

sobbed

speculated

spoke

sputtered

squeaked

stammered

started

stated

stormed

stuttered

suggested

surmised

taunted

teased

tempted

tested

theorized

threatened

told

trilled

urged

uttered

volunteered

vowed

wailed

warned

went on

wept

whimpered

whined

whispered

wondered

worried

yawned

yakked

Feel free to add more!
 
prevail - be widespread; triumph over; gain victory; prevail on: persuade; induce; Ex. Justice has prevailed; Ex. prevail on someone to do something

vantage - position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint

hurtle - crash; rush; move with great speed; Ex. hurtling runaway train

sinewy - (of meat) tough; strong and firm; muscular; N. sinew: tendon; strong cord connecting a muscle to a bone

irrevocable - unalterable; irreversible; impossible to revoke

plausible - conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious

controvert - oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy

droll - queer and amusing

frustrate - thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose

coy - shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
 
manifesto - public declaration of principles; statement of policy

affront - insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally

occult - mysterious; secret; supernatural; beyond human comprehension; CF. mysterious to human ?; OP. bare

winsome - charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging

befuddle - confuse thoroughly

rapport - close relationship; emotional closeness; harmony

overwhelm - (of water) cover completely; defeat completely by much greater force; Ex. overwhelmed by grief

extrude - force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die

atone - make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone for

gull - trick; deceive; hoodwink; N: person who is easily tricked; dupe
 
corrode - destroy or wear away gradually by chemical action (over a long period)

headstrong - willful; stubborn; unyielding; determined to have one's own way; CF. no 'excessive'

flair - talent

irrepressible - unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold back

haphazard - random; by chance; happening in an unplanned manner; Ex. haphazard growth of the town

malign - speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence

crass - very unrefined; grossly insensible; crude and undiscriminating; Ex. crass behavior

agape - openmouthed

commiserate - feel or express pity or sympathy for