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queasy
adj. easily nauseated; squeamish
quell
v. extinguish; put down; quiet
quench
v. douse or extinguish; assuage or satisfy
querulous
adj. fretful; whining
query
n. inquiry; question
quibble
n. minor objection or complaint
quiescent
adj. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
quietude
n. tranquility
quintessence
n. purest and highest embodiment
quip
n. taunt
quirk
n. startling twist; caprice
quiver
v. tremble; shake
quiver
n. case for arrows
quixotic
adj. idealistic but impractical
quizzical
adj. teasing; bantering; mocking; curious
quorum
n. number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
rabid
adj. like a fanatic; furious
raconteur
n. storyteller
rail
v. scold; rant
raiment
n. clothing
rally
v. call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate
ramble
v. wander aimlessly (physically or mentally)
ramification
n. branching out; subdivision
ramify
v. divide into branches or subdivisions
ramp
n. slope; inclined plane
rampant
adj. growing in profusion; unrestrained
ramshackle
adj. rickety; falling apart
rancid
adj. having the odor of stale fat
rancor
n. bitterness; hatred
random
adj. without define purpose, plan, or aim; haphazard
rankle
v. irritate; fester
rant
v. rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech
rapacious
adj. excessively greedy; predatory
rapport
n. emotional closeness; harmony
rapt
adj. absorbed; enchanted
rarefied
adj. made less dense (of a gas)
raspy
adj. grating; harsh
ratify
v. approve formally; confirm; verify
ratiocination
n. reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises
rationale
n. fundamental person or justification; grounds for an action
rationalize
v. give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable one; offer an excuse
raucous
adj. harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous
rave
n. overwhelmingly favorable review
ravel
v. fall apart into tangles; unravel or untwist; entangle
ravenous
adj. extremely hungry
raze
v. destroy completely
reactionary
adj. recoiling from progress; politically ultraconservative
realm
n. kingdom; field or sphere
reaper
n. one who harvests grain
rebuff
v. snub; beat back
rebuke
v. scold harshly; criticize severely
rebuttal
n. refutation; response with contrary evidence
recalcitrant
adj. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
recant
v. disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
recapitulate
v. summarize
recast
v. reconstruct (a sentence, story, etc.); fashion again
receptive
adj. quick or wiling to receive ideas, suggestions, etc.
recession
n. withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity
recidivism
n. habitual return to crime
recipient
n. receiver
reciprocal
adj. mutual; exchangeable; interacting
reciprocate
v. repay in kind
recluse
n. hermit; loner
reconcile
v. correct inconsistencies; become friendly after a quarrel
reconnaissance
n. survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering
recount
v. narrate or tell; count over again
recourse
n. resorting to help when in trouble
recrimination
n. countercharges
rectify
v. set right; correct
rectitude
n. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
recumbent
adj. reclining; lying down completely or in part
recuperate
v. recover
recurrent
adj. occurring again and again