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resentment
n. indignation; bitterness; displeasure
reserve
n. self-control; formal but distant manner
residue
n. remainder; balance
resigned
adj. accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive
resilient
adj. elastic; having the power of springing back
resolution
n. determination; resolve
resolve
n. determination; firmness of purpose
resolve
v. decide; settle; solve
resonant
adj. echoing; resounding; deep and full in sound
respiration
n. breathing; exhalation
respite
n. interval of relief; time for rest; delay in punishment
resplendent
adj. dazzling; glorious; brilliant
responsiveness
n. state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc.
restitution
n. reparation; indemnification
restive
adj. restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control
restraint
n. moderation of self-control; controlling force; restriction
resumption
n. taking up again; recommencement
resurge
v. rise again; flow to and fro
retain
v. keep; employ
retaliation
n. repayment in kind (usually for bad treatment)
retentive
adj. able to retain or keep; able to remember
reticence
n. reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence
retinue
n. following; attendants
retiring
adj. modest; shy
retort
n. quick sharp reply
retract
v. withdraw; take back
retrench
v. cut down; economize
retribution
n. vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses
retrieve
v. recover; find and bring in
retroactive
adj. taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax)
retrograde
v. go backwards; degenerate
retrospective
adj. looking back on the past
revelry
n. boisterous merrymaking
reverent
adj. respectful; worshipful
reverie
n. daydream; musing
revert
v. relapse; backslide; turn back to
revile
v. attack with abusive language; vilify
revoke
v. cancel; retract
revulsion
n. sudden violent change of feeling; reaction
rhapsodize
v. speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
rhetoric
n. art of effective communication; insincere language
rhetorical
adj. pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language
ribald
adj. wanton; profane
riddle
v. pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout
rider
n. amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
rife
adj. abundant; current
rift
n. opening; break
rig
v. fix or manipulate
rigid
adj. stiff and unyielding; strict; hard and unbending
rigor
n. severity
rigorous
adj. severe; harsh; demanding; exact
rile
v. vex; irritate; muddy
riveting
adj. absorbing; engrossing
rivulet
n. small stream
robust
adj. vigorous; strong
roil
v. make liquids murky by stirring sediment
roster
n. list
rostrum
n. platform for speech-making; pulpit
rote
n. repetition
rotundity
n. roundness; sonorousness of speech
rousing
adj. lively; stirring
rout
v. stampede; drive out
rubble
n. broken fragments
ruddy
adj. reddish; healthy-looking
rudimentary
adj. not developed; elementary; crude
rue
v. regret; lament; mourn
ruffian
n. bully; scoundrel
ruminate
v. chew over and over (mentally, or like cows, physically); mull over; ponder
rummage
v. ransack; thoroughly search
ruse
n. trick, stratagem
rustic
adj. pertaining to country people; uncouth
ruthless
adj. pitiless; cruel
saboteur
n. one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property
saccharine
adj. cloyingly sweet
sacrilegious
adj. desecrating; profane
sacrosanct
adj. most sacred; inviolate