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ECCLESIASTIC

(adj.): Pertaining to the clergy or the church – recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. Antonyms: secular, lay

(noun): A clergyman – an ecclesiastic of liberal views.

EDICT

A public command or proclamation issued by an authority – proclaimed by royal edict.

Synonym: decree

EDIFY

To instruct or uplift, particularly in morals or religion – a story that edifiesthe reader, as well as entertains him

EFFETE

No longer productive; hence, lacking in or, worn out – powerful in ancient days, now an effete civilization.

EGOTISTIC

Conceited – an egotisticperson, flourishing on praise.

Synonyms: egocentric, vain

Antonym: altruistic

EGREGIOUS

Outstandingly bad an egregiousmistake with serious implications.

EJACULATE

To exclaim or utter suddenly – ejaculateda cry of horror.

ELICIT

To draw out – elicitedno response from the audience.

Synonyms: evoke, extract, extort

ELUCIDATE

To make clear; to explain – elucidatedhis theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it.

Synonym: clarify

EMISSARY

A person sent on an errand or mission – delegated his emissary to conclude a pact.

ENGENDER

To cause, produce, or stir up-an act that engenderedgood will.

ENNUI

Boredom; weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui.

ENSUE

To follow or result-Silence ensuedwhen the leader arose to speak.

ENTREAT

To beg earnestly – entreatedthe judge to show mercy.

Synonyms: solicit, supplicate, beseech, implore, importune;

(adj.) importunate, mendicant, suppliant

EPHEMERAL

Very short-lived – an ephemeraljoy, lasting but a day.

Synonyms: fleeting, transitory, transient, evanescent

Antonym: eternal

EPICUREAN

(noun): A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure – an epicurean, seeking to enjoy every meal.

(adj.): Pleasure-loving – His entire existence demonstrated his epicureantastes.

EPIGRAM

A brief pointed saying – a speech full of original epigrams.

Synonyms: maxim proverb, adage

EPITAPH

A tombstone inscription – an epitaphengraved on marble.

EPITHET

A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing – “Glaring” error is a commonly used epithet.

Synonyms: characterization , appellation

EQUANIMITY

(adj.: EQUABLE): Evenness of temper or mind – suffered his cruel fate with equanimity.

Synonyms: serenity, composure, imperturbability, aplomb

ERR

(noun: ERRATUM): To be mistaken or go astray – To err is human, to forgive divine.

Synonyms: stray, blunder

ERRATIC

Irresponsible, eccentric; lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior, reflecting his queer ideas.

ERUDITE

Learned – an erudite person, an editor of many books.

Synonyms: scholarly , knowing

ESOTERIC

Understood by only a select few – an esoteric subject, discussed only by scholars.

Synonyms: abstruse, recondite

EXCEPTIONABLE

Objectionable – exceptionable behavior, universally criticized.

Synonyms: questionable, reprehensible, censurable

Antonym: laudable

EXCULPATE

To free from blame – exculpated by a jury.

Synonyms: vindicate, exonerate, absolve, acquit

Antonyms: arraign, indict, inculpate

EXEMPLARY

(noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model; commendable – exemplary conduct approved by all.

Synonyms: illustrative, typical; praiseworthy, laudable

EXODUS

Departure, emigration – the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland.

EXOTIC

Strange and foreign – an exotic costume imported from Asia.

EXPATIATE

To speak or write at great length – He expatiated on the subject for two hours.

Synonym: dilate

EXPATRIATE

(verb): To banish or exile; to withdraw from one’s country – expatriated for treachery to his country.

(noun): An expatriated person – expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.

EXPEDIENT

(adj.): Convenient in helping to attain some purpose – found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment.

Synonyms: opportune, seasonable

(noun): A means to accomplish something – tried all expedients to achieve a quick result.

EXPLOIT

(verb): To use for one’s selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers.

(noun): A brilliant deed – lauded for his exploits in science.

Synonym: feat

EXPOUND

(noun: EXPOSITION): To set forth in detail; to explain – expounded his theory in a learned article.

EXPURGATE

To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material – expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold.

Synonyms: purge, delete

EXTEMPORANEOUS

Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation – an extemporaneous speech.

Synonyms: impromptu, offhand

EXTINCT

No longer existing or active – the extinct dinosaur, alive only in history.

Synonym: defunct

Antonym: extant

EXTIRPATE

To root out, destroy totally – extirpated the cause of trouble.

Synonyms: eradicate, exterminate, efface, obliterate

EXTRANEOUS

Not essential; foreign; irrelevant – excluded material extraneous to the subject.

Synonyms: extrinsic, adventitious

Antonyms: germane, intrinsic, inherent, relevant, pertinent

EXULTATION

Great rejoicing – received the good news with exultation.

Synonym: jubilation

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