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rabid (adj) : fanatical, violent, or extremely expressive

raconteur (n) : a person skilled at telling stories and anecdotes

ramification (n) : the result, effect, or consequence derived from an action, statement, decision, etc

ramify (v) : to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike divisions

rampant (adj) : spreading or growing uncontrollably; it also means being violent in action, speech, or manner

rampart (n) : an elevated fortification and protection

rapacious (adj) : taking by force or living on captured prey

rapport (n) : a close relationship or agreement; a friendship

rapt (adj) : carried away by or completely absorbed

rapture (n) : heology, the word refers to the bodily ascent into heaven of those who are saved before the armageddon

raspy (adj) : harsh, irritable or rough

ratify (v) : to approve or confirm in an official manner

rationale (n) : the basis for something; such as a statement or explanation of reasons

rationalize (v) : to try to explain something that does not really have a sensible explanation

ravel (v) : to separate or untwist, or to tangle; it can also mean to make clear, or to confuse

ravenous (adj) : greedily or wildly hungry; it can also mean very eager

raze (v) : to tear down completely or to level to the ground

reactionary (adj) : marked by or pertaining to an extreme reaction, usually one that is conservative or right-wing

realm (n) : a kingdom, area, or region

reaper (n) : a machine or person who cuts with a scythe or sickle or who gathers by cutting

rebuff (v) : to refuse bluntly, to reject, or to repulse

recalcitrant (adj) : refusing to obey authority, customs or regulations; stubborn

receptive (adj) : open to new ideas or things, favorable, or welcoming

recession (n) : the act of going back or withdrawing; it can also refer to a temporary downturn in the economy

recidivism (n) : a relapse, often into crime or antisocial behavior

reciprocate (v) : to give or feel in return for a favor or a feeling

recluse (n) : someone who lives a secluded life, apart from society

reconcile (v) : to make friendly again or to settle a dispute or disagreement

recondite (adj) : beyond the grasp of the ordinary mind or understanding

recourse (n) : assistance or a method of obtaining assistance

recrimination (n) : a countercharge or the act of making a similar accusation toward another

rectify (v) : to put or set right or to correct

rectitude (n) : conduct according to moral character and uprightness of character

recumbent (adj) : leaning, lying down or reclining

recuperate (v) : to recover or get back to health or strength; it can also mean to recover financial losses

recurrent (adj) : appearing or occurring again and again or periodically

redeem (v) : to deliver from sin by means of sacrifice

redoubtable (adj) : commanding respect or fearsome

redress (n) : compensation for a wrong-doing

referendum (n) : a vote or submitting to a vote

refractory (adj) : hard to manage, uncontrollable, or disobedient, usually said of a person or animal

refrain (v) : to hold back or keep oneself from something

refurbish (v) : to brighten, to renovate, or polish up

refute (trv) : to prove a person, argument, or statement to be false

regale (v) : to entertain lavishly, especially with a pleasant feast

regeneration (n) : renewal, rebirth or reformation

regimen (n) : a regulated system of doing something

rehabilitate (v) : to restore or put back into good condition, often to a normal state of health or activity

reimburse (v) : to pay back money spent or to compensate a person for expenses, damages, or losses

relegate (trv) : to assign to a lower order of or to a lower position; demote

relic (n) : a keepsake from the past, something which has survived deterioration

relinquish (v) : to surrender something owned, or to give up or to abandon something, such as a plan

remediable (adj) : that which can be cured, healed, or set right

remission (n) : a lessening or disappearance of symptoms of a disease

remonstrance (n) : the act or instance of protest or complaint

remorse (n) : a deep sense of guilt or regret felt over doing wrong

renaissance (n) : a rebirth, revival or transformation

render (v) : to give, to hand over, or to deliver; it can also mean to depict, as in a drawing

renegade (n) : someone who abandons a movement, religion or party and become its opposer

renege (v) : to back out of an agreement or fail to keep a promise

renovate (v) : to make fresh, whole, or sound again

repeal (v) : to withdraw officially or formally, or to call back; it can also mean to abolish

reprisal (n) : inflicting injury on someone for a previous insult

reproach (trv) : to blame someone for a fault, to accuse or scold

requiem (n) : a mass for a deceased person or the musical setting for the mass

rescind (v) : to revoke or cancel

resilient (adj) : springing back into shape, or quickly recover one's strength or spirits

resolute (adj) : showing or having a fixed purpose

resplendent (adj) : shining brightly

resurrection (n) : the state of having risen from the dead or inactivity;

retard (v) : to slow something down, or to delay

reticent (adj) : silent, uncommunicative or quiet

retinue (n) : a group of assistants, followers or servants attending a person of importance

rift (n) : an opening or break caused by a split

rout (v) : to defeat overwhelmingly; it also means to dig up or poke around

routine (n) : a regular pattern that is followed, or a habitual activity

 

 


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