misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusion illusive : deceiving; based on illusion; causing illusion; deceptive illusory : illusive; deceptive; not real imbalance : lack of balance or symmetry; disproportion ♥ disproportion : lack of proportion (between the parts); ADJ. disproportionate ♠ imbecility : weakness of mind; state of being an imbecile; N. imbecile: stupid person; fool imbibe : drink in ♠ imbroglio : complicated situation (as in a play); painful or complex misunderstanding (as in a play); entanglement; confused mass (as of papers); V. embroil ♠ imbue : saturate(soak thoroughly); fill; Ex. imbue someone with feelings 24 immaculate : spotless; flawless; absolutely clean ♥ tenant : one that pays rent to use property owned by another ♥ tenancy : possession of land or building by rent; period of a tenant’s occupancy imminent : impending; near at hand immobility : state of being immovable ♠ immolate : offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire) immune : resistant to; free or exempt from; N. immunity ♠ immure : imprison; shut up in confinement; CF. wall immutable : unchangeable impair : injure; hurt; damage ♠ impale : pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear impalpable : imperceptible(not easily understood); intangible; OP. palpable: tangible; easily perceptible impartial : not biased; fair; N. impartiality ♥ impart : grant a share of; make known; Ex. news to impart 89
impassable : not able to be traveled or crossed impasse : predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situation allowing for no further progress impassive : without feeling; expressionless; imperturbable; stoical; Ex. impassive face ♠ impeach : charge (a public official) with crime in office; raise doubts about; indict; Ex. impeach a witness’s credibility ♠ impeccable : faultless ♥ credential : evidence concerning one’s authority; written proof of a person’s position; Ex. The new ambassador presented his credentials to the court. impecunious : without money impede : hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block ♥ retard : delay (in development); ADJ. retarded: (as of a child) slower in development impediment : hindrance; stumbling-block; speech defect preventing clear articulation; Ex. speech impediment impel : drive or force onward; drive to take action; urge to action impending : nearing; approaching; about to happen impenetrable : not able to be pierced or entered; beyond understanding; impossible to understand; Ex. impenetrable mystery impenitent : not repentant imperative : absolutely necessary; that must be done; critically important; expressing command; Ex. It is imperative that; N: something that must be done imperceptible : unnoticeable; impossible to perceive; undetectable imperial : like an emperor; related to an empire; CF. imperialism ♥ imperil : put in danger ♠ imperious : domineering; too commanding; haughty; CF. imperial/emperor impermeable : impervious; not permitting passage through its substance; impossible to permeate impertinent : insolent; rude; not pertinent; N. impertinence imperturbable : unshakably calm; placid ♥ collected : composed; calm; self-possessed ♠ impervious : impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed; incapable of being affected (in one’s opinions); Ex.
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