(of voice) harsh and unpleasant; (of people) disorderly and boisterous; Ex. raucous shouts ravage devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by storms maraud move in search of plunder; Ex. marauding army rave overwhelmingly favorable review; V: talk wildly as if mad; Ex. raving lunatic ravel fall apart into tangles; entangle; unravel or untwist ravenous extremely hungry; voracious ravine narrow valley with steep sides; gorge; CF. gully, canyon raze destroy completely; Ex. raze the city to the ground reactionary strongly opposed to social or political change; opposing progress; politically ultraconservative; N. OP. radical reinstate restore to a previous condition or position
realm kingdom; field or sphere; Ex. not within the realms of possibility reaper one who harvests grain; Ex. the Grim Reaper; V. reap: cut and gather (crop); harvest a crop rebate return of part of a payment; discount; V. rebuff reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She rebuffed his invitation; N. snub ignore or behave coldly toward; Ex. I made a suggestion but she snubbed me; N. rebuke scold harshly; criticize severely rebus representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''. rebuttal refutation; response with contrary evidence; V. rebut: refute; disprove recalcitrant disobedient or resisting authority even after being punished; obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly; Ex. recalcitrant child recant disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement recapitulate summarize recast reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again fashion give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay receptive quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the proposal recession withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity recess pause; temporary cessation; alcove; secret inner place; Ex. parliament in recess; V. CF. recessive recidivism habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist recipientreceiver reciprocal mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement reciprocate do or give something in return; repay in kind; give or take mutually; interchange; move backwards and forwards; Ex. reciprocate his invitation by inviting him; N. reciprocity: reciprocal relationship; mutual interchange of advantages between two groups; Ex. reciprocity in trading rights recluse hermit; loner; ADJ. reclusive reconcile make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas in opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile one's political principles with one's religious beliefs recondite abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret reconnaissance survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information) recount narrate or tell (a story); count over again recourse resorting to help when in trouble; Ex. without recourse to resort turn to for help; Ex. resort to violence; N.
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