seasickness ♥ nauseous causing nausea; feeling nausea nautical pertaining to ships or navigation ♠ navigable (of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered ♠ nebulous vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal ♥ nebula diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxy ♠ necromancy black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis ♠ nefarious very wicked negate cancel out; nullify; cause to have no effect; deny; N. negation negligence neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care negligible so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded nemesis someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis ♠ neologism new or newly coined word or phrase ♠ neophyte recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant ♠ nepotism favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew ♥ favoritism display of partiality toward a favored person ♠ nether lower; Ex. nether garments/regions ♠ nettle irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesome ♠ nexus connection ♠ nib beak(bill); pen point ♠ nicety precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties ♠ niggardly meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person ♠ niggle spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. nig- gling ♠ nihilist one who considers traditional beliefs to be ground- less and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolution- ary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement ♠ nip snip off; stop something’s growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill ♥ snip short quick cut with scissors; V: cut with scissors ♥ pinch squeeze between the thumb and a finger, or other edges; Ex. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. N: amount that can be held between the thumb and a finger ♠ nirvana in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude ♥ impersonal not being a person; not showing personal feel- ings; Ex. impersonal force/manner/organization nocturnal done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal ani- mals/raids; CF. nocturne ♠ noisome foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesome nomadic wandering; N. nomad: tribe who migrates from place to place nomenclature terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or naming things nominal in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint ♠ nonchalance indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. non-
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