- ideology Dictionary lookup
(n.) speculation; representative way of thinking
His ideology proved to be faulty.
The ideology of business can be found in the new book.
He joined the religious group because he agreed with their ideology.
- idiosyncrasy Dictionary lookup
(n.) any personal peculiarity, mannerism
Her tendency to bite her lip is an idiosyncrasy.
- idyll Dictionary lookup
(n.) a written piece of work describing a peaceful rural scene
Reading the idyll made me think of the family farm.
- igneous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) having the nature of fire; volcanic
When the sun shone upon it, the material took on an igneous quality.
- ignoble Dictionary lookup
(adj.) ordinary; dishonorable;
The king was adamant about keeping his son from wedding an ignoble serf.
Consciously lying to someone is ignoble.
It was ignoble to disgrace the family in front of all of the townspeople.
- ignominious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) contemptible; disgraced; degrading
The behavior was so ignominious he was ashamed to be associated with it.
She left him because of his ignominious treatment of her.
- illusive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) deceiving, misleading
It was as illusive as a mirage.
- illusory Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unreal; false; deceptive
He was proven guilty when his alibi was found to be illusory.
- imbue Dictionary lookup
(v.) to soak or stain; permeate
The wound will imbue the shirt in blood.
The new day imbued him with a sense of optimism.
- immaculate Dictionary lookup
(adj.) perfectly clean; correct; pure
An immaculate house is free of dust or clutter.
- imminent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) likely to happen without delay
The storm clouds warned of the imminent downpour.
- impale Dictionary lookup
(v.) pierce through with, or stick on; something pointed
The knight was impaled by the sharp lance.
- impartial Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unbiased; fair
Exasperated by charges to the contrary, the judge reiterated that he had bent over backwards to be impartial in a case that crackled with emotion.
- impasse Dictionary lookup
(n.) a situation that has no solution or escape
The workers and administration were at an impasse in their negotiations.
- impassive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) showing no emotion
Even when his father died he gave an impassive response and walked out tearless.
Her expected announcement was met by an impassive facial expression.
- impecunious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) poor; having no money
The Great Depression made family after family impecunious.
- impede Dictionary lookup
(v.) to stop the progress of; obstruct
The rain impeded the work on the building.
- impenitent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) without regret, shame, or remorse
It was obvious after his impenitent remark to the press that the defendant felt no remorse for his crime.
- imperious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) arrogant; urgent
Her imperious manner cost her her two best friends.
It was imperious that the message reach the police chief.
- imperturbable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) calm; not easily excited
The imperturbable West Point graduate made a fine negotiator.
- impervious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) impenetrable; not allowing anything to pass through; unaffected
The vest that the policeman wears is impervious to bullets.
The child was impervious to the actions of the adult.
- implacable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unwilling to be pacified or appeased
The baby was so implacable a warm bottle would not settle her.
The two year old was an implacable child; he cried no matter what his parents did to comfort him.
- implement Dictionary lookup
(v.; n.) to carry into effect; something used in a given activity
In case of emergency implement the evacuation plan immediately.
The rack is an implement of torture.
- implication Dictionary lookup
(n.) suggestion; inference
An implication was made that there might be trickery involved.
- impolitic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unwise; imprudent
If you are planning to invest your money, impolitic decisions may be costly.
- imprecate Dictionary lookup
(v.) to pray for evil; to invoke a curse
A witch may imprecate an enemy with a curse of bad luck.
- impromptu Dictionary lookup
(adj.) without preparation
Her impromptu speech was well-received, giving her new confidence in her ability to speak off the cuff.
- improvident Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not providing for the future
An improvident person may end up destitute in latter life.
- impudent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) disrespectful and shameless
Impudent actions caused him to be unpopular.
- imputation Dictionary lookup
(n.) to charge, to attribute a fault or misconduct to another
The imputation of guilt was made by the judge.
- inadvertent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not on purpose; unintentional
It was an inadvertent error, to be sure, but nonetheless a mistake that required correction.
- inanimate Dictionary lookup
(adj.) to be dull or spiritless; not animated, not endowed with life
The boy nagged his father for a real puppy, not some inanimate stuffed animal.
- inarticulate Dictionary lookup
(adj.) speechless; unable to speak clearly
He was so inarticulate that he had trouble making himself understood.
- inaudible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not able to be heard
The signals were inaudible when the fans began to cheer.
- incessant Dictionary lookup
(adj.) constant and unending
The mother gave in to the child after her incessant crying.
Incessant rain caused the river to flood over its banks.
- inchoate Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not yet fully formed; rudimentary
The inchoate building appeared as if it would be a fast-food restaurant.
The outline of the thesis was the inchoate form of a very complex theory.
- incisive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) getting to the heart of things; to the point
His incisive questioning helped settle the matter quickly.
- incognito Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unidentified; disguised; concealed
The federal Witness Protection Program makes its charges permanently incognito.
- incoherent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) illogical; rambling; disjointed
Following the accident, the woman went into shock and became incoherent as medics struggled to understand her.
- incommodious Dictionary lookup
The incommodious illness caused her to miss an important interview.
- incompatible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) disagreeing; disharmonious not compatible
Being incompatible with each other, children were assigned to sit on opposite sides of the room.
- incompetence Dictionary lookup
(n.) failing to meet necessary requirements
The alleged incompetence of the construction crew would later become the subject of a class-action suit.
- inconclusive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not final or of a definite result
The results being inconclusive, the doctors continued to look for a cause of the illness.
- incorporeal Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not consisting of matter
The apparition appeared to be incorporeal.
- incorrigible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not capable of correction or improvement
The mischievous boy was an incorrigible practical joker.
- inculcate Dictionary lookup
(v.) to impress upon the mind, as by insistent urging
I will inculcate the directions if people are unsure of them.
- incursion Dictionary lookup
(n.) an entry into, especially when not desired
The incursion by enemy forces left the country shocked.
- indecipherable Dictionary lookup
The scribbling on the paper is indecipherable.
- indelible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) that which cannot be blotted out or erased
The photograph of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon made an indelible impression on all who saw it.
- indemnify Dictionary lookup
(v.) to insure against or pay for loss or damage
It is important to indemnify your valuables with a reliable insurance company.
- indict Dictionary lookup
(v.) charge with a crime
The grand jury indicted her and her husband for embezzlement and six other lesser counts.
- indifferent Dictionary lookup
There he lay, indifferent to all the excitement around him.
- indigenous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) native to a region; inborn or innate
These plants are indigenous to all of the western states.
Piranha are indigenous to the tropics.
- indignant Dictionary lookup
(adj.) expressing anger to an injustice
He was indignant over the way he was treated.
- indomitable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not easily discouraged or defeated
The underdog candidate had an indomitable spirit.
- indubitably Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unquestionably; surely
The officer was best indubitably the candidate for captain.
- indulgent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) lenient; patient; permissive
He has indulgent tendencies to eat chocolate when he is happy.
- ineluctable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) something inevitable
They were prepared for the ineluctable disaster.
- inept Dictionary lookup
(adj.) incompetent; clumsy
She would rather update the budget book herself, since her assistant is so inept.
- inert Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not reacting chemically; inactive
Inert gases like krypton and argon can enhance window insulation.
- inevitable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) sure to happen; unavoidable
A confrontation between the disagreeing neighbors seemed inevitable.
- infamous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) having a bad reputation; notorious
After producing machines that developed many problems, the production company became infamous for poor manufacturing.
The infamous gang was known for robbery.
- infamy Dictionary lookup
(n.) a bad reputation
The town had only 98 residents, so all it took was one bad apple to bring infamy on the whole place.
- infer Dictionary lookup
(v.) form an opinion; conclude
From the broad outline he supplied it was easy to infer that the applicant knew a great deal about trains.
- ingenious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) clever, resourceful
His ingenious idea made it possible to double production at no extra cost.
- ingenue Dictionary lookup
(n.) an unworldly young woman
As an ingenue, Corky had no experience outside of her small town.
- ingenuous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) noble; honorable; candid; also naive, simple, artless, without guile
The ingenuous doctor had a great bedside manner, especially when it came to laying out the full implications of an illness.
- ingratitude Dictionary lookup
When she failed to send a thank-you card, her friend took it as a sign of ingratitude .
- inherent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) part of the essential character; intrinsic
A constant smile is inherent in pageant competitors.
The inherent desire to do well is present throughout the family.
- inimical Dictionary lookup
(adj.) hostile, unfriendly
The chess player directed an inimical stare at his opponent to knock him off his game.
- iniquitous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) wicked; unjust
The verbal abuse towards the man was truly iniquitous.
- initiate Dictionary lookup
(v.; n.) begin; admit into a group; a person who is in the process of being admitted into a group
He initiated the dinner discussion by asking his father to borrow the car.
As an initiate to the Explorers, George was expected to have a taste for the outdoor life.
- innovate Dictionary lookup
(v.) introduce a change; depart from the old
She innovated a new product for the home construction market.
- innuendo Dictionary lookup
(n.) an indirect remark; insinuation
The student made an innuendo referring to the professor.
The office was rife with innuendo that a takeover was in the works.
- inquisitive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) eager to ask questions in order to learn
An inquisitive youngster is likely to become a wise adult.
- insinuate Dictionary lookup
(v.) to work into gradually and indirectly
He will insinuate his need for a vacation by saying how tired he has been lately.
- insipid Dictionary lookup
(adj.) uninteresting, boring flat, dull
Many people left the insipid movie before it was finished.
Declaring the offerings insipid, the critic grudgingly awarded the restaurant one star.
- insolvent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unable to pay debts
The insolvent state of his bank account kept him from writing any checks.
- instigate Dictionary lookup
(v.) start; provoke
It was uncertain to the police as to which party instigated the riot.
- insular Dictionary lookup
(adj.) having the characteristics of an island; narrow-minded, provincial
After walking along the entire perimeter and seeing that the spit of land was actually insular, we realized it was time to build a boat.
His insular approach to education makes him a pariah among liberals.
- insularity Dictionary lookup
(n.) having the characteristics of an island
The insularity of the country made it a great place to build a resort.
- intangible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) incapable of being touched; immaterial
Intangible though it may be, sometimes just knowing that the work you do helps others is reward enough.
- intercede Dictionary lookup
(v.) to plead on behalf of another; mediate
The superpowers were called on to intercede in the talks between the two warring nations.
- intermittent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) periodic; occasional
Luckily, the snow was only intermittent, so the accumulation was slight.
The intermittent blinking light was distracting.
- intransigent Dictionary lookup
With intransigent values, no amount of arguing could change her mind.
The baseball owners and players remained intransigent, so a deal was never struck.
- intrepid Dictionary lookup
(adj.) fearless, bold
The intrepid photographer flew on some of the fiercest bombing raids of the war.
Her intrepid actions deserved a medal.
- inured Dictionary lookup
(adj.) accustomed to pain
Beekeepers eventually become inured to bee stings.
- invoke Dictionary lookup
(v.) ask for; call upon
The parishioners invoked divine help for their troubles.
- irascible Dictionary lookup
(adj.) prone to anger
The irascible teenager was known to cause fights when upset.
Knowing that the king was irascible, the servants decided not to tell him about the broken crystal.
- ironic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) contradictory, inconsistent; sarcastic
Is it not ironic that Americans will toss out leftover French fries while people around the globe continue to starve?
- irrational Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not logical
It would be irrational to climb Mt. Everest without some very warm clothing.
- irreparable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) that which cannot be repaired or regained
The damage to the house after the flood was irreparable.
The head-on collision left the car irreparable.
- irreproachable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) without blame or faults
The honesty of the priest made him irreproachable.