Abominable

Adjective: very bad, unpleasant, disgusting

The beached whale looked abominable.

Ardor

(British spelling: Ardour)

Noun: great enthusiasm, burning passion

The musician has ardor for playing the violin.

Avail

Verb: to be useful, to help someone or something

King Arthur's sword availed in cutting off the black knight's limbs.

Behoove

(British spelling: behove)

Verb: to be proper or suitable to do

It would behoove the astronaut to keep his helmet on.

Escutcheon

Noun: the piece of metal, sometimes decorative, around a keyhole, cabinet handle, light switch, etc.

The front door had a very ornate escutcheon around the keyhole.

Exultation

Noun: the act of rejoicing, act of showing joy

Charlie Brown and Snoopy danced in exultation.

Felicitously

Adverb: well-suited to a situation, agreeable

While shaking hands with Putin, Obama smiled felicitously.

Laudable

Adjective: admirable, deserving of praise

The soldier's actions were laudable.

Stint

Verb: to limit, restrict, ration

The people had to stint the food they were given.

Tumult

Noun: a commotion, outbreak, uproar

There was a tumult after the man's speech.

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