Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( E )

earnest Ardent in spirit and speech.

earthenware Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.

eatable Edible.

ebullient Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.

eccentric Peculiar.

eccentricity Idiosyncrasy.

eclipse The obstruction of a heavenly body by its entering into the shadow of another body.

economize To spend sparingly.

ecstasy Rapturous excitement or exaltation.

ecstatic Enraptured.

edible Suitable to be eaten.

edict That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action.

edify To build up, or strengthen, especially in morals or religion.

editorial An article in a periodical written by the editor and published as an official argument.

educe To draw out.

efface To obliterate.

effect A consequence.

effective Fit for a destined purpose.

effectual Efficient.

effeminacy Womanishness.

effeminate Having womanish traits or qualities.

effervesce To bubble up.

effervescent Giving off bubbles of gas.

effete Exhausted, as having performed its functions.

efficacious Effective.

efficacy The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.

efficiency The state of possessing adequate skill or knowledge for the performance of a duty.

efficient Having and exercising the power to produce effects or results.

efflorescence The state of being flowery, or a flowery appearance.

efflorescent Opening in flower.

effluvium A noxious or ill-smelling exhalation from decaying or putrefying matter.

effrontery Unblushing impudence.

effulgence Splendor.

effuse To pour forth.

effusion an outpouring.

egoism The theory that places man’s chief good in the completeness of self.

egoist One who advocates or practices egoism.

egotism Self-conceit.

egotist One given to self-mention or who is constantly telling of his own views and experiences.

egregious Extreme.

egress Any place of exit.

eject To expel.

elapse To quietly terminate: said of time.

elasticity That property of matter by which a body tends to return to a former shape after being changed.

electrolysis The process of decomposing a chemical compound by the passage of an electric current.

electrotype A metallic copy of any surface, as a coin.

elegy A lyric poem lamenting the dead.

element A component or essential part.

elicit To educe or extract gradually or without violence.

eligible Qualified for selection.

eliminate To separate and cast aside.

Elizabethan Relating to Elizabeth, queen of England, or to her era.

elocution The art of correct intonation, inflection, and gesture in public speaking or reading.

eloquent Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech.

elucidate To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.

elude To evade the search or pursuit of by dexterity or artifice.

elusion Evasion.

emaciate To waste away in flesh.

emanate To flow forth or proceed, as from some source.

emancipate To release from bondage.

embargo Authoritative stoppage of foreign commerce or of any special trade.

embark To make a beginning in some occupation or scheme.

embarrass To render flustered or agitated.

embellish To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features.

embezzle To misappropriate secretly.

emblazon To set forth publicly or in glowing terms.

emblem A symbol.

embody To express, formulate, or exemplify in a concrete, compact or visible form.

embolden To give courage to.

embolism An obstruction or plugging up of an artery or other blood-vessel.

embroil To involve in dissension or strife.

emerge To come into view or into existence.

emergence A coming into view.

emergent Coming into view.

emeritus Retired from active service but retained to an honorary position.

emigrant One who moves from one place to settle in another.

emigrate To go from one country, state, or region for the purpose of settling or residing in another.

eminence An elevated position with respect to rank, place, character, condition, etc.

eminent High in station, merit, or esteem.

emit To send or give out.

emphasis Any special impressiveness added to an utterance or act, or stress laid upon some word.

emphasize To articulate or enunciate with special impressiveness upon a word, or a group of words.

emphatic Spoken with any special impressiveness laid upon an act, word, or set of words.

employee One who works for wages or a salary.

employer One who uses or engages the services of other persons for pay.

emporium A bazaar or shop.

empower To delegate authority to.

emulate To imitate with intent to equal or surpass.

enact To make into law, as by legislative act.

enamor To inspire with ardent love.

encamp To pitch tents for a resting-place.

encomium A formal or discriminating expression of praise.

encompass To encircle.

encore The call for a repetition, as of some part of a play or performance.

encourage To inspire with courage, hope, or strength of mind.

encroach To invade partially or insidiously and appropriate the possessions of another.

encumber To impede with obstacles.

encyclical Intended for general circulation.

encyclopedia A work containing information on subjects, or exhaustive of one subject.

endanger To expose to peril.

endear To cause to be loved.

endemic Peculiar to some specified country or people.

endue To endow with some quality, gift, or grace, usually spiritual.

endurable Tolerable.

endurance The ability to suffer pain, distress, hardship, or stress of any kind without succumbing.

energetic Working vigorously.

enervate To render ineffective or inoperative.

enfeeble To debilitate.

enfranchise To endow with a privilege, especially with the right to vote.

engender To produce.

engrave To cut or carve in or upon some surface.

engross To occupy completely.

enhance To intensify.

enigma A riddle.

enjoin To command.

enkindle To set on fire.

enlighten To cause to see clearly.

enlist To enter voluntarily the military service by formal enrollment.

enmity Hatred.

ennoble To dignify.

enormity Immensity.

enormous Gigantic.

enrage To infuriate.

enrapture To delight extravagantly or intensely.

enshrine To keep sacred.

ensnare To entrap.

entail To involve; necessitate.

entangle To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.

enthrall To bring or hold under any overmastering influence.

enthrone To invest with sovereign power.

enthuse To yield to or display intense and rapturous feeling.

enthusiastic Full of zeal and fervor.

entirety A complete thing.

entomology The branch of zoology that treats of insects.

entrails pl. The internal parts of an animal.

entreaty An earnest request.

entree The act of entering.

entrench To fortify or protect, as with a trench or ditch and wall.

entwine To interweave.

enumerate To name one by one.

epic A poem celebrating in formal verse the mythical achievements of great personages, heroes, etc.

epicure One who cultivates a delicate taste for eating and drinking.

Epicurean Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite.

epicycle A circle that rolls upon the external or internal circumference of another circle.

epicycloid A curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle which rolls upon another circle.

epidemic Wide-spread occurrence of a disease in a certain region.

epidermis The outer skin.

epigram A pithy phrasing of a shrewd observation.

epilogue The close of a narrative or dramatic poem.

epiphany Any appearance or bodily manifestation of a deity.

episode An incident or story in a literary work, separable from yet growing out of it.

epitaph An inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead.

epithet Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in “Father Aeneas.”

epitome A simplified representation.

epizootic Prevailing among animals.

epoch A interval of time, memorable for extraordinary events.

epode A species of lyric poems.

equalize To render uniform.

equanimity Evenness of mind or temper.

equestrian Pertaining to horses or horsemanship.

equilibrium A state of balance.

equitable Characterized by fairness.

equity Fairness or impartiality.

equivalent Equal in value, force, meaning, or the like.

equivocal Ambiguous.

equivocate To use words of double meaning.

eradicate To destroy thoroughly.

errant Roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds.

erratic Irregular.

erroneous Incorrect.

erudite Very-learned.

erudition Extensive knowledge of literature, history, language, etc.

eschew To keep clear of.

espy To keep close watch.

esquire A title of dignity, office, or courtesy.

essence That which makes a thing to be what it is.

esthetic Pertaining to beauty, taste, or the fine arts.

estimable Worthy of respect.

estrange To alienate.

estuary A wide lower part of a tidal river.

et cetera Latin. And so forth.

eugenic Relating to the development and improvement of race.

eulogize To speak or write a laudation of a person’s life or character.

eulogy A spoken or written laudation of a person’s life or character.

euphemism A figure of speech by which a phrase less offensive is substituted.

euphonious Characterized by agreeableness of sound.

euphony Agreeableness of sound.

eureka Greek. I have found it.

evade To avoid by artifice.

evanesce To vanish gradually.

evanescent Fleeting.

evangelical Seeking the conversion of sinners.

evangelist A preacher who goes from place to place holding services.

evasion Escape.

eventual Ultimate.

evert To turn inside out.

evict To dispossess pursuant to judicial decree.

evidential Indicative.

evince To make manifest or evident.

evoke To call or summon forth.

evolution Development or growth.

evolve To unfold or expand.

exacerbate To make more sharp, severe, or virulent.

exaggerate To overstate.

exasperate To excite great anger in.

excavate To remove by digging or scooping out.

exceed To go beyond, as in measure, quality, value, action, power, skill, etc.

excel To be superior or distinguished.

excellence Possession of eminently or unusually good qualities.

excellency A title of honor bestowed upon various high officials.

excellent Possessing distinguished merit.

excerpt An extract or selection from written or printed matter.

excess That which passes the ordinary, proper, or required limit, measure, or experience.

excitable Nervously high-strung.

excitation Intensified emotion or action.

exclamation An abrupt or emphatic expression of thought or of feeling.

exclude To shut out purposely or forcibly.

exclusion Non-admission.

excrescence Any unnatural addition, outgrowth, or development.

excretion The getting rid of waste matter.

excruciate To inflict severe pain or agony upon.

excursion A journey.

excusable Justifiable.

execrable Abominable.

execration An accursed thing.

executor A person nominated by the will of another to execute the will.

exegesis Biblical exposition or interpretation.

exemplar A model, pattern, or original to be copied or imitated.

exemplary Fitted to serve as a model or example worthy of imitation.

exemplify To show by example.

exempt Free, clear, or released, as from some liability, or restriction affecting others.

exert To make an effort.

exhale To breathe forth.

exhaust To empty by draining off the contents.

exhaustible Causing or tending to cause exhaustion.

exhaustion Deprivation of strength or energy.

exhaustive Thorough and complete in execution.

exhilarate To fill with high or cheerful spirits.

exhume To dig out of the earth (what has been buried).

exigency A critical period or condition.

exigent Urgent.

existence Possession or continuance of being.

exit A way or passage out.

exodus A going forth or departure from a place or country, especially of many people.

exonerate To relieve or vindicate from accusation, imputation, or blame.

exorbitance Extravagance or enormity.

exorbitant Going beyond usual and proper limits.

exorcise To cast or drive out by religious or magical means.

exotic Foreign.

expand To increase in range or scope.

expanse A continuous area or stretch.

expansion Increase of amount, size, scope, or the like.

expatriate To drive from one’s own country.

expect To look forward to as certain or probable.

expectancy The act or state of looking forward to as certain or probable.

expectorate To cough up and spit forth.

expediency Fitness to meet the requirements of a particular case.

expedient Contributing to personal advantage.

expedite To hasten the movement or progress of.

expeditious Speedy.

expend To spend.

expense The laying out or expending or money or other resources, as time or strength.

expiate To make satisfaction or amends for.

explicate To clear from involvement.

explicit Definite.

explode To cause to burst in pieces by force from within.

explosion A sudden and violent outbreak.

explosive Pertaining to a sudden and violent outbreak.

exposition Formal presentation.

expository Pertaining to a formal presentation.

expostulate To discuss.

exposure An open situation or position in relation to the sun, elements, or points of the compass.

expressive Full of meaning.

expulsion Forcible ejection.

extant Still existing and known.

extemporaneous Done or made without much or any preparation.

extempore Without studied or special preparation.

extensible Capable of being thrust out.

extension A reaching or stretching out, as in space, time or scope.

extensive Extended widely in space, time, or scope.

extensor A muscle that causes extension.

extenuate To diminish the gravity or importance of.

exterior That which is outside.

external Anything relating or belonging to the outside.

extinct Being no longer in existence.

extinguish To render extinct.

extol To praise in the highest terms.

extort To obtain by violence, threats, compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.

extortion The practice of obtaining by violence or compulsion.

extradite To surrender the custody of.

extradition The surrender by a government of a person accused of crime to the justice of another government.

extrajudicial Happening out of court.

extraneous Having no essential relation to a subject.

extraordinary Unusual.

extravagance Undue expenditure of money.

extravagant Needlessly free or lavish in expenditure.

extremist One who supports extreme measures or holds extreme views.

extremity The utmost point, side, or border, or that farthest removed from a mean position.

extricate Disentangle.

extrude To drive out or away.

exuberance Rich supply.

exuberant Marked by great plentifulness.

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