ABANDON: To give up completely - abandoned the sinking ship.

Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake ABASH: To lose self-confidence; to confuse, put to shame – abashed before the assembled dignitaries. Synonyms: fluster, disconcert, discomfit, discompose Antonym: (adj.) self-possessed ABDICATE: To give up claim to - abdicated the throne Synonyms: renounce, abandon, relinquish ABET: To encourage -or support - treacherously abetted the enemy. Synonyms: spur, incite Antonym: deter ABRIDGE: To shorten - abridged his lengthy speech. Synonyms: curtail, diminish, retrench Anthonyms: protract, elongate, amplify ABROGATE: To abolish or render void - a treaty abrogated by mutual consent. Synonyms: annul, nullify, rescind, void ABSTEMIOUS: Moderate in the use of food or drink - abstemious in his habits. Synonym: temperate ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school; theoretical academic interests; an academic discussion, with no practical implications. Synonym: scholastic ACCEDE: To agree to -accede to a request. Synonym: assent Antonym: demur

ACCELERATE: - To quicken, speed tip - took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious) Antonym: retard ACCOLADE: An award or salute - a tremendous accolade for a returning hero. Synonyms: tribute, ovation ACCORD: Agreement or harmony - in full accord with his view. Synonyms: concord, concurrence Antonyms:dissension, discord ACRIMONIOUS: Sharp or harsh in language or temper - stung by the acrimonious remark. Synonyms:caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity Antonyms:suave, affable ACUMEN: Keenness of mind or insight - showing exceptional business acumen. Synonyms:perspicacity, discernment, perception Antonym:obtuseness ADMONISH (noun: ADMONITION): To warn or find fault gently - admonishing the unruly child. Synonyms:chide, caution, reprimand, reprehend, reproach ADVERSARY: (adj.: ADVERSE): An opponent - his adversary in a bitter debate. Synonym:antagonist Antonyms:cohort, confederate, ally, accomplice ADVERSITY: Misfortune - calm in the face of adversity. Synonyms:affliction, mischance, reverses AESTHETIC: Pertaining to the beautiful - interested in aesthetic values rather than in purely practical affairs.

AFFABLE: Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman. Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial Antonyms:curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly AFFLUENT: Prosperous, flourishing; copious - a large bequest from an affluent grandfather. Synonyms:opulent, profuse Antonyms:destitute, impecunious AGGRESSIVE (noun: AGGRESSION. an unprovoked attack): self-assertive; attacking, offensive - annoyed people by his aggressive attitude; Synonyms:bumptious, officious, obtrusive Antonyms:meek, humble, retiring, diffident ALACRITY: Eagerness; cheerful promptness - responded to the flattering offer with alacrity. Synonyms:celerity, briskness, energy, animation Antonyms:apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism ALIENATE: To estrange - altenated by his gruff manner. ALLAY: To calm; to lessen in severity - at ease now that his fears have been allayed. Synonyms:appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate Antonyms:intensify, aggravate ALLUDE (noun: ALLUSION): To refer to indirectly - alluded quite subtly to his friend's misfortune. Synonyms:insinuate, intimate, imply Antonyms:refer, cite ALLURE: To tempt by flattery or an attractive offer - allured by the prospect of a new job. Synonyms:lure, decoy, inveigle, entice, seduce, wheedle, beguile, cajole Antonym:repel

AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain, vague, capable of being inter- in more than one way - puzzled by the ambiguous statement. Synonyms:hazy, obscure, equivocal, dubious, nebulous Antonyms:explicit, unquestionable AMENABLE: Obedient; willing to submit - amenable to the suggestion. Synonyms:tractable, docile, responsive Antonyms:intractable, refractory, recalcitrant AMIABLE: Good-natured; friendly - attracted friends by his amiable disposition. Synonym:complaisant ANACHRONISM: A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time - A machine gun at the Battle of Yorktown would be an anachronism. ANALOGY (adj.: ANALOGOUS): A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics- He indicated points of analogy between the two situations. Synonyms:correspondence, affinity Antonym: anomaly (a deviation from the general rule) ANARCHY: State of confusion or lawlessness - a country brought to utter anarchy by civil war. Synonyms: chaos, pandemonium ANIMUS: A feeling of hatred-felt no animus, even against the enemy. Synonyms: enmity, rancor, malevolence, animosity Antonym: amity ANNALS: Historical records - in the annals of literature. ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication. ANTHOLOGY: A collection of choice literary works – an anthology of modern poetry. ANTITHESIS (adj.: ANTITHETICAL): Contrast; the direct opposite - His selfish attitude seemed to me the antithesis o patriotism.

APATHY (adj.: APATHETIC): Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest - attributed his failure to apathy, rather than lack of ability. Synonyms: torpor, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, languor, lassitude, dispassion; (verb) languish Antonyms:zeal, animation APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful - Being unprepared, John is apprehensive of the examination. APPRISE: To inform -apprisedhis lieutenants of the new situation. APPROBATION: Approval; praise -a plan that met with hearty approbation. Synonyms:sanction, commendation Synonyms:sanction, commendation Antonym:disapprobation APT (noun: APTITUDE, APTNESS): (1) Likely; inclined or disposed - apt to succeed. Synonym: prone (2) Fit, suitable - an apt remark. Synonyms: appropriate, felicitous (3) Skillful, expert - apt at woodcarving. Synonyms: deft, dextrous, adept. Antonym: inept ARBITER: A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute - a fair decision rendered by the arbiter. Synonyms: mediator, arbitrator ARCHETYPE: An original pattern - copies reproduced from the archetype. Synonym: prototype Antonyms: Stereotype, facsimile, replica ARID: Dry; barren - the arid desert land.

ASSEVERATE: To declare positively. allege Antonyms:gainsay. fertile ARISTOCRACY: Government by the best people. artless ARTICULATE (verb): To speak clearly or distinctly . Synonym: truce ARTFUL: Sly. slothful . disavow ASSIDUOUS: Industrious .articulated slowly so that he could not be misunderstood. Synonyms: cunning. Synonyms:assert. ASCETIC: Rigorously self-denying . guileful Antonyms: guileless. adroit. wily. Synonyms:sedulous. Synonyms: austere. indefatigable Antonyms:indolent. distinct. self-indulgent ASKANCE: With distrust . always ready to give his views. abjure. jejune.an assiduous worker. aver. toiling long hours. a privileged class -special privileges enjoyed by the aristocracy.attained his mean objective by artful measures.): Capable of speech. avouch. avow.asseverated his views with conviction. crafty . abstinent Antonyms: wanton. parched Antonyms: arable. (adj. rescind. The armistice halted the war. Synonym: oligarchy Antonym: democracy ARMISTICE: A temporary suspension of hostilities. attentive. ingenuous.Synonyms.pursued the ascetic life of a monk. recant. to confirm .looked askance at the forged signature. ingenious. diligent. controvert. clear – an articulate man.

The atheist declared. Synonyms:veritable.an army augmented by numerous enlistments. foreboding AUTHENTIC: Genuine -proved to be an authentic document. Synonyms:propitious. Synonyms:sanctuary. "There is no God. Synonym:tyrannical Antonym:benevolent AVARICE: Excessive greed . cupidity. curtail AUSPICIOUS: Indicating a happy outcome . amplify .ASYLUM: A place offering shelter and retreat -found asylum from persecution. agnostic. bona fide Antonyms.apocryphal. spurious.The prospect for this project appears auspicious.a fortune accumulated by avarice and miserliness." Synonyms:infidel. Synonyms:covetousness.Antonyms: abate. Synonym:askew .the picture. bogus AUTOCRATIC: Despotic . counterfeit. Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his outstanding attribute. refuge ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists . AUGMENT: To increase or enlarge . hanging awry on the wall. skeptic ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work. Synonyms: enhance. not straight . fortunate Antonyms:ominous. avidity Antonym:magnanimity AWRY: Unsymmetrical.feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler.

warlike . Synonyms: pugnacious. bespatter BIASED: Prejudiced . disputatious Antonyms: pacific. causing serious injury. smirch. gracious. conciliatory BELLIGERENT: Engaged in war . prosaic. BENEVOLENT: Kindly. Synonyms:raillery.two belligerent nations warring fiercely. magnanimous Antonyms: malevolent. bestowing many favors. BELIE: To give a false idea of . chaff BATON: A stick or staff . vivid BANEFUL (noun: BANE: poison. defile. . poisonous . contentious. Inclined to quarrel. source of harm): Destructive. stereotyped.The conductor wielded his baton gracefully. virulent. Synonyms: deleterious.His bellicose attitude often got John into fights. BESMIRCH: To soil or dirty . Synonyms:commonplace. vapid Antonyms:racy. to the amusement of the audience. Synonym:misrepresent BELLICOSE.a widow just bereaved of her husband. malignant BEREAVE: To deprive or leave desolate by loss . original.misled by a biased point of view. or vigor-bored by his banal remarks. hackneyed. benignant. trite. noxious. originality.His gracious manner belled his. Synonyms: stilly. toxic Antonym:beneficent BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter. Synonyms: benign.a baneful effect.BANAL: Lacking in freshness. charitable . pernicious.like a benevolent monarch. evil purpose.besmirched his opponent's good name with vile epithets.

racy. outlandish in the extreme. joyous Antonyms: dejected.attracted people by his blandishments. agreeable . Antonym: bibliophobe BIZARRE: Queer. partial. polite.sank into the spongy bog. Synonyms:odd. defect .spread cheer with her blithe spirit. without irritating foods. quagmire. fantastic.Bad associates blemished his character (noun): A disfigurement. arbitrary.bizarre clothes. BLEMISH (verb): To scar or spoil . .a bland diet. tart. pretentious in language . non-irritating Antonyms: piquant. equitable BIBLIOPHILE: A lover of books . merry. mire BOMBASTIC (noun: BOMBAST): High-sounding. Synonyms: ranting.a character without a blemish. fustian BOORISH: Unrefined in speech or manners . blighted by incessant rain. Synonyms: jocund. forlorn. eccentric BLAND: Gentle. fen.The bibliophile fingered the old book fondly.the rotting wheat-.Synonyms:bigoted. pungent BLANDISHMENT: A flattering speech or act . blast BLITHE: Gay and light-hearted in spirit or mood . caustic. unusual in appearance. inflated with meaningless high-flown words. abject BOG: A swamp . pompous. partisan Antonyms:disinterested. BLIGHT: To ruin or decay . suave (affable or persuasive in manner). soothing. Synonyms:wither.a bombastic speech. acrid. Synonyms: mild. grotesque.exhibited the boorish manners of a backwoodsman. Synonyms: morass.

dulcet CADAVEROUS: Corpselike. rustic.a bumptious monitor.acting like a buffoon. pallid (noun: pallor). overbearing CABAL: A small group of persons engaged in plotting .a bucolic poem de. rural BUFFOON: A clown . BUMPTIOUS: Obnoxiously conceited or self-assertive . noisy and discordant. faction CACOPHONOUS: Unharmonious sounding . euphonious. puffed up with his own importance. haggard. hence. uncultured. arrogant. Synonym: rampart 2.a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government. strident. pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment. contumelious. Synonyms: aggressive. blatant.Synonyms:churlish. discordant. idea. crass Antonym: suave BUCOLIC: Pertaining to the country .made callous by long suffering.the joys of the shepherd. Synonyms:pastoral. or object serving as a protection . An embankment used as a fortification . gaunt. A person.a cacophonous blare of trumpets. uncouth. Synonym: harlequin BULWARK: 1. . Synonyms: dissonant. Synonyms: ghastly. raucous Antonyms: mellifluous.acted as a bulwark in the fight against crime. ashen Antonyms: rubicund. full of ludicrous tricks. wan.a lofty bulwark for defense. florid CALLOUS: Unfeeling or insensitive . Synonyms: junto.

changeable. An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country. . constant.calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors. carviling. Synonyms: asperse. Synonyms:hypercritical. slander . upbraid.Synonyms: insensible. fretful Antonyms:amiable. obdurate CALUMNIATE: To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another's reputation. outspoken. equable CAPRICIOUS: Inclined. CASTIGATE: To punish or criticize severely . or actions suddenly . impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright.castigated for using improper language. laud CELESTIAL: Pertaining to the sky. ingenuous. contentious.a captious critic pouncing on slight laws. crotchety. censure. scandalize CANDID (noun: CANDOR): Frank. pugnacious. testy. carping. chasten Antonyms:commend. through some whim or fancy change the mind. reprehend. vilify.a capricious person. evasive CANTANKEROUS: Ill-natured. heavenly-a celestial pageant of bright stars. Synonyms:petulant. fitful. choleric. even-tempered CAPTIOUS: Quick to find fault about trifles. peevish. affable. Synonyms:fickle. inconstant. erratic. defame. unbiased Antonyms: guileful. Synonyms: artless. purpose. (noun) firmament CHAUVINIST. quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition. reprimand. whimsical. Synonyms:reprove. censorious CARICATURE: A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features . eulogize. mercurial Antonyms:steadfast. Synonyms:ethereal. undependable in mood or temper.not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature.

a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency. Synonyms:thwart. headstrong CIRCUMVENT: To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception. Synonyms:duplicity. Polite. Of or having to do with citizens or the state . discreet. habitual-a. surreptitious Antonyms: overt. 2. foothardy. subterfuge CHRONIC: Continuing a long time. outwit. delude CIVIL: 1. blatant. reckless. inveterate. vigilant. wile. to go around . forbearing . Synonyms: respectful. craft. chronic complaint.Synonym:jingoist CHICANERY: Trickery. sporadic. quiet CLANDESTINE: Secret. covert. Synonyms:persistent. stratagem. constant Antonyms:intermittent. Synonyms: furtive. above-board CLEMENT: Merciful. balk. Synonyms:prudent. obstreperous. deception. unremitting. courteous . temerarious. wary Antonyms:rash.practised chicanery all his shady dealings. stealthy . manifest.circumvented the law by evasive practices.a clandestine meeting known only to a few. persisting for years.. Synonyms: compassionate.looked about him circumspectly.We I civil duties as well as civil liberties. incessant. raucous. strident Antonyms: muted. infrequent CIRCUMSPECT: Cautious .answered in a civil fashion. indiscreet. gracious CLAMOROUS: Loud and noisy . precipitate.a clamorous outburst the crowd outside. Synonyms: vociferous. gentle .

conniving.looked on his own performance with a complacent smile. Synonyms: amalgamation. Synonyms: synopsis. capacious.a commodious apartment. recompense. fusion COERCION: Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will .acted in collusion to overthrow the government. discordant. ruthless COALITION (verb: COALESCE): Alliance.Antonyms: relentless. emolument COMPLACENT: Self-satisfied .three parties forming a coalition to rule the country. impelling COGENT: Having the force to compel. Synonym: persuasive COLLUSION: Working together secretly for an evil purpose . epitome COMPENSATION: Payment for services .just compensation for his labor.rendered his services without the slightest coercion.a compendium of chemistry in a slim volume. Synonyms: stipend. usually by appealing to reason . ample COMPATIBLE: Harmonious.persuaded by cogent arguments. restraint. Synonyms: collaboration. to get along together parted company because they were not compatible. consolidation. precis. remuneration. Synonyms: constraint. Synonyms: congruous. able. digest. merging of various units into one unit . conspiracy. Synonyms: spacious. consistent Antonyms: incongruous.: COMPENDIOUS): A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work . Synonym: smug . machination COMMODIOUS: Roomy . incompatible COMPENDIUM (adj. abstract.

atonement. in view of the offender's age. able to get on well with others . mitigate.condoled with each other in their grief. Synonyms: extenuate. capitulate CONDIGN: Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) .received condign punishment for his crime.Without facts.COMPUNCTION: Regret for wrongdoing . presume CONSECRATE: (1) To set apart as sacred . qualm CONCEDE: To yield.conceded victory to a superior force.condoned the deed. CONDOLE (noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow. palliate.congenial to his taste. pain.): United or allied in a conspiracy . to admit as true. to grant . or misfortune . sanctify Antonym: desecrate . Synonyms: commiserate.displayed slight compunction for his misdeed.congenial people with similar backgrounds. we can only conjecture about his guilt.two confederate groups hurrying to their rendezvous. Synonyms: surmise. Synonyms: contrition. Synonyms: hallow. CONJECTURE: To guess . show compassion. accomplice (adj. solace CONDONE: To forgive or overlook (an offense) . penitence. remorse. CONGENIAL: (1) Possessing similar interests and tastes.joined his confederate in secret enterprise. Synonym: compatible (2) Agreeable . Synonyms: collaborator.consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes. gloss CONFEDERATE (noun): A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one) . Synonyms: acquiesce.

bewilderment CONSTRUE (noun: CONSTRUCTION): To interpret.corpulent due to excessive eating. scant CORPULENT: Fat . Synonyms: dismay. Synonyms. contumelious CONVIVIAL: Festive. scornful. mirthful Antonyms: lugubrious. General agreement . Synonyms: supercilious.The threat struck deep consternation into John. Synonyms: jovial. gay . jocund. peaked COSMOPOLITAN (noun): One who is at home in all countries . CONSENSUS.consecrated his life to teaching. explain the sense of. .): Perfect or highly accomplished . bountiful. portly Antonyms: gaunt. bring to perfection . abundant Antonyms: meager.achieved with consummate skill. Synonym: accord CONSTERNATION: Amazement. Synonyms: obese. CONSUMMATE (adj. profuse.A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world. lank. CONTEMPTUOUS: Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) . Antonyms: botched.The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. dolorous. mirthless COPIOUS: Plentiful . bungled. disdainful.a convivial party.shed copious tears at the bad news. inept (verb): To complete.consummated the deal without delay. lack of courage caused by fearful prospect . or analyze construed the statement to his own advantage.cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate. emaciated.(2) To devote or dedicate to some aim .

intrepid. Synonym: sanction CRASS: Coarse and stupid . Synonym: conviction Antonym: skepticism CREDIBLE: Worthy of belief . Antonyms: stalwart. valiant. cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes. Synonym: gross CRAVEN (noun): Coward . Synonyms: Catholic Antonyms: parochial.displayed crass ignorance. dastardly. Poltroon (adj.gave little credence to the rumor.refused to countenance disrespectful conduct. .applauded for his creditable performance. Synonym.the deed of a craven.a world-wide traveler. Synonym: clique COUNTENANCE (noun): A face . Antonym: incredible CREDITABLE: Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor .a credible story.(adj. Synonym: visage (verb): To approve . provincial COTERIE: A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend. stout-hearted CREDENCE: Trust or belief . Synonyms: pusillanimous.): Cowardly .His countenance expressed his complete disgust. true to life.a craven act which shocked the world.): Free from local prejudices . motivated by fear.

civil . cower. truckle.forcibly curbed the people's protest. enigmatic Antonyms: palpable.Time permitted only a cursory examination. commendable Antonyms: discreditable. check.Synonyms: praiseworthy. manifest CULPABLE: Deserving blame or censure . flinch. meticulous CURT: Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response. wince CRUCIAL: Decisive or critical.a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe.a cryptic message. easily imposed upon .a cumbrous knapsack. opprobrious. bulk CURB: To control. Synonyms: cumbersome. meritorious.removed from office for culpable negligence. fawn. Synonyms: censurable. hence. or restrain . difficult to decipher. bluff Antonyms: affable.the crucial event that decided the outcome. impeding his march. subdue CURSORY: Hurried.cringing before superior force. brusque. Synonyms. infamous. reprehensible CUMBROUS: Burdensome and clumsy . skeptical CRINGE: To shrink in fear . difficult . Synonym: gullible Antonyms: incredulous. Synonyms: blunt. unwieldy. Synonyms: repress. superficial . CRYPTIC: Containing hidden meaning . ignominious CREDULOUS: Inclined to believe anything. Synonyms: occult. Antonyms: painstaking.

a spring deluge which caused the river to overflow. mien DEMURE: Affectedly or falsely modest or prim. abundance DEFERENCE: Submitting to the wishes or judgment of another . downpour . surly DEARTH: Scarcity . delineated by a master artist.striking features. brought about by censorship. take out or remove .belittled the hero with a cynical remark.a dearth of news. censor. Antonyms: plethora. DELETE: To erase or cancel.too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties. DELINQUENT (noun): An offender .yielded out of deference to the old man.deletedan offensive phrase. serious demure as a Victorian maiden. Synonyms: sarcastic. DEMAGOGUE: A leader who tries to stir the passions of people for his own purposes . veneration Antonym: recalcitrance DEITY: A god -The sun was a deity to ancient peoples. Synonyms: deportment. tastefully prepared. Synonym: derelict DELUGE: A great flood.found to be a delinquent by the court.a delectable meal. bearing .carrying himself with a proud demeanor.): Failing to fulfill an obligation . efface. Synonym: divinity DELECTABLE: Very pleasing . Synonyms: respect. eradicate DELINEATE: To sketch or portray . DEMEANOR: Behavior.the mob roused by an unprincipled demagogue. .CYNICAL: Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others . (adj. Synonyms: expunge. complaisance.

frivolous DENOUNCE (noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against . expostulate Antonym: sanction DEPRECIATE: To belittle or speak slightingly of . derogate (adj. drain Antonyms: replenish.deprecated the proposal severely.a depraved mind. protest. vicious.) replete DEPLORE: To express sorrow or grief over .took a devious. wicked. castigate Antonyms: laud. laud.a lamentable situation deplored by all parties. Synonyms: stigmatize.denounced by the press as a traitor. indirect . eulogize DEVASTATION: Widespread ruin . reprehend. Synonyms: lament. Synonyms: remonstrate. staid. eulogize DEPLETE: To empty or to use up . magnify.depleted the public treasury by vast building programs. decry. Synonym: circuitous . derogatory) Antonyms: enhance. decry. coy Antonyms: immodest. devising evil. Synonyms: destruction. Synonyms: exhaust. Synonyms: disparage. extol. prudish. (adj. corrupt .Synonyms: sedate. perverted DEPRECATE: To plead or argue against a certain course of action .depreciated John's acting ability. censure.the city left in utter devastation by war. grieve DEPRAVED: Of low morals. Synonyms: debased. desolation DEVIOUS: (1) Winding. rather than the direct way home. decorous.

.disconcerted by his suspicious stare. disquiet.made disconsolate by abject poverty. plight DILETTANTE: One who dabbles in the fine arts for amusement only and without concentrated study . Synonyms:amateur. erring DEVOID: Lacking in. Synonyms: crooked. DIDACTIC: Designed to teach. retiring Antonyms: forward. not possessing . Synonyms: shy. to embarrass .a speech devoid of even a trace of ill-will. religious Antonym: impious DICTUM: Art authoritative statement. timid. aggressive DILEMMA: A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives. fluster DISCONSOLATE: Depressed.used devious means to attain his wicked ends. Synonym: destitute Antonyms: abounding. abash. Synonyms:predicament. prevalent DEVOUT: Devoted to religious observances .faced with a dilemma defying solution. Synonyms:perturb. discompose. a dilettante in art.(2) Straying from the right course . hence. quandary. imparting a lesson .a doctor by profession. Synonyms: pious.devout in his regularity of attendance at worship. a saying-an imperial dictum demanding instant compliance. discomfit. without hope or possibility of consolation . reserved. Synonym: pedagogical DIFFIDENT: Lacking in self-confidence.a poem with a didactic purpose. a difficult or perplexing situation . reticent. connoisseur DISCONCERT: To confuse.too diffident to lead a group.

DISCURSIVE: Rambling from one subject to another .He dissented violently. Synonyms: celerity. Synonyms:dissipate. dissipated. Synonyms:desultory. DISCRETE: Separate . to discuss . to scatter . unrestrained in conduct or morals . distracted . digressive DISPARITY (adj.two discrete issues. covering many topics. rejecting compromise.coldly dispassionate as the chairman of the meeting Synonyms:palm. profligate DISTRAUGHT: Mentally distressed.dispelled a doubt that had lingered. difference in image.distraught by trials and tribulations. Synonym: expedite (noun): A speedy performance. Synonyms:debauched.discoursed at length on the rise of political parties. character.dispatched with remarkable promptness. or rank great disparity between promise and performance.Synonyms:inconsolable. DISPASSIONATE: Free from feeling or partiality . totally unrelated. impartial Antonym:partial DISPATCH (verb): To do speedily. diffuse DISSENT (noun: DISSENSION): To disagree. quantity.: DISPARATE): Inequality. to send off . DISSOLUTE: Living loosely. . to differ in opinion .a discursive letter.his life wasted by dissolute conduct. dejected Antonyms:blithesome.done with all possible dispatch. disperse. carefree DISCOURSE: To converse or talk. alacrity DISPEL: To drive away. the sending off of something .

hence. as well as entertains him EFFETE: No longer productive. asserting an opinion as though it were an undisputed fact . quiescent ECCLESIASTIC (adj.an egotisticperson. dormant. dictatorial DOLOROUS: Sorrowful. mournful . one candid. Synonyms: overbearing.proclaimed by royal edict.powerful in ancient days. sluggish. tireless and powerful. DIVULGE: To make public or reveal .two diverse characters. EGOTISTIC: Conceited . mirthful DYNAMIC: Forceful . flourishing on praise.): Pertaining to the clergy or the church . Synonym: decree EDIFY: To instruct or uplift. peremptory.Synonym: harassed DIVERSE: (verb: DIVERSIFY. the other insincere. particularly in morals or religion .a diverting one of the most amusing I've ever seen. EDICT: A public command or proclamation issued by an authority .refused to divulge his source of information. Synonym: energetic Antonyms: static. grievous Antonyms: jocund. Synonyms: doleful. now an effete civilization. Synonyms: disclose. torpid. as if the speaker considered himself infallible. .recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. different . inert.possessed dynamic energy.a story that edifiesthe reader. opinionated.spoken dogmatically. worn out . noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied. impart DOGMATIC: Positive in expressing an opinion.a dolorous song full of sorrow for past joys.an ecclesiastic of liberal views. Synonym: multifarious DIVERTING: Entertaining . blithe. lugubrious. lacking in or. lay (noun): A clergyman . Antonyms: secular.

EPIGRAM: A brief pointed saying . (adj.delegated his emissary to conclude a pact. vain Antonym: altruistic EGREGIOUS: Outstandingly bad an egregiousmistake with serious implications. transitory. weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui. produce. ENGENDER: To cause. beseech. lasting but a day. seeking to enjoy every meal. to explain . or stir up-an act that engenderedgood will. ENNUI: Boredom. ENTREAT: To beg earnestly . adage . suppliant EPHEMERAL: Very short-lived .entreatedthe judge to show mercy.ejaculateda cry of horror.): Pleasure-loving . ENSUE: To follow or result-Silence ensuedwhen the leader arose to speak. importune. extort ELUCIDATE: To make clear.an epicurean. transient.elucidatedhis theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it.elicitedno response from the audience. Synonym: clarify EMISSARY: A person sent on an errand or mission .His entire existence demonstrated his epicureantastes. Synonyms: solicit. evanescent Antonym: eternal EPICUREAN (noun): A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure .Synonyms: egocentric. implore. Synonyms: evoke. Synonyms: fleeting.) importunate.an ephemeraljoy. extract. ELICIT: To draw out . EJACULATE: To exclaim or utter suddenly . mendicant. supplicate.a speech full of original epigrams. (adj. Synonyms: maxim proverb.

"Glaring" error is a commonly used epithet. an editor of many books.the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland.exculpated by a jury. Synonyms: scholarly .an esoteric subject. appellation EQUANIMITY (adj. Synonyms: abstruse.an epitaphengraved on marble. aplomb ERR (noun: ERRATUM): To be mistaken or go astray . Synonyms: stray. recondite EXCEPTIONABLE: Objectionable .: EQUABLE): Evenness of temper or mind . Synonyms: characterization . laudable EXODUS: Departure. imperturbability. knowing ESOTERIC: Understood by only a select few . inculpate EXEMPLARY (noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model. EPITHET: A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing . . absolve.suffered his cruel fate with equanimity. censurable Antonym: laudable EXCULPATE: To free from blame .EPITAPH: A tombstone inscription . exonerate. commendable . lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior. eccentric. discussed only by scholars. universally criticized. Synonyms: serenity.exemplary conduct approved by all.exceptionable behavior. reprehensible. Synonyms: questionable. ERUDITE: Learned . praiseworthy. acquit Antonyms: arraign. Synonyms: vindicate.an erudite person.To err is human. to forgive divine. typical. indict. Synonyms: illustrative. reflecting his queer ideas. blunder ERRATIC: Irresponsible. emigration . composure.

EXPEDIENT (adj. offhand EXTINCT: No longer existing or active . Synonyms: purge.expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold. delete EXTEMPORANEOUS: Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation . to withdraw from one's country . seasonable (noun): A means to accomplish something . alive only in history. (noun): A brilliant deed .the extinct dinosaur. EXPURGATE: To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material . to explain .extirpated the cause of trouble.expatriated for treachery to his country. . EXPLOIT (verb): To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers. Synonym: dilate EXPATRIATE (verb): To banish or exile.expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.He expatiated on the subject for two hours.an exotic costume imported from Asia. EXPATIATE: To speak or write at great length .): Convenient in helping to attain some purpose . Synonym: feat EXPOUND (noun: EXPOSITION): To set forth in detail. Synonyms: impromptu. Synonym: defunct Antonym: extant EXTIRPATE: To root out.found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment.an extemporaneous speech. destroy totally .lauded for his exploits in science. Synonyms: opportune.tried all expedients to achieve a quick result.EXOTIC: Strange and foreign . (noun): An expatriated person .expounded his theory in a learned article.

FACETIOUS: Given to joking or inappropriate gaiety.a feasible plan.The soldiers were pledged to fealty to their ruler. grave.previous experience.excluded material extraneous to the subject. treachery FEASIBLE: Workable . Synonyms: jocose. obliterate EXTRANEOUS. irrelevant . relevant. unerring FATHOM: To penetrate and understand . droll. silly .a fatuous suggestion that struck us as stupid. efface. FALLIBLE: Liable to make mistakes or be deceived . constancy. exterminate. vacuous. Synonyms: inane. frivolous Antonyms: solemn.received the good news with exultation. flippant. fidelity Antonyms: disloyalty. deceptive . intrinsic. especially of a building . inherent. Antonym: impracticable .difficult to fathom his mysterious actions. Not essential. pertinent EXULTATION: Great rejoicing . Tom was naturally fallible. said in fun . Antonyms: infallible. FATUOUS: Foolish. sagacious. Synonyms: allegiance. Synonyms: extrinsic. Synonym: jubilation FACADE: Front or face. puerile Antonyms: judicious.a facade of marble. sage FEALTY: Faithfulness . foreign. saturnine FALLACIOUS (noun: FALLACY): Unsound. infidelity. adventitious Antonyms: germane.Being human.brightened the evening with his facetious remarks.led astray by fallacious reasoning and plans. misleading. proved practical by .Synonyms: eradicate.

a fervid debater. Synonyms: perfervid. dissimulate. fervent. sham. FERVID: Spirited. Synonyms: flabby. hung between two points . Synonym: bliss (2) A high ability . (1) Something that is believed to have magical powers . became a fetish.muscles grown flaccid after the illness.a room festooned with spring flowers. mastery of the well-chosen phrase. but we saw through his pretense.condemned for his flagrant abuse of power. begun as a hobby.savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance.: FELICITOUS): (1) A state of happiness . vehement FESTOON (noun): A garland of flowers. FETISH. full of emotion. leaves. Synonyms: dissemble.all his glorious plans ending in a fiasco.the room bright with festoons of Thanksgiving decorations.promoted felicity in the nation. Synonym: debacle FICTITIOUS: Unreal. (verb): To hang with festoons . amulet (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography.245 FEIGN (noun: FEINT): To pretend .He feigned to be angry. zealous. talisman. ardent . made-up . limp FLAGRANT: Outstandingly bad . Synonym: fabricated FLACCID: Lacking firmness . etc. impassioned. .used a fictitious name to avoid being recognized. affect FELICITY (adj. FIASCO: A ludicrous and complete failure .lie has a felicity of language. Synonym: charm.

gross FLAMBOYANT: Elaborately showy . Synonyms: restrain. sway FORBEAR (noun: FORBEARANCE): To exercise self control. incidental. oratorical FORTUITOUS: Accidental . random FRACAS: A disorderly quarrel . style.his mood fluctuating with every hour. thwart. undulate. obstruct. scandalous. to defeat or render ineffectual . gaudy. Synonyms: brawl. garish. gorgeous.A fracas broke up the meeting. Synonyms: rhetorical. Synonyms: florid. foil. conspicuous.forbearing to shoot the animal despite temptation.flaunted the excellent report before his delighted parents.nauseated by fulsome praise. vacillate.His scholastic progress was frustrated by a serious illness. altercation. embellished. baffle. discomfit Antonym: abet FULSOME: Disgustingly excessive .Synonyms: glaring. FLEETING: Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness Synonyms: transitory.a fortuitous meeting with a friend in need. ornate.a lawyer gifted in forensic debate. rococo Antonym: somber FLAUNT: Display or wave boastfully . to vary irregularly . . Synonyms: balk. adventitious. fugitive FLUCTUATE: To waver from one course to another.written in a flamboyant. notorious. abstain FORENSIC: Pertaining to public discussion or law courts . wrangle. Synonyms: casual. fray. full of highly decorative imagery. to keep from . imbroglio FRUSTRATE: To prevent (the attainment of an object). Synonyms: oscillate. resplendent.

GLUTTON. including saints and sinners. Synonyms:voracious. or indicate feelings by. motions . verb: GLUT): Inclined to cat to excess . taunt GLIB: Smooth-spoken. fluent .a grimace that was more expressive than words. lurid GIBE (variant spelling: JIBE): To laugh at.a glib liar.gulped down his food in gluttonous fashion. . Synonyms: diaphanous. flimsy.): Thin and light . gauzelike Antonyms: substantial.chemistry. deride (adj. jeer. grisly. sneer. (adj. distorting the truth effortlessly. Synonym: lineage GENESIS: Origin . rail.the gossamer wings of a dragon fly.gesticulated wildly to show his distress.a ghastly disaster which shocked the world.: derisive). deck GENEALOGY: A record of a person's or a family's ancestors or relatives . that gregarious animal. scoff.gregarious sheep. Synonym: inception GESTICULATE: To make gestures. grim.gibed at his enemy mercilessly. man. GLUTTONOUS (noun. Antonyms:lone. which had its genesis in alchemy.a poem so delicate that it seemed an unreal gossamer. aloof GRIMACE: A distortion of the face to express an attitude or feeling . flout. GHASTLY: Horrible.an interesting genealogy. deathlike . pallid. to utter with scorn . ponderous GREGARIOUS: Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd .dishes garnished attractively with greens. Synonyms: mock. Synonyms: adorn. macabre. intemperate GOSSAMER (noun): A very thin gauzelike fabric or structure . Synonyms: gruesome.GARNISH: To trim or decorate .

nefarious. hollow and insincere. herald HAUGHTY: Proud.harangued the multitude.an empty harangue which bored his audience. Synonyms: rant. incautious Antonyms: prudent. mindful. ail announcer . harbinger of spring.dismissed the messenger in a haughty manner. Synonym: tirade HARBINGER. Synonym:breach HISTRIONIC: Pertaining to the theater.The crowd hailed the returning hero. salute HARANGUE (verb): To deliver a long. Synonyms: atrocious. designed for show .rushed into battle. break -left a hiatus on the page where he erased a sentence. abominable HERESY: An opinion held in opposition to the traditional view . A forerunner. odious. declaim (noun): A loud.played a hoax upon the credulous public.committed a heinous crime.HAIL: To greet . hateful .broke into histrionic laughter. Synonyms: accost. looking down with contempt on others . a practical joke . . Synonyms: dramatic. rash.the robin. monstrous. circumspect. wary HEINOUS: Wicked. Synonym: heterodoxy Antonym: orthodoxy HIATUS: A gap or vacancy. theatrical HOAX (noun): A trick or deception. tiresome speech . heedless of the danger. noisy speech. Synonyms: inadvertent. HEEDLESS: Thoughtless. outrageous. Synonyms:precursor.a view condemned as heresy. taking little care .

opprobrious. preeminent IMMACULATE: Spotless. sullied. degrading.Synonym: canard (verb): To play a trick on. Synonym: impending IMMUNE (verb: IMMUNIZE): Exempt from.an immaculate reputation. aberration. personal peculiarity . Synonyms: undefiled. mannerism. protected from . Synonym: supposition IDIOSYNCRASY: A. crotchet.born in a hovel. Synonym : unsusceptible .confusing such homonyms as mail add male. unsullied. quirk.worked from a fantastic hypothesis.An example of hyperbole: "There are a million objections to the project. Synonyms: eccentricity.suffered an ignominious descent from political power. untarnished Antonyms: defiled. singularity IGNOMINIOUS (noun: IGNOMINY): Incurring public disgrace . died in a mansion. pure .He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise. HOMONYM: Two words having the same sound but different meanings . unblemished. Synonyms: infamous. HYPERBOLE: Extravagant exaggeration for effect .stood in imminent peril. foible. to deceive . renowned. odious Antonyms: illustrious." Synonym: overstatement Antonym: understatement HYPOTHESIS: An assumption made for the sake of argument .immune from taxation. blemished IMMINENT: Likely to occur soon . HOVEL: A dirty or wretched dwelling .Wearing white was one of Whistler's idiosyncrasies.

infallible Antonyms: culpable.implicit confidence. made peaceful. (2) Unquestioning .impaled a spider to the wall. significance or importance . Synonyms: purport. consequence . Synonym: arraign (2) To cast discredit upon . moment. Synonyms: unrelenting. implied Antonym: explicit IMPORT (noun): Meaning. fallible IMPERVIOUS: Incapable of being penetrated . discredit IMPECCABLE: Faultless .implacable resentment.an implicit agreement. impenetrable Antonyms: permeable. irreproachable.a matter of great import. or forgiving .performed with impeccable skill. unerring.IMPALE: To pierce through with a pointed instrument .a mind impervious to new ideas. inexorable.impeached the judge for accepting a bribe. IMPEACH: (1) To accuse (a public official) of wrongdoing . Synonyms: call in question. Synonyms: consummate.impeached his motives. Synonyms: tacit. unappeasable Antonyms: placable. Synonyms: impermeable. forbearing IMPLICIT: (1) Implied but not clearly expressed . pervasive IMPLACABLE: Incapable of being soothed.

a salary increment. shiftless IMPUGN: To attack or criticize as false. With one's identity concealed . Synonyms: execration. benison IMPREGNABLE: Unconquerable . Synonyms: intern. INCONTROVERTIBLE: Indisputable . immure Antonyms: emancipate.an impregnable fortress. charlatan. to call in question . manners. anathema Antonyms: benediction. enfranchise INCISIVE: Cutting.impugned his honesty.hurled imprecations at those who would not listen to him.an improvident spender. penetrating . indecorum Antonym: amenity IMPROVIDENT: Lacking in thrift. -indubitable INCREMENT: An increase . Synonym: invincible Antonym: vulnerable IMPROPRIETY: Improper act.IMPOSTOR (noun: IMPOSTURE): One who pretends to be what he is notunmasked as an impostor. not providing for future needs . Synonyms: prodigal.traveled incognito. acute INCOGNITO.incontrovertible evidence. Synonyms: irrefutable. bogus.guilty of impropriety in public office. mordant. fraud IMPRECATION: A curse . or expression . INCARCERATE: To imprison .crushed his opponents by incarcerating them. trenchant. malediction. Synonyms: indecency. Synonyms: sarcastic.incisive criticism. Synonyms: quack. . mountebank.

persevering INDIGENOUS: Native . adroit Antonyms:maladroit.mandatory. or resourcefulness .an ingenuous plan that anyone could see through. amenable. Synonyms:insuperable. inventive. Synonyms:dextrous. Synonyms:deduction. docile. Synonyms:unflagging. implication INGENIOUS: Demonstrating originality. submissive INFERENCE: A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises . INHIBIT: To check or hinder . unremitting.the incumbent in an election. invincible.inhibited his friend from a foolhardy course. Synonyms:restrain.an indefatigable worker. Synonyms: .an inference drawn from his remarks. irrepressible.an ingenious device.indomitable courage. skill.Synonym: accrual INCUMBENT (noun): An officeholder . curb . candid Antonym: sophisticated INGRATIATE: To win another's favor or good opinion tried to ingratiate himself with the politician. concealing nothing . Synonyms: unsophisticated. naive. imperative INDEFATIGABLE: Untiring .Rice is indigenous to China.): Obligatory . inborn INDOOMITABLE: Stubborn in determination not to be subdued .felt it incumbent to reply. (adj. gauche INGENUOUS: Simple and straightforward. Synonyms:innate. unyielding Antonyms:tractable.

uprightness.a man of proved integrity. incorruptibility INVEIGH (noun-. cryptic.spoiled by inordinate praise. intemperate. crafty.Antonym: promote INNOCUOUS: Harmless. touchy Antonyms: placid. guileful perfidious INSTIGATE: To stir tip .the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa. fulminate.conveyed his idea by innuendo. Synonyms: foment. unquenchable. treacherous.that insidious disease. Synonyms: rail. Synonyms: probity. equable IRE: Anger -aroused his ire.an innocuous remark. splenetic. insinuate INORDINATE: Excessive . enigmatic INSIDIOUS: Working secretly or slyly .instigated discontent among the soldiers. peevish. inoffensive . cancer. moral soundness . Synonyms: choleric. insatiate INSCRUTABLE: Incapable of interpretation or understanding . petulant. vituperate IRASCIBLE: Easily angered . unappeasable. artful. Synonyms: unfathomable. testy. Synonyms: wily. incite INTEGRITY: Honesty. . furtive. extravagant INSATIABLE: Unable to be satisfied .insatiable greed Synonyms. Synonyms: (verb) intimate. INVECTIVE): To speak angrily or bitterly-inveighed against economic discrimination. INNUENDO: An indirect reference or suggestion (frequently derogatory) . but it enraged him.Even petty things made Peter irascible. Synonyms: immoderate. denounce.

Synonyms: resentment.kaleidoscopic views of New York. using or exhibiting good judgment . ITINERANT: Traveling about. termed judicious by all. a newspaper written in theatrical jargon.walked with a jaunty step. Synonyms: hazard. peril JETTISON: To throw overboard (as cargo). argot. meaningless talk. Synonym:maze LACHRYMOSE: Causing or given to shedding tears .) irate.a well-chosen plan. gay. Synonym: insight LABYRINTH (adj. to throw off (as a burden or something in the way )jettisoned their old candidate as a political liability. Synonyms: sprightly.: LABYRINTHINE): A structure or intricate passage out of which it is difficult to find one's way (also applied to spiritual and intellectual complexities) . JUDICIOUS: Wise.a lachrymose tragedy.an irksome chore that no one liked. staid JEOPARDY: Danger . monotonous .confused by a labyrinth of intellectual discussions.an itinerant salesman. politic. KEN: Range of sight or understanding . (adj. wandering . special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade . debonair Antonyms: somber. airy. incensed IRKSOME: Tedious. . Synonym: nomadic JARGON: Confused. nonchalant. unintelligible. Synonyms: gibberish. cant JAUNTY: Having an air of easy carelessness or liveliness .Variety.something beyond our ken. discerning KALEIDOSCOPIC: Constantly changing or varying in pattern or scenes .His life was in jeopardy. Synonyms:discreet.

droll. penurious LETHAL: Deadly . Synonyms: mortal. potential Antonyms:apparent.a lucid explanation of a difficult text. turgid. voluble LARCENY: Theft . absurd .a lethal weapon.a laconic reply that spoke volumes. Synonyms: pellucid. terse. taciturn. munificent. translucent Antonyms: abstruse. prolix.a lavish spender. easily understood .lavish in praise. tautological. magnanimous. patent LAVISH: (1) Profuse or generous . reticent Antonyms:verbose. transparent. Synonyms: ample. niggardly. redundant. LATENT: Hidden.latent talent that time will reveal. Synonym: moo LUCID: Clear. Synonyms:dormant. LOW: To bellow softly like cattle . producing laughter .LACONIC: Saying much in few words . garrulous.the lowing herd in the meadow. diffuse.a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants. intelligible. succinct. Synonyms: mirthful. frugal. limpid. Antonyms: parsimonious. Synonyms:concise. luminous. present but not fully developed . quiescent. perspicuous. comical. Synonyms: prodigal.indicted for grand larceny. fatal LONGEVITY: Prolonged duration of life . covert.a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. obscure LUDICROUS: Ridiculous. pithy. superabundant (2) Given to extravagance .

Synonym: venal MERETRICIOUS: Attracting in a false. Synonyms:rancorous. cheap. crafty . a group of people in disguise or fancy costumes .a masquerade so perfect no one could guess his identity. MAUDLIN: Sentimental to the point of tears . lugubrious. Synonym: ramble MEDIOCRE: Average in quality . Synonyms: dissemble. malevolent.the platform graced by a number of luminaries. or acting with.a mediocre performance. dismal LUMINARY: An eminent person. deliberate ill-will or spite . feign (noun): A disguise. malignant.a machiavellian design. politically cunning. a celestial body . unworthy of his talents. Synonym : mawkish. MACHIAVELLIAN: Sacrificing moral principles in order to attain power.a meretricious beauty that is too flashy to be real. specious . vindictive Antonym: benign MASQUERADE (verb): To assume a deceptive appearance or character . Synonyms:tawdry. to wind about (as a stream) .meandered through the town.a thief masquerading as an honest man. or showy manner.actuated by a mercenary motive. lachrymose MEANDER: To walk about (or talk) aimlessly. wickedly contrived. Synonym: unscrupulous MALICIOUS (noun: MALICE): Bearing.turned maudlin at the mention of his lost dog. virulent.Antonyms: doleful.hurting with malicious intent. looking into shop windows. MERCENARY: Acting solely from a consideration of reward or profit .

a motley crowd. dialogue: conversation between two persons MOROSE: Gloomy. finical. ardor MICROCOSM: A little world. Synonym:soliloquy Antonyms:colloquy (adj. punctilious. a microcosm of the great outside world. altruistic MISNOMER: A name or term that describes wrongly .mimicked the comedian's gestures.His mettle was tried in battle.condemned for his misanthropic views. or a universe in miniature this village. sullen. MONOLOGUE: A speech by one person . genial MOTLEY: Of various colors. diverse. courage . heterogeneous Antonym: homogeneous . slovenly METTLE (adj. MISANTHROPIC (noun: MISANTHROPE): Hating or distrusting mankind . spirit. of mixed ingredients . Synonyms: checkered (referring to a varied career).a motley costume. ill-humored . crabbed.The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons.shunned because of his morose temper. Antonym:macrocosm (world on a large scale) MIMIC: To make fun of or copy by imitating . Synonyms:fastidious. Synonyms: sulky. overscrupulous. perfunctory. saturnine Antonyms: blithe. splenetic. Idiom: to be on one's mettle (meaning. methodical Antonyms:desultory.To call him a brave man is really a misnomer.: METTLESOME: high-spirited ): Disposition. Antonyms: philanthropic.METICULOUS: Fussy about minute details .took meticulous pains with his composition. piebald. variegated. “ready to do one's best”) Synonyms:temperament.

steady MYRIAD: Innumerable . secular. dappled MUNDANE: Of. capricious Antonyms:constant. Synonyms:earthly. glowing. NAUTICAL: Pertaining to ships or navigation . fitful. maritime NETTLE: To irritate or provoke . temporal MURKY: Dark. naval. Synonyms: marine. mood.the myriad stars in the heavens.nettled by his critics.awakened by the sounds of a nocturnal prowler. deleterious Antonym: salubrious NONCHALANT: Unmoved or indifferent.a mottled pony. Synonyms:vacillating.a nautical career. lustrous. Synonyms: malodorous. noxious. coruscating MUTABLE: Given to frequent change in nature.MOTTLED: Spotted or streaked with varied colors . goad NOCTURNAL: Pertaining to.a murky cavern.reacted to the news in a nonchalant manner. fulgent. casual . inconstant. fuliginous Antonyms:resplendent. Synonyms:blotched. wavering. or form . tenebrous. the night . harmful-the swamp gave off a noisome odor. fetid. or occurring in. or pertaining to. Synonym: apathetic .mutable in mood as a spring wind. pique. Synonyms:dismal. as contrasted with the spirit . mercurial. disgusting. the world.mundane affairs. terrestrial. fickle. Antonym: diurnal NOISOME: Foul-smelling. cloudy . Synonyms: vex. luminous.

etc. Synonyms:unmindful. Synonyms:tyro. Synonyms:adamant. unyielding. not even included by most dictionaries. idea.an obdurate. infatuation (a foolish passion).. NOVICE: A beginner . forestall OMNIPOTENT: All-powerful . absent-minded . heedless. the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea . ONUS: Burden. dispose of. abstracted OBSESSION: A persistent feeling. docile.made himself obnoxiously obtrusive.conducted himself in politics like a novice.bore the onus of his difficult office creditably. it has become his obsession. obligation . Synonyms:preclude. Synonyms:mania. activity. stubborn .Antonyms: enthusiastic. unrepentant criminal. or make unnecessary by appropriate actions .a notorious gambler. antiquated OBTRUSIVE (verb: OBTRUDE): Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence .Now that he has learned bowling.walking oblivious of his surroundings. Synonyms:archaic. inflexible Antonyms:submissive.an obsolete word. aggressive OBVIATE: To prevent. neophyte Antonym:virtuoso OBDURATE: Hard-hearted. which dominates a person. compliant OBLIVIOUS (noun: OBLIVION): Forgetful. zealous NOSTALGIA: Homesickness . Synonyms:intrusive.an act which obviated all objections. . duty. NOTORIOUS: Widely known (in a bad sense) .felt nostalgia for the old homestead. monomania OBSOLETE: No longer in use .an omnipotent despot.

PARODY (noun): A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms . Synonym: nostrum PANEGYRIC: A speech or writing of extravagant praise .a former premier ostracized by popular vote. Synonym: Mimic PECCADILLO: A petty fault-possesses one peccadillo among his many virtues. laudatory).delivered a panegyric at his friend's testimonial dinner. plausible (that is.involved in pecuniary difficulties. encomium Antonyms:censure. tribute. purpose. though not actual. blemish PECUNIARY: Pertaining to money . Synonym: outlaw PANACEA: A remedy for all ills .paraphrased the poem in a few lines of prose. depreciation PARADOX: A self -contradictory statement.seeking a panacea to cure our social troubles. Synonyms:eulogy. something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to he taken seriously. Synonyms:professed." Synonym: burlesque (verb): To write a parody . Synonyms." . specious OSTRACIZE: To banish. reasonable. pretended .wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din. appearing true. castigation.his ostensible. fiscal. Synonyms: frailty.OSTENSIBLE: Apparent. foible. flaw.a paradox by Oscar Wilde. derogation. disparagement. adulation.parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement. laudation (adj. Synonym: anomaly PARAPHRASE: To restate the meaning of a passage in other words . to exclude from public favor or privileges . monetary . financial. or fair).

A direct vote by the people . Synonyms:stupefy. aristocratic PLEBISCITE. positive.petrified by the enemy bombardment. always disobeying his parents. wayward. amaze PLAGIARISM.like a pedant glorying in his scholarly trifles. axiom PLEBEIAN: Pertaining to the common people. fractious PETRIFY: To paralyze with horror. resolute. Antonyms:patrician.: PEDANTIC): One who proudly shows off his learning or who overrates his knowledge . common or vulgar .softly sang his pensive song. tenacious.a perverse lad. PLATITUDE: A dull and commonplace remark . persistent. or surprise .perused the important letter. meditative. fear. Synonyms:bromide. refractory. Synonyms:decisive. Synonyms: reflective. intractable.gave a peremptory judgment. dogmatic Antonyms:indecisive. contemplative.bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes. inflexible PERUSE: To read carefully . hence. tentative PERTINACIOUS: Clinging doggedly to an opinion or purpose . PERVERSE: Willfully bent on doing the wrong thing . Adopting and reproducing. persevering. stun. froward. the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own .pertinacious in his efforts. imperious.denied the charge of deliberate plagiarism. POIGNANT: . PENSIVE: Sadly thoughtful . bewilder.PEDANT (adj.plebeian in his tastes and outlook.The decision to confederate was ratified by plebiscite. Synonyms:headstrong. musing PEREMPTORY: Positive in expressing an opinion . without acknowledgment. Synonyms:obdurate. truism.

PRECIPITOUS: (1) Very steep . dull .predatory bands roaming the countryside. antipathy. (2) Preying on. pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or preference for.a poignant grief. PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob. (2) Piercing.It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age. Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position .a precipitous cliff. poignant wit. PONDEROUS: Very heavy. PRECARIOUS: Uncertain or risky .a precipitous decline in popularity. Synonyms: preface.earning a precarious livelihood. a favorable opinion arrived at beforehand .a ponderous speech. pointed . looting. others .a short prelude to the play. Synonym: distinction . clumsy. penchant Antonyms: aversion. . Synonyms: predacious. or preliminary step . proclivity. forerunner. repugnance PRELUDE: An introduction.(1) Gripping and moving the feelings powerfully .predatory animals prowling about.As Senator he enjoyed great prestige. Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . prologue.a predilection for theatricals. providing no luxuries. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. preamble. (2) Descending rapidly . extremely boring. predisposition.a poignant cry. biting. Synonyms: prepossession.

Synonyms: Preface. penchant Antonyms: aversion.415. .His question was downright presumption. repugnance PRELUDE: An introduction. PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. equivocate. Synonyms: predacious. arrogance PREVARICATE: To disguise or conceal the truth to lie . pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or pr eference for. proclivity.) mendacious .predatory animals prowling about.As Senator he enjoyed great prestige. a favorable opinion arrived at beforehand .prevaricated in order to avoid detection. Synonyms: effrontery. antipathy. others . impudent boldness .It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age.a predilection for theatricals. (2) Preying on. forwardness. forerunner. Synonyms: prepossession. Preamble Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position . prologue.acted on a reasonable presumption. Synonyms: quibble. or preliminary step . (adj. predisposition. (2) Going beyond proper bounds. Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . looting.predatory bands roaming the countryside.a short prelude to the play. Synonym: distinction PRESUMPTION: (1) Something taken for granted .

Synonyms:alias. PROMONTORY: A cliff .a protuberant jaw. recessive PROVISIONAL: Temporary. vicinity Antonym:remoteness PSEUDONYM: A false name assumed by a writer . augur. to render void . Antonyms:receding. (adj. or concerned with. punishment .a truckman. Synonyms:headland. Synonyms: defer. to spread abroad The President promulgated a decree. delay PROGNOSTICATE (noun: PROGNOSIS): To forecast .Antonyms: (noun) veracity. QUASH: To crush. Synonym:disseminate PROTUBERANT: Bulging or swelling out .took punitive measures against deserters. quashed an indictment.an imposing promontory along the coast. Synonyms:presage. nom de plume PUNITIVE: Inflicting. for the time being . . humble member of the proletariat. portend.a provisional plan until a permanent decision is reached. forebode PROLETARIAT: The wage-earning class .) forthright PROCRASTINATE: To postpone or put off to another time . precipice PROMULGATE: To publish or proclaim. Synonyms :propinquity.quashed a rebellion. Synonym:tentative PROXIMITY: Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home. verity.concealed his identity by a pseudonym.missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long. pen name.The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily.

) conservative RAMIFICATION: A branching. Synonyms:fretful. REDOLENT: (1) Fragrant . RADICAL (noun): One who advocates extreme basic changes . highly impractical .held each other in reciprocal esteem. Synonyms:level Antonym:rear RECAPITULATE: To restate in a brief. RECIPROCAL: Mutual. extinguish. Antonym:(noun and adj.a quixotic scheme that can never materialize.): Thorough. whining.Her querulous nature estranged many people. Synonym: aromatic (2) Reminiscent of . sub-division . fantastic RACONTEUR: A skilled storyteller . .redolent of olden times. done in return for something received . leaning back or down . quell. visionary.Synonyms:suppress. peevish. to sum up . captious. Synonyms:utopian. RECUMBENT: Lying down. RAZE: To tear down completely.held spellbound by a superb raconteur.The reform movement was led by a radical.studied the subject in all its ramifications. extreme .recapitulated the main ideas.razed the old building. concise form. annul QUERULOUS: Given to fault-finding and complaining .radical measures adopted to meet the emergency.resting in a recumbent position. carping. (adj. petulant Antonym: affable QUIXOTIC: Extravagantly romantic or idealistic.a room redolent of roses.

recreant. possessing power of recovery . Synonyms: turncoat. dudgeon.cringing before a redoubtable enemy. Synonym:formidable REFUTE: To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument. light-hearted.a renegade from his former allegiance. apostate. gainful RENEGADE: One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith .REDOUBTABLE: Commanding fear or respect . animosity RESILIENT: Elastic. confirm. Synonym: reprieve . pliable. Synonyms: umbrage.a brief respite from labor. Synonym: retaliation RESENTMENT: Feeling of displeasure or indignation resulting from mistreatment or abuse showed resentment at what he considered an unwarranted insult. traitor REPRISAL: Injury inflicted in turn for one received . Synonyms: flexible.granted the doom man a temporary respite. Synonym: surcease (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence . confute Antonyms: substantiate. Synonyms:rebut.a remunerative job. refusing to admit defeat.a resilient Spirit. limber RESPITE: (1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain . REMUNERATIVE: Profitable . corroborate REITERATE: Repeat (several times) . supple. Synonyms: lucrative.took action in reprisal against his neighbor.reiterated his story once more.

sallied out to meet the enemy. Synonym: incipient RUE (adj. Synonyms: regret. (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station. nemesis RETRIEVE: (1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. sage SALLOW: Sick . discerning.a shrine. florid SALLY: (verb): To rush forth suddenly . REVERBERATE: To echo .amused the audience with his sallies against his opponent. Synonyms: quip. ruddy.a shot reverberating through the valley.RETRIBUTION: The reward or punishment exacted for an injury. Synonym: pallid Antonyms: rubicund. (3) To restore . (noun): A Witty remark . inviolable. Synonyms: perspicacious. regarded as sacrosanct. Synonyms: consecrated.retrieved his lost fortunes. hallowed SAGACIOUS (noun: SAGACITY): Wise. knowledge of physics.proved to be sagacious in his judgment.possessing only a rudimentary. banter . Synonym: resound RUDIMENTARY: In an early stage of development . or other action suffered just retribution for his folly.a sallow complexion.: RUEFUL): To be sorry for-He will rue the day he left home. sapient. repent SACROSANCT: Very holy . wickedness. shrewd . astute. Synonyms: requital.

The Black Plague was a dreadful scourge of the Middle Ages. but in recent years it has been joined by many artificial satellites. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body.in the Soviet satellites. to whip . adj. Synonym: tribulation SCRUTINIZE: To examine carefully -scrutinized the contents of the letter. Synonyms: lackey. flay (noun). SCINTILLA: A trace.a perennial optimist. SHIBBOLETH: A party slogan . toady.SANCTIMONIOUS: Pretending to be religious . Synonyms: buoyant.. disciple.The moon is the only natural satellite of the earth.a prince surrounded by many satellites. vestige SCOURGE (verb): To punish severely. Synonyms: excoriate. SATELLITE: (1) An attentive or flattering follower . a cause of affliction .not a scintilla of convincing evidence.Freedom is conspicuously absent .showed his hypocrisy in a sanctimonious display of piety. A whip or other means of punishment. obsequious. adherent. generally a planet . ardent SARTORIAL: Pertaining to a tailor or clothes . partisan (2) A country influenced or controlled by another . Synonyms: iota.a sanguinary battle.a disease that scourged the country. Synonym: gory SANGUINE: Of a hopeful disposition.a picture of sartorial perfection. . sanguine in temperament. fawning. SIMPER (verb): To smile in a silly or affected way simpered as he greeted each guest. to afflict.a shibboleth designed to attract votes. blood-red in color . SANGUINARY: Bloody . a particle .

dishonest . frowzy SOPORIFIC: Tending to induce sleep . Synonym: unsubstantial SLOVENLY: Untidy-severely criticized the student's slovenly appearance. SINISTER: Threatening or showing evil.(noun): An affected or silly smile .The circus is a stupendous spectacle. SLEAZY: Flimsy and cheap .His job was a sinecure. compelling.sporadic cases of illness. Synonyms: stolid. virtue of its immense size. Synonyms: exacting. Synonyms: autonomous. majestic. filthy .an offer that was spurned instantly. or any quality in exceptional degree .maintained a stoic attitude despite all his trials.sleazy cloth which is used only in cheap garments. calm in bearing pain or pleasure.the sinisterlook of a gangster. Synonyms: slipshod. at irregular intervals. Synonyms: degraded. ignoble SOVEREIGN: Supreme m power and authority. Synonym: (verb and noun) smirk SINECURE: Employment entailing little or no responsibility or labor . imperial. constraining stringent regulations. rigid Antonym: lax STUPENDOUS: Amazing by. a sovereign state. independent of the control of any other government . Synonyms: repel. SPURN: To refuse or reject with contempt . a simper on his face.a poorly written novel.stood nervously. . scattered . impassive STRINGENT: Strict. soporific in effect. paramount SPORADIC: Occurring singly. stringent requirements. vile. snub STOIC: Indifferent.Sordid motives breed selfish actions.possessing sovereign powers. practising remarkable self-control over emotions . SORDID: Mean and base. slatternly. force.

) temerarious. venturesome Antonyms: prudence. Synonyms: audacity. Synonyms: mock.the teeming tropics.a supine. Synonyms: listless. foolhardy. monstrous.a succulent steak.resting in a supine position. Antonyms. substantial TANTAMOUNT: Equivalent . To reproach with contempt .hurled taunts at his foes.an act that is tantamount to treason. circumspection. colossal. ineffective administrator. Antonym: erect (2) Inert. rashness. jeering. (adj. torpid TANGIBLE: Real. gibe. veritable. and counted. Synonyms: material. prodigious. presumptuousness. TEEMING: In abundance.a man preoccupied with temporal matters. fertile.Synonyms: astounding. inactive. perceptible. . fruitful. and moist . existing for a time only . hot. or bitter remark . as opposed to spiritual. wariness TEMPORAL: Worldly. desiccated. sneer. awful SUCCULENT: juicy . twit. marvelous. highly productive . deride (noun): An insulting. rank with vegetation. Synonyms: swarming. actual .taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly.leaped into battle with thoughtless temerity. abounding TEMERITY: Unwise or reckless boldness . vapid SULTRY: Close. TAUNT (verb). fecund. averse to taking action . SUPINE: (1) Lying flat on the back . effrontery.sultry tropical weather.tangible gains which may be seen.

serene Antonyms: perturbed. dogma TENUOUS: Slender.a trivial offense. distended (2) Using big or high-sounding words . civil TEMPORIZE: To delay or refuse to commit oneself in order to gain time . harsh. prolix . doctrine.a tranquil summer night. to overstep a moral bound or limit . Synonym: paltry Antonyms: gross.importance . fierce.a tenet of religion which be maintained loyally.clung desperately to his tenuous hope. not substantial. inflated .a dispute marked by a truculent attitude on both sides. to violate a moral principle. Synonyms: bloated. TREMULOUS: Trembling .a turgid prose style. Synonyms: creed. transgressed the law. TRANQUIL: Calm. of slight importance . peaceful .tremulous with fright. TURGID: (1) Swollen. secular.Synonyms: mundane.turgid rivers overflowing their banks. momentous TRUCULENT (noun: TRUCULENCE): Cruel. Synonym: equivocate TENET: A principle of belief held as true . bombastic. Synonyms: placid. ruffled.temporized while his friends hurried to his aid. threatening or intimidating savagely .transgressed the bounds of decency. Synonym: quivering TRIVIAL: Of little . Synonyms: pompous. turbulent TRANSGRESS: To break a law or command.

proclaim VENEER: A superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority .a venerable leader.suffered many vicissitudes of fortune.versatile in all the arts. UTILITARIAN (adj.My neighbor's wife is a virago. find fault with in abusive language . Synonym: gloss VENERABLE: Deserving respect or reverence because of age .: VITUPERATIVE): To scold or blame loudly. universal UNTENABLE: Incapable of being defended or held . adj.): Materially or practically useful . vituperating the world. braggart).). Antonym: hibernal (wintry) VERSATILE: Able to do many things skillfully . vixen VITUPERATE (noun: VITUPERATION. to do without . Synonyms: omnipresent.UBIQUITOUS: Existing everywhere .beautiful. but not utilitarian. received.pierced beneath his thin veneer of elegance. Synonyms: shrew. forgo.an angry man. VICISSITUDE: A change from one condition to another. often unexpected .proudly vaunted his strength. forsake . Synonyms: relinquish. VERNAL: Pertaining to spring-an array of vernal flowers. felt. or done in place of another .waived his rights to the property. termagant. Synonyms: berate. Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio. VICARIOUS: Taking the place of another.took vicarious pleasure in his brother's victory.withdrew the argument as untenable. VAUNT: To boast . revile WAIVE: To give up (privileges. VIRAGO: A scolding or ill-tempered woman .The common cold is a ubiquitous complaint. etc. VANQUISH: To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.

crotchet WRITHE: To twist about (usually with pain) . apex.writhed in agony on the floor. squirm ZEALOUS (noun: ZEALOT: fanatic): Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student. Synonyms: caprice. Synonyms: contort.the zenith of his career. culmination. Synonyms: acme. first in his class.: WHIMSICAL): A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment.WHIM (adj. summit Antonym: nadir . vagary. Antonym: perfunctory ZENITH: The highest point .

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