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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.
abjure. ASCETIC: Rigorously self-denying .pursued the ascetic life of a monk. The armistice halted the war. rescind.): Capable of speech. clear – an articulate man. Synonym: oligarchy Antonym: democracy ARMISTICE: A temporary suspension of hostilities. Synonyms:sedulous. aver. Synonyms: cunning. guileful Antonyms: guileless. diligent. allege Antonyms:gainsay. avow. controvert. crafty . parched Antonyms: arable.an assiduous worker. a privileged class -special privileges enjoyed by the aristocracy.asseverated his views with conviction. indefatigable Antonyms:indolent. ingenuous. avouch. slothful . to confirm . toiling long hours. recant. abstinent Antonyms: wanton. artless ARTICULATE (verb): To speak clearly or distinctly .attained his mean objective by artful measures. always ready to give his views.articulated slowly so that he could not be misunderstood. wily. distinct. disavow ASSIDUOUS: Industrious .looked askance at the forged signature. Synonyms:assert. Synonyms: austere. fertile ARISTOCRACY: Government by the best people. jejune. ingenious. self-indulgent ASKANCE: With distrust . (adj. adroit. Synonym: truce ARTFUL: Sly.Synonyms. ASSEVERATE: To declare positively. attentive.
agnostic. AUGMENT: To increase or enlarge .The atheist declared.a fortune accumulated by avarice and miserliness. not straight .Antonyms: abate. "There is no God. fortunate Antonyms:ominous. skeptic ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work. Synonyms: enhance. Synonym:askew . refuge ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists . bona fide Antonyms. amplify .an army augmented by numerous enlistments. Synonym:tyrannical Antonym:benevolent AVARICE: Excessive greed .The prospect for this project appears auspicious. Synonyms:propitious. foreboding AUTHENTIC: Genuine -proved to be an authentic document." Synonyms:infidel.ASYLUM: A place offering shelter and retreat -found asylum from persecution.apocryphal. Synonyms:sanctuary. Synonyms:covetousness. Synonyms:veritable. counterfeit. Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his outstanding attribute. avidity Antonym:magnanimity AWRY: Unsymmetrical.feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler.the picture. hanging awry on the wall. bogus AUTOCRATIC: Despotic . curtail AUSPICIOUS: Indicating a happy outcome . cupidity. spurious.
Inclined to quarrel.His bellicose attitude often got John into fights. benignant. magnanimous Antonyms: malevolent. Synonyms: deleterious. Synonyms: benign. Synonyms:commonplace. original. Synonyms: stilly. BELIE: To give a false idea of . Synonym:misrepresent BELLICOSE. contentious. charitable . causing serious injury. originality. to the amusement of the audience.BANAL: Lacking in freshness. Synonyms:raillery. stereotyped. prosaic. source of harm): Destructive.His gracious manner belled his. gracious.a widow just bereaved of her husband. conciliatory BELLIGERENT: Engaged in war .a baneful effect. poisonous . vapid Antonyms:racy.The conductor wielded his baton gracefully. BENEVOLENT: Kindly. or vigor-bored by his banal remarks. Synonyms: pugnacious. chaff BATON: A stick or staff . trite. evil purpose. . disputatious Antonyms: pacific. hackneyed.two belligerent nations warring fiercely. BESMIRCH: To soil or dirty . bespatter BIASED: Prejudiced . virulent. smirch. defile. warlike . malignant BEREAVE: To deprive or leave desolate by loss . noxious. vivid BANEFUL (noun: BANE: poison. pernicious. toxic Antonym:beneficent BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter.like a benevolent monarch.besmirched his opponent's good name with vile epithets.misled by a biased point of view. bestowing many favors.
.sank into the spongy bog. fustian BOORISH: Unrefined in speech or manners . Synonyms: ranting. mire BOMBASTIC (noun: BOMBAST): High-sounding.a character without a blemish.Synonyms:bigoted. fen. tart. Synonyms: mild. pungent BLANDISHMENT: A flattering speech or act . caustic. agreeable . Synonyms: jocund. Synonyms: morass. forlorn. racy. fantastic. partial. Synonyms:wither. pretentious in language . outlandish in the extreme. suave (affable or persuasive in manner).a bombastic speech. inflated with meaningless high-flown words. merry. quagmire. pompous. without irritating foods.The bibliophile fingered the old book fondly. grotesque. Synonyms:odd.spread cheer with her blithe spirit.exhibited the boorish manners of a backwoodsman.bizarre clothes. blast BLITHE: Gay and light-hearted in spirit or mood . equitable BIBLIOPHILE: A lover of books . BLEMISH (verb): To scar or spoil . joyous Antonyms: dejected.the rotting wheat-. arbitrary. partisan Antonyms:disinterested. defect .Bad associates blemished his character (noun): A disfigurement.attracted people by his blandishments. eccentric BLAND: Gentle. blighted by incessant rain. soothing. polite. acrid. unusual in appearance. Antonym: bibliophobe BIZARRE: Queer.a bland diet. BLIGHT: To ruin or decay . non-irritating Antonyms: piquant. abject BOG: A swamp .
Synonyms:churlish.acted as a bulwark in the fight against crime. noisy and discordant. An embankment used as a fortification . Synonym: rampart 2. florid CALLOUS: Unfeeling or insensitive .a bucolic poem de.a lofty bulwark for defense. contumelious. ashen Antonyms: rubicund.a bumptious monitor.a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government. hence. Synonyms: dissonant. full of ludicrous tricks. Synonym: harlequin BULWARK: 1. Synonyms: junto. gaunt.a cacophonous blare of trumpets. Synonyms: aggressive. idea. raucous Antonyms: mellifluous. BUMPTIOUS: Obnoxiously conceited or self-assertive . puffed up with his own importance. Synonyms: ghastly. uncultured. pallid (noun: pallor).made callous by long suffering. discordant. Synonyms:pastoral. rural BUFFOON: A clown . arrogant. blatant. dulcet CADAVEROUS: Corpselike. . A person. overbearing CABAL: A small group of persons engaged in plotting .acting like a buffoon. rustic. faction CACOPHONOUS: Unharmonious sounding . euphonious. uncouth. or object serving as a protection .the joys of the shepherd. haggard. pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment. wan. crass Antonym: suave BUCOLIC: Pertaining to the country . strident.
undependable in mood or temper. fitful.castigated for using improper language. Synonyms: artless. censorious CARICATURE: A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features . . defame. even-tempered CAPTIOUS: Quick to find fault about trifles. erratic. eulogize.calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors. Synonyms:hypercritical. whimsical. pugnacious. constant. (noun) firmament CHAUVINIST. CASTIGATE: To punish or criticize severely . obdurate CALUMNIATE: To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another's reputation. fretful Antonyms:amiable. mercurial Antonyms:steadfast. carviling. choleric.a captious critic pouncing on slight laws. Synonyms:fickle. impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright. slander . vilify. through some whim or fancy change the mind. evasive CANTANKEROUS: Ill-natured.not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature. censure.a capricious person. Synonyms:reprove. ingenuous. heavenly-a celestial pageant of bright stars. scandalize CANDID (noun: CANDOR): Frank. carping. upbraid. Synonyms:petulant. unbiased Antonyms: guileful. equable CAPRICIOUS: Inclined. reprehend. chasten Antonyms:commend. An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country. Synonyms:ethereal. peevish. purpose. crotchety. inconstant. contentious. reprimand. affable. or actions suddenly .Synonyms: insensible. Synonyms: asperse. outspoken. testy. changeable. laud CELESTIAL: Pertaining to the sky. quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition.
Synonyms: compassionate. covert. foothardy. incessant.a clandestine meeting known only to a few. habitual-a.a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency. wary Antonyms:rash. Synonyms:prudent.. wile. infrequent CIRCUMSPECT: Cautious . stealthy . delude CIVIL: 1. precipitate. Synonyms: respectful. inveterate. above-board CLEMENT: Merciful. gracious CLAMOROUS: Loud and noisy . courteous . balk. deception. headstrong CIRCUMVENT: To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception. Synonyms:persistent. outwit. persisting for years. obstreperous.practised chicanery all his shady dealings.looked about him circumspectly. manifest.answered in a civil fashion. to go around .a clamorous outburst the crowd outside. Synonyms:thwart. Of or having to do with citizens or the state . blatant. discreet. reckless. chronic complaint. constant Antonyms:intermittent. quiet CLANDESTINE: Secret. vigilant. unremitting. stratagem. forbearing . sporadic. surreptitious Antonyms: overt. temerarious.circumvented the law by evasive practices. Synonyms:duplicity. Synonyms: furtive. Synonyms: vociferous. craft.We I civil duties as well as civil liberties. strident Antonyms: muted. subterfuge CHRONIC: Continuing a long time. Polite. 2. gentle . raucous.Synonym:jingoist CHICANERY: Trickery. indiscreet.
epitome COMPENSATION: Payment for services . recompense. capacious. precis. consistent Antonyms: incongruous. impelling COGENT: Having the force to compel.acted in collusion to overthrow the government. Synonyms: congruous. ruthless COALITION (verb: COALESCE): Alliance. emolument COMPLACENT: Self-satisfied . consolidation. Synonyms: stipend. Synonyms: spacious. conspiracy.looked on his own performance with a complacent smile. discordant. Synonyms: collaboration. to get along together parted company because they were not compatible.persuaded by cogent arguments. abstract. Synonym: persuasive COLLUSION: Working together secretly for an evil purpose .Antonyms: relentless. conniving. Synonyms: constraint. Synonym: smug . fusion COERCION: Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will . machination COMMODIOUS: Roomy . Synonyms: amalgamation.a compendium of chemistry in a slim volume.three parties forming a coalition to rule the country. restraint. able. digest. ample COMPATIBLE: Harmonious. incompatible COMPENDIUM (adj. usually by appealing to reason .a commodious apartment.just compensation for his labor. Synonyms: synopsis. remuneration. merging of various units into one unit .: COMPENDIOUS): A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work .rendered his services without the slightest coercion.
qualm CONCEDE: To yield. remorse. Synonyms: hallow.Without facts. we can only conjecture about his guilt. able to get on well with others . show compassion. Synonym: compatible (2) Agreeable .displayed slight compunction for his misdeed. to grant . sanctify Antonym: desecrate .received condign punishment for his crime.): United or allied in a conspiracy . atonement. Synonyms: surmise. or misfortune . to admit as true.joined his confederate in secret enterprise. gloss CONFEDERATE (noun): A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one) . pain. mitigate. in view of the offender's age. CONDOLE (noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow. palliate. solace CONDONE: To forgive or overlook (an offense) . Synonyms: extenuate.congenial to his taste.consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes. accomplice (adj.two confederate groups hurrying to their rendezvous. Synonyms: contrition.condoled with each other in their grief. CONGENIAL: (1) Possessing similar interests and tastes. Synonyms: collaborator. capitulate CONDIGN: Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) . CONJECTURE: To guess .COMPUNCTION: Regret for wrongdoing .conceded victory to a superior force. Synonyms: commiserate.condoned the deed. penitence. Synonyms: acquiesce.congenial people with similar backgrounds. presume CONSECRATE: (1) To set apart as sacred .
contumelious CONVIVIAL: Festive.shed copious tears at the bad news. General agreement . abundant Antonyms: meager. .A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world. mirthless COPIOUS: Plentiful . jocund. bewilderment CONSTRUE (noun: CONSTRUCTION): To interpret. Synonyms: dismay.achieved with consummate skill. scant CORPULENT: Fat . Synonyms: jovial. CONTEMPTUOUS: Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) . or analyze construed the statement to his own advantage. Antonyms: botched.The threat struck deep consternation into John.consecrated his life to teaching. bring to perfection .(2) To devote or dedicate to some aim .cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate. CONSUMMATE (adj. dolorous. lank. emaciated.a convivial party. Synonyms: obese. Synonym: accord CONSTERNATION: Amazement. portly Antonyms: gaunt. lack of courage caused by fearful prospect . disdainful. peaked COSMOPOLITAN (noun): One who is at home in all countries . bungled. bountiful. profuse.The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. scornful. explain the sense of. Synonyms.): Perfect or highly accomplished .consummated the deal without delay. gay .corpulent due to excessive eating. inept (verb): To complete. mirthful Antonyms: lugubrious. CONSENSUS. Synonyms: supercilious.
stout-hearted CREDENCE: Trust or belief . Synonym: sanction CRASS: Coarse and stupid .(adj. Synonyms: Catholic Antonyms: parochial.gave little credence to the rumor. Antonym: incredible CREDITABLE: Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor . . Synonym: visage (verb): To approve . true to life.displayed crass ignorance.a world-wide traveler. cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes. Synonym: gross CRAVEN (noun): Coward .His countenance expressed his complete disgust. intrepid. Synonym: conviction Antonym: skepticism CREDIBLE: Worthy of belief . Poltroon (adj.the deed of a craven.): Cowardly .applauded for his creditable performance. provincial COTERIE: A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend. motivated by fear. Synonyms: pusillanimous.a craven act which shocked the world.a credible story. dastardly. Antonyms: stalwart. valiant.): Free from local prejudices . Synonym. Synonym: clique COUNTENANCE (noun): A face .refused to countenance disrespectful conduct.
a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe. bulk CURB: To control.cringing before superior force. reprehensible CUMBROUS: Burdensome and clumsy . bluff Antonyms: affable. brusque. meritorious. hence. difficult . Synonyms: repress. difficult to decipher. Synonyms. opprobrious. ignominious CREDULOUS: Inclined to believe anything. manifest CULPABLE: Deserving blame or censure . Synonyms: cumbersome. Synonyms: blunt. CRYPTIC: Containing hidden meaning . meticulous CURT: Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response. Synonym: gullible Antonyms: incredulous. impeding his march.Synonyms: praiseworthy.Time permitted only a cursory examination. skeptical CRINGE: To shrink in fear . Synonyms: censurable. cower. unwieldy. Synonyms: occult. easily imposed upon .removed from office for culpable negligence. subdue CURSORY: Hurried. Antonyms: painstaking. infamous. superficial . commendable Antonyms: discreditable. wince CRUCIAL: Decisive or critical. enigmatic Antonyms: palpable. flinch. fawn. check.a cumbrous knapsack. or restrain .forcibly curbed the people's protest.a cryptic message. civil . truckle.the crucial event that decided the outcome.
found to be a delinquent by the court. Antonyms: plethora. Synonyms: respect. serious demure as a Victorian maiden.too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties. Synonym: divinity DELECTABLE: Very pleasing . delineated by a master artist.striking features. eradicate DELINEATE: To sketch or portray .yielded out of deference to the old man. DEMEANOR: Behavior. veneration Antonym: recalcitrance DEITY: A god -The sun was a deity to ancient peoples. bearing . censor. surly DEARTH: Scarcity .carrying himself with a proud demeanor. Synonyms: sarcastic. Synonyms: expunge.): Failing to fulfill an obligation .a dearth of news. Synonyms: deportment.a delectable meal. DELINQUENT (noun): An offender .deletedan offensive phrase. . mien DEMURE: Affectedly or falsely modest or prim. complaisance. abundance DEFERENCE: Submitting to the wishes or judgment of another . brought about by censorship. downpour . DEMAGOGUE: A leader who tries to stir the passions of people for his own purposes . DELETE: To erase or cancel.a spring deluge which caused the river to overflow. efface.belittled the hero with a cynical remark.CYNICAL: Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others .the mob roused by an unprincipled demagogue. Synonym: derelict DELUGE: A great flood. take out or remove . tastefully prepared. (adj.
prudish.took a devious.denounced by the press as a traitor. laud. extol. censure. decry. rather than the direct way home. wicked. grieve DEPRAVED: Of low morals.depleted the public treasury by vast building programs. Synonyms: disparage. drain Antonyms: replenish. vicious.Synonyms: sedate. desolation DEVIOUS: (1) Winding. Synonym: circuitous . frivolous DENOUNCE (noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against . eulogize DEVASTATION: Widespread ruin . Synonyms: destruction. corrupt . Synonyms: lament. devising evil.depreciated John's acting ability. Synonyms: remonstrate. expostulate Antonym: sanction DEPRECIATE: To belittle or speak slightingly of . eulogize DEPLETE: To empty or to use up . staid. coy Antonyms: immodest. Synonyms: exhaust.deprecated the proposal severely. perverted DEPRECATE: To plead or argue against a certain course of action . Synonyms: debased.a lamentable situation deplored by all parties.a depraved mind. reprehend. derogate (adj. protest. decry. castigate Antonyms: laud. derogatory) Antonyms: enhance. (adj.) replete DEPLORE: To express sorrow or grief over . indirect . magnify. Synonyms: stigmatize. decorous.the city left in utter devastation by war.
Synonyms:predicament. Synonyms:amateur. Synonyms: crooked. a saying-an imperial dictum demanding instant compliance. .a speech devoid of even a trace of ill-will.used devious means to attain his wicked ends.too diffident to lead a group. a dilettante in art. Synonym: pedagogical DIFFIDENT: Lacking in self-confidence.made disconsolate by abject poverty. plight DILETTANTE: One who dabbles in the fine arts for amusement only and without concentrated study . not possessing . Synonyms: pious.a poem with a didactic purpose. aggressive DILEMMA: A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives. discompose. retiring Antonyms: forward. Synonyms:perturb. reserved. DIDACTIC: Designed to teach. disquiet. prevalent DEVOUT: Devoted to religious observances .faced with a dilemma defying solution. hence. connoisseur DISCONCERT: To confuse. reticent.devout in his regularity of attendance at worship. Synonym: destitute Antonyms: abounding. timid. quandary. imparting a lesson . a difficult or perplexing situation . fluster DISCONSOLATE: Depressed. erring DEVOID: Lacking in. religious Antonym: impious DICTUM: Art authoritative statement. Synonyms: shy.a doctor by profession. discomfit. abash. to embarrass .(2) Straying from the right course .disconcerted by his suspicious stare. without hope or possibility of consolation .
Synonyms:dissipate.a discursive letter. DISCURSIVE: Rambling from one subject to another . totally unrelated. alacrity DISPEL: To drive away.distraught by trials and tribulations. profligate DISTRAUGHT: Mentally distressed. DISPASSIONATE: Free from feeling or partiality . rejecting compromise. Synonyms:debauched. carefree DISCOURSE: To converse or talk. or rank great disparity between promise and performance. to send off . DISCRETE: Separate . impartial Antonym:partial DISPATCH (verb): To do speedily. dissipated. disperse. covering many topics. diffuse DISSENT (noun: DISSENSION): To disagree.coldly dispassionate as the chairman of the meeting Synonyms:palm.He dissented violently.: DISPARATE): Inequality. Synonyms: celerity.his life wasted by dissolute conduct. Synonyms:desultory. character.done with all possible dispatch. the sending off of something . distracted .discoursed at length on the rise of political parties. .dispatched with remarkable promptness. quantity. digressive DISPARITY (adj. DISSOLUTE: Living loosely. Synonym: expedite (noun): A speedy performance. difference in image. unrestrained in conduct or morals .dispelled a doubt that had lingered. to differ in opinion .two discrete issues. to scatter . dejected Antonyms:blithesome.Synonyms:inconsolable. to discuss .
peremptory. Antonyms: secular. sluggish.a dolorous song full of sorrow for past joys. quiescent ECCLESIASTIC (adj. opinionated. hence. noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied. dictatorial DOLOROUS: Sorrowful.a diverting one of the most amusing I've ever seen.an ecclesiastic of liberal views.an egotisticperson. as if the speaker considered himself infallible.spoken dogmatically. mirthful DYNAMIC: Forceful . lugubrious. lacking in or. Synonyms: disclose. blithe. flourishing on praise.proclaimed by royal edict.Synonym: harassed DIVERSE: (verb: DIVERSIFY. torpid. different .recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. Synonyms: overbearing. impart DOGMATIC: Positive in expressing an opinion. mournful . Synonym: multifarious DIVERTING: Entertaining . inert.a story that edifiesthe reader. tireless and powerful. worn out .powerful in ancient days. DIVULGE: To make public or reveal . EDICT: A public command or proclamation issued by an authority . dormant. the other insincere. particularly in morals or religion .): Pertaining to the clergy or the church . one candid. lay (noun): A clergyman .two diverse characters.possessed dynamic energy. as well as entertains him EFFETE: No longer productive. grievous Antonyms: jocund. . now an effete civilization. asserting an opinion as though it were an undisputed fact . Synonym: decree EDIFY: To instruct or uplift.refused to divulge his source of information. EGOTISTIC: Conceited . Synonyms: doleful. Synonym: energetic Antonyms: static.
(adj. vain Antonym: altruistic EGREGIOUS: Outstandingly bad an egregiousmistake with serious implications. transitory. EJACULATE: To exclaim or utter suddenly . supplicate.an ephemeraljoy. weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui. Synonyms: evoke. mendicant. Synonym: clarify EMISSARY: A person sent on an errand or mission . (adj. suppliant EPHEMERAL: Very short-lived .delegated his emissary to conclude a pact. ELICIT: To draw out . evanescent Antonym: eternal EPICUREAN (noun): A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure .entreatedthe judge to show mercy. ENGENDER: To cause. Synonyms: fleeting. Synonyms: maxim proverb. beseech. implore. seeking to enjoy every meal.): Pleasure-loving . transient. extort ELUCIDATE: To make clear.an epicurean.ejaculateda cry of horror. EPIGRAM: A brief pointed saying .) importunate.a speech full of original epigrams. ENNUI: Boredom. extract.Synonyms: egocentric. or stir up-an act that engenderedgood will.elucidatedhis theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it. Synonyms: solicit. to explain .His entire existence demonstrated his epicureantastes. ENTREAT: To beg earnestly . importune. lasting but a day. ENSUE: To follow or result-Silence ensuedwhen the leader arose to speak.elicitedno response from the audience. adage . produce.
lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior. Synonyms: scholarly . aplomb ERR (noun: ERRATUM): To be mistaken or go astray . recondite EXCEPTIONABLE: Objectionable . . absolve. eccentric. censurable Antonym: laudable EXCULPATE: To free from blame . acquit Antonyms: arraign. Synonyms: illustrative. laudable EXODUS: Departure.an erudite person. exonerate. universally criticized.To err is human. reflecting his queer ideas.: EQUABLE): Evenness of temper or mind . Synonyms: abstruse.exceptionable behavior. appellation EQUANIMITY (adj. an editor of many books.suffered his cruel fate with equanimity. knowing ESOTERIC: Understood by only a select few .exculpated by a jury. composure. indict. imperturbability. Synonyms: questionable. EPITHET: A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing . emigration . Synonyms: stray.exemplary conduct approved by all. Synonyms: serenity.an epitaphengraved on marble. to forgive divine. ERUDITE: Learned . Synonyms: characterization . discussed only by scholars."Glaring" error is a commonly used epithet. reprehensible. Synonyms: vindicate. blunder ERRATIC: Irresponsible. inculpate EXEMPLARY (noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model. typical.an esoteric subject.the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland. praiseworthy.EPITAPH: A tombstone inscription . commendable .
expatriated for treachery to his country. . delete EXTEMPORANEOUS: Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation . offhand EXTINCT: No longer existing or active . (noun): An expatriated person . Synonyms: opportune. Synonyms: impromptu. destroy totally . to explain . to withdraw from one's country . (noun): A brilliant deed .an exotic costume imported from Asia. EXPATIATE: To speak or write at great length . EXPLOIT (verb): To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers.lauded for his exploits in science. Synonym: dilate EXPATRIATE (verb): To banish or exile. Synonym: defunct Antonym: extant EXTIRPATE: To root out.expounded his theory in a learned article.expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold.EXOTIC: Strange and foreign . Synonyms: purge.tried all expedients to achieve a quick result. seasonable (noun): A means to accomplish something .the extinct dinosaur. Synonym: feat EXPOUND (noun: EXPOSITION): To set forth in detail.): Convenient in helping to attain some purpose . alive only in history.extirpated the cause of trouble.found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment. EXPURGATE: To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material .an extemporaneous speech.He expatiated on the subject for two hours. EXPEDIENT (adj.expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.
frivolous Antonyms: solemn. FALLIBLE: Liable to make mistakes or be deceived . Synonym: jubilation FACADE: Front or face.difficult to fathom his mysterious actions. flippant.Being human. FATUOUS: Foolish.led astray by fallacious reasoning and plans. obliterate EXTRANEOUS. exterminate. fidelity Antonyms: disloyalty. said in fun .previous experience. Antonyms: infallible. Tom was naturally fallible. Synonyms: inane. constancy. unerring FATHOM: To penetrate and understand . puerile Antonyms: judicious. foreign. Synonyms: allegiance. Synonyms: jocose.brightened the evening with his facetious remarks.a facade of marble.The soldiers were pledged to fealty to their ruler. irrelevant . adventitious Antonyms: germane. inherent. vacuous.Synonyms: eradicate. FACETIOUS: Given to joking or inappropriate gaiety. saturnine FALLACIOUS (noun: FALLACY): Unsound. relevant. grave.received the good news with exultation. deceptive . misleading. intrinsic. treachery FEASIBLE: Workable . proved practical by . infidelity. efface. droll. silly . pertinent EXULTATION: Great rejoicing .a feasible plan. sage FEALTY: Faithfulness . Not essential. Synonyms: extrinsic.excluded material extraneous to the subject. sagacious.a fatuous suggestion that struck us as stupid. Antonym: impracticable . especially of a building .
FIASCO: A ludicrous and complete failure . FERVID: Spirited. FETISH. limp FLAGRANT: Outstandingly bad . sham. talisman.He feigned to be angry.all his glorious plans ending in a fiasco. Synonyms: dissemble.promoted felicity in the nation. became a fetish. mastery of the well-chosen phrase. impassioned. vehement FESTOON (noun): A garland of flowers. fervent.savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance. etc. Synonym: debacle FICTITIOUS: Unreal. begun as a hobby. dissimulate.muscles grown flaccid after the illness. affect FELICITY (adj. . hung between two points .lie has a felicity of language.condemned for his flagrant abuse of power. Synonym: bliss (2) A high ability . Synonyms: flabby. (verb): To hang with festoons .a fervid debater.a room festooned with spring flowers. leaves. (1) Something that is believed to have magical powers . Synonyms: perfervid.used a fictitious name to avoid being recognized. Synonym: fabricated FLACCID: Lacking firmness .245 FEIGN (noun: FEINT): To pretend . ardent . Synonym: charm. amulet (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography. zealous. but we saw through his pretense. made-up .: FELICITOUS): (1) A state of happiness . full of emotion.the room bright with festoons of Thanksgiving decorations.
Synonyms: casual. style. conspicuous. undulate.A fracas broke up the meeting.a lawyer gifted in forensic debate. foil. to defeat or render ineffectual . gross FLAMBOYANT: Elaborately showy . Synonyms: rhetorical. baffle. fray.written in a flamboyant. Synonyms: oscillate. Synonyms: brawl. . to keep from . scandalous. altercation. garish. oratorical FORTUITOUS: Accidental . embellished. full of highly decorative imagery.Synonyms: glaring. abstain FORENSIC: Pertaining to public discussion or law courts .a fortuitous meeting with a friend in need. sway FORBEAR (noun: FORBEARANCE): To exercise self control. rococo Antonym: somber FLAUNT: Display or wave boastfully . vacillate. thwart. ornate. Synonyms: florid. gorgeous. incidental. imbroglio FRUSTRATE: To prevent (the attainment of an object).his mood fluctuating with every hour. random FRACAS: A disorderly quarrel . FLEETING: Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness Synonyms: transitory. to vary irregularly . Synonyms: balk.forbearing to shoot the animal despite temptation.nauseated by fulsome praise.flaunted the excellent report before his delighted parents. adventitious.His scholastic progress was frustrated by a serious illness. Synonyms: restrain. notorious. discomfit Antonym: abet FULSOME: Disgustingly excessive . resplendent. gaudy. wrangle. obstruct. fugitive FLUCTUATE: To waver from one course to another.
Synonyms: adorn.gesticulated wildly to show his distress. man.the gossamer wings of a dragon fly. taunt GLIB: Smooth-spoken. .gibed at his enemy mercilessly. that gregarious animal. pallid. to utter with scorn . fluent .a glib liar. GHASTLY: Horrible. deathlike . gauzelike Antonyms: substantial. rail.GARNISH: To trim or decorate . Synonym: inception GESTICULATE: To make gestures. intemperate GOSSAMER (noun): A very thin gauzelike fabric or structure . grisly. Synonym: lineage GENESIS: Origin . distorting the truth effortlessly. ponderous GREGARIOUS: Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd . grim. Synonyms: gruesome. deride (adj.): Thin and light . motions .a poem so delicate that it seemed an unreal gossamer. Synonyms:voracious. Synonyms: diaphanous. including saints and sinners. GLUTTONOUS (noun.chemistry.gregarious sheep.an interesting genealogy.a ghastly disaster which shocked the world. lurid GIBE (variant spelling: JIBE): To laugh at. scoff. which had its genesis in alchemy. aloof GRIMACE: A distortion of the face to express an attitude or feeling .a grimace that was more expressive than words.: derisive). Antonyms:lone. deck GENEALOGY: A record of a person's or a family's ancestors or relatives . jeer. Synonyms: mock.dishes garnished attractively with greens. verb: GLUT): Inclined to cat to excess . sneer. flout. GLUTTON.gulped down his food in gluttonous fashion. flimsy. or indicate feelings by. macabre. (adj.
HEEDLESS: Thoughtless. mindful. rash. harbinger of spring. A forerunner.an empty harangue which bored his audience. Synonym:breach HISTRIONIC: Pertaining to the theater. taking little care . noisy speech. odious. a practical joke .dismissed the messenger in a haughty manner.HAIL: To greet . monstrous. ail announcer .played a hoax upon the credulous public. Synonyms: inadvertent. . looking down with contempt on others . incautious Antonyms: prudent. heedless of the danger. outrageous. salute HARANGUE (verb): To deliver a long. tiresome speech .rushed into battle. hollow and insincere. Synonym: heterodoxy Antonym: orthodoxy HIATUS: A gap or vacancy. Synonyms: dramatic.committed a heinous crime. wary HEINOUS: Wicked.The crowd hailed the returning hero. Synonyms: atrocious. hateful .broke into histrionic laughter.a view condemned as heresy. Synonym: tirade HARBINGER. abominable HERESY: An opinion held in opposition to the traditional view . Synonyms: accost.harangued the multitude. designed for show . Synonyms:precursor. theatrical HOAX (noun): A trick or deception.the robin. nefarious. Synonyms: rant. declaim (noun): A loud. circumspect. break -left a hiatus on the page where he erased a sentence. herald HAUGHTY: Proud.
died in a mansion. Synonyms: infamous. singularity IGNOMINIOUS (noun: IGNOMINY): Incurring public disgrace . preeminent IMMACULATE: Spotless. unsullied.confusing such homonyms as mail add male. aberration.Synonym: canard (verb): To play a trick on. degrading.Wearing white was one of Whistler's idiosyncrasies. mannerism. protected from .born in a hovel. opprobrious. foible.immune from taxation. untarnished Antonyms: defiled. Synonym : unsusceptible . Synonyms: undefiled. unblemished. HYPERBOLE: Extravagant exaggeration for effect .stood in imminent peril. personal peculiarity . HOMONYM: Two words having the same sound but different meanings . sullied. HOVEL: A dirty or wretched dwelling . Synonym: supposition IDIOSYNCRASY: A.An example of hyperbole: "There are a million objections to the project.worked from a fantastic hypothesis. renowned." Synonym: overstatement Antonym: understatement HYPOTHESIS: An assumption made for the sake of argument . odious Antonyms: illustrious.suffered an ignominious descent from political power.an immaculate reputation.He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise. Synonym: impending IMMUNE (verb: IMMUNIZE): Exempt from. to deceive . quirk. crotchet. Synonyms: eccentricity. blemished IMMINENT: Likely to occur soon . pure .
Synonyms: unrelenting. (2) Unquestioning .a matter of great import. Synonyms: consummate. inexorable.performed with impeccable skill. unappeasable Antonyms: placable. irreproachable. impenetrable Antonyms: permeable. pervasive IMPLACABLE: Incapable of being soothed. Synonyms: tacit. consequence . infallible Antonyms: culpable. Synonym: arraign (2) To cast discredit upon . IMPEACH: (1) To accuse (a public official) of wrongdoing . Synonyms: purport. fallible IMPERVIOUS: Incapable of being penetrated .implacable resentment. forbearing IMPLICIT: (1) Implied but not clearly expressed . implied Antonym: explicit IMPORT (noun): Meaning.a mind impervious to new ideas.impaled a spider to the wall. moment.implicit confidence. unerring.impeached the judge for accepting a bribe. discredit IMPECCABLE: Faultless .impeached his motives.an implicit agreement.IMPALE: To pierce through with a pointed instrument . or forgiving . significance or importance . Synonyms: impermeable. made peaceful. Synonyms: call in question.
guilty of impropriety in public office. With one's identity concealed . anathema Antonyms: benediction. malediction.an improvident spender.impugned his honesty. bogus. mountebank. Synonyms: indecency. mordant. to call in question . Synonym: invincible Antonym: vulnerable IMPROPRIETY: Improper act. fraud IMPRECATION: A curse . trenchant. acute INCOGNITO.hurled imprecations at those who would not listen to him. INCARCERATE: To imprison . indecorum Antonym: amenity IMPROVIDENT: Lacking in thrift.crushed his opponents by incarcerating them. enfranchise INCISIVE: Cutting. Synonyms: irrefutable. manners.incisive criticism. charlatan. Synonyms: prodigal. . benison IMPREGNABLE: Unconquerable . Synonyms: intern.a salary increment. penetrating . Synonyms: quack. immure Antonyms: emancipate.traveled incognito.IMPOSTOR (noun: IMPOSTURE): One who pretends to be what he is notunmasked as an impostor. shiftless IMPUGN: To attack or criticize as false. -indubitable INCREMENT: An increase . Synonyms: sarcastic. or expression .incontrovertible evidence. not providing for future needs . INCONTROVERTIBLE: Indisputable .an impregnable fortress. Synonyms: execration.
Synonyms:insuperable. imperative INDEFATIGABLE: Untiring . unremitting. inborn INDOOMITABLE: Stubborn in determination not to be subdued . Synonyms:deduction.indomitable courage.mandatory. Synonyms: . implication INGENIOUS: Demonstrating originality. amenable.the incumbent in an election. adroit Antonyms:maladroit. Synonyms:unflagging. Synonyms:dextrous. candid Antonym: sophisticated INGRATIATE: To win another's favor or good opinion tried to ingratiate himself with the politician. skill.an ingenuous plan that anyone could see through.felt it incumbent to reply.an indefatigable worker. curb .inhibited his friend from a foolhardy course. inventive. docile.an inference drawn from his remarks. or resourcefulness . submissive INFERENCE: A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises . Synonyms: unsophisticated. irrepressible.): Obligatory . gauche INGENUOUS: Simple and straightforward.Synonym: accrual INCUMBENT (noun): An officeholder .Rice is indigenous to China. concealing nothing . Synonyms:innate. persevering INDIGENOUS: Native . Synonyms:restrain. naive.an ingenious device. INHIBIT: To check or hinder . (adj. unyielding Antonyms:tractable. invincible.
inoffensive . insatiate INSCRUTABLE: Incapable of interpretation or understanding . extravagant INSATIABLE: Unable to be satisfied . intemperate. enigmatic INSIDIOUS: Working secretly or slyly .instigated discontent among the soldiers. testy.the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa. but it enraged him. denounce. vituperate IRASCIBLE: Easily angered . INNUENDO: An indirect reference or suggestion (frequently derogatory) . guileful perfidious INSTIGATE: To stir tip .an innocuous remark. peevish. cryptic. Synonyms: foment. furtive. unquenchable. cancer. insinuate INORDINATE: Excessive . Synonyms: rail.insatiable greed Synonyms. Synonyms: immoderate. uprightness. equable IRE: Anger -aroused his ire. Synonyms: probity. moral soundness . petulant.conveyed his idea by innuendo. treacherous. Synonyms: choleric.that insidious disease. fulminate. INVECTIVE): To speak angrily or bitterly-inveighed against economic discrimination. splenetic. incite INTEGRITY: Honesty. incorruptibility INVEIGH (noun-. . Synonyms: wily.a man of proved integrity. artful. unappeasable. Synonyms: unfathomable. Synonyms: (verb) intimate.spoiled by inordinate praise. crafty.Even petty things made Peter irascible. touchy Antonyms: placid.Antonym: promote INNOCUOUS: Harmless.
ITINERANT: Traveling about. Synonyms: gibberish. JUDICIOUS: Wise. gay. incensed IRKSOME: Tedious. Synonym:maze LACHRYMOSE: Causing or given to shedding tears . to throw off (as a burden or something in the way )jettisoned their old candidate as a political liability. using or exhibiting good judgment .Variety. Synonyms:discreet. cant JAUNTY: Having an air of easy carelessness or liveliness . nonchalant.a lachrymose tragedy. . monotonous .confused by a labyrinth of intellectual discussions. termed judicious by all.kaleidoscopic views of New York. debonair Antonyms: somber.an itinerant salesman. Synonym: nomadic JARGON: Confused.something beyond our ken. Synonyms: sprightly. staid JEOPARDY: Danger .an irksome chore that no one liked. discerning KALEIDOSCOPIC: Constantly changing or varying in pattern or scenes .: LABYRINTHINE): A structure or intricate passage out of which it is difficult to find one's way (also applied to spiritual and intellectual complexities) . special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade .a well-chosen plan. airy. unintelligible.His life was in jeopardy. a newspaper written in theatrical jargon.walked with a jaunty step.Synonyms: resentment. wandering .) irate. politic. (adj. argot. Synonym: insight LABYRINTH (adj. Synonyms: hazard. meaningless talk. KEN: Range of sight or understanding . peril JETTISON: To throw overboard (as cargo).
a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. Synonyms: ample. redundant. covert. magnanimous. penurious LETHAL: Deadly .LACONIC: Saying much in few words . LATENT: Hidden. Antonyms: parsimonious. succinct.a lavish spender. Synonym: moo LUCID: Clear. potential Antonyms:apparent. easily understood . transparent. voluble LARCENY: Theft . pithy. frugal. present but not fully developed . Synonyms: mirthful. luminous. terse.a lucid explanation of a difficult text. Synonyms:concise.a laconic reply that spoke volumes. taciturn. translucent Antonyms: abstruse. patent LAVISH: (1) Profuse or generous . diffuse. superabundant (2) Given to extravagance . munificent. tautological. reticent Antonyms:verbose.a lethal weapon.indicted for grand larceny. prolix. Synonyms: pellucid. Synonyms: mortal. producing laughter .the lowing herd in the meadow. perspicuous. intelligible.a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants. niggardly.latent talent that time will reveal. Synonyms: prodigal. comical.lavish in praise. droll. turgid. obscure LUDICROUS: Ridiculous. Synonyms:dormant. LOW: To bellow softly like cattle . garrulous. fatal LONGEVITY: Prolonged duration of life . quiescent. limpid. absurd .
the platform graced by a number of luminaries. unworthy of his talents. dismal LUMINARY: An eminent person.Antonyms: doleful. cheap.a masquerade so perfect no one could guess his identity. a group of people in disguise or fancy costumes . vindictive Antonym: benign MASQUERADE (verb): To assume a deceptive appearance or character . to wind about (as a stream) .hurting with malicious intent. a celestial body . or acting with.turned maudlin at the mention of his lost dog.a meretricious beauty that is too flashy to be real.a mediocre performance. politically cunning.a thief masquerading as an honest man. looking into shop windows. MERCENARY: Acting solely from a consideration of reward or profit . Synonym : mawkish. Synonym: ramble MEDIOCRE: Average in quality . feign (noun): A disguise. MAUDLIN: Sentimental to the point of tears . MACHIAVELLIAN: Sacrificing moral principles in order to attain power. Synonyms:rancorous. Synonyms: dissemble. Synonym: unscrupulous MALICIOUS (noun: MALICE): Bearing. malevolent. crafty . virulent. Synonyms:tawdry. malignant. deliberate ill-will or spite . lugubrious. or showy manner.actuated by a mercenary motive.a machiavellian design. wickedly contrived. specious . lachrymose MEANDER: To walk about (or talk) aimlessly. Synonym: venal MERETRICIOUS: Attracting in a false.meandered through the town.
dialogue: conversation between two persons MOROSE: Gloomy. Synonym:soliloquy Antonyms:colloquy (adj. a microcosm of the great outside world.mimicked the comedian's gestures.: METTLESOME: high-spirited ): Disposition. heterogeneous Antonym: homogeneous . a motley crowd. methodical Antonyms:desultory. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons. MONOLOGUE: A speech by one person .took meticulous pains with his composition. Synonyms: checkered (referring to a varied career). genial MOTLEY: Of various colors. variegated. slovenly METTLE (adj. splenetic. Idiom: to be on one's mettle (meaning. punctilious.METICULOUS: Fussy about minute details . Antonym:macrocosm (world on a large scale) MIMIC: To make fun of or copy by imitating .condemned for his misanthropic views. sullen.shunned because of his morose temper. altruistic MISNOMER: A name or term that describes wrongly . MISANTHROPIC (noun: MISANTHROPE): Hating or distrusting mankind . overscrupulous. Synonyms:fastidious. saturnine Antonyms: blithe. crabbed. of mixed ingredients . “ready to do one's best”) Synonyms:temperament. Antonyms: philanthropic. perfunctory.a motley costume. piebald. ill-humored . or a universe in miniature this village.The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. courage . Synonyms: sulky.His mettle was tried in battle. diverse. spirit. finical. ardor MICROCOSM: A little world.To call him a brave man is really a misnomer.
fickle.mundane affairs. inconstant. capricious Antonyms:constant.a nautical career. as contrasted with the spirit . pique. lustrous. disgusting.MOTTLED: Spotted or streaked with varied colors . Synonyms:vacillating. glowing. naval. secular. luminous. mood. Synonyms:dismal. NAUTICAL: Pertaining to ships or navigation . the world. casual . noxious. fulgent. Synonyms:blotched. goad NOCTURNAL: Pertaining to.mutable in mood as a spring wind. fuliginous Antonyms:resplendent. mercurial. fetid. the night .a mottled pony. or occurring in. Synonyms: marine. wavering. Synonym: apathetic . maritime NETTLE: To irritate or provoke . terrestrial.the myriad stars in the heavens.a murky cavern. tenebrous. harmful-the swamp gave off a noisome odor. or form . temporal MURKY: Dark. Synonyms:earthly. steady MYRIAD: Innumerable . or pertaining to. cloudy . fitful.awakened by the sounds of a nocturnal prowler. Synonyms: vex. dappled MUNDANE: Of.reacted to the news in a nonchalant manner.nettled by his critics. coruscating MUTABLE: Given to frequent change in nature. Antonym: diurnal NOISOME: Foul-smelling. Synonyms: malodorous. deleterious Antonym: salubrious NONCHALANT: Unmoved or indifferent.
compliant OBLIVIOUS (noun: OBLIVION): Forgetful. or make unnecessary by appropriate actions . zealous NOSTALGIA: Homesickness . antiquated OBTRUSIVE (verb: OBTRUDE): Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence . infatuation (a foolish passion).walking oblivious of his surroundings. Synonyms:mania. it has become his obsession. unrepentant criminal.Now that he has learned bowling. activity.bore the onus of his difficult office creditably. obligation . ONUS: Burden. dispose of.felt nostalgia for the old homestead. docile.an act which obviated all objections. .an obsolete word.an omnipotent despot. Synonyms:archaic. Synonyms:tyro.Antonyms: enthusiastic. aggressive OBVIATE: To prevent. etc. monomania OBSOLETE: No longer in use .conducted himself in politics like a novice. which dominates a person. Synonyms:preclude. the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea . NOVICE: A beginner . stubborn . Synonyms:adamant. not even included by most dictionaries. duty. neophyte Antonym:virtuoso OBDURATE: Hard-hearted. heedless. forestall OMNIPOTENT: All-powerful . unyielding. abstracted OBSESSION: A persistent feeling..an obdurate. idea. Synonyms:unmindful. NOTORIOUS: Widely known (in a bad sense) .made himself obnoxiously obtrusive.a notorious gambler. Synonyms:intrusive. inflexible Antonyms:submissive. absent-minded .
Synonym: outlaw PANACEA: A remedy for all ills .his ostensible. Synonyms: frailty." . foible. tribute. reasonable. plausible (that is. specious OSTRACIZE: To banish. to exclude from public favor or privileges . adulation. encomium Antonyms:censure. laudation (adj. disparagement. Synonym: Mimic PECCADILLO: A petty fault-possesses one peccadillo among his many virtues. or fair).paraphrased the poem in a few lines of prose. though not actual. Synonyms:professed. PARODY (noun): A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms .involved in pecuniary difficulties. monetary . blemish PECUNIARY: Pertaining to money . something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to he taken seriously. fiscal. castigation. appearing true. Synonym: anomaly PARAPHRASE: To restate the meaning of a passage in other words ." Synonym: burlesque (verb): To write a parody . Synonyms. Synonym: nostrum PANEGYRIC: A speech or writing of extravagant praise . laudatory). financial.a former premier ostracized by popular vote. flaw. derogation. pretended .a paradox by Oscar Wilde. purpose. depreciation PARADOX: A self -contradictory statement.seeking a panacea to cure our social troubles.delivered a panegyric at his friend's testimonial dinner.OSTENSIBLE: Apparent.parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement.wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din. Synonyms:eulogy.
always disobeying his parents. Synonyms:obdurate. tentative PERTINACIOUS: Clinging doggedly to an opinion or purpose .softly sang his pensive song. Synonyms:bromide. refractory. imperious. stun. bewilder. aristocratic PLEBISCITE. intractable. Antonyms:patrician. Synonyms:stupefy. without acknowledgment. hence. tenacious. meditative. dogmatic Antonyms:indecisive. persevering.The decision to confederate was ratified by plebiscite.a perverse lad.PEDANT (adj. POIGNANT: . axiom PLEBEIAN: Pertaining to the common people.denied the charge of deliberate plagiarism. fractious PETRIFY: To paralyze with horror. PERVERSE: Willfully bent on doing the wrong thing . amaze PLAGIARISM. contemplative. A direct vote by the people . froward.bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes.petrified by the enemy bombardment. PLATITUDE: A dull and commonplace remark . the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own . persistent. resolute. truism. wayward. positive. Synonyms: reflective.like a pedant glorying in his scholarly trifles. inflexible PERUSE: To read carefully . musing PEREMPTORY: Positive in expressing an opinion .perused the important letter.plebeian in his tastes and outlook. PENSIVE: Sadly thoughtful . Synonyms:headstrong. Synonyms:decisive. common or vulgar . Adopting and reproducing.pertinacious in his efforts. or surprise .gave a peremptory judgment. fear.: PEDANTIC): One who proudly shows off his learning or who overrates his knowledge .
a poignant grief. biting. poignant wit. Synonym: distinction . PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob.predatory bands roaming the countryside. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. PRECARIOUS: Uncertain or risky . pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or preference for. Synonyms: prepossession.a predilection for theatricals. antipathy.a poignant cry. dull . looting. (2) Descending rapidly . PONDEROUS: Very heavy. Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position . (2) Preying on. prologue.earning a precarious livelihood. others . extremely boring. . (2) Piercing.a ponderous speech. proclivity. a favorable opinion arrived at beforehand .As Senator he enjoyed great prestige.a precipitous decline in popularity.a short prelude to the play. forerunner. PRECIPITOUS: (1) Very steep .(1) Gripping and moving the feelings powerfully . clumsy. pointed . or preliminary step . Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation .a precipitous cliff. penchant Antonyms: aversion. Synonyms: predacious.It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age. providing no luxuries.predatory animals prowling about. Synonyms: preface. repugnance PRELUDE: An introduction. preamble. predisposition.
repugnance PRELUDE: An introduction. Preamble Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position . (2) Preying on.prevaricated in order to avoid detection. forerunner. prologue. Synonyms: prepossession. Synonyms: Preface. predisposition.It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age. pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or pr eference for. looting.His question was downright presumption.predatory animals prowling about. Synonyms: predacious.a predilection for theatricals. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. (adj. antipathy. penchant Antonyms: aversion.acted on a reasonable presumption. Synonyms: quibble. equivocate.) mendacious .As Senator he enjoyed great prestige. others . forwardness. . proclivity. arrogance PREVARICATE: To disguise or conceal the truth to lie .predatory bands roaming the countryside. Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . or preliminary step . impudent boldness . PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob. a favorable opinion arrived at beforehand .a short prelude to the play. Synonyms: effrontery. Synonym: distinction PRESUMPTION: (1) Something taken for granted .415. (2) Going beyond proper bounds.
recessive PROVISIONAL: Temporary. Synonym:tentative PROXIMITY: Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home. PROMONTORY: A cliff .The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily. Synonyms:presage. pen name.concealed his identity by a pseudonym.took punitive measures against deserters. augur. nom de plume PUNITIVE: Inflicting.a protuberant jaw.) forthright PROCRASTINATE: To postpone or put off to another time .a truckman. Synonym:disseminate PROTUBERANT: Bulging or swelling out . forebode PROLETARIAT: The wage-earning class . QUASH: To crush. . to spread abroad The President promulgated a decree. vicinity Antonym:remoteness PSEUDONYM: A false name assumed by a writer . delay PROGNOSTICATE (noun: PROGNOSIS): To forecast . Synonyms:alias. punishment . or concerned with. Antonyms:receding. to render void .a provisional plan until a permanent decision is reached.missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long.Antonyms: (noun) veracity. for the time being . humble member of the proletariat.quashed a rebellion.an imposing promontory along the coast. Synonyms:headland. precipice PROMULGATE: To publish or proclaim. Synonyms: defer. (adj. verity. portend. Synonyms :propinquity. quashed an indictment.
a quixotic scheme that can never materialize. to sum up . whining.a room redolent of roses. Synonyms:utopian. captious.The reform movement was led by a radical.studied the subject in all its ramifications. peevish. sub-division . extreme . REDOLENT: (1) Fragrant .Her querulous nature estranged many people. Synonyms:fretful. Antonym:(noun and adj.resting in a recumbent position.razed the old building. RECIPROCAL: Mutual. Synonyms:level Antonym:rear RECAPITULATE: To restate in a brief. concise form.radical measures adopted to meet the emergency. . visionary. quell.redolent of olden times. extinguish. fantastic RACONTEUR: A skilled storyteller . carping. done in return for something received .) conservative RAMIFICATION: A branching. leaning back or down .): Thorough. Synonym: aromatic (2) Reminiscent of .held each other in reciprocal esteem.Synonyms:suppress. RECUMBENT: Lying down. RAZE: To tear down completely.held spellbound by a superb raconteur. highly impractical . annul QUERULOUS: Given to fault-finding and complaining . RADICAL (noun): One who advocates extreme basic changes .recapitulated the main ideas. (adj. petulant Antonym: affable QUIXOTIC: Extravagantly romantic or idealistic.
corroborate REITERATE: Repeat (several times) . Synonym: surcease (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence . gainful RENEGADE: One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith . confute Antonyms: substantiate. limber RESPITE: (1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain . pliable. supple. animosity RESILIENT: Elastic. light-hearted. apostate. Synonyms: turncoat. traitor REPRISAL: Injury inflicted in turn for one received .a resilient Spirit.REDOUBTABLE: Commanding fear or respect . Synonyms: flexible. Synonyms:rebut. Synonyms: umbrage. Synonym:formidable REFUTE: To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument.a remunerative job. possessing power of recovery .granted the doom man a temporary respite.a renegade from his former allegiance. Synonym: retaliation RESENTMENT: Feeling of displeasure or indignation resulting from mistreatment or abuse showed resentment at what he considered an unwarranted insult.reiterated his story once more. dudgeon. REMUNERATIVE: Profitable . Synonym: reprieve .took action in reprisal against his neighbor.cringing before a redoubtable enemy. refusing to admit defeat. Synonyms: lucrative. confirm. recreant.a brief respite from labor.
sapient. ruddy. nemesis RETRIEVE: (1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. florid SALLY: (verb): To rush forth suddenly .a shot reverberating through the valley. Synonyms: quip. Synonym: incipient RUE (adj. Synonym: pallid Antonyms: rubicund. hallowed SAGACIOUS (noun: SAGACITY): Wise. Synonyms: requital. repent SACROSANCT: Very holy .a shrine.RETRIBUTION: The reward or punishment exacted for an injury.proved to be sagacious in his judgment. banter .possessing only a rudimentary. (noun): A Witty remark . or other action suffered just retribution for his folly. discerning. REVERBERATE: To echo . astute.amused the audience with his sallies against his opponent. (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station. Synonyms: perspicacious. regarded as sacrosanct.a sallow complexion. wickedness.retrieved his lost fortunes. Synonyms: consecrated. inviolable. shrewd . Synonyms: regret.sallied out to meet the enemy. sage SALLOW: Sick . knowledge of physics. Synonym: resound RUDIMENTARY: In an early stage of development .: RUEFUL): To be sorry for-He will rue the day he left home. (3) To restore .
adj. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body. Synonym: tribulation SCRUTINIZE: To examine carefully -scrutinized the contents of the letter.a sanguinary battle. flay (noun).SANCTIMONIOUS: Pretending to be religious .a prince surrounded by many satellites.a perennial optimist. a cause of affliction . Synonyms: excoriate. toady. generally a planet . disciple. SCINTILLA: A trace. to afflict. Synonyms: buoyant. a particle . sanguine in temperament. obsequious.The Black Plague was a dreadful scourge of the Middle Ages. but in recent years it has been joined by many artificial satellites.. ardent SARTORIAL: Pertaining to a tailor or clothes .not a scintilla of convincing evidence.a disease that scourged the country.in the Soviet satellites.The moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. vestige SCOURGE (verb): To punish severely.showed his hypocrisy in a sanctimonious display of piety. SATELLITE: (1) An attentive or flattering follower . blood-red in color . partisan (2) A country influenced or controlled by another . A whip or other means of punishment. Synonym: gory SANGUINE: Of a hopeful disposition. SIMPER (verb): To smile in a silly or affected way simpered as he greeted each guest. Synonyms: lackey. to whip . SANGUINARY: Bloody .Freedom is conspicuously absent . adherent.a shibboleth designed to attract votes. SHIBBOLETH: A party slogan . fawning. .a picture of sartorial perfection. Synonyms: iota.
a simper on his face. a sovereign state. vile. dishonest . . Synonyms: autonomous.maintained a stoic attitude despite all his trials.sleazy cloth which is used only in cheap garments. compelling. Synonyms: degraded. calm in bearing pain or pleasure. rigid Antonym: lax STUPENDOUS: Amazing by.an offer that was spurned instantly. slatternly.The circus is a stupendous spectacle. SLEAZY: Flimsy and cheap .the sinisterlook of a gangster.His job was a sinecure. filthy . paramount SPORADIC: Occurring singly. SPURN: To refuse or reject with contempt . Synonyms: slipshod. soporific in effect.Sordid motives breed selfish actions. independent of the control of any other government . majestic.sporadic cases of illness. SINISTER: Threatening or showing evil.(noun): An affected or silly smile . ignoble SOVEREIGN: Supreme m power and authority. impassive STRINGENT: Strict.a poorly written novel. Synonyms: repel. Synonym: unsubstantial SLOVENLY: Untidy-severely criticized the student's slovenly appearance. imperial. or any quality in exceptional degree . Synonym: (verb and noun) smirk SINECURE: Employment entailing little or no responsibility or labor . Synonyms: exacting. snub STOIC: Indifferent. at irregular intervals. scattered . constraining stringent regulations.possessing sovereign powers. stringent requirements.stood nervously. frowzy SOPORIFIC: Tending to induce sleep . practising remarkable self-control over emotions . Synonyms: stolid. SORDID: Mean and base. force. virtue of its immense size.
highly productive . rank with vegetation.tangible gains which may be seen. monstrous. TEEMING: In abundance. as opposed to spiritual. circumspection. effrontery. presumptuousness.a man preoccupied with temporal matters. Synonyms: mock. marvelous. wariness TEMPORAL: Worldly. inactive. awful SUCCULENT: juicy . gibe. jeering.taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly. Synonyms: listless. torpid TANGIBLE: Real. To reproach with contempt . fertile. veritable.an act that is tantamount to treason.Synonyms: astounding. vapid SULTRY: Close. hot.resting in a supine position. existing for a time only . prodigious. TAUNT (verb). deride (noun): An insulting.sultry tropical weather. Synonyms: material. abounding TEMERITY: Unwise or reckless boldness . rashness. sneer. averse to taking action . fecund. Synonyms: swarming.a supine. Antonyms. fruitful. colossal.the teeming tropics. Synonyms: audacity.a succulent steak. . foolhardy. Antonym: erect (2) Inert. twit. SUPINE: (1) Lying flat on the back . venturesome Antonyms: prudence.) temerarious. perceptible. actual . (adj. or bitter remark . substantial TANTAMOUNT: Equivalent .hurled taunts at his foes. and moist . desiccated.leaped into battle with thoughtless temerity. ineffective administrator. and counted.
a tranquil summer night. Synonyms: creed. threatening or intimidating savagely . Synonyms: placid. peaceful .a tenet of religion which be maintained loyally. distended (2) Using big or high-sounding words . inflated . Synonyms: bloated. doctrine. ruffled. dogma TENUOUS: Slender.tremulous with fright. prolix . TURGID: (1) Swollen. not substantial.temporized while his friends hurried to his aid. Synonym: paltry Antonyms: gross. turbulent TRANSGRESS: To break a law or command. Synonym: quivering TRIVIAL: Of little . serene Antonyms: perturbed.Synonyms: mundane. Synonyms: pompous.transgressed the bounds of decency.a trivial offense. TRANQUIL: Calm.turgid rivers overflowing their banks. secular. to violate a moral principle. civil TEMPORIZE: To delay or refuse to commit oneself in order to gain time . to overstep a moral bound or limit .a turgid prose style.a dispute marked by a truculent attitude on both sides. TREMULOUS: Trembling .importance . of slight importance . Synonym: equivocate TENET: A principle of belief held as true . harsh.clung desperately to his tenuous hope. transgressed the law. fierce. bombastic. momentous TRUCULENT (noun: TRUCULENCE): Cruel.
revile WAIVE: To give up (privileges. vixen VITUPERATE (noun: VITUPERATION.a venerable leader.UBIQUITOUS: Existing everywhere . VAUNT: To boast . often unexpected . felt. Synonyms: shrew. universal UNTENABLE: Incapable of being defended or held .: VITUPERATIVE): To scold or blame loudly.beautiful. braggart). proclaim VENEER: A superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority . termagant. VICARIOUS: Taking the place of another. but not utilitarian. or done in place of another . Synonyms: berate. vituperating the world.proudly vaunted his strength.took vicarious pleasure in his brother's victory. adj.suffered many vicissitudes of fortune.pierced beneath his thin veneer of elegance. Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio. forsake . VERNAL: Pertaining to spring-an array of vernal flowers. VIRAGO: A scolding or ill-tempered woman .waived his rights to the property. Synonyms: omnipresent.versatile in all the arts. etc. Antonym: hibernal (wintry) VERSATILE: Able to do many things skillfully . Synonyms: relinquish.withdrew the argument as untenable. UTILITARIAN (adj. Synonym: gloss VENERABLE: Deserving respect or reverence because of age .).My neighbor's wife is a virago.The common cold is a ubiquitous complaint. forgo. VICISSITUDE: A change from one condition to another. find fault with in abusive language .an angry man. received.): Materially or practically useful . to do without . VANQUISH: To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.
WHIM (adj. culmination. Antonym: perfunctory ZENITH: The highest point . Synonyms: contort. squirm ZEALOUS (noun: ZEALOT: fanatic): Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student.: WHIMSICAL): A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment.the zenith of his career.writhed in agony on the floor. apex. first in his class. Synonyms: caprice. summit Antonym: nadir . crotchet WRITHE: To twist about (usually with pain) . Synonyms: acme. vagary.
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