TOEFL Vocabulary 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) Synonyms: adorn, deck Antonym: retard ACCOLADE: An award or salute - a tremendous accolade for a returning hero. GENEALOGY: A record of a person's or a family's ancestors or relatives - an interesting genealogy, including saints and sinners. Synonym: lineage FLEETING: Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness Synonyms: transitory, fugitive FLUCTUATE: To waver from one course to another; to vary irregularly - his mood fluctuating with every hour. Synonyms: oscillate, vacillate, undulate, sway FORBEAR (noun: FORBEARANCE): To exercise self control; to keep from - forbearing to shoot the animal despite temptation. Synonyms: restrain, abstain FORENSIC: Pertaining to public discussion or law courts - a lawyer gifted in forensic debate. Synonyms: rhetorical, oratorical FORTUITOUS: Accidental - a fortuitous meeting with a friend in need. Synonyms: casual, incidental, adventitious, random FRACAS: A disorderly quarrel - A fracas broke up the meeting. Synonyms: brawl, altercation, fray, wrangle, imbroglio FRUSTRATE: To prevent (the attainment of an object); to defeat or render ineffectual - His scholastic progress wasfrustrated by a serious illness. Synonyms: balk, thwart, foil, baffle, obstruct, discomfit Antonym: abet FULSOME: Disgustingly excessive - nauseated by fulsome praise. GARNISH: To trim or decorate dishes garnished attractively with greens. FLAMBOYANT: Elaborately showy - written in a flamboyant, style, full of highly decorative imagery. Synonyms: florid, ornate, resplendent, embellished, garish, gaudy, gorgeous, rococo Antonym: somber FLAUNT: Display or wave boastfully - flaunted the excellent report before his delighted parents.

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 hisaggressive attitude;

GENESIS: Origin - chemistry, which had its genesis in alchemy. Synonym: inception GESTICULATE: To make gestures, or indicate feelings by. motions - gesticulated wildly to show his distress. GHASTLY: Horrible, deathlike - a ghastly disaster which shocked the world. Synonyms: gruesome, grisly, pallid, macabre, grim, lurid GIBE (variant spelling: JIBE): To laugh at; to utter with scorn - gibed at his enemy mercilessly. Synonyms: mock, sneer, jeer, scoff, flout, deride (adj.: derisive), rail, taunt GLIB: Smooth-spoken, fluent - a glib liar, distorting the truth effortlessly. GLUTTONOUS (noun. GLUTTON; verb: GLUT): Inclined to cat to excess - gulped down his food in gluttonous fashion. Synonyms:voracious, intemperate GOSSAMER (noun): A very thin gauzelike fabric or structure - a poem so delicate that it seemed an unreal gossamer. (adj.): Thin and light - the gossamer wings of a dragon fly. Synonyms: diaphanous, flimsy, gauzelike Antonyms: substantial, ponderous GREGARIOUS: Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd - gregarious sheep; that gregarious animal, man. Antonyms:lone, aloof GRIMACE: A distortion of the face to express an attitude or feeling - a grimace that was more expressive than words. HAIL: To greet - The crowd hailed the returning hero. Synonyms: accost, salute HARANGUE (verb): To deliver a long. noisy speech- harangued the multitude. Synonyms: rant, declaim (noun): A loud, tiresome speech - an empty harangue which bored his audience. Synonym: tirade HARBINGER, A forerunner; ail announcer - the robin, harbinger of spring.

entice. capable of being interin more than one way . cajole Antonym:repel AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain.born in a hovel.a view condemned as heresy. Antonyms: prudent. Synonyms:celerity. Synonyms: atrocious. to deceive . abominable HERESY: An opinion held in opposition to the traditional view . Synonyms:hazy. diffident ALACRITY: Eagerness. aggravate ALLUDE (noun: ALLUSION): To refer to indirectly alluded quite subtly to his friend's misfortune. sluggishness. officious. equivocal. energy. Synonyms:appease.Synonyms:bumptious. Synonym: heterodoxy Antonym: orthodoxy HIATUS: A gap or vacancy. HOVEL: A dirty or wretched dwelling . Synonym:breach HISTRIONIC: Pertaining to the theater.broke into histrionic laughter.attracted friends by his amiable disposition. recalcitrant AMIABLE: Good-natured.An example of hyperbole: "There are a million objections to the project.puzzled by the ambiguous statement. abate.confusing such homonyms as mail add male.worked from a fantastic hypothesis. friendly . vague. rash. docile. Synonyms: dramatic. herald HAUGHTY: Proud. incautious Antonyms:apathy.responded to the flattering offer with alacrity. seduce. assuage. Synonym: supposition . responsive Antonyms:intractable. unquestionable AMENABLE: Obedient. mindful.: ANALOGOUS): A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics. pacify. hateful .A machine gun at the Battle of Yorktown would be an anachronism. circumspect. humble. decoy. alleviate. briskness. placate Antonyms:intensify. outrageous. propitiate. to lessen in severity . intimate. monstrous. inveigle." Synonym: overstatement Antonym: understatement HYPOTHESIS: An assumption made for the sake of argument . animation Synonyms:precursor. nefarious. HYPERBOLE: Extravagant exaggeration for effect .He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise. cheerful promptness . willing to submit . phlegmatism ALIENATE: To estrange . nebulous Antonyms:explicit. lethargy. nonchalance. refractory. heedless of the danger.committed a heinous crime. theatrical HOAX (noun): A trick or deception. Synonym: canard (verb): To play a trick on. imply Antonyms:refer. Synonyms:lure.amenable to the suggestion. ANALOGY (adj. HOMONYM: Two words having the same sound but different meanings . Synonym:complaisant ANACHRONISM: A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time . Synonyms:insinuate. beguile. looking down with contempt on others . Synonyms:tractable. retiring. HEEDLESS: Thoughtless. a practical joke played a hoax upon the credulous public.at ease now that his fears have been allayed. wary HEINOUS: Wicked. odious. obtrusive Antonyms:meek. wheedle. obscure. taking little care .rushed into battle.altenated by his gruff manner.He indicated points of analogy between the two situations. hollow and insincere. cite ALLURE: To tempt by flattery or an attractive offer . Synonyms: inadvertent. break -left a hiatus on the page where he erased a sentence. mitigate. ALLAY: To calm. mollify. died in a mansion.dismissed the messenger in a haughty manner.allured by the prospect of a new job. dubious. designed for show .

rancor.an apt remark.: APATHETIC): Lack of feeling. APATHY (adj. . felicitous (3) Skillful.apt to succeed. odious Antonyms: illustrious. praise -a plan that met with hearty approbation. degrading.His selfish attitude seemed to me the antithesis o patriotism. ANTHOLOGY: A collection of choice literary works – an anthology of modern poetry.Wearing white was one of Whistler's idiosyncrasies. or interest . ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorshipan anonymous publication. Synonyms: torpor. preeminent IMMACULATE: Spotless. pure an immaculate reputation. irreproachable. languor. John is apprehensive of the examination. sullied. Synonyms: impermeable. (verb) languish Antonyms:zeal.apt at woodcarving.impeached his motives. singularity IGNOMINIOUS (noun: IGNOMINY): Incurring public disgrace . ANTITHESIS (adj. foible. unblemished.impeached the judge for accepting a bribe. IDIOSYNCRASY: A.impaled a spider to the wall. pandemonium ANIMUS: A feeling of hatred-felt no animus.stood in imminent peril. dispassion.suffered an ignominious descent from political power. sluggishness. commendation Antonym:disapprobation APT (noun: APTITUDE.a country brought to utter anarchy by civil war. APPRISE: To inform -apprisedhis lieutenants of the new situation. listlessness. rather than lack of ability. Synonyms: eccentricity. expert . impenetrable Antonyms: permeable.attributed his failure to apathy. IMPEACH: (1) To accuse (a public official) of wrongdoing . aberration. crotchet. unsullied. Synonyms: chaos. Synonyms: appropriate. Synonym: impending IMMUNE (verb: IMMUNIZE): Exempt from. quirk. Synonyms: undefiled.implacable resentment. pervasive IMPLACABLE: Incapable of being soothed. personal peculiarity . inclined or disposed . fallible IMPERVIOUS: Incapable of being penetrated . infallible Antonyms: culpable. blemished IMMINENT: Likely to occur soon . Synonyms:sanction.a mind impervious to new ideas.: ANTITHETICAL): Contrast. untarnished Antonyms: defiled. suitable . discredit IMPECCABLE: Faultless . mannerism. even against the enemy. Synonym : unsusceptible IMPALE: To pierce through with a pointed instrument . or forgiving . APTNESS): (1) Likely. lassitude. commendation Synonyms:sanction. APPROBATION: Approval. emotion. the direct opposite . animation APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful . protected from . opprobrious. made peaceful. Synonyms: infamous.performed with impeccable skill. affinity Antonym: anomaly (a deviation from the general rule) ANARCHY: State of confusion or lawlessness . Synonyms: call in question. Synonyms: enmity.immune from taxation. animosity Antonym: amity ANNALS: Historical records . renowned. Synonym: prone (2) Fit.Being unprepared.in the annals of literature. unerring. Synonyms: consummate. Synonym: arraign (2) To cast discredit upon . malevolence. lethargy.Synonyms:correspondence.

Synonyms: cunning. Antonym: inept ARBITER: A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute . abstinent Antonyms: wanton. penetrating . INCARCERATE: To imprison . charlatan. not providing for future needs . crafty . parched Antonyms: arable. malediction.): Capable of speech. manners. unappeasable Antonyms: placable. bogus. rescind. adroit. Synonyms: quack. Synonyms: intern. implied Antonyms: Stereotype. distinct. recant. barren . ASSEVERATE: To declare positively. replica Antonym: explicit ARID: Dry. wily. enfranchise INCISIVE: Cutting. Synonyms: purport.pursued the ascetic life of a monk. Synonyms: indecency. anathema Antonyms: benediction. avouch. indecorum Antonym: amenity IMPROVIDENT: Lacking in thrift.crushed his opponents by incarcerating them. The armistice halted the war. consequence IMPOSTOR (noun: IMPOSTURE): One who pretends to be what he is notunmasked as an impostor.looked askance at the forged signature.a fair decision rendered by the arbiter.an improvident spender. Synonyms. clear – an articulate man. artless ARTICULATE (verb): To speak clearly or distinctly .Synonyms: deft.implicit confidence. jejune. guileful Antonym: vulnerable Antonyms: guileless. allege Antonyms:gainsay.asseverated his views with conviction.impugned his honesty. controvert. inexorable. ASCETIC: Rigorously self-denying . fertile ARISTOCRACY: Government by the best people. Synonym: prototype Synonyms: unrelenting. Synonym: truce ARTFUL: Sly. a privileged class -special privileges enjoyed by the aristocracy. aver. Synonym: oligarchy Antonym: democracy ARMISTICE: A temporary suspension of hostilities.a matter of great import. shiftless IMPUGN: To attack or criticize as false. abjure. Synonyms: mediator. (2) Unquestioning . facsimile.incisive criticism. avow. moment. ingenious. always ready to give his views. IMPREGNABLE: Unconquerable an impregnable fortress. fraud .copies reproduced from the archetype. arbitrator ARCHETYPE: An original pattern .attained his mean objective by artful measures. disavow IMPROPRIETY: Improper act. dextrous. Synonym: invincible IMPRECATION: A curse . benison IMPORT (noun): Meaning. ingenuous. Synonyms: execration. self-indulgent ASKANCE: With distrust . mountebank. Synonyms:assert. forbearing IMPLICIT: (1) Implied but not clearly expressed an implicit agreement. significance or importance . immure Antonyms: emancipate. or expression guilty of impropriety in public office. Synonyms: austere.articulated slowly so that he could not be misunderstood. to confirm . Synonyms: prodigal. (adj. to call in question . adept.the arid desert land.hurled imprecations at those who would not listen to him. Synonyms: tacit.

feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler. amplify . trenchant. mordant." Synonyms:infidel. unyielding Antonyms:tractable. candid Antonym: sophisticated Antonym:magnanimity AWRY: Unsymmetrical. . foreboding AUTHENTIC: Genuine -proved to be an authentic document. submissive INFERENCE: A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises .apocryphal. invincible. Synonyms: irrefutable. -indubitable INCREMENT: An increase . INCONTROVERTIBLE: Indisputable . Synonyms: enhance. imperative INDEFATIGABLE: Untiring . Synonyms:insuperable. fortunate Antonyms:ominous. Synonyms:veritable. Synonym: accrual INCUMBENT (noun): An officeholder . attentive.the incumbent in an election. persevering INDIGENOUS: Native . or vigor-bored INGRATIATE: To win another's favor or good opinion tried to ingratiate himself with the politician.felt it incumbent to reply.an ingenious device.an ingenuous plan that anyone could see through. Synonym:tyrannical Antonym:benevolent AVARICE: Excessive greed . AUGMENT: To increase or enlarge . Synonym:askew BANAL: Lacking in freshness. Synonyms:sedulous. (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his outstanding attribute. irrepressible. naive. concealing nothing . agnostic. Synonyms:propitious. INHIBIT: To check or hinder . diligent. indefatigable Antonyms:indolent. avidity Synonyms:unflagging. curtail AUSPICIOUS: Indicating a happy outcome . skeptic ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work. inborn INDOOMITABLE: Stubborn in determination not to be subdued . bogus AUTOCRATIC: Despotic . bona fide Antonyms.mandatory. skill. Synonyms:sanctuary.inhibited his friend from a foolhardy course. "There is no God.an assiduous worker.an inference drawn from his remarks. Synonyms:innate.The prospect for this project appears auspicious. or resourcefulness . adroit Antonyms:maladroit. implication INGENIOUS: Demonstrating originality. originality. Synonyms:covetousness. not straight . spurious. acute INCOGNITO. toiling long hours.a fortune accumulated by avarice and miserliness. slothful ASYLUM: A place offering shelter and retreat -found asylum from persecution. inventive. Synonyms: unsophisticated.indomitable courage. (adj.an indefatigable worker. amenable. With one's identity concealed traveled incognito.ASSIDUOUS: Industrious . Synonym: ascribe Synonyms: sarcastic.incontrovertible evidence. Synonyms: .Antonyms: abate.an army augmented by numerous enlistments. gauche INGENUOUS: Simple and straightforward. Synonyms:deduction. cupidity. docile. unremitting. Synonyms:dextrous.the picture. counterfeit. hanging awry on the wall.Rice is indigenous to China.): Obligatory .a salary increment. refuge ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists The atheist declared.

equable BIASED: Prejudiced .spoiled by inordinate praise. artful. but it enraged him. fulminate. partial. Inclined to quarrel. incensed Antonyms:disinterested. malignant INTEGRITY: Honesty. arbitrary. cryptic. Synonyms: benign. to the amusement of the audience. Synonyms: wily. bespatter IRASCIBLE: Easily angered . bestowing many favors. INNUENDO: An indirect reference or suggestion (frequently derogatory) . warlike His bellicose attitude often got John into fights. trite. Synonyms:raillery. Synonyms: stilly. Synonyms:commonplace. monotonous .Even petty things made Peter irascible.conveyed his idea by innuendo. unappeasable. ITINERANT: Traveling about.His gracious manner belled his. gracious. insatiate INSCRUTABLE: Incapable of interpretation or understanding . BELIE: To give a false idea of . Synonyms: pugnacious. Synonyms: immoderate. splenetic. crafty. Synonyms: probity. cancer. partisan Synonyms: resentment. toxic Antonym:beneficent Synonyms:restrain. Synonyms: rail. IRKSOME: Tedious. noxious.a baneful effect. charitable . equitable BIBLIOPHILE: A lover of books The bibliophile fingered the old book fondly. Synonyms:bigoted. evil purpose. Synonym:misrepresent BELLICOSE. vapid Antonyms:racy. hackneyed. Synonyms: (verb) intimate. enigmatic INSIDIOUS: Working secretly or slyly that insidious disease. inoffensive an innocuous remark.a man of proved integrity. contentious. vituperate BEREAVE: To deprive or leave desolate by loss . incorruptibility INVEIGH (noun-. magnanimous Antonyms: malevolent.) irate.a widow just bereaved of her husband. Synonyms: foment. BESMIRCH: To soil or dirty . Synonyms: unfathomable. IRE: Anger -aroused his ire. conciliatory INSATIABLE: Unable to be satisfied . intemperate. BENEVOLENT: Kindly.insatiable greed Synonyms. unquenchable. petulant.the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa. treacherous.The conductor wielded his baton gracefully. testy. Synonyms: choleric. original.besmirched his opponent's good name with vile epithets. incite BELLIGERENT: Engaged in war . pernicious. INVECTIVE): To speak angrily or bitterly-inveighed against economic discrimination. denounce. stereotyped. disputatious Antonyms: pacific. smirch. peevish.by his banal remarks. virulent.instigated discontent among the soldiers.like a benevolent monarch.misled by a biased point of view. guileful perfidious INSTIGATE: To stir tip . benignant. uprightness. furtive. chaff BATON: A stick or staff . extravagant BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter. defile. (adj. vivid BANEFUL (noun: BANE: poison. insinuate INORDINATE: Excessive . touchy Antonyms: placid. source of harm): Destructive. poisonous . curb Antonym: promote INNOCUOUS: Harmless. wandering - . Synonyms: deleterious. moral soundness . prosaic.an irksome chore that no one liked. causing serious injury.two belligerent nations warring fiercely.

gay. taciturn. merry.a bland diet. KEN: Range of sight or understanding . defect . Synonyms: hazard. suave (affable or persuasive in manner). tautological. inflated with meaningless high-flown words.attracted people by his blandishments.latent talent that time will reveal.walked with a jaunty step. Synonym: nomadic JARGON: Confused. airy. blast an itinerant salesman.: LABYRINTHINE): A structure or intricate passage out of which it is difficult to find one's way (also applied to spiritual and intellectual complexities) . termed judicious by all. turgid. abject BOG: A swamp . succinct.His life was in jeopardy. eccentric BLAND: Gentle. special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade . meaningless talk. rural BUFFOON: A clown . non-irritating Antonyms: piquant. diffuse. Synonyms:pastoral. rustic.acting like a buffoon.sank into the spongy bog. voluble LARCENY: Theft . Synonyms: jocund. tart. reticent Antonyms:verbose. redundant. acrid. quagmire. covert. Synonyms:dormant. fustian BOORISH: Unrefined in speech or manners . potential . uncultured.exhibited the boorish manners of a backwoodsman. quiescent. Synonym: insight LABYRINTH (adj. Synonyms:wither. Synonyms: sprightly. to throw off (as a burden or something in the way ). pompous. Synonyms:discreet. polite.indicted for grand larceny.Bad associates blemished his character (noun): A disfigurement. using or exhibiting good judgment . Synonyms:odd.jettisoned their old candidate as a political liability. peril JETTISON: To throw overboard (as cargo).Antonym: bibliophobe BIZARRE: Queer. staid JEOPARDY: Danger . JUDICIOUS: Wise.spread cheer with her blithe spirit. forlorn. agreeable . pithy. Synonyms: mild.Variety. outlandish in the extreme. Synonyms:churlish. LACONIC: Saying much in few words . a newspaper written in theatrical jargon. prolix. pretentious in language . present but not fully developed . blighted by incessant rain. unintelligible.a bucolic poem dethe joys of the shepherd. racy. Synonyms: gibberish. soothing. crass Antonym: suave BUCOLIC: Pertaining to the country . debonair Antonyms: somber.a well-chosen plan. fantastic.kaleidoscopic views of New York. LATENT: Hidden. BLIGHT: To ruin or decay . full of ludicrous tricks. discerning BLITHE: Gay and light-hearted in spirit or mood .a bombastic speech. fen.a character without a blemish. caustic. without irritating foods. garrulous.bizarre clothes. cant JAUNTY: Having an air of easy carelessness or liveliness . mire BOMBASTIC (noun: BOMBAST): High-sounding. Synonym: harlequin KALEIDOSCOPIC: Constantly changing or varying in pattern or scenes . unusual in appearance. Synonyms: ranting. Synonyms:concise. pungent BLANDISHMENT: A flattering speech or act . terse. nonchalant. Synonym:maze LACHRYMOSE: Causing or given to shedding tears a lachrymose tragedy.a laconic reply that spoke volumes.confused by a labyrinth of intellectual discussions. politic. Synonyms: morass.something beyond our ken. joyous Antonyms: dejected. argot. uncouth. BLEMISH (verb): To scar or spoil . grotesque.the rotting wheat-.

producing laughter a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. or object serving as a protection . contentious. superabundant 2. patent LAVISH: (1) Profuse or generous . crafty a machiavelliandesign. Synonyms:petulant. Synonyms: ghastly. obdurate CALUMNIATE: To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another's reputation.a lavish spender. Synonym: unscrupulous MALICIOUS (noun: MALICE): Bearing. MACHIAVELLIAN: Sacrificing moral principles in order to attain power. Synonyms: dissonant.calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors. idea. easily understood a lucid explanation of a difficult text. arrogant. transparent. discordant. magnanimous. testy. haggard. virulent. gaunt.a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants. intelligible. vindictive Antonym: benign MASQUERADE (verb): To assume a deceptive appearance or character . ashen Antonyms: rubicund. dismal LUMINARY: An eminent person. niggardly. perspicuous. A person. (2) Given to extravagance . Synonyms: asperse.the lowing herd in the meadow. translucent Antonyms: abstruse.lavish in praise. pallid (noun: pallor). scandalize CANDID (noun: CANDOR): Frank.a lofty bulwark for defense. evasive CANTANKEROUS: Ill-natured. Antonyms: parsimonious. Synonyms: junto. noisy and discordant. defame. Synonyms: artless. euphonious. feign BUMPTIOUS: Obnoxiously conceited or self-assertive a bumptious monitor. outspoken. malignant. puffed up with his own importance. wickedly contrived.acted as a bulwark in the fight against crime. florid CALLOUS: Unfeeling or insensitive . Synonym: moo LUCID: Clear. faction CACOPHONOUS: Unharmonious sounding a cacophonous blare of trumpets. malevolent. comical. luminous. or acting with.made callous by long suffering. impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright. Synonyms: dissemble. wan. deliberate ill-will or spite . fretful Antonyms:amiable. limpid. absurd Antonyms: doleful.a lethal weapon. quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition. Synonyms: pellucid. strident. vilify. Synonyms: insensible. fatal LONGEVITY: Prolonged duration of life . Synonym: rampart Synonyms: ample. lugubrious. peevish. pugnacious. LOW: To bellow softly like cattle . dulcet CADAVEROUS: Corpselike. 1. affable. Synonyms: mortal. choleric. contumelious. Synonyms: mirthful. frugal. An embankment used as a fortification . Synonyms: aggressive. hence. equable CAPRICIOUS: Inclined.hurting with malicious intent. Synonyms:rancorous. a celestial body .the platform graced by a number of luminaries. Synonyms: prodigal.BULWARK: Antonyms:apparent. penurious LETHAL: Deadly . raucous Antonyms: mellifluous. ingenuous. overbearing CABAL: A small group of persons engaged in plotting a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government. droll. pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment. obscure LUDICROUS: Ridiculous. slander . politically cunning.a thief masquerading as an honest man. unbiased Antonyms: guileful. blatant. munificent. through some whim or fancy .

Synonym : mawkish.. courage . laud CELESTIAL: Pertaining to the sky. craft. Synonyms:persistent. vigilant. persisting for years. Antonym:macrocosm (world on a large scale) CIRCUMSPECT: Cautious . Synonyms:thwart.not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature. delude CIVIL: MIMIC: To make fun of or copy by imitating . MERCENARY: Acting solely from a consideration of reward or profit . Synonyms:hypercritical. wile. or actions suddenly a capriciousperson. purpose. deception. Synonym: ramble MEDIOCRE: Average in quality a mediocre performance. MONOLOGUE: A speech by one person .a masquerade so perfect no one could guess his identity. upbraid. precipitate. sporadic. Synonyms:fastidious. perfunctory.change the mind. specious METICULOUS: Fussy about minute details took meticulous pains with his composition. Synonyms:reprove. wary Antonyms:rash. Synonyms:ethereal. reprehend. unremitting. heavenlya celestial pageant of bright stars. chasten Antonyms:commend. CASTIGATE: To punish or criticize severely . methodical Antonyms:desultory. subterfuge CHRONIC: Continuing a long time. inveterate. discreet. altruistic MISNOMER: A name or term that describes wrongly To call him a brave man is really a misnomer. unworthy of his talents. lachrymose CAPTIOUS: Quick to find fault about triflesa captious critic pouncing on slight laws. or a universe in miniature this village. looking into shop windows.looked about him circumspectly.: METTLESOME: high-spirited ): Disposition. spirit. indiscreet.His mettle was tried in battle. censorious CARICATURE: A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features . overscrupulous. Synonyms:tawdry. Synonym: venal MERETRICIOUS: Attracting in a false. to go around . constant. constant Antonyms:intermittent. reprimand. even-tempered (noun): A disguise. censure. stratagem.mimicked the comedian's gestures. crotchety. Idiom: to be on one's mettle (meaning. mercurial Antonyms:steadfast. inconstant. An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country.condemned for his misanthropic views. Synonym:jingoist MEANDER: To walk about (or talk) aimlessly.circumventedthe law by evasive practices. fitful. carping.castigated for using improper language. undependable in mood or temper.meandered through the town. Synonyms:fickle. chronic complaint. “ready to do one's best”) Synonyms:temperament. slovenly CHICANERY: Trickery. Synonyms:prudent. changeable. carviling.actuated by a mercenary motive. erratic. headstrong CIRCUMVENT: To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception.The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. . to wind about (as a stream) . punctilious. eulogize. MISANTHROPIC (noun: MISANTHROPE): Hating or distrusting mankind . finical. habituala. whimsical. incessant.a meretricious beauty that is too flashy to be real. infrequent METTLE (adj. cheap.practised chicanery all his shady dealings. a microcosm of the great outside world. ardor MICROCOSM: A little world. balk. MAUDLIN: Sentimental to the point of tears turned maudlin at the mention of his lost dog. (noun) firmament CHAUVINIST. reckless. Antonyms: philanthropic. foothardy. Synonyms:duplicity. outwit. a group of people in disguise or fancy costumes . temerarious. or showy manner.

Synonym: persuasive COLLUSION: Working together secretly for an evil purpose . piebald. forbearing Antonyms: relentless.: COMPENDIOUS): A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work . above-board CLEMENT: Merciful. or pertaining to.persuaded by cogent arguments. stealthy .three parties forming a coalition to rule the country. Synonyms: checkered (referring to a varied career). the world. consolidation. machination COMMODIOUS: Roomy . goad NOCTURNAL: Pertaining to. as contrasted with the spirit . mercurial. consistent Antonyms: incongruous. maritime CLAMOROUS: Loud and noisy . able. merging of various units into one unit . . temporal MURKY: Dark. naval. to get along together parted company because they were not compatible. Synonyms:dismal. wavering.mutable in mood as a spring wind. strident Antonyms: muted.1. conspiracy. ruthless COALITION (verb: COALESCE): Alliance. 2. secular. Synonyms: furtive.mundane affairs. Synonyms: constraint. diverse. Synonyms:blotched.rendered his services without the slightest coercion. Synonyms:earthly. restraint. gentle . tenebrous. variegated.a commodious apartment. luminous. cloudy . the night awakened by the sounds of a nocturnal prowler.a clandestine meeting known only to a few. capricious Antonyms:constant. harmful-the swamp gave off Synonyms: vex.nettled by his critics. Of or having to do with citizens or the state . raucous. Polite. Synonyms: amalgamation. Synonyms:vacillating. inconstant. coruscating MUTABLE: Given to frequent change in nature. fickle.shunned because of his morose temper. COMPATIBLE: Harmonious. ample NETTLE: To irritate or provoke . pique. courteous . Synonyms: sulky. fulgent. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons. conniving.acted in collusion to overthrow the government. fuliginous Antonyms:resplendent. usually by appealing to reason . mood. sullen. gracious Synonym:soliloquy Antonyms:colloquy (adj. Synonyms: vociferous. glowing. NAUTICAL: Pertaining to ships or navigation a nautical career. crabbed. surreptitious Antonyms: overt. Synonyms: compassionate. terrestrial. or occurring in. quiet CLANDESTINE: Secret. splenetic. covert. Synonyms: marine. a motley crowd. dialogue: conversation between two persons MOROSE: Gloomy. manifest. Synonyms: respectful. impelling COGENT: Having the force to compel. of mixed ingredients a motley costume. heterogeneous Antonym: homogeneous MOTTLED: Spotted or streaked with varied colors a mottled pony. ill-humored . Synonyms: spacious. Synonyms: collaboration.a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency. genial MOTLEY: Of various colors.the myriad stars in the heavens.a murky cavern. capacious. dappled MUNDANE: Of. fitful. obstreperous. steady MYRIAD: Innumerable . saturnine Antonyms: blithe. lustrous. incompatible Antonym: diurnal COMPENDIUM (adj. Synonyms: congruous. discordant.We I civil duties as well as civil liberties. fusion COERCION: Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will .a clamorous outburst the crowd outside.answered in a civil fashion. or form .a compendium of NOISOME: Foul-smelling. blatant.

Synonyms:adamant. Synonyms:preclude. activity. pain.looked on his own performance with a complacent smile. forestall . Synonyms: surmise. dispose of. Synonyms: contrition. NOTORIOUS: Widely known (in a bad sense) a notorious gambler. infatuation (a foolish passion). show compassion. Synonyms: malodorous. abstract. precis. zealous NOSTALGIA: Homesickness . idea. stubborn . recompense. it has become his obsession.. CONDOLE (noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow.an act which obviated all objections. Synonyms:archaic. which dominates a person.Without facts.an obsolete word. aggressive OBVIATE: To prevent.Now that he has learned bowling. disgusting. Synonyms:unmindful. CONJECTURE: To guess . Synonym: apathetic Antonyms: enthusiastic. gloss CONFEDERATE (noun): A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one) . penitence. etc.condoned the deed. or misfortune .received condign punishment for his crime. to grant . emolument COMPLACENT: Self-satisfied .an obdurate.made himself obnoxiously obtrusive.conceded victory to a superior force. presume OBDURATE: Hard-hearted. CONGENIAL: (1) Possessing similar interests and tastes. docile. Synonyms:intrusive. absent-minded . abstracted OBSESSION: A persistent feeling. capitulate a noisome odor. monomania OBSOLETE: No longer in use .walking oblivious of his surroundings.congenial to his taste.conducted himself in politics like a novice. accomplice (adj.chemistry in a slim volume. digest. heedless. Synonyms: extenuate. in view of the offender's age. deleterious Antonym: salubrious NONCHALANT: Unmoved or indifferent. Synonyms: commiserate.joined his confederatein secret enterprise. solace CONDONE: To forgive or overlook (an offense) . Synonyms:tyro. unyielding. the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea . or make unnecessary by appropriate actions . mitigate.displayed slight compunction for his misdeed.condoled with each other in their grief. Synonym: compatible (2) Agreeable . NOVICE: A beginner . antiquated OBTRUSIVE (verb: OBTRUDE): Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence . Synonyms: acquiesce. casual reacted to the news in a nonchalant manner. not even included by most dictionaries. remuneration. Synonyms:mania. Synonym: smug COMPUNCTION: Regret for wrongdoing .): United or allied in a conspiracy two confederate groups hurrying to their rendezvous.felt nostalgia for the old homestead. Synonyms: stipend. qualm CONCEDE: To yield. Synonyms: synopsis. we can only conjecture about his guilt. inflexible Antonyms:submissive. neophyte Antonym:virtuoso CONDIGN: Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) . palliate. to admit as true. epitome COMPENSATION: Payment for services just compensation for his labor. noxious. atonement. fetid. compliant OBLIVIOUS (noun: OBLIVION): Forgetful. unrepentant criminal. remorse. able to get on well with others .congenial people with similar backgrounds. Synonyms: collaborator.

specious OSTRACIZE: To banish. sanctify Antonym: desecrate (2) To devote or dedicate to some aim . emaciated.a paradox by Oscar Wilde." Synonym: burlesque (verb): To write a parody . Synonyms: jovial.A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world. duty." .an omnipotent despot.paraphrased the poem in a few lines of prose.corpulent due to excessive eating. bring to perfection .his ostensible. Antonyms: botched. dolorous. Synonym: anomaly PARAPHRASE: To restate the meaning of a passage in other words .construed the statement to his own advantage.): Free from local prejudices .The threat struck deep consternation into John. reasonable. Synonyms: supercilious.a world-wide traveler. contumelious CONVIVIAL: Festive. lank. jocund. PARODY (noun): A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms . appearing true. lack of courage caused by fearful prospect . mirthless COPIOUS: Plentiful . OSTENSIBLE: Apparent.seeking a panacea to cure our social troubles. or fair). scornful. blemish PECUNIARY: Pertaining to money . Synonyms: obese.cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate. PANEGYRIC: A speech or writing of extravagant praise delivered a panegyric at his friend's testimonial dinner. bewilderment OMNIPOTENT: All-powerful . disparagement.consummated the deal without delay. derogation. gay . flaw.The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. plausible (that is.parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement. bungled. inept (verb): To complete. though not actual. explain the sense of. CONSUMMATE (adj. cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes. Synonym: outlaw PANACEA: A remedy for all ills . encomium Antonyms:censure. obligation . ONUS: Burden. portly Antonyms: gaunt. Synonyms. foible. something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to he taken seriously. tribute. scant CORPULENT: Fat . or analyze . adulation.a former premier ostracized by popular vote. castigation. laudation (adj. Synonyms:professed. abundant Antonyms: meager. to exclude from public favor or privileges . Synonyms. General agreement .involved in pecuniary difficulties.bore the onus of his difficult office creditably. Synonym: nostrum CONSTRUE (noun: CONSTRUCTION): To interpret. monetary PEDANT (adj. laudatory). (adj. profuse.a convivial party. disdainful. pretended . Synonyms: dismay. purpose. fiscal. Synonyms:eulogy.consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes.CONSECRATE: (1) To set apart as sacred . depreciation PARADOX: A self -contradictory statement. peaked COSMOPOLITAN (noun): One who is at home in all countries . CONTEMPTUOUS: Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) .: PEDANTIC): One who proudly shows off his learning or who overrates his knowledge - . bountiful. CONSENSUS.shed copious tears at the bad news. financial. mirthful Antonyms: lugubrious.wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din. Synonyms: frailty.consecrated his life to teaching.): Perfect or highly accomplished achieved with consummate skill. Synonym: Mimic PECCADILLO: A petty fault-possesses one peccadillo among his many virtues. Synonyms: hallow. Synonym: accord CONSTERNATION: Amazement.

a craven act which shocked the world.perused the important letter. valiant. dogmatic Antonyms:indecisive. POIGNANT: (1) Gripping and moving the feelings powerfully a poignant grief.gave a peremptory judgment. froward. musing PEREMPTORY: Positive in expressing an opinion .petrified by the enemy bombardment.plebeian in his tastes and outlook. ignominious CREDULOUS: Inclined to believe anything. contemplative. opprobrious. hence.bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes. extremely boring. Synonyms: praiseworthy. Adopting and reproducing. persevering. Synonyms:headstrong. true to life. A direct vote by the people . clumsy. or surprise . skeptical like a pedantglorying in his scholarly trifles. Antonyms:patrician. Poltroon (adj. Synonym: gross CRAVEN (noun): Coward .a credible story.the deed of a craven. axiom PLEBEIAN: Pertaining to the common people. PONDEROUS: Very heavy. intractable. Synonym: gullible Antonyms: incredulous. resolute. infamous. Synonyms:obdurate.softly sang his pensive song. commendable Antonyms: discreditable. tentative PERTINACIOUS: Clinging doggedly to an opinion or purpose . dull a ponderous speech. easily imposed upon . persistent. bewilder. Synonym: clique COUNTENANCE (noun): A face His countenance expressed his complete disgust. fractious PETRIFY: To paralyze with horror. stun. PLATITUDE: A dull and commonplace remark . Antonyms: stalwart. Antonym: incredible CREDITABLE: Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor applauded for his creditable performance. positive. biting.denied the charge of deliberate plagiarism. truism. refractory. Synonym. Synonym: sanction CRASS: Coarse and stupid . poignant wit. Synonyms:stupefy. Synonym: visage (verb): To approve .a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe. imperious.displayed crass ignorance. wayward. without acknowledgment. common or vulgar . fear. amaze PLAGIARISM. meritorious.Synonyms: Catholic Antonyms: parochial. Synonyms:decisive. stouthearted CREDENCE: Trust or belief .gave little credence to the rumor. . motivated by fear. Synonyms: pusillanimous. meditative. aristocratic PLEBISCITE. pointed . inflexible PERUSE: To read carefully .pertinacious in his efforts.refused to countenance disrespectful conduct. Synonyms:bromide. PENSIVE: Sadly thoughtful . the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own . Synonym: conviction Antonym: skepticism CREDIBLE: Worthy of belief . dastardly.The decision to confederate was ratified by plebiscite. tenacious. provincial COTERIE: A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend. (2) Piercing. PERVERSE: Willfully bent on doing the wrong thing a perverse lad.a poignant cry.): Cowardly . Synonyms: reflective. always disobeying his parents. intrepid.

cower. abundance DEFERENCE: Submitting to the wishes or judgment of another . Synonyms: cumbersome. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. meticulous CURT: Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response. PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob. Synonyms: prepossession. surly DEARTH: Scarcity . . antipathy. pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or preference for. Synonyms: respect. a .predatory animals prowling about. or preliminary step . proclivity. bluff Antonyms: affable. reprehensible CUMBROUS: Burdensome and clumsy a cumbrous knapsack. CRYPTIC: Containing hidden meaning a cryptic message. looting. Antonyms: plethora. others . Antonyms: painstaking.forcibly curbed the people's protest. bulk CURB: To control.a precipitous decline in popularity. pillaging PREDILECTION: Partiality or pr eference for. or restrain .yielded out of deference to the old man.a delectable meal.belittled the hero with a cynical remark. veneration Antonym: recalcitrance DEITY: A god -The sun was a deity to ancient peoples. Synonyms: predacious. others . Synonyms. prologue. brought about by censorship. check. fawn. difficult to decipher.a dearth of news. looting.predatory animals prowling about. a favorable opinion arrived at beforehand .cringing before superior force.CRINGE: To shrink in fear . Synonyms: repress. (2) Preying on. PRECIPITOUS: (1) Very steep . unwieldy.removed from office for culpable negligence. superficial .It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age. Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . complaisance. predisposition.a precipitous cliff. hence. impeding his march. Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position . (2) Descending rapidly . subdue CURSORY: Hurried. Synonyms: censurable. civil CYNICAL: Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others . wince CRUCIAL: Decisive or critical.a short prelude to the play.earning a precarious livelihood. Synonyms: predacious. difficult . PRECARIOUS: Uncertain or risky . truckle. enigmatic Antonyms: palpable. Synonym: distinction 415. PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob. providing no luxuries. preamble. brusque.a predilection for theatricals. (2) Preying on. . flinch.Time permitted only a cursory examination. repugnance PRELUDE: An introduction. Synonyms: sarcastic. Synonyms: occult.predatory bands roaming the countryside.the crucial event that decided the outcome. manifest CULPABLE: Deserving blame or censure . forerunner. Synonym: divinity DELECTABLE: Very pleasing .As Senator he enjoyed greatprestige. Synonyms: preface. PRECOCIOUS: Remarkable for early mental development a precocious genius. penchant Antonyms: aversion. Synonyms: blunt.predatory bands roaming the countryside.

a spring deluge which caused the river to overflow.a lamentable situation deplored by all parties. forerunner. Synonyms: stigmatize. Synonyms: prepossession. Synonym: license PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation .missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long. delineated by a master artist. bearing . forwardness. Synonyms: lament.the mob roused by an unprincipled demagogue. Synonyms: defer. prologue. mien DEMURE: Affectedly or falsely modest or prim. arrogance Antonyms: immodest. wicked. (adj. staid.a depraved mind. castigate Antonyms: laud. forebode PROLETARIAT: The wage-earning class . Synonym: derelict DELUGE: A great flood. repugnance DELINEATE: To sketch or portray . antipathy. drain Antonyms: replenish. censor. DEMAGOGUE: A leader who tries to stir the passions of people for his own purposes .): Failing to fulfill an obligation . DELETE: To erase or cancel. Synonyms: sedate.As Senator he enjoyed greatprestige. portend. humble member of the proletariat. downpour . penchant Antonyms: aversion.) mendacious Antonyms: (noun) veracity.prevaricated in order to avoid detection.carrying himself with a proud demeanor. or preliminary step . Synonyms: quibble. delay . efface. verity. PROMONTORY: A cliff . vicious. Synonyms:headland. (adj. devising evil. Synonym: distinction PRESUMPTION: (1) Something taken for granted . Synonyms: expunge. corrupt . eradicate favorable opinion arrived at beforehand a predilection for theatricals. (adj. precipice PREVARICATE: To disguise or conceal the truth to lie . proclivity.) forthright PROCRASTINATE: To postpone or put off to another time . DELINQUENT (noun): An offender . Synonyms: Preface. eulogize DEPLETE: To empty or to use up . (2) Going beyond proper bounds. augur. (adj. take out or remove . DEMEANOR: Behavior.tastefully prepared. Synonyms:presage. predisposition. frivolous DENOUNCE (noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against .depleted the public treasury by vast building programs.acted on a reasonable presumption.a truckman. impudent boldness His question was downright presumption.an imposing promontory along the coast. serious demure as a Victorian maiden. equivocate. grieve DEPRAVED: Of low morals. decry.It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age.) replete DEPLORE: To express sorrow or grief over . prudish.denounced by the press as a traitor. Synonyms: exhaust. coy PRELUDE: An introduction. Synonyms: debased. Synonyms: effrontery. reprehend. Synonyms: deportment. decorous.striking features.deletedan offensive phrase.a short prelude to the play.too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties. Preamble Antonym: epilogue PREROGATIVE: A privilege or power attaching to a position .found to be a delinquent by the court. perverted PROGNOSTICATE (noun: PROGNOSIS): To forecast The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily. censure.

derogate (adj. quashed an indictment. protest.studied the subject in all its ramifications.quashed a rebellion. Antonyms:receding. recessive PROVISIONAL: Temporary. sub-division . extol. prevalent DEVOUT: Devoted to religious observances . Synonym:disseminate PROTUBERANT: Bulging or swelling out a protuberant jaw. Synonym: pedagogical DIFFIDENT: Lacking in self-confidence. decry. timid. Synonym:tentative PROXIMITY: Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home.deprecated the proposal severely. Synonyms :propinquity.held spellbound by a superb raconteur.The reform movement was led by a radical. Synonyms: shy.) conservative RAMIFICATION: A branching. Synonyms: destruction. erring PROMULGATE: To publish or proclaim. QUASH: To crush. quell. aggressive DILEMMA: A situation calling for a choice between two RACONTEUR: A skilled storyteller . peevish.devout in his regularity of attendance at worship. DIDACTIC: Designed to teach.depreciated John's acting ability. Synonyms:utopian. laud.DEPRECATE: To plead or argue against a certain course of action . (adj. punishment took punitive measures against deserters. Synonyms:alias. magnify. annul DEVOID: Lacking in. Synonyms: disparage. eulogize DEVASTATION: Widespread ruin . for the time being a provisional plan until a permanent decision is reached. visionary. Synonyms: remonstrate. indirect . .used devious means to attain his wicked ends. Synonyms:suppress.): Thorough. not possessing . highly impractical . religious Antonym: impious QUERULOUS: Given to fault-finding and complaining Her querulous nature estranged many people. retiring Antonyms: forward. carping. desolation DEVIOUS: (1) Winding. rather than the direct way home. derogatory) Antonyms: enhance. to spread abroad The President promulgated a decree. petulant Antonym: affable QUIXOTIC: Extravagantly romantic or idealistic. captious. Synonyms: crooked.a quixotic scheme that can never materialize. vicinity Antonym:remoteness PSEUDONYM: A false name assumed by a writer concealed his identity by a pseudonym. expostulate Antonym: sanction DEPRECIATE: To belittle or speak slightingly of . reticent. whining.took a devious. Synonyms: pious. pen name. to render void . imparting a lesson . nom de plume PUNITIVE: Inflicting.too diffident to lead a group. a saying-an imperial dictum demanding instant compliance. extreme . RADICAL (noun): One who advocates extreme basic changes . Synonym: circuitous (2) Straying from the right course .a speech devoid of even a trace of ill-will.the city left in utter devastation by war. Synonyms:fretful. fantastic DICTUM: Art authoritative statement. Antonym:(noun and adj. reserved. extinguish.radical measures adopted to meet the emergency. Synonym: destitute Antonyms: abounding. or concerned with.a poem with a didactic purpose.

concise form. character. Synonym:formidable REFUTE: To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument. dudgeon. covering many topics. Synonyms: lucrative.reiterated his story once more. to embarrass . DISCURSIVE: Rambling from one subject to another a discursive letter. REDOUBTABLE: Commanding fear or respect .took action in reprisal against his neighbor.a doctor by profession. difference in image. impartial Antonym:partial DISPATCH (verb): To do speedily. a difficult or perplexing situation . confirm. Synonym: aromatic (2) Reminiscent of . connoisseur DISCONCERT: To confuse. . REDOLENT: (1) Fragrant . Synonyms:level Antonym:rear RECAPITULATE: To restate in a brief. discomfit. abash. Synonym: retaliation RESENTMENT: Feeling of displeasure or indignation resulting from mistreatment or abuse showed resentment at what he considered an unwarranted insult. or rank great disparity between promise and performance. Synonym: expedite (noun): A speedy performance. to scatter .a room redolent of roses. quantity. DISPASSIONATE: Free from feeling or partiality coldly dispassionate as the chairman of the meeting Synonyms:palm.dispatched with remarkable promptness. leaning back or down resting in a recumbent position. RAZE: To tear down completely. disperse. confute Antonyms: substantiate. traitor REPRISAL: Injury inflicted in turn for one received . Synonyms:amateur. the sending off of something .done with all possible dispatch. plight DILETTANTE: One who dabbles in the fine arts for amusement only and without concentrated study .two discrete issues. RECIPROCAL: Mutual. carefree DISCOURSE: To converse or talk.disconcerted by his suspicious stare.recapitulated the main ideas.redolent of olden times. recreant. Synonyms: turncoat.equally difficult alternatives.: DISPARATE): Inequality. rejecting compromise.made disconsolate by abject poverty.razed the old building.a resilient Spirit. to sum up . RECUMBENT: Lying down. Synonyms: celerity. REMUNERATIVE: Profitable . alacrity DISPEL: To drive away. Synonyms:rebut. a dilettante in art. possessing power of recovery . disquiet. to discuss . totally unrelated.He dissented violently. refusing to admit defeat. discompose.cringing before a redoubtable enemy. apostate. light-hearted. Synonyms: umbrage. DISCRETE: Separate . fluster DISCONSOLATE: Depressed. Synonyms:dissipate. done in return for something received .faced with a dilemma defying solution.dispelled a doubt that had lingered.a renegade from his former allegiance. hence.held each other in reciprocal esteem. Synonyms:desultory. Synonyms:predicament. quandary. Synonyms:perturb. corroborate REITERATE: Repeat (several times) . animosity RESILIENT: Elastic. to send off .discoursed at length on the rise of political parties. Synonyms:inconsolable. without hope or possibility of consolation . to differ in opinion . diffuse DISSENT (noun: DISSENSION): To disagree.a remunerative job. dejected Antonyms:blithesome. digressive DISPARITY (adj. gainful RENEGADE: One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith .

asserting an opinion as though it were an undisputed fact spokendogmatically.refused to divulge his source of information. (3) To restore . (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station. Synonym: multifarious DIVERTING: Entertaining . peremptory.proved to be sagacious in his judgment. discerning. the other insincere. limber RESPITE: (1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain .a brief respite from labor.his life wasted by dissolute conduct. Antonyms: secular. lay (noun): A clergyman . Synonyms: doleful. repent SACROSANCT: Very holy . noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied. Synonyms: disclose. Synonym: incipient RUE (adj. wickedness. sage SALLOW: Sick . shrewd . EDICT: A public command or proclamation issued by an authority .retrieved his lost fortunes. dictatorial DOLOROUS: Sorrowful. florid SALLY: (verb): To rush forth suddenly . sapient. distracted .amused the audience with . Synonym: resound RUDIMENTARY: In an early stage of development possessing only a rudimentary.proclaimed by royal edict. Synonym: energetic Antonyms: static.recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. dormant. Synonym: decree Synonyms: flexible. Synonyms: requital. Antonyms: rubicund. inert. supple. pliable. Synonym: reprieve RETRIBUTION: The reward or punishment exacted for an injury. nemesis RETRIEVE: (1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. blithe.a shrine. DIVULGE: To make public or reveal . lugubrious.sallied out to meet the enemy. ruddy. dissipated. now an effete civilization. Synonyms: overbearing. Synonyms: consecrated.a sallow complexion. or other action . different . lacking in or.an ecclesiastic of liberal views.suffered just retributionfor his folly. as if the speaker considered himself infallible. tireless and powerful. Synonym: surcease (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence granted the doom man a temporary respite. Synonyms: perspicacious. (noun): A Witty remark . particularly in morals or religion .: RUEFUL): To be sorry for-He will rue the day he left home.possessed dynamic energy. grievous Antonyms: jocund.two diverse characters. unrestrained in conduct or morals .a shot reverberating through the valley. regarded as sacrosanct. one candid. as well as entertains him EFFETE: No longer productive.a diverting one of the most amusing I've ever seen.a dolorous song full of sorrow for past joys. Synonym: harassed DIVERSE: (verb: DIVERSIFY. opinionated. astute. mournful .): Pertaining to the clergy or the church .distraught by trials and tribulations. profligate DISTRAUGHT: Mentally distressed. hallowed SAGACIOUS (noun: SAGACITY): Wise.DISSOLUTE: Living loosely. hence. Synonym: pallid EDIFY: To instruct or uplift.powerful in ancient days. REVERBERATE: To echo . Synonyms:debauched. knowledge of physics. impart DOGMATIC: Positive in expressing an opinion.a story that edifiesthe reader. mirthful DYNAMIC: Forceful . quiescent ECCLESIASTIC (adj. sluggish. Synonyms: regret. torpid. worn out . inviolable.

Synonyms: maxim proverb.entreatedthe judge to show mercy.a prince surrounded by many satellites. suppliant EPHEMERAL: Very short-lived . blood-red in color a perennial optimist.. ENNUI: Boredom.not a scintilla of convincing evidence. fawning.The moon is the only naturalsatellite of the earth. supplicate. A whip or other means of punishment.ejaculateda cry of horror. sanguine in temperament. EJACULATE: To exclaim or utter suddenly . ELICIT: To draw out . mendicant. .a sanguinary battle. SANGUINARY: Bloody .an epicurean. a cause of affliction . generally a planet . Synonym: clarify EMISSARY: A person sent on an errand or mission delegated his emissary to conclude a pact. a simper on his face. SCRUTINIZE: To examine carefully -scrutinized the contents of the letter. Synonyms: quip. extract. SATELLITE: (1) An attentive or flattering follower . Synonym: gory SANGUINE: Of a hopeful disposition. extort ELUCIDATE: To make clear. ardent SARTORIAL: Pertaining to a tailor or clothes .a speech full of original epigrams. flay (noun). Synonyms: evoke.an ephemeraljoy. beseech. (noun): An affected or silly smile . Synonyms: iota. disciple.a shibboleth designed to attract votes. ENSUE: To follow or result-Silence ensuedwhen the leader arose to speak. vestige SCOURGE (verb): To punish severely. importune.elicitedno response from the audience.The Black Plague was a dreadful scourge of the MiddleAges. seeking to enjoy every meal.in the Soviet satellites. implore. to afflict. Synonyms: excoriate. produce. adherent. adj. (adj. transient. banter SANCTIMONIOUS: Pretending to be religious . Synonyms: buoyant.His entire existence demonstrated his epicureantastes. Synonyms: solicit. to explain . obsequious. or stir up-an act that engenderedgood will. SHIBBOLETH: A party slogan .elucidatedhis theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it. to whip a disease that scourged the country. adage EPITAPH: A tombstone inscription an epitaphengraved on marble. Synonym: tribulation EPICUREAN (noun): A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure . a particle . evanescent Antonym: eternal his sallies against his opponent.) importunate.): Pleasure-loving .EGOTISTIC: Conceited . SIMPER (verb): To smile in a silly or affected way simpered as he greeted each guest. partisan (2) A country influenced or controlled by another Freedom is conspicuously absent . vain Antonym: altruistic EGREGIOUS: Outstandingly bad an egregiousmistake with serious implications. but in recent years it has been joined by many artificial satellites.a picture of sartorial perfection. weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui. Synonyms: egocentric. transitory. ENGENDER: To cause. SCINTILLA: A trace. EPIGRAM: A brief pointed saying . ENTREAT: To beg earnestly . (adj.stood nervously. flourishing on praise.showed his hypocrisy in a sanctimonious display of piety. Synonyms: fleeting. Synonyms: lackey. toady. lasting but a day. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body.an egotisticperson.

compelling. awful SUCCULENT: juicy . monstrous. Synonyms: characterization . censurable Antonym: laudable EXCULPATE: To free from blame . commendable . Synonyms: exacting. Synonyms: abstruse. emigration .a succulent steak. SLEAZY: Flimsy and cheap . blunder Synonym: (verb and noun) smirk SINECURE: Employment entailing little or no responsibility or labor . SPURN: To refuse or reject with contempt . Synonyms: astounding. constraining stringent regulations.maintained a stoicattitude despite all his trials. Synonyms: slipshod. scattered . Synonyms: stray. paramount SPORADIC: Occurring singly. to withdraw from one's country . Synonyms: degraded. snub Synonyms: vindicate.expatriated for treachery to his country. to forgive divine. praiseworthy. imperial."Glaring" error is a commonly usedepithet. virtue of its immense size.Sordid motives breed selfish actions. appellation EQUANIMITY (adj.exemplary conduct approved by all. force. typical. independent of the control of any other government possessing sovereign powers. indict. absolve. ignoble ESOTERIC: Understood by only a select few an esoteric subject. dishonest the sinisterlook of a gangster. rigid Antonym: lax STUPENDOUS: Amazing by. Synonym: unsubstantial SLOVENLY: Untidy-severely criticized the student's slovenly appearance.His job was a sinecure.suffered his cruel fate with equanimity. lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior.the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland.exculpated by a jury. Synonyms: illustrative.a poorly written novel. knowing SOPORIFIC: Tending to induce sleep .: EQUABLE): Evenness of temper or mind .The circus is astupendous spectacle. inculpate EXEMPLARY (noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model. at irregular intervals. Synonyms: stolid. eccentric. majestic. frowzy ERRATIC: Irresponsible. reflecting his queer ideas. . aplomb ERR (noun: ERRATUM): To be mistaken or go astray To err is human. laudable EXODUS: Departure. Synonyms: repel. SORDID: Mean and base. soporific in effect.an exotic costume imported from Asia. SINISTER: Threatening or showing evil.exceptionable behavior. composure. vile. prodigious.an erudite person. stringent requiremen ts. calm in bearing pain or pleasure. acquit Antonyms: arraign.sporadic cases of illness. Synonyms: questionable. SOVEREIGN: Supreme m power and authority.EPITHET: A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing . Synonyms: serenity. an editor of many books. a sovereign state.sleazy cloth which is used only in cheap garments. reprehensible. filthy . EXOTIC: Strange and foreign . universally criticized. recondite EXCEPTIONABLE: Objectionable . imperturbability. marvelous. exonerate. Synonyms: scholarly . practising remarkable self-control over emotions . slatternly. or any quality in exceptional degree . Synonyms: autonomous. ERUDITE: Learned . impassive STRINGENT: Strict. discussed only by scholars.an offer that was spurned instantly. colossal. EXPATIATE: To speak or write at great length He expatiated on the subject for two hours. STOIC: Indifferent. Synonym: dilate EXPATRIATE (verb): To banish or exile.

TEEMING: In abundance. (noun): A brilliant deed .expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold. perceptible. intrinsic.sultry tropical weather. actual .expounded his theory in a learned article. highly productive the teeming tropics. fecund. pertinent EXULTATION: Great rejoicing . presumptuousness. said in fun . torpid TANGIBLE: Real. fertile.resting in a supine position.found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment. venturesome Antonyms: prudence. adventitious Antonyms: germane. Synonyms: impromptu. not substantial.) temerarious. Not essential. seasonable (noun): A means to accomplish something . Synonyms: mundane.tried all expedients to achieve a quick result. sneer. irrelevant excluded material extraneous to the subject.expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.brightened the evening with Antonyms. secular. deride (noun): An insulting. Synonym: defunct Antonym: extant EXTIRPATE: To root out. obliterate EXTRANEOUS. rashness. Synonyms: extrinsic.(noun): An expatriated person .tangible gains which may be seen. SUPINE: (1) Lying flat on the back .a tenet of religion which be maintained loyally. (adj. To reproach with contempt . effrontery. substantial TANTAMOUNT: Equivalent .an act that is tantamount to treason. Synonym: feat EXPOUND (noun: EXPOSITION): To set forth in detail. civil TEMPORIZE: To delay or refuse to commit oneself in order to gain time .temporized while his friends hurried to his aid. inactive. desiccated. and moist . TAUNT (verb). doctrine. existing for a time only . EXPLOIT (verb): To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers. veritable. relevant. dogma TENUOUS: Slender. ineffective administrator. exterminate. EXPEDIENT (adj.a supine. vapid SULTRY: Close. destroy totally . circumspection. as opposed to spiritual. abounding TEMERITY: Unwise or reckless boldness . averse to taking action . hot. rank with vegetation.leaped into battle with thoughtless temerity. or bitter remark hurled taunts at his foes. Synonyms: eradicate.taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly. foolhardy. Antonym: erect (2) Inert. offhand EXTINCT: No longer existing or active the extinct dinosaur. foreign. alive only in history. Synonyms: creed. Synonyms: material.extirpated the cause of trouble. and counted. FACETIOUS: Given to joking or inappropriate gaiety. Synonyms: purge. jeering. Synonyms: swarming. Synonyms: opportune. twit. Synonym: jubilation FACADE: Front or face. EXPURGATE: To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material . fruitful. wariness TEMPORAL: Worldly.): Convenient in helping to attain some purpose .received the good news with exultation. to explain . Synonym: equivocate TENET: A principle of belief held as true . efface. Synonyms: audacity. delete EXTEMPORANEOUS: Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation an extemporaneous speech. Synonyms: mock. especially of a building a facade of marble.a man preoccupied with temporal matters. Synonyms: listless.lauded for his exploits in science. gibe. of slight . inherent.

sagacious. turbulent TRANSGRESS: To break a law or command. Synonyms: allegiance. serene Antonyms: perturbed.tremulous with fright. bombastic. Synonym: bliss (2) A high ability . Antonym: impracticable 245 FEIGN (noun: FEINT): To pretend .led astray by fallacious reasoning and plans.a turgid prose style. ruffled.lie has a felicity of language. FATHOM: To penetrate and understand . Synonym: paltry Antonyms: gross.importance . treachery FEASIBLE: Workable . to overstep a moral bound or limit -transgressed the bounds of decency.proudly vaunted his strength.a tranquil summer night. UTILITARIAN (adj. saturnine FALLACIOUS (noun: FALLACY): Unsound. threatening or intimidating savagely . affect FELICITY (adj. flippant.a feasible plan. hung between two points .a fervid debater. unerring importance . (verb): To hang with festoons . infidelity. frivolous Antonyms: solemn. puerile Synonym: quivering TRIVIAL: Of little . inflated . misleading. Synonyms: dissemble. full of emotion. universal (1) A state of happiness . vacuous. Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio. droll. etc. transgressed the law. FERVID: Spirited.a dispute marked by atruculent attitude on both sides. FATUOUS: Foolish.The common cold is a ubiquitous complaint. sham. TRANQUIL: Calm. leaves. Synonyms: perfervid.turgid rivers overflowing their banks. but not utilitarian. Synonyms: placid.a room festooned with spring flowers. Synonyms: bloated. sage FEALTY: Faithfulness . Antonyms: infallible.): Materially or practically useful beautiful. momentous Antonyms: judicious. Synonyms: inane. mastery of the well-chosen phrase. proclaim VENEER: A superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority .a trivial offense. peaceful .a fatuous suggestion that struck us as stupid. distended (2) Using big or high-sounding words .his facetious remarks. braggart).: FELICITOUS): Synonyms: omnipresent. Synonym: gloss VENERABLE: Deserving respect or reverence because TRUCULENT (noun: TRUCULENCE): Cruel.clung desperately to his tenuous hope. fierce. impassioned.He feigned to be angry. FALLIBLE: Liable to make mistakes or be deceived Being human. UNTENABLE: Incapable of being defended or held withdrew the argument as untenable.the room bright with festoons of Thanksgiving decorations. TREMULOUS: Trembling . to violate a moral principle. .The soldiers were pledged to fealty to their ruler. but we saw through his pretense. fervent. TURGID: (1) Swollen. Synonyms: jocose. VAUNT: To boast . zealous. vehement FESTOON (noun): A garland of flowers. Synonyms: pompous. grave. constancy. Tom was naturally fallible. VANQUISH: To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.previous experience. fidelity Antonyms: disloyalty. proved practical by .promoted felicity in the nation.pierced beneath his thin veneer of elegance. silly . dissimulate. ardent . prolix UBIQUITOUS: Existing everywhere . deceptive .difficult to fathom his mysterious actions. harsh.

Synonyms: glaring. VERNAL: Pertaining to spring-an array of vernal flowers. etc. FIASCO: A ludicrous and complete failure . VIRAGO: A scolding or ill-tempered woman .all his glorious plans ending in a fiasco. crotchet WRITHE: To twist about (usually with pain) .waived his rights to the property.took vicarious pleasure in his brother's victory. or done in place of another .).muscles grown flaccid after the illness.suffered many vicissitudes of fortune. talisman. Synonym: debacle FICTITIOUS: Unreal. (1) Something that is believed to have magical powers savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance. Synonyms: flabby.: WHIMSICAL): A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment. vituperating the world. received. squirm ZEALOUS (noun: ZEALOT: fanatic): Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student.a venerable leader.used a fictitious name to avoid being recognized. forsake WHIM (adj. adj. revile WAIVE: To give up (privileges. Synonyms: acme.an angry man. summit Antonym: nadir . find fault with in abusive language .writhed in agony on the floor. VICISSITUDE: A change from one condition to another. apex.: VITUPERATIVE): To scold or blame loudly. Synonyms: relinquish. Antonym: perfunctory ZENITH: The highest point . Synonyms: contort. limp FLAGRANT: Outstandingly bad . conspicuous. amulet (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography. Antonym: hibernal (wintry) VERSATILE: Able to do many things skillfully .versatile in all the arts. scandalous. vixen VITUPERATE (noun: VITUPERATION. culmination.FETISH. felt. became a fetish. to do without . Synonyms: caprice.condemned for his flagrant abuse of power. Synonym: fabricated FLACCID: Lacking firmness . Synonyms: berate. gross of age . vagary. termagant. Synonyms: shrew. VICARIOUS: Taking the place of another. first in his class. begun as a hobby. notorious.My neighbor's wife is a virago. made-up . Synonym: charm. forgo. often unexpected .the zenith of his career.

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