Verb The wind abated after the storm: decrease, diminish, reduce, lessen, subside, decline, fade, fade away, recede, dwindle, moderate, mitigate, weaken, wane, ebb, curtail, slack, slacken, go down, lower, fall off, fall away, taper off, lighten, soften, quiet, quell, slow, slow down, slake off, temper, cool, blunt; ease, relieve, alleviate, assuage, pacify, soothe, allay, mollify, palliate, dull; dampen, restrain, restrict. —Antonyms increase, intensify, magnify, enhance, heighten, aggravate, amplify, grow; multiply, rise, come up, strengthen, sharpen, heat up; quicken, accelerate, hurry, speed, speed up; prolong, extend. 2.Aberrant Adjective 1 The planet's orbit was plainly aberrant: straying, stray, deviating, deviate, wandering, errant, erring, devious, erratic, rambling, diverging, divergent. 2 Aberrant behavior led to his confinement: abnormal, irregular, unusual, odd, eccentric, peculiar, exceptional, weird, queer, curious, singular, strange; unconforming, nonconforming, anomalous. —Antonyms 1 direct. 2 normal. 3. Abeyance Noun The building project will be held in abeyance until spring: postponement, suspension, intermission, remission, deferral, adjournment, discontinuance, inaction, dormancy, latency; pause, delay, cessation, quiescence, recess, hiatus, waiting period, in a holding pattern; in cold storage, on ice, on a back burner. —Antonyms Continuance, continuation, continuity, ceaselessness. 4. abstemious adjective His abstemious habits allowed him few pleasures: abstinent, ascetic, austere, temperate, continent, nonindulgent, teetotal, self-denying, sparing, self-disciplined, abstentious.

—Antonyms self-indulgent, abandoned, undisciplined, uncontrolled, hedonistic, profligate, licentious, unrestrained, immoderate.

5. admonish verb 1 The captain admonished the guards to be on the alert: warn, caution, put on guard, tip off; advise, counsel, enjoin. 2 The preacher admonished his congregation for failure to attend weekly services: reprove, censure, reprimand, rebuke, reproach, remonstrate, chide, chasten, scold, upbraid, criticize, take to task, call to account, rap on the knuckles. —Antonyms 2 praise, compliment, commend.

6. adulterate verb The ancient Greeks often adulterated their wine with water: contaminate, thin, water, water down; depreciate, Informal cut.

7. esthetic or aesthetic adjective The course in art history is designed to develop the student's esthetic judgment: appreciative of beauty, appealing to artistic taste, having artistic tastes, artistic; sensitive, discriminating, cultivated, refined, fastidious. —Antonyms unesthetic, unappreciative; insensitive, undiscriminating. 8. aggregate noun The final plan was an aggregate of all our ideas: composite, compound, union, combination, gathering, accumulation, collection, amassing, bringing together, summation, mixture, mix, blend,

mass, conglomeration, conglomerate.

9. Alacrity noun 1 She answered his call for assist-ance with alacrity: willingness, enthusiasm, eagerness, fervor, zeal, avidity; alertness, promptness, dispatch, readiness. 2 Despite his 80 years, he moved with alacrity: liveliness, briskness, sprightliness; agility, nimbleness. —Antonyms 1 unwillingness, indifference, unconcern, apathy, impassiveness, reluctance, disinclination; languor, lethargy, dullness. 2 slowness, sluggishness.

verb This medication will alleviate the soreness: relieve, ease, allay, assuage; lessen, reduce, abate, diminish, check, temper, lighten, soften, mitigate, mollify; blunt, dull, moderate, slake, slacken, subdue, quit, quench. —Antonyms make worse, aggravate, increase, intensify, heighten, enhance, magnify, multiply. 11. amalgamate verb Silver must be amalgamated with a harder material to make durable jewelry. The two shipping companies amalgamated into one: combine, blend, merge, fuse, mix, commingle; unite, unify, join together, consolidate, coalesce, incorporate, federate, integrate, synthesize. —Antonyms separate, part, divide, disunite.

12. ambiguous adjective

"Indian" is an ambiguous word because it can refer to an American Indian or a native of India: equivocal, vague, unclear, cryptic, enigmatic, puzzling, indefinite, uncertain, doubtful; misleading, having a double meaning.

—Antonyms explicit, definite, specific, direct, conclusive; clear, plain, frank, unmistakable, obvious, simple, lucid; unquestionable, honest.

13.ambivalent adjective I have ambivalent thoughts on where to spend my vacation: contradictory, conflicting, opposing, clashing, warring; confused, undecided, unfocused, mixed, wavering, fluctuating, vacillating, Informal wishy-washy. —Antonyms definite, positive; unwavering.

14. ameliorate verb 1 The council met to consider ways of ameliorating the foreign situation: improve, better, help, heal, fix up, patch up, correct, rectify; amend, reform, revise, improve upon, make an improvement upon; advance, promote. 2 Doctors say the patient's condition has ameliorated: improve, get better, grow better, perk up, pick up, progress, come along, mend, show improvement. —Antonyms 1 ruin, botch, queer, screw up, wreck, destroy.

2 deteriorate, go downhill, decline, weaken, worsen. 15. Anachronism a•nach•ro•nism (* nak"r* niz'*m), n.
1. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one. 2. a thing or person that belongs to another, esp. an earlier, time.

equivalent. organization. 18. comparable. analogous adjective The heart is analogous to a pump: similar. abnormal. regular. government. discipline. unexceptional. —Antonyms dissimilar. out of keeping. 2 Anarchists dream of an ideal state of anarchy in which people will be completely free: utopia. customary.[1640–50. < L anachronismus < Gk anachronismós a wrong time reference = anachron(ízein) to make a wrong time reference (see ANA-. 2 Cats with six toes are anomalous but not uncommon: irregular. a•nach"ro•nous•ly. lawlessness. authority. adj. corresponding. 2 normal. conventional. monstrous. usual. natural. bizarre. ordinary.Anarchy Noun 1 Any form of government is better than anarchy: absence of government. -IZE) + -ismos -ISM] a•nach'ro•nis"tic. standard. 16. correlative. akin. the millennium. typical. an•a•chron•i•cal•ly (an'* kron"ik le). chaos. CHRONO-. —Antonyms 1 common. control. adv. different. parallel. typical.Anomalous Adjective 1 An Eskimo in native dress would cut an anomalous figure in Rio: odd. a•nach'ro•nis"ti•cal•ly. familiar. regimentation. strange. disorder. a•nach"ro•nous. —Antonyms 1 order. peculiar. atypical. 19. incongruous. subjection. divergent 17.Antipathy . unlike. normal. like.

mitigate. affection. emotionlessness. aversion. compose. action. impassivity. lack of feeling. repugnance. excitement. dissatisfy. ease. coolness. infuriate. make peaceful. abate. propitiate. pacify. impassibility. temper. passiveness. love. solace. loathing.Apathy Noun Public apathy can lead to bad government: indifference. ill will. upset. enmity. rancor. blunt. lassitude. enthusiasm. 3 Chamberlain should never have tried to appease Hitler: conciliate. quench. attention. —Antonyms affinity. 3 anger. 1 disturb. unfriendliness. regard. lack of interest. vehemence. —Antonyms 1.Appease Verb 1 Nothing would appease the crying baby: calm. soothe. allay. partiality. quell. antagonism.3 aggravate. provoke. Informal cross 22. dull. slake. arouse. lull. mollify. enrage.2. inattention. unconcern. fellow feeling. lethargy.Apprise . quiet. assuage. feeling. perturb. 21. alleviate. zeal. sympathy. accommodate. antagonize. 20. distaste. numbness. unresponsiveness. quiet. placate. relieve. passion. attraction. repulsion. hostility. still. 2 That sandwich appeased my appetite: satisfy.Noun I try to be broadminded but do feel antipathy toward people who are dirty and unkempt: dislike. abhorrence. inflame. interest. responsiveness. emotion. annoy. bother. fervor. —Antonyms Concern. animosity. attachment. disgust.

to the point. Verb 2 The city will appropriate money for two new schools: allocate. rejection. unbefitting. incompatible. good word. allot. ratification. 3 give. enlighten. acceptance. expropriate. donate.Arduous . incorrect. incongruous. earmark. uncharacteristic.Verb Police should apprise an arrested person of his or her rights to remain silent and to be represented by a lawyer: inform. relinquish. belonging. out of place. congruous. official sanction. commendation. 2 withhold. set apart. correct.Approbation Noun The architect received approbation for his new office building design: praise. fitting. make cognizant of. support. inconsonant. bestow. relevant. apportion. make acquainted. veto. apt. laudation. proper. condemnation. —Antonyms Censure. wrong. make aware. disapproval. applause. dispose of. keep quiet about. inopportune. 3 The county should appropriate land for a new highway: take possession of. ill-suited. endorsement.Appropriate Adjective 1 A long dress is appropriate for a formal wedding: suitable. disclose. unsuited. compliment. well-chosen. take. acclaim. tell. 24. 25. befitting. improper. —Antonyms 1 inappropriate. notify. congratulation. dissatisfaction. to the purpose. apropos. approval. irrelevant. well-suited. protest. unsuitable. opportune. criticism. unfitting. outré. confiscate. —Antonyms Keep secret. pertinent. germane. seemly. 23. unseemly. cede. advise. characteristic. assign.

Adjective 2 Trappist monks lead an ascetic existence: austere. stern. hard. untalented. fakir. effortless. energetic. false. self-conscious. heavy. candid. —Antonyms 1 hedonist. easy. voluptuous. voluptuary. yogi. troublesome. indulgent. —Antonyms Light.Ascetic Noun 1 Most of the early saints were extreme ascetics: self-denier. Spartan. undesigning. abandoned. vigorous. nun. simple. —Antonyms 1 cunning. pampered. crafty. 3 artistic. pure. naïve. unpretentious. straightforward. sensuous. dishonest. toilsome. honest. primitive. rigorous. humble. comfortable. innocent. phony. fatiguing. counterfeit. unnatural. burdensome. religious. hermit. distrustful. lacking art. aesthetic. bon vivant. severe. dervish. full of hardships. crude. sensual. artful. cenobite. affected. abstainer. sensualist. 2 Nothing can compare to the artless beauty of a waterfall: natural. sybarite. wily. guileless. sophisticated. 2 self-indulgent. synthetic. unaffected. trusting. simple. facile. open.Artless Adjective 1 Her love was as artless as a child's: frank. dissolute. tiring. formidable. pretended. eremite. 26. self-mortifier. simple. openhearted. without artistic talent. anchorite. deceitful. self-mortifying. monk. ingenuous. solitary. insincere. sincere. true. faked. trying. celibate. exhausting. smooth. wearisome. . luxurious. flagellant. Herculean. recluse. 3 The painting was completely artless: inartistic. tough. 27. unadorned. suspicious. unself-conscious. sly. self-denying. laborious. strenuous.Adjective Crossing the continent in a covered wagon was an arduous undertaking: difficult. sybaritic. unsophisticated. 2 artificial. onerous. plain. designing. strict. abstemious.

attenuate Verb 1 The silversmith attenuated the ingot into one long thread: draw out. spin out. undetermined.Audacious Adjective 1 Napoleon was an audacious leader: bold. make thin. fearless. lazy. alleviate. but soaking in hot water does the injury more good: allay. 31. appease. augment. tenacious. increase. courageous. augment. mollify. ease. —Antonyms Intensify. cavalier. daring. unremitting. intrepid. valiant. persistent. adulterate. indefatigable. . soften. inflame. excite. temper. make thick. tone down. lighten. tireless. hardworking. valorous. stalwart. heighten. calm. determined. lax. unafraid. decrease. expand. make slender. hit-or-miss. brave. lessen. —Antonyms 1 broadens. pacify. enterprising. idle. earnest.28. untiring. kindle. intensify. casual. enervate. Slang gutsy. relieve. persevering. impair. sharpen. unflagging. make fat. water down. develop. 2 Aspirin only attenuated the pain: weaken. I admire an assiduous student: diligent. stouthearted. dauntless. aggravate. quiet. soothe. steadfast. lessen. dogged.Assuage Verb Liniment will assuage the pain. constant. plucky. adventurous. industrious. arouse. —Antonyms indolent. irritate. make fine. 30. enfeeble. still. enlarge. diminish. make coarse. lionhearted. reduce. provoke. happygo-lucky. haphazard. dilute. amplify. laborious. exacerbate. inconstant. strengthen. 2 increase. mitigate. 29. sed-ulous. take the edge off. venturesome.Assiduous Adjective It takes assiduous work to learn Russian.

lewd. self-sufficient. insolent. kind. death-defying. strait-laced. mannerly. impure. presumptuous. sophisticated. indulgent. jovial. licentious. reckless. circumspect. severe. chickenhearted. loose. breakneck. bossy. kindly. chaste. independent. timid. saucy. frivolous. Autonomous Adjective The school of adult education was an autonomous extension of the university: self-governing. schoolmasters were thought of as austere men: stern. dissolute. Informal kowtowing. easy. prudent. Slang yellow. deferential. refined. cheerful. fainthearted. dissipated. subject. obsequious. daredevil.austere Adjective 1 In the old days. evil. polite. jaunty. pusillanimous. assuming. effervescent. lily-livered. gentlemanly. judicious. —Antonyms Governed. self-willed. 2 The Puritans led austere lives: rigorous. reverential. self-reliant. defiant. self-gratifying. brazen. amiable. nonchalant. corrupt. —Antonyms 1 permissive. self-determined. daring. 2 careful. wanton. craven. 2 luxurious. shameless. cautious. forward. . desperate. rigid. risky. playful. genial. free-and-easy. forbidding. strict. lascivious. sweet.2 We admired the audacious feats of the trapeze artists: bold. 33. joyful. immoral. ingratiating. merry. gay. fresh. polished. sovereign. flexible. wicked. lenient. well-mannered. 32. courteous. —Antonyms 1 unadventurous. highspirited. impertinent. devil-may-care. imprudent. degenerate. formal. lively. free. comfortable. simple. ascetic. foolhardy. ladylike. cosmopolitan. discourteous. dependent. rude. depraved. abandoned. disrespectful. guarded. convivial. cheeky. strict. frightened. wild. unassuming. ascetic. sinful. 3 tactful. discreet. outrageous. cowardly. heedless. unabashed. rash. lush. pert. vivacious. abstemious. stark. debauched. 3 Her audacious behavior shocked us all: impudent. easy. lighthearted. lax. spare. gracious. injudicious. hotheaded. jolly. cordial. unenterprising. self-denying. Spartan. exuberant.

Beneficial Adjective Exercise is beneficial to good health: helpful. challenging. 35. proclaim. pedestrian. disclaim. interesting. dull. 2 The author's smile belied his anger with the critic: misrepresent. charitable. contend. corny. innovative. good for. insipid. repudiate.Belie Verb 1 The facts belie your story: disprove. unusual. shopworn. platitudinous. useful. exciting. gripping. jejune. defy. verify. valuable. asseverate. vapid. indicate. confirm. represent. pronounce. disclose. support. conventional. stimulative. negate. doing good or causing good to be done. insist. . commonplace. repudiate. protest. maintain. distinctive.34. 36. threadbare.Aver Verb The witness averred that he had seen the suspect at the scene of the crime: assert. new. favorable. —Antonyms Deny. gainsay. unoriginal. humdrum. camouflage. show to be false. 37. certify. validate. fresh. gainsay. avow. uninteresting. mask. productive. reveal. stereotyped. advantageous. profitable. disguise. conceal. swear. tired. unimaginative. 2 represent. healing. trite. cloak. state. everyday. betray. novel. imaginative. stimulating. —Antonyms Original. refute.Banal Adjective There were no new ideas in his banal lecture: stale. disavow. avouch. clichéridden. prosaic.Beneficent Adj. bromidic. emphasize. invalidate. unexciting. doubt. propitious. deny. stock. be uncertain. contradict. falsify. provocative. corroborate. —Antonyms 1 proves. ordinary. profess. affirm. verify. healthful. controvert. guarantee. extraordinary. attest to. unique. 1. give the lie to. declare. hackneyed. contributive.

Boorish Adjective She considers the peasants boorish: crude. help. rustic. 2 diminish. loutish. weaken. uncouth. refined. polished. maintain. lessen. verbose. deflated. natural. unpretentious. prop up. —Antonyms Genteel. brace. gauche. modest. pillow. —Antonyms 1 weighs down. cultured. assist. sophisticated. unpolished. strengthen. windy. magniloquent. uphold. detrimental. shore up.Bolster Verb 1 More timbers are needed to bolster the roof of the mine: support. sustain. padded. peasantlike. simple. courtly. unaffected. aid. urbane. reinforce. wordy.—Antonyms Useless. inflated. polite. detractive. tear down. buttress. pernicious. disadvantageous. unfavorable. harmful. shoulder. add to. unwholesome. hold up. —Antonyms Temperate.Bombastic Adjective No one believed his bombastic claims: grandiloquent. vulgar. quiet. gallant. 39. 40.Burgeon Verb . coarse. unrefined. lady-like. tumid. gentlemanly. 38. rude. cosmopolitan. 2 More facts are needed to bolster your argument: support. 41. cultivated. oafish. turgid. Noun 3 Put the bolster on the couch: cushion. cradle. sustain. reinforce. pompous.

enlarge. certain. undecided. inharmonious. inflexible. 44. off-key. stay. 45. augment. strengthen. arch. fanciful. grating. prop up. unwavering. fitful. expand. flourish. impulsive. determined. skittish. jarring. scratch. smooth. shore up. grow. wax. brace. proliferate. irresponsible.Buttress Noun 1 The north wall of the cathedral had a beautiful stone buttress: support. bloom. unmelodious. and rub up.Cacophonous Adjective The cacophonous sounds of the street came through the open window: dissonant. off-pitch. faddish. decided. shoot up. invariable. flower. mercurial. even. unstable. open. increase. quirky. fructify. —Antonyms Consistent. flighty.Burnish Verb The silver bracelet was burnished to a bright finish: polish. disharmonious. prop. develop. bear fruit. boost. out of tune. wavering. bolster. buff. You'd better buttress your argument with more facts: prop. irresolute. 46. escalate. firm. dis-cordant. decisive. unsteady. serious. reinforce. spread. harsh. stanchion. fixed. resolute. 43. shilly-shallying. shore. steady. Verb 2 Buttress that fence with some two-by-fours. indecisive. vacillating. shine. spring up. effloresce. blossom. steadfast. Spring has begun to burgeon in every valley and glade: thrive. nonmelodious. fickle. inconsistent. brace. mushroom. and shoulder. unmusical. uncertain. steel. strident. uneven. unchangeable. responsible. unmovable. eccentric.Housing developments are burgeoning on all sides. raucous. stable. wax. blow. —Antonyms Abrade. mar.Castigate Verb . abutment. 42. unswerving. support. variable.Capricious Adjective The capricious man bought and exchanged three shirts in a week: changeable. erratic. screechy.

kind. berate. mild. sharp. cutting. censure. stinging. CATALY(SIS) + (-I)ST] 48. hoodwinking. reprove. bawl out. hocus-pocus. punish. chide. gracious. trickery. complimentary. chew out. tart. chasten. honor. duplicity. [1900–05. roguery. Catalyst cat•a•lyst (kat"l ist). stinging. Chicanery Noun There was some chicanery with our reservations. —Antonyms Praise. scathing. 1. —Antonyms 1 soothing. encourage. upbraid. reward. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change. take to task. rascality. gnawing. 50. sharp. harsh. reprimand. astringent. knavery. sweet. acrid. biting. bland. gentle. biting. subterfuge. and we complained to the travel agent: deception. erosive. bitter. corroding. healing. a substance that causes or speeds a chemical reaction without itself being affected. correct. 2. penalize. cozenage. duping. pleasant. laud. n. pettifoggery.Coagulate Verb . corrosive. pleasing. call on the carpet. humbuggery. guile. 2 flattering.Caustic Adjective 1 Acid is caustic: burning. 49. mild. bland. discipline.The principal castigated the students for their unruly behavior: chastise. compliment. fraud. agreeable. deceit. 2 His caustic remarks hurt our feelings: sarcastic. scold. haul over the coals. acrimonious. loving. criticize. rebuke. reproach. 47. dress down. villainy. double-dealing. gulling. admonish.

jell. 3. well-founded. 54. congeal. square. meritorious. dissimilar. harden. in agreement. précis.Complaisant Adjective . disproportionate. esp. summary. meet. unsuitable. Anything that serves as a conclusion or summation. condensation. 2. parallel. unequal. comparable. discordant. effective. —Antonyms Unconvincing.Cogent Adjective He gave us several cogent reasons why the plan would inevitably fail: compelling. persuasive. 51. proportionate. Compendium Noun It was fascinating to browse through the compendium of quotations: digest. relative. compatible. inappropriate. improbable. 52. well-grounded. as in a drama. incompatible. weighty. balanced. dissolve. thicken. Commensurate also commensurable Adjective Her salary is commensurate with her ability and experience: in accord. jellify. —Antonyms Liquefy. equal. 55. convincing. abstract. potent. fitting. melt. consistent. unfitting. A concluding passage of a musical composition. gel. corresponding. incomparable. brief. even. on a proper scale. dubious. —Antonyms Inconsistent.Certain drugs cause blood to coagulate: clot. A concluding section. set. forceful. epitome. overview. undeniable. curdle. incontrovertible. appropriate. valid. solidify. abridgment. unsound. sound. suitable. relative.Coda 1. and soften. one serving as a summation of preceding themes. powerful. 53. equivalent. trenchant. implausible.

warm. castigate. wink at. deference. excuse. fluster. —Antonyms Antagonistic. conforming. disobedience. nonconformity. 59. submission. surprise. complaisance. solicitous. 57. put up with. mollifying. startle. Condone Verb Parents must not condone their children's bad behavior: overlook. easygoing. individuality. astonish. ungracious. dumfound. strike with wonder. accommodative. good-natured. obstinacy. forgive. resistance. pardon. pleasant. absolve. docility. confuse. mix up. unsettle. punish. reconciling.Conciliatory Adjective One conciliatory remark would make them friends again: peacemaking. amiable. disregard. disagreeable. rattle. cordial. mystify. uncooperative. Yes-men are known for their compliance: conformity. unfriendly. Confound Verb The patient's unusual symptoms confounded the doctor: perplex. forget. baffle. nonplus. affable. compliant. appeasing. contrary. giving in. flabbergast. disconcert. nonresistance. cold. gracious. throw off the scent. pleasing. unsolicitous. 58. —Antonyms Condemn. censure. let pass. puzzle. . yielding. placatory. pliancy. unforgiving. denounce. unpleasant. amaze. justify. —Antonyms Unobliging. ignore. good-humored. meekness. friendly. agreeable. friendly. pacifying. indifferent. disapprove. bewilder.Compliance Noun Compliance with the traffic laws is necessary for safe driving. passivity. hostile. —Antonyms noncompliance. assertiveness. astound. stubbornness. unfriendly. 56. reassuring. assent.The host's complaisant manner made everyone feel welcome: obliging. obedience. rebelliousness. congenial. acquiescence.

humbled. wrangle. dispute. argument. unapologetic. pertaining to causes between contending parties involved in litigation. 62. unrepentant. clear up. Contention Noun 1 Border raiding led to even more contention: struggle. regretful. strife.—Antonyms Enlighten. Connoisseur Noun The old gentleman was a connoisseur of fine wines: expert. remorseful. combat. accord. position. 1. penitent. —Antonyms 1 peace. 3. involving. agreement. chastened. solve. or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues. dispute. claim. sorrowful. con•ten"tious•ness. con•ten"tious•ly. 60. charge. 61. 2. debate. n. authority. opposition. clarify. contest. conflict. controversy. falling out. rueful. disagreement. tending to argument or strife. Conundrum . gourmet. Contrite Adjective His contrite manner made us forgives him: conscience-stricken. point. adj. discord. judge.Contentious Contentious (k*n ten"sh*s). 64. quarrelsome: a contentious crew. epicure. adv. cognoscente. causing. uncontrite. 63. dissension. feud. explain. —Antonyms proud. repentant. apologetic. person of good taste. assertion. pleased. mavin. rivalry. 2 It was his contention that she was lazy: allegation. altercation.

timid. valorous. winding. 67. timorous. A lens converges light rays: come together. enigma. dash. browbeat. base. dismay. labyrinth. dishearten. coil. poser. riddle. 66. 65. scatter. mean-spirited. tortuousness. bring together. alarm. depress. daring. —Antonyms Diverge. Convolution Noun The children were fascinated by the convolutions of the snake: coiling. focus. concentrate. rebus. separate. discourage. cow. Slang yellow. —Antonyms Brave. 68. unnerve. dastardly. pusillanimous. Craven Adjective Refusing to stand and fight was a craven thing to do: cowardly. part. deject. approach. scared. Daunt Verb Crossing the country in wagons did not daunt the early pioneers: intimidate. faze. fearful. Converge Verb The Mississippi and Missouri rivers converge at St.Noun No one in the room could find the answer to the conundrum: puzzle. problem. arcanum. fearless. sinuosity. valiant. heroic. undulation. sinuousness. meet. disperse. mystery. lowdown. threaten. frighten. contortion. maze. courageous. stopper. bold. chicken-hearted. unwinding. subdue. affright. lily-livered. Chinese puzzle. frightened. paradox. —Antonyms . stumper. audacious. low. Louis. brain-teaser. puzzler. abash. twist. —Antonyms Uncoiling. twisting. dauntless. scare. menace.

enliven. de•lin"e•a•ble (-* b*l). respect. represent pictorially. 69. 72.. -at•ing. capitulation. dignity. obedience. adj. Decorum Noun Jennifer always acts with decorum: propriety. encourage. gentility. v. 70. tact. failure to pay. Deference Noun Out of deference to her age and position. describe with precision. defiance. reverence. Denigrate Verb . -at•ed. the committee followed her suggestions: consideration. esteem. —Antonyms Impropriety. taste. honor. contempt. 73. to portray in words. regard. good form. —Antonyms Disrespect.delineate de•lin•e•ate (di lin"e at'). animate. respectability. cheer. inappropriate behavior. default noun 1 If the team doesn't show up.Embolden. to trace the outline of. 2. 1. 2 His car was repossessed because of default of the monthly installment: nonpayment. disobedience. politeness. 71. n. de•lin"e•a'tor. they will lose by default: failure to appear or act.t. bad manners.

commend. Deride Verb They derided the new music: ridicule. product. blacken. downgrade. v. dump on. boost. call names. badmouth. of siccus dry] des'ic•ca"tion. sully. 2. n. Desiccate des•ic•cate (des"i kat'). malign. der. dry up. stab in the back. [1565–75. rehashed. backbite. 1. copied. v. derivation.t.i. asperse. smear. —Antonyms Praise. to become thoroughly dried. genuine. drag through the mud. plagiarized. Derivative Adjective 1 The derivative essay received low marks: derived. slander. besmirch. imitative. < L desiccatus dried up.+ siccare. 75. outgrowth.. acclaim. -cat•ing. . borrowed. descendant. stigmatize. vilify. authentic. revile. tear down. disparage. evolved. abuse. obtained. scoff. Noun 2 offshoot. soil. 76. dehydrate. of desiccare = de. byproduct. Slang give a black eye. ptp. seminal. 3. exalt. to dry thoroughly. not original. tra-duce. to preserve (food) by removing moisture. unoriginal. 77. -cat•ed. run down. —Antonyms 1 original. secondhand. spinoff. scorn. inferred. mock.He has a mentality that denigrates everything it doesn't understand: defame. sneer at. v. archetypal. calumniate.

s. opposed. bitter harangue. 4. des"ic•ca'tor. the phase of the moon or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible. pl. method. adj. a mode of branching by constant forking. Diatribe Noun In her diatribe she gave full vent to all her resentments against him: verbal or written castigation. n. -mies. division into two exclusive. check. n. -tor'e). stream of abuse. violent denunciation. 78. < L desultorius pertaining to a desultor (a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another). var. des"ul•to'ri•ness. 2. tirade.deterrent Noun Punishment is not necessarily a deterrent to crime: restraint. adv. hindrance. . n. adj. purpose. Dichotomy di•chot•o•my (di kot"* me). 2. subdivision into halves or pairs. 80. curb. vituperation. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject: a desultory remark. 78. of desul-. accusatory language. der. invective.. division into two parts or kinds. 1. contumely. or visible order.des"ic•ca'tive. as in some stems. or contradictory groups: a dichotomy between thought and action. 79. of desilire to jump down] des"ul•to'ri•ly. disconnected: desultory conversation. Desultory des•ul•to•ry (des"*l tôr'e. [1575–85. discouragement. 3. lacking in consistency. 1.

reserve. not concentrated. maundering. disjointed. retiring disposition. death march. timidness. forwardness. extended widely. dispersed. 2 His talk was so diffuse I missed his point: wordy. methodical. divagation. organized. deviation. meandering. 84. pithy. threnody.[1600–10. bashfulness. . wandering. departure. meekness. long-winded. desultory. hesitancy. reluctance. circumlocutory. extreme modesty. 2 succinct. aggressiveness. verbose. assertiveness. diffuse light: scattered. unconcentrated. audaciousness. 82. straying. spread out. humbleness. lack of selfassurance. burial hymn. < Gk] 81. self-confidence. confidence. mournful composition.Digression Noun His long digression made him forget his main point: divergence. want of self-confidence. wandering. side remark. requiem. unassertiveness. digressive. roundabout.Diffuse Adjective 1 The room was bathed in soft. rambling.diffidence Noun His diffidence keeps him from making friends: timidity. constraint. shyness. timorousness. lacking conciseness. insecurity. terse. death song. obiter dictum. —Antonyms 1 concentrated. sheepishness. —Antonyms Boldness. detour. concise. 83. lament. diversion. compact. discursive.dirge Noun He composed a dirge to honor the war dead: funeral song. introversion. vaguely defined. mournful sound.

2 The insurance investigator discredited his false claim: prove false. Discerning Adjective The mediator was discerning in his analysis of the problem: perceptive. acute. slur. set straight. relieve of. indiscriminate. 1. keen-sighted. deny. sensitive. dissonant. disagreeing. sully. adv. discriminating. abuse. incongruous. set right. question. demean. drag through the mud. piercing. judicious. disillusion. disprove. ME discordaunt < AF < L] dis•cord"ant•ly. rid of deception. shrewd. sagacious. smirch. challenge. degrade. wise. stigmatize. free from error. disgrace. discredit verb 1 She discredited his good name with ugly gossip: defame. debase. impair the reputation of. unperceptive. dishonor. being at variance. 87. dispute. —Antonyms Undiscerning. destroy confidence in. Disabuse Verb Someone ought to disabuse him of those star-struck notions: enlighten about. 88. smear. undermine belief in.discordant dis•cord•ant (dis kôr"dnt). open the eyes of. showing discernment. [1250–1300. vitiate. taint. disagreeable to the ear. . disparage. free of a mistaken belief. undermine. clear-sighted. 2. disenchant.85. reject. quick to discern. intelligent. adj. sage. clear the mind of. vilify. tarnish. penetrating. harsh. 86. astute. sharp. sharp-sighted. shake one's faith in. perspicacious. having keen insight. disallow.

designing. connected. free from self-interest. praise. unbiased. insincere. support. impersonal. feigned. tricky. cunning. disagreement. 91. uninvolved. unassociated.disingenuous Adjective Their disingenuous protests irritated us: dishonest. unprejudiced. —Antonyms . interdependent. two-faced. —Antonyms Ingenuous. independent. dissimilarity. variance. verify. united.Antonyms 1 credit. sly. divergence. free from bias. 2 credit. laud. discontinuous. disconnected. combined. shifty. distinct. false. incongruity. dispassionate. 89. duplicitous.Discrete Adjective The Liberal Arts College has been reorganized into six discrete departments: separate. inconsistency. —Antonyms correspondence. linked. different. unattached. guileful. 90. disparity. artful. 92. neutral. outside. accept. disjunctive. —Antonyms Merged. Disinterested Adjective We need a disinterested party to settle the argument: impartial. discordance. discrepancy noun There is a great discrepancy between his version of the accident and yours: difference. prove. several. various. lack of correspondence. gap. wily. accord. detached.

Partial, biased, prejudiced, selfish, having an axe to grind. 93.Disjointed Adjective 1 The structure of the house seemed somehow disjointed: disconnected, detached, having the joints separated, unconnected, unattached, split, divided, apart, disarticulated, helter-skelter. 2 The movie was too disjointed to make sense: rambling, mixed-up, confused, spasmodic, disconnected, disorganized, jumbled, tangled, chaotic, disharmonious, discontinuous, heterogeneous, incoherent, irrational, illogical. —Antonyms 1 jointed, connected, attached. 2 sensible, coherent, logical.

94. dismiss verb 1 The workers were dismissed for lunch. Dismiss the meeting: allow to leave, permit to go, release, excuse, send forth, let go, disperse; dissolve, adjourn, disband; free, liberate. 2 She was dismissed for loafing on the job: fire, oust, discharge from office, put out of a job, sack, can, let go, terminate, remove from service, bounce, send packing, give one his walking papers, cashier, Slang pink-slip, give the heave-ho. 3 I trust her and dismiss any suggestion of dishonesty: put out of mind, reject, set aside, disregard, disclaim, discard, lay aside, repudiate, eliminate. —Antonyms 1 hold, detain, recall. 2 hire, employ, accept, admit. 3 welcome, accept.

95. Disparage
Verb Don't disparage his attempts to better himself: belittle, ridicule, discredit, run down, put down, mock, denigrate, demean, undervalue, underrate, depreciate, slight, detract from, derogate. —Antonyms

Applaud, praise, laud, extol, acclaim, commend, compliment, appreciate. 96. disparate adjective Their views are unusually disparate for brothers: dissimilar, different, unlike, contrasting, at odds, at variance, discrepant, discordant. —Antonyms similar, like, homogeneous, parallel, accord-ant.

97. dissemble verb He tried to dissemble his disappointment with a joke: hide, mask, disguise, camouflage, feign, conceal, dissimulate. —Antonyms show, manifest, evidence, reveal. 98. disseminate verb Plato's philosophy has been disseminated throughout the world: scatter, spread, diffuse, disperse, circulate, broadcast. 99.Dissolute Adjective He was a dissolute young man who thought only of his own pleasure: dissipated, corrupt, loose, debauched, immoral; unrestrained, abandoned. —Antonyms moral, upright, temperate, sober, prudent, circumspect. 100.Dissonance Noun 1 The experimental music seemed nothing but dissonance to us: discord, cacophony, discordance, harshness, jangle, jarring, noise. 2 Dissonance in the merged companies broke out almost at once: disharmony, antagonism, breach, break, conflict, disagreement, discord, disparity, dissension, dissidence, disunion,

division, divorce, hostility, incongruity, inconsistency, rift, rupture, schism, variance.

101. distend verb The children's stomachs were distended by malnutrition: swell, bloat, swell out, expand, bulge, inflate, billow, puff out. 102. distill verb 1 The liquid distills when heated: evaporate, condense, vaporize. 2 Whiskey is distilled from a fermented mash of grain. Impurities are removed by distilling water: separate by evaporation, produce by vaporization and condensation, purify by distillation; extract, draw out, draw forth. 103. diverge verb 1 The path diverges right after the pond: separate, deviate, split off, swerve, deflect. 2 Her politics and mine diverge greatly: differ, conflict, disagree, be at odds. —Antonyms 1 converges, agree, concur. 103. divest verb 1 He divested himself of his clothing: strip or remove (clothing), disrobe; take off, get out of, peel off. 2 During the Depression, the family was divested of its home: deprive, dispossess; rid, strip, free. —Antonyms 1 clothe, dress, cover. 104. document noun

1 There are many documents containing the king's signature: official paper, record, instrument, legal form.

verb 2 The lawyer gathered evidence to document the charges: support, back up, give weight to, verify, certify, substantiate. 105. dogmatic adjective 1 She's so dogmatic you can't tell her anything: opinionated, arbitrary, biased, prejudiced; imperious, dictatorial, domineering; stubborn, obstinate. 2 The Nicene Creed is one of the most important dogmatic statements of the Christian faith: doctrinal, expressing dogma. —Antonyms 1 diffident, vacillating, uncertain; docile, complaisant. 106. dormant adjective The geyser has been dormant for five years: inactive, quiescent, idle; sleeping, somnolent; hibernating. —Antonyms active, operative, moving, awake. 107. dupe noun 1 He was the dupe of the racketeers and may go to prison: pawn, patsy, fall guy, cat's paw, Slang sucker. verb 2 The agency duped her into signing up for $200 worth of lessons: trick, fool, mislead, deceive; humbug, bamboozle, hoodwink.

108. ebullience

efficient. successful. Yiddish chutzpah. serviceable. impudence. brashness. high spirits. reserve. cheek. capable. melancholy piece of music. lament for the dead. brazenness. exuberance. wide-ranging. funeral song. timidity. arrogance. heterogeneous. excitement. effusiveness. buoyancy. —Antonyms ineffective. impertinence. animation. diffidence. 109. shyness. lifelessness. assorted. catholic. diverse. vivaciousness. —Antonyms . efficacious adjective None of the prescriptions were efficacious: effective. sad poem. vitality. brass. multifarious. general. elation. liveliness.noun Her ebullience could not be denied: enthusiasm. respect. exhilaration. effrontery noun What effrontery to barge in uninvited!: shamelessness. insolence. Elegy Noun The poet laureate composed an elegy upon the death of the king: poem of lamentation. gall. 112. temerity. eclectic adjective The disc jockey played an eclectic selection of music: mixed. —Antonyms apathy. —Antonyms modesty. 110. effectual. varied. 111. vivacity. effervescence. melancholy poem. presumption. song of lamentation. audacity. bashfulness. nerve. requiem.

experimental. educe. derive. empirical adjective The old sailor had never studied navigation. —Antonyms repress. 117. follow. garnish. Slang gussy up. try to equal. 115. exaggerate. dress up. but he had a good empirical knowledge of it: practical. draw out. 113. 114.Paean. ape. fancy up. emulate verb Politicians would do well to emulate Abraham Lincoln: take as a model. mimic. —Antonyms theoretical. adorn. beautify. cause. 116. ornament. Embellish Verb He embellished his signature with a series of curlicues: enhance. extract. exact. secondhand. strip bare. rival. bring to light. —Antonyms Simplify. jubilee. hallelujah. extort. decorate. set off. elaborate.endemic Noun 1. fetch. experiential. A disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location Adjective . evoke. color. call forth. wrest. firsthand. discourage. anthem. pragmatic. imitate. copy. draw forth. embroider. elicit verb The mayor's remark elicited a flood of letters: bring forth. follow the example of. pattern oneself after. gild.

detract from. wash out. fag. elevate. engender verb Respect can engender love: give rise to. Originating where it is found ---Synonyms autochthonal. reduce. devitalize. cause. (of disease or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality. depreciate. —Antonyms kill. 118.1. minimize. strengthen. disable. (ecology) native to or confined to a certain region 3. embellish. stimulate. —Antonyms energize. 119. tucker. occasion. bring about. crush. ephemeral adjective . 120. end. deplete. autochthonic. redouble. raise. invigorate. de-bilitate. heighten. weaken. generate. boost. lift. enfeeble. produce. prostrate. breed. tire. magnify. Slang bush. quicken. complement. autochthonous. make more attractive. weary. sap one's energy. enhance verb The splendid dress enhanced her beauty: intensify. 121. fatigue. enervate verb The long march in the sun enervated the soldiers: exhaust. augment. lessen. vitalize. indigenous. add to. —Antonyms diminish. precipitate. beget. decrease. 2. make more appealing.

obscure. presence of mind. abstruse. perpetual. mysterious. rash. recondite. passing. dodge. confidential. nondurable. impermanent. unscholarly. tranquillity. fleeting. self-possession. private. composure. The TV newscaster was known for his erudite comments: learned. well-reasoned. sapient. well-educated. unenduring. self-control. cultured. illiterate. hysteria. sangfroid. temporal. short-lived. fudge. everlasting. transient. poise. imperturbability. uneducated. well-read. aplomb. pussyfoot. cultivated. equanimity noun We must keep our equanimity during times of crisis: calmness. fly-by-night. agitation. enduring. prevaricate. Informal cool. inscrutable. —Antonyms permanent. concealed. perturbation. wise. coolness. lasting. . evanescent. temporary. equivocate verb Please stop equivocating and give me a straight answer: evade. inviolable. cryptic. scholarly. unthinking. —Antonyms panic. 124. momentary. shallow. inconstant. flitting. transitory. steadiness. hedge. 123. fugacious. enigmatic. erudite adjective The professor was an erudite man. veiled. straddle the fence. discomposure. esoteric adjective 1 Some fields of science seem hopelessly esoteric to the layman: incomprehensible. mystical. well-versed. intelligent. literate. mince words. —Antonyms uninformed. abiding. covert. 2 The tribe has an esoteric ritual that no outsider may witness: secret. ill-advised. 125.There is no point in lamenting the ephemeral joys of youth: brief. be ambiguous. hidden. occult. thoughtful. disquiet. fugitive. avoid the issue. undisclosed. cloaked. 122. well-informed. arcane. beat around the bush. stall.

intensify. open. vilification. comfort. inoffensive expression. 126. add fuel to the flames. clear. mollify. alleviate. magnify. deepen. laudation. paean. plain. tribute. exoteric. —Antonyms relieve. 127. soothe. eulogy Noun Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is a great eulogy: oration of praise. praise of the dead. 129. slander. —Antonyms condemnation. restrained expression. exaggerate. rub salt into the wound. aspersion. homage. overrefinement. clear. fan the flames. plaudit. worsen.—Antonyms 1 obvious. add insult to injury. heighten. acclamation. 2 public. assoil. delicate term. citation. inflame. panegyric. assuage. libel. hosanna. overdelicacy. prudishness. 130. encomium.exculpate Verb Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges: acquit. Exacerbate Verb Offering your opinion will only exacerbate the situation: aggravate. prudish phrase. exonerate. 128. refined term. defamation. discharge. sharpen. euphemism noun "Maiden lady" is a euphemism for "old maid": mild expression. pour oil on the fire. simple.Exigency Noun . high praise. calumny. criticism.

urgencies. staid. 4. jesting. -lat•ing. lugubrious. amusing. n. jocular. pinch.1 A ship's captain must be able to cope with any exigency: emergency. -lat•ed. 132. [1825–35. droll. conjecture. 133. circumstance. hardship. wisecracking. facilitate verb . sad. constraints. v.+ (INTER)POLATE] ex•trap'o•la"tion. comical. to perform extrapolation. funny. v. necessities. Math. quandary. EXTRA. to estimate (the value of a statistical variable) outside the tabulated or observed range. grave. 3. clever. predicament. 1. demands. comic. needs. plight. sober. 2 We have to cope with the exigencies of daily living: requirements. dull. 2. jam. playful. serious. adj.. ex•trap"o•la'tor. —Antonyms solemn. 131. joking. scrape. crisis. difficulty. to infer (an unknown) from something that is known. extrapolate ex•trap•o•late (ik strap"* lat').t. v. n. strait. fix. witty. Slang pickle. to estimate (a function that is known over a range of values of its independent variable) to values outside the known range. extremity. facetious adjective He kept us laughing with his facetious remarks: humorous.i. sedate. jocose. contingency. jovial. ex•trap"o•la'tive.

Fatuous Adjective She's so fatuous she thinks all the fellows are flirting with her: foolish. smooth. subservient. fictitious. wise. promote. help to advance. obtuse. simple. vacuous. cowering. accelerate. prudent. puerile. wrong. intelligent. 134. —Antonyms sensible. cringing. besotted. aid. forward. kowtowing. moronic. misleading. speed up. deceptive. unsound. 135. witty 136. 137. submissive. unfounded. invalid. untrue. brainless. foster. vacant in mind. asinine. ungrounded. help in. Fallacious Adjective The rumors were patently fallacious: incorrect. inane. sophistic. advance. scraping. deluding. judicious. complicate. smart. stupid. assist the progress of. encumber. sage. hamper. imbecile. sapient. propitious. crawling. bootlicking. compliant. simplify. Fawning Adjective In the movie he played a fawning courtier: sycophantic. further. ease. . false. spurious. slow down. obsequious. clever. —Antonyms hinder. silly. lighten. joyful. make less difficult. vapid. erroneous. lessen the labor of. off. mistaken. ingratiating. servile. idiotic.An addressing machine facilitates the handling of bulk mail: expedite. senseless. bright. ridiculous. fortunate. make easier. joyous. deferential. illusory. witless. flattering. Felicitous Adjective 1 Champagne is for weddings and other felicitous occasions: happy. fraudulent.

detachment. warn. sink. suitable. zeal. purposefulness. 141. novice. zest. awkward. 140. dispassion. vehemence. gusto. Flout . tyro. tenderfoot. succumb. warmth. Informal greenhorn. earnestness. well-chosen. slump. inspired. he's still a fledgling: inexperienced person. —Antonyms 3 freshen. brace up. animation. emblem. ebb. faint. apprentice. verve. fail. heartiness. verb 2 The highway patrol flagged us away from the accident: signal. well-said.) stars and stripes. devoutness. pennant. fitting. fall off in vigor. wave.S. 139. grow weak. Old Glory. happy. piety. 3 My energy flagged after climbing all those steps: decline. —Antonyms boredom. grow spiritless. beginner. germane. streamer. pertinent. inappropriate. clumsy. unfortunate. seriousness. give way. enthusiasm. stars and bars. recover. Fledgling Noun As a pilot. —Antonyms 1 infelicitous. intensity. solemn. colors. freshman. (in Great Britain) Union Jack. totter. ennui. standard. subside. sag. grow weary. apathy. tire. abate. pall. fade. 2 infelicitous. ensign. wane. well-put. dodder. appropriate. wilt. effective.fervor Noun The pilgrims arrived at the shrine and offered their prayers with fervor: ardor. 138. passion. languish. fire. relevant.2 The young man searched hard for a felicitous last line to his poem: apt. pleasing. flag noun 1 The country's flag was displayed in every window: banner. eagerness. (in the U.

scrimping. exacerbate. arouse. vain. significant. goad. respect. unsuccessful. foster. —Antonyms Quell.Verb She flouted convention by wearing black at her wedding: scorn. Informal steal a march on. foster. chaff. prudence. 144. futile adjective His efforts to save the business were futile: useless. useful. discourage. economy. spurn. unprofitable. fruitless. sneer at. anticipate. moderation. provoke. rouse. beat to the punch. extirpate. bootless. worthy. curb. guard against. head off. check. block. worthless. mock. scoff at. jeer at. irritate. petty. nugatory. . suppress. unavailing. ward off. trifling. empty. regard. thwart. —Antonyms effective. 143. circumvent. stinginess. thereby fore-stalling a strike: prevent. destroy. quench. urge. forestall verb Labor and management have agreed on a temporary settlement. profitable. frivolous. instigate. galvanize. agitate. preclude. aggravate. stimulate. laugh at. repress. valueless. esteem. unimportant. excite. ineffective. poke fun at. thrift. taunt. frugality noun In middle age he was known for extreme frugality: carefulness. restrain. fruitful. quicken. avoid. 142. important. idle. counteract. defy. gibe at. deter. allay.foment verb He did his best to foment a quarrel between the brothers: stir up. fan into flame. —Antonyms Revere. ineffectual. avariciousness. economizing. promote. spur. insignificant. obviate. avert. successful. conservation. abortive. kindle. fan the fire. treat with disdain. blow the coals. twit. show contempt for. trivial. profitless. saving. insult. parsimony 145. extinguish. rag. miserliness. inflame. incite.

2 Fear of failure can be a goad to hard work: incentive. . prick. long-winded. urge. taciturn. reserved. pressure. gabby. 1. move. incite. -say•ing. babbling. quiet. prattling. -said. n.. 147. pressure. instigation. 3 deter. gouge gouge (gouj). see AGAIN. windy. v. wordy. encouragement. gainsay gain•say (gan"sa'. ME gainsaien. propel. arouse. —Antonyms reticent. prating. impel.. pointed stick. [1250–1300. to speak or act against. n. driving motive. gouged. v. drive. curb. exhort. constrain. goad noun 1 The drovers used goads to keep the herd moving: prod. voluble. motive. n. push. stir up. chattery. 2. —Antonyms 2 detriment.t. press. closemouthed. set on. stimulant. 148. whet.. spur. concise. chatty. inducement. gan sa"). to deny. stimulate. garrulous adjective She's so garrulous you can't get a word in edgewise: talkative. terse. verbose. oppose. stimulus. spur. gossipy. dispute. motivation. 149.146. cattle prod. contradict. effusive. verb 3 His wife goaded him to ask for a raise: prod. fillip. loquacious. goug•ing. keep back. Slang egg on. SAY] gain"say'er. hold back.

social. to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge (often fol. 3. a. base. lofty. convivial. inflated. stilted. friendly. flowery. pretentious. matter-of-fact. 10. Slang highfalutin. v. a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein. < Celtic. 5. high-sounding. 4. magniloquent. to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg.t. Cornish gilb borer] goug"er. 150. plain-spoken. pompous. outgoing. Welsh gylf beak. swollen. n. florid. bombastic. —Antonyms Simple. genial. unaffected. . < MF < LL gu(l)bia. grandiose. to extort from or overcharge. perh. a hole made by gouging. a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side. 6.1. 2. direct. affable. 8. extroverted. [1300–50. to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge. turgid. an act of gouging. cf. OIr gulba sting. 9. to engage in extortion or swindling. by out ). companionable. talkative. Grandiloquent Adjective The grandiloquent speech went on for over an hour: high-flown. fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault. 7. lowly. low-keyed. gregarious adjective A gregarious person loves parties: sociable. an act of extortion. vivacious. v. rhetorical. b. swindle. 151.i. lively.

tricky. undesigning. innocent. untrusting. honest. 154. pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature. green. inexperienced. shy. v. trustful. naive. treacherous. a scolding or a verbal attack. hard to convince. to address in a harangue. natural.—Antonyms unsociable. reclusive. passionate. -rangued. cunning. 4. suspicious. n. introverted. -rangu•ing. retiring. guileless adjective The child gave a guileless answer to the question: straightforward. naive. v. esp. credulous. 1. aboveboard. 3.t. unsophisticated. fraudulent 153. easily duped. harangue ha•rangue (h* rang"). open. sermonizing discourse. innocuous. and vehement speech. crafty.. truthful. diatribe. unselfconscious. artful. worldly. sincere. unoffending. artless. 152. sophisticated. easily deceived. one delivered before a public gathering. solitary. any long. overtrusting. —Antonyms Cynical. simple. unsuspicious. simple. innocent. candid. ingenuous. .. harmless. unsophisticated. deceitful. Gullible Adjective The youth was so gullible he bought the Brooklyn Bridge from a con man!: easily fooled. easily cheated. deceptive. frank. 2. —Antonyms sly. trusting. n. unaffected. a long.

extravagant statement. varied. uniform. akin. similar. 155. radical. consistent. unadulterated. mixed. variegated. figure of speech. divergent. 5. rebel. varying. unmixed. diverse. all alike. magnification. 157. identical. divers.v. exaggeration. v. homogeneous adjective It was a homogeneous crowd of teenage girls. oration. nonconformist. constant. of aringo public square < Go *hriggs RING1] syn See SPEECH. all wearing jeans and sweaters: of the same kind. upstart. [1530–40. enlargement. der. revolutionary. of ar(r)ingare to speak in public. of a piece. figurative statement. pure. < MF < It ar(r)inga speech. 156. metaphor. stretch of the imagination. unvarying. kindred. der. iconoclast noun He's an iconoclast who will have nothing to do with organized religion: dissenter. to deliver a harangue. hyperbole noun "She's as big as a house" is an example of hyperbole: overstatement. various. —Antonyms heterogeneous. n. different. —Antonyms Understatement.i. —Antonyms .

ameliorate. enfeeble. sedate. damage. detract from. adoration. vitiate. stoical. senseless attachment. stony. . 2 Only a millionaire could satisfy that woman's idolatry of jewels: inordinate love. insensible. decrease. idolatry noun 1 Idolatry was commonplace in many early pagan religions: worship of an object. harm. cool. devotion. unchangeable. untouched. lessen. weaken. phlegmatic. facilitate. passion. idolization. preoccupation. unalterable. enduring. unimpressible. repair. unperturbed. 159. worship. inscrutable. reduce. alterable. unmoved. singleminded attention. lasting. indifferent. solid. aloof. enervate. incontrovertible. undercut. amend. 161. stable.conformist. permanent. mania. impervious. cripple. inflexible. imperturbable. debilitate. reserved. unstable. madness. —Antonyms Changeable. unaltered. calm. stolid. dispassionate. obsession. reverence of idols. intransmutable. increase. unvarying. flexible. . unimpressionable. unemotional. veneration. worsen. apathetic.immutable Adjective Platinum is one of the most immutable of metals: unchanging. infatuation. better. unmodifiable. assenter. image-worship. firm.160. 158. constant. impair verb The water shortage impaired the city's fire-fighting capacity: hinder. hurt. variable. subvert. excessive fondness. changeless. injure. enhance. fixed. —Antonyms improve. impassive adjective The moderator maintained an impassive manner throughout the furious debate: emotionless. mar.

) not permitting the passage of a fluid. promote. —Antonyms assist. halter. not permeable. impervious adjective 1 The firemen wore masks that were impervious to the acrid smoke: impenetrable. im•per"me•a•bly. obstruct. disrupt.—Antonyms responsive. . choleric. composed. impermeable. arrest. impermeable im•per•me•a•ble (im pûr"me * b*l). hold back. excited. stall. emotional. frustrate. 2. unapproachable. 165. unruffled. imperturbable adjective The usually imperturbable man showed signs of fear: unexcitable. Slang unflappable. adv. slow down. unsusceptible. < LL] im•per'me•a•bil"i•ty. cool. unanxious. passionate. sidetrack. aid. impassive. unfazable. calm. (of porous substances. hinder. invulnerable. levelheaded. sealed or closed against. interrupt. undisturbed. further. impassable. impede verb A lumber shortage impeded construction on the house: delay. retard. inaccessible. serene. perturbed. etc. dispassionate. allowing no passage to. interfere with. help. 162. forward. inhibit. 163. thwart. —Antonyms perturbable. 164. sedate. deter. rocks. collected. advance. adj. unflustered. block. hamper. n. check. impervious. stymie. im•per"me•a•ble•ness. touchy. 1. [1690–1700.

invulnerable. complete. unrelenting. prone. liable. staunch. tacitly expressed. inferred. closed. untouched by. steadfast.. —Antonyms reconcilable. forbearing. unshakable. -plod•ing. 2 open. v. unquestioning. 1. unappeasable. profound. unreserved. yielding. susceptible. indulgent. inexorable. deducible. unpacifiable. inherent. 167. certain. uncompromising. hinted. v. sensitive. 3 The stubborn man seemed impervious to reason: unmoved by. understood. 2 The crew had implicit faith in the captain's judgment: innate.i.2 The beautiful actress seemed impervious to the usual ravages of age: immune to. unaffected by. vulnerable. 168. exposed. appeasable. suggested. unmarked by. unamenable. relentless. total. 166. inflexible. —Antonyms 1 susceptible. implacable adjective It was impossible to negotiate with such an implacable enemy: irreconcilable. untouched by. tolerant. relenting. -plod•ed. implicit adjective 1 Victory was implicit in the early election returns: implied. absolute. intractable. to burst inward (opposed to explode). unshakable. lenient. protected against. implode im•plode (im plod"). flexible. . resolute.

appropriate. IM-1 + (EX)PLODE] 169. [1880–85. studied. odd. nascent. conscious. irreconcilable. —Antonyms 1 congruous. harmonious. embryonic. —Antonyms formed. —Antonyms deliberate. consonant. unpremeditated. 2 The witness's incongruous testimony damaged his credibility: conflicting. uncohesive. unshaped. involuntary. completed. formless. agreeing. 2. contrary. consistent. fortuitous. unintended. out of place. accordant.t. Slang far-out. amorphous. unthinking. fitting. disjointed. contradictory. inadvertent adjective The newspaper apologized for the inadvertent omission: unintentional. at variance. inconsequential adjective . commencing. premeditated. considered. disconnected. inchoate adjective The architect began with a vague. unformed. aware 170. not on purpose. unmeant. to pronounce (a consonant) with implosion. out of keeping. outlandish. suitable. incompatible. intentional. budding. incipient. discrepant.v. shapeless. 172. 171. disagreeing. accidental.incongruous adjective 1 Bathing suits look incongruous on a ski slope: inappropriate. shaped. not harmonious. becoming. unsuitable. finished. unorganized. inchoate design and then worked out the details: beginning. inconsistent.

nugatory. in want. crucial. momentous. slothful. indefinite. comfortable. —Antonyms wealthy. affluent. moneyless. dilatory. unfixed in extent or amount. —Antonyms consequential. indigent adjective Many indigent people receive government aid: needy. dawdling. inactive. inert. clear. moneyed. unimportant. piddling. unresolved. slack. unstipulated. uncertain. petty. undefined. ambiguous. meaningful. defined. lethargic. destitute. sluggish. poor. impoverished. 176. slight. in need. work in. insignificant. negligible. without food and clothing. amalgamate. important. indolent adjective The indolent boy was fired: lazy. flush. certain. listless. lackadaisical. embody. unclear. consolidate. determined. habitually idle. vague. fixed. incorporate verb The committee incorporated the investigator's findings in its report: include. shiftless. of no consequence. perplexing. lacking the necessities of life. assimilate. pinched. not clear. 174. introduce into.The matter is too inconsequential to worry about: trivial. penniless. indeterminate adjective The acting superintendent will serve for an indeterminate time: unspecified. easygoing. 173. Informal unable to keep the wolf from the door. lumpish. of no moment. do-nothing. trifling. fuse. poverty-stricken. problematic. valueless. —Antonyms specified. undetermined. significant. meaningless. definite. rich. solvent. 175. badly off. precise. hardup. obscure. . without resources. picayune.

energetic. direct. inert adjective The man was so inert he seemed dead: motionless. brisk.—Antonyms industrious. immobile. numb. inveterate. constitutional. passive. lively. alien. —Antonyms worldly-wise. inanimate. —Antonyms foreign. ingenuous adjective She was so charming and ingenuous most people adored her at once: natural. native. . straightforward. not damaging. sedulous. conscientious. openhearted. inseparable. innate. inbred. ingrained. subsidiary. phlegmatic. —Antonyms dynamic. supine. 180. assiduous. guileless. energetic. extrinsic. supplemental. painless. alert. honest. inoffensive. jaded. tricky. innocent. 177. impassive. unaffected. straight-shooting. listless. natural. dull. devious. active. intrinsic. genuine. still. animated. kinetic. Slang up front. wily. vigorous. artless. diligent. unsophisticated. not injurious. 178. deep-rooted. sluggish. vigorous. strenuous. hereditary. adventitious. inherent adjective Freedom of religion is an inherent part of the Bill of Rights: essential. superficial. slack. frank. disingenuous. open. inborn. stationary. languid. inalienable. trusting. 179. simplehearted. leaden. mild. innocuous adjective 1 The women exchanged innocuous gossip over lunch: harmless. busy. inactive. static. torpid. quiescent. active.

monotonous. insensibility noun 1 The patient lapsed into insensibility: unconsciousness. arid. spunky. hint slyly. stupid. —Antonyms 1 interesting. offensive. —Antonyms consciousness. barren. dull. 182. Slang blah. 2 His insensibility to criticism was legendary: indifference. insinuate verb 1 The article insinuated that the fighter was bribed: imply. alienate. tasteless. —Antonyms 1 hurtful. wishy-washy. savorless. banal. zestful. lean. unappetizing. . gently incorporate. 2 powerful. lively. injurious. wearisome. zestless. wheedle. bland. provocative. pointless. damaging. insipid. impressive. worm one's way. prosaic. let fall. trite. harmful. piquant. trite.2 The play was innocuous and quickly forgotten: meaningless. 2 The unsalted vegetables were insipid: flat. compelling. retreat. jejune. drab. lifeless. malicious. —Antonyms 1 deny. banal. 2 withdraw. dull. vapid. insipid adjective 1 An insipid play like that won't last two weeks: uninteresting. 2 The social climber insinuated herself into the group: ingratiate. engaging. insert. vapid. push artfully. stimulating. 183. stale. allude remotely to. characterless. pungent. deleterious. boring. pointless. sensibility. exciting. vapid. whisper. insusceptibility. colorful. commonplace. 181. trenchant. empty. suggest. inject. concern. apathy. inane. asperse. intimate. remove. spirited. obnoxious. empty. commonplace. barren. insidious. introduce subtly. namby-pamby.

inflexible. piquant. 185. 2 The visiting astronaut was inundated with invitations: swamp. unbudgeable. compliant. diehard. compliant 187. unmanageable. ungovernable. headstrong. parch. contumacious. protect. intransigent adjective The intransigent strikers refused to negotiate: uncompromising. acquiescent. appetizing. fiery.2 pungent. drench. mulish. docile. incorrigible. —Antonyms 1 drain dry. flood. inure verb . 186. line. froward. tasty. desiccate.insularity (state of being insulated) insulate verb Thick walls insulated the house: shield. ornery. wrap. keep apart. submerge. deluge. seclude. obstinate. hard to cope with. savory. load down. spicy. unmalleable. open-minded. overspread. fractious. palatable. reclaim. willful. obedient. obdurate. 188. perverse. saturate. unyielding. isolate. sequester. cushion. acquiescent. drown. empty. inflexible. 184. amiable. subdued. separate. stubborn. cocoon. gusty. flexible. fill with water. refractory. intractable adjective The intractable child refused to obey: stubborn. flavorful. overcome. uncontrollable. glut. unmovable. intractable. overflow. flood. iron-willed. inundate verb 1 Floodwaters inundated the valley: engulf. peppery. overwhelm. unruly. steadfast. —Antonyms tractable. —Antonyms compromising. gingery. yielding. obdurate. submissive. overburden.

venom. hot-tempered. cross. irritable. irascible adjective The irascible old man is constantly picking fights: easily angered. naturalize. get used to. testy. certain. cantankerous. insult. familiarize. weak. invective noun Invective poured from the speaker's mouth: bitter language. circuit. vituperation. censure. determined. touchy. grouchy. verbal abuse. serene. unresolved. adapt. diatribe. railing. revilement. uncertain. —Antonyms praise. decided. strengthen. timetable. fickle. changeable. rant. billingsgate. vilification. 189. cranky. harsh words. ornery. doubtful. denunciation. detailed plan for a trip. faltering. irresolute adjective His irresolute nature made him a poor executive: indecisive. commendation. hesitant. itinerary noun 1 Leave an itinerary so we can reach you: travel plan. choleric.Growing up in Alaska inured him to cold weather: accustom. season. toughen. tranquil. 192. placid. execration. vacillating. amiable. harden. course. hesitating. undecided. . 190. easygoing. route. grumpy. honor. gentle. list of places to be visited. waspish. peevish. decisive. habituate. —Antonyms good-natured. bad-tempered. unsteady. acclimate. unsettled. make used to. sarcasm. ill-humored. unwavering. discipline. acclimatize. temper. train. contumely. —Antonyms resolute. mild. schedule. custom. intractable. 191. unsure. splenetic. wavering. desensitize.

verve. laud verb . concentrated. abeyant. unapparent. languidness. push. Informal get-up-and-go. verbose. droopiness. lurking. tiredness. inconspic-uous. fatigue. obvious. sparing of words. 196. vim. covert. brief. pointed. apathy. journal. sleeping. energy. unexpressed. undeveloped. —Antonyms voluble. vitality. garrulous. in abeyance. spirit. record of a journey. unrealized. loquacious. weakness. supineness. —Antonyms vigor. languor. evident. curt. malaise. realized. pep. condensed. feebleness.2 Father kept a lively itinerary of the trip: log. not manifest. torpidity. indifference. unexposed. sluggishness. they were informative: short. travel record. terse. boredom. lassitude noun His lassitude was caused by overwork: weariness. 193. listlessness. passive. day book. developed. intangible. fatigue. inertia. prostration. quiescent. faintness. enervation. potential. compact. strength. drowsiness. doldrums. blunt. 195. ennui. concise. manifest. account. exhaustion. to the point. summary. robustness. conspicuous. inactive. indolence. 194. torpor. freshness. unaroused. suspended. succinct. lack of energy. apparent. wordy. laconic adjective Although his speeches were laconic. hidden. latent adjective Many of our deepest desires remain latent: dormant. pithy. lethargy. diary. —Antonyms activated. debility. concealed. expressed. dullness.

unspirited. —Antonyms censure. 200. jocularity. criticize. triviality. sobriety. solemnity. torpid. lumber. somnolent. drowsy. responsive. docket. fun. indolent. energized. 198. dull. enervated. silliness. esteem.levee noun-A barrier constructed to contain the flow or water or to keep out the sea-dam. diary. stimulated. animated. log noun 1 The cabin was built of logs: length of tree trunk. mirth. honor. whimsy. account. —Antonyms energetic. alert. part of tree limb. flippancy. stump. lackluster. —Antonyms gravity. passive. lightness. timber. schedule. idle. lightheartedness. soporific. slothful. earnestness. sluggish. seriousness. hilarity.They lauded the brave attempt: praise. debilitated. flightiness. indifferent. verb 3 The college student spent his summers logging in the north woods: cut timber. fell trees. condemn. applaud.dike.dyke. vigorous. dispirited. calendar. joking. (loosely) daybook. pleasantry. inert. 2 The time of departure was entered in the ship's log: logbook. levity noun The situation is too grave for levity: frivolity. humid climate made everyone lethargic: lazy. active. trifling. lack of earnestness or seriousness. sleepy. block. comatose. journal. lethargic adjective The hot. record. dignity. listless. apathetic. languid. 197. 199. spirited. 201. extol. work as a lumberjack. loquacious . bright. celebrate. foolishness.

chattering. philanthropic. taciturn. unselfish. petty. resentful. prolix. darkling. reserved. windy. certain. brilliant. vindictive. 2 The witness gave a lucid account of what happened: clear. verbose. incomprehensible. wordy. scintillating. garrulous. uncommunicative. dusky. accurate. responsive. overcast. 2 unintelligible. 204. 3 confused. direct. crystal clear. transparent. the patient has some lucid moments: clearheaded. radiant. apposite. irradiated. to the point. perceptive. sparkling. altruistic. babbling.adjective He's so loquacious I can't get a word in edgewise: talkative. precise. unperceptive. princely. equivocal. mystifying. crystalline. small. garbled. magnanimous adjective Only a truly magnanimous man could forgive such an insult: forgiving. blabby. well-organized. pellucid. specific. lucid adjective 1 A lucid sky portended a fine day: shining. vague. closemouthed. obscure. dazzling. comprehensible. resplendent. bright. miserly. articulate. gloomy. voluble. rational. lustrous. positive. luminous. reticent. luminous adjective The watch has a luminous dial: reflecting light. muddled. chatty. turgid. beneficent. brilliant. glowing. shining in the dark. free of vindictiveness. illuminated. —Antonyms silent. unclear. intelligible. straightforward. chattery. generous. prating. luminescent. charitable. bright. murky. muddy. understandable. irrational. —Antonyms unforgiving. unresponsive. easily understood. lustrous. opaque. shining. 202. —Antonyms 1 dark. clear thinking. liberal. 203. selfish. Informal gabby. prattling. normal. illuminated. . clear. long-winded. radiant. largehearted. talky. indistinct. ambiguous. 3 Although usually in a delirium. parsimonious.

malinger verb In the army he would malinger by pretending to be ill: slack. individualist. transfiguration. independent thinker. recalcitrant. ungovernable. lie down on the job. maverick noun 1 The cowboys rounded up the mavericks for branding: unbranded calf. untrue. governable. one's own man. stiff. loaf. dissident. hard. change of form. 209. adaptable. independent. motherless calf. . deceitful. docile. 2 refractory. eccentric. 2 Since young children are malleable. 2 The young senator was regarded as a political maverick: noncomformist. firm. evade. 207. unyielding. moldable. honest. —Antonyms 1 rigid. one must be careful what one says in front of them: impressionable. manageable. flexible. inflexible. pliant. shirk. transmutation. plastic. 206. dissenter. intractable. teachable. goof off. inelastic. tractable. mendacious adjective The mendacious retailer misled us: lying. duck one's duty. modification. ductile. loner. unbranded cow.205. procrastinate. metamorphosis noun 1 There are four stages in the metamorphosis of a mosquito: transformation. easily influenced. structural evolution. false. transmogrification. mutation. —Antonyms truthful. series of changes. unbending. tractable. malleable adjective 1 Tin is a malleable metal: workable. easily shaped. 208. flexible. pliable. Slang goldbrick. yearling. easily wrought. untruthful. compliant. dodge. conversion.

212. mollify. ease. startling change. distant. 210. relieve. 213. exact. fussy. placate. ameliorate. negligent. unpersonable. allay. distrustful. sociable. exacting. painstaking. diminish. enhance. surly. strengthen. misanthropic adjective His unhappy childhood fostered his misanthropic personality: antisocial. transformation. unaccommodating. assuage. amiable. mitigate verb There's no way to mitigate the effect of that unfavorable report: lessen. unapproachable. soften. perfectionist. discourteous. cynical. minutely careful. inhospitable. cold. amicable. charitable. meticulous adjective Our meticulous housekeeper never forgets a thing: fastidious. alleviate. —Antonyms careless. augment. unresponsive. precise. humanitarian. loving. finical. sloppy. moderate. unfriendly. finicky. radical change. scrupulous. particular. —Antonyms personable. cordial. weaken. temper. alteration. mollify verb . extenuate. heighten. punctilious. unneighborly. palliate.2 This once-confident man underwent a complete metamorphosis after his business failure: change in appearance or behavior. inexact. moderate in severity. blunt. solicitous about details. nice. 211. personality change. philanthropic. reduce. lighten. unsociable. soothe. morose. —Antonyms increase. permutation. imprecise. abate in intensity.

commonplace. soften. sullen. mundane adjective Artists often have trouble with the mundane affairs of life: ordinary. rebut. moderate. earthly. quell. make less violent. disown. ill-tempered. morose adjective I feel very morose after reading that sad story: depressed. 214. void. celestial. agitate. placate. worldly. low. check. gainsay. decrease. prosaic. increase. ease. abate. still. blunt. 215. quiet. refute. surly. corroborate. down in the dumps. set aside. humdrum. wipe out. testy. ratify. lull. downcast. negate verb This year's losses negate last year's profits: nullify. repudiate. assuage. reduce. disavow. blot out. exacerbate. calm. reinforce. churlish. destroy. melancholy. empyrean. curb. —Antonyms cheerful. vanquish. attest to. support. waspish. day-to-day. amiable. gloomy. solemn. terrestrial. genial. palliate. moody. soothe. squash. crestfallen. down-to-earth. conciliate. happy. 216. despondent. everyday. invalidate. abrogate. glum. 217. endorse. pleasant. mournful. blithe. dull. ethereal. unearthly. —Antonyms exasperate. practical. grumpy. overthrow. cross. confirm.Flowers would not mollify her anger: appease. temper. dour. sulky. irascible. reverse. contradict. cranky. tone down. disclaim. revoke. Informal blue. pacify. deny. —Antonyms heavenly. spiritual. saturnine. veto. lessen. unworldly. neophyte . stir. squelch. quash. friendly. retract. pedestrian. repeal. quell. sad. mopish. good-natured. overwhelm. allay. lighten. sour. defeat. disallow. mitigate. petty. routine. —Antonyms affirm.

probationer. do away with. assertive. cold-blooded. cowering. . aggressive. obviate verb The suspect's confession obviates the necessity for a trial: avert. divert. rookie. obdurate adjective 1 The child was obdurate in refusing to eat vegetables: stubborn. Slang bootlicking. —Antonyms domineering. prevent. merciful. bold. —Antonyms veteran. turn aside. untouched. manageable. kowtowing. swaggering. Informal nip in the bud. feeling. fend off. tractable. docile. circumvent. hardhearted. obstinate. unfeeling. pitiless. unpitying. 220. novice. tenderfoot. forestall. remove. merciless. headstrong. imperious. toadying. student. ingratiating. forceful. intractable. recruit. 218. unmanageable. mulish. adamant. softhearted. disciple. preclude. menial. apple-polishing. willful. uncompassionate. —Antonyms 1 obedient. amenable. unsparing. unmerciful. 2 The tyrant was obdurate in his treatment of prisoners: unmoved. mealymouthed. gentle.noun The neophyte learned the ropes very fast: beginner. no-vitiate. relenting. haughty. unsympathetic. learner. sympathetic. proselyte. bullheaded. 219. make unnecessary. harsh. caring. sidetrack. flexible. entrant. overbearing. old hand. expert. 2 compassionate. pigheaded. hardened. pupil. ungovernable. brash. avoid. stave off. uncontrollable. sycophantic. compliant. pitying. greenhorn. cringing. truckling. parry. inflexible. tyro. tender. trainee. unyielding. arrogant. proud. immovable. lordly. subservient. convert. slavish. uncaring. deferential. apprentice. newcomer. obsequious adjective The boss prefers obsequious underlings: servile. impudent. agreeable. fawning. ward off. kind. callous. cruel.

grievous. officious adjective It's hard to be an office manager without being officious: obtrusive. trifling. ream. block. base. plug. meddling. choke off. —Antonyms unobtrusive. wicked. opprobrious adjective 1 The editorial made an opprobrious attack on modern morals: damning. not easy to bear. high and mighty. overbearing. dishonorable. condemnatory. despicable. domineering. hard to endure. interfering. oblige. 223. unplug. constrict. denunciatory. choke. unbecoming. reviling. reprehensible. onerous adjective Holding down two jobs can be an onerous task: oppressive. corrupt. require. shut up. painful. fulminating. intrusive. pompous. patronizing. strangulate. 221. distressing. self-assertive. wearisome. . —Antonyms easy. malicious. malevolent. make essential. in the background. deplorable. demanding. high-handed. close. vitriolic. unclog. shameful. nefarious. meddlesome. offering gratuitous advice or services. congest. faultfinding. light. censorious. disreputable. arduous. maligning. burdensome. simple. crushing. effortless. heavy. hypercritical. abusive. impel. stop up. exhausting. acrimonious. Informal kibitzing. barricade. prying. 222. —Antonyms clear. scandalous. shut off. poking one's nose in. occlude verb Waste materials seem to be occluding the drain: obstruct. open. self-important.—Antonyms necessitate. objectionable. stopper. make unavoidable. scurrilous. taxing. vilifying. 2 The officer was reprimanded for his opprobrious conduct: disgraceful. weighty. shocking. outrageous. infamous. 224. cause. trivial. clog.

praising. exemplar. hem and haw. simple. pompous. guerrilla. paragon noun Aunt Sue has always been a paragon of virtue: model. sedate. reserved. vary. becoming. irregular. partisans fought the invaders in the hills: freedom fighter. adjective 3 The senator vowed not to engage in partisan politics: favoring one political party. showing off. 225. enthusiast. champion. laudable. ethical. meritorious. symbol. conservative. subjective. partisan noun 1 The hometown partisans cheered the local team: supporter. sympathizer. gaudy. principled. garish. Civil War) bushwacker. laudatory. unbalanced. upright. archetype.—Antonyms 1 complimentary. 227. uncritical. exaggerated. somber. —Antonyms modest. worthy. 226. change. vibrate. jayhawker. devotee. praiseworthy. pretentious. move back and forth. equivocate. shilly-shally. oscillate verb 1 The clock's pendulum caught the sunlight as it oscillated: swing. advocate. rooter. .S. follower. obtrusive. virtuous. prototype. criterion. upholder. grandiose. pulsate. showy. flashy. flattering. moral. 228. 2 He's been oscillating between liberal and conservative all his life: waver. hesitate. noble. 2 Even after the country was defeated. fluctuate. approving. idea. seesaw. example. slanted. (U. norm. high-flown. alternate. biased. ally. booster. affected. plain. fond of display. immodest. noteworthy. vacillate. zealot. pattern. florid. flamboyant. inconspicuous. favoring a cause. overdone. ebb and flow. fan. insurgent. partial. prejudiced. paradigm. backer. adherent. ostentatious adjective Grandfather warned us not to be ostentatious with our money. one-sided. conspicuous. The dress is too ostentatious to wear to a reception: flaunting wealth. loud. estimable. yardstick. standard. pulse. 2 honorable. come and go. librate. predisposed toward one group. apotheosis.

hairsplitting. academic. adv. doctrinaire. critic. disinterested. pithy. —Antonyms succinct. bookish. general.—Antonyms 1 detractor. scholastic. 229. poorness. of or pertaining to pathology. dearth. rival. superabundance. [1680–90] path'o•log"i•cal•ly. lack. nitpicking. adversary. characterized by an unhealthy compulsion: a pathological liar. contender. pompous. meagerness. 2. scantiness. scarceness. pathological path•o•log•i•cal (path'* loj"i k*l) also path'o•log"ic. opponent. comprehensive 232. caused or affected by disease. —Antonyms surfeit. knocker. 1. straightforward. stilted. deficiency. overly meticulous. censor. fussy. pedantic adjective When you ask him a question you get a pedantic answer: ostentatiously learned. paucity noun There was a paucity of information on the reported invasion: scarcity. objective. surplus. overparticular. excess. poverty. open-minded. punctilious. shortage. sparsity. 3 nonpartisan. 230. impartial. penchant noun . overflow. unbiased. didactic. thinness. backbiter. dogmatic. broadminded. unprejudiced. finicky. insufficiency. vague. defamer. bipartisan. 3. puniness. 231. adj. foe.

attraction. continuous. perfidious adjective Benedict Arnold's perfidious act made him his country's first traitor: treacherous. unchanging. evanescent. double-dealing. lying. occasional. fixed. indi-gence. Informal sneaky. sporadic. loathing. 233. continual. leaning. opulence. transient. longlasting. untruthful. —Antonyms temporary. dislike. unremitting. treasonous. temporal. traitorous. affluence. ceaseless. flair.The fat youth had a penchant for rich desserts: fondness. unfailing. —Antonyms wealth. abhorrence. undying. faithless. straitened circumstances. perfunctory adjective . prejudice. partiality. proneness. gift. indestructible. lasting. incessant. preference. privation. penury noun She lived in penury during her last years: poverty. 234. 235. cheating. insolvency. repulsion. dishonorable. propensity. unscrupulous. imperishable. perishable. fleeting. timeless. disinclination. ephemeral. untrustworthy. liking. persistent. dire necessity. knack. proclivity. predilection. dishonest. unceasing. enduring. relish. everlasting. perennial adjective He sat there with that perennial grin on his face: perpetual. unfaithful. turn. bankruptcy. abundance. intermittent. changeless. treasonable. predisposition. deceitful. 236. disloyal. durable. periodic. elegance. financial ruin. constant. undependable. long-lived. disposition. luxury. readiness. need. impoverishment. corrupt. bent. taste. tendency. prosperity. affinity. immutable. two-faced. —Antonyms hatred. shifty. permanent. false. destitution. strong inclination. bias. fancy. aversion. want.

excited. lax.That was certainly a perfunctory "hello" he gave us: indifferent. serene. hasty. phlegmatic adjective Admiral Togo was always phlegmatic in the face of danger: indifferent. negligent. loyalty. inescapable. interested. undemonstrative. devotion. active. omnipresent. offhand. thoughtful. 238. spiritless. unemotional. listless. insensitive. languid. ardent. casual. general. tranquil. calm. effusive. careless. diligent. imperturbable. apathetic. late ME < LL permeabilis = permea(re) to PERMEATE + -bilis -BLE] per"me•a•ble•ness. . extensive. adv. inattentive. permeable per•me•a•ble (pûr"me * b*l). energetic. permeating. universal. devoutness. 239. adj. mechanical. passionless. 237. lively. superficial. lukewarm. listless. unconcerned. halfhearted. unthinking. passionate. —Antonyms careful. passive. disinterested. attentive. respect. keen. routine. thorough. humility. dutifulness. n. demonstrative. unexcitable. [1400–50. unfeeling. ubiquitous. alert. animated. cursory. cool. per"me•a•bly. —Antonyms emotional. unimpassioned. religiousness. assiduous. apathetic. sluggish. warmhearted. unconcerned. unresponsive. spiritless. stoical. spirited. prevalent. religiosity. pervasive adjective Ill feeling was pervasive at the plant: pervading. dull. 240. nonchalant. reverence. impassive. zealous. piety noun The old woman expressed her piety by attending church daily: piousness. godliness. widespread. lethargic. capable of being permeated. common.

pacify.Plasticity. ungodliness. quiet. fall headlong. nosedive. 244. hackneyed saying. 2. overage. infidelity. tumble. 242. scarcity. same old thing. mollify. appease. the capability of being molded: the plasticity of clay. disrespect. conciliate. redundancy. old familiar tune. descend abruptly. plummet verb The hawk plummeted toward the earth: plunge. surplusage. surfeit. sacrilege. 1. assuage. saw. propitiate. irreverence. placate verb No one can placate him when he's angry: calm. 245. truism. threadbare phrase. the quality or state of being plastic. lull. soothe. deficiency. platitude noun The speech was dull and full of platitudes: trite remark. drop straight down. —Antonyms . cliché. commonplace. glut. —Antonyms shortage. stereotyped expression. alleviate. overabundance. dive. banality. lack. disloyalty. Slang chestnut. old saw. fall. 241. plas•tic•i•ty (pla stis"i te). win over. blasphemy. bromide. superabundance. plethora noun The potluck supper had a plethora of desserts but no meat dishes: excess. [1775–85] 243. superfluity.—Antonyms impiety. surplus. n.

sober. precarious adjective 1 The situation was precarious politically: vulnerable. uncertain. utilitarian. not to be depended upon. hardnosed. an introductory statement. pragmatic adjective The problem requires a pragmatic solution. pre am"-). alarming. ticklish. —Antonyms idealistic. n. penetrable. perilous. ascend. businesslike. hardheaded. shoot upward. pervious. ME < ML praeambulum. 248. [1350–1400. unsafe. sinister. adj. unsentimental. preamble pre•am•ble (pre"am'b*l. shaky. constitution. problematical. unstable. preface. dubious. the introductory part of a statute. romantic. 249. soar. See PRE-. 247. —Antonyms . insecure. dreamy. doubtful. questionable. spongy. uncontrolled. hard-boiled. sentimental. porous adjective Sponges are porous: absorbent. lacy. or other document. sensible. realistic. undependable. not theories: down-to-earth. of LL praeambulus walking before. unreliable. stating the intent of what follows. touch-and-go. unsteady. unidealistic. 1. 246. use of neut. permeable. 2 Free-lance work can be a precarious occupation: hazardous.rise. cellular. AMBLE] pre"am'bled. sievelike. critical. theoretical. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance. materialistic. riddled. 2. n. deed. risky. honeycombed. 3. practical. matter-of-fact. chancy.

reckless. messenger. shameless. perjure. 2 The explosion precipitated tons of snow from the mountain: throw. palter. daring. forerunner. drive. herald. propel. tell a story. snobbish. lofty. 253. assuming. misstate. overconfident. precipitate verb 1 The war precipitated his induction into the army: hasten. hoodwink. 2 safe. fib. incautious. speedy. domineering. contemptuous. brazen. be evasive. falsify. imprudent. reliable. audacious. forward. stable. omen. 250. antecedent. adjective 3 She had to make precipitate choices as the test was only 5 minutes: hurried. patronizing. cast. precursor noun The polite letters were only precursors to blackmail: vanguard. thrust. brassy. overfamiliar. expedite. secure. predecessor. proceeding rapidly. arrogant. speed up. impulsive. be untruthful. portent. discharge. sure. misrepresent. hasty. mark. accelerate. token. deceive. catapult. 252. brash. 251.1 certain. tell a tall story. sign. proud. rash. advance guard. overbearing. 2 Her presumptuous airs made her disliked by many: haughty. steady. thoughtless. imperious. advance. cocky. launch. distort. fake. headlong. dependable. bring on. abrupt. dissemble. harbinger. lordly. pompous. prevaricate verb She may have prevaricated a bit about her illustrious forebears: lie. fling. symptom. quicken. . hurl. foolhardy. counterfeit. unquestionable. spur. usher. warning. fresh. mislead. stretch the truth. impetuous. rushed. let fly. dictatorial. presumptuous adjective 1 It was presumptuous of the young senator to challenge the leadership so soon: bold. disdainful. nervy.

profligate. bounteous. unscrupulous. contaminated. trustworthiness. principle. teeming. morality. numerous. luxuriant. perplexing. reckless. high-mindedness. doubtful. uprightness. virginal. unspoiled. wanton. precipitate. 255. abounding. pure. enigmatic. incorruptibility. unmarred. —Antonyms dishonesty. troublesome. puzzling. spendthrift. defiled. extravagant. lavish. righteousness. gluttonous. excessive. dissipating. ample. straightness. corruption. unthrifty. —Antonyms certain. uncontaminated. innumerable. swarming. undisputed. exuberant. virtue. questionable. unsullied. untarnished. generous. duplicity. goodness.254. 256. plentiful. paradoxical. unsettled. —Antonyms sullied. copious. multitudinous. myriad. inordinate. numberless. spoiled. prodigal adjective 1 He had nothing left of his inheritance because of his prodigal ways: wasteful. unquestionable. problematic adjective The composition of Saturn's rings is problematic: uncertain. exorbitant. honesty. immoderate. known. settled. thriftless. the Presidency needs a man of probity for the Cabinet post: integrity. impetuous. intemperate. countless. probity noun Above all. unpolluted. dubious. lush. pristine adjective It was a pristine part of the woods that few hikers had ever seen: undefiled. improvident. honor. character. difficult. replete. polluted. untouched. unknown. undetermined. profuse. 2 The prodigal amount of eggs laid by the fish insure the survival of the species: bountiful. decency. lavish. overliberal. worrisome. abundant. 257. noun . tarnished.

knowing. teem. stupid. radical. deep-seated. disallowing. sage. sincere. strongly felt. preventive. sober-minded. keen. recondite. pronounced. abject. serious. acute. regenerate. provident. profligate. sober. informed. injunctive. omniscient. uneducated. proliferate verb Rabbits proliferated after they were introduced into Australia: multiply. unenlightened. few. restrictive. 3 Please accept my profound apologies: deeply felt. erudite. heartfelt. 259. unknowledgeable. enjoining. unlearned. forbidding. soul-stirring. profound adjective 1 That was a very profound statement: deep. wastrel. hindering. hollow. superficial. consummate. The project was abandoned because of prohibitive costs: inhibitive. thoroughgoing. surface. breed quickly. wise. knowledgeable. moderate. well-informed. 3 insincere. cautious. unwise. well-considered. inconsiderate. shallow. keenly felt. intellectual. intense. . thoughtful. obstructive. spawn. educated. sagacious. increase. utter. 260. philosophical. squanderer. sparse. heart-stirring. external. thoughtless. circumscriptive. penetrating. pullulate. positive. reproduce rapidly. piercing. severe. enlightened. procreate. out-and-out. scant. thoughtful. frugal. overproduce. breed. superficial. learned.3 The prodigal went through money as if it were water: spendthrift. —Antonyms 1 thrifty. imprudent. decided. scholarly. —Antonyms 1 shallow. scanty. miserly. restraining. piercing. stingy. economical. uninformed. inadmissible. propagate. disqualifying. temperate. abject. far-reaching. shallow. 2 slight. complete. limited. spender. unacceptable. comprehensive. deficient. all-knowing. penetrating. reflective. extreme. 258. repressive. meager. thorough. hatch. suppressive. moving. 2 His death had a profound effect on her: deep. swarm. 2 scarce. prohibitive also prohibitory adjective Prohibitive laws discouraged the drug trade. hearty.

liking. etiquette. good behavior. predilection. proscribe verb During the Renaissance the church proscribed scientific works like those of Galileo: denounce. —Antonyms impropriety. discourtesy. gentlemanly or ladylike behavior. leaning. —Antonyms anger. preference. aptness. predisposition. inappropriateness. aversion. misconduct. weakness. excommunicate. outlaw. dignity. good manners.261. rightness. suitableness. forbid. condemn. pacify. turn. dislike. disapprove. pleasure. roil. pique. proclivity. seemliness. banish. hatred. calm. inaptness. partiality. faux pas. taste. ban. censure. allay. affinity. provoke. propensity noun Children have a propensity for candy: inclination. decorousness. boycott. misbehavior. placate. interdict. formality. incorrectness. damn. assuage. bent. —Antonyms disinclination. bad manners. disposition. soothe. prohibit. fancy. 263. displeasure. 264. respectability. 262. sympathy. savoir faire. attraction. propriety noun Always conduct yourself with propriety: correctness. exile. propitiate verb Offerings were made to propitiate the gods: appease. prejudice. courtesy. accommodate. —Antonyms . repudiate. madden. unsuitability. decorum. antipathy. bias. appropriateness. mollify. tendency. liking. curse. applicability. unseemliness. favor. loathing. conciliate. wrongness. becomingness. anathematize. fitness. infuriate. penchant.

tasteless. racy. niggle. sharp-smelling. pungent sauce: sharp-tasting. hassle. 265. spicy. squabble. cutting. indefinite. expert. tart. wounding. reserved. brilliant. efficacious. trained. sharp. pointed. tantalizing. limited. licensed. stinging. highly flavored. pick a fight. unsavory. snappy. fitted. ambiguous. hedging. penetrating. moderate. scintillating. 2 dull. able. acute. 2 He gave a qualified answer when I asked for definite assurances: limited. skillful. nag. untrained. waffle. keen-witted. nippy. stimulating. mordent. equal. competent. sparkling. caustic. practiced. fit. proficient. biting. fence. unpalatable. unstimulating. tasty. provocative. aid. acrid. smarting. acetous. —Antonyms 1 inexperienced. haggle. smart. equipped. palatable. noun . biting. accomplished. bitter. encourage. be evasive. spar. provisional. suited. conditional. keen. equivocate. flavorless. stimulating. knowing. vapid. skilled. 2 His pungent ridicule made him quite a few enemies: sharp. acrimonious. highly seasoned. piquant. cavil. guarded. adept. pointless. qualified adjective 1 Take that dog to a qualified veterinarian: experienced. permit. eligible. vinegary. mild. stinging. sour. astringent. meet. hot. trenchant. strong. invidious. bitter. poignant. penetrating. sarcastic. flavorful. carp. versed. certified. inane. caustic. capable.allow. flavorsome. tangy. acid. raise trivial objections. weak. tart. pungent adjective 1 The ribs were served with a hot. piercing. fudge. spicy. talented. incisive. unpracticed. savory. witty. nitpick. stirring. —Antonyms 1 bland. efficient. authorized. dodge the issue. clever. salty. quibble verb 1 The children quibbled over who got the bigger piece of cake: argue. 266. peppery. equivocal. bicker. restricted. mild. 267.

recluse . prevarication. pigheaded. submissive. confirm. unsay. dodge. duplicity. shift. recant verb Under cross-examination she recanted her previous testimony: retract. —Antonyms obedient. governable. controllable. quiet. refractory. prp. recalcitrant adjective The recalcitrant youth needed more understanding teachers: stubborn. —Antonyms reaffirm. of quiescens. unsubmissive. still. disobedient. take back. 269. qui•es"cence. equivocation. petty distinction. adv. pretense. 268. amenable. repudiate. cavil. 272. forswear. willful. special. of quiescere to rest. artifice. yielding. adj. unwilling. recondite. abjure. obstinate. repeat. qui•es"cen•cy. apostatize. n. deny. s. quiescent qui•es•cent (kwe es"*nt. rescind. 271. change one's mind. unruly. repeal. manageable. secret. esoteric. disclaim. inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind. withdraw. renege. disown. renounce. < L quiescent-. distraction. mulish. eat one's words. validate. intractable. compliant. shuffle. bullheaded. headstrong. kwi-). nicety. contrary. delaying tactic. inside. recall. subterfuge. being at rest. balky. white lie. [1600–10.2 A quibble over exact wording delayed passage of the bill: trivial objection. subtlety. revoke. rarefied adjective The collectors had rarefied tastes: refined. evasion. privileged. disavow. 270. see -ENT] qui•es"cent•ly.

substantiate. refractory adjective The refractory horse stopped dead in its tracks: stubborn. tractable. rebut. pigheaded. —Antonyms obedient. expel. 277. recalcitrant. support. ungovernable. abstruse.D.: profound. ascetic. consign. counter. charge. pass on. assign. contumacious. deny. confute. solitary. eject. banish. contradict. challenge. turn over. give the lie to. corroborate. patent. unmanageable. hand over. mulish. refer. obstinate. cantankerous. 275. answer. reproach . —Antonyms clear. disobedient. headstrong. ostracize. relegate verb 1 They relegated the task to her: entrust. obvious. commit. delegate. displace. 274. recondite adjective She submitted a recondite thesis for her Ph. 273. perverse. unruly. confirm. —Antonyms prove. refute verb The accused was given no opportunity to refute the accusations: disprove.noun The recluse emerged from his hideaway: hermit. deep. 276. vindicate. 2 They relegated him to the second division: demote. intractable. invalidate.

censure. commend. denounce. The workers feared their supervisor's reproaches: blame. rakehell. rapscallion. incorrigible. black sheep. stigmatize. reproof. outcast. rebuke. disgrace. censure. shame. sinner. depraved. 279. angelic. saintly. indignity. roué. honor.verb 1 He was severely reproached for his rude behavior: find fault with. offense. saint. revile. criticize. degradation. credit. profligate. 2 pure. shame. base. charge. compliment. bad. upbraid. scolding. shameless. degenerate. rail at. repudiate . taint. scold. vilify. dissolute. tongue-lash. reprobate noun 1 The old reprobate never reformed: wicked person. untouchable. compliment. prodigal. abandoned. insult. spot. condemn. remonstrance. rascal. asperse. wicked. dishonor. noun 2 Her behavior was above reproach. virtuous. vile. praise. righteous. disparage. malign. blame. abandoned person. disgrace. reprove. tirade. hard words. reprimand. embarrassment. immoralist. stigma. evil-minded. —Antonyms 1 angel. slur. low. criticism. rake. tarnish. profligate. transgressor. scamp. discredit. diatribe. humiliation. 2 commendation. badge of infamy. evildoer. degenerate. take to task. miscreant. 3 honor. applaud. admonish. evil. call to account. pariah. blemish. blot. derelict. castaway. 3 The youth's bad behavior is a constant reproach to his parents: cause of blame. vo-luptuary. wrongdoer. chide. —Antonyms 1 praise. rebuke. adjective 2 He was a reprobate person with no redeeming qualities: corrupt. 278. applause. upbraiding. stain. rotter. scandal. wanton. paragon. castigate.

indefatigability. wash one's hands of. espouse. override. desert. object. accept. repeal. dissolve. welcome. discard. intent. set aside. retract. protest. goal. discard. follow-through. 2 acknowledge. nullify. will power. zeal. void. clearing up. declare null and void. forsake. 2 Have you made a New Year's resolution?: resolve. annul. reject. deny. constancy. disclaim. annul. 282. cancel. recall. 4 He was faced with the resolution of a difficult matter: solution. 281. renounce. sweep aside. support. perseverance. rescind. —Antonyms uphold. intention. ambition. take back. plan. invalidate. resolve. proposal. 280. resolution noun 1 The resolution passed by two votes: motion. steadiness. disavow. mettle. tenacity. void. persistence.verb 1 The new government repudiated the treaty signed by the former rulers: reject. retract. cast off. validate. energy. dissolve. abandon. spirit. nullify. promise. fixed purpose. approve. determination. adopt. revoke. objective. counterorder. get rid of. rescind verb The judge rescinded the court's previous decision: revoke. repeal. reverse. resilience. reverse. design. cancel. countermand. aggressiveness. formal proposition. embrace. stability. purpose. steadfastness. workingout. 3 He lacked the resolution to get through medical school: resoluteness. declare null and void. earnestness. aim. 2 The man repudiated the religion he was born into and became an atheist: disown. —Antonyms 1 accept. abolish. abrogate. abolish. resolving. disavow. reticent adjective . quash. firmness of purpose. abrogate. overrule.

devoutness. honor. 283. sparing of words. 285. adoration. restrained. bracing. —Antonyms 1 fool. devotion. scorn. sound.T. adjective 2 He was sage in his judgment: wise. intelligent. philosopher. salubrious adjective Regular exercise is salubrious: healthful. dishonor. worship. 2 stupid. closed. therapeutic. guru. Slang egghead. foolish.sage noun 1 The king brought difficult problems to a sage: wise man. mage. sapient. beneficial. regard. open. quiet. wholesome. gesture indicative of deep respect. veneration. awe. tight-lipped. shy. diffident. astute. Lawrence became an increasingly reticent man: taciturn. sagacious. deference. salutary. hatred. prudent. savant. —Antonyms . close-mouthed. plain. subdued. contempt. retiring. healthy. uncommu-nicative. lifegiving.E. health-promoting. unreserved. candid. 284. —Antonyms irreverence. expansive. selfcontained. genuflection. pundit. inclined to speak freely. disregard. solon. magus. communicative. withdrawn. esteem. idiot. —Antonyms voluble. religiosity. frank. talkative. mandarin. admiration. sensible. knowing. reserved. piety. fear. prostration. observance. scholar. good for one. reverence noun Aeneas' reverence toward his father was one of our Latin teacher's favorite themes: deep respect. silent. senseless. shrewd. disrespect. invigorating. homage.

assent. license. ban. favor. gratify. overdo. souse. nauseate. 288. permit. glut. quench. reject. —Antonyms . fill. unhealthy. weary. permeate. ban. ratification. drench. 3 disapprove. douse. ratify. 286. disgust. imbue. slake. sanction noun 1 We received sanction to proceed with our plans: approval. infiltrate. cloy. pervade. authorize. punitive measure. legitimate.unhealthful. 287. deleterious. accept. encouragement. leave. —Antonyms 1 disapproval. endorsement. overfill. 2 incentive. prohibition. sate. consent. support. saturate. commendation. confirmation. immerse. surfeit. suffice. countenance. 2 Dust saturated the attic: fill. infuse. harmful. impregnate. liberty. refusal. content. cover. satiate verb It was a banquet that more than satiated our need for food: satisfy. unwholesome. support. saturate verb 1 Heavy rain saturated the playing field: soak thoroughly. insalubrious. coercion. stuff. verb 3 Our plan wasn't sanctioned by the board of directors: approve. agree to. prohibit. sicken. forbiddance. permission. submerge. bore. endorse. 2 The international community imposed sanctions on Rhodesia for its illegal political actions: penalty. authority. suffuse. pressure. authorization. jade. allow.

smell. savoring it: enjoy. n. zest. relish. exhibit. scent. essence. rejoice in. property. characteristic. as of an egg or snail. tang. aura. relish. smell. 289. shard (shärd) also sherd. odor. aroma. particular quality. 6 He had savored power during his first term in office: experience. 4 He savored the cookies with cinnamon: spice. cover. appreciate. delight in. nature. 290. spirit. the hardened forewing of a beetle.1 drain. esp. piquancy. smack. keep secret. display. flavor. taste. 292. 1. veil. Informal stash. smack. of broken earthenware. trait. a. screen. fragrance. season. 291. spice. take pleasure in. substance. curtain. secrete verb The escaped convicts secreted themselves in a cave: hide. a scale. 2 His words had the savor of vengeance: character. elytron. c. show. disguise. verb 3 Her sauce savored of garlic. 2. This plan savors of treason: taste. savor noun 1 This cake has the savor of nutmeg: taste. cloak. have a touch. —Antonyms reveal. a shell. 5 We ate the stew slowly. conceal. pungency. peculiarity. dry. soul. be suggestive. try. show traces. Zool. flavor. a fragment. b. keep under wraps. distinctive feature. particularity. shroud. like. luxuriate in. have the earmarks. sample. quality. skeptic or sceptic . cache. gist.

enthusiastic. 295. dubious. atheist. questioner. attentive. drowsy. avid. undisturbed. somnolent. sophistical. spurious. tricky. 2 uninterested. unfounded. intense. hypnotic. animated. unsound. —Antonyms 1. anxious. agnostic. unambitious. fallacious. zealous. ardent. longing. inaccurate. sluggish. sluggish. questionable. heavy.2 lively. 294. illogical. sleep-inducing. faulty. intent. untrue. soporific adjective 1 His soporific voice almost put us to sleep: hypnotic. solicitous adjective 1 He was very solicitous about her office problems: concerned. doubting Thomas. —Antonyms . sleep-inducer. keen. invalid. noun 3 Wine is a soporific for me: sedative. misleading. thoughtful. mindful. desirous. 3 stimulant. slippery. somniferous. slumberous. lethargic. lazy. incorrect. —Antonyms 1 unconcerned. 2 The politicians do not seem overly solicitous to proceed in this investigation: eager. 2 This warm weather makes me soporific: sleepy. unbeliever. unenthusiastic. unsubstantiated. balmy. false. specious adjective He reached the wrong conclusion by specious reasoning: deceptive. casuistic. scoffer.noun He's too much of a skeptic to take anything simply on faith: doubter. 293. regardful.

limit. infrequent. spec•trum (spek"tr*m). . intermittent. fragmentary. b. fitful. —Antonyms continuous. 1. etc. undeniable. give in small amounts. withhold. credit. occasional. pl. few. stint verb 1 I'll have to stint my charity gifts this year: restrict. —Antonyms glory. dishonor. approval. 2 One thing Mother never stints on is food: be sparing. as light waves or particles. assignment. random. isolated. few and far between. 296. smudge. engagement. objects. sporadic adjective We've had only sporadic snow flurries this month: irregular. uncommon.valid. odium. circumscribe. blemish. as wavelength or mass. shame. sparse. save. as by a prism. 299. stigma noun There was no stigma attached to losing the election: disgrace. duty. regular. blot. spotty. The band did a stint in Las Vegas: job. an array of entities. conclusive. periodic. -trums. ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property. now and then. taint. check. part. restrain. tarnish. deny oneself. besmirchment. 298. shift. mark of shame. scrimp. -tra (-tr*). constant... quota. be sparing with. be frugal. together with invisible extensions. spasmodic. inescapable. that form a continuous series or sequence: the spectrum of political beliefs. 2. curb. brand. smirch. work period. noun 3 She was assigned the most difficult stint. set limits to. economize. a broad range of varied but related ideas. widely spaced. rare. meager. scattered. task. scarce. discontinuous. be parsimonious. constrain. term. cut down on. thin. pinch pennies. hold back. steady. a. turn. the band or series of colors. chore. produced by dispersion of radiant energy. n. 297. distinction. honor. reduce. flaw. haphazard.

303. allow. agree. a position of difficulty. 302. walk pompously. n. active. 4. pledge. 7. sluggish. straits. insensitive.300. (used with a sing.strut verb He strutted into the restaurant as though he owned it: swagger. Often. cite. designate. parade. sail. Often. dull. set forth. make a point of. 301. 2. bovine. —Antonyms excitable. promenade. narrow. or need. straits. emotional. insist upon. strict. dense. provide. stolid adjective He's too stolid to show excitement about anything: impassive. lively. adj. indicate. lethargic. ISTHMUS. assure. strait (strat). a narrow passage or area. promise. passionate. confined in area. unemotional. apathetic. 5. lumpish. v. 6.) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water. animated. stipulate verb Our contract with the decorator stipulates the maximum amount he can charge us: specify. guarantee. Archaic. state. distress. Archaic. peacock. make provision. energetic. —Antonyms . obtuse. insure. as in requirements or principles. acute. warrant. name. phlegmatic. sashay. grant. 3. 1.

prove. sneak. moderate. v. —Antonyms disprove. set aside. succeed. increase.supposition noun . 2 grow. substitute for. s*b-). descend. Law. 2 My nervousness subsided when the plane landed. heighten. level off. 306. sink. decrease. corroborate. confirm. support. abate. a writ to summon witnesses or evidence before a court. to serve with a subpoena 305.supersede verb This new drug will supersede all others in the treatment of the disease: supplant. -naed. sag. dwindle. n.2 rise. slink. wane.subside verb 1 As the land subsides. explode 307.. 1. intensify. authenticate. displace. cower. tear to shreds. ebb. v. n. melt away. pl. recede. ease. calm. undermine. swell. shrink. show to be true. take the place of.cringe. 304. 2. subpoena sub•poe•na or sub•pe•na (s* pe"n*. -nas. -na•ing.t. drop.substantiate verb You haven't substantiated your argument at all: verify. discredit. The crowds subsided: diminish. —Antonyms 1. let up.. refute. replace. cave in. sustain. discard. 308. demonstrate. lessen. the sea advances: settle.

—Antonyms strong. hypothesis. The political candidate let loose a tirade against his opponent: long angry speech. 2. opinion. unsubstantial. idea. halfhearted. indefinite. belief. guess. unstated. conjecture. pertaining to or of the nature of a tangent.tirade noun The principal delivered a tirade to the disobedient students. implied. surety. proposition. shallow. fact. surmise.That was only supposition. slender. suspicion. shaky. understood. notion. guesswork. substantial 313. thesis. paltry. reprimand. implicit. taken for granted. uncertain. jeremiad. adv. [1620–30] tan•gen'ti•al"i•ty (-she al"i te). harangue. gossamer. being or moving in the direction of a tangent. unconvincing. divergent or digressive: tangential remarks. tangential tan•gen•tial (tan jen"sh*l). 312. tan•gen"tial•ly. slight. peripheral. knowledge 310. predication. view. —Antonyms certainty. unsupported. given. frail. theory. 311. speculation. undeclared. n. .tacit adjective The neighbors had a tacit agreement not to park in front of each other's houses: unexpressed. diatribe. assumption. solid. slim. postulate. assumed. delicate. valid. wordless. inferred. adj. fragile. 1.tenuous adjective Some legislators made a rather tenuous argument against the bill: weak. lecture. 3. thin. flimsy. unspoken. He acted on the supposition that the public would applaud his feat: presumption. incidental.

disagreeable. tormenting. sleepiness. tormented. uncontrollable. dressing-down. languor. unmanageable. gratifying. pep. irksome. 314. transgression . yielding. listlessness. 317. distressing. wide-awakeness 315. short eulogy. apathy. excruciating. alertness. pleasing.scolding. 316.torpidity Her torpor may be due to illness: sluggishness. compliant. agreeable. curse. racking.tractable adjective A dude ranch needs tractable horses for its guests: amenable. pleasant. trainable. The losing candidate spent a torturous night listening to the election returns: torturing. contented. castigation. laudation. miserable. headstrong. inactivity. inertia. controllable. —Antonyms painless. praising speech. willful. vituperation. docile. slow movement. vigor. complimentary speech. painful. —Antonyms energy. fulmination. condemnation. joyous. refractory. distressed. manageable. enjoyable. tame. easy to control. unpleasant. distressful. liveliness. comforting. cruel. welcome. panegyric. delightful. —Antonyms intractable. inertia. submissive. vilification. agonizing. —Antonyms good word.torturous adjective He had a torturous toothache. laziness. disobedient. stubborn. easy to manage. lassitude. denunciation. invective. animation. commendation. governable. indolence. screed. drowsiness. lethargy. teachable. cheerful. vim. homage. galling. dullness. anguished. obedient. wild. unruly. somnolence. paean. happy. anguishing. languidness. harrowing. annoying. obstinate. passiveness. ungovernable.

misdeed. adherence. cross. error. lawbreaking. peev-ish. blow hot and cold. morality. crime. affable. observance. be steadfast. shift. —Antonyms virtue. nasty. probity. truculent adjective His truculent nature gets him into a lot of scrapes: belligerent. hate. ill-tempered. be irresolute. evil deed. respect. 321. —Antonyms scorn. encroachment. totter. look up to. cherish. reverence. pugnacious. admire. wrong. detest. rock. reel. fluctuate. 2 The earthquake caused the entire house to vacillate: sway. veracious adjective . touchy. ungracious. be changeable. gracious. rude. execrate. contemn. venerate verb As a child he venerated his grandparents: revere. idolize. hem and haw. ill-natured. diffident. vacillate verb 1 He seemed certain about it yesterday. ill-humored. friendly. despise. overstepping. compliance. hallow. be doubtful. iniquity. bellicose. infraction. dishonor. trespass. glorify. disregard. oscillate. not know one's own mind. violation. be unsettled. fierce. treat with deference. —Antonyms peaceful. insolent. worship. 320. toss. hostile. be settled. surly. grace. Eavesdropping is a transgression on another's privacy: offense. vibrate. wobble. teeter. extol. adore. esteem. accommodating. be resolute. —Antonyms 1 be determined. shilly-shally. aggressive. flutter. pitch. 319. snappish. wrongdoing. waver. righteousness. petulant. be certain. 318. slight. infraction. amiable. disdain. good deed. sour. but today he's vacillating: waver. churl-ish. bad-tempered. lapse. defiant. pay homage to. hesitate. infringement. honor. breach. snarling. roll. move to and fro. sin. contravention. immorality. kind. merit. sulky. gentle. falter.noun The sinner prayed that his transgressions would be forgiven. spurn.

straightforward. curt. 2 unviable. tacky. 2 If the plan doesn't succeed do you have a viable alternative?: workable. accurate. brusque. loquacious. 323. adaptable. acclaim. tirade. talkative. dependable. No crops are viable in this barren soil: capable of independent life. practicable. scurrility. unworkable. but an extremely viscous one: thick. applicable. vituperation noun Her simple mistake hardly merited so much vituperation: abuse. garrulous. tongue-lashing. capable of growing. flattery. longwinded. able to live. effusive. castigation. faithful. practical. calumniation. gabby. revilement. scolding. 326. Informal gooey. invective. usable. glutinous. 325. prolix. genuine. 322. gluey. volatile adjective . feasible. pithy. 324. circumlocutory. viscous adjective Molasses is a liquid. sticky. gummy. concise. viable adjective 1 The fetus is considered viable at six months. able to thrive. unusable. truthful. verbose adjective The senator is so verbose it takes him an hour to tell a simple joke: wordy.2 nonviable. grandiloquent. useless. denunciation. succinct. voluble. —Antonyms 1. syrupy. censure. obloquy. viscid. slimy. reliable. trustworthy. —Antonyms praise. adulation. —Antonyms terse. faultfinding.The veracious reporter was a stickler for detail: honest. able to develop. reticent. blame. impractical.

warrant noun 1 The police have a search warrant. unguarded. unstable. unpredictable.3 stable. brash. —Antonyms 1. rash. giddy. avow. undependable. provide grounds for. alert. wary adjective It does no harm to be wary of new acquaintances: cautious.1 Volatile liquids must be kept in very tightly closed containers: evaporating quickly. moody. dependable. guarded. asseverate. swear. foolhardy. spasmodic. give sufficient reason for. declare. unsettled. unstable. welter . permit. vigilant. variable. incautious. peaceful. vow. heedful. wild. temperamental. resolute. 327. gaseous. consistent. unsuspecting. prudent. eruptive. close-mouthed. unsteady. reckless. 2 The situation in the Middle East is volatile: explosive. circumspect. 3 constant. irresolute. authorize. certify. vaporous. permit. suspicious. mindful. assure. affirm. wide-awake. evaporable. 328. chary. remiss. frivolous. 3 The manufacturer warrants that all parts are new: guarantee. watchful. reckless. 2 calm. 329. fitful. permission. license. There is a warrant out for the suspect's arrest: authorization. steady. self-controlled. verb 2 Such actions warrant a severe reprimand: justify.2. sober. coolheaded. on one's guard. vouch for. license. serious. negligent. mercurial. aver. attest. vaporizing. rash. careless. pledge. discreet. determined. 3 Richard is too volatile to stick with one job very long: changeable. assert. inconstant. —Antonyms unwary. promise. erratic. wakeful. careful. fickle. even-tempered. capricious. heedless. flighty.

true believer. sedate. down-to-earth. hodgepodge. matter-of-fact. practical. 331. partisan. heap. chimerical. 2 Her essay on the care and feeding of husbands is pleasantly whimsical: droll. pusher. erratic. champion. fan. steady. fickle. waggish. storm. commotion.verb 1 The huge waves weltered throughout the night. 330. fanciful. wallow. hubbub. enthusiast. serious. changeable. nut. eccentric. racket. tumult. pile. whimsical adjective 1 Jerry is much too whimsical to be a businessman: fanciful. bustle. —Antonyms 1 staid. buff. heave. quixotic. The dog weltered happily in the muddy puddle: roll. pragmatic. live wire. 2 Religious zealots wanted the entire population to wear sackcloth and ashes: fanatic. devotee. quaint. fitful. mass. toss. crackpot. mess. turmoil. grovel. zealot noun 1 It takes a real zealot to be a top-notch car salesman: believer. crank. hustler. tempest. 3 It's hard to hear above the welter of street noises: confusion. extremist. notional. noun 2 Sort this welter of dirty clothes for the laundry: jumble. consistent. sober. inconsist-ent. turbulence. tumble about. eager beaver. obsessed person. writhe. capricious. bigot. go-getter. amusing. .

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