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plagiarism
Adopting and reproducing, without acknowledgment, the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own
abdicate
To give up claim to. Synonyms: renounce, abandon, relinquish
pensive
Sadly thoughtful. Synonyms: reflective, meditative, contemplative, musing.
stupendous
Amazing by, virtue of its immense size, force, or any quality in exceptional degree. Synonyms: astounding, prodigious, monstrous, marvelous, colossal, awful.
renegade
One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith. Synonyms: turncoat, apostate, recreant, traitor.
misanthropic
(noun MISANTHROPE) Hating or distrusting mankind. Antonyms: philanthropic, altruistic.
obtrusive
(verb OBTRUDE) Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence. Synonyms: intrusive, aggressive.
harbinger
A forerunner; ail announcer. Synonyms: precursor, herald.
bland
Gentle; polite; agreeable. Synonyms: mild, suave (affable or persuasive in manner), soothing, non-irritating. Antonyms: piquant, tart, racy, caustic, acrid, pungent.
impeccable
Faultless. Synonyms: consummate, irreproachable, unerring, infallible. Antonyms: culpable, fallible.
civil
(1) Of or having to do with citizens or the state. 2) Polite, courteous. Synonyms: respectful, gracious.
blithe
Gay and light-hearted in spirit or mood. Synonyms: jocund, merry, joyous. Antonyms: dejected, forlorn, abject.
paradox
A self -contradictory statement; something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to he taken seriously.". Synonym anomaly.
utilitarian
(adj.) Materially or practically useful
sordid
Mean and base; filthy. Synonyms: degraded, vile, ignoble.
sanguine
Of a hopeful disposition; blood-red in color. Synonyms: buoyant, ardent.
flamboyant
Elaborately showy. Synonyms: florid, ornate, resplendent, embellished, garish, gaudy, gorgeous, rococo. Antonym somber.
besmirch
To soil or dirty. Synonyms: stilly, defile, smirch, bespatter.
chicanery
Trickery, deception,- practised chicanery all his shady dealings.
fictitious
Unreal; made-up. Synonym fabricated.
belligerent
Engaged in war
maudlin
Sentimental to the point of tears. Synonym mawkish, lachrymose.
consummate
(adj.) Perfect or highly accomplished. Antonyms: botched. bungled, inept (verb) To complete, bring to perfection.
incisive
Cutting, penetrating. Synonyms: sarcastic, mordant, trenchant, acute.
fleeting
Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness.
teeming
In abundance, fertile, highly productive. Synonyms: swarming, fruitful, fecund, abounding.
edict
A public command or proclamation issued by an authority. Synonym decree.
provisional
Temporary; for the time being. Synonym tentative.
panegyric
A speech or writing of extravagant praise. Synonyms: eulogy, adulation, tribute, laudation (adj. laudatory), encomium. Antonyms: censure, disparagement, derogation, castigation, depreciation.
buffoon
A clown. Synonym harlequin.
respite
(1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain. Synonym surcease. (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence. Synonym reprieve.
vituperate
(noun VITUPERATION; adj. VITUPERATIVE) To scold or blame loudly, find fault with in abusive language. Synonyms: berate, revile.
insidious
Working secretly or slyly. Synonyms: wily, crafty, furtive, treacherous, artful, guileful perfidious.
convivial
Festive; gay. Synonyms: jovial, jocund, mirthful. Antonyms: lugubrious, dolorous, mirthless.
mercenary
Acting solely from a consideration of reward or profit. Synonym venal.
histrionic
Pertaining to the theater; designed for show. Synonyms: dramatic, theatrical.
tenuous
Slender; not substantial; of slight importance
coterie
A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend.
delinquent
(noun) An offender. (adj.) Failing to fulfill an obligation. Synonym derelict.
extraneous
Not essential; foreign; irrelevant. Synonyms: extrinsic, adventitious. Antonyms: germane, intrinsic, inherent, relevant, pertinent.
pecuniary
Pertaining to money. Synonyms:; financial, fiscal, monetary.
articulate
(verb) To speak clearly or distinctly. (adj.) Capable of speech; distinct, clear.
misnomer
A name or term that describes wrongly
hypothesis
An assumption made for the sake of argument. Synonym supposition.
myriad
Innumerable
vernal
Pertaining to spring-an array of vernal flowers. Antonym hibernal (wintry).
abstemious
Moderate in the use of food or drink. Synonym temperate
coalition
(verb COALESCE) Alliance; merging of various units into one unit. Synonyms: amalgamation, consolidation, fusion.
divulge
To make public or reveal. Synonyms: disclose, impart.
kaleidoscopic
Constantly changing or varying in pattern or scenes
erudite
Learned. Synonyms: scholarly, knowing.
shibboleth
A party slogan
chronic
Continuing a long time; habitual-a. chronic complaint, persisting for years.
asseverate
To declare positively; to confirm. Synonyms: assert, avouch, aver, avow, allege. Antonyms: gainsay, controvert, recant, rescind, abjure, disavow.
inveigh
(noun-. INVECTIVE) To speak angrily or bitterly-inveighed against economic discrimination.
ubiquitous
Existing everywhere. Synonyms: omnipresent, universal.
grimace
A distortion of the face to express an attitude or feeling
scintilla
A trace; a particle. Synonyms: iota; vestige.
reverberate
To echo. Synonym resound.
diffident
Lacking in self-confidence- too diffident to lead a group.
cogent
Having the force to compel, usually by appealing to reason. Synonym persuasive.
banter
Good-natured teasing or ridicule.
reciprocal
Mutual; done in return for something received
sacrosanct
Very holy. Synonyms: consecrated, inviolable, hallowed.
fluctuate
To waver from one course to another; to vary irregularly. Synonyms: oscillate, vacillate, undulate, sway.
incognito
With one's identity concealed
confederate
(noun) A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one). Synonyms: collaborator, accomplice. (adj.) United or allied in a conspiracy
compatible
Harmonious; able, to get along together. Synonyms: congruous, consistent. Antonyms: incongruous, discordant, incompatible.
quixotic
Extravagantly romantic or idealistic; highly impractical. Synonyms: utopian, visionary, fantastic.
indefatigable
Untiring. Synonyms: unflagging, unremitting, persevering.
ingenious
Demonstrating originality, skill, or resourcefulness. Synonyms: dextrous, inventive, adroit. Antonyms: maladroit, gauche.
attribute
(verb) Assign. Synonym ascribe (noun) An inherent quality.
improvident
Lacking in thrift; not providing for future needs. Synonyms: prodigal, shiftless.
sanctimonious
Pretending to be religious
indigenous
Native. Synonyms: innate, inborn.
asylum
A place offering shelter and retreat. Synonyms: sanctuary, refuge.
idiosyncrasy
A. personal peculiarity. Synonyms: eccentricity, foible, mannerism, crotchet, aberration, quirk, singularity.
boorish
Unrefined in speech or manners. Synonyms: churlish, uncouth, uncultured, crass. Antonym suave.
coercion
Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will. Synonyms: constraint, restraint, impelling.
innocuous
Harmless; inoffensive
inhibit
To check or hinder. Synonyms: restrain, curb. Antonym promote.
dogmatic
Positive in expressing an opinion; asserting an opinion as though it were an undisputed fact. Synonyms: overbearing, opinionated, peremptory, dictatorial.
raconteur
A skilled storyteller
precipitous
(1) Very steep. (2) Descending rapidly.
devout
Devoted to religious observances. Synonyms: pious, religious. Antonym impious.
diverting
Entertaining
flaunt
Display or wave boastfully
satellite
(1) An attentive or flattering follower. Synonyms: lackey, toady, disciple, adherent; adj., fawning, obsequious, partisan. (2) A country influenced or controlled by another. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body, generally a planet
analogy
(adj. ANALOGOUS) A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics. Synonyms: correspondence, affinity. Antonym anomaly (a deviation from the general rule).
ephemeral
Very short-lived. Synonyms: fleeting, transitory, transient, evanescent. Antonym eternal
crucial
Decisive or critical; difficult.
dispatch
(verb) To do speedily; to send off. Synonym expedite. (noun) A speedy performance; the sending off of something. Synonyms: celerity, alacrity.
cantankerous
Ill-natured; quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition.
hail
To greet. Synonyms: accost, salute.
imminent
Likely to occur soon. Synonym impending.
peremptory
Positive in expressing an opinion. Synonyms: decisive, resolute, imperious, positive, dogmatic. Antonyms: indecisive, tentative.
tremulous
Trembling. Synonym quivering.
paraphrase
To restate the meaning of a passage in other words
plebiscite
A direct vote by the people
affluent
Prosperous, flourishing; copious. Synonyms: opulent, profuse. Antonyms: destitute, impecunious.
ire
Anger -aroused his ire. Synonyms: resentment; (adj.) irate, incensed.
fetish
(1) Something that is believed to have magical powers - savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance. Synonym charm, talisman, amulet. (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography, begun as a hobby, became a fetish.
capricious
Inclined, through some whim or fancy change the mind, purpose, or actions suddenly - a capricious person, undependable in mood or temper. Synonyms: fickle, fitful, changeable, erratic, inconstant, crotchety, whimsical, mercurial. Antonyms: steadfast, constant, even-tempered.
venerable
Deserving respect or reverence because of age - a venerable leader.
disparity
(adj. DISPARATE) Inequality; difference in image, quantity, character, or rank - great disparity between promise and performance.
celestial
Pertaining to the sky; heavenly-a celestial pageant of bright stars. Synonyms: ethereal; (noun) firmament.
extemporaneous
Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation - an extemporaneous speech. Synonyms: impromptu, offhand.
heresy
An opinion held in opposition to the traditional view - a view condemned as heresy. Synonym heterodoxy. Antonym orthodoxy.
quash
To crush; to render void - quashed a rebellion; quashed an indictment. Synonyms: suppress, extinguish, quell; annul.
plebeian
Pertaining to the common people; hence, common or vulgar - plebeian in his tastes and outlook. Antonyms: patrician, aristocratic.
zenith
The highest point - the zenith of his career. Synonyms: acme, apex, culmination, summit. Antonym nadir.
ignominious
(noun IGNOMINY) Incurring public disgrace - suffered an ignominious descent from political power. Synonyms: infamous, degrading, opprobrious, odious. Antonyms: illustrious, renowned, preeminent.
increment
An increase - a salary increment. Synonym accrual.
nautical
Pertaining to ships or navigation - a nautical career. Synonyms: marine, naval, maritime.
allure
To tempt by flattery or an attractive offer - allured by the prospect of a new job. Synonyms: lure, decoy, inveigle, entice, seduce, wheedle, beguile, cajole. Antonym repel.
expatiate
To speak or write at great length - He expatiated on the subject for two hours. Synonym dilate.
obsolete
No longer in use - an obsolete word, not even included by most dictionaries. Synonyms: archaic, antiquated.
precarious
Uncertain or risky - earning a precarious livelihood, providing no luxuries.
anonymous
Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication.
compunction
Regret for wrongdoing - displayed slight compunction for his misdeed. Synonyms: contrition, penitence, atonement, remorse, qualm.
demure
Affectedly or falsely modest or prim; serious demure as a Victorian maiden. Synonyms: sedate, staid, decorous, prudish, coy. Antonyms: immodest, frivolous.
dispel
To drive away; to scatter - dispelled a doubt that had lingered. Synonyms: dissipate, disperse, diffuse.
abrogate
To abolish or render void - a treaty abrogated by mutual consent. Synonyms: annul, nullify, rescind, void.
facetious
Given to joking or inappropriate gaiety; said in fun - brightened the evening with his facetious remarks. Synonyms: jocose, droll, flippant, frivolous. Antonyms: solemn, grave, saturnine.
writhe
To twist about (usually with pain) - writhed in agony on the floor. Synonyms: contort, squirm.
exemplary
(noun EXEMPLAR) Serving as a model; commendable - exemplary conduct approved by all. Synonyms: illustrative, typical; praiseworthy, laudable.
dynamic
Forceful - possessed dynamic energy, tireless and powerful. Synonym energetic. Antonyms: static, inert, dormant, torpid, sluggish, quiescent.
abash
To lose self-confidence; to confuse, put to shame – abashed before the assembled dignitaries. Synonyms: fluster, disconcert, discomfit, discompose. Antonym (adj.) self-possessed
machiavellian
Sacrificing moral principles in order to attain power; politically cunning; crafty - a machiavellian design, wickedly contrived. Synonym unscrupulous.
devoid
Lacking in; not possessing - a speech devoid of even a trace of ill-will. Synonym destitute. Antonyms: abounding, prevalent.
retribution
The reward or punishment exacted for an injury, wickedness, or other action - suffered just retribution for his folly. Synonyms: requital, nemesis.
waive
To give up (privileges, etc.); to do without - waived his rights to the property. Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake.
delectable
Very pleasing - a delectable meal, tastefully prepared. DELETE To erase or cancel, take out or remove - deletedan offensive phrase. Synonyms: expunge, censor, efface, eradicate.
artful
Sly; crafty - attained his mean objective by artful measures. Synonyms: cunning, wily, adroit, ingenious, guileful. Antonyms: guileless, ingenuous, artless.
versatile
Able to do many things skillfully - versatile in all the arts.
inscrutable
Incapable of interpretation or understanding - the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa. Synonyms: unfathomable, cryptic, enigmatic.
panacea
A remedy for all ills - seeking a panacea to cure our social troubles. Synonym nostrum.
labyrinth
(adj. LABYRINTHINE) A structure or intricate passage out of which it is difficult to find one's way (also applied to spiritual and intellectual complexities) - confused by a labyrinth of intellectual discussions. Synonym maze.
incumbent
(noun) An officeholder - the incumbent in an election. (adj.) Obligatory - felt it incumbent to reply. Synonyms: mandatory, imperative.
awry
Unsymmetrical; not straight - the picture, hanging awry on the wall. Synonym askew.
exodus
Departure, emigration - the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland.
lavish
(1) Profuse or generous - lavish in praise. Synonyms: ample, superabundant. (2) Given to extravagance - a lavish spender. Synonyms: prodigal, munificent, magnanimous. Antonyms: parsimonious, niggardly, frugal, penurious.
disconsolate
Depressed; without hope or possibility of consolation - made disconsolate by abject poverty. Synonyms: inconsolable, dejected. Antonyms: blithesome, carefree.
sinister
Threatening or showing evil; dishonest - the sinister look of a gangster.
masquerade
(verb) To assume a deceptive appearance or character - a thief masquerading as an honest man. Synonyms: dissemble, feign. (noun) A disguise; a group of people in disguise or fancy costumes - a masquerade so perfect no one could guess his identity.
consecrate
((1) To set apart as sacred - consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes. Synonyms: hallow, sanctify. Antonym desecrate. (2) To devote or dedicate to some aim - consecrated his life to teaching.
jargon
Confused, unintelligible, meaningless talk; special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade - Variety, a newspaper written in theatrical jargon. Synonyms: gibberish, argot, cant.
aggressive
(noun AGGRESSION. an unprovoked attack) self-assertive; attacking, offensive - annoyed people by his aggressive attitude. Synonyms: bumptious, officious, obtrusive. Antonyms: meek, humble, retiring, diffident.
jeopardy
Danger - His life was in jeopardy. Synonyms: hazard, peril.
retrieve
(1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station. (3) To restore - retrieved his lost fortunes.
deluge
A great flood; downpour - a spring deluge which caused the river to overflow.
fealty
Faithfulness - The soldiers were pledged to fealty to their ruler. Synonyms: allegiance, constancy, fidelity. Antonyms: disloyalty, infidelity, treachery.
erratic
Irresponsible, eccentric; lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior, reflecting his queer ideas.
hovel
A dirty or wretched dwelling - born in a hovel, died in a mansion.
equanimity
(adj. EQUABLE) Evenness of temper or mind - suffered his cruel fate with equanimity. Synonyms: serenity, composure, imperturbability, aplomb.
sally
(verb) To rush forth suddenly - sallied out to meet the enemy. (noun) A Witty remark - amused the audience with his sallies against his opponent. Synonyms: quip, banter.
dictum
Art authoritative statement; a saying-an imperial dictum demanding instant compliance.
epigram
A brief pointed saying - a speech full of original epigrams. Synonyms: maxim proverb, adage.
virago
A scolding or ill-tempered woman - My neighbor's wife is a virago. Synonyms: shrew, termagant, vixen.
emissary
A person sent on an errand or mission - delegated his emissary to conclude a pact.
lucid
Clear; transparent; easily understood - a lucid explanation of a difficult text. Synonyms: pellucid, perspicuous, intelligible, limpid, luminous, translucent. Antonyms: abstruse, obscure.
devious
((1) Winding; indirect - took a devious, rather than the direct way home. Synonym circuitous. (2) Straying from the right course - used devious means to attain his wicked ends. Synonyms: crooked, erring.
proximity
Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home. Synonyms: propinquity, vicinity. Antonym remoteness.
poignant
(1) Gripping and moving the feelings powerfully - a poignant grief. (2) Piercing, biting, pointed - a poignant cry; poignant wit.
platitude
A dull and commonplace remark - bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes. Synonyms: bromide, truism, axiom.
prelude
An introduction, forerunner, or preliminary step - a short prelude to the play. Synonyms: preface, prologue, preamble. Antonym epilogue.
tantamount
Equivalent - an act that is tantamount to treason.
larceny
Theft - indicted for grand larceny.
hyperbole
Extravagant exaggeration for effect - An example of hyperbole "There are a million objections to the project." Synonym overstatement. Antonym understatement.
succulent
juicy - a succulent steak. Antonyms: desiccated, vapid.
complacent
Self-satisfied - looked on his own performance with a complacent smile. Synonym smug.
gregarious
Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd - gregarious sheep; that gregarious animal, man. Antonyms: lone, aloof.
radical
(noun) One who advocates extreme basic changes - The reform movement was led by a radical. (adj.) Thorough, extreme - radical measures adopted to meet the emergency. Antonym (noun and adj.) conservative.
chauvinist
An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country. Synonym jingoist.
fulsome
Disgustingly excessive - nauseated by fulsome praise.
fervid
Spirited; ardent - a fervid debater, full of emotion. Synonyms: perfervid, impassioned, zealous, fervent, vehement.
scrutinize
To examine carefully -scrutinized the contents of the letter.
nonchalant
Unmoved or indifferent; casual - reacted to the news in a nonchalant manner. Synonym apathetic. Antonyms: enthusiastic, zealous.
flaccid
Lacking firmness - muscles grown flaccid after the illness. Synonyms: flabby, limp.
armistice
A temporary suspension of hostilities. The armistice halted the war. Synonym truce
extinct
No longer existing or active - the extinct dinosaur, alive only in history. Synonym defunct. Antonym extant.
entreat
To beg earnestly – entreated the judge to show mercy. Synonyms: solicit, supplicate, beseech, implore, importune; (adj.) importunate, mendicant, suppliant
err
(noun ERRATUM) To be mistaken or go astray - To err is human, to forgive divine. Synonyms: stray, blunder.
resentment
Feeling of displeasure or indignation resulting from mistreatment or abuse - showed resentment at what he considered an unwarranted insult. Synonyms: umbrage, dudgeon, animosity.
acumen
Keenness of mind or insight - showing exceptional business acumen. Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception. Antonym obtuseness.
anthology
A collection of choice literary works – an anthology of modern poetry.
anarchy
State of confusion or lawlessness - a country brought to utter anarchy by civil war. Synonyms: chaos, pandemonium.
import
(noun) Meaning; significance or importance - a matter of great import. Synonyms: purport, moment, consequence.
untenable
Incapable of being defended or held - withdrew the argument as untenable.
elucidate
To make clear; to explain – elucidated his theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it. Synonym clarify.
bulwark
(1) An embankment used as a fortification - a lofty bulwark for defense. Synonym rampart. 2) A person, idea, or object serving as a protection - acted as a bulwark in the fight against crime.
accord
Agreement or harmony - in full accord with his view. Synonyms: concord, concurrence. Antonyms: dissension, discord
monologue
A speech by one person - The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. Synonym soliloquy. Antonyms: colloquy (adj. colloquial) conversation between two or more persons; dialogue conversation between two persons.
captious
Quick to find fault about trifles- a captious critic pouncing on slight laws. Synonyms: hypercritical, carping, carviling, censorious.
callous
Unfeeling or insensitive - made callous by long suffering. Synonyms: insensible, obdurate.
forensic
Pertaining to public discussion or law courts - a lawyer gifted in forensic debate. Synonyms: rhetorical, oratorical.
adversary
(adj. ADVERSE) An opponent - his adversary in a bitter debate. Synonym antagonist. Antonyms: cohort, confederate, ally, accomplice.
exultation
Great rejoicing - received the good news with exultation. Synonym jubilation.
condole
(noun CONDOLENCE) To express sympathy with another in sorrow, pain, or misfortune - condoled with each other in their grief. Synonyms: commiserate, show compassion, solace.
haughty
Proud; looking down with contempt on others - dismissed the messenger in a haughty manner.
ambiguous
Uncertain, vague, capable of being inter- in more than one way - puzzled by the ambiguous statement. Synonyms: hazy, obscure, equivocal, dubious, nebulous. Antonyms: explicit, unquestionable.
integrity
Honesty, moral soundness - a man of proved integrity. Synonyms: probity, uprightness, incorruptibility.
adversity
Misfortune - calm in the face of adversity. Synonyms: affliction, mischance, reverses.
jettison
To throw overboard (as cargo); to throw off (as a burden or something in the way )- jettisoned their old candidate as a political liability.
collusion
Working together secretly for an evil purpose - acted in collusion to overthrow the government. Synonyms: collaboration, conspiracy, conniving, machination.
blemish
(verb) To scar or spoil - Bad associates blemished his character; (noun) A disfigurement, defect - a character without a blemish.
clement
Merciful; gentle - a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency. Synonyms: compassionate, forbearing. Antonyms: relentless, ruthless.
irksome
Tedious, monotonous - an irksome chore that no one liked.
accolade
An award or salute - a tremendous accolade for a returning hero. Synonyms: tribute, ovation
querulous
Given to fault-finding and complaining - Her querulous nature estranged many people. Synonyms: fretful, whining, captious, carping, peevish, petulant. Antonym affable.
affable
Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman. Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial. Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly.
oblivious
(noun OBLIVION) Forgetful; absent-minded - walking oblivious of his surroundings. Synonyms: unmindful, heedless, abstracted.
indoomitable
Stubborn in determination not to be subdued - indomitable courage. Synonyms: insuperable, irrepressible, invincible, unyielding. Antonyms: tractable, amenable, docile, submissive.
dissent
(noun DISSENSION) To disagree; to differ in opinion - He dissented violently, rejecting compromise.
transgress
To break a law or command; to violate a moral principle; to overstep a moral bound or limit - transgressed the bounds of decency; transgressed the law.
approbation
Approval; praise -a plan that met with hearty approbation. Synonyms: sanction, commendation. Antonym disapprobation.
petrify
To paralyze with horror, fear, or surprise - petrified by the enemy bombardment. Synonyms: stupefy, stun, bewilder, amaze.
immaculate
Spotless; pure - an immaculate reputation. Synonyms: undefiled, unsullied, unblemished, untarnished. Antonyms: defiled, sullied, blemished.
aristocracy
Government by the best people; a privileged class -special privileges enjoyed by the aristocracy. Synonym oligarchy. Antonym democracy.
nostalgia
Homesickness - felt nostalgia for the old homestead.
vicarious
Taking the place of another; felt, received, or done in place of another - took vicarious pleasure in his brother's victory.
simper
(verb) To smile in a silly or affected way simpered as he greeted each guest. (noun) An affected or silly smile - stood nervously, a simper on his face. Synonym (verb and noun) smirk.
implacable
Incapable of being soothed, made peaceful, or forgiving - implacable resentment. Synonyms: unrelenting, inexorable, unappeasable. Antonyms: placable, forbearing.
soporific
Tending to induce sleep - a poorly written novel, soporific in effect.
fortuitous
Accidental - a fortuitous meeting with a friend in need. Synonyms: casual, incidental, adventitious, random.
credulous
Inclined to believe anything; easily imposed upon - a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe. Synonym gullible. Antonyms: incredulous, skeptical.
obsession
A persistent feeling, idea, activity, etc., which dominates a person; the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea - Now that he has learned bowling, it has become his obsession. Synonyms: mania, infatuation (a foolish passion), monomania.
accede
To agree to - accede to a request. Synonym assent. Antonym demur
biased
Prejudiced - misled by a biased point of view. Synonyms: bigoted, arbitrary, partial, partisan. Antonyms: disinterested, equitable.
apt
(noun APTITUDE, APTNESS) ((1) Likely; inclined or disposed - apt to succeed. Synonym prone. (2) Fit, suitable - an apt remark. Synonyms: appropriate, felicitous. (3) Skillful, expert - apt at woodcarving. Synonyms: deft, dextrous, adept. Antonym inept.
esoteric
Understood by only a select few - an esoteric subject, discussed only by scholars. Synonyms: abstruse, recondite.
sanguinary
Bloody - a sanguinary battle. Synonym gory.
promontory
A cliff - an imposing promontory along the coast. Synonyms: headland, precipice.
augment
To increase or enlarge - an army augmented by numerous enlistments. Synonyms: enhance, amplify. Antonyms: abate, curtail.
epicurean
(noun) A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure - an epicurean, seeking to enjoy every meal. (adj.) Pleasure-loving - His entire existence demonstrated his epicurean tastes.
deity
A god -The sun was a deity to ancient peoples. Synonym divinity.
felicity
(adj. FELICITOUS) (1) A state of happiness - promoted felicity in the nation. Synonym bliss. (2) A high ability - lie has a felicity of language, mastery of the well-chosen phrase.
concede
To yield; to admit as true; to grant - conceded victory to a superior force. Synonyms: acquiesce, capitulate.
punitive
Inflicting, or concerned with, punishment - took punitive measures against deserters.
notorious
Widely known (in a bad sense) - a notorious gambler.
creditable
Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor - applauded for his creditable performance. Synonyms: praiseworthy, meritorious, commendable. Antonyms: discreditable, infamous, opprobrious, ignominious.
dolorous
Sorrowful; mournful - a dolorous song full of sorrow for past joys. Synonyms: doleful, lugubrious, grievous. Antonyms: jocund, blithe, mirthful.
bog
A swamp - sank into the spongy bog. Synonyms: morass, fen, quagmire, mire.
deplete
To empty or to use up - depleted the public treasury by vast building programs. Synonyms: exhaust, drain. Antonyms: replenish; (adj.) replete.
peruse
To read carefully - perused the important letter.
apprise
To inform –apprised his lieutenants of the new situation.
apprehensive
(verb APPREHEND) Fearful - Being unprepared, John is apprehensive of the examination.
flagrant
Outstandingly bad - condemned for his flagrant abuse of power. Synonyms: glaring, scandalous, notorious, conspicuous, gross.
acrimonious
Sharp or harsh in language or temper - stung by the acrimonious remark. Synonyms: caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity. Antonyms: suave, affable,
ludicrous
Ridiculous; producing laughter - a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. Synonyms: mirthful, droll, comical, absurd. Antonyms: doleful, lugubrious, dismal.
irascible
Easily angered - Even petty things made Peter irascible. Synonyms: choleric, petulant, testy, peevish, splenetic, touchy. Antonyms: placid, equable.
obdurate
Hard-hearted; stubborn - an obdurate, unrepentant criminal. Synonyms: adamant, unyielding, inflexible. Antonyms: submissive, docile, compliant.
festoon
(noun) A garland of flowers, leaves, etc. hung between two points - the room bright with festoons of Thanksgiving decorations. (verb) To hang with festoons - a room festooned with spring flowers.
sporadic
Occurring singly, at irregular intervals; scattered - sporadic cases of illness.
recapitulate
To restate in a brief, concise form; to sum up - recapitulated the main ideas.
genesis
Origin - chemistry, which had its genesis in alchemy. Synonym inception.
meretricious
Attracting in a false, cheap, or showy manner- a meretricious beauty that is too flashy to be real. Synonyms: tawdry, specious.
depreciate
To belittle or speak slightingly of - depreciated John's acting ability. Synonyms: disparage, derogate (adj. derogatory). Antonyms: enhance, magnify, extol, laud, eulogize.
lethal
Deadly - a lethal weapon. Synonyms: mortal, fatal.
sovereign
Supreme m power and authority; independent of the control of any other government - possessing sovereign powers; a sovereign state. Synonyms: autonomous, imperial, majestic, paramount.
demagogue
A leader who tries to stir the passions of people for his own purposes - the mob roused by an unprincipled demagogue.
effete
No longer productive; hence, lacking in or, worn out - powerful in ancient days, now an effete civilization.
noisome
Foul-smelling; harmful-the swamp gave off a noisome odor. Synonyms: malodorous, fetid, disgusting; noxious, deleterious. Antonym salubrious.
benevolent
Kindly; charitable - like a benevolent monarch, bestowing many favors. Synonyms: benign, benignant, gracious, magnanimous. Antonyms: malevolent, malignant.
luminary
An eminent person; a celestial body - the platform graced by a number of luminaries.
feasible
Workable - a feasible plan, proved practical by - previous experience. Antonym impracticable.
trivial
Of little - importance - a trivial offense. Synonym paltry. Antonyms: gross, momentous.
calumniate
To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another's reputation; slander - calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors. Synonyms: asperse, vilify, defame, scandalize.
turgid
(1) Swollen, inflated - turgid rivers overflowing their banks. Synonyms: bloated, distended. (2) Using big or high-sounding words - a turgid prose style. Synonyms: pompous, bombastic, prolix.
apathy
(adj. APATHETIC) Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest - attributed his failure to apathy, rather than lack of ability. Synonyms: torpor, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, languor, lassitude, dispassion; (verb) languish. Antonyms: zeal, animation.
antithesis
(adj. ANTITHETICAL) Contrast; the direct opposite - His selfish attitude seemed to me the antithesis o patriotism.
consensus
General agreement - The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. Synonym accord.
whim
(adj. WHIMSICAL) A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment. Synonyms: caprice, vagary, crotchet.
allay
To calm; to lessen in severity - at ease now that his fears have been allayed. Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate. Antonyms: intensify, aggravate.
truculent
(noun TRUCULENCE) Cruel, fierce; harsh; threatening or intimidating savagely - a dispute marked by a truculent attitude on both sides.
sleazy
Flimsy and cheap - sleazy cloth which is used only in cheap garments. Synonym unsubstantial.
hoax
(noun) A trick or deception; a practical joke - played a hoax upon the credulous public. Synonym canard. (verb) To play a trick on; to deceive - He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise.
inference
A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises - an inference drawn from his remarks. Synonyms: deduction, implication.
anachronism
A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time - A machine gun at the Battle of Yorktown would be an anachronism.
egregious
Outstandingly bad an egregious mistake with serious implications.
recumbent
Lying down; leaning back or down - resting in a recumbent position.
refute
To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument. Synonyms: rebut, confute. Antonyms: substantiate, confirm, corroborate.
prerogative
A privilege or power attaching to a position - It is a woman's prerogative to refuse to tell her age. Synonym license.
delineate
To sketch or portray - striking features, delineated by a master artist.
proletariat
The wage-earning class - a truckman, humble member of the proletariat.
alacrity
Eagerness; cheerful promptness - responded to the flattering offer with alacrity. Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation. Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism.
fallacious
(noun FALLACY) Unsound; misleading; deceptive - led astray by fallacious reasoning and plans.
candid
(noun CANDOR) Frank, outspoken; impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright. Synonyms: artless, ingenuous, unbiased. Antonyms: guileful, evasive.
impale
To pierce through with a pointed instrument - impaled a spider to the wall.
impervious
Incapable of being penetrated - a mind impervious to new ideas. Synonyms: impermeable, impenetrable. Antonyms: permeable, pervasive.
feign
(noun FEINT) To pretend - He feigned to be angry, but we saw through his pretense. Synonyms: dissemble, sham, dissimulate, affect.
procrastinate
To postpone or put off to another time - missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long. Synonyms: defer, delay.
assiduous
Industrious - an assiduous worker, toiling long hours. Synonyms: sedulous, attentive, diligent, indefatigable. Antonyms: indolent, slothful.
ostracize
To banish; to exclude from public favor or privileges - a former premier ostracized by popular vote. Synonym outlaw.
harangue
(verb) To deliver a long. noisy speech- harangued the multitude. Synonyms: rant, declaim. (noun) A loud, tiresome speech - an empty harangue which bored his audience. Synonym tirade.
zealous
(noun ZEALOT fanatic) Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student, first in his class. Antonym perfunctory.
pedant
(adj. PEDANTIC) One who proudly shows off his learning or who overrates his knowledge - like a pedant glorying in his scholarly trifles.
expurgate
To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material - expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold. Synonyms: purge, delete.
dilemma
A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives; hence, a difficult or perplexing situation - faced with a dilemma defying solution. Synonyms: predicament, quandary, plight.
dispassionate
Free from feeling or partiality - coldly dispassionate as the chairman of the meeting. Synonyms: palm, impartial. Antonym partial.
exceptionable
Objectionable - exceptionable behavior, universally criticized. Synonyms: questionable, reprehensible, censurable. Antonym laudable.
countenance
(noun) A face - His countenance expressed his complete disgust. Synonym visage. (verb) To approve - refused to countenance disrespectful conduct. Synonym sanction.
blandishment
A flattering speech or act - attracted people by his blandishments.
heedless
Thoughtless; taking little care - rushed into battle, heedless of the danger. Synonyms: inadvertent, rash, incautious. Antonyms: prudent, circumspect, mindful, wary.
ingratiate
To win another's favor or good opinion tried to ingratiate himself with the politician.
corpulent
Fat - corpulent due to excessive eating. Synonyms: obese, portly. Antonyms: gaunt, lank, emaciated, peaked.
allude
(noun ALLUSION) To refer to indirectly - alluded quite subtly to his friend's misfortune. Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply. Antonyms: refer, cite.
construe
(noun CONSTRUCTION) To interpret, explain the sense of, or analyze - construed the statement to his own advantage.
annals
Historical records - in the annals of literature.
elicit
To draw out – elicited no response from the audience. Synonyms: evoke, extract, extort.
judicious
Wise; using or exhibiting good judgment - a well-chosen plan, termed judicious by all. Synonyms: discreet, politic, discerning.
contemptuous
Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) - cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate. Synonyms: supercilious, scornful, disdainful, contumelious.
ennui
Boredom; weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui.
impugn
To attack or criticize as false; to call in question - impugned his honesty.
commodious
Roomy - a commodious apartment. Synonyms: spacious, capacious, ample.
murky
Dark; cloudy - a murky cavern. Synonyms: dismal, tenebrous, fuliginous. Antonyms: resplendent, glowing, lustrous, luminous, fulgent, coruscating.
hiatus
A gap or vacancy; break -left a hiatus on the page where he erased a sentence. Synonym breach.
baneful
(noun BANE poison; source of harm) Destructive, poisonous - a baneful effect, causing serious injury. Synonyms: deleterious, pernicious, virulent, noxious, toxic. Antonym beneficent.
clandestine
Secret; stealthy - a clandestine meeting known only to a few. Synonyms: furtive, covert, surreptitious. Antonyms: overt, manifest, above-board.
pertinacious
Clinging doggedly to an opinion or purpose - pertinacious in his efforts. Synonyms: obdurate, tenacious, persistent, persevering, intractable, inflexible.
edify
To instruct or uplift, particularly in morals or religion - a story that edifies the reader, as well as entertains him.
innuendo
An indirect reference or suggestion (frequently derogatory) - conveyed his idea by innuendo. Synonyms: (verb) intimate, insinuate.
heinous
Wicked; hateful - committed a heinous crime. Synonyms: atrocious, outrageous, monstrous, odious, nefarious, abominable.
insatiable
Unable to be satisfied - insatiable greed. Synonyms:. unappeasable, unquenchable, insatiate.
tangible
Real; actual - tangible gains which may be seen, and counted. Synonyms: material, veritable, perceptible, substantial.
ejaculate
To exclaim or utter suddenly – ejaculated a cry of horror.
peccadillo
A petty fault-possesses one peccadillo among his many virtues. Synonyms: frailty, foible, flaw, blemish.
cabal
A small group of persons engaged in plotting - a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government. Synonyms: junto, faction.
reprisal
Injury inflicted in turn for one received - took action in reprisal against his neighbor. Synonym retaliation.
prognosticate
(noun PROGNOSIS) To forecast - The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily. Synonyms: presage, portend, augur, forebode.
gossamer
(noun) A very thin gauzelike fabric or structure - a poem so delicate that it seemed an unreal gossamer. (adj.) Thin and light - the gossamer wings of a dragon fly. Synonyms: diaphanous, flimsy, gauzelike Antonyms: substantial, ponderous.
tenet
A principle of belief held as true - a tenet of religion which be maintained loyally. Synonyms: creed, doctrine, dogma.
credible
Worthy of belief - a credible story, true to life. Antonym incredible.
autocratic
Despotic - feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler. Synonym tyrannical. Antonym benevolent.
authentic
Genuine -proved to be an authentic document. Synonyms: veritable, bona fide. Antonyms: apocryphal, counterfeit, spurious, bogus.
didactic
Designed to teach, imparting a lesson - a poem with a didactic purpose. Synonym pedagogical.
supine
(1) Lying flat on the back - resting in a supine position. Antonym erect. (2) Inert, inactive, averse to taking action - a supine, ineffective administrator. Synonyms: listless, torpid.
morose
Gloomy; ill-humored - shunned because of his morose temper. Synonyms: sulky, crabbed, sullen, splenetic, saturnine. Antonyms: blithe, genial.
vanquish
To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.
genealogy
A record of a person's or a family's ancestors or relatives - an interesting genealogy, including saints and sinners. Synonym lineage.
baton
A stick or staff - The conductor wielded his baton gracefully.
cynical
Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others - belittled the hero with a cynical remark. Synonyms: sarcastic, surly.
ken
Range of sight or understanding - something beyond our ken. Synonym insight.
exploit
(verb) To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers. (noun) A brilliant deed - lauded for his exploits in science. Synonym feat.
onus
Burden; duty; obligation - bore the onus of his difficult office creditably.
pseudonym
A false name assumed by a writer - concealed his identity by a pseudonym. Synonyms: alias, pen name, nom de plume.
spurn
To refuse or reject with contempt - an offer that was spurned instantly. Synonyms: repel, snub.
crass
Coarse and stupid - displayed crass ignorance. Synonym gross.
scourge
(verb) To punish severely; to afflict; to whip - a disease that scourged the country. Synonyms: excoriate, flay. (noun). A whip or other means of punishment; a cause of affliction - The Black Plague was a dreadful scourge of the Middle Ages. Synonym tribulation.
condone
To forgive or overlook (an offense) - condoned the deed, in view of the offender's age. Synonyms: extenuate, palliate, mitigate, gloss.
nettle
To irritate or provoke - nettled by his critics. Synonyms: vex, pique, goad.
gibe
(variant spelling JIBE) To laugh at; to utter with scorn - gibed at his enemy mercilessly. Synonyms: mock, sneer, jeer, scoff, flout, deride (adj. derisive), rail, taunt.
frustrate
To prevent (the attainment of an object); to defeat or render ineffectual - His scholastic progress was frustrated by a serious illness. Synonyms: balk, thwart, foil, baffle, obstruct, discomfit. Antonym abet.
temporize
To delay or refuse to commit oneself in order to gain time - temporized while his friends hurried to his aid. Synonym equivocate.
ghastly
Horrible, deathlike - a ghastly disaster which shocked the world. Synonyms: gruesome, grisly, pallid, macabre, grim, lurid.
cadaverous
Corpselike; hence, haggard, pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment. Synonyms: ghastly, gaunt, pallid (noun pallor), wan, ashen. Antonyms: rubicund, florid.
distraught
Mentally distressed; distracted - distraught by trials and tribulations. Synonym harassed.
ramification
A branching; sub-division - studied the subject in all its ramifications.
aesthetic
Pertaining to the beautiful - interested in aesthetic values rather than in purely practical affairs.
epithet
A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing - "Glaring" error is a commonly used epithet. Synonyms: characterization , appellation
credence
Trust or belief - gave little credence to the rumor. Synonym conviction. Antonym skepticism.
taunt
(verb). To reproach with contempt - taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly. Synonyms: mock, twit, gibe, sneer, deride. (noun) An insulting, jeering, or bitter remark - hurled taunts at his foes.
academic
Pertaining to school; theoretical academic interests; an academic discussion, with no practical implications. Synonym scholastic
accelerate
- To quicken, speed tip - took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. Synonym expedite (adj. expeditious). Antonym retard.
lachrymose
Causing or given to shedding tears - a lachrymose tragedy.
sartorial
Pertaining to a tailor or clothes - a picture of sartorial perfection.
cacophonous
Unharmonious sounding - a cacophonous blare of trumpets, noisy and discordant. Synonyms: dissonant, discordant, blatant, strident, raucous. Antonyms: mellifluous, euphonious, dulcet.
raze
To tear down completely- razed the old building. Synonyms: level. Antonym rear.
rue
(adj. RUEFUL) To be sorry for-He will rue the day he left home. Synonyms: regret, repent.
prevaricate
To disguise or conceal the truth to lie - prevaricated in order to avoid detection. Synonyms: quibble, equivocate; (adj.) mendacious. Antonyms: (noun) veracity, verity; (adj.) forthright.
avarice
Excessive greed - a fortune accumulated by avarice and miserliness. Synonyms: covetousness, cupidity, avidity. Antonym magnanimity.
condign
Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) - received condign punishment for his crime.
resilient
Elastic; light-hearted; possessing power of recovery - a resilient Spirit, refusing to admit defeat. Synonyms: flexible, pliable, supple, limber.
egotistic
Conceited - an egotistic person, flourishing on praise. Synonyms: egocentric, vain. Antonym altruistic.
ingenuous
Simple and straightforward; concealing nothing - an ingenuous plan that anyone could see through. Synonyms: unsophisticated, naive, candid. Antonym sophisticated.
deference
Submitting to the wishes or judgment of another - yielded out of deference to the old man. Synonyms: respect, complaisance, veneration. Antonym recalcitrance.
castigate
To punish or criticize severely - castigated for using improper language. Synonyms: reprove, upbraid, reprehend, censure, reprimand, chasten. Antonyms: commend, eulogize, laud.
dissolute
Living loosely; unrestrained in conduct or morals - his life wasted by dissolute conduct. Synonyms: debauched, dissipated, profligate.
expound
(noun EXPOSITION) To set forth in detail; to explain - expounded his theory in a learned article.
animus
A feeling of hatred-felt no animus, even against the enemy. Synonyms: enmity, rancor, malevolence, animosity. Antonym amity.
sultry
Close, hot, and moist - sultry tropical weather.
denounce
(noun DENUNCIATION) To speak against - denounced by the press as a traitor. Synonyms: stigmatize, censure, reprehend, castigate- Antonyms: laud, eulogize.
bizarre
Queer; unusual in appearance- bizarre clothes, outlandish in the extreme. Synonyms: odd, fantastic, grotesque, eccentric.
mottled
Spotted or streaked with varied colors - a mottled pony. Synonyms: blotched, dappled.
caricature
A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features - not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature.
cursory
Hurried; hence, superficial - Time permitted only a cursory examination. Antonyms: painstaking, meticulous. CURT Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response. Synonyms: blunt, brusque, bluff. Antonyms: affable, civil.
remunerative
Profitable - a remunerative job. Synonyms: lucrative, gainful.
engender
To cause, produce, or stir up-an act that engendered good will.
malicious
(noun MALICE) Bearing, or acting with, deliberate ill-will or spite - hurting with malicious intent. Synonyms: rancorous, malignant, malevolent, virulent, vindictive. Antonym benign.
presumption
(1) Something taken for granted - acted on a reasonable presumption. (2) Going beyond proper bounds; impudent boldness - His question was downright presumption. Synonyms: effrontery, forwardness, arrogance.
mundane
Of, or pertaining to, the world, as contrasted with the spirit - mundane affairs. Synonyms: earthly, terrestrial, secular, temporal.
bibliophile
A lover of books - The bibliophile fingered the old book fondly. Antonym bibliophobe.
microcosm
A little world, or a universe in miniature this village, a microcosm of the great outside world. Antonym macrocosm (world on a large scale).
novice
A beginner - conducted himself in politics like a novice. Synonyms: tyro, neophyte. Antonym virtuoso.
bumptious
Obnoxiously conceited or self-assertive - a bumptious monitor, puffed up with his own importance. Synonyms: aggressive, arrogant, contumelious, overbearing.
stoic
Indifferent, calm in bearing pain or pleasure; practising remarkable self-control over emotions - maintained a stoic attitude despite all his trials. Synonyms: stolid, impassive.
mutable
Given to frequent change in nature, mood, or form - mutable in mood as a spring wind. Synonyms: vacillating, fickle, inconstant, fitful, mercurial, wavering, capricious. Antonyms: constant, steady.
ecclesiastic
(adj.) Pertaining to the clergy or the church - recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. Antonyms: secular, lay. (noun) A clergyman - an ecclesiastic of liberal views.
redolent
(1) Fragrant - a room redolent of roses. Synonym aromatic. (2) Reminiscent of - redolent of olden times.
rudimentary
In an early stage of development - possessing only a rudimentary, knowledge of physics. Synonym incipient.
epitaph
A tombstone inscription - an epitaph engraved on marble.
cringe
To shrink in fear - cringing before superior force. Synonyms: cower, flinch, fawn, truckle, wince.
expedient
(adj.) Convenient in helping to attain some purpose - found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment. Synonyms: opportune, seasonable. (noun) A means to accomplish something - tried all expedients to achieve a quick result.
copious
Plentiful - shed copious tears at the bad news. Synonyms: profuse, bountiful, abundant. Antonyms: meager, scant.
circumspect
Cautious - looked about him circumspectly. Synonyms: prudent, vigilant, discreet, wary. Antonyms: rash, indiscreet, reckless, precipitate, foothardy, temerarious, headstrong.
homonym
Two words having the same sound but different meanings - confusing such homonyms as mail add male.
latent
Hidden; present but not fully developed - latent talent that time will reveal. Synonyms: dormant, quiescent, covert, potential. Antonyms: apparent, patent.
parody
(noun) A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms - wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din." Synonym burlesque. (verb) To write a parody - parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement. Synonym Mimic.
omnipotent
All-powerful - an omnipotent despot.
compensation
Payment for services - just compensation for his labor. Synonyms: stipend, remuneration, recompense, emolument.
abandon
To give up completely - abandoned the sinking ship. Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake
disconcert
To confuse; to embarrass - disconcerted by his suspicious stare. Synonyms: perturb, discomfit, discompose, abash, disquiet, fluster.
ponderous
Very heavy; clumsy; dull - a ponderous speech, extremely boring.
forbear
(noun FORBEARANCE) To exercise self control; to keep from - forbearing to shoot the animal despite temptation. Synonyms: restrain, abstain.
jaunty
Having an air of easy carelessness or liveliness - walked with a jaunty step. Synonyms: sprightly, airy, gay, nonchalant, debonair. Antonyms: somber, staid.
cumbrous
Burdensome and clumsy - a cumbrous knapsack, impeding his march. Synonyms: cumbersome, unwieldy, bulk. CURB To control, check, or restrain - forcibly curbed the people's protest. Synonyms: repress, subdue.
vaunt
To boast - proudly vaunted his strength. Synonyms: brag (noun braggadocio, braggart), proclaim.
ostensible
Apparent; pretended - his ostensible, though not actual, purpose. Synonyms: professed, plausible (that is, appearing true, reasonable, or fair), specious.
laconic
Saying much in few words - a laconic reply that spoke volumes. Synonyms: concise, pithy, terse, succinct, taciturn, reticent. Antonyms: verbose, prolix, redundant, diffuse, tautological, turgid, garrulous, voluble.
sagacious
(noun SAGACITY) Wise; shrewd - proved to be sagacious in his judgment. Synonyms: perspicacious, astute, sapient, discerning, sage.
prestige
Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation - As Senator he enjoyed great prestige. Synonym distinction.
impropriety
Improper act, manners, or expression - guilty of impropriety in public office. Synonyms: indecency, indecorum. Antonym amenity.
incarcerate
To imprison - crushed his opponents by incarcerating them. Synonyms: intern, immure. Antonyms: emancipate, enfranchise.
belie
To give a false idea of - His gracious manner belled his evil purpose. Synonym misrepresent
impeach
(1) To accuse (a public official) of wrongdoing - impeached the judge for accepting a bribe. Synonym arraign. (2) To cast discredit upon - impeached his motives. Synonyms: call in question, discredit.
deplore
To express sorrow or grief over - a lamentable situation deplored by all parties. Synonyms: lament, decry, grieve.
slovenly
Untidy-severely criticized the student's slovenly appearance. Synonyms: slipshod, slatternly, frowzy.
mimic
To make fun of or copy by imitating - mimicked the comedian's gestures.
arbiter
A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute - a fair decision rendered by the arbiter. Synonyms: mediator, arbitrator
deprecate
To plead or argue against a certain course of action - deprecated the proposal severely. Synonyms: remonstrate, protest, decry, expostulate. Antonym sanction.
arid
Dry; barren - the arid desert land. Synonyms: jejune, parched. Antonyms: arable, fertile.
veneer
A superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority - pierced beneath his thin veneer of elegance. Synonym gloss.
mediocre
Average in quality - a mediocre performance, unworthy of his talents.
vicissitude
A change from one condition to another, often unexpected - suffered many vicissitudes of fortune.
gesticulate
To make gestures, or indicate feelings by. motions - gesticulated wildly to show his distress.
diverse
(verb DIVERSIFY; noun DIVISIBILITY) Varied; different - two diverse characters; one candid, the other insincere. Synonym multifarious.
itinerant
Traveling about; wandering - an itinerant salesman. Synonym nomadic.
consternation
Amazement; lack of courage caused by fearful prospect - The threat struck deep consternation into John. Synonyms: dismay, bewilderment.
discourse
To converse or talk; to discuss - discoursed at length on the rise of political parties. DISCRETE Separate - two discrete issues, totally unrelated.
fatuous
Foolish; silly - a fatuous suggestion that struck us as stupid. Synonyms: inane, vacuous, puerile. Antonyms: judicious, sagacious, sage.
archetype
An original pattern - copies reproduced from the archetype. Synonym prototype. Antonyms: Stereotype, facsimile, replica.
implicit
(1) Implied but not clearly expressed - an implicit agreement. (2) Unquestioning - implicit confidence. Synonyms: tacit, implied. Antonym explicit.
dearth
Scarcity - a dearth of news, brought about by censorship. Antonyms: plethora, abundance.
motley
Of various colors; of mixed ingredients - a motley costume; a motley crowd. Synonyms: checkered (referring to a varied career), piebald, variegated, diverse, heterogeneous. Antonym homogeneous.
auspicious
Indicating a happy outcome - The prospect for this project appears auspicious. Synonyms: propitious, fortunate. Antonyms: ominous, foreboding.
dilettante
One who dabbles in the fine arts for amusement only and without concentrated study - a doctor by profession, a dilettante in art. Synonyms: amateur, connoisseur.
blight
To ruin or decay - the rotting wheat, blighted by incessant rain. Synonyms: wither, blast
longevity
Prolonged duration of life - a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants.
culpable
Deserving blame or censure - removed from office for culpable negligence. Synonyms: censurable, reprehensible.
atheist
One who denies that God exists - The atheist declared, "There is no God." Synonyms: infidel, agnostic, skeptic.
temporal
Worldly, as opposed to spiritual; existing for a time only - a man preoccupied with temporal matters. Synonyms: mundane, secular, civil.
glib
Smooth-spoken, fluent - a glib liar, distorting the truth effortlessly.
sinecure
Employment entailing little or no responsibility or labor - His job was a sinecure.
low
To bellow softly like cattle - the lowing herd in the meadow. Synonym moo.
craven
(noun) Coward - the deed of a craven, motivated by fear. Synonym. Poltroon. (adj.) Cowardly - a craven act which shocked the world. Synonyms: pusillanimous, dastardly. Antonyms: stalwart, intrepid, valiant, stout-hearted.
impregnable
Unconquerable - an impregnable fortress. Synonym invincible. Antonym vulnerable.
abet
To encourage -or support - treacherously abetted the enemy. Synonyms: spur, incite. Antonym deter
circumvent
To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception; to go around - circumvented the law by evasive practices. Synonyms: thwart, balk, outwit, delude.
meander
To walk about (or talk) aimlessly; to wind about (as a stream) - meandered through the town, looking into shop windows. Synonym ramble.
imprecation
A curse - hurled imprecations at those who would not listen to him. Synonyms: execration, malediction, anathema. Antonyms: benediction, benison.
bereave
To deprive or leave desolate by loss - a widow just bereaved of her husband.
bellicose
Inclined to quarrel; warlike - His bellicose attitude often got John into fights. Synonyms: pugnacious, contentious, disputatious. Antonyms: pacific, conciliatory.
cosmopolitan
(noun) One who is at home in all countries - A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world. (adj.) Free from local prejudices - a world-wide traveler, cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes. Synonyms: Catholic. Antonyms: parochial, provincial.
temerity
Unwise or reckless boldness - leaped into battle with thoughtless temerity. Synonyms: audacity, presumptuousness, effrontery, rashness; (adj.) temerarious, foolhardy, venturesome. Antonyms: prudence, circumspection, wariness.
admonish
(noun ADMONITION) To warn or find fault gently - admonishing the unruly child. Synonyms: chide, caution, reprimand, reprehend, reproach.
exculpate
To free from blame - exculpated by a jury. Synonyms: vindicate, exonerate, absolve, acquit. Antonyms: arraign, indict, inculpate.
alienate
To estrange - alterated by his gruff manner.
amiable
Good-natured; friendly - attracted friends by his amiable disposition. Synonym complaisant.
ascetic
Rigorously self-denying - pursued the ascetic life of a monk. Synonyms: austere, abstinent. Antonyms: wanton, self-indulgent.
obviate
To prevent, dispose of, or make unnecessary by appropriate actions - an act which obviated all objections. Synonyms: preclude, forestall.
reiterate
Repeat (several times) - reiterated his story once more.
instigate
To stir tip - instigated discontent among the soldiers. Synonyms: foment, incite.
redoubtable
Commanding fear or respect - cringing before a redoubtable enemy. Synonym formidable.
inordinate
Excessive - spoiled by inordinate praise. Synonyms: immoderate, intemperate, extravagant.
fracas
A disorderly quarrel - A fracas broke up the meeting. Synonyms: brawl, altercation, fray, wrangle, imbroglio.
immune
(verb IMMUNIZE) Exempt from; protected from - immune from taxation. Synonym unsusceptible.
fathom
To penetrate and understand - difficult to fathom his mysterious actions.
nocturnal
Pertaining to, or occurring in, the night - awakened by the sounds of a nocturnal prowler. Antonym diurnal.
compendium
(adj. COMPENDIOUS) A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work - a compendium of chemistry in a slim volume. Synonyms: synopsis, digest, precis, abstract, epitome.
garnish
To trim or decorate - dishes garnished attractively with greens. Synonyms: adorn, deck.
askance
With distrust - looked askance at the forged signature.
impostor
(noun IMPOSTURE) One who pretends to be what he is not unmasked as an impostor. Synonyms: quack, mountebank, charlatan, bogus, fraud.
amenable
Obedient; willing to submit - amenable to the suggestion. Synonyms: tractable, docile, responsive. Antonyms: intractable, refractory, recalcitrant.
devastation
Widespread ruin - the city left in utter devastation by war. Synonyms: destruction, desolation.
abridge
To shorten - abridged his lengthy speech. Synonyms: curtail, diminish, retrench. Antonyms: protract, elongate, amplify
extirpate
To root out, destroy totally - extirpated the cause of trouble. Synonyms: eradicate, exterminate, efface, obliterate.
stringent
Strict; compelling, constraining stringent regulations; stringent requirements. Synonyms: exacting, rigid. Antonym lax.
demeanor
Behavior; bearing - carrying himself with a proud demeanor. Synonyms: deportment, mien.
bucolic
Pertaining to the country - a bucolic poem - the joys of the shepherd. Synonyms: pastoral, rustic, rural.
promulgate
To publish or proclaim; to spread abroad The President promulgated a decree. Synonym disseminate.
fiasco
A ludicrous and complete failure - all his glorious plans ending in a fiasco. Synonym debacle.
gluttonous
(noun. GLUTTON; verb GLUT) Inclined to cat to excess - gulped down his food in gluttonous fashion. Synonyms: voracious, intemperate.
protuberant
Bulging or swelling out - a protuberant jaw. Antonyms: receding, recessive.
congenial
((1) Possessing similar interests and tastes; able to get on well with others - congenial people with similar backgrounds. Synonym compatible. (2) Agreeable - congenial to his taste.
meticulous
Fussy about minute details - took meticulous pains with his composition. Synonyms: fastidious, punctilious, overscrupulous, finical, methodical. Antonyms: desultory, perfunctory, slovenly.
conjecture
To guess - Without facts, we can only conjecture about his guilt. Synonyms: surmise, presume.
ensue
To follow or result-Silence ensued when the leader arose to speak.
exotic
Strange and foreign - an exotic costume imported from Asia.
bombastic
(noun BOMBAST) High-sounding; pretentious in language - a bombastic speech, inflated with meaningless high-flown words. Synonyms: ranting, pompous, fustian.
mettle
(adj. METTLESOME high-spirited ) Disposition; spirit; courage - His mettle was tried in battle. Idiom to be on one's mettle (meaning, “ready to do one's best”). Synonyms: temperament, ardor.
sallow
Sick - a sallow complexion. Synonym pallid. Antonyms: rubicund, ruddy, florid.
banal
Lacking in freshness, originality, or vigor-bored by his banal remarks. Synonyms: commonplace, hackneyed, prosaic, trite, stereotyped, vapid. Antonyms: racy, original, vivid.
expatriate
(verb) To banish or exile; to withdraw from one's country - expatriated for treachery to his country. (noun) An expatriated person - expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.
discursive
Rambling from one subject to another - a discursive letter, covering many topics. Synonyms: desultory, digressive.
clamorous
Loud and noisy - a clamorous outburst the crowd outside. Synonyms: vociferous, obstreperous, blatant, raucous, strident. Antonyms: muted, quiet.
perverse
Willfully bent on doing the wrong thing - a perverse lad, always disobeying his parents. Synonyms: headstrong, froward, refractory, wayward, fractious.
fallible
Liable to make mistakes or be deceived - Being human, Tom was naturally fallible. Antonyms: infallible, unerring.
depraved
Of low morals; corrupt - a depraved mind, devising evil. Synonyms: debased, wicked, vicious, perverted.
facade
Front or face, especially of a building - a facade of marble.
tranquil
Calm; peaceful - a tranquil summer night. Synonyms: placid, serene. Antonyms: perturbed, ruffled, turbulent.
incontrovertible
Indisputable - incontrovertible evidence. Synonyms: irrefutable, indubitable.