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allege
to assert without proof or confirmation

syn: claim, contend
ant: prove, deny
arrant
thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant

syn: egregious, unmitigated
badinage
light and playful conversation

syn: banter, persiflage, repartee
ant:sermon
conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
countermand
to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first

syn: recall, revoke
ant: reaffirm, reassert
echelon
one of a series of grades in an organization or field of of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

syn: level, rank
exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful

syn: aggravate, intensify, worsen
ant: alleviate, mitigate, ameliorate
fatuous
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way

syn: silly, vapid, inane, doltish, vacuous
ant: sensible, intelligent, perceptive, bright
irrefutable
impossible to disprove; beyond argument

syn: indisputable, incontrovertible, undeniable
ant: disputable, indefensible, untenable
juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
lackadaisical
lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted

syn: listless, indolent, indifferent, lax
ant: energetic, vigorous, wholehearted
litany
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congretation; any repetitive chant; a long list

syn: rigmarole, catalog, megillah
macabre
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject

syn: grotesque, grim, ghoulish
paucity
an inadequte quantity, scarcity, dearth

syn: lack
ant: abundance, glut, plenitude, deluge
portend
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of

syn: bode, foretell, foreshadow, suggest
raze
to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out

syn: pull down, demolish, shave off
ant: build, construct, raise, erect
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

syn: repudiate, disavow
ant: reaffirm, reassert
saturate
to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully

syn: permeate, drench, flood, imbue
ant: drain
saturnine
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

syn: sullen, morose
ant: lighthearted, cheerful, vivacious
slough
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire; a state of depression

syn: shed, slog
ant: take on, acquire, assume