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abominate
(v) to have an intense dislike or hatred for
synonyms: loathe, abhor, despise, detest
antonynm: CHERISH
acculturation
(n) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact w/ those of another; the result of a blend
synonyms: ADAPTATION
adventitious
(adj) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; acquired, not congenital
synonyms: extrinsic incidental foruitous
antonynms: CONGENITAL
ascribe
(v) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source)
synonyms: impute, CREDIT, attribute
circuitous
(adj) ROUNDABOUT, not direct
synonyms: indirect, meandering, winding
antonynms: STRAIGHT
commiserate
(v) to sympathize w/, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
synonyms: feel sorry for, empathize
enjoin
(v) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
synonyms: bid, charge, COMMAND, adjure
antonynms: allow, permit
expedite
(v) to make easy, cause to progress faster
synonyms: ACCELERATE, facilitate, speed up
antonyms: HAMPER
expiate
(v) TO MAKE AMMENDS FOR, make up; to avert
synonyms: redeem, atone, make reparation
ferment
(n) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence (v) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
synonyms: COMMOTION, turmoil, unrest
antonyms:peace and quiet, TRANQUILITY, placidity
inadvertent
(adj) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; UNINTENTIONAL, accidental
synonyms: ACCIDENTAL, unconsidered
antonyms: DELIBERATE
nominal
(adj) existing only in name, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
synonyms: TRIFLING, INCONSEQUENTIAL
antonyms: EXORBITANT
noncommittal
(adj) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
synonyms: cagey, uninformative, playing it safe, playing it close to the vest
antonyms: POSITIVE
peculate
(v) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
synonyms: EMBEZZLE, defraud, misapproriate
proclivity
(n) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
synonyms: NATURAL BENT, penchant, PROPENSITY
antonyms: inability or incapacity NATURAL DISABILITY
sangfroid
(n) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
synonyms: POISE, self-assurance, APLOMB
antonyms: excitability, HYSTERIA
seditious
(adj) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
synonyms: mutinous, REBELLIOUS, subversive
antonyms: LOYAL
tenuous
(adj) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
synonyms: FLIMSY, INSUBSTANTIAL
antonyms: STRONG, solid
vitrolic
(adj) bitter, sarcastic; highly CASUTIC or biting
synonyms: WITHERING, ACERBIC, MORDANT
antonyms: SACCHARINE, SUGARY
wheedle
(v) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
synonyms: INVEIGLE, SWEET TALK
antonyms: coerce, browbeat, intimidate, strong-arm