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anomalous
e nam' e les

(adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

Synonyms: exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant
Antonyms: normal, regular, customary, typical, ordinary
aspersion
e sper' zhen

(n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming

Synonyms: innuendo, calumny, denigeration
Antonyms: endorsement, testimonial, praise
bizarre
bi zar'

(adj) extremely strange, unusual, atypical

Synonyms: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
Antonyms: normal, typical, ordinary, expected
brusque
bresk

(adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

Synonyms: curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough
Antonyms: gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
cajole
ke jol'

(v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to decieve with soothing thoughts or false promises

Synonyms: wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk
Antonyms: coerce, force, strong-arm
castigate
kas' te gat

(v) to punish severely; to criticize severely

Synonyms: chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid
Antonyms: reward, honor, praise, laud
contrive
ken triv'

(v) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan

Synonyms: think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
demagogue
dem' e gag

(n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

Synonyms: rabble-rouser, firebrand
disabuse
dis e byuz'

(v) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

Synonyms: undecieve, enlighten, set straight
Antonyms: decieve, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
ennui
an we'

(n) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupatioin or interest, boredom

Synonyms: languor, world-weariness, listlessness
Antonyms: enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity
fetter
fet' ar

(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural) anything that confines or restrains
(v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent

Synonyms: (n) bond, restraint; (v) bind, hamper
Antonyms: (v) free, liberate, emancipate
heinous
he' nes

(adj) very wicked, offensive, hateful

Synonyms: evil, odious, abominable, outrageous
Antonyms: excellent, wonderful, splendid
immutable
i muy' te bel

(adj) not subject to change, constraint

Synonyms: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable
Antonyms: changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
insurgent
in ser' jent

(n) one who rebels or rises against authority
(adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on

Synonyms: (adj) revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous
Antonyms: (adj) loyalist, loyal, faithful
megalomania
meg e lo ma' ne e

(n) a delusion marker by a feeling of power, wealth, talent etc., far in excess of reality

Synonyms: delusions of grandeur
Antonyms: humility, modesty, self-abasement
sinecure
si' ne kyur

(n) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

Synonyms: "no show" job, cushy job, "plum"
surreptitious
ser ep tish' es

(adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud

Synonyms: furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed
Antonyms: open, frank, aboveboard, overt
transgress
tranz gres'

(v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law

Synonyms: overstep, exceed, trespass, err
Antonyms: obey, toe the line
transmute
tranz myut'

(v) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

Synonyms: transform, convert, translate, metamorphose
Antonyms: maintain unchanged, preserve
vicarious
vi kar' e es

(adj) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another

Synonyms: surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand
Antonyms: real, actual, firsthand