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adj.
courteous and pleasant,sociable, easy to speak to

We spent a pleasant afternoon with our ________ neighbors

syns: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial
ant: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
affable
v.to increase in greatness, power, or wealt; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

John D. Rockefeller worked to ________ his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines

syn: augment, amplify, enhance, exhalt
ant: reduce, decrease, diminish
aggrandize
adj.
shapeless, without definite firm; of no particular type or character; without
organization, unity,or cohesion

The______ body of the amoeba was fascinating to watch under the microscope.

syn:formless, unstructred, nebulous, inchoate
ant:definite, well-defined, clear-cut
amorphous
n. that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); distinctive air or personal quality

What people thought was her _____ of mystery was actually a mask for her shyness.

syn: ambience, atmosphere
aura
n.
illegal traffic, smuggled goods
adj.
illegal, prohibited

Three jeweled combs from the 17th century were among the ______ seized by the police

syn: (adj) illicit, bootleg, unlawful
ant: (adj) legal, lawful, licit
contraband
adj.
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

For my papers, I would like to find an _______ history of the subject written in a clear and unbiased manner

syn: profoundly educated, well- read
ant: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
erudite
adj.
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial
n.
a very thin, light cloth

Ghosts are often depicted in literature as wearing _____ clothing that makes them all the more ethereal.

syn: filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy
ant: thick, dense, solid, massive
gossamer
v. to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply

I can ______ nothing from his odd behavior.

syn: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
infer
adj.
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

I could not tell her_____ whether she was pleased or only amused with me.

syn: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
ant: comprehensible, intellible, penetrable
inscrutable
adj.
relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island, narrow or isolated in outlook or experiance

You seem sophisticated to hold such _______ opinions

syn: narrow-minded, parochial, provinicial
ant: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
insular
adj.
incapable of being changed or called back

We tend to think of court verdicts as _________ but they are often overturned by higher courts

syn: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable
ant: reversible, changeable
irrevocable
n.
a natural inclination or predilection toward

Queen Elizabeth I showed a strong ______ for putting off decisions in hopes that they would resolve themselves

sny: natural bent, proclivity, penchant
ant: natural incapacity or inability
propensity
adj.
peevish, complaining, fretful

Some flight attendants dread a _________ airline passenger more than they do rough weather

syn: petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
ant: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
querulous
v.
to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
Slowly, carefully, keeping his voice down, he argued with the caller as one might _______

syn: reason against, expostulate
remonstrate
v.
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

He was forced to _____ a statement he had made before he'd had all the information

syn: disvow, abjure, renounce
ant: avow, affirm, aver, avouch
repudiate
adj. able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

The development of lightweight, ______ plastics revolutionized the design of many durable goods.

syn: springy, elastic, bouyant, bouncy
ant: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
resilient
v. to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

From the construction site, the noise of bulldozers and dump trucks _______ across the valley.

syn: rumble, thunder, boom , echo
reverberate
adj. coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed

Days passed an unrest grew, and soon the rebels began a _____ attack on their absent leader

syn: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
ant: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
scurrilous
adj. persistent, showing industry and determination

No one could say that he was lazy, for he was a careful, ______ copier of other people's work

syn:assiduous, tireless, indefatigable
ant: lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
sedulous
adj. thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean or disreputable

The old lady made her clothes at home in order to avoid the _______ goods sold in the general store

syn: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
ant: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy
sleazy