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antagonism
hostility, active opposition
antithesis
direct opposites
surprisingly, donna is the antithesis of her twin, debby
apocryphal
of doubful authenticity; counterfeit
her apocryphal tears fooled no one
articulate
able to put one's thoughts into words easily and clearly
v. to speak distinctly
try to articulate clearly when you read the poem aloud
assuage
to calm or soothe; to satisfy
mother hastened to the bedroom to assuage beth's fears
augment
to increase or enlarge; to becom egreater in size
you can augment your income by working overtime
authoritarian
a person who supports the principle of subjection to authority instead of individual freedom
the rebel colonel claimed to hv an affinity for democracy, but we knew that he was an authoritarian through and through
autonomy
independence, self-govt
in search of autonomy, the settlers refused to pay taxes to their mother country
aversion
strong or fixed dislike; antipahty
having an aversion toward cheese, i aviod eating pizza
belittle
to make sth seem less important
bequeath
to leave money or property by a will; to pass along
the austere, old tightwad would not bequeath even one penny to charity
bizarre
strikingly odd in appearance or style; grotesque
blithe
happy and cheeful; gay
bombastic
high sounding; marked by use of language w/ous much real meaning
buffoon
a clown; someone who amuses with tricks and jokes
cache
hiding place; sth hidden in a hiding place
obtuse
intsensitive; block-headed, slow in comprehension
the obtuseness of some people is due to their unwillingness to accept new ideas
scrutinize
to look very carefully; to examine
screw eyes
congenial
pleasant to be around; social, agreeable
jeans; folks in jeans are very congenial
fjord
a long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs or hills
fors in a fjord
aspire
sth on ehopes to achieve; goal
retire; jim aspired to retire early and become a man of leisure
martyr
someone willing to sacrifice and even give his/her life for a cause; also one who pretends to suffering to gain sympathy
harder; it's harder to be a martyr
consensus
general agreement
a consensus is more than a majority, it means most everyone agrees
blather
to talk nonsensically
karen and allison blathered until their mouths lathered
cajole
to persuade by pleasant words or false promises
first he tried to cajole the witness into testifying, then he used threats
callous
unfeeling; insensitive
it was a surprise to see the tears flowing from someone we had considered to be callous
capitulate
to surrender; to cease resisting
since the propsed terms were so ambiguous, we vowed not to capitulate until they were clarified
capricious
changeable; fickle
our weather is so capricious that it's difficult to make weekend plans
carping
complaining
his carping criticism of the book was upsetting to the author
catalyst
someone or sth that brings about a change
catharsis
an emotional purification or relief
we go to cathedral to get catharsis
caustic
sting, biting, acidic
celestial
hving to do with the heavens; divine
censure
to blame; to citicize adversely
the station president will probably censure the TV host for his poor taste.
chastise
to criticize severely
if you chastise Jason, he will immediately begin to weep
chimerical
absurd; wildy fanciful
uncle dave was chastised by aunt pearl for his chimerical get-rich-quick schemes
circumspect
careful
clairvoyant
hving exceptional insight
victor used his clairvoyant power to make a fortune on wall st
clandestine
secret
clemency
mercy; mildness
the prisoner's plea for clemency fell on deaf ear
coalesce
to grow together; to combine
team work
colloguial
informal speech/writing
commiserate
to sympathize with; to fell sorrow for another's suffering
common misery