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DENOUNCE
CRITICIZE; CONDEMN
The president denounced the actions of his country's closest ally.
DISCRIMINATE
SELECT CAREFULLY; JUDICIOUS
INNOVATE
TO INTRODUCE AS NEW; TO EFFECT A CHANGE

SUBTLE
HARD TO SEE OR UNDERSTAND; ELUSIVE
The editor's changes were so subtle, even the author didn't notice.
DISCERN
TO COME TO KNOW OR RECOGNIZE MENTALLY; TO SEE OR UNDERSTAND; INSIGHTFUL
She ha a discerning nature, which allows her to understand her clients on a deep level.
HYPOCRITICAL
BEING A HYPOCRITE. hYPOCRITE IS AN INSINCERE PERSON; ONE WHO PRETENDS TO HAVE FEELINGS HE DOESN'T REALLY POSSESS
Don't be a hypocrite--say what you mean.
INDIFFERENT
NOT CARING ONE WAY OR THE OTHER
The old fisherman was completely indifferent to the pain and hunger he felt; his only concern was ctching the enormous marlin he had hooked.
DISDAIN
LACK OF RESPECT ACCOMPANIED BY A FEELING OF INTENSE DISLIKE
APATHY
LACK OF INTEREST OR CONCERN
Many citizens are apathetic about elections and don't bother to vote.
OBSCURE
HAZY, UNFAMILIAR; DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND; RELATIVELY UNKNOWN
Scott constantly makes references to obscure cult films, and no one ever gets his jokes.
AMBIGUOUS
UNCLEAR; VAGUE; HAVING SEVERAL POSSIBLE INTERPRETATIONS
When questioned by police, the suspect gave ambiguous answers.
ABSTRACT
THEORETICAL; NOT CONCRETE
Advanced algebra is too abstract for most people.
IMPARTIAL
NOT IN FAVOR OF ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER, UNBIASED
The umpire had a hard time remaining impartial; his son was pitching for the home team, and this made it difficult to call the game fairly.
OBJECTIVE
SOMETHING TOWARD EFFORT IS DIRECTED
Getting an A in chemistry was his objective in ninth grade.
TEMPER
BRING INTO BALANCE; MODERATE
REVERE
GREATLY RESPECT
Winston Churchill was revered as a great statesman.
ENIGMA
MYSTERY, PUZZLE
The origin of Saturn's rings remains a puzzling enigma.
Candid
FREE FROM BIAS, PREJUDICE, OR MALICE
ECCENTRIC
DIFFERENT FROM MOST, ESPECIALLY IN PERSONALITY OR BEHAVIOR
Alice was eccentric, but everyone loved her odd ways.
RELEVANT
HAVING SIGNIFICANT AND DEMONSTRABLE BEARING UPON THE MATTER AT HAND
jOHN'S TESTAMONY ABOUT CAKE MAKING WAS NOT RELEVANT TO THE COURT CASE.
PROVINCIAL
LIMITED OR RESTRICTED; PAROCHIAL
FUTILE
HOPELESSLY INEFFECTIVE; USELESS; IN VAIN
You can flap your arms forever, but trying to fly is a futile effort.
INEVITABLE
UNAVOIDABLE; SOMETHING CERTAIN
DIVERSE
DIFFERENT; VARIOUS
Many colleges are looking for well-rounded applicants with diverse experiences.
ARTICULATE
ABLE TO SPEAK CLEARLY AND EFFECTIVELY
To be effective, a preacher must be articulate.
REPRESS
CURB ACTIONS THAT SHOW FEELINGS;SUPRESS SOMETHING BY FORCE; BLOCK SOMETHING FROM MIND
He had to repress a smile.
INDOLENCE
LAZY
Martha was a hard worker and could not tolerate indolence in her children.
PRECLUDE
PREVENT; MAKE IMPOSSIBLE
The still flooded streets precluded the parade from going on as scheduled.
SOLICIT
PLEAS FOR SOMETHING; ASK SOMEBODY FOR SOMETHING
ELABORATE
EXPAND AN EXPLANATION TO INCLUDE MORE DETAILS
ARROGANT
ACTING SUPERIOR, OBNOXIOUS, SMUG, OR RUDE
The trick is to be self-confident without being arogant.
REPROACH
CRITICISE SOMEBODY; DISCREDIT
ELUSIVE
HARD TO CATCH OR UNDERSTAND; EVASIVE
EFFACE
ERASE
All signs of poverty and suffering were effaced before the queen's visit.
TACITURN
QUIET
Anne was worried her taciturn boyfriend wouldn't fit in with her talkative family.
ACQUIESCE
RELUCTANTLY, AGREEABLE; COMPLIANT
Some employers insist on acquiescence from both the critics and the general public.
CONDESCEND
ACT IN A SUPERIOR WAY; MAKE CONCESSIONS FOR OTHERS
She condescended to travel with us.
CONDESCEND
ACT IN A SUPERIOR WAY; MAKE CONCESSIONS FOR OTHERS
She condescended to travel with us.
ORTHODOX
FOLLOWING TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE; SOMEBODY WHO HAS TRADITIONAL BELIEFS
ORTHODOX
FOLLOWING TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE; SOMEBODY WHO HAS TRADITIONAL BELIEFS
ATROPHY
WASTE AWAY; WITHER
Within a week after the accident, his muscles had begun to atrophy.
CONGENIAL
AGREEABLE; SIMILIAR; FRIENDLY
Her congenial nature makes her well-loved in the town.
CONGENIAL
AGREEABLE; SIMILIAR; FRIENDLY
Her congenial nature makes her well-loved in the town.
APPREHENSIVE
FEARFUL; AWARE
APPREHENSIVE
FEARFUL; AWARE
AMERLIORATE
IMPROVE
AMERLIORATE
IMPROVE
ACQUIESCE
RELUCTANTLY AGREEABLE; COMPLIANT
ACQUIESCE
RELUCTANTLY AGREEABLE; COMPLIANT
ATROPHY
WASTE AWAY; WITHER
Within a week after the accident, his muscles had begun to atrophy.
DUBIOS
DOUBTFUL; QUESTIONABLE
DUBIOS
DOUBTFUL; QUESTIONABLE
FLAGRANT
OPENLY AND OBVIOUSLY EVIL; GLARING; CONSPICUOUS
The attack was a flagrant violation of the treaty
FLAGRANT
OPENLY AND OBVIOUSLY EVIL; GLARING; CONSPICUOUS
The attack was a flagrant violation of the treaty
CONCISE
SHORT AND TO THE POINT; TERSE
Phil read the concise note from his wife: "Leave. Now."
CONCISE
SHORT AND TO THE POINT; TERSE
Phil read the concise note from his wife: "Leave. Now."
IMMUTABLE
UNABLE TO CHANGE
The speed of light seems to be an immutable law of nature.
STATIC
UNCHANGING; MOTIONLESS
Traffic was static for almost an hour.
CREDULOUS
GULLIBLE; CAUSED BY READINESS TO BELIEVE
BLASPHEMY
DISRESPECT TOWARD GOD OR SOMETHING SACRED
COALESCE
UNITE; GROW TOGETHER
Astronomers believe stars coalesce from huge clouds of gas.
LAX
NOT STRICT; NOT TENSE
CRYPTIC
HIDDEN; SECRET; MYSTERIOUS
The directions on the map are cryptic, which may be why nobody has found the treasure.
LEVITY
LIGHTNESS; PLAYFULNESS; JOCULARITY
Even the most serious films usually have moments of levity.
AMBIVALENT
INDECISION; FEELING OF BEING PULLED IN TWO DIRECTIONS
The house had been in the family for generations, so they were ambivalent about selling it.
INNATE
HAVING A QUALITY THAT ARISES FROM WITHIN, RATHER THAN LEARNED OR ACQUIRED FROM THE OUTSIDE; NATIVE; INBORN
Elephants have an innate tendency to stick together and help each other.
SYCOPHANT
SOMEONE WHO FLATTERS IN ORDER TO GAIN FAVOR; WIMPY FOLLOWER
Some political leaders surround themselves with sycophants who just agree with everything.
AMIABLE
FRIENDLY AND PLEASANT; WITH FRIENDLY FEELINGS
ESOTERIC
KNOWN TO, OR UNDERSTOOD BY, A LIMITED GROUP OF PEOPLE
The book was filled with esoteric information about a long-lost tribe.
TEDIOUS
LONG AND DRAWN-OUT; TIRESOME; BORING
CAUSTIC
BURNING, EITHER WITH CHEMICALS OR SARCASM
The teacher's caustic critism embarrassed his students.
INADVERTENT
UNINTENTIONAL
The newspaper inadvertently switched the names under the picture.
EXHAUSTIVE
COMPLETE; THOROUGH
INCONGRUOUS
OUT OF PLACE
A tuxedo would be incongruous at the beach.
BELITTLE
MAKE SEEM LESS SIGNIFICANT
I don't want to belittle her achievement.
UNPRECEDENTED
THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
Sandra Day O' Connor's appointment to the Supreme Court was unprecedented.
DIGRESS
TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE MAIN TOPIC WHEN WRITING OR SPEAKING; TO GO OFF ON A TANGENT
In writing, if you digress from the main point for too long, you may lose your reader.
APPEASE
CALM; PACIFY
Management tried to appease the strikers with a small salary increase.
FRIVOLOUS
NOT WORTH TAKING SERIOUSLY; SILLY
BENEVOLENT
KIND HEARTED; GOOD-NATURED; GENEROUS
Miserable and greedy for most of his life, the man became benevolent during his last years.
PIOUS
EXHIBITING RELIGIOUS DEVOTION
He never went to church or temple, but he was pious all the same.
CONCILIATE
BRING DISPUTING SIDES TOGETHER; GET SOMEBODY'S SUPPORT OR FRIENDSHIP BACK; BE CHARMING
RESIGNATION
GIVE IN; ACQUIESCE; RELINQUISH
John handed in his resignation after an argument with his boss.
RESOLUTION
PROCESS OF RESOLVING; DECISION; DETERMINATION; EXPRESSION OF COLLECTIVE OPINION; QUALITY OF DETAIL IN IMAGE
SERVILE
LIKE A SLAVE; SUBSERVIENT; SUBMISSIVE
HE HAD NO AUTHORITY; HIS ROLE WAS A STRICTLY SERVILE ONE.
acute
very great or bad; perceptive; sensitive
sHE HAD AN ACUTE GRASP OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
RETICENT
QUIET; UNCOMMUICATIVE
He was normally a talkative boy, so his reticence seemed to signal a problem.
ANARCHY
A LACK OF ORDER; CHAOS
Without laws and rules, there would be anarchy everywhere.
VIRULENT
POISONOUS OR DESTRUCTIVE; FILLED WITH HATE OR ANGER; HARSH
An extremely virulent strain of flu virus swept across the country.
SCRUTINIZE
OBSERVE SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING CLOSELY
DISCORD
DISAGREEMENT; DISSONANCE
A certain amount of discord is expected within every family.
REPUDIATE
DISOWN; REJECT
Pam repudiated her membership and any connection with the organization.
DILIGENT
PERSISTENT AND HARD-WORKING
SUPERFICIAL
NOT PROFOUND; RELATING TO SURFACE; WITHOUT DEPTH OF CHARACTER; SWIFTLY AND NOT THOROUGH; ONLY APPARENTLY SO; INSIGNIFICANT
Mary had only a superficial knowledge of the subject.
CONTEMPT
ATTITUDE OF UTTER DISGUST OR HATRED
LUCID
EASY TO UNDERSTAND; TRANSPARENT; CLEAR-THINKING
Jerome was surprisingly lucid for someone who had just fallen on his head.
AESTHETIC
APPEALING TO ALL THE SENSES; BEAUTIFUL
PRODIGAL
WASTEFUL, ESPECIALLY OF MONEY; EXTRAVAGANT
Sal earned enough, but his prodigal nature cused him to live beyond his means.
AUGMENT
MAKING LARGER; INCREASE
Phyllis decided to augment her income by taking a second job.
ASSESS
JUDGE SOMETHING; DETERMINE AMOUNT; CALCULATE VALUE FOR TAX
Not enough information to assess whether the event occurred.
COMPLACENT
SELF-SATISFIED; UNCONCERNED
Facing a less-talented opponent, it's easy to grow complacent and blow a big game.
ELOQUENT
SPEAKING OR SPOKEN BEAUTIFULLY AND FORCEFULLY; EXPRESSING EMOTION CLEARLY
GUILE
CUNNING AND DECEITFULNESS
TRIVIAL
HAVING LITTLE VALUE; COMMONPLACE; CONCERNED WITH TRIVIA
SQUANDER
USE SOMETHING WASTEFULLY; EXTRAVAGANCE; EXTRAVAGENT SPENDING
INCESSANT
CONTINUOUS; ENDLESS
The incessant buzzing of mosquitoes drove us crazy.
LAUD
PRAISE; WORSHIP; EXTOL
The review was completely laudatory--it didn't contain a single negative comment.
DETER
RESTRAIN FROM TAKING ACTION
REDUNDANT
SUPERFLUOUS-NO LONGER NEEDED OR WANTED; REPEATING MEANING
INFAMOUS
NOTORIOUS; ABOMINABLE
PROVOCATIVE
MAKING PEOPLE ANGRY OR EXCITED; SEXUALLY AROUSING
John made a provocative remark.
DEPRAVITY
CORRUPTION;MORAL CORRUPTION; PERVERSION; EVIL
GRAVITY
SERIOUSNESS
A situation's gravity can cause nervous laughter.
BANAL
BORING; TRITE; INSIPID
The script was filled with banal and predictable scenes.
EXTOL
PRAISE
The writter was extolled for her creativity.
EUPHONY
PLEASANT SOUND, ESPECIALLY IN SPEECH OR PRONUNCIATION
DERIDE
MAKE FUN OF; RIDICULE
Lester was derided everyday at work for his unusual taste in clothes.
INSIPID
DULL; FLAT; WITHOUT SPARKLE OR FLAVOR
Amy was surprised tht her husband could enjoy such a boring, insipid movie.
AUSTERE
STERN; PLAIN; WITHOUT LUXURIES
The dentist's austere waiting room made children even more nervous.
EXPEDITE
SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF SOMETHING; DEAL WITH QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY
HERESY
AN OPINION EXPRESSED IN DEFIANCE OF GENERALLY ACCEPTED IDEAS
In centuries passed, people were burned at the stake for heretical comments.
NOVEL
LONG STORY; LITERARY GENRE
PHILANTHROPY
CHARITABLE WORK; GENEROSITY
TENTATIVE
NOT FULLY DEVELOPED OR DEFINITELY PLANNED; PROVISIONAL
We made tentative plans to go camping, as long as it didn't rain.
DEFERENCE
THE ACT OF YIELDING TO SOMEONE ELSE OUT OF RESPECT
In deference to his boss, Milton refused to take credit for the discovery.
VACILLATE
MOVE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN CHOICES, UNALE TO DECIDE
Ted vacillated so long about what to order that the restaurant closed.
FERVOR
STRONG PASSION
After the woman's claim of a miraculous cure, the town ws swept up by religious fervor.
DISPASSIONATE
NOT EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED; OBJECTIVE
PRAGMATIC
PRACTICAL
RIGOR
SEVERITY OR HARSHNESS; HARDSHIP
Soldiers endure the rigors of life on the battlefront.
SOLEMN
SERIOUS; SOMBER; GRAVE
A funeral director must be solemn and friendly at the same time.
ALLEVIATE
LESSEN SOMETHING; TO MAKE SOMETHING SUCH AS PAIN OR HARDSHIP MORE BEARABLE OR LESS SEVERE
NEGLIGENCE
CARELESS IN A SITUATION THAT COULD RESULT IN HARM; NEGLECTFUL
CONSPICUOUS
EASILY VISIBLE; ATTRACTING ATTENTION
The building's most conspicuous feature is its dome-shaped roof.
ADVOCATE
SUPPORT; PLEAD FOR; SPEAK ON BEHALF OF
Lawyers advocate for their clients.
ASCETIC
SELF-DENIAL OF LIFE'S PLESURES
PROFOUND
PENETRATING BEYOND THE SUPERFICIAL; FILLED WITH WISDOM AND INSIGHT; DEEP
Tina came through the ordeal with a new and profound understanding of life.
IRONIC
DELIBERATELY STATING THE OPPOSITE OF THE TRUTH, USUALLY WITH THE INTENTION OR RESULT OF BEING AMUSING; INVOLVING A SURPRISING OR APPARENTLY CONTRADICTORY FACT
DOGMATIC
STICKING TO WIDELY-ACCEPTED BELIEFS, EVEN WHEN FACED WITH CONTRARY EVIDENCE; CLOSED-MINDED
Religious dogma must somehow allow for social change.
CONDONE
TO OVERLOOK, EXCUSE, OR PARDON
It's hard to condone such rude behavior.
DISSENT
TO DISAGREE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE MAJORITY, OR WITH AUTHORITY
Totalitarian forms of government do not tolerate much dissent among their citizens.
VOLUNTARY
OF FREE WILL; WWITHOUT PAY; USING VOLUNTEERS
Mrs. Parks belonged to a voluntary organization.
DIDACTIC
CONTAINING A POLITICAL OR MORAL MESSAGE; TENDING TO GIVE INSTRUCTION OR ADVICE, EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WELCOME OR NEEDED
DISPARITY
LACK OF EQUALITY BETWEEN PEOPLE OR THINGS; DISSIMILARITY
DISPARAGE
SAY NEGATIVE THINGS; BELITTLE
No one likes to hear disparaging remarks.
EPHEMERAL
TEMPORARY; SHORT-LIVED
My early morning memory of dreams is ephemeral: By lunchtime, I can't remember a thing.
COMPLY
TO OBEY OR TO CONFORM TO SOMETHING AS A RULE, LAW, REGULATION, OR WISH
PROSAIC
NOT HAVING ANY FEATURES THAT ARE INTERESTING OR IMAGINATIVE; CHARACTERISTIC OF, RESEMBLING, OR CONSISTING OF PROSE
PROFUSE
IN LARGE AMOUNTS OR QUANTITIES
The profusion of food on the cruise was overwhelming, and we stuffed ourselves.
EXPEDIENT
APPROPRIATE IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES ACTION; ADVANTGEOUS FOR PRACTICAL RATHER THAN MORAL REASONS; SOMETHING ACHIEVING OBJECTIVES QUICKLY
She changed her vote because it was expedient for her to do so.
FASTIDIOUS
DIFFICULT TO PLEASE
The chief was so fastidious, no one could stand to work with him.
BELLIGERENT
HOSTILE OR AGGRESSIVE; TAKING PART IN WARFARE
ASTUTE
CLEVER AND PERCEPTIVE
He was an astute investor
LANGUID
WITHOUT ENERGY; SLUGGISH
He made a languid gesture.
CENSURE
TO CRITICIZE
The newspaper editorial censured the governor for her budget proposal.
STAGNANT
MOTIONLESS; UNCHANGING;DULL
Stagnant water gives mosquitoes a calm environment in which to thrive.
MITIGATE
MAKE LESS SERVERE; MOLLIFY
Her soft tone had a mitigating effect, and the argument ended.
REPREHENSIBLE
DESERVING OF CRITICISM; CULPABLE
ENGENDER
CREATE OR ARISE; HAVE OFFSPRING
EXEMPLARY
DESERVING IMITATION; SERVING AS AN EXAMPLE
The child had exemplary conduct during the teacher's long speech.
NEUTRAL
TAKING NO SIDES; POSSESSING NO DISTINCTIVE QUALITY OR REVEALING NO ATTITUDE OR FEELING; WITHOUT HUE
She was careful to explain the probleem in neutral terms.
RELEGATE
TO MOVE SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING TO A LESS IMPORTANT POSITION OR CATEGORY; EXILE SOMEBODY' TO PASS SOMETHING ON TO SOMEBODY FOR THAT ERSON TO DEAL WITH IT
ANECDOTE
SOMEBODY'S ACCOUNT OF SOMETHING
SCANTY
SMALL IN QUANTITY; INSUFFICIENT
With such scanty evidence, the prosecution ws forced to drop the charges.
FALLACIOUS
FALSE; MISLEADING
Many claims we believe to be true may, years later, turn out to be fallacious.
ACCLAIM
PRAISE, APPLAUD
Mark Twain was a highly-acclaimed author and lecturer.
UNIFORM
SIMILAR; CONSISTENT
Power tools are helpful when you need to cut a lot of lumber into uniform lengths.
INCOHERENT
LACKING CLARITY OR ORGANIZATION; UNABLE TO EXPRESS THINGS CLEARLY
INSTIGATE
TO CAUSE TO ACT; URGE; INCITE
SAGE
WISE PERSON; WISE, SHOWING GREAT WISDOM, ESPECIALLY THAT GAINED FROM LONG EXPERIENCE OF LIFE
PREDECESSOR
AN EARLIER OCCUPANT OF A JOB, OFFICE, OR POSITION
She completely redecorated the office, removing all evidence of her predecessor.
JEOPARDY
THE THREAT OR POSSIBILITY OF DANGER
One drunk driver can put many lives in jeopardy.
TANGIBLE
ABLE TO BE TOUCHED; CAPABLE OF BEING UNDERSTOOD AND EVALUATED, AND THEREFORE REGARDED AS REAL
There is no tangible eidence to support this claim.
INDULGENT
GIVING IN; YIELDING; LENIENT
remorse
a feeling of guilt; regret; self-reproach
After the guilty verdict was read, the defendant showed no remorse for wha he's done.
PIVOTAL
VITALLY IMPORTANT
SCRUPULOUS
VERY THOROUGH; OR, DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND ETHICAL
Rachel was scrupulous in her search, thoroughly examining every book on the subject.
REFUTE
PROVE WRONG BY SHOWING EVIDENCE; DENY
Military planners tried to refute allegations of poor strategy by showing bomb-damaged footage.
RESPITE
BRIEF INTERVAL OF REST; A TEMPORARY DELAY
STOIC
A PERSON WHO SHOWS NO RESPONSE TO PLEASURE OR PAIN; SOMEONE WHO IS IMPASSIVE
Even during torture, he was a stoic and never responded.
VOLATILE
CAPABLE OF EVAPORATING, EXPLODING, OR CHANGING
The judge ha a volatile temper, so the lawyers were on their best behavior.
PERIPHERAL
AT THE EDGE OR RELATING TO THE EDGE OF SOMETHING AS OPPOSED TO ITS CENTER; NOT SIGNIFICANT
HEDONISTIC
SEEKING OF PLEASURE; DEVOTION TO PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS AS A WAY OF LIFE; PHILOSOPHY OF PLEASURE
IDIOM
FIXED EXPRESSION WITH NONLITERAL MEANING; NATURAL WAY OF USING LANGUAGE
BENEFACTOR
FINANCIAL SUPPORTER, SOMEBODY WHO AIDS A CAUSE, INSTITUTION, OR PERSON, ESPECIALLY WITH A GIFT OF MONEY
BREVITY
BRIEFNESS; USE OF FEW WORDS
APOCRYPHAL
PROBABLY NOT TRUE, BUT WIDELY BELIEVED TO BE TRUE
VIRTUOSO
A HIGHLY-SKILLED PERSON
SLANDER
NEGATIVE ORAL REMARKS BOUT ANOTHER PERSON THAT ARE UNTRUE
You can't claim slander if the statements about you are true.
ANIMOSITY
A FEELING OF RESENTMENT, HOSTILITY, OR ENMITY
DEPLETE
use available supply; empty something
The epidemic became a medical emergency when supplies of the antibiotic were depleted.
AMITY
FRIENDLINESS
STRINGENT
RIGOROUS OR SEVERE; STRICTLY CONTROLLED OR ENFORCED
VOLUMINOUS
LARGE; EXTREMELY LONG; PROLIFIC, PRODUCING A LARGE AMOUNT OF CREATIVE WORK
Mrs. Green wrote a voluminous report.
AUSPICIOUS
PROMISING WELL FOR FUTURE; MARKED BY LUCKY SIGNS OR GOOD OMENS, AND THEREFORE BY THE PROMISE OF SUCCESS OR HAPPINESS
FICKLE
LACKING LOYALITY; UNPREDICTABLE CHANGEABLE; ERRATIC
Audiences are fickle, which is why many celebrities fade from view.
LETHARGIC
TIRED; SLUGGISH;DROWSY
He intended to mow the lawn, but was too lethargic and simply fell asleep.
HACKNEYED
UNORIGINAL; TRITE
AMASS
TO BRING A LARGE QUANTITY OF THINGS TOGETHER OVER TIME
Donald Trump amassed a fortune.
WILLFUL
DONE DELIBERATELY; STUBBORN
BASTION
STRONG SUPPORTER; FORTIFICATION
The northeast part of the state is a liberal bastion.
TREPIDATION
FEAR
Alone in the house at night for the first time, Ed was filled with trepidation.
DESECRATE
TO DAMAGE SOMETHING SACRED, OR DO SOMETHING THAT IS OFFENSIVE TO THE RELIGIOUS NATURE OF SOMETHING; DAMAGE SOMETHING REVERED
FORTUITOUS
ACCIDENTAL OR UNPLANNED, HAPPENING BY CHANCE, ESPECIALLY GIVING RISE TO A FORTUNATE OUTCOME
I had a fortuitous encounter with my old roommate of 30 years ago, whom I hadn't seen since graduation.
VEHEMENT
STRONGLY EXPRESSED; POWERFUL
ASSUAGE
TO SOOTHE; RELEIVE SOMETHING UNPLEASANT, TO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM SOMETHING DISTRESSING OR PAINFUL
Constant reassurance could not assuage their fears.
prodigious
very large
After a twenty-year career, her accomplishments were prodigious.
TORPID
SLUGGISH; DULL; LACKING ENTHUSIASM
Sleep-deprived and depressed, Gary slogged through each day in a torpid state.
FURTIVE
SECRETIVE; SHIFTY
The conspirators exchanged furtive glances.
SUPERCILIOUS
FULL OF CONTEMPT AND ARROGANCE
PRUDENT
WISE; SHREWD; CAUTIOUS
Sometimes the most prudent thing to say is nothing at all.
VERBOSE
VERY TALKATIVE; LOQUACIOUS
The verbose woman at the next table was giving us a headache.
PEDESTRIAN
SOMEBODY WHO IS TRAVELING ON FOOT; DULL
INNOCUOUS
HARMLESS; INOFFENSIVE
The drink looked innocuous, but actually contained a deadly poison.
FANATIC
EXTREMEST; FAN OF SOMETHING
ENHANCE
INTENSIFY; IMPROVE
A coat of paint can greatly enhance the appearance of a room.
RETRACT
WITHDRAW; TAKE BACK A PREIOUS STATEMENT; RECANT
PAUCITY
TOO FEW; SCARCITY
In many of the poorer nations of Africa, there is a dangerous paucity of food nd medicine.
RESCIND
TAKE BACK; REMOVE; VOID
ZEAL
ENTHUSIASM, ENERGETIC FOR A CAUSE OR IDEA
BENIGN
KINDLY, NOT-LIFE-THREATENING; HARMLESS; FAVORABLE
John had a benign tumor.
COMPLIANT
FOLLOWING OSMEONE ELSE'S DEMANDS; CONFORMING; OBEYING
Employers who are domineering usually try to hire compliant people.
EMULATE
IMITATE
As young boy's, we tend to emulate our favorite baseball players.
INNUMERABLE
TO MANY TO BE COUNTED
MEANDER
WANDER IN A CAREFREE MANNER; FOLLOW A WINDING COURSE; RAMBLE
Meandering through the woods without a destination was Nancy's favorite activity.
AUTHORITARIAN
HAVING COMPLETE CONTROL OVER MANY PEOPLE
BRAWN
STRONG MUSCLES; BODILY STRENGTH
CONTRITE
SORRY; PENETENT
Genuinely contrite, Debbie confessed to eating all the doughnuts.
EXEMPLIFY
SHOW BY EXAMPLE
FACILITATE
MAKE EASIER
HYPOTHETICAL
NOT NECESSARILY REAL; BASED UPON SUPPOSITION
RECALCITRANT
RESISTING AUTHORITY; DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH OR OPERATE; STUBBORN OPPONENT
Michael Michael struggled in front of the mirror with a recalicitrant tie.
AMBULATORY
RELATING OR EQUIPPED FOR WALKING; WALKING OR MOVING; NOT CONFINED TO BED; REVOCABLE
Mr. Sikes was an ambulatory patient.
DIFFIDENCE
LACKING SELF-CONFIDENCE AD RATHER SHY; RESERVED OR RESTRAINED IN BEHAVIOR
DRONE
MAKE LOW HUMMING SOUND; TALKING IN BORING VOICE
I could her his voice droning in the background.
GULLIBLE
EASILY DECEIVED
Don't be so gullible that you believe everything.
MARRED
SPOILED, SCRATCHED, BLEMISHED
The new table arrived on time, but was marred by scratches and dents.
NULLIFY
REMOVE OR CANCEL ALL VALUE OR FORCE; NEGATE
The touchdown was nullified because the team had too many players on the field.
PARSIMONY
STINGINESS; EXCESSIVE FRUGALITY
His parsimony made him an unpopular school board treasurer.
PROPRIETY
QUALITY OF BEING SOCIALLY APPROPRIATE; SOCIALLY CORRECT OR APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
REJUVENATE
MAKE SOMEBODY YOUNG AGAIN; RETURN SOMETHING TO ORIGINAL CONDITION;
SKEPTICAL
ONE WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE UNLESS HE'S SHOWN ABSOLUTE PROOF; DOUBTER
They all swore they saw a ghost, but the landlord remained skeptical.
TENACIOUS
STRONG; PERSISTENT; DETERMINED TO HOLD ON
The defense lineman was small but tenacious, and he sacked the quarterback twice.
ANIMATED
TO MAKE SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING LIVELY; PRESENT SOMETHING USING ANIMATION TECHNIQUES
Leaves were animated by a stiff breeze.
AUTHENTIC
NOT FALSE OR COPIED; VALID
BIASED
PREFERENCE
BLITHE
MERRY; CAREFREE
DEARTH
Lack; a scarcity of something
DIVERT
CHANGE SOMETHING'S PATH; DRAW ATTENTION FROM SOMETHING
ENTHRALL
COMPLETELY FASCINATED
HEED
NOTICE; PAY ATTENTION TO
It's wise toheed the warnings of a coming hurricane or tornado
HINDER
GET IN WAY OF
A heavy snowfall hindered rescurers' attempts to reach the stranded climber.
IRASCIBLE
EASILY ANGERED
He's irascible in the morning, so don't talk to him before noon.
MERGER
COMBINING OF COMPANIES; A UNION
NOSTALGIC
WISHING FOR A RETURN TO THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE; LONGING FOR THE PAST; HOMESICK
Seeing the old pictures of her parents made Katie nostalgic.
PRETENTIOUS
SHOWY; MAKING RIDICULOUS CLAIMS; EXCESSIVELY
The house was pretentious, clearly designed and decorated to make visitors feel inferior.
SACCHARIN
OF OR LIKE SUGAR; VERY SWEET AND INGRATIATING
Rosemary had a saccharin smile.
STANZA
DIVISION OF POEM, A NUMBER OF LINES OF VERSE FORMING A SEPARATE UNIT WITHIN A POEM
VENERATE
RESPECT GREATLY; REVERE
VILIFY
DEFAME; ATTACK SOMEONE'S REPUTATION
He was so vilified in the press that his reputation never recovered.