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severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor

Syn:forbidding,rigorous,puritanical, ascetic,unadorned,subdued
The austere clothing and conduct of the Puritans expressed their religious humility.
performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good

Syn: humanitarian, magnanimous, charitable
Ant: selfish, cruel, harmful, deleterious
From them I learned that purely beneficent acts can require as much hard work as a nine-to-five job.
pale, gaunt, resembling a corspe

Syn: corspelike, wasted, haggard, emancipated, ghasty
Ant: robust, portly, rosy, the picture of health
Weak from hunger and cadaverous in appearance, the rescued captives were carried from the plane.
to prepare by combining ingredients, made up(cooking); to devise, invent, fabricate

Syn: create, fashion, rustle up
He concocted a savory stew with fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
coarse, unfeeling,; stupid

Syn: crude, vulgar, tasteless, oafish, obtuse
Ant: refined, elegant, tasteful, polished, billiant
We feel that the positions of our representives show a crass indifference to our problems.
to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
Every time a new rule is introduced in a popular sport, there are fans who say it will debase the game.
to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute

Syn: profane, defile, violate
Ant: revere, honor, venerate, consecrate
The search continues for the vandals who desecrate the cemetery
to confuse; to disturb the composure of

Syn: upset, rattle, ruffle, faze, perturb
Ant: relax, calm, put at ease
They had hoped to disconcert him with unexpected questions, but he was well prepared.
grand in a inpressive or stately way; marked by pompous affection or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated

Syn: majestic, bombastic, highfalutin
Ant: simple, modest, unaffected, humble
In how many stories, I wonder, does an ambitious villian become the vitim of grandiose plans?
trifling, unimportant

Syn: trivial, negligible, petty, paltry
Ant: important, essential, crucial, vital
Free to igorne the inconsequential detains, provided that you know exactly which ones they are.
a breaking of a law or obligation

Syn: violation, trangression, breach, offense
His uncle paid a fine foe his infraction of the local recycling regulations.
to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity

Syn: lessen,relieve,alleviate, diminish
Ant: aggressive, intensify, irritate, exacerbate
I had hoped to mitigate her anger by offering an appology.
(v)to rob of goods by open force(war), plunder; (n) the act of looting; booty

Syn: (v)ravage,sack,loot; (n)booty
The commanding officer warned his his troops not to pillage the conquered city

Pillage and murder became a fact of life in Europe during the Dark Ages.
to talk a great deal in a folish or aimless fashion

Syn:chatter,prattle,blab,blabber, palaver
Ant:come to the point, not waste words
He would prate endlessly about the past but say nothing useful about our present dilemma.
very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety

Syn: precise,scrupulous,exacting,fuss, finicky
Ant: careless, negligent, lax, perfunctory
The clerk was so punctilious in obeying court rules that led to remind him why he was there.
inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent

Syn: formidable, fearsome, awesome, august
Ant: laughable,risible, comtemptible
As a ruler he was redoubtable but, like all such rulers, not much loved.
to find fault with, scold, rebuke

Syn: chide, chastise, upbraid, reproach
Ant: praise, commend, laud, pat on the back
She reproved her staff for having followed orders blindly.
the act of restoring someone or someting to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage

Syn: compensation, reimbursement, redress, restoration
They made restitution for the damage to the car but never fully regained the friendship of its owner.
(adj)strong and sturdy; brave; resolute; (n)a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes a uncompromising position

Syn: (adj)sturdy,stout,intrepid, valiant; (n)mainstay
Ant: (adj)weak,infirm,irresolute, vacillating
She became as stalwart on the basketball court as she was quick at mathematical puzzles.

The enemy had broken through our first line but repulsed by the stalwart defending the gates.
open at attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected

Syn: defenseless, exposed, unguarded
Ant: invincible, protected, safe, secure
Those brave enough to have opposed the dictator's rise now found themselves in a vulnerable position