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atrophy
(n) the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v) to waste away
Syn: (n) degeneration, deterioration; (v) wither
Ant: (n) growth, development; (v) mature, develop
bastion
(n) a fortified place, stronghold
Syn:citadel, rampart, bulwark, parapet
concord
(n) a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
Ant: disagreement, strife, discord
consummate
(adj) complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
Syn: (adj) masterful; (v) clinch, conclude
Ant: (v) launch, initiate, begin,kick off
disarray
(n) disorder, confusion; (v) to throw into disorder; (v) to throw into disorder
Syn: (n) disorganization; (v) dishevel, mess up
Ant: (n) organization, order, tidiness
exigency
(n., often pl.) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
Syn: requirement, crisis
flotsam
(n) floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
Syn: floating wreckage
frenetic
(adj) frenzied, highly agitated
Syn: frantic, overwrought
Ant: calm, controlled, relaxed, leisurely
glean
(v) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
Syn: collect, cull, pick up
grouse
(n) a type of game bird; a complaint; (v) to complain, grumble
Syn: gripe, kvetch, bellyache
incarcerate
(v) to imprison, confine, jail
Syn: intern, immure
Ant: liberate, release, free
incumbent
(adj) obligatory, required; (n) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
Syn: (adj) mandatory, necessary
Ant: (adj) optional, unnecessary
jocular
(adj) humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
Syn: waggish, facetious, droll, witty
Ant: humorless, solemn, grave, earnest, grim
ludicrous
(adj) ridiculous, laughable, absurd
Syn: risible, preposterous
Ant: heartrending, poignant, pathetic
mordant
(adj) biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
Syn: acrimonious, acidulous, sardonic, scathing
Ant: bland, mild, gentle, soothing
nettle
(n) a prickly or stinging plant; (v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
Syn: (v) peeve, annoy, incense, gall, irk
Ant: (v) please, delight, soothe, pacify
pecuniary
(adj) consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
Syn: monetary, financial
pusillanimous
(adj) conemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
Syn: craven, lily-livered
Ant: stouthearted, courageous, daring
recumbent
(adj) in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
Syn: prone, prostrate, supine, inactive
Ant: erect, upright, energetic, dynamic
stratagem
(n) a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent, or to gain an end
Syn: ruse, trick, ploy, subterfuge