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Anomalous
abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

Syn: exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant
Ant: normal, regular, customary, typical, oridinary
Wow UFOs are abnormal
Aspersion
a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming

Syn: innuendo, calumny, denigration
Ant: endorsement, testimonial, praise
Think twice before slandering his honesty, he might be telling the truth.
Bizarre
extremely strange, unusual, atypical

Syn: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
Ant: normal, typical, ordinary, expected
Years from now I will look at this picture and wonder what sort of grotesque costume I was wearing
Brusque
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

Syn: curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough
Ant: gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
His request for a large loan for an indefinite length of time was met with a blunt refusal
Cajole
to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing though or false promise

Syn: wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet- talk
Ant: coerce, force, strong-arm
With a smile, a joke, and a second helping of pie, she would wheedle him into doing what she wanted
Castigate
to punish severely; to criticize severely

Syn: chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid
Ant: reward, honor, praise, laud
After he chastise the unruly children, they settled down to study quietly
Contrive
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan

Syn:think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
She can think up wonderful excuses; but when she tries to offer them, her uneasiness gives her away
Demagogue
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

Syn: rabble-rouser, firebrand
Often a show of angry concern conceals the self-serving tactics of a firebrand
Disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideals or thinking

Syn: undeceive, enlighten, set straight
Ant: deceive, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
He thinks that all women adore him, but my sister will probably enlighten him from that idea.
Ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

Syn: languor, world-weariness, listlessness
Ant: enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity
Some people seem to confuse sophisticaton with boredom
Fetter
(n)a chain or shackle placed on feet; anything that confines or restrains;(v)to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent

Syn:(n)bond, restriant;(v)bind, hamper
Ant:(v)free, liberate, emancipate
The old phrase "chain gang" refers to prisoners made to work, each jioned to the next by linked chain.

It is said that good inventors do not hamper themselves with conventional thinking
Heinous
very wicked, offensive, hateful

Syn: evil, odious, abominable, outrageous
Ant: excellent, wonderful, splendid
A town so peaceful, quiet, and law-abiding was bound to be horrified by so offensive a crime
Immutable
not subject to change, constant

Syn: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable
Ant: changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
Scientist labored to dicover a set of immutable laws of the universe.
Insurgent
(n)one who rebels or rises against authority; (adj)rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on

Syn:(adj)revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous
Ant: (adj)loyalist, loyal, faithful
George Washington and his comtemporaries were insurgent against Britian

The army was confident that they could crush the insurgent forces
Megalomania
a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality

Syn: delusions of grandeur
Ant: humility, modesty, self-abasement
Sudden fame and admiration can make people feel unworthy- or it can bring on feeling of megalomania.
Sinecure
A position requiring little or no work; an easy job

Syn: "no show" job, cushy job, plum
The office of Vice President of the United States was once considered little more than a sincure
Surreptitious
stealthy, secret, intended to escape observstion; made or accomplished by fraud

Syn: furtive, convert, clandstine, concealed
Ant: open, frank, aboveboard, overt
The movie heroine blushed when she notice the surreptitious glances of her admirer.
Transgress
to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law

Syn: overstep, exceed, trespass, err
Ant: obey, toe in the line
The penitent citizens promised to never again transgress the laws of the land.
Transmute
to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

Syn: transform, convert, translate, metamorphose
Ant: maintain unchanged, preserve
To transmute distrust into friendship along that war-torn border will take more than wise politicians and just laws.
Vicarious
performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another

Syn: srrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand
Ant: real, actual, firsthand
In search of vicarious excitement, we watched movies of action and adventure