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adulterate
(v.) to corrupt, to make worse by the addition of something of lesser value
SYNONYMS: contaminate, pollute, sully
ANTONYMS: purify, purge, expurgate
ambidextrous
(adj.) able to use both hands equally well; very skillfull; deceitful, hypocritical
SYNONYMS: versatile, facile
ANTONYMS: clumsy, all thumbs, maladroit
augment
(v.) to make larger, increase
SYNONYMS: enlarge, supplement, ampilfy
ANTONYMS: decrease, diminish
bereft
(adj., part.) deprived of; made unhappy through a loss
SYNONYM: bereaved
ANTONYMS: replete, well provided
deploy
(v.) to position or arrange; to utilize; to form up
SYNONYMS: station, organize
dour
(adj.) stern, unyielding, gloomy, ill-humored
SYNONYMS: harsh, bleak, forbidding, saturnine
ANTONYMS: cheery, inviting, genial
fortitude
(n.) courage in facing difficulties
SYNONYMS: resolve, steadfastness, mettle
ANYONYMS: fearfulness, timidity, faintheartedness
gape
(V.) to stare with open mouth; to open the mouth wide;to open wide
SYNONYMS: gawk, ogle
gibe
(v.) to utter taunting words; (n.) an expression of scorn
SYNONYMS: (v.) ridicule, mock, deride, jeer
ANTONYMS: (n.) compliment, praise
guise
(n.) an external appearance, cover, mask
SYNONYMS: costume, semblance, pretense
insidious
(adj.) intended to decieve or entrap; sly, treacherous
SYNONYMS: cunning, underhanded, perfidious
ANTONYMS: frank, ingenuous, aboveboard
intimation
(n.) a hint, indirect suggestion
SYNONYMS: clue, indication, inkling
opulent
(adj.) wealthy, luxurious; ample; grandiose
SYNONYMS: rish, lavish, plentiful, abundant
ANTONYMS: poverty-striken, wretched, destitute
plialbe
(adj.) easily bent, flexible; easily influenced
SYNONYMS: supple, adaptable, resilient
ANTONYMS: rigid, inflexible, recalcitrant
reiterate
(v.) to say again, repeat
SYNONYMS: restate, rehash, recapitulate
stolid
(adj.) not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive
SYNONYMS: impassive, phlegmatic
ANTONYMS: emotional, oversensative, high-strung
tentative
adj.) experimental in nature; uncertain, hesitant
SYNONYMS: provisional, inconculsive
ANTONYMS: definite, conclusive, confirmed
unkempt
(adj.) not combed; untidy; not properly maintained; unpolished, rude
SYNONYMS: sloppy, disheveled, disorderly, rough
ANYONYMS: well-groomed, tidy, neat, natt
verbatim
(adj., adv.) word for word; exactly as written or spoken
SYNONYM: (adj.) exact; (adj.) precisely
ANYONYM: (adj.) paraphrased
warily
(adv.) cautiously, with great care
SYNONYMS: carefully, prudently, gingerly
ANTONYMS: recklessly, heedlessly, incautiously
adroit
(adj.) skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind
SYNONYMS: clever, deft, dexeterous, slick
ANYONYMS: clumsy, inept, all thumbs
amicable
(adj.) peaceable, friendly
SYNONYMS: congenial, neighboly, cordial
ANTONYMS: hostile, antagonistic
averse
(Adj.) having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling
SYNONYMS: disinclined, loath
ANTONYMS: favorably disposed, eager, keen
belligerent
(adj.)given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggresive; (n) one at war, one engaged in war
SYNONYMS: (adj.) assertive, truculent, pugnacious
ANTONYMS: (adj) peaceful, conciliatory, placid
benevolent
(adj) kindly, charitable
SYNONYMS: benign, well-meaning
ANTONYMS: malicious, spiteful, malevolent
cursory
(adj.) not thorough
SYNONYMS: quick, superficial, perfunctory
ANTONYMS: thorough, painstaking, careful
duplicity
(n) treachery, deceitfulness
SYNONYMS: fraud, double-dealing, chicanery
extol
(v.) to praise extravagantly
SYNONYMS: glorify, applaud, acclaim, hail
ANTONYMS: criticize, belittle, diparage
feasible
(adj.) possible, able to be done
SYNONYMS: workabe, practicable, viable
ANYONYMS: unworkable, impractical
grimace
(n.) a wry face, facial distortion; (v.) to make a wry face
SYNONYMS:(n.) pained expression, faial contortion
ANYONYMS:(n.) smile, grin; (v.) beam
holocaust
(n.) a large scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter, a burnt offering
SYNONYMS: conflagration, devastation, annihilation
ANYONYMS: deluge, inundation
impervious
(adj.) not affected of hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance
SYNONYMS: impenetrable, resistant, proof against
ANYONYMS: porous, permeable, vulnerable
impetus
(n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulus
SYNONYMS: impulse, incentive, spur
ANTONYMS: curb, hindrance, impediment, constraint
jeopardy
(n) danger
SYNONYMS: risk, hazard, peril
ANTONYMS: safety, security
meticuous
(adj.) extremely, carfeul; particular about details
SYNONYMS: fastidious, painstaking, fussy
ANTONYMS: careless, negligent, sloppy
nostalgia
(n.) a longing for something past; homesickness
quintessence
(n.) the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
SYNONYMS:paragon, exemplar
retrogress
(v.) to move backward; to return to an earlier condition
SYNONYMS: revert, degenerate, decline
ANTONYMS: advance, evolve, progress
scrutinize
(v.) to examine closely
SYNONYMS: inspect, pore over
ANYONYMS: skim, scan, glance at
tepid
(adj) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of intrest
SYNONYMS: insipid, halfhearted, wishy-washy
ANTONYMS: heated, excited, enthusiastic
adversary
(n.) an enemy, opponent
SYNONYMS: antagonist, rival, foe
ANTONYMS: friend, ally, supporter, confederate
alienate
(v.) to turn away; to make indifferent or hostile; to transfer, convey
SYNONYMS: sperate, drive apart, estrange
ANTONYMS: befriend, attract, captivate, reconcile
artifice
(n.) a skillful or ingenious device; a clever trick; a clever skill; trickery
SYNONYMS: ruse, stratagem, contrivance
coerce
(v.) to compel, force
SYNONYMS: pressure, bully, intimidate, constrain
ANTONYMS: persuade, cajole
craven
(adj.) cowardly; (n.) a coward
SYNONYMS: fearful, fainthearted, pusillanimous
ANTONYMS: brave, courageous, valiant
culinary
(adj.) of or related to cooking or the kitchen
delete
(v.) to erasem wipe outm cut out
SYNONYMS: remove, cancel, expunge
ANYONYMS: insert, add, retain, include
demise
(n.) a death, especially of a person in a lofty position
SYNONYMS: decease, passign away
ANTONYMS: birth, beginning, commencement
exhilarate
(v.) to enliven, cheer, give spirit or liveliness to
SYNONYMS: stimulate, excite, gladden
ANTONYMS: discourage, dispirit, dishearten, inhibit
fallow
(adj.) plowed but not seeded; inactive; reddish-yellow; (n.) land left unseeded; (v.) to plow but not seed
SYNONYMS: unproductive, inert, dormant
ANTONYMS: productive, fertile, prolific
harass
(v.) to disturb, worry; to trouble by repeated attacks
SYNONYMS: annoy, pester, bedevil, beleaguer
inclement
(adj.) stormy, harsh; severe in attitude or action
SYNONYMS: blustery, tempestuous, implacable
ANTONYMS: mild, gentle, blamy, tranquil
muse
(v.) to think about in a dreamy way, ponder
SYNONYMS: meditate, contemplate, daydream
negligible
(adj.) so unimportant that it can be disreguarded
SYNONYMS: trivial, inconsequential, insignificant
ANTONYMS: significant, crucial, momentous
perpetuate
(v.) to make permanent or long lasting
SYNONYMS: continue, preservem prolong indefinately
ANTONYMS: discontinue, abolish, abandon
precedent
(n.) an example that may serve as a basis for imitation or later action
SYNONYMS: guide, tradition, model
punitive
(adj.) inflicting or aiming at punishment
SYNONYMS: penalizing, retaliatory
redress
(v.) to set right; (n.) relief from wrong or injury
SYNONYMS: rectify, correct, mitigate
sojourn
(n.) a temporary stay; (v.) to stay for a time
SYNONYMS: visit, stopover, brief stay
urbane
(adj.) refined in manner or style, suave
SYNONYMS: elegant
ANTONYMS: crude, uncouth, boorish
affiliated
(adj., part.) associated, connected
SYNONYMS: attached, related, joined
ANTONYMS: dissociated, unconnected
ascertain
(v.) to find out
SYNONYMS: discover, determine, establish
attainment
(n.) an accomplishemnt, the act of achieving
SYNONYMS: achievement, fulfillment
ANTONYMS: failure, defeat, frustration
bequeath
(v.) to give or pass on as an inheritance
SYNONYMS: transmit, bestow, hand down
cogent
(adj.) forceful, convincing; relevent, to the point
SYNONYMS: persuasive, compelling
ANTONYMS: weak, unconvincing, ineffective, irrelevant
converge
(v.) to move toward on point, approach nearer together
SYNONYMS: meet, unite, intersect, merge
ANTONYMS: diverge, seperate
disperse
(v.) to scatte, spread far and wide
SYNONYMS: break up, dispel
ANTONYMS: collect, congregate, assemble, muster
esteem
(v.) to reguard highly; (n.) a highly favorable opinion or judgement
SYNONYMS: respect, admire, honor, revere
ANTONYMS: disdain, scorn, contempt
expunge
(v.) to erase, obliterate, destroy
SYNONYMS: delete, effece, annihilate
ANTONYMS: insert, mark, imprint, impress
finite
(adj.) having limits; lasting for a limited time
SYNONYMS: bounded, measureable
ANTONYMS: unlimited, immeasuralbe, everlasitng, eternal
invulnerable
(adj.) not able to be wounded or hurt; shielded against attack
SYNONYMS: impregnable, impervious, immune
ANTONYMS: exposed, unprotected, defenseless
malevolent
(adj.) spiteful, showing ill will
SYNONYMS: malicious, wicked, sinister, malignant
ANTONYMS: king benevolent, compassionate
nonchalant
(adj.) cool and confident, unconcerned
SYNONYMS: composed, unruffled, indifferent, blase
ANTONYMS: perturbed, agitated, disconcerted, abashed
omniscient
(adj.) knowing everything; having unlimited awarness or understanding
SYNONYMS: wise, all-knowing
ANYONYMS: ignorant, unknowing
panacea
(n.) a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
SYNONYMS: universal cure, easy solution
scrupulous
(adj.) exact, careful, attending thoroughly to details; having high moral standars, principled
SYNONYMS: painstaking, meticulous, conscientious
ANTONYMS: careless, negligent, remiss, dishonest
skulk
(v.) to move about stealthily; to lie in hiding
SYNONYMS: lurk, slink, prowl
supercilious
(adj.) proud and contemptuous; showing scorn because of a feeling of superiority
SYNONYMS: snobbish, patronizing, overbearing
ANTONYMS: humble, meek, deferential, servile
uncanny
(adj.) strange, mysterious, weird, beyond explanation
SYNONYMS: eerie, inexplicable, spooky
venial
(adj.) easily excused; pardonable
SYNONYMS: excusable, forgivable
ANTONYMS: inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable
altruistic
(adj.) unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others
SYNONYMS: selfless
ANTONYMS: selfish, self-centered
assent
(v.) to express agreement; (n.) agreement
SYNONYMS: concur, consent, accede
ANYONYMS: disagree, differ, dissent
benefactor
(n.) one who does good to others
SYNONYMS: patron, humanitarian
ANTONYMS: misanthrope, malefactor
chivalrous
(adj.) marked by honor, courtesy, and courage; knightly
SYNONYMS: gallatn, civil, valiant
ANTONYMS: crude, uncouth, churlish, loutish
clemency
(n.) mercy, humaneness; mildness, moderateness
SYNONYMS: leniency, forbearance, gentleness
ANTONYMS: harshness, severity, cruelty, inflexibility
dearth
(n.) a lack, scarcity, inadequate supply; a famine
SYNONYMS: insufficiency, want, paucity
ANTONYMS: surplus, oversupply, glut, abundance
diffident
(adj.) shy, lacking self-cinfidence; modest, reserved
discrepancy
(n.) a difference; a lack of agreement
SYNONYMS: timid, bashful, unassertive, withdrawn
ANTONYMS: blad, brash, audacious, self-confident, jaunty
embark
(v.) to go aboard; to amke a start; to invest
SYNONYMS: commence, launch, begin, board
facile
(adj.) easily done or attained; superficial; ready, fluent; easily shown but not sincerely felt
SYNONYMS: effortless, assured, poised, specious
ANYONYMS: labored, awkward, halting
indomitalbe
(adj.) unconquerable, refusing to yield
SYNONYMS: unbeatable, invincible, unyielding
ANTONYMS: surrenduring, submissive, yielding
infallible
(adj.) free from error; absolutely dependable
SYNONYMS: unerring, certain
ANTONYMS: imperfect
plod
(v.) to walk heavily or slowly; to work slowly
SYNONYMS: lumber, trudge
ANTONYMS: scamper, skip, prance
pungent
(adj.) causing a sharp sensation; stinging, biting
SYNONYMS: sharp, spicy, piquant, caustic, racy
ANTONYMS: bland, unappetizing, colorless, insipid
remiss
(adj.) neglectful in performance or one's duty, careless
SYNONYMS: negligent, lax, slack
ANTONYMS: crupulous, dutiful, punctilious
repose
(v.) to rest, lie; place; (n.) relaxation, peace of mind, calmness
SYNONYMS: sleep, tranquillity, respite
ANTONYMS: exertion, wakefulness, tumult, bustle, ado
temerity
(n.) rashness, boldness
SYNONYMS: recklessness, follhardiness, effrontery
ANTONYMS: timidity, fearfulness, diffidence, humanity
truculent
(adj.) fierce and cruel; agressive; deadly, destructive; scathingly harsh
SYNONYMS: brutal, savage, belligerant, vitriolic
ANTONYMS: gentle, mild, meek, unthreatening
unfeigned
(adj.) sincere, real, without pretense
SYNONYMS: genuine, heartfelt
ANTONYMS: insincere, simulated, phony
virulent
(adj.) extremely poisonous; full of malice; spiteful
SYNONYMS: venomous, noxious, baneful, hateful
ANTONYMS: innocuous, hamrless, benign
accede
(v.) to yeild to; to assume an office or dignity
SYNONYMS: consent, concur, comply, assent
ANTONYMS: demur, balk at
brandish
(v.) to wave or flourish in a menacing or vigarous fashion
SYNONYMS: swing, shake
comprise
(v.) to include or contain; to be made up of
SYNONYMS: compose, constitute, encompass
ANTONYMS: exclude
deft
(adj.) skilful, nimble
SYNONYMS: dexterous, adroit, proficient, clever, masterful
ANTONYMS: clumsy, awkward, bungling, inept
destitute
(adj.) deprived of the necessities of life; lacking in
SYNONYMS: wanting, devoid, impoverished, penniliess
ANTONYMS: rish, wealthy, luxurious, bountiful, full, replete
explicit
(adj.) definite, clearly stated
SYNONYMS: distinct, forthright, unambiguous, clear
ANTONYMS: vague, ambiguous, implicit
extirpate
(v.) to tear up by the roots; to destroy totally
SYNONYMS: uproot, eradicate, wipe out, excise
ANTONYMS: implant, sow, foster, nourish
inopportune
(adj.) coming at a bad time; not appropriate
SYNONYMS: ill-timed, inconvienent, inappropriate, unsuitable
ANTONYMS: timely,convienent, felicitous, opportune
ironic
(adj.) suggesting an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens; given to irony, sarcastic
SYNONYMS: incongruous, satiric, sardonic, wry
ANTONYMS: straightforward, unequivocal
musty
(adj.) stale, moldy; out-of-date
SYNONYMS: hackneyed, antiquated
ANTONYMS: fresh, sweet-smelling, up-to-date,brand-new
officious
(adj.) meddling; excessively forward in offering services or assuming authority
SYNONYMS: meddlesome, prying, impertinent, obtrusive
ANTONYMS: reserved, diffident, timid, aloof
ominous
(adj.) unfavorale, threatening, of bad omen
SYNONYMS: unpropitious, inauspicious, portentous
ANTONYMS: propitious, auspicious, promising
pinnacle
(n.) a high peak or point
SYNONYMS: apex, acme, summit, apogee
ANTONYMS: nadir, perigee, low point
premeditated
(adj., part.) considered beforehand, deliberately planned
SYNONYMS: preplanned, rehearsed,calculated, prearranged
ANTONYMS: unplanned,spontaneous, improptu
rampant
(adj.) growing without check, running wild
SYNONYMS: widespread, unrestrained, extravagant, prevalent
ANTONYMS: controlled, restrained
solace
(n.) comfort, relief (v.) to comfort, console
SYNONYMS:(v.) soothe, reassure, cheer up
ANTONYMS:(v.) vex, aggravate, upset
stately
(adj.) dignified, majestic
SYNONYMS: grand, magnificant, imposing
ANTONYMS: lowly, humble, servile, abject
supple
(adj.) bending easily; bending with agility;readily adaptable; servile
SYNONYMS: flexible, limber, pliable, pliant
ANTONYMS: stiff, rigid, unbending, hidebound
suppress
(v.) to stop by force, put down
SYNONYMS: subdue, crush, stifle, squelch, quash, silence
ANTONYMS: provoke, spur, arouse, incite, instigate
venal
(adj.) open to or marked by bribery or corruption
SYNONYMS: dishonest, bribable, corruptible, mercenary
ANTONYMS: honest, incorruptible, scrupulous
abhor
(v.) to reguard with horror or loathing; to hate deeply
SYNONYMS: detest, despise, abominate
ANTONYMS: admire, cherish, respect, relish
Amend
(v.) to change in a formal way; to change for the better
SYNONYMS: modify, improve, correct
Buffet
(v.) to slap or cuff; to strike repeatedly; to drive or force with blows; to force one’s way with difficulty; (n.) a slap, blow
SYNONYMS: (v.) batter, sock, thump, pummel, toss about
Chaos
(n.) great confusion, disorder
SYNONYMS: anarchy, turmoil, pandemonium
ANTONYMS: order, regularity, tranquility
Commodious
(adj.) roomy, spacious
SYNONYMS: comfortable, ample, capacious
ANTONYMS: cramped, claustrophobic, insufficient
Corrosive
(adj.) eating away gradually, acidlike; bitterly sarcastic
SYNONYMS: caustic, mordant, acidulous, spiteful
ANTONYMS: bland, mild, benign, amiable
Discern
(v.) to see clearly, recognizable
SYNONYMS: perceive, detect, distinguish
ANTONYMS: overlook
Extant
(adj.) still existing; not exterminated, destroyed or lost
SYNONYMS: surviving, in existence
ANTONYMS: extinct, defunct, vanished
Implicate
(v.) to involve in; to connect with or be related to
SYNONYMS: incriminate, entangle
ANTONYMS: absolve, exculpate
Inter
(v.) to bury, commit to the earth; to consign to oblivion
SYNONYMS: unearth, exhume
Martinet
(n.) a strict disciplinarian; a tickler for the rules
SYNONYMS: taskmaster, slave driver
Obviate
(v.) to anticipate and prevent; to remove, dispose of
SYNONYMS: preclude, forestall, ward off
Renegade
(n.) one who leaves a group; a deserter, outlaw; (adj.) traitorous; unconventional, unorthodox
SYNONYMS: (n.) turncoat, defector, heretic
ANTONYMS: (n.) loyalist, patriot
Reprehensible
(adj.) deserving blame or punishment
SYNONYMS: objectionable, blameworthy, culpable, odious
ANTONYMS: commendable, blameless, meritorious
Somber
(adj.) dark, gloomy; depressed or melancholy in spirit
SYNONYMS: mournful, dismal
ANTONYMS: bright, sunny, lighthearted, cheerful, jaunty
Squalid
(adj.) filth, wretched, debased
SYNONYMS: dingy, sordid, foul, vile, abject
ANTONYMS: neat, spruce, exalted, lofty
Turbulent
(adj.) disorderly, riotous, violent; stormy
SYNONYMS: tumultuous, unruly, agitated
ANTONYMS: calm, placid, tranquil, still
Vociferous
(adj.) loud and noisy; compelling attention
SYNONYMS: clamorous, uproarious, blustering
ANTONYMS: quiet, soft-spoken, muted, subdued
Voluminous
(adj.) of great size; numerous; writing or speaking at great length
SYNONYMS: bulky, massive, copious, plentiful
ANTONYMS: scant, meager, brief, succinct
Waive
(v.) to do without, give up voluntarily; to put off temporarily, defer
SYNONYMS: decline, relinquish, forgo
ANTONYMS: claim, accept
Animosity
(n.) strong dislike; bitter hostility
SYNONYMS: enmity, rancor, antipathy
ANTONYMS: affection, fondness, rapport, amity
Apathy
(n.) lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
SYNONYMS: indifference, disinterest, detachment
ANTONYMS: enthusiasm, fervor, ardor, concern
Apprehensive
(adj.) fearful or anxious, especially about the future
SYNONYMS: worried, nervous, fretful, jittery
ANTONYMS: unworried, assured, confident, certain
Commend
(v.) to praise, express approval; to present as worthy of attention; to commit to the care of
SYNONYMS: applaud, entrust
ANTONYMS: abhor, loathe
Compatible
(adj.) able to get along or work well together; capable of use with some other model or system
SYNONYMS: harmonious, in agreement, like-minded
ANTONYMS: mismatched, incongruous, antagonistic
Condolence
(n.) an expression of sympathy
SYNONYMS: commiseration, solace, sympathy
Consecrate
(v.) to make sacred or hallow; to set apart for a special purpose
SYNONYMS: devote, dedicate, sanctify
ANTONYMS: desecrate, defile, profane, dishonor
Decrepit
(adj.) old and feeble; worn-out, ruined
SYNONYMS: infirm, broken-down, rickety, dilapidated
ANTONYMS: vigorous, robust, sturdy
Deride
(v.) to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
SYNONYMS: mock, scorn, disparage, jeer at
ANTONYMS: praise, extol, acclaim, applaud
Ingenuous
(adj.) innocent, simple; frank, sincere
SYNONYMS: naïve, artless, guileless, candid
ANTONYMS: artful, crafty, worldly, sophisticated
Multifarious
(adj.) having great variety; numerous and diverse
SYNONYMS: varied, manifold, heterogeneous
ANTONYMS: unvaried, unifom, homozygous
Obsolete
(adj.) out-of-date, no longer in use
SYNONYMS: outmoded, antiquated, passé, old hat
ANTONYMS: current, up-to-date, brand-new
Omnivorous
(adj.) eating every king of food; eagerly taking in everything, having a wide variety of tastes
SYNONYMS: all-devouring, voracious
Parsimonious
(adj.) stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small
SYNONYMS: frugal, niggardly, penny-pinching, cheap
ANTONYMS: generous, openhanded
Quandary
(n.) a state of perplexity or doubt
SYNONYMS: confusion, dilemma, predicament
Recalcitrant
(adj.) stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority
SYNONYMS: unruly, obstinate, contrary, ornery
ANTONYMS: obedient, docile, cooperate, compliant
Reprisal
(n.) an injury in return for an injury
SYNONYMS: retaliation, revenge, retribution
Revel
(v.) to take great pleasure in; (n.) a wild celebration
SYNONYMS: (v.) relish, savor, bask in, carouse
ANTONYMS: (v.) abhor, loathe
Stultify
(v.) to make ineffective or useless, cripple; to have a dulling effect on
SYNONYMS: smother, stifle, neutralize, negate
ANTONYMS: arouse, excite, inspire, stimulate
Suave
(adj.) smoothly agreeable or polite; pleasing to the senses
SYNONYMS: sophisticated, urbane, polished
ANTONYMS: crude, clumsy, unpolished, oafish, loutish
Allocate
(v.) to set apart or designate for a special purpose; to distribute
SYNONYMS: assign, allot, apportion
Ardent
(adj.) very enthusiastic, impassioned
SYNONYMS: intense, zealous, fervent, acid
ANTONYMS: indifferent, stolid, phlegmatic, apathetic
Assiduous
(adj.) persistent, attentive, diligent
SYNONYMS: industrious, unremitting, sedulous
ANTONYMS: lazy, lackadaisical, shiftless
Brash
(adj.) prone to act in a hasty manner; impudent
SYNONYMS: rash, impetuous, brazen, impertinent
ANTONYMS: prudent, wary, cautious, circumspect
Capricious
(adj.) subject to whims or passing fancies
SYNONYMS: impulsive, fickle, unpredictable, mercurial
ANTONYMS: constant, steady, steadfast, unwavering
Chastise
(v.) to inflict physical punishment as a means of correction; to scold severly
SYNONYMS: discipline, censure
ANTONYMS: commend, reward
Copious
(adj.) abundant; plentiful; wordy, verbose
SYNONYMS: ample, profuse, bountiful
ANTONYMS: inadequate, meager, scanty, concise
Deviate
(v.) to turn aside; to stray from a norm; (n.) one who departs from a norm; (adj.) differing from a norm, heterodox, unconventional
SYNONYMS: (v.) diverge, veer, swerve
ANTONYMS: (v.) conform to, abide by; (adj.) orthodox
Emaciated
(adj., part.) unnaturally thin
SYNONYMS: gaunt, withered, shriveled
ANTONYMS: plump, fat, obese, corpulent
Exult
(v.) to rejoice greatly
SYNONYMS: revel, glory
ANTONYMS: mope, sulk, regret, rue, lament
Gnarled
(adj.) knotty, twisted, lumpy
SYNONYMS: knotty, misshapen, contorted
ANTONYMS: smooth, unblemished, straight
Indemnity
(n.) a payment for damage or loss
SYNONYMS: compensation, restitution, reparation
Inkling
(n.) a hint; a vague notion
SYNONYMS: clue, intimation, suggestion
Limpid
(adj.) clear, transparent; readily understood
SYNONYMS: lucid, intelligible
ANTONYMS: clouded, murky, opaque
Omnipotent
(adj.) almighty, having unlimited power or authority
SYNONYMS: all-powerful
ANTONYMS: powerless, impotent, feeble, weak
Palatable
(adj.) agreeing to the taste or one’s sensibilities; suitable for consumption
SYNONYMS: edible, appetizing, attractive
ANTONYMS: inedible, distasteful, disagreeable
Poignant
(adj.) deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste of smell
SYNONYMS: heartrending, bittersweet, melancholy
ANTONYMS: unaffecting, bland, vapid, vapid, insipid, funny
Rancor
(n.) bitter resentment or ill-will
SYNONYMS: animosity, enmity, bitterness
ANTONYMS: goodwill, harmony, rapport, amity
Sophomoric
(adj.) immature and overconfident; conceited
SYNONYMS: pretentious, superficial, fatuous
ANTONYMS: mature, judicious, sage, knowledgeable
Spontaneous
(adj.) arising naturally; not planned or engineered in advance
SYNONYMS: unpremeditated, unplanned, impromptu
ANTONYMS: premeditated, planned, contrived, rehearsed
Acquiesce
(v.) to accept without protest; to agree to submit
SYNONYMS: comply with, accede, consent, yield
ANTONYMS: resist, protest
Allure
(v.) to entice, tempt; to be attractive to; (n.) a strong attraction; the power to attract, charm
SYNONYMS: (v.) beguile, tantalize; (n.) temptation, enticement
ANTONYMS: (v.) repel, turn off; (n.) repellent
Askew
(adj., adv.) twisted to one side, crooked; disapprovingly
SYNONYMS: awry, lopsided, cockeyed
ANTONYMS: straight, symmetrical
Blithe
(adj.) cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned
SYNONYMS: carefree, nonchalant, indifferent
ANTONYMS: glum, morose, despondent, depressed
Contentious
(adj.) quarrelsome, inclined to agree
SYNONYMS: argumentative, disputatious, combative
ANTONYMS: agreeable, amiable, affable, pacific
Covet
(v.) to desire something belonging to another
SYNONYMS: crave, yearn for, hunger for
ANTONYMS: disdain, scorn, despise
Crestfallen
(adj.) discouraged, dejected, downcast
SYNONYMS: despondent, disconsolate
ANTONYMS: elated, cheerful, self-satisfied, cocky
Disheveled
(adj.) rumpled, mussed; hanging in disorder
SYNONYMS: untidy, disarranged, tousled, unkempt
ANTONYMS: tidy, neat, orderly, well-groomed
Exponent
(n.) one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets; (math) the power to which a number, symbol, or expression is to be raised
SYNONYMS: defender, champion, interpreter
ANTONYMS: critic, adversary, faultfinder, detractor
Garrulous
(adj.) given to much talking, tediously chatty
SYNONYMS: talkative, loquacious, long-winged
ANTONYMS: reticent, mum, taciturn, laconic, reserved
Insuperable
(adj.) incapable of being overcome
SYNONYMS: invincible, insurmountable
ANTONYMS: surmountable, conquerable
Lamentable
(adj.) to be regretted or pitted
SYNONYMS: deplorable, regrettable, distressing
ANTONYMS: praiseworthy, commendable, laudable
Misnomer
(n.) an unsuitable or misleading name
SYNONYMS: misnaming, malapropism
Profess
(v.) to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend
SYNONYMS: assert, declare, proclaim, purport
ANTONYMS: disclaim, disavow, repudiate
Respite
(n.) a period of relief or rest
SYNONYMS: interval, intermission, lull, breather
Retribution
(n.) a repayment; a deserved punishment
SYNONYMS: recompense, requital, just deserts
Sinuous
(adj.) winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible
SYNONYMS: twisting, convoluted, serpentine, supple
ANTONYMS: direct, straight, unbending, stiff, rigid
Sonorous
(adj.) full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style
SYNONYMS: resonant, resounding, grandiloquent
ANTONYMS: tinny, reedy, harsh, grating
Vanguard
(n.) the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field
SYNONYMS: forefront, cutting edge, trailblaizers
ANTONYMS: rear guard, stragglers, laggards
Wastrel
(n.) a wasteful person, spendthrift; a good-for-nothing
SYNONYMS: loafer, idler, squanderer, profligate
ANTONYMS: skinflint, tightwad, miser
Allude
(v.) to refer to casually or indirectly
SYNONYMS: suggest, insinuate, hint at, intimate
Clairvoyant
(adj.) supernaturally perceptive; (n.) one who possesses extrasensory powers, seer
SYNONYMS: (n.) insightful, discerning, uncanny; (n.) visionary
ANTONYMS: (adj.) blind, unseeing, myopic, dense, imperceptive
Conclusive
(adj.) serving to settle an issue; final
SYNONYMS: decisive, indisputable, convincing, definitive
ANTONYMS: unsettled, provisional, indefinite
Disreputable
(adj.) not respectable, not esteemed
SYNONYMS: disgraceful, discreditable, shady
ANTONYMS: honest, aboveboard, respectable, creditable
Endemic
(adj.) native or confined to a particular region or people; characteristic of or prevalent in a field
SYNONYMS: indigenous, restricted to
ANTONYMS: alien, foreign, extraneous
Exemplary
(adj.) worthy of imitation, commendable; serving as a model
SYNONYMS: praiseworthy, meritorious, sterling, illustrate
ANTONYMS: infamous, notorious, scandalous, disreputable
Fathom
(v.) to understand, get to the bottom of; to determine the depth of; (n.) a measure of depth in water
SYNONYMS: (v.) grasp, comprehend, figure out, plumb
Guile
(n.) treacherous cunning, deceit
SYNONYMS: trickery, duplicity, chicanery
ANTONYMS: candor, artlessness, naïveté, plain dealing
Integrity
(n.) honesty, high moral standards; an unimpaired condition, completeness, soundness
SYNONYMS: rectitude, probity
ANTONYMS: dishonesty, corruption, turpitude
Itinerary
(n.) a route of travel; a record of travel; a guidebook
SYNONYMS: schedule, program
Misconstrue
(v.) to interpret wrongly, mistake the meaning of
SYNONYMS: misjudge, misinterpret
Obnoxious
(adj.) highly offensive, arousing strong dislike
SYNONYMS: disagreeable, repugnant, hateful, odious
ANTONYMS: agreeable, pleasing, engaging, personable
Placate
(v.) to appease, soothe, pacify
SYNONYMS: satisfy, mollify, allay, conciliate
ANTONYMS: vex, irk, provoke, exasperate, annoy
Placid
(adj.) calm, peaceful
SYNONYMS: undisturbed, tranquil, quiet, serene
ANTONYMS: stormy, agitated, turbulent, tempestuous
Plagiarism
(n.) oassign off or using as one’s own the writing (or other materials) of another person
SYNONYMS: piracy, theft
Potent
(adj.) powerful; highly effective
SYNONYMS: mighty, formidable, forceful
ANTONYMS: weak, inept, feckless, powerless, ineffective
Pretext
(n.) a false reason, deceptive excuse
SYNONYMS: pretense, cover story, rationale, evasion
Protrude
(v.) to stick out, thrust forth
SYNONYMS: project, just out, bulge
Stark
(adj.) harsh, unrelieved, desolate; (adv.) utterly
SYNONYMS: (adj.) sheer, downright, grim, bleak; (adv.) absolutely
ANTONYMS: (adj.) bright, cheerful, embellished, ornate
Superficial
(adj.) on or near the surface; concerned with or understanding only what is on the surface, shallow
SYNONYMS: skin-deep, insubstantial, cursory, slapdash
ANTONYMS: deep, profound, thorough, exhaustive
Abjure
(v.) to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun
SYNONYMS: forswear, retract, recant, abstain from
ANTONYMS: affirm, avow, aver, profess
Acrid
(adj.) harsh in taste or odor; sharp in manner or temper
SYNONYMS: irritating, stinging, bitter, caustic
ANTONYMS: gentle, soothing, mild
August
(adj.) majestic, inspiring admiration and respect
SYNONYMS: stately, dignified, exalted, venerable
ANTONYMS: humble, base, mean, lowly, abject
Callous
(adj.) emotionally hardened, unfeeling
SYNONYMS: insensitive, unsympathetic, thick-skinned
ANTONYMS: sensitive, compassionate, tenderhearted
Clandestine
(adj.) secret, concealed; underheaded
SYNONYMS: covert, furtive, surreptitious, stealthy
ANTONYMS: open, overt, undisguised, aboveboard
Compunction
(n.) remorse, regret
SYNONYMS: scruple, qualm, misgiving, contrition
ANTONYMS: shamelessness, insouciance, nonchalance
Conflagration
(n.) a large destructive fire
SYNONYMS: holocaust, wildfire
ANTONYMS: deluge, flood
Elated
(adj., part.) in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased
SYNONYMS: overjoyed, ecstatic, tinkled pink
ANTONYMS: depressed, crestfallen, despondent, blue
Indelible
(adj.) not able to be erased o removed; memorable
SYNONYMS: lasting, permanent, unforgettable
ANTONYMS: erasable, impermanent, ephemeral
Indulgent
(adj.) yielding to the wishes or demands of others
SYNONYMS: lenient, permissive, tolerant, liberal
ANTONYMS: strict, severe, inflexible, hard-nosed
Inveterate
(adj.) firmly established, long-standing; habitual
SYNONYMS: persisting, chronic, dyed-in-the-wool
ANTONYMS: sporadic, intermittent, occasional
Irrelevant
(adj.) not to the point, no applicable or pertinent
SYNONYMS: inapplicable, immaterial, beside the point
ANTONYMS: pertinent, material, apropos, germane
Nocturnal
(adj.) of or occurring in the night; under the cover of darkness
SYNONYMS: nighttime
ANTONYMS: daytime, diurnal
Platitude
(n.) a commonplace, stale, or trite remark
SYNONYMS: cliché, truism, bromide
ANTONYMS: epigram, quip, witticism, bon mot
Quell
(v.) to subdue, put down forcibly
SYNONYMS: suppress, pacify, squelch, quash, crush
ANTONYMS: incite, provoke, arouse, foment, stir up
Quiescent
(adj.) inactive; at rest
SYNONYMS: still, inert, motionless, dormant, tranquil
ANTONYMS: active, thriving, lively, bustling, volatile
Ruminate
(v.) to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud
SYNONYMS: ponder, reflect, mull over, muse
Tacit
(adj.) unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
SYNONYMS: unexpressed, unvoiced, understood, implicit
ANTONYMS: explicit, express, specific
Tangible
(adj.) capable of being touched; real, concrete
SYNONYMS: perceptible, actual, evident, palpable
ANTONYMS: immaterial, imperceptible, insubstantial
Trenchant
(adj.) incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut
SYNONYMS: penetrating, cutting, telling, acute
ANTONYMS: dull, bland, insipid, vapid, imperceptive
Antipathy
(n.) a strong dislike, hostile feeling
SYNONYMS: hostility, enmity, aversion, bad blood
ANTONYMS: attraction, appeal, allure, sympathy
Applicable
(adj.) capable of being applied; relevant, suitable
SYNONYMS: appropriate, fit, apt, apposite
ANTONYMS: inappropriate, unsuitable, irrelevant
Asset
(n.) something of value; a resource; an advantage
SYNONYMS: property, possession, holding, endowment
ANTONYMS: drawback, handicap, liability
Beset
(v.) to attract form all sides; to surround, hem in; (adj., part.) harassed, troubled; studded (as with jewels)
SYNONYMS: (v.) assail, harass, badger, pester, torment
Compassion
(n.) sympathy for another’s suffering; pity
SYNONYMS: concern, commiseration, empathy
ANTONYMS: indifference, callousness, heartlessness
Decorum
(n.) proper behavior, good taste; orderliness
SYNONYMS: seemliness, good form, propriety
ANTONYMS: impropriety, bad form, bad taste
Duress
(n.) compulsion by threat; forcible confinement
SYNONYMS: intimidation, coercion
ANTONYMS: persuasion, coaxing, sweet talk, cajolery
Exuberant
(adj.) high-spirited, enthusiastic, unrestrained; excessive, abundant
SYNONYMS: lively, ebullient, irrepressible, lavish
ANTONYMS: depressed, despondent, sulky, restrained
Facsimile
(n.) an exact copy
SYNONYMS: replica, duplicate, reproduction, clone
ANTONYMS: variation, modification, permutation
Imbibe
(v.) to drink; to take in, absorb
SYNONYMS: swallow, gulp, quaff, assimilate, digest
ANTONYMS: eject, emit, expel, discharge
Implacable
(adj.) not to be satisfied or pacified; unyielding
SYNONYMS: relentless, inexplicable, unappeasable
ANTONYMS: lenient, indulgent, permissive, flexible
Infinitesimal
(adj.) so small as to be almost immeasurable; minute
SYNONYMS: tiny, miniscule, microscopic, unnoticeable
ANTONYMS: vast, immense, huge, infinite
Innocuous
(adj.) harmless, inoffensive; insignificant
SYNONYMS: feeble, impotent, unobjectable, insipid
ANTONYMS: harmful, dangerous, pernicious, toxic, virulent
Militate
(v.) to have effect or force against someone or something; fight against
SYNONYMS: counter, oppose, work against
Patent
(n.) exclusive rights over an invention; copyright; (v.) to arrange or obtain such rights; (adj.) plain, open to view; copyrighted
SYNONYMS: (n.) exclusive license; (adj.) evident
ANTONYMS: (adj.) concealed, hidden, secret, clandestine
Prowess
(n.) distinguished bravery; superior skill of ability
SYNONYMS: valor, courage, heroism, mastery, proficiency
ANTONYMS: cowardice, incompetence, ineptitude
Sedate
(adj.) quiet, settled, sober; (v.) to administer a tranquilizer
SYNONYMS: (adj.) unruffled, composed, cool and collected
ANTONYMS: (adj.) loud, brash, flashy, flamboyant, garish, flighty
Stentorian
(adj.) extremely loud
SYNONYMS: thundering, booming, deafening, earsplitting
ANTONYMS: hushed, inaudible, whispered, mute
Stipulate
(v.) to arrange specifically; to require as a condition of an agreement
SYNONYMS: specify, contract, provide for
Ultimatum
(n.) a final proposal or statement of conditions
SYNONYMS: final terms
Alacrity
(n.) a cheerful readiness; brisk and eager action
SYNONYMS: promptness, willingness, dispatch, celerity
ANTONYMS: reluctance, unwillingness, hesitancy
Alleviate
(v.) to relieve, make more bearable
SYNONYMS: lessen, lighten, allay, mitigate, assuage
Antithesis
(n.) the direct opposite, a sharp contrast
SYNONYMS: contrary, antipode
Appall
(v.) to fill with dismay or horror
SYNONYMS: shock, stun, stupefy, horrify
ANTONYMS: please, cheer, gladden, elate, exhilarate
Bellicose
(adj.) warlike in manner or temperament; quarrelsome
SYNONYMS: aggressive, combative, belligerent
ANTONYMS: amicable, peaceable, conciliatory, pacific
Disparage
(v.) to belittle, speak slightingly of; to undervalue
SYNONYMS: degrade, decry, run down, underrate
ANTONYMS: praise, extol, laud, plug
Dissonant
(adj.) not in harmony; disagreeing, at odds
SYNONYMS: grating, strident, unmelodious, irreconcilable
ANTONYMS: harmonious, agreeing, euphonious
Droll
(adj.) amusingly odd
SYNONYMS: comical, humorous, whimsical, zany
ANTONYMS: humorous, solemn, dour
Edict
(n.) an order issued by someone in authority
SYNONYMS: command, decree, proclamation
Elucidate
(v.) to clarify, explain
SYNONYMS: interpret, expound, explicate
ANTONYMS: obscure, becloud, muddy, obfuscate
Laud
(v.) to praise
SYNONYMS: hail, extol, glorify, exalt
ANTONYMS: criticize, censure, belittle, disparage
Loll
(v.) to act in a lazy manner; to lounge; to recline, droop
SYNONYMS: loaf, loiter, sag, dangle
Loquacious
(adj.) talkative, wordy; fond of talking
SYNONYMS: gossipy, voluble, garrulous, long-winged
ANTONYMS: silent, reticent, closemouthed, terse, taciturn
Magnanimous
(adj.) generous in forgiving, above small meanness
SYNONYMS: unselfish, charitable, noble, bighearted
ANTONYMS: petty, selfish, unforgiving, spiteful
Mandatory
(adj.) required, obligatory
SYNONYMS: compulsory, requisite, imperative
ANTONYMS: optional, voluntary, discretionary
Nondescript
(adj.) ordinary, not outstanding; not easily classified
SYNONYMS: plain, unremarkable, unimpressive
ANTONYMS: distinctive, remarkable, vivid, prepossessing
Phlegmatic
(adj.) slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional
SYNONYMS: lethargic, indolent, torpid, stolid, impassive
ANTONYMS: emotional, sensitive, thin-skinned, excitable
Rescind
(v.) to repeal, cancel
SYNONYMS: withdraw, revoke, retract, annul, abrogate
ANTONYMS: affirm, endorse, uphold, ratify
Vivacious
(adj.) lively, sprightly, full of energy
SYNONYMS: spirited, animated, ebullient
ANTONYMS: dull, spiritless, listless, indolent, languid
Whet
(v.) to sharpen, put an edge on; to make keen or eager
SYNONYMS: hone, excite, stimulate
ANTONYMS: dull, blunt, deaden, stifle, dampen
Abrasive
(adj.) causing irritation, harsh; grinding or wearing down; (n.) a substance used to smooth or polish
SYNONYMS: (adj.) chafing, grating, rasping, erosive
ANTONYMS: (adj.) smooth, polished, satiny, oily, unctuous
Acclimate
(v.) to adapt to a new climate, environment, or situation
SYNONYMS: accustom, learn the ropes
Chagrin
(n.) irritation or humiliation caused by disappointment or frustration; (v.) to cause such a feeling
SYNONYMS: (n.) vexation, mortification; (v.) abash, mortify
ANTONYMS: (n.) jubilation, exultation, triumph; (v.) exult, delight
Complacent
(adj.) self-satisfied; overly content
SYNONYMS: smug, pleased with oneself
ANTONYMS: discontented, chagrined
Concur
(v.) to express agreement, approve
SYNONYMS: agree, pleased with oneself
ANTONYMS: discontented, chagrined
Defamation
(n.) slander or libel
SYNONYMS: vilification, calumny, mudslinging
ANTONYMS: salute, tribute, testimonial, praise
Explicate
(v.) to make plain or clear, explain; to interpret
SYNONYMS: clarify, elucidate, untangle, spell out
ANTONYMS: confuse, bewilder, obscure, obfuscate
Fracas
(n.) a noisy quarrel or brawl
SYNONYMS: row, altercation, rhubarb, brouhaha
ANTONYMS: agreement, accord, unanimity, harmony
Grotesque
(adj.) unnatural, distorted; bizarre
SYNONYMS: fantastic, outlandish, ugly, deformed
ANTONYMS: appealing, attractive, comely
Pandemonium
(n.) a wild uproar, din, or commotion
SYNONYMS: chaos, tumult, bedlam, three-ring circus
ANTONYMS: order, calm, tranquility, peace, repose
Raucous
(adj.) disagreeably harsh-sounding; disorderly
SYNONYMS: boisterous, clamorous, strident
ANTONYMS: placid, tranquil, peaceful, serene, pastoral
Receptive
(adj.) open and responsive to ideas or suggestions
SYNONYMS: open-minded, tolerant, amenable
ANTONYMS: narrow-minded, intolerant, hidebound
Renounce
(v.) to give up or resign something
SYNONYMS: repudiate, disown, abdicate, abjure
ANTONYMS: retain, secure, affirm, assent, aver
Repress
(v.) to hold back; to put down or check by force
SYNONYMS: subdue, curb, stifle, constrain, bottle up
ANTONYMS: liberate, set loose, provoke, excite
Reticent
(adj.) not inclined to speak; reserved; reluctant
SYNONYMS: taciturn, closemouthed, tight-limped
ANTONYMS: talkative, garrulous, voluble, long-winded
Savory
(adj.) tasty, appetizing; pungent or salty, not sweet; inoffensive, respectable
SYNONYMS: delectable, flavorful, aromatic, piquant
ANTONYMS: distasteful, unpalatable, malodorous, bland
Somnolent
(adj.) sleepy, drowsy; inducing sleep
SYNONYMS: groogy, soporific
ANTONYMS: alert, lively, wide-awake, stimulating
Vehement
(adj.) intense, forceful, powerful
SYNONYMS: emphatic, fierce, vigorous, impassioned
ANTONYMS: apathetic, lukewarm, subdued, muted
Voluble
(adj.) characterized by a ready flow of words; glib, fluent
SYNONYMS: loquacious, garrulous, long-winded, prolix
ANTONYMS: uncommunicative, reticent, taciturn, terse
Zealous
(adj.) eager, earnest, devoted
SYNONYMS: ardent, fervent, devout, dogged, gung ho
ANTONYMS: reluctant, unwilling, averse, tepid