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tenacious
adj.)holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent
The girl had a tenacious and good grip on life.
S=obstinate, stubborn, dogged, persistent A=yielding, weak, gentle, lax, slack
sardonic
adj)grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
The senator had sardonic laughter at watching his enemies destroy one another.
S=caustic, mordant, acerbic, wry A= bland, mild; saccharine; good-natured
anarchy
n.)a lack of government and law, confusion
The country was in a state of anarchy after their president died.
S=chaos, disorder, turmoil, pandemonium A=law and order, peace and quiet
facilitate
v) to make easier, assist
I facilitated my mom by helping her with the mailing she had to send out.
S=to ease, smoothe the way, simplify A=to hamper, hinder, obstruct, impede
auspicious
adj.)favorable, fortunate
The girl had auspicious circumstances when it came to choosing high schools.
S=promising, encouraging, propitious A=ill-omened, ominous, sinister
prim
adj)overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish
The women were in prim bonnets and gloves at the tea.
S=fussy, fastidious; squeamish, prudish A=dowdy, frumpy; sloppy, untidy; loose, lax
biased
adj.)favoring one side unduly; prejudiced
In order to be a good referee you may not be biased toward one team.
S=prejudiced, unfair, partial, bigoted A=fair, impartial, unprejudiced, just
succumb
v.)to give way to superior force, yield
The girl succumbed to the pressure that the test was giving her.
incessant
adj.)never stopping, going on all the time
The incessant crying of the baby, made my homework awfully hard to do.
S=ceaseless, constant, uninterrupted A=occasional, sporadic, intermittent
brazen
adj.)made of brass; shameless, impudent
Cheating is considered a brazen violation of the schools honor code and students can be expelled for doing so.
S=impudent, saucy, bold; shameless A=deferential, respectful; self-effacing
servitude
n.)slavery, forced labor
The prisoners were captured and put into a state of servitude
atone
v) to make up for
The girls had to atone for the work that they had missed while they were absent.
S=to make up for, make amends for, expiate A=to make no amends for
intrepid
adj.)very brave, fearless, unshakable
The intrepid parachuter has made more than 300 successful jumps.
S=valiant, courageous, audacious, daring A=timid, cowardly, craven, pusillanimous
arbitrary
adj)unreasonable; based on one's own wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness
The arbitrary ruler had very strict rules for the people of his country.
S=capricious; high-handed, autocratic A=reasoned, rational; objective, equitable
impoverished
adj.)poor, in a state of poverty;depleted
The people of the country were impoverished by the war that struck their country.
S=poverty-stricken, destitute, indigent A=rich, wealthy, affluent, prosperous