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alleviate
(v.) to make more bearable; to ease the pain
(Susan had hoped to alleviate her back pain by taking more Tylenol.)
syn: lessen
ant: exacerbate, aggravate
analogous
(adj.) similar or parallel in certain ways
(To many peopple, the prase "ethnic cleansing" sounds analogous to Hitler's "Final Solution."
syn: akin
ant: dissimilar, unlike
dismantle
(v.) to take apart; disassemble; to strip of furnishing or equipment
(After the young boy was injured, Max dismantled the swing set.)
ant: construct
distraught
(adj.) extremely troubled or agitated; worried
(The breakup of her relationship left Jenny distraught.)
syn: anxious, frantic
ant: placid, serene
dormant
(adj.) a sleep-like condition during which life processes slow down; inactive
(Although the volcano is dormant, it could still erupt.)
maim
(v.) to disable; to cripple
(She was maimed in the car accident.)
meticulous
(adj.) extremely or excessively careful about details
(He was very meticulous in picking up each tiny piece of glass with tweezers.)
syn: exact, fastidious
ant: careless, imprecise, sloppy
murky
(adj.) not clear; foggy, hazy; dark or gloomy
(Because the details of the plan were murky, her mother wouldn't give her permission to go.)
ant: clear, bright
narcissism
(n.) excessive admiration of one's self; self-love
(While John thinks that Alice's constant need to look at herself in the mirror is a sign of her insecurity, others see it as a sign of Alice's narcissism.)
squabble
(v.) to engage in a minor quarrel; to argue noisily over a small matter
(The children squabbled over who should sit in the front seat.)
syn: quarrel, bicker
ant: concur