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atrophy
v. to wasting away of the body, its organs or tissue
(The therapist set up a program of leg exercises for him so his muscles would not atrophy.)
syn: waste away, wither
aversion
n. a strong dislike for; repugnance
(Carol's aversion to seafood made it difficult for her to eat at the beach.)
syn: distate, antipathy
ant: liking
equivocate
v. to speak ambiguously in order to mislead or deceive
(His critics accused the President of equivocating on every major issue facing the country.)
syn: evade, dodge
ant: unambiguous
esoteric
adj. intended for or understood by only a small group of people
(The poem was so esoteric that few people besides relatives of the poet could understand it.)
syn: cryptic
ant: clear, open
eulogy
n. a speech or written tribute praising a person or thing, especially someone who has recently died
(By the time the minister had finished the eulogy, there was not a dry eye at the graveside.)
syn: tribute, panegyric
ant: vilification
obtrusive
adj. intruding and offensive
(Rather than appreciating all I had done for her, she said I was to mind my own business and stop being so obtrusive.)
ant: unobtrusive
officious
adj. to be so excessively forward in offering one's services that one becomes annoying
(He thought he was being very helpful, but the others thought he was officious.)
syn: meddlesome
onomatopoeia
n. the use or sound of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for or describes
(The words "wham" and "buzz" are examples of onomatopoeia.)
overt
adj. not concealed, not hidden; open
(There was nothing overt about his rude behavior, but you could sense it.)
syn: visible, ostensible
ant: hidden, covert
scrupulous
adj. conscientious; attentive to details
(The business owner was very scrupulous about keeping his money separate from the store's money.)
syn: meticulous
ant: careless, negligent, sloppy