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(v.) to twist out of shape;
(n.) an abnormality
warp
The carpenter explained that humidity caused the kitchen door to ________.

Criminal behavior often shows a striking lack of judgement or a _______ in thinking.

Syn: (v.) bend, distort, misshape;
(n.) irregularity

Ant: (v.) straighten, unbend, rectify
(adj.) meager, scant;
scattered
sparse
Unlike its neighboring metropolis, the area has quite a ______ population.

Syn: thin, scanty, few and far between

Ant: plentiful, abundant, profuse, teeming
(adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting
pugnacious
The fox terrier is a particularly ______ breed of dog known for its agressive behavior.

Syn: argumentative, combative, belligerent

Ant: peace-loving, friendly, amicable, congenial
(adj.) ridiculous, senseless
preposterous
The theory that stoenhenge was constructed by alien life forms is utterly __________.

Syn: nonsensical, absurd, incredible

Ant: sensible, reasonable, realistic, plausible
(n.) a debt;
something disadventurous
liability
A limited attention span is his biggest _______ as a student.

Syn: handicap, difficult, impediment, drawback

Ant: advantage, asset
(n.) a kingdom;
a religion or field of study
realm
While astronomy falls within the ______ of science, astrology does not.

Syn: domain, duchy, bailiwick, jurisdiction
(n.) a pledge;
freedom from doubt, self-confidence
assurance
The airport was built with the _______ that all the people displaced by its construction would be fairly compensated.

Syn: promise, sureness, poise, self-possession

Ant: uncertainty, doubt, insecurity
(n.) an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc.;
a place of safety
asylum
Some refugees are political fugitives who have fled thier homeland to seek ______ in another country.

Syn: sanatorium, sanctuary, refuge
(n.) refuse, waste products
dross
The ______ from the manufacturing process turned out to be highly toxic.

Syn: rubbish, trash, detritus, dregs, scum
(n.) resistant to disease;
freedom from some charge or obligation
immunity
Most babies are vaccinated so that they can develop an __________ to measles.

Syn: exemption, impunity

Ant: vulnerability, susceptibility, exposure
(v.) to comfort
(n.) the keyboard of an organ;
a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device
console
A neighbor tried to _______ the sobbing child whose cat had wandered away.

The ______ of the large church organ had an assortment of keys, knobs, and pedals.

Syn: (v.) soothe, solace, alleviate

Ant: (v.) distress, aggravate, bother, vex, torment
(v.) to establish, set up;
(n.) an organization for the promotion of learning
institute
Congress has been reluctant to _______
new gudelines for campaign spending.

After gradauting from high school, I plan to attend an accredited ________ of technology.

Syn: (v.) found, bring about; (n.) academy

Ant: (v.) terminate, discontinue, demolish, raze
(v.) to lessen, diminish
dwindle
During the coldest weeks of winter, the pile of firewood slowly ______ until there was no logs left.

Syn: decrease, shrink, fade, peter out

Ant: increase, enlarge, swell, proliferate
(v.) to make or become larger or wider;
to expand upon
dilate
The ophthalmologist said she would ______ the pupil before examining the injured eye.

Syn: enlarge, expand, swell, prolong

Ant: contract, compress, constrict
(v.) to make young again;
to make like new
rejuvenate
A few minutes of conversations with my best friend helps to ________ my flagging spirits.

Syn: revitalize, renew

Ant: wear out, exhaust, enervate, debilitate
(v.) to reward, pay, reimburse
remunerate
The couple promised to ________ the artist handsomely for a portrait of their child.

Syn: compensate, satisfy, profit, benefit
(adj.) curious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme;
mad;
infected with rabies
rabid
Police arrived in force to quell the riot set off by ________ soccer fans.

Syn: fanatical, zealous, raving, infuriated, berserk

Ant: moderate, restrained, blase, indifferent
(adj.) genuine, excellent;
made of silver of standard fineness
sterling
The reviewer noticed the young actor's _______ performace in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Syn: first rate, outstanding, worthy, pure

Ant: mediocre, shoddy, second-rate, sham
(n.) a risky or daring undertaking;
(v.) to expose to danger;
to dare
venture
An overseas voyage was a daunting ______ during the age of exploration.

It takes courage to ________ out into unknown territory.

Syn: (n.) gamble; (v.) try, chance, undertake

Ant: (v.) withdraw, retire, shrink from, shy away
(adj.) lacking in seriousness;
disrespectful, saucy
flippant
Parents and other adults are often upset by teenager's _______ responses.

Syn: frivolous, impudent, impertinent, insolent

Ant: serious, respectful, deferential, obsequious