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(adj.) giving assistance or support;
(n.) a helper, aid
auxiliary
If the main motor fails, the instructions say to turn on the _______ motor.
Someone second in command is an _______ to the person in charge.
SYN: (adj.) additional, back-up; (n.) reserve, accessory
ANT: (adj.) main, primary, principal
(adj.) frank, sincere; impartial; unposed
candid
It is safe to be __________ about our faults with friends and loved ones.
SYN: forthright, plainspoken, unbiased
ANT: insincere, evasive, misleading, artful
(n.) a small room or compartment
cubicle
The tinest __________ is usually assigned to the newest employee.
SYN: enclosure, hole-in-the-wall
ANT: vast hall, auditorium
(n.) work that is hard and tiresome
drudgery
Trade unions lobby to relieve the endless __________ of factory workers.
SYN: toil, labor, grind
ANT: play, frolic, amusement, recreation, fun
(n.) a representative or messenger (as of a government)
envoy
On more than one occassion, a former President has been asked to act as a special __________ to the United Nations.
SYN: agent, ambassador, emissary, minister
(v.) to elevate; to increase in intensity
escalate
A small dispute can __________ into a major conflit unless the opposing parties sit down and talk.
SYN: climb, raise, ascend, mount
ANT: decrease, lessen, descend, defuse
(n.) a means to an end;
(adj.) advantageous, useful
expedient
As an __________, we chose to use a rock as a makeshift hammer.
An opportunist is someone who is always ready to do whatever is most __________.
SYN: (n.) contrivance, device; (adj.) serviceable
ANT: (adj.) inconvenient, untimely, disadvantageous
(v.) to pretend
feign
Children sometimes __________ illness to avoid going to school.
SYN: fake, sham, affect, simulate
(n.) a natural quality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style
flair
An opera singer needs a __________ for the dramatic as well as a good voice.
SYN: aptitude, bent, knack, gift, style, panache
ANT: inability, incapacity
(adj.) causing sorrow or pain; serious
grievous
Reporters should take careful notes when interviewing to avoid making __________ errors in print.
SYN: painful, heartrending, onerous, flagrant
ANT: joyful, uplifting, cheery, upbeat, comforting
(adj.) composed of different kinds, diverse
heterogeneous
Most college admissions officers actively seek a student body that is both talented and __________.
SYN: miscellaneous, mixed, variegated
ANT: uniform, homogeneous, of a piece
(n.) a vast number (as of people); a throng
horde
When the doors opened, a _________ of shoppers headed towards the sales racks.
SYN: crowd, mass, multitude, host, swarm
ANT: few, handful
(v.) to force, drive forward
impel
Hunger often __________ people to leave their homes in search of food.
SYN: urge, push, spur, propel, incite
ANT: discourage, check, restrain, curb
(adj.) disbelieving, skeptical
incredulous
When the testimony of a witness contradicts the evidence, you can expect __________ stares from the jury.
SYN: dubious, mistrustful, doubting
ANT: believing, trustful, gullible
(v.) to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list
inscribe
The young man asked the jeweler to __________ the locket with his fiancee's name.
SYN: imprint, enroll, enlist
ANT: erase, rub out, delete, efface, obliterate
(n.) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
monologue
By means of a __________, a playwright shares a charater's private thoughts with the audience.
SYN: soliloquy, recitation
ANT: dialogue, conversation, colloquy
(n.) a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation
prognosis
Doctors are particularly happy to deliver a __________ of a speedy recovery.
SYN: prediction, projection
(adj.) with a harsh grating sound;
(n.) a harsh sound
rasping
Chronic bronchitis can lead to a ___________ cough that is difficult to cure.
The __________ of metal scraping against metal sets my teeth on edge.
SYN: (adj.) scratchy, scraping, abrasive, gravelly
ANT: (adj.) sonorous, smooth, satiny, silky, mellow
(adj.) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful
repugnant
Despite their __________ lack of cleanliness, pigs are endearing to many people.
SYN: hateful, odious, revolting, repulsive
ANT: pleasing, attractive, tempting, wholesome
(v.) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry;
(n.) a pail
scuttle
Pirates would not wish to __________ a captured galleon before looting its cargo.
Years ago, it was possible to buy a __________ of coal at the corner grocery store.
SYN: (v.) abandon, discard, scrap, ditch, dump
ANT: (v.) keep afloat, salvage, rescue, preserve