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Accessible (adj)
Easy to reach or to approach

The introduction to the complex novel was, thankfully, written in clear accessible language.

Synonyms: approachable, attainable
Accommodate (verb)
To give consideration to

The hospitable couple was happy to accommodate the needs of their finicky guest.

Synonyms: oblige, abet
Advantageous (adj)
Giving an advantage

The house's location in the best school district was advantageous to the seller.

Synonyms: favorable, beneficial
Adversary (noun)
One who opposes or resists

Franklin hoped to defeat his adversary in the afternoon's tennis match.

Synonyms: opponent, enemy
Absolve (verb)
To forgive; to free from guilt

Marta felt greatly relieved after her mother absolved her for breaking the vase.

Synonyms: exculpate, pardon
Accentuate (verb)
To emphasize

Carla used red ribbons to accentuate the coppery tones in her hair.

Synonyms: highlight, stress
Aerate (verb)
To supply with air

Every spring, Soloman used his tiller to aerate the compact soil.

Synonyms: oxygenate, carbonate
Aesthete (noun)
Person having or affecting sensitivity to beauty

Consuela's friends called her an aesthete when she claimed that Monet's paintings made her cry.

Synonyms: connoisseur, epicure
Anthology (noun)
A collection of selected literary pieces

The writer was thrilled when his story was included in an anthology of American masterpieces.

Synonym: collection, compilation
Antidote (noun)
Something that relieves or counteracts

Veronique found that listening to French music was an antidote for her homesickness.

Synonyms: cure, remedy
Apathetic (adj)
Showing little or no emotion

Carmine was concerned about his usually cheerful brother's apathetic attitude.

Synonyms: impassive, indifferent.
Appalling (adj)
Inspiring dismay or disgust

Hector found his roommate's habit of leaving his dirty socks on the floor appalling.

Synonyms: dreadful, awful
Appraise (verb)
To evaluate the worth of

Simone, an expert in African sculpture, was asked to appraise the ambassador's collection of masks.

Synonyms: assess, review
Archaic (adj)
Characteristic of an earlier time

In the world of high fashion, two-year-old shoes are considered positively archaic.

Synonyms: antiquated, ancient
Archetypal (adj)
Characteristic of the original model or perfect example

Shakespeare's sonnets are considered archetypal love poems

Synonyms: classic, consummate
Augment (verb)
To make greater

Wanda read the dictionary every night to augment her vocabulary.

Synonyms: enhance, amplify
Authoritarian (adj)
Favoring absolute obedience to authority

Marco's authoritarian mother never allowed him to watch more than one hour of television a day.

Synonyms: strict, despotic
Avian (adj)
Relating to birds

The old man affectionately referred to pigeons as his "avian friends."

Synonyms: bird-like
Awe (noun)
Emotion combining dread and wonder

Charlie was in awe of his uncle, a professional football player and chess champion.

Synonyms: veneration, amazement
Belated (adj)
Past the normal or proper time

Even though I forgot his birthday, I hoe my father accepts my belated card.

Synonyms: tardy, overdue
Benefactor (noun)
One who offers financial help

Michael's aunt and benefactor paid his college tuition.

Synonym: patron
Beneficial (adj)

there is no doub that eating vegetables is beneficial to one's health.

Synonyms: advantageous, salutary
Benevolent (adj)
Kind, helpful

Sherman revealed his benevolent side when he offered to help Carter with his homework.

Synonyms: altruistic, generous
Brandish (verb)
To shake or wave menacingly

The baseball player was fined for brandishing his bat at the opposing pitcher.

Synonyms: flourish, swing
Buffer (noun)
Protective barrier

The dense trees acted as a buffer against the heavy rain.

Synonyms: cushion, mediator
Buffoonery (noun)
Foolish behavior

Clarence, an irrepressible comic, was held after cass for his buffoonery.

Synonyms: jocularity, clowning
Camaraderie (noun)
Spirit of friendship

The manager hoped the retreat would increase the camaraderie among the feuding workers.

Synonyms: sociability, espirit de corps
Catastrophic (adj)
Relating to extreme misfortune

The effects of the massive hurricane were catastrophic.

Synonyms: devastating, disastrous
Celebrated (adj)
Widely known, respected

The fans waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the celebrated actress.

Synonyms: admired, famous
Censure (verb)
To find fault with

The critical teacher was quick to censure her students for even small mistakes.

Synonyms: blame, criticize
Civility (noun)

The usually unruly Thomas acted with great civility when his favorite uncle visited.

Synonyms: courtesy, consideration
Clairvoyance (noun)
Ability to see things beyond ordinary perception

Rosa used her clairvoyance to help Alexander find his lost keys.

Synonyms: divination, foretelling
Clairty (noun)

The refreshing water in the mountain stream was remarkable for its clarity.

Synonyms: lucidity, limpidity
Colossal (adj)
Immense, enormous

After pushing with all his might, Frank realized he could never move the colossal boulder.

Synonyms: gigantic, tremendous
Combative (adj)
Eager to fight

The teacher suggested the combative student channel his aggression into boxing.

Synonyms: aggressive belligerent
Combustion (noun)
Act of burning

Campers must use fire with great caution to prevent combustion of the parched brush.

Synonyms: igniting, kindling
Commemorate (verb)
To mark by a ceremony

Each year, the Franklins commemorate their anniversary by visiting the site of their first date.

Synonyms: observe, remember
Comparable (adj)
Similar, equivalent

Helen will only accept something of comparable value for her ticket to the concert.

Synonyms: akin, analogous
Composed (adj)

Although her stomach was in knots, the actress appeared perfectly composed when she took the stage.

Synonyms: serene, unperturbed
Comprehensible (adj)

Shannon spoke slowly so her directions would be comprehensible to her foreign visitor.

Synonyms: intelligle, coherent
Compulsion (noun)
An irresistible impulse

Tamar, a shoe fanatic, could not resist the compulsion to buy the shiny red boots.

Synonyms: urge, obligation
Condone (verb)
To treat as acceptable

Crystal condoned her friend's late arrival because she found it hard to be on time herself.

Synonyms: excuse, sanction
Conduit (noun)
Means for transmitting or distributing

Jason, a notorious gossip, was a conduit for information about his friends.

Synonyms: channel, pipeline
Corrective (adj)
Intended to correct

The school decided to take corrective measures to prevent truancy.

Synonyms: remedial, curative
Corroborate (verb)
To support with evidence

"Unless you can corroborate your story, it will not be admissible in court," the attorney told his client.

Synonyms: verify, prove
Corrosive (adj)
Bitingly sarcastic

The cruel Estella's corrosive comments made Pip cry.

Synonyms: caustic, sardonic
Cunning (adj)
Showing clever insight

The general devised a cunning strategy to outfox the enemy.

Synonyms: crafty, ingenious
Curtail (verb)
To make less

Doreen decided to curtail her spending after she bounced a check.

Synonyms: shorten, reduce
Deferment (noun)
The act of delaying

Sybil was frustrated by the deferment of her much anticipated vacation.

Synonyms: postponement, reprieve
Defiant (adj)
Showing bold resistance

The defiant toddler refused to leave the park.

Synonyms: impudent, disobedient
Demean (verb)
To lower status

The embarrassing photograph demeaned the candidate in the eyes of the voters.

Synonyms: humble, degrade
Demeanor (noun)
Behavior towards others

Carlos was well liked because of his charming demeanor.

Synonyms: disposition, comportment
Derelict (adj)

The derelict house was condemned as a public hazard.

Synonyms: destitute, forsaken
Derivative (adj)
Lacking originality

Critics panned the movie as a derivative version of last year's Best Picture.

Synonyms: banal, cliche
Diffident (adj)
Lacking self-confidence

The diffident student never raised her hand in class, even when she knew the answer.

Synonyms: timid, bashful
discern (verb)
To recognize as separate as distinct

The pastry connoisseur was able to discern Swiss from Belgian chocolate.

Synonyms: detect, discriminate
Disconcert (verb)
To throw into confusion

Jennifer's outspoken criticism of the meal disoncerted the waiter.

Synonyms: unnerve, bewilder
Disdain (noun)
Feeling of contempt

The arrogant writer did not hide his disdain for his uneducated dinner companion.

Synonyms: scorn, discersion
Distortion (noun)
The act of twisting out of shape

The story about the actress in the gossip column was a distortion of the truth.

Synonyms: contortion, mutilation
Drab (adj)
Dull, monotonous

The drab winter scene made Keisha long for the vibrant colors of spring.

Synonyms: dreary, colorless
Drub (verb)
To defeat decisively

The powerful young boxer drubbed the longtime champion.

Synonyms: beat, thrash
Dubious (adj)

Karl found Kevin's claim that he was sick dubious, as he had just seen him playing football.

Synonyms: suspect, doubtful
Duplicity (noun)
Deceptive thought, speech, or action

The life of an undercover detective is filed with necessary duplicity.

Synonyms: deceit, dishonesty
Ecstatic (adj)
Overwhelmingly emotional

They were ecstatic when their team won the championship game in the last second.

Synonyms: overjoyed, rapturous
Egotist (noun)
Self-important person

Darren dreaded carpooling with the egotist Shelly, who talked about herself nonstop.

Synonyms: blowhard, braggart
Elate (verb)
To fill with joy

It elated Margaret to be awarded first place in the science fair.

Synonyms: delight, thrill
Eloquent (adj)
Fluent, expressive

Kim, an eloquent speaker, was the best choice to make the presentation for the group.

Synonyms: articulate, persuasive
Elusive (adj)
Hard to grasp

The words to the song are elusive, as the singer tends to mumble.

Synonyms: evasive, obscure
Embellish (verb)
To decorate

Sari embellished the plain curtains with satin ribbons and tassels.

Synonyms: adorn, garnish
Entangle (verb)
To involve in trouble

Jonah regretted entangling Parker in his legal difficulties.

Synonyms: embroil, implicate
Epistolary (adj)
Contained or carried on in letters

The shoebox filled with letters was the ony remains of Ming's epistolary friendship with Emile.
Epitaph (noun)
Brief statement honoring a dead person

"Beloved by all," was the epitaph Edgar chose for his wife's tombstone.

Synonyms: inscription, eulogy
Equitable (adj)
Fair and equal

The judge made an equitable decision dividing the estate evenly among the sisters.

Synonyms: impartial, unbiased
Ethical (adj)
Conforming to accepted standards

Mary did the ethical thing and turned in the diamond necklace she found.

Synonyms: honorable, moral
Eulogy (noun)
Speech or writing in praise of deceased

Ernesto delivered a moving eulogy at his uncle's funeral.

Synonyms: homage, panegyric
Euphoria (noun)
Feeling of great happiness

Cassandra was overcome with euphoria when she met her long-lost sister.

Synonyms: elation, ebullience
Exalt (verb)
To elevate by praise

The fireman was publicly exalted for his heroism.

Synonyms: glorify, honor
Exasperation (noun)
The state of being irritated

The longer Jorge waited in line at the ticket counter, the more his exasperation grew.

Synonyms: irritation, frustration
Exception (noun)
A case to which the rule does not apply

The teacher made an exception and let Gina eat her snack in class.

Synonyms: anomaly, deviation
Extant (adj)
Currently existing

Some consider Clint Eastwood the greatest extant American director.

Synonyms: living, surviving
Extenuating (adj)
Partially excusing

The extenuating circumstance of Calviin's illness caused the teacher to excuse his lateness.

Synonyms: mitigating, qualifying
Extol (verb)
To praise highly

The statesman extolled the ambassador who single-handedly negotiated the peace treaty.

Synonyms: glorify, exalt
Facade (noun)
false or superficial appearance

Emily's smile is just a facade masking her broken heart.

Synonyms: mask, deceit
Fidelity (noun)
State of being faithful

Unlike her fickle friend Benji, May Belle was known for her fidelity.

Synonyms: loyalty, devotion
Finite (adj)
Having definite limits

The exasperated mother had finite patience for her toddler's tantrums.

Synonyms: limited, circumscribed
Flagrant (adj)
Noticeably offensive

The executive was fired for his flagrant abuse of the company expense account.

Synonyms: glaring, outrageous
Flaunt (verb)
To display showily

Sheila, who could not resist bragging, flaunted the "A" marked on her test paper.

Synonyms: parade, brandish
Flaw (noun)
An imperfection

The otherwise perfect diamond had a tiny flaw that reduced its value.

Synonyms: defect, blemish
Flourish (verb)
To make bold, sweeping gestures

The fairy godmother flourished her wand and turned the pumpkin into a carriage.

Synonyms: brandish, wave
Foil (noun)
One that enhances or underscores by contrast

The sweet cookie was a perfect foil to the sour lemon sorbet.

Synonyms: complement
Fragile (adj)

Jade placed the fragile vase out of reach of her rambunctious boys.

Synonyms: frail, brittle
Fraud (noun)

The con man's fraud involved selling swampland to gullible investors.

Synonyms: deceit, racket
Frugal (adj)
Thrifty, cheap

The frugal shopper only bought items that were on sale.

Synonyms: sparing, provident
Futile (adj)
Without purpose, completely ineffective

Arguing with Andrew is futile because he never changes his mind.

Synonyms: hopeless, vain
Gargantuan (adj)

The gargantuan monster towered over the ten-story bulding.

Synonyms: enormous, colossal
Garish (adj)
Offensively bright

The garish wallpaper offended Jerome, who preferred subtle colors.

Synonyms: gaudy, loud
Genial (adj)
Sympathetic, friendly

The genial host warmly greeted his many guests.

Synonyms: pleasant, cordial
Grandiose (adj)
With an affectation of grandeur

The sweeping, grandiose staircase looked preposterous in the modest entry hall.

Synonyms: pretentious, pompous
Gravity (noun)
Importance, significance

Understanding the gravity of his error, Ken offered his humblest apology.

Synonyms: seriousness, magnitude
Gruff (adj)
Rough or stern in manner or speech

Heidi's grandfather was gruff, barking stern orders and hardly smiling.

Synonyms: surly, brusque
Hedonism (noun)
Belief that pleasure is the sole aim of life

The hedonism of the emperoro, who spent all his time giving parties, caused his downfall.

Synonyms: sensualism, libertinism
Heed (verb)
To pay attention to

"Heed my advice," the fortuneteller warned Sebastian when he tried to ignore her prophecy.

Synonyms: mind, mark
Heinous (adj)
Shockingly evil

Eduardo's heinous betrayal of Lydia shocked even Latasha, who knew his evil ways.

Synonyms: odious, villainous
Illuminate (verb)
To make clear

Her excellent lecture illuminated the complicated subject of nuclear physics.

Synonyms: elucidate, edify.
Immoderate (adj)
Beyond usual or proper limits

Bob's immoderate appetite shocked the guests at the wedding banquet.

Synonyms: excessive, intemperate
Impenitent (adj)
Lacking remorse

The impenitent criminal received a harsh penalty, but his remorseful accomplice was released.

Synonyms: obdurate, unrepentant
Implausible (adj)

Claudia's implausible excuse failed to convince her teacher.

Synonyms: improbable, doubtful
Implement (verb)
To carry out or accomplish

All Randolph needed to implement his plan was a moonless night and a long rope.

Synonyms: execute, realize
Inauspicious (adj)
Not favorable

Gary believed the black foreboding sky was an inauspicious sign.

Synonyms: ominous, portentous
incidental (adj)

The accountant advised Justine not to report her incidental expenses.

Synonyms: petty, insignificant
Incisive (adj)
Impressively direct and decisive

Samir's incisive leadership made him the natural choice for president of the company.

Synonyms: keen, acute
Incongruous (adj)
Not harmonious, incompatible

Sadie's cowboy hat was incongruous with her black cocktail dress.

Synonyms: inappropriate, absurd
Incumbent (adj)
It was incumbent on Jack to attend his father's retirement party.

Synonyms: oblilgatory, compulsory
Indecorous (adj)
In bad taste

My parents banned Chad from our house because of his indecorous behavior at dinner.

Synonyms: vulgar, uncouth
Induce (verb)
To influence or cause

The loud blast of the cannon induced an avalanche.

Synonyms: incite, spur
Inflammatory (adj)
Tending to excite anger

Garth's inflammatory remarks at the party made Gwen furious.

Synonyms: seditious, hostile
Insinuate (verb)
To suggest indirectly

Sinead, who did not like confrontation, insinuated that Beth was lying.

Synonyms: imply, allude
Insolence (noun)
Boldness or rudeness

The boy's insolence to the policeman embarrassed his mother.

Synonyms: impudence, impertinence
Interminable (adj)
Never ending, or seemingly endless

The impatient Zoe found the longwinded lecture interminable.

Synonyms: ceaseless, monotonous
Intricate (adj)
Having complex and interrelated parts

The intricate poem baffled most readers with its numerous obscure metaphors.

Synonyms: complicated, convoluted
Inviolable (adj)
Secure from assault of trespass

Situated on a mountain, with sixteen-foot walls, the castle was inviolable.

Synonyms: untouchable, sacrosanct
Iridescent (adj)
Having a lustrous or attractivve quality

The movie star's iridescent presence charmed even the hardened reporter.

Synonyms: shimmering, sparkling
Lenient (adj)
Mild or tolerant

The judge issued a lenient sentence because it was Frank's first offense.

Synonyms: merciful, clement
Liability (noun)
Kevin's growing fatigue was a liability as he attempted to climb the steep hill.

Synonyms: handicap, encumbrance
Lurid (adj)
Causing horror, shocking

The lurid photos of the crime scene upset the jury.

Synonyms: gruesome, sensational
Mandate (noun)
Martha reluctantly obeyed the mandate to vacate her apartment.

Synonyms: command, decree
Manifest (adj)

James finally made his affection manifest when he handed Jessica a red rose.

Synonyms: evident, unmistakable
Mediate (verb)
To come between parties in order to reconcile

The diplomatic Henry was able to mediate between the quarreling sisters.

Synonyms: arbitrate, negotiate
Melee (noun)
A tumultuous fight among several people

After the game, a melee broke out between fans of the opposing teams.

Synonyms: brawl, skirmish
Melodious (adj)
Having a pleasing melody

The melodious sounds of the symphony soothed Tim after his trying day.

Synonyms: dulcet, mellifluous
Methodical (adj)
Performed in an orderly manner

Oscar's methodical approach exasperated his free-spirited friend Ben.

Synonyms: systematic, meticulous
Meticulous (adj)
Extrememly careful regarding details

The meticulous detective found every shred of evidence at the crime scene.

Synonyms: fastidious, painstaking
Moderate (adj)
Tending toward the average

The best-selling writer was disappointed; his new novel was only a moderate success.

Synonyms: medium, mediocre
Mundane (adj)
Practical, ordinary

The flighty Caroline could not be troubled with mundane tasks such as paying her bills.

Synonyms: commonplace, earthly
Naive (adj)
Lacking worldy wisdom

The naive Simon assumed that everyone was as simple and kind as he was.

Synonyms: artless, credulous
Negate (verb)
To make invalid

Paula negated Tiffany's argument by proving that her main premise was false.

Synonyms: neutralize, annul
Nurture (verb)
To further the development of

Our cat made a nest of blankets to nurture her newborn kittens.

Synonyms: foster, cultivate
Oblivious (adj)
Lacking awareness

Love-struck Charlie was oblivious to everyone but the object of his affection.

Synonyms: careless, heedless
Obnoxious (adj)
Highly offensive

The manager asked the obnoxious diner to leave the restaurant.

Synonyms: objectionable, repugnant
Onset (noun)

Crocuses bloom at the onset of spring, sometimes even before the snow melts.

Synonyms: start, commencement
Opportune (adj)
Suitable or convenient

Quan stepped onto the platform at the most opportune time, just as the train pulled in.

Synonyms: propitious, fortunate
Pallid (adj)
Lacking color

The nurse was worried by the patient's pallid face and shallow breathing.

Synonyms: pale, wan
Pantomime (noun)
Telling a story through gestures

The jealous actress called her understudy's performance a ridiculous pantomime.

Synonyms: charade
Parity (noun)

Hilda, to avoid squabbles, aimed for parity in the slices of birthday cake.

Synonyms: sameness, equivalence
Pathos (noun)
Sympathetic pity

The soldiers cherished the kindly Nurse Nightingale for her pathos.

Synonyms: compassion
Penurious (adj)
Extrememly stingy

Ebenezer Scrooge was most penurious, refusing to give even a penny to charity.

Synonyms: frugal, parsimonious
Perception (noun)
Capacity for seeing or understanding

His incredible perception made him the best detective on the force.

Synonyms: cognition, discernment
Periodic (adj)
Occurring at regular intervals

The periodic innterruptions of the cuckoo clock prevented Li from concentrating.

Synonyms repeated, recurrent
Placebo (noun)
An inactive substance used in medical testing

Tom, who had taken the placebo, found that his allergy symptoms did not go away.
Plaudits (noun)
Enthusiastic approval

Allison's painting met with plaudits from the critics, who had dismissed her earlier work.

Synonyms: kudos, acclaim
Ploy (noun)
A contrived plan

Sarah thought George's ploy of borrowing her notes was a cowardly way to ask her out.

Synonyms: strategem, ruse
Polarize (verb)
To break up into opposing groups

Thelma tended to polarize discussions rather than to encourage compromise.

Synonyms: divide
Pomp (noun)
Showy display

Jan couldn't help enjoying the pomp of the elaborate wedding ceremony.

Synonyms: pageantry, grandeur
Precept (noun)
A general rule of action

All the students know Mrs. Brown's strict precept; no talking in class.

Synonyms: rule, axiom
Preclude (verb)
To rule out in advance

"Having cake now will preclude dessert later," said Amber's mother.

Synonyms: prevent, hinder
Pretense (noun)
False intention or purpose

The jewel theif entered the mansion under the pretense of fixing a leaky faucet.

Synonyms: cover, charade
Pretentious (adj)
Making unjustified claims

The pretentious boy said that he was the fastest runner, but he finished last in the race.

Synonyms: pompous, showy
Procrastinate (verb)
To put off intentionally

Yvonne's father urged, "Don't procrastinate. Clean your room right away."

Synonyms: delay, stall
Prominence (noun)

The singer's prominence ensured that the concert would sell out.

Synonyms: renown, eminence
Promote (verb)
To contribute to the growth or prosperity of

The promote peace, the diplomat hosted a talk between the warring nations.

Synonyms: advance, forward
Proximity (noun)

The proximity of Tia's house to school meant that she could walk there in five minutes.

Synonyms: nearness, propinquity
Prudent (adj)
Marked by wisdom, shrewd

Su-yong was happy she followed Greg's prudent advice to study, as the test was difficult.

Synonyms: judicious, sagacious
Prune (verb)
To reduce by removing excess

The candidate pruned his speech so he would not exceed the time limit.

Synonyms: trim, truncate
Punctual (adj)
On time

Ron was worried when the usually punctual Amanda was late for the show.

Synonyms: prompt, dependable
Rhapsody (noun)
State of great happiness

Lorraine was in rhapsody when she was accepte to the college of her dreams.

Synonyms: ecstasy, rapture
Fickle (adj)
Lacking constancy, changeable

The fickle Senji had a new best friend every month.

Synonyms: erratic, capricious
Salvage (verb)
To save from ruin

After the fire, Mrs. Han tried to salvage her family photos from the wreckage.

Synonyms: rescue, recover
Rail (verb)
To scold in harsh language

Clay began to cry as his irate manager railed at him for missing the deadline.

Synonyms: upbraid, berate
Ramble (verb)
To wander, physically or in language

Professor Tan rambled during his lectures, frequently straying from the subject.

Synonyms: roam, meander
Rancorous (adj)
Marked by deep ill-will

The rancorous competition between the two chess clubs actually ended in a brawl.

Synonyms: bitter, vicious
Raspy (adj)
rough, grating

After shouting to his players through the long game, the coach's voice was raspy.

Synonyms: harsh, abrasive
Raucous (adj)
Noisy, rowdy

Serena, who preferred quiet conversation, left the rancous party.
Recrimination (noun)
A retaliatory accusation

Frank, who was wounded by Sally's remark, made a bitter recrimination.

Synonyms: counterclaim
Redouble (verb)
To make twice as great

As the sun began to set, Brittany redoubled her effort to find the necklace she had dropped in the field.

Synonyms: intensify, strengthen
Refurbish (verb)
To brighten or freshen

Leeanne cleaned and mended all weekend to refurbish the shabby apartment.

Synonyms: renovate, renew
Regale (verb)
To amuse

My clever brother Jeffrey regaled the dinner guests with tales of his adventures.

Synonyms: entertain, delight
Regurgitate (verb)
To pour out or throw back

The teacher wanted us to examine ideas rather than to regurgitate memorized facts.

Synonyms: spew, disgorge
Rehash (verb)
To discuss again

"Sandra," said her mother, "I am tired of rehashing this same topic over and over."

Synonym: review
Repel (verb)
To resist, reject

The soldiers made a massive charge to repel the invaders.

Synonyms: repulse, rebuff
Repentant (adj)
Feeling regret

The repentant Dana admitted to cheating on the test.

Synonyms: contrite, penitent
Retroactive (adj)
effective as of a prior time or condition

The retroactive law made even past infractions punishable.

Synonym: retrograde
Revive (verb)
To bring back to life

Hank tried to revive Clare's interest in the project, but her enthusiasm had expired.

Synonyms: reanimate, quicken
Revoke (verb)
To cancel by taking back

After Kal's father revoked his allowance, he had no money for the movies.

Synonyms: rescind, annul
Scamper (verb)
To run quickly

The frightened kitten scampered away from the butterfly.

Synonyms: dash, scurry
Scapegoat (noun)
Someone who bears the blame for others

Audrey used her innocent baby brother as a scapegoat for the missing cookies.

Synonyms: dupe, victim
Serenity (noun)

The serenity of the glassy sea soothed the sailors after the big storm.

Synonyms: peace, tranquility
Servile (adj)
Fearfully submissive

Felicia's servile attitude annoyed her boss, who preferred an assistant with more backbone.

Synonyms: slavish, menial
Sociable (adj)
Inclined to seek companionship

The sociable Glenda was delighted to receive the party invitation.

Synonyms: genial, gregarious
Solace (noun)
Source of consolation

Parents' weekend was a solace to Marjorie, whose beloved daughter had left for college.

Synonyms: comfort, relief
Stealth (noun)
The act of moving secretly or unnoticed

The cat burglar took the ring by stealth, slipping it from the sleeping woman's finger.

Synonyms: furtiveness, slyness
Stern (adj)
Harsh, severe

The stern principal canceled the prom after the seniors played a silly prank.

Synonyms: strict, adamant
Stifle (verb)
To repress or discourage

Amy tried ineffectively to stifle her giggles after she read Susan's note in class.

Synonyms: suppress, check
Straddle (verb)
To favor opposing sides

Kia straddled the issue, not wanting to say whether James or Tara was right.

Synonyms: waffle, equivocate
Supple (adj)

The supple leather coat draped like soft cloth around her shoulders.

Synonyms: pliant, elastic
Surplus (noun)

Trevor decided to freeze the surplus chili for next week's tailgate party.

Synonyms: surfeit, remainder
Trove (noun)
Valuable collection

Walter's trove of vintage baseball cards was worth thousands of dollars.

Synonyms: cache, treasure
Turmoil (noun)
Extreme confusion, agitation

The windstorm caused such turmoil in the lake that the sailboat capsized.

Synonyms: chaos, tumult
Turpitude (noun)
Essential baseness, depravity

The turpitude of the villain in the movie offended most audiences.

Synonyms: corruption, perversion
Unscrupulous (adj)
Lacking principles

The unscrupulous salesman was fired for lying to his customers.

Synonyms: corrupt, immoral
Untenable (adj)
Not able to be defended

Rashid made the untenable statement that George Washington was the second president of the United States.

Synonyms: baseless, implausible