Vocab Unit 2 (sophomore)

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Vocab Unit 2 (sophomore)
2012-01-04 15:05:43
Vocab Sophomore Semester

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  1. adroit
    • (adj.) skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind
    • synonyms: clever, deft, dexterous, slick
    • antonyms: clumsy, inept, all thumbs
  2. amicable
    • (adj.) peaceable, friendly
    • synonyms: congenial, neighborly, cordial
    • antonyms: hostile, antagonistic
  3. averse
    • (adj.) having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling
    • synonyms: disinclined, loath
    • antonyms: favorably disposed, eager, keen
  4. belligerent
    • (adj.) given to fighting, warlike; caombative, aggressive; (n.) one at war, one engaged in war
    • synonyms: (adj.) assertive, truculent, pugnacious
    • antonyms: (adj.) peaceful, conciliatory, placid
  5. benevolent
    • (adj.) kindly, charitable
    • synonyms: benign, well-meaning
    • antonyms: malicious, spiteful, malevolent
  6. cursory
    • (adj.) hasty, not thorough
    • synonyms: quick, superficial, perfunctory
    • antonyms: thorough, painstaking, careful
  7. duplicity
    • (n.) treachery, deceitfulness
    • synonyms: fraud, double-dealing, chicanery
    • antonyms: (none)
  8. extol
    • (v.) to praise extravagantly
    • synonyms: glorify, applaud, acclaim, hail
    • antonyms: criticize, belittle, disparage
  9. feasible
    • (adj.) possible, able to be done
    • synonyms: workable, practicable, viable
    • antonyms: unworkable, impractical
  10. grimace
    • (n.) a wry face, a facial distortion; (v.) to make a wry face
    • synonyms: (n.) pained expression, facial contortion
    • antonyms: (n.) smile, grin (v.) beam
  11. holocaust
    • (n.) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering
    • synonyms: conflagration, devastation, annihilation
    • antonyms: deluge, inundation
  12. impervious
    • (adj.) not affected or hurt by; admittaing of no passage or entrance
    • synonyms: impenetrable, resistant, proof against
    • antonyms: porous, permeable, vulnerable
  13. impetus
    • (n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulus
    • synonyms: impulse, incentive, spur
    • antonyms: curb, hinderance, impediment, constraint
  14. jeopardy
    • (n.) danger
    • synonyms: risk, hazard, peril
    • antonyms: safety, security
  15. meticulous
    • (adj.) extremely careful; particular about details
    • synonyms: fastidious, painstaking, fussy
    • antonynms: careless, negligent, sloppy
  16. nostalgia
    • (n.) a longing for something past; homesickness
    • synonyms: (none)
    • antonyms: (none)
  17. quintessence
    • (n.) the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
    • synonyms: paragon, exemplar
    • antonymys: (none)
  18. retrogress
    • (v.) to move backward; to return to an earlier condition
    • synonyms: revert, degenerate, decline
    • antonyms: advance, evolve, progress
  19. scrutinize
    • (v.) to examine closely
    • synonyms: inspect, pore over
    • antonyms: skim, scan, glance at
  20. tepid
    • (adj.) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest
    • synonyms: insipid, halfhearted, wishy-washy
    • antonyms: heated, excited, enthusiastic