(adj) clearly expressed in few words; to the point. The president delivered powerful messages in clear, succinct speeches. Syn: concise, pithy. Ant: wordy; drawn-out
(n) a treeless plain in arctic regions having permanently frozen subsoil.
During the warmest summer months, the soil of the tundra is soft and muddy.
(adj) 1. Uncertain in thought.
Dave had a dubious opinion about computers until he learned how to use one. Syn: unconvinced; undecided. Ant: sure; confident. 2. Questionable; suspicious. I knew the man was impersonating a police officer when I saw his dubious badge.
Syn: suspect; fishy. Ant: reliable; certain.
(v) to fool; to delude.
The crook tried to dupe the couple by convincing them to invest in a fictional company. Syn: cheat; con.
(adj) pertaining to the practice of sovereign
lords granting land to nobles in exchange for money and military service.
In a feudal economic system, barons and dukes govern lands but pay taxes to the king.
(adj) incapable of being read.
The student was told to rewrite his essay because his handwriting was illegible.
Syn: scrawled; undecipherable.
Ant: clear; neat
(adj) poor; destitute.
The greedy king seldom considerd the indigent peasants living beyond the castle walls.
Syn: needy; impoverished.
Ant: affluent; wealthy.
(n) a mental restraint or hindrance.
Kelly’s inhibitions prevent her from singing at the karaoke bar.
Syn: reserve; self-consciousness.
Ant: daring; brvado.
(v) to deserve.
Finding a single, Native-American arrowhead on the ground does not merit turning our baseball field into a full-fledged archaeological dig.
Syn: entitle; earn; justify.
Ant: prohibit; forbid.
(adj) producing great effects; powerful.
That potent medicine can cause death if taken in large doses.
Syn: strong; mighty.
Ant: prohibit; forbid.
(n) 1. the main character in drama or literature.
Throughout the story, the protagonist grows from a young girl into an old woman.
Syn: hero/heroine; star.
Ant: antagonist. 2. The leader or great supporter of a cause. The group’s protagonist speaks at rallies and public gatherings. Syn: champion. Ant: enemy.
(n) a strategic act of deception ; a ploy.
The general used a ruse to defeat the considerably larger enemy.
Syn: stratagem; scheme.
(adj) honest and frank; not evasive.
The politician was never known to give a simple, straightforward answer to a question.
Syn: candid; forthright.
Ant: evasive; confusing.
(adj) following in time or order; resulting.
The blizzard struck without warning, and subsequent snowdrifts caused the highways to close for days.
Syn: ensuing; consequent.
Ant: previous; prior.
(n) the fashion at a particular time.
People often laugh at the clothing styles that were once in vogue.
Syn: fad; style.
(v) to twist and squirm, as from pain.
Tim writhed in pain after breaking his ankle during the soccer match.
Syn: thrash; wriggle.
(adj) turned or twisted to one side.
The painting hung askew, so Margie straightened it.
Syn: crooked, slanted.
Ant: straight; centered.
(v) to deal with; to endure difficulties successfully.
If you cannot change the situation, you will simply have to cope with it until things improve.
Syn: manage; survive.
Ant: yield; surrender.
(adj) tending to deceive; misleading.
The deceptive salesman repainted retired taxi cabs and police cars and told buyers that they belonged to elderly couples who seldom drove.