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The proximity of our house to the school allows children to walk to class.
Syn: nearness. Ant: remoteness
(n) the object of a chase; a hunted animal.
After running down the wounded deer, the wild dogs feasted on their quarry.
- Syn: prey; prize.
- Ant: hunter.
(n) a boat race or series of boat races.
The annual regatta brought thousands of spectators to the small coastal town.
(adj) immorally foul; vulgar.
The police uncovered a sordid scheme to blackmail the senator.
- Syn: shameful; disgusting.
- Ant: pleasing; honorable.
- (n) an oversimplified image or opinion; one who embodies such
- (v) to assign and oversimplified image or opinion to a group, usually discriminatory.
- She incorrectly stereotyped the Swiss as comprised of only bankers, watchmakers, and cheese makers.
- Syn: (n) generalization; label; paradigm; archetype (v) label; pigeonhole; categorize.
(v) to stimulate or excite.
The smell of bread baking always whets my appetite.
- Syn: rouse; encourage; trigger.
- Ant: stifle; bore
(adj) based on preference, convenience, or chance rather than law, reason, or fact.
An appellate court overturned the judge’s arbitrary ruling.
Syn: random; irrational. Ant: legitimate; reasoned.
(adj) obvious; easy to see; attracting attention.
The conspicuous man wore only a cowboy hat and boots and played guitar as he walked down the sidewalk.
- Syn: noticeable; showy.
- Ant: disguised; discrete; ordinary.
(v) to dislike intensely; to hate.
Pam detests traffic, so she waits to leave work until rush hour is over.
- Syn: abhor; loathe.
- Ant: adore; love.
(n) skill in physical action; mental quickness.
The police underestimated the dexterity of the criminal who used a ballpoint pen to pick the locks on his shackles.
- Syn: proficiency; cunning.
- Ant: clumsiness; incompetence.
(n) the least desirable part (often used in plural form: dregs).
Stray cats fought over the tasty dregs behind the seafood market.
Syn: lees; waste
(v) to thrive or prosper.
Not all trees flourish in bright, sunny conditions.
- Syn: succeed; grow.
- Ant: flounder; deteriorate
- (n) a fight or brawl
- (v) to wear away by friction.
The players involved in the fray were ejected from the game. The sharp rocks slowly frayed to mountain climber’s ropes.
- Syn: (n) brawl; scuffle (v) unravel; tatter.
- Ant: (n) peace
(adj) lacking logical connection; unclear; rambling.
We all mumble incoherent phrases in our sleep.
- Syn: confused; disjointed.
- Ant: articulate; rational.
(v) to make invalid; to repeal.
The antidote nullified the effects of the deadly poison.
- Syn: annul; reverse.
- Ant: validate; confirm.
(adj) of little or no importance; petty.
With adequate time, even a paltry investment now can turn into a fortune.
- Syn: insignificant; trivial.
- Ant: substantial; major.
(adj) brief and to the point.
You will have only three minutes to interview the governor, so keep your questions concise.
- Syn: short; succinct.
- Ant: wordy; lengthy.
(adj) refusing to give up; remaining for a long time.
Anne’s persistent complaining finally convinced the city to fix the pothole in front of her house.
- Syn: unrelenting; continual.
- Ant: temporary; short.
(n) something foretold; a prophecy.
The fan made a prediction that his team would win the game by eleven points.
(adj) threatening; ominous; evil.
The stone gargoyles on the building look sinister, but they are meant to frighten away evil spirits.
- Syn: menacing; frightening.
- Ant: harmless; good.