Vocab Unit 4,5,6 Synonyms and Antonyms

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  1. affable
    • S: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial;
    • A: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
  2. aggrandize
    • S: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt;
    • A: reduce, decrease, diminish
  3. amorphous
    • S: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate;
    • A: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
  4. aura
    S: ambience, atmosphere
  5. contraband
    • S: illicit, bootleg, unlawful;
    • A: legal, lawful, licit
  6. erudite
    • S: profoundly educated, well-read;
    • A: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
  7. gossamer
    • S: filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy;
    • A: thick, dense, solid, massive
  8. infer
    S: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
  9. inscrutable
    • S: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic;
    • A: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
  10. insular
    • S: narrow-minded, parochical, provincial;
    • A: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
  11. irrevocable
    • S: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable,
    • A: reversible, changeable
  12. propensity
    • S: natural bent, proclivity, penchant;
    • A: natural incapacity or inability
  13. querulous
    • S:petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable;
    • A: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
  14. remonstrate
    S: reason against, expostulate
  15. repudiate
    • S: disavow, abjure, renounce;
    • A: avow, affirm, aver, avouch
  16. resilient
    • S: springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy;
    • A: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
  17. reverberate
    S: rumble, thunder, boom, echo
  18. scurrilous
    • S: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative;
    • A: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
  19. sedulous
    • S: assiduous, tireless, indefatigable;
    • A: lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
  20. sleazy
    • S: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty;
    • A: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy
  21. anomalous
    • S: exceptional, atypical, unusual
    • A: normal, regular, typical, ordinary, customary
  22. aspersion
    • S: innuendo
    • A: endorsement, testimonial, praise
  23. bizarre
    • S: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
    • A: normal, typical, ordinary, expected
  24. brusque
    • S: curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough
    • A: gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
  25. cajole
    • S: wheedle, sweet-talk
    • A: coerce, force, strong-arm
  26. castigate
    • S: chastise, rebuke, censure
    • A: reward, honor, praise, laud
  27. contrive
    S: think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
  28. demagogue
    S: rabble-rouser, firebrand
  29. disabuse
    • S: undeceive, enlighten, set straight
    • A: deceive, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
  30. ennui
    • S: listlessness, languor, world-weariness
    • A: enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity
  31. fetter
    • S: bond, restraint; bind, hamper
    • A: free, liberate, emancipate
  32. heinous
    • S: evil, abominable, outrageous, odious
    • A: excellent, wonderful, splendid
  33. immutable
    • S: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable
    • A: changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
  34. insurgent
    • S: revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous
    • A: loyalist, loyal, faithful
  35. megalomania
    • S: delusions of grandeur
    • A: humility, modesty, self-abasement
  36. sinecure
    S: "no-show" job, cushy job, "plum"
  37. surreptitious
    • S: covert, clandestine, concealed, furtive
    • A: open, frank, overt, aboveboard
  38. transgress
    • S: overstep, exceed, trespass, err
    • A: obey, toe the line
  39. transmute
    • S: transform, translate, convert
    • A: maintain unchanged, preserve
  40. vicarious
    • S: surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand
    • A: real, actual, firsthand
  41. Scourge
    • S: to whip, flog, a plague, pestilence
    • A: a godsend, boon, blessing
  42. Vapid
    • S: insipid, colorless, lifeless, dull
    • A: zesty, spicy, savory colorful, lively
  43. Straitlaced
    • S: highly conventional, overly strict, stuffy
    • A: lax, loose; indulgent, permissive; dissolute
  44. Sepulchral
    • S: doleful, lugubrious; funeral, mortuary
    • A: ---
  45. Equitable
    • S: fair, just, right, reasonable
    • A: unjust, unfair, one-sided, disproportionate
  46. Soporific
    • S: sleep-inducing; a narcotic, anesthetic
    • A: a stimulant, stimulus; stimulating
  47. Transient
    • S: impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent
    • A: permanent, imperishable, immortal
  48. Salutary
    • S: salubrious, wholesome, beneficial
    • A: detrimental, deleterious, pernicious
  49. Filch
    • S: to pilfer, purloin, swipe
    • A: ---
  50. Scathing
    • S: searing, harsh, severe, ferocious, savage
    • A: bland, mild
  51. Unwieldy
    • S: cumbersome, bulky, clumsy; impractical
    • A: manageable, easy to handle
  52. Axiomatic
    • S: self-evident, taken for granted
    • A: questionable, dubious; controversial
  53. Blazon
    • S: to broadcast, trumpet; to embellish
    • A: to hide, conceal, cover up, bury
  54. Fractious
    • S: unruly, refractory, recalcitrant; peevish
    • A: docile, tractable, cooperative
  55. Autonomy
    • S: self-government, home rule
    • A: dependence, subjection, colonial status
  56. Caveat
    • S: a warning, caution
    • A: ---
  57. Extricate
    • S: to disentangle, extract, disengage
    • A: to enmesh, entangle, involve
  58. Amnesty
    • S: a general pardon or absolution
    • A: ---
  59. Flout
    • S: to scoff at, sneer at, snicker at
    • A: to obey, honor, revere, uphold
  60. Precept
    • S: a rule of conduct, principle, or maxim
    • A: ---

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