vocan chapter 9

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  1. abate
    • to make less in amount degree etc, to subside, become lesss, to nullify, to deduct, omit
    • syn- diminish, decrease, subside, let up
    • ant- intensify, increase, magnify, wax
  2. adulation
    • praise or flattery that is excessive
    • syn- adoraton, idolization, hero-worship
    • ant- ridicule, derision, scorn, odium
  3. anathema
    • an object of intense dislike, a curse or strong denunciation
    • syn- malediction, imprecation, abomination
    • ant- benediction, blessing
  4. astute
    • shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
    • syn- shrewd, acute, sagacious, judicious, wily
    • ant- obtuse, doltish, empty-headed, dumb
  5. avarice
    • a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
    • syn- cupidity, rapacity, acquisitiveness
  6. culpable
    • deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
    • syn- guilty, delinquent, peccant, blameworthy
    • ant- blameless, innocent, laudable, meritorious
  7. dilatory
    • tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt, intended to delay or postpone
    • syn- stalling, slow, tardy, laggard
    • ant- prompt, punctual, speedy, expeditious
  8. egregious
    • conspicuous, standing out from the mass
    • syn- glaring, flagrant, blatant
    • ant- unnoticeable, paltry, piddling
  9. equivocate
    • to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation, to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
    • syn- to talk out of both sides of one's mouth, palter, hedge
    • ant- to speak one's mind plainly
  10. evanescent
    • vanishing, soon passing away, light and airy
    • syn- ephemeral, transient, transitory
    • ant- everlasting, immortal, imperishable
  11. irresolute
    • unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
    • syn- indecisive, vacillating, wavering
    • ant- determined, decisive, unwavering
  12. nebulous
    • cloudlike, resembling a cloud, cloudy in color,a not transparent, vague, confuse, indistinct
    • syn- hazy, fuzzy, cloudy, vague, murkky, opaque, indeterminate
    • ant- definite, distinct, clear, sharply focused
  13. novice
    • one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience
    • syn- neophyte, tyro, trainee, apprentice
    • ant- veteran, past master, pro, expert
  14. penury
    • extreme poverty, barrenness, insufficiency
    • syn- destitution, want, indigence
    • ant- affluence, abundance, luxury, opulence
  15. pretentious
    • done for show, striving to make a big impression, claiming merit or position unjustifably, making demands on one's skill or abilites, ambitious
    • syn- inflated, ostentatious, affected
    • ant- unassuming, unaffected, modest
  16. recapituate
    • to review a series of facts, to sum up
    • syn- review, summarize, sum up, go over
  17. resuscitate
    • to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
    • syn- revitalize, reanimate, restore, reactivate
  18. slovenly
    • untidy, dirty, careless
    • syn- unkempt, slatternly, slipshod, lax
    • ant- neat, tidy, careful, meticulous
  19. supposition
    • something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence
    • syn- assumption, presumption, hypothesis
  20. torpid l\.
    • inactive, sluggish, dull
    • syn- sluggish, lethargic, otiose, languid
    • ant- energetic, dynamic, vigorous
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vocan chapter 9

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