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- DEFINITION: having an air of casual indifference; coolly unconcerned
- SENTENCE: American drivers are famous for their nonchalant attitude towards yellow and red lights
- SYNONYMS: casual, uncaring, unconcerned
- ANTONYMS: nervous, jumpy, stressed
- DEFINITION: winding, twisting, and therefore difficult to understand; intricate
- SENTENCE: The Electoral College employs a convoluted process to choose a President.
- SYNONYMS: complex, labyrinthine, tangled
- ANTONYMS: simple, straightforward, straight
- DEFINITION: traveling from place to place; not sedentary
- SENTENCE: The itinerant tribes of Mongolia pitch tents and herd cattle rather than build houses and farm.
- SYNONYMS: migratory, nomadic, unsettled
- ANTONYMS: sedentary, permanent, settled
- DEFINITION: moving; touching; heartrending
- SENTENCE: Many people found the iconic romance between Jack and Rose in the Titanic poignant.
- SYNONYMS: emotional, sentimental, touching
- ANTONYMS: unaffecting, unemotional, calm
- DEFINITION: a stimulus or encouragement that results in increased activity
- SENTENCE: Maria Sharapova's losing streak became the impetus for her rigorous training regimen.
- SYNONYMS: catalyst, force, push
- ANTONYMS: hinderance, block, impediment
bucolic, rustic, pastoral
- DEFINITION: charming, unspoiled, countryside
- SENTENCE: The bucolic and pastoral drive way was perfect for a peaceful, green trip.
- SYNONYMS: rural, peaceful, scenic
- ANTONYMS: urban, metropolitan, municipal
- DEFINITION: calmness; composure; even-tempered; poise
- SENTENCE: Even in the face of impending calamity, Captain Sullenberger maintained his equanimity and averted a plane crash.
- SYNONYMS: levelheadedness, composure, imperturbability
- ANTONYMS: anxiety, discomposure, agiration
panache and verve
- DEFINITION: dash and flamboyance, especially in artistic performance or composition; great vigor and energy
- SYNONYMS: flair, flourish, spirit
- ANTONYMS: dullness, drab, boring
- DEFINITION: calm or quiet; undisturbed by tumult or disorder; serene
- SYNONYMS: tranquil, peaceful, serene
- ANTONYMS: agitated, disturbed, upset
- DEFINITION: of accidental but fortunate occurrence; having unexpected good fortune
- SYNONYMS: lucky, providential, serendipitous
- ANTONYMS: calculated, deliberate, intentional
- DEFINITION: to drive away; scatter; as to dispel a misconception
- SYNONYMS: banish, dismiss, disperse
- ANTONYMS: collect, accumulate, gather
- DEFINITION: a mixture; blend, combination of different elements
- SYNONYMS: mix, composite, compound
- ANTONYMS: division, seperation, dissolution
viable and feasible
- DEFINITION: capable of being accomplished; possible
- SYNONYMS: possible, reasonable, workable
- ANTONYMS: impossible, unachievable, unreasonable
- DEFINITION: agonizing physical or mental pain; torment
- SYNONYMS: distress, suffering, torment
- ANTONYMS: comfort, contentment, joy
- DEFINITION: lacking restraint; excessive
- SENTENCE: Intemperate habits such as smoking, drinking, and overeating are harmful to good health.
- SYNONYMS: self-indulgent, wasteful, profligate
- ANTONYMS: temperate, moderate, restrained
- DEFINITION: exercising moderation and restraint
- SENTENCE: A temperate person leads a lifestyle characterized by moderation and self-restraint.
- SYNONYMS: balanced, controlled, self-restrained
- ANTONYMS: wasteful, profligate, self-indulgent
- DEFINITION: shallow; lacking in depth; concerned with surface appearances
- SENTENCE: Daisy Buchanan proved to be a superficial person who prized material possessions.
- SYNONYMS: cursory, frivolous, one-dimensional
- ANTONYMS: deep, detailed, thorough
laud, extol, tout, acclaim
- DEFINITION: to praise; applaud
- SYNONYMS: acclaim, approve, commend
- ANTONYMS: dismiss, scold, criticize
- DEFINITION: showing indifference or disregard; to reject
- SYNONYMS: pompous, disregard, scorn
- ANTONYMS: approve, honor, respect
- DEFINITION: to speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle
- SYNONYMS: discredit, scorn, dismiss
- ANTONYMS: approve, commend, praise
- DEFINITION: filled with excessive self-importance, pretentious
- SYNONYMS: boastful, pretentious, arrogant
- ANTONYMS: humble, modest, meek
- DEFINITION: having a hidden or ambiguous meaning; mysterious
- SENTENCE: The Sphnix told a cryptic riddle to the confused tomb raiders.
- SYNONYMS: enigmatic, mystic, secrective
- ANTONYMS: clear, obvious, straightforward
- DEFINITION: a gradual change that is difficult to detect immediately
- SYNONYMS: implied, insinuated, indirect
- ANTONYMS: clear, obvious, plain
- DEFINITION: an inequality; a gap; an imbalance
- SENTENCE: "Slumdog Millionaire" shows the disparity in housing between the wealthy few who live in luxury condos and the poverty-stricken masses who live in shacks.
- SYNONYMS: difference, discrepancy, divergence
- ANTONYMS: conformity, sameness, uniformity