DEFINITION: to divide a geographic area into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party
SENTENCE: California drew district lines so that two pockets of Republican strength in LA were connected by a thin strip of coastline, so that most Republicans were assigned to one gerrymandered district.
SYNONYMS: manipulate, redistrict
DEFINITION: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party, a nonconformist
SENTENCE: Lt. Peter Mitchel received the nickname "Mav", short for maverick, because he was a nonconformist who did not always follow the rules.
SYNONYMS: dissenter, radical, nonconformist
ANTONYMS: conformist, conventionalist, follower
DEFINITION: an irresistible force that crushes everything in its path
SENTENCE: The D-Day assault forces were a juggernaut that crushed the German defenses. SYNONYMS movement, blitz, crusade
DEFINITION: an accidental but fortunate discovery
SENTENCE: Fleming's discovery of penicillin was due to a fortunate accident on his part; thus, penicillin is described as a serendipitous discovery.
SYNONYMS: kismet, blessing, luck
DEFINITION: the highest point; the peak; the apex
SENTENCE: Reagan's speech marked the zenith of his presidency and the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
SYNONYMS: acme, pinnacle, culmination
ANTONYMS: nadir, bottom, valley
DEFINITION: the lowest point; the bot
SENTENCE: The days following Hurricane Katrina marked a tragic nadir for millions of people living in Louisiana, Mississippi, and many Gulf Coast communities.
SYNONYMS valley, bottom, floor
ANTONYMS: zenith, peak, apex
expunge, excise, expurgate
DEFINITION: to take out; delete; rem
SENTENCE: Xerxes threatened to expunge all memory of Sparta and Leonidas.
SYNONYMS: erase, eradicate, abolish
ANTONYMS: construct, create, build
DEFINITION: literally out of the center; departing from a recognized conventional, or established norm; an odd, unconventional pen
SENTENCE: Most of the people in Hill Valley regarded Doc Brown as a strange and eccentric "mad scientist."
SYNONYMS: bizarre, idiosyncratic, quirky
ANTONYMS: normal, ordinary, conventional
DEFINITION: to get out of a difficult situation or entanglement
SENTENCE: Emergency workers have a number of tools specially designed to help extricate injured people from car wrecks and small spaces.
SYNONYMS: extract, remove, disentangle
ANTONYMS: entangle, involve, intertwine
DEFINITION: standing out from the norm; outstanding; worthy of imitation
SENTENCE: Scientists and writers are honored for their exemplary work by receiving a Nobel Prize.
SYNONYMS: admirable, laudable, meritorious
ANTONYMS: unideal, ordinary, average
DEFINITION: to count out; to list; to tick off the reasons for
SENTENCE: In a poem she read to her literature class, Kat enumerated ten reasons why she claimed to "hate" Patrick.
SYNONYMS: tally, total, list
DEFINITION: out of reach and therefore difficult to catch, define, or describe
SENTENCE: Gossip Girl is an omniscient (all-knowing) yet elusive blogger who narrates the lives of a group of wealthy Upper East Side teens.
SYNONYMS: secrective, evasive, mysterious
ANTONYMS: obvious, explicit, exposed
DEFINITION: literally out of orbit and therefore unreasonably expensive
SENTENCE: Regular football fans will have to be $75 for parking, a price many are calling exorbitant.