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Adjective. morally unrestrained
Like St. Augustine some people want to abandon their licentious lifestyles but not immediately
- Syn.: immoral: lewd
- Ant: chaste, pure
n. coin collector
My father is a numismatic who has hundreds of coins
n. Scarcity: a lack
The paucity of food made people starve.
- Syn. Insufficiency
- Ant: Abundance
adj. Believing that all events in life are inevitable and determined by fate
Fatalistic thinkers believe there is nothing they can do to change their lives.
v. To force oneself into a situation
You were concentrating on your work, I didnt want to obtrude.
- Syn.: impose: intrude
- Ant: Extricate
adj. Dreamily thoughtful
Jane was in a pensive mood after she finished reading the thought provoking novel
- Syn.: reflective: meditative
- Ant: Silly, Frivolous
adj. Uninterested; Listless
The lackadaisical student sat in the detention hall and stared out the window.
- Syn.: apethetic, spiritualess, lazy
- Ant: Enthusiastic, inspired
v. To turn away feelings or affections
Your sarcasm remarks might alienate your friends.
- Syn: estrange, set against
- Ant: Endear, unite
adj. In high spirits: Exultantantly proud and joyful.
We were elated because we got a 100 on our report.
- Syn.: overjoyed
- Ant. depressed
n. A witty saying expressing a single thought or observation
The author placed relevant epigrams at the beginning of each chapter.
Syn. Aphorism, bon mot, quip
v. to combine
The great leader amalgamated many small tribes into his own to make a single powerful nation
- syn: unite, bend, merge, consolidate
- Ant: splinter, disunite
adj. Mentally ill: Insane
Marry demented cat attacks anything that makes a noise including the television.
- Syn. deranged; insane
- Ant: sane
v. to sharpen
The butcher used a whetstone to hone his knives until they were a razor sharp.
v. To besiege by insert going: to harass
The mosquitoes will beleaguer you if you venture near the swamp.
- Syn. Surround, annoy
- Ant. evade
v. To eat or swallow greedily.
The beagle gorged itself after it chewed through the bag of dog food.
adj. No longer used or useful: Very old
The antiquated washboard hung on the wall, useful only as a decoration.
- syn. out-of-date, archaic
- Ant. modern
n. A narcotic used to cause sleep or bring relief from pain.
The veterinarian used an opiate to sedate the wounded animal.
n. An exaggerated portrayal of one's features
- The caricature of the mayor and the political cartoon exaggerated the size of his ears and nose
- syn. mockery, cartoon
v. to waste time: To dawdle
If you dally on your report you might fail or not finish it.
- Syn; dawdle, loiter
- Ant; hasten; hurry
adj. Pertaining to or constituting a major crime
The inmate expected to be released from prison early, despite the many filamentous activities on his record.
- n. A large elaborate structure
- The Eiffel Tower is an edifice.
- Synonym: Fortress
- Antonym: hovel
- Adj. Equally skillful with either hand.
- The ambidextrous child could hit the ball with her right and left-hand.
- adj. Delayed
- She gave me a belated birthday gift because she was out of town.
- Synonym: tardy; late
- Antenna: timely
- v. To give life a motion to
- Trip to the toy store animated the sad child.
- Synonym: encourage; excite
- Antonym: quell
- V. To work dough or clay into a uniform mixture
- The girl kneaded her thigh because it was sore
- Synonym: squeeze; rub; press
- n. One having us fanatical devotion to a country, gender, or religion, and displaying content for other countries, the opposite sex, or other believes
- He did not like woman because he was a chauvinist.
- adj. Promoting equal rights for all people
- The equal rights amendment for woman was founded on egalitarian principles
- Antonym: elitist
- adj. A state of violent or destructive rage
- My mom went berserk when my brother through his basketball at the TV.
- Synonym: frenzied
- Antonym: complacent
adj. Marked by a conspicuous, showy, or pretentious display
- v. To mislead; to fool
- The fast talking sales man inoculate us into buying the dilapidated car.
- v. To get away from
- The prisoner try to lose because high hiding in the laundry truck.
- Synonym: avoid; evaded; lose
- Antonym: attract
- adj. In active; unproductive
- A fallow mind needs to be stimulated with challenging ideas.
- Synonym: Barron
- Antonym: productive
- n. Anything that destroys
- The junkyard was a blight on the otherwise appealing neighborhood.
- Synonym: affliction; disease
- Antonym: enhancement
- n. A funeral rite or ceremony
- The explorers held brief obsequies for their fallen leader before burying him on the side of the mountain.
- n. An occupant; an ihabitant
- Prairie dogs are denizens of the great plains, so it is unlikely that we would see one in Maine.
- Synonym: resident
- Antonym: emigrant, alien
- n. Obligated loyalty or faithfulness
- Peasants who did not show any fealty to the duke often disappeared.
- Syn: devotion, fidelity, allegiance
- Ant: disloyalty, treachery
- v. To attract by offering reward or pleasure.
- The styling and color of the gown enticed me, but I could not even afford such an expensive purchase.
- Syn: tempt, lure
- Ant: discourage
- v. To please
- To gratify the pouting child, his mother handed him a lollipop.
- syn: satisfy, indulge
- ant: displease, disappoint
- n. a slow person, especially one who falls behind.
- Wear good shoes or you'll be a laggard and delay the entire group.
- syn: straggler, dawdler
- ant: leader
- n. A maneuver or action used to gain an advantage.
- The general's gambit sacrificed many soldiers, but ultimately won the battle.
- syn: strategy, ploy, maneuver
- ant: blunder