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- (adj.) skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind
- Syn:clever, deft, dexterous, slick
- Sentence: Percy shows no particular talent as a worker, but I must admit that he is exceptionally adroit at finding excuses for not doing his job.
- (adj.) peaceable, friendly
- syn: congenial, neighborly, cordial
- ant:hostile, antagonistic
- sentence: Regarding native Americans as "bloodthirsty savages," Europeans were rarely able to maintain amicable relations with them.
- (adj.) having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling
- syn: disinclined, opposed, loath
- ant: favorably disposed, eager, keen
- Sentence: If you are averse to hard study and intensive reading, how do you expect to get through law school?
- (adj.) given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressive;
- (n.) one at war, one engaged in war
- Syn: assertive, truculent, pugnacious
- Ant: peaceful, conciliatory, placid
- Sentence: For centuries, Switzerland has avoided becoming a belligerent in the wars that have scarred the rest of Europe.
- (adj.) Kindly, charitable
- syn: kindly, benign, well-meaning
- ant: malicious, spiteful, malevolent
- Sentence: No one doubts the benevolent intentions of the program for community improvement, but it was ruined by mismanagement.
- (adj.) hasty, not thorough
- Syn: quick, superficial, perfunctory
- Ant: thorough, painstaking, careful
- Sentence: A cursory examination of my luggage was enough to show me that someone had been tampering with it.
- (n.) treachery, deceitfulness
- Syn: fraud, double-dealing, chicanery
- Sentence: Only when we learned that the embezzler had tried to cast suspicion on his innocent partner did we realize the extent of his duplicity.
- (v.) to praise extravagantly
- Syn: to glorify, applaud, acclaim, hail
- Ant: to criticize, belittle, disparage
- Sentence: The physical education instructor extolled the virtues of regular exercise.
- (adj.) possible, able to be done
- Syn: workable, practicable, viable
- Ant: unworkable, impractical
- Sentence: My teammates agreed that a triple reverse looked mighty impressive on the chalkboard but doubted that the play would prove feasible on the football field.
- (n) wry face, facial distortion
- (v) to make a wry face
- Syn:a pained expression, facial contortion
- Ant: to smile, beam, grin
- Sentence: If, as you claim, you really like raw oysters, why do you make such an eloquent grimace every time you swallow one?
- (n) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering
- Ant: a deluge, inundation
- Sentence: We must not forget the millions of people who were ruthlessly slaughtered by the nazis in the holocaust of the 1940s.
- (adj.) not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance
- Syn: impenetrable; resistant, proof against
- Ant: porous, permeable, vulnerable
- Sentence: What good is a plastic rain coat that is impervious to water if it also prevents any body heat from escaping?
- (n.) moving force, impulse, stimulus
- Syn: an impulse, incentive, stimulus, spur
- Ant: a curb, hindrance, impediment, constraint
- Sentence: When I heard Rose speaking French so fluently, my determination to master the language received a fresh impetus.
- (n) danger
- Syn: risk, hazard, peril
- Ant: safety, security
- Sentence: When I realized how bad the brakes of the old car were, I feared that our lives were in jeopardy.
- (adj) extremely careful; particular about detail
- Syn: Careful, fastidious, painstaking, fussy
- Ant: careless, negligent, sloppy
- Sentence: Miss DeCarlo's records- neat, accurate, and complete in every respect- show that she is a most meticulous worker.
- (n) longing for something past; homesickness
- Syn: a longing for things past, homesickness
- Sentence: As the old soldier watched the parade pass by, he was suddenly filled with nostalgia for the youthful years he had spent in the army.
- (n) the purest essence or form of something, the most typical example
- Syn: the purest essence, a paragon, exemplar
- Sentence: King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table were the quintessence of chivalry.
- (v) to move backwards; to return to an earlier condition
- Syn: To revert, to degenerate, decline
- Ant: to advance, evolve, progress
- Sentence: My teacher counseled me to keep up my studies, or my performance in class might once again retrogress into mediocrity.
- (v) to examine closely
- Syn: to inspect, examine, pore over
- Ant: to skim, scan, glance at
- Sentence: An expert from the museum scrutinized the painting looking for telltale signs that would prove it to be genuine or expose it as forgery.
- (adj) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by absence of interest
- Syn: Lukewarm, halfhearted, wishy-washy
- Ant: heated, excited, enthusiastic
- Sentence: Looking forward to a hot bath, I was disappointed at the feeble stream of tepid water that flowed out of the tub.