Vocab unit 8

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  1. Assurance
    • (n) a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence
    • SYN: promise, sureness, poise, self-possession
    • ANT: uncertainty, doubt, insecurity
  2. Asylum
    • (n) an institution for care of children, elderly people, etc.; a place of safety
    • SYN: sanatorium, sanctuary, refuge
  3. Console
    • (v) to comfort; (n) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device
    • SYN: (v) solace, alleviate
    • ANT: (v) distress, aggravate, bother, vex, torment
  4. Dilate
    • (v) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon
    • SYN: enlarge, expand, swell, prolong
    • ANT: contract, compress, constrict
  5. Dross
    • (n) refuse, waste products
    • SYN: rubbish, trash, detritus, dregs, scum
  6. Dwindle
    • (v) to lessen, diminish
    • SYN: decrease, shrink, fade, peter out
    • ANT: increase, enlarge, swell, proliferate
  7. Flippant
    • (adj) lacking in seriousness; disrespect, saucy
    • SYN: frivolous, impudent, impertinent, insolent
    • ANT: serious, respectful, deferential, obsequious
  8. Immunity
    • (n) resistance to disease; freedom from some charge or obligation¬†
    • SYN: exemption, impunity
    • ANT: vulnerability, susceptibility, exposure
  9. Institute
    • (v) to establish, set up; (n) an organization for the promotion of learning
    • SYN: (v) found, bring about; (n) academy
    • ANT: (v) terminate, discontinue, demolish, raze
  10. Liability
    • (n) a debt; something disadvantageous
    • SYN: handicap, difficulty, impediment, drawback
    • ANT: advantage, asset
  11. Preposterous
    • (adj) ridiculous, senseless
    • SYN: nonsensical, absurd, incredible
    • ANT: sensible reasonable, realistic, plausible
  12. Pugnacious
    • (adj) quarrelsome, fond of fighting
    • SYN: argumentative, combative, belligerent
    • ANT: peace-loving, friendly, amicable, congenial
  13. Rabid
    • (adj) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies
    • SYN: fanatical, zealous, raving, infuriated, berserk
    • ANT: moderate, restrained, blase, indifferent
  14. Realm
    • (n) a kingdom; a region or field of study
    • SYN: domain, duchy, bailiwick, jurisdiction
  15. Rejuvenate
    • (v) to make young again; to make like new
    • SYN: revitalize, renew
    • ANT: wear out, exhaust, enervate, debilitate
  16. Remunerate
    • (v) to reward, pay, reimburse
    • SYN: compensate, satisfy, profit, benefit
  17. Sparse
    • (adj) meager, scant; scattered
    • SYN: thin, scanty, few and far between
    • ANT: plentiful, abundant, profuse, teeming
  18. Sterling
    • (adj) genuine, excellent; made of silver, of standard fineness
    • SYN: first-rate, outstanding, worthy, pure
    • ANT: mediocre, shoddy, second-rate, sham
  19. Venture
    • (n) a risky or daring undertaking; (v) to expose to danger; to dare
    • SYN: (n) gamble; (v) try, chance, undertake
    • ANT: (v) withdraw, retire, shrink from, shy away
  20. Warp
    • (v) to twist out of shape; (n) an abnormality
    • SYN: (v) bend, distort, misshape; (n) irregularity
    • ANT: (v) straighten, bend, rectify

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