Unit 10

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Unit 10
2014-02-28 18:15:42

vocab unit 10
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  1. Adept
    • (adj.) thoroughly skilled; (n.) an expert
    • SYN: (adj.) masterful, accomplished, proficient
    • ANT: (adj.) clumsy, unskilled, maladroit; (n.) novice
  2. Aspire
    • (v.) to have ambitious hopse or plans, strive toward a higher goal, desire earnestly; to ascend
    • SYN: seek, yearn, aim for, soar
  3. Bleak
    • (adj.) bare, dreary, dismal
    • SYN: grim, cheerless, gloomy, desolate, barren
    • ANT: rosy, cheerful, sunny, promising, encouraging
  4. Chide
    • (v.) to blame; scold
    • SYN: upbraid, reprimand, rebuke, chastise
    • ANT: approve, praise, compliment, pat on the back
  5. Despicable
    • (adj.) worthy of scorn, contemptible
    • SYN: low, vile, cheap, sordid, detestable
    • ANT: praiseworthy, commendable, meritorious
  6. Diminutive
    • (adj.) small, smaller than most others of the same type
    • SYN: undersized, miniature, tiny, compact
    • ANT: oversized, gigantic, huge, enormous
  7. Emancipate
    • (v.) to free from slavery; to release or liberate
    • SYN: set loose, unchain, unshackle, unfetter
    • ANT: enslave, snare, chain, shackle
  8. Erroneous
    • (adj.) incorrect, containing mistakes
    • SYN: mistaken, fallacious, all wrong
    • ANT: accurate, correct, correct, exact, unerring
  9. Exploit
    • (v.) to make use of, develop; to make improper use of for personal profit; (n.) a feat, deed
    • SYN: (v.) utilize, turn to advantage, misuse
  10. Extemporaneous
    • (adj.) made or delivered on the spur of the moment
    • SYN: spontaneous, impromptu, off-the-cuff
    • ANT: planned, rehearsed, prepared
  11. Impair
    • (v.) to make imperfect, damage, harm
    • SYN: injure, mar, disable, cripple, enervate
    • ANT: improve, strengthen, promote, advance
  12. Invincible
    • (adj.) not able to be defeated, unbeatable
    • SYN unconquerable, indomitable, insuperable
    • ANT: vulnerable, conquerable, surmountable
  13. Languid
    • (adj.) drooping; without energy, sluggish
    • SYN: lazy, sluggish, listless, slack, lethargic
    • ANT: lively, energetic, vigorous, enlivening
  14. Mire
    • (n.) mud; wet, swampy ground, a tough situation; (v.) to get stuck
    • SYN: (n.) marsh, swamp, bog, slough
  15. Obtrusive
    • (adj.) forward, undesirably prominent, trust out
    • SYN: brash, impudent, conspicuous, protruding
    • ANT: meek, reserved, deferential, recessed
  16. Preamble
    • (n.) an introduction to a speech or pice of writing
    • SYN: opening, preface, prologue, preliminary
    • ANT: conclusion, ending, closing, epilogue
  17. Render
    • (v.) to cause to become; to perform; to deliver officially; to process, extract
    • SYN: present, furnish, submit, make, effect
  18. Rugged
    • (adj.) rough, irregularly severe, stern; strong; stormy
    • SYN: rocky, craggy, blunt, harsh, hardy, tough
    • ANT: smooth, flat, soft, mild, tender, delicate
  19. Skeptical
    • (adj.) inclined to dount; slow to accept something as true
    • SYN: dubious, suspicious, incredulous
    • ANT: believing, credulous, gullible, ingenuous
  20. Slipshod
    • (adj.) untidy in dress, personal habits, etc.; careless, sloppy
    • SYN: messy, untidy, slovenly. slapdash, cursory
    • ANT: tidy, neat, orderly, careful, painstaking