Unit 14

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Unit 14
2014-04-30 18:16:50

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  1. Annex
    • (v) to add, attach; to incorporate (n) an attachment or addition
    • SYN: join, acquire, appropriate, procure
  2. Cleave
    • (v) to cut or split open; to cling to
    • SYN: sever, halve, sunder, adhere, clasp
  3. Cordial
    • (adj) in a friendly manner, hearty; cherry¬†(n) a liqueur
    • SYN: hospitable, affable, warm, convivial
    • ANT: gruff, unfriendly, unsociable
  4. Cornerstone
    • (n) the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element
    • SYN: foundation, base, underpinning, support
  5. Debacle
    • (n) an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure
    • SYN: disaster, fiasco, calamityant: success, triumph, victory, coup
  6. Devitalize
    • (v) to make weak or lifeless
    • SYN: enfeeble, sap, enervateant: enliven, stimulate, energize, excite
  7. Embroil
    • (v) to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
    • SYN: entangled, ensnarlant: disentangle, separate, disconnect
  8. Exonerate
    • (v) to clear from a charge or accusation
    • SYN: absolve, acquit, vindicate, exculpate
    • ANT: implicate, incriminate, inculpate
  9. Glib
    • (adj) ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless; insincere
    • SYN: superficial, pat, oily, unctuous, facile
    • ANT: halting, tongue-tied, speechless, awkward
  10. Haphazard
    • (adj) by chance, not planned, lacking order
    • SYN: random, accidental, slapdash
    • ANT: deliberate, purposeful, orderly, meticulous
  11. Improvise
    • (v) to compose or perform without preparation: to construct from available materials
    • SYN: ad-lib, play it by ear, wing it, extemporize
    • ANT: plan, rehearse, practice, prepare
  12. Incite
    • (v) to rouse, stir up, urge on
    • SYN: spur, kindle, provoke, instigate, prompt
    • ANT: check, curb, impede, restrain, smother
  13. Influx
    • (n) a coming in, inflow
    • SYN: in-pouring, inrush, invasion
    • ANT: outpouring, exodus, departure
  14. Pallor
    • (n) an extreme or unnatural paleness
    • SYN: wanness, lividness, bloodlessness
    • ANT: flush, blush, rosiness, bloom
  15. Pedigree
    • (n) a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something
    • SYN: lineage, ancestry, genealogy
  16. Precipitous
    • (adj) very steep
    • SYN: sheer, abrupt, sharp
    • ANT: gradual, shallow, graded, incremental
  17. Profuse
    • (adj) very abundant; given or flowing freely
    • SYN: extravagant, lavish, bounteous, plenteous
    • ANT: sparse, scanty, meager, insufficient
  18. Reconcile
    • (v) to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself)
    • SYN: unite, conciliate, mend fences
    • ANT: antagonize, alienate, drive a wedge between
  19. Shackle
    • (v) to put into chains(n) a chain, fetter
    • SYN: manacle, enslave; handcuffs, bonds, irons
    • ANT: free, unfetter, emancipate, liberate
  20. Threadbare
    • (adj) shabby, old and worn
    • SYN: frayed, seedy, ragged, shopworn, trite
    • ANT: luxurious, plush, costly, sumptuous