Unit 15

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  1. Abase
    • v. to lower in esteem, degrade; to humble
    • SYN: lower, humiliate, prostrate, demean
    • ANT: elevate, ennoble, exalt
  2. Actuate
    • v. to move to action; to impel
    • SYN: trigger, incite, instigate
  3. Avert
    • v. to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid
    • SYN: stop, deflect, ward off, preclude
    • ANT: invite, induce, provoke, cause
  4. Boorish
    • adj. rude, unrefined; clumsy
    • SYN: vulgar, crude, uncouth, ill-mannered, gauche
    • ANT: suave, urbane, polishes, courtly, well-bred
  5. Brunt
    • n. the main impact, force, or burden
    • SYN: blow, shockant: aftershock, aftermath, repercussion
  6. Combatant
    • n. a fighter; adj. engaged in fighting
    • SYN: soldier, disputant, warrior; hostile, battling
    • ANT: civilian; peaceful, neutral
  7. Dormant
    • adj. inactive; in a state of suspensions; sleeping
    • SYN: resting, still, quiescent
    • ANT: awake, active, lively, productive
  8. Dubious
    • adj. causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant
    • SYN: questionable, suspect, unsettled, undecided
    • ANT: certain, positive, indubitable, reliable
  9. Harangue
    • v. to deliver a loud, ranting speech n. a loud speech
    • SYN: rant, lecture; tirade, diatribe
    • ANT: whisper, murmur, undertone
  10. Harry
    • v. to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass
    • SYN: badger, pester, hound, pillage, ravage
  11. Impenitent
    • adj. not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses
    • SYN: remorseless, unrepentant, incorrigible
    • ANT: ashamed, remorseful, contrite, apologetic
  12. Knave
    • n. a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow
    • SYN: rascal, rogue, scoundrel, miscreant
  13. Legion
    • n. a large military force; any large group or number
    • SYN: multitude, host, throng, division, regiment
    • ANT: squad, platoon; few, sparse
  14. Liberality
    • n. generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook
    • SYN: largesse, magnanimity, broad-mindedness
    • ANT: stinginess, miserliness, narrow-mindedness
  15. Plaintiff
    • n. one who begins a lawsuit
    • SYN: complaint, accuser
    • ANT: defendant, accused
  16. Probe
    • v. to examine, investigate thoroughly n. an investigation; a device used to explore or examine
    • SYN: explore, scrutinize; inquiry, detector
    • ANT: conceal, hide; cover-up, whitewash
  17. Protract
    • v. to draw out or lengthen in space or time
    • SYN: prolong, extend, elongate, spin out
    • ANT: contract, compress, concentrate
  18. Quarry
    • v. to cut or take from a quarry; n. a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued
    • SYN: prey, game, victim, excavation, pit, mine
    • ANT: hunter, predator, pursuer
  19. Spurn
    • v. to refuse with scorn, disdain
    • SYN: turn down, reject, decline, snub, repudiate
    • ANT: accept, welcome, greet
  20. Subterfuge
    • n. an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something
    • SYN: dodge, blind, ruse, deception, artifice
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Unit 15
2014-05-20 03:37:37

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