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2014-08-21 18:13:32

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  1. idyllic
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: Charmingly simple or rustic; peaceful, happy, or picturesque in natural simplicity;
    • SENTENCE: Daithi could not overcome her awe and uncontrollable joy at being in the middle of an idyllic landscape in a far away country, with nothing but trees and hills and farmland for miles.
    • SYNONYMS: Arcadian, ideal, idealized, peaceful
    • ANTONYMS: disagreeable, flawed
  2. dilapidated
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: (esp. a structure or building) having fallen into a state of disrepair; in very bad condition because of age or lack of care
    • SENTENCE: The dilapidated old building looked about ready to crumble.
    • SYNONYMS: battered, beat-up, crummy, ramshackle
    • ANTONYMS: rebuilt
  3. extemporize
    • PART OF SPEECH: verb
    • DEFINITION: To speak on the spur of the moment, without preparation or notes; to speak, play music, or perform a task making it up as one goes
    • SENTENCE: A young Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was encouraged to extemporize a speech in front of his peers, and his unrehearsed words were so moving and sincere that he found his calling as a public speaker.
    • SYNONYMS: ad-lib, concoct, contrive
    • ANTONYMS: premeditate, to plan, to devise
  4. improvise
    • PART OF SPEECH: verb
    • DEFINITION: to invent or provide something at the time it is needed without having planned it; to make, create, or speak without preparation
    • SENTENCE: Dylan had not expected to be called up to perform at the open mic, but the host was his friend, so he was forced to improvise a set using someone else's guitar.
  5. myriad
    • PART OF SPEECH: noun
    • DEFINITION: A great, almost indefinite number of something; a large number, often implying great variety
    • SENTENCE: Cynthia met a myriad of challenges when she changed schools, but she found none of them unsurmountable and ended up loving her new environment.
    • SYNONYMS: countless, heaping, multiple
    • ANTONYMS: limited, measurable
  6. ungainly
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: awkward or ungraceful in movement; lacking in smoothness or dexterity
    • SENTENCE: Fred felt ungainly in his tall body through his teenage years, but when he became used to his height, he was his college's star basketball player.
    • SYNONYMS: graceless, klutzy, gawky
    • ANTONYMS: coordinated, graceful
  7. dilatory
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: tending to delay or procrastinate; slow and likely to cause delay
    • SENTENCE: My sister is so dilatory that I walk 30 minutes to school every day, because I know that I will get there before she does in her car, even though the drive takes her five minutes.
    • SYNONYMS: delaying, laggard, sluggish
    • ANTONYMS: diligent, eager, enthusiastic
  8. vituperative
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: full of angry criticism; uttering or given to censure or verbal abuse
    • SENTENCE: Jemal might not have been thinking about how his words would affect others, but his vituperative remarks hurt my feelings very much.
    • SYNONYMS: defamatory, insulting, scolding
    • ANTONYMS: laudatory
  9. discordant
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: not agreeing or being in opposition to; discordant so as to be harsh or unpleasant to the ear, as with unharmonious, unpleasant sounds
    • SENTENCE: The discordant sounds coming from Byron's piano practice room make it impossible to think about anything else or pass a pleasant afternoon in my house.
    • SYNONYMS: cacophonous, incongruous, inharmonious
    • ANTONYMS: harmonious, concordant, agreeing
  10. perfidious
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: disloyal and unable to be trusted; deliberately faithless or treacherous
    • SENTENCE: To some, the actions of a group of people nonviolently protesting for freedom and democracy are perfidious betrayals of their state.
    • SYNONYMS: deceptive, misleading
    • ANTONYMS: loyal
  11. supine
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: Lying flat on the back, looking up; inactive, passive, or inert, esp. from laziness or indifference
    • SENTENCE: After a long run, Gabriela was so happy to rest that she lay supine on the grass for over an hour, soaking up the sun rays.
    • SYNONYMS: flat, horizontal, reclining
    • ANTONYMS: upright
  12. indomitable
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: cannot be subdued or overcome, as persons, will, or courage; impossible to defeat, discourage, or frighten
    • SENTENCE: The indomitable spirit of the football players helped them win the game.
    • SYNONYMS: adamant, bold, persistent
    • ANTONYMS: cowardly, irresolute, weak
  13. resolute
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: having or showing determination in character, action, or ideas; characterized by firmness or determination
    • SENTENCE: Kenneth's family worried about his desire to sail the world by himself, but he was resolute, seeing the voyage as a gateway into adulthood.
    • SYNONYMS: stubborn, adamant
    • ANTONYMS: weak, flexible, understanding
  14. moribund
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: no longer active or effective, as a business or market that is failing or near death; on the verge of death, extinction, or termination
    • SENTENCE: His attempts at business had been ambitious, but now that Steve's operation was moribund, he began looking for something else to occupy his time and efforts.
    • SYNONYMS: doomed, expiring, mortal
    • ANTONYMS: effervescent, animated, zesty
  15. nuance
    • PART OF SPEECH: noun
    • DEFINITION: A subtle quality of something; a small difference or distinction in expression, meaning, quality, color, etc.
    • SENTENCE: There are many nuances to technology that the average person might never understand, but most people will own a phone and a laptop computer in their lives anyway.
    • SYNONYMS: tinge, subtlety
  16. flippant
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: Treating serious matters with lighthearted humor or lack of respect; appearing rude by attempting to be funny in a serious situation
    • SENTENCE: His family was worried by Eric's flippant attitude towards the diagnosis of cancer in his eye, but his doctors explained that it was a common coping mechanism for hard-to-process information.
    • SYNONYMS: frivolous, offhand, pert, playful
    • ANTONYMS: courteous, respectful, reverent
  17. credulous
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: willing to believe or trust too readily; easily fooled or cheated because of trusting, undiscerning nature
    • SENTENCE: Will thought his brother was too credulous, and so was constantly trying to protect him from other people who might fool him or take advantage of him.
    • SYNONYMS: accepting, dupable, overly trusting
    • ANTONYMS: skeptical, suspicious, untrusting
  18. florid
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: Very flowery and overly fancy in style; excessively decorated and ornate
    • SENTENCE: The French novelist Marcel Proust is one of the most excessive authors in terms of florid style, with his long descriptions of the countryside and people that surrounded him in his childhood.
    • SYNONYMS: decorative, embellished, flamboyant, ornate
    • ANTONYMS: not elaborate, plain, undecorated, spare
  19. excoriate
    • PART OF SPEECH: verb
    • DEFINITION: to denounce or berate severely; to criticize very harshly, esp. in a way that evokes images of flaying the skin off of someone/thing
    • SENTENCE: President Obama has expressed disapproval for Vladimir Putin's actions in relation to the crisis in Ukraine, but may people think that the American president should excoriate the Russian leader more forcefully.
    • SYNONYMS: assail, criticize, denounce, reprimand
    • ANTONYMS: praise, uphold
  20. lambaste
    • PART OF SPEECH: verb
    • DEFINITION: to reprimand or berate harshly; to criticize someone severely
    • SENTENCE: I might have been a bit out of line to lambaste Abner after his underhanded move to win the game.
    • SYNONYMS: berate, chastise, reprimand, rebuke
    • ANTONYMS: approve, endorse, sanction
  21. interloper
    • PART OF SPEECH: noun
    • DEFINITION: someone who interferes with or meddles in the affairs of others; a person not wanted or welcome by others in a situation or place
    • SENTENCE: When Jerry walked up to the group, he immediately felt like an interloper, and suspected that they had been talking about him before he arrived.
    • SYNONYMS: intruder, meddler
    • ANTONYMS: friend, guest
  22. cerebral
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: of or relating to the brain, esp. instead of using feelings or instinct; characterized by the use of intellect rather than emotions or intuition
    • SENTENCE: Connie is often told that she is too cerebral by her peers, but she considers her mind her greatest asset and refuses to compromise her intellect by depending on emotions.
    • SYNONYMS: analytical, erudite, intellectual
    • ANTONYMS: visceral, emotional
  23. visceral
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: based on or relating to instinct, emotion, or the senses rather than logic or reason
    • SENTENCE: The smell of the dead skunk gave Greg a visceral, disgusted reaction and he had to leave the clearing.
    • SYNONYMS: habitual, inborn, innate, emotional
    • ANTONYMS: unnatural
  24. nonplussed
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: utterly surprised, confused, and uncertain of how to act; completely puzzled or baffled
    • SENTENCE: Cynthia looked nonplussed after Max fired her, in part because he had named her employed of the month twice in the past year.
    • SYNONYMS: baffled, confounded, muddled, stymied
    • ANTONYMS: enlightened, educated
  25. flamboyant
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: strikingly bold or showy, esp. when meant to attract attention; marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior, esp. associated with images of flames
    • SENTENCE: Joseph follows the dress code, but his flamboyant style causes many of the teachers to raise their eyebrows at his colorful wardrobe.
    • SYNONYMS: baroque, bombastic, exciting
    • ANTONYMS: calm, modest, restrained
  26. idiosyncrasy
    • PART OF SPEECH: noun
    • DEFINITION: a strange or unusual habit or way of behaving; a trait or mannerism unique to an individual
    • SENTENCE: One of Max's many idiosyncrasies is breaking into song spontaneously.
    • SYNONYMS: oddity, quirk
  27. censorious
    • PART OF SPEECH: adjective
    • DEFINITION: having or showing a tendency to criticize someone or something severely; severely critical and quick to find fault
    • SENTENCE: Stuart really wanted to be a tutor, but he found it hard to encourage the younger students rather than always finding fault in their work, and he ended up getting fired for being too censorious.
    • SYNONYMS: accusatory, condemning, denouncing
    • ANTONYMS: complimentary, encouraging, flattering
  28. consternation
    • PART OF SPEECH: noun
    • DEFINITION: A sudden state of great dismay or dread that causes confusion; a strong annoyance or anger, usually because of something unforeseen that cannot be changed
    • SENTENCE: To my consternation, all of my plans for my epic birthday weekend fell apart and I was left to celebrate alone with my dog.
    • SYNONYMS: bewilderment, panic, terror
    • ANTONYMS: calm, composure, tranquility