Vocabulary Unit 11

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Vocabulary Unit 11
2010-12-05 22:03:02
Vocabulary Unit

Vocabulary Unit 11
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  1. brevity
    • (n) shortness
    • Synonyms: conciseness, terseness, pithiness
    • Antonyms: verbosity, long-windedness, prolixity
  2. comport
    • (v) to conduct or bear oneself, behave
    • Synonyms: agree, concur
  3. concise
    • (adj) expressing much in a few words
    • Synonyms: brief, succinct, terse, pithy
    • Antonyms: wordy, verbose, long-winded, prolix
  4. demure
    • (adj) sober or serious in manner; modest
    • Synonyms: shy, difficult, sedate, seemly, decorous
    • Antonyms: bold, forward, assertive, immodest
  5. depreciation
    • (n) a lessening in value; a belittling
    • Synonyms: cheapening, lowering, devaluation
    • Antonyms: increase, appreciation, enhancement
  6. deteriorate
    • (v) to lower in quality or value; to wear away
    • Synonyms: worsen, decline, degenerate, debase
    • Antonyms: improve, enhance
  7. divulge
    • (v) to tell, reveal; to make public
    • Synonyms: disclose, impart, "leak"
    • Antonyms: hide, conceal, secrete
  8. enlightened
    • (adj) free from ignorance and false ideas; possessing sound understanding
    • Synonyms: knowing, informed, aware, cultivated
    • Antonyms: ignorant, unaware, untaught, benighted
  9. forestall
    • (v) to prevent by acting first
    • Synonyms: hinder, thwart, preclude
    • Antonyms: welcome, accept, allow, submit
  10. garble
    • (v) to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
    • Synonyms: jumble, scramble, confuse, misrepresent
    • Antonyms: clarify, elucidate, articulate
  11. proponent
    • (n) one who puts forward a proposal; one who supports a cause or belief
    • Synonyms: supporter, advocate, exponent
    • Antonyms: opponent, critic, foe,adversary
  12. quaver
    • (v) to shake, tremble; to trill
    • Synonyms: quiver, vibrate, shiver, quake, palitatef
  13. recoil
    • (v) to spring back, shrink
    • (n) the act of springing back
    • Synonyms: (v)flinch; (n)kickback
    • Antonyms: (v) advance, proceed
  14. recoup
    • (v) to make up for, regain
    • Synonyms: recover, retrieve
    • Antonyms: lose, default, forfeit, kiss goodbye
  15. reek
    • (n) an unpleasant smell
    • (v) to give off unpleasant smells; to give a strong impression
    • Synonyms: (n) stench; (v) stink, smell
    • Antonyms: (n) perfume, fragrance, bouquet
  16. relentless
    • (adj) unyielding, harsh, without pity
    • Synonyms: stern, merciless, persistent, unremitting
    • Antonyms: merciful, accommodating, indulgent
  17. rivulet
    • (n) a small stream
    • Synonyms: brook, creek, rill
  18. squander
    • (v) to spend foolishly, waste
    • Synonyms: misspend, dissipate
    • Antonyms: save, economize, hoard
  19. staccato
    • (adj) detached or disconnected in sound or style
    • Synonyms: abrupt, disjointed
    • Antonyms: continuous, flowing, unbroken
  20. statute
    • (n) a law
    • Synonyms: rule, ordinance, enactment