Vocabulary Unit 15

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Vocabulary Unit 15
2011-02-27 13:52:29
Vocabulary Unit

Vocabulary Unit 15
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  1. abase
    • (v) to lower in esteem, degrade;to humble
    • Synonyms: lower, humiliate, prostrate, demean
    • Antonyms: elevate, ennoble, exalt
  2. actuate
    • (v) to move to action; to impel
    • Synonyms: trigger, incite, instigate
  3. avert
    • (v) to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid
    • Synonyms: stop, deflect, ward off, preclude
    • Antonyms: invite, induce, provoke, cause
  4. boorish
    • (adj) rude, unrefined, clumsy
    • Synonyms: vulgar, crude, uncouth, ill-mannered, gauche
    • Antonyms: suave, urbane, polished, courtly, well-bred
  5. brunt
    • (n) the main impact, force, or burden
    • Synonyms: blow, shock
    • Antonyms: aftershcok, aftermath, repercussion
  6. combatant
    • (n) a fighter; (adj) engaged in fighting
    • Synonyms: (n) a soldier, disputant, warrior; (adj) hostile, battling
    • Antonyms: (n) civillian; (adj) peaceful, neutral
  7. dormant
    • (adj) inactive; in a state of suspension; sleeping
    • Synonyms: resting, still, quiescent
    • Antonyms: awake, active, lively, productive
  8. dubious
    • (adj) causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant
    • Synonyms: questionable, suspect, unsettled, undecided
    • Antonyms: certain, positive, indubitable, reliable
  9. harangue
    • (v) to deliver a loud, ranting speech; (n) a loud speech
    • Synonyms: (v) rant, lecture; (n) tirade, diatribe
    • Antonyms: (n) whisper, murmur, undertone
  10. harry
    • (v) to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass
    • Synonyms: badger, pester, hound, pillage, ravage
  11. impenitent
    • (adj) not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses
    • Synonyms: remorseless, unrepentant, incorrigible
    • Antonyms: ashamed, remorseful, contrite, apologetic
  12. knave
    • (n) a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow
    • Synonyms: rascal, rogue, scoundrel, miscreant
  13. legion
    • (n) a large military force; any large group or number; (adj) many, numerous
    • Synonyms: (n) multitude, host, throng, division, regiment
    • Antonyms: (n) squad, platoon; (adj) few, sparse
  14. liberality
    • (n) generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook
    • Synonyms: largesse, magnanimity, broad-mindedness
    • Antonyms: stinginess, miserliness, narrow-minded
  15. plaintiff
    • (n) one who begins a lawsuit
    • Synonyms: complainant, accuser
    • Antonyms: defendant, accused
  16. probe
    • (v) to examine, investigate thoroughlt; (n) an investigation; a device used to explore or examine
    • Synonyms: (v) explore, scrutinize; (n) inquiry, detector
    • Antonyms: (v) conceal, hide; (n) cover-up, whitewash
  17. protract
    • (v) to draw out or lengthen in space or time
    • Synonyms: prolong, extend, elongate, spin out
    • Antonyms: contract, compress, concentrate
  18. quarry
    • (v) to cut or take from (or as if from) a quarry; (n) a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued
    • Synonyms: (n) prey, game, victim, evacuation, pit, mine
    • Antonyms: (n) hunter, predator, pursuer
  19. spurn
    • (v) to refuse with scorn, disdain
    • Synonyms: turn down, reject, decline, snub, repudiate
    • Antonyms: accept, welcome, greet
  20. subterfuge
    • (n) an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something
    • Synonyms: dodge, blind, ruse, deception, artifice