(es thet' ik)
(adj.) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty
Since the structure had no practical purpose, keeping it in place could only be justified on ____________ grounds.
(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead
I could find no forwarding address or phone number for the _________________ organization.
SYNONYMS: extinct, nonexistent
ANTONYMS: alive, extant
(dis kem' fit)
(v.) to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass
The general tried to _________________ his enemies by repeatedly beginning an advance and then pulling back.
SYNONYMS: nonplus, disconcert, foil
(v.) to take up and support; to become attached to, adopt; to marry
To appeal to the large number of dissatisfied voters, the candidate ___________________ a strong program of reform.
SYNONYMS: embrace, wed
ANTONYMS: repudiate, disavow, renounce
(n.) an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence
The rabbit's foot, once a very popular ________________, seems to have lost its hold on the public imagination.
SYNONYMS: charm, talisman, obsession
(gre gar' e es)
(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
I would expect the recreation director of a cruise ship to be a ________________ person.
SYNONYMS: outgoing, extroverted
ANTONYMS: aloof, introvert, reclusive
(adj.) marked by a persistent absence of good luck
Once again, my younger brother has become the _________________ victim of a silly practical joke.
SYNONYMS: unlucky, ill-starred, unfortunate
ANTONYMS: lucky, charmed, fortunate
(im pek' e bel)
(adj.) faultless, beyond criticism or blame
We always consulted my grandmother about what to wear because she had _______________ taste in clothing.
SYNONYMS: flawless, spotless, immaculate
ANTONYMS: grimy, soiled, spotted, sullied
(im por tyun')
(v.) to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
The bankrupt uncle _________________ my father for a loan.
SYNONYMS: implore, entreat, dun, tax
(in ter' pe lat)
(v.) to insert between other parts of things; to present as an addition or correction
At the director's request, the screenwriter ________________ some new lines into the script.
SYNONYMS: inject, interpose, introduce
(i rep' er e bel)
(adj.) incapable of being repaired or rectified
The husband believed that the surgeon did __________________ harm to his wife and sued the doctor and the hospital.
ANTONYMS: remediable, fixable, reversible
(le kan' ik)
(adj.) concise, using few words
The senator issued a ______________________ statement declaring her innocence after the accusations of fraud were made public.
SYNONYMS: terse, succinct, pithy, compact
ANTONYMS: garrulous, prolix, loquacious, verbose
(v.) to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed pr dispirited; to suffer neglect
Without the Constitutional guarantee of a speedy trial, the accused could ___________ in jail for years.
SYNONYMS: flag, wilt, fade, pine
(men da 'shes)
(adj.) given to lying or deception; untrue
The deputy gave a _______________ account of his employer's actions on the day of the alleged crime.
SYNONYMS: untruthful, false
ANTONYMS: truthful, veracious
(n.) the lowest point
At the ______________________ of his popularity, the prime minister decided to resign his office and call for new elections.
SYNONYMS: rock bottom
ANTONYMS: apex, pinnacle, zenith
(am ni pre' zent)
(adj.) present in all places at all times
They believed in an ___________________ deity that existed in all things.
SYNONYMS: ubiquitous, ever-present
(per fenk' te re)
(adj.) done in a superficial, or half-hear ted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
The police made a ________________ search for the missing handbag, but they really did not expect to find it.
SYNONYMS: slapdash, cursory, shallow
ANTONYMS: thorough, assiduous, diligent, meticulous
(adj.) expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy
The recently widowed man spoke of his loneliness in a ________________ tone of voice.
SYNONYMS: sad, doleful, lugubrious
ANTONYMS: cheerful, blithe, joyous, merry
(v.) to make suitable repayment, as for a kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate
We made sure to ________________ the neighbors for looking after out house while we were away.
SYNONYMS: reimburse, recompense, avenge
(tan' te maunt)
(adj.) equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect
The armed invasion of their territory was _______________ to a declaration of war.
SYNONYMS: indistinguishable from