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acquiesce

v. to accept without protest, to agree or submit

syn: comply with, accede, consent, yield

ant: resist, protest

allure

v. to entice, tempt, to be attractive to
n. a strong attraction; the power to attract, charm

syn: v. beguile, tantalize n. temptation, enticement

ant: v. repel, turn off n. repellent

askew

adj. adv. twisted to one side, crooked; disapprovingly

syn: awry, lopsided, cockeyed

ant: straight, symmetrical

blithe

adj. cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned

syn: carefree, nonchalant, indifferent

ant: glum, morose, despondent, depressed

contentious

adj. quarrelsome, inclined to argue

syn: argumentative, disputatious, combative

ant: agreeable, amiable, affable, pacific

covet

v. to desire something belonging to another

syn: crave, yearn for, hunger for

ant: disdain, scorn, despise

crestfallen

adj. discouraged, dejected, downcast

syn: despondant, disconsolate

ant: elated, cheerful, self-satisfied, cocky

disheveled

adj. rumpled, mussed; hanging in disorder

syn: untidy, disarranged, tousled, unkempt

ant: tidy, neat, orderly, well-groomed

exponent

n. one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets; math. the power to which a number, symbol or expression is to be raised

syn: defender, champion, interpreter

ant: critic, adversary, faultfinder, detractor

garrulous

adj. given to much talking, tediously chatty

syn. talkative, loquacious, long-winded

ant: reticent, mum, taciturn, laconic, reserved

insuperable

adj. incapable of being overcome

syn. invincible, insurmountable

ant. surmountable, conquerable

lamentable

adj. to be regretted or pitied

syn. deplorable, regrettable, distressing

ant. praiseworthy, commendable, laudable

misnomer

n. an unsuitable or misleading name

syn. misnaming, malapropism

profess

v. to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend

syn. assert, declare, proclaim, purport

ant. disclaim, disavow, repudiate

respite

n. a period of relief or rest

syn. interval, intermission, lull, breather

retribution

n. a repayment; a deserved punishment

syn. recompense, requital, just deserts

sinuous

adj. winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible

syn. twisting, convoluted, serpentine, supple

ant. direct, straight, unbending, stiff, rigid

sonorous

adj. full, deep or rich in sound; impressive in style

syn. resonant, resounding, grandiloquent

ant. tinny, reedy, harsh, grating

vanguard

n. the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field

syn. forefront, cutting edge, trailblazers

ant. rear guard, stragglers, laggards

wastrel

n. a wasteful person, spendthrift, good-for nothing

syn. loafer, idler, squanderer, profligate

ant. skinflint, tightwad, miser

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