Vocabulary Energizers Chapters 6-10 Synonyms

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aegis

guardianship, support, patronage, auspices

auspicious

promising, encouraging, propitious

jaded

worn-out, overindulged, satiated

atone

make amends, make reparations, expiate

lewd

vulgar, smutty, lascivious

succinct

brief, concise, terse

prevaricate

lie, misinform, equivocate

aloof

removed, unresponsive, uninvolved, indifferent

jovial

merry, cheerful, jocular

saturnine

moody, sulky, morose

curtail

cut, decrease, diminish

travesty

mockery, joke, parody

scruple

conscience, misgiving, principle, qualm

havoc

ruin, dammage, devestation

mentor

instructor, guide, preceptor

haggard

careworn, weary, fatigued, gaunt

utopian

idealistic, imaginary, impractical, unfeasible

mercurial

unstable, high-spirited, impulsive, erratic

diffident

shy, insecure, timorous

hypocrisy

deceptiveness, dishonesty, insincerity, deceit, duplicity

zealous

enthusiastic, passionate, intense, earnest, and ardent

candid

sincere, outspoken, frank, forthright, direct, uninhibited

posthumous

after-death, post-mortem

enthrall

spellbind, thrill, enchant, captivate

parasite

deadbeat, sponger, sycophant

chagrin

shame, distress, embarrassment, mortification

cant

insincerity, phoniness, technical language

ephemeral

momentary, brief, fading, transitory

dexterous

skilled, able, efficient, nimble, adroit

sinister

menacing, frightening, unfavorable, villainous, treacherous, malevolent

ignominy

dishonor, contempt, infamy

aboveboard

forthright, straightforward, overt

anecdote

sketch, fable, tale, narrative

bedlam

uproar, chaos, pandemonium

martinet

taskmaster, slavedriver, authoritarian

indolent

idle, inactive, slothful

meander

rove, roam, ramble, digress

precocious

smart, brilliant, gifted, child prodigy

scapegoat

victim, whipping boy

shibboleth

peculiarity, catchword, watchword, platitude

agnostic

doubter, unbeliever, doubter, questioner, skeptic

nepotism

favoritism, patronage

enigmatic

mystifying, baffling, bewildering, obscure, cryptic

blatant

clear, outstanding, prominent, conspicuous

nebulous

fuzzy, murky, imprecise, confused, vague

procrustean

unyielding, inflexible, unbending, drastically rigid, ruthlessly rigid, stringent

denigrate

belittle, discredit, slander, disparage

prosaic

humdrum, uninteresting, ordinary, monotonous, mundane

docile

obedient, manageable, amenable

boycott

rejet, band, exclude, ostracize

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