Sadlier Oxford Syn. and Ant. Level B Units 7-15

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amiss

syn: awry
ant: properly

brawl

syn: scuffle, donnybrook; spar, scrap

detest

syn: despise, abhor
ant: relish, love, admire, esteem

domestic

syn: household, native; servant
ant: foreign, alien

flagrant

syn: blatant, gross, outrageous
ant: petty, piddling, trifling, inconsequential

flaw

syn: imperfection, blemish
ant: faultlessness, perfection

fledgling

syn: novice, tyro, neophyte
ant: pro, expert, veteran

fluster

syn: agitate, rattle, disconcert
ant: reassure, soothe, quiet

foremost

syn: leading, principal, paramount
ant: hindmost, last, secondary

momentum

syn: drive, thrust, impetus

notable

syn: noteworthy, impressive
ant: undistinguished, unremarkable, unknown

nurture

syn: raise, rear, foster
ant: neglect, ignore, discourage, hinder

paradox

syn: riddle, enigma, anomaly, absurdity

perjury

syn: false witness

presume

syn: surmise, trespass, infringe

prior

syn: previous, anterior
ant: subsequent, later, ensuing, following

proficient

syn: competent, adept, able
ant: incompetent, inept, unskilled, ignorant

salvo

syn: barrage, volley

vigilant

syn: attentive, on one's toes
ant: sleepy, inattentive, unobservant

wrath

syn: rage, fury, ire, choler, indignation
ant: favor, approval, pleasure

abnormal

syn: freakish, unnatural, irregular, anomalous
ant: normal, usual, regular, typical

capsize

syn: overturn, upend, tip over
ant: remain upright

catastrophe

syn: calamity, tragedy, cataclysm
ant: triumph, victory, success

decrease

syn: lessen, reduce, dwindle, diminish
ant: increase, grow, develop, wax

disputatious

syn: argumentative, quarrelsome, contentious
ant: nonargumentative, peaceable, pacific

eject

syn: oust, expel, kick out
ant: admit, let in, insert

flourish

syn: prosper, burgeon, increase
ant: wither, die, fade, shrivel up

incentive

syn: stimulus, spur, motive, inducement
ant: curb, check, restraint, hindrance

insubordinate

syn: defiant, unruly, mutinous
ant: obedient, submissive, docile, tractable

legible

syn: readable, clear, decipherable
ant: unreadable, indecipherable

nub

syn: core, kernel, nucleus, crux
ant: fringe, periphery, edge

onslaught

syn: assault, charge, foray, onset

ordain

syn: anoint, consecrate, enact, decree
ant: forbid, veto, cancel

outstrip

syn: outdo, outperform, outdistance, surpass
ant: trail, lag behind

pervade

syn: saturate, permeate, diffuse, imbue

prudent

syn: wary, sensible, judicious
ant: foolish, unwise, rash, reckless

quench

syn: douse, stifle, slake
ant: ignite, kindle

remnant

syn: remainder, residue, leftover, fragment

simultaneous

syn: occurring at the same time, concurrent
ant: occurring at different times

swerve

syn: veer, digress, sheer off

accelerate

syn: step up, quicken, hasten
ant: slow down, retard, decelerate

bystander

syn: observer, spectator, onlooker
ant: active participant

canvass

syn: poll, survey, solicit

casual

syn: accidental, haphazard, offhand
ant: formal, serious, premeditated, intentional

downtrodden

syn: mistreated, ground underfoot
ant: uplifted, liberated

entice

syn: lure, beguile
ant: nauseate, sicken, revolt, repel

erode

syn: corrode, abrade
ant: nurture, promote, encourage

flounder

syn: wallow, struggle

graphic

syn: lively, colorful, descriptive
ant: dull, boring, unrealistic

gruesome

syn: gory, hideous, grisly
ant: pleasant, delightful, appealing

melancholy

syn: depressed, dejected; dejection, depression
ant: merry, happy, cheerful; joy, elation

ordeal

syn: test, hardship
ant: pleasure, cinch

parch

syn: dry up, dehydrate, desiccate
ant: soak, drench, saturate, waterlog

persist

syn: persevere, keep at it, endure
ant: give up, discontinue

puny

syn: undersized, pint-size, small, weak
ant: robust, brawny, mammoth, gigantic

quibble

syn: nitpick, split hairs, cavil; squabble

ratify

syn: endorse, sanction, uphold
ant: cancel, repeal, annul, veto

regal

syn: majestic, stately, princely, august
ant: cancel, repeal, annul, veto

stifle

syn: strangle, suppress, snuff
ant: nurture, promote, encourage

vital

syn: indispensable, fundamental
ant: nonessential, unnecessary

bellow

syn: yell, bawl, holler; howl
ant: whisper; murmur

beneficiary

syn: recipient, heir

botch

syn: foul up, bungle, mangle

clutter

syn: litter, confusion
ant: order, tidiness, neatness

dilapidated

syn: in disrepair, deteriorated, gone to seed
ant: shipshape, trim

dismantle

syn: disassemble
ant: put together, assemble, construct

farce

syn: buffoonery, mockery
ant: tragedy, melodrama, tearjerker

futile

syn: fruitless, vain, ineffective
ant: successful, effective

grueling

syn: exhausting, punishing, taxing
ant: easy, effortless

hospitable

syn: gracious, cordial, courteous
ant: unfriendly, cold, icy, chilly

lair

syn: nest, burrow, hideaway

lavish

syn: excessive, profuse
ant: stingy, meager; begrudge, stint, deny

morbid

syn: depressed, unsound, "sick"
ant: wholesome, healthy, cheerful, blithe

notorious

syn: disgraceful, infamous, disreputable
ant: unknown, obscure, respectable

pamper

syn: coddle, cater to, indulge
ant: abuse, maltreat, mistreat, discipline

parasite

syn: sponger, freeloader, leech

shirk

syn: duck, sidestep
ant: fulfill, perform, shoulder, take on

surplus

syn: glut, surfeit, overage
ant: shortage, lack, dearth, paucity

timidity

syn: fearfulness, faintheartedness
ant: fearlessness, boldness, intrepidity

veto

syn: turn down, nix, forbid
ant: approve, endorse, ratify

adequate

syn: satisfactory, sufficing
ant: insufficient

ajar

ant: closed tight, shut, open wide

dialogue

syn: exchange of ideas
ant: monologue, soliloquy

emblem

syn: badge, insignia

gigantic

syn: enormous, colossal, mammoth
ant: tiny, infinitesimal, diminutive

havoc

syn: devastation, harm, disarray
ant: peace and quiet, calm, order

hearth

syn: chimney corner

implore

syn: entreat, beseech, pray
ant: demand forcefully, clamor for

infamous

syn: scandalous, villainous, flagrant, heinous
ant: glorious, splendid, illustrious, praiseworthy

innumerable

syn: countless, beyond reckoning
ant: countable, few in number

lax

syn: slack, negligent, remiss
ant: strict, vigilant, conscientious, scrupulous

mar

syn: scar, disfigure, deface
ant: beautify, embellish, repair

misdemeanor

syn: misdeed, petty offense or transgression
ant: felony, serious crime

mull

syn: consider, reflect on

narrative

syn: tale, chronicle

overture

syn: prelude, tender
ant: finale, postlude

pact

syn: compact, alliance, deal

stalemate

syn: standoff, draw; deadlock
ant: victory; defeat

vindictive

syn: vengeful, spiteful, malicious
ant: forgiving, relenting

wilt

syn: sag, weaken, shrivel up
ant: flourish, bloom, sprout, perk up

abound

syn: burst with, overflow with, teem with
ant: lack, want

braggart

syn: bigmouth; blowhard

cache

syn: stockpile, hoard, store

clarification

syn: elucidation, explication

despondent

syn: dejected, depressed, forlorn
ant: jubilant, elated

embezzle

syn: swindle, defraud

heartrending

syn: moving, sad, heartbreaking, poignant
ant: amusing, funny, hilarious

leisurely

syn: slow, relaxed
ant: hasty, hurried, rushed, hectic

lethargic

syn: lazy, sluggish, listless
ant: wide-awake, alert, energetic, dynamic

malady

syn: ailment, indisposition
ant: health, well-being

mellow

syn: dulcet, creamy
ant: unripe, green, harsh, grating, strident

nomadic

syn: roving, roaming, vagrant, migratory, itinerant
ant: stationary, settled, rooted, fixed

piecemeal

syn: bit by bit
ant: all at once

quest

syn: pursuit, venture

random

syn: haphazard, arbitrary
ant: planned, deliberate, systematic

rant

syn: rave, fume, spout, harangue
ant: whisper, mumble

reinforce

syn: strengthen, bolster, prop up, support
ant: weaken, undermine, sap, impair

seclusion

syn: aloneness, solitariness
ant: the thick of things

status

syn: situation, recognition

turmoil

syn: upheaval, tumult, chaos
ant: peace and quiet, order

agitation

syn: disquiet, uneasiness, upset
ant: peace of mind, composure, calm

blurt

syn: blab, let slip

chronological

syn: in time sequence, consecutive

countenance

syn: support, condone
ant: disapprove of

diminish

syn: lessen, decrease, dwindle
ant: increase, enlarge, augment

enchant

syn: delight, thrill, bewitch
ant: bore, nauseate, disgust

fluctuate

syn: waver, seesaw, oscillate
ant: stay put, remain unchanged

foster

syn: support, nurture, cultivate
ant: stifle, smother, quash, discourage

grovel

syn: crouch, cower, cringe, wallow

handicraft

syn: handiwork, manual art

hilarious

syn: highly amusing, side-splitting
ant: boring, dull, humorless, heartrending

magnitude

syn: extent, immensity, enormity
ant: smallness, unimportance, insignificance

massive

syn: bulky, huge, immense, monumental
ant: flimsy, frail, thin

maternal

syn: motherly, protective, sympathetic
ant: paternal, fatherly

pall

syn: bore, weary; gloom, shadow
ant: intrigue, fascinate; light, brightness

reputable

syn: reliable, respectable, trustworthy
ant: shady, unsavory, questionable

revere

syn: admire, esteem, cherish
ant: scorn, disdain, mock, deride

saga

syn: heroic tale, epic, chronicle

stodgy

syn: stuffy, tiresome, blah
ant: forward-looking, avant-garde, progressive

ignite

syn: inflame, light, kindle
ant: quench, extinguish, douse, put out

affliction

syn: illness, woe, torment, anguish
ant: blessing, boon, joy

akin

syn: kindred, like, comparable
ant: unrelated, dissimilar

cosmopolitan

syn: global, international, polished
ant: narrow, unsophisticated, provincial

elongate

syn: lengthen, stretch, protract
ant: shorten, abbreviate, contract

gala

syn: extravaganza, fete (fête); spectacular, grand

gaudy

syn: garish, loud, vulgar
ant: restrained, quiet, sober, sedate, tasteful

gratitude

syn: thanks, gratefulness

heed

syn: listen to, attend
ant: ignore, disregard

hoax

syn: deception, fake, ruse; dupe

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