(verb) to corrupt,make worse by the addition of something of lesser value
Example: hospitals take strict precautions to assure that nothing adulterates the blood supply.
Synonyms: contaminate,pollute, sully, Antonyms:purify, purge, expurgate
(adjective) able to use both hands equally well; very skillful; deciteful; hypocritical Example: occasionally a teacher will come across a child who displays ambidextrous abilities when taught to write.
Antonyms: clumsy, all thumbs, maladroit
(verb) to make larger, increase
Example: many couples have to augment their income in order to pay the mortgage on a new home.
Synonyms: enlarge, supplement, amplify
Antonyms: decrease, diminish
(adjective) deprived of; made unhappy through a loss. Example: individuals who live to be very old may eventually find themselves completely bereft of friends and family.
Antonyms: replete, well provided
(verb) to position or arrange; to utilize; to form up.
Example: a bugle call is a signal used to deploy troops for inspection,parade,or battle.
Synonyms: station, organize
(adjective) stern,unyielding, gloomy, ill-humored.
Example: Dickens's Mr. Gradgrind in the novel hard times is an example of a character with a dour and sullen disposition.
Synonyms: harsh, bleak,forbidding, saturnine
Antonyms: cheery, inviting, genial
(noun) courage in facing difficulties.
The residents of the Mississippi delta showed remarkable fortitude during and after the flood that destroyed their homes and businesses.
Synonyms: resolve, steadfastness, mettle
Antonyms: fearfulness, timidity, faintheartedness
(verb) to stare with open mouth; to open mouth wide;to open to gape at the spectacular
first-time visitors to Niagara falls can be expected to gape at the spectacular sights of nature has provided for them.
Synonyms: gawk, ogle
(verb) to utter taunting words: (noun) an expression of scorn.
the recruits rushed into battle so that no one could gibe at them for cowardice.
voters may reject a candidate who resorts to personal gibe instead of discussing the issues.
Synonyms: ridicule, mock, deride, jeer
Antonyms: compliment, praise
(noun) an external appearance, cover, mask
the thieves gained entry to the home by presenting themselves in the guise of police officers.
Synonyms: costume, semblance, pretense
(adjective) intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous
the investigators uncovered an insidious scheme to rob people of their life savings
Synonyms: cunning, underhanded, perfidious
Antonyms: frank, ingenious, aboveboard
(noun) a hint, indirect suggestion
they were to proud to give any intimation of their financial difficulties
Synonyms: clue, indication, inkling
(adjective) wealthy, luxurious, ample, grandiose
the tour guide showed us the opulent living quarters of the royal family.
Synonyms: rich, lavish, plentiful, abundant
Antonyms: poverty-stricken,wretched, destitute
(adjective) easily bent, flexible; easily influenced
spools of pliable copper wire are standard equipment for many kinds of maintance workers, including electricians.
Synonyms: supple, adaptable, resilient,
Antonyms: rigid, inflexible,recalcitrant
(verb) to say again, repeat
effective speakers often reiterate an important statement for emphasis
Synonyms: restate, rehash, recapitulate
(adjective) no easily moved mentally or emotionally;dull,unresponsive
stolid people can generally be expected to take most things in stride.
Synonyms: impassive, phlegmatic
Antonyms: emotional, oversensitive,high-strung
(adjective) experimental in nature; uncertain hesitant
negotiators have come up with a tentative agreement that will keep both sides at the bargaining table past the strike deadline
Antonyms: definite, conclusive, confirmed
(adjective) not combed;untidy,not properly maintained; unpolished,rude
according to my parents, the latest fashions make me and my friends look unkempt.
Synonyms: sloppy,disheveled, disordered, rough
Antonyms: well-groomed, tidy, neat,natty
(adjective.,adverb) word for word;exactly as written or spoken
newspapers often publish the verbatim text of an important political speech.
at the swearing-in ceremony the chief justice reads each line of the oath of office and the new president repeats it verbatim.
(adverb) cautiously, with great care
the hikers made their war warily up the steep and rocky trail.
Synonyms: carefully, prudently, gingerly
Antonyms: recklessly, heedlessly, incautiously