(n.) a joining together for some common purpose
The two nations formed and alliance to defend each other in case of attack.
SYNONYMS: pact, league, coalition
ANTONYMS: rift, split
(v.) to puzzle completely, confuse
The captain continues to bewilder his troops
by giving contradictory orders.
SYNONYMS: baffle, perplex
ANTONYMS: set straight, enlighten
(n.) a clown; a coarse, stupid person
Some students think that they need to play the buffoon in order to entertain their classmates.
SYNONYMS: jester, fool
(adj.) arousing argument, dispute, or disagreement
The school board waited until all members were present before issuing the controversial proposal to ban after-school programs.
SYNONYMS: arguable, debatable
(v.) to discourage
Do not let you low score on the math test dishearten you.
SYNONYMS: dismay, demoralize, dispirit
ANTONYMS: encourage, hearten
(adj.) not producing the desired results, unsuccessful
When their efforts to fight the infection with penicillin proved fruitless, the doctors tried a different antibiotic.
SYNONYMS: useless, vain, unproductive, futile
ANTONYMS: productive, effective
(adj.) unfriendly; unfavorable; warlike, aggressive
Relations between the two nations have been hostile for decades.
ANTONYMS: friendly, cordial, peaceful
(adj.) easily set on fire; easily angered or aroused
Always be cautious when using inflammable cleaning solvents.
SYNONYMS: combustible, flammable, excitable
ANTONYMS: fireproof, fire-resistant, calm
(v.) to give or cause something unpleasant, impose,
Despite all the jokes, doctors do not like to inflict pain on their patients.
SYNONYMS: deal out, visit upon
ANTONYMS: suffer, undergo, sustain
(adj.) deadly, extremely harmful, evil; spiteful, malicious
Much to the patient's relief, the X ray revealed no malignant growth.
SYNONYMS: lethal, wicked
ANTONYMS: wholesome, beneficial, benign
(v.) to hurt someone's feelings deeply; to cause embarrassment or humiliation; to subdue or discipline by self-denial or suffering
The teacher mortified by the students' childish behavior on the field trip.
SYNONYMS: humiliate, embarrass, abash