(v.) to make shorter
Travel by air _____________ the time needed to reach far-distant places.
SYNONYMS: shorten, condense, abbreviate
ANTONYMS: expand, enlarge, augment
(n.) a follower, supporter; (adj.) attached, sticking to
The senator's loyal _______________ campaigned long and hard for her reelection.
Before we could repaint the walls of our living room, we had to remove an ________________ layer of wallpaper.
SYNONYM: (n.) disciple
ANTONYMS: (n.) opponent, adversary, critic, detractor
(n.) an angry argument
A noisy ________________ in the next apartment kept me awake for hours.
SYNONYMS: quarrel, dispute, squabble
ANTONYMS: agreement, accord
(adj.) resembling an angel portrayed as a little child with a beautiful, round, or chubby face; sweet and innocent
How well those photographs of the month-old twins capture the _______________ expressions on their faces!
SYNONYMS: angelic, seraphic, beatific
ANTONYMS: impish, devilish, diabolic, fiendish
(v.) to pardon or overlook
Our parents have always made it crystal clear to us that they do not _______________ rude behavior.
SYNONYMS: ignore, wink at, turn a blind eye to
ANTONYMS: censure, condemn, disapprove, deprecate
(v.) to disagree; (n.) disagreement
Justices have an option to ______________ from a ruling issued by a majority of the Supreme Court.
Some people give voice to their ______________ on issues of public policy by writing letters to newspapers.
(adj.) famous, outstanding, distinguished; projecting
A group of _____________ scientists met to discuss long-term changes in Earth's climate.
SYNONYMS: illustrious, renowned
ANTONYMS: obscure, nameless, unsung, lowly, humble
(v.) to drive out by magic; to dispose of something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive
We must do all we can to ______________ the evils of hatred and prejudice from our society.
SYNONYMS: expel, dispel
(v.) to make, manufacture; to make up, invent
Threads from the cocoons of caterpillars called silkworms are used to _______________ silk.
SYNONYMS: put together, devise, contrive, concoct
ANTONYMS: take apart, undo, destroy, demolish
Long delays caused by bad weather are likely to make even the most unflappable travelers _____________.
SYNONYMS: incensed, infuriated, enraged, livid
ANTONYMS: calm, composed, cool, unruffled
(n.) a raider, plunderer
Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Gold Bug" concerns treasure buried by the ______________ Captain Kidd.
SYNONYMS: looter, pirate, freebooter
(n.) excessive fatness
Sooner or later, ______________ leads to all sorts of serious health problems.
SYNONYMS: serious overweight, extreme corpulence
ANTONYMS: emaciation, gauntness, scrawniness
(n.) an extremely poor person
During the Great Depression, many people were reduced to leading the desperate lives of _______________.
SYNONYM: destitute person
ANTONYMS: millionaire, tycoon
(v.) to steal in small quantities
An employee who ______________ from the petty cash box will get caught sooner or later.
SYNONYMS: filch, rob, swipe, purloin
(n.) a split, break, breach
Failure to repay a loan can be the cause of an angry _____________ between longtime friends.
SYNONYMS: crack, fissure, gap, cleft
(n.) a likeness; an outward appearance; an apparition
Despite a bad case of stage fright, I tried to maintain a _______________ of calm as I sang my solo.
SYNONYMS: appearance, air, aura, veneer, facade
ANTONYMS: dissimilarity, contrast, total lack
(v.) to overcome, rise above
Wilma Rudolph ________________ childhood illness and physical disabilities to win three Olympic gold medals.
SYNONYMS: conquer, triumph over
ANTONYMS: be vanquished, be defeated, succumb to
(v.) to bring to an end
If you fail to perform your job satisfactorily, your boss may ________________ your employment.
SYNONYMS: conclude, finish, discontinue
ANTONYMS: begin, commence, initiate
(adj.) commonplace; overused, stale
When you write an essay or a story, be especially careful to avoid using ______________ expressions.
SYNONYMS: banal, hackneyed, corny
ANTONYMS: original, novel, fresh, innovative
(v.) to seize and hold a position by force or without right
The general who led the coup _______________ the office of the duly elected president.
SYNONYMS: seize illegally, commandeer, supplant
(v.) to run off and hide
The thieves who _______________ with several of the museum's most valuable paintings have never been found.
SYNONYMS: bolt, make off, skip town
(n.) approach or admittance to places, persons, things; an increase; (v.) to get at, obtain
_________________ to information on a seemingly unlimited number of topics is available over the Internet.
You need a password in order to ________________ your e-mail accounts.
SYNONYMS: (n.) entry, admittance, entrée
ANTONYM: (n.) total exclusion
(n.) a lack of government and law; confusion
In the final days of a war, civilians may find themselves living in _________________.
SYNONYMS: chaos, disorder, turmoil, pandemonium
ANTONYMS: law and order, peace and quiet
(adj.) hard to do, requiring much effort
No matter how carefully you plan for it, moving to a new home is an _______________ chore.
SYNONYMS: hard, difficult, laborious, fatiguing
ANTONYMS: easy, simple, effortless
(adj.) favorable; fortunate
My parents describe the day that they first met as a most ________________ occasion.
SYNONYMS: promising, encouraging, propitious
ANTONYMS: ill-omened, ominous, sinister
(adj.) favoring one side unduly; prejudiced
Athletes in certain sports may complain that judges are ______________ toward particular competitors.
SYNONYMS: unfair, partial, bigoted
ANTONYMS: fair, impartial, unprejudiced, just
(v.) to overcome with fear, intimidate; to dishearten, discourage
Despite all its inherent dangers, space flight did not _______________ the Mercury program astronauts.
SYNONYMS: dismay, cow
ANTONYMS: encourage, embolden, reassure
(v.) to free from tangles or complications
Rescuers worked for hours to ________________ a whale from the fishing net wrapped around its jaws.
SYNONYMS: unravel, unwind, unscramble, unsnarl
ANTONYMS: tangle up, ensnarl, snag
(adj.) determined in advance by destiny or fortune
The tragic outcome of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is ________________ from the play's very first scene.
SYNONYMS: destined, preordained, doomed
ANTONYMS: accidental, fortuitous, chance, random
(v.) to mislead by a trick, deceive
Many sweepstakes offers ______________ people into thinking they have already won big prizes.
SYNONYMS: dupe, put one over on
ANTONYMS: undeceive, disabuse, clue in
(adj.) not having life; without energy or spirit
Although fossils are ______________, they hold many clues to life on Earth millions of years ago.
SYNONYMS: lifeless, dead, inert, spiritless
ANTONYMS: living, alive, energetic, lively, sprightly
(v.) to burn to ashes
Because of environmental concerns, many cities and towns no longer _______________ their garbage.
SYNONYMS: burn up, cremate, reduce to ashes
(adj.) very brave, fearless, unshakable
_______________ Polynesian sailors in outrigger canoes were the first humans to reach the Hawaiian Islands.
SYNONYMS: valiant, courageous, audacious, daring
ANTONYMS: timid, cowardly, craven, pusillanimous
Someone who steals property that is worth thousands of dollars commits grand ______________.
SYNONYMS: stealing, robbery, burglary
(adj.) bending readily; easily influenced
The ______________ branches of the sapling sagged but did not break under the weight of the heavy snow.
SYNONYMS: supple, flexible, elastic, plastic
ANTONYMS: rigid, stiff, inflexible, set in stone
(adj.) overly self-important in speech and manner; excessively stately or ceremonious
Political cartoonists like nothing better than to mock ______________ public officials.
SYNONYMS: pretentious, highfalutin, bombastic
ANTONYMS: unpretentious, unaffected, plain
(n.) a very steep cliff; the brink or edge of disaster
During the Cuban missile crisis, the world hovered on the ________________ of nuclear war.
SYNONYMS: cliff, crag, bluff, promontory, ledge
ANTONYMS: abyss, chasm, gorge
(v.) to make right, correct
The senators debated a series of measures designed to _______________ the nation's trade imbalance.
SYNONYMS: remedy, set right
ANTONYMS: mess up, botch, bungle
(n.) a temporary relief or delay; (v.) to grant a postponement
A vacation is a kind of ______________ from the cares and responsibilities of everyday life.
A judge may ______________ a first-time offender from jail time until sentencing.
SYNONYMS: (n.) stay, respite; (v.) postpone, delay
ANTONYM: (v.) proceed
(v.) to attack with words, call bad names
The enraged King Lear ______________ the daughter who have cast him out into a fierce storm.
SYNONYMS: inveigh against, malign, vilify, denounce
ANTONYMS: praise, acclaim, revere, idolize