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atone

(v.) to make up for - SYNONYMS: expiate, make amends for

bondage

(n.) slavery; any state of being bound or held down - SYNONYMS: servitude, captivity, subjection, dependence

credible

(adj.) believable SYNONYMS: plausible, acceptable, likely - ANTYONYMS: unbelievable, implausible, improbable

defray

(v.) to pay for - SYNONYMS: settle, bear the cost, foot the bill

diligent

(adj.) hardworking, industrious, not lazy - SYNONYMS: assiduous, sedulous ANTONYMS: lazy, indolent, cursory, perfunctory

doleful

(adj.) sad; dreary - SYNONYMS: sorrowful, mournful, melancholy, dolorous ANTONYMS: cheerful, blithe, jaunty, buoyant

ghastly

(adj.) frightful, horrible; deathly pale - SYNONYMS: dreadful, appalling, gruesome, grisly ANTONYMS: pleasant, agreeable, attractive, delightful

hamper

(v.) to hold back - SYNONYMS: hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit ANTONYMS: facilitate, ease, smooth the way

hew

(v.) to shape or cut down with an ax; to hold to - SYNONYMS: chop, hack, fell, adhere, conform

impoverished

(adj.) poor, in a state of poverty; depleted - SYNONYMS: poverty-stricken, destitute, indigent ANTONYMS: rich, wealthy, affluent, prosperous

incessant

(Adj.) never stopping, going on all the time - SYNONYMS: ceaseless, constant, uninterrupted ANTONYMS: occasional, sporadic, intermittent

intricate

(adj.) complicated; difficult to understand - SYNONYMS: complex convoluted ANTONYMS: simple, uninvolved, uncomplicated

lucid

(adj.) easy to understand, clear; rational, sane - SYNONYMS: limpid, intelligible ANTONYMS: murky, muddy, obscure, unintelligible

posthumous

(adj.) occurring or published after death - SYNONYM: postmortem ANTONYM: prenatal

prim

(adj.) overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish - SYNONYMS: fussy, fastidious, squeamish ANTONYMS: dowdy, frumpy, sloppy, untidy, loose, lax

sardonic

(adj.) grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic - SYNONYMS: caustic, mordant, acerbic, wry ANTONYMS: bland, mild, saccharine, good-natured

superfluous

(adj.) exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess - SYNONYMS: surplus, supererogatory ANTONYMS: necessary, essential, vital, indispensable

supplant

(v.) to take the place of, supersede - SYNONYMS: replace, displace, oust

taunt

(v.) to jeer at, mock; (n.) an insulting or mocking remark - SYNONYMS: (v.) ridicule, deride ANTONYMS: (v.) cheer, applaud, acclaim

tenacious

(adj.) holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent - SYNONYMS: obstinate, stubborn, dogged ANTONYMS: yielding, weak, gentle, lax, slack

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