Vocabulary Energizers Synonyms C. 1-8

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herculean

mighty, powerful, massive, immense, colossal

bowdlerize

delete, censor, expurgate

pandemonium

disorder, chaos, noisy confusion, tumult

pander

indulge, gratify, cater

quixotic

romantic, visionary, fanciful, chimerical

cynical

distrustful, sneering, derisive

stoical

self-controlled, imperturbable

stigma

stain, taint

impede

block, delay, retard, thwart

expedite

accelerate, quicken, facilitate

tantalize

tempt, tease, entice

labyrinth

maze, tangle, conundrum

Machiavellian

cunning, crafty, deceitful, guileful

laconic

brief, to the point, concise, terse

maudlin

mushy, tear-jerking, mawkish

galvanize

excite, stimulate, animate

lethargic

drowsy, torpid

ostracize

reject, isolate, shun

gregarious

sociable, social, convivial

egregious

outrageous, flagrant

mesmerize

spellbind, captivate, enthrall

martial

combative, militant, bellicose

erotic

sexual, passionate, amatory

cupidity

graspingness, possessiveness, avarice

philistine

materialist, barbarian, boor

catholic

broad, comprehensive, unbiased

jeopardize

endanger, risk, imperil

precarious

uncertain, hazardous, perilous

foible

defect, flaw, infirmity

forte

aptitude, talent, métier

odyssey

wander, roaming, peregrination,

protean

changeable, variable, versatile

fiasco

failure, disaster, debacle

idiosyncrasy

oddity, mannerism, eccentricity

quintessence

essence, model, paragon

rankle

irritate, anger, exasperate

decimate

destroy, slaughter, ravage

narcissism

self-centeredness, conceit, egoism

incumbent

required, compulsive, obligatory

succumb

submit, surrender, capitulate

amazon

powerful woman, athletic woman, virago

iconoclast

revolutionary, rebel, radical, dissenter

sardonic

sneering, mocking, contemptuous, derisive

supercilious

scornful, contemptuous, haughty

nemesis

downfall, destruction, retribution

procrastinate

delay, postpone, defer

panacea

universal remedy, cure-all, nostrum

capricious

impulsive, flighty, whimsical

introvert

shy person, self-observer, self-scrutinizer

extrovert

socializer, outgoing person, gregarious person

aegis

guardianship, support, patronage, auspices

auspicious

promising, encouraging, propitious

jaded

worn-out, overindulged, satiated

atone

make amends, make reparations, expiate

lewd

vulgar, smutty, lascivious

succinct

brief, concise, terse

prevaricate

lie, misinform, equivocate

aloof

removed, unresponsive, uninvolved, indifferent

jovial

merry, cheerful, jocular

saturnine

moody, sulky, morose

curtail

cut, decrease, diminish

travesty

mockery, joke, parody

scruple

conscience, principle, misgiving, qualm

havoc

ruin, damage, devastation

mentor

instructor, guide, preceptor

haggard

careworn, weary, fatigued, gaunt

utopian

idealistic, imaginary, impractical, unfeasible

mercurial

unstable, high-spirited, impulsive, erratic

diffident

shy, insecure, timorous

hypocrisy

deceptiveness, dishonesty, insincerity, deceit, duplicity

zealous

enthusiastic, passionate, intense, earnest, ardent

candid

sincere, direct, outspoken, frank, forthright, uninhibited

posthumous

after-death, post-mortem

enthrall

spellbind, thrill, enchant, captivate

parasite

freeloader, deadbeat, sponger, sycophant

chagrin

shame, distress, embarrassment, mortification

cant

insincerity, phoniness, empty talk, slang, technical language, jargon

ephemeral

momentary, brief, temporary, fading, transitory

dexterous

skilled, nimble, efficient, able, adroit

sinister

menacing, frightening, unfavorable, villainous, treacherous, malevolent

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