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Vocabulary Unit 5

aghast

filled with amazement, disgust, fear, or terror SYN shocked, horrified, stupefied ANT delighted, overjoyed, ummoved

ample

more than enough, large, spacious SYN sufficient, adequate, considerable ANT insufficient, inadequate

apparition

ghost or ghostly figure; an unexplained or unusual appearance SYN phanton, specter

assert

to declare or state as truth, maintain or defend, put forward forcefully SYN affirm, avow

cower

to crouch or shrink away from in fear or shame SYN cringe, flinch ANT stand up to

disdain

(v.) to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully; (n.) a feeling of contempt

epitaph

a brief statement wirtten on a tomb or gravestone SYN tombstone inscription

ethical

having to do with morals, values, right and wrong; in accordance with standards of right conduct; requiring a prescription for purchase SYN upright, virtuous, honorable ANT immoral, unscrupulous, dishonest

facetious

humorous, not meant seriously SYN comical, witty, tongue-in-check ANT serious, humorless

inaudible

not able to be heard SYN faint, indistinct ANT audible, easily heard

indiscriminate

without restraint or control; unselective SYN haphazard, random, uncritical ANT selective, discriminating, judicious

intrigue

(n.) crafty dealings, underhanded plotting; (v.) to form and carry out plots; to puzzle or excite with curiousity SYN scheme, plot, conspiracy ANT fair play

jurisdiction

area of authority or control; the right to administer justice SYN purview

plausible

appearing true, reasonable, or fair SYN believable, probable ANT improbable, far-fetched

plebeian

(adj) common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class; (n.) a common person, member of the lower class SYN lowborn, proletarian, coarse, unrefined ANT aristocratic, refined, cultivated

prodigal

(adj) wastefully extravagant; lavishly or generously abundant; (n.) one who is wasteful and self - indulgent SYN (adj.) improvident (n.) spendthrift, wastrel

proximity

nearness, closeness ANT distance, remoteness

pulverize

grind or pound to a powder or dust; to destroy or overcome (as though by smashing into fragments) SYN crush, demolish

sequel

that which follows, a result; a literary work or film continuing the story of one written or made earlier SYN follow-up, continuation ANT prelude, overture, curtain-raiser

volatile

highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state SYN unstable, erratic ANT stable, steady, static, inert, dormant

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