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assurance

(n.) a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence SYNONYMS: promise, sureness, poise, self- possession ANTONYMS: uncertaintly, doubt, insecurity

asylum

(n.) an institution for the care of the children, elderly people, etc.; a place of safety SYNONYMS: sanatorium, sanctuary, refuge

console

(v.) to comfort; (n.) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device SYNONYMS: (v.) soothe, solace, alleviate ANTONYMS: (v.) distress, aggravate, bother, vex, torment

dilate

(v.) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon SYNONYMS: enlarge, expand, swell, prolong ANTONYMS: contract, compress, constrict

dross

(n.) refuse, waste products SYNONYMS: rubbish, trash, detritus, dregs, scum

dwindle

(v.) to lessen, diminish SYNONYMS: decrease, shrink, fade, peter out ANTONYMS: increase, enlarge, swell, proliferate

flippant

(adj.) lacking in seriousness; disrespectul, saucy SYNONYMS: frivolous, impudent, impertinent, insolenta ANTONYMS: serious, respectful, deferential, obsequious

immunity

(n.) resistance or disease; freedom from some charge or obligation SYNONYMS: exemption, impunity ANTNOYMS: vulnerability, susceptibility, exposure

institute

(v.) to establish, set up; (n.) an organization for the promotion of learning SYNONYMS: (v.) found, bring about; (n.) academy ANTONYMS: (v.) terminate, discontinue, demolish, raze

liability

(n.) a debt; something disadvantageous SYNONYMS: handicap, difficulty, impediment, drawback ANTONYMS: advantage, asset

preposterous

(adj.) ridiculous, senseless SYNONYMS: nonsensical, absurd, incredible ANTONYMS: sensible, reasonable, realistic, plausible

pungnacious

(adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting SYNONYMS: argumentative, combative, belligerent ANTONYMS: peace-loving, friendly, amicable, congenial

rabid

(adj.) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies SYNONYMS: fanatical, zealous, raving, infuriated, beserk ANTONYMS: moderate, restrianed, blase, indifferent

realm

(n.) a kingdom; a region or field of study SYNONYMS: domain, duchy, bailiwick, jurisdiction

rejuvenate

(v.) to make young again; to make like new SYNONYMS: revitalize, renew ANTONYMS: wear out, exhaust, enervate, debiliate

remunerate

(v.) ro reward, pay, reimburse SYNONYMS: compensate, satisfy, profit, benefit

sparse

(adj.) meager, scant; scattered SYNONYMS: thin, scanty, few and far between ANTONYMS: plentiful, abundant, profuse, teeming

sterling

(adj.) genuine, excellent; made fo silver of standard fineness SYNONYMS: first-rate, outstanding, worthy, pure ANTONYMS: mediocre, shoddy, second-rate, sham

venture

(n.) a risky or daring undertaking; (v.) to expose to danger; to dare SYNONYMS: (n.) gamble; (v.) try, chance, undertake ANTONYMS: (v.) withdraw, retire, shrink from, shy away

warp

(v.) to twist out of shape; (n.) an abnormality SYNONYMS: (v.) bend, distort, misshape; (n.) irregularity ANTONYMS: (v.) straighten, unbend, rectify

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