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Apt

(adj.) suitable, fitting, likely; quick to learn SYN appropriate, fit, proper, liable ANT inappropriate, unlikely, slow

Awry

(adj. or adv.) in a turned or twisted position or direction; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course SYN (adj.) crooked, askew, amiss ANT (adj.) straight , symmetrical

Bludgeon

(n.) a short club used as a weapon; (v.) to strike with a heavy club; to use force SYN (n.) cudgel; (v.) clobber, clout

Capitulate

(v.) to end resistance, give up, surrender, throw in the towel
Ant hold out, persist

Chafe

(v.) to warm by rubbing; to wear sore by rubbing; to feel annoyance or dissatisfaction, annoy, irk; to strain or press against; (n.) a sore or injury caused by rubbing SYN (v.) irritate, scrape, abrade ANT (v.) soothe, mollify, please, elate

Defile

(v. trans.) to make unclean or dirty, destroy the purity of; (v., intrans.) to march in a single line or in columns; (n.) a narrow passage; gorge, canyon SYN (v. trans.) pollute, contaminate, desecrate ANT (v. trans.) cleanse, purify

Dire

(adj) dreadful, causing fear or suffering; warning of trouble to come; demanding immediate action to avoid disaster
SYN disastrous, ominous, sinister, urgent
ANT favorable, auspicious, beneficial

Disarming

(adj.) charming, tending to get rid of unfriendliness or suspicion SYN endearing, winning ANT alarming, troubling, disquieting

Disgruntled

(adj., part) in bad humor, discontented, annoyed SYN displeased, grumpy, surly ANT pleased, satisfied, content

Encroach

(v.) to advance beyond the usual or proper limits, trespass SYN intrude, infringe

Endow

(v.) to furnish, equip, provide with funds or some other desirable thing or quality SYN grant, bestow, present, bequeath ANT take away, deprive

Fend

(v.) to ward off, resist; to get along, manage SYN stave off, cope

Impunity

(n.) freedom from punishment
SYN exemption from punishment, immunity

Mien

(n.) air, manner; appearance; expression SYN look, bearing, demeanor

Penal

(adj.) having to do with punishment
SYN correctional, disciplinary

Pertinent

(adj.) related to the matter at hand, to the point SYN relevant, germane, apropos ANT unrelated, irrelevant, immaterial

Predominant

(adj.) the greatest in strength or power; most common SYN chief, major, paramount, prevalent ANT secondary, minor, subsidiary, rare

Prodigy

(n.) something wonderful or marvelous; something monstrous or abnormal; an unusual feat; a child or young person with extraordinary ability or talent SYN marvel, wonder, freak, genius ANT dumbbell, dunce, dullard

Recluse

(n.) a person who leads a life shut up or withdrawn from the world SYN loner, hermit

Renown

(n.) fame, glory SYN reputation, celebrity, prestige ANT obscurity, infamy, notoriety

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