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20 terms

Unit 9

STUDY
PLAY
auxiliary
(adj) giving assistance or support;(n) a helper, aid
S: additional, back up, reserve, accessory A: main, primary, principal
candid
(adj) frank, sincere; impartial; unposed
S: forthright, plainspoken, unbiased A: insincere, evasive, misleading, artful
cubicle
(n) a small room or compartment
S: enclosure, hole-in-the-wall A: vast hall, auditorioum
drudgery
(n) work that is hard and tiresome
S: toil, labor, grind A: play, frolic, amusement, recreation, fun
envoy
(n) a represntative or messenger (as of government)
S: agent, ambassador, emissary, minister
escalate
(v) to elevate; to increase in intensity
S: climb, raise, ascend, mount A: decrease, lessen, descend, defuse
expedient
(n) a means to an end; (adj) advantageous, useful
S: contrivance, device, serviceable A: inconvenient, untimely, disadvantageous
feign
(v) to pretend
S: fake, sham, affect, simulate
flair
(n) a natural quality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style
S: aptitude, bent, knack, gift, style, panache A: inability, incapacity
grievous
(adj) causing sorrow or pain; serious
S: painful, heartrending, onerous, flagrant A: joyful, uplifting, cheery, upbeat, comforting
heterogeneous
(adj) composed of different kinds, diverse
S: miscellaneous, mixed, variegated A: uniform, homogeneous, of a piece
horde
(n) a vast number (as of people); a throng
S: crowd, mass, multitude, host, swarm A: few, handful
impel
(v) to force, drive forward
S: urge, push, spur, propel, incite A: discourage, check, restrain, curb
incredulous
(adj) disbelieve, skeptical
S: imprint, enroll, enlist A: erase, rub out, delete, efface, obliterate
inscribe
(v) to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list
S: dubious, mistrustful, doubting A: believing, trustful, gullible
monologue
(n) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
S: soliloquy, recitation A: dialogue, conversation, colloquy
prognosis
(n) a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation
S: scratchy, scraping, abrasive, gravelly A: sonorous, smooth, satiny, silky, mellow
rasping
(adj) with a harsh, grating sound; (n) a harsh sound
S: prediction, projection
repugnant
(adj) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful
S: hateful, odious, revolting, repulsive A: pleasing, attractive, tempting, wholesome
scuttle
(v) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; (n) a pail
S: abandon, discard, scrap, ditch, dump A: keep afloat, salvage, rescue, preserve