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20 terms

Unit 10

vocab
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acquiesce
v. to accept without protest, to agree or submit

syn: comply with, accede, consent, yield

ant: resist, protest
allure
v. to entice, tempt, to be attractive to
n. a strong attraction; the power to attract, charm

syn: v. beguile, tantalize n. temptation, enticement

ant: v. repel, turn off n. repellent
askew
adj. adv. twisted to one side, crooked; disapprovingly

syn: awry, lopsided, cockeyed

ant: straight, symmetrical
blithe
adj. cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned

syn: carefree, nonchalant, indifferent

ant: glum, morose, despondent, depressed
contentious
adj. quarrelsome, inclined to argue

syn: argumentative, disputatious, combative

ant: agreeable, amiable, affable, pacific
covet
v. to desire something belonging to another

syn: crave, yearn for, hunger for

ant: disdain, scorn, despise
crestfallen
adj. discouraged, dejected, downcast

syn: despondant, disconsolate

ant: elated, cheerful, self-satisfied, cocky
disheveled
adj. rumpled, mussed; hanging in disorder

syn: untidy, disarranged, tousled, unkempt

ant: tidy, neat, orderly, well-groomed
exponent
n. one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets; math. the power to which a number, symbol or expression is to be raised

syn: defender, champion, interpreter

ant: critic, adversary, faultfinder, detractor
garrulous
adj. given to much talking, tediously chatty

syn. talkative, loquacious, long-winded

ant: reticent, mum, taciturn, laconic, reserved
insuperable
adj. incapable of being overcome

syn. invincible, insurmountable

ant. surmountable, conquerable
lamentable
adj. to be regretted or pitied

syn. deplorable, regrettable, distressing

ant. praiseworthy, commendable, laudable
misnomer
n. an unsuitable or misleading name

syn. misnaming, malapropism
profess
v. to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend

syn. assert, declare, proclaim, purport

ant. disclaim, disavow, repudiate
respite
n. a period of relief or rest

syn. interval, intermission, lull, breather
retribution
n. a repayment; a deserved punishment

syn. recompense, requital, just deserts
sinuous
adj. winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible

syn. twisting, convoluted, serpentine, supple

ant. direct, straight, unbending, stiff, rigid
sonorous
adj. full, deep or rich in sound; impressive in style

syn. resonant, resounding, grandiloquent

ant. tinny, reedy, harsh, grating
vanguard
n. the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field

syn. forefront, cutting edge, trailblazers

ant. rear guard, stragglers, laggards
wastrel
n. a wasteful person, spendthrift, good-for nothing

syn. loafer, idler, squanderer, profligate

ant. skinflint, tightwad, miser