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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop, Level E, Unit 14, Synonyms

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alacrity
promptness, willingness, dispatch, celerity
alleviate
lessen, lighten, allay, mitigate, assuage
antithesis
contrary, antipode
appall
shock, stun, stupefy, horrify
bellicose
aggressive, combative, belligerent
disparage
degrade, decry, run down, underrate
dissonant
grating, strident, unmelodious, irreconcilable
droll
comical, humorous, whimsical, zany
edict
command, decree, proclamation
elucidate
interpret, expound, explicate
laud
hail, extol, glorify, exalt
loll
loaf, loiter, sag, dangle
loquacious
gossipy, voluble, garrulous, long-winded
magnanimous
unselfish, charitable, noble, bighearted
mandatory
compulsory, requisite, imperative
nondescript
plain, unremarkable, unimpressive
phlegmatic
lethargic, indolent, torpid, stolid, impassive
rescind
withdraw, revoke, retract, annul, abrogate
vivacious
spirited, animated, ebullient
whet
hone, excite, stimulate