courteous and pleasant, easy to speak to synonyms: genial, amicable antonyms: cantankerous, dour The dinner party gave us a chance to get to know our affable neighbors better.
Def: thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; inferior in quality Synonyms: trashy, cheap Antonyms: superior, first-rate Example: The sleazy bookcase I bought from Ikea fell apart after I placed all of my books on its shelves.
to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to make appear greater synonyms: augment, amplify antonyms: reduce, decrease Many CEOs have gotten where they are because they were able to use their skills and intelligence to aggrandize their standing.
Def: persistent, showing industry and determination Synonyms: industrious, assiduous Antonyms: lazy, indolent Example: The sedulous worker moved up the ranks of the company quickly.
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character synonyms: formless, unstructured antonyms: definite, well-defined The spilled water created an amorphous puddle on the floor of the kitchen.
Def: coarsely abusive, vulgar; foul-mouthed Synonyms: obscene, filthy Antonyms: tasteful, dignified Example: The scurrilous man offended many people over time; his filthy vocabulary caused many to avoid him.
an original model on which something was patterned or replicated synonyms: model, prototype antonyms: irregularity, replica Sherlock Holmes was an archetype of a clever detective who always solves the case
Def: to re-echo; reflect or be reflected repeatedly Synonyms: rumble, echo Antonyms: quiet, still Example: When the construction trucks drove by, the noise of the vehicles reverberated all the way down the street.
that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality synonyms: ambience, mood antonyms: n/a The restaurant had a romantic aura with its dim lighting and soft music playing.
Def: to disown, reject, or deny the validity of Synonyms: disavow, abandon Antonyms: affirm, accept Example: She was forced to repudiate a statement that she made before she got to know the new girl.
Def: scholarly, learned, bookish Synonyms: very educated, well-read Antonyms: ignorant, uneducated Example: The erudite Harvard student read lots of books, joined scholarly clubs, and began researching Einstein's theories.
Def: thin, light, delicate, insubstantial Synonyms: filmy, feathery Antonyms: dense, solid Ghosts are often depicted in movies and literature as wearing gossamer clothing that makes them seem mystical and unreal.
Def: peevish, complaining Synonyms: carping, dissatisfied Antonyms: cheerful, easy-going Example: The querulous customer was the salesperson's worst nightmare.
Def: to argue with someone against something, protest against Synonyms: expostulate, challenge Antonyms: accept, agree Example: The student made a huge mistake when he remonstrated his teacher about the homework assignment that she gave.
Def: incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically Synonyms: incomprehensible, impenetrable Antonyms: comprehensible, intelligible Her inscrutable smile made it hard for me to tell if she was actually happy, or trying to hide her sadness.
Def: able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly Synonyms: elastic, tough Antonyms: rigid, inflexible Example: After the surgery, the girl's body showed it was extremely resilient when she recovered so quickly.
Def: relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook Synonyms: narrow-minded, provincial Antonyms: cosmopolitan, liberal Example: His insular opinions showed that he had not taken into consideration any other viewpoint on the issue.
Def: a natural inclination Synonyms: proclivity, tendency Antonyms: incapacity, disinclination Example: The young girl showed a propensity for math and science, which pushed her parents to enroll her in extra classes.
Def: incapable of being changed or called back Synonyms: unalterable, permanent Antonyms: reversible, alterable Example: Many think of court verdicts as irrevocable, but they are often unturned by higher courts.
Contraband (n., adj.)
Def: (n.) - illegal traffic, smuggled goods (adj.) - illegal, prohibited Synonyms: bootleg, unlawful Antonyms: legal, lawful Example: The criminals smuggled the contraband purses into New York to be sold on the streets.