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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level F - Unit 7

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level F - Unit 7
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Austere
(adj.) severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor
Syn: Forbidding, rigorous, puritanical, ascetic, unadorned, subdued
Ant: Mild, indulgent, luxurious, flamboyant
Beneficent
(adj.) performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good
Syn: Humanitarian, magnanimous, charitable
Ant: Selfish, cruel, harmful, deleterious
Cadaverous
(adj.) pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
Syn: Corpse-like, wasted, haggard, emaciated, ghastly
Ant: Robust, portly, rosy, the picture of health
Concoct
(v.) to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate
Syn: Create, fashion, rustle up
Crass
(adj.) coarse, unfeeling; stupid
Syn: Crude, vulgar, tasteless, oafish, obtuse
Ant: Refined, elegant, tasteful, oafish, obtuse
Debase
(v.) to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
Syn: Cheapen, corrupt, demean, depreciate
Ant: Elevate, uplift, improve, enhance
Desecrate
(v.) to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
Syn: Profane, defile, violate
Ant: Revere, honor, venerate, consecrate
Disconcert
(v.) to confuse; to disturb the composure of
Syn: Upset, rattle, ruffle, faze, perturb
Ant: Relax, calm, put at ease
Grandiose
(adj.) grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
Syn: Majestic, bombastic, highfalutin
Ant: Simple, modest, unaffected, humble
Inconsequential
(adj.) trifling, unimportant
Syn: Trivial, negligible, petty, paltry
Ant: Important, essential, crucial, vital
Infraction
(n.) a breaking of a law or obligation
Syn: Violation, transgression, breach, offense
Mitigate
(v.) to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
lessen, relieve, alleviate, diminish
Syn: Lessen, relieve, alleviate, diminish
Ant: Aggravate, intensify, irritate, exacerbate
Pillage
(v.) to rob of goods by open force (as in war), plunder
(n.) the act of looting; booty
Syn: Ravage, sack, loot; booty
Prate
(v.) to talk a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
Syn: Chatter, prattle, blab, blabber, palaver
Ant: Come to the point, not waste words
Punctilious
(adj.) very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
Syn: Precise, scrupulous, exacting, fussy, finicky
Ant: Careless, negligent, lax, perfunctory
Redoubtable
(adj.) inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
Syn: Formidable, fearsome, awesome, august
Ant: Laughable, risible, contemptible
Reprove
(v.) to find fault with, scold, rebuke
Syn: Chide, chastise, upbraid, reproach
Ant: Praise, commend, laud, pat on the back
Restitution
(n.) the act of restoring someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage
Syn: Compensation, reimbursement, redress, restoration
Stalwart
(adj.) strong and sturdy; brave; resolute
(n.) a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
Syn: Sturdy, stout, intrepid, valiant; mainstay
Ant: Weak, infirm, irresolute, vacillating
Vulnerable
(adj.) open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
Syn: Defenseless, exposed, unguarded
Ant: Invincible, protected, safe, secure