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demur (v,n)
synonym: protest, object to
antonym: accept, agree to
to object or take exception to
ephemeral (adj)
synonym: fleeting
antonym: long-lasting
short-lived
felicitous (adj)
synonym: fortunate
antonym: inappropriate
appropriate
furtive (adj)
synonym: covert
antonym: open
sneaky
garish (adj)
synonym: flashy, prostitute
antonym: muted
glaring
indigent (adj)
synonym: penniless
antonym: wealthy
needy
jettison (v)
synonym: cast off
antonym: conserve
to cast overboard
picayune (adj)
synonym: inconsequential
antonym: important
a little value or importance
agnostic (noun/adjective)
synonym: doubter
antonym: believer
one who believes that nothing can be known about god or without faith
complicity (noun)
synonym: collusion
antonym: noninvolvement
involvement in wrongdoing or an accomplice
derelict (noun/adjective)
synonym: remiss
antonym: conscientious
someone or something that is left abandoned
effigy (noun)
synonym: figure, likeness
a crude image of a despised person
indictment (noun)
synonym: charge, accusation
a formal accusation
motif (noun)
a principal idea or theme
neophyte (noun)
synonym: rookie
antonym: veteran
a beginner
surveillance (noun)
synonym: scruitny, observation
a watch kept over a person or close
travesty (noun/verb)
synonym: parody
a disguise
consumate (adj) (v)
synonym: masterful, clinch
antonym: launch
complete or perfect
exigency (n) (pl)
synonym: requirement
urgency
flotsam (n)
synonym: floating wreckage
homeless
glean (v)
synonym: collect
to gather bit by bit
incarcerate (v)
synonym: immured
atonym: release
to imprison
ludicrous (adj)
synonym: preposturous
antonym: poignant
ridiculous
mordant (adj)
synonym: scathing
antonym: gentle
bitterly harsh
pecuniary (adj)
synonym: financial
measured in money
acuity (noun)
synonym: keeness, acuteness
antonym: dullness, obtuseness
sharpness
delineate
synonym: depict
sketch
enervate (verb)
synonym: impair, cripple, paralyzed
antonym: strengthen
to weaken
fiat (noun)
synonym: edict
order or decree or law
figment (noun)
synonym: creation
a fabrication of the mind
ignominy (noun)
synonym: dishonor, humiliation
antonym: honor
shame or disgrace
penchant (noun)
synonym: proclivity
antonym: disinclination
a strong attraction
sophistry (noun)
synonym: specious reasoning
reasoning
sumptuous (adjective)
synonym: lavish
antonym: skimpy
costly or rich
distraught
synonym: frantic, distracted
antonym: calm
agitated or upset
verbiage
synonym: verbosity
language that is too wordy
accost
synonym: confront
antonym:avoid
to approach and speak first
avid
synonym: enthusiastic
antonym: reluctant
desirous of something to the point of greed
brackish
synonym: briny
antonym: fresh
having a salty taste
maelstorm
synonym: vortex
whirlpool of great size
myopic
synonym: shortsighted
antonym: farsighted
nearsighted
sacrilege
synonym: desecration
improper or disrespectful treatment
summarily
synonym: promptly
without delay
talisman
an object that serves as a charm
banal
synonym: stale
antonym: fresh
hackneyed
belabor
synonym: overwork
to work on excessively
carping
synonym: nit-picking
antonym: approving
tending to find fault
emulate
synonym: copy
to imitate
eschew
synonym: abstain from
antonym: embrace
to avoid or shun
invidious
synonym: malicious
antonym: complimentary
offensive or hateful
largesse
synonym: liberality
antonym: stinginess
generosity
badinage
synonym: banter
antonym: sermon
light and playful conversation
evince
synonym: exhibit
to display clearly
inane
synonym: vapid, idiotic
antonym: meaningful
silly or empty of meaning or value
insatiable
synonym:unquenchable
demanding as not to be satisfied
juggernaut
a massive force that crushes whatever is in its path
lackadaisical
synonym: indifferent
antonym: energetic
lacking spirit
litany
synonym: rigmoral, catalog
a prayer consisting of short appeals to god
paucity
synonym: lack
antonym: abundance
scarcity
recant
synonym: repudiate
antonym: reaffirm
to withdraw a statement
saturate
synonym: permeate, drench
antonym: drain
to soak thoroughly
saturnine
synonym: sullen
antonym: lighthearted
gloomy disposition
sophistry
synonym: specious reasoning
reasoning
abrogate
synonym: revoke
antonym: renew
cancel
ambient
completely surrounding
asperity
synonym: harshness
antonym: softness
roughness
burnish
synonym: shine
antonym: dull
to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish
cabal
synonym: clique
a small group working in secret
delectable
synonym: delicious
antonym: repulsive
delightful
deprecate
synonym: frown up
antonym: approve
to express disapproval
detritus
synonym: wreckage
loose bits and pieces
ebullient
synonym: exhilarated
antonym: gloomy
excitement
eclectic
synonym: selective
antonym: uniform
different sources
flaccid
synonym: soft
antonym: hard, solid
limp
impecunious
synonym: penniless
antonym: wealthy
having little or no money
inexorable
synonym: inescapable
antonym: avoidable
inflexible
moribund
synonym: obsolescent
antonym: thriving
dying, on the way out
necromancer
synonym: sorcerer
one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic
onerous
synonym: oppressice, weighty
antonym: light, easy
involving hardship or difficulty
rife
antonym: lacking
common, widespread
rudiments
synonym: fundamentals
the parts of any subject or discipline that are learned first
sequester
synonym: isolate
to set apart
winnow
synonym: stif, strain
to get rid of something unwanted