50 terms

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Abjure
To renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun
Synonym: Forswear
Antonym: Affirm
Abhor
A regard with horror or loathing; to hate deeply
Synonym: Detest
Antonym: Admire
Acquiesce
To accept with our protest; to agree or submit
Synonym: Accede
Antonym: Resist
Accede
To yield to; to assume an office or dignity
Synonym: Consent
Antonym: Demur
Buffet
To slap or cuff; to strike repeatedly; to drive or force with blows; to force one's way with difficulty; a slap, blow
Synonym: Pummel
Antonym: N/A
Capricious
Subject to whims or passing fancies
Synonym: Impulsive
Antonym: Constant
Chastise
To inflict physical punishment as a means of correction; to scold severely
Synonym: Discipline
Antonym: Commend
Clairvoyant
Supernaturally perceptive; one who possesses extrasensory powers, seer
Synonym: Insightful
Antonym: Blind
Clandestine
Secret, concealed; underhanded
Synonym: Covert
Antonym: Open
Comprise
To include or contain; to be made up of
Synonym: Compose
Antonym: Exclude
Contentious
Quarrelsome, inclined to argue
Synonym: Argumentative
Antonym: Agreeable
Consecrate
To make sacred, hallow; to set apart for a special purpose
Synonym: Devote
Antonym: Desecrate
Deviate
To turn aside; to stray from a norm; one who departs from a norm; differing from a norm, heterodox, unconventional
Synonym: Diverge
Antonym: Orthodox
Discern
To see clearly, recognize
Synonym: Perceive
Antonym: Overlook
Explicit
Definite, clearly stated
Synonym: Distinct
Antonym: Vague
Exult
To rejoice greatly
Synonym: Revel
Antonym: Mope
Fathom
To understand, get to the bottom of; to determine the depth of; a measure of depth in water
Synonym: Grasp
Antonym: N/A
Garrulous
Given to much talking, tediously chatty
Synonym: Talkative
Antonym: Reticent
Guile
Treacherous cunning, deceit
Synonym: Trickery
Antonym: Candor
Inter
To bury, commit to the earth; to consign to oblivion
Synonym: N/A
Antonym: Unearth
Ingenuous
Innocent, simple; frank, sincere
Synonym: Naive
Antonym: Artful
Inveterate
Firmly established, long-standing; habitual
Synonym: Persisting
Antonym: Sporadic
Limpid
Clear, transparent; readily understood
Synonym: Lucid
Antonym: Opaque
Multifarious
Having great variety; numerous and diverse
Synonym: Varied
Antonym: Unvaried
Obsolete
Out-of-date, no longer in use
Synonym: Outmoded
Antonym: Current
Officious
Meddling; excessively forward in offering services or assuming authority
Synonym: Meddlesome
Antonym: Reserved
Ominous
Unfavorable, threatening, of bad omen
Synonym: Unpropitious
Antonym: Propitious
Omnipotent
Almighty, having unlimited power or authority
Synonym: All-powerful
Antonym: Powerless
Palatable
Agreeable to the taste or one's sensibilities; suitable for consumption
Synonym: Edible
Antonym: Inedible
Placate
To appease, soothe, pacify
Synonym: Satisfy
Antonym: Provoke
Placid
Calm, peaceful
Synonym: Undisturbed
Antonym: Stormy
Poignant
Deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell
Synonym: Heartrending
Antonym: Bland
Quandary
A state of perplexity or doubt
Synonym: Confusion
Antonym: N/A
Quiescent
Inactive; at rest
Synonym: Still
Antonym: Active
Rampant
Growing without check, running wild
Synonym: Widespread
Antonym: Controlled
Rancor
Bitter resentment or ill-will
Synonym: Animosity
Antonym: Goodwill
Recalcitrant
Stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority
Synonym: Unruly
Antonym: Obedient
Reparation
A payment made for a wrong or an injury
Synonym: Compensation
Antonym: N/A
Reprehensible
Deserving blame or punishment
Synonym: Objectionable
Antonym: Commendable
Respite
A period of relief or rest
Synonym: Interval
Antonym: N/A
Sinuous
Winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible
Synonym: Twisting
Antonym: Direct
Sophomoric
Immature and overconfident; conceited
Synonym: Pretentious
Antonym: Mature
Suppress
To stop by force, put down
Synonym: Subdue
Antonym: Provoke
Squalid
Filthy, wretched, debased
Synonym: Dingy
Antonym: Neat
Tacit
Unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
Synonym: Unexpressed
Antonym: Explicit
Tangible
Capable of being touched; real, concrete
Synonym: Perceptible
Antonym: Immaterial
Trenchant
Incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut
Synonym: Penetrating
Antonym: Dull
Vanguard
The foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field
Synonym: Forefront
Antonym: Straggler
Venal
Open to or marked by bribery or corruption
Synonym: Dishonest
Antonym: Honest
Vociferous
Loud and noisy; compelling attention
Synonym: Clamorous
Antonym: Quiet