25 terms

English Vocab

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beadle
Someone who works for a religious institution, keeping records or performing ceremonial and educational duties

The beadle helped with the ceremony in church today

Syn: Helper
Ant: Atheist
penury
the state of being extremely poor; not having the necessities of life

I had lost everything I was in absolute penury

Syn: indigent
Ant: Rich
divine
coming from God or the heavens; god-like

The chicken pot pie was divine

Syn: Heavenly
Ant: Demonic
edict
an official command

The Sensi gave his students an edict.

Syn: Command
Ant: Disobey
bleak
having little or no hope

It was a bleak evening

Syn: Hopeless
Ant: Exiting
Conscientious
wanting to do what's right; taking care to do things well

I am very conscientious when doing my homework

Syn: Thoughtful
Ant: lazy
Sanctity
the quality of being holy (pure and perfect); the ultimate importance

The sanctity of the cross is very important

Syn: Holy
Ant: Demonic
Reprieve
a rest from discomfort or harm

Weekends are a reprieve for me from school

Syn: Salvation
Ant: Hell
Emaciated
unhealthily thin due to lack of food or disease

If you do not eat you will become emaciated

Syn: Starved
Ant: Obese
Sage
a mentor or guide who shares their wisdom

Yoda is a sage to Luke

Syn: Mentor
Ant: Apprentice
Indiscriminate (adj)
lacking in care, judgement, selectivity

Josh was very indiscriminate be had no bias

Syn: Non Judgmental
Ant: Racist
Surreptitious (adj)
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized

I surreptitiously walked into the kitchen and stole food.

Syn: stealthy
Ant: Clumsy
Ghetto (n)
a section of a city inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships

The Jews were put in Ghettos

Syn:
Ant:
Partisans (n)
supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance

I am a partisan to the republican party.

Syn: Supporter
Ant: Protester
Conflagration (n)
a destructive fire, usually an extensive one OR a war; conflict

In California, there is currently a conflagration happening.

Syn: Large wild fire
Ant: Sea world
Ascertain (v)
to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine

Detective Jimmy was able to quickly ascertain the suspect was not being honest with him.

Syn: certain
Ant: uncertain
Harangue (n)
a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe

During last month's meeting, the PTA president gave a harangue against the new superintendent.

Syn: scold
Ant: apologize
Veritable (adj)
being truly or very much so

When the unruly students were left unattended, they turned the classroom into a veritable circus.

Syn: Truly
Ant: Lying
Delude (v)
to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive

The cult leader was able to easily delude the innocent girl into believing he was a god.

Syn: trick
Ant: Show
Exalted (adj)
raised or elevated, as in rank or character; of high station

The controlling husband wanted his wife to ignore everyone else so she could exalt him.

Syn: Paramount
Ant: demean
Untenable (adj)
not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection, usually about a position or view

The losing debate team had an untenable argument.
Altruistic (adj)
showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish

Because John is an altruistic person, he has decided to spend two years of his life volunteering in Africa.
Wizened (adj)
shriveled or wrinkled with age
My grandmother's wizened face broke into a smile when I placed my newborn daughter in her arms.
Encumbrance (n)
a burden or impediment
If it weren't for the encumbrance of procrastination, I would be a productivity machine!
Semblance (n)
the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different

When people looked at Sarah's purple and pink hair, they often failed to see the semblance of intelligence behind her sparkling eyes.
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