21 terms

Vocab Test Number 2


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Precipice (noun)
Def: A very steep rock space or cliff, typically a tall one.
Syn: Ledge, cliff, height
Ant: Valley, gorge, ravine
Turbid (adj.)
Def: Cloudy or thick suspended matter.
Syn: Murky, cloudy.
Ant: Clear.
Appropriation (noun)
1. The action of taking something for one's own use, typically without permission.
2. A sum of money or total of assets devoted to a special purpose.
Syn: Confiscation, sequestration, seizure, requisition, allection, alloment, allowance.
Ant: Bestowal
Comity (noun)
1. Courtesy and considerate behavior toward others.
2. An association of nations for their mutual benefit or the mutual recognition by nations of laws and customs of others.
Syn: Civility, respectfulness, courteousness, alliance, coalition, union, confederation.
Ant: rudeness, disrespectfulness.
Hallowed (adj.)
Def: Honored as holy: greatly revered or respected.
Syn: Sacred, consecrated, blessed, honored, sacrosanct.
Ant: Unholy, abhorrent.
Peculiar (adj.)
1. Strange or odd; unusual.
2. Belonging exclusively to, particular to; referring to something distinctive to or characteristic of a particular place or people.
Syn: Bizarre, weird, characteristic of, typical of, indicative of, distinctive, special
Ant: ordinary
Perennial (adj.)
Def: Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.
Syn: abiding, persisting, unfailing, overloading, perpetual, eternal.
Ant: Fleeting, short-lived, ephemeral.
(to) Subvert (verb)
Def: To undermine the power and authority of an established system or institution.
Syn: Destabilize, sabotage, damage.
Ant: Strengthen, fortify.
Adamant (adj.)
Def: Refusing to be persuaded to or change one's mind.
Syn: Unwavering, uncompromising, resolute, resolved, unrelenting.
Ant: flexible, variable.
(to) Secede (verb)
Def: To withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.
Syn: Withdraw, split, disaffiliate.
Ant: Join, affiliate.
(to) Subjugate (verb)
Def: To bring under domination or control, especially by conquest; to make someone or something subordinate.
Syn: Conquer, crush, enslave.
Ant: Liberate.
(to) Indoctrinate (verb)
Def: To teach a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically; to brainwash.
Syn: Brainwash, propagandize.
Ant: N/A
(to) Quell (verb)
Def: To stop; to put an end to something; to subdue or silence; to suppress.
Syn: End, crush, squash, subdue, suppress, squelch.
Ant: Begin, encourage.
(to) Consecrate (verb)
Def: To make or declare something sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.
Syn: Sanctify, bless, reserve, anoint, ordain.
Ant: Desecrate, denounce, condemn.
(to) Desecrate (verb)
Def: To treat a sacred place or thing with violent disrespect; violate.
Syn: Debase, degrade, dishonor.
Ant: Consercrate.
(to) Assuage (verb)
1. To make an unpleasant feeling less intense.
2. To satisfy an appetite or desire.
Syn: Alleviate, relieve, case, soothe, satisfy, gratify.
Ant: Aggravate, intensify.
(to) Alleviate (verb)
Def: To make suffering, deficiency, or a problem less severe.
Syn: Assuage, reduce, ease, relieve, diminish, lessen.
Ant: Aggravate.
Derision (noun)
Def: Contemptuous, disrespectful, or scornful ridicule or mockery.
Syn: Ridicule, scorn, insult, disrespectful, unkindness.
Ant: Flattery, praise, kindness, appreciation.
Disapprobation (noun)
Def: Very strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds.
Syn: Condemnation, denunciation, disapproval.
Ant: Approval, support.
(to) Attribute (verb)
1. To regard something as being caused by something or someone.
2. To ascribe a work or remark to a particular author, artist, or speaker.
Syn: Ascribe, accredit, credit, cite.
Ant: Discredit, disregard.
(to) Vex (verb)
1. To make someone feel frustrated or annoyed.
2. To cause distress or to cause worry.
Syn: Irritate, provoke, infuriate, exasperate.
Ant: Delight, please.