20 terms

Sadlier Oxford Level G Unit 1

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Acquisitive
(adj.) Able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property.
(SYN: greedy, avaricious, retentive)
(ANT: altruistic)
Arrogate
(v.) To claim or take without right.
(SYN: expropriate, commandeer)
(ANT: renounce, abdicate, abandon)
Banal
(adj.) Hackneyed, trite, commonplace.
(SYN: stale, insipid)
(ANT: fresh, original, new)
Belabor
(v.) To work on excessively; to thrash soundly.
(SYN: overwork)
Carping
(adj.) Tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; (n.) petty, nagging criticism.
(SYN: nit-picking, caviling)
(ANT: approving, uncritical)
Coherent
(adj.) Holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful.
(SYN: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive)
(ANT: muddled, chaotic, disjointed)
Congeal
(v.) To change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid.
(SYN: harden, jell, solidify)
(ANT: liquefy)
Emulate
(v.) To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model.
(SYN: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to)
Encomium
(n.) A formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute.
(SYN: panegyric, eulogy)
(ANT: condemnation, castigation, criticism)
Eschew
(v.) To avoid, shun, keep away from.
(SYN: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo)
(ANT: embrace, adopt)
Germane
(adj.) Relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting.
(SYN: pertinent)
(ANT: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate)
Insatiable
(adj.) So great or demanding as not to be satisfied.
(SYN: unquenchable, ravenous)
Intransigent
(adj.) Refusing to compromise, irreconcilable.
(SYN: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate)
(ANT: lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding)
Invidious
(adj.) Offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment.
(SYN: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative)
(ANT: flattering, ameliorative)
Largesse
(n.) Generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions.
(SYN: liberality, bounty)
(ANT: stinginess, miserliness, niggardliness)
Reconnaissance
(n.) A survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination.
(SYN: exploration)
Substantiate
(v.) To establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to.
(SYN: confirm, validate, authenticate)
(ANT: refute, disprove, invalidate)
Taciturn
(adj.) Habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little.
(SYN: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic)
(ANT: garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose)
Temporize
(v.) To stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise.
(SYN: dillydally, procrastinate)
Tenable
(adj.) Capable of being held or defended.
(SYN: defensible, justifiable, maintainable)
(ANT: indefensible, unjustifiable)

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