20 terms

Unit 6 Vocab

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Abject
(adj.) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved

Synonyms: wretched, miserable, ignoble, sheer, utter
Antonyms: noble, exalted
Agnostic
(n.) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; (adj.) without faith, skeptical

Synonym: (n.) doubter
Antonym: (n.) believer
Complicity
(n.) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice

Synonyms: connivance, collusion
Antonyms: noninvolvement, innocence
Derelict
(n.) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned; neglectful of duty

Synonyms: (n.) vagrant; (adj.) delinquent
Antonyms: (adj.) punctilious, conscientious, scrupulous
Diatribe
(n.) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack

Synonyms: harangue, tirade
Antonyms: panegyric, encomium, eulogy
Effigy
(n.) a crude image of a despised person

Synonyms: figure, figurine
Equity
(n.) the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim

Synonyms: justice, fairness, impartiality
Antonyms: unfairness, bias, prejudice
Inane
(adj.) silly, empty of meaning or value

Synonyms: idiotic, moronic, fatuous
Antonyms: sensible, meaningful, profound
Indictment
(n.) the act of accusing; a formal accusation

Synonyms: charge, accusation
Indubitable
(adj.) certain, not to be doubted or denied

Synonyms: unquestionable, indisputable
Antonyms: questionable, debatable, dubious
Intermittent
(adj.) stopping and beginning again, sporadic

Synonyms: fitful, spasmodic, random
Antonym: interrupted
Moot
(adj.) open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students

Synonyms: (adj.) debatable, questionable; (v.) broach
Antonyms: (adj.) undebatable, indisputable, self-evident
Motif
(n.) a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
Neophyte
(n.) a new convert, beginner, novice

Synonyms: tenderfoot, tyro
Antonyms: dullness, obtuseness
Perspicacity
(n.) keenness in observing and understanding

Synonyms: acumen, discernment
Antonyms: dullness, obtuseness
Plenary
(adj.) complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members

Synonym: unrestricted
Antonyms: limited, restricted, incomplete
Surveillance
(n.) a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation

Synonyms: observation, monitoring
Sylvan
(adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody

Synonym: arcadian
Testy
(adj.) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation

Synonyms: irritable, peevish, waspish, petulant
Antonyms: imperturbable, unexcitable
Travesty
(n.) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion

Synonyms: (n.) burlesque, caricature, farce