20 terms

Vocab Unit 10

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Askance
(adv.) with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval

Synonyms: distrustfully, suspiciously
Attenuate
(v.) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value

Synonyms: thin out, dilute, water down
Antonyms: thicken, strengthen, bolster
Benign
(adj.) gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant

Synonyms: benevolent, salubrious, harmless
Antonyms: malevolent, deleterious
Cavil
(v.) to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism

Synonym: (v.) nitpick
Charlatan
(n.) on who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, imposter, or quack

Synonym: mountebank
Decimate
(v.) to kill or destroy a large part of

Synonym: devastate
Foible
(n.) a weak point, failing, minor flaw

Synonyms: shortcoming, quirk
Antonyms: forte, virtue
Forgo
(v.) to do without, abstain from, give up

Synonyms: refrain from, renounce
Antonyms: indulge in, partake of
Fraught
(adj.) full of or loaded with; accompanied by

Synonym: charged with
Antonyms: devoid of, lacking, deficient in
Inure
(v.) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure

Synonyms: accustom, acclimate
Luminous
(adj.) emitting or reflecting light, glowing, illuminating

Synonyms: bright, refulgent, lustrous
Antonyms: dark, opaque, dim, murky
Obsequious
(adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons

Synonyms: fawning, servile, sycophantic, mealymouthed
Antonyms: assertive, bumptious, candid, frank, independent
Obtuse
(adj.) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding measuring between 90º and 180º, not causing a sharp impression

Synonyms: dumb, thick, mild, dull-witted
Antonyms: perceptive, quick-witted
Oscillate
(v.) to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver

Synonym: vibrate
Penitent
(adj.) regretful for one's sins or mistakes; (n.) one who is sorry for wrongdoing

Synonyms: (adj.) remorseful, regretful, rueful
Antonym: (adj.) remorseless
Premptory
(adj.) having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute

Synonym: unconditional
Antonyms: irresolute, mild, unassuming
Rebuff
(v.) to snub; to repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check

Synonyms: (v.) repulse, reject; (n.) setback
Antonyms: (v.) accept, welcome
Reconnoiter
(v.) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection

Synonym: scout
Shambles
(n.) a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
Sporadic
(adj.) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order

Synonyms: intermittent, spasmodic
Antonyms: steady, continuous, uninterrupted