20 terms

Unit 11 Vocab

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Abrogate
(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void

Synonyms: annul, revoke
Antonyms: renew, ratify
Ambient
(adj.) completely surrounding, encompassing
Asperity
(n.) roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness

Synonyms: rigor, harshness
Antonyms: mildness, blandness, softness, lenience
Burnish
(v.) to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; (n.) glass, brightness, luster

Synonyms: (v.) shine, buff
Antonyms: (v.) dull, abrade
Cabal
(n.) a small group working in secret

Synonyms: ring, gang, plot, conspiracy
Delectable
(adj.) delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory; (n.) an appealing or appetizing food or dish

Synonym: (adj.) scrumptious
Antonyms: (adj.) repugnant, repulsive, distasteful
Deprecate
(v.) to express mild disapproval; to belittle

Synonyms: deplore, frown upon
Antonyms: smile on, approve
Detritus
(n.) loose bits and pieces of material resulting from disintegration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction

Synonyms: wreckage, ruins, rubble
Ebullient
(adj.) overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling

Synonyms: exhilarated, elated
Antonyms: gloomy, morose, sullen, apathetic, blasé
Eclectic
(adj.) drawn from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources

Synonyms: (adj.) selective, synthetic, pick-and-choose
Antonyms: (adj.) uniform, monolithic
Flaccid
(adj.) limp, not firm; lacking vigor or effectiveness

Synonyms: soft, flabby
Antonyms: hard, solid
Impecunious
(adj.) having little or no money

Synonyms: impoverished, indigent
Antonyms: affluent, wealthy, prosperous, rich
Inexorable
(adj.) inflexible, beyond influence; relentless, unyielding

Synonyms: ineluctable, obdurate
Antonyms: avoidable, yielding, pliant
Moribund
(adj.) dying, on the way out

Synonym: obsolescent
Antonym: thriving
Necromancer
(n.) one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic, especially communication with the dead; in general, a magician or wizard

Synonyms: sorcerer, conjurer
Onerous
(adj.) burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty

Synonym: weighty
Antonyms: light, easy, undemanding, untaxing
Rife
(adj.) common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding; plentiful, abundant, replete

Antonyms: devoid of, lacking
Rudiments
(n. pl.) the parts of any subject or discipline that are learned first; the earliest stages of anything

Synonyms: basics, fundamentals
Sequester
(v.) to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody

Synonyms: segregate, isolate, closet
Winnow
(v.) to get rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; to remove the chaff from the wheat by blowing air on it; to blow on, fan

Synonyms: sift, strain, filter, sort