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Vocab: Much Ado About Nothing
Terms in this set (25)
make appropriate return for (a favor, service, or wrongdoing).
"they are quick to requite a kindness"
synonyms: avenge, exact revenge for, revenge, pay someone back for; More
to declare or maintain with certainty : be sure that
the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
amusement, esp. as expressed in laughter.
"his six-foot frame shook with mirth"
synonyms: merriment, high spirits, cheerfulness, cheeriness, hilarity, glee, laughter, gaiety, buoyancy, blitheness, euphoria, exhilaration, lightheartedness, joviality, joy, joyfulness, joyousness More
a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
"an air of melancholy surrounded him"
synonyms: sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, woe, desolation, melancholia, dejection, depression, despondency, cafard, gloom, gloominess, misery; More
an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense.
"I'll be keeping an eye out for further transgressions"
synonyms: offense, crime, sin, wrong, wrongdoing, misdemeanor, impropriety, infraction, misdeed, lawbreaking; More
possessing or acting with bravery or boldness : courageous <valiant soldiers> 2 : marked by, exhibiting, or carried out with courage or determination : heroic <valiant feats>
mental sharpness and inventiveness; keen intelligence.
"he does not lack perception or native wit"
synonyms: intelligence, shrewdness, astuteness, cleverness, canniness, sense, common sense, wisdom, sagacity, judgment, acumen, insight; More
a dishonest or unscrupulous man.
a person believing in or practicing religious heresy.
synonyms: dissenter, nonconformist, apostate, freethinker, iconoclast; More
antonyms: conformist, believer
a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
consider to be unworthy of one's consideration.
"gamblers disdain four-horse races"
synonyms: scorn, deride, pour scorn on, regard with contempt, sneer at, sniff at, curl one's lip at, look down one's nose at, look down on; More
having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way.
"the pernicious influences of the mass media"
synonyms: harmful, damaging, destructive, injurious, hurtful, detrimental, deleterious, dangerous, adverse, inimical, unhealthy, unfavorable, bad, evil, baleful, wicked, malign, malevolent, malignant, noxious, poisonous, corrupting; More
make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, esp. with trivial matters.
"the memory of the conversation still vexed him"
synonyms: annoy, irritate, anger, infuriate, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, antagonize, nettle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, rattle someone's cage, make someone's hackles rise, rub the wrong way; More
a student who stays away from school without leave or explanation.
synonyms: absentee, runaway More
a hindrance or obstruction in doing something.
"a serious impediment to scientific progress"
synonyms: hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, barrier, bar, block, handicap, check, curb, restriction, limitation; More
preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable.
"taxes are having an adverse effect on production"
synonyms: unfavorable, disadvantageous, inauspicious, unpropitious, unfortunate, unlucky, untimely, untoward More
1. communication of thought by words; talk; conversation: earnest and intelligent discourse.
2. a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
3. any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.
regard or represent as being of little worth.
"he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors"
synonyms: belittle, denigrate, deprecate, trivialize, make light of, undervalue, underrate, play down; More
derogatory, deprecatory, denigratory, belittling;
critical, scathing, negative, unfavorable, uncomplimentary, uncharitable;
contemptuous, scornful, snide, disdainful;
antonyms: praise, overrate, complimentary
express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement.
"a judge was censured in 1983 for a variety of types of injudicious conduct"
ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.
"they beseeched him to stay"
synonyms: implore, beg, entreat, importune, plead with, appeal to, exhort, call on, supplicate, importune, pray to, ask, request, petition; More
an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned.
"old men are often unfairly awarded the epithet "dirty.""
synonyms: sobriquet, nickname, byname, title, name, label, tag; More
the outward appearance or apparent form of something, esp. when the reality is different.
"she tried to force her thoughts back into some semblance of order"
synonyms: (outward) appearance, air, show, facade, front, veneer, guise, pretense More
giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.
"there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead"
synonyms: threatening, menacing, baleful, forbidding, sinister, inauspicious, unpropitious, unfavorable, unpromising; More
a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject.
"a comprehensive treatise on electricity and magnetism"
synonyms: disquisition, essay, paper, work, exposition, discourse, dissertation, thesis, monograph, opus, oeuvre, study, critique; More
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