CLS English Exam Vocab Lvl 3-4
Terms in this set (80)
Careful, cautious, wary, watchful, considering all situations before acting or making a judgement.
Still, tranquil, inactive, at rest or repose.
Ant- vigorous, animated, sprightly, vivacious, ebullient.
A weak point, slight flaw, minor failing especially a weakness in a person's character.
Passionate, having or showing great warmth and intensity of feeling, fiery, earnest, impassioned.
syn- vehement, ardent, fervid, zealous.
ant- lukewarm, listless, apathetic, indifferent, impassive, phlegmatic.
To draw out, drag out, extend in time, lengthen, prolong, especially to excess.
ant- abbreviate, condense, curtail, truncate.
Showy, extremely conspicuous, extravagant, flamboyant.
ant- simple, plain, modest, unassuming.
A state of perplexity, uncertainty or doubt.
To blame, condemn, find fault with, criticize harshly, express stern disapproval of.
syn- denounce, reprimand, reprehend.
ant- commend, extol, laud
To criticize or complain unnecessarily, point out petty flaws.
syn- nitpick, niggle, carp, quibble.
To absorb in, take in, incorporate, appropriate.
To cancel, take back, remove; also to render void, annul, repeal.
A disaster, great mishap, catastrophe, violent upheaval.
Recognizable, detectible, perceptible, capable of being recognized by the senses or by the mind.
syn- apparent, evident, distinguishable, manifest.
ant- obscure, invisible, indistinct, imperceptible.
Self-love, excessive admiration of oneself.
syn- vanity, conceit, egotism
To charge with a crime, accuse of wrongdoing, implicate, present evidence or proof of involvement in a wrongful act.
A mark of shame or disgrace, a moral blemish, a stain on one's character or reputation.
A benefit, incidental gain or reward; specifically, an expected or promised benefit, privilege, or advantage.
Poor, needy, penniless, impoverished.
syn- destitute, impecunious.
Having exceptional powers of perception, unusually clear-sighted or discerning; specifically, able to see object or events that others cannot.
Skillful, clever, dexterous; using one's brains or hands.
syn- deft, resourceful, ingenious, artful, and adept
ant- awkward, clumsy, inept, maladroit.
A flat, dull, ordinary remark, a trifle statement or hackneyed saying.
syn- cliche, truism, bromide.
Extremely delicate, sensitive, or particular, especially in matters of taste or behavior; dainty, fussy, finicky, overnice.
A bitter protracted feud or rivalry
Clear, easy to see or understand, plainly expressed.
Syn-intelligible, comprehensible, limpid, perspicuous.
ant- murky, obscure, befuddled, nebulous, ambiguous, abstruse.
Conspicuous, noticeable, prominent, sticking or jutting out.
syn- protruding, manifest, obtrusive, protuberant.
Absolute, unqualified, explicit; without exceptions, conditions, or qualifications.
ant- ambiguous, doubtful
Incomprehensible, unfathomable, extremely difficult to understand, not open to investigation or analysis.
syn- mysterious, impenetrable, esoteric, arcane, abstruse.
ant- comprehensible, lucid, perspicuous
To interpret, explain the meaning or intention of.
To refer to something indirectly.
syn- suggest, hint, insinuate, intimate.
ant- indicate, specify, detail, enumerate.
Thrifty, economical, saving or providing for future needs.
syn- prudent, frugal.
To charge or attribute, especially with a fault or misconduct, lay the responsibility or blame upon, ascribe, assign.
Shrewd, clever, perceptive, discerning, acute, keenly aware, quick witted.
syn- sagacious, perspicacious, sapient.
A beginner, novice, ammeter, tyro; specifically, a new member of or convert to a new religion.
A mystery, puzzle, riddle, perplexing problem, something or someone hard to understand or explain.
Belief, acceptance, especially belief in a published report or acceptance of another's opinion or testimony.
To respect deeply, revere, regard with awe and adoration.
Talkative, especially in a rambling, annoying, pointless, or long-winded way.
syn- verbose, loquacious, voluble, prolix.
ant- reserved, reticent, taciturn, laconic.
Keen, penetrating, vigorously effective, sharp and to the point.
syn- forceful, acute, and incisive
Independent, self-governing, not under the control of something or someone else.
A cure-all, universal antidote, remedy for all diseases and difficulties.
Short-lived, passing, fleeting, lasting for a short time.
syn-transitory, evanescent, fugitive, fugacious.
Burdensome, troublesome, oppressive, hard to bear, difficult to accomplish or endure.
Nonprofessionals, laypeople collectively, all the people outside of a given profession.
Sharp, penetrating, biting, acrid, caustic.
Dull, ordinary, uninteresting, unimaginative.
syn- commonplace, humdrum, tedious, dry, stale, mediocre, matter-of-fact.
A fake, quack, imposter, fraud, humbug; specifically, a person who pretends to have a special skill or knowledge.
Routine, mechanical, listless, done merely as a duty, performed in an indifferent, halfhearted, superficial, and often careless way, without interest or enthusiasm.
Literally a swamp, marsh bog; figuratively something that traps, confines, or confuses, a sticky situation or troublesome state of affairs.
Deceptive reasoning, subtle and misleading argument.
Fruitful, fertile, productive.
ant- unproductive, barren, sterile, impotent, effete.
Of the world, wordily, earthly, material as distinguished from spiritual.
syn- terrestrial, temporal, secular.
ant- lofty, heavenly, sublime, celestial, ethereal, extraterrestrial.
Countless, innumerable, infinite, consisting of a great or indefinite number.
Disagreeing, disaffected, dissenting, non-comformist.
Praiseworthy, commendable, worthy of approval or admiration.
syn- meritorious, estimable, contemptible,
ant- deplorable, ignominious
Unable to be imitated, copied, or reproduced; beyond compare.
syn- matchless, unrivaled, peerless, unparalleled, surpassing.
Worn out, tired, fatigued, weary, exhausted,; specifically, worn out by overwork or overindulgence.
Short-sighted; not able to see the long-range picture; having a narrow or circumscribed view; lacking discernment, foresight, or perspective.
syn- narrow-minded, purblind, obtuse.
ant- broad-minded, liberal, tolerant, catholic, latitudinarian.
Capable of being demonstrated or proved.
Immature, inexperienced, unsophisticated, green, naive, lacking experience in and knowledge of the world.
syn- juvenile, sophomoric.
To agree without protest, accept without argument or resistance, give in quietly.
syn- consent, comply, submit, assent, accede.
To speak in a pompous and overbearing way, make pretentious or categorical statements, express one's opinion as though it were an official, authoritative decree.
Harmful, destructive, injurious, detrimental,; especially, harmful to health or well-being.
syn-ruinous, noxious, pernicious, malignant.
ant- healthful, advantageous, wholesome, salutary.
Uncertain, indecisive, having conflicting feelings or desires, simultaneously drawn in opposite directions, attracted to and repulsed by something at the same time.
Thoughtful, absorbed in thought, especially in a deep, dreamy, or melancholy way.
syn- reflective, meditative, contemplative.
Made up or done in the spur of the moment, uttered or performed without preparation.
syn- offhand, spontaneous, extemporaneous.
To guess; specifically, to make an educated guess; to form an opinion or make a judgement based on insufficient evidence.
syn- to suppose, imagine, suspect, presume.
Stealthy, characterized by secrecy and caution; done, made, obtained, or enjoyed in a secret and often sly and shifty manner.
syn- crafty, furtive, covert,underhand, clandestine.
ant- evident, unconcealed, overt, aboveboard, manifest.
Worthy of imitation, praiseworthy, commendable, serving as a model of excellence, appropriateness, correctness.
syn- ideal, admirable, meritorious, estimable, laudable.
ant- shameful, disreputable, contemptible, deplorable, ignominious, odious, heinous.
Perfect, faultless, flawless; free from faults or imperfections, incapable of sin.
syn- unimpeachable, irreproachable.
ant- impeccable, reprehensible, censurable, culpable.
To affirm to be true, genuine or correct; certify or authenticate officially; stand as proof or evidence of.
Abundant, plentiful, large in amount or number.
syn- ample, bountiful, profuse.
ant- scanty, meager, sparse, paltry.
False, misleading, deceptive, invalid, based on a fallacy.
syn- erroneous, spurious, untenable, illusory, sophistical.
Showing no feelings, unemotional, unaffected by pleasure or pain, bearing pain or suffering without complaint.
syn- impassive,m dispassionate, indifferent, apathetic, placid, languid, phlegmatic, imperturbable.
ant- ardent, vehement, zealous, fervid, fervent.
A countercharge or counteraccusation.
Close resemblance or relationship, a strong likeness, similarity, or connection.
syn- kinship, correspondence, compatibility, consanguinity.
Changeable, unstable, likely to change or shift rapidly.
syn- fickle, flighty, capricious, erratic, protean, mercurial.
ant- stable, fixed, steadfast, invariable.
Dirty and run-down as a result of poverty or neglect, foul or filthy from lack of care, wretched, miserable, degraded.
syn- seedy, unkept, slovenly, dilapidated.
ant- unsullied, immaculate, pristine.
to speed up, hasten, facilitate, accelerate to progress of, handle or perform quickly and efficiently.
ant- delay, postpone, hinder, retard, slacken, protract.
Degraded, brought low in condition or status; hence, lacking self-respect, contemptible, wretched.
syn- debased, despicable, ignoble, groveling, servile, squalid.
ant- noble, dignified, lofty, majestic, eminent, illustrious.
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