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VW, E - Unit 6 (Complete)
This is a flashcard set for unit 6 of Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level E (copyright 2005). This book is typically used for 8th grade honors level classes. This is the format: definition; illustrative sentence; synonyms; antonyms
Terms in this set (20)
to accede to something
to agree to a demand, proposal etc, especially after first disagreeing with it.
if someone __ to the throne, they become king or queen
(v.) to yield to; to assume an office or dignity
Management was not willing to __________ to labor's initial demands, thus increasing the likelihood of a long and bitter strike.
Syn.: consent, concur, comply, assent
Ant.: demur, balk at
to brandish something
to wave something around in a dangerous or threatening way, especially a weapon
(v.) to wave or flourish in a menacing or vigorous fashion
I __________ my umbrella repeatedly in a vain effort to hail an empty cab.
Syn.: swing, shake
to comprise something
to consist of particular parts, groups etc
to form part of a larger group of people or things
(v.) to include or contain; to be made up of
Classical symphonies usually __________ three or four movements of varying musical form, tempo, and character.
Syn.: compose, constitute, encompass
a deft person or thing
a __ movement is skillful, and often quick
skillful at doing something
(adj.) skillful, nimble
The __________ fingers of Spanish nuns produced some of the finest, most delicate lace ever seen.
Syn.: dexterous, adroit, proficient, clever, masterful
Ant.: clumsy, awkward, bungling, inept
a destitute person or thing
having no money, no food, no home etc
(adj.) deprived of the necessities of life; lacking in
Some people fled their homes so suddenly that they arrived at the refugee camp absolutely __________.
Syn.: wanting, devoid, impoverished, penniless
Ant.: rich, wealthy, luxurious, bountiful, full, replete
an explicit thing
expressed in a way that is very clear and direct
language or pictures that are explicit describe or show sex or violence very clearly
(adj.) definite, clearly stated
The more _________ your directions are, the easier it will be for all of us to find our way to the campsite.
Syn.: distinct, forthright, unambiguous, clear
Ant.: vague, ambiguous, implied, implicit
to extirpate something
to completely destroy something that is unpleasant or unwanted
(v.) to tear up by the roots; to destroy totally
We must do everything we can to __________ racism from American society.
Syn.: uproot, eradicate, wipe out, excise
Ant.: implant, sow, foster, nourish
an inopportune thing
an __ moment or time is not suitable or good for something
happening at an unsuitable or bad time
(adj.) coming at a bad time; not appropriate
Why do my relatives always seem to turn up at the most __________ time imaginable?
Syn.: ill-timed, inconvenient, inappropriate, unsuitable
Ant.: timely, convenient, felicitous, opportune
an ironic thing
an __ situation is one that is unusual or amusing because something strange happens or the opposite of what is expected happens or is true
using words that are the opposite of what you really mean, often in a joking way
(adj.) suggesting an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens; given to irony, sarcastic
The short stories of O. Henry are famous for their __________ endings.
Syn.: incongruous, satiric, sardonic, wry
Ant.: straightforward, unequivocal
a musty thing
a __ room, house, or object has an unpleasant smell, because it is old and has not had any fresh air for a long time
(adj.) stale, moldy; out-of-date
Houses that have been closed up for a very long time often have an unpleasantly __________ smell about them.
Syn.: hackneyed, antiquated
Ant.: fresh, sweet-smelling, up-to-date, brand-new
an officious person
too eager to tell people what to do (used to show disapproval)
(adj.) meddling; excessively forward in offering services or assuming authority
The manager of the store warned the entire sales force not to be too _________ when helping customers.
Syn.: meddlesome, prying, impertinent, obtrusive
Ant.: reserved, diffident, timid, aloof
an ominous thing
making you feel that something bad is going to happen
(adj.) unfavorable, threatening, of bad omen
The __________ sound of distant thunder warned us of the storm's approach.
Syn.: unpropitious, inauspicious, portentous
Ant.: propitious, auspicious, promising
the most successful, powerful, exciting etc part of something
a high mountain top
a pointed stone decoration, like a small tower, on a building such as a church or castle
(n.) a high peak or point
Some pop musicians reach the __________ of their careers comparatively early in life.
Syn.: apex, acme, summit, apogee
Ant.: nadir, perigee, low point
a premeditated thing
a __ crime or attack is planned in advance and done deliberately
(adj., part.) considered beforehand, deliberately planned
Some crimes are spontaneous acts of passion; others are quite __________.
Syn.: preplanned, rehearsed, calculated, prearranged
Ant.: unplanned, spontaneous, impromptu
a rampant thing
if something bad, such as crime or disease, is __, there is a lot of it and it is very difficult to control
a plant that is __ grows and spreads quickly, in a way that is difficult to control
(adj.) growing without check, running wild
All kinds of odd rumors run _________ during a political campaign.
Syn.: widespread, unrestrained, extravagant, prevalent
Ant.: controlled, restrained
to solace someone
to bring a feeling of comfort and calmness to someone, when they are sad or disappointed
(n.) comfort, relief; (verb) to comfort, console
Many world leaders seek __________ from the cares of state in the pages of great literature.
I could find no way to __________ my deeply troubled conscience.
Syn.: (verb) soothe, reassure, cheer up
Ant.: (verb) vex, aggravate, upset
a stately place or thing
done slowly and with a lot of ceremony
impressive in style and size
(adj.) dignified, majestic
The __________ procession slowly wound its way from the palace to the cathedral.
Syn.: grand, magnificent, imposing
Ant.: lowly, humble, servile, abject
a supple person or thing
someone who is supple bends and moves easily and gracefully
leather, skin, wood etc that is supple is soft and bends easily
(adj.) bending easily; bending with agility; readily adaptable; servile
Have you ever read Robert Frost's famous poem about swinging on the __________ branches of a birch tree?
Syn.: flexible, limber, pliable, pliant
Ant.: stiff, rigid, unbending, hidebound
to suppress something
to stop people from opposing the government, especially by using force
if important information or opinions are suppressed, people are prevented from knowing about them, even if they have a right to know
to stop yourself from showing your feelings
to prevent something from growing or developing, or from working effectively
(v.) to stop by force, put down
Totalitarian governments usually take strong measures to __________ free speech.
Syn.: subdue, crush, stifle, squelch, quash, silence
Ant.: provoke, spur, arouse, incite, instigate
a venal person
willing to use power and influence in a dishonest way in return for money
(adj.) open to or marked by bribery or corruption
The presence of even one __________ official may jeopardize the integrity of an entire organization.
Syn.: dishonest, bribable, corruptible, mercenary
Ant.: honest, incorruptible, scrupulous
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