Vocabulary Workshop Level F: Unit 5

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precept(n.) a rule of conduct or action SYNONYMS: principle, maximsalutary(adj.) beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome SYNONYMS: salubrious, curative ANTONYMS: detrimental, deleteriousscathing(adj.) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm SYNONYMS: searing, harsh, savage ANTONYMS: bland, mildscourge(v.) to whip, punish severely; (n.) a cause of affliction or suffering; a source or severe punishment or criticism SYNONYMS: (v.) flog, beat; (n.) bane, plague, pestilence ANTONYMS: (n.) godsend, boon, blessingsepulchral(adj.) funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal SYNONYMS: lugubrious, mortuarysoporific(adj.) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep SYNONYMS: (n.) narcotic, anesthetic ANTONYMS: (adj.) stimulating; (n.) stimulant, stimulusstraitlaced(adj.) extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical SYNONYMS: highly conventional, overly strict, stuffy ANTONYMS: lax, loose, indulgent, permissive, dissolutetransient(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time SYNONYMS: (adj.) impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent ANTONYMS: (adj.) permanent, imperishable, immortalunwieldy(adj.) not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity SYNONYMS: bulky, clumsy, impractical ANTONYMS: manageable, easy to handlevapid(adj.) dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force SYNONYMS: lifeless, colorless ANTONYMS: zesty, spicy, colorful

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