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Sadlier Oxford Level C Vocabulary Unit 7 Definitions, Synonyms, and Antonyms

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Acme
(n.) the highest point

Synonyms: summit, top, peak, pinnacle
Antonyms: low point, bottom, nadir
Attribute
(n.) a quality or characteristic belonging to or associated with someone or something; (v.) to assign to, credit with; to regard as caused by or resulting from

Synonyms: (n.) trait; (v.) ascribe
Belittle
(v.) to make something appear smaller than it is; to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance or value

Synonyms: minimize, underrate, disparage
Antonyms: exaggerate, magnify, overestimate
Convey
(v.) to transport; to transmit; to communicate, make known; to transfer ownership or title to

Synonyms: carry, send, impact
Doctrine
(n.) a belief, principle, or teaching; a system of such beliefs or principles; a formulation of such beliefs or principles
Excise
(v.) to remove by cutting; (n.) an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commodity or service

Synonyms: (v.) to cut out, delete, expunge
Antonyms: (v.) to put in, insert, interpolate
Exotic
(adj.) foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual

Synonyms: strange, alien, picaresque, colorful
Antonyms: native, indigenous, familiar, commonplace
Haggard
(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking

Synonyms: drawn, gaunt, wasted
Antonyms: healthy, glowing, radiant, hale and hearty
Jaunty
(adj.) lively, easy, and carefree in manner; smart or trim in appearance

Synonyms: unconcerned, lighthearted
Antonyms: downcast, dejected, glum
Juncture
(n.) a joining together; the point at which two things are joined; any important point in time

Synonyms: union, seam, join, turning point
Menial
(adj.) lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity; (n.) a person who does the humble and unpleasant tasks

Synonyms: (n.) underling, scullion, servant
Antonyms: (adj.) lofty, elevated; (n.) boss, master
Parry
(v.) to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports
Predatory
(adj.) preying on, plundering, or piratical

Synonyms: looting, pillaging, ravenous, rapacious
Ravage
(v.) to destroy, lay waste, ruin; (n.) ruinous damage, destruction

Synonyms: (v.) wreck, devastate
Antonym: (v.) spare
Stance
(n.) a way of holding the body; an attitude or position on an issue

Synonyms: posture, bearing
Tawdry
(adj.) showy and flashy but lacking in good taste

Synonyms: loud, garish, gaudy, tacky, vulgar
Antonyms: refined, tasteful, subdued, muted
Turncoat
(n.) a person who switches to an opposing side or party

Synonyms: traitor, quisling, deserter, renegade
Antonyms: loyalist, diehard
Unassuming
(adj.) not putting on airs, unpretentious; modest

Antonyms: conceited, pretentious, self-important
Wallow
(v.) to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to overindulge in; to have in abundance; (n.) a wet, muddy, or dusty area used by animals as a sort of bath; a state of moral or physical collapse

Synonyms: (v.) delight in, bask in
Waver
(v.) to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision

Synonyms: hesitate, falter
Antonyms: stand firm, be resolute