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Vocabulary Energizers Synonyms C. 1-8

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herculean
mighty, powerful, massive, immense, colossal
bowdlerize
delete, censor, expurgate
pandemonium
disorder, chaos, noisy confusion, tumult
pander
indulge, gratify, cater
quixotic
romantic, visionary, fanciful, chimerical
cynical
distrustful, sneering, derisive
stoical
self-controlled, imperturbable
stigma
stain, taint
impede
block, delay, retard, thwart
expedite
accelerate, quicken, facilitate
tantalize
tempt, tease, entice
labyrinth
maze, tangle, conundrum
Machiavellian
cunning, crafty, deceitful, guileful
laconic
brief, to the point, concise, terse
maudlin
mushy, tear-jerking, mawkish
galvanize
excite, stimulate, animate
lethargic
drowsy, torpid
ostracize
reject, isolate, shun
gregarious
sociable, social, convivial
egregious
outrageous, flagrant
mesmerize
spellbind, captivate, enthrall
martial
combative, militant, bellicose
erotic
sexual, passionate, amatory
cupidity
graspingness, possessiveness, avarice
philistine
materialist, barbarian, boor
catholic
broad, comprehensive, unbiased
jeopardize
endanger, risk, imperil
precarious
uncertain, hazardous, perilous
foible
defect, flaw, infirmity
forte
aptitude, talent, métier
odyssey
wander, roaming, peregrination,
protean
changeable, variable, versatile
fiasco
failure, disaster, debacle
idiosyncrasy
oddity, mannerism, eccentricity
quintessence
essence, model, paragon
rankle
irritate, anger, exasperate
decimate
destroy, slaughter, ravage
narcissism
self-centeredness, conceit, egoism
incumbent
required, compulsive, obligatory
succumb
submit, surrender, capitulate
amazon
powerful woman, athletic woman, virago
iconoclast
revolutionary, rebel, radical, dissenter
sardonic
sneering, mocking, contemptuous, derisive
supercilious
scornful, contemptuous, haughty
nemesis
downfall, destruction, retribution
procrastinate
delay, postpone, defer
panacea
universal remedy, cure-all, nostrum
capricious
impulsive, flighty, whimsical
introvert
shy person, self-observer, self-scrutinizer
extrovert
socializer, outgoing person, gregarious person
aegis
guardianship, support, patronage, auspices
auspicious
promising, encouraging, propitious
jaded
worn-out, overindulged, satiated
atone
make amends, make reparations, expiate
lewd
vulgar, smutty, lascivious
succinct
brief, concise, terse
prevaricate
lie, misinform, equivocate
aloof
removed, unresponsive, uninvolved, indifferent
jovial
merry, cheerful, jocular
saturnine
moody, sulky, morose
curtail
cut, decrease, diminish
travesty
mockery, joke, parody
scruple
conscience, principle, misgiving, qualm
havoc
ruin, damage, devastation
mentor
instructor, guide, preceptor
haggard
careworn, weary, fatigued, gaunt
utopian
idealistic, imaginary, impractical, unfeasible
mercurial
unstable, high-spirited, impulsive, erratic
diffident
shy, insecure, timorous
hypocrisy
deceptiveness, dishonesty, insincerity, deceit, duplicity
zealous
enthusiastic, passionate, intense, earnest, ardent
candid
sincere, direct, outspoken, frank, forthright, uninhibited
posthumous
after-death, post-mortem
enthrall
spellbind, thrill, enchant, captivate
parasite
freeloader, deadbeat, sponger, sycophant
chagrin
shame, distress, embarrassment, mortification
cant
insincerity, phoniness, empty talk, slang, technical language, jargon
ephemeral
momentary, brief, temporary, fading, transitory
dexterous
skilled, nimble, efficient, able, adroit
sinister
menacing, frightening, unfavorable, villainous, treacherous, malevolent