Sadlier-Oxford Level F Unit 4
Talerico EHHS English 2 Honors (or AP)
Terms in this set (20)
(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
Syn: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial
Ant: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
We spent a pleasant afternoon with our ________ neighbours.
(v.) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
Syn: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt
Ant: reduce, decrease, diminish
John D. Rockefeller worked to __________ his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines.
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
Syn: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate
Ant: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
The ____________ body of the amoeba was fascinating to watch under the microscope.
(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
Syn: ambience, atmosphere
What people thought was her _________ of mystery was actually a mask for her shyness.
(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
Syn: (adj.) illicit, bootleg, unlawful
Ant: (adj.) legal, lawful, licit
Three jeweled combs from the 17th century were among the _____________ seized by the police.
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Syn: profoundly educated, well-read
Ant: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
For my paper, I would like to find an __________ history of the subject written in a clear and unbiased manner.
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth
Syn: (adj.) filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy
Ant: (adj.) thick, dense, solid, massive
Ghosts are often depicted in literature as wearing ___________ clothing that makes them seem all the more ethereal.
The book was so old that each finely printed page seemed only the weight of ___________.
(v.) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
Syn: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
I can _________ nothing from his odd behaviour.
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
Syn: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
Ant: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
I could not tell by her ______________ smile whether she was pleased or only amused with me.
(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
Syn: narrow-minded, parochial, provincial
Ant: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
You seem too sophisticated to hold such _________ opinions.
(adj.) incapable of being changed or called back
Syn: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable
Ant: reversible, changeable
We tend to think of court verdicts as _____________ but they are often overturned by higher courts.
(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward
Syn: natural bent, proclivity, penchant
Ant: natural incapacity or inability
Queen Elizabeth I showed a strong _____________ for putting off decisions in the hopes that they would resolve themselves.
(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful
Syn: petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
Ant: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
Some flight attendants dread a _____________ airline passenger more than they do rough weather.
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
Syn: reason against, expostulate
Slowly, carefully, keeping his voice down, he argued with the caller as one might ______________ with a child.
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
Syn: disavow, abjure, renounce
Ant: avow, affirm, aver, avouch
He was forced to _____________ a statement he had made before he'd had all the information.
(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
Syn: springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy
Ant: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
The development of lightweight, ____________ plastics revolutionized the design of many durable goods.
(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
Syn: rumble, thunder, boom, echo
From the construction site, the noise of bulldozers and dump trucks _____________ across the valley.
(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
Syn: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
Ant: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
Days passed and unrest grew, and soon the rebels began a ____________ attack on their absent leader.
(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination
Syn: assiduous, tireless, indefatigable
Ant: lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
No one could say that he was lazy, fore he was a careful, ___________ copier of other people's work.
(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
Syn: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
Ant: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy
The old lady made her clothes at home in order to avoid the __________ goods sold in the general store.
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