(adj.) country-like; simple, plain; awkward; (n.) one who lives in the country syn: rough, unsophisticated, countrified
(v.) to separate, divide into parts syn: cut off, amputate, break off, dissolve
(adj.) wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish syn: filthy, squalid, base, vile, seedy, sleazy
(adj.) not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain syn: indefensible, insupportable, groundless
(adj.) able to do many things well; capable of many uses syn: adaptable, handy, all-around, many-sided
(v.) to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition; to justify syn: acquit, absolve, exonerate, advocate
(v.) to lose size, strength, or power syn: diminish, decline, subside, dwindle
(v.) to add to, attach; to incorporate; (n.) an attachment or addition Synonyms- join, acquire, appropiate, procure Cordova was annexed by the City of Memphis.
(v.) to cut or split open; to cling to Synonyms- sever, halve, sunder, adhere, clasp At camp I can usually cleave a good piece of firewood with one swing of the axe.
(adj.) in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; (n.) a liqueur Synonyms- hospitable, affable, warm, convivial After not seeing my brother for a long time, I greeted him in a cordial manner.
(n.) the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element Synonyms- foundation, base, underpinning, support Desegregation was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights activists' mission.
(n.) an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure Synonyms- disaster, fiasco, calamity The Alabama, ND game was a complete debacle as Alabama destroyed the competition.
(v.) to make weak or lifeless Synonyms- enfeeble, sap, enervate The flu devitalizes my energy.
(v.) to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion Synonyms- entangle, ensnarl My sister was embroiled in an argument with her friend.
(v.) to clear from a charge or accusation Synonyms- absolve, acquit, vindicate, exculpate The accused thief was exonerated when the homeowner found the watch he had accidentally misplaced.
(adj.) ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere Synonyms- superficial, pat, oily, unctuous, facile When I asked my Mom if my mismatched outfit looked nice, she responded with a glib answer.
(adj.) by chance, not planned; lacking order Synonyms- random, accidental, slapdash I was in a rush to meet friends, so I did my homework in a haphazard way.
(v.) to compose or perform without preparation; to construct from available materials Synonyms- ad-lib, play it by year, wing it, extemporize I had to improvise making a drum by using a frying pan and two wooden spoons.
(v.) to rouse, stir up, urge on Synonyms- spur, kindle, provoke, instigate, prompt My sister incites arguments with me by insulting me often.
(n.) a coming in, inflow Synonyms- inpouring, inrush, invasion On Black Friday, there was an influx of customers crowding the aisles in Target.
(n.) an extreme or unnatural paleness Synonyms- wanness, lividness, bloodlessness The pallor of my skin was terrible when I had the flu.
(n.) a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something Synonyms- lineage, ancestry, genealogy My racing horse has the pedigree of King Charles' stallion.
(adj.) very steep Synonyms- sheer, abrupt, sharp Jupiter Peak was a very precipitous ski run.
(adj.) very abundant; given or flowing freely Synonyms- extravagant, lavish, bounteous, plenteous There was a profuse amount of food on the beautiful buffet at Mala Mala.
(v.) to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself) Synonyms- unite, conciliate, mend fences The fighting children were able to reconcile once they apologized to each other.
(v.) to put into chains; (n., usually pl.) a chain, fetter Synonyms- manacle, enslave, handcuffs, bonds, irons Nelson Mandela was shackled and thrown on the boat to Robbin Island.
(adj.) shabby, old and worn Synonyms- frayed, seedy, ragged, shopworn, trite My blanket that I slept with for 20 years is threadbare.
(v.) to lower in esteem, degrade; to humble syn: lower, humiliate, prostrate, demean The man was abased because he lost the presidential election.
(v.) to move to action; to impel syn: trigger, incite, instigate Pulling the trigger actuates the bullet firing.
(v.) to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid syn: stop, deflect, ward off, preclude We averted the animal roadblock by driving around the herd of elephants.
(adj.) rude, unrefined; clumsy syn: vulgar, crude, uncouth, ill-mannered, gauche The little boy's behavior was boorish because he complained about his gifts.
(n.) the main impact, force, or burden syn: blow, shock Fortunately nobody was injured during the brunt of the hurricane.
(n.) a fighter; (adj.) engaged in fighting syn: soldier, disputant, warrior; hostile, battling Mike Tyson and his combatant compete in large boxing matches.
(adj.) inactive; in a state of suspension; sleeping syn: resting, still, quiescent Mt St Helens is a dormant volcano.
(adj.) causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant syn: questionable, suspect, unsettled, undecided Teo should have been dubious about his girlfriend's identity.
(v.) to deliver a loud, ranting speech; (n.) a loud speech syn: rant, lecture; tirade, diatribe My Dad harangues my sister about cleaning up her room.
(v.) to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass syn: badger, pester, hound, pillage, ravage My Mom harries me about playing my music too loudly.
(adj.) not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses syn: remorseless, unrepentant, incorrigible My parents punished me because I was impenitent about yelling at my sister.
(n.) a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow syn: rascal, rogue, scoundrel, miscreant The neighborhood hoodlum was a knave because he was always stealing the kids' bikes.
(n.) a large military force; any large group or number; (adj.) many, numerous syn: multitude, host, throng, division, regiment The US Army sent a legion of troops into Afghanistan.
(n.) generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook syn: largesse, magnanimity, broad-mindedness Ms. Trusty's liberality allowed us to listen to music during our class.
(n.) one who begins a lawsuit syn: complainant, accuser The plaintiff was suing the restaurant because he got food poisoning after eating there.
(v.) to examine, investigate thoroughly; (n.) an investigation; a device used to explore or examine syn: explore, scrutinize; inquiry, detector In science class I used a probe when dissecting the frog.
(v.) to draw out or lengthen in space or time syn: prolong, extend, elongate, spin out The wings on the plane protracted to an amazing 50 feet.
(v.) to cut or take from (or as if from) a quarry; (n.) a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued syn: prey, game, victim, excavation, pit, mine The men pulled amazing gems from our family's quarry.
(v.) to refuse with scorn, disdain syn: turn down, reject, decline, snub, repudiate The quarterback spurned a full-ride offered by Notre Dame because he wanted to play for Michigan.
(n.) an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something syn: dodge, blind, ruse, deception, artifice I hid my candy as a subterfuge to keep my sister from getting fat.