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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level F Unit 4 with Ant. and Syn.

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affable
(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
S: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial
A: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
aggrandize
(v.) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth, to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
S: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt
A: reduce, decrease, diminish
amorphous
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
S: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate
A: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
aura
(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
S: ambience, atmosphere
contraband
(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
S: illicit, bootleg, unlawful
A: legal, lawful, licit
erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
S: profoundly educated, well-read
A: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
gossamer
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth
S: filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy
A: thick, dense, solid, massive
infer
(v.) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
S: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
inscrutable
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
S: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
A: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
insular
(adj.) relating to, characteristis of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
S: narrow-minded, parochical, provincial
A: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
irrevocable
(adj.) incapable or being changed or called back
S: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable
A: reversible, changeable
propensity
(n.) natural inclination or predilection toward
S: natural bent, proclivity, penchant
A: natural incapacity or inability
querulous
(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful
S:petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
A: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
remonstrate
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
S: reason against, expostulate
repudiate
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
S: disavow, abjure, renounce
A: avow, affirm, aver, avouch
resilient
(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
S: springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy
A: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
reverberate
(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
S: rumble, thunder, boom, echo
scurrilous
(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul mouthed
S: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
A: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
sedulous
(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination
S: assiduous, tireless, indefatigable
A: lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
sleazy
(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean or disreputable
S: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
A: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy