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Vocabulary List #10

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acquiesce
(v.) - to accept without protest, to agree or submit
Synonyms: to comply, to accede, to consent, to yield
Antonyms: to resist, to protest, to drag one's heels
Although we didn't agree fully with the plan, we decided to _____ to the majority.
allure
(v.) - to entice, to tempt; to be attractive to
(n.) - a strong attraction; the power to attract; to charm
Synonyms: temptation, enticement; to beguile, to tantalize
Antonyms: to repel, to turn off; a repellent
After being _____ by the reduced prizes, we discovered that our purchases were not bargains after all.
askew
(adj.) - twisted to one side, crooked
(adv.) - disapprovingly
Synonyms: awry, lopsided, cockeyed
Antonyms: straight, symmetrical
He appeared at the meeting wearing his tie all _____.
blithe
(adj.) - cheerful, lighthearted; casual; unconcerned
Synonyms: carefree, nonchalant, indifferent
Antonyms: glum, morose, despondent, depressed
The _____ optimism of youth was exhibited throughout the dramatic performance.
contentious
(adj.) - quarrelsome, inclined to argue
Synonyms: argumentative, disputatious, combative
Antonyms: agreeable, amiable, affable; pacific
We became annoyed by his _____ manner.
covet
(v.) - to desire something belonging to another
Synonyms: to yearn for, to hunger for, to crave
Antonyms: to disdain, to scorn, to despise
The group _____ the curator's unusual art collection.
crestfallen
(adj.) - discouraged, dejected, downcast
Synonyms: despondent, disconsolate
Antonyms: elated, cheerful, self-satisfied, cocky
The coach attempted to comfort the _____ players.
disheveled
(adj.) - rumpled, mused; hanging in disorder
Synonyms: untidy, disarranged, tousled, unkempt
Antonyms: neat, tidy, orderly, well-groomed
The young man always seemed to be untidy and _____ in his appearance.
exponent
(n.) - one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets (math) the power to which a number, symbol, or expression is to be raised
(adj.) - explanatory
Synonyms: a defender, a champion; an interpreter
Antonyms: a critic, an adversary, a faultfinder, a detractor
The gentleman was an ardent _____ of modern art.
garrulous
(adj.) - given to much talking, tediously chatty
Synonyms: talkative, loquacious, long-winded
Antonyms: reticent, mum, taciturn, laconic, reserved
The aide became impatient with the _____ old woman.
insuperable
(adj.) - incapable of being overcome
Synonyms: invincible, insurmountable, indomitable
Antonyms: surmountable, conquerable
She bravely faced an _____ obstacle to success.
lamentable
(adj.) - to be regretted or pitied
Synonyms: deplorable, regrettable, distressing
Antonyms: praiseworthy, commendable, laudable
We can all agree that unethical behavior is _____, but what are we willing to do about it.
misnomer
(n.) - an unsuitable or misapplied name
Synonyms: a misnaming, a malapropism
Antonyms:
The publisher, who thought that the book's title was a _____, decide to change it.
profess
(v.) - to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, to pretend
Synonyms: to assert, to declare, to proclaim, to purport
Antonyms: to disclaim, to disavow, to repudiate
The new CEO _____ satisfaction in our work.
respite
(n.) - a period of relief and rest
Synonyms: an interval, an intermission, a lull; a "breather"
Antonyms:
After undergoing surgery, the patient sought _____ from worry.
retribution
(n.) - a repayment; a deserved punishment
Synonyms: recompense, requital, just deserts
Antonyms:
For the innumerable crimes he had committed, the dictator had good reason to fear _____.
sinuous
(adj.) - winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible
Synonyms: twisting, convoluted, serpentine; supple
Antonyms: direct, straight, unbending; stiff, rigid
The dancer's _____ movements were a sight to behold.
sonorous
(adj.) - full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style
Synonyms: resonant, resounding; grandiloquent
Antonyms: tinny, reedy, harsh and grating
Her rattled nerves were soothed by the _____ music.
vanguard
(n.) - the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field
Synonyms: the forefront, the cutting edge; trailblazer
Antonyms: the rearguard, the straggler, the laggard
His new technological device placed him in the _____ of progress.
wastrel
(n.) - a wasteful person, spendthrift; a good-for-nothing
Synonyms: a loafer, an idler; a squanderer, a profligate
Antonyms: a skinflint, a tightwad, a miser
We watched a movie about the self-destructive life of a _____.