Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level E unit 2

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Adroit
(adj.) skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind

SYNONYMS: clever, deft, dextrous, slick
ANTONYMS: clumsy, inept, all thumbs

Amicable
(adj.) peaceable, friendly

SYNONYMS: congenial, neighborly, cordial
ANTONYMS: hostile, antagonistic

Averse
(adj.) having deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling

SYNONYMS: disinclined, loathe
ANTONYMS: favorably disposed, eager, keen

Belligerent
(adj.) given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressive; (n.) one at war, one engaged in war
Benevolent
(adj.) kindly, charitable

SYNONYMS: benign, well-meaning
ANTONYMS: malicious, spiteful, malevolent

Cursory
(adj.) hasty, not thorough

SYNONYMS: quick, superficial, perfunctory
ANTONYMS: thorough, painstaking, careful

Duplicity
(n.) treachery, deceitfulness

SYNONYMS: fraud, double-dealing, chicanery

Extol
(v.) to praise extravagantly

SYNONYMS: glorify, applaud, acclaim, hail
ANTONYMS: criticize, belittle, disparage

Feasible
(adj.) possible, able to be done

SYNONYMS: workable, practicable, viable
ANTONYMS: unworkable, impractical

Grimace
(n.) a wry face, facial distortion; (v.) to make a wry face

SYNONYMS: (n.) pained expression, facial contortion
ANTONYMS: (n.) smile, grin; (v.) beam

Holocaust
(n.) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering

SYNONYMS: conflagration, devastation, annihilation
ANTONYMS: deluge, inundation

Impervious
(adj.) not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance

SYNONYMS: impenetrable, resistant, proof against
ANTONYMS: porous, permeable, vulnerable

Impetus
(n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulus

SYNONYMS: impulse, incentive, spur
ANTONYMS: curb, hindrance, impediment, constraint

Jeopardy
(n.) danger

SYNONYMS: risk, hazard, peril
ANTONYMS: safety, security

Meticulous
(adj.) extremely careful; particular about details

SYNONYMS: fastidious, painstaking, fussy
ANTONYMS: careless, negligent, sloppy

Nostalgia
(n.) a longing for something past; homesickness
Quintessence
(n.) the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example

SYNONYMS: paragon, exemplar

Retrogress
(v.) to move backward; to return to an earlier condition

SYNONYMS: revert, degenerate, decline
ANTONYMS: advance, evolve, progress

Scrutinize
(v.) to examine closely

SYNONYMS: inspect, pore over
ANTONYMS: skim, scan, glance at

Tepid
(adj.) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest

SYNONYMS: insipid, half-hearted, wishy-washy
ANTONYMS: heated, excited, enthusiastic

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