vocabulary words, definitions, and antonyms and synonyms
Example: hospitals take strict precautions to assure that nothing adulterates the blood supply.
Synonyms: contaminate,pollute, sully, Antonyms:purify, purge, expurgate
Antonyms: clumsy, all thumbs, maladroit
Example: many couples have to augment their income in order to pay the mortgage on a new home.
Synonyms: enlarge, supplement, amplify
Antonyms: decrease, diminish
Antonyms: replete, well provided
Example: a bugle call is a signal used to deploy troops for inspection,parade,or battle.
Synonyms: station, organize
Example: Dickens’s Mr. Gradgrind in the novel hard times is an example of a character with a dour and sullen disposition.
Synonyms: harsh, bleak,forbidding, saturnine
Antonyms: cheery, inviting, genial
The residents of the Mississippi delta showed remarkable fortitude during and after the flood that destroyed their homes and businesses.
Synonyms: resolve, steadfastness, mettle
Antonyms: fearfulness, timidity, faintheartedness
first-time visitors to Niagara falls can be expected to gape at the spectacular sights of nature has provided for them.
Synonyms: gawk, ogle
the recruits rushed into battle so that no one could gibe at them for cowardice.
voters may reject a candidate who resorts to personal gibe instead of discussing the issues.
Synonyms: ridicule, mock, deride, jeer
Antonyms: compliment, praise
the thieves gained entry to the home by presenting themselves in the guise of police officers.
Synonyms: costume, semblance, pretense
the investigators uncovered an insidious scheme to rob people of their life savings
Synonyms: cunning, underhanded, perfidious
Antonyms: frank, ingenious, aboveboard
they were to proud to give any intimation of their financial difficulties
Synonyms: clue, indication, inkling
the tour guide showed us the opulent living quarters of the royal family.
Synonyms: rich, lavish, plentiful, abundant
Antonyms: poverty-stricken,wretched, destitute
spools of pliable copper wire are standard equipment for many kinds of maintance workers, including electricians.
Synonyms: supple, adaptable, resilient,
Antonyms: rigid, inflexible,recalcitrant
effective speakers often reiterate an important statement for emphasis
Synonyms: restate, rehash, recapitulate
stolid people can generally be expected to take most things in stride.
Synonyms: impassive, phlegmatic
Antonyms: emotional, oversensitive,high-strung
negotiators have come up with a tentative agreement that will keep both sides at the bargaining table past the strike deadline
Antonyms: definite, conclusive, confirmed
according to my parents, the latest fashions make me and my friends look unkempt.
Synonyms: sloppy,disheveled, disordered, rough
Antonyms: well-groomed, tidy, neat,natty
newspapers often publish the verbatim text of an important political speech.
at the swearing-in ceremony the chief justice reads each line of the oath of office and the new president repeats it verbatim.
the hikers made their war warily up the steep and rocky trail.
Synonyms: carefully, prudently, gingerly
Antonyms: recklessly, heedlessly, incautiously