Glossary of Vocabulary 4-6
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- adj.)holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent
The girl had a tenacious and good grip on life.
S=obstinate, stubborn, dogged, persistent A=yielding, weak, gentle, lax, slack
- adj)grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
The senator had sardonic laughter at watching his enemies destroy one another.
S=caustic, mordant, acerbic, wry A= bland, mild; saccharine; good-natured
- n.)a lack of government and law, confusion
The country was in a state of anarchy after their president died.
S=chaos, disorder, turmoil, pandemonium A=law and order, peace and quiet
- v) to make easier, assist
I facilitated my mom by helping her with the mailing she had to send out.
S=to ease, smoothe the way, simplify A=to hamper, hinder, obstruct, impede
- adj.)favorable, fortunate
The girl had auspicious circumstances when it came to choosing high schools.
S=promising, encouraging, propitious A=ill-omened, ominous, sinister
- adj)overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish
The women were in prim bonnets and gloves at the tea.
S=fussy, fastidious; squeamish, prudish A=dowdy, frumpy; sloppy, untidy; loose, lax
- adj.)favoring one side unduly; prejudiced
In order to be a good referee you may not be biased toward one team.
S=prejudiced, unfair, partial, bigoted A=fair, impartial, unprejudiced, just
- v.)to give way to superior force, yield
The girl succumbed to the pressure that the test was giving her.
- adj.)never stopping, going on all the time
The incessant crying of the baby, made my homework awfully hard to do.
S=ceaseless, constant, uninterrupted A=occasional, sporadic, intermittent
- adj.)made of brass; shameless, impudent
Cheating is considered a brazen violation of the schools honor code and students can be expelled for doing so.
S=impudent, saucy, bold; shameless A=deferential, respectful; self-effacing
- n.)slavery, forced labor
The prisoners were captured and put into a state of servitude
- v) to make up for
The girls had to atone for the work that they had missed while they were absent.
S=to make up for, make amends for, expiate A=to make no amends for
- adj.)very brave, fearless, unshakable
The intrepid parachuter has made more than 300 successful jumps.
S=valiant, courageous, audacious, daring A=timid, cowardly, craven, pusillanimous
- adj)unreasonable; based on one's own wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness
The arbitrary ruler had very strict rules for the people of his country.
S=capricious; high-handed, autocratic A=reasoned, rational; objective, equitable
- adj.)poor, in a state of poverty;depleted
The people of the country were impoverished by the war that struck their country.
S=poverty-stricken, destitute, indigent A=rich, wealthy, affluent, prosperous
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