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Vocab Unit 6

Terms

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asper'sion
(n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming--- syn.- innuendo, calumny, denigration
anom'alous
(adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual---- syn.- exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant/ ant.- normal, regular, customary, typical, ordinary
transmute'
(v) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another---syn.- transform, convert, translate, metamorphose/ ant.- maintain unchange, preserve
surreptit'ious
(adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud---syn.- furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed/ ant.- open, frank, aboveboard, overt
insur'gent
(n) one who rebels or rises against authority, (adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority, surging or rushing in or on--- syn.- (adj) revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous/ ant.- loyalist, loyal, faithful
cajole'
(v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
megaloma'nia
(n) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, far in excess of reality---syn.- delusions of grandeur/ ant.- humility, modesty, self-abasement
bizarre'
(adj) extremely strange, unusual, atypical--- syn.- grotesque, fantastic, outlandish/ ant.- normal, typical, ordinary, expected
contrive'
(v) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan---syn.- think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
si'necure
(n) a position requiring little or no work, an easy job--- syn.- no show job, cushy job, plum
cas'tigate
(v) to punish severly; to criticize severly---syn.- chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid/ ant.- reward, honor, praise, laud
fett'er
(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet; anyting that confines or restrains (v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent--- syn.- (n) bond, restraint (v) bind, hamper/ ant.- (v) free, liberate, emancipate
ennui'
(n) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom---syn.- languor, world weariness, listlessness/ ant.- enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity
disabuse'
(v) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking--- syn.- undeceive, enlighten, set straight/ ant.- deceive, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
transgress'
(v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law--- syn.- overstep, exceed, trespass, err/ ant.- obey, toe the line
vicar'ious
(adj) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another--- syn.- surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand/ ant.- real, actual, firsthand
brusque
(adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities--- syn.- curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough/ ant.- gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
hei'nous
(adj) wicked, offensive, hateful---syn.- evil, odious, abominable, outrageous/ ant.- excellent, wonderful, splendid
immu'table
(adj) not subject to change, constant---syn.- unchangeable, unalterbale, fixed, invariable/ ant.- changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
dem'agogue
(n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power--- syn.- rabble rouser, firebrand

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