BEI Test

voracioussyn: insatiable, gluttonous, gorgingant: full, satisfied, quenched
desiring or consuming great quantities
indiscriminatesyn: aimless, haphazard, unplannedant: planned, chosen, methodical
choosing at random without careful selection
eminentsyn: famed, high-ranking, distinguishedant: insignificant, unimportant, common
of high reputation, outstanding
steepedsyn: immerse, marinate, submergeant: dehydrate, dry, deplete
soaked, drenched, satuarated
replete (adj)syn: loaded, crammed, overflowingant: empty, lacking, unfilled
completely filled/supplied with
aboundsyn: flourish, proliferate, thriveant: decline, fail, retreat
to exist in great numbers
technology
branch of knowledge dealing with engineering, applied science, etc
prognosticatesyn: foreshadow, prophesy, have a hunch
to predict/foretell a future event
automatonsyn: apparatus, gadget, instrumentant: end
a robot; a mechanical “person”
matronsyn: matriarch, dame, motherant: patron
an older married woman
paradoxsyn: ambiguity, enigma, inconsistencyant: normality, standard, accuracy
a statement that at first seems to be absurd or self-contradictory but which may in fact turn out to be true
realmsyn: domain, territory, department
special field of something or someone; kingdom
annalssyn: journal, archives, publication
historical records
compound (v)syn: commingle, associate, synthesizeant: disconnect, separate, divide
to increase/add to
tinge (n)syn: bit, dash, pinchant: lot, information, white
a trace, smattering, or slight degree
to eat humble pie
to admit your error and apologize
a pig in a poke
an item you purchase without having seen; a disappointment
a flash in the pan
promising at the start but then disappointing
badger (v)syn: bully, torment, heckleant: aid, assist, support
to pester, nag, annoy persistently
imploresyn: urge, crave, prayant: disgust, refuse, turn off
to pled urgently for aid or mercy
drudgerysyn: chore, labor, struggleant: entertainment, fun, snap
unpleasant, dull, or hard work
interminablesyn: endless, long-winded, continuousant: brief, temporary, halting
unending
perceivesyn: comprehend, realize, knowant: ignore, misinterpret, misunderstand
to understand, know, become aware of
to pour oil on troubled waters
to make peace, to calm someone down
laconicsyn: brief, curt, short and sweetant: long-winded, wordy,
expressing much in few words
throngsyn: multitude, congregation, mass
crowd
intrepidsyn: fearless, heroic, spunkyant: afraid, cowardly, meek
brave
accostsyn:confront, bother, annoyant: ignore, turn away, refrain
to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark
reticentsyn: restrained, hesitant, close-mouthedant: confident, extroverted, communicative
to be silent, not to speak freely; reserved
the sword of Damocles
any imminent danger
furtivesyn: convert, conspiratorial, calculatingant: honest, open, aboveboard
secret, stealthy
felonsyn: convict, offender, delinquentant: police
a person guilty of a major crime
plethorasyn: plenty, much, overabundanceant: lack, need, scarcity
excess
haplesssyn: unlucky, woeful, loserant: happy, fortunate, well-off
unfortunate
iratesyn: enraged, exasperated,irritatedant: cheerful, happy, pleased
angry, incensed
Pyrrhic victory
a too costly victory
pretextsyn: alibi, ploy, pretenseant: reality, truth, rear
an excuse, alleged reason
fabricatesyn: formulate, concoct, contriveant: destroy, demolish, ruin
to lie; to construct
adroitsyn: masterful, proficient, adeptant: awkward, incompetent, inept
skillful
gesticulatesyn: pantomime, body language, sign languageant: speech
move the arms energetically
vigilantsyn: observant, attentive, alertant: careless, ignorant, thoughtless
watchful
a wet blanket
one who spoils the fun
avidsyn: impatient, passionate, zealousant: apathetic, disinterested, frigid
eager
cajolesyn: deceive, dupe, tantalizeant: repulse, disgust, disenchant
coax
rudimentarysyn: simple, primitive, basicant: complex, intricate, sophisticated
elementary
enhancesyn: augment, enlarge, upgradeant: diminish, undermine, worsen
intensify, highten
nuancesyn: refinement, implication, gradationant: brightness, information, lot
slight variation in meaning, tone, etc.
to beard the lion in his den
to visit and oppose a person on his own grounds
loathesyn: despise, detest, repudiateant: cherish, love, sanction
to hate
reprimand (v)syn: castigate, reprehend, denounceant: approve, compliment, praise
to show sharp disapproval
lacklustersyn: boring, flat, uninspiredant: bright, enthusiastic, lively
dull
causticsyn: abrasive, harsh, scathingant: bland, gentle, kind
severely critical or sarcastic, biting
wrestsyn: extort, extract, seizeant: give
take by force
crocodile tears
insincere tears
infamoussyn: vile, scandalous, notoriousant: magnificent, pleasant, dignified
having a bad reputation
jostlesyn: bulldoze, nudge, thrustant: leave alone, repress, pull
to shove hard
dupe (n)syn: victim, chump, markant: cognizant, knowledgeable, informed
a person easily tricked
incipientsyn: embryonic, commencing, initiativeant: developed, grown, mature
just beginning to exist or appear
inadvertentsyn: careless, reckless, unwittingant: careful, cautious, intentional
heedless, not attentive
to carry the day
to win the approval of the majority
ominoussyn: dangerous, sinister, hauntingant: encouraging, cheerful, joyful
threatening
tremuloussyn: palpitating, shaky, tremblingant: brave, unwavering, steady
quivering
repudiatesyn: disown, abandon, disavowant: accept, allow, enforce
to reject, decline
cessationsyn: interruption, discontinuance, terminationant: beginning, commencement, opening
a stopping/ ending
bristle (v)syn:seethe, boil, fumeant: be happy
quivering/ to be visibly roused or stirred up
skid row
disreputable part of town, inhabited by derelicts and people “on the skid”
euphemismsyn: purism, pretense,inflation
a less offensive term/ nice way of saying something
mundanesyn: humdrum, routine, commonplaceant: abnormal, unusual, heavenly
of or pertaining to the world, universe, or earth
incongruoussyn: bizarre, inappropriate, contradictoryant: compatible, uniform, fitting
inappropriate, unbecoming, out of place
condolencesyn:compassion, solace, consolation
expression of sympathy, pity
stipulatesyn: guarantee, designate, imposeant: break, decline, calculate
to specify a condition
to go in smoke
to come to no practical resultkindling smokes but but will not light a fire
alacritysyn: eagerness, zealant: coolness, apathy, discouragement
briskness, lively action
disdain (n)syn: arrogance, hatred, ridiculeant: admiration, flattery, affection
feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy
belligerentsyn: combative, quarrelsome, aggressiveant: agreeable, calm, friendly
warlike
intimidatesyn: frighten, terrify, coerceant: assure, comfort, encourage
to make timid, or to overawe
feintsyn: pretension, ploy, impostureant: frankness, honesty, truth
a false attack
pugnacioussyn: aggressive, hot-tempered, brawlingant: laid-back, kind, nice
inclined to quarrel/fight readily
promulgatesyn: announce, proclaim, broadcastant: conceal, hide, refrain
to make known officially
scoffsyn: belittle, ridicule, knockant: approve, flatter, praise
to sneer at
belittlesyn: criticize, minimize, discreditant: commend, approve, overestimate
to make seem less important
to throw down the gauntlet
to challenge someone
feeling no pain
drunk
tangiblesyn: touchable, evident, actualant: abstract, conceptual, unreal
having actual form
lacerationsyn: gash, injuryant: closure
jagged wound
castigatesyn: chastise, scold, punishant: approve, exonerate, forgive
to correct by punishing
sordidsyn: nasty, shameful, sleazyant: clean, reputable, decent
dirty or filthy
octogenarian
a person in their 80s
Hobson’s choice
to have no choice at all
solacesyn: condolence, relief, pitant: discord, disharmony
easing of grief
aspirantsyn: applicant, striver, contestant
candidate for advancement
dregssyn: waste, residue, deposits
most worthless part
frenzysyn: rage, passion, crazeant: calm, harmony, order
wild fit
scurriloussyn: insulting, foul, offensiveant: decent, moral, pure
grossly/obscenely abusive
to rule the roost
to be in charge, to be master
rampantsyn: excessive, raging, prevalentant: moderate, restrained, limited
going unchecked, widespread
inanesyn: absurd, frivolous, idioticant: bright, intelligent, smart
foolish
ethicssyn: belief, integrity, moralityant: corruption,disgrace, dishonesty
code of principles
concursyn: accord, consent, meetant: clash, disagree, object
agree
clandestinesyn:hidden, covert, fraudulentant:authorized, honest, open
secret, undercover
stock in trade
the goods, tools, and other requisites of a profession
flagrantsyn: brazen, bold, atrociousant: meek, obscure, timid
outrageous, glaringly bad
admonishsyn: scold, berate, reprimandant: allow, praise, compliment
to warn, strongly criticize
duresssyn: coercion, confinement, constraintant: freedom, liberation, release
force, compulsion
culpritsyn: criminal, offender, transgressorant: police
the guilty person
inexorablesyn: merciless, unrelenting, adamantant: kind, sympathetic, yielding
to warn, reprove
to take down a peg
to take the conceit out of a braggart
egregioussyn: deplorable, atrocious, shockingant: concealed, minor, mild
remarkably bad, flagrant
distraughtsyn: agitated, perturbed, hystericalant: collected, reasonable, preaceful
mentally confused, crazed, very upset
duplicitysyn: deceit, artifice, treacheryant: forthrightness, sincerity, openness
cunning, trickery
acrimonioussyn: belligerent, irate, spitefulant: happy, pleasant, helping
bitter in nature, speech, behavior
paucitysyn: insufficiency, rarity, meagernessant: abundance, plenty, affluence
scarcity, lack
to pass the buck
to evade responsibility
elicitsyn: bring out, obtain, deriveant: give, supress, hide
to draw forth
pernicioussyn: damaging, dangerous, maliciousant: harmless, beneficial, good
harmful, causing injury, hurtful
toleratesyn: condone, endure, sanctionant: disagree, exclude, refuse
to put up with, to bear
construesyn: define, interpret, translateant: confuse, cloud, misunderstand
to make a deduction, to infer or explain
impunitysyn: permission, immunity, nonliabilityant: denial, veto, imprisonment
freedom from punishment
to lionize a person
to make a big fuss over someone
affluentsyn: prosperous, well-off, richant: destitute, poor, impoverished
having an abundance of wealth
feasiblesyn: achievable, attainable, reasonableant: implausible, impractical, unfeasible
possible, doable
discernsyn: anticipate, detect, distinguishant: confuse, doubt, ignore
to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by intellect
sally (v)syn: accelerate, beeline, dash
suddenly rush forth
consternationsyn: alarm, bewilderment, aweant: assurance, calmness, contentment
dismay, distress
I’m from Missouri
a skeptic, one who is not easily convinced
red-letter day
day of happiness, time for rejoicing
precocioussyn: bright, mature, advancedant: stupid, unintelligent
reaching maturity early, ahead of age in understanding
perfunctorysyn: sketchy, superficial, apatheticant: careful, detailed, complete
done without care, automatic
chagrinsyn: annoyance, dismay, irritationant: comfort, satisfaction, happiness
feeling of disappointment, humiliation
perversesyn: wicked, contradictory, degenerateant: agreeable, reasonable, willing
contrary, persisting in error
deridesyn: disparage, mock, ridiculeant: admire, approve, praise
to ridicule, make fun of
to let sleeping dogs lie
to let well enough alone, avoid stirring up old hostilities
disparagesyn: defame, degrade, slander ant: admire, commend, exaggerate
to discredit, criticize
laudablesyn: commendable, creditable, stellarant: disrespected, unworthy, blameable
praiseworthy, admirable
fiascosyn: disaster, flop, debacleant: accomplishment, triumph, achievement
complete failure, catastrophe
masticatesyn: chomp, crunch, crush
to chew up
eschewsyn: abandon, forgo, renounceant: keep, meet, face
avoid, have nothing to do with
thumb’s down
signal of rejection
quellsyn: conquer, extinguish, quenchant: encourage, surrender, compliment
put an end to
volublesyn: chatty, articulate, wordyant: quiet, silent
talkative
confidant(e)syn: adviser, companion, familiarant: enemy, foe, stranger
close friend, one to whom you confide your secrets
obsolescencesyn: destruction, elimination, annihilation
process of wearing out
dubioussyn: hesitant, questionable, reluctantant: believable, determined, honest
doubtful
implacablesyn: unrelenting, relentless, uncompromisingant: kind, flexible, compassionate
cannot be appeased, pacified, inexorable
paroxysmsyn: convulsion, agitation, flare-upant: calm, peace, happiness
a fit, sudden outburst
reprehensiblesyn: disgraceful,sinful, condemnableant: creditable, respectable, good
worthy of blame, shameful
jurisdictionsyn: command, administration, reignant: weakness, surrender, submission
power, range of authority
skirmishsyn: brawl, altercation, disputeant: accord, agreement, harmony
small fight, brief encounter
cause celebre
a famous law case/controversy
one swallow does not make a summer
don’t jump to conclusions based on incomplete evidence
harasssyn: heckle, pester, annoyant: delight, encourage, aid
to trouble, torment
monolithicsyn: bulky, enormous, gargantuan
massively solid
indigentsyn: impoverished, destitute, poverty-strickenant: affluent, rich, wealthy
poor, needy
arbitrarysyn: frivolous, random, irresponsibleant: consistent, logical, regular
based on whim, chance
fraysyn: melee, brawl, conflictant: peace, agreement, surrender
a fight, battle
stymiesyn: crimp, stall, foilant: advance, assist, support
to hinder, impede
effigysyn: likeness, statue, figureant: being, entity
a representation or image, ESP sculptured, as on a monument
floutsyn: defy, mock, scornant: approve, commend, praise
show contempt
cognizantsyn: apprehensive, informed, knowledgeableant: ignorant, senseless, unfamiliar
aware
turbulentsyn: chaotic, quarrelsome, towdyant: agreeable, calm, gentle
unruly, agitated
a bitter pill to swallow
a humiliating defeat
an ax to grind
having a selfish motive in the background
terminatesyn: abort, cancel, eliminateant: accept, engage, begin
to end
forthwithsyn: abruptly, right away, instantlyant: later
immediately
exacerbatesyn: aggravate, annoy, provokeant: aid, alleviate, appease
to irritate, make worse
revertsyn: degenerate, regress, backslideant: continue, improve, progress
return to an earlier, less developed condition
oustsyn: eject, remove, depriveant: hire, place, retain
to drive out, eject
sour grapes
to disparage something that you cannot have
emaciatedsyn: anorexic, famished, meagerant: overweight, overnourished, fat
abnormally thin, wasted away
surgesyn: flood, outpouring, gushant: decline, decrease
to rush suddenly
tranquilsyn: calm, stable, sedateant: agitated, fierce, chaotic
quiet, peaceful
sanctuarysyn: altar, temple, shrine
shelter
ascendsyn: soar, escalate, towerant: decline, decrease, fall
to rise, go up
to swap horses in midstream
to vote against a candidate running for reelection, to change one’s mind
malnutritionsyn: hunger, starvation, bulimia
faulty or inadequate diet
afflictsyn: burden, torment, oppressant: delight, help, relieve
to trouble greatly, to distress
besiegesyn: trap, encircle, confineant: let go, leave alone
to surround, hem in
privationsyn: hardship, disadvantage, necessityant: abundance, luxury, plenty
lack of necessities
sinistersyn: mischievous, threatening, direant: happy, lucky, good
evil, ominous
to cool one’s heels
to be kept waiting
ubiquitoussyn: everywhere, universal, pervasiveant: rare, scarce
being everywhere at the same time
remotesyn: distant, faraway, isolatedant: close, near, sociable
distant, hidden away
thwartsyn: frustrate, obstruct, impedeant: facilitate, encourage, allow
to hinder, stop
harbingersyn: omen, precursor, signal
a forerunner, advance notice
malignantsyn: cancerous, fatal, lethalant: benign, harmless, invigorating
likely to cause death
a red herring
something that diverts attention from the main issue
excruciatingsyn: grueling, intense, unbearableant: calm, dull, easy
agonizing, torturing
respitesyn: breather, downtime, interruptionant: continuation, go, punishment
an interval of relief, pause
reverberatingsyn: resound, ring, reactant: quieten
reechoing, vibrate in sound
fretfulsyn: complaining, mean, edgyant: calm, joyous, pleased
worrisome, irritable
succumbsyn: cease, defer, pass awayant: defend, fight, bear
to give way, die
to spill the beans
to give away a secret
impresariosyn: director, sponsor,
producer or director of public entertainment
extortionsyn: coercion, fraud, theftant: peace
getting money by threats
adversesyn: detrimental, conflicting, unfortunateant: assisting, beneficial, assisting
unfavorable, harmful
assetsyn: resource, distinction, benefitant: hindrance, hurt,
a valuable thing to have
bigotsyn: racist, chauvinist, opinionatedant: moderate, humanitarian, tolerator
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
to keep a stiff upper lip
to be courageous in the face of trouble
blatantsyn: outright, shameless, brassyant: subtle, silent, concealed
disagreeably loud, very showy
entouragesyn: associates, attendants, companionsant: leader
group of followers
virulentsyn: bitter, scathing, viciousant: friendly, good, pleasant
full of hate, harmful
venomsyn: hatred, anger, toxin
poison, spite, malice
spewsyn: heave, regurgitate
throw up, vomit, eject
loathsyn: hesitant, resisting, uneagerant: approving, ready, willing
unwilling, reluctant
solicitsyn: ask, inquire, moochant: conceal, ignore, offer
to beg, seek earnestly
astutesyn: insightful, canny, discerningant: foolish, idiotic, naive
keen, shrewd
advocate (v)syn: defender, promoter, encourageant: block, condemn, oppose
to be in favor of, to support
ineffectualsyn: inadequate, impotent, insufficientant: able, capable, sufficient
not effective
to have cold feet
to hesitate because of fear or uncertainty
to look a gift horse in the mouth
to be critical of a present
scrutinizesyn: analyze, investigate, watchant: forget, ignore, misunderstand
examine closely
nefarioussyn: horrible, outrageous, degenerateant: delightful, magnificent, pleasanta
villainous, vicious
amicablesyn: cordial, courteous, peacefulant: disagreeable, impolite, rude
friendly, peaceful
vexatioussyn: nagging, exasperating, aggravatingant: aiding, assisting, pleasing
annoying
maladysyn: ailment, epidemic, infectionant: comfort, good health, strength
disease
to pay the piper
to bear the consequences
inclementsyn: brutal, harsh, rigorousant: merciful, mild, clear
unfavorable, stormy
perusesyn: browse, analyze, inspectant: neglect, overlook
to read carefully
premonitionsyn: hunch, suspicion, apprehensivenessant: knowledge, trust
forewarning
desistsyn: abstain, suspend, relinquishant: carry on, finish, resume
cease
recoilsyn: cringe, wince, shrinkant: steady, remain, stay
draw back
to pay the piper
to bear the consequences
pertinentsyn: applicable, related, admissibleant: improper, irrelevant, unsuitable
to the point
mastiff
large dog
obsesssyn: consume, dominate, engross
to haunt, preoccupy
dolefulsyn: dejected, distressing, somberant: cheerful, elated, gleeful
sad, melancholy
wansyn: faint, peaked, pastyant: colorful, healthy, flushed
sickly pale
on the carpet
being scolded
histrionicssyn: dramatics, tragedy,
display of emotions
elusivesyn: ambiguous, incomprehensible, bafflingant: definite, understandable, stable
hard to grasp
frustratesyn: baffle, hinder, impedeant: assist, encourage, surrender
counteract, foil
symptomaticsyn: symbolic, suggestive, significant
having to do with signs or symptoms, indicative
interjectsyn: implant, insinuate, intrudeant: erase, withdraw, remove
insert, interrupt
to show one’s hand
to reveal one’s intentions
inertsyn: dormant, immobile, listlessant: lively, moving, animated
without power to move, lifeless
salientsyn: famous, impressive, significantant: unimportant, unnoticeable, unimpressive
outstanding, prominent
squeamishsyn: disgusted, queasy, prudishant: ready, willing, undemanding
easily shocked, over sensitive
engrossedsyn: captivated, engaged, enthralledant: bored, uninterested, oblivious
absorbed, preoccupied
to tilt at windmills
to fight imaginary enemies
inundatesyn: swamp, overflow, engulfant: underwhelm
to flood
fruitlesssyn: ineffective, pointless, barrenant: effective, productive, profitable
useless, bringing no advantage
poignantsyn: bitter, pathetic, emotionalant: cheerful, indifferent, wonderful
moving, painful to the feelings
garbledsyn: misinterpret, obscure, distortant: explain, organize, order
confused, mixed up
sanguinesyn: confident, hopeful, upbeatant: depressed, gloomy, pessimistic
optimistic
to feather one’s nest
grow rich by taking advantage of circumstances
phlegmaticsyn: passionless, flat, unresponsive
calm, hard to rouse to action
corroboratesyn: validate, substantiate, verifyant: contradict, disprove, reject
confirm, support
comprehensivesyn: extensive, complete, globalant: incomplete, narrow, restricted
thorough, inclusive
zealoussyn: fanatical, dedicated, devotedant: apathetic, frigid, unenthusiastic
enthusiastic
coercesyn: intimidate, bully, pressurizeant: allow, help, free
to force
fair-weather friends
unreliable, they fail one in time of distress
elapsesyn: expire, transpire, vanish
to slip away, go by
meticuloussyn: accurate, strict, preciseant: careless, negligent, sloppy
careful, detailed
domicilesyn: abode, dwelling, residenceant: office
home
laxsyn: lenient, vague, derelictant: attentive, mindful, careful
careless, negligent
sporadicsyn: infrequent, random, isolatedant: common, methodical, systematic
occasional
to sow one’s wild oats
to lead a wild, carefree life
rash (adj)syn: daring, immature, unthinkingant: afraid, cautious, reasonable
too hasty, reckless
conjecturesyn: opinion, presumption, hypothesisant: proof, reality, calculation
guess, speculation
obviatesyn: block, deter, interveneant: support, allow, encourage
do away with, eliminate
luridsyn: ghastly, gory, horrifyingant: delightful, pleasant, moral
sensational, shocking, gruesome
quipsyn: banter, satire, retortant: flattery, praise, seriousness
witty communication, often verbal
windfall
unexpected financial gain
diatribesyn: tirade, disputation, onslaughtant: compliment, praise, recommendation
bitter criticism
inhibitionsyn: shyness, prevention, reserveant: liberation, permission, freedom
restraint, hindrance
fortuitoussyn: haphazard, serendipitous, unforeseenant: deliberate, intentional, designed
accidental, lucky
incoherentsyn: jumbled, muddled, disconnectedant: understandable, coherent, connected
disjointed, unintelligible
ilksyn: class, denomination, order
kind, sort
to wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve
to make one’s feelings evident
importunesyn: appeal, badger, besiegeant: aid, assist, answer
ask urgently, demand
incontrovertiblesyn: accurate, authentic, establishedant: changeable, questionable, uncertain
undeniable, beyond dispute
surreptitioussyn: sneaking, covert, fraudulentant: forthright, honest, truthful
stealthy, accomplished by secret
havensyn: retreat, sanctuary, shelter
place of safety
subjugatesyn: enslave, overcome, subdueant: encourage, fail, surrender
conquer, overpower
to take the bull by the horns
to face a problem directly
ultimatesyn: eventual, terminal, closingant: extra, introductory, unnecessary
final, last
eventuatesyn: terminate, result, occurant: begin, precede, start
to be the issue or outcome; come about
emitsyn: radiate, spew, transmitant: conceal, hide, deny
to give off
subterraneansyn: buried, covered, sunken
underground
viablesyn: feasible, applicable, possibleant: unlikely, unreasonable, unachievable
practicable, workable
the lion’s share
the major portion
premisesyn: assumption, thesis, proofant: denial, reality, rejection
grounds for a conclusion
jeopardizesyn: threaten, hazard, riskant: guard, protect, plan
endanger
increduloussyn: suspicious, doubtful, hesitantant: believing, definite, certain
skeptical
permeatesyn: infuse, penetrate, saturateant: dehydrate, dry, take out
to spread through
propitioussyn: opportune, encouraging, advantageousant: unlucky, unfriendly, inopportune
favorable, full of promise
out of the frying pan into the fire
to go from a difficult situation to a worse one
surmisesyn: assumption, speculation, suspicionant: fact, knowledge, certainty
guess, conclusion
curtailsyn: diminish, decrease, abbreviateant: develop, enlarge, expand
to cut short
represssyn: muffle, restrain, suppressant: assist, encourage, liberate
to put down, keep back
crypticsyn: ambiguous, vague, evasiveant: certain, clear, definite
puzzling, obscure in meaning
inchoatesyn: elementary, formless, immatureant: developed, grown, mature
in an early stage
to keep the pot boiling
to see that interest doesn’t die down
aspiresyn: crave, strive, yearnant: dislike, despise, hate
to strive for
inveighsyn: berate, condemn, blastant: allow, approve, accept
attack verbally, denounce
nettlesyn: exasperate, fret, peeveant: appease, comfort, soothe
irritate, provoke
overtsyn: apparent, definite, visibleant: obscure, concealed, private
open, obvious
relegatesyn: demote, ostracize, displaceant: allow, welcome, upgrade
assign to an inferior position
to bury the hatchet
to make peace
supinesyn: reclining, horizontal, prone
lying on the back
mammothsyn: colossal, enormous, gargantuanant: insignificant, miniscule, miniature
huge
repulsesyn: failure, refusal, disappointmentant: attainment, help, enchantement
drive back, rejection
havocsyn: calamity, catastrophe, devastationant: blessing, creation, calm
ruin, chaotic situation
razesyn: bulldoze, demolish, extinguishant: create, construct, restore
destroy
Philadelphia lawyer
a lawyer of outstanding ability
lethalsyn: dangerous, devastating, fatalant: harmless, healthy, helpful
deadly
scurrysyn: dart, dash, hurryant: slow, walk, loaf
run hastily
incisivesyn: clever, piercing, conciseant: weak, gentle, incompetent
remarkably clear & direct; sharp; keen; acute
precipitatesyn: accelerate, expedite, dispatchant: block, check, halt
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly
stereotypesyn: custom, average, moldant: difference
unvarying pattern
to gild the lily
to praise extravagantly
stentoriansyn: blaring, resounding, sonorous
very loud
singularsyn: bizarre, peculiar, rareant: common, inferior, ordinary
extraordinary, unique, odd
valorsyn: boldness, determination, heroismant: meekness, timidity, weakness
courage, bravery
biassyn: bigotry, intolerance, preconceptionant: fairness, justice, impartiality
prejudice
sinecure
an office or position requiring little or no work
to steal one’s thunder
to weaken one’s position by stating the argument before that person does
complicitysyn: collaboration, involvement, implicationant: refusal, ignorance, innocence
partnership in wrongdoing
liquidationsyn: clearance, eradication, removalant: acceptance, allowance, inclusion
disposal of, killing
accomplicesyn: co-conspirator, collaborator, abettorant: antagonist, enemy, adversary
an associate in crime
recantsyn: annul, renounce, retractant: accept, corroborate, affirm
withdraw previous statements
culpablesyn: guilty, liable, caughtant: immune, right, irresponsible
deserving blame
woolgathering
absent-mindedness or daydreaming
abrogatesyn: dissolve, reject, repealant: approve, enact, sanction
abolish, formally put an end to
allegedsyn: suspicious, declared, pretendedant: certain, definite, sure
reported, supposed
accesssyn: approach, door, routeant: conclusion, outlet
admittance, means of entry
invalidatesyn: abolish, impair, annulant: allow, approve, aid
to deprive of legal force, to nullify
precludesyn: cease, deter, impedeant: facilitate, assist, encourage
prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible
to whitewash
to conceal defects, to give a falsely virtuous appearance to something
perseveresyn: endure, keep going, persueant: cease, discontinue, give up
persist, work hard
landmark (adj)syn: milestone, watershed, event
historic, turning point of a period
extrinsicsyn: alien, exotic, importedant: interior, integral, essential
being outside a thing; outward or external
declaimsyn: declare, lecture, proclaimant: be quiet, praise, compliment
speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech
fetter (v)syn: bind, hamper, repressant: liberate, release, free
to confine; restrain
to break the ice
to make a start by overcoming initial difficulties
paragonsyn: epitome, original, quintessenceant: flaw, imperfection, worst
model of excellence
nomadicsyn: drifting, roaming, migrantant: native, settled
wandering
asperitysyn: crabbiness, irritability, difficultyant: contentment, kindness, politeness
harshness; bad temper
epithetsyn: nickname, title, designation
descriptive name
controversialsyn: disputed, argumentative, questionableant: certain, definite, sure
debatable, issue
the grapevine
a secret means of spreading information
virtuositysyn: knowledge, proficiency, understandingant: ignorance, ineptness, misinterpretation
great technical skill
temeritysyn: brass, gall, audacityant: humility, modesty, politeness
foolish boldness
amoroussyn: romantic, affectionate, passionateant: frigid, hateful, indifferent
full of love
progenysyn: offspring, lineage, childrenant: parent
descendants
saturatesyn: douse, immerse, permeateant: dehydrate, dry, deprive
soak, fill up completely
to have the upper hand
to gain control
perpetratesyn: execute, act, inflictant: leave, stop, halt
commit, to be responsible for
consummatesyn: accomplish, complete, concludeant: fail, give up, stop
to bring to a state of perfection; fulfill
subterfugesyn: trick, ploy, shamant: honesty, fairness, openness
ruse, trick
concoctsyn: create, fabricate, hatchant: destroy, wreck, neglect
to devise; make up; contrive
fallacioussyn: false, wrong, fictitiousant: correct, true, real
misleading
to draw in one’s horns
to check one’s anger, to restrain oneself
manifoldsyn: assorted, diversified, variedant: same, one, single
complex, many
assiduoussyn: diligent, steady, grindingant: lethargic, negligent, lazy
devoted, attentive, hard-working
impeccablesyn: exquisite, precise, unblemishedant: corrupt, flawed, imperfect
faultless, flawless
fraughtsyn: charged, stuffed, repleteant: empty
filled, full of
resourcefulsyn: enterprising, ingenious, talentedant: incompetent, inactive, inept
able to meet any situation
to put the cart before the horse
to reverse the proper order, do things backwards
murkysyn: cloudy, dreary, nebulousant: apparent, hopeful, distinct
dark, obscure
componentsyn: factor, ingredient, itemant: whole
element, part
hoaxsyn: bamboozle, bluff, dupeant: be honest, give
deception, trick
labyrinthsyn: maze, complexity, entanglementant: order, simplicity, organization
arrangement of winding passages
evaluatesyn: calculate, estimate, gaugeant: neglect
appraise, find the value of
to turn the tables
to turn a situation to one’s own advantage
exultsyn: jubilate, celebrate, cheerant: conceal, grieve, mourn
rejoice greatly
attestsyn: authenticate, swear, verifyant: conceal, hide, abstain
to certify
gulliblesyn: innocent, green, simpleant: astute, wise, suspicious
easily cheated/fooled
deploysyn: expand, extend, utilizeant: conclude, finish, conceal
to position forces according to a plan
enigmasyn: mystery, puzzle, conundrum
riddle
a chip off the old block
a son who is like his father (from the same block of wood)
abortivesyn: fruitless, futile, ineffectiveant: profitable, productive, complete
useless, failing to succeed
modifysyn: customize, reshape, remodelant: disarrange, unfit, stagnate
to change
accommodatesyn: adapt, modify, conformant: fight, mismatch, oppose
to make fit, adjust to
spontaneoussyn: impromptu, uncontrived, voluntaryant: deliberate, planned, premeditated
without preparation, unrehearsed
innatesyn: intrinsic, ingrained, instinctiveant: acquired, extrinsic, learned
natural
under the wire
just in time
veneersyn: coat, gloss, whitenant: reveal, strip, uncover
thin covering
myriadsyn: endless, infinite, multipleant: countable, limited, measurable
countless number
urbanesyn: elegant, cultured, refinedant: uncouth, uncultured, uncivilized
polished, witty
cravesyn: need, dream, wantant: dislike, have, spurn
to desire
irrelevantsyn: insignificant, unnecessary, pointlessant: essential, useful, valuable
not related to the subject
to be at large
not confined or in jail
deemsyn: allow, assume, supposeant: ignore, disregard, neglect
believe, to judge
inherentsyn: built-in, internal, geneticant: extra, learned, added
existing in someone/thing as a permanent & inseparable element, quality, or attribute
buff (n)syn: admirer, connoisseur, expertant: enemy, ignoramus, opponent
a fan, follower
rompsyn: frolic, prance, frisk
to move in a lively manner
latentsyn: lurking, smoldering, covertant: apparent, active, obvious
lying hidden
to go against the grain
to irritate
tortuoussyn: twisting, indirect, meanderingant: simple, straight, direct
winding
itinerantsyn: nomadic, floating, travellingant: settled, permanent
wandering
peregrinationsyn: expedition, hiking, journey
travel
conjugalsyn: connubial, wedded, matrimonial
relating to marriage
barometersyn: weatherglass, storm gauge, pressure indicator
instrument for measuring change
to wink at
to pretend not to see
megalomaniasyn: arrogance, boastfulness, braggingant: altruism, humility, selflessness
abnormal desire for wealth and power
profligatesyn: extravagant, squandering, lavishant: careful, saving, nice
wasteful
strifesyn: animosity, bickering, conflictant: accord, harmony, truce
discord, disagreement
legionsyn: countless, populous, voluminousant: few, numbered
a large number
coupsyn: overthrow, exploit, overthrowant: failure
revolution
to play possum
to try to fool someone; to make believe one is asleep or dead
amnestysyn: forgiveness, immunity, reprieve
a general pardon
expatriatesyn: evacuee, migrant, refugee
an exile
exoneratesyn: acquit, dismiss, pardonant: condemn, employ, punish
to free from guilt
fiatsyn: command, dictate, mandateant: denial, opposition, veto
an official order, a decree
mendacioussyn: deceitful, erroneous, falseant: frank, honest, truthful
lying, untrue
it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good
someone usually benefits from another person’s misfortune
parsimonioussyn: greedy, close, prudentant: generous, liberal, lavish
miserly
pecuniarysyn: monetary, banking, economic
financial
dismantlesyn: demolish, destroy, decimateant: build, create, restore
to strip of covering, take apart
sumptuoussyn: beautiful, magnificent, elegantant: homely, inferior, plain
lavish
underwritesyn: approve, secure, subsidizeant: disapprove, deny, veto
agree to finance
to know the ropes
to be fully acquainted with the procedures
restrictive
harsh, confining
balk (v)syn:flinch, hesitate, resistant: accept, face, meet
to refuse to move
bluntsyn: candid, curt, forthrightant: kind, tactful, polite
plain spoken
nostalgiasyn: sentimentality, remorse, longing
yearning for the past
rifesyn: abundant, plentiful, epidemicant: limited, scarce, uncommon
common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; widespread
behind the eight ball
in trouble
reviledsyn: berate, castigate, criticizeant: compliment, praise, applaud
scolded
derogatorysyn: degrading, sarcastic, slanderousant: complimentary, appreciative, flattering
belittling, disparaging
indictsyn: censure, impeach, prosecuteant: exonerate, free, acquit
accuse
nebuloussyn: ambiguous, murky, uncertainant: bright, certain, definite
unclear, vague
peskysyn: troublesome, vexing, irksomeant: pleasing, untroubling
annoying
left holding the bag
to be left to suffer the blame
redolentsyn: perfumed, pungent, scented
fragrant
repose (n)syn: inactivity, stillness, peaceant: awakening, action, disturbance
state of rest
omnivoroussyn: gluttonous, greedy, ravenous
eating any kind of food
disparatesyn: contrasting, diverse, variousant: agreeing, alike, same
distinct in kind; essentially different
abstemioussyn: restrained, sparing, frugalant: gluttonous, greedy, hungry
moderate in eating or drinking
a lick and a promise
to do something in a hasty and superficial manner
extantsyn: surviving, current, aliveant: dead, extinct, gone
still existing
vicissitudessyn: fluctuation, variety, uncertaintyant: similarity, stability, stagnation
difficulties
edificesyn: monument, skyscraper, towers
a building, especially one of a large size/imposing appearance
sultrysyn: muggy, sweltering, torridant: cold, frigid, dry
extremely hot and moist, torrid
trenchantsyn: biting, pointed, criticalant: bland, blunt, dull
keen or incisive, as language or a person
tongue in cheek
insincerely
puissantsyn: forceful, hearty, tough
powerful, might, potent
unabatedsyn: persistent, sustained, unstoppableant: surrendering, yielding, intermittent
without subsiding
maudlinsyn: romantic, sentimental, weepyant: unemotional, calm, pragmatic
sentimental
levitysyn: amusement, giddiness, absurdityant: depression, gloom, sense
lightness of disposition, mind and character
lugubrioussyn: mournful, sorrowful, gloomyant: cheerful, joyful
very sad
to take the wind out of one’s sails
to remove someone’s advantage
scionsyn: heir, offspring, broodant: parent, root, source
child, descendant
indoctrinatesyn: instill, influence, convinceant: forget, neglect, learn
to teach certain principles
opulencesyn: abundance, affluence, fortuneant: poverty, deficiency, frugality
wealth, riches
obsequioussyn: submissive, sniveling, spinelessant: arrogant, brazen, assertive
seeking favor, fawning
fulsomesyn: offensive, inordinate, smoothant: reasonable, sincere
excessive, insincere
two stings to one’s bow
two means of achieving one’s aim
lushsyn: abundant, overgrown, lavishant: barren, destitute, sparse
luxurious, elaborate
destitutionsyn: poverty, privation, wantant: abundance
extreme poverty
pondersyn: contemplate, evaluate, mullant: discard, ignore, forget
to consider carefully
supplicationsyn: petition, plea, requestant: answer, reply
earnest prayer
decadencesyn: degeneracy, decline, downgradeant: development, virtue, upgrade
moral degeneration or decay
on tenter hooks
in a state of anxiety
penancesyn: forgiveness, remorse, repentanceant: happiness, reward, joy
atonement for sin
ascetic (n)syn: disciplined, abstaining, strict
one who practices self-denial and devotion
desultory syn: aimless, haphazard, chaoticant: organized, systematic
occurring by chance, disconnected
disciplesyn: cohort, pupil, devoteeant: detractor, enemy, opponent
follower
metamorphosissyn: evolution, rebirth, transfigurationant: stagnation
change
the fat is in the fire
the mischief is done
bona fidesyn: actual, authentic, legitimate
genuine
salvationsyn: emancipation, redemption, preservationant: loss, endangerment, destruction
deliverance from ruin, means of being saved
materialismsyn: pragmatism, utilitarianism, heterodoxyant: spiritualism
attention to worldly things and neglect of spiritual needs
like Caesar’s wife
above suspicion
juxtaposesyn: pair, connect, bring together
to place side by side
plightsyn: trouble, circumstances, conditionant: solution, benefit, advantage
predicament, dangerous situation
covertsyn: undercover, private, concealedant: open, public, revealed
secret, hidden
copesyn: endure, handle, surviveant: hold, keep, refuse
to be matched for, to be able to handle
incompatibilitysyn: animosity, disagreement, oppositionant: agreement, harmony, peace
quality of being mismated, lack of harmony
plea bargain
to agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid trail for a more serious offense.