Vocabulary Unit 9 Level F What do you know? We stood on the dock that moonless night, waiting for the storm to abate. Athletes have little choice but to enjoy the sometimes puzzling adulation of their fans. The authors views on bringing up children are anathema to my dad but

a delight to my mother. Abate V. to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; nullify; to deduct, omit Syn: diminish, decrease, subside, let up Ant: Intensify,

increase, magnify, wax adulation N. praise or flattery that is excessive Syn: Adoration, idolization, heroworship

Ant: ridicule, derision, odium anathema N. an object of intense dislike ; a curse or strong denunciation Syn: Malediction, imprecation, abomination

Ant: benediction, blession What do you know? The astute management of money is a valuable skill but may not by itself make a good executive. Her career exhibited both the misers ever-growing avarice and the misers

diminishing charm. It was the inspectors culpable neglect of duty that left such old buses in service. astute Adj. shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom Syn: Acute,sagacious, judicious, wily,

Ant: Obtuse, doltish, emptyheaded, dumb avarice N. a greedy desire, particularly for wealth Syn: cupidity, rapacity, acquisitivene ss

culpable Adj. deserving blame, worthy of condemnation Syn: guilty, blameworthy, peccant, Ant: blameless, innocent, laudable, meritorious

What do you know? She hired an assistant because, on her own, she was always dilatory in paying her bills. Whoever allowed that man on a stage is guilty of an egregious blunder. I wont soon give my vote to a candidate

who shows such a marked tendency to equivocate. Looking back, I see that the magic of that summer was evanescent. dilatory Adj. tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to

delay or postpone Syn: stalling, slow, tardy, laggard Ant: prompt, punctual, speedy, expeditious, egregious Adj. conspicuous, standing out

from the masses Syn: glaring, flagrant, blatant, Ant: unnoticeable, paltry, piddling equivocate V. to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous

Syn: Talk out of both sides of ones mouth, palter, hedge Ant: To speak ones mind plainly evanescent Adj. vanishing, soon passing away, light and

airy Syn: ephemeral, transient, transitory, Ant: everlasting, immortal, imperishable irresolute Adj. unable to make up ones mind, hesitating Syn- Indecisive,

Vaccilating, Ant- Determined, decisive nebulous Adj. cloud-like, resembling a cloud, cloudy in color, vague, confused, indistinct Synonym: Hazy, fuzzy, cloudy, opaque.

ANT: distinct, definite, clear novice N. one who is a beginner at some activity requiring skill or experience

Syn-Neophyte, Trainee, apprentice, (scrub!) Ant- Veteran, Pro, expert penury

N. extreme poverty, barrenness, insufficiency SynDestitution, indigence, Ant- affluence, luxury pretentious Adj. done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position

unjustifiably; making demands on ones skill or abilities, ambitious Syn-Ostentatious, Inflated Ant- Unaffected, modest recapitulate

V. to review a series of facts, to sum up SynSummarize, review, go over resuscitate V. to revive,

bring back to consciousnes s or existence SYNrevitalize, reanimate, restore, reactivate slovenly Adj. dirty, untidy, careless

Syn- Unkempt, slatternly, lax. Ant- Neat, meticulous supposition N. something that is assumed or taken for granted without

conclusive evidence Synassumption, presumption, hypothesis torpid Adj. inactive, sluggish, dull Syn: Lethargic, languid

Ant: energetic, vigorous

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