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1 Vocabulary Workshop Unit #6
Level F

2 Anomalous Definition: (adj.) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual Synonym: exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant Antonyms: normal, regular, customary, typical, ordinary

3 Aspersion Definition: (n.) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming Synonym: innuendo, calumny, denigration Antonyms: endorsement, testimonial, praise

4 Bizarre Definition: (adj.) extremely strange, unusual, atypical
Synonym: grotesque, fantastic, outlandish Antonyms: normal, typical, ordinary, expected

5 Brusque Definition: (adj.) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
Synonym: curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough Antonyms: gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic

6 Cajole Definition: (v.) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises Synonym: wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk Antonyms: coerce, force, strong-arm

7 Castigate Definition: (v.) to punish severely; to criticize severely
Synonym: chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid Antonyms: reward, honor, praise, laud

8 Contrive Definition: (v.) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan Synonym: think up, devise, concoct, fabricate

9 Demagogue Definition: (n.) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power Synonym: rabble-rouser, firebrand

10 Disabuse Definition: (v.) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking Synonym: undeceive, enlighten, set straight Antonyms: deceive, delude, pull wool over one’s eyes

11 Ennui Definition: (n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom Synonym: languor, world-weariness, listlessness Antonyms: enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensity

12 Fetter Definition: (n.) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains; (v.) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent Synonym: (n.) bond, restraint; (v.) bind, hamper Antonyms: (v.) free, liberate, emancipate

13 Heinous Definition: (adj.) very wicked, offensive, hateful
Synonym: evil, odious, abominable, outrageous Antonyms: excellent, wonderful, splendid

14 Immutable Definition: (adj.) not subject to change, constant
Synonym: unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable Antonyms: changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle

15 Insurgent Definition: (n.) one who rebels or rises against authority; (adj.) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on Synonym: (adj.) revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous Antonyms: (adj.) loyalist, loyal, faithful

16 Megalomania Definition: (n.) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality Synonym: delusions of grandeur Antonyms: humility, modesty, self-abasement

17 Sinecure Definition: (n.) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job Synonym: “no-show” job, cushy job, “plum”

18 Surreptitious Definition: (adj.) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud Synonym: furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed Antonyms: open, frank, aboveboard, overt

19 Transgress Definition: (v.) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law Synonym: overstep, exceed, trespass, err Antonyms: obey, toe the line

20 Transmute Definition: (v.) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another Synonym: transform, convert, translate, metamorphose Antonyms: maintain, unchanged, preserve

21 Vicarious Definition: (adj.) performed, suffered, or otherwise experience by one person in place of another Synonym: surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand Antonyms: real, actual, firsthand

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