2The pollution from the factory ADULTERATED the air. DEF = to corrupt, make worse by the addition of something of lesser value SYN = contaminate, pollute, sully ANT = purify, purge, expurgate Related words? “Adultery” – to corrupt or pollute a MARRIAGEThe pollution from the factory ADULTERATED the air.
3ambidextrousDEF = able to use both hands equally well; very skillful; deceitful, hypocritical SYN = versatile, facile ANT = clumsy, all thumbs, maladroit Connection? “BI” = 2 A BIcycle has 2 wheels. An amBIdextrous pitcher can throw with 2 hands.
4augmentDEF = to make larger, increase SYN = enlarge, supplement, amplify ANT = decrease, diminishMany Hollywood starlets get injections of collagen to AUGMENT their lips.
5bereftDEF = deprived of, made unhappy through a loss SYN = bereaved ANT = replete, well provided Rhyme Connection = “I was bereft because he left.”
6deployDEF = to position or arrange; to utilize; to form up SYN = station, organize Connection? TROOPS! Deploy the troops!In this picture the troops have been DEPLOYED into a specific ARRANGEMENT.
7dourDEF = stern, unyielding, gloomy, ill-humored SYN = harsh, bleak, forbidding, saturnine ANT = cheery, inviting, genial Rhyme Connection: The dour person had a sour expression on his face.
8fortitudeDEF = courage in facing difficulties SYN = resolve, steadfastness, mettle ANT = fearfulness, timidity, faintheartedness Root Word Connection = A FORT is a stronghold where brave soldiers live.
9gapeDEF = to stare with an open mouth; to open the mouth wide, to open wide SYN = gawk, ogle Traffic Connection = “Gaper’s Delay” – when people staring at a traffic accident cause even WORSE traffic delays!
10gibeYou’re a dweeb!!DEF = (v.) to utter taunting words; (n.) an expression of scorn SYN = ridicule, mock, deride, jeer ANT = compliment, praise Which is Which? Noun or Verb? When the bully gibed the small boy, it was clear that the gibes were really hurting the boy’s feelings.
11guiseDEF = an external appearance, cover, mask SYN = costume, semblance, pretense Word Connection = Disguise = Dis-GUISE A disguise changes your appearance!In the movie Home Alone, the thieves inspected homes they wanted to rob under the GUISE of police officers.
12adulterate bereft deploy gape SYNONYMS:deprived of the companionship of a beloved petstared into the huge jaws of a crocodilestation the remaining guards at the north exitpolluted the water with toxic chemicals
13ambidextrous fortitude guise Completing the Sentence:The ____________ of the refugees allowed them to survive life-threatening situations and still have hope for the future.2. The thief worked his way into the computer system of the bank under the ________ of being a computer-system technician.3. Being _________ was one of the main reasons Jerry was so adept at juggling.
14augment dour gibeANTONYMS:in order to diminish the amount of troops overseasin response to the bully’s complimentthe cheery expression on the greeter’s face
16This mousetrap is INTENDED to INSIDIOUSLY ENTRAP mice and kill them. DEF = (adj.) intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous SYN = cunning, underhanded, perfidious ANT = frank, ingenuous, aboveboard Word Connection: “The sneaky bank robbery was an INSIDIOUS INSIDE JOB.”This mousetrap is INTENDED to INSIDIOUSLY ENTRAP mice and kill them.
17intimationDEF = (n.) a hint, INdirect suggestion SYN = clue, INdication, INkling When John winked at me, he gave me an INTIMATION that he was trying to fool his parents.
18opulentDEF = (adj.) wealthy, luxurious; ample, grandiose SYN = rich, lavish, plentiful, abundant ANT = poverty-stricken, wretched, destitute Word Connection: OPALS are OPULENT
19You can use PLIers to help you BEND things like this copper wire pliableDEF = (adj.) easily bent, flexible; easily influenced SYN = supple, adaptable, resilient ANT = rigid, inflexible, recalcitrantYou can use PLIers to help you BEND things like this copper wire
20Parrots often REITERATE what people say around them. DEF = (v.) to say again, repeat SYN = restate, rehash, recapitulateParrots often REITERATE what people say around them.
21stolidDEF = (adj.) not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive SYN = impassive, phlegmatic ANT = emotional, oversensitive, high-strung Word Connection: STOLID = SOLID (not easily moved)
22tentativeDEF = (adj.) experimental in nature; uncertain, hesitant SYN = provisional, inconclusive ANT = definite, conclusive, confirmed Word Connection: “A TenTaTive person will only stick a Toe in the water so she can TesT it.”
23unkemptDEF = (adj.) not combed; untidy; not properly maintained; unpolished; rude SYN = sloppy, disheveled, disordered, rough ANT = well-groomed, tidy, neat, natty Word Connection: “The UNKEMPT office needed to be more frequently KEPT UP.”
24verbatimDEF = (adj., adv.) word for word; exactly as written or spoken SYN = (adj.) exact; (adv.) precisely ANT = (adj.) paraphrasedThe teacher could tell that the students cheated because Sally copied George’s paper VERBATIM.
25warilyDEF = (adv.) cautiously, with great care SYN = carefully, prudently, gingerly ANT = recklessly, heedlessly, incautiously Word Connection: “Walk down the mountain WARILY so you can be AWARE of any danger!”
26intimation unkempt warily opulent SYNONYMS:We attended the lavish holiday banquet.They were a group of tired and untidy travelers.The seasoned performer gave no indication of being nervous.4. Be sure to proceed carefully into unknown waters.
27pliable tentative verbatim Completing the Sentences:The check forger practiced the millionaire’s handwriting for long hours to be sure he could reproduce the $1,000,000 check ______________.Warming up and stretching before a game makes muscles more _________ and helps athletes avoid injury.Although both companies were still a bit uncertain, they were able to reach a _______________ agreement for a merger between the two groups.
28stolid reiterate insidious Antonyms:The Queen’s guards at Windsor Palace are so overly emotional that they never even blink.The police officer knew that the mobster’s business operations were all aboveboard.Refusing to repeat herself, the teacher stood not speaking in front of the class.