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VOCABULARY UNIT ONE
ADAGE (n.) a proverb, wise saying
One way to begin an informal speech or an oral report is to quote an old ADAGE. Synonyms maxim, saw, aphorism Antonyms
BONANZA (n.) a rich mass of ore in a mine; something very valuable, profitable or rewarding; a source of wealth or prosperity; a very large amount; sudden profit or gain
The thrilling adventure movie set in Alaska proved to be a box-office BONANZA. Synonyms windfall Antonyms
CHURLISH (adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
The store manager instructed all the salesclerks to avoid CHURLISH replies to customers’ questions. Synonyms surly, ill-tempered Antonyms courteous, civil, well-mannered
CITADEL (n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
A medieval CITADEL once guarded the capital city of the Greek island of Rhodes. Synonyms fort, stronghold, bulwark, bastion Antonyms
COLLABORATE (v.) To work with; work together
Several students plan to COLLABORATE on a geology project for the annual science fair. Synonyms team up, join forces Antonyms work alone
DECREE (n.) an order having the force of law (v.) to issue such an order; to command firmly or forcefully
Why does nature always seem to DECREE nasty weather for our annual family picnic. Synonyms proclamation, edict proclaim Antonyms
DISCORDANT (adj.) disagreeable in sound, jarring; lacking in harmony; conflicting
Their little spat struck a DISCORDANT note in our otherwise happy family get- together. Synonyms grating, shrill, different, divergent Antonyms harmonious, in agreement
EVOLVE (v.) to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level
Authors hope that their notes, descriptions, and character sketches will EVOLVE into a book. Synonyms unfold, emerge Antonyms wither, shrivel up, atrophy
EXCERPT (n.) a passage taken from a book, article (v.) to take such a passage; to quote
My essay includes a long EXCERPT from a speech by Sojourner Truth. Synonyms portion, section, extract Antonyms
GROPE (v.) to feel around hesitantly with the hands; to search blindly and uncertainly
When the power failed, we had to GROPE in the dark to find a working flashlight. Synonyms fumble for, cast about for Antonyms
HOVER (v.) to float or hang suspended over; to move back and forth uncertainly over or around
A large group of vultures HOVERED in the air above the wounded animal. Synonyms linger, waver, seesaw Antonyms soar
JOSTLE (v.) To make or force one’s way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove; brush against; to compete for
I tried not to JOSTLE other riders as I exited the crowded bus. Synonyms push Antonyms
LAGGARD (n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind (adj.) falling behind; slow to move, act, or respond
Tour guides often have to urge LAGGARDS to keep up with the rest of the group. Synonyms slowpoke, straggler, sluggish Antonyms early bird, swift, speedy, prompt
PLAUDITS (n. pl.) applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
The skaters who won the gold medals gratefully accepted the PLAUDITS of their fans. Synonyms cheers, acclaim Antonyms boos, disapproval, ridicule
PRECLUDE (v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out
Three wrong answers will PRECLUDE any contestant from entering the quiz show’s final round. Synonyms hinder, check, stop Antonyms help, promote, facilitate
REVERT (v.) to return, go back
Control of a property usually REVERTS to the legal owner when a lease is up. Synonyms relapse, regress Antonyms progress, advance
RUBBLE (n.) broken stones or bricks; ruins
Bulldozers and wrecking balls soon reduced the damaged building to a heap of smoking RUBBLE. Synonyms wreckage, debris Antonyms
SERVILE (adj.) Of or relating to a slave; behaving like or suitable for a slave or servant; menial; lacking spirit or independence, submissive
Most serious performers prefer constructive criticism to SERVILE flattery. Synonyms slavish, groveling, fawning Antonyms masterly, overbearing
VIGIL (n.) a watch, especially at night; any period of watchful attention
Thousands attended the solemn VIGIL at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. SynonymsAntonyms
WRANGLE (v.) to quarrel or argue in a noisy, angry way; to obtain by argument; to herd (n.) a noisy quarrel
My brother and sister always WRANGLE over whose turn it is to take out the trash. Synonyms squabble, bicker Antonyms agree, concur
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