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UNIT 2 VOCABULARY
Adroit (adj.) Skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind Synonyms: Clever, deft, dexterous, slick Antonyms: Clumsy, inept, all thumbs Pronunciation The members of the Carolina Crown Drum Line are extremely adroit while playing.
Averse (adj.) opposed, unwilling; having a deep- seated distaste Synonyms: disinclined, loath Antonyms: favorably disposed, eager, keen Pronunciation He has always been averse to eating healthy food.
Belligerent (adj.) given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressive; (n.) one at war, one engaged in war Synonyms: assertive, truculent, pugnacious Antonyms: peaceful, conciliatory, placid Pronunciation
Feasible (adj.) possible, able to be done Synonyms: workable, practicable, viable Antonyms: unworkable, impractical Pronunciation Is this feasible?
Grimace (n.) a wry face, facial distortion; (v.) to make a wry face Synonyms: pained expression, facial contortion Antonyms: (n.) smile, grin; (v.) beam Pronunciation
Holocaust (n.) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering Synonyms: conflagration, devastation, annihilation Antonyms: deluge, inundation Pronunciation
Impervious (adj.) not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance Synonyms: impenetrable, resistant, proof against Antonyms: porous, permeable, vulnerable Pronunciation
Impetus (n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulus Synonyms: impulse, incentive, spur Antonyms: curb, hindrance, impediment, constraint Pronunciation Saving the elephants should get the same impetus as the “save the whales” movement!
Meticulous (adj.) extremely careful; particular about details Synonyms: fussy, painstaking, fastidious Antonyms: careless, negligent, sloppy Pronunciation The old man was meticulous when it came to his lawn.
Nostalgia (n.) a longing for something past; homesickness Looking at old scrapbooks and reading old letters can bring on a vague sense of nostalgia for days gone by and friends no longer near. Pronunciation
Quintessence (v.) the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example Synonyms: paragon, exemplar Pronunciation Risking one’s own life to save lives of others is considered the quintessence of a selfless hero.
Retrogress (v.) to move backward; to return to an earlier condition Synonyms: revert, degenerate, decline Antonyms: advance, evolve, progress Pronunciation
Scrutinize (v.) to examine closely Synonyms: inspect, pore over Antonyms: skim, scan, glance at Pronunciation
Tepid (adj.) lukewarm, unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest Synonyms: insipid, halfhearted, wish-washy Antonyms: heated, excited, enthusiastic Pronunciation The water is tepid.