2AdroitPronunciation(adj.) Skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind Synonyms: Clever, deft, dexterous, slick Antonyms: Clumsy, inept, all thumbsThe members of the Carolina Crown Drum Line are extremely adroit while playing.
4He has always been averse to eating healthy food. Pronunciation(adj.) opposed, unwilling; having a deep-seated distaste Synonyms: disinclined, loath Antonyms: favorably disposed, eager, keenHe has always been averse to eating healthy food.
5Belligerent Synonyms: assertive, truculent, pugnacious Pronunciation(adj.) given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressive;(n.) one at war, one engaged in warSynonyms: assertive, truculent, pugnaciousAntonyms: peaceful, conciliatory, placid
10FeasiblePronunciation(adj.) possible, able to be done Synonyms: workable, practicable, viable Antonyms: unworkable, impracticalIs this feasible?
11Grimace Synonyms: pained expression, facial contortion Pronunciation(n.) a wry face, facial distortion;(v.) to make a wry faceSynonyms: pained expression, facial contortionAntonyms: (n.) smile, grin; (v.) beam
12HolocaustPronunciation(n.) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering Synonyms: conflagration, devastation, annihilation Antonyms: deluge, inundation
13ImperviousPronunciation(adj.) not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entranceSynonyms: impenetrable, resistant, proof againstAntonyms: porous, permeable, vulnerable
14Impetus (n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulus Pronunciation(n.) a moving force, impulse, stimulusSynonyms: impulse, incentive, spurAntonyms: curb, hindrance, impediment, constraintSaving the elephants should get the same impetus as the “save the whales” movement!
16Meticulous Synonyms: fussy, painstaking, fastidious Pronunciation(adj.) extremely careful; particular about detailsSynonyms: fussy, painstaking, fastidiousAntonyms: careless, negligent, sloppyThe old man was meticulous when it came to his lawn.
17NostalgiaPronunciation(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.
18QuintessencePronunciation(v.) the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example Synonyms: paragon, exemplarRisking one’s own life to save lives of others is considered the quintessence of a selfless hero.
19RetrogressPronunciation(v.) to move backward; to return to an earlier condition Synonyms: revert, degenerate, decline Antonyms: advance, evolve, progress
20ScrutinizePronunciation(v.) to examine closely Synonyms: inspect, pore over Antonyms: skim, scan, glance at
21TepidPronunciation(adj.) lukewarm, unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest Synonyms: insipid, halfhearted, wish-washy Antonyms: heated, excited, enthusiasticThe water is tepid.