2 approbationn. the expression of approval or praise syn. approval, Commendation, sanction ant. disapproval, censureSaban gives his team another sign of approbation as they win the National title.
3 assuageto make easier or milder, to calm or to quench, to appease or satisfysyn. mitigate, alleviateant. Intensify, aggravate, exacerbateGranny can assuage your hunger with a homemade Jimmy Dean sausage and biscuit..
4 coalition n. a combination, union or merger syn. alliance, league, ant. splinter groupThe United States created the coalition that defeated Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
5 decadence decadence if they only produce a one-hit wonder. n. decline and decay; a period ofdecline and decay; excessiveself indulgencesyn. Degenerationant. rise, growth,developmentSENTENCESome musicians may experience a time ofdecadence if they only produce a one-hit wonder.
6 elicitv. to draw forth or to bring out from some source syn. Call forth, evoke, extract, Educe ant. Repress, quash, stifle SENTENCE A teacher’s question may elicit several responses from the class.
7 And now for practice… (pg. 18-20) Completing the sentences: 6, 12, 16, 18, 19 Synonyms: 1, 9, 10 Antonyms: 1
8 expostulatev. to attempt to dissuade someone from course or decision by earnest reasoning syn. Protest, remonstrate, complainThough it was a scorching 98 degrees outside, Bernie dressed in the chicken outfit in an attempt to expostulate against the harmful effects of eating fast food.
9 hackneyedadj. Used so often as to lack freshness or originality syn. banal, trite, common place, corny ant. new, fresh, novel, original“to be honest”“actually”“don’t just talk the talk; you got to walk the walk”“when I get around to it”“the fact of the matter is”“in conclusion”“first of all”Mrs. Sellors said I must “hack” away at the hackneyed phrases in my essay if I expected to earn an A.
10 hiatusn. a gap, an opening, or a break syn. pause, lacuna ant. continuity, continuationJoe’s doctor informed him that he would need to take a hiatus from table tennis for about ten weeks since he broke his arm while trying to carry his girlfriend’s purse.
11 innuendon. A hint or indirect suggestion or reference (often in a derogatory sense) syn. Insinuation or intimation ant. direct statementThe gangster’s innuendo, “Nice store you got there. Would be a real shame if something happened to it,” made me cringe.
12 intercedev. To plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement syn. intervene, mediateSince Hailey and Casey could not get a long, my brother-in-law decided to intercede and tape the two of them together!
13 And now for practice… (pg. 24) Completing the sentences:2, 11, 15, 16, 18Synonyms and Antonyms1, 2, 12, 15, 20
14 jadedAdj. wearied, worn-out, dulled syn. Sated, surfeited, cloyed ant. Unspoiled, uncloyedThe jaded Aerosmith fan had seen the show fifty times.
15 luridadj. causing shock, horror, or revulsion; pale in color; lack of restraint syn. gruesome, gory, grisly, ghastly ant. pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesomeThe clown’s lurid appearance frightened Jesse so much that he could not sleep alone at night for three solid days.
16 meritoriousadj. worthy, deserving recognition, or praise syn. praiseworthy, laudable, commendable ant. blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditableIn recognition of all her meritorious efforts in the relief work, Dresden received a certificate.
17 petulantadj. peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset syn. Irritable, testy, waspish ant. even-tempered, placid, serene, amiableActing like a petulant tortoise, Tommy decided to crawl home rather than make amends with the red globidydook.
18 prerogative prerogative to change her mind n. a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellencesyn. perk, perquisiteBrittany Spears thinks she has aprerogative to change her mindabout going on tour, despite the factthat thousands of fans have alreadybought their tickets.
19 And now for practice… (pg. 24) Completing the sentences:1, 5, 8, 9, 13Synonyms and Antonyms3, 4, 5, 11, 19
20 provincialadj. pertaining to an outlying area, local, narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward n. A person with a narrow point of view syn. narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naïve Ant. cosmopolitan, broad-mindedThe Puritans cast their provincial eyes on Hester Prynne as she tightly holds Pearl.
21 simulatev. to make a pretense of; to imitate, to show the outer signs of syn. feign, pretend, affectThe video game SIMS simulates real life. Even the settings are realistic!
22 transcend transcended everyone’s v. to rise above or beyond; exceed syn. surpass, outstripSister Madonna Budertranscended everyone’sexpectations. As the oldesttrathlete, Sister Madonna hascompeted in more than 300 racesand is 78 years young!
23 umbragen. shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion syn. irritation, pique, annoyance ant. Pleasure, delight, satisfactionOne of my fondest childhood memories is when all of my family would gather underneath the umbrage of a Mimosa tree to shell peas and listen to my grandparents’ storytelling.
24 unctuousadj. excessively smooth or smug; trying too and to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity or piety; fatty, oily, pliable syn. mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy ant. Gruff, bluntBeing naïve, I looked past his unctuous behavior and said yes when he asked me out.
25 And now for practice… (pg. 24) Completing the sentences:3, 12, 14, 17, 20Synonyms and Antonyms6, 7, 8, 13, 17