Unit Five. Grade Seven. 1. anecdote (n) a short account of an incident in someone’s life syn : tale, story, sketch, vignette, yarn Ex. Many anecdotes relate a humorous incident in someone’s life. 2. consolidate (v) to combine, unite; to make solid or firm syn : strengthen, firm up, merge
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1. anecdote (n) a short account of an incident in someone’s life
syn: tale, story, sketch, vignette, yarn
Ex. Many anecdotes relate a humorous incident in someone’s life.
syn: strengthen, firm up, merge
ant: scatter, disperse, dissipate, separate
Ex. The two companies consolidated to give themselves stronger buying power.
3. counterfeit (n) an imitation designed to deceive
(adj) not genuine, fake
(v) to make an illegal copy
syn: (adj) false, phony, bogus
ant: (adj) genuine, real, authentic
Ex. The cubic zirconia is a counterfeit. It appears as a diamond but is not genuine.
syn: manageable, teachable, pliant
ant: unruly, wayward, intractable, disobedient
Ex. The once wayward puppy was very intelligent and soon became a docile pet in the home.
5. dominate (v) to rule over by strength or power, control; to tower over, command due to height
syn: control, govern, overlook
Ex. The Steeler’s defense dominated the Brown’s offensive line and continually sacked their quarterback.
syn: plead, beseech
ant: clamor for
Ex. The animal in the shelter seemed to entreat me to rescue it.
syn: imperfect, errant
ant: foolproof, unfailing, flawless
Ex. Humans are fallible creatures.
8. fickle (adj) liable to change very rapidly; erratic; marked by a lack of constancy or steadiness, inconsistent
syn: capricious, inconstant, faithless
ant: constant, steady, invariable
Ex. The boy was fickle and changed girlfriends as often as he changed socks.
(adj) fleeting, lasting a very short time; wandering, difficult to grasp
syn: (n) runaway, deserter (adj) elusive
ant: (adj) lasting, enduring, permanent
Ex. The fugitive dog once again broke its chain.
syn: filthy, sooty, soiled, dirt- encrusted
ant: spotless, spic-and-span, immaculate
Ex. The toddlers played in the mud and became instantly grimy.
syn: speck, dab, jot, bit, smidgen
ant: flood, deluge, avalanche, glut
Ex. There was not even an iota of paint left, so the artist resorted to markers to finish the project.
12. maul (v) to beat or knock about, handle roughly; to mangle
(n) a heavy hammer
syn: (v) rough up, manhandle, batter
Ex. The defenseless dog was mauled by the wild coyotes.
(n) something that can develop and become a reality
syn: (n) possibility, capability
ant: (adj) actual, real, unlikely, impossible
Ex. The potential of the student was obvious; her vocabulary indicated she was quite intelligent.
syn: glowing, brilliant, dazzling, resplendent
ant: dull, tarnished, lackluster
Ex. The girl’s radiant personality infected everyone else with energy.
syn: countrified, rustic
ant: urban, metropolitan, citified
Ex. Lancaster, PA is home to many Pennsylvania Amish who raise livestock and grow vegetables in this rural location.
16. substantial (adj) large, important; major, significant, prosperous; not imaginary, material
syn: considerable, tangible, big
ant: minor, insignificant, negligible
Ex. The win was substantial since it catapulted the team into the playoffs.
17. tactful (adj) skilled in handling difficult situations or people; polite
syn: skillful, diplomatic, discreet
ant: clumsy, gauche, boorish, indiscreet
Ex. Even though the boy thought the girl’s new hairdo was horrid, he was tactful so as to not hurt her feelings.
18. tamper (v) to interfere with; to meddle rashly or foolishly with; to handle in a secret and improper way
syn: monkey with, fool with, mess with
Ex. Tampering with the computer’s wires could cause it to malfunction.
19. ultimate (adj) last, final; most important or extreme; eventual; basic, fundamental
syn: farthest, furthest, terminal
ant: first, initial, most immediate, nearest
Ex. The ultimate goal was to win the playoffs.
syn: doubtfulness, hesitation
ant: sureness, certainty, confidence
Ex. Since he hadn’t studied for the test, he felt uncertainty about most of his answers.