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Lesson Two. English II. impotent. Definition. Example. ( adj ) powerless; lacking strength syn : ineffective; helpless ant: potent; powerful. Without the gun, he felt impotent . antithesis. Definition. Example. (n) an exact opposite; an opposite extreme syn : converse ant: same.

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lesson two

Lesson Two

English II

impotent
impotent

Definition

Example

(adj) powerless; lacking strength

syn: ineffective; helpless

ant: potent; powerful

Without the gun, he felt impotent.

antithesis
antithesis

Definition

Example

(n) an exact opposite; an opposite extreme

syn: converse

ant: same

Love is the antithesis of hate.

maelstrom
maelstrom

Definition

Example

(n) whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind

His emotions were like a maelstrom, and he couldn’t decide what course to follow.

emendation
emendation

Definition

Example

(n) a correction

syn: improvement; amendment

The last edition of the book contains many emendations.

chagrin
chagrin

Definition

Example

(n) embarrassment; a complete loss of courage

Joanne had never felt such chagrin as when she fell into the mud puddle in front of her fiancé's family.

bauble
bauble

Definition

Example

(n) a showy but useless thing

syn: trinket

John had to find some kind of bauble to give Mary for Christmas.

diaphanous
diaphanous

Definition

Example

(adj) very sheer and light

syn: transparent; gossamer

ant: opaque

The diaphanous gown was beautiful, but Gloria wasn’t sure she had the nerve to wear it.

labyrinth
labyrinth

Definition

Example

(n) a complicated network of winding passages; a maze

The mice were made to run through a labyrinth in order to reach their food.

gloat
gloat

Definition

Example

(v) to look at or think about with great satisfaction

syn: revel; crow

The track team gloated over their latest victory.

impediment
impediment

Definition

Example

(n) a barrier; obstruction

syn: obstacle; hindrance

ant: aid

The supervisor wouldn’t be an impediment to her advancement.

bestial
bestial

Definition

Example

(adj) savage; brutal

syn: brutish; vile; cruel

ant: humane; kind

He took a bestial delight in tormenting the captive slaves.

effete
effete

Definition

Example

(adj) worn out; barren

syn: exhausted; spent and sterile

ant: vital; vigorous

Although worn down by age and a life of hard work, the man was far from effete.

shard
shard

Definition

Example

(n) a fragment

The doctor pulled a shard of glass from the girl’s arm.

bland
bland

Definition

Example

(adj) mild; tasteless; dull

syn: smooth; agreeable

ant: exciting; thrilling

His bland manner had a calming effect on the children.

nihilism
nihilism

Definition

Example

(n) a total rejection of established laws

Nihilism rejects established laws and order, but it offers nothing in their place.