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Vocab Unit 2. 9 th Lit. Words of the day. Adjourn (verb) to stop proceedings temporarily; move to another place The judge ___________ the hearing until ten o’clock the following morning Synonyms: postpone, discontinue Antonyms: open, call to order.

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words of the day
Words of the day
  • Adjourn (verb) to stop proceedings temporarily; move to another place
  • The judge ___________ the hearing until ten o’clock the following morning
  • Synonyms: postpone, discontinue
  • Antonyms: open, call to order
  • Alien (noun) a citizen of another country; (adjective) foreign, strange
  • Movies about _________ from outer space have been extremely popular for decades.
  • An ___________ species of plant or animal can upset the balance of an ecosystem.
  • Synonyms: exotic
  • Antonyms: native, endemic
words of the day1
Words of the Day
  • Comely (adjective) having a pleasing appearance
  • The proud parents and their ______________ children posted for a family portrait.
  • Synonyms: good-looking, attractive, bonny
  • Antonyms: plain, homely, ugly, repulsive
  • Compensate (verb) to make up for; to repay for services
  • The manufacturer was ordered to ____________ customers injured by the defective product.
  • Synonyms: pay back, recompense
  • Antonyms: fail to reward, stiff
words of the day2
Words of the day
  • Dissolute (adjective) loose in one’s morals or behavior
  • The mad Roman emperor Caligula led an extravagant and _____________ life.
  • Synonyms: dissipated, debauched, immoral, corrupt
  • Antonyms: chaste, moral, seemly, proper
  • Erratic (adjective) not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable
  • Students who have an __________ attendance record may find themselves disciplined by the principal.
  • Synonyms: irregular, inconsistent
  • Antonyms: steady, consistent, dependable
words of the day3
Words of the day
  • Expulsion (noun) the process of driving or forcing out
  • The Biblical story of the _____________ of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden is told in Genesis.
  • Synonyms: ejection, removal, eviction
  • Antonyms: admittance, admission
  • Feint (noun) a deliberately deceptive movement; a pretense; (verb) to make a deceptive movement; to make a pretense of
  • The chess master’s opening ________ gave her an immediate advantage.
  • His uncanny ability to ____ and counterpunch made the champ unbeatable.
  • Synonyms: (noun) trick, ruse, subterfuge, bluff
words of the day4
Words of the day
  • Fodder (noun) food for horses or cattle; raw material for a designated purpose
  • Every experience in life is __________ for a novelist’s imagination.
  • Synonyms: provender
  • Fortify (verb) to strengthen, build up
  • The soldiers ________ the garrison against the expected attack.
  • Synonyms: reinforce, shore up
  • Antonyms: weaken, undermine, sap, impair
words of the day5
Words of the day
  • Illegible (adjective) difficult or impossible to read
  • The effects of air pollution have rendered the inscriptions on many old gravestones ____________.
  • Synonyms: unreadable, scribbled
  • Antonyms: readable, distinct, clear
  • Jeer (verb) to make fun of rudely or unkindly; (noun) a rude remark of derision
  • To ________ at someone with a disability is absolutely inexcusable.
  • Umpires and other referees quickly become immune to the ___________ of angry fans.
  • Synonyms: (verb) laugh at, mock, taunt (noun) gibe, insult
  • Antonyms: (verb) applaud, praise (noun) applause, plaudits
words of the day6
Words of the day
  • Lucrative (adj.) bringing in money; profitable
  • Many people find that they can turn a favorite hobby into a ___________ business.
  • Synonyms: gainful, moneymaking
  • Antonyms: unprofitable, losing
  • Mediocre(adj.) average, ordinary, undistinguished
  • The team’s number-one draft pick turned out to be a rather ___________ player, not a star who could lead them to the championship.
  • Synonyms: run-of-the-mill
  • Antonyms: outstanding, distinguished
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Words of the day
  • Proliferate (verb) to reproduce, increase, or spread rapidly
  • Because malignant cells __________, early detection of cancer is absolutely crucial to successful treatment.
  • Synonyms: multiply, mushroom, burgeon
  • Antonyms: decrease, diminish, dwindle, slack off
  • Subjugate (verb) to conquer by force, bring under complete control
  • “We must act quickly,” the general said, “in order to ___________ the rebel forces.”
  • Synonyms: subdue, vanquish
  • Antonyms: be conquered, submit
words of the day8
Words of the day
  • Sully (verb) to soil, stain, tarnish, defile, besmirch
  • The Nixon-era Watergate scandal ____________ the image of politicians in the minds of many voters.
  • Synonyms: pollute, taint, smear
  • Antonyms: Satisfy, fulfill, gratify
  • Tantalize (verb) to tease, torment by teasing
  • When I am on a diet, the treats in bakery window seem to have been put there to _______________ me.
  • Synonyms: tempt, lead on, make one’s mouth water
  • Antonyms: satisfy, fulfill, gratify
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Words of the day
  • Terse (adjective) brief and to the point
  • The manuscript for my short story was return to me with the _________ letter of rejection.
  • Synonyms: succinct, crisp, short and sweet
  • Antonyms: wordy, diffuse, prolix
  • Unflinching (Adjective) firm, showing no sign of fear, not drawing back
  • Everyone admires the ____________ courage with which firefighters and other rescue workers carry out their dangerous jobs.
  • Synonyms: resolute, steadfast, unwavering
  • Antonyms: irresolute, wavering, vacillating