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simplistic (adjective). Variants: simplistically (adverb) Definition: oversimplified; avoiding or ignoring complexities Synonym: unsophisticated, naive Antonym: sophisticated, complicated His simplistic plan for economic improvement failed to account for foreign investment and the GNP. .

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simplistic adjective
simplistic (adjective)
  • Variants: simplistically (adverb)
  • Definition: oversimplified; avoiding or ignoring complexities
  • Synonym: unsophisticated, naive
  • Antonym: sophisticated, complicated
  • His simplistic plan for economic improvement failed to account for foreign investment and the GNP.
incredulous adjective
incredulous (adjective)
  • Variants: incredulously (adverb); incredulousness (noun)
  • Definition: unwilling or unable to believe; showing disbelief
  • Synonym: skeptical
  • Antonym: credulous, gullible
  • The politician’s lavish promises provoked incredulous responses rather than the admiration he sought.
ascetic adjective
ascetic (adjective)
  • Variants: ascetically (adverb)
  • Definition: Reflecting self-denial (as in religious discipline); choosing minimal comforts
  • Synonyms: austere, Spartan
  • Antonym: self-indulgent, hedonistic
  • Her modest room reflected the ascetic values she advocated.
vicarious adjective
vicarious (adjective)
  • vicariously (adverb), vicariousness (noun)
  • Definition: Experienced through someone else rather than first hand; endured as substitute for someone else; delegated
  • synonym: second-hand [experience]
  • antonym: actual [experience]
  • Because she loved her son, she found vicarious pleasure in his tremendous successes.
allocation noun
allocation (noun)
  • Variants: allocate (verb), allocatable (adjective); allocator (noun)
  • Definition: the act of setting aside for a special purpose; designation
  • Synonym: allotment, apportionment
  • Antonym: abandonment
  • Sentence: The mayor insisted the park district include an allocation of land in order to build a playground.
  • The mayor insisted the parked district allocate land for a playground.
admonish transitive verb
admonish (transitive verb)
  • Variants: admonishment (noun)
  • Definition: To caution, criticize, or counsel gently against
  • Synonym: chastise, reproach, rebuke
  • Antonym: approve, commend, praise
  • The anti-tobacco lobbyist admonished the President for his inability to quit smoking.
presumptuous adjective
presumptuous (adjective)
  • presumptuously (adv.), presumptuousness (noun)
  • overconfident, excessively forward, taking too much for granted
  • Syn: arrogant
  • Ant: humble, modest
  • Darcy’s presumptuous manner understandably offends Elizabeth Bennet.
subversive adjective noun
subversive (adjective,noun)
  • variants: subvert (verb), subversively (adverb)
  • Definition: tending or seeking to subvert, overthrow or destroy (an established government, institution, belief, etc)
  • Synonym: rebellious, disloyal
  • Antonym: loyal, faithful
  • Sentence: The Canadian government—indeed, the majority of Canadian citizens—believed the Nisei to be subversive operatives.
vacuous adjective
vacuous (adjective)
  • Variants: vacuously (adverb)
  • Definition: without contents, empty
  • Synonym: bare, blank, devoid
  • Antonym: full, abundant
  • Sentence: When the class looked at her with vacuous stares, the teacher knew the lesson had failed.
avocation noun
avocation (noun)
  • Variants: avocational (adjective)
  • Definition: something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure
  • Synonym: pastime, hobby
  • Antonym: job, occupation
  • Sentence: Oddly enough, the math teacher’s avocation was the study of Old Norse epics.
impetus noun
impetus (noun)
  • Variants:
  • Definition: a moving force; impulse, stimulus
  • Synonym: encouragement, incentive, motivation
  • Antonym: hindrance, block
  • Sentence: Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches were the impetus behind the civil rights movement.
reticent adjective
reticent (adjective)
  • Variants: reticently (adverb), reticence (noun)
  • Definition: inclined to keep one’s thoughts and feelings to oneself, secretive, quiet
  • Synonym: reluctant, restrained, reserved
  • Antonym: communicative, forward, unrestrained
  • Sentence: The reticent student hid in the back row, unwilling to participate in the class discussion.
physiognomy noun
physiognomy (noun)
  • Variants: physiognomic (adj), physiognomically (adv)
  • Definition: The features of somebody’s face especially used as indicators of character or temperament.
  • Synonym: aspect, look, visage
  • Antonym: none
  • Sentence: In Great Expectations, Pip is frightened by the convict, for his physiognomy is menacing.
insipid adjective
insipid (adjective)
  • Variants: insipidness (noun), insipidly (adverb)
  • Definition: without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities
  • Synonym: bland, dull
  • Antonym: exhilarating
  • Sentence: Cauliflower’s insipid taste requires cheese or spices to make it palatable.
tedium noun
tedium (noun)
  • Variants: tedious (adjective), tediously (adverb)
  • Definition: quality or condition of being wearisome or boring
  • Synonym: dullness, monotony
  • Antonym: entertainment, excitement, diversion
  • Sentence: In order to take the tedium out of exercise, aerobic instructors rely on loud, exciting music.
cajole verb
cajole (verb)
  • Variants: cajolery(noun), cajolingly(adverb)
  • Definition: to persuade by flattery or promises
  • Synonym: wheedle, coax, flatter
  • Antonym: bully, force, repel
  • Sentence: The boy cajoled her into giving him some of her cookies.
blas adjective
blasé (adjective)
  • Variants: none
  • Definition: not impressed or worried by something, usually because of previous experience
  • Synonym: unconcerned, nonchalant
  • Antonym: uptight, worried
  • Sentence: Paris Hilton’s blasé attitude towards spending money is typical of the very wealthy: they do not have to worry about paying bills.
indolent adjective
indolent (adjective)
  • Variants: indolence (n), indolently (adv)
  • Definition: Lethargic and not showing any interest. Also describes a disease that is slow to develop and causes no pain.
  • Synonym: sluggish, apathetic, lazy
  • Antonym: industrious, productive
  • Sentence: It is difficult to move from summer’s indolence to the necessary productivity of the school year.
choleric adjective
choleric (adjective)
  • Variants: choler (noun)*, cholerically (adverb)
  • *NOT cholera—that’s a disease!
  • Definition: showing or tending to show anger or irritation
  • Synonym: bad-tempered, irascible
  • Antonym: phlegmatic, impassive
  • Sentence: Ivan Ilyich’s choleric manner intimidates his family.
phlegmatic adjective
phlegmatic (adjective)
  • Variants: phlegmatically (adverb)
  • Definition: unemotional, difficult to excite to action or display of emotion
  • synonym: indifferent, undemonstrative
  • antonym: energetic, lively
  • Sentence: Obasan’s phlegmatic approach to life irritates the crusading Emily.
impasse noun
impasse (noun )
  • Variants: none
  • Definition: predicament from which there is no escape; impassible road or way
  • Synonym: stalemate, deadlock
  • Antonym: progress
  • Sentence: After days of deliberation, the jury reached an impasse, necessitating a new trial.
adulation noun
adulation (noun)
  • Variants: adulate (verb)
  • Definition: excessive flattery or adoration
  • Synonym: obsequiousness, sycophancy
  • Antonym: insult, offense
  • Sentence: Robert Pattinson is the object of young girls’ adulation.
censure noun verb
censure (noun, verb)
  • Variants: censure (transitive verb)
  • Definition: judgment involving condemnation
  • Synonym: rebuke, reproach
  • Antonym: honor, acclamation
  • Sentence: Following the lawyer’s emotional outburst, the judge had no choice but to censure him.
dissimulation noun
dissimulation (noun)
  • Variants: dissimulate (verb), dissimulative (adjective), dissimulator (noun)
  • Definition: act of deceiving/concealing true feelings and intentions
  • synonym: deception, deceit, disguise, dissembling
  • antonym: frankness, honesty, truthfulness
  • Sentence: As he becomes more desperately ill, Ivan Ilyich finds dissimulation more difficult, and his family is frightened by the anger he reveals.
droll adjective
droll (adjective)
  • variants: droller, drollest (more adjectives), drolly (adverb)
  • definition: humorous, amusing in an odd way
  • synonym: amusing, clownish, comical
  • antonym: serious
  • sentence: The professor entertained the class with his droll impersonations of literary characters.
expectorate verb
expectorate (verb)
  • variants: expectoration (noun), expectorant (noun)
  • definition: to expel matter, esp. phlegm
  • synonym: flush out, eject
  • antonym: inject, inhale, consume
  • sentence: The doctor instructed the patient to expectorate regularly to speed healing.
surfeit noun
surfeit (noun)
  • variants: surfeiter (I have never seen this!)
  • definition: too great an amount or supply; excess; overindulgence, esp. in food or drink
  • synonym: satiate, excess, surplus
  • antonym: deficit, insufficiency
  • sentence: In the child’s opinion, his plate held a surfeit of vegetables.
corroborate trans verb
corroborate (trans. verb)
  • variants: corroboration, corroborative, corroborant
  • definition: to make more certain the validity of, confirm, support
  • synonym: confirm, support, substantiate
  • antonym: contradict
  • Sentence: To corroborate the rumor about Malfoy, the trio made a Polyjuice potion.
morose adjective
morose (adjective)
  • variants: moroseness, morosely
  • definition: ill-tempered, gloomy, sullen
  • synonym: glum, gloomy, depressed
  • antonym: happy, cheerful
  • sentence: The students were morose when the teacher returned their tests.
auspicious adjective
auspicious (adjective)
  • variants: auspiciously (adv), auspiciousness (n)
  • definition: favored by fortune
  • synonym: fortunate, prosperous
  • antonym: ominous, unfortunate
  • Sentence: The couple was married on 09/09/09, as they believed the date to be an auspicious one.
vigilance noun
vigilance (noun)
  • variants: vigilant (adjective) vigilantly (adverb)
  • definition: keenly watchful to detect danger; wary
  • synonym: observant, attentive
  • antonym: negligent, careless
  • Sentence: The watchmen needed to remain vigilant to protect their camp from any surprise attacks.
  • The vigilance of the watchmen protected the camp from ambush.
recourse noun
recourse (noun)
  • variants: none
  • definition: that which one turns to for help in desperation
  • synonym: refuge, resort
  • antonym:
  • sentence: Is Harry Potter’s only recourse self-sacrifice?
equivocal adjective
equivocal (adjective)
  • variants: equivocalness (n), equivocally (adv), equivocation (n)
  • definition: allowing the possibility of multiple meanings, susceptible to double interpretations
  • synonym: ambiguous, dubious, questionable, suspicious
  • antonym: unquestionable, definite, clear
  • sentence: The politician’s speech was so equivocal, and it made it impossible for the electorate to determine his stance on the issue.
dubious adjective
dubious (adjective)
  • variants: dubiously (adverb), dubiousness (noun)
  • definition: full of doubt or uncertainty
  • synonym: doubtful, questionable, unsure
  • antonym: certain, definite, sure, trustworthy
  • sentence: He enjoyed the dubious distinction of having the lowest GPA of the graduating class.
corporeal adjective
corporeal (adjective)
  • variants: corporeality (noun); corporeally (adverb)
  • definition: the physical body; material or physical rather than spiritual
  • synonym: bodily, physical
  • antonym: mental, spiritual
  • sentence: The doctor examined the corporeal remains for clues to its identity.
chasten verb
chasten (verb)
  • variants: chastener (n)
  • definition: to punish in order to correct or make better; chastise; subdue; refine as to make purer
  • synonym: punish, discipline, correct
  • antonym: commend, praise
  • Sentence: The sadistic headmaster chastened errant students with a leather strap.
resolute adjective
resolute (adjective)
  • variants: resolutely (adverb), resoluteness (noun)
  • definition: having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; unwavering
  • synonym: faithful, unyielding
  • antonym: uncertain, unsure
  • sentence: The Second Apparition advises Macbeth to be “bloody, bold and resolute” for only a man not of woman born can harm him.
languid adjective
languid (adjective)
  • variants: languidness (n), languidly (adv)
  • definition: without vigor or vitality; without spirit or interest
  • synonym: weak; listless; indifferent; sluggish
  • antonym: energetic, lively
  • sentence: His languid movements annoyed the movie director, who envisioned a violent, wild scene.
dissolute adjective
dissolute (adjective)
  • variants: dissolutely(adverb), dissoluteness (noun)
  • definition: dissipated and immoral; debauched
  • synonym: debauched, depraved, degenerate
  • antonym: decent, upright, moral
  • sentence: Svidrigailov’s reputation for dissolute behavior disgusts Raskolnikov.
extol verb
extol (verb)
  • variants: extoller (n); extolment (n)
  • definition: to praise highly; laud
  • synonym: praise, laud, acclaim
  • antonym: disparage, denigrate
  • sentence: Many journalists extol the virtues of our President.
amorous adjective
amorous (adjective)
  • variants: amorousness (n), amorously (adv)
  • definition: full of love, showing love or sexual desire
  • synonym: passionate, ardent
  • antonym: detached, unloving
  • sentence: The amorous behavior displayed in high school hallways is often disturbing.
scrupulous adjective
scrupulous (adjective)
  • variants: [from scruple] scrupulously (adv), scrupulousness (n);
  • definition: extremely careful to do the precisely right, proper or correct thing in every last detail; obsessively hesitant in deciding what is morally right
  • synonym: careful, conscientious, meticulous
  • antonym: careless, rash
  • sentence: The scrupulous student double-checked all his essay’s quotations to avoid plagiarism.