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Vocabulary Level F. Unit 8. acrimonious. Adj. – stinging, bitter in temper or tone Syn. – biting, caustic, rancorous, hostile Ant. – gentle, warm, mild, friendly. bovine. Adj. – resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive Syn. – stolid, dull, slow, stupid

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acrimonious
acrimonious
  • Adj. – stinging, bitter in temper or tone
  • Syn. – biting, caustic, rancorous, hostile
  • Ant. – gentle, warm, mild, friendly
bovine
bovine
  • Adj. – resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
  • Syn. – stolid, dull, slow, stupid
  • Ant. – alert, sharp, bright, keen, quick
consternation
consternation
  • N. – dismay, confusion
  • Syn. – shock, amazement, bewilderment, dismay
  • Ant. – calm, composure, aplomb
  • “The hiker looked at the path with consternation, hardly knowing which way to go first.
corpulent
corpulent
  • Adj.- fat; having a large, bulky body
  • Syn. – overweight, heavy, obese, stout
  • Ant. – slender, lean, spare, gaunt
disavow
disavow
  • V. – to deny responsibility for or connection with
  • Syn. – disown, disclaim, retract, abjure
  • Ant. – acknowledge, admit, grant, certify
  • “The suspect stubbornly continued to disavow any part in the kidnapping plot.
dispassionate
dispassionate
  • Adj. – impartial; calm, free from emotion
  • Syn. – unbiased, disinterested, cool
  • Ant. – committed, engaged, partial, biased
dissension
dissension
  • N. – disagreement, sharp difference of opinion
  • Syn. – strife, discord, contention
  • Ant.- agreement, accord, harmony
dissipate
dissipate
  • V. – to cause to disappear; to scatter, dispel
  • Syn. – disperse, strew, diffuse, waste
  • Ant. – gather, collect, conserve
  • “As chairman he is fair and open, but he dissipates his energies on trivial things.”
expurgate
expurgate
  • V. – to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
  • Syn. – purge, censor, bowdlerize
gauntlet
gauntlet
  • N. – an armored or protective glove; a challenge; two lines of men armed with weapons with which to beat a person forced to run between them; an ordeal
  • Syn. – dare, provocation, trial, punishment
hypothetical
hypothetical
  • Adj.- based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
  • Syn. – assumed, supposed, conjectural
  • Ant. – actual, real, tested, substantiated
ignoble
ignoble
  • Adj. – mean, low, base
  • Syn. – inferior, unworthy, dishonorable, sordid
  • Ant. – admirable, praiseworthy, lofty, noble
impugn
impugn
  • V. – to call into question; to attack as false
  • Syn. – challenge, deny, dispute, query
  • Ant. – confirm prove, verify, validate
  • “You can impugn the senator’s facts, but you cannot accuse her of concealing her intentions.”
intemperate
intemperate
  • Adj. – immoderate, lacking in self-control
  • Syn. – excessive, extreme, unrestrained
  • Ant. – moderate, restrained, cool and collected
  • “Experience taught her to control her intemperate outbursts of anger.”
odium
odium
  • N. – hatred, contempt; disgrace or infamy resulting from hateful conduct
  • Syn. – abhorrence, opprobrium, shame
  • Ant. – esteem, admiration, approbation
perfidy
perfidy
  • N. – faithlessness, treachery
  • Syn. – betrayal, disloyalty, treason
  • Ant. – faithfulness, loyalty, steadfastness
relegate
relegate
  • V. – to place in a lower position; to assign, refer, turn over, to banish
  • Syn. – transfer, consign, demote, exile
  • Ant. – promote, elevate, advance, recall
squeamish
squeamish
  • Adj. – inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined
  • Syn. – nauseated, queasy, delicate
subservient
subservient
  • Adj. – subordinate in capacity or role; submissively obedient; serving to promote some end
  • Syn. – secondary, servile, obsequious
  • Ant. – primary, principal, bossy
susceptible
susceptible
  • Adj. – open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
  • Syn. – vulnerable, receptive, impressionable
  • Ant. – resistant, immune