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Anthem. Vocabulary. Abyss ~ uh BISS. Bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth The man had fallen into the abyss of depravity. Advocacy ~ AD vuh cuh see. Support of an idea or cause The nominee’s advocacy of higher taxes may have cost him the election. Antonym: opposition.

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anthem

Anthem

Vocabulary

abyss uh biss
Abyss ~ uh BISS
  • Bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
  • The man had fallen into the abyss of depravity.
advocacy ad vuh cuh see
Advocacy ~ AD vuh cuh see
  • Support of an idea or cause
  • The nominee’s advocacy of higher taxes may have cost him the election.
  • Antonym: opposition
approbation ap row bay shun
Approbation ~ ap row BAY shun
  • Official approval, praise, commendation
  • We initiated the attack with the approbation of the general.
  • Antonym: disapproval
atone uh tone
Atone ~ uh TONE
  • To make amends
  • He atoned for his theft by repaying the victim.
  • Antonym: to offend
baseness base ness
Baseness ~ BASE ness
  • The quality of lacking higher values
  • We were shocked at the criminal’s baseness.
  • Synonyms: vileness, servility, unworthiness
defile deh file
Defile ~ deh FILE
  • To make dirty, to desecrate, to pollute
  • The gang defiled the school with obscene graffiti.
  • Synonyms: contaminate, taint
depravity deh prav eh tee
Depravity ~ deh PRAV eh tee
  • Moral corruption, a wicked or perverse act
  • The depravity of his behavior shocked everyone.
  • Synonyms: corruption, debauchery, perversion
discern deh surn
Discern ~ deh SURN
  • To differentiate between two or more things
  • Because of the frog, I was barely able to discern the landing strip.
  • Antonym: To ignore, to be oblivious
ecstasy ek stuh see
Ecstasy ~ EK stuh see
  • Extreme happiness
  • The music was so beautiful that it put the crowd into a state of ecstasy.
  • Synonyms: rapture, transport
  • Antonym: wretchedness
fluid floo id
Fluid ~ FLOO id
  • Smooth and effortless
  • Most good golfers have a very fluid swing.
  • Antonym: jerky
furrow fur ow
Furrow ~ FUR ow
  • To make wrinkles or grooves
  • The man’s furrowed brow showed his deep concern.
  • Antonym: To make plain
heedless heed les
Heedless ~ HEED les
  • Disregarding, thoughtless
  • He walked on, heedless of the signs warning about the mine field.
  • Antonyms: aware, concerned, attentive
illustrious eh lus tree us
Illustrious ~ eh LUS tree us
  • Notably outstanding, famous
  • I was impressed by the illustrious personage at the ball.
  • Synonyms: celebrated, distinguished
  • Antonym: infamous
infamous in fuh mus
Infamous ~ IN fuh mus
  • Having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad
  • The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was an infamous act.
  • Synonym: disreputable
  • Antonym: illustrious
lassitude las eh tood
Lassitude ~ LAS eh tood
  • Feeling of weariness; fatigue
  • The hot weather in some parts of Mexico probably created the lassitude that led to the siesta.
  • Synonyms: Languor, stupor
  • Antonym: Restlessness
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