autonomy • Independence. • Syn: self-rule; license; sovereignty • Ant: subordination
coagulate • To change or be changed from liquid into a thickened or solid mass. • Syn: congeal; solidify; curdle • Ant: liquefy
jurisprudence • The science, philosophy, and application of the law. • The judge had to dismiss the case because of the prosecutor's faulty jurisprudence.
malevolent • Having ill-will; wishing harm; evil. • Syn: malicious; sinister; menacing • Ant: benevolent
prominent • Very noticeable or obvious. • Syn: conspicuous; clear • Ant: inconspicuous
bourgeois • Relating to the middle class • Adam hoped to become wealthy and abandon his bourgeois life.
Indefeasible • Not capable of being undone or voided • When times got tough Teresa found comfort in the indefeasible love of her parents.
matriculate • To admit or be admitted into a group or a college • Sam’s grades were high enough for him to matriculate at State in the fall.
Mercurial • Quickly changing; volatile • Frank acted like an entirely different person sometimes because of his mercurial personality.
squelch • To suppress; squash • The candidate desperately tried to squelch rumors that he had once been arrested.
attribute • To relate to a particular cause; to ascribe • Syn: credit; blame; impute • Ant: dismiss; absolve
congenital • Dating from birth; inherent or natural • Syn: inborn; inherent • Ant: acquired; contracted
depravity • Moral corruption; perversion • Syn: immorality; debauchery; vice • Ant: virtue; goodness; decency
megalomania • Having delusions of grandeur; an obsession with grandiose things.
primordial • First in time; original • Syn: primeval; prehistoric • Ant: recent; current
cumulative • resulting from accumulation; increasing • Syn: aggregate; summative; collective • Ant: decreasing; subtracting
exhilaration • Thrill; invigoration • Syn: excitement; elation • Ant: boredom; apathy; ennui
poignant • Very moving, touching • Syn: emotional; affecting; sentimental • Ant: unemotional; cold
pundit • A critic • Syn: commentator; reviewer; analyzer
trite • Overused; hackneyed; clichéd • Syn: banal; routine; timeworn • Ant: fresh; provocative; original
fulsome • Offensively flattering; insincere • Syn: unctuous; ingratiating; fawning • Ant: sincere; heartfelt
propitious • Promising; auspicious • Syn: favorable; advantageous; beneficial • Ant: ominous; harmful; unfortunate
schism • A separation or division • Syn: break; estrangement; split • Ant: unification; merger; alliance
transient • Remaining only a short time • Syn: temporary; fleeting; provisional • Ant: permanent; enduring
unwieldy • Not easily carried because of size, shape or complexity • Syn: awkward; cumbersome; ungainly • Ant: convenient; manageable
cerebral • Favoring intelligence over emotions or instinct • Syn: intellectual; rational; logical
conundrum • A difficult problem • Syn: quandary; predicament
hypocrisy • Professing beliefs, feelings, or values, that one does not have or practice • Syn: insincerity; duplicity
idyllic • Simple and carefree; delightfully serene • Syn: charming; picturesque; pleasant
nondescript • Lacking individual or distinct characteristics • Syn: uninteresting; common; ordinary
cognizant • Fully informed; having knowledge of • Syn: aware; perceptive; sentient • Ant: ignorant; unaware; oblivious
factotum • An employee with a variety of jobs or responsibilities • Syn: workhorse, operator • Ant: principal
outré • Extremely unconventional; bizarre • Syn: eccentric; freaky; outlandish • Ant: conforming; ordinary
parity • equality • Syn: balance; equivalence; proportion • Ant: imbalance; disparity;
supine • Lying on one’s back; lying face up • Ant: prone