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Sadlier Oxford - C6

Sadlier Oxford - Level C Unit 6

abashed (adj., part.) embarrassed or ashamed SYN: ashamed, embarrassed, nonplussed ANT: unembarrassed, unashamed
aloof (adj.) withdrawn, standing apart from others (usually as a matter of choice) SYN: distant, cold, withdrawn; standoffish ANT: involved, in the thick of things
anguish (n.) great suffering, distress, or pain (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow SYN: distress, mental suffering, misery ANT: joy, delight; piece of mind
articulate (v.) to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to fit together into a system; (adj.) able to use language effectively; expressed clearly and forcefully SYN: to enunciate, expound; glib, eloquent ANT: tongue-tied; mumbled, incoherent
bask (v.) to be in or expose oneself, pleasant warmth; to take pleasure or derive enjoyment from SYN: to take pleasure in, wallow in, revel in
defect (n.) an imperfection or flaw of some kind; (v.) to desert a cause or organization SYN: a flaw, imperfection, blemish
finesse (n.) delicate skill; tact and cleverness; (v.) to accomplish something by cleverness, good judgment, or skillful evasion SYN: skill, delicacy ANT: clumsiness, awkwardness
flaunt (v.) to wave or flutter showily; to display in a conceited, offensive way SYN: to show off, parade ANT: to hide, keep under wraps, downplay
forthright (adj., adv.) frank, direct, straightforward SYN: frank, candid, blunt; straightforward ANT: indirect, evasive; deceitful, two-faced
genial (adj.) cordial, pleasantly cheerful or warm SYN: friendly, warm, amiable ANT: cold, unfriendly unsociable
instill (v.) to add gradually; to introduce or cause to be taken in SYN: to implant, infuse, inculcate ANT: to root out, eradicate, extirpate
ostracize (v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away SYN: to cast out, expel, blackball, snub ANT: to fraternize with, associate with
premonition (n.) a forewarning or foreboding of a future event SYN: a foreboding, presentiment
pseudonym (n.) a pen name, name assumed by a writer SYN: a pen name, nom de plume
purge (v.) to wash away impurities, clean up; (n.) the process of getting rid of something or someone decisively SYN: to cleanse, purify ANT: to pollute, contaminate, defile
rehabilitate (v.) to make over in good form; to restore to good condition or to a former position SYN: to reclaim, rebuild, to reform ANT: a cause or source
repercussion (n.) an effect or consequence or some action or event; an echo or reverberation SYN: a consequence or result
resolute (adj.) bold, determined; firm SYN: steadfast, firm; determined, unflinching ANT: weak, spineless, indecisive
retentive (adj.) able to hold or keep; retaining knowledge easily SYN: able to hold or recall ANT: porous, forgetful
scapegoat (n.) a person or thing carrying the blame for others SYN: a fall guy, whipping boy
Created by: tom9