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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The producers would like to thank those who have contributed to this mammoth undertaking. starring Brian … Andrew Halliwell Luke … Denis Pimm Dexter … Ryan Cave Natalie … Kinga Gorski Katie … Marlene Ginader director of photography Ben Alley sound / lamp op David Marino hair & make up Holly Dalpee special thanks to John & Catriona Stares

© Copyright 2009 by Blue Mammoth Productions All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book or film may be reproduced in any form under any means, or incorporated into any information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, without the written permission of the copyright owner All inquiries should be addressed to: Blue Mammoth Productions Ltd. 1106 – 583 Beach Crescent Vancouver, BC V6Z 3E6, Canada You can visit us at www.satcomvideo.com or email us at info@satcomvideo.com. ®SAT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this book and film.


Contents INTRODUCTION

1

SCRIPT WITH QUIZZES

5

MATCH THE DEFINITIONS

8, 20, 34, 48, 60

MATCH UP THE SYNONYMS

10, 22, 38, 50, 62

MATCH UP THE ANTONYMS

12, 24, 40, 52, 64

FILL IN THE SENTENCE

14, 26, 42, 54, 66

TRUE OR FALSE

16, 30, 44, 56, 67

ODD ONE OUT

18, 32, 46, 58, 67

DICTIONARY

69

A (ABBREVIATE - AVERSE)

70

B (BACCHANALIAN - BRAWN)

79

C (CACOPHONIES - CRYPTIC)

81

D (DAZE - DRAMATIZE)

89

E (EBULLIENCE - EXPEDITIOUS)

95

F (FEIGN - FUSION)

100

G (GALLANTRY - GUILE)

101

H (HABITUAL - HYPOTHETICALLY)

103

I (IMBIBE - IRREPARABLE)

105

J (JARGON - JUVENILE)

109

L (LACKLUSTER - LUDICROUS)

110

M (MALEVOLENT - MYSTIFIES)

111


N (NAIVE - NOVICE)

113

O (OBSTINATE - OPPORTUNITY)

114

P (PARCHED - PUNCTILIOUS)

116

Q (QUANDARY - QUARREL)

122

R (RACONTEUR - RUMINATES)

122

S (SALUTARY - SUPPLEMENT)

125

T (TARDY - TRUCULENT)

129

U (UNDETERRED)

130

V (VACATING - VOCATION)

130

W (WAVERING - WINSOME)

131

ANSWERS

133

WORD INDEX

137


Introduction What is the SAT Reasoning Test? The “Scholastic Aptitude Test” is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States, created in order to measure students’ critical thinking skills. It tests students on three critical subjects: reading, writing and mathematics. Who has to take the SAT and why? The SAT is designed for high school students who wish to apply for further education in the US. It is an important resource for colleges and is used to determine which applicants will be accepted. It is also crucial in allocating academic scholarships. What kinds of questions are on the SAT? There are three major sections to the SATs: §

Critical Reading o This section tests you on your ability to read and think carefully through passage-based reading, as well as on your ability to see how sentences fit together through sentence completion questions. o It is made up of two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, with a total of 70-minutes. Your score will range from 200 to 800.

§

Mathematics o This section tests you on a number of multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses that consist of numbers and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, statistics, probability and data analysis. o It is made up of two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, with a total of 70-minutes. Your score will range from 200 to 800.

§

Writing o This section tests you on your ability to identify errors in a sentence through multiple-choice questions, as well as your ability to express your point of view clearly in a student-written essay. o It is made up of one 10-minute section and two 25-minute sections, with a total of 60-minutes. Your score will range from 200 to 800. Your essay will also receive a score from 1 to 6.


What is SAT-com? SAT-com is a half hour sitcom episode, which teaches students the most critical SAT words in an educational and entertaining fashion. How does it work? Learning is easy in five simple steps: 1. Watch the 30 minute TV Show. 2. Read the annotated script to find definitions for the 250 SAT words. 3. Discover more about the vocabulary through the dictionary, which includes illustrative sentences, as well as synonyms and antonyms. 4. Take the 30 quizzes that test you on the 250 words you’ve learned. 5. Apply your new knowledge to the SATs to get a better grade. What makes SAT-com better than learning from a simple vocabulary list? Because those books fail to successfully aid students in remembering vocabulary. A key failure of these lists lies in their inability to provide a mnemonic aid, and therefore their information is forgotten straight away. Mnemonics are critical to successful study as they provide easy-to-remember constructs which can be related back to the word that is to be remembered. In simple terms they make the information more meaningful, which helps secure it in your memory. While the lists try to create mnemonics through sample sentences, these examples are simply dismissed by your brain as meaningless information and forgotten. They fail since they are unable to create a link in your mind. The principle that the human mind much more easily remembers spatial, personal, surprising, humorous or otherwise meaningful information has been proven in numerous studies and has been effectively implemented by shows like Sesame Street for over 40 years. “Edutainment-based programming” has altered the way children absorb information by embedding lessons into a familiar form of entertainment and yet this proven medium has yet to be applied to young adult education. SAT-com is the first step towards changing that. Will SAT-com help me improve my SAT score? Vocabulary is a critical part of the SAT Test with both the Critical Reading and Writing sections relying heavily on students’ vocabulary skills. A comprehensive vocabulary is critical to SAT success and SAT-com teaches you more than 250 of the words that most often appear on the test in a fast and entertaining fashion, leaving you more prepared for the test.


What is the plot of SAT-com Episode 1? After meeting Natalie, a free-going partier, at the park, Brian, an athletic alpha male, invites her and her roommates over to hang out with him and his roommates. That night he prepares with his friends Luke, an angst filled emo, and Dexter, a typical nerd, as they decide how to split up the girls. However when Natalie arrives she has brought only Katie, a well-educated skeptic. Upset that one of them will have to go without a girl, they all decide to compete with each other to win the hearts of the young ladies. Who are the characters? BRIAN – Andrew Halliwell Confident, charismatic, cocky... if there’s a word that starts with ‘c’ it probably describes Brian. In his mind he’s the best thing that’s happened to the world and everybody should follow his lead, although everything tends to play better in his head than it does in real life. He’s appointed himself the figurehead of his band of merry misfits, Robin Hood to their.... well, he’s never read Robin Hood and even if he had he wouldn’t have cared enough to appoint characters for Dexter and Luke.

LUKE – Denis Pimm The angst! It’s what fuels his art. At least that’s what he’ll tell anybody who hovers around him for more than two seconds. Luke has more than enough time to work on his art because of his refusal to join the mindless sheep who work at… well anywhere. He has a tendency to confuse his persona, wavering from emo to paranoid to goth to conspiracy theorist all in one conversation. He can be found buying all his music on vinyl even though he doesn’t have a record player.


DEXTER – Ryan Cave He’s shy and introverted, but what he lacks in social skills and charisma he makes up for in technological savvy. By far the most intelligent of the three friends, he is also surprisingly manipulative. Even though Brian is the self-appointed leader, Dexter can often be found subtly suggesting the direction they take. He still hasn’t got the social aspect down pat yet. If women were Tetris, he would easily score one million points.

NATALIE – Kinga Gorski Loves everything. There couldn’t be an easier girl to get along with, it’s too bad Katie doesn’t share her joy for life, but there’s enough joy in Natalie to go around. She’s willing to give everybody the benefit of the doubt and see the good in any situation, which is a great trait to have when you’re constantly getting into situations that require a certain amount of love for life. Hobbies include yoga, parties and long walks on the beach followed by a party.

KATIE – Marlene Ginader Extremely intelligent, well read, and academically inclined. She’s like Dexter if video games were replaced with social skills. Her life seems to revolve around Natalie’s, being talked into adventures she never would have gotten herself into if she was left up to her own devices. She’s beginning to tire of each new event she gets dragged to and it shows on her face and in her voice.


THE SCRIPT & QUIZZES


 juvenile (adj.) childish  dissimilar (adj.) different  sparsely (adv.) spread out  punctilious (adj.) careful, especially in regards to rules and conventions  introverted (adj.) shy and thinking inward  garrulous (adj.) talkative  winsome (adj.) charming, often in a naïve fashion  obstinate (adj.) stubborn  achromatic (adj.) colorless  pretentious (adj.) self-important  supercilious (adj.) arrogant  cryptic (adj.) mysterious  prattle (v.) talk in a silly way  inquisitive (adj.) curious; inquiring  courteous (adj.) very polite


FADE IN EXT. CONDO Establishing shot of a downtown Condo building. INT. LIVING ROOM Based on the appearance of the condo it would be a safe assumption that the occupants would be successful, mature men. However, this condo couldn’t be lived in by anybody more juvenile. Three dissimilar guys in their twenties stand in the center of their sparsely furnished home. First there’s DEXTER, a punctilious young man who’s just finished nervously rearranging their few belongings. He also happens to be the nerdy one. He may be book smart, but that won’t help him if he remains shy and introverted. Next is BRIAN, not only is he garrulous, he’s the only one of the three with a decent physique. He’s the winsome, charming member of the group and also the most obstinate. The third is LUKE, the ‘emo kid,’ he wears the tightest clothes he can find on his tall, skinny frame. While his apparel is primarily achromatic he adds color to his look via the pretentious text scrawled across his t-shirt. He’s supercilious, he’s better than you because he likes stuff you don’t know exists. Despite the clear differences between these three there is also an evident friendship among them. BRIAN All right, the trick is to be cryptic and not to nervously prattle on. Be inquisitive and keep the conversation on them. DEXTER Well what if they ask me about something personal? BRIAN Be vague and shift the conversation back to them. They’re just asking to be courteous, they don’t really care.


 serenade (v.) performing music for someone, usually to romance them  elegies (n.) mournful poems  opportunity (n.) lucky chance  dedication (n.) being committed to something  insouciant (adj.) free from concern; carefree  defensive (adj.) protecting oneself from either verbal or physical attacks  interrogation (n.) question thoroughly  anxiously (adv.) in a manner that is nervous and worried  tardy (adj.) later than anticipated  lamenting (v.) mourning  interludes (n.) pauses

Quiz # 1 : Match the definition 1. a reserved person who tends to lean towards self-examination a. extroverted b. introverted c. gregarious

d. apathetic

2. uneasy and nervous in behavior a. banality b. alacrity

d. anxious

c. larks

3. carefree; marked by nonchalant behavior a. insouciant b. ennui c. apex

d. burley

4. commitment to something a. churlish b. platitude

d. dedication

c. callow


LUKE I should probably serenade them with one of my elegies. BRIAN Look, this is a great opportunity for us. You two need to start showing some dedication and start taking this seriously. The previously somewhat insouciant Luke shows his commitment to their cause by moving closer to the group. LUKE You’re right, what are their names? BRIAN How would I know? I only met one of them when I was at the park. DEXTER What was her name? Brian becomes defensive. BRIAN What is this, an interrogation? We have three girls coming over tonight, that’s what’s important. Dexter anxiously pulls his phone out of his pocket to check the time. DEXTER They’re pretty tardy. Do you think they’re going to show up? BRIAN After meeting me, there’s no way they’re not coming! A KNOCK at the door. BRIAN (cont'd) That’s them. All right, Dexter, ask questions and Luke, no poems lamenting the dead and no musical interludes.


 poignancy (n.) moving  acoustic (adj.) relating to sound  cacophonies (n.) harsh noises  adulterate (v.) make less pure by adding tainted elements  comely (adj.) physically attractive  homeliest (adj.) lacking physical beauty  nonchalant (adj.) unconcerned  composure (n.) self control  gregarious (adj.) very sociable  demure (adj.) behaving in a quiet and shy manner  erudite (adj.) educated  décolleté (adj.) with a low-cut neckline

Quiz # 2 : Match up the synonyms 1.

dissimilar

a.

intermission

2.

interlude

b.

chatter

3.

interrogation

c.

variant

4.

courteous

d.

pompous

5.

pretentious

e.

verbose

6.

garrulous

f.

question

7.

prattle

g.

cordial


LUKE It’s probably for the better, the poignancy of my acoustic genius would torment them for years. DEXTER Have you actually learned to play any of your instruments yet or do they still sound like cacophonies? LUKE I don’t want to adulterate my raw talents by following the conventions of music. Brian starts to walk toward the door but is stopped by Dexter. DEXTER Wait Brian! How do we decide who gets who? BRIAN The most comely one will belong to me and you can have the homeliest one. LUKE I’ll take any one. Brian leaves to let the girls in as Luke and Dexter try to act nonchalant in the living room. INT. HALLWAY Brian jogs to the door but stops for a second in order to gain his composure and adjust his shirt. Finally he opens the door revealing two beautiful girls, NATALIE and KATIE. Natalie is the gregarious of the two while Katie is the demure, erudite one. She’s like Dexter if he had anything that resembled a social skill. Both of the girls are dressed for a night out, wearing décolleté shirts and jeans. Hey Brian.

NATALIE

BRIAN Hey... you. Who’s your friend?


 obstructing (v.) block; prevent someone’s passage  feign (v.) fake  revelation (n.) a discovery  complication (n.) difficult situation that make everything more complex  adjacent (adj.) near or adjoining  ensuring (v.) guaranteeing; making certain  dissolve (v.) disappear; melt  cowering (v.) moving timidly backwards, as from fear  per se (adv.) essentially  acquaintance (n.) a slight relationship, less than friendship

Quiz # 3 : Match up the antonyms 1.

cryptic

a.

unattractive

2.

homely

b.

charming

3.

sparsely

c.

bold

4.

tardy

d.

explicit

5.

erudite

e.

abundantly

6.

demure

f.

sincere

7.

obstinate

g.

antisocial

8.

comely

h.

ignorant

9.

gregarious

i.

punctual

10.

composure

j.

agitation

11.

feign

k.

accommodating


NATALIE This is Katie. Since both Katie and Natalie are obstructing his view to the hall it takes Brian a second to figure out that something is missing. BRIAN Where’s the other one? NATALIE Jen couldn’t make it. Brian is unable to feign a lack of interest in this startling revelation. KATIE Is that a complication? BRIAN Of course not! No, it’s all good, we’ll have a great time. Come on in. Deciding not to delay the inevitable, Brian leads them into the adjacent room. INT. LIVING ROOM Luke is still at the center of the sofa, ensuring that he remains the focal point of the room, while Dexter attempts to dissolve into the bookcase beside him. Brian quickly jogs in to give the guys a heads up that their company has arrived. BRIAN (cont'd) Look alive guys. All right, this is Luke and the one cowering in the corner is Dexter. DEXTER I’m not cowering per se. KATIE It’s nice to make your acquaintance, I’m Katie. NATALIE And I’m Natalie. BRIAN Natalie! I knew that!


 possessions (n.) ownership; item that is owned  compressing (v.) squeezing together  monotony (n.) boredom  hapless (adj.) unlucky  engrossing (adj.) interesting  onslaught (n.) attack  physiognomy (n.) external appearance  endeavor (v. & n.) an effort to do something  foyer (n.) entrance hallway

Quiz # 4 : Fill in the sentence 1. Through his ________, he was able to express his deep sorrow over the loss of his friend in a beautiful and striking poem. a. ruse b. sybarite c. elegy d. remunerations 2. He was ________ in the corner, afraid of what was going to happen next. a. cowering b. enervating c. verbose d. looming 3. She was wearing a ________ top, which showed off a little too much cleavage. a. dolorous b. décolleté c. curtly d. surly 4. Librarians tend to be very ________ in nature; always following the rules closely. a. punctilious b. narcissistic c. estimable d. archetypal 5. He was a Playboy, his ________ behavior was able to charm any woman. a. hostile b. pallid c. nimble d. winsome


What?

NATALIE

BRIAN Nothing... I’m Brian, let’s have a seat. The girls remove their possessions and place them on the nearby stools before following Brian over to the couch where they each take a seat on either side of Luke. Instead of sitting in any of the available chairs, Brian and Dexter squeeze themselves onto the couch as well, compressing themselves against the girls. Luke and Brian both turn to Natalie and speak over each other. So do you...

LUKE

BRIAN What do you...

They all sit in awkward silence again. Fearing the monotony that would result should nobody talk, Luke turns and tries his luck with Katie. LUKE And are you... Katie turns away from the chronically hapless Luke to talk to Dexter. KATIE So what do you do for a living? DEXTER Nothing... nearly as engrossing as what you do for a living. Katie tries her best to ignore Dexter but turns right into a verbal onslaught from Luke. LUKE You know, I should let you know in advance that despite my physiognomy I don’t cut myself. His endeavor has proven somewhat unsuccessful. Katie looks just as freaked with Luke as she did with Dexter. More awkward silence. LUKE (cont'd) So is the other one in the foyer?


 affect (v.) behaving in a fake way to impress  indifference (n.) lack of feeling  undeterred (adj.) not discouraged  clarify (v.) make something clear  desperate (adj.) without hope , distinguished by a sense of urgency  acquiesce (v.) to passively agree  hiatus (n.) a break in continuity

Quiz # 5 : True or False 1. Something that is achromatic is colorless.

T or F

2. Supercilious people are very genuine.

T or F

3. People with acoustic talent are musically inclined.

T or F

4. Cats are known for their inquisitive nature.

T or F

5. Revelations are sudden discoveries.

T or F

6. Lottery winners are hapless.

T or F

7. People tend to become defensive when interrogated.

T or F

8. To lament is to cover something with a thin layer of plastic.

T or F

9. Adding water to ketchup adulterates the product.

T or F

10. Someone who is nonchalant is very anxious.

T or F

11. Band practice often sounds more like a cacophony then music.

T or F

12. Salesmen are trained to be undeterred by rejection.

T or F


KATIE Other what? One.

LUKE

NATALIE Jen’s not coming. Unlike Brian, Dexter is unable to affect indifference. DEXTER So it’s just the two of you then? NATALIE That’s right. Undeterred by Brian’s motions, Luke decides to keep the topic of conversation planted firmly on the fact that they are one short. LUKE So just to clarify, there’s just two of you? Yeah. Luke.

NATALIE BRIAN

LUKE And three of us... With Luke continuing to ramble Brian becomes desperate and decides to get Luke out of the room. BRIAN LUKE! Would you mind if I had a quick word with you in the hallway for a second? Sure.

LUKE

Luke acquiesces to Brian’s request and confusedly heads out of the room. BRIAN Ladies, if you’d just please excuse us, we’re just going to have a brief hiatus.


 accompany (v.) go along with  incoherently (adv.) unintelligible  quarrel (v. & n.) to argue; an argument  reiterating (v.) repeat  quandary (n.) a delicate state  expeditious (adj.) speedy  alternative (adj.) other options  forgo or forego (v.) do without

Quiz # 6 : Odd one out 1. a. clash

b. quarrel

c. feud

d. lavish

2. a. reiteration

b. tipple

c. echo

d. repeat

3. a. interlude

b. hiatus

c. feign

d. respite

4. a. expeditious

b. punctual

c. bovine

d. swift

5. a. forgo

b. mettle

c. eschew

d. relinquish

6. a. baffle

b. elucidate

c. explicate

d. clarify

7. a. per se

b. eschew

c. fundamentally

d. essentially

8. a. neighboring

b. autonomous

c. abutting

d. adjacent

9. a. complication

b. obstacle

c. hurdle

d. rejoinder

10. a. fraught

b. desperate

c. slack

d. anxious

11. a. aria

b. refrain

c. callow

d. serenade

12. a. compress

b. squeeze

c. constrain

d. deluge

13. a. malevolent

b. childish

c. immature

d. juvenile

14. a. opportunity

b. mishap

c. possibility

d. chance

c. magnify

d. substitute

15. a. interchanging b. alternative


Brian follows Luke to the hallway, leaving Dexter alone with both girls. A beat. DEXTER I should probably accompany them. KATIE You’re just going to leave us here? Alone? Dexter mumbles incoherently before running off. INT. HALLWAY Brian and Luke are mid quarrel when Dexter arrives. BRIAN What part of be cool slipped past your radar? If you keep reiterating that there’s only two of these girls, they’re going to think we’re creeps and perverts. LUKE What are we supposed to do? Huh? BRIAN We do have a quandary on our hands, and we can’t keep the girls waiting so we’re going to have to be expeditious about this. It only takes a brief second of eye contact for Luke and Brian to understand exactly what needs to be done. With no other alternative Luke slides out of the way to allow Brian access to work his magic. BRIAN (to Dexter) How would you feel about sitting this one out? DEXTER Why do I have to forgo? LUKE Because you haven’t talked with either of them yet.


 accumulating (v.) gathering things  parlay (v.) using an asset to your advantage  mocked (n. & v.) make fun of  arsenal (n.) storage of weapons  competitors (n.) opponents in a competition  acute (adj.) 1. intense; 2. highly perceptive  contribute (v.) give something  enmity (n.) hatred  ruminates (v.) thinking intently about something

Quiz # 7 : Match the definition 1. opponent in a competition a. advocate b. mendicant

c. competitor

d. cadge

2. deep in thought over something a. ruminating b. tout

c. imperious

d. prosaic

3. storage of weapons a. chary b. nexus

c. jejune

d. arsenal

4. a delicate state a. perigee

c. perfidy

d. peremptory

5. behaving in a fake way to impress a. affect b. evince

c. apathy

d. coalesce

6. using an asset to your advantage a. nadir b. foment

c. gainsay

d. parlay

b. quandary


Yeah.

BRIAN

DEXTER I’m accumulating information that I plan to parlay into a form of conversation when the time is right. You could always play them a song and tell them why they don’t “get it.” That will make sure nobody’s interested in you. LUKE That’s it, you’ve mocked my art for the last time. I’m going to get one of these girls by using the one weapon in my arsenal that neither of you have. BRIAN What’s that? Angst!

LUKE

Luke heads back to the living room. DEXTER Look’s like you and I are now competitors. Brian simply laughs at Dexter. BRIAN I’m so sorry dude. DEXTER Don’t think for one second I can’t use my acute intellect against you. BRIAN What can you contribute that I can’t? Brian’s comments have now filled Dexter with enmity, and this sudden hatred is going to be used against Brian. DEXTER Name one of the girls. Brian ruminates over this and then stammers a little.


 rejoice (v.) take delight  raconteur (n.) storyteller  anecdote (n.) a short story  transpired (v.) happened  hypothesize (v.) suppose  ingenious (adj.) clever  modish (adj.) fashionable  coerce (v.) force someone (into doing something)  grimace (n. & v.) pained facial expression

Quiz # 8 : Match up the synonyms 1.

modish

a.

safeguard

2.

enmity

b.

narrative

3.

raconteur

c.

storyteller

4.

transpire

d.

stylish

5.

acute

e.

proprietorship

6.

anecdote

f.

emerge

7.

onslaught

g.

canny

8.

endeavor

h.

attempt

9.

hypothesize

i.

conjecture

10.

mock

j.

assault

11.

possession

k.

tease

12.

ensuring

l.

antagonism


You’re on.

BRIAN

He storms off into the living room leaving Dexter alone to rejoice in his momentary victory. INT. LIVING ROOM Dexter is again last in the room. Luke has worked fast, he has already secured a spot snugly between Natalie and Katie on the couch, and is playing the part of the raconteur. LUKE And so that’s when I told him to ‘blog off’ and skateboarded home. DEXTER Are your high school anecdotes keeping them entertained? LUKE Actually Dexter this transpired last week. DEXTER Since you were skateboarding it seemed fair to hypothesize this happened at least five years ago. Luke shoots Dexter a look. LUKE The point of the story is that I said blog off, which is ingenious. BRIAN That’s about as hip and modish as a pregnant teenage girl. Knowing that he’ll never be able to coerce Luke or Brian into making room for him on the couch, Dexter goes to fetch a chair. LUKE Brian, why don’t you tell them about the time you kidnapped your ex-girlfriend’s puppy until she returned all the presents that you got her. Natalie and Katie look at him and grimace.


 deplorable (adj.) shocking  mitigating (adj.) make less severe  abominable (adj.) repugnant; very disagreeable  parched (adj.) dried out  subserviently (adv.) overly eager to please others  dissentient (adj.) argumentative  myriad (n.) a large amount of something  assess (v.) evaluate  intimate (adj.) enjoying a friendly, close relationship

Quiz # 9 : Match up the antonyms 1.

intimate

a.

abandon

2.

accompany

b.

congeal

3.

ingenious

c.

drenched

4.

deplorable

d.

finite

5.

incoherent

e.

disperse

6.

dissentient

f.

smile

7.

rejoice

g.

indifference

8.

grimace

h.

concur

9.

parched

i.

laudable

10.

myriad

j.

articulate

11.

dissolve

k.

ignorant

12.

accumulating

l.

grieve


NATALIE That’s deplorable! BRIAN Okay! You can make anything sound horrible when you put a negative spin on it. There were mitigating circumstances. KATIE That’s still abominable, I’m going to go get a drink. Being as parched as she is, and not having a host offer her a drink, Katie gets up and heads toward the kitchen. LUKE I’ll show you where the kitchen is. KATIE I can see it, it’s right there, in front of us. Luke follows her subserviently. LUKE Yes, but I’ll get you a glass. KATIE They’re right there, on the shelf. LUKE Nobody likes a dissentient guest Katie. Luke pushes Katie toward the kitchen, leaving Natalie alone with Brian and Dexter. NATALIE So, are there going to be a myriad of people here tonight? DEXTER Oh, this is Brian’s party, so the amount of people here is a reasonable way to assess his popularity. BRIAN Actually Dexter, I just prefer a more intimate atmosphere.


 bacchanalian (adj.) given to drunken partying  jovial (adj.) happy  decant (v.) pour any liquid from a container  carafe (n.) bottle with a stopper; decanter  spew (v.) pour out; cast forth  cerebrum (n.) front part of the brain  succumb (v.) yield to someone or something  profession (n.) job that requires a lot of training

Quiz # 10 : Fill in the sentence 1. Without any entertainment, the evening had become highly ________, nothing could save them from complete and utter boredom. a. ingenious b. stimulating c. improvident d. monotonous 2. Many restaurants serve tap water from a ________ in an attempt to make it appear more glamorous. a. basin b. chimera c. carafe d. welter 3. They were keen to make new ________: you can never have too many friends. a. adversaries b. acquaintances c. mercenaries d. perquisites 4. The play was very ________ and she was moved to tears on more then one occasion during the performance. a. toothsome

b. barren

c. poignant

d. apathetic

5. Her neighbors planted a row of trees which entirely ________ her view, making it impossible for her to see the beautiful view of the sea. a. obstructed

b. conceded

c. piqued

d. licensed


Brian and Dexter each wait for Natalie’s reaction. Even though she wasn’t expecting anything bacchanalian Natalie’s disappointment is still evident. NATALIE Oh, well I kind of thought there was going to be a party. I mean, you know, nothing really crazy but something a little more jovial.

HA!

DEXTER (points at Brian)

INT. KITCHEN Katie decants some Orange Juice out of a carafe for herself as Luke just sort of hovers behind her, examining every aspect of her. KATIE Umm... would you like a drink? LUKE I don’t even want to think nightmares would spew from cerebrum were I to succumb Captain Morgan’s delicious

of what my to teat.

KATIE I’m just having juice. LUKE Well in that case I’ll have a raspberry ginger ale. Katie starts pouring a glass of Raspberry Ginger Ale for Luke. KATIE So what’s your profession? LUKE I don’t really partake in the parlor game that the world calls work.


 docile (adj.) easily controlled  complacent (adj.) overly content with oneself  bereft (adj.) deprived of a valued person or object  atrocious (adj.) excessively bad or evil  invective (n.) verbal attack  archetype (n.) a typical example of something  cliché (n.) phrase so overused that its meaning has been dulled  seizes (v.) forcibly take hold of something  resigned (v.) relinquish; give up  bane (n.) a curse  slothful (adj.) lazy  empathize (v.) identify with another person’s feelings  enervating (adj.) weakening


I couldn’t stand to be one of the docile sheep, being herded through the public transport system only to arrive at my mindless, nine to five job, remaining perfectly complacent, all the while becoming bereft of any personality or individuality all because big brother wants to keep tabs on you. Katie just can’t wait for Luke to finish with his atrocious rant so that she can rip into him. KATIE You went through a series of personality traits in that invective. You know, you should really sit down and decide which archetype you want to portray and then stick to it, because once you have a better understanding of which cliché you’re pretending to be you can fake it a lot better. Katie hands him his ginger ale and heads back to the living room with her drink. INT. LIVING ROOM Dexter seizes upon the seat which Katie just resigned from, shifting himself over onto it, thereby sandwiching Natalie between himself and Brian. The boys are both more concerned with staring each other down than with attempting to further the conversation. At this point Natalie seems more like a bane on them. NATALIE So what do you do Dexter? BRIAN He’s unemployed, leading a slothful existence. NATALIE Well I can empathize with that. I mean, searching for the right job can be pretty enervating, and we all know how hard it is to start a career this soon out of school.


 vocation (n.) work, especially a job you feel destined for  determination (n.) firm resolve  diligence (n.) commitment to hard work  commendable (adj.) deserving of high praise  antagonize (v.) opposing something or someone  aspired (v.) aimed for a certain goal  fusion (n.) blending of two or more items  biographer (n.) someone who details another person’s life in writing  discredit (v. & n.) ruin someone’s reputation  disgraced (adj.) shamed

Quiz # 11 : True or False 1. Mitigating circumstances make the matter worse.

T or F

2. By acquiescing you are disagreeing with someone.

T or F

3. Make-up is used to enhance a woman’s physiognomy.

T or F

4. Subservient people refuse to please others.

T or F

5. The foyer is the room where laundry is done.

T or F

6. Beauty pageant winners express indifference when they win.

T or F

7. An engrossing event is very interesting.

T or F

8. Long walks can be very enervating.

T or F


I mean, I’ve been out for a couple years myself and I haven’t had any luck at all finding anything that relates to my vocation. I mean, you should be really proud you’ve managed to do it Brian. DEXTER Yes Brian, you should be so proud. BRIAN Well, with a little determination and diligence anybody can find a job in their field. NATALIE That’s really commendable. She rubs his arm and then turns to Dexter and smiles politely. While her back is turned to Brian he points at his arm while mouthing the words “oh yeah.” This antagonizes Dexter. NATALIE (cont'd) (to Brian) So what did you major in? BRIAN Well I’m naturally athletic and I’ve always aspired to write so I got a double major in Journalism and Outdoor Recreation. NATALIE Okay. And you’re currently working in which field? BRIAN It’s sort of like a fusion of the two. NATALIE Right... so, like does that mean you write for an outdoor magazine or you’re a biographer for adventurers or something? BRIAN Yeah, or something. Dexter grins, seeing his chance to discredit Brian the same way Brian disgraced him.


 philanthropist (n.) someone who does good  laconic (adj.) short and to the point  novice (n.) a beginner  fortitude (n.) strength in a hard situation  imbibe (v.) drink in  reemerges (v.) to rise again; come forth once more  cantankerous (adj.) irritable  hostile (adj.) unfriendly; antagonistic  ebullience (n.) highly enthusiastic  generic (adj.) common  peruse (v.) examine carefully  epicurean (n.) someone who appreciates finer food and drink

Quiz # 12 : Odd one out 1. a. synthesis

b. fusion

c. analyze

d. coalescence

2. a. egregious

b. bereft

c. deprived

d. devoid

3. a. discredit

b. defame

c. dishonor

d. estimable

4. a. hackneyed

b. banality

c. clichés

d. modish

5. a. succumb

b. spurn

c. yield

d. surrender

6. a. gauge

b. appraise

c. placebo

d. assess

7. a. resigned

b. rampant

c. relinquish

d. renounce


DEXTER Don’t be modest Brian. He hands out the free city newsletter at the park down the street. He’s practically a philanthropist. NATALIE Oh. Well it’s a start. With the normally laconic Dexter seizing this opportunity Brian has to try his hardest to rebound. BRIAN It’s a novice, paying position with the possibility of growth. DEXTER With a little fortitude you could be handing out those flyers outside the subway by Christmas! NATALIE I’m going to go grab something to imbibe as well. Natalie heads for the kitchen just as Katie reemerges, drink in tow. She looks at the gap between Brian and Dexter on the couch and then decides to sit on the chair instead. INT. KITCHEN Luke stands alone sipping his raspberry ginger ale with a cantankerous look across his face. LUKE This is such a waste of time, I could totally be blogging right now. He notices Natalie walk into the kitchen and his hostile disposition quickly transforms into ebullience. LUKE (cont'd) Okay Luke, play to win. Time to act generic. Natalie peruses the drinks until she finds one to her liking. LUKE (cont'd) A fellow epicurean are you?


 delectable (adj.) delicious taste  debacle (n.) a disastrous occurrence  academia (n.) the academic world  procure (v.) obtain something  characteristic (adj.) distinguishing aspect  effeminate (adj.) having feminine qualities  colloquy (n.) informal conversation

Quiz # 13 : Match the definition 1. having feminine qualities a. robust b. jocose

c. coy

d. effeminate

2. someone who details another person’s life in writing a. calligrapher b. stenographer c. cartographer

d. biographer

3. overly content with oneself a. atypical b. protracted

d. malcontent

c. complacent

4. someone who appreciates finer food and drink a. epidermis b. epicurean c. puritan

d. epigram

5. distinguishing aspect a. characteristic b. sybarite

c. staunchness

d. inquiring

6. job that requires a lot of training a. adulterate b. trait

c. periphrasis

d. profession

7. front part of the brain a. cerebrum b. needle

c. cerebrate

d. soothsayer

8. pour any liquid from a container a. languor b. decamp

c. cipher

d. decant


I’m sorry?

NATALIE

LUKE No need to apologize for taking part in my delectable drink. Luke points to the bottle in Natalie’s hand, Raspberry Ginger Ale. He then taps his glass. NATALIE That’s a very weird thing to say. She turns away from the debacle that is this conversation to pour her drink. LUKE (mouthing) Weird? Crap! INT. LIVING ROOM Dexter and Brian now force their competition onto Katie who is weary of the boys. KATIE I really believe in the importance of academia which is why when I finish my current major I plan to continue on through to grad school until I procure my first master’s. BRIAN That’s great, but what would you say is the most important characteristic in a male, a strong, healthy physical shell or a crippling antisocial behavior in an effeminate body? Dexter starts to look offended at where this colloquy is heading but then turns toward Katie with curiosity at her answer. KATIE That’s totally unrelated to anything we’ve been talking about. BRIAN No, it’s totally unrelated to anything you’ve been talking about.


 congruous (adj.) suitable  thwart (v.) to frustrate  edification (n.) education  diverse (adj.) different  obtuse (adj.) slow at understanding  guile (n.) cleverness and deceitfulness  ponders (v.) think deeply  frivolous (adj.) unimportant and lacking substance  foster (v.) to encourage something or someone  decipher (v.) decode  circumlocution (n.) excessively wordy  commentary (n.) the expression of either fact or opinion  proclivity (n.) strong inclination


It’s stunningly congruous with our train of thought. Dexter sees an opportunity to thwart his opponent and takes it. DEXTER She’s right we should keep discussing edification. Thank you.

KATIE

DEXTER So in your opinion, is it more important for somebody to pursue a diverse variety of courses and topics they are unfamiliar with in order to broaden their intellect or for someone to say, I don’t know, take the most obtuse credits they can in order to breeze their way to a double major? Brian looks shocked and upset at Dexter’s guile but then, like Dexter, turns his focus to Katie to hear her answer. Katie sighs. INT. KITCHEN Silence as Natalie keeps pouring her drink while Luke ponders the situation. LUKE So which frivolous mass market, consumer activities designed to foster overspending on corporate accessories do you partake in? Natalie turns to face Luke, trying to decipher his circumlocution. NATALIE I’m assuming there was a question hidden in that commentary? Luke’s proclivity for forcing his views on everybody has created yet another awkward situation. LUKE Yes. What are your hobbies?


 flexibility (n.) easily bent, without causing damage  evinces (v.) shows clearly  lithe (adj.) flexible  decamp (v.) leave quickly and secretly  perch (v.) temporarily resting somewhere  lackluster (adj.) dull  affirmative (adj.) demonstrating agreement  audaciously (adv.) bravely, without fear  befallen (v.) happened  compassion (n.) sympathy

Quiz # 14 : Match up the synonyms 1.

obtuse

a.

consider

2.

diverse

b.

fitting

3.

affirmative

c.

deceit

4.

proclivity

d.

grasp

5.

procure

e.

instruction

6.

congruous

f.

obtain

7.

generic

g.

ignorant

8.

guile

h.

varying

9.

edification

i.

common

10.

ponder

j.

confirming

11.

seize

k.

inclination


NATALIE Real people speak, much better. I enjoy going out dancing a lot with my girlfriends and I also enjoy practicing yoga so I can further improve my flexibility. Natalie has been slowly slinking into Luke’s personal space and is now painfully close to him. Luke nods, but his silence evinces how uncomfortable Natalie’s talk about her lithe physique makes him. Unsure as to what to do, he opts to simply clink their glasses together and decamp. Natalie opens up the cupboard in front of her in search of something to snack on. INT. LIVING ROOM Luke wanders in and perches himself on the back of the sofa. LUKE Well I see things are pretty lackluster in here. KATIE Where’s Natalie? LUKE She’s in the kitchen. You can see her from here. BRIAN So she’s alone then? LUKE Affirmative. Brian and Dexter look at each other. They each start to make a move but before they can get too far Brian audaciously pushes Dexter who goes flying, landing on the floor with a thud. Brian then dashes for the kitchen. WHINING comes from off camera. KATIE Should we help him? Although Katie is shocked and concerned about what has just befallen one of their hosts, Luke lacks any compassion for Dexter.


 occurrence (n.) a happening  celerity (n.) speed  plethora (n.) excess  supplement (n.) addition  averse (adj.) against  superficial (adj.) only worried about the appearance of things  convert (v.) to change either someone’s opinions or something’s use  prevaricates (v.) lies  narcissistic (adj.) self-obsessed  disparate (adj.) different

Quiz # 15 : Match up the antonyms 1.

lackluster

a.

rigid

2.

hostile

b.

curt

3.

decipher

c.

revolting

4.

flexibility

d.

radiant

5.

bane

e.

applaud

6.

circumlocution

f.

lethargy

7.

evince

g.

grave

8.

invective

h.

boon

9.

delectable

i.

encode

10.

frivolous

j.

obscure

11.

celerity

k.

gentle


LUKE No, this is a pretty common occurrence. INT. KITCHEN As Natalie searches through the cupboards Brian comes rushing in from the living room with celerity. NATALIE There’s nothing but a plethora of protein shakes and massive bulk powders in here. The shelves are jam packed with muscle shakes, energy drinks, protein bars and an odd assortment of medical supplements. BRIAN Well I’m not averse to anyone wanting to look after their body. NATALIE Well I personally can not stand the big, superficial men that think muscles compensate for not having a grasp on current events. Brian quickly realizes he won’t convert Natalie to his point of view, so he does the next best thing... he prevaricates. BRIAN Yeah they’re Dexter’s. NATALIE Dexter’s? Really? BRIAN Yeah... he hates... the news... and loves... violence. NATALIE Dexter never really struck me as the narcissistic type. He should probably try and get a refund on these because they’re certainly a waste of money. Brian doesn’t take this too well, realizing he and Natalie are going to have disparate viewpoints.


 prodigal (adj. & n.) wasteful, especially with money  brawn (n.) strong muscular strength  restitution (n.) compensation, making up for loss or damage  intractable (adj.) awkward, unmanageable  rife (adj.) abundant  exhausted (adj.) very tired  nettled (v.) annoyed  truculent (adj.) aggressive  disillusioned (adj.) disappointed  denounce (v.) criticize in public

Quiz # 16 : Fill in the sentence 1. The little boy ________ when he told his mother he hadn’t stolen the cookies. a. cajoled b. prevaricated c. diverged d. matured 2. A ________ of sugar will rot your teeth. a. fledgling b. dearth c. paucity

d. plethora

3. Missionaries spend their lives trying to ________ people to their religion. a. convert b. bewilder c. rail d. trim 4. Tanning is a very ________ pastime, since its only purpose is to increase ones physical appearance. a. perceptive b. premature c. superficial d. deft


BRIAN I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he was being prodigal. NATALIE Well clearly he is, I mean, none of you guys really have the type of brawn that screams, “muscle shakes.” BRIAN Well maybe not Dexter or Luke, but I think I, if I were to be taking them, wouldn’t need restitution. Natalie scoffs at him, making it clear her views on the subject are intractable. NATALIE The cupboard’s rife with them. There’s enough product in here to bulk up Wyoming. BRIAN Well I think I’ve exhausted my need to be here. Nettled by their conversation, Brian leaves in a huff. INT. KITCHEN And in the blink of an eye Dexter swoops into his place, Natalie turns to face him and jumps with fear at the replacement. Hey.

DEXTER

NATALIE Oh God! Where did Brian go? DEXTER Probably to kick a puppy. He’s always been truculent. These conversations start to leave Natalie a little disillusioned. However she’s not ready to denounce the guys quite yet. NATALIE Hey, how much do you exercise?


 mystifies (v.) confuses  exertion (n.) tiring physical effort  regimen (n.) set diet and lifestyle  neophyte (n.) a beginner  anticlimax (n.) disappointing end to a large build up  impecunious (adj.) poor  naïve (adj.) lacking judgment  commitment (n.) dedication to something

Quiz # 17 : True or False 1. A good film will make you empathize with the protagonist.

T or F

2. The energizer bunny is known for being slothful.

T or F

3. Sports are intricate to the world of academia.

T or F

4. A vocation is a form of holiday.

T or F

5. Working as a police officer is highly commendable.

T or F

6. To antagonize someone is to maintain harmony with them.

T or F

7. Pacifists are averse to war.

T or F

8. Narcissistic people are always thinking of others.

T or F

9. A colloquy is an informal conversation.

T or F

10. People with determination lack resolve.

T or F

11. Old people have a reputation for being cantankerous.

T or F


This question mystifies Dexter. DEXTER Exercise? You mean like physical exertion? NATALIE Yeah, what’s your regimen? DEXTER I actually have a trainer. NATALIE Really? And here I thought you were a neophyte. So where do you go to work out? DEXTER I don’t leave the apartment, I do it all from here. At this point Natalie is surprised and impressed with Dexter, it’s too bad she can’t see the anticlimax coming. NATALIE Wow, so a personal assistant that comes to you. Well that must leave you impecunious. And here I underestimated you again. So where did you find your trainer? Best Buy. Best Buy?

DEXTER NATALIE

DEXTER I know, there was such a line-up for it, but I was camped out all night long. Some naive girls were showing up like, an hour before opening. (laughs) Yeah like you’re going to get a Wii Fit with that level of commitment! NATALIE And that’s how you work out?


 salutary (adj.) beneficial to someone or something  relinquish (v.) give up  churlish (adj.) rude  nefarious (adj.) completely wicked  aloof (adj.) distant and uninvolved  imperative (adj.) necessary  impetuous (adj.) eager, hastily done  dramatize (v.) perform something in a theatrical fashion

Quiz # 18 : Odd one out 1. a. plentiful

b. abundant

c. deplorable

d. rife

2. a. humanitarian

b. philanthropist

c. philatelist

d. benefactor

3. a. raconteur

b. amateur

c. novice

d. neophyte

4. a. enlighten

b. disentranced

c. vigor

d. disillusioned

5. a. yearn

b. dream

c. sundry

d. aspired

6. a. flout

b. endeavor

c. exertion

d. application

7. a. exhaust

b. ingénue

c. enervate

d. enfeeble

8. a. expose

b. condemn

c. denounce

d. canon

9. a. impecunious

b. destitute

c. dexterous

d. impoverished

10. a. fearless

b. daring

c. cadenza

d. audacious

11. a. varying

b. disparate

c. minute

d. dissimilar

12. a. obscure

b. examine

c. peruse

d. inspect

13. a. imbibe

b. prolix

c. quaff

d. drain

14. a. pusillanimous b. mettle

c. fortitude

d. intrepid

15. a. presage

c. diabolical

d. ghastly

b. atrocious


DEXTER (trying to sound manly) I find a good carb burn salutary every now and again. NATALIE Yeah... okay... let me offer you a word of advice here, if that’s your idea of exercise you should probably relinquish the powdered drinks altogether. Natalie grabs her drink and heads back to the living room. DEXTER That was churlish. He moves forward to the open cupboard and pulls a single pack of Crystal Light out from amongst the large containers of protein powder. DEXTER (cont'd) Don’t listen to the nefarious lady delicious Crystal Light, I still love you. INT. LIVING ROOM Natalie enters the room and sits next to Katie on a chair. Luke sits aloof on the edge of the sofa. NATALIE So what do you guys have planned for tonight? Neither Brian or Luke have an answer for this question. LUKE I didn’t realize it was imperative that we have a plan. KATIE Well if you didn’t plan anything then what are we going to do? Luke and Brian look back and forth and think hard until Brian makes an impetuous decision. BRIAN Luke! Why don’t you dramatize one of your pieces for us?


 abstain (v.) to freely refrain from doing something  capricious (adj.) fickle and unpredictable  dolorous (adj.) sorrowful  acclaim (v.) enthusiastic praise  prognosticate (v.) predict the future  impeccable (adj.) perfect  forestall (v.) to stop someone from doing something  impending (adj.) nearing  calamity (n.) disastrous event

Quiz # 19 : Match the definition 1. perform something in a theatrical fashion a. picayune b. litigate c. subtend

d. dramatize

2. distant and uninvolved a. aloof b. clubbable

c. probity

d. genial

3. beneficial to someone or something a. voguish b. salutary

c. raillery

d. elucidate

4. dedication to something a. speculate b. exemplary

c. commitment

d. decry

5. temporarily resting somewhere a. recondite b. perch

c. ascend

d. slake

6. to encourage something or someone a. elucidate b. agog

c. empathize

d. foster


LUKE You told me earlier to abstain. BRIAN Yeah, I’m capricious like that. KATIE Pieces? What do you perform? LUKE I specialize in dolorous odes. BRIAN You’re in for a treat. LUKE In certain circles my work has been met with high acclaim. Now I only hope that you are all adequately prepared to have your minds blown. Luke takes center stage as Dexter walks in. DEXTER What’s happening? NATALIE Luke’s performing one of his pieces for us. It doesn’t take long for Dexter to prognosticate the outcome. DEXTER Sweet Lord no. Brian do something! BRIAN From where I’m sitting the timing of this couldn’t be more impeccable. Dexter quickly looks back and forth from Luke to Brian as Luke starts his pre-performance breathing exercises. Determined to forestall this impending calamity he walks forward and throws his drink all over Luke’s shirt. LUKE What the hell are you doing? DEXTER Oops, I tripped.


 premeditated (adj.) plan something in advance  antics (n.) foolish behavior  assist (v.) help  sedentary (adj.) sitting; inactive  vacillate (v.) indecisive, swaying from one thing to another  ameliorate (v.) to improve  candor (n.) honesty  persuade (v.) convince  congenial (adj.) pleasant and agreeable  exasperated (adj.) angered  terse (adj.) to the point, in a rude fashion

Quiz # 20 : Match up the synonyms 1.

vacillate

a.

disaster

2.

impeccable

b.

misbehavior

3.

capricious

c.

trainee

4.

prognosticate

d.

exemplary

5.

antics

e.

impolite

6.

calamity

f.

predict

7.

churlish

g.

fickle

8.

disgrace

h.

shame

9.

novice

i.

fluctuate


KATIE That looked pretty premeditated to me. At least the guys’ antics are keeping the girls entertained as they each can’t help themselves from giggling. LUKE Now I have to change my shirt. DEXTER Good idea, Brian and I will assist you. Luke storms off towards his bedroom and Dexter starts to follow, motioning for Brian to come with. BRIAN No, I’m cool. Brian remains sedentary, but Dexter doesn’t vacillate. DEXTER In that case I think I’ll stick around and tell the girls what that special shampoo is meant to ameliorate. Brian’s eyes grow wide, shocked at Dexter’s candor. BRIAN All right, bedroom it is! They both head towards Luke’s bedroom, leaving the girls alone yet another time. KATIE I can’t believe you managed to persuade me into doing this again. I should have learned my lesson with the Mormons. NATALIE They were congenial. Katie is exasperated with Natalie and is terse in her response. KATIE They were looking for wives!


 slovenly (adj.) untidy  wavering (v.) swaying between different options  malevolent (adj.) wishing harm to others  boorish (adj.) rude and clumsy  puerile (adj.) childish  gauche (adj.) lacking grace, not tactful  alienating (adj.) distance someone  sophomoric (adj.) immature

Quiz # 21 : Match up the antonyms 1.

terse

a.

jubilant

2.

acclaim

b.

idle

3.

nefarious

c.

inconsequential

4.

imperative

d.

dissuade

5.

wavering

e.

steadfast

6.

sophomoric

f.

cantankerous

7.

premeditated

g.

remote

8.

dolorous

h.

sober

9.

persuade

i.

rambling

10.

jovial

j.

condemn

11.

bacchanalian

k.

admirable

12.

impending

l.

indulge

13.

abstain

m.

mature

14.

ameliorate

n.

impulsive

15.

diligence

o.

aggravate


INT. BEDROOM A topless Luke stands in the middle of his slovenly bedroom wavering between three different wardrobe options when Brian and Dexter burst in. LUKE Your behavior is becoming a little too malevolent. I was just about to seal the deal with her. Which one?

BRIAN

LUKE Like it matters, all right, just so long as I beat you. Which won’t be hard considering your boorish behavior. DEXTER I think one of your puerile masterpieces about how corpses have more life than consumers is a little too gauche to keep girls in the apartment. LUKE What are you saying? DEXTER I’m saying we’re so busy fighting amongst ourselves we’re alienating the girls. Brian ignores this and opts instead for the sophomoric behavior. BRIAN And just so you know Luke, it wouldn’t have been Natalie, she’s into me. INT. LIVING ROOM Natalie and Katie stay seated but can’t decide how to proceed.


 minimize (v.) reduce something  prosaic (adj.) lacking imagination  apathy (n.) indifference, lack of interest  blasé (adj.) unimpressed  consensus (n.) agreement of opinion  enticed (v.) attracted  perplexed (adj.) confused  innovative (adj.) creative, new in its approach  gallantry (n.) bravery  accessible (adj.) attainable; friendly

Quiz # 22 : Fill in the sentence 1. He was very ________, always saying the wrong thing. a. intricate b. duplicitous c. despondent

d. gauche

2. She had never meet anyone as ________; his behavior was completely childish, epitomized by his inappropriate jokes and loud belching. a. shrewd b. puerile c. reliable d. peaceable 3. Scrooge was famous for his ________ spirit; he was always wishing others ill. a. tricky b. malevolent c. convivial d. seemly 4. After hours spent ________ at her desk, she was anxious to stand up and stretch her legs. a. mobile b. frugally c. sedentary d. void


KATIE I never thought I would find myself wishing three guys would minimize the amount of attention they gave me. NATALIE Complain all you want but it sure beats our prosaic Friday nights. KATIE I don’t think they can sense my apathy. Maybe I’m not laying it on thick enough. NATALIE It wouldn’t kill you to be a little less blasé. Okay? They’re sweet... and obviously not used to having women around either. A beat. NATALIE (cont'd) Yeah... I don’t think they’re coming back. INT. BEDROOM LUKE So how do we come to a consensus on who gets the girls? DEXTER We could wait and see if either of them are enticed by us. Brian and Luke both look perplexed at this innovative concept. LUKE But then how do we decide who wins? DEXTER It’s not a competition. There’s no test of gallantry here. BRIAN You’re just saying that because you’re losing. I happen to think both of them are very accessible.


 belligerent (adj.) hostile  precisely (adv.) exactly  inveighing (v.) blame  ludicrous (adj.) ridiculous  preposterous (adj.) ridiculous  savory (adj.) appetizing in taste  ennui (n.) boredom

Quiz # 23 : True or False 1. A prosaic poem is full of imagination.

T or F

2. Someone who is innovative is very creative.

T or F

3. We act blasé when we are unimpressed with something.

T or F

4. A slovenly individual is slow at getting things done.

T or F

5. Mules are known for being intractable.

T or F

6. To forestall someone is to equip them with riding gear.

T or F

7. If you damage someone’s property you should make restitution.

T or F

8. An impetuous decision has been deeply deliberated on.

T or F

9. Relinquishing an item involves giving it up.

T or F

10. Geeks tend to display lots of brawn.

T or F

11. If you are prodigal you are unlikely to have any savings.

T or F

12. A ludicrous story is always thoroughly believable.

T or F


DEXTER I’m not losing. BRIAN I told Natalie that you’re a belligerent meathead who downs powdered drinks in order to bulk up. LUKE So you convinced her that he’s you. Precisely.

BRIAN

DEXTER Is that what that was about? I thought she was inveighing against Crystal Light. Brian and Luke laugh instantly at how ludicrous his statement is. LUKE That’s preposterous, Dexter, nobody hates Crystal Light. BRIAN It’s true, that stuff’s delicious. DEXTER They have a new flavor out. BRIAN Really, how is it? DEXTER It’s sort of a fruity, tangy mix. It’s a very savory taste. I would give it an eight. INT. LIVING ROOM Natalie and Katie sit trying to keep themselves from dying of ennui. NATALIE I’m starting to sense a trend here.


 jargon (n.) special language, often technical terms  presume (v.) make assumptions  vacating (v.) leave  irreparable (adj.) beyond repair  requiems (n.) mass sung for the dead  daze (n.) confused state  barb (n.) a cutting comment  escalating (v.) increasing in intensity  accord (v.) be in agreement

Quiz # 24 : Odd one out 1. a. jargon

b. preternatural

c. gibberish

d. patois

2. a. estrange

b. isolate

c. misnomer

d. alienate

3. a. consistent

b. absurd

c. preposterous

d. ludicrous

4. a. minimize

b. choral

c. curtail

d. reduce

5. a. censure

b. inveigh

c. abuse

d. negligee

6. a. coarse

b. vulgar

c. boorish

d. kiln

7. a. specifically

b. exactly

c. embroil

d. precisely

8. a. exasperate

b. misinterpret

c. irk

d. provoke

9. a. belligerent

b. retrench

c. combative

d. militant

10. a. perplex

b. mystify

c. impel

d. baffle

11. a. illiterate

b. enticed

c. attract

d. entrap

12. a. incite

b. sincerity

c. directness

d. candor

13. a. terse

b. succinct

c. wise

d. laconic


KATIE It sure beats listening to their unintelligible jargon. Natalie’s phone RINGS and she pulls it out of her pocket, checking to see who it is first before answering. NATALIE Hey Jen... I’m not sure. (to Katie) Is it safe to presume that we can bail? Katie motions around the room. KATIE We’re not doing anything that’s stopping us from vacating. NATALIE (into phone) Yeah we can bail. About fifteen minutes should be fine. Okay. INT. BEDROOM DEXTER At this point I think it’s safe to say the damage is irreparable. So where do we go from here? BRIAN I’m content with the direction I’m heading in. LUKE Spiraling downwards? BRIAN Isn’t that the name of one of your requiems? Luke is pulled out of his daze by this latest barb, but Dexter is quick at preventing this latest fight from escalating. DEXTER All right guys that’s enough! We need to come to some sort of accord.


 salvage (v. & n.) rescue of goods  pugnacious (adj.) aggressive  appalled (v.) shocked and horrified  conciliating (v.) ease someone’s anger  hypothetically (adv.) assumed idea  triad (n.) group of three  concurring (v.) agreeing  abbreviate (v.) shorten  abscond (v.) to run away in a sudden, secretive manner

Quiz # 25 : Match the definition 1. agreement of opinion a. splenetic b. consensus

c. finesse

d. unction

2. make assumptions a. presume b. choleric

c. extant

d. beguile

3. rescue of goods a. expedite

c. salvage

d. ephemeral

4. indifference, lack of interest a. incipient b. anagram

c. thrall

d. apathy

5. mass sung for the dead a. burnish b. volatile

c. requiem

d. terse

6. appetizing in taste a. savory b. nebulous

c. fatuous

d. sundry

b. filch


BRIAN How do you think we should salvage the night? LUKE I think that we should start by not hiding in the bedroom. DEXTER We should cease our pugnacious behavior and just treat them like they’re guys. Luke and Brian stare at Dexter appalled. DEXTER (cont'd) Hear me out. Let’s not look at them as prizes, but just focus on having fun and conciliating them like we did with our other friends. LUKE What other friends? DEXTER We’re speaking hypothetically here of course. INT. LIVING ROOM The triad comes pouring into the living room, finally concurring with one another about leaving the competition behind. Natalie and Katie on the other hand are already putting on their coats and grabbing their bags. BRIAN Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s going on? NATALIE Oh I just got a call from Jen, she’s heading over to the apartment with some friends so we thought we’d go over there as well. Sorry to have to abbreviate the visit though guys. BRIAN You were going to abscond?


 expanse (n.) a wide area  aberration (n.) departure from the norm  adept (adj.) highly skilled  absorbed (adj.) engage someone fully  sarcasm (n.) comments that are the exact opposite of what is meant, meant to mock the subject being critiqued  sardonic (adj.) mocking  repentant (adj.) sorry  habitual (adj.) usual  absolution (n.) forgiveness for sins  berate (v.) to scold someone

Quiz # 26 : Match up the synonyms 1.

barb

a.

flee

2.

aberration

b.

affirming

3.

triad

c.

buoyancy

4.

conciliating

d.

speculatively

5.

expanse

e.

gibe

6.

appalled

f.

abnormality

7.

abscond

g.

threesome

8.

hypothetically

h.

sooth

9.

concurring

i.

domain

10.

ebullience

j.

outraged


NATALIE Yeah, but you know give us a call some time if you ever want to watch a movie or play some video games or something. It’s always good to have some friends living in the same geographical expanse. All three are shocked by this aberration - a female gamer. DEXTER You guys play video games? KATIE Natalie’s highly adept, she owns every system. They walk to the front door. INT. LIVING ROOM Brian and Dexter are both sitting on the couch flapping Wii controllers around in the air as Luke lounges on the armrest, absorbed by his sketchbook. LUKE Well I think that went well. Sarcasm intended. Luke slaps his latest artwork onto the wall, a sardonic piece which reads “Sarcasm by Luke.” DEXTER For what it’s worth Brian, I’m repentant for telling Natalie you kicked a puppy. BRIAN As long as you didn’t make it sound like a habitual occurrence. Now that he’s found absolution for his lies Dexter rests easy as a KNOCK at the door takes all three by surprise. LUKE Is it the landlord again to berate us? Another KNOCK. The boys all remain silent and skeptical until they hear the door CREAK open and people enter.


 augur (n.) foreteller  enthralling (adj.) so interesting that it grabs your attention  replete (adj.) full  meager (adj.) deficiently small  annihilate (v.) destroy something or defeat someone  accoutering (v.) equip or clothe with something  adroit (adj.) possessing physical or mental skill  chortling (v.) laughing noisily

Quiz # 27 : Match up the antonyms 1.

accord

a.

inept

2.

berate

b.

condemn

3.

escalating

c.

invading

4.

enthralling

d.

atypical

5.

irreparable

e.

miracle

6.

daze

f.

impenitent

7.

habitual

g.

hostile

8.

gallantry

h.

cowardly

9.

adept

i.

dull

10.

ennui

j.

amendable

11.

repentant

k.

applaud

12.

accessible

l.

lucid

13.

absolution

m.

diminishing

14.

vacating

n.

disagree

15.

debacle

o.

captivating


Natalie and Katie turn the corner and walk in. DEXTER I don’t even think an augur could have seen this coming. NATALIE Jen’s friends aren’t exactly too enthralling, so we thought we’d see if you maybe wanted to watch a movie with us. LUKE Uh... yeah! We were just about to watch Ghostbusters. KATIE Are you kidding? I love Ghostbusters. BRIAN After you left I went and picked up some things so now our cupboards are replete with snacks. Brian motions over to a meager bowl of potato chips. NATALIE Well I’ll definitely take you up on that offer, but first I have to annihilate Dexter at tennis. Natalie sits down next to Dexter accoutering herself with Brian’s controller, handling it in an adroit fashion. Katie takes a seat on the other armrest next to Brian, who shares his chips with her. Natalie and Dexter start swinging around the controllers chortling with delight while the others watch with enthusiasm, realizing that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of circumstances. FADE OUT.


Quiz # 28 : Fill in the sentence 1. The puppy was very ________, dutifully following its master everywhere. a. docile b. extant c. obstreperous d. salient 2. Being abducted by aliens is definitely not a common ________. a. occurrence b. threnody c. juncture d. gamble 3. She loved to listen to the film’s ________ track in order to find out what happened behind the scenes. a. redress b. laconic c. dynamic d. commentary 4. Children are ________ manipulators, always able to get their own way. a. banal b. terse c. lithe d. adroit 5. She wanted to know whether or not she would receive the big promotion, so she visited an ________ to uncover what lay in her future. a. anthropologist b. augur c. bibliophile d. archeologist 6. Any fashion stylist knows that it is all in the details; you have to ________ yourself with the hippest accessories in order to stand out. a. accouter b. venerate c. upbraid d. impugn 7. Teenagers are big fans of ________, since it can have quite a dramatic effect without the need to explicitly state one’s feelings – a simple “yeah, right” can speak volumes. a. cynicism b. censure c. sarcasm d. discerning 8. It’s not just a matter of winning, you have to ________ the competition in order to be the unquestioned champion. a. squander b. annihilate c. bolster d. raucous 9. Heads were turning in the small theatre, trying to find the person who was inappropriately ________ during Hamlet’s death scene. a. spurious b. servile c. stealthy d. chortling 10. He didn’t believe in the glass half empty mentality, instead he felt that life was ________ with opportunities. a. sly b. arid c. replete d. laconic 11. Many people follow a strict ________ in order to stay fit, keeping track of their diet and exercising daily. a. desert b. iterate c. admission d. regimen


Quiz # 29 : True or False 1. Running errands is often referred to as chortling.

T or F

2. A meager paycheck is always a source of disappointment.

T or F

3. Good books have the ability to fully absorb the reader.

T or F

4. Pugnacious is a type of dog.

T or F

5. It is illegal to try and coerce jury members.

T or F

6. Yoga helps assists in achieving a more lithe physique.

T or F

7. Someone with a lot of worldly experience is referred to as na誰ve.

T or F

8. High schools often divide students up into cliques of archetypes.

T or F

9. An anticlimax is a moment of great excitement.

T or F

10. In comic books the hero is always thwarting the villain.

T or F

x

Quiz # 30 : Odd one out 1. a. irritated

b. listless

c. galled

d. nettled

2. a. chant

b. cutting

c. mocking

d. sardonic

3. a. trim

b. creditable

c. abbreviate

d. prune

4. a. belligerent

b. truculent

c. pugnacious

d. cultured

5. a. support

b. raconteur

c. assist

d. aid

6. a. grant

b. impudent

c. contribute

d. supply

7. a. materialize

b. reemerges

c. develop

d. revoke

8. a. befallen

b. ghastly

c. occurred

d. transpired

9. a. prolix

b. abominable

c. loathsome

d. repugnant

10. a. gush

b. eject

c. genial

d. spew

11. a. enhancement

b. saturnine

c. supplement

d. addendum

12. a. perplex

b. bemuse

c. elucidate

d. mystifies

13. a. sympathy

b. compassion

c. concern

d. profuse

14. a. requiem

b. escape

c. flee

d. decamp

15. a. congenial

b. repellent

c. personable

d. sympathetic


DICTIONARY


 ab • bre • vi • ate (v.) shorten The girls were not really sorry that they had to abbreviate their stay, since the night had not been very entertaining. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abridge, compress, condense, contract, decrease, prune, trim augment, broaden, elongate, enlarge, extend, lengthen

 ab • er • ra • tion (n.) departure from the norm Many guys still have the misconception that a female gamer is an aberration, however this is far from the truth, in fact 38% of American gamers are women! Synonyms: Antonyms:

abnormality, anomaly, curiosity, deviation, divergence, irregularity, oddity, peculiarity, rarity, variation accustomed, archetypal, conventional, customary, mainstream, prototypical, quintessential, representative, stereotypical, unexceptionable, unremarkable, wonted

 a • bom • i • na • ble (adj.) repugnant; very disagreeable It is difficult to judge Brian’s decision to hold a puppy hostage in exchange for gifts as anything other then abominable, although the revelation that his exgirlfriend had cheated on him with his best friend mitigated his actions. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abhorrent, atrocious, contemptible, despicable, deplorable, detestable, diabolical, execrable, loathsome, obnoxious, odious, reprehensible, repugnant admirable, commendable, creditable, estimable, exemplary, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy, principled, reputable, scrupulous, unimpeachable, virtuous

 ab • scond (v.) to run away in a sudden, secretive manner Uncomfortable at the prospect of telling the guys they were leaving to join their other friends, the girls tried to abscond before their hosts returned. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bolt, decamp, flee, retire, retreat, vanish, withdraw dawdle, hover, linger, lollygag, lounge, lurk, remain, stay

 ab • so • lu • tion (n.) forgiveness for sins Having confessed the lies he had told, Luke was granted absolution from Brian, who admitted to having used similar tactics while courting the two girls.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

acquittal, clemency, deliverance, discharge, dispensation, exculpation, exoneration, indulgence, mercy, pardon, remission accountability, berate, censure, chastise, condemn, convict, culpability, denounce, liability, rebuke, reprimand, reprove, responsibility, revile

 ab • sorbed (adj.) fully engaged Luke found that art fully absorbed his attention – once he began drawing, nothing could distract him from his work. Synonyms: Antonyms:

engaged, engrossed, captivated, consumed, fascinated, fixed, immersed, intent, preoccupied, rapt, riveted, wrapped up apart, bored, detached, disconnected, disinterested, indifferent isolated, removed, separated, uninterested

 ab • stain (v.) to freely refrain from doing something Luke should abstain from playing his music to prospective girlfriends – the dolorous nature of his lamentations is hardly conducive to love. Synonyms: Antonyms:

desist, eschew, forbear, forgo, refrain, renounce, shun decadence, excess, extravagance, gratify, immoderation, indulge, intemperance, pamper

 ac • a • de • mi • a (n.) the academic world Katie believes in the importance of academia, and hopes to continue her educational career with a master’s degree from Harvard University. Synonyms:

academe, academicians, cerebral, cultured, donnish, education, erudite, intellectual, literary, pedagogical, pedantic, savants, scholarly, scholastic, studious

 ac • ces • si • ble (adj.) attainable; friendly Ever the optimist, Brian believed that his charm made any woman accessible, as long as he was given a suitable chance to woo her. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affable, approachable, attainable, congenial, cordial, obliging, obtainable, pleasant antagonistic, exasperating, hostile, inconceivable, intolerable, objectionable, surly, uncongenial, unpropitious

 ac • claim (v.) enthusiastic praise


Luke is quick to declare that his “work has been met with high acclaim” in “certain circles,” however he is not so expedient in revealing the source of this apparent commendation. Synonyms: Antonyms:

admire, applaud, approve, celebrate, commend, compliment, eulogize, exalt, extol, hail, lionize arraign, attack, censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, lambaste, pillory, rail against

 ac • com • pa • ny (v.) go along with Nervous around women, Dexter chose to accompany the guys into the next room rather than be left alone with Katie and Natalie. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adopt, attach, attend, chaperone, companion, escort, espouse, follow, partner, show abandon, cede, desert, forego, forsake, jilt, leave, release, relinquish, revoke, strand, vacate

 ac • cord (v.) be in agreement After a heated debate, the guys came to a mutually beneficial accord – they would all stop competing against one another and would instead allow the girls to judge each candidate for themselves. Synonyms: Antonyms:

concord, concur, consensus, harmony, pact, protocol, settlement, tally, treaty, unanimity, unison, unity challenge, clash, conflict, contradict, debate, differ, dissent, diverge, oppose, quarrel, vary, wrangle

 ac • cou • ter or ac • cou • tre (v.) equip or clothe with something The boys kept extra Wii controllers on hand so that they would be able to accouter any guests with a remote, allowing them to play along. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appurtenances, equipment, impedimenta, implements, kit, paraphernalia, regalia bare, barren, destitute, plain, scanty, stripped, undress, unornamented, unsheathe

 ac • cu • mu • lat • ing (v.) gathering things Researchers believe that it is critical to accumulate information before coming to a judgment, a notion that Dexter feels applies to the mystery that is women as well.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

accrue, amass, collect, cumulate, gather, hoard, increase, stockpile disband, disperse, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, scatter

 ach • ro • mat • ic (adj.) colorless Dressed head to toe in black, Luke’s apparel is achromatic. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bleached, pale, pallid, wan, white garish, gaudy, glaring, polychromatic, varicolored, vibrant, vivid

 ac • quain • tance (n.) a slight relationship, less than friendship Ever the polite young lady, Katie was raised to always say “It’s nice to make your acquaintance,” when meeting new people. Synonyms:

association, relationship

closeness,

contact,

conversance,

familiarity,

 ac • qui • esce (v.) to passively agree Realizing that he had made a mistake, Luke was quick to acquiesce to Brian’s demands, in order to reduce the scolding he knew he was about to receive. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accept, agree, allow, assent, comply, concede, concur, consent clash, conflict, debate, differ, dissent, oppose, quarrel, wrangle

 a • cous • tic (adj.) relating to sound While Luke might consider his music acoustic genius, those forced to listen to it tend to disagree, however their pleas for him to stop seem to fall on deaf ears. Synonyms: Antonyms:

auditory, audible, discernible, distinct, distinguishable, perceptible faint, imperceptible, inaudible, indistinguishable, indistinct

 a • cute (adj.) 1. intense; 2. highly perceptive The pain Dexter felt at discovering his girlfriend’s infidelity was acute, however he knew that it was her loss: bereft of his acute intellect, her grades steadily declined without his help. Synonyms: Antonyms:

agile, astute, canny, clever, discerning, incisive, ingenious, insightful, judicious, keen, nimble, penetrating, perceptive, perspicacious, piercing, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, wise apathetic, blunt, dense, dull, gentle, impenetrable, imperceptive, incurious, indolent, inert, insensitive, insipid, monotonous, obtuse, opaque, peaceable, placid, slow, stupid, vague


 a • dept (adj.) highly skilled Maneuvering through Wii Mario Kart requires an adept hand, since the smallest movements can have drastic effects on your vehicle. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accomplished, adroit, artful, consummate, deft, dexterous, formidable, masterly, proficient, virtuoso amateurish, awkward, blundering, bungling, clumsy, incompetent, ineffectual, inept, maladroit

 ad • ja • cent (adj.) near or adjoining The Condo that the three boys live in has an open concept: living, dining and kitchen areas are all adjacent to one another. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abutting, adjoining, contiguous, neighboring, proximate autonomous, detached, disconnected, disjoined, distinct, divorced, independent, isolated, segregated

 a • droit (adj.) possessing physical or mental skill After months of practice, Natalie was able to pride herself on her adroit handling of the Wii remote; she knew exactly how to twist and turn it to achieve her desired move. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adept, astute, canny, deft, dexterous, masterly, nimble, polished, proficient, resourceful, sharp, shrewd, skilful, skilled, slick amateurish, awkward, blundering, bungling, cumbersome, graceless, ineffectual, inelegant, inept, maladroit, ungainly

 a • dul • ter • ate (v.) make less pure by adding tainted elements Luke disregarded the conventions of music, not wanting to adulterate his unique sound through the use of traditional chords. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bastardize, contaminate, corrupt, debase, degrade, dilute, doctor, make impure, spoil, taint, tamper clarify, decontaminate, exorcize, refine, filter, purge, purify, redeem, sanctify, sanitize, sterilize

 af • fect (v.) behaving in a fake way to impress Despite being very disappointed by the poor turn out, Brian was able to affect indifference, convincing the girls that he preferred a quieter, more intimate environment.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

adopt, assume, embrace, espouse, feign, pretend, sham, simulate authentic, candid, genuine, honest, unaffected, unfeigned

 af • fir • ma • tive (adj.) demonstrating agreement The taciturn young man didn’t waste words, and answered the question with a simple “affirmative.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

acquiescence, assent, concurrence, confirmation, conforming, consenting, corroborative, endorsement, proclamation, ratification adverse, antipathetic, belie, contention, contrary, contretemps, deviation, disaccord, discord, disparity, dispute, dissent, divergence, squabble, variance, veto

 al • ien • at • ing (adj.) distance someone Their attempts to compete over the girls merely resulted in them alienating the young women. Synonyms: Antonyms:

ascetic, asocial, detachment, disunite, division, estrange, hermitlike, introverted, isolate, reclusive, remote, reserved, retiring, separation, solitary, withdrawn approachable, clubbable, communicative, companionable, congenial, convivial, extrovert, genial, gregarious, responsive

 a • loof (adj.) distant and uninvolved Luke often seems aloof; his desire to appear independent simply comes off as cold and unsociable. Synonyms: Antonyms:

austere, detached, remote, reserved, unapproachable, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unsociable, withdrawn accessible, approachable, clubbable, communicative, companionable, comradely, congenial, convivial, cordial, forward, genial, gregarious, hospitable, presumptuous, sociable

 al • ter • na • tive (adj.) other options Before settling on any line of action, one should always examine all of the alternative courses. Synonyms: Antonyms:

another, choice, different, interchanging, option, substitute, surrogate distinctive, exceptional, exclusive, inimitable, irreplaceable, matchless, rare, single, sole, unique


 a • mel • io • rate (v.) to improve Brian’s medical ailments were ameliorated by a special prescription shampoo. Synonyms: Antonyms:

amend, benefit, boost, ease, enhance, improve, meliorate, mitigate, rectify, relieve, remedy aggravate, augment, compound, degenerate, deteriorate, exacerbate, heighten, inflame, intensify, magnify

 an • ec • dote (n.) a short story In an attempt to display his more physically active side, Luke decided to tell the girls an anecdote from one of his skateboarding excursions. Synonyms:

account, chronicle, narrative, recital, report, story, tale, yarn

 an • ni • hi • late (v.) destroy something or defeat someone To win at sports you must annihilate your opponent. Synonyms: Antonyms:

crush, decimate, destroy, eliminate, exterminate, extinguish, obliterate, obviate, slaughter construct, develop, devise, engender, fabricate, fashion, foster, generate, originate, produce, promote

 an • tag • o • nize (v.) opposing something or someone It is easy to feel antagonized by your adversary, especially when they’re rubbing their advantage in your face. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggravate, alienate, anger, animosity, animus, antipathy, annoy, arouse, contention, discord, dissention, enmity, friction, hostility, incongruity, irritate, needle, provoke, rancor, resistance, rile, vex acceding, accord, affinity, agreement, alliance, amity, concession, concord, concurrence, congruence, empathy, harmony, pacify, placate, rapport, sympathy, unanimity, understanding, unity

 an • ti • cli • max (n.) disappointing end to a large build up Natalie had quickly built Dexter up in her mind and an anticlimax was inevitable when she finally discovered that he was not quite as dedicated to personal fitness as she had been led to believe. Synonyms: Antonyms:

comedown, disappointment, dissatisfaction, displeasure, letdown acme, apex, apogee, climax, crest, culmination, extremity,


highlight, high point, peak, pinnacle, zenith  an • tics (n.) foolish behavior In any situation where three boys are asked to compete for the favors of two girls antics are inevitable, since they will stop at nothing to make their opponents look bad. Synonyms:

capers, frolics, jest, joke, misbehavior, shenanigan, tomfoolery, tricks, larks

 anx • ious • ly (adv.) in a manner that is nervous and worried Dexter anxiously glanced at the time, certain that something would go wrong. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apprehensively, concernedly, fearfully, fretfully, gingerly, nervously, restlessly, uneasily, worried apathetically, calmly, casually, collectedly, composedly, disinterestedly, evenly, indifferently, nonchalantly, sedately, serenely, temperately, tranquilly, uncaringly, unconcernedly

 ap • a • thy (n.) indifference, lack of interest Katie makes her apathy towards potential suitors very clear in the looks she gives them, ones of total indifference. Synonyms: Antonyms:

dispassion, ennui, impassivity, indifference, lethargy, languor, unconcern, unresponsiveness ardor, avidity, devotion, eagerness, earnestness, enthusiasm, fanaticism, fervency, fervor, gusto, inclination, keenness, mania, penchant, predilection, vehemence, verve, vigor, zeal, zest

 ap • palled (v.) shocked and horrified Luke and Brian were appalled by the concept of a truce – how would they declare a winner? Synonyms: Antonyms:

dismay, distress, horrify, offend, outrage, repel, revolt, scandalize anticipated, expected, foreseeable, predictable, unsurprised

 ar • che • type (n.) a typical example of something Most kids in high school are members of a clique that represents a certain archetype: the jock, the brains, the loners etc. Synonyms:

exemplary, model, prototypical, quintessential, representative,


Antonyms:

stereotypical, textbook, typical aberrant, abnormal, atypical, deviant, exceptionable, extraordinary, irregular, peculiar, singular, unconventional, unorthodox

 ar • se • nal (n.) storage of weapons Luke likes to compare his bag of tricks to an arsenal, since he views his hidden talents as the weapons with which he will win the day. Synonyms:

armaments, armory, arms cache, arms depot, weaponry, weapons

 as • pired (v.) aimed for a certain goal Katie always aspired to follow in her mothers’ footsteps and earn a master’s degree. Synonyms:

crave, desire, dream, hanker, long, yearn, strive, struggle, pursue

 as • sess (v.) evaluate The amount of people that come to your party may assess how many friends you have, but it doesn’t measure the quality of those friendships. Synonyms:

analyze, appraise, assay, calculate, compute, determine, estimate, evaluate, fix, gauge, judge, rate, reckon, value

 as • sist (v.) help Most able-bodied young men do not require help in changing their shirts, but Dexter used this event as an opportunity to talk privately with Luke and therefore offered to assist him. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abet, accommodate, aid, benefit, collaborate, encourage, expedite, facilitate, foster, further, oblige, precipitate, promote, reinforcement, spur, stimulate, support aggrieved, agonized, deterrent, encumbrance, hinder, impede, impediment, interference, interruption, intervention, limitation, obstacle, restraint, restriction, thwart

 a • tro • cious (adj.) excessively bad or evil Brian’s reliance on criticizing others in order to promote himself was atrocious behavior and only lowered him in Katie’s opinion. Synonyms:

abhorrent, appalling, awful, diabolical, dreadful, fearful, fiendish, frightful, ghastly, heinous, horrible, horrific, horrendous, hideous,


Antonyms:

obscene, outrageous, terrible alluring, amazing, astonishing, breathtaking, brilliant, desirable, fantastic, magnificent, superb, wonderful

 au • da • cious • ly (adv.) bravely, without fear It’s audacious to believe that you can push your competitor aside and still pretend to be the “nice guy.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

bold, chivalrous, courageous, daring, dauntless, fearless, gallant, gamely, heroic, intrepid, unflinching, valiant, valorous afraid, agitated, anxious, apprehensive, concerned, cowardly, diffidently, fearful, nervously, pusillanimous, timidly, timorous

 au • gur (n.) foreteller Considering the way things ended, Dexter was justified in pronouncing that not even “an augur could have seen this coming” when the girls decided to give them a second chance. Synonyms:

diviner, forecaster, forewarn, foreshadow, harbinger, herald, indicate, oracle, portend, predict, presage, prognosticator, prophet, signal, signify, soothsayer

 a • verse (adj.) against Brian was very easy going, and was rarely averse to anything – he didn’t like to interfere with other people’s lives. Synonyms: Antonyms:

antipodal, antithetical, antonymic, contradictory, contrary, counter, diametric, disinclined, hesitant, hostile, indisposed, loath, polar, reluctant, reverse affinity, appreciation, bias, favoritism, inclination, partiality, penchant, predilection, preference, proneness, propensity, sympathy, tendency

 bac • cha • na • lian (adj.) drunken partying While Natalie enjoys parties, she does not like it when they are reduced to bacchanalian disorder. Synonyms: Antonyms:  bane (n.) a curse

carousing, inebriated, intoxicated, orgiastic, revel, roister abstinent, abstemious, conservative, dispassionate, objective, sober, solemn, somber, staid, subdued

grave,


They were so caught up in their own issues that their guests suddenly seemed like a bane, rather than the blessings they had previously been. Synonyms: Antonyms:

blight, burden, condemnation, curse, hex, plague, scourge, torment, terror approbation, benediction, boon, godsend, intercession, invocation, prayer, sanction, windfall

 barb (n.) a cutting comment The boys traded barbs – preferring to insult one another over talking to their guests. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affront, criticism, cutting remark, dig, gibe, insult, sting, taunt accolade, appreciation, commendation, eulogy, exaltation, homage, kindness, ovation, praise, tribute

 be • fall • en (v.) happened While Katie was shocked by what had just befallen Dexter, Luke assured her that it was a common occurrence and thus no cause for alarm. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bechance, ensure, happened, materialized, occurred, transpired cease, desist, discontinue, halt, quit, refrain, surcease, terminate

 bel • lig • er • ent (adj.) hostile Knowing that women do not respond well to belligerence, the boys attempted to paint one another as quarrelsome meatheads in order to win an advantage. Synonyms: Antonyms:

antagonistic, bellicose, combative, confrontational, contentious, hostile, militant, pugnacious, quarrelsome, threatening, truculent amicable, composed, cordial, harmonious, peaceable, placid, restful, serene, soothing, tranquil

 be • rate (v.) to scold someone The landlord often berates the guys for turning their TV up too loud. Synonyms: Antonyms:

admonish, chide, criticize, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, upbraid applaud, commend, eulogize, exalt, glorify, hail, lionize, reverence, venerate, worship

 be • reft (adj.) deprived of a valued person or object


Bereft of spontaneity, many people’s lives disintegrate into monotony. Synonyms: Antonyms:

beggared, bereaved, deprived, destitute, devoid, disadvantaged, dispossessed, divested, fleeced, impoverished, underprivileged abounding, brimful, congested, crammed, crowded, overflowing, packed, replete, satisfied, swarming, teeming, thick, thronged

 bi • og • ra • pher (n.) someone who details another person’s life in writing With his double major in Journalism and Outdoor recreation, working as a biographer for adventurers would have been an ideal job. Synonyms:

columnist, composer, creator, essayist, journalist, reporter, scribbler, scribe, scripter

 bla • sé (adj.) unimpressed Katie couldn’t help but display her blasé attitude when talking with the boys – she was clearly unimpressed with them and wanted them to know it. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apathetic, indifferent, nonchalant, offhand, phlegmatic unconcerned, uninterested, unmoved, unresponsive agitated, anxious, apprehensive, attentive, concerned, considerate, distressed, involved, perturbed, solicitous

 boor • ish (adj.) rude and clumsy His boorish behavior lost him any chance he might have had with the young ladies. Synonyms: Antonyms:

brutish, coarse, common, gross, ill-bred, loutish, neanderthal, uncivilized, uncouth, unrefined, unsavory, vulgar cultivated, cultured, elegant, genteel, gentlemanly, gracious, ladylike, polished, refined, sophisticated, stylish, urbane

 brawn (n.) strong muscular strength Muscle Shakes are used to create brawn. Synonyms: Antonyms:

burliness, burly, might, muscle, power, robust, rugged, strapping, sturdy, toughness ailing, debilitated, delicate, feeble, fragile, frail, incapacitated, infirm

 ca • coph • o • nies (n.) harsh noises


The shrill noise emanating from Luke was far from qualifying as music, Brian aptly summarized it as a cacophony. Synonyms: Antonyms:

din, discord, dissonance, harshness, inharmonious, racket, raucous, tuneless, unmelodious dulcet, harmonious, lyrical, mellifluous, melodic, melodious, peaceable, peaceful, tuneful

 ca • lam • i • ty (n.) disastrous event The loss of their first visitors in months would have been a great calamity in Dexter’s eyes. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adversity, affliction, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, tribulation, misfortune, misadventure advantage, asset, benefit, blessing, bonus, boon, godsend, plus

 can • dor (n.) honesty Candor can be very refreshing, but there are some secrets that no one wants to hear! Synonyms: Antonyms:

bluntness, candidness, directness, forthrightness, frankness, openness, truthfulness, sincerity, outspokenness careful, cautious, chary, circumspect, guarded, reluctant, reserved, restrained, reticent, wary

 can • tan • ker • ous (adj.) irritable When things didn’t go his way, he would become cantankerous, grumbling loudly to himself. Synonyms: Antonyms:

crabbed, cross, crotchety, crusty, curmudgeonly, fractious, grouchy, irascible, irritable, peevish, prickly, testy, tetchy, touchy affable, amenable, amiable, approachable, charming, clubbable, congenial, cordial, genial, gracious, gregarious, hospitable, obliging, personable

 ca • pri • cious (adj.) fickle and unpredictable He was highly capricious, constantly changing his mind. Synonyms:

changeable, faddish, fanciful, fickle, flighty, fluctuating, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental, unpredictable, variable, volatile, whimsical


Antonyms:

consistent, constant, dependable, predictable, reconcilable, reliable, stable, steady, unchanging, undeviating, uniform

 ca • rafe (n.) bottle with a stopper; decanter They would mix concentrated orange juice with water, keeping the product in a carafe. Synonyms:

decanter, flask, pitcher, flagon, jug

 ce • ler • i • ty (n.) speed Being naturally athletic, Brian was able to move with celerity. Synonyms: Antonyms:

alacrity, briskness, expedition, haste, hurry, legerity, promptness, rapidity, speed, swiftness apathy, indifference, languidness, lateness, lethargy, listlessness, slowness, slothfulness, sluggishness, tardiness

 cer • e • brum (n.) front part of the brain Alcohol can play tricks on the cerebrum, and people often wake up the morning after a night out to discover that things weren’t really as they had seemed while they were intoxicated. Synonyms:

nous, mentality, brainpower, psyche, wit

 char • ac • ter • is • tic (adj.) distinguishing aspect Everyone has a different opinion on what the most important characteristic in a man should be – some look for physical perfection, while others search for mental aptitude. Synonyms:

aspect, attribute, custom, distinctive, element, facet, features, foible, habit, idiosyncrasy, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, property, quirk, trait

 chor • tling (v.) laughing noisily Natalie began to chortle merrily as she defeated Dexter at videogames. Synonyms:

chuckle, giggle, guffaw, snicker, snigger, titter

 churl • ish (adj.) rude Churlish behavior is never excusable, especially when you are a guest in


someone’s home. Synonyms: Antonyms:

boorish, discourteous, impolite, inconsiderate, sullen, surly, uncharitable, uncivil, unmannerly chivalrous, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, genteel, gracious, mannerly, polite, refined, respectful, sophisticated, tactful, urbane

 cir • cum • lo • cu • tion (n.) excessively wordy Desperate to turn every sentence into a social commentary, Luke frequently resorts to using circumlocutions in order to get his point across. Synonyms: Antonyms:

discursiveness, periphrasis, pleonasm, prolixity, redundancy, repetitiousness, tautology, verbiage, verbosity, wordiness abbreviated, abridged, abrupt, blunt, brusque, candid, clipped, compact, concise, condensed, crisp, curt, elliptical, forthright, frank, incisive, laconic, pithy, succinct, terseness

 clar • i • fy (v.) make something clear It’s always best to clarify a situation before proceeding, rather than simply attempting to gloss over it. Synonyms: Antonyms:

brighten, define, elucidate, enlighten, explain, explicate, illuminate baffle, bemuse, bewilder, complicate, confound, garble, jumble, muddle, mystify, nonplus, obscure, perplex

 cli • ché (n.) phrase so overused that it’s meaning has been dulled Despite considering himself idiosyncratic, he was just another cliché, playing the part of the artistic loner. Synonyms: Antonyms:

banality, commonplace, hackneyed, platitude, stereotype, trite, truism creative, distinctive, eccentric, imaginative, innovative, inventive, maverick, nonconformist, novel, pioneering, unconventional, unique, unorthodox

 co • erce (v.) force someone (into doing something) Coercion requires skillful manipulation, unfortunately Dexter was far too shy and insecure to talk anyone into anything. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bully, compel, drive, force, intimidate, persuade, pressurize enlist, proffer, propose, submit, volunteer


 col • lo • quy (n.) informal conversation Colloquy is critical to getting to know new people, you have to relax and open up about the things that interest you. Synonyms:

chat, colloquium, confabulation, conference, converse, dialogue, discourse, discussion, palaver, parley

 come • ly (adj.) physically attractive Brian is very superficial and would rather have a brainless, comely girlfriend to an intelligent, unattractive one. Synonyms: Antonyms:

arresting, alluring, appealing, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, enchanting, engaging, fetching, irresistible, lovely, prepossessing, pulchritudinous, ravishing, striking, stunning disfigured, ghastly, grotesque, hideous, horrible, misshapen, repellent, repugnant, revolting, unattractive, unprepossessing, unsightly, vile

 com • mend • a • ble (adj.) deserving of high praise Natalie was really impressed by Brian’s positive attitude and pronounced it “really commendable.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

admirable, creditable, estimable, exemplary, honorable, laudable, meritorious, noteworthy, praiseworthy culpable, deplorable, discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, iniquitous, objectionable, opprobrious, reprehensible, shameful, scandalous

 com • men • tar • y (n.) the expression of either fact or opinion He loved to express his views on the world in long commentaries, in which he criticized the government, as well as the major corporations, who in his opinion were to blame for all of the world’s problems. Synonyms:

account, analysis, annotation, appraisal, appreciation, assessment, comment, criticism, discourse, elucidation, exegesis, exposition, interpretation, narration, observation, review, treatise

 com • mit • ment (n.) dedication to something Waiting in line for hours in order to get a Wii Fit is a true test of commitment; only the most hardcore gamers will survive.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

allegiance, dedication, devotion, faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty apathetic, dispassion, ennui, impassivity, indifferent, languor, lethargy

 com • pas • sion (n.) sympathy The complete lack of compassion displayed by Luke towards Dexter merely cemented Katie’s exasperation with the three boys. Synonyms: Antonyms:

benevolence, care, concern, consideration, empathy, kindness, sympathy aloofness, chillness, coldness, frostiness, indifference, remoteness

 com • pet • i • tors (n.) opponents in a competition Dexter seemed to think that Brian was his only real competitor, since he could depend on Luke to eliminate himself from the competition with his self-destructive behavior. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adversary, contestant, contender, challenger, entrant, opponent, opposition, participant, runner, rival ally, associate, collaborate, colleague, confederate, partner, supporter, unite

 com • pla • cent (adj.) overly content with oneself While it is good to appreciate the things you have, you must never become complacent, because you will lose the drive to better yourself. Synonyms: Antonyms:

content, contented, gloating, pleased, proud, satisfied, selfcongratulatory, self-regarding, self-satisfied, smug, triumphant aggrieved, annoyed, disaffected, discontent, disgruntled, displeased, dissatisfied, envious, frustrated, irritated, malcontent, resentful, restless

 com • pli • ca • tion (n.) difficult situation that make everything more complex Sensing the boys’ disappointment at being one guest short, Katie decided to be frank and ask if it would be a complication. Synonyms: Antonyms:

complexity, drawback, hitch, hurdle, intricacy, obstacle, ramification, snag direct, forthright, frank, sincere, unambiguous, uncomplicated, undemanding

 com • po • sure (n.) self control


In order to make a good first impression Brian took a second to compose himself before meeting the girls. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aplomb, calmness, coolness, equability, equilibrium, equanimity, poise, quiet, self-possession, serenity, tranquility agitation, anxiety, discomposure, distress, disturbance, nervousness, tension, turbulence, upheaval, worry

 com • press • ing (v.) squeezing together They decided to compress themselves on either side of the girls, so things were very tight on the small couch. Synonyms: Antonyms:

confinement, constraint, crushing, encumbrance, jam, press, pressure, restraint, squash, squeeze, strain, tension bloat, bolster, broaden, burgeon, diffuse, dilate, distend, expand, increase, inflate, protract, spread, unfold, unfurl

 con • cil • i • at • ing (v.) ease someone’s anger Conciliation is difficult to achieve, as you have to be able to put the past behind you in order to move on, something that is easier said than done. Synonyms: Antonyms:

allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, compose, conciliate, diminish, mitigate, mollify, placate, propitiate, quell, quench, soothe, subdue abet, aggravate, annoy, enrage, grate, incense, incite, infuriate, irritate, madden, offend, perturb, pique, provoke, rile, roil, vex

 con • cur • ring (v.) agreeing They finally reached a concurrence over their predicament, all agreeing to leave it up to the girls to decide. Synonyms: Antonyms:

acquiescent, affirming, approving, complying, concurring, confirming, consenting, corroborative, endorsing, favorable, positive, ratifying, supporting abrogating, adverse, antagonistic, contrary, contravening, counteractive, cynical, denying, disallowing, dissenting, impugning, invalidating, opposing, rejecting, resisting

 con • gen • ial (adj.) pleasant and agreeable She couldn’t help but see the best in people and therefore judged the young men congenial – even if she wasn’t ready to marry them!


Synonyms: Antonyms:

agreeable, amiable, compatible, comradely, convivial, genial, hospitable, kindred, personable, satisfying, sociable, sympathetic invidious, irksome, irritating, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, repellent, repugnant, unappealing, uncongenial, vexatious

 con • gru • ous (adj.) suitable The latest comment might have been congruous with the conversation that Brian and Dexter were having between the two of them, but it had nothing to do with the discussion that Katie thought she was having with the boys Synonyms: Antonyms:

accordant, appropriate, apt, compatible, concordant, congruent, consistent, consonant, correspondent, fitting, harmonious, proper, seemly, sympathetic cacophonous, clashing, conflict, discordant, disharmonious, dissenting, dissonant, divergent, extraneous, incongruous, inharmonic, malapropos, quarreling, unsuitable

 con • sen • sus (n.) agreement of opinion Coming to a consensus can be very difficult and often requires an intermediary. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accord, concord, concurrence, harmony, solidarity, unanimity, unison, unity conflict, contention, contradiction, debate, deviation, disaccord, discord, discrepancy, disparity, disputation, dissent, dissimilarity, divergence, incompatibility, quarrel, squabble, variance

 con • trib • ute (v.) give something In a competition, each competitor is expected to contribute something different; something that will set them above their opponent. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bestow, convey, donate, furnish, grant, impart, present, provide, submit, supply abandon, disregard, irresponsibility, laxity, neglect, negligence, remissness, scorn, shun, slackness, spurn

 con • vert (v.) to change either someone’s opinions or something’s use It is not always possible to convert someone to your beliefs. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adapt, alter, metamorphose, modify, proselytize, reconstruct, redesign, rehabilitate, revamp, transfigure, transform, transmute abide, brave, endure, persist, prevail, remain, stomach, sustain, tolerate, withstand


 cour • te • ous (adj.) very polite Many people act overly courteous on a first date, almost as if they were interviewing for a job. Synonyms: Antonyms:

chivalrous, civil, civilized, considerate, cordial, courtly, gallant, gentlemanly, gracious, mannerly, obliging, polished, refined bawdy, brash, brusque, churlish, coarse, crude, derogatory, discourteous, impertinent, impudent, indelicate, insolent, lewd, obscene, offensive, tactless, undiplomatic, vulgar

 cow • er • ing (v.) moving timidly backwards, as from fear Dexter claimed he was not cowering behind the sofa, but he was definitely using it as a barrier between him and the girls, and the terrified look on his face certainly supported Brian’s claim that he was recoiling from their guests. Synonyms: Antonyms:

blench, cringe, crouch, flinch, grovel, quail, quake, recoil, shake, shrink, tremble appear, dominate, emerge, impend, loom, materialize, overshadow, rise, soar, threaten, tower

 cryp • tic (adj.) mysterious Being cryptic might work for James Bond, but it can often come off as distant in regular people. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, delphic, elliptical, enigmatic, mysterious, mystifying, oblique, obscure, oracular, perplexing blatant, coherent, conspicuous, discernible, explicit, incontrovertible, indisputable, intelligible, irrefutable, lucid, overt, palpable, patent, pellucid, transparent, unambiguous

 daze (n.) confused state His mind was so full of ideas that it put him into a daze, unable to register anything else. Synonyms: Antonyms:

confusion, befuddlement, bewilderment, distraction, haze, stupor, stupefaction, trance articulate, comprehensible, intelligible, logical, lucid, orderly, organized, rational , reasoned, systematic

 de • ba • cle (n.) a disastrous occurrence


Each of the conversations that Natalie and Katie had with the boys turned out to be a debacle, thankfully they were able to see beyond this and give Luke, Dexter and Brian a second chance. Synonyms: Antonyms:

catastrophe, disaster, disruption, failure, fiasco, mess, ruin advantage, benefit, blessing, boon, godsend, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, wonderment

 de • camp (v.) leave quickly and secretly The conversation was so awkward that he seized on the first opportunity to decamp. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abscond, bolt, desert, escape, flee, leave, retreat, run away abide, continue, endure, remain, stay, stop, yield

 de • cants (v.) pour any liquid from a container Natalie chose to decant a glass of orange juice over pop, as it is far healthier. Synonyms:

draw, drain, pour, siphon, tap, transfer

 de • ci • pher (v.) decode Many people have trouble deciphering Luke’s rambling remarks. Synonyms: Antonyms:

comprehend, decode, decrypt, discern, fathom, grasp, interpret, perceive, translate categorize, cipher, classify, codify, encode, index, systemize

 dé • colle • té (adj.) with a low-cut neckline Jeans and a stylish décolleté top is a popular party ensemble for young women as they can dress the outfit up or down based on the situation.  ded • i • ca • tion (n.) being committed to something Brian rallied the guys to his cause, begging them to show some dedication. Synonyms: Antonyms:

adherence, allegiance, application, conscientiousness, devoted, diligence, enthusiasm, industry, loyalty, perseverance, persistence, resolve, tenacity, zeal apathy, dispassion, ennui, impassivity, indifference, languor, lethargy, unconcern, unresponsiveness

 de • fen • sive (adj.) protecting oneself from either verbal or physical attacks


Not fond of having his flaws pointed out, he became very defensive at the suggestion that he was a bad listener. Synonyms: Antonyms:

defending, justifying, neurotic, oversensitive, paranoid, prickly, protective, wary, watchful aggressive, assault, attacking, belligerent, combative, hostile, incursion, invading, offensive

 de • lec • ta • ble (adj.) delicious taste Crystal Light transforms a glass of water into a delectable beverage. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appetizing, delicious, flavorful, flavorsome, luscious, palatable, succulent, tasty, toothsome disgusting, flavorless, inedible, nauseating, revolting, tasteless, unappealing, unappetizing, unpalatable, unpleasant, unsavory

 de • mure (adj.) behaving in a quiet and shy manner Something of a wallflower, Katie has often been described as demure as a result of her aversion to being the center of attention. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bashful, chaste, decorous, decent, diffident, meek, mild, modest, prim, proper, reserved, respectable, reticent, retiring, shrinking, seemly, sedate, sober, staid, timid, virtuous barefaced, bold, brazen, defiant, flagrant, impertinent, impudent, shameless, unabashed, unashamed

 de • nounce (v.) criticize in public Ever the optimist, Natalie is not quick to denounce people – she always tries to see the good in them. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accuse, betray, censure, condemn, criticize, damn, decry, discredit, expose, implicate, incriminate, malign, proscribe, revile, vilify acclaim, accolade, adore, applaud, approbation, commendation, eulogize, exalt, glorify, panegyric, plaudits, reverence, tribute, venerate

 de • plor • a • ble (adj.) shocking Brian’s resolve to hold a puppy hostage in exchange for the gifts he had given his ex-girlfriend was a truly deplorable decision. Synonyms:

abominable,

abysmal,

appalling,

atrocious,

calamitous,


Antonyms:

contemptible, diabolical, dire, disgraceful, dishonorable, execrable, heinous, lamentable, reprehensible, shameful, woeful, wretched admirable, commendable, creditable, estimable, exemplary, honorable, laudable, masterly, meritorious, respectable, sterling

 des • per • ate (adj.) without hope , distinguished by a sense of urgency He realized that the evening was quickly disintegrating and he became desperate to save it while he still could. Synonyms: Antonyms:

anxious, despairing, distracted, distressed, forlorn, frantic, fraught, hopeless, impulsive, inconsolable, worried, wretched assurance, confident, encouraged, hopeful, optimistic, positive

 de • ter • mi • na • tion (n.) firm resolve In today’s job market it is critical to display determination – you have to be willing to put in lots of hard work and overtime if your dream job is to become a reality. Synonyms: Antonyms:

courage, doggedness, grit, intentness, obstinacy, perseverance, persistence, pluck, resolution, resolve, spirit, staunchness, stubbornness, tenacity amorphous, hazy, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, irresolute, nebulous, undetermined, unspecified, unstipulated, vague

 dil • i • gence (n.) commitment to hard work His mother always taught him that with diligence no dream was impossible. Synonyms: Antonyms:

application, assiduity, assiduousness, conscientiousness, dedication, doggedness, indefatigability, industriousness, meticulousness, perseverance, persistence, rigor, tenacity idle, inactive, indolent, lackadaisical, lax, lethargic, negligent, remiss, slack, slothful, sluggish

 dis • cred • it (v. & n.) ruin someone’s reputation The boys proved that what goes around comes around, and by trying to discredit one another they merely disgraced themselves. Synonyms: Antonyms:

censure, compromise, defame, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, infamy, notoriety, opprobrium, reproach, shame, stigma, stigmatize acclaim, adoration, distinction, eminence, exaltation, extolment, homage, kudos, prestige, recognition, renown, reverence,


veneration  dis • graced (adj.) shamed In order to get the upper hand, the boys worked hard to disgrace each other. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abject, chasten, condemn, degradation, demean, discredit, dishonor, disrepute, humble, humiliate, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, opprobrium, reproach, scandal, stigma, vilification admirable, commendable, creditable, deserving, estimable, exemplary, honorable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy, respectable, sterling

 dis • il • lu • sioned (adj.) disappointed It is easy to be disillusioned with the dating world, especially when Brian, Luke and Dexter are your potential suitors. Synonyms: Antonyms:

blasé, debunked, disabused, disappointed, discouraged, disenchanted, disentranced, embittered, enlightened beguile, deceive, defraud, delude, dupe, gull, hoax, hoodwink, inveigle, outwit, swindle, trick

 dis • pa • rate (adj.) different A real test of character is to see how people behave when they encounter a disparate point of view. Synonyms: Antonyms:

contrasting, differing, discordant, dissimilar, distinct, divergent, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, separate, unalike, varying alike, analogous, comparable, consistent, corresponding, equivalent, homogeneous, identical, parallel, undistinguishable, uniform, unvaried

 dis • sen • tient (adj.) argumentative It is not polite for guests to be dissentient, they should be as polite and accommodating as possible. Synonyms: Antonyms:

antagonism, cantankerous, captious, conflict, contention, controversy, debate, disagreement, discord, disputation, friction, pugnacious, quarrelsome, strife accord, acquiesce, approve, assent, coincide, concur, conform, consent, correspond, negotiate, settle

 dis • sim • i • lar (adj.) different


The boys are all highly dissimilar, Brian is the jock, Dexter is the nerd and Luke is the loner, however they all remain friends despite their differences. Synonyms: Antonyms:

contrasting, differing, disparate, distinct, divergent, diverse, heterogeneous, unrelated, unalike, variant accordant, adaptable, akin, alike, allied, analogous, compatible, comparable, concurrent, congenial, coordinated, consistent, duplicate, equal, matched, related, similar

 dis • solve (v.) disappear, melt He was painfully shy and dreamed of dissolving into the furniture around him in order to avoid meeting new people. Synonyms: Antonyms:

disappear, dissipate, dispel, disperse, evaporate, liquefy, melt, soften, vanish appear, coagulate, congeal, emerge, materialize, solidify

 di • verse (adj.) different Colleges encourage students to pursue a diverse academic curriculum, so as to broaden their knowledge. Synonyms: Antonyms:

assorted, dissimilar, distinct, divergent, diversified, heterogeneous, manifold, miscellaneous, mixed, multifarious, separate, several, sundry, varied, various, varying alike, consistent, homogenous, identical, indistinguishable, interchangeable, invariable, uniform, unvarying

 doc • ile (adj.) easily controlled Unlike most teenagers, Katie was able to avoid the usual rebellious phrase, staying docile throughout her younger years. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accommodating, amenable, biddable, compliant, cooperative, deferential, dutiful, malleable, obedient, pliant, submissive, unassertive defiant, delinquent, disobedient, disruptive, insubordinate, intractable, mutinous, obstreperous, obstinate, rebellious, recalcitrant, ungoverned, unmanageable, unruly, wayward, willful

 do • lor • ous (adj.) sorrowful Whenever he’s having a bad day, Luke expresses his dolorous emotions in his poetry.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

afflicted, calamitous, deplorable, dire, doleful, grievous, harrowing, lamentable, lugubrious, melancholy, mournful, plaintive, regrettable, rueful, ruthful, sorrowful, woeful, wretched blithe, buoyant, captivated, cheery, confident, content, convivial, ecstatic, elated, enthusiastic, exultant, jubilant, lively, mirthful, peppy, perky, playful, lively, serene, sprightly

 dram • a • tize (v.) perform something in a theatrical fashion Luke doesn’t just read his poems, he dramatizes them, enacting them with costumes, accents and gesticulations. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggrandize, amplify, elaborate, embellish, exaggerate, hyperbolize, inflate, magnify, overstate, sensationalize diminish, downgrade, downplay, minimize, trivialize, underplay, underrate, understate

 e • bul • lience (n.) highly enthusiastic Men tended to adopt a more ebullient nature when they were in Natalie’s company; her own cheerful disposition was infectious. Synonyms: Antonyms:

animation, buoyancy, elation, enthusiasm, euphoria, exuberance, jauntiness, jollity, jubilation, merriment, perkiness, vivacity dejected, depressed, desolate, despondent, disconsolate, dispirited, downcast, enervated, gloomy, glum, melancholy, miserable, morose, sluggish

 ed • i • fi • ca • tion (n.) education Katie places a lot of importance on edification, and is hoping to receive her master’s degree from Harvard. Synonyms:

betterment, elevation, elucidation, enhancement, enlightenment, guidance, illumination, instruction, irradiation, knowledge, learning, nurture, tuition, uplifting

 ef • fem • i • nate (adj.) having feminine qualities Some women prefer a more effeminate man, as they are often more sensitive than their virile counterparts. Synonyms: Antonyms:

effete, emasculate, epicene, feminine, foppish, mincing, womanish brawny, macho, masculine, robust, rugged, strapping, vigorous, virile


 el • e • gies (n.) mournful poems A consummate pacifist, Luke wrote elegies for the victims of war. Synonyms:

dirge, knell, lament, plaint, requiem, threnody

 em • pa • thize (v.) identify with another person’s feelings Parents are always reminding their children to put themselves in other people’s shoes, learning to empathize with the feelings of others. Synonyms: Antonyms:

commiserate, comprehend, identify, imagine, sympathize, understand antagonistic, objectionable, opposed, pitiless, unapproachable, uncongenial, unpleasant, unsympathetic

 en • deav • or (v. & n.) an effort to do something He had endeavored to make himself less intimidating by talking to Katie but his choice of words had the opposite effect. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aim, attempt, effort, enterprise, exertion, try, undertaking, venture apathy, dawdle, defer, delay, dilatoriness, hesitate, procrastinate

 en • er • vat • ing (adj.) weakening The stress of job searching can be very enervating. Synonyms: Antonyms:

debilitate, drain, enfeeble, exhaust, fatigue, incapacitate, prostrate, sap, tire, weaken, weary animate, energize, enliven, exhilarate, fortify, galvanize, invigorate, rejuvenate, revitalize, revive, rouse, stimulate, vivify

 en • gross • ing (adj.) interesting Dexter’s attempt at a compliment, by telling Katie that her job was very engrossing, came off a little creepy since she hadn’t told him what her job was. Synonyms: Antonyms:

absorbing, captivating, compelling, consuming, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, intriguing, provoking, riveting, stimulating boring, humdrum, odious, prosaic, repellent, repulsive, spiritless, stale, stodgy, stuffy, tame, tiresome, uninteresting, vapid

 en • mi • ty (n.) hatred


Enmity is a very powerful emotion and can lead people to do or say things they would otherwise never dream of. Synonyms: Antonyms:

acrimony, animus, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, bitterness, detestation, dislike, hostility, loathing, malevolence, malice, malignancy, rancor, spite, venom accord, adulation, affection, affinity, alliance, altruism, amity, benevolence, camaraderie, conviviality, empathy, fellowship, partiality, rapport, simpatico, solidarity

 en • nui (n.) boredom Left all alone with nothing to do, Natalie and Katie both started experiencing ennui due to the lack of entertainment. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apathy, dissatisfaction, dreariness, dullness, flatness, frustration, monotony, repetitiveness, restlessness, tedium, weariness absorbing, amusing, captivating, compelling, diverting, engaging, engrossing, entertaining, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, interesting, intriguing, riveting, stimulating

 en • sur • ing (v.) guaranteeing, making certain By ensuring that he remain the focal point of the room, he guaranteed himself more time with their guests. Synonyms: Antonyms:

arrange, assure, certify, cinch, safeguard, secure, warrant delinquency, ignore, neglect, oversight, unconcern

 en • thrall • ing (adj.) so interesting that it grabs your attention The night had been a complete bust: neither of the events that the girls attended were able to enthrall them. Synonyms: Antonyms:

absorbing, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, compelling, enchanting, engrossing, entrancing, fascinating, gripping, riveting, spellbinding, stimulating banal, characterless, dreary, dull, insipid, jejune, lackluster, monotonous, mundane, tedious, tiring, uneventful, uninspiring, uninteresting, unrelieved, unvaried, wearisome

 en • ticed (v.) attracted It takes two to tango: for a successful relationship, both members must be equally enticed by their partner.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

attract, beguile, cajole, coax, entrap, inveigle, lure, persuade, seduce, tempt, wheedle, woo abhorrence, aversion, contempt, detestation, distaste, loathing, nauseate, odium, offend, repel, repugnance, repulse, revulsion

 ep • i • cu • re • an (n.) someone who appreciates finer food and drink Anyone with a love of Raspberry Ginger Ale is an epicurean in Luke’s eyes, although many distinguished chefs might disagree with this verdict. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bon viveur, connoisseur, epicure, gastronome, gourmand, gourmet, hedonist, sensualist, sybarite, voluptuary abstemious, abstinent, ascetic, austere, chaste, monastic, puritanical, self-abnegating, self-disciplined

 er • u • dite (adj.) educated As a result of her extensive further education, Katie was able to prove that she was in fact an erudite young lady, with a diploma to prove it! Synonyms: Antonyms:

academic, cerebral, educated, highbrow, intellectual, intelligent, learned, literary, scholarly benighted, green, ignorant, illiterate, unenlightened, uninformed, unlearned, unlettered, unschooled, untrained, untutored, unworldly

 es • ca • lat • ing (v.) increasing in intensity Fights can quickly escalate if there isn’t someone there to interfere and settle the disagreement. Synonyms: Antonyms:

amplify, ascend, augment, increasing, intensify, growing, magnify, rising, scale, swelling abatement, decline, declivity, decrease, devolution, diminish, fall, lessen, lower, wane

 e • vinces (v.) shows clearly You can say what you want, but behavior always evinces your real feelings on an issue. Synonyms: Antonyms:

attest, declare, demonstrate, disclose, display, exhibit, indicate, manifest, proclaim, prove, reveal burrow, bury, cache, camouflage, cloak, conceal, dissemble, ensconce, enshroud, harbor, obscure, screen, stash, stow, veil, wrap

 ex • as • per • ated (adj.) angered


Natalie’s credulous nature exasperated the more world weary Katie. Synonyms: Antonyms:

annoy, antagonize, bitter, chafed, choleric, enrage, ferocious, fierce, fiery, impassioned, indignant, infuriate, incense, irascible, irate, irk, irritable, irritate, madden, provoke, vex amuse, charm, delight, desire, entertain, gratify, humor, oblige, please, prefer, satisfy, suit

 ex • er • tion (n.) tiring physical effort The only physical exertion involved in Dexter’s daily routine is 10 minutes on the Wii Fit. Synonyms: Antonyms:

application, effort, employment, endeavor, exercise, labor, strain, struggle, toil idleness, inactive, indolent, lackadaisical, lax, lazy, lethargic, listless, slack, slothful, sluggish

 ex • haust • ed (adj.) very tired A few minutes of banter with Natalie had completely exhausted Brian and he felt that he had exhausted his need to be there. Synonyms: Antonyms:

depleted, drained, enervated, fatigued, spent, weary, worn animate, energize, enliven, exhilarate, fortify, galvanize, invigorate, refresh, rejuvenate, replenish, revitalize, revive, rouse, stimulate, vivify

 ex • panse (n.) a wide area All of our protagonists live within the same geographical expanse and are within walking distance of one another. Synonyms: Antonyms:

area, belt, compass, distance, domain, field, orbit, radius, region, sphere, stretch, swathe, sweep, territory, tract compact, confined, constricted, enclosed, encompass, limited, narrow, poky, restricted, surround, tight

 ex • pe • di • tious (adj.) speedy Since the girls were waiting for them, it was critical that they be expeditious. Synonyms: Antonyms:

brisk, efficient, immediate, instant, prompt, punctual, rapid, swift bovine, dawdling, decelerate, gradual, inactive, lackluster, leisurely, monotonous, plodding, prolonged, protracted, reluctant,


sedate, sluggardly, stagnant, stolid, uneventful, wearisome  feign (v.) fake Brian prided himself on his excellent acting abilities, he could feign any emotion. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affected, artificial, fake, false, insincere, pretended, sham, simulated candid, deep, direct, frank, genuine, heartfelt, profound, sincere, straightforward, unaffected, unfeigned, wholehearted

 flex • i • bil • i • ty (n.) easily bent, without causing damage Yoga is renowned for its ability to increase flexibility. Synonyms: Antonyms:

elasticity, bounce, plasticity, pliability, pliancy, resilience, springiness, stretchiness, suppleness firm, fixed, immutable, inelastic, inflexible, intransigent, invariable, rigid, rigorous, severe, strict, stiff, stringent, unalterable, unbending, uncompromising, unvarying, unyielding

 fore • stall (v.) to stop someone from doing something Dexter felt it was his duty to forestall Luke’s act of public humiliation. Synonyms: Antonyms:

anticipate, avert, counter, deflect, eschew, foil, forbid, forefend, foresee, frustrate, hinder, obviate, preclude, repel, thwart, ward behoove, coerce, command, compel, confound, constrain, drive, force, impel, muddle, necessitate, oblige, postulate

 for • go or fore • go (v.) do without Since they were one girl short, one of the boys would have to forgo having a partner for the evening. Synonyms:

abstain from, eschew, refrain from, relinquish, renounce, sacrifice, surrender, waive

 for • ti • tude (n.) strength in a hard situation Finding your dream job is difficult, but with a little fortitude it is possible. Synonyms: Antonyms:

backbone, boldness, bravery, courage, dauntless, endurance, grit, intrepid, mettle, moxie, nerve, perseverance, resilience, spirit, steadfastness cowardice, debility, decrepitude, enervation, faintheartedness,


fragility, haplessness, impairment, impotence, pusillanimous, timidity, vulnerability, weakness  fos • ter (v.) to encourage something or someone Many hobbies foster overspending on accessories, for example golfing requires a number of different, expensive clubs if one is to improve one’s game. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abet, advance, assist, champion, cultivate, encourage, enrich, harbor, nurture, promote, raise, rear, stimulate, strengthen belittle, castigate, censure, chide, condemn, denounce, deprecate, discourage, disregard, negligence, remissness, scorn, spurn

 fo • yer (n.) hallway The boys usually take their shoes off in the foyer in order to keep the apartment clean from outside dirt. Synonyms:

atrium, concourse, entrance, hallway, lobby, porch, reception

 friv • o • lous (adj.) unimportant and lacking substance Luke considered all mainstream activities a frivolous waste of time – excluding blogging of course! Synonyms: Antonyms:

facetious, flippant, glib, insignificant, minor, petty, pointless, trifling, trivial consequential, crucial, dire, grave, momentous, pensive, practical, pragmatic, preoccupied, pressing, profound, prudent, rational, realistic, reasonable, sagacious, scholarly, sensible, shrewd, vital

 fu • sion (n.) blending of two or more items Brian optimistically refers to his job as a paperboy as the perfect fusion of his two majors: Journalism and Outdoor Recreation. Synonyms:

amalgamation, blend, bonding, coalescence, combination, integration, intermingling, intermixture, joining, marrying, melding, merging, mingling, synthesis, union

 gal • lant • ry (n.) bravery In the middle ages men would woo damsels by performing acts of gallantry – although the boys competition hardly qualifies as chivalrous. Synonyms:

attentiveness, audacity, bravery, chivalry, courage, courtesy,


Antonyms:

daring, dauntlessness, graciousness, grit, heroism, intrepidity, mettle, nerve, pluck, reverence, valor afraid, cowardly, cowed, craven, daunted, pusillanimous, quaking, spineless, timid, timorous, ungentlemanly, unmannerly

 gar • ru • lous (adj.) talkative A little too fond of his own voice, Brian is often so garrulous that his friends are forced to merely listen to a monologue. Synonyms: Antonyms:

chattering, communicative, conversational, effusive, expansive, forthcoming, loquacious, verbose, voluble inarticulate, reserved, reticent, taciturn, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, withdrawn

 gauche (adj.) lacking grace, not tactful In a world of synthesized music, it is unsurprising that many unrefined acoustic attempts are considered gauche. Synonyms: Antonyms:

awkward, coarse, gawky, graceless, inelegant, inept, inexperienced, maladroit, raw, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, ungainly, unrefined, unsophisticated charming, chic, cosmopolitan, cultivated, dashing, debonair, deft, dignified, elegant, enlightened, graceful, ingenious, modish, poised, polished, refined, sophisticated, suave, urbane, worldly

 ge • ner • ic (adj.) common It is sometimes unwise to expose your more idiosyncratic traits on a first date, one should act more generic when first getting to know a new person, allowing them to warm to you before you read them the poem you wrote about your cat. Synonyms: Antonyms:

broad, collective, common, comprehensive, general, inclusive, nonexclusive, sweeping, universal definite, determined, distinct, exclusive, explicit, meticulous, particular, peculiar, precise, specific, specified, unequivocal

 gre • gar • i • ous (adj.) very sociable The party girl of her clique, Natalie is known for her gregarious personality. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affable, amiable, clubbable, convivial, genial, sociable aloof, antisocial, detached, distant, introverted, remote, reserved, reticent, taciturn, unapproachable, uncongenial, withdrawn


 grim • ace (n. & v.) pained facial expression The girls both grimaced when they heard about Brian’s vindictive nature. Synonyms: Antonyms:

contort, deform, distort, frown, scowl, smirk, sneer beam, dimple, grin, leer, simper, smile, twinkle

 guile (n.) cleverness and deceitfulness Dexter summoned up all his courage to oppose Brian and used all his guile in order to win the girl. Synonyms: Antonyms:

art, artifice, chicanery, craft, cunning, deceit, deviousness, dissemblance, duplicity, maneuvers, ploys, ruses, schemes, slyness, stratagems, subterfuge, trickery, tricks, wiliness candor, directness, ethics, frankness, honesty, incorruptibility, integrity, morality, morals, principles, probity, righteousness, sincerity, trustworthy, virtue

 ha • bit • u • al (adj.) usual Dexter had made it appear as though Brian suffered from habitual outbursts of violence. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accustomed, characteristic, customary, established, familiar, fixed, general, regular, routine, standard, traditional, typical abnormal, atypical, exceptional, extraordinary, infrequent, intermittent, irregular, isolated, occasional, periodic, random, rare, sporadic, surprising, unaccustomed, unwonted

 hap • less (adj.) unlucky While none of the boys made much leeway with the girls, Luke’s attempts seemed especially hapless. Synonyms: Antonyms:

cursed, forlorn, inauspicious, luckless, miserable, ominous, unfortunate, unpropitious, woebegone, wretched advantageous, auspicious, blessed, charmed, fortuitous, fortunate, lucky, opportune, prosperous, providential, serendipitous

 hi • a • tus (n.) a break in continuity Forced to leave the girls for a few minutes, Brian declared that they were taking “a brief hiatus.” Synonyms:

gap, interlude, intermission, interruption, interval, lull, pause,


respite, suspension  home • li • est (adj.) lacking physical beauty Neither one of the girls could be described as homely, they were both beautiful inside and out. Synonyms: Antonyms:

displeasing, grotesque, hideous, monstrous, unappealing, unattractive, unprepossessing, unrefined, unsightly alluring, arresting, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, engaging, fetching, irresistible, polished, prepossessing, ravishing, refined, striking, urbane

 hos • tile (adj.) unfriendly; antagonistic He is very mercurial, and his disposition can change in seconds from hostile to affable. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggressive, antagonistic, averse, belligerent, bitter, confrontational, malicious, opposed, rancorous, truculent, unsympathetic, venomous, vicious accessible, affable, amenable, amicable, approachable, benevolent, benign, clubbable, comradely, congenial, convivial, cordial, genial, gregarious, hospitable, intimate, obliging

 hy • poth • e • size (v.) suppose Most people would hypothesize that a story about skateboarding would have taken place during the sport’s heyday. Synonyms: Antonyms:

assumption, conjecture, fictitious, notion, postulate, premise, pretended, proposition, supposition, theorem, thesis absolute, accurate, actual, authenticated, certified, demonstrable, exact, existent, factual, genuine, indubitable, legitimate, palpable, precise, sound, tested, valid, veritable

 hy • po • thet • i • cal • ly (adv.) assumed idea Unfortunately the boys had little experience making new friends, so their comparisons of this new friendship to others they had was mainly hypothetical. Synonyms: Antonyms:

assumed, conjectured, notional, presumptively, speculative, supposed, suppositional, theoretical actual, authentic, categorical, concrete, confirmed, contrary, definite, factual, genuine, indubitable, realistic, tangible, verified


 im • bibe (v.) drink in Parched, Natalie imbibed her beverage quickly. Synonyms: Antonyms:

carouse, consume, drain, indulge, quaff, slug, swallow, tipple abstain, avoid, desist, eschew, forbear, refrain, renounce, shun

 im • pec • ca • ble (adj.) perfect He considered his rival’s decision to humiliate himself impeccable timing, as it would increase his chances of winning over the girls’ favor. Synonyms: Antonyms:

blameless, exemplary, faultless, flawless, irreproachable, spotless, stainless, unblemished blemished, defective, faltering, faulty, flawed, shoddy, substandard, unrefined, unsound

 im • pe • cu • ni • ous (adj.) poor Hiring a personal trainer willing to make house calls would leave you too impecunious to afford any other luxuries. Synonyms: Antonyms:

destitute, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, penniless, poor affluent, comfortable, propertied, prosperous, rich, wealthy

 im • pend • ing (adj.) nearing Each breathing exercise that Luke performed brought them closer to the impending disaster of his performances. Synonyms: Antonyms:

approaching, brewing, gathering, hovering, imminent, looming, menacing, ominous, threatening abstract, asunder, detached, dim, distant, ensuing, hazy, indefinite, indirect, indistinct, obscure, remote, secluded, unclear, vague

 im • per • a • tive (adj.) necessary For a first date to go smoothly, it is imperative to have a planed activity – dinner and a movie is a popular example. Synonyms: Antonyms:

compulsory, critical, crucial, essential, indispensable, insistent, necessary, obligatory, peremptory, pressing, urgent, vital extraneous, inconsequential, inessential, insignificant, irrelevant, minor, optional, peripheral, trifling, trivial, unnecessary, voluntary

 im • pet • u • ous (adj.) eager, hastily done


Impetuous decisions have a tendency of ending in disaster. Synonyms: Antonyms:

foolhardy, hasty, heedless, impromptu, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, injudicious, overhasty, precipitate, precipitous, rash, reckless, spontaneous adjudge, appraise, assess, considered, contemplate, deem, deliberate, evaluate, examine, judge, meditate, ponder, reflect, review, ruminate

 in • co • her • ent • ly (adv.) unintelligible Talking when nervous often results in incoherent mumbling. Synonyms: Antonyms:

confused, disconnected, discursive, disjointed, disordered, garbled, illogical, inarticulate, incomprehensible, muddled, mumbling, rambling, scrambled, unintelligible, wandering articulate, cogent, coherent, comprehensible, intelligible, lucid, rational, sensible, sober, transparent, unambiguous, vivid

 in • dif • fer • ence (n.) lack of feeling It is difficult to feign indifference, many people wear their heart on their sleeve and simply cannot lie. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aloofness, apathy, detachment, disdain, disinterest, dispassion, disregard, impartiality, impassivity, insensitivity, insouciance, neutrality, nonchalance, objectivity, stoicism caring, compassion, concern, empathy, feeling, interest, involvement, regard, sympathy, tenderness, worry, yearning

 in • gen • ious (adj.) clever While Luke pronounced the use of the term ‘blog off’ as ingenious, Brian considered it hackneyed. Synonyms: Antonyms:

astute, clever, creative, elaborate, enterprising, gifted, imaginative, innovative, inspired, intelligent, inventive, masterly, pioneering, resourceful, shrewd, skillful, sophisticated, talented ignorant, illiterate, inexperienced, innocent, naïve, unlettered, unsophisticated, untrained, untutored, unworldly

 in • no • va • tive (adj.) creative, new in its approach The concept that the girls might not be interested in any of the boys was completely innovative and left the boys with a difficult dilemma – what if none of


them won the competition? Synonyms: Antonyms:

ingenious, innovational, innovatory, novel, original, pioneering, radical, unprecedented accustomed, conventional, customary, established, habitual, ingrained, inveterate, prevailing, routine, wonted

 in • quis • i • tive (adj.) curious; inquiring It is good to be inquisitive on a first date, so that you can find out as much information as possible in order to gauge your compatibility. Synonyms: Antonyms:

curious, inquiring, intrigued, intrusive, meddlesome, probing, prying apathetic, indifferent, unconcerned, unenthusiastic, uninterested, uninvolved, lukewarm

 in • sou • ci • ant (adj.) free from concern; carefree He acknowledged the importance of the event by shedding his normal insouciant attitude and actively participating in the night’s activity. Synonyms: Antonyms:

airy, aloof, apathetic, blasé, detached, heedless, jaunty, jovial, lighthearted, nonchalant, unconcerned, untroubled, unworried anxious, apprehensive, concerned, fretful, frightful, nervous, restless, troubled, uneasy, worried

 in • ter • ludes (n.) pauses Luke was famous for his musical interludes; he loved to perform them during commercials, in order to entertain his friends, although perhaps they would have preferred watching advertisements for detergent. Synonyms: Antonyms:

break, hiatus, intermission, interval, pause, recess, respite, rest continuance, extension, perpetuation, prolongation, protraction

 in • ter • ro • ga • tion (n.) question thoroughly He didn’t like being questioned and loudly protested the interrogation. Synonyms: Antonyms:

catechize, cross-examine, debrief, examine, grill, inquire, investigate, pump, query, question, quiz answer, comeback, counter, echo, feedback, reaction, reciprocation, rejoinder, response, retaliation, retort, return, riposte

 in • ti • mate (adj.) enjoying a friendly, close relationship


He knew that it was easier to get to know someone in an intimate atmosphere than it was during a loud party. Synonyms: Antonyms:

comfortable, cozy, hospitable, informal, personal, private, relaxed, snug, welcoming aloof, detached, distant, distrait, formal, remote, reserved, reticent, taciturn, unapproachable, uncommunicative, withdrawn

 in • trac • ta • ble (adj.) awkward, unmanageable Despite her affable nature, Natalie’s views on many subjects were intractable, and as a result she was often censured for being too stubborn. Synonyms: Antonyms:

awkward, burdensome, contrary, inflexible, obdurate, obstinate, troublesome, unaccommodating, unbending, uncompromising, unmanageable, unyielding accommodating, acquiescent, amenable, complaisant, compliant, cooperative, docile, malleable, manageable, obedient, pliable, submissive, tame, tractable, yielding

 in • tro • vert • ed (adj.) shy and thinking inward Dexter’s introverted nature often prevents him from making friends, however it ingratiates him to those who know him, as he is a very good listener. Synonyms: Antonyms:

contemplative, diffident, indrawn, introspective, meditative, pensive, reflective, reserved, reticent, retiring affable, extrovert, friendly, genial, gregarious, outgoing, sociable, socializing, unreserved

 in • vec • tive (n.) verbal attack Luke tends to express his opinions through invectives, which have the unfortunate effect of alienating his audience, making it impossible to convert them to his views. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abuse, berate, expletives, castigate, censure, condemn, curses, denounce, diatribe, epithet, obloquy, reproach, revilement, tirade, vituperation acclaim, accolade, admire, adore, applaud, approbation, commend, compliment, congratulate, eulogize, exalt, glorify, hail, lionize, panegyric, plaudits, reverence, tribute, venerate

 in • veigh • ing (v.) blaming


Dexter was flabbergasted at the concept that anyone could inveigh his favorite drink; in his opinion it was flawless. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abuse, berate, castigate, censure, condemn, criticize, declaim, decry, denigrate, denounce, disparage, fulminate, impugn, rail, remonstrate, vilify abet, advocate, champion, corroborate, defend, endorse, endure, espouse, promote, ratify, sponsor, substantiate, tolerate, validate, verify

 ir • rep • a • ra • ble (adj.) beyond repair By the time the guys accepted the damaging effect of their behavior, the situation seemed irreparable. Synonyms: Antonyms:

destroyed, incorrigible, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irremediable, irreplaceable, irretrievable, irreversible, irrevocable, ruined, uncorrectable, unrecoverable amendable, corrigible, curable, emendable, fixable, mendable, recoverable, rectifiable, redeemable, reparable, restorable

 jar • gon (n.) special language, often technical terms Despite being well educated, the young ladies had trouble keeping up with the unintelligible jargon that the guys used – it just sounded like gibberish to them. Synonyms:

argot, cant, colloquialism, gibberish, idiom, neologism, palaver, parlance, patois, patter, slang, vernacular

 jo • vi • al (adj.) happy Under the impression that they were attending a party, the girls were somewhat disappointed to discover the lackluster atmosphere, they had hoped for something far more jovial. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affable, amiable, blithe, buoyant, cheerful, convivial, exuberant, genial, jocose, jolly, jubilant, larking, merry, mirthful bleak, cantankerous, churlish, crotchety, dejected, desolate, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, dour, forlorn, grim, lugubrious, melancholy, saturnine, sullen, surly, woebegone, wretched

 ju • ve • nile (adj.) childish Despite being in their mid-twenties, Luke, Dexter and Brian were all still very juvenile, preferring to lounge their days away in front of the television rather than work on their careers.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

adolescent, callow, immature, inexperienced, infantile, jejune, naïve, pubescent, puerile, unsophisticated adult, dependable, mature, reliable, responsible, sensible, shrewd, sophisticated, wise

 lack • lus • ter (adj.) dull Everyone was disappointed by the lackluster evening. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bland, characterless, colorless, dull, dreary, flat, humdrum, insipid, lifeless, lusterless, monotonous, prosaic, spiritless, tame, tedious, unimaginative, uninspiring, vapid blithe, buoyant, ebullient, effervescent, effulgent, exuberant, fervid, gleaming, incandescent, innovatory, jocund, luminous, radiant, shining, spirited, vivacious, zealous

 la • con • ic (adj.) short and to the point Dexter was not normally talkative, but he had to abandon his laconic nature in order to impress the girls. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abrupt, brief, brusque, compact, concise, crisp, curt, economical, short, succinct, terse bombastic, interminable, lengthy, loquacious, tedious, rambling, verbose, wordy

 la • ment • ing (v.) mourning Luke laments the downfall of society in his work, grieving over the stupefaction of America in poems like “Ode to the little sheep.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

bemoan, cry, grieve, lugubriousness, mourn, regret, sob, sorrow, wail, weep carouse, celebrate, commemorate, compliment, eulogize, extol, glorify, laud, memorialize, observe, praise, rejoice, revel, roister

 lithe (adj.) flexible Yoga is renown for producing a lithe physique. Synonyms: Antonyms:

agile, flexible, graceful, limber, lissome, nimble, supple brittle, cemented, rigid, starched, stiff, unyielding

 lu • di • crous (adj.) ridiculous


They were such fans of the drink that the concept that anyone might dislike their favorite beverage seemed entirely ludicrous to the boys. Synonyms: Antonyms:

absurd, comical, daft, fantastic, farcical, foolish, nonsensical, outrageous, preposterous, ridiculous, stupid judicious, logical, prudent, rational, reasonable, sane, sensible, sagacious, shrewd, wise

 ma • lev • o • lent (adj.) wishing harm to others It’s easy for things to get out of control, and behavior that started off as teasing can quickly become malevolent. Synonyms: Antonyms:

baleful, hostile, malicious, malign, malignant, rancorous, vengeful, venomous, vicious, vindictive altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, benign, compassionate, humanitarian, magnanimous, munificent, philanthropic

 mea • ger (adj.) deficiently small Despite his insistence that the cupboards were replete with snacks his meager bowl of potato chips seemed to contradict his own statement. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bare, barren, deficient, flimsy, inadequate, insufficient, paltry, scanty, skimpy, small, sparse, measly abundant, adequate, ample, bounteous, bountiful, copious, lavish, liberate, overflowing, plentiful, substantial, sufficient, profuse

 min • i • mize (v.) reduce something Most women want to maximize the amount of attention they receive from men, but after 10 minutes spent listening to the boys bicker amongst themselves, both Natalie and Katie wished they could minimize the notice paid to them. Synonyms: Antonyms:

belittle, curtail, decrease, derogate, diminish, downplay, lessen, prune, reduce, understate amplify, augment, enlarge, exaggerate, expand, increase, inflate, magnify, maximize, overstate

 mit • i • gat • ing (adj.) lightening Many people plead mitigating circumstances to excuse their deplorable behavior following a break up. Synonyms:

alleviate, appease, assuage, diminish, extenuating, exonerative, justifying, moderate, mollify, palliate, placate, relieve, remit,


Antonyms:

vindicating, qualifying aggravate, antagonize, compound, exacerbate, exasperate, incite, inflame, irritate, nettle, provoke

 mocked (n. & v.) made fun of Luke is always quick to censure those who mock him, however he is not above making fun of others in his blog. Synonyms: Antonyms:

caricature, chaff, contempt, deride, disparage, farce, gibe, imitate, jeer, parody, raillery, ridicule, scorn, taunt, tease acclaim, accolade, admire, adore, applaud, approbation, approval, commend, compliment, congratulate, eulogize, exalt, glorify, hail, lionize, panegyric, plaudits, praise, reverence, tribute, venerate

 mod • ish (adj.) fashionable What is modish is constantly changing, what may be the height of fashion one day, will be considered worn-out the next. Synonyms: Antonyms:

à la mode, chic, contemporary, modern, stylish, voguish dated, démodé, outdated, outmoded, passé

 mo • not • o • ny (n.) boredom Monotony is the worst fate that could befall an evening with guests - people expect to be entertained and if they are not, it is unlikely that they will visit you again. Synonyms: Antonyms:

dreariness, dullness, ennui, invariability, monotone, monotonousness, repetitiousness, routine, tediousness, tedium, uniformity animation, commotion, diversion, elation, excitement, flurry, frenzy, furor, gaiety, liveliness, regalement, revelry, stimulation, tumult, turmoil, variability, versatility

 myr • i • ad (n.) a large amount of something Natalie enjoyed parties because of the myriad of people – “you never know who you’re going to meet! Synonyms: Antonyms:

countless, droves, horde, host, immeasurable, infinite, innumerable, mass, multitude, numerous, quantities, scores circumscribed, finite, inadequate, insufficient, limited, minimal, narrow, restricted


 mys • ti • fies (v.) confuses Mystified by her inquiry, he tried to clarify the question before attempting to answer it. Synonyms: Antonyms:

baffle, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, deceive, elude, escape, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, throw, trick clarify, convert, decipher, define, demonstrate, disclose, divulge, edify, educate, elucidate, enlighten, explicate, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, manifest, resolve, solve, unfold, unravel

 na • ive (adj.) lacking judgment Only a naïve gamer would expect to be able to waltz into a store and pick up a newly released game system – any connoisseur knows better, there are lines around the store hours before opening and it is imperative to show up as early as possible. Synonyms: Antonyms:

artless, callow, candid, credulous, forthright, frank, guileless, immature, inexperienced, ingenuous, innocent, innocuous, jejune, sincere, trusting, unsophisticated, unworldly accustomed, capable, competent, cultivated, expert, mature, practical, practiced, professional, qualified, seasoned, sophisticated, tested, trained, tried, versed, veteran, worldly

 nar • cist • sis • tic (adj.) self-obsessed Dexter is a little too self-conscious to be a real narcissist. Synonyms: Antonyms:

absorbed, conceited, egotistic, ostentatious, self-centered, selfinvolved, vain, vainglorious bashful, coy, decorous, demure, diffident, humble, modesty, reserved, reticent, self-conscious, self-deprecating, self-effacing, shy, unassuming, unostentatious

 ne • far • i • ous (adj.) completely wicked Outraged at the thought of someone disliking his favorite beverage, Dexter was quick to denounce his opposition as a nefarious person. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abominable, atrocious, depraved, despicable, diabolical, egregious, fiendish, heinous, iniquitous, odious, vile, villainous, wicked admirable, exemplary, honorable, irreproachable, meritorious, noble, principled, praiseworthy, reputable, respectable, righteous, scrupulous, trustworthy, unimpeachable, upstanding, virtuous


 ne • o • phyte (n.) a beginner Based on Dexter’s physique, it seemed like a safe assumption that he was a neophyte to exercise. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abecedarian, amateur, apprentice, fledgling, freshman, initiate, novice, postulant, probationer, proselyte, pupil, trainee, tyro able, adept, adroit, apt, deft, dexterous, expert, licensed, savvy, sophisticated, trained, versed, veteran, virtuoso

 net • tiled (v.) annoyed Natalie’s criticism of Brian’s bulk powder completely nettled him to the point where he had to walk away to calm himself down. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affronted, antagonize, chafe, choleric, exasperate, galled, irritate, offended, peeved, piqued, provoked, vexed, wrathful apathetic, blasé, blithe, carefree, indifferent, unconcerned, undaunted, undisturbed, unworried, lethargic, listless, nonchalant

 non • cha • lant (adj.) unconcerned Although Luke and Dexter were very nervous around their guests they tried to act in a nonchalant manner. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apathetic, blasé, casual, composed, dispassionate, effortless, indifferent, insouciant, unconcerned agitated, anxious, apprehensive, concerned, desirous, distressed, fretful, impatient, keen, nervous, overwrought, perturbed, tense

 nov • ice (n.) a beginner Many young adults are forced to take novice positions; however the long hours and poor pay involved with these positions is mitigated by the possibility for growth that they promise. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apprentice, fledgling, initiate, neophyte, postulant, probationer, proselyte, pupil, trainee, tyro accomplished, adept, aficionado, authority, connoisseur, experienced, expert, knowledgeable, maestro, masterly, practiced, proficient, pundit, skilled, specialist, veteran, virtuoso, wizard

 ob • sti • nate (adj.) stubborn Used to having his way as a child, Brian had matured into an obstinate adult.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

contrary, dogged, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, intractable, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, persistent, recalcitrant, tenacious, unbending, unrelenting, unyielding, willful accommodating, acquiesce, amenable, biddable, complaisant, compliant, controllable, cooperative, docile, malleable, obedient, persuadable, pliable, submissive, tame, tractable, yielding

 ob • struct • ing (v.) block; prevent someone’s passage As the girls entered the apartment they obstructed the view into the hallway, so it took Brian a moment to realize that there were only two young ladies present. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bar, barricade, block, check, complicate, frustrate, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, interfere, interrupt, prohibit, stall, thwart abet, aid, assist, back, help, patronage, promote, support

 ob • tuse (adj.) slow at understanding Dexter was harsh in accusing Brian of taking the most obtuse credits – while he might not have majored in Engineering, journalism classes can be equally demanding as they require creative talent. Synonyms: Antonyms:

dense, foolish, ignorant, imperceptive, insensitive, uncomprehending, unintelligent able, adept, adroit, apt, artful, astute, canny, clever, competent, crafty, cunning, deft, dexterous, gifted, ingenious, learned, shrewd, skilled, witty

 oc • cur • rence (n.) a happening The girls were surprised to see Luke flying over the couch, but according to Brian it was a “pretty common occurrence.” Synonyms:

adventure, affair, circumstance, event, manifestation, phenomenon, situation

incident,

matter,

 on • slaught (n.) attack Despite having the best of intentions his conversational attempt felt more like an onslaught than the friendly chatter it was meant to be. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggression, ambush, assault, assailment, assault, attack, charge, incursion, invasion, offense, offensive defense, garrison, rampart, safeguard, shelter, shield, stockade


 op • por • tu • ni • ty (n.) lucky chance This was a great opportunity for the boys to make new friends. Synonyms: Antonyms:

chance, juncture, leisure, liberty, occasion, opening, possibility accident, adversity, blow, disaster, failure, misadventure, misery, misfortune, mishap, setback, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe

 parched (adj.) dried out Katie was parched and in desperate need of a drink. Synonyms: Antonyms:

dehydrated, desiccated, scorched, shriveled, withered drenched, saturated, soaked, sodden, waterlogged

 par • lay (v.) using an asset to your advantage His strategy with the girls was to collect as much information as possible and then parlay that into a form of conversation – this plan seemed good in theory, but unfortunately he just came off as creepy, sitting there, quietly listening to them but not contributing to the discussion. Synonyms:

bet, engineer, gage, gamble, manage, plan, risk, speculate, venture, wager

 per se (adv.) essentially Luke’s trembling behind the couch wasn’t cowering, per se, however it was clear from the way he was using the furniture as a block between him and their guests that he was very nervous. Synonyms:

fundamentally, intrinsically, singularly, solely, virtually

 perch (v.) temporarily resting somewhere Since they were still getting their bearings in this new environment, the girls chose to lightly perch on the couch, so that they could quickly make their get away if necessary. Synonyms:

alight, balance, place, rest, set, settle

 per • plexed (adj.) confused It doesn’t take much to perplex the boys; they are so single minded that anything that doesn’t fit in with their beliefs confuses them.


Synonyms: Antonyms:

baffle, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, disconcert, dumbfound, mystify, nonplus, puzzle, throw clarify, define, elucidate, enlighten, explain, explicate, illuminate

 per • suade (v.) convince Katie was shocked that she had been persuaded into coming along; how could she not have learned from her past experiences?! Synonyms: Antonyms:

coax, coerce, cajole, convince, entice, dispose, incline, induce, influence, inveigle, lure, sway, tempt, wheedle discourage, dishearten, disincentive, dissuade, divert, foil, forestall, halt, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent

 pe • ruses (v.) examine carefully It’s always best to peruse all the options before settling on a choice. Synonyms: Antonyms:

browse, examine, inspect, scan, scrutinize, skim, study carelessness, discount, disregard, laxity, neglect, negligence, omit, remissness, slackness, spurn

 phi • lan • thro • pist (n.) someone who does good Dexter joked that Brian’s job handing out the free city newsletter was philanthropic, since he was providing complimentary access to the news. Synonyms: Antonyms:

altruism, benefactor, beneficence, benevolence, charitableness, compassion, contributor, donor, humanitarian, largess, liberality, magnanimity, munificence, patron, sponsor antisocial, egoistic, inhumane, malevolent, misanthropic, miserly, reclusive, reserved, selfish, solitary, stingy, uncharitable

 phys • i • og • no • my (n.) external appearance Despite the old adage not to judge a book by its cover, most people make their first impressions based on physiognomy. Synonyms:

aspect, countenance, face, look, surface, visage

 pleth • o • ra (n.) excess The body building market is highly profitable and there is a plethora of products available to choose from. Synonyms:

abundance, decadence, deluge, extravagance, glut, immoderation,


Antonyms:

intemperance, lavishness, overindulgence, profligacy, profusion, superfluity, surfeit, surplus absence, dearth, deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, paucity, rareness, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, sparseness, want

 poign • an • cy (n.) moving Luke addressed many of his inner daemons in his poetry, and felt that this gave them an added sense of poignancy, since they came right from the heart. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affecting, agonizing, distressing, miserable, mournful, pathetic, perturbing, piteous, plaintive, sorrowful, touching, tragic, wretched aloof, apathetic, calm, comatose, detached, disinterested, indifferent, numb, soothing, tranquil

 pon • ders (v.) think deeply “Always remember to think before you talk” is a common adage, pondering on what you are about to say helps eliminate gaffes. Synonyms: Antonyms:

brood, consider, cogitate, contemplate, deliberate, dwell, meditate, mull, muse, reflect, review, ruminate abrupt, hasty, headfirst, precipitous, precipitant

 pos • ses • sions (n.) ownership; item that is owned The girls’ possessions consisted of their jackets and handbags, which they placed on the stools that stood next to the kitchen counter. Synonyms:

custody, dominion, hold, occupancy, occupation, proprietary, proprietorship, retention, tenancy, tenure

 prat • tle (v.) talk in a silly way One of the worst mistakes a guy can make when flirting with a girl is to prattle on – women respond to confidence rather than gibberish and sweaty palms. Synonyms:

babble, blather, chatter, gabble, gossip, jabber, patter, prattling

 pre • cise • ly (adv.) exactly Brian didn’t even try to lie, when faced with the evidence and asked if it was true that he had manipulated the facts he simply responded, “precisely.” Synonyms:

accurate, conscientious, detailed, exact, explicit, methodical,


Antonyms:

meticulous, particular, punctilious, rigorous, scrupulous, specific, unambiguous erroneous, faulty, fallacious, flawed, imperfect, imprecise, inaccurate, mistaken, unreliable, unsound

 pre • med • i • tat • ed (adj.) plan something in advance Dexter claimed he tripped, but it was evident that his actions were premeditated. Synonyms: Antonyms:

arrangement, calculated, conscious, deliberate, design, forethought, intentional, planned, prearranged, preparation extemporaneous, instinctive, impetuous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctual, involuntary, mechanical, reflex, spontaneous

 pre • pos • ter • ous (adj.) ridiculous In Luke’s mind, it was preposterous that anyone would dislike Crystal Light since it was one of his favorite beverages he could not imagine someone feeling differently about it. Synonyms: Antonyms:

absurd, comical, farcical, foolish, insane, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, outrageous, ridiculous, risible, senseless balanced, commonsensical, judicious, logical, practical, pragmatic, rational, realistic, reasonable, responsible, sagacious, sensible, shrewd, sober, sound, thoughtful

 pre • sume (v.) make assumptions It seemed safe to presume that having been left all alone, there was no reason for the girls to stay any longer. Synonyms: Antonyms:

assume, conjecture, infer, postulate, predicate, presuppose, speculate, suppose, surmise, venture challenge, disbelieve, discount, discredit, distrust, doubt, mistrust, reject, repudiate

 pre • ten • tious (adj.) self-important Luke was highly pretentious; he thought he was better than everyone else. Synonyms: Antonyms:

affected, bombastic, conceited, exaggerated, feigned, flaunting, gaudy, grandiloquent, grandiose, hollow, magniloquent, ostentatious, pompous, showy, vainglorious humble, modest, normal, ordinary, practical, realistic, regular, sensible, unaffected, unassuming, unpretentious


 pre • var • i • cates (v.) lies Many people choose to prevaricate in order to get their own way; sadly this is very common within the dating world where people want to appear as attractive as possible, even if it requires the odd “little white lie.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

deception, dissemble, dissimulate, equivocate, fabrication, falsehood, falsification, fib, untruth accuracy, candor, factuality, sincerity, validity, veracity, verity

 pro • cliv • i • ty (n.) strong inclination Luke’s proclivity for his own opinions make him hard to negotiate with, he stoutly refuses to meet others half way, insisting that he is always one hundred percent right. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bias, disposition, inclination, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, preference, proneness, propensity, tendency aversion, disinclination, hesitancy, indisposition, objection, opposition, reluctance, resistance

 pro • cure (v.) obtain something It takes much dedication to procure a master’s degree. Synonyms: Antonyms:

achieve, acquire, assure, attain, guarantee, indulge, insure, obtain, purchase, secure avoid, dissipate, dodge, elude, evade, forfeit, mislay, misplace, neglect, squander, waste

 prod • i • gal (adj. & n.) wasteful, especially with money Despite the aspersions made by Brian, Dexter is far from being a prodigal individual; in fact he is very careful with his money, creating a number of nest eggs which will, in time, mature to provide a suitable income. Brian on the other hand is extravagant, spending all his money on items that enhance his appearance. Synonyms: Antonyms:

extravagant, improvident, imprudent, lavish, liberal, profligate, spendthrift, unsparing, unstinting, wasteful abstemiousness, economizing, frugality, parsimony, providence, prudence, saving, thriftiness

 pro • fes • sion (n.) job that requires a lot of training Children are always quick to list off their dream professions, however as an adult


it can be far more difficult settling on the perfect line of work. Synonyms:

business, calling, career, craft, métier, occupation, trade, vocation

 prog • nos • ti • cate (v.) predict the future You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all: having seen the outcome of one of Luke’s recitals it was easy to prognosticate the result of any future performances. Synonyms:

augury, divination, forecast, prediction, prognostication, prophecy

 pro • sa • ic (adj.) lacking imagination With their social life at a standstill, the last few Friday nights have been prosaic to the point of extreme tedium. Synonyms: Antonyms:

banal, bland, commonplace, conventional, dreary, humdrum, insipid, mundane, pedestrian, plodding, tedious, trite, unemotional, unimaginative, uninspiring, unsentimental appealing, attractive, captivating, compelling, diverting, engaging, engrossing, entertaining, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, ingenious, innovative, inspired, intriguing, riveting, stimulating

 pu • er • ile (adj.) childish The boys often resort to puerile behavior when they cannot have their own way. Synonyms: Antonyms:

asinine, babyish, childish, fatuous, foolish, immature, inane, infantile, jejune, juvenile, petty adult, careful, considered, dependable, grounded, grown, mature, mellow, reliable, responsible, sensible, shrewd, sophisticated, wise

 pug • na • cious (adj.) aggressive Pugnacious people always lose in the end, since they push away those nearest to them until they have nothing worth fighting for. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, disputatious, fiery, hostile, quarrelsome, threatening, truculent amiable, amicable, calm, complacent, conciliatory, gentle, irenic, pacific, pacifist, peaceable, peaceful, placid, restful, tranquil

 punc • til • i • ous (adj.) careful, especially in regards to rules and conventions Punctilious Dexter was considered a little too methodical, the first thing he did


after moving in with the guys was set up a cleaning schedule that assigned chores to each of the housemates. Synonyms: Antonyms:

conscientious, diligent, fastidious, methodical, meticulous, particular, pedantic, perfectionist, rigorous, scrupulous, strict blasé, colloquial, cursory, detached, disregardful, heedless, imprudent, inconsiderate, indifferent, injudicious, lax, nonchalant, perfunctory, reckless, remiss, spontaneous

 quan • da • ry (n.) a delicate state The boys found themselves in quite a quandary, with three guys and only two girls, who will be the third wheel: Dexter, Brian or Luke? Synonyms: Antonyms:

bewilderment, clutch, confusion, difficulty, dilemma, impasse, mess, mire, muddle, perplexity, plight, predicament, trouble advantage, authoritativeness, certitude, cinch, confidence, conviction, credence, definiteness, dogmatism, indubitableness, inevitability, staunchness, surefire

 quar • rel (v. & n.) to argue; an argument It is not unusual for roommates to quarrel, living in close proximity tends to fuel even the most basic disagreements until they erupt into fully blown arguments. Synonyms: Antonyms:

altercation, clash, contretemps, disputation, dispute, feud, squabble, wrangle affable, amiable, amicable, cordial, dovish, genial, harmonious, inoffensive, orderly, pacific, peaceable, placid, soothing, tranquil

 rac • on • teur (n.) storyteller Luke loves to tell stories, both in person and via his blog: he prides himself on being quite the raconteur. Synonyms:

anecdotalist, conversationalist, narrator, storyteller

 re • emerges (v.) to rise again; come forth once more When Katie finally reemerged Natalie used her appearance to excuse herself under the guise of also wanting something to drink. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appear, arrive, dawn, derive, develop, egress, emanate, flow, gush, issue, loom, materialize, originate, proceed, transpired abandon, abscond, disappear, exist, fade, perish, recede, retire, retreat, vacate, wane, withdraw


 reg • i • men (n.) set diet and lifestyle Baffled at the amount of power shakes Dexter is said to own, Natalie queried what kind of regimen he could possibly be on that would require so many protein drinks? Synonyms:

care, diet, rehabilitation, therapy, treatment

 re • it • er • at • ing (v.) repeat Their disappointment at being one guest short became evident by the constant reiteration of questions about the whereabouts of the third girl. Synonyms: Antonyms:

echo, ingeminate, iterate, recapitulate, rehash, rehearse, repeat, restate abjure, forget, recall, recant, reclaim, renege, repeal, repossess, repudiate, rescind, revoke, withdraw

 re • joice (v.) take delight It was rare that he ever won when competing against his roommates so Dexter rejoiced at this momentary victory. Synonyms: Antonyms:

carouse, celebrate, cheer, commend, delight, exult, revel, triumph dash, deject, deplore, desolate, discourage, dispirit, distress, grieve, oppress, perturb

 re • lin • quish (v.) give up Natalie advised Dexter to relinquish his protein shakes, since they would have little effect on his physique unless he stepped up his exercise routine as well. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abandon, abdicate, abnegate, cede, discard, forbear, forgo, forswear, leave, release, renounce, repudiate, resign, surrender, vacate, waive, yield cache, conserve, continue, hold, keep, manage, take, reserve, retain

 re • pen • tant (adj.) sorry A repentant Dexter apologized profusely for telling lies. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apologetic, ashamed, atoning, chastened, contrite, penitent, regretful, remorseful, rueful, shamefaced benumbed, callous, contemptuous, dogged, hardened, impenitent, obdurate, remorseless, uncompassionate, unrepentant


 re • plete (adj.) full Having taken her comments to heart, the boys stocked up on snacks and their cupboards were now replete with goodies. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abounding, abundant, brimful, bursting, crammed, filled, gammed, glutted, gorged, overflowing, packed, plenteous, rife, sated, satisfy, teeming, thronged bare, barren, depleted, despoiled, destitute, devoid, exhausted, forsaken, hollow, lacking, stark, vacant, vacuous, void, wanting

 req • ui • ems (n.) masses sung for the dead He expressed his despondent feelings through his poetry, most notably through the requiems that he wrote for his best friend: his hamster, Fluffy. Synonyms:

canticle, ceremony, chant, dirge, elegy, eulogy, hymn, liturgy, monody, ritual, threnody, worship

 re • signed (v.) relinquished; gave up Having been forced to sit on a chair, Dexter pounced upon the newly resigned spot on the couch as it enabled him to get closer to Natalie. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abandon, abdicate, capitulate, cede, forgo, resignation, relinquish, renounce, retire, secede, surrender, terminate, vacate, waive, yield acquire, adopt, annex, commence, develop, embrace, endeavor, engage, espouse, retain

 res • ti • tu • tion (n.) compensation, making up for loss or damage Despite the offers to return the product within 30 days if you don’t see a positive result, Brian is always reluctant to seek restitution, as he is unable to admit that he has spent his money foolishly. Synonyms:

amends, compensation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, recompense, redress, reimbursement, remuneration, reparation, repayment, restoration

 rev • e • la • tion (n.) a discovery The revelation that Jen was unable to attend created a complication for the night’s festivities. Synonyms:

admission, announcement, confession, declaration, disclosure,


Antonyms:

dissemination, divulgence, report, unveiling ambiguous, camouflaged, classified, clouded, conspiratorial, covert, cryptic, enigmatical, esoteric, furtive, mysterious, mystical, obscure, reticent, secluded, undisclosed, veiled

 rife (adj.) abundant Natalie discovered that rather than stocking their kitchen with food, the boys’ cupboards were rife with muscle building protein shakes. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abounding, abundant, bursting, epidemic, multitudinous, numerous, overflowing, pandemic, plentiful, prevailing, prevalent, profuse, rampant, replete, teeming deficient, limited, occasional, rare, scant, scanty, scarce, seldom, sparse, sporadic, uncommon, unusual, wanting

 ru • mi • nates (v.) thinking intently about something Fond of hearing his own voice, Brian rarely listened to the women he was chatting up, which on many occasions landed him in hot water as he was incapable of remembering what they had told him, no matter how much time he spent ruminating the matter. Synonyms:

contemplate, consider, meditate, muse, mull over, ponder, reflect

 sal • u • tar • y (adj.) beneficial to someone or something Exercise has a highly salutary effect, not only does it lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, it also preservers body muscle. Synonyms: Antonyms:

advantageous, beneficial, productive, profitable, timely, useful, valuable, wholesome, worthwhile deplorable, disagreeable, displeasing, distressing, lamentable, regrettable, undesirable, unfortunate, unwanted, unwelcome

 sal • vage (v. & n.) rescue of goods The boys banded together in an attempt to salvage their night, mending the damage they had done. Synonyms: Antonyms:

allay, preserve, raise, reclaim, recover, redeem, rescue, relieve, retrieve, save, spare avoid, defeated, dissipate, doge, elude, endanger, evade, forfeit, injure, mislay, misplace, neglect, waste

 sar • casm (n.) comments that are the exact opposite of what is meant, intended to


mock the subject being critiqued Many people deal with disappointment by employing sarcasm to mask their pain. Synonyms:

acrimony, aspersion, banter, barbed, biting, cutting, cynicism, derision, invective, irony, mockery, raillery, ridicule, sardonic, satire, saturnine, scoffing, scorn, sneering, supercilious

 sar • don • ic (adj.) mocking Art is often sardonic in nature, displaying its message with a cutting edge. Synonyms: Antonyms:

acerbic, caustic, cutting, derisive, ironic, mocking, mordant, satirical, sarcastic, scathing, scornful agreeable, content, delightful, genial, kind, nice, pleasant

 sa • vor • y (adj.) appetizing in taste When judging the new Crystal Light flavor, Dexter pronounced it a savory beverage, with a score of eight out of ten. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appetizing, delectable, delicious, flavorful, flavorsome, luscious, mouthwatering, palatable, pleasant, tasty, toothsome, wholesome disagreeable, distasteful, unappetizing, unappealing, uninviting, unpalatable, unpleasant, unsavory

 sed • en • tar • y (adj.) sitting; inactive For much of their visit they were sedentary, sitting on either the sofa or the chairs. Synonyms: Antonyms:

seated, sitting, inactive energetic, lively, sprightly, spry, mobile, vigorous, vital, dynamic

 seiz • es (v.) forcibly takes hold of something He seized upon the empty spot, positioning himself right next to Natalie. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appropriate, catch, clasp, clench, clinch, clutch, embrace, enclose, enfold, grapple, grasp, grip deliverance, freedom, freeing, give, liberation, release, relief

 ser • e • nade (v.) performing music for someone, usually to romance them Luke believed that he could win any girl’s heart by serenading her with one of his songs, and he wouldn’t allow the fact that it had always failed in the past deter


him from his conviction. Synonyms:

anthem, aria, ballad, chant, ditty, hymn, lullaby, lyric, melody, piece, refrain, verse

 sloth • ful (adj.) lazy Many people accuse the unemployed of being slothful, however searching for a job and working to make ends meet can be highly enervating. Synonyms: Antonyms:

apathetic, futile, idle, indolent, ineffectual, languid, lethargic, listless, otiose, purposeless, sluggish, torpid active, devoted, diligent, dynamic, enterprising, enthusiastic, industrious, spry, sprightly, tireless, vigorous, vital, zealous

 slov • en • ly (adj.) untidy Years of being reprimanded by his mother for his slovenly bedroom have had no effect, as his floor continues to be littered in dirty clothing and dishes. Synonyms: Antonyms:

bedraggled, disheveled, frowzy, rumpled, scruffy, slatternly, tousled, unkempt, untidy careful, immaculate, kempt, neat, orderly, spruce, tidy, trim

 soph • o • mor • ic (adj.) immature No matter their age, when you place a group of men in the same room they tend to degenerate into sophomoric behavior. Synonyms: Antonyms:

callow, childish, immature, inexperienced, infantile, jejune, juvenile, naïve, puerile, unsophisticated accomplished, adept, cultivated, cultured, experienced, expert, knowledgeable, mature, professional, sophisticated

 sparse • ly (adv.) spread out Young men are not known for their decorating skills, they tend to have sparsely adorned homes. Synonyms: Antonyms:

infrequent, limited, meager, paltry, scant, scarce, scattered, skimpy abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, lavish, liberal, overflowing, plentiful, profuse, prolific, rich, teeming

 spew (v.) pour out; cast forth His imagination was so wild that it often felt as though his ideas were spewing


from his mind – as he projected his dreams and nightmares on the world around him. Synonyms:

cascade, disgorge, eject, eruct, erupt, expel, flood, gush, heave, irrupt, scatter

 sub • ser • vi • ently (adv.) overly eager to please others Eager to get Katie’s attention, Luke resorted to subserviently following her around the apartment. Synonyms: Antonyms:

ancillary, auxiliary, biddable, compliant, deferential, docile, dutiful, obedient, passive, peripheral, secondary, servile, subdued, submissive, subordinate, subsidiary unassertive autarchic, autonomous, impartial, independent, individualistic, maverick, neutral, sovereign, unbiased, unconstrained, unfettered, unprejudiced

 suc • cumb (v.) yield to someone or something Afraid that he will succumb to temptation, Luke prefers to abstain from all possible inducements. Synonyms: Antonyms:

accede, capitulate, cave, cede, concede, defer, grant, relent, render, succumb, submit, surrender, yield block, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct, oppose, thwart, withstand

 su • per • cil • i • ous (adj.) arrogant Luke liked to display his supremacy over others through his supercilious behavior; often pointing out the shortcomings of others on his blog, while praising his own superior qualities. Synonyms: Antonyms:

arrogance, conceited, condescending, contempt, disdainful, haughty, imperious, overbearing, patronizing, pompous, proud, scornful, smug, sneering, snobbish, superior abase, debase, deferential, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate, inconsequential, ignoble, insignificant, meek, modest, respectful, self-deprecating, submissive, unassertive, unassuming

 su • per • fi • cial (adj.) only worried about the appearance of things Despite what the media would like to lead us to believe, not all women enjoy superficial, muscular men – as Natalie often put it, “I don’t want a guy who spends more time in front of the mirror than I do!”


Synonyms: Antonyms:

artificial, facile, flippant, frivolous, hollow, inane, meaningless, shallow, silly, surface, trivial abstruse, complex, comprehensive, conscientious, diligent, engrossed, esoteric, exhaustive, genuine, immersed, insightful, obscure, penetrating, perceptive, profound, rapt, recondite

 sup • ple • ment (n.) addition Medical supplements are often used without proper medical supervision and can have very unfortunate side effects as a result. Synonyms: Antonyms:

addendum, addition, adjunct, appendage, augment, complement, enhancement, extra, extension, increase, increment decrease, deduct, detract, diminish, subtract, withdraw, withhold

 tar • dy (adj.) later than anticipated A commonly used euphemism for tardy is the saying “fashionably late.” Synonyms: Antonyms:

behind, belated, delayed, late, overdue advance, forward, initial, preliminary, punctual, rapid, timely

premature,

prompt,

 terse (adj.) to the point, in a rude fashion Irritation often results in terse speech – despite her good intentions Katie can’t help but snap at Natalie for her gullibility. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abrupt, blunt, brief, brusque, clipped, concise, crisp, curt, elliptical, incisive, laconic, pithy, succinct bombastic, discursive, dragging, elongate, garrulous, interminable, loquacious, prolix, prolonged, protracted, rambling, tedious, turgid, verbose, voluble

 thwart (v.) to frustrate Half of battle strategy consists of thwarting your opponent, not simply attacking them; it is critical to impede their advances to ensure the full force of one’s own foray. Synonyms: Antonyms:

baffle, balk, circumvent, confuse, foil, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct, oppose, prevent abet, accommodate, aid, benefit, collaborate, encourage, expedite, facilitate, foster, further, oblige, precipitate, promote, spur, stimulate, support


 tran • spired (v.) happened While it seemed likely that a story about skateboarding would take place back when the sport was all the rage, it transpired that Luke’s story had only just happened last week. Synonyms:

arise, befall, betide, chance, develop, emerge, ensue, eventuate, occur, reveal

 tri • ad (n.) group of three Our triad is made up of Brian, Dexter and Luke. Synonyms:

threesome, trio, trinity, triumvirate, troika

 truc • u • lent (adj.) aggressive The ASPCA is constantly dealing with horrific incidents where truculent individuals let their anger out on defenseless animals; founded in 1866 they work to rescue animals from abuse. Synonyms: Antonyms:

aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, belligerent, confrontational, defiant, obstreperous, pugnacious, quarrelsome affable, agreeable, amicable, charming, cooperative, cordial, friendly, genial, personable, pleasant, sociable

 un • deterred (adj.) not discouraged Once he’d set his course, Luke remained undeterred by all attempts to circumvent him. Synonyms: Antonyms:

audacious, courageous, dauntless, fearless, gallant, indomitable, intrepid, resolute, undiscouraged, undaunted, unfaltering balked, checked, daunted, dashed, deterred, discouraged, dissuaded, frightened, prevented, thwarted

 va • cat • ing (v.) leave With no incentive to stay, the girls had no qualms over vacating the party. Synonyms: Antonyms:

abandon, abdicate, cede, depart, desert, evacuate, forfeit, leave, relinquish, renounce, resign, quit colonize, conquer, employ, engage, inhabit, invade, occupy, populate, seize, settle, subjugate


 vac • il • late (v.) indecisive, swaying from one thing to another The intimacy of roommates provides you with information that can be highly useful in a difficult situation, and Dexter didn’t vacillate in using his intimate knowledge of Brian to his advantage. Synonyms: Antonyms:

brood, dither, falter, fluctuate, hesitate, hover, indecisive, linger, loom, oscillate, undecided, waver adamant, dogged, implacable, inflexible, intransigent, obdurate, obstinate, resolute, resolved, stalwart, staunch, steadfast, tenacious, unshakeable, unswerving, unwavering, unyielding

 vo • ca • tion (n.) work, especially a job you feel destined for Many college graduates experience great difficulty in finding a job that relates to their chosen vocation. Synonyms:

business, calling, career, craft, employment, function, métier, mission, occupation, profession, purpose, trade

 wa • ver • ing (v.) swaying between different options It was not uncommon for him to waiver between outfit options, trying to put together the perfect ensemble. Synonyms: Antonyms:

dithering, fickle, fluctuating, hesitant, indecisive, irresolute, unsure, undetermined, oscillating, vacillating, variable, waffling definite, determined, firm, persevering, purposeful, resolute, stanch, steadfast, stubborn, tenacious, unbendable, unyielding, unwavering

 win • some (adj.) charming, often in a naïve fashion Brian is often described as a ladies man due to his winsome personality, which many women find very attractive. Synonyms: Antonyms:

appealing, captivating, charming, delightful, disarming, endearing, engaging, fetching, lovely, prepossessing, winning disabused, disconnected, disenchanting, disillusioned, frightful, ghastly, grotesque, hideous, indifferent, jaundiced, repellent, repugnant, revolting, soured, unprepossessing, unsightly, vile


THE ANSWERS


Quiz # 1

1b; 2d; 3a; 4d

Quiz # 2

1c; 2a; 3f; 4g; 5d; 6e; 7b

Quiz # 3

1d; 2b; 3e; 4i; 5h; 6c; 7k; 8a; 9g; 10j; 11f

Quiz # 4

1c; 2a; 3b; 4a; 5d

Quiz # 5

1T; 2F; 3T; 4T; 5T; 6F; 7T; 8F; 9T; 10F; 11T; 12T

Quiz # 6

1d; 2b; 3c; 4c; 5b; 6a; 7b; 8b; 9d; 10c; 11c; 12d; 13a; 14b; 15c

Quiz # 7

1c; 2a; 3d; 4b; 5a; 6d

Quiz # 8

1d; 2l; 3c; 4f; 5g; 6b; 7j; 8h; 9i; 10k; 11e; 12a

Quiz # 9

1g; 2a; 3k; 4i; 5j; 6h; 7l; 8f; 9c; 10d; 11b; 12e

Quiz # 10

1d; 2c; 3b; 4c; 5a

Quiz # 11

1F; 2F; 3T; 4F; 5F; 6F; 7T; 8T

Quiz # 12

1c; 2a; 3d; 4d; 5b; 6c; 7b

Quiz # 13

1d; 2d; 3c; 4b; 5a; 6d; 7a; 8d

Quiz # 14

1g; 2h; 3j; 4k; 5f; 6b; 7i; 8c; 9e; 10a; 11d

Quiz # 15

1d; 2k; 3i; 4a; 5h; 6b; 7j; 8e; 9c; 10g; 11f

Quiz # 16

1b; 2d; 3a; 4c


Quiz # 17

1T; 2F; 3F; 4F; 5T; 6F; 7T; 8F; 9T; 10F; 11T

Quiz # 18

1c; 2c; 3a; 4c; 5c; 6a; 7b; 8d; 9c; 10c; 11c; 12a; 13b; 14a; 15a

Quiz # 19

1d; 2a; 3b; 4c; 5b; 6d

Quiz # 20

1i; 2d; 3g; 4f; 5b; 6a; 7e; 8h; 9c

Quiz # 21

1i; 2j; 3k; 4c; 5e; 6m; 7n; 8a; 9d; 10f; 11h; 12g; 13l; 14o; 15b

Quiz # 22

1d; 2b; 3b; 4c

Quiz # 23

1F; 2T; 3T; 4F; 5T; 6F; 7T; 8F; 9T; 10F; 11T; 12F

Quiz # 24

1b; 2c; 3a; 4b; 5d; 6d; 7c; 8b; 9b; 10c; 11a; 12a; 13c

Quiz # 25

1b; 2a; 3c; 4d; 5c; 6a

Quiz # 26

1e; 2f; 3g; 4h; 5i; 6j; 7a; 8d; 9b; 10c

Quiz # 27

1n; 2k; 3m; 4i; 5j; 6l; 7d; 8h; 9a; 10o; 11f; 12g; 13b; 14c; 15e

Quiz # 28

1a; 2a; 3d; 4d; 5b; 6a; 7c; 8b; 9d; 10c; 11d

Quiz # 29

1F; 2T; 3T; 4F; 5T; 6T; 7F; 8T; 9F; 10T

Quiz # 30

1b; 2a; 3b; 4d; 5b; 6b; 7d; 8b; 9a; 10c; 11b; 12c; 13d; 14a; 15b


WORD INDEX


A Abbreviate ...............................60, 61, 70 Aberration ................................62, 63, 70 Abominable .............................24, 25, 70 Abscond ...................................60, 61, 70 Absolution ......................... 62, 63, 70-71 Absorbed..................................62, 63, 71 Abstain.....................................48, 49, 71 Academia .................................34, 35, 71 Accessible ................................54, 55, 71 Acclaim.............................. 48, 49, 71-72 Accompany ..............................18, 19, 72 Accord .....................................58, 59, 72 Accoutering .............................64, 65, 72 Accumulating..................... 20, 21, 72-73 Achromatic ..................................6, 7, 73 Acquaintance ...........................12, 13, 73 Acquiesces ...............................16, 17, 73 Acoustic ...................................10, 11, 73 Acute........................................20, 21, 73 Adept .......................................62, 63, 74 Adjacent...................................12, 13, 74 Adroit.......................................64, 65, 74 Adulterate ................................10, 11, 74 Affect ................................. 16, 17, 74-75 Affirmative ..............................38, 39, 75 Alienating ................................52, 53, 75 Aloof ........................................46, 47, 75 Alternative ...............................18, 19, 75 Ameliorate ...............................50, 51, 76 Anecdotes ................................22, 23, 76 Annihilate ................................64, 65, 76 Antagonizes .............................30, 31, 76 Anticlimax ......................... 44, 45, 76-77 Antics.......................................50, 51, 77 Anxiously.....................................8, 9, 77 Apathy .....................................54, 55, 77 Appalled...................................60, 61, 77 Archetype........................... 28, 29, 77-78 Arsenal.....................................20, 21, 78 Aspired.....................................30, 31, 78 Assess ......................................24, 25, 78 Assist .......................................50, 51, 78 Atrocious ........................... 28, 29, 78-79 Audaciously .............................38, 39, 79 Augur .......................................64, 65, 79

Averse ......................................40, 41, 79

B Bacchanalian............................26, 27, 79 Bane ................................... 28, 29, 79-80 Barb .........................................58, 59, 80 Befallen....................................38, 39, 80 Belligerent ...............................56, 57, 80 Berate.......................................62, 63, 80 Bereft ................................. 28, 29, 80-81 Biographer ...............................30, 31, 81 BlasĂŠ ........................................54, 55, 81 Boorish.....................................52, 53, 81 Brawn.......................................42, 43, 81

C Cacophonies....................... 10, 11, 81-82 Calamity...................................48, 49, 82 Candor .....................................50, 51, 82 Cantankerous ...........................32, 33, 82 Capricious .......................... 48, 49, 82-83 Carafe.......................................26, 27, 83 Celerity ....................................40, 41, 83 Cerebrum .................................26, 27, 83 Characteristic ...........................34, 35, 83 Chortling ..................................64, 65, 83 Churlish ............................. 46, 47, 83-84 Circumlocution ........................36, 37, 84 Clarify ......................................16, 17, 84 ClichĂŠ.......................................28, 29, 84 Coerce ......................................22, 23, 84 Colloquy ..................................34, 35, 85 Comely.....................................10, 11, 85 Commendable ..........................30, 31, 85 Commentary ............................36, 37, 85 Commitment ...................... 44, 45, 85-86 Compassion .............................38, 39, 86 Competitors .............................20, 21, 86 Complacent ..............................28, 29, 86 Complication ...........................12, 13, 86 Composure......................... 10, 11, 86-87 Compressing ............................14, 15, 87 Conciliating .............................60, 61, 87 Concurring ...............................60, 61, 87


Congenial........................... 50, 51, 87-88 Congruous................................36, 37, 88 Consensus ................................54, 55, 88 Contribute ................................20, 21, 88 Convert ....................................40, 41, 88 Courteous.....................................6, 7, 89 Cowering .................................12, 13, 89 Cryptic .........................................6, 7, 89

D Daze .........................................58, 59, 89 Debacle .............................. 34, 35, 89-90 Decamp ....................................38, 39, 90 Decants ....................................26, 27, 90 Decipher...................................36, 37, 90 DĂŠcolletĂŠ ..................................10, 11, 90 Dedication....................................8, 9, 90 Defensive ............................... 8, 9, 90-91 Delectable ................................34, 35, 91 Demure ....................................10, 11, 91 Denounce .................................42, 43, 91 Deplorable ......................... 24, 25, 91-92 Desperate .................................16, 17, 92 Determination ..........................30, 31, 92 Diligence..................................30, 31, 92 Discredit............................. 30, 31, 92-93 Disgraced .................................30, 31, 93 Disillusioned ............................42, 43, 93 Disparate ..................................40, 41, 93 Dissentient ...............................24, 25, 93 Dissimilar............................... 6, 7, 93-94 Dissolve ...................................12, 13, 94 Diverse.....................................36, 37, 94 Docile.......................................28, 29, 94 Dolorous ............................ 48, 49, 94-95 Dramatize.................................46, 47, 95

E Ebullience ................................32, 33, 95 Edification ...............................36, 37, 95 Effeminate ...............................34, 35, 95 Elegies .........................................8, 9, 96 Empathize ................................28, 29, 96

Endeavor ..................................14, 15, 96 Enervating................................28, 29, 96 Engrossing ...............................14, 15, 96 Enmity ............................... 20, 21, 96-97 Ennui........................................56, 57, 97 Ensuring...................................12, 13, 97 Enthralling ...............................64, 65, 97 Enticed ............................... 54, 55, 97-98 Epicurean .................................32, 33, 98 Erudite .....................................10, 11, 98 Escalating.................................58, 59, 98 Evinces.....................................38, 39, 98 Exasperated........................ 50, 51, 98-99 Exertion ...................................44, 45, 99 Exhausted.................................42, 43, 99 Expanse....................................62, 63, 99 Expeditious ...................... 18, 19, 99-100

F Feigns.....................................12, 13, 100 Flexibility...............................38, 39, 100 Forestall .................................48, 49, 100 Forgo......................................18, 19, 100 Fortitude......................... 32, 33, 100-101 Foster .....................................36, 37, 101 Foyer ......................................14, 15, 101 Frivolous ................................36, 37, 101 Fusion ....................................30, 31, 101

G Gallantry ........................ 54, 55, 101-102 Garrulous ...................................6, 7, 102 Gauche ...................................52, 53, 102 Generic...................................32, 33, 102 Gregarious .............................10, 11, 102 Grimace .................................22, 23, 103 Guile ......................................36, 37, 103

H Habitual .................................62, 63, 103 Hapless...................................14, 15, 103 Hiatus............................. 16, 17, 103-104 Homeliest...............................10, 11, 104 Hostile....................................32, 33, 104


Hypothesize ...........................22, 23, 104 Hypothetically .......................60, 61, 104

I Imbibe ....................................32, 33, 105 Impeccable.............................48, 49, 105 Impecunious...........................44, 45, 105 Impending ..............................48, 49, 105 Imperative ..............................46, 47, 105 Impetuous ...................... 46, 47, 105-106 Incoherently ...........................18, 19, 106 Indifference............................16, 17, 106 Ingenious ...............................22, 23, 106 Innovative ...................... 54, 55, 106-107 Inquisitive ..................................6, 7, 107 Insouciant...................................8, 9, 107 Interludes ...................................8, 9, 107 Interrogation ..............................8, 9, 107 Intimate .......................... 24, 25, 107-108 Intractable ..............................42, 43, 108 Introverted .................................6, 7, 108 Invective ................................28, 29, 108 Inveighing ...................... 56, 57, 108-109 Irreparable..............................58, 59, 109

J Jargon ....................................58, 59, 109 Jovial......................................26, 27, 109 Juvenile .............................. 6, 7, 109-110

L Lackluster ..............................38, 39, 110 Laconic ..................................32, 33, 110 Lamenting ..................................8, 9, 110 Lithe.......................................38, 39, 110 Ludicrous ....................... 56, 57, 110-111

M Malevolent .............................52, 53, 111 Meager ...................................64, 65, 111 Minimize................................54, 55, 111 Mitigating ...................... 24, 25, 111-112 Mocked ..................................20, 21, 112 Modish ...................................22, 23, 112

Monotony...............................14, 15, 112 Myriad ...................................24, 25, 112 Mystifies ................................44, 45, 113

N Naive......................................44, 45, 113 Narcissistic.............................40, 41, 113 Nefarious ...............................46, 47, 113 Neophyte................................44, 45, 114 Nettled ...................................42, 43, 114 Nonchalant.............................10, 11, 114 Novice....................................32, 33, 114

O Obstinate ............................ 6, 7, 114-115 Obstructing ............................12, 13, 115 Obtuse ....................................36, 37, 115 Occurrence.............................40, 41, 115 Onslaught...............................14, 15, 115 Opportunity................................8, 9, 116

P Parched ..................................24, 25, 116 Parlay .....................................20, 21, 116 Per Se .....................................12, 13, 116 Perch ......................................38, 39, 116 Perplexed ....................... 54, 55, 116-117 Persuade.................................50, 51, 117 Peruses ...................................32, 33, 117 Philanthropist.........................32, 33, 117 Physiognomy .........................14, 15, 117 Plethora .......................... 40, 41, 117-118 Poignancy ..............................10, 11, 118 Ponders ..................................36, 37, 118 Possessions ............................14, 15, 110 Prattle.........................................6, 7, 118 Precisely......................... 56, 57, 118-119 Premeditated ..........................50, 51, 119 Preposterous...........................56, 57, 119 Presume .................................58, 59, 119 Pretentious .................................6, 7, 119 Prevaricates............................40, 41, 120 Proclivity ...............................36, 37, 120 Procure...................................34, 35, 120


Prodigal..................................42, 43, 120 Profession ...................... 26, 27, 120-121 Prognosticate .........................48, 49, 121 Prosaic ...................................54, 55, 121 Puerile ....................................52, 53, 121 Pugnacious..................... 60, 61, 121-122 Punctilious ......................... 6, 7, 121-122

Supercilious ...............................6, 7, 128 Superficial...................... 40, 41, 128-129 Supplement ............................40, 41, 129

T

Quandary ...............................18, 19, 122 Quarrel ...................................18, 19, 122

Tardy..........................................8, 9, 129 Terse ......................................50, 51, 129 Thwart....................................36, 37, 129 Transpired ..............................22, 23, 130 Triad.......................................60, 61, 130 Truculent................................42, 43, 130

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U

Raconteur...............................22, 23, 122 Reemerges .............................32, 33, 122 Regimen.................................44, 45, 123 Reiterating .............................18, 19, 123 Rejoice ...................................22, 23, 123 Relinquish ..............................46, 47, 123 Repentant ...............................62, 63, 123 Replete ...................................64, 65, 124 Requiems ...............................58, 59, 124 Resigned ................................28, 29, 124 Restitution..............................42, 43, 124 Revelation ...................... 12, 13, 124-125 Rife ........................................42, 43, 125 Ruminates ..............................20, 21, 125

Undeterred ............................16, 17, 130

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S Salutary ..................................46, 47, 125 Salvage........................... 60, 61, 125-126 Sarcasm.......................... 62, 63, 125-126 Sardonic .................................62, 63, 126 Savory ....................................56, 57, 126 Sedentary ...............................50, 51, 126 Seizes .....................................28, 29, 126 Serenade............................. 8, 9, 126-127 Slothful ..................................28, 29, 127 Slovenly .................................52, 53, 127 Sophomoric............................52, 53, 127 Sparsely .....................................6, 7, 127 Spew .............................. 26, 27, 127-128 Subserviently .........................24, 25, 128 Succumb ................................26, 27, 128

V Vacating ................................58, 59, 130 Vacillate......................... 50, 51, 130-131 Vocation.................................30, 31, 131

W Wavering ...............................52, 53, 131 Winsome ....................................6, 7, 131


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