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accelerate

to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring out more quickly

syn: step up, quicken, hasten
ant: slow down, retard, decelerate

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bystander

one who looks on or observes, a person present but not taking part

syn: observer, spectator, onlooker
ant: active participant

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canvass

to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales or opinions; to go over in detail, to discuss

syn: poll, survey, solicit

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casual

happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal

syn: accidental, haphazard, offhand
ant: formal, serious, premeditated, intentional

4

downtrodden

treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed

syn: mistreated, ground underfoot
ant: uplifted, liberated

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entice

to attract, tempt

syn: lure, beguile
ant: nauseate, sicken, revolt, repel

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erode

to wear away gradually, eat away

syn: corrode, abrade
ant: nurture, promote, encourage

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flounder

to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way

syn: wallow, struggle

8

graphic

lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictorial arts

syn: lively, colorful, descriptive
ant: dull, boring, unrealistic, colorless

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gruesome

horrible, revolting, ghastly

syn: gory, hideous, grisly
ant: pleasant, delightful, appealing

10

melancholy

sad, gloomy, unhappy; sadness, gloominess

syn: depressed, dejected
ant: merry, happy. cheerful, joy, elation

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ordeal

a difficult or painful experience, a trial

syn: test, hardship
ant: pleasure, cinch

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parch

to make dry and thirsty, to shrivel with heat

syn: dry up, dehydrate, desiccate
ant: soak, drench, saturate, waterlog

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persist

to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain

syn: persevere, keep at it, endure
ant: give up, discontinue

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puny

of less than normal strength or size; of no importance

syn: undersized, pint-size, small, weak
ant: robust, brawny, mammoth, gigantic

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quibble

to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; a petty objection

syn: nitpick, split hairs, cavil, squabble

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ratify

to approve, give formal approval to, confirm

syn: endorse, sanction, uphold
ant: cancel, repeal, annul, veto

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regal

royal, kinglike; fit for a king

syn: majestic, stately, princely, august
ant: lowly, humble, abject, servile

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stifle

to smother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off

syn: strangle, suppress, snuff
ant: nurture, promote, encourage

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vital

having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial

syn: indispensable, fundamental
ant: nonessential, unnecessary

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Despite stern warnings from their doctor, the brothers _____ in their bad habits.

persist

21

The wrestler let out a coarse burst of laughter when his ___ opponent entered the ring.

puny

22

The legislatures of three fourths of the states must ____ an amendment to the US Constitution.

ratify

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Unable to ____ her anger, the sculptor lashed out at her harshest critic.

stifle

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Let's not ___ over details.

quibble

25

The two families pooled their resources to give the bride and groom a truly ___ wedding.

regal

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The treaty is of ____ importance to the security of our nation.

vital

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The buyer's ____ notwithstanding, the parties soon came to an arrangment.

quibble

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Storms and mud slides ____ the road so that eventually it became impassible.

eroded

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A witness gave the reporter a ___ account of the destruction caused by the tornado.

graphic