(verb) to make speechless with amazement
Al was dumbfounded when she found out she had won the lottery .
Synonyms: astonish, bewilder, stun
(adj) possible; capable of being or becoming
There are many potential uses for solar energy, but we don’t use much of it today.
Synonyms: imaginable, probable
Other forms: Potential can also be a noun meaning “possibility.” It’s usually used in a positive way,
like: I see a lot of potential in these new phones that can play movies.
A good politician should be able to talk about her accomplishments without sounding like a
(braggart OR retort).
(adj) much more than enough; extravagant
Instead of a normal dinner, we had a lavish feast for my birthday.
Synonyms: abundant, splendid, luxuriant
Other forms: Lavish can also be a verb meaning “to give freely or generously,” as in: Trish’s aunt always lavished (verb) gifts on her.
When I first got my pet ferret he was pretty wild, but he’s become much more (docile OR gaudy) in his old age.
(adj) evil, spiteful; painfully severe or extreme
Carrie was nice to Julie’s face, but then she’d spread vicious lies behind her back.
Synonyms: savage, cruel, malicious
(noun) approval or loud applause
The young rapper performed his first show in Los Angeles to great acclaim.
Antonyms: criticism, disapproval
Other forms: Acclaim can also be a verb meaning “to praise strongly or applaud loudly,” as in: The newspaper acclaimed the rock star’s show.
(noun) a slight fault; a defect
Because of a flaw in the stitching, my shirt started falling apart very quickly.
Other forms: Something with a flaw is flawed (adj).
(noun) someone who brags a lot
Kylie was so into herself; she was such a braggart.
Other forms: Braggart can also be used as an adjective: The braggart general could talk all night about himself.
(adj) too flashy and showy
That shirt covered with all those different colored jewels is gaudy.
Antonyms: understated, subtle
(adj) well behaved; easy to handle
Dolphins are some of the most docile creatures on Earth.
Antonyms: headstrong, stubborn, uncooperative
Raul has been arguing with me all morning about the dumbest things; I wonder why he’s so (dumbfounded OR peevish).
The debate team lost this round because their argument was filled with (acclaimed OR flawed) logic.
(adj) unable to read or write
Though he could read a few basic signs and words, Mark was basically illiterate.
Other forms: The problem of illiteracy (noun) is very real, even in America.
Deanna ran a respectable campaign for class president, but her opponent ran a(n) (vicious OR acrid)
one full of attacks and dirty tricks.
(noun) a big noisy fight, often involving lots of people
Unfortunately, the concert was cancelled when a brawl broke out in the back.
Other forms: Brawl can also be a verb meaning “to fight noisily,” as in: The hockey players brawled for
five minutes before the refs could break up the fight.
(adj) sharp, irritating, or bitter to the sense of taste or smell
I thought the crab apples would be delicious, but they tasted extremely acrid instead.
Synonyms: pungent, sharp
(noun) a quick or clever reply
I was silent when Wayne made fun of me, but later that night I thought of lots of clever retorts.
Other forms: Retort can also be a verb, as in: “At least I’m not a fool,” my sister retorted.
(adj) showing annoyance or irritation; being in a bad mood
Because my dad didn’t get enough sleep last night, he was peevish all day.
Synonyms: irritable, grumpy
Antonyms: friendly, pleasant
(noun) a distant view or prospect
From the top of the tower, you can gaze out at the amazing vista.
Synonyms: outlook, panorama