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idolatry

(noun) excessive or blind adoration; worship of an object

When the people began to worship the statue, the priest accused them of idolatry.

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ignoble

(adj.) dishonorable, shameful

Cheating on an exam is an ignoble way to get good grades.

syn: despicable, base

ant: noble, glorious

3

imminent

(adj.) likely to happen; threatening

Although danger was imminent, the crew seemed quite relaxed.

syn: impending, close at hand

ant: distant, delayed

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immolate

(verb) to kill someone as a sacrificial victim, usually by fire.

Some Buddhist monks immolated themselves as their form of protest against the government's policies.

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immutable

(adj.) unchangeable, fixed

The laws of nature are immutable.

syn: enduring

ant: flexible, changeable

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impair

(verb) to weaken; to cause to become worse

Mothers used to say that reading in poor light could impair your vision.

syn: damage; deteriorate

ant: enhance

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impale

(verb) to pierce with a sharp stake through the body

With a sharp stick, the natives were able to impale a fish in the stream.

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impalpable

(adj.) unable to be felt, intangible

The powder was so impalpable that no grit could be found.

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impecunious

(adj.) without money; penniless

Although impecunious, his pride kept him from asking for help.

syn: destitute, indigent

ant: affluent, prosperous

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impediment

(noun) a barrier; obstruction

The supervisor wouldn't be an impediment to her advancement.

syn: obstacle, hindrance

ant: aid

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imperative

(adj.) extremely necessary; vitally important

It is imperative that you leave immediately.

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imperious

(adj.) domineering; haughty

The judge pronounced his findings in an imperious voice.

syn: overbearing; arrogant; masterful

ant: servile, submissive

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impinge

(verb) to strike; to encroach

The new leash law was viewed by Mr. Jackson as impinging on his constitutional rights.

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impious

(adj.) disrespectful toward God

He considered laughing in church impious behavior.

syn: irreligious, profane

ant: devout, pious

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importune

(verb) to persistently ask; to beg

John importuned his father, but could not get the car keys.