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1

Holocaust

(N) a large scale destruction; especially by fire
Synonym: devastation
Antonym: deluge
The holocaust in the neighbors house was horrible, the fire left nothing to spare.

2

Impervious

(Adj) not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entry
Synonym: impenetrable
Antonym: porous
That man is impervious to pain, he was born with no sense of touch.

3

Impetus

(N) a moving force, impulse
Synonym: spur
Antonym: curb
His impetus led him down the street quicker every second.

4

Jeopardy

(N) Danger
Synonym: risk
Antonym: safety
My life was in jeopardy when I was left alone in the middle of the woods with no food or water.

5

Meticulous

(Adj) extremely careful, particular about detail about details
Synonym: fussy
Antonym: careless
Having a meticulous personality can help you have an organized life, but may lead to a boring personality as well.

6

Nostalgia

(N) a longing for something past
Synonym: a memory
Antonym: uncaring
People tend to have nostalgia for family members that have last away.

7

Quintessence

(N) the purest essence or form of something
Synonym: exemplar
Antonym: impurities
The only thing that is quintessence in our lives is God, nothing material on earth comes close to Him.

8

Retrogress

(V) to move backward, to return to an old condition
Synonym: revert
Antonym: advance
If he continues to drink he will completely regress and become and alcoholic again.

9

Scrutinize

(V) to examine closely
Synonym: inspect
Antonym: scan
If a police officer does not thoroughly scrutinize the crime scene, he might miss some evidence left behind.

10

Tepid

(Adj) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absent interest
Synonym: insipid
Antonym: heated
My boss was tepid this morning because he has been facing hardships at home.

11

Laud

(V) to praise
Synonym: extol
Antonym: criticize
It is sacrilegious to lie about who or what you laud to.

12

Loll

(V) to act in a lazy manner; to lounge
Synonym: loaf
Antonym: active
All my dog does is loll around the house all day, even after we bought him so many new toys.

13

Loquacious

(Adj) talkative; wordy; fond of talking
Synonym: gossipy
Antonym: silent
When I was younger, I was loquacious no matter who I was with.

14

Magnanimous

(Adj) generous in forgiving; above small meanness
Synonym: unselfish
Antonym: petty
Catholic people tend to be more magnanimous to other people than other religions.

15

Mandatory

(Adj) required; obligatory
Synonym: compulsory
Antonym: optional
The meeting was mandatory even though it was yet to be scheduled by the administrator just yet.

16

Nondescript

(Adj) ordinary, not outstanding; not easily classified
Synonym: plain
Antonym: remarkable
No matter how hard he tried, all of his accomplishments seemed nondescript compared to his siblings'.

17

Phlegmatic

(Adj) slow moving, sluggish; unemotional
Synonym: lethargic
Antonym: emotional
The boy was phlegmatic because he stayed up all night studying for a test that got postponed.

18

Rescind

(V) to repeal, cancel
Synonym: withdraw
Antonym: affirm
I rescind any comments I made about the defendant and his lawyer because they were not true.

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Vivacious

(Adj) lively, sprightly, full of energy
Synonym: spirited
Antonym: dull
People who are always vivacious are the most fun people to be around because there's never a dull moment.

20

Whet

(V) to sharpen, put an edge on; to make keen or eager
Synonym: excite
Antonym: blunt
When the boy whet his senses with that drug, he could hear the neighbors conversations from our house.