antithesis: /æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast contrast; direct contrast; opposition This tyranny was the antithesis of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
apathy: /'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote.
apprehensive: /æprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a. capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive Here I walked about for a long time, feeling very strange, and mortally apprehensive of some one coming in and kidnapping me.
approbation: /æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval expression of warm approval; praise She looked for some sign of approbation from her parents, hoping her good grades would please them.
aptitude: /'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding The counselor gave him an aptitude test before advising him about the career he should follow.
archetype: /'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned The Brooklyn Bridge was the archetype of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.
aristocracy: /ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n. hereditary nobility; privileged class Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary aristocracy.
ascetic: /ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict, ascetic life led by members of some monastic orders.
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[Esc] /æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate Concerned whether her vegetarian son's [___] diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
[Esc] /æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede The idea that one of the two chief executives should eventually [___] to the role, as has happened in the past, would raise fresh doubts about the board's independence.
[Esc] /əd'vɜrsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. poverty; misfortune state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune A young boy who's strength in [___] is an inspiration to all who know him.
[Esc] /'æn(ə)lz/ n. Syn. records; history chronological record of the events of successive years In the [___] of this period, we find no mention of democratic movements.
[Esc] /æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast contrast; direct contrast; opposition This tyranny was the [___] of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
[Esc] /ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language Her [___] presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.
[Esc] /ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection place of refuge or shelter; protection The refugees sought [___] from religious persecution in a new land.
[Esc] /'bæntə(r)/ n. good-humored, playful conversation You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable [___] from the guys.
[Esc] /'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n. staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race What's the textbook way to handoff the [___] in the relays?
[Esc] /bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable generous in providing aid to others; charitable Mr. Fezziwig was a [___] employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.