auspicious: /ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous With favorable weather conditions, it was an auspicious moment to set sail.
autocratic: /ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become autocratic if his or her power is unchecked.
awry: /ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course He held his head awry, giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.
bane: /beɪn/ n. Syn. curse something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.
baton: /'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 baton in the relays?
bellicose: /'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.
benevolent: /bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable generous in providing aid to others; charitable Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.
biased: /'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced Because the judge played golf regularly with the district attorney's father, we feared he might be biased in the prosecution's favor.
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[Esc] /'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority He intended to [___] the decree issued by his predecessor.
[Esc] /'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise award of merit; expression of approval; praise In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest [___].
[Esc] /ə'mi:nəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. responsible; accountable responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable He was [___] to any suggestions that came from those he looked up to.
[Esc] /æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection book of literary selections by various authors This [___] of science fiction was compiled by the late Isaac Asimov.
[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] /ə'praɪz/ v. Syn. inform inform; give notice to; make aware If you [___] him the dangerous weather conditions, he has to postpone his trip.
[Esc] /'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned The Brooklyn Bridge was the [___] of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.
[Esc] /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.
[Esc] /ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection place of refuge or shelter; protection The refugees sought [___] from religious persecution in a new land.
[Esc] /ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait essential quality; reputation; honor His outstanding [___] was his kindness.