Lesson 2 definitions

antithesis
the direct opposite, a contrast
(Synonym:opposite,reverse/Antonym:duplicate,same)

ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
(Synonym:arise, to go up/Antonym:to descend;to go down)

austere
strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
(Synonym:severe/Antonym:indulgent

autonomous
independent, self-contained
(Synonym:independent/Antonym:dependent,social)

banal
common,ordinary,lacking freshness,hackneyed
(Synonym:inane,insipid,jejune,vapid/Antonym:fresh,
unique,extraordinary)

benign
not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
(Synonyms:kindly, compassionate/Antonym:malignant, harmful)

capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
(Synonym:inconstant,mercurial,unstable/Antonym:stable

dawdle
to waste time,to spend time idly, to move in a lackadaisical manner(Synonym:dally, loiter, procrastinate/Antonyms:to rush)

defamation
act of harming or ruining another’s reputation
(Synonym:slander/Antonyms:adulation)

esoteric
understood only by a small group or select few
(Synonym:abstruse,arcane,cryptic/Antonym:obvious

exacerbate
to aggravate, to irritate, to vex
(Synonym:worsen,intensify/Antonym:to ameliorate,to soothe)

extol
to praise, to glorify
(Synonym:exalt,celebrate/Antonym:to defame,disparage)

fastidious
reflecting a meticulous or demanding attitude, critical to an extreme(Synonym:finicky/Antonym: not meticulous)

furtive
secret in an underhanded way, stealthy
(Synonym:clandestine,covert,stealthy,surreptitious,
underhanded/Antonym:bold

gregarious
sociable and outgoing
(Synonym:sociable/Antonym:shy,reserved

hypocrite
one who is insincere or deceitful
(Synonym:liar,insincere/Antonym:sincere person, honest)

innate
existing from birth, inborn
(Synonym:natural,congential/Antonym:learned)

lethargic
sluggish, languid
(Synonym:stuporous,torpid/Antonym:energetic)

melancholy
depression of spirits
(Synonym:sad,depressed/Antonym:happiness)

opaque
not allowing the passage of light, not transparent; hard to understand(Synonym:dark/Antonym:transparent)

prolific
abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity
(Synonym:fecund,fruitful/Antonym:barren,unfruitful)

reprove
to scold or to rebuke for a misdeed usually with kindly intent(Synonym:admonish,castigate,chastise,chide,
rebuke,reaproach/Antonym:to aprove;to applaud)

symmetry
balanced proportions
(Synonym:concord,correspondence/Antonym:lack of balance,uneven)

tranquil
peaceful, calm
(Synonym:placid,serene/Antonym:agitated)

venerate
to honor, to revere
(Synonym:adore,worship/Antonym:dishonor;to dispise)

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