Unit2 - Ameliorate Aplomb Bombastic Callow Drivel(v to...

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Ameliorate (v) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming A hot meal can_______the discomforts of even the coldest day. Sym.: amend, better; Ant.: worsen, aggravate, exacerbate Aplomb (n) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perdendicularity Considering the family’s tense mood, you handled the situation with_____. Syn.: composure, self-possession, levelheadedness; Ant.: confusion, embarrassment, abashment Bombastic (adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas. He delivered a______speech that did not even address our problems. Syn.: inflated, highfalutin, high-flown, pretentious; Ant.: unadorned, simple, plain, austere Callow (adj.) without experience, immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and pose; without feathers They entered the army as___recruits and left as seasoned veterans. Syn.: green, raw, unfledged, inexperienced; Ant.: mature, grown-up, polished, sophisticated Drivel (n) salvia or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense (v) to let saliva flow from the mouth ; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly To me, my dream made perfect sense, but when I told it to my friend it sounded like___. Knowing that his time was nearly up, we kept silence and let him____. Syn.(n): balderdash, hogwash, tommyrot, slaver Epitome (n) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a large reality Admitting when you have been fairly defeated is the____of sportsmanship. Syn.: abstact, digest, model, archetype Exhort (v) to urge strongly, advise earnestly With dramatic gestures, our fans vigorously___the team to play harder. Syn.: entreat, implore, adjure; Ant.: discourage, advise against, deprecate Ex officio (adj., adv.) by virtue of holding a certain office The President is the____commander-in-chief of the armed forces in time of war. Infringe (v) to violate, trespass, go beyong recognized bounds If you continue to____on my responsibilities, will you also take the blame for any mistakes? Syn.: encroach, impinge, intrude, poach; Ant.: stay in bounds Ingratiate (v) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense) It is not a good idea to____onself by paying cloying compliments.
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