Turning to Frederick Douglass in a Moment of Rage, Reckoning, and Possibility

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Scarce Save


Meaning: rare and insufficient


Sentences:
First, it would not require each country to expend scarce resources to build its own defenses against every air and missile threat. I must eat until sated: Early humans lived in an environment in which food resources were scarce.


Synonyms:
in short supply, short, scant, scanty, meagre,


Antonyms:
plentiful, abundant, common,


Personable Save


Meaning: pleasing in appearance; attractive


Sentences:
This person must be personable, friendly and approachable. One personable young man crawls around on the floor searching for bottle caps that can be redeemed for neat prizes.


Enormity Save


Meaning: excessive wickedness; evilness (Don’t confuse with “enormousness,” which means great size.)


Sentences:
Considering the physical and societal enormity of China, however, the number of photographs devoted to the western provinces seems disproportionate. That is why to me in a crisis of this enormity, I want to know the pure ‘news’ first before I can process the rest of it.


Synonyms:
immensity, vastness, massiveness, hugeness, wickedness,


Antonyms:
triviality, smallness, goodness,


Idyll Save


Meaning: a carefree, light hearted pastoral or romantic episode; a literary or musical piece describing such


Sentences:
Now the proposals have been approved by planning officers and the final hurdle to the creation of their perfect rural idyll has been crossed. So even if a group is composed exclusively of altruists, all behaving nicely towards each other, it only takes a single selfish mutant to bring an end to this happy idyll.


Synonyms:
perfect time, ideal time, wonderful time, moment of bliss, honeymoon,


Antonyms:
hell on earth,


Contemptous Save


Meaning: None


Dilapidated Save


Meaning: in terrible condition


Sentences:
If it goes ahead, it will allow the council to dispose of several dilapidated office buildings around the city. The award of lottery and European cash marks the end of a five-year campaign to replace dilapidated facilities in Scotchman Road.


Synonyms:
run down, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, in disrepair,


Antonyms:
smart, intact,


Emancipate Save


Meaning: set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions


Sentences:
By abstinence from meat and from sexual activity, the soul could be gradually emancipated from its bodily fetters. The 1950s is the moment when we felt ourselves emancipated from the colonial past.


Synonyms:
free, liberate, set free, release, let loose,


Antonyms:
enslave,


Indigent Save


Meaning: a poor or needy person


Sentences:
We now had homeless, that we never had 25 years ago (someone always took care of indigent relatives). He would get appointed either a public defender or he would have some kind of indigent defense counsel that would be appointed for him.


Synonyms:
poor, impecunious, destitute, penniless, impoverished,


Antonyms:
rich,


Myriad Save


Meaning: a large indefinite number


Sentences:
These databases are usually spread across a myriad of tables sharing multiple relationships. I have a host of acquaintances, a myriad of contacts, but no one besides Lucas I can call a real friend.


Synonyms:
multitude, a great number, a great quantity, a large number, a large quantity,


Confound Save


Meaning: mistake one thing for another


Sentences:
It was a suitably surreal showpiece for a night that confounded all expectations. This has confounded the expectation that increased affluence, education, and contact with the outside world would reduce the preference for boys.


Synonyms:
amaze, astonish, dumbfound, stagger, surprise,


Extend Save


Meaning: to lengthen or stretch out


Sentences:
If you really want a teaching job, then you should be willing to extend yourself to get it. While that may include the almost stereotypical use of cocaine, it also extends to amphetamines and ecstasy use.


Synonyms:
expand, enlarge, increase, make larger, make bigger,


Antonyms:
reduce, shrink, narrow, shorten,


Impartial Save


Meaning: free from undue bias or preconceived opinions


Sentences:
Can one hold such strong views and yet remain impartial and objective? The notion of observation as the impartial and objective source of evidence for science is bankrupt.


Synonyms:
unbiased, unprejudiced, neutral, non-partisan, non-discriminatory,


Antonyms:
biased, partisan,


Exacting Save


Meaning: requiring and demanding accuracy


Sentences:
His exacting personal standards, morose private nature and unapologetic misogyny often gave him a truculent, dyspeptic appearance which was well deserved. Although he had a lifelong interest in philosophy, his exacting personal standards permitted only a few published articles in our field.


Synonyms:
demanding, hard, tough, stringent, testing,


Antonyms:
easy, easy-going,


Venerate Save


Meaning: to revere; to worship


Sentences:
Big corporations tend to treat venerated logos with deep respect. In effect, her job was simply to be Dawn Fraser, be inspiring to all those young Olympians who had grown up venerating her name.


Synonyms:
revere, reverence, respect, worship, adulate,


Antonyms:
despise,


Perpetuate Save


Meaning: cause to continue


Sentences:
For protesters the present arrangement perpetuates gross global inequity, made worse by rampant globalization. Very few recognise the services of such freedom fighters or make efforts to perpetuate their memory.


Synonyms:
keep alive, keep going, keep in existence, preserve, conserve,


Contempt Save


Meaning: the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration


Sentences:
It observes that the disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts that have outraged the conscience of mankind. As between further violence and contempt of court, she may rationally choose the jail cell.


Synonyms:
scorn, disdain, disrespect, deprecation, disparagement,


Antonyms:
respect, respect,


Luscious Save


Meaning: (of food or drink) having a pleasingly rich, sweet taste


Sentences:
The doors were opened and a familiar woman with long, luscious blond hair and an elegant and fetching air was admitted. One of the things I made was this luscious chocolate cake.


Synonyms:
delicious, succulent, lush, juicy, mouth-watering,


Antonyms:
unappetizing, plain, scrawny,


Bombast Save


Meaning: self important or pompous writing or speech


Sentences:
If post-rock has proved anything, it's that subtlety and bombast aren't mortal enemies. The early subtlety has given way to cheap bombast.


Synonyms:
bluster, pomposity, ranting, rant, nonsense,


Antonyms:
plain speaking,


Accord Save


Meaning: give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition)


Sentences:
Yet the campaign by the IH to beautify the Irish home by emphasizing the domestic role of women was not met with universal accord by the female readers of the paper. The two men were in accord as to how the world ‘should’ work.


Synonyms:
pact, treaty, agreement, settlement, deal,


Antonyms:
withhold, remove, disagree, contrast,


Maintain Save


Meaning: to assert


Sentences:
Please let us know of your efforts to help train and maintain the Military Intelligence Corps. I have always maintained that all protests should be acted upon so a precedent and case study is set for the future.


Synonyms:
continue, keep, keep going, keep up, keep alive,


Antonyms:
break off, neglect, neglect, deny, abandon,


Dilapidation Save


Meaning: the state or process of falling into decay or being in disrepair


Sentences:
Others are still standing in various states of dilapidation. Disrepair and dilapidation unnecessarily subjects both caregiver and patient to preventable risk for injury.


Expansive Save


Meaning: communicative, and prone to talking in a sociable manner


Sentences:
I'm a talker and an expansive extrovert, yet in my poetry, particularly my lyrical poetry, I like to have things as distilled as possible. The reason it worked as a film - even if it didn't do any business - is that the characters were always expansive.


Synonyms:
extensive, sweeping, rolling, wide-ranging, extensive,


Antonyms:
limited, restricted, uncommunicative, reserved, taciturn,


Resolute Save


Meaning: adamant; steadfast; determined; irresolute


Sentences:
But aides and friends say that beneath his soft image lies a resolute leader. It had emerged in a much improved position, partly due to calm and resolute leadership, he said.


Synonyms:
determined, purposeful, purposive, resolved, decided,


Antonyms:
irresolute, half-hearted,


Revulsion Save


Meaning: a sense of disgust and loathing


Sentences:
If labelling is to be effective, it is important that embarrassment, revulsion and even disgust be generated in the public mind. I understand the impulse to focus one's moral revulsion on the perpetrators.


Synonyms:
disgust, repulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, nausea,


Antonyms:
delight, liking,


Creditable Save


Meaning: deserving of praise but not that amazing


Sentences:
It just kind of seeps out with things that are said in passing, as if there were no other possible view, let alone a creditable one. The film is a creditable effort to tell an African story from the point of view of an African.


Synonyms:
commendable, praiseworthy, laudable, admirable, honourable,


Antonyms:
deplorable,


Sentimental Save


Meaning: effusively or insincerely emotional, especially in art, music, and literature


Sentences:
She has now played four tournaments and won three of them, but there is very little sentimental about her. We all exchanged awkward hugs and tried not to get too sentimental.


Synonyms:
nostalgic, tender, emotional, dewy-eyed, misty-eyed,


Antonyms:
dispassionate, practical, gritty, unsentimental, realistic,


Derision Save


Meaning: scorn; ridicule; contemptuous treatment


Sentences:
Several journalists began first to sniff, then to snort and finally to chuckle their derision. It was greeted with derision - there is really no other word for it - around the country.


Synonyms:
mockery, ridicule, jeering, jeers, sneers,


Antonyms:
respect, praise,


Deliberate Save


Meaning: think about carefully; weigh the pros and cons of an issue


Sentences:
Scientists can also change an electrolyte's ionic strength to alter the outcome of a reaction in a measured, deliberate way. And those injuries have been inflicted with deliberate and premeditated intent.


Synonyms:
intentional, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended,


Antonyms:
accidental, unintentional, hasty, careless,


Discourse Save


Meaning: lecture or discussion; conversation


Sentences:
A dissertation is a detailed discourse or treatise on a particular topic that provides a new perspective to a phenomenon. These are issues that should be at the forefront of political debate and election discourse.


Synonyms:
discussion, conversation, talk, dialogue, communication,


Wanting Save


Meaning: lacking


Sentences:
It was from a sense of wanting to extend the way imagination can reveal the necessary knowledge. In this area, Morrison was found wanting time and time again.


Synonyms:
deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect,


Antonyms:
sufficient, acceptable, present,


Derisive Save


Meaning: abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule


Sentences:
This is probably where the derisive humor begins it's arc. At the time, I took those words to heart, mostly because there was no voice in the media to simply laugh out loud in derisive response.


Synonyms:
mocking, ridiculing, jeering, scoffing, jibing,


Antonyms:
respectful, praising,


Curator Save


Meaning: a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection


Sentences:
Kindly the curator of the museum had made a display of a few of about 20 of the items you might see on your visit in the front window. The curators of the museum have changed the content of the turbine room a few times since the museum opened.


Synonyms:
custodian, keeper, conservator, guardian, caretaker,


Harried Save


Meaning: troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


Sentences:
A harried pitbull of a ticket agent posted at the door barked at him for his pass. Even if Bushnell frames parental tasks with urgency, the basic activities of parenthood are far from harried.


Synonyms:
harassed, hard-pressed, beleaguered, agitated, flustered,


Antonyms:
untroubled,


Concede Save


Meaning: give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another


Sentences:
It took only minutes before Karae was ready to concede the equestrianship title to Yelan. Fisher was, in fact, due to compete in the qualifying tournament for the men's competition, but was forced to concede her match after getting stuck in traffic in Harrogate.


Synonyms:
admit, acknowledge, accept, allow, grant,


Antonyms:
deny, retain, gain,


Sever Save


Meaning: to remove or separate by cutting off


Sentences:
When the bullet goes through the temple in a certain way, it just severs the optic nerve. I would effectively be severing my connection with them too.


Synonyms:
cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave,


Antonyms:
join, attach, maintain, establish, initiate,


Machinate Save


Meaning: engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together


Sentences:
Focusing on the GCC has given the impression that climate change obstructionism is confined to a handful of goggle-eyed fossil fuel fundamentalists machinating on the margins of respectable corporate society. Although in the short-term Casimir quit France, the following year, when Henry defaulted on the second payment, he sold his services to the machinating Anjou.


Cunning Save


Meaning: shrewdness and craftiness; slyness


Sentences:
He raised £10 million in less than a month, thanks to a particularly cunning manoeuvre: he invented a deadline. You've been tricked, the defamation of this cunning flower tricked you.


Synonyms:
crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious,


Antonyms:
honest, guileless, naive, guilelessness, naivety,


Veneration Save


Meaning: extreme respect and reverence; worship


Sentences:
Just maybe we can confront our place with awe and admiration, respect and veneration. Adoration and veneration may be the stuff of religious vision.


Synonyms:
reverence, respect, worship, adoration, homage,


Antonyms:
disrespect,


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