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Vocabulary

Hostile

Parts of Speech: Adjective

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Meaning: showing or feeling opposition or dislike; unfriendly.

Synonyms: aggressive, antagonistic

Antonyms: friendly, warm-hearted

She was openly HOSTILE towards her parents.

Massacre

Parts of Speech: Noun, Verb

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Meaning: an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people.

Synonyms: slaughter, carnage

Antonyms: protection, security

The MASSACRE was carried out by enemy troops.

Probe

Parts of Speech: Noun, Verb

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Meaning: a thorough investigation into a crime or other matter.

Synonyms: scrutinize, enquiry

Antonyms: glimpse, absurd

I don't want to PROBE too deeply into your personal affairs.

Ignominy

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: public shame or disgrace

Synonyms: humiliation, embarrassment

Antonyms: esteem, honour

They suffered the IGNOMINY of defeat.

Altercate

Parts of Speech: Verb

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Meaning: dispute or argue noisily and publicly

Synonyms: argue, bicker

Antonyms: agree, assent

The best friends ALTERCATE over a girl they both liked.

Insinuate

Parts of Speech: Verb

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Meaning: suggest or hint (something bad or reprehensible) in an indirect and unpleasant way.

Synonyms: imply, suggest

Antonyms: declare, proclaim

He managed to INSINUATE his way into her affections.

Recalcitrant

Parts of Speech: Adjective

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Meaning: having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline

Synonyms: disobedient, intractable

Antonyms: amenable, biddable

The university suspended the most RECALCITRANT demonstrators.

Assailant

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: a person who physically attacks another.

Synonyms: attacker, mugger

Antonyms: friend

He was unable to recognize his ASSAILANT in the dark.

Connotation

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.

Synonyms: undercurrent, implication

Antonyms: meaningless, insignificant

For most people "motherhood" has a very positive CONNOTATION.