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Vocabulary

Aghast

Parts of Speech: Adjective

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Meaning: filled with horror or shock.

Synonyms: appalled, astounded

Antonyms: fearless, brave

He stood AGHAST at the terrible sight.

Intermittent

Parts of Speech: Adjective

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Meaning: occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady.

Synonyms: sporadic, irregular

Antonyms: continuous, incessant

The weather forecast is for sun, with INTERMITTENT showers.

Gaffe

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder.

Synonyms: blunder, mistake

Antonyms: accuracy, perfection

I had no idea of the GAFFE which I was committing.

Deign

Parts of Speech: Verb

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Meaning: do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity.

Synonyms: condescend, stoop

Antonyms: oppose, refuse

I would not DEIGN to comment on such behaviour.

Ripple

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: a small wave or series of waves on the surface of water, especially as caused by a slight breeze or an object dropping into it.

Synonyms: Curl, furrow

Antonyms: billow

A RIPPLE of laughter ran through the audience.

Haste

Parts of Speech: Noun

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Meaning: excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurry.

Synonyms: Alacrity, bustle

Antonyms: Calm, leisure

In my HASTE I forgot my coat.

Unfailing

Parts of Speech: Adjective

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Meaning: without error or fault, that you can depend on to always be there and always be the same

Synonyms: errorless, faultless

Antonyms: fallible, defective

She battled against cancer with UNFAILING good humour.

Traduce

Parts of Speech: Verb

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Meaning: speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation

Synonyms: defame, slander

Antonyms: glorify, honor

It is not easy to TRADUCE his character.

Exhilarate

Parts of Speech: Verb

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Meaning: make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated

Synonyms: thrill, excite

Antonyms: distress, demoralize

At the end of the race I was EXHILARATED.