VOCAB OF THE DAY

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  1. GRAVELY (ADVERB):very much; desperately

 

Synonyms: deeply, seriously

 

Antonyms: lightly, calmly

 

Example Sentence: She listened to her father gravely.

 

 

  1. QUACKERY (NOUN):charlatanism

 

Synonyms: trickery, deception

 

Antonyms: reality, frankness

 

Example Sentence: The meanest and most contemptible kind of cheating is quackery.

 

 

  1. OUST (VERB):expel, get rid of

 

Synonyms: depose, evict

 

Antonyms: offer, retain

 

Example Sentence: The leader of the party has been ousted by his own party at their annual convention.

 

 

  1. SLUMMY (ADJECTIVE): (of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty

 

Synonyms: damaged, faded

 

Antonyms: stable, repaired

 

Example Sentence: Don’t you believe she has been led away into any slummy place, for the sake of politics.

 

 

  1. QUAGGY (ADJECTIVE): soft

 

Synonyms: cushiony, spongy

 

Antonyms: hard, rough

 

Example Sentence: Among other things, he noticed the quaggy nature of the meat he purchased for dinner.

 

 

  1. DECREPIT (ADJECTIVE):problems caused as a result of age

 

Synonyms: dilapidated, crippled

 

Antonyms: healthy, stable

 

Example Sentence: The owners have plans to renovate their decrepit hotel.

 

 

  1. PILLAGE (VERB):loot

 

Synonyms: desecrate, plunder

 

Antonyms: receive, build

 

Example Sentence: Soldiers went on a rampage, pillaging stores and shooting.

 

 

  1. ELATION (NOUN):extreme happiness

 

Synonyms: bliss, ecstasy

 

Antonyms: sorrow, woe

 

Example Sentence: His elation increased at the sight of the little girl he had saved.

 

 

  1. EERILY (ADVERB):strangely

 

Synonyms: weirdly, creepily

 

Antonyms: naturally, pleasantly

 

Example Sentence: His eyes glowed eerily in the dark kitchen.

 

 

  1. PRUNE (VERB):cut

 

Synonyms: pollard, shear

 

Antonyms: accept, include

 

Example Sentence: The woodcutters prune trees for timber.