Vocabulary Set – 45

1. Clink – bang against, ring

Synonyms: chink, clang, jangle, jingle, sound

Usage: The rhythm of the train is accompanied by the calming sound of tea glasses clinking on the table of the compartment.


2. Ghoulish – hideous, scary

Synonyms: demonic, frightening, ghastly, gruesome, horrible, macabre

Antonyms: angelic, cheerful, pleasant

Usage: A ghoulish web page lists the inmates admitted to Texas’s death row.


3. Inmate – a person living in an institution such as a prison or hospital.

Synonyms: convict, prisoner, internee, jailbird

Usage: A ghoulish web page lists the inmates admitted to Texas’s death row.


4. Rigmarole – a lengthy and complicated procedure.

Synonyms: commotion, kerfuffle, pantomime, hassle

Antonyms: meaningful, coherent

Usage: She went into a long rigmarole about the different jobs she’d had.


5. Attrition – reduction or decrease in number

Synonyms: debilitation, enfeebling, sapping, attenuation

Antonyms: strengthening

Usage: As a result of teacher attrition, a lot of classrooms are overcrowded.


6. Egregious – outstandingly bad; shocking.

Synonyms: atrocious, deplorable, extreme, flagrant, glaring, grievous

Antonyms: concealed, good, hidden

Usage: Unwilling to put up with misbehavior in her class, the teacher sent the egregious student into the hall.


7. Outlandish – looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar.

Synonyms: eccentric, extravagant, fantastic, grotesque, outrageous, peculiar

Antonyms: common, conventional, familiar

Usage: The male clown looked outlandish in the party dress.


8. Intrigue – arouse the curiosity or interest of

Synonyms: tempt, tantalize rivet, engross, captivate

Antonyms: bore, displease, repulse

Usage: I was intrigued by your question


9. Rapprochment – establishment or resumption of harmonious relations

Synonyms: reconciliation, reunion

Antonyms: exacerbation, dissension

Usage: There were signs of a growing rapprochement between the two countries


10. Internecine – destructive to both sides in a conflict.

Synonyms: exterminating, ruinous, fatal, mortal

Antonyms: immortal, undeleterious

Usage: There relationship was destroyed by internecine arguments.

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