Vocabulary Set – 60

1. Lugubrious – looking or sounding sad and gloomy

Synonyms: mournful, doleful, Eeyorish, melancholy, sorrowful, morose

Antonyms: cheerful, joyful

Usage: In his first novel, the mysterious postman is the perfect example of a lugubrious character.

 

2. Vagrant – an individual who lacks regular work and moves around frequently

Synonyms: transient, roving, floating, unsettled, footloose, itinerant

Usage: The vagrant does not appear to work and frequently asks tourists for money.

 

3. Confluence – a circumstance where two things merge or occur simultaneously

Synonyms: convergence, meeting, junction, concourse, conflux

Antonyms: isolation, departure, division, avulsion

Usage: The confluence of warm and cold temperatures is going to create a powerful storm.

 

4. Strident – loud and harsh

Synonyms: raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring, blatant, stentorian

Antonyms: soft, dulcet

Usage: The elderly politician was a strident man who constantly yelled at his staff members.

 

5. Sublime – something of such excellence, impressive or awe-inspiring

Synonyms: exalted, elevated, noble, lofty, awesome, majestic, magnificent

Antonyms: poor, lowly, ordinary

Usage: After the sublime meal, we asked to see the chef so that we could give him our compliments.

 

6. Restive – feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change

Synonyms: restless, fidgety, edgy, tense, uneasy, nervous, agitated, anxious

Antonyms: calm, biddable, peaceable

Usage: Since the words are actually opposites, don’t make the common mistake of thinking restful and restive mean the same thing.

 

7. Blasphemy – great disrespect shown to God or something holy

Synonyms: profanity, sacrilege, irreverence, swearing, curse, cursing, impiety

Antonyms: reverence

Usage: The minister preached for hours about the sins of blasphemy against the church.

 

8. Insolent – rude or impolite

Synonyms: impertinent, impudent, cheeky, insubordinate, contemptuous

Antonyms: polite

Usage: Because William was insolent to the principal, he got suspended from school for three days.

 

9. Egalitarian – symbolized by the idea that all individuals should have the same rights

Synonyms: democratic, equal , classless, impartial, mandarin, democrat

Antonyms: elitist, snobbish, exceptionalism

Usage: Before new laws granted all citizens equal rights, the country was not an egalitarian nation.

 

10. Parochial – having a restricted outlook

Synonyms: narrow-minded, provincial, insular, conservative, conventional

Antonyms: cosmopolitan, broad-minded, liberal

Usage: Since the professor tends to be parochial, he is often unwilling to listen to theories other than his own.

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