Vocabulary Set – 62

1. Consternation – a feeling of worry, shock, or fear – often happens when something unexpected happens

Synonyms: dismay, perturbation, anxiety, disquiet, discomposure, trepidation

Antonyms: satisfaction

Usage: The horrific nightmare filled the woman with consternation.


2. Scathing – extremely severe or harsh

Synonyms: devastating, withering, blistering, searing, scorching, fierce

Antonyms: mild, gentle, complimentary

Usage: The scathing criticism did not inspire the student to improve his writing skills.


3. Scamper – to move quickly with light steps

Synonyms: scurry, scuttle, dart, sprint, hurry, hasten

Antonyms: stroll, walk

Usage: After eating his lunch, the boy couldn’t wait to scamper outside to play.


4. Mendacity – lack of honesty

Synonyms: august, distinguished, acclaimed, celebrated, revered

Antonyms: honesty, sincerity

Usage: Because she was known for her mendacity, she was the first suspect the police interviewed.


5. Invigorate – give strength or energy to.

Synonyms: revitalize, revive, vivify, brace, rejuvenate, enliven

Antonyms: tire, tiring

Usage: Hopefully the energy drink will invigorate me so I can work all night on my paper.


6. Persecute – subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs.

Synonyms: oppress, abuse, victimize, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, tyrannize

Antonyms: comfort, soothe

Usage: His followers were persecuted by the authorities


7. Absquatulate – leave abruptly

Synonyms: abscond, decamp, disappear

Usage: Before the thief could absquatulate with the diamonds, he was surrounded by police officers.


8. Captivating – attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm.

Synonyms: enthral, enchant, bewitch, fascinate, beguile, entrance, enrapture

Antonyms: repel, bore, repellent, boring

Usage: He was captivated by her beauty


9. Loathe – to hate very much

Synonyms: detest, abhor, despise, abominate, execrate

Antonyms: cherish, admire, love, adore

Usage: I loathe having to sit in the waiting room for hours.


10. Pensive  – engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought

Synonyms: thoughtful, reflective, contemplative, introspective, meditative

Antonyms: thoughtless, carefree, shallow, ignorant

Usage: After losing his job, he became more pensive than ever.

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