1. FRACAS (NOUN): disturbance, fight
Synonyms: bickering, melee
Antonyms: calm, harmony
I fell asleep and dreamed that I was in the fracas at the end of the mole.
2. PLOD (VERB): walk heavily
Synonyms: lumber, tramp Antonyms: tiptoe, walk lightly
It was almost nowhere possible to trot, and we had to plod on, step by step.
3. FALTER (VERB): stumble, stutter
Synonyms: hesitate, wobble Antonyms: stabilize, steady
I smiled and held out both my hands to him, and I could see him falter as he looked.
4. PRATTLE (NOUN): babble
Synonyms: chatter, gabble Antonyms: sense
“That is child’s prattle,” said the young man a little impatiently.
5. ARRESTING (ADJECTIVE): noticeable
Synonyms: remarkable, striking Antonyms: unimpressive, ordinary
The film is one of the most arresting video documents I have ever seen.
6. PSYCHOSIS (NOUN): mental illness; foolishness
Synonyms: craziness, madness Antonyms: sanity, balance
The side effects from the dangerous cocktails of synthetics range from psychosis to death.
7. VAGARY (NOUN): caprice
Synonyms: quirk, whim Antonyms: constancy, dependability
He was ready for any illusion, susceptible to any vagary of the imagination.
8. DISCOUNTENANCE (VERB): reject, oppose
Synonyms: condemn, disapprove Antonyms: endorse, suppose
All citizens are urged to discountenance the building of fires.
9. IMPERATIVE (ADJECTIVE): necessary
Synonyms: critical, essential Antonyms: trivial, unimportant
Man’s nature makes it imperative for him to be interested in something.
10. RESUSCITATION (NOUN): revival
Synonyms: rejuvenation, renewal Antonyms: destruction, exhaustion
There was no other monitoring or resuscitation equipment in the room.