1. FLABBERGASTED (ADJECTIVE):stupefied
Synonyms: bewildered, confused
Antonyms: expected, aware
The three adventurous companions were surprised and flabbergasted, despite their scientific reasoning.
2. FLAIL (VERB): to move energetically in an uncontrolled way
Synonyms: beat, strike Antonyms: compliment, praise
She ran from the house in a terrible rage, her arms flailing in the air.
3. UNBRIDLED (ADJECTIVE): unrestrained
Synonyms: unchecked, uncontrolled Antonyms: restrained
New studies show that unbridled hateful speech can cause emotional harm.
4. INFERNO (VERB) : hell
Synonyms: purgatory, blazes
Now Paradise and the inferno are understood philosophically as states of being, not places on a chart.
5. GLEAN (VERB): pick out, collect
Synonyms: deduce, extract Antonyms: divide, spread
However, an intelligent reader will glean the important information from this possibly-
6. GUMPTION (NOUN): The ability to decide what is the best thing to do in a particular situation
Synonyms: acumen, cleverness Antonyms: idleness, ignorance
He had the gumption to directly write to the senior manager of the company.
7. APPANAGE (ADJECTIVE): prerogative
Synonyms: perquisite, immunity Antonyms: duty, obligation
Just because you are rich does not give you the prerogative to break the law!
8. JEER (VERB): mock
Synonyms: taunt, sneer Antonyms: praise, commend
Before the assembly, the principal told the student body that anyone who chose to jeer the speaker would be suspended for three days.
9. POTHER (NOUN): disturbance
Synonyms: agitation, annoyance Antonyms: harmony, calm
They could not understand what all the pother could be about.
10. PEJORATIVE (ADJECTIVE): derogatory, uncomplimentary
Synonyms: negative, belittling Antonyms: praising, positive
The evening’s headline news covered an international scandal caused by a pejorative statement the famous senator had made in reference to a foreign leader.