Scarcity – a dearth of news, brought about by censorship.
Antonyms: plethora, abundance
Submitting to the wishes or judgment of another – yielded out of deference to the old man.
Synonyms: respect, complaisance, veneration
A god -The sun was a deity to ancient peoples.
Very pleasing – a delectable meal, tastefully prepared.
To erase or cancel, take out or remove – deletedan offensive phrase.
Synonyms: expunge, censor, efface, eradicate
To sketch or portray – striking features, delineated by a master artist.
(noun): An offender – found to be a delinquent by the court.
(adj.): Failing to fulfill an obligation – too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties.
A great flood; downpour – a spring deluge which caused the river to overflow.
A leader who tries to stir the passions of people for his own purposes – the mob roused by an unprincipled demagogue.
Behavior; bearing – carrying himself with a proud demeanor.
Synonyms: deportment, mien
Affectedly or falsely modest or prim; serious demure as a Victorian maiden.
Synonyms: sedate, staid, decorous, prudish, coy
Antonyms: immodest, frivolous
(noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against – denounced by the press as a traitor.
Synonyms: stigmatize, censure, reprehend, castigate
Antonyms: laud, eulogize
To empty or to use up – depleted the public treasury by vast building programs.
Synonyms: exhaust, drain
Antonyms: replenish; (adj.) replete
To express sorrow or grief over – a lamentable situation deplored by all parties.
Synonyms: lament, decry, grieve
Of low morals; corrupt – a depraved mind, devising evil.
Synonyms: debased, wicked, vicious, perverted
To plead or argue against a certain course of action – deprecated the proposal severely.
Synonyms: remonstrate, protest, decry, expostulate
To belittle or speak slightingly of – depreciated John’s acting ability.
Synonyms: disparage, derogate (adj. derogatory)
Antonyms: enhance, magnify, extol, laud, eulogize
Widespread ruin – the city left in utter devastation by war.
Synonyms: destruction, desolation
(1) Winding; indirect – took a devious, rather than the direct way home.
(2) Straying from the right course – used devious means to attain his wicked ends.
Synonyms: crooked, erring
Lacking in; not possessing – a speech devoid of even a trace of ill-will.
Antonyms: abounding, prevalent
Devoted to religious observances – devout in his regularity of attendance at worship.
Synonyms: pious, religious
Art authoritative statement; a saying-an imperial dictum demanding instant compliance.
Designed to teach, imparting a lesson – a poem with a didactic purpose.
Lacking in self-confidence- too diffident to lead a group.
Synonyms: shy, timid, reserved, reticent, retiring
Antonyms: forward, aggressive
A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives; hence, a difficult or perplexing situation – faced with a dilemma defying solution.
Synonyms:predicament, quandary, plight
One who dabbles in the fine arts for amusement only and without concentrated study – a doctor by profession, a dilettante in art.
To confuse; to embarrass – disconcerted by his suspicious stare.
Synonyms:perturb, discomfit, discompose, abash, disquiet, fluster
Depressed; without hope or possibility of consolation – made disconsolate by abject poverty.
To converse or talk; to discuss – discoursed at length on the rise of political parties.
Separate – two discrete issues, totally unrelated.
Rambling from one subject to another – a discursive letter, covering many topics.
(adj.: DISPARATE): Inequality; difference in image, quantity, character, or rank – great disparity between promise and performance.
Free from feeling or partiality – coldly dispassionate as the chairman of the meeting
(verb): To do speedily; to send off – dispatched with remarkable promptness.
(noun): A speedy performance; the sending off of something – done with all possible dispatch.
Synonyms: celerity, alacrity
To drive away; to scatter – dispelled a doubt that had lingered.
Synonyms:dissipate, disperse, diffuse
(noun: DISSENSION): To disagree; to differ in opinion – He dissented violently, rejecting compromise.
Living loosely; unrestrained in conduct or morals – his life wasted by dissolute conduct.
Synonyms:debauched, dissipated, profligate
Mentally distressed; distracted – distraught by trials and tribulations.
(verb: DIVERSIFY; noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied; different – two diverse characters; one candid, the other insincere.
Entertaining – a diverting one of the most amusing I’ve ever seen.
To make public or reveal – refused to divulge his source of information.
Synonyms: disclose, impart
Positive in expressing an opinion; asserting an opinion as though it were an undisputed fact – spoken dogmatically, as if the speaker considered himself infallible.
Synonyms: overbearing, opinionated, peremptory, dictatorial
Sorrowful; mournful – a dolorous song full of sorrow for past joys.
Synonyms: doleful, lugubrious, grievous
Antonyms: jocund, blithe, mirthful
Forceful – possessed dynamic energy, tireless and powerful.
Antonyms: static, inert, dormant, torpid, sluggish, quiescent