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Word List


  banal   (buhnol) adjective   
1.  Obvious and dull.
2.  Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.
Antonyms:  original, new, fresh

  benediction   (bEHnuhdihkshuhn) noun   
1.  The act of praying for divine protection.
2.  A ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection.
Antonyms:  curse, malediction, disapproval, censure

  canvass   (kanvuhs) noun,verb   
1.  The setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account.
2.  Solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign.
3.  An inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people.
4.  The mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete.
5.  Heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents).
Synonyms:  con, agitate, check, moot
Antonyms:  allow, ignore

  desert   (dEHzurt) noun,verb,adjective   
1.  A place that is very dry and hot. You may find a cactus plant growing here!
2.  An arid region with little or no vegetation.
3.  Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.   "The mother deserted her children"
4.  Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate.   "a desert island"
5.  Desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army.   "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
Synonyms:  give up, abandon, forsake
Antonyms:  remain, stay, enclosure, field

  fallow   (faloh) noun,adjective   
1.  Cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons.
2.  Left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season.   "fallow farmland"
3.  Undeveloped but potentially useful.   "a fallow gold market"

  hiatus   (hiiaytuhs) noun   
1.  An interruption in the intensity or amount of something.
2.  A missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript).

  hypochondriac   (hiipuhkondreeak) noun,adjective    A patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments.

  laconic   (lokonihk) adjective    Brief and to the point; effectively cut short.
Antonyms:  verbose, wordy, prolix

  moribund   (mawruhbuhnd) adjective   
1.  Not growing or changing; without force or vitality.
2.  On the point of death; breathing your last.   "a moribund patient"

  salvation   (salvayshuhn) noun    A means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness.   "tourism was their economic salvation" "they turned to individualism as their salvation"
Antonyms:  doom, downfall