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Word List
despicable
felony
grimace
indelible
indulge
malign
matriarch
porter
quirk
vignette
 


Definitions

  despicable   (dspkbl) adjective   
1.  Worthy only of being despised and rejected.
2.  Morally reprehensible.   "would do something as despicable as murder"
Synonyms:  contemptible, ugly, shabby, low
Antonyms:  praiseworthy, admirable, laudable

  felony   (fln) noun    A serious crime punishable by death or incarceration.

  grimace   (grms) noun,verb   
1.  A contorted facial expression.   "she made a grimace at the prospect"
2.  Contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state.   "He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do"

  indelible   (ndlbl) adjective    Cannot be removed, washed away or erased.   "an indelible stain"
Antonyms:  delible, mutable, evanescent, transient

  indulge   (ndlj) verb   
1.  Give free rein to.   "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"
2.  Yield (to); give satisfaction to.
3.  Enjoy to excess.
Synonyms:  baby, welter, satisfy, appease, bask, gratify, humor
Antonym:  thwart

  malign   (mln) verb,adjective   
1.  Speak unfavorably about.
2.  Evil or harmful in nature or influence.   "prompted by malign motives" "believed in witches and malign spirits" "gave him a malign look" "a malign lesion"
Rhymes:  brine, dine, line, mine, nine, pine, shine, shrine, spine, stein, twine, vine, whine, wine, benign, combine, decline, define, design, divine, incline, resign
Antonyms:  benign,

  matriarch   (mtrrk) noun    An old female who is the head of her family and descendants.
Rhyme:  patriarch

  quirk   (kwrk) noun,verb   
1.  A strange attitude or habit.
2.  Twist or curve abruptly.   "She quirked her head in a peculiar way"
Rhymes:  clerk, lurk, smirk, work

  vignette   (vnyt) noun   
1.  A brief literary description.
2.  A photograph whose edges shade off gradually.
3.  A small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books).
Rhymes:  bet, debt, jet, let, met, pet, set, sweat, threat, wet, whet, yet, abet, beset, cassette, cornet, duet, forget