Meaning: to make (something) no longer necessary: to prevent or avoid (something)
Synonym: avert, forestall, prevent, preclude,
Antonym: cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote
Sentence: The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
Meaning: deserving blame; guilty of doing something wrong
Synonym: censurable, blameworthy, reprehensible,
Antonym: flawless, perfect, pure; guiltless, innocent
Sentence: They held her culpable for the accident.
Meaning- starting, stopping, and starting again: not constant or steady
Synonym-continual, on-and-off, periodic
Antonym – eternal, everlasting, interminable, perpetual
Sentence-The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.
Meaning- a person who leaves one group, religion, etc., and joins another that opposes it
Synonym-apostate, defector, deserter,
Antonym -disciple, follower, supporter
Sentence-They were renegades who thought they had permission to steal from the rich …”
Meaning-a soldier who is paid by a foreign country to fight in its army: a soldier who will fight for any group or country that hires him
Synonym-acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting,
Antonym -nonmaterialistic; altruistic,
Sentence-His motives in choosing a career were purely mercenary.
Meaning- not very good
Synonym-common, fair, indifferent, medium,
Antonym – excellent, exceptional, exquisite, fabulous, fantastic,
Sentence-The dinner was delicious, but the dessert was mediocre.
Meaning: The state of being irritated
Synonym: irritation, frustration
Antonym: delight, joy, pleasure
Sentence: The longer Jorge waited in line at the ticket counter, the more his exasperation grew.
Meaning:To forgive; to free from guilt
Synonym: exculpate, pardon
Antonym: charge, impeach, indict; convict
Sentence: Marta felt greatly relieved after her mother absolved her for breaking the vase.
Meaning: Brief statement honouring a dead person
Synonym: inscription, eulogy
Sentence:”Beloved by all,” was the epitaph Edgar chose for his wife’s tombstone.
Meaning: a person who does not like other people
Synonym: cynic, naysayer, pessimist
Antonym: idealist, sentimentalist, optimist,
Sentence: a former misanthrope who now professes a newly discovered love of mankind