Vocab Master Day – 38


Meaning: childishly silly and immature.

Synonym: adolescent, babyish, immature, infantile, jejune, juvenile,

Antonym:  experienced, knowing, smart, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise

Sentence: “a puerile argument”


Meaning: the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose.

Synonym: trickery, deception, deceit,

Sentence: “storylines packed with political chicanery”

Meaning: a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.

Synonym: quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake

Sentence: “a self-confessed con artist and charlatan”


Meaning: the means or procedure for doing something

Synonyms: approach, manner

Sentence: used dishonest tactics to win election to the town council


Meaning: treatment that is deliberately unfriendly

Synonyms: brush-off, repulse

Sentence: took her rebuff in stride, and still greeted her cousin with a friendly smile the next time they met


Meaning: to free or remove

Synonyms: disentangle, disencumber

Sentence: They extricated the tractor from the mud.


Meaning: a quick and clever reply

Synonym: comeback, repartee, retort

Sentence: he’s known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult


Meaning: (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered

Synonym:  short-tempered, peevish,

Antonym:  affable, companionable, cordial, extroverted

Sentence: “he was moody and petulant”


Meaning: fluctuation

Synonym: hesitation, doubt, indecision

Antonym: certainty, sure

Sentence: I vacillate between the red truck and the blue one


Meaning: Causing trouble,

Synonym: inflammatory, dangerous

Antonym: loyal, peacemaking

Sentence: His team continued to clear the building and toss flares into corners as they sought out any living insurgents or incendiary devices.

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