taken aback surprised
and shocked by something unpleasant
She was somewhat taken aback when he
told her there was no train that evening.
adj no longer used or lived in
adj ashamed or embarrassed
very bad abject poverty 2. making you feel ashamed
an abject apology abject terror
adj fit and healthy
noun 1. the action of rubbing off the surface of something
2. an area of skin damaged by rubbing against
something hard There were cuts and abrasions
all over her legs.
noun a shortened form of a text such as a book or play
adj extremely bad. Synonym terrible. Antonym superb
verb to make someone an official representative.
noun a long metal bar
with a weight at each end which is used in
adj nasty (dated informal.)
Synonym horrid. Antonym lovely
verb to beckon to
someone to make a sign with your hand telling
someone to come The nurse beckoned
to her to come into the room
adj dirty, untidy
and wet. Synonym unkempt
verb to complain about
something. Synonym lament. Antonym
noun criticism There
was widespread public censure of the government.
Antonym approval verb to criticise
The Opposition put forward a motion
to censure the Government.
noun certainty. Synonym
conviction. Antonym uncertainty
verb to make something
less intense, e.g. to make a sound quieter or a
pain less painful. Synonym soften
dekəd(ə)nt/ adj which is declining
in moral values. Synonym
verb to criticise something
or say that something is bad. Synonym criticise.
noun a mystery or puzzle.
adj which attracts or
tempts someone to do something. Synonym
noun a death in an accident
adj energetic and brave (informal.).
Synonym lively. Antonym feeble
noun a slope in a
road or railway
adv carelessly and
verb to improve the appearance
of something which is slightly
noun an illegal deal in
which someone is cheated out of money
She was caught up in some swindle involving
imported cars. Synonym fraud
adj 1. holding on
tightly to something, determined to have
your own way We have to deal with several
very tenacious tenants. 2. holding on to
an idea tightly her tenacious belief in socialist
adj longing for something,
but sad because there is no hope of getting
it. Synonym pensive. Antonym