austere means simple and unadorned; lavish means produced or expended in abundance
insipid means lacking in qualities that interest or excite, therefore exciting is the opposite
a wastrel is someone who spends foolishly or self-indulgently; a miser is someone who hoards his or her wealth
temperate means moderate; inordinate means excessive or immoderate
nebulous means vague or indistinct, therefore distinct is the opposite
a rabble is a disorderly or disorganized crowd of people; a union is a group of individuals joined in an organized manner
b. unchanging c. elaborate
protean means showing great diversity or variability, or versatile, therefore unchanging is the opposite
vertiginous means inclined to frequent change, or inconstant, therefore constant is the opposite
permanent means lasting; fleeting means passing quickly or temporary
to attain means to achieve or to gain, therefore to lose is the most dissimilar
to taint means to contaminate or corrupt; to purify means to make pure
to belittle means to make seem little or less; to magnify means to enlarge
tedious means boring; pleasurable means enjoyable or delightful
one meaning of a license is permission; restriction means limitation
frivolous means lacking seriousness, therefore serious is the most dissimilar
Plain means lacking in beauty, lovely means beautiful.
One meaning of to denounce is to speak out against, to covet means to wish for enviously.
Contrary mens unwilling to accept control or advice, agreeable means ready or willing to agree.
Glower means a sullen brooding look, therefore smile is the most dissimilar.
Exacting means severe, lenient means indulgent.
b. detain c. placate d. prolong
To curtail means to cut short, to prolong means to lengthen or extend.
Eminent means prominent, or famous, obscure means not prominent or unknown.
To abdicate mens to renounce power or high office, to usurp means seize power r high office.
Indolent means lazy, industrious means hardworking.
Fortuitous means occurring by chance, or accidental, deliberate means resulting from careful consideration or voluntary.