1. DISPUTE (VERB): challenge
The accusations on him are entirely disputed.
2. HARROW (VERB): distress
Rima could take it, whereas I'm harrowed by it.
3. URGE (VERB): encourage
Drawing up outside the house, he urged her inside.
4. SEVERELY (ADVERB): seriously
Synonyms: gravely, critically
Our business has been severely affected by the slowdown.
5. INVIGORATE (VERB): revitalize
The shower had invigorated her.
6. INNATE (ADJECTIVE): inborn
Her innate capacity for organization.
7. DASHING (ADJECTIVE): debonair
He is a dashing young pilot.
8. CRYPTIC (ADJECTIVE): enigmatic
He found his boss's utterances too cryptic.
9. SPARSE (ADJECTIVE): scanty
Information on earnings is sparse.
10. OPTIMISTIC (ADJECTIVE): cheerful
The optimistic mood of the Sixties.
11. ABRIDGE (VERB): shorten
The introduction is abridged from the author's afterword to the novel.
12. ABEYANCE (ADJECTIVE): suspension
Matters were held in abeyance pending further enquiries.
13. OBNOXIOUS (ADJECTIVE): unpleasant
Synonyms: disagreeable, nasty
They overthrew the chancellor who was very obnoxious to them.
14. ANNIHILATE (VERB): destroy
Synonyms:wipe out, obliterate
A simple bomb could also annihilate a lot of things.
15. CONFER (VERB): bestow on
Synonyms:present with/to, grant to
The Minister may have exceeded the powers conferred on him by Parliament.
16. VEX (VERB): annoy
The memory of the conversation still vexed him.
17. DEEM (VERB): consider
The event was deemed a great success.
18. UNBRIDLED (ADJECTIVE): unrestrained
Synonyms: unconstrained, uncontrolled
He had a moment of unbridled ambition.
19. HUMILIATE (VERB): embarrass
You'll humiliate me in front of the whole school!
20. BARBARIC (ADJECTIVE): cruel
He carried out barbaric acts in the name of war.