1. ASSERTIVE (ADJECTIVE): confident
Synonyms: forceful, self-confident
The job may call for assertive behavior.
2. SLOPPY (ADJECTIVE): careless
Synonyms: slapdash, slipshod
We gave away a goal through sloppy defending.
3. THRIVE (VERB): flourish
Synonyms: prosper burgeon
Education groups tend to thrive on organization.
4. CONVENTIONAL (ADJECTIVE): normal
Synonyms: standard, regular
A conventional morality had dictated behavior.
5. SABOTAGE (VERB): wreck
Synonyms: vandalize, destroy
Power lines from South Africa were sabotaged by rebel forces.
6. DISPENSE (VERB): waive
Synonyms: omit, drop
Let's dispense with the formalities, shall we?"
7. CRITICAL (ADJECTIVE): crucial
Synonyms: vital, essential
Temperature is a critical factor in successful fruit storage.
8. SPUR (VERB): stimulate
Synonyms: encourage, prompt
Her sons' passion for computer games spurred her to set up a software business.
9. COMPLACENCY (NOUN): smugness
Synonyms: self-satisfaction, self-approval
The figures are better, but there are no grounds for complacency.
10. DESCEND (VERB): drop
Synonyms: go down, come down
The aircraft began to descend.
11. TRAUMATIC (ADJECTIVE): disturbing
Synonyms: shocking, distressing
She was going through a traumatic divorce.
12. CONVICTION (NOUN): sentence
She had a previous conviction for a similar offence.
13. BOLSTER (VERB): strengthen
Synonyms: support, reinforce
The fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence.
14. DISORIENTED (ADJECTIVE): confused
Synonyms: bewildered, perplexed
She was so disoriented that Joe had to walk her to her room.
15. AUGMENT (VERB): increase
Synonyms: add to, supplement
He augmented his summer income by painting.
16. FLAWED (ADJECTIVE): unsound
Synonyms: defective, faulty
It was absolutely a fatally flawed strategy.
17. DEFY (VERB): disobey
Synonyms: go against, flout
She is a woman who defies convention.
18. DIRE (ADJECTIVE): terrible
Synonyms: dreadful, appalling
Misuse of drugs have dire consequences.
19. MORATORIUM (NOUN): embargo
Synonyms: ban, prohibition
A moratorium has been put on the use of drift nets.
20. INDISPENSABLE (ADJECTIVE): essential
Synonyms: crucial necessary
He made himself indispensable to the parish priest.