VOCAB UNIT 22 SYNS AND ANTS AND PHRASES

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soldier of fortune

someone who fights for anyone who will pay, not only for their own country syn mercenary

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condottiere

a leader of a band of mercenaries common in Europe syn mercenary

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avaricious

having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material things syn mercenary

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acquisitive

excessively interested in acquiring money or material things syn mercenary

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rapacious

aggressively greedy or grasping syn mercenary

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altruistic

showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish ant mercenary

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broach

raise (a sensitive or difficult subject) for discussion syn moot

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pose

present or constitute (a problem, danger, or difficulty) syn moot

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put forward

submit a plan, proposal, or theory for consideration syn moot

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incontrovertible

not able to be denied or disputed ant moot

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irrefutable

impossible to deny or disprove ant moot

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a moot question

something having no practical relevance; a question not up for debate

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a moot court

a mock court at which law students argue imaginary cases for practice

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a gordian knot

an extremely difficult or involved problem

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a foregone conclusion

a result that can be predicted with certainty

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marsh

an area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged at all times syn morass

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fen

a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land syn morass

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quagmire

a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot syn morass

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polychrome

painted, printed, or decorated in several colors syn motley

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piebald

(of a horse) having irregular patches of two colors, typically black and white syn motley

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variegated

exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks syn motley

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heterogeneous

diverse in character or content syn motley

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miscellaneous

(of items or people gathered or considered together) of various types or from different sources syn motley

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monolithic

formed by a single large block of stone; large and characterless ant motley

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homogeneous

of the same kind; alike ant motley

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a pluralistic society

a situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc. are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests syn motley

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a diversified economy

process of shifting an economy away from a single income source toward multiple sources from a growing range of sectors and markets syn motley

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a checkered career

a background that includes many changes, especially of employment syn motley

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earthly

relating to the earth or human life on earth syn mundane

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terrestrial

of, on, or relating to the earth as opposed to heaven syn mundane

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secular

denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis syn mundane

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temporal

relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs syn mundane

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prosaic

having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beaut syn mundane

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banal

so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring syn mundane

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celestial

belonging or relating to heaven ant mundane

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heavenly

of heaven; divine ant mundane

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cosmic

relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the earth ant mundane

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unworldly

not seeming to belong to this planet; strange ant mundane

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metaphysical

based on abstract reasoning; transcending physical matter or the laws of nature ant mundane

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trascendental

relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm ant mundane

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extraordinary

very unusual or remarkable ant mundane

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unique

being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else ant mundane

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man of the world

a person who is experienced in the way or sophisticated society syn mundane

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multitudinous

very numerous syn myriad

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multifarious

many and of various types syn myriad

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manifold

many and various syn myriad

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finite

having limits or bounds ant myriad

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myriad as a noun

a vast number; a great multitude

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egomaniacal

someone who considers themselves to be very important and able to do anything they want syn narcissistic

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conceited

excessively proud of oneself; vain syn narcissistic

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vain

having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth syn narcissistic

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self-deprecating

modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so ant narcissistic

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amour propre

a sense of one’s own worth; self-respect syn narcissistic

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amorphous

without a clearly define shape or form syn nebulous

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opaque

not able to be seen through; not transparent syn nebulous

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unambiguous

not open to more than one interpretation ant nebulous

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piddling

pathetically trivial; trifling syn negligible

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trifling

unimportant or trivial syn negligible

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nugatory

of no value or importance syn negligible

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pivotal

of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else ant negligible

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telling

having a striking or revealing effect; significant ant negligible

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small potatoes

something insignificant or unimportant syn negligible

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trivia

details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value syn negligible

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partisanship

prejudice in favor of a particular cause; bias syn nepotism

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patronage

the support given by a patron; the power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges syn nepotism

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a client state

a person or organization using the services of a lawyer or other professional person or company syn nepotism

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the spoils system

the practice of a successful political party given public office to its supporters syn nepotism

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the merit system

a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence ant nepotism

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itinerant

traveling from place to place syn nomadic

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peripatetic

traveling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods syn nomadic

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footloose and fancy-free

not married or in a long-term relationship, and have very few responsibilities syn nomadic

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a fly-by-night operation

not reliable or responsible, especially in business syn nomadic

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a roving reporter

a reporter who travels around, rather than staying in a fixed place syn nomadic

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a peripatetic philosopher

the philosophical school of Aristotle, name arose from Aristotle’s habit of walking about with his students syn nomadic

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a migrant farmworkers

a seasonal farmworker who has to travel to do the farm work and is unable to return to his or her permanent home within the same day syn nomadic

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wanderlust

a strong desire to travel syn nomadic

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titular

holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority syn nominal

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token

a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling, etc syn nominal

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trifling

unimportant or trivial syn nominal

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exorbitant

(of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high ant nominal

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a puppet ruler

someone who has a title indicating possession of political power, but who, in reality, is either loyal to or controlled by outside individuals or forces

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nominal Christian

church-goers or otherwise religious people whose “faith” does not go beyond being identified with a church

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nominal representation on the board

very little representation

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pining

suffer a mental and physical decline, especially because of a broken heart; to miss and long for the return of syn nostalgia

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hankering

a strong desire to have or do something syn nostalgia

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wistfulness

feeling vague or regretful longing syn nostalgia

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sentimentality

excessive tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia syn nostalgia

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lonesomeness

the state of being solitary or lonely syn nostalgia

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postulant

a candidate, especially one seeking admission into a religious order syn novice

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neophyte

a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief syn novice

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tyro

a beginner or novice syn novice

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probationer

a person who is serving a probationary or trial period in a job or position to which they are newly appointed syn novice

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greenhorn

a person who is new to or inexperienced at a particular activity syn novice

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tenderfoot

a newcomer or novice, especially a person unaccustomed to the hardships of pioneer life syn novice

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old hand

a person with a lot of experience in something ant novice

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past master

a person who is particularly skilled at a specified activity or art ant novice

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virtuoso

a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit ant novice

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still wet behind the ears

lacking experience; immature syn novice

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a babe in the woods

an innocent or naive person, especially one in an unfamiliar or dangerous environment syn novice

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a freshman senator

an inexperienced person in the US senate syn novice

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