1. DECRY (VERB): disparage
Synonyms: condemn, criticize Antonyms: praise, exalt
You can’t gain anything by decrying the success of your rivals.
2. DEVOID (ADJECTIVE): lacking
Synonyms: barren, vacant Antonyms: filled, complete
They can’t trust him because he is devoid of sense of right and wrong.
3. DEFERENCE (NOUN): obedience
Synonyms: compliance, submission Antonyms: disobedience, ignorance
We are advised to act in deference to the wishes of our parents.
4. AMITY (NOUN): friendship
Synonyms: amicableness, comity Antonyms: hostility, hatred
Over the past two decades the countries have lived in amity.
5. DISPARATE (ADJECTIVE): different
Synonyms: contrasting, distinct Antonyms: alike, similar
Scientists are trying to pull together disparate ideas.
6. CALAMITOUS (ADJECTIVE): tragic
Synonyms: adverse, deadly Antonyms: favourable, fortunate
It will be calamitous if he fails in his exam.
7. CONFORM (VERB): adhere to
Synonyms: adjust, adapt Antonyms: deny, prevent
Your clothes must conform to your school regulations.
8. CHASTISE (VERB): punish
Synonyms: berate, beat Antonyms: encourage, promote
He will be chastised for his unruly behaviour in the class.
9. ARBITRARY (ADJECTIVE): dictatorial
Synonyms: autocratic, domineering Antonyms: democratic, rational
He made a rather arbitrary decision to close the local cinema without consulting other people.
10. IMPASSE (NOUN): difficult situation
Synonyms: stalemate, predicament Antonyms: solution, agreement
The company has reached an impasse in negotiations.