1. Accolade (n)-praise, award; great compliment. Antonym: insult (n).
Her film started receiving accolades shortly after it premiered, and it ultimately went on to win her an Oscar.
2. Accordingly (adv)-l. suitably.
Wanting to make a good impression on her interview, she dressed accordingly.
3. Accordingly (adv)-2. consequently; as a result of.
His neighbor threatened to sue him, and accordingly, he retained a lawyer.
4. Amateur (n)-layperson; one who participates in an activity for recre­ation. Antonym: professional (n).
It was his first time swjzng and he looked like an amateur.
5. Annihilate (v)-destroy, kill; idiomatically used to describe superiority in competition.
Our team annihilated the visitors in this past weekend's game.
6. Antithesis (n)-opposite, converse.
New York City is the antithesis of a small town.
7. Assure (v)-guarantee, promise.
The salesman assured me that I was getting a great deal.
8. Bested (v)-beaten, surpassed; to be defeated or outclassed.
Their team had more practice than ours, and consequently, they bested us.
9. Border (v)-l. to be on the verge of or to approximate something.
His infatuation with grisly video games borders on mental illness.
10. Border (v)-2. to be physically adjacent to something.
Manhattan and Queens both border the East River.
11. Border (n)-3. boundary.
The United States and Canada share a border.
12. Complex (adj)-intricate, difficult. Antonym: simple (adj).
Between little black boxes and onboard diagnostic systems, today' scars are far too complex for people to repair on their own.
13. Context (n)-circumstances; details surrounding a subject.
On the news his quote seemed harsh; his remark was actually benign, but it had been taken out of context.
14. Credit (n)-recognition, acknowledgment. Antonym: blame (n).
I wouldn't have been able to write the book without her, so I wanted to give her due credit.
15. Decipher (v)-decode, grasp; to figure out.
I couldn't decipher her handwriting and was therefore unable to respond to her note.
16. Distraction (n)-disturbance, diversion, interruption. Antonym: focus (n).
Listening to music while I work is a distraction.
17. Epitome (n)-essence, height, archetype, embodiment; perfect example.
Jacqueline Kennedy was the epitome of style and grace in the days of Camelot.
18. Esoteric (adD-perplexing, arcane. Antonym: straightforward (adj).
Their conversation was too esoteric and I couldn't understand anything they were talking about.
19. Expertise (n)-knowledge, skill, proficiency.
Programming computers requires expertise.
20. Fathom (v)-comprehend, understand, grasp.
I can 't,fathom why he thought it would be okay to stay out until sunrise on the night before a college interview.
21. Frequency (n)-l. the bandwidth of broadcast radio or television signals.
She wanted to listen to her favorite radio station during our road trip, but we couldn't get that frequency.
22. Frequency (n)-2. the pitch or tone of sound waves.
Thefrequency of the whistle can only be heard by dogs.

23. Frequency (n)-3. rate of occurrence or recurrence.
Accidents occur at that intersection with alarming frequency.
24. Frequently (adv)-regularly, repeatedly, habitually.
He's very absent-minded and he frequently loses his keys
25. Inconsequential (adj)-unimportant, minor, trivial. Antonym: important (adj).
Their remarks were completely inconsequential and had no bearing on her decision.
26. Intricate (adj)-complex, complicated. Antonym: simple (adj).
Computers are too intricate for most people to repair on their own.
27. Labyrinthine (adj)-circuitous, convoluted. Antonym: direct (adj).
The narrow, winding streets of Venice are a labyrinthine maze that seems to have been thrown together over the centuries.
28. Lesser (adj)-smaller; less significant. Antonym: greater (adj).
I don't like either of the candidates very much and feel that 1'll need to choose between the lesser of two evils.
30. Merits (v)-l. to warrant or deserve.
Her bravery merits the highest honor.
31. Merits (n)-2. benefits, pros. Antonym: disadvantages (n).
She was hired based upon her merits.
32. Momentous (adj)-important, considerable, historic. Antonym: inconse­quential (adj).
The Apollo II moon landing was a momentous accomplishment for mankind.
33. Neophyte (n)-beginner, novice. Antonym: veteran (n).
Everyone starts as a neophyte and builds expertise with practice.
34. Paradigm (n)-example, model, standard.
Julia Child established the paradigm for today's cooking programs.
35. Perplex (v)-confuse, confound, befuddle. Antonym: clarify (v).
We were perplexed by the intricate directions.
36. Procure (v)-obtain, acquire. Antonym: divest (v).
She couldn't repair it until she had procured the correct tool.
37. Pugilistic (adj)-quarrelsome, belligerent; related to boxing. Antonym: conciliatory (adj).
Embroiled in a heated argument, they each adopted a pugilistic stance as they tried to shout down one another.
38. Punitive (adj)-corrective, retaliatory; inflicting punishment.
Since the company refused to make amends for their mistake, she was compelled to take punitive action.
39.Pusillanimous (adj)-cowardly, craven, timid. Antonym: courageous (adj).
Pusillanimous in the extreme, the prince sent others off to wage his battles.
40. Refraction (n)-the change in direction oflight or sound wave as it passes from one material into another.
Although it may look as though your spoon is bending when you place it in a glass of water, it is actually an illusion created by refraction.
41. Revere (v)-admire, worship. Antonym: revile (v).
Michael Jordan is revered for his skills on the basketball court.
42. Significant (adj)-meaningful, consequential. Antonym: insignificant (adj).
The school made significant changes to its curriculum to accommodate the new regulations.
43. Vantage (n)-1. advantage. Antonym: disadvantage (n).
Positioned above the valley, our forces had the vantage against the invading army.
44. Vantage (n)-2. perspective.
Positioned above the valley, our forces had an excellent vantage point to observe the invading army's troop movements.
45. Vertigo (n)-dizziness; confused state of mind.
He had an unbearable fear of heights and was overcome by vertigo whenever he entered a tall building.
46. Virtuoso (n)-l. genius, prodigy; someone with masterful skill in the arts.
She's been playing the piano since she was a toddler, and now she's a virtuoso who headlines performances around the world.
47. Virtuoso (adj)-2. exhibiting the ability or technique of a gemus or prodigy.
Windows® is only one of Bill Gates's virtuoso creations.