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Vocabulary and Prefix Practice (page 3)

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Crossword Puzzle

Choose the word from the vocabulary list that best fits into the crossword puzzle. You can check your answers at the end of the chapter following the answers to the questions.

Prefixes

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Words in Context

We learn that nuclear energy has its supporters and opponents who continually debate each other; therefore, controversy means a public dispute. We read that energy prices were exorbitant and the government began to promote nuclear power as a financially reasonable alternative. The implication is that exorbitant is excessive. After reading what has gone wrong with one particular power plant, we can infer that antipathy refers to the negative feelings of a significant portion of the population who oppose and intensely dislike the idea of nuclear power plants. After the disaster, we learn that scientists tried to circumvent, or prevent, a total meltdown. Finally, it was necessary for the scientists to stop a complete meltdown because it would decimate, or totally destroy, the area. The partial meltdown of the reactor was disastrous enough, so the result of a total meltdown would be unimaginable destruction.

Sentence Completion

  1. controversy. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  2. retrospect. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  3. decimated. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  4. precursor. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  5. intermittent. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  6. transcend. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  7. malevolent. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  8. illegible. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  9. prognosis. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  10. euphemism. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  11. antipathy. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  12. exorbitant. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  13. subordinate. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  14. consensus. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  15. demoted. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  16. disinterested. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  17. synthesis. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  18. circumvent. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  19. antecedents. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  20. trivial. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.

Synonyms

  1. c. consensus. Controversy is a discussion where opposing views clash. Therefore, consensus would not be a synonym of the word because it means to come to an agreement.
  2. a. selfish. Disinterested means not motivated by personal interest. Therefore, selfish would not be a synonym of the word because it means the opposite—to have a personal interest.
  3. d. sympathy. Antipathy means to have a feeling of hatred toward someone or something. Since sympathy means to have feelings of compassion for someone or something, it cannot be a synonym of the word.
  4. a. reasonable. Exorbitant means excessive; thus, reasonable is the opposite in meaning and cannot be a synonym.
  5. e. continual. Intermittent means to happen at regular intervals, whereas continual means without stopping; therefore, it cannot be the synonym of the word.
  6. d. disinterested. Malevolent means to have evil feelings and intentions toward someone or something. Disinterested means to be neutral about someone or something; thus, it cannot be the synonym of the word.
  7. b. descend. Transcend means to go beyond, whereas descend means to go below and cannot be a synonym of the word.
  8. a. successor. A precursor is something that comes before. Successor cannot be a synonym because it means something that comes after.
  9. c. disagreement. Consensus is an agreement, so disagreement cannot be a synonym.
  10. c. build. Decimate means to destroy; therefore, build cannot be a synonym of the word.

Antonyms

  1. antecedent. Antecedent means ancestors, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  2. illegible. Illegible means unreadable, the opposite of the words in the group.
  3. circumvent. Circumvent means to go around, the opposite of the words in the group.
  4. synthesis. Synthesis means the combination of two or more items to become a whole, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  5. demote. Demote means to downgrade, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  6. malevolent. Malevolent means evil, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  7. subordinate. Subordinate means secondary, the opposite of the meaning of the words group.
  8. transcend. Transcend means exceed, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  9. trivial. Trivial means unimportant, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.
  10. intermittent. Intermittent means interrupted, the opposite of the meaning of the words in the group.

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