Elements of Reading Vocabulary #5 1. eccentric (adjective) Definition: strange; unusual Synonyms: bizarre, quirky, weird Antonyms: normal, common, Sentence: The eccentric person had two monkeys as pets. 2. hoist (verb) Definition: to raise or lift up something Synonyms: elevate Antonyms: drop, lower Sentence: The dad had to hoist his young son up on his shoulders so that he could see the parade. 3. jubilee (noun) Definition: a large celebration to note a special anniversary or event Synonyms: festival, gala Antonyms: ----Sentence: A lot of people go to Times Square in New York City to take part in the New Year’s jubilee. 4. nudge (verb) Definition: to give a gentle push Synonyms: poke, jab Antonyms: ----Sentence: Paula gave Patrice a nudge to move forward in the line. 5. rejuvenate (verb) Definition: to make fresh or new again Synonyms: refresh, renew, revive Antonyms: tire, age Sentence: The thirty minute nap rejuvenated the tired worker. 6. scruples (noun) Definition: ideas about what is fair, honest, and right Synonyms: principles, standards, morals Antonyms: ----Sentence: Jane’s scruples prevented her from cheating on the test. Elements of Reading Vocabulary #5 7. tranquil (adjective) Definition: calm, peaceful Synonyms: placid, serene Antonyms: agitated, turbulent, frenzied Sentence: Some people find fishing on a lake a tranquil experience. 8. unremitting (adjective) Definition: endless Synonyms: continuous, ongoing, persistent Antonyms: completed, finished Sentence: The unremitting rain kept us inside the house the entire weekend.