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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

LII: The PASSIONATE and the PASSIVE

We saw in the last post that the words ‘IMPASSIVE’ or ‘PHLEGMATIC’ is ambiguous. If it means ‘INACTIVE’, it can have the opposite ‘ACTIVE’ or ‘ENERGETIC’. The following are the SYNONYMS of ‘ENERGETIC’, and all of them can appear as the ANTONYMS of ‘PHLEGMATIC’ (impassive): ENERGETIC IMPASSIONED DYNAMIC LIVELY SPIRITED SPRIGHTLY ANIMATED VIVACIOUS VIBRANT BUBBLY EFFERVESCENT EBULLIENT If ‘PHLEGMATIC’ means ‘CALM’, all the words meaning 'DISTURBED’ can be the ANTONYMS. All the following words mean
DISTURBED: AGITATED FLUSTERED PERTURBED UPSET DISTRAUGHT The SYNONYMS of DISTURBED in their noun forms are as all follows: AGITATION FERMENT COMMOTION TURBULENCE TURMOIL BEDLAM PANDEMONIUM Now, let us look at a few ANTONYM pairs that appeared in earlier tests: PANDEMONIUM x TRANQUILITY PHLEGMATIC x VIVACIOUS TURBULENCE x TRANQUILITY STOLID x UPSET COMMOTION x SERENITY IMPERTURBABILITY x EXCITABILITY FERMENT x EQUANIMITY (perfect equilibrium of the mind) That’s all for today.
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