Synonyms: adj: Ill-sounding Antonyms: adj: Mellifluous Meaning: Discordant, Inharmonious Uses: Because of a cacophonous gathering of teenagers at the restaurant, I could not hear my cellular phone ring.
Synonyms: adj: Amenable, Docile, Pliant Antonyms: adj: Froward Meaning: Submissive, Easily manageable Uses: I was quite apprehensive about my first night as a baby-sitter, but thankfully, the little girl happened to be quite tractable and easily agreed to whatever I asked her to do.
Synonyms: Noun: Turncoat, Quisling, Apostate Meaning: A deserter, Traitor Uses: The party could not believe that the man it had been relying upon for so many years could turn out be a renegade, and desert the party.
Synonyms: Noun: Patron Meaning: A person who works for the good of others or who donates money for a good purpose Uses: The formation of this school for the blind was possible only because of the contribution of an unknown benefactor, who donated a sum of $100,000 for its establishment.
Synonyms: Verb & Noun:Cajolery, Flattery, Gallantry, Adulation Meaning: Flattering talk with intention to deceive Uses: He’s tried to blarney several people to buy the stolen sunglasses, but no one seemed interested.
Synonyms: Verb & Noun: Bungle, Foozle, Stumble Meaning: To make, express or perform in a clumsy manner, To fail because of carelessness or clumsiness Uses: In her eagerness to perform well on the stage, she became so nervous that she nearly botched up her recitation.
Synonyms: Adjective: Iniquitous, Vile, Vicious Antonyms: Adjective: Angelic, Virtuous Meaning: Wicked, Extremely immoral Uses: In a shocking revelation, three reputed doctors were found to be involved in the nefarious activity of smuggling human organs out of the hospital for their commercial gains.
Synonyms: Adjective: Recondite, Intricate, Obscure, Perplexing Antonyms: Adjective: Obvious Meaning: Difficult to comprehend Uses: After two years of grueling research, the professor came up with a rather abstruse theory on the nature of nuclear reactions, which could not be understood by any of the doctoral students of Physics in the university.
Synonyms: noun: Abjure, Disavow Meaning: Lack of concern for one’s own wishes Uses: According to some religious preachers, self-abnegation is the only route to a state of unlimited happiness.
Synonyms: adj: Saline Meaning: Slightly salty, and hence distasteful or nauseous Uses: Tasting the water of the river we were on, I found the water to be brackish; so I could conclude that the sea was near.