Meaning: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Sentence: "the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’"
Meaning: make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.
Synonym: reduce, ease, relieve
Sentence: "he couldn't prevent her pain, only alleviate it"
Meaning: the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in
particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir
Sentence:"occult sciences, such as alchemy and astrology"
Meaning: brisk and cheerful readiness
Synonym: eagerness, willingness, readiness
Sentence: "she accepted the invitation with alacrity"
Meaning: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God
Synonym: sceptic, doubter,
Sentence: After my husband became agnostic, he stopped going to church because of his doubt about god's existence
Meaning: able to move quickly and easily.
Synonym: acrobatic, dexterous, deft,
Antonym: clumsy, stiff, slow, dull
Sentence: "Ruth was as agile as a monkey"
Meaning: filled with horror or shock.
Synonym: horrified, appalled, astounded, amazed, dismayed,
Antonym: fearless, unafraid
Sentence: "she winced, aghast at his cruelty"
Sentence: "separating authentic and spurious claims"
Meaning: occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated
Synonym: occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical
Antonym: frequent, regular, steady, continuous
Sentence: "sporadic fighting broke out"
Meaning: tending to induce drowsiness or sleep., a drug or other substance that induces drowsiness or sleep.
Synonym: sleeping pill, sleeping potion, sedative, narcotic, opiate;
Antonym: invigorating, stimulant
Sentence: "the motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect"
Meaning: ostentatiously costly and luxurious.
Synonym: luxurious, sumptuous, palatial
Antonym: penniless, poor, impoverished, penurious
Sentence: "the opulent comfort of a limousine"