Meaning: based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic
Synonym: observed, seen, factual, actual,
Sentence: "they provided considerable empirical evidence to support their argument"
Meaning: Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.
Synonym: abusive, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging
Antonym: clean, decent, moral
Sentence: "a scurrilous attack on his integrity"
Meaning:regular payment made to a fund by an employee towards a future pension.
Synonym:allowance, annuity, grant, payment, premium
Sentence:"had he agreed to resign, he would have been entitled to his superannuation for 29 years' service"
Meaning: (of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable.
Synonym: credible, reasonable, believable, likely,
Antonym: unlikely, improbable
Sentence: "a plausible explanation"
Meaning: criticize unfairly; disparage.
Synonym: disparage, belittle, diminish, deprecate,
Sentence: "doom and gloom merchants who denigrate their own country"
Meaning: an agreement., agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract.
Synonym: accord, deal, bargain, settlement
Antonym: disagreement, denial, misunderstanding, refusal
Sentence: "there was a covenant between them that her name was never to be mentioned"
Meaning: an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.
Synonym: lucky charm, charm, fetish, amulet, mascot
Sentence "those rings, so fresh and gleaming, were their talismans":
Meaning: (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
Synonym: untalkative, uncommunicative, reticent, unforthcoming
Antonym: talkative, loquacious
Sentence: "after such gatherings, she would be taciturn and morose"
Meaning: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.
Synonym: equivalent to, synonymous with
Antonym: different, opposite
Sentence: "the resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt"
Meaning: instill (an idea, attitude, or habit) by persistent instruction.
Synonym: infuse, impress, imprint, introduce
Antonym: eliminate, remove, take away
Sentence: "I tried to inculcate in my pupils an attitude of inquiry"