Meaning: a structural member or support
Synonym: cowcatcher, cupola
Sentence: “He railed her through her difficult times.”
Meaning: rising to a great height : very tall and impressive
Synonym: altitudinous, towering
Sentence: “He set lofty goals for himself as a teacher.”
Meaning: to give control of (something) to another person, group, government, etc.
Synonym: surrender, cough up
Sentence: she reluctantly ceded her position as leader
Meaning: to form or think of (a plan, method, etc.)
Synonym: concoct, drum up
Sentence: He contrived a meeting with the president.
Meaning: too simple : not showing enough thought or effort
Synonym: light, effortless
Sentence: This problem needs more than just a facile solution.
Meaning: falsely appearing to be good or moral
Synonym: constant, devout
Sentence: They lived a quiet, pious life.
Meaning: to annoy or worry (someone)
Synonym: bother, bug
Sentence: We were vexed by the delay.
Meaning: a small stream
Synonym: beck, bourn
Sentence: there are tiny fishes and frogs in that brook
Meaning: capable of being understood
Synonym: accessible, scrutable
Sentence: acts of vandalism that were committed for no fathomable reason
Meaning: a group of people acting together within a larger group
Synonym: coalition, party
Sentence: several factions within the environmental movement have joined forces to save this wilderness area