Meaning: having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage
Synonym: shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted
Sentence: 'an astute businessman"
Meaning: a mixture or blend.
Synonym: combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling
Antonym: division, separation
Sentence: "a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern
Meaning: inborn; natural
Synonym: congenital, inherent, intrinsic
Sentence: "her innate capacity for organization"
Meaning: a petty lie., pretentious nonsense.
Synonym: fable, fabrication, falsehood,
Sentence: "no sane person would make up such a taradiddle"
Meaning: a long speech by one actor in a play or film, or as part of a theatrical or
Synonym: soliloquy, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon,
Sentence: "he was reciting some of the great monologues of Shakespeare"
Meaning: giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen; threateningly inauspicious.
Synonym: threatening, menacing, baleful, forbidding, sinister,
Antonym: promising, auspicious, propitious
Sentence: "there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead"
Meaning: having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.
Synonym: harmful, damaging, destructive, injurious
Antonym: beneficial, benign, favourable
Sentence: "the pernicious influences of the mass media"
Meaning: deceitful and untrustworthy.
Synonym: treacherous, duplicitous, deceitful, disloyal, faithless, unfaithful, traitorous
Antonym: faithful, loyal
Sentence: "a perfidious lover"
Meaning: insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious
Synonym: high-handed, brisk, abrupt, summary, commanding, authoritative,
Antonym: humble, meek, modest, unassuming
Sentence: "‘Just do it!’ came the peremptory reply"
Meaning: the state of being very poor; extreme poverty.
Synonym: pennilessness, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence,
Antonym: wealth, affluence
Sentence: "he couldn't face another year of penury"