Meaning: an unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one.
Synonym: consequence, result, effect, outcome,
Sentence: "the move would have grave repercussions for the entire region"
Meaning: in its original condition; unspoilt.
Synonym: immaculate, in perfect condition
Antonym: dirty, sullied
Sentence: "pristine copies of an early magazine"
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, calmative, tranquillizer, 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"
Meaning: the saying of the same thing twice over in different words, generally considered to
be a fault of style
Synonym: repetition, repetitiveness
Sentence: When the lawyer spoke to the jury, he used tautology to make the jurors aware of his point without being repetitive.
Meaning: having many curves and turns.
Synonym: windy, serpentine, curving, twisting
Sentence: "the river follows a sinuous trail through the dale"
Meaning: a noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public.
Synonym: argument, quarrel, squabble, fight,
Sentence:"I had an altercation with the ticket collector"
Meaning: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
Synonym: guard, keeper
Sentence: "soldiers stood sentinel with their muskets"
Meaning: a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others.
Synonym: straggler, loiterer, lingerer, dawdler
Sentence:"staff were under enormous pressure and there was no time for laggards"