Meaning: experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.
Synonym: indirect, second-hand, secondary, derivative,
Sentence: "this catalogue brings vicarious pleasure in luxury living"
Meaning: outstandingly bad; shocking, remarkably good.
Synonym: atrocious, deplorable
Antonym: concealed , good
Sentence: "egregious abuses of copyright"
Meaning: miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.
Synonym: equipment, stuff, things, apparatus,
Sentence: "drills, saws, and other paraphernalia necessary for home improvements"
Meaning: very weak or slight.
Synonym: slight, insubstantial, flimsy, negligible,
Antonym: convincing, substantial, strong
Sentence: "the tenuous link between interest rates and investment"
Meaning: so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
Synonym: trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous
Sentence: "songs with banal, repeated words"
Meaning: taking place every other year, an event celebrated or taking place every two years
Sentence: "the top antiques fairs are the Milan and Florence biennials"
Meaning: a person or thing that is essential to the success of an organization or operation.
Antonym: inferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity,
Sentence: "the kingpins of the television industry
Meaning: (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words.
Synonym: brief, concise, terse, succinct, short, economical,
Antonym: verbose, long-winded, loquacious
Sentence: "his laconic reply suggested a lack of interest in the topic"
Meaning: musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles.
Synonym: crash, bang, smash, clash, bump
Sentence: "percussion instruments"
Meaning: a large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly.
Synonym: bonanza, jackpot,
Sentence: "members are to get an average £520 cash windfall for voting ‘yes’ to the merger"