Meaning: grimly mocking or cynical.
Synonym: mocking, satirical;
Antonym: diplomatic, polite, smooth, suave, urbane;
Sentence: "Starkey attempted a sardonic smile"
Meaning: (of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
Synonym: dirty, filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky,
Antonym: clean, pleasant
Sentence: "the squalid, overcrowded prison"
Meaning: a position counting as a draw, in which a player is not in check but cannot move except into check
Synonym: deadlock, gridlock, halt, logjam
Sentence: "last time I played him it ended up in stalemate"
Meaning: the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues.
Synonym: normalcy, normality
Antonym: irregularity, uncommonness, disorderliness,
Sentence: "they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo"
Meaning: a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
Synonym: tolerant, uncomplaining
Antonym: bored, tired, weary; defiant, resistant;
Sentence: "the Stoic philosophers"
Meaning: (of a sound) loud and harsh; grating.
Synonym: harsh, raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring,
Antonym: soft, dulcet
Sentence: "his voice had become increasingly strident"
Meaning: composure or coolness shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
Sentence: He displayed remarkable sangfroid when everyone else was panicking during the crisis.
Meaning: rescue (a wrecked or disabled ship or its cargo) from loss at sea.
Synonym: rescue, save, recover, retrieve
Antonym: praise, commend, applaud
Sentence: "an emerald and gold cross was salvaged from the wreck"
Meaning: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
Synonym: optimistic, bullish, hopeful, buoyant
Antonym: pessimistic, gloomy
Sentence: "he is sanguine about prospects for the global economy"
Meaning:a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.
Synonym:traitor, defector, deserter, turncoat,
Sentence: "an agent who later turns out to be a renegade"