Meaning: surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender.
Synonym: beleaguer, blockade, surround
Sentence: "the king marched north to besiege Berwick"
Meaning: a person or thing that one particularly dislikes.
Synonym: anathema, abomination, bogey, bugaboo;
Sentence: "great-uncle Edward was my father's bête noire"
Meaning: taking place every other year.
Sentence: "the first of a series of biennial exhibitions"
Meaning: sacrilegious against God or sacred things
Synonym: profane, irreligious, irreverent, impious,
Sentence: "blasphemous and heretical talk"
Meaning: combine or unite to form one organization or structure.
Synonym: combine, merge, unite,
Sentence: "he amalgamated his company with another"
Meaning: excessively concerned with minor details or rules; over scrupulous.
Synonym: abstruse, pompous, stilted, academic
Antonym: informal, plain
Sentence: "his analyses are careful and even painstaking, but never pedantic"
Meaning: (of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high.
Synonym: extortionate, preposterous
Antonym: reasonable, competitive
Sentence: "some hotels charge exorbitant rates for phone calls"
Meaning: belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
Synonym: middle-class, property-owning,
Antonym: proletarian, unconventional
Sentence: "a rich, bored, bourgeois family"
Meaning: an opinion, based on medical experience, of the likely course of a medical condition, a forecast of the likely outcome of a situation.
Synonym: prediction, projection
Antonym: calculation, measurement
Sentence: "gloomy prognoses about overpopulation"
Meaning: simultaneous performance or utterance of action or speech.
Synonym: (all) at once, at the same moment, (all) together, as one, in concert, in chorus
Sentence: "‘Yes, sir,’ said the girls in unison"