Meaning: a quick and clever reply
Synonym: comeback, repartee, retort
Sentence: he's known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult
Meaning: (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered
Synonym: short-tempered, peevish,
Antonym: affable, companionable, cordial, extroverted
Sentence: "he was moody and petulant"
Synonym: hesitation, doubt, indecision
Antonym: certainty, sure
Sentence: I vacillate between the red truck and the blue one
Meaning: Causing trouble,
Synonym: inflammatory, dangerous
Antonym: loyal, peace making
Sentence: His team continued to clear the building and toss flares into corners as they sought out any living insurgents or incendiary devices.
Meaning: childishly silly and immature.
Synonym: adolescent, babyish, immature, infantile, jejune, juvenile,
Antonym: experienced, knowing, smart, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise
Sentence: "a puerile argument"
Meaning: the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose.
Synonym: trickery, deception, deceit,
Sentence: "storylines packed with political chicanery"
Meaning: a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.
Synonym: quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake
Sentence: "a self-confessed con artist and charlatan"
Meaning: the means or procedure for doing something
Synonyms: approach, manner
Sentence: used dishonest tactics to win election to the town council
Meaning: treatment that is deliberately unfriendly
Synonyms: brush-off, repulse
Sentence: took her rebuff in stride, and still greeted her cousin with a friendly smile the next time they met
Meaning: to free or remove
Synonyms: disentangle, disencumber
Sentence: They extricated the tractor from the mud.