Meaning: deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.
Synonym: humiliating, undignified, embarrassing,
Antonym: glorious, admirable
Sentence: "no other party risked ignominious defeat
Meaning:characterized by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.
Synonym: showy, pretentious, conspicuous, obtrusive,
Antonym: plain, unobtrusive, restrained, modest
Sentence:"a simple design that is glamorous without being ostentatious"
Meaning:contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous.
Synonym:absurd, ridiculous, foolish, stupid, ludicrous
Sentence: "a preposterous suggestion"
Meaning: the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.
Synonym: wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay; More
Sentence:"there was much good-natured banter"
Meaning:a violent windy storm.
Synonym:storm, gale, squall, superstorm,
Sentence:"a raging tempest"
Meaning: avoidance of activity or exertion; laziness
Synonym: inactivity, inaction, inertia,
Sentence: "my failure is probably due to my own indolence"
Meaning: Servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
Synonym: applause, commendation, flattery
Antonym: abuse, criticism
Sentence:The nation, following the lead of the political leaders, joined in their adulation.
Meaning: Assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
Synonym: endorsement, succour, aid
Antonym: hindrance, obstruction, stoppage
Sentence:Did Herald aid and abet a crime?
Synonym: adopt, maintain, defend
Antonym: attack, reject
Sentence: He was an optimist or he never wouldhave espoused the American cause.
Meaning: on and off
Synonym: occasional, in frequent, irregular
Antonym: common, constant, frequent
Sentence:At first resistance to Western encroachment was sporadic and uncoordinated.