Meaning: very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
Synonyms: scrupulous, painstaking
Sentence: “she dressed with fastidious care”
Meaning: rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition.
Synonyms: cleanse, sanctify
Sentence: “Bob had helped Martha of the terrible guilt that had haunted her”
Meaning: an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.
Synonyms: insinuation, suggestion
Sentence: “His reputation has been damaged by innuendo.”
Meaning: the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing
Synonyms: oratory, eloquence
Sentence: “he was considered to excel in this form of rhetoric”
Meaning: a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something
Synonyms: vanished, lost
Sentence: “There was not a vestige of doubt in the Jews’ minds”
Meaning: honor or entertain (someone) lavishly.
Synonyms: Binge, bash
Sentence: “she was an instant celebrity, feted by the media”
Meaning: hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious
Synonyms: oppression, maltreatment
Sentence: “her family fled religious persecution”
Meaning: make (someone) less angry or hostile.
Synonyms: pacify , mollify
Sentence: “The angry customer was not placated by the clerk’s apology.”
Meaning: to run away from danger
Synonyms: dematerialize, evanesce
Sentence: “Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.”
Meaning: a step taken sideways, typically to avoid someone or something.
Sentence: “She wanted to free herself from the suspicion, so she preferred to take a sidestep.”