Meaning: foolish words or ideas
Synonym: applesauce, balderdash
Sentence: He thinks everything politicians say is just a bunch of malarkey
Meaning: an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends
Synonym: range, amplitude
Sentence: many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsements
Meaning: causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups
Sentence: a divisive issue
Meaning: uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy
Synonym: hell-raising, knockabout
Sentence: that beach is often taken over by packs of rambunctious young people, so don’t go there expecting peace and quiet
Meaning: cynical beliefs: beliefs that people are generally selfish and dishonest
Sentence: Nothing could change her cynicism about politics.
Meaning: the ability to share someone else’s feelings
Synonym: commiserative, compassionate
Sentence: He felt great empathy with the poor.
Meaning: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.: a bigoted person
Synonym: dogmatist, partisan
Sentence: a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Meaning: speech or writing that is meant to sound important or impressive but is not sincere or meaningful
Sentence: you need less bombast and more substance in this speech on human rights
Meaning: the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
Synonym: acme, apotheosis
Sentence: A selfless desire to help others is the quintessence of the virtue of charity
Meaning: someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure, etc.
Synonym: deliverer, redeemer
Sentence: We all felt that she was our savior.