Meaning: relating to or consisting of money.
Synonym: financial, monetary, money,
Sentence: “he admitted obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception”
Meaning:fall into decay or decline., (of a plant) become dry and shrivelled
Synonym:diminish, dwindle, shrink, lessen, fade
Sentence:”it is not true that old myths either die or wither away”
“the grass had withered to an unappealing brown”
Meaning: extremely poor; poverty-stricken.
Synonym: poverty-stricken, destitute, niggardly, parsimonious
Antonym: wealthy, generous
Sentence: “a penurious old tramp”
a dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated.
“an insurance wrangle is holding up compensation payments”
argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel
Meaning:attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way.
Synonym:lovable, adorable, lovely, delightful, enchanting, captivating,
Antonym: joyless, sad, unhappy, unsatisfied; dull, lethargic,
Sentence:”a winsome smile”
Meaning:make a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress.
Sentence:”he winced at the disgust in her voice”
Meaning: showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire.
Synonym: lustful, sexual, erotic, amatory, ardent;
Antonym: unloving, cold
Sentence: “she rejected his amorous advances”
Meaning: cut off (a limb) by surgical operation.
Synonym: chop off, remove
Sentence: “surgeons had to amputate her left hand”
Meaning: a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.
Synonym: dogmatist, purist, literalist, formalist, doctrinaire;
Sentence: “the royal palace (some pedants would say the ex-royal palace)”
Meaning: the presence of something in only small or insufficient quantities or amounts.
Synonym: dearth, deficit, drought
Antonym: bountifulness, copiousness; excess,
Sentence: “a paucity of information”
Meaning-unpleasant loud sounds
Synonym-commotion, clamoring, blare,ruckus, hue and cry,
Sentence-The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.
Meaning-to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by making promises or saying nice things
Synonym-swwet-talk, palaver, coax
Antonym -damp, deter, dissuade, drive away, repel, warn
Sentence-She cajoled me into accompanying her.
Meaning- a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group
Synonym-comradeship, bonding, companionship, fellowship, collegiality
Sentence- There is great camaraderie among the teammates.
Meaning-extremely bad or severe
Antonym -fortunate, estimable, hopeful, domineering
Sentence-They live in abject misery.
Meaning- not capable of being wrong or making mistakes, not fallible
Synonym-certain, sure, unfailing, not liable to fail
Antonym -unreliable, undependable, errant, error-prone, fallible,
Sentence-I never claimed to be infallible.
Meaning-not likely to bother or offend anyone, causing no injury
Antonym -offensive, corrupting, noxious, harmful, degrading
Sentence-those innocuous lies we must tell every day if society is to remain civil.
Meaning-having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are
Antonym -unpretentious, honest, tasteful, modest, unpompous
Sentence-The houses in the neighborhood are large and pretentious.
Meaning-a right or privilege; especially : a special right or privilege that some people have
Synonym-fringe benefit, perquisite, perk, privilege, prerogative, exclusive right
Sentence-It’s a writer’s prerogative to decide the fate of her characters.
Meaning- a person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied
Synonym-model, pattern, master-piece,idol, perfection.
Sentence-In Arthurian legend, Sir Galahad is depicted as the one knight who is a paragon of virtue.
Meaning- a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson; especially : one of the stories told by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible
Synonym- legend, fabrication, allegory, emblem,
Sentence-He told the children a parable about the importance of forgiveness