Meaning: so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
Synonym: trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace
Sentence: “songs with banal, repeated words”
Meaning: coax (someone) with kind words or flattery.
Synonym: cajole, palaver
Antonym: bulldoze, bully, intimidate;
Sentence: “I was blandishing her with imprudence to get her off the subject”
Meaning: done in a private place or way : done secretly
Synonym:Furtive, surreptitious, hole &corner, hugger-mugger
Sentence: “I took a clandestine peek at the price tag on the diamond necklace”
Meaning: not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be
dangerous or cause trouble
Synonym:gingerly, chary, guarded
Sentence: “Investors are increasingly wary about putting money into stocks.”
Meaning: a small detail and especially one that is a part of polite or proper
Synonym:Datum , specific, point
Sentence: “The leader knows all the niceties of diplomatic protocol”
Meaning: showing deference; respectful.
Synonym: obsequious, humble, respectful,
Sentence: “people were always deferential to him”
Meaning: obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
Synonym: sycophantic, servile
Sentence: “they were served by obsequious waiters”
Meaning: making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.
Synonym: harsh, strident,
Antonym: soft, dulcet, peaceful, quiet, restrained
Sentence: “raucous youths”
Meaning: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Synonym: flexibility, pliability, suppleness
Antonym: rigidity, fragility, vulnerability, weakness
Sentence: “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
Meaning: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
Synonym: guard, keeper
Sentence: “soldiers stood sentinel with their muskets”