Meaning: a person or thing that is the centre of attention or admiration.
Synonym: central, core, centre, epicentre, eye, focus
Sentence: “Kirk was the cynosure of all eyes
Meaning: making a show of being morally superior to other people.
Antonym: forthright, honest
Sentence: “what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?”
Meaning: a mixture or blend.
Synonym: combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling
Antonym: division, separation
Sentence: “a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern
Meaning: inborn; natural
Synonym: congenital, inherent, intrinsic
Sentence: “her innate capacity for organisation”
Meaning: relating to, used for, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system.
Synonym: disciplinary, punitive, corrective,
Antonym: compensatory; acquitting,
Sentence: “the campaign for penal reform”
Meaning: (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigour.
Synonym: waning, dying, stagnating, stagnant, decaying,
Antonym: thriving, recovering, flourishing
Sentence: “the moribund commercial property market”
Meaning:lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring
Synonym:everlasting, perpetual, eternal,
Antonym: ceasing, ending, halting, infrequent, intermittent, interrupted, occasional, temporary
Sentence:”his perennial distrust of the media”
Meaning:(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death
Synonym:damnation, eternal punishment;
Sentence:”she used her last banknote to buy herself a square meal before perdition”
Meaning:a piece of jewellery that hangs from a chain worn around the neck.,
Synonym:locket, medallion, drop, stone;
Sentence:”a jade-green pendant on a gold chain”
Meaning:punishment inflicted on oneself as an outward expression of repentance for wrongdoing
Synonym:atonement, expiation, self-punishment
Sentence:”he had done public penance for those hasty words”