Meaning: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Synonym: exaggeration, expression.
Sentence: “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’
Meaning: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative
Synonym: irascible, irritable
Antonym: good-natured, affable
Sentence: “he can be a cantankerous old fossil at times”
Meaning: showing a casual lack of concern
Synonym: nonchalant, untroubled, unworried,
Antonym: anxious, concerned
Sentence: “an insouciant shrug”
Meaning: a person’s nickname.
Synonym: alias, byname, cognomen, epithet
Sentence: “she was a vast and haughty person who answered to the sobriquet ‘Duchesse’”
Meaning: underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities.
Synonym: trickery, swindling, fraudulence
Sentence: “a firm that investigates commercial skulduggery”
Meaning: able to move quickly and easily.
Synonym: acrobatic, dexterous, deft,
Antonym: clumsy, stiff, slow, dull
Sentence: “Ruth was as agile as a monkey”
Meaning: filled with horror or shock.
Synonym: horrified, appalled, astounded, amazed, dismayed,
Antonym: fearless, unafraid
Sentence: “she winced, aghast at his cruelty”
Sentence: “separating authentic and spurious claims”
Meaning: musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles.
Synonym: crash, bang, smash, clash, bump
Sentence: “percussion instruments”
Meaning: a large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly.
Synonym: bonanza, jackpot,
Sentence: “members are to get an average £520 cash windfall for voting ‘yes’ to the merger”
Meaning: showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour.
Synonym: meticulous, conscientious, careful, diligent, attentive,
Antonym: careless, easy-going, slapdash
Sentence: “he was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests”
Meaning: ostentatiously costly and luxurious.
Synonym: luxurious, sumptuous, palatial
Antonym: penniless, poor, impoverished, penurious
Sentence: “the opulent comfort of a limousine”