Meaning: having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage
Synonym: shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted
Sentence: ‘an astute businessman”
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 organization”
Meaning: a petty lie., pretentious nonsense.
Synonym: fable, fabrication, falsehood,
Sentence: “no sane person would make up such a taradiddle”
Meaning: a long speech by one actor in a play or film, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast programme.
Synonym: soliloquy, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon,
Sentence: “he was reciting some of the great monologues of Shakespeare”
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: suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at, mention without discussing at length.
Synonym: refer to, suggest, hint at, imply, mention,
Antonym: announce, declare, proclaim; elucidate, explain, spell out
Sentence: she had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name”
Meaning: superficially plausible, but actually wrong., misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive
Synonym: misleading, deceptive, false, fallacious,
Antonym: candid, direct, foursquare,
Sentence: “a specious argument”
Meaning: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Sentence: “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’”
Meaning: make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.
Synonym: reduce, ease, relieve
Sentence: “he couldn’t prevent her pain, only alleviate it”