Meaning: (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered
Synonym: short-tempered, peevish,
Antonym: affable, companionable, cordial, extroverted
Sentence: “he was moody and petulant”
Meaning: a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.
Synonym: minstrel show, middleman, minstrel
Sentence: The music at the party was so loud my interlocutor couldn’t understand a word I said during our conversation.
Meaning: the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
Synonym: acme, apotheosis
Sentence: A selfless desire to help others is the quintessence of the virtue of charity
Meaning: someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure, etc.
Synonym: deliverer, redeemer
Sentence: We all felt that she was our savior.
Meaning: uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy
Synonym: hell-raising, knockabout, boisterous
Antonym: noiseless, peaceful, placid, quiet, restrained, serene,
Sentence: The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.
Meaning: the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose.
Synonym: trickery, deception, deceit,
Sentence: “storylines packed with political chicanery”
Meaning: a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.
Synonym: quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, fake
Sentence: “a self-confessed con artist and charlatan”
Meaning: the means or procedure for doing something
Synonyms: approach, manner
Sentence: used dishonest tactics to win election to the town council
Meaning: treatment that is deliberately unfriendly
Synonyms: brush-off, repulse
Sentence: took her rebuff in stride, and still greeted her cousin with a friendly smile the next time they met
Meaning: to free or remove
Synonyms: disentangle, disencumber
Sentence: They extricated the tractor from the mud.