Meaning: a confusing and difficult problem or question
Synonym: quandary, dilemma; riddle, puzzle,
Sentence: “one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts”
Meaning: endless or apparently endless (often used hyperbolically)
Synonym: ceaseless, unceasing, incessant, constant, continual
Antonym: brief, ceasing, ending, ephemeral, halting, intermittent
Sentence: “we got bogged down in interminable discussions”
Meaning: (of a child) having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected.
Synonym: ahead, gifted, talented,
Antonym: backwards, slow
Sentence: “a precocious, solitary boy”
Meaning: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something desirable or valuable.
Synonym: morsel, particle, degree, fragment, scrap,
Sentence: “his statement had a modicum of truth”
Meaning: relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.
Sentence: They accused him of having the poor sartorial taste.
The wedding party arrived in sartorial splendour.
Meaning: a meeting at an agreed time and place.
Synonym: meeting, appointment, engagement, assignation;
Sentence: “Edward turned up late for their rendezvous”
Meaning: (of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly.
Synonym: flagrant, glaring, obvious, undisguised,
Sentence: “blatant lies”
Meaning: formally engage (someone) to be married.
Sentence: “in no time I shall be betrothed to Isabel”
Meaning: (of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition
Synonym: soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calming
Antonym: aggravate, exacerbate
Sentence: “orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curative”
Meaning: making a show of being morally superior to other people.
Synonym: self-righteous, holier-than-thou, churchy, pious
Sentence: “what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?”