Meaning: showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.
Synonym: heartless, unfeeling
Antonym: kind, compassionate
Sentence: “his callous comments about the murder made me shiver”
Meaning: annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated.
Synonym: irritation, vexation, exasperation
Sentence: “to my chagrin, he was nowhere to be seen”
Meaning: (of a woman or her behaviour) reserved, modest, and shy.
Synonym: modest, unassuming, meek
Antonym: brazen, shameless
Sentence: “a demure little wife who sits at home minding the house”
Meaning: a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
Sentence: “the town is a throwback to medieval times, an anachronism that has survived the passing years”
Meaning: belief in or acceptance of something as true.
Synonym: acceptance, belief, faith, trust,
Antonym: distrust, mistrust
Sentence: “psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen”
Meaning: an event celebrated or taking place every two years.
Sentence: “the first of a series of biennial exhibitions”
Meaning: pointing indirectly towards someone’s guilt but not conclusively proving it.
Synonym: indirect, inferred, inferential, deduced
Sentence: “the prosecution will have to rely on circumstantial evidence”
Meaning: having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.
Synonym: gullible, naive, impressionable, trusting,
Antonym: worldly, suspicious
Sentence: “a ceremony staged for credulous tourists”
Meaning: continuing or occurring again and again for a long time, happening or existing frequently or most of the time, always or often doing something specified
Synonym: natural; persistent, regular,
Antonym: unaccustomed, unused; intermittent, occasional
Sentence: He suffers from chronic arthritis.
Meaning: a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
Synonym: cynic, churl, grouch, grump, recluse, hermit, anchorite
Sentence: “Scrooge wasn’t the mean-spirited misanthrope most of us believe him to be”
Meaning: the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.
Synonym: periphrasis, circuitousness, indirectness;
Sentence: “his admission came after years of circumlocution”