Meaning: surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender.
Synonym: beleaguer, blockade, surround
Sentence: “the king marched north to besiege Berwick”
Meaning: a person or thing that one particularly dislikes.
Synonym: anathema, abomination, bogey, bugaboo;
Sentence: “great-uncle Edward was my father’s bête noire”
Meaning: taking place every other year.
Sentence: “the first of a series of biennial exhibitions”
Meaning: Pull back or move away or backward
Synonym: subside, ebb, taper
Antonym: forge, ascend, prolong
Sentence: The unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older
Meaning: a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.
Synonym: liking, inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, propensity,
Sentence: “a proclivity for hard work”
Meaning: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil.
Synonyms: devilish, diabolical,
Sentence: An idle mind is a Diabolic’s workshop.
Meaning: a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will.
Synonyms: bitterness, gall, rancor, resentment, reprisal.
Sentence: Although my friend betrayed me, I have no rancor towards him.
Meaning: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original
Synonym: stereotype, cobwebby, timeworn
Sentence: “ That argument has become trite.”
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: a small slow-moving Old World lizard with a prehensile tail, long extensible tongue, protruding eyes that rotate independently, and a highly developed ability to change colour., a person who changes their opinions or behaviour according to the situation.
Synonym: opportunist, temporizer, timeserver,
Sentence:”voters have misgivings about his performance as a political chameleon”