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 behavior) 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 wrong belief : a false or mistaken idea,the quality of being false or wrong
Synonym: error, misbelief, falsity
Sentence: “the once-common fallacy that girls just weren’t any good at math”
Meaning: obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
Synonym: sycophantic, servile
Sentence: “they were served by obsequious waiters”
Meaning: making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.
Synonym: harsh, strident,
Antonym: soft, dulcet, peaceful, quiet, restrained
Sentence: “raucous youths”
Meaning: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Synonym: flexibility, pliability, suppleness
Antonym: rigidity, fragility, vulnerability, weakness
Sentence: “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
Meaning: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
Synonym: guard, keeper
Sentence: “soldiers stood sentinel with their muskets”
Meaning: a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room.
a mixture or medley of things.
Synonym: mixture, assortment, collection, selection
Sentence: “he played a potpourri of tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan”
Meaning: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
Synonym: practical, realistic
Antonym: idealistic, impractical, unrealistic, utopian
Sentence: “a pragmatic approach to politics”
Meaning: a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.
Synonym: public vote, plebiscite, popular vote, ballot, poll
Sentence: “he called for a referendum on the death penalty”