Meaning: defeat thoroughly.
Synonym: conquer, defeat
Sentence: “he successfully vanquished his rival”
Meaning: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Synonym: exaggeration, expression.
Sentence: “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’
Meaning: lose or cause to lose lustre, especially as a result of exposure to air or moisture
Synonym: discolour, stain, rust, oxidize, corrode, deteriorate;
Antonym: brighten, polish
Sentence: “silver tarnishes too easily”
Meaning: (of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.
Synonym: resound, echo, re-echo, repeat, resonate, pulsate, vibrate,
Antonym: dampen, deaden, dull, quiet
Sentence: “her deep booming laugh reverberated around the room”
Meaning: a sense of disgust and loathing.
Synonym: disgust, repulsion, abhorrence,
Sentence:”news of the attack will be met with sorrow and revulsion”
Meaning: humorous or witty conversation
Sentence: “he developed a nice line in badinage with the Labour leader”
Meaning: the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.
Synonym: wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay; More
Sentence:”there was much good-natured banter”
Meaning: a person’s nickname.
Synonym: alias, byname, cognomen, epithet
Sentence: “she was a vast and haughty person who answered to the sobriquet ‘Duchesse’”
Meaning: underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities.
Synonym: trickery, swindling, fraudulence
Sentence: “a firm that investigates commercial skulduggery”
Meaning: giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.
Synonym: menacing, threatening, ominous
Antonym: auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable
Sentence: “there was something sinister about that murmuring voice”