Meaning: make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
Synonym: relieve, ease, alleviate, soothe, mitigate
Sentence: “the letter assuaged the fears of most members”
Meaning: approval or praise.
Synonym: approval, acceptance, assent, endorsement, encouragement, recognition, appreciation,
Sentence: “a term of approbation”
Meaning: not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
Synonym: inoffensive, innocuous, neutral, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, unremarkable,
Sentence: “anodyne music”
Meaning: a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
Synonym: division, separation, divorce, split, gulf, chasm;
Sentence: “a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism”
Meaning: feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.
Synonym: grieving, heartbroken, lamentable, lugubrious, plaintive, plangent,
Antonym: delighted, exulting, glorying, happy, joyful, rejoicing, triumphant;
Sentence: “a dolorous and repetitive tale of atrocity”
Meaning: a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession.
Synonym: salvo, volley, barrage, bombardment, cannonade,
Sentence: “marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles”
Meaning: lack of respect or seriousness; frivolousness.
Synonym: frivolousness, levity, superficiality, shallowness
Sentence: “she was infuriated by his careless flippancy”
Meaning: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
Synonym: herald, sign, indicator, indication, signal, prelude, portent, omen, augury, forewarning,
Sentence: “witch hazels are the harbingers of spring”
Meaning: the origin or mode of formation of something.
Synonym: origin, source, root, beginning, commencement, start, outset
Sentence: “this tale had its genesis in fireside stories”
Meaning: requiring great strength or effort.
Synonym: arduous, gruelling, laborious, back-breaking, onerous, strenuous, difficult,
Sentence: “a Herculean task”