Meaning: underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities.
Synonym: trickery, swindling, fraudulence
Sentence: “a firm that investigates commercial skulduggery”
Meaning: the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.
Synonym: attraction, lure, draw, pull, appeal, glamour
Sentence: people for whom gold holds no allure”
Meaning: brisk and cheerful readiness
Synonym: eagerness, willingness, readiness
Sentence: “she accepted the invitation with alacrity”
Meaning: tending to induce drowsiness or sleep., a drug or other substance that induces drowsiness or sleep.
Synonym: sleeping pill, sleeping potion, sedative, calmative, tranquillizer, narcotic, opiate;
Antonym: invigorating, stimulant
Sentence: “the motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect”
Meaning: a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.
Synonyms: misinterpretation, mockery
Sentence: “the absurdly lenient sentence is a travesty of justice”
Meaning: wary and unwilling to take risks.
Synonyms: chary, guarded
Sentence: “the officials were very circumspect in their statements”
Meaning: characterized by or causing cohesion
Sentence: “a cohesive social unit”
Meaning: angry or dissatisfied.
Synonyms: aggrieved, resentful
Sentence: “judges receive letters from disgruntled members of the public”
Meaning: avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
Synonyms: dodge, shun
Sentence: “I do not shirk any responsibility in this matter”