Meaning: extremely poor; poverty-stricken.
Synonym: poverty-stricken, destitute, niggardly, parsimonious
Antonym: wealthy, generous
Sentence: “a penurious old tramp”
Meaning:a dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated.
Synonym:argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel
Sentence:”an insurance wrangle is holding up compensation payments”
Meaning:fall into decay or decline., (of a plant) become dry and shrivelled
Synonym:diminish, dwindle, shrink, lessen, fade
Sentence:”it is not true that old myths either die or wither away”
“the grass had withered to an unappealing brown”
Meaning:attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way.
Synonym:lovable, adorable, lovely, delightful, enchanting, captivating,
Antonym: joyless, sad, unhappy, unsatisfied; dull, lethargic,
Sentence:”a winsome smile”
Meaning:make a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress.
Sentence:”he winced at the disgust in her voice”
Meaning:skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully.
Synonym:shrewd, clever, sharp, sharp-witted, astute, canny,
Sentence:”his wily opponents”
Meaning:(of work) not requiring much skill and lacking prestige.
Synonym: unskilled, lowly, humble, low-grade, low-status, routine, humdrum, boring, dull;
Sentence:”menial factory jobs”
Meaning:hard menial or dull work.
Synonym:hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labour
Meaning:(of a person) talking fluently, readily, or incessantly.
Synonym:talkative, loquacious, garrulous, verbose,
Sentence:”she was as voluble as her husband was silent”
Meaning:the faculty or power of using one’s will.
Synonym: accord, choice, desire, determination
Sentence:”without conscious volition she backed into her office”