Meaning: a confusing and difficult problem or question
Synonym: quandary, dilemma; riddle, puzzle,
Sentence: “one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts”
Meaning: endless or apparently endless (often used hyperbolically)
Synonym: ceaseless, unceasing, incessant, constant, continual
Antonym: brief, ceasing, ending, ephemeral, halting , intermittent
Sentence: “we got bogged down in interminable discussions”
Meaning: exclude from a society or group.
Synonym: repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist
Antonym: welcome, accept, befriend, include
Sentence: “she was declared a witch and ostracized by the villagers”
Meaning: feeling or expressing remorse at the recognition that one has done wrong.
Synonym: remorseful, repentant, penitent, regretful
Antonym: unrepentant, defiant
Sentence: “a contrite tone”
Meaning: (of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition
Synonym: soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calming
Antonym: aggravate, exacerbate
Sentence: “orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curative”
Meaning: the action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated.
Synonym: frightening, menacing, terrifying, scaring, alarming
Antonym: benign, benignant, gentle, mild, non-intimidating, tender
Sentence: “the intimidation of witnesses and jurors”
Meaning: done or shown openly; plainly apparent.
Synonym: undisguised, unconcealed, observable, visible, manifest, above board;
Antonym: covert, hidden
Sentence: “an overt act of aggression”
Meaning: a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable., holding the belief that war and violence are unjustifiable.
Synonym: appeaser, pacifier
Sentence: “she was a committed pacifist all her life”
Meaning: prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
Synonym: foil, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of, forestall
Antonym: assist, facilitate
Sentence: “he never did anything to thwart his father”
Meaning: a public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate, colourful costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical scene., a beauty contest.
Synonym: parade, procession, cavalcade
Sentence: “they brought the history books to life at the town’s pageant”