Meaning: a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains.
Sentence: Jake was a brigand who stole from his own family.
Meaning: make (someone) drunk; intoxicate.
Antonym: teetotal; abstemious, abstinent
Sentence: “I got mildly inebriated”
Meaning: surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender.
Synonym: beleaguer, blockade, surround
Sentence: “the king marched north to besiege Berwick”
Meaning: a person or thing that one particularly dislikes.
Synonym: anathema, abomination, bogey, bugaboo;
Sentence: “great-uncle Edward was my father’s bête noire”
Meaning: taking place every other year.
Sentence: “the first of a series of biennial exhibitions”
Meaning: sacrilegious against God or sacred things
Synonym: profane, irreligious, irreverent, impious,
Sentence: “blasphemous and heretical talk”
Meaning: (of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly.
Synonym: flagrant, glaring, obvious, undisguised,
Sentence: “blatant lies”
Meaning: formally engage (someone) to be married.
Sentence: “in no time I shall be betrothed to Isabel”
Meaning: savagely cruel and depraved.
Synonym: savage, brutish, brutal, barbarous,
Sentence: “bestial and barbaric acts”
Meaning: impossible to stop or prevent.
Synonym: relentless, unstoppable, unavoidable,
Sentence: “the seemingly inexorable march of new technology”