Meaning: (of a liquid) completely clear and transparent.
Synonym: clear, transparent, glassy
Antonym: opaque, muddy
Sentence: “the limpid waters of the Caribbean”
Meaning: a wrong or inaccurate name or designation.
Sentence: “‘King crab’ is a misnomer—these creatures are not crustaceans at all”
Meaning: brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful.
Synonym: brilliant, dazzling, exciting, exhilarating
Antonym: boring, dull, pedestrian
Sentence: “the audience loved his scintillating wit”
Meaning: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something desirable or valuable.
Synonym: morsel, particle, degree, speck, fragment, scrap,
Sentence: “his statement had a modicum of truth”
Meaning: relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.
Sentence: They accused him of having poor sartorial taste.
The wedding party arrived in sartorial splendor.
Meaning: making a show of being morally superior to other people.
Synonym: self-righteous, holier-than-thou, churchy, pious
Sentence: “what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?”
Meaning: grimly mocking or cynical.
Synonym: mocking, satirical;
Antonym: diplomatic, polite, smooth, suave, urbane;
Sentence: “Starkey attempted a sardonic smile”
Meaning: composure or coolness shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
Sentence: He displayed remarkable sangfroid when everyone else was panicking during the crisis.
Meaning: rescue (a wrecked or disabled ship or its cargo) from loss at sea.
Synonym: rescue, save, recover, retrieve
Antonym: praise, commend, applaud
Sentence: “an emerald and gold cross was salvaged from the wreck”
Meaning: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
Synonym: optimistic, bullish, hopeful, buoyant
Antonym: pessimistic, gloomy
Sentence: “he is sanguine about prospects for the global economy”