Lacking in freshness, originality, or vigor-bored by his banal remarks.
Synonyms: commonplace, hackneyed, prosaic, trite, stereotyped, vapid
Antonyms: racy, original, vivid
(noun: BANE: poison; source of harm): Destructive, poisonous – a baneful effect, causing serious injury.
Synonyms: deleterious, pernicious, virulent, noxious, toxic
Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter, to the amusement of the audience.
Synonyms: raillery, chaff
A stick or staff – The conductor wielded his baton gracefully.
To give a false idea of – His gracious manner belled his. evil purpose.
Inclined to quarrel; warlike – His bellicose attitude often got John into fights.
Synonyms: pugnacious, contentious, disputatious
Antonyms: pacific, conciliatory
Engaged in war – two belligerent nations warring fiercely.
Kindly; charitable – like a benevolent monarch, bestowing many favors.
Synonyms: benign, benignant, gracious, magnanimous
Antonyms: malevolent, malignant
To deprive or leave desolate by loss – a widow just bereaved of her husband.
To soil or dirty – besmirched his opponent’s good name with vile epithets.
Synonyms: stilly, defile, smirch, bespatter
Prejudiced – misled by a biased point of view.
Synonyms: bigoted, arbitrary, partial, partisan
Antonyms: disinterested, equitable
A lover of books – The bibliophile fingered the old book fondly.
Queer; unusual in appearance- bizarre clothes, outlandish in the extreme.
Synonyms: odd, fantastic, grotesque, eccentric
Gentle; polite; agreeable – a bland diet, without irritating foods.
Synonyms: mild, suave (affable or persuasive in manner), soothing, non-irritating
Antonyms: piquant, tart, racy, caustic, acrid, pungent
A flattering speech or act – attracted people by his blandishments.
(verb): To scar or spoil – Bad associates blemished his character
(noun): A disfigurement, defect – a character without a blemish.
To ruin or decay – the rotting wheat-, blighted by incessant rain.
Synonyms: wither, blast
Gay and light-hearted in spirit or mood – spread cheer with her blithe spirit.
Synonyms: jocund, merry, joyous
Antonyms: dejected, forlorn, abject
A swamp – sank into the spongy bog.
Synonyms: morass, fen, quagmire, mire
(noun: BOMBAST): High-sounding; pretentious in language – a bombastic speech, inflated with meaningless high-flown words.
Synonyms: ranting, pompous, fustian
Unrefined in speech or manners – exhibited the boorish manners of a backwoodsman.
Synonyms: churlish, uncouth. uncultured, crass
Pertaining to the country – a bucolic poem de- the joys of the shepherd.
Synonyms: pastoral, rustic, rural
A clown – acting like a buffoon, full of ludicrous tricks.
An embankment used as a fortification – a lofty bulwark for defense.
A person, idea, or object serving as a protection – acted as a bulwark in the fight against crime.
Obnoxiously conceited or self-assertive – a bumptious monitor, puffed up with his own importance,
Synonyms: aggressive, arrogant, contumelious, overbearing