A small group of persons engaged in plotting – a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government.
Synonyms: junto, faction
Unharmonious sounding – a cacophonous blare of trumpets, noisy and discordant.
Synonyms: dissonant, discordant, blatant, strident, raucous Antonyms: mellifluous, euphonious, dulcet
Corpselike; hence, haggard, pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment.
Synonyms: ghastly, gaunt, pallid (noun: pallor), wan, ashen
Antonyms: rubicund, florid
Unfeeling or insensitive – made callous by long suffering.
Synonyms: insensible, obdurate
To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another’s reputation; slander – calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors.
Synonyms: asperse, vilify, defame, scandalize
(noun: CANDOR): Frank, outspoken; impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright.
Synonyms: artless, ingenuous, unbiased
Antonyms: guileful, evasive
Ill-natured; quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition.
Synonyms:petulant, peevish, contentious, pugnacious, testy, choleric, fretful
Antonyms:amiable, affable, equable
Inclined, through some whim or fancy change the mind, purpose, or actions suddenly – a capricious person, undependable in mood or temper.
Synonyms:fickle, fitful, changeable, erratic, inconstant, crotchety, whimsical, mercurial
Antonyms:steadfast, constant, even-tempered
Quick to find fault about trifles- a captious critic pouncing on slight laws.
Synonyms:hypercritical, carping, carviling, censorious
A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features – not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature.
To punish or criticize severely – castigated for using improper language.
Synonyms:reprove, upbraid, reprehend, censure, reprimand, chasten
Antonyms:commend, eulogize, laud
Pertaining to the sky; heavenly-a celestial pageant of bright stars.
Synonyms:ethereal; (noun) firmament
An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country.
Trickery, deception,- practised chicanery all his shady dealings.
Synonyms:duplicity, craft, stratagem, wile, subterfuge
Continuing a long time; habitual-a. chronic complaint, persisting for years.
Synonyms:persistent, unremitting, inveterate, incessant, constant
Antonyms:intermittent, sporadic, infrequent
Cautious – looked about him circumspectly.
Synonyms:prudent, vigilant, discreet, wary
Antonyms:rash, indiscreet, reckless, precipitate, foothardy, temerarious, headstrong
To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception; to go around – circumvented the law by evasive practices.
Synonyms:thwart, balk, outwit, delude
Of or having to do with citizens or the state – We I civil duties as well as civil liberties Polite, courteous – answered in a civil fashion.
Synonyms: respectful, gracious
Loud and noisy – a clamorous outburst the crowd outside.
Synonyms: vociferous, obstreperous, blatant, raucous, strident
Antonyms: muted, quiet
Secret; stealthy – a clandestine meeting known only to a few.
Synonyms: furtive, covert, surreptitious
Antonyms: overt, manifest, above-board
Merciful; gentle – a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency.
Synonyms: compassionate, forbearing
Antonyms: relentless, ruthless
(verb: COALESCE): Alliance; merging of various units into one unit – three parties forming a coalition to rule the country.
Synonyms: amalgamation, consolidation, fusion
Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will – rendered his services without the slightest coercion.
Synonyms: constraint, restraint, impelling
Having the force to compel, usually by appealing to reason – persuaded by cogent arguments.
Working together secretly for an evil purpose – acted in collusion to overthrow the government.
Synonyms: collaboration, conspiracy, conniving, machination
Roomy – a commodious apartment.
Synonyms: spacious, capacious, ample
Harmonious; able, to get along together parted company because they were not compatible.
Synonyms: congruous, consistent
Antonyms: incongruous, discordant, incompatible
(adj.: COMPENDIOUS): A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work – a compendium of chemistry in a slim volume.
Synonyms: synopsis, digest, precis, abstract, epitome
Payment for services – just compensation for his labor.
Synonyms: stipend, remuneration, recompense, emolument
Self-satisfied – looked on his own performance with a complacent smile.
Regret for wrongdoing – displayed slight compunction for his misdeed.
Synonyms: contrition, penitence, atonement, remorse, qualm
To yield; to admit as true; to grant – conceded victory to a superior force.
Synonyms: acquiesce, capitulate
Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) – received condign punishment for his crime.
(noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow, pain, or misfortune – condoled with each other in their grief.
Synonyms: commiserate, show compassion, solace
To forgive or overlook (an offense) – condoned the deed, in view of the offender’s age.
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate, mitigate, gloss
(noun): A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one) – joined his confederate in secret enterprise.
Synonyms: collaborator, accomplice
(adj.): United or allied in a conspiracy – two confederate groups hurrying to their rendezvous.
(1) Possessing similar interests and tastes; able to get on well with others – congenial people with similar backgrounds.
(2) Agreeable – congenial to his taste.
To guess – Without facts, we can only conjecture about his guilt.
Synonyms: surmise, presume
(1) To set apart as sacred – consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes. Synonyms: hallow, sanctify Antonym: desecrate
(2) To devote or dedicate to some aim – consecrated his life to teaching.
General agreement – The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken.
Amazement; lack of courage caused by fearful prospect – The threat struck deep consternation into John.
Synonyms: dismay, bewilderment
(noun: CONSTRUCTION): To interpret, explain the sense of, or analyze – construed the statement to his own advantage.
(adj.): Perfect or highly accomplished – achieved with consummate skill.
Antonyms: botched. bungled, inept
(verb): To complete, bring to perfection – consummated the deal without delay.
Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) – cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate.
Synonyms: supercilious, scornful, disdainful, contumelious
Festive; gay – a convivial party.
Synonyms: jovial, jocund, mirthful
Antonyms: lugubrious, dolorous, mirthless
Plentiful – shed copious tears at the bad news.
Synonyms. profuse, bountiful, abundant
Antonyms: meager, scant
Fat – corpulent due to excessive eating.
Synonyms: obese, portly
Antonyms: gaunt, lank, emaciated, peaked
(noun): One who is at home in all countries – A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world.
(adj.): Free from local prejudices – a world-wide traveler, cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes.
Antonyms: parochial, provincial
A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend.
(noun): A face – His countenance expressed his complete disgust.
(verb): To approve – refused to countenance disrespectful conduct.
Coarse and stupid – displayed crass ignorance.
(noun): Coward – the deed of a craven, motivated by fear.
(adj.): Cowardly – a craven act which shocked the world.
Synonyms: pusillanimous, dastardly.
Antonyms: stalwart, intrepid, valiant, stout-hearted
Trust or belief – gave little credence to the rumor.
Worthy of belief – a credible story, true to life.
Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor – applauded for his creditable performance.
Synonyms: praiseworthy, meritorious, commendable
Antonyms: discreditable, infamous, opprobrious, ignominious
Inclined to believe anything; easily imposed upon – a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe.
Antonyms: incredulous, skeptical
To shrink in fear – cringing before superior force.
Synonyms, cower, flinch, fawn, truckle, wince
Decisive or critical; difficult – the crucial event that decided the outcome.
Containing hidden meaning – a cryptic message, difficult to decipher.
Synonyms: occult, enigmatic
Antonyms: palpable, manifest
Deserving blame or censure – removed from office for culpable negligence.
Synonyms: censurable, reprehensible
Burdensome and clumsy – a cumbrous knapsack, impeding his march.
Synonyms: cumbersome, unwieldy, bulk
To control, check, or restrain – forcibly curbed the people’s protest.
Synonyms: repress, subdue
Hurried; hence, superficial – Time permitted only a cursory examination.
Antonyms: painstaking, meticulous
Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response.
Synonyms: blunt, brusque, bluff
Antonyms: affable, civil
Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others – belittled the hero with a cynical remark.
Synonyms: sarcastic, surly