Sacrificing moral principles in order to attain power; politically cunning; crafty – a machiavellian design, wickedly contrived.
(noun: MALICE): Bearing, or acting with, deliberate ill-will or spite – hurting with malicious intent.
Synonyms:rancorous, malignant, malevolent, virulent, vindictive
(verb): To assume a deceptive appearance or character – a thief masquerading as an honest man.
Synonyms: dissemble, feign
(noun): A disguise; a group of people in disguise or fancy costumes – a masquerade so perfect no one could guess his identity.
Sentimental to the point of tears – turned maudlin at the mention of his lost dog.
Synonym : mawkish, lachrymose
To walk about (or talk) aimlessly; to wind about (as a stream) – meandered through the town, looking into shop windows.
Average in quality – a mediocre performance, unworthy of his talents.
Acting solely from a consideration of reward or profit – actuated by a mercenary motive.
Attracting in a false, cheap, or showy manner- a meretricious beauty that is too flashy to be real.
Fussy about minute details – took meticulous pains with his composition.
Synonyms:fastidious, punctilious, overscrupulous, finical, methodical
Antonyms:desultory, perfunctory, slovenly
(adj.: METTLESOME: high-spirited ): Disposition; spirit; courage – His mettle was tried in battle.
Idiom: to be on one’s mettle (meaning, “ready to do one’s best”)
A little world, or a universe in miniature this village, a microcosm of the great outside world.
Antonym:macrocosm (world on a large scale)
To make fun of or copy by imitating – mimicked the comedian’s gestures.
(noun: MISANTHROPE): Hating or distrusting mankind – condemned for his misanthropic views.
Antonyms: philanthropic, altruistic
A name or term that describes wrongly – To call him a brave man is really a misnomer.
A speech by one person – The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue.
Antonyms:colloquy (adj. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons; dialogue: conversation between two persons
Gloomy; ill-humored – shunned because of his morose temper.
Synonyms: sulky, crabbed, sullen, splenetic, saturnine
Antonyms: blithe, genial
Of various colors; of mixed ingredients – a motley costume; a motley crowd.
Synonyms: checkered (referring to a varied career), piebald, variegated, diverse, heterogeneous
Spotted or streaked with varied colors – a mottled pony.
Of, or pertaining to, the world, as contrasted with the spirit – mundane affairs.
Synonyms:earthly, terrestrial, secular, temporal
Dark; cloudy – a murky cavern.
Synonyms:dismal, tenebrous, fuliginous
Antonyms:resplendent, glowing, lustrous, luminous, fulgent, coruscating
Given to frequent change in nature, mood, or form – mutable in mood as a spring wind.
Synonyms:vacillating, fickle, inconstant, fitful, mercurial, wavering, capricious
Innumerable – the myriad stars in the heavens.