Contentious (adjective) Meaning: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial. Synonyms: controversial, disputable, debatable, and disputed Usage: The contentious issue of abortion.
Garner (Verb) Meaning: gather or collect (something, especially information or approval) Synonyms: accumulate, amass, assemble; store Usage: The police struggled to garner sufficient evidence.
Dilatory (adjective) Meaning: slow to act Synonyms: slow, unhurried, tardy, unpunctual, lax, slack Usage: They were dilatory in providing the researchers with information.
Stolid (adjective) Meaning: calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation Synonyms: impassive, phlegmatic, unemotional, calm Usage: A stolid, slow-speaking man.
Denouement (noun) Meaning: The final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved Synonyms: final scene, final act, last act Usage: The film’s denouement was unsatisfying and ambiguous.
Truculent (Adjective) Meaning: eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant. Synonyms: defiant, aggressive, antagonistic, belligerent, pugnacious, bellicose Usage: The truculent attitude of farmers to cheaper imports.
Quaint (Adjective) Meaning: attractively unusual or old-fashioned. Synonyms: picturesque, charming, sweet, attractive, pleasantly old-fashioned Usage: Narrow streets lead to a quaint bridge over the
Serendipity (Noun) Meaning: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke Usage: Technical innovation may be the result of pure serendipity.
Umbrage (Noun) Meaning: offence or annoyance. Synonyms: take offence, be offended, take exception, bridle, take something personally Usage: She took umbrage at his remarks.
Salient (Adjective) Meaning: most noticeable or important. Synonyms: important, main, principal, major, chief, primary, notable Usage: The salient points stuck out clearly in her mind.