Meaning: (adjective) experimental in nature; uncertain hesitant Synonyms: provisional, inconclusive Antonyms: definite, conclusive, confirmed Usage: Negotiators have come up with a tentative agreement that will keep both sides at the bargaining table past the strike deadline
Meaning: (adjective) no easily moved mentally or emotionally;dull,unresponsive Synonyms: impassive, phlegmatic Antonyms: emotional, oversensitive,high-strung Usage: Stolid people can generally be expected to take most things in stride.
Meaning: (adjective) easily bent, flexible; easily influenced Synonyms: supple, adaptable, resilient, Antonyms: rigid, inflexible,recalcitrant Usage: Spools of pliable copper wire are standard equipment for many kinds of maintenance workers, including electricians.
Meaning: (adjective) wealthy, luxurious, ample, grandiose Synonyms: rich, lavish, plentiful, abundant Antonyms: poverty-stricken,wretched, destitute Usage: The tour guide showed us the opulent living quarters of the royal family.
Meaning: (adjective) intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous Synonyms: cunning, underhanded, perfidious Antonyms: frank, ingenious, aboveboard Usage: The investigators uncovered an insidious scheme to rob people of their life savings
Meaning: (verb) to utter taunting words: (noun) an expression of scorn. Synonyms: ridicule, mock, deride, jeer Antonyms: compliment, praise Usage: Voters may reject a candidate who resorts to personal gibe instead of discussing the issues.
Meaning: (noun) courage in facing difficulties. Synonyms: resolve, steadfastness, mettle Antonyms: fearfulness, timidity, lightheartedness Usage: The residents of the Mississippi delta showed remarkable fortitude during and after the flood that destroyed their homes and businesses.
Meaning: (adjective) stern,unyielding, gloomy, ill-humored. Synonyms: harsh, bleak,forbidding, saturnine Antonyms: cheery, inviting, genial Usage: Dickens’s Mr. Gradgrind in the novel hard times is an example of a character with a dour and sullen disposition.
Meaning: (adjective) deprived of; made unhappy through a loss. Synonyms: bereaved, deprived of, robbed of, stripped of, denuded of Usage: Individuals who live to be very old may eventually find themselves completely bereft of friends and family.Antonyms: replete, well provided
Meaning: (verb) to make larger, increase Synonyms: enlarge, supplement, amplify Antonyms: decrease, diminish Usage: Many couples have to augment their income in order to pay the mortgage on a new home.