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Scarce Save


Meaning: rare and insufficient


Sentences:
First, it would not require each country to expend scarce resources to build its own defenses against every air and missile threat. I must eat until sated: Early humans lived in an environment in which food resources were scarce.


Synonyms:
in short supply, short, scant, scanty, meagre,


Antonyms:
plentiful, abundant, common,


Marginal Save


Meaning: relating to or at an edge or boundary; minimal


Sentences:
If its discovered that someone hid hot money - so there was no tax paid - the entire amount becomes subject to income tax at the marginal rate. Those figures showed a very marginal lead as you note and we can take that back.


Synonyms:
slight, small, tiny, minute, low,


Antonyms:
vast, gross,


Contemptous Save


Meaning: None


Mendicant Save


Meaning: beggar; supplicant


Sentences:
The mendicant orders, particularly the Dominicans, developed a supranational organization directed by provincial and general chapters and ultimately subject to the papacy. The late Robert Brentano examines the interaction of the countryside and the city in terms of the mendicant friars who lived in and moved between both worlds.


Synonyms:
beggar, beggarman, beggarwoman, tramp, vagrant,


Annotate Save


Meaning: add notes to (a text or diagram) giving explanation or comment.


Sentences:
I read it closely and annotated it extensively, as is my habit in reading generally. It is a significantly extended, critically judicious, helpfully annotated edition of an indispensable oeuvre.


Synonyms:
comment on, add footnotes to, add notes to, gloss,


Miser Save


Meaning: an individual who lives poorly in order to hoard money; a person who is stingy


Sentences:
This looked and sounded like a Chancellor who was holding on to the Treasury windfalls like a miser hoarding his coins. He decides instead to take over an old miser's nest egg.


Synonyms:
penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, Scrooge,


Antonyms:
spendthrift, philanthropist,


Intimate Save


Meaning: to imply, suggest, or insinuate


Sentences:
At a time when public figures and celebrities are revealing intimate details about their personalities and home life, the press reflects our confessional culture. As an extension of this plan, the family would launch needless wars, thus allowing it to amass a huge fortune through its intimate connection with the military-industrial complex.


Synonyms:
close, bosom, boon, dear, cherished,


Antonyms:
distant, formal, cold, scant,


Munificent Save


Meaning: very generous


Sentences:
But whereas the first act of her performance is disciplined, down-to-earth and munificent with wit, the second and third acts are inscrutable, new-agey and dull. Admidst family, friends and fireworks, the munificent Michael swept 29-year-old Ms Murphy off her feet with a specially designed marquise cut diamond solitaire.


Synonyms:
generous, bountiful, open-handed, magnanimous, philanthropic,


Antonyms:
mean, niggardly, miserly,


Carmine Save


Meaning: a vivid crimson colour


Sentences:
This spiraea is common and sometimes derided because of this, but it is an easy-to-grow deciduous shrub with attractive reddish young leaves that mature to dark green and lovely deep carmine pink flowers from mid to late summer. When the petals fall, the 2-inch carmine fruit develops, revealing scarlet seeds.


Hearken Save


Meaning: listen


Sentences:
But, that - I was not surprised at the initial Soviet response that is - sort of hearkens back to the Cold War days when they tried to deny at first that it happened and then try to cover it up. It hearkens back to the days when it didn't seem to be such a waste of time to protest the general mess in which the world is mired.


Austere Save


Meaning: harsh in manner of temperament


Sentences:
The last thing I could remember is the physician giving me an anesthetic shot and Matik's austere expression. Like much of the liturgical music of the Orthodox tradition, Tavener's music is intentionally simple and even austere.


Synonyms:
severe, stern, strict, harsh, unfeeling,


Antonyms:
genial, immoderate, ornate,


Wanting Save


Meaning: lacking


Sentences:
It was from a sense of wanting to extend the way imagination can reveal the necessary knowledge. In this area, Morrison was found wanting time and time again.


Synonyms:
deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect,


Antonyms:
sufficient, acceptable, present,


Patronize Save


Meaning: treat condescendingly


Sentences:
In the past many visitors have patronized my shop and this is usually quite profitable. Only the most determined and wealthy supermarket-haters will continue to patronise the small shops that are trying to make a go of it again.


Synonyms:
treat condescendingly, treat with condescension, condescend to, look down on, talk down to,


Austerity Save


Meaning: sternness or severity of manner or attitude


Sentences:
Oh, well, in the war, of course it was austerity; the whole centre of Manchester was totally destroyed. Virgil's purpose was moral, and his main concern is to describe the farmer's virtues of austerity, integrity, and hard work, which made Rome great.


Celestial Save


Meaning: positioned in or relating to the sky, or outer space as observed in astronomy


Sentences:
Galileo took the position that all celestial phenomena should be interpreted in terms of terrestrial analogies, against Aristotle's basic postulate of essential differences. Bunyan sought to keep Christian on the narrow path to the celestial city.


Synonyms:
space, in space, heavenly, astronomical, extraterrestrial,


Antonyms:
terrestrial, earthly, hellish, mundane,


Pine Save


Meaning: to lose vigor (as through grief ); to yearn


Sentences:
My house sits lonely though, pining for my return daily. I was pining for New York, pining for my friends and, worst of all, pining for Bobby who, while annoying and clingy, at least had all his own teeth and listened to good music.


Synonyms:
languish, decline, go into a decline, lose strength, weaken,


Construe Save


Meaning: interpreted in a particular way


Sentences:
The definition's use of words like ‘traitor’ cannot be construed as representations of fact. The right of access to a Court has been construed as including the right to effective enforcement of judgments.


Synonyms:
interpret, understand, read, see, take,


Artful Save


Meaning: clever in a cunning way


Sentences:
In this arena, Apple may benefit from its consumer focus, artful design, and strong brand equity. Crisp photographs by Bill Milne capture the bright, boldly colored fabrics used for the author's artful, fun designs.


Synonyms:
sly, crafty, cunning, wily, scheming,


Antonyms:
ingenuous, honest, dull,


Convention Save


Meaning: a generally agreed upon practice or attitude


Sentences:
They celebrated a man who was scornful of polite convention and showed little interest in being embraced by the great and good. A number of important meetings and conventions are taking place in the coming weeks.


Synonyms:
custom, usage, practice, tradition, way,


Ascetic Save


Meaning: characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons


Sentences:
Sufism emphasises the more mystical and ascetic aspects of the religion. Bernard's over-rigorous pursuit of ascetic discipline adversely affected his health.


Synonyms:
austere, self-denying, abstinent, abstemious, non-indulgent,


Antonyms:
sybaritic, sybarite,


Intimation Save


Meaning: an indirect suggestion


Sentences:
This journey gave the world its first intimation of the reality of the deep ocean. We are given intimations of romance, all along recognizing that it is unlikely to be realized or consummated.


Synonyms:
announcement, statement, communication, notification, notice,


Harried Save


Meaning: troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


Sentences:
A harried pitbull of a ticket agent posted at the door barked at him for his pass. Even if Bushnell frames parental tasks with urgency, the basic activities of parenthood are far from harried.


Synonyms:
harassed, hard-pressed, beleaguered, agitated, flustered,


Antonyms:
untroubled,


Euphemism Save


Meaning: a mild replacement for a harsher or more offensive term


Sentences:
Sir John could be counted on not to speak in mild euphemisms. Such mild, culinary euphemisms muffled and camouflaged the enforced famines and the murders of millions.


Synonyms:
polite term, substitute, mild alternative, indirect term, understatement,


Antonyms:
dysphemism, calling a spade a spade,


Despise Save


Meaning: feel contempt or a deep repugnance for


Sentences:
She is an absolutist, despising those opportunists who take time out of normal life for a little promiscuity. She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.


Synonyms:
detest, hate, loathe, abhor, abominate,


Antonyms:
like, respect,


Anthology Save


Meaning: a collection of literary works by various authors


Sentences:
They aren't your average band, as this Singles anthology testifies. His beautiful ballad is the standout track of this impressive anthology.


Synonyms:
collection, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation,


Wanton Save


Meaning: without check or limitation; showing no moral restraints to one's anger, desire, orappetites


Sentences:
Jackson and Lee continued to preside over the wanton slaughter of men, women and children to defend the rights of freedom for white Virginians while supporting the slavery of black Virginians, among others. Together they roam the streets, picking up prostitutes and other willing, wanton woman to calm their near-desperate need for the female form.


Synonyms:
deliberate, wilful, malicious, malevolent, spiteful,


Antonyms:
justifiable, chaste, moral,


Contempt Save


Meaning: the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration


Sentences:
It observes that the disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts that have outraged the conscience of mankind. As between further violence and contempt of court, she may rationally choose the jail cell.


Synonyms:
scorn, disdain, disrespect, deprecation, disparagement,


Antonyms:
respect, respect,


Despicable Save


Meaning: deserving hatred and contempt


Sentences:
He soon found himself involved in one of the most despicable trades of those days - slavery. The way the council acts is despicable and should not be allowed.


Synonyms:
contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible,


Antonyms:
admirable, noble,


Hail Save


Meaning: enthusiastically acclaim or celebrate something


Sentences:
On the one hand it was hailed as groundbreaking and praised for encouraging debate. Three quick-thinking passers-by were today hailed as heroes for saving a man's life with emergency first aid as he lay on the pavement.


Synonyms:
greet, salute, address, halloo, speak to,


Antonyms:
say goodbye to, criticize, condemn, farewell,


Admonition Save


Meaning: a firm warning or reprimand


Sentences:
In the week after he wrote that memo, he broke his own admonition about discussing the investigation with people outside the company. We are all against the present US administration's heavy-handed admonitions to reform.


Synonyms:
reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach,


Antonyms:
commendation, pat on the back, praise,


Amoral Save


Meaning: lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something


Sentences:
It makes for delightfully entertaining reading, in a sort of surreal and amoral sort of way. I wonder if, in our efforts to make our society so moral, we have, in a way, become more amoral.


Synonyms:
unprincipled, without standards, without morals,


Antonyms:
moral, principled,


Munificence Save


Meaning: The quality or action of being lavishly generous; great generosity.


Sentences:
we must be thankful for his munificence we must be thankful for his munificence


Synonyms:
generosity, bountifulness, open-handedness, magnanimity, magnanimousness,


I came up with the funHard by Saint Laurence Saint Laurence a church in Florence: S. Lorenzo in Vasari.
For examples of the work of Fra Angelico, search the Fra Angelico (1387-1455), Florentine painter, who was also a Dominican.
—That is—you'll not mistake an idle wordSpoke in a huff by a poor monk, God wot God wot God knows ,Tasting the air thi...

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