1. Onerous

Meaning: (of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

Synonym: burdensome, heavy, inconvenient, troublesome,

Antonym: easy, effortless

Sentence: “he found his duties increasingly onerous”



Meaning: making a show of being morally superior to other people.

Synonym: self-righteous,

Antonym: forthright, honest

Sentence: “what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?”



Meaning: a mixture or blend.

Synonym: combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling

Antonym: division, separation

Sentence: “a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern



Meaning: inborn; natural

Synonym: congenital, inherent, intrinsic

Antonym: acquired

Sentence: “her innate capacity for organization”



Meaning: relating to, used for, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system.

Synonym: disciplinary, punitive, corrective,

Antonym: compensatory; acquitting,

Sentence: “the campaign for penal reform”


  1. Austere

Meaning: severe in manner

Synonym: exacting, formal, cold

Antonym: flexible, bland, calm

Sentence: Quickly the light died out of his face, leaving it stern and austere.


  1. Apostate

Meaning: Traitor

Synonym: Backslider, defector, deserter

Antonym: adherent, loyalist, faithful

Sentence: after fifty years as an apostate he returned to the faith



Meaning: A conversation especially a formal one

Synonym: parley, conference, clambake

Antonym: quiet, silence

Sentence: They could scarcely have spoken a hundred words before their colloquy was at an end.


  1. Monotheism

Meaning: the doctrine or belief that there is only one God.

Synonym:  theism

Sentence: In my church we believe in monotheism, the idea of a solitary god.



Meaning: a person or thing that is the centre of attention or admiration.

Synonym: central, core, center, epicenter, eye, focus

Sentence: “Kirk was the cynosure of all eyes