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