Vocab Master Day – 29

1. Alliteration

Meaning: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Sentence: “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’”


Meaning: make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.

Synonym: reduce, ease, relieve

Antonym: aggravate

Sentence: “he couldn’t prevent her pain, only alleviate it”

3. Alchemy

Meaning: the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir

Synonym: chemistry

Sentence:”occult sciences, such as alchemy and astrology”


Meaning: wrong ,deviant

Synonym: erratic, stray

Antonym: normal,

Sentence:I saw an errant man shouting at his daughter for skipping office


Meaning: A wearing down to weaken or destroy

Synonym: erosion, grinding

Antonym: building, happiness

Sentence:The difficulty was to overcome its susceptibility to attrition.


Meaning: idealistic

Synonym: dreamy, foolish, impractical

Antonym: cautious, realistic, wise

Sentence:That sounds quixotically noble, this stand for the inviolability of marriage.

7. Implacable

Meaning: merciless

Synonym: cruel. unforgiving

Antonym: kind, remorseful

Sentence:Clinton accused congressional Republicans of “implacable hostility”.

8. Perpetual

Meaning: Continual, lasting

Synonym: Ceaseless, infinite

Antonym: Bounded, Ceasing

Sentence:The perpetual struggle to maintain standards in a democracy

9. Reminiscent

Meaning: Suggestive of something in the past

Synonym: Evocative, redolent

Antonym: forgetful, oblivious

Sentence:Cannot forbear to close on this reminiscent literary note.


Meaning: hurtful

Synonym: malicious, fatal, evil

Antonym: assisting, good,

Sentence:He thought “such a system would be wrong and pernicious in the extreme.