1. DESPOIL (VERB): destroy
Synonyms: desecrate, devour Antonyms: construct, assemble
She despoiled my plans.
2. NETTLE (VERB): provoke
Synonyms: annoy, chafe Antonyms: appease, soothe
What happened was the result of Shashi’s anger so now stop nettling her.
3. PIED (ADJECTIVE): spotted
Synonyms: dappled, mottled Antonyms: uncoloured, unflecked
I saw green leaves that are heavily mottled with chocolate and maroon.
4. SERENE (ADJECTIVE): calm
Synonyms: peaceful, placid Antonyms: clamorous, turbulent
There is serene environment in my yoga classes.
5. PESTILENT (ADJECTIVE): dangerous
Synonyms: baneful, contagious Antonyms: secure, unhazardous
Stay away from this pestilent plant.
6. PAPER TIGER (NOUN): powerless person
Synonyms: empty suit, hollow man Antonyms: powerful person, influential person
Sanjay is nothing but a paper tiger.
7. OSSIFY (VERB): become hard from aging
Synonyms: congeal, fossilize Antonyms: soften, liquefy
My father’s opinion has started to ossify so I know he won’t change his mind.
8. PIFFLE (NOUN): nonsense
Synonyms: balderdash, baloney Antonyms: sense, truth
Stop this piffle now.
9. BROOK (VERB): endure
Synonyms: countenance, tolerate Antonyms: dodge, shun
I can’t brook you anymore now.
10. BOUNTEOUS (ADJECTIVE): generous
Synonyms: beneficent, bountiful Antonyms: miserly, uncharitable
He is so bounteous in nature.