2coalitionNounDefinition: a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose.Synonyms: alliance, league, federation, combineAntonym: splinter groupSentence: The various community organizations formed a coalition to lobby against parking laws; this alliance helped to keep the new laws from passing.
3decadenceNounDefinition: decline, decay or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self- indulgenceSynonyms: degeneration, corruptionAntonyms: rise, growth, maturationSentence: Some viewed her love of chocolate as decadence because she ate two candy bars a day; however, this self-indulgence never caused her to gain weight.
4ElicitVerbDefinition: to draw forth, bring out from some sourceSynonyms: evoke, extract, educeAntonyms: repress, quash, squelch, stifleMy attempt to elicit information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevant recordings; I had to wait for ten minutes to extract the information from a real person.
5hiatusNounDefinition: a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)Synonyms: pauseAntonyms: continuity, continuationShe will be on hiatus until October 13th; this vacation was unscheduled, but she does deserve it.
6innuendoNounDefinition: a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)Synonyms: insinuation, intimationAntonyms: direct statementShe was carefully spreading innuendos about her opponent’s lack of education: she hoped these hints would help her win the election.
7intercedeVerbDefinition: to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreementSynonyms: intervene, mediateThe referee had to intercede in the dispute between the two players, and soon the game was proceeding again as if he had not acted as a go-between.
8jadedAdjectiveDefinition: wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)Synonyms: sated, apathetic, boredAntonyms: unspoiled, freshShe became jaded to the luxuries in life after so many years of living with money; she was wearied by the years of indulgence she had lived.
9meritoriousAdjectiveDefinition: worthy, deserving recognition and praiseSynonyms: praiseworthy, laudable, commendableAntonyms: dishonorable, unworthy, discreditableShe was repeatedly honored for her meritorious work with the victims of the disaster, but she never thought of the work as praiseworthy but simply as her duty as a member of society.
10provincialAdjectiveDefinition: pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified; backward; of a simple plain design that originated in the countrysideNounA person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colonySynonyms: (adj) narrow-minded, naïveAntonyms: (adj) cosmopolitan, broad-mindedThe banjo, once thought to be a provincial product of the Southern hills, actually came here from Africa; it is a misconception that it is thought of as countrified.
11simulateVerbDefinition: to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs ofSynonyms: feign, pretend, affectMilitary training exercises are used to simulate actual warfare; these imitations are for the purpose of readying the unseasoned soldiers for warfare.
12TranscendVerbDefinition: to rise above or beyond; exceedSynonyms: surpass, upstage, outclassA great work of art may be said to transcend time, and it is remembered beyond the life of the artist and for decades or even centuries.Vincent Van Gogh “Self-Protrait” 1888