insurgent George Washington and his contemporaries were insurgent against Britain. The army was confident that they could crush the insurgent forces.
insurgent (n.) one who rebels or rises against authority; (adj.) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on synonyms: (adj.) revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous antonyms: (adj.) loyalist, loyal, faithful
sinecure The office of Vice President of the United States was once considered little more than a sinecure.
sinecure (n.) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job synonyms: “no-show” job, cushy job, “plum”
surreptitious The movie heroine blushed when se noticed the surreptitious glances of her admirer.
surreptitious (adj.) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud synonyms: furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed antonyms: open, frank, aboveboard, overt
transmute To transmute distrust into friendship along that war-torn border will take more than wise politicians and just laws.
transmute (v.) to change from on nature, substance, or form to another synonyms: transform, convert, translate, metamorphose antonym: maintain unchanged, preserve