Contentious (adj.) quarrelsome, inclined to argue →Synonyms: argumentative, disputatious, combative →Antonyms: agreeable, amiable, affable, pacific What Billy Madison thinks is a contentious topic… What are some contentious topics/ issues? What Billy Madison thinks is a contentious topic…
Covet (verb) to desire something belonging to another →Synonyms: crave, yearn for, hunger for →Antonyms: disdain, scorn, despise That ice cream looks better than this lousy popsicle. I want it! Snoopy has a yearning for learning!
Exponent (noun) one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets; (math) the power to which a number, symbol, or expression is to be raised →Synonyms: defender, champion, interpreter →Antonyms: critic, adversary, faultfinder, detractor
Garrulous (adj.) given to much talking, tediously chatty →Synonyms: talkative, loquacious, long-winded →Antonyms: reticent, mum, taciturn, laconic, reserved
Insuperable (adj.) incapable of being overcome →Synonyms: invincible, insurmountable →Antonyms: surmountable, conquerable
Lamentable (adj.) to be regretted or pitied →Synonyms: deplorable, regrettable, distressing →Antonyms: praiseworthy, commendable, laudable
Misnomer (noun) an unsuitable or misleading name →Synonyms: misnaming, malapropism
Common misnomers Transference of a well-known product brand name into a generalized trademark ◦ Xerox for photocopy ◦ Kleenex for tissue ◦ Jell-O for gelatin dessert Can anyone think of a misnomer? I have a few to show you…
“Shooting stars" look like falling stars but are actually meteors
A koala "bear" looks and acts much like a bear, but in actuality, it is quite distinct and unrelated.
The "lead" in pencils is made of graphite and clay.
Peanuts are not true nuts, even though they look and taste like nuts.
Jellyfish and starfish are not fish
Profess (verb) to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend →Synonyms: assert, declare, proclaim, purport →Antonyms: disclaim, disavow, repudiate
Respite (noun) a period of relief or rest →Synonyms: interval, intermission, lull, breather
Retribution (noun) a repayment; a deserved punishment →Synonyms: recompense, requital
Sinuous (adj.) winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible →Synonyms: twisting, convoluted, serpentine, supple →Antonyms: direct, straight, unbending, stiff, rigid **can anyone give an example of something that is sinuous?
Sonorous (adj.) Example: 2:10 full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style →Synonyms: resonant, resounding, grandiloquent →Antonyms: tinny, reedy, harsh, gratingExample: 2:10
Vanguard (noun) the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field →Synonyms: forefront, cutting edge, trailblazers →Antonyms: rear guard, stragglers, laggards
Wastrel (noun) a wasteful person, spendthrift; a good-for-nothing →Synonyms: loafer, idler, squanderer, profligate →Antonyms: skinflint, tightwad, miser