Rogue (noun)

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Definitions:
(noun) dishonest or unprincipled man, a person whose behavior one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likable or attractive (often used as a playful term of reproof)

Synonyms:
miscreant, rascal, villain, reprobate

Examples:
Buzzy’s a fun-loving teenage rogue., “Come here, you little rogue!” chuckled my uncle., The women all think he’s a loveable old rogue., A rogue employee might tap into the computer., His eyes were bright blue with a roguish twinkle in them., A rogue who had nothing but contempt for people who made their living honestly

Squander (verb)

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Definitions:
(verb) waste (something, esp. money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner, allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost.

Synonyms:
consume, blow, spend

Antonyms:
retain

Examples:
I hope he doesn’t squander away his new-found wealth on gambling and drinking., She hoped the new mayor wouldn’t squander public funds the way the last one did., The baseball team squandered its 5-2 lead in the last inning and lost the game., He squandered a great job opportunity because he was too hung over to make it to the interview

Tips:
To squander is to spend in a wasteful way or to be wasteful with an opportunity. Squander is a more sophisticated way of saying “waste.” You can squander (waste) a perfect opportunity. You can squander (waste) a fortune by spending your money and having nothing to show for it.

Contentious (adjective)

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Definitions:
1. likely to cause an argument or controversy; 2. intending or likely to argue or fight; 3. hostile, aggressive, tense, and quarrelsome

Synonyms:
combative, litigious, quarrelsome, hostile, argumentative, belligerent, controversial, antagonistic, aggressive

Antonyms:
agreeable, nice

Examples:
– His contentious remarks regularly caused gossip and controversy among staff members. – Politics is a contentious subject in our house, so we don’t discuss it much. – In order to get a good story, the reporter asked the politician contentious questions to try to provoke him. – It was a rather contentious meeting; several arguments ensued.

Tips:
The related word contend means “to argue that something is the truth.” Contentious describes things that are likely to cause such an argument or an argumentative and tense situation. Do not be tricked by the root content; there is no content (happiness) in a contentious situation–there is actually contention (disagreement). You may have heard the phrase “point of contention.” This means “a point of argument or disagreement.” In a contentious (disagreeable) argument, there are numerous points of contention (disagreement) to contend (deal, try to prove true) with.

Demarcate (verb)

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Definitions:
set the boundaries or limits of, separate or distinguish from

Synonyms:
;, separate, delineate, bound., delimit

Examples:
That school demarcates teachers as mentor, master and model teachers based on their level of education, Parking spaces are demarcated by white lines., Responsibilities within the department are clearly demarcated., On this map, demarcations between regions are shown with dotted lines., The building lots were demarcated with stakes and orange tape

Conducive (adjective)

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Definitions:
Making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible

Synonyms:
favorable, leading, promotive, expeditious, instrumental, helpful

Antonyms:
adverse, deleterious, hindering, unfavorable

Examples:
Exercising before bedtime is not conducive to sound sleep., The relaxed atmosphere at the office was conducive to high spirits and good morale., My busy schedule is not conducive for taking a vacation at this time., Your bad attitude is not conducive to a good relationship.

Tips:
If something is conducive to something else, it is helpful or beneficial in some way. For instance, the sunny weather may be conducive for a day at the beach.

Snag (noun)

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Definitions:
(noun) 1) an unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback 2) a sharp, angular, or jagged projection 3) AS A VERB: catch or tear (something) on a projection.

Synonyms:
Complication, tear, sharp projection

Examples:
We don’t anticipate any snags in/with the negotiations., The drug is very effective – the only snag is that it cannot be produced in large quantities., Financial problems have snagged the project for the past six months., The negotiations have snagged on a dispute about who should chair them., Be careful not to snag your coat on the barbed wire., They’d have gone bust if they hadn’t snagged that contract from their rivals.

Overt (adjective)

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Definitions:
open to view, not hidden, done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret

Synonyms:
obvious, palpable

Antonyms:
covert

Examples:
Although he didn’t criticize me overtly, I could tell that he wasn’t happy with my job performance., In an overt show of support, the President met publicly with the candidate he hoped would succeed him., His overt hostility toward his co-workers makes those who have to work with him nervous and uncomfortable., Since he never showed any overt physical signs of his life-threatening disease, and no one knew he was ill.

Tips:
Overt comes ultimately from the Latin word for “open.” Its direct opposite is covert, which means “hidden or concealed.” When you do something overtly, you do it in a very open and obvious way.

Construe (verb)

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Definitions:
to become less strong. To make smaller in amount, volume, or extent.

Synonyms:
decrease, lessen, subside, die down/away/out, ease off/up

Examples:
The storm/wind/rain has started to abate., The fighting in the area shows no sign of abating., Our desire for consumer goods has not abated.

Covert (adjective, /, noun)

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Definitions:
not openly acknowledged or displayed, hidden and secretive;

Synonyms:
shelter, surreptitious, clandestine, hidden, concealed

Antonyms:
public

Examples:
Of late, there have been quite a few major corporate CEOs accused of covert dealings and embezzlement., The Navy Seals are highly trained in covert military operations. (undercover, hidden) adjective, I tried to be covert when leaving the party so that I wouldn’t get dragged back to the dance floor., They were so covert in the planning of the surprise party, that I was truly shocked when I walked through the door and saw all my friends.

Tips:
Covert is sometimes heard in the terms, “covert funding” or “covert military operations.” It originates from Middle French, from the past participle of covrir, “to cover.” This is a good word to use when accusing someone of trying to hide their actions.

Infringe (verb)

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Definitions:
(Verb) actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.), act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on

Synonyms:
breach, curb, flout

Antonyms:
obey

Examples:
He warns that the new law will infringe upon the rights of minority groups., They claim that censorship has infringed on freedom of expression., Copying videos infringes copyright law., The senator is opposed to any laws that infringe on a citizen’s right to bear arms., Even minor infringements of the law will be severely punished., These restrictions infringe upon basic human rights.