Riveting (adj)

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Definitions:
Used to describe something, often a book, story or film that engrosses one completely.

Synonyms:
gripped, captivated, enthralled.

Antonyms:
bored, uninterested, dull.

Examples:
Have you seen The Handmaid’s Tale? It is riveting!

Origins:
Old French- river- fix or clinch.

Extrovert (noun)

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Definitions:
Someone who is socially outgoing and seems confident.

Synonyms:
gregarious, sociable, exuberant.

Antonyms:
introverted, retiring.

Examples:
It is always fun when Polly is at a party, she is such an extrovert.

Origins:
English – extra, Latin- vertere- to turn.

Saccharine (adj)

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Definitions:
To be excessively sentimental or sweet. Can also be related to sugar.

Synonyms:
syrupy, sickening, trite, maudlin.

Antonyms:
cyncial, unsentimental, hard.

Examples:
Some people consdier the music of the 70s to be simplistic and saccharine.

Origins:
Latin saccharum.

Preen (verb)

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Definitions:
Used of a bird when it is cleaning its feathers. Used of people who might spend a long time in front of a mirror.

Synonyms:
clean, tidy, groom.

Antonyms:
dirty, slovenly.

Examples:
Birds take a long time preening themselves before they perform their ritual mating dance.

Origins:
Late Middle English, possibly coming from the Latin ungere- to annoint.

Prostrate (adj/verb)

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Definitions:
To lie outstrectched with with face downwards. Verb- To prostrate oneself is to throw oneself face downward to the floor as an act of submission or prayer.

Synonyms:
reclining, supine, prone.

Antonyms:
erect, upright, vertical.

Examples:
Suffering from terrible back pain, Mrs White spent her entire day prostrate.

Origins:
Latin pro-before, sternere- lie flat.

Redolent (adj)

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Definitions:
Having a strong, pleasant scent. Evocative.

Synonyms:
aromatic, resonant.

Antonyms:
incognizant, unaware.

Examples:
The lavendar fields were redolent. The whole event was redolent of a bygone era.

Origins:
Old French, red- back again, olere- to smell.

Nondescript (adj)

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Definitions:
Having no interesting or distinctive features.

Synonyms:
Unremarkable, unmemorable.

Antonyms:
extraordinary, remarkable.

Examples:
The office was in a nondescript little building in one of the back streets of town.

Origins:
Latin -discriptus and English non.

Peripheral (adj.)

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Definitions:
on the edge or outer borders of something.

Synonyms:
marginal, minor.

Antonyms:
central, vital.

Examples:
The man was not a suspect, he was peripheral to the police inenquiry.

Tips:
collates with ‘vision’.

Origins:
Greek – peri-around pherein- to bear.

Galvanize (adj.)

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Definitions:
To shock or excite someone into taking action in a situation.

Synonyms:
spur, motivate.

Antonyms:
demotivate, impede.

Examples:
The letter about Grandmother’s viit galvanized her into cleaning up the house.

Origins:
French- galvanisme- excite, stimulate.

Ineluctable (adj)

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Definitions:
Not able to be resisted or avoided.

Synonyms:
unavoidable, inevitable.

Antonyms:
avoidable, escapable.

Examples:
Facing his past was ineluctable if he wanted to change for the better.

Origins:
Latin- iluctari- struggle out.