Inoculate (verb)

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Definitions:
1. to give a small amount of a disease to a person or animal as a protection against that disease; 2. to introduce an idea into someone’s mind in hope that the idea or lesson will [figuratively] grow and become part of the person.

Synonyms:
immunize, vaccinate, aid

Examples:
– Before traveling to Peru, I had to be inoculated against yellow fever.
– Before entering school, all children must be inoculated against measles.
– The parents tried to inoculate the boy with their beliefs.
– My college professors inoculated me with a wealth of information.

Circuitous (adjective)

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Definitions:
1. describes indirect, unclear speech or behavior; 2. having a circular, indirect course

Synonyms:
circular, meandering,

Antonyms:
direct, straightforward

Examples:
– The CEO’s circuitous explanation of our solution was totally confusing and did not convince the client.
– Road closure due to flooding forced us to take a circuitous route to our favorite restaurant.
– The journalist had to curb his tendency to use circuitous language in his article about cryptocurrencies.
– He gave us directions that were lengthy and circuitous instead of giving us the most direct route.

Compulsion (noun)

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Definitions:
1. a force that makes somebody do something; 2. a strong urge to do or say something; 3. an irrational motive for doing something against one’s will

Synonyms:
impulse, obsession, fixation,

Antonyms:
choice, election, option, preference

Examples:
– Frank had the compulsion to quit his job after he received a bad review, but instead, he decided to stick with it.
– The CEO felt no compulsion to make a decision, so we waited for weeks before we got an answer.
– When Joanne was pregnant, she had the strongest compulsion to eat ice cream and pickles at the same time.

Catalyst (noun)

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Definitions:
something that causes an action or event to occur. Use catalyst to describe anything that causes action where there was previously inaction.

Synonyms:
stimulus, instrument, impulse,

Antonyms:
damper

Examples:
– The ETF approval was the catalyst for the Bitcoin price surge.
– Our main competitors encroachment on our market share was the catalyst behind our more aggressive marketing approach.
– We hope our increased ad spending will be a catalyst for increased sales.
– The increase in violent crime was a catalyst for the creation of the three strikes law.

Transpire (verb)

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Definitions:
1. to come about or to happen; 2. to become known; 3. to give off water vapor

Synonyms:
occur, arise, emerge, happen,

Antonyms:
conceal, hide, halt

Examples:
– Government officials refused to speculate as to what might transpire once the trade war is over.
– It transpired that the radical entrepreneur had never even attended college.
– During the summer, plants transpire at a faster rate, so they need to be watered more often.
– I was not aware of what transpired between Lisa and Marc, but I knew they were upset with each other.

Forge (verb)

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Definitions:
1. to falsify and make a copy with the intent to deceive;
2. to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort; 
3. to move ahead steadily and with determination; 
4. to suddenly increase speed or progress

Synonyms:
copy, reproduce, counterfeit,

Antonyms:
hesitate, recede, retreat,

Examples:
– The stoic character of Marcus Aurelius was forged of long experience.
– The man who claimed to be the inventor of the protocol, became an expert at forging documents
– Ryan Holiday’s company is a success because of the his ability to forge ahead in the face of obstacles.
– At one point, it looked like Alex Honnold was not going to make the attempt, but he forged on and completed the free solo.

Slander (noun, verb)

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Definitions:
(n.) 1. the act of saying something false and damaging to a person’s reputation; 2. a false statement that damages someone’s reputation; (v.) to make a false and purposely malicious statement against someone.

Synonyms:
(n.) defamation, smear, aspersion, (v.) defame,

Antonyms:
truth

Examples:
– His negative characterization of me was tantamount to slander.
– The politician’s reputation was slandered by his opponent, who made false accusations and leaked rumors to the press.
– I regard his malicious comments as slander on my reputation.

Dexterous (adjective)

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Definitions:
physically quick and skilful. Adroit, deft, and adept are all synonymous with dexterous. These words, however, do not have as strong of a noun form as dexterous with dexterity. Dexterity is a very powerful and sophisticated word for denoting skilfulness.

Synonyms:
adroit, facile, handy

Antonyms:
clumsy, inept,

Examples:
– Jim’s colleagues envied his dexterous evasion of his boss’s boring sales presentation.
– The older pianist eyesight was diminishing, but his hands were still dexterous enough to play the flight of Bumble Bee
– It was Michelangelo amazing dexterity that enabled him to chisel the masterpiece David in marble.

Sententious (adjective)

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Definitions:
1. tending to use too many maxims; 2. given to moralizing; 3. concise, but full of meaning

Synonyms:
pompous, showy, pretentious,

Antonyms:
meaningless, verbose

Examples:
– Lisa’s boss welcomed her sententious comments, which were succinct and to the point.
– The newly elected mayor thought his speech would come off as intellectual and profound, but the press found it to be sententious and pompous.
– Violent Video games remain a soft target for sententious conservatives who want to heavily tax the product.

Abscond (verb)

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Definitions:
to escape or run away in secret

Synonyms:
flee, escape, elope

Antonyms:
return, stay

Examples:
– The CEO of the company was thought to be trustworthy so everyone was shocked when he absconded with all of the company’s profits.
– Jenny was so embarrassed by her blunder, she wished she could abscond from the room, never to return.
– After the bank heist, they all absconded to different countries, in hope that they would never be caught.