1. MARAUD (VERB): pillage and plunder
Synonyms: despoil, harass
Antonyms: aid, assist
That they are on the maraud is evidenced by the absence of tents.
2. DETAIN (VERB): hold, keep back; arrest
Synonyms: confine, delay Antonyms: free, liberate
That bill would also have required the police to detain them until federal agents could come and take them into custody.
3. REPAST (NOUN): meal
Synonyms: banquet, feast
His repast consisted of a sandwich and a small bottle of well-frapped champagne.
4. OOMPH (NOUN): energy
Synonyms: fortitude, potency Antonyms: enervation, laziness
All the oomph in the U.S. economy was delivered by the top 10% of households.
5. WELTER (NOUN): commotion
Synonyms: jumble, confusion Antonyms: calm, peace
It makes us shudder instinctively, fearful lest that welter of putrefaction should be communicated from them to us.
6. INTRACTABLE (ADJECTIVE): difficult
Synonyms: incurable, stubborn Antonyms: willing, manageable
We cannot step back and believe that a less confrontational posture will lead to peace with intractable adversaries.
7. WASTREL (NOUN): loafer
Synonyms: rake, vagabond
All men marvelled that the Government of India allowed such a debauchee and wastrel to remain on the gadi.
8. MUSTER (NOUN): gathering
Synonyms: assembly, collection Antonyms: division, separation
The long march to a transformational presidency takes more patience than the press
9. PROFFER (VERB): suggest, offer
Synonyms: propound, submit Antonyms: conceal, withhold
We proffer federally backed flood insurance at rates bearing no resemblance to the risks.
10. DOUR (ADJECTIVE): gloomy, grim
Synonyms: glum, morose Antonyms: bright, cheerful
Too often Dawkins’s anti-clerical rhetoric makes him seem like a dour and negative man.