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  • Cacophony
  • Riposte
  • Serendipity
  • Touché
  • Fiasco
  • Flummoxed
  • Cajole
  • Dapper
  • Fastidious
  • Peevish

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Cacophony.

Meaning

Loud and unpleasant sound, deafening noise

Synonym

  • Din
  • Noise
  • Clatter

Antonym

  • Silence
  • Serenity
  • Tranquil

Sentence

The cacophony of the sound system of the musical brand irritated the crowd.

The cacophony of barking dogs in my neighborhood keeps me awake all night.

Paragraph

The whole school was brimming with protesting students with their cacophony of voices all day. Despite that, the school management did not pay attention to their unreasonable demands.

Wrong Sentence

Everyone in the concert was praising the cacophony voice of the singer. (Melodious)

Be empathetic with patients and maintain cacophony in the hospital. (Silence)

Riposte

Meaning:

Quick or witty retaliatory reply to a remark or question

Synonym

  • Return
  • Counter
  • Retaliate

Antonym

  • Request
  • Inquire
  • Ask

Sentence

She is known for having an excellent riposte to her insult.

A good student does not respond with a sharp riposte to his teachers.

Paragraph

Everyone was amazed by my riposte when they tried to bully me. They were not expecting such a clever retort from a fresher.

Wrong Sentences

I was hired because I correctly riposte to all the questions asked by the interviewer. (Answered)

Can I riposte why you blocked my number? (ask)

Serendipity

Meaning

By the chance occurrence of events that end up pleasantly or beneficially.

Synonym

  • Happenstance
  • Accidental
  • Adventitious

Antonym

  • Unlucky
  • Tragedy
  • Unhappiness

Sentence

What a serendipity to find this amazing place during a random drive.

You win the lottery by serendipity, not by hard work.

Paragraph

Before my departure to Canada, I went to the hospital for a medical examination. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, it turned out to be a serendipity as it was a timely diagnosis, and chances of recovery were abundant.

Wrong Sentence

I still remember the serendipity of losing my loved ones. (Tragedy)

I lost my job, house, and family; I am amazed by so much serendipity in my life. (misfortune)

Touché

Meaning

Appreciating someone for making a good or clever remark during an argument

Synonym

  • Acknowledgment
  • Appreciation
  • Praise

Antonym

  • Disgrace
  • Disappoint
  • Shame

Sentence

I said “touché” when the politician’s response silenced the rude reporter.

“Touche” is all I can say as you put me in place with your clever retort.

Paragraph

During the English class, Adam pointed out a mistake made by his college professor. Instead of saying “touche” the professor created an argument out of this and insulted Adam.

Wrong Sentence

He got a “touche” from his friend for not paying heed to the bullies. (Praise)

Your verbal comeback is not worth my appreciation, “touche”. (how disappointing, shame)

Fiasco

Meaning

A complete failure or a major disaster

Synonym

  • Mess
  • Disaster
    • Failure

Antonym

  • Success
  • Miracle
  • Achievement

Sentence

The show was a fiasco as the male actor forgot his lines and his female partner fell off the stage.

There was a fiasco in the examination hall as the students sat unprepared and perplexed.

Paragraph

The media is criticizing the cricket team for poor performance in the world cup matches. The inability of the chief selector to find talented players, lack of merit, country’s poor economic condition are some of the reasons behind this fiasco. It’s a failure for the whole cricket board, not just the players.

Wrong Sentence

The meeting was a fiasco as we got two lucrative projects. (Success)

Spider-Man is a fiasco movie as it ranked at the top of the box office this year. (Blockbuster)

Flummoxed

Meaning

Extreme confusion, perplexed

Synonym

  • Puzzled
  • Mystifies
  • Perplexed

Antonym

  • Clear
  • Composed
  • Oriented

Sentence

The owner was flummoxed by the missing legal documents.

The doctor was flummoxed to see such unusual symptoms.

Paragraph

Being a therapist, I have handled many people with different issues. However, I have never seen such a delusional person before, so I am quite flummoxed about how to deal with this patient.

Wrong Sentence

I was flummoxed by the question paper because I was well prepared. (Clear)

I am flummoxed enough to successfully tackle this problem. (Confident)

Cajole 

Meaning

Persuade someone with flattery and praises

Synonym

  • Coax
  • Persuade
  • Entice

Antonym

  • Repel
  • Discourage
  • Deter

Sentence

With good grades and some housework, Allen managed to cajole his parents for a hiking trip.

With treats and praises, I was able to cajole my puppy into the crate.

Paragraph

I tried several times to cajole him to return my money. Now the options I have are either to forget about the money or get him to legal proceedings.

Wrong Sentence

An innocent poor man cajoled the authorities to cancel his utility bills. (Requested)

The teacher cajoled all students about the complete procedure of the experiment. (Guided)

Dapper 

Meaning

Dressed up in a classy fashion, Neat and elegant look

Synonym

  • Elegant
  • Stylist
  • Well-groomed

Antonym

  • Shabby
  • Unstylish
  • Scruffy

Sentence

I am going to purchase the best outfit for a dapper look.

He was famous in the school because of his dapper outfits.

Paragraph

Wearing a nice suit with a bow tie, elegant shoes, and a sweet contented smile on his face; Harry was looking very dapper. Everyone admired his look when he got to the stage.

Wrong Sentence

I got intimidated by the dapper look of a stranger. (Scruffy)

I am looking very dapper in old and torn clothes. (Messy)

Fastidious 

Meaning:

A very detail-oriented person, having high standards

Synonym

  • Meticulous
  • Choosy
  • Analytical

Antonym

  • Inattentive
  • Unmindful
  • Mediocre

Sentence

Sarah was so fastidious in vacuuming every corner of the house.

His fastidious character makes him one of the best event organizers in town.

Paragraph

I have spent two months preparing this marketing proposal. Now I am quite confident that it will pass the fastidious standards of my boss.

Wrong Sentence

I lost my phone twice due to my fastidious nature. (Inattentive)

Due to the fastidious requirements of this company, an inexperienced person can get a job here. (Mediocre)

Peevish 

Meaning

Extremely irritable, bad-tempered person

Synonym

  • Irritable
  • Ill-tempered
  • Fiery

Antonym

  • Affable
  • Easy-going
  • Agreeable

Sentence

A peevish person remains unhappy as he makes others unhappy.

Many workers have left the company due to the peevish behaviors of the boss.

Paragraph

I was happy to become a caretaker of this cute child. However, he turned out to be a peevish child as soon as his mother walked out of my house.

Wrong Sentence

Everyone loves Rebecca due to his peevish nature (sweet, kind)

The peevish boss has kept a friendly environment in the office. (affable)

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