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1). Profess (Verb)
Definition: claim, often falsely, that one has (a quality or feeling).
Synonyms: declare, announce, proclaim, assert, state, affirm, avow, maintain, protest, aver
Antonyms: conceal, deny, disavow, disown, dispute, refuse
Usage: he had professed his love for her only to walk away
2). Celibate (Adjective)
Definition: abstaining from marriage, typically for religious reasons.
Synonyms: unmarried, single, unwed, spouseless, wifeless, husbandless
Antonyms: promiscuousness, married
Usage: a celibate priest
3). Prevail (Verb)
Definition: prove more powerful or superior
Synonyms: win, triumph, succeed, conquer, overcome
Antonyms: collapse, fail, flop, wash out, struggle, decline
Usage: it is hard for logic to prevail over emotion
4). Demolish (Verb)
Definition: pull or knock down (a building).
Synonyms: destroy, flatten, raze, level, topple
Antonyms: build, construct, confirm, strengthen
Usage: the house was demolished to make way for the shopping centre
5). Dissent (Verb)
Definition: hold or express opinions that are at variance with those commonly or officially held.
Synonyms: differ, demur, diverge
Antonyms: assent, agree, accept
Usage: two members dissented from the majority.
6). Salutary (Adjective)
Definition: (especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial.
Synonyms: beneficial, good, advantageous, profitable, productive, helpful
Antonyms: unwelcome, irrelevant
Usage: it failed to draw salutary lessons from Britain’s loss of its colonies
7). Woo (Verb)
Definition: seek the favour, support, or custom of.
Synonyms: collection, mass, cluster, lump, clump, pile, heap, bunch, stack, bundle, quantity, hoard, store, stockpile
Antonyms: disperse, dab, diffusion, breakdown, anatomy, crumb
Usage: the arts centre is an agglomeration of theatres, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars
8). Trajectory (Noun)
Definition: the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces.
Synonyms: course, route, path, track, line, orbit, flight
Antonyms: captivity, confinement, immurement, internment
Usage: the powers accorded to the head of state
9). Curb (Noun)
Definition: a check or restraint on something
Synonyms: restraint, restriction, check, brake, rein, control
Antonyms: freedom, encouragement, center, inside, middle
Usage: plans to introduce tougher curbs on insider dealing
10). Elapse (Verb)
Definition: (of time) pass or go by.
Synonyms: pass, proceed, progress, advance
Antonyms: draw out, extend, prolong, protract
Usage: weeks elapsed before anyone was charged with the attack