1. CLOUT (NOUN): influence
Synonyms: power, dominance Antonyms: powerlessness, incompetence
Ministers often use their clout to get what they want.
2. PRESTIGE (NOUN): fame
Synonyms: dignity, status Antonyms: lowliness, insignificance
Doctors are usually treated with prestige.
3. BROACH (VERB): open up discussion
Synonyms: bring up, moot Antonyms: take back, deny
The parents of the boy did not even broach the issue of marriage with Renee.
4. DITHER (NOUN): agitation
Synonyms: tizzy, panic Antonyms: calm, peace
He is in such a dither that he don’t know what to do.
5. RENEGADE (ADJECTIVE): rebellious
Synonyms: difficult, resistant Antonyms: obedient, dutiful
The renegade policeman revealed details of the murder.
6. GIMMICK (NOUN): trick
Synonyms: trap, deceit Antonyms: truth, honesty
It’s just a public relations gimmick.
7. WRANGLE (NOUN): fight
Synonyms: argument, bickering Antonyms: agreement, harmony
Localities were the witnesses of the dirty wrangle of the two political leaders.
8. WINNOW (VERB): expel
Synonyms: separate, terminate Antonyms: include, hire
Most of the faulty employees were winnowed out by these processes.
9. VIRILE (ADJECTIVE): potent
Synonyms: powerful, energetic Antonyms: weak, feeble
He was a virile dancer who brought out the best in the modern Bollywood.
10. APPRAISE (VERB): judge
Synonyms: estimate, evaluate Antonyms: ignore, neglect
Many companies were prompted to appraise their recruitment policies.