1. IRASCIBLE (ADJECTIVE): crabby
Synonyms: cranky, feisty Antonyms: pleasant, cheerful
He was a little quick tempered and irascible and people were apt to think him cross and crabbed, but he had a kind heart.
2. CONSTRUE (VERB): deduce; explain
Synonyms: define, translate Antonyms: misunderstand, confuse
The law has always been construed as permitting the behaviour for which the neighbour has been arrested.
3. ACRID (ADJECTIVE): bitter, sour to taste
Synonyms: pungent, stinging Antonyms: savoury, delicious
Long after the forest fire had been put out, I could sense the acrid sting of smoke in my nostrils.
4. CONVIVIAL (ADJECTIVE): fun-loving
Synonyms: cheerful, jovial Antonyms: gloomy, sad
In a convivial gathering, the people present enjoy eating, drinking, talking and being in each other's company.
5. CHARLATAN (NOUN): swindler
Synonyms: cheat, fraud Antonyms: honesty, fairness
The man was selling a spray to effortlessly and permanently repair the scratches in the paint on cars; but he was just a charlatan.
6. DERIDE (VERB): make fun of; insult
Synonyms: disdain, taunt Antonyms: admire, respect
The sports columnists have derided the local football team, which has not won any match in years.
7. DELUGE (NOUN): downpour, flood of something
Synonyms: avalanche, inundation
When the city traffic police announced reward for photographs of vehicles crossing red lights, it was deluged by tens of thousands of such photos coming in every day.
8. VIRULENT (ADJECTIVE): poisonous, lethal
Synonyms: deadly, fatal Antonyms: harmless, healthful
The virulent disease quickly swept through the community leaving a lot of people
extremely ill and the local hospitals unable to keep up with their needs.
9. CHEAPSKATE (NOUN): miser
Synonyms: scrooge, penny pincher Antonyms: spendthrift
A cheapskate who lived like a pauper, she was reputedly the wealthiest woman in America at the time of her death
10. CIRCUMSCRIBE (VERB) : mark off, delimit
Synonyms: delineate, restrain Antonyms: aid, allow
A fence of barbed wire and the presence of security guards circumscribed the movement of prisoners.