Spitball in the Eye (2) 1. Obsequious [adjective] Definition: overly flattering Synonyms: sycophantic, brown-nosing, fawning Antonyms: assertive, noncompliant Sentence: Joshua believed that the best way to win Esmeralda’s love was to be completely obsequious, groveling before her like the worm he was. Sentence: Don’t be an obsequious person who fawns over others whether or not they really deserve it. 2. Beguiled [verb or adjective] Definition: past tense of beguile, to charm deceptively Synonyms: bewitched, enchanted Sentence: With sweet whispers, Leslie beguiled Egbert into the elementary school’s utility closet. Later, the janitor found what remained of Egbert bubbling in a mop bucket. Sentence: Yellowstone National Park had a multitude of attractions that beguiled me on my vacation trip. 3. Baneful [adjective] Definition: harmful or poisonous Synonyms: toxic, lethal Antonyms: healing, therapeutic Sentence: The venom of this black mamba snake is the most baneful in nature; one bite can kill a healthy man by the time he can finish this… Sentence: Anything baneful is seriously harmful, probably fatal; better you shouldn’t play with it, dahling. 4. Stolid [adjective] Definition: expressing little emotion Synonyms: stoic, indifferent Antonyms: emotional, expressive Sentence: While some feel Jamison’s stolid personality is the result of his rigid British upbringing, others blame it on the coma. Sentence: One of my more stolid friends is Buford Birdbrain who always remains impassive and unmoved in a crisis. 5. Stoic [adjective or noun] Definition: unemotional, resigned, patient Synonyms: stolid, unmoved Antonyms: easily moved, emotional Sentence: Buford appeared stoic and steely-eyed before the firing squad, but when asked if he had any last requests, he collapsed in a whimpering heap, sobbing, “Please let me go. I’ll be your best friend.” Sentence: Think Mr. Spock from Star Trek for a perfect example of someone who is a stoic. 6. Tangible [adjective] Definition: capable of being felt Synonyms: palpable, touchable Antonyms: intangible, impalpable Sentence: Because the police were unable to locate any tangible evidence of foul play—such as a murder weapon or rubber gloves—Sir Regis Watercracker was able to keep his tee time. Sentence: The science experiments are finally yielding tangible results. 7. Palpable [adjective] Definitive: capable of being felt Synonyms: tangible, touchable Antonyms: impalpable, insubstantial Sentence: The tension at the treaty negotiation was palpable as everyone waited to see who would make a move on the last grazed chocolate donut. Sentence: The palpable feeling of danger made us move cautiously and slowly through the dark alley. 8. Quixotic [adjective] Definition: foolishly impractical Synonyms: dreamy, unrealistic, rash Antonyms: rational, practical, down-to-earth Sentence: Antoine’s quixotic dream of being Superman led him to squeeze into his sister’s leotards; admiring the fit, he decided he’d rather imitate Wonder Woman. Sentence: You must remain level-headed and not have a quixotic approach to solving the problem before you. ***Note: This word comes from the comic Spanish novel Don Quixote. The main character, Quixote, lived in a dream world where he believed himself to be a great hero and was always embarking on impossible quests; at one point he attacked a windmill, thinking it was a dragon. The word has therefore come to describe someone who’s foolishly and romantically impractical, often in an amusing way. 9. Redress [noun or verb] Definition #1: relief from pain or distress Synonyms: remedy, reparation Antonyms: compensation Sentence: The only redress for a broken heart is to constantly pester the jerk that dumped you with aggravating phone calls every hour on the hour. Definition #2: compensation Synonyms: payback, restitution Sentence: Outraged vegetarians demanded redress from Nature’s Goodsome Foods, Inc. when it was discovered that their “Hawaiian Sunrise Fruit Salad” was really just a can of pineapple-flavored pig eyes. 10. Summoned [verb] Definition: past tense of summon, to call forth Synonyms: invoked, beckoned Antonyms: dismissed Sentence: Whenever Buford was summoned from the bench, he appeared quickly at the coach’s side; although he never actually touched the ball, Buford’s promptness was the stuff of legends. Sentence: Penelope was summoned to appear in court for the speeding tickets she had failed to pay.