“Frugal with Your Love” (1)—Info on Words 1. Anecdote [noun] Definitions: a short, often amusing story Synonyms: tale Sentence: The kids hated listening to Grandpa’s anecdotes about the war because he never shut up about the metal plate in his head, and quite frankly, everyone knew he’d never been in the war. Sentence: Our preacher always begins his sermon with a funny anecdote to get our attention. 2. Incompatible [adjective] Definition: describing two or more things that cannot exist together in harmony Synonyms: incongruous, conflicting, mismatched Antonyms: compatible, well-matched Sentence: Bev and Jan were incompatible roommates. Bev was the quiet type, while Jan was into throwing wild parties where everyone slathered each other in mayonnaise and played football. Sentence: My cat and dog are so incompatible that they can hardly ever be in the same room together. 3. Inconsequential [adjective] Definition: trivial or unimportant Synonyms: irrelevant Antonym: significant, essential Sentence: As long as you have love, money is inconsequential unless, of course, you also enjoy food and shelter; then you need money. Sentence: The look you gave me wasn’t inconsequential, and I won’t easily forget it. 4. Compassion [noun] Definition: sympathy for the suffering of others Synonyms: kindness, caring Antonyms: indifference Sentence: Those who have compassion always offer help to the less fortunate. Those who don’t have a lot more free time. Sentence: We expressed our compassion for the earthquake victims in Japan by sending donations of money to help. 5. Amicable [adjective] Definition: friendly and agreeable Synonyms: neighborly, peaceable Antonyms: hostile, antagonistic Sentence: Dudley would have been a lot more amicable if we hadn’t kidnapped him, painted him green, and dropped him off in a strange town. Sentence: My neighbor next door is one of the most amicable people in our neighborhood. 6. Frugal [adjective] Definition: cheap Synonyms: thrifty, tight, economical, sparing Antonyms: spendthrift, generous Sentence: Billionaire Gilbert Worthington III was so frugal, he’d stand in line for hours at a soup kitchen for the homeless rather than pick up something from one of the five supermarkets he owned Sentence: I wish I could be more frugal because I feel so guilty after I go on a spending spree. 7. Camaraderie [noun] Definitions: friendship, companionship Synonyms: fellowship, brotherhood, amity Antonyms: antagonism, enmity Sentence: The camaraderie between Ralphie and his beloved hound, Hank, could never be broken—unless Hank got within sniffing range of a sweet-smellin’ poodle. Sentence: The camaraderie among the teachers at school makes it a good place to work. 8. Antagonist [ noun] Definition: one who opposes Synonyms: opponent, adversary, rival Antonyms: friend, ally Sentence: Leslie was a constant antagonist to poor, sweet Egbert, always trying to set his hair on fire to delight the other kindergartners. Sentence: The antagonist to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars was Darth Vader, his father. 9. Assiduous [adjective] Definition: hardworking and persistent Synonyms: diligent, tireless Antonyms: lazy, slothful Sentence: Though I was assiduous and worked day and night to finish assembling this nuclear reactor, don’t turn it on until I’m, oh, say 100 miles from the blast zone Sentence: Suzy’s assiduous effort at studying paid off and she made an “A” on her report card. 10. Diligence [VERB] Definition: perseverance, discipline Synonyms: hard-working, carefulness Antonyms: laziness, carelessness Sentence: Although Veronica has the diligence of an A student, she prefers the “copy your friends” method of study. Sentence: Buford’s diligence to finishing the project paid off by his finishing early with enough time to spare to play a pickup game of basketball. 10. ANTIDOTE [noun] Definition: something that relieves or reverses Synonyms: antitoxin, solution Antonyms: poison Sentence: Billionaire Gilbert Worthington III was hard-pressed to find antidotes for the 47 different poisons his servants had slipped into his milk and cookies. Sentence: The antidote to world hunger is quite simply to feed everyone.