|Adverse: Contrary to your interests or welfare
|Her adverse circumstances made her more determined to fight.
|Advocate: Push for something
|The doctor advocated a ban on smoking in the whole hospital.
|Asset: A useful or valuable quality
|His perseverance proved a valuable asset in getting the contract.
|Desist: Choose not to consume
|He desisted from eating red meat.
|Elusive: Difficult to describe
|An elusive fragrance emanated from the flowers.
|Frustrate: Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
|She felt frustrated when her efforts yielded no result.
|Ineffectual: Not producing an intended effect
|The water therapy proved ineffectual.
|Interject: To insert between other elements
|She interjected clever remarks in her conversation.
|Respite: A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
|In spite of the sun shine there was no respite from the cold.
|Scrutinize: To look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
|He scrutinized the documents carefully before replying.
|Solicit: To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty
|The priest keeps soliciting money for various charities.
|Venom: Toxin/poison secreted by animals
|Snake venom is very poisonous.
|Amicable: Characterized by friendship and good will
|An amicable settlement was reached at between the two parties.
|Entourage: The group following and attending to some important person
|The minister’s entourage included a lot of policemen.
|Excruciating: Extremely painful
|She had an excruciating pain in her knees.
|Extortion: An exorbitant charge
|The fees charged by the school mounted to extortion.
|Fretful: Nervous and unable to relax
|Due to the thunder there was a fretful stamping of hooves by the horses.
|Inclement: (of weather or climate) severe
|The inclement weather caused a lot of deaths.
|Loath: Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
|He was loath to attend the function.
|Obsess: Haunt like a ghost; pursue
|She is obsessed about her weight.
|Pertinent: Having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
|The lawyer asked for a list of articles pertinent to the discussion.
|Premonition: A feeling of evil to come
|He had a premonition about the bad times ahead.
|Reverberating: Characterized by resonance
|Her mother’s warning reverberated in her mind continuously.
|Spew: Expel or eject from the mouth
|The paper spewed dishonourable words about the presidential candidate.
|Succumb: Consent reluctantly
|He finally succumbed to the pressure of his parents.
|Symptomatic: Characteristic or indicative of a disease
|He had a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever.
|Astute: Having insight or acumen
|An astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease.
|Bigot: A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion
|Political bigotry is very common.
|Blatant: Completely obvious
|He was blatantly rude to his seniors.
|Doleful: Filled with or evoking sadness
|The child’s doleful expression moved him to pity.
|Histrionics: A deliberate display of emotion for effect
|She indulged in histrionics when no-one paid attention to her.
|Impresario: A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
|The efforts of the impresario were praised by the public on hearing the violinist.
|Malady: Any unwholesome or desperate condition
|The malady could be cured only by patience.
|Mastiff: An old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used mainly as a watchdog and guard dog
|The mastiff sadly bled to death, but a week later the German shepherd is still thriving and well on its way to grow into something big.
|Nefarious: Extremely wicked
|He escaped narrowly from the nefarious schemes of the agent.
|Peruse: Examine or consider with attention and in detail
|He perused the report at his leisure.
|Recoil: Spring back, as from a forceful thrust
|He recoiled on seeing the snake.
|Vexatious: Causing irritation or annoyance
|The vexatious child caused a ruckus.
|Virulent: Extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
|A virulent virus spread in the city.
|Wan: (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
|Her wan face flushed on receiving her appointment letter.