Meaning: (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.
Synonyms: ﬁctitious, made-up, untrue, fabricated, false,
Usage: An apocryphal story about a former president
Meaning: a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth.
Synonyms: saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, slogan
Usage: It is vital for every pilot to remember the old adage ‘safety ﬁrst
Meaning: (of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.
Synonyms: artiﬁcial, substitute, imitation, fake, false
Usage: Ersatz emotion
Meaning: the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.
Synonyms: spying, undercover work, cloak-and- dagger activities, surveillance, reconnaissance
Usage: The camouﬂage and secrecy of espionage
Meaning: (of a person) unable to remain still, silent, or submissive, especially because of boredom or dissatisfaction.
Synonyms: restless, ﬁdgety, edgy, on edge, tense, uneasy
Usage: The crowd had been waiting for hours and many were becoming restive.
Meaning: an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.
Synonyms: honour, recognition, privilege, award, gift, title
Usage: The hotel has won numerous accolades
Meaning: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
Synonyms: sign, indicator, signal,
Usage: Witch hazels are the harbingers of spring.
Meaning: unemotional, dispassionate, or moderate behaviour; self-control.
Synonyms: self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline, control
Usage: The customary restraint of the British police
Meaning: a feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen
Synonyms: fear, apprehension, dread, fearfulness,
Usage: He sat in the waiting room, full of trepidation
Meaning: unable to be upset or excited; calm.
Synonyms: self-possessed, composed, collected, calm, cool, calm
Usage: My father was a solid, imperturbable man