Synonyms: scorch, sear
Example Sentence: During a lab in my chemistry class, the ends of a girl’s hair singed in the Bunsen Burner’s flame because she forgot to tie her back into a ponytail.
Synonyms: commotion, bother
Example Sentence: There has been much ado about the new school lunches.
Example Sentence: A slinky will convolve if you let go of the one end.
Synonyms: appease, pacify
Example Sentence: By gently rocking back and forth, the mother finally mollified her baby.
Synonyms: surface, slight
Example Sentence: The sophomore’s superficial essay was the reason he received a “C.”
Synonyms: partner, companion
Example Sentence: The consort shares the same political views as the king.
Synonyms: complicated, elaborate
Example Sentence: Elinor’s convoluted conclusion paragraph restated the main purposes of the persuasive essay.
Synonyms: abandon, renounce
Example Sentence: The captain decided to waive his army and accept the opponent’s rule.
Synonyms: reduce, decrease
Example Sentence: My county banned fireworks in order to curtail the frequency of brush fires.
Synonyms: ban, prohibit
Example Sentence: The law proscribes texting while driving because texting creates a distracting environment for the driver.