Tangible (adj.): perceptible by touch.

Synonyms: solid, concrete

Example Sentence: At the NATO summit, NATO promised tangible support for the Ukraine crisis.


Commend (v.): to praise for being worthy of notice.

Synonyms: compliment, congradulate

Example Sentence: In the Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman was never commended for his heroic actions.


Lobbyist (n.): someone who is hired by a business or cause in order to convince legislators to support them.

Synonyms: activist

Example Sentence: The lobbyist tried to convince the legislators to support proposition 47.


Singe (v.): to burn something lightly or superficially.

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.


Superficial (adj.): at the surface or not penetrating below.

Synonyms: surface,  slight

Example Sentence: The sophomore’s superficial essay was the reason he received a “C.”


Convoluted (adj.): extremely complex and confusing.

Synonyms: complicated, elaborate

Example Sentence: Elinor’s convoluted conclusion paragraph restated the main purposes of the persuasive essay.


Dissolution (n.): the process of breaking something into fragments.

Synonyms: disintegration, breakup

Example Sentence: The dissolution of kidney stones requires many powerful shocks.