I think it will be a useful idea to start collecting more advanced synonyms of everyday words like good, bad, interesting, etc. So:

  1. friend-  confidant noun [ C ]

UK /ˈkɒn.fɪ.dænt/ US /ˈkɑːn.fə.dænt/ female also confidante

a close confidant
2.  offence- affront

affront noun [ C ]

UK /əˈfrʌnt/ US /əˈfrʌnt/  a remark or action intended to insult or offend someone:

He regarded the comments as an affront to his dignity.
3. weakness- foible

foible noun [ C usually plural ]

UK /ˈfɔɪ.bəl/ US /ˈfɔɪ.bəl/  a strangehabit or characteristic that is seen as not important and not harming anyone:

We all have our little foibles.
4. difficult- onerous

onerous adjective

UK /ˈəʊ.nər.əs/ US /ˈɑː.nɚ.əs/ formal

difficult to do or needing a lot of effort:

the onerous task of finding a peaceful solution
5. rude- abrasive

abrasive adjective

US UK /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

abrasive adjective (PERSON)

rude and unfriendly:

She has a rather abrasive manner.
He can sometimes be abrasive in meetings.
6. loud- resounding

resounding adjective [ before noun ]

UK /rɪˈzaʊn.dɪŋ/ US /rɪˈzaʊn.dɪŋ/

resounding adjective [ before noun ] (LOUD)


Supporters gave the team three resounding cheers.
7. rubbish- detritus

detritus noun [ U ]

UK /dɪˈtraɪ.təs/ US /dɪˈtraɪ.t̬əs/

formalwaste material or rubbish, especially left after a particularevent:

The stadium was littered with the detritus of yesterday’s concert.
8. support- rally

rally verb

UK /ˈræl.i/ US /ˈræl.irally verb (SUPPORT)

[ I or T ]to (cause to) come together in order to provide support or make a shared effort:

Supporters/Opponents of the new shopping development are trying to rally localpeople in favour of/against it.
9. sift- examine

sift verb [ T ] (EXAMINE)

to make a close examination of all the parts of something in order tofind something or to separate what is useful from what is not:

The police are sifting the evidence very carefully to try and find the guilty person.
After my father’s death, I had to sift through all his papers.
The police are trying to sift out the genuine warnings from all the hoax calls they have received.
10. upheavel- change

upheaval noun [ C or U ]

UK /ʌpˈhiː.vəl/ US /ʌpˈhiː.vəl/

Yesterday’s coup brought further upheaval to a country already struggling withfamine.
I’m not sure it’s worth the upheaval of moving to gain just a little more space.
11. jarring- not pleasant

jarring adjective

UK /ˈdʒɑː.rɪŋ/ US /ˈdʒɑːr.ɪŋjarring adjective (NOT PLEASANT)

a jarring sight, sound, or experience is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone:

a jarring cry/chord
jarring colours
a jarring experience
12. while away time-spend time

while away something

/ˈhwɑɪ·ləˌweɪ, ˈwɑɪ-/

phrasal verb with while verb  to spend time in a relaxed way, sometimes when waiting for something else to happen:
I used to knit a lot when I was pregnant just to while away the time.

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