Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Words of the Day – 10th Feb, 2016

Words of the Day – 10th Feb, 2016

The list will be very useful to score high marks in English Section of upcoming Competitive Exams. Sound preparation for ibps bank and all govt jobs and teaching jobs exam in India.Learn these words regularly to improve your vocabulary.


The state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly
Example:       “the site of the tomb was a place of sanctity for the ancient Egyptians”
Synonyms:    holiness, godliness, sacredness, blessedness, saintliness
Antonyms:    wickedness


Move forward on the hands and knees or by dragging the body close to the ground
Example:       “they crawled from under the table”
Synonyms:    creep, pull oneself along, drag, trail, slither
Antonyms:    rush


(Among men) a colleague or a fellow member of an organization
Example:       “an old college comrade”
Synonyms:    companion, friend
Antonyms:    enemy


Extremely poor and lacking the means to provide for oneself
Example:       “the charity cares for destitute children”
Synonyms:    penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor
Antonyms:    rich


Repair (something that is broken or damaged)
Example:       “workmen were mending faulty cabling”
Synonyms:   repair, fix
Antonyms:   break, tear


Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally
Example:       “we were in a vulnerable position”
Synonyms:    in danger, in peril, endangered, unsafe
Antonyms:    well protected, invulnerable, resilient


Sternness or severity of manner or attitude
Example:       “he was noted for his austerity and his authoritarianism”
Synonyms:    rigor, acerbity, asperity, astringence
Antonyms:    informality, kindness, mildness


The action or process of selling off subsidiary business interests or investments
Example:       “the importance of divestment”
Synonyms:    destitution, hardship, privation
Antonyms:    advantage, benefit, gain, profit


A disagreement or argument
Example:       “a territorial dispute between the two countries”
Synonyms:    debate, discussion, discourse, disputation
Antonyms:    agreement


Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable
Example:       “a formidable opponent”
Synonyms:    intimidating, forbidding, redoubtable, daunting, alarming
Antonyms:    pleasant-looking, comforting, easy, weak


Die through submersion in and inhalation of water
Example:       “a motorist drowned when her car plunged off the edge of a quay”
Synonyms:    suffocate in water, inhale water
Antonyms:    drain


Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern
Example:       “widespread apathy among students”
Synonyms:    indifference, lack of interest
Antonyms:    enthusiasm, interest, passion


A post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease
Example:       “a Home Office pathologist carried out the autopsy”
Synonyms:    post-mortem, PM, necropsy


An illness, typically a minor one
Example:       “the doctor diagnosed a common stomach ailment”
Synonyms:    illness, disease, disorder, sickness
Antonyms:    health


The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating
Example:       “people for whom gold holds no allure”
Synonyms:    attraction, lure, draw, pull, appeal, glamour
Antonyms:    repulsion


A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment
Example:       “a website which enabled staff to air their grievances”
Synonyms:    injustice, unjust act, wrong, injury
Antonyms:    commendation


A desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place
Example:       “the property is situated in a convenient location, close to all local amenities”
Synonyms:    facility, service, convenience, resource
Antonyms:    hurt, injury


Demand or specify (a requirement), typically as part of an agreement
Example:       “he stipulated certain conditions before their marriage”
Synonyms:    specify, set down, set out
Antonyms:    break, break off, calculate, confuse


Competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field
Example:       “there always has been intense rivalry between the clubs”
Synonyms:   competitiveness, competition, contention, vying
Antonyms:    accord, agreement


A strong and very unpleasant smell
Example:       “the stench of rotting fish”
Synonyms:    stink, bad smell, foul smell
Antonyms:    perfume, sweetness


An allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one
Example:       “she’s always making sly innuendoes”
Synonyms:    insinuation, implication, hint, suggestion
Antonyms:    evidence, proof


Squeeze or constrict the neck of (a person or animal), especially so as to cause death
Example:       “the victim was strangled with a scarf”
Synonyms:    throttle, choke, garrotte
Antonyms:    encourage, promote


A prescribed order for performing a ritual ceremony, especially one characteristic of a particular religion or Church
Example:       “she likes the High Church ritual”
Synonyms:    ceremony, rite, ceremonial, observance
Antonyms:    difference, neglect


A thing given to someone as a compensation or consolation
Example:       “a suitable solatium in the form of an apology was offered to him”
Synonyms:    compensation, package


The restoration of friendly relations
Example:       “his reconciliation with your uncle”
Synonyms:    reuniting, reunion
Antonyms:   estrangement, alienation, feud


Prosperous and growing; flourishing
Example:       “the thriving business George has built up”
Synonyms:    flourish, prosper
Antonyms:    decline, wither, fail, stagnate, die


The action of endorsing someone or something
Example:       “the issue of full independence received overwhelming endorsement”
Synonyms:   support, backing, approval
Antonyms:    opposition


A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof
Example:       “he made allegations of corruption against the administration”
Synonyms:    claim, assertion, declaration, statement
Antonyms:    exculpation, denial


(Of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore
Example:       “a stranded whale”
Synonyms:    aground, ashore, grounded, helpless
Antonyms:    found


An act of spending money freely or extravagantly
Example:       “the annual pre-Christmas splurge”
Synonyms:    binge, celebrate
Antonyms:    hoard, save


Intrusion on a person’s territory, rights, etc.
Example:       “minor encroachments on our individual liberties”
Synonyms:    intrusion into, trespass on, invasion of, infiltration of
Antonyms:    give, ignore, keep off


Make or represent (a form) by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques.
Example:       “the choir stalls were each carefully sculptured”
Synonyms:    sculpt, carve, chisel, model, fashion, form
Antonyms:    unshapely


Make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and pride
Example:       “you’ll humiliate me in front of the whole school!”
Synonyms:   embarrass, mortify, humble
Antonyms:    aggrandize, glorious


Run away from a place or situation of danger.
Example:       “to escape the fighting, his family fled from their village”
Synonyms:   run, run away
Antonyms:    arrive, come, continue


A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations
Example:       “a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand”
Synonyms:    association, union, league, treaty, pact, compact
Antonyms:    distance, separation


A person, plant, or animal that is descended from a particular ancestor
Example:       “she’s a descendant of Charles Darwin”
Synonyms:   successor, scion; offshoot, heir
Antonyms:   ancestor


Take part in a violent public disturbance
Example:       “students rioted in Paris”
Synonyms:    rampage, fight
Antonyms:   calm, order, peace, tranquillity


Leave bare of accessories or fittings
Example:       “thieves stripped the room of luggage”
Synonyms:   empty, clear
Antonyms:    construct, assemble


Steal goods from (a place), typically during a war or riot
Example:       “police confronted the protestors who were looting shops”
Synonyms:    plunder, pillage, ransack, sack, raid, rifle, rob
Antonyms:    give, receive


A barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape
Synonyms:   barrier, paling, railing, rail, bar, hurdle
Antonyms:    opening

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