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.

Sanctity

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

Crawl

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

Comrades

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

Destitute

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

Mend

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

Vulnerable

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

Austerity

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

Divestment

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

Dispute

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

Formidable

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

Drown

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

Apathy

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

Autopsy

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

Ailment

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

Allure

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

Grievance

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

Amenities

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

Stipulate

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

Rivalry

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

Stench

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


Innuendos

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

Strangles

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

Rituals

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

Solatium

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

Reconciliation

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

Thriving

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

Endorsement

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

Allegation

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

Stranded

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

Splurge

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

Encroachments

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

Sculpture

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

Humiliated

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

Fleeing

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

Alliance

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

Descendants

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

Riot

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

Strip

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

Loot

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

Fence

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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