Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Words of the Day – 24th Feb, 2016

The list will be very useful to score high marks in English Section of upcoming Competitive Exams.

Learn these words regularly to improve your vocabulary.


Intrusion on a person’s territory, rights, etc
Example:       “minor encroachments on our individual liberties”
Synonyms:    intrusion into, trespass on, invasion of


The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel
Example:       “she sued him for defamation”
Synonyms:    libel, slander, character assassination
Antonyms:    commendation


Make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request
Example:       “police are appealing for information about the incident”
Synonyms:    make an urgent/earnest request, call
Antonyms:   bore


Continue to have (something); keep possession of
Example:       “Labour retained the seat”
Synonyms:    keep, keep possession of
Antonyms:    abolish, discontinue, alter


A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something
Example:       “the British team lodged an official protest”
Synonyms:    objection, exception, complaint
Antonyms:    support, approval
Prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence).
Example:       “talks failed to avert a rail strike”
Synonyms:   prevent, stop, avoid
Antonyms:    aid, allow


Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
Example:       “the victims should be treated with compassion”
Synonyms:    pity, sympathy, feeling, fellow feeling
Antonyms:    indifference, heartlessness


A batch of goods destined for or delivered to someone
Example:       “a consignment of drugs”
Synonyms:    delivery, shipment, load, container load, shipload
Antonyms:    holding, keeping, retention


Throw or impel (someone or something) with great force
Example:       “rioters hurled a brick through the windscreen”
Synonyms:    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch
Antonyms:   catch, hold


Characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not stable or calm
Example:       “the country’s turbulent history”
Synonyms:    tempestuous, stormy, unstable, unsettled
Antonyms:    calm, quiet, glassy


A sudden involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement
Example:       “Shifting heavy loads without help brought on muscular back spasms”
Synonyms:    convulsion, contraction, throes, cramp
Antonyms:    harmony, peace


Remain or stay somewhere
Example:       “how long must I bide here to wait for the answer?”
Synonyms:    dwell, sit tight, stick around
Antonyms:    carry on, cease, complete, depart


Cause (someone) to become unable to walk or move properly
Example:       “a young student was crippled for life”
Synonyms:    disable, paralyse, immobilize, make lame, lame
Antonyms:    boost


The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration
Example:       “Pam stared at the girl with total contempt”
Synonyms:   scorn, disdain, disrespect
Antonyms:   respect


The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel
Example:       “she sued him for defamation”
Synonyms:    libel, slander, character assassination
Antonyms:    commendation


Reduce (a building or place) to a state of decay, collapse, or disintegration
Example:       “a ruined castle”
Synonyms:    destroy, devastate
Antonyms:    rebuild, repair, intact, well maintained


Kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of
Example:       “the inhabitants of the country had been decimated”
Synonyms:    annihilate, exterminate, obliterate
Antonyms:    bear, build, create


Attack and rob (someone) in a public place
Example:       “he was mugged by three men who stole his bike”
Synonyms:    assault, attack


A crack, split, or break in something
Example:       “the wind had torn open a rift in the clouds”
Synonyms:    crack, fault, flaw, split, break, breach, fissure
Antonyms:    closure


Think about (something) deeply and at length
Example:       “she began to mull over the various possibilities”
Synonyms:    ponder, consider
Antonyms:    forget, ignore, neglect


Confirm or settle (a contract or bargain)
Example:       “the Texan wanted to impress him to clinch a business deal”
Synonyms:    secure, settle, conclude, close
Antonyms:    lose


A supply or quantity of bullets and shells
Example:       “guns, ammunition, and explosives”
Synonyms:    bullets, missiles, rounds, shot, slugs, rockets, bombs
Antonyms:    defuse


Overbalance or cause to overbalance and fall
Example:       “she toppled over when I touched her”
Synonyms:    fall, tumble, overturn, overbalance, tip
Antonyms:    hold, increase, rise


An ornamental cloth covering hung or held up over something, especially a throne or bed
Example:       “a romantic four-poster bed complete with drapes and a canopy”
Synonyms:    awning, shade, sunshade, cover, covering


A long, loud, piercing cry expressing extreme emotion or pain
Example:       “they were awakened by screams for help”
Synonyms:    shriek, screech, yell, howl, shout, bellow, bawl
Antonyms:   bore


The process of passing legislation
Example:       “the enactment of equal pay legislation”
Synonyms:    making law, validation, sanction
Antonyms:   repeal


A long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another
Synonyms:    lighter, canal boat, scow


A violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd
Example:       “riots broke out in the capital”
Synonyms:    uproar, rampage, furore, tumult, commotion, upheaval, disturbance
Antonyms:   calm, order, peace


A government, especially an authoritarian one
Example:       “ideological opponents of the regime”
Synonyms:    government, authorities, system of government


Lose strength or momentum
Example:       “the music faltered, stopped, and started up again”
Synonyms:    hesitate, delay, think twice, get cold feet
Antonyms:   calm, hold, remain, stabilize


Occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early
Example:       “the sun can cause premature ageing”
Synonyms:    untimely, early
Antonyms:    overdue, late


With little or no delay; immediately
Example:       “he paid the fine promptly”
Synonyms:    punctually
Antonyms:    slowly, late, negligently


Discharge faeces from the body
Synonyms:   excrete
Antonyms:    accept, allow, keep


Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness
Example:       “fierce fighting continued throughout the day”
Synonyms:    ferocious, savage, vicious
Antonyms:    gentle, tame, mild


The remote areas of a country away from the coast or the banks of major rivers
Example:       “the hinterland of southern Italy”
Synonyms:    the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the bush, remote areas
Antonyms:    civilization
Slow-moving or inactive
Example:       “a sluggish stream”
Synonyms:    inactive, quiet, slow, slow-moving, slack, flat
Antonyms:    busy, brisk


Erring or straying from the accepted course or standards.
Example:       “an errant husband coming back from a night on the tiles”
Synonyms:    offending, guilty, culpable, misbehaving, lawless
Antonyms:    innocent, well behaved


A pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner’s wrists
Synonyms:    manacles, fetters, shackles, irons, bonds, bracelets
Antonyms:    free


A feeling or thought that something is possible, likely, or true
Example:       “she had a sneaking suspicion that he was laughing at her”
Synonyms:    intuition, feeling, impression, inkling, surmise, guess
Antonyms:    certainty


A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner
Example:       “a three-stringed precursor of the violin”
Synonyms:    forerunner, predecessor, forefather


A silly, foolish, or eccentric person
Synonyms:    Hooligan, thug
Antonyms:    brain


Cheerful friendliness; geniality
Example:       “he exuded good humour and bonhomie”
Synonyms:    geniality, congeniality, sociability, friendliness, warmth
Antonyms:   coldness


Permission for something to happen or agreement to do something
Example:       “no change may be made without the consent of all the partners”
Synonyms:   agreement, assent, concurrence, accord
Antonyms:    dissent, forbid


A loud and impassioned noise or disturbance
Example:       “the room was in an uproar”
Synonyms:    turmoil, disorder, confusion, disturbance
Antonyms:   acquiescence, calm


Make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly
Example:       “he promised to expedite economic reforms”
Synonyms:    speed up, accelerate, hurry, quicken, precipitate
Antonyms:   delay, hinder


An important person, especially in a particular sphere
Example:       “government bigwigs”
Synonyms:    VIP, important person, notable, notability, personage
Antonyms:   nobody, nonentity


A dog, especially a mongrel
Example:       “a long-haired mutt of doubtful pedigree”
Synonyms:    mongrel, hound, dog


A position counting as a draw, in which a player is not in check but cannot move except into check
Example:       “last time I played him it ended up in stalemate”
Synonyms:    deadlock, impasse, standstill, dead end, stand-off, draw, tie, dead heat
Antonyms:   advance, headway, progress


A state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems
Example:       “he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy”
Synonyms:    lawlessness, absence of government, revolution, mutiny, disorder
Antonyms:   government, order


(Especially of a large group of people) move through a place in a violent and uncontrollable manner
Example:       “several thousand demonstrators rampaged through the city”
Synonyms:    go berserk, storm, charge, tear
Antonyms:   calm, order

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