Thursday, 4 February 2016

Words of the Day – 4th Feb, 2016

Words of the Day – 4th 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.

Slump

Sit, lean, or fall heavily and limply
Example:       “she slumped against the cushions”
Synonyms:    sit heavily, flop, flump, collapse, sink, fall
Antonyms:    improve

Squeeze

Firmly press (something soft or yielding), typically with one’s fingers.
Example:       “Kate squeezed his hand affectionately”
Synonyms:    compress, press, crush, squash, pinch
Antonyms:    powerlessness, release

Trot

(Of a person) run at a moderate pace with short steps
Example:       “the child trotted across to her obediently”
Synonyms:    run, jog, jogtrot, dogtrot, lope
Antonyms:    stop

Swindle

Obtain (money) fraudulently
Example:       “he was said to have swindled £62.5 million from the state-owned cement industry”
Synonyms:    defraud, cheat, trick, fleece, dupe, deceive
Antonyms:    frankness, honesty, openness, truth

Verdict

A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest
Example:       “the jury returned a verdict of not guilty”
Synonyms:    judgement, adjudication
Antonyms:    accusation

Eviction

The action of expelling someone from a property; expulsion
Example:       “the forced eviction of residents”
Synonyms:    expulsion, ejection
Antonyms:   admission

Auction

A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder
Example:       “the books are expected to fetch a six-figure sum at tomorrow’s auction”
Synonyms:    sell-off, bargain, jam

Gasp

Catch one’s breath with an open mouth, owing to pain or astonishment.
Example:       “a woman gasped in horror at the sight of him”
Synonyms:    pant, puff, puff and pant, blow, heave, wheeze
Antonyms:   caress, cry

Drubbing

A beating; a thrashing
Example:       “I’ll give the scoundrels a drubbing if I can!”
Synonyms:    beating, thrashing, walloping, thumping
Antonyms:    win

Disparity

A great difference
Example:       “economic disparities between different regions of the country”
Synonyms:    discrepancy, inconsistency, imbalance, inequality
Antonyms:   parity, similarity

Curbed

Restrain or keep in check
Example:       “she promised she would curb her temper”
Synonyms:    restrain, hold back, keep back, hold in, repress, suppress
Antonyms:   release

Woos

Try to gain the love of (a woman), especially with a view to marriage.
Example:       “he wooed her with quotes from Shakespeare”
Synonyms:    court, pay court to, pursue, chase
Antonyms:   ignore, answer

Leap

Jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force
Example:       “he leapt on to the parapet”
Synonyms:    jump over, jump, vault over, vault, spring over
Antonyms:    reject

Elate

Make (someone) ecstatically happy
Example:       “I felt elated at beating Dennis”
Synonyms:    thrilled, exhilarated, happy, delighted, overjoyed
Antonyms:    miserable

Gutted

Bitterly disappointed or upset
Example:       “I know how gutted the players must feel”
Synonyms:    disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean
Antonyms:    protect, fill

Sneak

Move or go in a furtive or stealthy way
Example:       “I sneaked out by the back exit”
Synonyms:    creep, slink, steal, slip, slide
Antonyms:    excise

Splash

Cause (liquid) to strike or fall on something in irregular drops
Example:       “she splashed cold water on to her face”
Synonyms:    spatter, bespatter, splatter, speck
Antonyms:    dry

Poach

Cook (an egg) without its shell in or over boiling water
Example:       “a breakfast of poached egg and grilled bacon”
Synonyms:    smuggle, appropriate, encroach
Antonyms:    give, receive

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, ill, offence
Antonyms:   commendation

Contempt

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

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