19-Sep-2020


Indomitable

ADJECTIVE

Indomitable [ in-dom-i-tuh-buhl ]
ADJECTIVE

Impossible to subdue or defeat

  • “Super heroes are the ones with indomitable energy.”

  • “It was not easy to win over an indomitable opposition.”

Synonyms : Invincible, Stalwart, Unconquerable, Adamant, Unassailable, Mettlesome

Antonyms : Submissive, Weak, Compliant, Malleable, Amenable


September 2020
18-Sep-2020

Frosty

[ fraw-stee ] ADJECTIVE

Frosty

Cold and unfriendly in manner

Having a low or subnormal temperature

“Last weekend was a combination of sunny days and frosty nights.”

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17-Sep-2020

Endow

[ en-dou ] VERB

Endow

Provide with a quality or ability

"Shakuntala Devi was a great mathematician and was endowed with unique skills."

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16-Sep-2020

Perversion

[ per-vur-zhuhn ] NOUN

Perversion

Distortion or corruption of the original course, meaning, or state of something

sexual behaviour that is considered abnormal and unacceptable.

“The writer was utterly disappointed with the perversion in art.”

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15-Sep-2020

Overhaul

[ oh-ver-hawl ] NOUN, VERB

Overhaul

Verb : Analyse and improve ;To make necessary repairs on

Noun : A thorough examination of machinery or a system, with repairs or changes made if necessary

“The apex court has advised the lower courts to overhaul their judgement process.”

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14-Sep-2020

Feeler

[ fee-ler ] NOUN

Feeler

A tentative proposal intended to ascertain someone's attitude or opinion

A person or thing that feels

“The feeler put out by the management may disrupt the situation.”

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13-Sep-2020

Decouple

[ dee-kuhp-uhl ] VERB

Decouple

To cause to become separated.

Separate, disengage, or dissociate (something) from something else

“The police officials decoupled the gangster from his gang.”

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12-Sep-2020

Tread

[ tred ] NOUN, VERB

Tread

Verb : to set down the foot or feet in walking; step; walk.

Noun : A person's manner of walking or the sound made as they walk

“After the unlock 4 guidelines released, shoppers soon will be seen treading the shopping malls.”

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11-Sep-2020

Dotted

[ dot-id ] VERB, ADJECTIVE

Dotted

Adjective :  Marked with or in the form of dots

Verb : Be scattered over (an area) ; Mark with a small spot or spots

“The client asked the designer to give a dotted background to the stage.”

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10-Sep-2020

Demarcate

[ dih-mahr-keyt ] VERB

Demarcate

Set the boundaries or limits of

To separate indistinctly

“Indian government has suggested to demarcate the border with Pakistan.”

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09-Sep-2020

Privy

[ priv-ee ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Privy

Adjective : Hidden; secret

Noun : A toilet located in a small shed outside a house or other building

“We cannot have anything privy from our parents.”

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08-Sep-2020

Ramification

[ ram-uh-fi-key-shuhn ] NOUN

Ramification

The possible results of an action.

A complex or unwelcome consequence of an action or event

“The tenant was skeptical of signing the agreement after the unanticipated ramification.”

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07-Sep-2020

Staunch

[ stawnch ] ADJECTIVE

Staunch

Very loyal and committed in attitude.

Strong and Substantial.

“The newly hired engineer is a staunch supporter of the management.”

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06-Sep-2020

Tirade

[ tahy-reyd ] NOUN

Tirade

A long, angry speech of criticism or accusation

“The opposition’s candidate stood up and instigated people with his tirade.”

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05-Sep-2020

Breakaway

[ breyk-uh-wey ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Breakaway

Noun : A divergence or radical change ; A person or thing that breaks away

Adjective : Departing from routine or tradition

“The breakaway of design occurs first of all at structural levels.

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04-Sep-2020

Veer

[ veer ] VERB

Veer

Change direction suddenly

Slacken or let out (a rope or cable) in a controlled way

“The sailor immediately veered the ship on the indication received by the crew.”

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03-Sep-2020

Caveat

[ kav-ee-aht ] NOUN

Caveat

A warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.

A warning or caution.

“The government has released a caveat for the upcoming amendment in Article 324.”

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02-Sep-2020

Cogent

[ koh-juh nt ] ADJECTIVE

Cogent

Clear, logical, and convincing

“The ministry made cogent remarks about the Unlock 4 guidelines.”

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01-Sep-2020

Telluric

[ te-loor-ik ] ADJECTIVE

Telluric

Of or relating to Earth.

Of or relating to or containing the chemical element tellurium.

"He studied telluric absorption in the solar spectrum in Italy and Switzerland."

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August 2020
31-Aug-2020

Portentous

[ pawr-ten-tuhs ] ADJECTIVE

Portentous

Being a grave or serious matter

Of or like a portent; of momentous significance

Done in a pompously or overly solemn manner so as to impress

“Taani’s language is mostly portentous and threatening.”

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30-Aug-2020

Rubric

[ roo-brik ] NOUN

Rubric

A heading on a document

A set of rules

“The IELTS examiner are supposed to follow a rubric to grade each writing.”

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29-Aug-2020

Travesty

[ trav-uh-stee ] NOUN, VERB

Travesty

Noun :  A false, absurd, or distorted representation of something

Verb : Represent in a false, absurd, or distorted way

“The justification quoted by the lawyer was a travesty of justice.”

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28-Aug-2020

Thaw

[ thaw ] NOUN, VERB

Thaw

Noun : An increase in friendliness or cordiality

Verb : Become liquid or soft as a result of warming up

“Abhijeet sensed a thaw in me and therefore invited me to his party.”

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27-Aug-2020

Pantheon

[ pan-thee-uhn ] NOUN

Pantheon

A group of particularly respected, famous, or important people

All the gods of a people or religion collectively

“Rubina has managed to make her place in the pantheon of popular guitarists.”

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26-Aug-2020

Didactic

[ dahy-dak-tik ] ADJECTIVE

Didactic

Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.

Intended for instruction

“Kashish is an amazing teacher, he is very didactic.”

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25-Aug-2020

Enigma

[ uh-nig-muh ] NOUN

Enigma

A person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand

“The fact whether chick came first or the egg, is an enigma.”

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24-Aug-2020

Advent

[ ad-vent ] NOUN

Advent

A coming into place ; The arrival of a notable person or thing

The first season of the Church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays

“All the other vaccines were rejected before the advent of H1N1.”

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23-Aug-2020

Seraphic

[ si-raf-ik ] ADJECTIVE

Seraphic

Characteristic of or resembling a seraph or seraphim; angelic

“Tarun needed nobody as he was at ease leading his seraphic life.”

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22-Aug-2020

Respite

[ res-pit ] NOUN, VERB

Respite

Noun : A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant

Verb : To Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.)

“A respite given to the team was with an intention to have some time for improvement.”

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21-Aug-2020

Idyllic

[ ahy-dil-ik ] ADJECTIVE

Idyllic

Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful

“The reason we enjoy our office is that the environment is idyllic.”

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20-Aug-2020

Albeit

[ awl-bee-it ] CONJUNCTION

Albeit

Although; Even if

“As always we had to abide by my sister’s ideas, albeit reluctantly.”

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19-Aug-2020

Unctuous

[ uhngk-choo-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Unctuous

Excessively flattering

Having a greasy or oily feel.

“The video content was deep, unctuous and could move one’s soul.”

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18-Aug-2020

Status quo

[ stat-uh s kwoh ] NOUN

Status quo

The existing state of affairs

“The Chancellor announced that there was no desire to modify the current status quo.”

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17-Aug-2020

Obsequious

[ uh b-see-kwee-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Obsequious

Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree

“I can proudly say that my brother has obsequious manners.”

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16-Aug-2020

Arcane

[ ahr-keyn ] ADJECTIVE

Arcane

Understood by few; mysterious or secret

“The newly appointed trainer had an arcane way of delivering the sessions.”

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15-Aug-2020

Haughty

[ haw-tee ] ADJECTIVE

Haughty

Arrogantly superior and disdainful

“The immigrants were described to be very distinct and haughty by the minister.”

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14-Aug-2020

Gratuitous

[ gruh-too-i-tuhs ] ADVERB

Gratuitous

Done without good reason

Given without charge or payment

“The mob lynched the black man with gratuitous harshness.”

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13-Aug-2020

Acquiesce

[ ak-wee-es ] VERB

Acquiesce

Accept something reluctantly but without protest

“Raghav will acquiesce easily as he is not a stubborn person.”

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12-Aug-2020

Expeditious

[ ek-spi-dish-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Expeditious

Done with speed and efficiency

“The investigator gave an expeditious answer to the query.”

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11-Aug-2020

Revelation

[ rev-uh-ley-shuhn ] NOUN

Revelation

A surprising and previously unknown fact that has been disclosed to others

“The autobiography of my favourite actor included many shocking revelations.”

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10-Aug-2020

Unequivocal

[ uhn-i-kwiv-uh-kuhl ] ADJECTIVE

Unequivocal

Leaving no doubt.

Clear, Having only one possible meaning.

“He got saved with the unequivocal proof that they had presented.”

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09-Aug-2020

Winsome

[ win-suh m ] ADJECTIVE

Winsome

Attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way

“Raj wore a winsome smile on the stage throughout the drama.”

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08-Aug-2020

Diaphanous

[ dahy-af-uh-nuh s ] ADJECTIVE

Diaphanous

Transparent, delicate, and translucent

“The diaphanous feathers of the bird made her look fluttery.”

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07-Aug-2020

Spurious

[ spyoo r-ee-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Spurious

Not being what it purports to be; false or fake

“All the evidence presented were spurious and could not justify the accusations.”

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06-Aug-2020

Untoward

[ uhn-tawrd, -tohrd ] ADJECTIVE

Untoward

Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient.

Improper.

“He was banished from the society for his untoward social behaviour.”

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05-Aug-2020

Remonstrate

[ ri-mon-streyt ] VERB

Remonstrate

Make a forcefully reproachful protest.

To say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.

“Ramesh instantly remonstrated about the fact that he was littering around.”

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04-Aug-2020

Quack

[ kwak ] NOUN, VERB

Quack

Verb : (of a duck) the harsh throaty cry of a duck; (of a person) talk loudly and foolishly

Noun : A person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, a deceiver 

“We thought Rachit was the best member of our group, but later, it was discovered that he was such a quack.”

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03-Aug-2020

Foreboding

[ fawr-boh-ding ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Foreboding

Noun : A feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension

Adjective : Implying that something bad is going to happen

“The theme selected for the theatre show was dark and foreboding.”

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02-Aug-2020

Aftermath

[ af-ter-math ] NOUN

Aftermath

The consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event

“This incident and the aftermath were covered under the policy.”

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01-Aug-2020

Consensus

[ kuh n-sen-suh s ] NOUN

Consensus

A general agreement.
Majority of opinion.

“It took not more than an hour for the jury to come to a consensus.”

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July 2020
31-Jul-2020

Exasperate

[ ig-zas-puh-reyt ] VERB

Exasperate

To irritate intensely

“Shreya wanted desperately to share her feelings with her mother, but she knew that it’d just exasperate her and trouble her mental stability.”

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30-Jul-2020

Efficacy

[ ef-i-kuh-see ] NOUN

Efficacy

The ability to produce a desired or intended result

“I am a firm believer in the efficacy of my brother’s business.”

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29-Jul-2020

Succour

[ suhk-er ] NOUN, VERB

Succour

Noun : Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress
Verb :  Give assistance or aid to

 

“I do not panic and call upon people to succour me.”

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28-Jul-2020

Lachrymose

[ lak-ruh-mohs ] ADJECTIVE

Lachrymose

Causing sadness or tears; sorrowful

“When her senior humiliated her she was lachrymose and pink-eyed.”

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27-Jul-2020

Bolster

[ bohl-ster ] NOUN, VERB

Bolster

Verb : To add support and strengthen

Noun : A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support

“My father’s presence bolsters my weak will.”

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26-Jul-2020

Undermine

[ uhn-der-mahyn ] VERB

Undermine

Lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously.

To attack by indirect or secret means.

“The ways implemented and technology used can majorly undermine the years of hard work.”

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25-Jul-2020

Conjectural

[ kuhn-jek-cher-uhl ] ADJECTIVE

Conjectural

Based on or involving conjecture

“The statements made on the talk show were all based on conjectural statements.”

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24-Jul-2020

Niggardly

[ nig-erd-lee ] ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Niggardly

Adjective : Ungenerous with money, time, etc.; mean
Adverb : In a mean or meagre manner

“Rakshay is niggardly of money and this quality is detested by many.”

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23-Jul-2020

Voluble

[ vol-yuh-buhl ] ADJECTIVE

Voluble

Characterized by a continuous flow of words.
Talking fluently

"Akash enjoys the voluble morning talk show on news channels."

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22-Jul-2020

Deteriorate

[ dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt ] VERB

Deteriorate

Become progressively worse

"As time passed away, the two started spending less time with each other, and their relationship began to deteriorate."

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20-Jul-2020

Whittle

[ hwit-l ] VERB

Whittle

Carve (wood) into an object by repeatedly cutting small slices from it.
Reduce something in size, amount, or extent by a gradual series of steps.

“The carpenter was hired to whittle wood.”
 

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19-Jul-2020

Siphon

[ sahy-fuh n ] NOUN, VERB

Siphon

Noun : A tube used to convey liquid upwards from a reservoir and then down to a lower level of its own accord.

Verb : Draw off or transfer gradually, especially illegally or unfairly.

“One such great example of a siphon is a tube where gas is forced out of a gas tank.”

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18-Jul-2020

Eviscerate

[ ih-vis-uh-reyt ] VERB

Eviscerate

Deprive (something) of its essential content.

To remove the entrails of.

“The teacher showcased an example of a time when a surgeon eviscerates the kidney.”

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17-Jul-2020

Stonewall

[ stohn-wawl ] NOUN, VERB

Stonewall

Verb : Delay or obstruct (a request, process, or person) by refusing to; answer questions or by being evasive.
Noun : An act of delaying or obstructing a person, request, or process.

“The officer accused the chairman of stonewalling on the issue of theft in the department.”

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15-Jul-2020

Vindicate

[ vin-di-keyt ] VERB

Vindicate

To clear someone from an accusation.
Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.

“The victim was vindicated after the first trial.”

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14-Jul-2020

Eurythmic

[ yoo-rith -mik ] ADJECTIVE

Eurythmic

In or relating to harmonious proportion.

Characterized by a pleasing rhythm.

“They tried hard but could not have a eurythmic tone to the song.”

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13-Jul-2020

Ignominy

[ ig-nuh-min-ee ] NOUN

Ignominy

Public shame or disgrace.

“Rishab is an ignominy to the profession.”

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12-Jul-2020

Eerily

[ eer-ee-ly ] ADVERB

Eerily

In a strange and frightening manner.

“After seeing her father approaching, his eyes glowed eerily in the dark hall.”

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11-Jul-2020

Substantive

[ suhb-stuh n-tiv ] N/A

Substantive

Noun : A word or phrase used as a noun

Adjective : Having a firm basis in reality and so important, meaningful, or considerable; Having a separate and independent existence

“I believe you need to lend substantive meaning to the presentation.”

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10-Jul-2020

Moratorium

[ mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uh m ] NOUN

Moratorium

Noun : A temporary prohibition of an activity.

“The government has announced a moratorium on all commercial whaling.”

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09-Jul-2020

Fathom

[ fath-uh m ] NOUN, VERB

Fathom

Noun : A unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water.

Verb : Understand (a difficult problem or an enigmatic person) after much thought. ; To penetrate to the truth of.

“Harsh could not fathom the depth of the notion given by us.”

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08-Jul-2020

Pulchritudinous

[ puhl-kri-tood-n-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Pulchritudinous

Physically beautiful

“The actress in our college is pulchritudinous.”

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07-Jul-2020

Surmise

[ ser-mahyz ] NOUN, VERB

Surmise

Verb : Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.

Noun : A supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it.

“Rakesh’s surmise was appropriate and that is what got us victory.”

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06-Jul-2020

Blizzard

[ bliz-erd ] NOUN, VERB

Blizzard

Noun :A severe snowstorm with high winds. ; A large or overwhelming number of things arriving suddenly.

Verb : To snow as a blizzard.

“It is said that blizzards without snow, are precarious to mankind.”

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05-Jul-2020

Trajectory

[ truh-jek-tuh-ree ] NOUN

Trajectory

The path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces.

“The missile launched last week deflected from its trajectory.”

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04-Jul-2020

Squeamish

[ skwee-mish ] ADJECTIVE

Squeamish

Easily made to feel sick or disgusted.

Having fastidious moral views; scrupulous.

“My parents are not squeamish in such cases when manners are a matter of concern.”

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03-Jul-2020

Interment

[ in-tur-muh nt ] NOUN

Interment

The burial of a corpse in a grave or tomb, typically with funeral rites.

“Prime Minister’s speech had clear indication of him attending the interment of martyrs.”

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02-Jul-2020

Rummage

[ ruhm-ij ] NOUN, VERB

Rummage

Verb : Search unsystematically and untidily through something.

Noun : An unsystematic and untidy search.

“Priyanka rummaged through the store room for her laptop’s charger.”

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01-Jul-2020

Incertitude

[ in-sur-ti-tood ] NOUN

Incertitude

A state of uncertainty.

“In that incertitude he could not make a firm decision.”

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June 2020
30-Jun-2020

Demurral

[ Demurral ] NOUN

Demurral

The action of demurring (raise objections or show reluctance.)

“He pleads for Monica, who offers a demurral to file a case.”

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29-Jun-2020

Erudition

[ er-yoo-dish-uh n ] NOUN

Erudition

The quality of having or showing great knowledge or learning; scholarship.

“Agasta was a man of erudition.”

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28-Jun-2020

Stellar

[ stel-er ] ADJECTIVE

Stellar

Relating to stars

Exceptionally good; outstanding.

“The way things are accelerating, it is going at the rate of stellar expansion.”

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27-Jun-2020

Colossus

[ kuh-los-uh s ] NOUN

Colossus

A statue that is much bigger than life size.

A person or thing of enormous size, importance, or ability.

“The new monument at the street is a colossus of wood and copper.”

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26-Jun-2020

Contumacy

[ kon-too-muh-see ] NOUN

Contumacy

Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority

Stubborn perverseness, Rebelliousness

“For Katie’s rebelliousness and contumacy she was condemned to be killed.”

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25-Jun-2020

Coddle

[ kod-l ] VERB

Coddle

To treat as a baby or tenderly.

“My mother is not a person who would coddle someone.”

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24-Jun-2020

Cession

[ sesh-uh n ] NOUN

Cession

Surrender, as of possessions or rights.

“The refugees had to pay a price of survival which involved a cession of power to the government.”

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23-Jun-2020

Bulwark

[ bool-werk ] NOUN

Bulwark

A wall of earth made for external defense

Anything that gives security or defense against external danger.

“Bella has been for fifty years, as of old, the bulwark of our family.”

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22-Jun-2020

Allege

[ uh-lej ] VERB

Allege

To assert without proof

To assert to be true, especially in a formal manner, as in court

“Hemant alleged that the Dean has accepted bribes.”

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21-Jun-2020

Convivial

[ kuhn-viv-ee-uhl ] ADJECTIVE

Convivial

Friendly and Agreeable

Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking

“The atmosphere of our new restaurant is relaxed and convivial.”

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20-Jun-2020

Crustaceous

[ kruh-stey-shuh s ] ADJECTIVE

Crustaceous

Having a crust-like shell.

“We backed out because of the crustaceous insects and it had become dangerous.”

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19-Jun-2020

Weak-kneed

[ week-need ] ADJECTIVE

Weak-kneed

Without resolute purpose, willpower, or resolution.

“Sheetal stood at the entrance of the hall dazed and weak-kneed.”

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18-Jun-2020

Wanton

[ won-tn ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Wanton

Adjective : Deliberate or without purpose

Noun : A pampered person

“John's wanton disregard for others was obvious when he was drunk.”

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17-Jun-2020

Virtu

[ ver-too ] NOUN

Virtu

Excellence or merit in objects of class

The good quality inherent in a person or a thing

“Vietnam has this virtu of enticing the visitors with its atmosphere and scenic beauty.”

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16-Jun-2020

Unyoke

[ uhn-yohk ] VERB

Unyoke

To cease work

To remove from or as if from a yoke; To seperate

“A request had been made to the authorities to allot areas where the teams could be unyoked and can practice religiously.”

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15-Jun-2020

Illimitable

[ ih-lim-i-tuh-buh l ] ADJECTIVE

Illimitable

Incapable of being limited.

Without limits or end; Boundless.

“The new way was explored for new inventions and for illimitable expansion.”

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14-Jun-2020

Gumption

[ guhmp-shuh n ] NOUN

Gumption

Courage, Aggresiveness

Common sense

“I hope Rishab has the gumption not to disregard my actions considering them illogical.”

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13-Jun-2020

Heathenish

[ hee-th uh-nish ] ADJECTIVE

Heathenish

Relating to heathens.

Characteristics of Barbarous.

“My devotion and reverence for God was looked upon as heathenish.”

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12-Jun-2020

Flimsy

[ flim-zee ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Flimsy

Adjective: Thin and weak; Insubstantial and easily damaged.

Noun : A document, especially a copy, made on very thin paper

“Snow crunched under my feet and quickly soaked those flimsy slippers which I got from the local market.”

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11-Jun-2020

Felonious

[ fuh-loh-nee-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Felonious

Having a nature of felony.

Pertaining to a criminal act.

“Raj killed a security guard and immediately showcased his felonious side to us all.”

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10-Jun-2020

Defalcate

[ dih-fal-keyt ] VERB

Defalcate

To engage in embezzlement.

To misuse money assigned to some person.

“When the manager decided to defalcate the bank’s money, he was deemed a thief.”

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09-Jun-2020

Trenchant

[ tren-chuhnt ] ADJECTIVE

Trenchant

Clearly or Sharply defined.

Expressing strong criticism or forceful opinions.

“Ramesh was shattered and confused by this trenchant criticism.”

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08-Jun-2020

Trammel

[ tram-uhl ] NOUN, VERB

Trammel

Noun :  Restrictions on one’s freedom.

Verb :  Deprive of freedom of action.

“Rajan felt trammelled by convention.”

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07-Jun-2020

Occlude

[ uh-klood ] VERB

Occlude

To close up or obstruct

(Chemistry) To absorb, as a gas by a metal

“Scientists say that veins can get occluded by blood clots.”

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06-Jun-2020

Effete

[ ih-feet ] ADJECTIVE

Effete

Exhausted, as having performed its functions.

Lacking strength, courage or spirit.

“Having nothing to do all day the kids had grown effete and lethargic.”

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05-Jun-2020

Benison

[ ben-uh-suh n ] NOUN

Benison

Blessing

“The father at the church said may the benison of the god bless you and yours forever.”

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04-Jun-2020

Bedaub

[ bih-dawb ] VERB

Bedaub

To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.

To ornament excessively.

“My brother’s face was bedaubed with chocolate by his friends on his birthday.”

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03-Jun-2020

Humbug

[ huhm-buhg ] NOUN, VERB

Humbug

Noun : Anything intended or calculated to deceive or mislead

Verb : Deceive or trick

“In order to avoid taxes, Raju gave reasons to IT department, which seems to be humbug.”

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02-Jun-2020

Reprehensible

[ rep-ri-hen-suh-buhl ] ADJECTIVE

Reprehensible

Censurable or disgraceful

Deserving of strong criticism or blame.

“Rajat has been fired for his reprehensible conduct.”

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01-Jun-2020

Protuberant

[ pro-too-ber-uh nt ] ADJECTIVE

Protuberant

Bulging or swelled

“Ankit stared at Rahul with fiery, slightly protuberant eyes.”

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May 2020
31-May-2020

Mettlesome

[ met-l-suh m ] ADJECTIVE

Mettlesome

Having courage or spirit.

Full of spirit and courage; lively.

“I am a mettlesome supporter of Manchester United, unlike my brother-in-law.”

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30-May-2020

Abrade

[ uh-breyd ] VERB

Abrade

To wear away the surface or some part of something by friction.

To scrape off.

“The landscape slowly and gradually abraded with time.”

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29-May-2020

Skullduggery

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ] NOUN

Skullduggery

An instance with dishonest or deceitful behaviour.

The use of clever underhand actions to achieve an end.

“The committee investigated the bank after the customers accused the bank of skullduggery and cheating.”

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28-May-2020

Nostrum

[ nos-truh m ] NOUN

Nostrum

A medicine prepared by an unqualified person.

A scheme or theory to bring political or social improvement.

“Rahul is not a doctor, but he thinks he is one as he suggests a nostrum to everyone who have a medical problem.”

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27-May-2020

Retrodict

[ ret-ruh-dikt ] VERB

Retrodict

State a fact about the past based on inference or deduction, rather than evidence

"The teacher retrodicted several different theories to explain the world history."

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26-May-2020

Surfeit

[ sur-fit ] NOUN, VERB

Surfeit

Noun : An excessive amount of something

Verb : To eat or drink to excess

"We had such a surfeit of food during the party that we gave a large amount of it to the poor people sleeping across the road."

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25-May-2020

Deride

[ dih-rahyd ] VERB

Deride

To laugh at contempt.

To mock.

“The critics did not leave an opportunity to deride such a wonderful actor for one bad film.”

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24-May-2020

Crepuscular

[ kri-puhs-kyuh-ler ] ADJECTIVE

Crepuscular

Lively at dusk or sunrise.

Resembling or relating to twilight; Dim.

“There are some crepuscular insect which move at night.”

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23-May-2020

Zephyr

[ zef-er ] NOUN

Zephyr

A soft gentle breeze.

A fine quality of fabric.

“Before she went to bed, she opened the windows to feel zephyr during the sleep.”

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22-May-2020

Verboten

[ ver-boht-n ] ADJECTIVE

Verboten

Forbidden as by law or an authority; prohibited.

“My father told us that when we are having dinner political discussion is verboten.”

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21-May-2020

Flotsam

[ flot-suh m ] NOUN

Flotsam

The part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating in water.

Useless or unimportant items.

“Because of the flotsam thrown in the ocean, the marine ecosystem is getting damaged.”

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20-May-2020

Bodacious

[ boh-dey-shuh s ] ADJECTIVE

Bodacious

Extraordinary or amazing

“The bodacious video of the person rope walking in the Grand Canyon was viewed by millions.”

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19-May-2020

Exiguous

[ ig-zig-yoo-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Exiguous

Very small in size or amount

“Because of my exiguous knowledge in math, I lost the quiz to you.”

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18-May-2020

Gainsay

[ geyn-sey ] VERB

Gainsay

Deny or contradict.

To speak against.

“He always stood with you, it would not be wise of you to gainsay his statements.”

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17-May-2020

Engender

[ en-jen-der ] VERB

Engender

To cause a feeling, situation or condition.

To come into existence.

“Conditions of a war are engendering in some parts of the world, but world leaders prevent it.”

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16-May-2020

Predilection

[ pred-l-ek-shuhn ] NOUN

Predilection

A tendency to think favourably of something in particular.

A bias in favour of something.

“Her predilection for chocolates is too much.”

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15-May-2020

Chortle

[ chawr-tl ] NOUN, VERB

Chortle

Verb : Laugh in a noisy way

Noun : A noisy laugh

“As grandma listened to the little boy’s joke, she started to chortle.”

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14-May-2020

Mawkish

[ maw-kish ] ADJECTIVE

Mawkish

Sentimental in an exaggerated way which looks fake or silly.

Having a faint sickly flavour.

“Her mother’s care for him is mistook as mawkish by some of his friends.”

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13-May-2020

Polemic

[ puh-lem-ik ] NOUN

Polemic

A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

A person who argues in opposite to another.

“Rahul posted a polemic on his blog where he wrote about his opponents.”

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12-May-2020

Vivacious

[ vi-vey-shuhs ] ADJECTIVE

Vivacious

Lively and spirited

Energetic

“Due to his vivacious personality, everyone in the room noticed him.”

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11-May-2020

Tepid

[ tep-id ] ADJECTIVE

Tepid

Moderately Warm, Lukewarm

Showing lack of enthusiasm

“The movie received the tepid reviews from the critics.”

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10-May-2020

Iconoclast

[ ahy-kon-uh-klast ] NOUN

Iconoclast

A person who attacks or criticize cherished beliefs.

A destroyer of images used in religious worships.

“As Ravi was iconoclast and questioned company’s plans which were made with such hope, he was fired from his job.”

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09-May-2020

Quandary

[ kwon-duh-ree ] NOUN

Quandary

A state of perplexity or dilemma.

A situation of dilemma.

“Rahul is in a state of quandary whether he should join in SBI or PNB as a PO.”

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08-May-2020

Noxious

[ nok-shuhs ] ADJECTIVE

Noxious

Harmful or injurious to health.

“As they transmit many diseases and are annoying, mosquitoes are noxious.”

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07-May-2020

Phlegm

[ flem ] NOUN

Phlegm

A thick viscous substance secreted in the respiratory passage; 

Calmness or Temperament ; Sluggishness or Apathy

Phlegm and determination made them cross difficult situations.”

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06-May-2020

Chastisement

[ chas-tiz-muh-nt ] NOUN

Chastisement

Severe criticism.

The act of scolding or punishing someone.

“The teacher continued the chastisement of his students for three days as half of the class failed.”

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05-May-2020

Trudge

[ truhj ] NOUN, VERB

Trudge

Noun : A laborious or tiring walk.

Verb : To walk laboriously or wearily.

“The group got trapped in the jungle but they continued to trudge to find the road.”

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04-May-2020

Convoke

[ Kuhn-vohk ] VERB

Convoke

To call together or summon

“The manager decided to convoke a meeting to discuss the monthly plan.”

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03-May-2020

Feral

[ fer-uhl ] ADJECTIVE

Feral

In a wild state especially after escape from captive state; wild.

Having reverted to the natural or wild state.

“When he turns feral, his skin becomes red and eyes begin to crinkle.”

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02-May-2020

Concoct

[ kon-kokt ] VERB

Concoct

To prepare or make by combining ingredients.

Create a plan or story.

“Salim and Javed are legendary film writers, they were able to concoct great film stories.”

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01-May-2020

Multifarious

[ muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uh s ] ADJECTIVE

Multifarious

Of various types; Having many different parts or elements

“The country is facing multifarious problems at the moment.”

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April 2020
30-Apr-2020

Fluster

[ fluhs-ter ] VERB

Fluster

To put into a state of agitated confusion

Make someone agitated or confused

“The interruption due to technical problem flustered the speaker.”

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29-Apr-2020

Edify

[ ed-uh-fahy ] VERB

Edify

To instruct or improve someone in moral or religious knowledge.

“Professor’s goal was to edify the students and make them understand the concept clearly.”

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28-Apr-2020

Decapitate

[ dih-kap-i-teyt ] VERB

Decapitate

To cut off the head of

“Many people were decapitated during the battle.”

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27-Apr-2020

Delve

[ delv ] VERB

Delve

Research or make painstaking inquiries into something.

“She delved in her pocket to find the coins that she had collected.”

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26-Apr-2020

Unwieldy

[ uhn-weel-dee ] ADJECTIVE

Unwieldy

Difficult to move because of its size, shape, or weight.

“Being a shopaholic, Priya bought huge unwieldy lamps for Diwali decoration.”

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25-Apr-2020

Gesticulate

[ je-stik-yuh-leyt ] VERB

Gesticulate

Try to express or explain via gestures.

“The young boys were yelling and gesticulating at the protesters.”

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24-Apr-2020

Furlough

[ fur-loh ] NOUN, VERB

Furlough

Noun : A temporary layoff from work

Verb :To grant a leave of absence to

“The government furloughed the workers for 2 months.”

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23-Apr-2020

Backpedal

[ bak-ped-l ] VERB

Backpedal

Reverse one's previous action or opinion

Move the pedals of bicycle backwards to brake

“Isha instantly backpedalled when she was asked to support her argument.”

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22-Apr-2020

Accomplice

[ uh-kom-plis ] NOUN

Accomplice

A person who helps another in a crime or wrongdoing.

“Our neighbour was an accomplice in the robbery that took place last week.”

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21-Apr-2020

Adjunct

[ aj-uhngkt ] NOUN

Adjunct

A thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.

A person who is another's assistant or subordinate.

“The newly invented technology is an adjunct to learning.”

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20-Apr-2020

Quarantine

[ kwawr-uh n-teen ] NOUN

Quarantine

A state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.

“It is well experienced that many animals die in quarantine.”

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19-Apr-2020

Breviloquent

[ bre-vil-uh-kwuhnt ] ADJECTIVE

Breviloquent

Speaking or expressed in a concise or terse style

“Mr. Das possesses a breviloquent way of writing.”

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18-Apr-2020

Crooked

[ krook-id ] ADJECTIVE

Crooked

Bent or twisted i.e. not in proper shape.

Dishonest, Illegal

"Rishab’s teeth were yellow and crooked."

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17-Apr-2020

Ineffable

[ in-ef-uh-buhl ] ADJECTIVE

Ineffable

Too great or sacred to be described in words, inexpressible; Incapable of being expressed in words

“There is some ineffable mystery associated with the phenomena.”

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16-Apr-2020

Encumbrance

[ en-kuhm-bruh ns ] NOUN

Encumbrance

Something burdensome

A claim on property, mortgage

“Her cancer has not proved to be an encumbrance in her daily life.”

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15-Apr-2020

Hokum

[ hoh-kuh m ] NOUN

Hokum

Nonsense

“The board members strictly told the VP that they would not entertain any sort of hokum details about the project.”

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14-Apr-2020

Masticate

[ mas-ti-keyt ] VERB

Masticate

To chew

“Shreya loves chicken and was masticating when I last met her at the lunch break.”

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13-Apr-2020

Apothegm

[ ap-uh-them ] NOUN

Apothegm

A concise saying or maxim

A short, instructive saying

“The elder brother quoted an apothegm that stands out true.”

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12-Apr-2020

Delectable

[ dih-lek-tuh-buhl ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Delectable

Adjective : Delicious; Delightful, Highly pleasing

Noun : An appealing dish or food

“The pudding made by my mother-in-law was delectable.”

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11-Apr-2020

Abstemious

[ ab-stee-mee-uhs ] ADJECTIVE

Abstemious

Indulging very little in something, especially food and drinks.

Temperate in diet

“I think Shikha is abstemious, she did not taste the pudding.”

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10-Apr-2020

Embolden

[ em-bohl-duh n ] VERB

Embolden

Give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something.

Emboldened by his friend, he decided to walk over his fear.”

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09-Apr-2020

Cursory

[ cursokur-suh-reery ] ADJECTIVE

Cursory

Going rapidly over something and therefore not thorough or detailed, hasty.

“Donald just took a cursory glance at the figures and therefore messed up at the presentation.”

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08-Apr-2020

Manoeuvre

[ muh-noo-ver ] NOUN, VERB

Manoeuvre

Noun : A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

Verb : Move carefully or skillfully 

“The snowboarders performed daring manoeuvres on edge of the hill.”

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07-Apr-2020

Exodus

[ ek-suh-duh s ] NOUN

Exodus

A mass departure of people

"The annual exodus of sun-seeking Canadians to Los Angeles has doubled this year."

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06-Apr-2020

Inflame

[ in-fleym ] VERB

Inflame

Provoke strong feelings of anger in someone

Make a situation worse

"The high cost of basic amenities during the lockdown only inflamed the problem."

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05-Apr-2020

Leeway

[ lee-wey ] NOUN

Leeway

The amount of freedom to move or act that is available

"The government had greater leeway to introduce reforms."

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04-Apr-2020

Treason

[ tree-zuh n ] NOUN

Treason

The crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the government

The action of betraying someone or something

“Ajit Mirzakar was accused of treason.”

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03-Apr-2020

Vendetta

[ ven-det-uh ] NOUN

Vendetta

A prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone

“Harish has accused the media of pursuing a vendetta against his company.”

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02-Apr-2020

Malaise

[ ma-leyz ] NOUN

Malaise

A general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify

"It is said that it is a symptom of a deeper malaise in our society."

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01-Apr-2020

Hedge

[ hej ] NOUN, VERB

Hedge

Verb : Limit or qualify (something) by conditions or exceptions

Noun : A line of bushes or small trees planted close together, to form fence or boundary

“Their paternal cousins hedged their story about the property held.”

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March 2020
31-Mar-2020

Orchestrate

[ awr-kuh-streyt ] VERB

Orchestrate

To arrange something carefully, sometimes unfairly, to achieve desired results

“The minister intelligently orchestrated the campaign and managed to win.”

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30-Mar-2020

Subterfuge

[ suhb-ter-fyooj ] NOUN

Subterfuge

A trick or dishonest way of achieving something

An action to hide something from someone

“The crime branch made it clear that the information was derived by subterfuge.”

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29-Mar-2020

Normality

[ nawr-muh li-tee ] NOUN

Normality

The state of being normal

“The office will gradually return to a semblance of normality.”

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28-Mar-2020

Pandemonium

[ pan-duh-moh-nee-uhm ] NOUN

Pandemonium

A situation in which there is a lot of noise and confusion.

“The Pandemonium of school playground did not let the prayer meet begin.”

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27-Mar-2020

Infamous

[ in-fuh-mus ] ADJECTIVE

Infamous

Well-known for something bad; wicked

“Uttar Pradesh is an infamous state because of the frequent crime scenes.”

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26-Mar-2020

Scramble

[ skram-buh-l ] VERB

Scramble

To climb or move quickly using hands and feet

To mix together confusedly

To compete with others for possession/gain of something

“The yoga teacher deliberately scrambled all the props and the names on it.”

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25-Mar-2020

Pandemic

[ pan-de-mik ] NOUN

Pandemic

An outbreak of a disease

“COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic after its reach to 116 countries all across the globe.”

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24-Mar-2020

Galloping

[ gal-uh-ping ] VERB, ADJECTIVE

Galloping

Adjective : Progressing in a rapid and uncontrollable manner

Verb : Run fast (generally used for a horse)

“The galloping inflation would certainly impact the purchasing power of the general people.”

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23-Mar-2020

Extol

[ eks – tawl ] VERB

Extol

To praise enthusiastically

“My manager extolled the hard work put in by my team to accomplish the new project.”

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22-Mar-2020

Apace

[ uh-peys ] ADVERB

Apace

Quickly

“The glaciers are melting apace due to the phenomenon of global warming.”

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21-Mar-2020

Frolic

[ frol-ik ] NOUN, VERB

Frolic

Verb : Have fun, make merry

Noun : A playful and lively movement or activity

“It’s fun to watch the playful dogs frolic around the park in the evening”.

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20-Mar-2020

Ennoble

[ en-noh-buhl ] VERB

Ennoble

To elevate in degree, excellence, or respect

“The commissioner will ennoble officer Pandey with a medal for service above and beyond the call of duty.”

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19-Mar-2020

Screech

[ skreech ] NOUN, VERB

Screech

Verb : Scream

Noun : A loud, harsh, piercing cry

“Megha hit her brother so badly that caused him to screech with pain”.

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18-Mar-2020

Recrudesce

[ ree-kroo-des ] VERB

Recrudesce

Break out again

Return

“Viral diseases which are limited to a few countries can recrudesce when conditions favour these viruses.”

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17-Mar-2020

Avenge

[ uh-venj ] VERB

Avenge

To retaliate against a group or person who has harmed you in some way

“Both the brothers swore to avenge their mother’s murder by bringing her killer to justice.”

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16-Mar-2020

Opportune

[ op-er-toon ] ADJECTIVE

Opportune

Appropriate

Occurring or coming at an appropriate time

“I got the job at the mobile store simply by being there at the opportune moment when the manager fired another employee.”

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14-Mar-2020

Rectitude

[ rek-ti-tood ] NOUN

Rectitude

Behaviour that is morally correct

“John’s rectitude prevented him from lying to the judge about his actions.”

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13-Mar-2020

Curtail

[ ker-teyl ] VERB

Curtail

Reduce in extent or quantity

Impose a restriction on someone

“The court curtailed the property rights of Mr. Sharma as he was not the true owner.”

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12-Mar-2020

Erudite

[ er-yoo-dahyt ] ADJECTIVE

Erudite

Characterized by great knowledge

Well-educated

"An erudite professor was awarded for his contribution in laser physics."

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11-Mar-2020

Fortify

[ fawr-tuh-fahy ] VERB

Fortify

To protect or strengthen against attack

To strengthen mentally or morally

To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients

“Vitamins are added to food to fortify it and make it healthier.”

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10-Mar-2020

Instant

[ in-stuhnt ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Instant

Adjective : Immediate

Noun : Moment 

"He became an instant celebrity with the launch of his first movie."

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09-Mar-2020

thwart

[ thwawrt ] NOUN, VERB, ADJECTIVE

thwart

Verb : To prevent someone from accomplishing a purpose

Noun : A seat across a boat, especially one used by a rower

Adjective : Passing or lying crosswise or across

"The wall has been built using broken bottles to thwart intrusion of outsiders."

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08-Mar-2020

Innuendo

[ in-yoo-en-doh ] NOUN

Innuendo

An indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or derogatory nature.

(Law) The explanation and elucidation of the words alleged to be defamatory.

The report released by an NGO was based on rumours, speculation, and innuendo.

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07-Mar-2020

Adhere

[ ad-heer ] VERB

Adhere

Conform to or follow rules exactly

To stay attached

"The students who did not adhere to the teacher's order were sent outside the class."

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06-Mar-2020

Fury

[ fyoor-ee ] NOUN

Fury

Unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion

Violence

“Maya became a fury when she was accused of murdering her own father.”

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05-Mar-2020

Inordinate

[ in-awr-dn-it ] ADJECTIVE

Inordinate

unusually or disproportionately large

not within proper or reasonable limits

“The inordinate desire leads one to nowhere.”

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04-Mar-2020

Implore

[ im-plawr ] VERB

Implore

Beg someone desperately to do something

"She implored her husband to change his mind regarding their divorce."

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03-Mar-2020

Ruckus

[ ruhk-uhs ] NOUN

Ruckus

A row or commotion

A heated controversy 

"The students are raising a ruckus in class, making the teacher upset."

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02-Mar-2020

Combustible

[ kuhm-buhs-tuh-buhl ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Combustible

Adjective : Capable of catching fire and burning

Noun : A flammable substance

“The government prohibited the movement of trucks carrying combustibles through the new tunnel.”

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01-Mar-2020

Embed

[ em-bed ] VERB

Embed

To fix into a surrounding mass

To enclose

“He plucked out the thorn embedded in her thumb.”

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February 2020
29-Feb-2020

Morose

[ muh-rohs ] ADJECTIVE

Morose

Depressed

“The parents were morose for years after the death of their only son.”

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28-Feb-2020

Perpetrate

[ pur-pi-treyt ] VERB

Perpetrate

To commit

To do in a poor or tasteless manner

“My neighbor was involved in planning to perpetrate a kidnapping.”

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27-Feb-2020

Adversary

[ ad-ver-ser-ee ] NOUN

Adversary

A person or group that opposes or attacks

Contestant

“Richa sees Anushka as her main adversary in the singing competition.”

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26-Feb-2020

Miniscule

[ min-uh-skyool ] ADJECTIVE

Miniscule

Tiny or very small

“The miniscule amounts of pesticides present in foods that you eat can damage the entire nervous system.”

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25-Feb-2020

Expose

[ ik-spohz ] VERB

Expose

To lay open to danger, attack

To reveal or disclose something

“The highly volatile substances shall not be exposed to the Sun.”

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24-Feb-2020

Putative

[ pyoo-tuh-tiv ] ADJECTIVE

Putative

Commonly believed

Reputed

“The putative businessman was present at the wedding ceremony of Trisha and Alok.”

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23-Feb-2020

Strident

[ strahyd-nt ] ADJECTIVE

Strident

Making or having a harsh sound

Having a shrill, irritating quality or character

“The song ended with a strident guitar, to let know that something new is coming next.”

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22-Feb-2020

Quest

[ kwest ] NOUN, VERB

Quest

Noun : A search made in order to find something

Verb : To seek

“His quest for truth led him to find some strong evidence against the culprit.”

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21-Feb-2020

Blench

[ blench ] VERB

Blench

To shrink

To make or become pale or white

“Raju neither blenched nor lost his temper during the investor’s meet.”

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20-Feb-2020

Stumble

[ stuhm-buhl ] NOUN, VERB

Stumble

Noun : A moral lapse or error

Verb : To walk or go unsteadily

To give pause to

Trip

“The sudden weakness in Josie’s legs made her stumble, and she fell heavily on the ground.”

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19-Feb-2020

Plethora

[ pleth-er-uh ] NOUN

Plethora

A large or excessive amount of something

"The journalists wrote a plethora of articles within hours of the independence of India." 

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18-Feb-2020

Ascribe

[ uh-skrahyb ] VERB

Ascribe

Regard something as being due to a cause

To attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic

The doctors ascribed the baby's condition to guardian negligence but the tests showed that he did not have a major disease.

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17-Feb-2020

Afflict

[ uh-flikt ] VERB

Afflict

Cause or become hurt

To distress with mental or bodily pain

"The old woman is afflicted with arthritis and, therefore, could not walk longer."

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16-Feb-2020

Engrave

[ en-greyv ] VERB

Engrave

Carve letters or designs into

To impress deeply

“The shopkeeper engraved the initials of the child on the ring for free.”

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15-Feb-2020

Oppressive

[ uh-pres-iv ] ADJECTIVE

Oppressive

Burdensome

Causing discomfort by being excessive

“The people in Arizona suffer from the oppressive heat in the summer months.”

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14-Feb-2020

Repentance

[ ri-pen-tuhns ] NOUN

Repentance

Feeling bad for past action

“The prisoner thought that his repentance would save him from capital punishment.”

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13-Feb-2020

Scalding

[ skowld-ing ] ADJECTIVE

Scalding

Very Hot or Burning

Intense and painful

“The waiter unknowingly handed over the scalding cup of coffee to the customer, thus burning his hand.”

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12-Feb-2020

Condemnation

[ kon-dem-ney-shuhn ] NOUN

Condemnation

Blaming

Conviction

“The US justified the condemnation of war to maintain its hegemony.”

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11-Feb-2020

Elated

[ ih-ley-tid ] ADJECTIVE

Elated

Very happy

“Apoorva was so elated on her wedding day that she forgot to wear her footwear.”

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10-Feb-2020

Nastiness

[ nas-tee-nes ] NOUN

Nastiness

The quality of being bad or very unpleasant

“The nastiness of politics did not attract aspiring youths.”

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09-Feb-2020

Malevolent

[ muh-lev-uh-luhnt ] ADJECTIVE

Malevolent

Hateful

Wishing evil or harm to others

"Shashank should not justify his malevolent act to get rid of punishment."

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08-Feb-2020

Tempestuous

[ tem-pes-choo-uhs ] ADJECTIVE

Tempestuous

Characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion

Violent or stormy

"The tempestuous ocean is indicating the occurrence of any hazardous event very soon."

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07-Feb-2020

Torpor

[ tawr-per ] NOUN

Torpor

State of physical or mental inactivity

"After eating heavy lunch, John fell into the state of torpor."

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06-Feb-2020

Aghast

[ uh-gast ] ADJECTIVE

Aghast

Filled with horror or shock

"Sam stood aghast at the sight of the bus drowning into the river."

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05-Feb-2020

Indolence

[ in-del-uhns ] NOUN

Indolence

Avoidance of activity or exertion

Laziness

"The indolence of camp life did not suit some army personnel as it did young children."

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04-Feb-2020

Hackneyed

[ hak-need ] ADJECTIVE

Hackneyed

Cliched, Tired

Having been overused

"Every teacher addressed Anu with some hackneyed compliment."

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03-Feb-2020

Intercalate

[ in-tur-kuh-leyt ] VERB

Intercalate

To interpolate
To insert an extra day or month in the calendar

"The rule to intercalate a day in every fourth year has been ruled out."

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02-Feb-2020

Riposte

[ ri-pohst ] NOUN

Riposte

A quick, sharp turn in speech or action
Counterstroke

"Shalu made a brilliant riposte to an insult done by her brother."

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01-Feb-2020

Cant

[ kant ] PRONOUN

Cant

Verb : To talk hypocritically
Noun : A sudden movement that tilts or overturns

The unique vocabulary used by a specific group of people

"Political leaders always cant about world peace."

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January 2020
31-Jan-2020

Affiliate

[ uh-fil-ee-eyt ] NOUN, VERB

Affiliate

Verb : To officially attach or connect with some organisation
Noun : A branch organisation; (Commerce) A subsidiary

"Shruti does not want to affiliate herself with any political party."

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30-Jan-2020

Taciturn

[ tas-i-turn ] ADJECTIVE

Taciturn

Reluctant to speak

“Shy and taciturn Nannu rarely speaks in public.”

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29-Jan-2020

Overtly

[ oh-vurt-lee ] ADVERB

Overtly

Openly; Clearly

“The government has been overtly training and funding troops for more than a year.”

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28-Jan-2020

Copse

[ kops ] NOUN

Copse

A small group of trees

“The children in the village loved to visit the copse by the river.”

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27-Jan-2020

Quotidian

[ kwoh-tid-ee-uhn ] NOUN, ADJECTIVE

Quotidian

Adjective : Customary; Daily

Noun : Something recurring daily

“Sam has no permanent solution for our quotidian problems.”

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26-Jan-2020

Glom

[ glom ] NOUN, VERB

Glom

Verb: To steal ; To grab or catch

Noun: A look or glimpse

"Come over here and glom the view of the river from this window."

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25-Jan-2020

Proposition

[ prop-uh-zish-uh n ] NOUN, VERB

Proposition

Noun : The act of suggesting something

Verb : To propose a plan

Sachin did not accept the general proposition.

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24-Jan-2020

Contravene

[ kon-truh-veen ] VERB

Contravene

To be in conflict with

To violate or infringe

Sheela said that this would not contravene any building regulations or safety guidelines.

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23-Jan-2020

Forthwith

[ fawr-with ] ADVERB

Forthwith

Immediately, without any delay

He forthwith became an active member of the political party after he was introduced to top leaders.

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22-Jan-2020

Scant

[ skant ] VERB, ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Scant

Adjective : Barely sufficient in quantity or limited

Verb : diminish

Adverb : scarcely, barely

He was treated with scant respect by his neighbours.

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21-Jan-2020

Aisle

[ ahyl ] NOUN

Aisle

A walkway between or along sections of seats

Luggage spilled into the aisle as the driver pressed the brakes.

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20-Jan-2020

Sozzled

[ soz-uhld ] ADJECTIVE

Sozzled

(Informal) Drunk

"The actor was sozzled still, he gave the most memorable performance."

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19-Jan-2020

Mayhem

[ may-uh m ] NOUN

Mayhem

Random or deliberate violence

A state of rowdy disorder

"Someone broke into his house, and some mayhem followed."

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18-Jan-2020

Inflict

[ in-flikt ] VERB

Inflict

To deal or deliver

To impose

"I won't inflict myself on you today as I know you are too busy."

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17-Jan-2020

Desecrate

[ des i-kreyt ] NOUN

Desecrate

To divert from a sacred purpose

To treat with sacrilege or violence

"It's a crime to desecrate the country's flag."

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16-Jan-2020

Tedium

[ tee-dee-uhm ] NOUN

Tedium

Dullness, Monotony

"Listen to the soothing music to ease the tedium of seeing traffic jams daily."

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15-Jan-2020

Exult

[ ig-zuhlt ] VERB

Exult

Be joyful

Boast

"The children were taught to exult over small victories and move forward through defeats."

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14-Jan-2020

Dreaded

[ dred-ed ] NOUN, VERB

Dreaded

Verb: Anticipate with horror

Noun: Great fear

"Shyam dreaded that his teacher would find out that he cheated in the exam."

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13-Jan-2020

Fruition

[ froo-ish-uhn ] NOUN

Fruition

Attainment of anything desired

"We are expecting that our plans come to fruition soon."

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12-Jan-2020

Credence

[ kreed-ns ] NOUN

Credence

Belief as to the truth of something

“Many Politicians have lost their credence with the public.”

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11-Jan-2020

Ransack

[ ran-sak ] VERB

Ransack

To Search thoroughly

To search through for plunder

“Raju ransacked his closet, looking for something to wear, and it just doesn't appear!”

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10-Jan-2020

Alacrity

[ uh-lak-ri-tee ] NOUN

Alacrity

Cheerful readiness

Liveliness

"Shanoo accepted the invitation to a party with alacrity, even before knowing the venue."

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09-Jan-2020

Elusive

[ ih-loo-siv ] ADJECTIVE

Elusive

Difficult to find, achieve or remember

"The student was unable to recall the elusive equation during his exam."

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08-Jan-2020

Ordain

[ awr-deyn ] VERB

Ordain

To command or order

To enact by law

“The Supreme Court ordained death sentence for the rape accused in the Nirbhaya case.”

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07-Jan-2020

Revile

[ ri-vahyl ] VERB

Revile

To criticize someone in an abusive or insulting manner

"The party tend to revile it's losing candidate and cherish the winning one." 

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06-Jan-2020

Sagging

[ sag-ing ] NOUN

Sagging

Declining or Becoming weaker

Sinking downward by weight or pressure

“Anshul maintained that his sagging performance would not affect the sales of the company.”

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05-Jan-2020

Enthralling

[ en-thrawl-ing ] VERB, ADJECTIVE

Enthralling

Adjective : Holding the attention completely

Verb : To fill with overwhelming emotion

“The prince lost himself by the enthralling voice of the singer.”

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04-Jan-2020

Hostility

[ ho-stil-i-tee ] NOUN

Hostility

Unfriendliness

"There is serious hostility between America and Iran due to their conflicting interests."

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03-Jan-2020

Inscrutable

[ in-skroo-tuh-buhl ] ADJECTIVE

Inscrutable

Not easily understood

Incapable of being analyzed

“One cannot predict the inscrutable depths of the ocean.”

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02-Jan-2020

Assuage

[ uh-sweyz ] VERB

Assuage

To make an unpleasant feeling less intense

To satisfy a desire

“The government did nothing to assuage the fears of the public regarding the new rules being imposed.”

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01-Jan-2020

Entwine

[ en-twahyn ] VERB

Entwine

Wind or twist together

"The grapevine will entwine around the stick as it grows."

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December 2019
31-Dec-2019

Outstrip

[ out-strip ] VERB

Outstrip

To exceed
To get ahead or leave behind in any competition

"If Shailendra wants to outstrip the competition, he needs to work out at the gym."

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30-Dec-2019

Clampdown

[ klamp-doun ] NOUN

Clampdown

A harsh attempt to supress something

"The clampdown on media has raised concerns among the journalists in the country."

 
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29-Dec-2019

Sputter

[ spuht-er ] NOUN, VERB

Sputter

Verb:  To make explosive sizzling sounds; To emit particles forcibly or explosively

Noun:  Incoherent utterance        

"Shivani continue to sputter up and down, without fully recovering."

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28-Dec-2019

Propel

[ pruh-pel ] VERB

Propel

Push something forwards

To impel or urge onward

“Mr. Singh used the social media platform to propel himself to the ministry.”

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27-Dec-2019

Obdurate

[ ob-dyoo-rit ] ADJECTIVE

Obdurate

Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion

Unmoved by pity or persuasion

“The judge was obdurate in his decision to give a death sentence to the rape accused.”

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26-Dec-2019

Swathe

[ sweyth ] NOUN, VERB

Swathe

Verb: To wrap or bind

Noun: A band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped

"The doctor swathes the wound with a bandage to stop bleeding." 

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25-Dec-2019

Paranoia

[ par-uh-noi-uh ] NOUN

Paranoia

(Psychiatry) It is a feeling that people around you are acting against you, even though there's no proof that it's true. 

Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motive of others.

"Samar is not admitting that his fears are just paranoia."

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24-Dec-2019

Haul

[ hawl ] NOUN, VERB

Haul

Verb: To pull or draw with force

Noun: A strong pull or tug

"The horse hauled the cart away towards the old house."

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23-Dec-2019

Usher

[ uhsh-er ] NOUN

Usher

Noun: A person who shows people to their seats, especially in a theater or at wedding

Verb: Cause or mark the start of something

"Philip felt insulted when he was compelled to usher Samuel to a waiting room."

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22-Dec-2019

Grim

[ grim ] ADJECTIVE

Grim

Very serious

Unattractive

"The grim shelter house looks like a haunted place for small children."

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21-Dec-2019

Reproach

[ ri-prohch ] NOUN, VERB

Reproach

Verb: To blame someone

Noun: Expression of disappointment

"Nitin gave his wife a look of reproach after she scolded the child for not completing the task."

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20-Dec-2019

Impair

[ im-pair ] VERB

Impair

To make or cause to make worse

To diminish in ability

"It is not good to drive while you are drunk as alcohol consumption impairs your judgement."

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19-Dec-2019

Whammy

[ wam-ee ] NOUN

Whammy

(Informal) An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect

Bad luck

“The flood, along with food inflation, is a double whammy to the people living in coastal regions.”

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18-Dec-2019

Versify

[ vur-suh-fahy ] VERB

Versify

To relate something in verse

To convert some writing into metrical form

"It was never asked to simply versify the ideas of a poet, you were supposed to do extensive research regarding this."

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17-Dec-2019

Impugn

[ im-pyoon ] VERB

Impugn

To call into question

"Rosie does not impugn Rahul's capacity as a good son."

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16-Dec-2019

Worrisome

[ wur-ee-suhm ] ADJECTIVE

Worrisome

Causing anxiety or concern

"The worrisome report is that there is a little lesion in his brain."

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15-Dec-2019

Precarious

[ pri-kair-ee-uhs ] ADJECTIVE

Precarious

Dependent on chance

Exposed to or involving danger

 "He was living a precarious life being on an island with a few resources."

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14-Dec-2019

Behemoth

[ bih-hee-muhth ] NOUN

Behemoth

Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power

"The new missile inducted into the army is a behemoth."

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13-Dec-2019

Curfew

[ kur-fyoo ] NOUN

Curfew

A regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night

A regulation requiring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time, as imposed by a parent on a child

"In Guwahati, the protesters defied a curfew, torching cars and burning tires."

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12-Dec-2019

Torpid

[ tawr-pid ] ADJECTIVE

Torpid

Dormant, as a hibernating animal

Mentally or physically inactive

"Missy sat in a torpid state after a sleepless night."

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11-Dec-2019

Divisive

[ dih-vahy-siv ] ADJECTIVE

Divisive

Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people

"An MP made a divisive comment against the bill passed in the favour of Scheduled Tribes."

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10-Dec-2019

Delighted

[ dih-layh-tid ] ADJECTIVE

Delighted

Feeling or showing great pleasure

"Suman saw a delighted smile on her daughter's face after she gave her a barbie doll."

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09-Dec-2019

Amplify

[ am-pluh-fahy ] VERB

Amplify

To clarify by expanding

To make larger, greater, or stronger

“Mahima organized various seminars to amplify the voices of women in the country.”

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08-Dec-2019

Transpose

[ trans-pohz ] VERB

Transpose

To change the relative position, order or sequence of

(Mathematics) to interchange rows and columns in a matrix

“You can transpose the paintings to give a perfect appearance on the wall.”

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07-Dec-2019

Affix

[ af-iks ] NOUN, VERB

Affix

Verb: to put or add on; to fasten, join, or attach 

Noun: something that is joined or attached

"The last step is to affix your signature to the application form, and you are ready for submitting it.”

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06-Dec-2019

Hurtle

[ hur-tl ] VERB

Hurtle

to rush violently

move with great speed

"The plane seems to hurtle towards the runway despite the pilot controlling it."

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05-Dec-2019

Bewhiskered

[ bih-hwis-kerd ] ADJECTIVE

Bewhiskered

Bearded

"A roughly dressed, bewhiskered beggar sat on the footpath to eat the bread given by a small girl." 

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04-Dec-2019

Incognito

[ in-kog-nee-toh ] ADJECTIVE, ADVERB

Incognito

having one's true identity concealed.

"Sanjana was able to compete in men's singles javelin throw event because she remained incognito throughout the tournament."

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03-Dec-2019

Douse

[ dous ] VERB

Douse

To extinguish

To splash water or other liquid on

Drench

Douse the clothes with some lemon juice to remove the stains."
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02-Dec-2019

Protract

[ proh-trakt ] VERB

Protract

To extend the duration of

(Anatomy) To extend or protrude

“The authority decided not to protract the power project beyond 31st December 2019.”

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01-Dec-2019

Exacerbate

[ ig-zas-er-beyt ] VERB

Exacerbate
To increase the severity or bitterness of something

“Rising levels of air pollution will exacerbate the ill-effects of climate change.”

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November 2019
30-Nov-2019

Precursory

[ pri-kur-ser ] NOUN

Precursory
A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind
(Biology) A cell or tissue that gives rise to a variant, specialized, or more mature form.

“The dark cloud in the sky is the precursor of an upcoming storm.”

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29-Nov-2019

Cranny

[ kran-ee ] NOUN

Cranny

a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.

"Sameera searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring at the party."

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28-Nov-2019

Avocation

[ av-uh-key-shuhn ] NOUN

Avocation

something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure

" Jassi incurred heavy losses due to his avocation of investing in share market."

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27-Nov-2019

Carouse

[ kuh-rouz ] NOUN, VERB

Carouse

Verb: To drink deeply and frequently

Noun: A noisy, lively drinking party

“Tony carouse before the final match. Therefore, the coach suspended him from the team.”

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26-Nov-2019

Obfuscate

[ ob-fuh-skeyt ] VERB

Obfuscate
To confuse or bewilder someone
Unclear 

“The home loan papers are filled with such terminologies that tend to obfuscate the loanee.”

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25-Nov-2019

Controvert

[ kon-truh-vurt ] VERB

Controvert
To argue against
Debate, discuss

“The students are not supposed to controvert the theory about which they have not studied anything before.”

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