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VOCABULARY OF THE DAY – 15.06.2015
1. QUANDARY (NOUN): delicate situation
Synonyms: dilemma, impasse
Antonyms: good fortunate, solution
The school administration was in a quandary over the needful size of an "open-air playground."
2. DISPORT (NOUN): form of entertainment
Synonyms: play, amusement
At that season the males assemble, in numbers varying from twelve to twenty, on certain trees, and there disport themselves, so as to display their magnificent plumes in presence of the females.
3. INSUPERABLE (ADJECTIVE): impassable
Synonyms: insurmountable, impossible
Antonyms: ignore, neglect
Charles is a foolish dreamer who comes up with insuperable plans that he never achieves.
4. BOMBINATE (VERB): make droning sound
Synonyms: reverberate, hum
Sometimes, my computer bombinates very late at night, stops for a bit of rest, then resumes its hum at the early hours of the morning.
5. MIASMA (NOUN): effluvium
Synonyms: fumes, odor
Antonyms: perfume, sweetness
These days, we sit for hours in Bangalore's heavy traffic and inhale a miasma of toxic gases; I think this is worse than smoking a cigarette.
6. EGALITARIAN (ADJECTIVE): equal
Synonyms: democratic, equitable
Antonyms: unequal, partial
People often lose interest in egalitarian measures when such measures do not directly benefit them.
7. STYMIE (VERB): frustrate, hinder
Synonyms: impede, obstruct
Antonyms: support, forward
In my effort to become successful in my career, I was stymied by my boss who always took credit for all the good things and put the blame on me for mistakes.
8. PETTISH (ADJECTIVE): very angry; in a bad mood
Synonyms: annoyed, vexed
Antonyms: cheerful, pleasant
"For the last month or six weeks he has scarcely spoken to me but in the unmistakable language of a pettish anger.
9. MALAISE (NOUN): depression, sickness
Synonyms: despair, anxiety
Antonyms: pleasure, calmness
When she woke up, she felt malaise and dizziness that would not go away.
10. SUPERCILIOUS (ADJECTIVE) : arrogant, stuck-up
Synonyms: bossy, egotistic
Antonyms: humble, modest
The supercilious salesman treated the couple like peasants until they opened the suitcase filled with the dollar bills.