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VOCABULARY OF THE DAY – 15.06.2015

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VOCABULARY OF THE DAY – 15.06.2015



1. QUANDARY (NOUN): delicate situation

Synonyms: dilemma, impasse
Antonyms: good fortunate, solution

Example Sentence:
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
Antonyms: boredom

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:
Charles is a foolish dreamer who comes up with insuperable plans that he never achieves.


4. BOMBINATE (VERB): make droning sound

Synonyms: reverberate, hum
 Antonyms: silence

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:
"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

Example Sentence:
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

Example Sentence:

The supercilious salesman treated the couple like peasants until they opened the suitcase filled with the dollar bills.

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