Vocab Of The Day 16 November 2015

By | November 21, 2015

1. FLAIL (VERB): beat, strike
Synonyms: smack, thrash
Antonyms: compliment, praise
Example Sentence: She ran from the house in a terrible rage, her arms flailing in the air.

2. MUNIFICENCE (NOUN): generosity in giving
Synonyms: nobleness, bounty
Antonyms: malevolence, unkindness
Example Sentence: The royal family’s munificence made everyone else in their country rich.

3. GLEAN (VERB): pick out, collect
Synonyms: deduce, extract
Antonyms: divide, spread
Example Sentence: However, an intelligent reader will glean the important information from this possibly-biased article.

4. TURPITUDE (NOUN): depravity, moral corruption
Synonyms: criminality, debasement
Antonyms: virtue, decency
Example Sentence: Sir Marcus’s chivalry often contrasted with the turpitude he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern.

5. SLACK (ADJECTIVE): loose, baggy; inactive
Synonyms: feeble, sloppy
Antonyms: active, rigid
Example Sentence: Those about him said that he became extraordinarily slack and physically feeble during his stay in his hometown.

6. EMBARGO (NOUN): prohibition, restriction
Synonyms: ban, restraint
Antonyms: aid, assistance
Example Sentence: Decades ago Western nations faced a fuel shortage when the Arab countries placed an embargo on petroleum trades.

7. SCUFFLE (NOUN): fight
Synonyms: brawl, commotion
Antonyms: calm, peace
Example Sentence: One of my men, who had been wounded in the scuffle, had his hand all bloody.

8. FLUSTER (VERB): upset, perturb
Synonyms: agitate, confuse
Antonyms: appease, clarify
Example Sentence: The inexperienced actor became flustered when he forgot his lines during his audition

9. INFERNAL (ADJECTIVE): damned; underworld
Synonyms: devilish, hellish
Antonyms: angelic, moral
Example Sentence: I wish I could be with you, but I’m kept in this infernal place till the beginning of next week.

10. ARDENT (ADJECTIVE): very enthusiastic
Synonyms: avid, fervent
Antonyms: apathetic, dull
Example Sentence: As an ardent devotee of the shopping network, she had to restructure her budget to avoid going int

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