Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 226 – October 28th, 2017

1. Mince

Class : Verb
Meaning : walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness, typically with short quick steps.
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Synonyms: soften, diminish
Antonyms : harden, strengthen

Example Sentences

  • Repeat with the second batch of mince and place in the colander.
  • I knew I didn’t mince or anything, but I really didn’t think I swaggered.

2. Desist

Class : Verb
Meaning : cease; abstain..

Synonyms: stop, cease
Antonyms : continue, endure

Example Sentences

  • He was warned to cease and desist , but now, he insisted that he had to perform that way!
  • He had even confronted him with an ultimatum to cease and desist or find a new job.

3. Opportune

Class : Adjective
Meaning : well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate..

Synonyms: timely, auspicious
Antonyms : unsuitable, untimely

Example Sentences

  • I decided that this was the opportune time for me to make my move.
  • This is perhaps the most opportune time to make a beginning.

4. Scepticism

Class : Noun
Meaning : the theory that certain knowledge is impossible.
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Synonyms: mistrust, suspicion
Antonyms : trust, depend

Example Sentences

  • Modern scholars have treated the tradition with varying degrees of scepticism .
  • There is also reason to think such skepticism may be misplaced.

5. Plebiscite

Class : Noun
Meaning :
The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution..

Synonyms: referendum, election
Antonyms : duty, law

Example Sentences

  • A national plebiscite on the constitution will be held before October 15.
  • The administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms


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