English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 229 – November 01st, 2017

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1. Intimidating

Class : Verb
Meaning : frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants

Synonyms: frightening, threatening
Antonyms : encouraging, pleasant

Example Sentences

  • Our country is still the target of terrorists who want to kill many and intimidate us all.
  • The forts are designed to intimidate the nationalist population

2. Detract

Class : Verb
Meaning : divert or distract (someone or something) away from.

Synonyms: diminish, depreciate
Antonyms : increase, analyze

Example Sentences

  • Even a couple of wooden performances don’t detract from its appeal.
  • The weak jokes should not, however, detract from the seriousness of the issue.

3. Complicity

Class : Noun
Meaning : the state of being involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing.

Synonyms: participation, involvement
Antonyms : ignorance, exception

Example Sentences

  • Those three defendants are to face charges of kidnapping and complicity .
  • they were accused of complicity in the attempt to overthrow the government

4. Unanimously

Class : Verb
Meaning : without opposition; with the agreement of all people involved.

Synonyms: collectively, jointly
Antonyms : formally, hardly

Example Sentences

  • A committee of MPs has unanimously agreed to back his bill
  • Having unanimously backed constructive engagement, the Council may exercise its authority if the situation remains dire.

5. Erroneous

Class : Adjective
Meaning : wrong; incorrect.

Synonyms: inaccurate, faulty
Antonyms : correct, accurate

Example Sentences

  • It is risky and erroneous to assume that terrorists will be deterred by criminal prosecution alone.
  • Second, she makes the erroneous assumption that filesharing is similar to home taping.


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