English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 236 – November 14th, 2017

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1. Contagion

Class : Noun
Meaning : the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact..

Synonyms: contamination, illness
Antonyms : remedy, treatment

Example Sentences

  • To talk about an epidemic of obesity is like talking about a plague of inactivity or a contagion of overeating.
  • These documents give us our first clear understanding of how the tobacco contagion works.

2. Stir

Class : Noun
Meaning : a slight physical movement.

Synonyms: move, stimulate
Antonyms : calm, rest

Example Sentences

  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture until it resembles cake frosting.
  • He also felt a stir of sympathy and stepped on it hard.

3. Precarious

Class : Adjective
Meaning : not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse.

Synonyms: risky, hazardous
Antonyms : safe, strong

Example Sentences

  • Are you ready to catch yourself, to tumble safely out of a precarious position?
  • After a somewhat precarious start, her husband had stable and prosperous business interests in Chicago.

4. Tenuous

Class : Adjective
Meaning : very weak or slight.

Synonyms: fine, slight
Antonyms : stable, thick

Example Sentences

  • But the fact that his confirmation was put on thin ice by such tenuous allegations concerns many activists.
  • The NY Times is mentioning a tenuous New York link but most cases have originated in Asia.

5. Conciliatory

Class : Adjective
Meaning : intended or likely to placate or pacify.

Synonyms: agreeable, compromising
Antonyms : stubborn, fighting

Example Sentences

  • The common thread in all this seems to be a recognition that the conciliatory approach has failed.
  • There is little doubt that this represents an extremely conciliatory approach.

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