English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 238 – November 16th, 2017

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1. Despair

Class : Noun
Meaning : the complete loss or absence of hope.

Synonyms: depression, heartbreak
Antonyms : hope, happiness

Example Sentences

  • He lived for another 23 years but many of those were spent in despair and disappointment.
  • Finally, never leave the examination hall in despair , however hopeless things may seem.

2. Raging

Class : Adjective
Meaning : showing violent uncontrollable anger.

Synonyms: angry, violent
Antonyms : calm, gentle

Example Sentences

  • The annual singer-songwriter festival that happened this past Canada Day was a raging success by any standards.
  • The stream that they camped beside was raging and spitting water furiously.

3. Astound

Class : Verb
Meaning : shock or greatly surprise.

Synonyms: astonish, shock
Antonyms : dull, unimpressed

Example Sentences

  • The subsequent response and quality of the entries astounded the organisers.
  • Her capacity for stupidity has surprised her in the past, but now it astounds her.

4. Adept

Class : Adjective
Meaning : very skilled or proficient at something.

Synonyms: expert, skilled
Antonyms : clumsy, unskilled

Example Sentences

  • Performances are enhanced by an intelligent musical score and adept cinematography.
  • Other countries are more adept at keeping their judges in check.

5. Unblemished

Class : Adjective
Meaning : not damaged or marked in any way; perfect.

Synonyms: pure, spotless
Antonyms : imperfect, defective

Example Sentences

  • The court heard Stewart had an unblemished driving record of 17 years.
  • Furthermore, even a minor charge can damage somebody with an unblemished reputation.


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