English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 241 – November 22nd, 2017

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1. Promulgate

Class : Verb
Meaning : promote or make widely known (an idea or cause).

Synonyms: publish, announce
Antonyms : conceal, hide

Example Sentences

  • They petitioned the king to promulgate the decree at once, without amendments.
  • The Secretary shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out this Act.

2. Devastating

Class : Verb
Meaning : destroy or ruin (something).

Synonyms: destructive, violent
Antonyms : constructive, respectful

Example Sentences

  • When I saw what had happened, I was in total shock, it was devastating .
  • Russian armies crushed the rebellions, with devastating effects for Polish nationhood.

3. Beholden

Class : Adjective
Meaning : owing thanks or having a duty to someone in return for help or a service.

Synonyms: grateful, obligated
Antonyms : ungrateful, thankless

Example Sentences

  • It is beholden to society to protect the innocent and the vulnerable.
  • Those city councils are beholden to the police and fire unions.

4. Notoriety

Class : Noun
Meaning : the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed.

Synonyms: fame, reputation
Antonyms : anonymity, decency

Example Sentences

  • The song has gained some notoriety in the press
  • Their notoriety came in August 1969, when, acting upon Manson’s instructions.

5. Depravity

Class : Noun
Meaning : moral corruption; wickedness.

Synonyms: corruption, immorality
Antonyms : honor, good

Example Sentences

  • Of course, the indiscipline and depravity was very evident too.
  • The level of judgment is tied to the level of depravity that occurred.


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