English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 242 – November 23rd, 2017

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1. Fiercely

Class : Adjective
Meaning : having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness.

Synonyms: ferociously, violently
Antonyms : calm, silently

Example Sentences

  • The second attack, though pressed even more fiercely, fared no better than the first, and the losses were heavier than before.
  • Once a benefit is established, it creates a constituency fiercely dedicated to defending it.

2. Emphasis

Class : Noun
Meaning : special importance, value, or prominence given to something.

Synonyms: significance, importance
Antonyms : weakness, inferiority

Example Sentences

  • An emphasis on this element indicate a practical, cautious, and pragmatic approach to life.
  • This indicates a shift of emphasis among ethnographers as to what folk art meant.

3. Eroded

Class : Verb
Meaning : (of wind, water, or other natural agents) gradually wear away (soil, rock, or land).

Synonyms: decreased, depleted
Antonyms : strengthened, hardened

Example Sentences

  • The terrain has eroded and only a few gnarled trees linger.
  • No, these wetlands were not developed, they eroded away.

4. Tussle

Class : Verb
Meaning : engage in a vigorous struggle or scuffle.

Synonyms: fight, struggle
Antonyms : agreement, consensus

Example Sentences

  • Almost anonymous in the tussle between the two Australians, was the battle for bronze.
  • They had won the seemingly impossible battle without even a tussle

5. Resistance

Class : Noun
Meaning : the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.

Synonyms: opposition, defiance
Antonyms : patience, acceptance

Example Sentences

  • This heat dries out the skin and lowers its resistance to the sun.
  • Most disease resistance traits are measured as one or more discrete characters.

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