English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 244 – November 28th, 2017

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 1. Harping

Class : Verb
Meaning : talk or write persistently and tediously on a particular topic.

Synonyms: repeat, reiterate
Antonyms : accomplish, achieve

Example Sentences

  • We hear elected officials harping on about social partnership and citing meaningless macroeconomic fundamentals which signify absolutely nothing for most people.
  • I know he hates it when I harp on about that, but I shall keep harping on about it until we get the answers.

2. Enshrine

Class : Verb
Meaning : place (a revered or precious object) in an appropriate receptacle.

Synonyms: sanctify, consecrate
Antonyms : disrespect, desecrate

Example Sentences

  • Our most treasured rights are also enshrined in law, laws are something that only humans can make and comply with or break.
  • But tenant and residents’ rights have developed, so that today, they are now enshrined in law.

3. Clinging

Class : Adjective
Meaning : overly dependent on someone emotionally.

Synonyms: adherent, adhesive
Antonyms : opponent, enemy

Example Sentences

  • I woke to sunlight and my wife clinging to me with an intensity that hurt.
  • She wiped away the pine needles clinging to her clothes.

4. Coerce

Class : Verb
Meaning : persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats.

Synonyms: force, compel
Antonyms : allow, accommodate

Example Sentences

  • A strong family member, for example, might coerce the votes of weaker members of the family.
  • She’s being held in civil contempt, because they want to coerce her into talking.

5. Purported

Class : Verb
Meaning : appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess.

Synonyms: supposed, pretended
Antonyms : disappear, vanish

Example Sentences

  • A constable had purported to arrest a person for obstruction, an offence which did not carry any power of arrest.
  • The mayor warned people to beware of bogus charities purporting to be collecting money for victims’ families.


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