English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 248 – December 07th, 2017

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1. Flak

Class : Noun
Meaning : antiaircraft fire.

Synonyms: fire, knock
Antonyms : praise, compliment

Example Sentences

  • We know she let her drivers take the flak when they carried her, at speed, halfway across the South Island.
  • Approximately 50 enemy aircraft were in the vicinity and the entire area was full of friendly flak .

2. Devise

Class : Verb
Meaning : plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought.

Synonyms: design, invent
Antonyms : improvise, borrow

Example Sentences

  • Transfers of real property by inheritance or devise are not subject to the real estate excise tax.
  • We have found the Report useful in devising the guidelines.

3. Bigotry

Class : Noun
Meaning : bigoted attitudes; intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

Synonyms: intolerance, discrimination
Antonyms : tolerance, liberal

Example Sentences

  • Empty churches may well be empty because of the image that we are presenting narrowness and bigotry and prejudice.
  • Our elections should be a contest of policies, unclouded by bigotry or racism.

4. Smouldering

Class : Verb
Meaning : burn slowly with smoke but no flame.

Synonyms: burn, smoke
Antonyms : froze, foamed

Example Sentences

  • If you try to burn it too slowly, the fire will change from flaming to smoldering combustion.
  • A fuel that burned too fast would explode like a bomb; a fuel that burned too slow would smolder like a barbecue grill.

5. Outpace

Class : Verb
Meaning : go, rise, or improve faster than.

Synonyms: exceed, overtake
Antonyms : associate, crawl

Example Sentences

  • Connected to each other, the destroyers could easily outpace a submarine and trap it.
  • Current and capital accounts are in surplus and Asia’s growth is outpacing the rest of the world, it said.


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