Vocabulary Bites (Part 10) - Learn New Words

1. Zealous

    Definition: Showing great energy and enthusiasm for something, especially because you feel strongly about it.
    Usage: The young boy was zealous about his first day of school.



2. Rationale

    Definition: The principles or reasons that explain a particular decision, course
   of action, belief, etc.
    Usage: The rationale was that faster ferries would reduce traffic but no one considered the problem of the higher wakes. 

3. Untenable

    Definition: Incapable of being defended or justified.
    Usage: The lawyer told his client that if he did not tell him the entire truth any defence that he adopted would fail and make his position more untenable. 

4. Abrogation

    Definition: To officially end a law, an agreement, etc.
    Usage: Nelson Mandela was the anti apartheid champion whose government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through abrogation of institutionalised racism poverty and inequality and fostering racial reconciliation. 

5. Optimistic

    Definition: Expecting good things to happen or something to be successful.
    Usage: Being optimistic is when you are able to look on the bright side.

6. Unseemly

    Definition: Not proper or appropriate for the situation : not seemly.
    Usage: Wearing short tops and jeans is forbidden in colleges now as they are deemed to be    unseemly and not in line with Indian traditions.

7. Tongue-tied

    Definition: Unable to express clearly or fluently on account of being surprised.
    Usage: When she suddenly came across the actor whom she had admired for years
    she was tongue tied and could not utter a single word before him. 

8. Eccentric

    Definition: A person of unconventional and slightly strange views or behaviour.
    Usage: Geniuses may often be described as eccentric because they can see the world  in a different way. 

9. Welter

    Definition: A large and confusing amount of something.
    Usage: Their house looked as if it had been hit by a hurricane with a welter of newspapers, magazines, tapes and clothes everywhere. 

10. Adumbrate

      Definition: To give a general idea or description of something without details.
      Usage: The statement of the witness was simply an adumbration.  

11. Tyrannical

      Definition: Using power or authority over people in an unfair and cruel way.
      Usage: Everyone was afraid of their overbearing and tyrannical boss. 

12. Accentuate

     Definition: To emphasize something or make it more noticeable.
     Usage: Makeup is meant to accentuate a woman's natural beauty.

13. Immaculate

      Definition: Extremely clean and neat | having no flaw or error.
      Usage: He had an immaculate record of service. 

14. Duress

      Definition: - Threats or force that are used to make someone do something.
      Usage: "complied with the order only on duress". 

15. Complaisance

      Definition: The inclination to comply willingly with the wishes of others.
      Usage: She was a complaisant wife and dutiful daughter. 


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