Vocabulary Bites (Part - 28) : Learn New Words Quickly

Passive

Definition:  1) accepting what happens or what people do without trying to change anything or oppose them
Usage:  He took a passive role in the interview.


Fantasy

Definition:  1. An imagined event or sequence of mental images, such as a daydream.
2. An unrealistic or improbable supposition.
Usage:  A lot of people usually behave the way they do partly because they have so little understanding of the world and live in a fantasy wherein they have an elevated notion about themselves

Harmonious

Definition:  1) friendly, peaceful, and without any disagreement
2) arranged together in a pleasing way so that each part goes well with the others
3) very pleasant when played or sung together
Usage : The living room was decorated in harmonious colors.

Preface

Definition:  an introduction to a book, especially one that explains the author's aims
Usage:  A noted critic has written a short preface to her story to explain some of the historical background

Literary

Definition:  1) connected with literature
2) suitable for or typical of a work of literature
3) liking literature very much; studying or writing literature
Usage:  It was Chaucer who really turned English into a literary language

Logic

Definition : a way of thinking or explaining something
Usage:  The investment logic is simple.

Distinct

Definition:  Readily distinguishable by the senses
Usage:  The crowd which had gathered to hear the political leader speak was bothered by a distinct foul smell emanating from a garbage bin near the venue.

Orthodox

Definition:  1) generally accepted or approved of; following generally accepted beliefs
2) following closely the traditional beliefs and practices of a religion
3) Orthodox belonging to or connected with the Orthodox Church
Usage : He is a very orthodox Muslim.

Harness

Definition:  1) a set of straps that are placed on an animal (such as a horse) so that it can pull something heavy
2) to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve something
Usage:  Scientists continue to work on the technology to harness solar energy more efficiently.

Factual

Definition:  based on or containing facts
Usage:  Any comparison that is not strictly factual runs the risk of being interpreted as subjective.

Reluctant

Definition:  1) hesitating before doing something because you do not want to do it or because you are not sure that it is the right thing to do
Usage:  He was reluctant to ask for help.

Revelation

Definition : 1) a fact that people are made aware of, especially one that has been secret and is surprising
2) something that is considered to be a sign or message from God
Usage:  The book includes many shocking revelations about the mayor's personal life.

Vile

Definition:  1) extremely unpleasant or bad
2) morally bad; completely unacceptable
Usage:  A vile smell filled the valley after the farmer spread the manure on the field.

Disdain

Definition:  the feeling that someone or something is not good enough to deserve your respect or attention
Usage:  He held the typewriter in disdain having been accustomed to pen and paper.

Torpid

Definition:  not active; with no energy or enthusiasm
Usage : He led a lazy torpid life at the weekends.

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