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Vocabulary Bites Part 2 : Learn New Words Quickly

Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1. Antagonistic

   Definition: showing or feeling opposition
   Usage: The antagonistic students threw erasers at their teacher because they hated her

2. Tarnish

     Definition: To spoil the good opinion people have of someone or something | To become or cause (metal) to become dull and not shiny
    Usage: The affair could tarnish the reputation of the prime minister

3. Burgeon

   Definition: To begin to grow or develop rapidly
   Usage: The plants that burgeon in his garden are a reflection of his gardening skills

4. Obsolete

    Definition: No longer used because something new has been invented
    Usage: Many words in the English language have become obsolete

5. Recipient

    Definition: A person who receives something
    Usage: Mary was the recipient of $10000 when she won the lottery.

6. Adverse

   Definition: Going counter to one's benefit
   Usage: It has been proved that some pain killers that are sold over the counter have adverse effects and doctors advise people not to buy them.

7. Beguile

    Definition: To trick someone into doing something, especially by being nice to them | to attract or interest someone.
     Usage: She tried to beguile everyone into doing what she wanted.

8. Acquittal

    Definition: Deliverance from charges
    Usage: She threw a big party for her brother on his acquittal from the false charges of assault that    had been booked on him.

9. Vital

    Definition: necessary or essential in order for something to succeed or exist
    Usage: Exercise keeps a person young and vital.

10. Thwart

      Definition: Prevent the occurrence, realization or attainment of
      Usage: The quick wit of the British police has thwarted a major plot to blow up ten planes in midair.

11. Deter

      Definition: To discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding. To prevent;check;arrest
      Usage: He said the fencing was being put up to deter trespassers.

12. Obstruct

      Definition: To block a road, an entrance, a passage, etc. so that someone or something cannot get through, see past, etc.| to prevent someone or something from doing something or making progress,especially when this is done deliberately|

     Usage: Large rocks obstruct the path

13. Conformity

      Definition: Behavior or actions that follow the accepted rules of society
      Usage: Conformity causes us to suffocate our ideas and holds us back from making strides.

14. Scathing

      Definition: Criticizing someone or something very severely
      Usage: A scathing review of the play

15. Critic

Definition: A person who expresses disapproval of someone or something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly.     
Usage: Everyone knows that she has been a vocal critic of that institution for long.

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