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Vocabulary Tricks Part 30: Pollution

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Pollution has adversely affected the environment. It is difficult to survive in the polluted environment. Human interference has caused serious degradation and depletion of natural resources.
There is a scarcity of potable water. Sources of water like lakes and ponds are unfit for drinking. Oil slicks cause a threat to aquatic life.
Various famous monuments like Taj Mahal are getting defaced due to harmful emissions. Grass sprouting in Antarctica is the warning signal of the Greenhouse effect. There is also the extinction of many rare species of plants and animals.
There is a need to do brainstorming to tackle climate change.



Meaning: Negatively
Example: His self-confidence is adversely affected.
Synonyms: harmfully, unfavorably


Meaning: Decay or damage
Example:There are many warning signs of environment degradation.
Synonyms: deterioration, degeneration, atrophy, decay, wasting away


Meaning: Reduction in the number or quantity of something.
Example:The depletion of the ozone layer is harmful to humans.
Synonyms: exhaustion, using up, consumption, expenditure


Meaning: In short supply
Example: We should pay attention towards the growing scarcity of resources.
Synonyms: shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency


Meaning: Safe to drink; drinkable.
Example: There is no supply of potable water available.
Synonyms: fit to drink, palatable


Meaning: Improper
Example: The land is unfit for food crops.
Synonyms: inappropriate, ill-suited, unequipped for, inadequate

Oil slicks

Meaning: A film or layer of oil floating on water.
Example: The oil slick contaminated about three kilometers of a waterway.


Meaning: A person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.
Example: It is a threat to the future peace and security of the world.
Synonyms: danger, peril, hazard, menace, risk


Meaning: Relating to water.
Example: He likes aquatic sports.


Meaning: Spoil the surface or appearance of something.
Example: He defaced library books.
Synonyms: vandalize, disfigure, mar, spoil, ruin, deform, sully, tarnish, damage 


Meaning: The production and discharge of something
Example: The emission of harmful gases is the major cause of greenhouse effect.
Synonyms: Discharge, release, outflow, ejection


Meaning: Grow
Example: The weeds begin to sprout.
Synonyms: develop, bud, germinate


Meaning: Destruction or disappearance.
Example: During ice ages, the decrease in global temperature led to mass extinctions.
Synonyms: dying out, vanishing, death


Meaning: Not found in large numbers.
Example: Many people have an interest in studying rare animals and birds.
Synonyms: unusual, uncommon, unfamiliar, out of the ordinary


Meaning: A spontaneous group discussion to produce ideas and ways of solving problems.
Example: The participants held a brainstorm.

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