Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 185 – August 23, 2017

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In today’s episode we will be going to explore THE HINDU’s editorial “Separate ways: on JD(U) split”for words with rich vocabulary.

1. Blot

Class : Noun
Meaning : a dark mark or stain, typically one made by ink, paint, or dirt..

Synonyms: Spot, Mark
Antonyms : Dignity, Clarity

Example Sentences

  • The school administrators and teachers should work together to remove this political and intellectual blot .
  • I paid compensation and it was a blot on my character, but it was a one-off.

2. Sheen

Class : Verb
Meaning : shine or cause to shine softly..

Synonyms: Shine, Gloss
Antonyms : Dullness, Darkness

Example Sentences

  • He looked at her, her face gleaming with a sheen of sweat as she watched him.
  • Only the hugely successful rally computer game that bears his name sparkles with a sheen of glamour.

3. Persuade

Class : Verb
Meaning : cause (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument..

Synonyms: Influence, Convince
Antonyms : Prevent, Discourage

Example Sentences

  • Her dad’s efforts to persuade her to buy a computer have fallen on deaf ears.
  • Efforts to persuade teenagers to stay at school had also been increased.

4. Niche

Class : Verb
Meaning : place or position (something) in a niche..

Synonyms: Position, Place
Antonyms : Lose, Withdraw

Example Sentences

  • In some cases, they specialize in niche markets where individuality is more important than mass production.
  • He is very comfortable with the niche he has carved out for himself.

5. Cramped

Class : Adjective
Meaning : feeling or causing someone to feel uncomfortably confined or hemmed in by lack of space..

Synonyms: Close, Uncomfortable
Antonyms : Spacious, Broad

Example Sentences

  • But the room’s cabinets and work spaces were cramped and inefficient.
  • She sat up straight and immediately regretted it, as her cramped muscles screamed in protest.


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