Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 212 – October 4th, 2017


1. Confiscation

Class : Noun
Meaning : the action of taking or seizing someone’s property with authority; seizure..

Synonyms: seizure, capture
Antonyms : redemption, restoration

Example Sentences

  • The land was acquired either by confiscation from disaffected states or in exchange for a lowering of tribute.
  • The prisoners were to be tried by military commissions, and the sole penalty was death with confiscation of property.

2. Vitiate

Class : Verb
Meaning : spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of..

Synonyms: debase, corrupt
Antonyms : improve, validate

Example Sentences

  • The state’s interest in effective crime-fighting should never vitiate the citizens’ Bill of Rights.
  • There is nothing in the law which would allow me to vitiate a fairly negotiated contract for lawful purposes.

3. Pretence

Class : Noun
Meaning : an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true..

Synonyms: pretext, excuse
Antonyms : actuality, naturalness

Example Sentences

  • he was quick to disclaim any pretence to superiority
  • These people are all engaged in a game of pretence .

4. Rampage

Class : Verb
Meaning : rush around in a violent and uncontrollable manner..

Synonyms: rage, Violence
Antonyms : calm, peace

Example Sentences

  • Thugs went on a rampage and wrecked a classroom
  • A while ago some elephants got loose in Seoul and went on a rampage .

5. Proclivity

Class : Noun
Meaning : a tendency to choose or do something regularly..

Synonyms: tendency, disposition
Antonyms : disinclination, objectivity

Example Sentences

  • Some obsessions appear to have larger pertinence to a person’s sexual proclivities .
  • Because I am gay, my sexual proclivities are not hindered by a gender gap.

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Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 212 – October 4th, 2017

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