Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 215 – October 11th, 2017

1. Piecemeal

Class : Adjective
Meaning : characterized by unsystematic partial measures taken over a period of time..

Synonyms: gradually, separately
Antonyms : holistic, completely

Example Sentences

  • More than six writers took turns hacking at the story-line, which resulted in a rather piecemeal plot.
  • Some see that as a kind of visionary genius that goes beyond limited piecemeal approaches.

2. Galvanise

Class : Verb
Meaning : shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action..

Synonyms: excite, animate
Antonyms : quiet, calm

Example Sentences

  • It should galvanise people to participate, to make their views known through the ballot box.
  • Tales of ecological woe, no matter how well-founded in science, rarely galvanize people to action.

3. Avert

Class : Verb
Meaning : prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence).

Synonyms: avoid, prevent
Antonyms : attract, help

Example Sentences

  • Dogs are intelligent enough to stay in the shade and avert their eyes from the sun.
  • We have to avert our eyes from the bombs and fires once in a while to look at the other images of this war.

4. Deleterious

Class : Adjective
Meaning : causing harm or damage..

Synonyms: harmful, injurious
Antonyms : helpful, beneficial

Example Sentences

  • It is currently unknown whether the deleterious effects of fats are limited to specific fatty acids.
  • The resulting instability often has deleterious effects on the children of the relationship.

5. Tantalize

Class : Verb
Meaning : torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable..

Synonyms: tease, taunt
Antonyms : satisfy, respectful

Example Sentences

  • The mystery of why men fight has always tantalized students of warfare.
  • Scientists have long been tantalized by the question of whether life once existed on Mars.


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