Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 218 – October 13th, 2017

1. Heinous

Class : adjective
Meaning : (of a person or wrongful act, especially a crime) utterly odious or wicked..

Synonyms: Atrocious, Abominable
Antonyms : Wonderful, Good

Example Sentences

  • The candidate has to be involved in two separate cases of heinous crimes to attract disqualification.
  • Hence minorities were also targeted for committing various heinous crimes.

2. Moot

Class : adjective
Meaning : subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision..

Synonyms: Debatable, Disputable
Antonyms : Active, Definite

Example Sentences

  • I attended a moot in my town a couple of times, but always felt on the outside looking in.
  • But the time may be fast approaching when this debate becomes moot .

3. Consensual

Class : adjective
Meaning : relating to or involving consent, especially mutual consent..

Synonyms: Agreeable, Harmonious
Antonyms : Disagree, Discordant

Example Sentences

  • The government has backed away from its plans to decriminalise consensual sexual behaviour between teenagers.
  • Staff initially viewed the sexual contact as consensual .

4. Obduracy

Class : adjective
Meaning : not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted.

Synonyms: Inflexibility, Stubbornness
Antonyms : Resilience, Flexibility

Example Sentences

  • His obduracy seemed to leave no room for dishonesty.
  • The administrator was known for her unyielding obduracy even in the face of proof that she was wrong

5. Precipitate

Class : verb
Meaning : cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely..

Synonyms: Hasty, Rash
Antonyms : Slow, Deliberate

Example Sentences

  • It is good news that there is a deal, but many questions remain and policyholders should not take precipitate action yet.
  • She was astonished that her precipitate escape attempt had met with no difficulties thus far.

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