Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 224 – October 25th, 2017

1. Frittered

Class : Verb
Meaning : waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters..

Synonyms: Waste, Squander
Antonyms : Hold, Save

Example Sentences

  • One can only hope that the opportunity will not be frittered away as in the past.
  • The money was not for drugs, they just frittered it away on nothing.

2. Poignant

Class : Adjective
Meaning : evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.

Synonyms: Moving, Touching
Antonyms : Dull, Boring

Example Sentences

  • This debut may remind some readers of Lorrie Moore’s dry and poignant tragicomedy.
  • This is most poignantly evident in matters of faith.

3. Mystify

Class : Verb
Meaning : utterly bewilder or perplex (someone)..

Synonyms: Confuse, Puzzle
Antonyms : Interpret, Clarify

Example Sentences

  • Morgan manages to mystify people without even trying.
  • I know that they want to mystify the legal process by using complex terms.

4. Flaws

Class : Verb
Meaning : weaken, or invalidate (something)..

Synonyms: Defects, Faults
Antonyms : Flawless, Perfections

Example Sentences

  • Lack of clarity is not a character flaw , so be kind to yourself, but take action.
  • Experiencing depression after childbirth isn’t a character flaw or a weakness.

5. Cumbersome

Class : Adjective
Meaning : large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy.

Synonyms: Unwieldy, Awkward
Antonyms : Graceful, Convenient

Example Sentences

  • We end up with legislation that is cumbersome and fraught with difficulty.
  • Now, tax saving is set to become a less cumbersome process.

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