Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 116 – May 12, 2017

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In today’s episode we will be going to explore THE HINDU’s editorial “Justice Karnan, the recalcitrant judge” for words with rich vocabulary.

1. engulfing

Class : Verb
Meaning : (of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely..

Synonyms: Absorb, Swallow
Antonyms : Dry, Emit

Example Sentences

  • The rain stopped and the sun crept out, engulfing the whole garden with its pale gold afternoon light.
  • The place was already engulfed in flames when he and his roommates awoke.

2. incumbent

Class : Adjective
Meaning : (of an official or regime) currently holding office..

Synonyms: Officeholder, Occupant
Antonyms : Layperson, Optional

Example Sentences

  • It is a small union and it does not take many votes to defeat an incumbent official.
  • Elections in which an incumbent president is running typically are referenda on the job performance of the incumbent .

3. Sack

Class : Verb
Meaning : dismiss from employment..

Synonyms: Dismiss, Notice
Antonyms : Hire, Employ

Example Sentences

  • A Canadian who got the sack for showing up to work drunk and toting a sawed-off shotgun wants his job back.
  • He got the sack for trying to teach what wasn’t on the syllabus

4. Accusation

Class : Noun
Meaning : a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong..

Synonyms: Allegation, Charge
Antonyms : Apology, Praise

Example Sentences

  • It is these kinds of charges and accusations that make people laugh at the military.
  • Such practices of accusation and defense have an important place in morality and law.

5. reinforces

Class : Verb
Meaning : strengthen or support, especially with additional personnel or material..

Synonyms: Strengthen, Augment
Antonyms : Weaken, Exhaust

Example Sentences

  • When managers refuse or fail to recognize the problem and further blame the victim, it reinforces feelings of guilt.
  • Don’t reinforce the idea that body shape and size should be a significant factor in how we perceive people


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