English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 232 – November 06th, 2017

1. Torrential

Class : Adjective
Meaning : (of rain) falling rapidly and in copious quantities..

Synonyms: abundant, heavy
Antonyms : controlled, clean

Example Sentences

  • An hour or two later torrential rain began to fall and the Show was washed out.
  • The threat of flooding in the district was fading today as torrential rain and heavy storms began to fade.

2. Marooned

Class : Verb
Meaning : leave (someone) trapped and isolated in an inaccessible place, especially an island..

Synonyms: stranded, isolated
Antonyms : accompanied, cared

Example Sentences

  • Flood waters marooned them in the rapidly growing suburban housing clusters.
  • They were blissfully marooned on their little island of snow for another day until the snow melted enough that Alex could get to work.

3. Deluge

Class : Noun
Meaning : a severe flood..

Synonyms: inundate, overflow
Antonyms : drought, dehydrate

Example Sentences

  • The April festival has been sunk by an ill-timed deluge of rain.
  • The game ended in a deluge of rain and sleet but to the credit of both teams they continued to play positive football to the end.

4. Alleviate

Class : Verb
Meaning : make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe..

Synonyms: relieve, ease
Antonyms : aggravate, intensify

Example Sentences

  • A large, modern bus station would surely help alleviate the problems and keep the traffic flowing.
  • The brothers hope to alleviate the problems they encountered during their school days.

5. Encroach

Class : Verb
Meaning : intrude on (a person’s territory or a thing considered to be a right)..

Synonyms: intrude, invade
Antonyms : avoid, banish

Example Sentences

  • They rang up and more or less told us not to encroach on their territory.
  • Rather than encroach on his privacy she might have kept to her room

6. Sophisticated

Class : Noun
Meaning : a person with much worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture.

Synonyms: complex, complicated
Antonyms : simple, naive

Example Sentences

  • Their many restaurants are sophisticated and serve dishes rivalling the best to be found in Europe.
  • They practiced sophisticated techniques of construction that included stone-masonry.

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