English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 249 – December 11th, 2017

1. Respite

Class : Noun
Meaning : a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

Synonyms: rest, break
Antonyms : continuation, awake

Example Sentences

  • Everyone is scurrying for shade and some respite from the sun.
  • The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering

2. Proffer

Class : Verb
Meaning : hold out (something) to someone for acceptance; offer.

Synonyms: offer, tender
Antonyms : discourage, withdraw

Example Sentences

  • Such repentance takes place when the external proffer of grace concurs with inward assistance of grace.
  • They too will have to work with accepting the new notes and with proffering the correct change.

3. Unwavering

Class : Adjective
Meaning : steady or resolute; not wavering.

Synonyms: steadfast, resolute
Antonyms : wavering, irresolute

Example Sentences

  • I’m lucky that I’ve had unwavering support on this from my parents, my friends, and my advisors.
  • Even with unwavering support from communities, most clubs are in dire straits.

4. Articulated

Class : Verb
Meaning : express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently.

Synonyms: said, spoken
Antonyms : unjointed, inarticulate

Example Sentences

  • Strangest of all, members seemed totally uninterested in an articulated belief.
  • As leader of the government, he exercises a general if not always clearly articulated authority over policy.

5. Tinker

Class : Verb
Meaning : attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect.

Synonyms: fiddle, mess
Antonyms : buster, improve

Example Sentences

  • We shouldn’t be tinkering with the checks and balances our founding fathers put in this constitution.
  • Luckily, I was tinkering with a design for a different site and I’ve decided to steal that for my re-design.


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