English Daily Vocabulary from THE HINDU – Episode 250 – December 12th, 2017

1. Militate

Class : Verb
Meaning : be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing..

Synonyms: oppose, prevent
Antonyms : support, agree

Example Sentences

  • There are, however, powerful political forces that militate against any enduring settlement.
  • These factors can militate against researching and introducing new technologies.

2. Tantamount

Class : Adjective
Meaning : equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

Synonyms: equivalent, equal
Antonyms : diverse, different

Example Sentences

  • The report stated that much of what had been done to them was tantamount to genocide.
  • Remember, refusal to give a thumb print is tantamount to a confession.

3. Stifle

Class : Verb
Meaning : make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate.

Synonyms: suppress, suffocate
Antonyms : encourage, accelerate

Example Sentences

  • I tried as much as possible, but I couldn’t stifle the giggles that escaped after that.
  • I stop trying to stifle it when I realize that about half the people in the audience are chuckling.

4. Dissent

Class : Verb
Meaning : hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed.

Synonyms: conflict, disagree
Antonyms : agree, concur

Example Sentences

  • A state religious court evaluating nonconformity or dissent deserves whatever answers it receives.
  • He has just about put the lid on dissent from within the Cabinet.

5. Brink

Class : Noun
Meaning : an extreme edge of land before a steep or vertical slope.

Synonyms: edge, border
Antonyms : center, interior

Example Sentences

  • The country was on the brink of a constitutional crisis
  • The young brave soon found he was on the brink of a cliff hanging high over a wide river.


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