Daily Vocabulary Update
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31). Contentious (adjective)
Meaning: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.
Synonyms: controversial, disputable, debatable, and disputed.
Usage: The contentious issue of abortion.
32). Antipathy (noun)
Meaning: a deep-seated feeling of aversion.
Synonyms: hostility, antagonism, animosity, aversion, animus.
Usage: His fundamental antipathy to capitalism.
33). Countenance (noun)
Meaning: a person‘s face or facial expression.
Synonyms: face, features, physiognomy, proﬁle; facial expression.
Usage: His impenetrable eyes and inscrutable countenance give little away.
34). Dogmatic (adjective)
Meaning: inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true.
Synonyms: opinionated, peremptory, assertive, imperative, insistent.
Usage: She was not tempted to be dogmatic about what she believed.
35). Apropos (adjective)
Meaning: very appropriate to a particular situation.
Synonyms: appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apposite, apt.
Usage: The song feels apropos to a midnight jaunt.
36). Rafﬁsh (adjective)
Meaning: unconventional and slightly disreputable, especially in an attractive way.
Synonyms: rakish, jaunty, dapper, dashing, sporty, ﬂashy; unconventional.
Usage: His cosmopolitan, rafﬁsh air.
37). Vituperate (verb)
Meaning: blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.
Synonyms: revile, rail against, inveigh against, fulminate against.
Usage: He vituperated against all presidents with equal gusto.
38). Diffidence (noun)
Meaning: modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-conﬁdence.
Synonyms: shyness, bashfulness, unassertiveness, modesty, modestness.
Usage: He regretted his diffidence and awkwardness in large groups.
39). Fulminate (verb)
Meaning: express vehement protest.
Synonyms: protest, rail, rage, rant, thunder, storm, declaim, inveigh.
Usage: Ministers and preachers fulminated against the new curriculum.
40). Assay (noun)
Meaning: the testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality.
Synonyms: evaluation, assessment, analysis, examination, test.
Usage: New plate was taxed when it was brought for assay.