Daily Vocabulary Day 4

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.

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