The Hindu Daily Word List - 8 October 2017

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1. PROWESS (noun)

Skill or expertise in a particular activity or field; Bravery in battle


Antonyms : inability, ineptitude, cowardice

Synonyms : skill, skilfulness, expertise, effectiveness, mastery

Usage:
  • Her culinary prowess.

  • His prowess as a fisherman.

  • The hereditary nobility had no monopoly of skill and prowess in war.

2. REVAMP (noun)

An act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something; Give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to


Synonyms : renovate, redecorate, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate

Usage:
  • The brand was given a $1 million revamp.

  • An attempt to revamp the museum's image.

  • A revamped magazine.

3. RESPITE (noun)

A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant; Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.)


Synonyms : rest, break, breathing space, interval, intermission

Usage:
  • A brief respite from the heat.

  • The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering.

  • The execution was only respited a few months.

4. PEDIGREE (noun)

The record of descent of an animal, showing it to be pure-bred; The recorded ancestry or lineage of a person or family; (of an animal) pure-bred


Synonyms : pure-bred, thoroughbred, pure, pure-blooded, full-blooded

Usage:
  • A spaniel of distinguished pedigree.

  • They are looking for animals with pedigrees.

  • The debate about pedigree and family fortunes.

5. DROLL (adjective)

Curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement


Antonyms : serious

Synonyms : funny, humorous, amusing, comic, comical

Usage:
  • His unique brand of droll self-mockery.

6. PINCH (noun)

An act of pinching someone; Grip (something, typically a person's flesh) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb; Move one's finger and thumb apart or bring them together on (a touchscreen) in order to zoom into or out of an image, activate a function, etc.


Synonyms : nip, tweak, squeeze, small quantity, bit

Usage:
  • He gave her a gentle pinch.

  • She pinched his cheek.

  • You can pinch on the screen and all the open apps will appear.

7. RESORT (noun)

A place that is frequented for holidays or recreation or for a particular purpose; The action of resorting to a course of action in a difficult situation; Turn to and adopt (a course of action, especially an extreme or undesirable one) so as to resolve a difficult situation


Synonyms : holiday destination, holiday centre, tourist centre, centre, spot

Usage:
  • A seaside resort.

  • A health resort.

  • Germany and Italy tried to resolve their economic and social failures by resort to fascism.

8. PARRY (noun)

An act of parrying something; Ward off (a weapon or attack) with a countermove


Synonyms : ward off, fend off, stave off, turn aside, evade

Usage:
  • The swords clashed in a parry.

  • Her question met with a polite parry.

  • He parried the blow by holding his sword vertically.

9. REVELRY (noun)

Lively and noisy festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol


Synonyms : celebration, celebrations, partying, parties, revels

Usage:
  • Sounds of revelry issued into the night.

  • New Year revelries.

10. ABDICATE (verb)

(of a monarch) renounce one's throne; Fail to fulfil or undertake (a responsibility or duty)


Antonyms : be crowned, accede to, accept, take on

Synonyms : resign, retire, quit, stand down, step down

Usage:
  • Ferdinand abdicated the throne in favour of the emperor's brother.

  • In 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor.

  • The government was accused of abdicating its responsibility.

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