Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Daily Stock of Words update of 8th September, 2015.
predicament – noun
definition: a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
Usage: Her mind functioned without flaw, trying to calculate her surroundings and predicament.
Synonyms: crisis, deadlock, dilemma, hardship, imbroglio
Antonyms: advantage, agreement, benefit, blessing, breakthrough
stagger – verb
1. walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall.
Usage: Still dazzled by the light, he staggered a bit.
2. astonish or deeply shock.
Usage: "I was staggered to find it was six o'clock"
Synonyms: 1. lurch, reel, sway, teeter
2. astonish, amaze, nonplus
Antonyms: carry on, continue, stay
contemplation – noun
definition: the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time.
Usage: Vikram watched all this in mute contemplation.
Synonyms: meditation, reflection, reverie
Antonyms: ignorance, avoidance, disdain, neglect
naive – adjective
definition: showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement. (of a person or action)
Usage: He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
Synonyms: ignorant, innocent, unsophisticated, wide–eyed
Antonyms: aware, experienced, knowledgeable
elicit – verb
definition: evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone.
Usage: She's been trying to elicit the support of other committee members.
Synonyms: bring out, evoke, extort, obtain, wrest
Antonyms: give, placate, soothe,
idiosyncrasy – noun
definition: a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.
Usage: One of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the school bus first.
Synonyms: eccentricity, mannerism, peculiarity
Antonyms: normality, usualness
askance – adverb
definition: with an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval.
Usage: The area is so dirty that shopkeepers report the tourists are looking askance
Synonyms: suspiciously, skeptically, cynically
Antonyms: welcomingly, approvingly
chagrin – noun
definition: annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated.
Usage: To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
As a verb: He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book.
Synonyms: annoyance, irritation, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, dismay, spleen
Antonyms: delight, comfort, confidence
diatribe – noun
definition: A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.
Usage: Because Varun was unhappy with the administration, he launched a lengthy diatribe against the board during lunch.
Synonyms: fulmination, tirade, harangue, denunciation, invective, jeremiad
Antonyms: complement, praise, recommend
rummage – verb
definition: Search unsystematically and untidily through something.
Usage: Soham rummaged in his pocket for his wedding ring.
Synonyms: ransack, comb, forage.
Antonyms: neaten, arrange, calm, cover