Daily Stock of Words - 8th September, 2015

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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


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


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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