Noun : the loss of hope or confidence
“When my husband died, i lived in a state of despondency for over a year.”
Noun : state of being unable to pay your debts
“The bank charges interest on the insolvency of an account holder.”
Adjective : experienced rather than being gone through something
“John experienced vicarious pain as his wife gave birth to their first child.”
Know more: It comes from the latin word ‘vicarius’ which means substitute.
Adjective : something, which spreads so quickly through close contact
“The swine flu is an example of an infectious disease.”
Noun : very small
“The court gave me a nominal award that didn’t cover the cost of my car repairs.”
. When you see the word think of small or school libraries and other organizations makes you to make small donations more often.
Verb : to remove support as a form of complaint
“During the boycott, the store had it’s lowest sales figures it’s forty year history.”
. It comes from the name of Charles C. Boycott, an english land agent who refused to reduce rents for his tenants farmers.
Adjective : angry or resentful due to unjust treatment
“When the teacher accussed the wrong student of throwing the wad of paper, the aggrieved student’s face grew red with anger.”
Noun : the nearness of one thing or person to another
“Because of the town’s proximity to the airport, its property values are really low.”
. It comes from the latin word ‘proximus’ “nearest” which also gives us approximate, “close to the actual”.
Noun : an unintelligent or foolish person
“The simpleton was so clueless, he didn’t realize that paper was made out of wood.”
. A simpleton is the exact opposite of a genius so think of any stupid person in your life.
Verb : to trigger hostility or fear or anger
“If you antagonize the dog, he will bite you.”
. It shares the same greek roots with the the word ‘agony’, so think about how much agony you cause your siblings when you tease and irritate them into get angry.
Verb : to prevent the flow of oxygen or to kill somebody
“Taking a pillow to smother the victim by holding it firmly on top of her face is one way to cause the victim to die since she can’t breathe.”
. It literally means to deprive of oxygen so think of a suffocated room without any oxygen which can lead to your death.
Noun : a group of unrelated things
“My grandmother decided to open a sundry store where people could buy an assortment of goods.”
. Think of the collection of all the clothes, sunglasses, pair of shoes that you have at your home when you see this word.
Verb : to be or become weak or dull, lose strength, fail to make progress
“Away from the sunlight, the plant will languish and eventually die.”
. It comes from the latin word ‘languere’ which means “be weak or faint” .
Noun : adversity or difficulty
“The orphan’s difficult childhood was characterized by hardship.”
. The word hard simply indicates towards it’s meaning ” something that is a hardship that is hard”.
Verb : a means or attempt to hide something or being disguised
“The robbers wore large coats to camouflage their weapons from the securiety guards.”
. It comes from the french word ‘camoufler’, which was slang for ” to disguis”.
Noun : a fun visit or outing
“We took a one day excursion to sunside beach only took us about four hour to get there.”
. The latin root for excursion is ‘excurrere’ meaning “to run out” means you runout for a bit to get some fresh air.
Verb : to grow quickly to a large size or to progress rapidly
“The mushroom development of technology will pave the way for improving our economy.”
. Think of the growth of mushrooms which is very fast when you see this word.
Adjective : unreasonably high amount of something, too much
“Even though i really need a laon, i can’t pay those exorbitant interest rates.”
. Think of inflation which is growing day by day.
Adjective : imposingly fashionable and elegant or clothes – conscious, luxurious
“Shreya caught a cab across town and arrived at the swanky hotel in the south of the city.”
. Think of any highly decorated thing like christmas tree or a bride when you see this word.
Noun : difference in opinions
“The union is going through dissension on the issue of management’s offer of a small pay increase.”
. It comes from the french which means disaggrement or difference of opinions.
Noun : the predicted or forseen outcome of a situation
“The infant was given an excellent prognosis after having heart surgery.”
. It comes from the greek word pro “before” and gnosis “knowledge” which means to know before hand.
Adjective : tempting or something that attracts
“Low indoor lightning combined with candle and seductive music set the mood for a romantic weekend.”
. It comes from the latin word ‘seducere’ meaning “draw aside”.
Verb : to destroy or greatly decrease in size or number
“A nuclear bomb will decimate most of the population in the region.”
. Think of blast in herosima which cost a lot of distruction.
Noun : the act of reduction in degree or intensity
“I hope this medicine will result in the abatement of the pain in my leg.”
. It comes from the french word for batter but does not usually have negative sense.
Adjective : an enthusiastic and lively personality
“The teacher called her personality effervescent because she was extremely bubbly.”
. It comes from the latin word ‘effervescere’ the orignal meaning was more boiling than bubbly, thanks to the ferv part which means “hot” so someone who is bubbly is effervescent.