Adjective. Very visible or attracting attention easily.
“Audi A9 is an expensive and conspicuous car to drive on the road.”
- Conspicuous comes from the Latin word conspicere meaning, to look at. Just like you might become conspicuous if your mobile phone starts to ring in the movie hall!
Noun. Killing of large number of animals or people.
“The families in Iraq were slaughtered during the war.”
- Slaughter is a very violent word that came from the Old Norse word slahtr meaning, mass killing of animals and people.
Noun. The act of breaking one’s trust and loyalty
“Betrayal at the hands of friends and loved ones are the worst thing that can happen to anyone.”
- Just remember Betrayal is painful, so Betrayal=Breaking trust.
Noun. An expression of sympathy for someone’s loss
“The Prime Minister gave his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the 26/11 attack.”
- You give your condolences to someone who lost a family member.
Noun. The feeling of doubt about the truth of something
“The judge held onto his skepticism on hearing the lawyer’s appeal.”
- Police, lawyers, detectives, and judges often have a lot of skepticism about the truth of the other person.
Adjective. Having no regard for consequences; carelessness
“People should not engage in reckless driving at night as it can cause accidents.”
- The word reckless comes from the Old English word receleas meaning “careless, thoughtless, heedless”.
Verb. Something that is very surprising or shocking.
“If an alien really lands on earth, that would be a staggering news!”
Noun. Sudden uncontrollable fear about something
“I started to panic when I could not find my wallet in my pocket.”
- Panic is a common emotion we all feel. For instance, when you hear your result will be out tomorrow, or you can’t find your mobile in your pocket or even worse, your mom gives you 32 missed calls!
Noun. a person who is enjoying themselves in a lively and noisy way.
“People in Holi parties are revelers who enjoy the festival and celebrate it to the fullest.”
- If know anyone who enjoys life and dances the most in parties and festivals, then they are revelers!
Noun. Hinting about something bad or unpleasant
“His boss insinuated that the reducing sales that might cost him his job.”
- For instance, insinuations about a person’s moral character can drive them to depression.
Verb. be full of or swarming with.
“Young graduates are teeming with energy and enthusiasm to start their careers.”
- For instance, life is teeming with possibilities!
Noun. State of being calm and peaceful
- “By doing yoga and meditation, one can achieve tranquility and peace in life.”
Noun. The quality of being honest and having moral principles
“A person who has integrity is richer than anybody who has money, but no morality/”
- Remember in math, integers meant “whole number”, similarly integrity means wholeness of character, something that is greatly admired.
Noun. Excessive pride or self-confidence
“Often great business empires fall due to their hubris that no one can be better than them.”
- Hubris is a greek word , coming from the greek warriors who thought they were greater than the gods and thus, were punished by the gods.
Noun. An action that is done for taking revenge
“Retaliatory action only cause more pain and sorrow, never solving anything.”
- Best way to remember the word, Retaliatory=eye for an eye.
Adjective. Of vital importance
“It is imperative for all countries to join hands and end terrorism.”
- When something becomes extremely important and action must be taken immediately, it means it is imperative!
Noun. Never ending and everlasting.
“It is perpetually raining in Cherrapunjee!”
- For instance, I am perpetually sleepy, or I am perpetually hungry for food!
Verb. Express disapproval of something
“The new film was deprecated by the critics and performed poorly in the box office.”
Noun. The quality of being practical and convenient to get what you want
“Birbal was famous for his wit and expediency to handle any problem.”
- Expediency comes from the Latin word expedientum meaning “beneficial”. It is a useful quality to have!
Noun. A situation where no progress is possible due to disagreement
“There was an impasse on the road due to the landslide, so the cars could not go further.”
- See the word impossible. The prefix im means a negative, something that cannot happen. So, impasse=impossible to pass.
Adjective. Having forceful and outspoken opinion about something
“The lawyers in the courtroom are vociferous in their appeal for their clients.”
- Vociferous comes from the Latin word vociferari meaning, to shout and yell. So, vociferous=voice is furious!
Adjective. Showing a lack of proper concern for others
“That man is wealthy, but he has a very cavalier attitude towards his servants.”
- Cavalier comes from the Latin word caballus meaning, a horse. Imagine someone sitting on a tall horse, looking down on other people on the ground. Tthen he has a cavalier attitude.
Verb. To make an idea or cause widely known
“Nowadays, many doctors promulgate the importance of a healthy diet and yoga in our daily life.”
- Promulgate comes from the Latin word promulgates meaning “making something publicly known”. So, think of it this way, promulgate=promoting an idea.
Noun. Behaving according to accepted standards of behavior or morals
“It is important to maintain the propriety of a courtroom in front of a judge.”
- Remember when guests come to the house and you are told to behave properly? That means you are reminded to act in propriety.
Noun. Being stubborn
“My 3-year-old sister was stuck in her obstinacy to eat ice cream, in winter!”
- Do you see how small children and sometimes adults become obstinate about something and will not listen to anything else? Exactly.