Exceptional words of English vocabulary from the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ are listed here. Go through these words and read the usages to learn how to use them in sentences. After this, take the quiz based on the vocabulary to check how much you learnt. This will really help you boost up your learning.
1. QUISLING (noun) : ग़द्दार
Meaning: a traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country.
Synonyms: apostate, backstabber, betrayer
Antonyms: patriot, companion, jingoist.
Sentence: King warned that all quislings would be punished without mercy.
2. EFFACE (verb) : मिटाना
Meaning: to destroy all traces of
Synonyms: eradicate, erase, extirpate
Antonyms: conserve, preserve, protect
Sentence: Time alone will efface those unpleasant memories.
3. WONT (noun) : स्वभाव
Meaning: a usual manner of behaving or doing
Synonyms: habit, habitude, second nature
Antonyms: unused, unwonted, unusual.
Sentence: He got up early, as is his wont.
4. COWER (verb) : डर से झुक जाना
Meaning: crouch down in fear.
Synonyms: grovel, quail, crouch
Antonyms: bold, brave, courageous
Sentence: Before such a leader, all enemies will cower.
5. BESTOW (verb) : प्रदान करना
Meaning: confer or present (an honor, right, or gift).
Synonyms: confer on, present to, award to
Antonyms: hold, keep, retain
Sentence: You should bestow more time to work and less on daydreaming.
6. HARRIED (adj.) : परेशान
Meaning: feeling strained as a result of having demands persistently made on one; harassed.
Synonyms: bedeviled, frustrated, haggled
Antonyms: delighted, pleased, placid
Sentence: He was harried by the constant bothering of his fans.
7. SOJOURN (noun) : ठहरना
Meaning: a temporary residing as another’s guest
Synonyms: stay, visit, tarry
Antonyms: continue, depart, go
Sentence: My sojourn in the youth hostel was thankfully short.
8. DECREPITUDE (noun) : जीर्णता
Meaning: the state of being decrepit.
Synonyms: feebleness, enfeeblement, infirmity
Antonyms: health, healthiness, wellness
Sentence: She was saddened by the decrepitude of many of the nursing home residents.
9. VIRILITY (noun) : हिम्मत
Meaning: (in a man) the quality of having strength, energy, strong
Synonyms: manliness, masculinity, bravery
Antonyms: cowardice, timidity
Sentence: There was no doubting soldier’s virility.
10. PENCHANT (noun) : लगन
Meaning: a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
Synonyms: liking, fondness, preference
Antonyms: apathy, dislike, distaste
Sentence: She has a penchant for Indian food.
Now choose any 2 or 3 words, try to use them in your own sentences and share your sentences in the comment section. This will help you to retain the learnt words for a longer duration.