🙂 Stop. Not for those who don’t read newspaper. 🙂
But for all other smart people out there, here are the words you should know before you read today’s TOI: TIMES OF INDIA. These are just the basic words which every student should know inevitably.
|WORD FROM TOI||MEANING FROM TPD|
|Agog||In eager desire; eager; astir.|
|Allege||To bring forward with positiveness; to declare; to
affirm; to assert; as, to allege a fact.
|Allege||To cite or quote; as, to allege the authority of a
|Allege||To produce or urge as a reason, plea, or excuse; as, he
refused to lend, alleging a resolution against lending.
|Allege||To alleviate; to lighten, as a burden or a trouble.|
|Amuse||To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep
thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.
|Amuse||To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with
pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.
|Amuse||To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.|
|Amuse||To muse; to mediate.|
|Behemoth||An animal, probably the hippopotamus, described in Job
|Brothel||A house of lewdness or ill fame; a house frequented by
prostitutes; a bawdyhouse.
|Bullion||Uncoined gold or silver in the mass.|
|Bullion||Base or uncurrent coin.|
|Bullion||Showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on
bridles, saddles, etc.
|Bullion||Heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and
used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are
|Cataclysmic||Of or pertaining to a cataclysm.|
|Closure||The act of shutting; a closing; as, the closure of a
|Closure||That which closes or shuts; that by which separate
parts are fastened or closed.
|Closure||That which incloses or confines; an inclosure.|
|Closure||A conclusion; an end.|
|Closure||A method of putting an end to debate and securing an
immediate vote upon a measure before a legislative body. It is similar
in effect to the previous question. It was first introduced into the
British House of Commons in 1882. The French word cloture was
originally applied to this proceeding.
|Cowardice||Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity;
pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit.
|Crude||In its natural state; not cooked or prepared by fire or
heat; undressed; not altered, refined, or prepared for use by any
artificial process; raw; as, crude flesh.
|Crude||Unripe; not mature or perfect; immature.|
|Crude||Not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged
or prepared; ill-considered; immature.
|Crude||Undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to
|Crude||Having, or displaying, superficial and undigested
knowledge; without culture or profundity; as, a crude reasoner.
|Crude||Harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad
taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art.
|Culpable||Deserving censure; worthy of blame; faulty; immoral;
|Culpable||Guilty; as, culpable of a crime.|
|Curb||To bend or curve|
|Curb||To guide and manage, or restrain, as with a curb; to bend
to one’s will; to subject; to subdue; to restrain; to confine; to keep
|Curb||To furnish wich a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a
curb, as a bank of earth.
|Curb||To bend; to crouch; to cringe.|
|Curb||That which curbs, restrains, or subdues; a check or
hindrance; esp., a chain or strap attached to the upper part of the
branches of a bit, and capable of being drawn tightly against the lower
jaw of the horse.
|Curb||An assemblage of three or more pieces of timber, or a metal
member, forming a frame around an opening, and serving to maintain the
integrity of that opening; also, a ring of stone serving a similar
purpose, as at the eye of a dome.
|Curb||A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame
within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
|Curb||A swelling on the back part of the hind leg of a horse, just
behind the lowest part of the hock joint, generally causing lameness.
|Dubious||Doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt;
wavering or fluctuating; undetermined.
|Dubious||Occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal;
questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer.
|Dubious||Of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle.|
|Entail||That which is entailed.|
|Entail||An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a
particular class of issue.
|Entail||The rule by which the descent is fixed.|
|Entail||Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.|
|Entail||To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a
person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; — said
especially of an estate; to bestow as an heritage.
|Entail||To appoint hereditary possessor.|
|Entail||To cut or carve in a ornamental way.|
|Equity||Equality of rights; natural justice or right; the giving,
or desiring to give, to each man his due, according to reason, and the
law of God to man; fairness in determination of conflicting claims;
|Equity||An equitable claim; an equity of redemption; as, an equity
to a settlement, or wife’s equity, etc.
|Equity||A system of jurisprudence, supplemental to law, properly so
called, and complemental of it.
|Erode||To eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the
|Gratification||The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind,
the taste, or the appetite; as, the gratification of the palate, of the
appetites, of the senses, of the desires, of the heart.
|Gratification||That which affords pleasure; satisfaction;
enjoyment; fruition: delight.
|Gratification||A reward; a recompense; a gratuity.|
|Heft||Same as Haft, n.|
|Heft||The act or effort of heaving/ violent strain or exertion.|
|Heft||The greater part or bulk of anything; as, the heft of the
crop was spoiled.
|Heft||To heave up; to raise aloft.|
|Heft||To prove or try the weight of by raising.|
|Incubate||To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to
brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching.
|Intimacy||The state of being intimate; close familiarity or
association; nearness in friendship.
|Lame||Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury,
defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or
|Lame||To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect
action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man.
|Lame||Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.|
|Lame||To make lame.|
|Legitimate||Accordant with law or with established legal forms and
requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the
legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an
officer; a legitimate heir.
|Legitimate||Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.|
|Legitimate||Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or
spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
|Legitimate||Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as,
legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate
combination of colors.
|Legitimate||Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a
legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
|Legitimate||To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put
in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by
legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.
|Mitigate||To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous,
painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to
lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.
|Mitigate||To make mild and accessible; to mollify; — applied to
|Monotheistic||Of or pertaining to monotheism.|
|Notorious||Generally known and talked of by the public; universally
believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; — usually in an
unfavorable sense; as, a notorious thief; a notorious crime or vice.
|Outrage||To rage in excess of.|
|Outrage||Injurious violence or wanton wrong done to persons or
things; a gross violation of right or decency; excessive abuse; wanton
mischief; gross injury.
|Outrage||To commit outrage upon; to subject to outrage; to treat
with violence or excessive abuse.
|Outrage||Specifically, to violate; to commit an indecent assault
upon (a female).
|Outrage||To be guilty of an outrage; to act outrageously.|
|Personnel||The body of persons employed in some public service, as
the army, navy, etc.; — distinguished from materiel.
|Plunge||To thrust into water, or into any substance that is
penetrable; to immerse; to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and
forcibly; to thrust; as, to plunge the body into water; to plunge a
dagger into the breast. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge a nation
|Plunge||To baptize by immersion.|
|Plunge||To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome.|
|Plunge||To thrust or cast one’s self into water or other fluid;
to submerge one’s self; to dive, or to rush in; as, he plunged into the
river. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge into debt.
|Plunge||To pitch or throw one’s self headlong or violently
forward, as a horse does.
|Plunge||To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race,
or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous
|Plunge||The act of thrusting into or submerging; a dive, leap,
rush, or pitch into, or as into, water; as, to take the water with a
|Plunge||Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being
submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties.
|Plunge||The act of pitching or throwing one’s self headlong or
violently forward, like an unruly horse.
|Plunge||Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous
|Prostitution||The act or practice of prostituting or offering the
body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a
|Prostitution||The act of setting one’s self to sale, or of devoting
to infamous purposes what is in one’s power; as, the prostitution of
abilities; the prostitution of the press.
|Reek||Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.|
|Reek||To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be
full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.
|Rehabilitation||The act of rehabilitating, or the state of being
|Repudiation||The act of repudiating, or the state of being
repuddiated; as, the repudiation of a doctrine, a wife, a debt, etc.
|Repudiation||One who favors repudiation, especially of a public
|Sceptical||Alt. of Scepticism|
|Sour||Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and
the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart.
|Sour||Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or
|Sour||Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed;
peevish; morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply.
|Sour||Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh.|
|Sour||A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect.|
|Sour||To cause to become sour; to cause to turn from sweet to
sour; as, exposure to the air sours many substances.
|Sour||To make cold and unproductive, as soil.|
|Sour||To make unhappy, uneasy, or less agreeable.|
|Sour||To cause or permit to become harsh or unkindly.|
|Sour||To macerate, and render fit for plaster or mortar; as, to
sour lime for business purposes.
|Sour||To become sour; to turn from sweet to sour; as, milk soon
sours in hot weather; a kind temper sometimes sours in adversity.
|Speculator||One who speculates. Specifically: (a) An observer; a
contemplator; hence, a spy; a watcher.
|Speculator||One who forms theories; a theorist.|
|Speculator||One who engages in speculation; one who buys and sells
goods, land, etc., with the expectation of deriving profit from
fluctuations in price.
|Splinter||To split or rend into long, thin pieces; to shiver; as,
the lightning splinters a tree.
|Splinter||To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a
|Splinter||To become split into long pieces.|
|Splinter||A thin piece split or rent off lengthwise, as from wood,
bone, or other solid substance; a thin piece; a sliver; as, splinters
of a ship’s mast rent off by a shot.
|Sprawl||To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a
horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully.
|Sprawl||To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or tress; to
spread ungracefully, as chirography.
|Sprawl||To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and
motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping.
|Stupefied||Having been made stupid.|
|Surveillance||Oversight; watch; inspection; supervision.|
|Trounce||To punish or beat severely; to whip smartly; to flog;
|Usher||An officer or servant who has the care of the door of a
court, hall, chamber, or the like; hence, an officer whose business it
is to introduce strangers, or to walk before a person of rank. Also,
one who escorts persons to seats in a church, theater, etc.
|Usher||An under teacher, or assistant master, in a school.|
|Usher||To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or
harbinger; to forerun; — sometimes followed by in or forth; as, to
usher in a stranger; to usher forth the guests; to usher a visitor into
|Vow||A solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by
which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or conditionally,
wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter time, to some act, service,
or condition; a devotion of one’s possessions; as, a baptismal vow; a
vow of poverty.
|Vow||Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or
affection; as, the marriage vow.
|Vow||To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by
a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly.
|Vow||To assert solemnly; to asseverate.|
|Vow||To make a vow, or solemn promise.|
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