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Vocabulary Words - 26.08.2015

Bankers Guru
1. DESCRY (VERB): discover

Synonyms: detect, observe 

Antonyms: ignore, overlook 

Example Sentence:

Tristram thought this odd, for it was impossible at that distance to descry the features of the riders.

2. SCOTCH (VERB): to prevent 

Synonyms: stop, disable Antonyms: encourage

Example Sentence:

Molly held out her hand and passed muster allowing this new person to scotch down 

and pat him.

3. STRUT (VERB): walk pompously

Synonyms: prance, stalk Antonyms: conceal, hide

Example Sentence:

The kids hold what they call a “ramp walk,” a mock fashion show where we all dress up and strut on a makeshift stage.

4. USURY (NOUN): lending money at a high interest rate

Synonyms: exploitation, stealing 

Example Sentence:

Biblical and Islamic bans on "usury" (lending money at interest) strike most modern people as pretty silly.

5. FILIBUSTER (NOUN): obstruction of progress, especially in verbal argument

Synonyms: hindrance, delay Antonyms: expedition, impetus

Example Sentence:

I was so proud of him, to see him in that 21-hour filibuster, that gave me great hope.

6. STAUNCH (ADJECTIVE): resolute, dependable

Synonyms: ardent, reliable Antonyms: disloyal, untrustworthy

Example Sentence:

He returns repeatedly, for instance, to the debate between religious believers and staunch atheists.

7. TRAVESTY (NOUN): spoof, ridicule

Synonyms: exaggeration, distortion Antonyms: solemnity, seriousness

Example Sentence:

The Republican primary race is not chaos, or a clown show, or a travesty of the political process.

8. MUSE (VERB): think about, dream 

Synonyms: consider, meditate Antonyms: disbelieve, disregard

Example Sentence:

Readers are invited to muse about the parenting style of members of their most-disliked political groups. 

9. SULLY (VERB): soil, stain

Synonyms: corrupt, debase Antonyms: esteem, honor

Example Sentence:

I would not sully her reputation with that piece of gossip.

10. SQUALID (ADJECTIVE): poor, run-down

Synonyms: filthy, ramshackle Antonyms: pure, sterile

Example Sentence:

One family barricades itself inside a squalid apartment hoping to ride it out.

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