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Weekly Vocabulary Dose Part - 9

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Here's Weekly Vocabulary Dose Part-9 with word-meanings, examples, synonyms, and antonyms for exams like SSC, IBPS, SBI, LIC, RRB, RBI, etc.


  • Harbinger: A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another; a forerunner of something

    • Sentence Example: Everyone spoke about the heat, not really sure if it was a springtime anomaly or a harbinger of summer.

    • Synonyms: herald, sign, indicator, indication, signal, prelude, portent, omen, augury, forewarning, presage, announcer, preliminary, prelude, curtain-raiser, introduction, lead-in, precursor, forerunner, herald, start, beginning

    • Antonyms: descendant, black sheep, come in last, black sheep of the family, rule-follower

  • Circumspect: careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences

    • Sentence Example: The officials were very circumspect in their statements.

    • Synonyms: alert, careful, cautious, chary, conservative, considerate, gingerly, guarded, heedful, safe, wary

    • Antonyms: careless, heedless, incautious, unguarded, unmindful, unsafe, unwary

  • Nectar: the drink of the Greek and Roman gods; something delicious to drink; a sweet liquid that is secreted by the nectaries of a plant and is the chief raw material of honey

    • Sentence Example: Legend has it that gods and demons fought a great battle for a pitcher of nectar, a drink to ensure immortality.

    • Synonyms: honey, ambrosia, delicacy, drink 

    • Antonyms: poison, insipid

  • Wardian Case: type of glass container for housing delicate plants

    • Sentence Example: His efforts resulted in the shipment of well over 20,000 plants and seedlings, in Wardian cases, to the Himalayas.

  • Persiflage: light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter

    • Sentence Example: He was clearly out-of-place, the only one in a tie, and as monosyllabic as a teenager during most of the persiflage.

    • Synonyms: backchat, badinage, banter, chaff, give-and-take, jesting, joshing, raillery, repartee

    • Antonyms: seriousness, blubber, howl, reverence

  • Disbursement: the act of paying out money especially from a fund

    • Sentence Example: They established a committee to supervise the disbursement of aid.

    • Synonyms: charge, cost, expenditure, expense, outgo, outlay

    • Antonyms: nonpayment

  • Bread:  a usually baked and leavened food made of a mixture whose basic constituent is flour or meal; something (as pieces of stamped metal or printed paper) customarily and legally used as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment

    • Sentence Example: I've baked countless loaves of bread as a baker and saved the world from hunger.

    • Synonyms: bucks, cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, jack

    • Antonyms: bane, poison, toxin, venom

  • Lacuna: blank space or a missing part; a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

    • Sentence Example: There are many lacunae in the existing laws of the land, he said.

    • Synonyms: crunch, dearth, deficiency, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want

    • Antonyms: abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth
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