Vocabulary Set – 58

1. Flimsy – insubstantial and easily damaged.

Synonyms: fragile, breakable, frail, shaky, unstable, wobbly, ramshackle

Antonyms: sturdy, strong, plausible, tough

Usage: I never place flowers in that flimsy vase, it tips over so easily.


2. Dissect – analyse (a text or idea) in minute detail.

Synonyms: examine, study, inspect, scrutinize, probe, explore, investigate

Usage: He dissected the Prime Minister’s statement and revealed the truth behind it


3. Austere – severe or strict in manner or attitude.

Synonyms: stern, strict, harsh, stony, steely, flinty, rigorousstringent

Antonyms: luxurious, gentle, adorned, extravagant

Usage: Even though she appeared austere, my teacher was a very kind woman.


4. Brew – To be in a state of preparation

Synonyms: concoction, compound, gather, impend, mixture

Usage: Tensions were brewing within the Gulf Cooperation Council for the past six years


5. Sanguine – optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

Synonyms: bullish, hopeful, buoyant, positive, confident, cheerful, cheery

Antonyms: pessimistic, gloomy

Usage: He is sanguine about prospects for the global economy.


6. Facade – a deceptive outward appearance.

Synonyms: pretence, simulation, affectation, semblance, illusion, posture,

Antonyms: conversely, interior, candid

Usage: Although the facade of the monument looks pretty, its construction quality is below average.


7. Piquant – pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind.

Synonyms: intriguing, stimulating, interesting, fascinating, exciting, sparkling,

Antonyms: bland, insipid, dull

Usage: I found the piquant picture so appealing that I readily paid the photographer’s high asking price.


8. Overture – an introduction to something more substantial.

Synonyms: preliminary, prelude, precursor, forerunner, harbinger, herald

Antonyms: conclusion, epilogue, addendum, concealment

Usage: The talks were no more than an overture to a long debate


9. Siege – a circumstance in which a group, usually a military or law enforcement agency, surrounds an area or building in an attempt to take it over

Synonyms: annoy, bedevil, beset, plague, badger, blockade, bother, gnaw

Antonyms: relief

Usage: Soldiers killed hundreds of people while the town was under siege.


10. Gravest – giving cause for alarm; serious.

Synonyms: serious, important, profound, significant, momentous, weighty

Antonyms: trivial, carefree, cheerful

Usage: A matter of grave concern

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