Saturday, November 24, 2001
W O R D  P O W E R


Obnoxious
— (ob-nok’ shus) — objectionable, very unpleasant.

Synonyms — disagreeable, nasty, unpleasant.

Antonyms — agreeable, pleasant, delightful.

— His obnoxious behaviour is most upsetting.

Obsequious — (ob-sekwi-us) — too willing to obey or serve somebody.

Synonyms — servile, fawning, sychophantic.

Antonyms — arrogant, haughty.

— Our boss wants his employees to be obsequious.

Iconoclast — (i-’kon’o-klast) — a person who is against popular beliefs or established customs.

Synonyms — dissenter, rebel, non-conformist.

Antonym — conformist traditional.

— It’s strange that he’s the only iconoclast in his family which is so deeply religious.

 


Eloquent
— (el’o-kwent) — having the skills of using expressive language, especially to impress or convince an audience.

Synonyms — persuasive, stirring, spirited.

Antonyms — routine, unimpressive.

— Mr Khanna is an eloquent speaker.

Convivial — (kon-viv’i-a l) — sociable, cheerful and friendly.

Synonyms — affable, gregarious.

Antonyms — unsociable, unfriendly, solemn.

— It’s great fun to go on a picnic with convivial people.

Bounteous — (bown’ti-us) — giving or given generously.

Synonyms — plentiful, abundant.

Antonyms — sparse, scant.

— The bounteous harvest enabled him to earn a good profit.

 

Discover

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Looking back

Dandiprat was a small coin used in England in the 16th century. It was worth three halfpence. Later the word was used for an insignificant or contemptible fellow.

 

Ponder

Of all bad things by which mankind are curst, their own bad tempers surely are worst. — Cumberland

 

Score card

teeming, copious, profuse, ample, prolific, lavish, abounding.

— Illa Vij

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