Saturday, September 21, 2002
W O R D  P O W E R

(dekadent): debased

Synonym — degraded, depraved

Antonym — ethical, virtuous

— His decadent behaviour has been the cause of his dismissal.

Refurbish (re’fubish): to revamp and redecorate.

Synonym — overhaul, renovate, restore.

Antonym — demolish, wreck, ruin

— Our old house will have to be refurbished before we move into it.

Resurrection (rezzurekshn): revival of a practice, or bringing back to life or use.

Synonym — rebirth, renaissance, restoration.

Antonym — burial, demise

— The present generation is keen to resurrect old customs and traditions.


(politik): discreet, well judged

Synonym — prudent, tactful, judicious

Antonym — imprudent, indiscreet, tactless

— When the family members began arguing, the guests thought it politic to leave.

Insular (insewlar): having no interest in or no contact with people and ideas from other countries or societies.

Synonym — blinkered, limited, provincial

Antonym — cosmopolitan, tolerant

— Their insular attitude will never allow them to change their negative views about westernisation.


Match the words in column A with their synonyms in column B


1. Compendious a coward

2. Acerbity b avoid

3. Recreant c brief

4. Malediction d anger

5. Eschew e bitterness

6. Dudgeon f curse

Looking back

To make a splash means to do something in a prominent, striking and showy manner. The expression is frequently used with reference to an extravagant expenditure. The allusion is to noise and turbulence caused by violently disturbing a liquid, like falling or throwing something into water.


As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time. — J. Mason

Score card

1c, 2e, 3a, 4f, 5b, 6d.

— Illa Vij