Synonyms — wicked, mean, vicious
Antonyms — agreeable, helpful
— He shows a perverse desire to defy his parents.
Re’tract (re’trakt): withdraw
Synonyms — disavow, recant, disclaim
Antonyms — maintain, reaffirm, uphold
— He retracted his statement in the court.
Contumacious (kon’tew-mayshus): obstinately disobedient or rebellious
Synonyms — defiant, insubordinate, incorrigible
Antonyms — dutiful, loyal, obedient
— His contumacious
behaviour will not be tolerated anymore.
Synonyms — smokescreen, cover-up, disguise
— They seem to be a happy family, but it’s all a facade.
Predilection (pre’deleksh’n): a preference, special enjoyment of something
Synonyms — fondness, penchant, fondness
Antonyms — aversion, dislike, repulsion
— She has a predilection for Thai food.
Impudent (im’ pewdent) rude, disrespectful
Synonyms — audacious, brazen, immodest
Antonyms — courteous, polite, respectful
— I didn’t expect her to ask the guest such an impudent question.
What are the following called:
I. The study of languages.
2. The study of birds’ eggs.
3. The study of mountains.
4. The study of lakes or pond life.
5. The study of birds.
With a jaundiced eye means regarding something with jealousy, envy, prejudice, dislike or distrust. In jaundice the skin is yellow and this colour has been traditionally associated with jealousy. The word jaundiced was used figuratively for jealously as early as the seventeenth century.
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. — Sterne
1, Philology, 2 Oology, 3 Orology, 4 Limnology, 5 Ornithology
— Illa Vij