Saturday, October 26, 2002
W O R D  P O W E R

Perverse (p’vas): Showing a deliberate desire to behave incorrectly or unreasonably.

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.


(fa’saad): an outward appearance, especially one that creates a false impression.

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.

Looking back

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

Score card

1, Philology, 2 Oology, 3 Orology, 4 Limnology, 5 Ornithology

— Illa Vij