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Friday, 31 March 2017


- Prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
- Exceptionally smart, ahead of age in understanding.
- Showing mental development or achievement much earlier than usual.

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- The precocious Narasimhadasu began to compose poetry and songs extempore, besides playing on the khanjira even as a child.
- Trained in a hard school, he showed a precocious aptitude for war and government.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017


- Compulsion by threat or force.
- Threats used to force a person to do something.

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- My confession to police was under duress: Sreesanth
- Confession of Kasab was not given under duress: Court

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017


- A formal expression of high praise.
- A piece of writing, speech, etc. that praises someone or something.

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- Encomiums to an ancient city of vibrant culture.
- Mr.Karunanidhi paid encomiums to Mr. Durai Murugan for nurturing his constituency.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017


- Treated as if holy :  immune from criticism or violation.
- Thought to be too important or too special to be changed.

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- Minimum wage policy must be treated as sacrosanct.
- Religious doctrines are regarded as sacrosanct and this does not come as a surprise to anyone.

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Monday, 27 March 2017


- The use of tricks to deceive someone.
- actions or statements that trick people into believing something that is not true.

Octopus, a master of deception.
Image Credits : Daedalus_23  
- The world will be watching how this tale of political chicanery and authoritarianism unfolds and how it gets resolved.
- Chicanery involving revised rental for system installed in the home.
- The democratic system, especially the electoral process, remains open to misuse and chicanery.

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Friday, 24 March 2017


- The movement of the tide out to sea.
- Move away from the land; recede.

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- Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb.
- Woman workforce on the ebb.
- The country was at a low ebb due to the recent war.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017


- Someone or something intensely disliked

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- Computer games and education may not be anathema to each other after all.
- Jayalalithaa believes family rule anathema to democracy.
- Birth control still anathema for men

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Plebiscite / Referendum

Plebiscite / Referendum
- The direct vote of all the members of an electorate

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- The issue will be decided by plebiscite.
- They are going to hold a plebiscite on the question of national independence.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017


- An act of washing oneself, especially as a religious ritual.

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- Swami Vivekananda emphasises the shedding of accumulated inner dirt to all pilgrims as against mere
external ablution, since the purpose of all spiritual endeavour should be to get closer to God.
- The twin cities have a few hundred mosques wherein a good amount of water is used for
ablution five times a day. “This water can also be preserved to recharge the groundwater,” says Mr. Kabeer.

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Friday, 17 March 2017


- Excessively bad, unpleasant, or difficult.
- Diabolically cruel and wicked.

Image Credits : Michael Taggart 
- Are You Smart Enough To Work At Google? Fiendish Puzzles And Impossible Interview Questions From The World’s Top Companies.
- Come December and the mercurial Chennai weather takes fiendish delight in triggering a cold-cough syndrome, targeting vocalists in particular.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017


- The state of being putrefied; decay.
- The process of decay or rotting in a body or other organic matter.

A Putrefied Crab
Image Credits : Lorenzo Maddalena
- Putrefaction is slower in water than in air; slower in seawater than in fresh water, and slower in running water than in stagnant water.
- The smell of human putrefaction was becoming an issue and arrangements were made to move the bodies some distance away pending disposal.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017


- A phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something.
- Happening and connected with another thing.

Loss of memory is a natural concomitant of old age.
Image Credits :  Neil Moralee
- In an increasingly inter-connected world, globalisation had become a necessary concomitant.
- Loss of memory is a natural concomitant of old age.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017


- To twist something together or around something.

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- The snake entwined itself around the branch.
- Nishath opted to entwine these experiences into her embroidery through explorations of technique, not as mere embellishment.

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Monday, 13 March 2017


- One that takes the lead or initiative
- A male sheep that leads the flock, usually bearing a bell.

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- The lubricants industry serves as a bellwether of economic activity as lubricants are used in all kinds of machinery, power equipment, mining and automobiles.
- Both the Indian bellwether indices had opened lower due to negative import-export data coming out of China.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017


- To hinder, block, or thwart.
- To present an obstacle to.

Investigators have been stymied again and again in their efforts to find the aircraft since it vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Image Credits : US Pacific Fleet
- Film shooting in Ooty stymied by red tape
- Even if the president wins reelection, he could still be stymied by Republicans in Congress.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017


- A sculpture or model of a person.
- A crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.

Effigy of Ravana to be burnt on Vijayadashami festival in Jaipur along with an effigy of Kumbhakarna.
Image Credits : Sameer Goyal
- Crowds marched through the streets carrying burning effigies of the president.
- No, Lady Gaga Didn't Burn Trump In Effigy, But Her Super Bowl Set Was Still Political

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017


- To thrash or punish severely.
- To defeat a competitor by a large amount:

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- Trounced in India,England skipper Cook resigns, calls decision ‘sad’ but right.
- Our candidate trounced her opponent in the election, winning with 76% of the votes.

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Monday, 6 March 2017


- A quick and witty reply.
- The two comedians engaged in witty repartee.
- He had a quick mind and a splendid gift of repartee

Some fun repartee with Juan Enriquez around post humanism
Image Credits : Steve Jurvetson
- BJP defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dig at Manmohan Singh saying "fun, pun and repartee" are part of parliamentary debate
- Priyanka Chopra And Dwayne Johnson's Twitter Repartee Makes Us Want To Hang Out With Them.

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Friday, 3 March 2017


- Honorably retired from assigned duties.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, credited the final product to Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata.
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- Emeritus physics professor Gottfried honored by AAAS
- James Dye, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of chemistry, has been named a National Academy Inventors Fellow.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017


- A body of troops in close array

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- A solid phalanx of armed guards stood in front of the castle.
- She had to go through a phalanx of television cameras.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017


- A nervous or fearful feeling of uncertain situation.
- A feeling of alarm or dread

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- Iran’s Trepidation Over Entering Uncharted Trump Territory
- Members still have some trepidation about the impact of the bill introduced.

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Monday, 27 February 2017


- A group of retainers or attendants
- A retinue is a group of people that accompany an important person. If you're a king or queen, you can think of a retinue as your royal crew or posse.

Discovered in 1974, the terracotta statues at Xian represent the armed retinue
of unified China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Ti

Image Credits : Kevin Poh
- The president travels with a large retinue of aides and bodyguards.
- The visit of Netanyahu and his retinue of business luminaries will elevate the importance of the ­Israel-Australia relationship.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017


- A mythical Greek hero renowned for his great strength.
- Any job or task that's extremely difficult or calls for enormous strength.

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- It's going to be a Herculean task to emulate Dhoni, says Ashwin.
- Tax authorities will appoint data processing and analytics agencies for this Herculean task.

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