|Meanings & Synonyms
||Diminish or put at rest fear, suspicion,
Reduce, Diminish, Decrease,
Lessen, Assuage, Alleviate
||The government is trying to allay public fears about the spread of the disease.
||Injured by repeated blows or punishment;
Thrashed, Hit, Thumped;
of a thing damaged by age and repeated use;
Shabby, Run Down, Worn Out,
Falling to Pieces, Falling Apart, Dilapidated
|Undamaged, Unabused, Protected
||Their battered bodies were found on the morning of Sept. 15, 2014, on a beach on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand
||Hostile and aggressive;
Pugnacious, Bellicose, Truculent
||The belligerent countries are having difficulties funding the war.
||Talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant
way with little effect;
|Quiet, Silence, Still, Stillness
||He was still blustering, but there was panic in his eyes.
||Tending to cause disagreement or
hostility between people;
Alienating, Estranging, Isolating, Schismatic
||The Vietnam war was an extremely divisive issue in the US
||Not even or regular in pattern or movement; Unpredictable, Inconsistent,
Changeable, Variable, Inconstant, Uncertain, Irregular
||She can be very erratic; one day she is friendly and the next she’ll hardly speak to you.
||A sum of money paid when there was no obligation or liability to pay it. For example, a lump sum payment over and above the pension benefits of a retiring employee. In insurance claims, it may take the form of payment for which the insurer did not appear to be liable.
Ex gratia is Latin for “out of goodwill.”
||Ex gratia payments were made to all those who had been affected by the spillage.
||Large and heavy;
Burly, Heavy, Sturdy,
Strapping, Bulky, Brawny, Husky
|Slight, Gaunt, Light
||Her salary will go up by a hefty 13 percent.
||Leadership or dominance,
especially by one state or social group over others;
|Weakness, Impotence, Impotency, Powerlessness
|The three nations competed for regional hegemony.
||Remove a need or difficulty;
Preclude, Prevent, Remove,
Get Rid Of, Do Away With,
Get Around, Rule Out, Eliminate
|Abet, Aid, Assist
Ease, Facilitate, Smooth, Unclog
|The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
||Done with or employing great care and
Careful, Meticulous, Thorough,
Assiduous, Sedulous, Attentive
|Careless, Negligent, Slapdash
||It took months of painstaking research to write the book.
||Relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition;
Soothing, Alleviating, Sedative,
||We want long-term solutions, not short-term palliatives.
||Occur again periodically or repeatedly;
Happen Again, Reoccur,
Occur Again, Be Repeated
||The theme of freedom recurs throughout her writing.
||Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly;
Bitterness, Indignation, Irritation,
Pique, Displeasure, Dissatisfaction
||She bitterly resented her father’s new wife.
||Be or go beyond the range or limits of a field
of activity or conceptual sphere;
Surpass, Excel, Exceed, Beat,
Trump, Top, Cap, Outdo, Outstrip
|Fail, fall behind, Lose
|The best films are those which transcend national or cultural barriers.
||Bridled, Checked, Constrained, Controlled, Curbed, Governed, Hampered
||The crowd was swept with unbridled enthusiasm.
||Never done or known before;
Unmatched, Unrivalled, Without Parallel, Without Equal
||This century has witnessed environmental destruction on an unprecedented scale.
||Investigate and solve or explain something complicated or puzzling;
Solve, Resolve, work out, Clear up, Puzzle out
||You’d better mend that hole before the whole sweater starts to unravel.