• Friday, 23 September 2016

    Important pair of words

    Mitigate:
    Meaning: to make something less harmful, unpleasant or bad
    Use in sentence: It is unclear how to mitigate the effects of tourism on the island.

    Alleviate:

    Meaning: to make something bad such as pain or problems less severe
    Use in sentence: The drugs did nothing to alleviate her pain/suffering.

    Persecute:
    Meaning: to treat someone unfairly or cruelly over a long period of time because of their race, religion, or political beliefs or to annoy someone by refusing to leave them alone
    Use in sentence: Religious minorities were persecuted and massacred during the ten-year regime.

    Prosecute:

    Meaning: to officially accuse someone of committing a crime in a court of law, or (of a lawyer) to try to prove that a person accused of committing a crime is guilty of that crime
    Use in sentence: He was prosecuted for fraud.

    Popular:

    Meaning: liked, enjoyed or supported by many people
    Use in sentence: She's the most popular teacher in school.

    Populace:
    Meaning: the ordinary people who live in a particular country or place
    Use in sentence: Some studies show that workers in the nuclear industry are more likely than the general populace to get cancer.

    Compliment:
    Meaning: remark that expresses approval, admiration or respect
    Use in sentence: I take it as a compliment when people say I look like my mother.

    Complement:
    Meaning: to make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it
    Use in sentence: The music complements her voice perfectly. (Pair Repeated: 1)

    Excite:
    Meaning: to make someone have strong feelings of happiness and enthusiasm
    Use in sentence: Nothing about my life excites me at present.

    Incite:
    Meaning: to encourage someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent
    Use in sentence: She was expelled for inciting her classmates to rebel against their teachers.

    Voracity:
    Meaning: excessive desire to eat
    Use in sentence: On reaching the ship they were offered some bread, which they devoured with a voracious appetite.

    Veracity:
    Meaning: the quality of being true, honest or accurate
    Use in sentence: The veracity of the second claim can be tested against the findings of archeology.

    Virtuous:
    Meaning: having good moral qualities and behavior
    Use in sentence: He described them as a virtuous and hard-working people.

    Virtual:
    Meaning: describes something that can be done or seen using a computer and therefore without going anywhere or talking to anyone
    Use in sentence: In tests, we have found the virtual machine runs at a reasonable speed.

    Exceptional:
    Meaning: much greater than usual, especially in skill, intelligence, quality, etc
    Use in sentence: The Company has shown exceptional growth over the past two years.

    Exceptionable:
    Meaning: offensive or upsetting
    Use in sentence: This action is normally only taken in exceptionable circumstances

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