CHAPTER 2

ABEYANCE (Noun)

 

 

Meaning- (1) Suspended actions.

(2) Condition in which legal ownership of an estate has not been established.

Uses of first meaning-

  • The sentence was held in abeyance until more proof could be obtained.
  • Mark was told that the building project would be held in abeyance until spring.

Uses of second meaning-

  • The uncertain abeyance of her father ‘s property caused a great deal of anxiety for him; so, the decision of the judge is considered to be important.

ABHOR (Verb)

 

Meaning- to hate (someone or something) very much.

Mnemonic trick- The word abhor contains word bhor. Hindi word ‘bhor’ means morning. I abhor getting up early in the morning. Therefore, abhor means hate.

 

Synonym- ABOMINATE, DESPISE, DETEST, EXECRATE, LOATHE

Uses-

  • I abhor the way people leave their trash at the picnic sites in the park.
  • I abhor this type of insulting behavior.
  • If you abhor racism, you can make a difference.
  • He abhors trolling.

 

ABLAZE (Adjective or Adverb)

Meaning- 1) In the process of burning.

2) glowing with light, color or emotion.

Uses-

  • Suddenly, the room was ablaze with light.
  • Her lips were ablaze with red lipstick.
  • The judge chose to show clemency to the truly repentant embezzler.
  • The school was set ablaze by unknown miscreants.

ABOMINABLE (OR HORRENDOUS OR DREADFUL OR LOATHSOME OR ODIOUS) (Adj.)

  

 

 Meaning- very bad or unpleasant or Worthy of disgust or hatred.

Synonym- OBNOXIOUS, ABHORRENT

Uses- 

  • It was one of the most odious crimes of recent history.
  • I had the abominable habit of chewing my fingernails in the public.
  • Abominable, unnatural as Rahul’s conduct to his unhappy and innocent son undoubtedly was, there is no reason to suppose that he ever regretted it.
  • Life once conceived, must be protected with the utmost care; abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
  • Child trafficking an abominable crime: Amitabh Bachchan.

ABROGATE (Verb)

 

 

Meaning- 1) to end or cancel (something) in a formal and official way.

2) to fail to do what is required by (something such as responsibility).

Mnemonic trick- The word abrogate contains word gate. Gate sounds similar to hate. If we hate something we abrogate or cancel it.  Bad should be given up. Therefore, abrogate means to end or cancel (something) in a formal and official way.

Synonym- RESCIND, ANNUL, ABOLISH, QUASH, RETRACT, REVOKE

Uses-

  • The company’ s directors are accused of abrogating their responsibilities.
  • You are not allowed to abrogate old treaties that are unfair to you.
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