CHAPTER 2 on Word Groups

UBIQUITOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Seeming to be seen everywhere

Uses: The ubiquitous spokesperson Dr. Sambhit Patra daily speaks on several different television programs from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.

OMNIPRESENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Present in all places at all times

Use: On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus is omnipresent.

 

DIVERGENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Diverging or different from each other

Use: Since graduating from an Engineering college, we have taken divergent paths, one going on for M.S and I have joined a consulting firm.

DISPARATE (Adj.)

Meaning: Different from each other

Use: Unfortunately, Tony and Tina have disparate notions of marriage: Tony sees it as a carefree extended love affair, while Tina sees it as a solemn commitment to build a family and a home. .

 

vocabulary word groups

DORMANT (Adj.)

Meaning: Not active but able to become active

Use: The cricket match picked up after a dormant start.

INACTIVE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not active or not currently being

Use: Inactive people suffer higher rates of heart disease.

ABEYANT (Adj.)

Meaning: Temporary suspended

Use: We have to keep our plan abeyant until we could get a weather forecast.

QUIESCENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Not active

Use: “The family was quiescent as they watched the interesting film on TV.”

LATENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Describing something that exists but is not active or cannot be seen.

Use: She is also a very good actress but she hasn’ t had a chance to express her latent talent yet.

 

 

Explanation: Languor (Noun) means state of feeling tired and Lazy. Languorous(Adj.) means lazy.

LACKADAISICAL (Adj.)

Meaning: Feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm

Use: My teacher said that I am a lackadaisical pupil because it was a difficult task for me to take interest in mundane studies.

INDOLENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Not liking to work or not liking to be active

Use: Naina was annoyingly indolent because he hardly completes her homework and she never cleans her room.

SLUGGISH (Adj.)

Meaning: Moving slowly or lazily

Use: After two nights without sleep, she felt sluggish and incapable of exertion.

LISTLESS (Adj.)

Meaning: Lacking energy or spirit

Use: We had expected her to be full of enthusiasm and were surprised by her listless attitude.

SLOTHFUL (Adj.)

Meaning: Not liking to work or not liking to be active

Use: The heat made us slothful.

IDLE (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Not working, active or being used

2) Not having much activity

Use: An Idle person is always a burden on any team.

LANGUID (Adj.)

Meaning: Having or showing very little energy or activity

Use: Our team proceeded at a languid pace and it is difficult to complete project on time.

LETHARGIC (Adj.)

Meaning: Feeling a lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things

Use: In class, she tried to stay alert and listen to the professor, but the stuffy room made her lethargic.

LANGUOROUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Tired or lacking energy

Use: The drummer’ s languorous playing causing the rest of the band to keep missing the beat.

 

LANGUOR (Noun)

Meaning: A state of feeling tired and relaxed

Use: They enjoyed the languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon.

LASSITUDE (Noun)

Meaning: The condition of being tired or lack of energy

Use: After a massage and a long soak in the hot tub, I gave in to my growing lassitude and lay down for a nap.

LETHARGY (Noun)

Meaning: A lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things

Use: Symptoms of the disease include loss of appetite and lethargy.

TORPOR (Noun)

Meaning: A state of not being active and having little energy

Use: Where physical torpor leads, mental weakness is sure to follow.

INDOLENCE (Noun)

Meaning: Inclination to laziness

Use: I was planning to start my work but a feeling of indolence usually overtook me and I had not started.

SLUGGISHNESS (Noun)

Meaning: State of moving slowly or lazily

SLOTHFULNESS (Noun)

Meaning: Inclination to laziness

IDLENESS (Noun)

Meaning: State of not working, active or being used

LANGUIDNESS (Noun)

Meaning: State of having or showing very little energy, strength or activity.

 

Explanation: Prostrate (Adj.) means tired and lacking energy. It has second meaning also. It also means lying with the front of your body turned toward the ground to show respect.

LACKLUSTER (Adj.)

Meaning: Lacking excitement or interest

Use: Kermit’s lackluster performance on the stage was a disappointment to the audience.

PROSTRATE (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Lying with the front of your body turned toward the ground

2) So tired, upset etc.

Use The huge global slowdown prostrated the nation’ s economic engine.

WEARY (Adj.)

Meaning: Lacking strength, energy or freshness

Use: I was weary from weaks of toiling in cottage industry.

FLAGGING (Adj.)

Meaning: Having or showing little energy or activity

Use: The illness left her too weak to stand up.

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