CHAPTER 30 on Vocabulary

DISQUIET (Verb)

Meaning- to make (someone) worried or nervous.

Synonym- DISCOMPOSE, PERTURB

Uses-

  • In the exam, I was disquieted by the strange noises we herd outside our school.

DISQUIET (Noun)

Meaning- A feeling of worry (or Nervousness) or lack of peace (or tranquility).

Synonym- ANXIETY

Uses-

  • There is increasing public disquiet about the number of crimes against women in the city.
  • A period of disquiet before the results of the elections was confirmed.

                                

DISSEMBLE (Verb)

Meaning- 1) to hide your true feeling, opinion, nature etc.

2) to make a false show of.

Mnemonic trick- The word dissemble contains word ‘ssemble’. ‘ssemble’ sounds similar to assemble. Director dissembled after ‘de-assembling’ the company. Therefore, dissemble means to hide your true feeling, opinion, nature etc. or to make a false show of.

Synonym- COUNTERFEIT, FEIGN, PRETEND, SHAM

Uses-

  • He accused the government of dissembling the facts about our economy.
  • Children learn to dissemble at a surprisingly early age.
  • Hayden’ s friend dissembled his real feeling regarding his wife’ s leaving him for another man.
  • He dissembled his feelings at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married to someone else.

 

DISSONANCE (Adj.)

Meaning- 1) lack of agreement; especially: inconsistency between the beliefs.

2) mingling of discordant or inharmonious sounds.

Mnemonic trick- The word dissonance is opposite in meaning to word resonance. The word resonance means the quality of sound that stays loud, clear and pleasant for a long time or quality that makes something personally meaningful or important to see. Therefore, dissonance means mingling of inharmonious sounds or conflict of opinion.

Synonym- DISHARMONY, DISACCORD, DISCORDANCE

Uses-

  • Western composers often use dissonance -clashing or unresolved chords for special effects in their musical work.
  • Ending as an unsolved dissonance is a peculiar quality of his stories.

                             

DISTRAIT (Adj.)

Meaning- Inattentive or distracted especially because of anxiety.

Synonym- DELIRIOUS, DISTRACTED, DISTRAUGHT

Uses-

  • He grew more and more distrait as hours passed without confirmation that there were survivors of the plane crash.
  • When Rahul did not show up for the meeting, her employer was uneasy and distrait.
  • I appeared to be distrait before the exam because I lost admit card before the exam.

                       

DOCILE (OR PLIABLE) (Verb)

Meaning- 1) Easily, taught, led or controlled.

2) Easily managed or obedient.

Synonym- AMENABLE, TRACTABLE, OBEDIENT

Uses-

  • I had a docile, well-behaved pet.
  • Docile people sometimes wonder why they are not more popular; after all, they never make any trouble for anyone.
  • When a child becomes unusually pliant, obedient and manageable, he or she may, in short, become docile.
  • Other people usually find nothing admirable or necessarily likable about a docile person who is willing to be pushed around, or who does what he or she is told out of fear of offending others.

 

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