CHAPTER 89 on Vocabulary


Meaning- 1) Learned person, scholar, someone admitted to membership in a scholarly field.

2) A person who does not have normal intelligence but who has very unusual mental abilities that other people do not have.


  • The TED conferences feature savants and newsmakers speaking on topics of great importance to the world.


SAVOR (Noun & Verb) AND SAVIOR (Noun)

SAVOR (Verb)

Meaning- 1) to enjoy full taste of something, especially by eating or drinking it slowly.

2) to enjoy a feeling or an experience thoroughly.

Synonym- TASTE


  • I want to savor this moment.
  • Now, she wanted to savor some memories.

SAVOR (Noun)

Meaning- A very good taste or smell of something.

Mnemonic trick- The word savor sounds similar to flavor. Therefore, savor(noun) means a very good taste or smell of something.

Synonym- FLAVOR


  • The savor of soup was a blend of tomato and herbs.
  • A connoisseur who can identify the ingredients in any dish solely by their savor.


Meaning- Someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure mainly used by Christian to refer to Jesus Christ.

Mnemonic trick- The word savior sounds similar to savi. Savi sounds similar to save. Savior is someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure etc.



  • Bina felt that her psychologist had been her savior after her counselling sessions were completed.
  • There were many who expected the politician to be the savior of his political party.
  • Marian said that Alfred will be her savior if he will just savor this soup she is making and tell her what he thinks.



Meaning- 1) temporary or movable platform on which a person stands or sits while working high above the floor or ground.

2) a platform from which criminals are executed.

Mnemonic trick- The word scaffold contains word scaff. He folded his scaff and used it to hang himself on scaffold. Therefore, scaffold means a platform from which criminals are executed.


  • The condemned man was led to the scaffold.
  • Workers put a scaffold to paint the building.
  • He met his death on the scaffold with calmness and dignity.
  • He was arrested and would have died on the scaffold if sympathisers had not rescued him.



Meaning- Severe, injurious; bitterly harsh or critical.

Mnemonic trick-


  • The school superintendent gave a scathing criticism of the education bill, calling it “an attack on our community’ s children who will surely go down infamy”.
  • How is it possible that she flew off her bicycle like that and walked away unscathed?



Meaning- 1) to sparkle or to emit sparks.

2) to capture attention or impress with one’ s vitality or wit.

Mnemonic trick- By remembering the poem, we can easily remember the word.



  • Diamond ring scintillated in the Sunlight.
  • Her eyes scintillated with excitement.
  • He has proven himself a prodigious master of sitar, his skills unlocking the instrument’ s potential to shine and scintillate.


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