CHAPTER 98 on Vocabulary

TENDENTIOUS (Adj.)

Meaning- Marked by a strong point of view, biased.

Uses-

  • He lacks on tendentious continuation to things Raskolnikov has said.

 

TENET (Noun)

Meaning- principle, belief held as true by members of a profession or a group.

Synonym- Dogma, Doctrine

Explanation- dogma or tenet means a belief that are accepted to be true by members of a group. Doctrine has two meanings. It means religious belief that is accepted to be true and It also means set of political belief which forms the basis of policy. For example- Doctrine of lapse, Doctrine of karma.

Uses-

  • Idol-worship is an important tenet of Hinduism.
  • The basic tenet of my faith is to be kind to other people.

 

TERSE (Adj.)

Meaning- Using few words and not often not seeming polite or friendly.

Synonym- BRUSQUE, CURT, SUCCINCT, PITHY

Uses-

  • The president issued a terse statement denying the charges.

                                                                  

TIMOROUS (Adj.)

Meaning- Fearful, timid.

Synonym- FAINTHEARTED, SKITTISH, TREMULOUS, TREPID, BASHFUL

Uses-

  • Who’ s that? Asked a timorous voice.
  • The expression describing a timorous person as “quaking in his boots” is a bit of cliché.

 

TIRADE (Noun)

Meaning- a long and angry speech that includes condemnation, reprimanding and scolding.

Mnemonic trick- The word tirade sounds similar to word ‘tired’. Tired Bose directs a tirade at his employees or tired teacher usually directs a tirade at her students. Therefore, tirade means a long and angry speech that includes condemnation, reprimanding and scolding.

Synonym- DIATRIBE, HARANGUE, JEREMIAD, PHILIPPIC, LECTURE

Uses-

  • The television debate panelists are known for their tirades against their political opponent.
  • The office-seeker let loose a tirade of vilifications against his opponent.
  • Leader of opposition went into a tirade about the policies of the government.
  • The principal of the high school delivered a tirade at a group of students for their misbehavior and disobedience.

 

 

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