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Daily Word List – 28th April 2018 Meaning, Pronunciation | Free PDF

iconoclast [ ahy-KON-uh’-klast ]

[noun]

MEANING:

  1. a person who destroys religious images or objects to their worship
  2. a person who attacks prejudices, beliefs or institutions that are based on superstitions or erroneous rationale.

USAGE EXAMPLE 1:

Only an iconoclast like Raja Rammohan Roy could have succeeded in abolishing sati from Hindu society.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2:

A natural-born iconoclast, Fela was a legend in his own lifetime; as infamous for his lifestyle and politics as he was acclaimed for his music.

 

splenetic [ spli-NET-ik ]

[noun,adjective]

MEANING:

  1. (adj.) splenetic or pertaining to the spleen
  2. (adj.) spiteful, peevish or ill-tempered
  3. (n.) one who is splenetic in nature

USAGE EXAMPLE 1:

The meeting between the management and the labourers was marked by disruptions due to the splenetic behaviour of the union leader.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2:

As if Jacqui Smith didn’t have troubles enough at home, she has now put up the back of one of America’s most splenetic radio talk-show hosts.

 

babble [ BAB-uh’l ]

[noun,intransitive verb,transitive verb]

MEANING:

  1. (intr. v.) to say meaningless and indistinct words
  2. (tr. v.) to speak rapidly and indistinctly
  3. (n.) unclear and meaningless talk

USAGE EXAMPLE 1:

The toddler babbled in response to questions asked.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2:

Babies this age often begin to babble, squeal, gurgle and laugh.

 

cleave [ kleev ]

[intransitive verb,transitive verb]

MEANING:

  1. (tr.v.) to penetrate or pierce
  2. (tr.v.) to divide, disunite or split
  3. (intr.v.) to split or fall apart
  4. (intr.v.) to cling or adhere closely

USAGE EXAMPLE 1:

The JCB machine cleaved a path through the dense jungle so that a road could be built which connected the two villages.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2:

For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.

 

bestial [ BES-chuh’l ]

[adjective]

MEANING:

  1. beastly or pertaining to or in the form of a beast
  2. inhuman behaviour
  3. debased or marked by depravity

USAGE EXAMPLE 1:

The legend is about a person who assumed a bestial form on the night of the full moon.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2:

Fr Murray, a well-known civil rights campaigner, said the treatment of prisoners in the H Blocks was “squalid, cowardly and bestial”.

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