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Today’s article title is: Can you be reinfected from coronavirus? Experts assure it’s very unlikely

Did you find words that were absolutely new? Great! Below are the explanations given for some of those difficult words you found. Go through them slowly and don’t forget to do the exercises at the end.

Important words and idioms from the article

ASSURE 1

Verb

Pronunciation: uh-shoo r

Meaning: to ease the grief or distress of

Synonyms: cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe

Antonyms: distress, torment, torture, trouble

Usage:  I assure you that everything will be fine

Forms: assurance (noun)


ASSURE 2

Verb

Pronunciation: uh-shoo r

Meaning: to make sure, certain, or safe

Synonyms: cinch, ensure, guarantee, guaranty, ice, insure, secure

Antonyms: enfeeble, undermine, weaken

Usage: Security measures at the airport assure our safety 

Forms: Assurance (noun)


CREDENCE

Noun

Pronunciation: kreed-ns 

Meaning: firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness, or genuineness of someone or something

Synonyms: confidence, faith, belief, trust

Antonyms: distrust, mistrust,  discredit, doubt

Usage: I don’t give much credence to people who boast about their abilities 


ANECDOTE

Noun

Pronunciation: an-ik-doht

Meaning: a brief account of something interesting that happened especially to one personally

Synonyms: story, tale, yarn

Usage: Her anecdotes about her days in the service were very interesting

Forms: Anecdotal (adjective)


CONSTERNATION

Noun

Pronunciation: kon-ster-ney-shuhn

Meaning: a strong feeling of surprise or sudden disappointment that causes confusion

Synonyms: alarm, anguish, desperation, discomfort, discomposure, dismay, distraction, distress

Antonyms: calm, calmness, content, contentment, quietude

Usage: Her sudden change of plans caused a little bot of consternation in the office 

Forms: consternated/consternating (verb)


Practice Questions

Q1) If the words ‘Consternation’ and ‘Discomposure’ make a perfect pair, select the correct pair from the following set of words following the same logic:

  1. Anecdote-Yarn
  2. Credence-Discredit
  3. Assure-Enfeeble
  4. Assure-Distress

Q2) Create sentences of your own with the following words:

  1. Anecdote
  2. Assure
  3. Credence
  4. Consternation

Tell us your answers in the comments below.