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Today’s article title is: New treatments for rare diseases need quick approval

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BELEAGUER

Verb

Pronunciation: bih-lee-ger

Meaning: to surround (as a fortified place) with armed forces for the purpose of capturing or preventing commerce and communication

Synonyms: besiege, blockade

Antonyms: emancipate, free, liberate, release, rescue

Usage: The enemy forces beleaguered the castle for months 


DISFAVOUR

Noun

Pronunciation: dis-favor

Meaning: a strong feeling of not liking or approving

Synonyms: deprecation, disapprobation, disapproval, discountenance, disesteem, dislike, displeasure

Antonyms: approbation, approval, favor

Usage: He did not bother to hide his disfavour of his seniors 

Forms: Disfavour (verb)


AFFLICT

Verb

Pronunciation: uh-flikt

Meaning: to cause persistent suffering to

Synonyms: agonize, anguish, bedevil, beset, besiege, curse, excruciate, harrow, persecute, plague, rack, torment, torture

Usage: The country seems to be afflicted by crime  

Forms: Affliction (noun) 


PERMEATE

Verb

Pronunciation: pur-mee-eyt

Meaning: to spread throughout

Synonyms: interpenetrate, percolate (into), pervade, riddle, suffuse, transfuse

Usage: The aroma of the spices permeated the entire room  

Forms: Permeation (noun)


FORTUITOUS

Adjective

Pronunciation: fawr-too-i-tuhs

Meaning: coming or happening by good luck especially unexpectedly

Synonyms: fortunate, happy, heaven-sent, lucky, providential

Antonyms: hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless, star-crossed, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky
Usage: The meeting turned out to be fortuitous for me