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Showing posts with label LEARN ENGLISH VOCABULARY. Show all posts
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Sunday, 10 March 2019




Thursday, 30 August 2018



The word, 'UNINDICTED', is an adjective. It means 'someone who is not accused officially of a crime.'

Now, why is this word important? You might have noticed that some people are often considered accomplices of notorious criminals. 

However, more often than not, there is no evidence to back it up. In this context, journalists often use sentences such as
"He is considered an unindicted 
co-conspirator by many."

I hope you have learnt something new. 
So long!

Sunday, 12 August 2018

English Vocabulary Week 1: July 28-Aug 04, 2018

Hello Everyone! And, welcome to 'English is Easy with RB'! My name is Rajdeep Banerjee. This is the first post of the series, 'English Vocabulary'. Each week I will help you learn new English words chosen from world renowned newspapers. For obvious reasons, this series would be important for those who would like to increase their word stock. So, make sure you go through the entire write-up. 

Let's begin.
1. Sabotage- a deliberate action aimed at spoiling something in order to prevent it from being successful... Let me explain it...
Suppose there are two multinational companies, X and Y, who are competing against each other. Now, X is prepared to do anything to topple Y in order to take over the market. So, what does X do? X bribes some of the staff members of Y whose job would be to harm their own company secretly.
In this situation, we can say that X is planning to sabotage Y. And, if X is successful in this task, we would say X has sabotaged Y. We can even use 'sabotage' as a noun. X is behind the sabotage.
This word is especially used in American politics at this moment, where many news agencies reported that the 2016 Presidential elections may have been sabotaged by a foreign superpower.

2. Redress- to rectify or correct something which is unfair or wrong
Let us try to understand it.
Imagine a situation where the recruiting process run by the government in a certain country was biased for many years. In that country, only those people got the jobs who supported the political party in power. However, after the elections, the new party in power is trying to get things done properly. They are trying to redress the injustices of the past.
Now, there is an idiomatic expression where 'redress' is used-
Redress the balance
It means 'to make a situation equal or fair again'.

3. Cleave- to split something into different parts
For example, The war cleaved the country into two parts.

Cleave is also a part of an Idiomatic expression, 'cleave to a belief/idea'. Interestingly, it means 'to continue to believe in or be loyal to a belief.'

For example, 'He is cleaved to the belief that there cannot be life on other planets.'

4. Disparage- to suggest that something or somebody is not important
For example,
Her parents disparaged her success in badminton.
We get to learn two more words derived from 'disparage'- its adjective, 'disparaging' as in 'His disparaging remarks made her cry',
and, its adverb, 'disparagingly' as in 'He spoke disparagingly about her success in the competition.'

5. Affluent- someone who has a lot of money and a good standard of living

For example,
She belongs to an affluent family. So, she spends a lot of money.

English Vocabulary Week 2: Aug 05-11, 2018

This is the second post of the series, 'English 

Vocabulary'. Today, we are going to learn 5 English 

words. So, let’s begin.

1. The first word we are going to learn today is 


It means ‘to allow someone have something, 

especially, land and control, unwillingly, or because you are forced to do so.'

For example,

‘After the war, the king lost his kingdom. It was 

ceded to the new ruler.’

‘Although she has left the company, she is yet to 

cede control over it.’

2. Next up, ‘REVERE’

It means ‘to respect and admire somebody or 

something a lot’.

‘These students revere their teacher.’

We get to learn one more word from ‘revere’. It’s 

‘REVERENCE’. It means ‘great respect or admiration’.

For example,

‘These students have reverence for their teacher.’

3. Next, ‘COPIOUS’.

It means ‘in large amounts, or more than enough.’

Some people drink a lot of coffee. Take my friend for example. She takes copious amounts of coffee.


It means ‘to defeat a competitor by a large margin’.

For example,

‘Team A has trounced Team B by six goals to one.’

Or, maybe, in the elections, someone has won by a 

large margin.

In that case, we can say that

One has trounced one’s rivals in the election.  


It means ‘a government which is run by a few 

extremely wealthy people’.

For example,

‘It’s difficult to say which country is not run by an 


A member of this select group of people is called an 


If you have any queries on this post, don't be shy. 

Thursday, 9 August 2018


Are you a LOGOPHILE (i.e. one who loves words) like me? If you are, this write-up is for you.

The suffix, '-phile', denotes a person who has a sincere fondness towards something. Now, this 'something' could be anything. For example, you could be someone who likes to stay in bed. I, for one, become a CLINOPHILE (i.e. one who loves to go to/ stay in bed) on Monday mornings.  

And, since someone has an eye on you quite literally, let me ask you if you are an AILUROPHILE (i.e. a cat-lover). Are you not? Maybe, you are a CYNOPHILE (i.e. a dog-lover) instead!

Pets can really keep you company. Or, maybe, you are an ARCTOPHILE (i.e. one who loves teddy bears)

Anyhow, let us look at the other '-phile' words. 

If you love stars or astronomy, you are an ASTROPHILE

If you love books, you are a BIBLIOPHILE. I am a bibliophile. Are you too? 

There are some people who like buying books which they never read. It would be questionable to call them bibliophiles. 

If you love plants and trees, you are a DENDROPHILE. I love them. What about you? 

If you love it when it rains, you are probably a PLUVIOPHILE.

I think there are a lot of pluviophiles. 

If you love thunder and lightning, you are a CERAUNOPHILE.

If you love eclipses, you are an UMBRAPHILE. The latin word, UMBRA, means 'shadow'. 

Speaking of eclipses, if you love the sun, you are a HELIOPHILE

If you love the nighttime or darkness, you are a NYCTOPHILE.

If you love the moon, you are a SELENOPHILE.

Maybe, you are a PHOTOPHILE (i.e. one who loves light)

If you love the sea, you are a THALASSOPHILE.

If you love tattoos and piercings, you are a STIGMATOPHILE

If you love old artifacts, old-fashioned stuff, things that are associated with the past, you are a RETROPHILE.

I have purposefully not included a few more words of this sort. I have made this list on the basis of the kind of people I have ever interacted with. There is still some confusion regarding the actual meaning of AUTOPHILE. Otherwise, I would have included it.