Daily Vocabulary from The Hindu: September 7, 2019

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1. Bear Hug
• A rough, tight embrace.
• In wrestling, a bear hug, also known as a body lock, is a grappling clinch hold and stand-up grappling position where the arms are wrapped around the opponent, either around the opponent’s chest, midsection, or thighs, sometimes with one or both of the opponent’s arms pinned to the opponent’s body.
Usage: Woman were crying with tears of joy as men swung their children around before giving them a smothering bear hug

2. Dither
• Be indecisive.
Usage: I can’t bear people who dither.
Synonyms: hesitate, falter, waver, teeter, vacillate, oscillate, and fluctuate.

3. Ivory Tower
• An ivory tower is a place or an atmosphere, where people are happily cut off from the rest of the world in favour of their own pursuits, usually mental and esoteric ones.
Usage: I’m going to an ivory tower to write reports and articles for other academics

4. Wherewithal
• The money or other means needed for a particular purpose.
Usage: They lacked the wherewithal to pay.

5. Bespeak
• Be evidence of or indicate.
Usage: The attractive tree-lined road bespoke money.

6. Pecuniary
• Relating to or consisting of money.
Usage: He admitted obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception.

7. Suffrage
• The right to vote in political elections.
Usage: Universal adult suffrage.
The right to vote is called active suffrage, as distinct from passive suffrage, which is the right to stand for election.

8. Ennoble
• Give someone a noble rank or title.
Usage: They receive life baronies on appointment unless they are already ennobled.

9. Protract
• Prolong or extend.
Usage: He had certainly taken his time, even protracting the process.

10. Anathema
• Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.
Usage: Racial hatred is anathema to harmony.

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