Power Word List: Walk

Stop using walk all the time! This article shares 46 synonyms of walk specially categorised to impress your teachers & readers! Words to describe walking quickly walking quickly in a specified direction march Words to describe walking slowly trail walking slowly with heavy steps (suggesting difficulty/effort) trudge plod slog stamp toil walking slowly at a relaxed pace amble stroll…

Power Word List: Poor

Sentence example: Founded in 1247, Bethlem is Europe’s oldest centre devoted solely to the treatment of mental illness. During this time, it was common for monks and other religious figures to take in the poor, who were often mentally ill. Synonyms of Poor Usual vocabulary: poor, needy, penniless Better vocabulary: Indigent: poor; needy Link to indigenous people who…

Shell-shocked

Definition: shocked or confused because of a sudden alarming experience Sentence example: When the earthquake struck, we made our way to the embassy and when we got there, it was full of Americans. They were walking around shell-shocked. Finally, we heard the rescue planes coming. The Power Memory Strategy: Link to shell, i.e. bomb Link to…

Surefire

Definition: certain to succeed Sentence example: In Buddhism, we have the Noble Truths of “suffering and its causes”. Love, greed, anger and lust are surefire ways to cause suffering. Buddhists are warned of becoming stuck in the cycle of worldly misery.  The Power Memory Strategy: Link to sure

Power Word List: Chaos

Sentence example: The protestors are threatening chaos if their preferred choice for the President is rejected. Synonyms of Chaos Usual vocabulary: chaos, uproar, confusion, unrest, riot, lawlessness, disorder, commotion Better vocabulary: Turmoil: a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty Link to tur-, i.e. disturbance ⇒ turbulence, turbine, turbid Link to -moil, i.e. move around in confusion or agitation Bedlam: a…

Acolyte

Definition: an assistant or follower Sentence example: Are we a “Buddhist” nation, or simply a country full of clueless acolytes? The Power Memory Strategy: Aco- sounds similar to echo ⇒  imagine others who echo your sentiments/beliefs ⇒ they are your followers -lyte sounds similar to like ⇒ they are like you ⇒ they are your followers  

Repression

Definition: the action of subduing someone or something by force Sentence example: In the name of religion, the terrorists massacred the villagers. In the name of religion, anything is possible - violence, random killing, invasions, wars, repression, you name it. The Power Memory Strategy: Link to re-, i.e. with intensive force ⇒ restrain; rebel Link to -press,…

Controversy, Kingdom & Patriarch

Controversy: public disagreement Patriarch: an older man is powerful within an organization Kingdom: a country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen Sentence example: There has been controversy in the kingdom over the appointment of a new Patriarch with supporters of different candidates facing off with one another. The Power Memory Strategy: Controversy: Link to contr-,…

Alms

Definition: money or food given to poor people   Sentence example: The Buddhist monks are preparing for an alms-offering ceremony at the temple in Thailand. The Power Memory Strategy: Alms sounds like arms ⇒ imagine extending your arms to help the poor

Shelve, Lose Steam & Fizzle Out

Shelve: decide not to proceed with (a project or plan), either temporarily or permanently Lose steam/Fizzle out: to lose energy Sentence example: In Bangladesh, the proposal for a National Police Bureau of Counter Terrorism, for example, had been virtually shelved for five years, and a nationwide campaign to create public awareness against radicalism lost steam years ago. A nationwide…