Vocabulary Time!
Secondary School List #3

Simply English Learning Centre - Vocabulary Time - Here we go over the word reactionary.

reactionary (adj)

Meaning: extremely conservative and oppose reform or change.

Usage: someone reacting (in horror) to what others consider to be progress.

Example: My grandma is described as reactionary because she refuses to use modern technology like mobile phones.

Example: The young politician believes some of the government’s reactionary policies should be changed.

Example: The reactionary measures have failed to stimulate the economy so the government needs to find a new plan.

Simply English Learning Centre - Vocabulary Time - Here we go over the word minute.

minute (adj)

Meaning: incredibly small, sometimes immeasurable. Also means of small importance or close attention to detail.

Usage: to talk about something that is so small it cannot be seen or measured easily.  (pronounced like “my-noot”).

Example: Some artists can paint a whole village on a grain of rice using minute, or tiny, paintbrushes. This art can only be seen through a magnifying glass.

Example: The soil in the garden had minute quantities of the toxic chemicals usually found in air pollution.

Example: The chances of success were minute.

Simply English Learning Centre - Vocabulary Time - Here we go over the word gripe.

gripe (noun/verb)

Meaning: minor complaint (both noun and verb).

Usage: to complain about something trivial; something not so important (depending on perspective).

Example: A gripe for retailers is that selling on Amazon loses the direct customer relationship they get from their own website or store. (Reuters – 9 Apr 2019)

Example: My two biggest gripes about the Mate 20 Pro were its curved screen edges and the inconsistent in-display fingerprint sensor. (The Verge – 26 Mar 2019)

Example: The students griped that they had too much homework.

Simply English Learning Centre - Vocabulary Time - Here we go over the word impart.

impart (verb)

Meaning: to pass on, transmit, or bestow.

Usage: when something transfers some quality to something else.

Example: If you share this new word to your classmate, you are imparting your new wisdom.

Example: Studying imparts confidence as well as information, long life imparts wisdom, and anise seed imparts the flavor of licorice.

Example: Let me impart this message to you — always do your part!

Simply English Learning Centre - Vocabulary Time - Here we go over the word peon.

peon (noun)

Meaning: a person who is obliged to do menial work.

Usage: usually used in fun to describe someone that is at the bottom of the food chain of servitude.

Example: The ship’s captain assigned the worst duties to the peon.

Example: The arrogant billionaire would never notice the peon who mows his lawn.

Example: The office peon does a great deal of routine work while barely earning minimum wage.