Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 115

English Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO, NIACL, NICL, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, IPPB, UICL, OICL. We are providing vocabulary words from the Articles of Newspapers like The Hindu, The Economist, The Indian Express, etc. which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.

1. Atone (verb) – Compensate; to reimburse for a former wrongdoing.

  • Synonyms: Apologize, Redeem, Correct, Absolve, Counterbalance, Appease
  • Antonyms: Disagree, Spoil
  • Usage: The manager tried to atone for the bad service by offering me a complimentary dessert.

2. Maladroit (adjective) – Awkward and somewhat incompetent; Clumsy

  • Synonyms: Blundering, Clunky, Heavy-Handed, Floundering, Inexpert, Unskillful, Inept, Inexpert
  • Antonyms: Able, Capable, Diplomatic, Nice, Sensitive, Skillful, Tactful
  • Usage: The cartoon is based on a maladroit detective who is incapable of solving cases without the help of his intelligent dog.

3. Loom (verb) – To appear or stand over someone in a threatening way; To Impend.

  • Synonyms: Brew, Threaten, Come On, Dominate, Approach, Wait, Emerge, Hover, Issue
  • Antonyms: Decline, Fall, Leave, Abandon, Descend, Neglect, Fail
  • Usage: We started to campaign for John’s election more fiercely as November began to loom ever closer.

4. Bonhomie (noun) – Friendliness; a pleasant, good-natured manner.

  • Synonyms: Agreeability, Amenity, Amiableness, Congeniality, Cordiality, Friendliness, Geniality
  • Antonyms: Aloofness, Coolness
  • Usage: The life-long friends experienced a sense of bonhomie whenever they got together.

5. Hoopla (noun) – Excitement or unnecessary fuss surrounding a situation.

  • Synonyms: Buzz, Commotion, Emotion, Bustle, Activity, Drama, Excitation, Thrill
  • Antonyms: Calm, Peace, Depression, Frigidity, Idleness, Inertia, Inactivity
  • Usage: The hoopla of the event got all of the children excited for the magic show.

6. Protracted (adjective) – Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.

  • Synonyms: Continued, Drawn-out, Elongated, Stretching, Enlarged, Towering, Enduring, Expanded, Lasting
  • Antonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Lessen, Reduce
  • Usage: After protracted negotiations, Ogden got the deal he wanted.

7. Tantalize (verb) – Provoke or Tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.

  • Synonyms: Annoy, Baffle, Entice, Fascinate, Frustrate, Torment, Badger, Bedevil, Charm, Torture, Worry
  • Antonyms: Aid, Assist, Disenchant, Encourage, Help, Make Happy, Please, Repel, Repulse, Support, Turn off
  • Usage: In an attempt to tantalize me, my personal trainer offered a piece of cake as an incentive for me to finish my three miles on the treadmill.

8. Pragmatic (adjective) – Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

  • Synonyms: Businesslike, Down-to-Earth, Efficient, Hardheaded, Logical, Realistic, Sober, Practical
  • Antonyms: Excited, Impractical, Inefficient, Irrational, Unrealistic, Unreasonable
  • Usage: The king was a pragmatic ruler who always sought the sensible advice of his advisers.

9. Bolster (verb) – To support or improve something or make it stronger.

  • Synonyms: Aid, Boost, Help, Maintain, Reinforce, Strengthen, Cushion, Uphold, Pillow
  • Antonyms: Block, Decrease, Discourage, Halt, Hinder, Hurt, Injure, Neglect
  • Usage: If I want to feel better about myself, I need to bolster my self-esteem.

10. Interlocutor (noun) – An individual who is engaged in a dialogue with another person.

  • Synonyms: Interrogator, Questioner, Talker, Interviewer, Speaker, Dialogist
  • Usage: The music at the party was so loud my interlocutor couldn’t understand a word I said during our conversation.

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