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. Avuncular (adjective) – Kind or friendly, like an uncle; being or relating to an uncle
- Synonyms: Amiable, Kinsman, Gentle, Civil, Kind , Consultative
- Antonyms: Noxious , Unkind , Gullible , Uncousinly
- Usage: When I was growing up, there was a kind man in my neighborhood who gave all the children advice in an avuncular way.
2. Bane (noun) – Something causes misery or death
- Synonyms: Curse, Nemesis, Scourge , Affliction, Evil, Destruction, Venom
- Antonyms: Benefit, Blessing, Boon, Felicity, Godsend, Good , Privilege
- Usage: Some people believe that technology is the bane of social interaction and that eventually no one will have to speak to another person face to face.
3. Chicanery (noun) – The use of tricks to deceive someone ; the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
- Synonyms: Deceit, Deception , Artifice , Cheating , Fraud , Guile , Trickery, Hypocrisy, Insincerity
- Antonyms: Honesty, Truthfulness, Sincerity, Loyalty, Faith
- Usage: Let us expose that business for its financial chicanery and reveal how they waste our tax dollars.
4. Derelict (adjective) – Abandoned duty or neglected by owner or occupant ; in bad shape as a result of neglect
- Synonyms: Abandoned, Disregardful, Careless, Lazy, Neglectful, Negligent, Remiss, Slack
- Antonyms: Attentive, Careful, Conscientious, Non-Negligent, Responsible
- Usage: While the derelict car is not running now, it will be operational after I replace the spark plugs.
5. Mellifluous (adjective) – Pleasing to the ear; having a smooth, flowing sound or nature
- Synonyms: Harmonious, Lyrical, Mellow, Melodious, Musical , Tuneful, Euphonious
- Antonyms: Unlyrical , Harsh , Inharmonious , Unmusical , Coarse, Gruff
- Usage: After the judge gave Sheena a standing ovation, he described her voice as mellifluous and enchanting.
6. Grandiose (adjective) – Appearing to be impressive but not really possible or practical ; impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur
- Synonyms: Showy, Majestic, Epic, Gallant, Glorious, Grand , Magnificent
- Antonyms: Humble, Unheroic, Unimposing, Unimpressive
- Usage: When the drug company announced its new weight-loss product, it made some grandiose promises about instant weight reduction.
7. Hideous (adjective) – So extremely ugly as to be terrifying or disgusting ; causing horror
- Synonyms: Ugly, Awful, Disgusting, Dreadful, Frightful, Ghastly, Horrible , Obscene, Gruesome
- Antonyms: Adorable , Pleasing , Desirable , Alluring, Appealing, Attractive
- Usage: She wears the most hideous colour combinations you could ever imagine.
8. Famished (adjective) – Extremely hungry
- Synonyms: Empty, Hungry, Peckish , Starved, Craving
- Antonyms: Full, Overfed, Overfull, Overstuffed, Satisfied
- Usage: Thirsty and famished, the man was still determined to survive and make it out of the desert.
9. Unequivocal (adjective) – Clearly defined or formulated ; unquestionably clear ; admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding
- Synonyms: Certain, Broad, Clear, Clear-Cut, Crystal- Clear, Luminous, Manifest, Unambiguous, Obvious
- Antonyms: Ambiguous, Cryptic, Mysterious, Nonobvious, Obfuscated, Obscure, Unclarified, Unclear, Unapparent
- Usage: Since we raised over a million dollars for our charity, we considered the fundraiser to be an unequivocal success.
10. Lax (adjective) – Relaxed and not strict; lacking in rigor or strictness
- Synonyms: Careless, Derelict, Disregardful, Lazy, Lenient, Loose, Slack, Negligent
- Antonyms: Strict, Tight, Attentive, Careful, Conscientious, Non-Negligent
- Usage: Parents have protested against lax security at the school.