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. Retort (noun) – A sharp, angry, or witty reply; a quick witty reply to a question or remark.
- Synonyms: Answer, Reply, Respond, Retaliate, Repartee, Riposte, Reciprocate
- Antonyms: Question, Request, Plead, Ask
- Usage: Knowing that my job might depend on my reaction, I stopped myself from giving my boss the retort that I wanted to make to his comment.
2. Vulpine (adjective) – Resembling or characteristic of a fox.
- Synonyms: Crafty; Cunning, Foxy, Tricky
- Antonyms: Candid, Naive
- Usage: She disliked his sly ways, but granted him certain vulpine intelligence.
3. Subterfuge (noun) –Trickery or the use of clever underhanded actions to achieve an end.
- Synonyms: Trickery, Artifice, Chicane, Deception, Ploy, Jugglery
- Antonyms: Honesty, Openness, Forthrightness, Guilelessness, Sincerity
- Usage: From now on, he will no longer subterfuge to his family and instead focus on living an honest lifestyle.
4. Obdurate (adjective) – Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn.
- Synonyms: Stubborn, Inflexible, Rigid, Obstinate, Unbending
- Antonyms: Flexible, Understanding, Humane, Kindhearted, Sensitive, Softhearted
- Usage: Even though his fellow teammates urged him to accept the new coach, the star basketball player remained obdurate and refused to follow the coach’s directions.
5. Maladroit (adjective) – Inefficient or inept; clumsy; awkward and somewhat incompetent
- Synonyms: Bungling, Awkward, Inept, Clumsyincompetent, Unskilful, Inelegant, Ungraceful,
- Antonyms: Expert, Masterly, Skilled, Deft, Dexterous , Sure-Handed
- Usage: The cartoon is based on a maladroit detective who is incapable of solving cases without the help of his intelligent dog.
6. Jaunty (adjective) – Having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner.
- Synonyms: Cheerful, Cheery, Happy, Merry, Jolly, Joyful, Gleeful, Glad, Lively
- Antonyms: Inactive, Inanimate, Languishing, Lifeless, Spiritless, Vapid
- Usage: On the way to his execution, the prisoner strolled in a jaunty fashion and showed no sign of remorse.
7. Inveigle (verb) – To persuade someone to do something by means of deception or flattery.
- Synonyms: Cajole,Wheedle, Coax, Persuade, Convince, Talk; Tempt, Lure, Allure, Flatter
- Antonyms: Dissuade, Disgust, Discourage, Smother, Disenchant
- Usage: My sister works at the concert hall and my brother likes to inveigle her into giving him free tickets.
8. Lugubrious (adjective) – Looking or sounding sad and gloomy; Excessively Mournful.
- Synonyms: Bleak, Cheerless, Depressing,Depressive, Desolate, Dire, Gloomy, Unhappy
- Antonyms: Bright, Cheerful, Cheering, Cheery, Comforting, Cordial, Festive
- Usage: Considering the sad state of the world, it is not surprising the news is always filled with such lugubrious reports.
9. Intrepid (adjective) – Very brave ; feeling or displaying no fear by temperament.
- Synonyms: bold, brave, courageous, dauntless, fearless, heroic, valiant
- Antonyms: Chickenhearted, Coward, ,Fearful, Gutless, Spiritless, Uncourageous, Weakhearted
- Usage: Even when the storm was directly over her house, the intrepid old woman did not panic.
10. Propensity (noun) – A natural inclination or tendency ; a disposition to behave in a certain way.
- Synonyms: Aptness, Leaning, Proclivity, Tendency, Bent , Leaning
- Antonyms: Averseness, Disinclination, Dislike, Indisposition
- Usage : Successful business leaders are courageous and show a propensity for taking risks.