Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 129

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. Cower (verb) – Crouch down in fear or shame; show submission or fear.

  • Synonyms:  Cringe, Shrink, Crouch, Recoil, Flinch, Pull, Draw Back, Shudder, Shiver, Tremble, Shake, Quake, Grovel.
  • Antonyms:  Boldness, Flourish, Fearless, Bravado, Frighten
  • Usage: Although his shoulder was injured, the champion boxer would not cower from a fight.

2. Procrastination (noun) – The action of delaying or postponing something.

  • Synonyms: Postpone, Delaying, Loiter, Dawdle, Suspend
  • Antonyms:  Finish, Proceed, Quicken, Carry Out, Continue, Persist
  • Usage: The counselor urged the students to not procrastinate in filling out their college applications.

3. Prowess (noun) – Skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.

  • Synonyms: Courage, Expertise, Effectiveness, Mastery,  Bravery, Gallantry, Genius,  Heroism, Valour, Skillfulness.
  • Antonyms:  Weak, Coward      , Inability, Failure, Fearful, Clumsiness
  • Usage: Christina used her hunting prowess to survive in the woods for a week.

4. Maverick (noun) – An unorthodox or deviating from commonly accepted beliefs or practices.

  • Synonyms: Individualist, Nonconformist, Free Spirit, Unorthodox Person, Unconventional Person, Original, Trendsetter.
  • Antonyms: Conforming, Conformist, Conventional, Orthodox, Traditionalist
  • Usage: My maverick boss has made his fortune by using a selling strategy different from that of his competitors.

5. Fray (noun) – A forceful effort to reach a goal or objective; a fight, battle, or skirmish.

  • Synonyms: Battle, Brush, Clash, Conflict, Fight, Melee, Quarrel, Rub, Scuffle, Skirmish, Struggle
  • Antonyms:Harmony, Agreement, Calm, Quiet, Mend, Truce
  • Usage: As this year’s election heats up, more and more politicians are being drawn into the fray.

6. Hapless (adjective) – Having no luck; unfortunate.

  • Synonyms:  Unfortunate, Unlucky, Luckless, Unfortunate, Unhappy, Ill-Fated,  Cursed, Doomed
  • Antonyms:  Fortunate, Happy, Lucky, Blessed
  • Usage: The newspaper did a story on the hapless child who was lost in the woods for three days.

7. Insurgent (noun) – A person fighting against a government or invading force.

  • Synonyms:  Rebel, Rioter, Revolutionary,  Agitator, Instigator
  • Antonyms:  Obedient, Devoted, Loyal, Compliant , Faithful
  • Usage: He was classified as an enemy insurgent and troops were ordered to capture him dead or alive

8. Horde (noun) – A large group of people.

  • Synonyms:  Crowd, Force, Multitude, Throng, Mass, Flock, Army
  • Antonyms:  Few, Couple, Portion, Little, Part
  • Usage: The store owner was unprepared for the horde of consumers who rushed into his store.

9. Odium (noun) – General or widespread hatred or hate coupled with disgust.

  • Synonyms: Disgust, Abhorrence, Hate, Antipathy, Repulsion,  Hatred, Disesteem, Disgrace, Dishonor Loathing.
  • Antonyms:  Pride, Respect, Honour, Esteem, Admiration
  • Usage: Because of my odium for the politician’s views, I have no plans to vote for him

10. Nerd (noun) – A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious ;  studying excessively.

  • Synonyms:  bookworm, grind, geek, dork
  • Antonyms:  slacker, underachiever, lowbrow
  • Usage:  He was a real nerd in high school , I can’t believe he’s so handsome now.

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