Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 131

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. Unfettered (adjective) – To set free (as from slavery or confinement).

  • Synonyms:  Unrestrained, Unrestricted, Unconstrained, Free, Unconfined, Discharge, Release , Unbound, Untied
  • Antonyms:  Bind, Confine, Enchain, Fetter, Restrain ,Imprison
  • Usage: When Jack’s probation is over, he will be unfettered and can move throughout the country without restrictions

2. Apprehension (noun) – Fearful expectation of something ; fear of future harm or misfortune.

  • Synonyms:  Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Uneasiness, Dread
  • Antonyms:  Anticipation, Excitement, Hope, Calmness, Peace
  • Usage: Her apprehension to leave her house resulted in her missing the train.

3. Exacerbate (verb) – To make worse or increase the severity of.

  • Synonyms:  Aggravate, Complicate, Worsen, Intensify
  • Antonyms:  Comfort , Alleviate, Soften, Ease, Help, Soothe, Relieve
  • Usage: The doctor told me not to run as it can exacerbate my knee injury.

4. Foment (verb) – To stir up or incite.

  • Synonyms:  Provoke, Incite, Stimulate, Excite, Instigate, Arouse
  • Antonyms:  Calm, Quiet, Settle, Soothe, Still, Subdue
  • Usage: The civilians accused their leader of fomenting political unrest.

5. Egregious (adjective) – Extremely bad ; really bad or offensive.

  • Synonyms:  Outrageous , Glaring, Awful, Sinful
  • Antonyms:   Mild, Concealed, Slight,  Good,  Inconspicuous
  • Usage: Although the police officers had the right to approach the suspect, they did not have the right to make egregious comments to him.

6. Ignominious (adjective) – Publicly shameful or humiliating.

  • Synonyms: Disgraceful, Dishonorable, Disreputable, Infamous, Notorious ,Shameful,  Unrespectable
  • Antonyms:  Honorable, Reputable, Respectable, Great, Proud
  • Usage: The politician’s expensive campaign ultimately ended in ignominious defeat.

7. Clout (noun) – Special advantage or influence to control situations.

  • Synonyms:  Authority, Credit,  Influence, Leverage, Pull, Sway, Bash
  • Antonyms:  Powerless, Weakness, Failure, Impotence, Inability, Incompetency
  • Usage: The esteemed lawyer had a lot of clout in the court room.

8. Avid (adjective) – Actively interested in or enthusiastic about something.

  • Synonyms:  Anxious, Crazy, Desirous, Keen, Eager, Enthusiastic, Excited
  • Antonyms:  Unenthusiastic, Apathetic,  Uneager, Disinterested, Uninterested
  • Usage: Harry is an avid supporter of any organization that is trying to improve the environment.  is an avid soccer fan.

9. Bolster (verb) – To support or strengthen ; to make something stronger or bolder.

  • Synonyms:   Support, Sustain, Uphold, Bear, Brace, Sustain
  • Antonyms:  Weaken, Hinder, Obstruct, Prevent, Destroy
  • Usage: In order to bolster its profits, the computer company is cutting its workforce.

10. Candor (noun) – The trait of being honest and frank.

  • Synonyms: Frankness, Openness, Honesty,  Truthfulness, Sincerity, Unreserve, Directness
  • Antonyms:  Lying, Deceit, Dishonesty, Unfairness, Reserveness
  • Usage: I admire her candor, especially when nobody else bothers to speak up.

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