Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 139

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. Assail (verb) – To attack violently ; to criticize harshly and usually publicly.

  • Synonyms:  Abuse, Attack, Bash, Criticize, Blast, Assault, Bombard, Abuse
  • Antonyms:  Defend, Guard, Protect, Secure, Shield,  Commend, Compliment
  • Usage: Anyone who would assail someone’s reputation anonymously is nothing but a coward.

2. Asunder (adverb) – Separate into distinct parts ; into parts or pieces.

  • Synonyms:  apart , separate, divided, split , parts, distinct
  • Antonyms:  together, combined, joint, mutually, unitedly
  • Usage: The country has been torn asunder by an internal war that has divided it into a number of self-governing regions.

3. Caprice (noun) – A sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behaviour.

  • Synonyms: Moodiness, Unpredictability, Impulsiveness, Whimsy, Freak, Kink, Impulse
  • Antonyms:  Constant, Constancy, Stability, Steadfastness, Steadiness, Firmness
  • Usage: his wife’s caprices and demands made his life impossible

4. Betrothed (adjective) – The person to whom one is engaged.

  • Synonyms:  Engaged , Fiancée, Married, Attached, Bound
  • Antonyms:  Uncommitted , Unmarried, Unattached,Single, Free
  • Usage: you must remain faithful to your betrothed and ignore the flirtations of the handsome man.

5. Bemused (adjective) – Preoccupied or lost in thought ; suffering from mental confusion.

  • Synonyms:  Bewildered, Confused, Puzzled,  Distracted, Baffled, Stumped, Mystified
  • Antonyms:  Conscious, Alert, Thoughtless , Attentive, Caution
  • Usage: During the festival, I was a little bemused by all the noise at the park.

6. Indolent (adjective) – Not easily aroused to action or work; lazy.

  • Synonyms:  Lazy, Inactive,  Lethargic, Drowsy, Sluggish, Apathetic
  • Antonyms:  Active , Energetic, Dynamic, Hard-Working , Tireless, Vigorous
  • Usage: Because I enjoy being indolent, there is nothing I find more pleasant than relaxing in bed.

7. Intrigue (noun) – A secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends.

  • Synonyms:  Conspiracy, Design, Machination, Plot, Scheme, Trick
  • Antonyms:  Decency, Honesty, Integrity, Fairness
  • Usage: Everyone knows Martha gained her seat on the city council through intrigue and blackmail.

8. Haughty (adjective) – Proud and unfriendly ; arrogantly superior and disdainful.

  • Synonyms:  Arrogant , Unfriendly,Proudy, Disdainful , Snobbish
  • Antonyms:  Humble,  Unarrogant, Respectful, Simple, Unaggressive
  • Usage: The principal at my school is haughty and considers herself to be above everyone else.

9. Muster (verb) – To gather collectively; collect or assemble (a number or amount).

  • Synonyms:  Gather, Collect, Assemble, Summon, Meet, Group.
  • Antonyms:  Separate , Disperse, Divide , Separation
  • Usage: Tomorrow the teachers will muster for their monthly staff meeting.

10. Petrified (verb) – Extremely afraid ; so frightened that one is unable to move.

  • Synonyms:  Terrified, Afraid, Terrified, Scared, Frightened, Fearful
  • Antonyms:  Fearless , Bold, Brave, Courageous, Valorous, Heroic, Gallant
  • Usage: As a child I was petrified that I would be kidnapped by a cannibal, becoming that person’s dinner.

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