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. Sarcasm: (noun) – A biting remark spoken to convey the opposite meaning ; an act or expression usually intended to hurt another’s feelings.
- Synonyms: Attack, Criticism, Insult, Outrage, Harshness
- Antonyms: Accolade, Commendation, Compliment, Acclaim, Applause, Praise
- Usage: Since I dislike my mother, I usually reply with sarcasm when people ask me about her.
2. Sentinel: (noun) – One whose job is to keep watch and protect.
- Synonyms: Custodian, Guard, Guardian, Keeper, Protector, Observer, Watchman
- Antonyms: Attacker, Enemy, Intruder, Assaulter
- Usage: At my house, my German Shepherd is the sentinel who keeps anyone from coming inside without permission.
3. Loath: (adjective) – Reluctant ; slow to begin or proceed because of doubts or uncertainty.
- Synonyms: Unwilling, Reluctant, Indisposed, Disinclined, Averse, Hesitant
- Antonyms: Willing, Eager, Determined, Keen, Inclined
- Usage: I was loath to accept his claim of having climbed Mount Everest.
4. Horde: (noun) – A great number of persons or creatures massed together.
- Synonyms: Army, Crowd, Group, Assembly, Flock, Collection, Mass, Cluster
- Antonyms: Few, Little, Portion, Piece
- Usage: Two bodyguards helped the celebrity walk through a horde of fans.
5. Sonorous: (adjective) – Able to produce a deep sound ; marked by a high volume of sound.
- Synonyms: Resonant , Loud, Booming, Noisy, Clangorous, Piercing
- Antonyms: Soft, Low, Quiet, Tinny
- Usage: When the doctors heard the patient’s sonorous breathing, they knew he needed oxygen immediately.
6. Bushel: (noun) – A measure of capacity equal to 8 gallons, used for dry goods ; a considerable amount.
- Synonyms: Abundance, Bunch, Plenty, Hundreds, Loads, Lot
- Antonyms: Atom, Crumb, Fragment, Particle, Granule
- Usage: Once the small gardener harvested his grains, he produced a bushel of wheat.
7. Tarry: (verb) – To move or act slowly; to take your time or delay in doing something.
- Synonyms: Dawdle, Delay, Rest, Slow, Drag, Lag, Creep
- Antonyms: Finish, Hasten, Hurry, Proceed, Quick, Complete
- Usage: If you tarry while doing your work it will simply take even longer, so it is best to just get it over with and not wait.
8. Strife: (noun) – Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; a lack of agreement or harmony.
- Synonyms: Conflict, Disagreement, Argument , Discord, Disharmony, Dispute , Enemity
- Antonyms: Peace, Harmony, Cooperation, Accord, Alliance
- Usage: If the two countries do not put their strife to rest, they will cause the deaths of thousands of citizens.
9. Fray: (verb) – A physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups.
- Synonyms: Battle, Fight, Struggle, Ruckus, Dispute, Clash
- Antonyms: Harmony, Agreement, Cooperate, Calm
- Usage: As this year’s election heats up, more and more politicians are being drawn into the fray.
10. Levy: (verb) – To impose (a tax or fine).
- Synonyms: Impose, Charge, Duty, Imposition Tax, Toll, Excise, Fine
- Antonyms: Veto, Give, Compensate
- Usage: All countries that I am aware of maintain that the government has a right to levy taxes on its citizens.