Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 15

The following vocabulary words are taken from The Hindu Editorials which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary list.

  1. Ambush – a surprise attack by people lying in wait in a concealed position.

    • Synonyms: ambuscade, camouflage, waylaying, deception
    • Antonyms: frankness, honesty
    • Usage: 12 personnel were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Sukma district.
  2. Contraband – imported or exported illegally, either in defiance of a total ban or without payment of duty.

    • Synonyms: proscribed, verboten, bootleg, interdicted
    • Antonyms: legal, lawful, allowed
    • Usage: Customs has seized contraband valued over Rs1.16 crore in 24 instances of smuggling reported at the at the international airport
  3. Impregnable – (of a fortified position) unable to be captured or broken into.

    • Synonyms: fortified, impenetrable, indestructible, invincible, invulnerable
    • Antonyms: breakable, destructible
    • Usage: The right of the people of Kashmir to a plebiscite is an inherent right
  4. Quip – a witty remark.

    • Synonyms: banter, gag, gibe, pleasantry, badinage, drollery
    • Antonyms: flattery, praise, seriousness
    • Usage: President quickly apologised for his quip on “The Tonight Show”
  5. Rectitude – morally correct behaviour or thinking.

    • Synonyms: righteousness, goodness, honourableness, integrity
    • Antonyms: corruption, deceit, dishonesty, immorality
    • Usage: The necessity of moral rectitude was itself an incentive.
  6. Servile – having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others.

    • Synonyms: obsequious, sycophantic, subservient, fawning, ingratiating,
    • Antonyms: aggressive, dominant
    • Usage: Even though Michelle was no longer a maid, she still felt servile when she was in a room with wealthy people.
  7. Rancor – bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing.

    • Synonyms: malice, malevolence, malignancy, animosity, antipathy, enmity
    • Antonyms: friendliness, good will, sympathy
    • Usage: He spoke without rancor.
  8. Presage – be a sign or warning of (an imminent event, typically an unwelcome one).

    • Synonyms: portend, augur, foreshadow, apprehension
    • Antonyms: demonstrate, determine, warrant
    • Usage: The heavy clouds above the moorland presaged snow
  9. Reprisal – the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation, to secure redress of a grievance.

    • Synonyms: retaliation, retribution, vengeance, counterblow, requital
    • Antonyms: forgiveness, pardon, kindness, sympathy
    • Usage: Even in the most extreme circumstances, back and forth reprisal is generally not the best way to resolve conflict.
  10. Raze – completely destroy

    • Synonyms: bulldoze, demolish, dynamite, expunge, extirpate
    • Antonyms: construct, restore, raise
    • Usage: The commercial builder has plans to raze the buildings and develop the area into a series of strip malls.

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