The following vocabulary words are taken from The Editorials of Newspapres which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary list.
Embezzle – steal or misappropriate
- Synonyms: defalcate, misapply, peculate, abstract, purloin
- Antonyms: reimburse, compensate, receive
- Usage: Four Mysore Sugar employees accused of embezzlement.
Venal – showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery; corrupt.
- Synonyms: amoral, dishonourable, unscrupulous, mercenary
- Antonyms: ethical, upright, truthful, scrupulous
- Usage: Because the mayor was a venal man, he had no problem accepting bribes from real estate developers.
Agape – (of a person’s mouth) wide open in surprise or wonder.
- Synonyms: astonished, awestruck, confounded, overwhelmed
- Antonyms: apathetic, indifferent, unconcerned, unimpressed, unmoved
- Usage: Results of assembly elections from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand left millions of Indians agape
Extol – praise enthusiastically.
- Synonyms: acclaim, commend, eulogize, exalt, glorify
- Antonyms: castigate, denounce, humiliate, debase
- Usage: I got angry when my mother would extol my brother’s accomplishments and ignore all the good things I did.
Enfeeble – make weak or feeble.
- Synonyms: debilitate, incapacitate, indispose, prostrate, immobilize
- Antonyms: invigorate, refresh, energize,
- Usage: Trade unions are in an enfeebled state.
Profligacy – reckless extravagance or wastefulness in the use of resources.
- Synonyms: absurdity, amenity, dissipation, exaggeration, exorbitance
- Antonyms: economy, frugality, lack
- Usage: After the millionaire saw evidence of his new wife’s profligate spending, he quickly filed for a divorce.
Delinquent – tending to commit crime, particularly minor crime.
- Synonyms: tardy, derelict, slack, blameworthy, censurable, culpable
- Antonyms: behaving, careful, responsible
- Usage: Minister orders action against `delinquent’ doctors.
Semblance – the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.
- Synonyms: pretence, facade, front, veneer, guise
- Antonyms: concrete, difference, dissimilarity
- Usage: Even though I was nervous during my presentation, I tried to project a semblance of calmness while speaking.
Conundrum – a confusing and difficult problem or question.
- Synonyms: enigma, mystery, puzzlement
- Antonyms: axiom, explanation, proposition, solution
- Usage: Trying to solve this conundrum is really making my head hurt.
Crescendo – Gradually increasing in volume, grow louder.
- Synonyms: escalation, apex, ascension, crest, culmination
- Antonyms: base ,bottom, decline, nadir
- Usage: When the man’s pain hit a crescendo, he passed into unconsciousness.