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.
Eschew – deliberately avoid using; abstain from.
- Synonyms: abandon, forgo, forswear, renounce, shun, disavow
- Antonyms: meet, embrace, face
- Usage: Dalai Lama, has called upon the people to eschew violence and preserve spiritual values
Dubious – hesitating or doubting.
- Synonyms: skeptical, equivocal, fishy, hesitant, improbable, reluctant
- Antonyms: aboveboard, believable, unambiguous, determined
- Usage: I had the feeling that her dubious plan would never work.
Adroit – clever or skilful.
- Synonyms: adept, artful, deft, nimble, proficient, crackerjack, dexterous
- Antonyms: awkward, clumsy, ignorant, incompetent,inept
- Usage: Their team consists of several adroit players.
Impregnable – (of a fortified position) unable to be captured or broken into.
- Synonyms: impenetrable, indestructible, invincible, invulnerable, unassailable
- Antonyms: breakable, destructible
- Usage: The man hoped his home would be impregnable during the tornado.
Celibate – a person who abstains from marriage and sexual relations.
- Synonyms: chaste, continent, virtuous
- Antonyms: active, promiscuous
- Usage: Committing himself to a life of celibacy, the priest turned his focus to God.
Outmanoeuvre – evade (an opponent) by moving faster or with greater agility.
- Synonyms: outflank, circumvent, bypass
- Antonyms: fall behind, surrender
- Usage: The YF-22 can outmanoeuvre any fighter flying today.
Recoil – suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust.
- Synonyms: backfire, balk, blanch, blink, cringe, demur
- Antonyms: steady, stay, remain
- Usage: Even the experienced detective had to recoil from the bloody crime scene.
Quintessence – the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.
- Synonyms: exemplar, prototype, stereotype, epitome, embodiment,
- Antonyms: exteriority, outside
- Usage: Babies are the quintessence of purity; if only we could preserve that sweetness for a lifetime.
Defiance – open resistance; bold disobedience.
- Synonyms: confrontation, contempt, opposition, provocation, audacity
- Antonyms: calm, harmony, modesty
- Usage: Reports regarding defiance by the disqualified cricket officials.
Vociferous – expressing or characterized by vehement opinions; loud and forceful.
- Synonyms: boisterous, clamorous, noisy, shrill, strident, vehement
- Antonyms: low, quiet, silent
- Usage: Although I do not normally get involved in politics, I was a vociferous supporter of our new governor.