Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 17

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Defiance – open resistance; bold disobedience.

    • Synonyms: confrontation, contempt, opposition, provocation, audacity
    • Antonyms: calm, harmony, modesty
    • Usage: Reports regarding defiance by the disqualified cricket officials.
  10. 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.

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