The following vocabulary words are taken from The Editorials of Newspapers like The Hindu, The Economist, Indian Express, etc. which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary list. Hindu Newspaper Vocabulary for SBI PO 2017 and NIACL Assistant Exams.
Falter – lose strength or momentum.
- Synonyms: flounder, hesitate, reel, waver, wobble, break, fluctuate
- Antonyms: stabilize, endure, persist
- Usage: The music faltered, stopped, and started up again.
Tepid – showing little enthusiasm.
- Synonyms: dull, halfhearted, unenthusiastic, apathetic, lukewarm
- Antonyms: enthusiastic, keen
- Usage: The president has seen his popularity grow tepid ever since he mishandled the budget crisis.
Obviate – avoid or prevent (something undesirable).
- Synonyms: counteract, forestall, preclude, anticipate, avert, block
- Antonyms: support, allow, assist, encourage
- Usage: A parachute can be used to obviate disaster.
Deplorable – deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.
- Synonyms: disgraceful, shameful, dishonourable, disreputable, discreditable
- Antonyms: acceptable, bearable, blessed, fortunate
- Usage: John’s deplorable behavior is going to get him arrested one day.
Scandalous – disgracefully bad.
- Synonyms: defamatory, disgraceful, heinous, outrageous, scurrilous
- Antonyms: good, magnificent, respectable, wonderful
- Usage: A scandalous waste of ratepayers’ money
Anodyne – not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
- Synonyms: bland, inoffensive, innocuous, neutral, unobjectionable
- Antonyms: harmful, evil, noxious
- Usage: The soft music is the perfect anodyne to help me relax after work.
Virile – having or characterized by strength and energy.
- Synonyms: forceful, vibrant, driving, generative, procreative
- Antonyms: effeminate
- Usage: He is a virile wrestler who has never been defeated in the ring.
Winnow – remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left.
- Synonyms: : separate, terminate
- Antonyms: include, hire
- Usage: As the bird took off, it acted to winnow the dirt around it.
Insolent – showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
- Synonyms: barefaced, brassy, brazen, contemptuous, contumelious, dictatorial
- Antonyms: cowardly, humble, modest, polite
- Usage: Because he was insolent to the principal, he got suspended from school for three days.
Broach – raise (a difficult subject) for discussion.
- Synonyms: moot, ventilate, advance, approach, interject, interpose
- Antonyms: close, deny, dissuade, refuse
- Usage: During the interview, the reporter had the nerve to broach the topic of the politician’s failed marriage.