Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 39

English Vocabulary for various Exams: SBI PO, NIACL, NICL, Bank of Baroda, IBPS PO. We are providing vocabulary words from The Articles 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 words list. Hindu editorial vocabulary word meaning.

  1. Defiant – open disregard, showing daring or bold disobedience

    • Synonyms: intransigent, resistant, obstinate, uncooperative, recalcitrant, confrontational, belligerent, pugnacious
    • Antonyms: apologetic, cooperative, acquiescent
    • Usage: India warns of consequences if Jadhav is hanged, Pakistan defiant.
  2. Stifle – make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate.

    • Synonyms: muzzle, repress, smother, squelch, strangle, suffocate, asphyxiate
    • Antonyms: allow, encourage, loose, release
    • Usage: Because of the stifling chains, the prisoner found it difficult to walk.
  3. Contrition – the state of feeling remorseful, feeling sorry

    • Synonyms: humiliation, penance, repentance, sorrow, attrition, compunction
    • Antonyms: happiness, hurtfulness. indifference
    • Usage: Don’t you have any contrite in your heart for murdering him?!
  4. Ghastly – causing great horror or fear; awful

    • Synonyms: appalling, gruesome, frightening, frightful, ghoulish, grisly
    • Antonyms: beautiful, comforting, delightful, pleasant
    • Usage: There is no way I can swallow the ghastly medicine.
  5. Partake – to take or have a part or share along with others

    • Synonyms: devour, engage, ingest, participate, receive, sample, savor
    • Antonyms: abstain, collect, gather, give
    • Usage: I will not partake of your party because it attracts a lot of criminals.
  6. Retaliate – make an attack in return for a similar attack.

    • Synonyms: reciprocate, recompense, repay, requite, retrospect, return, revenge
    • Antonyms: depart, leave, pardon
    • Usage:  Although he wants to retaliate against the man who killed his wife, he is going to wait for the court to administer justice.
  7. Dire – extremely serious or urgent.

    • Synonyms: terrible, dreadful, appalling, frightful, awful, horrible, atrocious
    • Antonyms: calm, unimportant, fortunate
    • Usage: Misuse of drugs can have dire consequences
  8. Severity – the fact or condition of being severe.

    • Synonyms: harshness, acerbity, austerity, grimness, hardness, sternness
    • Antonyms: gentility, kindness. mildness
    • Usage: Treatment is dependent on the severity of the disease, and the most critical is treated aggressively.
  9. Splice – interweave, join/connect/insert.

    • Synonyms: graft, braid, entwine, hitch, interlace, intertwine, knit
    • Antonyms: disconnect, disjoin, divorce, separate, unfasten
    • Usage: So smooth is the splice that you can’t see the join
  10. Extrapolate – estimate or conclude (something)

    • Synonyms: deduce, hypothesize, anticipate, assume, envision, figure, predict
    • Antonyms: doubt
    • Usage: One should extrapolate the growth rate.


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