English Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO, NIACL, NICL, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, IPPB, UICL, OICL. We are providing vocabulary words from the Articles of Newspapers like The Hindu, The Economist, The Indian Express, etc. which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list
1. Staid (adjective) – Characterized by dignity and propriety.
- Synonyms: Decorous, Stuffy, Dignified, Sedate, Sober, Solemn, Calm
- Antonyms: Excited, Adventurous, Fun, Willing, Sporting, Frivolous
- Usage: He was prim and staid and liked to do things in an orderly fashion.
2. Beguile (verb) – Charm or enchant (someone), often in a deceptive way.
- Synonyms: Deceive, Entice, Mislead, Betray, Bluff, Chisel,Delude, Lure
- Antonyms: Turn off, Disenchant, Offer, Repulse, Be honest
- Usage: I can no longer remain silent in the presence of the schemers who seek tobeguile you.
3. Vassal (noun) – A person or country in a subordinate position to another.
- Synonyms: Beneficiary, Helot, Bondman, Dependent, Liege, Peasant
- Antonyms: Master
- Usage: And what was of still greater importance, he could only obtain taxes and soldiers from among the vassals, by the consent of their feudal lords.
4. Betrothed (adjective) – Pledged to be married.
- Synonyms: Affianced, Committed, Intended, Spoken for
- Antonyms: Unattached, Single
- Usage: We are not betrothed’—her eyes filled with tears,—’he can never marry me; and he and my father have quarrelled.
5. Peremptory (adjective) – Not allowing contradiction or refusal.
- Synonyms: Absolute, Arbitrary, Assertive, Binding, Bossy, Certain, Decisive
- Antonyms: Easy-going, Laid-back, Lenient, Moderate, Indulgent, Lax
- Usage: This time it was not a request but a peremptory order to go at once to Cuba and undertake the work.
6. Ignominy (noun) – A state of dishonor.
- Synonyms: Baseness, Lowness, Meanness, Disgrace
- Antonyms: Morality, Virtue, Goodness
- Usage: After all, we love nothing better than seeing the powerful and formerly smug dragged across the front pages in ignominy.
7. Fresco (verb) – A mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
- Synonyms: Darken, Dye, Embellish, Illuminate, Infuse, Tint, Wash, Adorn
- Antonyms: Dull, Whiten, Lighten, Pale, Discolor, Represent
- Usage: The little church has an ancient fresco of St. Christopher, placed, as usual, opposite the entrance.
8. Pillage (verb) – Steal goods; take as spoils
- Synonyms: Desecrate, Loot, Maraud, Pilfer, Arrogate, Invade, Ravage, Devour
- Antonyms: Give, Receive, Build, Construct, Safeguard, Improve, Release
- Usage: In addition great material losses were inflicted: seven hundred houses were destroyed, six hundred stores pillaged, and thousands of families utterly ruined.
9. Reverie (noun) – A state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a day dream
- Synonyms: Contemplation, Detachment, Fantasy, Meditation, Trance, Absorption
- Antonyms: Nightmare
- Usage: He stood still, seemingly lost in reverie, and quite oblivious to the group about him.
10. Crevice (noun) – A long narrow opening
- Synonyms: Abyss, Chink, Crevasse, Fissure, Slit, Chasm
- Antonyms: Agreement, Closure, Juncture, Solid
- Usage: The disruptive power of tree roots, growing in the crevices of rocks, is well known.