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.
Ravage – cause severe and extensive damage to.
- Synonyms: devastate, pillage, plunder, raze, dismantle, prostrate
- Antonyms: preserve, surrender, construct
- Usage: If diabetes is not controlled, it can ravage many organs in the human body.
Gull – to deceive, trick, or cheat.
- Synonyms: bamboozle, deceive, defraud, dupe, gyp, hoodwink
- Antonyms: honest
- Usage: Trusting investors can easily be gulled by scams designed to relieve them of their savings.
Elusive – difficult to find, catch, or achieve.
- Synonyms: ambiguous, fleeting, illusory, incomprehensible, subtle
- Antonyms: definite, honest, intelligible, stable
- Usage: The police are finding it difficult to catch the elusive bank robber.
Prosaic – commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative
- Synonyms: banal, humdrum, mundane, diddly, monotonous
- Antonyms: exciting, unusual, creative, imaginative
- Usage: As a whole, prosaic writers tend to write very dull stories which most people never remember.
Freewheel – act or proceed in a relaxed or casual way, without making much effort.
- Synonyms: cruise, drift, sail, skate, float, slide
- Antonyms: struggle, combat, endeavor
- Usage: He is not the sort of person who would freewheel his way to the end of a contract.
Meddle – interfere in something that is not one’s concern.
- Synonyms: hinder, impede, infringe, tamper, encroach, interpose
- Antonyms: facilitate, dodge, yield, forward
- Usage: The government should never meddle with religious affairs.
Shackle – to restrain in action, thought, etc., as by restrictions; restrict the freedom of.
- Synonyms: handcuff, manacle, trammel
- Antonyms: free, unbind, unfasten
- Usage: My lack of funds is the shackle that prevents me from travelling.
Frenetic – fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way.
- Synonyms: frantic, furious, obsessive, corybantic, delirious, demented
- Antonyms: calm, peaceful, balanced
- Usage: Yesterday the sales floor was even more frenetic than usual because of the big clearance sale.
Obstreperous – noisy and difficult to control.
- Synonyms: blusterous, boisterous, booming, clamorous, disorderly
- Antonyms: obedient, salubrious, amenable, tractable
- Usage: The teenagers became obstreperous when their school team lost the football game.
Stupendous – extremely impressive.
- Synonyms: astonishing, breathtaking, colossal, dynamite, enormous
- Antonyms: terrible, unimportant, unimpressive
- Usage: The store did not expect a stupendous crowd of customers to line up around the building.