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.
Tenet – a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.
- Synonyms: assumption, credo, creed, doctrine, dogma, precept, persuation
- Antonyms: disbelief, doubt, reality, skepticism
- Usage: Many people believe the tenet that parents should be responsible for the behaviors of their children.
Peril – expose to danger; threaten.
- Synonyms: insecurity, jeopardy, menace, vulnerability, endangerment
- Antonyms: certainty, protection, safety
- Usage: Everyone knows drinking poison is an act that will put your life in peril.
Pugnacious – eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.
- Synonyms: antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, brawling, cantankerous
- Antonyms: easy-going, kind,
- Usage: The pugnacious little boy constantly talks back to his mother.
Knack – an acquired or natural skill at doing something.
- Synonyms: dexterity, ingenuity, propensity, savvy, adroitness
- Antonyms: disinclination, inability, incapacity, ineptness
- Usage: Cooking from scratch with no recipe was a knack for her.
Poach – to trespass, especially on another’s game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
- Synonyms: smuggle, appropriate, encroach, filch, intrude, pilfer
- Antonyms: give, receive
- Usage: Poaching is not allowed in national parks.
Accolade – an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.
- Synonyms: distinction, kudos, approval, award, badge
- Antonyms: criticism
- Usage: During the monthly meeting, the company president will present an accolade to the employee of the month.
Lunacy – extreme foolishness or an instance of it
- Synonyms: absurdity, folly, insanity, mania, aberration, dementia
- Antonyms: intelligence, judgment, sense, seriousness
- Usage: When she started talking about the ghost living in her home, many people thought she suffered from lunacy.
Stern – firm, strict, or uncompromising
- Synonyms: austere, harsh, steely, ascetic, astringent
- Antonyms: flexible, bland, lenient
- Usage: Stern measures to restrict vehicle growth
Condone – accept (behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive).
- Synonyms: disregard, allow, overlook, remit
- Antonyms: respect, refuse, regard
- Usage: The college cannot condone any behaviour that involves illicit drugs
Labyrinth – a complex structure or path
- Synonyms: tangle, coil, complication, convolution, entanglement, intricacy
- Antonyms: ease, simplicity, line
- Usage: The scientist was curious to learn which of the mice would reach the exit of the labyrinth first.