The following vocabulary words are taken from The Hindu Editorials which are important for the upcoming exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary list.
Flippant – not showing a serious or respectful attitude.
- Synonyms: frivolous, superficial, shallow, glib, irresponsible, insouciant
- Antonyms: serious, respectful
- Usage: Economic Affairs Secretary asked Amazon to desist from being flippant about Indian symbols and icons.
Disenchantment – a feeling of disappointment about someone or something you previously respected or admired; disillusionment
- Synonyms: discontentedness, cynicism, disillusion, bafflement
- Antonyms: euphoria, triumph, delight
- Usage: There are signs of disenchantment among Muslims with the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.
Formidable – inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable
- Synonyms: intimidating, forbidding, redoubtable, daunting
- Antonyms: unthreatening, feeble, trivial
- Usage: India has come up against many formidable teams over the years in the Davis Cup
Nefarious – wicked or criminal
- Synonyms: heinous, horrible, odious, outrageous
- Antonyms: delightful, magnificent, virtuous
- Usage: The “nefarious design” of the “anti-national elements” in Kashmir is to keep the State on the boil.
Sundry – of various kinds; several varied
- Synonyms: assorted, diver, manifold,
- Antonyms: individual, singular, dissimilar
- Usage: The government said it had taken note of the large amounts of ‘sundry income in the accounts of several Indian entities.
Vantage – a place or position affording a good view of something
- Synonyms: eminence, expediency, perspective, gratification
- Antonyms: impairment, subordination, incapacity
- Usage: Vantage view from right across the road
Trivialize – make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is
- Synonyms: underestimate, deprecate, belittle, derogate
- Antonyms: speak clearly, conceal, hide
- Usage: Upset Hindus seek apology for trivializing Hindu god in TV series.
Protract – to draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong.
- Synonyms: elongate, procrastinate, prolongate
- Antonyms: expedite, abbreviate, curtail
- Usage: Street vendors feel let down, gear up for protracted struggle.
Emanate – originate from; be produced by
- Synonyms: emerge, exude, derive, radiate
- Antonyms: conceal, withdraw,
- Usage: Most of the problems that emanate in the society today can be traced to the mind that is not fully developed.
Extrapolate – estimate or conclude (something)
- Synonyms: hypothesize, anticipate, envision, foresee, predict
- Antonyms: doubt
- Usage: We can extrapolate the number of new students entering next year by looking at how many entered in previous years.