The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 14

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO/Clerk, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, LIC, NABARD, SEBI, SSC, UPSC, IPPB, etc.

We are providing vocabulary words from the Editorial articles The Hindu newspaper which are important for the all upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.


TOPIC – In the U.S., it could go either way

With scarcely two weeks of campaigning remaining before voting day in the U.S. presidential election, it appears that the Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, is building a considerable lead over the incumbent, President Donald Trump. However, there are warning signs that the Democrats would be unwise to take the prospect of victory for granted. First, consider the onslaught of the pandemic, which brought the U.S. economy to its knees. A grinding slowdown in business activity led to a historic high in unemployment levels(14.7%) in April 2020. While the joblessness rate has come down since, it has put the spotlight on the federal government’s failure to respond with an agile, science-driven pandemic strategy that could have saved lives and refloated the economy. Many may now consider Mr. Trump a bungling commander in chief, who attacked masks, lockdowns, and social distancing as Democratic scare tactics. Yet — and this is where it is important to understand the psyche of American society — there is a considerable segment of voters — mostly white, in semi­-urban and rural areas, either blue-collar workers or small business owners — who genuinely abhor diktats on mask­-wearing and dread the crushing economic impact of lockdown. This is why, even though the latest polls suggest that north of 53% of Americans disapproved of Mr. Trump’s performance of his job and only a little more than 41% approved, his approval ratings have remained stable. Not only does this reflect that Mr. Trump likely has a core cohort of supporters who are intensely loyal and will vote for him, but it is also driven by the intensifying partisan polarisation of voters — namely the fact that over the course of his term in office, an average of 87% of Republicans has approved of Mr. Trump’s handling of the job, compared with an average of only 6% of Democrats. Second, the election outcome will be driven to a large extent by undecided and independent voters, many of them situated in swing states. Currently, Mr. Biden enjoys a lead in the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, and Michigan, whereas Mr. Trump holds the lead in Ohio and Iowa. However, a caveat that most sensible analysts of opinion polls underscore is that these polls undercounted Trump supporters in 2016, and there is no clarity on whether they have corrected this; and also that the same polls may be overcounting Democratic support given the likelihood that more people may express support for Mr. Biden than actually turn out on the voting day. Anecdotal evidence from battleground states suggests that undecided voters are seeing the election as a choice between an incumbent with a weak character but a  Republican based economic policy that lifted up the economy until COVID­19 struck, and a challenger who has an integrity of character — read as ‘not prone to abuse people on social media and elsewhere’ — but might raise crushing taxes on the middle classes.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Incumbent (noun) – A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office

Synonyms – occupant, necessary, officeholder,

Antonyms – noncurrent, emeritus, irrelevant, trivial, frivolous


Onslaught (noun) – An offensive against an enemy

Synonyms – attack, assault, invasion, bombardment, blitz

Antonyms – protect, dribble, asylum, sequel, shield


Grind (verb) – To perform hard and distasteful service

Synonyms – crush, pulverize, toil, travail, comminute

Antonyms – downright, comfort, chav,


Agile (adjective) – Moving quickly and lightly

Synonyms – nimble, spry, lithe, dexterous, deft

Antonyms – clumsy, stiff, lazy, bovine, dozy


Bungling (adjective) – To fill with horror or disgust

Synonyms – clumsy, bumbling, inept, blundering, fumbling

Antonyms – competent, proficient, dexterous, clever, adept


Abhor (verb) – To fill with horror or disgust

Synonyms – loathe, despise, scorn, disdain, despise

Antonyms – admire, like, relish, covet, chirpse


Dread (verb) – Be afraid or scared of

Synonyms – terror, trepidation, apprehension, horrendous, dire

Antonyms – courage, calmness, affinity, beautiful, tranquility


Cohort (noun) – A company of companions or supporters

Synonyms – colleague, brigade, ally, comrade, squadron

Antonyms – antagonist, enemy, devil, traitor, spy


Polarization (noun) – The phenomenon in which waves of light or other radiation are restricted in direction of vibration

Synonyms – biasing, arguing, hostility, repellence, disparity

Antonyms – reunion, convergence, confluence, Carrefour, lap


Caveat (noun) – A warning against certain acts

Synonyms – caution, proviso, admonition, provision, forewarning

Antonyms – consonance, delinquency, betrayal, imprudence, temerity


Anecdotal (adjective) – Pertaining to or abounding with

Synonyms – anecdotic, narrative, fallacious, doubtful, rarities

Antonyms – reliable, unmodified, authentic, concrete, steadfast


Struck (adjective) – Affected by something overwhelming

Synonyms – punched, smitten, affected, hitting, jolted

Antonyms – unaffected, apologist, heedless of, unenthusiastic

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