Editorials English Vocabulary Words Set 44

English Vocabulary for various Exams: SBI PO, NIACL, NICL, Bank of Baroda, IBPS PO. We are providing vocabulary words from The Articles 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 words list.

Today’s words have been taken from random articles of The Economist.

  1. Subaltern – lower in rank

    • Synonyms: assistant, inferior, subordinate
    • Antonyms: superior
    • Usage: Only one was executed, a poor, uneducated subaltern military officer.
  2. Caprice – a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behaviour.

    • Synonyms: contrariety, crotchet, fickleness, quirk, freak, crotchet
    • Antonyms: normality, constancy, constant
    • Usage: Her caprices made his life impossible
  3. Bellwether – a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend

    • Synonyms: doyen, forerunner, guide, lead
    • Usage: Ted is known as the bellwether because he always knows which stocks will become profitable.
  4. Facetious not meant to be taken seriously or literally

    • Synonyms: amusing, blithe, capering, comical, farcical, indecorous
    • Antonyms: formal, grave, serious
    • Usage: Sarah is a facetious person who never takes anything seriously.
  5. Sublimate – divert or modify

    • Synonyms: suppress, transfer, transmute, redirect 
    • Usage: The artist is known for his ability to sublimate his anger into his paintings.
  6. Impetus – the force or energy with which a body moves.

    • Synonyms: catalyst, impulse, incentive, momentum, motivation, stimulant
    • Antonyms: block, discouragement, hindrance
    • Usage: The lack of donations is the impetus causing many non-profit agencies to reduce services offered to the public.
  7. Semblance – outward appearance

    • Synonyms: facade, pretence, guise, veneer, similitude, affinity
    • Antonyms: reality, concrete, unlikeness
    • Usage: An hour into the suspense movie, a semblance of a complex plot finally emerged.
  8. Lopsided – with one side lower or smaller than the other.

    • Synonyms: unbalanced, askew, cockeyed, disproportional, disproportionate
    • Antonyms: balanced, unleaning, level
    • Usage: The lopsided lamp had a bit of charm, although it didn’t sit up straight, it still lit the room.
  9. Visceral – characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect

    • Synonyms: ingrained, innate, intuitive, accustomed, automatic, congenital
    • Antonyms: logical, rational, sensible
    • Usage: Because some of the scenes in the movie were so visceral, I’m afraid certain images will be imprinted on my mind forever.
  10. Importune – to beg for (something) urgently or persistently.

    • Synonyms: appeal, crave, entreat, beseech, beseige, persuade
    • Antonyms: command, assist, refuse
    • Usage: Most politicians importune voters for money as well as support.

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