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.
Eerily – in a strange and frightening manner.
- Synonyms: bizarrely, preternaturally, spookily, unnervingly
- Antonyms: naturally, nicely, ordinarily, pleasantly
- Usage: The robot looks eerily real.
Disgruntle – make (someone) angry or dissatisfied.
- Synonyms: discontented, aggrieved, resentful, displeased, malcontent
- Antonyms: happiness, pleasure, satisfaction
- Usage: Nothing disgruntles anyone more than the feeling they are being cheated
Expediency – the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience.
- Synonyms: practicality, contrivance, pragmatism, prudence
- Antonyms: disadvantage
- Usage: Expediency is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of Dhoni, who is a warrior.
Ambivalent – having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
- Synonyms: equivocal, irresolute, vacillating, warring
- Antonyms: undoubted, definite, resolved
- Usage: Their relationship has always been ambivalent.
Subvert – undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution)
- Synonyms: debase, countermine, capsize, wreck, deprave
- Antonyms: perpetuate, sustain, uphold
- Usage: My stepmother is slowly changing things in our house in an attempt to subvert my mother’s traditions.
Confidant – a person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.
- Synonyms: acquaintance, crony, adherent,
- Antonyms: foe, stranger, enemy
- Usage: Amit Shah’s confidant may be Ahmedabad Mayor
Dodgy – dishonest, unreliable or dangerous
- Synonyms: evasive, knavish, guileful,
- Antonyms: forthright, honorable, well-intended
- Usage: Activities like these could be dodgy for your heart.
Cushion – something providing support or protection against impact.
- Synonyms: buffer, bolster, fender
- Antonyms: exacerbate, intensify
- Usage: India cushions Suzuki Motor from dodgy test damage
Rapacious – aggressively greedy or grasping
- Synonyms: avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, insatiable
- Antonyms: generous
- Usage: Institutions that should be catering to the needs of agriculturists have failed to do so and have now turned rapacious.
Obfuscate – make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
- Synonyms: muddle, bewilder, baffle, perplex
- Antonyms: enlighten, illuminate, explicate
- Usage: The new rule is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them.