SSC and all Competitive Exams. Explore The Hindu Editorial with Vocabulary to score good marks in English Section. Start practising this vocabulary to increase your word power. While reading a passage you have to highlight tough words in it and analyse the correct meaning of those words. This will help you understand the passage clearly and also you can learn more new words, it means also you can develop your vocabulary. To help you in this part we have provided an English Vocabulary passage along with meaning, synonyms and usages of hard words in the passage, make use of it. We also providing Important Vocabulary Quiz based on “THE ECONOMIST” and “THE HINDU”
1) Dent (Verb)
Definition: Have an adverse effect on; diminish.
Synonyms: Diminish, Reduce, Lessen, Shrink
Usage: The experience did not dent her confidence
2) Propellant (Noun)
Definition: A substance that propels something, in particular:
Synonyms: Catalyst, Encouragement, Fillip
Antonyms: Block, Discouragement
Usage: The main uses of CFCs are in aerosols as propellants
3) Impoverish (Verb)
Definition: Make (a person or area) poor.
Synonyms: Make poor, Make penniless, Reduce to penury
Antonyms: Make wealthy, Rich, Wealthy
Usage: The wars had impoverished him
4) Sabotage (verb)
Definition: Deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.
Synonyms: Wreck, Deliberately Damage, Vandalize
Antonyms: Devotion, Faithfulness, Fidelity, Loyalty
Usage: Power lines from South Africa were sabotaged by rebel forces
5) Smuggle (verb)
Definition: Move (goods) illegally into or out of a country.
Synonyms: Bring/take illegally, Run, Sneak
Antonyms: Consign, Convey, Dump
Usage: He smuggled out a message
6) Inflict (Verb)
Definition: Cause (something unpleasant or painful) to be suffered by someone or something.
Synonyms: Impose, Force, Press, Thrust, Foist
Antonyms: Hold, Keep, Take
Usage: She is wrong to inflict her beliefs on everyone else
7) Precarious (Adjective)
Definition: Not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse.
Synonyms: uncertain, insecure, unreliable, unsure
Antonyms: Safe, secure
Usage: he made a precarious living as a painter
8) Enclave (Verb)
Definition: To isolate or enclose (especially territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of
Synonyms: Archipelago, Isle, Islet, Peninsula
Usage: The engineering department is traditionally a male enclave
9) Botch (verb)
Definition: Carry out (a task) badly or carelessly.
Synonyms: Bungle, Do badly, Do clumsily, Make a mess of
Antonyms: Do well, Succeed, Break, Build
Usage: He was accused of botching the job
10) Grim (Adjective)
Definition: Very serious or gloomy.
Synonyms: Stern, Forbidding, Uninviting, Unapproachable
Antonyms: Amiable, Pleasant
Usage: His grim expression