The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Booster 12 September 2019

Here we are with our daily Vocabulary blog for your English Vocabulary building. Go on and read the Editorial here and then go through the list of difficult words, their meanings, synonyms, antonyms & correct usage of those words. Here is your Daily Vocabulary 12 September 2019 blog. 

The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary 12 September 2019



Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Ambiguity The quality of being open to more than one interpretation;

Inexactness, Ambivalence, Equivocation

Unambiguous, Transparency The law ought to be tightened to avoid any ambiguity.
Brinkmanship The activity, especially in politics, of trying to get what you want by saying that if you do not get it, you will do something dangerous   The talks have collapsed and both sides have resorted to brinkmanship
Contempt The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration;

Disregard for something that should be considered;

Disrespect, Disregard, Slighting, Neglect; 


Admiration, Esteem, Estimation, Favour, Regard, Respect You should treat those remarks with the contempt that they deserve.
Culpable Deserving blame;

To Blame, Guilty, At Fault, In the Wrong, Blameworthy, Blameable

Blameless, Faultless, Impeccable, Irreproachable He’s more culpable than the others because he’s old enough to know better.
Defiant Showing defiance;

Intransigent, Resistant, Obstinate, Uncooperative, Non-Compliant

Apologetic, Cooperative The protesters blocking the entrance to the offices remained defiant this morning.
Detrimental Tending to cause harm;

Harmful, Damaging, Injurious,

Hurtful, Inimical, Deleterious

Benign, Beneficial Their decision could be detrimental to the future of the company.
Dilute Make weaker, Weaken;

To reduce the strength of a feeling, action, etc.

Concentrate These measures are designed to dilute public fears about the product’s safety.
Elusive Difficult to find, catch, or achieve;

Evasive, Slippery, Shifty

Accessible, Approachable, Attainable, Available, Convenient, Obtainable, Reachable The answers to these questions remain as elusive as ever.
Homicide The killing of one person by another;

Murder, Killing, Assassination, Liquidation, Extermination, Execution, Slaughter, Butchery, Massacre

  The number of homicides in the city has risen sharply.
Lynch If a crowd of people lynch someone who they believe is guilty of a crime, they kill them without a legal trial, usually by hanging;

Asphyxiation, Assassinate, Assassination, Attempt, Bloodstained, Butcher, Holocaust, Homicide

  The accused killer was lynched by an angry mob.
Premeditation The action of planning something especially a crime beforehand;

Intent, Planning, Intent, Forethought,

Pre-Planning, Advance Planning, Prearrangement, Deliberation

Accidental, Unintentional, Spontaneous The assault was premeditated and particularly brutal.
Reiteration The action of repeating something, typically for emphasis or clarity;

Duplication, Iteration, Redo, Reduplication, Renewal, Repeat

Take back


At the meeting, there were some reiterations of past promises.
Sectarian Denoting or concerning a sect or sects;

Separatist, Dissenter, Dissident, 

Broad-Minded, Catholic, Cosmopolitan, Liberal, Open, Open-Minded, Receptive, Tolerant The country was split along sectarian lines.
Succumb Fail to resist pressure, temptation, or some other negative force;

Yield, Give In, Give Way, Submit, Surrender, Capitulate, Cave In

Die from the effect of a disease or injury

Resist, Conquer,


I’m afraid I succumbed to temptation and had a piece of cheesecake.
Unconvincing Failing to make someone believe that something is true or valid;

Improbable, Unlikely, Implausible

Believable, Certain, 

Definite , Plausible, 


They gave some unconvincing explanations for the system failure.

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