The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Booster 13 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 13 September 2019 blog. 

The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary 13 September 2019



Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Accede Agree to a demand, request, or treaty;

Agree To, Consent To, Accept, Assent To, Acquiesce In, Endorse, Comply With

Dissent The director finally acceded to their pleas for more time to complete the project.
Backlash A strong negative reaction by a large number of people, especially to a social or political development;

Counteraction, Counter-reaction, Counter-response

Question, Cause The mayor foresaw no political backlash against his proposal.
Deterrence The action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences;

Balk, Bar, Block, Chain, Clog, Cramp

Catalyst, Goad, Impetus, Incentive, Spur, Stimulant, Stimulus The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.
Folly Lack of good sense;



Discretion, Forethought, Prudence, Sagacity, Wisdom It’s sheer folly to build nuclear power stations in a country that has dozens of earthquakes every year.
Futile Incapable of producing any useful result;

Pointless, Fruitless, Vain, Pointless

Useful, Fruitful It’s completely futile trying to reason with him – he just won’t listen.
Hawkish Advocating an aggressive or warlike policy, especially in foreign affairs;

Militant, Warlike

Dovish The president is hawkish on foreign policy.
Helm Officially controlling an organization or company;


Absence of control, Muddle After 20 years at the helm, she intends to retire in September.
Impunity Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action;

Immunity, Indemnity, exemption from punishment, Freedom from punishment, Exemption

Liability, Responsibility She mistakenly believed that she could insult people with impunity.
Retrenchment The reduction of costs or spending in response to economic difficulty;


Abundance, Affluence, 

Enough, Excess


In retrenchment, central government may seek to limit the total expenditure of all local governments for economic stabilization.
Scuttled To move quickly, with small, short steps, especially in order to escape;

Agility, Gallop, Rush, Shoot

Amble, Linger, Drag, Saunter, Slow, Hang, Lag A crab scuttled away under a rock as we passed.


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