The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Booster 16 September 2019

Here we are with our daily Vocabulary blog for your English Vocabulary building. Go on and read the Hindu Editorial here and then go through the list of difficult words, their meanings, synonyms, antonyms & correct usage of the words taken from the Editorial. Here is your Daily Vocabulary 16 September 2019 blog. 

The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary 16 September 2019



Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Accountability The fact or condition of being accountable; Responsibility, Responsibility, Liability, Answerability Unaccountability There were furious demands for greater police accountability.
Bottleneck Someone or something that retards or halts free movement and progress;

Barrier, Blockage, Congestion, Hindrance, Impediment

Aid, Assistance, Help, Opening


All decisions must be approved by the committee, and this is where the company runs into bottlenecks.
Emulation Effort to match or surpass a person or achievement, typically by imitation;

Ape, Bio-mimicry, Blueprint, Bootleg, Carbon Copy

Neglect, Be original



They hope to emulate the success of other software companies.
Expeditious With speed and efficiency;

Fast, Rapid, Swift, Fleet, Quick, Speedy, Hasty

Slow The company is well-regarded for its expeditious handling of any request or complaint by the customers.
Flailing Beset by difficulties;


Steady He phoned a friend to vent about his flailing marriage.
Ground-breaking If something is ground-breaking, it is very new and a big change from other things of its type;



 Unoriginal, Regular His latest movie is interesting, but not ground-breaking.
Incentive A thing that motivates or encourages someone to do something;

Inducement, Motivation, Motive, Reason, Stimulus, Stimulant, Spur, Impetus, Encouragement, Impulse

Deterrent, Disincentive Tax incentives have been offered to attract industry to the region.
Laudable Deserving praise and commendation;

Praiseworthy, Commendable, Admirable, Meritorious, Worthy, Deserving, Creditable

Blameworthy, Shameful The recycling programme is laudable, but does it save much money?
Piecemeal Characterized by unsystematic partial measures taken over a period of time;

A Little at a time, Piece by piece, Bit by bit, Gradually, Slowly

Sudden, Steep The village is slowly being killed off by piecemeal development.
Resuscitate Revive someone from unconsciousness or apparent death;

Make something active or vigorous again;

Revive, Resurrect, Restore, Regenerate, Revitalize

Extinguish, Kill, Quench, Suppress The patient stopped breathing but doctors were able to resuscitate him.
Spooked Frighten, Unnerve;

Souls, spirits & ghosts

  The film was dreadful – all spooks and vampires.
Stimulus A thing that arouses activity or energy in someone or something;

A spur or incentive;

Stimulant, Encouragement, Impetus, Boost, Prompt, Prod, Incentive, Inducement

Counter-incentive, Disincentive Foreign investment has been a stimulus to the industry.
Transparency The condition of being Transparent;

Translucency, Lucidity, Pellucidity, Limpidness, Limpidity, Glassiness, Liquidity

Opacity, Cloudiness, Obscurity, Ambiguity, Secrecy We need to strike a balance between the need for transparency and respect for individual privacy.
Unhampered Not impeded or encumbered;

Unbounded, Unbridled, Unchecked, Uncontrolled, Unhindered, Unrestrained

Bridled, Checked, Constrained, Controlled, Curbed, Governed, Hampered A midday picnic for the school’s seniors across the street also continued unhampered.
Yearning A feeling of intense longing for something;

Longing, Pining, Craving, Desire, Want, Wish, Hankering, Urge, Need, Hunger

Apathy, Indifference, Insouciance, Nonchalance, Unconcern I suppose it’s because I live in a city that I have this yearning for open spaces.


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