The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Words – 14 January 2020

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The Hindu – Daily Vocabulary Words 14 January 2020


Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms


Accentuates Make more noticeable or prominent.

Focus attention on, draw attention to, Point up, Underline

Mask, Divert attention from


The new policy only serves to accentuate the inadequacy of help for the homeless.
Combativeness An inclination to fight or quarrel.

Aggression, Aggressiveness, Bellicosity, Belligerence




The boxer was known more for his unbridled combativeness than for his technical skill.
Discriminatory Making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

Prejudicial, Biased, Prejudiced, Preferential, Unfair, Unjust, Invidious

Impartial, Fair


Business leaders must take a stand against discriminatory practices.
Disparage Regard or represent as being of little worth.

Belittle, Denigrate, Deprecate, Depreciate, Downgrade, Play down

Praise, Overrate, Complimentary


He never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors.
Extrapolation The action of estimating or concluding something by assuming that existing trends will continue or a current method will remain applicable.

Conclude, Decide, Deduce, Derive, Gather, Infer

Interpolate You can’t really extrapolate a trend from such a small sample.
Inadequate Lacking the quality or quantity required; insufficient for a purpose.

Insufficient, Not enough, Deficient, Poor, Scant, Scanty

Adequate, Sufficient, Competent


This work is woefully inadequate – you’ll have to do it again.
Latched on To associate oneself intimately and often artfully.

Grab, Hog, Hold

Free, Let go, Lose, Release, Surrender, Yield, Abandon, Forsake, Dispossess As a prize is unwrapped, everyone’s eyes latch on to what’s inside to store that gift in their memory bank for later.
Misinterpret Interpret something or someone wrongly.

Misunderstand, Misconceive, Misconstrue, Misapprehend, Mistake

Clarify, Explain, Illuminate, Illustrate, Interpret


My speech has been misinterpreted by the press.
Misleading Giving the wrong idea or impression.

Deceptive, Confusing, Deceiving, Equivocal, Ambiguous

Accurate, Correct, Frank, Honest, Right, Sincere, Straight, Truthful This is a very crude and misleading way of describing ancient science.
Unfounded Having no foundation or basis in fact.

Groundless, Baseless, Unsubstantiated, Unproven, Unsupported

Well-founded, Proven, Substantiated


Her fear that she had cancer was unfounded.
Zealous Having or showing zeal.

Fervent, Ardent, Fervid, Fiery, Passionate, Impassioned

Apathetic, Indifferent


The council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations.

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