The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Words – 28 January 2020

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The Hindu – Daily Vocabulary Words 28 January 2020


Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms


Antecedents A thing that existed before or logically precedes another.

Precursor, Forerunner, Predecessor



Some antecedents to the African novel might exist in Africa’s oral traditions.
Bicameral Government having, consisting of or based on two legislative chambers.

Bicameral system, also called bicameralism, a system of government in which the legislature comprises two houses.

  During the colonial period and the early years of statehood, the legislature was composed of one house, but the bicameral system was adopted in the constitution of 1790.
Defamation The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.

Character assassination,

Defamation of character

Commendation She sued him for defamation.
Expediency The quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience.

Convenience, Advantage, Advantageousness, Usefulness, Utility






The expediency of such a plan is questionable.
Grievance A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment.

A feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair.

Complaint, Criticism, Objection, Protestation, Charge, Protest

Delight, Happiness, Joy

Advantage, Aid, Assistance, Benefit, Blessing, Comfort


A special committee has been appointed to handle prisoners’ grievances.
Lackadaisical Lacking enthusiasm and determination; Carelessly, Lazy, Lax

Unenthusiastic, Half-Hearted, Uninterested

Enthusiastic, Excited, Ambitious, Animated, Energetic, Enterprising, Motivated The food was nice enough, but the service was somewhat lackadaisical.
Patronage The support given to an organization by someone.

 The power to give someone an important job or advantages in exchange for help or support

Aegis, Auspices, Backing, Encouragement, Financing, Sponsorship

Opposition, Antagonism The charity enjoys the patronage of many prominent local businesspeople.


Provocation Action or speech that makes someone angry, especially deliberately.

Goading, Prodding, egging on, Incitement, Rousing, Stirring

Subduing, Counterincentive, Disincentive



You should remain calm and not respond to provocation.
Status quo The existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues.

Normalcy, Normality

Abnormality He is content with the status quo and does not like change.

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