The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Words – 30 January 2020

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The Hindu – Daily Vocabulary Words 30 January 2020


Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms


Annex To add to something earlier, larger, or more important.

To attach as a quality, consequence, or condition.

To incorporate a country or other territory within the domain of a state.

Add, Adjoin, Append, Subjoin

Abate, Bate, Deduct, Knock off, Remove, Subtract, Take Off


The U.S. annexed Texas in 1845.
Asymptomatic Presenting no symptoms of disease. Ill, Unfit, Unhealthy Six months later, the astronaut was still asymptomatic.
Dictate State or order authoritatively.

Order, Command, Decree, Edict, Rule, Ruling, Ordinance

Request The rules dictate that only running shoes must be worn on the track.
Dither Be indecisive.

Hesitate, Falter, Waver, Teeter, Vacillate, Oscillate

Decide, Budge, Stir, Advance, Continue She’s still dithering over whether to accept the job she’s just been offered.
Imperative Of vital importance; Crucial. Unimportant, Optional The president said it was imperative that the release of all hostages be secured.
Impractical Not adapted for use or action.

Not sensible or realistic.

Unrealistic, Unworkable, Unfeasible, Non-viable, Impracticable

Practical, Sensible


He was a dreamy and impractical young man.
Retroactively If a law or decision, etc. is retroactive, it has effect from a date before it was approved.


  The courts cannot apply a new rule retroactively.
Succour Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.

Give assistance or aid to.

Distress, Oppress, Maltreat, Injure, Thwart, Burden Her organization gave succour and strength to those who had been emotionally damaged.
Tamper Interfere with something in order to cause damage or make unauthorized alterations.

Interfere, Monkey around, Meddle, Tinker, Fiddle

Non-interference Tampering with pipelines could result in ruptures or fires.

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