The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Words – 8 January 2020

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The Hindu – Daily Vocabulary Words 8 January 2020


Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage


Loyalty or commitment to a superior or to a group or cause;

Faithfulness, Fidelity, Obedience, Fealty, Adherence

Disloyalty, Treachery


In many American schools, the students pledge allegiance to the flag at the beginning of the school day.
Anachronism An error in chronology; a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other;


Synchronic, Synchronous For some people, marriage is an anachronism from the days when women needed to be protected.
Boggle Person or their mind be astonished or baffled when trying to imagine something;

Astound, Amaze, Fill with amazement, Overwhelm, Shock, Startle, Fill with wonder, Flabbergast, Bowl over

Ameliorate, Better, Enhance, Help, Improve


My mind boggles at the amount of money they spend on food.
Brevity Concise and exact use of words in writing or speech;

Conciseness, Concision, Succinctness, Economy of language, Shortness, Briefness

Long-windedness, Verbosity


The staff will edit manuscripts with a view to brevity and clarity.
Dichotomy A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different;

Division, Separation, Divorce, Split, Gulf, Chasm

Similarity, Alikeness, Correspondence, Likeness


There is often a dichotomy between what politicians say and what they do.
Dwindle Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength;

Diminish, Decrease, Reduce, get smaller, become smaller, Grow smaller

Increase, Flourish


The community has dwindled to a tenth of its former size in the last two years.
Inevitable Certain to happen; Unavoidable, Inescapable, bound to happen, Sure to happen Avoidable, Uncertain


The accident was the inevitable consequence of carelessness.
Paucity The presence of something in only small or insufficient quantities or amounts;

Scarcity, Sparseness, Sparsity, Dearth, Shortage, Rarity

Abundance, Amplitude, Opulence, Plenitude



There is a paucity of information on the ingredients of many cosmetics.
Raucous Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise;

Strident, Screeching, Squawky, Squawking, Sharp

Soft, Dulcet, Peaceful, Quiet, Restrained


I heard the raucous call of the crows.
Referendum A general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision;

Public vote, Plebiscite, Popular vote, Ballot, Poll

  Is it more democratic to hold a referendum, rather than let the government alone decide?
Tussle A vigorous struggle or scuffle, typically in order to obtain or achieve something;

Scuffle, Fight, Struggle, Skirmish, Brawl, Scrimmage

Agreement, Harmony, Peace, Accord


The suspect was arrested after a tussle with a security guard.
Wily Skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully;

Shrewd, Clever, Sharp, Sharp-witted, Astute, Canny, Smart

Naive, Guileless


She turned out to be a wily negotiator.

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