The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Words – 13 January 2020

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The Hindu – Daily Vocabulary Words 13 January 2020


Meanings & Synonyms



Abdicate Renounce one’s throne.

Resign, Retire, Quit, stand down, step down, Bow out

Fail to fulfil or undertake a responsibility or duty.

Disown, turn down, spurn, Reject, Renounce, Give up

Be crowned, Accede to


King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in 1936.

She abdicated all responsibility for the project.

Anticipate Regard as probable; Expect or predict.

Foresee, Predict, think likely, Forecast, Prophesy

Doubt, be amazed, be surprised, Be unready We don’t anticipate any problems during the construction.
Caveat A warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.

Caution, Admonition, Monition, Red flag, Alarm bells

Injudiciousness, Inattentiveness, Incaution He agreed to the interview, with the caveat that he could approve the final article.
Cognizable Perceptible.

Clearly identifiable.

Susceptible to the jurisdiction of a court

Unknowable, Not knowable, Transcendent In such circumstances, a claim may be cognizable under Article 3 which would fail under the Convention on Refugees.
Confrontation A hostile or argumentative situation or meeting between opposing parties.

Conflict, Clash, Brush, Fight, Battle, Contest, Encounter

Agreement, Calm, Peace


Some couples seem to like confrontation, but Josh and I hardly ever argue.
Egregious Outstandingly bad; Shocking, Appalling, Horrific, Horrifying, Horrible, Terrible Marvellous It was an egregious error for a statesman to show such ignorance.
Ominous Giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen.

Threateningly Inauspicious., Menacing, Baleful, Forbidding, Sinister, Doomy

Promising, Auspicious, Propitious


There were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead.
Retaliation The action of returning a military attack; Counterattack, Revenge, Vengeance, Reprisal, Retribution, Requital, Recrimination Pardon, Condonation, Forgiveness, Remission The demonstrators threw rocks at the police, who retaliated by firing blanks into the crowd.
Spike A sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration of something. Diminish, Decrease, Dwindle, Lower, Reduce, Weaken


If price spikes continue, people will not be able to afford the new houses they want.
Tragic Causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow.

Disastrous, Calamitous, Catastrophic, Cataclysmic, Devastating

Fortunate, Lucky


His friends were deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of his death.
Veered Change direction suddenly.


Straighten, keep to, Retain, Stay, Endure, Remain, Continue All of a sudden, the car veered off the road.


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