The Hindu Vocabulary PDF Download – Daily Vocabulary & Monthly PDF 2021

The Hindu newspaper is treated as the Bible by the various exam aspirants be it Bank Exam aspirants, SSC aspirants, or UPSC aspirants. Reading the editorial section of the newspaper daily has two-fold benefits: (a) It gives the editor’s views on the latest happenings in India and the world, (b) It also helps enhance English vocabulary.

In this blog of “The Hindu Vocabulary PDF Download 2021”, we have come up with a list of difficult words taken from the Hindu Editorials, their meanings, synonyms, antonyms, and the correct usage of the words. Read along to understand it better. 

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Daily Vocabulary 2021

Daily Vocabulary – 14 & 15 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Stringent Very strict.

Hard-line, Inflexible, Rigid, Rigorous

Flexible, Lax, Loose, Relaxed, Slack The most stringent laws in the world are useless unless there is the will to enforce them.
Deter To make somebody decide not to do something, especially by telling him/her that it would have bad results.

Discourage, Dissuade, Inhibit

Encourage, Persuade Debate continues over whether higher minimum wages will deter employers from hiring.
Fugitive A person who is running away or escaping.

Elusive, Evasive, Slippery

Thousands of fugitives are fleeing from the war-torn area.
Acrimony Angry and bitter feelings or words.

Bitterness, Rancour, Resentment

Gentleness, Kindliness She responded with such acrimony that he never brought the subject up again.
Sabotage Deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.

Wreck, Vandalize, Destroy, Obstruct

Build Officials have not yet ruled out sabotage as a possible cause of the crash.

Daily Vocabulary – 13 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Contest A competition to do better than other people, usually in which prizes are given.

Challenge, Dispute

Accept, Believe, Embrace, Swallow She’s won a lot of beauty contests.
Laudable An action, idea, or aim) deserving praise and commendation.

Praiseworthy, Commendable, Admirable, Meritorious, Worthy

Blameworthy, Shameful Improving schools is a laudable goal.
Disconcerting Disturb the composure of; unsettle.

Unsettle, Nonplus, Discomfit

Reassure The whole experience had disconcerted him.
Infirmity Physical or mental weakness.

Frailty, Weakness, Delicacy, Fragility

Strength, Certainty In recent years she has had to reduce her schedule because of age and infirmity.
Sanguine Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

Optimistic, Bullish, Hopeful, Buoyant, Positive

Pessimistic, Gloomy They are less sanguine about the prospects for peace.
Repeal Revoke or annul (a law or act of parliament).

Revoke, Rescind, Cancel, Reverse, Abrogate

Introduce, Enact, Ratify Twenty-nine senators said they opposed the repeal of the death penalty.
Legitimate Conforming to the law or to rules.

Legal, Lawful, Licit

Illegal, Illegitimate The army must give power back to the legitimate government.
Loggerhead To strongly disagree with someone.


In Agreement The party is at loggerheads with the president over public spending.

Daily Vocabulary – 12 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Upend Set or turn (something) on its end or upside down.

Conquer, Defeat, Overbear, Subdue

Lose to He upended the bicycle to fix its flat tire.
Tread Walk in a specified way.

Ambulate, foot it, hoof it, pad, step

Before the days of automation, they used to tread grapes to make wine.
Irrevocable Not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.

Irreversible, Irremediable, Irreparable

Reversible, Temporary The court’s ruling is irrevocable.
Exacerbate Make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.

Aggravate, Worsen, Inflame, Compound, Intensify

Calm, Reduce This attack will exacerbate the already tense relations between the two communities.
Semblance The outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.

Appearance, Approximation, Show

Unlikeness, Disparity, Difference, Contrariety, Dissimilitude She tried to project some semblance of confidence even though public speaking terrified her.
Reconciliation The restoration of friendly relations.

Reuniting, Reunion, Conciliation

Estrangement, Alienation, Feud, Incompatibility It took hours of negotiations to bring about a reconciliation between the two sides.
Folly Lack of good sense; foolishness.

Evil, Wickedness

She said that the idea was folly.
Coercion The practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

Force, Compulsion, Constraint, Duress, Oppression, Enforcement

Persuasion He claimed the police had used coercion, threats, and promises to obtain the statement illegally.

Daily Vocabulary – 11 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Bolster Support or strengthen.

Reinforce, Boost, Fortify

Undermine More money is needed to bolster the industry.
Efficacy The ability to produce a desired or intended result.

Effectiveness, Success

Inefficacy They recently ran a series of tests to measure the efficacy of the drug.
Placebo A placebo is anything that seems to be a “real” medical treatment — but isn’t. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of “fake” treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health. She was only given a placebo, but she claimed she got better – that’s the placebo effect.
Underlying Significant as a cause or basis of something but not necessarily manifest or obvious.

Basic, Fundamental, Implicit

Advanced And what might be the underlying significance of these supposedly random acts?
Muster A formal gathering of troops, especially for inspection, display, or exercise.
Assembly, Rally, Meeting, Convocation
Demobilize Considering the muster of suggestions that were submitted for “word of the year”.
Perfunctory An action carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort.

Cursory, Desultory, Quick, Brief, Hasty

Careful, Thorough His smile was perfunctory.
Aggravate Make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious. Alleviate They’re afraid that we might aggravate an already bad situation.
Implicate Show (someone) to be involved in a crime.

Incriminate, Compromise, Involve, Connect, Embroil

Absolve He was implicated in a price-fixing scandal.

Daily Vocabulary – 8 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Incitement The act of encouraging someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent.

Instigate, Abet, Foment

Dissuade, Deter There are laws against incitement of racial hatred.
Bipartisan Supported by or involving two political parties. Partisan. Moreover, the reform enjoyed bipartisan support in most states.
Consensus Agreement among a group of people.


Conflict, Disagreement, Dissensus Despite years of debate over the best wine to serve at Thanksgiving, no real consensus has emerged.
Evident Clear (to the eye or mind); obvious.

Apparent, Assumed, Ostensible

Unnoticeable The full extent of the damage only became evident the following morning.
Reconvene Convene or cause to convene again, especially after a pause in proceedings. The board will reconvene at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Tantamount Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

As good as, On par with, Along the lines of

Unequal They see any criticism of the President as tantamount to treason.
Viciousness Deliberate cruelty or violence.

Aggressive, Angry behaviour, Malicious, Spiteful

Light, Moderate, Soft We weren’t prepared for the ferocity and viciousness of the attack.
Moribund Of a thing in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigour.

Declining, Waning, Dying, Stagnating

Flourishing The peace talks are moribund.


Daily Vocabulary – 7 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Accord Give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition).

Give, Grant, Tender

Be harmonious or consistent with

Correspond, Agree, Tally

Disagree, Contrast He was accorded certain favors because of his age.
Indelibly In a way that cannot be removed or forgotten.

Memorable, Unforgettable

Forgettable The blood had left an indelible mark on her shirt.
Infirmity Physical or mental weakness.

Frailty, Weakness

Strength, Certainty In recent years she has had to reduce her schedule because of age and infirmity.
Edifice A system that has been established for a long time. It looks as if the whole political edifice of the country is about to collapse.
Accountability The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.

Liability, Answerability, Reporting

Unaccountability Public officials are lacking accountability.
Restraint A measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control.

Unemotional, Dispassionate or moderate behaviour, self-control

Abandon, Forwardness He showed admirable restraint and refused to be provoked.
Germane Relevant to a subject under consideration.

Relevant, Pertinent, Applicable, Apposite

Irrelevant Her remarks could not have been more germane to the discussion.
Extravagance Lack of restraint in spending money or using resources.

Profligacy, Luxury, Indulgence, Comfort

Necessity I think she was shocked by my extravagance.
Ameliorate Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

Improve, Better, Enhance

Worsen Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought.
Anxiety A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Concern, Apprehension, Consternation

Calmness, Serenity The housekeeper has eager anxiety to please everyone.


Daily Vocabulary – 6 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Moribund Being in the state of dying: approaching death.

Being in the state of inactivity or obsolescence.


Lively The peace talks are moribund.
Underscore To make evident: emphasize, stress arrived early to underscore the importance of the occasion.

Underline, Accentuate, Stress

De-emphasize These failures underscore the difficulty of what we’re attempting to do.
Distraught Extremely sad and upset.

Agitated, Delirious, Frantic, Hysterical

Collected, Composed, recollected, Self-collected, Self-composed, Self-possessed, Unhysterical The missing child’s distraught parents made an emotional appeal for information on TV.
Alacrity Brisk and cheerful readiness.

Eagerness, Willingness, Readiness, Enthusiasm

Apathy She accepted the money with alacrity.
Deterrence The action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.

Disincentive, Hindrance, Obstacle

Assistant, Encouragement The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.
Deplorable Deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.

Disgraceful, Shameful, Dishonourable, Disreputable, Discreditable

Admirable They are forced to live in deplorable conditions.
Impel Drive, force, or urge (someone) to do something.

Force, Compel, Constrain, Oblige, Propel

I wonder what it is that impels him to exercise all the time.
Predominant Present as the strongest or main element.

Main, Chief, Principal

Last, Least Research forms the predominant part of my job.


Daily Vocabulary – 5 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Scepticism A sceptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something.

Doubt, Disbelief, Cynicism, Mistrust

Conviction, Belief, Faith There is growing scepticism about donations to charities and what they do with the money.
Reprieve Cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, especially someone condemned to death).

Pardon, Spare, Acquit

Charge, Punish He was sentenced to death but was granted a last-minute reprieve.
Disrupt Interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.

Hamper, Impede, Derange, Disarrange

Organize, Arrange Heavy snow disrupted travel into the city this morning.
Undermine Lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously.

Subvert, Sabotage, Threaten, Weaken, Compromise, Diminish

Enhance, Improve, Strengthen The president has accused two cabinet members of working secretly to undermine his position.
Encroach Advance gradually beyond usual or acceptable limits.

Intrude, Trespass, Impinge

The suburbs encroach further into the rural areas each year.
Convene Come or bring together for a meeting or activity; assemble.

Summon, Call, Order, Convoke

Disperse The prime minister convened (a meeting of) his cabinet to discuss the matter.
Resolution A firm decision to do or not to do something.

Intention, Resolve, Decision, Intent

Irresolution The United Nations passed a resolution to increase aid to developing nations.
Substantive Having a firm basis in reality and so important, meaningful, or considerable.

Considerable, Major

Inconsequential, Inconsiderable, Insignificant, Insubstantial, Negligible, Nominal Substantive research on the subject needs to be carried out.
Arbitrarily On the basis of random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.

Dictatorial, Imperious, Peremptory

Did you have a reason for choosing your destination or was it arbitrary?

Daily Vocabulary – 1 & 4 January 2021

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Opacity The quality of being obscure in meaning.


The quality of lacking transparency

Clarity He believes the opacity of traditional property reporting has put off investors.
Gamble Take risky action in the hope of a desired result.

Take a chance, take a risk

Sure thing It was a gamble using such an inexperienced director, but it paid off.
Tortuous Excessively lengthy and complex.

Convoluted, Roundabout

Full of twists & turns.

Twisting, Winding, Curving, Bending, Sinuous

Straight, Straightforward His so-called shortcut turned out to be tortuous and slow.
Scramble To move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using your hands to help you.

To compete with other people for something there is very little of.

People are scrambling to buy a property before prices rise even further.
Recessionary Relating to a period, usually at least six months, of low economic activity, when investments lose value, businesses fail, and people lose their jobs.


Inflationary They can handle the problems of slower growth or even a recessionary environment.
Reckon Consider or regard in a specified way.

Consider, Judge, View

Establish by calculation.

Calculate, Compute

Miscompute, Miscalculate, Misestimate, Misreckon I reckon it’s going to rain.
Deteriorate Become progressively worse.

Worsen, Decline, Degenerate, Decay

Improve She was taken into hospital last week when her condition suddenly deteriorated.
Aggravate Make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious.


Alleviate Attempts to restrict parking in the city center have further aggravated the problem of traffic congestion.

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