The Hindu Vocabulary PDF Download – Daily Vocabulary & Monthly PDF 2020

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 2020”, 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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1. The Hindu Vocabulary PDF Download – August 2020

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Daily Vocabulary – 21 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Contempt The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration.

Scorn, Disdain, Disrespect

Respect This action displays an arrogant contempt for the wishes of the majority.
Frivolous Not having any serious purpose or value.

Flippant, Glib, Waggish, Joking

Serious, Practical, Important I feel like doing something completely frivolous today.
Sledgehammer Used to describe a way of behaving that is too forceful. They accused the prime minister of using sledgehammer tactics.
Propriety Conformity to conventionally accepted standards of behaviour or morals.

Decorum, Respectability, Decency, Correctness

Impropriety, Indecorum He always behaved with the utmost propriety.
Unwarranted Not justified or authorized.

Unjustified, Unjustifiable

Justified, Permitted, Legal I am sure your fears are unwarranted.
Exuberance The quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness; ebullience.

Buoyancy, Cheerfulness

Gloom, Meagreness One thing that stands out is her exuberance and zest for life.
Apposite Apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

Appropriate, Suitable, Fitting

Inappropriate The film starts in a graveyard, an apposite image for the decaying society which is the theme of the film.
Unbridled Uncontrolled; Unconstrained.


Restrained, Controlled The crowd was swept with unbridled enthusiasm.
Aspersions An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something.

Vilification, Denigration, Defamation

Adulation, Commendation, Flattery Aspersions were cast on their assimilation, patriotism and loyalty, suddenly causing them to feel alien in their own milieu.
Deterring Discourage (someone) from doing something by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.


Encourage Only a health problem would deter him from seeking re-election.


Daily Vocabulary – 18 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Gestation The development of something over a period of time.

Development, Origination, Drafting, Formation, Evolution

The project had a very long gestation period.
Efficacious Something inanimate or abstract) successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective.

Effective, Successful, Effectual, Productive

Inefficacious Similar approaches might be efficacious with respect to insect pests of agriculture.
Scrupulously A person or process) careful, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.

Careful, Meticulous, Painstaking

Careless, Slapdash The research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail.
Vigilant Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.

Watchful, Observant, Sharp-eyed

Negligent, Inattentive Following the bomb scare at the airport, the staff have been warned to be extra vigilant.
Minuscule Extremely small; tiny, Minute, Microscopic Vast, Huge All she gave him to eat was two minuscule pieces of toast.
Anachronism An error in chronology.


Fresh, New For some people, marriage is an anachronism from the days when women needed to be protected.
Equitable Fair and impartial.

Fair, Just

Inequitable, Unfair She charged that women are being denied equitable pay.
Dampen Make less strong or intense.

Lessen, Diminish, Reduce

Heighten I didn’t want to dampen his spirits.
Unprecedented Never done or known before.

Unparalleled, Unrivalled

Normal, Common The government took the unprecedented step of releasing confidential correspondence.


Daily Vocabulary – 17 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Omnibus Of, relating to, or providing for many things at once.

All-embracing, All-inclusive

Incomprehensive, Noncomprehensive This is an omnibus edition of his more popular stories.
Prejudice Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Preconception, Bias

Impartiality, Neutrality, Objectivity, Open-mindedness, Unbiasedness Laws against racial prejudice must be strictly enforced.
Fraught A situation or course of action) filled with or likely to result in (something undesirable).

Laden, Anxious, Worried, Upset, Distraught

Calm The paper was poorly researched and is fraught with errors.
Censorship The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.

Restriction, Suppression

Approval, Encouragement They oppose government censorship.
Vilification Abusively disparaging speech or writing.

Condemnation, Criticism, Censure, Denunciation

Praise He has had to suffer public vilification during the past 24 hours.
Detriment The state of being harmed or damaged.

Harm, Damage, Injury, Impairment, Loss

Benefit, Good Are you sure that I can follow this diet without detriment to my health?


Daily Vocabulary – 16 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Contempt The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration.
Scorn, Disdain, Disrespect
Respect Pam stared at the girl with total contempt.
Innocuous Not harmful or offensive.
Harmless, Safe, Non-toxic, Non-dangerous
Harmful, Obnoxious Some mushrooms look innocuous but are in fact poisonous.
Wade Intervene in (something) or attack (someone) vigorously or forcefully.
Attack, Set upon, Assault
Persuade Even when she knows nothing about it, she wades in with her opinion.
Anguish Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.
Agony, Pain, Torment, Torture, Suffering, Distress, Angst
Happiness, Contentment She shut her eyes in anguish.
Petulant A person or their manner childishly sulky or bad-tempered.
Peevish, Bad-tempered, Pettish, Impatient
Good-humoured, Easy-going, Affable He plays the part of a petulant young man in the film.
Alacrity Brisk and cheerful readiness.
Eagerness, Willingness, Readiness, Enthusiasm, Ardour
Apathy She accepted the money with alacrity.
Hostile Showing or feeling opposition or dislike; unfriendly.
Antagonistic, Aggressive, Confrontational, Belligerent
Friendly, Mild The company has managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid.
Tantalising Torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.
Tease, Torment, Torture
Gratify, Satisfy Such ambitious questions have long tantalised the world’s best thinkers”
Stubborn Having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so.
Obstinate, Mulish, Headstrong, Wilful
Compliant, Docile He was famed for his stubborn resistance and his refusal to accept defeat.


Daily Vocabulary – 14 & 15 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
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.
Forebode A situation or occurrence acting as an advance warning of something bad.

Presage, Augur, Portend, Prognosticate, Foreshadow

The illustrations of these ecological tragedies are foreboding but oddly serene, and the message is simple: don’t litter, recycle plant trees.
Indomitable Impossible to subdue or defeat.

Invincible, Unconquerable, Unbeatable, Unassailable

Submissive, Weak An indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigours of pioneer life.
Persistent Continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Tenacious, Persevering, Determined, Resolute

Irresolute Symptoms of the illness include a high temperature and a persistent dry cough.
Sequestered A place isolated and hidden away.

Secluded, Cloistered, Concealed

Busy, Central, Public A growing forest sequesters carbon and gives off oxygen.
Marketable Able or fit to be sold or marketed.

Saleable, Merchantable

Nonsalable, Unmarketable, Unsalable, Unsellable I realized that the birdhouses he enjoyed making were marketable and began selling them at craft fairs.


Daily Vocabulary – 10 & 11 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Reluctant Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined.


Willing, Eager, Ready Today, many ordinary people are still reluctant to talk about politics.
Albeit Though, Although, Notwithstanding He was making progress, albeit rather slowly.
Discretionary Available for use at the discretion of
the user.Optional, Non-compulsory, Voluntary
Compulsory, Obligatory Once your kids have discretionary the money of their own, they can pay for their own DVDs.
Dismal Causing a mood of gloom or
depression.Dingy, Dim, Gloomy, Mournful
Cheerful He shuddered as he watched his
team’s dismal performance.
Solitary Done or existing alone.

Lonely, Unaccompanied

Sociable I live a pretty solitary life.
Anticipation The action of anticipating something;
expectation or prediction.Expectation, Prediction, Forecast
The postponement of the film’s sequel has held cinemagoers in eager anticipation for several months.
Glimmer Shine faintly with a wavering light.

Gleam, Flicker, Shimmer

Blackness, Dark,
Darkness, Dimness,
Dusk, Gloom
Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn.
Expedite Make (an action or process) happen
sooner or be accomplished more
quickly.Speed up, Accelerate, Hurry, Hasten
Delay, Hinder Something needs to be done to
expedite the process.
Transgressions an act that goes against a law, rule,
or code of conduct; an offence.Offence, Crime, Wrong,
Obedience Adolescence is a period marked by a fascination with the transgression of rules.
Discordant Disagreeing or incongruous.


The singers continued their
discordant chanting.
Veneer Something that hides something
unpleasant or unwanted.Exterior, Face, Skin, Surface
Inside, Interior His ethics are pure veneer.


Daily Vocabulary – 9 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Huddle Crowd together; nestle closely.

Gather, Throng, Flock, Herd

Disperse It was so cold that we huddled together for warmth.
Deliberate Done consciously and intentionally.

Intentional, Calculated. Conscious, Intended

Accidental, Unintentional We made a deliberate decision to live apart for a while.
Modalities A particular way of doing or experiencing something.

Method, Process, Style, Procedure

A variety of modalities of communication can be used to transmit health warnings to the public.
Facade A deceptive outward appearance.

Front, Frontage, Face

Back, Rear, Rearward, Reverse He kept his hostility hidden behind a friendly façade.
Aggrandizement An increase in power or importance.

Enlarge, Elevate

Abase, Degrade, Demean, Humble, Humiliate He gives a lot of money to charity, but personal aggrandizement/self-aggrandizement is his motive.
Attenuation The reduction of the force, effect, or value of something.

Depreciate, Devalue, Downgrade

Appreciate, Enhance, Mark up, Upgrade Sound can travel thousands of kilometres in this planar acoustic waveguide with little attenuation.
Imperative Of vital importance; crucial.

Vital, Crucial, Peremptory, Commanding, Imperious

Submissive The president said it was imperative that the release of all hostages be secured.
Astronomical Extremely large.

Huge, Enormous, Prodigious

Insignificant, Small The cost of the office building was astronomical.


Daily Vocabulary – 4, 7 & 8 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Nuanced Characterized by subtle shades of meaning or expression.

A subtle distinction or variation.


Made or done with extreme care & accuracy

Incautious, Obvious, Indifferent.

Apparent, Clear

Needless to say, this is not a movie built of nuance.
Validate Check or prove the validity or accuracy of.

Ratify, Endorse, Confirm

Invalidate, Reject, Revoke A judge still needs to validate the election.
Discretionary Available for use at the discretion of the user.

Optional, Non-compulsory, Voluntary

Compulsory, Obligatory Judges have great discretionary powers.
Sword of Damocles Impending disaster The likelihood of lay-offs has been a sword of Damocles over the department for months.
Fervour Intense and passionate feeling.

Passion, Ardour, Intensity, Zeal

Apathy The country was swept by patriotic fervour.
Unenviable Difficult, undesirable, or unpleasant.

Disagreeable, Unpleasant, Undesirable, Difficult

Enviable, Desirable I had the unenviable task of cleaning up after the party.
Imminent About to happen.

Impending, At hand, Close, Near, Approaching

Remote They were in imminent danger of being swept away by the storm.
Abjure Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim.

Renounce, Relinquish, Reject, Forgo

Adhere to She abjured her old beliefs.
Alleviate Make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.

Reduce, Ease, Relieve

Aggravate He couldn’t prevent her pain, only alleviate it.
Reticence The quality of being reticent; reserve.

Introversion, Inhibition, Diffidence, Shyness, Reluctance

Inclination, Willingness Most of the students were reticent about answering questions.
Surmise Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.

Guess, Conjecture, Suspect, Deduce, Infer

Know for sure The police surmise (that) the robbers have fled the country.
Contention Heated disagreement.

Dispute, Argument, Variance

Agreement He has taken himself out of contention for the directorship.
Alliance A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations.

Association, Union, Treaty, Association

Separation Some of us feel that the union is in alliance with management against us.


Daily Vocabulary – 3 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Existential Relating to existence.

Empirical, Experiential, Experimental, Objective

Non-empirical, theoretical (also theoretic), Unempirical child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim believed that fairy tales help children cope with their existential anxieties and dilemmas.
Quash Reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure.

Cancel, Reverse, Rescind, Repeal

Validate, His conviction was quashed in March 1986 after his counsel argued that the police evidence was all lies.
Exemplar A person or thing serving as a typical example or appropriate model.

Epitome, Model, Paragon, Ideal

He is an exemplar of this new breed of politician.
Unravelled To disengage or separate the threads of.


Entangle, Snarl, Tangle It seems to speak of a fatal flaw in the system of punishment that unravelled the whole.
Exacerbate Make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.

Aggravate, Worsen, Inflame, Compound

Calm, Reduce This attack will exacerbate the already tense relations between the two communities.
Tenuous Very weak or slight.

Insubstantial, Flimsy, Negligible, Weak

Convincing, Substantial, Strong The police have only found a tenuous connection between the two robberies.
Undershoot To fail to achieve a particular result.

Botch, Fall short

Achieve City Manager Jim Thompson stressed the importance of not undershooting revenue projections.
Specious Superficially plausible, but actually wrong.

Misleading, Deceptive, False, Sophistic

Aboveboard, Forthright, Non-deceptive, Straightforward His whole argument is specious.
Impasse A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.

Deadlock, Stalemate, Standstill

Solution, Breakthrough The impasse over Covid-19 legislation is a policy failure with constitutional implications.
Dissent The holding or expression of opinions at variance with those commonly or officially held.

Disagreement, Argument

Agreement, Acceptance Two members dissented from the majority.
Malefic Causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.

Baleful, Malicious

Beneficent. She was hypnotized by the spider’s malefic eyes.
Scathing Witheringly scornful; severely critical.

Devastating, Withering, Blistering

Mild, Gentle, Complimentary She launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister.
Inflammatory Arousing or intended to arouse angry or violent feelings.

Provocative, Provoking, Inflaming, Incendiary

Uncontroversial The men were using inflammatory language/making inflammatory remarks about the other team’s supporters.
Strenuous Requiring or using great effort or exertion.

Arduous, Difficult, Hard, Taxing

Easy, Effortless, Feeble The government made strenuous efforts to upgrade the quality of the teaching profession.
Propensity An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.

Tendency, Inclination, Predisposition

Antipathy, Aversion, Detestation, Disgust He’s well-known for his natural propensity for indiscretion.
Absolve Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.

Exonerate, Discharge, Acquit, Exculpate

Blame, Condemn, Punish The pardon absolved them of any crimes.


Daily Vocabulary – 2 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Abjure Solemnly renounce a belief, cause, or claim.

Renounce, Relinquish, Reject, Forgo, Forswear

Adhere They are a strict religious sect that abjures the luxuries, comforts, and conveniences of the modern world.
Omnibus Of, relating to, or providing for many things at once.

All-embracing, All-inclusive

A volume containing several books previously published separately.

The president’s state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting.
Forsake Abandon or leave.

Desert, Leave, Quit, Renounce, Give up

Stay with Forsaking most of our possessions, we evacuated just before the hurricane struck.
Vaunted Praised or boasted about, especially in an excessive way.

Acclaim, Esteem, Revere, Extol, Celebrate

Criticized, Unsung His (much) vaunted new plan has been shown to have serious weaknesses.
Stature Importance or reputation gained by ability or achievement.

Reputation, Repute, Status, Position

The university has grown in stature during her time as president.
Emphatic Expressing something forcibly and clearly.

Vehement, Firm, Wholehearted, Forceful

Hesitant, Tentative The children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience.
Embroiled Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.

Involve, Entangle, Ensnare, Enmesh

Extricate, Separate, Remove, Arrange, Compose, Pacify The United Nations was reluctant to get its forces embroiled in the civil war.


Daily Vocabulary – 1 September 2020

Words Meanings & Synonyms Antonyms Usage
Solace Comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness.

Cheer, Support, Relief, Allay, Soothe

Distress, Torment, Torture, Trouble When his wife left him, he found solace in the bottle.
Contempt The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration.

Scorn, Disdain, Disrespect

Respect This action displays an arrogant contempt for the wishes of the majority.
Grave Seriously bad.

A grave situation

Trivial, Carefree, Cheerful It was the gravest political crisis of his career.
Insinuations An unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad.

Implication, Inference, Suggestion, Hint, Innuendo

What are you insinuating, Daniel?
Unpalatable Difficult to put up with or accept.

Disagreeable, Unpleasant, Displeasing, Unattractive

Palatable Put this way, the idea of continuity residing in some irreducible core is unpalatable as well as implausible.
Magnanimity The fact or condition of being magnanimous; generosity.

Charity, Benevolence

Meanness, Selfishness Both sides will have to show magnanimity.
Sustenance The maintaining of someone or something in life or existence.

Support, Maintenance

Starvation, Inanition, Nonsubsistance, Innutrition Tree bark provides deer with sustenance in periods of drought.
Inevitable Certain to happen; unavoidable.


Avoidable, Uncertain The factory closure is seemingly inevitable.
Majesty If something has majesty, it causes admiration and respect for its beauty.


Inelegance, Kitsch, Vulgarity, Subservience. The photograph captures the sunset in all its majesty.

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1 thought on “The Hindu Vocabulary PDF Download – Daily Vocabulary & Monthly PDF 2020”

  1. It’s great effort for helping student…I request you..if possible than mention Hindi meaning within every words ..bcoz it’s very easy to understand in both languages… thanks…


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