The Hindu Editorial Daily Vocabulary Booster 24 July 2019

Here is today’s dose of English Vocabulary with our Vocabulary Booster 24 July 2019 comprising of difficult words, their meanings, Synonyms & Antonyms and most importantly correct usage in a sentence. Whether you are an aspirant or not, if you someone looking for improvement in your English Language both Speaking as well as Writing skills, this daily blog is for you. Go through this on a daily basis and you will definitely see a marked improvement in your Language. Read along today’s Vocabulary Booster 24 July 2019.

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Meanings & Synonyms



Arbitrate Reach an authoritative judgement or settlement;

Adjudicate, Judge, Adjudge, Referee, Umpire

Avoid, hold aloof, hold off, Keep aloof An outside adviser has been brought in to arbitrate the dispute between the management and the union.
Contention Heated disagreement;

Disagreement, Dispute, Disputation, Argument, Variance

Agreement The POK territory is still the main area of contention between the two countries.
Crucial Decisive or critical, especially in the success or failure of something;

Pivotal, Critical, Key, Climacteric, Decisive, Deciding, Determining

Minor, Unimportant Her work has been crucial to the project’s success.
Deplete Use up the supply or resources of;

Exhaust, use up, Consume, Expend, Spend, Drain

Augment, Increase If we continue to deplete the earth’s natural resources, we will cause serious damage to the environment.
Diplomatic Of or concerning diplomacy;

Ambassadorial, Consular, Foreign-policy, Political

Gauche, Impolitic, Tactless, Undiplomatic, Untactful It’s a new country, hoping for diplomatic recognition from the international community.
Discreet Having or showing good judgment and restraint especially in conduct or speech;

Intelligent, Judicious, Prudent

Imprudent, Indiscreet, Injudicious They are very good assistants, very discreet – they wouldn’t talk to the press.
Euphemism A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing;

Polite term, Substitute, Mild alternative, Indirect term, Understatement

Dysphemism, Calling a spade a spade “Senior citizen” is a euphemism for “old person”.
Furore An outbreak of public anger or excitement;

Commotion, Uproar, Outcry, Disturbance, Fuss

Quiet, Quietude, Rest, Stillness, Tranquility

Order, Orderliness

The government’s decision to raise taxes has caused a great furore.
Imminent About to happen;

Impending, at hand, Close, Near, Approaching, Fast Approaching

Late, Recent He warned that an enemy missile attack was imminent.
Interlocutor Someone who is involved in a conversation and who is representing someone else Inquirer, Interviewer, Questioner


Abraham was able to act as interpreter and interlocutor for our group.
Mediation Intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; Arbitration, Conciliation, Reconciliation, Intervention, Intercession, Interposition Avoid, Eschew, Shun

Disregard, Ignore, Overlook

Many cases are settled out of court through mediation or other means.
Nasty Very bad or unpleasant;

Unpleasant, Disagreeable, Disgusting, Distasteful, Awful

Nice, Delightful, Lovely, Pleasant She has a nasty habit of picking on people in meetings.
Precept A command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action;

Principle, Rule, Tenet, canon, Code, Doctrine, Guideline

Ambiguity, Disorganisation, Disorganization


This policy goes against common precepts of decency.
Proposition A statement or assertion that expresses a judgement or opinion;

A suggested scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context;

Proposal, Scheme, Plan, Project, Programme

Acceptance, Denial, Disapproval, Refusal, Rejection, Repulse He wrote to me last week regarding a business proposition he thought might interest me.
Protocol The official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions;

Agreement, Treaty, Entente, Concord, Concordat, Convention, Deal, Pact

Disagreement The Geneva Protocol of 1925 prohibits the use of poisonous gases in war.
Quadrennial Recurring every four years   The Olympic Games is a quadrennial gathering of athletes from around the world.
Repercussion An unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one;

Consequence, Result, Effect, Outcome, By-product

Antecedent, Causation


Any decrease in tourism could have serious repercussions for the local economy.
Straddle To be unable to decide which of two opinions about a subject is better and so partly support both opinions Decisive It’s not the first time this year that the president has been accused of straddling an issue.
Twilight A period or state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline;

Decline, Waning, Downturn, ebb

Peak, Height I knew him when he was in the twilight of his career.

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