The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  14th January 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  14th January 2022

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  1. Baneful (adj.)

Meaning: harmful or destructive. (अभिशप्त)

Synonyms: damaging, dangerous, deleterious

Antonyms: harmless, hurtless, innocent

Sentence: His baneful influence was feared by all.

  1. Imprudent (adj.)

Meaning: not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash. (ढीठ)

Synonyms: unwise, injudicious, incautious

Antonyms: advisable, discreet, prudent

Sentence: It would be imprudent to leave her winter coat behind.

  1. Menace (verb)

Meaning: threaten, especially in a malignant or hostile manner. (खतरा)

Synonyms: threaten, scare, imperil

Antonyms: guard, protect, save

Sentence: Africa’s elephants are still menaced by poaching.

  1. Furbish (verb)

Meaning: give a fresh look to (something old or shabby) (चमक लाना)

Synonyms: renovate, furnish, glitter

Antonyms: roughen, ruffle, scuff

Sentence: I needed until August to fully furbish the two front rooms.

  1. Altruism (noun)

Meaning: the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others. (दूसरों का उपकार करने का सिद्धान्त)

Synonyms: unselfishness, selflessness, self-sacrifice

Antonyms: harshness, greed, selfishness

Sentence: Some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruism.

  1. Compel (verb)

Meaning: force or oblige (someone) to do something. (मजबूर)

Synonyms: force, coerce into, pressurize into

Antonyms: allow, let, permit

Sentence: The law will compel employers to provide health insurance.

  1. Irate (adj.)

Meaning: feeling or characterized by great anger. (क्रुद्ध)

Synonyms: angry, furious, infuriated

Antonyms: calm, delighted, pleased

Sentence: We have received some irate phone calls from customers.

  1. Propensity (noun)

Meaning: an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way. (प्रवृत्ति)

Synonyms: tendency, ability, inclination

Antonyms: disinclination, dislike, inability

Sentence: Men have a slightly increased propensity towards baldness.

  1. Subservient (adj.)

Meaning:  prepared to obey others unquestioningly. (अधीन)

Synonyms: submissive, deferential, acquiescent

Antonyms: disrespectful, impolite, impudent

Sentence: She was subservient to her parents.

  1. Abeyance (noun)

Meaning: a state of temporary disuse or suspension. (ठहराव)

Synonyms: suspension, remission, a state of dormancy

Antonyms: continuance, continuation

Sentence: Matters were held in abeyance pending further inquiries.

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