The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary: 25th August 2020


1. CREDENCE (NOUN): (विश्वास) belief in or acceptance of something as true.

Synonyms: faith, reliance

Antonyms: denial

Example Sentence:

Psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen.

2. REPRIEVE (VERB): (दण्डविराम) cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, especially someone condemned to death).

Synonyms: pardon, acquit

Antonyms: charge

Example Sentence:

Under the new regime, prisoners under sentence of death were reprieved.


3. UTILITARIAN (ADJ.): (उपयोगी) designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive.

Synonyms: useful, effective

Antonyms: useless

Example Sentence:

It is meant to be reliable, comfortable, and utilitarian.


4. WOE (NOUN): (शोक) great sorrow or distress (often used hyperbolically).

Synonyms: sadness, distress

Antonyms: joy

Example Sentence:

Her face was lined and full of woe.


5. PITFALL (NOUN): (काठिनाई) a hidden or unsuspected danger or difficulty.

Synonyms: risk, peril

Antonyms: blessing

Example Sentence:

Be aware of the pitfalls that may limit your negligee modeling success.


6. PSEUDO (ADJ.): (मिथ्या) not genuine; spurious or sham.

Synonyms: phoney, bogus

Antonyms: genuine

Example Sentence:

We are talking about real journalists and not the pseudo kind.


7. DISCERNIBLE (ADJ.): (प्रत्यक्ष) able to be discerned; perceptible.

Synonyms: noticeable, conspicuous

Antonyms: imperceptible

Example Sentence:

The scandal had no discernible effect on his career.


8. RESENTMENT (NOUN): (नाराज़गी) bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

Synonyms: indignation, displeasure

Antonyms: contentment

Example Sentence:

He expressed his resentment of the new policies.


9. ONEROUS (ADJ.): (कष्टदायक) (of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

Synonyms: troublesome, arduous

Antonyms: easy

Example Sentence:

He found his duties increasingly onerous.


10. DIVISIVE (ADJ.): (बांटनेवाला) tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

Synonyms: alienate, estrangeing

Antonyms: unifying

Example Sentence:

The campaign for the mayor's office was racially divisive.

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