The Hindu Vocabulary For All Competitive Exams 10 February 2021

1. DWINDLE (VERB): diminish

Synonyms: decrease, reduce

Antonyms: increase

Example Sentence:

The majorities behind the government dwindled and grew.

 

2. DELIBERATE (ADJECTIVE): careful

Synonyms: cautious, unhurried

Antonyms: hasty

Example Sentence:

I have always been a conscientious and deliberate worker.

 

3. REPRESSIVE (ADJECTIVE): oppressive

Synonyms: authoritarian, despotic

Antonyms: democratic

Example Sentence:

It was clear that he could not continue the repressive tactics of his predecessor.

 

4. OVERWEENING (ADJECTIVE): overconfident

Synonyms: conceited, cocksure

Antonyms: modest

Example Sentence:

His modesty is nothing but a cover for his overweening conceit.

 

5. DETRIMENT (NOUN): harm

Synonyms: damage, injury

Antonyms: benefit

Example Sentence:

Hurried tests are a detriment to good education.

 

6. PROVOCATIVE (ADJECTIVE): annoying

Synonyms: irritating, exasperating

Antonyms: soothing

Example Sentence:

He got offended by a provocative article.

 

7. PRESUMPTUOUS (ADJECTIVE): brazen

Synonyms: overconfident, arrogant

Antonyms: timid

Example Sentence:

The man seemed too presumptuous to be a humble leader for the nation.

 

8. UNDERLIE (VERB): fundamental

Synonyms: basic, basal

Antonyms: subordinate

Example Sentence:

We discussed the principles that underlay their methods.

 

9. MARGINAL (ADJECTIVE): slight

Synonyms: small, tiny

Antonyms: vast

Example Sentence:

It made only a marginal difference.

 

10. MACABRE (ADJECTIVE): gruesome

Synonyms: grisly grim

Antonyms: pleasant

Example Sentence:

A macabre series of murders shocked us.

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