The Hindu English Vocabulary

Hindu Editorial with Vocabulary: July Month – Day 4

1) Clamp down (Verb)

Meaning: suppress or prevent something in an oppressive or harsh manner.

Synonyms: suppress, prevent, stop

Antonyms: relent

Usage: “the authorities have also clamped down on public demonstrations”

2) Wielding (Noun)

Meaning: hold and use (a weapon or tool).

Synonyms: brandish, flourish, wave

Antonyms:misusing, mishandling, misemploying

Usage: “a masked raider wielding a handgun”

3) Arson (Noun)

Meaning: the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property.

Synonyms: firebombing, fire-raising


Usage: “police are treating the fire as arson”

4) Smouldering (Verb)

Meaning: show or feel barely suppressed anger, hatred, or another powerful emotion.

Synonyms: boil, fume, burn

Antonyms: friendly, affable, affectionate

Usage: “Anna smouldered with indignation”

5) Conflagration (Noun)

Meaning: an extensive fire which destroys a great deal of land or property.

Synonyms: fire, blaze, flames

Antonyms: peace, harmony, accord

Usage: “tinder-dry conditions sparked fears of a conflagration in many drought-devastated communities”

6) Incitement (Noun)

Meaning: the action of provoking unlawful behaviour or urging someone to behave unlawfully.

Synonyms: egging on, urging, goading

Antonyms: suppression, discouragement

Usage: “this amounted to an incitement to commit murder”

7) Bloc (Noun)

Meaning: a group of countries or political parties with common interests who have formed an alliance.

Synonyms: alliance, association, coalition

Antonyms: detachment, disassociation, disconnection

Usage: “the Soviet bloc”

8) Indigenous (Adjective)

Meaning: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.

Synonyms: native, aboriginal, local

Antonyms: expatriate, migrant, adventitious

Usage:”the indigenous peoples of Siberia”

9) Scandal (Noun)

Meaning: an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage.

Synonyms:wrongdoing, offence, transgression

Antonyms: credit, honour

Usage: “a bribery scandal involving one of his key supporters”

10) Topple (Verb)

Meaning: overbalance or cause to overbalance and fall.

Synonyms: fall, tumble, overturn

Antonyms: rise, uprise, ascend

Usage: “she toppled over when I touched her”

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