The Hindu English Vocabulary

Hindu Editorial with Vocabulary: Nov Month– Day 1

1)  Hedging (Verb)–

Meaning: protect oneself against loss on (a bet or investment)  by  making  balancing  or  compensating  transactions.

Synonyms: safeguard, protect, shield

Antonyms: expose to risk

Usage:    “the    company    hedged    its    investment    position on the futures market”

2) Purported (Verb)–

Meaning:    appear    to    be    or    do    something,    especially falsely.

Synonyms: claim, lay claim, profess

Antonyms: artless, genuine, natural

Usage: “she is not the person she purports to be”

3) Botched  (Verb)  –

Meaning: carry out (a task) badly or carelessly.

Synonyms: bungle, do badly, do clumsily

Antonyms: adroit, deft, dexterous

Usage: “he was accused of botching the job”

04) Sordid (Adjective) —

Meaning:   involving   immoral   or   dishonourable   actions  and  motives;  arousing  moral  distaste  and  contempt.

Synonyms: sleazy, seedy, seamy

Antonyms: high-minded, respectable

Usage: “the story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams”

05) Turf (Noun) –

Meaning: force (someone) to leave somewhere.

Synonyms: throw out, remove, eject

Antonyms: aid, allow, approve

Usage: “they were turfed off the bus”

06) Hedged (Verb) —

Meaning: surround with a hedge.

Synonyms: surround, enclose, encircle

Antonyms: aided, assisted, centred

Usage: “a garden hedged with yew”

07) Limbo (Noun)–

Meaning:   an   uncertain   period   of   awaiting   a   decision  or  resolution;  an  intermediate  state  or  condition.

Synonyms:      in      abeyance,      unattended      to,      unfinished

Antonyms: in hand, under way, continuing

Usage:  “the  legal  battle  could  leave  the  club  in  limbo until next year”

08) Foiling (Verb) —

Meaning:  prevent  (something  considered  wrong  or undesirable) from succeeding.

Synonyms: thwart, frustrate, counter


Usage:  “a  brave  policewoman  foiled  the  armed  robbery”

09) Shoddy (Adjective) —

Meaning: badly made or done.

Synonyms: poor-quality, inferior, second-rate

Antonyms: well made, careful

Usage:  “we’re not  paying  good  money  for  shoddy  goods”

10) Scuttled (Verb) —

Meaning:  run hurriedly  or  furtively  with  short  quick steps.

Synonyms: scamper, scurry, scramble

Antonyms: crawled, crept, creeped

Usage: “a mouse scuttled across the floor”

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