Hindu Vocabulary February 2022- Download Free PDF
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Vocabulary is something you can’t build overnight. It is for this reason that we have been analyzing the editorials of prominent publications on a daily basis and publishing them with the meanings of difficult words/ phrases explained. If you spare 10 minutes and go through these editorials on a daily basis, there is no better way to improve your vocabulary. If somehow, you keep missing these daily doses, fret not! We also keep collating these difficult words/ phrases on a monthly basis so that you can revise all the words (of a month) in a single shot. This month, we are presenting you with all the difficult words used in the month of January 2022. Have a look:

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List of Difficult Words of February 2022

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Abstain Refrain from voting
Thwart Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Censure Harsh criticism or disapproval
Abstention The trait of abstaining
Set much store To have much faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something
Cripple Deprive of strength
Foregone Well in the past
Peril A state of danger involving risk
Ambivalence Mixed feelings or emotions
Transgression the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
Incursion The act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)
Build-up a slow increase in something
Ripple effect The effect of an event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or in unexpected areas
Invasion the act of entering a place in large numbers especially in a way that is harmful or unwanted
Overlay lie on top of 
Cut off cease
Backlash An adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence
Intractability The trait of being hard to influence or control
Palpable Clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
Devastating Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
Trade wind winds that reliably blow east to west just north and south of the equator
Accord A written agreement between two states or sovereigns
Pact A written agreement between two states or sovereigns
Tacit Implied by or inferred from actions or statements
Reflexive without conscious control
Rebound Return to a former condition
Backdrop The context and environment in which something is set
Testimony Something that serves as evidence
Leverage to get as much advantage or profit as possible from something that you have
Spell out specify in detail
Patronage (politics) granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
Give up Put an end to a state or an activity
Hornet’s nest a very difficult or unpleasant situation, especially in which a lot of people get very angry and complain
Retrospective (used about laws, decisions, payments, etc.) intended to take effect from a date in the past
Cohort A company of companions or supporters
Flagrant (used about an action) shocking because it is done in a very obvious way and shows no respect for people, laws, etc.
Heed Pay close attention to
Cavalry the armoured element of a modern army
To the fore become important or popular
Nepotism Favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)
Fragmented Having been divided; having the unity destroyed
Depress Cause to drop or sink
Anti-incumbency A sentiment in favor of voting out incumbent politicians
Spurt a sudden and short period of increased activity
Erstwhile Belonging to some prior time
Agitation Disturbance usually in protest
Viable that can be done; that will be successful
Infighting Conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders)
Resentment A feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
Dampen Suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity
Remiss Failing in what duty requires
Fiasco A disastrous or embarrassing failure
Tardiness The quality or habit of not adhering to a correct or usual or expected time
Adjudicate Bring to an end; come to a final conclusion
Inexplicably In a manner differing from the usual or expected
Ostensibly as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently
Vault to move someone suddenly to a much higher or more important position
Hamstrung Make ineffective or powerless
Dilatory Causing delay
Missive A written message addressed to a person or organization
Bravado confident or brave talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people
Lower your guard to relax when you should be careful or alert, often with unpleasant consequences
Hinder Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
Peak attain maximum intensity
Soar Rise rapidly
Complacency The feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
Fag A tedious or tiring task
Waning A gradual decrease in magnitude or extent
Notion A vague idea in which some confidence is placed
Reek of If an event or situation reeks of an unpleasant quality, it seems to be caused by or connected to that quality
Tenuous Lacking substance or significance
Tack An approach or course of action, esp. a new one
Recallibrate Adjust something again so that it can be used in an accurate and exact way
Merit to deserve something
Hinterland A remote and undeveloped area
Bear the brunt Put up with the worst of some bad circumstance
Sprint to move at full speed, especially for a short distance 
Base effect the effect that choosing a different reference point for a comparison between two data points can have on the result of the comparison
Unravel Become undone
Mite A slight but appreciable amount
Militate Have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
Scrutiny The act of examining something closely
Invalidate Declare invalid
Paternalistic the attitude or actions of a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice
Laudable Worthy of high praise
Proscription to make (something) illegal
Menace Something that is a source of danger
Curb Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Wager Stake money or something else of value on the outcome of an unpredictable event 
Conjure upSummon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
Polemic A controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
Nascent Being born or beginning
Amply Sufficiently; more than adequately
Fray to show signs of strain
Arbiter Someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
Berate Censure severely or angrily
Upheaval A state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)
Turf Range of jurisdiction or influence
Tacit Implied by or inferred from actions or statements
Acquiescence Acceptance without protest
Quad The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is an informal strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India that is maintained by talks between member countries
Condemnation An expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
Bonhomie A disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
Coercion The act of compelling by force of authority
Precept a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought
Sanction Formal and explicit approval
Imminent Close in time; about to occur
Evacuate Move out of an unsafe location into safety
Amass Collect in one place, esp. growing to a large number or quantity
Subtle Able to make fine distinctions
Bogey something that causes fear, often without reason
Jurisprudence The collection of rules imposed by authority
Proportionality In the test of Proportionality the “courts will quash exercise of discretionary powers in which there is no reasonable relation between the objective which is sought to be achieved and the means used to that end, or where punishments imposed by administrative bodies or inferior courts are wholly out of proportion to the relevant misconduct”
Disseminate to cause (something, such as information) to go to many people
Astounding Bewildering or striking dumb with wonder
Pretext Something serving to conceal plans
Spectre the idea of something unpleasant that might happen in the future
Germane Relevant and appropriate
Curtail Place restrictions on
Derided Treat or speak of with contempt
Shuttle diplomacy negotiations conducted by a mediator who travels between two or more parties that are reluctant to hold direct discussions
Convene Meet formally
Separatist Having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
Sweeping wide in range
Roll back The act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
Flank The side of a military or naval formation
Lay bare Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
Bloc A group of countries in special alliance
Assertion A declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
Appetite a desire or liking for something
Assent Agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
Ball is in your courtIf you say that the ball is in someone’s court, you mean that it is his or her responsibility to take the next action or decision in a situation
Tenability capable of being defended against attack or criticism
Throw down the gauntletissue a challenge
Speculation ideas or guesses about something that is not known
Discretion Freedom to act or judge on one’s own
Match wits (with one)To engage one in a clash or competition of intelligence or shrewd resourcefulness
Embody to represent an idea or quality exactly
Pass muster be accepted as adequate or satisfactory
Barrier Any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
Reticent Reluctant to draw attention to yourself
Entrenched  Established firmly and securely
Unravelling Becoming known 
Audacious showing a willingness to take risks
Ripple effects The effect of an event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or in unexpected areas
Homogeneous made up of parts that are all of the same type
Clustered (of a group of similar things or people) to form a group
Minuscule Extremely small
Galvanise To stimulate to action
Set off Initiate 
Payoff A recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
Outweigh to be more in importance than something
Expedite Speed up the progress of; facilitate
Roll-out officially launch or introduce a new product or service
Flurry a short time in which there is suddenly a lot of activity
Viability Capable of being done in a practical and useful way
Duopoly State of market dominance by two companies
Appetite a strong desire for something
Exponential (of an increase) becoming more and more rapid
Leap An abrupt transition
Boycott refuse to do business with
Lone Being the only one
Regrettable that you should feel sorry or sad about
Stand-off a situation in which an agreement is not possible and neither side can win or get an advantage
Calculus the mathematical study of continually changing values
Denounce Announce the termination of, as of treaties
Albeit Even though
Burnish Polish and make shiny
Laudable Worthy of high praise
On and off Not regularly
Imperial belonging or relating to an empire or the person or country that rules it
Outburst An unrestrained expression of emotion
Bring to the fore To become important or popular
Tirade a long and angry speech
Run-in An angry dispute
Impropriety An indecent or improper act
Take up the cudgels start to defend or support someone or something strongly
Take umbrage Feel resentment, take offense 
Unjustifiable Incapable of being justified or explained
Dispense with Do without 
Invigorating ​making somebody feel healthy and full of energy
Commonsensical Exhibiting native good judgment
Bubble to have a lot of a particular quality, especially excitement or enthusiasm:
Entrench to place (someone or something) in a very strong position that cannot easily be changed
Flagging to become weak
Pump-prime stimulate activity in (an economy) by investment
Pencil in arrange, forecast, or note down something provisionally or tentatively
Multimodal characterized by several different modes of activity or occurrence
Solace The comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment
Exacerbate Make worse
Turbulence Instability 
Consummation The act of bringing to completion or fruition
Culmination A decisive moment 
Hiatus a pause in an activity when nothing happens
Arduous Difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill
Establish a foothold a strong first position in a market, industry, etc. from which further progress can be made
Saddle load
Curtailment The temporal property of being cut short
Overhaul The act of improving by renewing and restoring
Churn the number of customers who decide to stop using a service offered by one company and to use another company, usually because it offers a better service or price


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