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If you have been appearing for competitive exams, you must have realized the importance of vocabulary. A good vocabulary not only helps you to read and understand a Reading Comprehension passage fast, but it also helps you in answering other types of questions fast and with accuracy. When talking about vocabulary, the importance of The Hindu’s Editorial can’t be understated. Not only you come across new words, phrases etc. but you will also know their meanings. While going through, the editorial you also get to know the editorial’s point of view on the latest events & happenings. To help you increase your vocab, we have come up with this Hindu Vocabulary article where we will be listing the meaning of difficult words/ phrases so that it will be easy for you to understand words & their respective meanings.

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 20, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Spike A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
Ebullient Joyously unrestrained
Inoculate perform vaccinations
Nudge something that encourages or persuades someone to do something in a gentle way
Commensurate Corresponding in size, degree or extent
Downswing A worsening of business or economic activity
Catastrophic Extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin
Wash over occur all around someone without greatly affecting them
Swathes a large part of something that includes several different things
Waning Become smaller

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 17, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Trilateral Involving three parties
AUKUS an acronym for “Australia, United Kingdom, United States”, is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Enduring Lasting a long time
Fleet a number of aircraft, buses, cars, or other vehicles under the control of one company or organization
Ratify prove and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
Tenet A key principle, belief or assumption (or a theory, model, etc)
Go to great lengths If you say that someone goes to great lengths to achieve something, you mean that they try very hard and perhaps do extreme things in order to achieve it)
Kerfuffle â€‹unnecessary excitement or activity
Hegemonic â€‹control by one country, organization, etc. over other countries, etc. within a particular group
Latticed Structured 

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 16, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Magic wand used in reference to the finding of a simple solution to an difficult problem
Status quo The existing state of affairs
Tangible Capable of being treated as fact
Perceive Become conscious of
Erstwhile Belonging to some prior time
Moot (law) of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
Crystallise Cause to take on a definite and clear shape
Dispassionate Unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
Price out to make someone unable to buy or pay for something because the price is too high
Rampant Unrestrained and violent

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 15, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Mitigate Lessen 
Carbon emission The release of carbon into the atmosphere
Irrefutable Impossible to deny or disprove
Manoeuvre Act in order to achieve a certain goal
Calamitous having extremely unfortunate consequences
Net zero â€˜Net zero emissions’ refers to achieving an overall balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and greenhouse gas emissions taken out of the atmosphere
Disquiet A feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
Conundrum A difficult problem
Bilateral Affecting or undertaken by two parties
Resilience An occurrence of rebounding or springing back

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 14, 2021

Difficult Words/ PhraseContextual Sense
Free fall the process of failing or losing value or strength quickly and continuously
Trade war a situation in which countries try to damage each other’s trade, typically by the imposition of tariffs or quota restrictions.
Rancour feelings of hate and a desire to hurt other people, especially because you think that somebody has done something unfair to you
Perilious full of danger
Veer into To turn or swerve very suddenly and forcefully into someone or something, especially in a reckless manner.
Contentious causing or likely to cause an argument
Thorny very difficult or complicated
Oasis a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant
Insulate to prevent (someone or something) from dealing with or experiencing something
Unfathomable Incapable of being fully understood
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 13, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Foreclosure An act or instance of ruling out or preventing (a course of action)
Lucrative Producing a sizeable profit
Touch-down landing 
Dish out to give something, often to a lot of people or in large amounts
Riveting having the power to fix the attention
Make amend to do something to correct a mistake that one has made or a bad situation that one has caused
Long shadow If something or someone casts a long shadow over something or someone, they have a great, long-lasting influence over them, usually a bad one
Precipitate to make something, especially something bad, happen suddenly or sooner than it should
No-show failure to show up
Patient zero used to refer to the person identified as the first carrier of a communicable disease in an outbreak of related cases

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 10, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Ethnically according to the ethnic group (= a group of people that share a cultural tradition) that somebody belongs to
Diverse Distinctly dissimilar or unlike
Blacklist a list of companies, organizations, or people that have a bad reputation or have done something illegal and that other organizations do not do business with because of this
Reclusive Keeping away from society
Avatar a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity
Holdout a person, organization, or country that continues to do something, despite other people trying to force them not to
Overrun Seize the position of and defeat
Gloss over Treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly
Rebel A person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
Crackdown Severely repressive actions
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 9, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Jab Taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
Discrimination the ability to judge the quality of something based on its difference from other, similar things:
Mandatory Required by rule
Point out Make or write a comment on
Countenance give permission
Contingency A possible event, occurrence or result
Refrain Restrain oneself from doing something
Impinge on to have a clear and definite effect on something/somebody, especially a bad one
Efficacy Capacity or power to produce a desired effect
Prevalence accepted, done, or happening often or over a large area at a particular time

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 8, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Monopolise Have and control fully and exclusively
Emulate Strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
Exorbitant Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
Ubiquitous Being present everywhere at once
Imperative Some duty that is essential and urgent
Off the block quick or slow to do something
Ambit An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
Backdrop the general situation in which particular events happen
On the back footat a disadvantage
Angst a strong feeling of being worried or nervous

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 7, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Militia civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
Factionalism Conflict between factions
Heir apparent a person who is first in an order of succession and cannot be displaced from inheriting by the birth of another person
Topple to remove (a government or a leader) from power
Demise a person’s death
Slide to go into a worse state, often through lack of control or care
Renegade Having deserted a cause or principle
Prop up Support, help or boost something that would otherwise be weak or fail
Pressing Persistently insisting
Rump a small or unimportant remnant of something originally larger

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 6, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Mettle The courage to carry on
On the heels of following closely after
Quadrennial Occurring once in four years, or at the end of every four years
Exemplary extremely good and deserving to be admired and copied
Eclipse Be greater in significance than
be sacrificed on the altar of somethingto be destroyed by an activity, system, or belief that is bad but more important or more powerful
Sheer used to emphasize the size, degree, or amount of something
Scepticism Doubt about the truth of something
Mind-boggling Intellectually or emotionally overwhelming
Vicissitude one of the many changes and problems in a situation or in your life, that you have to deal with
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 3, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Tactic an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end
Evacuation the process of moving people from a place of danger to a safer place
Regime a government, especially an authoritarian one
Something has teethsaid to mean that something, such as an organization or a law, has the necessary authority or power to make people obey it
Punitive intended as punishment
Water down to reduce or temper the force or effectiveness of
Abstain Restrain oneself from consuming or doing something
Recourse a source of help in a difficult situation
Lever something you use, often unfairly, to try to persuade someone to do what you want
Embark begin (a course of action)

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 2, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Bona fide made in good faith without fraud or deceit
Weed out remove an inferior or unwanted component of a group or collection
Clothe to endow especially with power or a quality
Malady a serious problem
Imposter a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others, especially for fraudulent gain
Masquerade pretend to be someone one is not
Obscure Not famous or acclaimed; not drawing attention
Wangle manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone
Vested interests a personal stake or involvement in an undertaking or state of affairs, especially one with an expectation of financial gain
Accreditation Something to do with being officially recognized, accepted, or approved of

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Sep 1, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Pyrrhic a victory that is not worth winning because the winner has suffered or lost so much in winning it
Leverage power to influence people and get the results you want
Ceasefire a temporary suspension of fighting, typically one during which peace talks take place
Calculus calculation
Insurgency an active revolt or uprising
Resurgence an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence
Embolden give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way
Remnant a small surviving group
Tactically in a way that relates to actions carefully planned to gain a specific end
Haven a place of safety or refuge

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 31, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Virtue Good thing
High a high point, level, or figure
Administer apply (a remedy or drug)
Coincide occur at or during the same time
Feat an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength
Scepticism a general feeling of doubt about something
Uptake the action of taking up or making use of something that is available
Equitable fair and impartial
Belatedly later than should have been the case
Rationale a set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 30, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Unhindered able or allowed to happen or continue without being slowed, stopped, or made more difficult
Juvenile of, for, or relating to young people
Cremate dispose of (a dead person’s body) by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony
Stringent (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting
Misogynist a man who hates women
Heinous very bad or evil
Warped having ideas that most people think are strange or unpleasant
Retract withdraw (a statement or accusation) as untrue or unjustified
Flip-flop an abrupt reversal of policy
Missive a letter, especially a long or official one

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 28, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
To the nines to a point of perfection
Spree a spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind
Collegium an organization for people who have similar interests or who do similar work
Onset the beginning of something
Stagnation the state of not flowing or moving
Sidestep to avoid an issue or decision
Opaque hard to understand or explain
Bulwark a defensive wall
Raison d’être the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence
impassea situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 27, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Calibrate carefully assessed, set, or adjusted
Exhaustive fully comprehensive
Envisage contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event
Tract a measured area of land that is used for a particular purpose, such as building houses or digging for oil
Stadia a sports arena with tiers of seats for spectators
Languish suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation
Contour an outline, especially one representing or bounding the shape or form of something
Check and balance a system that allows each branch of a government to amend or veto acts of another branch so as to prevent any one branch from exerting too much power
Downturn a decline in economic, business, or other activity
Nitty-gritty the most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 25, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Free fall the process of failing or losing value or strength quickly and continuously
On the brink of about to experience something
Meltdown a disastrous event
Default fail to fulfill an obligation, especially to repay a loan
Aggravate make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious
Reel under To struggle to deal with some oppressive or difficult burden or responsibility
Depleted Reduced 
Faction a small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics
Bloc a combination of countries, parties, or groups sharing a common purpose
Elite a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 24, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Contingency a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty
Militia a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency
Personnel people employed in an organization or engaged in an organized undertaking such as military service
Naught nothing
Pull up stakes move or go to live elsewhere
Emulate match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation
Regime a government, especially an authoritarian one
Brutal extremely cruel or harsh
Fructify make (something) fruitful or productive
Sect a group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs (typically regarded as heretical) from those of a larger group to which they belong

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 23, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Triumphalism behaviour that celebrates a victory or success in a way that is too proud and intended to upset the people you have defeated
Partisan prejudiced in favor of a particular cause
Condemnable bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
Confrontation a hostile or argumentative meeting or situation between opposing parties
Denouement the end result of a situation
Recrimination an accusation in response to one from someone else
Mayhem violent or damaging disorder; chaos
Brook tolerate or allow (something, typically dissent or opposition)
Adversary one’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute
Apathy lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 20, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Gender parity the proportionate representation of men and women in a given group, also referred to as sex ratio
Uphill battle a very difficult struggle
Landmark an event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something
Abide by Act in accordance with someone’s rules, commands, or wishes
Combat fighting between armed forces
Stringent (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting
Interim order an order issued by a court during the pendency of the litigation
Discriminatory making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex
Writ a formal, legal document that orders a person or entity to perform or to cease performing a specific action or deed
Long haul a prolonged and difficult effort or task
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 19, 2021

Difficult Word/PhraseContextual Sense
Rev up To become more active
Cargo goods carried on a ship, aircraft, or motor vehicle.
Conjure up to present to the mind
Working capital the capital of a business which is used in its day-to-day trading operations
Erstwhile Former
Offset to use one cost, payment or situation in order to cancel or reduce the effect of another
Plug to remedy (a deficiency)
Disentangle to separate things that have become joined or confused
Red tapeexcessive bureaucracy or adherence to official rules and formalities
Fork out pay money for something, especially reluctantly
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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 18, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Mitigate make less severe, serious, or painful
Frailtythe condition of being weak and delicate
Debilitate make (someone) weak and infirm
Chink a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable
Bolster support or strengthen
Tenacious tending to keep a firm hold of something
Notch an imaginary point or position in a comparison of amounts or values
Efficacy the ability to produce a desired or intended result
Continuum something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points
Follow suit do as someone else has done

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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Aug 16, 2021

Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Black and white A black-and-white subject or situation is one in which it is easy to understand what is right and wrong:
Pragmatism thinking about solving problems in a practical and sensible way rather than by having fixed ideas and theories
White paper a report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter
Maiden being or involving the first attempt or act of its kind
Perennial lasting or existing for a long time
Aggravate make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious
Encapsulate to show or express the main idea or quality of (something) in a brief way
Balloon to become bigger quickly
Echo to repeat details that are similar to, and make you think of, something else
Time on one’s side used to say that a person will have a good chance of success because he or she can wait until a situation improves

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5 Comments

      • Hey Manibhushan, We did update the Hindu vocab for the months of Jan & Feb but unfortunately because of some technical issue, those got deleted. But you can download the Free PDFs of Hindu Vocab of last year and keep updating your word power.
        Regards,

    • Namaste Nikunj jii..
      You are providing every day vocabulary from The Hindu editorial which is really a great boon to the competitive aspirants like me…
      But, one thing I just want to tell you that please provide that editorial also, to make us understand the meaning of the context. please take this into consideration!!
      Thank you!!

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