Words from The Hindu

This section provides you with a list of words from the Editorials published in the “The Hindu” daily, to improve your vocabulary.

Word counter: 440

Previous list upto Jul’16
Aug 05, 2016
niche a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.

e.g. “he is now head chef at a leading law firm and feels he has found his niche”

synonyms:          ideal position, calling, vocation, métier, place, function, job, slot, opportunity

substantial of considerable importance, size, or worth.

e.g. “a substantial amount of cash”

synonyms:          considerable, real, material, weighty, solid, sizeable, meaningful, significant, important, notable, major, marked, valuable, useful, worthwhile More


concerning the essentials of something.

e.g. “there was substantial agreement on changing policies”

synonyms:          fundamental, essential, basic

discomfit make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.

e.g. “he was not noticeably discomfited by her tone”

synonyms:          embarrass, make uncomfortable, make uneasy, abash, disconcert, nonplus, discompose, discomfort, take aback, unsettle, unnerve, put someone off their stroke, ruffle, confuse, fluster, agitate, disorientate, upset, disturb, perturb, distress

oversight an unintentional failure to notice or do something.

e.g. “he had simply missed Parsons out by an oversight”

synonyms:          mistake, error, fault, failure, omission, lapse, inaccuracy, slip, blunder, faux pas, miscalculation; More


the action of overseeing something.

e.g. “effective oversight of the financial reporting process”

synonyms:          supervision, surveillance, superintendence, inspection, charge, care, administration, management, government, direction, control, command, handling, custody

stringent (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting.

e.g. “stringent guidelines on air pollution”

synonyms:          strict, firm, rigid, rigorous, severe, harsh, tough, tight, exacting, demanding, inflexible, stiff, hard and fast, uncompromising, draconian, extreme

draconian (of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.

e.g. “the Nazis destroyed the independence of the press by a series of draconian laws”

synonyms:          harsh, severe, strict, extreme, drastic, stringent, tough, swingeing, cruel, brutal, oppressive, ruthless, relentless, summary, punitive, authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, arbitrary, repressive, iron-fisted

egregious outstandingly bad; shocking.

e.g. “egregious abuses of copyright”

fraught (of a situation or course of action) filled with (something undesirable).

e.g. “marketing any new product is fraught with danger”

synonyms:          full of, filled with, swarming with, rife with, thick with, bristling with, charged with, loaded with, brimful of, brimming with; More


causing or affected by anxiety or stress.

e.g. “there was a fraught silence”

synonyms:          anxious, worried, upset, distraught, overwrought, agitated, distressed, distracted, desperate, frantic, panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky

Aug 04, 2016
cussed awkward; annoying.

e.g. “why do you have to be so cussed?”

denounce publicly declare to be wrong or evil.

e.g. “the Assembly denounced the use of violence”

synonyms:          condemn, criticize, attack, censure, castigate, decry, revile, vilify, besmirch, discredit, damn, reject, proscribe

usher cause or mark the start of something new.

e.g. “the railways ushered in an era of cheap mass travel”

synonyms:          herald, mark the start of, signal, announce, give notice of, ring in, show in, set the scene for, pave the way for, clear the way for, open the way for, smooth the path of

Aug 03, 2016
ouster ejection from a property, especially wrongful ejection; deprivation of an inheritance.

e.g. “ouster proceedings to remove the husband from the matrimonial home”


dismissal or expulsion from a position.

e.g. “the junta’s ouster of the Emperor”

flail wave or swing wildly.

e.g. “his arms flailed as he sought to maintain his balance”

synonyms:          wave, swing, thrash about, flap about, beat about, windmill, move erratically


beat or flog (someone).

e.g. “he escorted them, flailing their shoulders with his cane”

synonyms:          thrash, beat, strike, batter, drub, flog, whip, lash, scourge, flay, flagellate, strap, switch, tan, cane, tan/whip someone’s hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of, clout, welt, belabour

undermine lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously.

e.g. “this could undermine years of hard work”

synonyms:          subvert, sabotage, threaten, weaken, compromise, diminish, reduce, impair, mar, spoil, ruin, impede, hinder, damage, hurt, injure, cripple, disable, enfeeble, sap, shake

faction a small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics.

e.g. “the left-wing faction of the party”

synonyms:          clique, coterie, caucus, cabal, bloc, camp, group, grouping, side, sector, section, wing, arm, branch, division, contingent, set, ring, lobby

unravel undo (twisted, knitted, or woven threads).

e.g. “he cut the rope and started to unravel its strands”

synonyms:          untangle, disentangle, straighten out, separate out, unsnarl, unknot, unwind, untwist, undo, untie, unkink, unjumble


investigate and solve or explain (something complicated or puzzling).

e.g. “they were attempting to unravel the cause of death”

synonyms:          solve, resolve, work out, clear up, puzzle out, find an answer to, get to the bottom of, explain, elucidate, fathom, decipher, decode, crack, penetrate, untangle, unfold, settle, reveal, clarify, sort out, make head or tail of

vaunt boast about or praise (something), especially excessively.

e.g. “the much vaunted information superhighway”

synonyms:          boast about, brag about, make much of, crow about, gloat over, give oneself airs about, exult in, parade, flaunt, show off, flourish

exonerate absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing.

e.g. “an inquiry exonerated those involved”

synonyms:          absolve, clear, acquit, declare innocent, find innocent, pronounce not guilty, discharge

Aug 02, 2016
tout attempt to persuade people of the merits of.

e.g. “she was touted as a potential Prime Minister”

synonyms:          commend, endorse, praise, recommend, support, urge, push, speak of, talk of

prospect the possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring.

e.g. “there was no prospect of a reconciliation”

synonyms:          likelihood, hope, expectation, anticipation, (good/poor) chance, chances, odds, probability, possibility, likeliness, promise, lookout; More


a person regarded as likely to succeed or as a potential customer, client, etc.

e.g. “Norwich’s unbeaten heavyweight prospect”

synonyms:          candidate, possibility

intrigue arouse the curiosity or interest of; fascinate.

e.g. “I was intrigued by your question”

synonyms:          interest, be of interest to, fascinate, be a source of fascination to, arouse someone’s curiosity, engage someone’s attention, attract, draw, lure, tempt, tantalize; More


make secret plans to do something illicit or detrimental to someone.

e.g. “Henry and Louis intrigued with the local nobles”

synonyms:          plot, hatch a plot, conspire, take part in a conspiracy, make secret plans, lay plans, scheme, manoeuvre, connive, collude, work hand in glove

Aug 01, 2016
deluge a severe flood.

e.g. “this may be the worst deluge in living memory”

synonyms:          flood, flash flood, torrent

shamble move with a slow, shuffling, awkward gait.

e.g. “he shambled off down the corridor”

synonyms:          shuffle, lumber, totter, dodder, stumble

sclerotic becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt.

e.g. “sclerotic management”

retrograde directed or moving backwards.

e.g. “a retrograde flow”

synonyms:          backward, backwards, reverse, rearward, directed backwards, retreating, retrogressive


reverting to an earlier and inferior condition.

e.g. “to go back on the progress that has been made would be a retrograde step”

synonyms:          for the worse, regressive, negative, downhill, unwelcome, unprogressive

patronage the support given by a patron.

e.g. “the arts could no longer depend on private patronage”

synonyms:          sponsorship, backing, funding, financing, philanthropy, promotion, furtherance, help, aid, assistance, support, guaranty, encouragement, championship, advocacy, defence, protection, guardianship, aegis, auspices

endeavour try hard to do or achieve something.

e.g. “he is endeavouring to help the Third World”

synonyms:          try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out

whir (of something rapidly rotating or moving to and fro) make a low, continuous, regular sound.

e.g. “the ceiling fans whirred in the smoky air”

yearn have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from.

e.g. “she yearned for a glimpse of him”

synonyms:          long, pine, crave, desire, want, want badly, wish, have/feel a longing, covet, lust, pant, hunger, thirst, ache, be aching, itch, be itching