The Hindu Newspaper Editorial Vocabulary For NICL AO Mains 2017

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NICL AO Mains is going to be held on 2nd of July. We hope you all are working really hard for the exam. Vocabulary is an important part of English that helps you deal with all kinds of questions in objective as well as descriptive papers. You can learn new words daily from our Daily Word List. Learn the words and make your own sentences on the basis of the given word list. Here are a few lines from the Hindu...

Example: Five Arab powers sever ties with Qatar Accuse it of backing militant and sectarian groups.

1. Sever [sev-er] 
Verb: to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like; to divide into parts, especially forcibly; cleave.
Synonyms: detach, disconnect, separate, split, bisect, carve.
Antonyms: attach, combine, connect, couple, join, link.

2. Back [bak]
Noun: the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine; the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back.
Verb: to go or move backward.
Adjective: situated at or in the rear; far away or removed from the front or main area, position, or rank; remote.
Synonyms: backward, behind, final, following, hind, posterior.
Antonyms: beginning, first, front, preceding, future.

Example: Europe has been hit by a spate of terror attacks over the last two years, and the attacks in Britain have further underscored the enormity of the challenge facing the continent.

3. Spate [speyt]
Noun: a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring.
Synonyms: deluge, flood, flurry, outpouring, string, succession.

4. Underscore [uhn-der-skawr,  -skohr]
Verb: to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis; to stress; emphasize
Noun: a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
Synonyms: accentuate, highlight, indicate, mark, stress, accent.

5. Enormity [ih-nawr-mi-tee] 
Noun: outrageous or heinous character; atrociousness; something outrageous or heinous, as an offense.
Synonyms: depravity, horror, abomination, atrociousness, atrocity, crime.
Antonyms: delight, esteem, goodness, joy, kindness, virtue.

Example: This has provided Mr. Modi with an opportunity to develop greater synergies with Europe in tackling this problem.

6. Synergy [sin-er-jee]
Noun: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.
Synonyms: teamwork, alliance, coaction, harmony, symbiosis, synergism.
Antonyms: discord, divorce, separation.

Example: European powers now want to hunker down and are looking for new partners.

7. Hunker [huhng-ker]
Verb: to squat on one's heels (often followed by down); to hunch; to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually followed by down)
Noun: hunkers, one's haunches.
Synonyms: bend, bow, cower, dip, duck, grovel.

Example: Modi was doing just that in Europe: presenting a subtle counter-narrative to China’s rise.

8. Subtle [suht-l]
Adjective: thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor; fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand; delicate or faint and mysterious.
Synonyms: exquisite, faint, indirect, ingenious, profound, slight, sophisticated.
Antonyms: ignorant, stupid, forthright, hard, harsh, honest.

Example: Mr. Modi’s outreach, sustained over the last three years, has injected much-needed pragmatism in a relationship which was adrift for quite some time.

9. Pragmatism [prag-muh-tiz-uh m]
Noun: character or conduct that emphasizes practicality; a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value.
Synonyms: advantage, advantageousness, advisability, appositeness, aptness, benefit, convenience.
Antonyms: disadvantage, inappropriateness.

10. Adrift [uh-drift]
Adjective, adverb: floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored; lacking aim, direction, or stability.
Synonyms: afloat, drifting, loose, unanchored, unmoored.
Antonyms: anchored, determined, on course, on target, purposeful, stable.

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