Daily Vocabulary from The Hindu: June 15, 2019

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  1. Scapegoat

An unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

The Bible depicts a ritual in which a goat is sent out into the desert bearing the faults of the people of Israel.

Synonyms: whipping boy, victim, Aunt Sally

Usage: – There are a few things are harder for kids to bear than being  made scapegoats

  1. Evasive

Tending or seeking to evade
characterized by evasion
avoid commitment

Synonyms: prevaricating, elusive, ambiguous, equivocal, equivocating, indefinite, non-committal, vague, indeterminate, imprecise, inexact, indistinct, inexplicit.

: – He gave an evasive answer to the tricky question.

  1. Condone (Opposite of Condemn)

Accept (behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive)

Synonyms: deliberately ignore, not take into consideration.

Usage: – The college cannot condone any behaviour that involves illicit drugs.

  1. Egocentrism

Egocentrism is the inability to differentiate between self and other. More specifically, it is the inability to untangle subjective schemas from objective reality and an inability to accurately assume or understand any perspective other than one’s own.


  1. Brinkmanship

Brinkmanship is the practice of trying to achieve an advantageous outcome by pushing dangerous events to the brink of active conflict.
It occurs in international politics, foreign policy, labour relations, and military strategy involving the threat of nuclear weapons, and high-stakes litigation.

  1. Susceptible

Likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

Synonyms: open to, receptive to, vulnerable to, defenceless against

Usage: – Patients with liver disease may be susceptible to infection.

  1. Push to the wall

To force someone into a position where there is only one choice to make.
To put someone in a defensive position

Usage: – There was little else I could do. They pushed me to the wall.

  1. Utilitarian

Designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive.

Synonyms: practical, functional, serviceable, useful, sensible, effective, efficient

Usage: – A utilitarian building was installed near to our house.

  1. Pedagogy

The method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.

Usage: – The relationship between applied linguistics and language pedagogy.

  1. Lucidly

Expressed clearly
Easy to understand.

Synonyms: intelligible, comprehensible, understandable, cogent, coherent, communicative, articulate, and eloquent.

Usage: – A lucid account of economy.

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