Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 29th December 2017

Today’s article, ‘After the sanctions: on North Korea‘ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article talks about the  economic sanctions imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council on North Korea and says that diplomacy is the best option to bring North Korea to disarmament talks.

After the sanctions: on North Korea

Challenging Words in the Article – 

1)Imbroglio (noun) (उलझन): Im-bro-ligo
Meaning – 
a confusing situation
Synonyms – confused/complicated situation; difficulty/predicament.
Antonyms – clear, simple
Example – The treaty of the state ended imbroglio that has kept the two countries at war for over sixty years.

2)Detonate (verb)  (धड़ाका करना): dey-to-nate
Meaning – 
to ignite or blow up
Synonyms – explode, set off, blow up.
Antonyms –   Defuse , diusmantle
Example – People fear that if a country decides to detonate a nuclear bomb, then it will kill its citizens instantly.

3)Scathing (adjective)  (तीखा ) – sca-thing
Meaning –
 extremely severe or harsh
Synonyms – 
devastating, withering, harsh/severe.
Antonyms – gentle , mild
Example – 
The scathing criticism did not inspire the student to improve his writing skills.

4)Expulsion (noun)  (निष्कासन करना) – ex-pul-shun
Meaning – 
a circumstance in which an individual or thing is ejected from a position, place, or group
Synonyms –
 removal, expelling, banishment/exile.
Antonyms – welcoming , recruitment
Example – 
When the coach found drugs in Maria’s locker, he immediately informed the athlete of his expulsion from the team.

5)Exert (verb)  (खींचना) -ex-urt
Meaning –
 to apply bodily or intellectual effort
–  apply, employ, exercise.
Antonyms – flip , dismissive
Example –
 The doctor told me to not exert myself by lifting anything heavy.

6)On the horizon (phrase) (आसन्न) –
Meaning – 
imminent or just becoming apparent.
Synonyms– impending, in prospect/on the way.
Example -With the interview in some companies , I’ve got some job possibilities on the horizon.

7)Unanimously (adverb)  (सर्वसम्मति से) –   un-ani-mus-li
Meaning – 
without opposition; with the agreement of all people involved.
Synonyms – 
without opposition, agreed to by everyone involved.
Antonyms – contrastingly ,barely
Example –
  A committee of MPs has unanimously agreed to back his bill.

8)Disarmament (noun) (निरस्त्रीकरण) –   dis-arma-ment
Meaning –
taking up or giving away military weapons
Synonyms –
demilitarization, deactivation
Antonyms – armament , build up , equipping
Example –
  After winning the war, disarmament of enemy weapons was the group’s top mission.

9)Echo (verb)  (गूंज) –   e-co
Meaning –
when a sound or noise is duplicated as a result of it bouncing off a surface
Synonyms –
repeat, resound, restate,reiterate
Antonyms – silence , calmness
Example –
  The house was so large and empty that I could speak in a normal voice and it would produce an echo.

Word of the Day

  • Proclivity (Adjective)  – प्रवृत्ति, झुकाव, रुझान
  • Meaning –  known or knowable only to a few people , mysterious
  • Synonyms –  Secret , concealed , occult , hidden
  • Antonyms –  Common , clear , known , appearent
  • Example (English) – She has a proclivity to assume the worst.
  • Example (Hindi) – उसमें हमेशा अत्यंत बुरा सोचने की प्रवृत्ति है|

Now it’s time to check your vocabulary. We have given below some words from the same article. Try to make sentences with these words in the comment section which will be reviewed by us.

  • predictable
  •  measures
  •  extreme
  • narrowing
  • continued

All the best for your exams


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