Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 6th February 2018

Today’s article, ‘Limited succour: Budget 2018 and senior citizens’ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article sheds light on the support provided to the senior citizens of our country in the Union Budget 2018-19. The article says that the budget focussed very well on the needs of senior citizens but the action after this must be broad-based.

Limited succour: Budget 2018 and senior citizens

Challenging Words in the Article – 

1)Succour (noun) (परेशानी में सहायता) : su-kur
Meaning –
assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.
Synonyms –  
aid, help, support,relief.
Antonyms –
Example – 
The Red Cross is dedicated to providing succor and support to families who have been displaced by natural disasters.

2)Steeply (adjective) (तेजी से) : es-teep-li
Meaning –
by a very large or sudden amount.
Synonyms –  sharply, suddenly, largely.
Antonyms – 
gentle, gradual, moderate, soft
Example – 
Protesters found a novel way of demonstrating against steeply rising oil prices.

3)Cohort (noun)  (जत्था) : co-hort
Meaning –
a group of people with a shared characteristic.
Synonyms – group, associate, companion
Antonyms – 
Example – 
Tests were carried out by teachers on the entire cohort of eight to nine-year-old student 
in  at primary school.

4)Starkly (adverb)(अप्रिय, बेस्वाद) : stark-li
Meaning –
in a way that is severe or harsh in appearance or outline/in an unpleasantly or sharply clear way.
Synonyms – blunt, bald, bare, simple, straightforward
Antonyms – :
fuzzy, indistinct, pleasant, comfortable, ornate
Example –
 Their apartment is starkly furnished; all they have is a table and a couple of chairs, and a mattress on the floor to sleep on.

5) Threshold (noun)  (शुरूआत,दहलीज़) : thre-sh-hold
Meaning –
a level, rate, or amount at which something comes into effect.
Synonyms – lower limit, starting point, minimum, margin
Antonyms –
Example – The company was forced to sell many of their most valuable assets when the decline in their product sales reached a critical threshold.
6)Outlay (noun)  (व्यय) : out-lay
Meaning –
an amount of money spent on something.
Synonyms – expenditure, expenses, spending, outgoings
Antonyms –
savings, income
Example –
he best business is one with a small outlay and with no risk involved.

7)Reimbursement (noun) (अदायगी) : re-imburse-ment
Meaning –
the action of repaying a person who has spent or lost money.
Synonyms –  refund, repay
Antonyms – 
deprive, penalize, take
Example – 
The insurance provides reimbursement of the expenses actually incurred as a result of an accident or sickness that do not exceed any amount specified in the policy.

8)Laudable (adjective)  (प्रशंसनीय) : laud-able
Meaning –
(of an action, idea, or aim)deserving to be praised or admired
Synonyms – praiseworthy, commendable, admirable, meritorious
Antonyms – 
blameworthy, shameful
Example – 
The soldier was given a medal because he created a laudable plan for defeating the enemy.

9)Insofar as (phrase)  (जहां तक कि) : in-so-fur-as
Meaning –
to the extent or degree that
Synonyms – 
inasmuch as, insomuch as, insomuch that, so far as
Example –
 We agree only insofar as the budget is concerned.

10)In lieu of (noun)  (के स्थान पर) : in-lew-of
Meaning – 
In place of; instead of.
Synonyms – 
instead, as an alternative, as a substitute.
Antonyms –
as well, as well as
Example – 
 In lieu of flowers and gifts, please send donations to the old age home.


Now that you have read the words and the editorial, it is time to test your English writing ability. Make sentences with the words given below and write in Comments Section which will be reviewed by us.

  • Honours
  • Recurring
  • Critical
  • Initiative
  • Surge

Word of the Day

  • Figment – मनगढ़ंत बात, कल्पना
  • Meaning – something that is believed to be real but only exists in imagination
  • Synonyms: invention, production, creation, concoction, fabrication
  • Antonyms-: certainty, fact, reality, truth
  • Example (English) –It is unclear if aliens exist, or is a figment of our imagination.
  • Example (Hindi) –  यह स्पष्ट नहीं है कि एलियंस मौजूद हैं, या हमारी कल्पना है|

All the best for your exams


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