Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 15th February 2018

Today’s article, ‘Woods and trees: On the state of Indian forests‘ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article discusses the condition of Indian Forests. The article says that We must review the strategy to revive forests and move away from monoculture plantations as dedicated efforts will be required to protect the precious forests.

Woods and trees: On the state of Indian forests

Challenging Words in the Article – 

1)Renaissance ( पुनर्जागरण ): ren-ais-sance
Meaning  –
a renewed interest or rebirth of something
Synonyms –  resurgence,revitalisation,revival,rebirth,revivification
Antonyms –  destruction
Example – 
The creation of the Internet brought about a renaissance in communication.

2)Endowed ( संपन्): en-do-d
Meaning  –
supplied or furnished with
Synonyms –  bless, endue (or indue), favour, gift, invest
Antonyms –  dispossess, divest, strip
Example –
Since we’ve been heavily endowed by investors this year, we have greatly exceeded our fundraising goals.

3)Backdrop ( पृष्ठभूमि): back-drop
Meaning  –
lie behind or beyond; serve as a background to.
Synonyms –  background, ground
Antonyms –  foreground centre, focal point, focus, heart
Example –
The novel unfolds against a backdrop of war.

4)Remediation ( उपचार): remi-di-a-shun
Meaning  –
the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping environmental damage
Synonyms –  corrective,soothing,therapeutic
Antonyms –  harmful,hurtful,injurious
Example –
The remediation of the rainforest was very much needed due to the fact that so much of the forest had been destroyed by people who wanted to make a profit.

5)Cumulative ( संचयी ): ku-mu-lay-tive
Meaning  –
growing as a result of additions
Synonyms –  gradual, accruable, accrued, aggregated,compiled, conglomerated
Antonyms –  decremental, decrescent, degressive, regressive
Example –
Because of John’s cumulative injuries during his football career, he is now confined to a wheelchair.

6)Canopy( शामियान ा, तम्बू,मंडप ): cano-pi
Meaning  – 
a cover of some type that is used as a roof, either for decorative purposes or as shelter
Synonyms –  dome, marquee, pavilion arbor, bower, pergola screen, shade, shelter
Example – 
Under the boat’s canopy, we were safe from the heavy raindrops.

7)Broad Brush( विस्तार की कमी): Broad-brush
Meaning  –
lacking in detail and finesse/ relating to or involving the  general parts of something rather than the details
Synonyms –  aggregate, collective, complete, full, plenary planetary, worldwide
Antonyms –  component, divisional, fragmentary, localized, regional, sectional
Example – 
broad-brush approach to improving public schools is not going to benefit the students for a long time.

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.

  • Terrible
  • Exploitation
  • Emphasis
  • Precious
  • Assessment

Question : What are your views on the state of Indian Forests which is raised by the article?

Word of the Day

  • Surfeit (Noun)  – अतिरेक,आधिक्य
  • Meaning – (an amount that is) more than is needed; an amount of something that is more than necessary, permitted, or desirable/an overabundant supply
  • Synonyms: excess, surfeit, overabundance, oversupply
  • Antonyms-: lack, dearth, scarcity
  • Example (English) – When the store manager accidentally ordered a surfeit of pencils and pens, he was unable to sell the extra items and decided to donate them to a local school.
  • Example (Hindi) – जब स्टोर मैनेजर ने गलती से पेंसिल और कलम का अधिक आर्डर दे दिया, तो वह अतिरिक्त वस्तुओं को बेचने में असमर्थ था और उन्हें स्थानीय स्कूल में दान करने का फैसला किया।

All the best for your exams


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