Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 16th February 2018

Today’s article, ‘Street-level diplomacy‘ has been picked from ‘The Indian Express’

This article talks about the arising conflicting situations between the United States and Russia.The article says that US and Russia seem to be returning to a Cold War-era practice.

Street-level diplomacy

Challenging Words in the Article – 

1)Miff(Noun)( मनमुटाव): Mi-f
Meaning  – 
a petty quarrel (Noun) / to annoy by ill humor (Verb)
Synonyms –  displease, offend, aggravation, anger, annoyance, bother
Antonyms –
satisfaction appeasement, mollification, pacification
Example – 
 She was miffed that he’d forgotten her name.

2)Dissident  (Noun)( मतभेद करनेवाला): disi-dent
Meaning  – 
a person who opposes the current political structure, group or laws; one who disagrees
Synonyms – dissenter, objector, protester, disputant
Antonyms –
Example – 
The dissident was jailed for refusing to obey the law.

3)Benign (Adjective)( सौम्य): be-nine
Meaning  –
having no significant effect/gentle and kind/not harmful
Synonyms –  temperate, mild, gentle, clement, calm, balmy, pleasant
Antonyms –  unfriendly, hostile harsh, unhealthy, unfavourable
Example – 
The eco-friendly company will only drill for oil in areas where its practices are benign.

4)Subtle(Adjective)( सूक्ष्म): sub-tal
Meaning  – 
hard to notice or see/(especially of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe.
Synonyms –  fine, fine-drawn, nice, overnice, minute, precise, narrow
Antonyms -crude ,lurid, obvious
Example – 
 In the game, people are asked to identify the subtle differences between the similar pictures.

5)Lofty (Adjective) ( बुलंद): lof-ti
Meaning  –
great and worthy of praise
Synonyms –  tall, high, giant, towering, soaring
Antonyms – low, short 
Example – 
When Jenny achieved her lofty objective of graduating from medical school, she cried for joy.

6)Avenue(Noun)( मार्ग): aven-ue
Meaning  –
a way of approaching a problem or making progress towards something.
Synonyms – : line, path, direction, route-
Example –
The minister suggested three possible avenues of dealing with the problem in the state.

7)Assassinate (Verb)( हत्या करना): ass-as-inate
Meaning  –
to murder a famous or otherwise important person with a surprise attack
Synonyms – : murder, kill, execute, slaughter, butcher, liquidate
Antonyms – raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive
Example –
There was a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, but the would-be murderer was not able to get close enough.

Idioms/Phrases –

8)Silver lining (Idiom)( उम्मीद की किरण): sil-var-line-ig
Meaning  – 
to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface/a comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation
Synonyms -Bright side, comforting prospect, good side
Example –
No matter if all the doors are closed in someone’s life, there is always a silver lining which a person needs to see.

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.

  • Escalation
  • Diplomacy
  • Harsh
  • Glaring 
  • Solidarity

Question – What are your views on this issue discussed by the article ?

Word of the Day

  • Connivance  (Noun)  –  मिलीभगत
  • Meaning – willingness to allow or be secretly involved in an immoral or illegal act
  • Synonyms: collusion, conspiracy, indulgence, secret approval
  • Antonyms-: disapproval, disagreement
  • Example (English) – PNB said that the fraud was made “for the benefit of a few select account holders with their apparent connivance”.
  • Example (Hindi) – पीएनबी ने कहा कि धोखाधड़ी “कुछ चुनिंदा खाता धारकों के लाभ के लिए उनकी स्पष्ट मिलीभगत के साथ” की गई थी।

All the best for your exams


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