Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 19th March 2018

Today’s article ‘Time to be quiet‘ has been picked from ‘The Indian Express’

This article talks about the Indonesian island of Bali and its digital silence to mark Nyepi, the Hindu New Year. The article says that as Bali is pulling the internet plug for a day, if everyone did it then Global mental health would improve.

Time to be quiet

1)Plummet(noun) (गिरावट): pluhm-it
Meaning – 
fall or drop straight down at high speed.
Synonyms-  plunge, dive, drop, crash, collapse, decline
ascend, go up, grow, increase
Example –
When the economy improves, we can expect to see the unemployment rate plummet.

2)Contemplation (noun) (चिंतन): con-tem-pla-tion
Meaning – 
the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time.
Synonyms-  inspection, observation, meditation, consideration, pondering, musing, rumination
disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, dismiss
Example – 
When the accountant was asked to contemplate the current budget, he discovered many ways the company could save money.

3)Grail(noun) (बेसब्री ): grey-l
Meaning – 
a thing which is eagerly pursued or sought after.
Synonyms- wanted, awaited, desire
unwanted, neglected, abandoned
Example –
Appearing to be the perfect candidate, the rising senator seemed to be the party’s holy grail.

4)Foggy (noun) (धूमिल):  fog-gi-est
Meaning – 
unable to think clearly/full of or characterized by fog.
Synonyms- muddled, fuddled, misty, hazy
clear, obvious, evident
Example –
 His ideas on this subject are a bit foggy.

5)Malevolent (noun) (द्रोही): muh-lev-uh-lent
Meaning – 
having or showing a wish to do evil to others.
Synonyms-  malicious, spiteful, hostile, evil-minded, baleful, bitter
benevolent, kindly, kind-hearted, warm-hearted
Example – 
Because of their malevolent purposes, hand grenades are not allowed on commercial flights.

6)Pervasive(noun) (व्यापक): per-vey-siv
Meaning – 
(especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people.
Synonyms-  prevalent, penetrating, pervading, permeating, extensive
rare, scarce, uncommon
Example – 
In many cities, police corruption is a pervasive issue that touches all communities.

7)Pseudonymous(noun) (उपनाम ):   soo-don-uh-mus
Meaning – 
writing or written under a false name.
Synonyms- pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name
Example – 
The famous singer always checks into hotels under a pseudonym so her fans will not find her.

8)Anticipate (noun) (पूर्वानुमान): an-tis-uh-peyt
Meaning – 
regard as probable; expect or predict.
Synonyms-  expect, foresee, predict, think likely, forecast, prophesy, foretell
doubt, disbelieve
Example – 
He eagerly anticipated the arrival of her daughter.

9)Bleakness (noun) ( निराशाजनक स्थिति):    bleak-ness
Meaning – 
the quality or state of being bare and inhospitable/the quality or state of being hopeless, discouraging, or unlikely to have a favourable outcome.
Synonyms- distress, cheerlessness, dejection
benefit, blessing, liveliness, contentment
Example –
Trying not to give in to the bleakness and misery of his surroundings, he is convinced that he is just one fighter away from success.

10)Imposition(noun) (आरोपण): im-puh-zish-un
Meaning –
an unreasonable and burdening demand or request
Synonyms- foisting, forcing, inflicting, obtruding, pressing
abate, diminish, lessen forgive, release condone, disregard
Example – 
Riya’s nature of imposition by always asking her co-workers to do her work caused her to lose her job.

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 –

Word of the Day

  • Engrossing (Adjective) – दिलचस्प
  • Meaning – very interesting and needing all your attention/to completely capture attention or focus
  • Synonyms – fascinating, gripping, captivating, interesting, enthralling
  • Antonyms – boring, repellent, repulsive, uninteresting
  • Example (English) – The motivational speaker gave an engrossing lecture which captivated the audience.
  • Example (Hindi) – प्रेरक वक्ता ने एक दिलचस्प व्याख्यान दिया जिसने दर्शकों को मोहित कर दिया ।


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