Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 22nd March 2018

Today’s article ‘A non-BJP, non-Congress coalition: Back to Front?‘ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article talks about the third front, a non-BJP, non-Congress ‘federal’ front which is proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao.The article says that A coalition put together on such a loose foundation may not find much resonance among voters nationally.

A non-BJP, non-Congress coalition: Back to Front?

1)Confabulation (noun) (बातचीत): con-fabu-lay-shun
Meaning –
  an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue/friendly, informal conversation or an instance of this
Synonyms-  debate, discussion, discourse, conversation,argument, back-and-forth, colloquy 
Antonyms-
  Listening, quiet, silence
Example – We began our confabulation with that traditional icebreaker: an innocuous discussion of the weather.

2)Moot (सुझाव देना, प्रश्न उठाना): moot
Meaning –
 raise (a question or topic) for discussion; suggest (an idea or possibility) [Verb]/ subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty [Adjective]/having little or no practical relevance,having no real point [Adjective]
Synonyms-  raise, bring up, broach, mention, put forward, introduce, advance, present, propose
Antonyms-
  elucidate, explain, spell out, delineate, describe, irrefutable, definite, unambiguous
Example – Richard was the first to moot the idea of book writing to his brother two years ago. (suggest (an idea or possibility)
Whether the temperature rise was mainly due to the greenhouse effect was a moot point. (subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty)
It’s a moot point whether men or women are better drivers. (having no real point)

3)Concede (verb) –(स्वीकार करना): con-cede
Meaning –
 admit or agree that something is true after first denying or resisting it/surrender or yield (a possession, right, or privilege).
Synonyms-  admit, acknowledge, accept, allow, grant, recognize
Antonyms-
    deny, contradict, repudiate
Example – The police will concede to the kidnapper’s demands if the hostages are released.

4)Resonance (noun) (गूंज): reso-nance
Meaning – 
that which causes something to be significant to an individual/the quality that makes emotions, memories & etc.
Synonyms-  orotund, resounding, reverberant
Antonyms-
   cavernous, hollow faint, low, murmurous, muted, smothered, soft, weak
Example – Because Rick was born into a family of millionaires, he felt no resonance with the homeless man’s story.

5)Pretence (noun) (दिखावा): pre-ten-ce
Meaning –
 an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true/a claim to have a particular skill or quality.
Synonyms-   simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception
Antonyms-
  reality, honesty
Example – His anger is masked by a pretence that all is well.

6)Non-committal (adjective)  (कपटपूर्ण): non-kami-tal
Meaning – 
not expressing or revealing commitment to a definite opinion or course of action.
Synonyms-  evasive,careful, equivocal, temporizing, guarded, circumspect, reserved
Antonyms-   
revealing, careless, indiscreet
Example – 
Until the test results come in, the doctor is going to remain noncommittal on his patient’s diagnosis.

Idioms/Phrases/Phrasal Verbs in the Article –

7)At the mercy of (phrase) (की दया पर): 
Meaning –
 completely in the power of.
Synonyms-  in the power of, under/in the control of, in the clutches of, in the palm of someone’s hand, under the heel of
Antonyms-
   free, independent, self-governing, self-governed, self-ruling,
Example – When you’re a minor, you’re totally at the mercy of your parents.

8)Prop up (phrasal verb)   (phrase) (संभालना, सहारा देना)): 
Meaning – 
to help a government, system, organization etc to continue to exist, especially by providing financial or military support/to stop something from falling by putting something under it or against it
Synonyms- 
 support, help, aid, assist
Antonyms-   
neglect, abandon, undermine
Example – 
This new initiative is a desperate attempt to prop up the economy.

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 –

  • Irrelevant
  • Hastily
  • Have in mind
  • Circumstances
  • Antipathy

Word of the Day

  • Autonomy  (Noun)  –  स्वायत्तता
  • Meaning – the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else; the right or condition of self-government
  • Synonyms – self-government, independence, sovereignty, liberty
  • Antonyms – dependence, servitude, compulsion
  • Example (English) – UGC granted full autonomy to 60 higher education institutes including JNU, BHU and AMU.
  • Example (Hindi) – यूजीसी ने 60 उच्च शिक्षा संस्थानों को पूर्ण स्वायत्तता प्रदान की जिसमें जेएनयू, बीएचयू और एएमयू शामिल हैं।

All the best for your exams

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