Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 27th March 2018

Today’s article ‘After the emergency: repairing ties with Maldives‘ has been picked from ‘The Hindu’

This article talks about repairing of India- Maldives Ties. The article says that India has been wise as it has kept its counsel and not overreacted to the recent events. But going ahead, India’s challenge is tougher to demonstrate its relevance to the Maldives as the biggest power in the South Asian region.

After the emergency: repairing ties with Maldives

1)Stark (adjective)  (निरा): es-tark
Meaning –  
severe or bare in appearance or outline.
Synonyms- clear, simple, crisp, distinct, obvious, evident, clear, clear-cut, straightforward
Antonyms- 
 fuzzy, indistinct, pleasant, comfortable, ornate
Example – 
When I looked at the depressed artist’s painting, I was saddened by his stark depiction of the widower’s home.

2)Coercion (noun)  (ज़बरदस्ती): co-ar-shun
Meaning –  
the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats
Synonyms- force, compulsion, constraint, duress, oppression, enforcement
Antonyms- 
 encouragement, urging, prompting, persuasion
Example –
If no coercion was used then it can not be said slavery.

3) Exile (noun)   (निर्वासन): ex-aile
Meaning –  
the state of being barred from one’s native country, typically for political or punitive reasons.
Synonyms-   banishment, expulsion, expatriation, deportation, eviction
Antonyms- 
 return, arrive back
Example – 
The banished prince swore he would one day return from exile and reclaim the throne that was rightfully his.

4) Bolster (adjective) (सहारा या मजबूत करना): bol-as-tur
Meaning –  
to make something stronger or bolder/support or strengthen.
Synonyms-   strengthen, support, reinforce, make stronger, boost, fortify
Antonyms- 
  undermine, subvert, sabotage, threaten, weaken
Example – 
Free tickets were given away to bolster attendance at the game.

5)Slew (noun) ( ढेर सारा): sle-u
Meaning – 
a large number or quantity of something (Noun)/turn or slide violently or uncontrollably (Verb)
Synonyms- large number, great, high
Antonyms- 
 little, few, negligible
Example –
The interviewer asked me a slew of questions.

6)Steer (verb)  (मार्गदर्शन करना): es-teer
Meaning –
 guide or control the movement of (a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or a person)
Synonyms –  guide, direct, manoeuvre
Antonyms – follow, trail
Example –  Appalled that his son wanted to be a backup dancer, the surgeon vowed to steer him towards a different career choice.

 7)Insulate (verb)   (बचाना, सुरक्षित करना): in-su-late
Meaning –  
protect (someone or something) from unpleasant influences or experiences./protect (something) by interposing material that prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound.

Synonyms-   protect, keep safe, save, safeguard, shield, defend, shelter

Antonyms-  uncover, destroy
Example – 
The company has tried to insulate itself from the region’s political turmoil.

Idioms/Phrases/Phrasal Verbs in the Article –

8)Cold comfort (phrase)  (झूठी तसल्ली): 
Meaning –
  Something that has failed as an intended source of solace.
Synonyms-  poor, inadequate comfort.
Antonyms-
   adequate, wanted
Example –  The news that I got a meager raise is cold comfort after not getting that big promotion.

9)A tall order (phrase) –  (अनुचित माँग): 
Meaning –
a request that is difficult to fulfill
Synonyms- 
unreasonable, awkward, contrary, difficult, tiresome, annoying
Antonyms- 
  easy, convenient, simple
Example – 
That’s tall order. Do you think anyone can do it?

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

  • Behemoth(Noun)  – विशालकाय
  • Meaning – a huge or monstrous creature, something enormous, especially a large and powerful organization.
  • Synonyms – giant, Titan, personage, important, influential, colossus
  • Antonyms –   small, little, juvenile, normal
  • Example (English) – Today’s and tomorrow’s business behemoths succeed not because they are strategy experts, but because they can adapt skills we are unlikely to have learnt in the classroom.
  • Example (Hindi) – आज के और कल के विशालकाय व्यापारिक सफल इसलिए नहीं हैं क्योंकि वे रणनीतियों के विशेषज्ञ हैं, परन्तु क्योंकि वे कक्षा में सीखने की संभावना नहीं होने वाले कौशल को अनुकूलित कर सकते हैं|

All the best for your exams

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