Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 23rd April 2018

Today’s article ‘Pursuing Basavanna has been picked from ‘The Indian Express ’

A good vocabulary is critical to score good marks in the English section of the competitive exams. It helps improve all the areas of communication, ranging from speaking, listening, reading and even writing. So, here is an important editorial for you, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

Pursuing Basavanna

Important Words from the Article


  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    (a) a machine for making butter by shaking milk or cream (मंथन) (noun)
    (b) move or cause to move about vigorously (मन्थन करना) (verb)
  • Pronunciation: चर्न (chur-n)
  • SynonymsStir, Shake, Agitate
  • Antonyms: Unruffled, Unflustered
  • Use in a SentenceThe universities are churning out innumerable unemployable graduates each year.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: suddenly change direction or position
  • Pronunciation: स्क्यूड
  • Synonyms: Slanted, Inclined
  • Antonyms: Balanced, Aligned
  • Use in a Sentence: The bus skewed left and right because the driver was drunk.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the arrival of a notable person or thing (आगमन)
  • Pronunciation: ऐड्वेन्ट (ad-vent)
  • Synonyms: Coming, Arrival, Emergence
  • Antonyms: Leave, Departure, Exit
  • Use in a Sentence: The advent of the steam engine brought about a transformation in the outlook towards transportation.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: spread and promote (an idea, theory, etc.) widely (प्रसारित)
  • Pronunciation: प्रोपा-गेटेड
  • SynonymsDistributed, Circulated, Disseminated
  • Antonyms: Eradicated, Diminished
  • Use in a SentenceThe saint propagated the idea of male chauvinism his entire life.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: seek the favor, support, or custom of
  • Pronunciation: वूइंग
  • Synonyms: Pursuit, Courting
  • Antonyms: Shunning, Ignoring, Discouraging
  • Use in a SentenceRohan tried wooing Riya for a year.


  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    (a) believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. (भेदभावहीन) (adjective)
    (b) a person who advocates or supports the principle of equality for all people (noun)
  • Pronunciation: इगैलिटेरीअन (egal·i·tar·i·an)
  • SynonymsEqualitarian, Moralist, Just
  • Antonyms: Snobbish, Elitist
  • Use in a SentenceSubhash was the real egalitarian as he worked hard for equal rights for men and women in his village.


  • Part of Speech: Adverb
  • Meaning: in a pretentious or showy way designed to impress
  • Pronunciation: ओस्टें-टे-शी-अस्ली (os·ten·ta·tious)
  • SynonymsGaudily, Showily, Flashily
  • Antonyms: Humbly, Modestly
  • Use in a Sentence: Shreya ostentatiously showed her new flat to Tina.


  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: include or absorb (something) in something else (सम्मिलित करना)
  • Pronunciation: सब-स्यूम
  • SynonymsIncluded, Embodied, Encompassed
  • Antonyms: Excluded
  • Use in a Sentence: The education system should subsume subjects relating to ideologies like feminism.


  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the fact of surpassing all others; superiority
  • Pronunciation: प्रीए-मी-नेन्स (pre·em·i·nence)
  • SynonymsExcellence, Distinction, Eminence
  • Antonyms: Inferiority, Obscurity
  • Use in a Sentence: The Trade Fair has successfully maintained its preeminence over the past few years.

Word of the Day: Travesty

  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    (a) a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something (noun)
    (b) represent in a false, absurd, or distorted way (verb)
  • Pronunciation: ट्रैवस्टी (tra·ves·ty)
  • Synonyms: Parody, Mockery, Spoof
  • Antonyms: Legitimate, Authentic, Seriousness
  • Use in a Sentence: Allowing the participants to eat junk is a travesty of the competition’s rules.


Make your own Sentences!

Here are some of the words from the above article. Try to frame sentences from them in your own words and share them with us in the comments section!

  • Hues
  • Polarising
  • Discourse
  • Divisive
  • Wean
  • Communitarian



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