Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 1st May 2018

Vocabulary plays an important role in strengthening the command over the English Language. Reading habits will help you to ace the English section as well. Also, Reading skills & Vocabulary help you to answer the questions on topics like Reading comprehension, synonym/antonym, fillers, cloze test, RC, etc.

Our series, Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist aims to help you understand the different aspects of the commonly used words, ranging from their meaning, pronunciation, synonym/antonym to proper use in sentences.

So, here is an important editorial for you from ‘The Hindu Business Line’, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

Wuhan watershed

Important Words from the Article

Word: Skirmish (झगड़ा / छोटे टुकड़ों में भिड़ना)

  • Pronunciationskur-mish / स्कर्मिश
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:

        a. an episode of irregular or unplanned fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets. [Noun]

        b. to engage in a minor battle or dispute. [Verb]

  • Synonyms: Clash, Fight, Scuffle, Brawl
  • Antonyms: Peace, Accord
  • Use in a Sentence: When the temper of both teams erupted, it resulted in minor skirmishes.

Word: Queer (बिगाड़ना / अजीब)

  • Pronunciation: kweer / क्विर / क्वीर
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Adjective
  • Meaning: 

        a. spoil or ruin (an agreement, event, or situation). [Verb]

        b. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular [Adjective]

  • Synonyms: Damage, Disrupt, Threaten
  • Antonyms: Normal, Repair, Mend
  • Use in a Sentence: The new digital app has opened various political options for rural queers.

Word: Grouses (शिकवा / भुनभुनाना)

  • Pronunciation: grous/ ग्राउस
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:

         a. complain about something trivial; grumble. [Verb]

         b. A cause for complaint. [Noun]

  • Synonyms: Grumble, Complain, Moan, Mutter
  • Antonyms: Compliment, Acclaim, Praise
  • Use in a Sentence: It seems very easy and tempting to grouse about the wrong person.

Word: Stand-offs (क़ायम)

  • Pronunciationstand-awf, -of / स्टैन्ड ऑफ
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict. / something that counterbalances.
  • Synonyms: Standstill, Stalemate
  • Antonyms: Conclusion, Decision
  • Use in a Sentence: The standoff between friends ended peacefully the following day.

Word: Infuriate (क्रोधित करना)

  • Pronunciation: इन फ्युरीएट / इन्फ्युरीऐट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: make (someone) extremely angry and impatient.
  • Synonyms: enraged, furious, annoyed
  • Antonyms: agreeable, contended, soothed
  • Use in a Sentence: After the quarrel, Her silence infuriated him even more.

Word: Overtures (झलकी)

  • Pronunciationoh-ver-cher / ओवर्चर
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an introduction to something more substantial. / an orchestral piece at the beginning of an opera, play, etc.
  • Synonyms: Introductions, Preludes, Prefaces
  • Antonyms: Finales, Conclusions
  • Use in a Sentence: Sunita made friendly overtures to her new neighbours.

Word: Diplomacy (कूटनीति)

  • Pronunciation: dih-ploh-muh-see/ डिप्लोमसी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way.
  • Synonyms: Tact, Skill, Adroitness
  • Antonyms: Rudeness, Bluntness, Insolence
  • Use in a Sentence: I thought he showed his tact diplomacy to persuade her not to resign.

Word: Keenness (उत्सुकता)

  • Pronunciation: कीन – नएस
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the quality of being eager or enthusiastic; eagerness.
  • Synonyms: enthusiasm, eagerness, sharpness
  • Antonyms: apathy, laziness, boredom
  • Use in a Sentence: My manager’s speech infused the team members with keenness.

Word: Even-handedly (उचित रूप से)

  • Pronunciation: इवन – हेन- डेड – ली
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: impartial; equitable
  • Synonyms: Justly, Fairly, Equitably
  • Antonyms: Contrastingly, Unreasonably
  • Use in a Sentence: Maira politely but even-handedly refused to comment on her colleague’s project strategy.

Idioms & Phrases:

Phrase: All of a sudden (अचानक)

  • Part of Speech: Phrase of all
  • Meaning: the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way.
  • Synonyms: unexpectedly, very quickly, unexpectedly
  • Antonyms: expectedly, cautiously
  • Use in a Sentence: All of a sudden the lights went out and he fell off the stairs.

Idiom: Put away the hatchet (Bury the hatchet) (झगड़ा ख़त्म करना)

  • Part of Speech: Idiom
  • Meaning: end a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
  • Synonyms: make a deal, go along with, come to terms
  • Antonyms: fight
  • Use in a Sentence: The neighboring countries have often been advised to bury the hatchet for their own progress.

Based on the above article, we have some practice questions for you. Try to answer these questions in the comments section & our team will review them at the earliest!

Make your own Sentences!

  • Even-Handedly
  • All of a sudden
  • Grouses
  • Queering

Match the column

S No. Words Antonym 
1 Skirmish Bluntness
2 Overtures Boredom
3 Keenness Conclusion
4 Diplomacy Accord
5 Infuriate Agreeably

GK Questions

1. What is the capital and currency of China?

2. Who is the president of China?

3. Where is city Wuhan located?

4. What is the capital and currency of Mongolia?

5.  Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of which country?

Answer in the comment section.



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