Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 24th 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’, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

Victory amid violence

Challenging Words from the Article

Word: Conjecture (अनुमान लगाना)

  • Pronunciation: kuh n-jek-cher/कन्जेक्शर
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: 

a. an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information. [Noun]

b. form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information. [Verb]

  • Synonyms: guess, speculation, surmise
  • Antonyms: proof, fact, reality
  • Use in a Sentence: The results show that the conjecture made by me was correct.

Word: Semblance (अनुरूपता)

  • Pronunciationsem-bluh ns/सेम्ब्लन्स
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.
  • Synonyms: likeness, resemblance, appearance
  • Antonyms: distinction, dissimilarity, difference
  • Use in a Sentence: Her mouth wore its usual Semblance of a smile.

Word: Upbeat (जोशपूर्ण)

  • Pronunciation: uhp-beet/अप्बीट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: cheerful; optimistic.
  • Synonyms: happy, cheery, positive
  • Antonyms: depressed, pessimistic, gloomy
  • Use in a Sentence: The performance concluded on an upbeat note.

Word: Unprecedented (बेमिसाल)

  • Pronunciation: uhn-pres-i-den-tid/अन्प्रेसिडेन्टिड
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: never done or known before.
  • Synonyms:  remarkable, extraordinary, unusual
  • Antonyms: familiar, ordinary, usual
  • Use in a Sentence: In the city, crime has increased on an unprecedented scale.

Word: Lumpen (बुद्धू)

  • Pronunciationluhm-puh n/लूम्पेन
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: lumpy and misshapen; ugly and ponderous.
  • Synonyms: unthinking, thoughtless, idiotic
  • Antonyms: smart, mannerable, notable
  • Use in a Sentence: My new neighbours seemed lumpen and boring.

Word: Foment (उकसाना)

  • Pronunciation: foh-ment/फोमेन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action).
  • Synonyms: provoke, incite, stimulate
  • Antonyms: soothe, dampen, ease
  • Use in a Sentence: He has moved beyond simply trying to foment a revolt.

Word: Marred (बिगाड़ना)

  • Pronunciation: mahr-ड/मारड
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: impaired the quality or appearance of; spoiled.
  • Synonyms: damaged, defaced, blemished
  • Antonyms: perfect, flawless, beautified
  • Use in a Sentence: The report was marred by the bulk of unnecessary detail.

Word: Ferocity (क्रूरता)

  • Pronunciation: fuh-ros-i-tee/फरासिटी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the state or quality of being savagely fierce, cruel, or violent.
  • Synonyms: violence, brutality, coercion
  • Antonyms: gentleness, friendliness, humanity
  • Use in a Sentence: The tiger attacked its victim with high ferocity.

Word: Incompetence (असमर्थता)

  • Pronunciation: in-kom-pi-tuh n-see/इन्काम्पिटन्स
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: inability to do something successfully; ineptitude (lack of skill or ability.)
  • Synonyms: inefficiency, inadequacy, ignorance
  • Antonyms: fitness, capability, efficiency
  • Use in a Sentence: He has been scolded many times for incompetence.

Word: Dislodge (निकाल देना)

  • Pronunciation: dis-loj/डिस्लाज
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: 

a. knock or force out of position.

b. remove from a position of power or authority.

  • Synonyms: displace, eject, evict
  • Antonyms: attach, embed, absorb
  • Use in a Sentence: We need two victories to dislodge the former team from first place.

Word: Oust (बेदखल करना)

  • Pronunciation: oust/आउस्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.
  • Synonyms: dismiss, banish, depose
  • Antonyms: appoint, promote, elevate
  • Use in a Sentence: The party needs around 200 votes to oust the government and postpone elections.

Practice Time

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

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!

  • Upbeat
  • Lumpen
  • Marred
  • Oust

Match the column.

S No. Words Antonym
1  Conjecture  Remarkable
2  Unprecedented  Humanity
3  Dislodge  Proof
4  Ferocity  Absorb

Match the column.

S No. Words Synonym
1  Semblance  Ignorance
2  Foment  Damaged
3  Incompetence  Resemblance
4  Marred  Provoke

GK Questions

Q1. Who is the CM of Tamil Nadu?

Q2. Where is Meenakshi Amman Temple located?

Q3. Mamata Banerjee is CM of which state?

Answer in the comment section.



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