Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 25th June 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!


Dangerous spiral

Article Gist: Discussions are made on global trade war


Challenging Words from the Article

1. Word of the day: Minuscule (बहुत सूक्ष्म)

  • Pronunciation: min-uh-skyool/मिनस्क्यूल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: extremely small; tiny.
  • Synonyms: diminutive, little
  • Antonyms: huge, gigantic
  • Use in a Sentence: The chances of getting the disease are minuscule.

2. Word: Spat (विवाद करना)

  • Pronunciation: स्पैट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a petty quarrel.
  • Synonyms: squabble, dispute
  • Antonyms: agreement, concord
  • Use in a Sentence: She was having a spat with her husband about who did the laundry up.

3. Word: Commensurate (अनुरूप)

  • Pronunciation: kuh-men-ser-it/कमेन्सरिट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: corresponding in size or degree; in proportion.
  • Synonyms: proportionate, equivalent
  • Antonyms: inadequate, disproportionate
  • Use in a Sentence: The salary should be commensurate with the job.

4. Word: Perpetuate (स्थिर करना)

  • Pronunciation: per-pech-oo-eyt/पर्पेचूएट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: make (something) continue indefinitely.
  • Synonyms: continue, maintain
  • Antonyms: stop, prevent
  • Use in a Sentence: These actions will perpetuate the hostility between the two groups.

5. WordTruce (युद्धविराम)

  • Pronunciation: troos/ट्रूस
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time.
  • Synonyms: armistice, peace, reconciliation
  • Antonyms: struggle, battle, combat
  • Use in a Sentence: The white flag is a symbol of a truce.

6. Word: Communique (सरकारी सूचना)

  • Pronunciation: kuh-myoo-ni-key/कम्यूनकै
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an official announcement or statement, especially one made to the media.
  • Synonyms: notice, report, statement
  • Antonyms: uploading, collect
  • Use in a Sentence: The statement was made in a communique issued by the Finance Minister.

7. Word: Vicious (अनैतिक)

  • Pronunciation: vish-uh s/विशस
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: deliberately cruel or violent/immoral
  • Synonyms: wicked, sinful, brutal
  • Antonyms: kind, benevolent
  • Use in a Sentence: He suffered a vicious attack by a group of thieves.

8. Word: Endorse (समर्थन करना)

  • Pronunciation: en-dawrs/
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: declare one’s public approval or support of.
  • Synonyms: sanction, certify
  • Antonyms: disapprove, oppose
  • Use in a Sentence: I can endorse my father’s opinion wholeheartedly.

9. Word: Unveil (रहस्योद्घाटन करना)

  • Pronunciation: uhn-veyl/अन्वैल
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: show or announce publicly for the first time.
  • Synonyms: reveal, expose, disclose
  • Antonyms: hide, conceal
  • Use in a Sentence: The panel will unveil its proposals tomorrow.

10. Word: Retaliation (प्रति-हिंसा)

  • Pronunciation: ri-tal-ee-ey-shuh n/रीटैलीऐशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: 

        a. the action of returning a military attack; counter-attack.

b. the action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge.

  • Synonyms: revenge, punishment
  • Antonyms: mercy, forgiveness
  • Use in a Sentence: The armed forces were on high alert to guard against any retaliation.

11. Word: Tit-for-tat (जैसे को तैसा)

  • Pronunciation: Tit-for-tat/टिट-फॉर-टैट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the infliction of an injury or insult in return for one that one has suffered.
  • Synonyms: avenging, grudging, retailation
  • Antonyms: forgiving
  • Use in a Sentence: This time we gave tit for tat, fought and made a very good job of it.

12. Word: Tiff (मनमुटाव)

  • Pronunciation: tif/टिफ
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a petty quarrel, especially one between friends or lovers.
  • Synonyms: spat, wrangle
  • Antonyms: agreement, harmony
  • Use in a Sentence: Both women patched up their tiff again.

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!

Match the column

S.No Give one synonym and antonym of the word other than mentioned above.
1 Endorse
2 Communique
3 Perpetuate
4 Truce
5 Retaliation
6 Tiff


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!

  • Unveil
  • Vicious
  • Commensurate
  • Spat
  • Miniscule
  • Tit-for-tat

GK Questions

Q1. What is the capital and currency of China?

Q2. Washington D.C is the capital of?

Answer in the comment section.




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