Elevates your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist – 3rd July 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!

 Seychelles template

Article Gist: Diplomacy in the Indian Ocean Region is the main concern in the article.


Challenging Words from the Article

1. Word of the day: Confrontational (झगड़ालू)

  • Pronunciation:kon-fruh n-tey-shuh-nl/कान्फ्रन्टैशनल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: tending to deal with situations in an aggressive way; hostile or argumentative.
  • Synonyms: defiant, belligerent
  • Antonyms: peaceful, friendly
  • Use in a Sentence: His confrontational speech has destroyed any possibilities of a peace settlement.

2. Word: Manoeuvre (पैंतरेबाज़ी करना)

  • Pronunciation: muh-noo-ver/मनूवर
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:

        a. move skilfully or carefully.

b. carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.

  • Synonyms: artifice, manipulate
  • Antonyms: innocence, sincerity
  • Use in a Sentence: His resignation from the competition was a tactical manoeuvre.

3. Word: Ratification (निश्चय करना)

  • Pronunciation: rat-uh-fi-key-shuh n/ रैटफकैशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the action of signing or giving formal consent to a treaty, contract, or agreement, making it officially valid.
  • Synonyms: confirmation, approval
  • Antonyms: opposition, refusal
  • Use in a Sentence: The settlement is subject to ratification by the Legislature.

4. Word: Abeyance (विलंब)

  • Pronunciation: uh-bey-uh ns/अबैअन्स
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a state of temporary disuse or suspension.
  • Synonyms: delay, interruption
  • Antonyms: revival, continuation
  • Use in a Sentence: This practice has fallen into abeyance now.

5. Word: Recrimination (आरोप)

  • Pronunciation: ri-krim-uh-ney-shuh n/ रिक्रिमिनैशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an accusation in response to one from someone else.
  • Synonyms: blame, charge
  • Antonyms: apology, defense
  • Use in a Sentence: He submitted a letter of resignation free of recrimination or any contention.

6. Phrase: Lay Down (निर्धारित करना/ अर्पित करना)

  • Part of Speech: Phrasal Verb
  • Meaning: To specify/ To store for the future.
  • Synonyms: establish, prescribe, impose
  • Antonyms: erode, avoid, negate
  • Use in a Sentence: The manager laid down the standards that he wanted the organization run by.

7. Word: Concrete (ठोस)

  • Pronunciation: kon-kreet/कन्क्रीट
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
        a. existing in a material or physical form; not abstract. [Noun]
        b. form (something) into a mass; solidify. [Verb]


  • Synonyms: solid, tangible, substantial
  • Antonyms: ideal, flexible
  • Use in a Sentence: The terminal was constructed of bolstered concrete.

8. Word: Cold reception (अनादर)

  • Part of Speech: Idiom
  • Meaning: Half-hearted welcome
  • Synonyms: disesteem, inhospitality
  • Antonyms: respect, honor
  • Use in a Sentence: She got a cold reception when she went to see her old friend.

9. Word: Sovereignty (सत्ता)

  • Pronunciation:sov-rin-tee/साव्रिन्टी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:

        a. supreme power or authority.

b. the authority of a state to govern itself or another state.

c. a self-governing state.

  • Synonyms: freedom, democracy
  • Antonyms: retention, belief
  • Use in a Sentence: The people embrace their independence and sovereignty.

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!


Give one synonym and antonym of the word other than mentioned above.

S.No Words
1 Sovereignty 
2 Concrete
3 Recrimination 
4 Abeyance
5 Manoeuvre 

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!

  • Confrontational
  • Lay Down
  • Recrimination 
  • Cold Reception
  • Ratification

GK Questions

Q1. What is the capital of Seychelles?

Q2. Danny Faure is the president of which country?

Answer in the comment section.



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