Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 5 March, 2019

By Mansi Anand|Updated : March 5th, 2019
A good command of vocabulary is important to score good marks in the English section of the competitive exams. It helps in improving all the areas of communication like speaking, listening, reading and even writing. Now the question arises: How you can improve your vocabulary? One simple answer is there: Make a habit of reading. Reading skills will help you to learn new words.
Our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’ aims to help you understand the different aspects of the commonly used words, ranging from their meaning, pronunciation 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!
Now attempt the GK questions related to this article to boost your general knowledge.
G.K. Questions:
Q1. What message did Pulwama attack give to India?
Q2. Which aircraft was featured by the aerial strike conducted in Balakot?
Q3. What was the amount of explosives detonated by the suicide bmber in Pulwama attack?

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Important Words from the Article

1. WordRam (टक्कर मारना)

  • Pronunciation: ram/ रैम
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: roughly force (something) into place.
  • Synonyms: force, thrust, drive
  • Antonyms: tap, dawdle, take out
  • Usage in a Sentence: They got a battering ram to smash down the door.

2. PhraseUp the ante (दाव बढ़ाना)

  • Pronunciation: अप द एंटी
  • Part of Speech: Phrase
  • Meaning: to increase your risks or demands in order to get a greater advantage. 
  • Synonyms: raise the ante, raise the bar, up a notch
  • Antonyms: lower standards, reduce costs, depreciate
  • Usage in a Sentence: The owners are constantly carping about runaway salaries, then fall over themselves to jump the gun and up the ante.

3. Word: Precision (उम्दगी)

  • Pronunciation: pri-sizh-uhn/ प्रिसिश़न
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the quality, condition, or fact of being exact and accurate.
  • Synonyms: accuracy, correctness, exactness
  • Antonyms: inaccuracy, falsity, imprecision
  • Usage in a Sentence: To minimize collateral damage maximum precision in bombing was required.

4. WordParadigmatic (निदर्शनात्मक)

  • Pronunciation: par-uh-dig-mat-ik/ पैरडाइमैटिक
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: serving as a typical example of something.
  • Synonyms: model, iconic, exemplary
  • Antonyms: individual. co-operative, syntagmatic
  • Usage in a Sentence: This may be due to the greater paradigmatic influence of geophysical research on the other earth sciences. 

5. WordRadicalize (उग्र सुधारवादी बनाना)

  • Pronunciationrad-i-kuh-lahyz/ रैडिकलाइज़
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: cause (someone) to adopt radical positions on political or social issues.
  • Synonyms: alter, change, modify
  • Antonyms: cool, decontaminate, unscramble
  • Usage in a Sentence: Young people have been radicalized by the struggle with the government.

6. WordDetonate (दागना)

  • Pronunciationdet-n-eyt/ डेटनेट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: explode or cause to explode.
  • Synonyms: explode, set off, blow up
  • Antonyms: defuse, dismantle, confirm
  • Usage in a Sentence: France is expected to detonate its first nuclear device in the next few days.

7. WordEuphemism (कोमल भाषा)

  • Pronunciationyoo-fuh-miz-uh m/ यूफमिज़म
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
  • Synonyms: expression, metaphor, allegory
  • Antonyms: dysphemism, succinctness
  • Usage in a Sentence: The article made so much use of euphemism that often its meaning was unclear.

8. WordBrace (बंधन, बांधना)

  • Pronunciation: breys/ ब्रेस
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: a. a strengthening piece of iron or timber used in building or carpentry. [Noun]
    b. prepare (someone) for something difficult or unpleasant. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: support, strengthen, prop
  • Antonyms: let go, weaken, loosen
  • Usage in a Sentence: The passengers were told to brace themselves for a crash landing.

9. WordChicanery (कुतर्क)

  • Pronunciation: shi-key-nuh-ree/ शिकेनरी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose.
  • Synonyms: trickery, duplicity, deception
  • Antonyms: honesty, truthfulness, openness
  • Usage in a Sentence: Clearly there is some chicanery going on and perhaps in due course we will find out the truth.

10. WordEschew (छोड़ना)

  • Pronunciation: es-choo/ एस्चू
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: deliberately avoid using; abstain from.
  • Synonyms: shun, avoid, evade
  • Antonyms: embrace, pursue, confront
  • Usage in a Sentence: To eschew detail is to float in the clouds above the wood.

11. WordPillory (निंदा करना)

  • Pronunciationpil-uh-ree/पिलरी
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: attack or ridiculed publicly.
  • Synonyms: vilify, shame, denounce
  • Antonyms: accolade, admiration, esteem
  • Usage in a Sentence: The man was pilloried in the newspapers and his resignation demanded.

12. WordConstrue (समझाना)

  • Pronunciation: kuh n-stroo/कन्स्ट्रू
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. interpret (a word or action) in a particular way.
    b. analyse the syntax of (a text, sentence, or word).
  • Synonyms: interpret, understand
  • Antonyms: befuddle, complicate
  • Usage in a Sentence: He may construe the approach as a hostile act.

13. WordInviolable (अनुल्लंघनीय)

  • Pronunciation: in-vahy-uh-luh-buh l/ इन्वाइअलबल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: never to be broken, infringed, or dishonoured.
  • Synonyms: sacrosanct, secure, impregnable
  • Antonyms: violable, alienable, profane
  • Usage in a Sentence: The game had a single inviolable rule: obstacles were to be overcome, not circumvented.


'Writer's Corner'

Based on the words description, we have some practice questions for you. Answer these questions in the comments section. Our team will review them at the earliest!

Exercise 1. 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!

  • Construe
  • Inviolable
  • Eschew
  • Pillory
  • Chicanery

Exercise 2: Match the columns!

S No.WordsSynonyms

 Exercise 3: Identify the words from the graphics.

Pictures are one of the best ways to enhance your memory. Four sets of words, each followed by an image, is given below. The images represent one word from the given words. Identify the correct answer and post them in the comment section. 


A. Construe
B. Eschew
C. Detonate
D. Euphemism



A. Ram
B. Inviolable
C. Brace
D. Pillory



A. Paradigmatic
B. Radicalize
C. Construe
D. Brace


Answer in the comment section.  

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