Improve your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 29th July, 2021

By Shrayans Jain|Updated : July 29th, 2021

Over the last couple of years, the English section of the competitive exams has given good surprises. You must have encountered one or more new types of questions in almost every exam you appear for. Many of these questions exclusively check your vocabulary skills. So, apart from enhancing your reading, writing, and speaking skills, a sound grip on vocabulary helps you score better in examinations. 


Reading is one of the best ways to boost your vocabulary. As you read a piece of writing, you come across new words that you might not have come across before. So, we must always try to inculcate a habit of reading.

Keeping this vision in mind, we bring to you the series, ‘Improve your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. The articles in this series fulfill your daily intake of English words.

The series tries to feature words from an article, with their meanings, contextual usage, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, proper use in sentences, etc. Given below is an important editorial from the newspaper ‘The Hindu'. Read it, understand the context, and go through the meanings of words to boost up your learning.

Happy Reading!

Dangerous conflagration: On Assam-Mizoram border clash

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Conflagration (अग्निकाण्ड,प्रज्वलन)

  • Pronunciation: kon-fluh-grey-shuhn/कान्फ्लग्रेशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a large fire that causes a lot of damage
    b. a large and violent event, such as war, involving a lot of people (Noun)
  • Synonyms: inferno, flame, holocaust, conflict
  • Antonyms: secure, accord, agreement
  • Usage in a sentence: The government has turned a minor local problem into a full-blown regional conflagration.

2. 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.

 3Word: Benign (सौम्य)

  • Pronunciation: be-nine/बिनाइन
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning  - having no significant effect/gentle and kind/not harmful 
  • Synonyms -  temperate, mild, gentle, clement, calm, balmy, pleasant
  • Antonyms -  unfriendly, hostile harsh, unhealthy, unfavourable
  • Usage in a sentence - The eco-friendly company will only drill for oil in areas where its practices are benign.

4. Word: Dormant (निष्क्रिय)

  • Pronunciation: dawr-muhnt/डॉर्मन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid
    b. in a state of rest or inactivity; inoperative; in abeyance
  • Synonyms: inactive, sleeping, latent
  • Antonyms: active, energetic, awake
  • Usage in a sentence: These volcanoes have remained dormant for several years.

5. Word: Snowballed (तेज़ी से बढ़ जाना)

  • Pronunciationsnoh-bawld/ स्नोबॉल्ड
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning
    a. threw snowballs at
    b. increased rapidly in size, intensity, or importance.
  • Synonyms: raised, increased, added, gained
  • Antonym: decreased
  • Usage in a Sentence: Problems snowball when early trouble signs are ignored.

6. Word: Bonhomie (मिलनसारिता)

  • Pronunciation: bon-uh-mee/ बानमी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: cheerful friendliness; geniality.
  • Synonyms: affability, amiability, sociability
  • Antonyms: aloofness, coldness, ferocity
  • Usage in Sentence: There was a casual bonhomie between the actors at rehearsals.

7. Word: Tamp (ठूंसना, ठूंस ठूंसकर बराबर करना)

  • Pronunciation: टैम्प/tamp
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: to press something such as soil or tobacco down firmly
  • Synonyms: pack, compress, press, ram, squeeze
  • Antonyms: alter, improve, explain, augment, amplify
  • Usage in a Sentence: The old man tamped down some more tobacco into his pipe.

8. Word: Farcical (हास्यास्पद)

  • Pronunciationfahr-si-kuh l/ फार्सकल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: relating to or resembling farce, especially because of absurd or ridiculous aspects.
  • Synonyms: ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd, laughable, foolish
  • Antonyms: serious, grave, reasonable, sensible, tragic
  • Usage in a sentence: The farcical behavior of the troupe of circus clowns left the children giggling.

9. Word: Bane (विपत्ति)

  • Pronunciation: beyn/ बेन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a cause of great distress or annoyance.
  • Synonyms: curse, evil, plague, calamity
  • Antonyms: benefit, blessing, boon
  • Usage in a Sentence: The poor train service has been the bane of commuters for years.

10. Word: Prolong (बढ़ाना)

  • Pronunciation: pruh-lawng/ प्रलॉंग
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: extend the duration of
  • Synonyms: extend, lengthen, stretch, expand
  • Antonyms: shorten, contract, diminish
  • Usage in Sentence: Though his recovery was rapid and complete, he did not choose to prolong his stay abroad.

'Writer's Corner'

Based on the description of the words, 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!

  • Tamp
  • Bane
  • Conflagration
  • Farcical
  • Snowball

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym

Share your answers in the comment section. 

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