Learn Vocabulary from 'The Hindu' Newspaper Wordlist: 4th June 2022

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : June 4th, 2022

Vocabulary is an essential tool to ace the English section in competitive examinations. You can score better in the subject if you are able to intensify your command of Vocabulary. A regular reading habit can help you with this. With the exercise, you will come across a number of new words, whose meanings you can look up in the dictionary. This, in turn, will help you understand the context of the piece you are reading.

Reading articles from newspapers helps you in two ways: Memorizing Static Facts from the Article & Enhancing your Vocabulary.

In conjunction with the above idea, we bring to you our series ‘Newspaper Wordlist’. This series aims to help you understand the different aspects of the commonly (and not so commonly) used words, ranging from their meaning and pronunciations to proper usage in sentences.

Important Vocabulary from The Hindu Editorial: 4th June 2022

1. Word: Grim (ख़राब)

  • Pronunciation: grim/ग्रिम
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: 
    a. very serious or gloomy.
    b. (especially of a place) unattractive or forbidding.
  • Synonyms: gloomy, bleak
  • Antonyms: cheerful, compassionate
  • Usage in a Sentence: When he lost his job, his future looked grim.

2. Word: Verge (कगार)

  • Pronunciation: vurj/ वर्ज
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs; brink [Noun]
    b. be very close or similar to. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: margin, incline, brink, border
  • Antonyms: midstream middle, centre
  • Usage in a Sentence: The country was on the verge of becoming successful. 


3. Word: Contemplate (चिंतन करना)

  • Pronunciation: kon-tuhm-pleyt/कान्टम्प्लेट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning
    a. to spend time considering a possible future action, or to consider one particular thing for a long time in a serious and quiet way
    b. to have as a purpose; intend
    c. to have in view as a future event
  • Synonyms: consider, ponder, study, reflect
  • Antonyms: forget, disregard, neglect
  • Usage in a sentence: They were contemplating a move to California.

4. WordExodus (पलायन)

  • Pronunciationek-suh-duh s/एक्सडस
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:  a mass departure of people.
  • Synonyms: withdrawal, evacuation, exit, departure, egress
  • Antonyms: arrival, influx, inflow, entry
  • Use in a Sentence: There has been a mass exodus of workers from the villages to the cities.

5. Word: Abominable (घिनौना)

  • Pronunciation: uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: Exceptionally bad
  • Synonyms: Abhorrent, loathsome, hateful, despicable
  • Antonyms: Pleasant, desirous, Honourable 
  • Usage in a sentence: Why have you done such an abominable thing?

6. WordPredicament (दुर्दशा)

  • Pronunciation: pri-dik-uh-muh nt/प्रीडिकमन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
  • Synonyms: dilemma, quandary, crisis
  • Antonyms: benefit, advantage, agreement
  • Use in a Sentence: Many aspirants find themselves in the predicament of not being able to afford coaching.

7. WordReconciliation (मिलान)

  • Pronunciation: rek-uh n-sil-ee-ey-shuh-n
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the restoration of friendly relations.
  • Synonyms: reunion, accord, compromise
  • Antonyms: conflict, breakup, feud, estrangement
  • Usage in a sentence: There was little hope of reconciliation between the two groups. 

8. Word: Subtle (अतिसूक्ष्म)

  • Pronunciation: suht-l/ सटल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. (especially of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe.
    b. (of a mixture or effect) delicately complex and understated.
    c. capable of making fine distinctions.
    d. arranged in an ingenious and elaborate way.
    e. making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve something.
  • Synonyms: delicate, fine, slight, precise, shrewd
  • Antonyms: obvious, open, harsh, straightforward
  • Usage in a Sentence: Racial discrimination still exists, only now it's subtler than it once was.

9. WordSpectrum (विस्तृत श्रेणी)

  • Pronunciation: spek-truhm/स्पेक्ट्रम
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: 
    a. (Physics)an array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass: often the band of colors produced when sunlight is passed through a prism, comprising red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet
    b. (Physics) this band or series of colors together with extensions at the ends that are not visible to the eye, but that can be studied by means of photography, heat effects, etc., and that are produced by the dispersion of radiant energy other than ordinary light rays.Compare band spectrum, electromagnetic spectrum, mass spectrum
    c. a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence
  • Synonyms: range, gamut, scope
  • Antonyms: monochromatic
  • Usage in a sentence: He was held in great affection by people across the political spectrum.

10. Word: Rehabilitation (पुनर्वास ).

  • Pronunciation:  re-habi-lae-shun/ˌरीअˌबिलिˈटेश्‌न्‌
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    the action of bringing (someone or something) back to a normal
  • Synonyms:   Regeneration, renewal, revival, betterment
  • Antonyms: Atrophy, depletion
  • Usage in a sentence: There is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center near our house.

The Hindu Newspaper Vocabulary Based Exercises: 4th June 2022

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!

  • Spectrum
  • Rehabilitation
  • Subtle
  • Reconciliation
  • Predicament

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym

Share your answers in the comment section. 



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