Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 17th November 2020

By Nilanjan Paul|Updated : November 17th, 2020

Over the last few years, aspirants of competitive examinations have been witnessing new types of questions in almost every examination they take. The questions based on new patterns mostly appear in the English section as the subject provides the maximum scope for experimentation. The examination bodies twist the questions to stimulate the analytical skills of the candidates. However, the basics never change and Vocabulary is one of the most essential basics of the English language. A sound command over Vocabulary allows you to tackle the questions and solve problems efficiently. 

Our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’ aims to help you completely understand the commonly used words with their meanings, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms, proper use in sentences, etc.

Here is an important editorial for you from ‘The Indian Express’, followed by important words from the same, to help you strengthen your vocabulary.

Happy Reading!

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Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Tame (अनुकूल बनाना)

  • Pronunciation: teym/टेम 
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. changed from the wild or savage state; domesticated (Adjective)
    b. without shyness, as if domesticated (Adjective)
    c. to deprive of courage, ardor, or zest (Verb)
  • Synonyms: subdue, docile, train
  • Antonyms: violent, fierce, savage
  • Usage in a sentence: After a few months' contact the monkeys become very tame.

2. Word:  Apathy (निठुराई)

  • Pronunciation: ap-uh-thee/ऐपथी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. behaviour that shows no interest or energy and shows that someone is unwilling to take action, especially over something important
  • Synonyms: indifference, unconcern
  • Antonyms: interest, passion, sympathy
  • Usage in a sentence: There is a growing sense of apathy among teens and a feeling that there are no opportunities, he said.

 3Word: Stranded (असहाय)

  • Pronunciation: stran-did/स्ट्रैन्डड 
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning
    a. unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transport or money
    b. lacking what is necessary to leave a place or to get out of a situation
  • Synonyms: deserted, isolated, beached
  • Antonyms: accompanied
  • Usage in a sentence: He left me stranded in town with no car and no money for a bus.

4. Word: Frugal (मितव्ययी)

  • Pronunciation: froo-guhl/फ्रूगल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. careful when using money or food, or (of a meal) cheap or small in amount
  • Synonyms: sparing, prudent, stingy
  • Antonyms: lavish, extravagant
  • Usage in a sentence: He built up his savings by being very frugal.

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5. Word: Dire (अत्यंत)

  • Pronunciation: dahyuhr/डाइअर
  • Part of Speech: Adjective 
  • Meaning:
    a. causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible
    b. indicating trouble, disaster, misfortune, or the like
    c. urgent; desperate
  • Synonyms: dreadful, awful, terrible
  • Antonyms: fortunate, good, trivial
  • Usage in a sentence: He gave a dire warning that an earthquake was imminent.

6. Word: Ravage (तहस-नहस करना)

  • Pronunciation: rav-ij/रैविज
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages (Verb)
    b. to work havoc; do ruinous damage (Verb)
    c. devastating or destructive action (Noun)
  • Synonyms: devastate, ruin, destroy
  • Antonyms: protect, aid, preserve
  • Usage in a sentence: The area has been ravaged by drought/floods/war.

7. Word:  Demagogue (दुर्जनों का नेता)

  • Pronunciation: dem-uh-gog/डेमगाग
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. a person, especially a political leader, who wins support by exciting the emotions of ordinary people rather than by having good or morally right ideas (Noun)
    b. to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort (Verb)
  • Synonyms: agitator, incendiary, troublemaker
  • Antonyms: appeaser, intermediary, backup
  • Usage in a sentence: He was an enthusiastic, but a fickle and ambitious demagogue, and he achieved a better reputation as a writer.

8. Word: Inmate (सहवासी)

  • Pronunciation: in-meyt/इन्मेट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.
    b. a person who is kept in a prison or a hospital for people who are mentally ill
  • Synonyms: convict, prisoner, inpatient
  • Antonyms: tourist, vagabond, homeowner
  • Usage in a sentence: The inmates claim they have been mistreated by the prison guards.

9. Phrase: Take a toll (नुक्सान पहुँचाना)

  • Pronunciation: teyk-a-toll/टेक अ टोल
  • Meaning:
    a. to cause harm or suffering:
  • Synonyms: damage, harm
  • Antonyms: save, protect, benefit
  • Usage in a sentence: The constant stress takes its toll on emergency room workers.

10. Phrase: Win hands down (आसानी से जीतना)

  • Pronunciation: win-hands-daaun/विन हैंड्स डाउन 
  • Meaning:
    a. to win very easily
  • Synonyms: win easily, romp, come out on top
  • Antonyms: get defeated
  • Usage in a sentence: The New Winter Palace Hotel wins hands down for both comfort and location.

'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!

  • Take a toll
  • Win hands down
  • Tame
  • Apathy
  • Stranded

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1 frugaldreadful
3 inmatedevastate
4 demagogueconvict
5 direincendiary

Share your answers in the comment section. 

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For practice, attempt the quiz based on this daily wordlist from the link below to enhance your exam preparation: Vocabulary Quiz, Click here to attempt!

You can also check the wordlist articles for the previous days from the link below: Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist

That was your Vocabulary dose for the day. 

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