Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 18th February, 2021

By Oindrila Banerjee|Updated : February 18th, 2021

Vocabulary plays a very important role in enhancing your communication skills, be it written or spoken. As you glance through the newspaper every day, you come across a number of new words. Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist from BYJU'S Exam Prep is a daily vocabulary exercise that will help enhance your vocabulary skills.

Nowadays the English section of Banking exams is full of surprises. In most of the topics, Vocabulary plays an important role and a good hold over it will help you score good marks. Also, Vocabulary helps in understanding the context of sentences while improving communication skills like speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Nobody can cram all the meanings of the words in one go. To help you out in this, we are providing you with the series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’ which solely aims to enhance your vocabulary. The series will present the words used in newspaper editorials with the appropriate meanings, synonyms, antonyms, pronunciation, usage in the sentences, etc.

Today's article is from "The Hindu" newspaper. Understand the gist of the article using the meaning of the words given below and practice questions at the end of this article.

Happy Reading!

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Important Words from the Article

1. WordInsurrection (विद्रोह) 

  • Pronunciation: in-suh-rek-shuhn /इन्सरेक्शन
  • Part of speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a violent uprising against an authority or government
  • Synonyms: revolt, rebellion
  • Antonyms: calm, peace
  • Usage in a sentence: In 1923 he took part in the communist insurrection in Germany.

2. Word: Goad (उकसाना)

  • Pronunciation: gohd/गोड
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. to make a person or an animal react or do something by continuously annoying or upsetting them (Verb)
    b. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod (Noun)
    c. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick (Noun)
    d. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus (Noun)
    e. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite (Verb)
  • Synonyms: provoke, spur, prod, urge
  • Antonyms: discourage, restraint, dissuade
  • Usage in a sentence: He refused to be goaded by their insults.

 3Word: Culmination (चरमबिन्दु)

  • Pronunciation: kuhl-muh-ney-shuhn/ कल्मनेशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time.
  • Synonyms: peak, climax, pinnacle, conclusion
  • Antonyms: beginning, commencement, opening
  • Usage in a sentence: The space race reached its culmination in the first moonwalk.

4. Word: Multilateral (बहुपक्षीय)

  • Pronunciation: muhl-ti-lat-er-uh l/ मल्टीलैटरल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: agreed upon or participated in by three or more parties, especially the governments of different countries
  • Synonyms: multifaceted, international
  • Antonyms: unilateral, bilateral, mutual
  • Usage in a Sentence: The first round of multilateral trade talks has swayed between hope and despair.

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5. Word: Exacerbate (ख़राब करना)

  • Pronunciationex-aca-bate/इग्ज़ैसर्बेट 
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: to increase the severity or worsen/make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.
  • Synonyms: aggravate, make worse, worsen, inflame
  • Antonyms: calm, reduce
  • Usage in a Sentence: She doesn't want to exacerbate the situation.

6. Word: Brazen (निर्लज)

  • Pronunciation: brey-zuhn/ब्रेज़न
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Verb
  • Meaning
    a. obvious, without any attempt to be hidden (Adjective)
    b. made of brass (Adjective)
    c. to make brazen or bold (Verb)
  • Synonyms: bold, shameless, cheeky, insolent
  • Antonyms: timid, shy, shameful
  • Usage in a sentence: He told me a brazen lie.

7. Word: Misdemeanour (साधारण अपराध)

  • Pronunciation:  mis-di-mee-ner/मिस्डिमीनर
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a minor wrongdoing.
  • Synonyms: misdeed, malpractice, offense, misbehaviour
  • Antonyms: defence, obedience, decency
  • Usage in a Sentence: My uncle was brought up on misdemeanour charges.

8. Word: Ominous (अनिष्टसूचक)

  • Pronunciation: om-uh-nuh s/आमनस
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen; threateningly inauspicious.
  • Synonyms: dangerous, menacing, inauspicious
  • Antonyms: auspicious, encouraging, good
  • Usage in Sentence: The car is making an ominous rattling sound.

9. Word: Denounce (दोषी ठहराना)

  • Pronunciation: dih-nouns/ डिनाउन्स
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning
    a. publicly declare to be wrong or evil.
    b. inform against.
  • Synonyms: condemn, blame, criticize, attack
  • Antonyms: praise, approve, support, celebrate
  • Usage in a sentence: The film was denounced for the way it portrayed its female characters.

10. Word: Garner (एकत्र करना)

  • Pronunciationgahr-ner/गार्नर
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: gather or collect (something, especially information or approval).
  • Synonyms: amass, accumulate
  • Antonyms: spread, dissipate
  • Usage in a Sentence: This product did not garner enough popularity, and had to be discontinued.

'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!

  • insurrection
  • goad 
  • culmination 
  • multilateral 
  • exacerbate 

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym

Share your answers in the comment section. 

More from us:

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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