Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 28th June, 2021

By Shruti Kapoor|Updated : June 28th, 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. Your reading exercise is impeded if you do not understand the meaning of a word, or its meaning in a given context. Such challenges could be overcome by inculcating a sound habit of reading. The habit lets you encounter something new every day in the form of words, the meaning of which you were unaware of.

In keeping with the idea of learning and scoring better in English, we bring to you our series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. A daily dose of this article acquaints you with commonly (and not so commonly) used English words. The series tries to feature every such word, with its meaning, contextual usage, pronunciation, synonym, antonym, proper use in sentences, etc., that could save you from sitting with a dictionary while reading. Ultimately, it facilitates smooth reading and better intake of the newspaper article.

Given below is an important editorial from the newspaper ‘The Indian Express’.

Read it, understand the context and go through the meanings of words to boost up your learning.

Why government’s use of sedition law reveals a colonial mindset

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Dissent (विरोध)

  • Pronunciation: dih-sent/डिसेन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning
    a. to differ in sentiment or opinion (Verb)
    b. to disagree with the methods, goals, etc. (Verb)
    c. to disagree with or reject the doctrines or authority of an established church (Verb)
    d. difference of sentiment or opinion (Noun)
    e. disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government (Noun)
  • Synonyms: conflict, disagree, protest, oppose
  • Antonyms: agree, assent, agreement, consent
  • Usage in a sentence: Rooney was booked for dissent after the referee failed to award United a penalty.

2. Word: Contempt (अवज्ञा)

  • Pronunciation: kuh n-tempt/कन्टेम्प्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning
    a. the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration
  • Synonyms: scorn, disdain, shame
  • Antonyms: respect, regard, esteem
  • Usage in a sentence: The contempt he felt for his fellow colleagues was obvious.

 3Word: Stifle (दबाना)

  • Pronunciation: stahy-fuh l/स्टाइफल
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: restrain (a reaction) or stop oneself acting on (an emotion), make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate.
  • Synonyms: suppress, curb, inhibit
  • Antonyms: encourage, boost, accelerate
  • Usage in a Sentence: My mother put her hand over her mouth to stifle a cough.

4. Word: Paradox (विरोधाभासी)

  • Pronunciation: par-uh-doks/पैरडाक्स
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics
    b. a self-contradictory and false proposition.
    c. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
  • Synonyms: enigma, contradiction, absurdity
  • Antonyms: certainty, explanation 
  • Usage in a sentence: It's a curious paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.

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5. Word: Statutory (सांविधिक)

  • Pronunciation: stach-oo-tawr-ee/स्टैचुटोरी
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. required, permitted, or enacted by statute.
    b. having come to be required or expected through being done or made regularly.
  • Synonyms: lawful, legal, authorized
  • Antonyms: unofficial, illegal
  • Usage in a Sentence: The man is under a statutory obligation to keep accurate records.

6. Word: Morbid (रुग्ण)

  • Pronunciation:  mawr-bid/मॉर्बिड
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. too interested in unpleasant subjects, especially death
    b. gruesome; grisly
    c. pertaining to diseased parts
    d. affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease
    e. suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc
  • Synonyms: ghoulish, gruesome, morose, unhealthy
  • Antonyms: healthy, cheerful, wholesome
  • Usage in a sentence: Why do people have such a morbid interest in the execution process?

7. Word: Foment (उकसाना)

  • Pronunciation: foh-ment/फोमेन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb 
  • Meaning: instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action).
  • Synonyms: provoke, incite, stimulate
  • Antonyms: soothe, dampen, ease
  • Usage in a Sentence: He has moved beyond simply trying to foment a revolt.

8. Word: Draconian (कठोर)

  • Pronunciation: drey-koh-nee-uh n
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning: (of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.
  • Synonyms: severe, harsh, strict
  • Antonyms: mild, lenient
  • Usage in a sentence: He criticized the draconian measures taken by the police in controlling the demonstrators.

9. Word: Ideologues (विचारक)

  • Pronunciation: ahy-dee-uh-lawg/आइडीअलॉग
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a person who believes very strongly in particular principles and tries to follow them carefully
  • Usage in a sentence: Attacking ideologues on the left and the right, he also defended the occasional mistakes. 

10. Word: Colonial (उपनिवेशक)

  • Pronunciation: kuh-loh-nee-uhl/कलोनीअल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. relating to a colony or colonialism (Adjective)
    b. a person from another country who lives in a colony, especially as part of its system of government (Noun)
  • Synonyms: imperialist, compound, insulated
  • Antonyms: modern, multicultural
  • Usage in a sentence: Turkey was once an important colonial power.

'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!


  • dissent
  • contempt
  • ideologues
  • stifle
  • paradox

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1 statute Compound
2 colonial Ghoulish
3 draconian Law
4 foment Harsh
5 morbid Provoke

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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SumanJun 28, 2021

Thankyou 🙏🙏🙏🙏

SanjeevJun 28, 2021

Thank you
Chan Doraemi

Chan DoraemiJun 28, 2021

The host being an ideologues, was aiming at promoting the draconian rule for execution of prisoners. He believed the harshest punishment should be implemented to scare the future culprits. However the dignitaries showed dissent with the statement. It was more contemptuous  and frowned upon because it promoted the colonial ideology and stifle the fact that if a person is blamed wrongly and put under immediate execution, but when there lies a paradox in the case and the person was acquittal, there is no way reclaiming him back from the death.
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