Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 29th Oct'21

By Oindrila Banerjee|Updated : October 29th, 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.

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

A credible probe: On Supreme Court verdict on Pegasus row

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Credible (विश्वास करने योग्य)

  • Pronunciationkred-uh-buhl/ क्रेडबल
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. able to be believed; convincing.
    b. capable of persuading people that something will happen or be successful. 
  • Synonyms: believable, plausible, trustworthy, reliable
  • Antonyms: unbelievable, incredible, unreliable
  • Usage in a Sentence: The plot is credible but the characters lack individuality.

2. Word: Stern (कठोर या निर्दय)

  • Pronunciation: sturn/ स्टर्न
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. firm, strict, or uncompromising:
    b. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character:
  • Synonyms: hard, harsh, severe
  • Antonyms: kind, easy, lenient
  • Usage in a sentence: Teacher treated the students with a stern reprimand for not doing the homework.

 3. Word: Rebuff (अस्वीकार)

  • Pronunciation: ri-buhf/ रीबफ
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. an abrupt or ungracious rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture. [Noun]
    b. reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: repulse, reject, refuse
  • Antonyms: accept, welcome, approve
  • Usage in a sentence: She suffered a rebuff from her manager when she raised the matter.

4. WordBrazen (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.

5. Word: Enunciate (व्यक्त करना)

  • Pronunciation: ih-nuhn-see-eyt/ईनन्सीऐट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning
    a. to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner
    b. to state or declare definitely, as a theory
    c. to announce
  • Synonyms: pronounce, utter, articulate, voice, announce
  • Antonyms: mumble, mispronounce, keep quiet, muffle
  • Usage in a sentence: He doesn't enunciate (his words) very clearly.

6. Word: Omnibus (बहुप्रयोजन)

  • Pronunciation: om-nuh-buhs/आम्नबस
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a book or a programme consisting of two or more parts that have already been published or broadcast separately (Noun)
    b. pertaining to, including, or dealing with numerous objects or items at once (Adjective)
  • Synonyms: Anthology, comprehensive, universal
  • Antonyms: limited, restricted, circumscribed
  • Usage in a sentence: I enjoyed the omnibus edition of Eastenders on Sunday.

7. Word: Spectre (पिशाच)

  • Pronunciation: spek-ter/ स्पेक्टर
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. a ghost.
    b. something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence.
  • Synonyms: ghost, phantom, apparition
  • Antonyms: reality
  • Usage in a sentence: The country is haunted by the spectre of civil war.

8. Word: Intrusive (हस्तक्षेप करने वाले)

  • Pronunciation: in-troo-siv/ इन्ट्रूसिव 
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning:
    a. tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome:
    b. intrusive memories of a lost love.
  • Synonyms: nosy, meddlesome, prying
  • Antonyms: protrusive, taciturn, bulging 
  • Usage in a sentence: She felt her presence there was intrusive.

9. WordAlacrity (उत्साह)

  • Pronunciationuh-lak-ri-tee/ अलैक्रटी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: brisk and cheerful readiness.
  • Synonyms: willingness, eagerness, readiness, preparedness
  • Antonyms: laziness, reluctance, indifference, disinclination, aversion
  • Usage in a sentence: It was an interesting challenge and I responded with alacrity.

10Word: Appall (स्तंभित कर देना)

  • Pronunciation: uh-pawl
  • Part of Speech: Verb (transitive)
  • Meaning: to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay
  • Synonyms: horrify, scandalize, shock, dismay
  • Antonyms: encourage, comfort, embolden
  • Usage in a sentence: She was appalled by the insolence of the student.

'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!

  • credible
     
  • stern 
     
  • rebuff 
     
  • brazen 
     
  • enunciate

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1omnibusmeddlesome
2spectrehorrify
3intrusivewillingness
4alacrityphantom
5appallanthology

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. 

from BYJU'S Exam Prep

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