Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 03 April, 2019

By Snigdha Singh|Updated : April 3rd, 2019

Over the last couple of years, the English section of the Banking Examinations has given good surprises. You must have encountered one or more new type of question in almost every Banking exam you appear for. Many of these questions exclusively check your vocabulary skills. So, apart from enhancing your reading, writing and speaking skills, a sound grip on vocabulary helps you score better in examinations. Reading is one of the best ways to boost your vocabulary. As you read a piece of writing, you come across new words which you might not have come across before. So, we must always try to inculcate a habit of reading. 
Keeping this vision in mind, we bring to you the series, ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. The articles in this series fulfil your daily intake of English words. The series tries to feature words from an article, with their meanings, contextual usage, pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms, proper use in sentences, etc.
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.

Happy Reading!

Foggy in Wayanad: on Rahul's decision to contest from Kerala

Important Words from the Article

1. Word: Fault-line (भ्रंश-रेखा)

  • Pronunciation: फॉल्ट लाइन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences.
  • Synonyms: split, crack, fracture, dividing line
  • Antonyms: collaborate, mend, attach
  • Usage in a Sentence:  These issues have created a stark fault line within the peace process.

2. Word: Forefront (अग्र स्थान)

  • Pronunciation: fawr-fruhnt/ फॉर्फ्रन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: the leading or most important position or place.
  • Synonyms: vanguard, lead, head, limelight
  • Antonyms: background, backdrop, groundwork
  • Usage in a Sentence: The company has always been at the forefront of science and technology.

3. Word: Gambit (चाल)

  • Pronunciation: gam-bit/ गैम्बिट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage, especially at the outset of a situation.
  • Synonyms: ploy, stratagem, artifice, tactic
  • Antonyms: good faith, frankness
  • Usage in a Sentence: His opening gambit at the debate was a direct attack on the government policy.

4. Word: Rupture (कलह)

  • Pronunciation: ruhp-cher/ रप्चर
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning: 
    a. break or burst suddenly. [Verb]
    b. breach or disturb (a harmonious feeling or situation). [Verb]
    c. an instance of breaking or bursting suddenly and completely. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: split, break, rift, fracture, tear, crack
  • Antonyms: collaborate, mend, join, fix, harmony
  • Usage in a Sentence: The incidents have not yet caused a major rupture in the political ties between the two countries.

5. Word: Exigency (आपदा)

  • Pronunciation: ek-si-juhn-see/ एक्सिजन्सी
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: an urgent need or demand.
  • Synonyms: emergency, need, urgency, crisis, necessity
  • Antonyms: advantage, benefit
  • Usage in a Sentence: The president is free to act in any sudden exigency.

6. Word: Foray (आक्रमण करना)

  • Pronunciation: fawr-ey/ फॉरै
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid.
  • Synonyms: despoil, charge, attack
  • Antonyms: idleness, relax
  • Usage in a Sentence: After an unsuccessful foray into diplomacies, Sham went back to his law practice.

7. Word: Disparage (डिस्पैरिज)

  • Pronunciation: dih-spar-ij/ डिस्पैरिज
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: regard or represent as being of little worth.
  • Synonyms: belittle, depreciate, denigrate, defame
  • Antonyms: flatter, praise, commend
  • Usage in a Sentence: Don't disparage her attempts to become an actor.

8. Word: Overtone (प्रच्छन्न भाव)

  • Pronunciation: oh-ver-tohn/ ओवर्टोन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a subtle or subsidiary quality, implication, or connotation.
  • Synonyms: hints, suggestions, undercurrent, implication
  • Antonyms: meaningless, insignificant
  • Usage in a Sentence: My friend's words were polite, but there was an overtone of anger in his voice.

9. Phrase: Keep at arm’s length (दूरी बनाये रखना)

  • Pronunciation: कीप अन आर्म्स लेंग्थ
  • Meaning: to avoid intimacy or familiarity with something/ someone
  • Synonyms: distance, stay away, disregard, ignore, reject
  • Antonyms: attend, recognize, regard, respect
  • Usage in a Sentence: They no longer trust him and are keeping him at arm's length.

10. Word: Onus (दायित्व)

  • Pronunciation: oh-nuh s/ ओनस
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: something that is one's duty or responsibility.
  • Synonyms: responsibility, liability, obligation
  • Antonyms: help, irresponsibility, impassiveness
  • Usage in a Sentence: The onus is on employers of the company to follow all the safety laws.

'Writer's Corner'

Based on the words description, 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!

  • Overtone
  • Rupture
  • Foray
  • Forefront
  • Keep at arm's length

Exercise 2: Match the columns!

S No.WordsSynonym
4Fault lineTactic
Share your answers in the comment section below.
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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

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