Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 18th September , 2020

By Nilanjan Paul|Updated : September 18th, 2020

Vocabulary is an essential tool to ace the English section in competitive examinations. You can score better in the subject if you are able to intensify your command over Vocabulary. A regular reading habit can help you with this. With the exercise, you will come across a number of new words, whose meanings you can look up in the dictionary. This, in turn, will help you understand the context of the piece you are reading.

Reading articles from newspapers helps you in two ways: Memorising Static Facts from the Article & Enhancing your Vocabulary.

In conjunction with the above idea, we bring to you our series ‘Shape up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist’. This series aims to help you understand the different aspects of the commonly (and not so commonly) used words, ranging from their meaning and pronunciations to proper usage in sentences.

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.

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

Stop press: On blanket gag order against the media

Important Words from the Article

1. WordOmnibus (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)
  • Usage in a sentence: I enjoyed the omnibus edition of Eastenders on Sunday.

2. Word: Prejudice (पक्षपात)

  • Pronunciation: prej-uh-dis/प्रेजडिस
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason (Noun)
    b. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable (Noun)
    c. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group (Noun)
    d. damage or injury; detriment (Noun)
    e. someone or something that prejudices you influences you unfairly so that you form an unreasonable opinion about something (Verb)
  • Synonyms: bias, partiality, influence, discrimination
  • Antonyms: tolerance, fairness, justice, equity
  • Usage in a sentence: He had to battle against prejudice to get a job.

 3Word: Blanket (पूरी तरह से आच्छादित करना))

  • Pronunciation: blan-ket/ब्लैंगकट
  • Part of Speech: Adjective
  • Meaning - covering all cases or instances; total and inclusive.
  • Synonyms -  overall, general/complete, total & inclusive.
  • Antonyms - Incomplete, bare
  • Usage in a sentence - A blanket insurance policy insures a car against all kinds of accidents.

4. Word: Gag (मुँह बन्द करना)

  • Pronunciation: gag/गैग
  • Part of Speech: Verb, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. to prevent a person or organization from talking or writing about a particular subject (verb)
    b. to experience the sudden uncomfortable feeling of tightness in the throat and stomach that makes you feel like you are going to vomit (verb)
    c. a piece of cloth that is tied around a person's mouth or put inside it in order to stop the person from speaking, shouting, or calling for help (noun)
  • Synonyms: muzzle, stifle, silence 
  • Antonyms: empower, break the silence
  • Usage in a sentence: The media has obviously been gagged because nothing has been reported.

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5. Word: Restrain (नियंत्रित करना)

  • Pronunciation: ri-streyn/रीस्ट्रैन
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: 
    a. prevent (someone or something) from doing something; keep under control or within limits.
    b. control (a strong urge or emotion).
    c. deprive (someone) of freedom of movement or personal liberty.
  • Synonyms: hinder, inhibit
  • Antonyms: unleash, promote
  • Use in a Sentence: Sanya tried her best to restrain her younger sister.

6. Word: Interim (मध्यकाल/अंतरिम)

  • Pronunciation: in-ter-uh m/इन्ट्रम
  • Part of Speech: Adjective, Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. in or for the intervening period; provisional. [Adjective]
    b. the intervening time. [Noun]
  • Synonyms: meanwhile, cessation
  • Antonyms: perpetual, everlasting
  • Usage in a Sentence: During the interim period, air quality has deteriorated.

7. Word: Allegation (आरोपण)

  • Pronunciation: al-i-gey-shuhn/ ऐलगेशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.
  • Synonyms: charge, assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, contention, argument
  • Antonyms: denial, cancellation, abnegation, rejection
  • Usage in a Sentence: There have been allegations of fraud in the city government.

8. Word: Foist (थोपना)

  • Pronunciation: foist/फॉइस्ट
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning:
    a. to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon)
    b. to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually followed by in or into)
  • Synonyms: impose, inflict, palm off, insinuate
  • Usage in a sentence: She charged that junk food is being foisted on children by TV commercials.

9. Word: Vendetta (प्रतिशोध)

  • Pronunciation: ven-det-uh/ वेन्डेता
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning
    a. a blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer's family.
    b. a prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone.
  • Synonyms: feud, dispute, quarrel, argument, clash, revenge
  • Antonyms: agreement, harmony, peace, affection
  • Usage in a sentence: He waged a personal vendetta against his rivals in the Senate.

10. Word: Vilification (बदनामी)

  • Pronunciation: vil-uh-fi-ca-shun/विलफकैशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning:
    a. the act of saying or writing unpleasant things about someone or something, in order to cause other people to have a bad opinion of them
  • Synonyms: smear, defamation, libel, slander
  • Antonyms: blessing, acclaim, praise
  • Usage in a sentence: Participants were asked whether they had experienced discrimination or vilification because of their race or religion.

'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!

  • Gag
  • Restrain
  • Interim
  • Allegation
  • Foist

Exercise 2: Match the columns.

SR No.WordSynonym
1 feud libel
2 inflict everlasting
3 perpetual quarrel
4 defamation bias
5 discrimination insinuate

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

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