Shape Up your Vocabulary from Newspaper Wordlist: 27 March, 2019

By Mansi Anand|Updated : March 27th, 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!

The point of having democracy

Important Words from the Article

1. WordPronouncement (कथन)

  • Pronunciation: pruh-nouns-muh nt/ प्रनाउन्स्मन्ट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a formal or authoritative announcement or declaration.
  • Synonyms: dictum, announcement, proclamation
  • Antonyms: furtive, application, control
  • Usage in a Sentence: There has been no official pronouncement yet on the state of the president's health.

2. WordImbue (पीलाना)

  • Pronunciation: im-byoo/ इम्ब्यू
  • Part of Speech: Verb
  • Meaning: inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality).
  • Synonyms: permeate, pervade, instill
  • Antonyms: drain, take out, dry
  • Usage in a Sentence: He was able to imbue even the friendliest words with a tone of biting criticism.

3. WordAvowedly (खुलकर)

  • Pronunciationuh-voud-ly/ अवाउअड्ली
  • Part of Speech: Adverb
  • Meaning: as has been asserted, admitted, or stated publicly; openly.
  • Synonyms: openly, admittedly, explicitly
  • Antonyms: denyingly, implicitly, dishonestly
  • Usage in a Sentence: Thomas also avoided taking avowedly conservative positions on controversial issues such as criminal justice and abortion.

4. WordHoodlum (उपद्रवी)

  • Pronunciationhood-luh m/ हुड्लम
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a person who engages in crime and violence; a hooligan or gangster.
  • Synonyms: thug, hooligan, ruffian
  • Antonyms: inventor, rule maker, care taker
  • Usage in a Sentence: Some of the hoodlums beat their victims viciously before robbing them.

5. WordTrepidation (कंपकंपी)

  • Pronunciation: trep-i-dey-shuhn/ ट्रेपिडेशन
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen.
  • Synonyms: fear, apprehension, dread
  • Antonyms: bravery, calm, contentment
  • Usage in a Sentence: It was with some trepidation that I viewed the prospect of cycling across Uganda.

6. WordCompatriot (देशभाई)

  • Pronunciation: kuh m-pey-tree-uh t/ कम्पेट्रीअट
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a fellow citizen or national of a country.
  • Synonyms: associate, comrade, national
  • Antonyms: outsider, foreigner, stranger
  • Usage in a Sentence: My dear compatriot, it is time that we did something for our country.

7. WordEddy (भँवर में बहना, चक्कर खिलाना)

  • Pronunciationed-ee/ एडी
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Verb
  • Meaning: a. a circular movement of wind, fog, or smoke. [Noun]
    b. (of water, air, or smoke) move in a circular way. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: whirl, vortex, whirlpool
  • Antonyms: rest, calm, still
  • Usage in a Sentence: The bend in the river had caused an eddy of fast swirling water.

8. WordAstutely (समझदारी से)

  • Pronunciationuh-stoot-ly/ अस्टूट्ली
  • Part of Speech: Adverb
  • Meaning: accurately assessing situations or people; perceptively.
  • Synonyms: shrewdly, sagaciously, cannily
  • Antonyms: childishly, carelessly, foolishly
  • Usage in a Sentence: But it is an astutely packaged and worthwhile collection none the less, with translations from the Zulu on the sleeve.

9. WordSham (बनावटी, पाखंड)

  • Pronunciation: sham/शैम
  • Part of Speech: Noun, Adjective, Verb
  • Meaning: a. a thing that is not what it is purported to be. [Noun]
    b. bogus; false. [Adjective]
    c. falsely present something as the truth. [Verb]
  • Synonyms: counterfeit, fake, pretend
  • Antonyms: real, genuine, authentic
  • Usage in a Sentence: The elections were a complete sham.

10. WordPrise  (बल से अलग करना)

  • Pronunciation: prahyz/प्राइज़
  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Meaning: a. use force in order to move, move apart, or open (something).
    b. obtain something from (someone) with effort or difficulty.
  • Synonyms: separation, detachment, parting
  • Antonyms: connection, integration
  • Usage in a Sentence: My mother used a knife to prise open the lid.

'Practice 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!

  • Trepidation
  • Sham
  • Compatriot
  • Eddy
  • Avowedly

Exercise 2: Match the columns!

S No.WordsSynonyms

 Exercise 3: Rearrange the letters of the given scrambled words to from new one!


Answer 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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