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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 20

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 20

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A Newspaper is a printed or online publication that provides readers with news and articles i.e. the current affairs of a country and the world. Current Affairs play a prominent role in several government related recruitment exams in India. To better understand the current state of affairs, a candidate should acquire rich vocabulary primarily used by editors and publications of newspaper articles and editorials. SPLessons has made an effort to provide a comprehensive list of commonly used words in newspaper articles and editorials. Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 20 provides the readers with a collection of useful vocabulary for newspapers.

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Backlash (Noun) A strong negative reaction by a large number of people, especially to a social or political development.
  • Ricochet
  • Counteraction
  • Retaliation
  • Reverberation
The president
received backlash
from thousands
of people
who disagreed
with his Twitter statements.
Duress (Noun) Threats, violence, constraints, or other action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will or better judgement.
  • Coercion
  • Compulsion
  • Pressurization
  • Enforcement
I think Harry was under duress when she signed the agreement; he never would have voluntarily accepted those conditions.
Gnaw (Verb) Cause persistent distress or anxiety.
  • Nag
  • Torment
  • Bother
  • Fret
Maybe you
choose to seethe
about something,
letting it gnaw
away at you.
Lunacy (Noun) A foolish act or idea
  • Absurdity
  • Fatuity
  • Imbecility
  • Inanity
With bizarre
from the loud
singing woman,
the neighbors
the lunacy that
the woman had.
Scuffle (Noun) A physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups
  • Clash
  • Fracas
  • Fray
  • Hassle
It is expected for the friends to get into a light scuffle over their chores, but no one got hurt.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Smattering (Noun) A small number
  • Couple
  • Few
  • Handful
  • Sprinkle
He spoke a smattering of words she didn’t understand.
Smug (Adjective) Having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements.
  • Bighead
  • Conceitedness
  • Ego
  • Vainglory
Because Rohit had a smug attitude during his meeting with the principal, he projected the image he was proud of his misdeeds.
Strew (Verb) Scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area.
  • Scatter
  • Stipple
  • Spatter
  • Disperse
Environmentalists were saddened to see people strew litter everywhere in the medians of the highways.
Upkeep (Noun) The act or activity of keeping something in an existing and usually satisfactory condition.
  • Maintenance
  • Protection
  • Preservation
  • Conservation
The business house will spend Rs. 35 crore over the next 5 years on the fort’s upkeep.
Vest (Verb) Confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone.
  • Entrust
  • Bestow
  • Confer
  • Grant
Citizens of the United States have the vested right to freedom of speech.