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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 228

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 228

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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 228 provides the readers with a collection of useful vocabulary for newspapers.


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Looming (Verb) seem about to happen.
  • be imminent
  • be on the horizon
  • impend
“there is a crisis looming”
Whittle (Verb) carve (wood) into an object by repeatedly cutting small slices from it.
  • pare
  • shave
  • peel
“he was sitting at the tent door, whittling a piece of wood with a knife”
Pique (Noun) a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride.
  • irritation
  • annoyance
  • resentment
“he left in a fit of pique”
Sheer (Adjective) nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis).
  • utter
  • complete
  • absolute
“she giggled with sheer delight”
Obviate (Verb) remove (a need or difficulty).
  • preclude
  • prevent
  • remove
“the presence of roller blinds obviated the need for curtains”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Bogged (Verb) be prevented from making progress in a task or activity.
  • mire
  • stick
  • trap
“you must not get bogged down in detail”
Bloc (Noun) a group of countries or political parties with common interests who have formed an alliance.
  • alliance
  • association
  • coalition
“the Soviet bloc”
Impasse (Noun) a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
  • deadlock
  • dead end
  • stalemate
”the current political impasse”
Surge (Noun) a sudden powerful forward or upward movement, especially by a crowd or by a natural force such as the tide.
  • gush
  • rush
  • outpouring
“flooding caused by tidal surges”
Burnished (Verb) polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.
  • polish (up)
  • shine
  • brighten
“highly burnished armour”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Onus (Noun) Something that is one’s duty or responsibility.
  • burden
  • responsibility
  • liability
  • obligation
“ The onus of proof lies with the prosecution.”
Obscene (Adjective) offending against moral principles; repugnant.
  • shocking
  • scandalous
  • vile
  • foul
  • atrocious
  • outrageous
“ The salaries some company directors earn are obscene.”
Coup (Noun) an instance of successfully achieving something difficult.
  • success
  • triumph
  • feat
“There have been seven coup attempts against the beleaguered government.”
Emulate (verb) to use (someone or something) as the model for one’s speech, mannerisms, or behavior.
  • imitate
  • reecho
  • repeat
  • follow
“Josh is trying to emulate the success of his well-accomplished mother.”
Plucky (adjective) having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties.
  • courageous
  • intrepid
  • valiant
  • valorous
“ His plucky attitude made him a great candidate for police officer training academy.”



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