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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 238

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 238

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

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
PIQUE (Noun) feeling of anger, especially caused by someone damaging your feeling of being proud of yourself.
  • displeasure
  • annoyance
“He stormed from the room in a fit of pique, shouting that he had been misunderstood.”
BEWAIL (verb) express great regret, sadness, or disappointment about (something)
  • bemoan
  • deplore
  • lament
  • mourn
“He invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it.”
DURESS (noun) threats, violence, constraints, or other action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will or better judgment.
  • coercion
  • compulsion
  • pressurization
  • enforcement
“I think Harry was under duress when she signed the agreement; he never would have voluntarily accepted those conditions”
PAGAN (noun) an individual who doesn’t follow one of the world’s main religions.
  • heathen
  • agnostic
  • heretic
  • apostate
“Because Todd is a pagan, he refuses to practice any of the major religions.”
BOLSTER (verb) support or strengthen
  • strengthen
  • support
  • reinforce
  • boost
“In order to bolster its profits, the computer company is cutting its workforce.”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
BUCOLIC (adjective) relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
  • rustic
  • rural
  • pastoral
  • country
“Even though I was born in the city, I still prefer the quiet of a small bucolic village any day.”
STYMIE (Verb) prevent or hinder the progress of.
  • hamper
  • hinder
  • obstruct
  • inhibit
“The famous pianist refused to let his blindness stymie his successful career.”
SPECULATE (Verb) to guess possible answers to a question when you do not have enough information to be certain
  • contemplate
  • figure out
“Journalists are speculating about whether interest rates will be cut.”
ENVISAGE (Verb) to imagine or expect something in the future, especially something good
  • confront
  • consider
“It’s envisaged that building will start at the end of this year.”
PROFANE (adjective) vulgar and inappropriate
  • nasty
  • coarse
“They have profaned the long upheld traditions of the Temple.”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
SPATE (Noun) a large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession.
  • deluge
  • flood
  • flurry
  • outpouring
  • string
“A spate of words has been published on this controversial topic.”
AMBIGUOUS (Noun) having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning.
  • elliptical
  • double-edged
  • arcane
  • cryptic
“The exact reason for the change in plans is ambiguous, but I suspect it has something to do with money”
INSISTENCE (Noun) a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something
  • affirmation
  • assertion
  • asseveration
  • avouchment
  • declaration
  • profession
  • protestation
“We got to know by the continued insistence that there was a massive cover-up by the government”
SCOFF (Verb) speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
  • mock
  • deride
  • ridicule
“The rude rich boy thought it was fun to scoff at the poor people at his school.”
REVERE (verb) feel deep respect or admiration for (something)
  • respect
  • admire
  • cherish
  • appreciate
“If you want to achieve any goal, revere the process & success will follow.”

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