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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 246

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 246

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Pre-empt Act in order to prevent an anticipated event happening;
  • Forestall
  • Prevent
  • Steal a march on
  • Anticipate
  • Get in before
The minister held a press conference in order to pre-empt criticism in the newspapers.
Propriety Conformity to conventionally accepted standards of behaviour or morals;
  • Decorum
  • Respectability
  • Decency
  • Correctness
  • Appropriateness
The director insisted that there was no question as to the propriety of how the funds were raised.
Unprecedented Never done or known before;
  • Unparalleled
  • Unequalled
  • Unmatched
  • Unrivalled
This century has witnessed environmental destruction on an unprecedented scale.
Usurp Take a position of power or importance illegally or by force;
  • Seize
  • take over
  • Expropriate
  • Take possession of
Local control is being usurped by the central government.
Vandalise Deliberately destroy or damage public or private property;
  • Deface
  • Trash
Bored teenagers went around vandalising phone boxes. “the party secretary resigned, ostensibly from ill health”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Hobble (verb) walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury.
  • totter
  • dodder
  • falter
  • lurch.
And the Olympic silver medalist in Sydney looked to be in considerable pain as he hobbled off the track.’
Vest (verb) confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone.
  • entrust
  • invest
  • bestow
  • confer.
Extensive powers were vested into the hands of the President who headed the executive branch of government.
Draconian (adjective) excessively harsh and severe.
  • cruel
  • brutal
  • oppressive
  • ruthless.
There was a time when I would have argued that our libel laws were Draconian and should be amended.
Attrition (Noun) the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure.
  • erosion
  • abrasion
  • attenuation
As a result of teacher attrition, a lot of classrooms are overcrowded.
Shrill (Adjective) (of a voice or sound) high-pitched and piercing.
  • high-pitched
  • piercing
  • high
  • sharp
When Rose was stabbed, she let out a shrill scream

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Impasse (Noun) a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
  • deadlock
  • dead end
  • stalemate
  • checkmate
  • stand-off
  • standstill
Because of the impasse between workers and management, the factory has been closed for two weeks.
Stentorian (adjective) (of a person’s voice) loud and powerful.
  • booming
  • clangorous
  • piercing
  • roaring.
When my father speaks in a stentorian voice, I know I’m in trouble.
Siege (Noun) a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender.
  • blockade
  • barricade
  • restriction
During the siege of the village, the villagers were forced to give up their property.
Purloin (verb) steal (something).
  • loot
  • pilfer
  • steal
  • embezzle.
Sometimes it’s impossible to not purloin an excerpt from another person’s blog.
Ambiguity The quality of being open to more than one interpretation;
  • Inexactness
  • Ambivalence
  • Equivocation
  • Obscurity
  • Vagueness
  • Abstruseness
We can detect no ambiguity in this section of the Act.



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