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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 249

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 249

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

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Ogle (Verb) stare at in a lecherous manner.
  • stare
  • gawk
Most women dislike being ogled .
Tirade (Noun) a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation.
  • diatribe
  • invective
  • polemic
  • denunciation
  • rant
She launched into a tirade against the policies that ruined her business.
Suave (Adjective) (especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant.
  • charming
  • sophisticated
  • debonair
  • urbane
He was tall and suave, careful in dress, careful in behaviour.
Quintessential (Adjective) representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.
  • typical
  • prototypical
  • stereotypical
  • archetypal
  • classic
Paris, the quintessential city of freedom and discretion, he could lead a double life.
Graft (noun) bribery and other corrupt practices used to secure illicit advantages or gains in politics or business.
  • corruption
  • dishonesty
  • fraudulence
  • subornation.
Public procurement laws also need urgent reform to prevent graft and corruption.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Mainstay (noun) a person or thing on which something else is based or depends.
  • cornerstone
  • bulwark
  • buttress
  • bastion.
Smith was a mainstay of the club’s success this season with his running from defence and solid tackling.
Fray (noun) a battle or fight.
  • skirmish
  • altercation
  • tussle
  • struggle.
Police officers pushed several against cars to separate them from the fray as the fight spilled into a parking garage.
Uncharted (adjective) (of an area of land or sea) not mapped or surveyed.
  • unexplored
  • undiscovered
  • unfamiliar
  • unplumbed.
Twice more he struck as if he was securing a flagpole into the soil of a previously uncharted land.
Pogrom (noun) massacre, mass murder.
  • holocaust
  • slaughter
  • decimation
  • carnage.
It is unthinkable that anyone could design a pogrom as a means for eliminating a group of people.
Carnage The killing of a large number of people;
  • Slaughter
  • Massacre
  • Mass murder
  • Mass destruction
  • Butchery
Reporters described the highway accident as a scene of carnage.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Glimmer Shine faintly with a wavering light;
  • Gleam
  • Glimmering
  • Flicker
  • Ray

Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn.
Instigate Bring about or initiate an action or event;
  • Incite
  • Encourage
  • Urge
  • Goad
  • Provoke
  • Spur on
  • Drive on
The revolt in the north is believed to have been instigated by a high-ranking general.
Scrutinise Examine or inspect closely and thoroughly;
  • Inspect
  • Survey
  • Scan
  • Study
  • Look over
He scrutinised the men’s faces closely, trying to work out who was lying.
Scuttle To move quickly, with small, short steps, especially in order to escape;
  • Hump
  • Hurl
  • Hurry
  • Hurtle
  • Hustle
  • Jet
  • Jump
The children scuttled off as soon as the headteacher appeared.
Tepid Showing little enthusiasm;
  • Unenthusiastic
  • Apathetic
  • Half-hearted
  • Indifferent, Cool
I got a tepid response to my suggestion.

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