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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 269

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 269

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

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Telltale (adjective) revealing, indicating, or betraying something.
  • denotative
  • indicative
  • reflective
  • signifying
Her nasty tone was a telltale sign of her irritation, even though she didn’t say anything particularly mean.
Coruscate (verb) (of light) flash or sparkle.
  • scintillate
  • shimmer
  • sparkle
  • twinkle
The flashlight was used to coruscate a message to the other campers across the lake.
Panoply (noun) a splendid display.
  • show
  • pomp
  • array
  • exhibit.
The designer’s exciting panoply of dresses won over the fashion critics.
Banal (Adjective) so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
  • trite
  • hackneyed
  • conventional
  • stereotyped
  • predictable
Because the movie’s plot was banal, we knew exactly how the film would end.
Sanctimonious (Adjective) making a show of being morally superior to other people.
  • churchy
  • pious
  • moralizing
  • unctuous
  • smug
My sanctimonious aunt tends to look down upon people who do not go to church every Sunday.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Effete (Adjective) affected, over-refined, and ineffectual.
  • affected
  • ineffectual
  • artificial
  • studied
  • pretentious
The effete man was scared of his own shadow and hid in the closet during thunderstorms.
Imminent (Adjective) about to happen.
  • close
  • near
  • approaching
  • forthcoming
Some people thought it was funny when the media predicted the imminent death of the drug-addicted celebrity.
Inadvertent (Adjective) not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning.
  • unintended
  • accidental
  • unpremeditated
  • unplanned
I wonder how many inadvertent inventions were developed in the process of trying to discover something totally different.
Dilatory (adjective) slow to act
  • sluggish
  • slothful
  • lax
  • slack
They were dilatory in providing the researchers with information.
Acumen (noun) The ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions;
  • Astuteness
  • Awareness
  • Shrewdness
  • Acuity
  • Sharpness
She has considerable business acumen.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Charisma (noun) Compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others;
  • Charm
  • Presence
  • Aura
  • Personality
  • Force of personality
How did a man of so little personal charisma get to be prime minister?
Expedient (adjective) Suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance;
  • Advisable
  • Desirable
  • Judicious
  • Politic
  • Prudent
  • Tactical
It might be expedient not to pay him until the work is finished.
Precedence (noun) The condition of being dealt with before other things or of being considered more important than other things;
  • Superiority
  • Priority
  • Preference
  • Antecedence
  • Supremacy
  • Pre-eminence
Precedence must be given to the injured in the evacuation plans.
Retrograde (adjective) Directed or moving backwards;
  • Reverse
  • Rearward
  • Directed backwards
Forward He said it would be a retrograde step to remove single parent benefits.
Bizarre (adjective) Very strange or unusual;
  • Strange
  • Peculiar
  • Funny
  • Curious
  • Offbeat
  • Outlandish
Many costumes are bizarre works of art ranging from toothbrushes to mattresses and packets of sweets.

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