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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 283

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 283

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

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Insouciant (Adjective) showing a casual lack of concern
  • nonchalant
  • untroubled
  • unworried
His insouciant handling of the oil spill in the Gulf is under fire from all sides.
Pejorative (Adjective) expressing contempt or disapproval.
  • disparaging
  • derogatory
  • deprecatory
Make sure students realise that ‘fat’ is an unflattering or pejorative word.
Repertoire (Noun) a stock of plays, dances, or items that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform.
  • collection
  • stock
  • range
  • repertory
His repertoire includes a large number of Scottish folk songs.
Dilatory (adjective) slow to act
  • sluggish
  • slothful
  • lax
  • slack
They were dilatory in providing the researchers with information.
Recalcitrant (adjective) having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline.
  • indocile
  • insubordinate
  • defiant
  • wayward
The manager worried that the recalcitrant employee would try to undermine his authority.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Cull (verb) select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources.
  • elect
  • choose
  • select
  • handpick
When we cull the contestants for the show, we choose individuals with outgoing personalities.
Luxuriant (Adjective) plentiful in detail or growth
  • dense
  • lush
In the spring months, thousands of tourists visit the luxuriant gardens near the art museum
Hoard (Noun) to stockpile or store things excessively
  • accumulation
  • heap
The shopaholic likes to hoard clothing and has filled three closets with dresses and shoes that she doesn’t need.
Embroil (verb) to involve in conflict or difficulties
  • enmesh
  • ensnare
  • ensnarl
  • entangle
The politician’s racist comments embroiled him in a great deal of controversy.
Insistence (Noun) a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something
  • affirmation
  • assertion
  • asseveration
  • avouchment
  • declaration
We got to know by the continued insistence that there was a massive cover-up by the government.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Egalitarian (Noun) one who advocates or practices social equality.
  • democrat
  • leveler
As egalitarians, some people have always promoted policies for equal pay.
Encompass (Verb) to form a circle around
  • circle
  • compass
  • embrace
  • encircle
  • enclose
A necklace of sapphire-blue lakes encompasses the town.
Priggish (adjective) self-righteously moralistic and superior.
  • smug
  • sanctimonious
  • moralistic
  • prudish
After living with his wife for 30 years, the husband was tired of the nagging and demands made by his priggish woman.
Ail (verb) trouble or afflict (someone) in mind or body.
  • trouble
  • bother
  • burden
  • distress
All patients can do is trust that the strangers on their health care team are competent and caring enough to do their best to help correct whatever ails the patient.

Swathe (noun) a large part of something that includes several different things.
  • envelope
  • stretch
  • area
  • track
These people represent a broad swathe of public opinion.

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