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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 286

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 286

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Referendum (Noun) a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.
  • public vote
  • plebiscite
  • popular vote
“I had many such experiences at meetings and discussions in the lead-up to the referendum”
Legions (Noun) a vast number of people or things.
  • horde
  • host
  • throng
“legions of photographers and TV cameras”
Dichotomy (Noun) a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
  • division
  • separation
  • divorce
“a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism”
Woes (Noun) great sorrow or distress (often used hyperbolically).
  • misery
  • sorrow
  • distress
“the Everton tale of woe continued”
Sway (Verb) control or influence (a person or course of action).
  • influence
  • affect
  • bias
“he’s easily swayed by other people”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Brevity (Noun) concise and exact use of words in writing or speech.
  • conciseness
  • concision
  • succinctness
“the staff will edit manuscripts with a view to brevity and clarity”
Notorious (Adjective) famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.
  • infamous
  • of ill repute
  • with a bad reputation/name
“Los Angeles is notorious for its smog”
Paucity (Noun) the presence of something in only small or insufficient quantities or amounts.
  • scarcity
  • sparseness
  • sparsity
“a paucity of information”
Gratification (Noun) pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.
  • satisfaction
  • fulfillment
  • indulgence
“a thirst for sexual gratification”
Raucous (Adjective) making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.
  • harsh
  • strident
  • screeching
“raucous youths”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Seminal (Adjective) Strongly influencing later developments.
  • Influential
  • Formative
  • Important
  • Primary
“Newton’s laws are seminal in the field of physics”
Exegesis (Noun) an explanation or critical interpretation of a text.
  • interpretation
  • exposition
  • explication
  • elucidation
  • clarification
“The student’s exegesis of the novel was one of the best summaries the professor had ever read”
Lout (Noun) a big clumsy often slow-witted person.
  • ignoramus
  • imbecile
  • dunce
  • dunderhead
  • fathead
“But this question was beyond the poor lout’s intelligence; he could only blubber and fend off possible chastisement”
Trove (Noun) a store of valuable or delightful things.
  • accumulation
  • agglomeration
  • backlog
  • conglomeration
  • heap
  • pile
“I discovered a trove of candy bars and pop tarts in my teen son’s pillow case”
Exacerbate (Verb) To make worse or increase the severity of
  • Aggravate
  • Annoy
“The doctor told me not to run as it can exacerbate my knee injury”



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