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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 291

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 291

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Retaliation (Noun) the action of returning a military attack; counter-attack.
  • revenge
  • vengeance
  • reprisal
“the bombings are believed to be in retaliation for the trial of 15 suspects”
Assertion (Noun) a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.
  • declaration
  • contention
  • statement
“his assertion that his father had deserted the family”
Reckless (Adjective) heedless of danger or the consequences of one’s actions; rash or impetuous.
  • rash
  • careless
  • thoughtless
“you mustn’t be so reckless”
Abdicate (Verb) renounce one’s throne.
  • resign
  • retire
  • quit
“in 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor”
Veered (Verb) change direction suddenly.
  • swerve
  • career
  • skew
“an oil tanker that had veered off course”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Probe (Noun) a thorough investigation into a crime or other matter.
  • investigation
  • inquiry
  • examination
“a probe into city hall corruption”
Stampede (Noun) rush wildly in a sudden mass panic.
  • bolt
  • charge
  • rush
“the nearby sheep stampeded as if they sensed impending danger”
Egregious (Adjective) outstandingly bad; shocking.
  • shocking
  • appalling
  • horrific
”egregious abuses of copyright”
Agrarian (Adjective) relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of land.
  • agricultural
  • rural
  • countryside
“Brazil is rapidly diversifying its agrarian economy”
Sedition (Noun) conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
  • incitement (to riot/rebellion)
  • agitation
  • rabble-rousing
“In March 1848, authorities charged several leading nationalists with sedition”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
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”
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”
Misgiving (Noun) a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.
  • qualm
  • doubt
  • reservation
  • scruple
“Despite my misgivings, I picked up a box of these today when I filled the new prescription”
Stupefy (Verb) to shock someone; stun
  • astound
  • benumb
“The people exclaim in horror and are stupefied with fear”
Consternation (Noun) a feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.
  • perturbation
  • anxiety
  • distress
  • disquiet
“I sleep in consternation not knowing where my keys are”



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