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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 309

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 309

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Vacuum (Noun) a space entirely devoid of matter.
  • void
  • emptiness
  • vacancy
“The writer criticized the moral vacuum in society”
Disconcerting (adjective) tending to cause discomfort, uneasiness or alarm; unsettling; troubling; upsetting.
  • unsettling
  • disturbing
  • embarrassing
“I found it very disconcerting to be in the function in which I was not invited”
Proxy (noun) the authority to represent someone else, especially in voting.
  • substitute
  • surrogate
  • deputy
  • representative
“Your proxy will need to sign the form on your behalf”
Stark (adjective) severe or bare in appearance or outline.
  • crisp
  • distinct
  • obvious
“The remains of the building stand as a stark reminder of the fire”
Beset (verb) (of a problem or difficulty) trouble (someone or something) persistently.
  • harass
  • plague
  • assail
  • hound
  • attack
“A lack of money is the greatest problem besetting the city today”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Eponymous (adjective) (of a person) giving their name to something.
  • self-titled
  • namesake
  • homonymous
  • titular
“Benko is the author of an eponymous opening line for the black pieces”
Fillip (noun) something which acts as a stimulus or boost to activity.
  • incentive
  • stimulus
  • boost
  • encouragement
“The news gave a fillip to the telecommunication sector”
Saving grace (noun) the redeeming grace of God.
  • good point
  • attractive aspect
  • advantage
“Dogs are a man’s best friend and a cop’s saving grace”
Uptick (noun) a small increase or slight upward trend.
  • uptrend
  • rise
  • increase
  • growth
“Unfortunately, the passage of the law didn’t translate into an uptick of tenants using vouchers in the city, Martin acknowledged”
Underscore (Noun) a line drawn under a word or phrase for emphasis.
  • stress
  • underline
  • highlight
“The Labour Department figures underscore the shaky state of the economic recovery”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Torment (Noun) severe physical or mental suffering.
  • suffering
  • torture
  • pain
  • anguish
“Every day when he got on the bus, the bully began to torment the quiet child”
Copious (Adjective) abundant in supply or quantity.
  • abundant
  • superabundant
  • plentiful
  • ample
  • profuse
“It takes a copious amount of food to suppress my hungry appetite”
Dysfunction (Noun) disruption of normal social relations.
  • Impaired
“The West knew that these institutions were dysfunctional – but not to which breathtaking extent”
Stringent (Adjective) not allowing for any exceptions or loosening of standards
  • brassbound
  • cast-iron
  • exacting
  • hard-line
“There are stringent rules against unauthorized persons being in our building”
Xenophobic (Adjective) having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
  • racist
  • racialist
  • ethnocentric
  • ethnocentrist
“As a result, the new parliament is distinctly more xenophobic and illiberal than its predecessor”



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