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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 363

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 363

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

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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Alleviating (Verb) make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.
  • reduce
  • ease
  • relieve
“He couldn’t prevent her pain, only alleviate it”
Combat (Verb) take action to reduce or prevent (something bad or undesirable).
  • fight
  • battle against
  • do battle with
“An effort to combat drug trafficking”
Retain (Verb) continue to have (something); keep possession of.
  • keep
  • keep possession of
  • keep hold of
“Labour retained the seat”
Shackles (Noun) a pair of fetters connected together by a chain, used to fasten a prisoner’s wrists or ankles together.
  • chain
  • fetter
  • vmanacle
“The prisoner was shackled to the heavy steel chair in the centre of the room”
Persecuted (Verb) harass or annoy (someone) persistently.
  • harass
  • hound
  • plague
“Hilda was persecuted by some of the other girls”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Barefaced (Adjective) shameless and undisguised.
  • flagrant
  • blatant
  • glaring
“A barefaced lie”
Hamstrung (Verb) severely restrict the efficiency or effectiveness of.
  • handicap
  • constrain
  • restrict
“We were hamstrung by a total lack of knowledge”
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”
Resurgence (Noun) an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence.
  • renewal
  • revival
  • recovery
“A resurgence of interest in religion”
Magnitude (Noun) the great size or extent of something.
  • immensity
  • vastness
  • hugeness
“They may feel discouraged at the magnitude of the task before them”

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Precarious (Adjective) dependent on chance; uncertain.
  • unsure
  • unpredictable
  • doubtful
  • dubious
“As Finance Secretary I found that the finances of the state were in a precarious condition”
Smug (Adjective) having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements.
  • bighead
  • complacency
  • egotism
  • vainglory
“Because Rocky had a smug attitude during his meeting with the principal, he projected the image he was proud of his misdeeds”
Encompass (Verb) to form a circle around
  • circle
  • compass
  • embrace
  • encircle
  • enclose
“A necklace of sapphire-blue lakes encompasses the town”
Scramble (Noun) a struggle for possession or gain.
  • free-for-all
  • melee
  • rush
  • struggle
  • tussle
“There was a scramble for choice seats in the auditorium”
Downgrade (Verb) reduce to a lower grade, rank, or level of importance.
  • decline
  • declivity
  • descent
  • dip
“His career has been on the downgrade”

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