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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 39

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 39

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Ensconce (Verb) Establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe place.
  • Settle
  • Install
  • Establish
  • Entrench
Clara is comfortably ensconced in a beach chair and has no immediate plans to return to work.
Goad (Verb) Provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction.
  • Provoke
  • Spur
  • Prick
  • Sting
My mother is going to try and goad her dog into getting off the bed by offering him a treat.
Guzzle (Verb) Eat or drink (something) greedily.
  • Gulp
  • Devour
People tend to guzzle their calories and it really adds up, often more than they realize.
Jibe (Noun) An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt.
  • Taunt
  • Sneer
  • Jeer
  • Insult
The bank is clearly fed up with the constant jibe that it has no clear management strategy.
Prowess (Noun) Skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.
  • Skill
  • Expertise
  • Ability
  • Adroitness
He was complimented on his prowess as an oarsman.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Punitive (Adjective) Inflicting or intended as punishment.
  • Penal
  • Disciplinary
  • Corrective
  • Correctional
The US could impose punitive tariffs on exports.
Seminal (Adjective) Strongly influencing later developments.
  • Influential
  • Formative
  • Innovative
Steve Jobs’ inventions were seminal in the world of technology.
Smithereens (Noun) Small pieces.
  • Bit
  • Chunk
  • Fragment
Using dynamite, railroad workers were able to blast the once solid mountain to smithereens.
Surmise (Verb) Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.
  • Guess
  • Conjecture
  • Deduce
  • Infer
Jason knew it was wrong of him to surmise his brother had stolen his money without actual proof.
Unsavoury (Adjective) Disagreeable and unpleasant because morally disreputable.
  • Disreputable
  • Unpleasant
  • Disagreeable
  • Nasty
The club has an unsavoury reputation.