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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 46

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Day 46

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


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Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Apartheid (Noun) A policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.
  • Prejudice
  • Bias
  • Bigotry
  • Favoritism
Incredibly, a decade after the end of apartheid this system still exists.
Blatant (Adjective) (of bad behavior) done openly and unashamedly.
  • Flagrant
  • Glaring
  • Undisguised
  • Overt
To credit the newspaper, they did retract the quote once it was exposed as a blatant lie.
Breakaway (Noun) a divergence or radical change from something established or long-standing.
  • Heterodox
  • Dissident
  • Separatist
  • Heretical
By providing them with the shorts it was intended to symbolize the spiritual and mental breakaway from traditional dress and thought.
Deadlock (Noun) A situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made.
  • Stalemate
  • Impasse
  • Checkmate
  • Stand-off
As a result, they are looking to end the current deadlock by resorting to extra-parliamentary means.
Defection (Noun) The desertion of one’s country or cause in favor of an opposing one.
  • Desertion
  • Absconding
  • Decamping
  • Flight
Her defection from the Democrats occurred soon after the failure of the coalition proposal.

Word Definition Synonyms Usage
Draconian (Adjective) Excessively harsh and severe.
  • Cruel
  • Brutal
  • Oppressive
  • Ruthless
There was a time when I would have argued that our libel laws were draconian and should be amended.
Fray (Noun) A battle or fight.
  • Skirmish
  • Altercation
  • Tussle
  • Struggle
What clearly separated her from the others in the fray was her controlled aggression.
Hobble (Verb) Walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury.
  • Totter
  • Dodder
  • Falter
  • Lurch
And the Olympic silver medallist in Sydney looked to be in considerable pain as he hobbled off the track.’
Momentous (Adjective) Of great importance or significance, especially in having a bearing on future events.
  • Significant
  • Fateful
  • Portentous
  • Critical
The prospect of a single currency may present this country with one of the most momentous decisions in its history.
Vest (Verb) Confer or bestow (power, authority, property, etc.) on someone.
  • Entrust
  • Invest
  • Bestow
  • Confer
Extensive powers were vested into the hands of the President who headed the executive branch of government.