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• The Times of India
• The Economic Times
• Hindustan Times
• Mint
• Indian Express
We are putting in extensive work to develop your vocabulary. All you have to do is be regular with this section and check out this post daily. This is your repository of commonly used words; essentially, we are posting a list of daily used words. Hence, this has significant practical application as it teaches you words that are commonly used in leading publications mentioned above.
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Thrusting Picture Vocabulary

WORD-1: Thrusting

CONTEXT: “After going through the nominal lift-off process, there was a hold issued by the ground computer, which is called the automatic launch sequence computer, that detected a non-conformance for allowing the engine to continue the thrusting to go further. This happened due to a monitoring anomaly in the system, which is why we could identify it very fast and correct it.”

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine you’re playing with your toy sword, and you push it forward quickly, as if you’re pretending to be a knight. That quick forward push is called ‘thrusting’.

MEANING: Pushing something quickly or forcefully forward (verb).

PRONUNCIATION: THRUSting

SYNONYMS: Shoving, Lunging, Jabbing, Stabbing, Propelling, Driving, Pushing

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. He practiced thrusting with his fencing sword.
2. The bird was thrusting its beak into the ground to find food.
3. The young trees were thrusting their way upwards towards the sunlight.
4. She remembered thrusting the keys into her bag in a hurry.

Rhetoric Picture Vocabulary

WORD-2: Rhetoric

CONTEXT: For a long time, a small section of society has held sway over decisions regarding important aspects of nation-building, and in the absence of solid data, we wasted a lot of time engaging in a war of rhetoric.

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine someone talking in a way that sounds really fancy and impressive, but they might not really mean everything they say. This fancy way of talking is called ‘rhetoric’.

MEANING: The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially using figures of speech and other techniques (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: rehTORik

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SYNONYMS: Oratory, Elocution, Expression, Discourse, Grandiloquence, Eloquence, Speechmaking

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. The politician’s rhetoric was filled with promises.
2. Students in the class were learning about ancient Greek rhetoric.
3. She was known for her powerful rhetoric during debates.
4. He often used rhetoric to convince his audience.

 

WORD-3: Strife

CONTEXT: Since the birth of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), we have grappled with allegations that assertions of rights by the backward classes and oppressed groups amount to social strife.

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine two friends arguing and not getting along. This disagreement or fight between them is called ‘strife’.

MEANING: Angry or bitter disagreement or conflict (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: stryf

SYNONYMS: Discord, Conflict, Struggle, Contention, Dispute, Fight, Battle

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. The village had seen years of strife between two families.
2. The company was going through internal strife.
3. The country wanted to move beyond the strife of the past decade.
4. Family strife can be emotionally draining.

Dogma Picture Vocabulary

WORD-4: Dogma

CONTEXT: Being a leftist and being woke are not the same thing, the book warns. In fact, wokism undermines the traditional tenets of the left: it pushes tribal dogma over universal commitments, it punctures the hope of progress itself.

SOURCE: Times of India

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine there are certain rules or beliefs that some people think are super important and shouldn’t be questioned. These strong beliefs are called ‘dogma’.

MEANING: A set of strong beliefs or principles held by a group, especially a religious one (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: DOGmuh

SYNONYMS: Doctrine, Creed, Belief, Tenet, Principle, Teaching, Canon

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. The church has its dogmas that followers are expected to respect.
2. She challenged the traditional dogma with her new ideas.
3. Some scientists caution against turning theories into dogma.
4. The community was bound by the dogma passed down through generations.

Strife Picture Vocabulary

WORD-5: Valorisation

CONTEXT: Valorisation of one’s trauma leads to self-expression, but not social change. One must fight the social fictions of race and gender with common ideals, not identities.

SOURCE: Times of India

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine someone doing something really good, and then people praise and recognize it as something valuable. This act of giving praise and value is called ‘valorisation’.

MEANING: The act of enhancing or trying to enhance the price, value, or status of something (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: valoriZAYshun

SYNONYMS: Appreciation, Enhancement, Upliftment, Promotion, Elevation, Recognition, Praise

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. The artist’s work saw valorisation after the international exhibit.
2. The government’s plan for the valorisation of the local industry was appreciated.
3. They believed in the valorisation of traditional crafts.
4. The festival was a valorisation of cultural heritage.

 

WORD-6: Egalitarian

CONTEXT: Tribal thinking reduces everything to self-interest and frustrates the possibility of egalitarian movements. It mirrors the identity politics of conservatives.

SOURCE: Times of India

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine believing that everyone, no matter where they come from or who they are, should have the same rights and opportunities. This belief in equality for everyone is called ‘egalitarian’.

MEANING: Believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities (adjective).

PRONUNCIATION: egaliTAIReean

SYNONYMS: Equalitarian, Democratic, Fair, Just, Equitable, Impartial, Evenhanded

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. She held strong egalitarian views about education.
2. The movement was founded on egalitarian principles.
3. An egalitarian society ensures equal opportunities for all.
4. The leader’s egalitarian vision was praised by many.

 

WORD-7: Doomsday

CONTEXT: Woke theories have an implacable doomsday logic that makes reform seem futile.

SOURCE: Times of India

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine people talking about a day when something really bad or scary might happen, like in some stories or movies. This scary day is called ‘doomsday’.

MEANING: A time of catastrophic events or total destruction (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: DOOMZday

SYNONYMS: Apocalypse, Armageddon, End of the world, Cataclysm, Judgment day, Disaster, Final day

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. People were scared by the doomsday predictions.
2. The movie depicted a doomsday scenario after an alien invasion.
3. Some believe that environmental neglect could lead to doomsday.
4. He dismissed the rumors as doomsday prophecies.

 

WORD-8: Grasped

CONTEXT: The industry may not have fully grasped the demand for SLS on video-based entertainment among India’s majority low-income viewers, including children, youth, and adults, who instantly see its value for furthering their own reading, language skills and education.

SOURCE: Indian Express

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine you see a toy you like, and you quickly take hold of it with your hand. When you hold or understand something like this, you have ‘grasped’ it.

MEANING: Seized and held firmly or come to understand something (verb).

PRONUNCIATION: grasped

SYNONYMS: Gripped, Clutched, Seized, Understood, Comprehended, Caught, Clasped

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. She grasped the rope tightly to climb.
2. The student quickly grasped the new concept.
3. He grasped her hand to reassure her.
4. It took me a while to grasp the meaning of the poem.

 

WORD-9: Omnipotence

CONTEXT: This was an attack on the image of “omnipotence” that Israel had cultivated over decades.

SOURCE: Indian Express

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine someone or something that has all the power in the world, like a superhero who can do absolutely anything. This super powerful ability is called ‘omnipotence’.

MEANING: Having unlimited power or authority (noun).

PRONUNCIATION: omNIPuhtens

SYNONYMS: Allpowerfulness, Supremacy, Almighty, Absolute power, Unbounded might, Total authority, Sovereignty

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. In many religions, God is described as having omnipotence.
2. The king ruled with a belief in his own omnipotence.
3. The omnipotence of nature was evident during the storm.
4. She questioned the omnipotence of the ruler in the ancient story.

 

WORD-10: Tackle

CONTEXT: Its ability to neutralise adversaries, tackle enemies that are four or five times larger in military strength, and the almost mythical proportions its intelligence agency Mossad acquired — all stand under scrutiny today.

SOURCE: Indian Express

EXPLANATORY PARAGRAPH: Imagine you’re playing a game and you try to stop someone by grabbing or holding them. This action is called a ‘tackle’. It can also mean to try to deal with a problem or task.

MEANING: To confront or take on a challenge or to bring down an opponent in sports (verb).

PRONUNCIATION: TAKul

SYNONYMS: Confront, Address, Handle, Deal with, Grapple with, Approach, Engage

USAGE EXAMPLES:
1. The football player made an impressive tackle.
2. She decided to tackle the issue head-on.
3. We’ll tackle the hardest tasks first and then move to the easier ones.
4. He was trained to tackle emergencies calmly.

 

 

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Learning with a vocabulary diary is not about rote memorization. It’s about understanding, application, and repeated usage. When you stumble across a novel term, jot it down in your vocabulary diary along with its meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and an example sentence. This will help reinforce your understanding and contextually anchor the new word in your memory.

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