Daily Vocab for Various Competitive Exams

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Vocabulary is an important part of English that helps you deal with all kinds of questions in objective as well as descriptive papers of various exams. You can learn new words daily from our Daily Word List. Learn the words and make your own sentences on the basis of the given word list. Here are a few words and phrases from articles published in a reputed Newspaper.


Sunday’s French Open final didn’t really tell us anything new about Rafael Nadal — it enhanced his reputation as the best clay court player in history, while making the honor roll at Roland Garros appear ridiculous considering that the Spaniard has now won the tournament 11 times in the last 14 years. But there was still something extraordinary, and new, about how Nadal added to his legend over the past fortnight in Paris. At the same time, there is the (1) clamour for a worthy challenger, a surprise winner who can start scripting his own success story, a (2) usurper who will end the (3) tyranny. At 32, Nadal is not yet in decline, but there was a sense over the last few seasons that his star was just starting to fade. There were some injuries, some upset defeats, and slowly a narrative was building that Nadal was on the verge of being knocked off the (4) pedestal by the next generation.

In some ways, Nadal’s opponent on Sunday — 24-year-old Dominic Thiem from Austria — (5) fit the bill as the giant-killer. A clay court specialist who had made the semi-finals at Paris over the last two years, and the final this time around; someone who had beaten Nadal on clay three times in the past, though never in a five-setter. The final could have been an apt stage for Nadal to (6) pass the torch. But on Sunday, the king of clay chose to wield it like a weapon, and instead of handing the torch over, used it to (7) singe the young pretender. Nadal had broken on the scene in 2005 as the new supervillain of tennis to counter its resident superhero Roger Federer. For the last 14 years, he hasn’t (8) relented. Their head-to-head tally stands at 23-15 in Nadal’s favor. And if Federer had 20 Grand Slam titles, Nadal is (9) breathing down his neck again with 17. In the process of being (10) embroiled in the greatest and longest-running rivalry in tennis, the villain has become a hero in his own right.

1.  CLAMOUR (noun) शोर-शराबा
Meaning: a loud and confused noise.
Synonyms: din, racket, loud noise, uproar, tumult, babel, shouting, yelling, screaming, baying, roaring, blaring, commotion, hue and cry, hubbub, bedlam, pandemonium, stramash, rumpus.
Antonyms: calm, hush, lull, quietude, serenity, tranquility, quiet, silence, stillness, peace, harmony.

2.  USURPER (noun)  जबर्दस्ती कब्ज़ा करने वाला
Meaning: a person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force.
Synonyms: autocrat, tyrant, absolutist, authoritarian, oppressor, totalitarian, oligarch, disciplinarian, despot, warlord.
Antonyms: abdicator, relinquisher, follower.

3.  TYRANNY (noun)  उत्पीड़न
Meaning: cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.
Synonyms: despotism, absolutism, dictatorship, oppression, suppression, repression, subjugation, enslavement, imperiousness, bullying, harshness, strictness, brutality, ruthlessness, injustice.
Antonyms: compassion, emancipation, liberty, sovereignty, exoneration, suffrage, exculpation, gentleness, dispensation, humaneness.

4.  PEDESTAL (noun) उच्च स्थान
Meaning: a position in which someone is greatly or uncritically admired.
Synonyms: idealize, exalt, lionize, heroize, aggrandize, admiration, revere, glorification, adulation, adoration, reverence, venerate, deify.
Antonyms: disapproval.

5.  FIT THE BALL (idiom)  उपयुक्त होना
Meaning: to be helpful, useful, or what is needed in a certain situation.
Usage: We need a new sofa for the living room, and I think this one will fit the bill quite nicely.

6.  PASS THE TORCH (idiom)  मशाल पारित
Meaning: To give something to someone else, often one's position and/or responsibilities.
Usage: Because Gina is retiring, she is passing the torch to me as head of the department.

7.  SINGE (verb)  झुलसाना 
Meaning: to burn superficially or lightly.
Synonyms: scorch, burn, sear, char, blacken, roast, blaze, ignite, broil, bask, enflame, kindle, frizzle.
Antonyms: freeze.

8.  RELENT (verb)  नरम पड़ना
Meaning: to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control).
Synonyms: blink, bow, budge, capitulate, concede, give in, quit, submit, succumb, surrender, yield, acquiesce, defer.
Antonyms: contend, fight, hold off, battle, breast, combat, confront, counter, defy, face, meet, object, oppose, repel, thwart, withstand, resist.

9.  BREATHING DOWN ONE’S NECK (idiom)  गर्दन पर सवार रहना 
Meaning: to keep close watch on someone; to watch someone's activities intently.
Usage: I can't work with you breathing down my neck all the time. Go away.

10. EMBROIL (verb)  उलझाना
Meaning: to involve in conflict or difficulties
Synonyms: broil, mire, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entrap, snare, tangle, trap.
Antonyms: emancipate, free, liberate, release, acclimate, relieve, soothe, arrange, decipher.

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