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Here’s an article from the newspaper,’The Indian Express’. The article is about ‘India China Border Face-off’

Important words and idioms from the article


Pronunciation : puh-suhn-el  

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a person associated with an organized especially that of military services

Synonyms: crew, troop, work force

Antonyms: none

Usage: Rajesh was an army personnel in the CIF. 


Pronunciation : nei-tiv

 Part of Speech: noun, adjective

Meaning: a) a person or a group of people identifying to their place of birth  (noun)

                b) association with the place of origin or birth (adjective)

Synonyms: Indigenous ,citizen, inhabitant, natural

Antonyms: foreign, alien, outsider

 Usage: Ashok Nagar is his native village

 Forms: nativity (noun)


Pronunciation : maw-tl

Part of Speech: adjective, noun

Meaning: a) subject to death or decay (adjective)

                b) something that has the capacity to cause death (adjective)

                c) a human being subject to death

Synonyms: being, earthling, fatal, lethal

Antonyms: immortal, inanimate, abstract

Usage: We mortals have little to no power in front of the God Almighty. .

 Forms: mortality(noun)  


Pronunciation: kawm-pruh-hend

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: to understand or get a grasp over something 

Synonyms: discern, fathom, grasp, perceive

Antonyms: misunderstand, misinterpret, mistake

Usage: She could not comprehend the new concepts of thermodynamics introduced in class

Forms: Comprehension (verb), Comprehensible (adjective).


Pronunciation: boom-uhng

Part of Speech: adjective

Meaning: a) having a state or period of great energy and prosperity

                 b) a loud and cheery voice

Synonyms: profitable, prosperous, thriving, roaring

Antonyms: failing, losing, weak

Usage: His booming voice still rings in my ears.

Forms: boom (noun)


Pronunciation: kuhn-dole

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: a) share grief with someone or express sympathy

Synonyms: console, comfort, soothe, commiserate

Antonyms: distress, trouble, hurt, upset

Usage: They all came to condole with her for the loss of her father. .

Forms: condolence (noun)


Pronunciation: soh-ley-shee-uhm

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a token of consolation

Synonyms: amends,compensation,atonement, pay

Antonyms: penalty, retrieve

Usage: At the time of his retirement, Mr. Sharma received a lump sum money as solatium.


Pronunciation: dai-vuht

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: a) to turn to a different direction

                  b) to capture someone’s attention

Synonyms: alter, deflect, avert, change

Antonyms: stay, stable, maintain

Usage: Her attention was constantly diverted to the music playing outside

Forms: diversion (noun), diversity (noun)


Pronunciation: a-luh-gei-shn

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a) the claim that someone is guilty without having any evidence

Synonyms: accusation,charge,claim

Antonyms: exculpation, denial

Usage: An allegation was put on Rohan to have stolen money from the trust fund.


Pronunciation: deh-vuh-steit

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: a) to destroy

                 b) to cause someone great grief and shock

Synonyms: ruin, ravage, rampage, destruct

Antonyms: build, construct, create, guard

Usage: Houses and crops were devastated by the arrival of the cyclone.

Forms: devastation (noun)

Practice Questions

Q1) If the words ‘comprehend’ and ‘fathom’ make a perfect pair, select the correct pair from the following set of words:

  1. Native-Alien
  2. Destruct-Construct
  3. Booming-Thriving
  4. Charge-Denial

Q2) Create sentences of your own with the following words:

  1. Mortal
  2. Condole
  3. Solatium
  4. Allegation
  5. Devastate

Tell us your answers in the comments below.

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