CSS 2020 Solved English Precis & Composition Paper

PART I – COMPULSORY

Q.1

(a) Choose the word that is near most similar in meaning to the Capitalized words.

WORD SYNONYMS
GUILE sly or cunning intelligence.

Similar: cunning, slyness, deception, treachery

Opposite: honesty, candour

ESSAY a short piece of writing on a particular subject, an attempt or effort.

Similar: article, composition, attempt, effort, endeavor

INCEPTION the establishment or starting point of an institution or activity.

Similar: establishment, institution, foundation, beginning, starting point

Opposite: end

EXPATRIATE a person who lives outside their native country.

Similar: emigrant, non-native, migrant

SINISTER giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.

Similar:  menacing, evil

CONTRAPTION a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe.

Similar: device, gadget, apparatus, mechanism

ANIMOSITY strong hostility.

Similar: antipathy, hostility, antagonism, enmity

CONDONE accept (behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive).

approve or sanction (something), especially with reluctance.

Similar: take no notice of, accept, allow

Opposite: condemn, punish

PLAGIARISM the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

Similar: copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing, poaching, appropriation, cribbing

IMPEACHMENT a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office.

a charge of treason or another crime against the state.

the action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something.

Similar: indictment, charge

(b) Choose the word that is nearly most opposite in meaning to the Capitalized words.

WORD ANTONYM
ETERNITY

infinite or unending time.

TRANSIENCE

the state or fact of lasting only for a short time

PANDEMONIUM

wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.

QUIETUDE

a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.

RELINQUISH

voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up.

ASSUME

take or begin to have (power or responsibility).

HENPECKED

continually criticized and given orders by one’s wife or female partner (typically used of a man).

ASSERTIVE, DOMINEERING
CONSISTENCY INCONSISTENCY, ANOMALY
LAUDABLE

(of an action, idea, or aim) deserving praise and commendation.

UNWORTHY

not deserving respect or attention.

EXAGGERATE

represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.

UNDERSTATE
EXTEMPORE

spoken or done without preparation.

PREPARED
HYPOTHETICAL

presumed, imagined

ACTUAL
POOH-POOH

dismiss (an idea or suggestion) as being foolish or impractical.

Similar: reject, dismiss

ACCEDE, COMPLY