The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  14th November 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  14th November 2022

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  1. Nullity (noun)

Meaning: a person of no importance or influence (व्यर्थता)

Synonyms: insignificancy, nonentity, inferior

Antonyms: bigwig, eminence, notable

Sentence: The judge’s order was a nullity and no effective variation was made of the earlier flawed order of the justices.

  1. Quandary (noun)

Meaning: a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation. (व्याकुलता)

Synonyms: dilemma, plight, predicament

Sentence: The government appears to be in a quandary about what to do with so many people.

  1. Cataclysmic (adj.)

Meaning: relating to or denoting a violent natural event. (दुर्घटना)

Synonyms: disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous

Antonyms: non-destructive, protective

Sentence: These countries are on the brink of cataclysmic famine.

  1. Squishy (adj.)

Meaning: soft and moist. (मुलायम)

Synonyms: soft, spongy, squashy

Antonyms: firm, hard, solid

Sentence: The ground was soft and squishy, and she felt mud oozing over the top of her shoes.

  1. Grating (adj.)

Meaning: sounding harsh and unpleasant. (कर्कश)

Synonyms: croaking, croaky, gravel

Antonyms: gentle, gliding, melodious

Sentence: She recognized the grating voice of Dr. Sarnoff.

  1. Fecund (adj.)

Meaning: producing abundantly (फलप्रद)

Synonyms: fertile, fructuous, fruitful

Antonyms: infertile, sterile, unproductive

Sentence: The pampas are still among the most fecund lands in the world.

  1. Portend (verb)

Meaning: be a sign or warning that (something, especially something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen. (संकेत मिलता)

Synonyms: presage, augur, foreshadow

Antonyms: describe, narrate, recite

Sentence: The change did not portend a basic improvement in social conditions.

  1. Hobnobbed (verb)

Meaning: mix socially, especially with those of higher social status. (सामाजिक रूप से मिलना)

Synonyms: associate, mix, fraternize

Antonyms: eschewed, shunned, alienated

Sentence: He was often seen hobnobbing with influential business people.

  1. Cursory (adj.)

Meaning: hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed. (जल्दबाजी)

Synonyms: perfunctory, desultory, casual

Antonyms: deliberate, unhurried, unrushed

Sentence: He put aside the papers after a cursory study.

  1. Hiatus (noun)

Meaning: a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process. (विराम)

Synonyms: pause, break, interval

Antonyms: continuation, continuity

Sentence: There was a brief hiatus in the war.

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