The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  16th July 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  16th July 2021

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  1. Decrying (verb)

Meaning: publicly denounce. (निंदा)

Synonyms: denounce, condemn, criticize

Antonyms: acclaiming, applauding, praising

Sentence: The prophets weren’t decrying the ritual of the temple.

  1. Farcical (adj.)

Meaning: relating to or resembling farce, especially because of absurd or ridiculous aspects. (बेतुका)

Synonyms: ridiculous, preposterous, ludicrous

Antonyms: serious, logical, believable

Sentence: The whole situation has become farcical.

  1. Ordeal (noun)

Meaning: a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one. (अग्नि परीक्षा)

Synonyms: nightmare, trauma, painful experience

Antonyms: comfort, joy, peace

Sentence: He was subjected to a terrible six-day ordeal.

  1. Mercurial (adj.)

Meaning: (of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind. (अस्थिर)

Synonyms: volatile, capricious, temperamental

Antonyms: changeless, constant, immutable

Sentence: The boss’s mood is so mercurial that we never know how he’s going to react to anything.

  1. Repugnant (adj.)

Meaning: extremely distasteful; unacceptable. (प्रतिकूल)

Synonyms: abhorrent, revolting, repulsive

Antonyms: innocuous, inoffensive, acceptable

Sentence: The thought of going back into the fog was repugnant to him.

  1. Daunt (verb)

Meaning: make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive. (भयभीत करना)

Synonyms: intimidate, abash, ruffle

Antonyms: embolden, encourage, strengthen

Sentence: The raging inferno didn’t daunt the firefighters for a moment.

  1. Compel (verb)

Meaning: force or oblige (someone) to do something. (मजबूर)

Synonyms: force, coerce into, pressurize into

Antonyms: allow, let, permit

Sentence: A sense of duty compelled Harry to answer her questions.

  1. Emancipation (noun)

Meaning: the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions (मुक्ति)

Synonyms: freeing, liberation, discharge

Antonyms: enslavement, conquest, subjugation

Sentence: The Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in the United States.

  1. Intermittent (adj.)

Meaning: occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady. (रुक-रुक कर)

Synonyms: sporadic, irregular, random

Antonyms: constant, continuous, incessant

Sentence: After three hours of intermittent rain, the game was abandoned.

  1. Gaffe (noun)

Meaning: an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder. (चूक)

Synonyms: blunder, mistake, error

Antonyms: accuracy, correctness, perfection

Sentence: He didn’t realize what a gaffe he’d made.

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