The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  18th August 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  18th August 2021

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  1. Agony (noun)

Meaning: extreme physical or mental suffering. (तीव्र पीड़ा)

Synonyms: pain, hurt, suffering

Antonyms: comfort, ease, relief

Sentence: He crashed to the ground in agony.

  1. Astounding (adj.)

Meaning: surprisingly impressive or notable. (अद्भुत)

Synonyms: amazing, astonishing, staggering

Antonyms: unimpressive, boring, dull

Sentence: There was an astounding 20% increase in sales.

  1. Surreal (adj.)

Meaning: having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre. (विचित्र)

Synonyms: unreal, bizarre, unusual

Antonyms: logical, rational

Sentence: Meeting you here like this is positively surreal!

  1. Vile (adj.)

Meaning: extremely unpleasant. (नीच)

Synonyms: foul, nasty, unpleasant

Antonyms: decent, ethical, good

Sentence: He has a vile temper.

  1. Culminate (verb)

Meaning: reach a climax or point of highest development. (समापन)

Synonyms: peak, climax, end with

Antonyms: start, begin

Sentence: He culminated the school year with a trip to New York.

  1. Dissonant (adj.)

Meaning: lacking harmony. (कर्कश)

Synonyms: inharmonious, disharmonious, discordant

Antonyms: harmonious, melodious, harmonizing

Sentence: A lot of harsh, dissonant music has been composed in the last 40 years.

  1. Conjecture (noun)

Meaning: an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information. (अनुमान)

Synonyms: guess, speculation, surmise

Sentence: Conjectures about the newcomer were many and varied.

  1. Spur (noun)

Meaning: a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive. (प्रेरणा)

Synonyms: stimulus, incentive, encouragement

Antonyms: counterincentive, disincentive

Sentence: Profit was both the spur and the reward of enterprise.

  1. Obscure (adj.)

Meaning: not discovered or known about; uncertain. (अस्पष्ट)

Synonyms: unclear, uncertain, unknown

Antonyms: clear, obvious, plain

Sentence: The story of his origin is very obscure.

  1. Despondency (noun)

Meaning: a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage. (निराशा)

Synonyms: disheartenment, discouragement, dispiritedness

Antonyms: encouragement, hope, hopefulness

Sentence: Life’s not all gloom and despondency.

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