The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  20th May 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  20th May 2022

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  1. Sever (verb)

Meaning: divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly. (अलग करना)

Synonyms: cut off, chop off, lop off

Antonyms: join, link, unite

Sentence: She wanted to sever all her connections with the firm.

  1. Finesse (noun)

Meaning: intricate and refined delicacy. (चालाकी)

Synonyms: skill, subtlety, expertise

Antonyms: inadequacy, incompetence, ineptitude

Sentence: He is a true believer, but sadly lacks finesse.

  1. Ostentatious (adj.)

Meaning: characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice. (दिखावटी)

Synonyms: showy, pretentious, obtrusive

Antonyms: quiet, understated, unflamboyant

Sentence: Actually, he has a lot of debt, he is just living an ostentatious life.

  1. Poignancy (noun)

Meaning: the quality of evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. (मार्मिकता)

Synonyms: pathos, sadness, pitifulness

Antonyms: mildness, softness

Sentence: The film contains moments of almost unbearable poignancy.

  1. Deft (adj.)

Meaning: accomplished with a trained ability (निपुण)

Synonyms: adroit, artful, dexterous

Antonyms: amateur, unprofessional, unskillful

Sentence: He’s very deft at handling awkward situations.

  1. Totter (verb)

Meaning: move in a feeble or unsteady way. (लड़खड़ाते हुए चलना)

Synonyms: teeter, walk unsteadily, stagger

Sentence: The drunkard tottered to the door.

  1. Extraneous (adj.)

Meaning: irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with. (बाहरी)

Synonyms: irrelevant, immaterial, beside the point

Antonyms: applicable, apposite, apropos

Sentence: We shall ignore factors extraneous to the problem.

  1. Unremitting (adj.)

Meaning: never relaxing or slackening; incessant. (निरंतर)

Synonyms: relentless, unrelenting, continual

Antonyms: discontinuous, noncontinuous, periodic

Sentence: The group faced unremitting hostility from the FBI.

  1. Apposite (adj.)

Meaning: apt in the circumstances or in relation to something. (उचित)

Synonyms: appropriate, suitable, relevant

Antonyms: extraneous, immaterial, impertinent

Sentence: I found his speech wholly apposite to the current debate.

  1. Moratorium (noun)

Meaning: a temporary prohibition of an activity. (रोक)

Synonyms: stop, ban,

Antonyms: continuance, continuation

Sentence: The debt was to be subject to a five-year moratorium.

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