The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  21st February 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  21st February 2022

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  1. Abstinent (adj.)

Meaning: given to or marked by restraint in the satisfaction of one’s appetites (संयमी)

Synonyms: disciplined, self-controlled, self-abnegating

Antonyms: self-indulgent, voracious

Sentence: The patients are best advised to be totally abstinent from alcohol.

  1. Thronged (verb)

Meaning: (of a crowd) fill or be present in (a place or area). (भीड़)

Synonyms: mob, jostle, pack (into)

Sentence: Fans thronged the field to celebrate the win.

  1. Flummox (verb)

Meaning: perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder. (घबराना)

Synonyms: baffle, bewilder, mystify

Antonyms: clarify, enlighten, help

Sentence: He was completely flummoxed by the question.

  1. Discernible (adj.)

Meaning: able to be discerned; perceptible. (नमूदार)

Synonyms: detectable, noticeable, perceptible

Antonyms: impalpable, imperceptible, inappreciable

Sentence: Her face was barely discernible in the gloom.

  1. Wile (noun)

Meaning: devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants. (छलबल)

Synonyms: tricks, ruses, ploys

Antonyms: sincerity, candidness, candor

Sentence: Fox’s wiles will never enter the lion’s head.

  1. Wretched (adj.)

Meaning: (of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state. (मनहूस)

Synonyms: miserable, unhappy, sad

Antonyms: great, marvellous, wonderful

Sentence: I felt so wretched because I thought I might never see you again.

  1. Cordoned (verb)

Meaning: prevent access to or from an area or building by surrounding it with police or other guards. (घेराबंदी कर दी)

Synonyms: close off, seal off, tape off

Sentence: Police cordoned off part of the city centre.

  1. Scuttled (verb)

Meaning: run hurriedly or furtively with short quick steps. (भागना)

Synonyms: scamper, scurry, scramble

Antonyms: crawled, crept, poked

Sentence: Two very small children scuttled away in front of them.

  1. Accentuate (verb)

Meaning: make more noticeable or prominent. (ध्यान आकर्षित करना)

Synonyms: focus attention on, draw attention to, highlight

Antonyms: underemphasize, understate, belittle

Sentence: The photograph seemed to accentuate his large nose.

  1. Tantamount (adj.)

Meaning: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. (समान)

Synonyms: equivalent to, equal to, amounting to

Antonyms: disparate, distinct, distinguishable

Sentence: This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war.

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