The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th December 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th December 2021

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  1. Ebb (verb)

Meaning: (of an emotion or quality) gradually lessen or reduce. (अवनति)

Synonyms: diminish, dwindle, wane

Antonyms: ascent, rise, upswing

Sentence: Every tide has its ebb.

  1. Harbinger (noun)

Meaning: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another. (अग्र-दूत)

Synonyms: herald, sign, indicator

Sentence: The cuckoo is a harbinger of spring.

  1. Mingling (verb)

Meaning: mix or cause to mix together. (घुलना मिलना)

Synonyms: mix, blend, intermingle

Antonyms: breaking up, separating, unmixing

Sentence: The site where the river and the ocean mingle their waters to form a broad estuary.

  1. Impounding (verb)

Meaning: seize and take legal custody of (something, especially a vehicle, goods, or documents) because of an infringement of a law or regulation. (परिबंधन)

Synonyms: confiscate, appropriate, take possession of

Antonyms: emancipating, enfranchising, manumitting

Sentence: The vehicle was impounded as part of the police investigation.

  1. Arbiter (noun)

Meaning: a person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter. (मध्यस्थ)

Synonyms: adjudicator, arbitrator, judge

Sentence: He was the ultimate arbiter on both theological and political matters.

  1. Gaffer (noun)

Meaning: an old man. (वृद्ध)

Synonyms: old man, elderly man, senior citizen

Antonyms: youngster, youth, adolescent

Sentence: That gaffer going into the pub is 90 years old.

  1. Jurisprudence (noun)

Meaning: the theory or philosophy of law. (विधिशास्त्र)

Synonyms: judiciary, justice, law

Sentence: Codification is the highest contribution of jurisprudence.

  1. Gratuitous (adj.)

Meaning: uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted. (ऐच्छिक)

Synonyms: unjustified, without reason, uncalled for

Antonyms: essential, indispensable, necessary

Sentence: There’s too much crime and gratuitous violence on TV.

  1. Pique (noun)

Meaning: a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride. (मनमुटाव)

Synonyms: irritation, annoyance, resentment

Antonyms: appeasement, mollification, pacification

Sentence: In a fit of pique, he posted embarrassing photos of his friend on the Internet.

  1. Grotesque (adj.)

Meaning: comically or repulsively ugly or distorted. (विचित्र)

Synonyms: malformed, deformed, strange

Antonyms: impressive, pretty, ravishing

Sentence: That bloody Halloween mask is grotesque.

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