The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th December 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th December 2022

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  1. Swathes (verb)

Meaning: wrap in several layers of fabric. (पट्टी)

Synonyms: wrap, envelop, bind

Sentence: His hands were swathed in bandages.

  1. Testament (noun)

Meaning: something presented in support of the truth or accuracy of a claim (प्रमाण)

Synonyms: proof. testimony. evidence

Antonyms: rebuttal, refutation, presumption

Sentence: The monument is a worthy testament to the courage of the men who fought in the war.

  1. Diktats (noun)

Meaning: an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent. (अध्यादेश)

Synonyms: edict, decree, order

Sentence: A democratic government has to be something wanted by that nation’s citizens and not something created by a foreign power’s diktat.

  1. Fickle (adj.)

Meaning: changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties, interests, or affection. (अस्थिर)

Synonyms: capricious, changeable, variable

Antonyms: constant, certain, unchanging

Sentence: Fortune is fickle.

  1. Helmsmanship (noun)

Meaning: the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain. (कुशाग्रता)

Synonyms: astuteness, acumen, acuity

Antonyms: stupidity, foolishness, witlessness

Sentence: Clinton’s helmsmanship for the past four years left a lot to be desired

  1. Vitiate (verb)

Meaning: spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. (ख़राब करना)

Synonyms: mar, taint, spoil

Antonyms: improve, reconstruct

Sentence: Smoking vitiates the air.

  1. Ruction (noun)

Meaning: a rough and often noisy fight usually involving several people (झगड़ा)

Synonyms: brawl, clash, ruckus

Antonyms: peace, hush, tranquillity

Sentence: The announcement caused serious ruction.

  1. Delve (verb)

Meaning: reach inside a receptacle and search for something. (खोजना)

Synonyms: rummage (around) in, search (through), hunt through

Sentence: It’s not always a good idea to delve too deeply into someone’s past.

  1. Venal (adj.)

Meaning: showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery. (घूसख़ोर)

Synonyms: corrupt, corruptible, bribable

Antonyms: incorruptible, ethical, honest

Sentence: They are accused of being involved in venal practices.

  1. Sprightly (adj.)

Meaning: (especially of an old person) lively; full of energy. (फुरतीला)

Synonyms: lively, spry, energetic

Antonyms: inactive, lackadaisical, languid

Sentence: He’s a sprightly old man of seventy-five.

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