The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th June 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  24th June 2021

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  1. Damp (adj.)

Meaning: slightly wet (नम)

Synonyms: moist, humid, wet

Antonyms: dry, drench, arid

Sentence: Her hair was still damp from the shower.

  1. Laggard (noun)

Meaning: a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others (सुस्त)

Synonyms: straggler, loiterer, lingerer

Antonyms: hurried, cosmopolitan, accelerate

Sentence: There was no time for laggards.

  1. Ambiguity (noun)

Meaning: the quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness (अस्पष्टता)

Synonyms: ambivalence, equivocation, obscurity

Antonyms: clarity, clearness. definiteness.

Sentence: We can detect no ambiguity in this section of the Act.

  1. Precarious (adj.)

Meaning: not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse (अनिश्चित)

Synonyms: uncertain, doubtful, dubious

Antonyms: certain, constant, constant

Sentence: The museum is in a financially precarious position.

  1. Elicit (verb)

Meaning: evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one’s own actions or questions (प्रकाश में लाना/प्राप्त करना)

Synonyms: obtain, bring out, draw out

Antonyms: keep, abduct, append

Sentence: I could elicit no response from him.

  1. Derogation (noun)

Meaning: the perception or treatment of someone or something as being of little worth (अनादर)

Synonyms: dishonour, disrespect, insult

Antonyms: ennoblement, honour, glorification

Sentence: He could not tolerate the derogation of his father.

  1. Reassert (verb)

Meaning: to prove; confirm (साबित करना/ पुष्टि करना)

Synonyms: reaffirm, affirm, allege

Antonyms: disclaim, reject, abandon

Sentence: The Prime Minister aimed to reassert his authority.

  1. Stern (adj.)

Meaning: (of a person or their manner) serious and unrelenting, especially in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline (कठोर)

Synonyms: serious, unsmiling, frowning

Antonyms: kind,  gentle, lenient

Sentence: His voice was stern again.

  1. Applaud (verb)

Meaning:  show approval or praise by clapping (प्रशंसा करना)

Synonyms: clap, cheer, whistle

Antonyms: belittle, blame, jeer

Sentence: The crowd whistled and applauded.

  1. Havoc (noun)

Meaning: widespread destruction (नाश)

Synonyms: devastation, destruction, damage

Antonyms: calm, peace, concord

Sentence: On the 16th of March 1889, the heavy tidal waves created havoc in the harbor of Apia.

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