The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  26th August 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  26th August 2021

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  1. Feud (verb)

Meaning: take part in a prolonged quarrel or conflict. (झगड़ा)

Synonyms: quarrel, fight, argue

Antonyms: friendliness, sympathy, congeniality

Sentence: Because of a family feud, he never spoke to his wife’s parents for years.

  1. Sluggard (noun)

Meaning: a lazy, sluggish person. (आलसी)

Synonyms: layabout, lazybones, deadbeat

Antonyms: assiduous, diligent, hardworking

Sentence: I’m waiting for those sluggards to bring my steak

  1. Smoldered (verb)

Meaning: burn slowly with smoke but no flame. (सुलगना)

Synonyms: burn slowly, blazed, glow

Antonyms: extinguished, darkened, dimmed

Sentence: The bonfire still smoldered, the smoke drifting over the paddock.

  1. Gimmick (noun)

Meaning: a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business. (नौटंकी)

Synonyms: publicity device, stunt, trick

Sentence: That free dinner is just a sales gimmick to get you to listen to their sales pitch.

  1. Benign (adj.)

Meaning: gentle and kindly. (सौम्य)

Synonyms: kind, warm-hearted, good-natured

Antonyms: coarse, hard, harsh

Sentence: The medicine is benign in its effects and will cause you no harm.

  1. Skeptic (noun)

Meaning: a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions. (संदेहवादी)

Synonyms: cynic, doubter, questioner

Antonyms: chump, dupe, gull

Sentence: Being a skeptic, the woman highly doubted that the psychic would really be able to tell her future.

  1. Brink (noun)

Meaning: an extreme edge of land before a steep or vertical slope. (तट)

Synonyms: edge, verge, margin

Sentence: The tree grew on the brink of the cliff.

  1. Surfeit (noun)

Meaning: an excessive amount of something. (अतिरेक)

Synonyms: excess, surplus, abundance

Antonyms: deficiency, deficit, insufficiency

Sentence: A surfeit of rich food is bad for you.

  1. Complacency (noun)

Meaning: a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. (शालीनता)

Synonyms: smugness, self-satisfaction, self-approval

Antonyms: diffidence, self-doubt, self-disgust

Sentence: The figures are better, but there are no grounds for complacency.

  1. Perforate (verb)

Meaning: pierce and make a hole or holes in. (छिद्रित)

Synonyms: pierce, penetrate, prick

Antonyms: fill, patch, seal

Sentence: The broken ribs perforated into his lung.

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