The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  3rd February 2022

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  3rd February 2022

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  1. Nullity (noun)

Meaning: a person of no importance or influence (व्यर्थता)

Synonyms: insignificancy, nonentity, inferior

Antonyms: bigwig, eminence, notable

Sentence: The judge’s order was a nullity and no effective variation was made of the earlier flawed order of the justices.

  1. Sentinel (noun)

Meaning: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch. (पहरेदार)

Synonyms: bodyguard, convoy, defender

Sentence: The sentinel was stationed on a hill.

  1. Balmy (adj.)

Meaning: (of the weather) pleasantly warm. (ख़ुशबूदार)

Synonyms: mild, gentle, temperate

Antonyms: harsh, inclement, intemperate

Sentence: Brilliant blue skies and unseasonably balmy weather prevailed.

  1. Transcendent (adj.)

Meaning: beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience. (उत्कृष्ट)

Synonyms: magical, miraculous, phenomenal

Antonyms: average, common, natural

Sentence: The Olympics are a transcendent event.

  1. Encapsulates (verb)

Meaning: express the essential features of (something) succinctly. (संक्षेप)

Synonyms: summarize, abstracts, sums up

Antonyms: elongates, extends, lengthens

Sentence: Can you encapsulate the speech in about a paragraph?

  1. Onerous (adj.)

Meaning: (of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome. (कष्टदायक)

Synonyms: burdensome, inconvenient, troublesome

Antonyms: comfortable, cozy, easy

Sentence: This is the most onerous task I have ever undertaken.

  1. Hiatus (noun)

Meaning: a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process. (विराम)

Synonyms: pause, break, interval

Antonyms: continuation, continuity

Sentence: There was a brief hiatus in the war.

  1. Reciprocity (noun)

Meaning: the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another. (आदान-प्रदान करना)

Synonyms: collaboration, mutualism, harmony

Antonyms: antagonism, antipathy, enmity

Sentence: The proposal calls for reciprocity in trade relations.

  1. Skeptical (adj.)

Meaning: not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations. (उलझन में)

Synonyms: dubious, doubtful, incredulous

Antonyms: credulous, gullible, trustful

Sentence: I am rather skeptical about their professed sympathy for the poor.

  1. Quinquennial (adj.)

Meaning: recurring every five years. (पाँच वर्ष का समय)

Sentence: The fifth edition of Greater New York, a quinquennial survey at MoMA PS1, was delayed a year by the pandemic.

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