The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  5th July 2021

The Hindu Editorial VOCAB:  5th July 2021

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  1. Potency (noun)

Meaning: the power of something to influence or make an impression. (शक्ति)

Synonyms: powerfulness, vigor, strength

Antonyms: weakness, impotence, powerlessness

Sentence: Because of its high potency, the herb can make people act in strange ways.

  1. Penury (noun)

Meaning: extreme poverty (दरिद्रता)

Synonyms: pennilessness, impecuniousness, neediness

Antonyms: wealth, plenty, sufficiency

Sentence: He died in a state of virtual penury.

  1. Elapse (verb)

Meaning: (of time) pass or go by. (बीतना)

Synonyms: pass, go by/past, proceed

Antonyms: halt, hold, wait

Sentence: So a week or so may elapse between the first and the last eggs hatching.

  1. Unambiguous (adj.)

Meaning: not open to more than one interpretation. (स्पष्ट)

Synonyms: obvious, plain, apparent

Antonyms: ambiguous, indefinite, vague

Sentence: Instructions should be unambiguous.

  1. Screech (verb)

Meaning: (of a person or animal) give a loud, harsh, piercing cry. (फटा आवाज़)

Synonyms: shriek, squeal, squawk

Antonyms: murmur, mutter, whisper

Sentence: She hit her brother, causing him to screech with pain.

  1. Posterity (noun)

Meaning: all future generations of people. (भावी पीढ़ी)

Synonyms: successors, next generation, the future

Antonyms: ancestor, antecedent, past

Sentence: The victims’ names are recorded for posterity.

  1. Defunct (adj.)

Meaning: no longer existing or functioning. (मृत)

Synonyms: non-existent, faded, moribund

Antonyms: alive, existent, living

Sentence: After being hit by a hurricane, the entire neighborhood was defunct.

  1. Notoriety (noun)

Meaning: the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed. (बदनामी)

Synonyms: infamy, bad reputation, disrepute

Antonyms: obscurity, esteem, honor

Sentence: His comment about the President has given him notoriety.

  1. Seer (noun)

Meaning: a person who is supposed to be able, through supernatural insight, to see what the future holds. (पैग़ंबर)

Synonyms: prophet, prophetess, sibyl

Sentence: A seer had foretold that the earl would assume the throne.

  1. Futile (adj.)

Meaning: incapable of producing any useful result (व्यर्थ)

Synonyms: pointless, useless, worthless

Antonyms: productive, profitable, effective

Sentence: It would be futile to protest.

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