Vocabulary - Exceptional English Words With Meanings : 21 January 2021

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Exceptional words of English vocabulary from the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ are listed here. Go through these words and read the usages to learn how to use them in sentences. After this, take the quiz based on the vocabulary to check how much you learnt. This will really help you boost up your learning. 
Happy learning!!!   
 
1.PEER (verb) - ताकना
Pronunciation: peeuh
Meaning: look with difficulty or concentration at someone or something
Synonyms: scan, gaze, stare, glare, squint, gawk, scrutinize
Antonyms: glance, glimpse, browse
Usage: He watched the Customs official peer into the driver's window.
 
2.ALLIANCE (noun) - गठबंधन
Pronunciation: uh·lai·uhns
Meaning: a union or association formed for mutual benefit
Synonyms: association, union, collaboration, combination, partnership
Antonyms: separation, detachment, antagonism
Usage: The organization is a broad alliance of many different groups.
 
3.TRACE (verb) – पता लगाना
Pronunciation: treis
Meaning: find or discover by investigation
Synonyms: find, discover, detect, unearth, uncover
Antonyms: overlook, miss, lose
Usage: Police are trying to trace a white van seen in the area.
 
4.TORPID (adjective) – सुस्त
Pronunciation: taw·puhd
Meaning: mentally or physically inactive
Synonyms: lethargic, sluggish, lazy, inert, inactive, slow, lifeless
Antonyms: energetic, active, attentive
Usage: My torpid brother rests on the couch all day.  
 
5.TORTOUS (adjective) – टेढ़ा-मेढ़ा
Pronunciation: taw·choo·uhs
Meaning: full of twists and turns
Synonyms: twisting, winding, curving, curvy, bending, sinuous, undulating
Antonyms: straight, direct, simple
Usage: We have travelled a tortuous road.
 
6.REFRACTORY (adjective) हठी
Pronunciation: ruh·frak·tuh·ree
Meaning: stubborn or unmanageable
Synonyms: obstinate, stubborn, mulish, obdurate, headstrong, wayward, wilful
Antonyms: obedient, manageable
Usage: The refractory students spend a great deal of time in the detention room.
 
7.LAPSE (noun) – चूक
Pronunciation: laps
Meaning: a brief or temporary failure of concentration, memory, or judgment
Synonyms: failure, failing, slip, error, mistake, blunder, fault
Antonyms: accuracy, correction, continuity
Usage: His lapse in judgment led him to fall behind in his studies.
 
8.BLITHE (adjective) – ज़िंदादिल
Pronunciation: blaith
Meaning: happy or carefree
Synonyms: happy, cheerful, jolly, cheery, merry, sunny, joyous
Antonyms: sad, unhappy, sorrowful
Usage: A blithe heart makes a blooming look.
 
9.DIVINE (adjective) – दिव्य
Pronunciation: duh·vain
Meaning: being or having the nature of a god
Synonyms: godly, godlike, angelic, seraphic, saintly, beatific, spiritual
Antonyms: mortal, earthly, ordinary
Usage: These events were seen as a divine revelation.
 
10.APOTHEOSIS (noun) पराकाष्ठा
Pronunciation: uh·po·thee·ow·suhs
Meaning: the highest point in the development of something
Synonyms: culmination, climax, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith, apex
Antonym: nadir
Usage: When she walked down the aisle in her wedding gown, everyone thought she was the apotheosis of beauty.
 
Now choose any 2 or 3 words, try to use them in your own sentences and share your sentences in the comment section. This will help you to retain the learnt words for a longer duration.   
 
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