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- Traverse (verb) – पार करना
Definition: travel across or through.
Synonyms: travel over/across, cross, journey over/across, make one’s way across, passover, go across, negotiate
Antonyms: stay still, not moving, not progressing, constant, stagnant
Usage: he traversed the forest
- Acerbic (adjective) — तेज या व्यंग्यात्मक
Definition: sharp and forthright style of speaking
Synonyms: sharp, sarcastic, sardonic, satirical, scathing, cutting, razor-edged, incisive, penetrating, piercing, biting, stinging, searing, keen, caustic, trenchant, bitter
Antonyms: dull, boring, common, ordinary, unintelligent, simple
Usage: His acerbic wit had everyone enthralled.
- Ascendent (adjective) — पाधान
Definition: rising in power or influence.
Synonyms: rising (in power), in the ascendant, on the up and up, on the way up, up-and-coming, on the rise
Antonyms: declining, plummeting, falling, losing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking
Usage: By the late 1990s liberal ideas were ascendant in much of the developed world
- Divisive (adjective) — अलगाव, अलग करना
Definition: tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.
Synonyms: alienating, estranging, isolating, schismatic; discordant, disharmonious, inharmonious
Antonyms: combining, joining, harmonious, merged, done together, jointly
Usage: they declared outrage at the divisive effects of government policy
- Stint (noun) – कार्यकाल
Definition: limitation of supply or effort.
Synonyms: limitation, inadequate, ungenerous, not enough, little, limited, constrained
Antonyms: unlimited, limitless, boundless, immeasurable, continuing
Usage: a collector with an eye for quality and the means to indulge it without stint
- Contentious (adjective) – विवादास्पद
Definition: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.
Synonyms: controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed, contended, open to question/debate, moot, vexed
Antonyms: agreeable, willing, amenable, compliant, complying, consenting, assenting, in accord/agreement
Usage: They gathered to discuss a contentious issue
- Languish (verb) — दुर्बल होना
Definition: lose or lack vitality; grow weak.
Synonyms: weaken, grow weak, deteriorate, decline, go into a decline, waste away, rot, decay
Antonyms: thrive, flourish, prosper, grow vigorously, develop well, burgeon
Usage: plants may appear to be languishing simply because they are dormant
- Niggle (verb) – परेशान करना
Definition: cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety.
Synonyms: irritate, annoy, worry, trouble, bother, provoke, exasperate, upset, gall, irk, rankle with
Antonyms: soothe, calm, please, comfort, pacify, conciliate, mollify, propitiate
Usage: Doreen wanted to discuss matters that niggled at her mind
- Colossus (noun) — प्रकांड व्यक्ति या साम्राज्य
Definition: a person or thing of enormous size, importance, or ability
Synonyms: enormous, large, important, huge, vital, main, major, dominant, significant, cardinal
Antonyms: unimportant, weak, small, insignificant, side-lined
Usage: the Russian Empire was the colossus of European politics
- Tatters (noun) – फटे कपड़े
Definition: irregularly torn pieces of something
Synonyms: rags, scraps, shreds, bits, pieces, bits and pieces, torn pieces, ragged pieces, ribbons
Antonyms: whole, not damaged, clean, neat, unbroken, one piece
Usage: he was forced to wear rags and tatters a beggar would scorn