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- Facilitate (verb) – सुविधा प्रदान करना
Definition: make (an action or process) easy or easier.
Synonyms: make easy/easier, ease, make possible, make smooth/smoother, smooth
Antonyms: make harder, complicate, worsen, make complex
Usage: schools were located in the same campus to facilitate the sharing of resources
- Hardlined (adjective) – कठोर या सख्त
Definition: uncompromising; strict.
Synonyms: uncompromising, strict, diehard, extreme, tough, inflexible, immoderate, intransigent, intractable, unyielding, undeviating, unwavering, single-minded
Antonyms: flexible, agreeable, moderate, yielding, wavering, open-minded
Usage: He was a hardlined rationalist.
- Deferred (verb) – विलम्बित करना
Definition: put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone.
Synonyms: postpone, put off, adjourn, delay, hold over/off, put back, carry over, backlog, incomplete, delay
Antonyms: complete, prepone, finished, do ahead, plan ahead, advance
Usage: they deferred the decision until February
- Punitive (adjective) – दंडात्मक
Definition: inflicting or intended as punishment.
Synonyms: penal, disciplinary, corrective, correctional, retributive; in retaliation, in reprisal
Antonyms: free, liberal, general, wide-ranging, broad, humanistic
Usage: he called for punitive measures against the Eastern bloc
- Unpredictable (adjective) – अप्रत्याशित
Definition: not able to be predicted; changeable.
Synonyms: unforeseeable, undivinable, incalculable, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, dubious
Antonyms: foreseeable, calculable, certain, sure, divinable, expected, planned
Usage: the unpredictable weather of the Scottish islands was an issue
- Conversely (adverb) – अंतर्विरोध में
Definition: introducing a statement or idea which reverses one that has just been made or referred to.
Synonyms: in contradiction, as opposed to, in contrast to, contradictory, opposite
Antonyms: harmony, unity, agreement, agreeing, in unison, concur, accord
Usage: he would have preferred his wife not to work, although conversely he was also proud of what she did
- Stigma (noun) – कलंक
Definition: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
Synonyms: shame, disgrace, dishonour; stain, taint, blot, blot on one’s escutcheon, blemish, mark, brand
Antonyms: honor, pride, self-esteem, dignity, delight, satisfaction, confidence
Usage: the stigma of having gone to prison will always be with me
- Baffling (verb) – चौंकाने वाला
Definition: totally bewilder or perplex.
Synonyms: perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert
Antonyms: unsurprised, not shocking, expected, known, seen, planned
Usage: an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone
- Confer (verb) – प्रदान करना
Definition: grant (a title, degree, benefit, or right).
Synonyms: bestow on, present with/to, grant to, award to, decorate with, honour with, give to, give out to, gift with
Antonyms: take away from, remove, withhold, suppress, repress, contain, curb
Usage: the Queen conferred an honorary knighthood on him
- Ostracise (verb) – बहिष्कृत करना
Definition: exclude from a society or group.
Synonyms: exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, avoid, ignore
Antonyms: welcome, accept, befriend, include, welcome, embrace, adopt
Usage: she was declared a witch and ostracized by the villagers