1) Opaque (Adj) –
Meaning: Not able to be seen through
Synonyms: non-transparent, clouded, dirty, dingy, dull, smeared, grimy, lusterless
Antonyms: transparent, crystal-clear
Usage: Telangana has still not ramped up testing numbers adequately and has been opaque in the release of testing data.
2) Hubris (noun) –
Meaning: lasting for a long time or slow to end. Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods)
Synonyms: vanity, arrogance, conceitedness, prideself-importance, haughtiness, contemptuousness, disdainfulness, vainglory, narcissism
Antonyms: modesty, humility, respect, timidity, shyness, unpretentiousness, meekness
Usage: Nepal’s ability to dare India is a sign of our diminished power and diplomatic hubris.
3) Maxim (adj) –
Meaning: A pithy expression of a general principle or rule
Synonyms: phrases, shibboleth, epigraph, quotation
Antonyms: activity, execution, doing, implementation, movement, ambiguity
Usage: It is probably a wise maxim in any democracy
4) Snobbery (noun) –
Meaning: The property or trait of being a snob
Synonyms: arrogance, condescension, pretension, pride, snootiness
Antonyms: respect, shyness, timidity, meekness
Usage: It is often subject to elite snobbery.
5) Hounded (verb) –
Meaning: To have caused someone to do something, usually against their inclinations
Synonyms: daunted, coerced, compelled, required, induced, obliged, pressed
Antonyms: relaxed, calm, untroubled, happy, collected
Usage: Both are on display in the way in which anti-CAA protestors are being hounded.
6) Inordinate (Adj) –
Meaning: Unreasonable or inappropriate in magnitude
Synonyms: uncurbed, unlimited, immeasurable, untempered, wanton, extortionate, gratuitous
Antonyms: hesitant, wary, embarrassed, unassertive.
Usage: Most citizens were willing to go to inordinate lengths to support the effort.
7) mellow (noun) –
Meaning: Having a melodious or harmonious sound, Having an easy-going mood or temperament
Synonyms: mellifluous, melodious, rich, soft, tuneful, dulcet, euphonious tranquil, composed, unruffled, nonchalant
Antonyms: uneasy, edgy, nervy, worried, jittery, skittish
Usage: He seems considerably more mellow to me today than he did then and still a man of impeccable integrity.
8) expediency (noun) –
Meaning: Appropriateness or suitability , Temporary help
Synonyms: convenience, advisability, benefit, effectiveness, utilitarianism, wisdom, meekness, shift, substitute, contrivance
Antonyms: recklessness, irresponsibility, incaution, impulsiveness
Usage: They are not just men sacrificed to expediency, they are not men too civilised for an uncivilised world.
9) hurtle (noun)-
Meaning: Move or cause to move at high speed, typically in an uncontrolled manner
Synonyms: blaze, blow, boogie, zoom, blast, run, stampede
Antonyms: crawl, creep, poke, plod, slow
Usage: Firefighters change en route, as they bowl down the Byres Road or hurtle along the motorway.
10) belie (verb) –
Meaning: To demonstrate or expose to the falsehood of something
Synonyms: disprove, contradict, discredit, confute, refute, debunk, rebut
Antonyms: confirm, establish, prove, validate
Usage: These figures belie the constantly repeated claims of mass popular support for the brutal war.