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Today’s article title is: FB appoints Sunil Abraham to shape its stance on tech policy in India

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STANCE

Noun

Pronunciation: stans

Meaning: a general way of holding the body/attitude towards something

Synonyms: attitude, carriage, poise, posture, station

Usage: She had a very aggressive stance/ I have a very strong stance on corruption 


SLUGFEST

Noun

Pronunciation: sluhg-fest

Meaning: as in fistfight

Synonyms: blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, brawl, fight

Antonyms: truce

Usage: The are chances of a slugfest in the election rally today 


ADVOCATE

Verb

Pronunciation: ad-vuh-keyt

Meaning: to promote the interests or cause of

Synonyms: back, champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, plump (for), plunk (for) or plonk (for), support

Antonyms: baffle, foil, frustrate, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart

Usage: We will always advocate the use of safety in such dangerous operations 

Forms: Advocate (noun)


EXACTING

Adjective

Pronunciation: ig-zak-ting

Meaning: requiring considerable physical or mental effort

Synonyms: arduous, Augean, backbreaking, challenging, demanding, difficult, effortful, formidable, grueling

Antonyms: cheap, easy, effortless, facile, light, mindless, simple, soft, undemanding

Usage: The trekkers have to face some exacting conditions 


TOILSOME

Adjective

Pronunciation: toil-suhm

Meaning: requiring much time, effort, or careful attention

Synonyms: arduous, burdensome, challenging, demanding, exacting, grueling (or gruelling), killing, laborious, onerous, persnickety, taxing

Antonyms: light, nondemanding, unchallenging, undemanding

Usage: This is the most toilsome part of the journey 
Forms: Toil (noun), Toil (verb)