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Today’s article title is: In Ladakh, India has little choice but to make China pay a cost

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INEVITABLE

Adjective

Pronunciation: in-ev-i-tuh-buhl

Meaning: impossible to avoid or evade

Synonyms: certain, ineluctable, ineludible, inescapable, necessary, sure, unavoidable, unescapable

Antonyms: avoidable, evadable, uncertain, unsure

Usage: The extinction of humankind is inevitable 

Forms: Inevitable (noun)


RECKONING

Noun

Pronunciation: rek-uh-ning

Meaning: the act of placing a value on the nature, character, value or quality of something

Synonyms: appraisal, appraisement, assessment, estimate, estimation, evaluation, valuation

Usage:  As per my reckoning, the profits will be huge

Forms: Reckon (verb)


CONTEMPTUOUS 

Adjective

Pronunciation: kuhn-temp-choo-uhs

Meaning: feeling or showing open dislike for someone or something regarded as undeserving of respect or concern

Synonyms: abhorrent, disdainful, scornful

Antonyms: admiring, applauding, appreciative, approving

Usage: He is contemptuous of lazy people 

Forms: Contempt (noun)


DISDAIN

Noun

Pronunciation: dis-deyn

Meaning: open dislike for someone or something considered unworthy of one’s concern or respect

Synonyms: contempt, contemptuousness, despisement, despite, despitefulness, misprision, scorn

Antonyms: admiration, esteem, estimation, favor, regard, respect

Usage: I have a disdain for lazy people 

Forms: Disdain (verb), Disdainful (adjective)


ASSERTION

Noun

Pronunciation: uh-sur-shuhn

Meaning: a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something

Synonyms: affirmation, asseveration, avouchment, avowal, claim, declaration, insistence, profession, protestation

Antonyms: disavowal

Usage: Her assertion about society is correct! 
Forms: Assert (verb)