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Today’s article title is: Rajnath Singh meets Chinese counterpart in Moscow amid Ladakh standoff

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COUNTERPART

Noun

Pronunciation: koun-ter-pahrt 

Meaning: one of two parts that fit, complete, or complement one another

Synonyms: coequal, compeer, coordinate, equal, equivalent, fellow, like, match, parallel, peer, rival

Usage: He met his counterpart from the other team 


PROMINENT

Adjective

Pronunciation: prom-uh-nuhnt 

Meaning: likely to attract attention/widely known

Synonyms: arresting, bodacious, bold, brilliant, catchy, noticeable/celebrated, famed, famous, noted, renowned, well-known

Antonyms: inconspicuous, unemphatic, unnoticeable, unobtrusive/anonymous, nameless, obscure

Usage: The scar is very prominent/She is a prominent personality 


ESCALATE

Verb

Pronunciation: es-kuh-leyt 

Meaning: to become or make greater in extent, volume, amount, or number

Synonyms: accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, enlarge, expand, gain, proliferate

Antonyms: contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane

Usage: I will escalate the matter 

Forms: Escalation (noun)


STANDOFF

Noun

Pronunciation: stand-awf

Meaning: a point in a struggle where neither side is capable of winning or willing to give in

Synonyms: deadlock, gridlock, halt, impasse, logjam, stalemate, standstill

Usage: The standoff continued for a month


TRANSGRESSION

Noun

Pronunciation: trans-gresh-uhn

Meaning: a breaking of a moral or legal code

Synonyms: breach, crime, debt, error, lawbreaking, malefaction, misdeed, misdoing, offence, sin, trespass, violation, wrongdoing

Usage: This transgression will not be excused 
Forms: Transgress (verb)