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Today’s article title is: COVID-19: Herd immunity approach is ‘fallacy’, scientists bat for lockdowns

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FALLACY

Noun

Pronunciation: fal-uh-see

Meaning: a false idea or belief

Synonyms: delusion, error, falsehood, falsity, hallucination, illusion, misbelief, misconception, myth, untruth

Antonyms: truth, verity

Usage: The belief that girls are poor at math is a fallacy 


INEQUITY

Noun

Pronunciation: in-ek-wi-tee

Meaning: the state of being unfair or unjust

Synonyms: injustice, unfairness, unjustness

Antonyms: equity, fairness, justice

Usage: There is inequity at every level in society 

Forms: Inequitable (adjective), Inequitably (adverb)


WANING

Verb

Pronunciation: weyn-ing

Meaning: to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually

Synonyms: abating, declining, decreasing, de-escalating, diminishing, draining (away), dropping (off), dwindling

Antonyms: blossoming, flourishing, escalating, expanding, growing, increasing, intensifying, waxing

Usage: The brightness of the moon is waning 

Forms: Waning (noun)


INEXTRICABLE

Adjective

Pronunciation: in-ik-strikay-buhl

Meaning: as in difficult, knotty/ impossible to disentangle or separate.

Synonyms: difficult, knotty, hopeless, inexplicable, insoluble, insolvable, unexplainable, unresolvable, unsolvable/ inseparable

Antonyms: answerable, explainable, explicable, resolvable, soluble, solvable, analyzable, decipherable/ separable

Usage: This is an inextricable situation/ That is an inextricable part of our culture 

Forms: Inextricably (adverb)


AMPLIFY

Verb

Pronunciation: am-pluh-fahy

Meaning: to make greater in size, amount, or number

Synonyms: accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, increase, multiply, pump up, raise, stoke, supersize

Antonyms: abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

Usage: This will amplify the profits 
Forms: Amplification (noun)