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Today’s article title is: Abe defied expectations to build financially stable, socially liberal Japan

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STYMIE

Verb

Pronunciation: stahy-mee

Meaning: to create difficulty for the work or activity of

Synonyms:  fetter, hamper, hinder, obstruct

Antonyms: aid, assist, facilitate, help

Usage: The frequent rain will stymie the ongoing progress

Forms: Stymie (noun)


SAGE

Adjective

Pronunciation: seyj

Meaning: wise, judicious, or prudent

Synonyms: discerning, insightful, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sapient, wise

Antonyms: unperceptive, unwise

Usage: Everyone goes to her for her sage advice


HIDEBOUND

Adjective

Pronunciation: hahyd-bound

Meaning: tending to favor established ideas, conditions, or institutions

Synonyms:  conservative, orthodox, old-fashioned, traditional

Antonyms: nonconservative, nonconventional, unorthodox

Usage: The hidebound ideas need to be changed for the progress of society 


STEWARDSHIP

Noun

Pronunciation: stoo-erd-ship

Meaning: the job of supervising or taking care of something

Synonyms: charge, guidance, headship, supervision

Usage: They will work well under her fine stewardship 


SCLEROTIC

Adjective

Pronunciation: skli-rot-ik 

Meaning: becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt

Synonyms: rigid, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, unresponsive

Antonyms: flexible, yielding, responsive

Usage: This sclerotic management is bad for the future of the company