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Today’s article title is: Amnesty International shuts India operations, says govt ‘freezing dissent’

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DISSENT

Noun

Pronunciation: dih-sent

Meaning: a lack of agreement or harmony

Synonyms: conflict, disaccord, discord, discordance, schism

Antonyms: accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace

Usage: Everyone is well aware of the dissent within the party’s ranks 

Forms: Dissent (verb)


UNEQUIVOCAL

Adjective

Pronunciation: uhn-i-kwiv-uh-kuhl 

Meaning: not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation

Synonyms: apparent, bald, barefaced, broad, clear, obvious

Antonyms: ambiguous, clouded, cryptic, indistinct, unclarified, unclear

Usage: The minister stated in clear and unequivocal language that corruption will not be tolerated 

Forms: Unequivocally (adverb)


IMPETUS

Noun

Pronunciation: im-pi-tuhs

Meaning: something that arouses action or activity

Synonyms: boost, encouragement, goad, impulse, incentive, incitation, incitement

Antonyms: counterincentive, disincentive

Usage: The reward money serves as an impetus for people to take action


REEK

Noun

Pronunciation: reek

Meaning: a strong unpleasant smell

Synonyms: funk, stench, stink

Antonyms: aroma, fragrance, perfume

Usage: The very reek of sweat makes me sick 

Forms: Reek (verb)


CRACKDOWN

Noun

Pronunciation: krak-doun

Meaning: the severe or stern enforcement of regulations, laws, etc., as to root out abuses or correct a problem.

Synonyms: clampdown, suppression, repression

Antonyms: aid, assistance
Usage: There was a crackdown on the drug trade going on in the black market