PARAGRAPH,WORDS AND MEANINGS

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TOPIC – Silver win

 Sport is a distillation of microtragedies and megaecstasies  enmeshed with whirring limbs,  glistening sweat, unabashed tears and booming laughter.And football presents a wider canvas for all these attributes, which were exhibited at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium late on Saturday night. When the Copa America final that pitted eternal rivals Argentina and Brazil wound to a close ootballers and fit to join a pantheon headlined by Pele and Diego Maradona, until now Messi had one missing link a cup triumph for Argentina. After his 34 summers, that aberration was finally erased once his team defeated Brazil 1­0 in a scrappy contest with the odd streaks of brilliance. Messi, miracle dispenser with FC Barcelona, was seen by his countrymen as the prodigal son, who never delivered, and they embalmed for posterity their affection towards the late Maradona. Messi and his fellow Argentines constituted a dysfunctional family of unspoken hurts. All that anguish could dissipate thanks to the latest victory which came after a 28­year title drought for the  Albiceleste. Their 15th Copa America trophy put them on a par with toppers Uruguay, well ahead of Brazil with nine. Incidentally, Copa America with its 1916 inception even predates the FIFA World Cup, which commenced in 1930. Argentina and Brazil have embellished the championship’s storied history and in South America with its seize­the­day spirit, novels infused with magical realism and samba dance, football is seen as an extension of aesthetic joy. The final though did not live up to that esoteric aim. There were sparks marred by some rough tackles. Messi was not in his elements, marked tightly and weighed down by expectations, he even missed scoring his team’s second goal in the closing minutes. But having drawn the Brazilian defenders towards him all through the game, Messi created spaces that his team­mates could exploit. Even in that missed goalscoring opportunity, Messi seemed keen on doing an assist rather than performing the deed and this is the mark of a man desperate for affection from his squad and country. The match was by then firmly in Argentina’s grip thanks to the 22ndminute goal slotted by Angel Di Maria, who capitalised on a long­pass from Rodrigo De Paul. A stung Brazil, especially Neymar, mounted rapid sorties on either side of half­time. Two attempts were adroitly foisted by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and when the Selecao seemingly breached the citadel, it was deemed offside. Argentina and Messi were destined for their shot at glory in a 10­team intracontinental tournament, which despite other simultaneous global attractions like the Euro and Wimbledon, had its own effervescent charms.

WORDS AND MEANINGS

  1. Enmeshed (adjective) – Caught as if in a mesh

Synonyms – Ensnared, embroiled, corkscrewed, interlaced, tangled

Antonyms – Autarkic, befuddled, bemused, emancipated, extrinsic

2. Glistening (adjective) – Reflecting light

Synonyms – Sheeny, burnished, scintillating, coruscating, lambent

Antonyms – Dreary, matte, dismal, etiolated, sombre

3. Aberration (noun) – A disorder in one’s mental state

Synonyms – Anomaly, oddity, deviance, aberrance, hallucination

Antonyms – Middling, accord, accumulation, virgin ears, criterion

4. Streaks (noun) – An unbroken series of events

Synonyms – Smears, striations, flecks, smudge, daub

Antonyms – Plethora of, scads of, significant portion, broad assortment,

5. Prodigal (adjective) – Recklessly wasteful

Synonyms – Wastrel, squandering, bounteous, exuberant, munificent

Antonyms – Niggardly, prudent, chintzy, scrimping, abstemious

6. Dissipate (verb) – Move away from each other

Synonyms – Dispel, fritter, lavish, deplete, splurge

Antonyms – Garner, amass, aggregate, assemble, hoard

7. Predates (verb) – Be earlier in time

Synonyms – Antedate, precede, outran, devours, gulps

Antonyms – Dates back, follow, antedates, post-date

8. Aesthetic (noun) – A philosophical theory as to what is beautiful

Synonyms – Elegant, exquisite, splendid, ravishing, bootylicious

Antonyms – Grotesque, repulsive, fugly, huckery, hideous

9. Esoteric (adjective) – Marked by secrecy or privacy

Synonyms – Abstruse, arcane, recondite, cryptic, enigmatic

Antonyms – Facile, fathomable, stereotype, apprehensible, blazed

10. Adroitly (adverb) – In a clever or skillful way

Synonyms – Deftly, dexterously, adeptly, nimbly, shrewdly

Antonyms – Grimly, clumsily, ineptly, amateurishly, gawkily

11. Phlegmatic (adjective) – Showing little emotion

Synonyms – Stolid, serene, nonchalant, indolent, unruffled

Antonyms – Fervent, vehement, ardent, agitated, fervid