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    In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered . These numbers are printed below the passage and against each , five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out appropriate word in each case.

    The Vijayanagara Empire of southern India reached its greatest extent under the auspices of Krishnadevaraya, the third ruler of the Tuluva dynasty. His reign is defined by its military success, driven by his (29) nous and quick thinking. His first acts were to halt the annual (30) of local towns by the Sultans of the Deccan Plateau, when his armies fought and defeated the invaders in 1509. With local feudal rulers subdued, Krishnadevaraya turned his attention to the Gajapati Kingdom in the Republic of Kalinga (modern-day Odisha), (31) a period of peace between the two empires. However, the Deccan sultanates continued to be a threat to Krishnadevaraya’s realm, and the culmination of his action was the Battle of Raichur in 1520, a turning point in southern Indian history. An army of 700,000 foot soldiers, 33,000 cavalry and 550 elephants descended on the city of Raichur to fight the King of Bijapur, Ismail Adil Shah, and his 140,000 horse and foot soldiers. After an initial rout when he lost 16,000 men, Krishnadevaraya rallied his troops to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. However, this only served to (32) the resolve of the Muslim Sultans, who allied against and overthrew the Vijayanagara Empire
    What will come at a place of (40)?

    Options :-

    1. slacken

    2. enervate

    3. atrophy

    4. stiffen

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