Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once there was a king who had been trying really hard to capture an elephant, but that prize had proved elusive. All the hunters in the kingdom had tried but their efforts were 'in vain'. So the king announced that anyone who could capture the elephant would get half his kingdom. The tortoise heard about this and went to the king to accept the challenge. The king was very amused. 'All my hunters have failed to capture the elephant and you think you can succeed ?', asked the king. The tortoise insisted that he was up to the task and promised to deliver that elephant to the king within forty eight hours. The tortoise then dug a big hole, big enough to hold the elephant along a path leading to the village. Then he covered the hole with sticks and leaves so that it was not visible unless inspected closely. When this was done, the tortoise went in search of the elephant. When the tortoise met the elephant, he told him, 'You know you are the largest animal in the forest and you should be a king ?' The elephant had never considered this before but he thought it was not a bad idea. The tortoise told the elephant that the villagers had decided to make the largest animal their king and were all expecting the elephant to come to the village and be crowned as their king. The more the elephant heard, the more excited he became. The tortoise adorned the elephant with colourful beads and beating a gong, he sang songs praising the elephant while he led the way to the village. Soon they approached the trap and the tortoise being lighter and smaller walked over the trap. The elephant who was following him fell through the sticks and leaves into the deep hole and thus helped the tortoise in achieving his goal well within the time limit.
Which of the following is most nearly the opposite in meaning as the word 'Praising' as used in the story ?
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