Going universal – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Going universal – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Karnataka’s move to amend the law governing private medical establishments is a logical step in its plan to provide universal health coverage in the State. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. amend (verb) – revise, alter, change/modify.
  2. lay down (phrasal verb) – formulate, stipulate, frame.
  3. transparency (noun) – clarity, straightforwardness, openness.
  4. parity (noun) – equality, unity, evenness.
  5. drop the ball (phrase) – mistake/mishandle things.
  6. road map (noun) – plan, strategy ( to achieve a goal).
  7. pursue (verb) – undertake, follow, carry on.
  8. come up with (phrase) – produce, devise, propose.
  9. devise (verb) – arrange, work out, develop.
  10. cap (verb) – limit, restrict, put a ceiling on.
  11. out-of-pocket (adjective) – (of an expense) payments made directly than put on account.
  12. streamline (verb) – efficient, smooth-running, well run/organized.
  13. comprehensive (adjective) – wide-ranging/all-inclusive, complete.
  14. fragmentation (noun) – breaking, separation, disintegration.
  15. lose sight of (phrase) – pay no attention to, fail to consider, be lax about.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 24NOV17_2

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Politics and Padmavati – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Politics and Padmavati – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Given the violence and the threats, it is perhaps not surprising that the producers of Padmavati have decided to ‘voluntarily’ defer its release. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. cite (verb) – refer to, point to, mention.
  2. curb (verb) – limit, restrict, control.
  3. defer (verb) – postpone, put off, delay.
  4. cynical (adjective) – distrustful; believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  5. fatwa (noun) – an Islamic legal pronouncement/opinion by a recognized religious authority.
  6. detract (verb) – distract, divert, avert.
  7. merit (noun) – quality, level, grade.
  8. extremist (noun) – a person who is with extreme political or religious views and supports  violent actions; fanatic, radical, fundamentalist.
  9. a race to the bottom (phrase) – it represents an unbalanced condition with continuous decline of standards (particularly in business)  due to the compulsion of competition.
  10. rail against (phrasal verb) – protest, condemn, criticize strongly.
  11. disallow (verb) – reject, refuse, dismiss.
  12. requisite (adjective) – necessary, essential, needful.
  13. perfunctory (adjective) – casual, uninterested, careless.
  14. rally (verb) – gather, accumulate, collect.
  15. whip up (phrasal verb) – encourage, stimulate, excite/provoke.
  16. forge (verb) – build/construct, form, create.
  17. absurd (noun) – illogical, unreasonable/inappropriate; ridiculous.
  18. cue (noun) –  hint, indication, sign/signal.
  19. disregard (noun) – indifference, nonobservance, inattention/neglect.
  20. hostile (adjective) – opposing/aggressive, confrontational, belligerent.
  21. spectrum (noun) – range, condition.
  22. foreboding (noun) – apprehension, anxiety; suspicion.
  23. narrative (noun) – story, tale, history.
  24. spectacle (noun) – display/show, performance, exhibition.
  25. uphold (verb) – confirm/justify, endorse, validate.
  26. intimidate (verb) – frighten, threaten, browbeat.
  27. sectarian (adjective) – denoting a sect (group of people).
  28. fury (noun) – rage, anger, wrath.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 24NOV17_1

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Pill talk – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

Pill talk – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

Around the time the UN Climate Change Conference drew to a close in Bonn last week, so did the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a World Health Organisation campaign to focus attention on antibiotic resistance. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless, incautious.
  2. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  3. surveillance (noun) – close watch/view, monitoring, observation.
  4. predicament (noun) – difficult situation, difficulty/issue, trouble.
  5. pneumonia (noun) – pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is treatable and preventable. However, pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under five.
  6. influenza (noun) – it is commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus.
  7. irrational (adjective) – unreasonable, illogical, pointless.
  8. quack (noun) – a person who is practicing medicine without proper education; informal healthcare provider.
  9. yield (verb) – agree to, heed, note, pay attention to.
  10. tussle (noun) – struggle; contention, clash.
  11. blanket (adjective) – overall, complete, total & inclusive.
  12. Cephalosporin (noun) – a class of antibiotics used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections.
  13. carbapenem (noun) –  antibiotics used for the treatment of infections known or suspected to be caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria.
  14. accomplish (verb) – fulfil, achieve, succeed in.
  15. flout (verb) – defy/disdain, refuse to obey, disregard (a rule).
  16. bedrock (noun) – core, basis/base, foundation.
  17. prophylaxis (noun) – preventive treatment.
  18. knee scrape (noun) – injury, cut, scratch/wound (caused by scraping).
  19. tertiary-care (adjective) – specialized consultative care, higher level care.
  20. bug (noun) – a harmful microorganism, typically a bacterium.
  21. Staphylococcus aureus (noun) – a type of bacteria. it causes minor skin infections, such as pimples & etc to life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia &etc.
  22. take up the baton (phrase) – accept a specific responsibility/duty.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 23NOV17_2

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The numbers game – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

The numbers game – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

The election of Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice for a second term is a major diplomatic success for India. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. reinforce (verb) – strengthen, fortify, bolster up.
  2. dead heat (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, standstill.
  3. paving the way for (phrase) – prepare for, clear the way for, work round to.
  4. stake (verb) – lay/put on, gamble/risk, pledge.
  5. goodwill (noun) – reputation, name, status.
  6. read (verb) – explain, understand, interpret.
  7. diminish (verb) – decrease, decline, reduce.
  8. inseparable (adjective) – intimate, confidential, close/faithful.
  9. assert (verb) – declare, maintain, announce/affirm.
  10. relevance (noun) – the quality of being relevant/closely connected/appropriate.
  11. erode (verb) – wear away, destroy, dissolve.
  12. lobbying (noun) – the act of attempting to influence (the government / its official group/elected legislators) to create  the actions, policies, or decisions to help a particular organization.
  13. fiercely (adverb) – aggressively, extremely, savagely.
  14. nurture (verb) – encourage, promote, foster.
  15. call for (phrasal verb) – demand, require, need.
  16. equitable (adjective) – impartial, unbiased, egalitarian.
  17. resonance (noun) – the quality that makes emotions, memories & etc.
  18. custodian (noun) – curator, guardian; caretaker/protector.
  19. brush aside (phrasal verb) – dismiss, disregard, ignore.
  20. takeaway (noun) – a key point/idea/fact.
  21. the high table (noun) – (particularly in a dining hall of a college) a table put on a raised platform for most important people.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 23NOV17_1

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Lingohack (Britain’s food waste problem) – BBC Learning English (Nov 22 2017)

Lingohack (Britain’s food waste problem) – BBC Learning English (Nov 22 2017)

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News Review (President defies a nation) – BBC Learning English (Nov 21 2017)

News Review (President defies a nation) – BBC Learning English (Nov 21 2017)

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The English We Speak (A knees-up) – BBC Learning English (Nov 20 2017)

The English We Speak (A knees-up) – BBC Learning English (Nov 20 2017)

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Helter Skelter – The Hindu (Nov 22, 2017)

Helter Skelter – The Hindu (Nov 22, 2017)

Charles Manson, convicted for the brutal 1969 murders of nine individuals in California, died a natural death last Sunday, at the age of 83. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. helter-skelter (adjective/adverb) – confused or confusedly; in a hurry; carelessly.
  2. murderous (adjective) – arduous, gruelling, strenuous.
  3. hold out (phrasal verb) – continue, remain, last.
  4. profound (adjective) – intense, very great, extreme.
  5. quasi- (combining form) – seemingly, apparently; partly/partially.
  6. commune (noun) – co-op, community, a group of people.
  7. counterculture (noun) –  a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores (customs) (Courtesy: Wikipedia).
  8. hippie (noun) –  nonconformist, unconventional (young) person who practices counterculture.
  9. free love (noun) – sexual relations without any restrictions (like marriage or long relationship).
  10. notoriety (noun) – infamy, bad name, bad reputation.
  11. slaughter (verb) – massacre, murder, kill (in a violent way).
  12. scrawl (verb) – scribble, write hurriedly, scratch.
  13. paranoid (adjective) – irrationally anxious, suspicious, mistrustful/insecure.
  14. delusion (noun) – misunderstanding, misbelief, misconception.
  15. foment (verb) – instigate, incite/excite, stir up.
  16. gruesome (adjective) – horriblegrimdreadful/terrible.
  17. spree (noun) – a spell /period  of unrestrained activity.
  18. acquaintance (noun) – association, relationship, social contact.
  19. outlaw (verb) – ban, prohibit, forbid.
  20. depravity (noun) – perversion, wickedness, immorality.
  21. antics (plural noun) – foolish and amusing behaviour.
  22. spawn (verb) – produce, generate, bring about.
  23. muddy (verb) – confuse, make unclear, mix up.
  24. hatred (noun) – hate, dislike, hostility.
  25. bigoted (adjective) – biased, partial, sectarian.
  26. resemblance (noun) – similarity, likeness, alikeness.
  27. far-right /alt right (noun) – extreme right wing of a political party or group.
  28. alt-right (noun) – right-wing, conservative, rightist.
  29. neo-fascism (noun) – authoritarian, totalitarian, extreme right-winger/far right-winger.
  30. mushroom (verb) – grow/increase rapidly, burgeon.
  31. supremacist (adjective) – relating to someone supporting the supremacy of a particular group, especially a racial group.
  32. lap up (phrasal verb) – relish, savour, indulge in.
  33. indulge in (verb) – involve (in an undesirable action).
  34. apocalyptic (adjective) – significant/serious, grave, catastrophic.
  35. rambling (noun) – a leisure walk (for pleasure).
  36. interpret (verb) – understand, construe; explain/decipher.
  37. impending (adjective) – imminent, close/near, upcoming.
  38. renaissance (noun) – rebirth, revival, renewal.
  39. of sorts (phrase) –  similar to/in a way, somewhat unusual.
  40. vitriolic (adjective) – savage, venomous, bitter/nasty.
  41. tenor (noun) – the general character of someone.
  42. embolden (verb) – give courage, make brave, encourage.
  43. wink-and-nod (phrase) – (mostly in political context) a quiet consent/approval in principle.
  44. poignant (adjective) – affecting/touching, moving, emotional.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 22NOV17_2A

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Born to rule – The Hindu (Nov 22, 2017)

Born to rule – The Hindu (Nov 22, 2017)

From the time he entered politics, and won Amethi in 2004, Rahul Gandhi knew the leadership of the Congress was his for the asking. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. elevation (noun) – upgrading, advancement, move/step up.
  2. face-off (noun) – contest, conflict, direct confrontation.
  3. for the asking (phrasal verb) – used to consider that something is easy to have it for somebody.
  4. step down (phrasal verb) – resign, withdraw, give up one’s job.
  5. inevitable (noun) – unavoidable, sure to happen, unpreventable.
  6. succession – accession, elevation, descent.
  7. fractious (adjective) – difficult, uncontrollable, unmanageable.
  8. formalize (verb) – ratify, endorse, confirm.
  9. de facto (adjective) – existing, actual/real, effective.
  10. stitch (verb) – make, join/combine, mend.
  11. resurgent (adjective) – rising again; increasing or reviving after a period of little activity/dullness.
  12. devastating (adjective) – shocking, traumatic, distressing.
  13. unflattering (adjective) – unfavourable, unattractive, critical.
  14. electorate (noun) – all the people who entitled to vote in an election.
  15. haul (noun) – distance.
  16. juggernaut (noun) – powerful/overwhelming force.
  17. stake a claim (phrase) – assert, declare, proclaim.
  18. betray (verb) – reveal, disclose, divulge.
  19. entitlement (noun) – privilege, right, licence/grant.
  20. promulgate (verb) – publicize, communicate, propagate.
  21. tear up (phrasal verb) – demolish, pulldown, disassemble.
  22. negate (verb) – invalidate, nullify; reverse, annul.
  23. beholden (adjective) – indebted, obligated, duty-bound.
  24. dynast (noun) – ancestry, descent, bloodline ( a member of a powerful family).
  25. cow (down) (verb) – intimidate, dishearten, subdue.
  26. articulate (verb) – express, communicate, make public/announce.
  27. mess up (phrasal verb) – mismanage, mishandle, misdirect.
  28. reflexive (adjective) – instinctive, unthinking, unintentional.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 22NOV17_1

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Falling apart – The Hindu (Nov 21, 2017)

Falling apart – The Hindu (Nov 21, 2017)

The crisis over government formation in Berlin has raised the possibility of fresh elections in Germany and the ripple effect of instability in the European Union.. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. fall apart (phrasal verb) – break up, come apart, disintegrate.
  2. ripple effect (noun) – the continuing and spreading results of an event/action repeatedly.
  3. breakdown (phrasal verb) – failure, collapse, disintegration/foundering.
  4. requisite (adjective) – necessary, essential, needful.
  5. Reichstag (proper noun) – Parliament; The main legislature of the German state.
  6. compromise (noun) – agreement, understanding, settlement.
  7. consensus-building (noun) – mediation of a complex conflict/dispute which involves many parties.
  8. sticking point (noun) – obstacle, bone of contention; a problem or issue that makes you can’t move beyond and it stops all progress and you are stuck.
  9. disparate (adjective) – contrasting, different, dissimilar.
  10. centre-right (adjective) – moderately right-wing (party).
  11. concede (verb) – admit, acknowledge, accept.
  12. concession (noun) – right, permit, licence.
  13. rescue (verb) – save, save from danger, aid.
  14. fall in line (phrase) – conform (tally with) with others.
  15. dig in one’s heels (phrase) – oppose, fight against, defy/resist stubbornly.
  16. phase out (noun) – A process of discontinuing something in phases.
  17. discord (noun) – strife, conflict, hostility.
  18. fluid (adjective) – fluctuating, changeable, inconstant.
  19. foreclose (verb) – preclude, prevent, remove ( a course of action).
  20. cohabit (verb) –  coexist.
  21. drubbing (noun) – defeat, beating, loss.
  22. erosion (noun) – destruction, dissolution, wearing away.
  23. warm up to (phrasal verb) – like, get on with, feel attracted to.
  24. the far right (noun) – the extreme right wing of a political party.
  25. consolidate (verb) – strengthen, secure, reinforce/fortify.
  26. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  27. last-ditch (adjective) – last-minute, last-chance, eleventh-hour/final.
  28. cobble together (phrasal verb) – prepare hastily,  put together roughly,  patch together.
  29. efficacy (noun) – effectiveness, efficiency,  power/ability to give estimated results.
  30. avert (verb) – prevent, stop, avoid.
  31. at the hands of (phrase) – Through the action/intervention of.
  32. populist (adjective) – related to politicians who claim that they are representing the common/ordinary people.
  33. eurosceptic (noun) – a person who is opposing to increase the powers of the European Union.
  34. a foregone conclusion (phrase) –  predictable result, predictable outcome, inevitability.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 21NOV17_2

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