Lingohack (Shark-detecting drones) – BBC Learning English (Oct 18 2017)

Lingohack (Shark-detecting drones) – BBC Learning English (Oct 18 2017)

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The Grammar Gameshow – BBC Learning English (Oct 18 2017)

The Grammar Gameshow – BBC Learning English (Oct 18 2017)

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New kid on the bloc – The Hindu (Oct 18, 2017)

New kid on the bloc – The Hindu (Oct 18, 2017)

Austria’s early elections on Sunday paid off for Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who, at 31, is set to become Austria’s Chancellor and the youngest head of government in Europe.  For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. the new kid on the block (phrase) – a newcomer, novice, starter/learner (to a particular place).
  2. pull off (phrasal verb) – achieve, succeed in, accomplish.
  3. audacious (adjective) – bold, daring, fearless.
  4. pay off (phrasal verb) – succeed, be effective, get results.
  5. rein (noun) – the power (to direct and control).
  6. whiz (noun) – genius, expert, master.
  7. fortune (noun) – luck, fate, destiny.
  8. the far right (noun) – the extreme right wing of a political party.
  9. reaffirm (verb) – assert, state, assure again strongly.
  10. cohort (noun) – group, generation, category/section.
  11. counterpart (noun) – a person who serves the same job/function but in a different location; equivalent.
  12. alarming (adjective) – worrying, disturbing, troubling.
  13. populism (noun) – related to policies that supposedly represent the opinions of ordinary people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  14. foothold (noun) – footing, grip/anchorage, secure position.
  15. Bundestag (proper noun) – The lower house of Parliament in Germany.
  16. capitalise (verb) – take advantage of, exploit, benefit from.
  17. wary (adjective) – distrustful, doubtful, sceptical.
  18. influx (noun) – an arrival or entry of large numbers of people.
  19. forefront (noun) – vanguard, spearhead, leading position.
  20. Visegrád Group (noun) – a cultural and political alliance of four Central European states – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing military, economic and energy cooperation with one another (Courtesy: Wikipedia).
  21. strain (noun) – pressure, demands, burdens.
  22. call for (phrasal verb) – demand, require, need.
  23. fan the flames (phrase) – increase feelings/emotions.
  24. exclusionist (adjective) – relating to a person who supports exclusion of something (a place, group, or privilege) from others.
  25. dividend (noun) – benefit, advantage, gain.

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of faith and fever – The Hindu (Oct 18, 2017)

of faith and fever – The Hindu (Oct 18, 2017)

Faced with one of the worst dengue epidemics it has seen, this year the Tamil Nadu government responded by freely distributing a herbal concoction, nilavembu kudineer,…. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. epidemic (noun) – outbreak; a situation in which a disease spreads quickly and affects many people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  2. concoction (noun) – mixture, brew/blend, combination (of different ingredients).
  3. efficacy (noun) – effectiveness, efficiency,  power/ability to give estimated results.
  4. curb (verb) – limit, restrict, control.
  5. endorse (verb) – support, recommend, approve.
  6. potency (noun) – power, vigour, strength.
  7. inhibit (verb) – prevent, impede, hinder.
  8. respiratory (adjective) – relating to or affecting breathing (or organs of breathing).
  9. placebo (noun) – a medicine used for the psychological benefit to the patient (not for any physiological effect).
  10. gold standard (noun) – a test/measure of comparison of things with the superior thing of its kind/type by considering that superior one as a reference.
  11. rely (on) (verb) – depend, count, bank.
  12. intellectual honesty (noun) – honesty in the acquisition, analysis, and transmission of ideas.
  13. scant (adjective) – little, minimal, meagre.
  14. misconstrue (verb) – misunderstand, misinterpret, misread/confuse.
  15. haemorrhagic (adjective) – associated by bleeding (haemorrhage).
  16. transparency (noun) – clarity, straightforwardness, openness.
  17. replicability (noun) – a scientific experiment/trial to be repeated to get the same result.
  18. laypeople (noun) – laymen, non-professional, non-expert.

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Flip-flop on terror – The Hindu (Oct 17, 2017)

Flip-flop on terror – The Hindu (Oct 17, 2017)

Pakistan’s decision to withdraw terror charges against Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa/Lashkar-e-Toiba, is an outrage, and calls into question its professed seriousness to address terrorist violence emanating from its territory. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. flip-flop (noun) – a sudden reversal of something, particularly a policy/plan.
  2. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless; rash/impetuous.
  3. outrage (noun) – injustice, disgrace, affront.
  4. call into question (phrase) – doubt, distrust, suspect.
  5. professed (adjective) – alleged/supposed; purported/pretended; ostensible.
  6. emanate (verb) – come out, arise; originate from.
  7. detention (noun) – custody, restraint, arrest.
  8. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  9. hold (someone) to account (phrase) – to require a person to explain or to accept responsibility for his or her actions; to blame or punish someone for what has occurred.
  10. wield (verb) – exercise, exert, manage/control.
  11. testimony (noun) – evidence, attestation, affidavit.
  12. call for (phrasal verb) – demand, require, need.
  13. citadel (noun) – fortress/fort, stronghold, fortification.
  14. provincial (adjective) – regional, state/district, local.
  15. oddly (adverb) – strangely, unusually, surprisingly.
  16. liability (noun) – hindrance, burden, nuisance.
  17. revive (verb) – renew, re-establish, restore.
  18. rein in (verb) – restrict, control, regulate.
  19. bounty (noun) – reward, prize, award (for capturing a person).
  20. vow (verb) – swear, promise, pledge/affirm.
  21. persistent (adjective) – continuous, steady, unrelenting.
  22. endeavour (noun) – attempt, try, effort.
  23. fall on deaf ears (phrase) – (of a request, complaint, statement, etc) be ignored/disregarded.

EDITORIAL WORDS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY 17OCT17_2

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News Review (Ancient stellar collision makes waves) – BBC Learning English (Oct 17 2017)

News Review (Ancient stellar collision makes waves) – BBC Learning English (Oct 17 2017)

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Securing Somalia – The Hindu (Oct 17, 2017)

Securing Somalia – The Hindu (Oct 17, 2017)

In the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia, an explosives-laden truck collided with a fuel tanker in Mogadishu, killing more than 300 people and injuring many more. …. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. -laden (adjective) – loaded, filled, packed.
  2. orchestrate (verb) – organize, arrange, plan.
  3. revive (verb) – revitalize, refresh; restore.
  4. toll (noun) – number, count, total/sum (of deaths or casualties due to an accident, natural calamity & etc).
  5. anticipate (verb) – expect, foresee, predict.
  6. solidarity (noun) – unanimity, unity, like-mindedness.
  7. clan (noun) – group, set, community.
  8. retreat (verb) – withdraw, retire, pull back.
  9. step (something) up (phrasal verb) – increase the amount, speed, or intensity of something.
  10. predicate (verb) – base, establish, build.
  11. lever (noun) – handle, grip; pressurizing thing.
  12. wherewithal (noun) – capital amount, finances, financial resources/funds.
  13. embolden (verb) – give courage, make brave, encourage.
  14. limp (verb) – proceed with difficulty.
  15. warlord (noun) – a military commander (with individual autonomy).
  16. anarchy (noun) – lawlessness, absence of government, disorder.
  17. offshoot (noun) – branch, outgrowth; result/effect.
  18. conservative (adjective) – reactionary, traditionalist, unprogressive.
  19. semblance (noun) – appearance; resemblance; similarity (archaic).
  20. capitalise (verb) – take advantage of, exploit, benefit from.

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The English We Speak (So done with) – BBC Learning English (Oct 16 2017)

The English We Speak (So done with) – BBC Learning English (Oct 16 2017)

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Iran-U.S. relations – The Hindu (Oct 16, 2017)

Iran-U.S. relations – The Hindu (Oct 16, 2017)

By refusing to certify the Iran nuclear deal, which curbed its nuclear programme in return for lifting global sanctions, U.S. President Donald Trump has …. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. footing (noun) – standing, status, state/position.
  2. undermine (verb) – weaken, compromise, diminish/reduce.
  3. endanger (verb) – imperil, jeopardize, risk.
  4. non-proliferation (noun) – the action of stopping something (particularly of nuclear weapons by the countries).
  5. curb (verb) – limit, restrict, control.
  6. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  7. pact (noun) – agreement, treaty, protocol.
  8. signatory (noun) –  the one (person/party/organisation/country) which signed an official document/agreement.
  9. disavow (verb) – deny, disclaim/disown, reject.
  10. hawkish (adjective) – aggressive, belligerent, warring.
  11. pass the buck (phrase) – transfer/move the responsibility for something to someone else.
  12. radical (adjective) – revolutionary, progressive, reforming.
  13. sweeping (adjective) – blanket, general, imprecise.
  14. bipartisan (adjective) – involving cooperation between two (opposite & big)  political parties.
  15. nail in the coffin (phrase) – an event/action that was considered as a harmful/destructive to something (a situation/person) which is already becoming weak.
  16. boon (noun) – benefit, advantage, gain.
  17. hardliners (noun) – a group/a political party with people who support a strict ideas and they are extreme & uncompromising.
  18. rally (verb) – gather, assemble; come together.
  19. hostility (noun) – aversion,  unfriendliness/opposition, antipathy.
  20. shortcomings (noun) – fault, flaw, imperfection/defect.
  21. shining (adjective) – brilliant, excellent, splendid.
  22. chaos (noun) – disorder, disruption, confusion.

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Toxic farming – The Hindu (Oct 16, 2017)

Toxic farming – The Hindu (Oct 16, 2017)

Reports of farmers dying from pesticide exposure in Maharashtra’s cotton belt in Yavatmal make it evident that the government’s efforts to …. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. toxic (adjective) – poisonous, dangerous, injurious.
  2. insecticide (noun) – substance used to kill insects.
  3. rely on (phrasal verb) – depend on; resort to, bank on.
  4. in the face of (phrase) – despite, in spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of.
  5. pest (noun) – an insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, cattles &  etc.
  6. unscrupulous (adjective) – unprincipled, unethical, immoral.
  7. gross (adjective) – flagrant, blatant/obvious, glaring.
  8. obsolete (adjective) – out of date, outdated/outmoded, old-fashioned.
  9. feeble (adjective) – ineffective, unconvincing, poor/unsatisfactory.
  10. fall by the wayside (phrase) – fail to continue in an attempt/try.
  11. quantum (noun) – amount, proportion, quantity.
  12. spurious (adjective) – bogus, fake, not genuine.
  13. residue (noun) – remains, part leftovers, remnants.
  14. incongruous (adjective) – inappropriate, unsuitable, unharmonious.
  15. imperative (adjective) – important, crucial/critical, essential.
  16. envisage (verb) – foresee, predict, forecast.
  17. oversight (noun) – supervision, management, control.
  18. enforcement (noun) – imposition, implementation, execution.
  19. efficacy (noun) – effectiveness, efficiency,  power/ability to give estimated results.
  20. ward (something) off (phrasal verb) – prevent, avert, oppose/resist.
  21. irony (noun) – paradox, incongruity, peculiarity.

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