Unwise proposal – The Hindu (Jun 15, 2017)

Unwise proposal – The Hindu (Jun 15, 2017)

Permanent laws cannot be made in response to transient trends, especially to create a power that is open to abuse. The Election Commission of… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1

  1. alarming (adjective) – worrying, disturbing, troubling.
  2. transient (adjective) – transitory, temporary, short-lived.
  3. unwarranted (adjective) – indefensible, inexcusable, unapproved.
  4. strident (adjective) –(of opinions/comments) harsh, rough/loud, unpleasant.
  5. partisan (adjective) – biased, prejudiced, one-sided.
  6. vest in (verb) – come into the possession of.
  7. relic (noun) – historical/ancient object, antique; remains.
  8. bygone (adjective) – past, former/earlier, gone by.
  9. sparingly (adverb) – in small quantities; barely, economically, meagrely.
  10. impartiality (noun) – fairness; treating all people and groups equally.
  11. be clothed with (verb) – provide, furnish, endow (a particular quality).
  12. travesty (noun) – misrepresentation, distortion, perversion.
  13. pertain to (verb) – concern, relate to, be connected with.
  14. scandalise (verb) – shock, horrify, disgust/repel.
  15. subjective (adjective) – personal, irrational, individual.
  16. provision (noun) – term, clause, requirement.
  17. curtail (verb) – reduce, decrease; restrict.
  18. marked (adjective) – noticeable, pronounced, clear/distinct.
  19. superintendence (noun) – an act process of supervise, manage, govern something.
  20. undermine (verb) – subvert, weaken/reduce, compromise.
  21. tendentious (adjective) – contentious, disputed, debatable/arguable.
  22. calumnious (adjective) – relating to defamation of character, character assassination, misrepresentation.
  23. run down (phrasal verb) – criticize, belittle,, find fault with.
  24. scepticism (noun) – doubt, doubtfulness, lack of conviction.
  25. Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)  – it is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballot-less voting system. it consists of physical paper records of voter ballots as voters have cast them on an electronic voting system.
  26. invulnerable (adjective) – unattackable, strong, safe.
  27. throttle (verb) – suppress, inhibit, stifle/control.
  28. cut off (phrasal verb) – block, prevent, interrupt.



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