Benefit of doubt – The Hindu (Oct 14, 2017)

Benefit of doubt – The Hindu (Oct 14, 2017)

The Allahabad High Court verdict acquitting Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar of the charge of murdering their 14-year-old daughter…. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. acquit (verb) – discharge, release, declare innocent.
  2. indictment (noun) – charge, accusation, allegation/citation.
  3. shoddy (adjective) – poor-quality/inferior, careless, improper.
  4. probity (noun) – integrity, honesty/decency, truthfulness.
  5. “planted” witness (noun) – “inserted” witness; the categorization of a witness where the witness gets some benefit from the litigation.
  6. clinching (adjective) – decisive/conclusive, final, key.
  7. see-saw (adjective) – a condition/situation which is changing rapidly & repeatedly.
  8. dress up (phrasal verb) – present, portray, depict.
  9. lie (verb) – be, remain, or be kept in a state.
  10. in tatters (phrase) –  destroyed; ruined; in disorder.
  11. illustrative (adjective) – explanatory, as an example, elucidatory.
  12. gulf (noun) –  separation, difference, contrast/gap.
  13. perception (noun) – understanding, realization/awareness.
  14. lamentably (adverb) – badly, terribly, awfully.
  15. exemplify (verb) – typify, epitomise, demonstrate/symbolise.
  16. speculative (adjective) – theoretical, hypothetical, based on guesswork.
  17. frenzy (noun) – hysteria, madness, mania/wild behaviour.
  18. (be) torn (verb) – torment, torture, harrow/afflict.
  19. fast asleep (noun) – in a state sleep.
  20. credulity (noun) – naivety, innocence, simpleness.
  21. cogent (adjective) – valid, effective; logical/clear.
  22. suspicion (noun) – doubt, trace/hint, scepticism.
  23. botch (up) (verb) – mismanage, mishandle, do (a task) badly or carelessly.
  24. implicate (verb) –  indicate, imply/hint, indicate.
  25. typographical error (adjective) – typo, misprint;  it is a mistake made in the typing process (such as a spelling mistake) of printed material.
  26. pursue (verb) –  continue to investigate, scrutinize, analyse (an idea or argument).
  27. appellate (adjective) – (of a court) dealing with cases on appeal to review the decision of a lower court.
  28. of sorts (phrase) –  similar to/in a way, somewhat unusual.
  29. bring home (phrase) – focus attention to; underline, highlight.
  30. exonerate (verb) – release, discharge, relieve/free.
  31. vindicate (verb) – justify, confirm, support.
  32. nail (verb) – catch/capture, apprehend, arrest (someone, especially a suspected criminal)
  33. 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.


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5 Responses to Benefit of doubt – The Hindu (Oct 14, 2017)

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