Star war – The Hindu (Feb 23 2018)

Star war – The Hindu (Feb 23 2018)

All these years, the Tamil film industry had enough space for both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, two stars with wide fan bases who could deliver one blockbuster after another. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. vying (present participle of vie) (verb) – compete, contest, fight.
  2. sooner (rather) than later (phrase) – soon, immediately, without delay.
  3. assumption (noun) – premise, proposition, belief/thought.
  4. take over (phrasal verb) – assume, acquire, gain. 
  5. averse (adjective) – opposed to, against, hostile to.
  6. inevitably (adverb) – naturally, automatically, certainly/definitely.
  7. in contention (phrase) – in competition, contesting, vying.
  8. a share of the pie (phrase) – a share of something (available).
  9. chunk (noun) – a significant amount of.
  10. tap (verb) – exploit, use/utilize, make use of.
  11. contemporary (noun) –  a person who is living at the same time; peer, fellow.
  12. mount (verb) – increase, grow/rise, escalate.
  13. forthright (adjective) – straightforward, frank, direct.
  14. at the very least (phrase) – to put it mildly, without any exaggeration, taking pessimistic view.
  15. articulate (verb) – express, communicate, state/announce.
  16. marked (adjective) – noticeable, distinct, clear/glaring.
  17. vague (adjective) – uncertain, unsure, unclear.
  18. generality (noun) – general statement, general principle,  non-specific statement.
  19. mobilise (verb) – organize, encourage, inspire.
  20. credible (adjective) – convincing, acceptable; reasonable.
  21. joust (noun) – combat, contest, fight.
  22. sidelight (noun) – a small information that helps to explain a subject.

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6 Minute English (Swimming like a mermaid) – BBC Learning English (Feb 22 , 2018)

6 Minute English (Swimming like a mermaid) – BBC Learning English (Feb 22 , 2018)

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Fire and fury – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

Fire and fury – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated once again that his regime cares little about the lives of its own people. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. fury (noun) – savagery, violence, outrage.
  2. brutality (noun) – savagery, cruelty, barbarity.
  3. barbaric (adjective) – savage, cruel, brutal.
  4. bombardment (noun) –  bombing, shelling (continuous attack).
  5. militant (noun) – activist, extremist, radical/fanatic.
  6. overrun (verb) – invade, occupy, penetrate/spread over.
  7. foil (verb) – prevent, impede/hinder, thwart.
  8. pound (verb) – strike, bomb, shell/bombard.
  9. blockade (noun) – disruption of the economic activities (e.g: supply of essential goods and others) of an area.
  10. jihadist (adjective) – (in Islam) relating to a person who supports jihad (holy war).
  11. nonetheless (adverb) – in spite of that; nevertheless; however.
  12. narrative (noun) – statement, report, description.
  13. deprive (verb) – divest, strip, clear.
  14. indiscriminate (adjective) – thoughtless/unthinking, careless, unmethodical.
  15. monstrosity (noun) – ugly sight, horror, frightful view/display.
  16. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, set free.

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Power games – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

Power games – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

The Delhi government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has had a history of conflict and confrontation with the police and the bureaucracy. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. bureaucracy (noun) – civil service, administration, officialdom.
  2. confrontation (noun) – hostile situation, faceoff,  combat/tussle.
  3. detractor (noun) – critic, disparager, defamer/censurer.
  4. summon (verb) – call for, ask for, request the presence of.
  5. solidarity (noun) – unity, mutual support, cooperation.
  6. transpire (verb) – happen, occur, take place.
  7. radically (adverb) – completely, thoroughly, entirely.
  8. ludicrous (adjective) – absurd, ridiculous, laughable.
  9. implication (noun) – hint/suggestion, intimation, indication.
  10. fevered (adjective) – agitated, frantic/ferved, excessive degree of nervous agitation.
  11. give rise to (phrase) – cause, start, trigger.
  12. suspicion (noun) – doubt/qualm, question mark, misgiving.
  13. intimidate (verb) – frighten, threaten, browbeat.
  14. discomfiture (noun) – embarrassment, unease, discomfort.
  15. bound to (adjective) – certain/sure, very likely, guaranteed.
  16. stymie (verb) – impede, prevent, hinder/obstruct.
  17. paralyse (adjective) – halt, stop, immobilize/bring to a halt.
  18. usher in (verb) – start, initiate, inaugurate.
  19. in the long run (phrase) – eventually, ultimately, over a period of time.
  20. refrain (verb) – stop, desist/abstain, hold back/withhold.

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Lingohack (A new scheme to encourage old play) – BBC Learning English (Feb 21 2018)

Lingohack (A new scheme to encourage old play) – BBC Learning English (Feb 21 2018)

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