The Hindu Editorial (A complicated man) – Aug 13, 2018

The Hindu Editorial (A complicated man) – Aug 13, 2018

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who passed away at his London home on August 11 just six days short of his 86th birthday, will continue to….. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (A complicated man) – Aug 13, 2018.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (A complicated man) – Aug 13, 2018:

  1. provocative (adjective) – controversial, agitational, arousing/inflammatory.
  2. span (verb) – extend over, last, stretch across.
  3. appraisal (noun) – assessment/evaluation, judgement, rating.
  4. perpetually (adverb) – constantly, permanently, endlessly.
  5. nudge (verb) – encourage, prompt, stimulate.
  6. push back (phrasal verb) – resist, oppose, delay.
  7. chronological (adjective) – sequential, consecutive/serial, historical.
  8. colonialism (noun) – the act of controlling & exploiting a country/territory (& its people) by another country/territory.
  9. sshape-shift (noun) – an ability to transform the physical shape or form of something at will (a creature or an imaginary person).
  10. endeavour (noun) – attempt, try, effort.
  11. veer (verb) – change direction, deviate, diverge.
  12. forebear (noun) – ancestor, forefather/grandparent, predecessor.
  13. indentured (adjective) – relating to a legal contract, agreement, commitment.
  14. consume (verb) – absorb, preoccupy, engross.
  15. bickering (noun) – squabble, argument; quarrel.
  16. sprawling (adjective) – spread out.
  17. wherewithal (noun) – resources, means.
  18. unsparing (adjective) – strict/stringent, demanding, uncompromising.
  19. spare (adjective) – simple.
  20. unsee (verb) – stop/prevent seeing something (memorable).
  21. depict (verb) – portray, represent, illustrate/render.
  22. imperial (adjective) – high-handed, commanding, dictatorial.
  23. islamophobia (noun) – the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against, the Islamic religion or Muslims generally, especially when seen as a geopolitical force.
  24. rise hackle (phrase) – annoy, irritate, provoke/incense.
  25. trilogy (noun) – a group of three related novels (or something else such as. films, stories etc).
  26. presciently (adverb) – prophetically, predicatively, insight-fully/intuitively.
  27. bigotry (noun) – prejudice, bias, partiality/intolerance.
  28. at play (phrase) – something active that affects a result.
  29. misogyny (noun) – prejudice, dislike, hatred (of women).
  30. overlook (verb) – disregard, neglect, ignore.
  31. legacy (noun) – outcome, effect, result/aftermath.


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