The Hindu Lead Article (2+2 is less than the sum of its parts?) – Sep 18, 2018

The Hindu Lead Article(2+2 is less than the sum of its parts?) – Sep 18, 2018

The much heralded 2+2 Dialogue between the U.S. and India finally fructified on September 6. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Where goes the rupee?) – Sep 18, 2018.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (2+2 is less than the sum of its parts?) – Sep 18, 2018:

  1. slippery slope (noun) – a course of action likely to lead to something negative effect.
  2. acolyte (noun) – assistant, helper, attendant.
  3. herald (ve) – signal, indicate/point to, usher in.
  4. fructify (verb) – make fruitful/productive.
  5. underscore (verb) – underline, emphasize, highlight.
  6. global order (noun) – the order of international institutions and agreements.
  7. chary (adjective) – careful, cautious, wary/circumspect.
  8. alien to (noun) – unfamiliar, unknown, unusual for.
  9. persistent (adjective) – determined, resolute, relentless.
  10. inhibition (noun) – shyness, wariness, hesitancy/apprehension.
  11. assuage (verb) – alleviate, mitigate/reduce, relieve.
  12. run-up to (noun) – a period/time before an important event.
  13. lopsided (adjective) – asymmetrical, unequal, one-sided.
  14. moot (adjective) – debatable, arguable, questionable.
  15. notwithstanding (preposition) – in spite of, despite, regardless of.
  16. stem from (verb) – have its origins in, arise from, originate from.
  17. state of the art (phrase) – modern, futuristic, the latest.
  18. takeaway (noun) – a key point/idea/fact (to be remembered).
  19. interoperability (noun) – operability of (military) equipment together by a group.
  20. persist (verb) – persevere, continue/carry on, follow something through.
  21. accede (verb) – agree to, accept/endorse, surrender to.
  22. sweeten (verb) – make acceptable, make agreeable, relieve.
  23. encrypt (verb) – convert a message or information to a code.
  24. tipping point (noun) – the point in a condition at which a small development/change causes major & unstoppable changes.
  25. entail (verb) – cause, result in, produce.
  26. far-reaching (verb) – extensive, wide-rang, radical/comprehensive.
  27. accord (verb) – agree, be compatible, be consistent.
  28. obligation (noun) – condition, requirement; moral imperative/responsibility.
  29. drone (noun) – unmanned aircraft /missile.
  30. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  31. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  32. implicit (adjective) – implied, indirect, inferred/hinted.
  33. incubator (noun) – supporter, promoter, champion.
  34. aegis (noun) – patronage, sponsorship, backing/protection.
  35. reprieve (noun) – cancellation, suspension, postponement (of something undesirable event).
  36. 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.
  37. affirmation (noun) – support, backing, encouragement (an emotional one).
  38. legacy platform (noun) – a legacy  platform or operating system, is an operating system (OS) no longer in widespread use, or that has been superseded by an updated version of earlier technology.
  39. purview (noun) – range, scope, ambit.
  40. adversary (noun) – opponent, rival, nemesis/competitor.
  41. vis-a-vis (preposition) – in relation to, with regard to.
  42. string (noun) – series, succession, chain/sequence (of similar events).
  43. reinforce (verb) – strengthen, support, boost.
  44. perch (noun) – position, vantage point, viewpoint/standpoint (perch- sitting on tip/edge of something).
  45. steadfast (verb) – loyal, faithful, committed.
  46. unassailable (adjective) – indisputable, undeniable, unquestionable.
  47. exhausted (adjective) – (of resources) used up, consumed, depleted.
  48. retreat (noun) –  withdrawal, pull back, retraction.
  49. confront (verb) – tackle, face, deal with.
  50. the Cold War (noun) – The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc and powers in the Eastern Bloc.
  51. phenomenon (noun) – occurrence, event, happening.
  52. tarnish (verb) – spoil, ruin, damage.
  53. viz. (adverb) – namely, specifically, in other words.
  54. pivot (noun) – focus/focal point, foundationcornerstone.
  55. diktat (noun) – bill, regulation, decree.
  56. rein in (phrasal verb) – restrict, control, restrain.
  57. posture (noun) – attitude, standpoint, approach.
  58. imminent (adjective) – close/near, upcoming, impending.
  59. umbrella (modifier) – something (coalition) that has many different parts/elements.
  60. warhead (noun) – the front part (head) of a missile that has the explosive.
  61. enrichment (noun) – the method of making more powerful or explosive Uranium by increasing the composition of uranium-235 isotope through the process of isotope separation. (The process of concentrating the U-235).
  62. blandishment (noun) – honeyed words, smooth talk, pleasing statement.


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