The Hindu Lead Article (An improbable friendship) – Jun 14, 2018

The Hindu Lead Article (An improbable friendship) – Jun 14, 2018

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t,” wrote Mark Twain. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (An improbable friendship) – Jun 14, 2018.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (An improbable friendship) – Jun 14, 2018:

  1. improbable (adjective) – unimaginable, unbelievable, incredible.
  2. pull off (phrasal verb) – achieve, succeed in, accomplish.
  3. detente (noun) – restoration of harmony, agreement, compromise/understanding.
  4. oblige to (verb) – require, compel/impel, constrain.
  5. impart (verb) – provide, give, offer.
  6. totalitarian (adjective) – authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial/tyrannical.
  7. impoverished (adjective) – weakened, exhausted, drained.
  8. take (something) over (phrasal verb) – assume control of, gain control of, take charge of.
  9. get along (phrasal verb) – be friendly, be in harmony, be compatible.
  10. empathy (noun) – the ability to feel and share other person’s emotions/feelings/experiences.
  11. heightened (adjective) – intensified, increased, amplified.
  12. rhetoric (noun) – heroics, hyperbole/extravagant language.
  13. ramp up (phrasal verb) – increase, rise.
  14. warhead (noun) – the front part (head) of a missile that has the explosive.
  15. 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 (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  16. vow (verb) – promise, affirm, avow/guarantee.
  17. tame (verb) –  moderate, mitigate, make less powerful.
  18. deranged (adjective) – insane, mad.
  19. dotard (noun) – an old retired person; it means an old person who has become feeble — both physically and mentally.
  20. call on (phrasal verb) – appeal to, ask, request.
  21. thaw (noun) – an increase in friendliness.
  22. deterrent (adjective) – relating to something which is aimed/intended to deter (stop/prevent) something else.
  23. bonhomie (noun) – friendliness, warmth, geniality/affability.
  24. denuclearisation (noun) – the act of removing nuclear weapons from a place.
  25. hiccup (noun) – temporary difficulty, issue, trouble.
  26. disarmament (noun) – demilitarization, limitation/reduction/deactivation of military weapons.
  27. put off (phrasal verb) – postpone, defer, delay.
  28. conciliatory (adjective) – appeasing, pacifying, peacemaking.
  29. mounting (adjective) – increasing, growing, escalating.
  30. reinstate (verb) – bring back, reinstitute, put back.
  31. non-proliferation (noun) – the action of stopping something (particularly of nuclear weapons by the countries).
  32. annul (verb) – declare null and void, nullify, invalidate, void.
  33. axis of evil (phrase) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush used this phrase to describe countries involved with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. He considered and defined the countries Iran, Iraq and North Korea as axis of evil.
  34. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  35. reconcile (verb) – adjust, balance, attune.
  36. shy (adjective) – less, short.
  37. obsess (verb) – preoccupy, be fixated,  be dominated.
  38. armistice (noun) – a temporary stoppage of a war, truce, ceasefire.
  39. prerequisite (noun) – necessary condition, essential, requirement.
  40. affirmation (noun) – endorsement, ratification, confirmation.
  41. apace (adverb) – quickly, fast, swiftly, rapidly.
  42. unilateral (adjective) – relating to a method of taking decisions (on international relations) by a state (country) individually without considering other states (countries).
  43. reverberate (verb) – repeat, reiterate, echo.
  44. realpolitik (noun) – realistic and practical politics (German word).
  45. prevail (verb) – be in existence, be present, be in effect.
  46. unfold (verb) – develop, evolve, happen/take place.


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