The Hindu Lead Article (Caught between two extremisms) – Feb 11, 2019

The Hindu Lead Article (Caught between two extremisms) – Feb 11, 2019

News reports about occasional acts of terrorism outside of Jammu and Kashmir, which for historical reasons forms a special case, attributed to young Indian Muslims have appeared intermittently in the press. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Caught between two extremisms) – Feb 11, 2019.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Caught between two extremisms) – Feb 11, 2019:

  1. extremism (noun) – radicalism, fanaticism, dogmatism.
  2. radicalisation (noun) – the process of causing someone to follow radical ways particularly in politics ( & society).
  3. attribute (verb) – ascribe, credit; connect/associate with.
  4. intermittently (adverb) – irregularly, now and then, steadily.
  5. exploit (verb) – make use of, draw on, use/utilize.
  6. grievance (noun) – complaint, criticism, objection/protest.
  7. immune (verb) – resistant, not subject/liable, insusceptible/not vulnerable,
  8. extremist (noun) – radical, fanatical, militant.
  9. propaganda (noun) – promotion, publicity, advocacy.
  10. syncretic (adjective) – relating to the union/combining of different religions, cultures, or beliefs.
  11. conventional (adjective) – normal, standard, regular.
  12. wisdom (noun) – perception, knowledge, intelligence.
  13. boom (noun) – upturn/upsurge, upswing, increase.
  14. lucrative (adjective) – profitable; productive; successful.
  15. white-collar workers (noun) – people who work in offices, doing administration or managerial tasks – clerks for example – were referred to as white-collar workers (Courtesy: BBC Learning English).
  16. blue -collar workers (noun) – it describes people who do manual work. Workers who work in a factory, for example, who wear a uniform (Courtesy: BBC Learning English).
  17. fundamentalist (adjective) – radicalized, dogmatist, fanatical.
  18. qualitatively (adverb) – in relation to the qualities of something.
  19. enamour (verb) – enchanted by, fascinated by, captivated by.
  20. obscurantist (adjective) – someone who is intentionally obstructing full details (facts) from being known.
  21. ethos (noun) – ethics/beliefs, principles, standards.
  22. fascination (noun) – interest, passion; attraction/appeal.
  23. patriarchal (adjective) – cultures or societies that are controlled by men.
  24. ultraconservative (adjective)- extremely traditional/conventional.
  25. niqab (noun) – a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear.
  26. Sufism (noun) – a mystical form of Islam, a school of practice that emphasizes the inward search for God and shuns materialism. Sufism is more accurately described as an aspect or dimension of Islam. Ibn Khaldun, the 14th century Arab historian described Sufism as “dedication to worship, total dedication to Allah most High, disregard for the finery and ornament of the world, abstinence from the pleasure, wealth, and prestige sought by most men, and retiring from others to worship alone” (Courtesy The New York times & BBC).
  27. orthodoxy (noun) – conformism, traditionalism, conventionality.
  28. the tip of the iceberg (phrase) – if something is the tip of the iceberg, it is a small part of a much larger issue. This phrase is being used while talking about a problem.
  29. acquaintance (noun) – association, relationship, social contact.
  30. profound (adjective) – intense, very great, extreme.
  31. approximate (verb) – estimate, calculate; be close to, be near to.
  32. dogma (noun) – principle, ethic, law/rule.
  33. indigenous (adjective) – native/local, original, domestic.
  34. jurisprudence (noun) – body of laws/rules; legal system.
  35. confession (noun) – admission, acknowledgement, revelation.
  36. harbour (verb) – nurse, nurture, foster.
  37. infiltration (noun) – encroachment, violation, infringement.
  38. erode (verb) – (gradually) deteriorate, destroy, spoil.
  39. insular (noun) – isolated, separate, segregated.
  40. spectacular (adjective) – obvious, striking, noticeable/unforgettable.
  41. estrangement (noun) – isolation, detachment, separation.
  42. macabre (adjective) – gruesome, horrible, shocking.
  43. aberration (noun) – discrepancy, deviation/departure, mistake.
  44. secular (adjective) – non-religious, lay, worldly, earthly, profane.
  45. non-discriminatory (adjective) – fair, judicial, unbiased.
  46. luminary (noun) –  inspiration, leader, expert/master.
  47. ensue (verb) – result, follow, develop/arise.
  48. score of (noun) – a lot, a great amount, a large number.
  49. galling (adjective) – annoying, irritating, vexing.
  50. apathy (noun) – disregard, lack of interest, unconcern.
  51. in the face of (phrase) – when confronted/faced with.
  52. brazen (adjective) – bold and shameless; unashamed, unabashed.
  53. forewarn (verb) – warn/give advance warning, advise, apprise.
  54. alienation (noun) – isolation, detachment, estrangement/separation.
  55. exponentially (adverb) – rapidly, quicklyfast.
  56. massacre (noun) – slaughter, mass murder, destruction.
  57. avenge (verb) – take revenge for, exact retribution for, requite.
  58. altercation (noun) – argument, squabble, quarrel/fight.
  59. inaction (noun) – inactivity, apathy/negligence; inertia.
  60. bloodbath (noun) – mass slaughter, wholesale/indiscriminate killing.
  61. disenchantment (noun) – disappointment, dissatisfaction, discontent.
  62. reinforce (verb) – boost, assist/support; heighten/intensify.
  63. lynching (noun) – an act of punishing/killing someone by hanging for claimed offence by the group of people without legal trail.
  64. pretext (noun) – a false reason/excuse given to do something by hiding the true purpose (which is usually a bad one).
  65. chilling (adjective) – frightening, terrifying, disturbing/horrifying.
  66. impunity (noun) – immunity, exemption/freedom from punishment, special treatment.
  67. vigilante (noun) – a member of the self-appointed group which unofficially punishing crimes.
  68. collude (verb) – collaborate, cooperate secretly; conspire.
  69. intimidate (verb) – frighten, scare, terrorize, overawe.
  70. submission (noun) – yielding, surrender, capitulation.
  71. stimulus (noun) – incentive, attraction, impetus/fillip.
  72. phenomena (noun) – plural form of phenomenon (phenomenon – occurrence, event, happening).
  73. feed off (phrasal verb) – support, strengthen, fortify.
  74. onus (noun) – responsibility, duty, burden.
  75. elite (noun) – a select group of people (with power and influence).
  76. scholar (noun) – academic, intellectual, learned person.
  77. confront (verb) – resist, withstand, defy/face.
  78. malign (adjective) – harmful, injurious, destructive.
  79. impartial (adjective) – unbiased, equitable, fair.
  80. mayhem (noun) – chaos, disorder, turmoil/unrest.
  81. shirk (verb) – evade/dodge, avoid, run away from; neglect.
  82. antidote (noun) – solution, remedy, panacea.
  83. percolation (noun) – dissemination, spreading, propagation.
  84. in the long run (phrase) – eventually, in the end, ultimately.


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