The Hindu Lead Article (Indian elections, South Asian concerns) – Apr 17, 2019

The Hindu Lead Article (Indian elections, South Asian concerns) – Apr 17, 2019

The staggering scale of the election that is under way in India with just under a billion voters is hard for the mind to grapple with,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Indian elections, South Asian concerns) – Apr 17, 2019.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Indian elections, South Asian concerns) – Apr 17, 2019:

  1. dividend (noun) – benefit, advantage, gain.
  2. camaraderie (noun) – friendship, solidarity, togetherness.
  3. staggering (adjective) – shocking, astonishing, surprising.
  4. grapple with (phrasal verb) – tackle, deal, struggle.
  5. bulwark (noun) – protector, guard, supporter.
  6. cohort (noun) – group, generation, category/section.
  7. grass-roots (plural noun) – the most basic level of an organisation.
  8. populism (noun) – related to policies that supposedly represent the opinions of ordinary people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  9. banality (noun) – unoriginality, conventionality,  cliché/dullness.
  10. majoritarian (adjective) – relating to a philosophy that states that a majority (sometimes categorized by religion, language, social class, or some other identifying factor) of the population is entitled to a certain degree of primacy (priority) in society, and has the right to make decisions that affect the society.
  11. variegated (adjective) – multicoloured, colourful.
  12. probity (noun) – integrity, honesty/decency, truthfulness.
  13. bureaucracy (noun) – administration, government, the establishment.
  14. academia (noun) – the community related to the education, research, etc.
  15. timid (adjective) – fearful, apprehensive, afraid.
  16. adventurism (noun) – the inclination/readiness to take risks in business or politics.
  17. immiseration (noun) – economic impoverishment/deterioration.
  18. demonetisation (noun) – the act of deprive currency unit (note/coin) of its status as money.
  19. intellectual (adjective) – academic, scholarly, enlightened.
  20. toadyism (noun) – (excessively) obedient behavior.
  21. crony capitalism (noun) – it is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials.
  22. drift (noun) – development towards an unwelcoming one; divergence, deviation.
  23. regimented (adjective) – very strictly organized.
  24. whispered (adjective) – rumoured.
  25. dissent (noun) – disagreement, disapproval, opposition.
  26. sooner (rather) than later (phrase) – without too much delay.
  27. reverse (verb) – overturn, revoke, cancel.
  28. at stake (phrase) – at risk, at issue, in question.
  29. contested (adjective) – disputed, debated, argued.
  30. hold up (phrasal verb) – present, show, display (as an example).
  31. precedent (noun) – previous example/instance, prior instance, exemplar.
  32. descend to (verb) – condescend, resort, be reduced.
  33. animus (noun) – hostility, conflict, feud.
  34. clout (noun) – influence, power, control.
  35. whip up (phrasal verb) – stimulate, trigger, prompt/induce.
  36. tornado (noun) – something as a violent & devastating action.
  37. fanatical (adjective) – extremist, radical, militant.
  38. demon (noun) – devil, an evil, cruel person.
  39. intellectual (noun) – academic, scholar, learned person.
  40. apprehension (noun) – concern, doubt/qualm, misgiving.
  41. excesses (noun) – very bad, wrong, violent behaviour.
  42. numb (verb) – paralyse, immobilize, freeze.
  43. intolerant (adjective) – narrow-minded, uncompromising, unforgiving.
  44. concede (verb) – admit, acknowledge, accept.
  45. blockade (noun) – disruption of the economical activities (ex:supply of essential goods and others) of an area; barricade, barrier, obstruction.
  46. coy (adjective) – shy, modest, timid, retiring.
  47. preoccupied (adjective) – distracted, lost in thought.
  48. imbalance (noun) – disparity, variation, disproportion.
  49. incongruity (noun) – unsuitability, difference, inconsistency.
  50. adversary (noun) – rival, enemy, nemesis/opponent.
  51. soft power (noun) – soft power is convincing & effective power deriving from attraction and imitation and be based on intangible (non-physical) resources such as culture, ideology, and institutions (Courtesy: E-International Relations (E-IR)).
  52. wilt (verb) – lose energy, feel faint, diminish/weaken.
  53. wipe out (phrasal verb) – destroy, annihilate, eradicate.
  54. deficit (noun) – shortfall, deficiency, shortage.
  55. gallop (verb) – proceed/rise at great speed.
  56. degradation (noun) – deterioration, degeneration, decay.
  57. drowsy (adjective) – sleepy, lethargic, inactive.
  58. lethargic (adjective) – sluggish, inactive, inert.
  59. myriad (adjective) – a great number, unlimited, various.
  60. arsenic (adjective) – relating to a poisonous insecticide or weed killer.
  61. rationalisation (noun) – an act of justifying an inappropriate behaviour/attitude.
  62. humility (noun) – modesty, humbleness, modestness.
  63. exasperate (verb) – incense, annoy, irritate.
  64. remittance (noun) – payment, allowance, money.
  65. abysmal (adjective) – very bad, poor, appalling.
  66. rationality (noun) – practicality, sanity, stability.
  67. intelligentsia (noun) – intellectuals, intelligent people, academics/learned people.
  68. intimidate (verb) – frighten, scare, terrorize, overawe.
  69. populist (adjective) – relating to the politicians who claim that they are representing the common/ordinary people.
  70. refoulement (noun) – expulsion, transportation, extradition.
  71. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless, incautious/heedless.
  72. disregard (noun) – inattention, heedlessness/carelessness, negligence.
  73. humanitarian (adjective) – compassionate, humane, socially concerned.
  74. chest (noun) – treasury , financial resources.
  75. pit (noun) – a low psychological state.
  76. call the shots (phrase) – be in command, be the boss, be in the driving seat.
  77. freeze (noun) – an act of keeping something at a fixed state.
  78. cynical (adjective) – sceptical, doubtful, distrustful.
  79. sabotage (verb) – damage or destroy something deliberately.
  80. stratagem (noun) – plan, tactic, course of action.
  81. poverty-stricken (adjective) – destitute, impoverished, extremely poor.
  82. peripheral (adjective) – secondary, subsidiary, tangential.
  83. coveted (adjective) – greatly desired.
  84. purveyor (noun) –  a person or group who spreads or promotes an idea, view, etc.
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