An absurd canvas – The Hindu (Nov 18, 2017)

An absurd canvas – The Hindu (Nov 18, 2017)

The coalition ranged against the screening of Padmavati, a big-budget period drama, is growing more violent and absurd by the day. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. absurd (adjective) – illogical, unreasonable/inappropriate; ridiculous.
  2. vigilante (noun) – a member of the self-appointed group which officially punishing crimes.
  3. range against (phrasal verb) –  line up in opposition to (a person or group).
  4. the ranks (noun) – the people belonging to a group or class.
  5. uphold (verb) – confirm/justify, endorse, validate.
  6. notion (noun) – idea/thought, belief, concept.
  7. distortion (noun) – misrepresentation, misreporting, misstatement.
  8. buckle down (phrasal verb) – get serious about a task or problem;  commit yourself to working hard.
  9. ground (noun) – an area of  subject of discussion/idea.
  10. harp on (phrasal verb) – talk or write/complain continuously and lengthy on a particular subject.
  11. suppress (verb) – restrain, inhibit, prevent.
  12. tacitly (adverb) – something which is understood without being directly stated.
  13. delineate (verb) – describe, define, outline.
  14. enmity (noun) – hostility, animosity, antagonism.
  15. intemperately (adverb) – immoderately, inordinately, unreasonably/unjustifiably.
  16. rail against (phrasal verb) – protest, condemn, criticize strongly.
  17. vandalize (verb) – damage, destroy, spoil (public/private) property intentionally.
  18. hand out (phrasal verb) – distribute, circulate, dispense.
  19. heed (verb) – pay attention to, take notice of, listen to.
  20. lush (adjective) – luxurious, grand, lavish.
  21. at pains to do something (phrase) – take great care to do something.
  22. insistence (noun) – demand, bidding, urging.
  23. infringement (noun) – the action of restricting or weakening something.
  24. long-standing (adjective) – well established, fixed/firm; long-lived.
  25. wage (verb) – engage in, carry on, conduct ( a war).
  26. humanize (verb) – civilize, improve; personalize.
  27. narrative (noun) – description, statement/report; portrayal.
  28. invader (noun) – attacker, intruder; a person invades a country.
  29. militate (against) (verb) – work against, resist, hinder/oppose.
  30. latter-day (adjective) – modern, present-day, contemporary.
  31. patriarchal (adjective) – cultures or societies that are controlled by men.
  32. shorn past participle of shear (verb) – have something cut off.
  33. circumscribe (verb) – restrict, limit; regulate.
  34. fuel (verb) – stimulate, encourage, intensify/heighten (a feeling).
  35. consolidate (verb) – strengthen, secure, reinforce/fortify.
  36. regressive (adjective) – retrograde, unprogressive, negative.
  37. intolerant (adjective) – narrow-minded, uncompromising, unforgiving.


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