Zimbabwe’s prolonged political crisis reached the boiling point earlier this month when President Robert Mugabe dismissed the Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.
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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)
- coup_de_grace (noun) – French Word; it literally means “stroke of grace” or “blow of mercy”; an action or event which finally ends a condition which is irreversibly bad/become worse.
- contour (noun) – outline, shape, form.
- prolonged (adjective) – continuous, ongoing, lengthy/protracted.
- boiling point (noun) – the point at which a condition becomes more serious (due to angry).
- brew (verb) – (of an unwelcome situation) begin to develop, loom, impend.
- extravagant (adjective) – expensive, costly, exorbitant.
- vocal (noun) – outspoken, candid, frank/open.
- endorse (verb) – support, recommend, approve.
- err (verb) – make a mistake, be wrong, misjudge/miscalculate.
- establishment (noun) – the powers that be, the authorities, the system/regime.
- groundswell (noun) – a large, spontaneous growth in people’s support (for political actions).
- successor (noun) – heir, descendant; replacement/next in line.
- dynasty (noun) – ancestry, descent, bloodline.
- coup_d’etat (noun) – French Word; seizure of power, coup, change of regime.
- condemnation (noun) – criticism, castigation, stricture, denunciation.
- 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).
- transitional (adjective) – provisional, interim, temporary.
- backfire (verb) – rebound, boomerang, come back, have an adverse effect.
- inept (adjective) – incompetent, unskilful; awkward.
- plotter (noun) – conspirator, schemer, intriguer.
- legitimacy (noun) – conformity to the law/rules; justification.
- tap (into) (verb) – draw on, exploit, make use of/utilize.
- inherit (verb) – assume, take over, receive.
- dysfunctional (adjective) – troubled, distressed, unsettled.
- barracks (noun) – garrison, camp, cantonment.
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