Coup de Grace – The Hindu (Nov 17, 2017)

Coup de Grace – The Hindu (Nov 17, 2017)

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)

  1. 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.
  2. contour (noun) – outlineshapeform.
  3. prolonged (adjective) – continuous, ongoing, lengthy/protracted.
  4. boiling point (noun) – the point at which a condition becomes more serious (due to angry).
  5. brew (verb) – (of an unwelcome situation) begin to develop, loom, impend.
  6. extravagant (adjective) – expensive, costly, exorbitant.
  7. vocal (noun) – outspoken, candid, frank/open.
  8. endorse (verb) – support, recommend, approve.
  9. err (verb) – make a mistake, be wrong, misjudge/miscalculate.
  10. establishment (noun) – the powers that be, the authorities, the system/regime.
  11. groundswell (noun) – a large, spontaneous growth in people’s support (for political actions).
  12. successor (noun) – heir, descendant; replacement/next in line.
  13. dynasty (noun) – ancestry, descent, bloodline.
  14. coup_d’etat (noun) – French Word; seizure of power, coup, change of regime.
  15. condemnation (noun) – criticism, castigation, stricture, denunciation.
  16. 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).
  17. transitional (adjective) – provisional,  interim, temporary.
  18. backfire (verb) – rebound, boomerang, come back, have an adverse effect.
  19. inept (adjective) – incompetent, unskilful; awkward.
  20. plotter (noun) – conspirator, schemer, intriguer.
  21. legitimacy (noun) – conformity to the law/rules; justification.
  22. tap (into) (verb) – draw on, exploit, make use of/utilize.
  23. inherit (verb) – assume, take over, receive.
  24. dysfunctional (adjective) – troubled, distressed, unsettled.
  25. barracks (noun) – garrison, camp, cantonment.



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