Politics of positions – The Hindu (June 16, 2016)

Politics of positions – The Hindu (June 16, 2016)

Legal issues become needless controversies when politics casts a dark shadow on them. The issue of the President withholding assent to a Delhi government Bill seeking to protect its 21 parliamentary secretaries from incurring disqualification on the grounds of holding an office of profit, is a flagrant example. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

Today’s Words:

  1. Cast a shadow (idiom) – diminish, spoil, discourage, let down.
  2. Withhold assent – reject, disagree, dissent.
  3. Incur (verb) – suffer, experience, to be liable, be subject to.
  4. Office of profit – a position/an office that provides to a person holding it some financial benefit.
  5. Flagrant (adjective) – blatant, glaring, obvious, transparent.
  6. Prevailing (adjective) – present,  current,  existing.
  7. Get around (phrasal verb) – evade,  overcome, to deal with, take care of.
  8. Retrospective (adjective) – backdated,  retroactive, backward looking, ex post facto.
  9. Pre-empt (verb) – prevent, forestall, get in before.
  10. Contend (verb) – assert, claim, argue, profess, affirm, insist.
  11. Perquisite (noun) – a benefit (perk/bonus/gratuity/reward/extra) someone gets from the job (apart from regular wages/salary).
  12. Remunerate (verb) – pay, pay off, reimburse, award.
  13. Appointee (noun) – one who is appointed to a job/position, representative, delegate, office holder.
  14. Strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, declare something invalid/illegal, nullify.
  15. Breach (verb) – violate, break, infringe, contravene, fail to comply with.
  16. Double standard (noun) – a set of rules/principles applied to a group of people differently than the other group.


  • Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ .
  • Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press.

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