Sink your differences – The Hindu (Nov 28, 2017)

Sink your differences – The Hindu (Nov 28, 2017)

It is disconcerting that differences between the executive and the judiciary are emerging often in the public domain these days. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. sink (verb) – ignore, disregard/forget, set/put aside.
  2. pragmatism (noun) – realism, practicability, logical thinking.
  3. juncture (noun) – point, time/moment, stage.
  4. disconcerting (adjective) – unsettling, disturbing, embarrassing.
  5. harp on (phrasal verb) – talk or write/complain continuously and lengthy on a particular subject.
  6. read between the lines (phrase) – conclude/understand (something) from assumption rather than in a detailed manner; infer from, interpolate from, assume from.
  7. profound (adjective) – intense, very great, extreme.
  8. entitle (verb) – qualify, authorize, allow.
  9. strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, nullify  (a law or regulation).
  10. distrust (noun) – mistrust, suspicion, wariness/misgiving.
  11. Collegium system (noun) – The collegium system is the one in which the Chief Justice of India and a forum of four senior most judges of the Supreme Court recommend appointments & transfers of judges. There is no mention of the collegium in the Constitution of India.
  12. fraternity (noun) – group, profession; a group of people with same job, interest and etc.
  13. coerce (verb) – pressureforce, compel.
  14. enshrine (verb) – to enclose in, preserve, treasure, protect (as valuable).
  15. affirmation (noun) – assertion, declaration, statement.
  16. litigation (noun) – legal action, legal process, legal proceeding.
  17. interstitial (adjective) –  forming/occupying interstices (a small and intervening space).
  18. brush aside (phrasal verb) – dismiss, disregard, ignore.
  19. flaw (verb) –  weaken, invalidate, mar.
  20. credible (adjective) – convincing, acceptable; reasonable.
  21. Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) – a guideline for selection of high court judges.
  22. cast a shadow (phrase) –  to spoil a situation; upset.
  23. pragmatic (adjective) – empirical, realistic/actual, practical.
  24. give up (phrasal verb) – admit/concede defeat, stop trying.
  25. cling (to) (verb) – grasp/grip, hold on to, adhere.
  26. disclose (verb) – reveal, show, exhibit.
  27. veto (verb) – refuse, dismiss, overrule.
  28. averse (adjective) – opposed to, against, hostile to.
  29. brook (verb) – tolerate, allow, bear/withstand (an opposition).


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